Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Is Procrastination Getting in Your Way?

What’s the biggest thing that blocks people from successfully losing weight and improving their health?  They never get started on it in the first place.  You HEAR people all the time TALK about how they want or need to lose weight, exercise or eat better, but all they do is TALK about it and never actually get started.

It’s not that they can’t exercise or improve their eating habits; it’s just that they never actually “DO” it.  And it’s not just with their health and fitness goals.  This concept applies to other goals as well.  So what’s holding you back? Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you have societal stress?

I was tagged in a Facebook note and within the context of that note, the term “Societal Obesity” was used. I found this to be a clever choice of words and it got me thinking.

Our world has become more global, and fast paced, and many of us are living in a 24/7 world. When you hear the news every day, everything seems so crazy and out of control. In our 24/7 world, we’re being pounded with tons of news and information so quickly, and yet, mostly negative stuff such as, debt, stock market insecurity, the fall of the real estate market, rising gas prices, natural disasters, BP Oil Spill, terrorism, deadly flu pandemics, joblessness, the economy, rising health care costs, more instances of cancer and disease, child obesity, obesity, and the list goes on and on. Think about how this affects you mentally as well as physically? You’re going to react to this type of information whether you realize it or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get Out of the Car!

Traffic JamI live in a fairly “walkable neighborhood.” My house in SE Washington state is within 6 – 10 blocks of a number of stores, restaurants and other businesses.  Practically everything I need is within a 20 minute stroll.  I can even walk to the gym.

And walk there, I do. And I have to admit, it’s an odd experience.  This isn’t because I’m unused to walking (far from it), but because – day after day – I’m virtually the only one doing it.  The only folks I typically see on foot are the ones getting out of their cars in the store/strip mall parking lots. And even that’s too much walking for some… for example, there are always 7 – 8 cars snaked around the drive-thru lane at the Starbucks on the corner.

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Words of Wisdom From James Villepigue

James Villepigue is one of the top Fitness Professionals in the country.  I had the pleasure of having him as a guest on my Fit Talk Show and during my conversation with James, he said something which really stuck with me.

James said, “the best workout program is the one you’re not following”. Think about that.  There are so many great workout programs you can buy, but if you’re not following the program, what good is it? Read the rest of this entry »

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UCTV – Sugar: The Bitter Truth

This is a 2009 lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology on the subject of fructose, and how it contributes to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It’s long and rather detailed, but well worth watching.

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Lessons From the MST3K Vault

Mike and the 'BotsEvery single member of my family is a die-hard “MSTie” – that is, a fan of the now-defunct Sci-Fi Channel comedy show, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K). The first time I watched the show, I thought the premise (a man and two robots forced to watch bad movies on an orbiting space station as part of a mind-control experiment) was totally lame, but I got hooked pretty quickly on the humor. Although the show’s long gone, we still watch our favorite episodes from time-to-time (courtesy of Cheepnis.com).

But as funny as the movies were, the “shorts” that often preceded them were even better. Many of the latter were send-ups of old, black-and-white 1950’s, low-budget “public service announcements” and instructional films that illustrated how folks of that era were expected to behave in various situations. Beyond the laughs, however, one of the things we noticed while watching them, was how “normal” the people looked. The majority of them were relatively lean – even those who were obviously not professional actors.  I wasn’t too surprised, though – these films were in the can long before the current “obesity crisis” got rolling.

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Real Men Don’t Eat Sushi

SushiAccording to the news, Charlotte, N.C. recently earned the Number 1 spot as “America’s Manliest City.” Charlotte (despite its oh-so-feminine name*) topped the charts in the COMBOS® “America’s Manliest Cities” study – which rated major US metropolitan areas for various “manly” characteristics.  Points were added – or subtracted – based on certain criteria. Among other things, points were awarded for the “Concentration of Manly Retail Stores,”  including “BBQ and chicken wing restaurants, steak houses [and] sports bars;” as well as for “Salty Snack Sales.” On the flip side, points were taken away for “Emasculating Criteria,” which included “cafes/coffee shops” and “Sushi restaurants.”

Apparently, Real Men Don’t Eat Sushi.

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“American Ethnic” Food?

“The Great American Diet Disaster” is the name James and Rick gave to their description of the standard American diet in Alpha Male Challenge. While a diet filled with highly processed junk/snack/convenience foods isn’t uniquely American, apparently there are a lot of really awful food products associated with this country in the minds of others… like the managers of the German grocery store depicted in this vid:

Unlike the narrator, however, I have a hard time characterizing this as “pretty awesome” – they’re mostly high-sugar, high-sodium, low-nutrient density products.  While it’s obvious that our food culture needs a tune up, seeing this stuff characterized as “American ethnic” food makes it a little more vivid.

(h/t Gwen at Sociological Images)

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Making You Fat?

According to an article published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association):

“Although low-calorie sweeteners are a dietary staple for many individuals trying to maintain or lose weight, an emerging body of evidence suggests these substances offer little help to dieters and may even help promote weight gain.”

Yup, you read that correctly.  Studies have suggested that low-calorie sweeteners may actually increase appetite for sweet foods, promote overeating, and lead to weight gain. Read the rest of this entry »

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To be an Alpha, you must include Omega….’s….

Some Alpha and Omega Changes to Enhance Your Life:

By: Doug Kalman PhD, RD

Many in the fitness and bodybuilding community know that exercise can cause inflammation in the body. This is at a cellular level, from the exercise you do – one of the stress responses is for the body to release inflammatory cytokines. Some of the inflammatory cytokines that are affected by exercise – meaning their activity and amounts in the body increases – include tumor necrosis factor alpha and a few of the interleukins. Now mom has told all of us (or if she did not, her mother told her) that fish is brain food. In fact – some of this lore led to the widespread practice of cod liver oil supplementation.

Now, fast forward to modern medicine.  We have learned that certain fish contain special types of fats (predominately known as Omega-3 fatty acids) and that eating or ingesting these in the diet help reduce blood markers of inflammation.

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