VLOG #2 Bamboo Bar and Breathing

We’re experimenting with our new Bamboo Bar and a quick word on breathing to release tight muscles!

 

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Have I Found the BEST Protein Bar?

A single bar of ultimate suck could be replaced by a bar of slightly lesser suck.

That’s how I usually feel when I’m selecting a protein bar. Here’s the usual (and very frustrating) scenario.

I’ll look through the endless walls of protein bars and pull out one that looks semi-nutritious, only to find it to be full of garbage, fillers and the oh-so-crappy-chalk-in-the-mouth milk concentrate. *bleh*. I’ll put that bar back and find another that’s actually made from natural ingredients. “JOY JOY!!” But alas, my hopes are once again dashed as I realized the “protein” bar has only 7 grams of protein….this is not a protein bar.

Then I’ll switch approaches and begin my search with “how many grams of protein” only to find that every bar with enough protein is ultimately, a greater measure of suck.

So, my friends, with a 6 small meal a day nutrition plan in place, I’ve been on the search for the ultimate bar…and I just may have found it.

PRESENTING….*drum roll*

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THE RISE BAR!!

The ingredients look like this

 

ALMONDS…..HONEY….WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE…….that’s it….

 

The macronutrients look like this

 

20 G PROTEIN…..16 G FAT ….20 G CARB…..

 

Why is that so good? Here’s the breakdown: 

First, there are lots of proteins on the market but whey isolate is one of the easiest to absorb with the best amino acid profile. Specifically, it has a higher leucin count, which is associated with great muscle recovery and gain.

 

Second, the carb to sugar ratio is 1:1, which makes it a true protein bar. Many protein bars are really energy bars as you will find 3-4 times the amount of sugar as protein. In this case, the bar will supply an ample amount of protein without making your blood sugar go nutty.

 

Third, it’s natural…3 ingredients? Come on!

 

Four, they’re reasonably priced. At just a few cents over $2.00, it’s an acceptable price for a snack replacement.

 

As for the taste, I’ve not tried them yet. When I get my box in two days, I’ll send out an update but most of the disgusting taste you get from cheap proteins comes from the milk concentrate…of which this bar has none.

…Did I mention this is technically Paleo??

 

EAT EAT EAT NOM NOM

 

 

Diarrhea Bears: Fake Sugars Are Poison

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Explosive Diarrhea is your body’s way of saying, “I hate what you just fed me”

That’s right, I said it. If you eat something and find yourself violently expelling, you need to consider both the preparation and content of the item you ate. If MANY people are having such a response it’s time to consider that the food, though FDA approved, may be poison to your system. Enter Diarrhea bears.

I’m referring to a sugarless gummy bear manufactured by Haribo and sold on amazon.com among other places. The bears are gaining popularity from the hilarious reviews written by recent victims of the seemingly innocent chewy treats. You can see a collection of some of the funniest ones by clicking here or going to amazon.com and searching “Haribo Sugarless gummy”. Click on “reviews” and get ready for some potty humor. The package warns that people sensitive to sugar alcohols may have adverse reactions.

But WHY are people having these reactions?

Sugar alcohols and other sugar substitutes have been a staple of “healthy food options” for the past few decades but our nation’s health and further study continue to point us toward the idea that these FDA approved substitutes may be doing us more harm than good. These studies are suggesting that sugar substitutes may contribute to the body increasing fat storage, harm thyroid function, mess with metabolism, decrease absorption of other nutrients and screw up your hormonal profile. The sugar substitute rumored to be the culprit in the diarrhea bear fiasco is LYCASIN, a brand name for maltitol. The product is created by hydrogenating high maltose glucose syrups and used in many baking/confectionary applications because it’s 90% as sweet as sugar. If you’re not familiar with hydrogenation, that’s the same name used for the process in which fats are super-heated and turned in to Trans-Fats, the mighty killer of arteries everywhere.

Diabetics may look to this maltitol substitute thinking that it can help control their blood sugar but surprisingly, it rates a 52 on the glycemic index while sugar rates a close 60 and studies may show the substance has 3 calories per gram while sugar has just 4 calories per gram. I’m not sure why anyone would choose to consume a product that’s barely better than sugar and leaves them with gut pain and diarrhea for 24 hours…

I hope we can all learn and grow from situations like this. I hope we come to understand that our bodies are smarter than any organization or manufacturer and that if we listen to them, we may increase our opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

 

My rule of thumb is, eat things as close as you can to the way God made them.

 

Eat, sleep, dream and live in ways that help you to feel good inside and out.

 

 


 
A systematic review on the effect of sweeteners on glycemic response and clinically relevant outcomes
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/9/123/

Digestion and absorption of sorbitol, maltitol and isomalt from the small bowel. A study in ileostomy subjects.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7859694

Beware Of The 5 lb. Bag Of Sugarless Gummy Bears On Amazon.com – The Reviews Are Priceless!
http://slightlyviral.com/beware-sugarless-gummy-bears-on-amazon-com/

Sitting is Death: Running Warm-up for Desk-Dwellers

There’s a philosophy that many of us have in the training world that simply says, “Sitting is death”.

Why?

In short, sitting deforms your muscle balance. It makes the front of your leg muscle short, locks up your hips, overtightens your back, turns your core off and makes you a hunchback. Ever noticed an increasingly large number of people walking around with “texting neck“?

Because your body is an inseparable unite of tension and flexibility, It makes sense that a high impact sport like running could cause serious injuries if you don’t take measures to rebalance the system before you slam on it. With the Detroit marathon and other events coming up to finish out our cardio year in Michigan, I thought it would be great to give you runners a quick pre-running program you could do before you sprint yourway to victory.

This program, created by the National Academy of Sports Medicine doesn’t just stretch the body, it reactivates inactive muscles and lengthens overactive ones. All you need is a foam roller and dedication. Do this before you run and you’ll feel better, run faster and be less prone to injury.

LIVE WELL!!

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4 Reasons to Love Blueberries

Blueberries are a potent superfood!

1. They don’t stimulate a big sugar-rush like some fruit do and the Polyphenols in them actually help increase your body’s sensitivity to sugar…which means more of the sugar you eat gets used for fueling muscles rather than storing as fat!

2. Packed with antioxidants – which help clear out old pieces of cells and allow the body to function better. Some experts say these old cell fragments are responsible for the negative affects of aging, organ damage and cancer.

3. They have anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep blue color. These helps protect the nervous system, Fight cancer, preserve eye sight, ward off depression and reduce inflammation/physiological stress!

4. The antioxidants are preserved by freezing. Unlike some foods which deteriorate with storage, blueberries maintain their healthy punch!

Exercise Perspective #1

My wife sent me a picture of a T-shirt that read like this:

I take Aspirin for the headache caused by the Zyrtec I take for the hayfeaver I got from Relenza for the uneasy stomach from the Ritalin I take for the short attention span caused by the Scopederm Ts I take for the motion sickness I got from the Lomotil I take from the diarrhea caused by the Zenikal for the uncontrolled weight gain from the Paxil I take for the anxiety from Zocor  I take for my high cholesterol because exercise, (and) a good diet…ARE JUST TOO MUCH TROUBLE

Imagine complaining about a $30 to $60 a month gym membership and spending $200 to $300 on prescription meds just to help you feel normal…Perspective is everything!

Tip 3: Easy Steps to Lose Weight Without Starving

You should never starve yourself to lose weight.  If you are, something you are doing is wrong.
I know you have carefully researched the USDA food pyramid and eat exactly according to your calories in vs. calories out goals, you have the right magazine advice and eat low-fat everything but listen to me.
If you’re starving, you’re wrong and I’ll tell you how to fix it.

1. Take 3 to 6 grams of omega 3 from fish oil a day. 

This is ground zero and the type you take matters. Forget the amount of fish oil written on the front and look for EPA and DHA on the back. Take enough to get as close to 6 grams as you can for a couple weeks, then taper off a bit depending on your body. The stuff increases peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, which aid in using fat on a molecular level.  It also helps rebalance your Omega 6 to omega 3 ratio, which will help lower inflammation within the body

2. Take a multivitamin
Dump the centrum. Search consumer labs.com for a quality multi you can afford. Without enough vitamins and minerals, your body can not function properly, which means no matter how much you exercise, your body won’t use the fat you want it to and you stay fat.

3. Eat meat with every meal
Try to move toward exotic, grass-fed and free range animals like elk, grass-fed beef, kangaroo, buffalo, etc. these meat have far higher levels of Omega 3 and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). CLA will decrease your body’s production of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that makes your body store fat. You can also get CLA in milk and eggs.
Don’t worry about the saturated fat…I’ll write on this later but it’s carb and trans fats that are the real enemy. While saturated fat raises bad cholesterol a little, it raises good cholesterol a LOT.

4. Eat seeds and nuts as a snack
Pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans and walnuts are some of the best choices around Pumpkin seeds have a tremendously high magnesium count, which is good if you want your sugar absorbers to work well. Yes, they are high fat but the fat is mostly Omega 3 and the snack will make you really satisfied.
5. Eat tons of raw veggies
This is your carb, devour them! You can also cook them lightly in olive or coconut oil but make sure they stay bright…less cooking time equals more nutrients.

6. Drop gluten, all sweets and dairy for two weeks
You may have an allergy and not know it. If you hop back on after two weeks and notice fatigue, swelling, lethargy, itching or bloating and gas, you’re probably allergic or intolerant and it could be slowing your weight loss and killing your body.

7. Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night
No tv or computer right before. Think about melatonin if you can’t sleep.

8. Only eat when you feel hungry and stop when you feel satisfied
Break your emotional attachment to food.

9. If you can’t kill it with a spear or it isn’t bright green, yellow or orange, don’t eat it.
Easy enough.

There’s your starting point. You will not starve, you WILL drop fat and you will be healthy  if you do this. Remember, this is not a diet, its a lifestyle. Good luck!

Greens and Sausage

4 apple gate savory turkey breakfast sausage

1/2 green pepper sliced

1 cup spinach

1/4 cup black beans

1/4 cup diced walnuts
1 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of balsamic vinegar
Dash of Sriracha
Cooked in 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Fat 49
Sugar 4
Fiber 8
Other carb 3
Protein 31
625 calories total
Don’t let the fatcontent of this dish scare you. The large majority is from healthy sources and the dish itself is packed with vitamins and minerals. The textures from the spinach, walnuts and cheddar will create a surprisingly savory combination. I suggest eating a couple bites of the dish and a nibble of the sharp cheddar. Almonds and cheese should be raw and the sausage, organic. I got mine from trader Joe’s. This is a great ANYTIME meal.