The men who made us Fat…


mad menBeing over here in the UK I have seen a good many great TV programmes on all things, but the one this week called ‘the men who made us fat’ was really interesting. It is basically blaming the food industry over the years for the increase in the levels (in the Western world anyway) of Obesity. It has a point as well, though at the end of the day, we all have a choice (as well as a remote for the TV!) – we’re not being forced to eat these dreadful diets, but the marketing, and addictive ingredients, hidden sugars etc sure don’t make it easy. I talked ere to Rick Hay, a nutritionist for his opinion…

…If we’re looking for someone to blame for our obesity, then the programme is great! It’s the fault of the food industry. It’s nothing to do with us.

The food industry has much to be ashamed of. It has more than its fair share of men in grey who, I think, are as bad as the men who made us addicted to cigarettes! Thanks to their “genius” much of the food we are eating has sweetened with high fructose corn syrup – actually much sweeter and more calorific than the real thing – sugar. Some foods now have both in! And even some supposedly healthy meals and snacks are suspect.

Then we have the (M)Ad Men and marketing whizzes getting rich and famous on smart campaigns that encourage us not only to eat more, and eat more crap, but also to buy into huge portion sizes.

Isn’t it mad how easily our behaviour is driven by suggestion. Huge portion sizes for example. The programme told us that according to scientific studies, if given a choice of small/medium and large, we go all greedy and go larging it – and ourselves at the same time.

All this came about as a result of a rise in the cost of sugar in the 70s. Some bright spark in the Nixon administration used his powers of suggestion to persuade them to substitute corn syrup for sugar. A bi product of the sugar industry, it was cheaper. (Greed seems to be a recurring theme here.) The detonator was triggered for what has become arguably the biggest health time bomb in the history of mankind.

This is not just about losing weight, this is about saving your life. And you need to get your act together. Currently, two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four are classified as obese including many children. Conditions such as mature onset diabetes – named as it occurred only in adults is now being seen in children

We have to take responsibility for our own weight management to get off the road to obesity. There are some among us who will for reasons of genetics, or other issues, find it harder to do this. But ultimately the buck stops with the individual. Having thrown my toys out of my pram, you’ll note a softening of my stance here – it’s not easy. It’s about energy Intake and what we expend and how the body uses its calories. We need to eat healthily – and we need to be active – yes to the gym sessions or zumba classes – but also do more of what the body is designed to do naturally – get off your butt!

Let IsoWhey Help..

A few simple dietary changes will fuel your body the way nature intended. It’s not that hard to make some time for your health – there are millions of excuses for not changing but essentially that’s all they are- excuses!

Eat fresh – try cooking from scratch as much as you can.

Eat organic, as much as possible.

If you do have pre-packaged foods, read the labels!!

Reduce portion size

Go Paleo … By following a Paleo style of diet you can turn things around or improve on already good health. This is an eating plan where you eat much like our ancestors did – our genetics have not really changed much since we first roamed the plains of Africa, which makes our body’s perfectly suited to this type of diet which involves eating protein, most vegetables, nuts & seeds and a limited amount of fruit.

Off the menu are many of the modern day high carb, high sugar and syrup staples that we have become accustomed to. A high sugar diet makes the body acidic which creates inflammation. Ageing, disease and general ill-health is associated with inflammation – we should be looking to alkalise the body to create the right environment for its natural processes. The strict plan is out with dairy foods, bread and cereals, sugar, processed & refined foods. A healthy high protein/low carb style of diet is going to help build lean muscle. This helps burn more fat and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. In order to get the best results from this eating plan then there are a few tips: Don’t eat too much red meat. Replace it with fish, organic chicken and tofu in your weekly diet, red meat as your sole protein choice makes the body acidic and depletes calcium, overworks the kidneys and liver, and stagnates in the intestines disrupting beneficial flora. Excessive meat consumption has also been linked to an increased cancer, cardiovascular and diabetes risk.

Eat plenty of vegetables – Preferably raw – lots of salads that with beneficial enzymes to help with digestion. Have a moderate serving of protein – size should be, no bigger than the palm of your hand.

Eat unrefined grains – Although not part of the strict Paleo unrefined grains such as brown rice, millet, quinoa (actually a protein) and buckwheat as these are all high in fibre and antioxidants plus vitamins & minerals.

Eat pulses such as lentils and beans – High in fibre and essential vitamins and minerals.

Importantly. Do NOT skip breakfast. Forget that stupid diet that promises you will lose weight in 1 week. Skipping it leads to weight gain and adrenal exhaustion. If the body runs on adrenaline it’s rendered incapable of burning fat, so snack healthily mid morning and mid afternoon – a handful of nuts with a small piece of fruit is ideal.

IsoWhey is Here to help!

….And of course IsoWhey would be a great addition ,either as a supplement or a replacement of your meals to achieve your health goals. It is rare to find a product low in sugar and fat, high quality protein with a full range of vitamins and minerals PLUS pro- biotics all in one! but here it is (and it tastes fab to boot!)

Day Five – Easy Cardio exercise…

So we are going to finish with a challenge, the Burpee, you either love it or hate it! I have given you two options on how to do it though so don’t worry! Try the harder one if you can and finish on the easier as many as you can, keeping form and keep your record!…and beat it next time… 🙂

Beat your Cravings..!

CravingsDo you snack unhealthy stuff that isn’t good for you, eat it anyway, then feel guilty? Do you ask yourself if you are craving too much too often?
Have you been trying to work out how to keep your energy up and still stay trim?
Some people feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain, which brings on the guilt. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. So what’s right for you?
Snacking is good – it keeps your metabolism going and as long as its portion size is controlled and its the RIGHT type of food it will be good for your diet. It is important to listen to your body though and recognise different messages. A sweet craving is a message, feeling tired at 3 p.m. is a message, its what you do about these that make the difference!
Here’s how you can beat the cravings and feel healthy and happy again:
1. Say good-bye to the snack attack guilt.
Everything that we eat gives us a particular result. It’s either good, as in you’re feeling great, or it’s bad, as in stomachache, bloating, low energy, mental fogginess. So what’s the point of feeling guilty if you already ate it? but use this to change habits
2. Understand the message.
Try to understand why you are snacking: Are you hungry? Are you anxious? Are you bored? Are you upset?  Was your meal 100% nutritious? Did you eat enough?
Make a note of the REAL reason behind the craving and see if there’s a pattern behind it.
3. Find a healthy substitute.
Make a list of options as to how you could fulfill that need in a healthy and nourishing way. If you were anxious, or bored, try to find out what could bring you back into a better state of mind. Do you need more love? More exercise? A break from your routine? Think about the things that make you happy and your life worthwhile and aim to do more of these! .
4. Update your meals.
Meals that are not composed of protein, carbs and fats may cause sweet cravings. Lack of protein is a main cause of sweet cravings, so if you’re vegetarian, look at your protein intake. IsoWhey is ideal here, as it contains a fulll range of vitamins and minerals as well as the probiotics and high quality protein
Make sure you eat whole grains daily, and make sure you’re getting enough sweet vegetables (carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, corn,). Use natural sweeteners such as honey, and get high-quality fats from foods like coconut oil, salmon, chia, walnuts and avocado.
5. Upgrade your life
Write down the following:
  • 1 thing that will give you fun in your life every day.
  • 1 thing that will bring love (from yourself, a pet or others) to your life every day.
  • 1 thing that will make you smile every day.
  • 1 thing that will relax you every day.

Crave the good things in life..!