5 habits to Keep…!

Habits can be good!

5 Bad Habits to Keep 

All this talk about Breaking Bad – what ARE we going to do without it? – it made me think about knowing which of our so called bad habits may not be so bad after all!

WINE   It’s no secret that drinking large amounts of alcohol is strongly associated with breast cancer, liver and heart disease.  What’s more, binge drinking – defined in women as three pints of beer or six small glasses of wine or spirit measures – is on the rise with one in five women (and a third of men) consuming more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol a week.   But a strong body of evidence suggests that a single glass of red wine a night can help ward off heart disease and could extend lifespan, thanks to its being rich in the antioxidant resveratrol.  Resveratrol helps lower unhealthy LDL cholesterol and raises healthy HDL cholesterol.

Aim to:-  Stick to one glass of quality red each night, as going over that limit can undo all the benefits and impair liver function. If you tend to get terrible headaches even from small amounts, you may be reacting to chemicals such as ‘sulphites’ in white wine and ‘congeners’ in red and may benefit from choosing organic.

 CHOCOLATE  Chocolate not only satisfies a sweet tooth, the dark variety also contains the antioxidant resveratrol which could help with the body’s ability to fight ageing free radicals from food and the environment. A study conducted last year in the Journal Of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that cocoa powder, dark chocolate and cooking chocolate contained the highest resveratrol levels. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, which releases feel-good endorphins into your brain.

Aim to:-   Stick to a couple quality squares a day, of the dark choccy!  It’s difficult to binge on quality dark chocolate, it’s too rich. Chocolate shouldn’t contain more than six ingredients: cocoa, butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, sugar and milk with no corn syrup which wreaks havoc on blood sugar or trans-fats listed as ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially-hydrogenated vegetable fats’ found in many commercial chocolates. Read the label.

MEAT ? This one is debatable and not for everyoneMeat from lamb, beef and game provides ‘complete’ protein with all eight amino acids necessary for muscle-building, something few vegetarian sources can provide.  Not getting enough protein can cause symptoms like depression, moodiness, insomnia, fatigue and poor concentration.  Plus, meat is a vital source of vitamin B12 which helps energy production and iron, a deficiency of which can cause anaemia and fatigue. However there ARE other ways of getting protein (without the need to kill  animals) – like ISOWHEY!!

Aim to:- Try and eat vitamin-C rich foods such as tomatoes or spinach with red meat,(if thats your choice) to increase your iron absorption.  To boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, opt for wild game such as duck, or rabbit and ask at the meat counter whether the meat you are buying has been grass fed as meat from grass fed animals is far higher in omega-3s than those fed on corn or soy (most organically produced meat have been grass-fed).  Always choose the leanest cuts possible and if you can afford it, go organic.  Opt also for lean, grass fed and eat it less often, say three times a week.  The rest of your protein can come from healthy, low-fat sources such as  chick peas, beans, grains and lentils. If you are going to eat meat, white is a better option, go for the red on occasions

FAT  For decades we’ve believed all fat is bad, but the right fats can help control appetite, stabilize blood sugar and burn fat.  We now know not all fats are created equal.  There are essential fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids which the body can’t make itself, as well as healthy fats, called Monounsaturated Fatty Acids or MUFAs which can help you lose weight. A 2007 study found a diet high in MUFAs prevented participants from putting on fat around their middles.  There are also the saturated fats which we only need in limited amounts, and found in meat, dairy, butter and coconut fat.  Most dangerous are man-made trans-fats, and created when food processors inject hydrogen molecules into oils to make them hard at room temperature, and found in many commercial cakes, biscuits and sweets as well as many take away deep-fried foods.  These should be kept to a minimum as they are strongly linked to heart disease, weight gain and infertility.

Aim to:-l Eat and enjoy good fat in moderation. A Spanish study found that consuming one teaspoon daily of peanut butter could promote long-term weight loss and a teaspoon of butter at each meal is beneficial in terms of keeping us full for longer (and helping food taste better!).  Essential omega-3 fats can be found in oily fish, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel as well as venison, flaxseeds and grass fed meat and poultry. The best MUFA sources are olives, coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds and dark chocolate.  Try and eat at a little of each every day. Where you can, avoid foods containing trans-fats, listed on labels as ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable fat/oil’

CHEESE  Cheese provides essential calcium, important for women in helping prevent osteoporosis in later life and to the functioning of vital organs.  What’s more, as a certain amount of calcium is circulated in the blood, if the body is lacking it from the diet, it may leech calcium from bones, leading to bone loss, and because it’s excreted by the body daily, we need to eat a little each day.

Aim to:-  Generally speaking, the harder the cheese the higher the fat content so if you’re worried about fat you can choose the softer cheeses.  Our daily recommended intake of calcium should be about 1000 milligrams – 40 grams of cheddar cheese (about a matchbox size chunk) contains 310mg calcium, a 200 gram tub of natural yoghurt contains 340mg and a glass of skim milk contains 310mg.

Milk – drink, restrict or abstain?…

WOW, the milk debate is pretty huge and once you start doing your own research it seems to get more and more complicated!  Have you noticed how there are more & more ‘new’ variances of milk available today ? – I guess this is a consequence of a growing and more demanding consumer market and of course greater technology to enable us to produce these specialised options.

However it can be very confusing when popping down to your local supermarket!

Some of the options available:-

Whole milk – good range of nutrients, but tastes too ‘creamy’ for me!

Skim or semi skimmed milk – low fat, but tastes like water!

Low lactose or lactose free – good if you’re intolerant

Half fat (Lite white) – choose this if you’re calorie conscious!

Modified, may be protein enriched, high in calcium/iron, good for specific dietary requirements (eg A2, Farmers Best,Casein free)

Long Life (ultra heat treated) not the best, it will last, but enzymes are killed and it tastes terrible! drink up – press here…

Eat More to Weigh Less!! Do you snack & shop smart?!

 

Eat More to Weigh Less? – That sounds like a contradiction in terms doesn’t it – but it isn’t! Good news huh?!

I have blogged before about how to increase your metabolism and burn more calories, & one of those ways is actually by eatingBUT this doesn’t mean eating what you want, when you want… and this could be where you are going wrong if you’re having problems with your weight management.

You want to keep your metabolism stimulated – this is why NOT skipping breakfast is so important – you are literally breaking your fast from the night before and giving your body the energy it needs to start the day. It requires energy for your body to digest food so having breakfast will help to kickstart your metabolism each day. Beware the cereals though, nearly all of them are full of sugar, even ones that appear to healthy – like some mueslis.

I often hear people say “I just can’t eat breakfast” – rubbish! You have simply trained your body to not want it – what you need to do if this is the case, is snack on, press here…

PHOTOBLOG:- IsoWhey in London, UK Summer 2011

Well, all good things must come to an end as they say! So myself and my trusty companion tub of IsoWhey have returned to the beautiful shores of Australia after a successful trip to Britain. Of course, the latest images from London have not been pretty ones, so I wanted to show you the London that I saw and loved with a PhotoBlog of my visit. IsoWhey is about to take the UK by storm and has been launched there at the Queens Pharmacy (John Bell & Croyen) and I also presented it on “Ideal World”, the home shopping channel in England.

Now the funky new tub of IsoWhey is in every one of these photo’s – but sometimes it’s hidden – see if you can spot it!

Despite strong competition, IsoWhey still stands alone in its quality, taste and variety of healthy natural ingredients, but more importantly its low sugar AND fat AND carb content! Look good and feel great – make it part of your new lifestyle and SEE the difference! – Look out world here comes IsoWhey!!! to see more, press here…

To Supplement or not to Supplement…? (Part Two)

So, I talked in the last blog about basic supplements, and it can be a very daunting experience walking into a health store and seeing the huge array of products available to you – that’s why it’s best to know your stuff, know what you want/need, and get the right quality. You don’t necessarily need the most expensive but if it’s cheap there’s normally a (not too good) reason for that, so beware!

Of course it should be your aim to have a good healthy balanced diet – but most of us realise that that just isn’t going to happen everyday! Even if you think you’re eating healthily, that may not be the case – the soils in which our vegetables are grown are much depleted in the amount of minerals they contain due to years of over use, plus of course we have the chemicals that are everywhere today and being stored in YOUR body. We often put our bodies through such a hard time, especially during early adulthood, we don’t even know what it should feel like to be healthy. Nowadays you can take supplements for most concerns – the top ones worth mentioning are… get healthy, read on…

IsoWhey – A change is coming, New Look, More Benefits!

That’s right, IsoWhey is getting an extreme makeover! Above is a sneak preview of one of the groovy new labels, but more importantly it’s what is changing on the inside! I talked in my last blog about the benefits of IsoWhey as it is, but today I just want to let you know about the new additions which make it absolutely unbeatable! to see more, press here..

How Ian ‘C’s’ it

Lots of health news again this week!

One of the ‘bigger’ headlines was about a lady in America extending the virtues of being Fat & Fit. Sandy Shaffer is 1.65cm tall and weighs 145kg. This was in relation to the one year anniversary of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign – she said she felt the first lady was sending out a negative message by focusing on obeisity, while I think its good if Ms Shaffer takes 3 aerobic classes a week and watches her diet, but the fact is that America and Australia have two of the highest to ‘C’ more read more..