I can't even help myself! Please read about the latest study regarding GMO products. CBS cites this finding here:
An interesting Video to watch:
What’s all this hype about cleansing? What is it? Why should I cleanse? Do you find yourself asking these questions? GREAT…. Here’s a quick lesson about cleansing and how it helps your body become the fat burning machine it’s meant to be.
A cleanse helps clear out toxins in the body. It is very easy for the body to become overloaded with toxins. Think about all the lotions, shampoos, conditioners, hair dye, nail polish, and deodorants you have used on a continuous basis. Unless you are using products that are organic and/or do not have any harmful chemicals in them, your liver has to constantly clear your body of these chemicals. The food you ingest also may have toxins. Most food you buy in the US is genetically modified, so you are ingesting a lot of pesticides with the fruits and vegetables you consume. The animals in the US are feed genetically modified feed and are given antibiotics, so again your liver has to try to filter all of this out.
A cleanse helps clean the liver, lymph system, and/or colon so the body can focus on its other jobs –specifically for our concerns – FAT BURNING!
The liver is not just a detoxing organ, it’s a fat burning machine! The liver performs nearly 400 functions, one of which is the production of bile. Bile is the key to the liver’s ability to digest and assimilate fats. If not enough bile is produced, then fat cannot be broken down – so it is stored. A roll in your waistline may be caused by a fatty liver.
The liver also metabolizes protein and carbs. The liver can convert fat (as well as protein) into glucose when your blood sugar drops. By the way, too much sugar in your diet, whether from eating sugar or from eating too many carbs, makes insulin remain high. Excess glucose can be stored as fat (an active organ which increases inflammation).
Signs of a overstressed liver:
Weight fain around the abdomen
High blood pressure
Flaxseed and eggs are great foods for the liver. Flaxseed oil attracts and binds to oil soluble poisons that lodge in the liver and it carries them out of the system for elimination. Eggs help regulate bile production. Garlic, gingerroot, onion, dandelion root, milk thistle, turmeric, and Oregon grape root help keep the liver healthy.
Eating the right foods really helps! Choose organic when possible and non genetically modified foods (Non GMO). If you want to learn more about Non GMO, read my blog post http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/nancy-garcia.
With regards to meat here is a little blurb about grain fed compared to grass fed:
GRAIN FED ANIMALS COMPARED TO GRASS FED ANIMALS
Meat from a grass fed animal has half the saturated fat than the meat from a grain-fed animal.
A 6 ounce steak from a grass fed steer has 100 fewer calories than from a grain fed steer.
Meat from a grain fed animal has 2-6 times more omega 3 fats compared to a grass fed animal.
Cow’s milk from a cow grazing on a grass pasture has 500% more CLA compared to the milk from a grain fed cow.
Chickens that feed on a pasture have 21% less fat, 30% less saturated fat, 28% fewer calories, and 100% more omega 3 fatty acids than chickens given the high energy feed. Eggs from pastured chickens have 400% more omega 3 fats.
Why do I like the Isagenix cleansing system? First of all, it WORKS!!! And it TASTES GREAT!!! It’s ORGANIC, NON GMO, AND THE WHEY PROTEIN COMES FROM NEW ZEALAND. I lived in New Zealand for 1 ½ years and their animals are grass fed and run around a pasture. The Accelerator capsules contain cayenne pepper, ginseng, cinnamon and green tea – all known metabolic boosters. Isagenix products do not contain any caffeine, ephedra or ma huang. Also, the program requires drinking lots of water. Water is important because:
- Water helps flush out the toxins
- Water helps flush out the kidneys
- Water helps your body release the water it is hoarding
- Water helps speed up the lymph system – a healthy lymphatic system flushes out cellulite
Lastly, the cleanse is easy to do, fits an on-the-go lifestyle, and requires very little preparation.
Questions? Email: email@example.com or call Nancy Garcia (973) 727-1018
If you have read my bio, you already know that I’ve been working as a personal trainer for the last 18 years. I am always trying new products to find the BEST and MOST EFFECTIVE ones that will help my clients lose weight while maintaining their lean body mass.
My friend Kathy lost 25 pounds in 40 days. She already had a vigorous exercise program including running, tennis, volleyball and softball. She told me she tried a cleansing program for 11 days and had such great success, she decided to continue until she lost 25 pounds. Then she proceeded to tell me about 20 people (I personally know) who tried this and all had success. Rarely do I find a program that works for EVERYONE.
Initially, I sat in Kathy’s kitchen and read all the labels. While I liked the fact that the products are organic and not genetically modified, I still wasn’t ready to jump on the bandwagon. I asked the rep, Catalina, to come over and explain the system and bring over some samples. After a month of research and debate, I finally convinced myself to give it a try for 11 days. After all, the products meet my criteria of being organic, non GMO (genetically modified), and even the whey protein comes from the best place, New Zealand.
I tried the 11 day program and was blown away. I lost 5 pounds in 5 days. I had energy and felt great. As a trainer, we are taught that 3500 calories = 1 pound of body weight. So, if I use this math, I should have lost less than 1 pound (given my daily caloric intake and exercise expenditure). 3500 X 5 pounds = 17,500 calories. I can’t possibly cut my caloric intake and exercise that much to burn an extra 17,500 calories in 5 days.
What I realized is that the combination of natural metabolism boosting herbs, organic ingredients, and the protein/carbohydrate/fat ratio in the shake synthesizes the excess fat and the pounds literally melt off. It was so easy and inexpensive, especially compared to other cleansing programs.
Is this the only program out there? Of course not! Some other great programs are designed by Ann Louise Gittleman (The Body Fat Flush Plan) and by Dr. Mark Hyman (The Ultra Simple Diet).
If you are considering trying a cleanse, I highly recommend purchasing Ann Louise Gittleman’s book, The Body Fat Flush Plan. She explains, in layman’s terms, why people are overweight. She narrows down the issues to what she calls the “Five Hidden Weight Gain Factors.”
Keep in mind, with Dr. Hyman and Dr. Gittleman’s plans, food shopping, cooking, and packing food for the day is a must. I find just that one factor alone presents issues for my clients. Alternatively, the plan I just finished is portable, convenient and you only have to cook one meal a day. I find this more “on-the-go” plan is easy to incorporate into anyone’s hectic schedule.
By the way, the company has a money back guarantee. You can return any product – no questions asked (one time allowance).
So, …………..JUST GIVE IT 4 DAYS….. You will see what I’m talking about!
In case you haven’t heard the term, genetically modified organism, “GMO”, let me explain. A GMO is an organism whose genetic material has been changed using genetic engineering techniques. GMO’s are constituents of genetically modified food. Putting this in layman’s terms, take a regular seed and engineer the seed to help the seed grow into a larger, bug resistant plant.
Financially, this makes sense to the big name food producers, such as Monsanto. The plants will not succumb to insects or weeds.
Currently, the most common GMO crops are corn, cotton, soybeans, canola, and potatoes. While these are the most prevalent, the USDA states that there are over 40 plant varieties that have completed all of the federal requirements for GMO commercialization. The altruistic purpose behind genetically engineered crops is to ensure we have an adequate food supply for our increasing population. GM crops may in fact accomplish this. Through careful engineering, the crops:
- Become pest resistant – engineering seeds with Bt means that farmers do not need to use a pesticide to kill the insects that harm the crops. B.t., or Bacillus thuringiensis, is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins that are lethal to insect larvae. B.t. crystal protein genes have been transferred into corn, enabling the corn to produce its own pesticides
- Become herbicide tolerant – the seeds are engineered to survive powerful weed killer such as Roundup
- Increase their tolerance to cold temperatures – an antifreeze gene from cold water fish has been introduced into the genes of potatoes and tobacco to help the seeds survive cold temperatures
- Increase in nutritional value by adding vitamins and minerals to certain crops, such as rice.
For living in the now, so to speak, these benefits makes sense. But what about 10 or 20 years from now?
Some healthcare critics believe GMO foods negatively impact our health, which in the end, drives up our healthcare costs. Not only are the critics worried about our increased health costs, but they are also concerned about our quality of life. Who wants to be sick with allergies and toxins?
The concern stems from the way GMO’s are created. GMO seeds are either:
- Roundup Ready and/or
Roundup Ready crops are herbicide tolerant (HT). These crops are engineered to survive direct application of 1 or more herbicides including glyphosate. Glyphosate limits the uptake of nutrients by as much as 70%, thereby making the plant less nutrient rich. Glyphosate also alters the soil biology by creating harmful super pathogens. “Recent research claims that Monsanto's Roundup Ready genetically modified crops contain an organism, previously unknown to science, that can cause miscarriages in farm animals. Purdue University's Emeritus Professor Don M. Huber presented the findings of the research, which observed the new organism using a 36,000X electron microscope. The organism can cause disease in both plants and animals, a rare feat.” (http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/new-research-finds-that-roundup-ready-gmo-crops-may-cause-animal-miscarriages.html)
Bt crops are crops that are engineered to carry their own internal pesticide, called Bt toxin. Bt toxin ruptures the bellies of the bugs that eat it. Studies have shown Bt has adverse effects on other living beings. According to Natural News, “A new study out of Switzerland confirms once again that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin, the nefarious pesticide produced by certain genetically-modified (GM) crops, is harming non-target species. Published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, the study reveals that two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata L.) larvae exposed to Bt toxin experience a much higher mortality rate than those not exposed (http://www.enveurope.com/content/24/1/10/abstract). Contrary to repeated claims made by Monsanto and other biotechnology industry players about the supposed safety of Bt toxin for non-target species, this new independent study reveals otherwise. It also exposes the illegitimacy of the various industry-funded studies that claim Bt toxin is safe for non-target species, including humans, an unfounded claim that has been proven false time and time again.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/035161_Bt_toxin_GM_crops_species.html)
In general, GM crops lead to:
- Growth of superweeds
- Increase in superbugs
- Increase use of pesticides (toxins)
- A newly found organism that has been found to cause sudden death in plants. This organism has also been found to cause infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry.
What’s in it for us?
- Ending World Hunger: Initially, GMO development had a noble purpose, that is, to end world hunger. Unfortunately, studies have shown that GMO crops do not have a higher yield than conventional organic crops.
- The Unknown Effects: We really don’t know how GMO foods are affecting us.
- Do they cause allergies? Recent studies suggest allergies have dramatically increased in people who ingest GMO foods.
- Do they make the body more toxic? Studies in animals have shown internal damage to the liver, intestines, and kidneys from ingesting GMO foods.
- Are they causing birth defects and or miscarriages? Given studies have shown this to be true in animals, it is not a far stretch to believe this would occur in humans.
- Are the foods less nutritious? As mentioned above, the plants uptakes less nutrients when treated with pesticides compared to its organic counterpart.
So far, I’m not seeing any benefits that are of interest to me. GMO’s were created to produce higher and more reliable yields, yet critics suggest otherwise. The negative effects, on human, animal and plant health, may outweigh the purported higher yield claims. Given that, the request to simply label all foods that contain GMO’s makes sense to me. I would like to know what’s in the food I purchase. California’s Department of Food and Agriculture estimates that 70% of processed foods in our supermarkets contain genetically engineered ingredients. Even IF all of the research above is false, don’t we have a right to know what we are eating?
Obesity is an epidemic. This makes me sad, really sad. Today, 35% of adults in the U.S. are obese. Projections for the year 2030 are staggering. According to CNN, 42% of the American population will be obese by 2030. This level of obesity will cost an additional $549.5 billion in medical expenditures. Adding further to this dilemma, 1 out of every 3 children, our children, are obese. What is causing this? Lack of willpower? Lack of knowledge? Toxins?
What is willpower anyway? Technically, it is the ability to control oneself. Most of us can control: when we get up, when we go to bed, taking care of our hygiene, taking care of our children, arriving to work on time, accomplishing our tasks at work, filling up the tank when its on empty, making plans for vacation, paying the bills, ….. need I continue. But, when it comes to the food we eat, is it that we simply don’t have willpower? I don’t think so. The body is an addictive machine. That’s why people become addicted to healthy things like working out and meditation. It’s also why people become addicted to alcohol, drugs, sugar and processed foods. The body craves what you give it. Case in point: A friend of mine never ate fruit. He just didn’t like it. I told him my theory that if you give the body something for 3 weeks straight every day, by the fourth week you will actually crave it. He tested the theory. Every morning he ate a bowl of fresh fruit along with the rest of his breakfast. Lo and behold, three weeks later he was actually looking forward to and craving the bowl of fruit. Food addiction may be one of the underlying causes of obesity. Dr. Mark Hyman, a well-known advocate in the health and wellness sector, explains the interrelations of food addiction and obesity on his blog. Here is an excerpt:
Here are some of the scientific findings confirming that food can, indeed, be addictive(ii):
- Sugar stimulates the brain’s reward centers through the neurotransmitter dopamine exactly like other addictive drugs.
- Brain imagining (PET scans) shows that high-sugar and high-fat foods work just like heroin, opium, or morphine in the brain.(iii)
- Brain imaging (PET scans) shows that obese people and drug addicts have lower numbers of dopamine receptors, making them more likely to crave things that boost dopamine.
- Foods high in fat and sweets stimulate the release of the body’s own opioids (chemicals like morphine) in the brain.
- Drugs we use to block the brain’s receptors for heroin and morphine (naltrexone) also reduce the consumption and preference for sweet, high-fat foods in both normal weight and obese binge eaters.
- People (and rats) develop a tolerance to sugar—they need more and more of the substance to satisfy themselves—just like they do for drugs of abuse like alcohol or heroin.
- Obese individuals continue to eat large amounts of unhealthy foods despite severe social and personal negative consequences, just like addicts or alcoholics.
- Animals and humans experience “withdrawal” when suddenly cut off from sugar, just like addicts detoxifying from drugs.
- Just like drugs, after an initial period of “enjoyment” of the food the user no longer consumes them to get high, but to feel normal.
For the rest of his blog, go to http://drhyman.com/blog/conditions/food-addiction-could-it-explain-why-70-percent-of-america-is-fat/
Interestingly, Dr. Hyman mentions the “Super Size Me” movie, which I reference all the time. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. The main actor, Morgan Spurlock, decides to eat only McDonald’s food for an entire month. If the McDonald’s employee asks him if he would like to super size his meal, he says yes. Keep in mind, prior to this McDonald’s diet he ate very healthy – his girlfriend is a vegetarian chef. Initially his McDonald’s meals made him sick, but by the end of the month, he was craving and addicted to McDonald’s food.
While I don’t know what additive or ingredient in processed or fast food causes the body to become addicted, I do know the end result: addiction. Again, I’ve seen it with healthy choices as well.
How does a lack of knowledge play into the issue of obesity? Many people can’t answer the following questions: Is fat free good for you? How about artificial sweeteners? GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food? Fruits? Vegetables? Is anything good anymore?
Let’s start with fat-free. For some reason the words “fat free” convey, to the general public, this product is good for you. Many “fat free” labeled processed foods have loads of sugar. Too much sugar makes you fat because excess sugar is converted into fat and stored as adipose tissue. A simple concise explanation of how this happens can be found on http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/issa14.htm
Consuming fat, certain kinds of fat like flaxseed oil, fish oil , and olive oil not only help your body function better, but flaxseed oil also helps you burn off fat by stimulating the brown fat cells to burn fat. So next time you see “fat free” read the label and if it’s filled with sugar and artificial ingredients put it back on the shelf.
I don’t know about you, but artificial sweeteners are one thing that I will not intentionally put in my body. I’ve read too many articles citing the possible health risks, such as cancer, associated with consumption of artificial sweeteners. Dr. Mercola, another well-known health and wellness advocate, writes several articles explaining the dangers of artificial sweeteners. Knowledge is empowering, so check out his website: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx.
Genetically modified foods make up 70% of the processed foods sold in supermarkets. Some countries ban GMO foods. While the controversy is still hot, cutting back on GMO foods is just a safe thing to do. To obtain a list of non GMO foods go to http://truefoodnow.org/shoppers-guide/
I’m sure you are wondering what I could possibly say about fruits and vegetables. Well, pesticides, especially when ingested, are not good for you. I don’t need a medical degree to figure that one out. Some believe pesticides add to the obesity issue because of the effects the toxins play inside the body. The most obvious solution to reduce the amount of toxins in your body from pesticides is to buy organic. But, organic produce, actually organic anything is EXPENSIVE! So, pick and choose which fruits and vegetables you buy. According to www.ewg.org the list of 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides (they call them the dirty dozen) are: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries and lettuce. Start with these and add the rest later.
Awareness and knowledge are key to understanding and combating the obesity epidemic. Many organizations, including the government, are trying to help. It is a journey we are embarking upon together. I hope through discussions, sharing of ideas and acting upon the ideas, we eradicate this issue – if not for us, for our children.