Archive for August, 2015

Organic Coffee

Organic Coffee

Hi everyone,

Isagenix Coffee

Isagenix Coffee

Just returned from a one-week health and wellness conference in San Diego, CA. We were introduced to a new low-acid organic coffee. Each bag is infused with green tea, coconut oil, and trace minerals.

Green tea reinforces coffee’s natural antioxidant strength, trace minerals offset acidity, and coconut oil adds a nice buttery finish. It is also rigorously tested for toxins, pesticides, and mold.

I am not a big coffee drinker but Dan loves coffee. He will have 2 cups in the morning and a latte in the afternoon.
Coffee has gone from being bad to good for you. Now better well designed research is illuminating the health value of coffee. An adult can enjoy 3 to 5 cups per day.

The evidence suggest that coffee is good but that unhealthy products often associated with its use could make coffee an easy target to vilify.
Recent studies show that those who drink coffee on a regular basis tend to live healthier lives. This might be because it displaces other types of drinks such as sugary beverages in the diet.

 

We also know that coffee is useful for:

  • boosting energy
  • increasing memory and concentration
  • helping to maintain blood sugar control
  •  boosting mood
  •  better blood flow.

Evidence has been found that coffee can reduce the risk for type two diabetes, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee drinkers are also reported to have better long-term cognitive function and memory in comparison to non-coffee drinkers. When consumed in excess or in the evening or night, coffee is also linked to poor sleep and insomnia.

On average coffee drinkers in the USA sip 1 to 2 cups daily but there is a catch. Stirring in cream, sweeteners, and flavorings can easily pile on saturated fat, sugar, and calories. A latte can have as many calories as a chocolate bar.

I usually have a cup of tea in the morning but maybe I need to start drinking coffee. Only problem with me is I like all of those sweeteners and cream. I will just have to use my Stevia and organic milk to flavor my coffee.
Enjoy!

To sample the coffee click on the provided link Isagenix Coffee

Please comment below if you have any experience trying any organic coffee brands.

Reference – 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Claudia drinking Isagenix coffee

Enjoying a cup of Isagenix coffee

 

How to lose weight and stay healthy – Part 2

How to lose weight and stay healthy – Part 2

Below you will find part 2 of the various weight loss programs that are around today, some are well know and others are more a fad. Actually it seems that most diet programs are a fad and quickly lose their appeal as dieters move on to yet another weight loss program. Final part of this series will be posted next week.

Below is a short video on a program called Isagenix which is more about changing your eating habits than focusing on “a diet”. For more information on Isagenix, click the above tab to learn more.

Take a look

 

Vegetarian

• Lacto-Vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included.

• Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs.

• Ovo-Vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, sea-food and dairy products, but allow eggs.

• Vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products — and foods that contain these products.

 

Atkins Diet

• Limit carbs to less than 20g/day to induce ketosis, a state where a lack of carbs force the body to burn fat for fuel instead of sugars

• Don’t count calories, but do track “net carbs” which is total carbohydrate content of a food item minus its fiber content.

• After 2 weeks of ketosis, slowly start reintroducing carbs. Spread carbs throughout the day (don’t binge all at once) to prevent insulin spikes.

• There are 4 phases to the diet. The goal is to lose a bunch of weight in the beginning, then 2nd your ideal level of carb consumption for maintaining weight.

• The high protein and high fat percentages will make you feel full longer.

 

The Beverly Hills Diet

• Each day, eat exactly what the diet has outlined for that day. And at the specific times. There are a few guiding principles:

• Fruit must be eaten alone at all times. Ideally, you should begin each day with an “enzymatic fruit” such as prune, apricot, pineapple, or persimmon. Wait an hour before eating different kinds of fruit.

• Protein can be combined with fat, but not carbo-hydrates. Once you’ve eaten protein, 80 percent of what you eat the rest of the day should also be protein.

• Carbohydrates can be combined with fat, but not protein.

• Most alcoholic beverages like beer and spirits are considered carbohydrates; red and white wine should be treated as fruit. Champagne is “neutral” and can be eaten with any type of food.

• There are no portion suggestions: Eat as much as you want, provided you follow the rules above.

 

South Beach Diet

• There are three phases. Phase 1 is 2 weeks where you cut out nearly all carbohydrates, in order to eliminate cravings for foods high in sugars.

• Phase 2 reintroduces some whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but is still restricted and is designed for long-term weight loss.

• Phase 3 is maintenance once you’ve reached your target weight.

• The general concept is to eliminate “bad carbs” from your diet by avoiding foods with a high glycemic index. Carbs with a low glycemic index can be eaten though.

• Limit unhealthy fats, but increase foods higher in healthier monounsaturated fats.

 

How to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy

How to lose weight and stay healthy

 

Charting your weight

Charting your weight

Below you will find several different types of diets, some have been around for quite a while, personally I prefer just controlling how much I eat and exercising. I’ll post additional methods in a later posting, so do stay tuned.

Weight Watchers

• All foods are given a number of points. Every day you have a max number of points you can eat, based on height, weight, age and other factors.

• Healthy choices are worth fewer points and bad choices are worth more. For example fruits and vegetables are worth 0 points so you can eat as much as you want.

• No food is off limits, but the focus is eating a balanced diet.

• There are many online and in-person meetings to provide support and motivation.

• Many meal plans, recipe guides, etc. are provided to do the work for you.

 

Mayo Clinic Diet

Five good daily habits:

1 Eat a healthy breakfast

2 Eat four servings of vegetables and three of fruits

3 Eat whole grains

4 Eat healthy fats

5 Exercise thirty minutes

Five bad habits:

1 Added sugar

2 Snacks other than fruits and vegetables

3 Overlarge servings of meat or dairy products

4 Eating restaurant meals that don’t follow the diet

5 Watching television while eating

 

The Mediterranean Diet

• Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts make up the bulk of your diet.

• Eat fish and poultry at least twice a week and only eat red meat a few times per month.

• Include healthy fats such as olive oil

• Flavor foods with herbs and spices rather than salt

• Drink red wine in moderation if desired.

 

Slow Carb Diet

• 1: Avoid “white” starchy carbohydrates (or those that can be white). This means all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and grains. If you have to ask, don’t eat it.

• 2: Eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and lunch. You al-ready do this; you’re just picking new default meals.

• 3: Don’t drink calories. Exception: 1-2 glasses of dry red wine per night is allowed.

• 4: Don’t eat fruit. (Fructose –> glycerol phosphate –> more body fat, more or less.) Avocado and tomatoes are the exception.

• 5: Take one day ŏ per week and go nuts. I choose and recommend Saturday.