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One Plus One Can Add Up To A Healthy You

11 Jul

PhilPortraitSmlby Phillip Tomlinson

“One plus one equals two…”

Yes, here they were – these cute kids — gleefully clapping hands, along with their teacher, while reciting what to so many before them should now be obvious:

“Two plus two equal…”

You get the idea.

THE AVENUE TO SUCCESS

But, thankfully, while counting is no longer a problem, do we really get the idea that, in many instances, the numbers game is the avenue to success?

And, yes, wouldn’t you know it, that idea also extends to slimming down and toning up.  In fact, the research is definitive:

Adopt a numbers strategy.

In other words, incorporate several ideas that in their totality will be efficient.

TURNING HEADS THIS SUMMER

Do this and you would have employed the fastest strategy to sculpting that body that’ll have you turning heads this summer.

Here’s a snapshot of what your strategy may look like:

  • Do full-body workouts.  Remember, you are looking for quality and not quantity.  Do repetitions that will challenge the maximum number of muscles at once. which means your workouts will be shorter but more effective.  Resistance exercise is king because you continue burning calories for hours after your last rep.
  • Make the best use of protein.  Because it takes your body twice as much energy to break down protein as it does to break down carbohydrates, you’ll need to include protein in all your meals and snacks.
  • Nourish your body smartly.  Ingest the majority of your carbohydrates when you’re active.  For example, your body needs protein and carbohydrates before and after your workout, with as little fat as possible – no more then two grams.
  • Eat fats when you are less active.  Examples would be fatty fish like salmon, nuts, avocado, turkey, etc.  The idea here is that your body will burn what’s available.  Hence the saying, you need fat to burn fat.  This is where you’ll need to go very, very easy on carbohydrates
  • Rest.  Remember, your body does most of its repairing and growing when you rest.
  • Drink water.  All that needs saying here is that every metabolic reaction in your body needs water.
  • Avoid, as much as you can, sitting for long periods.  If you have a job that confines you to a desk, take a standing break once an hour.  Why?  Research has shown that right after sitting down the electrical activity in your muscles slows down and your calorie-burning rate decreases to one calorie per minute.  Over an extended period this puts you at risk for weight gain.

So, what are you waiting for?  Start planning that strategy now.  Make a checklist, and pretty soon you’ll discover that one plus one can magically add up to lot more than two.

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Cartier: To Your Health!

3 Jan

PhilPortraitSmlby Phillip Tomlinson

Cartier.

Oh, Santa Baby!

Hey, was just The Season To Be Jolly when the images can be pretty heartening.

And if you were thinking French this Holiday Season, well there’s nothing wrong with reaching for the finer things in life.

Cartier if you please or, should I say, if you could have. But, then again, may be Santa climbed down your chimney with one of these super-sparklers from Louis Francois Cartier and had you instantly feeling like a million dollars when you stepped out.Cartier copy

TOP OF THE LIST

Anyway — before getting ahead of ourselves here — you know there’s only one thing that can really keep you feeling your best, and it’s at the top of the list of the finer things in life.

Yup, you guessed it, your health which, incidentally, could also have you feeling like a million dollars.  And since we’ve just bid adieu to the Holiday Season and you may still be dead set on Cartier, let me add another one — Cartier that is — to your list:

A NUTRITION JEWEL

Jacques Cartier, another Frenchman. The one who brought an-oft-overlooked nutrition jewel to the Americas back in 1536.Cabbage1Cropped

Yes, cabbage — the other Cartier — is a-jewel-of-a-powerhouse that, according to research, can improve your health and add years to your life. Years more to enjoy those super sparklers you may have acquired.

FOOD AS MEDICINE

To put things into perspective, just consider these key links to this cruciferous vegetable which has long been used as food as well as medicine:

  • It is a potent source of natural antioxidants which can help minimize oxidation, thereby limiting cell damage and inflammation.
  • It has been found to play a significant role in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Can help steel us against cardiovascular illnesses.
  • Red cabbage in particular was found to contain some 36 anthocyanins — phytonutrients that are believed to help fight various cancers. Among them, cancer of the prostate, bladder, breast and colon.

A pretty good bargain for food on the cheap which, as one story has it, was fed to laborers to keep them healthy as they built the Great Wall of China.

If you are averse to eating this nutritious vegetable, you can avail yourself of its healthful benefits by taking cabbage pills which have been shown to be effective.

May the Cartier tradition — Louis’s and Jacques’s be yours in good health for a great, many sparkling years.

In the meantime, learn more about the super family of vegetables that cabbage is a part of by clicking on the link below in the BodinSync Prescription.

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http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/super-veggies-cruciferous-vegetables

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The One-Two Punch: A Thing Of Beauty

25 Jun
 by Phillip Tomlinson
  
If you’ve seen it delivered, you’ll agree it’s a thing of beauty.
 
Boxing’s one-two punch combo.
 
Don’t think so?
 
Just take a visit to memory lane and check out master blaster Muhammad Ali ripping incoming opponents to shreds while feeding them leather.
 
Worked like a charm.
 
Yes, the one-two punch has its place in history.
 
HEALTHY DESTRUCTION
   
But while this is not about eating leather I’m, nevertheless, talking destruction.
  
Destruction of that something that can be a royal pain the in-the-you-know-what to us all.
 
Fat.
 
Yup, that’s right.  An almost immovable pain in the butt.
 
Almost.
 
Now, assuming you are consistently putting in your time at the gym, you may be overlooking one nutritional, fat-shredding strategy that amounts to a helluvah one-two combo.
 
Chances are you may already be making use of whey protein which, with its impressive amino acid profile, is one of the most powerful fat-burning and muscle-building supplements you can include in your arsenal.
 
But, since this is about a one-two punch, you know there’s more.  More protein.
 
Casein.
 
With its higher calcium content, casein can be a lot more beneficial in terms of total fat loss.  And with researchers finding that it’s best to have the correct balance of calcium and protein, they believe casein to be superior in maximizing fat loss.
 
AN EFFECTIVE ONE-TWO PUNCH
 
With whey and casein, you are truly looking at an effective one-two punch.  That’s because, in addition to their fat-burning and muscle-building prowess, they provide protein when your body needs it most.  Whey, when you need quick protein — just before or after a workout.  The slow-digesting casein when you need a steady stream of protein, for example, at night when you are asleep.
 
So, if you haven’t yet, give this one-two combo a try as you supplement your healthy eating habits, and you’ll find it working for you to great effect.
 
As for casein,  it has an added bonus  — with researchers touting its ability to guard against colon cancer. 
 

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Wanna dampen the hunger pangs you often wake up with in the morning after all that sleeping without eating?  You can preserve your toned frame by having the following before going to bed: 

  1. a casein protein shake without any carbohydrate
  2. a glass of milk
  3. whey protein with a teaspoon of canola oil, especially if you are unable to handle casein.  The canola oil will cause the protein to be released slowly, thereby spreading it over a longer period.

The whey or casein protein could be mixed with water or, say, a 4o calorie glass of almond milk.

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Interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness?  You’re welcome to send your E-mail to kerolinson@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Super Supplement For A Super, Healthy You

10 Apr

by Phillip Tomlinson

It’s a helluvah picture of endurance.

In fact, you could call it a super-marathon of oceanic proportions.

And the participants are themselves something else.

That’s because, for them, the likes of the New York City Marathon — the greatest 26.2-mile course in the world — is oceans away from the hundreds of miles they cover in what can only be seen as a remarkable feat of physical endurance.

But here’s a valid question:

Would you forego eating because you were running a marathon?

Didn’t think so.

Yet, this is exactly what salmon do when they travel hundreds of miles laboriously up-stream — not eating for days — on their way to spawn.

And what does this have to do with us?

A lot it turns out when you consider that the same thing that gives salmon their incredible stamina is also available to us, and is probably the one supplement we cannot afford to do without.

If you haven’t heard the buz, then here‘s something you may want to swallow:

Astaxanthin.

Really.  Literally.

Astaxanthin capsules

For many athletes, this carotenoid which give marine creatures like salmon, their red or pinkish color, is a go-to super-supplement for increasing strength, endurance and overall performance.  It has also been found to protect the eyes, brain and nervous system and is a supplement for youthful skin as well.  But the buz doesn’t stop here, because astaxanthin is not only considered the strongest natural antioxidant known but also one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories in the world — making it an effective reliever of joint and muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and a host of other tissue problems.

And those in the know say its medicinal properties distinguish it as a good alternative to such anti-inflammatories as aspirin and the prescription drug Celebrex.

Astaxanthin’s true magic happens through its ability to go where few other antioxidants can — completely penetrating the body’s cells to neutralize DNA-damaging free radicals and provide overall protection.

Labeled by one expert as the “number one supplement you’ve never heard of but should be taking,” astaxanthin may be bought under that name or taken in the form of krill oil — often referred to as the new omega 3.

Why krill oil?

Turns out that creatures like salmon, lobster and crabs get astaxanthin from eating small crustaceans like the shrimp-like krill which is chock full of the stuff.

Interested?

If you haven’t yet, how about going for the long haul with this nutrient that may just be the most powerful, natural medicine you’ve never heard of?

So, because I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit to go out and have a marathon of a summer, why not check out the BodinSync Prescription below for a few tips on how to get a serious boost.

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  1. Although recommendations vary, it is clear that eating salmon — a source of astaxanthin — as many times as you can per week, would be a great addition your diet.
  2. Eight hundred to one thousand milligrams of krill oil per day or about 16 milligrams of astaxanthin, according to research, may — in addition to boosting overall health — also work magic in preventing UV damage and reverse external signs of aging.

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Interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness?  You’re welcome to send your E-mail to kerolinson@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20

Step Out With A Nutritional Powerhouse In A Tiny Package

13 Nov

by Phillip Tomlinson

Five-feet-one.

This could be the definition of pint-size.

Eighty eight pounds.

A bit of a light-weight.  Let’s call a spade a spade.

Except this was no spade and — as far as light weights go — this was power and speed personified.

And it all rested on the shoulders of a woman named Tegla — Tegla Chepkite Loroupe that is.  Only the winner of the New York City Marathon twice.

Huge.

Couldn’t be any more so. 

Yup, good things can really come in small packages, and can carry quite a punch to boot.

Right now — when it comes to packing a punch — I’m thinking nutrition.  And that’s no small thing, whether you’re aiming to be a high-performance Tegla machine or simply want to stay healthy.

Yeah, I know, life can sometimes get in the way.  Well how about carrying a snack that’s been called “a powerhouse packed in a tiny package?”

Think dates.  You know, that super nutritious fruit of the date palm? Yeah, that kind of date — the one that’s been called the “minimum of a balanced diet.”

And, by the way, eat two and you would have consumed three grams of fiber which is about the same amount found in a small apple.

Not bad, when you consider that dates contain both soluble and insoluble fiber — bouncers which show troublemakers like cholesterol the door, helping to trim your waistline and improve overall health.

But wait, there’s more — a lot more.

That’s because dates are chock full of a host of important vitamins and minerals like potassium which, apart from assuming the duties of an electrolyte,  is required for keeping heart, brain, kidney and other organs, along with muscle tissues, in good condition.

Since, by now, my guess is you’d hardly need a nudge to get on the dating circuit, you should know that to find a great date to keep company with you’ll need to look west.

That’s because California dates are as wholesome as they come — being, among other things, sodium-free, fat-free and cholesterol-free.

If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of going dating, check out the link in the BodinSync Prescription below.

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http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-dates-1962.html

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to kerolinson@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20

Eat And Protect Your Brainpower?

25 Aug

by Phillip Tomlinson

Livin’ la vida loca?

Could be a good thing if that Ricky Martin tune gets your pulse-pounding, your blood boiling and your feet moving.

Afterall, a little exercise could go a long way, when it comes to keeping those muscles fired up.

But a song in your heart is one thing and fuel for your muscles can be quite another.

In other words, la vida loca may be plain loca if you are blindly going along with one of the favorite trends of food manufacturers.

So, men — yes– men, listen up:  Before you start your engines, be sure you’re fueling up with the right stuff.

That’s because researchers want you to know that if you are consuming an overabundance of soy, you could be doing more harm than good.

So, here’s the skinny:  In order to attract those of us living the low-carb life, food manufacturers have gone over the deep end turning everything into tofu.

Only problem is that what seems to be a good thing could turn out to be hell on men according to researchers.

Let’s put it this way, while your muscles could be getting bigger, your brainpower could be going south.

You see, a University of Hawaii study done on some 8,000 Japanese-American men found that those who ate two servings a week of tofu for the past decade, performed worse on mental ability tests than those who ate less.

It also found that those who ate a lot of tofu in mid-life, had brains that functioned as if they were four years older.

Among the other maladies singled out was the possibility of developing kidney stones.

But like the ad-man would say, wait, there’s more.  However, if you are expecting bad news, you can rest easy.  No need to entirely banish soy from your diet.  Yes, it has it’s benefits.

That’s because researchers have made a connection between soy and a reduction of prostate cancer, and it is also believed that 25 grams of soy protein per day could help lower your cholesterol level.

Of course, because of its estrogenic properties where women are concerned, soy has been investigated in  the treatment of menopause and breast cancer.

So, men, that said, here’s the recommendation:  Keep your soy protein intake to less than 25 grams per day because the same phytoestrogen compounds that provide protection may also be harmful in higher quantities.

While the University of Hawaii study cannot be seen as conclusive without other confirming findings, the results must be considered worrisome, researchers say.

So, by all means, have your cake and eat it too by livin’ la vida loca.  But you may want to do so with some skepticism when it comes to ingesting an overabundance of soy.

For more on the pros and cons of soy, check out the link in the BodinSync Prescription below.

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http://bodybuilding.ultimatefatburner.com/soy-protein-review.html

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to kerolinson@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20

Invest In A Little Green; You’ll Be A Healthier Kid For It

26 Jun

by Phillip Tomlinson

Being a kid at heart can be a good thing.

Full of energy.  playful.  Happy-go-lucky.  Funny.  Youthful outlook…

Not bad.

But adding a little green to the mix could make a good thing better.

Could be life-changing and, along with that, a heck of a confidence booster.

And who among us — kids or otherwise — wouldn’t relish a boost of that sort.

Of course the green stuff I’m talking about has nothing to do with those Ulysses Grants, Ben Frenklins or even those William McKinley 500s — even though they can be pretty good to spend on a lotta things.

I’m referring to the green — or should I say greens — we avoided like the plague when we were kids.  The broccoli or spinach we’d toss under the table when mom wasn’t looking.

That’s right; kids’ll be kids.

But here’s the real problem:  For a lot of us, when it comes to those greens, we may no longer be tossing them under the table or elsewhere, but we’re still kids.  That’s because we’re still steering clear of those powerful greens like the plague.  In fact they never even make it to our plate.

And, of course, while mom can no longer force us to eat our greens, she surely knew what she was talking about.

And in case you missed it then, I’ll tell you this:  If vegetables are still not your thing, at least make a habit of eating the ones that are the gold standard for healthy living and, at that, some big-time gut busting.

Yes, if you are interested in winning the battle against abdominal fat, veggie fat-burners should be a part of your diet.

According to research, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, etc., contain phytonutrients such as indole -3-carbinol that specifically help to fight against estrogenic compounds that can cause belly fat.

These are especially effective weapons against the daily exposure to pesticides, herbicides and petrochemicals from air and water pollution, household cleaners, cosmetics, etc., that can react with our body, causing it to store excess abdominal fat.

To find out more about the benefits of cruciferous vegetables in overall health, check out the link in the BodinSync Prescription below.

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http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/super-veggies-cruciferous-vegetables

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to kerolinson@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20.