Starting Points – Know Where You Are – NOW!

Starting Points – know where you are Now

In order to record results you need to …..
Either come to us for a Starting Points session to be weighed and measured OR do it yourself….

BODY FAT % – We can measure your body fat – this requires just a few minutes… We are able to do this quick appointment all within your fees. You’ll also discover your metabolic age, internal fat% and much more.

WEIGH IN – use the same scales every time – not more than weekly. The fitter you get the less accurate and meaningful scale weight becomes. Remember muscle weighs MUCH more than body fat – BUT measures about 20% less.

MEASURE – neck; chest/bust; ribs; navel; pubis; thigh; upper arm. We will never ask you to measure in SO many places that you are bound to show inch loss… we ask you to keep your measurements and tell us your success stories as the camp progresses.
Always measure the same side of your body, wear similar clothes, or just your undies.
Where you measure does make a difference so here are a few tips..
Neck – no particular guidelines
Chest – keep the tape level all the way round and on the nipple line.
Ribs – for girls under the bust line, where your bra strap would be.
Navel – this is in line with your belly button.
Pubis – this in line with your pubic bone.
Thigh – just under the fold of your buttock – so quite high up (don’t always go for the fattest bit –as this will move.
Upper Arm – mid way between shoulder and elbow.
If you want to measure your calf – do so. I believe that your calf will reduce if you are very overweight – but will then stay pretty much the same – no mater what you do.

If you feel you would like more help with your food choices, eating patterns and goal setting, book an additional personal session with Jackie.
The best motivator is a photographic record… so find your camera/phone and take front view and side view NOW! Then every 2 weeks take some more. You will be amazed!

Transformation stories are very motivating for everyone trying to make changes, we have a few that you can read, if you want to speak to campers that have tried this fatloss system we can put you in touch.

Good Luck with YOUR transformation

Jax Allen.

How To Get the Body Of Your Dreams

How To Get The Body Of Your Dreams

POWERFUL Steps To Take To Change Your Body And Mind Forever

These are the steps you must take to successfully lose weight and keep it off.

Typical weight loss plans include diet and exercise. But what really is a diet? It’s a way to monitor the calories we are putting into our bodies. Some need to for health reasons, and some do it just to look good. It is one way to ensure we are getting the right amount and servings of fruits, vegetables, and fibre. It is a way to incorporate leaner cuts of protein (meat) and more healthy fats! Sound familiar?

Exercise is another way to eliminate calories. Cardio training can use up huge numbers of calories. Strength training increases lean muscle mass, helping to keep our fat burning furnace firing at optimal levels- you know the old ‘build muscle to burn fat’ mantra.

This combination is great for helping us lose weight. But what happens when it stops working? What happens when we resort back to our old ways?

There are different reasons why diet and exercise stop working: the restriction of calories, all the healthy food can be more expensive, boredom, and depriving yourself of what you love. These can be the downfall to any good program that lacks one step: a plan.

The Key – developing a plan is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.
People go to dietitians, personal trainers, and group exercise classes because of one central component: they have a format or a plan. Each aerobics class or bootcamp is choreographed with a routine of exercises, which helps people stay on track.
A personal trainer designs an exercise program with increasing intensity to help you lose more weight. A dietitian develops a sound nutrition plan that includes when to eat, what to eat and the amount to eat.

Each one gives you a plan.
So how does a PLAN help?

Having a plan can help you lose weight and keep it off, and help in other areas of your life too. You can plan for retirement, a holiday, and to change behaviours hindering your weight loss.

Here are the components of a plan:

• Recognizing the need to change some aspect in your life

• Establishing short- and long-term SMART goals

• A proper support system

• Rewarding your successes AND acknowledging your failures too (more on this one later)

The biggest shift in the health industry at the moment is listening and assisting rather than simply prescribing.
A dietitian gives a plan and you are told what to eat. There is nothing wrong with this, and this approach can work for some. However, some people, when told to do something, become a little rebellious – resulting in lack of adherence. Does this sound familiar?
A personal trainer wants to see you maybe 3 times a week – because they want to make sure you do your complete program every workout. We all know what happens when we do a workout on our own….. we cheat a bit, cut a few exercises short and stick to our favourites!

So let me explain:

Recognise the need to change – everyone has something in their life they need or want to change. It could be weight loss, losing stubborn belly fat, living a healthy life, or financial freedom. Whatever the goal is, figure it out and write it down. You can even tell someone else about your goal and what you think you need to change. Now you know what you want to change so you….

Establish short- and long-term goals – This is the most important step in the process.
Think long range – three months – and develop goals around what you want to change.
Develop three to four goals you want to work on and write them down.
Break down those three or four goals into smaller, more manageable goals.
Baby steps are the way to go to accomplish your goals.

When developing goals, you want SMART goals.
Specific – the more specific the goals, the more likely you are to accomplish them. Just saying you want to lose weight is a vague statement, but saying “I want to lose five pounds over three months,” makes the goal more specific. Making specific goals provides a timeline to accomplishing the goal. This one step will vastly increase your chance of success. Goals should also be…
Measurable – you must track your goals. You must be able to see when you complete the goal. Goals should also be…

Attainable – never set a goal that is out of reach or unattainable. Each goal you set should be difficult, but achievable. This will prove you have the ability to accomplish what you set out to do. Research shows that when goals are difficult to obtain they lead to higher performance in reaching goals. Goals should also be….

Realistic – attainable and realistic go hand-in-hand. Saying you want to lose 7 stone in 3 months will set you up for failure. It isn’t realistic. Set goals that are realistic to your situation – goals you know you are able to accomplish. Leading to…

Time-based – make sure you set an end time to your goals. This creates a sense of urgency in completing them. This holds you accountable for your success and gives you direction for accomplishing your goals. It motivates you to revue your goals and work hard on them. SMART works for any Goal
You don’t need a Personal Trainer or Nutritionist so far….
A proper support system – now that you have your SMART goals in place, share them with someone else. They hold you as accountable as you hold yourself. This will motivate you to succeed since you do not want to let them down. I hate to say it – but this is why Weight Watchers is successful. By sharing experiences with others who can relate, they are held accountable by everyone in the program. Those of you who have been in my sessions recently will have heard me talk about the other factor that helps Slimming Clubs… and that’s that most of their members cheat after their weigh in day – and usually starve beforehand. Sound familiar?…..
Those of you that are enjoying the best results are those that text and email me regularly with results, questions and get the support they need to continue on their goals.

Now onto the most important factor…..
Your reward system – you must always reward your successes and recognize your failures.
Rewarding your successes gives the opportunity to acknowledge when a change has been acheived or a goal has been accomplished. It provides positive reinforcement, building more confidence!

Recognising a failure is just as important. When you don’t meet your goals you can then let them go. Letting go helps you understand there are challenges and bumps along the way, however, you can overcome them and move forward.
Dwelling on failures destroys momentum. So stop dwelling on the failure, and move in leaps and bounds forward in a positive way.

Changing behaviours does not come easy.
Behaviours are deeply ingrained in us, I believe it takes at least 3 weeks of effort to make a permanent change. Just admitting when a change is needed, you set yourself up for success.
Include short- and long-term weight-loss goals, a reward system for the little and the big successes, and a great support system will help in developing a plan for losing weight and keeping it off.
I know my system works and with effort from you and my support and that of the rest of the group you WILL reach your goals.
All you have to do is SET THEM – oh, and then turn up to training!!
See you soon. Jax©

Party Season Survival Checklist

Here’s a user-friendly Holiday Survival NUTRITION Checklist for you to use – it’s pretty cool and it works 😉

The Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide Nutrition Checklist

Use the following nutrition checklist to stay on track during the holidays.

For each of the 10 NUTRITION standards you meet in the outlined checklist below, you earn ONE point.

If your goal is to maintain your weight during the holidays, then you MUST achieve at least 5 total points each week.

If your goal is to reduce your weight and lose body fat during the holidays, then you MUST achieve at least 8 total points each week.

___ Did you say NO at least 90% of the time when the sweet tin or plate of biscuits was passed around the office or your workplace?

___ Instead of bringing a dessert or chocolates to work for everyone to enjoy , did you bring something more healthy like a veggie or fruit platter with a healthy dip? Make sure it’s festive – Use green, red, orange and white veggies and fruits!

___ Did you skip the bread and breaded appetizers at holiday dinners and parties? Remember, bread and flour products are useless carbohydrates devoid of good nutrition.

___ Have you told yourself that sugar and sweet treats will kill you? Avoid eating sweet treats by eating protein

___ Did you eat healthy, balanced meals containing protein, whole carbohydrates and fats the day of a holiday party instead of starving yourself and “saving” your calories?

___ Did you stay away from alcohol at 90% of your holiday events? Remember: alcohol causes your body to store fat and not able to burn fat for days, and when you add sugar to it, it makes it even worse.

___ Did you stick to mostly protein and veggies at holiday dinners and parties?

___ If you have to bake holiday treats over the next two months, did you bake something low in sugar and high in fibre, protein and healthy fat? Remember that artificial sweetened foods are not any better. Stick with less real sugar or use Stevia/Agave Nectar and you’re body will look better

___ If you can’t exercise due to holiday commitments, did you keep your carbohydrate intake lower and focus mostly on proteins, vegetables and some fruits?

___ If you know you’re going to eat more carbs than your body needs at a holiday event, did you plan this into a carb cycling routine? The day prior, eat a lower carb diet, and then the day following, eat a no carb diet – Give yourself an extra point if you also did a damage control workout.

Follow these guidelines, make sure you get your points every week – you’ll lose fat rather than gain it….

Watch out for the Work Out Checklist to help you achieve your body transformation goals….

Eat Clean – Train Hard – Expect Success!!

Jackie Allen ©

Eat Clean – Feel Great !

This is part of an article taken written by a GP who is also a Vet…. He has researched inflammatory response (Pain syndromes, PMS, Parkinsons, Arthritis, MS, Celiac, IBS, Skin disorders, Migraine and Epilepsy etc) to foods for many years, he is well respected and published in the US. Its a bit technical in places – but stick with it… you’ll change the food you buy for your pets too, I hope!!!

Foods rich in glutamate and aspartate:
cause inflammation RESTICT THESE..

1) Grains: Wheat, barley, and oats are highest. Corn and rice are lower than the previous three but higher than potatoes.

2) Dairy Products: All Cheeses (cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, PARMESAN) are very high. Casein is very concentrated in cheese and is 20% glutamic acid by composition.

3) Beans: Soy, Pinto, lima, black, navy, and lentils

4) Seeds: Sunflower, pumpkin, etc.

5) Peanuts: Very high, as are cashews, pistachios, and almonds. There are more detailed charts on the site to show exact values for the various nuts. Everything in moderation applies when eating nuts of any kind. So, I do not recommend you reach for nuts when you are really hungry unless you can stop after a few. Nuts are very good for you.. in moderation. For example, seven almonds a day gives you what you need .

6) Diet drinks: Primary source of aspartate (aspartame)

7) Prepared foods, soups: 70% of prepared foods and many soups have MSG

8) Meats: Note- All meats are naturally rich in glutamate and aspartate. Lamb (and eggs) are the lowest, while rabbit and turkey are the highest.
However, I believe that the amount in a normal serving of meat should not be enough to cause problems. I think that it is all of the other “unnatural” sources when combined with the meats that are causing the problems. Again, the main reasons why the “big 4”- gluten (wheat, barley, rye), dairy, soy and corn- are so harmful are, not only are they rich in glutamate, but they do harm to intestinal villi inducing mal-absorption of nutrients and then shower the body with their inflammatory lectins once absorbed by the body. It is the combination of these effects that make the “big 4” so detrimental in seizures.
Meats (and tree nuts) do not have these other harmful effects. But there are individuals whose neurons are so diseased and overly-sensitized to glutamate that their meat protein intake should be restricted to some degree until they and their brains are healthier. I have now had cases of canine epilepsy that required some restriction of animal protein in order to halt their seizures. But this should be a temporary requirement, with a return to normal levels being accomplished once an individual is off the “big 4” long enough.
One of my newest concerns is the presence of glutamate in the flesh of grain-fed animals, especially chickens, turkeys, and cattle. This is s topic of discussion on the celiac forums and we now believe that this is a real concern and could explain why some Celiacs are not responding to elimination diets. Farmed fish are also grain fed.

But, the fact is that 60-70% of the American Diet is wheat and dairy (with heavy emphasis on cheese). This combined with the amount of artificial sweeteners being consumed and the addition of SOY has led this country into an epidemic of pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia. Epilepsy is definitely on the rise in pets and the combination of wheat and soy in pet foods is playing a huge role. I am seeing first time epileptic dogs within three weeks of starting such diets.

Foods lower in glutamate and aspartate:

1) Fruits, berries

2) Vegetables

3) Potatoes

4) Lamb and eggs are relatively low (compared to beef, chicken, turkey) Choose FREE Range meats (non grain fed)

5) Tree nuts (e.g. pecans, walnuts, macadamias) NOTE: These are relatively low when compared to peanuts and cashews. I have more detailed charts on the site to show exact values. Again, everything in moderation applies when eating nuts of any kind. I do not recommend you reach for nuts when you are really hungry unless you can stop after a few. Nuts are very good for moderation. 7 almonds a day gives you what you need .

So, the GARD (Glutomate Aspartate Restricted Diet) should be mostly lean meats, vegetables, fruits/berries, limited nuts, potatoes, and eggs while also limiting known allergens. My site discusses primary versus secondary food allergens. The good news is that if we stay off the primary ones long enough (dairy, wheat/gluten grains, soy, corn) we may be able to eat the secondary ones again.

Remember: Like sufferers of the many conditions that afflict us, epileptics are obviously on a spectrum of affliction. Spending time on this forum has made this painfully clear, especially after reading about the worst cases. My heart goes out to you all. That being said, I feel certain that, as in the pets, there will be those that will respond to minimal changes in diet and those that will require Herculean efforts in the elimination of the foods above.

Also keep in mind that I have had pets that were seizure-free on these duck and potato diets for 6-12 months but that had a seizure within 6 hours of making a mistake (e.g. stealing a waffle). But, I do feel certain that as they (and people) get farther down the road, they will become more resilient to mistakes. This is in part due to the elimination of the casomorphins and gliadomorphins (from casein and gluten) that take up to a year to be eliminated from the brain.

Most of you know that estrogens are “inflammatory” and sensitize neurons to glutamate (catamenial seizures, PMS).

Progesterones are your friend. They are calming, anti-inflammatory (stronger in some regards than cortisone), and they can help suppress seizures.

Too bad there are not dietary sources of these, right? Yes, that is one of the other problems. These same foods are RICH is estrogen but low in progesterone. Balance is everything, isn’t it?

I have evidence with my clients that being really strict for 3 or 4 weeks with your food choices and then re-introducing foods one at a time – you will notice immediately returning symptoms and – be able to identify the foods that your body doesn’t like. You may decide to avoid the foods that cause your symptoms completely – or cheat just occasionally. Remember we have to have one dirty meal every week!!

I hope this helps – let me know how you get on….

Jax Allen
Program Director

Sensitive To Sugars?

Sugar Sensitivity Test Rates Tolerance to Carbohydrates

Determining Your Sensitivity to Sugar and Eating Habits
Directions: If the statement applies to you, put the number of points (in the brackets) on the line. When you are done, add the points and look at the key below for what the total means.
(5) _____ I have a tendency to higher blood pressure.
(5) _____ I gain weight easily, especially around my waist and have difficulty losing it.
(5) _____ I often experience mental confusion.
(5) _____ I often experience fatigue and generalized weakness.
(10) ____ I have diabetic tendencies.
(4) _____ I get tired and/or hungry in the mid-afternoon.
(5) _____ About an hour or two after eating a full meal that includes dessert, I want more of the dessert.
(3) _____ It is harder for me to control my eating for the rest of the day if I have a breakfast containing carbohydrates, than it would be if I had only coffee or nothing at all.
(4) _____ When I want to lose weight, I find it easier not to eat for most of the day than to try to at several small diet meals.
(3) _____ Once I start eating sweets, starches, or snack foods, I often have a difficult time stopping.
(3) _____ I would rather have an ordinary meal that included dessert than a gourmet meal that did not include dessert.
(5) _____ After finishing a full meal, I sometimes feel as if I could go back and eat the whole meal again.
(3) _____ A meal of only meat and vegetables leaves me feeling unsatisfied.
(3) _____ If I’m feeling down, a snack of cake or cookies makes me feel better.
(3) _____ If potatoes, bread, pasta, or dessert are on the table, I will often skip eating vegetables or salad.
(4) _____ I get a sleepy, almost “drugged” feeling after eating a large meal containing bread or pasta or potatoes and dessert, whereas I feel more energetic after a meal of only meat or fish and salad or veg.
(3) _____ I have a hard time going to sleep at times without a bedtime snack.
(3) _____ At times I wake in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep unless I eat something.
(5) _____ I get irritable if I miss a meal or mealtime is delayed
(2) _____ At a restaurant, I almost always eat too much bread, even before the meal is served.
Total _______
Scores of 20 or less indicates that you are a person who can do well on low fat / high complex carbohydrates diet, and might do well as a vegetarian. These diets are approx. 10% to 15% fat, 15% to 20% proteins, and 65% to 75% carbohydrates by calories.
Scores of greater than 25 need diets lower in simple sugars, like sweets, alcohol and starches, but higher in protein and fats. The higher your score, the more fastidious you should be regarding your protein to carbohydrate ratios at each meal and the more important the following tests. The “Zone Diet” of 40% complex carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat is a good example of the diet you might follow. Indeed, the Zone Diet is also known as the 40-30-30 Diet.
Scores that are very high may do well to consider high protein, moderate fat, low carb strategies like the Atkin’s Diet, The Caveman Diet. Regular exercise is also a vital component in any program to optimize blood sugar control.
The higher your score, the more at risk you are for the all too common dysglycemias: hypo-glycemia, Syndrome X, and adult onset diabetes, a major disease of aging.
Having your blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides checked in a “cardiac risk profile” blood test is a good idea then, as high blood pressure and high blood lipids are signs of Syndrome X. Having your doctor test your blood sugar and insulin level is indicated as well with higher scores if you are middle aged or older.
Sugar Sensitivity Test Rates Tolerance to Carbohydrates
Created on 28/05/2010 21:52

How To Choose The Best Eating Plan…

Obesity is an epidemic. Fortunately, we have a great understanding of the biochemical mechanisms responsible for obesity. The fact is, of all the overweight people, only about 25 percent of them overeat. The vast majority of these people (75 percent) suffer from a condition known as hyperinsulinemia. This condition of excess insulin is a result of the over-consumption of carbohydrates and may only be controlled by restricting their intake. Merely counting calories alone will not work!It is important to determine how your body reacts and handles food BEFORE you begin your diet program. Once this has been established, your goal of becoming trim and healthy will become a faster reality. We suggest the following program to maximize your results:STEP 1:
Before beginning any diet program, you should understand how your individual body handles food. Take the following tests and tabulate the answers as instructed. Circle the number next to each statement that applies to you then total each of the three tests individually.

Test 1 Calorie Sensitivity

1. You had a normal body weight when younger but slowly gained weight after age 30.
2. You are presently overweight but by less than 25 pounds.
3. You have a normal appetite – get hungry at mealtimes.
4. You have a few, if any food cravings.
5. You have maintained the same basic eating habits all your life.
6. You eat three meals per day.
7. You have gained a certain amount of extra body weight but seem to have tapered off (not continued to steadily gain more and more weight).
8. You have few or none of the symptoms associated with poor carbohydrate metabolism (see list below).

Test 2 Carbohydrate Intolerance

1.You are more than 25 pounds overweight.
2.You have had a tendency to be overweight all your adult life.
3.You have been overweight since you were younger.
4.You have a poor appetite and skip meals often.
5.You prefer not to eat in the morning.
6.You have food cravings that temporarily go away when starchy or sugary foods are eaten.
7.There are foods that you feel you could absolutely not do without.
8.Your waist is bigger than your hips (men). Your waist is more than twice the size of your hips (women).
9.Most or all of the symptoms associated with carbohydrate intolerance on test three apply to you.TOTAL YES ANSWERS _:____

Test 3 Carbohydrate Symptomatology

3.Fatigue & Exhaustion
4.Faintness, dizziness, cold sweats, shakiness, or weak spells.
6.Drowsiness, especially after meals or in mid-afternoon.
8.Digestive disturbances with no obvious cause.
11.Needless worrying
12.Mental confusion
13.Rapid pulse, especially after eating certain foods.
14.Muscle pain
15.Antisocial behaviour
16.Over-emotional, crying spells etc.
17.Loss of libido
18.Leg cramps
19.Blurred vision
20.Shortness of breath, sighing, and excess yawning.
21.Cravings for starch and sugar-rich foods.
What Does this all mean? …….

Test 1
If you answer yes to the majority of these statements you are likely consuming more calories than you are burning and need to follow our calorie restriction program.
If you scored more yes answers on test one than on test two… You are likely calorie sensitive and need to follow a low calorie program (1200 calories for women and 1400 calories for men).
If you had more yes answers on test two than on test one..You are likely carbohydrate intolerant and need to limit your total carbohydrate intake (Between 30-50 grams per day).
If you also scored eight or more yes answers on test three…You are almost certainly not only carbohydrate intolerant but have progressed to stage two of hyperinsulinemia and are also hypoglycaemic.

The Carb Quiz

The Carb Quiz

This is an easy quiz to fail. It determines your sensitivity to carbohydrates, and many people are overly sensitive to carbs – especially overweight people. The worse you score on this test, the more likely you’ll benefit greatly by restricting your carbohydrate intake. Be honest in your responses.

How to score your answers
(0) if the sentence does not apply to you
(1) if statement is sometimes true or describes you moderately well
(2) if they are often true or describe you quite well
1. My fat storage is more in my abdomen than my hips or thighs.
2. Dinner doesn’t feel complete without dessert.
3. Right after I eat sweets or something high in starch, such as a big dinner roll, I feel satisfied and content.
4. I tend to get hungry an hour or two after meals.
5. I really enjoy caffeinated drinks, and feel great after a cappuccino or a diet cola.
6. I love Italian food and Chinese food, probably even more than rich French food, or high-fat American cooking.
7. It makes me feel good to chew gum, or to have a mint or a piece of hard candy in my mouth.
8. For snacks, I would usually prefer chips or a bagel over nuts or an apple.
9. I drink diet soft drinks almost every day to cut back on calories.
10. High-fat, non-sweet foods such as beef or butter are good, but they’re not my weakness.
11. High-fat, sweet foods, such as rich desserts, are extremely tempting to me, even though I know they are too fattening.
12. Diabetes runs in the family.
13. When I get hungry before a meal, I’m pretty uncomfortable, and really need to eat.
14. I have to watch myself, or I’ll drink more alcohol than I really should.
15. I’ve never stayed at my ideal weight for more than about a year.
16. I take a serotonin-influencing antidepressant, such as Paxil, Zoloft, or Prozac.
17. Hunger definitely affects my mood. When I’m hungry, I get irritable, and sometimes feel spaced-out.
18. When I start eating ice cream, cookies, or other favorite sweets, it’s hard to stop, and I sometimes eat more than I’d planned to.
19. When I’ve tried low carb diets, I’ve felt good, but I really missed my high-carb foods.
20. I think I gain weight more easily than most people.
21. It seems to me as if my metabolism has really changed for the worse as I’ve gotten older. I have to eat less and exercise more just to keep from gaining weight.
22. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night feeling hungry.
23. If I don’t get lunch on time, it’s very hard to work.
24. Several times almost everyday, I think about food while I work.
25. I seem to have less willpower about eating than I do about other aspects of my life.

Compare Your Results to the Chart Below
3 – 8 Excellent score. your carb metabolism functions well.
9 – 12 You have a few problems with carbs, but are basically in control of them. However, you might benefit from replacing high GI/GL with Lo GI/GL carbs to prevent future problems.
13 – 25 Possible trouble. You probably need to restrict sweets and most of the starch you eat in order to have the same metabolic advantages of a person with a healthy carbohydrate metabolism. Choose vegetables and protein based meals to avoid sugars and starches which cause your problems.
26 – 50 Be wary. Get busy. You have significant dysfunction of carbohydrate metabolism and are probably already suffering from hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. You need to limit sugar intake and cut starchy carbs too to restore healthy carbohydrate metabolism. Strictly limit starches all of which should be wholegrain.
50 or over You’re in trouble, and you should deal with it immediately. You probably already suffer from Syndrome X, or are heading for it. If you don’t do something to prevent it, diabetes is a very realistic possibility. A diet based on protein, nuts, seeds and vegetable and some fruits will probably improve your quality of life almost immediately.

Unfortunately, in our current carbohydrate obsessed culture, a score of 25 to 50 is not all that uncommon. It is not cause for alarm. But it is cause for action.
We encourage you to learn about the food you eat and to choose foods that will help control your blood sugar level. Jax 25/3/11 ©

Which Sweeteners?

Which Sweetener to Use?
Written by Tanya|July 10, 2011|23

Article courtesy of the Feingold Association of the United States

There’s so much we don’t know about sweeteners, but the Association does have the accumulated experience of many thousands of families. Combining experience with what we do know, here’s a suggested guideline for choosing sweeteners:
Acceptable choices
The following are healthy choices:
· Sugar – granulated, confectioner’s, or brown
· Cane sugar crystals
· Turbinado and various raw sugars
· Honey, Molasses, Pure maple syrup
· Rice syrup and similar syrups
· Stevia (an herbal no-calorie sweetener found in the supplements section of your supermarket or a health food store)
Acceptable, but don’t overdo
When a sugar name ends in “ol” that means it is an alcohol sugar. Too much has a laxative effect.
· Sorbitol
· Mannitol
· Xylitol
· Hydrogenated starches
Less desirable
· Corn syrup, corn sweeteners, dextrose
· High fructose corn syrup
· Acesulfame-k (Sunett, Sweet One)
· D-tagatose (Naturlose)
Do not use
· Aspartame(NutraSweet, Equal)
o Neotame
o Alitame
· Cyclamate
· Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low),
· Sucralose (Splenda)

Natural Ways To Deflate A Bloated Belly

Natural ways to deflate a bloated belly
Abdominal bloating is an extremely common and annoying complaint. You can start out with a relatively flat tummy in the morning, but as the day progresses, you can watch your abdomen expand. This kind of bloating makes your pants or skirt progressively tighter in the afternoon, and spoils your party dress in the evening.
Occasionally abdominal bloating can be caused by a serious condition, such as liver disease or heart disease, or it could even be an early warning sign of ovarian cancer. However in the majority of cases a bloated tummy is merely a result of poor digestion and/or inappropriate food choices.
Here are 5 ways to overcome a bloated belly:
· Avoid constipation
This is a common cause of bloating. Constipation is usually caused by a diet that is lacking water or fiber, or both. Grains are a good source of fibre but not everyone eats a lot of grains; either because they have an intolerance to gluten or wheat, or because they are following a low carbohydrate diet in order to lose weight.
Luckily vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and legumes are all an excellent source of fiber. If you are still prone to constipation despite an abundance of these foods in your diet, you could try adding freshly ground flaxseeds to your diet, psyllium, rice bran, soy bran or slippery elm. Magnesium is excellent for constipation because it relaxes the muscles of the intestines. For this reason magnesium is excellent for people who get constipated when they are stressed or traveling.
Exercise is also excellent for keeping regular bowel habits because it promotes bowel contractions. If you have long standing digestive troubles, you may benefit from a Colon Detox.
· Find out if you have an allergy or intolerance
Eating a food that does not agree with you is the quickest way to become bloated. The most common offending foods are dairy products, wheat, gluten, soy and eggs. Any food has the potential to cause a problem though. Trying to find the problem food on your own can be like finding your way through a maze, therefore we recommend you see a naturopath or nutritionist to guide you through an elimination diet.
· Avoid bubbly drinks and bubble gum
Carbonated drinks can cause gas to become trapped in your belly, leading to bloating and discomfort. Plain water or water with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice in it is kinder to your stomach. Peppermint tea is excellent for bloating and abdominal cramps.
Chewing gum is a reliable way to swallow a lot of air, which can cause bloating. Snack on something healthy like fruit and nuts if you are hungry. If chewing gum is a nervous habit, find ways to wind down and calm down.
· Slow down and eat less
Bolting your food is a sure way to become bloated and uncomfortable. If you eat quickly you will not chew thoroughly. That means large pieces of food in your stomach and intestines won’t be digested properly; instead they will become food for bad bacteria, yeast and fungi, which produce gasses that cause bloating. Ideally you would eat in a calm and relaxed manner. Try not to eat huge meals, particularly in the evening. As well as causing bloating, it will affect the quality of your sleep.
· Limit gas forming foods
Beans and lentils have a reputation for causing gas, and if you don’t eat them regularly they can be particularly problematic. Eating small quantities frequently enables your digestive system to adapt. However, some people can never digest these foods well no matter what they do. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower can be problematic also, so try not to eat too many foods from this family at the one time, and particularly not if you hope to slip into a tight dress in the evening.
Artificial sweeteners can cause bloating and so can some natural sugar alternatives. It is essential to avoid the artificial sweeteners aspartame, acesulfame K and sucralose because they can cause health problems far worse than bloating. Some natural sugar alternatives can cause bloating if consumed in large quantities; they include xylitol, erythritol and mannitol. Stevia is a sugar substitute that does not cause any digestive distress.

Liver & Gallbladder Health Test

Liver & Gallbladder Health Test

Do you run out of energy in the afternoon?
Do you suffer from occasional headaches?
Are you having less than 2-4 bowel movements daily?
Do you experience a mental fog more than 2x weekly?
Do you experience gas or bloating 1 or more times weekly?
Is it hard for you to stay in a good mood?
Do you get irritable from time to time?
Do you feel angry from time to time?
Do you have muscle aches, and stiffness?
Do you eat meat, sugar, fried foods and carbohydrates?
Do you drink less than 1/2 gallon of purified water daily?
Do you have problems controlling your weight?
Do you exercise less than 3x weekly?
Do you suffer from allergies or sinus problems?
Do you have bad breath or body odor?
Do you have brown spots on your skin or age spots?
Are you currently suffering from any health problems?
Are your emotions often on a “roller coaster”?
Is your skin broken out or blemished in any way?
Does your skin or eyes have a yellowish tinge?
Do you have occasional abdominal pain?
Do you have curved or whitish appearance of nails?
Do you bruise easily?
Do you experience occasional depression?
Do you experience right upper abdominal pain over 1x monthly?
Are you over 40 years of age?
Do You drink alcohol more than 2x weekly?
Do you frequently feel “stressed out”?
Do you have trouble “getting going” in the morning?

Note — This General Health Questionnaire is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
We advise use of this Questionnaire simply as a starting point for consideration of any negative health symptoms you may be experiencing and potential preventative measures or as a resource for further discussion with your healthcare provider.