Why Are We Getting Fatter?

Are we getting fatter simply because we make bad choices?

Are we simply eating too much AND choosing NOT to move enough?

OR

Is the food industry producing addictive foods?

Is our environment overfilled with food?

The media jumps on the popular hype which is being pushed by our government!
We hear it every day – eat less – move more!
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If you’ve ever tried that – and it’s just the same as restricting calories. You lose scale weight for a while, but as soon as you sat normal amounts of food the weight likes back on!
You will gain fat quicker than ever…

So. What do you do? Try again? Just to prove that you are a failure at trying to ‘diet’. Probably you’ll give up.

Strangely, that might be the best thing to do….

A 20 year study where chimpanzees were given a calorie controlled diet actually GAINED 30% weight every decade!
Sound familiar?….
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So, PLEASE please don’t blame your will power (I don’t believe it exists)

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It’s expected that MOST (60%) adults will be obese by 2030!
[Journal of Preventative Medicine – 32:5. Pp536-570, June 2012

Over the coming decade sits expected that more people will due as a result of Obesity – 120 Million- that’s more than 3 times the number if ALL deaths from ALL wars since 1900.

Our government is about to start yet another scheme to pay Ives people as they lose weight! Offering free gym memberships didn’t work – I believe this will be another massive waste of money.

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Obesity is much more than simply poor food choices or being a couch potato !
Here’s my recipe…..
Start by banning ‘Diet’. ‘Lite’ and ‘Low Fat’ foods.
Eat real food
Avoid anything with added sugar
If you can’t pronounce the ingredients don’t eat it.
3 simple meals everyday
2 snacks – no sugar or salt
Eat protein at every meal – and snack
Drink more water
Eat fruit daily
Eat more veggies than fruit
If you don’t want to eat it DONT but it
Eat processed, convenience foods less
Go for long, slow relaxed walks every week – or more.
Learn to relax
Switch Off your tech 1 hour before you go to bed
Get better quality sleep

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You see it’s more about lifestyle and attitude than calories in and calories out!
Be happy, don’t stress and your body will heal itself if you give it half a chance and the right stuff!

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Feel Better!

Jax

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Why I Eat 5 Brazil Nuts Every Day

Brazil Nuts -Why?
Selenium of Course!

Why I Eat 4 or 5 Brazil Nuts Daily

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According to results of a study, selenium intake is associated with decreased risk of bladder cancer.
Selenium is a trace mineral that is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which act as strong antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage to your cells. It is because of its potent antioxidant properties that selenium may benefit:

Cancer
Heart disease
HIV
Cognitive decline
Cataracts and macular degeneration
Cold sores and shingles
Osteoarthritis

How Does Selenium Help Prevent Cancer?

According to the latest research, people with higher selenium intakes had a 39 percent reduced risk of bladder cancer, which is right in line with prior studies that have linked the mineral to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung, colorectal and skin cancer as well.

A 1996 study by Dr. Larry Clark of the University of Arizona also showed just how effective selenium can be in protecting against cancer.

In the study of 1,300 older people, the occurrence of cancer among those who took 200 micrograms of selenium daily for about seven years was reduced by 42 percent compared to those given a placebo.

Cancer deaths for those taking the selenium were cut almost in half, according to the study. In addition, the men who took selenium had 63 percent fewer prostate cancers, 58 percent fewer colorectal cancers, 46 percent fewer lung cancers and overall 37 percent fewer cancers.

Selenium was even found to reduce the risk of lung cancer to a greater degree than stopping smoking.

Some of the scientific explanations for selenium’s anti-cancer effect include:

Increased antioxidant protection and immune system
Regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis (programmed cell death)
Triggering DNA repair in damaged cells
Suppression of growth of blood vessels supplying nutrients to the cancer
Inhibition of tumor cell invasion
Selenium also plays a role in activating glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that helps the liver detoxify harmful substances, thereby helping with cancer prevention.

Selenium rich foods :
Brazil nuts (which average about 70-90 micrograms per nut)
Button mushrooms and shitake mushrooms
Eggs
Sunflower seeds
Mustard seeds

Eat Clean Train Smart. Expect Results!

Jax

Common Food Like Narcotics

This article is golden! Read it and change your diet!

As Addictive As Most Narcotics?

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By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

You have been warned…

There is one food – or nutrient – that could be as addictive as most street drugs.

In fact, this one nutrient is found in many of the food products you eat every day.

The food offender: sugar.

But, I have some great news for you!

There are all-natural sweeteners that could sweeten many of the foods you eat – without the adverse side effects associated with sugar.

See for yourself…

Sugar vs. Natural Sweeteners

Here’s the problem:

Your brain needs sugar in order to function. But not table sugar like you would normally think of.

Your brain requires glucose in order to function. And when your levels drop, your brain sends out a warning signal to your body to eat more food.

Result = pretty intense cravings.

However, here’s the problem with added sugar. Sugar targets the reward system in your brain.

And when it’s exposed to high amounts of sugar, the reward center may become over-sensitized to sugar.

This makes you crave sugar. And this may mean you need more and more sugar in order to shut down the cravings and the sugar response.

So what can you do?

Well, for starters, you should reduce your intake of refined and processed carbs and any added sugar in your diet.

One way to accomplish this feat is to look for more natural sweeteners.

And, just for you, we have provided the top THREE natural sweeteners we recommend:

1. Coconut Sugar

This natural sweetener – which is made from boiling down the sap of coconut flower buds cut from coconut leaves – is a great substitute for your sweet tooth.

Not only does it contain far less sucrose than regular table sugar, it is also lower on the glycemic index.

That means there may not be such a sharp increase in blood sugar or insulin released by your body.

2. Raw Honey

Those bees sure are busy little buggers!

Raw honey – not the boiled down and refined type – is chock full of potent minerals that hold tons of benefits for your health.

Plus, raw honey possesses many anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits, which places honey way up there in terms of healthy nutrition.

Not only that, but honey is low in fructose, which makes it a great sweetener for a number of different foods.

3. Stevia

This common sweetener is extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.

Stevia may be 200 times sweetener than sugar, but it possesses some pretty impressive health benefits.

Stevia has been shown to have anti-glycemic, anti-hypertensive, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It could be one of the most widely used sweeteners around.

Take Home Message

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I hate to tell you this, but sugar is extremely addictive.

So addictive in fact, that many people experience very intense cravings when their blood sugar levels drop low enough.

One reason for this is due to sugars ability to stimulate the reward system in your brain. And this overstimulate may make you need more sugar just to quiet your cravings.

And this may be why most people turn to artificial sweeteners in order to satisfy their sweet tooth, without adding calories to their waistline.

This has brought about the boom in artificial and natural sweetener.

If you’re looking to curb your sugar cravings, then you should turn to the three natural sweeteners from above.

It could just save your life and protect your health in the process!

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results!

Exercise Why Bother?

Excuses! Excuses!
We all have them, we all use them – but should we?
Here’s the one I hear most often…..

‘I just don’t have the time to exercise’
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How many times have you heard this?
How many times have you said this?

Having just coached my group of determined, very busy, working Mums at 06:30 this morning it becomes even more obvious that there really is NO valid excuse when it comes to exercise.

I’m bound to say that, I hear you say, as a Fitness Instructor I KNOW we should ALL move EVERY day.

Not having the time to exercise is a lame excuse (harsh? but true).

The benefits of exercise constantly get short changed. It is true that exercise is good for enhancing weight loss but that isn’t where the benefits stop.

-> Exercise is essentially an anti-diabetes drug.

-> Exercise is one of the few surefire ways to enhance the cardioprotective effects of your ‘good’ cholesterol.

-> I’m in 100% convinced that the 2 most powerful ways that you can slow the aging of your brain and body: exercise and meditation

A client paid me a great compliment the other morning, it was a chilly, dark and soggy morning, yet she had set her alarm, put her kit ready for her pre-breakfast exit to work towards her goals.

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As we warmed up she explained how a friend couldn’t believe she was coming to group exercise so early!
That’s when she paid me the nicest complement –
“The body of an 18 year old when she’s about 50! Is reason enough to get up and do whatever Jax says!”
Very sweet – especially as I’m 57, and I’d be quite happy with the body of a (fit) 30 year old.

Youth is wasted on the young, and all that!

So, don’t waste a bough moment dreaming, thinking and putting off what you need to do.

Go Walk this lunchtime. Not fast, just get moving.

Eat Clean, Train Smart, Expect Results!

Jax

Why I Eat 7 Walnuts Every Day!

Why I Eat 7 Walnuts Every Day!

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One-quarter cup of walnuts, that’s about 1 oz for instance, provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega rich fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin

Walnuts may help reduce not only the risk of prostate cancer, but breast cancer as well

Walnuts contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors

Walnuts contain several unique and powerful antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods

Walnuts may improve sperm quality, help with weight control, and offer support for brain health and type 2 diabetes

All good arguments to include them in your eating plan too!

They also make a great snack as long as you prepare your daily portions.
Don’t make the mistake of carrying a big bag with you, it’s too easy to mindlessly eat a weeks worth!

Eat Clean, Train Smart, Expect Results.

Jax

Eat Well Wednesday – Balsamic Chicken

What to Eat Wednesday
1. Balsamic chicken
Balsamic vinegar makes a great chicken marinade.

1. Balsamic Chicken
Every cook needs a go-to recipe for a savory chicken dish. This recipe uses ingredients found in most pantries: balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic. Chopped fresh rosemary adds a Mediterranean flavour. Try roasted sweet potatoes and a green salad to round out this comforting meal. Any leftovers are delicious in salads or sandwiches.
Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Directions
Combine rosemary, garlic, pepper and salt in small bowl; mix well.
Place chicken in large bowl; rub chicken with oil and then rub in spice mixture.
Cover and refrigerate several hours.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius). Spray heavy roasting pan or cast iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken in pan; bake 10 minutes. Turn chicken over, stirring in 3 to 4 tablespoons water if drippings begin to stick to pan.
Bake about 10 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and no longer pink in center. If pan is dry, stir in another 1 to 2 tablespoons water to de-glaze the pan.
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Christmas 2014 Celebration

An evening of Burlesque and Fun
At Elmscroft Community Centre – that’s where my Super Seniors group meet.
Saturday 13th December.
Book your tickets NOW they are going FAST!
We are buying regular tickets £12 as I think you get a better view of the stage from the middle of the hall. We went to the first event held by Kitty Ribbons and they have gone from strength to strength! Bound to be a laugh.
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The community centre is off Barnwood road in Gloucester GL2 0SS
Lots of free parking and Bar.

Book tickets using the link in the photo.

See you there.

Jax & Co