Foods To Avoid #2

#2 – Fruit Juice  
The fruit juice we buy in stores sometimes may not be entirely or completely made from fruit juice. UNFORTUNATELY… IT CAN GET A LOT WORSE when we consider just what the fruit juices we buy may contain. It may be a mix of substances that taste like fruit but not actually fruit.
  

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? IT’S HAPPENING and many people are falling victim to this marketing phenomenon. It can seem convenient to simply walk into a grocery store and buy a container of fruit juice. However, WHAT ARE WE ACTUALLY BUYING? Are we simply buying into the potential lie that the fruit juice we buy is good for us?

  
Pure fruit juice is the healthier option and with this option, there is still the need to watch consumption levels because natural fruit juice can still contain significant levels of sugar. Such sugar content can have an impact on diseases like diabetes as research shows [2]. Research studies also reveal that sugar can also have an impact in affecting other medical conditions including cardiometabolic risk factors [3].
By focusing on the juice of the fruit alone, we also eliminate the fiber and other benefits we get from eating the whole fruit and not only extracting the juice.
I suggest while trying to reduce body fat – eliminate fruit juice from your nutrition plan. 
When re-introducing juice make sure it’s natural and complete then add the same volume of water to reduce sugar content by half. 
Enjoy
Jax 

Green Smoothies- why?

13 Ways Green Smoothies Help You Feel Great All In Less Than 13 Minutes

What if you could have a drink that would revitalize you, clear your system of unwanted toxins, and take less than 13 minutes to make? Green Smoothies can do just that, and much more.

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1. All you need is a blender and an open mind.

The great thing about green smoothies is that it doesn’t require much to get started. (You could invest in a smoothie maker for silky-smooth shakes, but that’s totally optional.) My biggest suggestion is to give green smoothies a try before you get a better blender. That way you’ll be convinced of their effectiveness.

2. Green Smoothies are quick to make.

If you’re in a rush you can get a green smoothie ready and blended in less than 13 minutes. Have your ingredients prep’d and ready and that time comes down to less than 5! You can just blend and go while you drink the green smoothie on the run. You could even make a green smoothie ahead of time. Then store half of it in the fridge it will still taste great one day later or take it to work with you in your shaker and enjoy!

3. You get a steady stream of energy. (No crashing!)

You won’t experience the up-and-down spikes that you might from an all fruit smoothie when you make it a green one. That’s because the fibre rich greens slow down the absorption of fruit sugars, providing you with just the right amount of energy and nutrition at a pace that your body really loves.

4. Green smoothies can be enjoyed year round.

When your garden is overflowing with greens, just whip up a couple of batches of green smoothies and enjoy these inexpensive nutritional drinks. You can also benefit from green smoothies in the winter, by using frozen fruits and greens that you might have preserved from the summer. Green smoothies provide you with a lot of options all year round.
Make friends with your local green grocer and buy his bargain selections!

5. Green smoothies are ideal for weight loss.

Whenever you feel a craving coming on, make yourself a green smoothie instead of indulging your craving. (If you’re having a lot of trouble with cravings, book onto our mini- workshops and we’ll eliminate them together.) Green smoothies help cut cravings because they are satisfying and provide your body with tons of nutrition.

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6. Greens are the most Under-appreciated Superfoods.

We all know green tea is great as an antioxidant. What is green tea made of, if it’s not greens? Skip the middleman and just increase your intake of greens. Green leafy veggies are great because they have tons of cancer fighting properties, immune system boosting vitamins and minerals. Upping green leaf intake has been shown to reduce heart disease and prevent other degenerative diseases. That’s what I call super.

7. Satisfy every taste bud.

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll enjoy making green smoothies with lots of fruit. If you want something a little edgier, you can add some Raw Chocolate powder and make it a nutritiously devious dessert. If you want to replace a meal, you can make savory green smoothies using ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and even spices to make it a satisfying hearty meal. If you like thick smooth soup you can add homemade stock and warm through. Not quite raw – but a fantastic meal with many more veggies than you might have had.


8. You Get to be a Green food chef!

Modern cooks use blenders to make their smoothies if you really get into it you can find fantastic machines – just make sure they’re are easy to clean. That’s an important factor for me in choosing smoothies over juices- what to do with the waste pulp?

9. Get your daily portion of fruit and vegetables.

One green smoothie probably contains more fruits and vegetables than most of us eat in a day. It’s one of the easiest ways of increasing your fruit and veggie intake. Our 5 a day target really isn’t enough. You should aim for 9 or 10 a day- mostly veggies. Plus you don’t need to carry an easily bruised banana around.

10. Chock full of amino acids.

If you’re worried that you’re not getting enough protein, increase your green smoothie intake. The more greens you eat, the more amino acids that you provide your body with. Your body uses these amino acids to produce protein. But remember there no complete vegetable proteins, you will need to add whey or casein protein powders to your smoothies. ( I don’t encourage you to use soy products)

11. Indulge your creativity and experiment.

You can throw almost any fruits or veggies into your blender and it will turn out tasting pretty good. (It helps if you follow some basic guidelines, of course.) Green smoothies give you the flexibility to create your own recipes, but they’re also a great way to use up leftovers.


12. Green smoothies are chimney sweepers for your body.

Green smoothies act as a chimney sweeping brush to flush out any waste. The more green smoothies you drink, the cleaner your bowels will become, and the better your elimination. If you want to feel great, make it easy for your body to take the trash out. Oh, and that helps with releasing weight too!

13. Green smoothies are a great addition to any eating plan.

What I like about green smoothies is that they can act as a “gateway drug” to raw foods. It’s so easy to just add a green smoothie to your current diet. There’s no reason not to give it a try. If after a couple of months you’re feeling great, you might choose to increase your raw food intake a little. That, my friend, is the power of green smoothies.

The Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

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Feel free to use this basic green smoothie base and experiment. (Remember #11!)

2 Bananas
1 Peach, apple or ripe Pear
5 Strawberries or other Berries
Handful Spinach (increase greens gradually over time, and you’ll find you crave more of them!)
1 cup water

After you make your first green smoothie, you’ll want to learn about trying new recipes and rotating your greens.

What Are YOUR Favorite Green Smoothies Recipes?

I’d love to hear what your favourite green smoothie recipes are! I know there are tons of variations out there, but which one is YOUR favourite?

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To Juice OR Smoothie?

GREEN APPLE DETOX JUICE ( actually a Smoothie so you get ALL Nutrients)
MAKES 2 SERVINGS

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I can hardly have a conversation without someone asking if I’ve tried a juice diet or fast or detox,

The problem is many of these fads are really just a way to cut calories, you lose weight – mostly water and muscle – and then when you eat normally the weight – and it will be body fat – piles back on again!

I often use a fruit and veg detox to help overcome cravings for sugar, caffeine or carbs, and to offer a high nutrition alternative to processed and packaged foods.

My Smart Training system includes a pre- exercise stage using a 7 day Detox which is followed by a mix of home and small group exercise and nutrition counselling sessions.

The most important thing is that you find a way to live everyday, making the right healthy choices for you, enough exercise to maintain your body with a healthy body fat % while avoiding fatigue, stress and illness or injury.

Using fasting, juicing or cutting calories to lose weight doesn’t work long term. Just like weight watchers and Other slimming clubs have a pitifully 5% success rate. That means this idea of eating less and moving more will work for a few months and then your metabolism will win out If you’re not careful your body will react by storing more fat every time you fast.

Find a clean eating routine that will work everyday, every week, every year. Your systems will relax, you’ll drop body fat, have more energy and never have to diet again..

Try this delicious energy boosting smoothie…..

Green Apple Smoothie
Ingredients:

2 Cup Water
2 Green Apples
3 slices Pineapple
1 Cucumber, sliced
1 lemon, peel removed
½ Cup Fresh Parsley
1 inch cube Fresh Ginger

Directions:

Process all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Nutritional Facts:
(Per serving)

Calories: 195
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 47 g
Fibre: 8 g
Sugar: 28 g
Protein: 2 g

Enjoy.
Eat clean. Train hard. Feel great!

Sugary drinks may boost uterine cancer risk

Sugary drinks may boost uterine cancer risk

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New research suggests that postmenopausal women who consume a high volume of sugar-sweetened drinks may have an increased risk for developing endometrial cancer, which is the lining of the uterus.

For the study, researchers looked at dietary and health data from 23,000 postmenopausal women between 1986 and 2004. Participants completed questionnaires about their intake of 127 different foods, including sugar-sweetened beverages, such as colas, carbonated beverages and fruit drinks.

The researchers found an association between consumption of sugar drinks and endometrial cancer, which affected more than 500 of the women by 2010. The results, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, also showed that older women with higher body mass indexes, diabetes or those who had used estrogen had a higher risk for endometrial cancer.

Whether cancer risk and sugar consumption have a direct causal relationship is unclear; however, researchers said that one explanation for the study’s findings is that increased intake of sugar contributes to obesity, which increases risk for cancer. Sugary drinks are of particular concern because the way sugar is consumed affects how it is metabolized and absorbed—for example, digesting natural sugar with fibers in fruit is less harmful than digesting sugar-sweetened sodas, the researchers said.

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