My grandmother used to say to me “Don’t get old
Sherry” and she was right if you do not feel well more often than not and
do not have enough energy to make it through the day and enjoy yourself into
retirement. The time to start slowing down the aging process is NOW. Here are
my top ten ways to do just that:
1. EAT MINI-MEALS every 3-4 hours – this helps stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the day and will not put undue stress on your digestive system. Make sure they are nutrient dense with plenty of WHOLE FOODS from the produce section at every mini-meal.
2. EAT LESS SUGAR
– sugar compromises your immune system and we have learned that HIGH-GLYCEMIC
foods are now associated with cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
3. WORRY LESS ABOUT
CHOLESTEROL – this tends to divert our attention from the bigger picture when
it comes to heart disease risk. Healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and
decreasing your body weight will have a much more profound effect on mortality
than solely focusing on cholesterol levels.
4. QUIET YOUR MIND
– stress is a component of every MAJOR disease – Cortisol – a stress hormone
agest he brain by literally shrinking the hippocampus which is essential for
memory and thinking. Cortisol causes you to put more weight on around the
mid-section. Take a few minutes each day to meditate, do Yoga or practice deep
breathing to lower your stress levels.
5. EAT FISH – or
take an Omega 3 (fish oil) supplement – this has been proven to lower blood
pressure, improve your mood, feed your brain and reduce inflammation throughout
the body. Think of the TIN MAN in the Wizard of OZ movie when they squirted oil
into his joints and he was … Read More
Unsure of what to consume pre and post workout? There have
been many articles and some debate, however, science and experience indicate
there are some common ingredients that should be included pre and post workout
for the best results.
What are these magical ingredients and when should I consume them? In an effort of absolute simplicity I’ve broken it down into pre-workout consumption and post-workout consumption.
Hydration is fundamental to maintaining good blood pressure,
to increasing the effects of your workout, reducing the risk of dehydration,
and reducing the strain on your kidneys and liver. There are a myriad of sports
drinks, loaded with sugars, electrolytes, and other ingredients. Yet, despite
all the advancements of the modern day, water remains your best source of
hydration. Bored of water, add some lemon or cucumber to it. Studies show
flavored water increases people’s hydration levels (i.e. if it tastes better,
you’re more likely to drink more)
How much water should I drink and how long before my
workout? If you know you’re going to do intense exercise the following day,
start hydrating the previous night and the morning of. A full glass of water
within an hour of bed and two glasses of water when you awake is best. It’s
better to drink water closer to room temperature. Ice cold water is more likely
to make you cramp. Two to three cups approximately three hours before a workout
is ideal. Try to drink small mouthfuls of water throughout your workout
routine. Drinking too much just before and while exercising can cause cramps,
flush electrolytes, and cause it to slosh about in your stomach.
What foods should I eat within two hours of working out? I
don’t suggest eating a large meal within three hours of a heavier workout.
Immediately … Read More