First post in quite a while.
Today’s topic: Organic Foods. What does Organic really mean?
Definition (as per the USDA National Organic Program (NOP)):
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bio-engineering or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
This is makes sense BUT something that I found out recently really surprised me. Did you know that there are different tiers (levels) of organic food? Organic ingredients is not the same as certified organic which is not the same as 100% organic.
2) Organic (Certified Organic): 95% of the ingredients meet the organic standard.
3) Made with Organic Ingredients: At least 70% of the ingredients in this product meet the organic standard.
4) Anything less than 70% can only have “Organic” for each specific item on the ingredient label that meets the organic standard.
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Just a short clip today about Genetically Modified Foods. We’re not going to go in to the the absolute horrors and damage that GMO food can do to our bodies here and now. It’s a lengthy discussion. Long story short: they are bad for us, screw up our bodies, and they are everywhere (estimated to be in about 70% of all foods in a typical grocery store).
What this video is simply talking about is being aware of which foods actually fall into that category. The big agriculture industries don’t even want us to know which foods have it and which don’t. That should tell you something right away.
Have a great weekend,
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A couple of months ago I posted a trailer for a documentary about the current healthcare system. There are some shocking truths about present day healthcare that are not brought into the public eye. Medicine, specifically big Pharmaceuticals, is the biggest industry in the world. Trillions of dollars are spent annually treating health. Actually let me rephrase that. Trillions of dollars are spent treating DISEASE. Not health.
Why is this the biggest industry in the world? How come we are spending more and more on the healthcare every single year and yet we are the sickest our society has ever been? The United States has about 5% of the world’s population yet consumes 50% of the world’s prescription drugs. Canada spent over 200 Billion Dollars on healthcare in 2011 and that figure is expected to increase for 2012.
Hippocrates was the very first physician in history. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath. Do you believe that Hippocrates imagined that we needed to ingest pill after pill after pill to maintain our health?
Don’t get me wrong. Doctors play such an invaluable role in healthcare. If I get hit by a car please call 911 and bring me to the hosptial ASAP. There is no one better in the world at saving lives than a doctor. But should the be all and end all solution for all ailments be meds? As it stands right now it isn’t a matter of is medication warranted. It is WHICH medication should I be taking?
For a limited time only here is the first look at Doctored. Enjoy
Let MD’s treat your disease. Let’s try treating your health for a change.
So who has one of those big swiss balls collecting dust in the corner of their room? Maybe you use it to dry clothes on (I did for many years)? Well pull it out, dust it off, and let’s get going.
1. Ball Push-Up: A great way to work your chest, triceps, upper pectoral, and core muscles is the ball push-up.
A) Rest your shins thighs on the ball and place your hands on the floor shoulder width apart. Lower your upper body toward the ground until your arms are bent at 90 degrees, and then lift back up. This inclined position really targets your chest. Rest your feet on the ball to make it more difficult.
B) Same as a regular push up but place both hands on the ball instead. This will force you to use chest stabilizers muscles to complete the exercise.
Keep your core nice and tight for both of these.
2. Ball Jack Knife: Targets your abdominal and hip muscles.
Place your hands on the floor shoulder-width apart, arms extended, ankles on the ball, and legs extended. Put your weight on your arms and roll the ball in toward your arms by bending your knees and waist. Extend your legs back out straight. Repeat. Keep that core tight.
3. Ball Squat against a wall: work your quadriceps and buttocks
Start standing up straight with a Swiss ball in between your back and a wall. Start with the Swiss ball in the middle of your back. Lean into the ball and begin to squat down. Squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground and your knees are at 90 degrees. Your knees should never drift over your toes. Straighten back up to the start position and repeat 8-10 times. The slower you go the harder it will be. Make it even more difficult by switching to a single leg.
Adding the Swiss ball to your workout is great for beginners or for someone looking to add some variety to their workout.
More to come later.
Have a great one,
Being active is such a huge component to your overall health. I can help getting you MOVING WELL and OFTEN.
Hello there people,
So last week we talked about stress and how long term and chronic stress can play a huge and viscous role in disease. Don’t take my word for it though. Robert Sapolsky is a Stanford University Biologist who has been conducting research on stress for decades. His work has shown, without a doubt, how stress has such a profound negative impact on our health.
Some of his findings include:
- How we rank in our work hierarchy impacts how many sick days we take.
- Stress affects our weight and how our fat is stored.
- High levels of stress effect our memory and ability to learn.
- Stress changes our biochemistry and changes our moods.
- How stress can ALTER OUR DNA (scary!!!)
Take a look at this short clip from the Documentary “Stress: Portrait of a Killer”
If that peaked your interest watch the whole documentary. Super interesting look about our society’s outlook at stress and the overlooked impact it has on our health. Well worth an hour of your time. You won’t regret it.
I’ll leave you with this, in our society, we ADMIRE the person who can handle the most stress. We admire the worker who puts in 60 hours a week at the office and is able to multi task a large amount of different tasks. We find the student who juggles a full time class schedule, with a part time job, and family responsibilities to be hard working and determined. I won’t argue there. I’ve been there myself.
What people (myself included) don’t realize at the time is that this high level of function comes at a price. In a world where we are under constant tension, there is a breaking point.
Take the steps today to ensure you live a truly healthy lifestyle,
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Today’s topic is near and dear to me. STRESS. What a huge and UNDERRATED factor this plays into each and every one of our lives. 8 out of 10 of the leading chronic diseases in Canada is linked to stress. Therefore, one can then logically conclude that if we can control our Stress levels we can decrease and eliminate most of the top chronic diseases plaguing Canada today.
Physical, mental, and chemical stress all have a contributing role. In fact, the body can NOT distinguish the difference between the three and will respond in the exact same way. The sympathetic nervous system is activated resulting in a cascade of hormones that act to improve our chances of survival. Our heart rate and blood pressure is raised to bring more blood to our muscles. Our breathing rate is increase to bring more oxygen into our body. Adrenaline kicks in and we are in prime condition to do whatever we have to do to maintain our survival. In the short term, this is actually a GREAT thing. Our ancestors needed this system in place in order to survive.
Cut to 2012. We live in a stressful world. We live in a world of deadlines, demanding schedules and bosses, car payments to make and good grades to achieve. We no longer turn off our sympathetic stress response. Our short term stress response that is designed to help us survive is now in a constant state of activation. In the long term this stress response is BAD. Chronic stress leads us to increased anxiety, stunted growth, poor sleep, impaired mental cognition, heart disease, decreased immunity and a ton of other adverse conditions (check out the infographic)
So what does this mean for us? We now know the way we let stress affect our lives has a profound impact on our health. We need to start taking a proactive stance on the way we live. Taking time to de-stress from life is very important (going to the spa, hitting the gym, seeing your Chiropractor, relaxing and watching TV) but in some cases may be not enough (see fact #5). Instead, make a personal commitment to yourself to consciously monitor your stress levels. Keep them in check. Don’t let the small stuff get to you. I’m not trying to say that life isn’t stressful, but you can have an impact on your stress based on the things you do on a daily basis (stress strategies to come in a later post perhaps).
Take a deep breath and get to it.
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What’s going on everyone!!
So I’m a huge fan of getting the most that you can out of each workout. In this day and age time is our most valuable commodity (more than money). Thus try these two exercises and save some money (does that make sense?)
1. Push-up with Dumbbell Row
- Get into a push up position but with gripping a dumbell in each of your hands. A hexagonal weight will be easier to start while a round weight will give you more of a challenge. Keep the weights parallel to each other.
- With your back straight, go down into a push-up. Make sure to engage your core.
- Push back up (again with your core engaged). When you are at the top of the push-up, lift one hand (bringing the weight with you) until the your elbow is 90 degrees. Do not let your torso rotate when you do this.
- Bring the weight down to the starting position.
- Repeat. Alternate arms throughout the exercise.
You should feel this one everywhere. If your core is tight you should really feel this one especially when you go into the row. Try to avoid rotation of your torso will engage that core even more.
2. Goblet Squat
- Start with a dumbbell in both hands supporting one side of the weight (hard to describe. See pic)
- Engage your core and squat down.
- Stick your butt out. Keep your back straight! Do not let your knees drift over your toes.
- Squat down until your thighs are parallel with the ground and come back up.
What make this a bit different than the traditional barbell squat is that the weight is moved to be in front of you. You’ll have to engage different muscles to stabilize your body. I find that my core works a bit harder with this exercise than a conventional squat. Love this one.
The end of 2012 is coming up!! Don’t wait till Jan to start your resolutions. Start today. Start right now. Take charge of your health.
Short post today about the HAZARDS OF WEARING HIGH HEELS. For most women high heels are a fashion statement more than anything else. How many woman manage to walk, work, and even dance in 3 inch heels simply baffles me. Not to mention the agony I hear many women complain of after a long day at the office, a wedding reception, or a night out on the town. Anything to look good I guess?
But let’s take a closer look at the potential dangers.
- Balance is at the forefront of my mind as high heel wearers may be prone to ankle sprains or instability.
- Consistently wearing high heels will chronically shorten calf muscles. When you wear normal shoes, this will put a lot of stress/tension on your achilles tendon.
- Knee pain from over activation of lower limb muscles.
- Corns, Bunions, and Hammer toes are a common manifestation of high heel wearers.
- Shifts in your posture leading to biomechanical compromise or instability.
There you have it ladies. Take a look at the graphic. Everyone loves pictures.
Have a great weekend,
I came across this article just recently on something called “Foundation Training.” No weights. No equipment. No flash. But very effective.
Some have compared this form of exercise to more of MODERN DAY YOGA as oppose to a novel way to train. The poses resemble traditional yoga forms with emphasis on the core and pelvic stabilizers. It will actually target dormant muscles that are very rarely used during traditional yoga or training sessions. Despite the seemingly ease to the exercises lies a true workout. You feel the burn and you will realize very quickly that your muscles are working. There is great integration of the hamstrings, gluts, adductors, and back extensors. Think a mix of the same muscles you would be using doing squats and deadlifts. Great thing is, it can be done essentially anywhere, office, living room, gym, etc.
Dr Goodman, the chiropractor who developed the system, explains Foundation Training as follows:
“What [foundation training does], in the most simplified terms, is strengthen and train the many small muscles of the spine to brace the entire lower spine while the hips pivot. These muscles are usually used incorrectly. They are made for simple stability and not powerful movement … When you move incorrectly, you are asking these muscles to do a job they are not designed to do. It’s like asking a toothpick to do the job of a tree trunk. When these muscles are strong, they have the ability to stabilize the spine while the larger muscles move around them. If your movement originates in the hips and your large posterior muscles, the muscles surrounding the vertebrae, are no longer being compressed or overworked. All of that tension, all of that compression, all of that friction is distributed to the hips, glut muscles, and hamstrings, instead of being placed on that tiny spine muscle and that vulnerable disc.”
Read the actual article here.
Here is 12 minute video featuring Dr. Goodman going through the Foundation Training from beginning to end. This sequence is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. If you’re going to give it a try do only what you can handle. Do NOT be a hero and try to finish it if you are not well practiced. If you feel abnormal pain, STOP. Try instead to slowly ease into it by doing a little more each day. I suggest starting with the first 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Work on perfecting your form, technique and balance. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Good Morning Everyone,
End of the week is here. Excited about the weekend. Definitely.
So this movie coming out this fall is going to change your mind about the medical profession. Big pharmaceuticals are driving healthcare today and it’s no longer a question of “should I take a medication?” but instead “which medication should I take?” This is definitely going to change your perspective on things.