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Fruits For Diabetes-what Fruits Can A Diabetic Eat?

December 3rd, 2014 by admin

Fruits For Diabetes-what Fruits Can A Diabetic Eat?

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects quality of life and may even shorten a person’s life span. Diabetes decreases the body’s ability to use blood sugar for energy. Diabetics have blood sugar levels that are out of balance and require treatment to be maintained within a normal range. Proper diet that is low in fat and simple sugars and high in fibre and complex carbohydrates can help balance the blood sugar and control weight. Avoid processed sugars, including those in cookies, candies, cakes, ice cream, sodas, honey, chocolate, and desserts. Avoid dried fruit. Choose the diet such that the approximate calories from the various components of the food.

Ayurveda includes diabetes mellitus in the prameha category. Pramehas are a list of urinary disorders, especially characterized by profuse urination with several abnormal qualities. Out of these, diabetes mellitus is termed as madhumeha. It is one of the four vataja pramehas. Most of the treatment methods for diabetes mellitus regard it as a largely dietary disease. But Ayurveda is variant widely in its outlook. The Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes mellitus is based on an entire change in the lifestyle of the person. Nature provides us with extraordinary gifts which can help us come over a lot of health problems. There are various kinds of fruits in the natural world which can help us controlling diabetes.

Fruits which a diabetic can consume –

A diabetic can choose from a wide list of fruits that Mother Nature provides in order to get rid of disturbed diabetes. The following is a list of fruits that a diabetic can opt for:

– Rose apple (Eugenia Jambos, Jamun)

– Powder of rose apple stones (powder of Jambu or Jamun ki Guthali)

– Bilva (Aegle Marmelos, Corr, Bael fruit)

– Oranges

– Lemons

– Bitter melons

– Berries, Amla etc.

– Apples

– Grapefruit

– Bananas

– Melons

All these fruits are rich in pectin and have a lot of nutritional values. Diabetic patients can wander in garden of nature and pluck any of these nutrition rich fruits in order to control the disease that they have been fighting with various kinds of medications. Apples reduce inflammation, have low sugar levels and have rich water content. Grapefruit lays 25 on the glycaemic index. Oranges are a low fat snack, good in taste and low and burning sugar properties. Bananas have been misinterpreted for having high sugar levels or fattening; instead they are low-fat treat which does not raise glucose levels. They also contain potassium which reduces sodium in the body. Do not consume too many bananas but 1 small one is ok in a day. Natural fruits are always better to have rather than indirect consumption or fruit juice.

So, go ahead, having lots of fruits and control your diabetes quickly with exploring various manifestations of nature. Stick to a good lifestyle, appropriate exercise regime.

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Fueling Your Body for Peak Performance and Optimal Health

November 29th, 2014 by admin

Fueling Your Body for Peak Performance and Optimal Health

Peak physical performance is the goal of every athlete. Proper training is of vital importance to achieve this goal. But keep in mind that while exercise moves the body, food not only fuels the body but actually makes the body.
We’ve all heard the analogy about needing to eat good food for high-energy fuel just as our cars need good gasoline. But a living organism is quite different from a car. Our fuel literally makes and remakes our bodies as we grow, metabolize, tear down, and ultimately rebuild our bodies on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly cycle. After several year’s time, you will have replaced virtually every cell and other component that makes up your body! And what are those made up of? Everything you eat. So the adage is true: “You are what you eat!”
Nutritional Components of Peak Performance
Why is this significant? Because to achieve peak physical performance, you need “high-octane” fuel for peak energy and high-quality fuel for building and maintaining your physical “machine.”
“High-octane” refers to the amount of energy that can be derived from the food eaten. We know that carbohydrates are important in creating short-term energy or fuel, while fats create a more sustained long-term energy source. Proteins work more in the area of building and rebuilding. So how do we go about getting the highest quality carbohydrates, fats, and proteins available?
The Search for the Best Foods for the Human Body
Flashback: When I was growing up, my grandmother Louise was a “health nut.” She read Prevention magazine, talked about foods that were “poisons,” such as sugar, and touted “miracle foods,” such as brewer’s yeast and blackstrap molasses (which she added to her cereal every morning). Everyone in our family thought she was a fanatic–except me, because Grandma Louise was the most positive, energetic person I knew, and I wanted to be just like her! Grandma loved life so much that she wanted to live forever (or at least to be 100!).
So I would constantly ask Grandma about different foods and whether they were “good for you” or “bad for you.” She would then explain to me the virtues and pitfalls of all the foods I asked about. I was so relentless with my questions that one day, frustrated, she gave up and said, “Roy, if it’s food, it’s good–don’t worry about it, just eat it!”
As I grew up, my interest in health and nutrition grew and eventually became my profession. The questions I had asked my grandmother were now being asked of me by my patients and clients. Life had come around full circle, and I could see that it was my destiny to help people answer this question once and for all: “How do you figure out which foods are the best (and the worst) for peak performance and for preventing disease?”
Creating the System to Identify the Best Foods
What I came up with is a new twist on a concept called “nutrient density.” Nutrient density is the critical analysis that determines the quality of any food. How does it work? Well, nutrient density is the amount of nutrition per calorie. The more nutrition in the fewer calories, the better a food really is.
Here are some examples: Orange juice has a lot of vitamin C, as well as some vitamin A, folic acid, thiamin, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It has only 80 calories per serving. A McDonald’s Big Mac has some B vitamins, vitamin A, and protein–and 700 calories. See the difference? It’s the ratio of calories to nutrients that’s particularly important. At the end of the day, you want to have packed as much nutrition into your calories as possible.
My twist is this: Not only does the Big Mac have less nutrition per calorie, it also has unhealthful things in it such as cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat, which over time will have negative effects on the body. For that reason, the ideal system should measure how much “good” AND “bad” are in each food per calorie. Nutrient density measures only the good. Over a 10-year period of refinements and working with specialists, we created the best overall food-rating system.
The food analysis tracks 18 positive factors, or “essentials,” and eight negative factors, or “excessives,” in any given food to yield one number that tells you how good or bad that food is. The higher that number, the better the food. Eat at least 100 of these “nutritional points” from six food groups each day, and you will get all the nutrients you need while limiting the “negatives.”
Dietary fiber
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Thiamine (B1)
Riboflavin (B2)
Pyridoxine (B6)
Pantothenic acid
Vitamin B12
Folic acid
Complex Carbohydrates
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
When I applied the analysis to a host of foods, there were some big surprises. Would you have guessed that a quarter of a cantaloupe scores 29 points, while an apple gets only 4.5? The simple explanation is that an apple is not packed with high nutrition; it’s a good food, but the quarter of a cantaloupe has 50 times the vitamin A, 10 times the vitamin C, and more of virtually every other significant nutrient than the apple. Maybe the motto should be “a cantaloupe a day!”
Let’s look at some other comparisons. Two cups of spinach rate 75 points, but an equal amount of iceberg lettuce scores only 18! Two slices of whole-wheat bread outscore white bread by a 6 to 2.5 margin, and cooked broccoli chalks up 38.5 points compared to 8.5 in a baked potato.
Once you have been introduced to this concept, it becomes sort of a numbers game. The system even includes negative scores for those foods that contain more excessives than essentials–like that Big Mac, at -2.
Cellular Peak Performance
Why is my system’s twist on nutrient density so important? Because we will all eat a certain number of calories every day, and we need to pack in as much positive (the essentials) and the least negative (the excessives) per calorie as possible for optimal cell function.
Optimal function means peak performance. Peak performance of every cell means peak performance of your whole body. To operate at peak efficiency, your body needs the best nutrition at the cellular level. The best way to get this is through eating foods that are highly nutrient-dense and have a low density of harmful components.
Top-Rated Foods
Let’s look at some of the top-rated foods in a few of the major food groups, sports drinks, and snack bars:
High-Carb Fruits
1/4 Cantaloupe 34.0
1 Guava 29.0
1/2 Papaya 20.5
1 c Strawberries 19.0
1/2 Mango 17.5
High-Nutrient Vegetables
2 c Fresh Spinach 75.0
1 c Fresh Broccoli 53.5
2 c Romaine Lettuce 47.5
8 pc Fresh Asparagus 44.0
1 c Fresh Cauliflower 40.5
High-Carb Grains
1 c Whole Wheat Total(R) Cereal 64.5*
1 c Total(R) Corn Flakes 57.5*
1 c Product 19(R) Cereal 56.0*
2/3 c Just Right(R) Cereal 51.0*
1/2 c All-Bran(R) Extra Fiber Cereal 40.5*
* Fortified
High-Protein Foods
1 c Nonfat Yogurt 10.0
1 c Skim Milk 9.5
1/2 c Tuna 8.0
1 Vegetarian Burger 7.5
1/4 c Egg Whites 6.0
1/2 c Lowfat Cottage Cheese 4.5
Low-Fat Proteins
1 c Juice Plus+ Complete(R) Drink 31.0*
1 c MET-Rx(R) Total Nutrition Milk Drink 23.0*
1 c ZonePerfect(R) Shake Mix 22.5*
1 c Myoplex(R) Milk Drink 21.0*
2 c Fresh Bean Sprouts (mung) 18.0
1/2 c Egg Beaters(R) Egg Substitute 17.5*
* Fortified
Sports Drinks/Gels
Kul Fuel(R) 22.0*
Ultima Replenisher(R) 16.0*
AminoVital(R) Fast Charge Sports Powder 8.5*
GU(R) Energy Gel 5.5*
Accelerade(R) Sports Gel 4.5*
* Fortified
Snack/Energy Bars
DrSoy(R) Protein Bar 34.5*
Pounds Off(R) Bar 29.5*
Clif(R) Luna Bar 28.5*
Pure Protein(R) 25.5*
Tiger’s(R) Sports Bar 25.0*
* Fortified
The system is set up so the goal is to get at least 100 nutritional points per day from six food groups, which provides all the nutritional requirements of the American Dietetic Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association simultaneously.
A study from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX showed the following results of using this nutrient density-based system in a two-week total-wellness program:
Weight: 8 lbs. or 4% decrease
Cholesterol: 14% decrease
Chol/HDL Ratio: 16% decrease
Glucose: 10% decrease
Triglycerides: 40% decrease
Treadmill Time: 19% increase
Blood Pressure: 6% decrease
So you can see that the same diet that fuels the body for peak performance also helps the body function optimally for disease prevention. The study participants’ fitness levels increased, and their risk factors for chronic diseases decreased significantly.
Nutrient-density is critical to the body’s optimal performance and function, and it should be measured in the diet of anyone seeking a competitive advantage and increased health and longevity. Tracking nutrient density is a scientific way to monitor progress, and provide motivation for improvement.

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Funnel Of Success For Health & Fitness

November 22nd, 2014 by admin

Funnel Of Success For Health & Fitness

Did you know that totaled up – nutrition and exercise are only 50% of your health and fitness equation? Take a glance at the Funnel of Lifestyle Change for Health and Fitness Success. (See Diagram at www.TEAMPIERCE.us)
Notice at the very bottom of the Funnel, exercise represents a mere 10% of the permanent lifestyle change. Exercise brings about weight-loss, weight management, an increase in muscle mass, and an overall sense of well being (endorphins).
Note that 40% of the permanent lifestyle change is nutrition. Nutrition is far more important than exercise because you cannot gain weight unless you eat too much, eat large portions, eat the wrong foods, and eat at the wrong times! Furthermore, what you eat has a huge impact on your mood, how you feel, and what you will ultimately desire to eat in the future (cravings). If you know how to consume a low glycemic diet, you can actually eat more of the right foods while -managing blood sugar, lowering your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and losing weight.
You can follow nearly any (and there are MANY out there) nutrition and exercise program and lose weight, but you’ll always find it again if you haven’t changed your programming and beliefs. Life long results change when you change your programming that is why mental programming accounts for a whopping 50% of the Funnel of Lifestyle Change for Health and Fitness Success! You MUST go through the entire (process) funnel. It’s impossible to enter a funnel from the side therefore you can’t expect to enter the Funnel of Life for Health and Fitness Success from the side (see exercise & nutrition in diagram above) either. Doing such will keep you yo-yoing (losing and gaining) because you’re focusing on 10%, 40%, or a combined total of 50% of what you really need to be focusing on to achieve a permanent lifestyle change.
Have you ever started a nutrition and exercise program, gotten into a steady routine and remained faithful to your program for a significant amount of time and then BAM out of nowhere you are blindsided with an urge to STOP? You may have grown tired (bored) of your program, didn’t FEEL like doing it anymore, and you started to slip back into your old habits (so comfortable yet undeniably destructible) and the ways of your old programming thus you began to gain all of your weight back (likely more). You tried to enter the Funnel of Lifestyle Change for Health and Fitness Success through side. The permanent results are for those that enter at the very top of the funnel. That’s where the programming gets changed and it’s “out with the old and in with the new”! At the top of the funnel when you start to reprogram your mind (for success) you’ll find determination, design, diligence, goal setting techniques, passion, desire, a plan, and you’ll be able to reach your ultimate destiny.
Changing your programming allows you to find the time when before you “had none” it allows you to stay focused on what you need to do in order to reach your goals. You will learn how to avoid distractions and stay focused on what you CAN do to get you closer to your goals. When you learn how to identify old negative habits and get rid of them, while bringing in the new positive ones you will be able to achieve whatever you want to in life. If the desire was given to you, it was meant for you to have it!
So – it’s really NOT just about nutrition and exercise…you have to go through the whole Funnel of Lifestyle Change for Health and Fitness Success because you CAN’T get in through the side! All you need is someone to coach you through the entire process!
Contact or visit www.TEAMPIERCE.us to book Personal Coaching or to inquire more information.
God Bless,
Dino Paul Pierce, CFT, CPT, RD, CDE

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