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Benefits of the Paleo Diet

Doctor Defeats MS with The Paleo Diet

As soon as I saw this video and they said “Please Share” I jump on it.

Here is the thing,

You are probably asking “what does this have to do with losing weight”?

Once you lose the weight you do want to maintain your goal and be healthy doing it don’t you?

Once you get to your goal and realize how much better you feel eating food to be healthy far out weighs eating only because it tastes good.

Sure, I still have days when I decide t treat myself to something that isn’t great for me. But eating Delicious food that is also good for me happens the majority of the time now.

I don’t think any of us want to be plagued with  disease,  accelerate the aging process or just plain feel lousy!

Once you get a handle on what helps fuel your body to run at optimum performance it is tough to ignore.

I admit there are a few foods that are suggested in the video that I don’t care for (organ meats) but adding what you do like and can benefit from should be seriously considered.

Here is the Doctor and not only her story but why the foods are so beneficial!

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 One Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar-Give it A Shot

Apple cider vinegar has been hailed as a cure-all dietary supplement, with health benefits ranging from relief from allergy symptoms to helping the body burn fat and lose weight. There are testimonials from people who believe that drinking apple cider vinegar has helped, ME being one of them but is there any evidence to back up these claims?

While a few studies have been conducted on the possible health benefits of apple cider vinegar, the “experts” say the number of people in these studies is typically small, and the evidence is not yet convincing. They say “One or two small studies is not enough to prove a benefit.”

Sorting Out Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Weight loss. The idea that has been floating around is that apple cider vinegar somehow speeds up fat loss. So far there is no scientific evidence based on the small group studies to suggest that apple cider vinegar can affect metabolism, which is the way an individual breaks down food and burns calories.
  • Feeling full. A 2006 study found that people who took doses of vinegar while eating bread reported feeling more full than people who ate bread alone. While this study is considered proof by those who believe in the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, it is important to note that it only tested 12 individuals, and the authors concluded that much more research was needed before firm conclusions could be drawn. This study did not suggest that the way these people burned calories was affected.

BUT let me say from personal experienceWhen I drink just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar when I feel hungry which is usually when dinner time hunger pains/pangs(however you like to call them)) start to kick in. That uncomfortable sensation goes away almost immediately! Plus I don’t really care about eating like I did before I had the “shot.”

My Challenge to you – Try it yourself for one week on whatever diet plan you are currently doing and just see what happens 😉

 

  • Cholesterol. A successful study that was done on rats but has yet to be replicated in humans. The study found that rats on a diet with an acetic acid supplement had lower cholesterol levels than rats without the acetic acid supplement. Acetic acid is one of the ingredients in apple cider vinegar and many other kinds of vinegar. For those who believe in the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, this study is promising. But there are other things to consider before assuming that the findings will be true in humans — primarily that there are key differences between the metabolism of rats and humans. The study authors recommend that the next trial be on hamsters, which break down fat in a way that is more similar to humans.
  • Diabetes. A few studies have found that apple cider vinegar helped in the management of diabetes; however, these studies are also limited by their small size. One study, which found that taking vinegar at bedtime reduces blood sugar levels the next morning in people with type 2 diabetes, examined only 11 people. Another study found that taking cider vinegar might have some effect on insulin sensitivity in some diabetes patients, but that research, too, was limited by the small number of people being studied.

Although there is not currently good scientific evidence for a health benefit of apple cider vinegar, this may change in the future. Researchers are still involved in some exciting research about apple cider vinegar, and the future is likely to bring better information.

 

Here is my last two cents worth – With both apple cider vinegar and lemon juice (I will do a post about what I think about lemons on another post) let’s simplify this thing down. A natural CLEANING solution that works very well is vinegar. Yucky build up on windows, household items and even your hair has been cleaned away by something as simple as vinegar. Who is to say that can’t hold true for helping clean out the “YUCK” in your body. Usually cholesterol, some allergies and excess fat or waste are attributed to an accumulation of sludge that you should want to strip out of your system.

I’m going to throw in one more “cent”.

It is my opinion that the real deal meaning the actually liquid and not pills or capsules saying it has apple cider in them is the most effective.

Ok- I have ran out of pennies for today…Be Well and Be Happy!  

 

HCG Stall Question

HCGer Responded from a message from me – thanks I was afraid it wasn’t normal. most of the release i see on here are between .4 and .8. im afraid to try the cali kickers b/c it reminds me of the master cleanse and i hated that stuff lol! where do u get L glutamine from? that amino acid scares me too, reminds me of my biochem class lol!


My Response –
Yikes – I have no idea about your bio class but because you have that memory you probably won’t be up for it. =/ I did the master cleanse before I even knew hcg existed. I did it for 40 days!!! That right there tells you it was a GOD thing 😉 SO if Cali kickers isn’t an option I would say the next thing is to get the L-Glutamine going for any cravings you have.As far s releases the next trick “could be” ( not MEANT for P2 But has worked) CLA & GLA supplement. Once I heard about it during one of my P2 rounds I added them to the mix and have kept them ever since.
So there you go – my other “trick”ideas 😉

Colleen =)

Sugar Cravings – L-Glutamine
CLA & GLA – Helps the stored fat “hit the road”


Good Health for the Entire Family

The Benefits of CLA and GLA

If you are on P2 you will want to proceed carefully with this choice or choose to wait till P3 with this recommendation but hear me out.

I heard about these two supplements early in my HCG journey when a fellow HCGer was recommending these 2 supplements for more consistent releasing.
She also pointed out that they are oil based so some people on P2 may not want to take them or should not take them if they find that for their system they are too sensitive to the oil in them.

As you might know I feel MCT is helpful and ok for when on P2 and the CLA/GLA has been the same great result for meas well. But again everyone’s system is different so adding the supplements needs to be an individual choice. Since using them I have seen HCGer’s post on facebook and vlog positive results from adding the 2 supplements when the wanted either better releases or help with a stall.

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CLA & GLA – Helps the stored fat “hit the road”

Good Health for the Entire Family

I have also bought my CLA from Trader Joe’s But they don’t carry GLA


Here is more detailed information about the supplements health benefits

Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA): Nature’s most potent concentration of GLA in the form of borage seed oil

Gamma Linolenic Acid(GLA) is the result of the body’s first biochemical step in the transformation of the main essential fatty acid linoleic acid into important prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are essential to the proper functioning of each cell, while essential fatty acids formed from GLA are required for each cell’s structure.
Nature’s most potent concentration of GLA comes in the form of borage seed oil (24%).
A great deal of scientific research has been conducted with supplements rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid, resulting in significant interest regarding health ailments, as well as those affected by pre-menstrual syndrome, benign breast disease, eczema, psoriasis, obesity, and vascular disorders.
The essential fatty acids combined here have proven to impart a regulatory function on the body’s fatty acid metabolism.
Fat metabolism is as important, if not more important, than our body’s metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, as evidenced by the drastic rise in fat-related degenerative diseases, such as vascular disease and stroke.
Dietary essential fatty acids common to borage seed oil are ultimately converted to hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins,
Scientists continue to discover the regulating effects of prostaglandins.
Without the essential fatty acids, the building blocks of prostaglandins, a malfunction of fat metabolism is certain, as are problems in the regulation of the bodily functions listed above.
For some individuals, flax seed oil may offer only half of the solution.
Those deficient in co-factor nutrients, specifically the vitamins pro-A, A, C, E, B2, B6, pantothenic acid, B12, biotin, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and zinc, sometimes have difficulty in converting the omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, found in borage and other seed oils to the healthful prostaglandins.
Still others are thought to lack the necessary enzyme (catalyst) to make this conversion; particularly those afflicted with diabetes, asthma, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, alcoholism and the aged.
For those suffering from co-factor deficiencies, a broad spectrum multi-vitamin and mineral may be recommended with, perhaps, an oil supplement rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid. Individuals who may lack the proper enzyme system would require a GLA supplement in addition to the flax seed oil.

When considering an essential fatty acid supplement and deciding on either flax or borage seed oils, the most sensible solution may be a formulation of the two.
The combination of both flax and borage seed oil yields a true Omega-Twin by providing nature’s best of the omega-3 fatty acids in flax with the best of omega-6 fatty acids in Gamma Linolenic Acid rich borage oil.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplements May Speed Weight Loss

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the December 2000 issue of the Journal of Nutrition found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. According to the research project manager, an average reduction of six pounds of body fat was found in the group that took CLA, compared to a placebo group. The study found that approximately 3.4 grams of CLA per day is the level needed to obtain the beneficial effects of CLA on body fat.

Dr. Michael Pariza, who conducted research on CLA with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported in August 2000 to the American Chemical Society that “It doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.” Pariza’s research did not find weight loss in his group of 71 overweight people, but what he did find was that when the dieters stopped dieting, and gained back weight, those taking CLA “were more likely to gain muscle and not fat.” In a separate study conducted at Purdue University in Indiana, CLA was found to improve insulin levels in about two-thirds of diabetic patients, and moderately reduced the blood glucose level and triglyceride levels.

CLA has been the subject of a variety of research in the past several years, and findings also suggest that some of the other benefits of CLA include the following:
• Increases metabolic rate — This would obviously be a positive benefit for thyroid patients, as hypothyroidism — even when treated — can reduce the metabolic rate in some people.
• Decreases abdominal fat — Adrenal imbalances and hormonal shifts that are common in thyroid patients frequently cause rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this benefit could be quite helpful.
• Enhances muscle growth — Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
• Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides — Since many thyroid patients have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, this benefit can have an impact on a thyroid patient’s health.
• Lowers insulin resistance — Insulin resistance is a risk for some hypothyroid patients, and lowering it can also help prevent adult-onset diabetes and make it easier to control weight.
• Reduces food-induced allergic reactions — Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help to thyroid patients.
• Enhances immune system — Since most cases of thyroid disease are autoimmune in nature, enhancing the immune system’s ability to function properly is a positive benefit.

Drinking Water Increases Fat Burning

Drinking Water Increases Fat Oxidation

I am sure you have heard or read the weight loss tip of drinking water to help you lose weight. Well, for most of us the reason for drinking water was to help feel fuller faster so we ate less calories.

Also, if we drank water instead of caloric beverages we would consume less calories, which may lead to weight loss. There were also the critics that may have told you this was ridiculous and you were wasting your time drinking water as a tool for greater weight loss.

Well, there is some pretty solid evidence that says this is not ridiculous at all and the studies conducted on this have been some of the more rigorous studies conducted with crossover experiments and randomized and controlled trials.

In various crossover experiments drinking water resulted in lower total caloric intake with the subjects that were tested. The reason for this is simple and it is because they were not consuming calorie filled beverages. They were replacing these caloric beverages with water that has zero calories.

What was also found was that the individuals do not eat less food when they know they are drinking caloric beverages. They still eat the same amount of calories regardless of if their beverages contained calories or not.

Drinking Water Increases Fat Oxidation

Fat oxidation is at its greatest when your insulin levels are low. The reason for this is because insulin inhibits or decreases the ability of rate limiting enzymes that breakdown triglyceride fats into free fatty acids. As well as the transport of these free fatty acids into the mitochondria and Krebs cycle to be burned for energy.

Water importance

Since water does not contain calories or carbohydrates like over beverages it does not trigger an insulin response. If you were to compare it to the glycemic index water is of course 0, milk is around 35, juice is around 50 and sugary drinks are as high as 80.

Keeping your insulin levels lows results in greater rates of fat oxidation. Now remember this doesn’t apply just to water. The foods you eat and what combination of nutrients you eat can all influence the insulin response. Keeping your insulin response consistently lower throughout the day will allow your body to burn more stored fat as energy.

Anytime your insulin and blood sugar levels are elevated you stop fat breakdown and fat oxidation.

There have been decades of crossover studies that consistently show higher levels of fat oxidation when drinking water compared to caloric drinks before or during low to moderate exercise. If you look at the average of these studies the fat oxidation is around 40% greater after water is consumed than after a caloric beverage.

It is normal for fat oxidation to be depressed for a length of time after a meal because naturally your body is going to release insulin to properly utilize the nutrients you just consumed. What you choose for your beverage though can dictate how long that slow down of fat oxidation really is.

Research has shown that drinking water instead of a caloric beverage can restore the rate of fat oxidation to pre-meal levels about 2 hours sooner than if you were to drink a caloric beverage with the same meal.

Some studies have shown that consumption of 500-600 calories from carbohydrates can depress fat oxidation for 6 hours after consumption.

Hypocaloric Diets and Water Leads To Weight Loss

Two very interesting intervention studies looked at a hypocaloric diet and then the same diet plus water as the beverage. One study looked at 48 randomized overweight or obese men and women. They were given a hypocaloric diet plus 500ml of water at each meal or they were just given the hypocaloric diet (control) with no water.

The results showed that weight loss in the water group was 2kg greater. In analysis of data from the Stanford A to Z Study they focused on 155 overweight premenopausal women who reported drinking less than 1L/ day of water before beginning 1 of 4 different weight programs. The programs were the Atkins diet, Zone diet, LEARN diet, and Ornish diet. The 4 programs do recommend drinking 1L/day of water or more and limiting or no intake at all of caloric beverages.

After 2 months of their diet classes they all reported higher water intake and less caloric beverage intake. Independent of any changes in diet or physical activity those who increased their water intake and decreased caloric beverage intake had significantly greater weight loss.

Summary

Ok, lets summarize all this data as some of it may have gotten confusing.

Drinking water during the day and at your meals instead of drinking calorie filled beverages decreases your total calorie intake and it also promotes greater fat oxidation, which is the burning of stored fat as energy.

So drink water at meals and in-between meals instead of calorie filled beverages. Take your Prograde Metabolism so you are consuming scientifically proven nutrients that boost your metabolism and help to control blood sugar and insulin levels. Finally, eat a higher protein rich and lower carb diet to minimize the insulin spikes that will depress fat oxidation for hours after that meal.

P3 Exercise and Beyond

Since my body was not use to exercise when I first started HCG I took Dr Simeon’s advice and didn’t suddenly begin an exercise regime.

During my first solid P3 was when I began walking the treadmill and using light weights for my upper arms.
Because my body was then use to that activity, in my later rounds on P2 I was able to exercise without any adverse effects.

Below is a study that another great hcger shared, thanks Dee.

I read the article and much to my surprise my regime was very much like what was suggested.
I will be making a couple of tweaks that were explained in the article and am excited to see how much it will boost my results.

http://fitness.mercola.com

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