Improve Your Health by Avoiding These Favorite American Foods and Drinks

Favorite American Foods and DrinksI have noticed such an improvement in my health by following an individualized diet, that I began to share health and cooking tips with others. “Eat Right for Your Type,” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, has helped me achieve a natural health rhythm in my body by eating food that agrees with my blood type. Eating the wrong food can cause harmful chemical reactions and I wondered what foods were wrong for everyone regardless of blood type. Dr. D’Adamo ranked food items into three categories according to blood type compatible:

  1. Highly beneficial – a food that acts like a medicine
  2. Neutral – a food that acts like a food
  3. Avoid – a food that acts like a poison

Food ranked as highly beneficial should be the highlight of your diet. Food in the neutral category can be enjoyed as part of a nutritious diet and do not contain proteins that are harmful for your blood type. Food in the avoid category act like a poison causing harmful reactions with your body’s chemistry. Here is a list of common American foods and drinks everyone should avoid:

Pork, Bacon, Ham, and Goose

  • Pork, bacon, and ham are processed and contain nitrates which cause stomach cancer in people with low stomach acid. Type A’s typically have low stomach acid.
  • Most of today’s meats are shot up with fat, antibodies, and hormones.
  • It is important to consume only lean, chemical-free meat protein.

American Cheese

  • “American Cheese” refers to processed cheese slices and small and large blocks of orange, yellow, or white color. Taste and texture depend on the traditional cheese source and amount of additives.
  • Dairy products were not a staple of the human diet until much later in evolution and only Type B’s can fully enjoy a variety of dairy food.
  • Type O should completely eliminate dairy products and eggs from their diet.
  • Dairy increases mucus secretion in Type A’s and Type AB’s.

Corn, Cottonseed, Peanut, and Safflower Oils

  • Vegetable oils, corn oil and safflower oil, contain dangerous polyunsaturated fats. The food proteins in these oils cause problems in the digestive tract.
  • Olive oil and flaxseed (linseed oil) contain healthy mono-saturated fats that are good sources of nutrition and aid in digestion and elimination.
  • Olive oil and flaxseed oil are highly recommended for everyone, help reduce blood cholesterol and have positive affects on the heart and arteries.

Black Olives

  • Olives in their natural state require soaking and curing to remove bitter-tasting compounds.
  • Modern-day “processed” olives are cured with lye to remove the bitterness, then packed in salt and canned.
  • In traditional fermentation, olives are cured in oil, brine, water or salt. This variety contains healthy compounds and active cultures.

Coconuts

  • Coconuts are high in saturated fat and provide little nutritional value.
  • Type O’s are extremely sensitivity to coconut and coconut-containing products and should read food labels carefully in order to avoid them.

Black Pepper and White Pepper

  • Black pepper and white pepper cause stomach irritation in everyone.
  • History fact: In ancient times black pepper was used as a currency and offered as a gift to the gods.

Ketchup

  • Ketchup contains vinegar (acetic acid), which causes stomach lining irritation in every blood type.
  • Vinegar and tomatoes can’t be digested by Type A’s.
  • Tomatoes contain proteins lectins dangerous-B.

Distilled Liquor and Soda (Cola)

  • Some people may benefit from the positive cardiovascular effects of a daily glass of red wine, which lowers the risk of heart disease in women and men.
  • The high fructose corn syrup in sodas and colas leads to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
  • Pure, fresh water and green tea suit your digestive system and support your immune system.

This list of foods that everyone should avoid are common, American favorites. They are also highly marketed and widely available. Avoid these foods and follow an individualized diet plan. You will be able to reverse the progression of disease and improve your overall health. You will feel better and have more energy to do the things you enjoy. For me, I enjoy cooking delicious, healing meals. I am forever grateful to be healthy and able to teach others how to do the same.

 

Following Your Fitness Intuition

Following Your Fitness IntuitionThe ultimate goal with fitness shouldn’t be to live your life tied down to a super strict meal plan, living on chicken and broccoli, avoiding tempting social situations and/or training militantly with little enjoyment. That feels stifling, and is not really facilitating your best health and life.

Instead, the goal should be to train yourself to live healthfully and in alignment with your fit life values-without having to obsess. You can then trust that you will make wise decisions using your inherent knowledge. I call this following your fitness intuition. To reach this point, some training must be done!

Step 1. “Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.” Stephen R. Covey

Break old, unhealthy habits and install new ones. To do so, you must fully commit to a nutrition and training plan. BUT you should not just follow it blindly. Be engaged, interact with others, and find a friend or family member to join you on your fitness adventure. Staying engaged in the process and learning what works for you builds the foundations for your fit-life future.

Use mindfulness to assess how you actually feel while you are eating certain foods, when you feel hungry or full, energy levels, how certain exercises feel, etc.

For example, when I first started my health and fitness journey I realized that I loved making an omelet every morning and serving it with oatmeal and fruit or toast and fruit. I always felt energetic, satisfied and satiated (comfortably full) after that meal. Few years later and I still start my day off with that combo daily.

Step 2. “All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.”

It is so difficult to establish new habits with a wishy-wash work ethic. You must fully commit with your head AND your heart. When you think about why want to change, it should fire you up. “To lose weight” isn’t motivating enough. However, “Feeling confident in my own skin” or “Being able to play with my grandkids” are much more powerful. So, dig deep for you real reason WHY, then get moving don’t look back.

Step 3. “Fear is the path to the dark side.” -Yoda

We have all been there before. Worrying about how vacation would set you back, if you might come unglued at a special event, etc. In effort to control one of these fear-inducing situations, we often create unrealistic expectations of ourselves like vowing to do two-a-days throughout a vacation r slashing calories drastically during an injury recovery. Guess what happens when you do this? We make ourselves miserable worrying about it and/or our fears become a reality. This is not following your fitness intuition, which leads me too..

Step 4. “I believe I deserve to be fit, as healthy as I can be, as well as look my best. All those things make me a more productive human being, and actually able to serve others better than ever before. When I am at my best, it is easier to put my best efforts forward. I’m also taken more seriously because people see that I respect myself.”

At some point on our fitness journey, we must take off the training wheels and realized we can continue to live fit without perfect conditions or following an inflexible plan. We must trust our innate wisdom – the intuition that will set us on the right course if we just tap into it.

Build your fitness foundation. Learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Be open and honest with your trainer, family and friends to help assist you in your goals. Don’t settle for anything less than satisfactory, and the most important advice of all: BE CONSISTENT. Treat each workout session like it was your job. You wouldn’t be late for work or skip a day just because “You were too busy”, find time to better yourself and JUST DO IT!

Follow your heart and believe in what you do.

I believe I am following my heart and living my passion by helping others find the confidence they need to take on anything in life. I start at the root of the problem–focusing on their goals, wants and needs, set each of my clients up with a plan that works (because it is tailored to their goals), then dive into strengthening their mine, body and soul through fitness, nutrition and health!

Human Health Its Importance and Contributing Factors

Human HealthA close look at news headlines around the world throw up some very interesting observations.

“For some U.K. teens, sun doesn’t provide enough vitamin D.”

“Air pollution tied to high blood pressure risk.”

The underlying theme that connects these headlines is the impact they have on human health.

In the first instance, a bacterial outbreak of the E. coli strain has severely affected 38 people in 20 US states between December 2015 and May 2016. The deadly E. coli can cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea and the most affected are the elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems.

The second headline causes great concern among scientists and researchers because the study showed that nearly 80 percent of UK teens had insufficient Vitamin D levels even at the peak of summer. What is even more alarming is that the surveyed children were mostly white-skinned; as we know white skin is most sensitive to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays and need minimum sunlight exposure to produce required amounts of Vitamin D. The participants were exposed to sufficient amounts of sunlight every day and their diet included supplements and Vitamin-D fortified foods like butter, cheese, eggs, red meat and oily fish. Vitamin D is naturally synthesized in the body when it is exposed to sunlight and very little can be obtained from the foods we eat; it reinforces the fact that outdoor activity is increasingly becoming less and less important even among teenagers.

The third headline is something we read about almost on a daily basis. Researchers have been analyzing and minutely studying various reports on the relationship between ‘air pollution and hypertension’. Since the 1990s, air pollution levels have been rising all over the world. It has now been found that exposure to sulfur dioxide from fossil-fuels and particulate dust matter in the air even in the short-term besides the long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide associated with vehicular exhaust fumes and discharges from power plants etc. can cause severe risks of hypertension and inflammation of the arteries leading to cardio-vascular diseases.

“Health” is defined as the level of metabolic and functional efficiency of a living organism. In the human context, it reflects the ability of individuals and societies to adapt and cope with situations when faced with physical, social and mental challenges. The World Health Organization (WHO) charter in its definition of health describes it as a state of complete wellbeing in all aspects, not merely an absence of disease or illness. However, there are a wide range of factors that influence human health which are known as ‘determinants of health’. These determinants, as laid out by WHO, include the economic, physical and social environment of an individual as well as his or her behavior and characteristics.

Some of the specific factors known to impact human health from a broad perspective are:

• Biological and genetic influences
• Early child development
• Gender
• Physical and social environments
• Culture
• Personal healthcare practices
• Education and literacy
• Working environment
• Income and social standing

In the modern world, the leading causes that affect human health are daily stress in physical, emotional and mental contexts. Good health is the central factor around which our happiness and wellbeing revolve. In the context of nations, it is also an important factor that determines economic progress as healthy populations are more productive and live longer. In simple words, good health is directly achieved by us when we follow healthy living and eating habits, are physically active and emotionally stable.

 

6 Tips That Can Help You to Maintain Good Health

6 Tips That Can Help You to Maintain Good HealthMaintaining good health is easy at times, but more often than not, there is a chance that you will end up failing this process. This is because, maintenance of health requires an extremely good amount of care. There is no denying the fact that health is wealth and paying attention to your health means that you are bound for success. Thus some important tips have been briefly explained below.

1. Quit habits like smoking and drinking

Drinking and smoking are two common habits that can hinder your lifestyle and put your overall health at risk. Thus it is important that you avoid these habits and if you are a current smoker, make sure that you kick the butt as soon as possible. This will increase your life span also by a significant margin.

2. Get yourself checked up regularly

Always think of your doctor as he is your ally and he can keep you in good shape and health and not just any person who treats you when you are sick. Regular screenings and checkups are extremely vital especially if your family members or forefathers have a history of deadly diseases.

3. Watch your weight

Those extra pounds on your body can cause you a lot of trouble in the long run. Your heart will face a lot of strain and this can affect your overall health. Eat foods rich in fiber along with fruits and vegetables. Also reduce fat from your diet and this can take you a long way.

4. Avoid drinking in excess

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can be fine. On the other hand, heavy drinking can lead to serious issues with your liver and also other similar risks to your health. Make sure you get help if you are a heavy drinker.

5. Watch your back

Arthritis and bank injuries are a leading cause of physical disabilities. Hence you can reduce your chances of injury by losing a significant amount of weight. For this purpose, you must do a gentle amount of stretching before a rigorous workout. Also practice the sound techniques of weightlifting. It is one of the important things to remember.

6. Become safety conscious

Incidents that can cause a disability arise only when you are least expecting them. Thus, be conscious while you are driving, wear seat belts and drive slowly. While walking on the roads, always keep in mind that there are rash drivers around you.