What 100 Doctors are Saying about Shakeology

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Beachbody has searched the world for the most potent ingredients your body can easily absorb and utilize, creating a perfect combination of enzymes, prebiotics, antioxidants, and many rare ingredients like adaptogens, Camu-Camu, and Sacha Inchi.

Beachbody is so sure that Shakeology will transform your health, they give you 30 days to try it RISK FREE.  If you’re not 100% convinced that it’s a great value, you don’t pay.  Just roll up the bag and send it back for a full refund of the purchase price (less s&h)—even if the bag is empty!  They can make this offer, because they know Shakeology® works.  Each serving contains more than 70 powerful superfoods and nutritious ingredients that will help you feel energetic and lighter.  Try it and see for yourself.

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Eating Clean – 5 Things to Cut Out of Your Diet

I found this great article from Tony Horton on the Team Beachbody site.  Tony shares his expertise on how to reach your fitness goals.

5 Things to Cut Out of Your Diet

By Tony Horton, creator of P90X

When I begin training new clients, the first thing I do is ask them about their diets. Because if you want to get major results, you have to cut out what I call “food porn”—food that’s doing nothing to fuel your body, and in some cases is actually doing more harm than good. To keep things simple, I tell them there are 5 things that they absolutely, positively, MUST stop eating and drinking if they want to achieve their fitness goals:

Sugar, Beer, Coffee, and Meat

  1. Processed sugars. I’m talking about white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, or pretty much any kind of sugar that came from a factory instead of a piece of fruit. Processed sugar negatively affects your metabolism, your insulin response, even your mood—and all for totally empty calories. Cutting sugar out of your diet means you’re going to have to read some labels, because it is by far the most common food additive in the U.S.
  2. Alcohol. Calories that are as empty as sugar, and at 7 calories a gram, booze can really pack it on. Alcohol also dehydrates your body, which compromises muscle growth. Plus it slows your metabolism, so you burn fewer calories. In short, drinking gives you less muscle and more fat—you’re just undoing everything you’re trying to achieve with your workout.
  3. Caffeine. I know there are a lot of people out there who say caffeine can give your workout a little extra “oomph.” Obviously, it can give you some extra energy to make you push harder, but the cost is that it increases cortisol levels in your body, which inhibits lean muscle growth. Plus, it can negatively affect your sleep patterns, and you’re better off working out when you’re rested than when you’re juiced.
  4. Anything with a face. It used to be that you could find some decent lean meat sources, but in the last few decades, the hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals that have been used to process meat and fish make them pretty worthless as a source of protein. There are plenty of excellent vegetarian protein sources, like beans, tofu, and nuts, so you can eat clean while you get lean.
  5. Gluten-Containing FoodsGluten. Gluten is a grain-derived protein found in lots of different foods, mostly wheat, rye, and barley products. The name comes from the Latin word for “glue.” You don’t need to eat glue. Even if you’re not one of the millions who are sensitive or allergic to gluten, you’ll be operating a much cleaner machine if you cut it out of your diet. There are plenty of other healthier gluten-free alternatives, like millet, amaranth, quinoa, and oats.

By eliminating these empty or harmful “foods” from your diet, you can start turning your body into the well-oiled machine nature intended it to be. By eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you can give yourself the premium fuel to get into the best shape of your life.



Stay Healthy During the Holidays

I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to get sick during the holidays – too much to do!

Here are some tips to keep you healthy during the holidays:

1)  Sleep – Try and get your 8 hours of sleep.  It can be difficult, especially if you have guests during the holidays, but lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health.

2)  Eat – Be sure to eat healthy and nutritious foods.  Drink lots of water. Try and avoid fast-food – although convenient, it is not a good choice.  Take water and healthy snacks with you while shopping.

3) Vitamins – Take a good multi-vitamin.  You may want to throw in some extra Vitamin C to help boost your immune system.

4) Parties – Don’t overindulge with food or drink.  Eat something before you go, so you will be able to resist those tempting appetizers. Try and limit your number of cocktails to avoid the dreaded hangover the next day.  Hangovers can really mess up one’s week.  I don’t know about you, but the older I get the longer it takes for me to recoup!

5) Exercise – Don’t find excuses to not work-out.  Always fit in your exercise program as it will help alleviate some of the stress that comes with the holidays.

6) Spending – Stick to a budget when shopping.  Worrying about finances can increase your stress and weaken your immune system.

7) Wash Your Hands – Washing you hands throughout the day is a must. Most germs are passed via hands.  Use hot water with soap and scrub for at least one minute.

Hopefully, these tips will help you avoid the dreaded holiday cold or flu, ensuring a healthy, happy holiday season for all!

Shakeology – Number 3 in Beachbody Top Products!

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Shakeology is now number three in the top products sold by Beachbody, first and second – P90X and Insanity.  There is a reason it is number three – it works!

This patent-pending daily nutritional shake helps your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently while allowing for better absorption of the essential nutrients you need. A proprietary blend of digestive enzymes and prebiotics helps your body progressively eliminate the toxins that build up over time from eating today’s highly processed foods.

At the same time, whole-food ingredients deliver the essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to curb cravings, allowing your body to shed stored fat while the more than 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke.

Side Ache While Running or Working Out

Today my workout was Shaun T’s Insanity Pure Cardio.   At the end of the warm-up, I began to experience side pain in my left, lower abdomen.  I have had this pain before, but not in a long while.  I made it through the workout, but had to stop a few times and let the ache subside.  I decided to find out what causes side aches when exercising or running and what can I do to prevent it.  I had always thought it was a lack of potassium, like when you get muscle cramps.  I found the following information and wanted to share it with you.

Causes of Side Stitch (Exercise-related Transient Abdominal Pain) By Elizabeth Quinn – About.com Contributor

While there is still no definitive explanation for the cause of a side stitch, there are several very convincing theories. The majority of the researchers believe that it has a lot to do with what we eat before we exercise.Several studies agree that ETAP is most common in running and swimming. The pain is described as well-localized in the right or left lower abdomen. The pain of the side stitch often interfered with performance, but wasn’t related to the athlete’s gender or body mass index. ETAP was far less common in older athletes.

The most important factor in developing ETAP seems to be the timing of the pre-event meal. One study reported that consuming reconstituted fruit juices and beverages high in carbohydrate and osmolality (a measure of concentration), either just before or during exercise triggered the onset of a stitch, particularly in susceptible individuals. The symptoms didn’t seem to be related to the amount of food eaten (gastric volume).

A more complicated explanation put forth by some researchers is that a side stitch is caused by stretching the ligaments that extend from the diaphragm to the internal organs, particularly the liver. The jarring motion of running while breathing in and out stretches these ligaments. Runners tend to exhale every two or four steps. Most people exhale as the left foot hits the ground, but some people exhale when the right foot hits the ground. It is the later group who seem more prone to get side stitches.

Exhaling when the right foot hits the ground causes greater forces on the liver (which is on the right side just below the rib cage). So just as the liver is dropping down the diaphragm raises for the exhalation. It is believed this repeated stretching leads to spasms in the diaphragm.

What to Do for a Side Stitch

If you develop a side stitch when running, stop running and place your hand into the right side of your belly and push up while inhaling and exhaling evenly. As you run or swim, try to take even, deep breaths. The stretched ligament theory would argue that shallow breathing tends to increase the risk of a stitch because the diaphragm is always slightly raised and never lowers far enough to allow the ligaments to relax. When this happens the diaphragm becomes stressed and a spasm or “stitch” is more likely. 

Some other ways to alleviate the pain of a side stitch include:

Tips for Preventing a Side Stitch

  • Time your pre-workout meal to allow it to digest prior to your workout.
  • Avoid drinking reconstituted fruit juices and beverages high in carbohydrate and osmolality before and during exercise
  • Stretching may relieve the pain of a stitch. Raise your right arm straight up and lean toward the left. Hold for 30 seconds, release, then stretch the other side.
  • Slow down your pace until pain lessens.
  • Massage or press on the area with pain. Bend forward to stretch the diaphragm and ease the pain.
  • If you continue to experience pain, see your doctor.




Heart Rate Monitors

A heart rate monitor is an electronic device designed to measure and display your current heart rate while you are engaged in a fitness program or sporting activity. Typically it is composed of a wrist watch receiver and a chest strap transmitter. The chest strap detects electrical activities of the heart and sends the information wirelessly to the wrist watch. While exercising, you can see your current heart rate on the wrist watch display and adjust your training intensity accordingly.

There is a wide range of heart rate monitors in terms of styles and features. The basic features include allowing you to set heart rate training limits which beep at you if you go above or below those limits. The intermediate features include allowing you to calculate your calories and fat burned during your exercise. The advanced features allow you to download your training data to a computer or a web site for further analysis.

Wireless Heart Rate Monitor

This type of heart rate monitor consists of a chest strap transmitter and a wrist watch receiver. The chest strap has to be worn around the chest during exercise. It has two electrodes, which are in constant contact with the skin, to detect electrical activities coming from the heart. Once the chest strap has picked up the heart signals, it transmits the information wirelessly and continuously to the wrist watch. The number of heart beats per minute is then calculated and displayed on the wrist watch.

The wireless heart rate monitor can be further subdivided into digital and analogue, depending on the wireless technology the chest strap uses to transmit information to the wrist watch.

Wireless heart rate monitor with analogue chest strap

This is in fact the most popular type of heart rate monitors. The analogue chest strap can usually interface with gym equipment that is heart rate monitor ready. So if, say, a treadmill is already equipped with a wireless receiver that can interpret signals coming from an analogue chest strap, it can display your heart rate directly on its display screen. You actually don’t need to wear the wrist watch while you are running on the treadmill as long as you are wearing the chest strap.

There is, however, a possibility of signal interference (cross talk) if other analogue heart rate monitor users are exercising nearby. If that happens, your wrist watch may not be accurately displaying your heart rate.

There is one type of analogue chest strap that transmits coded analogue wireless signals. Coded analogue transmission aims to reduce (but not eliminate entirely) the degree of cross talk while simultaneously preserving the ability to interface with heart rate monitor ready gym equipment.

Wireless heart rate monitor with digital chest strap

The use of a digital chest strap eliminates the problem of cross talk when other heart rate monitor users are close by. The other side of the coin is that it does not interface with other gym equipment. By its very nature, the digital chest strap is engineered to talk only to its own wrist watch receiver and to nothing else.

Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

This type of heart rate monitor consists of just the wrist watch without the chest strap transmitter. It measures the heart rate only when you put your fingers on special sensors on the face of the watch. Therefore it does not provide continuous heart rate monitoring. Because of that, it is unable to yield accurate information such as the average heart rate or the maximum heart rate obtained during an exercise period. It is also a little inconvenient for many exercises, as you have to interrupt what you are doing, put your fingers on the sensors for a few seconds, and wait for your heart rate to appear on the display. This is not always practical for many types of sports.

Note that there are really 2 sub-types of strapless heart rate monitors. The first type of monitors measure your heart rate by detecting electrical impulses. These monitors are very accurate (often called ECG or EKG accurate) and hence they cost more to buy. The second type of monitors measure your heart rate by using optical sensors to detect pulses going through your blood vessels. These monitors based on optical sensors are much less accurate and are often quite cheap.  Do your research before purchasing your heart rate monitor.