What I Learned From My Juice Fast

juice fastingI did a 10 day juice fast for the first ten days of 2012 and here are some of the things that I learned from that experience.

First off it’s not that bad! After reading about some other peoples experience I thought that I would feel awful for the first couple of days. I felt a little hungry, but I chalk that up to not having the experience of making enough juice for the day.

I did miss the crunch of food and good dining experiences and I don’t think that I could really do the cleanse for more than a month but after a few days I started getting used to the extra time that I had by not spending time fixing meals.

I felt more energy. It took about four days for me to start feeling good and energetic. One great thing about feeling energy is that it changes my attitude about exercise. I was eager to exercise and found it fun and not a chore like I usually do.

 I lost ten pounds. I wasn’t sure how much weight I would lose because I did drink a lot of calories during the cleanse but I dropped 10 pounds and I feel great. Only 10 more to go.

Just felt generally more healthy. I felt really good after the 10 days was done but I was also ready for food. A salad actually sounded wonderful and that is not a typical craving that I have, I made a salad and it was so delicious!

 

Circulatory System Care

Circulatory system: Thirty minutes of raising your heart rate and getting your circulatory system all hot and bothered.  Check this little clip out.

 

I started out just walking, and then picked up the pace. This little activity once a week will make all the difference in your health.  You can definitely add to it and pick up more than once  a week if you are conditioned to more work.There are also some great programs available to help you get in better shape.
Just remember balance is key.

Great Pasta Sauce

Here is a wonderful recipe that we made last night. So Yummy!

Winter Red Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

1 medium organic spaghetti squash
1 can organic tomato sauce
1 can organic tomato paste
3 tbs virgin organic olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup gimme lean soysage (sausage)
1 small organic green pepper
1 small yellow onion
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
2 tbs organic Marvini crushed fresh Italian seasoning or to taste, up to 3 tbs.
2 tbs organic brown sugar
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350.
Wash squash and split length wise, scoop out seeds. Place cut side down add about 1 inch water to glass baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes.

In large sauce pan simmer olive oil, soysage, onion, pepper, and garlic until tender.
Add mushrooms and saute for about 3 more minutes.
Add tomato sauce, fill can with water and add
Add tomato paste and Italian seasoning.
Add brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
Cover and simmer till spaghetti squash is done.

When squash is done, fork out the inside and plate it, butter the squash for a richer dish. Spoon Red sauce over top sprinkle with parmesan cheese. This is a colorful healthy winter dish that will give you energy to face the coldest night.

Why Excess Abdominal Fat Is More DEADLY Than You Think

Below is an article contributed by Mike Geary, the founder of TruthAboutAbs.com.  I thought this was an important topic to share with you because the reality is that most people simply don’t realize how dangerous their excess abdominal fat really is to their health.

The Hidden Dangers of Your Excess Abdominal Fat – It’s More Serious Than a Vanity Issue!

by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer

Did you know that the vast majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat? The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible, and makes them self conscious about showing off their body.

However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly demonstrated that although it is unhealthy in general to have excess body fat throughout your body, it is also particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.

There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.

Both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both of them greatly increase the risk your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

Part of the reason visceral fat is particularly dangerous is that it apparently releases more inflammatory molecules into your body on a consistent basis.

If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat should be one of your TOP priorities! There’s just no way around it. Besides, a side-effect of finally getting rid of all of that excessive ugly abdominal fat is that your stomach will flatten out, and if you lose enough stomach fat, you will be able to visibly see those sexy six pack abs that everyone wants.

So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat? Is there actually a REAL solution beyond all of the gimmicks and hype that you see in ads and on commercials for “miracle” fat loss products?

The first thing you must understand is that there is absolutely NO quick fix solution. There are no pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. Also, none of the gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or ab belts will help get rid of abdominal fat either. You can’t spot reduce your stomach fat by using any of these worthless contraptions. It simply doesn’t work that way.

The ONLY solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a sound nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods with a properly designed strategic exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Both your food intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this right.

I’ve actually even seen a particular study that divided thousands of participants into a diet-only group and an exercise/diet group. While both groups in this study made good progress, the diet-only group lost significantly LESS abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined group.

Now the important thing to realize is that just any old exercise program will not necessarily do the trick. The majority of people that attempt getting into a good exercise routine are NOT working out effectively enough to really stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat. I see this everyday at the gym.

Most people will do your typical boring ineffective cardio routines, throw in a little outdated body-part style weight training, and pump away with some crunches and side bends, and think that they are doing something useful for reducing their abdominal fat. Then they become frustrated after weeks or months of no results and wonder where they went wrong.

Well, the good news is that I’ve spent over a decade researching this topic, analyzing the science, and applying it “in the trenches” with myself as well as thousands of my clients from all over the world to see what works to really stimulate abdominal fat loss.

The entire solution… all of the nutritional strategies, as well as training sequences, exercise combinations, and more have all been compiled in my Truth About Six Pack Abs Program.
Keep in mind that the point of this whole program is NOT abdominal exercises (that is only a very small portion of it). The main point of this program is showing you the absolute most effective strategies for losing your stubborn abdominal fat, so you can get rid of that dangerous health risk, as well as get a flatter more defined midsection.

If you follow the guidelines, you WILL lose your belly fat that has been plaguing you for years. This is not guesswork… it is a proven system that works time and time again for all of my clients on every corner of the globe that actually apply the information I teach. If you apply it, the results will come. It’s really that simple.

The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or months, they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place.

I want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal fat that is not only UGLY, but also DANGEROUS.

Don’t waste another day allowing that nasty abdominal fat to kill your confidence as well as contribute to your risk for MAJOR diseases.

Get the solution to rid yourself for life of this problem at…

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/

Train hard, eat right, and enjoy life!

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Author – The Truth about Six Pack Abs