You can feel better in just two weeks.
The fuel and raw materials our bodies use comes from the food we eat, the air we breathe and of course the water we drink. Our bodies utilize two major energy producing pathways, the anaerobic system and the aerobic system. When our body is operating efficiently the majority of energy is produced by the aerobic system.This energy pathway burns fat and it provides energy for the heart, lungs, blood vessels and especially our aerobic muscle fibers. We can turn the switch on this aerobic system with easy exercise and the right foods which will allow our bodies to burn fat and provide us with peak performance. The other system is the anaerobic system and is used for short-term energy and it burns sugar. When these two systems are out of balance, dysfunction sets in and symptoms may be felt. In the journey of life we should learn the simple techniques that balance the systems.
Here’s the problem. There’s a war going on. Large corporations are spending billions of dollars to have us eat unhealthy foods. Even the United States Department of Agriculture has come up with a pyramid scheme you probably know as the food pyramid. It wasn’t developed by nutritional experts. It was developed by special interest groups and lobbyists, including the dairy industry and the soda industry. Let’s not forget the Genetically Modified High Fructose Corn Syrup industry. Refined carbohydrates or high glycemic foods turn on a gene switch which increases stress and inflammation in our bodies and turn off genes that promote tissue repair (article from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). Our bodies become inflammation factories, and now you can be sold more crap. Just look at all the TV ads for anti-inflammatories: Motrin, Advil and Celebrex. And don’t forget the baby aspirin you are supposed to take everyday for the rest of your life. There is a benefit to reducing inflammation, but reducing it with NSAIDs causes stomach bleeding every time you take them. NSAIDS, or non-steroidal ant-inflammatory drugs will damage your liver, joints, and kidneys when used for more than three days in a row. Can you believe they are advertised to relieve joint pain? Well, the science says different. NSAIDs can be used for less than three days in a row, then you should not use them for a minimum of two weeks.
Below is a list of 10 symptoms. Check those that apply to you.
1. Physical fatigue ￼
2. Mental fatigue ￼
Blood sugar problems ￼
Intestinal bloating ￼
5. Sleepy after meals ￼
Excess body fat ￼
High triglycerides ￼
High blood pressure ￼
Feel depressed ￼
Carbohydrate addiction ￼
If your carbohydrate intolerance is not corrected in its early stages it will eventually lead to life threatening diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and other chronic debilitating diseases. The symptom complex caused by carbohydrate intolerance is often referred to as Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X. A list of disorders include:
diabetes type II
hypertension or high blood pressure
coronary heart disease
Would you like optimal health, wellness and peak performance both at work and play?Would you like to turn on your fat burning switch? Would you like to balance your hormones? Would you like to turn on the genes that promote tissue repair and begin the anti-aging process? How about more physical and mental energy. Are you willing to take a two week healthy food journey? Do you think your pancreas needs a vacation from trying to process a sugar overload? If you answered yes to any of the questions, you may want to try the following:
For two weeks you can only eat the foods mentioned below. This is not a calorie restricted diet, it is a high glycemic food restricted diet. A diet that promotes optimal health needs to be balanced; 40% protein, 30% fat and 30% carbohydrates. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are known as macronutrients. The food groups that make up our protein, fat and carbohydrate sources also contain micronutrients. These are vitamins and minerals. The healthy food list includes:
Heavy whipping cream(maybe just heavy whipping,LOL)
Unprocessed meats including buffalo beef jerky, chicken, lamb, fish, shellfish
Vegetable juices. Absolutely no fruit juices
All cooked and/or raw vegetables except potatoes and corn
Nuts, seeds, nut butters
Oils such as olive oil and coconut oil
Salsa without sugar or high fructose corn syrup
Himalayan Crystal salt, sea salt
Coffee and tea (I suggest drinking hot tea with every meal)
The list of foods that you cannot eat are the following and include any food you know you should not be eating:
Bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, cereals, muffins, chips, crackers, rice cakes and all processed carbohydrate foods
All sweets, ketchup, honey, and other prepared foods containing added sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup
All fruits and fruit juices
Highly processed meat such as cold cuts
All potatoes, corn, rice, and beans
Milk products including half-and-half and yogurt
No so called healthy snacks including energy bars and drinks.
All sodas, especially diet sodas
You may have a small amount of dry wine with a meal.
If you are interested in the science and biochemistry behind this test, then you will want to continue reading. If not just make your grocery list and get rid of fast foods and junk foods.
Let’s talk for a moment about our body’s energy production. The thousands of tasks our body performs each second requires energy. The food you eat provides the majority of your energy. You need to provide your body with the correct raw materials for optimal growth, repair, and all metabolic processes the body needs to achieve homeostasis or simply put KEEP YOU ALIVE! When the raw materials are not available, your body must rob Peter to pay Paul. If it needs protein it may steal it from your stomach lining or maybe some cartilage in your knee joint. Let me take a moment to define metabolism. It is the sum total of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms, resulting in growth, production of energy, and the elimination of waste material. To sum this up we need proper digestion, absorption and elimination. You are what you don’t poop. Next, homeostasis can be defined as the tendency of an organism or cell to regulate its internal conditions, such as the chemical composition of its body fluids, so has to maintain health and functioning, regardless of outside conditions. The organism and its cells maintain homeostasis by monitoring its internal and external environment and responding appropriately when these conditions deviate from a life sustaining state. The maintenance of body temperature in warm-blooded animals is an excellent example of homeostasis. The autonomic nervous system is a biological computer system that monitors our cells, constantly striving for homeostasis. The food we eat supplies you with micro and macro nutrients. The micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. The macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. A basic balance is 40% protein 30% carbohydrates and 30% fat. The more carbohydrates we eat the more our body produces insulin. High fructose corn syrup does not elicit an insulin reaction. More on that subject later. What carbohydrates are we talking about specifically. The list includes bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, serial, muffins, ships, crackers, rice cakes and all similar foods. Also include sweets and candies including all products that contain sugar such as ketchup, honey and many other prepared foods. Fruits and fruit juices are also on the list, so too highly processed meats such as cold cuts. Potatoes, corn, rice and beans are included. So too milk, half and half and yogurt. And most of the so-called healthy snacks including energy drinks and bars. Lastly, all soda including diet soda.
When we consume too many carbohydrates our body produces too much insulin. This is known as hyperinsulinemia. This condition can be determined with a blood test. And if you have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke, the odds are that you will have an intolerance for carbohydrates. It is the excess carbohydrates that are converted and stored as fat. When the body produces excess insulin it can lower your blood sugar drastically. Since the brain exclusively relies on glucose for fuel this can result in impaired mental function, including memory loss, inability to concentrate or even think clearly. High insulin levels suppress two very important hormones, glucagon and growth hormone. Glucagon is important because it promotes the burning of fat and sugar for energy. Growth hormone is important for sugar and fat burning and the regulation of minerals and amino acids for tissue regeneration. So if you want to burn more fat, feel better and have peak performance you must stop eating excess refined carbohydrates. And you will need to determine how many natural carbohydrates your body can effectively metabolize. This is the goal of the two week test. To find your body’s carbohydrate tolerance. It is also important for you to realize that too many refined carbohydrates are turning off your body’s repair system and turning off its ability to BURN FAT!
Let me digress for a moment with a story. I often hear about someone going to their doctor for their annual exams. The doctor says good news everything looks great and there’s nothing wrong. Then the person says to their doctor, I just don’t feel good. I have headaches and I have no energy. And my stomach hurts after I eat and sometimes I feel like I’m just plain bloated. This is a medical predicament that most people face. A pre-illness state or what my colleagues and I like to term functional illness, a limbo state before an actual disease condition. A condition that is not measurable by standard blood test analysis or other tests including X-Rays, CT Scans or MRIs. In order to achieve optimal health one must have balance in their physical structure, their biochemistry, their bipolar electromagnetic energy, also known as Chi and provide the raw materials that optimize the performance of all their organs and glands. Finally release life stresses.
So who wants to get started on the road to optimal health and peak performance at work and play?
It all starts with an assessment session followed by the two week test. The test will be how you will be eating for two weeks. It is designed to turn your body into a fat burning machine the way it was designed. Before you start this program make sure that you have written down all the signs and symptoms that you are currently having. And please take a few days to do this. Next weight yourself before starting this test. Also make a waistline measurement and any other body areas including thighs and arms. Make sure that you have the proper foods in your house and that you have eliminated any of those high glycemic carbohydrates that we discussed.
Also for the next two weeks, you will be starting a moderate exercise program designed to train your body or retrain it burn fat as its primary source of fuel. You will need to purchase a heart monitor that has a band that goes around your chest and a wristwatch type meter that measures the average beats per minute. Polar sells several varieties of this type of heart monitor. At a minimum you will need to exercise 150 minutes per week, I suggest five separate 30 minute sessions. During these sessions you will want to maintain your heartbeat in its optimal range. I would like to use a scale that I learn from Dr. Phil Maffetone.
Subtract your age from 180. Example, if you are 50 years old you would subtract 50 from 180 which equals 130. There are four modifiers to the maximum heartbeat that we will list:
1. If you are recovering from an illness, surgery or hospital stay subtract 10 from the result.
2. If you tend to injure yourself when you exercise subtract 5.
For those of you there and exercising times a week without any injury you will subtract 0
Competitive athletes can add 5.
So a 50-year-old individual who has been exercising for two years without injury should maintain his heart rate for 30 minutes between 130 beats and 120 beats per minute. Allow yourself a 10 minute period, known as a warm-up to slowly reach the bottom range of your target heart interval. Then after maintaining your heart rate with in your zone, you have a cool down which gradually brings your heart back to normal for another ten minutes. At this point you may do some active stretching or PNF stretching.