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Chocolate eaters are the thinnest

Gotta love studies that eating a small amount of chocolate every day can help you stay thin.  However, the truth is that cacao does this, and so you need to be eating >= 75% cocoa chocolate.

I recommend having hot cocoa made with raw unsweetened cacao, cinnamon and a little sweetener (you’ll need it with cacao) as a great snack that picks you up, has a ton of health benefits and suppresses hunger.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120327091227.htm

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World Renowned Heart Surgeon Explains Sugar and Omega-6 Cause Heart Disease

This is such a great post by a world renowned heart surgeon explaining how the inflammation generated from excess sugar and polyunsaturated (Omega-6) intake is the real cause of heart disease.  Cholesterol and saturated fats have nothing to do with it:

“Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.”

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“One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers. “

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242516-World-Renown-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease

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Chamomile Tea might help you sleep better and is anti-estrogenic

Good quick post on Critical MAS attempting to see if Chamomile Tea helps with sleep quality.  Either way, it’s anti-estrogenic so why not have some!

http://criticalmas.com/2012/03/my-chamomile-tea-and-sleep-quality-experiment/

 

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The many benefits of fruits and vegetables

    Apples

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

Apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Slows aging process

Artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

Avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

Beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

Beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

Blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

Broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

Carrots

Saves eyesight

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower

Protects against Prostate Cancer

Combats Breast Cancer

Strengthens bones

Banishes bruises

Guards against heart disease

Cherries

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Ends insomnia

Slows aging process

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Chestnuts

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Chili peppers

Aids digestion

Soothes sore throat

Clears sinuses

Combats Cancer

Boosts immune system

Figs

Promotes weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Fish

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Supports immune system

Flax

Aids digestion

Battles diabetes

Protects your heart

Improves mental health

Boosts immune system

Garlic

Lowers cholesterol

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Fights fungus

Grapefruit

Protects against heart attacks

Promotes Weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Grapes

Saves eyesight

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Enhances blood flow

Protects your heart

Green tea

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps stops strokes

Promotes Weight loss

Kills bacteria

Honey

Heals wounds

Aids digestion

Guards against ulcers

Increases energy

Fights allergies

Lemons

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

Limes

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

Mangoes

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Regulates thyroid

Aids digestion

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Mushrooms

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Kills bacteria

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Oats

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Prevents constipation

Smoothes skin

Olive oil

Protects your heart

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Smoothes skin

Onions

Reduce risk of heart attack

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Lowers cholesterol

Fights fungus

Oranges

Supports immune systems

Combats cancer

Protects your heart


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Kerrygold Butter

Kerrygold Butter is considered the staple butter of Paleo / Primal Diet followers.  The main reason is that is is 100% grass fed butter, and available year round (I buy mine at Trader’s Joe’s [pic on Amazon]).

I came across a blog post in which a Kerrygold representative clarified the difference between the salted and unsalted versions of their butter.  Here’s what they said:

Kerrygold produces two different types of butter for the US: a salted sweet cream butter (gold foil) and unsalted lactic/cultured butter (silver foil).  (link)

The bold emphasis is mine because it shows that the unsalted (silver foil) butter is cultured, which means it’ll have healthy bacteria in it.

So my recommendation is to always buy the Unsalted Kerrygold butter and add your own real salt (not processed and from a source with no contaminants) for taste

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Great charts of Omega-3 to Omega-6 in foods

Since we should all be minimizing our Omega-6 intake, I thought this was a great comprehensive post on the Omega content of various foods:

http://paleozonenutrition.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/omega-6-and-3-in-nuts-oils-meat-and-fish-tools-to-get-it-right/

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Measure Everything

I’m amazed that people spend so much time going to the gym, yet fail to take the extra minute or two to incorporate practices that help them get the most out of their time there. One thing that people tend push to the side is keeping a thorough log of their gym routines.

In order to truly get the most out of each workout, its important to establish a measurement system. This can be done by logging the details of each workout. Why is it important? For starters, it helps you remember the exercises you did last time you were at the gym. More importantly, it enables you to track your progress. Tracking progress is important for assessing the effectiveness of routines as well as serving as an indicator for when components of a workout or specific exercise should be adjusted. Some examples of adjustments are increasing the weight for a lifting exercise or speed on the treadmill.

In terms of what to measure, you should attempt to record the necessary details of each exercise that facilitate a consistent baseline from workout to workout. I’ve outlined two examples below to gain a better understanding of what I mean.

Weightlifting measurement:

  • Name of exercise
  • Number of repetitions
  • Number of sets
  • Rest time between each set
  • Machine setting (seat height etc)

Treadmill measurement:

  • Incline
  • Speed
  • Time elapsed

Although it may seem tedious to measure these things, the returns you receive are worth it. Without this information, its hard for us to determine whether our training is effective and when we should increase resistance (which comes in many forms). Both of these are necessary for achieving maximum effectiveness in the gym. Bottom line: if you want the most out of your workouts, a good place to start is keeping a comprehensive log.

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Paleo Chicken Wings

Just wanted to give a shout out to Dr. Paul Jaminet’s Paleo Chicken Wings, they look amazing:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4666

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High Intensity Exercise recommended for longer life

A study in Denmark showed that the relative intensity of cycling is the most important factor in the life extension benefits of the exercise.  The higher intensity the people cycled, the more benefit they received (please keep in mind it does not mean that they cycled longer…typically when intensity is increased, the duration is decreased).

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110829070507.htm

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Studies confirm Cocoa’s benefits

More studies have confirmed something most of us already knew, that cocoa, the main ingredient in dark chocolate is quite good for you, being an antioxidant, antiinflammatory, and direct benefits such as a reduction in stroke potential.

The easiest way to get these benefits is to eat a square of 85% or 90% dark chocolate (about 50 calories) every couple of days.  Raw cocoa powder can be added to shakes, smoothies etc, however, be aware it’s very concentrated and bitter, so you don’t need a lot, probably a teaspoon to a tablespoon.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110829070555.htm