Is a low-fat diet causing you to gain weight ?



Good versus Bad – Why we all need it in our diet

We know that diet plays a big role in the health of the body, but an essential nutrient that has been demonized for the past 50 years or so is fat. Low-fat foods have been recommended to be healthy, yet long term chronic health issues are on the rise which are much nastier than the acute health issues from the past.
By eliminating it from the diet and replacing it with sugar and artificial sweeteners has not made us healthier; yet society in general relies on sugar and carbohydrates for energy and continue to struggle without essential nutrients.

It is needed to build cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell, and the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation. For long-term health, some fats are better than others. Good fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Bad ones include industrial-made trans fats. Saturated ones fall somewhere in the middle.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats  are known as the “good fats” because they are good for your heart, your cholesterol, and your overall health. These can help to:

  • Lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing good HDL.
  • Prevent abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Lower triglycerides associated with heart disease and fight inflammation.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Prevent atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries).

Adding more of these healthy fats to your diet may also help to make you feel more satisfied after a meal, reducing hunger and thus promoting weight loss.

  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
  • Sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds
  • Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines)

Bad fats

The worst type of dietary fat is the kind known as trans fat. It is a byproduct of a process called hydrogenation that is used to turn healthy oils into solids and to prevent them from becoming rancid. When vegetable oil is heated in the presence of hydrogen and a heavy-metal catalyst such as palladium, hydrogen atoms are added to the carbon chain. This turns oils into solids. It also makes healthy vegetable oils more like not-so-healthy saturated fats. On food label ingredient lists, this manufactured substance is typically listed as “partially hydrogenated oil.” (www.health.harvard.edu)

Examples of bad ones – (Trans fat )

  • Cookies, cakes, pizza dough, chips
  • Stick margarine, vegetable shortening
  • Fried foods – fried chicken, chicken nuggets, breaded fish
  • Anything containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, even if it claims to be “trans fat-free”

Saturated fat. While not as harmful as trans fat, saturated fat can raise bad LDL cholesterol and too much can negatively impact heart health, so it’s best consumed in moderation. Experts recommend limiting it to 10% of your daily calories.

Saturated fat – primary sources include:

  • Red meat (beef, lamb, pork)
  • Whole dairy products (milk, cream, cheese)
  • Butter, Ice cream
  • Lard
  • Tropical oils such as coconut and palm oil

If you eat carbohydrates, you body floods your bloodstream with insulin. So eating more carbohydrates means less time in fat burning mode. Which means more fat accumulation in the fat cells. Then this means feeling hungrier and weight gain. Eating more fat and fewer carbohydrates means fat will burn quicker, you are less hungry, and more likely to lose weight.

Your diet determines how much insulin your body will produce over time. From the documentary “Fat Head.”

We think by simply eating healthy carbs, ( in small amounts) lean protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods that contain trans and saturated fats.

Remember not all ones are bad, and there are healthy ones that are essential to a balanced diet. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends healthy Americans, over age 2, eat between 25 and 35 percent of your total daily calories as fats from healthy sources like nuts, fish and oils.

To get more help visit a Kinesiologist who can help with food intolerances, sensitivities and emotional triggers. http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

 

Health Show Episode #12 – Helping anxious children



Helping Anxious children and teenagers at School

If you are a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher or carer of kids, this month’s Health Show is a must watch.

Going back to school can be stressful at the best of times. But with anxiety, and learning difficulties on the rise (up to a third of students), it can be a very tough time for kids and for parents doing their best to get them out the door.  One of our KinesiologyZone Diploma graduates, Paula Phillips, helped four kids who wanted to improve their exam results, as part of her research study that she undertook during her Systematic Kinesiology training.  Anxious kidsAs exam results are measurable, she was able to see how Kinesiology’s holistic interventions made a difference.  Listen to Paula tell you about the results these kids and the one adult who also benefitted!

Children are faced with lots of stresses in life today and often children are unable to express their true emotions and feelings. Communicating how they are feeling is sometimes also difficult. They do however have the ability to accept change and move with this fairly easily. It is this reason that Systematic Kinesiology has such wonderful and powerful effects on children.

Watch and learn how children have gone from being unable to complete maths homework or reading to being happy children, much more confident and even motivated students.  And who doesn’t want that!

Paula really believes ‘‘ Transform your beliefs = Transform your life”

You can learn the techniques and approaches to help kids that Paula used in her research can be learned on our Balanced Health programme.  They are simple and powerful to use on yourself and to help kids struggling with reading, writing, and comprehension.

If you want to make an appointment with Paula you can email her on [email protected]

To make an appointment with another Systematic Kinesiologist you can find a list on the Association’s website here –  http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

Anxious kids helped with Systematic Kinesiology


Next month’s live recording of the KinesiologyZone Health Show will be on 18th October at 12.30 as usual.  We will be covering ”Thyroid Issues” and how Systematic Kinesiology can help you.

If you have any comments or want to share the success you have had using these techniques please post below.

Make Room For Your Gift

Our Class of 2017 graduated last weekend and wow, it was a joy to see this group SHINE!

KinesiologyZone Diploma Class of 2017

Right from the start this group’s positive attitude, excitement about Systematic Kinesiology, and their work ethic stood out. They really got behind what we want to achieve with healthcare in Ireland and they’ve been a joy to teach. Many are seeing clients on a part time basis now and others have jumped with both feet in and have full time clinics, acheived during the two years of training.

They took on the challenges, stepped out of their comfort zones, and have discovered their capacity to create a life that overcomes the barriers that life puts up.  All have great skills in helping their clients with stress, gut problems, back issues and many other lifestyle related health problems.

And THIS week, we just completed our powerful communications and transformational workshop with our Class of 2018!

Systematic Kinesiology offers students a wonderful opportunity to look after their own health which inspires them with a deep passion to help others.  This week this wonderful group of student practitioners discovered the power of releasing past issues, became aware of habits and patterns holding them back, got clear on their future, and had great fun discovering new ways to help others.

We are delighted our KinesiologyZone community of practitioners and students is growing because the subject of health is SO important, and too many people are struggling. These graduates and trainees are doing amazing work, helping their families, themselves and their clients overcome challenges.  

Health is not just about fixing one thing.  But when you can identify the root causes of a problem, (and since everyone is different the root cause will be different), you will be able to help people because of the whole person approach we use. 

Emotional stresses, self talk, language and communication.
Nutritional deficiencies, toxins, food sensitivities, and diet.
Physical stresses, aches and pain, muscle balancing, and structural alignment.
Energy, meridians, electrical balancing and “switching”.

There are so many options when it comes to treating ourselves and our clients.

It can be hard to make time for what we love to do, with being “too busy”, have other responsibilities, or other barriers and obstacles that make us believe that now is not a good time.

I love this video from Steve Harvey, about identifying the gift you have inside of you.

The Benefits of Rebounding for 5 minutes




What is rebounding ?….The typical rebound mini-trampoline is about 3′ in diameter and 9″ high. It is safe, easy to use, and effective. Research has led some scientists to conclude that jumping on a mini-trampoline is possibly the most effective exercise yet devised by man, especially because of the effect rebounding has on the lymph in the body.

Have you ever looked out the kitchen window and see the kids bouncing on the trampoline and think that looks fun… well it is it and it is so good for you. So next time take a few minutes and jump on the trampoline and feel the benefits in your body.

The human body needs to move. The lymph system bathes every cell, carrying nutrients to the cell and waste products away. Contrary to blood which is pumped by the heart, the lymph is totally dependent on physical exercise to move. Without adequate movement, the cells are left stewing in their own waste products and starving for nutrients, a situation which contributes to arthritis, cancer and other degenerative diseases as well as ageing. Vigorous exercise such as rebounding is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times.

All the Neuro-Lymphatic points stimulate by energy reflexes the flow of lymph to the related muscle and organ. There is twice as much lymph as blood in the body. It is a non-cellular fluid. It permeates the tissue where blood cells that are imprisoned in capillaries cannot go since there are too large. The lymph feeds and cleans the bodies tissues.

Lymph vessels can become clogged with protein deposits or the flow can stagnate or even stop for reasons such as fatigue, stress, infection, emotional shock, lack of physical activity or dehydration. Toxins accumulate, cells are unable to function properly resulting in various metabolic and infectious problems.

All cells in the body become stronger in response to the increased “G force” during rebounding. Vertical motion workouts such as rebounding are much different and much more beneficial and efficient than horizontal motion workouts, such as jogging or running.

When you bounce on a rebounder (mini-trampoline), several actions happen:

  • An acceleration action as you bounce upward
  • A split-second weightless pause at the top
  • A deceleration at an increased G-force

These immune cells are responsible for eating viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells, so it is good that they be active. Jumping on a mini-trampoline directly strengthens the immune system, so it’s a big deal!

Safety

Everyone should start with the gentle bounce let your feet remain with the mat while the body moves up and down. The health bounce is sufficient to obtain all the benefits of rebounding while gently strengthening the entire body. You can sit chat on the phone,  put in your earbuds and listen to music. It is recommended that you do your rebounding with bare feet so you do not slip. Do not wear tight or constricting clothes. The more jiggling, the more your lymph system is flushing out those toxins!

Start with 5 minutes of rebounding and increase their time as their fitness level improves. Seniors can start with 2 minutes several times per day, with at least 30 minutes between rebounding sessions. Increase your rebounding time gradually.

Inactive seniors find that gently jumping on a mini-trampoline gives them renewed vigor and zest for life. Hyperactive children are reported to calm down after a few days of rebounding.  Everyone  can do this and people can use the rebound mini-trampoline whenever they have a few minutes during the day.

Just some of the Benefits

  • Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function
  • Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Rebounding helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy.
  • Rebounding in a whole body exercise that improves muscle tone throughout the body.
  • Some sources claim that the unique motion of rebounding can also help support the thyroid and adrenals.
  • Rebounding is fun!

Hear from Des about rebounding in more detail.

 

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