Top Tips for a Healthy Easter

Top Tips for a Healthy Easter

Easter is around the corner and who is not excited about a long weekend and lots of fun?

We certainly are. The Easter egg hunts, family gatherings and who would forget the delicious egg-shaped chocolate. But for some people Easter can a time of temptation, stress and and over consumption of sugar. So here are a few tips for you to have a happy and healthy Easter.

Be Mindful

While chocolate eggs sure are tasty, they actually contain a lot of sugar — 26g, or six teaspoons, to be exact!  It’s a pretty shocking amount of sugar when you consider that the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) guideline advocates no more than about six teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for children and adults. So try not to mindlessly snack over Easter by tracking consumption – a study found people who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no record.

Don’t bulk buy

We know how hard people work to lose weight and you certainly don’t want to waste all that hard work over one weekend. Only buy a small amount of good quality chocolate, rather than lots of poor quality chocolate. The darker the chocolate the more antioxidants, so chocolate with 60 per cent cocoa is a good option.

Stock your fridge

Healthy Easter from KineisologyZoneHave plenty of delicious healthy foods on hand so you don’t automatically reach for the Easter eggs. Find healthy substitutes to chocolate that still satisfy your sweet cravings.

Drink Water

Your body is composed of roughly 60% water. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake. You often feel hungrier when dehydrated so a great way to eat less and stop cravings is drink more water.

  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water (if you weight 140lbs, drink 70oz of water each day).
  • Carry a bottle everywhere with you as a reminder to keep drinking.
  • Eat raw fruits and vegetables – they are dense in water. You can get water from food, not just from beverages.
  • Drink water and other fluids until you urinate frequently and with light color.

Get outdoors

Spring is in abundance this time of year with lots of cute newborn animals, flowers all over and (slightly) warmer weather this a perfect time of year for everyone to get outside. Integrate some exercise into your Easter while having fun. Check out a  great list of ideas here – www.mykidstime.com/things-to-do/10-cracking-easter-activities-for-kids-outdoors/.

Meet up with Family & Friends

If you’re off work and the kids are off school for the holidays, it’s a great time to take advantage of the better weather and longer days go meet families.

Do you dare to be different this Easter? You don’t have to give gifts of easter eggs. Why not give your kids the gift of a family day out, visit a local park, go to the movies, or buy them a book?

 

The Health Show Episode #11 – Sugar Insulin and Diabetes

The Health Show Episode #11 – Sugar Insulin and Diabetes

Sugar Insulin and Diabetes – How understanding blood sugar, insulin, insulin resistance, macro nutrients, supplements, essential fats and reading labels will help you prevent diabetes!  There’s a LOT in this month’s Health Show!

Sugar Insulin and Diabetes KinesiologyZone Health Show Episode 11 Sugar

For every expert recommending some new health fix, there’s someone else telling you to try the opposite. But something we are all on the same page about is sugar – specifically, added sugar, that is doing us more harm than good.  But overall our love of carbohydrates is making us fatter, more tired, and less happy!

While we all know we should consume sugar “in moderation,” it’s easier said than done, especially when it is found in foods as added, and often hidden, ingredients.  The WHO (World Health organisation) recently published guidelines on sugar intake for adults and children saying that no more than 10% of a person’s energy intake (calories) should come from free sugars. In Ireland, the National Adult Nutritional Survey in 2011 showed that on average our diets contained 14.6% energy from free sugars.

Watch Siobhan Guthrie’s overview and introduction to this big topic – about our nutritional needs, proteins, essential fats, carbohydrates and what to do to keep our insulin levels low, which will prevent many long term health conditions

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Sugar Insulin and Diabetes KinesiologyZone Health Show Episode 11

In today’s Health Show we offer practical tips on helping get the focus away from carbohydrates (such as sugar) and onto proteins and essential fats into the diet, so that you feel satiated, have more energy and long term good health.

Symptoms of blood sugar imbalance:

  • Tiredness, ratty, stressed, HUNGRY all the time,
  • Prone to infection (especially your teeth and gum disease)
  • significant health problems because it’s associated with obesity, heart attacks, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cancer and other serious conditions.

INSULIN – a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas in response to the foods you eat.

Health Tips:

– Add oily fish into your diet
– Use Avocados – great for adding essential fats into your salad
– Hummus – This middle eastern snack is high in protein!
– Beans -Most beans have about 7-10 grams of protein per half cup
– UDOs Oil has the perfect blend of Omega 3/6/9.

Become sugar smart

Understanding food labels is a great tool in becoming sugar smart. Added sugars can come under many different names and are listed to disguise how much sugar is in the “food product”:

• Corn syrup, Golden syrup, Maple syrup.
• Honey, Malt syrup, molasses

• Glucose (twice as sweet as fructose)
• Fructose
• Sucrose
• Maltose
• Dextrose
• Galactose
• Lactose
• High fructose corn syrup
• Invert sugar
• Hydrolysed starch

And the list goes on!  Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Barley malt, Beet sugar, Date sugar, Diatase, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Dehydrated fruit juice, Fruit juice crystals, and Agave.

Supplements to help reverse Insulin Resistance and help with sweet cravings

If you are interested in getting some chromium, zinc, magnesium or other supplements to help balance your blood sugar you will find the ones Siobhan recommended by visiting this site. https://www.pharmanord.com/ or from your local Systematic Kinesiologist.

 


Our next Health Show- episode #12 will take place on the 20th September and with kids heading back to school we will be discussing ”Children and young adolescents achieve their potential academically in today’s world”

If you want to know about the muscle testing Siobhan demonstrated come along to one of our Taster events or find our about our upcoming Balanced Health Courses.

KinesiologyZone Course Leadership team

 

 

 

This Man Gave Up Sugar,Artificial Additives for a Month.

Here’s What Happened When a Guy Quit Sugar for a Month

Sacha Harland decided to take on a challenge! He decided to give up sugar, alcohol, artificial additives and unhealthy food for one month. He wanted to see how would this dietary alteration affect his mental and physical conditions.

He captured his physical and mental journey in the six-minute clip above. Check out his incredible journey through the following video:

After watching this video there are many health issues we can still debate about. Is coffee bad for you? Does the cabbage soup diet work?

However there is one thing we can all usually agree on – sugar is bad for you (if you have too much of it). Isn’t it really interesting that Sacha starts to struggle really early on into the challenge and soon learns that his taste buds have been trained to crave salt and sugar-laden items.

We also see them highlight hidden sugars. Sugar consumption is both in plain sight and hidden, ingested from the most unlikely places. Sugar in tomato ketchup and microwave dinners, soups and crackers and just about every other processed food out there. Who are the biggest culprits? Soft drinks lead the list at 33% of our sugar consumption (drink water instead of coke and you’ve already made a huge dent). sugar kinesiology Sweets 16%. Baked goods like biscuits and cakes, 13%. Fruit drinks 10%. Sweetened yogurt and milk almost 9%.

If you are considering making a change in 2017, you don’t have to completely detox like Scott but reducing processed food and reading labels can make a huge difference.

If you are looking to take control of your health and want to pick up some skills in 2017 (learn food testing, reduce stress, release pain, and improve energy levels ) visit www.Kinesiologyzone.com/training for more information.