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.
- Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
- Sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds
- Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines)
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
- 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. 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/
Our latest Facebook Live from my clinic, lunchtime session showing a demonstration of Food Sensitivity Testing – using the muscles as a way to test and identify systems being affected by the foods we eat.
This time Siobhan Guthrie gives a demonstration of Food Sensitivity Testing – using two or three muscles as a way to test and accurately identify energy circuits and systems that are affected by the foods we eat; or reveal an imbalance with that circuit that may require further investigation. We tested wheat, a gluten free bread roll, milk, and a banana.
Foods that we commonly test are those that we eat more than 3-4 times a week (and often more than that), rather than foods that we rarely eat. Symptoms of food sensitivity are wide, and may not affect digestion. Siobhan coveys this in the video below.
Recorded as a Facebook Live, your questions were answered live too.
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Remember nutrition is a very complex matter. it needs to be careful, and studied approach for the results to be beneficial to the individual Training we offer in our Balanced Health courses.
Bio-chemic individuality is a fact. Each person has different nutritional needs, and it is imperative this be taken into account when embarking on the serious matter of embarking on the serious matter of involving oneself with someone’s diet. People are extremely emotionally involved with what they eat.
To see more on food testing – http://www.kinesiologyzone.com/how-to-test-foods-with-kinesiology/
KinesiologyZone Live Demo showing our holistic approach (MCPE), balancing a muscle and answering your questions.
Every one of us has the capacity to help another person. Some of us make a career of it! If you feel compelled to learn more about health, wellness and natural methods, then you’re going to enjoy our presentation. Siobhan Guthrie covers how we work as a Systematic Kinesiology and our MCPE holistic approach. Testing 4 muscles we were able to find which muscle and circuit the body wanted to be fixed first, using a system of priority. And you get to see how we work with emotional stress and how to defuse them.
Recorded as a Facebook Live, your questions were answered live too.
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Join us next time and be sure to let us know what topics you’d like us to cover.
5-minute Technique to resolve Phobia’s
Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of certain objects or situations that happen to so many people. Phobias can occur in several forms, it might keep people indoors, it might make people scream when they see a spider the number of people who suffer from different phobia more than 10% of the population suffer a phobia of some sort, of which there are more than 300, the most common being;
- fear of heights (acrophobia)
- fear of the outdoors or open spaces (agoraphobia)
- fear of closed or confined spaces (claustrophobia)
- fear of spiders (arachnophobia)
- fear of dogs (cynophobia)
- fear of cats (ailurophobia)
- fear of birds (ornithophobia)
- fear of wasps (spheksophobia)
- fear of crowds (ochlophobia)
- fear of flying (aerophobia)
- fear of needles (belonophobia)
- fear of snakes (ophidiophobia)
Symptoms of a phobia can differ for everyone. They can range from feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded or faint feeling like you are choking, pounding heart, palpitations or accelerated heart rate,nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea, trembling or shaking.
Experiencing this type of acute fear is extremely unpleasant and can be very frightening. It may make you feel stressed out of control and overwhelmed. It may also lead to feelings of embarrassment, anxiety or depression.
As a result, many people with phobias avoid situations where they might have to face their fear. While this is an effective strategy to start with, avoiding your fears often causes them to become worse, and can start to have a significant impact on how you live your life.
Most of these phobias can be traced back to to the first time the person experienced the situation and found by whatever reason they were unable to cope, or simply put a negative imprint in the mind for life. Fortunately, most of these types of phobia’s can be helped in minutes. An amazing technique was discovered by Dr. Callahan a psychologist who found his work greatly enhanced with Kinesiology. Watch our video where Siobhan demonstrates this technique on Natasha who has a fear of spiders.
Not all fears are resolved completely the first time, the procedure is used but with patience, and within two or three sessions most problems are banished. Bear in mind we can only work by permission,ascertain that the subject truly does want to address the problem. Strangely enough, many people when confronted with the opportunity to deal with the fear, decide they cannot!
Declutter – What’s in your Kitchen cupboard?
It has been predicted that over the next 15 years, our waistlines will bulge. The World Health Organisation’s estimation that by 2030 over 85pc of Irish adults will have weight problems is a sobering thought. There are still many hidden dangers we are hardly aware of sitting in our cupboards in our kitchen. The industry has learnt to present and modify foods in such a way that it may even look better than the real thing.
At the beginning of the last century most people ate fresh organic food, free from toxic chemicals and our eating habits were healthier. Sugar and sweets were still something of a luxury and most family meals contained all the nutrients. Now all that has changed. The food we eat today no longer contains the nutrients we need for the correct functioning of our digestive system.
“Sugar taken every day produces a continuously overacid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance. Finally, in order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the required amount of natural sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.
When these comparatively harmless places are completely filled, fatty acids are then distributed among active organs, such as the heart and kidneys. These begin to slow down; finally their tissues degenerate and turn to fat. The whole body is affected by their reduced ability, and abnormal blood pressure is created” BY William Dufty
This is why its important now we learn to read labels. The manufactures now uses substances to ‘improve’ our food. Just some of these are artificial colours, anti-oxidising substances, preservatives, emulsifiers, and thickeners artificial sweeteners. Many natural foods have being overheated, pressed, cooled, frozen or dried. This all means vital nutrients have being lost. Our digestive system has not adjusted to such totally altered foods such as white sugar, white flour and overheated oils.
Today’s challenege is go to your cupboard today take out 5 items and check the labels and then decide if you are going to keep it or throw it away. Ask the group should you throw it away or if you think ‘no way’ I paid for it i’m going to use it no matter how much sugar it has let us know.
Reading food Labels
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The Doors are NOW OPEN!
We are currently taking registrations for the Athlone, Dublin and Kilkenny locations.
We hope to run a course in the south west so if you’re interested email us to encourage us to come to YOUR area!!
If you are SERIOUS about making a difference and following your dream to improve the health of yourself and those around you, then Friday is an exciting day!
I know that deep inside all of us is a yearning not only to do more, but to grow and learn and help more as well. Many of you have been emailing, messaging me via FB, even calling and asking WHEN can you book a place on the Balanced Health course in Systematic Kinesiology.
Well this is just a quick announcement that we should be ready to email you this Friday 21st November when the doors officially OPEN for the classes of 2015. If you’re not already on our mailing list, just look up at the top right hand corner of this page where it says, “Download the FREE GUIDE” – while that may be slightly out of date prior to Friday, you’ll be on the mailing list to receive notification when the doors open!
There will be special offers, payment plans and fast action bonuses available!
You will be the first to be notifiied and you can book your place and even START with our early access to some of the training videos immediately.
WHAT would your life look like if you started training in as holistic a therapy as Systematic Kinesiology?
Just imagine …..
There’s nothing quite like experiencing Kinesiology and muscle testing for YOURSELF.
You can read all you like about it, ask lots questions about it, even watch the videos on this website. But when it comes to really understanding what it is, you have to experience it! But if you haven’t seen a video yet, then take a few minutes to see a little of what Systematic Kinesiology is:
So how would you like to experience muscle testing (being tested AND testing others) as well as balancing weaknesses before you commit to a course?
You will get some hands on experience of muscle testing and you’ll learn how the Balanced Health Foundation could be the first step to becoming a fully qualified Kinesiologist. This two hour Taster Event is perfect for you.
Fee to attend: €15 (refundable when you join the Balanced Health Course starting in March)
This will be a fun 2 hours, with new information, new skills, where you’ll meet lots of likeminded people.
All our current Taster Events have taken place
You’ll walk away having experienced muscle testing, have a great understanding of Kinesiology and have an insight into the training. Ideal if you are drawn to helping others, want to start a holistic health career or take care of your families health with natural methods.
How To Reduce Stress in 2 minutes
That’s right. Two minutes! If you’re feeling overwhelmed then the good news is that there are ways to support your body to help you reduce that overwhelm, panic, worry. If you don’t even know where to start, then Kinesiology can help identify which stress to work on first! Stress reduction tips and techniques such as Emotional Stress Release help you gain clarity, calmness and feel more composed, even in our hectic world.
If you’d like to experience Kinesiology, find out more about how you can learn this and many MORE stress reducing techniques, then I wanted to let you know that Des Richmond DipAK is giving a free talk in Kanturk, Co Cork this Friday, 11th October at 7pm .
The holistic approach means acknowledging how all the areas of your life – physically, emotionally, nutritionally, energetically and spiritually – are interconnected. Kinesiology is able to demonstrate this interconnection and how you can use the body’s own power of self healing to reduce the effects of stress simply. Come along to this one hour talk, ideal for those interested in holistic health, seeking a new career, or simply want to help their family and friends.
All Welcome. We do ask that you book your place in advance. There is limited seating and we want to ensure you have somewhere to sit comfortably.
ADVANCE BOOKING REQ. RESERVE YOUR SEAT BY CALLING DES ON 085 759 3622