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Halloween made healthier with Pumpkins

Halloween is one of our favourite holidays we love the scary movies and Halloween decorations.Halloween is also the a big sugar high season withbags and nags of sweets on offer in every supermarket. And while it’s pretty hard to avoid sweet treats, having altogether, it is possible to make better choices and not overdo it. Having Healthy snacks available and healthy options helps the kids not overdo it on the sugary treats and with Pumpkins widely available this time of year we should make the most of them.

Health benefits and nutritional breakdown

Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration craand if you make it a family event and crave the pumpkins you most likely dump the insides of the pumpkin on the bin.But a Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

Health Benefits

Support Prostate Health
Protect againist Diabetes
Lowers Cholesterol by 13%
100g seeds provide 30g Protein
High in zinc
Regulating blood pressure
Help supplement the fiber shortage
Pumpkin can protect immunity.

Nutritional breakdown

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database one cup of cooked, boiled, or drained pumpkin without salt contains:

  • 1.76 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 0 g of cholesterol
  • 12.01 g of carbohydrate

This amount of pumpkin also provides:

  • more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A
  • nineteen percent of the RDA of vitamin C
  • ten percent or more of the RDA of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese
  • at least 5 percent of thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus

Preparing fresh pumpkin at home will deliver the most benefits for your health.Steer clear of canned pumpkin pie mix. This is usually placed next to the canned pumpkin in grocery stores, and is sold in a similar can. It contains added sugars and syrups.

Adding Pumpkin into your diet

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter. We love roasting seeds and roasting pumpkin seeds is very easy.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

Wash the seeds. This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried. Put the pulp and seeds into a large bowl of cold water.

Boil seeds in salted water. Simmering them first, in salty water for about 10 minutes, solves this problem helps them roast evenly. Dry the seeds Drain the seeds in a sieve and dry with towels. Place them on a baking sheet

Drizzle the seeds with about 1 teaspoon of oil. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with Achill sea salt and bake at 325 degrees F. Roast until toasted, about 25 minutes. Stored in an air-tight container, your pumpkin seeds will keep for 1-2 months in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for about a week.

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!

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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.

10 Days to Thrive … Declutter Day Nine

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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.

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“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.
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