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Healthy Fats – You bet !

Hi folks,

Hope everyone is enjoying relaxing weekend, for myself, went to the mountations for some hiking and picnicing with family and friends.

As we’ve all either seen or read how Omega 3 fatty acids are healthy for us. Most know that salmon, tuna that are fresh seem to be regarded as top sources. But how about plant sources. You don’t have to be vegetariarn or even vegan to enjoy the plant version of Omega 3s.

Here’s some suggestion that hope you find helpful and please leave your comments and suggestions on your healthy habits.

If you’re looking to increase your intake of Omega-3’s, salmon and fish oil supplements aren’t your only options. While these are great sources for upping those Omega-3 levels, you may be surprised to learn that there are some great plant-based food sources too. You might even find that they’re easier to incorporate into your daily diet.

Seeds and Nuts are the most well-known plant food sources of Omega-3’s. You can use them whole, ground or as oils. They are all fantastic concentrated sources of Omega-3’s, and having them ground or as an oil makes them particularly easy to absorb into your blood stream.

Here are the top 5 most nutritious and easy-to-add options:1

1. Flaxseeds:

omega-3-flax-seeds

You can find flaxseeds whole, ground, and in oil-form. Because whole flax seeds pass through your body undigested, use ground flaxseeds and flax seed oil to get the most nutritional benefit. In order to get your day’s worth, all you need is 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil. Just 1 tablespoon packs 7.2g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Include this in your morning shake, or drizzle it over a salad. You could even try a new dressing recipe using flaxseed oil instead of olive oil. Easy!

2. Chia Seeds:

Chia-Seeds

Just an ounce of chia seeds contains a whopping 4.9g of Omega-3 fats, and chia seed oil contains even more with approximately 19g per tablespoon. Try a chia pudding for breakfast instead of oatmeal, or include 2 tablespoons in your protein shake for extra protein and a good dose of Omega-3s.

3. Hemp Seeds:

Hemp-Seeds

These days, you can find hemp seeds in a variety of forms – hemp seeds, protein power, milk, and oil. Hempseed oil has been reported to contain Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio of 4:1 ratio. The daily recommended intake (DRI) of hemp seed oil is 1 to 2 tablespoons, which provides between 8g and 16g of Omega-6 fatty acids and between 3g and 6g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Drizzle the oil on top of a salad, mix the powder into your smoothie, or add the seeds on top of your oatmeal.

4. Walnuts:

Omega-3-Walnuts

Walnuts have been recognized as a great plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids for a while. Probably the most common source, most people just eat them whole. However, you can find walnuts ground and in oil-form as well. All you need is an ounce or so of whole walnuts to get 2.5g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Crush them up and sprinkle them on top of your soup or salad for easy digestion and absorption.

5. Sacha Inchi Nuts:

Sacha_Inchi_Seeds
source: http://www.sachainchioilhealthbenefits.com/

Eaten for 3000 years by inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest, Sacha Inchi seeds have only recently received attention in the U.S. for their high Omega-3 content. These nuts come from the highlands in Peru and contain 3x more Omega-3 than walnuts. They’re also a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin E, and are 96% hypoallergenic. You can eat them in their nut-form, or get them as an oil. Throw them on your salad, soup, oatmeal, or shake, or snack on them as is. You can find these delicious and crunchy nuts at Whole Foods, your local health food store, or online.

What’s The Difference Between Plant vs. Animal Sources of Omega-3s?

Omega3--Sources

Omega-3 fatty acids have been getting a lot of attention in the health and wellness world recently due to their anti-inflammatory benefits and protective properties against cancer and cardiovascular disease.2 This is why it’s easier to find both plant- and animal-sources in most grocery stores and natural food markets today.

But plant and animal sources of omega-3 are not created equal. There are some important things to keep in mind about these two sources so you can be sure you’re meeting your needs of this essential fatty acid.

Animal sources of Omega-3 are comprised of EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid), which our bodies can easily absorb and utilize immediately. These fatty acids are found primarily in fish, but are also in grass-fed meat.

Plant sources primarily contain ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), which needs to be converted to DHA and EPA by our bodies before we can use it. The metabolic conversion process can only convert small amounts of ALA into EPA, and even smaller amounts into DHA.3
This means the intake recommendations differ for plant-sources. One study recommends that vegetarians double their intake of ALA, or take an algae-based omega-3 supplement, to ensure they meet their dietary needs.4

This means that, with some careful attention and planning, vegetarians and others who avoid fish in their diet can still get enough ALA to hit their Omega-3 quota and maintain their health.

How Much Omega-3 Should I Get Per Day?

While there is no consensus on the optimal dose of Omega-3s from either marine- or plant-based sources, most omega-3 experts recommend that healthy adults ingest a combined 500mg daily of EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid).5

A typical North American diet provides approximately 50 mg of DHA and 80 mg/day of EPA, for an overall combined DHA/EPA intake per person of about 130-150 mg/day. Clearly, the North American diet is lacking here.6

Ideally, include a variety of sources from both animals and plants every day, and you can rest assured that you’re eating enough Omega-3s.

Vegetarian-Omega-3

Plant foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids have stealthfully moved onto society’s “healthy food” radar. If you want to eat an animal-free diet or just add some plant-based sources, nuts and seeds are a brilliant way to add variety to your diet while also meeting your nutritional needs. Rather than just eat one source, get variety in your diet by eating a few different sources every day. Ideally, choose the most natural form and then mix, grind or pour – enjoy!

Remember folks, enjoy your Omega – 3 fatty acid sources along with a consistent healthy lifestyle.

Here’s to enjoying a Boundryless Life !!

Healthy and Cancer Free !

Hi Folks,

Been traveling while working recently. Wanted to share some health tips have gleaned while chatting with friends.

First to enjoy a health heart ~

Whether you believe high cholesterol contributes to heart disease or not, it’s best to keep your numbers low. It’s also quite beneficial to keep your fiber consumption high to reduce your risk of heart disease. And while we’re on the subject — controlling your weight is a given for protecting your heart.

Good news is — there is one fruit that can help you do all that and more…

Research has revealed that consuming one to one and half avocados a day significantly reduces total cholesterol (TC), “bad” low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides (TG) — without impacting “good” high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) — when they are substituted for sources of saturated fat.

Avocados, high in fat and calories, can help you lose weight, improve your diet, reduce your sugar intake and help your cholesterol.“Fresh avocado, as part of a balanced diet, and as a cholesterol-free substitute for solid fats, can help be part of the solution for maintaining normal cholesterol levels,” says Nikki Ford, PhD, Director of Nutrition, Hass Avocado Board. “Beyond their naturally good fats, avocados are also a delicious way to boost fiber (8 percent of DV) and fruit intakes, both of which are under consumed in American diets.”

Avocados can also help boost satiety so you feel fuller longer and possibly eat less.

Eating a half of an avocado with a meal, according to a study of people trying to bring their weight down, can help you feel like you’ve eaten enough and avoid the temptation to stuff yourself with sweets.

The Loma Linda researchers found that folks who eat half of a fresh avocado with their lunch experience a 40 percent decrease in the desire to keep eating after the meal. And the effect persisted five hours later (to a diminished degree). The people in the study also reported feeling 26 percent more satisfied.

But what’s that you’ve heard about avocados causing weight gain? Hogwash. Results from the National Health and Nutrition examination survey has shown that eating an avocado every day does not make people gain weight and is associated with better diet quality, nutrient intake and lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

Further, to be healthy to a “T” as in healthy T cells here is what is currently suggested ~

At an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC ended recently, and a new cancer-killing therapy was a big topic.

Researchers revealed that they had taken human T-cells and engineered them to identify, memorize and attack tumor cells. The therapy didn’t work for everyone and some patients experienced toxic side-reactions and died. However, some of the patients had many other therapies that failed, and some people were in complete remission after 18 months.

It’s great that scientists have used the body’s own natural cancer killing cells in their research. But like many of these therapies, scientists are calling T-cells a “living drug” so they can patent and sell an eventual therapy … which won’t be available to the general public any time soon.

Fortunately, what is available to you are your own T-cells.

They’re not a drug, and they already attack cancer cells. Plus, you can increase their cancer-killing effectiveness starting right now. Here are three natural ways to boost the cancer-killing effectiveness of your T-cells:

1) Start with getting plenty of vitamin D.

The prestigious journal Nature published a study with a stunning discovery: T-cells don’t work very well unless your vitamin D receptors are activated. In other words, T-cells won’t activate without enough vitamin D.

The study also says you can increase your T-cell responsiveness by 750 percent by making sure you have a good amount of vitamin D.

Direct sunshine is best because our bodies make vitamin D from the sun’s rays. If you can’t get some sun every day, it’s best to get at least 3-5,000 IU of D3 daily. You might need as much as 10,000 IU if you’ve been out of the sun for most of this winter already.

2) Add some selenium to your diet, or make sure it’s in your daily multi-nutrient.

Selenium is well-known to be cancer-protective. But studies show it also increases the effectiveness of T-cells, and makes them more powerful.

Fortunately, you don’t need much selenium. You do need more than the RDA, which is only 55 micrograms. It appears that up to but no more than 200 mcg a day is a good target. You should get it from food. A few Brazil nuts will give you all you need. Or you could eat plenty of eggs, fish, and mushrooms.

3) Have you ever heard of Cat’s claw? It’s easier to say than its Latin name, Uncaria Tomentosa.

This plant is native to South America, and its health benefits are so powerful that it’s now being studied to see what it can do against cancer. What they’ve discovered is that cat’s claw cat’s turns on T-cells and unleashes them against many diseases. Like the T-cells in the study, cat’s claw seems to stop cancer from spreading.

You will normally see cat’s claw in supplement form at a 350 mg daily dose, and it’s standardized to contain 8% carboxy alkyl esters, which is the active compound.

Mother nature provides many options to skyrocket your body’s own natural cancer defenses–and more and more people are turning to them. In 2005, 72 million people sought alternative treatments, many like the ones you can read about in Dr. Michael Cutler’s Surviving Cancer manual. Click to learn more.

Here’s to enjoying Living a Boundryless Life !!

 

 

Economical Super Foods – Oh Yeah !!

Enjoying Healthy foods is not difficult....so don't panic

Enjoying Healthy foods is not difficult….so don’t panic

Hi Everyone,

Hope all of you are enjoying summer.

Here’s some great Super Foods that are Great for you but won’t empty your wallet.
So you can enjoy better health AND have money for that Awesome vacation too.

Step aside, goji berries, acai and spirulina…
Superfoods do not have to be exotic or pricey.

Here’re 4 superfoods you can easily find in your local grocery store or farmer’s market that are reasonably priced, easily obtainable by the average person and best of all, super nutritious.

First is Celery ..

celery

celery


Celery has an impressive nutritional profile, containing many antioxidants such as vitamins C, A, manganese and beta carotene. It is also an excellent source of fiber, and is rich with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary sodium in perfect balance. It has been used by people in Asia for centuries as a blood pressure reducer. Additionally, it contains cancer and inflammation fighting compounds.

Second is Banana

Bananas

Bananas


The humble banana may be the cheapest superfood around. Available for as low as 20 cents per serving, one banana comes with an impressive 34% RDA of vitamin B6, which performs many health functions in our body such as maintaining proper nervous system function, warding off cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, general infection and obesity. Bananas also support stomach and digestive tract health.

Third is Watermelon

watermelon

watermelon


Watermelon, bountiful and budget friendly in the summertime, is actually one of the most nutrient dense foods around. It provides high amounts of many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with a relatively low amount of calories. It aids digestion and bowel regularity with its high water and fiber content, is great for hydration, and is rich in lycopene, which has been associated with protection against heart disease and cancer.

Fourth is Romaine Lettuce

Romaine-Lettuce

Romaine-Lettuce


Forget about tough, chewy dark greens like kale and chard… romaine can do it all. Not only is it high in calcium, one head of lettuce containing about 26% RDA, but it is also low in oxalic acid, an anti-nutrient that inhibits calcium absorption. (Hint: dark leafies are high in calcium but also high in oxalic acid). Romaine is also rich in water, is a complete protein with 7.7 grams per head, and surprisingly, provides 44% RDA of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

So the next time you worry about getting more superfoods in your life, give your wallet a rest and just go for these widely available and affordable fruits and veggies instead.

Remember, health doesn’t have to cost you, however poor health certainly will.

Here’s to enjoying living a Boundrylessly Happy & Healthy Life folks !!

Enjoy that Summer body ~

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to share what a friend of mine created for us busy men and women who don’t have five or six days a week to live in the gym, but would like to be healthy.

my friend Michael

my friend Michael

Do You Want Big round shoulders, a chiseled chest, bulging biceps, and six pack abs, but too busy to train 5-6 days a week?
Are you scared that you’ll always be stuck with the same weak and skinny body, getting the same average women, while the years continue to go by?

Then you may be an ideal candidate for this program. You can jump ahead to learn more here.

My expertise lies in helping skinny and weak people like you get bigger and stronger, and making yourself more attractive to women.

That’s why I would like you to use my muscle building program Somebody Lied About Muscle so you can get bigger and stronger and start living a life complete with confidence and women.

I know what its like…

Once upon a time, I started out as nothing. I had no muscle and I was weak as a kitten. To top it off, I was 6 foot tall, so add the lankly look to that too. That’s me below:

Michael beginning

Michael beginning

I would get no attention from any of the hot girls, and respect off other men, forget about it. It wasn’t until they got to know my character, that their respect developed. It was horrible feeling that way.

During summer, when it was hot and every guy had their shirt off sporting there big muscles and six pack abs, all I had was bone structure covered by tiny muscles.

Because of this, I absolutely refused to take my shirt off. Instead, I would wear a light jumper to hide my shame. I only took that picture so I could look back on where I started.

And swimming, forget about it.

Like you, I had the dream of having a great physique, making myself instantly more attractive to women and commanding instant respect from other men. I was willing to put in the work to get it.

So I hopped online and googled something like best muscle building program. Hopefully one day my program will pop up.

But anyway, I found a program, and being a naive 16 year old with no knowledge of bodybuilding, I hit the order button.

I read the book over 2 days and got started right away. After 6 months, I looked something like this:

Michael progressing

Michael progressing

Lost my 6 months picture, but this is basically what I looked like

What the hell was going on?

I was meant to be bigger and stronger. I was I guess. But I was only slightly stronger and that wasn’t the body I exactly had in mind. This is what happens when you use conventional routines that aren’t suitable for you.

After that 6 months, I flirted with various other programs. I dieted for a few months then bulked up again.

The net result was that I really didn’t change much.

It wasn’t until I graduated from university that i thought, man I still haven’t achieved my goal after all this time. I decided I would this time around, but I wouldn’t be following anyone else’s program. I have to say, I built a pretty great program.

I now looked like this.

This isn’t his final form

This isn’t his final form

This isn’t my final form
As you can see, I have a pretty decent physique.

Learn more how you can have that summer body, health, all with three to four workouts here.

I now walk around attracting a lot more women, getting a lot more respect off of other men and I now have no fear of taking my top off.

Please understand that the reason I’m sharing this, is not to show off. I only share it to let you know 2 key things:

I understand exactly where you are and what you’re going through
I can show you exactly what it takes to get you to the other side
Because the bottom line is this: I’ve done it. I’ve trained others to do it, (see results here) and I know with every fibre of my soul that if you want this bad enough, you can do it to.

Matrix-red-blue-pill

Matrix-red-blue-pill

Here are a few of the results you can expect from Somebody Lied About Muscle:
Freedom from the fear, limiting beliefs and overwhelm that’s keeping you stuck from building muscle
Bigger and stronger muscles, which create a more attractive body
Since I take you through the how’s of how the program was made, you get a valuable learning experience
A step-by-step plan of exactly what to do to achieve the results you want
Somebody Lied About Muscle is for you if:
You’re tired of being skinny and weak
You’re either too tired or busy to train 5-6 days a week
You want to gain muscle without all the fat gain
You want to make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex
You want more respect from other men. Important in business.
You have patience. You’re not going to gain 5-10 lbs of muscle each month

Find out more by going here.

Reduce Joint Pain – Naturally ~

Pain free flexibility

Pain free flexibility

Hi Folks,

My friends and I recently discussed how at one time or another joint pain has reduced are
ability to exercise or enjoy life.

We agree it goes back to poor dietary choices which are over stimulating the immune system and cause chronic inflammatory responses that deteriorate the body’s overall health, limiting mobility and contributing to painful joints.
There are however, steps you can take today to reduce the likelihood that you’ll suffer from chronic joint inflammation and pain. Getting started is as easy as incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Fortunately, the list of foods that fight the effects of chronic inflammation is long—and tasty.
Not surprisingly, these are foods that are rich in immune boosting vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, minerals, proteins, healthy fats or complex carbs.

Here are three easy to find choices that will help you.

First, Green Tea

green-tea

green-tea

Green Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, including improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-fighting properties.
Green tea is also the least processed of all the predominant types of tea: green, black and oolong.

Second, Pistachios

pistachio-nuts

pistachio-nuts

A 2009 study found that bioactive compounds in pistachio, and molecules present in pistachios, have anti-inflammatory properties.
Pistachio oil decreases levels of an inflammatory marker known as “lift-2.” Pistachios are nutrient dense and provide protein, fiber micronutrients, plant sterols, gamma-tocopherol and other phytochemical compounds, including flavanoids and phenolic compounds. Overall, they are an excellent weapon in the war against chronic “joint” inflammation.

Third, Kiwi

kiwi

kiwi

The Kiwifruit is a small fruit approximately 3 inches long and weighing about four ounces. Kiwi provides your daily intake of antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids which help fight damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals.
Kiwifruit is also known to assist in wading off the effects of stress, joint inflammation and attack from viruses and bacteria.

Here’s to living a Boundryless Pain Free Life !

actor Patrick Steward doing 1 arm pushup

actor Patrick Steward doing 1 arm pushup

Living better through Releasing Stress

Stop Worrying

Stop Worrying

Hi Folks,

Recently chatted with some college buddies about our busy days, family, and the topic
got around to how we relieve stress to be more productive, and just Live better.

Hope this helps you and please leave your ways of releasing stress so we may all learn.

The #1 Way to Chill Out and Relax? Exercise.
If you are feeling particularly stressed, at the very least you should get out and walk it off. Take a walk around the block and get your heart rate elevated. Do some sprints or pushups. Get active.

For maximum stress reduction, exercise frequently. It’s not just about doing something good for yourself and your body. One large study demonstrated that people who regularly exercise have lower levels of anxiety, depression and neuroticism[1]. In general, people who move about regularly feel better about the world and themselves. Even doing just 5 minutes of exercise at various times throughout the day has been shown to release stress AND improve energy too – a Win-Win situation folks.

Write Stuff Down

A Journal is your friend

A Journal is your friend


Make a list to keep track of what you need to do. We can only handle so much information at once. Sometimes, the burden of everything that needs to be done is just too much. What’s the default reaction? For some people it is to shut down.

Consider keeping everything you need to do organized with a list or, if you have something bothering you, write it down. There’re some great applications to help this too.

One study in the Journal of Psychology took a look at the experience of college students and their ability to cope with and manage stress through list making. The study determined that students who made lists perceived that they had more control over their time. The result? They were less stressed[2].

It’s all about showing yourself that you are in control. Make a list, and you will feel better if you’re stressed out.

Eat the Right Foods

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating


It’s hard to prove that specific foods lead to increased stress. What’s easy to prove is that while you are already stressed, you tend to eat more food. Eating more could cause even more stress problems, especially if you have a specific nutrition goal.

Consider a recent study that tied eating behavior to stress levels. When stressed, 73% of the people in the study ate more food than they would have in an unstressed state, regardless of gender[3].

Don’t Be Afraid To Treat Yourself

Give Yourself a treat ~ a wonderful Life

Give Yourself a treat ~ a wonderful Life


This one is tied into food as well. An article published in Psychology & Behavior determined that stress and resultant overeating associated with stress is tied directly to the body’s reward system.

Here is how it works—you are stressed out so you eat, something your body sees as a reward, and your stress starts to go away[4]. Use this as a way to eat healthier.

refreshing Yogurt & Fruit Salad

refreshing Yogurt & Fruit Salad

For example, make a refreshing fruit salad, add some fresh yogurt to it. Take 5.. take a 5 minute break, while deep breathing, visualize yourself successfully completing a task…then…Reward yourself with that yogurt-fruit salad.

Don’t be afraid to reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be about food either. You can reward yourself with anything, you just want to be sure to let your body and mind understand that, as you complete a particularly stressful day or task, that you are going to provide a reward.

Enjoy Life !

Enjoy Life !

Here’s to Living a Boundryless Life !!

sources for further reading:

[1]http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743505002331
[2]http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/edu/82/4/760/
[3]http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938498003229
[4]http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938407001278

Ready for Summer Yet ?

Total-Six-Pack-Abs-Before-After

Total-Six-Pack-Abs-Before-After

Hi Folks,

SO….. Spring is here – Summer just around the corner.

This reminds me of the beach, swimming, and getting fit.

Here’s a great idea from a friend of mine.

Beach Ready with Total-Six-Pack-Abs-Before-After

Beach Ready with Total-Six-Pack-Abs-Before-After

Go here to learn more.

Know none of us want this kind of 6 pack abs !

other_six_pack

other_six_pack

Learn more here.

Women can benefit too

Women can benefit too

Here’s some testimonies of people already enjoying their healthier body….

Steve Carlton

Steve Carlton

“Even in my youth I never had abs! The big motivator with TSPA was
that my strength and musculature was improving too. Finally I was
training with intelligence and using science instead of the misguided
diet and training advice I often took from muscle magazines and
websites.
When I started TSPA I was 210 pounds (surprise, I gained weight after
prior catabolic exposure to P-90X) and around 20-22% Body fat. It did
take me almost 5 months to achieve my results, however, I only did 6
total sessions of cardio (cardio sucks).
My ” after” pics are of me at 8.5% body fat“.
Steve Carlton. 45 Years Old. From Oroville, Washington, USA.

Click here to get your Summer body now !

Brandi T6PA

Brandi T6PA

TSPA worked great! I was 1.5% body fat
leaner at this competition than the last
one, plus I felt 100 times better. I didn’t
feel exhausted like before. I placed better
than ever! I believe if I had started the
TSPA a few weeks earlier, I’d have won it!
[Ed: Brandi Placed 2nd In This Comp & It
Was The First Time She’d Ever Beaten
Anyone] Another great part is that I didn’t
lose any muscle. All the girls backstage
were complaining about all the fish and
asparagus they’d eaten and I was
bragging about bacon on my bunless
cheeseburger, and the cream in my coffee!
Awesome! They were also dragging from
the twice-a-day cardio sessions, and I was
only doing 12 mins 3 times a week for 2
weeks. AMAZING!!!”

Go here to get that Healthy Great looking Summer body now !

You owe it to the Happier Healthier you. To read more on how you can enjoy a wonderfully healthy body by clicking here.