Day 4 – Caffeine Detox

Four days into this and I’m still feeling the detox. As a result of this, I’ve learned that caffeine can affect your levels of calcium in the body which can be serious in women at an older age. According to a Personal Trainer who is just starting to work with me to help me through this, large amounts of caffeine can affect glucose levels in the body. That means metabolizing fat is not normal in a body that is filled with this drug.

I’ve let you know that I love drinking coffee. It’s a social event as well as a good tasting beverage for me. But I’ve turned into something else. I’ve allowed it to take over my life and my body.

On this fourth day, my legs are still cramping. I’m doing stretches and getting ready to do a few minutes on my Elliptical machine this afternoon. Keeping up with my workouts seem to help although I couldn’t do it yesterday. I took a short nap today and that helped. I’m on my second green smoothie since they are so delicious. I know that keeping my body full of fresh vitamins and minerals will be the biggest help with this.

As you know I’m also doing a one week raw foods cleanse. Yesterday was difficult for that. I wanted to start eating everything in the refrigerator. I did fall a bit in that I act some raw cashews instead of sticking strictly with fruits and veggies. But I don’t think that’s going to hurt. I am looking forward to getting back on more food however.

I’ve fasted for up to five days before on just water so this is not a fast at all. Instead, it’s a cleanse. If you need to get your body moving (can I be more direct and say, your bowels), this is a great way to do that in a gentle and natural way. If you don’t have the detox going at the same time, you will love how you feel as your body starts rejuvenating itself.

Cut Fat By Cutting the Fat

Fat is an essential part of the diet that provides your body with energy for daily activity and helps supply vitamins a,d, and e. But too much fat makes you fat. Reducing fat also helps reduce cholesterol and improves heart health which is my goal from now on. You probably heard that reducing fat in your diet will help reduce fat on your body. Here’s some ideas on how to make that happen.

There are three kinds of fat = monounsaturated polyunsaturated and saturated. Unsaturated fats are found in nuts, seeds, vegetable oil products and similar products. Saturated fat is particularly bad for you and contributes to heart disease. Saturated fats are found in many meat and dairy products and these are the artery clogging fats. Eat these in moderation. By the way, certain vegetable oils contain lots of saturated fats so choose carefully and check labeling.

Moderation is more important than elimination when it comes to reducing fat for weight loss. Here’s some tips for reducing fat

* Use nonfat salad dressing and herbs for your salad, fat can sneak up on you in condiments and relishes

* instead of frying food in butter or oil try using broth, tomato juice, or even wine cooking this way also adds a great deal of flavor

* bake, don’t fry

* use egg whites instead of whole eggs in your cooking

* avoid fast food or drive thru food

Taking simple steps to reduce your fats will pay off over the long run. You’ll not only look better as the pounds come off, you’ll feel better and have more energy too.

– http://www.shapeup.org http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/articles-submit/ghf/reducing-fat.htm

More About the DASH Eating Program

Getting back to the DASH eating program, I found there was a second study done, called “DASH-Sodium.” By the way, DASH studies were sponsored by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) and conducted by four medical centers. The studies were coordinated at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, OR.

This second study was designed to test the effect of a reduced sodium intake on blood pressure when individuals followed the DASH eating plan versus eating a typical American diet.

This second study showed that the individuals following the DASH eating plan had the lowest sodium level. The conclusion of the study was that it is important to lower your sodium intake because it will have a positive impact on your health.

Participants in the DASH eating plan noticed a reduction in their blood pressure as soon as 2 weeks after starting the DASH plan. Individuals with prehypertension as well as those with high blood pressure saw improvements in their blood pressure readings.

So following the DASH eating plan can not only lower your blood pressure. When you combine the plan with other lifestyle changes like losing weight, getting regular exercise and cutting down on alcohol consumption it can help prevent high blood pressure too.

Those who follow the DASH eating plan also received another benefit: the eating plan can lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) which when combined with its lowering of blood pressure can reduce your risk for heart disease. Of course that really peaks my interest because lower cholestral is one of my main needs.

Be sure to check ou the link on this article title to get more information to the DASH eating plan.

DASH to Lower Your Blood Pressure

I just heard about a natural way of eating called the DASH eating plan. DASH stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.” This concept lets you develop a healthy on-going diet. I really don’t like formal diets. They don’t fit into a real lifestyle so you feel like you’re failing. Natural eating plans are the way to go.

A healthy diet is one major key to help decrease the risk for disease. Research has shown that eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and that it can also lower your blood pressure.

The DASH eating plan is supported by actual research which was a study that tested the effects that certain food had on blood pressure.

The results were that elevated blood pressure can be reduced when individuals follow an eating plan that puts an importance on

• Fruits
• Vegetables
• low fat dairy foods
• foods low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol.

The particular eating plan known as DASH includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts. The plan has reduced amounts of sugared beverages, sweets, red meats, and also fats.

DASH works because it takes individual steps that can lower blood pressure and combines them into an eating plan. When you make an effort to reduce your sodium intake and follow the DASH eating plan, the result will be a lowered blood pressure.

Individuals who currently have high blood pressure will benefit from following the DASH eating plan. Individuals with even slightly elevated blood pressure are at risk for heart disease associated with high blood pressure.

The plan follows heart healthy guidelines and limits saturated fat and cholesterol and follows nutrient recommendations from the Institute of Medicine.

10 Great Fat Burning Foods

Try these foods in your meals to naturally burn some extra caloires. Of course, no one food takes calories away. It’s how you use them and not eating too much.

– cayenne pepper
– cinnamon
– ginger
– citrus fruits
– apples and berries
– soybeans
– bananas
– essential fatty acids
– garlic
– whole grains (beware of tricky wording on labels here!)

Losing weight will help to lower bad cholestral.