About this S’well Water Bottle

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About the bottle….

For the longest time I was resisting giving up my plastic water bottles in lieu of a stainless steel or glass bottle for fear that I would break one or add weight to my daily load of stuff I carry. Knowing full well that leaving my plastic water bottle exposed to the heat was turning my life saving water into a toxic chemical mess, I still chose the BPA producing plastic.

Basically these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors and could mimic estrogen and effect the hormonal system through the thyroid gland. On the short list, BPA has been linked to reproductive problems, ADHD, diabetes and obesity, metabolic disease, miscarriages and poor brain development.

Really, this thought process of mine made no sense with my philosophy for conscious living on the fitness, health and wellness path. After all, it seems ridiculous economically and environmentally to constantly buy bottled water only to throw away the bottle each time and expose myself to harmful chemicals.

About the bottle, it keeps cold, cold for 24 hours and hot, hot for 12hoursl.

So grateful to my friends Jonie Misleman & Chauncey Williams for the amazing gift of aligning me with this #S’well Water Bottle

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Remember the FAT FREE hype? – Would you believe that was a government conspiracy theory to propel SUGAR industry profits $$$$

If you remove the fat you have to replace it with something else to give it flavor … how bout SUGAR …  this would then drive “America’s per capita sugar consumption up by a third. “ if not more and support the sugar industry.

sugarmountainpicJust after I posted last week’s blog my friend and colleague Lewis sent me this. I’m posting it for you in its entirety because I feel it’s worth the read and think you should know.

50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat: NPR

In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to “refute” concerns about sugar’s role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

The sugar-funded research was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It was delayed, according to the newly uncovered documents, because more and more studies raising concerns about sugar were being published even as the scientists were working on their rebuttals.

The authors of the new study say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat.

“It was a very smart thing the sugar industry did, because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion,” article co-author Stanton Glantz told the New York Times.

The SRF was clear that its “particular interest” was in evaluating studies of sugar. And it was certainly happy with the result: “Let me assure you this is quite what we had in mind and we look forward to its appearance in print,” John Hickson, SRF vice president and director of research, told one of the scientists.

The scientists had raised concerns about the validity of research that suggested sugar could play a role in coronary heart disease, concluded that reducing fat consumption was undoubtedly the best way to reduce coronary heart disease.

“It is always appropriate to question the validity of individual studies,” lead author Cristin Kearns told Bloomberg via email. But, she says, “the authors applied a different standard” to different studies — looking very critically at research that implicated sugar, and ignoring problems with studies that found dangers in fat.

The documents in question are five decades old, but the larger issue is of the moment, as Marion Nestle notes in a commentary in the same issue of JAMA Internal Medicine:

“This 50-year-old incident may seem like ancient history, but it is quite relevant, not least because it answers some questions germane to our current era. Is it really true that food companies deliberately set out to manipulate research in their favor? Yes, it is, and the practice continues. In 2015, the New York Times obtained emails revealing Coca-Cola’s cozy relationships with sponsored researchers who were conducting studies aimed at minimizing the effects of sugary drinks on obesity. Even more recently, the Associated Press obtained emails showing how a candy trade association funded and influenced studies to show that children who eat sweets have healthier body weights than those who do not.”

Here is the article in it’s entirety:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20160913&utm_campaign=news&utm_term=nprnews

Keep this in mind when reading your food labels:

4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon

No es Bueno : (

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Still on CRACK- How much Sugar Should We Consume?

In case you’re wondering…

The American Heart Association’s recommended daily allowance of sugar:

spoonful of sugar

•3 teaspoons of added sugar for children

•6 teaspoons of added sugar for women

•9 teaspoons of added sugar for men

If you consider a can of coke or glass of orange juice can contain around nine teaspoons, then take into account all the hidden sugars in our food… That’s above and beyond : O

 JUST SO YOU KNOW
The average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar a year. That’s roughly 22 teaspoons every day for every person in America. To make matters worse, kids consume about 34 teaspoons every day — that’s more than two 20-ounce sodas — making nearly one in four teenagers pre-diabetic or diabetic.

THE REAL SKINNY
Even though the American Heart Association has a recommended daily allowance, ” the REAL SKINNY is that just a spoonful of sugar will set you in a tailwind spiral downward into the abyss of addiction of the worst kind and beyond.”jb

It’s no wonder America’s health is doomed and health care makes a fortune.

We have been sabotaged : /

Don’t be a victim, take control of your own health people.

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Sugar by Any Other Name Is STILL Sugar – BEWARE

Spotting Sugar when it’s masked by other names on Nutrition labels can be somewhat tricky if you don’t know what you are looking for.

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Below is a quick guide of sugar nicknames to look out for:

    • Agave nectar
    • Evaporated cane juice
    • Malt syrup
    • Brown sugar
    • Fructose
    • Maple syrup
    • Cane crystals
    • Fruit juice concentrates
    • Molasses
    • Cane sugar
    • Glucose
    • Raw sugar
    • Corn sweetener
    • High-fructose corn syrup
    • Sucrose
    • Sorbitol
    • Xylotol
    • Corn syrup
    • HoneySyrup
    • Crystalline fructose
    • Invert sugar
    • Dextrose
    • Maltose

Beware of the hidden sugars lurking in food labels.

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Get Off the Crack and Get Back on Track – SUGAR is a Bad Habit

SugarpicIt’s been a while since I’ve been on the subject of nutrition, almost as long as my recovery.  Don’t think that hasn’t been in the forefront while I’ve been recovering. In fact, what has enabled me to continue to recover as quickly is being mindful of my nutrition.  I will admit though I’ve not been perfect and probably caved in to more cheat days then I normally would give in to.. But hey, sometimes I am human.  So now that I am getting stronger on my track it’s time to reckon with those demons and banish them off the track.

Sugar does to your brain — the exact same thing smoking, alcohol and cocaine do.

Studies show that Lab rats prefer sugar to cocaine. When given the choice between sugar, cocaine and alcohol those cross-addicted rats always choose sugar.

Eating high-sugar foods lights up your brain on an MRI like a Christmas tree. The very same part of the brain that’s triggered by cocaine or heroine according to research by Dr. David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.

The dopamine receptors are activated in the brain when sugar is consumed, and the more sugar that is ingested the more desensitized the brain becomes to the dopamine response and the more sugar is needed to maintain that high.

When the brain starts reducing its number of dopamine receptors in order to keep things balanced “downregulation” is the reason we develop a tolerance.

From there it’s a downward spiral…

Eating wheat, flour and sugar in processed foods spikes our sugar, then insulin. These are the hormonal disturbances that make you store belly fat, and then you are hungry for more sweets and starchy junk food and the cycle continues from there.

Sugar increases your insulin levels, which can lead to:

•OBESITY

•DIABETES

•HEART DISEASE

•IMPAIR BRAIN FUNCTION

•HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL

•PREMATURE AGING

Controlling your insulin levels is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your overall health, and avoiding sugar is the key.

Bottom line, there is no fundamental difference between junk food addiction and drug addiction and basically, Oreos are legal crack. : /

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

III: Getting Back on the Track and Getting Creative With My Rehab

Even with limitations, I’ve found quite a bit of things that I can do.  I started integrating activities that would challenge my balance, work my stabilizers, and of course continue to strengthen my core .

Getting creative with my rehab and making it a little more challenging and exciting by incorporating strength, balance and flexibility into my program in creative ways here’s my report:

Still no jumping or running but in the meantime…

In Tai Chi I have progressed to using full weight bearing, range of motion, strength, balance and flexibility.

At Force PT they have the Alter G, Anti Gravity treadmill.  I zip into the harness and the system calibrates my weight with the desired percentage of how much of my weight I can bear.  As of today 5 and half months post op I am at 75 percent of my body weight at a speed of 5.0 for 45 minutes.  This is a great tool to teach my body how to run again and develop endurance in the process.

Yoga incorporates isometric strength, balance and flexibility.

Figure Skating helps with my stabilizers and balance.

This surgery was a Glute Max (Butt) repair and that will be the last muscle that will work for me. Until then I’ve been strengthening every muscle around it. Often times this creates discomfort because my quads, hip flexors and hamstrings are doing double duty for that large muscle that doesn’t work to its full capacity yet.

All these modalities are teaching my body to move the way I’m going to ask it when all is said and done. Using functional and creative training methods to get me back on that track while keeping sane.

Almost there I can see the light : D

For fun watch video all the way through..

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

VIII: Getting Back on theTrack, Why I Choose Isagenix and About My Results

It’s Tuesday and things are flowing a lot better today. While still in recovery things are not moving as fast as I would like, but trust they are moving at the speed which they must,  I feel like I get  stuck in all sorts of places.  It seemed everything I tried to do was met with a complication, a challenge, or a brick wall so to speak.  Since I entered the world of Isagenix, I discovered an almost miraculous tool, the 2-day cleanse.   No matter how many times I’ve tried it, it always elicits a different experience with the same result, I ALWAYS FEEL BETTER!

On the morning after the second cleanse day, I wake up feeling energetic and positive with a renewed sense of perspective and magically I’ve been transformed in what seems like another world.

First thing I do is jump on the scale and I’ve lost at least 4 pounds- water, maybe. Four pounds may not sound like a lot but I’ve lost stress and blocks and negative feelings and loads of other …  lets call it 4 pounds of stuff.

It’s the end of something old and the start of something new.

My day begins with a renewed sense of self and I feel like I’m starting over.  Suddenly new opportunities are knocking on my door.  I now have clarity in situations where I couldn’t see the light.  In just 2 days I’ve managed to let go of other gray matter that no longer holds any significance in my life. I can move forward with a sense of freedom and no longer feel tired or locked down. Even my writing, where I once had writer’s block now flows effortlessly like a stream of consciousness.  My breathing is easier and my smile is my smile.  I feel amazing!

A jump start to feeling fresh and new or a reset button. I get to start over on a new path with a new perspective. Miraculously I’ve been catapulted into being in the here and now. I am present once again. :)

Attitude adjusted…

Feeling Grateful

Plus It’s time for that Spring Cleaning so Hit me up if your interested or follow this link….

http://jbefit.isagenix.com/

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On the Road to Recovery IV- Cardio – Keeping the Heart Healthy when Using Your Legs is a ‘Hard Limit

What’s worse not being able to train your legs or not being able to do cardio?

Not being able to train both is catastrophic to both your metabolism and your heart health. Since both control your heart rate and both control the rate at which you burn fat, maintaining your weight or keeping body fat levels at bay can be challenging if not straight up difficult. (Continue reading for the answer…)

Finding ways to keep my heart rate up without using my legs was challenging for me.  Here are 2 ways I found to keep my heart up at least at a recovery rate of 120 bpm:Bouey

•The first was to put a buoy between my legs and swim with my arms for 30 minutes.

•The second, the arm bike, I would slap on my heart rate monitor and monitor my heart rate for 30 minutes to stay within a recovery heart rate fat burning zone.

armbikeThis is turn does a few things:
1. Put me in a recovery-training zone, which helps to speed up recovery.
2. Helps to circulate blood around the body, to the working muscles and into the healing area to once again speed up recovery.
3. Keeps my heart rate just high enough to burn a minimal amount of fat and train my heart without overstressing the body and again helping to speed recovery.

I can’t say this was fun but I was determined to keep some semblance of physical fitness throughout my recovery to make things easier on me both during and after.

It helped keep me focused and maintain a positive perspective and help attain that feel good serotonin release, even if just for a little bit.

The answer: Leg Training

When training your legs you can elicit both a rise in heart rate for a cardio benefit and strength training to maintain strength and lean muscle for a speedier metabolism and increased circulation for a speedier recovery.

Keep moving people.

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

On the Road to Recovery II- Keeping the Strength at your Core (video post inside)

While I’m still in the transition phase from non-weight bearing to weight bearing, core strengthening and pilates is helping me to rebalance my entire system as I reintegrate myself.

Since exercise progression begins from a supported position Pilates is a great tool to assist me in going from 5 weeks of non–weight bearing to weight bearing, to open chain and later progressing to explosive movements…I’m not there yet.

By aligning my skeletal system, and strengthening my core, I am able to stabilize and move easier by alleviating excess stress on peripheral joints and other areas while I heal.

My limitation here is not to use my glutes and abductors, (butt and outer thighs) So I work around them to keep everything else strong while the affected area heals.  I also keep blood circulating and focus on breathing, this in turn will help speed my recovery.

Pilates promotes an even musculature throughout the body by stabilizing muscles around the joints. It also stresses spinal and pelvic alignment. The focus is on active lengthening of muscles and mobility of the joints, rather than traditional prolonged static stretching. All of which is critical in getting us to move the way we’re supposed to move to avoid injury, facilitate recovery and improve athletic performance.

The core is considered the “center” of the body and consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Recruiting this system helps to facilitate pelvic stability, muscle balancing, neuromuscular coordination, biomechanical efficiency, increased proprioceptive awareness and increased muscle-firing patterns as well as muscle activation.

A strong core provides a dynamic link between the upper and lower body.  By including stabilizing and strengthening moves at varying angles and ranges of motion it trains the neuromuscular firing patterns, musculoskeletal and fascial systems to work together more effectively and efficiently.

Gratefully, my friend and Pilates instructor, who owns Nomi Pilates has been helping me with this transitory phase.  Naomi Weyrowski thinks that “Pilates is a safe and effective workout to continue strengthening and stretching to help recover and also begin to hone in on having “conscious competence’ and begin to see the imbalances and weaknesses and misalignments in your own body and work to correct these faulty movement patterns.”

Naomi also thinks that with the Pilates principles, breath, movement, flow, precision and control, not only will it help speed recovery but puts one on to the path to overall awareness and quality of movement to prevent injuries in the future.

What I have found, is that the longer it takes to heal, the weaker you get, the harder and longer the recovery will take a toll physically, mentally and emotionally. By going into the surgery strong, maintaining and fortifying what I can keep strong, will help the recovery process to be easier and seem shorter.

Coming out of a prior surgery with a one-year recovery, I have another 6-month recovery ahead of me.  My biggest challenge… staying as strong and as positive as I can on the road to recovery.

Keep moving people and

DO WHAT YOU CAN WHILE YOU CAN’T DO!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

ref article: http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/Pilates-for-Injury-Recovery.aspx

Farm To Table and What it Means to You

red farm picYou’ve probably been hearing the term Farm to Table more often lately, it’s been trending for the last five years and still in its growing stages.

What this means and why it should matter to you?

Farm to table restaurants support local farmers and artisans by using recently harvested products and highlighting the special character of those ingredients or the season of the year.

Both the slow food and farm-to-table movement are two related trends.  Basically, by taking the middle-man out of the equation they deemphasize industrialized food systems.

farmpic1Chefs go directly to the farmers’ source to get the freshest ingredients they can to create their seasonal menus.

Why this is better for you is because produce for example is picked way before it’s ripe in order to get to the market or distributer without rotting. So the fruits and vegetable we eat are never fully mature and never reach full flavor unless it come from a nearby local farm who can pick when ripened and transport immediately to serve and feed.farmpic2

The other option of course is to have your own farm and grow your own ingredients.

Why I like and support it…

Besides the obvious keeping money in the local market by supporting local growers…It’s a non-commercial environment where bigger is not better with organically grown produce and herbs, free range chickens and grass fed beef, no hormones, no antibiotics, natural diets which help to maintain nutrients, natural flavors and higher quality standards.

Because it’s mutually beneficial to everyone the farmer, the chef and you and me, the diner : )

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer