Edison’s Thoughts

” The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human body in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Thomas A. Edison

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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COFFEE Good or Bad?

coffeeCaffeine is often called the most widely consumed drug in the world.

Caffeine is a stimulant that affects your central nervous system, making you feel awake, mentally alert and energetic.

Partly due to its stimulant effect on the central nervous system, both raises metabolism so you can burn more calories,
And increases the oxidation of fatty acids from the fat tissues. This can help shift the body to burn fat rather than glucose/carbohydrates for energy.

Caffeine also modulates blood sugar and can improve insulin sensitivity.

Your muscles will fatigue less quickly, with better oxygen uptake, increase your blood pressure and increase your heart rate giving you a boost in physical energy and mental acuity, thus enhancing your physical performance and recovery.

Did you know that Caffeine was on the International Olympic Committee’s list of banned substances. The World Anti-Doping Agency removed caffeine from its list of banned substances in 2004.

Powerful stuff ya think.

Coffee also contains a massive amount of antioxidants. In fact, coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables combined.

And let’s not forget that oh so wonderful diuretic affect that helps move that bowel and leaves your gut feeling empty : )

However, drinking way too much COFFEE can still be harmful.
Heavy COFFEE drinkers may experience caffeine’s undesirable side effects,
As a stimulant… insomnia, anxiety, shakiness & an upset stomach.
As a diuretic… dehydration, cramping, increased urination & nausea.

Also, adding sugar and cream or consuming those fluff drinks at those ever popular COFFEE outposts will do nothing to improve your health or minimize your waistline.

Two cups a day is the widely accepted “safe” amount so you can reap the rewards.

Coffee is a keeper!Joycelyn-253web

Enjoy your cup of JOE…I certainly will : D

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In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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Add “SPICE” to your Life

55136846More anti-oxidants than even fruit…

Besides the added flavor when combined with other foods these spices can boost the natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power of food

•Turmeric – fights cancer, dementia, helps prevent Alzheimer’s,   immune booster

•Basil – anti-inflammatory, helps make skin softer & smoother, immune booster

•Cumin –fights dementia, regulates insulin

•Cayenne or hot pepper flakes –regulates insulin & burns fat

•Cloves- promotes digestion

•Cinnamon –regulates insulin & burns fat

•Nutmeg- calming effect

•Oregano –anti-fungal & antibacterial

•Ginger – Immune booster

•Sage- fights dementia( this makes sense to me)

•Thyme-  helps make skin softer & smoother

Use these tools and use them a lot to

flavor your foods  & add spice to your life

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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The “Skinny” on Artificial Sweeteners & Your Alternatives

Joycelyn-253webArtificial sweeteners are used in abundance in almost every “diet” drink, “lite” yogurts, puddings, and ice creams, most “low-carb” products, and almost all “reduced-sugar” products.

Yes, artificial sweeteners save you calories, but there’s growing evidence that they can increase your appetite for sweets and other carbohydrates causing you to eat more later.  Therefore, you don’t really save any calories at all.

Some of the most popular artificial sweeteners on the market today:

 

Splenda (sucralose)- Yellow

Aspartame-Blue

Saccharine- Pink

Also, studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate high insulin levels in your body too, which again can promote fat storage.

So yes, these artificial sweeteners can make you FAT!!!!

Some natural sweetener options are  honey, organic maple syrup & organic agave, but still these options are high in calories, carbohydrates and sugars.

Your alternative?  STEVIA

I’ve yet to see any negative reports or health concerns regarding STEVIA and only positive potential health benefits.

The herb Stevia Rebauadiana, has been used for centuries by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay nutritionally and medicinally.

STEVIA acts as general tonic which increases energy levels & mental acuity

STEVIA is

•both carb-& calorie-free

•helps with digestion, reduces gas & stomach acidity

•used topically as an ointment in the treatment of eczema & acne

•an ideal sweetener for people w high blood pressure, it helps lower hypertension

•helps to reduce cravings for sweets & fatty foods and serves as an exceptional aid in weight loss & management.

 Rule of thumb: 1 tbsp is roughly equivalent to one cup of sugar in sweetness. It’s 30x sweeter than sugar.

My personal favorite based on taste is NuStevia™

“Health is Wealth”

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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