How to Calculate Carbs

Whether you are a diabetic or not, it’s still a good idea not to overdo it on carbs. I aim for 30 grams of carbs for each hour of exercise. For meals, I try to keep the range between 30 and 45 grams.

When you read the nutrition facts on a label, first look at the total carbs. Let’s say the total carbs are 40 grams. Next look for fiber. If the fiber count is 5 grams, subtract the fiber from the total carbs. Ex: 40-5 = 35. The net carbs is 35 grams. The reason you can deduct the fiber is because fiber is non-digestible and has zero calories. Fiber is awesome!

If two products have the same amount of total carbs, but one has lower net carbs, get the one with the lower net carbs because that one has more fiber and is the healthier choice. Knowing how to determine what the net carbs are in food is especially important for diabetics since the amount of insulin to take is determined by the amount of NET carbs.

MRM Vegan Protein Powder Review

Vegan Protein Powder

I finally found a vegan protein powder that actually tastes good. Wow! And I thought it didn’t exist. MRM Veggie protein powder has a wonderful flavor, not too sweet with just a hint of vanilla. The only complaint is that the texture is a bit chalky, but that appears to be the case with many protein powders. I’ve found that the thicker your shake, the less noticeable the texture. When I added a half of an avocado and a banana to my smoothie, the chalkiness was not an issue. Enjoy!

Biozoom Health Scanner – Is this the future?

In the Los Angeles Time’s Sunday, June 23rd paper, on page B14, was an ad for a health biofeedback scanner. I hope all the promises of this new technology’s future plans comes to light because it would be the coolest thing ever! Currently, this scanner tests your heath “…without blood tests or piercing your skin” A beam of light checks “…antioxidant levels…vitamins…oxidative stress.” In the future, they plan to add the following features: measure blood alcohol levels, cholesterol, drugs, blood pressure and blood sugar. If this is the future, it’s pretty incredible!

Kitty Wall Squats

How to do wall squats with your pet or weights

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What Happens if I Stop Weight Training?

When I was a teenager my mom advised me not to lift weights. She said when you stop lifting weights you get fat, so it’s better not to start. This was before Arnold Schwarzenegger entered politics so I’m not sure where she got this information from. Mom was right, but only somewhat. When you lift weights, your muscles get bigger so you burn more calories. If you stop lifting weights and still eat the same amount of calories, then you will end up with more body fat. Bottom line, don’t be afraid of weight training. The only thing it will do is make you look awesome!

Habits of Overweight People and How to Stop the Cycle

People who are overweight want to be thin, but are going about food the wrong way. They’ll skip breakfast or lunch, figuring that they will be consuming fewer calories that way, and will lose a few pounds.

Don’t ever skip meals if you want to lose weight. If you skip meals or don’t eat anything for over 3 hours, your body cannot read your mind and thinks you are on a desert island with no food in sight. The next time you eat, those calories will be stored as fat. What also frequently happens is when you wait too long between meals, you end up overeating and eating fast food since you cannot wait until you get home.

Stop skipping meals. Put some granola or a bar in your car, at your desk or wherever handy, so you can eat something right away. When it’s time for dinner, you won’t go nuts!

Perfume: Stop wearing poison!

perfums are toxicI used to wonder why I sneezed violently whenever I sprayed perfume on my wrists, but now I know that my body was trying to kick out those toxic fumes. Some people are more sensitive than others, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any more or any less harmful.

Perfumes are made with known chemicals that cause cancer and mess up your hormones. If your hormones are not in balance, it can make you sick and fat!

If you want to smell good, take a shower and wear clean clothes.

Warm-Up with Weights

It’s boring doing the same exercises all the time, which is why you need to mix is up to get optimal results so why are you doing the same warm-ups with every workout? Aren’t you sick of doing jumping jacks and jump ropes? Warm up with weights next time. Grab a set of 5 pound weights. It’s not supposed to be hard; it’s just supposed to get those muscles warmed up to prevent injury.

What are those red dots? The cause and how to get rid of them.

If you see red dots on your skin, they are called cherry angiomas and can be removed by a dermatologist. They zap them with a laser. It stings for a few seconds and you’ll have slightly larger and darker red spots for a few days. In about a week, those ugly red spots will be gone.

What causes these red dots to appear is up for debate but many believe they are caused by bromine toxicity. Too much bromine is said to cause many maladies, such as thyroid issues. Toxins make you fat. The bromine hangs around fat. Check the fat on your body. I bet you’ll see more of those red dots in the fatty areas (belly) than on your thinner areas, such as your arms. Bromine is in bread, cosmetics, pesticides, asthma inhalers and prescription drugs. Yet another reason to avoid drugs and non-organic products.

To remove excess bromine, have vitamin C, iodine in conjunction with iodized salt (speak to a specialist for exact amounts), seaweed, yogurt, cheese, eggs and kelp. I’m going to buy more oranges today.

Sweetened Tea Bags, What’s Up with That?!

I drink tea all the time. If it’s good tea, it doesn’t need any sweetener. I noticed that tea manufacturers have been adding stevia to the tea bags. If I want it sweetened, let me add my own sweetener please! In the winter time I may add some honey to tea when I’m ill, but these teas are so sweet, the honey would make it undrinkable. Some of the teas have so much stevia, that’s it’s sickening. What do you think? Do you like tea with stevia already in it? If you don’t, let’s let the manufacturers know. I want my regular tea back!

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