Nothing hurts me more than to talk about taking a break from coffee/caffeine. There is much out there that says caffeine can help with your health. I recently stopped coffee cold turkey (mmm turkey sounds good) as I started a Shred 10 but I also wanted to see if I could do it. The headache from detoxing matched some of the worst I have had in the past, and that includes the day after St. Patricks Day! It came to me that if it makes me feel that bad as I’m coming off of it, there must be something not so great about it, at least in the large quantities I was drinking.
Listen to Dr. Mitra Ray give a short explanation on why it is good to take a break from coffee/caffeine. You don’t have to give it up altogether but it is good to take breaks!
This is nothing new. However, like so many other natural health pathways, when someone starts to talk about it, they are demonized as being over the top. There is a great article by Ian Leslie talking about the sugar conspiracy.
This begins as far back as 1972, before sugar was found in almost everything! Even then, the talk of how dangerous sugar is made you a leper.
In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined.
John Yudkin was a british nutritionist who wrote Pure, White and Deadly. In it Yudkin states
“If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive,” wrote Yudkin, “that material would promptly be banned.”
There is so much to learn about the harmful affects of sugar. Remember, we are talking about added sugar. Too many times people are told to avoid fruit because of the sugar. The amount of sugar in fruit is natural and our bodies can handle it. It is all the sugar we add to food or is added by companies.
Check out the video by Dr. Lustig from the University of California Television.
We often think of Cardio exercise as simply burning calories to lose weight. While this certainly is a benefit, there are many others such as regulating blood sugar and increasing the cells sensitivity to insulin. For diabetics, that can mean reducing the amount of insulin needed! Watch this for more!
The AirDyneX is a classic with great updates to make it a viable piece of exercise equipment! Incorporating the upper abody into your cardio workouts is a challenge but the AirDyne makes it possible! Check it out!
The Matrix Connexus is such a cool piece of equipment if you are looking for something different. Taking functional training to a different level, this allows you to incorporate TRX, and other movements, the way it is most effective! Check it out!
Some people look to spend as little as possible on a treadmill. If you are just going to walk a couple days a week, you can get away with it. However, if you are looking to run you will need to spend a little more. A LANDICE treadmill could be the last treadmill you buy! The quality speaks for itself!
Most cardiovascular equipment work the muscles forward and back. Change up what you are doing by going lateral! The LATERAL X from OCTANE does just that! Get your heartrate up and target the glutes with this FAT BURNING piece!