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Xylitol the Miracle Sugar Substitute.

Most of us have succumbed to the craving for sugar and something sweet at sometime in our lives. The problems occur when we don’t do any thing to curb those cravings. If we constantly give in to them over the years then it is possible that we may become the victims of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, hypoglycemia, or insulin resistance, not to mention the dangers of dental caries and obesity.

Sugar wreaks havoc on the body. It feeds bacteria and fungi that are detrimental to the body as well. Xylitol on the other hand prevents the growth of bacteria and has been found to have anti fungal properties. It is also alkaline enhancing and helps to build the immune system, protecting the body from degenerative disease and the aging process.

For those people on weight loss diets, xylitol is the answer to their prayers. Not only does it satisfy the sweet tooth, but it also metabolized by the body without using insulin. Metabolism is slow and so it scores very favorably on the Glycemic index (a measure of how quickly food enters the bloodstream.) Sugar measures a staggering 100 whereas xylitol measures just 7. There really is no contest.

The fact that Xylitol has been found to maintain low levels of insulin is the key to its success as an anti aging product, and also its popularity with diabetics and those people diagnosed as overweight or obese.

Xylitol was rediscovered during World War 11 by a Finnish scientist. Finland’s supply of domestic sugar had been badly affected. Through their search for an alternative, researchers discovered that when stabilized, xylitol (first manufactured from the birch bark in 1891) became a possible alternative sweetener to sugar. It is in fact an essential sugar that we are capable of producing ourselves during normal metabolism.

Xylitol can be purchased through most health stores and used as a substitute in recipes where normal sugar is required.

Anti-aging Regimes Require a Multifactoral Approach

Having recently reached the age where the title OAP seems both scary and yet seemingly inappropriate (my idea of what constitutes an OAP is a million miles away from how I currently see myself) my attention has been focused on the topics of aging and anti aging. How much of the aging process do we just have to accept as “old age” and how much of it is due to our lifestyle choices? More importantly, if some of it is due to lifestyle choices, what can we do to reduce its impact on us as we approach our 3rd age?

Aging is not the result of any one factor but rather an accumulation of many factors including:

• Excessive body weight
• Changes in hormone levels
• Dehydration
• Toxic build up
• Cell oxidation
• Inflammation
• Diminished enzyme production
• Poor circulation
• General wear and tear

These are just a few of the many causes of the aging process, so you can see that the anti aging process is both multi-factoral and complex, to say the very least. In order to reverse or slow down the aging process we need to find a way to address all of these factors. We need to consider a holistic approach to our health that will address the issues at a systemic level. A careful tailored, step by step program is an excellent starting point to ensure that you feel more youthful and energetic, and ultimately more healthy.

First and foremost we need to change our lifestyle habits and reverse the effects of “what we have done to ourselves” over the years.

We need to look at:-.
• Improving the quality of the foods we eat
• Increasing our daily exercise
• Reducing the toxic load
• Detoxing regularly
• Reducing free radicals
• Boosting the immune system
• Reducing the inflammation

All of the above can be achieved relatively easily with a bit of thought and preparation. It is about re educating yourself to understand the effects that certain lifestyles can have on your overall health and in this case, the aging process. You can then make an informed decision as to whether you want to make the necessary changes for the sake of your health and longevity, and ultimately the anti aging process.

3 Weight Loss Mistakes To Avoid At All Cost

Despite the fact that there is more information available on weight loss than any other time in history, we are still seeing a rise in obesity. All the information available to us doesn’t seem to be having any impact on the mistakes people are making on a daily basis. Unfortunately these mistakes are resulting in complete failure to lose weight. So what are the top 3 mistakes and how can we avoid them

“Over the top Dieters”

Over the top dieters have a habit of choosing a diet that is very strict and requires a will of iron to keep it going. An example of a strict diet is the grapefruit diet, which may promise the earth re weight loss but is unrealistic when it comes to sticking to it for any length of time. Other diets may also restrict certain foods and demand 100% adherence. This too is set to fail. We need to remember that we are all human and it is ok to diet 90% of the time and to have lapses 10% of the time. Being the perfect dieter is unrealistic and inevitably ends up in binge eating and total failure.

It is important to remember that no matter how much weight you need to lose, you need to choose a diet that you can stick to, not only for the duration of your diet but also for life. The diet for life may not need to be as restrictive as the initial diet but it will need to be significantly different from the diet that has made you overweight

Dieters who are martyrs to the cause

Mindset is at least 75% of your diet. If you are feeling sorry for yourself and feeling badly done to because of your restricted diet you need to change your mindset. If you see your diet as a positive challenge to not only lose weight but to improve your health you will have a better chance of success. You also need to include the occasional treat to give yourself a boost or maybe a pat on the back for sticking to your diet the majority of the time

Unclear Goal Setting

Very often people embark on a diet without a clear idea of what they are aiming to achieve. Just wanting to lose weight often isn’t enough. Before you start on any weight loss plan make sure you are clear how much you want to lose and by when. You will need long term and short term goals. Be realistic, and don’t expect to lose too much too quickly. Weight lost slowly with a sensible well balanced diet is more likely to be maintained than one that promises the earth. Be prepared for the fact that some weeks you may plateau whereas other weeks you may lose more than you expected. It is also a good idea to take your measurements as this can often be a more accurate assessment of the true results you are achieving.

If you are committed to achieving your goal permanently it might help you to view your journey as one to improved health, after all very few people who are overweight or obese have no related health problems. Don’t be down hearted if you have a bad day or too, just resolve to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.

5 ways to get rid of that stubborn body fat

Have you ever been on a weight loss program and no matter what you eat and how much exercise you do, that stubborn body fat around your middle just refuses to budge?? If so join the club!

So many people I meet, especially young active mums who are trying to lose weight post pregnancy, all say the same thing. They are all very active, eating sensibly and in some cases even jogging twice a week, but still that stubborn body fat is hanging around.

Unfortunately we are not alone in thinking that we are doing all the right things, but what most of us aren’t aware of is that there are some closely guarded secrets that will really help you to lose that fat permanently

  1. Endless hours of cardio just won’t work if you want to lose weight.  The answer is to start interval training.  You just need to look at the physique of a sprinter to know that this must be true.
  2. The most important part of any weight loss program is the food you eat. Too many carbohydrates may give you immediate energy to enable you to go running, but they won’t help you to get rid of the fat any more than the running will. You need to change your thinking here.
  3. In addition to interval training you need to do resistance training that pushes your body to burn fat.
  4. Crunches are useless. You need to do full body abdominal exercises that will develop you abdominal muscles
  5. Lighter weights and lots of reps is not the way to go. Heavier weights and fewer reps will give your metabolism the biggest boost and won’t give you massive muscles.

This is about weight loss after all not body building, though you do need to develop muscles to help to burn the fat.

Keeping a Weight Loss Diary

Having run a slimming club for 2 years – I became very aware of the number of people who were constantly surprised that they had failed to lose weight. When I questioned them about what they had eaten over a 2/3 day period I began to realise that most people have very short memories and can easily and conveniently forget about the odd biscuit here and there and the mug of hot chocolate they had before they went to bed. It is these snacks and occasional drinks that make it very difficult to successfully lose weight.

When I eventually trained as a nutritionist and started to help people on an individual basis to lose weight I would always insist that part of the weight loss program should be to keep a diary of all the food and drink consumed each day. As a weight loss coach this was valuable information. If a client had failed to lose weight, I was able to see immediately what the problem was.

The reasons for lack of weight loss are not always about the odd biscuit or hot chocolate. Sometimes it can be due to insufficient protein at each of the meals or maybe even not eating often enough or not eating enough at each meal. All of this things are important for a healthy and successful weight loss.

If you are just thinking about starting a weight loss regime it is also a good idea to start your food diary now. Very often this can be the spur that is needed. Once you see how bad your diet is you will soon start to make the necessary changes to help you to lose weight

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