Cleansing for the Distance

I am not an endurance athlete, nor do I have any aspirations to be. However, I admire those that go the distance and hope these tips will be helpful.
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It’s The Season For Sniffles

It may be the joyous time of holidays approaching, but it is also cold and flu season. Below are some tips to help keep you healthy and ready to enjoy upcoming celebrations.
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Cooler Weather Workout

If you’ve been waiting for the temperature to cool down before you workout, your time has arrived. Here Are some great ideas to get, and keep, you going.
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Cleansing and Performance

These great tips can help endurance athletes benefit from Cleanse Days.

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At Isagenix, a frequently asked question of runners and other endurance athletes is “can Cleanse Days be used without hurting performance?” The answer is yes… with a few exceptions. Here’s what you need to know:

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To Snack Or Not To Snack?

Everybody snacks, right?  So let’s be smart about it.  Here are some good thoughts.

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Snacking can help or hurt your weight loss goals, depending on what you choose. Snacking can help or hurt your weight loss goals, depending on what you choose. Americans are snacking now more than ever. In fact, recent studies have shown that for many people, typical eating habits are more like an all-day buffet rather than the classic three meals a day (1-3). With this new shift from traditional meal times to constant grazing, health researchers have wondered about the effect snacking has on weight gain as well as weight loss. Does snacking curb appetite and prevent over-eating or can it pack in extra calories? A close look at the science of snacking reveals some surprising facts: Snacking between meals can be either bad or good for your waistline, depending on your snacking choices. This article will break down the science of snacking and show how Isagenix can help you snack smartly while slimming down in the process. Skip Late-Night Snacking A recent study carried out by researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California highlights some concerns with typical snacking habits (1). The researchers used a smartphone app to track the eating habits of more than 550 overweight adults and found that the majority of them were snacking up to 15 hours a day. The researchers also noticed a tendency toward eating more food late in the day. The people who participated in this study ate less than 25 percent of their calories before noon, but ate more than 35 percent of their calories after 6:00 p.m. For the second phase of this study, the participants were coached to limit their eating to a 10-to 11-hour period during the day for 16 weeks without making any other changes in their eating habits. By the end of the study, the participants had not only lost weight, but also reported better sleep and more energy. What You Eat Matters Most Several studies have investigated the relationship between snacking and body weight. Some of the snacking habits associated with weight gain are not surprising. For example, one study published in the International Journal of Obesity, compared the snack choices of obese and lean individuals. The researchers found that obese individuals snacked more frequently on sweet or fatty foods, like cookies and potato chips (4). In another study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the aim was to describe snacking behaviors in a group of office workers and compare snack habits with diet quality and body mass index (BMI) (5). The researchers found that the most significant factor associating BMI and diet quality was the type of food people chose for snacking. On average, people who regularly ate snack foods rich in protein or fiber, such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables, had a higher diet quality and lower BMI. The opposite was true of people who snacked on desserts and sweets; these snacking habits were associated with lower diet quality and higher BMI. Something to Chew On When done smartly, snacking can be one of your best allies for weight-loss success. Allowing your appetite to get out of control makes the temptation of high-calorie junk foods hard to resist and can increase the likelihood of overeating during meals. Planning healthy snacks throughout the day will help keep your appetite in check (6). If you are ready to shape up your snacks, Isagenix can help. These three snacking solutions have been carefully formulated to be your secret weapon for curbing appetite: 1. Feel full longer with fiber Fiber Snacks™ are a delicious and satisfying way to boost fiber and a great alternative to a typical sugary granola bar with only 150 calories and six grams of fiber. Slim Cakes® are another quick, filling option that contain five grams of fiber to keep hunger at bay. 2. Power up with protein Whey Thins™ provide a crunchy, protein-packed snack with 10 grams of protein and only 100 calories. Whey Thins are a smart alternative to other savory snacks that are high in fat and empty calories like chips. 3. Be smart about your sweets If sugary snacks are your weakness, IsaDelight® milk or dark chocolates satisfy any sweet tooth without the guilt. These individually wrapped chocolates with green tea extract are perfectly portioned so you can still enjoy chocolate without the excess calories. Snacking has become the new normal as the increasing trend toward all-day grazing replaces the traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. The science of snacking shows that munching throughout the day can be a great tool to support your weight-loss goals, as long as you snack smartly. Whether you are craving something sweet or savory, chewy or crunchy, Isagenix has convenient, grab-and-go snacks that will help you steer clear of the vending machine so you can snack your way to success. References Gill S Panda S. A smartphone app reveals erratic diurnal eating patterns in humans that can be modulated for health benefits, Cell Metabolism 2015; pii: S1550-4131(15)00462-3. Sebastian RS et al. Snacking patterns of U.S. adults: what we eat in America, NHANES 2007-2008. USDA Food Surveys Research Group Dietary Data Brief No. 4. June 2011. Kant AK, Graubard BI. 40-year trends in meal and snack eating behaviors of American adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jan;115(1):50-63. Berteus Forslund H, Torgerson JS, Sjostrom L, Lindroos AK. Snacking frequency in relation to energy intake and food choices in obese men and women compared to a reference population. Int J Obes. 2005;29:711–9. Barnes TL, French SA, Harnack LJ, Mitchell NR, Wolfson J. Snacking behaviors, diet quality, and body mass index in a community sample of working adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jul;115(7):1117-23. Leidy HJ, Campbell WW. The effect of eating frequency on appetite control and food intake: brief synopsis of controlled feeding studies. J Nutr. 2011;141(1):154-157.

Encouraged

I am a day late getting my weekly post up. Spent the weekend co-manning a booth at the Indy Fitness Expo. Saw lots of competitions and visited with many awesome people. I was so encouraged by the number of participants and attendees dedicated to having better health — the young and the young at heart! Won’t you join us on the journey……..

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Cold Brew

I’m not usually a coffee fan, but this even sounds good to me!  Changing it up today by sharing a recipe instead of my regular blog.  Enjoy!

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Cold brew is a method of brewing coffee that has recently gained popularity. Part of its appeal stems from cold brewed coffee’s strong, distinct flavor. Brewing coffee using a cold brew method produces a smooth, rich cup of coffee with much less acidity than a more traditional hot water method.

 

The natural enhancements in Isagenix Coffee are a great compliment to the cold brew method because the added trace minerals further offset the acidity of coffee. Additionally, green tea extract reinforces coffee’s natural antioxidant strength while coconut oil adds a hint of nuttiness and contributes to a smooth, creamy finish.

What’s great about cold brew coffee is that your result is a concentrated brew that is ready to be enjoyed hot by diluting it with hot water or cold by blending with ice, cold water, or milk. While you can find plenty of specialized equipment to make cold brewed coffee, all you need are a few basics to get started.

Isagenix Cold Brew Coffee

Ingredients

1 12-ounce bag of Isagenix Coffee, either USDA-Certified Organic or Premium blend
10 ½ cups room temperature water
Equipment

1 large pitcher or carafe
1 fine mesh strainer
1 coffee filter or large piece of cheese cloth, folded in half
1 large jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid
Instructions

In a large pitcher or carafe, combine one 12-ounce bag of Isagenix Coffee and 10 ½ cups room temperature water. Stir to combine the coffee and water, then cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. We like to make our cold brew overnight.

After allowing the coffee to steep in the refrigerator, set up the strainer. Place the fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, jar, or bottle and line with a coffee filter or large piece of cheese cloth. Slowly pour the coffee into the strainer to separate the concentrated coffee from the spent grounds. You can store your cold brew coffee concentrate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy your cold brew one cup at a time by diluting to taste with hot or cold water.

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How Sweet It Is!!

Great suggestions in the article, below, to help curb sugar intake.

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In the U.S., the average person consumes more sugar than anywhere else in the world. According to market research firm Euromonitor, daily sugar intake is now up to 126 grams. That is almost 32 teaspoons of sugar or about 500 extra calories every day. Health experts agree that too much sugar is bad for our well-being. Scientific research points to potential links between too much sugar, especially in the form of sugary drinks, and problems like weight gain and the risk of developing heart disease (1-3).

Cutting back on sugar is a healthy choice, but sugar isn’t all bad either. In fact, sugar and carbohydrates in general, are vitally important for the basic functioning of the body’s cells. Sugar is especially critical for the optimal operation of the brain and immune system. Some body systems simply can’t run on any other type of fuel. Aside from physiology and metabolism, it is also important to mention that sugar has one essential function that tends to be overlooked in discussions about health—it makes food taste good. It can be hard to eat something that isn’t satisfying to your taste buds despite how healthy it may be.

If you don’t want to be weighed down by too much sugar anymore, Isagenix can help. Starting the Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System can help you cut your sugar intake by half or more daily, without compromising on flavor.

These top five food swaps will help you get started.

1. Shake it up.

IsaLean® Shake has only about as much sugar as ½ an apple or a small peach. It’s a satisfying, nutritious meal replacement that provides low-glycemic carbohydrates, good fats, undenatured protein, vitamins, and minerals for only 240 calories. Protein satisfies cravings and helps you stay full longer.

2. Raise the bar.

IsaLean Bars are a protein-packed option that have less than half the sugar of typical snacks like candy bars or cookies and make a great meal on the go. For example, when you choose a Nutty Carmel Cashew IsaLean Bar to satisfy your sweet tooth you’ll also benefit from 18 grams of undenatured protein, vitamins, and minerals with only 7 grams of sugar.

3. Hydrate like a pro.

Stop drinking sugary sports drinks. Replenish™ has less than half the sugar of a typical sports drink and provides vitamins and electrolytes.

4. Skip the soda.

Sugary drinks are among the worst offenders when it comes to added sugar in the typical American diet. Part of the reason is because they make it so easy to consume excess calories (4). Instead of soda, try an ounce of Ionix® Supreme stirred into a tall glass of water with ice. You’ll enjoy a refreshing fruit taste for a fraction of the sugar found in a typical soda, fruit punch, or juice drink that also makes a healthful alternative to diet sodas.

5. Choose better snacks at night.

Instead of reaching for that late-night pint of ice cream, find a better way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Blend IsaPro® and Isagenix Fruits or a banana for dessert before bedtime for a delicious treat that will help you stay on track.

How do you find a good balance between taste and nutrition? Perhaps the most useful way to think about sugar and how it impacts health is in terms of nutrient density. Foods that are nutrient dense provide the most nutrition for the fewest calories. Imagine choosing between a piece of fruit or candy. Let’s say that each choice has the same amount sugar. If you pick the fruit, you get vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, and other beneficial nutrients. In addition, you’ll experience the benefits of the naturally occurring sugar that is part of that total nutrient package. If you pick the candy, you get calories from sugar and not much else. In short, nutrient density is all about getting the most bang for your nutritional buck.

When considered by itself, sugar isn’t necessarily bad or good. The real problem with sugar is that so many of us are in a constant sugar overload. Too often, the foods we eat are packed with extra calories and sugar but fall short on the essential nutrients our bodies need. If too much sugar has been weighing you down, let Isagenix help you swap out your old habits for more nutrient-dense, healthy choices without compromising taste.

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References

Malik VS, Schulze MB, Hu FB. Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain: a systematic review. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Aug;84(2):274-88.
Huang C, Huang J, Tian Y, Yang X, Gu D. Sugar sweetened beverages consumption and risk of coronary heart disease: a meta-analysis of prospective studies. Atherosclerosis. 2014 May;234(1):11-6.
McGuire S. US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, January 2011. Adv Nutr 2011;2:293-4.
Cassady BA, Considine RV, Mattes RD. Beverage consumption, appetite, and energy intake: what did you expect? Am J Clin Nutr. 2012.