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Premature Aging Fix Stop Oxidative Stress

Premature Aging Fix: Stop Oxidative Stress

The last post I wrote was about using Intermittent Fasting to help slow down the aging process.

Today, I want to dig a little deeper into one of the biggest causes of aging faster than your biological age says you are.

You know what I mean. You’re actually 45 but you look like you’re 55 and feel like you’re 65! There are lots of contributors to this but the most damaging is Oxidative Stress.

What is oxidative stress?

It’s the imbalance between your body’s ability to counteract the production of free radicals. As free radicals are produced, they create havoc in the body and your body is supposed to be able to keep them at bay by neutralizing them with antioxidants. The biggest cause of oxidative stress is a lack of antioxidants that fight free radicals.

Free Radicals

Okay, we should probably discuss free radicals before you go any further. You have very likely heard the term before but not had a detailed explanation or understanding about what they really are. It’s a molecule that contains oxygen and has at least one unpaired electron. It is for this reason that they are reactive to other molecules.

Generally speaking, oxygen-containing molecules aren’t reactive, but some of them go through a change within the body that transforms them into reactive ones. That doesn’t mean that all of the reactive species are harmful, however, free radicals are nasty.

They can affect DNA, and sap protein or their electrons to stabilize themselves. That might not sound like such a big deal, but this causes a destabilization of the other molecules, which then triggers a large free radical chain reaction. They are probably most famous for the fact that they can cause cancer.

For the record, antioxidants are molecules within cells that are supposed to eradicate the potential damage that free radicals cause. When an imbalance between the two takes place, oxidative stress occurs.

Oxidative Stress Damage

There are a variety of issues that oxidative stress can cause – some of the more serious issues include Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, heart disorders, heart failure, heart attack, blood vessel disorders, gene mutations, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory diseases, and atherosclerosis.

Another issue, though, is that of premature aging. Of course, this may pale in comparison to those listed above; however, it is still a very real and imminent threat.

The biggest cause of oxidative stress damage to your skin is due to UV rays (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4496685/). Of course, this makes perfect sense when you consider just how damaging the sun can be to your skin if you head out without sun protection. This means it is vital to wear sunscreen in order to prevent the major cause of oxidative stress damage in premature aging. Additionally, free radicals break down collagen production, which is a major cause of premature aging.

Fighting Free Radicals

If you want to reduce the risk of oxidative stress then the most effective way to do so is by fighting free radicals. So, here’s how to do that.

  • Drinks lots of water.
  • Eat foods high in antioxidant properties (click here to see the top 10)
  • Use seasonings for your food with high antioxidant properties (see above list)
  • Don’t eat hydrogenated fats.
  • Improve your indoor air quality and avoid pollutants and pollution.
  • Limit food that has been cooked in oils at a high heat.
  • Do not smoke or spend time in the company of smokers.
  • Avoid drinking water that has been chlorine treated.
  • Avoid dehydration.
  • Stop eating foods with refined sugar.
  • Avoid food containing preservatives.
  • Only take medications when absolutely necessary.
  • Avoid using cleaning supplies that contain harmful chemicals.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Avoid exposure to radiation.
  • Take steps to self-care to avoid stress.
  • Wear sunblock every time you leave the house, no matter how short the trip (especially if you live in a warm and sunny region).

Your body is creating free radicals on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean you have to fall prey to the damage of premature aging and potential disease. Take every opportunity listed above to avoid oxidative stress.

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10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners are solid steps for you if you’re just starting out on your new fitness journey. These tips are also great if you’ve been away from health and fitness for awhile and you’re just getting going again.

Always consult a medical professional before starting any new fitness program to make sure you’re ready for it. The best way to adopt a new fitness focused lifestyle is to find a program you like and stick with it!

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

  1. Make Your Workout Worth It

If you want to get the most out of your workout, you need to remember that around 80% of the results that you get from your workout actually come from just 20% of your workout.

That means that in an hour’s session, only 12 minutes of the workout will contribute to the bulk of your results. You need to make those minutes really count. Use compound movements that work more than one muscle group at a time to really make the most of your time.

Here are some simple to follow examples of compound movements that you can do anywhere, anytime. Click the link => Carrie Burrows YouTube Play List

  1. Remember To Eat Healthy

Your body shaping goals can only be achieved by eating a healthy diet. If you’re going to the gym so that you can go home and eat a double triple cheeseburger with a 2-person serving of French fries, you won’t do your body any favors ever.

You should make sure that you eat in moderation, and remember that if you’re burning off more calories, you will need to eat that little bit more so that you have enough energy. Balance your nutrition and avoid faddy diets.

  1. Change Your Eating Habits

You need to make sure that you eat properly as well as eating healthily. Eating properly includes eating at the right times of the day. Skipping breakfast can be a really bad idea and you shouldn’t eat too late in the evening either. On the other hand, some people can’t eat breakfast at all.

Here’s how to keep it simple.

If you are overweight, or not in the shape you want to be, your current eating habits aren’t working for you. Speak to a personal trainer or nutritionist (a current one that has been trained in the last decade or has at least kept up with current science) about what would work for you so that you can achieve your goals.

To help you with #2 & #3 you can download this free 139 Low Carb Food Shopping List… just click the picture and download it!

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  1. Plan Out Your Routine

To make sure that you know just when you’re going to be working out and when you can look forward to some downtime, you really should come up with a plan. Remember to include rest days and be realistic about how much time you can make free.

Remember to stick to your schedule as much as possible so that you don’t slide into the habit of skipping the gym and make your targets achievable.

  1. Make A 100% Commitment

You need to remember that your body transformation needs complete dedication from you. You can’t skip a day or two here and there, because you feel as though you deserve it. Plan when your rest day will be and stick to that. Even if you have a vacation planned, check out the local gym, and make sure to take some time each day to continue to work out. Keep up with the healthy eating too.

  1. Don’t Let Perfection And Perception Put You Off

It’s easy to look at a female bodybuilder and suddenly panic. You’re a woman who is trying to lose weight and develop a petite and slender figure and you see these ripped, cut, beefy, thick women.

Or, you scroll Instagram and see these fabulously beautiful, slender, slim, tight 20 somethings and immediately get discouraged by the perfection.

The reality is that it is virtually impossible for women to bulk up like a man; it requires a particular plan and effort and when you were 20 you could probably look like Barbie from Instagram too.

You see the results of hours upon hours in the gym daily. Lifestyles that are out of balance. Full time jobs and sponsorships that pay them to work out.

Your plan will be a lot different than the Barbie or the Barbell body. Stick to a plan that is right for your goals, your needs and your life. You won’t go wrong when you have a plan that is easy to follow and simple to do.

  1. Keep It Simple 

You should remember that you are only starting out with fitness. Familiarize yourself with the basics first to avoid injury and putting yourself off.

We want you to continue with your improvements!

Start off with some shorter sessions and then expand your workouts as you become more confident and as your fitness, levels start to rise.

There is no shame in taking ‘baby steps’ when they lead to bigger steps and jumps and leaps. There is shame in quitting and not getting back up again.

  1. Prepare For Your New Routine

Make sure that you make the time workout and have a rough plan of how you would like your it to go. You need to come up with some realistic goals too. If you want to have 6-pack abs, aim to achieve muscle definition within 6 months! You would like to lose 30 pounds then you need to make sure that the timeframe that you set for yourself is achievable.

If you don’t know what your targets are you will never get there.

  1. Remember Cardio

So you want to get 6-pack abs, bulging biceps, and strong legs? You can’t get those things by just lifting weights. You must remember that while you’re working out, you should fit in a good amount of cardio.

If you’re already carrying excess weight, you need to make sure that you burn off the fat by doing cardio combined with resistance training. Your muscle will start to show through while the fat gets burned away properly.

Fat does not turn into muscle. One gives way to the other. You want a program that speeds fat burning, focuses on lean muscle strengthening and overall fitness.

  1. Use A Visual Inspiration

It is very helpful to have a visual inspiration to keep you motivated to lose weight. Try performing a Google image search to find photos of people who have a body shape and size similar to your own ideals.

Print them out and put them where you’ll see them. Your work desk, on your car dashboard, bathroom mirror or on the fridge. This will ensure that you have a visual goal that will keep you motivated every single day!

Next Steps

Follow these easy 10 Fitness Tips For Beginners and you’ll be on your way to a great new you!

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6 tips to making meal prep a breeze

6 Tips To Make Meal Prep A Breeze

Meal prep is what will you set you apart from the rest of the world when it comes to making the time to prioritize health and fitness in your life. The 6 tips will be game changers for you if you struggle with time!

Time is always everyone’s big struggle. “If I only had more time.” Sorry about your luck, but everyone from the corporate executive to the mom with four kids to the single twenty something grad student all share the exact same amount of time.

It’s not more time we need…it’s making the most of the time we have and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule it.

Yes, schedule your health and fitness time. Let’s face it, if your health sucks, so does everything else in your life. Maybe not today, probably not tomorrow, but ignore your health long enough and everything else will go with it.

Time for making healthy meals is one of the areas that my clients always find challenging when we start together and with a few simple tips, they become time shifters!

Meal Prep Tips: 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze!

  1. Schedule The Time
    There are two times you need to schedule. In the evenings to prepare lunch, breakfast and snacks for the next day. A block of time on Saturday or Sunday (or whenever you enjoy a day off) to batch prepare food. You won’t need more than 20 minutes an evening or 2 hours on your free day.
  2. Design A Menu
    For me this was HUGE! I lay out in menu form what my families meals will look like for the coming week. (I actually do two weeks at time). This guides me for my shopping needs, my batch prep time and saves a lot of time and ‘last minute mistakes’, “There’s nothing to eat”
    There’s always something to eat when you plan it, make it, prepare it.
  3. Storage
    Don’t overlook this super simple fact of life. Having the proper storage containers makes EVERYTHING about meal prep easier. From portion size, to convenience, having great storage containers that can go from the fridge/freezer to the microwave and be your plate saves time and
    money!
    I use the “FitPakcer – Meal Prep Containers” pictured on the left and centre [AF]. There are lots of different options available.6 tips to making meal prep a breeze Fitpacker
  4. Pre-Packaged Healthy Foods Can Help
    Pre-cut vegetables, microwave veggies, rice, pre-cooked chicken, turkey…all of these can come in handy and really cut down on prep time. But, make sure you read the labels. You want just the pure food that is on the label with minimal additives and preservative and NO ADDED SUGAR!
  5. Shop Smart
    Foods and supplies that can be bought in bulk are the way to go, but you can’t always do that with fresh foods and you need to buy a couple of time per week. I shop for bulk items whenever I can so that my quick trips to the grocery store are just that.
    Make a list and stick to it that is designed from your menu. This will save you time and money.
  6. Make It A Family Affair
    I involve my kids and my husband in our meal planning and the prep. The kids love having input into what the menu will be for supper and for their lunches and the extra hands on batch prep days makes for less time in the kitchen and more time for play and fun!

I guarantee when you use these 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze you will save time and money and it won’t take long before it becomes fast and second nature!

Do you use any of these tips already?  Let me know how it works for you and what other tips and tricks you use to stay pin track.

If you haven’t used any of these, try it and let me know how much of a game changer it is for you!

 

Joni has every excuse available to keep her from making her health and fitness a priority.. In stead, she uses those excuses as reasons to make her health and fitness a priority.

Meet Joni

I am so proud of Joni.

She is the real deal. Down to earth, funny, smart and a self-proclaimed foodie.

Joni has every excuse available to keep her from making her health and fitness a priority.. In stead, she uses those excuses as reasons to make her health and fitness a priority.

Joni has a stressful career (lawyer)

She is a Mom to 3 little ones.

Her husband works shifts.

She also runs her own business (after being a full-time lawyer) focusing on helping others.

She is active with her children and her community.

To say her life is full, is an understatement BUT she makes it work.

She multitasks like a boss.

Not too long ago, Joni made her health a priority. She wanted to feel better.

Eating healthy is something she does for herself and her family.

She carved out what time she had left in her day or she got up a little earlier to fit in a workout.

Joni made it important. She made health and fitness a priority.

This girl could’ve come up with reason after reason why she just couldn’t but decided that it was more important that she gave herself all of the reasons why she should!

Joni looks fantastic!!!!!

  • She didn’t suffer on some crazy juice diet.
  • No ridiculously long workouts.
  • She ate real food that she fed to her family.

Look at that smile!!!!

Wherever you are, just know you can do something.

“if you don’t quite believe in yourself yet, that is ok. You can borrow our belief in you until you get there!”  ~Joni

Wise words Joni!!!

I want this to motivate and inspire you.

Take action, any kind of action.

You Are Worth it!!

“Momalanche” of Hate…for being Healthy

In the news yesterday was a story that got some traction because of a few key words: bullying, fat, moms….

A few women went on the attack after a women who posted a fantastic picture of herself and her three kids with the caption “What’s your excuse”Maria kang

They called her a “bully” saying that she is making women feel inferior and it’s not a “normal” expectation for women.

Funny, bullies trying to turn the table. They are bullying her saying she needs to be sorry that she is committed to being fit, healthy and looking good.  “Oh my shame on her”, really?

So the “Momalanche” of hate unleashed on this girl who likely gets up at an early hour or stays up late to workout and make her meals.  Yeah, that sounds awful.  I’m willing to bet if all the hating, chastising and bullying women had a body like hers after putting in the work they would probably be burning up Instagram with ‘selfies’ of their hard bodies.  But since it’s easier to whine, mope and bellyache, they will just try to bring others down to their pity party, like the crabs in the bucket.

Being fit and looking good is a priority to her…so much so that she is willing to do the work where most people are too lazy. Then those said lazy people try to get nasty and say that she is bullying women to feel that they are not good enough. If its important to you, YOU WILL FIND A WAY, if it’s not, you will FIND AN EXCUSE.

I saw a news clip  about this story that had a panel with a “parenting expert”….what?   She also condemned her saying that it is unrealistic for moms to achieve that kind of body–WHAT???????? Are you kidding? Yes moms are tired…so are dads. Yes parents have a lot of responsibilities and it is draining and taxing on the best of days but to say that being fit and looking good is unrealistic is garbage. This kind of thinking and over the top political correctness is making this world a crazy place.  Oh, and the parenting expert that ripped apart the committed, hard-working mom of three; Aren’t we all that have children parenting experts?

I have been on the receiving end of  hate mail, nasty tweets or comments on Facebook because I am trying to motivate and inspire people to get healthy. I was a fat kid who turned into a fat teen.  I had to work my butt off to lose over 100lbs…I work every dang day to stay in shape.

After my first child, I chose to diet and I chose to sweat each and everyday to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  Losing 60 pounds wasn’t a task.  It wasn’t a burden.  It was a goal.  You know what’s tough?  When you balloon up 70 pounds being pregnant with twins and then try to lose that weight when your twins are only sleeping in 45mins at a shot every night …for months.  In my constant sleep deprived state I worked out each and every day because I DID NOT WANT TO BE OUT OF SHAPE AND OVERWEIGHT. I had every excuse in the world but I decided to do the work….and yes it was tough.  But I had a goal.   It was to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, to be fit and healthy.

Why are we not congratulating people who are successful? 

The world has gone soft.  That’s painfully obvious with the obesity epidemic that’s happening.

Funny…so many people are standing on a pedestal or soap box claiming victory over their bodies and embracing being “oversized” and championing “big is beautiful”.  That’s great for them.  It’s not for me, but if it’s for them, congratulations.  But why is it OK for them to chastise hard work, dedication to health and a focus on fitness but if they are told to lose weight, stop eating and work out…then it’s bullying.  Bit of a double standard no?

I will never apologize for being healthy.

I will never apologize for being healthy.