Posts Tagged ‘health’


Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Mike Geary, author of Truth About Abs changes things up a little bit in this one. Here’s a quick quiz for you to test your knowledge about what your healthier choices are when planning your breakfast or lunch, or grabbing your meals on the go. See how you rate:

QUICK NUTRITION QUIZ – How do Your Breakfast and Lunch Food Choices Stand Up to the Test?

by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer
Which is a healthier meal choice for breakfast?

Meal #1: a low-fat blueberry muffin and an orange juice
Meal #2: a cheese omelet with Canadian bacon and a grapefruit

Meal #2 is the winner by a landslide! First of all, Meal #1 is about 95% carbohydrates; and quick digesting, insulin spiking carbs at that. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against carbs, and I have a whole lot against all of the bull-crap extreme low-carb fad diets that are so popular (and worthless) these days. Meal #1 is bad because you need to strike a much better balance of carbs, protein, and fats.

Meal #1 will be sure to promote fat storage via the insulin surge you would get from this meal, and would also leave you starving again about an hour later. Meal #2, on the other hand, provides a diversity of vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients, as well as an excellent balance of quality protein, healthy carbs, and necessary fats to keep your appetite satisfied and body and mind functioning properly.

Which is a healthier meal choice for lunch?

Meal #1: a tossed salad with breaded chicken breast
Meal #2: a roast beef and swiss sandwich with tomato on whole grain bread

At first glance, it might seem to be a toss up. The seemingly healthy word “salad” might even fool you into believing that meal #1 is healthier. Well, meal #2 is the easy winner here. Why?

Well, because of the word “breaded” in front of the chicken breast in meal #1. “Breaded” almost always means deep fried in deadly artery clogging, belly fattening hydrogenated oils (trans fats), which have been implicated recently as THE main culprit in heart disease and many other degenerative diseases. Unless the breaded chicken specifically says “baked” or you baked it yourself, you can guarantee that it is deep fried in nasty hydrogenated oils.

If you understood the full story about what these artificially produced industrial trans fats do to you internally, you would never even be able to take another bite of something deep fried. On the other hand, meal #2 is made up of wholesome nourishing real food – real meat, real cheese, real tomato, real grains; no industrially produced oil artificially altered under high heat, high pressure, flushed with hexane solvents, deodorants, and bleaching chemicals like the oil that is soaked into that breaded chicken breast.

I hope you enjoyed these quizzes and hopefully they will help you to make more informed and healthier food decisions.

For more detailed information on meal balancing, the insulin process, healthy fats, healthy carbs, problems with trans fats, and other nutritional strategies that will make you lean and mean, grab a copy of my internationally best-selling book The Truth About Six Pack Abs.

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.


Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Like I keep saying, Mike Geary, author of Truth About Abs, is a huge source of awesome information, not only about working out, but about nutrition too. Here’s a little well-kept secret that those of us in the know have known about for a while. Antioxidants… Mike gives us the low-down on antioxidants, and their place in YOUR nutrition plan. A must read:

Antioxidants – One of the Secrets to a Youthful Appearance, Anti-Aging, Disease Prevention, and a Leaner, Stronger, Healthier Body!
by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the amazing health benefits of antioxidant rich foods in your diet. Not only do these free-radical fighting antioxidants help you look and feel younger by slowing down the aging process, but they can also help to prevent cancer, heart disease, and loads of other degenerative diseases.

But that’s not all. Antioxidants also help you to recover better from exercise… and that means you can build more muscle and burn more fat in the long term!

And although we all want to be healthy and feel youthful… most of us also want to look good!

The function that antioxidants play in aiding your recovery from exercise is the inhibition of free radicals produced during exercise.  Any time you workout, free radicals are produced in the body that can create inflammation.  Having an adequate supply of antioxidants about an hour or so before your workout can greatly reduce the damage caused by free radicals, hence, improving your muscular recovery from exercise.

Some of the most potent sources of whole food antioxidants are berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries), cherries, acai fruit, various teas (green tea, white tea, black tea, yerba mate, oolong tea, chammomile tea, red tea – a.k.a. rooibos tea), nuts, seeds, red and black beans, purple potatoes, grapes, red wine, cinnamon, nuts and seeds, coffee, dark chocolate or cocoa, and tons of other fruits and vegetables.

My favorite pre-workout antioxidant-loaded snack is a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter, a small amount of blackberry jam, and topped with a pile of fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries.  I wash it down with a glass of iced green tea or rooibos tea sweetened with just a small bit (about a teaspoon) of raw honey.  This is literally a quintuple-whammy of potent anti-oxidants!

The almond butter, blackberries, blueberries, raw honey, and the green or rooibos tea are all loaded with different varieties of muscle protecting, youth promoting antioxidants.  I throw down this snack about an hour before my training. Give it a try for yourself, or be creative and come up with your own antioxidant-rich pre-workout snack based on your tastes.

Remember, your body is continually bombarded every day by free radicals (creating oxidative stress) from exercise, air pollution, smoke, sun exposure, junk food, exposure to chemicals, etc. To reap the full benefits of antioxidants, try to make sure that every meal and snack you eat has at least one or two sources of antioxidant rich foods. This will give you a continuous supply of antioxidants throughout every day to prevent the damage and aging that result from the free radicals you are constantly exposed to.

I recently helped design a very powerful and synergistic antioxidant blend supplement. Although I typically don’t recommend many supplements (because 95% of them are usually bogus), the 2 supplements I do recommend are a good antioxidant blend and a Krill oil (which is even more powerful than fish oil).

This antioxidant blend contains a powerful blend of some of the most potent antioxidants on the planet such as:

  • pomegranate
  • acai berry
  • coffeeberry
  • green tea
  • wolfberry
  • and biovin grape (same antioxidants as red wine)

You can try this potent antioxidant blend for yourself at this site:

Antioxidants are just one piece to the puzzle of a healthy diet that will give you the lean, muscular, youthful (can help slow aging markers), and disease free body that everyone wants.

To discover the secrets behind all of the other pieces to the diet puzzle that help to create a lean strong healthy body (macronutrients, glycemic response, hormonal response, glycogen storage, muscle protein synthesis, the role of the hormone leptin in your fat loss, blood sugar proesses, the insulin process, etc.), don’t forget to get your copy of my world-wide best selling fat loss program for lean abs – The Truth about Six Pack Abs

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.

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