Eating good quality food every single day makes a huge difference in how you feel, your energy, your sleep, your skin, and your digestion. So, a lot of people come up to me and ask, “Kevin, what should I eat? What do YOU eat?”
The simplest answer is number one; always avoid high fructose corn syrup. Always avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG), which also goes by the name, hydrolyzed vegetable protein. So, if you are reading the ingredients and it has that in it, do not eat it. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, like Splenda and aspartame, also known as NutraSweet.
Another thing is I would strongly encourage you to do is stay away from conventional meat and conventional dairy products. I absolutely love beef and dairy. I encourage you to eat all the beef you want, but if you’re eating beef, if you’re eating lamb, if you’re eating chicken or turkey; you want to get beyond 100% organic. What you want is 100% grass-fed beef from GrasslandBeef.com. That is where I purchase my beef, lamb, turkey, poultry, and other food. These animals are never injected with bovine growth hormone, never injected with antibiotics, and they walk around and roam free and they eat real wild grass like an animal should.
When you’re buying beef and poultry at the store or restaurant; the animal is given injections of bovine growth hormone, injections of antibiotics, and they’re fed a chemical-produced, genetically modified grain mixture of genetically modified corn and other grains. They are fed massive amounts of chemicals, massive amounts of drugs, and their feed has ground up dead pigs, chickens, horses, and cows that were too diseased to be eaten by humans.
Now, cattle; they’re vegetarians. They’re not supposed to be eating ground up dead pigs, horses, chickens, and other cattle. They’re also not supposed to be eating corn. They’re supposed to be eating grass. So, if you just change the meats that you buy at home and you make your own sandwiches instead of going out to eat, I guarantee a couple of things are going to happen.
Number one, you’re going to lose weight because the CLA content in GrasslandBeef.com’s beef is much higher and it’s heart-healthy. It burns fat. It gives you more energy. There is no bovine growth hormone, so you’re automatically going to lose weight. You’re not giving yourself antibiotic therapy, so your health is going to improve dramatically. Such a small change in your diet can go a long way!
So, I strongly encourage you to go to GrasslandBeef.com. They also have raw cheese and butter from grass-fed cows. I just love their products!
GrasslandBeef.com, that’s where I go and I would recommend you go, as well!
Yours in health…
September 3rd, 2010
By: Jonathan Benson
Eat like a cave man to lose weight, build muscle and feel great. This is what advocates of the “Paleo” diet say is the key to healthy living, a diet that consists only of meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and mushrooms — also known as the “Paleolithic”, or Paleo diet.
A recent Chicago Tribune article tells the story of Rick Larson, co-owner of a West Sacramento, Calif., gym called CrossFit. Larson, a Paleo diet supporter, explains in the story that many of his gym members were getting great workouts, but that few were following healthy diets. After experiencing incredible success himself on the Paleo diet, he decided to offer the program to his members as well.
“For the first time in my life, I started to feel quite healthy. I didn’t get any respiratory problems, my arthritis problems went away, and I felt like I gained more muscle mass,” he explained in the report about his own experience. After 11 weeks on the diet, he was also able to drop excess weight and achieve a body fat percentage of 2.7.
Fifteen of Larson’s gym members agreed to participate in the diet program and also experienced good results, including Santinia Pasquini, 33, who dropped eight pounds after just one week.
The key to the Paleo diet is to avoid all refined sugars, grains, dairy products, beans, legumes and anything processed. Though difficult, advocates say sticking to a Paleo diet fits the human genetic makeup better than most modern diets because it represents the foods that our ancestors ate and thrived on.
According to Johny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., in his book The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why, the Paleo diet has other benefits, including helping to clear up acne.
“[T]he Paleo Diet might not entirely clear up acne in every single person who has acne, but it will almost always have an important positive effect on blood sugar and weight,” he says.
August 23rd, 2010
By: Rebecca Smith
Research carried out on almost 60,000 pregnant women in Denmark found that those who drank artificially sweetened soft drinks, whether fizzy or still, were more likely to give birth early.
It was found that those who drank one serving per day of artificially sweetened fizzy drink were 38 per cent more likely to give birth before 37 weeks gestation and those who consumed four servings a day were 78 per cent more likely to have their baby prematurely.
The effect was weaker for still artificially soft drinks and there was no link between premature birth and sugar-sweetened drinks, they said.
It is thought the artificial sweeteners are broken down in the body into chemicals which may change the womb, the researchers said.
The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Dr Shelley McGuire, spokesman for the American Society of Nutrition, said: “These findings may be really important in terms of preventing premature births, especially those that are medically induced by a woman’s health care provider.
“Certainly, until more experimental work is done, this study suggests that pregnant women should steer clear of artificially sweetened drinks. Quite frankly, pregnant women should be focusing more on nutrient-rich drinks anyway, like milk and fruit juices. And don’t forget the water.”
The study conducted by Thorahallur Halldorsson, of the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, did not examine which artificial sweeteners were contained in the drinks.
The effect was limited to women whose birth was deliberately induced early suggesting the drinks do not trigger premature labour but rather cause changes in the body that mean an early birth is necessary.
It was suggested that this could due to a rise in blood pressure or development of diabetes but the researchers ruled this out.
Dr Halldorsson wrote in the research paper: “In conclusion, our findings suggest that the daily intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks may be associated with an increased risk of preterm delivery.
“The relative consistency of our findings for carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks and the absence of an association for sugar-sweetened soft drinks suggest that the content of artificial sweeteners might be the causal factor.
“However, the replication of our findings in another experimental setting is warranted.”
A spokesman for the British Soft Drinks Association, said: “We should be cautious in our reaction to this study. Its findings should not be over-dramatised.
“Any woman who is concerned about her diet in pregnancy should consult her doctor.”
May 13, 2010
By Raymond Rivera
Charleston, SC (AP) – Food allergies are serious business — just ask 18-year-old Dane of Charlotte, North Carolina. With milk, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, chicken, potatoes, and garlic — and many other foods — on his “do not eat” list, he suffers from true, life-threatening food allergies.
To avoid a trip to the emergency room, everything Dane eats must be made from scratch: “I don’t eat in restaurants or from vending machines,” he says, “[and] I try not to be around a lot of food, which makes it a little isolating because so much of our culture and socialization revolves around food.”
But there are many allergy sufferers who practice the same devout food avoidance Dane does — and don’t actually have to, according to a paper published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.While a considerable percentage of Americans report that they have a food allergy, the true incidence of food allergies may be far less, says Dr. Marc Riedl, an author of the paper and an allergist and immunologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“If you look at the numbers, roughly half of the people who believe they have an allergy, do not,” Riedl says.
Some of these misled patients are self-diagnosed, misinterpreting heartburn or food intolerance with a true allergy, he says. Others have seen doctors who have misinterpreted allergy test results and hence have been told to avoid foods that they don’t actually have to.
Dane says he sees this in some of the families in his allergy support group.
April 26, 2010
By Jonathan Leake
THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.
The suggestions come in a new documentary series in which Hawking, one of the world’s leading scientists, will set out his latest thinking on some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.
Alien life, he will suggest, is almost certain to exist in many other parts of the universe: not just in planets, but perhaps in the centre of stars or even floating in interplanetary space.
Hawking’s logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved.
“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”
The answer, he suggests, is that most of it will be the equivalent of microbes or simple animals — the sort of life that has dominated Earth for most of its history.
One scene in his documentary for the Discovery Channel shows herds of two-legged herbivores browsing on an alien cliff-face where they are picked off by flying, yellow lizard-like predators. Another shows glowing fluorescent aquatic animals forming vast shoals in the oceans thought to underlie the thick ice coating Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.
Such scenes are speculative, but Hawking uses them to lead on to a serious point: that a few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Hawking believes that contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity.
He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”
He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
The completion of the documentary marks a triumph for Hawking, now 68, who is paralysed by motor neurone disease and has very limited powers of communication. The project took him and his producers three years, during which he insisted on rewriting large chunks of the script and checking the filming.
John Smithson, executive producer for Discovery, said: “He wanted to make a programme that was entertaining for a general audience as well as scientific and that’s a tough job, given the complexity of the ideas involved.”
Hawking has suggested the possibility of alien life before but his views have been clarified by a series of scientific breakthroughs, such as the discovery, since 1995, of more than 450 planets orbiting distant stars, showing that planets are a common phenomenon.
So far, all the new planets found have been far larger than Earth, but only because the telescopes used to detect them are not sensitive enough to detect Earth-sized bodies at such distances.
Another breakthrough is the discovery that life on Earth has proven able to colonise its most extreme environments. If life can survive and evolve there, scientists reason, then perhaps nowhere is out of bounds.
Hawking’s belief in aliens places him in good scientific company. In his recent Wonders of the Solar System BBC series, Professor Brian Cox backed the idea, too, suggesting Mars, Europa and Titan, a moon of Saturn, as likely places to look.
Similarly, Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, warned in a lecture earlier this year that aliens might prove to be beyond human understanding.
“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive,” he said. “Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”
January 11, 2010
Turks avoided A/H1N1 flu vaccinations due to the fear of its side effects, according to a recent survey published on local Daily News on Monday.
The Fikri Muhim Agency, a research company, asked its members to answer an online survey about the A/H1N1 flu vaccinations. Out of 8,600 respondents, 95 percent said they had not been vaccinated.
Some 44 percent cited the vaccine’s possible negative side effects as a reason to avoid the vaccination, according to the survey.
The survey also showed that women respondents were slightly more willing to get the vaccines, yet 80 percent of them have not had the injection. The average age of the respondents was 31.
Almost one-third of respondents who avoided the vaccinations said medical experts did not have a common opinion on the matter.
The survey found that although experts said the vaccines provide a 90-95 percent protection rate from the virus, 14 percent of respondents disagreed with that opinion.
June 26, 2009
Extra fluid and gas can puff up even the fittest among us. Beyond eating right and exercising, here are some foods and drinks to avoid if you’re trying to deflate your tummy:
Salty foods. Water molecules are attracted to sodium, so you’ll retain more fluids if you pour on the seasoning or eat lots of processed foods.
Soda. Not surprisingly, the carbonation in soft drinks can cause bloat. Alcohol, coffee and some fruit juices also can cause intestinal irritation and swelling, so stick mainly to water and unsweetened teas that will help your body flush out waste products.
Spicy foods. Pepper, chili powder, garlic and hot sauces can trigger the stomach to produce more acid.
Chew with your mouth closed. Not only is it polite, it keeps you from swallowing air — a leading cause of bloating and gas.