Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sugar or something like it

Info from Nutrition Action Health Letter:

Here is a great scoop on some popular sugars out there today. Sucrose, which is table sugar, breaks down into 50% fructose, 50% glucose in the body.

Agave syrup or nectar: 84% fructose, 8% glucose, 8% sucrose. From the Mexican Agave cactus.

Apple juice concentrate: 60% fructose, 27% glucose,13% sucrose. Made by cooking down apple juic.

Brown Sugar: 97% sucrose, 1% fructose, 1% glucose. Granulated white sugar mixed with a small amount of molasses.

Corn Syrup: 8% to 96% glucose, 0% fuctose, 0% sucrose. a liquid made from cornstarch.

Evaporated Cane juice: 100% sucrose. Crystals made by evaporating liquid that has been pressed from sugarcane.

Frucotse: 100% Fructose. Found naturally in fruits and vegetables. we get most of our fructose from high-frucotse corn syrup.

Glucose or Dextrose: 100% glucose. Small amounts are found naturally in fruit and vegetables,but most is made from cornstarch. It's also found in honey and most other sugars.

Grape juice concentrate: 52% fuctose, 48% glucose. Made by cooking down grape juice.

High-Frucotse corn syrup (HFCS) typically 55% fructose, 45% glucose, or 58% glucose, 42% fructose. Corn syrup with some of its glucose converted into frucotse.

Honey: 50% fructose, 44% glucose, 1% sucrose. Made by honeybees from plant nectar.

Maple Syrup: 95% sucrose, 4% glucose, 1% fructose. Boiled down from sap from the sugar maple tree.

Molasses: 53% sucrose, 23% frucotse, 21% glucose. by product of sugarcane refining. Blackstrap molasses is a good source or iron and calcium.

Orange juice concentrate: 46% sucrose, 28% fructose, 26% glucose. Made by cooking down orange juice.

Raw Sugar: 100% sucrose. Partially refined sugar with some molasses left.

Table sugar, confectioner's Sugar, Baker's sugar, Powdered sugar: 100% sucrose. Most is refined from sugarcane or beets.

Where's the Added Sugar?
Coke, Pepsi, Sprite. Regular sodas add the most sugar to a typical American's diet.
I always say if you are trying to cut back on added sugars, look around and see what you are drinking.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Turbo Fire

Exciting News: Turbo Fire was just Released today, June 16th!! I ordered it and I can't wait for you to do it with me. Let's get the Fire Started!!

TurboFire®: High Intensity Interval Training from Chalene Johnson.
Burn up to 9x more fat than with regular cardio doing TurboFire. Featuring High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), these 12 workout classes make you sweat with the hottest music and moves. And forget about rushing to the gym for the best spot in class. With TurboFire, class starts when you Push Play.

The Secret Behind TurboFire.
TurboFire workouts include interval training known as "HIIT."

These routines combine short bursts of intense exercise with quick recovery periods to ignite your metabolism. The result is a phenomenon known as the AfterBurn Effect, which enables you to burn fat at an accelerated rate for a full 24 to 48 hours after your workout.

In fact, studies show that with HIIT, you'll work out for less than half the time you normally would doing regular cardio, and burn up to 9x more fat.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Zig Zag Dieting

Can Zigzag Dieting Work for You?
By Steve Edwards
One of the most effective dieting techniques we've found is zigzagging. Not to be confused with yo-yo dieting, zigzag is a technique that should be used anytime you want to increase or decrease your daily caloric intake, and can be used to find out what your caloric intake should be. Instead of moving straight to a new daily caloric number, you move in smaller increments on a staggered schedule. You hear the phrase "listen to your body" all the time. Can Zigzag Dieting Work for You? actually teaches your body how to have a conversation with you.

Here's an example of how it works:

Say you're eating 1,500 calories a day and have been for a period of time during which you've lost weight. Now your weight loss has stagnated. This is a common scenario because the new, fitter you has a different body composition than the former you. You have more muscle and a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR). In order to continue your weight loss, you need to eat more, because 1,500 calories isn't enough—even though it once was—and now your body is reacting by slowing its metabolism and releasing cortisol in a protective response (often called starvation mode because this is how your body would respond to being starved).

It's possible this could be a lot more calories, depending on one's size. A large person who should be eating, say, 2,500 calories to maintain his or her optimal weight could lose weight by massively undereating when he or she is deconditioned. As this person's body composition changes, he or she will need more calories to continue to lose weight. So let's say this individual figures to need 2,500 calories a day.

Weight times 10, plus 10 percent to 30 percent for daily activity depending on how active you are, plus the estimated caloric burn of your exercise, or just click here to calculate your caloric needs at

You don't want to jump straight to 2,500 calories. First, it would create a shock to your system, and second, it may be wrong, as those calculators only give ballpark figures. The most effective thing to do is to zigzag your caloric intake. In this instance, I would recommend eating 2,000 calories per day for 3 to 4 days a week and 1,500 calories on the other days. Then, you note how your body responds, which I would expect to be positively on the higher caloric days and by feeling famished on the low-cal days.

You want to be energized but not hungry, so after a week or two of this, I would bump up to around 2,200 calories a day for 4 or 5 days, and 1,500 calories a day for 2 days for maybe one week. If you're still starving on the low days, try bumping them up to 2,000 calories a day and see how you respond. Use this tactic until you regulate, which means that you're energized but not hungry, and also not full. You can tell when you're eating too many calories because you'll begin to feel full, you won't digest your food between meals, and you'll feel more lethargic at the beginning of workouts.

Zigzag dieting works whether you need to reduce or increase your caloric intake, and whether you need a subtle change or a dramatic change. There is no numbers formula except to increase/decrease in small increments between 200 and 500 calories a day, and to zigzag your caloric intake 2 to 4 times per week. Then, you just listen and let your body tell you how much you should eat.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Break those late afternoon cravings for junk food

Yogurt and Fresh Fruit Parfait
Sliced oranges*
Sliced peaches*
Fresh blueberries*
2 Tbsp. low-fat granola
6 oz. plain, nonfat yogurt
*Up to 1/2 cup of fruit combined

Layer yogurt with alternating fruit layers and top with crunchy granola. A perfect satisfying snack to break those late afternoon cravings for junk foods! Eat and enjoy the absence of guilt!

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 4 minutes

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 200Protein: 14 gCarbs: 29 gFat Total: 3 g

I often add some Cottage Cheese to this as well for more protein. I also will just use a mix of berries! So good!! I like Stony Field Farm Yogurt! And Granola with no artificial sugars and no high fructose corn syrup. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Recession Proof Ingredients

Great food tips! I love good information! I hope you enjoy too.
Watch the video below!