Optimum Meal Sequencing Part 1 ~ Breakfast
April 4, 2012 By Billy
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Hey, do ya remember hearing mom repeat the old adage, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Well, we all know mom was right – however, it needs to be fine tuned! Breakfast IS important, but when and what you fuel your body with is really what it boils down to.
Here’s the fine-tuned version of mom’s advice in 3 tips:
1. First, you gotta take in those essentials!~ at least 8 ounces of water, and oxygen!- Your body has been in a dormant state for hours and these are life force number one. My feet hit the ground and ‘boom’, 8 ounces of pure water and a couple of deep breaths to get that oxygenated blood flowing. Blood carries oxygen, and oxygen is life! Ahhh…
2. Shot of nutrients- This is the most important time of the day to have your superfoods! Start your day with nutrient dense food which provides vital nourishment for sustained energy. I know I’m bragging about my superfoods, but for real, this is the golden hour to add these nutrients which will be reflected in how you feel all day – not to mention curbing junk-food craving. Also liquid/drinkable nutrition in the morning is best since your digestion is just firing up.
Most of us start with caffeine, which gives you a quick boost of energy with an equally fast crash – not to mention it increases your body’s acidity. Trying to lose weight? Starting your day with coffee means empty calories and a lot of stimulation that leads to undulating energy levels, and ultimately, a lower metabolism if proper nutrition isn’t provided. Starting with Greens reduces the need for as much caffeine- so rather than 2 cups of coffee, perhaps just a cup of your beloved chai will suffice.
So, toss a heaping spoonful of Infinity Greens into water, juice or a make it a full-fledged breakfast smoothie (see my favorite recipe below). If you plan on making a your smoothie a full breakfast, be sure it’s a balanced meal that also contains some protein and healthy fats (explained below). Fruit is great, providing natural sugars that are easily digested, but with healthy fats and protein, it’s a winning trifecta of sustained energy and health. Stir it up, drink it down and feel your body’s engine start. Then?
3. Balanced meal of protein, fat and carbohydrates ~ In order to get the best “bang for your buck”, you gotta to have balance! This balancing act isn’t a diet tip, it’s how our bodies synthesize foods into long-lasting energy. Crucial info ~ best to have low to moderate amounts of protein in the morning because protein is harder for the body to digest, and remember, your digestive system is just warming up. I consider eggs or protein in your smoothie to be the exception. Stay away from too much dairy and all meats in the morning. Complex carbs and healthy fats are both fuel, so have as much as you need.
Simple equations to remember:
• Foods high in fiber, good fats and low/moderate protein = balanced energy and stabilized blood sugar levels.
• Starchy foods that are highly processed and are low fat and protein free = quick release of energy/spike in blood sugar levels. Yo!…this is almost any cereal!…even the ‘natural’ ones. Read those ingredients! Wheat flour, corn, sugar(disguised as ‘evaporated cane juice’) – boooo! stay away from those if you wanna feel great all day. Cereal with sprouted grains are OK! Just add some protein/fats like sprouted nuts/seeds and a touch of healthy sweetness like raw honey.
Some Breakfast ideas :
• “The clean, mean, green machine” Smoothie- turn your green drink into a full-fledged breakfast by adding some carbs (try a banana or pear), healthy fats (flax oil and hemp seeds) and protein (Infinity Protein powder or duck livers- ok, maybe pass on that one) ~ recipe below.
• “The mover and shaker”- Rolled oats (oatmeal!)- especially if you are planning a workout, more complex carbs are good because it’s a faster burning fuel. You can’t go wrong with adding some melted coconut oil, cinnamon, sprouted almonds, blueberries and a touch of honey. YUM.
• “The Classic”- Eggs with a piece of sprouted grain toast. Yup, I know it may surprise you that I recommend eggs, but I feel they are a perfect food. Myth: Cholesterol is bad, therefore eggs are bad. Fact: The body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly(ie balance hormones, vitamin D, and the bile acids that help to digest fat). Eating foods high in saturated fat CAN lead to higher levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol, but eggs only have 1 gram of saturated fat. So, go ahead- crack an egg or two or three and fry it up in a bit of coconut oil(yes, coconut is a saturated fat and I’ll talk about it in my May newsletter). Just make sure they are organic eggs- who wants to eat something that’s been living off a poor diet themselves?
Timing, Combinations and Sequencing:
The concept of breakfast hasn’t changed much- go to any diner and you’ll see the “eggs, bacon, toast” combo. As with all things, when we educate ourselves, we have to flip the script on some of these die-hard outdated conventions! Eating dense proteins (bacon, sausage, dairy) combined with starchy foods (that heaping pile of hashbrowns) lead to that, oh so sleepy, feeling that should NOT be happening at the start of your day! Save the food coma for Thanksgiving dinner and jump start your day with foods that will optimize your performance.
Law of Nature ~ Whole grains/complex carbs combine well with good fats. Proteins and healthy fats combine well too. Carbs and Protein? ~ not so good. Reason is, the body produces 2 different kinds of enzymes to digest each one, and this makes us tired.
Equally important is the timing! We all know mornings can be hectic- trying to make a smoothie, cook your eggs, feed the dog, get the kids out the door….sheesh, be realistic about what your schedule will allow for. Spreading your breakfast out over the course of a few hours is fine! Breaking your meals down into smaller, more frequent feedings is what the body would prefer for most us anyway. So, down your glass of greens and take your oatmeal to work.
Here is the quick nut-shell version of what I do ~
I shake up my greens and protein in a jar of water. Then I have my one cup o’ chai – one cup! ~ used to have 4 until I began having my nutrients first! Then an hour later I have 3 eggs fried in coconut oil with a piece of 100% rye bread. Note ~ most ‘rye bread’ is total junk because it’s wheat bread with a hint of rye. It all boils down to what the ingredients are, so take a look! Sometimes I’ll pass on the eggs and simply have a big smoothie with blended fruit and healthy fats. Recipe ~ Blend 1 sliced pear, half banana, handful ice cubes, 1 cup water, round tablespoon protein, 3 round teaspoons greens, round tablespoon hemp seeds, and tablespoon flax seed oil ~ puts the spring in my step, spark in my eye.
Stay tuned: we will delve into optimizing your lunch in the next newsletter.
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Three Keys to healthy sleep
February 20, 2012 By Billy
Three Keys to healthy sleep
Good sleep is just as important for your health as diet and exercise! Studies show insomnia (poor sleep) to be a problem for 48% of our population…wow! Healthy sleep has direct impact on every organ, action and function of the body, including your happiness, love-life, averting stress, ect.
Here is what I have found to be 3 essential keys for a good night’s rest ~ so read on!
• Fats and carbs are fuel and energy for the day – filling up on fuel before sleep will be stored as fat to be burned later – not good for most of us. Choose healthy protein for dinner, which are used restore the body during the night. Also proteins tend to make us sleepier – not all bad at the end of the day.
• Go for easy to digest foods like steamed vegetables and soups. Have dinner at least a few hours before going to bed.
• Cut down on sugar, which causes our energy levels to roller coaster through the day and interferes with sleep. What do you do when you have a case of the “late night sweet tooth” – Stir Infinity~C into yogurt and sprinkle some blueberries on top! – that’s simple protein and low sugar! – plus vitamin c produces collagen which is just important as protein for restoring the body during sleep.
• Hydrate more during the day and less at night – better for staying in bed all night long!
• Supplements/herbs, if you need em ~
– Camomile tea — herb that relaxes the mind and body – this is the most mild option. Start with one tea bag, but you can make it strong if you wish.
– Valerian Root – a little stronger than chamomile – will likely make you drowsy – start with the recommended dose. Take the capsule form cuz the tea tastes disgusting.
– Melatonin – naturally produced in the brain when living the super healthy lifestyle. Start with 1 – 3 mg.
It is possible to combine these supplements if using them individually is not effective for you. First, take each one separately to see which one works best. *note – take for a few days to just help get into the rhythm of better sleep. Taking it for a long period is not necessarily bad, but when you stop using it, it may take a week or so to re-adjust.
Consideration must be given to the bed you are sleeping on and maintaining a good bedroom environment.
• Bedding – we spend approximately 30% of life in bed! – so what we sleep on is important! Spring beds are fair, but over time they go from fair to poor. The empty space inside the mattress collects mites and dust over time. These mattresses also contain flame retardants which produce off-gassing. Beds made from natural materials are better! I prefer a natural latex mattress with a wool cover. A bit more expensive but worth it! I bought my latex mattress from http://www.greenmattressfactory.com.
• Bedroom environment – cool temperatures encourage us to snuggle under the covers, but go with whatever makes you comfortable. Good to crack a window for fresh air. If noise (snoring bed mate) is an issue, use comfortable ear plugs. Play a CD of natural sounds like ocean waves or rain. The body produces melatonin in dark environments so put curtains over the windows.
• Exercise!!! – This is the MOST important factor!…it’s simply the fact that your body needs sleep for recovery after mild to extreme physical exhaustion — running, yoga, weights, dance, skipping around the hills with glee like a dork, etc. Yes, this is a huge part of better sleep – as well as every other part of you health.
• Naps. Cut back on long naps unless you were out dancing until the wee hours. But try this revitalizing technique (and good for health!) – rest 10 – 20 minutes lying flat on your back – bring a yoga mat with you to work, hide under your desk and plug in some earphones with ocean waves. Laying flat decompresses every bone, joint and muscle. And best of all, the heart on the same level as the rest of body recirculates oxygen rich blood to everything – O2 is the ultimate life force! You’ll see – this is the ultimate pick me up and doesn’t interfere with sleep later – even if you snooze a bit.
• What are you doing in the evening? No working before bedtime – for real y’all. I say, throw in the towel at least 3 hours before bed, giving yourself time to unwind. Keep your activity before bedtime relaxing— pet the cat, take a shower, sit outside and count the stars, meditate, listen to your favorite Bob Marley album, talk to a friend about something that makes you happy, watch a funny movie (no drama), read something boring, etc. Save pillow fights for the morning.
• Keep a regular sleep schedule, and synchronize a little better with the sun – go to bed earlier and get up earlier! The brain produces more melatonin during the evening when it’s dark in order to make us sleepy. Keep light low at night and reduce staring at back-lit screens (that would be your computer) – this light suppresses melatonin production.
• And finally, when you crawl into bed, reflect for a few minutes on how good we have it! Are we LUCKY to live this life or what?! – you know what l.u.c.k is right? – Living Under Cosmic Knowledge! – Aw yeah! – I had to slip that one in somewhere. If you don’t fall asleep after counting your blessings (which inevitably happens once in a while), you can always count sheep – bah, night-night.
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PSS~ This is my Aunt Penny’s new Superfood smoothie recipe. AMAZING! Gotta try it ~
In Vita-Mix or blender, mix:
1 banana (peel b4 freezing)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 c. greek yogurt
3 heaping teaspoons Infinity Greens
2 heaping teaspoons infinity~C
4 heaping teaspoons Infinity Protein
2 round teaspoons hemp seeds
5 frozen strawberries
1.5 cups water
*Upcoming Newsletter – 3 part series – ‘optimum meal sequencing throughout the day – breakfast’
Improve the Benefits Of Your Good Health
February 17, 2012 By Billy
If you are not used to a healthy lifestyle then you may find it difficult to get to the goal of a healthy diet and exercise routine. A lot of people see the change as too big and will give up before even trying. That is not a positive reaction to what in a lot of cases is a necessary change. Every day we are bombarded with advertisements from the closest fast food restaurants and their banners and signs are effective when trying to attract customers of all ages. Working people are given an easy and fast lunch option that fits their busy lifestyles and kids are given toys from the newest kid movies playing in a theater near you but what they are not giving you is proper nutrition.
Benefits Of A Proper Nutrition
Your health depends on giving your body the nutrients it needs to remain fully functional. That means that you should make sure you get all the recommended vitamins and minerals so that you can boost your immune system and keep everything in check. You will fight disease and have energy to get through your day if you do follow nutrition guidelines; This energy will also get you going if you are in an exercise regimen; think of it as the fuel that keeps you going every day. The proper nutrition in addition to daily exercise is the perfect combination to live a long and healthy life.
Raw Ingredients Improve General Nutrition
It is a widly known fact that raw foods and raw ingredients preserve their nutritional value a lot better than processed foods; in fact some processed foods will be nutritionally altered when put through the process. Because of that you may not be getting the nutrients that you think you are getting every time that you are getting processed foods. You may also find that you have a nutritional deficiency in your diet even when you are having all the “right” foods and that is why it is a good idea to get nutritional supplements with a raw ingredients base to them. The use of raw ingredients is the best way to get those nutrients in your body and working to promote better health quickly.
All The Ingredients For Your Fuel
If you are going for a change in your lifestyle you should do so with a plan. It takes more than a change in your diet to make sure that you are as healthy as you can be. You should also consider exercising every day; it may be difficult at first, but once you get in the groove of things you will find that not only are you healthier, but you also have a lot more energy and you look better. Diet and exercise combined are the ingredients that you need for a long and healthier life. In addition to this you should consider high grade, raw organic supplements. This change can mean that you reverse conditions that may be affecting you now, or prevent you from getting diseases and infections in the future.Comments to this post
Eating Healthy And Exercising
February 14, 2012 By Billy
You will need to work at having a slim, toned body especially if you are above a certain age. To lose weight and be healthy at the same time, means you should eat only the foods that will give you the most nutrition plus taste good. This will satisfy your hunger and will definitely get your metabolism going in the proper direction. That is not enough if your body has already slowed down. As you age, you are usually not as active as you used to be when in your twenties. To counteract nature’s progress, you need to push your body into a direction it does not necessarily yearn to go. You need to exercise.
Building Muscle With Protein
Since you are forcing your body into getting nutrients the preferred way, from foods full of nutrition instead of empty carbs, you should do one extra thing. You will need to keep your muscles from shrinking as you lose that weight. To do that is to begin exercising but also give yourself the protein that you will need to keep building those muscles up. There are excellent smoothie recipes which are made from natural food sources, available from the internet. Some websites will give you good advice as well as free recipes to keep up your strength. Before you start your exercise routine, find out what kind of smoothie you would like. A little research will go a long way.
A Favored Smoothie Recipe
You can add this smoothie to your exercise regimen. In other words, if you exercise, you can allow yourself a little treat in the form of this delicious smoothie, which tastes so good you may think you are cheating, instead of providing your body all important protein. So, begin your morning with a happy kick start of goodies.
Into the blender, throw:
1/2 pear, sliced up
1 Tbsp. Infinity Protein
2 -3 tsps. Infinity Greens
½ cup pure spring water
1 Tbsp. flax seed oil
4-5 ice cubes
*Instead a half of a banana, you could use 1 teaspoon of honey for sweetness.
Blend it up and have at it!
If you look at the ingredients, you will see only items of high nutritional value. You could add a tsp. of Vitamin C as well. It’s a vital nutrient and not just during the cold and flu season. This should get you ready to generate all the energy you need for any exercise.
When You Are Finished With The Exercises
Make sure you drink plenty of pure spring water during and after the exercise. Your muscles need it to avoid cramping up. Many health advocates recommend a protein smoothie in the morning and one following exercise. You just burned up a good number of calories and you need to replenish the vitamins, protein, fat and carbs you just used up. Don’t think you are replacing the calories you have just lost. You are replacing the body’s need for vitamins and fuel to conduct nerve impulses and cellular work without adding the calories that you have just burned up.Comments to this post
Facts You May Have Overlooked In Your Search For Health
February 10, 2012 By Billy
Advice about weight loss abounds when you check the internet. Your friends will also be a virtual fountain of information concerning this diet or another. You will hear success stories and stories of failure. Your physician may even put you on a diet regimen. This usually involves pills and education. For the morbidly obese, medical intervention may be the correct immediate course of action. To lose weight and decide to start living a healthier life style with proper nutrition heading the list, revising your food choices and cooking methods may be a great first step. These are aids and ultimately the choices are yours.
Fallacies About The Food We Eat
Much has been said about cholesterol. It is responsible for clogging your arteries and you may become the victim of a heart attack as a result. You may also suffer a stroke. Neither is desirable. Because of these dire predictions, many people have decided to cut out all fat from their diet. This is so wrong. The body needs a certain amount of fat. A thin layer of fat under the skin cushions the body a little from injury. Fat is also important in the transmission of information through our nervous system. Lastly, it provides a minimal energy reserve in the case of illness when stomachs are irritated and won’t accept nourishment. To deprive the body of all fat means the body has to take it from somewhere else where it is also needed, like the brain.
The Body Needs Fat
When the body needs fat for certain functions, it takes it from wherever it finds it. Under the skin is a layer that may be used first. Nerves that are surrounded by a layer of fat may be second. The way fat can be used to maintain a good balance in the body and yet not add to the cholesterol plaques lining the arteries, is only possible when getting the right kind of fat. The worst fats to eat are the animal fats which grow solid in room temperature. Oils are better but even with oils there are grades of good and not so good. Flax seed oil is great for adding to salads and shakes. Fish oil and omega3 oils, are healthy oils and not detrimental to cholesterol and plaques.
Exercise Is A Must
Exercise and healthy foods together are a dynamite duo. They rid the body of all poisons that have accumulated over the years and they turn back the clock a few years regarding your joints and overall health. Your first stop should be the health food store. You will find all kinds of great organic produce there. Begin with that as a first step. If you can’t do that or you don’t want the work of cleaning and working with vegetables, you can also buy protein and carbohydrates in powdered form. Infinity Green has an entire line of supplements that will help you get to the state of health you want. Once you have that established, begin slowly with your exercises, even if it’s only a walk every day. The whole point is to begin to get healthier.Comments to this post
Try These Tips For Combining Exercise With Healthy Food Choices
February 7, 2012 By Billy
Exercise will tone your muscles and your entire body contour. You clothing will fit you in a more attractive way. You will gain strength and your movements will become more graceful and youthful. This should be enough incentive alone to make you want to change your life style. Some people need more convincing. Often convincing is costly in the form of health problems. You can avoid the shackles of drugstore pills by starting a new life with foods that your body will appreciate. Infinity Greens has a number of products to give your body the balanced nutrition it needs.
Which Exercises Will Help The Most?
Look at exercises you can do. If you are under a doctor’s care and you are not supposed to do certain exercises, ask him which ones you can do. If you are not under a doctor’s care, get a check-up to see which exercises are safe for you. Otherwise, just use common sense. If a specific exercise causes you considerable pain, don’t do it until you are in better physical shape. Begin slowly if your body has been sedentary for a long time. Your muscles are not used to being challenged. Always begin warming up by stretching your muscle groups. Then slowly increase your activity as you become more fit. Exercises that challenge your biggest muscle groups are usually the most effective ones. Those would be the exercises that involve your gluteus maximus.
Consider The Best Foods To Combine With Your Exercise Plan
Any of the foods that are on the super food list will be great for you. Basically, you want your food to give your body all the nutrients without the superfluous additives. You can get the protein from beans. Dark green and deeply red vegetables will add important antioxidants. Nuts and sees will give you the fatty acids you need. You can also get essential fatty acids from fish and avocados. Yogurt and fruit is also good to eat while you are on your exercising regimen. Never forget the value of water. You must keep hydrated while you are exercising. After a workout enjoy a smoothie or if you want something on the go, grab a quick Infinity Green Bar. This is a powerful and nutritious bar made of antioxidants, omega 3 acids and super foods.
You Need Both Exercise And Healthy Eating
One or the other alone may work if you are twenty years old, healthy and full of energy. The best course for your health regardless of age is a combination of the two. Your body does not want to give up what it has stored. Nature wired the human body to preserve what it has for such time as it is needed, like when the food supply is low. This was an old survival mechanism from the cave days. Today, the grocery store will supply all that is needed and much more. Your battle, therefore, is really with your survival mechanism. Nutritional food will tell the body that there is no need to conserve and exercise will push you into a state of using more than you take in.Comments to this post
Changing Your Food Choices Will Change Your Life
February 3, 2012 By Billy
This sounds like a tall order and may even feel overwhelming to someone who has been thinking about becoming healthier but has not yet developed a plan. Most people make up their list of groceries for the week and do not veer off the usual to a great extent. Making conscious decisions regarding your or your entire family’s health requires planning and forethought. If you are totally clueless where to begin, the internet or books about healthy living may be of benefit to you. There are a number of websites that can give you great recommendations how and where to start in replacing detrimental food choices with favorable ones.
The Yo-Yo Diet Game
Anyone who has ever even thought of losing weight has thought of dieting. For years, that was the only advice people received. Starve yourself, eat less, eat only fruit for three days a week; eat only rice for three days a week and so on. Failure was certain in probably ninety per cent. The ten percent that actually did lose weight may have paid a price in the damage this may have caused their health. In addition, very few people kept the weight off for any appreciable time. When a new diet came along, the cycle started all over again. This type of dieting results in disappointment and needless suffering. In the end, most people just give up. These crash diets also left many people’s bodies starving for proper nutrition.
Today We Think Differently
After the obesity rate has climbed to the highest ever and diets showed no positive results more research was put forth. The overall premise is still the same: Too many calories in and not enough calories out = obesity. What is different today is how reducing weight can be combined with being healthy and gain an overall feeling of well-being. The emphasis has shifted more from pure numbers to the overall health of a person. In general, it works itself out in a way that by eating healthy a person will automatically lose weight. In this sense, the effort of weight loss has become obsolete in favor of eating food that contributes to your overall health.
What Does The Body Need?
While it is true that every human being is an individual different from the next, human beings have certain communal needs. Vitamins E, C, E and beta-carotene, for instance are all antioxidants without which certain diseases would run rampant. Everyone needs Vitamins B, D and K. Minerals, such as iron, copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium and even lead are vital for the functions of blood building, clotting, taste buds, bones, teeth and internal chemical reactions. Trace elements, such as chromium and selenium, manganese and molybdenum also fulfill functions on cellular levels. Omega fatty acids are critical to overall health as well as lean protein. Because of these specific needs it is often wise to seek an organic health supplement.
Eat More Vegetables
Even when supplementing, eat fresh and reach for the dark green, leafy vegetables rather than the starchy ones. Starchy vegetables, like potatoes, convert their carbohydrates into calories you don’t need or want. Some fruits will also help you to get the nutrition you need. The rest of the minerals and trace elements you will get from vegetables, nuts and fruits as well.Comments to this post
A Suggested Shopping List For Healthy Foods
January 31, 2012 By Billy
Some things are better for you than others; that’s why you are shopping for a different kind of food than in the past. While your local supermarket may have a good selection of super foods or nuts, sprouts, vegetables and berries in general; your health food store is sure to carry most of what you need. Not only should you buy the super foods that will ensure your good health, you should buy organic food for your purchases as well. Organic foods are grown with specific restrictions, such as no manufactured pesticides or fertilizers (which includes sludge), no meat from livestock that has been fed antibiotics and hormones, and nothing that contains any food additives like preservatives.
We need to have protein, carbohydrates and fat in our diets. The choices we make from within those three things, is what makes the difference between foods that are good for us and those that are not. Protein, for instance, need not come only from meat. Protein can be obtained from several sources. The most common vegetarian source for protein is beans. Fat can be obtained from nuts, coconut oil and coconut milk, as well as fresh fish especially salmon and tuna. Carbohydrates come from everything else, such as fruits, vegetables and grains.
The List Of Proteins
For your protein needs, if you don’t want to buy organically raised meat, buy mung beans or legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, lima beans, kidney beans, fava beans or soybeans. They are stock full of protein and can be cooked into delicious meals all by themselves. A fantastic protein bar, especially one that is organic and devoid of refined sugar is an excellent way of insuring you’re getting your protein needs met.
Carbohydrates On The List
Carbohydrates can be anything from berries to broccoli sprouts. Cranberries and blueberries are also excellent choices. Pomegranates are great fruits to promote good health with their vitamin supply. Berries, like acai berries or the goji fruit are very high in antioxidants and vitamins. These antioxidants promote cellular regrowth, energy, and boost immunity among a long list of benefits. Deep green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach are especially good for pregnant women because they deliver iron and folic acid. There are also many very rich greens that promote digestion, decrease inflammation and increase mental clarity. Many times they come in the form of ocean greens such as seaweed and kelp. Using these items in the kitchen can be difficult unless you’ve had experience with them already.
The Fat List
For your daily fat requirements, you should look to nuts. Almonds and flax seed oil are great sources. Avocados have a high fat content that can be used instead animal fats. For cooking with fats, consider using coconut oil. Salmon and tuna are full of omega fats which will not drive your bad cholesterol levels up. They are will keep you healthy and control your weight at the same time so long as you stop eating when you feel satisfied and full. These essentials can be balanced out with Infinity supplements and nutrition bars.Comments to this post
The Role Of Vitamins In Your Daily Life
January 27, 2012 By Billy
From the time you were able to understand, you have been told that vitamins are good for you. Mothers all over the world tell their children to eat their beans, broccoli, or carrots because they make them grow big and strong. As adults, you have learned that there is much truth to mothers’ words. Without the benefit of vitamins, you would not be able to live up to your full potential, physically and mentally. The way to get these vitamins and minerals into your body is to eat the foods that will give you these things. Minerals are very important also. They are needed only in small amounts and often get overlooked. By eating the foods that were intended for human consumption throughout the ages, you can be assured to get everything you need.
The chemical term for Vitamin A is retinol. This vitamin is important for healthy skin and hair. Eyes also benefit greatly from vitamin A, especially in the prevention of nyctalopia (night blindness) by maintaining the health of the light sensitive pigments in rods. Skin has a healthy, glowing appearance that comes from vitamin A, as does hair. Taken in supplemental form, vitamin A can be taken in excess and cause adverse reactions. It is always a good idea to take only recommended amounts of any vitamins. .
B vitamins come in several different forms. There is B1 through B6 and B12, all of which will contribute to your good health. Some B vitamins are good for enzymatic activity. Deficiency states of other vitamin B may be more visible in manifestations of diseases. Since B vitamins are water soluble, overdoses are not a problem. The best quality of Vitamin B comes from food, as do most vitamins. You need Vitamin B for maintaining your DNA and your neurological health.
Vitamins C And D
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and therefore will help you to ward off cancer and infections. It is also very important for your immune system in general. Vitamin D is needed to keep your bones from becoming weak or brittle. It has an important role in the health of your teeth. You won’t know if you are lacking certain vitamins until your body is almost depleted. By eating foods that are high in vitamins you can assure yourself of doing what you can to keep your health in good balance.
Another antioxidant is vitamin E. Like vitamin A, it will protect your skin and hair from becoming dull and dry. Infection that manages to invade your body will be kept in check by the actions of vitamin E so that other cells can begin to work on the healing process. A deficiency of vitamin E can lead to all kinds of diseases.
Why We Need To Pay Attention To What We Eat
Improper diet deprives the body of essential tools to function smoothly. In time, this will lead to disease that can affect your mind and your body. However, it is never too late to start good eating habits. During certain times of the year, some green, leafy vegetables may not be available in the supermarkets or healthy food stores. In powdered form, these vegetables will be available year round and you won’t have to worry about getting the right amount of nutrition.Comments to this post
Change Your Diet And See Life Changing Results
January 24, 2012 By Billy
Notice how the title does not say you should diet in order to change your life? It says you should change your diet, which in turn will change your life. This is an effortless process. Once you have accomplished one, the other follows automatically. This is the best way to change your entire body without the pain of sacrifice or denial. It becomes a mindset that insidiously does its job on your hunger and satiety centers as well as your pleasure areas of your brain. Because it comes from within, the brain and the metabolism won’t fight it. You will succeed in becoming naturally healthier, stronger and more mentally alert.
The Benefit Of Self-Confidence
Feeling better and looking better will give you an attitude of incredible wellness. Like the runner gets a natural “runner’s high” after running for a number of miles, your body will also reach that stage of feeling great when your system is not dealing with sugar and useless calories any longer. This great feeling alone will perpetuate your desire to keep eating the right foods. You will see the results in your mirror and on your scale. Expecting too much too soon can sometimes be a problem that leads to abandoning the effort of eating foods that count. With reasonable expectations, you will soon fit into that old pair of jeans you have saved for just this moment. Your confidence soars when you can finally strut in them once again, feeling like the beauty that you are, inside and out.
The Benefit Of A New Wardrobe
How often have you walked by a shop and looked at a dress only to turn away because you know it won’t look good on you because you’re just too overweight for it? This needn’t happen any longer. Don’t fool yourself into believing that once you begin eating the vegetables, beans, yogurt, fruits and nuts, that you will be dropping pounds from one day to the next. This cannot happen because you are now eating foods that will make you healthy. With reasonable expectations, however, your wardrobe will soon change into the one you’ve been dreaming of. Even colors that you could not normally wear because they made you look washed out may look good on you now because of your new vibrant skin tones.
Get An Extra Boost With Toned Muscles
Losing weight by eating healthy will not make you lose your muscle mass first as it does with fast weight loss. The vitamin and protein content in your vitamin and protein-rich food will keep your muscles from atrophying. Quite often this is the stage people choose to add protein powders, shakes or other supplements. This is the perfect time to give your body a healthy boost because it will ramp up your results. You will look years younger and certainly be able to move with a youthful spring in your step. With your new wardrobe and your toned body, your confidence will swiftly rise. This feeling will give you the impetus to think healthy when you shop for food and you’ll be surprised by the lack of temptation for sugary or processed items.Comments to this post
Wishing you the best for 2012
January 9, 2012 By Billy
January 3, 2012 By Billy
Billy’s Infinity Protein contains the purest raw protein superfoods on earth! Infinity Protein is formulated to support optimal lean muscle development.Comments to this post
Infinity Value Packs
It’s a great way to get introduced to our products. The Infinity Greens Value Packs are just that – a great value! We have 2 different value packs, sample all our products or our Greens, Infinity-C and Protein.Comments to this post
Simple Infinity Superfood Drink
December 19, 2011 By Billy
How To Incorporate Protein Smoothies Into An Exercise Program
If you are getting into an exercise routine you need all the help you can to get your muscles going. It is no secret that protein will help you build muscle and protein smoothies are a perfect and delicious way to get the muscle building proteins you need. Before you even consider adding the shakes or smoothies you should find flavors you love, because you will be drinking them often enough that you want to enjoy them. You can even find a variety of flavors, this will be even better because you will be less likely to get bored by one taste. If you enjoy something you will keep doing it. That applies to not only to your exercise routine but as well as the drinks you include in your diet.
You may have heard that breakfast is an integral meal of the day especially when you want to live healthy and it is absolutely true. Breakfast is the meal that gets you going and when on an exercise routine it’s the meal that you should never skip. That does not mean go and have a bacon egg and cheese sandwich every morning with a double order of toast but you can have a protein smoothie that will charge your batteries. Many people believe the less you eat, especially if you skip breakfast, the better chance you have of losing weight; they could not be more wrong. Skipping breakfast or any meal for that matter can alter your metabolism negatively. You want to eat small, nutritionally diverse and rich foods several times a day. Many experts actually suggest six small meals a day-how will you get that without breakfast?
After your exercise routine you have spent a lot of energy and your body has lost precious nutrients. In order to get back that strength, nothing is better than a smoothie. Water will rehydrate you, but you need more than hydration after a workout. Plus the time after a workout is actually the best time for your body to receive nutrients; this is called the glycogen window and that means that for the next 30 to 45 minutes your body is actively seeking nutrients and when you give them to it then it works almost as an extension of your work out.
Make Your Own
You can find protein smoothies in many locations but if you want it to really help you instead of setting you back you are better off making your own smoothie. Why? Because you never know what a store may be putting in their smoothies to add flavor. And you can add Infinity Greens Protein. If you make your drinks at home then you know exactly the ingredients you are getting into your body and what will make it more effective. If you are buying your smoothies in a health store, make sure you read the label and understand the ingredients. Another thing that you want to do when incorporating any sort of diet change to your workout routine is to make sure that you are getting all the nutrition you need. Of course you need protein but you also need other nutrients and a balanced diet will help you reach your goal sooner. For this reason many people choose to add supplements to protein shakes as part of their meal plan.Comments to this post
Billy’s Favorite Superfood Smoothie
December 17, 2011 By Billy
Smoothies & Breakfast
The Ultimate Superfood Shake for Breakfast
Add to Blender:
1 pear or banana and 5 strawberries (can be frozen!)
1.5 cups water
1-4 round teaspoons Infinity Greens . . . enough to make a real difference!
1 round tablespoon Infinity Protein (18grams protein, only 99 calories)
round tablespoon raw almond butter
optional: round tablespoon organic whole yogurt
Blend it up!Comments to this post
Coconut Bliss Smoothie
December 16, 2011 By Billy
Benefits of Health Transformation
If you can’t catch your breath when walking up a flight of stairs while others your age can sprint up those same steps and further, then it’s time to do something about your health. Exercise and nutrient dense food can do wonders to transform a person’s wellbeing. When we get our blood pumping faster it can carry away all the accumulated poisons our bodies have absorbed through a poor diet and other, harmful environmental substances.
The Changes Are Slow
We must not set ourselves up for failure by expecting to feel better the moment we start eating kale or seaweed or herbal tea. Likewise we won’t expect to lose fifteen pounds in a week. Not only would that be impossible, it would be dangerous. A gradual, but steady, loss of weight and increase in well-being is the best way to transform ourselves from poor to excellent health. Quite frequently, when expectations are set so high that it is impossible to attain them, it may be that we are not ready to change our lifestyle. Change is a lot of work and no matter what area of your life you’re looking to give a boost to, it’s hard work. It has probably taken you years to make these unhealthy habits. With the correct frame of mind, good diet and exercise, the transformation will happen slowly.
Better Fitting Clothes & Less Illness What A Combo
Imagine this scenario: digging through boxes of clothes that were discarded years ago because they were too small and coming across jeans you loved. On impulse, you try them on and could actually zip them up. It probably made you feel on top of the world. If you have started adding proteins that are high in complex B vitamins, Omega-3s and Omega-6 you will start to feel better on the inside as well. Getting the nutrients your body needs can help you feel less fatigued, have lower instances of colds and the flu and generally feel more alert and aware of your body.
Feeling Better, Looking Great
Transforming ourselves into healthy, well-balanced beings will make us glow from the inside. In the Caribbean, there is a saying about people who have gained weight: You’re carrying your troubles well. What they are really telling us is that we are trying to eat our troubles away. Food has become an area our bodies are often left unsatisfied with. Getting to the root of what caused our present state of health may not be simple, but it is worth taking the time to examine the why’s and how’s. Starting with a food journal and keeping track of how many calories you’re eating and even more importantly, what you’re eating can be very helpful.
It can be truly amazing to feel satisfied off of rich green vegetables, delicious fish, vinaigrettes, and fruits. Often the hardest part is just learning to satisfy those cravings by having a steady supply of fresh food available.
Finally You Will Feel Great:
When you take the final step to dedicate yourself to reach a certain goal, you have entered the realm of freedom. You have the freedom to live and eat healthy all you need to do is start to make the right choices. You were meant to enjoy a wide variety of natural foods that didn’t have a list of ingredients. These steps will get you closer to feeling better and healthier.Comments to this post
Pear Almond Breakfast Shake
December 15, 2011 By Billy
Totally energizing and lasting nourishment!
Pear Almond Breakfast ShakeComments to this post
Banana Mint Shake Paradise
December 14, 2011 By Billy
Banana Mint Shake ParadiseComments to this post
Add to blender:
1 ripe banana peeled and frozen
1 cup pure water
2 to 4 round teaspoons Infinity Greens
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
10 drops “Herb~Pharm” brand peppermint extract
Hit go. Serves 1
Advantages Of Organic Nutrition And What It May Mean For Your Health
December 12, 2011 By Billy
For years organic nutrition has been advocated as being more healthful, having more nutrients the body can use and very importantly, also tasting better. These foods are grown without any chemicals, any pesticides and are prepared without steroidal or hormonal changing additives. In that vein, superfoods consisting of a variety of berries or beans, vegetables nuts and teas have been welcomed as a great, health promoting part of the human diet.
Decline In Quality Of Food Increase In Quantity
Higher demand for food from an increasing population around the globe was the reason for inventing additives that grows larger potatoes, larger tomatoes, bigger apples, bigger eggs, deeper colored yolks in eggs; the list goes on and on. Adding just a few of the superfoods to everyday meals, including to meals prepared from purely organic nutrition ensures you provide all the vitamins, minerals and fats needed every day. This would counteract some of the detrimental effects caused by the over manipulated dairy foods, meats or produce offered in grocery stores.
To bring more profits within the food industry, more and faster sales are necessary. What is a chicken to do when it can lay only one egg a day? Agricultural conglomerates which supply meat and dairy products to the masses may have employers who have no other interest vested in animals or animal products than to mass produce. To achieve this, genetic modification often plays a large role in our food supply. Not all scientific advancements concerning and applied to, our food may be harmful to us and may, in fact, be necessary in order to feed the world. But what are the implications of this on our health?
Toxins Being Sprayed:
Fruit trees used to be sprayed with pesticides indiscriminately. After years of this practice, it was discovered that the effects of pesticides injured the environment to a great extent, especially since some of the pesticides have a very long half-life. Pesticides reduced the amount of antioxidants and vitamins in the fruit. Pesticides are also thought to be the culprit in many allergies, especially in children. Organic nutrients mean they have not been in contact with poisonous substances. Because of this superfoods should also be consumed only if they are grown organically.
Hormones In Our Food:
Young girls, within the past fifty to sixty years, have begun their monthly cycles earlier and earlier. In the 1950s, the average age of menarche (the first menstruation) was about twelve or thirteen years old. Little girls today have to deal with the bodies of women, often before they have completed their first decade of life. Additives of growth hormones, which serve to mature chickens earlier and make them bigger, enter our bodies every time we eat a chicken dinner. Eggs are affected as well since growth hormones will also be found in the egg whites and yolks, ready to push another generation of chickens to grow larger than nature had originally intended. Cattle are targeted for increased muscle mass and higher fertility to have more beef and veal to sell. Organic nutrition and a few superfoods are a powerful deterrent to the expedient development of children of either sex.
Breast cancer has been on a steady rise for years, being the number two cause of death in women. Men are also affected by breast cancer more frequently than in the past. This may quite reasonably be attributed to the additives and pesticides that engulf just about every food item we consume, unless we choose very carefully. It may not be terribly incorrect to label organic nutrition in general as a group of superfoods.Comments to this post