Do You Look At A Chocolate Cake And Put On Weight?

Are you one of these people that just have to look at a chocolate cake and you put on 2 kilo’s? Well if you are … then don’t look left!

But on a more serious note, are you so obsessed with “fats” that you avoid them completely?

Well if you are – then it’s time to change!

You see, many people are terrified of fats. They think that if they eat fats, then they will become fat. And this is true to a certain extent, particularly when you consume high amounts of the “naughty fats” – like animal, rancid and trans-fats.

As Yuri Elkaim, the author of Eating For Energy explains – these fats will definitely destroy your body and your health because they do not occur naturally in nature. Your body has no idea how to process these fats so it just stores them as fat … which is a bit of a bugger really!!

But is there such a thing as ‘healthy fats’?
Absolutely – and they’re called Raw Plant Fats.

And the good news is that these healthy plant fats have an absolutely amazing impact on your body and your health.

You see, it’s absolutely essential to incorporate healthy fats into your diet because quite literally, a diet without fats means that you will die! (Sorry to be so melodramatic but I just want to get my point across …)

Fats are required to transport fat-soluble vitamins, are needed to build cell membranes, and provide protection and insulation for your vital organs.

And here’s a bit of trivia for you … more than 60% of the human brain is made up of fat. (Finally, there is a place in our body where we want more fat!)

But what makes raw plant fats different to animal and trans-fats?

Well to begin with, your body is able to break down these fats so that they can be easily digested. Because raw plant fats have not been processed or heated, they still contain their fat digesting enzyme lipase which helps digest these fats in the body.

Therefore, even if your diet has a higher amount of raw plant fats, you are less likely to gain weight when compared to consuming the same amount, or less, of cooked animal fat.

In fact, you will even lose body fat whilst eating raw plant fats if you are following an exercise program as well. (How cool is that?!)

Furthermore, plant fats contain no cholesterol. Cholesterol is a compound found only in animals as it is produced in the liver.

And another reason to make sure that you’re eating plenty of raw fats is that they quite literally make you beautiful! They make your skin, hair, and nails shine. Their oils also help lubricate the linings and joints of the body so are benefitial to those who suffer from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and bronchitis.

Some healthy fats and oils include:

Coconut oil, fish oil, avocado, olives and olive oil, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

So don’t be terrified of fats because good fats are excellent for your health. Avoid the naughty fats (and yes, that does include the chocolate cake …), and eat plenty of raw plant fats instead.

Not only will you feel guilt free, but you will be glowing with health – inside and out!

Feeling Stressed? Why You Should Never Drink a Cup of Coffee.

Friday mornings at an airport can be chaos. It’s the start of the weekend, lots of people returning home or just wanting to get away for a mini-escape, and this is exactly how it was yesterday. All flights to all destinations were full, the check-in queues were massive, and lots of people were missing flights because of a new airport motorway that had just opened up that morning.
As you can imagine there were lots of frustrated, disgruntled and unhappy passengers.
Now after ‘Disgruntled Passenger Number 6″ – I was starting to feel a tad stressed and a bit tired of being the receiver of such aggression. There are days when I kind of feel like I’m just a highly paid punching bag (well, I don’t know about the “highly paid” bit). Anyway, by mid morning most of us felt like we desperately needed a good cup of coffee to help alleviate the stress.
Well that was what I thought until yesterday. You see I had just finished reading an article from Yuri Elkaim’s Eating For Energy book the night before, highlighting the negative effects that coffee has on the body if you are stressed.
Some of these included the following:
* Coffee actually intensifies stress causing an average 40% increase in adrenaline. This results in increased blood pressure, heart rate, perspiration, nervousness, and irratibility.
* Coffee increases the secretion of stomach acid by 400%, contributing to gastritis and peptic ulcers.
* According to a British Medical Journal, coffee drinkers have a 50% higher risk of heart attack.
* Coffee causes a significant loss of nutrients – magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, and B vitamins.
* Coffee is a major source of cadmium which is a heavy metal that has been linked to cancer and immune suppression.
Now if you’re a woman – the facts are even scarier.
* Coffee is linked to ovarian cancer, bladder, and kidney cancers.
* According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, coffee increases the risk of miscarriage and can double the rate with just 1 cup per day!
* Coffee reduces fertility. More than 1 cup per day makes a woman half as likely to conceive (American Journal of Epidemiology).
So next time you’re feeling stressed – don’t go for a latte, 1/2 cap, flat white, mocha, full strength Expresso or whatever – because you may as well stick your hand in a power point!
Instead, reach for a Green Tea which contains the natural mood enhancer Theanine, which has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress and promote a feeling of relaxation.
Ahhh … now that’s the kinda thing that I’m looking for. Perhaps we should give out complimentary cups of Green Tea to passengers as they arrive at the airport?

How Stress Can Make You Fat!

If you’re someone that constantly struggles to lose weight then I might just have the answer for you – and you can breathe a sigh of relief because it’s not another diet.

Just mentioning the word diet” can send most people into a tail spin … the thought of having to deprive yourself of certain foods is only going to set yourself up for failure before you even begin.

So forget about the diet and instead, I want you to stop stressing!

Confused? What has stress got to do with weight loss?

Well I’m going to get a bit technical here but I want you to stick with me because it could very well change your life.

You see according to Yuri Elkaim from Eating for Energy, when we feel stressed our bodies produce acid – and a lot of it. If our body has too much acid it then stores this acid in our fat cells to keep it a safe distance away from our organs. Now this is a good thing because if acid comes into contact with one of your organs, it can eat holes in the tissue – yikes!! That is not good.

It’s not until you start reducing the acidity in your blood will your body then begin to realize that it no longer needs as much fat to store it.

Consider the example of a woman who is obsessed with losing weight. It’s all she thinks about. Do you think that might create some unneeded stress?

Unfortunately the media has certainly skewed the way many people see themselves. Fashion magazines portray the “perfect’ body as a stick figure so more and more people stress, (both men and women) about how their body should look.

This type of worry or obsession creates larger amounts of acidity within the body which essentially hinders your chances of losing weight.

Now this is critical to understand if you hope to lose weight. You can exercise all you like and will your way to a leaner body, but if you do nothing to reduce the acid in your body (aka stress), your attempts to lose weight will be in vain!

So forget about going on another diet and trying to achieve the “perfect figure”. Be proud of your body, stop stressing about it – and then, and only then will your waist line begin to plummet.