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Lose Weight With Clubbells – Ancient Exercise Tool For Timeless Fat Loss Results

It seems with every passing day a new fat loss method is unveiled. But there’s very little which is truly new under the sun. And many of these novel fat loss solutions are nothing more than clever packaging–at best–or pure snake oil salesmanship–at worst.

But there are simple tools that have endured for centuries and work as well today as they did generations ago. Thankfully, these ancient tools are resurfacing as people seek simple and elegant solutions for their fitness needs.

The Clubbell stands head and shoulders above the rest of these simple tools for its versatility and its effectiveness. Throughout the ages, the humble club has been a ubiquitous means of self-preservation, warfare, and then later physical conditioning.

For anyone looking to shed fat, as a stand-alone training tool the Clubbell can’t be beat. Optimal fat loss requires several elements that are subject to an order of importance.

Nutrition

The first requirement of fat loss is of course appropriate nutrition. That is beyond the scope of this discussion, but suffice it to say that eating a diet which promotes the maintenance of muscle while dipping into fat stores for energy is a prerequisite. And here’s a hint, anything our prehistoric ancestors used to hunt with their clubs or pull from the ground would probably be a good place to start.

Preserve Muscle

Apart from bringing down game, Clubbells can’t help you with your nutrition. But once you get into the other pieces of the fat loss hierarchy, the Clubbell comes into its own. The most important exercise consideration for fat loss is the preservation of lean mass. This is what will allow you to use freed energy from fat as fuel. If you lose lean mass while dieting, you greatly reduce your chances of success.

There are many Clubbell exercises of a “grinding” nature which are perfect for building or maintaining muscle on a fat loss diet. Good options are the Clubbell Flag Press and the Clubbell Barbarian Squat. A YouTube search will yield results for both these examples. I recommend sets lasting between 45 and 75 seconds for optimal muscle growth potential. Choose four to five exercises which cover your entire body and major movement patterns and do each for 2-3 sets. Perform this workout three times a week.

Stoke the Fat Burning Fires

The next rung down on our fat loss hierarchy will be high intensity energy system work. Some people call this interval training, others metabolic conditioning. The important thing is to perform intervals of high intensity work in the range of 8-10 on a scale of 10 for Rate of Perceived Effort (this concept is from the Circular Strength Training system). Performing such all-out work for periods of between 30 seconds and four minutes, taking rest periods of between 10 & 90 seconds, will stimulate your metabolism into high gear for as much as 72 hours post workout. This type of training can also blunt hunger, which is always a plus when trying to lose fat.

Putting exercises such as the demanding Clubbell Swipe and Clubbell Clockwork Squat into a circuit will help you achieve this high level of intensity. Again, a YouTube search will direct you to demonstrations of both these exercises.

Burn Off Extra Calories

And last on our hierarchy of fat loss training priorities – important only if we are implementing the other two – will be longer, steady state training, sometimes referred to as cardio or aerobic training. A long time ago, I gave up running. Not only is it hard on the body, but can get very tedious after awhile. But I don’t have to give up on cardio. I can get a great session of steady state exercise using my Clubbells.

By doing a single arm exercise, and switching back and forth form one arm to the other at regular intervals, I can keep my heart rate up and my fat burning machines stoked without running up against muscular failure. Good choices for this are the Clubbell Swing and the Clubbel Mill. Again, a YouTube search should bear fruit.

A Tool For the Times

Amazingly, this one simple tool can provide a full spectrum of fat loss benefits. No wonder it has endured the ages. And in these uncertain economic times, versatile tools which can take the place of expensive gym memberships are especially attractive. So if you are looking to drop some fat, the Clubbell just may be the perfect tool for your efforts.

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Basketball Training Strength Workout – Hardcore Routine – First String Only

Conditioning/Preseason

This workout starts on the track and must be done six days per week. If possible allow a 2 hour break between track workout and gym workout if you can.

On the Track

Two 800’s should be run under 2 minutes 15 seconds each, with a 2 minute break between the two 800’s.

Four 400’s should all be run around 1 minute 10 seconds each, with a 1 minute break between the four 400’s.

Eight 200’s should all be run hard, in less than 22 seconds, with a 1 minute break between each run.

Ten 100’s should all be run hard, with a 30 second break between each run.

This workout is for those who want to take basketball to the highest level, not for the casual or weekend workout person. This is for the college, and professional basketball only. But it can be used by some high school seniors starters in some cases.

In the Gym

10 10 line drills in one minute, running from baseline to baseline 10 times in one minute or less.

rest for two minute.

10 5 line drills in thirty seconds, running from baseline to baseline 5 times in 30 seconds or less.

15 Suicides, hard as possible

Jump rope 10 minutes total as follows.

left foot triangle,one minute making a triangle with your left foot while jumping rope.

right foot triangle, same as above.

both feet triangle same as above.

jumping in place 2 minutes.

Rest for 2 minutes, and repeat jump rope routine above once more.

Shooting drills with partner, begin with your weakest area first and the rest will become easier.

In-season

Three man weave

Stretch

Five on Five (while running plays)

20pt drill

Do this workout for four weeks, and you will be at the top of your game.

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How Not To Destroy Your Diet Over The Weekend

Do you find that weekends are the most difficult time to stay on track with your nutrition? You know, all those events, dinners, parties and BBQs that happen, do they seem to throw you off track? Not to worry! I’ve got some great tips for you to help you stay healthy on the weekends and still lose weight.

Let’s first have a look at what it takes to lose weight. We must be in a calorie deficit to lose weight, there is no question about it. It takes a weekly deficit of 3500 calories to lose 1 lb per week. This is a 500 calorie deficit per day. Now what seems to happen to a lot of people is they are in a deficit during the week but make the decision to have a “cheat meal”, “cheat day” or “cheat weekend”. Calories can add up faster than you can blink an eye especially when meals are eaten out at restaurants. One single meal could be 2000 calories or more (and that’s not including dessert). This could easily take someone out of their weekly deficit and put them back into maintenance calories. When we are consuming maintenance calories we will not lose weight. Now this doesn’t mean we are never allowed to indulge when dieting, it just means we need to be a little more strategic. For example, if you know you have a big dinner out planned then stick with eating primarily lean protein and vegetables throughout the day. This will help keep your calories low so that when you do eat out it doesn’t completely throw your diet off course. Another example would be to customize your dinner out by getting a salad instead of fries or not eating the bun from a burger and saving it for another day or only eating half of the meal.

Okay so let’s get to it, here are simple tips to keep you on track on the weekends.

Tip 1: Treat the weekend as if it was a week day. Stay laser-focused on those goals as hard as you do throughout the week.

Tip 2: Fill up on lots of green veggies to stay full.

Tip 3: Make healthier and less calorie-dense versions of your favourite treats! (*See recipe below)

Tip 4: Be the host of the dinner party or bring your own dish to a potluck that is in alignment with how you want to eat. You will be in control of what’s served and how much you consume.

Tip 5: Find other activities to do that don’t revolve around food and stay active!

Tip 6: Enjoy the moments of today with your family and friends without such an emphasis on food and going out to eat.

So now that you have some tools in your pocket for staying on track this weekend, here is a healthy, low-calorie snack if you’re feeling chocolate-y!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding – makes 4 servings (vegan)

Blend together:

2 avocados, flesh only

4 tbsp raw cacao or cocoa powder

4 tbsp maple syrup

pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt

Divide into 4 servings about 1/2 cup each and enjoy!

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How Long Does it Take to Lose Belly Fat and Get Six Pack Abs

How long does it take to lose belly fat and get a nice defined stomach? The answer depends on a couple of factors. We’re going to talk about 4 main factors today that are going to influence your ability to lose weight and lose it quickly.

1) Your body type, which is going to be heavily influenced by genetics
2) Fat cells
3) Diet
4) Exercise

There are three main classifications of body types: ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs. Ectomorphs have a tendency to be naturally slim and have high energy levels. They never really have a problem losing weight. I am more of an ectomorph. I have a tough time gaining weight and a tough time putting on muscle. It’s easy for me to lose weight, especially if I miss any meals. Ectomorphs are, well, ectomorphy!

Mesomorphs are your 100 meter sprinters, your Arnold Schwarzenegger. They have a high metabolism like the ectomorphs but they have an easier time putting on muscle mass.

Gaining weight is very easy and gaining muscle is very easy for mesomorphs which means that losing weight is very easy for them too because they have a lot of muscle which means they have a higher basal metabolic rate and they burn more calories. It is easiest for the mesomorphs to gain muscle definition.

The endomorphs have the short end of the stick when it comes to losing fat. I will be honest with you, if you are someone who is a little more round, have an easy time holding onto weight and a tougher time losing it, it’s not going to be an easy road to muscle definition.

There could be an association with low thyroid functioning that decreases your metabolism which compounds the issue. If you are an endomorph then pay special attention to all of these lessons.

It is important to realize that depending on which body type you most dominantly exhibit (and we are not one or the other, but really a combination of all three) if you are more of an endomorph, it is going to take a lot more work and diligence than someone who is more of an ectomorph or a mesomorph to lose fat and see more definition.

You can see my muscles no problem. If I want to lose fat it takes me no time at all, but if you ask me to put a couple of inches on my biceps then we’re talking about me being in the gym 24/7 doing serious workouts. It would take a lot of hard work. It’s the same thing with an endomorph.

If you want to lose weight as an endomorph it is going to take a lot of hard work because you are working against your body’s nature to some degree. But, it can be done and millions of people are doing it right now. So if you are in that category, keep your chin up and know that you can do it. We’re going to show you in these lessons how it can be done.

In regards to getting where you want to go as far as muscle definition, it’s going to depend a lot on where you are right now. In the second lesson we talked about fat cells and fat cell receptors.

Today I want to talk about the fat cell itself. Fat cells are known as adipocytes. They hold onto fat as stored energy. Certain receptors on the fat cell allow hormones to influence them such as hormone sensitive lipase and break down the fat into fatty acids to be taken out of the body through the blood and used for energy.

I think it was as recently as 2007 that researchers discovered the adipose gene. This is a gene that determines your fat cell makeup. Generally, an adult has about 30 billion fat cells. Common thinking used to be that you were born with a set number of fat cells, but this might not be the case.

In general, if you are at a healthy weight as an adult, you acquired all of your fat cells before you hit puberty. Puberty is the closing window for any new development of fat cells. If you are a fairly lean adult, you will have the same number of fat cells throughout your lifetime.

Now, if you put on excessive weight even in your adult years, new research shows that these fat cells can grow up to 4-fold and begin to multiply. That is a very scary concept. Instead of having 30 billion fat cells, if you gain excessive weight you can have 40 or 50 billion or more fat cells in your body.

This is just another reason to lead an active lifestyle and stay fairly fit and healthy. You do not need more fat cells. Fat cells operate much like a balloon. If you fill a balloon with water it will expand and as soon as you release it, the balloon will contract back to its very small size.

When you lose weight, fat cells shrink. Fat cells do not disappear but they can multiply – so be wary of that. You don’t want any more fat cells, so the key is diminishing fat stores by using fat for energy purposes.

This is why exercise is so important.

Something you must know about fat is that stores acid in the body. This is why alkalinity is so important in the diet. If your fat cells are holding into a lot of acid, it’s going to be very tough for your body to get rid of your fat stores because they need to be there in order to hold onto the acid. But that is a topic for another day.

If you are an ectomorph, you have most likely been able to get away with eating whatever you want during your life. You may be able to eat fast food every day and not put on weight, but the problem is that you can be fit without being healthy.

If you are eating garbage foods, you are not doing your body any good on the inside. You may not physically show any weight gain but to be healthy and fit you must eat the proper nutrients. Trust me, you will look and feel much, much better than you do right now if you start eating whole foods.

As an endomorph you have to be very strict and diligent with your diet. As you most likely know, if you have the wrong foods in your diet such as refined carbohydrates for instance, you will tend to retain water and put on weight easily.

Hopefully you are listening to your body enough so that you can relate the foods you eat to how you feel. It is important to have that body awareness. If you don’t have a clue how foods affect the way you feel, now is a good time to start making those connections between food and mood.

As an endomorph who wants to lose belly fat and really start to see some definition, you need to pay attention to your diet. You need to make sure that you are in that caloric deficit that we talked about earlier.

You need to make sure that you are eating nutrient dense foods and you need to stay away from strictly carbohydrate-rich, nutrition-less foods such as chocolate bars, pastries, refined bread, sodas, etc. Eat lots of vegetables. Vegetables are very high in nutrients and they act to burn calories because of their thermic effect.

They have a lot of fiber which means that the body has to spend a lot of time digesting them which means that your body burns calories doing so.

Mesomorphs can pretty much eat more or less how ectomorphs can – but it doesn’t mean they should! In general, everyone should stay away from refined carbohydrates. Even if something is made with 100% whole wheat, it is no good.

Stick to the pseudo-grains such as amaranth, quinoa, millet, spelt, etc. Those grains are easier for your body to digest. Wheat is very difficult for your body to digest and a lot of people have issues digesting wheat which can lead to bloating.

One of the reasons it is difficult to have a flat stomach is food sensitivity. If you remove the foods to which you are sensitive, you will have an easier time seeing a flat stomach.

Whether of not you obtain that flat stomach depends a lot on where you are with your diet. If you are an endomorph, again, you’ve got to do a bit more work and be more diligent than an ectomorph or a mesomorph.

If you are a man with less than 10% body fat, you should see muscle definition. If you are a woman, any body fat % lower than the mid-teens should show muscular definition. You don’t want to go too low with your body fat percentage. A certain amount is important to have for energy purposes.

Let’s talk about exercise. If you are an endomorph you will want to spend more time doing cardio as well as strength training. Your body demands more effort if you are looking to burn fat. Endomorphs are looking at 3-4 cardio sessions a week and a minimum of 3 strength training workouts per week.

The goal in your workouts should be intensity. Your workouts should be no longer than an hour at high intensity. If you are an ectomorph, you don’t need to go crazy on the cardio because you are already fairly slim.

The tough thing for ectomorphs is building muscle, so spend more of your time doing full body strength training workouts to build a bit of size and maintain your lean muscle mass. If you are going to do cardio, which you should, keep it short and intense and keep it intervals. I would say 20 minutes three times a week is fine.

Mesomorphs have a bit of leeway because they are naturally blessed. Mesomorphs should incorporate both cardio and strength training in one fashion or another.

I wish I could tell you exactly how long it will take. I wish I could tell you that if you follow my advice you will see results in exactly 7 days, but it doesn’t work like that.

Anyone who makes those ridiculous claims is someone that you should run away from. A given program is not going to produce the same results for two different people. Everyone is unique.

The way that you respond to your food intake and your exercise is going to be very different from someone else. There are so many factors involved. With exercise, there is the intensity, how long you are working out for, what muscle groups you are targeting, etc. There are all sorts of variables.

The goal is to maintain that long-term vision of what you want to achieve and be committed to achieving it. Realize as we talked about in earlier lessons that it is going to take time.

From a general fat loss perspective, 1-2 lbs of fat loss per week is healthy. Over the week, you must create a 7000 calorie deficit to lose 2 lbs. It’s not easy, but it can be done.

Stay committed no matter what. And don’t rely on the scale.

Pay attention to how your clothes fit. Some people may not notice a difference on the scale but they notice a lowering of body fat percentage in the mirror and in their clothes. That is the true mark of improving your health and your fitness.

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Postpartum Exercise – How And When To Start Exercising After Pregnancy

Exercise might be the last thing that comes to your mind after giving birth. Your schedule may be jam packed due to the demands of being a new mom. You have to move between caring for the baby, eating healthy and at the same time take ample amount of rest in order to recover faster. But at the same time when you look in the mirror, you tend to shy away.

The excess amount of weight gain during pregnancy does not shed immediately after giving birth. It may take a long time and depends on numerous factors. The weight loss after pregnancy is a slow process and demands a lot of patience.

If you did exercise during pregnancy, you will have a faster weight loss. Apart from this factors like nutrition and exercise also tend to play their part.

Postpartum exercises area the exercises that are meant to assist the body in recovery after giving birth and also to get back in shape.

WHEN TO START POSTPARTUM EXERCISES:

A general opinion is to start exercising after 6 weeks in case of a normal delivery. In case of a C section this period may be around 8 weeks. Some people are of the opinion that low-impact exercises can be started as and when you feel like it.

But before you choose to do any kind of postpartum exercise, it is always a good idea to ask a doctor. The recovery period after giving birth may vary from individual to individual. So do not follow others. Instead understand the needs of your own body and start exercising accordingly.

EXERCISING AND BREASTFEEDING:

Most new mothers are concerned about exercising because they feel it may have an effect on their nursing ability. But it is not so. In fact it has been found that exercising does not have any effect on you milk quantity or quality.

But keep in mind that if you do heavy exercises after pregnancy, it may lead to the accumulation of lactic acid in your milk. This may make your milk sour in taste.

HOW TO START:

After you have rested enough and it seems comfortable to start exercising, you must start with low impact exercises like walking. When it feels comfortable you may as well shift to jogging.

Another beneficial postpartum exercise is yoga or Pilates. Yoga is pretty easy on your body and helps you regain your flexibility.

There are many programs that are offered for new moms at the gym or fitness center. This may prove to be an opportunity to meet new moms.

There are many exercises which allow you to workout with your baby. This is a great way to get in shape and at the same time share your immense love for your newborn.

One thing that you must keep in mind always is never to over exert yourself. It is always a good idea to take the help of a fitness professional for your workout plan. But at the same time your body will give you signals on when you should slow down.

If during a workout, you feel dizzy or out of breath, then stop immediately and take rest. Remember that you can always exercise later. With so much already on your plate, it is a bad idea if you hamper your recovery by extreme exertion.

It is also important that you take ample amount of rest and eat a well-balanced nutritious diet. Exercising alone will not give you the results you may be looking for.

Exercising is a great way to get your old self back and keep off postpartum depression. Make a plan and then stick to it till you see the results.

Support of the people around you also plays a very important role in your journey as a new mom. If your family is supportive, it will be very easy to stay dedicated and achieve your fitness goals. Exercising with your family may prove to be a great way to increase the love and get fit together.

Weight loss after pregnancy will sometime test your patience and diligence. So be prepared for it. Also keep in mind that pregnancy may have altered your body permanently to some extent. So love yourself as who you are and enjoy the precious gift of life that has been given to you.

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6 Great Benefits of Swimming For Exercise

Swimming is considered to be the best exercise a man can do. It is one of those few exercises in which all of your body parts are used. It’s an effective exercise that will help you to keep in good shape, loose weight and remain healthy. You will feel more refreshed and will be physically fit than your friends. Most people get bored of performing a single exercise but swimming is one of those exercises that won’t let you get bored. Here are some benefits of swimming.

1.Improving your capacity: swimming allows you to use your arms, legs and lungs all at the same time. This increases your acrobatic capacity as you are using all of your body parts at the same time.

2.Strengthening your heart: swimming helps you to build your heart muscle which in return allows it to pump blood at a much faster rate. This increases your blood circulation which is good for a person’s health.

3.Strength against disease: research has proved that people who have a sedentary life seem to develop heart problems, joint problem and obesity when compared to those who swim regularly. Swimming helps in strengthening your body muscles and provides you with more endurance which helps you to fight against the above diseases.

4.Building muscle: as it is known that water creates more resistance than air so you need to try much hard when it comes to swimming. You have to try 12 times harder when compared to working on land. This makes your major body parts like hips, shoulders, arms and back to exert 12 times more power. As a result of this you develop stronger muscles.

5.Safe exercise: another benefit of swimming is that it is one of safest and cushioned form of physical exercise a person can find. If a person suffers from joint pains then swimming is a good form of exercises for him. He won’t feel any pain while swimming as compared to working out on land. Professional athletes use water for rehabilitation purpose when they suffer injury.

6.Workout time: if you are a beginner than you should hire a swimming coach or join a swimming club which offers training services. For beginners 10 to 15 minutes of swimming is enough but if you are a pro than it depends on your capacity and stamina.

No matter what people say but swimming is the safest and most effective form of physical exercise these days.

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4 Grow Taller Stretches to Increase Height in 10 Minutes a Day

Do grow taller stretches work? Yes they do. Stretching is one of the best methods for lengthening the spinal cord, which in turn increases your height.

How often should you stretch?

As often as possible. Some people say 1-2 times every day. However, in reality, just do it as much as you can. 1-2 times a day is enough, but 5-10 times a day will get you even better results.

What are the best stretches?

There are a number that work. Here are 4 of the most effective:

#1) Sky stretch

This is one of the simpler stretches, but it really works. For this, you just reach as high as you can, while standing on your tip toes.

Hold this posture for about 10 seconds, then relax. Try to get 4 minutes total in this position.

#2) Leg stretch

This is where you sit with each leg out as far as possible in front, and then simply try to touch the toes. However, keep your knees locked. Maintain this posture for 5 seconds, and then relax.

#3) Swimming

Swimming is excellent because it accomplishes 2 things. One, it stretches the spinal cord. However, when done correctly it also releases human growth hormones (HGH) which increases your bone size.

This helps you grow. Keep in mind that the swimming should be intense. The more vigorous the exercise, the more HGH the body will produce.

#4) Sleep correctly

When you sleep with the right posture, your body will naturally stretch out. You want to sleep with your legs as far in front of you a possible, and arms at your sides.

Do not use a pillow. This might take some getting used to, but pillows are not good for the posture.

Also, avoid sleeping on your side or stomach. This is one of the most effective stretches of all. Since you spend so much time sleeping, you want to make sure you make the most of it.

Conclusion-there are plenty of grow taller stretches that work. Use these 4, and you should see results shortly.

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7-Day Meal Plan For Professional Soccer Players

We all know that playing professional soccer requires a big commitment for both physical training and mentally. However, the same is to be said for a food commitment and eating well. How you eat will depend on your performance both on and off of the soccer field; plus before and after the match.

Below are some specialized soccer meals for a week. For professional soccer players.

Monday

  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, breakfast cereals and a banana.
  • Lunch: Spaghetti, Beef filet with potato and tomato, and fruit salad.
  • Snack: Sandwich with ham and an orange juice.
  • Dinner: Vegetable soup, omelet, rice, and apple pie.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, Toasted bread with olive oil and tomato, and an orange juice.
  • Lunch: Lentils Beans, bread crumb chicken fillet with mushrooms, and a yogurt with sugar.
  • Snack: Peanut butter sandwich and a fruit juice.
  • Dinner: Mixed salad, Salmon in sauce with fried potatoes, and strawberries with cream and sugar.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, toast with butter and ham, and a fruit juice.
  • Lunch: Rice with vegetables, pork loin steak undressed breaded with lettuce and a yogurt with sugar.
  • Afternoon Snack: Cheese sub or sandwich and an orange juice.
  • Dinner: Mixed vegetables with peas with ham, grilled hen with lettuce and corn, and a yogurt.

Thursday

  • Breakfast: a glass of chocolate milk powder, biscuits with butter and jam, and an orange juice.
  • Lunch: Cooked beans, Fried fish with lettuce and tomato, and Pineapple with honey
  • Snack: Ham sandwich.
  • Dinner: Mashed vegetables and grilled garlic & shrimp and plain yogurt with sugar.

Friday

  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, Toasted bread with olive oil and tomato, and fruit salad.
  • Lunch: salad from the garden, rice with squid in its ink, and a custard.
  • Snack: Cottage cheese with honey and a banana.
  • Dinner: Noodle soup, sea bass baked with roast potatoes and two kiwis.

Saturday

  • Breakfast: 1 yogurt cereal, homemade biscuit, and a fresh orange juice.
  • Lunch: Pasta a la carbonara, veal steak with fresh tomato and corn, and two tangerines.
  • Snack: Sandwich with serrano ham with fresh tomato and a fruit juice.
  • Dinner: vegetable soup, swordfish with mashed potatoes and a yoghurt with sugar.

Sunday

  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, a croissant with jam and a fresh orange juice.
  • Lunch: Fried eggplant, Roasted chicken with mixed salad, and an apple with cheese.
  • Afternoon Snack: Egg Omelet (preferably yoak)
  • Dinner: Cream of spinach soup, Baked chicken with roasted tomato and a natural yogurt with sugar.

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Depersonalization Relief Through Nutrition

Nutrition is a far greater part of the recovery process than one can imagine. Foods reflect your moods and when used correctly allow one complete control over how they feel. From the moment you arise in the morning until you go to sleep at night, there are food choices which will determine how you will feel.

Morning foods should provide energy and vigor rather than bog you down. Instead of fueling the fogginess they should crack through the haze and boost your concentration levels as you begin the day. Caffeine is not required to achieve this morning energy response. There are other natural food choices that help blast through the fog.

Here are a few suggestions to combat early morning feelings of brain fog:

– Avoid all sweet and refined boxed cereals at all costs. Pancakes and waffles are also not recommended unless whole grain and accompanied by a protein.

– Get up, get dressed and get out… walking past the brain fog after a nutritional meal helps awaken mind and body.

– Watch your thoughts and stop scaring yourself with “what if” thinking.

The best choices for an energy provided breakfast is as follows:

Breakfast Suggestions

Eggs (prepared in any fashion you prefer), along with whole grain toast or turkey bacon, and warm decaffeinated beverage.

Oatmeal with low glycemic fruits (blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries), and one egg or protein powder.

Natural peanut butter on whole grain bread with fresh berries or melon slices and decaffeinated warm beverage.

Never skip breakfast and always have this meal within 30 minutes of rising in the morning.

Lunch Suggestions

– Dense/Solid Protein such as chicken, meat or fish with a whole grain bread or salad side. (no sweet dressings).

– Salad with Protein (chicken, fish or meat).

– Soup with vegetables and protein (chicken, fish or meat)

– Grilled Cheese on whole grain flatbread with unsweetened beverage.

Dinner Suggestions

– Lean Protein (Chicken, Meat or Fish) along with Potato and Green or Yellow Vegetable, Salad.

– Whole Grain Pasta with Protein and Salad or Vegetable.

– Mediterranean Salad with Seafood and Lemon Dressing.

– Chili with Shredded Cheddar and Caesar Salad.

The above suggestions are a minor outline (which is more detailed in our program package), and can be used as a guideline for foods that will allow clarity and peace of mind. They fuel your energy without adding to feelings of anxiety and depersonalization.

Never go more than 4 hours without a meal. Snacks are fine but you’ll find unnecessary if your meal satisfies you.

Suggestions for Snacks:

-Hummus with carrot or celery sticks.

-Natural Peanut Butter and Blueberries on whole grain toast.

-Hard Boiled eggs and Cheddar Cheese. –

-Whole Grain Cereal and Berries

-Fresh Fruit with Cheese or Nuts (nut butters)

-Yogurt and Fresh fruit.

Remember that food is fuel and when the proper nutrition plan is followed it will allow one full control of how they wish to feel. You are always in charge when applying the correct choices and following the proper steps.

The above are only a few examples of how you can use foods to change the way you feel. The combination of this nutrition plan and the proper behavioral modifications will change your life. They will help you maintain balanced blood sugar levels and naturally boosted Serotonin (the feel good chemical) in the brain.

The foods you often crave are often the exact foods that fuel this condition. Choose foods that are low in sugar and do not metabolize into sugar, such as refined white flours, pastas and simple sugars. If you must have a sweet, do it directly after your meal. The goal is to keep stable blood sugar levels and balanced Serotonin in the brain. By following this food plan you will feel happier, more secure and less reactive to outside stimuli.

This is a very specific nutrition plan and must be strictly adhered to in order to achieve results, but well worth the effort. The Behavioral Modification steps are also to be followed precisely to achieve complete success.

This is the combination and path to full and permanent recovery from depersonalization and anxiety. The results will give you back your life as you achieve full clarity and a true sense of well being.

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Photosynthetic Nutrition For Health and Life

Living organisms are continuously undergoing chemical reactions which gives rise to energy changes in their bodies. All these reactions and changes are termed metabolism. Basically, metabolism consists of two processes, the synthesis or building up of complex body substances from simpler constituents and energy, and the decomposition nor breaking down of these complex substances and energy. The first process is known as anabolism and the second as catabolism.

One of the main characteristics of living organisms is the ability to feed. This is referred to as nutrition. Nutrition is therefore, the process of acquiring energy and materials for cell metabolism, including maintenance and repair of cells and growth. In living organisms, nutrition is a complex series of both anabolic and catabolic processes by means of which food materials taken into the body are converted to complex body substances (mainly for growth) and energy (for work). In animals, the food materials taken in are usually in the form of complex, insoluble compounds. These are broken down to simpler compounds, which can be absorbed into the cells. In plants, complex food materials are first synthesized by the plant cells and then distributed to all parts of the plant body. Here, they are converted to simpler, soluble forms, which can be absorbed into the protoplasm of each cell. The raw materials necessary for the synthesis of these complex food materials are obtained from air and soil in the plant’s environment.

All living organisms that cannot provide their own energy supply by either photosynthesis or chemosynthesis are known as hetero strophes or hetero strophic organisms. Hetero strophic means feeding on others’. All animals are hetero strophes. Other organisms such as many types of bacteria, a few flowering plants and all fungi use this method of nutrition. The way in which hetero strophes obtain their food varies considerably. However the way in which the food is processed into usable form within the body is very similar in most of them. But all green plants possess the ability to manufacture carbohydrates from certain raw materials obtained from the air and soil. This ability is important not only to the plants themselves but also to animals, including man, which depend directly or indirectly on plants for food.

Photosynthesis is the process whereby plants manufacture their foods through the use of energy from the sun and available raw materials. It is the manufacture of carbohydrates in plants. It takes place in the chlorophylls (i.e. green) cells of leaves and stems only. These green cells contain chloroplasts, which are essential for the synthesis of food. All the raw materials required for photosynthesis, namely, water and mineral salts from the soil, and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere have, therefore, to be transported to the chlorophylls cells, which are most abundant in leaves.

The tiny pores, or stomata, which usually occur greater numbers on the lower surfaces of most leaves, allow gases from the atmosphere to pass into the tissues within. A stoma is an oval-shaped epidermal cells known as guard cells. Each stoma is actually the aperture of a sub-stomata air chamber. This is a large intercellular air space, which lies adjacent to the stoma. It is continuous with other intercellular air spaces found inside the leaf. The size of each stomata pore depends on the curvature of the guard cells flanking it. When the guard cells are full of water they become swollen, or turgid, and consequently the pore opens. However, when the water level is low they become soft, or flaccid, and collapse, as the result, which the pores close. When the stoma is open air enters the sub-stomata chamber and diffuses throughout the intercellular air dissolves in the water, which surrounds the cells. This solution of carbon dioxide then diffuses into the cells of the leaf, particularly the palisade cells. Here, it is used by the chloroplasts for photosynthesis.

Water carrying dissolved mineral salts such as the phosphates, chlorides and bicarbonate of sodium, potassium, calcium iron and magnesium, is absorbed from the soil by the roots. This soil water enters the roots hairs by a process called osmosis the movement of water molecule from a region of lower concentration to a region of higher concentration through a semi-permeable membrane. It is then conducted upwards from the roots, through the stem to the leaves by the xylem tissue. It is transported to all the cells, via the vein and their branches.

The chloroplasts contain the green pigment, (chlorophyll) which gives the plants it color and capable of absorbing light energy from sunlight. This energy is used for one of the first essential steps in photosynthesis; namely, the splitting of the water molecule into oxygen and hydrogen. This oxygen is liberated into the atmosphere. The hydrogen components are used too reduces carbon dioxide, in a series of enzymes and energy consuming reactions, to form complex organic compounds like sugars and starches.

During photosynthesis high energy-continuing compounds like carbohydrates are synthesized from low energy-containing compounds like carbon dioxide and water in the presence of sunlight and chlorophyll. As solar energy is necessary for photosynthesis, the process cannot occur at night due to the absence of sunlight. The final products of photosynthesis are carbohydrates and oxygen. The former is distributed to all parts of the plant. The latter is given off as a gas through the stomata back to the atmosphere in exchange for the carbon dioxide that was taken in. the occurrence of photosynthesis in green leaves may be demonstrated by experiments showing the absorption of carbon dioxide, water and energy by the leaves, and the production of oxygen and carbohydrates. Simple experiments can be set up to demonstrate the giving off of oxygen by green plants, the formation of carbohydrates (namely, starch) in leaves and the requirements of carbon dioxide, sunlight and chlorophyll for the formation of starch in green leaves.

Experiments in physiology involve the placing of biological materials like plants and animals or parts of plants and animals under unusual conditions, e.g. jars, cages or boxes. If an experiments is set up to show the effects produced by the absence of carbon dioxide during the photosynthetic process, then the result obtained from such an experiment can be argued as being partially due to the placing of the biological material under unnatural experimental conditions it is, therefore, necessary to set up two almost identical experiments; one is placed under normal conditions (the control experiment) where all the factors necessary for photosynthesis are present while the other (the test experiment) is placed under a condition where a single factor is eliminated or varied while all the other factors are present. This enables the experimenter to be sure that the result shown by his test experiment is due to the eliminated or varied factor and not to the experimented set-up. Thus, the control experiment serves as a guide to ensure that the conclusion obtained by the test experiment is not a fallacy.

After certain proper experiments observation show clearly that oxygen is released only when photosynthesis occurs, i.e. during the day. No starch can be formed if sunlight is absent although the other entire essential factors such as water, carbon dioxide and chlorophyll may be present.

Photosynthesis the basic constituent of nutrition the unit of healthy living has played and is playing an essential role to living organisms. The complex cellular structures of plants are built up from the primary product of photosynthesis, namely, a simple carbohydrate like glucose. At this stage, it must be realize that, though much emphasis has been placed on photosynthesis, the process of protein synthesis is just as important as the former. During protein synthesis, nitrogenous compounds absorbed by plants and in certain cases, phosphorus and others element, combine with glucose to form the various plant proteins.

Besides contributing to the synthesis of plants proteins, glucose is important also because it can be transformed into fats and oils after a series of chemical reactions. It is also the primary product from which other organic compounds are formed.

The importance of photosynthesis in all food cycles cannot be overemphasized. Animals are unable to make use of the sun’s energy to synthesize energy-rich compounds from simples easily-available substances like water and carbon dioxide found in the atmosphere around us, rather the ultraviolet rays from the sun causes some to living body; the melanin and keratin it affects the color and strength of animals skin, and some internal damages. From the rays, Therefore, it is fortunate that plants have the ability to use the energy provided by sunlight to synthesize and store energy-rich compounds upon which ultimately all forms of animal life are dependent.

For his survival, man eats not only plant products like fruits, vegetables and cereals, but also animals like cattle and fish. Cattle and other herbivorous animals depend entirely on plant life for their existence. While certain fish are herbivorous, others have a mixed diet and a large number are entirely carnivorous. Carnivorous animals depend indirectly on plants for a living. Their immediate diet consist of smaller animals which themselves must feed, if not entirely, then partly, on plants. Photosynthesis is the first step in all food cycles.

During the process of photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and oxygen is added to it. If this purification process did not exist in nature, soon the atmosphere would become saturated with the carbon dioxide given out during the respiration of animals and plants and during decomposition of organic matter so that all life would gradually come to a stop. Without photosynthesis, there will be no nutrition. And if there is no nutrition, living thing will not exist. And if there’s no living things in the earth the earth will still be without form and entirely void. There will be no for living things to do work if photosynthesis does not court. I wonder what will be the fate of living things today or sometime, when photosynthesis comes to a stop.

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