"Only 1% of ALL American Children get their nutritional needs met on a daily basis!"
- Dr. Jim Bell from the IFPA Personal Training Manual: The Book on Personal Training
Recently, research has reported that over 90% of ALL Americans do not get their nutritional needs on a daily basis! This is largely due to modern farming practices and never-ending love-affair with highly processed, nutritionally empty Western Diet. This includes the over-use of sugar, sugar alternatives, including High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and sugar substitutes. Recent warnings by many medical, health and nutrition experts include the comparison of simple sugar and HFCS as addictive and as great a risk to your health as alcohol and tobacco abuse!
You should also know that vitamin and mineral deficiencies lead to a variety of chronic diseases, disabilities and dysfunctions. These include, but not limited to:
- Vitamin D Deficiency = obesity, decreased immunity, memory loss, high blood pressure, type II diabetes and cancer
- Vitamin A Deficiency = night blindness, defective teeth, stunted growth in children
- Vitamin E Deficiency = cataracts, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer
- Calcium Deficiency = osteoporosis, colorectal cancer, and PMS
- Iron Deficiency = anemia
- Vitamin B-12 = anemia
You and everyone you know should focus on getting as much nutrient dense food as possible. While it may seem easier to get your nutrition from supplements, it is impossible to do! Supplement means in addition to! You cannot get benefits from supplements if your diet is terrible. You need to consume lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, beans, pure water, green tea and other natural and unsweetened teas that are high in anti-oxidants.
Healthy foods, non-processed, nutritionally prepared and free from sweeteners and artificial sweeteners along with a healthy exercise program are absolutely essential to achieving optimum health, performance and longevity.
If you want to lose weight and please correct the misunderstanding of the weight concept: the GOAL is to lose FAT…NOT WEIGHT! If you are thinking about a FAT LOSS Program, lifting weights is not an option…IT IS A REQUIREMENT! When you begin to restrict calorie intake and/or increase exercise activity without a weight lifting program, research shows 22% or more of your WEIGHT LOSS will come from muscle!
Food for Your Fat Loss Program:
Recent research shows that diets high in Vitamins D and Calcium increases FAT LOSS, these include:
- Grilled Wild Salmon: 6 oz = 900 IU of Vitamin D
- Monterey Mushrooms: 3 oz = 400 IU of Vitamin D
- Eggs from Grass-Fed Chickens (OMEGA 3 - enriched)
- Milk: Organic-Grass-Fed-Cows (OMEGA 3 - Vitamin D enriched)
Recommend a minimum of 4,000 I.U. per day. (Use of more than 4000 IU per day should be under doctors’ supervision). Sunlight on un-protected skin produces a highly usable form of Vitamin D that lasts twice as long in your bloodstream as when you consume it through food or a supplement, but you still need caution due to the risk of skin cancer. Recommended: 20 minutes/day of sunlight on unprotected skin if you live down South. It is much more difficult to get your Vitamin D from sunlight if you live up North, particularly in winter.