Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Why Nutrients Keep Your Body Healthy

We all know that eating right is the way to go, but here are some interesting facts to remember when you reach for the healthy apple instead of a candy bar. Nutrients do not have immediate effects. It is gradual as the vitamins and minerals nourish the body. The business of nutrition is to build a better body. To do this Nature has to turn over body cells. Amazingly, a blood cell last only 60 – 120 days. In 3 to 4 months your whole blood supply is completely replaced. In 6 months almost all the proteins in you body die and are replaced, even the DNA of your genes. In a year all your bones and even the enamel of your teeth are replaced, constructed entirely out of the nutrients you eat. For example, if you neglect a plant and then begin to take care of it again, the progress is slow, but soon you have a healthy plant. Our bodies react the same in that they will gradually improve in a healthy way with nutrient dense food such as fruit and vegetables.
I highly recommend Juice Plus as a supplement to your healthy diet. With its 17 raw fruits and veggies, it is a great way to help build healthy cells.

Mollie McCarl
Certified Personal Trainer
Owner, Fitness Spa770-632-3595

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Never Too Late for a Healthy Life Style

Interesting information from the Whole Food Farmacy.

Dr. Dana King and his team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have just completed a very inspirational study. Dr. King and his team set out to find if middle-aged adults could reap the rewards of habits like eating vegetables and walking 30 minutes a day.
The researchers reported in June 2007 that middle-aged adults age 45 to 64 who began eating five or more fruits and vegetables every day, exercising for at least 2 1/2 hours a week, keeping weight down and not smoking decreased their risk of heart disease by 35 percent and risk of death by 40 percent in the four years after they started.
“The adopters of a healthy lifestyle basically caught up. Within four years, their mortality rate and rate of heart attacks matched the people who had been doing these behaviors all along,” said Dr. Dana King at the Medical University of South Carolina, who led the research. Dr. King added “even if you have not had a healthy lifestyle previously, it’s not too late to adopt those healthy lifestyle habits and gain almost immediate benefits.”
The four key habits are eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables everyday, exercising for 2 ½ hours per week, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight. The study participants who adopted all four healthy habits enjoyed a sharp decline in heart disease risk and in death from any cause.
It took all four — having just three of the healthy habits yielded no heart benefits and a more modest decrease in overall risk of death.
Still, said Dr. Nichola Davis at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, “these benefits are on a continuum. The more of the healthy habits that you can adapt, the better. ...These are modest changes that they’re talking about.”

Monday, July 02, 2007


1. Eat 5-6 small meals per day. By eating small, nutrient balanced meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day you will kick your metabolism into high gear and become a fat burning machine. When you eat small, frequent meals your body has a constant flow of energy throughout the day. This will help prevent cravings for junk food and it also will rev your body's fat burning abilities. Each meal should be roughly the same size and contain protein, carbohydrate and fat. Preferably a ratio of 30% fat, 35% protein and 35% carbohydrate. (ex: grilled salmon, salad with mixed veggies, oil & vinegar and nuts, 1/2 cup brown rice.)
2. Do not eat poor quality carbohydrates. Poor quality carbohydrates are those that contain sugar or are highly processed. These would include most breakfast cereals, breads, snack foods, candies, and even fruit juices. Eating these foods will likely result in increased fat deposit and will prevent your body from maintaining a successful fat-burning mode.
3. Increase your muscle mass. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn even at rest. Muscle is extremely active metabolically. Do resistance training 2-4 times per week, add some muscle, and crank up that metabolism.
4. Never let yourself get too hungry, or too stuffed. It really is all about moderation. Time your meals so that you eat before you are starving . . . doing this one simple thing will cause you to almost always eat less. When you do eat, stop when you’re satisfied not when you are so stuffed you cannot even get down another bite.
5. Up your cardio intensity. Include 1-2 short, high intensity cardio sessions in your weekly schedule. Jump on the stair master for 12 minutes, full throttle, and you will get the fat burning.
6. Eat more high fiber foods. Most of us do not get enough fiber in our daily diets, and that’s just a shame. Fiber not only promotes overall general health, but also can significantly aid in your fat-burning efforts by leaving you feeling satisfied. Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts/seeds and whole grains are ideal sources of fiber. 7. Drink Water... and lots of it. Staying hydrated and filling up with at least 8 glasses of H2O per day will help you stay full and fueled for fat loss.
7. Drink Water... and lots of it. Staying hydrated and filling up with at least 8 glasses of H2O per day will help you stay full and fueled for fat loss.
See you at Fitness Spa!
Mollie McCarl, Certified Personal Trainer