Archive for February, 2013

 
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Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
Jim Rohn
 
I wish you all a great week wherever you are reading from and send you all good vibes.
 
Stay blessed, Stay Well.
 
Dee

Vitamin E

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Motivation
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Vitamin E

Vitamin E…Are you getting enough in your diet? Take a look at this picture right here.

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Hello guys,

Before I go to work I wanted to share this with you all. I posted it on my Facebook like page a few days ago but I know not everyone has Facebook so I thought I’d share it here also. It may be just 6 lines but I thought it was a powerful 6 lines that resonated with me quite well.

After reading it and analysing my life I decided I’m going to try and live by these principles each and everyday. Like I say everyday, we only have one life so we ought to make the best of this one life we have.

It’s easy to say let’s live everyday like it’s our last but to apply that principle can be quite difficult. With family, work, social life, gym and whatever else you have going on enjoying each moment can be difficult. So we just have to try and find the time when we can. Any spare time you have, spend it with your loved ones.

Meet up with people instead of just Facebook or Skype. Technology is great but humans aren’t interacting as much, just think what it would be like if there was no internet tomorrow (people would go out more and spend more time with each other).

Anyway, I hope this gives you something to think about as it did for me.

Stay Blessed

 

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What are you trying to loose – Weight or Body Fat?

Far too many times I hear people say they want to loose weight forgetting that weight is broken down into a number of groups:

  1. Muscle
  2. Fat
  3. Water

When aiming to loose weight it’s likely you are striving to loose fat and water. We all know what fat is right, I mean that’s what where trying to loose. But what is water weight?

It’s what people first loose when they go on low carbohydrate diets mistaking it for fat. You see, we are made up 60-70% of water and on top of that, excessive carbohydrates and salty foods puts the body in a state where it likes to hold on to excessive amounts of water (hence why some people look bloated a few days after a junk fest – lots of salt (sodium) and carbs).

A scientific term would be the weight in your body caused by your cells storing water. You pack on water weight when you eat a lot of salty things because since salt dries out your cells, they overcompensate.

In order to get rid of water weight, drink a lot of lemon water for a few days and stay away from fried, salty foods, processed (horse meat) foods. Exercise sweats it out of you and a few sauna sessions a week.

While trying to loose water weight you want to ensure you are drinking lots of water (sounds backwards rights) but the body is smart and I’ll explain why.

When you stop drinking water your body goes into an emergency state so to speak and holds onto water it has as it’s not getting an adequate amount (the same as when people are dieting and think it’s smart to not eat just to loose weight then the metabolism slows down and the body holds onto the fat it has because it goes into starvation mode) The body is very smart!

Loosing fat can be hard if you make it hard. If you plan to go on a “12 week crash diet” only to rebound once you’ve reached your goal it will be hard because you will continue going through that cycle – I’ve been there and some of you reading have been there.

Instead, decide to make a lifestyle change today. If you choose to make healthy eating apart of your life it will be easy as that will be your new way of living. It will become normal to you after a month or two – makes sense right. They say do something for at least 21 days every day for it to become routine. Make healthy eating a normal routine.

And as for exercise, you don’t have to splash out at the gym and take every supplement under the sun. Body weight exercises from home and some space in your bedroom is all you need.

So I ask you again – What are you trying to loose – Weight or Body Fat?

Knowledge is key! Let’s keep on learning together.

Stay Blessed People

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The more I research Broccoli the more impressed I am with studies being found everyday. People around the world are becoming more health conscious with their diets and adding Broccoli to the equation makes total sense.

Take a look at a study I found in regards to the Antioxidant benefits of this wonderful tree:

Broccoli’s Antioxidant Benefits

Amongst all of the commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of a premiere antioxidant nutrient—vitamin C. This central antioxidant vitamin can provide longer-term support of oxygen metabolism in the body if it is accompanied by flavonoids that allow it to recycle. Broccoli provides many such flavonoids in significant amounts, including the flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. All three of these carotenoids function as key antioxidants. In the case of lutein and beta-carotene, broccoli has been shown not only to provide significant amounts of these antioxidants but to significantly increase their blood levels when consumed in the amount of three cups. Other antioxidants provided by broccoli in beneficial amounts include vitamin E and the minerals manganese and zinc.

Considered as a group, the vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, and carotenoids contained in broccoli work to lower risk of oxidative stress in the body. The ability of these nutrients to support oxygen metabolism and avoid excess formation of overly reactive, oxygen-containing molecules makes them equally helpful in lowering risk of chronic inflammation and risk of cancer. If cancer development is compared to a 3-legged stool, the antioxidant benefits of broccoli can be viewed as weakening one leg of the stool, namely the leg called “oxidative stress.” We’ve already seen how the glucosinolates and omega-3 fats in broccoli can be viewed as helping to weaken a second leg of the stool (chronic inflammation). In the next section, we’ll look at a third leg of the stool (inadequate detoxification) and see how the nutrients found in broccoli can serve to weaken this leg as well.

This is just a small extract of the article. Too see more, go to: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=9#healthbenefits

I now blend Broccoli in my morning protein shakes along with a load of other goodies. Since I’ve upped my Broccoli intake I feel like my skin is clearer, my digestive system is a lot better, I have more energy and I do feel fuller for longer.

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Here are some other benefits listed below:

  1. Nervous System
    Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.
  2. Blood Pressure
    Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.
  3. Vitamin C
    One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold.
  4. Bone Health
    Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin k, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
  5. Sun Damage
    Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself.
  6. Immune System
    One cup of broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions.
  7. Cancer Prevention
    Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
  8. Diet Aid Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.
  9. Eye Health
    Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision.
  10. Heart Health
    The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

If you don’t eat this little green tree will you start now?

Eat well, Eat clean for a better you.

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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A Edison

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Thanks to everyone that has given me money so far, I will cash all donations on the site once the 90 days are up. If you are not local to me but would like to donate, you can do so on the link below. Much Love Guys.

David

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=davidrichards

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

I hope you all have a great week.

David

My Body Transformation - Day 1 to 31 Comparison pics

Hey guys, here are my comparison pictures as promised. The latest one was taken this morning – 8/2/13. I am still raising money for Kids with Cancer as apart of this transformation and I will start my sponsorship campaign this weekend, so it’s not just for me, it’s for the kids also.

I still have 60 days left before this competition is over but I am going to keep it going for the ultimate ripped look and hope to start fitness modelling and taking my game to a whole new level.

I should be turning heads in July come holiday time LOL.

I will keep you guys posted.

Have a great day.

David

Health Benefits of Apples

Are you eating an apple a day?