Lack of Sleep or Legally Drunk?

Sleeping

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Sleep is essential for your overall health and many times we don’t realize the significant impact that a lack of sleep has on our day and overall life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or a busy executive, sleep is essential for your overall performance. The excuses about having a lot of work to finish, big exam or presentation just doesn’t fly. Plan ahead, prepare and get it done on time.  Once you get into a pattern of inefficiency and try to compensate by pulling all nighters, the vicious cycle begins. Lack of  sleep further disrupts your efficiency and you’ll find yourself plummeting further down the rabbit hole.  Take a look at how insufficient sleep can disrupt brain function during exams or during long days at work:

With continued lack of sufficient sleep, the part of the brain that controls language, memory, planning and sense of time is severely affected, practically shutting down. In fact, 17 hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% (two glasses of wine). This is the legal drink driving limit in the UK.

via BBC – Science & Nature – Human Body and Mind – What is sleep.

Funny Fitness Fridays Episode 4: Buff Beautiful & Bitchin’ with Vera De Milo

When getting in shape the biggest fear of most women is the loss of a few bra sizes or ending up looking like a man. Unfortunately there is no such thing as spot reduction and your body chooses when and where to take body fat from. However, that is no reason to avoid working out. Most female fitness competitors maintain a very low body fat in general so this is the reason for their smaller breast size. Also, have no fear about supposedly looking like a man. It is impossible for a female to begin to look like a man structurally without some performance enhancing drug help combined with some really hard core and strict training. So get in the gym and stop making excuses before I send Vera De Milo aka Jim Carrey to your door for some personal training.

Nike’s Big Butt Campaign | The Atlantic Wire

Get your butt in shape but spot the giveaway mistake

You’ve got to love Nike for this one. Coming from a guy who can not only appreciate the strength and power associated with strong glutes and also the aesthetic benefits as well, I have to say Nike is doing the world some good. Running, jumping and generally being stronger and more stable has a lot to do with glute strength. For women it’s especially important to have strong glutes to keep the knees in alignment during activity. The glutes are also one of the largest muscles in the body. The simple fact that in so many people the glutes are inactive makes me shake my head. All that fat burning potential wasting away. Well it took Nike 20 years but they’re finally gaining appreciation for Sir Mix-A-Lot.

See Strong Glutes for Fat Loss & Increased Performance

Nike’s Big Butt Campaign | The Atlantic Wire.

Last Minute Holiday Desserts Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

We’re closing in on Thanksgiving and you’re still wondering what to prepare for your guests. With such a wide range of guests in attendance, how can we manage to please them all. Here are some simple solutions that will satisfy the sweet tooth of the majority, while catering to fitness junkies and those with diabetes and gluten sensitivities.

For the recipes below I would substitute synthetic sugars for agave or other natural alternatives. Also, you may want to consider quinoa flour instead of oats for a lower glycemic index, higher nutrient dense subsitute.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Ingredients

3 very ripe bananas

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup egg white

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 cups oats, blended to make it like a flour

3/4 cup Splenda sugar substitute

1 teaspoon baking soda

For the full recipe visit  Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe – Food.com – 296040.

Low Carb Gluten Free Pecan Pie

  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk (or milk or cream – milk has more carbs, so adjust)
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1 C sugar equivalent from artificial sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon dark molasses (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

Click here for the complete recipe


Sugar Free Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday Solutions for Diabetics

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we all like to enjoy the foods and flavors of the holiday season. This is the worst time of year for the average personal trainer when dealing with American clients. Increasingly people around the world are joining in to the holiday eating frenzy. This video did a great job of explaining some easy alternatives for people during the holidays with regards to food choices, moderation and activity. Here at Active Lifestyle, we don’t promote or endorse the sweetener featured in the video, however there are some great tips. As I have mentioned before, there are tons of alternatives to sugar out there, from using fruits like banana, to using honey or agave. Whatever you decide, enjoy your holiday and remember that making the right choices, practicing moderation and remaining active are the keys to making it through the holiday season without gaining an extra body fat.

3 Foolproof Tips to Stay Slim during the Holiday Season

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.

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The holidays are here and so begins the onslaught of foods and tasty treats. Party after party is serving up snacks, pastries and drinks that are sure to get that waistline bulging. It doesn’t take long to do damage to everything you’ve worked so hard to keep in check all year as those fat cells are sitting there rubbing their grubby palms together in anticipation of extra calories to store.

Last year, I had a personal training client tell me that it was the first year in her life that she didn’t put on weight during the holidays. She awarded me the credit, but the credit belongs to her for following some simple rules during the holiday season. Now I’m here to share a few of the same tips that I gave her during the daunting holiday food festival. Read more of this post

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Funny Fitness Fridays Episode3: When I Grow Up I Want to be a Vegetarian

Vegetarians have it rough sometimes when it comes to food choices. Without meat in the diet it’s often difficult to get enough protein in the diet to maintain muscle gains, strength and lose body fat. Although there are many great sources of protein for vegetarians, most people don’t know what those sources are. This weeks installment of Funny Fitness Friday features Jack and his son from the American fast food chain Jack in the Box. His son explains why he wants to be a vegetarian when he grows up.

The Real Food Pyramid

Paleo Food Pyramid

Notice anything different about this food pyramid?  This is the Paleo food pyramid. There is a large population of people who believe in the “so called” paleo diet. That is, these people believe that man was not made to live on grains. Now I have a tendency to agree with this philosophy to a certain extent. One reason I agree is because grains were not a main source of food for early humans, especially not refined grains. The amount of refining of grains did not exist then as they do now. Claims of items being “whole grains” are just false half the time. They have been processed to some extent. Ok, why should grains be the base or foundation of a diet as the “so called” experts claim? Well, partially because they get paid to say so. The grain industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and guess what? Grains were great as filler foods, could store for long periods of time, kept people full during the harsh winters and are cheap enough to feed the masses. But why intake refined grains when you can get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables, which are REAL whole foods? Cut out the base of your normal pyramid…you’ll watch your body fat melt away…and don’t say but what should I do for carbs. What are fruits and vegetables?

Banana – Quinoa Flour Muffins (or waffles) dessert recipes (gluten free, egg-free, sugar-free, dairy-free)

Looking for gluten free, flour free desserts or breakfast, well then look no further. It’s amazing all the things that can be done with Quinoa. It can be ground into a flour and used in place of normal white flour. The only thing I would do differently in this recipe is eliminate the sugar and stevia and go with Agave nectar.

BANANA – QUINOA MUFFINS (or waffles)

1/2 cup quinoa flour

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

1/3 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 tsp stevia for sugar-free)

2 TB honey (or 1/8 tsp stevia for sugar-free)

2 tsp baking powder (or 1/2 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice)

For the complete recipe:  Banana – Quinoa Flour Muffins (or waffles) dessert recipes (gluten free, egg-free, sugar-free, dairy-free) « Mud Spice: Mucking about in Art and Motherhood.

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