Sugar is My Enemy

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How do you feel when you consume sugar? Usually people associate sugar with a feeling of comfort. People reach for some sweet snacks, pastries, etc when feeling down. Sometimes we don’t even realize when or why we reach for sweet foods anymore, we just do. Take a moment and think for a second the next time you reach for that simple sugar. I don’t only mean in the form of cakes, chocolates and candies. When do you crave breads? These are important things to know about your body. If you can start to identify the causes of your cravings then you can start to solve your conundrum of why you cannot lose your body fat. Eating carries a great deal of emotion and sometimes these emotions are buried deep within our brain in some unknown place. It may be as simple as your parents rewarding you with something sweet when you did well. Or this one is my favorite. The nurse or your parents give you something sweet after you got a shot at the hospital as a kid. Guilt by association. We have now associated sugar as a coping mechanism for stress whether it is pain or any form of suffering.

My recommendation is to start a food journal and write down what you eat, how you felt before eating it and how you felt afterwards. Then also how you felt an hour afterwards. This will tell you a lot about your food choices and your body’s reaction to the foods you choose. Sugar is the new crack and we’re all addicted to it. I’m not immune to it, but I have identified my reasons and provided solutions for my life. With Krispy Kreme managing to package fried sugar to all of you waiting in 3 hour lines in Bangkok for a box, I see the pharmaceutical companies rubbing their grubby mitts as they wait to sell you on the next diabetes drug to counter the effects. Nothing wrong with having a cheat day or Sunday Meal as we like to call them, but eat with intention and understand what you are ingesting.

Really fast food companies to sugar are what cigarettes are to nicotine…They are simply dispensaries. So, “now you know…and knowing is half the battle.” (GI Joe)

A Sugar Reading List My recent post on sugar got me thinking more seriously about the topic – just as I’ve noticed my stress-related consumption of the poison has taken an upward trend as of late (another topic actually, perhaps a post …). So I raided my local library’s shelves for all the books currently available on sugar (online holds are a great thing) that might help me with this series of posts. Here are a few of them for your consideration. In the coming wee … Read More

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Top tips for eating out…

Top Tips for eating out plus a couple more. Eating out has become a major reason for pitfalls in nutritional planning. Often times a person is left thinking, what should I eat? It can be even worse here in Asia where eating is a communal thing and food is ordered and shared by everyone at the table. Essentially, you have no choice to what is available sometimes as one person has done all the ordering of a variety of things he or she thinks is best.

What do we do when faced with these sorts of situations? Well, these top tips address Western methods of dealing with eating out, but what about while in Asia? So here are a few tips that you can try in order to still eat with friends in Asia.

1. Make sure the person ordering simply says “no msg”. Easy to do and will save your body loads in health. For more information on MSG have a look at my article, “Thai Food is Healthy Right? So Why Am I Gaining Weight?”

2. Ask the person to order more vegetables. Typically in Thailand for example there are more “other” things on the plate than vegetables and often times rice is the dominant item on the plate. In Korea, just keep asking for more side dishes.

Want more tips? I’ve got three words for you “Buy My Book”. Just kidding. I got that line from “Wall Street 2” yesterday. But there is always a little truth to every joke =)

Enjoy…

Top tips for eating out... 1.     Eat your calories and drink water. The first question you are always asked upon being seated in a restaurant is what you would like to drink. Choose water and pass on the high-fructose-corn-syrup, sugar, preservatives, caffeine and extra    calories found in most beverages. 2. Take half home. We are annoyed when restaurants don’t over serve us and restaurants have responded accordingly by over supplying huge portions. Italian Restau … Read More

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Obesity in Asia Part II; Global Solutions

 

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We all know that the globalization of food and general western ideas is spreading across the world from Africa to South America and Asia. Here in Asia I have watched as numerous fast food companies have developed strong footing in the region, the latest company being Krispy Kreme Donuts which just opened a brand new location in Bangkok’s most famous shopping mega-complex Siam Paragon. The march is on by the fast food giants and they are selling the world on early onset of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

The rapid growth of wealth and prosperity in this region coupled with a lack of health initiatives and educational programs has allowed the quick injection of these companies along with their marketing genius.  The kids are recognizably fatter than before. Many long term expatriates have said that they can clearly see the difference in size of Thai people today versus 10 years ago or even 20 years ago. In general the world as a whole lacks proper educational programs and funding to combat the spread of this global phenomenon. Read more of this post

Asia FIT Convention Day 1

We took time out to attend the Asia FIT Convention 2010 at the Centara Grand Convention Center in Bangkok. This convention brings together fitness professionals from all over the world for 3 days to share knowledge, experience and expertise. The first day was great as we experienced great motivation by speakers like Paul Brown of Australia and creative exercise techniques from Peter Twist of Canada.

Meeting Muscle & Fitness writer Jim Stoppanni was amongst the highlights of the day and I’m looking forward to taking another workshop by him on Saturday. Steve Cotter, the Kettle Bell guru was there with a style of Vibram Five Fingers that I’ve never seen before and his Kettle Bell class is a real hit amongst the coaches in attendance. There was Yoga, Pilates and Running Coaches as well all there to arm us with the tools to go out and do what we as coaches do best and that’s, “help people”. I also had the opportunity to meet an awesome fitness guy, Noel of Daily Muscle from Kuala Lumpur who runs outdoor group training sessions and setting the bar for fitness in Malaysia.

We have the greatest job in the world as we get to work everyday to help others live, help people reach goals, change lives and spirits, raise the bar for human existence, motivate, inspire and gain confidence to take on new challenges.  With Day one in the books this was just the starting point of a great conference. Thanks to FIT Thailand and Dr. Suzanne Holsey for organizing this awesome event and providing a standard of education for the fitness profession in Asia,  continued education courses, ACE and NSCA certifications and raising the bar of Fitness in Thailand and Asia.

Day 2 is here. Is your trainer or coach in attendance? You may want to ponder the answer to that question?

Top 5 Fat Blasting Exercises (with a Thai twist)

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Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t have to include weights although it should if you plan to build a strong and shapely body. In order to burn body fat the exercises you choose should be full body and/or include the larger muscle groups. Check out my top five fat blasting exercises for August.

5. Mountain Climbers- be sure to keep the back in a neutral spine position. In the video the spine is not neutral.

4. Squat Jump you want to tone those legs and tighten those gluts as well as add some shape then these are essential.

3. Plyometric Split Squat – be sure the knee does not go forward over the toes and that you land through the center of the front foot.

2. Burpee – Burpees are high intensity and require a full body explosive movement. If you’re looking to melt away some body fat his exercise is a must.

1. Squat & Press – despite the annoying music in the background this would be a squat & press. I decided to incorporate this particular VDO because we’re in Thailand and I just had to put a local twist on this article. It’s not often you see a woman in Thailand lifting like this and it shows that heavy weights are nothing to fear. If you want to lose body fat and tone then it’s a must!

Obesity Growing in AsiaPart 1; A Global Problem

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Have you ever had your body fat tested? Do you realize that just because you’re small or because you’re smaller than most people and look slim that you still may have unhealthy levels of body fat?

I live in Asia so it’s only right that I discuss the issues facing my country of residence. I have not forgotten my American roots, but the epidemic that was once only an American issue is now a pandemic. Obesity is on the rise globally and where there’s an inferno blazing out of control in the United States, Asia is smoking. But where there is smoke there is fire right? Read more of this post

Bangkok Fat A$$ Threatens to Tweet Health Nut to Death

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In the land we know as Bangkok there is a growing divide between two local Giants. In one corner of the Tweet Arena we’ve got the “all things health” BangkokTrainer (one word) and in the other corner we have his arch nemesis and their gang of Fat Food lovers. BKKFatty seems to be the ring leader in all of this, but the authorities are uncertain.

Although this group maintains contradictory actions in the realm of food and health, bludgeoning BangkokTrainer, daily with fat food assaults on twitter as he attempts to save the land with healthy alternatives; There is one thing this group should be applauded for and that’s their connection to an awesome charitible cause.

Check out In Search of Sanuk and see what kind of great stuff is going on in Bangkok.

Check out the original post from the Health Nut’s arch enemies, No Leftovers

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