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Are Flabonoids Making You Flabby?

lean-vs-flabbyOK, I admit that FLABonoids isn’t a real word, but I’m coining it now, so if I have any say, it will be in the dictionary within 10 years and I’ll be on the Ellen DeGeneres show talking about it.

Actually, I didn’t even come up with the word myself. I have to give the credit to my friend Angela who came up with it based on a misunderstanding. I was talking with her about flavonoids (also known as flavonols), which is a healthy component in healthy foods, and she thought I said flabonoids. After a copious amount of belly laughter, it dawned on me that flabonoids is the perfect word to be the antithesis of the word flavonoids!

Healthy foods like kale, broccoli, berries, arugula, asparagus, chia seeds, raw cacao, and tea (to name just a few) contain high amounts of flavonoids and these foods also happen to be fat burning foods. It’s a pretty safe bet that the woman on the left in the picture above is a big fan of foods containing high amounts of flavonoids.

Processed foods on the other hand, contain “food like substances” for ingredients instead of real food, are certainly fattening, so it’s only fitting that these substances should be called FLABonoids! It’s a pretty safe bet that the woman on the right in the picture above is a big fan of foods containing high amounts of flabonoids.

Flavonoids – the good stuff, also prevents disease, makes you healthier, improves insulin resistance, and makes you fitter – even to the extent of increasing athletic performance for better workouts. There is plenty of research proving these facts.

Flabonoids – the bad stuff, does the opposite of all the good stuff listed above and of course, makes you flabby.

How do you know if your food contains flavonoids or flabonoids? Well, for starters, it has to be real food to contain flavonoids. By real food, I mean foods that have one ingredient and that ingredient is from a non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) source. The safest way to make sure your food is non – GMO, is to buy organic. The organic foods with the highest flavonoids are the most basic green vegetables and certain fruits.

If you go the other way though, and eat processed foods with lots of ingredients on the label that you can’t pronounce, well, those are FLABonoids and they will make you fat, give you disease, make you cranky and cause you to feel miserable.

So go out and get some FLAVonoids today and run fast and far, far away from FLABonoids!

Are Genetically Modified Foods Fattening?

fat fruitIf you know me, you probably already know the answer to this question, but let me explain a few facts first.

1.) It’s been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that toxins are fattening. The reason for this is because once a toxin is ingested, it starts to break your system down and negatively affects your health. Your body quickly recognizes this and goes into action to get that crap out of your system as fast as possible. It can do this through vomiting and diarrhea, as with food poisoning, or as in the case of more subtle poisons, it will decide to store that poison in the safest storage facility possible, which ends up being your fat cells. Now that your fat cells are full of poison, your body will be more reluctant to liberate those cells to be burned off for energy because that would let the poison back out.

2.) GM foods are full of (more…)

Coffee, Fat Burning and Fitness

w-Giant-Coffee-Cup75917Coffee has been villainized among fitness gurus and trainers in recent years, but the most recent research indicates that it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as some precautions are taken.

The first precaution is to consume it in moderation because coffee tends to be acidic, which leads to inflammation, which can cause health problems and can also make fat loss more challenging. As long as consumption is kept to 1 to 2 cups a day, the inflammation issue shouldn’t be too significant though.

The second precaution is to make sure that your coffee is organic. Coffee is pretty difficult to grow, therefore huge amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are used on the conventional coffee plantations.

The third precaution is to be mindful of what you put in your coffee, because (more…)

My Top 7 Get Well Supplements

photoBeing sick sucks, and when clients are sick, they have to miss their X Gym workout. No one wants that. We don’t want that, and clients don’t want that, because it gets in their way of getting in shape!

If you saw my post on staying well, you saw my top seven tips and tricks for that. If you follow those, you won’t get sick very often. I sure follow them, and I rarely do. If you don’t follow them however, and do and up getting sick, then here are the top 7 supplements I recommend for getting well as fast as possible.

Along with these supplements, taking it easy, resting, drinking lots of pure water, staying warm, and (more…)

How to “HIT” Father Time Where it Hurts

FTWanna punch this guy in the face? I can show you how – and how to get away with it.

If anyone did a simple Google search, they would find numerous studies over the last 20 years showing that exercise adds years to your life, so this is well established and now accepted as fact, but a recent study showed that a certain type of exercise gives Father Time a special beat down. It’s called High Intensity Training (HIT), and while we are on the subject of time, it will save you a ton of it while giving you more of it.

HIT requires only a fraction of the time traditional training requires. A strength workout at the X Gym for instance, takes only 21 minutes, twice a week to attain strength, cardio and endurance benefits. To get comparable benefits with a traditional trainer, you would have to burn over 8 hours per week.

It seems recent mainstream research helps back up this bold claim. Scientists who looked at cyclists in Denmark found that men who rode with high intensity lived 5.3 years longer, and those with (more…)

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