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Spring allergy relief

here’s a great article from USA Today about things you can do at home for allergies

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/20/pollen-allergy-medications-tips/7513867/

 

 

Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY6:02 a.m. EDT April 20, 2014

Sneezing, congestion, runny noses and itchy eyes. For people with seasonal nasal allergies — commonly known as hay fever — these symptoms are nothing new. They are as predictable as the explosion of tree pollen happening now in many parts of the country and the bursts of grass and ragweed pollens still to come.

But when it comes to treating those symptoms, there is some news this year.

First, consumers can now buy one kind of allergy medicine, a steroid nasal spray, without a prescription. Nasacort is the first drug in that class to make it to drugstore shelves.

Second, the Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first two of several dissolvable pills that may replace allergy shots for some patients. The pills contain grass pollen extracts and, taken over time, will help some patients build up tolerance – without having to return to a doctor’s office for months or years of injections.

But those medications are not the first things to try, doctors say. In fact, some tried and true strategies don’t involve medication at all. Among them:

• Pay attention to pollen counts. “In many parts of the country, pollen counts are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and start to rise again after dusk,” says Michael Foggs, an allergy specialist in Chicago and president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Fit in your jog or gardening between those peaks or right after a cleansing rain, he suggests.

What does a food label really say? Why don’t we just talk about it

We all look at food labels before we buy a product (if you don’t I hope you will start) but what does it really say?

When I go to the grocery I always look at the labels and check

  1. total calories
  2. calories per serving
  3. protein grams
  4. Carb grams
  5. Sodium

I always always always look and read the label in that order then based on the price per serving decide if I want to buy it or not.  Now some of that has changed since I became a family man but I will never buy something that I don’t know what its made of

To take it one step further if you look at the ingredients of the product, the first substance listed is what is most abundant, the last substance is the least.  Most of the time there are a lot of acids, alcohols, and starches

We are wanting to do a class on “Food Labels”  Dec 10th 6pm here at the studio.  We will have some speakers on chemistry and some clients of mine who have learned as they go about reading and eating food in the grocery

Please join us for a talk and workout if you are interested, bring a friend or two and we will have a great evening learning and working out

Here’s what we learned about Artificial Sugar today

Today I popped in a Dr Oz video about artificial sweeteners

SORBITOL

XYLITOL

HANNITOL

MALITOL

check your food labels and see if you’re getting these sugar alcohols in your diets, they could be causing you digestive problems like the squirts

 watch the video here

“Franken-food” or GMO

California is in the midst of passing law “Prop 37” to label food grown in the U.S. to know if their food is being produced as GMO – or genetically modified organism

No safe testing, long term studies, or knowledge of what effects these foods will have over time.

In my opinion over the last 25yrs there has been a significant increase in allergies, mental disease, cancer, youth abnormalities and overall decrease in life expectancy (especially during election years – swine flu & meningitis scare)

The first genetically modified plant was produced in 1983, using an antibiotic-resistant tobacco plant, now over 85% of foods on stores shelves are GMO and we don’t even know which ones

You don’t know what you don’t know, but we all know our Food & Drug Administration has to get better for all of us to live on this Earth, or the sick, weak, poor & uneducated will perish for sure

Check out the Fooducate app that is helping to label GMO food, its FREE!!

Is that why “red meat” is bad for you?

Raw Ground beef

Image via Wikipedia

When’s the last time you ate a fast food burger?  Are you waiting for ground beef to go on sale at the grocery?  Did your kiddos eat at the school cafeteria , have you checked the menu lately?

“Pink Slime” is whats being served in most school districts.  The slime is essentially the glue holding the meat together.  Its not really glue but it can’t be much worse!!

Saving THREE CENTS a pound off production costs and making $440 million/year in revenue the FDA has allowed the beef industry use fatty slaughterhouse trimmings treated with ammonia as a filler in ground beef.

Is that why some critics say that “red meat” is bad for you?

In January fast food restaurants stopped serving pink slime, I wonder what Bowling Green schools serve, does anybody know?

Here is a quick newscast from Denver I found about the pink slime zqak7r04


Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime Now in Most U.S. Ground Beef

Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned


FOODMATTERS: WHY I do what I do!!

This is my movie that I wanted to make but these guys beat me to it!! Good thing is I didn’t have to do any of the work!!

I was sitting in graduate school studying food science and health trends back in 2001 and figured this out myself

This is the reason WHY I do what I do!!

FOODMATTERS:

Why I do, What I do

I just had one of those days, the kind that when it’s all over with and your glad to be home and done with.  You can kick back, relax and take the time to process it all in.

Today was that day – let me share

This mornings and evenings group came in and cut this “Ab” workout like it was chocolate cake.  I have this solid little core of people who have been busting ass all summer and have lost over 300lbs combined.  They have literally trained with blood, sweat and tears, not just to lose weight; that’s a result that takes place, they come train with me 3-5 days a week because they believe that as PARENTS, family, and friends they have a responsibility to make changes and maintain a standard of health to raise and grow their families, to be a producer in our society.

They believe in HEALTH AND FITNESS

I am so glad because one lady in particular has come full circle to the point she is breaking down FDA news articles for what they mean and not what they say!  So HAPPY she read the article today about “high-fructose corn syrup” being changed to “corn sugar” on package labels.  She made the connection that it doesn’t change the effects on peoples health, just the name on the label.

YESSS!!!! Took the words right out of my mouth, I almost hugged her neck!!!

That is why I get out of bed every day, to help educate people about what I learned through graduate research on the science of nutrition and human movement.

I think the human body is so amazing and to see people walk around diseased, malnourished, and so out of tune with their own BODY, it hurts me down inside.  So bad I want to smack some people just to wake them up, instead I make them row an extra 500m – 1000m!!

You don’t know what you don’t know.  I’m here to give you my opinion, with that and $.99 you can go out and get a cheeseburger.

What’s your opinion? Like belly buttons, (most) everybody’s got one.

GT Get Fit Tip: Nutrition Label – Tips You Should Know

1. Title: When you see the title “Nutrition Facts,” you know this is the current information label approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

2. Serving Size: Is your serving the same size as the one on the label? If you eat double the serving size listed, you need to double the nutrient and calorie values. If you eat one-half the serving size shown here, cut the nutrient and calorie values in half.

3. Calories: Are you overweight? Cut back a little on calories! Look here to see how a serving of the food adds to your daily total. A 5′4″, 138-lb. active woman needs about 2,200 calories each day. A 5′10″, 174-lb. active man needs about 2,900. How about you?

4. Daily Value: Feel like you’re drowning in numbers? Let the Daily Value be your guide. Daily Values are listed for people who eat 2,000 or 2,500 calories a day. If you eat more, your personal daily value may be higher than what’s listed on the label. If you eat less, your personal daily value may be lower. For fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, choose foods with a low % Daily Value. For total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, your daily value goal is to reach 100% of each.

5. Total Fat: Aim low: Most people need to cut back on fat! Too much fat may contribute to heart disease and cancer. Try to limit your calories from fat. For a healthy heart, choose foods with a big difference between the total number of calories and the number of calories from fat.

6. Saturated Fat: A new kind of fat? No–saturated fat is part of the total fat in food. It is listed separately because it’s the key player in raising blood cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Eat less!

7. Cholesterol: Too much cholesterol — a second cousin to fat — can lead to heart disease. Challenge yourself to eat less than 300 mg each day.

8. Sodium: You call it “salt,” the label calls it “sodium.” Either way, it may add up to high blood pressure in some people. So, keep your sodium intake low — 2,400 to 3,000 mg or less each day.*

*The AHA recommends no more than 3,000 mg sodium per day for healthy adults.

9. Total Carbohydrate: When you cut down on fat, you can eat more carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are in foods like bread, potatoes, fruits and vegetables. Choose these often! They give you nutrients and energy.

10. Dietary Fiber: Grandmother called it “roughage,” but her advice to eat more is still up-to-date! That goes for both soluble and insoluble kinds of dietary fiber. Fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, beans and peas are all good sources and can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

11. Protein: Most Americans get more protein than they need. Where there is animal protein, there is also fat and cholesterol. Eat small servings of lean meat, fish and poultry. Use skim or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Try vegetable proteins like beans, grains and cereals.

12. Vitamins & Minerals: Your goal here is 100% of each for the day. Don’t count on one food to do it all. Let a combination of foods add up to a winning score.

Source:University of Iowa

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