Cutting Caffeine

Pursuant to our last conversation regarding caffeine consumption, on Wednesday 12/11/13, in preparation for the 21 day body detox diet, and in an effort to manage chronic spinal/body pain, I decided to discontinue caffeine.

For the past year, on a daily basis, I consumed a grande latte from Starbucks containing 2 shots of espresso around 6:30 am. In addition, for a period of about a month or so, I had added a second tall latte containing 1 shot of espresso in the afternoons around 2 pm. The total caffeine consumption on a daily basis was approximately 225 grams.

This level of consumption, I postulate, could in fact be the root cause of the chronic pain I’ve experienced throughout my body, specifically throughout my spine, mid back and lower back. I also postulate that this level of consumption could in fact be the cause of chronically tight musculature throughout my body, specifically in the hamstrings and postural/core musculature.

Lastly, I postulate that this level of consumption also led to remarkably dry skin and hair as well as a general low level feeling of irritability and anxiousness.

On 12/11, in an effort to counter the effects of the caffeine via alkalization , I began juicing. In place of my morning latte, at around 10-11 am, I would go to Wholefoods and get a freshly juiced blend of apple, beet, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, parsley, spinach. In addition, I would add a 1 oz shot of wheat grass.

As for diet, I’ve reverted back to the eating program for days 11-21 of the 21 day body detox diet. Predominantly eating vegetables with lean cuts of meat and the occasional variety of fruits, while refraining from the consumption of dairy, grains and sugar.

To date, I’ve noticed a significant/remarkable decline in chronic pain/tight musculature as well as an improved feeling of general well being.

I intend on sustaining this regime indefinitely throughout the completion of the cleanse to realize the long term effects.

As for any adverse reactions to discontinuing caffeine, I did have a mid grade headache the second day which began mid day. I took three Advil in the evening when I arrived home from work and it subsided an hour and a half later. I also experienced a subtle addictive withdrawal craving from both the substance/behavior, which seems to have subsided by day four.

In closing, I would highly recommend this type of preemptive acclimation so that the cleanse is not such an extreme change for your body.

Keep me posted on both your start date as well as your progress.

New Year’s Resolutions: Eat healthy, lose weight and feel GREAT!!!

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?

1. Live in Gratitude!
Most Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make an effort live in gratitude and be thankful for all that you have.
2. Exercise more!
The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Why not make this the time to start getting in shape?
3. Lose Weight!
Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds. Consider the MBS 10 & 21 day body detox diets for an amazing kick start to your new program!!!
4. Quit Smoking!
If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life!
5. Stop and smell the roses!
Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider MBS for products designed to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Or just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at rock climbing.
6. Decrease Alcohol consumption!
While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking.
7. Get Out of Debt!
Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.
8. Knowledge is Power!
Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep.
9. Bestow for the Benefit of Others!
A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out in your community, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help.
10. Get it together!
On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.

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Intentional weight loss

Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health or physical fitness, is a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue. It can occur unintentionally due to an underlying disease or can arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state.

Unintentional weight loss occurs in many diseases and conditions, including some very serious diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and a variety of other diseases.

Poor management of type 1 diabetes mellitus, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), leads to an excessive amount of glucose and an insufficient amount of insulin in the bloodstream. This triggers the release of triglycerides from adipose (fat) tissue and catabolism (breakdown) of amino acids in muscle tissue. This results in a loss of both fat and lean mass, leading to a significant reduction in total body weight. Untreated type 1 diabetes mellitus can produce weight loss.

In addition to weight loss due to a reduction in fat and lean mass, fluid loss can be triggered by illnesses such as diabetes, certain medications, lack of fluid intake or other factors. Fluid loss in addition to reduction in fat and lean mass exacerbates the risk for cachexia

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Lose your weight

Obesity: A national epidemic

The National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES), leading medical journals, and the media all report that Americans are overweight in epidemic proportions. How did this happen?  Americans consume large portions of the wrong kinds of food, such as refined foods and snacks loaded with sugar, instead of balanced meals that include good quality proteins (fresh meat, poultry and seafood), fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  These poor diet choices combined with a sedentary lifestyle cause weight gain, resulting in numerous health problems.

Many Americans address their weight issues by trying a quick fix weight management program.  Because these programs do not take into account the physiological needs of the body, these dieters do not experience permanent success.  In addition, many quick fix programs are not designed to be practiced for an extended time frame.  Dieters who go on these programs become frustrated because eventually all the weight that was lost comes back.

The ideal weight management program takes time.  It needs to be gentle, reduce excess fat stores, be high in fiber, increase muscle and insure that the amount of metabolic energy being used is greater than the amount of calories being consumed.  All of this needs to occur without losing muscle mass, which can be maintained by consuming vital nutrients.  Once the ideal weight is reached, maintaining it requires that the amount of energy expended is equal to the energy intake.  Obtaining a proper balance is key.

Our bodies are like cars with a main fuel tank and a reserve tank.  When one tank runs dry, the engine draws fuel from the reserve tank to meet its needs.  Our bodies run in a similar fashion.  Say for instance a person walks on a treadmill for 20-30 minutes.  During this time, they have burned off their main fuel-the sugar in their blood, liver and muscles.  Once that fuel is depleted, their body should turn to fat (the reserve fuel tank) for additional energy.

Healthy liver function supports the body in burning fat for energy.  The nutrients and dietary recommendations in the purification programs revolve around feeding the body the nutrients it needs to support optimal liver function.  In addition to its role in fat burning, the liver also synthesizes fatty acids from amino acids and sugars and assists in producing lipoproteins, cholesterol and phospholipids.  The liver makes a substance called glucose tolerance factor (GTF) from Chromium and Glutathione.  GTF partners with the body’s natural insulin to regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.  The liver converts any sugars that are not required for immediate energy needs into glycogen and fat.  Glycogen is stored both in the liver and in the muscle tissue.  The fat is deposited in undesirable areas.

Apply the fundamentals

Incorporating proper eating choices and activity habits into your lifestyle are the only ways to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Determine your desired weight
  • Follow your recommended program
  • Get plenty of exercise

By following these three simple steps, you will be able to properly manage your weight.  Once you reach your desired weight, you can incorporate some foods not listed in your program, back into your diet-sparingly.

Do not expect instantaneous success-you did not wake up morning instantly overweight, so it will take time to lose the unwanted pounds.  Follow the purification program recommended by your health care professional and you will achieve effective, gentle, and sustained weight management.

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