We down about 97 pounds of sugar per year–about 30 teaspoons per day.  Most of that is from foods in which sugar is added, as opposed to fruits or milk, in which it occurs naturaly.  sugar has its place in a healthy diet, but too much can edge out more nutritious foods, so the USDA recommends capping added sugar at 32 grams, or 8 teaspoons a day.

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A water bottle, that is.  The old eight-cups-a-day rule no longer has merit.  We get plenty of H2O from other sources, including fruits, vegetebales, coffee, and tea.  But sipping at least a few glasses of water dailey can deliver some serious health benefits, including weight loss. Thirst can mask as hunger, so a lot of times we eat when really our bodies just need water.  To tell the difference, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes.  If your stomach is still grumbling, have a snack.  If not, you were probably just dehydrated.

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Exercise immediately improves your ability to learn.


It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. In a study at the University of Muenster in Germany, participants who ran sprints learned new words 20 percent faster than those who did nothing. Other research has tied physical activity to improve attention and memory as well.

Exercise is the best thing we can do to ready our brain to learn,” says John J. Ratey, M.D., author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. “We know that the cells become more malleable and ready to make connections. And the learner is more focused, calm, and motivated—[she’s] ready to learn.”

Physical activity has one other major perk too: It increases production of the stem cells that develop new brain cells.

Ratey has found that both aerobic activities and strength training have benefits to the brain, but that more complicated forms of exercise—like tennis and soccer—provide the biggest boost. “You’re taxing more parts of the brain in those activities, which helps it grow,” he explains.

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Today, a client who travels frequently for business accomplished a challenging back exercise.  This exercise is one that was tough for him to do at an earlier session.  The exercise requires a side-to-side movement of the spine while using the abdominals.  The client felt victorious and experienced a “free” feeling of movement in the back, while at the same time could feel the abs to do the work.

Kathy Braidhill

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1700: the average person ate 4lbs. of sugar a year

1800: 18lbs of sugar/year

1900: 90lbs of sugar/year

TODAY: more than 1/4 of our population is eating 180lbs of sugar a Year!

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Did you know…..

The nutritional content of a lot of foods now a days is labeled according to serving size?  How much do you really know about the serving size?

One cup should be about the size of your fist, and is typically equal to about two servings of pasta or rice.

Three servings of meat, fish or chicken is about the size of a deck of cards or can be about the size of the palm of your hand

One apple should be about the size of a tennisball.

 Two servings of a bagel (about one half of a bagel) should be about the size of a hockey puck.

One serving of a pancake should be about the size of a CD.

One ounce of cheese should be about the size of a one inch cube.

Quick tip…..

When at home always weigh and measure.  This will help you visualize the correct portion size when you are not eating at home.

-Julia Morichelli at Pro Fitness Network

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