Category Archives: Fitness

Dara Interviews Markus Rothkranz

Dara Interviews Markus Rothkranz

Dara has her own YouTube channel dedicated to raw foods, beauty, weight loss, the prevention of disease and health. She’s won numerous awards from the Best of Raw, including for Sexiest Raw Woman and Best Raw TV Show. She’s certified in the the Science of Raw Food Nutrition. She starts off this video by saying Markus Rothkranz represents the next step in her raw food career.

Rothkranz discusses the time, still sick, he spent forty days in the dessert, nude, fasting, to find his purpose in life. He started off with a big backpack full of everything he thought he might need. However, in time, he learned to let go, and not spend his life chasing after material possessions instead of his dreams. The people society look up to, such as Gandhi, go through life with just a loincloth, looking for the truth, not satisfied with anything less, and he had more power than the people in charge. According to Rothkranz, the stuff you get rid of is even more important than what you take in. That includes getting rid of unhealthy, cooked and processed foods, and the toxins that are accumulated in your body. However, it also means getting rid of a codependent relationship you’re in, financial burdens and the clutter in your house. Also, get rid of the clinging people in your life who suck your life.

That makes room in your life for the things and people you are meant to have. The world is infinite. He shows his book The Prosperity Secret and says you have to get rid of the programming that rich people are evil. They are not. Success frees you up to be who you really are. You’re not happy because you’re not free.

Dara clearly thinks highly of Rothkranz. They actually spend a lot more time discussing Rothkranz’s philosophies and views on life and prosperity than on raw foods, and she is in tune with him. She points out you never know when you’re going to have a ah-ha moment that changes your life. Life is about being inspired, and inspiring others.

Nathaniel Ru Changes Perceptions about Healthy Eating

Nathaniel Ru Changes Perceptions about Healthy Eating

SweetGreen is a restaurant that a lot of people in the southern states have not had a chance to experience just yet. This is a restaurant that is known primarily in the north on the East Coast. There is a lot of money that is coming in from venture capitalists for SweetGreen that is about to change all of this. The founder Nathaniel Ru and his partners are starting to cash in on a very innovative idea.

 

Many people have started to witness the success of this restaurant because this type of thing is being talked about in homes and it is showing up in schools. SweetGreen serves as the healthy alternative for people that are looking for something that is a bit more than a salad bar.

 

This is a restaurant chain that comes equipped with things like warm bowls. This is a mixture of vegetables and meats that are flavorful and very appetizing.

 

Nathaniel Ru May not have reinvented the wheel, but he certainly has managed to bring an innovative look to the meals that he is bringing to consumers. This is a restaurant that is making people see the value of eating healthy. That is hard to do. There are so many temptations to eat in a way that is not healthy. I think that Nathaniel Ru has made people – especially venture capitalists – see that this is a great value that comes with eating healthy meals. I would say he has been able to make investors realize that this could be a highly profitable restaurant chain.

 

It all comes down to what people are doing at this time period in their lives. Nathaniel Ru has struck when the time was right. Ten years ago Nathaniel Ru and his crew could have come forth with SweetGreen, and people would have ignored what he was doing. Today there is a much greater need for people to be health conscious. That is why he has been able to capitalize on this idea and get some investors interested in what he was doing. He knew how to market the company, and he has been able to shift the attention to building a healthy alternative that still has some very delectable meals. He has changed the perception about healthy food in America, and that is what he had to do in order to get more people excited about eating healthy.

Do Athletes Need Carbs Or Fats?

Do Athletes Need Carbs Or Fats?

It has been believed for decades now that carbohydrates are needed for optimal athletic performance. It was also always recommended that a diet that is rich in fats was not optimal. The conceptual belief was that fatty foods would not be a proper source of energy or fuel and would really just cause an increase in weight gain. Recently however, scientists are beginning to conclude that more and more athletes are using a high fat diet to increase their performance levels.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the Amen Clinic just recently suggested that cutting back on starchy carbs and increasing fat rich foods like nuts might actually help improve a person’s metabolic health. While this might not be a big priority for athletes performance is. It obviously is not very smart to increase fat intake without properly burning this fat and as with any diet, a diet high in fat content should be followed with the help of a medical professional who can determine if this is a wise and beneficial lifestyle choice.

If dissected it does seem probable that a high fat diet could help performance. Even the best athlete is pristine shape often consumes a large amount of calories in order to gain more muscle mass. Carbohydrates alone cannot always accomplish this. Dietary fat is not as immediately available to the body as carbs are but this does not mean that over time the consumption of fattier foods might not lead to increased performance levels.

Endurance Athletes May Benefit More From Fat Than Carbs

Endurance Athletes May Benefit More From Fat Than Carbs

Research at Colorado State University has found that when athletes trained in endurance sports maintain aerobic exercise for prolonged periods they may gain more from their fat intake than from carbs. The article Nutrition for the Athlete on Colorado State’s website describes the various dietary requirements for various types of athletes. While many athletes carb load before big events, and Flavio Maluf says the article does not suggest otherwise, stored dietary fat is also crucial to endurance activities.

A key factor when considering the use of fat in exercise is the level of the athlete. A trained athlete can gain as much as 75 percent of their performance energy from stored dietary fat. Individuals with less athletic training will use fat stores at a lower rate. Regardless of how much fat an athlete will use, however, it is still suggested that meals shortly before an event should be lower in fat and higher in carbohydrate sources. Even in endurance events, fats will prolong digestion more than carbs and may significantly retard the energy benefits of the meal regardless of the level of the athlete.

Cholesterol Is Back!

Cholesterol Is Back!

 

For almost 40 years, Americans have been told by nutritionists and the federal government that cholesterol is bad for them because it helps promote clogged arteries and heart disease. Now, research over the last decade has revealed that overconsumption of saturated fats and sodium is the overall real threat when it comes to heightened risk for heart disease. As a result, the government is on the verge of changing its warnings about cholesterol.

Americans who have high bad cholesterol or other conditions affected by cholesterol in foods will still be told to avoid it, but the USDA Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee is focusing on warnings about saturated fats and sodium. The committee is also more concerned with the underconsumption of foods rich in essential dietary nutrients like Vitamin D, Fiber, Potassium, Iron and Calcium.

What will the new guidelines mean for consumers?

Essentially, the USDA will promote warnings against Americans eating foods that have a lot of saturated fats and sodium and education about Americans pursuing a healthier diet that includes more green vegetables, dairy products and fish that have higher levels of the essential nutrients that many Americans are not consuming enough on a daily basis.

Of course, the committee did not say if it would promote the use of supplements for people, like Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG, who cannot consume enough of the healthier foods or have malabsorption issues that prevent them getting the nutrients they need.

Britney Proves Her Women’s Health Cover Is Not Fake

Britney Proves Her Women’s Health Cover Is Not Fake

 

Any Loyal Britney Spears fan will tell you that Brit Brit hasn’t had it easy over the past ten years, from the on again off again relationship and messy divorce with K-Fed to the very public year long melt down that left many fans wondering if Britney would ever recover, It seemed that things just would never look good for her. However in time Britney has come back harder than ever and some are still wondering how she did it. 

Even after breaking up this summer with her cheating boyfriend Britney seemed to bounce back harder than ever without a single incident, she came out unharmed and with a new man. Of course getting a man these days is not hard for Britney because she looks absolutely amazing, so amazing that some people insist that her most recent photos for her Women’s Health cover must be fake, not only because she looks unbelievable but because her face seems to be a little off. 

After the rumors of her cover being photoshopped started making its rounds Britney decided to set the record straight and let everyone know that not only is the cover not shopped but she looks that good on and off camera. Britney released the behind the scenes video to prove her haters wrong and after watching the live footage its clear that not only is she not digitally enhanced but she actually looks better off camera. It’s obvious she has the same stringent training routine of Laurene Powell Jobs.

Sources that were involved claim that the reason for Britney’s face “looking off” was due to the makeup contouring that slims the nose and gives the cheekbones a more defined look. Sometimes contouring translates awkwardly in still photos and that is what makes some look bad and others look great.

Contouring or not Britney Spears looks amazing from head to toe.

Do You Know Your Fitness Age?

Do You Know Your Fitness Age?

A new study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, has determined that your fitness age–which is essentially determined by your body’s cardiovascular endurance capacity–is more accurate than chronological age with regards to predicting how long you are going to live. Your fitness age is determined by what’s called VO2max. What VO2max does is measure the amount of oxygen your body takes in, expels out, and how efficiently it is being used. This is essentially what determines your cardiovascular endurance.

Since this notion of fitness age is relatively new, it will take some time before we’re able to go down to the local gym and calculate our VO2max, since it requires precise treadmill experimentation. Igor Cornelsen can’t wait until that day comes. Once this technology becomes more mainstream, it could be vitally important, since your body’s cardiovascular endurance is related to the health of many vital organ systems including your heart and lungs.

Trans Fat Consumption Reduces Memory Skills

Trans Fat Consumption Reduces Memory Skills

Most people already know that trans fats are made for you because they increase risk of obesity, heart attack, and stroke. In fact, trans fats are so bad that the FDA is working on regulations that would ban them, but for now they are still on shelves. A new study suggests that they are bad for your memory as well as your waistline. This information was passed on to me by friend Sam Tabar.

The American Heart Association took a look at about 1,000 healthy middle aged men that consumed trans fats on a regular basis and found that they did worse on a basic word memory test compared to those who don’t eat trans fats. Even after taking into account ethnicity, age, and depression the results still proved that consumption of trans fats reduced memory. For each gram of trans fat consumed almost one word less was remembered.

Researchers from the AHA stated that it is clear that trans fats can worsen memory if consumed on a regular basis. They plan to repeat the study on women next to prove the same link, but researchers are confident they will see the same results. Lead author of the study, Beatrice A Golomb, explained that even though trans fats are useful in increasing shelf life it is clear that they reduce lifespan in people.