Why you shouldn't drink cow's milk.
Have you heard of the advertisments that drinking cow's milk "does a body good?" We all have, as a child, I've seen them on TV and seen them in magazines. Growing up vegetarian, I never drank cow's milk. My mother never had animal products in the house and our consumption of dairy was limited and almost non-existant.
So why is drinking cow's milk so bad? Why can't I drink cow's milk? Dairy has protein, calcium, and vitamin D right?
Well, our bodies just weren't made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it's better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.
Walter Willet, M.D., Ph.D is the second-most-cited scientist in all of clinical medicine and the head of nutrition at Harvard's School of Public Health. Through research and experience practicing medicine, he advises his patients to avoid dairy products. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asked the USDA to look into the claims of the milk advertisements, and they came to some of the following conclusions:
- There's no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the animal protein it contains may cause bone loss.
- Dairy may be linked to prostate cancer.
- Dairy is full of saturated fat and is linked to heart disease.
- Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75% of the world's population (75% of the world's population does not have the proper enzyme to digest milk.)
- Dairy aggravates irritable bowel syndrome.
You're probably thinking, "Great! Now I can't drink milk. How do I get protein, calcium, and Vitamin D into my diet without milk for strong bones?
GOOD NEWS! There are options. To get calcium, you can eat calcium rich green vegetables like green beans, spinach, and broccoli. Eating almonds is also an option, you can snack on almonds through out the day. Sesame tahini, sea vegetables, and sardines or salmon with the bones are also good sources of calcium. You can get Vitamin D through nuts, grains, cereals, and fish. You can also take Vitamin D supplments. Cod, Tuna, and Salmon are a great source of protein, as well as lean turkey and chicken. Broccoli is a very good source of protein and you can eat it with salmon, chicken, and turkey.
"But I want milk in my cereal and coffee in the morning!" If you are accustomed to putting milk in your cereal in the morning or in your coffee, you can substitute the cow's milk for rice milk, coconut milk, cashew milk in your cereal and coffee in the morning. Yes, it'll taste different, but you'll be putting a healthier alternative in your body and your body will thank you.
Love and Fitness
Love and Fitness
With Valentine's day is a few weeks away. Look good and feel better about yourself. Or if you're single, you can get in shape and feel better about going out to look for that special someone. Are you on a dating app and get blocked? Well, why not stop by the gym to prevent that? You want to be that hottie everyone wants to be with, right? Get started on a new fitness program that will shed that weight and get hot quick.
Among the many benefits of working out, looking good and feeling great about yourself will help you find your soul mate and also help you in your relationships. After a work out endorphines are shooting all over your body creating a happy feeling. When you're happy, your partner is happy. When you both are happy, lots of magical things can happen and the relationship is elevated.
When it comes to love and fitness, working out with a partner can strengthen your relationship. You can motivate each other and you can pull through together. You'll always have someone to spot you on those racks and lift that weight when you cannot. It's team effort as well as a partnership.
Ladies and Gentlemen: You won't get the abs you want by sitting on it. Couples who workout together, stay together.
Here at Fired Up Athletics, you can join a workout program together and get ready for Valentine's day your own way.
How sugar affects the body.
Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.
It can have harmful effects on metabolism and contribute to all sorts of diseases
Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Large-scale studies have shown that the more high-glycemic foods (those that quickly affect blood sugar), including foods containing sugar, a person consumes, the higher his risk for becoming obese and for developing diabetes and heart disease1.
You're probably asking, "Why is too much sugar bad for me?" You probably know the answer, but here is the proof. Sugar is bad for you a because it has calories, and because if you have diabetes or a diabetes-related condition — lets say high blood fat levels — then having sugar will increase your blood sugar and your triglycerides, which is a risk factor for heart disease. (Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood.
Sugar is very calorie-dense. So you can easily consume a lot of sugar in soft drinks, coffee, desserts, and in all kinds of food that contain added sugar. It's not that the sugar calories are more fattening than any other calories. It's just calories are calories, and sugar packs a lot. So the next time you go to your favorite corporate coffeeshop, look into how many tablespoons of sugar you are adding. Then think about how large that coffee cup is and how much sugar you are putting into it. All those calories up.
The effects are sugar are long lasting, but with well balanced meals and an exercise program of 90 minutes a week, you can get back on track to achieving your fitness goals.