Why Ketosis Helps You Reduce Cravings & Hunger?

August 13, 2017

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If you’re embarking on a weight-loss journey, chances are you’ll run into the nutritional ketosis diet. But have you ever wondered if (and why) ketosis can help you lose weight? First, let me assure you that it can. In fact, even mainstream doctors are suggesting ketogenic diets for an entire host of patients, including those with metabolic syndrome. The beauty of the standard ketogenic diet—which consists of about 70 to 80 percent healthy fats, 10 to 20 percent protein, and 5 percent carbohydrates—is that you will not feel hungry or deprived.

Ketosis can also offer health benefits that stretch far beyond weight loss. This way of eating can be beneficial for people with mitochondrial dysfunction and cancer or for athletes looking to increase their athletic performance. Here’s why the ketogenic diet is a good choice for weight loss and overall health:

1. Ketosis will suppress hunger pangs.

Ketosis is a great appetite suppressant; if you are eating a standard (high-carb) American diet, you have blood sugar swings that can cause bouts of intense hunger—sometimes within as little as two hours of eating a meal! When you enter ketosis and start burning fat for fuel, your blood sugar will stabilize at a lower, healthier level. The healthy fat will be metabolized into ketones by your liver, and that will suppress your hunger via several metabolic pathways.

When it comes to most hunger pangs, we’re talking about ghrelin, not leptin. Ghrelin is the main hunger hormone and increases appetite. When you eat, ghrelin levels drop, if you are overweight they won’t drop as much as they should. When you start to lose weight on a non-ketotic diet, your body senses that it’s being starved and ghrelin levels increase. This is one reason regular diets often fail. The good news if you’re on a ketotic diet is ghrelin levels do not increase as you lose weight.

2. You’ll feel satiated and reduce inflammation.

Traditional diet-induced weight loss leads to increased hunger and reduced feelings of fullness or satiety. As you just read, it leads to increased ghrelin levels. It also leads to a reduced concentration of satiety peptides. These peptide hormones include glucagon-like peptide-1, cholecystokinin, and peptide YY. Ketogenic diets appear to suppress much of these responses by day three of your ketotic state. If you’re thinking “What can I eat that’s healthy and will reduce hunger pangs?” healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter, and ghee will slow down the absorption of everything you eat so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. Alternatively, when we want “instant” feelings of satiety, it’s protein that wins (beating fats and carbs). Just be careful not to eat too much protein, as the amount you’re allowed on a ketotic diet is less than you might expect.

3. Your metabolism will get a friendly boost.

You’ll be delighted to know that you don’t have to count calories on the ketogenic diet. Simply eat until you’re full and try not to snack. Ketosis is a natural metabolic booster, so don’t be afraid of the “fat calories.” You’ll convert healthy fat to brain- and heart-healthy ketones and use them for fuel, while the excess is excreted in your urine. Metabolism is generally calculated in clinical studies with measurements of what is called a respiratory exchange ratio. On average, men burn an extra 450 kcals per day while women burn an extra 150 kcals/day in ketosis. This might not seem like much, but it adds up. Remember, don’t get obsessed with the amount of fat you’re eating. The fat turns into ketones, which are a nice, high-octane fuel for your body.

4. Cravings become a thing of the past.

When you burn fat for fuel, your blood sugar becomes more stabilized, and in turn, the lack of blood sugar highs and lows will rein in cravings for sugar and carbs. In my practice, I see that few people develop carb cravings or sugar cravings on a nutritional ketosis diet. If my patients or clients have cravings, I just have them take l-tyrosine and SAMe supplements as well as 5-OH tryptophan supplements—if they are not on antidepressants.

I hope I’ve demonstrated why ketosis can help you lose weight and just a couple of words of caution before we go. If you have type 1 diabetes or any other chronic medical condition, this is something that should be done only under medical supervision. In addition, it’s important to know that the ketogenic diet can be hard on conditions like leaky gut. I have my patients and clients “break ketosis” every two weeks to protect their gut. In general, this is a very healthy diet, and any symptoms of brain fog and sleep disturbance (if they occur at all) should clear up after the first two weeks.

As with all weight-reduction programs, if you’re looking to drop significant weight, it’s best to obtain medical clearance. And of course, listen to your body always. If you ever feel that something is wrong, do have a doctor check it out. Good luck!

Article sourced here: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/a-doctor-on-why-ketosis-helps-you-lose-weight

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Rosemary & Pear Patties

August 10, 2017

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Suits phase 2 and above – Serves 4

Ingredients

500g minced pork
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and grated
2 Tbsp finely chopped spring onions
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp crushed fennel seeds
½ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a bowl and mix to combine. Divide into 8 portions and shape into patties.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large fry pan and add half the patties. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until well browned and cooked through. Place on paper towel and lay a sheet of foil over the top while cooking the remaining patties.
  3. Serve with salad or steamed veggies.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Chunky Winter Vegetable Soup

August 2, 2017

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Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – August 2017

August 1, 2017

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JOIN IN AUGUST TO RECEIVE YOUR TOTAL HEALTH PACKAGE
This month we have organised a very special membership deal alongside our friends at Mid North Coast Physiotherapy. Any new members who join at either Toormina or Moonee on a 12 month pay-as-you-go membership in August will receive a ‘Total Health Package’ which consists of:

–    A 24/7 Membership including access to ALL CLASSES
–    A Personal Training Session
–    A Massage Session
–    A Physiotherapy Consult
–    A Nutrition Consult 

This package is valued at well over $300 and is limited to the first 25 people, so get in quick to secure one for yourself this month. Call 1300 040 479, email lee@coffscoasthc.com.au for Moonee or tori@coffscoasthc.com.au for Toormina, or you can join online now.

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Join Our 12 Week Outdoor Bootcamp

Get summer body ready with our 12 Week Outdoor Bootcamp! Starting on the 2nd of September we will be running a 12 week Bootcamp to get you ready for summer. With 3 weekly sessions run by Jazz O’Meagher, one of our wonderful Personal Trainers, and options to suit everyone, this is the perfect way to get that summer body you’ve been dreaming about!

WHEN: Monday & Thursday nights @ 6pm, Saturday morning @ 8am
WHERE: Rex Hardaker Oval, next to the Toormina Club
COST: Weekly Direct Debit pricing – $10/1session, $15/2 sessions $20/3 sessions OR pop in for a casual session for $15

With varied, challenging and FUN outdoor workouts each session, find your summer body motivation this Spring! Hurry, spots are limited so sign up now at Toormina Reception. For more information please call Jazz on 0415 238 461.

 

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WHO YOU GONNA CALL? PAIN BUSTERS
Jack Gillingham, born and bred Sawtell local, jumped at the opportunity to come back to the area to work with Mid North Coast Physio in a field where he can give back to the Coffs Coast community. Jack has a wealth of experience as a Physiotherapist after graduating from the University of Newcastle with honours and loves helping people to make an improvement in their lives and getting them closer to achieving their health goals.

Here is Jack’s list of what to expect in a Physiotherapy Consultation:

•    A discussion about your reason for coming to a physiotherapist, your goals, and what you would like to achieve from the service.
•    A thorough assessment to diagnose the cause of your issues. This may include – measuring your movement and strength; a postural assessment; special tests to check your ligaments, tendons, and nerves; a balance assessment; a biomechanical and gait analysis
•    A recommended plan of action advising you the key issues, your diagnosis and what needs to be done to address the problems to achieve your best outcome.
•    Treatment, which may involve any of the following – soft tissue releases; joint mobilisation and manipulation; trigger point dry needling; taping; a personalised exercise program; custom orthotic prescription; referral to one of our other health experts.
•    Education – During your consult, you can expect a clear explanation of what’s wrong and what needs to be done so you leave knowing what is the problem, why it has occurred, and how you can prevent it from happening again.  Don’t leave feeling like you’re left in the dark!

If you’re living with an injury, having issues with your joints, have frequent back pain or any other muscular complaints and need a solution then Jack is your man! If you would like to see how Jack can help, Mid North Coast Physio are offering 10 FREE physiotherapy assessments this month.  To secure your spot call 1300 27 37 47

6d6c6e0e-25bc-4dd5-a01f-38a05e7a135bAre You New to Fitness Passport?

We’ve got you covered! For the month of August, Fitness Passport Members are invited to book a complimentary Health Check and Program with one of our wonderful trainers (valued at $75). This tailored session includes health testing, as well as a customised exercise program to help you reach your goals, whether they be strength, weight loss, functional or general fitness related.

Call or email your favourite club now to book in and get started as there are limited sessions available at both clubs. Call 1300 040 479, or email moonee@coffscoasthc.com.au or toormina@coffscoasthc.com.au

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Month!
 

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Tasty Snack Alert
Introducing Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bars – real food, made with real ingredients, for real people.These delicious bars are the perfect snack or dessert and taste pretty good blended through a smoothie as well. Blue Dinosaur Bars are:
  • All Natural
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Free of added sugar
  • A great source of fibre
  • Contain only 5 ingredients per bar.
We will be stocking Blue Dinosaur Bars at both Toormina and Moonee in a range of delicious flavours – so make sure you keep an eye out for taste tests during August. The best part is these bars are affordable, at just $4 for a single bar or $40 for a box of 12! Try one of these tasty, convenient and HEALTHY on-the-go snacks for yourself today.

 

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ZUMBA Studio Class with Michael Thomas
You may have heard the exciting news that international ZUMBA star Michael Thomas is coming to Coffs Harbour to present a ZUMBA GOLD party at the Sawtell RSL on Saturday the 12th of August – don’t forget to get your tickets through our ZUMBA instructors Debbie Leaney and Mandy Farrow.

While Michael is in Coffs Harbour we thought we would use this opportunity to organise an extra special treat for all our ZUMBA loving members and guests!
Michael will be presenting a special one off ZUMBA Studio Class at Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina on Friday the 11th of August at 5.30pm.

When: Friday 11th of August
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Main Studio at Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina
Cost: Only $10 for members and guests – Tickets are at reception on the night

This class is sure to be AMAZING and will be an event to remember!
So grab a friend and shimmy your way into the weekend.

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Warm Up Your Winter With Belle Odori Candles
Belle Odori Candles produce a unique range of beautiful candles all individually hand-poured using 100% Eco-friendly wax. All candles are made using 100% pure natural professional grade soy wax. This allows the candles to burn longer, cleaner and leave a long-lasting aroma throughout your home. You will love the flame and soft crackling sound created by the unique wooden wicks.

Listen as these beautiful candles imitate the sound of a crackling fire that helps create a warm tranquil ambience – perfect for those cold winter nights. These soy candles contain NO GMO material, NO paraffin, NO unnatural additives, they are kosher certified and are NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. Most importantly, they smell amazing! 

We stock these beautiful candles at both Toormina and Moonee in a range of delicious scents: Lychee & Black Tea, Coconut & Lime, Cinnamon & Vanilla, French Pear and Salted Caramel. Plus as a special offer this August, receive 10% off all Belle Odori Candles.

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A Big Welcome to Josh
Josh has recently joined the Coffs Coast Health Club team and is a jack-of-all-trades. Not only is Josh a qualified Personal Trainer, he’s not too shabby on the tools either! Josh will be taking on new clients at both our Toormina and Moonee Clubs, as well as helping out with the maintenance at Toormina.

Josh is passionate about the fitness industry and the role that he can play in your fitness journey as a Personal Trainer. He loves to train clients that need a little extra motivation and support in order to reach their goals, whatever those may be!

If you see Josh on the floor, have a chat and introduce yourself and make him feel welcome to the Coffs Coast Health Club Family.

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Last 2017 Personal Trainer Course STARTING SOON
Live your dream in 2018! The fitness industry is booming. With an increased focus on health and fitness, there is unprecedented growth and demand for high-quality personal trainers and fitness professionals.

“Personal Training courses are not all created equal. I started an online one & I ended up wasting my time & money. This course run by Dan is so interactive & fun! I am gaining all of the skills & confidence I need to become a personal trainer in a real gym with motivation from real people. I see why AIPT are the leaders now, I love it!” R. Sampson

Get qualified and learn in the region’s most awarded health club, from the region’s most experienced personal trainers. Our very own Daniel Tempest is taking applications right now for the final Personal Training course this year and with ONLY a few positions left, your time is running out to turn your dream into reality.

Call the Coffs Coast Campus Manager Dan on 0432 579 221 or email him via coffscoast@aipt.com.au for further information.

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Coffs Cup Half Day Public Holiday!
Enjoy your Half Day Public Holiday, experience the great outdoors & spend some quality time with quality people on Thursday 3rd August, as Toormina will be supervised 5.30am-12noon and Moonee will be supervised 8am-12noon. Both clubs will be unsupervised in the afternoon.

All morning classes, kids club, physio, massage and personal training appointments will still occur. All 24/7 members still have the freedom to access the club at any time to work out on their terms with their 24/7 keytag. Speak to reception to find out if your membership allows you 24/7 access & if not, its only a $2 per week upgrade.

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Upcoming Events In August
Thursday 3rd – Coffs Cup Race Day
Friday 11th – Celebrity Zumba Studio Class @ Toormina
Saturday 12th – Zumba Party @ Sawtell RSL
Wednesday 16th – Living Well Disability Expo @ C.ex Coffs

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10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress

July 30, 2017

stressStress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress. Here are 10 ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and hassle.

1. Figure out where the stress is coming from.

Oftentimes, when we’re stressed, it seems like a big mess with stressors appearing from every angle. We start to feel like we’re playing a game of dodge ball, ducking and darting so we don’t get smacked by a barrage of balls. We take a defensive position, and not a good one at that.

Instead of feeling like you’re flailing day to day, identify what you’re actually stressed about. Is it a specific project at work, an upcoming exam, a dispute with your boss, a heap of laundry, a fight with your family?

By getting specific and pinpointing the stressors in your life, you’re one step closer to getting organized and taking action.

2. Consider what you can control—and work on that.

While you can’t control what your boss does, what your in-laws say or the sour state of the economy, you can control how you react, how you accomplish work, how you spend your time and what you spend your money on.

The worst thing for stress is trying to take control over uncontrollable things. Because when you inevitably fail — since it’s beyond your control — you only get more stressed out and feel helpless. So after you’ve thought through what’s stressing you out, identify the stressors that you can control, and determine the best ways to take action.

Take the example of a work project. If the scope is stressing you out, talk it over with your supervisor or break the project down into step-wise tasks and deadlines.

Stress can be paralyzing. Doing what’s within your power moves you forward and is empowering and invigorating.

3. Do what you love.

It’s so much easier to manage pockets of stress when the rest of your life is filled with activities you love. Even if your job is stress central, you can find one hobby or two that enrich your world. What are you passionate about? If you’re not sure, experiment with a variety of activities to find something that’s especially meaningful and fulfilling.

4. Manage your time well.

One of the biggest stressors for many people is lack of time. Their to-do list expands, while time flies. How often have you wished for more hours in the day or heard others lament their lack of time? But you’ve got more time than you think, as Laura Vanderkam writes in her aptly titled book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think.

We all have the same 168 hours, and yet there are plenty of people who are dedicated parents and full-time employees and who get at least seven hours of sleep a night and lead fulfilling lives.

Here are Vanderkam’s seven steps to help you check off your to-do list and find time for the things you truly enjoy.

5. Create a toolbox of techniques.

One stress-shrinking strategy won’t work for all your problems. For instance, while deep breathing is helpful when you’re stuck in traffic or hanging at home, it might not rescue you during a business meeting.

Because stress is complex, “What we need is a toolbox that’s full of techniques that we can fit and choose for the stressor in the present moment,” said Richard Blonna, Ed.D, a nationally certified coach and counselor and author of Stress Less, Live More: How Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Can Help You Live a Busy Yet Balanced Life.

Here’s a list of additional techniques to help you build your toolbox.

6. Pick off the negotiables from your plate.

Review your daily and weekly activities to see what you can pick off your plate. As Vanderkam asks in her book: “Do your kids really love their extracurricular activities, or are they doing them to please you? Are you volunteering for too many causes, and so stealing time from the ones where you could make the most impact? Does your whole department really need to meet once per week or have that daily conference call?”

Blonna suggested asking these questions: “Do [my activities] mesh with my goals and values? Am I doing things that give my life meaning? Am I doing the right amount of things?”

Reducing your stack of negotiable tasks can greatly reduce your stress.

7. Are you leaving yourself extra vulnerable to stress?

Whether you perceive something as a stressor depends in part on your current state of mind and body. That is, as Blonna said, ““Each transaction we’re involved in takes place in a very specific context that’s affected by our health, sleep, psychoactive substances, whether we’ve had breakfast [that day] and [whether we’re] physically fit.”

So if you’re not getting sufficient sleep or physical activity during the week, you may be leaving yourself extra susceptible to stress. When you’re sleep-deprived, sedentary and filled to the brim with coffee, even the smallest stressors can have a huge impact.

8. Preserve good boundaries.

If you’re a people-pleaser like me, saying no feels like you’re abandoning someone, have become a terrible person or are throwing all civility out the window. But of course that couldn’t be further from the truth. Plus, those few seconds of discomfort are well worth avoiding the stress of taking on an extra activity or doing something that doesn’t contribute value to your life.

One thing I’ve noticed about productive, happy people is that they’re very protective of their time and having their boundaries crossed. But not to worry: Building boundaries is a skill you can learn. Here are some tips to help. And if you tend toward people-pleasing, these tips can help, too.

9. Realize there’s a difference between worrying and caring.

Sometimes, our mindset can boost stress, so a small issue mushrooms into a pile of problems. We continue worrying, somehow thinking that this is a productive — or at least inevitable — response to stress. But we mistake worry for action.

Clinical psychologist Chad LeJeune, Ph.D, talks about the idea of worrying versus caring in his book, The Worry Trap: How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. “Worrying is an attempt to exert control over the future by thinking about it,” whereas caring is taking action. “When we are caring for someone or something, we do the things that support or advance the best interests of the person or thing that we care about.”

LeJeune uses the simple example of houseplants. He writes: “If you are away from home for a week, you can worry about your houseplants every single day and still return home to find them brown and wilted. Worrying is not watering.”

Similarly, fretting about your finances does nothing but get you worked up (and likely prevent you from taking action). Caring about your finances, however, means creating a budget, paying bills on time, using coupons and reducing how often you dine out.

Just this small shift in mindset from worrying to caring can help you adjust your reaction to stress. To see this distinction between worrying and caring, LeJeune includes an activity where readers list responses for each one. For example:

Worrying about your health involves…

Caring about your health involves…

Worrying about your career involves…

Caring about your career involves…

10. Embrace mistakes—or at least don’t drown in perfectionism.

Another mindset that can exacerbate stress is perfectionism. Trying to be mistake-free and essentially spending your days walking on eggshells is exhausting and anxiety-provoking. Talk about putting pressure on yourself! And as we all know but tend to forget: Perfectionism is impossible and not human, anyway.

As researcher Brene Brown writes in her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, “Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth” and it’s not self-improvement.

Nothing good can come from perfectionism. Brown writes: “Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction and life-paralysis [‘all the opportunities we miss because we’re too afraid to put anything out in the world that could be imperfect’].”

Plus, mistake-mistaking can lead to growth. To overcome perfectionism, Brown suggests becoming more compassionate toward yourself. We couldn’t agree more.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Choc orange, cinnamon & turmeric bliss balls

July 27, 2017

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Makes 18

Ingredients

1 cup almond meal
1 cup Shaken Jamaican protein powder
10 dried dates
pinch salt
zest one orange
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup water

Method

  1. Combine Food process almond meal and Shaken Jamaican powder.
  2. Add dates and blend until well chopped.
  3. Add salt, zest, cinnamon, turmeric and coconut and pulse.
  4. Add water gradually while blending. The mixture should roll into balls without being sticky, so add more water or add coconut or almond meal to ensure the consistency is right.
  5. Roll into 18 balls and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Is It Better to Exercise on an Empty Stomach?

July 25, 2017

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It turns out there may be something to the gym floor “bro science” of exercising on an empty stomach to fire up that coveted fat-burning metabolism. Research published in the March 2017 edition of the American Journal of Physiology–Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that eating versus fasting before a workout can affect gene expression in adipose tissue (your fat stores) in response to exercise.

In the study, British scientists had a small group of overweight men walk at 60% of their maximum oxygen intake for 60 minutes in the morning either in a fasted or a fed state (a carb-rich meal 2 hours before exercise). The research team collected adipose tissue samples before exercise and again 1 hour afterward.

It turned out that adipose gene expression differed between the two trials. In the fasted state, an uptick in genes (specifically two called PDK4 and HSL) indicated an increase in the use of stored fat to fuel metabolism. When subjects exercised after eating, these genes decreased, which could indicate less fat-burning.

After eating, the researchers suggested, our adipose tissue is affected by the food and will not respond in the same way. The upshot is that for people who are eager to shed a few fat pounds, working up a sweat in a fasted state may bring about more favorable metabolic changes in adipose tissue to help treat Buddha-belly.

Still, it remains to be determined whether this outcome would apply to more intense bouts of exercise. Many people find it challenging to keep up the pace in a vigorous workout when their stomach is growling—and if pace suffers, calorie burning will drop overall. It’s important to note that we’re talking fat-burning here, not performance.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 14, Issue 7
by Matthew Kadey, MS, RD on Jun 13, 2017
Sourced here: http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/hungry-for-exercise

The Big Problem With Scented Candles

July 23, 2017

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People have been using scented candles for years trying to mask unpleasant odours in their homes. They’re a go-to when trying to relax and unwind after a long days work.

Though they may seem safe, regular scented candles are actually a major source of indoor pollution, and destroy air quality (and the lungs). They put off chemicals that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke.

According to Anne Steinemann, an environmental pollutants expert, certain candles may emit numerous types of potentially hazardous chemicals, like benzene and toluene (1). They can disrupt the nervous system, cause damage to the brain and lungs, as well as cause developmental problems.

“I have heard from numerous people who have asthma that they can’t even go into a store if the store sells scented candles, even if they aren’t being burned,” Steinemann said. “They emit so much fragrance that they can trigger asthma attacks and even migraines.”

Studies On Scented Candles

Many studies on scented candles have been performed, so I’ll outline a few below.

One study conducted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hanyang University examined whether the amount of toxins varied with fragrance, based on six different scents. Scented candles, lit or not, contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be incredibly toxic when inhaled.

They found that when a candle was lit, formaldehyde was in highest concentration out of any VOC emitted. As we know, formaldehyde is listed as a hazardous compound, and its vapours are considered highly toxic.

The scents that emitted the highest concentrations of formaldehyde were as follows (ppb = parts per billion):

– Strawberry: 2098 ppb
– Clean Cotton: 1022 ppb
– Plain: 925 ppb

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that, “acute and chronic health effects of formaldehyde vary depending on the individual. The typical threshold for development of acute symptoms due to inhaled formaldehyde is 800 ppb; however, sensitive individuals have reported symptoms at formaldehyde levels around 100 ppb (4).”

Another study conducted by researchers at South Carolina State University (1) tested both petroleum-based paraffin wax candles and vegetable-based candles that were non-scented, non-pigmented and free of dyes.

The vegetable-based candles didn’t produce any harmful pollutants, however the paraffin candles “released unwanted chemicals into the air…for a person who lights a candle every day for years or just uses them frequently, inhalation of these dangerous pollutants drifting in the air could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma,” professor Ruhollah Massoudi said.

You get the same kind of results with studies looking at air fresheners, like Febreze. Your best bet is to just stay away from synthetic anything.

Warnings

The CDC has warnings and recommendations for formaldehyde exposure in the home. Home owners are urged to stop exposure, especially when there are individuals with asthma, elders, or young children present in the household.

Short-term exposure to formaldehyde released from candles results in the following symptoms:
– Watery and burning eyes
– Burning in throat and nose
– Nausea and/or vomiting
– Wheezing and/or coughing
– Burning skin and/or irritation

Long-term exposure to chemicals found in candles can also cause cancer within the nasal passages, and even worse, leukaemia (5). Constantly breathing in chemicals found in candles can also lead to cognitive impairment, and certain types of dementia.

Scent Alternatives

If you want your home to smell a certain way, there are literally so many healthy options. I personally love burning cedar, sage, sweetgrass, paulo santo, and copal.

In fact, these 5 plant medicines can actually purify the air of harmful bacteria. One study found that over 94% of bacterial populations were diminished when the medicinal herb of choice was burned for 1 hour in a closed room.

You can also diffuse essential oils to help change what the air smells like, or if you want to add some essential oils in a water bottle sprayer, that helps too! Simply add 10 drops of an organic essential oil to 4 ounces of water, shake, and spray.

Natural Candles

If you love burning candles and the warm light they emit, opt for candles made of pure, organic beeswax. They do not drip, and have a light honey scent that’s to die for! They also produce a clean, beautiful flame, and naturally produce negative ions, which reduces allergens in the environment.

Read more at https://livelovefruit.com/scented-candles-destroy-air-quality-poison-lungs/#XlEtiguWJe16grdQ.99

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Slow Roasted Tomato Soup

July 20, 2017

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Ingredients

½ red onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp dried Italian herbs
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 Pinch chilli flakes
2 cups tomato juice (unsweetened)
½ cup gluten-free vegetable (or chicken) stock
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1.5kg tomatoes, halved
3 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Scatter the onion, garlic, herbs, fennel seeds and chilli flakes in a deep roasting pan.
  2. Combine the tomato juice, stock, oil and red wine vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the tomatoes, cut side down, on the onion and herb mixture and pour over the tomato juice mixture. Roast for 2 hours.
  4. Remove from the oven and use tongs to remove as much of the tomato skins as possible.
  5. Transfer to a saucepan and blend using a stick mixer. Heat through and add the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Kill your sugar cravings with these 7 foods

July 18, 2017

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So, you’ve ditched the sweet stuff. For the first few days you’re flying high on green veggies and avocado – feeling like a brand new you.

But then, your body starts to realise that you’ve taken away ALL the sugar! Your brain’s sugar craving hormones begin to have a sweet little meltdown and you find yourself longing for that morning muffin, muesli bar and after dinner treat (read: half a pack of biscuits!).

If this sounds all too familiar, don’t sweat it. You’re not alone! We’ve all felt overwhelmed by our sugar cravings at some point (yes, even us) so here are some of the best sugar craving busters we’ve discovered at IQS.

1. Coconut oil.

This is a tried-and-tested trick in the IQS repertoire. “After lunch I still get sweet, ‘I need something more’ cravings,” says Sarah. “So this is my fail-proof trick. I eat two tablespoons of coconut oil. It satisfies my need for something sweet and KILLS appetite for about four to five hours.”

2. Liquorice tea.

The IQS team must literally sweat liquorice tea – we’re all drinking it! With the most amazing sweet aftertaste, you’ll have a hard time believing that it’s naturally sugar-free (unlike the liquorice sweets you can buy).

3. Sweet potato.

Sweet potato (or kumara) is one of the most delicious foods on this planet – fact. The very small amount of sugar will satisfy your cravings, while the starch stops you from overdoing it. Oh, and did we mention that sweet potatoes are ridiculously good for you?

4. Carrot sticks.

Carrots are another sweet veggie with lots of fibre to fill you up. Keep an emergency box of carrot sticks in the fridge, ready to be dipped into guacamole or hummus when the cravings strike.

5. Kombucha.

One of the things people miss most when they quit sugar is soft drinks. We suggest you skip the crappy diet pop and go for 100ml of gut-lovin’ kombucha when you need a fizzy hit. Just make sure it’s a low-sugar brand (we prefer it to be around 1g of sugar per 100ml).

6. Nut butter.

Nuts are full of good fats and proteins, making them perfect for sugar cravings. Almonds and cashews are naturally sweet, too. (Hot tip: if you make your own nut butter, add a heaped teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix to make the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted.)

7. 85 per cent dark chocolate.

While you’ll have to give up your Twix bars, there’s nothing wrong with a little good quality cacao. A 100g block of 85 per cent dark chocolate has just over a teaspoon of sugar (not that you could finish a whole block!). To take it even further, try a 90 per cent dark chocolate. So good.

We originally published this post in June 2016. We updated it in June 2017.
Source here: https://iquitsugar.com/food-kill-sugar-cravings