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Quick, Efficient, Fat-Burning Exercise!

By: Angela Ciroalo

Interval Training Benefits
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Winter has arrived, and although the weather outside is cold your workouts do not necessarily need to be put on hold.

In fact, depending on the type of indoor workout you choose, you may even have the opportunity to save time, increase your speed and endurance, and even lose weight.

Trivial to what many believe indoor cardio workouts do not equate to easier workouts.

There are many different options available when selecting an indoor activity.

There are a variety of options including; cycling, swimming, water running, circuit training, indoor running, and even plyometric drills.

Each of these activities can be completed through traditional steady-state bouts of exercise, or for improved results they can be done through an interval style method.

Interval training is a common form of training among athletes and experienced exercisers.

However, gyms, fitness instructors and personal trainers are beginning to take notice and incorporate interval training into traditional workouts and classes.

Interval Training
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What is interval training?

The nationally recognized health and fitness certification organization the American Council on Exercise [ACE] defines interval training as a system of organized cardiorespiratory training consisting of bouts of short duration, high-intensity exercise intervals with periods of lower intensity active recovery.

According to a 2014 American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM] consumer information committee report the benefits of interval training include; improved aerobic and anaerobic fitness, decreased blood pressure levels, improved overall cardiovascular health, improved insulin sensitivity, improved cholesterol profiles, and decreased abdominal fat.

Interval training is also well-known for the increased caloric burn, decreased time spent exercising, ability to improve metabolic disorders, as wells as the increased athletic performance and speed that it creates.

There are many types of interval workouts that can be completed, each varying in distance, amount of interval sessions, and length of time.

The amount of time and /or amount of interval sessions should be selected based on the individual’s athletic ability and goals.

Interval training can be catered to people of all fitness levels and conditions – with great results seen in those seeking to prevent or reverse metabolic disease.

If done correctly and consistently, interval training has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity among those with high blood sugar through allowing the body to better utilize glucose in the body.

How does interval training work?

Once an interval training sessions is completed the body will continue to burn calories for a longer period of time. The excess post-exercise oxygen consumption [EPOC] is a two-hour period of time where the body works to restore itself back to pre-exercise levels, the ACSM report states.

Therefore EPOC creates between 6 to 15 percent greater calorie burn once an interval session is completed.

Intervals can be completed through a variety of outdoor and indoor activities including outdoor running and cycling or indoor treadmills, ellipticals, stair-climbers and stationary bikes.

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How to create an interval training workout

There are several components to consider when selecting an interval training workout. These factors include type, time, intensity and frequency.

Better known as the American Council on Exercise FITT principle

TYPE: Begin by first selecting the type of interval workout that you would like to complete [cycling, running, water running, etc.].

TIME: Secondly, select the amount of time you would like to spend completing the workout. The ACSM report suggests completing an interval workout between 20 and 60 minutes in total – this includes recovery time and high intensity time.

INTENSITY: Next, choose the level of intensity, which can measured by one of two ways; the level of perceived exertion scale or by the maximum heart rate percentage.

You want to determine the level of intensity you want to work out at in advance, creating a goal to work towards without stopping or slowing down.

The scale measures the 1 to 10 level of perceived exertion that the exerciser experienced. Level one signifies the lowest level of exertion, such as a light walk. Level 10 signifies the highest level of exertion, such as an all-out sprint.

Exercisers should aim to exercise at specific levels and then quantify their exertion upon completion to ensure they are putting forth the appropriate effort.

The maximum heart rate percentage can be chosen once the resting heart rate and maximum heart rate levels have been determined.

Through a series of tests, often provided by a personal trainer, one can determine their maximum heart rate level.

The ACSM report suggests that when seeking to use maximum heart rate the exerciser aim to achieve be less than 80-percent of their maximum heart rate. The recovery heart rate should range between 40- and 50-percent of the maximum heart rate.

FREQUENCY: When creating an interval training plan the final step is to select the frequency of the interval workout.

The frequency can mean one of two things; the amount of intervals per session or the amount of interval workouts per week.

An exerciser can choose the amount of interval sessions they wish to complete or they can choose a set amount of time they will spend doing the intervals.

The amount of interval sessions and length of time of an interval should be determined based on an individual’s fitness level and goals.

If planning on completing more than one interval session per week sessions should be carefully planned.

The ACSM report suggests completing no more than two interval sessions per week, allowing at least 24 hours of rest between sessions.

Examples of indoor interval training

Cycling

Cycling indoors can be done on a stationary exercise bike or in a cycling class offered at a gym.

Both are effective and great forms of indoor cardiorespiratory training.

The January issue of Runner’s World Magazine suggests completing a fast interval for 10 seconds using a resistance that feels “…like you’re climbing a hill that if it were any steeper you would have to stand.”

The article, written by Runner’s World magazine writer Caitlin Carlson, suggests a rest between intervals for 30 to 80 seconds with six total interval sessions.

This is just one example of an interval. Intervals can be completed for anywhere between a few seconds to eight minutes, and should be broken up with set rest periods.

Swimming

Swimming is a very beneficial cross training workout for runners seeking to provide their body with a rest from the impact of running on land.

Swimming is a whole-body workout that serves as a wonderful form of cardiorespiratory activity.

An example of a swimming interval workout would be to swim as quickly as possible for one to two laps followed by four slow to medium paced laps.

Either repeat this set eight times or for a total of 20 to 30 minutes.

Water running

Water running provides runners the opportunity to actually run without creating any impact on their bodies.

Water running is often associated with geriatrics or injury. However, water running is quite common among elite athletes seeking to prevent injury and increase endurance.

An example of a workout would be to complete a sprint the full length of the pool and back while wearing a flotation belt to create resistance.

The sprints should be recovered with slow to medium jogging for two to four minutes.

Indoor track running

Running indoors can be tedious, however if the exercise does not run on a track this may be a great opportunity to incorporate speed into their training.

An example of an indoor track workout would be an increasing sprint workout. Begin by warming up with 2 to 4 laps around the track. Begin the workout by running at high speed for ¼ of the distance of the track. Recover by running around the track once at a slow to medium pace.

After the recovery continue by continually increasing the speed of the sprints until you run the entire length of the track.

For an added challenge complete the workout in reverse, continually decreasing the distance.

Cool down by running the track two to four times once the workout is completed.

These workouts are sure to fully prepare you for all of the wonderful local spring races coming up just around the corner!

Now it is your turn!

I would LOVE to hear from YOU. Pleas share your thoughts on this article. Was it helpful for you? Do you have any questions? Is there a topic you would like to learn more about?

I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessing,

Angela Joy xo

Creating a Business is Not Easy!

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Business marketing is not easy.

  • Choose a business name
  • Choose a niche market
  • Create a logo
  • Create marketing materials
  • The list goes on and on…..

I have successfully however decided upon my business name, created a logo, created a business email, and created my first informational business logo.

Nothing about starting a business is easy. People doubt you, you doubt yourself, nothing is instantaneous, hard work is not rewarded, and so forth.

Small accomplishments may seem like nothing to others, although they are huge! This photo above may seem small, but if you were to know the amount of thought and work that was involved you would not look at it the same.

Therefore, I would like to encourage everyone who currently is or is thinking of starting their own business.

I strongly encourage you to get started. Even if it is the smallest of accomplishments, this will move you into the right direction and inspire you to really get started.

We are in this together! Who is with me!

—> Anyone else who is starting their business, or going through an equally difficult time, please comment below. I would love to hear from you!!!

—> Also, if you have feedback regarding my logo above, I would love to hear it!! Thank you!

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

 

This is THE Year: You Will Accomplish Your Goal

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It is a new year, which means a new you. A you who is not afraid of a challenge. This is the year. You are going to overcome your fears and accomplish your goals.

You ARE going to complete a half marathon!

The half marathon race has become one of the MOST popular events in the world – with hundreds of people completing the challenge every weekend.

According to Competitor.com, the half marathon has been the fastest growing race distance in the U.S. for the past 12 consecutive years.

“And it’s not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon,”Competitor.com writer Mario Fraioli stated. 

Fraiolo compares the half marathon to the third bowl of porridge referenced in Goldilocks, “It’s neither too short nor too long, it’s just right.”

The Half Marathon; What is it Exactly? 

  • The half marathon race is a total of 13.1 miles. It is half of the full marathon distance, which is 26.2.
  • Training for a half marathon should consist of about 3-4 runs per week, gradually increasing in mile distance throughout the training schedule.
  • Based on each individual’s needs and time commitments, a training schedule is made up of different run types, times and distances – with a long run on the weekend.
  • For those who want to improve their fitness and running abilities, cross training and resistance training can also be implemented.

Spring is the perfect time to run in a half marathon and there are a ton available!

If planning on running in a spring half marathon, February is the perfect month to start training.

If running is new to you, or you don’t know where to start I am offering a special
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-3 month training schedule based on specific goals, athletic ability and schedule
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To get started, or learn more, contact me at ajciroalo@gmail.com.
I would LOVE to help you get started and achieve this exceptional goal!

Believe in yourself, I believe in you. Let’s do this!

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10 Tips Towards a Healthier YOU

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The New Year – A time for re-evaluation, reconsideration, improvement, and overall change.

We all want to live healthy and happy lives don’t we?

Well let’s get started.

Listed below I have created 10 suggested resolutions that you can incorporate into your life TODAY!

Take your first step towards a healthier, happier YOU!

 

If implemented into your New Year, these 10 tips will help you become your happiest, healthiest and most satisfied self in 2016.

  1. Eat three meals per day.

When it comes to weight loss most people think less is more. Therefore, a common weight loss practice is to skip a meal or two in effort to eat less.

Contrary to what most think, it is actually more beneficial to eat three specific meals each day at specific times throughout the week.

Each meal is incredibly important – proving essential nutrients, vitamins and energy used throughout the day.

If a meal is skipped the body will feel sluggish, tired, unenergetic, and hungry – causing loss of focus, decreased productivity and lowered performance.

Once a specific three meals per day schedule has been created the body will acclimate and know when food is coming. You snacking habits between meals will dramatically decrease. You will look forward to your meals. You will no longer crave sweet snacks throughout the day or develop mood swings from starvation. And your reliance on caffeine will diminish.

The blood stream will receive a steady influx of food at specific times fueling the body to perform at peak performance!

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  1. Eat consciously.

During your three specific meals take a moment to consider your eating environment.

Are you eating alone? In front of a television? While using your phone? Or, while completing work on the computer?

Each of these environments are not conducive for a healthy, relaxing meal.

We should be present while eating so that we are able to focus on how the food tastes, how we are chewing and how it is digested.

When we eat with distractions we are unable to recognize what foods we ate, whether or not we enjoyed the meal, and most importantly when we are full.

Often time distracted eating leads to overeating or the eating of unnatural foods – both of which are not health.

Food is best enjoyed when you are fully present, either sitting at a table eating by yourself or with friends or family – no cellphones, computers or books.

This transition will allow you to recognize the amount of food you are eating, the type, the taste and the experience.

  1. The 90-percent Rule – Give Yourself a Break! 

Diets are often made up of restrictive rules that work for several days or weeks, until one rule is broken and a binge is triggered.

The 90-percent rule prevents diet mishaps, “cheat meals,” and binge eating.

When the 90-percent rule is followed you choose to eat healthy 90-percent of the time. The remaining 10-percent is up to you. You can eat cheese, sweets, or any other type of food that is not included in your diet. Eat the foods that you crave, or really enjoy eating.

Allow yourself to be OKAY with eating this food and remind yourself that 90-percent of your diet was incredibly healthy. Eating one unhealthy, or less healthy item, will not devalue the vitamins and nutrients that you have consumed throughout the day.

Deprivation diets DO NOT work. They are not healthy for the body or the psyche. Allow yourself the 10-percent.

  1. Portion Control – It Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Maybe dieting is not right for you. Maybe you are already eating a somewhat healthy diet, but you are not seeing results.

Try pre-portioning your meals and choosing smaller sizes.

If you want to eat the dark chocolate, eat s few squares. If you are having oatmeal, don’t fill the entire bowl. If you are taking nuts to work for a snack, don’t take the entire bag.

Sometimes eating as much as 10-20 percent less will cause weight loss.

Healthy YOU

  1. Exercise – It can be fun! 

Start moving!

Exercise should be implemented into everyone’s lives. Whether it is a walk, run, spin class, swim or aerobics class – everyone should participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week.

Exercise will not only help you to lose weight, it will also improve your digestion, allow you to sleep more, improve your mood happier and allow you to ultimately live an overall better life.

  1. Sleep – Do it! 

Your minimum sleep requirement should be seven hours per night.

I suggest that everyone sleep a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine hours per night.

If your sleeping habits are much lower, try adding at least one hour per night and try to work on improving your sleeping habits, environment and routine.

Sleep is one of the most important factors to health.

Sleep is the time where our body repairs, renews and rebuilds our cells. Do not miss out on this essential time.

  1. Crowd In – Welcome Health into Your Life 🙂

It can be difficult to suddenly cut all of the foods that you enjoy in your diet.

Instead or cutting these foods out right away, try crowding healthy foods in.

During lunch, add some kale to your salad.

During dinner, add a vegetable to your plate.

Before bed, add a fruit to your dessert.

During breakfast, add nuts.

By simply adding these foods to your diet you will see that the foods you were previously eating do not serve as great of a purpose.

One of the areas of dieting that people have difficulty with is when they are forced to “cut out” unhealthy foods. Most often people do not know what to substitute the food with.

Begin by teaching yourself what foods should be eaten and during what times of the day they should be eaten. Then, work on substituting these healthier choice foods with your previous choices.

These foods don’t have to be completely eliminated out of your diet, but try decreasing the amount in an attempt to include more healthy choices – without overeating.

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables – I Promise it is Worth it!

The healthiest people on the plant eat a diet made up of large portions of fruits and vegetables.

According to the National Institute on Aging the people who live the longest are the ones who consume a primarily plant-based diet, made up of 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

When choosing what foods to crowd in to your diet start by choosing fruits and vegetables in an effort to increase your daily serving intake.

Fruits and vegetables are not only healthier choices (that consist of smaller amounts of fat and sugar) they also consist of high amounts of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that our body needs!

Choosing not to eat these foods deprives the body of these essential nutrients – while also dramatically decreasing your projected age expectancy.

  1. Keep a journal – This is Not Your Grade School Journal

If we saw a picture of all of the foods we eat in one day laid out on a table we would highly reconsider out eating habits.

A food journal helps you to evaluate the food you eat each day.

You will be able to see the amount of food you eat, the time you eat it, and the types.

You will recognize what areas need the most attention and which should be completely eliminated.

I advise that you keep a food journal for a total of at least one week.

Write down each meal that you eat, the time, amount of food, how you felt before and after the food, how the food tasted, if you felt hungry afterwards, your activities during the meal, and the location of the meal.

This one week of journaling could possibly change your life!

Many of us will eat large portions without ever taking notice. Many of us will eat foods we can’t even believe we eat.

Sometimes people will recognize that they eat the same few foods and without any variety.

The area that is most concerning to people is the amount of food eaten and the lack of fruits and vegetables.

  1. Self-care – What About You? 

Take some time to truly care for yourself this New Year!

Most of us spend a great deal of our time caring for others (children, spouse, parents, friends, etc.). But, have you ever thought about stopping and taking the time to understand and meet your own needs?

Fulfilling our needs can be difficult. We know that there are 100 other “to dos” that should be done. Therefore, we overlook our needs to in an attempt to get things done.

What kind of a difference do you think it would make if instead of trying to get it all done, you took a 10 minute break; you indulged on dark chocolate; you meditated; you took a hot bath; you went out to the sushi place you are dying to go to; you went out with your friends; or you went on vacation.

What if, for once, you did what you wanted to do?

For more information about learning to care for yourself, check out the book “The Art of Extreme Self-Care” by Cheryl Richardson.

Start caring for yourself this 2016!

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These are my 10 healthy resolution options for you to choose from this 2016.

Each one can help to improve your overall health and well-being.

Try implementing one gradually. If the new routine is able to stick, try implementing the next one.

Note the improvements that the changes make on your life and your health.

If you liked this post, please comment, like or share!

I would LOVE to hear from you.

What kind of resolutions have you made this year?

Has this article inspired you in any way?

Comment below and I would be more than happy to chat with you!

 

❤ Blessings, love and joy,

 

xoxo Angela Joy

New Year, New You: Here’s How!

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As we all prepare to embark on the journey that the New Year holds it is only natural to reflect on the year that has passed and determine the areas you would like to improve. This generally is where New Year’s resolutions fall into play.

We set new goals with hopes to welcome new experiences and accomplishments for the year to come. We resolve to invite new habits and make commitments to ourselves to implement them.

The trick however is actually following through with these wonderful resolutions that we have created.

In an effort to assist you in creating your best New Year resolutions yet, I listed several tips that will help you to create lasting change in your health and life this 2016.

Get specific
Instead of creating a generic goal such as to lose weight or make more money, make your goal specific. This will allow you to better understand what you actually want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.

For example, if your goal is to run a 5k choose which 5k you are going to run.

If your goal is to eat healthier, choose what foods you are going to start eating, when you will eat them and the type of recipes you will eat them in.

Be very specific about what your goal is, when you will implement it, for how long and what will occur when it is achieved.

If you are having trouble in setting your goals and you would like further advice, contact me personally about goal coaching. I would be happy to work with you in the New Year!

Contact me at angelajoynutrition@gmail.com.

Be realistic
Having a goal is wonderful. If you are not able to achieve the goal because it is too far-fetched or just plain unachievable it may be a good idea to set a more realistic goal that better suits your needs and desires.

For example, if you are brand new to running it is probably not a good idea to set a goal to run four marathons this year.

Or if you are only slightly overweight and you are hoping to lose 30 pounds in the next month. This is not a realistic amount of weight to lose, it is also not a healthy amount to lose in such a short amount of time.

Choose a goal that you are inspired by, but also one that you are truly able to achieve within a reasonable time frame.

Personalize it
All goals should have meaning behind them otherwise they can be easily ignored or forgotten. If there is no true meaning what is the purpose of achieving the goal?

Determine what this goal means to you – don’t forget to make it personal.

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Be Clear
Be very clear with yourself about why you are setting this goal in the first place and what achieving the goal will mean for you.

Create a visual image that depicts your reason for choosing the goal and a separate image displaying what achieving the goal will look like to you.

Be clear about what the success looks like to you, how you feel, and how your life will be impacted.

Recreate this image whenever you feel that your goal is too difficult to pursue, or you are having a bad day.

Prepare for barriers
Determine early on what specific factors may inhibit you from achieving your goal.

Recognize these barriers in advance and brainstorm ways that you can prevent them from interfering with your goal.

Planning ahead will save you time and energy.

Recruit a friend
When setting your goal check to see if any of your friends or family members would be interested in achieving the goal with you.

There is a much higher probability that a goal will be achieved if you have a friend to endure the ups and down with.

A friend will offer support, guidance and motivation.

They will encourage you to keep going when you feel like you want to give up.

Seek an accountability partner or coach
For those who are not able to find a friend to endure your goal with, you may want to consider seeking out a coach.

A coach will check in on the progress that you are making or not making. They will offer you guidance when you do not know where to turn. They will motivate you along the way.

If you are interested in seeking a coach for the 2016 year, I am currently taking clients and would love to work with you!

Each program will begin with an introductory first session – which I am offering for FREE this month.

If you are interested in receiving a free coaching introductory session with me to kick-start your 2016 year, email me at angelajoynutrition@gmail.com.

Take action
Now that you have set your goal, take the next step and begin making progress towards achieving it.

If your goal is to run a 5k, sign up for a race.

If you goal is to eat healthier, purchase health food – and actually eat it!

If your goal is to start strength training, get to the gym.

If your goal is to be a nicer person, start smiling and holding doors.

The time to start is now.

Have a healthy and happy New Year filled with accomplishment, joy and success!

If you enjoyed this article, please like, comment and share!
I would love to hear from you about your resolutions and the progress that you have made or have not yet made 🙂

If you want to create lasting change this New Year start the year off right with your very own Health Coach.

I am currently offering FREE introductory Health Coaching sessions, for a limited time only.

Email me as soon as possible to save your spot and
take the first step in changing your health and your life

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❤ Wishing you blessings, joy and love,

 

Angela Joy

 

Today let me be thankful for …

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Today….
Let me Be Healthy-Let me be Whole
Let me Be an Instrument of Peace
Let me See Beyond just what I See with my Eyes
Let me Hear what I am Meant to Understand
Let me Remember to always Breathe first
Let me Learn Something New
Let me Open my Heart to Love
Let me Take the Risk to Try
Let me Listen with my Heart
Let me Speak Kindly to Myself and Everyone
Let me Lavish Caring upon Myself
Let me Walk my Talk
Let me Forgive Myself and Others
Let me Remember I am Love
Let me Acknowledge My Gifts and Share them with Others
Let me Love and Accept Myself More Passionately in each Moment
Let me Show Up for and be a Creator in my Life.
Let me Tune into my Wisest Self
Let me Be Led to Serve as I meant to
Let me Be Assured I have Everything I Need to Succeed within Me
Let me Allow Myself to be Truly, Authentically Me
Let me Know this is Enough to Heal Myself and the World
-Marilena Minucci

Eat Right For Your Blood Type: The Vegetarian Blood Type

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By:Angela Ciroalo

Did you know that your blood type can determine how well your body can digest and store certain foods? It can also determine how you react to illness, the behaviors that you express, and the foods that you like.

Naturopathic physician, researcher and lecturer Dr. Peter D’Adamo discovered this observation which led him to study the connection between a person’s blood-type and the diseases or illnesses that they contract.

Blood Type eat right

As a result of his findings he authored the book “Eat Right for Your Blood Type,” outlining where each blood type originated, how the blood types came about, and the characteristics of each blood type.

Dr. D’Adamo explains how our ancestors lived, ate and communicated influenced our health today.

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Blood Type A
Out of the four different blood types—O, A, B and AB—blood type A is the only one that is suggested to consume a fully vegetarian diet.

Dr. D’Adamo explains that those who are blood type A will fair best when they are not consuming meat or dairy.

Furthermore it is important that blood type As consume food in a natural, pure, fresh and organic state.

“I can’t emphasize enough how this critical dietary adjustment can be to the sensitive immune system of Type A,” Dr. D’Adamo states in his book. “With this diet you can supercharge your immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases.”

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History of Blood Type A

Blood type A was the second blood type created after the original blood type O. Blood type A was created between 25,000 and 15,000 B.C. in either Asia or the Middle East.

During this time, environmental conditions were changing causing the diet and lifestyle to change along with it—hence the birth of a new blood type, blood type A.

Some of the changes some became a part of daily living included agriculture and animal domestication as well as the adaption to living in stable communities with permanent living structures.

Dr. D’Adamo explains that do to these changes the eating habits, lifestyle, digestive tracts and immune system of the inhabitants also changed.

Furthermore, due to the strength of the people who were blood type A, the survival rate increased, outliving many blood type Os. Dr. D’Adamo explains that the immune system of blood type A people was very strong, therefore allowing those who held the blod type to increase and multiply.

Blood type A was able to survive disease like the plague, cholera and smallpox far better than blood type O. Therefore, blood type A did not become extinct and continued to increase as the inhabitants spread into western Europe.

Blood type how to eat

Blood Type A Profile:
Those who are blood type A are known as the original cultivators. Their ancestors reaped what they sowed, meaning they became farmers and consumed fresh foods rather than hunters who consumed meats. As a result, they followed a vegetarian diet consisting of fresh produce and grains.

Blood type As have a difficult time when consuming meat and dairy due to the sensitive digestive systems that they developed.

Therefore, blood type As thrive from fresh, whole foods grown from the land. They are in fact quite opposite of blood type O and will feel sluggish when they consume meats.

One of the reasons for this is that a blood type A person has naturally acidic blood. Therefore, when foods that are acidic enter the blood stream, negative reactions occur. This is very different from a blood type O person whose blood is more alkaline and can digest and assimilate acidic foods without any problems.

Dairy is also avoided, along with meat, because blood type A rejects the sugar in milk. When milk is consumed a blood type A person will have difficulty digesting the milk sugar and issues may occur.

Furthermore, the consumption of milk will often create the production of mucus. Blood type As are known to produce more mucus than other blood types and when dairy is ingested mucus levels increase—often causing respiratory problems, allergic responses, and infections.

As far as the consumption of grains goes, blood type As can consume them, however they must be conscious of the amount they eat. Grains are also acidic and if eaten in excess can cause muscle tissues to become overly acidic.

In sum, the agrarian diet (blood type A diet) recommends a high carbohydrate diet made up of fresh fruits and vegetables with low amounts of fats.

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Foods to Avoid:
Foods that encourage weight gain in blood type As include; meat, dairy, kidney beans, lima beans, and wheat when eaten in abundance.

Foods that are particularly suggested to refrain from eating include processed meats and processed or packaged foods.

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Foods to Consume:
Foods that encourage weight loss include; vegetables oils, soy foods, vegetables, and pineapples.

Additionally, specific foods that will benefit a blood type A person include;

  • Nuts; peanuts, peanut butter and pumpkin seeds.
  • Oils; linseed or flaxseed oil and olive oil.
  • Dairy; soy cheese and soy milk.
  • Beans; black, green, azuke, red soy, pinto, lentils, black eyes and azuki
  • Cereals; amaranth and buckwheat.
  • Breads; essene, Ezekiel, rice cakes, soy flour, and sprouted wheat bread.
  • Grains and pastas; buckwheat, oat, rice and rye flour, soba noodles, and artichoke pasta.
  • Vegetables; artichoke, beet leaves, broccoli, carrots, chicory, collard greens, dandelion, escarole, garlic, kale, onions, parsley, spinach, and much more
  • Fruits; apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, dried figs, lemons, pineapple, grapefruits, plums and prunes

Blood type

Risks of Diseases:
Those who are blood type A are more susceptible to heart disease and cancer. However, when following the suggested blood type A diet, risk of disease decreases.

For more information on the Blood Type A Diet, refer to Dr. D’Adamo’s book, “Eat Right for your Blood Type, The individualized Diet Solution to Staying Health, Living Longer and Achieving Your Ideal Weight” and visit Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood Type A online profile.

Healthy Fats: What the Body Needs

By: Angela Ciroalo

The macronutrient fat is one that is often avoided or overlooked in an effort to lose weight.

However, in order for the body to create energy all three macronutrients; carbohydrates, protein and fat, must be consumed.

This is not to say that you should go out and consume a hamburger with extra cheese and bacon in order to fulfill your body’s fat needs.

The over-consumption of unhealthy fats (fats often found in animal sources such as meats and cheeses) will cause weight gain, inflammation, health complications, and possibly the onset of illness or disease.

Unhealthy fats will build up and cause damage to the arterial walls. When eaten in excess, these fats will then accumulate in the body creating excess weight gain and health issues.

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Healthy sources of fat however, offer a variety of extremely beneficial and necessary properties. Therefore, in an effort to support proper body functioning, optimal health, and to fulfill the body’s fat needs — unsaturated fats should be consumed on a daily basis.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Fats
Unhealthy fat is often found in saturated and trans-fats sources which can be found in animal or processed foods. Healthy fats on the other hand, are kn
unsaturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and can be found in plant-based sources.

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Healthy fats provide the body with a nutrient-dense source of energy, they leave the body feeling full, while also supporting important organ and brain development.

In addition, healthy fat also plays an important role in protecting organs, supporting brain function, storing and utilizing vitamins, and promoting healthy cell and hormone production. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble vitamins, meaning that these vitamins are best utilized and stored when in the presence of fat, according to Livestrong.com.

Fat Deficiency
Those who do not consume an adequate amount of fats can suffer from fatty acid deficiency, Livestrong.com states.

The outcome of a fat deficiency may result in hair loss, fat-soluble vitamin deficiency, fatigue, poor mental function, skin issues, and slow or improper wound healing.

Athletes who do not consume adequate amounts of fat will experience the same symptoms while also becoming sluggish, causing them to no longer perform to their optimal performance level.

Athletes Consuming Fat
Fat can be a very beneficial source of food for athletes. Athletes who compete in long distance or high speed events must consume a high amount of calories to make up for the amount of calories that the burned.

Fat contains nine calories per gram, opposed to the four calories per gram found in carbohydrates and proteins. Therefore, when fats are consumed the athlete is able to absorb and utilize a greater amount of calories without eating greater portions of food.

Often times athletes do not have a large appetite, or they may have a difficult time consuming a subsequent amount of calories. Therefore, consuming healthy fat sources is a great solution.

In addition, healthy fat further supports athletes through its ability to promote proper body functioning, leave athletes feeling full and satiated for longer periods of time, in addition to the high amount of nutrient-dense energy that unsaturated fats offer.

Healthy Fatss

How Much Fat Should We Eat?
Fat sources should always come from health-promoting sources and should be consumed in 20- to 30-percent of the diet depending on caloric needs.

In other words, if an athlete were to consume a 2,600 calorie diet, 60 to 100 should come from health sources of fat, according to Livestrong.com.

Though fats are important, especially for athletes, the largest portion of calories should come from carbohydrates, 45 to 60 percent, Livestrong.com states.

A few deliciously healthy examples of plant-based fats include; nuts, avocados, seeds, plant oils, seed oils, soy products, and nut butters. To learn more about these fats and their many benefits, click here.

 

You Have The Opportunity To Do Whatever You Want: Will You?

Have you ever stopped and realized that when you wake up in the morning you have the opportunity to do whatever you want to do?

Now, we all have jobs, families, friends, sometimes second jobs, bills, and much, much more — I know this.

However, what I want you to realize is this: Just because what there are several things you have to do today, you do not HAVE to do them. 

Each morning when we make up we make a choice. We either think about the tasks of the day, schedule them in our phones, write them down in planners, or, we just do them.

Regardless, we wake up each day with a set agenda planned, completely forgoing creativity, free expression, down time, or really any thought at all.

Living in such a fast-paced world, full of “things to do” we are never able to STOP and consider what we WANT to do.

Try This Today:

In the midst of you day, take 15 minutes, just 15 minutes (you do have the time, especially if you cut out 15 minutes of social media use).

  1. Use the first five minutes to meditate in silence. Allow all of your stressful and damaging thoughts to free your mind.
  2. After the first five minutes, take the remaining 10 and write whatever is on your mind. Your thoughts, dreams, hopes, interests, favorite songs, etc. Write only the positive thoughts — free yourself of the negative thoughts (Those should be addressed separately in another exercise).

Try this exercise and learn some of the things that you actually WANT to do with your day/life, rather than what you have to do.

EVERY single day of our lives matter. Stop telling yourself “one more day” or “it is almost over” or “this will only take a day.” Because, the truth is, it is only a matter of time until you have to do another task that you do not enjoy doing.

Life was not created for us to live this way!

We were created to enjoy life and every single beautiful day that we are given!

Start living your life today! Stop allowing your “have to’s” and “need to’s” overpower the things you “WANT to” actually do 🙂

You call te shots

Be spontaneous, be adventurous, BE YOU!

You only get one life to live, start living it!

Share with me: What will you do today that you actually WANT to do?

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

For more information about creativity breakthroughs, visit author Julia Cameron’s site: http://juliacameronlive.com/

Julia Cameron is a wonderful author who teaches others how to start their day with Morning Pages. She is very influential and knowledgeable.

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