How Much MSG are you consuming?

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is used as a flavor enhancer in an enormousamount of processed foods and restaurant foods.  While it works enhancing the flavor of your food, it is also works by potential damaging your brain and body. An excitotoxin, MSG is a type of chemical transmitter that permits brain cells to communicate. The concern is that excitotoxins can literally excite your brain cells to an early death. Aside from wrecking havoc with your brain, MSG has also been the culprit in eye damage, headaches, fatigue, disorientation and depression.

Food companies are getting smart and using many different names that we can not recognize to label msg on their packages.

Here are some food additives that always contain msg:

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydrolyzed protein
Plant protein extract
Hydrolyzed Plan protein
Sodium caseinate
Calcium caseinate
Yeast extract
Textured protein
Autolyzed yeast
Hydrolyzed oat flour
Corn oil

Foods that typically contain msg:

Spices

Malt extract
·       Malt flavouring
·       Bouillion
·       Broth
·       Stock
·       Flavouring
·       Seasoning

Get in the habit of reading labels.  You must be responsible for what you ingest.  Gone are the days where you can assume what is on a shelf  won’t cause you and your family long term damage.

Blogging?

purchased bgwear on backI am told blogging is the new thing to do. The  one thing an on top of her game business women must do to stay in the game.  Well, I do not think this is my thing but will give it  a go.

I am not one for having everyone know what is going on with me. I would prefer to be rich than famous I guess.  I will attempt to keep you up to date on my workouts, what I am eating, when I am fasting, if I meet “Mr Big”, you know the regular girl stuff 🙂

Today was insanely busy! My daughter, Oriana graduated from high school.  Two down, one to go.  It was a perfect day to fast.  When I am busy, fasting is very easy.  A pleasure actually.  I don’t have to stop and eat, taking time away from what needs to be done.

Didn’t meditate today 🙁 will fix that tomorrow.  Today was an off training day.  Two in a row, attempting to give my shoulder a rest.

Love yourself first. Period.

Everything after that will fall into place.


Namaste,

Sandra

Highlight of the day –  Wouldn’t you like to know 🙂

An Opportunity To Give

One of our long time campers is asking for your help…..

Just a head’s up… my friend Lianne and her swim team will be doing a charity drive again to prepare  toiletry bags for a group of women’s shelters around Christmas time.

She is looking for unused “girlie things like bath stuff, soaps, make up, perfume, make-up bags etc” to assemble into care packages for the women at the shelters.  The idea is that most of us have this stuff lying around in our bathroom cupboards and it is a great opportunity to clean them out! You know, things we get for Christmas, birthdays etc that we never get around to using, or we don’t like the scent or something.
This is an early head’s up so you can keep it in mind going forward.  I am happy to collect whatever you have whenever you have it so when you do your fall clean out (which of course we all do) you can bring in at anytime and I will store it until the holiday season!
Thank you in advance and please feel free to forward to anyone you would like!
Jenn

If you would like to donate please contact me at Sandra@bootcampgoddess.com.

Why Should You Include Fasting In your Lifestyle?

By Brad Pilon, MS

There are many reasons why you should include fasting as a part of your everyday lifestyle, many of which have nothing to do with diet. Fasting as a concept has been around as long as the hills, though it has been taken to extremes at times and made to look like a less than viable part of a normal and sensible health and weight control plan.

Fasts have been undertaken through the years for reasons as diverse as political causes (Bobby Sands comes to mind) and religious fasts. The Bible and many other religions promote fasting as a way to get closer to God, and to achieve enlightenment. There is also some physical evidence that deprivation can lead to a heightened state of awareness, no doubt some of which comes from the lack of additional food the system must process.

Fasts can also be used as a prelude to medical procedures. For instance, most doctors recommend a 12-hour fast before taking a lipid profile. This is also standard procedure before surgery. Complications from the combination of food and anesthesia have been known to occur. There is also at least empirical evidence that fasting can have a beneficial effect on other aspects of your health. There are those who believe that water fasting can not only work to detoxify cells and rejuvenate organs, but also can help and possibly aid in curing such diseases and conditions as cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, lupus and many more autoimmune disorders.

A newer trend in terms of using fasting as an aid in a sensible weight loss plan is the concept of intermittent fasts. These are short-term fasts lasting 24-36 hours in length, which help contribute to a total caloric deficit, thus bringing about faster weight loss. This type of fasting is simple to implement, and can be adapted to most individual needs.

One danger to be aware of is the practice of extreme fasting among teens. This can lead to other types of food disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia. Few teens need to go on extreme fasts for purposes of weight loss, and if one is considered, it should be under the supervision of their physician. If the reasons for going on a fast have anything to do with pressure to be thin, or feelings of low self-esteem, then it would be wise to offer counsel. Extreme fasts tend to appear when a period of binge eating has occurred, with the intent being to purge the body of all the excess food.

Fasting can be a viable and important piece of a well thought out weight loss plan. The use of short-term fasts used in conjunction with a sound diet can offer great weight loss results, as well as some of the ancillary benefits of fasting. This combined with all the spiritual and beneficial effects fasting can have on a person’s psyche make fasting something you should definitely consider when determining your course.
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Brad Pilon is a nutrition professional with over eight years experience working in the nutritional supplement industry specializing in clinical research management and new product development. Brad has completed graduate studies in nutritional sciences specializing in the use of short term fasting for weight loss.
His trademarked book Eat Stop Eat has been featured on national television and helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat without sacrificing the foods they love.
For more information on Eat Stop Eat, visit www.eatstopeat.com

Summer’s Here – Get Some Vitamin D!

Hello Goddess,

Finally summer has arrived!! Enjoy it while it lasts, get out and get yourself some Vitamin D the old fashion way. Scientific evidence shows vitamin D may go beyond its traditionally known role in maintaining bone integrity, according to new research presented at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo® earlier this month. It may play a role in preventing autoimmune diseases or over-acid tissue conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, some types of cancerous conditions such as breast, ovarian, colorectal and prostate. Good food sources are cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and fortified cereals.

Recipe of the month – Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes

Ingredients –
1 pound baked potatoes, cooked, peeled and grated (a food mill works best)
4 ounces diced smoked salmon
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh chives
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 chopped scallion
a bit of olive oil

Directions
Combine all ingredients. Form into 2 ounce size patties and brown on an oiled griddle.
Finish in low-heat oven till heated through. Garnish with chopped green onions
Serves 10

What is the PH balance of your water?

Not only is it important to drink a litre of water for every 30 to 50lbs of body weight per day, but that water needs to be alkaline to get the most health benefits from it. So to satisfy my need to know the PH balance of some popular waters, I turned lab rat, got out my PH strips and started testing. Ya I know I have to get a social life!

Evian natural mineral water 8.1 alkaline
Vittel 8 alkaline
Volvic 7.07 alkaline
Fiji water 7.5 alkaline
Dasani 7.2 alkaline
SEI Drink water 6.5 acid
(This plastic bottle looks like a small vodka/gin bottle..good marketing 🙂
SanBenedetto Carbonalted Spring water 6.5 acid
Aqafina 6 acid
Pellegrino sparkling water 5.5 acid
Perrier 5 acid
San Pellegrino (spring water) 4.5 acid

Any reading higher than a 7 is alkaline, less then 7 is acidic. Adding lemon or lime to the water will increase the alkalinity of the body. The best way to increase alkalinity is to add one or two teaspoons of organic baking soda to a quart of water, do not use Cow brand. It is high in sodium and contains gluten.

For more info read “The Ultimate pH Solution” by Michelle Schoffro Cook.