Strength training and its benefits


Muscles: There are three types of muscle tissue: Visceral, cardiac, and skeletal. Visceral muscle is found inside of organs like the stomach, intestines, and blood vessels and they makes organ contract to move substances through the organ. Found only in the heart, cardiac muscle is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. Skeletal muscle is the only voluntary muscle tissue in…

Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar Levels


When we eat food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. In this article, I would like to explain what happens to our blood sugar levels when we eat different types of carbohydrates.  Take a look at the following video.     Here are some examples of food containing complex (good)…

Cereal Killer!


The supermarket aisle is filled with colorful boxes of breakfast cereals.   You see labels that use all the right buzz words and phrases such as ‘Natural’,  ‘Packed with essential vitamins and minerals’ ,  ‘a healthy breakfast’ but are they really as healthy as they portray themselves to be? Or are they high in sugar and refined carbohydrates?    …

Beware of Sugar!


Diabetes has become a very serious health problem across the globe. The WHO predicts that in the next 15-20 years, the number of diabetics will rise to almost double the adult population in developing countries. Type 2 Diabetes now affects as many children, as young as eight years old. Many people consume more sugar than they realize. You need to…

Why you should not use Vegetable Oils


What Are Vegetable Oils? Vegetable oils are usually manufactured from genetically modified crops that have in all likelihood been heavily treated with pesticides. The manufacturing process involves many steps such as chemical extraction, bleaching and deodorizing. These oils are therefore highly processed.  Take a look at this video.   If the vegetable oil is to be further processed into shortening or margarine,…

Yes you can!


The sad statistic is that most people that embark on a fitness program either give up or fail. Setting unrealistic goals (not having a clear vision of what your weight loss goals are), eating “emotionally” (when the love of food is used as a coping mechanism during times of stress or sadness), hating yourself or the way you look, failing…

What is “Processed Food”?


We often hear the phrase “Processed Food”. What exactly does this mean? Food that has undergone processes that alter it from its natural state and include other ingredients such as preservatives, artificial flavors, nutrients and other food additives or substances approved for use in food products such as salt, sugar and fats is processed food. You can determine whether a…

Food cravings that wreck your diet


The drive-thru is convenient after a hectic day but once you are there, can you resist that milkshake or other treat? And if you allow yourself the ease of fast food once, it could become a habit. According to one long-term study, people who ate fast food more than twice a week gained 10 more pounds than those who had…

Aerobic Exercises, Anaerobic Exercises and HIIT


  Aerobic Exercises Aerobic means “with oxygen”. Any activity that stimulates your heart rate and breathing to increase but not so much that you can’t sustain the activity for more than a few minutes is an aerobic activity. Riding your bike, swimming, jogging are examples of aerobic activities. Anything you can do for more than 3 minutes without a break is…

Honey, We Are Killing the Kids!


I would like to share a TV Show ‘Honey, We’re Killing the Kids’, a BBC television series  that aired few years ago in which parents are shown the consequences of poor parenting. This video was an eye-opener for our family. The program shows computer-generated images and technology of what their children may look like as adults if they continue with…

Let’s eat out!


We all do. Eat out that is. All work is boring; we are human and yes, “YOLO” (you only live once) as your children and your own heart have surely told you more than once. There is nothing wrong with some indulgence once in a while. Let us consider what the nutritional impact is.   Two cocktails What is a…

Gym Essentials


When you work out, you need to wear clothing that can handle both the movement of your body and the sweat pouring out of you. This means appropriate sneakers and attire should be worn. An outfit that includes a shirt that can handle sweat, a pair of shorts that hit above your knee, and sneakers that can handle all your…