Monthly Archives: January 2012

Episode #29: Can you be a ‘healthy’ Vegetarian?

This week The Wellness Guys talk about vegetarianism. Is it possible to be a healthy vegetarian? Where do most vegetarians go wrong? What nutrients may you be missing out on if you are on a typical vegetarian diet and how can … Continue reading

So you think guys can’t build muscle and get lean at the same time?

A few years ago whilst at the Poliquin Strength Institute in Rhode Island, I had the great pleasure of meeting Daine Mcdonald.  When Daine had relayed his recent travelling commitments to me I was taken aback to say the least.  I've been known to bitch and moan to myself about having to fly across Read more . . .

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Episode #28: Is Interval Training the best exercise or a fad?

This week The Wellness Guys get a bit intense! Laurence, Damian and Brett talk about the benefits of interval training for your weight, your heart and your health. The boys talk about the benefits of this unique style of training … Continue reading

Episode #27: The Primal Blueprint – Interview with Mark Sisson

This week The Wellness Guys interview another New York Times bestselling author, this time Mark Sisson. Mark and his caveman sidekick Grok are the stars of his blog Mark’s Daily Apple and his bestselling book including The Primal Blueprint.  You can check out … Continue reading

Episode #26: The Paleo Solution with Robb Wolf

This week The Wellness Guys interview New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf. The Wellness Guys (in particular Brett) are very excited to interview Robb who’s book ‘The Paleo Solution’, and blog are worldwide phenomena. Robb talks about his transition … Continue reading

Screw The New Year Resolutions!

I don’t really have all that much to do with New Year resolutions.  I don’t hold with them too much personally, for reasons I’ll get into in a minute, and professionally I have never observed a rise in interest in UP’s personal training services at this time of year (the approach to summer is Read more . . .

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Becky Holman:Mutated Wheat for Breakfast?

Think about that the next time you treat yourself to your favorite breakfast cereal.

There’s still a debate in the nutrition community on whether wheat and wheat products are actually good for humans. The rise of celiac disease, a severe aversion to gluten, along with the common allergies to wheat in almost everyone tends to support deleting wheat from nutritious diets.

Even with the positive nutrients in wheat, one thing is certain: Most breakfast cereals are not good for you. The reason is the industrial processing that the wheat goes through to become your favorite cereal. Here’s how the “extrusion” process is explained by Sally Fallon Morell, M.A., in the March/April ’11 Well-Being Journal:

“Giant corporations take the grains from the farmer, paying a pittance for them, make them into a slurry and put them in a machine called an extruder. The grains are forced out of a tiny hole at high temperature and pressure, which shapes them into little o’s and flakes, or shreds them or puffs them. These are then subjected to sprays that give a coating of oil and sugar to seal off the cereal from the ravages of milk and to give it crunch.”

The extrusion process destroys much of the grains’ nutrients, including the fatty acids, and amino acids like lysine are damaged and mutated. In fact, Morell claims the process turns the proteins in grains into “neurotoxins.”

And listen to this: In the early ’60s researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor divided 18 rats into three groups: Group 1 got cornflakes and water, group 2 got the cardboard box the cornflakes came in and water, and group 3, the controls, got rat chow and water. The rats in group 3 remained in good health throughout the experiment, The rats eating the cardboard eventually died of malnutrition, but they lived longer than group 1, which was getting the cornflakes. Apparently there was more nutrition in the box than in the cereal inside it. Think about that the next time you treat yourself to your favorite breakfast cereal.

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Half-Hour Walk

Ideally, it would be easy to make sure we all got the exercise our bodies need every day, but in reality it can be difficult, what with competing demands and obligations at work and at home. If you’re looking for a way to get started making a positive change for your health, this visual lecture explains why the one small change you can make with the most impact is to walk for a half-hour every day.

Dr. Mike Evans, the lecturer, is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. His video speaks for itself, but some of the most important highlights are the fact that even if you’re overweight or obese, the difference between being obese and getting no exercise and being obese and getting even some activity can be significant when it comes to reducing your risk factors for various illnesses. Plus, even some brief regular activity has been shown to reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension, and has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of depression.

Best of all, starting with some regular activity, even if it’s a half-hour walk every day, can lead to more exercise that can help you progress towards other health and weight loss goals. Sciencebase points out that a half-hour walk is good, but once you’ve reached that goal, you definitely shouldn’t stop there. Ultimately, if you find a way to squeeze in a half-hour of activity when you currently get none, it gets easier from there. How do you make time to exercise? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

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Episode #25: Mistakes in Goal Setting and what to do about it

This week The Wellness Guys talk about how to successfully set goals. Often people get frustrated with goal setting because they have tried it before and it hasn’t worked. In this episode The Wellness Guys show you why and teach … Continue reading