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  • Writer's pictureCRAIG BRYAN

Your Journey to Better Nutrition

Your body is a high-performance organism. So, wouldn’t it stand to reason that it should be provided high-performance fuel, providing for optimal performance and longevity?

A lot of health problems we have are due to putting low-grade cheap fuel (nutrients) into our bodies. We tend to grab whatever is quick and easy and not it’s optimal and beneficial. This creates cardiovascular problems which aren't usually detected until there is already a problem. Sometimes the signs and symptoms are ignored as well.

We all know what not to eat, struggling with the pain of change is a hard thing to do and getting started seems to be the hardest step to take. I always tell my clients that it is better to make small steps to start, rather than the all or nothing changes. Small changes can turn into lifelong lifestyle habits.

If these changes were easy for everyone to make we wouldn’t have an obesity problem in this country today. There also wouldn’t be a pharmaceutical advertisement on every other commercial on your TV set or in every magazine.

Clients that have trained with me for a long time that were slow to make those changes did eventually break old habits. Once they started making those nutritional changes the weight started to come off, energy levels increased along with stamina and a sense of well-being. As all this is happening, overall health improves and some health problems start to fade away. Things like acid reflux start to go away with the reduction of abdominal fat as abdominal fat contributes to acid reflux. Abdominal fat contributes to sleep apnea, cardiovascular problems, diabetes and high A1c levels. Large amounts of abdominal fat also increase the stress on the low back, hips, knees, and ankle joints.

According to Dr. Jasmine White

"For starters, the more abdominal fat you have the more insulin resistant you are. If you're insulin resistant, cells have trouble absorbing glucose which leads to a buildup of glucose in the blood. This ultimately leads to an elevated A1c. Conditions such as excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high bloods sugar, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) together comprise a disorder known as metabolic syndrome. Having one of these conditions does not mean one has metabolic syndrome. However, having greater than one increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Bottom line: you fix belly fat/ and/or weight, you more than likely fix you insulin resistance which leads to reductions in A1c."

So why kick the can down the road until something happens that puts you on medication, under the knife, or at your own funeral.

We are living longer than ever before so wouldn’t having a good quality of life at the same time make sense. Start making those changes today.

Please share this with anybody that you think it would be useful for, or that may need my help in creating a better lifestyle for themselves.

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