Food Additives to Avoid

Is this hamburger healthy?


Be mindful of what you eat. It seems as though food choices are obvious. You wouldn’t truly think to look past what is provided for you when your options are so prominently provided to you. We all know (I think) the basic ideas behind eating healthily: have variety, get your fruits, vegetables, meats, …dairy when applicable… Though there are some guidelines which I think will help you make informed decisions, good for your health.

Processed foods permeate the selections which emblazon are everyday experience, advertisements or grocery aisles. Here is a list of a few ingredients you should avoid for good health:

Bad Ingredient 1: Artificial Sweeteners

When they came out, artificial sweeteners seemed like a safe, viable alternative to sugar. However, the perception of safeness surrounding such sweeteners has been quickly eroding. Artificial sweeteners are capable of raising blood sugar levels, and can create unhealthy peaks and worse lows like regular sugar can. In addition to being equally as harmful as regular, white sugar, various artificial sweeteners, those that contain Aspartame (diet soft drinks, Equal, and Nutrasweet) are now classified as a neurotoxin and carcinogen.

Bad Ingredient 1: BHA and BHT

Butylated Hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene. Sound safe?

Theses two cohorts are common preservatives used in a variety of foods: vegetable oils, cereals, potato ships, and chewing gum. The two chemicals are used to prevent color and flavor changes as food ages. While it is a great preservative… for the food… studies show each chemical can most definitely have adverse effects on your health, such as an increased risk of cancer, behavior alteration, or damage to your neurological system. ¬†Essentially, BHA and BHT can result in reactive oxygen in your body which may lead to cancer.

Bad Ingredient 1: Food Colorings

Dyes and food colorings may lead to an increased risk in cancer, genetic abnormalities, and tumor. Dyes are also known and linked to behavioral problems in children. While there is a huge risk here, it is a hard thing to avoid colored dyes.

Take Aways:

As a general trend, for better health, one should avoid processed foods and strive to eat natural and organic products. Be careful of packaged foods, canned foods, and anything that is not available fresh. It is best to shop locally or at a trusted source for fresh food.

There are a few more ingredients which are great to avoid. I will post about these later, so please stay posted and eat well!


from Jonathan Globerman | Nutrition


Finding Your Particular Mental Strength

Mental strength is a sense of empowerment. Mental strength means that no matter what comes your way, you are able to come after it, stay attuned to your goals, and remain unfazed no mater what turns up.

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Life is full of the unexpected. Whether it is family, career, health, or something so unexpected it would be difficult to pin down right now in writing, you can expect it to come up. When you least expect it, or when you are least ready for it. It is said in the Chinese Classic, the Tao De Ching, that the only thing in this world that remains constant is change. …So, what can you do to prepare for this type of unexpected?

The best thing you can do is have a plan and roll with the changes. This sounds simple, and perhaps obvious, but readying yourself for this, preparing yourself with this mental state is easier said than done. Being in the right state of mind doesn’t mean being constantly under stress, rather, it is best to be the opposite.

When most people picture someone with mental resolve or mental strength they picture someone who is tough, or untouchable. What is more important, it would seem, is that you try to be mentally strong in whatever manner is best suited to you. There are some who are able to stay cool, even, and not betray their emotions to those around them. Sometimes they seem cold and impenetrable to others, and though they may have a mysterious air about them that inspires curiosity, many people who carry themselves this way feel unfulfilled, simply because it is not the right type of mental toughness for them.

Often times being emotionally vulnerable can be strengthening, if it is the right temperament for you. Such people will confer with their friends, commiserate with their family, or find strength in sharing their trials and tribulations with others. For other people, a sense of humor allows them to deal with changes and to roll with the punches that life brings their way.

Whatever it is that carries your personality, embrace those natural qualities, whether they be high sensitivity, a sense of humor, or a happy independence. Let one of those qualities carry you through changes and, if you have to, lean into it. Such as, if you do have a sense of humor, and still find yourself feeling overwhelmed or down, remember to push back and make yourself or others laugh.

Remember your individual personality, and find your own strength within it.

from Jonathan Globerman

Six Pack Abs Workout: The Plank

From time to time here, I’m going to recommend different ab workouts. Though you can aim to do these everyday, and you may, I am going to suggest that you aim to do one workout three times a week. If you’re feeling more adventurous, or especially motivated, try doing these every morning. If you can’t manage a short morning “workout”, or wakeup routine, say your day is overly packed and unmanageable as it is, find another time during the day. Remember, its easy to multitask, say watch television will you do sit ups.

Here I’m going to suggest a few workouts. You may already be familiar with some, though remember, it is important to switch up your workout after a while, otherwise, if you’re doing it right, you’ll find that you reach a peak and go no further with the same workouts. So here are a few that are great and hopefully will break up the routine for you!

Ab Workout 1: The Plank

Blank ab workout

Basic Plank. Stay flat!

Yup, you know it. However, you can always improve, or modify this to make it count.

Tips: Make sure you’re comfortable in the right places. Any good ab workout will make you feel “the burn”, and that is, no doubt, what you are looking for. However, be mindful of pain in your back other than muscle soreness. On the other hand, don’t want to use this as an excuse not to work out, and that is another reason I would recommend consulting a trainer who can help you differentiate and perfect your technique. The goal is to be absolutely flat, and to feel the burn in your stomach.

How to build: First, I would say duration. At the beginning you will be able to do about 1 minute. Each time you go on, set a new goal, and aim to beat it every three tries.

Second: When you get up to the 3.5, 5 minute area of your plank, you can move on to adding weight. Don’t add too much, and make sure only to perform this when you have a friend or workout buddy to assist you. Go ahead and add an item on top such as a weighted pad you can buy online, or even a textbook. Don’t use a hand weight or dumbbell, as you wouldn’t want it rolling off and hurting you or your friend. Your friend can help balance the weight for you by ensuring it stays put, without taking the weight with his hands. You won’t have to do this as long as you’re doing an unweighted plank.

My third recommendation is this: move your hips. Without any weight on your back, you’ll find that moving your hips up and down slightly, sort of like… you know… but more subtle, you’ll find you’ll feel the good burn in your abs more quickly and more acutely. So: stay flat as you would a normal, unweighted plank, and shift *just* your hips up and down. You should feel that pretty quickly. Experiment in this range, and see what engages your abs. One thing you can try more specifically, is to, ever so slightly, drop one hip, raise the other, vice versa, and repeat, almost like a small wiggling motion of your hips. Again, move around carefully in this position and see what you feel engages your abs.

from Jonathan Globerman | Fitness