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Enjoy the following 6 articles originally published in New York Bodies Magazine
written by Kath Kelly

Pre-Workout DrinksCravingsHere’ the Juice LadyRejuvlac for Lactobacillus
The Magic of Wheat GrassWhole Foods for High Performance*

Pre-Workout Drinks

Although the fitness world is being bombarded by commercial workout drinks, there is a better way!

logo-thinChoosing your energy source from live plant foods such as fresh fruit or vegetable juice not only provides you with a quick burst of energy but also a nutritive base. The synergy of the whole plant food, including its minerals, vitamins and enzymes. provides sustenance and stamina missing in supplements.

Most nutritive energy is obtained from plants. Plains derive their energy from the sun during photosynthesis; the eating of plants passes this special life force energy into our bodies.

Other whole foods and herbal sources include: ginseng, bee pollen and blue green algae, which serve to boost alertness, energy and concentration during physical exercise.

For an increase in energy with quickly absorbable natural sugars, consider one of the following freshly extracted juices (6-18 ounces of one or a combination):

  • papaya
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • strawberry
  • apple
  • orange

Then experiment with the following as “juice condiments’ for a variety of tastes — and for extra zing:

  • ginseng
  • bee pollen
  • blue green algae

Juices can be diluted with water and drunk throughout a workout.

Don’t confuse fresh fruit and vegetable juices made in a juicer with canned or bottled products. The difference between fresh juice and preserved juice is apparent from the first taste — and the first workout.

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Cravings

baby-in-cupboardIt is becoming more and more obvious that you have to pay attention to what you eat  and why you are eating it. But what about your cravings? How do you get them and why do some people have them and some not? Is your personal “fix” caffeine, sugar, or greasy fried foods? Whatever your “fix” is, it can prevent you from eating healthier foods that can make you feel better.

Try to determine your eating habits and see if you can recognize a pattern. Is it a quick sweet after a meal, a strong cup of coffee for a morning “buzz” or a caffeinated, sugared soda to get the effects of both? Once you have recognized the patterns you can begin to change and moderate your eating habits. This may entail planning ahead to be ready for those inevitable cravings.

Whatever your “fix” is, it can prevent you from eating healthier foods that can make you feel better.

Once you understand your tendencies you can help prevent the cycle from repeating itself. For example, if you crave sweets, try some raisins or dried fruit and nuts. I have found that a combination of raisins and walnuts deter my tendency toward chocolate after a meal.

If you crave caffeine, perhaps a caffeinated herbal tea such as “Morning Thunder” by Celestial Seasons will help you break the habit, with some honey added if you have a sweet tooth. I have discovered that herbal teas can really take the edge off a craving.

But do you have to live with these cravings for the rest of your life? Is there something that can be done about them?

I have learned that when I feed my body whole foods, foods needed for essential nutrition, my cravings are fewer. Whole foods regenerate the body rather than providing the “fix” of empty calories. When the body is depleted by eating poor quality foods over an extended period of time, you will be left with less energy and vitality. You will be more likely to go for unhealthy foods than to take the time to choose wisely.

The body is your most important vehicle. Feed it wisely and it will, in turn, help you to select the foods that will make it run most efficiently and feel in top form.

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Here’s the Juice Lady!

What is this juicing craze anyway? Why not just eat fresh fruits and veggies? And what about all that cleaning? One might say these things without knowing the advantages of juicing. Why not take a closer look at why someone might go through the extra effort to obtain a fresh glass of juice?

Fresh juice gives you a quick burst of energy and can serve as a healthy alternative to caffeine or sugar drinks.

Solid food requires many hours of digestive activity before its nourishment is finally available to the cells and tissues of the body. Raw vegetables and fruit juices are absorbed within minutes and are quickly assimilated by the body. Fresh unadulterated juice — with all its vitamins and minerals still intact — is food on the fast track.

Instead of one vegetable or piece of fruit, you are probably consuming the nutrients from five or six pieces — or more.

Fresh juice gives you a quick burst of energy and can serve as a healthy alternative to caffeine or sugar drinks before or after your workout. Glowing skin is also a by-product of juicing.

Juicing is work. Accept it. There’s cleaning involved. Although people complain about cleaning the machine, that’s not as difficult as rumored. In this polluted environment, however, the vegetables must be cleaned well — whether they are organic or nonorganic. This takes both time and care.

Here are a few hints in purchasing a juicer. There are two types: centrifugal (which spins out the juice) and electric triturator and hydraulic press juicers, which cut the vegetables and press out the juice. They both work. They range in price from $50-$250. The least expensive would be the Moulinex and the Krups, available at department stores. The more expensive, Champion. Acme or Olympic. can be found at health food stores or through independent distributors.

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Rejuvlac for Lactobacillus

daisy-2Preparing your body for digestion is just as important as choosing the proper foods to build strong muscle. Improper digestion results in excessive gas, constipation, bloating and eventually malabsorption of nutrients.

The breakdown of protein begins in the mouth and stomach and then continues in the intestinal tract. During this process, the condition of the intestinal flora can determine if your food will be digested fully or not. Ideally, intestinal flora, which is composed of approximately 85 percent healthy lactobacillus and 15 percent harmful colifura bacteria, aid the body in the further breakdown of protein into lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, enzymes, antibiotic substances and vitamin B production.

This ration can be disturbed by such factors as drugs and poor diet, leaving a digestive system that impedes proper digestion.

The Rejuvlac Solution

Rejuvlac is a fermented wheat berry drink. Author and creator of the Hippocrates Diet, Ann Wigmore incorporates Rejuviac into the diet to feed the friendly lactobacilli in the colon. She also adds, that it “helps to cleanse the colon of harmful putrefactive types” of bacteria, it is the least expensive way to bring fresh high-quality lactobacillus feeding microorganisms into the body on a daily basis. Not only does it cost pennies per serving but freshness is insured because you make it yourself in your own kitchen.

Ingredients & Equipment

1/2 cup soft pastry wheat berries (available at natural foods stores)

spring or filtered water

cheese cloth and rubber band

16-24oz. jar

Directions

Soak wheat berries in water for 8 hours.

Drain off water.

Lay jar with wheat berries on side. Put cheesecloth over opening with rubber band.

To sprout, let sit for 48 hours, rinsing wheat berries after 24 hours.

Fill the jar (that contains the wheat berries) with spring or filtered water and let sit for another 24 hours.

Strain water (Rejuvlac) into another container and refrigerate. Throw away the wheat berries.

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The Magic of Wheat Grass

The best workout drink in the world is a shot of fresh wheat grass.

baby-sleepingThere is a growing mythology about the wonders of wheat grass and its curative qualities. There are now health spas and clinics around the world using wheat grass as the core of treatment.

Although the healing qualities of wheat grass is dismissed by many Western doctors, anecdotal evidence seems to side with the “wheat grassers.” There are stories of wondrous cures that defy the imagination.

Whether a cure-all or not, if you drink a glass of wheat grass a day, you will see such a difference in energy and general health that it is worth drinking for that alone.

When wheat grass juice is taken internally, the chlorophyll is rapidly assimilated into the bloodstream because its chemical composition resembles hemoglobin. Wheat grass is 70 percent chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the “blood” of the plant. It is the pigment that gives trees, grasses and leafy plants their characteristic green color. It enables plants to convert the energy of the sun into nutrients and to absorb elements from the soil.

Although the idea of eating grass may seem strange at first — fitness enthusiasts may balk at the possibility of generating energy (and building muscle) from grass and other herbs — consider how large grazing animals sustain massive amounts of muscle.

Wheat grass can be grown in any city apartment and extracted with a special juicer for wheat grass. Many fresh-juice bars and health food stores in the city now grow their own supply and extract fresh juice on request.

The size of a glass of wheat grass is about that of a shot glass. Don’t be fooled because it’s so small. It is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and oxygen. Fifteen pounds of fresh wheat grass is nutritionally equivalent to 350 pounds of garden vegetables.

Drink it on an empty stomach daily and enjoy your good health.

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Whole Foods for High Performance*

“You are what you eat” is a popular concept. But what does that really mean?

crocusWhat you eat, drink and breathe becomes who you are. It makes up the cells, the muscles, the bones.

If you are eating quick processed foods several times a week, you are then composed of food additives preservatives and chemicals. How healthy can that be?

Fat-free donuts, cakes, and diet sodas are not the answer. Good diet is about eating real food which regenerates the body at a cellular level. Just being thin is not enough. You’re going for the type of health that radiates from within. This can only be built by live, organic food.

Yes, work out. Watch your weight. Build muscle. But feed your body. True vitality comes from eating whole foods. If you are building a muscular body while eating junk foods, eventually there will be a cost.

Although health care practitioners are always saying just eat a balanced diet,’ that is easier said than done. It isn’t always easy to eat a balanced diet in today’s high-stress, fast-paced society.

When you choose meals and snacks, it is wise to choose those made from whole foods in their complete synergistic state.

Remember, vitamins are not whole foods. Many naturopaths question the efficacy of vitamins, as they are isolated pieces of a whole food. Others estimate that the body can only utilize about 20% of vitamins.

Making the transition to whole foods cannot be done overnight but while you are making the transition, I have this suggestion. Look for natural food snacks and beverages that you can keep with you at all times so that when you get hungry, you won’t be tempted to stop off for a fast food delight.

*This article was edited from the original publication.

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