“Are you Tense Right This Minute?”

Are you feeling stressed right now? Let me give you a quick tip…

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says;

‘Tension is who you think you should be, and relaxation is who you are’

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So what I’ve noticed is, for instance, when someone loses a loved one; they think that the more stress, the more distress and the more sadness that they show – the more love that they are expressing.

When really I don’t think that’s true. The person who has passed away would not want you to be suffering and would not want you to be sad for so long.

 

So, holding on to a stress, being aware of how stressed we are. How stressed are you right now? Are you holding tension in an area of your body or in your head or anywhere? Where are you holding it…

 

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you really are. How do we get into that point of relaxation? The best way is: breathing. And here is where I want you to focus the breath.

 

If you try and meditate, if you try and ‘Brain Train’, if you try and use your breath to relax, if you’re focusing on the moving breaths; that’s not quite going to work.

We need to focus on stillness. Where is the stillness in your breath?

It’s in between the inhalation and the exhalation. That’s where the focus goes, or where your mind clears.

So breathe in & hold at the top of the breath. Pause there for a few seconds. Allow your mind to clear. Then when you’re ready breathe out. When you have fully exhaled, pause for a few seconds. When you’re ready to breathe in (wait till you feel the desire the inhalation will be more fulfilling) breathe in… & repeat.

 

For a few seconds, maybe you can elongate that to 30 seconds. But start with 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 seconds. Do that, practice it, it will help you to de-stress and clear your mind. Try that now.

 

Slow down. Come to a pause, in-between the inhalation and the exhalation. This will help to decrease the stress in your body & become a part of your life.

 

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‘6 MUST KNOW’S’ : How to Choose Your Omega Fish Oil Supplement

  1. Does your oil contain Omega 6 ?

baked-1549171_1920You don’t need any more. Your Omega fish oil supplement should not contain any Omega 6.

Om6 is pro-inflammatory (promotes it) & it is highly likely you already have enough of it in your blood.

Main sources of Om6 are :

NOTE: Do not ingest any more Omega 6

 

2. Should it contain more EPA or DHA ?

Both EPA & DHA are amazingly good for you. Studies in fact show that DHA has even more health benefits than EPA.

Particularly for your brain & eyes.

NOTE: You want a supplement higher in DHA to EPA.

 

3. Capsules or Liquid?

You want your oil to be in a liquid form. Why? One reason is it will be purer & gone through less handling.

The second reason is that in the heating of the capsules in order to seal them a portion of the DHA is lost to the heat. The more heat process the oil is put through the less fresh it will be.

As mentioned you want as much DHA to remain as possible.

NOTE: Make sure your oil is in liquid form

 

4. How pure is your oil ?

All oils in the UK must pass stringent tests to be fit for human consumption. The industry standard in Scandinavia (where the best fish comes from) is the TOTOX Value.

Totox stands for total oxidation & assures that the oil is pure & fresh. Basically how many toxins are in the oil & how quickly is it ageing.

Clearly you want the purest oil with as little toxins present as possible & you want it to be fresh.

TIP: The more fishy smelling an oil becomes the less fresh it is.

In the Uk all oils must score 10 or below on the Totox Value. This should be public information but not all companies release this information easily. (I wonder why?)

The lower the score on the Totox the cleaner, purer & fresher the oil.

It is fit for human consumption if you see on the shelves in the Uk but the closer to 10 on the Totox score the less pure it is.

I think of it like this: a drop of arsenic each day wont kill me but it certainly isn’t doing me any good. Combine that with all the other toxins coming in & over the years of accumulation it could become a problem…. The purer the better.

NOTE: Only use the lowest scoring oil from the Totox Test. If a company wont tell you that information DON’T TAKE THEIR OIL.

 

5. How much should a quality oil cost ?

For a decent oil expect to invest £30-£40 per bottle.

This is one area where a little extra is worth it. You could choose to save a pound or two per month but be wasting your money if its optimal health, vitality & wellness you are in search of.

There are some excellent oils out there for around £1 per day – what is your health & happiness worth to you ?

NOTE: £1 per day could save you many aches, pains & potential risk to diseases especially as you age.

 

6. How do I know I need it & how much should I take ?

Most people take Omega supplements blind: They don’t know their Omega status & don’t know if the product is doing them more harm than good AND if the product is doing anything at all !

There are some extremely simple ways to test your Omega status these days & combine that with the other facts above you will know exactly how much you need & for how long.

NOTE: Get the simple cost effective test & correct your Omega levels asap. Your health, energy & performance could depend on it.

 

To conclude…

If you were to prioritise your budget to ‘which supplement will give me the most bang for my buck?’ then TWO jump out & every health care practitioner will tell you the same:

  1. Multi vitamin
  2. Omega supplement

 

You have a simple decision to make…

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The 3 Priority Ways to Drop Fat

  1. Low GI Foods
  2. Resistance Training
  3. Compound Exercises

1) Low Gi Foods

GI stands for Glycemic Index. This tells us whether a food raises blood glucose (sugars) quickly, moderately or slowly.

Different carbohydrates are digested and absorbed at different rates & GI is a ranking of how quickly each carbohydrate-based food and drink makes blood glucose levels rise after eating them.

You want a slow steady release of energy (sugar) from the foods you eat. So choosing low GI is the smarter choice – the energy will be released slower & provide energy for a longer period of time & will in turn cause less of an insulin response.

Insulin is the hormone of fat-storage & ageing. Control that & you control those two factors to a certain extent.

This is how foods are classified:

Low GI Medium GI High GI
0-55 56-69 70 or greater

Choose low to moderate GI foods & you will manage your blood sugar effectively. Portion sizes & timing do play a part but this is the most important element to consider.

I’ll show you how to put this into a meal plan & which foods are low – moderate GI at the end of this article.

2) Resistance Training

If you want to lose Fat-Weight you MUST LIFT WEIGHTS. Here’s why …

The more muscle you have the more calories you will burn. FACT. This is the way to guarantee control of your body-fat over time.

This doesn’t have to complicated. The first few sessions may be uncomfortable as you learn something new but then you will start to feel & Look great.

I coach this to all my clients & highly recommend you learn some simple moves, I’d be happy to help you out so check out my first step solution at the end of this article.

3) Compound Exercises

These are movements that involve more than one muscle group & move two or more joints.

An example of a compound movement is a bench press or a squat.

Isolation movements are single muscle group, single joint movmements, for example a bicep curl or a calf raise.

The more muscle fibres you recruit in an exercise routine the more muscle you will grow & more calories you will burn.

So a single arm bicep curl is not the best choice of exercise if fat loss is your goal. A squat, deadlift, dip, bench press, lat pulldown or a row are smarter choices.

Get the basics handled & then pick up other powerful tips & techniques as you develop. Watch a powerful fat loss solution I have for you at the end of this article.

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3 Why’s Fish Oil should be your FIRST supplement

1 Why: Helps Combat EVERY disease…

You can google Fish oil and ‘ X ‘ (any disease). You’ll find reams of pages (average 1,750,000) & studies supporting the fact that fish oil helps to reduce the risk to whatever disease you type.

The benefits are FAR REACHING.

So a question you could be having right now is How do I know I need it? The answer is testing. If you don’t know your Omega status it is well worth finding out.

The further you are away from a ratio of 2:1 (Omega6:Omega3) the higher your risk to illness, ailments & disease. (I’ll show you a streamlined way to test & perfect your status in the quickest time possible at the end of this article)

 

2 Why: Fat Loss..

Again you can do your own research on Google which will pull up just under 5,000,000 pages of data supporting fish oil supplementation & fat loss.

If you want to look & feel your best for something that takes less than 30 seconds a day then fish oil supplementation is a no brainer.

The only question you should have is ‘ Which the best product & how much does it cost? ‘ (I’ll give you a genius option at a highly competetive price the end of this article…)

 

3 Why: Builds Muscle & Lowers Inflammation…

There is a more recent term coming through called ‘ INLAMMAGEING ‘ linking the rate of ageing with inflammation.

Bottom line is the more we control inflammation, think painful joints, digestive issues, outbreaks of rashes & acne on the skin, the longer we keep our youthful looks & vibrancy.

At the same time we get to build more muscle which is one of the top determinants of longevity. Fact is the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn (even at rest) so basically put the more muscle you have the less likely you will get fatter !

 

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How to Direct Your Own Internal Dialogue

How to Direct Your Own Internal Dialogue

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  • “Why did they do that or say that? It’s because…”
  • “How did that happen? I must have…”                                                           
  • “Why don’t things work out for me? It’s because…”
  • “What will happen if I fail? It will devastate me because……
  • “What if they reject me? I will feel…”
  • “Why can’t I get ahead? What am I doing wrong?

 

Are you stuck in negative thinking patterns? Or perhaps you’re not paying attention to your thoughts, & are unaware of how your thoughts impact your emotions.

These intrusive, self-sabotaging thoughts are often founded on the belief that you’re not good enough.

Self-critical thoughts are counterproductive to embracing optimalism!

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To live an optimal life, it’s so important to remember the laws of attraction:

 

  • The law of attraction states that every positive or negative event that happened with you was attracted by you.  Although it might sound a bit simplistic, concentrating your focus on the positive allows you the freedom to take control of how your futures develops, shaping it in the ways you choose.

 

Our thoughts, those little things that occur inside our heads that we don’t give voice to, often occur automatically & unconsciously Without realizing it you tell yourself negative things constantly.

This negative self-talk is very powerful because you do tend to believe what you tell yourself.

At the same time, you are your own worst critic.

 

In order to change your thinking, you must focus attention on your thoughts. 

 

To change your internal dialogue & tone down the intensity of emotion, try to describe the situation in your mind, rather than interpret it as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’  

What do you say to yourself during the course of the day?  How do you analyse or interpret different situations?  When you’re stuck in traffic, do you tell yourself “this is unbearable?” 

If you make a mistake, do you call yourself an “idiot?”

As you examine your thoughts, ask yourself “Is this thought helpful?”  

“Do I really want to be thinking in this way?”

 

Another powerful tool to attract positivity into your life is to practice self-affirmations

 

By using the power of positive affirmations & by repeating them you can recondition your brain                                             & change how you feel & think about any situation.

Some examples are:

 

  • I deserve to be happy & successful
  • I have the power to change myself
  • I can forgive &understand others & their motives
  • I can make my own choices & decisions
  • I am free to choose to live as I wish & to give priority to my desires
  • I am flexible & open to change in every aspect of my life
  • It is enough to have done my best
  • I deserve to be loved

 

Make sure to tailor these self-affirming statements to your own personal needs & desires.

At first you may not feel like you agree with some of the things you are saying but eventually you will change the way you think & act & that is the purpose of these statements.

If you have a positive attitude, then you begin to expect that things will turn out well & you are likely to attract success into your life.

 

The Bottom Line…

The bottom line is that having a positive attitude makes for better, happier & healthier days & a life full of Health Wealth.

To read more be sure to check out the full text here: Health Wealth: Feel Like a Billion Dollars Every Day Of The Week.

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

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Managing your life Pt.2

Manage your life in a way that will generate the  high-quality results that you desire & deserve

The first step towards any change is awareness. As Dr. Phil famously says to his guests & viewing audience “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.”

 If you read my last blog, I strongly suggested that you keep track of all your activities for a 24-hour period. Please check out my suggestions from my book, Health Wealth: Feel Like a Billion Dollars Every Day Of The Week. for additional tips on this exercise.

 

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I hope you got a chance to do this activity.  It should have provided you with valuable information in planning your strategy to incorporate the changes you need to improve your mental, physical & spiritual health.

 

  • Were you able to see the imbalances in your life that may be sabotaging your desire to live a healthier life?
  • Too much time devoted to work?  
  • Not enough time for family & other important relationships?  
  • Not enough time to exercise?  Eating on the run; not always making healthy food choices?                 

 

You need to take a close look at your lifestyle choices & determine what you can do to improve the quality of your life.

 

Today I would like to focus on some simple steps you can take to start incorporating exercise into your life so you can start increasing your energy, stamina & overall good health.

Please remember that gradually working toward change improves your odds of success. A new behavior needs to be repeated & then given a chance to become part of your routine.  

  • Whenever possible, walk. Increase the amount of time you can walk, versus sit or drive. It doesn’t take that much extra time to park a bit farther from the entrance to the grocery store or mall.
  • At work stretch in your chair, squat to pick something up, stand up when you talk on the phone: take breaks when sitting in front of your computer for extended periods of time- take a quick walk &/or stretch & do some exercises while you watch TV.
  • Take a short vigorous walk during part of your lunch hour
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
  • Turn household activities, like gardening, into exercise.
  • Play with your children or dog in the yard or a park.
  • While watching TV, talking on the phone, or reading a book, try doing isometric exercises.

 

Pick a couple of these ideas & use them each day. When you see just how much time we waste sitting, standing in lines, waiting for stoplights, etc., you’ll see just how easy exercise can be & you can do it in a very short time.

Build up slowly day by day so you can incorporate these healthy habits into your daily routine

The Bottom Line…

“99% of failures come from those who have the habit of making up excuses”

                                                                                                                George W. Carver

 

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ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Why Supplementation Is Needed

Food is fuel. Depending on your choice of food it can also be poison… or a medicine.
If you want to thrive—not just survive—then being at your peak requires feeding your body exactly what it needs & making sure you are consistent with that type of eating.

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Here is the unencumbered truth:

• Evidence from the National Diet & Nutrition Survey shows that the UK population does not achieve nutritional sufficiency through diet alone.

• Executive secretary of the UK Council for Responsible Nutrition said that recent NHS findings that diet alone is enough were flawed. She went on to say, “I am a little surprised that the NHA did not refer to [their own] data.”

Your body needs supplementation because:

There are not enough nutrients in our food to cover our requirements.

Perhaps we did have enough decades ago, but massproduced, intensive growing methods & farming practices leave fruits & vegetables with significantly fewer nutrients than people think.

• The age of our food must also be taken into consideration.

How old is that bunch of apples you bought yesterday? Eating food that is a week, two weeks, or even a month old is not eating fresh, high-nutrient food.

If you’re eating a South African apple & you live in London, it obviously wasn’t picked yesterday. The older the food, the lower its nutritional value.

Poor food preparation.

Not only is the food lower quality, but we also use cooking processes like microwaves & high-oil heatcooking that remove whatever nutrients are left, denature the food & end up eating fats that do use harm.

 Did you know that over cooking your vegetables (& food in general) removes vital nutrients & digestive enzymes.

Ultimately this means that your body has less access to the nutrients it needs to be at optimal & on top of that cannot absorb the nutrients does get access to.

Poor food digestion

Your body needs high-quality nutrients to function optimally—but you can’t absorb these nutrients because the modern diet causes damage to your digestive tract, which diminishes nutrient uptake.

On top of that as mentioned above, some cooking processes reduce the absorption rate of foods due to the loss of digestive enzymes.

Off-the-Charts Toxicity Levels

If you can spare a moment to dismiss soil depletion, water pollution, poor animal rearing, battery-cage farms & consider poor cooking practices, there is still the horror of toxin exposure to deal with. You need nutrients to deal with the toxins you are exposed to every
day. The more toxins in the environment, the more nutrients you need for detox & healing.

In tests done in the United States on non-industry workers (teachers, journalists), they were found to have one hundred toxins in their bodies that were not present forty years ago.

The Bottom Line…

No one can eat enough nutrients 100 percent of the time. You most likely have a hectic schedule & there will be times when you cannot help but skip a meal, or do not have a healthy choice available for a day or more.

If this happens, your body will not have the nutrients to keep it at peak physical condition. Your body will suffer & so will your performance & mind—especially if this happens every week, or several times a week. This is very common. As a result, you wont be able to repair, detox & grow optimally.

At this point most people become despondent & return to previous habits. Prevent yourself from making this mistake by understanding that food is not the only way to get the nutrients that your body needs. Supplements (well chosen) will help you.

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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