Saturday, September 23, 2006

Holyday season?? Sickness season!


I don't know if you've noticed, but the holyday season brings with it not only joy, rituals, family and laughter but quite a large share of illnesses and sickness. This is not a coincedance, its a statistic fact. The reason is mainly our bad dietary habits during this time, combined with a lack of physical exercise compared to normal times. One of the worst things you can do is increase your sugar-carb intake and combine it with a sedentary lifestyle. So, if you want to minimize the amount of harm you are inducing with your holiday meals, here are a few tips:

1. Take your Fish Oil capsules before the 'bad meal', it will help to lower the glycmic effect of the whole meal and provide some good nutrients along the way.
2. Eat your protein first, it is best to fill yourself up first with the good stuff, and help with the digestion process by providing the protein in the first place.
3. Take an insulin mimicker agent after your meal - 300-600mg of R-isomer Alpha Lipolic Acid, Vanadyl Sulphate or even Chromium Picolinate. It will help to transfer the newly digested carbs to replenish your glycogen stores and not to fat cell storage.
4. Don't eat yourself to death, as in large quantities it is very hard to deal with the glycmic load, even if the nutrient breakdown is a good one. Just dont eat too much or else nothing would help.
Some interesting abstracts:

Cardiac mortality is higher around Christmas and New Year's than at any other time: the holidays as a risk factor for death.Phillips DP, Jarvinen JR, Abramson IS, Phillips RR.

The "Merry Christmas Coronary" and "Happy New Year Heart Attack" phenomenon. Kloner RA.

Mortality spike at New Year but not Christmas in North East England. Milne EM.

Dying to go on holiday.Alsop JC, Langley JD.

Shana Tova, and happy holydays to everyone!

4 comments:

EdOpines said...

You definitely know your stuff when it comes to nutrition so I know you think it's important. I have a pretty good metabolism so I can usually get away with poor eating habits. If I want to reform the way I eat. What is the easiest thing to remember as a starter? Don't eat until you feel like you're full? Snack throughout the day?

Ido said...

Ed,
here is my opinion about the most important nutritional tip:
http://forum.idoportal.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=68

Enjoy,
Ido.

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Alex Ogica said...

I didn't know these three substances, I have just read about them on the internet. Vanadylsulphate is forbidden in Germany they say, and it is used in the bodybuilder scene mostly. There is a study, placebo vs VS => placebo showed the same amount of muscle gain as VS.