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  • Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    by Darryl Edwards

    Animal Moves

    • improve strength, speed and stamina
    • increase mobility, flexibility and stability
    • look, feel and perform better

    Find out more and details on how to purchase at www.animalmovesbook.com

  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in Nutrition (3)

Wednesday
Sep292010

Nutrition for Health: Pomegranate

Pomegranate: Food for Thought

Fitness Explorer - Pomegranate Fruit - for health!

Health Benefits of Pomegranate:

Pomegranates are beneficial for health.  A fruit that has been categorised as a super-food known for its nutrient density and as such has been studied for many years to investigate its health benefits.  

Some of the benefits are: 

  • A fat-buster
    • pomegranate seed oil reduces the body's ability to store fat;
    • they prevent fat deposits (triglycerides) from clogging the arteries;
    • pomegranates increase the level of HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood;
  • Reduces recovery time
    • pomegranate's contain uric acid which is known to speed up recovery rates;
    • it's a natural anti-inflammatory so eases painful joints;
    • it helps to relieve muscle soreness
  • Packed with antioxidants
    • Pomegranates are packed with high levels of antioxidants (polyphenols) such as anthocyanins, flavonoids and tannins;
    • Antioxidants can protect against free-radical induced diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson's) and premature ageing.

Note:  As a rule I tend to eat the fruit and avoid drinking pomegranate juice as some of the nutrients (and fibre) are lost in the juicing process.  It's worth struggling with those pips to obtain the most nutritional value and to avoid a higher concentration of sugar intake.

Go Organic?

Yes.  Fruits and berries have been shown to have up to 50% more antioxidants than non-organic versions.  So worth getting hold of organic or sustainably farmed versions.

Monday
Sep202010

New Paleo Research

I personally follow a Paleo diet, but I am still open-minded about this.  So it was interesting to read a news article this morning with a UK source.  

Unilever has gathered a leading research team of scientists and experts in fields such as evolutionary genetics, food scientists and anthropologists to explore how the stone-age Paleolithic diet could benefit us in the modern era (which is based on an agricultural neolithic diet).  

Palaeolithic man may have died earlier than we do now, but he didn't die of bad nutrition...”

- Prof Mark Thomas, University College London

As further stated in the article, previous research has shown that the nutrition of the paleolithic era (as hunter-gatherers) saw lower incidences of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Diseases which plague the modern era.

Read more about it on the BBC website here: Recreating the caveman diet

 

 

Monday
Jun282010

Nutrition: Eggs a wholesome food?

Science:

For about 20 years scientists have advised us to limit the amount of eggs in our diet due to the level of cholesterol in the yolk.

However the American Heart Association has recently identified a boiled egg as an ideal combination of increased satiety (the feeling of being full) and of prolonged energy release due to it being low GI in nature.

An egg also contains several important nutrients such as Choline which is essential for cellular health, and preserving memory.

Nutrition:

A boiled egg is only around 80 calories, and contains 72% protein.  It's a high quality protein food containing all nine essential amino acids.  A complete and balanced source of protein which is easy to digest.  Although there are many protein shakes and formulations available, the egg is still considered the standard against which all other protein foods are measured because their protein composition is so perfectly balanced.  It also offers great value for money.

Organic:

The nutritional value improves significantly when you go organic.  A study conducted by "Mother Earth News" (Oct/Nov 2007) found that free-range organic eggs have 2/3 more vitamin A, three times more vitamin E, seven times more beta carotene and twice the omega-3 essential fatty acids in comparison to non-organic.

Summary:


Eggs should no longer be viewed as an icon of too much cholesterol and should be viewed as a staple part of a healthy individual's diet.  Easy to cook, prepare and of great nutritional benefit.