Round to Rock

October 2009 - Posts

Week 6 Begins

The Round To Rock participants started off week 6 learning about orthopaedic issues.  Erik Bruce M.D. was our guest speaker on Monday and he discussed sports medicine, arthroscopoic surgery of the knee and shoulder as well as knee reconstruction.  His presentation was very thorough, enlightening and provided great insight to what our bodies go through as we age.

 Also, we want to hear how everyone is doing with the fitness and weight loss.  How did your assessment go?

Avoid sugar and burn fat for a healthier lifestyle

Week Four started off with Dr. Ben discussing food topics for one hour followed by participant weigh-in and 30 minute workout.

Dr. Ben covered a ton of information, here's the break down:

  1. Watch the Sugar.  When reading the ingredients, if a word ends in -ose it is a sugar.  Grains also turn to sugar. Excess sugar will turn to fat.  Remember cattle is given grain before they are butchered to fatten them up - the same thing happens in our bodies.
  2. A substitute for sugar is Stevia or Xylitol. These can be bought at most grocery or vitamin stores.
  3. Fat does not make you fat, the inability to burn fat makes you fat.
  4. Bad fats - rancid fats make your body toxic and fight your ability to burn fat.
  5. Good fats - Olive oil is a healthier fat and should be used at room or low temperaures. If you cook with olive oil at high temperatures, it becomes rancid. Coconut oil is great for cooking with at high temperatures.
  6. Read the Ingredients - High fructose corn syrup, canola oil, and trans fat are all toxic to your body and will prevent it from functioning at the high level it is intended to.

Those were the 6 most important health items covered. We look forward to hearing part two with Dr. Ben in the not-too-distant future.

For those participating and following from home, what health changes are you trying to make in your day-to-day lives, and more importantly, how are you doing implementing a new, healthy lifestyle?