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The Sequoia Advisor
IN THIS ISSUE                                                                August 1st 2010
  • Aging Gracefully
  • Protein is Not Just for Muscles
  • The Truth About Dry Cat Food
  • Osteoporosis Support Group Meeting Aug 17th
    "Ask the PT"
  • Healthy Lifestyle Consultations Now Available 

Feel Better... Live Better


Aging Gracefully

by Woody McMahon

We Are All Getting Older

Each and every day you get a little older and for some people that is a
terrifying thought indeed. But aging is not really the problem; it is how
you age
that is the real issue. By age 65, many people look, act and sound
much older than they really are. The health problems are mounting, the
waist is getting larger and the litany of moans and groans far surpasses
the positive talk about vacations and plans for the future. Aging
gracefully is the result of a well constructed lifestyle program that will
support good health, independence and help you live the life you want. Is
this possible? You bet! When should you start? Right NOW! How do you do it?
Read on!


Rethinking Your Genes

Once upon a time, science thought that genetics played a much stronger role
in determining your future. What we now know is that genetic expression,
not genes, is the key to ageing gracefully. Genetic expression is different
than genetics because what science has also found out is identical twins
(they have the same exact genetics) don't express their genes in the same
way. What does this all mean? You can have the exact same genes as your
parents and not experience any of their health problems. Modifying your
lifestyle changes the expression of your genes
improving health and quality
of life.


Where Do I Start?

So now that you know you can change your genetic expression for the
better, where do you start? Here are the three best strategies to begin
changing your life for the better.


Stop With the Excuses Already

You have heard them; you probably have used them. Now it is time to get
rid of them forever. There is no place for negativity or a lack of self
confidence and excuses if you want your genes to work properly. Your mental
attitude has a direct affect on the genes through your epigenetic
structures. Give your mental attitude a positive shift and your body will
respond favorably. So toss out the "I am too old; my mother had it so I
will; I don't have enough time; I will never get well"
and usher in a new,
healthier system of thought. Your body will thank you for it.


Eat Well But Don't Get Obsessive

Your body has the capacity to adapt to many different environmental
situations. It is not necessary to scrutinize every single food, vitamin or
liquid that goes in your mouth. Yes, food needs to provide a certain level
of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Yes, eating balanced, healthy meals
is a plus. Yes, food is meant to be enjoyed in reasonable quantities. But
"saintly eating" is a waste of time. A saintly eater is someone who extols
the virtues of all the organic food they eat; the fact that they never
touch "junk food" or food out of cans; they never eat "bad" only "good"
foods. This is all very unnecessary. Listen to your body and it will tell
you what it does and doesn't like. You will be a lot better by walking the
middle of the road.


Make Your Body Move

Your body was made to move; not all the time but certainly some of the
time. Getting oxygen to your tissues is the key here. The lack of oxygen in
your tissues and cells makes it hard for your body to grow and repair. All
the major illnesses are associated with an impairment of oxygen delivery to
the tissues. Regular exercise is the best way to get oxygen to all parts of
your body. Walking, lifting weights and participating in other fun
activities ensure that your body can live and grow effectively. It is a
great goal to shoot for three hours a week of physical activity.


Remember, you can feel better at any age, any conditioning level or health
status. All you need to do is give your body and mind a little help and
watch them do what they do best; keep you feeling good and enjoying life.

Would you like to improve your health but don't know where to start?

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Do you have weight problems but are tired of dieting? We provide an easy to
follow program without the gimmicks or fads. You'll also get the education,
motivation and accountability necessary to improve your health while helping
you feel and look your best. Please call Woody McMahon for a no cost
consultation, at 703-464-5171 or email to 

by Woody McMahon 

Aging Gracefully


Protein is Not Just for Muscles
by Woody McMahon

The Importance of Protein

If you are having trouble with your weight, one of the difficulties may be
a lack of complete protein. Weight gain is generally tied to the overeating
of simple carbohydrates which are very low in protein. The typical American
breakfast of coffee, toast and cereal can add to the problem because it
contains minimal amounts of protein. If you avoid drinking milk or eating
eggs for breakfast, your protein deficiency can be magnified even further.
Protein as the Builder
Protein is one of the major structural building blocks of the body. It can
be found in many different areas including the bone, brain, skeletal
muscles, red blood cells, skin, hair and nails, the heart and blood vessels
and other major organs. Scientists estimate that about 50% of the human
body's dry weight is made up of protein. Getting the correct balance of
protein is essential
for a healthy heart, strong bones, muscles and an
efficient and balanced immune system.
Protein Increases Bone Strength
Protein is the essential building block for bone matrix and stronger
bones. We all know about calcium but the matrix is the place where calcium
goes to be stored. A lack of matrix means less calcium storage and weaker
bones that are more susceptible to fracture. Calcium by itself cannot make
bones stronger. It takes adequate and high quality protein to keep bones
fracture free.
How Your Body Uses Protein
Protein foods are digested in the stomach and broken down into smaller
units called amino acids. Your body then uses the amino acids to build new
tissues as well as repair old ones. Some of the amino acids are converted
into hormones
such as adrenalin and insulin. If excess protein is consumed
then it is either used as energy or stored as fat. Excess protein intake
(like the Atkins diet) is very stressful on your body and can cause
dehydration and kidney damage.
Good Protein Sources
Getting the correct amount and type of protein is important for good
health. Both too little and too much protein can have unwanted health
consequences. Trying to include foods that contain complete sources of
protein at every meal helps ensure an adequate supply of amino acids. A
complete protein is one that contains all 9 essential amino acids.
Essential amino acids are ones that the body "can't live without." Some of
the best sources of protein can be found in the meat group: fish, chicken,
beef, lamb and pork; the dairy group: milk, eggs, plain yogurt and cheese;
the plant group: beans and lentils and the nut group: nuts and seeds.
Calculating Your Protein Amount
The amount of protein you need in your diet depends on your weight, age,
activity levels and health. To see a more accurate guide to your daily
protein needs, use this simple protein calculator:

High stress living can cause excess weight gain!

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and improve your health at the same time. We provide the education, motivation
and accountability necessary to improve your health while helping you feel and
look your best. For a no cost consultation, please call Woody McMahon at
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Continued Good Health,


Woody McMahon

The Sequoia Advisor

Sequoia Health and Fitness, Inc.
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