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Featured Article – Three Hormones That Could Be Affecting Your Weight

Featured Article Three Hormones That Could Be Affecting Your Weight From Dr Sears Lab Many of the problems that prevent us from reaching our weight loss goals are due to hormonal imbalance. If you are careful about your food choices, exercise regularly and still aren’t seeing the scale budge, your hormones may be to blame. When trying to reach the Zone, you’ll often hear us talk about the importance of hormonal control. When our hormones are unbalanced it can accelerate the aging process, decrease our overall wellness, and hinder our ability to perform or maintain our weight.  Here we’ll focus specifically on
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A Question of Couscous

A frequently asked question is what about couscous? Couscous is a grain and is counted as a carbohydrate and not a particularly favourable carb at that. In 1 cup (157 g) of cooked couscous there is Protein 6 g (less than 1 block) Carbohydrate 36 g (more than 5 blocks) Fat 0 Rather than using couscous, use cauliflower rice with lots of favourable vegetables like spinach, broccoli, some carrot and add fresh nuts, avocado or a good kiwi olive oil for fat.    
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ProZone Certification Course

Would you like to have your own nutrition business?  Do you want to learn more about the science behind the Zone? Following our successful course last year we are going to run another certification course on 19 & 20th August. We are looking for appropriate candidates that would like to be certified to teach Zone nutrition. The cost is $850. Early bird registration is $500 if paid by July 15th. Candidates should ideally have a background in health or sports. The first day covers the science behind the Zone, Zone balance, carbohydrates, protein, fat, insulin/glycogen axis, eicosanoids as well as discussion about the
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Categories: Announcements.

PureFit Bars

ProZone is very happy to announce it is now the New Zealand distributor of PureFit® bars.  Our first shipment has landed and is flying out the door. We have seven delicious flavours including the new Peanut Butter Toffee Crunch and I am happy to supply boxes mixed with all flavours or just your favourites if you specify them when you place your order. Go to our shop and order online now or, if you are in Wellington, pop into the office to collect them.  Please text or phone first to make sure that I am in the office. The bars are
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Categories: Announcements and Products.

That Sugar Film

Everyone is talking about “That Sugar Film” and the book by Damon Gameau in Australia. For 2 months Damon changed his healthy diet to eating the same number of calories but from “healthy” alternatives.  He didn’t eat lollies and biscuits or drink fizzy drinks but he did eat low fat yogurt, drinks like Up & Go and other foods with lots of sugar in them in order to eat 40 teaspoons of sugar a day in his diet.  Fortunately he was closely monitored by doctors, blood tests and other advisors (who mostly told him not to do it at all!). The results
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LSA – linseed, sesame, almonds

I often get asked about LSA.  What about LSA?   LSA is made from almonds which are healthy monounsaturated fat,  linseed  which are omega-3 polyunsaturated fat but 90% less effective than omega-3 in marine oils so have no benefit, and sesame which Dr Sears uses to potentiate his omega-3 fish oil. It’s a pity about the vegetable omega-3 in linseed, plus it is all ground up so it is much more readily oxidized.  This creates harmful fats. It is much better to use good natural fats in whole (raw) almonds, pistachios, peanuts, olive oil and avocado to name a few. We
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“Healthy” Snack Bars

Consumer has tested and commented on 35 snack bars sold in New Zealand.  it quite rightly says that most are high in sugar and saturated fats and are unhealthy. Consumer used the new health star rating system which has been introduced by the government.  It is a label on the front of the pack which gives consumers an “at a glance” guide to the nutrition value of food with five stars being the healthiest and one star being the most unhealthy.  Nine of the 35 bars received 3 stars or more with only four bars gaining four stars or more.
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Avocados

Avocados are a great source of good monounsaturated fatty acids plus vitamins A,B & D. Handy hint: Use avocado as a spread rather than butter or margarine which may have saturated fat or even worse, trans fats in them. Avocado tastes great and goes with most things. Handy hint: after you have used the avocado, turn the skin inside out and rub over your face previously dampened with warm water. Leave for 5 minutes then wash off leaving lovely smooth skin. One block snack:  Three Arnott’s crackers (oblong ones), avocado as a spread.  Put a pate of tinned salmon and low
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Some Alternative Ideas for Cheese and Potatoes

Some convenient products to consider for easy and interesting Zoning   Say “Cheese” and smile Most people love cheese and it is a versatile and convenient food that is high in protein with virtually no carbohydrate, unfortunately hard cheese is also high in unhealthy saturated fat and this is why we recommend limiting consumption. When buying cheese we have recommended choosing Edam cheese for its lower total, and therefore saturated, fat content compared to other varieties. Unfortunately Edam tends to be a bit bland and uninteresting. The good news is that Mainland have produced a tasty cheddar cheese they call
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Guilt Free Chocolate Drink and Flavouring

              Contributed by Kevin Bateman   The last time you read something like that heading it was probably a low fat but very high carbohydrate product.  Not so a new New Zealand made product that is very low in fat and carbohydrate yet is deliciously rich and chocolaty.  Avalanche Sugar Free Cocoa Chocolate Drinking Mix is supposed to be a kids’ product but it is way too good to be reserved for children only. It contains no artificial sweeteners and appears to be flavoured cocoa that is sweetened with the natural sweeteners erythritol and stevia. These sweeteners have negligible
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Gestational Diabetes

I recently had a visit from a friend who was 33 weeks pregnant with her first baby.  She was told that she had gestational diabetes and because of that she was going to need to be on medication, was probably going to have a large baby that would need to be delivered by caesarian section and that she was at a high risk for developing diabetes later in life.  She was horrified that the diabetic clinic had not even asked her to keep a food diary.  Fortunately she knew about my services and came to see me.  Fortunately too she had
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The Right amount of Protein is Important

Zone nutrition is usually mislabeled as a “high protein” diet. It is in fact “protein adequate” in that we work out how much protein you need to eat each day to maintain your muscle mass.  Once you reach 30 you start to lose muscle and eating in the Zone protects your muscle mass so while you may lose weight you do not lose muscle. We had one client who went from a size 16 to a 10 but only lost one kilo on the scales.  Her body shape changed completely but she lost fat but not muscle. The other important factor
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Fat is not the problem…

Handy Hint of the Week: It’s not fat that makes you fat but sugar that makes you fat.  That doesn’t mean you can eat any amounts of fat but fat stops you feeling hungry.  If you eat low fat food add the appropriate amount of good fats into your meal or snack.  Good fats include olives, olive oil, avocado and nuts, especially almonds. Olive Oil: New Zealand produces some of the best olive oils in the world and they are fresh whereas the imported ones from Italy, etc may be several years old by the time they get here.  Oils oxidise and
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Sugar – the Real Problem

The World is Waking Up to the Consequences of Sugar Addiction There have been several articles written over the summer about the obesity epidemic with it’s resulting damage to our health.  It is particularly interesting to see that the experts are starting to recognize that the main cause of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and the other conditions caused by underlying inflammation is caused by the amount of sugar in our diet.  One of my mantras is that “it isn’t fat that makes you fat, it’s sugar that makes you fat”.  I didn’t make that up of course, Dr Sears wrote
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New Heart Foundation Recommendations

The NZ Heart Foundation’s new revised healthy food choice advice has been released and published in the 7th November edition of the The Dominion Post. They have distanced themselves from their old failed model by scrapping the well known Pyramid completely and have replaced it with a stylized heart. The new advice recommends consuming food groups in what appears to be approximately the following proportions: 40% vegetables and fruit – eat most 25% breads, cereals, grains, starchy vegetables – eat some 15% fish, meat, chicken, legumes, eggs 12% milk, yoghurt, cheese 5% oils, nuts – use some 3% cut back on
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Ricotta vs Cottage Cheese

I was asked the question about the difference between ricotta cheese and cottage cheese.  Ricotta is more pleasant than cottage cheese but ricotta, although relatively low in fat (saturated) compared to hard cheese, it is a lot higher in fat than cottage cheese.  This is the big advantage of cottage cheese: convenient protein with relatively low fat.
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I’m Angry at McDonalds

Contributed by Kevin Bateman One of the perks of the Gold Card is free coffee at McDonalds® and an occasional coffee won’t do me any harm, especially a free one. With this incentive I checked out Mackers for a quick cheap lunch option and I discovered a reasonable choice that would be OK now and then to have with my now and then coffee. The McD Chicken Caesar Wrap. The cover on the seared (grilled) version showed per serving, protein 30.8g (4 blocks), fat 14.7g (5 blocks) and carbohydrate 29.3 (3.25 blocks). I discarded some of the wrap and enjoyed
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Why Do We Tend To Overeat?

Contributed by Kevin Bateman  The only processed breakfast cereal that I eat is small amounts of Kelloggs® All Bran that I add to my home-made muesli mix. There is a recipe in the ProZone book. All Bran has 45.4g carbohydrate per 100g, which is very moderate for a refined cereal, and it  has 29.5g fibre per 100g. This high fibre content helps slow sugar absorption into the bloodstream. So we can use a little All Bran and still maintain healthy blood sugar levels. I am referring to All Bran Original, the squiggly stuff, as there are several other varieties of Kelloggs®
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