Carol Alt

A HEALTHY YOU RECAP (12/20): Fashion Tips, The Truth about tea’s and Life without sugar

By CarolAltSMDeveloper / Post / December 23, 2014
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Segment 1# Tips on picking the best pair of jeans with Argy Koutsothanasis

Fitness Magazine Fashion Director Argy Koutsothanasis told Carol that there’s no reason why someone can’t do a trend, but the trick is to find the right fit for one’s silhouette (body shape).  Today there are so many different fits of jeans that it can, admittedly, be confusing, to shop—but it is possible to find a flattering pair.  “You want to play up the great things about your body, and downplay those things that aren’t so great,” she said.

Argy brought out 4 women, all with different body types, to explain what worked and why.

  • Straight up and down:  This body type can wear almost anything! Argy put her in a cropped flat front trouser and Capri leg, accessorized with a boxier jacket and tiny heels.
  • Pear-shape:  This body type has a little extra in the middle, so she was put in a slightly higher waist, with a “motorcycle skinny” leg, since they’re thin enough to pull off the detailing.
  • Bootylicious:  Bells are great for balancing, and they are making a comeback. These jeans are also a darker color and, with a bell-bottom, you can hide heels underneath if you want to elongate the leg.
  • Hourglass figure: This model was able to wear a skinny leg with a high waist.  A tucked-in Oxford shirt added more balance—and “heels always help!

Watch the full segment HERE and for more information, please visit:  www.fitnessmagazine.com

 

Segment 2: The truth about your favorite teas with Zhena Muzyka

Would you be shocked to know that Green Tea—which is supposed to be one of the healthiest teas, loaded with antioxidants and thermogenic properties —might contain formaldehyde, sometimes used in the production process?

Would you be shocked to know that many tea flavorings have a propylene glycol base?

So explains Zhena Muzyka, founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Teas and author of Life by the Cup. Zhena’s story is inspiring; she grew up with Ukrainian gypsy ancestry where her grandmother believed that botanicals could heal all woes, be they mind, body or spirit. In 2000, she was faced with mounting medical bills for her young son and today, Zhena’s Gyspy Teas is a thriving enterprise.

Zhena’s Gypsy Teas combines ancient tea blending with the latest health research; all products are hand-crafted, all natural, 100% organic and 100% Fair Trade certified.

Zhena refers to her product not as teas, but as botanicals because she infuses them with herbs, flowers, berries and roses.

Each tea has a different purpose, she said; for instance, roses calm and provide stress relief.  Green tea aids collagen production. Cranberry Ginger detoxifies.

She explained to Carol that most of the tea we drink is imported from other countries, such as China, Kenya, Sri Lanka and India, countries that can use chemicals that have been banned here–so be sure your tea is Certified Organic, which has stringent rules. “It’s the only way you can guarantee cleanliness and purity.”

Carol asked about white tea.  “You’re not supposed to boil it, but why?”

Zhena explained that white tea is the least processed, and those leaves are very young and delicate, so you need to be more careful.

“What about Jasmine Pearl? That’s my favorite,” said Carol, “but are they all the same?”

“No, especially when a tea is organic, it comes from the earth so every harvest is different.   A tea is like one never-ending journey.”

The take-a-way?  Read your tea leaves!  Know the source and how it’s made.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.zhena.tv/x/life-by-the-cup/

Segment 3:  Life without sugar:  Is it possible?  With J.J. Virgin

Did you know that a piece of wheat bread can ultimately have more of an impact on your blood sugar level than table sugar—or that balsamic vinegar or marinara sauce can have more sugar than Oreo cookies?

Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of Sugar Impact Diet, J.J. Virgin, explained to Carol that it’s not really about the amount the sugar but, rather, looking at it differently and focusing on the impact that the sugar has on your body.

“People think they’re doing the right thing, but today, sugar is hidden in the craziest places—and that can raise blood sugar and insulin levels,” she said, noting that one needs to look at it that food, especially in relation to the food’s fiber content.  “For instance, red wine vinegar is fine, but balsamic is basically syrup.  Chunky tomatoes are fine, but marinara sauce is processed and sugary.  Berries and apples are great, but apple juice is a problem.”

Sugar is often added to food when it’s processed, she explained, noting that 80% of all processed food does contain added sugars, resulting in additional cravings—often an addiction for that food.

There are two types of sugars, she explained:  fructose and glucose.  Glucose does have its problems, raising blood sugar and insulin and leading to diabetes, but fructose is far worse because A) it goes straight to the liver, where is gets converted to fat and B) doesn’t raise blood sugar—“that sounds like a good thing but it’s not, because that means it also doesn’t trigger satiety, so you’re making fat, while still being hungry.  How unfair is that?”

The biggest places for hidden sugars are:

Roots

Drinks

Sweeteners

Grains

Fruit

Dressings

Low or no-fat items

That said, the solution is to make some easy swaps; for instance, swap the white pasta for quinoa, or the marinara sauce for chunky tomato.  Instead of fruit juice or some sugary or artificial sugary drink, go for a sugarless water with fruit essence.

“Are there any safe sweeteners?” asked Carol

“Yes, there are some sweeteners that are actually good for you, such as Monkfruit, Stevia or Erythritol and Xylitol. There are also flavorings that are natural sweeteners, such as cinnamon, vanilla and chicory.”

Watch the full segment HERE and for more information, please visit: http://sugarimpactdiet.com.

Segment 4:  Ask Carol

Question:  What causes leg cramps and what can I do about them?

Answer:  Linda, I get leg cramps, too, especially when I wear high heels—so I asked the expert, Dr. Nicholas Gonzales who knows a lot about a lot.  He told me that leg cramps are caused by deficiencies in calcium, magnesium and potassium.  Night cramps, he said, are often caused by a calcium deficiency, corrected with 300-600 mg of either calcium citrate or carbonate.

There’s also a quinine by Hyland called “Leg Cramps” and the homeopathic remedy is to take a teaspoon of organic mustard—must be the turmeric in it!

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