WILL DRINKING ALCOHOL STOP YOU FROM SEEING RESULTS? #523 03/12/2013
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Ask the Expert: Will Drinking Alcohol Hurt My Results?

By Steve Edwards

When it comes to getting fit and healthy, alcohol is one of the first things you're told to eliminate from your diet. Yet studies regularly show that those who drink live longer and healthier lives than those who don't. So, what's the deal? Is alcohol a magic potion for a long and healthy life, or is your fitness the only thing it's going to take the edge off?

Woman Sunning Near a pool with a Glass of Wine

The consumption of alcohol in some form or another has been around since the first caveman left some fruit in the sun too long, causing it to ferment (what a crazy night around the fire that was). Since we've always had it and, if history is any indication, we always will, we should have a strategy about how to use it.

What is alcohol?

Alcohol starts out healthy enough, as a plant, where it's the byproduct of the decaying process (fermentation). Although it's technically a depressant, its effect on the human body manifests as making you feel giddy, powerful, and awesome on the dance floor. And because it's natural, you know, like tobacco and opium, it's got to be good, right? Oh, wait. Maybe not.

And just like other natural things, the food industry has found unnatural ways to create alcohol that tend to be cheaper and even less healthy. But, I'm nitpicking because ultimately alcohol is alcohol. You're going to get hammered whether you drink Night Train or single-malt Scotch—although all the chemicals in the rotgut might give you a worse hangover.

Glass of LiquidAnd for you out there who think you're beating the system with your Diet Coke® and rum, alcohol has calories. A lot of them. At 7 calories per gram, alcohol has more calories by volume than both carbs and proteins and slightly less than fats. (Plus, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine,1 drinking diet soda with alcohol could get you drunk faster.)

More importantly, these calories have no food value. That's right. Nada. Zilch. You're adding calories to your diet, the only performance enhancing quality of which is to help you brag about yourself down at the pub.

The big question people usually ask me is whether or not they should drink alcohol while doing P90X®, INSANITY®, or one of our other boot camp–style programs. When you're trying to change your body, the crux is making the nutritional switch from high-calorie/low-nutrient foods to low-calorie/high-nutrient foods. Since alcohol is a very high-calorie/no-nutrient food, you can see why it never ranks very high on Michi's Ladder.

Keep in mind that we're not telling you to abstain from alcohol forever. We're advising you cut down on it—or completely cut it out—while you're trying to transform your body.

What about all the studies showing alcohol is good for you?

The lifestyle studies that show up on the wires almost ubiquitously champion alcohol consumption because moderate drinkers always outlive everyone else. In fact, one major study showed that even excessive drinkers lived longer than teetotalers. There is no scientific surface explanation as to why this would be the case, so most experts chalk it up to lifestyle. Those who drink tend to be less stressed about life, in general, and stress is intricately linked to shorter life spans.

This is why our nutrition guides also generally give parameters for moderate drinking. If it makes you happy then, by all means, don't quit. Just learn to be a healthy drinker.

But as I said above, when you're doing one of our programs, the rules of nutrition shift slightly. You're pushing your body harder, so it behooves you to keep nutrition tiptop. Furthermore, if you can't go 90 days without a drink, you might want to consider your relationship with alcohol. It is, after all, an addictive substance.

The Dark Side of Drinking

And on that topic, alcohol has a dark side beyond calories. It can easily lead to an excessive path. If you're a clever writer, you might make a nefarious career out of being a boozer, but it wreaks havoc on most of us.

Behavioral issues aside, let's take a quick look at how alcohol can add up from a dietary perspective. A 12-ounce beer is about 150 or so calories. Ditto a 5-ounce glass of wine. One shot (1.5 oz) of the straight stuff has between 85 and 115 calories, depending on what proof it is.

Man Lying on the Floor next to a Glass of LiquidUnfortunately we tend to have more than that one serving. Often a lot more. Those longevity studies give the best numbers to folk who have 1–2 drinks a day, not those taking the Silver Bullet Express to every sporting event on TV.

When you pound a twelver during a weekend double-header, you've done serious dietary damage. Factor in that in our tendency to offset a drunken state-of-grace with greasy indulgences and it's easy to see how Monday Night Football® at Cheers might result in unnecessary roughness. And despite the advice you'll get on Good Morning America®, a quick jog the next day is not going to fight the beer belly you'll get from those binges.

So the short answer here to whether it's okay to drink when you're working out is, "Sure. In moderation." If you don't already drink, I don't think you need to start, but if you're already a drinker, limit your intake and take the occasional time off, especially if you're into a serious training cycle.

Do that, and I'll raise a glass to you!

Sources:

  1. http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2806%2900182-3/abstract

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Go Spring Cleaning Crazy: 9 Time-Saving Checklists

By Sarah Stevenson

Now that spring is here (cue singing birds, blooming flowers, and shorter skirts), it's time to clear out the weeds in your life. The first step is clearing out spaces you frequently interact with. Has your car become a trashmobile? Is your hall closet so packed that it's nearly impossible to find your spring jacket? When was the last time you cleaned out the fridge?

Woman Dressed up in Cleaning Pad/Scrubbers with Orange Rubber Gloves on

It's time to tidy up these 9 spaces and ditch the clutter so you can step into the new season feeling lighter and more ready to embrace what spring and summer have to offer.

  1. Detail the Car
    Do you spend a lot of time in your car each day? Your commute feels so much better if your car is clean. Here's how to get it feeling like new.

    Approximate time required: 1 hour

    Tools needed: Dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, rags, white vinegar, newspaper, car chamois

    • Pop in your favorite CD and pour yourself a glass of water.

    • Pull everything out of the car.

    • Decide what you really need in there, what can be thrown away, and what can be stored somewhere else.

    • Vacuum the whole car.

    • Wash the inside windows.
      • Make a solution that consists of 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar, and up to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent. Mix it in a spray bottle and use it to wash the windows with a rag or newspaper. Now you have a nontoxic, nonstreak formula to keep your windows crystal clear.
      • Dry them using a dry rag or newspaper.


    • Wash the dashboard and doors with the same solution you made for the windows. It removes grease and eliminates odors.

    • Grab a bucket and fill it with warm water and a cup of dishwasher detergent. For extra grimy cars, add a 1/2 cup of powdered laundry detergent.

    • Hose the outside of the car down and, starting at the top, soap it up. Once your car is all sudsy, hose it down top to bottom.

    • To dry it off, pull out your car chamois. Soak it, wring it out, and then lay it flat on the surface you want to dry. Grab a hold of the two corners closest to you and start to pull them toward you, this will ensure that you won't leave streaks. When it gets soaked, wring it out again and repeat the process.


  2. Hand Cleaning out the RefrigeratorClean Out the Fridge
    Our refrigerators can be symbolic of how our lives look when we get too busy. Piled up food, stinky odors, and stained shelves are no way to treat a fridge—or a life. Give your refrigerator a good cleaning every few months.

    Approximate time required: 30–45 minutes

    Tools needed: Trashcan, cooler, dish soap, rags, white vinegar, baking soda

    • Start by cleaning the outside of your refrigerator. Remove all pictures, magnets, and other decorative items before you do. Then, mix together warm water and dish soap and wipe down the outside. If you have a stainless steel fridge, make sure to go in the same direction of the natural grain of the steel.

    • Then, move to the inside. Toss all of the expired products and foods, and put food containers in the sink or dishwasher. Put any remaining items in the cooler for safekeeping while you clean the shelves.

    • To clean the shelves, combine equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water. This is a nontoxic way to kill germs, clean stains, and remove odors. Using a sponge, wipe down the shelves, refrigerator walls, and all nooks and crannies in the fridge with this solution.

    • To help minimize odors, place a box of baking soda in the back corner of both the freezer and refrigerator.


  3. Tackle the Garage
    Your newly detailed car deserves a clean, organized home, don't you think? This one may take some time, so set aside a few hours to really tackle it.

    Approximate time required: At least 2 hours

    Tools needed: Trashcan, boxes/plastic bins, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, broom

    • Woman Having a Garage SalePull everything from the garage out onto the driveway or lawn.

    • Sift through what you need, what you can sell at a garage sale, what you can dump, and what you can give away to charity or friends. Organize anything you plan to keep in the garage into large plastic bins or boxes.

    • Hose the garage floor down with water.

    • Grab a bucket and fill it with warm water, a cup of dishwasher detergent, and for extra grimy floors, 1/2 cup of powdered laundry detergent. Use a wide mouth broom to spread it across the floor and scrub the floor until it's clean.

    • Hose off the floor until no suds remain and give it time to dry.

    • Once the garage floor is dry, create an organizational system that works for you. Consider hanging hooks for tools or hoses and hanging shelves to hold the boxes.

  4. Clean Out Your Pantry
    Just how long has that can of beans been sitting in your pantry? Clean your pantry to make room for new products and to take inventory of what you have.

    Approximate time required: 30 minutes

    Tools needed: Trashcan, white vinegar, rags, baking soda

    • Empty out the contents of your pantry onto the kitchen counter.

    • Check all the expiration dates and decide what must be laid to rest in the trashcan. Also check all spices, flours, and other raw ingredients for critters. Place all raw ingredients in sealed containers and label if necessary.

    • If you have new food restrictions, set aside anything unopened that you may want to have other family members eat, give to friends, or donate to charity.

    • Mix together equal parts white vinegar and warm water and wipe the shelves and cupboard doors down. Rinse with warm water, and dry the shelves and doors.

    • Place your baking soda boxes in the back throughout the pantry to eliminate odors.

    • Woman Taking a Break from Spring CleaningAs you place items back in the pantry, organize them according to: snack food, breakfast food, baking goods, grains, seasonings, and so on
    • .

  5. Streamline Your Media
    If you're still holding onto your CDs or have a lot of unwatched DVDs, it's time to make the move to the modern age and make room in your home.

    Approximate time required: Up to 3 hours

    Tools needed: Computer, external hard drive, MP3 player

    • Go through your CDs and DVDs and survey what you don't listen to or watch any more. Make a pile of the CDs and DVDs you want to keep and another to donate, give to friends, or sell.

    • Upload your music onto an external hard drive. Create playlists and add these to your MP3 player.

  6. Reevaluate Your Friendships
    I know making friends can be tough these days. We love our friends so much we'll jump through fiery hoops for them at times, which is fine if they are doing the same for you. But, it's really a waste of your precious time and energy if you continue to feed relationships that don't feed you.

    Approximate time required: Not specified

    Tools needed: Paper, pen, heart and mind

    • Get out a piece of paper and make a list of all your friends, or look through your friend list on Facebook®.

    • Using a piece of paper, or a program like Word or Excel™, make two columns for each friend. One for "Benefits" and one for "Costs." Fill in the blanks and detail what you get from each friendship and what is physically and mentally taxing.

      Benefits Cost
      • She makes me laugh
      • She is a good listener
      • She is kind to my children
      • I always have to work around her schedule
      • She only gets in touch when she needs something



    • Using the results of this exercise, evaluate how much you gain from this friendship. For the friends that do not offer an equal exchange of energy, either tell these friends how you feel and offer solutions to even out the balance or let them know that you love them but it just simply isn't going to be possible to continue the friendship.

    • For less close friends, this communication is not necessary if you do not want to continue the friendship. However, if you want to strengthen it, find ways to do so! Invite them out for coffee or an event and make an effort to build this friendship.


  7. Closet a Little TightDe-clutter Your Closet
    People tend to wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. That means that more than half of the clothes in your closet are taking up space. While some clothes may be used for special events only (suits, evening dresses, jerseys, etc.), I'll bet that other clothes either don't fit or don't reflect your current style.

    Approximate time required: 1–2 hours

    Tools needed: Bags, hangers, vacuum, white vinegar, rags, (optional: scented sachets in lavender or sandalwood)

    • Pull all of your clothes out of the closet and lay them on the bed, dressers, etc. Empty the closet of all other items you have stored in the closet.

    • Vacuum the floor.

    • Wipe down the walls and shelves using an equal mixture of white vinegar and warm water (you may have noticed this solution is good for cleaning almost everything). Rinse with warm water, and dry down with a clean cloth.

    • Install anything that may help you further organize your closet throughout the year. This could include additional shelves, corkboards on which to pin jewelry or small items, a hat holder, a shoe organizer, and so on

    • Determine what items go back in the closet by asking yourself these 6 questions:
      1. 1.) Have I worn it in a year?
      2. 2.) Do I feel good when I wear it?
      3. 3.) Does it fit?
      4. 4.) Am I waiting for it to come back in style?
      5. 5.) Does it give off the impression I want to make?
      6. 6.) Who could use this more than me?


    • Place anything you're giving away or donating into bags and place everything else back in your closet. Consider reorganizing by clothing type, by the occasion you wear them, or even by color!


  8. Clean Up Your Garden
    Carl Jung said, "Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain."1 The best way to get myself into a spring mindset is to get my hands into my garden.

    Approximate time required: 1–2 hours

    Tools needed: Trashcan, gardening gloves or soap, grubby clothes, a hat, soil, coffee grounds, new pots

    • Put on clothes that you don't mind getting wet and dirty, a hat to shield you from the sun, and gardening gloves to keep your hands clean. If you prefer to garden without gloves and get your hands in the dirt, master gardener Paul James suggests rubbing your fingernails across a bar of soap first to seal the undersides of your nails so soil can't collect underneath them.2

    • Begin by pulling out all the weeds. Weeds use nutrients that could be used by the flowers and plants you want to grow.

    • Prune any dead leaves and stems.

    • Place an inch of dry coffee grounds around the soil of your plants. Slugs can't stand caffeine so this will ward them away from munching on your garden.

    • For potted plants that have outgrown their pots, give them a larger home with new soil. This will allow them to spread out their roots and grow. Give plants that still fit their pots additional fresh soil.

    • Consider adding some decorative elements to your garden—signs, gnomes, lights—to help it further reflect your personality.


  9. Clean out your computer
    Is your computer slowing you down? Cleaning out your disk space can really speed up your experience on the computer.

    Approximate time required: 1–2 hours

    Tools needed: Computer, external hard drive

    • Begin by uninstalling any programs you no longer use and remove applications you don't use from the dock, or access your startup wizard so that only the programs you want automatically open when you start your computer.

    • Uninstall, delete, or store in a folder any applications you don't use anymore, like the game your child used to play but hasn't touched in a year.

    • Transfer your pictures and music files to an external hard drive to free up a ton of space and help your computer to run faster. Plus, if your computer ever crashes, you won't lose these files.

    • Organize your bookmarks into folders and delete any that go to pages that no longer exist. Then, clear your cookies and history.

    When we clean out our world, we leave room for our lives to change. We are no longer weighed down with the objects from the past and make space for the new, both emotionally and physically speaking. Your world is now nice and clean, and you have the power and freedom to choose what comes into your new world from here on out.

Sources:

  1. Jung, C. G. (1958). The Undiscovered Self.
  2. http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/14-simple-gardening-tips-and-tricks/index.html

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Tidy Up Yourself: 7 Tips to Spring Clean Your Body and Mind

By Sarah Stevenson

Spring cleaning isn't just about tidying up the spaces you live in. It's a great time to survey what you can do about you! Your mind, body, and soul can get worn down too. Here are 7 tips to help you get them ready for the new season!

Woman Meditating

  1. Revitalize Your Hair
    Has your hair lost its shine and fullness? Before you book an appointment with your stylist or barber, try this method to strip your hair of buildup and get it looking great again.
    • Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with a quart of warm water.
    • Shake the mixture until it's fully mixed.
    • Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and rinse as usual.
    • Massage the vinegar solution into your hair and let it sit for a few minutes.
    • Rinse thoroughly.
    • Apply your normal conditioner and rinse.


  2. Brighten Your Teeth
    Everyone wants a pearly white smile, and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to get one! To get rid of coffee, cigarette, and wine stains from your teeth, combine 4 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide until they make a paste (baking soda's grit scrapes the cracks and crevices in your teeth to banish stains, and hydrogen peroxide is used in most teeth whitening products on the market). Use this as your toothpaste and you'll notice your teeth are glowing in just a few weeks. You can continue this routine indefinitely, but many experts feel you should limit it to twice a week.


  3. Detoxify Your Organs
    2 Women Outside Drinking a LiquidHerbal teas are a great way to help begin to detoxify your internal organs from the damage you've done to them. Try these three great ones:

    • Ginger Lemon Herbal Tea: This flavorful tea offers a two-in-one blast of goodness. Ginger is an ancient homeopathic remedy used to reportedly rid the liver of toxins and disease,1 while lemons offer a healthy dose of the antioxidant vitamin C. It's really easy to make yourself. Simply boil a pot of water, slice up ginger root into very thin pieces, juice a lemon, and pour the boiling water over the ginger in a cup. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes, then add lemon, and even a little honey if you would like to sweeten up the taste.

    • Green Tea: Green tea provides the body with catechins, compounds that increase metabolic function to help burn fat.2 Some research suggests you can burn 35 to 43 percent more fat during the day when you drink 4 to 6 cups of green tea.3

    • Yogi Detox Tea: This tea helps your liver and kidneys. Yogi detox tea uses organic dandelion to support the liver and juniper berry to promote kidney function. It also includes a traditional Ayurvedic cleansing blend called "trikatu" (ginger, black pepper, and long pepper) that is said to support blood flow.4


  4. Clear Your Skin
    Your body is comprised of about 70 percent water, and for all of your systems to function at their best and your skin to look incredible, you need to stay hydrated. How much water do you need? Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day. So if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces of water. And, if you're working out strenuously, you should drink an additional 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes.6

    It may sound like a lot, but while water is best, your body can absorb water through other liquids (including through tea, coffee, and coconut water) and through fruits and vegetables.

    A few more tips to drink more water:
    • Start drinking your water first thing when you wake up. Some experts suggest drinking 16 ounces of water upon waking. Drink another 12 to 16 ounces 30 minutes after you eat breakfast.7 That's 28 to 32 ounces gone right there!
    • If you use a bottle to drink water, use a permanent marker to write times on the measurement lines. Each day, drink down to that line by the time marked.
    • When you're at your desk, set a 20-minute timer on your phone. Every 20 minutes, get up from your chair, stretch or walk around, and then drink 4 ounces of water.


  5. Shed Bad Habits
    What are your bad habits? Whether they're fitness- and diet-related or not, now is a good time to take inventory of the habits you're not proud of and ditch 'em. My personal rule for bad habits is if I don't want to share it with others, then I should stop doing it. A few tips to help you succeed at clearing out those undesirable habits:

    • Start small. Quitting 20 bad habits cold turkey will probably require a major lifestyle change and make you likely to fail. Instead, select 2 or 3 to stop first.
    • Reward yourself for your success. Did you make it through a day without eating something bad for you? Reward yourself with a nonfood treat.
    • Don't beat yourself up for going backward. We're all imperfect, and we're all likely to screw up sometimes. Instead of being hard on yourself for falling back into your old ways, try to understand why you did it so you can prevent it from happening as often in the future.


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    Even if you have the best intentions, odds are that you've picked up some toxins via your diet over the year. These may include heavy metals and compounds you absorb from pollution, cleaning products, and plastic food containers. Some of these compounds may increase the free radicals—damaging molecules that can speed up aging—in the body. Beachbody Ultimate Reset® will help flush these from your system and also reacquaint you with the nutritious foods your body needs for optimal health. The three-week program features a supplement regime along with a series of delicious recipes designed to progressively cleanse your system without shocking it. It's 3/4 of a month well spent!


  7. Clear Your Mind
    We live in an over-stimulating world that's hard to turn off. But, it's important that you give your mind a break from time to time as your brain works more efficiently when you have a clear head. One great way to disconnect and clear your mind is to meditate. Researchers have discovered that meditation may help you be less distracted,8 lower your blood pressure, and reduce stress.9

    Sounds dreamy, right? All you need is a quiet place, your breath, and your mind. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and start to inhale slowly. Breathe in for a count of five, hold your breath for a count of five, then release your breath for a count of ten. Focus on thinking about nothing and, as thoughts come up, try your best not to engage with them. Start with just a few minutes a day and work up to as long as you desire. You'll find that if you practice this, when you find yourself distracted in your daily life, if you focus on your breath, you'll be able to de-stress and regain your focus more quickly.


Sources:

  1. Treadway, S. (1998). An Ayurvedic herbal approach to a healthy liver. Clin Nutr Insights, 6(16), 1-3.

  2. Hursel, R., & Westerterp-Plantenga, M. S. (2009). Green tea catechin plus caffeine supplementation to a high-protein diet has no additional effect on body weight maintenance after weight loss. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 89(3), 822-830.

  3. List, AZ Product, and Magazine Archives. "The key ingredients in green tea are chemicals known as catechins, of which scientists have identified several varieties (isomers). These include catechin, catechin gallate (Cg), gallocatechin, gallocatechin gallate (GCg), epicatechin, epicatechin gallate (ECg), epigallocatechin, and epigallcatechin gallate (EGCg)."

  4. Khanuja, S. P. S., Kumar, S., Arya, J. S., Shasany, A. K., Singh, M., Awasthi, S., ... & Rahman, L. U. (2005). U.S. Patent No. 6,979,471. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  5. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

  6. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx

  7. Batmanghelidj, F. (2003). Water for Health, for Healing, for Life: You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty!. Grand Central Publishing.

  8. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0361923011001341

  9. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/meditation-heals-body-and-mind

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Recipe: Shamrock Smoothie

(Makes 1 serving)


 Recipe: Shamrock Smoothie
This minty Shakeology® recipe satisfies your sweet tooth and your desire to raise a glass to St. Patrick! It may not contain beer or whiskey, but look at it this way: Tomorrow morning, you'll be the only one not looking green.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Place almond milk, kiwi, mint, maple syrup, Shakeology, and ice in blender; cover and blend until smooth.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories Fat Saturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugar Protein
254 4 g 0 g 10 mg 280 mg 39 g 6 g 25 g 18 g

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Body Beast and P90X®/P90X2® Portion Information

P90X/P90X2 Nutritional Information:

Carb/Legume Protein Fruit
1/2 1/2 1



Body Beast Nutritional Information:

Protein Liquid Balanced Liquid Fruit
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