Chia Seeds

I am about to start another juice fast later this week and thought I would try something new as part of it. It is pretty common for many people (myself included) to feel fairly crappy around the 3rd to 5th day of a juice fast because of the detoxification process.

What happens is that as the juice fast brings in massive amounts of nutrients and weight loss, your body ends up releasing a large amount of toxins that were stored in your body’s cells and fat stores. Your liver does the best it can to filter these toxins out through your bowels, but depending on the level of toxicity in your body, it can get overwhelmed with toxins and they can get reabsorbed by the body– causing headaches, nausea, lack of energy, etc.

This is where the Chia seeds come in. Not only are they very nutritious, they also have a unique property of becoming a tasteless gel once water is absorbed into them. Once in gel form, they are ideal for absorbing large amounts of toxins the liver is trying to get rid of as the Chia seeds pass through the bowels. This can drastically lower the amount of toxins that the body has to reabsorb.

Chia seeds are also very cheap and last for up to 2 years at room temperature, making them a no-brainer to add to a healthy diet/lifestyle.

Other amazing nutritional facts about Chia seeds:

  • 3x the antioxidant strength of blueberries
  • 2.5x the protein in beans
  • 6x the calcium in milk
  • 4.2 grams of Omega-3 per serving
  • 5 grams of fibre per serving
  • 15x the magnesium than broccoli
  • 3x the iron in spinach

Jon Gabriel

In my research to get healthy and learn as much as I can about nutrition I had come across a man named Jon Gabriel. I first noticed Jon when I saw him in the Hungry For Change documentary and was interested in what he was saying. After looking more into who this person was I found that he had written a top selling book on weight loss called The Gabriel Method (NOT a diet book at all), which I later read and will review here shortly.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that the Hungry For Change website just posted the full 1 hour interview with Jon in which they used just clips for the film itself. You can check it out here if you’re interested– it’s a pretty good interview:

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/jon-gabriel

[UPDATE: The interview seems to be down now and the above link just redirects to an info page.]

 

Also, here is a before and after picture of Jon. He lost all his weight (225 lbs worth!) naturally over about 2.5 years and has maintained the same weight for over 7 years now. For those wondering- his skin tightened up well during the proccess because he lost his weight nutritionally (he touches on the science of this in the interview):

 

Jon Gabriel before (409 lbs) and after (185 lbs)

Jon Gabriel before (409 lbs) and after (185 lbs)

 


The Dangers of Having Energy

It’s been a while since my lest update and I’m also in need of updating my resources section as I have continued to find some cool things (I’ll get to those updated later today I hope). I was hoping to give an update recently on my progress of walking, but I hit a bit of a snag recently.

Due to my recent abundance of energy I have been trying to do more active things and I recently got invited to a river tubing trip here in upstate NY. Unfortunately the river was very low (about 2 feet down) and I hit my hip hard on a rock under the water. That put my out of commission for walking the past two weeks with both hip and back pain.

There is some good news however! First, my hip is healing up nicely now and I should be back to walking again soon. I also find it inspiring that these past two weeks, mostly due to a busy work schedule, I have not been juicing and have been eating whatever I want (and not all of it healthy!)– and I still lost  a bit of weight! That gives me hope that I am on a good path to sustain my weight loss once I reach my target weight. Stay tuned for my next post as I plan to go into detail regarding sustaining my health and weight loss as well as some key things I noticed in myself these past two weeks where I was eating “less than healthy”.


Local Farmer’s Market

Spending the morning at a local Farmer’s Market. Really excited at all that is on offer. Everything from fresh veggies to organic local milk and freshly made wheat cracked pasta. I’ll be coming here every weekend to shop I think!

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Back At It

After not being able to walk at lunch this week I finally got a chance to get back at it today. Work has been pretty busy and it seemed there was some form of lunch meeting or event every day this week. I took today off though, so that freed me up to do one this morning. After that I did some light weight lifting and hopped in the shower. Now waiting for guests from out of town to arrive at our house for a fun long weekend!

Here are today’s numbers from the walk (I almost went for 3 miles today, but I think I’ll be doing a lot of walking all weekend so I decided to not push it):

  • Total Laps: 20
  • Total Distance: 2.22 miles
  • Average Speed: 3.64 mph
  • Time (minutes):
    • Total Walk: 36:39.3
    • Mile 1: 16:35.3
    • Mile 2: 16:26.4
    • Average Lap: 01:50.0
    • Best Lap: 01:44.7
    • Worst Lap: 01:55.8
    • Best/Worse Lap Delta: 00:11.1

More Walking!

I walked another 2 miles at lunch today (2.22 miles to be exact). Following up now with a “mean green” juice lunch.

Because I love statistics, here are some numbers from today’s walk:

  • Total Laps: 20
  • Total Distance: 2.22 miles
  • Average Speed: 3.47 mph
  • Calories Burned: 474
  • Time (minutes):
    • Total Walk: 38.26.0
    • Mile 1: 17:18.4
    • Mile 2: 17:17.0
    • Average Lap: 01:55.3
    • Best Lap: 01:51.8
    • Worst Lap: 01:59.0
    • Best/Worse Lap Delta: 00:07.2

 

I love that there is an indoor track I can use year round right next to my office. Nine laps equal one mile. Here is what it looks like:

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Daily Walks

Today I started doing daily 2 mile walks during lunch at work. We have an indoor track in the building next to mine that is perfect for this. Currently my weight loss is coming from my dietary changes only (mostly juicing). I have been wanting to find an easy way to introduce some exercise into my busy schedule and this seems like a great fit!


Full Reboot Goes Mobile

I just got the WordPress app for iOS setup on my iPhone and iPad allowing me to post here much easier when the mood strikes. I’ve found that I always WANT to post here, but that I am rarely around my computer when the desire to do so hits me.


Welcome!

Welcome to Full Reboot! This blog is my attempt to share information with people and document my journey of trying to change various aspects of my life for the better (whatever that means!). Right now I’m focused mostly on my physical health and the information found within this website will be heavily weighted to that for now.