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That Crock-Pot Life

For some reason the crock-pot is constantly on and filled with food.  It’s the winter’s ritual of having hearty foods to consume. From stews, to chilies, to shredded chicken dishes to soups, there is always something brewing in the crock-pot.

Everyone has the excuse,

“I have no time to cook!”

With a crock-pot everyone has time! All you have to do is throw a bunch of food in and set it on low/medium heat over night and BOOM… you have 3-5 days of meals! It seriously only takes 5 minutes of your time to prep. I really don’t think there is anything more time efficient than the crock-pot!

So, get your crock-pots cooking some muscle building fat burning foods! Start prepping your meals! Stop impulsively eating! LETS DO THIS! #CROCKPOTLIFE

Asparagus- A Stanky Power Vegetable

Health Benefits of the power vegetable, Asparagus, are so high that if you are not eating it then you will only achieve mediocre success. Okay, there is no research to back that statement but what is known to be a fact is asparagus will make your pee STINK!

Here is why Asparagus gets an A+ for being a power food:

  • High content of vitamin K and Folate
  • Two major antioxidants — beta-carotene and vitmain C– are also abundant in asparagus. By neutralizing damaging particles in our bodies like smog and cigarette smoke, antioxidants are major contenders in the fight against heart disease, cancer, and cataracts.
  • Naturally detoxifies the body
  • Prevents the formation of kidney stones cleansing the body and detoxifying kidneys. Also helps to prevent urinary tract infection
  • Makes sure your heart is in top condition
  • Including Asparagus in everyday meals and snacks can help prevent cancer, heart disease and hypertension
  • Asparagus helps prevent the formation of cancerous tumors since it has anti-cancer agents
  • Helps to relieve menstrual cramps and also certain fertility problems
  • Cleanses and strengthens gastrointestinal tract and colon
  • Increases the success and recovery rate of chemo-therapy
  • Treats arthritis, asthma, water retention, PMS due to the fact that it is considered to be a diuretic (anti-inflammatory)
  • Asparagus helps to relieve diarrhea and constipation as it is considered a laxative
  • Helps lower cholesterol significantly and also reduce high blood pressure
  • Helps in production of milk for lactating mothers
  • Slows down the aging process since it has anti-oxidants
  • Asparagus can be used as an a aphrodisiac to enhance sexual activity
  • Eating asparagus helps prevent the formation of scurvy and also relieves you of toothaches
  • Asparagus helps to strengthen capillaries thus preventing painful varicose veins
    It is also helpful for your eyes and prevents the formation of cataracts
  • High content of folic acid makes sure that if you eat asparagus during the time you are conceiving, it helps prevent serious birth defects

To achieve your body’s full physical and mental potential, this is the vegetable for you!  To remain healthy, I suggest having a serving once a day, you know, so that you can make it to the gym everyday and hang out with us cool guys!

Can Human Advancements be Hurting us?

Today many people are developing intestinal discomfort, allergies and just plan getting sick from consuming foods they love!  There are a few reasons for this.

1.     Industrialized production of food:  Do you think that 7.4 billion humans on this planet is a good idea?  Well, how in the hell can the World feed these people?  The answer is mass production of food.  However, this food is absolute garbage!  Animals being fed antibiotics, kept in small pens, being beaten while they sleep and die in their own feces! Should I go further into the meats we eat?  Okay I will chill out!  Lets take a look at MILK.  I love milk especially the RAW yellow tinted greatness I get from Pennsylvania, but we here in New Jersey I drink pasteurized milk.  Pasteurized is flashed heated to kill bacteria that may be lurking, to keep us safe!  Really they are pasteurizing it to kill the manure, blood and puss that finds its way into the milk.  Gross right?  So, why would I drink RAW milk? It’s easy! The bacteria! Well, the good bacteria!  I want the bacteria to keep my gut healthy.  The healthier the gut the less disease and sickness I will experience.  Now, my milk comes from a farm in Pennsylvania that is closely regulated to keep it’s bacteria ‘x’ parts per million.  If he were to go over that, then BOOM he loses everything!  Raw milk farmers keep their cows clean.  No puss, no manure and no blood… just WHITE GOLD!  Outside of the grossness of what could be in our milk, is what happens to it when it is pasteurized.  Pasteurization denatures the Lactose molecule, which then can not be absorbed.  It passes through the intestine and then, well you know what happens next.  Now, because the practice of pasteurization isn’t going any where, there needs to be a solution.  Kenneth Manzo of may have just solved a problem for millions of people.  For the last ten years he has been working on a product called Lacto-Freedom.  This patented probiotic can be ingested and then will thrive within the intestines for up to three months helping to breakdown and absorb the sugar Lactose.  More research on this probiotic is being conducted by Celprogen.

More information about the Lacto-Freedom probiotic and Celprogen can be found here at:

Lacto-Freedom website:

Patent information:

2.     Cesarean births: To keep this simple, as a baby passes through the stomach/mothers skin they receive bacteria, but this bacteria is not the kind they want! Vaginal births have a higher rate of healthy gut flora!

3.     Antibiotics: Antibiotics are in our food.  They are given to use by doctors to help cure infections and other sicknesses.  This too has had an effect on our gut’s bacteria.  This alone may be the cause of the rise in Allergies like peanuts.  Fifteen years ago I never heard of someone worrying about if peanuts were in their food.  Currently it’s labeled on food packaging and I hear more and more stories of children getting deathly ill at school from sharing a friend’s snack.

4.     Plastics/BPA’s and other chemicals:  Plastic is everywhere!  We sit on it, we use plastic when eating, we drink from plastics and I am typing on plastic! When it is heated, worn or put under pressure, these  chemicals can leak.  Some of these wonderful (sarcasm) chemicals like Bispherol A (BPA), Phthalates, Vinyl Chloride, Dioxin and Styrene are human carcinogens.  These effect the endocrine system, which regulates our hormones and that chain link goes to the next, to the next and to the next.  Then all the sudden you’re at the dinner table and you get “leaky gut”.  It’s been found that increased BPAs found within the blood are linked to increased intestinal inflammation.  Also, could plastics also be linked to Autism? Plastic is everywhere and Autism is up 600% from 10 years ago! Makes you think doesn’t it?

It seems like the more and more we advance in technology/medicine, that we cure things that were incurable 100 years ago. However, now it seems like out advancement is also slowing the production of healthy human evolution. It’s going to be scary to see what ailments the future will hold for us. A word to the wise, eat nutrient dense foods and follow other healthy eating practices

Article by Jon Kalnas

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Can Food Addiction be Cured?

The average American has a dysfunctional relationship with food. This is simply because of it’s availability. Our culture is centered around food. We eat when we are happy, sad, and bored…because we can! This has caused us to be disoriented when it comes to how to eat, what to eat, when to eat, and when to stop! Along with societal pressures, this is has given rise to eating disorders and a staggering obesity rate.

Processed foods and the irresponsibility of large food companies is causing mass confusion about what is healthy and what isn’t. These companies have stripped away vital parts of whole foods, added chemicals, and sweeteners and marketed these foods as “healthy”. As a result, people have developed food addictions.

I personally do not believe that food addictions are caused by genetic psychological disorders. What I do believe is that people self-medicate with processed foods because of the physiological effect that it has on the brain. Have you ever heard of someone having an addiction to apples or broccoli? Me neither.

Our bodies are genetically coded for survival. That means that behaviors that ensure our survival are “rewarded”. This reward response occurs in the Limbic System of the brain responsible for our emotions and biological drives such as hunger and sex. When you eat, our brains release a chemical called Dopamine (along with serotonin), which acts upon the limbic system and gives us a sense of pleasure. Some foods elicit this response better than others. Concentrated sugar has a major impact on this response because it is absorbed quickly by the body. This is because sugar is further broken down into glucose, the body’s primary energy source.

While some whole foods have naturally occurring carbohydrate (sugar), other nutrients are also found with it. Other nutrients such as fiber, fat, and protein balance the effect that the carbohydrate has on blood sugar levels. This is important because the higher blood sugar levels rise, the quicker the body tries to clear it from the blood stream using a hormone called Insulin. Insulin is the hormone that allows nutrients from the bloodstream to be taken up by our cells.

When a person consumes concentrated sugar over time, the body’s insulin response begins to weaken because the cells that are responsible for secreting insulin become desensitized to glucose. That means, it takes higher and higher amounts of glucose to signal insulin to be released so that the cells can receive nutrition. When cells become “starved”, a hormone called ghrelin is released to “tell” your brain that you are hungry and dopamine levels drop until you eat again. This may be responsible for why food cravings occur, especially to sugar.

The answer to this problem is to slow the transit of foods in your system by regularly drinking water and eating whole foods full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The hormones responsible for telling your brain that you are hungry or full are also controlled by the stretching of the stomach and small intestine. Foods with high fiber, protein, and water content stretch the stomach and small intestine signaling leptin to trigger satiety. Sugar and processed carbohydrates, on the other hand, move faster through the digestive system because they are absorbed quickly by the body. The faster something is digested, the more ghrelin is released to tell you that you’re hungry. Eating nutrient-dense foods will eventually fix dysfunctional insulin and hunger signaling responses. Another way to fix the problem is through Intermittent Fasting (IF), which can reset the insulin and hunger signaling response.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is one of the newest dietary strategies being studied specifically for its fat loss effects. IF involves going short periods without food, such as 24 hours once per week or 16 hours each day. Some of the positive benefits include an increase in immune system function, improvement in blood lipids, improvement in brain function and mental clarity, improvement in insulin signaling, and increase in fat utilization as fuel.

Here’s how it works. When you eat, it takes several hours for your body to break down the food and clear sugar, fat, and protein molecules from your bloodstream. Where these nutrients go depends on many things including your metabolic rate, nutrient demand, and the amount of insulin utilized to clear these molecules from the bloodstream. Most importantly, the more insulin that is utilized, the higher the potential to store those nutrients as fat. When you fast, insulin levels stay low and fat becomes released from fat cells into the bloodstream to be used as energy. When it’s time to break the fast, chances are, your body will respond quickly with insulin and you may even feel full sooner.

While there are mixed results on the effect of IF on fat loss, there is a very logical reason for doing it. It allows you to engage in gradual caloric restriction as opposed to sharply decreasing it. This is important because a rapid decline in calories, especially when exercise is a part of the weight loss plan, can cause hormonal imbalances to occur. This will most definitely halt your fat loss progress and may even cause you to gain weight. IF allows you to restrict your calories for a relatively short period of time and then return to a normal eating pattern.

Intermittent Fasting and Food Addiction

Have you ever felt like you are addicted to food, especially sugar? This is because your brain releases dopamine in response to eating carbohydrates, and more specifically sugar. This is because your brain utilizes about 25% of your total carbohydrate intake to maintain its function and is also easily broken down and taken up by the body to be used as energy. It is a survival mechanism.

Dopamine is known as the “pleasure” hormone. It acts upon the pleasure center of your brain to “reward” you for behaviors that ensure your survival. When you expose your system to sugar frequently your body needs more and more sugar to get the same dopamine release because the receptors that recognize dopamine, become desensitized. There is some evidence to suggest that IF can reset your dopamine response to eating because you deplete your body’s carbohydrate stores during IF.

Adam Eckart MS CSCS FDN-P
Co-Founder, Critical MASS Training Systems
732.889.3319 ext. 2

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