AIM Radio Ep 007

 

Hear all about our trip (from beginning to end) to St. Louis, MO for 1st Phorm’s Summer Smash.  It was an interesting adventure.  Crazy plane ride, Helen Fitzgerald’s, Meramec Caverns, super fancy VIP dinner & the HUGE Summer Smash Party.  Who we met, our thoughts, take aways and some inner soul searching.  Plus Brandi is on a roll in this podcast.  

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AIM Summer Smash Recap

Traveling to St Louis for Summer Smash

Events:

Pre-Party @ Helen Fitzgeralds

Legionaire Conference

VIP Pre-registration

  • Custom Backpacks
  • Journals
  • NEW Flavors
  • Exclusive VIP Flavors
  • Coffee Cups
  • Coozies
  • Hats
  • Shirts

VIP Dinner

Mud Run

  • Held at the battle grounds (we skipped)
  • Cavern tour, zip lining (Meramec Caverns)

Summer Smash Main Event

  • Open Warehouse
  • Portable Pool
  • Concert Stage
  • Live Band
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pull-up Challenge
  • Bench Press Challenge
  • Rowing Contest
  • Product Sampling
  • Food
  • Speakers
  • Fireworks

Travel Home

Take Aways & Final Thoughts

Upcoming Events

  • The Maritime Throwdown

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AIM Radio Ep 006

Getting Type 2 Diabetes Under Control

Are you living with Type 2 Diabetes like so many of my maritime brothers, sisters and their families?  I too live with Type 2 Diabetes as my own mother has Type 2 Diabetes.  Fighting Type 2 Diabetes is one of my passions.  In fact, it was and is a driving force behind what lead me to begin my journey to offer FREE HELP to all that will listen and take on the fight to combat their Type 2 Diabetes.

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Type 2 Diabetes

Getting Type 2 Under Control!

Are you living with Type 2 Diabetes like so many of my maritime brothers, sisters and their families?  I too live with Type 2 Diabetes as my own mother has Type 2 Diabetes.  Fighting Type 2 Diabetes is one of my passions.  In fact, it was and is a driving force behind what lead me to begin my journey to offer FREE HELP to all that will listen and take on the fight to combat their Type 2 Diabetes. 

Are You Stuck With It?

So, think you’re just stuck with it?  Is it getting worse year by year?  Your doctor keeps increasing your meds to keep it under control while you experience more and more side effects?  Insulin?  You continue to gain weight and the health concerns continue to mount?   Yes, yes, and yes again I would bet.  No more!  I am here to help you turn it around, greatly improve your health and take control of your Type 2 Diabetes.  

Let’s get 1 thing straight RIGHT NOW.  Carbs are NOT the devil, sugar in and of itself is NOT the boogie man.  Now I’m certain that you have been told that they are but rest assured, they are not.  You are NOT doomed to a life of eating cardboard or foods you hate.  On the other side of that, I will not be giving you any get out of jail free cards. You are a type 2 Diabetic.  Accept that now and the responsibility that goes along with it.  You know that you have to, at minimum, watch what you eat and get your ass moving with some good ole hard work and exercise. Do not simply give in and turn your life over to taking an ever-increasing number of medications, dosage or the side effects that go with them, which require even more meds to address.

How Did You Get Into This Mess Anyway?

So, let’s break all of this down in the simplest most easy ways to understand.  Yes of course it’s a fairly complicated issue but we can focus in on the KEY FACTORS and simplify.  Let’s face it, over time you have over consumed sugar and carbohydrates.  Not only have you over consumed sugar and carbohydrates, you have done so while leading a sedentary life style.  You have bombarded your body with an extreme amount of glucose made from sugar and carbs over and over again.  Over the course of your life this caused an emergency situation within your body each time. 

Your body has been working overtime to protect you all along and that system is now broken.  Your body wants, it needs, a “situation normal.”  This is called homeostasis (all systems go, functioning normal, your body’s comfort zone).  Your body is constantly at work to keep all of your internal functions NORMAL.  This is a survival instinct.  It’s JOB.  Situation NORMAL inside your body, when it comes to blood glucose levels, is 110.  Anything above or below will generate an automatic response within your body to get back to situation normal (110 on your blood glucose meter).  Now, small rises and dips in your blood glucose levels are no problem for your body.  It’s designed to handle that as a normal function of eating and processing energy from the food you eat.  It’s only when you redline your body’s system for processing and storing sugars and carbs consistently over many years, spiking blood glucose levels to dangerous highs, that it begins to fail.  When it begins to fail, it can no longer shuttle excess glucose out of your blood stream properly causing a backup and chronic high levels of glucose to remain in your blood stream.  This situation is known as Type 2 Diabetes.  If this isn’t bad enough, Type 2 Diabetes and its residual effects such as weight gain and obesity often lead to equally worse and compounding conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease. 

So, What’s The NO BS Real World Problem?

Here is the deal, insulin is a key hormone in the body that we ALL have.  Insulin has many very important jobs but the one we want to discuss most is its role of carrying glucose out of the bloodstream and into storage.  We said earlier that any time blood glucose levels get over 110, your body will want to correct that and get back to normal. Insulin to the rescue.  Its job is to carry that excess glucose out of the blood stream and off to 1of 3 other storage sites for energy: your liver, your muscles cells and (ding, ding, ding) BODY FAT.  The core of the problem is with insulin’s interaction with the cells of the liver, muscles and fat.  Each cell has thousands of receptor sites which insulin normally hooks up to and acts as a KEY to unlock the cell and open the passage way for the transport of glucose into the cell for storage.  Over time, the connection and interaction between the receptor site and Insulin has gotten worn down, for the lack of a better description.  Imagine an old lock on a heavily used door that has become worn out and the key just doesn’t unlock it any more.  It’s virtually the same.  Insulin is the key and the receptor site can no longer recognize or accept it.  Your body’s insulin can no longer carry glucose through the receptor site, into the cell and out of the blood stream.  You are now INSULIN RESISTANT and a Type 2 Diabetic.

The Insulin Resistance Shit Storm!

Now you are in deep shit!  Your body is in a state of emergency inside.  You have excess glucose in the blood stream.  What is getting out of the blood stream is predominately going to fat cells which are the least insulin resistant as they are the place of excess energy (FAT STORAGE), chronic high insulin levels as your body pumps out more and more in an attempt to correct its blood glucose level problem and you now have less energy getting to the cells of the liver and muscle tissue creating a situation of low energy resulting in cravings and hunger… OMG what a nightmarish carnival ride of DOOM! 

It doesn’t end there, no not at all!  Now you will likely be dealing with 1 or more of diabetes best friends like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and neuropathy to name a few.  Face it, internally you are a shit show and the outside always reflects the inside!  I know that is harsh but I say that out of love, tough love it may be but know this, it’s real.  I say that to get your attention because I want to help!  You CAN turn it around. You are CAPABLE.  It is POSSIBLE. 

Fixing The Problem!

As crazy as this may sound, I can’t say that you will be cured by following the recommendations below because that is against the LAW!  By LAW only a DRUG can be a CURE!  That said, listen up! 

CARBS

I venture to say that the things you need to avoid should be somewhat OBVIOUS.  You should LIMIT or AVOID sugar, sugary drinks (sodas), cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, processed foods (anything made into something) i.e. chips are NOT potatoes.  These are comfort and snack foods which provide way too much raw energy for your body to handle all at once, are digested fast and leave you hungry and tired from the crash after.  Avoid or limit foods that break down very fast into liquid form (if it melts in your mouth avoid or limit it) these are known as SIMPLE SUGARS or SIMPLE CARBS.  The PROBLEM is the rate at which they break down and are taken up into the blood stream.  They break down so fast that it causes a flood of excess sugar in the blood stream causing all of what we discussed above.  It causes a huge spike in your blood glucose and in response to the emergency situation, your body releases a flood of INSULIN and the cycle begins.

Stick to foods as close to their natural state as possible (whole foods).  Choose plant based complexed carb foods such as oats, rice, potatoes, beans, lentils and veggies to name a few.  These whole food carb sources break down and digest much slower creating a more controlled and steady flow of sugar (glucose) into the blood stream.  Keeping blood sugar levels in check keeps INSULIN in check.  REMEMBER insulin is a storage hormone.  It STORES ENERGY (FAT).  Chronic high levels of insulin will wreck any potential FAT LOSS.  Your body is designed to manage a steady controlled level of incoming glucose for energy. 

Protein is KING!

I could go on and on about the importance and benefits of protein but let’s talk about the importance in regard to helping with your TYPE 2.  Protein slows down the digestion rate of CARBS and keeps you full.  Having the proper portion of protein every 3 to 4 hours boosts metabolism and builds muscle which are both critical to FAT LOSS!  INCLUDE the proper portion of protein with EVERY meal or snack.

Fats

Keep your fat intake to under 20% of your totally daily calorie intake.  Avoid trans fats as much as possible.  Remember, when you have high insulin levels your body is in a STATE of STORAGE.  The fat that is ingested from foods are more easily stored as fat tissue than even than excess sugar. 

Training

While cardio is a great tool, weight training is the way!  Your body must burn energy (glucose) stored inside the muscle to contract as you lift weights or perform any other form of resistance training.  By doing so, you are making room for glucose storage and giving your body the ability to get excess sugar out of the blood stream, lowering your blood glucose levels and in turn, insulin levels.  Using intense weight training can create micro trauma tearing which requires repair, which burns even more calories, builds new muscle tissue and serves to restore the sensitivity to insulin at the rector sites allowing insulin to carry glucose into the muscle cell, again lowering blood glucose levels. 

For type 2 Diabetics, I recommend a full body weight training routine at a minimum of 3 days per week with 30 minutes of moderate cardio 3 days per week and 1 full day off to start with.  Full body workouts serve to burn off the maximum amount of energy in each workout and 24 hours per day by building muscle. 

Sleep

Your body needs recovery.  Getting the proper amount of sleep will serve to reduce stress, inflammation, facilitate muscle repair and reduce insulin resistance.  The generally accepted recommendation for sleep is 6 to 8 hours per day.  That said, many of us will never achieve that mark even if we wanted to.  We are all individuals.  I recommend getting what you have found to be just right for you, CONSISTENTLY.  For me, that sweet spot seems to be 5 hours of good sleep per day.  Any more, I wake up feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck.  Any less, I’m fatigued, tired and slow. 

 Hydration

Just like with protein, I could go on forever about the benefits of drinking the right amount of water but you already know you need it.  You may not WANT it but you NEED it.  I get asked all the time about FAT LOSS supplements.  What do I recommend using?  Yes, I Rep 1st Phorm and they do have amazing products but NOTHING beats WATER.  Water is life!  It flushes out waste by-products and inflammation, transports water soluble vitamins and boosts metabolism.  Water makes everything work inside.  It is the world’s best, all natural, DIURETIC.  Make sure to get in 1 gallon of water per day!

You can turn this situation around. It will be a LIFE change.  It will take hard work and dedication but you CAN do it.  Get out there and put this information to use.  I’m always here for you.  If you have questions or need help, reach out.  Email me at anchoredinmuscle@gmail.com.

***Disclaimer***
Information in this blog is my OPINION based on years of training, research and study and is NOT intended to replace or discredit the recommendations of your medical doctor. ALWAYS consult your personal doctor before beginning any diet or workout program.