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The following is a sample of the classes
and tips you can find at the Zen Zone.
 
   
Video One, to get you streched Out and Limber for the day.
Enjoy Our 15 minute sample Yoga Video.
 
Video Two, take it to the next level with Mat Pilates.
The benefit of Yoga and Strength Training.
 
Video Three, Let's get your heart a pump'n
with this Cardio Workout Video
 
Video Four, Taking to the next level combing
Cardio and Weight Training. This is one of the best way
to get a quick complete workout.
 
Video Five, this 15 minute video will get you the basics
of building betting core stregth for your body.
 
 
The Zen Zone has teamed up with Isaiah’s Way Nutrition.

We are so excited to be teaming up to bring you more “In The Zone” of YOUR ideal self. Isaiah’s Way Nutrition will help you plan healthier meals by choosing more whole foods and less processed foods. By following the guidelines you find here you will be able to make better decisions in your nutrition. The more we learn about nutrition, the more it seems we should eat the way people did a hundred years ago. Recent research appears to be pointing us in the direction of eating mostly "whole foods" - that is, foods that are as close to their natural form as possible.
 
 

This could mean eating:

  • Whole grains instead of refined grains whenever possible.
  • Fruits, vegetables, and beans instead to provide the fiber and vitamins they contain.
  • A skinless organic chicken breast cooked with healthful ingredients instead of chicken nuggets processed with added fats, flavorings, and preservatives.
  • Fresh berries with breakfast instead of raspberry toaster pastries or breakfast bars.
  • A green smoothie made with kale, blueberries, yogurt, and a frozen banana instead of a blue-colored slushy or icee.

Many health experts believe that eating more whole foods is our best bet for improving health and preventing disease. Whole foods - like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes -- retain their fiber as well as the whole portfolio of beneficial phytochemicals and nutrients that are often removed in processed foods.

 
 

Reasons to Eat Whole Foods

Nutrient shortages. We are a society that is overfed and under nourished. We need to stop eating out of a box and eat what comes from out of the earth. Buying organic, clean and naturally raised foods will help. Do we really know what the difference is in the foods that actually fuel our body vs. the foods that are empty of any kind of nutrition? Are we eating only because we have to or are we eating with a purpose to fuel and heal our bodies?

If the body has inadequate nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels produce salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy, like caffeine.

Phytochemicals. In the past 10 years, scientists have identified hundreds of biologically active plant-food components called phytochemicals (or phytonutrients). These are compounds in plants (apart from vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients) that have a beneficial affect on the body. There are over 10,000 of them, and they have effects such as, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and cellular repair. Highly colored vegetables and fruits tend to be highest in these chemicals, but certain teas, nuts, flax seeds, and olive oil are all excellent sources as well. The only way to make sure you're getting the phytochemicals we know about is to eat plant foods in their whole, unprocessed form (or ground, if they're grains or seeds).

Dark leafy green vegetables. Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, spinach, broccoli rabe, arugula and swiss chard are some of the many to choose from. Drink green smoothies. Your taste buds will enjoy green smoothies as much as your body will.

Good fats. When you eat a diet made up mostly of whole foods, it's easier to decrease the bad-for-you fats (trans fats and saturated fats) often added to processed foods and fast food. At the same time, it's easier to emphasize the "good" fats (omega-3s from fish and plants, and monounsaturated fat from plant sources).

Fiber. Most whole plant foods are rich in fiber; many processed foods, junk foods, and fast foods are not. Fiber helps your health in all sorts of ways; keeps the GI tract moving, helps you feel full faster, and it helps fight heart disease and diabetes. 
"Foods are a better way to get fiber than supplements. You get the whole package, that's because most plant foods have both types of fiber (soluble and insoluble). 
Eating fiber-rich foods is linked to control of blood sugar, blood lipids (fats), and weight in adults. Beans are a great source of plant protein along with fiber, phytochemicals, and other nutrients.

Whole grains. You might think the benefits of whole grains have mostly to do with fiber, but there's so much more than that. "Whole grains are rich in a myriad of vitamins, minerals and phytochemical compounds that, alone or in combination, are likely to have significant health benefits that are beyond that from dietary fiber. 
Want to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and improve your cholesterol levels? Then switch to whole grains. Whole-grain foods have recently been linked to lower levels of blood glucose and insulin after meals. Research consistently supports the premise that eating more whole-grain foods can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Gentle sweets. The average American consumes well over 20 teaspoons of added sugar on a daily bases, which adds up to an average of 142 pounds per person per year. Avoid refined sugar that has been stripped of all nutrients and drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals. Sugar taken every day produces a continuously acidic condition with affects every organ in the body. Unnatural sugars or artificial sweeteners confuse our body and it’s natural sense of “being full”, so we end up eating way more and our body doesn’t say “stop” when it should. In contract unrefined gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, stevia and xylitol, will burn slower and contain minerals that the body needs. You can also eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, red peppers, and beets.

Most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Don’t forget the water. Hydrate! Go for non-sugary options such as water, fruit infused water, mineral water, green tea (iced or hot)

Incorporating natural food into our diets, the kind of foods that God intended us to eat you can feed yourself in the most nourishing way. Working with your body rather than against it will bring you increased energy, stabilized weight and sustainable health, and most important given proper nutrition; the body has tremendous ability to heal and maintain itself! So give your body a fighting change!