The Heavy Weight on Children

The World Health Organi­zation states childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the twenty-first century with 2015 statistics showing that the global number of overweight children under five years of age is over forty-two million.

Since the 1970s, the percentage of obese children in the USA has more than tripled. Today, statistics indicate that one in three children in North America is overweight or obese. And the likelihood is that half all these children will be obese adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as having excess body fat and overweight as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. However you define the two terms, it puts children at risk for health problems that used to be seen only in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Even with all of the scary numbers and likely negative results, the fact is that obesity can be prevented or reversed. Parents are encouraged to help their children make a couple of healthy lifestyle changes and enact them together as a family.

Reduce Screen Time

We live in a world where the majority of children spend more time looking at TVs, video games, computers, tablets and smartphones than gazing up at the sky and being physically active beneath it. Limit their screen time and increase physical activity time outdoors.

If all family members regularly disconnect from their gadgets, it opens the door to connecting with each other. And that’s the most important connection of all.

Increase Healthy Nutrition

Eating the right food is one of the simplest ways to stay healthy and maintain an ideal weight. Fruit and vegetables should make up 50 percent of the meal on every plate. Getting creative in the kitchen so that children ask for healthy food is a step worth taking.

AIM can provide supplemental help. Whole-food powders such as CoCoa LeafGreens and ProPeas create a healthy chocolate drink that delivers stomach-filling pea protein and nutrient-packed greens. Getting your kids to ask for BarleyLife or naturally sweet BarleyLife Xtra may be one of the healthiest lifestyle changes you can do for them.

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Green Protein from ProPeas

One of the healthiest sources of protein grows in the garden. Delectable fresh peas are the AIM ProPeas vegetable source of protein powder. For supplementing your protein intake, it doesn’t get any better or greener than ProPeas.

The daily recommended intake is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (calculator: https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/interactiveDRI/ ).

Most protein is consumed at dinner. However, a study published in 2014 in The Journal of Nutrition determined that for healthy adults “the consumption of a moderate amount of protein at each meal stimulated 24-hr muscle protein synthesis more effectively than skewing protein intake toward the evening meal.”

With 12 grams of protein per serving, ProPeas makes it simple to spread out your adequate intake over the course of a day with delicious protein drinks. A constant source of healthy protein builds and maintains a healthy body. And you don’t have to eat acidifying meat or questionable seafood sources, both of which are skyrocketing in cost. Meet your requirements with green protein from ProPeas.

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Prepare or Repair!

A comment from AIM-sponsored athlete and oldest competing IronMan Lew Hollander:

A few thoughts on The AIM Companies’ products. I really love all of them. They are well thought out, and well presented.

For health and long life my motto is: PREPARE or REPAIR. Now that sounds simple enough, but most people do not prepare for old age. What does the health world tell you? To diet and exercise. For one’s diet it is fruits, nuts and vegetables. Now AIM has it all in an excellent grouping of products: BarleyLife, CoCoa LeafGreens and ProPeas.

CalciAIM is well designed, especially for athletes. You want 3 to 1 calcium to magnesium (386 to 104) so you are about right. NOW where you really have something is Red Rush nitric oxide boost. It is my favorite AIM product because it has beet nitrate that the body converts to NO (nitric oxide), one of the most important molecules in the functioning human body. It was molecule of the year. It assists in the Krebs cycle, which is a series of chemical reactions used by all aerobic organisms to release stored energy. This will improve brain function, sex life, improve longevity and energy levels.

My personal routine is to mix all the above every morning with orange juice and pomegranate, ½ and ½ in a big glass. Now I am pretty well covered for the day, so I can eat whatever I want and not worry about getting my veggies.

What you do between ages 30-40, will determine what you will be able to do at 80-90 and beyond, I hope. Prepare or repair.

— Lew Hollander

AIM Healthy Chocolates

balls.pngThis Valentine’s Day why not try making healthy, naturally sweet, chocolate desserts inspired by the No-Bake Cocoa Bites recipe from Courtney Dunstan (AIM Preferred Member) and an Amazeballs recipe from Jensina Donald (AIM Director)?

Ingredients: 

  • 2 heaping Tbsp. CoCoa LeafGreens powder
  • 2 scoops ProPeas
  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1½ Tbsp. toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1½ Tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. honey or medium maple syrup (adjust to reduce sweetness)
  • ½ cup almond butter or Wowbutter (alternative for nut allergies)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2–3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes or organic cocoa powder for coating

Directions: 

  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl Add honey (or maple syrup) and almond butter (or Wowbutter)
  • Add just enough coconut oil to form into shapes (e.g., balls, bars, hearts, etc.)
  • Refrigerate for ½–1 hour
  • Store in sealed container in fridge

Protein Before Bedtime, Muscles by Morning

Protein Before Bed

We live in the Internet Age, so we have all probably seen pop-up ads that make claims like “Slee

own that sleep increases muscle protein synthesis rates after exercising. However, it was unclear if similar “gainz” would be made after resistance training.

But “gainz” were, indeed, made.

From the Journal of Nutrition 

Muscle strength increased after resistance exercise training to a significantly greater extent in the protein-supplemented (PRO) group than in the placebo-supplemented (PLA) group (+164 ± 11 kg and +130 ± 9 kg, respectively;P < 0.001). In addition, quadriceps muscle cross-sectional area increased in both groups over time (P < 0.001), with a greater increase in the PRO group than in the PLA group (+8.4 ± 1.1 cm2 vs. +4.8 ± 0.8 cm2, respectively; P < 0.05). Both type I and type II muscle fiber size increased after exercise training (P < 0.001), with a greater increase in type II muscle fiber size in the PRO group (+2319 ± 368 μm2) than in the PLA group (+1017 ± 353 μm2; P < 0.05).

ProPeas and Red Rush

For exercise, we have Red Rush to help with stamina and recovery.

For post-workout, pre-bedtime protein, we have ProPeas. Take it before slumber. It has no sugar, so it won’t keep you from your hard-earned “gainz.”

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p Yourself Slim” or “Snooze to Lose Weight” or maybe even “Yawn to Make the Pounds Gone.”  I can’t personally vouch for my made-up headlines, but I do know that a good night’s sleep is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism.

But what if I were to tell you that you can build muscles while you sleep? I know. I know. That really does sound like the midnight ramblings of an infomercial huckster.  However, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition, it’s completely possible. Of course, you still have to exercise. So there is that.

The study looked at forty-four young men who underwent 12 weeks of resistance training. Some supplemented with protein before bedtime. Others did not. Previous studies have sh

Protein as an Afternoon Snack May Help with Weight Management

Protein Weight Management

For many years when I would get hungry in the afternoons, I would reach for a nice cold barrel fish. Back then, eating barrel fish was very convenient for me because of my proximity to barrels and fish. But little did I know that eating barrel-raised, protein-rich fish while watching my mid-day “stories” was helping me to keep slender.  Although all that nonsense about barrels and fish isn’t true because it’s completely insane, there is true and staggering new evidence that protein in the afternoon may help you manage your weight.

According to a study out of the University of Missouri, Columbia and published in the Journal of Nutrition, mid-day protein-snacking can help improve diet quality and reduce appetite.  This short-term study looked at thirty-one overweight and target-weight teenagers. Some were given a high-fat snack, some a high-protein snack and the sad, last group were given no snack at all.  Those in the high-fat group consumed twenty percent more food during the day than the protein group, and the no-snack group ate thirty-percent more than Team Protein. Members of the protein group also saw a decrease in their fat intake and asked for their dinner twenty minutes later than the other two groups.

ProPeas: Vegan Protein

The AIM Companies, the same great company that brought you Red Rush beet juice also brings you ProPeas pe

Plant Protein May Preserve Muscle Strength

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My favorite part of the old Popeye cartoons was when he’d open up a fresh can of spinach, swallow the semi-fluid green mass in a singular gulp and then flex his muscles. It was best when a mini-cartoon would appear on the side of his bicep. Sometimes it was a bundle of dynamite about to explode or a volcano erupting and every now and then his biceps would just become anvil-shaped. And although the Popeye mythos is marred by a misconception about how much iron was actually in spinach, (A decimal point error led folks to believe that spinach had 35 milligrams of iron per serving instead of the actual 3.5 mg.) new research has shown time and time again how important plant-based nutrition is for athletic prowess.

A new study on the effects of protein on older adults published in the Journal of Nutrition reconfirms this premise. In this study, they compared the benefits of animal and plant protein. Protein from animals was associated with gainz of muscle mass, but protein from plants was linked to improved muscle strength. They believe that the advantages of plant protein come from its alkaline properties and/or is symptomatic of an improved diet.

From MedicalXpress:

“Many large studies suggest that those who eat diets high in animal foods have an increased rate of death and risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, while plant-based diets reduce the risks of dying and chronic diseases,” she said.

The diets of many older people lack an adequate balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat, Heller said.

This study isn’t trying to undermine the muscle-gaining power of animal-based protein, but the researchers believe that protein intake should be balanced. Additionally it was noted that to build muscle and maintain strength, you’re still going to have to exercise.

For the best plant-based protein in town, we have ProPeas. It’s alkaline. It tastes great. It helps maintain muscle strength and assists with weight management.