L-Carnitine: Food for Energy

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When I first learned about this amino acid, I was looking for ways to increase the amount of weight I could lift and the distance I could run.

For 3 years now I’ve been competing inThe North Face Canadian Death Race, a 125km cross-country adventure relay through the bear-filled, rugged terrain, and steep mountains of Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada (8 hours north of Calgary) over a 24 hour period.

I really wanted to learn more about optimizing energy and taking my training to the next level.

That’s when I came across L-carnitine…

and since then have seen great improvements in my personal fitness and my nutritional and personal training clients with regards to increased fat loss and energy levels, and pushing past plateaus.

L-carnitine is a nonessential amino acid (aka protein) and has many exciting roles and functions in the body.

Although it is not an essential amino acid, it’s still great to learn about and find out how you can get it through food.

taxiThe function of L-carnitine is to taxi (yup, just like a taxi driver!) long-chained fat molecules to the energy producers in our bodies (you may already known of them: mitochondria) which are located inside our cells.

The mitochondria’s function is to make energy from glucose, protein and fat.

In aiding the body to break down fat, L-carnitine helps with fat-loss and lowering blood triglycerides.

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Boost Metabolism plus Cinnamon Flax Applesauce Dessert Recipe

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Boost your metabolism and kick-start your fat-burning fire with this high-fiber, high Omega-3 dessert!

Cinnamon is a great spice found in the kitchen that supports healthy insulin sensitivity.

Kick your late-night sugar and carb cravings to the curb with this delicious dessert. Your body will love you for it!

A great recipe to help you Be Healthy and Feel Fabulous.

What are you waiting for? Make it tonight!

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6 Amazing Health Benefits of Cinnamon

cinnamon sticksOver the years I’ve always been a fan of cinnamon. As a kid growing up, I loved the heat of cinnamon hearts on Valentine’s Day and my choice of chewing gum was always cinnamon flavor.

Since studying holistic nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, I quickly learned that cinnamon hearts and flavored gum needed healthy replacements.

No problem!

Knowing that cinnamon is high in fiber, I decided to use cinnamon not only because it tastes great but also for its ability to keep my system clean.

Adding cinnamon to muffins and smoothies became a new healthy habit and a great way to create tasty and healthy desserts and snacks.

Cinnamon also has an amazing effect on improving vitality.

Yes, my workouts became stronger because cinnamon improves blood circulation and, what a bonus, it also brings down cholesterol levels. I guess with cleaner arteries there is more room for blood to flow!

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