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Talk Takeaway: Nutrition with Jorge Cruise

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 10:45am

Read all of Jorge Cruise age curing and weight loss tips from today's episode! 

Avoid hidden sugars that age you more.

Did you know that the average American consumes 130 grams or more sugar daily? If you take a stroll into your kitchen and look at the sugar content in your key lime yogurt or morning cereal, chances are that one serving of those items exceeds that number of sugar grams you should be consuming in one day. I want you to aim for 15 grams of sugar a day.  Sugar is in everything, and that's why I call it "hidden."
These are foods that age you more: whole wheat bread, pasta, rice, apple juice, orange juice, bottle of pomegranate juice, yogurt with fruit, bottle of barbecue sauce, bottle of ketchup, container of skim milk, container of whole milk, bowl of popcorn, "Sweet & Lo" and "Equal" packets.


Choose foods that age you less.
Ezekiel sprouted bread, apples, oranges, whole pomegranate, blueberries, strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, salsa, hot sauce, variety of fresh herbs, container of half & half, salted almonds, salted cashews, salted pistachio nuts, Stevia packets.

Beware of "diet" foods.
Everything we've been taught about health, weight loss and aging is wrong. As much as we work on ourselves from the outside, with plastic surgery, Botox and creams…the biggest thing we can do for ourselves is change what we put into our bodies and work to avoid excess sugar.  We've been misled for decades.  Examples:  A cheese omelet with bacon is actually a better choice that a fruit smoothie.  A small pepperoni pizza on a tortilla is healthier than salmon teriyaki with rice and carrots.

Do exercises that target belly fat.
Waist Whittler: We're going to get on the floor, assume a push-up position. Slowly move your left knee to touch your left elbow, then return your knee to its original position and set your left foot to the floor. Repeat on the right side, moving your right knee to touch your right elbow. Alternate from right to left for one minute.

Thigh Trimmer: For the thigh trimmer stand with your feet hip-width apart, raising your arms straight in front of you with your palms facing downward. Bend your left knee and raise your left leg in front of you about six inches off the floor. While keeping your knee raised and bent, slowly squat down. Maintain your balance by keeping your arms raised. Then return to a standing position. Repeat with your right leg, alternating from left to right for one minute.

Indulge in low sugar treats.
I recommend chocolate with cacao content of 85% or more, for higher antioxidant content with the least amount of sugar. It tastes great but the cacao also contains bioflavonoids. It helps improve longevity, prevents disease and maintain a youthful appearance.  

Another favorite indulgence is red wine. Cabernet sauvignon is one of my go-to selections. I'll try to go an organic route to avoid potential traces of pesticides and other added chemicals. Another benefit is that red wine is full of resveratrol, which contains anti-aging properties.

And you don't have to give up coffee.  I like to do regular coffee with a little half & half, plus whipped cream from a can -- which contains no sugar! -- plus a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top.  Cinnamon also contains antioxidants.  

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