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Friday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

“Veterans Day shows respect for those who were willing to give their lives to the country and to serve their country. It shows that we appreciate the veterans.” “Veterans Day is important to me because it is a time to recognize and honor those that have served their country in the armed forces. 

Impacts of Sugar on Your Results

 

Following in the footsteps of Morgan Spurlock, who ate only McDonald’s food for one month in the film Super Size Me, an Australian man has undergone a sugar-heavy diet for 60 days to explore the ingredient’s impact on his health.

In the upcoming That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau, a filmmaker and TV actor, vows to follow a strict diet of “healthy,” low-fat food with high sugar content, News.com.au reported.

Within three weeks, the formerly healthy Gameau became moody and sluggish. A doctor gave him the shocking diagnosis: He was beginning to develop fatty liver disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most severe outcome for fatty liver disease is liver failure.

“I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery,” Gameau told Yahoo. “All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yogurts, and muesli bars, and cereals, and fruit juices, sports drinks ... these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing.”

Gameau reportedly consumed 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, or slightly more than the average teenager worldwide, according to News.com.au. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the average American consumes 20 teaspoons of sugar daily.

The AHA’s daily recommendations for sugar consumption are 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.  In That Sugar Film, Gameau observed that the additive impacted his physical and mental health. Doctors called his mental functioning “unstable,” and the father-to-be reportedly put on nearly four inches of visceral fat around his waist. He was on the fast track to obesity.

Gameau said his sugar-laden diet left him feeling hungry, no matter how much he ate.  His final meal— which consisted of a juice, a jam sandwich, a bar, and a handful of other snacks— is similar to an ordinary child’s school lunchbox.  “Sadly, it was very easy to do and fitted comfortably into the small plastic container,” Gameau wrote on his blog documenting his experiment.

“The last meal was for all the people out there, especially parents, who are led to believe they are doing the right and healthy thing for their children. They are making an effort yet are horribly let down by the lack of integrity in marketing and packaging strategies.”

Gameau told News.com.au that the experiment’s findings don’t suggest a need to completely cut sugar— but rather a need for more awareness about how much sugar has been added to perceptibly healthy food.

“Sugar’s now in 80 percent of the processed food we’re eating,” he said. “If we can remove that, that’s the first step towards making a change.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. In adults, type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed diabetes cases.  Research has shown that sugary drinks are linked to type 2 diabetes.

Consuming excess added sugar is also associated with a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the CDC. Heart disease accounts for one in four deaths in the United States, or about 600,000 annual deaths.  That Sugar Film will be released in Australian movie theaters in February 2015. A U.S. release date has not been listed on the film’s website.

Elite MMA recommends you set a goal on your attendance card about your sugar intake.  Start to track how much you are taking in on a daily basis and compare that to your goal.  We also know that when the community gets involved, the results skyrocket!  After class, share with your teammates what you find true and useful about taking on your sugar and find out what they are finding too!

We know a combination of consistent training based around thought-out goals and communication with your coaches and team can make THE DIFFERENCE in your weight, looks, how you feel each day, and your underlying health.  If you don’t know how to have all of that work for you, get with your coach today!!!

Westheimer Student Highlight— Ram King

What is your name and age?

Ram King, I am 37 

When did you join Elite MMA?

I joined Elite MMA in November of 2014 

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?

I wanted to find a fun way to stay try to get back in shape. I have some martial arts background with Karate, and military combative training.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?

Mostly timing has kept me from getting back into training. My work and family schedule is pretty hectic and I wasn't able to get into a routine, or when I did sign up for something, the training schedule they provided was very limited and most of the time didn't work with my schedule after a few months. 

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?

I used to train in Shotokan Karate when I was in High School and in the military we did some combative training. I have some boxing background as well.

 

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?

Initially, I was concerned that the distance would be too far for me to drive every day and I thought I would lose interest after a while based on past experiences. What helped with my decision is that there are so many classes available for me to choose from. If my schedule changes, there is always another class for me to take. Additionally they have multiple locations, so if I am up north, working downtown, or out in the Baytown area I can just give the school a quick call and just show up. One other big thing for me is that when the instructors start to see that you are not showing up as much as you usually do, they will give you a call and check in to see if everything is ok. For me to have someone give me a little push or reminder that they are looking out for me is huge and is worth the price of admission. I have had some days that I didn't want to show up or was feeling sore, then I get a text from Dave or Cruz to make sure I am coming in and more often than not that is enough to get my big butt off the couch and go work out. 

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?

I know that I still have a long way to go in my journey to get back in shape, but after 2 years of training I feel my stamina on the mat has increased dramatically even though I sound like I am going to die most of the time. I can keep up with my boy much better than I used to and am looking forward to the day that he can train with me. 

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?

My advice is to just come on in and give it a try, I am sure they will get hooked on it just like I did. The environment is nothing like I have ever experienced before and the people (instructors and teammates) are amazing. I pass up at least 5 other schools right by my house and make the drive at least 25 minutes every time I go to train and I wouldn't have it any other way. To me this is just an extension of my family and I couldn't see myself going to train anywhere else. I love this place!

 

 

Kingwood Student Highlight—Lillian Weisinger  

What is your name and age?

Lillian Weisinger - 9 years old 

When did you join Elite MMA?

August 9th, 2014

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?

My brother Tyler Weisinger joined and I asked my daddy “when would it be my turn to be able to fight!”...also so I can protect myself from Bullies. 

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?

This was my first chance to take it. 

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?

Yes, this is my first time taking martial arts and I take the kids BJJ class 

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?

I didn’t have any concerns I was ready to join when I saw my brother Tyler Weisinger doing it

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?

It has helped me to not be so shy.  I am a Grey belt now and I have more strength too.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?

Do it!  It is fun!  If you work hard enough and pay attention you get rewarded with a game at the end of kid’s class too!  Also, it is very fun when we get to do rolling rounds to test out our skills.

Ashley Nguyen, PharmD  

Zoetic Compounding Pharmacy

832-487-9287

Ashley has been a student at Elite MMA since 2005.  She is currently a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  She founded Girls in Gi’s in 2009, which was a project she took on to empower and enroll women mentally and physically and by using BJJ as the platform for that. She is also a wife, mother, and a pharmacist that loves helping people to feel better, perform better, or just feel as normal as possible. 

 

Baytown Student Highlight— Ana Reynoso

What is your name and age?

Ana, age 29 

When did you join Elite MMA?

November 2015

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?

I specifically only wanted to do Kickboxing as a stress reliever to be able to hit something while getting in a good workout. 

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?

I didn’t know of any active gyms near me with a kickboxing class. 

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?

Yes.  I do cardio kickboxing classes.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?

The fact that in the past my exercise consisted of about 2-3 hours working out at a conventional gym.  What I liked about the kickboxing program at Elite MMA is that I could cut that time in half with a more intense workout, burning more calories, all while having fun.  With my busy schedule I was not able to put in hours at the gym anymore, so Elite MMA program was perfect for my schedule.  

 

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?

I have noticed my strength and conditioning has increased.  I don’t feel as tired or out of shape as I used to.  I am able to run up and down my stairs at my home and play with my 3 year old son all day without feeling drained.  

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?

If you are thinking about doing it or have been interested for a while, just go ahead and do it.  Don’t waste time.  Don’t think “I’m too old, I’m out of shape, I’m too slow, etc etc” because no matter what shape, age, or size you are, everyday gets easier and you will definitely feel better about yourself.  It is an instant motivator and I am glad I made this decision to be a part of this program. 

 

 

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