Do this before meals to SLOW aging & boost fat loss

I've been running my own Tim Ferriss style experiments on myself in recent weeks (blood tests), and I think you'll find my test results explained inside this email fascinating... especially if you have any interest in slowing down the aging process AND losing fat!

As I'm sure you already know from reading this newsletter, one MAJOR factor related to your rate of aging is your average blood sugar levels over time.  I've explained in previous newsletters how higher blood sugar levels lead to increased rates of what's called "glycation" inside your body, which can lead to faster aging of your skin, organs, joints, etc.  This is also why type 2 diabetics can many times appear older than their real age since they've had excessively high blood sugar levels for a portion of their lives.

So anything you can do to CONTROL your blood sugar to lower average levels over time can help SLOW your rate of aging and LOOK AND FEEL much younger.

Another MAJOR benefit of maintaining lower average blood sugar levels -- Hormone Balance & Fat Loss!

You see, when you maintain consistently lower and controlled blood sugar levels, you control your appetite and keep cravings at bay.  You also maintain lower insulin levels and a better balance between insulin/glucagon, which keeps your metabolism burning body fat at a faster rate.  Obviously, this is a GREAT benefit of keeping lower and controlled blood sugar!

So in my experiments listed below, I wanted to test different natural spices, herbs, and nutrients on my own body to see what type of blood sugar control effect each nutrient has on specific meals.  I based my choices on nutrients I had already seen some sort of literature to suggest they exert blood sugar controlling effects.

My own blood sugar experiments:

I just recently started my own little experiment where I want to test all sorts of different nutrients on different days for their blood sugar controlling properties against the EXACT same type and quantity of carbs first thing in the morning.  I get baseline fasting blood sugar levels each morning too in order make sure starting point is approximately the same each morning.

Also, my "meal" that I'm testing is 27 grams of carbs from oatmeal + 13 grams of carbs from org maple syrup, for a total amount of 40 grams of reasonably fast-acting carbs.  I also add 7 grams of coconut fat to this too, because in the real world, I'd never eat a meal (especially not oatmeal) without added fat, so I wanted this to represent a real world setting instead of just pure carbs.

I chose coconut fat because I thought it would have the least chance of controlling blood sugar on it's own since something like olive oil has a fairly high polyphenol content, which in itself might have blood sugar controlling properties, and nuts or seeds also have extra fiber, protein, and fats (as well as their own antioxidants) that I didn't want interfering with the blood sugar responses either for these tests.

I tested with a 40 gram carb meal on it's own on day 1 to get baseline blood sugar response to the meal but with no added nutrients.  Then, the plan was to test all of these nutrients individually (each one on a different day) for blood sugar controlling properties, including:

  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • cayenne
  • ALA (alpha lipoic acid)
  • green tea extract
  • fenugreek
  • IC5 (this is a unique combination of 5 blood sugar controlling nutrients)
  • cocoa powder
  • lemon juice

I chose all of these because I've at least seen some data that showed possible blood sugar controlling properties.

I also found some literature that made me conclude that 45 min after the carb based meal might be about the best approximation of the blood sugar "spike".  A very large meal might not spike for almost 2 hours after the meal, but this particular meal I tested is about 250 calories overall, so the spike is going to be a shorter time frame.  I confirmed this on day1 as you'll see below that my glucose returned almost to fasting levels after 90 min, but seemed to be at a peak level at about 45 min.

Day 1 -- The Control Day:

fasting blood sugar:  83
then ate the oatmeal, maple syrup, coconut fat 250 cal meal.  No added nutrient on this day (this is the control test).

blood sugar 45 min after meal:  112 
blood sugar 90 min after meal:  87 (almost back to baseline)

Day 2 -- Tested IC5 herbal nutrients:

fasting blood sugar:  83
then ate the oatmeal, maple syrup, coconut fat 250 cal meal.  Added 3 caps of IC5 immediately before meal.

blood sugar 45 min after meal:  84

(I even double checked this reading a 2nd time to make sure it was accurate, as I was shocked that my blood sugar hadn't really gone up at all like the first day, just due to the addition of 3 caps of IC5 herbal ingredients)

Day 3 -- Tested Cinnamon addition:

fasting blood sugar:  86
then ate the oatmeal, maple syrup, coconut fat 250 cal meal.  Added 3 caps of cinnamon immediately before meal (1.5 g total cinnamon)

blood sugar 45 min after meal:  94  (better than the 112 result from day1, but not as powerful as IC5)

Day 4 -- Tested Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) addition:

fasting blood sugar:  86
then ate the oatmeal, maple syrup, coconut fat 250 cal meal.  Added 400 mg (proper dose) ALA immediately before meal.

blood sugar 45 min after meal:  101  (still better than the 112 result from day1 control day, but not as powerful as IC5)

I still have a bunch more individual nutrients to test here, but so far, through the 4 days of blood sugar testing, it appears that both cinnamon and ALA showed blood sugar controlling effects, but IC5 showed the greatest effect so far of everything tested to this point.

How can you apply this information to control YOUR blood sugar every single day, thereby SLOWING down the aging process, balancing your hormones, and boosting fat loss?

=> This video shows you EXACTLY how to slow aging & boost fat loss (through simple blood sugar control each day)

Enjoy a healthier, leaner, and younger body!

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

3 gluten-free non-grain carbs for a flatter stomach

We've talked extensively in this newsletter about some of the detriments of many common grains, including the inflammatory response to gluten even in people that aren't gluten intolerant, as well as potential issues with lectins, phytates, and other antinutrients.

Many people are left confused as to "what's left" to eat if you want to truly eat for a lean healthy body... well, first off, you don't necessarily need to fuel your body with carbohydrates since the body can run more efficiently and with less blood sugar spikes and dips when primarily fueled with healthy fats and proteins, while keeping carbs low-moderate.

But, most people still want to satisfy their desire for carbs and if you're active and workout hard, the right types of carbs can be very beneficial for maintaining lean muscle and keeping your metabolism amped.  So here's 3 great non-grain, gluten-free carb sources to enjoy while keeping a flat stomach:

1. - Quinoa

Quinoa is a gluten-free seed (similar to a grain, but actually a seed) that contains double the protein of brown rice along with greater fiber content and a lower glycemic load.

Quinoa is a very good low glycemic carbohydrate source, and rich with manganese, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, vitamin E, and several B vitamins.

Not only that, but quinoa contains complete protein and the full spectrum of amino acids while all other grains are incomplete protein. It comes in several varieties, including “oatmeal-like” flakes and it’s wholegrain rice-like form.

Enjoy it as an oatmeal substitute for breakfast, in salads or casseroles, or as a wholesome whole-grain, high protein side item to any lunch or dinner meal.  We did a full article on quinoa here.

2. - Buckwheat (yes, it's gluten-free and has nothing to do with wheat)

Buckwheat is also a seed and not a grain technically.  Buckwheat is NOT a form of wheat and contains no gluten, as long as you get 100% buckwheat products and not those which are combined wheat + buckwheat.

Buckwheat has more protein and fiber generally than most grains and a lower glycemic load in general too.  Try buckwheat pancakes!  Or better yet, make a batch of pancakes with mixed buckwheat flour, almond flour, and coconut flour for a perfectly balanced taste and balanced carb/protein/fat profile!

3. - Berries & Cherries

Berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cherries are some of the BEST carb sources you can eat.  Unlike grains, which contain loads of digestion-harming antinutrients, there's basically no downsides to berries or cherries.  They are high in fiber, packed with antioxidants, and score extremely low on the glycemic index, especially cherries which come with a GI of just 22.

They give your body reasonable doses of useful carbohydrates with much higher levels of micronutrients than grains... this is a win-win for your belly and your overall health!

I enjoy fresh berries for dessert several times a week and it's an awesome, nutritious way to finish off any meal. Great as a snack, too! Try them on top of greek yogurt... Mmm.

Even when choosing healthy sources, carbs are one of those tricky nutrients that we all need to understand how to utilize properly and at the right times.  That's why my friends Joel and Brett (expert Nutritionists) created this brand new fat-burning report, 4 Tricks to NEVER Store Carbs as Fat, and they're giving it away 100% free this week.  In this 31-page free report, they show you 4 odd, yet extremely effective strategies that you can use to increase your insulin sensitivity, lower your blood sugar, and ideally AVOID storing carbs as fat.  Some of the strategies only a take a few seconds to perform!

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Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer