Friday, July 31, 2009

Crunch Curl Combo

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chlorine in Your Baby Carrots

The small cocktail or “baby” carrots you buy are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots. You might have known that already. But what you might not know is that once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots, they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them.

When a baby carrot turns white (“white blushing”), this causes the bags of carrots to be pulled from the shelf and thrown away. To prevent this consumer waste, the carrots are dipped in chlorine to prevent the white blushing from happening.

Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen. Organic growers instead use a citrus based, nontoxic solution called Citrox.


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World Carrot Museum

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Vacation Season!

It is vacation season and we all need to get away every once and awhile. Whether you go out of town or out to dinner you should remember to always take "precautions". If you take the proper steps you can minimize the effect of bad foods, lack of water, and no exercise.

Try taking some digestive enzymes before you eat any meal not made to your purity standards. A Primal Defense is good for this as well, giving you beneficial bacteria as well as giving you a jump on digestion.

Take a resistance band with you! Your workout will be intense and you can nearly do everything that you could do with weights. This is good so that you can keep encouraging muscle growth and it will help you burn of some of those calories consumed.

Take your mug with you, no not your beer mug your water mug. Use large glass for water and take it with you and try to get the same amount or more depending on your activity as you would at home.

Helpful tips for staying healthy and keeping up your progress for the very fun vacation season. Have a good one and remember to stay healthy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FDA Changes Tylenol Warnings But Doesn’t Tell You How to Take it Safely

FDA advisers have recommended lowering the maximum dose of over-the-counter acetaminophen -- the key ingredient in Tylenol, Excedrin and many other pain-killing medications.

The advisers' vote followed the release of a report last month, which found that severe liver damage and even death can result from a lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause such injury.

Many people may take more than the recommended dose of acetaminophen-based pain relievers in the mistaken belief that taking more will be more effective without posing health risks. And consumers may also not know that acetaminophen is present in many over-the-counter products, including remedies for colds, headaches and fevers, making it possible to exceed the recommended acetaminophen dose accidentally.


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Monday, July 20, 2009


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    1 Pound of Fat Vs. 1 Pound of Muscle

    If your goal is to lose weight I think it is good to see what the difference is between the two. In the picture above you can see that 1 pound of body fat is much more bulky and gross than 1 pound of muscle. Losing this body fat will help prevent more in the future by converting some of the body fat to muscle you will burn fat just by resting.

    Consuming good fats like those found in fish oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil and olive oil. Will also be a way to ensure that what does come back will be easily assimilated into the body and used in the proper areas. These good fats will also usher out bad fats that you consume and those that which are stored in certain areas of your body.

    As you burn this stored fat you will start feeling better but you will also remove a lot of toxins which will ensure that you are less sick. In this process you will notice that your muscles are sore but that the soreness comes and goes and before to long you will be pain free.

    With this new found strength and lack of fat you will be slimmer with more energy plus look and feel some much better. When you start to see these results your state of mind changes and you will notice that it is easier to continue in your goals for whole health.

    It all starts with the decision to become healthier and with the proper motivation you will achieve your goals with little chance of returning to the same weight if you educate yourself in the process.

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    From Jordan's Desk--Absorb More Calcium With Vitamin D

    by: Jordin Rubin

    Calcium is clearly a major player in bone health, but there are at least 19 other key nutrients that play vital roles, too, and vitamin D leads the way.† The truth is that, without vitamin D, the body can absorb only 10-15% of its dietary calcium. With vitamin D, the body may absorb twice as much or more calcium †

    First, let’s take a look at calcium. It’s not only the most abundant mineral in the body, but it’s also one of the most essential, since it's part of so many body functions—including ensuring strong bones and teeth. In fact, 98% of calcium is found in the bones, 1% in the teeth and 1% in blood and tissues.

    Calcium does a lot in the body, too. In addition to building and maintaining bones and teeth, it regulates heart rhythm, supports normal sleep patterns, helps regulate the passage of nutrients in and out of the cell walls and assists in normal blood clotting. † Additionally, it helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function and supports already normal blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.†

    A deficiency in calcium, on the other hand, may result in arm and leg muscle spasms, softening of bones, back and leg cramps, brittle bones, rickets, poor growth, osteoporosis (a deterioration of the bones) and/or tooth decay.

    The body gets calcium in two primary ways. One is by eating foods that contain calcium, including green, leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, bok choy, turnip greens and mustard greens. Legumes—including black-eyed peas, navy beans and kidney beans—also supply good sources of calcium.

    The other way the body gets calcium is by pulling it from bones—an act of borrowing that isn’t always returned. This happens when blood levels of calcium drop too low due to low calcium intake and/or the body not being able to fully metabolize or utilize calcium.

    That’s where vitamin D may come in.

    A cornerstone of bone-building, vitamin D is critical for strong, healthy bones and must be present for the body to fully absorb the all-important calcium.† Unfortunately, however, 70% of women ages 51-70 and 90% of women over 70 don’t get enough vitamin D from food and supplements. The truth is that this “sunshine vitamin” is also a must for proper calcium absorption.†

    As I mentioned earlier, without vitamin D, your body can absorb only 10 to 15% of dietary calcium—even if there is enough calcium available. With vitamin D, however, the body may absorb between 30 to 40% or more of its dietary calcium, so be sure you get enough vitamin D to go along for the ride.

    † These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    What Is Boot Camp?

    Well I am so glad you asked. I know a lot of you out there don't know or have not heard of boot camp fitness classes. I would like to tell you and let you decide if it is right for you.

    Boot camp fitness classes are a new way to get your strength training workouts in while getting a great cardio workout as well. We do this by giving you some static exercises in groups of two or three but no more than four and then adding in a cardio exercise like jumping jacks, sprints, and jump work of all sorts. Doing this for 45 minutes is quite brutal even for the advanced athlete. That being said you can still do it no matter what your fitness level, this is possible because all of the exercises presented have an alternative or easier workout variation that can be done in its place.

    So when I say there is something for everyone than you know what I mean! Boot camps are sweeping the country and we want to be on the cutting edge of this exercise trend because it works.
    Is offering thee classes as frequent as everyday and in two different locations. Ask us for details on getting you started on your way to a new stronger slimmer you! Our classes are $12 each with a free Saturday class or you can purchase in a monthly package for $140 by clicking on this link

    Or we can give you a bigger discount for a 2 month commitment $240! Thats boot camp for $10 a class!!
    Email me if you need more information or for class schedules. See you there!

    Monday, July 13, 2009

    A pH Balancing Act

    In my morning ritual of reading and studying I came across a great article by Jordin Rubin. About pH balance and why it is so important. Please read it below.

    Your body’s internal environment may play a large role in your health and your diet can be a determining factor in your body’s internal environment, including its pH balance.

    But what is pH?

    pH stands for “power of hydrogen”—a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions—and is usually expressed as a number on what’s termed a pH scale which ranges from 1 to 14. One is the most acidic, 7 is neutral, and 14 is the most alkaline.

    Blood, for example, has a pH level of 7.43—a value considered optimal—and is slightly more alkaline. Levels that are lower than 7 are indicative of a more acidic state, something called acidosis, while levels above 7.5 are indicative of an overly alkaline state termed alkalosis.

    Okay. So what’s the big deal?

    The big deal is that our modern diets are heavy on the acidic side--replete with processed grains, commercial meats, sugars and unhealthy fats--and can lead to a state of chronic acidosis. When this happens, there is reduced alkalinity of the body, including the blood and bodily tissues, which can directly affect the cells of the heart, blood, brain, nerves, muscles, bones, skin and hair.

    The truth is that the body’s 100 trillion cells which communicate with each other—via electrical, chemical and hormonal processes—prefer a slightly alkaline state. As a result, the body tries to get to its preferred pH balance by excreting the excess acids through the kidneys, lungs, and skin, as well as digestion and cellular metabolism.

    If the body can’t keep up, though, that’s when an overly acidic environment can affect the bloodstream and cellular communication.

    In extreme cases, the body may respond to the acidity by diverting the acid away from internal organs and into tissues, joints and bones. And while this may temporarily protect internal organs, it can’t do much good for the tissues, joints and bones!

    In order to combat this, the body has to release alkalizing minerals to balance pH levels. One of the minerals the body releases is calcium. Magnesium and potassium are a couple of others. The problem with this is that these minerals are drawn into the bloodstream at the expense of the bones or organs these minerals were taken from and are often not replaced.

    Unfortunately, the bones are usual sites from which reserves are taken, and calcium is the prime mineral constituting bones. This can make bones more prone to thinning and fractures.

    One way to help achieve an acid/alkaline balance where there is acidosis is to implement dietary changes. Some alkalinizing foods include: green veggies, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, green peppers, zucchini, whole milk, apples, pineapple, watermelon, coconut and kiwi.

    Adding more of these foods to your diet might help you pass the acid test when it comes to pH balance.

    Friday, July 10, 2009

    Beyond Boot Camp

    Hey there I wanted to let you know that there is now enough boot camp classes that you can get a 6 day a week full of workouts.
    If you are not familiar with boot camps then please let me explain, Boot camp classes mimic that of actual boot camp training that the military go through. The difference is that we don't go as hard but we are thorough and we will not tell you that you make us sick but we will yell from time to time.

    Our class last about 45 minutes while the military draws theirs out into 6 weeks. We do offer 6 week blocks of boot camp sessions but you don't have to sleep in a bunk or with 50 other people for that matter.

    You will get in shape if you can follow along and get through the classes, we can even couple it with our online personal training so that you get all the nutrition education at the same time. I know sometimes I wonder how we do it too!

    The coolest thing yet is the fact that we offer these everyday and soon will be offering them at two different locations! Thats right you heard it here first. We will be doing boot camp at Sevier Park (12th ave. south and Kirkwood ave.) and soon to be at Centennial park on west end ave.

    Both locations need a little help with demand, you see we need you to tell us what times you would like and how many people you can get to the class. If you do this we will give you a week of boot camp for free! So get your buds together and get ready for some boot camp butt kicking.

    All levels welcome!
    First class starts tomorrow at Sevier Park and it is free!
    9AM be there!

    Followed by mon. wed. & friday at 6:30 Am this class is $12 or 12 for $140

    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    Regular Exercise

    Hello again!
    I want to talk to you today about keeping up a regular exercise routine. This will be important for you to understand as you go through life as a whole. Nutrition plays a huge part in whole health but we talk about that a lot, so lets get into the meat and potatoes of a regular exercise routine.

    Walking is a good way to get started but you should not put all your trust in it for a full workout. If you are new to working out you can start with walking and within a week or so start working a little harder with that walk. Pick up the pace or try running instead, using a treadmill or going on a hike are great ways to get more out of your walk.

    If you are closer to your "perfect weight" then you can get a little more serious about exercise like using weights and mixing in cardio. You increase your weight loss ability when you add a weight regiment or a resistance regiment to your cardio training. The best would be to use all three in a way that helps you get your heart rate up while you burn fat. Doing a weight regiment will have great impact on your results so long as you keep challenging yourself when you feel you are getting stronger. For instance when you can get to 20 reps with your 5 pound weights then its time to move up. Us guys can move up a little faster, I like to use heavier weights and when I get to 10 or 12 reps I go up in weight. This happens faster on certain muscle groups than others.

    High reps is a good thing in any training routine. If you start with heavy weights first and then move into high reps with lower weights second you are sure to get a great burn from your workout. We do this in our workouts as well. It has a great effect when coupled this way with a heavy weight training regiment. It will get your muscles cut as you bulk a little to.

    Ladies don't worry you will not bulk up! It takes a lot o f weight to add bulk so have no fear, besides that your frames usually don't allow this to happen. If you do notice a your body is starting to bulk try cutting the weight a little and do more resistance training.

    Committing to this for more than a month will help you to make it a regular occurrence. The habit to exercise is what you need to develop here so don't lose sight of that goal. Set a time that is good for you and stick to it everyday, staggering your cardio and weight training so that you can get them both in.

    Hope this helps you to get into shape but if it doesn't and you need the motivation please check us out online by going here.

    Monday, July 6, 2009

    How Are You Feeling?

    Do you think that your diet can be to blame for some of our ailments? Your right if you said yes, diet can be to blame for multiple sickness and illness. For instance: chronic migraines, ear infections, acid reflux, IBS, hypertension, hyperglycemia, and the list goes on and on.

    Our fast food nation has changed the way our food providers feed, butcher, medicate, package and sell our foods. Changing the very foods that we are consuming. This has had an adverse effect on the American public without them really knowing what is going on. Have you ever stopped to think about where your food has come from? You should, chances are you will be surprised at where and how our foods are handled. Maybe you won't be surprised but if you knew what was a healthy diet you would be.

    What is a healthy diet? What is the direct correlation between nutrition and health?
    Whole food nutrition, from organically grown sources, is more beneficial for health than isolated nutrients.
    A traditional diet that includes the consumption of live foods, particularly those containing soil based organism, enzymes, and the by-products of their fermentation, is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. This can be done through whole food supplementation. As well as through the above stated eating habits, buying and consuming great locally grown organic and whole foods.

    Anyone can do this by doing their research and working hard at changing every aspect of their lives over time to obtain optimum health. Working on and learning what foods can help heal us as well as being motivated to exercise, whether on your own or with apersonal trainer.

    You can control your health and well being, so stop looking for a quick fix through a diet pill, liposuction, or a exercise video. Get serious about your health and get in shape, not for me but for life.

    Being healthy is another way to glorify God with your body.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

    From Jordan's Desk--Man Alive! Guys and Their Health

    Although women are the primary health gatekeepers for themselves and their loved ones, men may be starting to take their health more seriously and acting upon it. They are becoming increasingly involved in their own health and are responding to what speaks their language.

    The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), based out of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, has captured some revealing data on men’s shopping activities and habits. A spokesman for NMI says that “Over the last five or six years we’ve noticed a dramatic change in men’s shopping habits. We see only about 58 percent of women doing the primary shopping—meaning that more men are taking over that role. Men appear to be getting much more involved in managing their own health issues.”

    How it’s communicated to men seems to be key, too, according to one market researcher. While men may weigh a product’s health benefits, they seem to be more interested in listening to language that infers benefits that are “performance based.”

    Boomer men may be leading the way, too, in this area. They are, in fact, carving out new territory when it comes to taking care of their health. In generations past, men just didn’t discuss health issues. Boomer men, however, are interested in maximizing their health to maintain it, to manage weight, and to maintain vitality and relevance.The result is that they are showing more interest in nutrition and overall wellness.

    Boomers aren’t alone, though. Another demographic of men who focus on health and appearance are younger men—often single, city dwellers—who take their physical state and health seriously. For them, the emphasis seems to be “stay healthy and look healthy.” These guys have no problem going out and purchasing items such as supplements for themselves because they are concerned about their appearance and their health.

    As far as what's on men’s list of health topics…

    Weight, heart health, stress/healthy sleep, digestion, immune health and joint health top the list, according to data from NMI and another market research firm called HealthFocus. Interestingly enough, a full 41 percent of men were trying to manage their weight and to get in-- or keep in --tip-top shape. Additionally, prostate health was a concern for many guys.

    Sparking men’s interest is lycopene, which has shown increased focus in recent years—especially since the FDA’s health claim, approved in 2005, which states a connection between lycopene found in tomatoes and processed tomato products and prostate health. Other nutritional areas to watch for in men’s health include vitamin E, B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, folic acid, and even fenugreek seeds.

    No matter what their motivation, however, the good news is that men may be more aware of the importance of taking care of themselves and are doing something about it.