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BREAKFAST – UNDER THE “SPOTLIGHT”

Today in the world of health and wellness, there was a division on a sensitive subject.

A subject often very touchy for some, terribly confusing to others, and a highly debated topic to experts.

IT’S GOOD FOR YOU – I think

After vast research and study, should breakfast still be the premiere or most important meal of the day?

Are suggestions and recommendations changing with new discoveries?

I would enjoy to read some thoughts and opinions from you.

(cross my fingers I get responses)

STRUGGLES OF WORKING OUT

Are YOU at wits end struggling on making exercise a part of your lifestyle?

Contemplating on throwing in the white towel?

Do you feel overwhelmed with the vast armies of diet and exercise regimens?

Take a deep breath – then exhale.

Envision about where YOU would like to be, physically.

Think about how great YOU will feel when are there.

Is it worth fighting for?

I would like to believe YOUR overall health and fitness is worth fighting for. 

Here’s how:

Since 2010, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, claimed the tallest building in the world title.

It stands at an amazing 2,723 ft from the ground to the top of its antenna, and took construction approximately six years to complete.

Could you imagine, what would have happened if the chief architect assigned thought to himself this project is impossible?

We all know since this building does exist he didn’t say nor even think it.

And I bet the lint in my pocket I know his secret.

He set small goals.

Setting goals

Winning the “tallest building title” can only begin with the first brick.

By setting small goals, you can track you’re immediate progress. The benefits, will help you push toward YOUR larger goals.

Realize that with any goal, struggle presents its dastardly face; though an uncomfortable moment and unexpected fear, spearhead them dead on and take small steps to triumph.

Transparency

Share your goals with a trustworthy friend, family member, or coworker who has YOUR best interest. You need the strength of others, however, do NOT ask the help of someone in your position.

Seek counseling from individuals that deliver wise, positive seeds.

YOU are a tree of good fruit producing abundantly and bountifully.

This isn’t for you…

it’s for a person looking for healthy energy without:

  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Increased blood pressure

I can remember my first Mountain Dew. Can You? My taste buds jumped and danced for hours as I drank about three of them before a high school football game. I felt as though I had an infinite source of energy ripping and running through blockers and making one play after another. By the time I got to college, Mountain Dews were delegated my drink of choice on either long trips to New York or deep into the nights as a study companion. By this time, my body quenched for something more, ala ephedrine.

Ephedrine, though prescribed mostly for relief of shortness of breath and chest tightness, as an athlete provided me the capabilities of a continuous supply of Oxygen. I flew around the field constantly, however, did it make me a better player? Nope! I flat-out sucked. The combination of ingredients created an irritable and unfocused feeling. But what the heck, anything to get the edge right?

By 2000, I entered my senior year feeling great; armoured with an immense sense of confidence. I don’t have to boast or brag because the numbers at the end of that season proved it. What contributed to my success? I would like to point to a  product that ranked as America’s #1 alertness aid for over 25 years – VIVARIN! Recognized by the FDA, Vivarin® has only one active ingredient – caffeine, which, maintained mental alertness and focus for approximately four hours. A safe and effective way to help keep you mentally alert and focused. It’s just like having coffee or soda.

 Wait – What? It’s just like having a coffee or soda? Hmmm, now for all those non-coffee or non-soda drinkers I just made a big NO NO. I’ve never had a full cup of coffee in my existence on our planet. The most coffee I’ve had been when my greedy butt wanted my mom’s cereal and coffee concoction as a toddler. Eww Gross! It’s addictive, unsatisfying, and just not my cup of tea. Not too mention makes your breath tart. Now onto the sweet tasting soda reference. Really, a can of some soda have enough sugar that a diabetic would need to check their sugar counts by a mere look at the container.

Now I’m not hip to all the myths and facts on caffeine, however, what I do consider is a statement like

Experts agree that moderation and common sense are the keys to safe consumption of caffeine. What is considered a “normal” amount of caffeine depends on an individual’s sensitivity, and can be affected by frequency and amount of intake, body weight, age and a person’s overall health. People with health problems may want to consult their physician regarding their use of caffeine.

 So what’s considered “normal”? It’s like algorithm. Who’s intentionally breaking down their weight, age, and health when standing in line at Starbucks? I digress.

Yet, I was still unresolved. I was a man, former athlete, looking for the best option not only to provide the kick I needed to tackle my day, more so, gave me healthy benefits, as well.  A person who was looking for a way to keep my edge throughout the day. A synergistic blend of more than one to five active ingredient(s) to tap into my body’s natural vitality. Energy I can trust and count on without high-sugar caffeine to bring an artificial lift — and a hard crash.

Earlier this year (February) I found my solution. Key the music:

24K named the People’s Choice for Favorite New Consumer Product at the 2011 American Business Awards.

And with their 24K™ VIP! promotion, I didn’t have to bother with a sales rep or a phone operator. All I did was sign up at www.my24kvip.com, using the code GAMECHANGER , so I can continue to  save 10% every time I purchase. Plus, I told a few of my friends, who then purchased and I doubled my savings; even they received a 10% discount. All by using that code: GAMECHANGER. Furthermore, I learned the ingredients are all natural for healthy energy, focus and stress relief. One bottle gives me a great sense of focus to multi-task at the office and energy to go hard at the gym. Another item that caught my attention, take a gander at traditional drinks warning label, then compare it to 24k; you’ll understand afterwards. 

 It’s definitely worth checking out because THIS IS MY SHOT and it could be YOURS! 

Delicious Natural Cinnamon Taste

People who are overweight are more likely to have insulin resistance, because fat interferes with the body’s ability to use insulin. Family history and genetics play a large role in Type II diabetes.

Regular exercise lowers your blood sugar level without medication and helps burn excess calories and fat so you can manage your weight

Strength training also increases your metabolism.

Tune Up Your Diet

Four dietary changes can have a big impact on the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  1. Choose whole grains and whole grain products over highly processed carbohydrates.
  2. Skip the sugary drinks, and choose water, coffee, or tea instead.
  3. Choose good fats instead of bad fats.
  4. Limit red meat and avoid processed meat; choose nuts, whole grains, poultry, or fish instead.

If you’re open to a solution for blood sugar management, GlucAffect really delivers.

Dan Vance, Kaysville, UT

Here are the top 7 reasons why Glucaffect is the solution to any blood sugar quadratic equation:

1. clinically shown 4 daily servings lowered fasting blood glucose by an average of 30% and lost an average of nearly 16 lbs

2. unites nutrition science’s most cutting-edge ingredients

3. Pycnogenol – natural super-antioxidant, proven to help lower blood glucose levels, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and blood pressure and improve overall health

4. Omega 3 Fish Oil – promotes cardiovascular health and helps maintain optimum blood pressure and cholesterol levels

5.  contains many advanced ingredients clinically proven to support blood sugar management and neutralize free radicals

6. Cinnamon cream flavor – delicious taste along with the added natural blood sugar management support of cinnamon

7. Rapid dissolvability – perfect addition to your morning coffee afternoon tea or one of your daily Reliv shakes

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Could one person make a difference?

Could one person really make a difference?

In history, we have come to know many heros of the day who stood up for whatever cause they believed in. These special individuals fought through many battles of opposers who wanted the person and their cause to fail. And becaue of this opposition the average citizen can stamp their name in time forever to be known as a historical figure-head.

With five days left in October, I wanted to commemorate a pioneer organization whose efforts have raised, thus far, 1.9 billion dollars invested to research in finding a cure for breast cancer. Through their efforts, breast cancer survival rate after diagnosis in the first five-year window, increased from 74 percent to 98 percent.

Though I may not know who Susan G. Komen was personally, I do know in her courageous fight to overcome this disease, the world’s largest grassroots network in educating and fighting to save lives was birthed.

 


 

Most people have seen across the world the pink ribbons symbolizing Breast Cancer Awareness, and majority of others have participated in many of Susan G Komen for the Cure events. But, who’s behind this successful fundraising NPO, well, a compassionate and committed lady by the name of Nancy G. Brinker – Susan’s sister – who made a promise “that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.”

Hard Facts:

  • Ten million women around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years.
  • already claims twice as many lives as AIDS worldwide.
  • at least seven million people die of canceer each year and close to 11 million new cases are diagnosed.
         – more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined

So, with one of the toughest tasks at hand, I commend Nancy Brinker’s undaunting efforts to fulfill her dying sister’s dream to help the sick women in the hospital.

And, I’ll ask again, “Could one person make a difference?”

*Dedicated to My Titi (Aunt)/Godmother – Arlene Alicea. I love you with all my heart and I pray your strength and determination keeps this disease away*

To Best Fight Cancer – Exercise

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself – Leo Tolstoy #change

With the constant arrival of quick weight loss diets and regimens, it’s evident that both Americans and our overseas brothers and sisters are searching for ways to lose a few pounds.

There’s an unknown and minutely discussed difference of weight loss vs. weight management. If you were to ask the general population, at first thought you would probably get answer considering weight loss and weight management are one in the same. Likewise, consensus would probably tell us that majority of population would consider aerobic exercise as the number one means to effectively lose weight. And I would agree that if you’re desiring a degree of weight “loss” than aerobic exercise gets the most drawings.

So then, the effect of developing lean (muscle) mass, to a novice exerciser, wouldn’t seem attractive. However, let it be known that though, muscle mass simply weighs more, gram for gram, than fat, an increase in lean mass is NOT counterproductive. When you increase muscle mass you decrease fat storage.  That’s to mean if you jump on the scale during a time where you’re performing resistance exercise and don’t like the results on the scale don’t freak out you’re still doing well.

I figured this particular misconceived notion needed addressing, after a young lady approached my colleagues and I at the gym and was visibly disappointed after weighing herself. At times, as a whole, whether seasoned veterans or novice exerciser we need to step back and applaud the effort and work we put in to change ourselves.

Exercising presents so many great benefits. Resistance training has more to offer than just strength and size. Did you know that a number of physicians and researchers are  now saying that “people who remain physically active as best they can during treatment are more likely to beat cancer.” 

Would you think the importance of understanding the difference between weight loss for the sake of losing weight and the long-term benefits of an increased lean mass and reduced fat ratio is now validated?

Often, popular diets leave out the four important components that can lead to long-term success:

  1.  Aerobic Exercise
  2. Resistance Training
  3. Nutrition
  4. Rest & Recovery

Follow this simple plan and you’ll open the door to improved – and sustainable – energy efficiency.

According to director of nutrition and physical activity of American Cancer Society, Collen Doyle, “Exercise is so important for cancer patients, but so many doctors and health professionals are concerned about safety issues — is it safe for people undergoing treatment to exercise?”

Answer: Yes, it is!

Benefits researchers have shown include treatment having a greater effective role when implementing exercise to their daily regimen.

Other exercise benefits for cancer patients and survivors include:

  • reduced fatigue
  • reduced loss of muscle ad bone mass
  • improved quality of life
Now let’s keep things into perspective, nobody expects a chemotherapy cancer patient to exert themselves at the same level as a healthy person, however, your goal is to keep from being inactive the best you can. Likewise, expect workout plans that are indicative of your current capabilities.
Signs of exercise benefits are well received in the medical arena that physicians even recommend a workout plan starting with onset of diagnosis, “…it can still be of some help”, said Dr. Eleanor M. Walker, division director of breast services in the radiation oncology department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and lead author of an ongoing study on exercise for cancer patients.
 
Here are 12 Tips for Cancer Prevention:
  1. Avoid HIGH doses of fructose and sugar
  2. Optimum level of Vitamin D
  3. Exercise
  4. Optimum level of animal-based omega-3 fat
  5. Eat according to what your body is designed to eat
  6. Reduce your stress level with engaging activities
  7. Implement MORE veggies
  8. Maintain YOUR ideal weight
  9. ZZzzz glorious ZZZzzz adequate sleep
  10. Limit your exposure to toxins
  11. Safe strategies using cellphones and other wireless technologies
  12. Avoid frying or charbroiling foods when possible

5 Steps to Better Women’s Health

In life, do you know what’s the one thing you can always bet on?

– Losing something

 In your youth,  you’re faced with an assortment of challenges, obstacles, or dilemmas; each one aiding in your growth as an adult. As time continued, you gained friends, knowledge, skills, wisdom, and memories. Additionally, with each passing year, you turn one year older. It’s said the older you are the wiser you become, you’re an expert in your career field, and your memories are limitless. But, you also lose things the older you get. Friendships, for whatever reasons are lost. Hair thins out and falls. Our ability to perform certain activities you truly enjoyed are a distant memory. Likewise, on the ocassion some of us lose our health – which can lead to losing your zeal for life.

Living is more than just existing. You and I have a purpose in life; however purposeful is up to you to discover.

Living a purpose driven life for me is:

Living life happily
Living life to the fullest
Living life healthy.

In one perspective, it’s a perfect marriage. On the other hand, if you lose your health, you’re bound to lose the other two.

What’s more important than your health?

Absolutely Nothing. Not your business, not your boss, not your children. When you lose your health EVERONE suffers.

Since we’re in the Pink Ribbon month, today’s piece will focus on 5 Steps to Better Women’s Health.

Women are blessed angels here on earth. As ambassadors of multi-tasking, women tend to be left with a “to do” list that involves only herself while caring for everyone else. Though women are notorious multi-taskers who function best with a list in their hand, mama must take care of herself to be able to better care for others. And if mama’s happy, everyone’s happy! 🙂

With that being said, treat yourself to the gift of better health by following this simple five-step checklist.

1 Boost breast health.

One of every eight adult women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Nutrition plays an important role in breast health.
 
Best ways to lower your risk of breast cancer include:

• staying physically active by getting regular exercise.

• Maintain a healthy weight.

• Avoid using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or find out the risks and benefits of HRT and if it is right for you.

• Limit the amount of alcohol that you drink.
 
Likewise, make sure you’re topping off your day with enough Vitamin D. In a Nurses’ Health Study, women who had higher blood levels of vitamin D had a 30 percent reduced breast cancer risk. Further studies suggest regular, moderate consumption of soy foods lowers the incidence of breast cancer. Target range is at least 11 grams of soy per day. Reliv’s Now and Classic includes 7 grams of soy protein, in addition to, optimal blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs.

In an effort to enhance your immune system, antioxidants as in selenium and beta carotene promotes breast health, as well. So the combination of a well-rounded diet generous in fruits and vegetables and your daily Reliv shakes is a great start towards healthier breast.

2. Strengthen you bones.

Calcium and Vitamin D are needed for strong bones, but other nutrients can play an influential role also. Research show the isoflavones found in soy foods may prevent osteoporosis. In like manner, studies show the polyphenols in green tea help build bone strength. Reliv’s SoySentials, women’s health formula, presents these nutrients together in a synergistic combination for maximum benefits.

3. Lose Weight

Control your weight and exercise. Yet, in today’s fast paced society who has the time to calculate points, calories, carbs or grams? With Reliv’s Slimpicity Weight Loss System losing weight doesn’t have to be complicated. This delicious, meal-replacement shake rich in satisfying soy protein and Accelerator Capsules incorporates advanced ingredients to curb your appetite and boost your meta-bolism. Moreoever, this simple system includes a pedometer, exercise and food journal, meal plans and ongoing support to help you achieve your weight loss goal the safe and effective way.

4. Manage PMS and Menopausal Symptoms

What kind of women are you when “it’s that time of the month”? If your PMS sends you into an Incredible Hulk mode, bump up your vitamin B consumption, more so thiamin and riboflavin. Research suggests B vitamins can reduce PMS symptoms by 35 percent. Furthermore, diets rich in calcium and vitamin D can aid symptoms while lowering the risk of developing the dreaded PMS. So, work more soy, specifically isoflavones found in soy, reducing the consistency of bothersome hot flashes due to menopause. Reliv’s SoySentials contains a unique blend of soy protein (10 grams per serving), potent antioxidants, probiotics and herbs to ease the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Together, the balance ingredients work to promote bone health, support the immune system, and keep your body performing at its peak.

5 Find More Energy

For those of you who experience the tired, run down feeling, incorporate some kind of exercise daily. Excercise actually boots energy levels to get more accomplished in your day. As you are aware, exercise also promotes weight loss and benefits yours bones, breast and heart. Did you know, maintaing an active lifestyle also helps reduce energy-sucking stress? To give you a bit of a kick in your day, add Reliv’s 24K, the 2011 winner of People’s Choice Award for Best Product of the Year. With its blend of resveratrol, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids to break through brain fog, reduce stress and increase energy, this caffeine-free, sugar-free energy drink has 24 health-promoting ingredients giving you the ability to fly through your day to-do list with energy left over to enjoy your family and friends!

Click here to learn more about the Reliv Difference and why it sits at number 2 under “extreme” nutritional support for cancer patients and others, for many reasons by the AACI.

DISCLAIMER:
The statements and products shown on this website have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified Naturopathic physician prior to using alternative products, where possible.

The Soy Difference

5 Myths about Soy:

* All  Soy Food is the same
* Soymilk doesn’t provide calcium
* Soy upsets your stomach
* Soy contains “Anti-Nutrients” that interfere with mineral absorption
* Unfermented Soy is Toxic

Soy Benefits:

As I commented earlier this week, via Twitter, soy protein is the only commonly consumed plant protein that is nutritionally complete. With soy’s unique blend containing all of the underlying amino acids in acceptable quantities to help meet the body’s requirement, the medical and nutrition arenas, including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), admit soy protein to be as equal in quality to animal protein, minus high saturated fat.

More so, soymilk is an excellent option to dairy milk. When in comparing to cow’s milk, soymilk provides many of the same key nutrients, which includes calcium, vitamin D, and protein.

Why should you implement soy in your diet?

For starters, soymilk is very low in saturated fat and is cholesterol-free, thereby making soy a favorable choice for individuals with heart health concern. In a composite analysis, according to the World Health Orgainzation (WHO), of 38 clinical trials, subjects that consumed 47 grams of soy protein daily led to a 9% decline in total cholesterol and 13% decline in LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or bad protein (p. 7).

You see, soy has an abundance of isoflavones, phytoestrogen produced chiefly by plants of the legume family, especially soybeans, potentially useful in lowering cholesterol and in treating some cancers and menopausal symptoms. And for those who have a misunderstaning about soy, evidence suggests soy consumption is NOT associated with increased risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Soy is safe. Despite, the known allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and wheat, soy is harmful to those who are allergic to it. However, this doesn’t indicate any danger for the general population. Furthermore, there’s not enough scientific evidence to suggest soy is more irritating to the stomach that any other foods. As always, those who have concerns should consult with their primary care physician before consumption. While we’re on the subject, improved research techniques show soy foods as a valid source of iron, contrary to prior research stating daily soy consumption to negatively impact mineral balance over a long period of time.

In closing, noted soy foods can play a beneficial role in your diet. Both fermented (miso, natto, tempeh) and unfermented (tofu, soymilk, edamame) deliver high-quality, easily digestible forms of protein.

Here’s to your health,