Get Fit and Healthy

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Just a new group for those out there that need a good blend of friends to whip ourselves into shape.

Jackie Hammond
Jun 3, 2015

New Home

For all the awesome people that I have on here wanted to let you know we got our home and will be moving this month so if I am not on here pinching recipes or anything that is why. I am so happy to have a HOME that is going to be ours. No one can tell us what we can do. I can have a flower garden and a veggie garden. I am so happy and my sweet husband can have things to do on his own home.

Kimi Gaines
Jun 6, 2013

8 FOOD SHOWN TO CAUSE ILLNESS, DISEASE AND EARLY DEATH

~by Sherry Brescia

If you're reading this message, I would assume that you're vertical,
breathing and your heart is beating.

Good.

I want to help you stay that way for as long as possible.

So I'm going to tell you about 8 common foods and drinks (or food ingredients) that should be labeled with a skull and crossbones because they will help make you horizontal and without a pulse long before you should be.

These foods that are so deadly and harmful that eating (or drinking) them on a regular basis will most assuredly chop years off your life, and guarantee that the years you have left will find you facing sickness, disease and very likely obesity.

I call them the Evil Eight.

Here they are:

1) Soda (soft drinks)

ANY soda -- diet or regular -- is literally acid in a bottle (or can). Soft drinks are SO acidic that it takes 32 CUPS of water to neutralize the acid in just ONE can of soda in your body.

This massive amount of acid in your system puts a huge strain on your kidneys, which filter acid out of your bloodstream and put it into your urine.

Your body also uses its own alkaline minerals (including calcium from your bones and magnesium from your muscles) to neutralize the acid. Eventually that can lead to osteoporosis, weak muscles, tooth decay and brittle, porous bones that fracture easily.

Plus, soda contains the worst form of sugar -- high fructose corn syrup (more on that further down).

And please don't think diet soda is any better -- because here are the dangers of artificial sweeteners...


2) Artificial sweeteners

Simply put, they're poisons. No other way to say it.

Take aspartame (NutraSweet), for example--the artificial sweetener found in diet sodas.

A recent comprehensive study showed that drinking just ONE 12 oz. diet soda a day increases your risk of leukemia by an alarming 42%!

Plus the study also showed a 102% higher risk of multiple myeloma and 31% increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men!

So another way of saying this is, diet soft drinks kill.

Note that diet soda is by far THE largest source of aspartame in the US. Every year, we consume about 5,250 tons of aspartame in total, of which about 86% (4,500 tons) comes from diet sodas.

Plus here are some other documented side effects of aspartame:

Eyes:
-Blindness in one or both eyes
-Decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as blurring, flashes, tunnel vision
-Eye pain; Dry eyes/decreased tears

Nerves:
-Seizures
-Headaches/migraines
-Dizziness
-Confusion/memory loss
-Severe drowsiness and sleepiness
-Numbness of the arms and legs
-Slurring of speech
-Tremors/trembling

Psychological/Psychiatric:
-Severe depression
-Irritability/agitation
-Anxiety/phobias (fears)
-Personality changes

Chest:
-Heart palpitations/rapid heart beat
-Shortness of breath
-High blood pressure

Digestive:
-Nausea
-Diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
-Stomach pain/pain while swallowing

Skin and Allergies:
-Itching without a rash; Hives

Endocrine and Metabolic:
-Loss of control of diabetes
-Thinning or loss of hair
-Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
-Severe PMS symptoms

But wait! There's more:

The most severe effects of aspartame poisoning are:
-Death
-Irreversible brain damage
-Birth defects, including mental retardation
-Ulcers
-Aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
-Hyperactivity in children
-Severe depression
-Aggressive behavior
-Suicidal tendencies
-Cancer


I know what you're thinking at this point.

What about Splenda?

It's no better.

Studies are now associating Splenda with a growing list of medical problems that include:

- Flushing or redness of the skin; rashes
- Anxiety; panic attacks
- Nausea; bloating; diarrhea; vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Depression; becoming withdrawn
- Feeling forgetful; memory loss
- Headaches
- Feeling irate, impatient, hypersensitive, moody
- Chest and body pains
- Seizures

If you want to use a non-calorie sweetener, use Stevia. It's been around for centuries and has a proven track record of SAFETY.


3) High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is directly associated with the following conditions:

- Kidney disease
- Osteoporosis
- High cholesterol
- Raised insulin levels (leading to diabetes)
- High uric acid levels (which can result in arthritis)
- Obesity
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Plus studies have shown unsafe levels of mercury in high fructose corn syrup.

Mercury is a poison to your brain and nervous system. It has been linked to fertility problems, memory and vision loss, chronic fatigue, neuro-muscular dysfunction, autism, heart disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.

What makes this problem SO huge is the fact that HFCS is found in just about EVERY type of product on the store shelves.

So what should you do?

Read labels and find alternatives. Organic products typically don't contain HFCS.

Plus, the less you rely on packaged foods, the better (more on that below).


4) Hydrogenated oils

Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils contain trans-fats, which are fats that don't exist in nature, so your body CANNOT metabolize them. Instead, they just accumulate in your tissues, clog your arteries and cause inflammation, cell damage and heart disease.

These Franken-fats are found in deep fried foods, margarine, baked goods, powdered and artificial coffee creamers, and most processed (packaged) foods.

Look for the words "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" on package labels. If you see them, do NOT buy the product.


5) Nitrite cured meats

Cured meats made with sodium nitrite (or sodium nitrate) include hot dogs, lunch meat, bacon, ham and corned beef.

When you eat nitrites, they can be converted into nitrosamines (which are potent cancer-causing chemicals) in your body. The primary types of cancers associated with nitrite consumption are colo-rectal, stomach and pancreatic.

In addition, children born to women who ate a lot of cured meats during pregnancy have a two to three times greater risk of developing a brain tumor than those born to mothers who did not eat cured meats.


6) Processed foods

Processed "foods" include all packaged foods (in boxes, cans, jars, bags or frozen cartons) that contain ingredients other than a real food.

Although the appeal behind them is convenience and an indefinite shelf life, they are extremely dangerous and loaded with chemicals and preservatives that your body was never meant to ingest.

Besides the chemicals they contain, processed foods are deadly to your health for these reasons:

* They provide no usable naturally occurring nutrients; they use up loads of your digestive enzymes, and then basically turn to nothing but waste.

* They contain no water to transport nutrients or carry away wastes from your body, like fruits and vegetables do. Instead, they add to the waste pile, making you very toxic.

* Since processed "foods" don't nourish you, even though your stomach may be physically full, your body thinks it still needs more food because it hasn't gotten nourished from what you've eaten...so your hunger bell will ring again soon, my friend.

That's why you can polish off an entire family-size bag of Doritos then feel hungry again an hour later.

It's no wonder that 1 out of 3 people in the US is obese and those numbers continue to climb, huh?


7) Farmed salmon

Farmed salmon are crammed into little pens and fed things they were never meant to ingest like soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers.

As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D than fresh caught and higher in contaminants such as carcinogens, PCBs and pesticides like dioxin and DDT.

Fresh caught salmon (and ALL other kinds of fish) is always best.


8) Tap water

Tap water used to be fairly clean...

Not any more.

Since our bodies are alkaline, our water must be alkaline too. But thanks to acid rain and the chemicals added by municipalities, that's not always a given.

Regular (unfiltered) tap water is highly acidic and contains harmful toxins like fluoride and chlorine.

Avoid tap water (this includes water fountains) at ALL possible cost, no matter what you may read in the news or your local politician may tell you.

Strive to drink bottled or filtered water of some type.


So there you have them--the Evil Eight.

Anna B.
Jun 6, 2013

Healthy Smoothies

Whatever your aspirations are- to slim down, eat healthy or snack right-smoothies are a great way to accomplish that. Two of my favorite are Very Berry Spinach Smoothie and Decedent Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie. What is yours?


Kimi Gaines
Apr 27, 2013

101 Uses for Coconut Oil by Wellness Mama

Uses for Coconut Oil

In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
Taken supplementally for daily energy.
As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
On the skin as a basic lotion
In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
As an eye-makeup remover
As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
To support healthy thyroid function
In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
In homemade lotion recipes
To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
As a delicious tropical massage oil
It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
In natural Homemade Sunscreen
In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
Can help improve insulin levels
Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
Can help improve cholesterol ratios
Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
In natural homemade diaper cream
As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
To season cast iron skillets
It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
Can help resolve acne when used regularly
Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
On split ends to de-frizz
A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
By itself as a great tanning oil
Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
Can help improve sleep when taken daily
Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
By itself as a natural deodorant
By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
In homemade vapor rub
As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
As a completely natural baby lotion
On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
Mixed with catnip, rosemary or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
On cuticles to help nails grow
Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
Naturally clears up cold sores
Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

Kimi Gaines
Apr 11, 2013

Wheat Belly-The Facts

Is wheat really that bad? I thought that whole grains were good for you?
First of all, it ain’t wheat. It’s the product of 40 years of genetics research aimed at increasing yield-per-acre. The result is a genetically-unique plant that stands 2 feet tall, not the 4 1/2-foot tall “amber waves of grain” we all remember. The genetic distance modern wheat has drifted exceeds the difference between chimpanzees and humans. If you caught your son dating a chimpanzee, could you tell the difference? Of course you can! What a difference 1% can make. But that’s more than modern wheat is removed from its ancestors.

Why do you make the claim that removing all wheat from the diet results in weight loss?
Because I’ve seen it happen–over and over and over again. It’s lost from the deep visceral fat that resides within the abdomen, what can be represented on the surface as “love handles,” “muffin top,” or a darned good imitation of a near-term baby, what I call a “wheat belly.”

Typically, people who say goodbye to wheat lose a pound a day for the first 10 days. Weight loss then slows to yield 25-30 pounds over the subsequent 3-6 months (differing depending on body size, quality of diet at the start, male vs. female, etc.). When you remove wheat from the diet, you’ve removed a food that leads to fat deposition in the abdomen. Factor in that the gliadin protein unique to wheat that is degraded to a morphine-like compound that stimulates appetite is now gone and appetite diminishes. The average daily calorie intake drops 400 calories per day–with less hunger, less cravings and food is more satisfying. This all occurs without imposing calorie limits, cutting fat grams, or limiting portion size. It all happens just by eliminating this thing called wheat.

When you examine food labels in the grocery store, you see that wheat is in nearly everything. Is it really practical to remove all wheat from the diet?
Yes, it is. It means a return to real food from the produce aisle, fish and meat department, nuts, eggs, olives, and oils.

It raises a crucial question: Just why is wheat such a ubiquitous ingredient in so many foods, from ice cream to French fries? That’s easy: Because it tastes good and it stimulates appetite. You want more wheat, you want more of everything else to the tune of 400 or more calories per day. More calories, more food, more revenue for Big Food. Wheat is not in cucumbers, green peppers, salmon, or walnuts. But it’s in over 90% of the foods on supermarket shelves, all there to stimulate your appetite center to consume more . . . and more and more.

It also means being equipped with recipes that allow you to recreate familiar recipes that you might miss, like cheesecake, cookies, and biscotti–without wheat, with little to no sugar or carbohydrate exposure, yet healthy. That’s what I’ve done in Wheat Belly.

So does it mean going gluten-free?
Yes, but do not eat gluten-free foods! Let me explain.

Wheat raises blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods, including table sugar and many candy bars. The few foods that increase blood sugar higher than even wheat include figs, dates, and other dried fruits and rice starch, cornstarch, tapioca starch, and potato starch–the most common ingredients used in gluten-free foods. A gluten-free whole grain bread, for instance, is usually made with a combination of brown rice, potato, and tapioca starches. These dried pulverized starches are packed with highly-digestible high-glycemic index carbohydrates and thereby send blood sugar through the roof. This contributes to diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, heart disease and growing belly fat. This is why many celiac patients who forego wheat and resort to gluten-free foods become fat and diabetic. Gluten-free foods as they are currently manufactured are very poor substitutes for wheat flour.

Anyone who consumes gluten-free foods, like gluten-free muffins, should regard them as an occasional indulgence, no different than eating a bag of jelly beans.

What can you eat on the diet you advocate?
Eat real, natural foods such as eggs, raw nuts, plenty of vegetables, and fish, fowl, and meats. Use healthy oils like olive, walnut, and coconut liberally. Eat occasional fruit and plenty of avocado, olives, and use herbs and spices freely. Eat raw or least cooked whenever possible and certainly do not frequent fast food, processed snacks, or junk foods. While it may sound restrictive, a return to non-grain foods is incredibly rich and varied. Many people’s eyes have been closed to the great variety of foods available to us minus the wheat.

Recall that people who are wheat-free consume, on average, 400 calories less per day and are not driven by the 90-120 minute cycle of hunger that is common to wheat. It means you eat when you are hungry and you eat less. It means a breakfast of 3 eggs with green peppers and sundried tomatoes, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese for breakfast at 7 am and you’re not hungry until 1 pm. That’s an entirely different experience than the shredded wheat cereal in skim milk at 7 am, hungry for a snack at 9 am, hungry again at 11 am, counting the minutes until lunch. Eat lunch at noon, sleepy by 2 pm, etc. All of this goes away by banning wheat from the diet, provided the lost calories are replaced with real healthy foods.

What exactly is in wheat that makes it so bad?
Gluten is only one of the reasons to fear wheat, since it triggers a host of immune diseases like celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, and gluten encephalopathy (dementia from wheat).

The protein unique to wheat, gliadin, a component of gluten proteins, is odd in that it is degraded in the human gastrointestinal tract to polypeptides (small proteins) that have the ability to cross into the brain and bind to morphine receptors. These polypeptides have been labeled gluteomorphin or exorphins (exogenous morphine-like compounds) by National Institutes of Health researchers. Wheat exorphins cause a subtle euphoria in some people. This may be part of the reason wheat products increase appetite and cause addiction-like behaviors in susceptible people. It also explains why a drug company has made application to the FDA for the drug naltrexone, an oral opiate-blocking drug ordinarily used to keep heroine addicts drug-free, for weight loss. Block the brain morphine receptor and weight loss (about 22 pounds over 6 months) results. But there’s only one food that yields substantial morphine-like compounds: yes, wheat.

The complex carbohydrate unique to wheat, amylopectin A, is another problem source. The branching structure of wheat’s amylopectin A is more digestible than the amylopectins B and C from rice, beans, and other starches (i.e., in their natural states, not the gluten-free dried pulverized starches). This explains why two slices of whole wheat bread increase blood sugar higher than table sugar, higher than a bowl of brown rice, higher than many candy bars. Having high blood sugars repeatedly is not good for health. It leads to accumulated visceral fat–a “wheat belly,” diabetes and pre-diabetes (defined, of course, as having higher blood sugars), not to mention cataracts, arthritis, and heart disease.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are even other components of wheat that are harmful, such as the lectins in wheat. Lectins are glycoproteins that have the curious ability to “unlock” the proteins lining the human intestinal tract that determine what substances can enter the blood or lymphatic system and what substances cannot. The intestinal tract must be selective in what is allowed to enter the human body else all manner of diseases can be triggered, especially autoimmune diseases. Wheat lectins disable these proteins. This is the suspected explanation for why wheat consumption has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases like dermatitis herpetiformis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and a variety of other inflammatory diseases.

Beyond gluten, there are over 1000 other proteins in wheat that also have potential for odd or unexpected responses. You might say that wheat is a perfectly crafted Frankengrain that almost appears like it was created to exert maximum health damage in the most desirable, irresistible form possible. I really don’t believe that this monster was created on purpose to hurt people, but the astounding collection of adverse effects, all packed into one food, pushed on us by the U.S. government and other “official” health agencies, explains why this one thing has exerted more harm than any foreign terrorist group can inflict on us.

If I go wheat-free, is there any harm in having an occasional bagel or cupcake?
It depends. It depends on your individual susceptibility to the effects of wheat.

If you have celiac disease or any of the long list of inflammatory or autoimmune diseases associated with wheat (rheumatoid arthritis, cerebellar ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, dermatitis herpetiformis, etc.), then wheat and gluten avoidance should be complete and meticulous.

If you have an addictive relationship with wheat, e.g. one pretzel makes you want to eat the whole bag, then complete avoidance is also advisable. Because wheat consumption in the 30% of people with this problem cannot stop themselves once it starts, it is best to avoid wheat-containing foods altogether.

Yet another odd observation: Many, though not all, people who have removed wheat from their diet for at least several months have what I call “wheat re-exposure reactions” usually experienced as abdominal cramps, gas, and diarrhea (just like food poisoning); asthma attacks in the susceptible; joint swelling and pain; and emotional effects such as anxiety in women and rage in men. I’ve witnessed many people go wheat-free, feel great, lose 30 pounds, then have an emotional blowup at a birthday party after indulging in just a small piece of birthday cake, then spending the next 24 hours on the toilet with diarrhea.

There are indeed a percentage (20-30%?) of people who can get away with occasional indulgences. Sometimes it’s a matter of running a little test yourself to gauge your reaction. Anyone with a history of autoimmune or inflammatory diseases, or having had celiac markers like an anti-gliadin antibody test positive, however, should not even try this.

Kimberly Soule
Oct 30, 2012

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Brenda Reynolds
Sep 3, 2012

september Challenge - mix it up a little

Ok for September. Here is your challenge.

Include 1 veggie with your lunch and dinner
Have at least 1 fruit a day

Workout Challenge:
1. Cardio Options (choose 1 of 3 for this month)
option 1: Check out a DVD from your local library that you have never tried before and give it a go for 3 days a week.
Option 2: Dig out your walking shoes and hit the streets for a 30 min walk for 3 days a week
Option 3: 2 days cardio dvd, 2 days walking(30 min)

2. Strength training 2 days a week (choose 1 of 2 options)
option 1: Check out a circuit training or strength dvd from a library and use 2 days a week
option 2: 10 push-ups, 10 bicipe curls, 10 tricep kickbacks, 10 squats, and 10 lunges (2 days a week - for weights use canned soup, waterbottles(filled), or dumbells)

3: 25 set ups every other day (add to cardio day )

Brenda Reynolds
Sep 3, 2012

Workout DVDs Galore - any suggestions as to how you rotate them

I don't know about you all but I have so many workout DVD's to choose from.

I have Leslie Sansone, Denise Austin, Jillian Michaels, P90x, Billy Blanks, and Prevention and various yoga and pilates.

Does any one have any suggestions how they rotate through their workout dvds?