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6 Secret Weapons for Rockin’ Your Summer Body with Confidence

By Kristi K. Hoffman, M.S.

Last time we checked, no one was flawless. But that’s not always easy to remember when you’re going to the season’s first pool party or heading to the beach for summer vacation.

Feeling panicked, insecure, and ultra-intimidated about bathing suit weather? No more! Beach vacations and pool parties are about to get fun again.

Ninety percent of teen girls surveyed by Total Package Global, an Ohio-based professional and personal development corporation, have felt insecure about their bodies, often when wearing a bathing suit. In fact, according to Dove Self-Esteem Project research, “Six out of ten girls are so concerned with the way they look that they are holding back from participating in important life activities.” And we can’t have that! So here are six secret weapons for rockin’ your beach body this summer:

1. Don’t pre-determine that you will have a bad time at the beach or that you will look “awful” in your beachwear. Lose self-judgments from the get-go and instead, tell yourself that you will have fun and not be self-conscious. Get your head and your thoughts in the right game — one of positive self-thoughts, not negative ones — and #jbu (just be you!).

2. Erase the negative thoughts you think others are thinking about your body. They’re not.

3. Develop a sassy attitude. Walk with your chin up and shoulders back, wear beachwear you feel confident in, pop up a sassy pony tail, and smile… a lot.

4. Halt the envy. No more “I wish I had her body.” Negative self-talk is your enemy — don’t give those anti-thoughts about your body any energy. Ever think that others are envying you at the same time you are envying them? Put the envy and comparisons to bed…permanently.

5. Focus on your assets. You have many — you may, however, have pushed them aside to obsess about your body image. Get real with your outside beauty. You rock, now list the ways.

6. As you are walking down the beach this summer, repeat this confidence mantra to yourself and you will have graduated from Bathing Suitin’ 101: “I am gorgeous and I know it.”

Remember, pools and beaches are for summer fun, no more insecurities and self-consciousness. It’s time, #rightnow to rock summer #bathingsuitin’ with attitude and confidence.

Bourbon Steak With Orzo Casserole & Buttered Carrots

By Sandra Berger


½ c Soy Sauce
½ c Bourbon
2 lbs Sirloin or Round Steak, 1 inch thick

Combine soy sauce and bourbon in a shallow dish or large zip-lock bag. Add steak, flip once. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, overnight is best.

1 c Orzo Pasta, Cooked
1 c Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
1 Red Pepper, Chopped
1/3 c Banana Peppers, Drained and Chopped
1 c Sour Cream
1/2 c Parmesan Cheese
2 T Butter

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a 1 ½ quart souffle or casserole dish. Combine first 4 ingredients and put in prepared pan. Spread sour cream over the top, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and dot with butter. Bake until golden and puffed – about 15 minutes. (Remove from oven, set aside if broiling steak).

While the casserole is baking, steam carrots until fork tender – about 7 minutes – and prepare grill or broiler. Grill/broil steak about 5 minutes per side for medium rare.

Serves 4.

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”  ~ Frankl

2 Things To Do Instead Of Working Out

By Elsie Goycoolea

“Do what you love and you will not work a single day in your life.”

I agree. However, it isn’t that easy to stumble upon a job that you will gladly enjoy spending 40 hours of your week doing.

Most of the time, work is a necessity and a means to an end. Some jobs are only temporary until we are ready enough to take the jump across the pond or are surprised by the opportunity of our dreams.

Until those dreams come, work is work – for most of us. So why would we want to add more work (in the form of a workout) to our schedules?

Working out should be a time where stress and tension can be released. An hour where the mind and body are engaged and bad thoughts are replaced by tingling sensations and feelings of power. The endorphins at the end of a workout are cherished by many of us and keep us addicted for life.

However, the truth is that working out has now become a daily commitment to spend 1 or 2 hours each day following a specific routine of home workouts or gym exercises with little or no variation. In theory it sounds like work, right?

At our “real” job we usually work on projects, cover incidents, meet up with clients, send some emails, have meetings, etc. In theory it sounds like a workout, right?

It is not surprising that nowadays, “real” work and working out are not that different. These are two places that we will most likely visit each day, know the people that visit them and engage in similar tasks on a constant basis.

Working out has become the new job. When a work shift is more engaging, appealing, and amusing that workout time, then it is time to ditch our workouts and do this instead:

1. Play Sports

Sports are hobbies that we choose to do during our free time as they genuinely respond to our individual interests. Besides from professional athletes, sports are never work. In fact, we “play” sports.

During our childhood, we freely responded to our interests by engaging in the sports that we truly enjoyed. Whether that was track, basketball or even rollerblading, they hold pleasant feelings in our memory because they were de-stressors from studies and work.

2. Move Mindfully and Naturally

Sitting at work, sitting on a plane and even standing for 6 hours leave us sluggish and occasionally sore. In order to keep moving, we must keep moving. Our bodies have a physiological need to move. If we need it and our body asks for it then it shouldn’t be work.

Our bodies tell us how to move, they can speak if we listen. It is as easy as responding by what feels right. Perhaps it is a solo dance session what feels right. The weights or the treadmill will be there tomorrow.

There is no need to work out. We don’t have to say it or do it. We have enough work going on to sign up for another commitment. Instead, let’s play more and move more.

In theory, that sounds like fun, right?

What Is It Wednesday: Impostor Cake

By Rosie Battista

What Is It Wednesday is the day we reveal a product and its ingredient list and you guess what this “food product” is. Then I’ll share with you an option for making a healthy version of this product.


Guess what “food product” has these 45 ingredients ? WOW …. seriously? !!???!!

enriched wheat flour
invert sugar
interesterified soy bean oil
dried carrots
soybean oil
cream cheese
artificial flavors
calcium carbonate
calcium sulfate
canola oil
citric acid
egg yolks
food starch modified
high fructose corn syrup
hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oil
mono and diclycerides
non fat milk
pea fiber
polysorbate 60
potassium sorbate
sorbic acid
propylene glycol
mono and diesters of fatty acids
sodium stearoyl
sorbitan monostearate
soy lecithin
sunflower oil
titanium dioxide
wheat starch
xanthan gum

You may actually decide this is good to eat based on the promise on the front of the box stating: 90 calories, 4 g fiber and REAL CARROTS. hmmmm?

You may also want to justify your intake of this product because you are watching your weight. I would invite you to watch your HEALTH instead. When you watch your health, your perfect weight follows. If you are watching your health, you will not be eating a product that has 35 of it’s 45 ingredients as indistinguishable, indescribable and unpronounceable.

If you are having a difficult time wrapping your head around the idea that this is considered an edible substance, image how your body feels when you try and feed it with this chemical concoction. Want to know what it is? It is …






WHAT YOU COULD EAT INSTEAD that gives you the same flavors without the risk of a “chemical coma”?

1. CUT UP AND DIP. Cut up carrots dipped in decadent dip . Make this simple naked dip by blending 1 cup raw cashews, 1 red apple, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp cinnamon, juice squeezed from one orange. Pour the dip in a beautiful jar and you’re good to grab and go.

2. MAKE YOUR OWN CAKE AND EAT IT TOO. I love Emily of This Rawsome Vegan Life’s concoction of this gorgeous- beyond ridiculously amazing carrot cake. It is very simple to make and a beautiful recipe using naked food in it’s most natural form, I have tried this recipe and I have one warning for you! If you love carrot cake, this is a tad irresistible. Decadent and rich, I’d eat this one for dinner and call it a meal. Click here for the recipe.

REMEMBER! Just because it’s in a box, on a shelf, in a grocery store, does NOT make it fit to eat.


What Is It Wednesday: Lighten Up!

By Rosie Battista

What Is It Wednesday is the day we reveal a product and its ingredient list and you guess what this “food” is. Then I’ll share with you an option for making a healthy version of this product.

Do you know what you’re eating?

Guess what “food product” has these 12 ingredients ?

Citric Acid
Potassium Citrate
Sodium Citrate
Magnesium Oxide
Contains less than 2% of natural flavor
Acesulfame potassium
Soy Lecithin
Artificial Color
Yellow 5

THE BIG REVEAL. This is what you would be drinking if you bought this product and you may want to “lighten up” your sipping on this.

Wednesday 2








Natural? Hmmmm. WHAT?


1. Fresh water with fresh lemon, lime, and orange slices (soaked overnite) – So pretty!
2. Water with 2 cup frozen mixed tropical fruit – frozen fruit acts like ice!
3. Water with sliced cucumbers – detoxifyingly delish!

**If you want sweet, add 1 tbsp raw honey or stevia to taste

**If you want sizzling, use sparkling water

Just because it’s in a box, on a shelf, in a grocery store, does NOT make it fit to eat.


Feta Stuffed Burgers

Close-up of Fresh Vegetables and Fruitswith Steamed Broccoli & Roasted Red Skins

1 lb Ground Turkey
1 Egg
2 T Chives
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
2 T Roasted Garlic, minced (can be found in a jar in produce section)
Salt & Pepper
4 oz Feta Cheese, crumbled

Combine all the ingredients except Feta in a bowl with your hands. Divide mixture into 8 patties, line them up in 2 rows of 4.

On 4 of the patties, equally divide the cheese. Press gently and top with the other patties.

SEAL THE EDGES very well. Set in refrigerator to set up while preparing remainder of meal.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees with a sheet pan inside.

Cut 5 medium redskin potatoes in 8 pieces each, toss in olive oil, and sprinkle with salt & pepper.

Remove pan from oven and dump potatoes on pan, spread evenly (this will allow for a crisper potato).

Bake for approximately 45 minutes, stirring at about 20 minutes.

With 20 minutes remaining, cut broccoli and bring to a boil until fork tender, about 10 minutes.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat, add patties. Cook for about 5 minutes per side.

Serves 4

Never eat more than you can lift with one hand.”  – Miss Piggy

Greek Shrimp & Couscous


6 T oil
1 Onion, Chopped
1 ½ lbs Shrimp, Peeled
45 oz can Diced Tomatoes, Drained
2/3 cup White Wine
2 t Oregano
1 cup Feta, Crumbled



Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 8 minutes.

Add shrimp, cook on both sides until just pink, about 1 minute per side. Add tomatoes, wine, and oregano.

Simmer for 15 minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally. At this time, prepare the couscous, set aside.

Serve shrimp mixture over the couscous and top with feta cheese.

Serves 4

5 Foods Needed To Balance Your Hormones

By Dr. Katie Corazzo

Did you know that your diet can impact your hormones?! And I am not just talking about hormones like estrogen and testosterone, this includes thyroid and adrenal hormones too. The thyroid produces T3 and T4 to help regulate your metabolism. The adrenals are responsible for dealing with stress (cortisol) and blood pressure (aldosterone), but they also produce progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen. A poor diet, stress, lack of sleep and a sedentary lifestyle can cause your endocrine system to be off balance.

Why do I feel…?

Tired and unmotivated?  Easily overwhelmed? Sleepy after lunch? Very sensitive to cold or hot? Dizzy when going from sitting to standing? Stressed? (doesn’t everyone?!) Insomnia or un-refreshing sleep? Like you can’t kick your carb cravingsExcess hair falling out?

Do you ever notice…

Weight gain around your abdomen? Heavy or painful menses? PMS? Irregular cycle? Hot flashes?

If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of the items listed, your hormones could use a nutritional boost!

Here is the list of foods that help support your ovaries, adrenals, and thyroid.

1. Broccoli and its cruciferous cousins!

Your liver is the powerhouse behind all hormones, working behind the scenes to allow your hormones to express themselves when needed. Your liver also has to power through junk like sugar, processed foods, toxins, alcohol, excess fat, and even medications. Our liver needs all the help it can get and cruciferous veggies, also known as Brassica, are just the answer.

Broccoli and its other green friends contain sulphur compounds that support the detoxification pathways and fat metabolism. Glucosinolates which are metabolized to form indole-3-carbinol or I3C and DIM in theses green veggies may help also prevent cancers like breast, cervical, colon, and prostate. But, not only are your liver and endocrine systems supported by these veggies, your bones benefit from the calcium and they lower homocysteine levels to protect your heart. Wow! So, which veggies do you need to include in your diet? Swiss chard, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, watercress, radish, rapini, arugula, spinach, turnip, kale, and bok choy.

Tip: Cook them to destroy goitrogenic effects that can slow down an already sluggish thyroid. See this veggie recipe and this one too.

2. Seaweed!

I am not talking about the seaweed from your favorite lake. This is seaweed from the ocean that you might find wrapped around your favorite sushi roll, seaweed salad at a Japanese restaurant or in one of my favorite snacks – roasted seaweed.

Thyroid hormones production requires iodine and seaweed is very high in iodine. A deficiency can cause thyroid problems, goiter, and stunted growth in children.

Tip: Iodized salt and fish also contain iodine. Do not take an iodine supplement without checking with your doctor first.

3. Brazil Nuts!

Brazil nuts are loaded with selenium. 6-8 brazil nuts (1 oz) provide 10x the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults. Wow! But, why is selenium so important?

Remember our friend iodine from #2? Selenium helps attach iodine to the thyroid hormones. The thyroid has the highest concentration of Selenium in all the organs in the body. Selenium also protects the thyroid and aids in thyroid hormone metabolism. Anti-body (anti-TPO) levels in those with Hashimoto’s disease have been improved with Selenium supplementation as well.

Tip: You can also find our friend and antioxidant, Vitamin E in brazil nuts. 4 nuts per day is plenty.

4. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruit!

Stress on your body triggers the adrenals to produce more cortisol. This is caused by emotional (work, relationships, worry, anxiety, etc) or physical stress (illness, injury, exercise), lack of sleep, caffeine, and alcohol.

When there is excess or chronic stress, cortisol and sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone) become imbalanced. Adrenal hormone imbalances can also contribute to weight gain, osteoporosis, weakness, weakened immune function, and irregular menses.

So, why citrus fruits? The adrenal glands and brain have more vitamin C than any other tissue in the body. During stress more vitamin C is used or lost. See the correlation between stress – lower vitamin C – greater susceptibility to infections? Citrus fruits, especially oranges are known for their high concentration of vitamin C.

Tip: eat the whole fruit including the skin (not the peel, but the fibers around the pulp) to gain the most nutrients and fiber from your fruit.


5. More protein and less sugar!

The adrenal glands help with blood sugar regulation. When your body is stressed it makes more glucose (sugar) to give your body the energy it needs to cope with the stress. Because you already have enough glucose, you do not need to consume more, but need protein for energy. In fact, consuming too much sugar during times of stress puts even more stress on your adrenals, not to mention the rest of your body. Think about it…excess stress –> poor dietary habits and more sugar –> weight gain –> more stress. Stop the cycle by cutting out the sugar and increasing your protein intake.

Tip: Protein includes animal protein, but also beans, lentils, veggies like spinach, nuts, and seeds.

Moo-Shu Meatloaf

ABM Recipes

Moo-Shu Meatloaf

Brown Rice

& Garlic Green Beans

2 T Oil
2 c Savory Cabbage, shredded (or bagged cole slaw)
3 T Onion, chopped
½ can Mushrooms, sliced
½ t Ground Ginger
1 T Garlic, minced
2 T Soy Sauce
2 T Sherry
½ c Stir Fry Sauce
1 c Bread Crumbs
2 Eggs
2 lbs Ground Pork

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat oil over heat heat. Slowly add the cabbage, mushrooms, onion, ginger and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes until it appears wilted. Take off heat, stir in soy sauce, sherry and 2T stir fry sauce. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs and eggs. Add the ground pork and vegetable mixture. Knead with your hands until well mixed. Transfer to a 9×5 loaf pan or form into a small loaf and place in a baking pan. Bake for 1 hour.

While meatloaf is baking, prepare rice according to package directions.

After removing meatloaf from oven, slice 2 garlic cloves and brown in 2 T olive oil over heat heat. Add green beans to garlic, cook until the beans blister (get black spots), then add a splash of soy sauce, and then remove from stove. Set aside.

While the meatloaf rests for 10 minutes, top with remaining stir fry sauce.


“I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I can learn how to do it.”   – Picasso

Beef Stew & Potato Rolls

Beef Stew & Potato Rolls


ABM Recipes

2T Flour

2T Butter

1 lb Beef Stew Meat

1 Can Tomato Soup

1 Soup Can Water

2 Onions, Quartered

1 lb bag Baby Carrots

3 Potatoes, Cubed

¼ t Thyme

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Dust the meat with the flour and brown on all sides in melted butter. Add the soup and water, stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 1 ½ hours. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for an additional hour or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover during the last 20 minutes for a thicker stew. Serves4

This can be made ahead of time. Just cover and refrigerate after stew has cooled.

“Teach us to delight in the simple things.”  – Kipling

Poulette Parisenne & Israeli Couscous










By Sandra Berger

Poulette Parisenne, Israeli Couscous


2 lbs Chicken Pieces, skinned
2 T Oil
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
8oz Mushrooms, quartered
1/3 c Canned Tomatoes, Petite Diced
Dash Basil
15 oz Artichoke Hearts, Drained and Quartered


In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown chicken in oil. Pour off excess oil and chicken grease. Add remaining ingredients, except artichokes. Cover and cook over medium low heat for 45 minutes, turning chicken and stirring sauce occasionally. When there is 30 minutes left on chicken, make couscous according to package directions. Right before serving, add the artichokes to chicken and heat through, about 3 minutes.

Serves 4

Let him who would move the world, first move himself.   – Socrates

Curried Black Beans & Rice with Smoked Sausage

By Sandra Berger


2 T Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, sliced
2 T Curry Powder
1 lb Smoked Sausage, sliced
1 ½ cup Chicken Broth
32 oz Black Beans, drained
2 T White Whine Vinegar
3 cups Cooked Rice


Prepare rice according to package directions. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and curry powder until onions are tender. Stir in sausage and broth, stirring up any brown bits. Simmer about 5 minutes. Stir in beans an cook until hot. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar. Spoon over rice. Serves 4

“Successful Women Eat.” – Waterhouse

Sausage, Peppers, Onions & Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce

By Sandra Berger


1 lb Italian Sausage Links (about 5)
28 oz Tomato Sauce
1 lg Sweet Pepper, sliced (red, yellow, or orange)
1 lg Onion, sliced
1 lb pasta


In a large, deep skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add sausage and brown on all sides. Remove from pan, and set aside. In same pan, sautee peppers and onions until softening. Add sausage and tomato sauce to vegetable mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about ½ hour.

While sausages are simmering, get a pot large pot of heavily salted water to boil (the salt in the water adds more flavor to the pasta). Cook according to package directions. Drain, portion into large bowls. Top with a sausage and sauce. Parmesan cheese as desired. Serves 4.


Heavy Drinking Hurts Your Ability To Read Social Cues, Study Finds

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 09/03/2013 04:59 PM EDT on LiveScience

If you think alcohol makes you more charming in social situations, you may want to think again: Heavy drinking may impair the brain’s ability to assess and respond to social cues like facial expressions, a new study suggests.

In the study, people who drank alcohol and became intoxicated appeared to have disrupted communication between two brain areas that help interpret social cues.

The findings are preliminary but may suggest why alcohol intoxication is sometimes linked with aggression and social withdrawal, said study researcher K. Luan Phan, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [Raise Your Glass: 10 Intoxicating Beer Facts]

In the study, 12 college students drank a beverage that was either high in alcohol (16 percent alcohol, or about the amount in a strong wine), or did not have alcohol. They then underwent brain scans with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as they attempted to match up pictures of people’s faces with pictures showing the same facial expression. The faces showed happy, angry, fearful or neutral expressions.

The brain scans suggested that when participants were intoxicated, the “functional connectivity” — or brain communication between the amygdala and the orbitofrontal cortex — was reduced as they viewed angry, fearful and happy faces. Both of these brain areas are thought to be involved in processing social and emotional information, such as facial expressions.

In people who were not intoxicated, the activity of these two areas was normally synchronous, but in the intoxicated participants, these brain areas were less in sync.

In addition, activity in the amygdala was reduced when intoxicated participants viewed images of angry or fearful faces.

“This suggests that during acute alcohol intoxication, emotional cues that signal threat are not being processed in the brain normally, because the amygdala is not responding as it should be,” Phan said in a statement.

However, the study sample was small and involved people who said they were heavy drinkers, so more research is needed to confirm the findings and to see if they apply to individuals who don’t drink regularly.

In addition, it’s not clear whether the effects seen in the lab translate into the “real world” — although there was an effect in the brain, the researchers do not know whether it would change participants’ behavior in a social situation, or change their thinking.

The study is published in the September issue of the journal Psychopharmacology.

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7 Wild Weight loss Methods You Should Never Try

What’s the latest wild weight loss method you ask?  There are so many trendy and crazy schemes to lose weight fast that’s it’s hard to keep up. Unfortunately most people do not think of the negative and sometimes dangerous repercussions. Here are seven extreme weigh loss measures that you should never try…

19 Symptoms Of Thyroid Malfunction

Diagnosing a thyroid disorder can be challenging. Even when your lab results are “normal,” you can still have thyroid issues. The following article lists 19 symptoms of an improperly working thyroid. If you experience these symptoms, you should contact your doctor and insist that your thyroid levels be checked out. I did and was immediately put on medication. My overall life has improved tremendously!

Read more here…


[Video] Fitness Hacking Can Save You Time!

The word “Hacking” has been used a lot lately!

When someone says that word to you, what do you think of?Hacking your way through a Brazilian Rainforest?

  • What you used to do your hair when having one of THOSE kinds of days?
  • Someone getting into a software program illegally and running amok?
  • A wild fit of coughing?

All of these are, in my opinion, valid uses of the word, but it has taken on a new meaning over the last 30 years or so, especially when paired with the word “life.”

Wikipedia defines life hacking as a productivity trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency.  It solves an every day problem in a clever way.

That is why my husband LOVES the website so much! They present really good information that you can use to make life easier.

And it grows from there – health hacking, fitness hacking, brain hacking – and it is all good stuff in this age of overwhelm and general busyness!

Tim Ferriss, the author of “The 4-Hour Body,” has spent a great deal of his life researching the facts that we have been taught and doing experiments – mostly on himself – on how to do things TOTALLY differently and get unheard of results, really fast.

Check out this short video clip (you can find a longer one on YouTube too, if this makes you want to watch more).

So to recap:

  • The most common approach is rarely the most efficient.
  • Use the minimum effective dose – What is the least amount you can do to get the maximum result in the least amount of time?
  • As detailed in the video, do 1 set to failure for each major muscle group taking 90-120 seconds, slow reps 5 seconds in each direction, 1 time per week per muscle group

I’m going to try that!

If you are interested in this approach, and his other novel suggestions, you may just want to read his book!

How To Go Grocery Shopping for Radiant Health

I worked with a man who was training for the Tour de France a couple of years ago, and not only did he spend a LOT of time on his bike, he was extremely careful about everything that he ate.  He did all his grocery shopping at Whole Foods, which told me he probably made more money than me…  Not what I would call discount shopping!

When I made a comment about how pricey it was to shop there, he was amazed that I felt that way, and was quick to point out that there was a lot you could get there that was at least close to what you might pay at your local Safeway.

Next time I visited Whole Foods I did a little more looking around, and found that he was correct – there really were many items that were healthier but comparably priced!

Lesson learned was that you could shop for healthier items and not have to spend a fortune!

Paula Owens, nutritionist and author, shares some of her grocery shopping tips in a recent article.

The first is one that I have heard for years – shop for REAL FOOD, not processed and sugary.  These items are usually found around the perimeter of the store and not in the center aisles (there are a few good items there too, like olive oil, nut butters and coffee/tea.

Real food excludes items that are low-fat and fat-free (generally nasty and unsatisfying!) products that come with a generous amount of artificial sweeteners and other chemicals not naturally occurring in real-for-sure food.

She also recommends organic as much as possible, claiming that organic produce is much healthier, and that those that eat organic tend to have better immunity, less body fat, and get better sleep.  If your budget doesn’t allow you to make those choices across the board, trying to pick organic eggs, meats, and specific fruits and vegetables that tend to be the highest in pesticides.

These include some of my favorites – apples, celery, bell peppers, spinach and cucumbers. She has a list of 12 that she calls the Dirty Dozen.

Read labels and avoid those containing artificial ingredients, but if you stick to the real food recommendation above, these will drop right out!

Use a list when you shop and stick to it!! For best results, have a healthy snack prior to your shopping trip to reduce temptation.

For other recommendations, read the entire article here.

Would You Want To Know 3-4 Hours Ahead Of Time If You Were About To Have A Heart Attack?

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, as you know. It is virtually impossible to keep up with it!

But there are some particularly interesting new technologies in the health and fitness category that you may find extremely interesting. has created an info graphic to show you what these new technologies are and what they do.

Just as an example of what is included here, there is one called the IronIC Systems Heart Attack Detecting Implant, developed by scientists in Switzerland.  This is the smallest medical implant with multiple sensors created so far at 14 millimeters long.  It can measure a molecule in the blood called troponin, which is something that is release 3-4 hours before a heart attack.

This device can actually measure up to 5 different substances in the blood, and is undergoing extensive testing at the moment, but it could be available in 4 years or so.

Now that is incredibly cool!

And furthermore, people have a 50% increased odds of survival from a heart attack if they get treatment within the first hour.

Think a 3-4 hour warning might help you or a loved one get there on time?

Oh, and did I mention this device is about the size of an ant?


Other technologies include devices that will monitor your vitals signs like heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature – some can even check your hydration level (I need that one!).

Check out the other tech on this REALLY interesting infographic from – this is tech you will want to know about!.

8 New Technologies Revolutionizing Health and Fitness

Image is a ribbon representation of the human cardiac troponin core complex.

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