May 30, 2007

I have a New Fitness Pal!

Early this year a group of us had a wonderful time with my 2007 Great Weight Loss Challenge. I didn’t provide a weight loss program, everyone chose what they wanted, and we supported one another through a discussion group, and still do.

Recently I’ve been introduced to a new and free diet and fitness website, and really appreciate the tools they offer. The site is clean and uncluttered, something that is important to me, and the free tools are very helpful.

Once you join (free, no credit card is required) you complete a diet profile. Then you are provided with suggested goals. The goals I gave them did not match the results that I received, in other words, I wanted to lose 2 lbs week, but their projection for me is between 4-5 lbs. by July 4th. Actually, losing slow and steady is better as your eating habits become a part of your lifestyle, so I’m fine with that.

Next, you are told how many calories you will be eating a day. You are given tools, one being a FREE online calorie counter , to follow your progress throughout each day; for example you can track how many calories you have left for the day after providing what you have done nutritionally or physically during the day.

This looks great, and I’m excited about giving it a try. If you’re curious, stop by and visit myfitnesspal.com. 

May 29, 2007

Quest for the Perfect Green Drink

Years ago, I represented a well known company that had an excellent green drink product. For a few years, it was part of every breakfast. Then the formula changed, and I noticed the difference, I thought it was just me, but others noticed it to. Since then, I've been trying to find a drink that is just as good..or better, and have tried MANY.

FINALLY, I have found what I've been looking for...and it is not only healthy, but delicious!! The one I used before didn't taste very good, but it was healthy and I drank it every day. 


Now I can have my cake and eat (drink?) it too...health and flavor. The drink is called "Farmacy Pro-Power", it is a delicious tasting green energy drink with sought-after probiotics. The mint taste and natural Stevia sweetness makes it PERFECT! (at least in my opinion :-) I have definately noticed an increased sense of well-being over the past few weeks since starting this.
Antioxidants found in Red Raspberries, Blueberries, and Green Tea extend the life of your cells and aid in healthy aging. Silicia rich Bamboo and Horsetail strengthen hair, nails, and connective tissues (ligaments, muscles, bones, joints, and skin). Ginger, Tumeric, and Aloe Vera reduce inflammation and support the recovery of sore muscles. Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Parsley, Watercress, and fiber all contribute to detoxification of the liver, kidneys, and colon.

In short, Farmacy Pro-Power is a combination of our proprietary Energy Blend, Immune Support Blend, Digestion Blend, and Cellular Repair Antioxidant Blend.

Energizing Blend:
Siberian Ginseng - Eleutherococcus, Suma, Stevia, Bamboo, Cinnamon, Gingko Biloba - 24%, Equisetum Arvense, Lecithin Powder, Nova Scotia Dulse.

Immune Support Blend:
Silymarin Silibum Marianum - 80%, Damiana, Astragalus Membranaceous, Royal Jelly 5%, Plant Enzymes: Lipase, Protease, Amylase, & Cellulase.

Digestion Blend: Organic Flax Seed Meal, Rice Bran Powder, Apple Fiber, Apple Pectin and a healthy Non-Dairy Probiotic Culture.
Natural Rose Hips and Acerola Berry Powder, Orange Juice Powder, Bioflavonoids (Citrus), Blueberry Powder, Grape Seed Extract - 92%, Pineapple Powder, Green Tea Catechins - 60%, Red Raspberry Powder, Turmeric Powder, Dandelion, Freeze Dried Aloe Vera, Spearmint, Ginger Powder, Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol).


Moreover, Farmacy Pro-Power contains absolutely NO fillers, added sugar, yeast, corn, wheat, soy protein, dairy, egg, MSG, GMOs, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.

The drink is appealing to all ages. 
 
You'll find it by searching at the  Wholefood Farmacy. 

May 25, 2007

Are You Ever Too OLD To Exercise?

Are you a Senior Citizen...or a Baby Boomer moving ever closer to what should be the Golden Years? Do you think that there is a certain age at which you should slow down, have someone mow the lawn, wash the car, do your shopping, run your errands, etc. for you? That you've earned the right, now that you are older, to just sit back, relax and have everything done for you?

I think you probably already know where I'm going with this..and I loved the following article, because I'm noticing that as this Baby Boomer becomes a bit older, and a bit lazier about move, Move, MOVING, I'm feeling it a lot more when I finally do!

I realize not everyone is physically able to move, please let us know what you do to keep active anyway by posting a "comment", I'd love to learn from you.

Please read the following ENCOURAGING article:


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Exciting new research shows that Gym training can rejuvenate the muscles of older people in a way that appears to reverse the aging process. The astonished researchers found that muscle tissue actually seemed to become younger. 

Some 25 people with an average age of 70 took part in the study and trained at a gym. A group of younger volunteers also participated for purposes of comparison to the older participants. 

Not only did the older participants acquire new strength, but the molecular machinery powering their muscles became as active as that seen in people who are 35 to 50 years younger. In the first study of its kind, the Canadian scientists measured gene activity in tissue removed from the older participants’ thighs and compared it with samples from a group of 20 to 35 year olds.

Dr Simon Melov, who co-led the research at McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario, said: "We were very surprised by the results of the study. We expected to see gene expressions that stayed fairly steady in the older adults. The fact that their 'genetic fingerprints' so dramatically reversed course gives credence to the value of exercise, not only as a means of improving health, but of reversing the ageing process itself."

Young and old volunteers had similar diets and levels of daily exercise, and none took medicines or had diseases that might have affected the study results. 

The older participants were put through six months of resistance training using standard gym equipment. Bi-weekly sessions were held, each an hour in length, which involved 30 contractions of each muscle group. 

Measurements of muscle strength showed that before training, the older participants were on average 59% weaker than the young adults. Afterwards, they were only 38% weaker - an improvement of almost 50%. 

But the most remarkable change was hidden in the mitochondria, the rod-like 'power plants' that sit within every cell and generate energy. Numerous studies have indicated that mitochondrial dysfunction is involved in the muscle loss and functional impairment seen in older people.

Measuring gene "expression", or activity, in the mitochondria allowed the scientists to shine a light on one of the key elements of aging. They found that exercise reversed this genetic fingerprint back to levels similar to those seen in the young volunteers.

Physical Activity is one of The Wholefood Farmacy’s 7 Principles of Health. Once again, it seems that the modern day researchers continue to discover the time honored wisdom of the ancients. Have you been to the gym lately? 

Image and article used with permission from Wholefood Farmacy, a source of unique foods.