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TRX: Movement at It’s Max

My entire life has been full of fitness and health initiatives, but it wasn’t until this past year that I was introduced to TRX. I can not believe I deprived myself of this suspension training device for such as long period of time. It is a body definer involving body weight resistance. Oh, and did I mention its versatility? It is transferable. Yes, it can be easily taken to New York City, Hawaii, or the mountains as it easily rolls up in a suitcase and hangs on a door. This is a training method that deletes all excuses and rather creates a challenge for the body that will only inspire others to get in shape.

 

In retrospect, I would imagine myself to be a goal maker and a dream pursuer. TRX reflects these motives. It is a way to celebrate physical achievement, and it is a work out that eliminates all excuses!

Learn how to build muscles and endurance here.

Download exercises here.

Purchase TRX kits here.

 

A Powerful Allergy Solution: North Dallas Honey

The honey-making process is quite intriguing and extensive, especially when it lives up to the North Dallas Honey way of doing things: pure, raw, and unfiltered. I had the opportunity to sit down with Nathan Sheets, the man behind NDH, to get the inside scoop behind this delicious natural sweetener and powerful allergy-preventer!

“Pure” defined: The honey is actually “real” and contains the original pollen. With North Dallas Honey, you know where the honey is coming from. It is not being mass produced in a place unknown or unchaperoned.

“Raw” defined: This Texas honey is gently warmed to about 120 degrees fahrenheit, which allows the honey to be strained through a cheesecloth, eliminating the “bee knees” and the wax. The low temperature keeps the antioxidants and enzymes in place, allowing for great health benefits. The taste is remarkable!

“Unfiltered” defined:  A long story short, North Dallas Honey removes the the bees legs, wings, and wax while leaving in all of the pollen, vitamins, enzymes, antibodies and antioxidants.

The Unfiltered Scoop on Filtered Honey

Filtered, or processed honey is heated up to 190 degrees (killing enzymes and antioxidants) and blended with diatomaceous earth in order to bond to the pollen and particulates. The honey is then pumped through a high pressure filtration system to remove the diatomaceous earth as well as the pollen, and finally it is quickly cooled. The result: an oxymoron–honey without pollen and health benefits!

Real People Talk: A Tablespoon a Day Keeps the Allergies Away

So can honey really prevent allergies? YES! Honey is a natural anti-histamine that blocks inflammation caused from pollens in the air. I think the most powerful testimonies come from the avid North Dallas Honey users:

Mike Gavett: “I had to tell you that after our meeting I began taking your honey daily.  No allergies this year, at all.  I started feeling an onset once and doubled my daily dosage for about four days, and it never hit.  I have told at least 2 dozen people about the positive experience and many are now using your honey.”

Michele Baker:  “After being unsuccessfully treated for allergies with prescription medications, I picked up North Dallas Honey at Sprouts, have a couple of Tbsps every day, and allergy pain is gone.  I haven’t used prescription medications ever since.  THANK YOU!!”

Cary Mitchell: “I started taking NDH daily for allergies..and after 3 days, I stopped taking $100 a month worth of medications. Since then I have told EVERYONE about your honey and have people running to Walmart and Central Market to pick it up…this stuff is as golden as its color!”

Suzan Freytag: “We eat organically and had always bought ‘organic honey’. A client of mine that is a doctor told me to try yours for allergy relief. It has COMPLETELY eliminated allergies for the entire household…it is our daily dose (well, and it’s delicious).”

Not only does honey war off seasonal allergies, it can give you an energy boost or even prevent a pimple! See other medicinal uses here.

North Dallas Honey can be found on a number of shelves at local retailers, including Costco, Albertson’s, Central Market, Kroger, Market Street, Sprouts, Tom Thumb, Wal-Mart and Whole Foods. For all the details, visit www.northdallashoney.com.

The Latest on Dairy Freedom + a SWEET Giveaway

After much research and personal evaluation recently, I have come to the decision to eliminate dairy from my diet. My energy levels have been off the charts and I am feeling great, but can I just say I desperately miss cheese and ice cream? Dairy Freedom eGuide to the rescue! You may remember Heather Crosby from the article 5 Recipes from a Fascinating Foodie! Well, for reminders or new readers, she’s the rockstar lady behind Yum Universe, and she has concocted the ultimate interactive eGuide proving that going Dairy-Free is not about limitations, but rather it is about new infinite possibilities. But…finding those possibilities require some expert help! Agreed?

A Word from Heather

“I can’t live without dairy” is one of the biggest statements that I hear from people who aren’t ready for optimal health. Well, the Dairy Freedom eGuide is just the key to proving that statement to be inaccurate to say the least. This eGuide will have you baking, making yogurts, ice creams, firm cheeses, dressings, milks and more—all dairy-free and gluten-free—with a variety of ingredients that will no doubt make the dairy aisle, well, embarrassed about its lack of creativity.

Check out the perks!

This interactive and sustainable PDF eGuide includes beautiful, step-by-step instruction for how to create:
• Non-Dairy Baking Substitutes
• Nut & Seed Cheeses/Spreads (score!)
• Desserts
• Sauces & Condiments
• Dairy-Free Milk & Yogurt

Dairy Freedom:
• A sustainable PDF guide—read it electronically, or print out selected pages and put them in a customizable YU binder with your favorite recipes and plant-based information
• The only guide of its kind to offer solutions for all the dairy voids you may be experiencing
• Includes clickable/interactive icons, info and links to help you effortlessly navigate the guide
• Full of inspiring photography, tips and adaptation/substitution suggestions
• Includes 24 YumUniverse recipes

We are so passionate about this eGuide, and we want to share the love with you awesome readers. So, riddle me this: ENTER TO WIN your very own copy of Dairy Freedom by answering this question in the comments section: “What dairy product do you think you can’t live without?” and up your chances by “liking” the YumUniverse FB page and the LOLO FB page.

P.S. Just for your own fun goodness, start following YumUniverse on Twitter to keep up with some totally awesome recipes, fitness Friday’s, and rad health tips!

Organic vs. Not Organic: That is the Question

Elena Turner, a jewelry designer mom engulfed in the world of healthy living, has given LOLO a quick guide for organic essentials to answer all of your iffy questions. As a lady who is on a budget herself, she dissects how to maximize your health at the grocery store. Plus, she gives us a peek inside her fridge and pantry! I don’t know about you, but I am printing this off for my everyday use!

Is Organic really necessary?  Automatically I think, well, of course organic!  BUT, after four plus years of exploration, I have learned there can be a lot of time and money wasted. I know this first hand and unfortunately my husband also knows how much money I have wasted on what I like to call ‘organic research.’ Don’t get me wrong. I am an organic girl through and through but I have also learned to be practical.

I absolutely LOVE food, so I made this lifestyle change simply for the reason of not binging on a spread of processed fluff!  Going through this change made me feel overwhelmed at the grocery store. I decided to go back to the root of my main question.  In this case I asked myself if I truly want to be organic then what did God put on this Earth for us to eat?  He provided us with meat, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetation, and water. Duh! There we go… if we eat that, we will most likely lose weight and have A+ on our annual physical exams.

To save time and money, we can easily be swayed to cheap quick food fixes. I look at it as this: I definitely want to buy the package of blueberries for $2.49/package instead of $4.99/package, but I know it is worth the extra $2.50 not to ingest chemicals and pesticides.  I finally made the organic switch when reading an article about cancer statistics on the rise. When a doctor prescribes medicine that costs $50, we have no problem paying money because we feel like &*^%! We want a quick fix so we can get on with our normal lives. After all, who has time to be sick? When faced with spending money preventatively everyone seems to put up arguments, debates, and strap the money down.  Believe me, I am not rich, however, I feel good health does not have a price when it comes to my family and I. As long as I know what is necessary to buy organic and what is not the total on my receipt is not too bad.

I will first start off by saying what you should not put into your system NO MATTER WHAT!

  1. NO caffeine
  2. NO artificial sweeteners
  3. NO processed foods
  4. NO NO NO high fructose corn syrup (Which is hard but do-able) it is in everything
  5. NO MSG,
  6. NO partially hydrogenated oils (also very hard but do-able)

This will give your internal organs a break and you will start to feel good instantly. Not to mention the non-bloated and skinny side effect. I know many people who cannot survive the morning without a cup of coffee. Give it a few days and your body will adjust.

*An Organic MUST on your grocery list*

Fruits with soft covering like apples, peaches, nectarines, and strawberries. Any pesticides or chemicals will ingest into the skin and then the meat of the fruit. Hard or safe coverings like a banana, pineapple, kiwi, mangoes and papaya have a barrier to protect against chemicals. With fruit like cantaloupe, you definitely need to scrub the rind because bacteria can imbed itself into the grooves. It is safe if you remember to use a citrus type wash and water.

*Fruit & Veggie Quick Tip – IN SEASON! Any fruit out of season you know it is mostly controlled by man. Rather choose a force of nature or in other words nature at its best.

Vegetables: You can take it or leave it. It is always safer to buy organic but try to remember veggies have a natural protection against bugs by some of their bitter tastes like onions, cabbage, broccoli, and asparagus. Better to buy organic when it comes to sweet bell peppers, carrots, lettuce, celery, potatoes, and cucumbers.

Meat: Okay, I should have probably moved this to number 1! If you do not accomplish anything, eating organic meat is so important for many reasons. One, eating organic meat means you are not ingesting antibiotics, hormones, or GMO’s (Human Growth Hormones). Some cattle ranchers and farmers use GMO’s to speed up the process of growth and make it attractive to consumers like us to see nice plump chickens at the counter. Two, even if you are not an animal lover, organic farmers treat their animals in ethical and humane conditions.  They are free from confined cages.  I will not get into more detail because it would take all day. If you want to get a small glimpse into this, rent the documentary Food Inc. or read the book Skinny Bitch. There are other good sources out there, but with these you will be enlightened on how unfortunately expensive it is to live a normal and healthy life.

Dairy: Vitamin D is definitely important, however, we are under the false precedent that milk is the main way to get it. You can receive more vitamin D from an orange than a glass of milk without all the unnecessary fat. Plus cows and their milk are overly mass produced! The vitamins and nutrients are almost non-existent.  As infants we have an enzyme in are digestive systems able to break down milk. As an adult we lose that, therefore, a lot of adults are lactose intolerant. The fat in milk is also made for a hefty calf, not humans. If you must buy milk, buy organic, otherwise it is filled with hormones and whatever food chemicals the mother cows has been fed.

What is in my fridge?

-fresh fish (deep sea)

-deli counter turkey or chicken

-homemade salsa & pico

-free range organic eggs

-veggies and fruits

-rice milk

-tub of spinach

-organic ground turkey

-Ezekiel breads and wraps

What is in my pantry?

-organic snacks like crackers

-Lara bars

-organic peanut butter

-organic almond butter

-organic free range chicken broth

-oats, oat bran, gluten free flour, whole wheat flour for baking

-quinoa

-brown rice

This should be a family decision and lifestyle change, not a diet. Remember, every time you make a purchase in the grocery store or market, you are voting for more of that item. The more people buying organic eventually the pricing should go down as driving out the preservative, hormone infected items will be driven out and stop being mass produced.

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2 Fun, Easy Reads that Have Changed My View of Eating and Beauty!

Information overload is a common theme for our everyday intake, so how do we know what to trust and what to trash? I have been on a major search for a book that would explain the art of eating well, with raw information about how our body processes foods, that would teach me how to maximize nutrient absorption and produce natural energy. I have researched so many approaches, but nothing seemed to actually guide me, and better yet, work.

I have to share with you these two literary gems that I just can’t get enough of, and they are actually (and radically) changing the way my stomach feels! In fact, they have been my current partners in crime on trips to my local Whole Foods.

Gem #1: The Inside Tract by Gerard E. Mullin, MD, and Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN.

Why I recommend it: This personalizes your digestive healing. It requires a short test at the beginning of the book and leads you through a detailed track to your stomach’s restoration. Confession: I am addicted to the breakfast smoothie.

Gem #2: The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder

Why I recommend it: I trust the beauty experts that have been through the battle. Kim used to struggle with breakouts, stubborn belly fat, and coarse hair until she traveled the world and discovered ancient beauty secrets. She resolved that food is the ultimate beauty product, and I couldn’t agree more. Plus, it is just super fun to read, and she administers different levels of diet changes, providing great new recipes along the way!

Find out the Culprits of this Man-Made Disease

Cancer is a fast spreading epidemic that we all seem to be impacted by in one way or another. I have been fascinated over the last year to find that by altering your diet, daily life activity, and stress levels, it can be nearly impossible for cancer cells to even live in your body. So what are the leading culprits of this disease?

In an interesting article by Dr. Mercola, some reasons are brought to light:

*Pesticide and other chemical exposure

*Pharmaceutical drugs

*Processed and artificial foods (plus the chemicals in the packaging)

*Obesity, stress, and poor sleeping habits

*Wireless technology, dirty electricity, and medical diagnostic radiation exposure

*Lack of sunshine exposure and use of sunscreens

Dr. Mercola’s Top Tips for Cancer Prevention:

1. Avoid fructose and sugar.

2. Optimize Vitamin D.

3. Exercise.

4. Get appropriate amounts of high quality animal-based omega-3 fats.

5. Eat according to your nutritional type.

6. Deal with your emotions and past hurts.

7. Maintain an ideal body weight.

8. Get appropriate amounts of high quality sleep.

9. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners, and air pollution.

10. Reduce your use of cell phones and other technology.

11. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them. Better yet, eat as many raw veggies as you can!

Read the full article here.