Thursday, April 29, 2010

High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Sugar

"Critics believe HFCS plays a direct role in obesity by disrupting normal metabolic functions. According to a recently published Princeton study, rats fed a diet rich in HFCS accumulated more belly fat and had higher levels of circulating triglycerides (i.e., fat) -- both of which are factors in metabolic syndrome, a precursor to heart disease -- than their sugar-fed peers. However, a number of nutrition experts dispute these findings, suggesting that the data produced inconsistent results. Previous studies have shown that fructose is metabolized differently than glucose and excessive amounts of fructose interfere with appetite-regulating hormones and lead to increased fat accumulation. But HFCS is not any higher in fructose than table sugar -- both are about 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose. And an excess of either is unhealthy." - AOL Health

High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Sugar - AOL Health

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Michelle Obama Rejects Demonizing Twinkies In Her Anti-Obesity Crusade -- Politics Daily

Michelle Obama Rejects Demonizing Twinkies In Her Anti-Obesity Crusade -- Politics Daily

The 300-member grocery trade group Mrs. Obama spoke to on Tuesday represents major food, beverage and consumer products companies. The industry is already responding to consumer and government demand for healthier products and cutting back on ads tempting children with food heavy in sugar, salt, and calories. In introducing Mrs. Obama, Richard Wolford, the chairman, president and chief executive of Del Monte, and chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, said the industry is "willing to do more" and "willing to go the extra mile."

Using her toughest language yet, Mrs. Obama told the group, "The truth is we don't have a moment to waste -- because a baby born today could be less than a decade away from showing the first signs of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, if he or she is obese as a child. A recent study even found that 3-year-olds who were obese already had one of the symptoms of heart disease."

Monday, November 23, 2009

Get Your Holiday Shakeology Recipes Here!

Don't starve yourself just so you can stuff yourself full of holiday food. No wonder people gain weight over the holidays. Tis' the season for Holiday Shakeology.

To help minimize your overeating tendencies this holiday year, have a shake before you indulge in the feasting festivities. This great tasting, low calorie meal in a glass will help you regulate your calorie intake and provide all the necessary nutrients you need so you can have that SMALL piece of pie later. :-)

This is also a great idea to serve up at your next holiday party!

To help serve up this great holiday treat, the staff at Beachbody® have put together four of their favorite Shakeology holiday concoctions...

Thin Mint Treat
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology powder
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup ice (or to taste)
Blend till frothy and enjoy!

Nutrition Info:
152 calories
17 grams protein
17.5 grams carbohydrate
3 grams fiber
1 gram fat

Fall Egg Nog
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology powder
1 cup low-fat eggnog
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1 cup ice (or to taste)
optional: 1/2 tsp fresh whipped cream (if you're really festive!)
Blend till frothy and enjoy!

Nutrition Info: Without whipped cream
321 calories
23 grams protein
47 grams carbohydrate
3 grams fiber
5 gram fat

Pumpkin Pie
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1 cup rice, soy, almond, or low-fat milk (plain or vanilla)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin, unsweetened
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
(optional) You can substitute pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon and nutmeg or add more pumpkin for a thicker shake.

Nutritional Information (with low-fat milk):
284 calories
27 grams protein
40 grams carbohydrate
7 grams fiber
3.5 grams fat
2 grams saturated fat

Cranberry Relish Surprise
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
2 cups cold cranberry juice
7 segments mandarin orange
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup ice (or to taste)
optional: orange zest twist for garnish
Blend till frothy and enjoy!

Nutrition Info:
315 calories
17 grams protein
51 grams carbohydrate
4 grams fiber
1 gram fat

Visit for more information on this great product and how you can order your bag of Shakeology.

Here's to your health!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Cost of Obesity

I read the following on Facebook, posted by Tony Horton -- and although harsh -- couldn’t be further from the truth.

Your poor health is ruining this country!
Tue at 8:29pm
It's not the Democrats and it's not the Republicans, it's YOU! Your inability to move your ass and eat right is a burden on the rest of us. If you've turned things around, I thank you for your courageous effort. Just keep going. If you have not then find a way. Now! I'm tired of listening to all the whining and finger pointing from people with no discipline and bad habits. Good Health Care starts with YOU taking care of your health!

With the ever growing trend of obesity in America today, so is the cost of healthcare. According to the CDC, the medical cost of treating obesity has doubled in less then a decade and is now approaching $147 billion a year. Obesity Healthcare Costs US 147 Billion Dollars A Year, New Study

“Two-thirds of American adults, and one out of five children are above what doctors consider a healthy weight for their size, and those numbers have been increasing… Obese people spend on average $1,500 a year more for medical care on average than a person of healthy weight.”
Study Estimates Cost of US Obesity at $140 Billion

“Overweight and obesity and their associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system (USDHHS, 2001). Medical costs associated with overweight and obesity may involve direct and indirect costs (Wolf and Colditz, 1998; Wolf, 1998). Direct medical costs may include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to obesity. Indirect costs relate to morbidity and mortality costs. Morbidity costs are defined as the value of income lost from decreased productivity, restricted activity, absenteeism, and bed days. Mortality costs are the value of future income lost by premature death.” CDC – Overweight and Obesity – Economic Consequences

Consider this: obese people are more than likely to suffer from such things as hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, and type 2 diabetes.

Obesity is a lifestyle: it can be changed. All you have to do is want to change. It is your choice to be obese… but is it worth the cost? Take care of yourself now before it becomes too late.

It’s never too late to seek help.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What a Team Beachbody Coach does for you

Just in case there was any confusion out there regarding what a Team Beachbody coach actually does, I thought I would take a minute to set the record straight.

Coaches (me included) are here to make sure you get the most out of your workout programs. We offer motivation, inspiration, and advice based on our own experiences with Beachbody workouts. And we do this all for free. Most important, we lead by example.

When you want to talk about your progress, your goals, or when you have a question about what product would suit you best, you can always come to us for help. Pretty cool, right? Have a question or concern...? Ask a Team Beachbody coach.

But apart from just being there whenever you might want to chat about working out, I thought you might like to know a few other things about the coaching network.

Who are we?
Beachbody coaches are also Beachbody customers. We come from all walks of life, too. There are coaches who are also doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, cops, firefighters, soldiers, stay-at-home-moms and everything in between (I’m a systems analyst....woohoo). What we have in common is that we all bought the workouts, we worked through the programs, and NOW we share our results with everybody.

Do we get paid for what we do?
Yes indeedy. When a coach recommends a product, he or she will also provide a link to their personal website with access to all Beachbody products and services. You can also sign up for a FREE Team Beachbody membership with tons of great tools to help you reach your goals. When you make a purchase from a coach, he or she receives a commission on the sale. It is important to remember that when you turn to a coach for motivation and advice, that coach is helping you free of charge. We do this because we love what we do, and sharing our experiences with people who need help is making a big difference for a lot of folks. We only get paid when you make a purchase. Believe me - it is great getting paid to do what you love to do.

Why buy from a coach?
There are lots of reasons. You will be partnered with a person who is there to help YOU. The coaching network is dedicated to making sure you reach your goals. We have all been there - we have all faced challenges - we have all needed support from others who are going through the same programs we are. Working with a coach gets you that much closer to where you want to be. What's more, buying from a coach ensures that you will get the fastest and least expensive shipping charges. Seriously - you can save a LOT of money on shipping by ordering from a coach. Plus, your coach will keep you updated on what's coming up with Beachbody, such as new releases and other Beachbody news.

Are Team Beachbody coaches part of Beachbody?
Yes we are. Team Beachbody and the Beachbody coaching network are a division of Beachbody. So when you order from a coach, you will be getting 100% authentic Beachbody programs straight from the Beachbody warehouses.

And there you have it friends. A coach can help YOU get results. Now...if you would like ME to be your free coach, click HERE and fill out the short form. When you have a question about a product - just fire away. And remember, the next time you see a Beachbody infomercial and want to order a product like P90X or Insanity, don't call the 800 number or go to the main Beachbody website!! Get a hold of me or a coach you know. We'll help you get going right!
Borrowed and modified from my good friend, and fellow coach, Keith Harris.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I can't get fit because...

We’ve heard it all before, “I can’t get fit because…” Everyday, people come up with some excuse not to get fit, eat healthy, and basically take care of themselves. We’ll, I’m here to help bust those excuses and get you pointed in the right direction.

Ever hear of these…

I’m Too Overweight
You’re in luck! This is your chance to get a 30 minute workout, for FREE. Tony Horton, creator of Power90, P90X, and One on One has put together a program to help get anyone started. The Pay it Forward workout shows Tony and Brian (Brian weighing in around 400+) demonstrating how anyone who is overweight can get started on the right path. If Brian can do it, then so can you. And again, we bring this to you for FREE. Just Pay it Forward.

I’m Too Busy
No one knows this excuse more than I do. Literally working what feels like 24/7, I often feel as though I have no time to do anything. But, you know what, I find the time to workout anyway. Just a short 10 minute workout is enough to get the body moving and help get you fit. Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Trainer is just the thing you need to get a full-body workout in a very short amount of time.

10-Minute Trainer – Medium Resistance
10-Minute Trainer – Heavy Resistance
10-Minute Trainer Deluxe – Medium Resistance
10-Minute Trainer Deluxe – Heavy Resistance

I’m Too Old
I tell you, no one is too old to exercise. All programs, except for Insanity, can be modified to fit your capability. Just start off slow, and then work your way up. If you’re really out of shape, then you can start on something like Tony Horton and the Folks.

I Just Don’t Know How to Start
Just go to Team Beachbody, create a FREE profile, and then start browsing around. We have everything you need to get started. Click on the Shop button to view the numerous programs available to you. If you have questions, need suggestions, or need help finding the right program, just let me know. I’m here to help.

Please make sure you check with your physician before starting any fitness program.

If you have any questions about Team Beachbody, their products, becoming a coach, or fitness and nutrition in general, just give me a holler.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

In Case You're Dating John Daly...

Thought I would share a post by Carl Daikeler, owner of Team Beachbody.

In Case You're Dating John Daly...
A few people have let me know that John Daly criticized his girlfriend openly on Twitter for trying to help him eat healthy and exercise with P90X, and then he made a case that "P90X doesn't work."

First, this is not the guy I would look to for health and fitness advice.

Second, this is a great example of why the
Team Beachbody community and its coaches provide such a service to people.

I know of many, many stories where one person in a couple makes the decision to get healthy, and they are not supported by their other half. In fact, the other half can be so alarmed by the prospect of being left behind by the lifestyle change that they will do whatever they can to undermine the success of their partner.

As sad as that is, our job at Beachbody is to give people the tools they need to get results, and that includes the support and encouragement they might not get at home.

the message boards, to WOWY, to direct connections with coaches who are doing the same program as you, the support you need is right here. The decision to take responsibility for your own health and fitness is a powerful one. I mean it - it's a big deal when you decide to get active on a regular basis and pay attention to your nutrition. But it's a very personal choice too. It's not one you can impose on someone else. You can put it out there, but they are the one who has to step up and take responsibility for themselves.

My advice is always to show people what's possible with your own results. That's how you open someone's mind up. That's what our infomercials do; they give evidence of real transformation. But the person watching at home is always the one who gets the credit for taking action.

John Daly is an amazingly talented guy whose career never materialized with the promise he showed when he came on the scene. I can only imagine how much longer he could drive the ball or how much longer his career would be if he really thought through that the body swinging his driver could be a whole lot more powerful if he treated it with some respect and gave it better fuel than diet coke. It's possible for everyone, whether it's P90X, or any of our other programs. It's possible for John Daly. But he's the one who gets to choose whether he wants to live a healthy lifestyle or not. Likewise, it would be kind if he showed some enthusiasm for the choices of others.

If you have any questions about Team Beachbody, their products, becoming a coach, or fitness and nutrition in general, just give me a holler.