Blueberries?
March 5, 2011

These wonderful little berries are not only packed full of antioxidants, but they taste great! Whatever you decide to eat them with, they have the ability to make a meal that much better. They are great for your health and delicious! So what is the downside? Nothing. Unless of course, the foods that claim to be loaded with blueberries, do not actually contain blueberries. A closer look at the ingredient list could very well reveal that what you thought were real blueberries are in fact corn cereal, high-fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, modified food starch, food colouring and artificial flavouring, masquerading as blueberries.

Award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, exposes the deceptive chemical ingredients and dishonest marketing of “blueberry” products from big-name food and cereal companies.

View video: Blueberries faked in cereals, muffins, bagels and other food products – Food Investigations

See more episodes: Food Investigations.com

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My Revelation
February 26, 2011

I quickly realized that diet and exercise are two totally different worlds. I had already mastered the art of eating so as to not store up extra fat, but monitoring my food intake was not going to give me maximum health benefits and to be honest, the body I was hoping for. After several weeks at the gym I could see how much dedication was needed, thus being close to impossible to keep up with all other activities I had grown accustomed to.

I pondered these self-analyzing questions: Where am I going to spend my time? What is more important to me? What am I going to focus my energy on? Am I going to just sit here and complain about myself or actually do something about it?

I have now bought out time I was spending on other hobbies and put it toward something beneficial. It is good to reevaluate your favorite activities and see how constructive they really are! I had to cut out the majority of my old hobbies and now I can hardly recognize myself in terms of where I spend my time.

Be aware of time wasters that leave you feeling depressed and even more tired than when you started. Yes it takes self motivation to get out of the house and go to the gym. But most people do not realize that although you are exhausted after a work out, you will quickly regain needed energy to get through your day. You are left feeling alert and refreshed not drained and lethargic like you would if you had chosen to mope around the house.

I still enjoy some hobbies, but I did have to give up many of my favorite time wasters. My body is one of my hobbies now and I have something to show for it.

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Read… Read… Read…
January 4, 2011

Do you read the labels? Start reading the nutrition facts; you will be shocked at what you have been putting into your body.

Here is the basic label:

You will quickly see the differences between packaged processed foods and foods close to their natural state. If foods grow on a tree or come out of the ground, then eat them. These types of food are more nutrient dense, therefore helping you to feel full with fewer calories.

The ingredient list is just as important to read! Remember ingredients are listed in order of quantity; the first ingredient represents the highest quantity and so on. If you want to be in control of your weight, you must become familiar with food labels.

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Is weight training for me?
December 19, 2010

Why should we consider training with weights to strengthen our muscles?

“Weight training builds muscle mass which is ultimately the best tip for anyone seeking to lose the flab. As your body accumulates muscle your metabolic rate will increase, which in turn will help you burn more fat. End of story!” MuscleMag International

Weight training is just the ticket if we cannot picture our life without cheats. Having more muscle mass will give us more freedom to indulge; thus maintaining our figure while still taking pleasure in daily cheats. On the other hand, if we are living with minimal amounts of muscle mass then we will find our food choices much more limited.

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Seeing results equals long-term success
December 7, 2010

We will not succeed without results! Logically, humans look at a situation in terms of what they are going to get out of it. So why do most fail to reach their goals? Many are impatient and selfish and often cannot justify the effort required compared to the slow results they are seeing. Their love or addiction to food outweighs the results, which leaves them feeling that it is not worth the effort, and they gradually slip back into their old habits.

Satisfying results are paramount for long-term success. So we need to choose a plan that best fits our lifestyle. It is the only way to stay motivated enough to keep slugging it out when plateaus hit.

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To be or not to be… obese? That is the question!
September 2, 2010

I strongly believe being overweight is a choice. It does not happen over night. When you reach for junk food, you are in effect subconsciously saying to yourself: “The short-term gratification that junk food brings me is more important than my health.”

Seriously think about it; does a chronic smoker get lung cancer from his first few cigarettes? Of course not! It is due to years and years of choosing to suck those chemicals down his lungs. We have a choice when faced with the decision of what we are going to eat each and every meal: “Do I want junk food or do I want a healthy body?”

Yeah, I think I am on to something here. The government should require junk food companies to follow suit with tobacco companies, making it mandatory that their foods be labeled with pictures of extremely obese people. Would that help us make the right choice?


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What it takes
March 9, 2010


You must say good-bye to the present you, and be prepared to enter into new territory. This is the start of a brand new person; a completely new, balanced life will not only change the food you eat, but also your likes and dislikes, habits, goals, and interests. If you are not quite ready to let go of your current lifestyle and the foods that go with it, you will never succeed! In fact you will be stuck in a never-ending battle against fat, a lifetime of disappointment.


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STOP Dieting!
February 17, 2010

If you are on a diet now or thinking about starting one, please take a few minutes to read this blog entry. It may very well change the way you look at food and your approach to living a longer and healthier life.

To better define the word diet could be; “the practice of ingesting food in a regulated fashion to achieve or maintain a controlled weight.” Wikipedia. “Or a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Both those definitions raise a red flag, not to mention they don’t sound too appealing. The red flag I am referring to is the word “weight”. In our all or nothing approach to getting slim we have become so fixated with the numbers on the scale, that we have forgotten what kind of weight we are losing.

Did you know that an unbalanced diet or fad diet can cause you to lose lean muscle along with fat? We need to have a different outlook than simply losing weight! What you want is to lose fat, and maintain muscle.

If you are like me and have been dieting for a while you have most likely tried a few out there. Most diets can generally be divided into four categories: low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-protein, and low-calorie. The main problem with any diet that fits into any of these categories is that you will lose muscle mass along with fat. As you will soon find out, muscle is your best friend in terms of fat loss and you have to learn how to safeguard it at all costs.

It is true you will get results from a lot of diets out there, but if they don’t promote balance and severely restrict fat, carbs, protein or calories – take my word for it; you are setting yourself up for failure. Diets are a short-term fix and are not practical for the long term. It’s now your time to ditch the diet and start leading a more balanced and beautiful life.


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