fitlife.tv http://fitlife.tv Health and Fitness Education Entertainment and Inspiration Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:40:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 USC Researchers Discover How to Regenerate Your Entire Immune System in 72 Hours http://fitlife.tv/usc-researchers-discover-how-to-regenerate-your-entire-immune-system-in-72-hours/ http://fitlife.tv/usc-researchers-discover-how-to-regenerate-your-entire-immune-system-in-72-hours/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:35:30 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50989 White blood cells (right) help immune response, and they can be recycled through fasting, the study showed.

White blood cells (right) help immune response, and they can be recycled through fasting, the study showed.

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By Nick Meyer 

The immune system is something that is highly misunderstood not just by everyday people but also by the many conventional doctors who we depend on for health advice.

Most people resort to things like synthetic vitamins and medicines (ignoring better natural alternatives) to deal with colds and improve immunity, but the cycle of sickness always seems to continue.

For people with compromised immune systems, there are many natural options, and now researchers have discovered what could well be one of the best ways to reset and recharge your immune system; one that happens to be free and is believed to work even in the elderly as well.

Three Days to a Whole New Immune System

According to researchers at the University of Southern California, the act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in elderly people.

The researchers said that fasting helps the body’s stem cells to begin producing new white blood cells, which help to fight off infection.

They added that the discovery could be especially effective for people suffering from damaged immune systems, including chemotherapy patients, who were protected from the toxic impacts of the treatment during the fasting period (note: we personally don’t recommend chemotherapy; consult a holistic doctor for more information).

Flipping a “Regenerative Switch”

As the researchers noted, the act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in elderly people.

“Fasting gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” Prof. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, told the UK’s The Telegraph.

He added that the body actually removed parts that were damaged, old or inefficient during the fasting process, creating “literally, a new immune system.”

According to Dr. Longo a person’s system recycles unneeded immune cells, especially damaged ones, in order to create energy while they are fasting.

Over the course of his study’s trials, participants were asked to regularly fast between 2-4 days over a 6 month period.

The study was released in June and Dr. Longo said that clinical trials must still be completed, but added that the research looks “very promising.”

You can read the full study in the journal ‘Cell Stem Cell’ by clicking here.

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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6 Easy Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones http://fitlife.tv/6-easy-ways-to-prevent-kidney-stones/ http://fitlife.tv/6-easy-ways-to-prevent-kidney-stones/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:54:03 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50977 Kidney-Stones

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Hey friend, came across this article on one of the sites I follow and wanted to share it with you. This is in not intended to be a replacement for something your doctor would advise. Always consult your physician. 

Did you know that one in ten people will have a kidney stone over the course of a lifetime? Recent studies have shown that kidney stone rates are on the rise across the country. Those in the know believe that some major misconceptions may be the culprit.

The National Kidney Foundation has teamed up with Dr. Allan Jhagroo, a kidney stone specialist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, to help you stay stone-free this summer by debunking some of the major kidney stone myths and misconceptions.

“It’s not just patients who have fallen prey to kidney stone misconceptions. It’s surprising how many practicing doctors and nephrologists have the information all wrong when it comes to stones,” said Dr. Jhagroo.

Have you succumbed to any of these myths? Find out by learning the latest kidney stone facts! The National Kidney Foundation sets the record straight with the top 6 kidney stone prevention tips:

1. Don’t Underestimate Your Sweat. Saunas, hot yoga and heavy exercise may be good for your health, but they also may lead to kidney stones. Why? Loss of water through sweating – whether due to these activities or just the heat of summer—leads to less urine production. The more you sweat, the less you urinate, which allows for stone-causing minerals to settle and bond in the kidneys and urinary tract.

Instead: Hydrate with H2O. One of the best measures you can take to avoid kidney stones is to drink plenty of water, leading you to urinate a lot. So, be sure to keep well hydrated, especially when engaging in exercise or activities that cause a lot of sweating.

2. It’s Not Just the Oxalate. Oxa-what? Oxalate is naturally found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, grains, legumes, and even chocolate and tea. Some examples of foods that contain high levels of oxalate include: peanuts, rhubarb, spinach, beets, chocolate and sweet potatoes. Moderating intake of these foods may be beneficial for people who form calcium oxalate stones, the leading type of kidney stones. A common misconception is that cutting the oxalate-rich foods in your diet alone will reduce the likelihood of forming calcium oxalate kidney stones. While in theory this might be true, this approach isn’t smart from an overall health perspective. Most kidney stones are formed when oxalate binds to calcium while urine is produced by the kidneys.

Instead: Eat and drink calcium and oxalate-rich foods together during a meal. In doing so, oxalate and calcium are more likely to bind to one another in the stomach and intestines before the kidneys begin processing, making it less likely that kidney stones will form.

3. Calcium is Not the Enemy. But it tends to get a bad rap! Most likely due to its name and composition, many are under the impression that calcium is the main culprit in calcium-oxalate stones. “I still see patients who wonder why they are getting recurring stones despite cutting down on their calcium intake,” said Dr. Jhagroo. “I’ve even had patients say that their doctors told them to reduce their calcium intake.” A diet low in calcium actually increases one’s risk of developing kidney stones.

Instead: Don’t reduce the calcium. Work to cut back on the sodium in your diet and to pair calcium-rich foods with oxalate-rich foods.

4. It’s Not One and Done. Passing a kidney stone is often described as one of the most painful experiences a person can have, but unfortunately, it’s not always a one-time event. Studies have shown that having even one stone greatly increases your chances of having another. “Most people will want to do anything they can to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said Dr. Jhagroo. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be the case that people make the changes they need to after their first stone event.” Research conducted by Dr. Jhagroo shows that those with kidney stones do not always heed the advice of their nephrologists and urinary specialists. About 15% of kidney stone patients didn’t take prescribed medications and 41% did not follow the nutritional advice that would keep stones from recurring.

Instead: Take action! Without the right medications and diet adjustments, stones can come back, and recurring kidney stones also could be an indicator of other problems, including kidney disease.

5. When Life Hands You Kidney Stones… don’t fret. And as the saying goes, “make lemonade.” It’s important to consider dietary remedies alongside prescription medications. While it may seem easier to just take a pill to fix a medical problem, consider what lifestyle changes will also make a big impact on your health.

Instead: Next time you drive past a lemonade (or limeade) stand, consider your kidneys. Chronic kidney stones are often treated with potassium citrate, but studies have shown that limeade, lemonade and other fruits and juices high in natural citrate offers the same stone-preventing benefits. Beware of the sugar, though, because it can increase kidney stone risk. Instead, buy sugar-free lemonade, or make your own by mixing lime or lemon juice with water and using a sugar substitute if needed. “We believe that citrate in the urine may prevent the calcium from binding with other constituents that lead to stones,” said Dr. Jhagroo. “Also, some evidence suggests that citrate may prevent crystals that are already present from binding with each other, thus preventing them from getting bigger.”

6. Not All Stones are Created Equal. In addition to calcium oxalate stones, another common type of kidney stones is uric acid stones. Meat and most high-protein foods have high concentrations of a natural chemical compound known as purines. “High purine intake leads to a higher production of uric acid and produces a larger acid load for the kidneys to excrete,” said Dr. Jhagroo. Higher uric acid excretion leads to lower overall urine pH, which means the urine is more acidic. The high acid concentration of the urine makes it easier for uric acid stones to form.

Instead: To prevent uric acid stones, mind your meats and limit your seafood intake. Cut down on high-purine foods. These include organ meats such as liver, tongue, and sweetbreads, anchovies, sardines, bacon, beef, seafood such as lobster and shrimp, cauliflower, codfish, ham, veal and venison.

For a quick, easy and powerful concoction that can help you reach your health goals, PLEASE check out our Organifi Green Juice.

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5 Healthy Habit Upgrades I Embraced While Backpacking Through Spain http://fitlife.tv/5-healthy-habit-upgrades-i-embraced-while-backpacking-through-spain/ http://fitlife.tv/5-healthy-habit-upgrades-i-embraced-while-backpacking-through-spain/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:43:31 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50961 shutterstock_115775644Nx86xdrewssexybody-3

I’m a serious book worm. I love to read, learn and put into practice the new skills and knowledge I acquire from each book. One look at my bookshelf and it is obvious I am passionate about health, wellness, self-help, business and travel. I place so much value on books that when I moved cross country (twice), I donated clothes, shoes, and purses to make room in my car for my book collection.

Now that I have been backpacking throughout Europe for the past eight months, I have little space in my bag for books (I still manage to squeeze one in here and there of course). So what is a girl to do?

I like to view the world as an open book. The places I visit, the people I meet, the foods I taste, the beautiful sights I see, are all pages of a beautiful story. Instead of diving into a book, I look up and out at the environment around me and do my best to observe as much as I can.

Here are 5 simple health tips I embraced while traveling throughout Spain:

1. The SIESTA –I absolutely fell in love with the Spanish siesta! It went against my belief that I SHOULD be consistently being productive throughout the day. But after experiencing this wonderful post lunch rest time, I entered into my afternoon refreshed and re-energized! Many shops and restaurants shut down for a few hours after lunch allowing the workers to SIESTA. It’s a great time to take a “break” from your busy day and relax. Take a nap, meditate, read a book and feed your brain, or simply just lie down and “be” – it does wonders for your overall well-being.

TIP: Take at least 20 minutes each afternoon to unplug (no cell phone, computer, TV etc.) and RELAX. Lay down on a couch. Sit on a park bench in the sun. It might feel weird at first to be doing “nothing” but once it becomes a habit this “me time” becomes sacred.

2. TAPAS – Portion control at its finest. No better way to go out and enjoy some delicious food then to head to a tapas bar. You can sample a variety of cuisine by choosing different “small plates”. Gone are the days of getting a colossal meal placed in front of you that tempts you to overeat. Tapas are typically cheap, delicious, and the perfect amount to give you some fuel to keep ya going.

TIP: Order the appetizer instead of the huge meal. Get a few different ones and share with friends. If opting for a full size meal, ask for a small plate to serve your meal to avoid over-eating (portion control).

3. Meals are an Event – While staying in Seville with a host family, I thoroughly enjoyed the meals we shared together. Lunch was their main meal of the day. During meal-time, we all sat around and enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal, while talking and sharing stories. It wasn’t rushed or served out of a box, which was great. There was a mindfulness given to enjoying the meal and spending this time together, which I really enjoyed.

TIP:Usually eat lunch alone? Ask a friend or co-worker to lunch and be present throughout the entire meal (no shoving food in your mouth, checking your cell phone or rushing). Take the time to savor your food and chat with your guest. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn about your friend and likely even notice some new flavors on your palate.

4. An Outdoor Lifestyle – Thanks to the year-round sunshine in many regions of Spain, the residents can soak up the sun and spend a lot of time outdoors. Many cafes, bars and restaurants have patios where you can enjoy your drink, while getting a healthy dose of vitamin D. Some fresh air and sun on your skin does wonders for your spirit, not to mention the energy boost!

TIP: Go for a walk every day. It’s easy. It’s free. It will make your whole body smile ☺

5. Bilingual (Eager to Learn) – I met so many people in Spain that were eager to learn more English! They were very open and willing to listen and practice English vocabulary. Learning a new language is tremendous exercise for your brain and will help keep it in tip top shape.

TIP: Enroll in a language class. A FREE idea is downloading the APP DuoLingo and doing the exercises provided. There are also many YouTube videos available nowadays as well, where you can learn basic foreign language skills, from the comfort of your own home.

About the Author

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into reality when she stepped on a plane to London, April 17, 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Through her blog, iamatraveloholic.wordpress.com, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. 

Make use of this information to hype up your very own detoxification! Start now!

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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3 Ways to be Happy – Mindset Monday http://fitlife.tv/3-ways-to-be-happy-mindset-monday/ http://fitlife.tv/3-ways-to-be-happy-mindset-monday/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:56:00 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50942

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“You’re floating in empty space in a universe that goes on forever. If you have to be here, at least be happy and enjoy the experience.”
― Michael Singer

Are you still happy with your life? How will you improve your current emotional state?

In today’s Mindset Monday, we will bring to you the 3 Simple Ways to be Happy!

1) Make meaningful goals.

We want you to ask your “Whydentity”. What motivates you to get up every morning? Selfless goals will make us meaningful goals. When we impact our community, they impact us in return.

So it’s important to have a mindset that looks at meaningful goals that benefit the community or the people that you value the most. In no avail, the positive impact that you caused to other people will go back to you hundred fold.

2) Do something every day and get a little bit better at it.

It’s always about personal growth. In life, it’s always about the journey. It’s never about what pot is waiting for us in the end. So we might as well just use our time meaningfully.

Invest on your own improvement. Allocate time to improve in your craft. Success does not happen overnight. But instead, it’s a constant trial and error process. And when you work hard for that goal, every single day, that’s when you settle to a higher standard. Until then you realise that you are already at the top of your game. So be a learner and continue learning!

3) Hone in on your craft!

While multitasking allows us to do a lot of things, it also disrupts our ability to deliver optimum results. Choose one craft that you really love! And be a master of it. Invest your time and dedication to it. And when you have acquired these skill set, you can use them to move on to your other interests.

Check out the extra tip we gave in the video above! It’s the key to unlocking the secrets of happiness!

For a quick, easy and powerful concoction that can help you reach your health goals, PLEASE check out our Organifi Green Juice.

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It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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Juicing to Treat Migraines, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis http://fitlife.tv/juicing-to-treat-migraines-fibromyalgia-and-osteoarthritis/ http://fitlife.tv/juicing-to-treat-migraines-fibromyalgia-and-osteoarthritis/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:55:40 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50928 Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 9.51.31 PMNx86xdrewssexybody-3

Hey friend, came across this article on one of the sites I follow and wanted to share it with you. This is in not intended to be a replacement for something your doctor would advise. Always consult your physician. 

Juicing – a health phenomenon that is trending across the nation – touts many health benefits towards a healthy lifestyle. With an easily digested arsenal of vitamins and minerals from different sources, juicing has allowed dieters and health nuts to benefit from delicious blends of nature’s energy drink. But more and more, juicing is being used to help treat chronic illnesses and disorders such as migraines, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis.

Migraines – Migraines and any other kind of headache for that matter can be enough to stop anyone in their tracks. The key to avoiding or treating major headaches and migraines is to include heavy doses of calcium and magnesium in your juice mix. Fennel carries large amounts of both, while ginger adds nice flavor and is a natural pain reliever. A mixture of Fennel, carrots, apples, pineapple, ginger, and cabbage in your juicer should be enough to ease the symptoms of a migraine and has a sweet taste from the apples and pineapple.

Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia is best treated when juices incorporate high levels of antioxidants. When trying to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia it is important to incorporate high energy fruits and vegetables along with those high in antioxidants. Mixing cranberries, cherries, carrots, celery, and spinach will give you a large dose of antioxidants and high energy as well. Apples and ginger can also be added for taste and pain management.

Osteoarthritis – The secret to treating osteoarthritis by juicing is anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. These can come from a variety of sources of fresh fruits. Mix dark pigmented fruit such as cherries, blackberries, and red grapes with ginger, and honey. The dark pigmented fruit contain anthocyanins which have been documented to have both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory values. The ginger and honey make it more palatable and provide pain management.

Juicing is a quality source of vegetable and fruit nutrition in a manageable and enjoyable system. The key to any chronic illness management is to commit to a certain therapy and follow through with it. With some planning, these juicing ideas can be incorporated into any daily routine and begin to provide relief for migraines, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis.

Make use of this information to hype up your very own detoxification! Start now!

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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MAP: How Does Your State Rank In The Local Food Movement? http://fitlife.tv/map-how-does-your-state-rank-in-the-local-food-movement/ http://fitlife.tv/map-how-does-your-state-rank-in-the-local-food-movement/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:09:42 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50915 Farmers_Market
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The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has more than doubled in the past ten years. This reflects a growing interest in locally produced food and a growing awareness of the dangers that centralized, industrialized food production poses to our health and the environment.

But not all areas of the country share the same enthusiasm. Using several parameters related to local food production and consumption, Strolling of the Heifers (SOTH) compiled a report known as the “Locavore Index.”

Locavorism, as described by SOTH, is based on several data sources related to farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), and food hubs in a per-capita comparison of consumers’ interest in eating locally-sourced foods.

It’s not a surprise to learn that Vermont ranks first, with 16 farmer’s markets or CSA programs per 100,000 residents. Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Idaho make up the top 10 states with the most locavorism.

Little enthusiasm is evident across the southernmost part of the country, as Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, Florida and Texas rank worst in terms of local food availability per capita. Even though Texas has a good total number of farmers markets and CSAs, it is not proportionate to a population of over 26 million.

Vermont is a leader in local and sustainable food. Besides the high demand among its residents and the state’s agricultural heritage, Vermont has implemented economic strategies to boost local food and agriculture. Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross said:

A strong local food system creates economic opportunities, preserves the working landscape, serves the nutritional needs of a region, and provides a point of connection for the community.”

Let’s continue to support locavorism in our own cities and towns. Support local farmers and advocates working to bring our food system into a realm of sustainability, good health, and sound local economies.

See how your state stacks up below:

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“For all the attention that locavorism has received in recent years, reliable and consistent state-by-state statistics on local food consumption are hard to come by,” said Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers “If we all agree that growing, buying and eating local foods is good, then we need to do a better job of measuring it,” Munzing said.

The Index says the top three states for locavorism, are (in order) Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, rankings that are unchanged from last year. Oregon moved up to fourth place (from seventh in 2013), and Hawaii came in fifth (from 13th in 2013). Rounding out the top 10 were Rhode Island, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana and Iowa.

“This ranking reflects the commitment Vermonters have made to community based agriculture,” said Chuck Ross, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets. “From the farm and food system entrepreneurs who are providing local foods, to the schools and institutions that are stepping up to integrate local foods, to the individual Vermonters who are making healthy, local choices, our state has embraced a systems approach to agriculture.”

Along with the Index, Strolling of the Heifers released its list of 10 reasons to increase the use of local foods, stressing that local foods are more sustainable, healthier, better for the environment and economically positive than foods sourced from large-scale, globalized food systems.

Strolling of the Heifers’ 10 reasons to consume local foods:

1. Supports local farms: Buying local food keeps local farms healthy and creates local jobs at farms and in local food processing and distribution systems.

2. Boosts local economy: Food dollars spent at local farms and food producers stay in the local economy, creating more jobs at other local businesses.

3. Less travel: Local food travels much less distance to market than typical fresh or processed grocery store foods, therefore using less fuel and generating fewer greenhouse gases.

4. Less waste: Because of the shorter distribution chains for local foods, less food is wasted in distribution, warehousing and merchandising.

5. More freshness: Local food is fresher, healthier and tastes better, because it spends less time in transit from farm to plate, and therefore loses fewer nutrients and incurs less spoilage.

6. New and better flavors: When you commit to buy more local food, you’ll discover interesting new foods, tasty new ways to prepare food, and a new appreciation of the pleasure of each season’s foods.

7. Good for the soil: Local food encourages diversification of local agriculture, which reduces the reliance on monoculture — single crops grown over a wide area to the detriment of soils.

8. Attracts tourists: Local foods promote agritourism — farmers markets and opportunities to visit farms and local food producers help draw tourists to a region.

9. Preserves open space: Buying local food helps local farms survive and thrive, keeping land from being redeveloped into suburban sprawl.

10. Builds more connected communities: Local foods create more vibrant communities by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them healthy local foods. As customers of CSAs and farmers markets have discovered, they are great places to meet and connect with friends as well as farmers!

The Components of the Index are:

-Farmers markets, which are generally cooperative efforts to market locally produced food in a central location where consumers can select and purchase food from multiple farm enterprises. 

-CSAs (consumer-supported agriculture), which are cooperative agreements between farmers and consumers; consumers buy shares in a farm’s output, and have some say in what is grown. When crops come in, they are divided among shareholders according to the volume of their shares, and the rest may be sold at market. CSA farmers get revenue in advance to cover costs of tilling, soil preparation and seed. Shareholders get fresh produce grown locally and contribute to sustainable farming practices.

-Farm-to-School programs, in which schools buy and feature locally produced, farm-fresh foods. Participating schools usually also add nutrition, culinary and food science components to their curriculum, and may experiential learning opportunities such as farm visits, school gardens and composting.

-Food hubs, which are facilities that handle the aggregation, distribution and marketing of foods from a group of farms and food producers in a region. Food hubs are often cooperatively owned, though many are private enterprises.

Sources for the data used in the Index includes three U.S. Department of Agriculture databases: farmers markets (updated monthly), food hubs, and the Farm-to-School Census; the U.S. Census bureau (July 2012 estimates of population); and the California-based local food resource directory LocalHarvest, a frequently-updated database of CSAs. Here is the complete data grid used in compiling the Index.

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The 2014 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index state rankings are: (The number in parentheses is the 2013 rank.)

1. Vermont (1)
2. Maine (2)
3. New Hampshire (3)
4. Oregon (7)
5. Hawaii (13)
6. Rhode Island (11)
7. North Dakota (4)
8. Wisconsin (9)
9. Montana (6)
10. Iowa (5)
11. Massachusetts (12)
12. Idaho (10)
13. Minnesota (16)
14. West Virginia (23)
15. Maryland (29)
16. Alaska (17)
17. District of Columbia (24)
18. Delaware (30)
19. Wyoming (8)
20. Connecticut (15)
21. Colorado (19)
22. North Carolina (31)
23. New York (25)
24. Virginia (28)
25. Washington (21)
26. Michigan (22)
27. South Dakota (14)
28. Kentucky (18)
29. South Carolina (37)
30. Nebraska (20)
31. Missouri (34)
32. Kansas (26)
33. New Mexico (27)
34. Pennsylvania (32)
35. Tennessee (40)
36. Indiana (33)
37. Ohio (36)
38. California (42)
39. New Jersey (46)
40. Georgia (43)
41. Florida (50)
42. Alabama (35)
43. Utah (44)
44. Illinois (39)
45. Mississippi (41)
46. Oklahoma (45)
47. Arkansas (38)
48. Louisiana (49)
49. Arizona (48)
50. Nevada (47)
51. Texas (51)

Make use of this information to hype up your very own detoxification! Start now!

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Sources: 

http://www.realfarmacy.com/how-does-your-state-measure-up-in-the-local-food-movement/
http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/locavore

Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth http://fitlife.tv/the-top-10-healthiest-seeds-on-earth/ http://fitlife.tv/the-top-10-healthiest-seeds-on-earth/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:48:12 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50907 seeds-heroNx86xdrewssexybody-3

They come in all different sizes, shapes and colours. The seed is an embryonic plant itself and the origin of nutrition. A plant goes to great lengths to produce each seed and fill it with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins,essential oils and dormant enzymes. If you’re looking for a high quality, nutritious and filling snack, seeds are tough to beat. Let’s look at the ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them.

A seed is life. It is a living food. It is impossible to eat a raw seed and not derive nutrition. Many seeds are edible and the majority of human calories comes from seeds, especially from legumes and nuts. Seeds also provide most cooking oils, many beverages and spices and some important food additives. In different seeds the seed embryo or the endosperm dominates and provides most of the nutrients. The storage proteins of the embryo and endosperm differ in their amino acid content and physical properties.

How to Eat Seeds

There is only one way to derive nutrition from seeds and that is to eat them raw. Once they are exposed to heat, they produce toxic substances and the vitamin, mineral and essential oil profiles are denatured. By roasting a seed, its classification moves from a living food to a dead food.

There is no seed on earth that can withstand roasting or heating without breaking down its nutritional components. Always remember, eat seeds naturally…eat them raw.

This also means they can be soaked, ground or mashed (i.e.tahini), especially if a seed’s shell or coat is to difficult to pierce with the teeth.

  • Choose raw and unsalted seeds
  • Avoid coated or roasted seeds
  • Avoid sugar coated seeds

 

The 10 Healthiest Seeds

1. CHIA SEEDS

Consider these facts about Chia seeds:
– 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans
– 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
– 3 times more iron than spinach
– 6 times more calcium than milk
– 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
– 8 times more omega-3 than salmon
– 10 times more fiber than rice
– 15 times more magnesium than broccoli

The seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals, are an excellent source of fiber, protein and antioxidants, and are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption of chia seeds could help reduce joint pain, aid in weight loss, deliver an energy boost and protect against serious ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.

The seeds are gluten-free, which also makes them appealing to people with celiac disease or an aversion to gluten.

Consumption of chia seeds may increase blood levels of the long chain omega-3 EPA by 30%, says a new study from the Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina.

Chia seeds are a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of “short-chain” omega-3 fatty acid, whereas fish is a source of the “long-chain” fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). While growing research has linked consumption of EPA and DHA to heart health, improved brain function and possible other health benefits such as improvement in depression or rheumatoid arthritis, studies are now suggesting that ALA may bring about redistribution associated with heart and liver protection.

Consumption of chia seeds as a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) may bring about redistribution associated with heart and liver protection.

The top benefits of chia seeds
 are far reaching and as far as superfoods go, this is undeniably one of the top ten.

 2. HEMP SEEDS

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More people are discovering the nutritional benefits of hemp seed, nut and oil.

Hemp contains:

– All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
– A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
– Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.3
– Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
– A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid — for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
– A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
– A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
– The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.

According to the hemp growers industry, industrial hemp grown for food, fuel and natural fibers contains virtually no THC (less than .3%).

In fact, when hemp is processed into hemp seed oil and hemp seed milk, for example, it further reduces the minute amount of THC in hemp.

And yet, there’s still a stigma due to the long-standing idea that hemp and marijuana are one in the same. Hemp is actually categorized with marijuana as part of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and is therefore illegal to grow in the US.

The best way to insure the body has enough amino acid material to make the globulins is to eat foods high inglobulin proteins. Since hemp seed protein is 65% globulin edistin, and also includes quantities of albumin, its protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma. Eating hemp seeds gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health, and provides the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune enhancing gamma globulins. Eating hemp seeds could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed was used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.

3. POMEGRANATE SEEDS

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Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants. Therefore, it helps to protect your body’s cells from free radicals, which cause premature aging.

In simple words, pomegranate juice pumps the level of oxygen in your blood. The antioxidants fight free radicalsand prevents blood clots. This eventually helps the blood to flow freely in your body in turn improving the oxygen levels in your blood.

Pomegranates are especially high in polyphenols, a form of antioxidant purported to help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. In fact, pomegranate juice, which contains health-boosting tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, has higher antioxidant activity than green tea and red wine.

The pomegranate, with its edible seeds inside juicy sacs, is high in vitamin C and potassium, low in calories (80 per serving, which is just under one-third of a medium fruit), and a good source of fibre.

The antioxidant properties of a pomegranate prevent low-density lipoprotein cholesterol from oxidizing. This essentially means that pomegranates prevent the hardening of the artery walls with excess fat, leaving your arteries fat free and pumping with antioxidants.

“Mice that drank pomegranate juice were able to significantly reduce the progression of atherosclerosis, [by] at least 30 percent,” said study co-author Dr. Claudio Napoli, a professor of medicine and clinical pathology at the University of Naples School of Medicine in Italy.

Pomegranate health benefits run bone deep; it can reduce the damage on the cartilage for those hit with arthritis. This fruit has the ability to lessen the inflammation and fights the enzymes that destroy the cartilage. 

4. FLAX SEEDS

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Dietary fiber from flaxseed suppresses rises in blood levels of lipids after a meal and modulate appetite.

University of Copenhagen researchers report that flax fiber suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss.

Flax has been cultivated for centuries and has been celebrated for its usefulness all over the world. Hippocrates wrote about using flax for the relief of abdominal pains, and the French Emperor Charlemagne favored flax seed so much that he passed laws requiring its consumption!

The main health benefits of flax seed are due to its rich content of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), dietary fiber, and lignans.

The essential fatty acid ALA is a powerful anti-inflammatory, decreasing the production of agents that promote inflammation and lowering blood levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation. Through the actions of the ALA and lignans, flax has been shown to block tumor growth in animals and may help reduce cancer risk in humans.

Lignans are phytoestrogens, plant compounds that have estrogen-like effects and antioxidant properties. Phytoestrogens help to stabilize hormonal levels, reducing the symptoms of PMS and menopause, and potentially reducing the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer.

The fiber in flax seed promotes healthy bowel function. One tablespoon of whole flax seed contains as much fiber as half a cup of cooked oat bran. Flax’s soluble fibers can lower blood cholesterol levels, helping reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Ground flax seed provides more nutritional benefits than does the whole seed. Grind the seeds at home using a coffee grinder or blender, and add them to cereals, baked goods and smoothies.

5. PUMPKIN SEEDS

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They are the only seed that is alkaline-forming in this world of highly acidic diets.

Add pumpkin seeds to your list of foods rich in protein. 100 grams of seeds on a daily basis provide 54 percent of the daily requirement in terms of protein.

Most of us pop pills to replenish deficiency of vitamin B-complex, try pumpkin seeds next time. Pumpkin seeds are a good source for vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.

For those who are down in the dumps, pumpkin seeds can help fight through depression. The chemical component L-tryptophan is the secret ingredient to boost your mood.

Did you know that pumpkin seeds can prevent kidney stones? Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds can help prevent certain kidney stone formations like calcium oxalate kidney stone.

Pumpkin seeds even hold the secret to fighting parasites, especially tapeworms. 

6. APRICOT SEEDS

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Apricot kernels are, like most nuts and seeds, very nutritious. Among the nutrients they contain is one called amygdalin, which is also known as vitamin B17. This attacks cancer cells, and thus can help prevent cancer from breaking out in our bodies.

Amygdalin (vitamin B17) is contained in many hundreds of foods, but ones that are particularly rich in amygdalin have disappeared to a large extent from our Western diet. Peoples throughout the world who still eat a traditional diet, have been found to be largely free from cancer. These diets are rich in foods containing amygdalin.

Apart from apricot kernels, examples of other amygdalin rich foods are bitter almonds (amygdalin tastes bitter – sweet almonds do not contain it, and apricot kernels that are not bitter do not contain it). Other foods containing amygdalin are apple pips, grape seeds, millet, broad beans, most berries, cassava and many other seeds, beans, pulses and grains – but not ones that have been highly hybridized.

For prevention, however, Dr Ernst T Krebs Jr., the biochemist who first produced laetrile (concentrated amygdalin) in the 1950s, recommended that if a person would eat ten to twelve apricot kernels a day for life, then barring the equivalent of Chernobyl, he is likely to be cancer free.

7. SESAME SEEDS

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Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity.

Not only are sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

8. SUNFLOWER SEEDS

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Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.

Sesame seeds have some of the highest total phytosterol content of seeds. Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers.

Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

9. CUMIN SEEDS

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Cumin is a seed that has been used since antiquity. This traditional herb is known for its health benefits and medicinal uses for hundreds of years.

Cumin is useful for digestive disorders and even as an antiseptic. The seeds themselves are rich in iron and help boost the power of the liver.

Cumin also helps relieve symptoms of common cold. If you have a sore throat, try adding some dry ginger to cumin water, to help soothe it.

Cumin juice makes for a great tonic for the body even if you don’t have a specific ailment. It is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism more efficient.

It is also considered to be a powerful kidney and liver herb which can help boost the immune system. It’s also believed that black cumin seeds can treat asthma and arthritis.

10. GRAPE SEEDS

grapeseed

Grape seeds have a great concentration of vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and polyphenols.

Grape seed extract may prevent heart diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. By limiting lipid oxdation, phenolics in grape seeds may reduce risk of heart disease, such as by inhibiting platelet aggregation and reducing inflammation.

A study published in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that grape seed extract (GSE) kills squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

Grape seeds may even reduce the infectivity of Norovirus surrogates according to research published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Seeds anyone? 

Make use of this information to hype up your very own detoxification! Start now!

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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Juice Recipe To Fight Seasonal Depression – Saturday Strategy http://fitlife.tv/recipe-to-fight-seasonal-depression-saturday-strategy/ http://fitlife.tv/recipe-to-fight-seasonal-depression-saturday-strategy/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:23:16 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50891

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25 million Americans report experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, and most of them are women. Typically when approaching a topic like depression, there are two schools of thought. First, we have the technical, scientific approach. We can talk about chemical reactions in the body, how happiness is just a chemical, and so depression, the lack of happiness, must be some sort of chemical imbalance. Honestly, I WON’T disagree with that. I have experienced some depression in my life. I also experienced firsthand a radical transformation when I changed my diet. I KNOW it was an inner metamorphosis of the chemicals and hormones in my body. There’s a lot of science to back up the whole “feelings are chemicals” concept. Many clinical tests and trials have concluded that our feelings of happiness have a direct correlation with the following “happy hormones”.

  • Serotonin - This hormone is DIRECTLY responsible for feelings of happiness.  Boost your serotonin with sunlight, flax seeds, sour cherries, and bananas.
  • Phenylethylamine - This is the hormone we feel while we’re in love.  Yes, large amounts of chocolate can boost this hormone (although I would recommend raw cacao over chocolate.)  Legumes and nuts also add to the “love” drug that our body creates.
  • Endorphins - Endorphins reduce our sensitivity to pain, and lower our stress.  We can increase our endorphin production by aromatherapy with vanilla, cinnamon, drinking ginseng tea, and my personal favorite’s Laughter and Exercise!

However, I’d be doing you all a disservice if I took these beautiful feelings we have, our emotions of love, hope, joy, along with our memories, our intuition, our faith, and wrote them all off as some accidental chemistry experiment.  I believe each and every one of us has a divine purpose, with enormous potential for loving, building, creating and healing.  So here are 2 huge “mental ingredients” for finding happiness and overcoming seasonal depression.

young-womanBe Grateful – As I talked about in a recent Mindset Monday video, part of my daily ritual is to think of at least 30 things that I’m grateful for, and list them off before bed.  Try it.  At least 30.  The first few will be big, but as you begin reaching for other blessings, be them people, opportunities, or experiences, you’ll notice your mood begin to change.  You’re starting to  almost “re-experience” each blessing.  This wonderful ritual is helping you slow down, and really appreciate the little things. Your perspective is slowly shifting, and life’s problems are starting to shrink, as the gratitude and thankfulness of all we’ve been given begins to grow larger.

jump-for-loveLove More - So many times I’ve walked into a room, initiated a partnership, friendship, or relationship thinking “how am I going to benefit from this?” Once I began seeing myself as a healer, like we all are, with an infinite source of love at our fingertips, I was able to step outside of my own needs.  I see now that, I have everything that I need.  I understand now that every encounter, and every chance experience is an opportunity to show love, caring, and concern for other beings.  If you see me on the street or in a grocery store, I’m probably not hugging and kissing a total stranger (well not anymore) but you will see me trading stories and doing my best to make people smile and feel special.  The most beautiful part about loving more, is once you take that step, that’s when the magic happens.  That’s when you see the love and fulfillment reflected back, and eventually, it will spread from person to person, and you are now beginning to see how were are all infinitely connected.

So today, let’s make a Seasonal Depression Fighting Juice!  Here’s what’s in it:

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  • 1 Orange
  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 1 Bunch Mint Leaves
Instructions
  1. Gather everything and make sure each ingredient is properly cleansed.
  2. Prepare the juicer.
  3. Add each ingredient to the juicer making sure to extract its juice properly.
  4. Transfer the juice to a clean glass container.
  5. Season with love and gratitude, share with the family and enjoy!

As I mentioned, seasonal depression affects at least 10% of Americans, and the root cause can be internal or external.  I have clients who’ve drastically changed their mood PERMANENTLY when they boosted their micro-nutrient intake.  I also know clients who needed that little extra.  That mindset shift.  That’s why I always stress the Mind & Body connection.  

unnamedyuJust like that superfood juice our body needs every day, we need the right “mental ingredients” to keep our mind functioning smoothly and happily.  Call it a “mindset recipe” if you like.  That’s why I am proud to announce that I’m releasing something that I’ve been working on for years.  It’s called Whydentity: 17 Practices to Help You Transform Your Mind and Live Your Life’s Purpose.  These are the practices that I use daily to keep my mind focused, to stay calm and peaceful during challenging times.  These are the mental disciplines that I implement to help me carve out and attract a fulfilling life of opportunity and purpose.  These are my secrets to… well I can’t tell you everything now. Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you all the exciting details in just a couple weeks!

Until then, let’s continue to step up our nutrition with foods that boost our happy hormones.  Let’s also practice to give more and love more.  These physical and mental ingredients will help form the Happiness Recipe to keep our chins up this time of year, with a bright shining smile and glowing energy.  Please leave a comment below telling us about your quest fighting seasonal depression, and how you have used natural organic ingredients or giving and loving to keep yourself in good spirits.

We are proud to announce the winner of this week’s Juicer Giveaway, and here he is:

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You deserve this. :)

For a quick, easy and powerful concoction that can help you reach your health goals, PLEASE check out our Organifi Green Juice.

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It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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Why Every Goal Needs To Be Out Of Your Head On Paper: 5 Key Tips To Manifesting Your Future http://fitlife.tv/why-every-goal-needs-to-be-out-of-your-head-on-paper-5-key-tips-to-manifesting-your-future/ http://fitlife.tv/why-every-goal-needs-to-be-out-of-your-head-on-paper-5-key-tips-to-manifesting-your-future/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:40:26 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=50872 iStock_000005614684Large

drewssexybody (3)It was January 1st, 2013 and I was so thankful for a new beginning. The previous year was a rough one: new job, huge break-up, new apartment…a whole new life.

And in tough and challenging times, we ultimately have a choice. You either decide to let it grow you or break you. I was determined to take the growth path.

So this year, I did something different. My New Years eve was cut short by a friend getting sick, so as I sat and cried watching Sex And The City New Years Eve night instead of celebrating out and about with friends. I began New Years Day with an 8am workout, which I said would set the tone for the year ahead.

New-Year-4After my workout, I sat for hours. I wrote out my goals for the year, where I wanted to be before the next year came. This was my year. I was going to meet the man I was going to marry, I was going to grow my blog and I was going to write a book. This was it! No more excuses! It was going to happen, because I wasn’t taking no for an answer.

How was 2013 going to be different than all the years prior? I mean, I had always wanted all of these things, but why weren’t they in my life yet? The old Lindsey would have told you it was luck. But the me now begs to differ.

I knew the answer: it was because the old Lindsey didn’t put it out to the universe. And as a result, the old Lindsey was constantly settling for less than her worth.

So I made a decision. I decided to put that pen to paper and I refused to settle for less than achieving my goals. It was about commitment and I was finally ready to go for it!

When something is on paper, it’s easier to visualize the outcome. You can see what you want written down and you can make a plan to achieve it. But when it’s just an idea in your head, it’s a lot easier to forget about.

That same day, I wrote myself a note, complete with the most impactful manifestation piece I’d ever written to myself.

thinking-girlIt said, “This is the year I am going to meet the man I am going to marry. I hope that it is Mr. Mo (my ex), but I am not attached to the outcome. I want someone that is going to show up, be there through thick and thin, and someone that loves me for me. And I will not settle for less than that!”

And that entire year living in a small studio apartment, I made sure I had my goals and manifestation all in plain site. I also read that little piece of paper every single night. I’m sure there were tear drops all over it, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I made a vow to myself. This was my year. Period.

The end result was life-changing.

In 2013, I wrote a book, I re-connected with Mr. Mo and had the courage to stand up for what I wanted (marriage), I met my now business partner and started our business (marketing co-op) and most importantly, I found me. The me that had once been the silent voice within was now who I was on the outside, stronger than ever.

I want this year to be the biggest growth year you have ever had and it is absolutely possible!

Here are 5 Tips that are key when setting your goals:

  1. Get your goals on paper. I have tried hundreds of different goal templates and I am a firm believer in simply using one that fits your personality. But no matter which one it is, make sure that you write everything out on paper first. I like to break mine down into personal, financial and business, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have 10 categories or leave it at one. To start, I would “idea dump” them. Just write them all out. Then, you can go back and revise until you have a workable list to start with.
  2. You need you be extremely specific. One year, I wrote I was going to be in a serious relationship by the end of the year and I was! But I actually realized I didn’t want a serious relationship, I wanted a husband! You gotta ask for what you want specifically! You can’t just order chicken and expect the chef to know you wanted chicken marsala! To get specific, list out out your exact goal and a time frame. So for me it was “I will meet my husband by November 2013, he will love me for me and I will not settle for anything less than that!” Ask for what you want and the universe will deliver, I promise :)
  3. Be realistic. Okay, so this one is always hard for me, but I tend to be that person that shoves 30 goals onto their plate at once. For example, this year I got married, quit my day job and started a business…all in 6 months.Which resulted in me being completely exhausted! So pick a realistic number of goals that you can achieve. My rule of thumb is 1 big goal in each category. So if you are using personal, financial and business, have 1 big goal in each of those. Then add a few little goals to strive towards along the way to keep you motivated.
  4. Take it one year at a time. I like to write down my goals for the year. I like to work with smaller pieces, so for our business, we break them down into 90 days. Most people will tell you to look at 5 years…10 years… But man, a lot changes in that time! And I believe that everything has a way of working itself out, which often means that your goals shift. However, I do think it is great to envision what you want your future to look like. So if that is you and your spouse on a boat in Hawaii, well then you can keep that vision in mind and ask yourself as you make your goals, are those the type of goals that are going to get you to that boat in Hawaii? If they aren’t, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate
  5. Always keep your bigger purpose in mind. Many people talk about your “why” and “purpose”. If you haven’t found what that is exactly yet, that’s okay! It is within you, it just takes a little work to uncover. It helps to ask yourself “why am I on this earth?” “What is the gift that I am supposed to share with others?” For me, my purpose is to be a real and raw voice about life’s lessons and failures to help people feel that the impossible, is possible! So when I think about my goals, I keep that in mind. Whether it be personal goals or business goals, are they in-line with my “why.” Because when your goals and actions are in-line with your “why”, the path to get there is so much more enjoyable :)

So as the New year approaches, I want to challenge you with something….

  • Take one hour before January first and get a blank piece of paper.
  • Write out all of your goals for the year.
  • Then, put them in order according to priority. Eliminate anything that doesn’t fit with your bigger vision (yep, cross them out).
  • Then put dates next to each of your goals. Give yourself a realistic time-frame.
  • Now get a fresh piece of paper and transfer over your goals that made the cut.
  • And start making a plan. How will you achieve them? Who can help?

I want to see pictures in the comments below. Your life can be whatever you want it to be. You have the tools, now it’s time to put them to use!


unnameduWritten By: Lindsey Morando

Lindsey Morando comes from over 13 years of marketing experience in all different industries (including fitness, restaurant, retail and much more)! She is the author of It’s Just The Beginning, Break Up, Get Up & Walk Away (itsjustthebeginning.com). She loves strategizing, helping entrepreneurs make the impossible, possible and helping people find their inner-gift and share it with the world. She spent her 20’s going from the restaurant industry as a Director of Marketing to most recently begin the co-founder of marketing co-op (mktco-op.com) with a lot of jobs in between. To her, it is not the resume experience that matters; it is the failures, successes and the lessons learned in between that have truly shaped her journey. Her purpose is simple. Regardless of the industry and/or personal background, she longs to be a real and raw voice about failures, success stories and life experiences in love, life and business. To help those that don’t know where to start and give hope in making the impossible seem possible. And most importantly, to help people find their purpose, tell their STORY, and make a difference in this world.


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drewssexybody (3)Goals. Goals are scary. Scratch that, goals are flat out frightening. I have been thinking recently about why goals are so scary and I realized it is because they make you vulnerable. When you put a goal out there and tell the world, the world is holding you accountable and that is a lot of pressure!

But with vulnerability, comes possibility.  For anyone who has ever accomplished a goal, you know that the feeling of achieving that goal is worth the vulnerability, a hundred times over.


A few years ago, I put a big goal out there. I wanted to shave 30 minutes off of my half marathon time. I wanted to go from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 2 hours. I worked for a fitness facility and imagine the shock in peoples eyes when I looked at them and said “I think I can do it.” “I think” became “I will”, and “I will” became, well, scary. But I made a commitment, I wrote it down, I planned it and I was determined to see it through.

negative-people-300x1991When people tell me something isn’t possible, that is actually code for “Lindsey, figure out how to make it happen.” “You can’t” or “never” are not words that are in my vocabulary. And while at times these have been considered strengths, there have been other times where people see this as stubbornness. With my half marathon goal though, it was definitely a key quality that kept me going.

Perhaps I did it for the shock factor. Perhaps I did it because everyone looked at me like I was crazy. Either way, I knew I could do it and because of that, I would do it. I spent 2 solid months training, 6 days a week, running at the track, running in the morning, cross-training, yoga. You name it, I did it. And almost 2 years ago, my dream came to life.

As I set out the day of the race, I was having some hip issues. I knew that anaerobically I could do it, but for once in my life I was actually concerned that my body might not be able to see me through. I had to massively curve my training in the end and wasn’t able to fully complete my last 2 weeks. But, I knew I had a choice. I could keep pushing my body when I knew I needed to rest, or just rest and trust that everything that I had done up to that point would get me through that finish line. I chose to trust.

On the day of the race, that trust, commitment and most importantly, remembering that the world was holding me accountable for that goal, pushed me through that finish line. My final time was 2 hours and 3 minutes (I had to stop at the porta potty & there was a line).

write-accomplishment-storiesI didn’t have a watch and I had no phone, so when I crossed the finish line, I had no idea what my time was, but what I did know was this: I accomplished my goal and I did my best. I made a goal, I stuck to the training and I was disciplined. So really, in the end, the time it took me didn’t matter. What mattered was the action steps I took to achieve it. What mattered was that I took the initiative to put it out there. What mattered was that, for a period of time, I allowed myself to be vulnerable for the chance of having that moment of accomplishment. And it was totally worth it.

So, the next time you feel scared of one of a big goal, remember the last time you achieved a something great and the “high” you got from that. And use that energy and excitement to drive you towards your next big goal. Challenge yourself to think just a little bit bigger today, because you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to! I promise.


unnameduWritten By: Lindsey Morando 

Lindsey Morando comes from over 13 years of marketing experience in all different industries (including fitness, restaurant, retail and much more)! She is the author of It’s Just The Beginning, Break Up, Get Up & Walk Away (itsjustthebeginning.com). She loves strategizing, helping entrepreneurs make the impossible, possible and helping people find their inner-gift and share it with the world. She spent her 20’s going from the restaurant industry as a Director of Marketing to most recently begin the co-founder of marketing co-op (mktco-op.com) with a lot of jobs in between. To her, it is not the resume experience that matters; it is the failures, successes and the lessons learned in between that have truly shaped her journey. Her purpose is simple. Regardless of the industry and/or personal background, she longs to be a real and raw voice about failures, success stories and life experiences in love, life and business. To help those that don’t know where to start and give hope in making the impossible seem possible. And most importantly, to help people find their purpose, tell their STORY, and make a difference in this world.


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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician. Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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