Koolaid To Kale

3-months

Quite simply put……….are you tired of starting over……AGAIN! “THIS will be my year” you said about 330 days ago.  Yet, as the last month of the year looms, your mind drifts to the short comings of your health goals that … Continue reading

Post RESET Week 2 Destination Transformation

Your day of disgust has come and now it’s time to move onward. line in the sand

You have drawn the line in sand and now recognize the value in having the very best of health. With your words and actions up until now you have (figuratively) taken your finger, placed it in the sand and drew that line with conviction, commitment and determination. And there ain’t no turning back. You have just come too far.

This is the point where you have accumulated a lot of the great habits that we have been talking about. That point where your confidence level is higher than your frustration. You feel as if you have all the pieces. It’s when there may be a temporary weight gain through a temporary situation BUT you know where to go and what to do to get back on track. The feeling of helplessness and confusion is non existent.

Wow, now doesn’t THAT feel good! I think so.

Let’s talk about snacks. Reaching for nuts and seeds is such a good idea not only now but through out a healthy lifestyle.You need just a little bit of these powerhouses of nutrition to sustain you as a snack.

My tip is to rather than taking out the jar and enjoying from it, find a snack size dish and place your serving in there. Seal the jar and put it away. Just as with a meal, sit down and enjoy it rather than eating on the run.

Have a great week 2!!!!!

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Fish Oil and the Cup Thing

If you had mentioned fish oils to me a year ago, my thoughts would have gone back to my childhood.  I have fond memories of a steaming bowl of Red River cereal and cod liver oil capsules.  I would place the capsule gently in the middle and with the same gentleness, swirl it around, watching it dissolve.

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That was a time when there wasn’t a concern of toxicity or purity.  I do believe that years ago food and even my cod liver oil was manufactured with the intent to support and nourish the body.  Times have changed.  That was a time as well when as kids we just did what we were told.  “Take your cod liver oil” and we did.  We have the same “rule” in our home.  My kids can participate and choose which veggie they want with a meal, BUT taking daily supplements is not a choice.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  How many winters has your home spent with the continual and back and forth of illness?   That was our reality a few short years ago.  Now not making any health claims here, BUT all I know and observe is that our winter illness are minimal if non existent.

I have talked in previous posts about fish oils and simple tests you can do to check on the quality of the current product your taking.  This morning however I got very excited about another “test”.  The fish oil and Styrofoam cup test.  I get excited about this sort of thing because, heck, don’t take my word, try it yourself.  All you need is a couple of various fish oils and Styrofoam cups.

“Fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids which help to maintain overall cardiovascular health, normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improve mood, manage stress and supply other health benefits, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. When it comes to nutritional supplements, it is important to take the best quality products for maximum benefits. Not all supplements contain adequate ingredients for maximum potency. Apart from checking the label of the fish oil bottle for the potent ingredients, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosanexaenoic acid (DHA), both known for maintaining normal plasma triglycerides, you can conduct a fish oil assessment. The short test will instantly show you the potency of your fish oil.”……………..

 

RECAPPING:
        Highly purified concentrated Omega-3 fish oils are one of the things that dissolve polystyrene.
While your at experiments, here is another one:
*pour 8 oz of water into a clear jar
*take your current multi vitamin that “claims” to have all you need from a-z on the label
*place the tablet in the water
*now take an apple.  Wash it well, cut it into wedges.  Take the peel off a small wedge and place this skinless apple wedge into the jar with the water and tablet.
*just watch.  Give it a good 4 or 5 days.  My apologies, it will start to smell.  While you watch the transformation, imagine the apple wedge as your cells.
Both of these fun and easy to do “tests” will show the level of quality in whats out there for supplements.  Remember the supplement industry is unregulated and ANYONE can make them.
You see the differences, now come experience them.

Proprietary Blend CONSUMER BEWARE

propriatory blendI’ve been around this industry for decades, 3 of them!   Not only my personal experience with them but the experience of our clients with them.  Our library is stocked with books on herbs.  What they are and how they benefit our health.  I have grown to incorporating them more into my everyday diet.  The benefits of herbs are numerous on our health.

Are they the ONLY means to protecting your health?  I’d say not!

Herbs are the best example I can use to get across the concept of proprietary blend.

Cilantro. In addition to having an impressive list of nutrients, essential oils, anti-oxidants, this herb  is such a worker in our body. It is most often cited as being effective for heavy metal and toxic cleansing.   Heavy metals enter the body well beyond the mercury in your dental fillings.  You consume it, drink it and are exposed to them everyday.  Heavy metals can be the under lying causes of many degenerative diseases as well as affecting the brain and central nervous system.  You recognize this and in supporting your body, health, digestive system,liver in cleansing them out you plant some cilantro in your garden.

You also recognize the value in organic so you grow your cilantro by protecting the earth that it is planted in.  The neighborhood cat comes by and does his business.  You live within the city limits and it rains.  BUT it’s organic you tell yourself.

This IS the same standard as proprietary blend and companies manufacture nutritional supplements to this standard.  Because remember and in case you didn’t know, most companies that manufacture nutritional supplements are in the money business, not health protection.  Proprietary blend is a loosey goosey standard.  A bit of this, a touch of that, it’s a secret.

So, it’s up to you.  If you like to think that because it says “proprietary blend” that your taking something natural and good for you then that’s ok.  I would highly suggest that you watch this and as you open your bottle of nutritional supplements, ask yourself “what standard are these made to”?.  Who’s hands have touched them?

Then come on over here and have a look.

Fat Lady Turned Gym Rat

Yep that was me, fat and out of shape.

I didn’t become a Provincial Level Bodybuilding Champion overnight.  It was a journey to wellness that got me off my butt, out of the bars and moving like I did in my childhood.  A journey that had the end in mind…...pain free back and body.

Being much to embarrassed to go to a gym, my gym was my living room.  What I did there got me in tune with my body; how it could move, stretch, how my breath and mind could actually get muscles to relax and grow.

That’s what really cool about connecting with us at HIGH VOLTAGE HEALTH,think, the tip of the iceberg. The value in experience your getting from us is immeasurable.

If your taking the baby steps to improving your body and health through exercise, whether your at a gym or at home, do you know what this is?  Have you used it?  Do you hate it?  Do you love it?  Do you know how to use it?

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