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I just want a flat tummy. Why Is Everything a Secret?

25 Sep

Has this happened to you, too? You see a title of a cool article; let’s say one on how to get a flat tummy. This would be good knowledge to have, so you click on it.  And up pops this window involving you with an entire realm of window popping and requests for your information or maybe even a payment request.

Well, maybe you are not annoyed by this, but I am. In fact, I have gone through a whole bunch of hoops and then some just to help YOU get this information easier.  See how much I care?  As if it is not hard enough already for us as we get older to find out what we need to change to keep our youthful appearances. This window popping could have the opposite effect on my body and cause me to grow gray hair all over at lightning speed (as if my kids did not do enough of that already).

Now, I have read and compared a lot of articles on how to get a flat tummy over a period of probably 10 years, including information my personal trainer Mark Dodge (trainer and body-guard of THE POWER TEAM and TEAM IMPACT) used to smother me with. I searched and journeyed through the junk yard of dietary pop-ups. The majority I have tried on my own body, so you can look at this as my personal experience (Figure Competitions: 2007 through 2012 Venice Beach Armed Forces Competition; 2008 Orange County Classics, Anaheim; NESTA Personal Certified Trainer) and I can vouch for this with the results.

The first thing I learned was to always take in more protein than carbohydrates. A ratio of 40% protein, 35% carbohydrates, 25% fat is a good way to go.

Before I go any further, we need to take a better look at what carbohydrates are. Many people tell me they don’t know how to recognize each food group.  Here are a few examples:

  1. Protein –  meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt
  2. Carbohydrates      – starchy carbs = corn, potatoes, pasta, beans, rice                                 -– sugar carbs  =  fruits, candy, Juices, and                                                                 chocolate,                                                                                                      –  complex carbs= veggies,  salads, tomatoes                                                                    cucumber
  3. Fat (healthy) – all nuts, avocado, seeds, all nut butters, butter

To get to the point, the foods that have been changed the least from its natural state will be best for a flat stomach. So, yes, fat is good for you but as soon as you heat it, it becomes trans fat and it is very unhealthy and fattening. The heat changes its structure and molecular make up in a way that it is bad for our bodies.  So chicken and olive oil are only good combined in a salad. If you combine them in the frying pan, you created an unhealthy meal.

Another good idea is to keep healthy movement of food through your system and you can do that with fiber. Fiber is found in most carbohydrates and nuts. The best thing to do is to eat the complex carbs instead of grains (including bread). Other types of carbohydrates are weight gainers, or you can also call them “belly enhancers”.

Fat is important for our joints and it keeps us feeling full. Chose healthy fat, but since it has nine calories per one gram of fat, it is better to limit the intake. Fat stays in our system longer and lingers in the intestines and it is harder to digest.                             And last, what none of us wish it was true: Alcohol.

One ounce  of alcohol equals seven calories. We also tend to snack more when we enjoy a social beverage. But alcohol will also dehydrate us and make it harder for our foods to move through our system. All the foods that get “stuck” in the intestine will create a little “pooch” that we all are familiar with. Unless you are too attached to your little pooch but you’re ready to lose it, chose more water to drink and make good meal choices. If you are not, then what did you name Your little Pooch? Mine is Molly.                                                                                                    ONE OUNCE:  

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Feeding my brain good thoughts

9 Sep

Ever since I received my new Sketchers shape ups, I have been going out to the park by the beach for walks.Not only are my legs shaping up nicely, my entire body is feeling content. It’s amazing how good walking is for my mental health. I really am able to find the center of myself and focus on the good things I have been blessed with.




When we talk about a healthy body, we also include a healthy mind. With a healthy mind, we can do anything that we want to focus our attention on. That is why it is important to control where our mind takes us. Whatever we focus on, that’s what our minds think it’s what we want and circumstances and events will shift to make it happen to us as we think.


This goes  beyond exercising and eating healthy food. Don’t understand me wrong now, what we eat and how we keep ourselves fit does impact the body and is important. And whatever we eat is also brain food. But it is also important what we allow ourselves to see and hear. If we allow pollution such as violent movies and dirty songs to enter our minds, that’s what will come out also.


Whenever we have trouble and not feeling well, we look for something that can treat the symptoms. But the root of the problem will still exist. When we find the root to the problem and fix it, it will also take care of the symptoms. When we have negative thoughts about ourselves or we feel unmotivated, we need to ask ourselves where it comes from. Some people want to numb it and resort to alcohol or drugs. That will not fix the root of the problem. Our mind cries out for help and we need to focus on how we can help our mind and fix the root of the problem.



Walking has been a nice refreshing way to change up my day. My eyes see beauty and my ears hear birds. What an easy way to bring calmness and peace to our minds and body.


Not feeling motivated? Find out what else you can do about it here




Sleeping is such a waste of time. Or….is it?

23 Aug

….We do  not feel very productive while we are asleep. We are basically sleeping 1/3 of our lives away. But sometimes it is nicer to live in a dream than when you are awake. For some people, it is not such a good experience and they have nightmares or worst, night terrors.

Sleeping cat

Sleeping cat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Never the less, we need it and not only because we cannot function mentally,  receiving proper sleep is 40% of our contribution  to weight loss and health results.

Our body cannot grow, heal, or repair itself unless we get enough sleep. How much is enough. Experts recommend 8 hours, but some people function better on 5-6 hours of sleep per night. You have to decide how much sleep you need to feel energized and refreshed for a new day. If we are tired our body releases the hormone ghrelin, which also makes us feel hungry. That is a big reason why many people are eating when they are in fact tired and need rest.

During sleep, as mentioned before, your body repairs itself. You gain weight, or lose weight mostly while you are asleep. Muscle repair and restore all happens while you are sleeping. Sometimes after a hard workout, an amino acid pill before bed will help with the process of muscle repair. Amino pills are good because they do not have a lot of calories, but at the same time pills are harder to break down. Sometimes a couple of egg whites will do the same trick. If you have nutrients and vitamins in your body before you sleep, you body will have all the ingredients to repair torn muscle tissue, restore, and rebuild itself. New cells develop, your hair grows, and your body gets rid of the dead skin. The body was designed to repair itself but it cannot do it without the nutrients, and definitely not without sleep.

Something to think about: a vicious cycle

25 Jul

Did you know this about Sugar Addiction?                                                             

You may have noticed feeling cravings soon after starting a diet plan. As you begin to take in more alkaline foods you start to leave highly acidic and sugary foods behind. Since your body has become so accustomed to these substances, it feels it needs them and thus begins to signal this through food cravings. You will notice from studying your alkaline food chart that sugar is extremely acidic. This creates a nightmare within your body by messing with the body’s normal way of using sugars.

A Toxic Cycle

Sugar and glucose are essential to providing immediate energy needs and vital energy for your brain. The body’s normal response to a drop in blood sugar levels is to tell the liver to use its reserves to make glucose and to tell the brain to trigger the hunger mechanism. But when the environment within the body is too acidic this cause certain yeasts to quickly multiply. These little yeasts have huge appetites and start to eat and ferment the glucose, robbing from your body for its own use. This cycle repeats itself as the yeast excrete toxic wastes and contribute to even more acidity, which in turn keeps allowing more yeast to be produced and so on. This is an unending cycle as long as one continues to consume too much sugar.

Soft Drink Addiction

One craving you may have difficulty with comes from letting go of colas. If you were use to having one with every meal you have definitely thrown off your body’s PH level and encouraged the yeast cycle to develop. Along with being loaded with sugar, soft drinks also contain phosphoric acid which is highly acidifying. Taking in a lot of empty calories with no nutritional value is another reason to cut out soft drinks from your daily diet. Many feel that sports drinks, energy drinks and vitamin waters are a healthy alternative but these too are just as acidifying as colas. Even more harmful are diet and zero calorie drinks as these are full of artificial sweeteners, which do more harm than good.

A Natural and Alkalizing Alternative

Stevia is a natural alternative sweetener unlike chemical sweeteners such as aspartame. It comes from an herbal plant and is available in dried leaf, powder, or liquid form. It is significantly sweeter than sugar and is practically calorie free. The least refined powder forms are brown or green in color. White powder can also be found and is more refined. When choosing to use the liquid form make sure that it is not an alcohol based dilution but a water based extract or concentrate as these have better concentrations of nutrients. The best quality of Stevia leaves are the ones imported from Mexico and South America. Along with helping alkalize your body, several studies have proven that Stevia naturally regulates blood sugar levels.

System Recovery

Basing your diet needs according to an acid and alkaline food chart can help your system recover from a damaging acidic environment and lead to a more balance alkaline one. As you begin to alkalize your system with alkaline water, juices, and foods, you will begin to create an atmosphere that is detrimental to the growth of harmful yeasts. This is not a one-time crash course but a way of living that must be maintained. We should constantly be alkalizing our bodies to keep on drawing out the toxins and acidic wastes.

Your high alkaline food chart can help guide you to optimal health by prompting you to recover from your sugar and soft drink addiction and search for genuinely healthier alternatives. Along with Stevia choosing fruit as snack can help you combat sugar cravings. There are also a variety of fruit drink recipes you can find with alkalizing benefits. Begin your search today for these better alkaline food choices and experience all the ways your body will respond to being healthier.                                                                                                                                      

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Mind over Matter?

21 Jul
lactose intolerance

lactose intolerance (Photo credit: Rakka)

I went out running this morning. I love running because a lot of things go through my mind and I retrieve my best ideas and am able to solve a lot of problems.  This morning I was remembering how I feel when I eat dairy products. I am lactose intolerant. When I consume dairy food, I am physically in pain even though I love eating milk chocolate and cottage cheese. Well, pain is a great motivator to stop doing the things that cause it.  I was thinking what a waste that would be to toss it into the trash. A friend reminded me that it would all end up in the trash anyhow. Just the passage to get there was not through my body. I should not have bought it in the first place. When I like food but can’t have it, there is a battle between my head (mind) and my body cravings (matter).  Mind over Matter, right?

I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and behavior and cognition have always been fascinating to me. Maybe I could make an experiment: When people want to eat food but know it’s not making their body feel good, would they eat it anyways?   Is that what may be the problem with obesity? Oh, and then there is a third variable: the person has to KNOW it’s not making their body feel good and have to have that awareness knowing what caused them not to feel good. In my experiment I would need to control for that third variable. If I ask people before the experiment if they know which foods don’t make them feel good, I would be able to control who participates. But, then I would draw awareness to them knowing which foods will be making them feel bad and they might be able to control their consumption. Hmm, maybe that experiment would need better planning. But, is that really all it takes? Do we just need to heighten our awareness to consciously knowing which foods we should eat more of to feel better? One factor involved in which foods make your body feel better is your blood type. I am blood type O positive. That means my body feels better when I eat vegetables. That may be the reason I don’t like eating meat, let alone fish. But some people may have developed a taste for foods they should not be eating because that’s what was on the table when they were children. With our conscious awareness and knowing our blood type, we might be able to control the cravings we have. After I learned that cravings go away after a couple of months not eating the food, it made it possible to just set a short-term goal not eating the food and I noticed how my body felt without it. That sounds like a good way to master Mind over Matter. If we believe we can eat it, but choose not to, we think that we are in control and just chose not to eat something. If we think we “can’t” eat a certain food, the temptation get’s stronger and as humans we like a challenge.  I chose to believe that I can eat this food if I wanted to. But I didn’t want to and I tossed my M&M’s and cottage cheese into the trash.  My Mind won. And with that, my body also won. That’s what you call a  win/win situation.


6 Jul
A - normal cell division, B - cancer cell divi...

A – normal cell division, B – cancer cell division; 1 – apoptosis; 2 – damaged cell. From the National Cancer Institute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know that your diet and what type of water you drink makes the biggest impact on your body and weight? Acidic causing foods will leave more waste in your body and it is harder for your liver and kidneys to clean up the left overs. With Alkaline water, the wastes will come out easier and cleans your system up.  Now you’re asking what is alkaline? 

Biochemist Otto Heinrich Warburg, one of the twentieth century’s leading cell biologists, discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, meaning that the pH, potential hydrogen, in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state. Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2. He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH, which is Alkaline, means higher concentration of oxygen molecules, while lower pH, which is acidic, means lower concentrations of oxygen…the same oxygen that is needed to maintain healthy cells. In 1931 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for this important discovery. Dr. Warburg was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max Planck Institute) for cell physiology at Berlin. He investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells. Below are some direct quotes by Dr. Warburg during medical lectures where he was the keynote speaker: “Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions, if there is an excess of H+, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions, then it is alkaline.” In his work

The Metabolism of Tumours

Warburg demonstrated that all forms of cancer are characterized 

by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). “Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other.””All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception.“ “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr. Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.




If you don’t want the truth, then why ask the question?

3 Jul

YOu know, it’s funny to me how people will approach me and ask me how they can lose 10 lbs or get in better shape. Then when I tell them, they are disappointed. Did they think I had a secret magic dust that I would just sprinkle on them and Voila? And besides, magic dust is very expensive and I would not want to waste it on someone who is not serious. You take the time to ask me the question, and then I take the time to answer. But after all is said and done, the person walks away with the same mindset that they came to approach me in the first place. Now the person wasted my time and their time. Taking care of your health and body is serious business. And a business should be treated like a person. You have to feed and nurture it. It’s like everything else in life. If it’s worth having, then it is worth working for. Nothing in life is free, not even a healthy body. Yes, your body itself was free, but there are maintenance and upkeep expenses. Do not fool yourself into thinking that your body is maintenance free and will stay one way forever. Let me ask you something: what kind of car are you driving? And – if you care what kind of car you are driving, what it looks like and if it has dings and dents in it, then why don’t you care about what kind of vessel your soul has to dwell in for the rest of your earthly life? We all have standards, but why is it that when it comes to our bodies and health, we lower the standards? Ironically though, in a partner we have higher expectations than what we are willing to offer them. We all should care what we put into our bodies, just like we care what kind of fuel or oil we put into our cars. Inform yourself about with which ingredients your body best performs and you would get the most mileage out of it. A high-grade oil and fuel is to cars as Alkaline water is to our body. ( So, for all those who do not want to rely on a “ride” from someone else or a wheelchair later in life, keep your own vessel performing and lasting for life.   – Get in gear for better health’


Problems maintaining your weight?

28 Jun

I really care about this subject. It consumes me with worries, that so many Americans have weight and health problems.  How come Europeans don’t?  When we look at the eating habits of each group, we see a significant difference in the purpose of food. American’s eat for recreation: What do you wanna do? – Go out for Dinner? Take popcorn into the theatre? Sit down for a drink?  In Europe, when someone asks what to do, most of the time the response is: Go dancing? Play tennis? Meet at the zoo? There is not so much food involved in their recreation and social events. Food serves the purpose to sustain aliveness, because we need it for fuel, but not for a reason to meet and hang out with someone.

Food at the wrong time and the wrong amount can throw off our bodily rhythm and our metabolic clock.  (Click here for more information: )

It is so easy, but most people want a quick fix, have their cake and eat it, too. Literally! Unfortunately, life is not how it used to be. We no longer have to use our energy to hunt down our dinner or fish our breakfast. It is readily available whenever we are ready to consume it. But even to find out the truth about food and our metabolic system, businesses take advantage of the naïveté of consumers and try to sell them a pill, or a diet cook book, or anything that the consumer is willing to buy. Truth is hard to come by. Sadly, the misinformed people pass their habits of consumption on to their children. I see children getting out of the car with their soft drink and a happy meal. People are appalled by the media informing us of how many children there are with cancer. What do we expect? Why are people preferring convenience to health? And how much time do you really save by picking up a quick meal on your way? I can prepare a home cooked meal in 30 mins, the amount of time it takes a person to stop by a drive through, order, and get home. I don’t believe it’s saving you time, but rather speeding up your time before you will be depending on someone else to care for you. And then, would you want them to bring you your last burger?  And, do you want fries with that?

What is your health worth to you?

27 Jun
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English: Logo of the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was sick for four days!!! FOUR days?!! I have not been sick in 6 years and hardly knew how to act. But anyways, enough about me. I finally recovered and today for the first time in 5 days was able to breathe some fresh air.  I am a generally healthy person and I don’t want to know how much longer I would be sick if it wasn’t for my amazingly strong immune system to get me back on track.  Or what I would do if I was sick until…….?

So, I woke up to a text message from my daughter telling me that one of my co-workers/buddies died last Thursday, leaving behind a wife and 2 young adult children. Just one year after my other co-worker/buddies died, leaving behind a wife, 2 young adult daughters and one grand baby. My first buddy died just four months after I had decided to obtain the lifestyle I deserve and worked for and moved to Hawaii. I needed to have more peace in my life and enjoy more of my free time doing what I like, instead of sitting on a freeway trying to get home.   My move happened a year and a half ago. Anyways, now this.   I used to be concerned about both of their health. Apparently more concerned than they were themselves. I actually filled up containers with alkaline water and brought the water to them. My buddy who died a year ago would not even drink the water. He told me that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Really?? But he already knew how to drink. (?) The second buddy expected that he would continue to get his water delivered to his house. At least he drank the water but getting it himself was out of the question. Now, my supervisor falls in the same category, but he is still alive. A year ago he had heart surgery…….do I need to say more?

The thing is, what is more expensive – a healthier lifestyle or ignoring facts. How much does it cost you to drink healthy water ( Last week I was telling a friend about healthy alkaline coffee. He inquired about the price. I guess $1.00 per sachez is too expensive ( Where it is acceptable that Starbucks charges almost $5.00 for a Latte!!!  I am not sure I can follow this type of thinking. The price of my health, and possibly missing watching my kids grow up, and having grand kids… just too high! I am not sure if I should attribute this action, or better, lack of, to laziness or stubbornness.  But it is simply not smart.  Wake up and smell the coffee, America! The FDA is not looking out for your best interest. What are they regulating anyway? How fast or how a person should die? They are certainly not making sure the products consumers are offered are healthy, let alone safe to consume! I found out, in life, thinking is mandatory. “Question authority” is what my English teacher in college used to tell me. And I have never stopped questioning since.

Power Foods

19 Jun

Hello healthy friends!

We all know which foods we consider “power foods”. First thing that comes to mind is broccoli with approximately 17 antioxidants. Then blueberries, spinach, etc. all between 15 and 17 antioxidants.  Did you every hear about the ganoderma “Lingzhi” mushroom, which literally means “supernatural mushroom)?.

Let me tell you about this super food, in case you have not heard about it yet. It has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally. According to the Wikipedia encyclopedia,  lingzhi’s presumed health benefits and apparent absence of side-effects has attained a reputation in the East as the ultimate herbal substance. Lingzhi is listed in the American Herbal Pharmacopocia and Therapeutic Compendium.  Lingzhi may possess anti-tumor, immunomodulatory and immunotherapeutic activities, supported by studies on polysaccharides, terpenes, and other bioactive compounds isolated from fruiting bodies and mycelia of this fungus (reviewed by R.R. Paterson and Lindequist et al.). It has been found to inhibit platelet aggregation, and to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Laboratory studies have shown anti-neoplastic effects of fungal extracts or isolated compounds against some types of cancer, including epithelial ovarian cancer. In an animal model, Ganoderma has been reported to prevent cancer metastasis, with potency comparable to Lentianan from Shiitake mushrooms.  Additional studies indicate that ganoderic acid has some protective effects against liver injury by viruses and other toxic agents in mice, suggesting a potential benefit of this compound in the treatment of liver diseases in humans.

For your benefit, the company Organo Gold has infused their coffee with this substance, negating all negative side effects of caffeine, which makes this coffee alkaline!     If more people would know about this super food and all the health benefits it has, Doctors would soon be hanging up their aprons.

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