Great article from my favorite nutrition products company on how much Vitamin D we need and why. Vitamin D Deficiency: The Truth Revealed.
I just got back from an amazing place — Sanoviv Medical Institute — part holistic healing hospital, part elegant spa, part fat-farm. Sanoviv can literally take a toxic body and change it to a healthy one in a few days! I experienced my first colon hydrotherapy, sacro-cranial massage, Laughter Yoga for healing, and new, cutting-edge nutrition and detox techniques that are based on true science, not just some fad diet pumped-up in a magazine. My metabolism was tested and typed. I found out that I am super-healthy, by Sanoviv standards, with an almost perfect metabolism. The microscopic blood analysis — living and dried, showed a bit of trouble with allergies and digestion, which tracks with my own experience. They told me I was on the right track and to keep doing what I do, with just some fine-tuning for liver support and more probiotics.
Now I am living by their regime: warm water with juice from half a lemon and cayenne first thing in the morning, then a healthy breakfast, minimal fruit, green juice from veggies, plus healthy meals with lots of raw veggies and sprouts. Fish and chicken but only wild-caught or free-range. I found out veggies are better for me than lettuce and some of my favorite night-shade veggies need to be consumed less (eggplant, tomatoes). My supplement routine was affirmed as being right on-target! Except my blood-pressure was low and now I only need to take one BiOmega a day, versus two. (Bi-Omega is a pure fish-oil capsule from USANA.)
Sanoviv is located in Baja California, in Ciudad Nacional, right on the ocean. The location was chosen by Sanoviv’s founder, Dr. Myron Wentz, for the pure air, and the energy vortex recognized by NASA. Shamans used the beach below Sanoviv for their ceremonies. The energy there was palpable. I really felt as though I were not in this world — as though I were someplace so special and serene that the trials and tribulations of the day-to-day world had all been left behind. The staff is unfailing welcoming and accommodating. The views are magnificent and I could live in the pools!
Doctors from around the world send their desperate cases of cancer, multiple sclerosis, and undiagnosed diseases to Sanoviv. They assign a team of medical staff, including a psychiatrist, dentist, fitness professional, chiropractor and several doctors, to each case. Every possible diagnostic tool is employed and many patients told me that root causes were uncovered, after they had spent years undiagnosed and seeing multiple specialists, all with differing opinions. Sanoviv performs the tests, then gathers the team to review and interpret. A treatment protocol is reached. Most patients were taking not only very special supplements, but many were on the foundation of USANA supplements — the same ones I have been taking for eleven years. I saw people who were barely existing become animated and the color return to their cheeks, after their first two weeks there. By the third week, they were already on the mend.
It was hard to return to the “real world” where I have to deal with the temptation of grocery store shelves. At Sanoviv, you are fed the healthiest food, loving prepared, in just the right amount and form, all organic and all pure. I lost four pounds in six days, felt great, and slept like a log. Luckily, I have learned the difference between the so-so food and the best food, and I do not want to settle for less than the best any more!
I GOT BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
As I shared in my last blog, the year my marriage ended my 19-year old son also passed away. I moved to an apartment and started living alone for the first time in thirty-plus years. I had no furniture as it all had to stay behind while the home was sold. I tried to maintain my ranch, traveling three hours each way on weekends to work alone. I lived frugally in order to make the mortgage payments on both properties. My dog, Boomer, had to stay with the caretaker at the ranch. I was desperately alone most days and nights.
The stress was intense! I had the support of good nutrition and exercise to keep my body strong, but perhaps even more important was the support of my friends and family to soothe my heart and mind. When you are lost and everything you know has been torn away, you have to cling to those who love and accept you. If you try to make it alone, you will succumb to deep depression and even suicidal thoughts.
Friends are able to listen to the deepest longings and regrets, not pass judgement, and allow you to heal. Sometimes they have to listen to the same things over and over, and they will simply say things like: “You are going to be OK. You will get through this. You are strong. I love you. How can I help?”
It made all the difference in the world for me in my time of adversity. Be a friend. If you have a friend or family member who is going through some tough stuff, don’t feel you cannot just call up and say something supportive. Don’t feel you will be imposing or will blow it. Anything you can do to make that person feel loved and appreciated and recognized as a useful member of society will help. They may fall apart and sob uncontrollably. You are strong and you can help them.
Make sure they are eating well and getting outside. Make sure they have some activity to take their mind off of their own troubles. By helping another going through a hard time, you will also get a sense of how good your life is. It will make you grateful and you will be blessing the other person with your presence and goodness. In that time of stress, what helped me was to help those who had health challenges. I would share nutrition with them and see them experience improvements. I would be able to realize that, even with all my troubles, I was at least healthy and strong. It got me out of bed every day, because I would say, “I wonder who I will help today?”
A lot of people share with me about losing their jobs, their homes, their lifestyle. I really try to sympathize, but then I share my year of adversity story and suddenly they realize – “This too shall pass.” Even the people going through a divorce do not usually have to combine it with the loss of a child in the same year. Even those who have lost a child rarely have lost their marriage at the same time. Those who have lost a home still have a loving family. I became a symbol of not just surviving but thriving through adversity. I am happy if I can inspire people to be all that they can be. The founder of the nutrition company that helps me maintain my health has a saying: “Live life to its fullest in happiness and health.” I would add, “Inspire and support others through their times of adversity.”
Be the friend your friends need. We all can get by with a little help from our friends. A big shout-out to the friends and family who helped me weather my adversity: Maria, Regina, Tom, Sandie, Sue my Placerville neighbor, Melanie, Mom, Sis, my bros, my team, all my coaches and therapists. Thanks to them, I am here today to help others stay strong and get through their times of adversity.
Before I started on a vitamin program back at 49 — 11 years ago, I worked out and was toned. But, adding a good, safe supplement program has made all the difference in keeping that tone. When we work-out, we deplete our bodies of the critical nutrients that build muscle. We have to replenish that and food is just not enough! The team of fitness model competitors at Noelle’s Body Shoppe have told me that they work-out longer, recover faster and have less aches and pains after their work-outs by taking their personalized systems. In just thirty days they are seeing the difference!
There is a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing that fish oil helps enhance the effect of strength training in elderly women. If it can help someone who is elderly, it can definitely help those of us younger gals!
Some of the key vitamins needed for rebuilding muscles: all the B vitamins, Vitamin C and D, E and Omega-3 fish fatty-acids. Eating enough to meet the needs of our stressful society is tough! The amounts in the RDA are not enough and are based on studies from over 50 years ago. To stay in optimal tone and Be Lean and Strong At Any Age, you must take the advanced levels recommended for the Olympians using the USANA program. You can find out more by taking a free True Health Assessment at: www.energyunlimited.usana.com. You will get three reports: Lifestyle Risks, Lifestyle Recommendations and Product Recommendations. I can help you customize to get the biggest bang-for-your buck.
I have been on these products for over 11 years and am now 60. I don’t look it, and I don’t feel it! I credit this to the right nutrition and supplements, eating clean most of the time, exercise every day and getting enough sleep. Many of us don’t sleep enough and that is often due to not having enough minerals. If we work-out, we need the minerals to calm down and relax the muscles and the brain.
There are so many viewpoints on why or why not to use supplements. I am going with the science that shows what a good vitamin/mineral and Omega-3 program can do for you! There is a great article in the Health and Fitness Magazine — Fitness 2013, that came out in January. It is on the ABCs of Muscle Maintenance. Here are some of the key points:
B vitamins needed to maintain muscle strength and tone:
– B1 for protein metabolism and teh formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to muscle cells. Find it in cereal, bread, meat, rice and nuts.
– B2 for energy metabolism, glucose metabolism, and the oxidation of fatty acids, with some effects on protein metabolism. Find it in cheeses, eggs, milk and peas.
– B3 is essential for energy production. Find it in milk, eggs, fish, legumes and potatoes.
– B6 is important for protein metabolism, growth and carbohydrate utilization. Find it in soybeans, butter, brown rice, and fish.
– B12 is important for the maintenance of nerve tissue and is essential for the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, energy metabolism, and cell regeneration. Find it in milk, poultry, eggs, meat and liver.
– B7 is important for amino acid metabolism, and amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Find it in mushrooms, egg yolk, beef liver, and brewer’s yeast.
I am not going to put in the whole article. I can send you the file if you ask me for it.
It is easy to do right by your body! Make the investment now and it will pay you back in a big way later in life.
Take Care of Yourself! Be Lean and Strong at Any Age!
How many times have you eaten something marginal or really bad, and promised you would “work it off” tomorrow? The problem with that is we often don’t and then we are left with the “food-coma” and loggy feeling and an extra layer of fat deposited on our tummy. If you could just exercise and not care about what you eat, how much time could you really spend exercising? Isn’t it easier to just eat good stuff (lean protein, fruit, veggies, high-fiber foods) than constantly have to make up for the eating the bad? If we want to Be Lean and Strong at Any Age, we have to exercise some discipline. I still eat the occasional dark-chocolate brownie, and even some ice-cream, but it is a rare occurrence. I trained myself to give-up the really sugary foods and anything fried, years ago! So, when I do indulge, I actually feel a stomach-upset and have to stop after one bite.
The exercise has to be daily as we must exercise one hour a day just to maintain our weight, if we don’t change our nutrition. It is all a balancing-act. Just know that you are not the only one.
So, we are coming up on the holiday season — you know, that time when you find more sweets and savory foods appearing everywhere, just to tempt you! Well, you can have some of them, but not all of them, unfortunately. My trick is to treat myself sparingly and load up on salads and lean proteins to stay full. I also use my protein shakes and nutrition bars to stave off hunger so when I go somewhere, I can nibble on that goodie and not pay for it on the scales later. The other trick I tell my clients is, when you eat something extra fat, buttery, sweet or salty, you need to have a good sweat-session within a few hours. That way the extra calories move into the muscles and not onto the tummy or hips. Sometimes we cannot do that, so the other option is to eat small the next day. Ie: Sunday I have a birthday and will eat a small portion of chips, salsa, cheese and crackers, plus the birthday cake (from which I will scrape off the icing). The next day will be protein shakes, salads, and exercise. It will all even out! At 60, I cannot cheat every day or binge on a regular basis. But, don’t think I am not eating fun and tasty food. I am! I just make sure it has low sugar, lots of fiber and stay away from processed foods. In my next blog I will share some great holiday recipes you can use and no one will even know they are not full of calories, fat or sugar!