Launching a TV Channel is a Blast!! (and a real pain….)

EVERY SHOW OPENER-THUMBNAILAs of next week, approximately August 9, I will be the proud owner of my very own TV Channel, “Get Sexy, Lean and Strong TV” on the BONBON Networks, being distributed on over 30 networks, world-wide!!!  Who would have thought I would be doing this at this time in my life?  I am turning 65 in just a few weeks, and most folks are winding-down at this point.  I am actually taking on something on the scale of projects I did back in high-tech, in my 30s and 40s!  Creating a TV show is an amazing, exhilarating, and daunting experience.  Especially for someone who does not make many videos or use Facebook Live (yet), and who has yet to post on Instagram!  So, what made me want to put out a TV show, you ask?  I have a great practice as a health coach, helping folks be Sexy, Lean and Strong at Any Age, and I love what I do!  Most folks resonate with my message, and my clients all experience improvement.  So, when the offer came along, I decided to stop second-guessing myself and hold my nose and jump!

I chose that name for the show to tie in with my best-selling book, “Sexy, Lean and Strong After 50!”.  I felt the teachings in the book would be of interest and could be distilled down into bite-size chunks.  Hah!!  It took several days of planning, scripting, checking lighting and furniture arrangement, booking guests, practicing with makeup and wardrobe, and then the day came!  A major issue is every frickin’ wall in my home is a blah, beige-y light cocoa brown, and there are no ceiling fixtures — witness the picture above.  This means I, a beige-y blonde, blend right into the walls and the shadows give me huge under-eye circles!  I tried hanging pictures that would not wash me out. I tried using every lamp I owned to lighten the room.

Then the videographer arrived and I found out I just froze in front of the camera!  Finally, I shook off the feeling of being under surveillance and was able to get the message on tape. The videographer had those square, multi-light contraptions, facing right at me.  (I found out you are supposed to stare at the camera, not the red light or the light stands….)  We taped the first video and it seemed OK.  Then, I changed my outfit and all hell broke loose.  Suddenly I had a shiny face, because I did not re-powder, my hair was all messed-up and the jewelry clanked in the microphone.  In another video, my hair (wig) moved around, my necklace was crooked, my bra-strap was showing and my eyes looked really tired.  (No wonder, I was up until 1:30 a.m. most nights, reviewing the day’s videos. We shot two to three a day, each requiring costume changes and moving furniture.)  And I moved the furniture!  Exhaustion began showing on my face.  As a health coach, that is not a good thing.  My practice was put on-hold, with clients being very understanding, for the most part.

I was the show director, producer, writer, script-girl, stylist, set designer, fed the crew and guests, and had to review all the dailies.  Many little things, like my super-oily face in a few videos, shifting jewelry, guests who talked too low or avoided looking at the camera, escaped my notice until too late.  However, I learned a ton about lighting and now own a Diva light (available on Amazon) and truly amazing for brightening your complexion, creating a pleasant hue and removing shadows.  Too bad I did not have it until the last day, for the last video.  Which is brilliant, I have to say!  All my learning came together that one last day.

The biggest issue was not understanding how to provide a video with a thumbnail, to a TV network.  It is not like YouTube (which I have used a bit), where you upload the video and YouTube comes back and shows you three thumbnails and you pick one.  In television land, the first scene is the thumbnail.  So, two nights of work creating great power-point slides, title slides, adding in a photo collage for each show, and a musical theme, was trashed once the network uploaded our videos and we found out we now had twelve identical thumbnails, with just numbers for the name of the show.  And, we had duplicate shows, were missing shows, could not find shows.  Catastrophe!  We pulled back all the videos, deleted all the intro stuff, edited down so there were unique thumbnails for most of the shows.  We had to shorten the music, which broke my heart.  It was a really cool jazzy riff. Now, it may be all of four notes.  But, we have the first season under our belt.  Total hours spent filming and editing by my videographer — 40, plus all my scripting and design work, another 80.  Not too bad for beginners!

Ultimately, I have launched with twelve videos, with very diverse topics. I will list them at the end of this and see if you readers have new ones to suggest.  Season 2 begins in September and the network is letting me upload my own videos!!  Scary thought!!!

Here are the topics we launched with:

Show 1 – Meet Deb Dutcher (1.25 minutes, short and sweet)

Show 2 – Don’t Give Up On Your Body!

Show 3 – Is Your Body Mad at You?

Show 4 – You Can’t Jump Off a Mountain

Show 5 – Setting Real Goals — with guest — Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard

Show 6 – Moms – Making Time for You — with guest Erin Green-Astone

Show 7 – Exercise Demo by Me

Show 8 – Nutrition Demo by Me

Show 9 – Supplements Saved My Life

Show 10 – Moms – Single, Smart and Thriving — with guests Jennifer Alvarez and Jennifer Jost

Show 11 – Addiction and Families – with guest Donna Lynn Spahn

Show 12 – Staying Balanced

Whew!  I have so much more I want to cover, but, the network was targeting an August 1 launch.  It feels like we produced the equivalent of 90 days of work in just four weeks!  A big shout-out to my videographer, who stuck with me, and learned about TV with me, Larry Curtin, of MobileTraxPro videography.   He is a dream to work with!  We are ready for the next season!  I am even going to try my hand at shooting my own videos.  Wish me luck!!!  Oh, and if you want your own channel, use my link to get a big discount:  http://www.younetworks.tv?afmc=1g

And now, to sleep, perchance to dream of new worlds to conquer, even at 65!!!  (Instagram???)

What Do Athletes Want in a Supplement?

Steve Simon, CEO of WTA and Deb Dutcher, Health Coach
Steve Simon, CEO of WTA and Deb Dutcher, Health Coach
Deb Dutcher with Monica Puig and Sam Stosur of the WTA
Deb Dutcher with Monica Puig and Sam Stosur of the WTA
20160313_105024I just returned from the BP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. I was a special guest in the USANA Health Sciences suite, and got to meet with some of the athletes from the Women’s Tennis Association — Sam Stosur and Monica Puig. I got to hear from the physiotherapist and trainer, Carol, and the new CEO of the WTA, Steve Simon. USANA was celebrating its tenth year of being the preferred supplement provider for the WTA. It was really powerful to hear, directly from the athletes, their trainer and CEO how important they feel taking the supplements is in supporting their training and competition schedule. It was also gratifying as I have been on many of the same supplements for almost fifteen years now.

Two of the most important products they cited were the USANA Probiotics and the C-Booster Plus. Both are used to keep up their players’ immunity while going through their grueling travel schedule, crossing time-zones and having to play the very next day! When they have a multi-city and country travel schedule, they get on the C-Booster for ten days. This helps them combat the germs all through airports, hotels and airplanes. (C-Booster has Vitamin C, echinacea, elderberry and zinc). C-Booster is my go-to if I get even a tickle of a sore throat or am exposed to sick people. I don’t get flu shots! I just load up on the C-Booster, the Proflavanol (grapeseed extract and Vitamin C), extra Vitamin D-3, drink lots of fluids and hit the sack early! I can usually kick the bug in 24 hours.

Now, back to the athletes. They also swear by the USANA Essentials — which they get in their personalized HealthPaks. The Essentials are the foundation supplement — with over twenty-five vitamins and antioxidants and eleven essential chelated minerals. If you tried to match the amount of nutrition in this power product with food, you would need to eat 22,000 calories of food a day, and spend about $33! Much easier to take the Essentials morning and night. Remember, your body does all its repairs while you sleep, so you need to give it all the building blocks it needs. Plus, if you get enough vitamins and minerals, the body knows it is optimally-nourished and you will keep the fat cells from growing! Which will result in losing weight….

Another key product the athletes use is the Procosa — a special joint-support product with glucosamine, turmeric and Vitamin C. This has kept my knees happy for years now! Prior to USANA it hurt to go up and down stairs, and now I can climb mountains!

I have relied on these products for over fifteen years. The WTA has relied on them for ten now. Maybe it is time for you to try them? http://energyunlimited.usana.com to order with a Preferred Customer discount. You can also take a FREE True Health Assessment and find out what your body needs and wants. USANA will customize your pak, just like they do for the athletes!

Why do you suppose the WTA and another 489 elite athletes trust USANA? Simple — every product has a 100% purity and potency guarantee. They are manufactured in USANA’s FDA-registered manufacturing facility, in Utah. They have passed both ConsumerLabs and NSF. Plus, they are ranked #1 supplement in North America in the “Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements”. If that is not enough to get you to try them, how about a money-back guarantee from USANA when you order through a rep (like me?).

I recommend these supplements to all my clients because I know they work! We get great results. A side benefit of the Essentials is they help get rid of cravings because your body does not need any micro-nutrients and is “Happy”. So you can stay “Sexy, Lean and Strong!”

So, if you want to feel like an athlete, with energy to burn and stamina to get through your workout, give them a try!

How to Pre-Order the Book

The book, “Sexy, Lean and Strong After 50” is available on Amazon Kindle for pre-order.  Release date is set for November 27.  Please use this link to pre-order:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018CX2YP0

It would be great if you can submit a review by December 3, in time for the actual release!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  May your day be filled with love, family and wonderful food.

My Book Is Finished!

I finished it!  A labor-of-love for all of you.  I have been working to distill down all I know about calming our bodies down and supporting our natural healing processes.  It is done!  My first book:  “Sexy, Lean and Strong After 50! — How I went from Fat, Depressed and Divorced to the Best Shape of My Life, and How You Can Too!”  It will be available on Amazon Kindle for download December 7, 2015.

I am sharing my concept of the Mad-Body Syndrome that puts you on your Mad-Body Mountain, and how it takes more than crash-diets or hours at the gym to get back to Sexy, Lean and Strong Valley.  Those of us of a certain age (mine is 63….) have to do a bit more soul-searching and self-analysis to get to the core reasons we are on the mountain in the first place.  My journey has lasted for over fourteen years and taken me through some amazing discoveries.

The first amazing discovery was that life does not end at divorce.  Life does not end when your only son dies suddenly or when you lose your home and livelihood.  Life does not end when your only daughter refuses to speak to you and your husband, lover and best friend of over thirty years cuts you off from all you know and love.  Life does not end when you are fat, depressed and want to die.  Life begins again and it is all about saying Yes! to getting off the mountain and reclaiming your vitality and energy.   Life is there for the taking and I want everyone to have it all!  Health, love, sex, energy and a joie-de-vivre, at Any Age, but, especially after 50!

My life began anew at 51, when all hell broke loose and all I had lived for and built was torn away from me.  Here is an excerpt from the book:

“Living alone for the first time in almost my entire life, at 51, was gut-wrenching.  I would try to find ways to calm myself and get to sleep.  I tried to eat but the though of food made me nauseous.  I could not even smell it…..Finally I was learning to take care of myself….I was trying to keep my ranch going, learning to date for the first time in over thirty years, selling the family home, and running my nutrition products business.  All at the same time, plus trying unsuccessfully to re-connect and build a relationship with my daughter.”

As I was able to turn my life around, reclaim my health and energy, and live with total happiness and purpose, so can you.  Here is another piece I want to share:  “Getting off the mountain successfully requires really understanding who you are, what you want to be, do, and have, and what it will take to make this happen…..To discover your path will mean some real digging.  It is buried deep inside you and we have to draw it out.  You are going to go on a self-discovery journey, which will ultimately tell you how to get off the mountain.”

I hope this book helps others who are going through their own hell to discover a way off the mountain.  I am committed to helping everyone who asks.  I am here for you.

Be Well and Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  Watch here for the final book announcement!

Why Your Body Is MAD and What to Do About It

guy grabbing stomach  I introduced you to my Three Stages of the Mad Body in the last blog. Now I want to tell you why your body is mad at you and what you can do about it. The Mad Body occurs when you are out-of-balance – chemically, nutritionally, emotionally or hormonally. It happens to men and women. It happens to all ages. When we let it go too long, our body moves into a state of “Silent Inflammation”.   There are not really medical tests for this condition, it is pre-disease markers. My non-scientific term is “You feel crappy and you have a pooch-y belly.”

REVERSING STAGE 1The Upset Body.  Stage 1 is the easiest and quickest to reverse. This is the one where you have mild disturbances – in sleep, digestion, elimination, and maybe have about 5 to 15 extra pounds, usually carried in the tummy. You get tired mid-day and need a pick-me-up – sugar or caffeine. You are feeling stressed but you think you have it under control. Your body knows better. What can you do about it?

Step 1 – Check-in and accept that your body is trying to tell you something. Do not dismiss the aches, pains, gas, bloating, headaches, restless nights, weight-gain.

Step 2 — Start keeping a food journal and figure out if certain foods are triggering the reactions.

Step 3 — Make sure you are keeping caffeine to no more than two cups a day and before 2 p.m.

Step 4 – Make sure you are getting 45 minutes of exercise five days a week, minimum.

Step 5 – Drink half your weight in ounces of water a day.

Step 6 –Eat a healthy breakfast within one hour of rising – containing protein, fiber, fruit. Eat at least a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours. Cut back on sugar and processed foods.  (No bagels, muffins or breads if you can.)

Step 7 – Cut back on starches and high-fat dairy, eat more vegetables – at least two servings a day

Step 8 – Get at least 7 to 8 hours a night. Stop eating 3 hours before going to bed.

Step 9 – Get on a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement program. Add Omega-3s.

Step 10 — Stay positive and don’t beat yourself up if you blow it and don’t eat right or get exercise.  Just do it right the next day!

Do this for one month and you should see the weight come down (5 lbs a month is a good target) and your energy levels go up. Seems simple, right? But most wait until they hit Stage 2 or 3.  Yet, you can help your body start recovering in just three days of eating clean and green — no sugar and processed foods and tons of fresh produce.  So why not give it a try?

REVERSING STAGE 2The Mad Body.  This stage takes longer. The body has been inflamed for a while, and more things are out-of-balance.  There are noticeable digestion issues, food allergies or sensitivities, weight gain over 20 lbs, lack of energy, needing caffeine and sugar to keep going, food cravings, aches and pains.

You are going to need anywhere from 3 to 6 months to get back in balance and drop the 20 to 30 lbs you have put on.  You will need to follow the above list and I recommend you add a green juice or smoothie at least once a day, in place of a meal.  It should have a protein source (around 15 to 20 grams), some live, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, chard, kale, the juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime, an apple or pear or pineapple.  You can use frozen versions if these are not readily available fresh.  Ideal is to use locally-source vegetables and fruit in season.  There is a great Green Smoothie recipe book, “Essential Green Smoothies”, at:  http://www.consciouslyraw.com.  Written by Madeline Eyer, a raw food chef, it has some amazingly delicious and invigorating recipes.

You may want to add some natural anti-inflammatories, such as grapeseed extract, and some liver support — milk thistle and alpha-lipoic acid, probiotics and some Omega-3s — walnuts and pumpkin seeds or a supplement.  I have my favorite source for dietary supplements, through USANA.  They are super-safe, bio-available and guaranteed for purity and potency.  My clients get amazing results with this program.

If you stick with it you will see results in a few weeks and the weight will begin to drop-off around week 2.  You can do a cleanse to speed up the process.

REVERSING STAGE 3The Open Revolt Body.  You have been diagnosed with a disease — arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.  You may be on medications or recovering from surgery or treatments.  You are listless, cannot exercise, barely able to get through the day.  You feel like everything is shutting-down.  You have gained over 50 pounds and it feels like this is how you are going to be the rest of your life.

This phase is harder and will take longer — 6 to 9 months — but you absolutely can get results.  You cannot stop any medication during this cycle.  Ideal is to check-in with your doctor, get your blood and sugar and cholesterol readings and then begin the Get Your Body Happy Program.  I like to start people in this stage a bit slower than Stage 1 and 2.  Their bodies have been out-of-whack for so long, or they have been through surgery, injury, radiation or chemo-therapy, and they need to think about their body as being a “baby’s body” — needing some coddling and extra care. We start with pre-phase I — my “Strengthen, Repair and Prepare program.

Here is where we just focus on adding some healthy habits, plus the vitamins/minerals, probiotics, liver support,Omega-3s and natural anti-inflammatories.  This goes on for about 2 weeks, and then we begin the healthy foods.  The goal is to crowd-out the bad habits and food-cravings by replacing them with delicious, healthy alternatives which will allow the body to reduce inflammation and begin to restore and repair.

It takes awhile  The body knows inherently what will help it, but, the cravings can overpower and the hormones can stop working right, so it all takes some chemical changes to get the right results.  Every body is different and some react quickly and some take weeks or even months.  But they all benefit and they will see results.

Again, I would love to help you no matter what phase you find yourself in.  Let’s talk!  Especially after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, it would be good to identify your triggers and cravings and help you add in some more healthy approaches.  You can reach me at: deb@energyunlimited.biz and http://www.sexyleanandstrong.com.

Have a Great Holiday!

Take Care and Stay Lean and Strong!

Is Your Body Mad at You?

woman looking in mirrorMost of my clients are between 40 – 65, working hard at their careers, running from appointment to appointment, driving in crazy traffic, pulling long hours preparing pitches or reports. They forget to let their bodies talk to them. They ignore the rumblings, upset stomach, aching joints and restless sleep. Until something really goes wrong. I really want to encourage you, no matter your age or occupation, to pay attention to your body. I have figured out there are three stages of the Mad Body. I am going to share them here and you can figure out if your body is going through any of them.

Stage 1 Upset — this is where you are just not on top of your game — you have a few sleepless nights, maybe a headache here are there, some aches and pains, upset tummy or gas and you have put on 5 to 15 pounds. You pretty much chalk it up to age and figure you can take it off if you get to the gym or eat more salads.

Stage 2 Mad — Now you have ignored your body’s upset rumblings and it is MAD — you are tossing and turning, having constant headaches or sinus infections, you have Irritable Bowels (diarrhea or constipation), the aches and pains have gotten worse and you are dealing with 20 to 40 extra pounds. Going to the gym has not worked, and you are eating whatever you can get your hands on. The energy level is crashing, you feel like you need a nap mid-day and your caffeine use is way up.

Stage 3 — Open Revolt — Things have gone from bad to worse. The weight is up to 50 or more pounds over, the aches and pains are constant and severe, you now have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and are on meds. You may even have been given a diagnosis of diabetes, severe arthritis, or, cancer. Now you have no choice but to listen to your body.  But is it too late?

I have some good news. It does not matter what stage your body is in, making the right choices from now on will make a difference. In my thirteen years as a Health Coach and Wellness Consultant, I have seen some amazing turn-arounds. You want to know how fast? It depends on the stage you are in. Stage 1 can sometimes be turned around in days; Stage 2 in weeks, and Stage 3 may take months. But they can all be turned-around. In the new movie, Origins, one expert states that just eating clean and green for three days will calm the body down tremendously. The cells are so smart and so capable of recovery, it is really miraculous.

So, where do you start? Each case needs to be evaluated on its own, but there are some key guidelines. Before I give you those, I also need you to know about a preliminary phase. Some folks cannot go immediately to cleanses, fasts or Elimination Diets or lots of green juice. If you are nutritionally-deficient, or having digestion/elimination issues, or weak from surgery or medical treatments, I advise using a phase I call: “Strengthen, Repair and Prepare”. When I put my clients into this phase we are usually dealing with getting more water, less caffeine, adding probiotics and digestive enzymes and getting more sleep. Sometimes I get them on a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement if they are not getting enough nutrition. We may stay on this phase for one to two weeks. Once the body feels stronger, we can tackle the root-cause of the imbalances making the Body Mad.

There are lots of good programs out there — Juicing, Cleanses, Fasts, Elimination Diets, supplement programs. Knowing which to choose takes training and experience.  Next blog I will tell you how I approach each phase.  But, to really make sure what phase you are in, let’s talk! I have a great track-record helping folks figure this out and getting good results. If you want to know what stage your body is, just get in touch with me at deb@energyunlimited.biz and I can give you a complimentary Health Assessment session. You will know what stage you are and what to do about it when we finish. It can all be done by phone if you are located outside of my area.

Take care and Stay Lean and Strong!

What a Hangover is Doing to Your Body

Gal with hangover 2A dear friend loves to party. She is just 27, and spends her free time at bars with buds. Her pictures are full of drinking and laughing. Unfortunately, her body is not so happy, inside.
Here is what is happening to your body on a Hangover, per Laura Bell in WomensHealth Magazine — Maybe it is not worth it????

Head: Your head is aching because you are dehydrated – because lots of alcohol upsets the production of vasopressin, a hormone that controls fluid balance – which is also why you will spend the night running to the restroom.

My suggestion: Drink a glass of water a half-hour before going to the event, then drink a glass of water between the drinks and drink water before you go to bed – Dilute the alcohol level and get it out of your body faster. Try to eat something as well – to help process the alcohol. You can take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, but no acetaminophen. Find out why next. If you drank darker hard liquors, and most beers and dark wines, there were more congeners, chemicals that may exacerbate the hangover. Plus, if you were smoking it will increase the pain.

Liver – Your poor liver has to spend all the time processing the alcohol, which is actually poisoning your body, so it is not processing food. It can only process and detox one drink per hour, so pace yourself! Do not add acetaminophen the next day as the liver is worn-out, drink water and take a liver-support system, with milk-thistle and alpha-lipoic acid. I take one tablet with every meal as my liver needs the support, and I rarely drink even wine.
(Ask me what nutrition product company I am using – 600 Olympians are also using it……The liver support also helps you maintain your weight…..)

Stomach – If you have a spiked drink of any kind, it will irritate your stomach and you might not be able to tolerate food. Again, drink water and let your stomach calm down. If you are nauseous, you are actually in alcohol-withdrawal . You could also be shaking, sweaty or feeling anxious. If you can do it, put a healthy, vegan protein smoothie with good herbs in your stomach. If you can’t, sip water and wait it out. All the home-remedies will not really change the chemical issues you are dealing with, unfortunately. You just have to let your body purge. You could try a sauna if you keep hydrated. Sweating out the poison is good!

Energy Level – Alcohol disturbs the brain’s normal sleep cycles, so any sleep you got was probably not very restorative. You probably feel groggy and muddle-headed. Put off decision-making until you feel better. Take a nap and meditate on how you can better handle the next party to not lose the next day! Once you have lost the nausea and headache, eat, rest and then do some light exercise — walk outside in the fresh air. This too shall pass…..

AND ON THAT NOTE — HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!