Chemicals in beauty products.   1 comment

Are your beauty products safe?  Do they contribute to Fibroids or breast cancer?  Your baby will be okay with the baby wipes you use right?

Hmmm, maybe you should click on the photo below.

Snapshot video chemical

Before you buy that dried fruit….   Leave a comment

Do you know what preservatives to really stay away from?  Let us shed a little light on that subject.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpnvYytPEbA

1560 calories   2 comments

1560 calories is what I need to eat a day if I want to stay the same weight.  Being a vegan that doesn’t eat soy, a personal trainer that tries to stay away from fattening things and an advocate for natural living& healing, you can imagine that my diet doesn’t include a lot of things that may be common to others.  A lot of my clients ask me what the heck do you eat.  I always respond everything!  Well everything that’s in my list of things I eat.   I laugh every time.

I eat all day long like a  Gazelle,  and even though I’m full at the end of the day, I find it hard to get enough calories in.  I live in Cali so most people here would say that’s a good problem to have.  But I’m not trying to lose weight.  I like where I’m at.  About 5 months ago I was 111 pounds .  Even in high school I was 115-125 pounds.  Most of my adult life I’ve been a consistent 120.  Most people think I’m 105.   But I remind them I’m a trainer and muscle weighs more that fat.   Recently I weighed myself and I was 117.  Perfect!  That’s where I wanna stay.  115-122 is fine by me.

Now I’m not big on counting calories for the rest of your life but I do believe everyone should do it for a while so that they now where they stand.  Then you can let it go for a while  but check in with yourself from time to time.  If you’re over or under weight, do it until you’re not.

111 pounds is under weight for me.  I know some of it had to do with muscle loss but a lot was my diet.  So I decided I better pay attention.  Yesterday I went over my calories.  I consumed 1692.  I was happy about that cause exercise can easily bring that down to 1560.

Now I’m not necessarily proud of how much bread I consumed yesterday, being a trainer and all but I know I can spare a day.   But I thought it would be a good idea to share what contributed the most to the extra calories.  That way people who want to lose can keep that in mind.  So here it is:

About a cup of Still cut oats w/ raisins added gave me a whopping 710 calories.   FYI the still cut has the most calories but I need it.     Two whole wheat waffles  with peanut butter=325  calories.   FYI this was part of my lunch not breakfast.                                 Amy’s California Veggie Burger with 2 pieces of wheat bread=307 calories.

Of course this isn’t all I had to eat but I just wanted to point out what gave me the most calories.  The breads and oatmeal win.   So if you had the same thing but had a beef burger instead  you can add on an extra 1-200 calories unless you get a really small lean cut.   Now a turkey patty is about the same as the veggie.

If I wanted to cut down some of the calories I could have had a little less oatmeal instead of a filled to the top bowl, and added an apple to my breakfast.  Also I could’ve had just one waffle and added a small green salad with vinaigrette dressing.    With these small adjustments, I could have knocked off about 100 calories.

So why don’t you try it.  If you’re looking to lose weight, write down everything you ate and  total up ALL your calories for one day.   Then look it  over and see where you can make tiny adjustments for the next day.  Notice my adjustments didn’t involve me completely taking anything away.  I wanted that waffle!  But I could’ve chose to just eat one and add a salad.

Try this everyday for 1 month and I guarantee you’ll be amazed!

~Lady A

 

 

 

 

Posted February 9, 2013 by calivegans in calories, healthy living

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What will your life be like in the future?   Leave a comment

With so many diet related diseases and ailments, it makes you wonder why doesn’t everyone eat healthy.  But what is eating healthy?  Is it following the food pyramid guide that was introduced by the USDA in 1992?   But wait, that may not be wise seeing as how in 2001 the USDA lost a lawsuit against them because of their financial ties to the food industry (meat&dairy).  Wow and they were telling everyone to eat 2-3 servings of meat, 2-3 servings of dairy and 6-11 servings of bread, cereal and pasta!  I’m pretty sure that if anyone followed the food Pyramid exactly from 1992-2001, that they are overweight.  

The food Pyramid didn’t get updated til 2005 and then replaced in 2011.

There has been evidence linking dairy to breast cancer, asthma and allergies.  Beef to colon cancer and Pork to high blood pressure.       These are just to name a very small few.

As a personal trainer and a citizen of One of the most overweight countries in the world, I realized that there is a lack of knowledge regarding to what is healthy.  There is also a food addiction epidemic.

What does America and some of the other top overweight countries have in common?  Processed foods are for one.                                          Just to clear clear, if it is not how it originally grows, or you didn’t kill and prepare it yourself, it’s more than likely processed.

What If an angel told you that you are going to suffer from health problems in your late 40s -60s. What would you do? That you will be overweight and too tired to enjoy your life to the fullest at 45.  That you will develop low self-esteem because of your illness and weight issues.  That you will die before the age of 75 or if you do live beyond that you will suffer. What would you do?

What if that the angel said oh wait, I’m looking at your book of life and it looks like you have an alternate path you may take.  If you cut down your processed food intake by 50-100%, eat more vegetables than anything, stop drinking sodas, don’t fry your food, don’t eat any meat from a fast food restaurant, if you must have “junk” only 10% of the time, if you must eat meat don’t have it everyday and only have lean small portions that have been baked or grilled.  Cut out as much sugar as possible, limit your salt and exercise 3 times a week.  Would you do it?

Then The angel says, “Here is what your life may look like if you do this:  You will have a great body weight.  You will have the energy to do the things you’ve always wanted to do.  You will enjoy life, meet fun and interesting people. Your self-esteem will be good because you feel good about yourself.  You will not suffer because of health and you will live long enough to see you children grow up as well as your grandchildren.                                                                                    You will still be able to move around freely at 80.”

Now before anybody gets offended, I am aware that anything in life may happen and just because you eat right and exercise doesn’t mean a person won’t die young or have health problems.  So many other things can effect health like environment, genetics and mental state.  Also I am not implying that people overweight are less happy than people who are not.  Although I do believe that you feel good about yourself when you have made a conscious effort to take care of your body inside and out and you follow through.  Also it have been proven that you decrease your chance of developing certain ailments when you eat healthy and exercise.

I would like to suggest this challenge to you:

Map out your life over the next 20 years and see what it may look like if you continue the path you’re own.  If you continue to eat the way you do whether it’s healthy or not.  How many pounds have you gained or lost over the past year?  Now times that by 20.   Then look up the statistic of that weight as it pertains to health.  Draw a picture in your mind of how you will look.  How will you feel?  What are the things you will be able to do?  What are the things you wont?   If you don’t like the picture, take action now!  There is no magic pill to take to change your life.  Don’t trust everything that is advised to you by the USDA, media or doctors.  Be your own health detective.  Research vitamins, foods, herbs, medicine and holistic healing.

I believe God gave us everything we need here on this earth as well as free will.  So its up to you to decide the life you want.  Map out what your life will look like if you make positive changes.

What do you want your life to be like in the future?   May you be blessed with the better life.

~Lady A

Tips on avoiding gallstones……   Leave a comment

First a quick trip down anatomy lane-  

 

The gallbladder is a small pouch(organ) that sits just under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver.  It aids mainly in fat digestion.

First understand that sodium is a primary contributor to the bicarbonate buffer system which is one of the systems that keeps the body from being too acid.   When the gallbladder takes sodium out of the bile, cholesterol(which is usually in liquid form) is left behind to fend for itself.

But why would the gallbladder take sodium out of the bile, you may ask.   Great question!

If a person doesn’t eat enough fruits and vegetables to provide organic sodium to work with the bicarbonate buffer system, the body will take sodium from the gallbladder bile.

With the sodium gone, cholesterol is left high and dry to turn into stones.   Gallstones are almost always made up of cholesterol, or a mixture of cholesterol, bilirubin and protein.

So most important lesson of today is:

EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!  EAT A LOT OF THEM.  JUICE IF YOU HAVE TO.
P.S.  This all has to do with alkaline vs acid.  Alkaline= good, too acid = bad.  Fruits and veggies= alkaline.

Oh and sodium from table salt won’t cut it.  It isn’t the same.  Good try though.

 

~A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted July 25, 2012 by calivegans in Uncategorized

Vitamins for healing…..   2 comments

Did you know that vitamin A can be used to treat asthma and allergies?

It has been suggested that a dose range of 28,000 to 75,000 I.U.  of vitamin A per day, along with a dose of 5000 I.U of vitamin D  has been used to treat asthma.

This if from the Orthomolecular Nutrition concept, which is using optimal nutrition to combat, heal and prevent physical and mental illness.

I have to say, more and more its being proven that nature has everything you need to heal and be well.

 

~Lady A

 

 

Posted June 7, 2012 by calivegans in Uncategorized

Crystals For Cramps   Leave a comment

I’ve been on an epic quest, for the past 10 years or so, to find a natural way to alleviate my menstrual cramps.  I haven’t had much success until very recently, when I started using crystals to ease my discomfort.

I first started learning about crystals when I began researching natural ways to shrink my fibroid tumor.  It was suggested, through my readings, that one should use a Rose Quartz crystal to help in the shrinking process.  So, I went out and purchased my first crystal.  I’m not going to lie, I was definitely very skeptical.  While I love alternative healing methods, something about crystals just didn’t quite jive with me, but I figured, what could it hurt?  I began using the crystal regularly for my fibroid and then one day, while suffering from menstrual cramps, I thought, why not use my crystal then?  I was shocked, when after a few minutes, my cramps subsided!  I couldn’t believe it!

As time went on, I received another crystal as a gift; Citrine.  I eagerly looked up the uses for Citrine and was intrigued when I found out it could be used for reproductive issues among other things.  I began using the Citrine and Rose Quartz together and have been pleasantly surprised with the soothing effect they have on my cramps.

Here’s how I use them specifically for my menstrual cramps.  Ahem!  Crystal Basics 101:  Crystals line up with our Chakras.  Each chakra emanates a different color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet).  Thus, if a crystal is the color of the chakra it can be used to balance it by placing it on the corresponding chakra.  In the case of menstrual cramps, the chakra effected is the Sacral Chakra.  The Sacral Chakra is found about 3 inches below the naval on the front and on the lower back on the spine.  There are several placements that work.    For me, laying on my stomach and placing the crystals on my spine seems to be more effective than laying on my back and placing them below my navel.  I also like to split them up and place the Citrine on my back and the Rose Quartz on my lower abdomen.  I also use them with a heating pad as well.  A little bit of trial and error will help you figure out which is most effective for you.

I am still researching exactly how and why crystals work.  I’ve found some interesting explanations of the power of crystals.  The best I’ve read so far is from Kellie the crystal deva.  She states, “The reason why crystals and gemstones are wonderful and powerful healing tools are because of what science calls its piezoelectric effect.  (You can see this effect in the modern quartz watches). Crystals and gemstones respond to the electricity that is coursing through our body, and if the energy is sluggish, the constant electrical vibrations of the stones will help to harmonize, balance, and stimulate these energies.

I need to note here that crystals only work for me when I am experiencing mild menstrual cramps; the kind that are uncomfortable, but not overwhelming.  When I am experiencing severe cramping, the crystals have a minimal effect on me.  Everyone responds differently, so you may find that they work for you regardless of the severity or only when mild, like me.

If you’re like me and have been suffering with menstrual cramps for years and are tired of popping painkillers like candy, give crystals a try.  You may find the relief you’ve been looking for, and your stomach lining will really appreciate it!

~p~

 

Posted March 25, 2012 by calivegans in fibroids & menstrual cycle

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