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Please don’t be that person!   Leave a comment

Its that time of year, New Years Resolution!  80s-dancers-taylor-swift-shake-it-off

This is when the gyms get overly crowded.  All the trainers and sales staff are rubbing there  hands together ready for a new customer but slightly smirking at the same time.  They know that half of these overly excited, pumped up new comers swearing they are ready for real this time aren’t gonna make it past March.

I know, its a harsh reality.  Especially for the ones who really believe in their hearts they are gonna do it this time.

But the ones who really suffer are the dedicated gym rats who have been coming faithfully 2-5 times a week since last year and the year before that.  Look at their angry and frustrated faces as they unsuspectingly walk toward the next machine with their heart-rate still racing, only to be let down when they realize its being used by someone who clearly doesn’t even know how to use it.  “Their range of motion is way too wide for that machine!”  The gym rat yells to themselves.  The poor gym rat looks around to find the alternative to that machine, only to see that its also taken. “Ah!”  “I’ll just use the free-weights.  Sure my heart-rate has gone down a bit but I can get it back.  I should be free-weighting it out anyway.  Let me quit being lazy.”  The gym rat thinks.  But just as they go to the barbell rack, they notice everything is taken.  After scanning the room in frenzy, they see 2 skinny teenage boys struggling to use the size barbell they wanted.  “Oh come on!  Are they even old enough to be here?”  They look towards the dumbbell rack.  “Taken!”ughhhhhhh  “I hate January.”  They Gym rat bellows.  “I’ll be glad when March comes and everyone gets over their stupid New years resolution!”

If your a trainer, gym employee or gym rat, you know what I’m talking about.  If you’re a January-March fitness buff, you should know this is whats is going on behind the scene.

Don’t let this turn you away from the gym or your resolution.  Maybe you can just let this be motivation for you not to be so predictable this year.  Keep your commitment.  Be strong, then come June, look that gym rat right in the eye come and give them a  nod like “Yeah Homie, break yo self, I’m here to stay!”18st Schoolboy

You can do it!

Tip to not being a January-Marcher:

Pace yourself.

If you haven’t been doing hardly any working out the previous year, don’t try to be a super hero now.  You are not gonna make up for what you did over the holidays by going crazy at the gym all of a sudden. Start with 2 days a week.  Sustain that for a month, then go to 3.  If you do too much too fast you will only burn yourself out.  This goes for nutrition too.

Don’t diet.  

Simply come up with healthy manageable adjustments.  Start planning ahead what your gonna eat.  Before you get hungry.

Introduce yourself to a healthy new dish once a month.                                                 Experiment with different spices and vegetables.

Also try out a new way to get active.  Maybe a dance class, swim lessons, ooh how about  fullsizerender-1 YOGA!

And if you need help with what to do or accountability, then get it!  Be honest. Invest in yourself.  You are worth it!

Don’t be that person done with their goals after 3 months.

Be better than you were last year.

~Ayana                                                                                                                                                                 The Nataki Wellness Center

 

Do you really mean what you say?   Leave a comment

I really don’t understand when talking about eating healthy why people say “we all got to die sometime, and if I’m gonna go I’m gonna go happy.”  I just don’t see a lot of depressed, angry miserable healthy people.  And if eating poorly makes people so happy then shouldn’t America, with our consumption rate of fast and processed food be the happiest  place on earth?  Shouldn’t we just eat a big mac to cure depression instead of those prescriptions that cause all those side effects?  And If those people really don’t care since we all got to go sometime, why do they rush to the doctor to get toxic prescription to prolong their life.

Do we forget that a lot of times dying from diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure usually doesn’t go in order from happy to  fun to a peaceful death?  It usual starts with tiredness, pains, lots of medication, side effects, missing out on fun out doors with love ones, death, then love ones possibly repeating the cycle… I’m personally not sold on the fun. 

Of course there’s things we cant immediately control, like pollution in the environment but the things we eat, the amount of exercise we do, the level of stress we take on, the positive or negative vibes we keep around is mostly u to us.  

Living a life whether short or long that is free, happy, full of energy, exploration and adventure in my opinion is priceless and no BBQ rib, fried chicken, mac n cheese, Big mac, taco bell, Carls Jr. meat lovers pizza, Baskin and Robbins or grand slam breakfast is worth taking that away. 

Decide what living your life is worth to you.  If you need help get it, don’t be ashamed.  Start somewhere, it’s not going to go away.   A great place to start is the Nataki Wellness Center.  Start with a 15 day detox or a consultation for a plan that’s right for you.  Virtual personal training is available.

~Be good to yourself.

~A

 

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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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

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