Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Last night my roommate and I shared a delicious Thai dinner and stumbled upon Michael Jackson's This Is It on television. I've seen it about three times, but it was my roomie's first time, and he could not believe it. MJ, even middle-aged, was totally kicking ass on stage. The dude still sang and danced perfectly, and it was hot.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
What they don't talk about is how those man boobs are forming in the first place.
Lack of exercise and/or sleep, excess stress, and excess dairy and/or soy consumption all raise hormones such as estrogen and cortisol in the body that are dangerous at high levels. Keeping an active lifestyle, getting adequate sleep, and eating a diet high in whole foods and low in dairy/soy are all excellent ways of reducing fatty deposits such as man boobs.
Check out http://www.yogimichelle.com under Detox for more information about how you can gently cleanse your body with delicious foods beginning THIS TUESDAY JUNE 1ST!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Many entrepreneurs tend to neglect their workspace. They’re so busy seeing clients, going to networking events, doing marketing and so many other business necessities that they forget to take care of their office. But what they don’t realize is that when the workspace is neglected and in disarray, they’re actually blocking the flow to attract more clients, more opportunities and more m.oney.
Is your office cluttered and disorganized? Disorganization and clutter are the primary causes for creating stress and blocking business opportunities from coming your way. Think of any powerful CEO. You’ll never see them surrounded by chaos and clutter. They make sure to keep their offices orderly so that their minds remain focused, they have complete clarity and they can be productive.
Here are 3 Feng Shui tips to help you start boosting the energy in your workspace.
1. At the end of each workday clear off your desk, file away your paperwork, dust off your computer screen, empty out your trash can, put away your coffee cup and all other objects that will prevent you from staying focused.
2. Clean out your filing cabinets, desk drawers and office closet. Toss out anything that’s not needed, making space for the new. Categorize everything with labels, boxes, and beautiful containers.
3. Imagine the role that you would like your office to serve in your business. Think of a few words that best describe what you want from this space. Some words might include "productive" or "clarity" or “success.” Remove anything that does not help you achieve your vision. Always think about those successful entrepreneurs that you admire most, envision what their workspace is like and recreate that for yourself. Remember, your office is a direct reflection of how successful you are in your business.
© Sheri Ruston, Energy In Motion International
Sheri Ruston, aka "The Flow Doctor", is the founder of Energy In Motion International. Her company is committed to helping heart-centered entrepreneurs break through their blocks to wealth so that they can grow their revenues, serve the world in a bigger way and achieve financial f.reedom to live extraordinary lives. To receive your free e-course "3 Proven Secrets to Attract More Clients and Make More Money" go to www.TheFlowDoctor.com.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Spring is upon us! What a refreshing, glorious season it is. We don't see quite a huge change in weather here in sunny Southern California, however there is SOMETHING in the air that signals the cold winter nights may be behind us...
Springtime is when animals eat bitter greens, roots, and barks after hibernating all winter. This kind of diet cleanses their bodies and flushes out the mucus and fat stored over the winter. We humans ought to do the same, and lighten up our diet so our bodies have a chance to shed excess layers in preparation for the hot summer.
We go from summer BBQ and beers to Halloween candy to Thanksgiving feasts to sugary Christmas cookies and holiday booze to New Years champagne to Valentine's Day chocolate to St. Patty's day booze...Not to mention all the chemicals and pollutants we're exposed to on a daily basis from our environment. Do we ever give our bodies a break? Answer most likely is no.
And gross tip for you: We store all those toxins in our body fat, necessitating the creation of extra fat to protect us from more toxins! Doing a cleanse is one of the fastest ways to have transformation and see change. If you want to seriously change your life and health for the better, and feel amazing, you should do a cleanse a minimum of 2x a year, and maximum 4x a year. You'll find you'll naturally crave doing one with the changes of the seasons.
Trust me, there will never be a perfect time to do a cleanse, your calendar will never be perfectly clear, and there will always be some kind of excuse you can use to not take charge of your health right NOW. So don't procrastinate any further, no matter what you have going on.
Come join me for my Gentle Spring Detox! I will be participating as well, and I've been through it multiple times, so I know exactly what to expect and how to help you accomplish your goals! Check out http://www.yogimichelle.com and click on Spring Detox to read through the testimonials of my fabulous past participants! Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!
Friday, March 19, 2010
HVP is found in snack foods such as potato chips and pretzels. It's also used in dry mixes for chip dips, gravy, au jus and marinades. HVP is also used in frozen foods (such as taquitos and quesadillas) and in fresh foods such as potato salad and fresh dips. In addition to these items, it is also used in many other grocery products.
The recall was issued due to possible salmonella contamination. Salmonella is one of the most common causes of bacterial food-borne illness in the United States. It can cause fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
The following soup and dip mix products are included in the HVP recall.
Dip Seasoning - Homestyle
De la Casa Spinach Dip
Dean's - various brands of soup/soup mix & dip/dip mix
Delicioso Spinach Dip
Follow Your Heart Beef Au Jus
Fresh Food Concepts Garden Fresh Spinach & Spinach Dip with Real Yogurt
Great Value Ranch Chip Dip
Homemade Gourmet Tortilla Soup Mix
Johnny's French Dip Powdered Au Jus
Kroger Onion & Beefy Onion Soup Dip Mix
McCormick French Onion & Vegetable Dip Mix
Mrs. Gerry's Crab Creole Spread & Old Home/Old Fashioned Spinach Dip
Oak Lake Farms French Onion Chip Dip
Publix Beef Flavored Stew Mix
Reser's soup and dip mixes
Rojo's Garden Fresh Spinach Dip
T. Marzetti soup and dip mixes
Herbox chicken, beef & vegetable bouillon
Dressing and dressing mix products
Follow Your Heart Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing
Reser's Ranch House Dressing
Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing & Dip
Flavoring base and seasoning products
Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning
Minor's Bacon Base
Publix Meatloaf Seasoning
Gravy mix products
McCormick Onion Gravy mix
Publix Mushroom & Au Jus gravy mixes
Sauce and marinade mix products
Durkee Spaghetti & Marinade Mix
French's Thick Spaghetti Sauce Mix
Weber Grill Creations Italian Herb Marinade Mix
The following is a list of snack and snack mix products that are included in the HVP recall.
CVS Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites
Great Nut Supply Honey Mustard Pretzels & Bar Mix
HK Anderson Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites
Tim's Cascade Hawaiian style snacks
Herr's Sea Salt Flavored Kettle Style Potato Chips
National Pretzel Company (various)
President's Choice Honey Mustard Onion Pretzel Bite snack
Pringles Restaurant Cravers & Family Faves Taco Night
Quaker Baked Cheddar Snack Mix
Rouses Louisiana's Best Snack Mix
Safeway brand Honey Mustard Onion Nugget Pretzels
Spec's Wines & Fine Foods
Sunflower Markets Honey Mustard Nugget Snack Mix
Casa Solana Shredded Mini Beef Taquitos
E-Z Eats! Beef Taquitos
El Pasado Mini and Beef Taquitos & Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
Giant Eagle Steak Taquitos
Jose Ole Taquitos
Posada Corn & Shredded Beef Taquitos
Tornados Ranchero Beef & Cheese
Prepared salad products
Reser's Redskin Potato Salad
Safeway brand Redskin Potato Salad
Walmart brand Redskin Potato Salad
Ready-to-eat meal products
Follow Your Heart Ready-to-Eat Meals
McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing
has been recalled, and an estimated 10,000 products are affected by this recall. (HVP) is a flavor enhancer commonly used in processed foods.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
New Year's Resolutions...okay yes I know it's already February but still, I'm curious as to what people wrote down. I told everyone I made "general intentions," buuuuttt I lied. See, I have a hard time writing down my goals and sticking to them, even though I'm great at helping friends and family do this important act.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Truth about Dairy
According to Dr. Willett, who has done many studies and reviewed the research on this topic, there are many reasons to pass up milk, including:
1. Milk doesn't reduce fractures. Contrary to popular belief, eating dairy products has never been shown to reduce fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses' Health Study dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50 percent!
2. Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
3. Calcium isn't as bone-protective as we thought. Studies of calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing fracture risk. vitamin Dappears to be much more important than calcium in preventing fractures.
4. Calcium may raise cancer risk. Research shows that higher intakes of both calcium and dairy products may increase a man's risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 50 percent. Plus, dairy consumption increases the body's level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) -- a known cancer promoter.
5. Calcium has benefits that dairy doesn't. Calcium supplements, but not dairy products, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
6. Not everyone can stomach dairy. About 75 percent of the world's population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products -- a problem called lactose intolerance.
Based on such findings, Dr. Willet has come to some important conclusions:
- • Everybody needs calcium -- but probably not as much as our government's recommended daily allowance (RDA).
• Calcium probably doesn't prevent broken bones. Few people in this country are likely to reduce their fracture risk by getting more calcium.
• Men may not want to take calcium supplements. Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may be reasonable for women.
• Dairy may be unhealthy. Advocating dairy consumption may have negative effects on health.
If all that isn't enough to swear you off milk, there are a few other scientific findings worth noting. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently asked the UDSA to look into the scientific basis of the claims made in the "milk mustache" ads. Their panel of scientists stated the truth clearly:
- • Milk doesn't benefit sports performance.
• There's no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis -- in fact, the animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss!
• Dairy is linked to prostate cancer.
• It's full of saturated fat and is linked to heart disease.
• Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance.
• Dairy aggravates irritable bowel syndrome.
Simply put, the FTC asked the dairy industry, "Got Proof?" -- and the answer was NO!
Plus, dairy may contribute to even more health problems, like:
- • Allergies
• Sinus problems
• Ear infections
• Type 1 diabetes
• Chronic constipation
• Anemia (in children)
Due to these concerns, many have begun to consider raw milk an alternative. But that isn’t really a healthy form of dairy either ...
Yes, raw, whole, organic milk eliminates concerns like pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and the effects of homogenization and pasteurization -- but to me, these benefits don't outweigh dairy's potential risks.
From an evolutionary point of view, milk is a strange food for humans. Until 10,000 years ago we didn't domesticate animals and weren't able to drink milk (unless some brave hunter-gather milked a wild tiger or buffalo!).
If you don't believe that, consider this: The majority of humans naturally stop producing significant amounts of lactase -- the enzyme needed to properly metabolize lactose, the sugar in milk -- sometime between the ages of two and five. In fact, for most mammals, the normal condition is to stop producing the enzymes needed to properly digest and metabolize milk after they have been weaned.
Our bodies just weren't made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it's better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods -- vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.
So here is my advice for dealing with dairy.
5 Tips for Dealing with Dairy
- • Don’t rely on dairy for healthy bones. If you want healthy bones, get plenty of exercise and supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
• Get your calcium from food. These include dark green leafy vegetables, sesame tahini, sea vegetables, and sardines or salmon with the bones.
• Try giving up all dairy. That means eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for two weeks and see if you feel better. You should notice improvements with your sinuses, post-nasal drip,headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight. Then start eating dairy again and see how you feel. If you feel worse, you should try to give it up for life.
• If you can tolerate dairy, use only raw, organic dairy products. I suggest focusing on fermented products like unsweetened yogurt and kefir, occasionally.
• If you have to feed your child formula from milk, don't worry. The milk in infant formula is hydrolyzed or broken down and easier to digest (although it can still cause allergies). Once your child is a year old, switch him or her to real food and almond milk.
Still got milk? I hope not! Remember, dairy is not crucial for good health. I encourage you to go dairy-free and see what it does for you.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
As I wrote in the "About Me" section on my website, food and healing has been an important part of my life. With a doctor and a nurse as parents, health and nutrition were important in our household. Coupled with an Italian grandmother, thus began a long, strange relationship with food. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with food. Food as comfort, food as punishment and a deprivation technique, food that heals, food that burns fat, food that increases energy, food that embodies a culture...
The list goes on. As you can see, food has been my best friend and my worst enemy. My friends in high school and college used to make fun of me because I knew all the vitamin and nutrition contents of any fruit or vegetable you put before me. My weight fluctuated. One year I was binging, the next year I was starving myself. I worked out three or four times a day, used laxatives, I developed IBS, and was diagnosed with ADHD, depression. It was exhausting for my friends to deal with, and they grew distant. I saw therapists, nothing truly helped me to love and respect my body. I was weighed every week to make sure I wasn't losing more weight, but I would put on more jewelry and layers. I was in complete and utter denial.
Denial got me nowhere. I was so obsessed with working out and my tiny meals, that at my first job out of college, my supervisor sat me down as my boss and as my friend. We decided I needed to leave to address the thing that no one, including myself, wanted to say or talk about: I had an eating disorder.
Sad, depressed, and very scared, I moved back in with Mom & Dad and got treatment. I sat back and thought about what the heck I was going to do with my life, and I certainly knew that I did not want others going through the same health problems and stress about food and body image that I went through.
I popped onto the internet, typed in nutrition and holistic health schools, and there it was, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. While also working at a mostly organic restaurant, I spent a year learning about every single dietary system out there, the food-mood connection, how to counsel others, and most of all, I learned how to heal myself.
I always knew about healthy food, but this took it to the next level. Studying the ancient healing systems such as Ayurveda, macrobiotics, and Chinese elements, alongside contemporary diets such as the Zone, raw foods, and glycemic index, PLUS getting spiritual guidance from teachers like Deepak Choprsa, Ilyanya Vanzant, and Debbie Ford filled me to the brim with positive love and energy. I learned it's not just about the food, but also about your relationships, spirituality, exercise, and career.
Founded by Joshua Rosenthal, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is at the forefront of holistic nutrition education, offering cutting-edge training that enriches minds, careers and personal lives. Graduates of the program become agents for positive change in their families, communities, the healthcare system and beyond.
Not only did we learn, we also danced, laughed our faces off, met amazing friends over lunch breaks, and watched the most inspiring videos about food and nutrition in America.
IIN not only gave me the tools to help others, it also saved my life. The education, lifelong friends I made, and consistent support are priceless.
Whether you are considering a new career, you feel as though something is missing from your life, or you want to exponentially boost your health and happiness, please visit www.integrativenutrition.com. Mention my name (Michelle Butler class of 2007) for a great discount!
The best investment you can make is for yourself. Take it from me. I overcame an eating disorder, moved across the country, and am now living my dreams as I guide others to vibrant health. Whatever you're yearning for, don't let another day pass by without taking an action step towards your goal or dream.
And of course, if you have any questions regarding the program, please don't hesitate to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org. Much love and gratitude,
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Michelle L. Butler CHHC, AADP