The “Why” Behind my Race: My Reasons for Running a Half-Marathon

December 6, 2016

A good friend asked me the other day “Why are you doing a race?  What do you need to prove?  Plus, you know running is not the healthiest form of exercise – especially after 50.” Wow!  Great questions!  I don’t consider myself a runner but running somehow has always been very attractive to me.  It’s the one thing I have never been able to accomplish consistently.  Running doesn’t come easy for me, I’m super slow, my legs feel heavy and it’s not even helping me burn fat.  So why the heck did I sign up for a 13.1-mile race? Here’s the selfish part of my WHY:

  • Running is a challenge for me and it’s also a gift. It’s my gift to myself, to my business, to my family and to my soul.
  • Every time I finish a practice run I feel powerful. When I feel powerful everyone around me benefits.
  • I know that increasing my athletic performance well into my 50’s will inspire others to get moving. It has also inspired my second book.
  • To get into my best shape/performance after 50, I had to improve my diet and lifestyle. I finally had a reason to go 100% plant-based and I’m thriving.  I’m healthier, my body is lighter, I sleep even better, and I have (at a minimum) doubled my energy.

Here is the deeper WHY: I run for all the young single mothers that are battling the trenches to make a good life for their babies, they are

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September 20, 2016

Like detox?Detoxs are very popular right now and there are nearly as many detox myths as there are types of detoxs. Below are four detox myths you may have heard. When you hear the word “detox” do you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains? The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above.

Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a detox.

While you might have to eliminate certain foods, my approach to detox is to lovingly allow your body to get rid of toxins using wholesome natural foods.  This is not about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and help detoxify your body. The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my detox participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in th

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September 13, 2016

The first time I saw an episode of the “The Biggest Loser” back in 2006 I was SO excited about the promise and recall imagining the contestant’s lives completely changing after the show. Being thin will make them happy…right? Or so they say. It has been several years since the show’s debut and there is a lot of controversy in the news that has triggered my curiosity and the “need” to comment in my blog. Let me explain. The show’s purpose was clearly entertainment, as it is any reality/contest type show… but that’s not how it felt. It was motivating and exciting to watch week after week. The camp, the intense workouts, the micro food servings, the screaming, the vomiting, the crying… wait! Oh crap! This show uses the fundamentally stupid concepts of starving your body and working out frenetically, using the scale as a true measure of progress, and worst of all, relying on willpower. None of these techniques are backed by science and all are totally unsustainable. Yet watching these folks and the trainers was so entertaining that we all forgot how dangerous it was (at least I know I did). Fast forward to 2016 and it’s all over the news that a group of researchers followed the winners for six years after they were crowned the Biggest Loser. Now we have factual data of what happens when people follow a ridiculously intense regime like they did. It’s sad. S

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July 22, 2016

Even if you are careful about the food you take home to you and your family, there is a chance that you will consume some bodily unkind toxins…blindly. Even food that is very healthy can pose as a real toxic risk to your health. It all depends on the way it was packaged.  Think about those antioxidant rich foods like stewed tomatoes, black beans, or even that much needed water that you consume from a plastic container. Knowing where toxins hide is a key component of your efforts in getting healthier.  Not to be vain but, these toxins will even affect your waistline. In this short article I explore one of them:  Bisphonol A; AKA BPA. BPA has been found in 67% of canned food products and in 78% of plastic containers of top brands in the US. BPA is known to interfere with your hormone system by mimicking the effects of estrogen.  There are numerous studies that show a potential correlation between high levels of BPA and an increased risk of some forms of cancer such as breast and prostate, reproductive disorders, type 2 diabetes, brain functioning and even memory loss and obesity. What’s the alternative?  Opt for fresh or frozen foods or purchase food items in glass containers.  Some of my favorite brands include Whole Foods’ 365 organics, Eden Organics, and Muir Glen. There are also many others.  Keep in mind that you should ALWAYS read the label to be assure comp

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May 27, 2016

It’s going to be a glorious Memorial Day weekend! It’s a time to reminisce, celebrate, be with family, go on a mini vacation or enjoy backyard parties. This is not the time to have to “worry” about your eating regime, just relax and follow these simple strategies for a healthier more energized end of the week. You will be so proud of you next week!!!

  1. Load up on detox liquids. Prepare water bottles, or pretty containers with lemon or cucumber slices, mint, berries, etc. and drink them constantly.
  1. Add fat to your smoothie or to your salads. Extra avocado, a tablespoon of coconut oil and/or almond butter or olive oil will do wonders to keep you satiated longer and will provide you with plenty of energy.
  1. Go Green and Lean! Load up on healthy proteins with massive amounts of veggies (this applies even if you are going out). It’s not all about salads, grilled or sautéed veggies are an excellent companion to Body Love.
  1. Snack smart. Opt for unsalted nuts, green apples with almond butter, two squares of 80% chocolate or go for a mini smoothie (a bunch of spinach, almond milk, almond butter, cinnamon and stevia for sweetness.)
  1. Say YES to yourself! .. to your commitment to fe

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December 3, 2015

When it comes to food allergies, making a diagnosis is pretty black and white. The typical allergic reaction occurs immediately after you ingest a certain food, and the symptoms—often a rash, hives, or swelling—are unmistakable.   But food sensitivities are a much sneakier sort. In many cases, symptoms don’t occur until several hours or even days after you eat a problematic food, and even then, they can be vague and difficult to link to your diet.   In the United States, food sensitivities have become an epidemic, largely fueled by the process of genetically modifying food.  Gluten, dairy, corn and soy are among the most common culprits. An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from gluten sensitivity alone, and those are the people who have figured it out!  Millions more individuals experience symptoms suggestive of food sensitivities every day, and have yet to identify the cause. Following are four signs you might have a food sensitivity, along with a brief explanation of how each symptom occurs.   Fatigue No matter how much sleep you get, you are exhausted. You find yourself dozing off during the day and are constantly grabbing sugary and starchy snacks for energy.   When your body is sensitive to a certain food, it causes an inflammatory response in your digestive system, causing your adrenal glands to release cortisol a

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October 12, 2015

One of my corporate mentors always told me, “When not in sight, not in mind.”   The opposite is also true; “when in sight…in mind” and eventually in your mouth.   I am referring to that stuff we don’t want to have in our kitchen, we want it out of sight out of mind. Here is a Key strategy to keep your “willpower” in check:   Make your kitchen a “Temptation-Free Zone!”   Keep around only the healthiest foods and ditch the rest. (Yes, this will benefit the entire family.) I am not saying never have another piece of bread or a hamburger, but at least do not have such food readily available.   Now is the best time to go through your cupboards and ship out those foods that will trigger you to eat more than what you will care to admit.   Here are the main offenders:  

  1. RefrigeratorDiet Foods – “Diet foods” should be called “quiet foods.” While these might be low in calories, they will quietly trick your body into eating more, causing the contrary of what you bought them for. Ship out all those sugar-free, low-fat, no-fat, reduced-whatever, or light items. Most of these items are full of unhealthy ingredients such as sugar if they are labeled

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July 28, 2015

I’m talking about the scale!  Especially if you are on a plan to regain your health, slim down, get stronger, and feel great.

To help you “see” what I mean, I have attached two pictures of myself at almost the same weight, according to this gadget we call the scale. The scale showed a difference of five pounds, I am only five pounds less in the second picture compared to my chubby version. The version of me before I really got serious about ditching the scale and adding high intensity strength training to my health regime. There are visual differences not to mention the side effects of having increased energy, amazing mental performance, and a more positive/calmer me most of the time (AND I am a work in progress and not done yet!).

Unless you are training for a fight or a bodybuilding competition, it isn’t about the scale. The combination of solid nutrition with exercise will create beautiful changes in your body composition (the amount of fat, muscle, water, waste, tissue, etc.).

So, if the scale is not telling the whole truth, what should I do instead?

You will take your measurements:

Measure your waist, chest, thighs and arms

Measure your body fat

Measure how you feel

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