Health and Nutrition Blog

October 11, 2016

picture1 Dear Mr. Trump, I need to let you know why I am voting against you.  It’s not personal. I don’t have to like you, endorse you, or cheer for you.  However, I must do my part to make sure you don’t make it to the White House. Here’s why:

  • You do things I teach my young adult sons NOT to do. I teach them to respect others, especially women, because they actually come from women themselves…  My heart will break if they ever become as nasty as you have, specifically towards women.
  • My soul is aching for any young men (including my own) who believe they can get away with being offensive, ill-mannered, or disrespectful and still be in the White House running this beautiful country.
  • You speak about women (or spoke, it doesn’t matter) in a way that I pray none of the men my daughters marry ever will.
  • I

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October 4, 2016

I got a real accountability lesson a few months ago.  I was walking to my car from the supermarket on a very hot afternoon when I saw a group of people congregated around a parked car. They seemed upset and I got curious. As I approached the scene, I saw that there was a dog locked in this very hot car. The mini crowd was getting louder and I heard them say “it’s been more than 30 minutes and this dog will soon pass out in this heat” but nobody did anything, including me.  In the next 10 seconds, a young man shattered one of the car’s windows with a trash can and opened the door.  Everything was going to be all right. Why am I sharing this? Because this story illustrates the concept of taking personal accountability and whenever I share it with others, the point is clear.  Only one person in that parking lot embraced, without hesitation, the concept of personal accountability. It was a simple act that required little thinking yet no one embraced it. The scene stayed in my mind for months and I knew I had to write about it. I have been hearing a lot of buzz about accountab

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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 o

Posted in Health/Fitness by Mari Pizarro
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

Posted in Health/Fitness by Mari Pizarro
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 obesi

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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.

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March 2, 2016

  I used to think one had to spend hours learning new skills, such as a new language, in order to keep the brain young and boost its power. Here are 3 simple strategies backed by research that will help you maximize your intellect in a very short amount of time. Your noodle will thank you!  

  1. Meditate – I promise that you’ll be more creative if you do. It’s super helpful when you are called to bring new ideas to the table. According to ECO Institute, a new study by EquiSync® saw brainpower and creativity boosted just by doing 20 minutes of meditation per day, even if during that time other thoughts popped into their heads. The better news is that even 5 minutes per day will yield noticeable results. Set a timer for 5 minutes, sit, and follow your breath. It’s that simple!
  2. Ponder – Got a problem? Say you have to deal with a difficult employee, and you don’t seem to be able to tackle the challenge. Give your mind permission to wander. Wander and go back to a time when you tackled a similar situation successfully.

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February 22, 2016

legsDo you want to improve your productivity?  Then you must move more.  I know you forget to get our butt off the chair and end up sitting for hours with no breaks.   When I think about my smartphone, I never pictured a motivational tool or anything that could help me achieve one of my 2016 goals—move more. Other than using it to time my planks, I didn’t pay much attention to this gadget that we all carry around all the time, until now.   How about if your smartphone could motivate you to get off your chair a little more?   Well, a group of smart researchers found that those alerts that you can set on your phone which tell you to get up and move, resulted in 3% more movement per day.  If you have an office job, you are sitting an average of 9 to 10 hours a day.  And I know some of you sit a lot more if you add watching TV, long commutes, etc.  So while 3% might not seem like much, if you stand up an

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