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Jamie Eason is one smart cookie. If you have a phobia to the gym, body building, supplements or  reading food labels, she’s an incredible resource if you want to take a holistic approach to your fitness and health.

The 3-phase approach helps ease you into a comprehensive and manageable lifestyle change or enhancement. When I first looked at Phase 3, I laughed. Nine weeks later, I’m in Phase 3 and, though I’m exceptionally tired, I can complete the workouts I once scoffed at.

Check it out, and watch her videos. I’ve noticed a big change in recipe choices, physique and overall energy levels throughout the day (without caffeine!).

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Taking The Mystery Out Of Leaning Out- A Science & An Art

don'tquitThere is definitely a science and art to leaning out. The science is everything you learn to be true about the human body related to nutrition and exercise. The art is figuring out your own body and how it will respond. The latter is very tricky.

It is easy to research all the information regarding the science of clean living and exercise. I am armed with truck loads of knowledge on that. What I am still learning is how my body will actually respond. Thankfully, I have a good friend that has a degree in nutrition and is a personal trainer that warned me of this. She said you just have to play with all of it to figure out what works for you. Being an impatient person, this is maddening to me at times. I have success, then I have set backs. I believe that being a woman of a certain age, my hormones cause havoc with water retention, that leaves me bloated. When you have the “bloat”, as a friend of mine and I call it, feeling lean is not happening.

So why don’t I just give up? After all I am middle-aged. I am hanging in there pretty well. Why don’t I just let my body run the show and be happy I am fit and healthy. Because it is a challenge, as long as I don’t lose a healthy perspective of what I am doing, I am learning and growing. Truthfully, I am seeing progress.

I had two months of set backs. Increasing my protein to build muscle, did the trick, but I always added fat. No a huge amount, but it was a set back in my goals. So I adjusted my protein intake and my timing of meal. I, then, hit the gym for a bit more intense cardio. As of today, I am back to my original weight, but with something new. I am a fat percentage less at that weight than I use to be. What that means is I gained muscle! That’s the goal. Gain the muscle which will in turn, burn more fat. So instead of being 120 lbs and 20% body fat. I am now 120 lbs and 19% body fat. My original goal was to hit 18% body fat. I got side tracked on that, because I was burning muscle while losing fat. I need to stop that train, fast. I was looking flat and deflated. So I am back on track. Now, I just need to continue on this path. A science and art form!

The Women Had a Gun. That’s Why I Listened!

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How I Became A Heath and Fitness Nut

 

My mother in law, God rest her soul, carried a gun and she knew how to use it.  She also had more love for me and my husband than any one person could have. She died at the age fo 47 of cancer.  Before she left us, she taught me all I needed to know to keep my family healthy and safe.

At age 22, I thought some of the stuff my mother in law told me was a bit crazy, to say the least.  It turns out what she was telling me about our food industry, drug industry and health system is true.  Over 20 years ago, she told me to eat natural, take supplements, and beware of our healthcare industry. There is money to be made in sick people.  Unfortunately, Mama Michelle, as my children know her today, did not win her battle with cancer.  But she did leave a legacy of healthy eating and natural living that will be passed from generation to generation.

After her death,  my husband and I committed to natural and organic eating.  In those days, we had to drive 45 minutes to get organic foods.  The only grocery store that carried organics was a tiny Wild Oats store, now Whole Foods, near the Ohio State University campus.  For nearly ten years, we made the weekly journey for our food.  You may think how lucky we are to have an endless budget to afford such food.  The truth is we do not have an endless budget for such things.  But no matter what our money situation was, we have had tight financial times over the years, we always made eating clean a priority.  We figured out a long time ago it is cheaper to eat clean than later to pay for medical bills. 

As the years went on, slowly our local grocery stores started carrying all natural and organic selections.  We are now blessed with a store, that carries their own brand of naturals, organics, and gluten free  products that are very affordable.   It has certainly gotten easier to live this lifestyle.  I do find with careful planning I can get naturals and organics at great prices. 

As for what Mama Michelle, with her crazy thought and conspiracy theories,  over 20 years later, she doesn’t seem so crazy.  Most of the things she shared with me are coming to light.  I read all the time of the hazards found in our food.  I have learned there are many natural ways to  heal an illness before taking prescription medicines. She wasn’t off saying the goverment allows harmful chemicals to be in our foods.  We are exposed to chemicals that are outlawed in other parts of the world. 

Did mom have a crystal ball?  I really don’t know.  I am just glad I took the approach to be safe rather than sorry.  We are ahead of the game.  My husband and I are entering into middle age, with clean bills of health.  My husband is 45, only two years younger than mom when she left us.  It seems unbelievable we lost her at such an early age.  We still miss her greatly. However in the seven years I knew her she gave me more than a life time of love and wisdom.  She is with us every day.  We speak to our daughters, who never met her, as if she still is alive.  We talk in terms of we do some stuff, because Mama Michelle taught us to do this.  From time to time, I find myself thinking, what would mom say about this?  There are times I even hear her whisphering in my hear.  I say, “I know!” and roll my eyes.  Our youngest daughter is named after my mother-in-law, Anna Michelle acts just like her grandmother, Michelle Ann.  She acts just like her right down to the gun.  Recently, she wanted a bebe gun to protect herself!  

So when I am preaching from the mountain top about healthy lifestyle choices, eating cleaning and exercising you know why.  Damnit, she has a gun! You listen to a woman with a gun. 🙂

 

 

 

Eating Clean For the Whole Family: Eating For Wellness, Going Gluten Free

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Slowly we have been working towards cleaner eating for our girls.  Although, I have been practicing eating clean for years, the kids had separate food selections. 

Today, I made a big decision.  Our entire family is going gluten-free.  I have toyed with the idea for a while now.  My life changed when I eliminated wheat from my diet.  Years and years of mysterious illness that could not be explained all made sense and disappeared when I stopped eating wheat products.  I have often wondered if my girls would benefit from following a gluten-free diet. The fact that both my sister and mother suffer from the same issue I do when they eat wheat made me wonder what to do with my children.  For awhile, I thought I might just wait and see if they develop similar symptoms.  However, today, I heard something that changed my mind. 

I had a dentist appointment today.  The lovely woman who cleans my teeth is under the care of Dr. Glen Aukerman, medical director of the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine.  She and I have discussed our gluten problems before and our ongoing search for good health.  Dr. Aukerman works with cancer patients.  He has had much success in treating those ill patients with lifestyle changes.  The dental assistant shared that Dr. Aukerman has found not a single cancer patient has not tested free of a gluten issue! That made me take pause.  Every single patient of his with cancer, tested positive for gluten problems. Wow, now I really need to think about exposing my kids to wheat.  First, clearly, wheat is an issue on my side of the family.  Cancer is an issue on my husband’s side of the family.  With that in mind, I decided it was time for my children to eliminate wheat from their diet.

You may think this sounds extreme.  I talked to my daughters and husband about it.  I gave then my reasons for this decision.  We all agreed to do this.  So this evening we all went to the grocery store, Meijer’s.  Meijer’s has an amazing selection of gluten-free, natural and organic selection.  The prices are reasonable.  We found bread, corn wraps, pasta, even macaroni and cheese to make my children feel “normal”.  I agreed we could get some gluten-free treats occasionally too. 

I promised the girls when we are out they can have food that include wheat.  My goals are to decrease their expose to it at home.  I am not saying this is a life style choice for all families, but given our risk factors I think it is a smart choice for us.  For me, the continuous exposer to wheat suppressed my white blood cell count for years.  It impaired my immune system.  The threat of wheat  consumption causing a serious illness is real for me.  If I have the knowledge to protect my children from the suffering like I did, why would I not do it.  I know how to eat in such a way that I miss nothing nutritionally by not eating wheat.  I am now going to pass this knowledge to my babies.  I do feel for my oldest daughter.  She can not tolerate dairy well, and now wheat is being eliminated.  It just makes sense.  I told her tonight someday you will thank me for this. Until then, I will make every effort to make eating enjoyable for them.  As for my youngest, she tried a corn wrap when we got home.  She loved it! 🙂  We can do this. I have faith.

Eating Clean For The Whole Family: Update

clean eatingWe are continuing to eat clean as a whole family. The girls have had some treats and favorite meals out over the last few weeks. However at home, we continue to have very healthy meals. My youngest daughter lost 5 lbs and my oldest has lost 4 lbs. I am watching them carefully so they maintain a healthy weight for their age. I do believe it was weight they did not need to carry around. We are eating well most days, without feeling deprived.

I have eliminated buying any junk food. We limited our eating out to once a week. Our food bills have dropped by $200.00 a month. We will use the money we save from not purchasing junk food for a future family vacation. I didn’t realize how much I was spending on treats for them as part of a weekly diet.

Junk Food: Nothing To Do With Will Power

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Junk Food: Ingredients For Addiction

 

Why can’t you stopping eating that bag of chips?  It doesn’t have anything to do with will power.  The link below explains the ingredients that are used in these foods make it impossible to stop eat them. 

http://www.naturalnews.com/039600_junk_food_addiction_ingredients.html