Archive for June, 2012

Zeal for Life – A Warning About Fruits And Veggies

Zeal for Life users try to incorporate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables in to their diets and nourish their bodies with the Zeal for Life nutritional drink daily. However, a recent report indicates that many of the fruits and vegetables we consume have an over abundance of pesticides present.  See the story below as reported in the Huffington Post.

Dirty Dozen: EWG Reveals List Of Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies

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As health-minded consumers work to avoid processed meals and turn their focus to whole foods, we may find ourselves picking up fruits and veggies more often. The average American currently eats about 100 pounds of fresh produce per year, but that number could be a lot higher. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends adults eat two to three daily servings of fruits and veggies, only one-third of us meet that recommendation.

Clearly, nothing should deter efforts to consume more fresh produce, the healthfulness of which is undeniable. But, as the latest iteration of an annual report reveals, there are some other considerations that health-conscious consumers must face from the supermarket aisle.

For the eighth year in a row, the nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group has released their list of the twelve most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables on the market as part of their 2012 Shoppers Guide. Overall, they found that 68 percent of the food samples tested had detectable pesticide residues — even after they had been washed or peeled. Many of the fruits and vegetables listed this year will look familiar to those who follow the yearly report — apples, celery and bell peppers once again top the list.

Certain pesticides have been identified as potential carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and have been associated with learning and developmental delays in children.

"Organophosphate pesticides are of special concern since they are associated with neurodevelopmental effects in children,” said EWG toxicologist Johanna Congleton in a statement. “Infants in particular should avoid exposure to these pesticides since they are more susceptible to the effects of chemical insult than adults."

Indeed, new research into the pesticide loads of baby food purees made with green beans, sweet potatoes and pears showed high contamination rates in both green beans and pears. Sweet potatoes, by contrast, had virtually no trace of pesticides.

To learn more about individual pesticides and health risks, check out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's report on human exposure.

To compile the rankings, EWG researchers looked at 45 popular fruits and vegetables based on pesticide-load reports conducted by the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. The database includes 60,700 samples taken over a 10 year period, beginning in 2000. It's important to note that all of the testing is conducted on fruits and vegetables that have been washed and/or peeled — the typical precautions taken by American consumers.

The researchers factor in how many of the samples test positively for detectable pesticides, how many have more than two discrete pesticides, the concentration (measured by parts per million) of the pesticides found and the highest number of pesticides found in any single sample. The researchers also looked at the total pesticide load of the fruit or vegetable crop as a whole.

And while the list is comprehensive, the ranking doesn't capture all information: For example, though apples were ranked as the most contaminated overall, imported nectarines had the unique distinction of having a full 100 percent rate of positive pesticide test results, above any other product. Bell peppers and grapes were both commonly contaminated with 15 different pesticides in a single sample — the highest overall diversity of contamination.

Still, even the researchers who conducted the pesticide exposure studies don't recommend giving up the "Dirty Dozen" outright.

"The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure," they wrote, recommending instead that consumers purchase organic options wherever available and then choose items from the concurrent "Clean 15" list that details which fruits and veggies have the lowest pesticide loads and residues.

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Lighten Up And Enjoy Life

It's been tough to enjoy life these day as times have been difficult for many people all over the world. But sometimes adversity brings out the best in us if you just learn to take it easy and lighten up. As Shannon Kaiser reports in her article below, there are ten things you can do to enjoy life and live in the moment.

10 Simple Ways to Lighten Up and Let Life Flow

Enjoy LifeThere have been countless documentations of people having near death experiences and as they almost die they see “the light.” When they are jolted back to reality and wake up from their near death episode, the number one take away from the near-death experience is not, “Holy crap, I almost died.” It’s, “Holy Moses, I need to lighten up and not take life so seriously. I better start living!”

We don’t all get second chances but we can switch our path starting right now. If you feel unhappy, you have the power to choose happiness based on your actions. It starts with your perception and how you treat the world. The way we see the world is a reflection of how we see ourselves. Remembering to treat ourselves kindly and laugh often is one way to appreciate life. In order to love our lives to the fullest we can start by lightening up. When we learn to not take life so seriously, this is when we can truly be free.

I’ve been exercising this lately and I have seen a transformation in my world. New opportunities have come to me that otherwise wouldn’t have because of my outlook on life. When I choose happy, kind, and loving thoughts, more happy, kind, and loving people and opportunities can come to me. 

Where are you grasping in your life? Are there any areas that you are taking too seriously, such as your job, your relationship, your family, or yourself? Look at that and see how you can release resentment and control over the seriousness. On our mission to finding happiness, we can let go of seriousness and let life flow more. Think about children and their outlook on the world. How often do you see a child super serious? They only learn to be poker-faced through us inspiring adults. So let’s learn a thing or two from the Mini Me's running around and adapt a happy-tude rather than an attitude.

Here are some simple ways to lighten up and let life flow:

Be in the moment fully.

Play more games.

Look at the situation that is bothering you from a new perspective.

Laugh more.

Go outside and enjoy nature.

Turn your head up to the sun and let the light fall on to your face (this gives people an instant mental makeover).

Call a family member or good friend and tell them how much they mean to you.

Pet a furry friend (refrain from wild furry friends unless you are comfortable with unpredictability).

Look at your dream list and put action towards your top one.

Smile at strangers.

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Your attitude and your outlook has a direct effect on your actions and reactions in certain circumstances and situations. A better attitude and power to make positive changes come from within and controlling attitude and your outlook on life can have an immediate positive effect on everything that you do each day and help you to enjoy life. Comment below and share this post with others.

Eating Disorders Have No Age Limit

Eating disorders affect men and women, adults and children from all walks of life. However, young women are usually most impacted demographic when it comes to eating disorders but as reported in the Huffington Post article below, the numbers of midlife women affected by eating disorders are on the rise.

Eating Disorders Affecting More Midlife Women

Eating DisordersJudith Shaw, a 50-something training to be a yoga instructor, was praised by friends and relatives for her amazing sinewy figure. But when she fell and broke her pubic bone, she had to reveal a dark secret, she told ABCNews: She had an eating disorder.

Studies have shown the majority of those affected by an eating disorder are young women, but the number of midlife women facing the same struggle is on the rise.

As Huff/Post50 recently reported, treatment centers have seen an increase in the number of middle-aged women seeking help for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. The signs of an eating disorder — such as lack of menstruation or loss of bone density — are more difficult to spot in older women than in younger women, often leaving midlife women misdiagnosed.

At any age, damage to the body resulting from an eating disorder can be grave. Sarah Parker, director of anxiety and eating disorders at the Reeds Treatment Center in New York told ABC News:

"There can be significant damage to the heart and heart muscles," said Parker. "In really severe cases, the heart can stop functioning. Fat stores in the brain can become depleted and affect cognitive and neurological functioning. It can also result in osteoporosis and organ failure."

More than 10 million Americans suffer from some form of an eating disorder, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, the National Eating Disorders Association reports. An increase of 42 percent of middle-aged women with eating disorders was seen from 2001 to 2010.

Triggers of a midlife eating disorder can include the pressures of aging, relationships and personal loss. Shaw for example, told ABCNews that her husband had asked for a divorce after 35 years of marriage. "My body was crumbling as my life was crumbling," she said.

“Women at mid-life now have unprecedented opportunities and also unprecedented stresses,” Merryl Bear, director of Canada's National Eating Disorder Information Centre, told the Toronto Star. “There’s an increased fear of aging and societal pressures to change one’s body to bring it closer to the societal ideal.”

The popularity of svelte post 50 icons such as Julianne Moore, Sheryl Crow, Susan Saradon and Jane Fonda inspire admiration but also a certain pressure to be "fabulous over 50." (Although this isn't necessarily a new phenomenon: In his 1987 novel Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe described the emaciated wealthy wives of investment bankers as "X-rays.")

As psychiatrist Anne E. Becker — director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and president of the Academy for Eating Disorders — recently told Harvard Women's Health Watch:

As our society values youth and as baby-boomers reinvent what it means to be middle-aged, there are growing social forces that can undermine older women's self-esteem and potentially lead to body dissatisfaction — for example, if you think the surface of your skin or the contours of your body aren't supposed to match your chronological age. That, combined with health concerns about obesity, can make people feel bad about their bodies and, in turn, could result in eating strategies that undermine well-being.

In addition, experts have found that eating disorders in midlife are often carried over from adolescence, but new cases are not rare.

"It’s rare — not impossible, but rare — for a woman 50 or beyond to develop an eating disorder for the first time," Dr. Margo Maine, clinical psychologist and co-author of The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect told the Huffington Post. "Most in their 50s and 60s are women who had eating disorders when they were younger."

Shaw, for her part, told ABCNews she regained her "sense of worth and purpose" through sculpting, which gave her a better perspective on her anorexia. Her "Body of Work" exhibit has now toured several top medical schools and been used as an instructional tool to help students better understand patients with eating disorders.

If you're struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

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Eating disorders affect many people from many walks of life and for various reasons. And for many women of all ages, that includes peer pressure and societies infatuation with the desire to be thin. Managing eating disorders first begins with first recognizing a problem and then seeking professional help and guidance. Comment below and share this information with others.

It is well known that the Goji Berry has natural healing powers.  But as reported in the article from the Huffington Post below, it has been discovered that the Goji Berry can help protect the eyes from a common condition effecting diabetics called Diabetic Retinopathy. 

Goji Berry Could Protect Eyes From Diabetic Retinopathy

Goji Berry Could Protect EyesAn ancient berry may be a powerful tool in protecting eyes from diabetes-related vision loss, according to new cellular research.

Scientists from the University of Sydney discovered that a compound found in the goji berry, called taurine, may be able to protect the eye's retina from diabetic retinopathy. The condition occurs when glucose levels in the eye increase, thereby causing retina cells to die, explained Basil Roufogalis, a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Sydney.

"Typically what happens is proteins in the eye become oxidated and high glucose levels force retinal cells to die," Roufogalis said in a statement. "What's more, blood vessels build up in the retina and grow over the vision spot, which can result in vision loss."

The study, published in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism, was conducted in cells exposed to high glucose that functioned as a model for diabetic retinopathy. The researchers exposed these cells to pure taurine, as well as goji berry extract that had taurine in it.

The researchers found that both the goji berry extract and the pure taurine seemed to protect the cells from dying.

"We are hopeful that these promising results for treating or preventing diabetic retinopathy will lead to human clinical trials," Roufogalis said in the statement.

Diabetic retinopathy is the No. 1 cause of blindness in adults in the U.S., according to the National Eye Institute. 

According to 2005 to 2008 statistics from the National Institutes of Health, 28.5 percent of people with diabetes ages 40 and older have retinopathy(4.2 million people). Of those people, 4.4 percent had an advanced form of the condition, putting them at risk for blindness.

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Committed to Weight Loss – Woman Sheds 190 Pounds

Weight loss doesn't come easy for anybody. But small daily changes in routine and habits along with healthy eating helped Michele go from 387 pounds to a more manageable weight.  See Michele's story below as reported in the Huffington Post.

Weight Loss Success: Michele B. Found A Love Of Exercise And Lost 190 Pounds

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Name: Michele B.

Age: 38

Height: 5'6"

Before Weight: 387 pounds

How I Gained It: My story begins around late 2008. I was enduring a bad marriage and a very sick toddler with kidney and bladder problems. Food was what comforted me through these dark times, especially pasta, sweets and anything chocolate.

Breaking Point: I decided to change my life for the better and put myself on a path towards becoming healthier. It was especially important to me to do this for my children. The "new" me was about to start.

How I Lost It: I began eating better. I cut out all sugar, junk foods and foods that were fried. I focused on foods that were baked or grilled only. I increased my intake of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole-grain foods.

I also started walking three to four times a week for about 30 minutes each day. As months passed, the scale was looking better and better. I knew that if I could get down 10 or 20 pounds, I could keep going… so I did. And I kept going… and going!

I joined a gym, and walked on the treadmill, used the elliptical and did strength training twice a week. Today, I still walk outside and go to the gym. I enjoy exercising, although most of my peers try to avoid it at all costs. It’s a stress reliever, and I feel so good after I am done.

It was not easy. All I can say is that anyone trying to do it the right way should put themselves into a routine of eating better and committing to exercise on a daily basis in some form.

By the middle of last year I weighed in at 197 pounds — 190 pounds lighter than where I started a few years earlier. I had lost a whole person! After my separation, I began dating an old flame from my teen years who stuck with me and had faith in me to help me along. He has taken "progress photos" of me all along the way of this journey. I know he is proud of me. 

I did run into some obstacles. Around the holidays, I lost my father, with whom I was very close. I ate whatever and without care. My weight increased about 25 pounds. I am back on the horse and determined to keep going again. What is important to realize is that time is not a factor. You cannot expect to lose it overnight, and a great deal of patience is needed. The scale will show mercy if you can wait it out and make the right choices in what you eat. 

I had made short weight loss goals throughout this journey – first 30 pounds, then worry about the next 30 — but am now reaching for my ultimate goal to reach 160 pounds for my upcoming wedding next March. I know I can do it. I have come a long way from being almost 400 pounds, and I am proud of the results. For me, it’s not about being the skinniest person, I am doing this for my health. If I can do it, you can, too! All the best on your journey.

Current Weight: 220 pounds

Goal Weight: 160 pounds

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Weight loss is much easier with the right mindset and motivation.  Proper diet and nutrition is a much to ensure that your body is getting what it needs when reducing caloric intake. Find out more here. Comment below and share with others.

Zeal for Life Consultants Cashing In on Zurvita Car Program

Zeal for LifeThere were 20 more new Mercedes-Benz's added to the roadways in the US by Zeal for Life consultants in the month of May.  "Newbies" or newcomers to the business can qualify for free Mercedes-Benz and a $1000 bonus in their first 30 days as a new Zeal for Life consultant.

The process is simple and easy and there is no selling involved. It comes down to simply sharing a life-changing product that provides immediate and beneficial health results that you can actually feel within 10 to 20 minutes. Zeal for Life consultants are sharing the product with people that they know and even people they don't know as it really comes down to handing out a single-serving sample and a free marketing piece called the Doctors Report. The result is a high number of instant product sales as well as an influx of people wanting to join the business.

People from all walks of life are taking advantage of Zurvita's free Mercedes-Benz program and the $1000 All-Star bonus to turn their lives around and make a positive change in their lives in a very short period of time. New car and bonus winners are typical, everyday people from all walks of life who have never had experience in the network marketing industry. These are homemakers, former pizza delivery drivers, and even unemployed people looking for a change. Most do it part-time and some do it full-time because it is easy to replace their employment income very quickly. One of the most exciting facets to the program is that in order to receive the car and the $1000 bonus you must be a newbie in the Zeal for Life business – meaning that you must be completely new to the Zurvita program. The car and bonus winner numbers are growing monthly as 13 got the car and the $1,000 bonus in March, 17 did it in April, and now 20 have done it in May.

Zurvita consultants are some of the most excited home business owners in the US today because of a life-changing product known as Zeal for Life. This 100% natural, nutritional product is giving people immediate and beneficial results that they can actually feel and Zeal is making a significant difference in their health and well-being. Testimonials are numerous and abundant which makes product sales an effortless event. Those involved in direct selling know that you must to have a unique and consumable product that everyone needs and wants in order to stand out in a crowd and the Zeal for Life drink is just that and more. Product sales are increasing in double-digit increments each and every month and the Zeal for Life drink is quickly becoming a popular household name. Hot spot states for product sales include California, Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida with the rest of the nation gaining momentum.

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