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30 Day iWater Challenge

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Our bodies are made up of over 65% water as adults and upward of 80% water as children. Our next installment of a 30 Day Challenge come as a 30 Day iWater Challenge which gives us a great challenge cause it will not only challenges us to drink the actual water our body needs, but also keeps us focused on how vital H2O really is in our energy production.

Bodyweight To Drinking Chart:
Less than 140lbs you iWater 3 Liters (twelve 8 ounce glasses per day- 96oz)
141lbs- 180lbs you iWater 4 Liters (a full gallon of water per day- 128oz)
180lbs and up you iWater 5 Liters (a touch over a full gallon of water per day- 168oz)

During your workouts the water you drink is above and beyond the iWater Challenge amount. So look at it like this: you must drink your iWater outside of your workout time.

NOTE: Some reactions to drinking more water are spending more time in the bathroom until your body adapt(3-4 days is all it takes), if you get tickled you might wet your pants, greatly increased energy, detoxing, fat loss, fewer headaches, mental clarity, hormonal balancing, less to no mood swings, decreased hunger cravings, overall satisfied feeling of well-being.

Lastly, keep this in mind: It is ideal to drink fresh filtered water that is cold, but doesn't have to necessarily be iced unless you like it that way. Too cold of water is more difficult to drink. Hot water goes through the body too fast. In fact if the water is cold it will actually cause your body to burn a few calories during the time it takes to bring it to your body's temperature.

On Facebook I created a special event for the 30 Day iWater Challenge so that you can see everyone else who's participating as well as comment on the wall for encouraging support and funny comments alongside your experience.  Here's the direct link: http://bit.ly/7WhkWE Enjoy your iWater 30 Days. :)

SUCCESS TOOL: Here's a special Calendar for the 30 Day iWater Challenge so you can mark off each day of completion. Download here: http://bit.ly/5msCkM

Video by Sirena Bernal. Sirena blogs at The Naked Dish where she has great information on healthy eating and living.



America Needs A Rude Awakening... Jared Lies!!!

The other day I had an amazing conversation with a few wise folks on Facebook and thought those of you still under a rock or livin in a cave who don't have a Facebook account should still benefit from what we were talking about.

It all started with Fabian Rodriguez posting this as his status: "If your idea of healthy eating is a Subway sandwich on wheat bread and light mayo, I'm sorry to tell you..... you've been lied to by Jared."

Then it went on and on from there. Here's the nitty gritty tid bits of nutritional wisdom that was written by Fabian Rodriguez, Henry Vega, and myself on the oh so addicting social networking site. By the way, at the end of this post I'm gonna list our Facebook pages for you to befriend us.

America needs a rude awakening...

The average age of cancer is down to like 35 now. Yikes. Vegetarian style eating is the way to go.

Sorry to break the news to you all, but that's like going to McDonalds to eat a salad. Or the crackhouse to get your medicine. lol But for real, don't be fooled. Make food at home.

I'm sorry to tell you but the tuna footlong packs a whopping 1,060 calories, and if your washing it down with a "light" lemonade or "diet" ice tea, add another 100-200 cals. Oh and it has 1,860mg of sodium..YIKES!

Here's a couple more:
Meatball Marinara – 1,160 calories (foot long)
Chicken & Bacon Ranch – 1,140 calories (foot long)
The Feast – 1,100 calories (foot long)
Tuna – 1,060 calories (foot long)
Big Philly Cheesesteak – 1,040 calories (foot long)

You'd be eating more than half of your recommended calorie intake in one sandwich. Your recommended daily caloric intake which is:
about 2500 calories a day for men
about 2000 calories a day for women

If you don't know who Jared is here is his Subway story...

Jared is supposedly the supersized fat dude that decided one day that he was gonna eat Subway twice a day and walk to and from the fast food processed meat joint to get what he thought was good and healthy. He compares it to McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell & Burger King. He used to hold up his pants and show how he used to be a much bigger processed food eater than he is now.

Subway is not only NOT better, but in some ways it can even be worse.

The reason why Jared was so successful in confusing the public is because Jared was the marketing tool they used that got a lot of people thinking that their sandwich's were way healthier than burger joints. The guy was like the regular guy next door and appealed to the general public.

Now you know... the rest of the story.

Where food is concerned:

Soy(very estrogenic), wheat(except organic & sprouted such as Ezekial 4:9 brand if you do have to eat it), and corn(due to very high starch and being genetically altered) are probably 3 of the worst things people regularly put in their bodies. Every day people eat corn and don't even know it. Even if you stay away from eating corn itself and looking to keep it out of all your spices and ingredients you will still get it. If you do eat grain be sure it's gluten free.

If you eat farm raised fish, chicken or beef you eat it without knowing it because those animals are fed mixed grains and starches. Corn is just one of them. The molecules consumed by them that built their flesh do not go away when you eat those animals in your meals. Restaurants, unless otherwise noted, use farm raised as well. It's a little bit cheaper, but at what cost- your health.

Starches, grains, and processed sugars are the leading causes of obesity and unhealthiness.

If the American Diabetic Association endorses vegetarian diets, quickly run and buy some beef! The ADA’s diet recommendations are keeping them dependent on medications that produce large weight gains by added to their insulin productions and thusly their insulin resistance.

The ADA idea on diet are killing diabetics. I have nothing against large amounts of vegetables in the diet, low carb dieters eat a lot of non-root non-starch vegetables but grains like corn, wheat and rice are killers. Don’t fear the butter, fear the bread.

A lot of people refrain from eating too many fattening foods because they believe they'll get fat from consuming fat. BIG MYTH!  ...and one that WILL kill you!

Fish, in itself, is NOT fattening whatsoever. That is a misconception. Pretty much all fish have primarily a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids which are rich in DHA. DHA is the primary benefactor in O-3 foods.

If you do not eat a lot of healthy fats on a daily basis then you will never be as healthy as you can be as well as probably will never be as lean as you can be.

Yeah, BUT what kinda food is best?


Raw foods are the way to go. I doubt those "veggies" are organic. The nutrients you are getting are minimal.there need to be a shift in paradigm in our minds as a whole.just look at the food portions. They are massive to what we should be eating but that is the American standard. The sad part is that people actually, truly believe in their hearts that they are doing the "right thing" its up to all of us to spread the knowledge and tell them not to believe the ads on TV. And those people that tell us that protein burgers are healthy. Don't even get me started there. That's a whole other subject in itself. We get into megahertz and alkalization in foods. Also a bit of digestion or should I say lack of...

One of the beat blends of Omegas 3-6-9 are flax seed fish oil blends. You can buy them in liquid form I prefer Udo's brand. Also let's talk about how digestible is the food you eat. Did you know a juicy steak will take approximately a week to digest yikes...that will stink. Our intestines are small tubes not designed to stuff anything that's a foot long try putting one of those into your water hose. Hmmm, not a smart idea. That why nutritionist recommend to eat foods that are easy to digest. With 70% water content. So think about it the next time you stuff something dry down your throat. Also if you eat 3 -4 times a day but only eliminating once a day if that. What do you think is happening with the rest of it? You can do a million sit ups and waste your time. There are colonics clinics popping up everywhere. Now that awareness is growing. Great topic guys. Way to share the knowledge.

For more info watch the really good movies "FOOD INC." and "King Corn".  They are both great documentaries that are super informative!  They prove that 90% of the products in the typical grocery store have corn and/or soy in them. That's CRAZY!!!

Go to: http://foodincmovie.com and http://www.kingcorn.net/ for more info on these issues. Know what you eat and what you are eating is eating. It all effects you.

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Elliptical Machines Are Not THAT Great

Elliptical machines are designed to limit the impact on the body so you can get a workout without having to stress your joints and muscles, but what they really do is something more. They cause certain mechanic inhibitors to occur that you probably will not notice right away; however over time this will cause some knee, hip, and low back issues.

In reality I'm sure that sounds like an oxymoron on how to achieve great physical conditioning because these machines are peppered along the cardio floor of your local big box gym.

Elliptical machines force you to run in sometimes an unorthodox way because the machine is typically measured for individuals of a certain height, stride length, etc. While performing the elliptical trainer your feet are essentially locked in place while the rest of the body is simulating a running pattern which in turn can strain the joints at certain points throughout the abnormal range of motion. The hip flexor/rotator is connected to your hamstrings which also pulls on the knees and right down to your achillies tendon. That being said, if you hip is out of wack- or it soon will be by continued elliptical use- it could be causing real problems for all the muscles in the legs as well as the knees and low back.

1. Cardio machines with swinging handles offer very little to no benefit than if you swung your hands naturally at your sides. You'll get a better workout by working your stabilizing core muscles.

2. Keep in mind the elliptical will make you better at 'elliptical' and burn some calories, improve general cardio- which is way better than being sedentary- BUT will most likely not translate to anything else that you do. ie. walking, running, stair climbing etc. It is very common that people can do an hour on elliptical, but have trouble running for 20 minutes.

In summation the elliptical trainer will help with burning some needed calories, but doesn't make you better at anything except itself. Personally I believe it is harder to get a good workout on the elliptical machine. It takes a lot more concentration to work hard enough to work up a sweat and it's very easy to make the elliptical an easy workout. It typically takes 3 times as long to burn the amount of calories you do with other exercise and cardio types.

It is interesting to note, an observation I have made at the gym over the years is that when you look at the people who regularly use elliptical machines compared to those on treadmills, stairs, or who interval train with weight resistance, is the people using the ellipticals are on average at least 20lbs. heavier and don't look nearly as fit. Food for thought...