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Cancer Free, Over Forty and Fabulous!

Cancer Free, Over Forty and Fabulous
By: Christy Seguin

Yes, I am forty-one years old as of February 7, 2010.  Not only am I NOT ashamed of my age, I am very proud of it!  I know I look great, and that I am in the best shape of my life--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.   It is my heart's desire to be a positive role model and to show everyone that it is absolutely possible to be the best You that you have ever been at any age.

A little about my personal story is that years ago doctors thought I had cancer, but came to find that I didn't and instead had a bunch of tumors. I did have a hysterectomy to remove 7 large tumors, one the size of a grapefruit that was crushing my bladder & causing all kinds of problems.  And I had a large tumor/growth/whatever you want to call it--in the back of my throat that disappeared with the raw foods, but it was not cancerous.  I have been very fortunate from that standpoint!

I didn't want medical treatment per se and so sought out a much more natural approach for therapy. The doctor who I sought out, who was both an M.D. and N.D., helped me and others create an environment in their bodies which actually REVERSES cancer... With an 80%+ success rate!  As you know, nothing can 'cure' anything--it will come right back if the person starts back in the same habits that created the friendly environment for the disease anyway.  He has literally taken on cases of people in hospice--the medical community had given up & left them to die--and he was able to reverse their cancer and they returned to a somewhat normal life.  Unfortunately, he has "disappeared"(probably chased out by the FDA and AMA), which kills me.  I give thanks daily that he was brought into my life!  He suggested an 85% raw food protocol, with cooked beans and some other 'acceptable' cooked foods.  My body doesn't like cooked beans much at all, so I gravitated to all raw over time.  It was just easier, tasted better, and I feel amazing!

In late 2008, I set a goal of competing in Figure competitions in 2009, and winning a small 'natural' show.  It didn't occur to me at the time that I could achieve a physique worthy of standing on stage with the best of the best in the NPC--the 'big' division that is like the minor leagues to the Major League of the IFBB, to use a baseball analogy.  The IFBB is the International Federation of Body Building, and was founded by none other than the amazing incredible Joe Weider.

I was blessed to meet an amazing trainer and coach, Shannon Dey of Team Bombshell, at one of my early competitions.  I was not doing as well as I had hoped, although I was placing.  I needed help, guidance, and expert coaching.  Meeting Shannon was a Godsend.  She and her husband Rob are recognized nationally as one of the top elite trainers of fitness, figure, and bikini competitors.

The protocol I followed until I started working with my coaches was at least 90% raw vegan.  Certain foods I can't do raw--broccoli tears me up, for example. I have to steam it a bit.  Other than the (very) occasional sushi, I didn't eat any meat for two years.  Then when I read The Primal Diet, I felt much better about using animal products and incorporated the raw eggs & sushi.  I ate mainly green smoothies, nut pates, lots of raw desserts!  :)  I made a lot of 'gourmet' type things.  I created a raw Mexican Quiche for example that is divine.  I really like blended foods, so most of meals were blended in one way or another.  Lots of salads loaded with nuts & veggies.  And I am absolutely famous for my killer guacamole, which is an antioxidant cocktail, and my husband and I can go through a large bowl of that every day.  I had a lot of fun creating amazing foods!  I miss all that, but unfortunately it doesn't work with contest prep.  I did create some pretty cool recipes for the two contests that I did while I was still raw vegan--mostly Sun Warrior smoothies, lots of spirulina, lots of salads, my avocado 'Muscle Mousse', etc.

I started working with my coaches, and their workout strategy, along with a restructuring of my diet plan, made an amazing difference.  In just a couple months, I gained several pounds of muscle while dropping tremendous bodyfat, and WON my first NPC show--a big Level 5 Regional.  That win qualified me for the National Championships, and with only 4 weeks further preparation, I competed at Nationals and placed 12th!

I was thrilled, and am now more motivated than ever.  With the expert guidance of Team Bombshell, my goal for 2010 is to WIN an NPC National show and earn my IFBB Pro Card.  I want to stand on stage as the only known 'raw foodist' competitor, as an example of what is achievable through whole, natural living foods that nourish and cleanse the body, as well as make it strong and beautiful.  The power of raw foods has been so evident in my training and physique transformation.  Along with the proper exercise techniques, living foods will transform your body!

Discovering the living foods lifestyle has been the biggest blessing I can possibly imagine.  The worlds it has opened up to me are so expansive.  I have seen so many blessings in my life, starting with the physical--a tumor disappearing, no colds or flu for over three years now, greater strength and endurance, much less joint pain, much lovelier skin & hair, more muscle, less bodyfat, etc, etc.

Then there is the spiritual and mental component.  I feel more atpeace, less stressed, more in tune with the earth and all its living creatures.  I am able to love more fully and completely, and to give more of myself to others, as I have so much more energy that I have plenty left over!  This is all totally subjective.  I can't quantify it or prove it to you in some scientific manner, but I just know that I have never felt happier and more alive.

Christy is an amazing woman... hands down. I really enjoy having the privilege to interview and chat with her.  For more info on Christy Seguin and to see all her great photos, recipes, and more visit her website here: Defiant-Health.com

Free Yourself From Classicalness In “Dieting”

I know, I know some of you really were hoping for a post on my homemade Indian clubs that I have been talking about and teasing with pics on Facebook and Twitter this past weekend. Don't worry that post is coming. For now let's have a little diet and nutrition talk and hopefully shed some light on the past, current, and probably future buzz.

 

I borrowed and condensed a lot of this from a conversation I had with someone a while back. The discussion was about all the diet propaganda and marketing pushes that's out there drawing people into more and more crappy diets instead of lifestyle changes. For fun we're gonna look at a list of some of the most common diets, their basic principles (why it works or at least claims to), and the sales hoopla that goes along with it. See if you spot a common trend when you read through everything.

Fit for Life
Basic Principals: LOW CALORIE Vegan diet (with high fruits, high carbs and vegetables)

Sales Hoopla — Meticulous, detailed food combining.  Natural Hygiene is the 80's buzz word! Salads and juicing galore!

Atkins
Basic Principals: ANTI-CARB

Sales Hoopla: Protein is the friend, carbs are the foe and you can eat lots of pork bacon too! yummy!

South Beach Diet

Basic Principals: ANTI-CARB,

Sales Hoopla: Rice, carrots, orange juice fruit and other carbs are evil. Protein is your friend.

The Zone
Basic Principals: LOW CALORIE portion controlled meals (40,30,30)

Sales Hoopla: NO! it's not carbs, it's not protein. It's ... TA-DA! ratios and being in the ZONE! Thats the key!

Perricone Prescription
Basic Principals: LOW CARB, LOW CALORIE

Sales Hoopla: Riding on the coat tails of Atkins, with a bit of Zone, it's high glycemic carbs are the foe!

Weight Watchers
Basic Principals: CALORIE COUNTING!

Sales Hoopla: Neat-o! point values are assigned to foods, stay within your point limits and you WIN!  Yeah!

Macrobiotic Diet
Basic Principals: LOW CALORIE vegan

Sales Hoopla: meticulous attention to detail. Eat based on portions and percentages. Meditate. OHMmm!

Raw Food Diet
Basic Principals: LOW CALORIE - raw foods.

Sales Hoopla: Carbs are good. Fruit is good. Say goodbye to anything heated past 118 degrees. Cool Man!



The Warrior Diet
Basic Principals: LOW TO ADEQUATE CALORIES LOWER IN CARBS & EXERCISE

Sales Hoopla: NO! You've got it all wrong!  Don't eat your breakfast or lunch, eat one main meal at night. Eat foods in a certain order. Grrrr!

Now all you warriors out there don't get pissed at me. I'm not putting down the Warrior Diet, I actually think it has some noteworthy qualities.  Yes I know there are other benefits to the warrior diet as I follow my own version of Intermediate Fasting based off of the WD,  but there is still the element of sales hoopla surrounding it.  I'm just trying to make a point here that when you look across the popular diets there is a common thread with their own spin to it.

Contrary to what the Warrior Diet seems, you can't just pig-out and eat as much you want during the evening meal. If you eat 10,000 calories at night let's face it, you're going to gain fat!  There is sense of calories and carbs even though it's not actually counted per say, but the overall premise is what food, what food combinations, how much of the good stuff(colorful fruits and veggies) are you eating, and are you eating a balance of everything.

And let's not forget that exercise is the other basic principal. You can't sell swimming and weight lifting any more. There has to be a spin on exercise to make a buck too. What I'm saying here folks is you don't make any money these days just selling diet books just on the basics of eating healthy and working out. People have become sales hoopla addicts looking for the next workout craze and nutritional buzz. The magic pill is still being sought out even though the basics have worked for millenia. People just don't want to put in the time, effort, and work ethic.

The bottom line is that there IS NO MAGIC and it simply boils down to the fact that if you want to see results in order to be healthy inside and look, feel, be healthy outside then you just gotta work for it and it is ongoing. Think about this for a moment. If it was easy to get in shape and be healthy well then more people would already be there. Because it's not easy and does require daily effort is why the majority is not.

The common thread with all these diets is about calories, grains/starches, and exercise. Some people may feel better by incorporating this hoopla or that hoopla from this diet or that diet. Eating in the Zone, not eating any carbs, counting points or whatever is great if that works for you, but let's be true to ourselves it's really sticking to the basics that get results and when you don't follow the basics you don't get results.

We have to stop stressing over it and start living life the way
it should be. The bottom line is if you're eating healthy and living healthy then wonderful, but if you're not then the real question is: When Are You Gonna Start? THAT my friends is the key!

In the end it is all about one thing: the basics. It is ALL about the basics and sticking to them regardless of what you do. When I played sports, such as high school wrestling, I was able to do very well because I stuck to the basics.  Sure from time to time the special and more advanced moves came into play and sure were fun, but moreover whoever was better at performing the basics won.  The same holds true in top level sports today.

Nutrition is pretty much the same.

Exercise IS the same.  As many as there are diets proclaiming they are the best and the only way there are more fitness marketing fanatics who say the exact same about their product, service, book, or idea.  Have you seen the infomercials for the "10 Min. Trainer" or P90X, the same guy(Tony Horton) does both, and some of those others.  Nothing is new, but just some simple twists and variations of what's been around forever packaged in a glamorous marketing box.

The basics work and will always work.  Bruce Lee said it best: "I have not invented a 'new style', composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from 'this' method or 'that' method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds.

There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way."

I couldn't agree more.  Free yourself from the classical mess.  Use what works and leave that which does not.  In the end that is true in everything.