What You Dont Know About FAT May Shock You

There are some little known facts about ‘health foods’ and our favorite ‘comfort foods’ that you won’t hear about often in mainstream media.

Sometimes, the things you hear about in the media are already outdated and there are other more important issues that they simply don’t know about yet. And other times, they are dead wrong!

Trans fats, for example. Trans fats have been known to be dangerous for years. They have only recently been getting attention in the media.

I am going to share a few facts about foods & fats that many people think are ‘ok in moderation’ and in fact, many people will defend their right to eat these foods, no matter how dangerous they are.

These foods…

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Free Range Chicken Tarragon Salad with Olive Oil

So, clearly not everyone has the time to roast a chicken…
but places like Bouley Bakery or Dean and Deluca (here in NYC) do a good job at that for you, and the chickens are free range and/or organic!

Place like Whole Foods and Citarella also offer roast chickens that are pretty tasty if not totally ethically farmed and raised.

Anyway, pre-roasted chicken is an incredibly versatile protein that is crazy delicious. Here is one of my favorite ways to get my fill of this yummy bird.

Chicken Tarragon Salad with Olive Oil
Serves 2 to 4.

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Sweet Deception and the New York Times

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Yesterday I read an article in the New York Times that really annoyed me. This happens often.

Not that I get annoyed often…but that I got annoyed after reading a ‘health’ or ‘fitness’ article in the NY Times.

The article, ‘Sweeteners: Real Aid or Excuse to Indulge?‘ points out something that the author feels the world needs to know about. But the article topic has nothing, or very little, to do with the ‘take home messages’ that are detrimental to your health, wellness and fat loss.

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Cholesterol Truths: Why It Does NOT Cause Heart Disease

Last week’s radio show on cholesterol is something you dont want to miss.

check it out…http://www.blogtalkradio.com/undergroundwellness

This live nutrition workshop can change your life,

get tickets to this event immediately as it will sell out!

The Oiling of America


Evening Workshop with Sally
Fallon
, Author of the bestselling, Nourishing
Traditions
and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation

Friday, February 20th, 7-9
pm

Community Church of NY, 40 East 35th
St
. (Park &
Madison) Manhattan

Misinformation and deception in heart disease research

The vital role of cholesterol and saturated fats in human biochemistry

The behind-the-scenes influence of the powerful vegetable oil industry

How the cholesterol theory of heart disease has led to our current health crisis

Dangers of cholesterol-lowering drugs

What traditional foods are & why they are so critical for our health

Sally Fallon is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation that provides science based information on nutrition, cholesterol and dietary fats. She is the author of the best selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions and Eat Fat, Lose Fat,
both with Mary G. Enig, PhD, the first scientist to warn the public about the dangers of trans fatty acids.

Workshop Fee:
$20

Registration:
Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly suggested
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/54312

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56 Tips for a Healthy and Inspired Life

A couple of weeks ago I asked some of my clients what their top 3 tips were for staying lean and healthy. Since then, a bunch of my friends gave me their top 3 tips for a healthy and inspired life.

You’re about to see that true health goes way beyond fitness training…After you read this post, leave a comment & tell me:

1 – Which are your favorite tips

2 – Add your own personal tips that you want to share

12 Tips for an Awesome Life from Ximena

‘The Modern Cavewoman’

1) Eat wholesome, organic plant foods & organic grass fed animals in the right proportions
for my metabolic type (carb type).

2) Avoid the foods that I tested intolerant to.

3) Cook and ENJOY EVERY BITE.

4) Grass fed, raw, organic butter is a MUST… I Eat as much fat as I can handle

5) Drink ½ my body weight in ounces of H2O Evian in glass

6) Lift any form of free weight. Some days I lift very very heavy weights other days I go lighter.

7) I do it for no more than 18 minutes 4-5 times per week.

8) Make it a point to exercise all my bodies:
a) Physical (move)
b) Mental (learn something new)
c) Spiritual (meditate & love myself)
d) Emotional (personal development and grow from my relationships with self and others)

9) Make love

10) Love my work

11) Get sun

12) Get good quality rest

Ximena is a friend of mine from my Miami, she has a killer website and calendar that should be hanging on your office wall: www.ximenagonzalez.com

Top 3 Fat Loss Tips from a Formerly Overweight, Depressed, Punk Rock Rebel without a Cause turned Nutrition, Fat Loss and Internet Marketing Expert

1.  Never

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TV Reality Shows Destroy Women’s Body Image and Confidence

As I was heading into the uptown F train this morning, I grabbed one of those free papers that are being handed out…

If you know me, you know this is RARE.

But there was a cover story that caught my eye.

Today’s Metro NY paper has a story on how reality TV (which, by the way, is not real at all) erode
women’s confidence and body image.

The first thing I thought to myself was: ‘Is this news?”

Is this like the ‘reports’ that come out saying children who play video games have poor communication and social skills?

Isn’t this stuff obvious?
Do people really not know this?

Now I can understand the recent news exposing the hidden amphetamines in fat burners and diet drinks – that’s shocking news for many people.

But reality TV? Come on.
Does anyone think that these shows are actually real?
The recent USC study that prompted this story brought up some interesting facts. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery:

  • The number of 18-year-olds who underwent breast-implant surgery nearly tripled from 2002 to 2003.
  • There has been a 444% increase in plastic surgery since 1997.
  • Over 90% of all plastic surgery is performed on women.
  • Americans spent approximately $12.4 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2006.

The findings suggested that women felt a surgically enhanced body was more attractive to men,
…but do you know what men think about it???

To find out what men really think and simple steps to avoiding low self esteem, drugs or surgery….

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How NY Women Stay Thin part 3

So these posts have gotten pretty popular. I also got some of my guy friends and colleaugues from all over the states involved…so I’m going to change the title…stay tuned as I will be posting Top Three Tips for a Healthy and Inspired Life from real world fitness, wellness & nutrition experts over the next few days….

Jess Dub

Jessica is amazing…she is a reservoir of love & positive energy….we have worked together for years…she trained consistently through her pregnancies and has two awesome baby boys, the coolest & most supportive husband and a really funny dog named Charlie. Here are her top tips…

1.  Eat whole foods that suit your body.  The “if it wasn’t on the planet 10,000 years ago, don’t eat it” rule is so simple and so true.

2.  Train 5x week (unless too exhausted, then rest and relax). Combine functional training and pilates with sort bursts of intense cardio.

3.  Be curious. Seek out information and inspiration to stay motivated.

Steph

Stephanie plays volleyball, tennis, rides bikes,skis, goes climbing and is a real world outdoor fitness rockstar…I love how she keeps it simple and here are her simple tips to an awesome life…

1) Fail to Plan = Plan to Fail - in terms of food preparation, this rule never fails.

2) Sleep and recovery are critical for success - sleeping undisturbed between 10 PM and 2 AM are key to energy, clarity, weight loss and digestion…then sleeping until 6:30 or 7 AM for full physical regeneration.

3) Water, water, water!!!

Got more great tips coming so stay tuned….and have an awesome weekend!

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Setting vs. Achieving Goals for ‘09

I will be hosting a Masterclass on Setting & Achieving Your Fat Loss Goals for an awesome 2009! This is part of my Fat Loss Psychology Program that has helped thousands of people stick to their goals and get AWESOME results and!

This is a free Masterclass I am offering one time only and it will change your life. In case you didn’t know already…

New Years Resolutions DO NOT work

98% of dieters fail

Nothing magical happens on hew Year’s Eve that will change your life - this is a myth that ends in disappointment for millions of people

The TRUTH about achieving ANY goal is that it must be set in the right way. Most people do not set goals. The few that do set goals, do not do it properly. This is why very few people are actually health, wealthy and happy in this world.

Discover the right way to set and achieve your fat loss & health goals

Learn the secret to staying consistent & motivated and never ‘fall off the wagon’ again

If you are serious about losing weight and NEVER dieting again….be on this live call.

Thursday Jan 1 2009 @ 9 PM EST

Dial – 712- 432-1620

Enter Access Code – 148443#

You will need paper and a pen and must NOT be distracted. Put the kids to sleep – take the dog for a walk  – turn off the TV – silence other phones and get ready to work.

There are limited lines available for this Masterclass so make sure you call in 5 minutes early – thousands of people read my newsletter and blog and right now there are only about 100 lines left -  this call will be full so call in early to guarantee your spot!

Talk soon

Antonio

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Top 10 Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

I escaped the 13 degree NYC weather to sunny south Florida where the weather here is 80 degrees!!! Absolutely perfect! I have family in Tampa and Miami and since I grew up here…I always have a great time.

I have been traveling my whole life and have figured out the smartest ways to stay healthy when traveling. Here are some cool some tips that help make your journey much easier, check this out…

1) Know Before You Go! Figure out exactly where you can get good food before you get to your destination. Go online, ask your family or friends who live in the area where you are going to. 10 minutes online can save you 20 minutes of stomach aches or an hour of diarrhea after you have been forced to eat at Denny’s because you are starving and don’t know where else to eat! Search out health food stores and decent restaurants or see if your friends and family know where to go. Hotel staff can generally be quite helpful when you want to find out the best eats in town.

2) Airports are now forcing you to buy overpriced bottled waters once you get past security. Avoid Dasani and Aquafiuna (made by Pepsi and Coke) which are nothing more than glorified toilet water. Look for better brands, including European, Icelandic or Fiji. Bring water on your flight!

3) Eat an awesome meal before you head out to the airport. If your flying in the morning, prepare it the night before. If you show up at the airport hungry – you are doomed. There is NOTHING good at airports. They can’t even get nuts and fruits right at the best airports. This is the most important tip I can give you when traveling. Eat before you head out the door!

4) Definitely bring your own food. No, there is NO good food served on airplanes – I dont care how much money Delta (or whoever) spent trying to convince the public that they serve organic meals. Organic iceberg lettuce and cookies or chips are still crap foods and don’t qualify for ‘organic meals’ in my book. Bring your own food. Fruit (apples, bananas), nuts, nut butters, hard boiled eggs, Organic Food Bars (with the yellow wrappers) or LaraBars or even organic deli meats from Applegate farms are good ideas….get a small cooler and
prepare some food to bring with you, especially with longer flights.

5) Hurling yourself though space at 300 mph when your 30,000 feet above the earth is kind of hard on the body. So you can easily get dehydrated and constipated when flying.  Expect that this might happen and prepare by bringing water and do some light exercise once you arrive at your destination.  Walking, Mind body and restorative exercise like breathing squats or Swiss ball exercises  are best in these circumstances. Avoid intervals or heavy weight training until after you have slept a full nights rest.

6) Dress for Success? Hell no. Dress to be comfortable! I didn’t say dress like a slob, but if you are going to be sitting in a chair for several hours, break out the Uggs, flip flops, sweats or jeans and definitely bring a hoodie. Dress for maximum comfortablility (is that a real word?) when flying.

7) Bring flying essentials - toothpaste, earplugs, eye pillow and maybe a saline solution if your eyes get dry. Those funny looking neck rests might be a good idea for you as well. Toothpaste is the bare minimum so you don’t look and feel beat when you arrive.

8 ) Traveling = quality, uninterrupted study time. Bring your laptop, a good book or a journal.

9) In my stress management program, ‘Third Eye of the Storm’, I teach busy people how to maintain inner peace despite outer chaos.Now, I can tell you that not everyone wants inner peace…some people are ADDICTED to chaos and just need to create drama!!! I’m sure you know some of these people.

But if you want to enjoy your life more than most…if you want to reduce stress and radically improve your health…One of the most important lessons I teach is setting realistic expectations. This is because most people have unrealistic expectations about…well, most everything. Unrealistic expectations leads to frustration which stressful. So setting realistic expectations about AIRPORTS and FAMILY will save you from headaches and disappointment.

Many of us left home to follow our dreams in a big city somewhere and we are exposed to many things that most of our families know nothing about…and now we only see our families a few times per year.

If you set unrealistic expectations… like your Grandpa should understand the difference between free range eggs over regular store bought eggs…. or that your Uncle Ralph should have Organic Food Bars or your favorite protein powder ready for YOU so you can make shakes when everyone else is throwin’ down Jack and Cokes…YOU and (possibly them) will end up frustrated.

10) Love your family, no matter how unhealthy and weird they may be. If they are overweight and sick and still eating crap foods and don’t really care about their health…love them no matter what. They most likely think that you are a fanatic and eat weird food because you wont eat canned string beans or something gross, especially since they spent hours preparing it. Set realistic expectations for your experience and no matter what comes your way, embrace it and find the hidden blessing.

If you really want to party tonight…go for it, just don’t get hammered. Dont drink alcohol on an empty stomach. But, if you really want to get healthy, then simply dont do the things that make people sick and fat: Sugar (alcohol, sodas, juices, artificial sweeteners, white sugar), Flour products and Pasteurized Dairy products are the Big Three to avoid.

Ok, I’m getting out of the house now and out in the sun!

Have a great holiday and talk soon!

Antonio

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Obesity Tax – a Looming Health Disaster!

The governor of New York has proposed the largest tax hike in the history of New York State! Of the many taxes proposed, he wants to increase the tax on sodas – BUT NOT DIET SODAS!

To be honest, I’m not surprised because most people and politicians know NOTHING about health and weight loss…and many people are not aware of the dangers of ‘diet’ foods and artificial sweeteners.

But this is a disaster for several reasons…it will encourage people on lower incomes who already buy sodas to start buying diet sodas as they will be about 25 cents cheaper….it’s part of the new ‘Obesity Tax’ which is nothing but an ILLUSION championed by those who know NOTHING about health or weight loss.

Personally, I think sodas are one of the worst things produced on the planet…and diet sodas are even worse. What’s wrong with diet sodas? First, take a look at regular sodas which are not as damaging as diet sodas….but wait till you keep reading and discover the hidden dangers of ‘diet’ sodas that are making people fat and triggering cravings & depression…

The real problem with soda is not the 10-14 teaspoons of sugar or HFCS (which in of itself is poisonous to the human body), but the high levels of phosphrous which create mineral imbalances in your blood….which causes a leaching of calcium from blood and bones.

Oh wait…they are also high in calories and sugar, low in nutrients…

Sodas have 10 – 14 teaspoons of sugar, about 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine & loaded with artificial colors and sulphites (allergenic to many…causes inflammation).

Sugar (esp in liquid form) increases insulin levels which can lead to diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, premature aging and a boatload of other problems….

Most sodas are over 100 % RDA of sugar.

The acids in soda dissolve tooth enamel within 20 minutes of exposure (how many of you brush your teeth every single time after you drink soda?)

The more sugar and caffeine you drink – the sooner your develop vitamin and mineral imbalances and imbalanced brain chemistry (which leads to cravings, addictions and mood swings)

But the REAL problem in 100% of overweight and depressed clients I have worked with…..

Diet soda…

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