Monday, February 28, 2011

What's happening at Live in Motion

Winter Boot Camp
January 10th to March 30th 2011
Harold Longworth Public School
Mon and Weds from 7pm to 8pm. Fat burning, fitness games, core work, conditioning and more. Beginner to advanced. Intense, fun and challenging.

Puerto Vallarta Fitness Getaway
October 29th to November 5th 2011

A vacation like you’ve never experienced before!
Boot Camp on the beach, Yoga overlooking the ocean, nutritious meals and much more!

Who can benefit from a vacation like this? Someone who……
  • Needs to “kick start” their old
  • exercise regime
  • Is just getting started!
  • Is already on track!!
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced fitness buff we will ensure you have plenty of options to worknwith.

Special date considerations
If our vacation dates do not suit your vacation schedule, we invite you to round up a minimum of 6 participants and we will gladly take you on the vacation of a lifetime!

Private Boot Camps
Got a big yard or a close by outdoor space? Prefer to work out with friends and family? Just gather 6-8 people and we’ll give you an intense weekly workout on your turf.

Corporate Boot Camps
Team building, bonding, fat burning and stress relief on your lunch hour. We bring the gear and are in and out in 45 minutes.

Live Blood Cell Testing
Date to be announced
Live Blood Cell Microscopist Anna Midolo will be back soon for another informative session. View a sample of your blood on a monitor to reveal your state of health. Email to be put on the appointment
list – this books quickly.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Recipe - Homemade Yogurt Cheese or Lebnah

Homemade Yogurt Cheese or Lebnah or centuries Middle Eastern families have made yogurt into yogurt cheese. Yogurt provides friendly bacteria that supports intestinal immunity. Most commercial yogurts are laden with sugar and fillers so be sure to use organic plain yogurt or goat yogurt.Yogurt cheese has a texture similar to cream cheese and is best made tasty with herbs, spices and natural sweeteners. It is a perfect food to kill off savory snack cravings.

HOW TO MAKE IT (VERY EASY!!)
1) Line a strainer with cheesecloth (available from most grocery stores) and place in a large bowl.
2) Upturn yogurt into cheesecloth and cover. Refrigerate overnight.
3) The whey will drain into the bowl, leaving the thickened yogurt cheese.

These quick and healthy dips take under 5 minutes to make….

SPICY YOGURT CHEESE for veggies
• 1/2 cup yogurt cheese
• 1 tsp - cumin, coriander and chili
• 1/2 tsp - curry powder and salt with trace minerals Pinch of cayenne pepper
• 2 tsp - blended omega oil (optional - to add healthy fats) Mix everything into yogurt cheese and serve with raw veggies.

FRUITED YOGURT CHEESE for dipping fruit
• 1/2 cup yogurt cheese
• 1 tbsp - maple syrup or honey
• 3 tbsp - orange juice
• 1 tsp - orange zest
• 4 tsp - blended omega oil to add healthy fats
• Optional - 1 scoop vanilla protein powder to increase protein content

Monday, February 21, 2011

Super Foods

What are superfoods?
They are the most powerful, nutrient dense foods on the planet. They offer supreme health benefits through phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, healthy bacteria, vitamins, minerals, proteins and other nutrients.
They offer a wide variety of health benefits. These are not over marketed everyday foods that large companies cram down your throat as healthy (margarine, commercial yogurt, cereal) but real foods that have real benefits. Change your routine and start adding these foods in!

SUPERFOOD #1 - Nutritional Yeast


What is it?

A non-living yeast that is grown specifically for its nutrition benefits.  It is not a living yeast similar to those used in breads.

Why is it beneficial?
• With 18 amino acids it is a high quality, complete protein, In fact, Nutritional Yeast is about 55% protein.
• A rich source of Vitamin B Complex which means you feel better overall
• Maintains ideal intestinal environment
• Improves blood production
• Improves liver health
• Helps in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels

What does it look like?
Yellow to brownish small, thin flakes or powder.

What do I do with this stuff?

Add it to food to increase flavor and nutrient value as well as increasing protein content. Most people are deficient in protein.
Here are some ideas;
• sprinkle it on popcorn
• add to soup to add a creamy flavor without dairy
• mix with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make a tasty salad dressing
• sprinkle on cooked or raw veggies
• use it to substitute unhealthy parmesan cheese

What does it taste like?
Pretty darn good. Similar to a mild parmesan or romano cheese

Our Personal Experiences?
Love it! We have used it for all of the above plus to replace protein in meals that are low in protein. At 6
grams of protein per tablespoon it can add significant
quality protein to your diet. Very good with olive oil on asparagus, broccoli etc.

Where to buy and cost?
Nutritional yeast is available from health food stores.  A small bag cost us a whopping 91 cents and lasts about 2-3 weeks. Can't go wrong!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

11-Year-Old Describes Broken Food System in Five Minutes

As Posted at Civil Eats by Paula Crossfield

Last month, an 11-year-old had much to say about the perils of the American food system. Speaking at a TED conference for young people called TEDx in Asheville, North Carolina, Birke Baehr discussed food irradiation, GMOs, CAFOs, farm run-off, the problem with marketing food to kids and more, all in five minutes. On the subject of paying more for better quality food, Baehr said, “With all the things I’m learning about the food system, it seems to me that we can either pay the farmer or pay the hospital.”
He also talked about his future aspirations. “Awhile back I wanted to be an NFL football player. Now, I’ve decided I’d rather be an organic farmer instead,” he said to the cheering audience. “That way I can have a greater impact on the world.”
Watch it here:


Do you buy from your local farmer?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Recipe of the Week - Avocado and Cucumber Soup

This green, chilled soup is an excellent way to keep your blood alkaline (assists in cancer prevention), take in highfiber as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats. The taste is surprisingly good. This is an excellent staple in any household. Feel free to add various greens from your fridge.
Thanks to Chef Marni Wasserman for the great recipe.

Ingredients:

English cucumber - peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
2 large ripe avocadoes
2 green onions, roughly chopped
2 apples (crisp and tart apples like Granny Smith or Spartan)
2 ½ cups coconut milk
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Parsley or cilantro for garnish In a blender, process all ingredients until smooth.
Chill until ready to serve and garnish with fresh herbs.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Note from Jason and Lisa

As we approach March it is time to review progress on your fitness and
health goals for 2011. Be honest with yourself and ask the following question "Is my current fitness and health regime working?" If the answer is no then you are not alone. Perhaps you have joined a health club but find yourself unable to make any significant physical changes. The majority of individuals who join a fitness club with great intentions do not succeed. Why not? The list is endless - lack of motivation and commitment, inconsistent and unproductive workouts, poor dietary habits and just plain lack of education on how to integrate fitness into your current lifestyle.
Check out these 2008 statistics on the health club industry in Canada;
  • Total Industry Revenue $1,890,000,000.00(USD)
  • Total Number of Health Clubs 5047
  • Total Number of Members 4,635,000 (Source: Fitness Industry Council of Canada)
Despite these staggering numbers, Canadians are getting heavier, sicker, weaker and more depressed. Fitness clubs are a great resource but they are not for everyone!"

Consider hiring a professional trainer that will;
  • work one-on-one with you
  • design and advance your exercise programs
  • have your best interest at heart
  • assist in lifestyle and nutrition changes
  • motivate and push you to succeed at your goals
  • help bring out your w
  • work ethic and enthusiasm

Friday, February 11, 2011

We have consistently recommended fish oils as one of the "must take" supplements for optimal health. Here is quick article from the highly respected Dr. Joseph Mercola on the benefits of fish oil.

------ Fish Oil ------

Unfortunately, I can't recommend fish because it is overwhelmingly contaminated with mercury and dangerous PCBs. What I can recommend, however--and I can't recommend it highly enough--is fish oil. Packed with beneficial omega-3 fats including DHA, fish oil:
  • Helps fight and prevent heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, arthritis, diabetes, ulcers, hyperactivity and many other diseases 
  • Increases your energy level and ability to concentrate
    Provides greater resistance to common illnesses such as flu and cold
  • Helps pregnant women avoid premature births, low birth weight and other complications
When using fish oil or krill oil it is important to obtain a high-quality reputable brand. In my research--and in my clinical experience with my patients--I have found that:
  • The liquid form is superior to capsules 
  • Certain brands definitely seem inferior to others 
  • Those who live in more tropical environments with regular exposure to more intense sun will most likely be fine taking fish oil year round, as your vitamin D intake from the sun will be sufficient. If you aren't sure of what you should take, please have your vitamin D levels tested as it is possible to overdose on vitamin D.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Recipe of the Week - Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Ok, the cat is out of the bag. Here is one of our most requested recipes. This is a quick and simple recipe to provide a tasty protein bar. These bars are great for travelling and the perfect side to a herbal tea.

Ingredients:
2 cups natural peanut butter
6-8 Tbsp of honey
1 - 1.5 cups protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
2 cups dry oatmeal (you can grind the oats to alter the texture of the bars)
2 Tbsp coconut oil

Optional - add vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon to taste

1) Heat peanut butter, honey and coconut oil on low on the stovetop. Stir continuously to avoid burning. Slowly stir in protein powder and oatmeal. Mixture will become very thick.
2) Transfer mixture into a 13 x 9 baking pan. Flatten mixture into bottom of pan.
3) Let sit 10-15 minutes.
4) Cut into bars and store in fridge.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The 6 Worst Brands of Bottled Water You Can Buy

There is a video for this article that we encourage you to take some time to listen to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se12y9hSOM0

The Environmental Working Group analyzed the company websites and product labels of over 170 varieties of bottled water to see if the companies disclosed information on where water came from, how the water was treated, and whether the results of tests to ensure purity were revealed.
The researchers also called the bottled water companies to see if they would willingly give information to consumers.
More than half of the bottled water products failed the transparency test. Almost 20 percent didn't say where their water comes from, and an additional 32 percent did not disclose any information on treatment or purity of water.
According to Yahoo Green:
"Only three brands earned the highest possible ... Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, and Penta Ultra-Purified Water ...
[S]ix brands got the worst marks in EWG's report ... Whole Foods Italian Still Mineral Water, Vintage Natural Spring Water, Sahara Premium Drinking Water, O Water Sport Electrolyte Enhanced Purified Drinking Water, Market Basket Natural Spring Water, and Cumby's Spring Water."

Sources:

 
  Dr. Mercola's Comments:
 
Again, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) steps up to the plate and delivers the actual facts about what's going on.
When you pay up to 1,900 times more for something, you expect it to be worth it, but when it comes to bottled water most of the benefits are pure fantasy. What's worse, most bottled water companies hide the truth about their product in order to keep this profitable scheme going.

Majority of Companies Refuse to Divulge What's Really in Their Bottles

The EWG set out to find the answers to three simple, basic questions about bottled water that consumers have a right to know:
  • Where does the water come from?
  • Is it purified, and if so, how?
  • Is the water tested, and what, if any, contaminants have been found?
Interestingly, many bottled water companies will not supply you with the answers to these questions. According to the EWG, nine out of the top ten best-selling brands fail to provide answers to all three. Only one of the 173 bottled water products surveyed—NestlĂ©'s Pure Life Purified Water—discloses this information right on the label, and provides information for requesting a water quality test report.
In all, only three bottled water products received a good rating for transparency from the EWG:
  1. Nestlé's Pure Life Purified Water
  2. Gerber Pure Purified Water
  3. Penta Ultra-Purified Water
For the least transparent of the bunch, please see the EWG report. All in all, 18 percent of bottled waters do not tell you where their water comes from, and 32 percent do not disclose anything about the treatment or the purity of the water.
Why is this?
Could it be because the truth doesn't justify the exorbitant price tag? After all, why would anyone knowingly pay a premium for something that is in many cases indistinguishable from regular tap water!

Bottled Water is No Guarantee of Purity

Yes, about 40 percent of bottled water IS regular tap water, which may or may not have received any additional treatment. In fact, most municipal tap water must adhere to stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry. The EPA requires large public water suppliers to test for contaminants as often as several times a day, but the FDA requires private bottlers to test for contaminants only once a week, once a year, or once every four years, depending on the contaminant.
Another independent test performed by the Environmental Working Group in 2009 revealed 38 low-level contaminants in bottled water, with each of the 10 tested brands containing an average of eight chemicals, including:
Another health hazard that can be found in both tap- and bottled water is fluoride. Many make the mistake of thinking bottled water is un-flouridated, but that's not the case at all. Some bottled waters even make a point of adding fluoride, so the only way to ensure the water you're drinking is fluoride-free is to have access to the water quality test results. However, bottled water has yet another significant drawback.
Aside from the fact that many of them are little more than tap water of questionable purity (since most companies refuse to provide the necessary information to determine water quality), the bottle itself is extremely detrimental to the environment, and can further contaminate the water inside it.

Drinking from Plastic Bottles Poses Health Risks

The plastic often used to make water bottles contains a variety of health-harming chemicals that can easily leach out and contaminate the water, such as:
If you leave your water bottle in a hot car, or reuse it, your exposure is magnified because heat and stress increase the amount of chemicals that leach out of the plastic. So the container your water comes in needs to receive just as much attention as the water itself, and plastic is simply not a wise choice from a health perspective … not to mention the extreme amounts of toxic waste produced!

Ditched Water Bottles are Destroying the Environment

Bottled water is perhaps one of the most environmentally unfriendly industries there is. Americans consume about half a billion bottles of water every week! The environmental ramifications of this practice are enormous. The video below, The Story of Bottled Water, brought to you by the folks who created the wildly successful video The Story of Stuff, does an excellent job of illustrating the truth about bottled water.
First of all, the bottle manufacturing process itself releases toxic compounds like nickel, ethylbenzene, ethylene oxide and benzene, and the amount of oil used to make plastic water bottles could fuel a million cars annually.
Then you have the transportation of these bottles, back and forth across the globe. A lot of miles have been covered by the time you pick up that bottle from the store shelf and haul it back to your house. But their travels don't end there. As explained in the video above, many of our non-recycled water bottles are AGAIN shipped overseas to be dumped as waste in less affluent nations…
According to the most recent report by The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, only 28 percent of water bottles are currently recycled in the US. What happens to the rest of them?
They end up in:
  1. Landfills, where they can remain for thousands of years, leaching toxins into the ground
  2. Incinerators, where the chemicals are released into the air
  3. Oceans, where they slowly disintegrate into tiny particles, turning portions of our waters into a plastic stew. In this way plastic also enters the food chain, and kills wildlife

Why Pay 1,900 Times More for... Nothing?

In light of the fact that you really don't get anything "more" for your money when you splurge on bottled water, why would you continue buying it?
The bottled water industry vehemently denies the claims that they've "manufactured demand," stating they're simply giving consumers what they want. But honestly, unless people were convinced that tap water was unfit to drink and that bottled water was pure, that consumer demand would surely vanish. The Environmental Working Group ends their report with the recommendation to drink filtered tap water.
I agree.
The caveat though is to make sure you filter your tap water. I've written a large number of articles on the hazards of tap water, from fluoride to dangerous chemicals and drugs, to toxic disinfection byproducts and heavy metals, so having a good filtration system in place is more of a necessity than a luxury in most areas. Another option to consider is to bottle your own water from a gravity-fed spring.
There's a great website called FindaSpring.com where you can find natural springs in your area. This is a great way to get back to nature and teach your children about health and the sources of clean water. The best part is that most of these spring water sources are free!
Remember to bring either clear polyethylene or glass containers to collect the water so no unsafe chemicals can contaminate your water on the way home. If you choose to use glass bottles, be sure to wrap them in towels to keep them from breaking in the car.

Your Best Water Filtration Options

A whole house water filter is your best bet, as it will remove harsh chlorine byproducts from your whole house. These toxins pose a health hazard not only in your drinking water, but also in your shower and appliances.
The best option for your home's drinking water is to filter at the point of use with an NSF certified water filter. This addresses all of the chemicals found in well water or an urban water supply, along with any lead that might leach into the water if you have old plumbing.
Ideally, you'll want to consider both a whole house filter and a point of use filter on your kitchen tap. This covers all the bases for protecting your appliances from harsh chlorine and chlorine byproducts, protecting your lungs from airborne water contaminants that come from the shower, and protecting your tap water from all contaminants that both arrive at your house and are added by your own plumbing.
Unfortunately, adding both of these filters may be cost prohibitive for some families. In that case, you may actually want to consider limiting the duration of your shower, as a seven-minute hot shower will expose your body (through your lungs and skin absorption) to more toxins than drinking a gallon of unfiltered tap water!
That said, ensuring a safe, pure, supply of drinking water for your family should be at the very top of your list.

Source - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/21/best-and-worst-bottled-water-brands.aspx