Diet: (noun)

A way of living, or thinking, a day's journey.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

XYMOGEN~ My new EXCITING supplement!!

As we age, it becomes easier to gain weight and harder to maintain muscle. Thus, our waistlines tends to fatten, our muscles weaken, and the physical tasks that once seemed trivial now seem tiring. The deterioration of mitochondria, the microscopic power plants within every cell responsible for converting food into biochemical fuel, has been implicated as a major cause. The loss of mitochondrial efficiency and number over time deprives us of living a longer, healthier life. It may come to no surprise, therefore, that mitochondrial biogenesis, the natural process in which your cells build new mitochondria, has been suggested hold the key to delay the deteriorations in appearance and performance, and even aging.
Representing a remarkable ~ 10% of body weight, mitochondria produce more than 95% of your body's energy. The more of these "fuel stations" our cells contain, the more calories you can burn, leaving less fat to contribute to diabetes or obesity, for instance. Mitochondria are produced via mitochondria biogenesis, the stimulation of which can help delay aging and maintain health as we age.[Image]
Mitochondrial biogenesis is a complicated process involving more than 1,000 genes and producing and estimated 20% of the cellular protein in the body. While caloric restriction and exercise potently activate molecular "switches" controlling mitochondrial biogenesis, a simpler solution comes in the form of the Mitochondrial Renewal Kit containing neutraceuticals shown to activate the very same switches.
XYMOGEN Mitochondrial Renewal Kit: "Three Degrees" of Restoration
1st Degree: Nitric Oxide (NO) is to your heart and blood vessels what your favorite couch is to your legs and feet. NO takes a load off of your heart and blood vessels by relaxing the latter (known as vasodilation), thereby easing the strain placed on the former (blood flows more easily, so your heart doesn't need to pump as hard). Among sundry other roles, NO directly activates the "master regulator" of mitochondrial biogenesis and function and metabolic fitness known as PGC-1a.
2nd Degree: Found in red wine and studied by respected research organizations including Salk Institute, resveratrol is one of the most promising anti-aging nutraceuticals to date. Labeled as an "exercise mimetic", resveratrol activates SIRT1, a molecular "switch" that governs the activation of PGC-1a. Exercise also activates this pathway; hence the aforementioned label.
3rd Degree: a-lipoic acid (ALA) is considered a "king" among antioxidants. Capable of fending off damaging free radicals in a variety of cellular environments, ALA also protects the levels of other antioxidants such as vitamins E and C. In addition, ALA stimulates a molecular switch known as AMPK in the body (which in turns activates PGC-1a), while inhibiting another version of AMPK located in the brain. The end result is to increase mitochondrial biogenesis (via body AMPK) while enhancing appetite control and weight management (brain AMPK).
Benefits of XYMOGEN Mitochondrial Renewal Kit:* Increased mitochondrial biogenesis* Increased metabolic (calorie-burning) rate* Improved insulin sensitivity and action* Improved glucose disposal* Increased Nitric Oxide (NO) production* Improved cardiovascular and endothelial (blood vessel) function* Improve appetite control* Reduced fat mass* Increased muscle mass* Improved exercise tolerance and performance* Improved antioxidant status and resistance to oxidative stress
A month supply is $150. This is NOT a vitamin replacement.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Super Busy... and HAPPY to be needed!!

Gosh it has been FOREVER since I updated this pretty little blog of mine. Better get with it!!

The past couple of weeks have been amazing!! I have been meeting people left and right who are wanting to change this world one life at a time. Super wonderful! I have been enjoying lunches, afternoon teas, phone calls and email upon emails on the matter... and I'm not about to stop!! I am loving every minute of it! :)

I have goals, dreams and all in which need to be made into reality!

New projects are forming that I am super excited to share with all my readers... I have formed a Fit Club for the area of Scottsdale/Phoenix called Fit N' Fabulous Fit Club. The meeting places are still awaiting confirmation so in the mean time, I am planning gorgeous hikes to enjoy with my Fit Club in the next week! This is going to be wonderful! I will have a chance to meet more people in my area, talk to them, get to know them and make a few new friends. Together we will be on the path to living a healthier lifestyle and longer life.

Next on the agenda is an even bigger project... don't know if I will spill the beans just yet on this one ;) So as the deadline approaches, I will be sure to share!

I've made a great new Friend who is a Nutritionist, Dietician, Personal Trainer and ex-Fitness Model. together we will be working as a Team to help others get in the best shape and health of their lives!! I can't wait!!
This is everything I have ever wanted to do... help OTHERS succeed!!

So here I go!! Stay tuned!! There is so much more to come!!

As a Motivating Beachbody Coach, I welcome other's to join this amazing Team of helping other's around us and setting the example of a healthy lifestyle and positive well-being :)
Feel free to email me with questions at or simply visit my site:


Friday, May 7, 2010


Finally! After a year of working out, eating clean and feeling as if I was gonna pull out all of my hair... I am FINALLY sitting below 150 pounds!! Yep! Today I weighed in at 148! I was feeling so good! Because actually, I have been at 148 for a couple days now :)
This is a HUGE deal for me! Because when I was doing workout program after workout program, converting to an all 100% Vegan diet, seeing a personal trainer and still couldn't drop below 150... I was running out of ideas! Ha ha ha...
I believe that the thyroid medication, good eating and continuous strength training has really pushed this weight loss. We all know I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, and that I am now taking a prescription for it. It's crazy just how powerful your thyroid really is and the importance it plays in your body.
There are many women who swear they have a thyroid issue (they have all the signs) and still their doctor won't diagnose them with Hypothyroidism and therefore won't help or offer them with treatment for it. It's very sad to me.
There may still be hope that I can compete this summer!! (crossing my fingers!!)

I've been switching up my workouts between Chalean Extreme and Insanity with a Bootcamp Class twice a week. I feel good! Before finding out all this, I was very low on energy and hadn't been working out like I usually do... actually for some days wasn't working out at all. It was very upsetting. But all is better now!! I feel really good!!

Anyway!! just had to share!! My weight goal is 135... we'll see ;)


Friday, April 23, 2010

So Guess What?

I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.

For the past 2 months, I have been noticing some changes with myself. I can't seem to wake up at my normal morning wake up time (4:30-5am). Hell, I can't even wake up at 6am or 7am... I have a hard time getting up at 8am but I force myself to do so! Crazy right!
Other than my excessive sleep patterns (in which I have been diagnosing myself with laziness!) ;) I have also been noticing weight gain. Now mind you, I am extremely active, I eat a clean vegan diet and I am gaining weight! For the past year, I have not been able to get my weight under 150 Pounds to save my life... It's been a battle, it's been frustrating and it's wearing on me.
So while training for my first Figure Show and not losing a single pound or dropping any body fat with all the extreme dieting, my personal trainer at the time quit on me... and I quit on him.
It was mind boggling.
Since then I have been eating clean. I eat 100% Vegan and include a lot of Raw goodness in my diet. I consider my diet to be very healthy and SUPERHERO-Like ;)
I've been told by many close friends that I should go get my thyroid checked. I put the idea to the side and still tried to do things "my way." I put myself on 100% Raw Food cycles of 3-7 days at a time, continued to exercise... was continually dropping energy and still gaining weight. I sought out advice from a close friend and mentor to me and she advised me to get my damn thyroid CHECKED!!! Lol...
Ughh ok!!! I'll get it checked!!
A month went by and I finally went to a Dr. that another friend strongly recommended.
I was sent to get my blood work done... which let me tell you, I HATE BLOOD WORK!!!!!! I use to pass out EVERY time I gave blood, now I just cry, breath deep, turn pale and pasty looking but stay awake to feel EVERYTHING and experience it all!! What the hell happened?!?!? Why can't I just PASS OUT anymore and get out of the situation!!! LOL!! But I know, this is a step forward, I'm getting better... I guess... ;)
I had SIX vials of blood taken from me. I was a mess!
So anyway, the tests came back the following day and during my Dr. visit I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and low DHEA (sub optimal DHEA levels). Everything else; cholesterol, cortisol, cardiac risk ratio, triglycerides, and my blood sugar levels were all really good.
So my treatments: DHEA hormone cream x 45 days then re-test levels and 1gm Nature-Throid tablet a day for 8 weeks then re-test.
My TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone/High) is at 4.69. Normal levels should be between 0.35-2.1 So you see how far I am off the chart. In my tablets, I am getting one part fT4 to two parts fT3.
It's all a little crazy, but this a step forward in the right direction. I don't like the idea of taking the prescription because I don't take medicine for anything! If I have a headache (which I've had a lot lately) I just let it do its thing, I never reach for Tylenol. I believe food and our diet will fix our bodies... this thyroid has just got me so stumbled that I don't know what to do but try the prescription and go from there.
I was reading that taking the Hypothyroid medication is LIFE LONG... But I couldn't possibly take this for the rest of my life... there has to be another answer.

On top of me finding out I have this thyroid issue, the Dr. also gave me a B12 shot and I am on B12 sublingual drops. I'm on added Calcium and have cut all gluten out of my diet. My Dr. assumes I may have a gluten sensitivity, so we'll see.

So that's about it, that sums up my week for you! Ha ha ... It has been a busy week and extremely tiring. Today is day 2 on my Nature-Throid... so we'll see how this goes. Today I weighed in at 159 :( Yikes!! But it's ok!! It's OK!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Insanity ~ Pure Cardio Workout Video!

Here I am!! Working out to Insanity ~ Pure Cardio! Enjoy!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Coenzyme Q10 ~ A Miracle Nutrient

You May Benefit from CoQ10 supplementation if:

* You are over 40
* You are on statins to reduce cholesterol
* You are experiencing difficulty with memory, mood, and clear thinking "Brain Frog"
* You have diabetes
* You have high blood pressure
* You suffer from congestive heart failure
* You avoid red meat
* You are Vegan
* You are and endurance exerciser
* You are under stress
* You are exposed to pollutants or cigarette smoke
* Your immune system is stressed or comprised

I don't know about you, but I see at least 4 subjects on this list that tells me that I need CoQ10 Supplementation... that seems like a big deal!

The powerful health benefits of CoQ10 have been widely recognized. Initially, in controlled trials of heart patients in Japan, positive effects on cardiac output and hypertension were noted. Subsequently hundreds of other scientific papers published in the United States and around the world expanded the recognized benefits of CoQ10 to include is antioxidant role, preventing damage to cell membranes by reactive chemicals called free radicals, which are formed naturally as a result of the body's normal activity and free radicals are also found in the environment in the form of every day pollutants such as exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke. Countering the effects of aging and stress on tissues with high energy requirements such as the heart, brain, kidney, and immune system is another key function to CoQ10.

Reported beneficial effects of CoQ10 extend to include cancer, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue, atherosclerosis, and many other degenerative conditions.

Foods such as meat, broccoli and spinach as well as soy beans and palm oils are sources of dietary CoQ10. CoQ10 is found in many foods, but at very low concentrations. It would be extremely difficult to acquire a reasonable dose of CoQ10 strictly through the typical diet. One would have to consume approximately three pounds of sardines or 15 pounds of broccoli a day to provide the minimal suggested supplementation levels... No thank you!! ;)

CoQ10 is produced by the following chemical process known as the mevalonate pathway, a synthesis pathway also shared by cholesterol. Widely used statin drugs like Lipitor, Crestor, Simvastatin, Prevacol and others block both the production of cholesterol, a very positive benefit, but also block the production of CoQ10 precursors. As a consequence, over time, the body's reserve of CoQ10 may become depleted and a person taking statins may experience muscle aches, fatigue, and "brain fog." With aging the body's ability to produce CoQ10 decreases and many conditions increase the body's requirements for CoQ10.

I used to work in a pharmacy as a pharmacy technician and have always seen CoQ10 but had never known the benefits or the reason behind taking it. I am greatful to be learning about it now... as a Vegan, an endurance exerciser, a person who is exposed to pollutants and daily stress (who isn't!) is in need of a great CoQ10 supplement!

So where do you shop for this CoQ10? With over a hundred different brands to chose from and teens behind the GNC counters who don't know anything about the supplement itself, how do you find a great CoQ10 supplementation?

And here is WHY... Genewize LifeMap Me nutritional supplements and LifeMap "ME" repair serum are individually custom formulated with the form of CoQ10 that best matches YOUR personal genetic makeup. Because each of us is unique from the outside or the inside, Genewize provides the right CoQ10 for YOU!!

Now that is the way to go!!! Customization! Why settle for less? DON'T!

Cheers to GREAT Health!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Purple "Jasmine" Smoothie


2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk (Vanilla)
1 Cup Blueberries
1 Banana
3 Dates
1 Scoop Berry Vega