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Fit2Fat2Fit…Again!

Let’s See How Drew Manning is Doing!

You may recall our friend and client, Drew Manning, from Fit2Fat2Forty. He decided that in anticipation of his 40th birthday, he was going to gain weight over the course of 4 months so that he could prove to himself and to his clients that you can get fit after 40!

He is well on his way to proving his point, bringing his followers and clients along for the ride. In his weight gain part of the plan, he showed everyone how you could do various diets – vegan, paleo, keto, etc. – in an unhealthy way in order to gain weight.

In his “back to fit” portion of the plan, he’s showing everyone how to do these same diets the right way, demonstrating that when done correctly, you can get fit no matter your dietary preferences – with a few tweaks, of course.

Drew is presently 28 weeks into this 8-month journey. Let’s see how he’s doing!

Photo courtesy: Drew Manning

9 weeks into my back2fit journey and 9 more to go! Currently down almost 39 lbs! 23ish more pounds to go!

Beginning Results (Aug 27, 2020):

– Weight = 181.6 lbs
– Waist = 33.5”
– Hips = 38”
– Body Fat % = 8.4%

Heaviest Results (Dec 27, 2020):

– Weight = 244 lbs
– Waist = 46”
– Hips = 47.5”
– Body Fat % = 26.2%

Current Results:

– Weight = 205.4 lbs
– Waist = 38”
– Hips = 41.75”
– Body Fat % = 15.4%

Physical/Mental/Emotional Changes:

– This week I did Keto + IF
– Digestion was way better this week
– Not as hungry in between meals
– More mental clarity this week
– Sleep efficiency dropped this week but could be due to stress from preparing to move soon
– Still continuing to make my bed, take cold showers, meditate, gratitude journal, positive affirmations and walk every day

If you’re interested in joining Drew on his journey to get fit again, you can join the program and jump in!

For more information, visit https://fit2fat2fit.com/back2fit/

Keep up the great work, Drew!

Normalizing Menopause: Take Control of Your Body After 40!

For All the Ladies…

It’s not easy being a lady, that’s for sure! It’s all rainbows and unicorns until that dreaded day when our friend flo comes to town. For some of us, it’s a mere inconvenience. For others, we are plagued with conditions like endometriosis and period cramps that take us out for days. Then comes having babies, if you choose to or get to do so, and then what comes after that? Menopause. Barf.

But wait, ladies, menopause doesn’t have to suck! No, seriously! Our new client, Dr. Mindy Pelz, is a functional medicine practitioner commonly referred to as “The Reset Doc” because of her amazing abilities to help her patients reclaim their health – and thus, their lives! And that includes menopause! She has written a new book called The Menopause Reset that aims to normalize menopause and help women take better control of their bodies and their lives after 40. Can I get an amen?

Within the pages of this book, Dr. Pelz offers actionable lifestyle changes proven to lessen symptoms of menopause and perimenopause for women over 40. We’re talking fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, irritability, night sweats, cravings, depression, anxiety, reduced sex drive, hot flashes – the works. In her own words:

“Knowledge is power. The more you understand about what your body is going through, the more in control you will feel,” says Pelz. “Understanding hormones is complex. This book is designed to simplify that for you so that you can work with your hormones and not against them. You can stop your symptoms. You can thrive through menopause. You have more power than you’ve been taught. I am excited to give you that power back.”

The book pairs scientific research with Dr. Mindy’s actionable 5-Step lifestyle approach to teaching women how to support menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms naturally. It’s not too good to be true: it’s just good sense and good science.

To pre-order, visit AmazonBarnes & Noble, and other retailers.

For more information on Dr. Mindy, visit https://drmindypelz.com/

Life after 40 can be fabulous, ladies! All you have to do is choose for it to be, and let Dr. Mindy light the way for you.

Parenting During Covid? These Tips Will Help

Strategies from The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at Mass General Hospital Helping Parents During the Pandemic…

The current COVID-19 crisis is presenting all of us with new challenges related to self-care, parenting, and anxiety management. Many parents are struggling with natural and expectable feelings, including sadness, confusion, worry, and fear.

Young children and toddlers are faced with stressors of their own. The list is long:

  • They have suddenly and unaccountably lost access to playmates, teachers, classrooms, and playgrounds
  • They can no longer see their grandparents and other relatives.
  • They can no longer enter libraries or shops.
  • Gym classes, swimming, music classes, and library storytimes are all on pause.

Young children facing this crisis may be more clingy, fretful, irritable, or bored.
They may be having more trouble sleeping or may need a parent nearby to fall asleep.
The lack of interface with strangers may make them more fearful and wary of new people.

The Mass General Child CBT Program offers ways for parents to teach their children to cope with and overcome anxiety.
Parent Self-Care:
The instructions given by flight attendants are really applicable: “Please make sure to put on your own oxygen mask first, and then assist your child.”  

Caring for children during a crisis includes good self-care for parents. We offer the following suggestions to maintain wellbeing:

Be kind to yourself:
  • We may be facing super-human demands right now, but this doesn’t make us super-human.
  • Remember that the day only has so many hours, and it is okay to let some things slide.
  • Set priorities, and try to get the most important things done, but understand that not everything will get done.
  • Take a few moments to notice your own needs. These may occur during your child’s naptime after they are asleep, or while they are watching some extra screen-time.

Consider what has helped you manage stress in the past and maintain an optimistic mood.

  • Eat regular meals and stay hydrated.
  • Get enough sleep – 6-8 hours.
  • Exercise. Pushing a stroller, dancing, or playing tag with your child counts!
  • Engage in pleasurable activities. Stream a guilty pleasure on TV, do a jigsaw puzzle, cook dinner with the family!
  • Do things that give you a sense of accomplishment. Volunteering, helping a neighbor, and connecting with family and friends can be meaningful.
  • Keep a daily routine. Take off the pajamas and dress for the day!
  • Limit exposure to the news to once per day or less.
  • Stay in the moment as much as possible.

HELPFUL HINT:
Don’t criticize yourself if your routine doesn’t match what others do or expect.

Parenting Your Child in the Time of a Pandemic
Most toddlers and preschoolers recognize the change in routine and can sense parental stress, They don’t understand the full extent of the COVID-19 crisis and it is important that they feel safe, and cared for. We offer the following suggestions:

Maintain normal routines and expectationsincluding regular naps, bedtime and wake-up times,
It can be helpful to break up the time into activity periods, which may include:

  • Indoor and outdoor play
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Snacks
  • Reading together

HELPFUL HINT: As much as possible, keep the rules that were in place before the crisis (although some, including screen time limits, might change).

Provide age-appropriate explanations: There is a careful balance between telling children information beyond their level of understanding that might be confusing or frightening and making them aware of new expectations and their reasons.

Rules about social distancing, washing hands more carefully, and parents and older children wearing masks could be conveyed with simple explanations
“We need to clean our hands so we stay healthy and well.”
“We wear a mask in case we’re getting a cold, so other people don’t catch it.”
“There’s a new cold going around, so kids aren’t allowed in preschool for a while.”

HELPFUL HINT: The simplest explanation that can be repeated is the place to start. Only expand the explanation if and when the child asks for more information.

Find substitutions for lost activities:

Social interactions:

  • Many preschools or daycares are having brief, virtual check-ins so that children can see their teachers and classmates.
  • Scheduling regular brief virtual face-to-face interactions with friends or cousins could be helpful as a way of keeping up connections and social interactions.
  • Live games that very young children could play across screens with others

For young preschoolers:

  • Show-and-tell (showing each other toys)
  • Animal sound charades (e.g. guess what animal I am)
  • Guessing games (e.g. guessing what the child is holding behind their back)
  • Imitation games (like the Hokey Pokey)

For older preschoolers:

  • 20-questions, telling riddles, I-spy (if both are able to seek each other’s screen)
  • Simon Says (if supervised by an adult)
  • Story reading to children across screens. Parents could also take turns reading stories to a group of children.

HELPFUL HINT: These remote social interactions can be short (10-15 minutes) and supervised and can be scheduled regularly.

Outings:

  • When allowed, children can go on walks in the neighborhood, perhaps in strollers.
  • Make the walks interesting.
  • Be on the lookout and count something (dogs, squirrels, garbage trucks, digger trucks, police cars).
  • Go on “virtual” tours to a zoo, museum, or aquarium. Many have daily live events still.

Indoor Activities:

  • Play with playdoh
  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Read stories
  • Act out simple stories
  • Make pillow forts
  • Create things with large cartons
  • Make socks puppets
  • Sing songs
  • Bake
  • Decorate cupcakes
  • Make pictures with stickers
  • Play hide and seek
  • Plant seeds

Outdoor Activities:

  • Play tag
  • Play catch
  • Blow bubbles
  • Do water play (with squirting toys)
  • Try sand play
  • Plant a garden

HELPFUL HINT: THE LIST IS ENDLESS. ASK OTHER PARENTS WHAT WORKS FOR THEIR KIDS!

Photo credit: Pexels/Pixabay

Is Chocolate Really Good For You?

MyNetDiary Has the Scoop!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s safe to say that chocolate consumption is about to go way up!


There is some debate over whether or not chocolate is actually that good for you, so our clients at MyNetDiary decided to do their own research. Turns out, chocolate is actually good for you! But before you go reaching for a super-sized box of Valentine’s Day chocolate, you’ll want to understand where the benefits actually come from so you can choose your chocolate accordingly.

According to the article in MyNetDiary:

“Chocolate enjoys just as healthy a reputation today as it did anciently. The Aztecs named their bitter chocolate beverage “food of the gods.” Europeans believed chocolate was a general-purpose curative. Indeed, modern science has uncovered evidence for potential health benefits such as the following:

The article goes on to discuss flavanols and how much chocolate you might have to eat in order to receive the benefits from them, along with some facts about the kinds of chocolate that contain the highest amount.

For more on this subject, read the article at MyNetDiary.com

Better Health Begins With Your Cells

Functional Medicine Expert Dr. Bill Cole Explains…

“There has never been a perfectly healthy person that’s full of dysfunctional cells. If you want to be well, you have to fix your cells.” – Dr. Bill Cole

Photo Credit: Anna Shvets from Pexels

How many times have you just felt…off? Your digestion is off or you’re sluggish or tired and irritable, or you have a nagging stomach ache or migraine that just won’t go away. Or maybe you just don’t have enough energy to get through the day and truly thrive.

Whatever it is, you decide enough is enough. You go to the doctor and they run some tests, but everything comes back “normal.” You’re happy that nothing is “wrong” but you’re simultaneously incredibly frustrated. Because now it feels like you’ve reached a dead end: the tests say you’re fine, but your body is telling you otherwise.

Where do you go from there?

Functional medicine expert Dr. Bill Cole knows the answer, and it has everything to do with your cells. Dr. Cole specializes in cellular health, addressing the root causes of chronic health issues. He is the founder and creator of the Key Cellular Nutrition (KCN) and Cellular Health Accelerator (CHA) programs, and he’s been helping thousands of people reclaim their energy and heal their bodies from the inside out. 

So, what is cell regeneration?

In order to explain it, Dr. Cole uses this analogy: Think about a house. If the foundation of a house is bad, can the structure be good? The answer is obviously no.

Well, the metaphorical human house foundation is our cells, because that’s what we are made of. Every tissue, organ, and gland is made of cells and so every function in our body comes from our cells. In effect, it’s not your heart that is beating. It’s your heart cells that are beating!

In this way, all symptoms and all diseases are caused by cellular dysfunction. What keeps our cells healthy is a healthy cycle of letting the good stuff into our cells and letting the bad stuff out of them (the good stuff = nutrients, for example, and the bad stuff = toxins).

What’s causing bad health today is something called…life! We have stressors that are negatively impacting the health of our cells. Physical (injuries, poor posture, lack of movement, etc.), emotional (anxieties, fears, the stress of life, etc.), and chemical (toxins from food, air, products, water, etc.) stress.

All of these stressors create damage on the cell membrane which creates inflammation. That inflammation creates a barrier which means we can’t get the good stuff in and the bad stuff out of the cells. So what happens? The bad stuff builds up inside our cell.

Makes perfect sense, right?

Thankfully, our body has an amazing capacity to heal. You know this is true if you’ve ever gotten a cut and watched it heal over time. So once you start to deal with the stressors in your life and therefore begin to heal your cells, your body can heal itself.

I know that feels daunting, because how are you supposed to get rid of all of your daily stressors? To be alive is to be stressed!

Don’t fret. If you think of the stressors as a 3 legged stool, that means that you may not be able to get rid of all 3 categories of stressors, but if you can get rid of at least one of those legs (or categories), you can begin to regenerate the cells. Because one cannot sit on a two-legged stool.

SO – the only question left is: do you want to heal your cells?

I’m glad you asked. For more information on how you can do just that, visit https://drbillcole.com/

Make 2021 Your Comeback Year!

Tips to Rebuild, Refocus & Restart From Fitness Icon Tony Horton

Photo Courtesy: Tony Horton Instagram

Tony Horton’s life came to a screeching halt in 2017 when he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Disease, a form of shingles.  It was hard for him to envision the future living with this horrible disease. The once energetic, always on the go, always working out mega fitness star lived with vertigo, loss of hearing, and extreme fatigue. It was hard for him to see a path out of the darkness, but with the help of his wife Shawna, his close friends, his team of doctors, and his decades of health, wellness, mind, body spirit he was able to heal himself and well… pump himself up, again.

Now he is stronger and better than ever!  During his illness, he really focused on what supernutrition looked like and how it could help him heal.  He focused on creating and putting together his own nutritional product line that eventually helped him feel better.  The super nutrition line he created is called Power Life and it was precisely what powered him back to that active life.

Tony has shared his thoughts on why he thinks he was afflicted with Ramsey Hunt, and he mentions over and over: chronic stress. As the most popular well-known fitness personality in the world, Tony seemed like he had it made, but deep down inside, he suffered from the chronic stressors of everyday life.

Does that sound familiar? Most of us can’t say that 2020 has been free of stress, and between the elections and the pandemic, we have been living with a good degree of silent, chronic stress. But you don’t have to take that into 2021!

Here are Tony’s tips to help you stave off stress so you can rebuild, refocus and reset for 2021 – seriously, stop what you’re doing and incorporate one or two of the techniques below into your daily routine.

1. Breathe deeply.  I know, that’s not new or exciting, right? But it works! Why? Because deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.

2. Next try yoga oms, meditation, or prayer with gratitude. Whatever you choose, try to clear your mind of anything that causes anxiety – be in the moment and be grateful.

3. Try other practices that reduce stress and make them a regular part of your day or your week. Tony’s personal favorites are yoga, soaking in the tub, and deep breathing. Other stress management tools include “cutting the crap” out of your diet – yes that is right – time to eat clean and healthy meals, get enough sleep every night, and you guessed it, form some sort of routine of regular exercise.

4. A healthy diet.   Tony knows that eating right can help counter the impact of stress by boosting the immune system and lowering your blood pressure. Conversely, a poor diet full of sugar, salt, fat, and processed foods causes inflammation and deprives your body of necessary nutrients that help combat stress, creating a vicious cycle.

5. Get Enough Sleep! Sleep is crucial for your body to recover from stressful events, so don’t skimp on sleep!

6. Lastly, read Tony’s books, or follow him on social media – you’ll see why regular exercise is crucial to every function of your body, especially those feel-good chemicals produced in your brain when you do so.  Tony talks all about how dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and brain-derived neurotropic factors and how they matter!  These chemicals will help you feel happy, sleep better and protect against stress-induced neuronal damage. As Tony would say “BOOM! I think we just found the most important part of stress management. You’re welcome.”

So, how about it? Are you ready to open a new chapter in 2021? Tony made a comeback and so can you…

For more information about Tony, how he made a comeback, or about his supernutrition line called Power Life, visit https://mypowerlife.com/ and https://www.tonyhortonlife.com/

Got Migraines, Skin Issues or Unexplained Health Challenges?

Introducing The 4-Phase Histamine Reset Plan

Do you suffer from inexplicable health challenges, and have normalized them or written them off as just being induced by stress? Do you suffer from migraines, low-grade headaches (enough to be a nuisance), allergies, skin problems like psoriasis and eczema, vertigo, irritability, and more? Lots of people suffer from the symptoms mentioned above and have convinced themselves they have to live with them!  Dr. Becky Campbell knows that she can help you get to the root of your problem to eliminate unnecessary pain and be healthy again – just as she did for herself!

We’d like you to meet Dr. Becky Campbell. Dr. Becky is a board-certified doctor of natural medicine who is a long time client with Dunn Pellier Media.  She is the author of The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan, and her second book, The 4-Phase Histamine Reset Plan.

But wait – why should you care about histamines? Well, frankly, because if you’ve been to the doctor, the naturopath, the acupuncturist, (the insert-any-health-practitioner-here) and you still haven’t been able to get to the bottom of what’s ailing you and by the way quietly diminishing your quality of life, Dr. Campbell suspects she might know the issue:

It’s histamines.

You know the word. You have heard it in commercials before and you have seen it in the aisles of the pharmacy when seeking out over-the-counter allergy medications. “Antihistamines” are what you want when you’re trying to tackle your latest round of allergies. But did you know that it goes way beyond that and that consuming problematic foods can also trigger histamines in your body that can lead to symptoms like allergies, migraines, skin issues, vertigo, low blood pressure, profuse sweating, and so much more?!

Dr. Campbell breaks it all down in her latest book, which is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

She has been featured in publications like Mindbodygreen, Bustle, Popsugar, Women’s World Magazine, and more.  Her goal is to help you regain your quality of life just as she was able to regain hers.

Don’t you want that for yourself as you slide into a New Year in 2021? We certainly do!

For more information, visit Dr. Becky Campbell’s website.

Wishing you your best year of health yet, in 2021. Happy New Year!

 

Power up Your Life in 2021

Introducing Fitness Icon, Tony Horton’s New Supportive Nutrition Line!

P90X creator and fitness Icon, Tony Horton, is famous for saying, “Aging is for people who don’t know better.” He has always been committed to pushing the boundaries of what aging is supposed to look like, and in an effort to support that, he’s introducing his first-ever nutritional line to support high performance at any age! Power Life personifies Horton’s passion for helping others reach their greatest potential. Tony created the line after his recovery from Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that left the fitness symbol incapable of physical activity. 

Tony was hospitalized with the disease in 2017. He was losing weight fast, so in an effort to preserve muscle, Horton shifted gears to focus more on nutrition; channeling all his energy into designing something to power his own life – and the Power Life product line was created. He calls it a formula for life.

The Power Life supportive nutrition product line contains supplements that encapsulate supportive nutrition for active aging, built to naturally boost energy levels, support lean muscle development, and streamline digestion. 

Power Life’s well-rounded formulas include:

  • High-Impact Protein ($69.95), offered in both plant-based and whey, this formula provides a unique blend of nutrients to nourish muscles, support strength, and preserve lean muscle.
  • Foundation Four ($79.95), a rare blend of fiber, magnesium, probiotics, and two full servings of organic vegetables, the Foundation Four blend offers a solution for healthy digestion and whole-body wellness.
  • High Impact Endurance ($64.95), an invigorating blend of Hawaiian Astaxanthin and elevATP designed to deliver a powerful, steady supply of energy and support natural muscle recovery.
  • Foundation Digest ($59.95), a comprehensive blend of digestive enzymes and organic greens designed to help our bodies break down carbs, fats, and proteins from your diet—so we can enjoy the foods we love with less digestive discomfort.
  • High Impact Performance ($69.95), a cutting-edge blend of natural energy-boosting ingredients. This extended-release powder naturally boosts mental and physical stamina — without crashes.

Scientifically formulated with minimal ingredients, Power Life supplements provide essential dietary nutrients without overwhelming consumers with added ingredients.  Power Life supplements offer consumers everything they need and leave out everything they don’t.

Consumers can now purchase Power Life supplements online through mypowerlife.com and will soon be available on Amazon. 

To hear Tony talk about the line and his experience with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, check him out on CBS LA here.

Can You Dance 85 Pounds Away?

Yes. Yes, You Can. With BodyFX!

Meet Sharon. She is a 62-year young grandmother of three who lost 85 pounds and got off blood pressure medication. And do you want to know how she did that? With a little help from her friends at Body FX and their “Figure 8” dance fitness program!

A couple of years ago, Sharon weighed 246 pounds. Today, she weighs 161 pounds and has gone from a size 22 to a size 8! She is living proof that you can indeed dance your way to a healthy body!

Sharon is just one of the thousands of success stories from the members of BodyFX, an online membership-based fitness platform that combines private coaching, nutritional planning, and over 200 workout sessions to help their members achieve lasting results.

Sharon had been obese for most of her life, from early childhood through to her adult years. She tried all kinds of programs to help her lose weight, but nothing seemed to work. She would lose some weight, yes, but then she would gain it all back.

Then she found Figure 8 by BodyFX, a dance fitness program that combines basic footwork from popular Latin Ballroom dances (Salsa, Rumba, Samba, and Paso Dobles), and the rest is history. She enjoyed the program so much that she could actually see herself making it a part of her life.

And that is the key: you cannot be consistent with something you don’t like! And now, Sharon says:

“For the first time, I can look in the mirror, smile, and like what I see instead of diverting my eyes.”

Not only did Sharon lose weight, but she also was taken off her blood pressure medication about a year after working out with the BodyFX program! Sharon has now made it her goal to share her success to motivate others, and she did so on Access Hollywood!

If you’re interested in learning more about BodyFX, visit https://bodyfx.com/

What a transformation!  Go Sharon Go!  We love BodyFX and how they are helping people get fit and lose those pesky pounds!

Not a Chef? Not a Problem

Make the Best Thanksgiving Meal & Sides with SideChef!

Photo Credit: SideChef Instagram

Well, friends, we have an interesting challenge coming up as we look toward Thanksgiving this year: Thanksgiving without those we are most grateful for, namely, our families. These are strange times, to say the least, and 2020 continues to ask us to dig deep into our hearts and souls to find the lessons, and to take them with us into 2021.

We may not be able to be with our families this year, but since Thanksgiving is about gratitude, let us try to be grateful for our health.

And just because we can’t be with our families doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the delicious eats that this holiday always has to offer! If you find yourself challenged in the kitchen and wondering how to make a gourmet Thanksgiving meal, we have got a solution for you!

SideChef is a cooking app for the modern chef, the chef who can follow a recipe but who doesn’t necessarily know what the heck it means to “blanch” the asparagus or “mince” the garlic (and the chef who knows those terms too). The app was created by a guy named Kevin. Standing in front of his girlfriend, wanting to make dinner for her…but not knowing how to! That was 4 years ago, and SideChef was born.

Today, SideChef features over 16,000 recipes with robust search filtering, meal planning, ingredient delivery, step-by-step guidance with photos, instructional videos, voice command, in-app timers, and smart appliance control. SideChef has simplified the process of making delicious meals and has proven that anyone can cook (we’re happy to report that the founder’s girlfriend eats quite well these days!).

Want to know what else SideChef offers? Virtual cooking classes! They have partnered with Panasonic to bring you, virtual cooking classes! The first featured Belqui from @belquistwist where she taught everyone how to cook two recipes with a microwave oven – yes, a microwave!

Whether you join them virtually or just head over to their site for some recipes (like this Thanksgiving roasted chicken, or this apple turkey melt for day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers), SideChef has got your covered this year.

Check them out at sidechef.com and get cooking today!

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