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Want A Simple Way to Lose Some Weight?

Do birds fly? Do babies poop?

Research shows your body needs vitamin C to burn fat. Why? Because vitamin C is essential for creating carnitine, a substance that turns fat into fuel.

Yet more than one-third of Americans do not get enough vitamin C in their diet. Do you think this is a contributing factor in the current obesity epidemic?

To make sure you're getting enough vitamin C, start your day with some grapefruit, have an orange after lunch, and fill your dinner plate with veggies like red bell peppers, broccoli, and brussels sprouts.

You can also make sure you're getting enough vitamin C every day by supplementing. My family and I take and recommend BarleyLife® Xtra.

And make sure you use the right kind of supplements. This study shows why it is critical. Otherwise, you're better off taking nothing.

To learn more, Click Here.

I've Got a New Header for My Blog!

I absolutely have the bestest wife of all times! She made a new header for my blawg!

I've been wanting to change it to some sort of caricature. But I had no idea it would look this good! It looks like we paid a professional to do it!

She even stayed up late last night, putting it all together and inserting it into my blog. Then she made the blog layout look good too. Needless to say, I am delighted with the results!

When I saw the final product, I had a big smile on my face. Shug, you've got skills!

Thank you honey for all of your hard work! I looooove you!

Yer man,


2008 Olympics Over - Now We Can Get Some Sleep

First, this from Peter King of Sports Illustrated:

On the night Michael Phelps was swimming in a relay for his record eighth gold medal, the New York Giants were spending their final night at training camp at the University at Albany. Thirteen offensive linemen gathered around a big-screen plasma TV in a dorm room. Phelps dove in and lengthened the U.S. lead. "U-S-A! U-S-A!'' the linemen chanted. And when the race was won, one of the linemen - no one's sure who - started to sing. And they all joined in, at the top of their off-key lungs.

"God bless America ... land that I love ... stand beside her, and guide her ...''

Shaun O'Hara, the leader of the pack, told me: "What a night. The coolest thing. Pretty patriotic.Pretty memorable.''

You never know what you'll run across on the training camp trail.

Memorable Moments

There were many memorable moments of the 2008 Olympic games. Michael Phelps' record eight gold medals. Jamaica's Usain…

How To Lose Weight Permanently

Maybe you're tired of being sick and tired. You've tried every known diet. Even during those periods in your life when you've managed to lose weight, you've never transitioned to changing your lifestyle. As a result, obesity, lack of energy and poor health come back - only worse.

A continued focus on weight loss will likely lead to failure. Instead, focus on health and fitness, and the weight loss will take care of itself. You'll also be free from being a slave to what you eat.

If you don't want clogged arteries, high blood pressure, hot flashes, digestive problems, constipation, diabetes, arthritis, bad skin, fatigue or depression, then change your lifestyle.

To learn more, Click Here.

Carbohydrates Kill Cells That Regulate Appetite

Carbohydrates don't just mess up your blood-sugar. They also release free radicals that kill appetite-suppressing cells. The research is by Dr. Zane Andrews, a neuroendocrinologist with the Department of Physiology at Monash University.
"The more carbs and sugars you eat, the more your appetite-control cells are damaged, and potentially you consume more," Dr. Andrews said. Dr Andrews said the attack on appetite suppressing cells creates a cellular imbalance between our need to eat and the message to the brain to stop eating.
"People in the age group of 25 to 50 are most at risk. The neurons that tell people in the crucial age range not to over-eat are being killed-off."Looks like carbohydrates do more than just mess up your blood sugar.

So Tell Me... What Exactly Does Michael Phelps Eat?

The grandest of Olympic champions, Michael Phelps, churned his way to immortality on Sunday, nailing an unprecedented eight consecutive gold after powering the United States to victory in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

I knew training as a competitive swimmer took a lot of work but what I didn't know is that it takes a whole lot of food too.

Here's what Phelps said about his eating habits: "I was told I was supposed to eat between 8,000 and 10,000 calories a day. I just sort of try to cram whatever I can into my body."

Following is a typical breakfast for Michael Phelps:

* 3 fried egg sandwiches
* 3 slices of french toast
* a bowl of grits
* a five egg omelet
* 3 chocolate chip pancakes

The diet sounds deadly but trainers say consuming that many calories isn't all that unusual for a competitive swimmer.

Listen to Sports dietician Caroline Mandel explain why it's necessary for an athlete to eat so much food.

The USDA Says MSG Is Safe - But Is It Healthy?

I've always tried to be a label reader. I try to make sure I'm not eating a bunch of hidden crap. One of the tougher chemicals to spot is MSG, since the USDA allows it to be used under many different names.

Well, this recent study confirms something I read several years ago. People who use monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as a flavor enhancer in their food are more likely than people who don't use it to be overweight or obese - even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total calorie intake.
"We found that prevalence of overweight was significantly higher in MSG users than in non-users," He said. "We saw this risk even when we controlled for physical activity, total calorie intake and other possible explanations for the difference in body mass. The positive associations between MSG intake and overweight were consistent with data from animal studies."As the percentage of overweight and obese people around the world continues to increase, f…

Are You Taking Prescription Drugs - And Don't Know It?

A report by What Doctors Don’t Tell You confirms what has been said for quite some time now - every time you drink a glass of tap water you are absorbing micro-dosages of prescription drugs.

Tests of public water supplies in the UK and USA have discovered that processing plants and chlorination are not blocking tiny traces of pharmaceuticals from entering the system. In fact, chloride in the water has a magnifying effect, and is worsening the problem.

And what about the multiple AIDS drugs used in this country, along with the psychotropic drugs, anti-depressants, antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs entering our water supplies every day?

The report goes on to say that in the USA, experts have discovered:
more than 60 pharmaceuticals are in the water supply in the Philadelphia area aloneanti-epilepsy and anti-anxiety drugs are in the water supplied to 18.5 million homes in Southern California
It’s never been more important to make sure you are drinking pure water fo good health. Several optio…

14 Benefits of Exercise

Many studies over the past several decades have shown us the health value of exercise.

Exercise protects us from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, brittle bones, cancer and other degenerative diseases. It is a vital key to a longer and healthier life.

The following is a list of fourteen benefits of regular exercise:
Improves mental attitudeImproves physical appearanceEnhances efficiency of heart and lungsIncreases blood flow and oxygen volumeIncreases muscle strength and enduranceImproves flexibilityProtects from lower back painDelays the aging processReduces body fatAssists in weight controlProtects against heart diseaseCleanses the cells of toxinsLowers bad cholesterolIncreases energy level
Researchers have found those who exercised about 30 minutes a day, trimming their weight by 5% to 7%, dropping ten to fifteen pounds, reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58%.

Another study tracked 16,000 men and women for sixteen years. It found that those who took a brisk thirty minute walk j…

Real Food vs. Junk Food

Real Food
Is compatible with the body and does not take from itLends itself to building health and maintaining lifeContains nothing that is harmful, toxic, or non-usableProvides only nutrients that the body can recognize and use
Junk Food
Is missing some of the ingredients needed for the body to make efficient use of the foodForces the body to supply the missing nutrients from its own reserves and tissues (e.g., a food lacking calcium will take calcium from the bones)Makes the body less efficientCosts the body energy and nutrients to process and eliminateHas toxins which "clog up the works" of the body
What is a toxin? - A toxin is a substance which is foreign to the body. It is a substance which is unusable by the body for life maintaining purposes and is poisonous and detrimental to the body. (Note: Almost all processed foods today contain toxins.)

Are you eating real food?

What Happens To Your Bones While On a Diet

It's a cruel contradiction: lose weight, lose bone mass. Lose a lot of weight and lose even more bone mass.

A collaborative study, involving researchers from the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, highlights the downside of weight loss by calorie restriction, both during and in the months following weight loss.
"Researchers examined protein markers of bone breakdown and formation in 37 obese, middle-aged adults who lost 20 percent of their body weight through a severe calorie-restricted diet. Protein markers, which are released during bone breakdown and formation, are used as indirect indicators of bone remodeling. During the 3-month weight-loss phase, bone remodeling was elevated, and bone formation and breakdown were imbalanced as a result of a low energy intake. After weight loss phase, bone remodeling remained elevated during the 9-month weight maintenance phase, but bone formation and breakdown appeared to be balanced."Though the bone breakdown and f…

Vacation Was Fun, But It's Good To Be Home

We recently returned from our vacation in North Carolina. We spent the first few days helping Mom move.

Afterwards, we made the two hour drive to the beach for some fun in the sun.

On the way back to Arkansas, though, I had just one thought on my mind.

"It's going to feel good sleeping in my own bed again."

3 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Watermelon

Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, I love me some watermelon! The following are three great health reasons to eat more of this juicy fruit:

1. It's loaded with lycopene. Watermelon juice actually gave tomato juice a run for the money in a recent study of lycopene levels. That’s good news for your body, because early research suggests that lycopene may be a cancer crusher.

2. It can make your skin pretty. Watermelon is loaded with a key compound credited with helping skin's healing and regenerative processes.

3. It's practically calorie-free. With fewer than 50 calories in every cup, watermelon is a smart way to satisfy a sweet tooth. And with a whopping 141 grams of water per cubed cup, watermelon will keep you hydrated, too.