My Weight Loss and Beachbody Story

January 28, 2012 by  
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EAT HEALTHY CHEAP: Tips to Save Money on Food (Do NOT Eat Like a Broke Ass College Student)

August 1, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

ask your Q on FB- FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER- MY OTHER CHANNEL JUST FOR WOMEN FREE GUY FAT LOSS PROGRAM- ALL MY VIDEOS! http I know what its like to have to eat on a budget. Despite an awesome scholarship and good job, I was a broke ass college student. I blame it on the wine and women. Mainly the women though. Those damn support payments Whatever the reason, here is the BEST guide to saving YOUR money at the grocery store, to maximize the amount of high quality food you eat, without exploding your bank account. When shopping smart, even if you are bulking, you can spend less than -60 a week with high quality food. TOP TIPS 1. Shop for the deals on the meat. Every week at all the grocery stores, meat varies in price. Sometimes chicken breast is .99 a lb sometimes its .99 a lb, you have to pay attention to the sales and strike while the iron is hot. Stock that shit up in the freezer 2. JOIN a large discount retail store like COSTCO, Sam’s Club or Trader Joes. These warehouse facilities sell Olive Oil, Peanut Butter, Tuna and Egg Whites for FAR cheaper than anywhere else. Buying in BULK always saves you money. 3. When it comes to meat, which is the most expensive thing to buy, look for large cuts of meat on sale that you can butcher yourself. Also ask the local butcher for last-date meat discounts. Chop it up and freeze the rest, you’ll save A LOT of money this way. 4. When it comes to produce like vegetables

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Weight loss & Health 1of2. Plus Size Chic Fashion Tips and Tricks Episode 10 Fat and Fabulous

June 30, 2011 by  
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Link to my Fat & Fabulous Blog, so much more! Follow me on Twitter! @FatandFabulous1 My Vintage Fashion Blog! Tumblr OOTD: Fat & Fabulous, is within the Plus Size community, advocating awareness,tolerance, and acceptance. Plus Size Fashion & News Channel. Spreading the good word on why we should embrace ourselves, and how! This Episode: The 10th episode of a series I am doing on fashion forward tips and tricks for fashonista plus size women! This episode is Part 1 of 4, and includes weight loss tips, tricks, and tools to get true results, the healthy gimick free way! Enjoy, please leave comments and questions, and check back for many more episodes to come!

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Eat Healthy Food on a Budget Tips – Nutrition by Natalie

May 31, 2011 by  
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Be My Friend – Nutrition by Natalie Eat Healthy Food on a Budget Tips Save money and eat healthy foods as the same time. Natalie gives ways eat better without breaking the bank. Tips to eat better for less. A healthy diet will increase health, weight loss, wellness and fitness. Please visit Natalie’s website at Music By Jimmy Gelhaar http This video was produced by Psychetruth ©Copyright 2007 Zoe Sofia. All Rights Reserved. This video maybe displayed in public, copied and redistributed for any strictly non-commercial use in its entire unedited form. Alteration or commercial use is strictly prohibited.

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Inspiration Quotes for Women

May 13, 2011 by  
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Everything for Women Find everything you need and want to know about Fitness, health, acne, skin care, cellulite, weight loss, exercises and much more at: If you are interested in making money online, affiliate marketing, google adsense please visit for articles and information:

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Money is dirty so keep your hands clean!

September 7, 2010 by  
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We are handling dirty money everyday – literally! Paper bills and coins change hands every day, and thus become the perfect vector for bacteria, viruses and other bugs that can cause diseases. A research study investigated which money is the dirtiest. The Hong Kong City College Bacteria Research Center checked paper money from Hong Kong, China, India, Pakistan, Cambodia, the Philippines and Korea. The results showed that the Chinese bills won the title of being the dirtiest currency hands down. RMB or CNY or Renminbi in Chinese can be literally translated as people’s money. The test showed that the bills can contain:

  • as many as 37 million bacteria per bill
  • 10 strains of pathogenic  bacteria, including colon bacilli, streptococcus and salmonella
  • hepatitis B virus (HBV)
  • molds

The presence of these pathogens in the bills presents a major health risks for people who handle money in their jobs such as cashiers and bank tellers. In fact, the research uncovered the fact that the incidence of hepatitis infection among cashiers was 6 times higher compared to other people.

Chinese authorities are troubled about these results due to

  • Adverse effect on the people’s health.
  • Adverse effect on the country’s image.

Health experts are especially concerned about the presence of colon bacilli in the sample bills because these bacterial strains indicate fecal contamination, e.g. contact with human excreta. According to HubPages:

“If people don’t wash their hands after using the toilet and handle paper money right away- the money would be stained with bacteria.

We have to be aware that it is not only Chinese money that is dirty. Regardless of the type of currency, handling money is handling something dirty. However, despite electronic banking and other types of moneyless payment systems, we cannot do without money. However, there is something we can do to minimize our risk of getting ill from pathogens we might get in contact with. Here are some things that I do and I train my kids to do:

  • Washing hands is the way to go.
  • Wash hands after using the toilet.
  • Coming from outdoors, wash hands immediately when coming indoors.
  • Wash hands before and after eating – even in restaurants.

You cannot launder your money but you sure can keep your hands clean!

Pharma news, 23 July

July 23, 2010 by  
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Money troubles for European drug makers? Check out the latest buzz in the pharmaceutical industry.

Roche May Lose $1 Billion a Year on Avastin Change
The anti-cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab)suffered a setback in the US that will cost its manufacturer Roche an estimated US $1 billion annually, according to Bloomsberg Businessweek. Avastin has been approved by the US FDA for metastatic  colorectal cancer, non‑squamous non‑small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). However, an FDA advisory panel voted earlier this week “to rescind Avastin’s clearance in breast cancer after finding the drug paired with chemotherapies didn’t work better than other medicines alone.” Although the FDA is not required to act on recommendations of the panel , the regulatory body usually does. The recommendations are based on poor performance of Avastin on breast cancer clinical trials.

Glaxo Said to Have Paid $1 Billion Over Paxil Suits
The UK-based drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reportedly agreed to pay more than US $1 billion in connection with cases related to the anti-depressant Paxil. The drug has supposedly caused birth defects in more 800 cases. Paxil was approved in the US in 1992 but the company supposedly failed to warn patients of potential birth defects when taking the drug during pregnancy. Some of the defects reported are quite serious including congenital heart defects. There are accusations that the company decided to bury “negative studies about Paxil’s links to birth defects and that its own scientists were alarmed by the rising number of children who had been affected by the drug in the womb.”

News report links Avandia panelists to drug makers
GSK is also bracing for more substantial settlements, this time regarding the antidiabetis drug Avandia (rosiglitazone). According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the panellists who was in the FDA committee who reviewed the safety of Avandia (and who later voted to keeping the drug on the market) had a connection with GSK as a paid speaker, thus, pointing to a potential conflict of interest. However, the panellist Dr David Capuzzi (Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Philadelphia, PA denies any conflict of interest as he never gave any talks promoting Avandia. In fact, he is also a paid speaker for other  pharma companies, including Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the makers of  Avandia’s rival pioglitazone (Actos).

AstraZeneca Said to Pay $2 Million in Seroquel Cases
AstraZeneca is another UK drug maker who is paying lots of money for a drug’s unexpected side effect. The company is facing lawsuits about its antipsychotic drug Seroquel which supposedly causes diabetes. The settlement is expected to be about US$2 million, much lower than expected. Definitely less than what was paid in a similar case of Zyprexa by Eli Lilly.

Happiness is not only about money

July 5, 2010 by  

Can money buy happiness? This is a question that many researchers would like to find the answer to. The most recent attempt is the first World Poll by Gallup that surveyed more than 136,000 people in 132 countries. The survey asked the respondents a wide range of question that included happiness, life satisfaction and income. The analysis of the report will be published in the July edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The Gallup World Poll was conducted between 2005 and 2006 using telephone interviews in developed and urbanized areas and door-to-door survey in rural and less developed areas. The 132 countries surveyed are inhabited by 96% of the world’s population, making the survey highly representative of the cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and political diversity worldwide. Thus, the so-called “first representative sample of planet earth” was used to study happiness.

The respondents were asked to complete a global life evaluation by rating their lives on a scale of 0 (worst) to 10 (best). They were also asked about recently experienced positive or negative emotions and what triggered them.

The study results confirmed results of previous studies which showed that life satisfaction is highly associated with economics and increases with income at the personal and national level. Positive feelings are also associated with income but to a lesser degree. The biggest determinants of positive feelings are “feeling respected, having autonomy and social support, and working at a fulfilling job.”

The results are quite intriguing and can be summarized as follows:

Life satisfaction and enjoyment of life are two components of happiness. Life satisfaction is more closely associated with income, while positive feelings also depend on other factors, such as feeling respected and connected to others.”

One of the Gallup Organization experts, University of Illinois professor emeritus of psychology Ed Diener explains

“The public always wonders: Does money make you happy? This study shows that it all depends on how you define happiness, because if you look at life satisfaction, how you evaluate your life as a whole, you see a pretty strong correlation around the world between income and happiness. On the other hand it’s pretty shocking how small the correlation is with positive feelings and enjoying yourself.”

Recent research has also shown that positive feelings and health are interconnected. Negative emotions have been shown to increased risk for cardiovascular disease whereas positive emotions are good for the heart and can even slow down dementia.

When it comes to happiness, money seems to make a difference but it is not the only factor involved in order to have a happy life. Non-material things play a very important role in having positive feelings and enjoying life. In other words, happiness is not all about money.

Wealth and Happiness Across the World: Material Prosperity Predicts Life Evaluation, Whereas Psychosocial Prosperity Predicts Positive Feeling,” is available from the University of Illinois News Bureau.

Recession: are we putting our health on hold?

May 26, 2009 by  
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piggy_bank_-_dollarIt’s lean times due to the current recession. Yet, instead of all losing all those excess fat, more and more people are actually gaining weight! This video at ABC news presents results of a survey conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and it’s not good news at all. The current economic problems are forcing people to skimp on things which are essential to their health.

The results of a national omnibus survey of 1,000 people conducted in March 2009 by the AHA show that:

The results are a bit worrying considering that the effects of investment (or rather non-investment) in health care and healthy lifestyle can only be seen years from now.

It is understandable that people should cut down on certain things in order to save money. However, it is important to set priorities straight and cut down on things that are non-essential but keep things which are essential for our health going. So what should be the things that we should prioritize?

Here are however some things that you can and should cut down:

  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products. Now is the best time to quit. Save money, save your health.
  • Alcohol. Alcohol is fattening, calorie-rich, and expensive. Your body won’t miss it.
  • Eating out. Maybe it’s time to brush up on your culinary skills and eat more often at home. It need be complicated. A salad doesn’t take much time to prepare and is healthy.

For more tips, check out a previous post on keeping healthy in a sick economy.

As the ABC video rightly said so: “Don’t put your health on hold.”

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Does your bank account predict your risk for early stroke?

May 30, 2008 by  

 Who said that life is always fair? The more you have, the less likely you are to die young. This is because those who have more money are less likely to suffer from stroke at an early age, according to a study by Dutch researchers recently published in the journal Stroke.

The study was part of the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study and looked at 20,000 adults in the US. Their results show that the risk of early stroke is much lower among wealthy Americans between 54 and 65 years of age. However, as soon as a person reaches the age of 65, money doesn`t make a difference anymore – stroke risk is the same, rich or poor.

So how can socioeconomic status affect your stroke risk?

People in the lower income group tended to have lesser education. This in turn, is associated with smoking, alcohol abuse, poor nutrition as well as lack of physical exercise, which are major risk factors for stroke. These people also have higher incidence of diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

Those with higher income, on the other hand, tend to be more health-conscious and care about their nutrition and engage in more sports and other physical activities.

But why does the rich’s “edge” over those with lower income disappear at retirement age? The researchers explain:

“We tend to think it is more an effect of what we call selective survival. There is a selection of people who reach age 65. People with low incomes are more likely to die, so when you reach age 65, you have a selected group of very healthy people.”

I personally think that another big factor that puts the poor at a disadvantage is the fact that the rich have access to better primary health care by being able to afford private health insurance and better doctors. This is especially a big problem in the US where over 40 million people have no health insurance.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC)

“…patient visits to physician offices were higher for individuals with private health insurance compared to those with no insurance…In 2006, 14.8 percent of Americans, or 43.6 million, were currently without health insurance.”

And finally, we also shouldn’t forget other risk factors for stroke which have nothing to do with socioeconomic status, and which nobody can really change, regardless of the size of one’s bank account. They are: Age, Gender, Genetics, and Ethnicity


Avendano M, Glymour M. Stroke Disparities in Older Americans: Is Wealth a More Powerful Indicator of Risk Than Income and Education? Stroke. 2008;39:1533.

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