Shelli's Health Pulse

Shelli Thompson's blog is dedicated to assisting others find their way to a healthy life style.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mind, Body, Spirit Health is Essential in Life and Business

So many people ask me why I make instructional videos, write articles, have this blog, have a Health Pulse fan page on Face Book.

I have had a wonderful career in the fitness field. Many people have helped me along the way and I have truly been blessed.

I received the gift of the love for fitness. I love to learn about it and I love to share what I have learned.

What we all need to understand is that we all have gifts. Some of us don't realize it. You gift is usually what you are passionate about, what are you doing with your gifts? A gift isn't a gift until it is given and that is why I choose to share my gift with everyone.

We believe that Mind Body Spirit health is essential in all of the relationships that we will experience in our life time. You need a healthy body to be fully effective, a healthy positive mind sent in order to bring positive things into your life. Believing that there is something out there larger than us, that we can't see but we can have faith is there, that is your spiritual health.

Bringing all of this together will bring us closer to the lifestyle and the life that we are all looking for.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Strange Yearly Ritual That Takes Place in Closets Everywhere

The sun is starting to emerge from behind the clouds and you know that soon it will be time to shed the sweater for lighter weight clothing for the summer.

You understand that you are white and things just won’t look that good on you but you really want to know what you have to wear when the weather gets warmer.

You head to the closed for a “seasonal fashion show”. You know the one that you do under lock and key, when nobody else is around. The dog isn’t even welcome to lay around and watch lazily as you wiggle into this or that.

You don’t expect much of a surprise with the white skin and all, what you don’t expect that is quite a surprise is the way your shorts fit around your middle.

Not only do they feel tight but what is that around the waist band? Looks like someone put you in a muffin tin and baked you at 350 for 15 minutes, talk about a muffin top.

Now is the time to decide to cut down on the late night snacks, time to make a pledge to avoid drive through windows at fast food joints, and time to make a decision to be better about making it to the gym.

That is all great and everything but that doesn’t help you right now to feel comfortable in your shorts. Really good thing this is just your “pre-season fashion show” because being in a pinch would be another name for it in just a couple short months.

You have a little time so what would be the best method to get rid of the “sweater body” for the summer and do it in short order?

It’s called a “jump start” and it’s called that for a reason. You need to make a jump (or leap) to get started. You need to make a commitment to working out and stay faithful to your commitment and you. You need to understand your body will not change if you only work out once a month. Start by making a list of things you want:

A Leg to Stand on
Buns of Steele
Tickets to the gun show
A Washboard
Sexy Back
Pirates dream

If I need to tell you what some of these things are then you need to get some humor in your life. Seriously now we have a starting point, all we need to do is to select our work out schedule and eat nutritiously and we should be able to get this group of lawyers back to “The Firm” in no time. (the pooch around the middle back where it belongs).

If this is one of your yearly rituals, I have some information for you so stay tuned.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Core Strength is Essential For Good Health.

So now we get close to what is at the core of the matter.

Health Pulse Magazine is continuing their series on core strength.

Many important systems reside in your core.  It is very important to keep your core strong and to be aware that as we get older it is harder to get things back that are lost.

The idea is to stay fit and not let things slip and so core strength is essential to staying fit, healthy and productive late into life.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Getting to the Core of Things, Getting Balanced

Balance is closely related to core strength.  Health Pulse Magazine brings you core strength, in a series of magazine's, videos, pictures and articles.

When you start getting to the core of things you may find out that things aren't what they seem.  Many times we think we are doing our self a favor by doing 200 crunches when in reality it isn't doing a darn thing to strengthen your core.

What you say?  That's right and sometimes it not only doesn't help but it can really irritate a back injury.

The mistake that many people make is that they associate their core with their front side when in reality it is the entire center of your being so to speak.  front back, up and down from hips to shoulders.

Just like any part of your body, when you work one portion you should also work the other.  When you work bicepts then you know you better work your tricepts.  Why is it then that so many people attempt to work on their front side but totally ignore their back side?

Many back issues related to muscular pain could be alleviated with some simple core strength moves both front and back.

Pilates is a great way to attain good core strength because it combines slow movement along with controlled breathing and concentration on the muscle groups being worked, it is quite effective in gaining core strength because of it's principles of maintaining stong core front and back.

Health Pulse Magazine is getting ready to do an entire series on core strength so make sure and stay tuned in.  Until then make sure and read our Health Pulse Magazine publication on the Pilates Method
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Day 3 of Balance

Day three of Balance

By this time if you have followed along you may be feeling a little more solid with your balance.

There are a few secrets to balancing (You're thinking, "GREAT, now she tells us".

Secret number one.  Keep your core tight.  meaning "hold in your belly"....

Secret number two.  Keep your glutes tight.  meaning, "squeeze your butt"....

Secret number three.  Envision a pole running from the top of your head all the way to your feet, right through the center, that stableizes.

Secret number four.    Ground your self.  Feel the energy of the earth moving up through your legs, empowering your body.  Spread out your toes and imagine your feet spreading out onto the floor giving you more of a platform to balance on.

Secret number five.  Move slowly between moves, if you feel a "wobble" stop for a moment and stableize before you move on and make sure and breathe.

Here is your balance video for today.  Happy Balancing

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 2 of Balance

Welcome to day two of Balance.  Today's track will involve a bit of flexibility but if that is something you don't have a lot of, we can modify your pose, I will show you how.  Today will find you holding your balance poses longer for a bit of a challenge for you.
Happy Balancing

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Balance for Life

Balance is way under rated.  Here is our first video in our series of balancing this week.  Each day you will find a different combination of balance moves for you to follow along and try.  Some will be easier than others.  Touch downs are legal but not worth any points and you can giggle all you want but I think that may be what causes the touch downs.  Try following along this week and see how your balance is.  I promise that with practice you will be able to increase your balance.  I will have some little tips every day to help you realize better balance.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Amino Acids, How They Can Benefit You.

So What's the big deal about Amino Acids?  They are an excellent way of getting the body you want.  Not only that they can give you aditional energy during your work out, spare your muscles from being used as fuel and fight mental sluggishness.

You will realize faster improvements in muscle tone because BCAA's (branched chain amino acids) will encourage faster recovery times after weight lifting and heavy work outs. 

Let's look a little closer.

There are about 20 to 22 amino acids in all and they are involved in various processes in the body.  BCAA's refer to Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine collectively.  These are three of the eight essential amino acids that can be found in the human body.

During Exercise all three of these amino acids get depleted and that is what makes you tired during your work our and ready to "bag it early".  Where do you find the energy to keep going, because that is what you need.  Because our bodies will not be denied it will seek other sources of fuel, namely the muscle because it is readily available.  The only problem is that most people are trying to build muscle tissue, for a more toned and "buff" look.

So what's a person to do?

BCAA's that's what.  having some about 30 minutes prior to work out and just after will go a long ways in keeping your body from devouring the muscle you are trying to build.

Unlike other amino acids that you ingest these three amino acids are directly metabolized in your muscle.  This is great because it doesn't pass through the liver and is redily available as fuel for your work out.

These are some of the ways that BCAA's can help you.

If you are trying to build muscle tissue or just tone, they will help you get there quicker.
You will notice increased endurance
You will burn more fat and raise your metabolism
It will help to reduce cravings and stave off hunger
Noticable improvement in strength
BCAA's protect your muscle from being broken down and used as fuel during work out.

So now you want to know how much you should be taking.

This is the key.  You should have three doses a day.  One in the morning to get your body kick started and give it immediate fuel for the day about 3 to 5 grams as stated by experts.  Then again about 30 minutes before a work out and then again within 30 minutes after.  The thing to remember is that if you are working out regularly with weights and aerobic exercises it is not possible to over dose on BCAA's because they will be used in your body as fuel and to deliver the benefits listed above.

The great thing about BCAA's is that have come a long way and are now easier to ingest.  No longer do you have to choke down "horse pills" and tons of water.  Today you can even get it in gel and powder form

here are all eight Essential Amino Acids and what they do for you

Isoleucine:  Hemoglobin formation, muscle recovery, sugar level regulation, blood clot formation
Leucine:      Muscle recovery, regulation of blood sugar & hormones
Lysine:       helps triglycerides, antiviral, hormone production, bone growth, collagen formation.
Methionine:  assists in breaking down fats, antioxidant, aids production of creatine.
Phenylalanine:  Aids in depression (along with B-6), suppress appetite, gives a feeling of fullness
Valine:            Maintains nitrogen balance, muscle recovery
Tryptophan:  aids serotonin production
Threonine:  helps stabilize blood sugar, helps collagen production.

Although BCAA's are quite safe there are a few simple rules to follow if considering using them.
First of there is little known about BCAA's  effect during pregnancy and during breastfeeding, best to avoid their use during that time.  If you are facing surgery stop taking BCAA's 2 weeks prior to help with blood sugar regulation during that time.  If you are a chronic alcohol user or dring alcohol, avoid mixing with BCAA's.  If you are on medication for Diabetes check with your physician first also if you are taking Thyroid medication or being treated with corticosteroids for inflamation you should not take BCAA's.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Where Do Those Extra Pounds Come From?

We often ask ourselves where the extra pounds come from. They can sneak up on you if you don’t weigh in at least once a week. I personally keep track of my weight each day, the scale is my friend and it needs to be yours too. If your scale is not your friend and you hate to hop on the thing, I’m sure there is a reason.

You see the scale does not work like a fortune teller. It may not tell you what you want to hear but it does give you the facts and sometimes that is hard to swallow. Especially if you have a scale that not only tells you your weight but your BMI , fat and water content.

So let’s take a look at where those extra pounds come from. Whether you are aware of it or not approximately 3,500 calories equal one pound. It is possible to burn up to 350 calories per hour with a hearty work out and as you can see this doesn’t come anywhere close to being a pound.

So now we have established what it takes to gain that extra pound so let’s look at what we might consume in one day.

Breakfast:                             calories                                             fat

8 oz glass of OJ                      456 (57 cal. per oz.)                        0
Biscuit w/ eggs & sausage       581                                                38.7
1 cup of hash browns              302                                                 9.2 (fruit would be better choice)
                    Total                  1,339                                             47.9

Let’s move on to lunch:
16 oz soda pop                       208                                                  0
Burger w/ condiments              608                                                36.8
Small fry (double large)            291                                                15.7 (you should never eat fries)
                    Total                  1,107                                               52.5

Heading off to dinner:
8 oz of beer                              96                                                    0
8 oz of wine                            168                                                    0
Chicken Fillet                          515                                                  29.4
Baker w/ butter & cheese        393                                                  22.3
1.5 cup salad (no dressing)      102                                                    5.8 (includes eggs & cheese)
                  Total                    1,082 or 1,010                                  57.50

If this looks like a normal day to you, let’s see how you did.

Total calories for day depending on your dinner beverage: 3,528 total fat: 157.90

I’m sure you can see where the extra pounds are coming from. Even with an hour of a hard work out you could still gain a pound per day.

Are you ready for the really scary part of the story? A healthy adult with a 2,000 calorie a day diet has a recommended 65 grams of fat in it. As you can see the amount of fat in the diet above almost triples that amount, that is where all the heart disease and clogged arteries come from.

The good news is that you can absolutely do something about it. There is help everywhere, paid help and free help all you need to do is seek the help and get on the path to healthy eating and living.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Ode to Hedgy

A friend is never easy to loose

About 5 or so years ago my sister came to me just before Christmas and asked me for some help.  She had been to the school to read with the kids and they were reading a book about Hedge Hogs.  My sister did some research on the little creatures and thought it would be great to include one into the family. 

My nephew was in love with the book they were reading and he is a real animal lover.  My sister had found a "hog breeder" and there was a litter of little hedgy's ready but it was a week before Christmas and she didn't want the surprise ruined so she asked me if I would keep the baby hedge hog for the next week. 

Honestly I was wondering how a hedge hog would be as a pet, I was wondering how "loveable" it would be.  We all seem to be animal lovers and when she brought me my charge, I thought she was the cutest little hedge hog I had ever seen (the ONLY one I had ever seen) and she was so charming, we had a really fun week with her.

 Then Christmas day came and my newly adopted friend was given to my nephew.  I was sad to see her leave, but the look on his face was priceless when his Mom gave him Hedgy.  He looked up in his glee and asked if he could keep her, when he found out she was his, he was so excited.  I realized that the priceless look on his face when he saw her was the joy of seeing a hedge hog, he had no idea that she belonged to him, now that priceless look turned in to one of awe.

There were quite a few other kids that received hedge hogs that Christmas, the hogs were soon forgotten and within a year Hedgy was the only one that had survived.  They are easy creatures to care for but they need love and attention and Hedgy got plenty of that.

Her cage was the Taj Mahal, with everything a hedge hog would want.  We fashioned a "sleeping bag" for her out of fleece.  She was quite the celebrity at the school and would go to visit the kids that were reading about hedge hogs, everyone who knew Hedgy adored her.  She had a winning personality and she actually recognized people that she liked.

My sister left for a short trip last month and when she came back she noticed that Hedgy wasn't feeling very well and one eye was buldging.  She made a doctors appointment for little Hedgy.  The vet to all of our surprise was farmilliar with Hedge Hogs, checked her out and said she had an absess, gave her recommendations and some medicine.

We thought she was on the mend, but last night she went to sleep and she didn't wake up this morning.  She will be missed, she was the smallest member of our family and she got inside all of our hearts, where she will stay.

Ode to Hedgy:

All Hedge Hogs go to heaven,
who are good & sweet & kind,
All of us are so sad,
that you have left behind.

We knew that you had to go
and that you couldn't stay,
we also know you are happy now
being free to play.

Remembering your silly face
and your prickly hair, the way you
used your hands to eat and the
fact your ears were bare.

Sleep well my friend and always know
that you were truly loved,
and now we put you in the hands
of our father up above.

Our pets make life worth living.  They give us unconditional love, they don't talk back.  They make us happy and happy people are healthier people.  Things like this break our hearts, opening up to love something that we all know will not live as long as we do. Pets sometimes teach us how to love and they make our hearts bigger, that makes room for more love.  We would have been lesser people if we would not have let this little Hedge Hog "Hedgy" come into our hearts, now we have to let her go.

Goodbye for now Hedgy.
RIP 2/22/2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Pilates Method for an Awesome, Sexy Body

Would you believe me if I told you there was a work out that can give you leaner legs with a longer look and a But as round and firm as your heart desired and that you could get all of this without visiting a gym one time or lifting one weight?

What if I were to say that this work out would give you a flatter firmer sexier mid section and it could help your back pain to disappear, improve your posture, make you taller and make you feel overall energized and working hard? Oh, and by the way you can do it anywhere and you will look forward to it.

Pronounced “puh-LAH-teez’ it is the vision behind Joseph Pilates work outs. Pilates is a total body-conditioning workout that leaves you feeling refreshed and alert. This confidence building exercise engages both men and women.

Pilates is an intense, challenging blend of Eastern and Western philosophies on conditioning both physically and mentally.

The Pilates method gives you the benefits of Yoga class with it’s stretching along with great muscle tone. Your body will have a long lean toned appearance because Pilates focuses on muscular balance and well being. It is a different idea on how to get your body moving.

Pilates will change how you feel about your body. You will feel years younger and your vitality will increase. Your posture will be improved and your muscles will be toned. Back pain that has nagged your lower back can be eliminated depending on it’s source and because you will feel better about yourself. Your sex life may improve, Pilates will help you to tone and strengthen those vital areas necessary to see that happen

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tai Chi, Why Give it a Try?

Why give tai chi a try?

Like other complementary and alternative practices that bring mind and body together, Tai Chi can help reduce stress. 

During Tai Chi, you focus on movement and breathing. This combination creates a state of relaxation and calm. Stress, anxiety and tension should melt away as you focus on the present, and the effects may last well after you stop your tai chi session. 

Tai Chi also might help your overall health, although it's not a substitute for traditional medical care.

Despite its long history, Tai Chi has been studied scientifically only in recent years. 

Although more research is needed, preliminary evidence suggests that Tai Chi may offer numerous benefits beyond stress reduction, including:

·        Reducing anxiety and depression
·        Improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength
·        Reducing falls in older adults
·        Improving sleep quality
·        Lowering blood pressure
·        Improving cardiovascular fitness in older adult
·        Relieving chronic pain
·        Increasing energy, endurance and agility
·        Improving overall feelings of well-being

Monday, January 25, 2010

Yoga Feels Good

Are you looking for a self-help treatment that you can give yourself?  Look no farther than you local Yoga studio.  

Practicing Yoga regularly revitalizes every single part of your body right down to the cellular level.    Nothing quite beats Yoga as a great source of natural health care.

There are many reasons to practice Yoga.  Yoga grants physical health and vitality, relief from pain and stress, emotional strength and clarity during difficult times and the list goes on and on.  

Of course, not even Yoga can be touted as a cure all for everything but if  I find myself needing a mental or physical boost, a little Yoga goes a long way.

How you look impacts the way you feel about your self and it goes the other way around too.  One of the many blessings of practicing Yoga is a youthful appearance.  Yoga poses tone your muscles much the same as isometric exercise.  

When you add inner focus to your Yoga stretches, there will be little or no chance of muscle injury.  Toned muscles hold your posture erect, reduce the risk of injury and give you an awesome physique.

Looking to fight the battle of cellulite?  Yoga can help you to do that because rather than building muscle, Yoga builds muscle tone.  Yoga stretches muscles lengthwise, causing fat to be eliminated around the cells and that is what reduces cellulite.  Because Yoga helps to maintain balanced metabolism, it also helps to regulate a person’s weight.

You can help your self to look years younger than you are.  The spine works as the messenger for the brain, when the spine is flexible; the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and other organs is unrestricted.  

Many poses and exercises in Yoga are aimed at keeping the spine flexible by gently moving, twisting and flexing the spine in all directions.

We all know that stress will zap your energy faster than anything.  Finding ways to relax and enjoy life will bring more energy.  Yoga gives you tools to turn stress into energy by allowing you to recognize the stress when it begins before it becomes too large to manage because Yoga will give you a greater self awareness.

With your higher awareness will come peace of mind and that equals freedom.  Freedom from the load on our minds that we often carry unconsciously, that you will realize holds you back.  Becoming aware of how your mind works is your first step to peace of mind.

After you practice Yoga for a while it may help you to overcome some self-limitations you may be placing on your self.  When you are able to do that you will feel lighter and you will have an “acceptance” of your life as it is.  You start to learn that challenges have their place in your life but they will not “rule” you life. 

Yoga helps you realize your true potential and it encourages you to grow and improve towards that potential that is how you reach peace of mind.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

As we start a new year and a new decade many things in our life seem uncertain. The economy is not improving as fast as we would like and we have to wonder what the government is up to?

The national debt is doing nothing but increasing and the provider of the paper the government uses to print the money is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

So what does this mean for all of us?
It means that we need to do the best we can with the tools that we have. Use our education to the best of our ability. Hold our head high and move our lives forward the best way we can.

For some of us it means that we will need to re-invent our self.

We have questions about how we will pay the bills or put food on the table? How will we pay for college for our kids that are in high school? Will we be able to go on a family vacation this year? Will we ever be able to retire?

All of these questions create stress in our life. They create stress and sometimes strife within family units that can blow out of proportion to the questions that we ask. At times the stress feels like it will break you apart so how do we manage it?
Finding ways to relax is the key to living, healthy, happy, energetic and stress free.

Relaxation is the key to keeping your relationships healthy and keeping YOU SANE!

Relaxation is an essential part of stress management. Relaxation is not just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges, hassles and stress of daily life.

Relaxation techniques are an essential part of your quest for stress management. Relaxation isn't just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges and hassles of daily life.

Whether your stress is spiraling out of control or you've already got it tamed, you can benefit from learning relaxation techniques. Learning basic relaxation techniques is easy, often free or low cost, and poses little risk. Explore these simple relaxation techniques to get you started on de-stressing your life and improving your health.
With so many things to do, relaxation techniques may take a back seat in your life. But that means you might miss out on the health benefits of relaxation.
Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:

Slowing your heart rate
Lowering blood pressure
Slowing your breathing rate
Increasing blood flow to major muscles
Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
Improving concentration
Reducing anger and frustration
Boosting confidence to handle problems

Health professionals such as complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, doctors and psychotherapists can teach various relaxation techniques. But if you prefer, you also can learn some relaxation techniques on your own.
In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention to something calming and increasing awareness of your body. It doesn't matter which relaxation technique you choose. What matters is that you practice relaxation regularly to reap the benefits.

There are several main types of relaxation techniques, including:

Autogenic relaxation. Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this relaxation technique, you use both visual imagery and body awareness to reduce stress. You repeat words or suggestions in your mind to help you relax and reduce muscle tension. You may imagine a peaceful place and then focus on controlled, relaxing breathing, slowing your heart rate, or feeling different physical sensations, such as relaxing each arm or leg one by one.

Progressive muscle relaxation. In this relaxation technique, you focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group. This helps you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You become more aware of physical sensations. One method is to start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head. Tense your muscles for at least five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.
Visualization. In this relaxation technique, you form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation. During visualization, try to use as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about such things as the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on your body. You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot and loosen any tight clothing.

Other common relaxation techniques include:
Tai chi
Listening to music

Relaxation techniques take practice
As you learn relaxation techniques, you'll become more aware of muscle tension and other physical sensations of stress. Once you know what the stress response feels like, you can make a conscious effort to practice a relaxation technique the moment you start to feel stress symptoms. This can prevent stress from spiraling out of control.

Remember that relaxation techniques are skills. And as with any skill, your ability to relax improves with practice. Be patient with yourself — don't let your effort to practice relaxation techniques become yet another stressor.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Feeling Stressed? Proven ways to reduce your stress in this new decade. Dedicate you self to a stress free life, find out how
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Enjoy and spread it around. Be looking for our next issue coming out next week.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Check out my article on the policy in our country, see if you have a grip on it.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

What are you doing to your self? Check out our new article here

Friday, November 13, 2009

Press release today, See what the deal is with "Health Acceleration"

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Weather System that Surrounds You.

We all have our own "little weather system" surrounding us.

How do you feel most days? Like a "Storms-a-Brewing"?? maybe a "Little Edgy"?

You do know you are making a choice to allow the storm system to move in.

When it moved in you did the same thing you do every time, you run for cover.

Do something different in the midst of the heaviest rains and most powerful winds.

I want to challenge you to do this tomorrow morning. Before you even open your eyes or lift your head off of the pillow. Say to yourself, "this is going to be a day to remember. I will enjoy this day, this day will be sunny with blue sky.

It is a Choice For You to Make. And you will believe it and so you will feel better about your day and it will naturally go much better.

See if it works for you, I am going to go for it.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

New article today How are you increasing your knowledge? Check it out.
Just published an article on Why We Over Eat. It's not your lack of Willpower! So find out why.
New Press Release Today, check it out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What Emotion Do You Feed? Check Out My New Blog Post At:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New blog post today about increasing your knowledge. What is life teaching you?
Shelli's teaching a "Health Acceleration" class in Vegas at the Paris Hotel. find out more here:
Today is my Sisters Birthday. I wrote a blog to honor her, read it here

Monday, October 26, 2009

How many layer are below your skin?
New blog post for Health Pulse today. What did your lunch look like?

Was Your Lunch Nutritious Today?

What did your Lunch look like today?

Maybe you found your self short of time and you had to grab something really quick. There wasn't anything around but.........McDonald's so you pulled in. Just this once.
Just a little hamburger wouldn't hurt anything. Just this once. Until the next time it happens.

Just know that hamburger and french fries are about the total calories that should be consumed in an entire day and there is probably more fat than a person needs in a day there as well. Then add the calories from the sugary drink. As if this were the only thing to think about these days with what we know about hormones and other agents in our foods. Don't you want more control over what you put into your body? CUT OUT THE FAST FOOD. PERIOD.

This is what my lunch consisted of today. Believe it or not, I am perfectly satisfied and I have room in my stomach to digest it properly with no discomfort. I started off with a fist size salad with sliced turkey, fat free won tons and Kens lite Northern Italian dressing (6 grams of fat per 2 tbs, I use only one). 3/4 of an apple and 3/4 of a cup of low fat cottage cheese (which has 14 grams of protein per 1/2 cup). The baby greens create a satisfied feeling, the protein provided in the cottage cheese and turkey give the meal longevity. The apple keeps the doctor away but not only that is is delicious and gets and entire serving of fruits out of the way for the day and cleans your teeth.

Your diet is your choice. Obesity is rising at an alarming rate. It should concern all of us because all of us will pay. We will pay in our taxes, our insurance premiums, or prescriptions and in numerous other ways. Make a choice today not to be a statistic. A healthy diet along with a sensible exercise program will not only save your life but it will save all of us millions of dollars.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Friday, October 23, 2009

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Improve your Immunities during Flu Season

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sugary Drinks and Taxes

I can't believe the commercial that I saw just yesterday attacking the tax on sugary drinks such as soda pop.

A Mom was unloading her groceries and she was talking about the impending tax on pop and she was very upset that the economy is so horrible how is the average family supposed to fee their family when they impose taxes like these.

My question to her is, "why are you feeding your family those sorts of things?". Every one knows the detriment that soda pop is on a healthy body.

The problem is that a can of pop contains over 100 calories. The calories have to be cut from some place else or they are just added to the caloric intake for the day. In addition to that the sedentary life that some people lead along with the increase of calories from soda pop leads to Obesity and that is the number one problem facing our country today.

Obesity is raising at an alarming rate and the diseases that are causes by obesity are costing us a fortune weather you are healthy or not.

I realize how taxes go, they rarely seem to go to the places that politicians say they will or at least they don't seem to. (I won't go into examples right now).

The cost of Obesity needs to be in the hands of the people consuming products with a direct link to the issue. We will all still continue paying but it will put just a little more of the burden on consumers.

I'm sure the 3 or 4 cents a can is not going to keep this Mom from getting her family the Soda Pop it needs.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Why I do what I do

Did you know that all of our states have an "obesity bill"?
What does that mean for you?

Being over weight can be costly, not only do you need to maintain that extra weight with food, but also in medical care and disease.

Being over weight costs the United States over 90 BILLION per year.

The state of New York has an "obestiy bill" of 3.5 BILLION alone, what is your states "obesity bill"?

The amount of the "obesity bill" varies from state to state, the amount is taken from taxes and Insurance. So are you wondering about your medical insurance premiums? Mine just went up $3.00 and now I am at more that $350.00 per month, and I am one of the healthy ones.

You pay the same for a seat on an airplane as someone that is Obese. The only problem is that the obese person sitting next to you has "spilled" into your seat, minimizing your own space and now your arm rest has disappeared. You get no discount for that loss of space and the obese person doesn't need to pay any more for their seat because that would be discrimination against them. What about the discrimination against the fit person loosing space to the obese?

So why do I do what I do?

I spent 25 years being educated, trained & certified. I paid for that in blood, sweat, tears and cold hard cash.

Yet, I am willing to give away any and all of the information that I have paid for because I am motivated to help people improve their fitness levels.

We all should be motivated.

Everyone pays for obesity in many different ways. The child that has a parent that is obese and has medical issues is not going to have the same lifestyle as a child that has fit parents.

We pay in medical costs, insurance premiums and taxes.

We all set an example, as a parent that is obese what is the message you are sending to your child?

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In my next blog, we will get back to some weight training tips.

Until Next time,

Take Really good Care of yourself

Only you can decide to stop the cylce.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Working towards Longevity

Eternal Youth, something we all want. To grow older but not get old.

So what is the secret to longevity? It's a given that we must take care of our self if we want to live a full and productive life into our later years.

So what does that mean? Diet for one is very important. I refer to this as sensible eating rather than diet. The word diet implies to many that you will eat a certain way for a while to attain your goals and then, return to "normal" when a goal has been achieved. I like to call this the "yo-yo lifestyle".

Once you return to what is normal then you will return back to what you were. If you eat sensibly throughout your entire life (yes diet is a lifestyle) you can add years to your longevity.

In the media we see that the new 60 is 40. That means that a 60 year old person is what a 40 year old person used to be. People have gotten educated about taking care of their bodies.

There is a new study out by BWH in Boston suggests that physical activity is associated with "extended lifespan". Physical activity enhances life expectancy.

Study groups were formed and followed for a period of time and it was found that regular exercise was associated with a lower death rate before the age of 90. The study found that regular exercisers were more likely to achieve "exceptional longevity".

A healthy eating plan will keep you lean and younger looking but that is not enough to extend your longevity. A combination of sensible eating and exercise is the best combination.

In study groups it was found that dieters that added physical activity lost twice as much weight as those that did not add physical activity.

Resistance exercising, increasing lean muscle mass and strength is the best way to stay lean because the more lean muscle you have the more fat you will burn at a constant rate.

Lean body mass will ignite your metabolism so that long after your work out you will still be burning fat and calories.

Working out regularly is necessary to put you in a constant fat burning mode. You will look toned and lean, you will look SEXIER! YOU WILL LOOK AND FEEL YOUNGER. However, you will have to stick with it. Physical activity is for life. You are the magician, if you stop exercising all of the benefits will disappear. If you keep with it, the magic will happen for you. FIT HAPPENS.

Next time we will get back into weights and we will get going on putting together your home gym on a budget.

Until next time,

Take Really Good Care of Your Self

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Portion size is directly related to your size.

What's up with portion size?

I sat down and looked at the breakfast menu. I'm really a "lunch Lover" but I do understand the importance of breakfast. It starts your day off with energy and prepares you to face the day ahead.

So I decide on an omelet. I didn't notice anyone else being served an omelet or I would have had second thoughts. So we sip on some coffee, breakfast comes and they sit this omelet in front of me that fills a 12 in plate, see for your self. Don't get me wrong, the omelet was not bad tasting, in fact in was delicious, the 1/3 of the omelet I ate was delicious.

As I looked at the 2/3 that was being wasted because I couldn't eat it (it came with potatoes, on a separate plate) and wondered if it would be enough breakfast for just one other person or if it would actually stretch to another person too. How many people are hungry or kids go to school with nothing in their stomach?

So we decided to put it to the test. The next time we ordered the omelet knowing how big it was and split the thing, there was still some left over, maybe only enough for a child but still if you were a family of 3 this omelet would feed the entire family. We were told that some people come in and eat the entire thing them self.

You can imagine that this got me to thinking again about the biggest problem we have in the United States and that is obesity. WE ARE EATING OUR SELF SICK. The biggest medical costs come from diseases that could be avoided, like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and complications from these illnesses. Guess what? The illnesses I just mentioned are mostly diet related. WE ARE DOING IT TO OUR SELF, with all of the fast food, large portions, packaged and prepared foods that are loaded with things we can't pronounce.

Write down one of those words that are in the ingredients that you can't pronounce and Google it to see what it is. Then don't just "know" what it is, do something about it and cut-it-out of your diet.

There are some things that you can do to help your self out

1. Always ask for a smaller portion or order from the light eaters menu.

2. Only eat 1/2 of a restaurant serving.

3. Go a little further and ask for a "to go" container and put 1/2 of your meal away at the gate.

4. Make eating out a "treat". Home cooking allows much more control of what is consumed

5. Don't go out to eat when "starving". Make sure and have a healthy snack to curb appetite a bit.

6. Don't eat until you are full. Save 30% of your stomach for digestion.

To find out more read my article: Sick and Eating.

And until next time,

Take Really Good Care of Your Self.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Getting to the Heart of the matter

Let's get to the heart of the matter.

There are new studies that come out all of the time about health and fitness. The human body has an endless amount of "un-knowns" to be studied.

There are hundreds of studies that come out each year. Studies that we need to examine a little closer. Everyone is different so each individual has to assess the studies and see if it resonates with what they know about their own body.

We have all known for years that cardio. exercises are effective ways to keep our pulminary systems in shape.

The latest study suggests that resistance work is the best way to burn fat and calories. To someone that really wants to loose weight and burn calories might decide to forgo the cardio. work out and turn just to resistance work.

what worries me is the way these studies get interpreted by different individuals.

The reason that this is troubling to myself is because without a stong heart muscle it doesn't really matter how much fat and calories you are burning.

Your heart is the center or YOUR universe wether you like it or not.

So why wouldn't it matter?? Well because without a strong heart you won't be pumping those weights.

Your heart and lungs work together and form your pulminary system. Your lungs collect the oxygen and the heart distributes that oxygen to the MUSCLES, without the oxygen the muscles don't function and neither do your other organs.

So if your heart is weak and has to work harder to keep up the muscles demand for oxygen, the diagnosis is called hypertension or high blood pressure.

The "simple" solution is diet and exercise. Being aware before the onset is the best rule of thumb. In order for that to happen we need to get educated.

So keep doing the cardio. work but add weights 3 to 4 times a week.

Keep in mind while practicing resistance training to only train every other day. Giving your muscles a day of rebuilding and recovery.

The most important thing is to have fun. Sometimes that's hard to do so stay tuned we are going to have some fun with weights next time.

Until next time,
Really take care of yourself,

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Making resistance training fun

Okay, now that you are on the same page with me, let's look at resistance training or weight training.

I hear from many people that they don't enjoy weight training. I think that exercise is a personal choice and what you do with your choices is up to you right?
So if we could find a way to make this thing more fun maybe you could find time to fit it into your schedule.

There are still others that really don't like it but they really do like the way that they feel afterwards. At least these individuals have a place to operate from that they will be rewarded physically.

If you are one of the ones that don't like it and aren't noticing any difference in the the way you feel after then maybe you need a reward that you can give your self.
Maybe your reward will be some type of treat but make it good so it isn't easy to pass up. This will be your reward for doing your exercises.

There are different things that you can do with the music, the beat and the count so stay tuned and we will talk more about this in the coming week. You can review my last blog


Each and every one is different is some way. All of those differences need to be addressed so that we can all be optimum condition and live our life to the fullest. That is what we believe and the way we live our life.

Remember all of us are different, so treat your self differently.

Until next time,

Really take care of your self.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Importance of Resistance Training

Many people don't understand the importance of resistance training.

When I ask people if they lift weights I get many answers from, "I do it but I hate it" (wow) or, "I don't want my muscles to look like a man". (okay) or just ,"no"

One thing we need to understand as women is that we are deffinately built diffrent than a guy. Even if we did want to look buff all of the time it would be very hard and require many hours in the gym. Women are not made to look chisseled they are supposed to be "round and soft".

I don't think that either one is a description of the woman that I want to be.

For one thing, I want to take care of my body so it will sustain me through life.
So I will lift weights, stretch do cardio exercises and that all leads to a more healthy and active lifestyle and that is also a way of getting exercise.

Now back to the importance of weight bearing exercises. As a woman we all know that as time marches on we loose bone mass. Yes we can take medication but the most natural way of PREVENTING it from happening is to participate in resistance training.

If you are afraid of bulking up this is what I suggest and do for myself. I lower the amount of the weight to be lifted and then I increase the number of repetitions. This will tone the muscle and increase endurance making the muscle stronger.

Another good exercise is isometrics. That is taking a low weight and holding it for at least a slow count of 12. This also tones and increases endurance.

Remember that Muscle weighs more than fat but it takes up less space.
Toning your muscles will make your skin look better
You burn more fat and calories with weight lifting than aeorbic exercise. By no means give up that cardio work out, you heart needs attention too!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Have you noticed the lines at Costco?

Have you noticed the lines at Costco?

I'm not talking about the lines of people checking out, those move pretty fast don't you think?

I'm talking about the lines at the Costco fast food joint. Wow I can't believe it every time I am there the line is HUGE! And people just stand there and wait patiently and the line BARELY MOVES!!

So I noticed the line today, like every other time I am there at Costco. School is out right now so there was quite a variety of people standing there.

I looked at the menu (As I had never looked before or even been tempted to belly up and get something). Let's see. Hot dogs (the real fat sausagy kind), pizza, bread sticks, Iced Latte, Pop. Actually I did not see one thing on that menu that any one of those people needed to be eating.

Talk about Health Care!! Every single person save just a few could stand to loose any where from 30 to 150 pounds. The people are sitting at the little tables just pigging out on this greasy, disgusting, non healthy SLOP!!

I am sure that on any one of those plates there was enough fat content to last a person a week and days quota of calories.

If people would just learn to take care of them self, cut down on fat, lower their daily calorie count and get some exercise then this country wouldn't be in such rotten shape!

Now the Economy is in the toilet (keeping it clean here) and Mc Donalds is reporting huge profits. Families have less money but they still want to eat out and fast food is affordable.

Right on that food establishments such as these are being forced to list the contents of their food. Healthier choices have already cropped up Mc Donalds and it's competitors menus.

What I saw today needs to be brought to the surface. For crying out loud, there was enough samples inside that I wasn't even thinking that I needed to get something to eat or I wasn't going to make it home. =)

Just think before you get into that line next time, think about you and your body.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Everybody is different

Everybody is different. What a magnificent thing! How can there be that many "models" of the human being? When you stop to think about it, it is quite an amazing thing.

We are all members of the species of Human being but there is a rainbow of different colors and more shapes than can be imagined.

That isn't all that is wondrous, there is more.......We all have the same organs (give or take) that do the work that the cells command but every body has a different way of going about it's business.

Something that works for one person will not work in the same way for another person or maybe it will..................I'm sure you can see what a job our physicians have and why they have such "job security". All of this is one of the main reasons that more and more people are turning to a more holistic approach to their own personal care.

A more natural approach to medicine recognizes that every person will have a different reaction to the same treatment. Figuring out illness can be very difficult and out of every thing that I have heard it has never been said to me that it is necessary to be sick. Our bodies are made to fight off many things and most of us have quite a remarkable ability to ward off illness. There are millions of viruses and bacterias of every kind surrounding us each day and yet we suffer relatively small amounts of illness compared to what we are exposed to. Our personal ability to avoid illness is extremely flexible in scope.

Another attribute of a more natural approach to medicine is that we naturally have strong emotional resistance to illness. I have know people who believe that life was meant for living and have decided not to let their bodies "deteriorate" by keeping up good eating and exercise habits and it does seem to help quite a bit.

We recently moved our mother to a senior living community and I have met some of the nicest, wisest people. Selma is 94 years old and does Thai Chi I don't know how many times a week. David was a trucker all of his life, his legs don't work as good as they used to but he can walk short distances, he is 96 and his drivers licence is good for another 4 years. He assures me he is keeping an "eye" on himself and the moment he does "something stupid" he is turning it in.

These are the people that have youth in their heart and that is what has kept them in good shape through their senior years. They have positive emotional health and that is definitely a big part of the puzzle.

The first thing you need to know about your health is that you have a choice. You need to choose good health. You can only be as healthy as you think you can be. You need to shift your perception of what is acceptable and having a disease or getting old and infirm needs to be perceived as unacceptable.

To make our heath better we need a new kind of knowledge. Our concept of life needs to be deeper. I have found that in my learning about Ayurveda (vedic term meaning science of life).

It has really given me some insight and tips that have helped me live a better life. Many things I tried were related to my diet. I found it amazing to learn the healing powers that our food has and was very pleased with some things that I tried that really worked.

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Welcome to Health Pulse

Hello and welcome to Health Pulse.
My Husband and I started publishing a magazine under this name and we thought a blog was in order.

So what is Health Pulse?

Health Pulse is a way to check to see how something is doing. Kind of like the Doctor taking your pulse to find out how healthy you are.

The only difference is that we are going to check the health pulse in many different areas.


Just to name a few.

I have a lifelong passion for fitness, health and nutrition and was in the fitness industry for 25 years. I just "retired" 2 years ago but it took me a year to really get gone. I have taught over 15 different formats with certifications and I also had a general aerobic certification. I have an interest in Ayurvedic medicine and how our environments, emotions, senses and the food we eat affects our health. My husband Gordon and I are into living a healthy, active life and we plan on doing everything we can to maintain that lifestyle. We want to help you to do that as well and we plan on sharing what we have learned with you.

My husband Gordon has been a business owner for over 30 years and he is very intrigued with finances and the business world and likes to keep up with that latest trends so he will have some interesting blogs from time to time. Gordon also enjoys sports and physical activity of all types so I am sure he will have some good information to share.

So keep posted and I hope that we can give you real value. Helpful hints and latest testing on different products and fitness. All the latest trends in health and reviews to help you make the right decision for you.

So here is to your Health Pulse!

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