Monthly Archives: January 2014

Do you put lemon in your water?

lemon

Well if you answer yes to this question…..you might want to think twice. I never do. I have always seen bartenders or cooks just stick their hands right in the dish pick up the fruit and stick it on your cup. Yeah, gross. You know they don’t wash the outsides of lemons or limes, even oranges. So please think twice before dropping that next piece of fruit in your drink. I take the lemon, squeeze it in the water, then put it to the side. Here is an article I found on Healthy Living that explains exactly what I am talking about.

How germy are those lemon wedges we plop into our water glasses at restaurants?

A slice of lemon can spruce up plain-old water, but you might be drinking more than you bargained for. Turns out, those seemingly innocuous water glass garnishes (see also: iced tea and diet soda) could be serving up a host of unappetizing organisms.

For one Journal of Environmental Health study, researchers swabbed the rinds and flesh of 76 lemons from 21 restaurants collected during 43 visits and found that a whopping 70 percent of them produced microbial growth. The samples were collected as soon as the beverage (either soda or water) was served, before drinking or touching, and while the researchers couldn’t pinpoint the exact origins of the microorganisms, they speculated that they may have come from the restaurant employee or raw meat or poultry contamination, among other sources. “Although lemons have known antimicrobial properties, the results of our study indicate that a wide variety of microorganisms may survive on the flesh and the rind of a sliced lemon,” the authors wrote in their report. “Restaurant patrons should be aware that lemon slices added to beverages may include potentially pathogenic microbes.”

Philip Tierno, Ph.D., clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, has conducted dozens of similar experiments, including one commissioned by ABC news, which found that half of lemon wedges collected from various restaurants were contaminated with human fecal matter. What’s more, the ABC cameras nabbed employees handling lemons with their bare hands. And in Tierno’s experience, restaurants may not be diligently washing lemons — or they rinse them, but don’t scrub. It’s also easy for a worker’s hands, whether it be a bartender serving up a drink or a chef slicing the fruit in the kitchen, to cross-contaminate after dealing with patrons, washing glasses and handling food.

“We found in every single group of specimens from different institutions, representations from the three body sites that men usually impart their flora,” Tierno tells HuffPost Healthy Living of his research. Those include bacteria from the intestines (in the form of fecal matter), the respiratory tract (think coughing, talking, sneezing) and the skin. Among the specimens collected were E. coli, staphylococcus epidermidis and candida, a fungus commonly found in the vagina. While his team didn’t test specifically for viruses, such as norovirus (a.k.a. the stomach flu) or the cold virus, this type of contamination is typically an indicator that they are present, he explains.

But beyond the gross-out factor, how likely is a lemon to actually make you sick? The answer, according to Tierno, is that there is a decidedly small but distinct risk. “The usual course will probably result in no infection, but there is a possibility,” he says, with a caveat: “You can’t live in a bubble. Your immune system is usually pretty good.”

Germaphobe lemon lovers might opt to squeeze the juice directly into the water instead of letting the wedge float about for the duration of a meal — doing so will reduce exposure, though not eliminate it, as Tierno points out that even the flesh of the lemon can be contaminated.

But before you freak out, here’s some perspective: His research has turned up similar organisms all over restaurants, from ketchup bottles and salt and pepper shakers to menus and table surfaces. And the same likely goes for a variety of other drink garnishes, including onions, limes and your cherry on top. Aside from basic hygiene, like hand washing and choosing a clean restaurant, sometimes you really do have to trust your immune system to do its job. “Microbes are ubiquitous … You’re not going to escape unscathed forever,” he says. “You do your best to prevent unnecessary illness.”

Bet you want drop that lemon in your next glass of water 😉

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21 Day Fix- Package Differences and Equipment Needed

21 day pics

Here is some additional information that was released regarding this breakthrough program!This will be an ongoing blog topic for me as I begin to receive additional information on this product.

21 Day Fix: Product Kit & Equipment Details (Base & Ultimate)
21 Day Fix Essentials (Base) Kit
30-day money back guarantee

Free Gifts
Start Here Guide with Workout Calendar
3-Day Quick Fix**
Eating Plan**
24/7 Online Support**

Work Outs
7 workouts on 2 DVDs (VHS not available)
Dirty 30 workout**
Total Body Cardio Fix
Upper Fix
Lower Fix
Pilates Fix
Cardio Fix
Yoga Fix

Ultimate Workouts
No
Equipment
No
Nutrition Samples
No
Containers
7 color-coded portion-control containers
Shakeology shaker cup

**Free Gifts with purchase to keep

21 Day Fix Ultimate Kit
30-day money back guarantee

Free Gifts
Start Here Guide with Workout Calendar
3-Day Quick Fix**
Eating Plan**
24/7 Online Support**
Insulated Tote Bag

Work Outs
7 workouts on 2 DVDs (VHS not available)
Dirty 30 workout**
Total Body Cardio Fix
Upper Fix
Lower Fix
Pilates Fix
Cardio Fix
Yoga Fix

Ultimate Workouts
Flat Abs Fix
Barre Legs

Equipment
1 Pro-Grade Resistance Band (Pink=15lbs)
Nutrition Samples
No
Containers
7 color-coded portion-control containers
Shakeology shaker cup
Large on-the-go container


Recommended Equipment: Yoga Mat or Beachbody miniMAT are helpful but not required.

Required Equipment: Dumbbells or a resistance band are used in some of the workouts.

21 Day Fix Test Group

Today I want to talk about the 21 Day Fix, let you in on a few more details and let YOU know I will be running my own TEST group. Its going to be strict, but that’s because I want to COMPLETELY follow the program and see the results we can get from it.

1. How much will the 21 Day Fix Cost?
The 21 Day Fix will be starting out at $58.85 for the Base Kit, and the Challenge Pack (what you will need for the TEST group) will only be $140! That is like paying only $10 for the 21 Day Fix base kit, when you buy the Shakeology. Sign up for an email reminder to order before it sells out on the 3rd.

The challenge pack will go up to $160 after February 28, 2014.

2. What is included?
In the Basic 21 Day Fix: You will receive 7 workouts on 2 DVDs -Dirty 30 workout, Total Body Cardio Fix, Upper Fix, Pilates Fix, Cardio Fix, Yoga Fix. Plus the nutrition guide with 7 containers that are essential to following the plan. You will also get a workout calendar, 3-day Quick Fix that Autumn uses for photoshoots, an eating plan, and 24/7 Online support, and a shaker cup.

In the Challenge Pack: Everything above plus a 30 day supply of Shakeology in any flavor. You can have Shakeology on the meal plan.

In the Ultimate 21 Day Fix: Everything listed above, plus an insulated bag, and 2 workouts – Flat Abs Fix and Barre Legs. You’ll also recieve 1 Pro-Grade Resistance Band (15lbs) and a large on-the-go container.

Sign up for an email reminder to order before it sells out on the 3rd

3. What does the nutrition plan look like?
The nutrition plan looks like one of the easiest I have ever seen. No food is off limits because everything is in moderation. You will not be forced to eat foods that you do not like, you can really eat anything, within reason. You are allowed Shakeology.

When you receive the 21 Day Fix, you also receive portioned food containers that are measured out for the perfect portions. You don’t have to count calories, or anything! Its all planned out using the containers. The containers are easy to carry with you, and they are microwave and dishwasher safe!

4. Can I have cheat meals?
Yes, you just don’t want to stuff your face. You can have a treat a few times a week, and she does break down how to include for something like pizza.

5. What results can I expect?
People generally lose 10-15 lbs!!!! It isn’t a starvation or a quick-fix type of program. You can lose 10-15 lbs and keep it off when you practice the healthy habits you learn in the 21 days of the Fix. Sign up for an email reminder to order before it sells out on the 3rd.

6. What are the workouts like?
They are 30 minutes long and vary daily. Autumn Calabrese is the trainer, and the set is very light and fun. Each workout is intense and necessary to your results. Two great things about the workouts is that 1. Autumn is a stickler for proper form so you get the most our of your workout, and do not risk injury and 2. There are modifications. The modifier is in all the workouts and you will still get the best results possible.

7. Who is the 21 Day Fix for?
I would say ANYONE I like to make sure the workouts people are choosing are right for them, and their bodies. I know that this will be good for anyone because the meal plan is flexible enough and there are enough modifications a beginner, even a beginner that is obese, could do this workout with their doctors consent. Someone at an intermediate level will love this program because it offers challenge without wanting to quit, and even someone at an advanced level can benefit from the 21 Day Fix. This program is not only for women either. There have been many men in test groups for this program that loved it.

8. Can I become a Beachbody Coach when I order The 21 Day Fix?
Yes! Its actually a great time to take the plunge because you can the the 21 Day Fix, a 30 day supply of Shakeology, and sign up to coach all for $140. As soon as you sign up, you’ll be able to have your friends order from you as will to help cover your costs (plus you get 25% off any other personal order you place). Feel free to email me before the 3rd to check on our training and accountability we offer for our coaches.

My Transformation

How I began my journey to helping others achieve all of their fitness goals:

While I was pregnant with my son I gained a whopping 58 pounds. I have been in relatively “good” shape my entire life so the 58 pound weight gain was devastating to me. I was hoping when I had my son the extra pounds would magically disappear (yeah right)

Well, they didn’t in fact I barely lost anything after delivery. Bam it hit me. I was overwhelmed with my first child and depressed about my weight.

3 weeks home with a newborn I was up at 3am with my son for a night feeding and a P90X infomercial came on. It was a sign to me, a sign I didn’t have to feel this way, and that I had a choice.
I ordered it right then and there.

At my 6 week check up I got the green light to work out. In fact my OB-GYN was doing P90X at the time!
I went home that day and pushed PLAY on that DVD.

I worked out every single night at almost 11 o’ clock at night. Did I want to…NO but it was a goal and I kept at it. At first I couldn’t keep up. But that didn’t stop me. I completed P90X and moved on to Les Mills Pump.

I lost 69 pounds and am in better shape than ever!
I was presented with a fitness coaching opportunity and thought it was a perfect fit for me. I get to pass on these amazing products and help be there to motivate them into reaching every goal they have. Yes I am a mom, a wife, a full-time business & marketing manager BUT I take time to help others feel the way I feel now. If you want to make a change message me, it’s as easy as that.

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