Saturday, June 19, 2021

10,000 steps a day and how doing this was a breathe of fresh air during the 2020 lockdown

I started my 10k steps a day journey back in 2020 during the lockdown.

My objective was to find a way to stay fit whilst at home and not be a couch potato watching Netflix etc and end up gaining pounds which I would definitely regret moving forwards.

The lockdown for me was a very positive step as it gave me an opportunity to focus on how to be a fitter and active person. I am a mum of 2 boys who are both very athletic, which motivates me daily.

I used my Instagram page for Accountability as I knew that this would push me daily. e.g when we join Weight Watchers and attend the weekly classes, we know that when we stand on the scale, we hope for lower numbers. In the same way, my Instagram page was my Call to Action page. 

Posted on my Instagram page 17 Jun 2021. This is Day_211

Another fascinating story or should I say outcome was when I started posting my daily steps on Instagram, I was also tracking my steps using the Nike App on my phone. I got a thank you email from them sometime in Jan 2021 and a card was posted to me with a free T-shirt. I was very surprised as I did not expect this. This was also another motivation for me to keep going.

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Hoping my story will inspire others who are interested in getting active too. 

My instagram page is atinel ... please feel free to follow me.

Focusing on my health during the lockdown is one of the fundamental reasons why I decided to start this health and wellness website called  The Health Pool .

This is a very exciting phase and looking forward to building relationships and working with everyone. Please follow my website as I would like to build a global traffic and grow the business, 

Best wishes

Sunday, June 13, 2021

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021


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Discover how to prevent and reverse diseases, including an education on foods that we should eat to build our immune systems and live a healthy life.

The Fully Raw Diet offers a 21-day plan to help people enjoy a clean, plant-based, healthful approach to eating. Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram transformed her own health by eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. 100% fresh, raw, and ripe and she is now the vivacious, uber-healthy founder of the FullyRaw brand. 

Her ten-year success with this lifestyle inspires thousands via social media, and her 21-day FullyRaw Video Challenge on YouTube in 2014 dramatically grew her fan base. This book shares her advice and will correspond to a new video challenge, with meal and exercise tips, recipes, and vivid photos. Fans will love the smoothies, salads, main dishes, and desserts, such as Lemon-Ginger Blast, Spicy Mango Basil Salad, Yellow Squash Fettuccine Alfredo, Melon Pops, and Caramel-Apple Cups.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021


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Monday, June 7, 2021

Some questions we ask before starting a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) way of eating

See some of the questions that we all ask when it comes to adopting a WFPB way of eating in our lifestyle

1 - What does WFPB mean?
  • WFPB means Whole Foods Plant Based

2 - What is the difference between being Vegan, Plant based and Whole foods plant based?

  • See chart below from articles in Forks Over Knives which helps to explain this much better and the types of foods that the 3 groups eat. The link for further information is What is a whole-food, plant-based diet?

3 - I am starting the plant based journey. I need some good meal ideas for the whole family.

4 - I am just starting a whole food plant based diet. I suffer from hypothyroidism. Any advice?
  • A vegan diet won't really affect your thyroid function but a whole food plant based diet would help control the associated weight gain of hypothyroidism

5 - How do I make sure we are getting enough protein? We are a very athletic family including my teenage children?
  • Dr Michael Greger, M.D FACLM is the founder of the Nutrition, a channel which educates us on the benefits of following a WFPB way of eating. There is a video called Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein? which I can recommend as it gives valuable insights.
  • There are many documentaries on TV (Netflix, `YouTube etc). 2 of them that I can recommend are "What The Health - watch online" and the "GameChangers". The GameChangers documentary showcases athletes who are currently following a WFPB way of eating, and the resulting benefits they achieve.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Mom of 2 sheds 70 lbs. with this one weird drink

Weight loss stories are everywhere nowadays, but this is one you have to see to believe. 
It’s literally going VIRAL. 
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Amanda had tried everything to lose weight, but after having her second son, the weight wasn’t coming off. She tried all the popular plans like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, even some crazy fad diets from Doctor Oz…

But Nothing Worked! (We’ve all been there right?) 

Until she discovered an enjoyable way to lose weight that fit right in with her busy lifestyle. It was so easy that ANYONE could do it. 

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To your health, 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Food Warning

Food Warning - 10 Shocking Ingredients In Your Food: What You NEED To Know Before Your Next Trip To The Grocery Store

Written by Drew S., CHC, AADP, Certified Health Coach

Food is your primary source of nourishment and health. What you put into your body matters. The quest to eat healthy seems like it should be so simple, yet there is so much deception from food companies that it is hard to know what is healthy and what isn’t.
As you walk through the aisle of your local grocery, you are inundated with thousands of subtle marketing ploys. Food companies want you to buy their products, and actively strive to mislead you into thinking that their food is healthier than it is.

You see products that boldly announce things like ‘Organic’, ‘No Trans Fats’, ‘All Natural’, ‘Gluten Free’, ‘Fat Free’ and so many other seemingly healthy terms. Consumers often don’t realize that they are buying foods that are harmful to their health. You might think, “it’s organic, so it must be healthy.” Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Food Companies DON'T CARE About You

The sooner you realize this the better. Food companies are not interested in your health. They are interested in making money. Companies shift their marketing to meet consumer trends and demands, but they will not necessarily change much in how they process and manufacture food. They will also go out of their way to hide unhealthy ingredients from you.

What’s worse is the FDA allows this. They also allow numerous food additives that are known to create major health problems. You want to know something else crazy? The FDA also doesn’t require chemical contaminants (like rocket fuel) to be listed.


There are soooo many unsafe food additives whose names are misleading to the uninformed consumer. Knowing this, the grocery store suddenly becomes a landmine rather than a source of nourishment and health. You don’t know what you are putting into your body or feeding your family. It’s no wonder there are so many major health problems in this country.
Even if you shop in the organic/natural/whole foods section of your local grocery, you still have to be careful. Certainly, there are many better choices there, but these sections also have a lot of highly processed foods that are not as healthy as you might think. You need to be very careful about ANY packaged foods you purchase. Read your labels carefully.

Frustrated Mother Of 2 "Quits" Processed Food And Loses Over 70 Pounds

Here are 10 dangerous ingredients to look out for:

1.Sodium Nitrate:

Sodium Nitrate is an additive used as a preservative. It is found in deli meats, hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats. Studies have linked sodium nitrate to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, neurological conditions, and gastrointestinal problems. If you eat meat, stick to lean fresh meats and limit or steer clear of meats containing sodium nitrate.

2. Azodicarbonamide:

Azodicarbonamide is an industrial chemical that is used to make rubber and synthetic leather. It makes things foamy, so somewhere along the way, someone thought it was a good idea to add it to bread to make is spongy! It is also used to whiten cereal flour. While the FDA claims that there is insufficient research to determine harm from exposure to this chemical in food, it has been banned in Europe and Australia. The World Health Organization and the CDC list respiratory issues, and skin and eye irritation warnings, and say not to ingest. Other sources associate ingesting this chemical with damaging hormone and immune function.

3. High fructose corn syrup:

Despite to corn industries aggressive campaign to convince us otherwise, high fructose corn syrup is NOT a natural food – it is highly processed. It is also not the same a natural sugar and it is not processed by the body in the same manner. Given that, coupled with the high quantities of high fructose corn syrup hidden in our food, it creates numerous health risks. High fructose corn syrup is linked to obesity, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, and heart disease. Food manufacturers know consumers are looking for it on ingredient labels, so many now list it as fructose or fructose syrup. It’s the same dangerous ingredient, same high quantities, just a deceptive new name.

4. BHT (butyl hydroxytoluene)

Butyl hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a synthetic compound used as a preservative in foods and cosmetics. It slows the natural oxidation process, keeping foods and cosmetics from going bad. Interestingly, if you read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for this chemical, it clearly identifies it as a toxic substance. But it is in our food! Studies have linked BHT to cancer in animals. “They” say that low doses are fine, whereas high doses are not, however BHT is in a ton of food products, so how do you determine high vs. low doses? And is there a cumulative effect?

5. Enriched flour:

Essentially, enriched flour is flour that has been chemically and mechanically stripped of all its fiber and nutrients, and then has a small fraction of those nutrients artificially replaced. This leaves you with a product with virtually no nutritional value whatsoever. Due to the highly processed and depleted state, foods made with enriched flour are not processed in the same manner by your body. They immediately change into sugar and cause blood sugar and insulin spikes. This leads to numerous health risks, including increased risk for type 2 diabetes, damage to blood vessels, high blood pressure and increased risk for certain cancers. You may be accustomed to the texture and taste of white breads and flours, but do your health a favor and switch it up to true whole grains.

6. Soybean oil:

The soybean has commonly been viewed as a healthy food and is a popular replacement for animal protein. Unfortunately, the soybean and soybean oil are also linked to many health conditions. One major problem is that the bean is commonly mass produced with lots of carcinogenic pesticides and genetically modified. Soy and soybean oil are linked to inflammation, digestive issues, allergies, malabsorption of nutrients and protein. The oil is also partially hydrogenated, thus a trans-fat, which you know poses numerous health risks. If you choose soy, be sure to find non-GMO, organic soy.

7. MSG

MSG is a flavor enhancer that is added to many foods in the US. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you have heard that MSG is bad for your health. It is linked to obesity, headaches, eye damage, nausea and other health problems. There are conflicting studies about short and long-term effects of MSG, however sensitivities are very common. With all the unknowns and the evidence toward health risks, you’re better of eliminating it from your diet.

8. Yellow #5 (tartrazine):

Yellow #5 is a food additive included in many foods to give it a yellow colouring. Studies have linked this additive to a number of health considerations. These include allergic reactions, hyperactivity, low sperm count, and cancer risks. Pay attention to this and other food coloring additives as many of them are linked to health concerns.

9. Propylene glycol alginate:

Propylene glycol is a commonly used additive to foods, also a primary ingredient to antifreeze. Research studies around this food additive have produced inconsistent findings related to health risks. Some studies have shown risks associated with neurological issues, kidney and liver disease, and respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Due to the conflicting studies, there is no conclusive evidence, however is it really worth taking the risk while the researchers figure it out?

10. Polysorbate 60:

Polysorbate 60 is commonly used as a thickener in foods and cosmetics. While there is not a lot of information available on this chemical compound, its ingredients are linked to carcinogens and fertility issues.

The #1 Easiest Way To Avoid These Scary Ingredients:

The scary thing is that the above list is just a few of the numerous risky chemicals and compounds found in packaged foods. The only way to get truly healthy is to avoid these harmful additives and know what you are putting into your (and your families) bodies.

One of the most effective ways to avoid these foods is to focus on whole foods. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, and unprocessed meats and fish if you are an omnivore. 

Adding green smoothies to your diet is also an amazing way to start eating lots of healthy, whole fruits and vegetables without worrying about the taste.

Not only that, but the nutrients in green smoothies can help reverse any damagae that has already been caused by these hidden chemicals. Smoothies are quick and easy to make, inexpensive and portable. They are a great solution for healthy eating overall and on the go.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021


This Silent Killer Is Making You Fat And Sick. How To Know If You're At Risk And What To Do About It.

Written by Drew S., CHC, AADP, Certified Health Coach

For years you have been hearing about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet to maintain better health and optimal weight. Study after study links poor diets that are highly refined and loaded with sugar, preservatives and saturated fats to nearly every chronic disease.

Yet so many still have not changed their diets or demanded higher quality foods from manufacturers. Low quality foods creates inflammation in the body which is directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer and numerous other major diseases.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is a naturally occurring immune response in the body. Your body responds to the presence of injury or foreign invaders such as a virus or bacteria by sending chemicals and white blood cells to fight them off, helping your body heal and protect itself from illness. Naturally, this is a good thing that helps to keep you healthy.

So, what happens when there is chronic inflammation?

When the body is out of balance your immune system steps into overdrive, causing chronic inflammation, weight gain, pain and disease. Chronic inflammation occurs even when the body’s immune system is activated but is not threatened by a foreign invader.  Food is one of the primary causes of chronic inflammation – AND is the primary remedy.

Foods that Cause Chronic Inflammation:

You know already that highly refined and processed foods are very problematic for your health. Refined sugars and grains lack nutritional value and contribute to obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, auto-immune diseases and many other major health problems. Saturated fats are another big contributor to disease.

What you may not be aware of is that there are also foods that are more likely to activate the immune system and cause inflammation. As your body reacts to these low-level allergens, you may experience hormonal imbalance, mood swings, joint pain, sinus and respiratory issues, headaches, digestive issues, fatigue, and weight gain. The symptoms develop slowly over time and, perhaps with the exception of weight gain, the cause is rarely associated with food. As a result, you may turn to medication or other medical testing and procedures in hopes of getting relief, yet if your diet remains unchanged, you will not find lasting relief.

The most common food sensitivities come from:

  • Dairy products
  • Gluten
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Yeast
  • Fried food
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Hormones and anti-biotics
  • Artificial additives (in almost every packaged food)

What Causes Food Related Inflammation?

Everything that you bring into your body impacts it – for better or worse. Refined foods loaded with chemicals, pesticides and other toxins, medications, excess amounts of sugar, and other harmful things that you ingest or absorb into your body wreaks havoc on your digestive system, changing the PH balance, altering the bacterial composition, and damaging the protective lining in your stomach and intestinal tract. 

This is referred to as "leaky gut" (sounds gross, right?)

The lining of your digestive tract is designed to protect your body and immune system from toxins and allergens in your digestive system. When damaged, food particles get through the barrier and activate your immune response. Your body begins attacking your food as if it was a foreign invader. This imbalanced immune response creates chronic inflammation in the body, leading to weight gain and other major health conditions.

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What Foods Are Anti-inflammatory?

Let food be your medicine.You CAN lose excess weight, reduce chronic pain, and reduce your risk of serious chronic illness ~ and even possibly reverse chronic illness ~ simply by making positive changes to your diet. Cut out inflammatory foods and add in more whole, healthy, anti-inflammatory foods that are nutrient dense, high in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

Here are some foods to start incorporating into your diet:

  • Berries (Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • Leafy green vegetables (Spinach, kale, beat greens)
  • Fatty fish (such as salmon)
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Vegetables (Beats, celery, red pepper, tomato, broccoli)
  • Raw oats
  • Turmeric
  • Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, millet)
  • Ginger
  • Fresh fruits (apples, pineapple)
  • Raw honey
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Beans and legumes

Adding these and other ANTI-inflammatory foods into your diet reduces oxidative stress, increases absorption of vital nutrients and triggers a number of reactions and critical body processes.  These create a reduction in inflammation and begin to reverse the damage created by poor food choices. 

As you continue to increase these foods in your diet and reduce or eliminate more harmful foods, you WILL lose weight and have LESS bloating, pain and swelling. If you have a chronic illness, you are likely to notice a reduction in symptoms and improved overall health.

Depending on your circumstances, a gradual shift in your diet may reduce the likelihood of backsliding, however choose based on your personal health needs and the recommendations of your healthcare professionals and nutritionists.

The Good News...

The good news is, although this is a change that some find daunting, you can still eat a wide variety of delicious foods. Fortunately, there are simple and delicious ways to begin introducing new, healthy foods into your diet.

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When made properly, a green smoothie is an ideal meal replacement that provides you 

with lots of valuable nutrients and helps reduce inflammation in your body.

Anti-inflammatory foods include fruits, leafy green, nuts, seeds and other healthy ingredients that also are all primary ingredients in green smoothies! Adding green smoothies into your diet is simple and fun, not to mention when made correctly, they taste like dessert! There are numerous recipes and combinations that keep things interesting and tasty. Even replacing just one meal a day can make a massive difference in your health, one you will SEE and FEEL within only a few days. 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Holiday Weight Loss

5 Tips To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat Over The Holidays...While Still Enjoying All Your Favorite Foods

Written by Drew S., CHC, AADP, Certified Health Coach

The holiday season is upon us.  From now until the New Year, we have lots of opportunity for celebration with friends and family, probably a few strangers as well. With all the festivities, how do you manage to stick to your diet and avoid putting on extra pounds? Or even better, still lose excess weight?

Some media states that the average person gains 3-7 lbs. Another study showed that weight gain was more prevalent among those who were already overweight. Those individuals averaged an increase of 8 lbs. over the holidays. And what's worse? These studies also found that many people NEVER lose the weight that they gain, which then compounds over time.

Studies aside, perhaps what is more important is YOU!  What happens to your body over the holidays? Do you find yourself putting on a few extra pounds that you then struggle to let go of in the new year?

Would you like to avoid packing on extra weight and STILL get to enjoy all those great holiday parties and gatherings? The good news is that it is possible to enjoy the festivities and yummy treats without gaining weight.

The Challenge with Holiday Weight Gain

In the US, the holiday season is looooong. It essentially begins in October with Halloween (even earlier for some religious groups), where, if you take your kids to the right neighborhood, you fill your home with enough candy to last a decade.

Next, we have Thanksgiving.  The average daily calorie intake should be around 1800-2400 calories (depending on your height and weight). The average Thanksgiving meal is estimated to be around 3000 CALORIES. That is just the meal alone.  This doesn’t include any appetizers and snacks you have beforehand which average another 1500 calories. In one meal, you double your recommended daily caloric intake. Thanksgiving dinner is generally also packed with a ton of fat and sugar, which doesn’t help your body stay slim.

Immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday comes a whirl of holiday parties, luncheons, office parties, family gatherings and holiday baking events. The opportunities to over-indulge are plentiful.Then there are the winter holiday meals ~ whether Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza or another holiday that you celebrate, you likely have at least one holiday feast with loved ones to attend. These feasts also average 3000+ calories per meal.

It’s no wonder people gain a few extra pounds with all the delicious food, holiday baked goods, candies and beverages! Unfortunately, many people throw in the towel and assume that there is no way to get through the holidays without overindulging and gaining excess weight. But it is possible.

But enough about how much weight you're likely to gain...let's talk about how to keep it off and even lose a few pounds while you're at it.

How to Enjoy Your Holiday Festivities and Still Lose Weight

The good news is that it IS possible to enjoy all those fun holiday events without being cursed to buy larger clothes in the new year.  You just need to plan ahead and be smart about how you enjoy your parties and festivities – and how you take care of your body in between all the events.

1. DON'T Skip Meals on Party Days:

People often think it wise to skip meals before parties and feasts to make up for the large meal that is coming. Unfortunately, this leaves you feeling hungrier and increases the likelihood that you will overeat. Instead, eat healthy, well balanced meals so that your body feels satisfied. This helps you eat smaller portions during the meal or party. Green smoothies are a great pre-party meal option as they are high in fiber and nutrients, and leave you feeling full and satisfied.

2. Use Portion Control:

You know that there is going to be a ton of delicious food at the event. It’s also likely to be very rich and not so healthy.  Holiday parties often have a limited selection of healthy choices, but the food that is available is super yummy! You don’t need to deprive yourself from sampling these tasty treats. Go ahead and have some homemade pie or try some of that decadent cheese dip. Enjoy it! Just practice some portion control.  Have a small piece of pie or cake.  Instead of hovering over the h’orderves and randomly grazing throughout the event, make a little plate for yourself with the treats that you want so you are conscious about how much you are consuming. Try a few bites of the foods you enjoy, rather than a full serving of each. Savor them as you eat so you actually enjoy them.  This also helps reduce excess.

3. Green Smoothie Meal Replacements:

With all the holiday excess, help your body rebalance itself by eating healthier foods between the festivities. Eat several servings of fruits and veggies daily to help your body clear out the overabundance of fats, sugars, processed foods and empty calories you are taking in during the festivities. Green Smoothies are a great way to get your daily servings of fruits and veggies, and help keep you feeling full. Replace at least one meal a day with a green smoothie to counteract the effects of your holiday festivities.

Mother Of 2 Loses Over 70 Lbs During The Holidays By Drinking Green Smoothies

4. Move Your Body:

Don’t let your exercise routine fall to the wayside over the holidays.  Give your body a chance to work off some of the excess by at least keeping your regular routine. If you have a lot of events and opportunities to over indulge, you might want to add in some extra time to help your body cope.

5. Do A Quick DETOX Between Festivities:

Build in a few detox days in between festivities to help your body clear out the excess. Properly made green smoothies make tasty and easy detox drinks that are great for cleansing the body of excess without leaving you feeling deprived of flavor. During the holiday season, detoxing the day or two after the party goes a long way to helping your body reset.  Once the festivities slow down in the new year, it is a great time to do a longer detox to clear your body and reset your diet to a healthier one. This is my favorite 3-Day Detox programs that's PERFECT for the holidays.

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