Congrats, Kristina and Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!

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the vegan chef, Kristina, won on Cutthroat Kitchen last night!!  And she took home the largest amount of money ever on this show.  I fell asleep and missed the end but the corn chowder she made was gorgeous and she used mushrooms as her meat substitute in her second dish and the judges LOVED it!  It is refreshing to see vegan food hold up against traditional dishes.  She happened to have been very cute and got away with taunting her opponents about how it was going to feel to lose to a vegan.

Today, Thanksgiving, there will be a blend of all kinds of foods and plenty for everyone to enjoy.  Actually, the word that keeps going through my mind is ABUNDANCE.  I am grateful for an abundance of food, drink, family and above all else, LOVE.  My heart is so full….the glass is not half full, it’s overflowing!

Time to head back to the kitchen and the parade and then the dog show before our first JonesZipp Thanksgiving gets under way.

While I am missing a few of my favorite people from this celebration today, I am so thankful they are with family and loved ones.

Wherever YOU are, I hope that you are smiling.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Every Day….

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I do not know who to credit for this quote because it’s been said by many and definitely repeated by me….It’s so short and sweet but packs huge power.  Give it some thought…It’s my mantra.

“What you appreciate, appreciates.”

http://www.fun2smiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/quote_enjoy_enjoy_life_life_quotes_appreciation-2e17b6d6fef04570fbe57c27cfe8ddbb_h_large.jpg

Get Your Fitness, Find Your Peace………..

Watching all the news from Ferguson and feeling like the older I get, the less I understand.  Since I was not there the night this happened, I know that I cannot know the truth.  What I do know that violence is NEVER the answer and the whole situation makes me very sad….

Pretty much everything else makes me happy, though and I am especially excited for the first blending of the Jones/Zipp family Thanksgiving and have an abundance of gratitude in my heart.

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I will be at the gym this morning for Senior Strength, tonight for 6pm cardio/strength combo and 7pm yoga/Pilates stretch and stress reduction.  Tomorrow, regular schedule as well and Friday SilverSneakers class at 11:30.  So come on out and get in some fitness for your body and mind, as it always makes us feel better (if not during, certainly after).

While there aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the week between now and Jan 1., taking care of ourselves is the best way we can take care of others so wherever you can find your peaceandfitness, make sure to JUST DO IT!

 

Weighing in on the Current 21 Day Challenge…….

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did day 19 of this current 21 day meditation challenge with Deepak Chopra.  While I am thrilled that it keeps me in the habit of meditating daily, I have to say, this is the least enjoyable series that I have participated in thus far.  So if I encouraged you to try it and this is your first one, I apologize that it’s not a little more concrete.  But again, I would rather be doing it, than not!  Meditation has subtly helped me in countless ways and I am grateful for the inspiration, which for me, began with the series called Miraculous Relationships.  I will continue to participate in each one and hope that meditation is a forever way of life.  So glad that Mitch and Roxy join me on this journey.  So happy that some of you are, as well.  Namaste and happy Friday!

Because We ALL Deserve Peace

There are so many things I thought about blogging about on this Vegan (Feast) Thursday.  I started writing about how this site really should be called peasandfitness but my sentences started to run on…and on…but it really should be called that.  I started to write about how insanely great I feel physically and spiritually and how much of that is related to what I eat.  But that started  getting tricky and some of my sentences could come across as offensive and I NEVER want to be offensive.

Then I found this.  And a picture is always worth at least a thousand words.  Especially in this day and age of instagram….and this picture tells a lot of stories.

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It Must be Sustainable, in Order to be Maintainable………

This morning the news reported that fad diets, while they work for weight loss in the short term, don’t work in the long term.  What works?  The reported concluded that exercise and healthful eating are the solution to long term weight loss.  AND THIS MAKES THE NEWS?  The problem with diets, to me, is that if you can go ON one, then of course, you can also go OFF of one, as well.  While there is no doubt that many fad diets are incredibly effective at getting the pounds off, if it is not something you can sustain for the long haul, it is highly unlikely you will be able to maintain the loss.  This is what leads to the yo-yo syndrome which is, according to those in the medical field, rather unhealthy.

While I am on this topic, I need to say, once again, as a society we need to stop confusing CARBS with CRAP!  If you are eating veggies and fruits, you are eating carbs and they are NEVER going to be what’s making/keeping you overweight.  From my experience, when people are successful on a low carb diet it’s because they have cut out the CRAP they ordinarily eat.  The main purpose of carbohydrates in our daily “diet,” is to provide energy to all the cells in the body.  If you are limiting your carbs enough, the body will resort to using the amino acids from protein, but only if your carb level is low enough to be in ketosis, which may have been a natural state for the caveman, but our modernized world has definitely not allowed for ANY of us to live like they did.  Ketosis is very controversial so I leave that up to you to do your homework.  Once again, this only happens when carb intake is EXTREMELY low and that means one is probably not getting ample fiber and nutrients to stay healthy even if they are losing weight.  I promise that if you listed all the carbs you eat and then delete the ones that are CRAP you will lose weight–perhaps not as fast as you would like, but in a way you can sustain to maintain!

Thanks to those that came back to the mat last night, proving it pays to “advertise.”  A simple reminder and a couple of flyers at the gym and class size doubled from last week to this week.   I love all the classes that I teach and love all the different types of training I do during my personal training sessions, but I have to admit that the peaceful yoga/Pilates stretch and stress reduction is the one that truly nurtures all aspects of our being–body, mind and soul.  As we continue to move into the season of giving, giving, giving, I hope that you will remember to take time out to give to the most important person of all….YOU.  We cannot give what we don’t already have, so taking care of YOU, really benefits everyone in your world.

Finally, I have to say that as I continue my daily practice of meditation, I am feeling much more focused on who I am and what I desire at my deepest level, which is helping others to feel good in their own bodies, minds and souls.  This was proof to me that taking time each day to take care of me by nurturing my spirit, allows me to appreciate how much I desire seeing others succeed in finding their own happiness through peace and fitness.  Namaste.

 

Mind if I Work in?

Let’s leave the elephant tusks on the elephant, where they belong.  I am sure, though, those big, gentle and smart guys wouldn’t mind spending a little time as your workout partner…….It’s Monday.  Let’s get our workout week started!  NO EXCUSES!

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12 Frightening Facts About Milk

These findings made big news last week.  While 3 glasses a day seems like a lot for an adult, if it can do this to adults, why would it be any different for children?  Additionally, as women approach menopause and signs of osteopenia begin showing, many resort to adding more milk back into their diet.  All of my research has led me to believe that what happens when we drink cows milk is that the incoming calcium signals our bones to actually leak out some.  This would be OK, except the calcium from cows milk is NOT readily absorbed by our bodies, so we leak out more than we take in, all the while thinking that “milk does a body good.”  Funny, but when I just Googled “best sources of calcium,” the top article was about NON dairy sources.   Beans, nuts, seeds, dark leafy veggies, fortified cereals and juices–they all provide calcium that won’t cause the stored calcium to leak the way milk does.

The one thing the article doesn’t address is the importance of strength training.  I can’t think of a single food on this planet that has the same bone building effects of proper exercise.  Every time you work a muscle, the muscle tugs on the nearby bones causing not just the muscles to get stronger, but the bones to get thicker.  If you just look at the hands of a farmer, you will see some big bones.  You may even notice yourself that your dominant hand has thicker bones and knuckles.  This is enough proof to me.

Here are some of the highlights (and they are disturbing) from an article by Dr. Thomas Campbell, but feel free to do your own homework.  One thing I notice in my research is that even the proponents in favor of milk say it builds strong MUSCLES (not bones).  Of course milk is a very high protein food and protein does feed our muscles, but as someone who exercises hours a day and thrives on a plant-based diet, my muscles never feel deprived.

12 Frightening Facts About Milk

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A large observational cohort study[1] in Sweden found that women consuming more than 3 glasses of milk a day had almost twice the mortality over 20 years compared to those women consuming less than one glass a day. In addition, the high milk-drinkers did not have improved bone health. In fact, they had more fractures, particularly hip fractures.

I am surprised that this study garnered so much mass media attention upon its release, as it highlights the deleterious side of milk, but I also think it is important to keep the findings in context. And when it comes to the health effects of dairy, the context is not so pretty:

  1. In observational studies both across countries and within single populations, higher dairy intake has been linked to increased risk of prostate cancer (cited in [2]).

  2. Observational cohort studies have shown higher diary intake is linked to higher ovarian cancer risk (cited in [2]).

  3. Cow’s milk protein may play a role in triggering type 1 diabetes through a process called molecular mimicry[3].

  4. Across countries, populations that consume more dairy have higher rates of multiple sclerosis[4].

  5. In interventional animal experiments and human studies, dairy protein has been shown to increase IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1) levels. Increased levels of IGF-1 has now been implicated in several cancers[5].

  6. In interventional animal experiments[6] and human experiments[7], dairy protein has been shown to promote increased cholesterol levels (in the human studies and animal studies) and atherosclerosis (in the animal studies).

  7. The primary milk protein (casein) promotes cancer initiated by a carcinogen in experimental animal studies[8].

  8. D-galactose has been found to be pro-inflammatory and actually is given to create animal models of aging[1].

  9. Higher milk intake is linked to acne[9].

  10. Milk intake has been implicated in constipation[10] and ear infections (cited in [2]).

  11. Milk is perhaps the most common self-reported food allergen in the world[11].

  12. Much of the world’s population cannot adequately digest milk due to lactose intolerance.

So despite being very pleased that the public is glimpsing some of the evidence against milk in this recent study (though they also could be hearing about the benefits of cheese and yogurt from this same study), I think there is a far more powerful story; a story that takes into account the largely hidden context of diet and dairy research. There is a wealth of indirect evidence of very serious possible harms of consuming dairy foods, and, on the flip side, the evidence that milk prevents fractures is scant.

As we look beyond the headlines, it is hard to think that we should continue to consume the lactation fluid that exists in nature to nourish and rapidly grow calves.

References

  1. Michaelsson K, Wolk A, Langenskiold S, et al. Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies. Bmj 2014;349:g6015.

  2. Lanou AJ. Should dairy be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet? Counterpoint. The American journal of clinical nutrition 2009;89:1638S-42S.

  3. Dahl-Jorgensen K, Joner G, Hanssen KF. Relationship between cows’ milk consumption and incidence of IDDM in childhood. Diabetes Care 1991;14:1081-3.

  4. Malosse D, Perron H, Sasco A, Seigneurin JM. Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study. Neuroepidemiology 1992;11:304-12.

  5. Key TJ. Diet, insulin-like growth factor-1 and cancer risk. Proc Nutr Soc 2011:1-4.

  6. Kritchevsky D. Dietary protein, cholesterol and atherosclerosis: a review of the early history. The Journal of nutrition 1995;125:589S-93S.

  7. Gardner CD, Messina M, Kiazand A, Morris JL, Franke AA. Effect of two types of soy milk and dairy milk on plasma lipids in hypercholesterolemic adults: a randomized trial. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2007;26:669-77.

  8. Youngman LD, Campbell TC. Inhibition of aflatoxin B1-induced gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase positive (GGT+) hepatic preneoplastic foci and tumors by low protein diets: evidence that altered GGT+ foci indicate neoplastic potential. Carcinogenesis 1992;13:1607-13.

  9. Spencer EH, Ferdowsian HR, Barnard ND. Diet and acne: a review of the evidence. Int J Dermatol 2009;48:339-47.

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Wishing you a happy and peaceful Vegan (Feast) Thursday.  I miss my Thursday night crowd like crazy but I am forever thankful for all the dinners we had together and for all they taught me, by example, about living life vegan style.  As I turn 57 next month, I feel incredibly strong, healthy and peaceful in my soul!