August 22nd, 2012
It’s been a week since Bruce and I returned from Isagenix Celebration
commemorating our company’s 10th anniversary. We have been with
Isagenix for 6 years and we are more excited than ever about what our
future holds. We heard 3 world renowned speakers,Paul Zane Pilzer,
Jack Canfield, and Dr. John Gray and were among the first to hear
about new products and promotions that were introduced. Here is a
glimpse at what was announced. You can click on this link to learn
Reformulated IsaLean Shakes: 50% more whey protein, 100% more fiber,
less sugar and fewer carbs and YES they taste GREAT!
New IsaLean Pro Shake - 36 grams of protein
New Brain Boost & Sleep Support System
Product B antioxidant plus telomere support is now more potent
And… More promotions than ever to help build your business while
helping others including the ever popular IsaBody Challenge
Please contact us if you have any questions. Bruce and I are more
committed than ever to helping you meet your health and wellness
goals. We also hope you will join us in our mission of helping
others by sharing Isagenix.
May 18th, 2012
It turns out that too much sugar not only makes you fat…it can also adversely affect your memory and ability to learn. According to a study conducted by scientists at UCLA, too much fructose interferes with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar in the body. Your body’s ability to use sugar efficiently is necessary to effectively process thoughts and emotions. It can be argued, therefore, that sugar has as much of an impact on your mind as it does on your body.
I have never been much of an extremist when it comes to nutrition. My wife and I do not keep a lot of sweets in the house but I cannot say that we don’t have the occasional scoop of ice cream. With that said, I have always believed that for a diet or fitness regimen to be successful and sustainable, it has to consist of a relatively simple lifestyle change…one that can be maintained for a lifetime. This is why I have argued against diets such as the HCG Diet. These diets offer effective short-term results; however, unless you are willing to change the way you eat after the weight is lost or after you have reached your fitness goals, you will eventually revert to your starting point (if not worse than you were to begin with).
Therefore, I would never suggest that you should not have anything with sugar in it again (unless you have the willpower to pull it off). Most likely, you would throw up your hands in frustration and say, “I just can’t do that!” What I am suggesting is that your sugar intake should be reasonably moderated. This is critical for our kids since we are establishing the patterns and habits for their future. Maybe we can all be a little smarter in the process!
April 20th, 2012
Now, I am a reasonable man. I believe that not every exercise regimen, diet or healthy fitness plan works for everyone on the planet. Whatever tools an individual uses to control weight, maintain good health, and improve overall fitness, it needs to be something that can be easily maintained as an addition to a normal everyday lifestyle. Generally, diets or weight control programs should not be based upon behaviors that drastically change the way you live your life. Not that there isn’t some potential benefit to dropping all your old habits, the behavior change needs to be realistic so it can be maintained over time. Deciding to eat nothing but salads may sound like a good idea, but are you really going to do that? Sometimes, simple changes in eating habits can have a significant impact on your overall health. Drastic measures, in my opinion, should be reserved for drastic circumstances…like you are going to die in the next 6 months if you don’t lose weight.
With that said, it never ceases to amaze me when people engage in behaviors that may offer a short term solution to their problem, but at the same time it may kill them or make them sick at the same time. The HCG Diet is a good example. This particular diet confuses your body into thinking it is pregnant and subsequently induces a disease state that results in you losing weight. If you don’t believe me then do the research for yourself.
The most recent example of a diet that just sounds wrong on its face is the K-E Diet. Essentially, a doctor inserts a feeding tube into your nose and down to your stomach. The feeding tube provides a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day…REALLY?!! Am I the only one who thinks it is simply nuts to walk around with a feeding tube sticking out of your nose for the purpose of weight loss? Yet the Yahoo news article is being used by “brides-to-be” to rapidly shed pounds.
I will stick to my cleansing and replenishing program that eliminates impurities while providing high-grade nutrition to your body. It just sounds saner.
February 13th, 2012
Tradition tells me that whenever something reaches 100 that it is to be celebrated. This is the 100th post to the CleanseBenefits Blog. My hope is that over the course of the last several years my wife Tamara and I have been able to reach our visitors with information on nutritional cleansing, health/wellness, anti-aging and other related topics. I hope that I have been able to inspire and inform you to live healthier lives so you know how to cleanse yourself.
My faith compels me to share what I believe to be the good news. I feel a similar compulsion to share what nutritional cleansing and replenishing has done for me and my family. It has truly changed our lives on many different levels. We have all found ways, my daughter, my wife, my son and I to improve our health and set an example for our friends, relatives and neighbors.
My wife and I have used Isagenix Products since 2006. We have been writing to this blog since April of 2009. We appreciate our regular visitors and will continue to provide you with new information to improve your own health and wellness and achieve weight loss. Our goal for the year is to find ways to hear more from you. You now have access to 100 blog posts which serve as a wonderful resource to answer many of your questions. The best way for us to continue providing you with great articles is to ask questions. Let us know what you would like to see and we will attempt to fulfill your needs. Here is to another 6 years!
February 3rd, 2012
What if I were to tell you that your impulse to eat excessively may not entirely be your fault? What if you were to learn that your “addiction” to food maybe due, in part, to a genetic predisposition? For years the idea that a person could have an increased propensity to an
addictive personality was rejected, or at the very least questioned. How could their be a genetic connection when siblings did not share addictions on a consistent basis. If one sibling had a Cocaine problem, shouldn’t the other experience this problem as well? Scientists from Cambridge University have discovered that siblings do share these genetic markers. The explanation for this phenomenon is not that one sibling is more inclined than another; rather, it was discovered that one siblings social experience or nurture experience can have a significant impact on whether or not they succomb to these addictive propensities. Essentially, it was discovered that a person inclined to addictive activity had brain abnormalities that affected impulse control. It isn’t impossible to control these impulses but these abnormalities make it more likely that a person will fall victim to these impulses.
In the article the scientists made reference to obesity as an impaired control disorder. I have met many addicts throughout my career as a law enforcement officer. The general observation I have made is that their impaired control is not limited to any one vice. If they are able to control one addiction, it is not uncommon for them to replace it with another. Many of them espoused extreme views in all aspects of their lives. If they were going to smoke, they were going to smoke a lot. If they were going to drink coffee they were going to finish the pot and drink it black. In the end, an addictive oriented person is going to find their addiction.
I do not believe that it is impossible to control these compulsions, but it is obviously more challenging for people suffering from impaired control disorders. The Federal government is now talking about regulating sugar thinking that they can control our behavior when it comes to what we eat. I think there is a lack of understanding…at least when it comes to those “suffering” from obesity. Based upon the Cambridge study, I do not believe most obese people will stop eating sugary foods. They will do whatever it takes to get their “drug” of choice. It will just be more expensive and more difficult to get.
January 24th, 2012
My wife’s greatest strength when it comes to nutrition, well being and health can also at times be her greatest weakness. She believes with all her heart, mind and soul in the great nutrition offered by Isagenix. She has tried them and experienced their positive
effects first hand. It is easy for her to talk about them because she is excited about what they have done for her and her family. As a result, she is eager for others to experience these same results. It is kind of like watching your kids open their presents on Christmas morning. It is much more satisfying than any present you could open yourself.
Because of her own experiences she believes the products and systems can change people’s lives. This does create a problem, however. When you believe so strongly in something, it is difficult to accept and understand when others do not see what you see. It is not a judgement or indictment of those who do not share this passion; but it can be confusing to someone who has accepted the efficacy of a nutritional product completely. My wife and I are an evidence based couple that needs to see it, taste it, touch it, or otherwise experience it. We have seen the evidence and have no doubts.
One of the challenges of Isagenix products and systems is that the product names evoke a specific perception. A good example is the Isagenix IsaLean Shake. The name is an obvious reference to weight loss or weight maintenance. Yet there are professional and world class athletes who have come to understand the nutritional benefits of the products beyond the potential for weight control. This understanding, however, requires some research and understanding of the products. The point is that if you think that Isagenix is only for those looking to experience weight loss, then you only know half the story. Athletes like Lori Harder…bikini model, competitor and trainer have figured it out. The solution is to do your own research. If you need some guidance and direction I am sure my wife would love to talk to you.
January 16th, 2012
On April 2, 2008 Former Surgeon General Doctor “Doc” Richard Carmona gave a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California. In that speech Doc Carmona made some provocative claims. The speech was primarily focused on the topic of the childhood obesity epidemic. The provocative part was that he claimed the childhood obesity epidemic was one of the greatest security threats to our country. Essentially, if we coninue to produce obese children, where are we going to get our firemen, policemen and military in the future? If a large number of the candidates for those positions are incapable of passing a basic physical fitness test where will are public safety personnel going to be found?
I use a video of this speech in a presentation I give on health and nutrition, so it was fresh in my mind. It made me start to think about my responsibilities as a mom. I am not only thinking about my responsibilities as an American patriot but also the responsibilities I have to my children to ensure I maximize their opportunities as they move on into adulthood.
I have always been concerned about my children’s health and well being even before I turned my passion for good nutrition into a successful business. I have come to realize, however, that the fitness level of my children can either limit or broaden the opportunities available to them in the future. If I have an obese kid, it will have a negative impact on them on several levels. The obvious implication is that there are professions that require a level of physical fitness or health to perform. Less obvious is the discriminatory stigma attached to people with obesity. Regardless, a lack of positive health and physical fitness will mean struggle and challenge for my children throughout their lives. I am sure that as a mom you would want a healthier life for your children from the time they are born until the day you no longer have influence over them. It is for this reason that I want to be a positive influence and good role model for my kids. Who is ready to join me?
October 13th, 2011
It never ceases to amaze me how often I find how much television can adversely affect our lives and the lives of our children. There are studies that show excessive exposure to television can limit a childs capacity to learn and assimilate information. Most recently it was suggested that the frequency of scene changes in the popular show Sponge Bob Square Pants may contribute to incidences of people with ADHD. Who knew that some Sponge Bob fun could cause issues for kids!
Beyond the potential for for causing mental deficiencies, it is not a great secret that too much television is a contributing factor to the juvenile obesity epidemic. For obvious reasons, the longer a child sits in front of a television screen the less they are engaging in necessary physical activity. If kids aren’t moving, are not challenging themselves physically, and are eating junk food, they are most likely destined to fall under the obesity definition starting at an early age.
Now scientists have determined that kids with type one diabetes who spend hours in front of the television have greater challenges in controlling their blood sugar. It would seem to be easy to blame this correlation on a lack of physical activity and obesity associated with that lack of activity. Despite that easy assumption it was determined that this connection was not proven and there was more to the blood sugar/television equation.
Although it was suggested that a lack of excercise plays some role, it is also believed that kids have a tendency to snack while sitting in front of the television. Since kids suffering from type one diabetes have to inject insulin around mealtime to control their blood sugar, it is believed that more than 4 hours of daily television viewing can interfere with a childs ability to track what food they are consuming. As a result their blood sugar becomes imbalanced due to a lack of attention. This may also go along with the belief that television affects a childs ability to learn and think properly.
My kids have been on break for the last week. I think we will be kicking them out of the house tomorrow to go play. How about you?
October 10th, 2011
I have some good news. You may have more influence on your children than you give yourself credit for. When my children were very young my wife and I struggled with the decision to have her work outside the home and bring in a second income, or have her stay home to raise our kids. Several years later this decision would lead her into a profession that would offer her the best of both worlds. Those that know us know I am referring to our network marketing business. At the time of this decision however we were both very concerned about the financial challenges we may experience. Even though this perceived hardship was later determined to be mostly unfounded we still needed to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of our decision. In the end we realized that our concern for our children’s future far outweighed the question of how to make wealth. We realized that in 20 years our children were going to be our legacy. They were going to reflect back on us for good or bad. If our children turned out well and reflected the values we believe are important, then we would be able to take some credit. Conversely, if they turned out poorly we were going to have to take the blame.
Sometimes we as parents relinquish some of our responsibility, but in the process also relinquish some of our control over our childrens future. We may blame the behavior of our children on their choice in friends; or the influence of their school; or the television shows that they watch. I believe that these influences, however, are provided power over them by the decisions we as parents make about the examples we set for our children. Our kids see where we go, what we do, and who we associate with and determine that these decisions are appropriate for them as well. They choose the friends they do because those are the types of friends we keep. They may be influenced at school because we have failed to provide them with the proper tools to survive in an environment that may contradict our own belief system. They are influenced adversely by television because we don’t retain an interest in what they are watching.
In a recent article in MyHealthNewsDaily they discussed a study dealing with the influence that television commercials have on kids decisions about the foods they eat and the smart eating choices they make. Surprisingly it was determined that when parents intervene and discuss the commercials and the choices offered about proper nutrition, children can be positively influenced by their parents. Therefore, all hope is not lost. Just because McDonald’s tells your kids they should be “lovin’ it” when referring to french fries, you just may be able to convince your kids to love apples or grapes!