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Pregnancy and…weight loss?

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

As many of you maybe aware my wife Tamara struggled with obesity for much of her life.  As a matter of fact, when I first met her she had just completed a regimented diet plan helping her to lose a significant amount of weight.pregnant 2is Pregnancy and...weight loss?  Tamara was able to control her weight issues through limiting her diet for some time until she got pregnant with our daughter.  As a result of this pregnancy and the subsequent pregnancy with my son, Tamara developed health issues that caused her to gain 65 pounds over the course of the next 10 years.  One of the things I remembered from both of the pregnancies is that the doctor was never concerned about Tamara gaining too much weight; rather, he  was concerned with her gaining enough. 

According to a FoxNews.com article many doctors follow the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine in regards to pregnancy and weight gain.  According to this advisory panel, obese women should still gain 11 to 20 pounds during their pregnancy.  This recommendation is less than the 25 to 35 pounds recommended for women considered to be of normal weight at the beginning of their pregnancy. 

New research may indicate that weight gain recommendations for pregnant women are all wrong…or, at the very least, may need to be modified.  The associated study suggests that women with a BMI of 40 or higher could actually benefit from losing weight during pregnancy

Some of the benefits to obese women losing weight or maintaining their weight during pregnancy include:

  • Reduced potential for C-section deliveries
  • Reduced potential for delivering large newborns

The recommendations of the study presume that the expectant mother is eating a balanced diet that gives her the nutrients she needs to maintain a healthy baby and a healthy mother.  A daily nutritious 229 breastfeeding Pregnancy and...weight loss?protein based shake may help in this effort.  Another recent study has found that 54% of obese mothers are less likely to breast-feed their children.  Considering all of the health benefits associated with breast-feeding, this statistic should be of significant concern.

Both of these studies should cause both expectent obese mothers and their doctors to re-examine old paradigms.  If you would like to discuss this topic with us further or you would like to find out more about Isagenix nutritional products you can visit CleanseBenefits.com or call Tamara toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

Find My Inspirational Weight Loss Story on BlogTalkRadio

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

This has been an amazing year.  My goal throughout has been to reach as many people with the amazing promiseTamara2b3 256x300 Find My Inspirational Weight Loss Story on BlogTalkRadio of Nutrititional Cleansing and ReplenishingIsagenix products, paks and systems have changed the life of my family on so many levels and opened doors I didn’t know existed.  I now have another opportunity to reach even more of you.  On Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. you can log on to BlogTalkRadio.com and access my interview with reknowned women’s mentor Sharon Michaels.  You can hear my weight-loss success story as well as gain additional insight and information on how Isagenix systems may work for you!

You can listen to the interview by clicking on  the picture below…

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If after hearing the interview you would like to find out more you can contact me through CleanseBenefits.com, or by calling me toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

Counting Calories and Weight Loss Success

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

If you wish to win the weight-loss race, you have to begin with finding the starting line.  Determining the number of calories necessary to maintain your current weight is useful information when it comes to fighting the battle of the bulge.  This number then can help you to determine how many daily calories you will need to consume to actually lose weight.  The Mifflin-St. Jeor equations are a fairly accurate tool to establish daily calorie requirements.

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Counting Calories

The process to determine your base caloric number is as follows:

1.     Convert your weight and height

Current Weight ____________ Divided by 2.2 ____________ = your weight in Kilograms

Height in inches ____________  x 2.54 = your height in centimeters  

2.     Calculate A

10 x ____________ (weight in kilograms from step 1) = _____________ A

3.     Calculate B

6.25 x ___________ (height in centimeters from step 1) = _____________ B

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Mifflin-St. Jeor Equations

4.     Calculate C

5 x age = ____________ C

5.     Calculate your caloric needs

Male:

A + B = __________ – C = __________ + 5 = ___________ = BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)

Female:

A + B = __________ – C = __________ – 161 = ___________ = BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)

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1.200 = Sedentary (Little or no exercise)

1.375 = Minimally active ( Light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week)

1.550 = Moderately active  (Moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week)

1.725 = Very Active (Hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week)

1.900 = extra active (Very hard exercise/sports and physical job)

Your BMR ___________ x your activity level ___________ = your daily caloric needs

To lose one pound per week you have to subtract 500 from the number above (daily caloric needs).  This number tells you how many calories you should consume each day to achieve weight-loss.

To lose two pounds per week, in addition to adjusting your caloric intake as indicated above, add 45 minutes to an hour of physical activity each day. 

Using the above equations a 42 year old, 6 foot, 200 pound man who lives a moderately active lifestyle would have a BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) of 1849.  This same man would need to take in 2866 calories a day to maintain his current weight.  If this man wanted to  lose a pound a week he would have to maintain his current lifestyle and eliminate 500 calories from his daily intake.     

If you would like to find out how nutritional cleansing and replenishing can help you to lose weight and maintain your shape then contact us toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).  You can also visit our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com.

Obesity tied to Brain Damage

Monday, April 18th, 2011

One of my favorite t-shirts of all time was posted by a friend on his face-book page.  The shirt reads, “My wife says I have ADD but…hey look!  A duck!”  I find great amusement in this t-shirt because it I believe it to be reflective of the

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 view of many wives towards their husbands.  We husbands generally have a limited capacity to multi-task, i.e. watch television, read a book, etc., and at the same time hear what our wives are trying to tell us.  Based upon a new study conducted by researchers at Kent State University in Ohio, the next time you miss something your wife says you may want to look down to the belly under the t-shirt to explain your lack of understanding and perception. 

The researchers tested the cognitive functions of volunteers suffering from obesity and compared these results to subjects at a healthy weight.  It was determined that obese people generally scored lower than the non-obese subjects.  In fact, 25% of the obese subjects scored low enough to be considered learning disabled

Even more astounding, the researchers determined that correcting the obesity problem, i.e. losing weight through various methods in order to achieve a healthy weight, may boost cognitive scores.  Subsequent to the initial study two-thirds of the obese study participants underwent weight-loss surgery and released an average of 50 pounds.  This weight-loss appeared to have a correlary effect of increasing test scores related to memory. 

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Cognitive Function

When I first started researching the study I felt it was possible that the lower test scores in obese people may be related to the amount of time that was spent eating as opposed to engaging in cognitive activities.  This led me to believe that test scores would remain the same for some time after the weight was lost.  However, the researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to scan the obese subjects brains.  They determined that there was actually physiological evidence that obesity has an adverse affect on the brain.  Researchers found indications of damage to the substance that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers which indicated that this substance is needed for optimal cognitive function

The ultimate take-away from the study is obesity robs sufferers of much more than their physical health.  Beyond the weight related physical diseases experienced by obese people, there is now a psychological component that negatively impacts their lives.  There are so many negatives associated with being obese that it becomes more critical every day for people to change their lives and lifestyles. 

I am not a purist.  I accept the fact that nutritional cleansing may not be for everyone.  I reject the idea that there are people who cannot follow the system; however, I do accept that there are those that simply don’t want to.  Nutritional cleansing does require some commitment and a leap of faith that something you have yet to try might actually work.  If my wife had not made that leap she would still be considered obese.  she would still be almost 70 pounds overweight.  We probably would not have a long happy life together.  

My wife and I feel a sense of obligation to help those who suffer from obesity and poor health.  We would love to talk to you about how nutrional cleansing and Isagenix changed our lives on so many levels.  If you would like to have a conversation with us then you can call toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438) or you can visit our web-site at http://www.cleansbenefits.com.

The Good Fortune of Nutritional Cleansing

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

What does a fortune cookie’s fortune have to do with nutritional cleansing?  I love oriental food.  Actually I am fascinated by it.  A chef is able to combine ingredients that many people normally don’t eat and blend them in a wayFortune Cookie The Good Fortune of Nutritional Cleansing that makes any entree appealing and desirable.  Vegetables like snap peas, water chestnuts, carrots, sprouts and the like are combined with unique spices and tasty sauces into an explosion of taste and flavor.  That is why I chose to have my favorite for lunch today…Kung Pao Chicken. 

After I finished my delicious meal I looked into the bottom of the bag and spoted the individually wrapped fortune cookie.  Because I am conscious of how many sweets I put into my mouth I will generally skip this dessert.  This does not mean that I skip the fortune.  Now I don’t actually believe in the fortune.  I don’t believe words written on a tiny slip of paper should be directing my life and guiding my decisions.  Yet I do find the fortunes amusing.  Today my fortune read, “There is no greater gift than good health.  Cherish it always.”  Like many of the fortunes contained in those folded yellow cookies, I was having a hard time understanding how these words predicted my future or were supposed to change my life.  Despite this fact I did find value in the passage. 

I believe with all of my heart that good health is one of the greatest blessings that can be bestowed on a man or

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Network Marketing

woman.  Good health is the soil that a good life grows from.  With that knowledge it should be easy for you to understand why my wife and I are so passionate about Isagenix and nutritional cleansing.  The many Isagenix products, paks and systems are the means by which I can bring a complete stranger closer to a healthier life.

The challenge has always been to convince the receiver of this good news that my intentions are pure and that I am not simply trying to “sell” them something.  This challenge is true for any network marketerMulti-level marketing is very different than any other type of sales.  We are not offereing everyday items.  We are tasked with convincing someone that they need something they never needed before.  Furthermore, we must make our pitch in unconventional locations and circumstances.  

A lightbulb salesman has a built in customer base.  He does not have to convince someone that they need to buy lightbulbs.  Instead, he simply needs to convince the buyer that they should buy their lightbulbs from him.  Network marketers must convince the buyer of one of three things. 

1.  The product or service they offer is “better” than what can be found in a traditional store

2.  The product or service they offer is “cheaper” than similar products bought through more conventional means. 

3.  The product or service is so unique or special that they only reason the buyer hasn’t bought it before is because they were unaware of its existence. 

Isagenix and nutritional cleansing fall into the third category.  Isagenix has provided such a unique health and weight loss solution to me and my family that I cannot help but tell others about how it has changed our lives.  I cannot

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IsaLean Shake

 compare it to any other product or service because what it offers is so special and profound that such a comparison would not do it justice.  It is not simply a nutritional supplement.  It is certainly not a weight loss program like so many others on the market.  Finally, the IsaLean Shake is not your typical athletes meal replacement.  It is all of these things and so much more.  We would love the opportunity to tell everyone reading this blog how it has changed our lives…and how it could change yours. 

If you would like to find out more then you can contact us through our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com, or by calling us toll free at 1-866-982-3438.

The Price We are Willing to Pay to be Thin and “Healthy”

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Most Americans watch television on a fairly regular basis.  Among the commercials for Bud Light Beer, Geico Insurance, and Taco Bell are advertisements for prescription medications, medical products and medical

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 procedures.  These commercials usually start out innocently enough informing us of the products purpose and efficacy.  With the same cheery voice-over however, much of the commercial is spent telling us, the consumer all the ways in which the product may harm us…or even kill us.  It was not that long ago that I was listening to a commercial about a prescription medication for depression that may cause suicidal thoughts for the people who use it. 

These products sell, in my opinion, for one of two reasons.  First, the condition the products purports to cure is so severe that the user does a cost benefits analysis and determines the risk does not outweigh the potential for relief.  Second, the user is so desperate for a solution that they ignore the associated hazards.  There are several examples of this in the health and wellness field. 

The HCG Diet is a fairly recent addition to the weight loss arsenal…at least in the United States.  The HCG Diet

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HCG Diet

works by tricking the body into believing that it is pregnant.  The HCG Hormone causes the body to mobilize fat to feed the fetus while reducing hunger.  Along with receiving injections the diet requires that you maintain a 500 calorie per day diet.  First off, I would argue that no diet that limits you to 500 calories per day could be healthy for you.  In addition, pregnancy is considered to be a disease state.  It increases morbidity and mortality in women…now, how bad do you want to be thin?  Ultimately, the program fails for many because you can’t stay with it forever.  Many doctors address this issue by starting the program all over again.  Do you see a problem here? 

Another example is a new technique developed by doctors to use ultrasound to zap fat cells (http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/03/07/scientists-use-ultrasound-blast-away-fat-cells/.  Essentially your fat cells are killed with a high-intensity focused ultrasound along with another treatment that freezes fat cells.  The promise is that you can achieve weight loss without surgery (sounds positive!).  What you might not realize is that if you kill off the fat cells in your stomach and you start to gain weight you could begin to store fat around your heart and liver…still sound like a good idea? 

We are a nation of people looking for the short-cut.  We want to cut out the middle man to achieve success.  We are willing to do almost anything to achieve our goals related to fitness and appearance.  This may work well in business,

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 but rarely is it a good idea when it comes to our bodies.  There is a reason the health and diet section of the bookstores have new books every day.  Everyone is looking for a solution to their health and obesity problems with some new cure that requires little effort.  The bottom line is that the solution is what it has always been…good nutrition.  It is what brought my wife and I to nutritional cleansing and replenishing.  It is what keeps us using the system.  It offers high grade nutrition while cleansing the body of impurities.  We have continued for the last four years to experience success and we see no reason to believe the system will ever fail us. 

If you would like to speak with us we would love to hear from you.  We believe in nutritional cleansing and replenishing with all our hearts and spread the word whenever given the opportunity.  If you would like to do some research on your own you can visit our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com, or you can call us at 1-866-982-3438.

The Hidden Stressors of Obesity

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In a recent health article on FoxNews.com it was suggested that the stressors associated with obesity go far beyond health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.  The fact of the matter is that the stigma of obesity in

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 our culture adds psychological pressures that further compromise a persons ability to achieve their health and wellness goals.  The fact that a person challenged by weight issues feels judged or discriminated against creates negative feelings that can actually cause a decline in physical health.

For anyone who has read this blog in the past you know my feelings on this subject.  I do not believe that it is right to judge someone based upon their appearance or level of physical fitness.  My Christian belief’s tell me that I am no better than anyone else and have no right to ridicule or discriminate against another person.  This does not mean that we should ignore the fact that someone maybe slowly killing themselves as a  result of their poor nutrition and fitness choices.  Positive change will only come about by first recognizing that  a problem exists and then by supporting that person to the best of your ability. 

The weight issues that Tamara and I experienced happened before we even realized what was occuring.  We both found ourselves obese and neither of us was very happy.  I didn’t have to tell Tamara she was overweight and I heart attack The Hidden Stressors of Obesitydidn’t need anyone to tell me about my problem either.  The only point I ever made to Tamara was that I was concerned about her health.  I didn’t want to be raising two kids by myself…and I certainly did not want to lose my wife to a heart attack or diabetes (both are prevalent on her side of the family).  I was supportive by telling her that she would always be my “standard of beauty” and that I would never compare her to other women.  Tamara, however, knew that something needed to be done as did I.  

Our initial efforts to solve our obesity problems took different paths (mine was focused primarily in the gym and hers was through trying various diets).  It was not until we discovered nutritional cleansing and replenishing (Isagenix) that we found our personal solutions. 

Ultimately, my point is this.  People should not be judging those people with weight issues; but, obese people have obligations as well.  The idea that the world should simply accept the fact that we are the fattest nation in the world and getting fatter all the time is just not going to work.  We all need to work a little harder.  If you are overweight I don’t want you to be stressed as I think that only compounds an eating problem.  But you have to do something. 

If you would like to talk about what was successful for Tamara and I then you can call us at 1-866-982-3438.  If you want to do some of your own research you can go to http://www.cleansebenefits.com.

Making a Decision for Positive Change

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
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Charlie Sheen

I have been following the saga of Charlie Sheen, the star of the wildly successful television show Two and a Half Men, and his battle with CBS.  It is difficult to watch people self-destruct right in front of your eyes.  I think it can be especially difficult for you when you sit squarely in the national spotlight like Mr. Sheen, Lindsey Lohan or Amy Winehouse.  There is no escape and everyone gets to see you fail over and over again.  After years of being told that you are perfect, respected and adored it is hard to admit that you are none of these things.  It can be even harder to admit that you literally have to change who you are in order to survive.  It is much easier to believe you can “make” people accept the life you have chosen.    

I have some experience with addictive personalities based upon my primary profession as a law enforcement officer.  I have learned that the hardest step in walking away from destruction is admitting that you have a problem.  Until you are able to do a cost benefit analysis of your life and determined that you will lose more by maintaining the status quo than by committing yourself to some kind of change, a destructive path may seem acceptable…even normal.  Even when the decision is

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made to change your life most people seek out a path to least resistance in order to accomplish this end.  Those of you who read this blog on a consistent basis know the title of my favorite and most inspiring book.  This book makes it clear that the road less traveled may be the most difficult initially.  In the end, however, choosing this path above all others can reap rewards that you never realize existed.  

I have taken a rather circuitous path to get to my ultimate point as it relates to Nutritional Cleansing.  I would argue, however, that it was worth your wait.  There are many addictions such as alcoholism and drug that can slowly chip away at a person’s happiness, health and peace of mind.  Most of them are open for discussion and are obvious to our family, friends and associations.  Often these addictions are ignored because no one likes conflict…no one likes to be the bad guy to tell you that you have a problem.  I will be the bad guy here and tell you that if you are engaged in a lifestyle that is resulting in obesity and its associated weight-related health conditions then you have a problem and you better do something about it sooner than later.  As I have stated in the past, many of us have become quite accepting of you overweight and obese people.  The reason is simple…you are in the majority.  Statistically, you outnumber the people that fall into the range of what is considered to be a “normal” and healthy weight.  You, in fact, have become the norm.  Your addiction is no longer considered a “problem”.  We get yelled at and confronted if we say being overweight is unattractive, unhealthy and a poor example to our family and friends.

What if instead of an addiction to food, our nation was addicted to Cocaine or Meth?  Would we continue to hesitate to point out the elephant in the room or would we all be screaming from the rooftops that something needed to be done?  I’m screaming!!  There are many solutions to the various addictions including food addictions.  I liken them to the various fitness routines.  If I told you that the only resolution to your weight problem was by jogging many of you would throw up your hands and simply say, “I guess I am meant to die at an early age  overweight and  unhealthy”.  I would be right there with you as I would rather have a long slow root canal than run five miles.  I believe that fitness in the gym comes down to finding the routine which appeals to you and motivates you as an individual.  Maybe it is aerobics, maybe it is spinning or maybe it is 183995 1619961700757 1287852844 31620473 4682297 n Making a Decision for Positive Changeweight training.  Maybe it is a combination of all three.  Regardless you can’t go on your first run and decide that exercise and fitness just isn’t for you.  

The same can be said for choosing a health and wellness program.  Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing is not for everyone.  I have had my fair share of people tell me that they just couldn’t do it.  I take exception to the “couldn’t” part as I believe that human beings are capable of doing literally anything they set their minds to.  I tell my kids this every day and I believe it is starting to set in.  All I have to do is look at my daughter on the podium at her national archery tournament this weekend to know that this is true.  Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing has been wildly successful for my family and literally thousands of people I have met over the course of the last four years.  If you decide Nutritional Cleansing is not something you “want” to do, I can accept this assertion.  I would assert in response, however, that the vast majority of you remain without excuse for your condition.  There are solutions out there.  If you want to try what has worked for my family, Tamara and I would love to tell you more.  You can call us at 1-866-982-3438 or you can reach us through our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com.

Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same?

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

There are two elements associated with a nutritional cleansing and replenishing program.  The first element involves the cleansing of impurities from the body.  I liken it to an STP treatment for your engine.  Youlogo stp Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same? remove the impurities and your engine runs more efficiently.  In your body your engine running better means your metabolism is more efficient, and as an added benefit you have a tendency to lose weight.  I have found with my own nutritional cleansing and replenishing system that my body’s metabolism has a tendency to center itself.  I released pounds and found a weight that optimized my fitness level and athletic performance.  

The second step to achieving a healthy lifestyle is to replenish the body with high grade nutrition.  Many athletes use a variety of vitamins and supplements to accomplish this end.  This is critical considering the poor state of health and fitness in this country and some of the junk we consider food.  One of the most common means by which athletes replenish their bodies is with a protein-based thumbnail.aspx?q=525279038240&id=31a9d4dc965f89831fee6092948d94eb&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.tradeoffer.com%2fuploadedimages%2f82703399 Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same?powder.  There are several different protein powders on the market at the present time that can be mixed into flavored meal replacement shakes (usually a chocolate meal replacement shake or a vanilla meal replacement shake).  The options presented below are in order from least to most effective/comprehensive in achieving total health and fitness.  

Whey Powder

Of the three options I will discuss, this is the least expensive of the protein powders.  There are three different types of whey protein to include hydrolyzed whey protein, whey protein isolate, and whey protein concentrateWhey protein contains little fat and cholesterol and is also low in lactose.  There are few carbohydrates and it is high in calciumWhey protein increases training related fat loss if consumed immediately before or after you work out.  Whey protein also increases protein synthesis if taken right before or after a work out.  It is easily digested and absorbed.  

Whey Protein/Calcium Caseinate Protein Powder

This blend of ingredients provides two different protein sources that are absorbed in different ways.  The whey protein is quickly absorbed while the calcium caseinate protein is absorbed much more slowly.  This combination gives you an immediate source of protein as well as a time released source over time.  This combination increases fat loss when consumed just before or after your workout.  The added element of calciumIsaLean Nutrition Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same? caseinate is synthesized from dried skim milk.  

Whey Protein/Calcium Caseinate Protein/Carbohydrate Powder: 

This is the blend that I use and seems to offer the greatest benefit to those looking to improve overall health and wellness, manage their weight and build lean muscle mass.  The introduction of carbohydrates and fat to this blend of proteins creates a super food for those looking to… 

  • Maximize nutrient absorption
  • Support vital body functions
  • Build Lean Muscle
  • Manage weight 

I would suggest to anyone looking to incorporate a protein powder into their diets and work-out routines to read the label.  Not all protein powders are the same so a little research is necessary.  If you would like to talk about the protein-based meal replacement shake that I am taking which falls into the last category I would be happy to talk to you about it.  

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The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Health

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Municipalities and other government bodies across the country have passed laws that dictate and limit the amount of trans-fat, sodium and other unhealthy food characteristics in order to protect us from ourselves.  

I first became aware of this trend after reading an article from the WBALTV.com web-site.  WBAL is a news station inBOSTON~Fenway Park Boston Massachusetts Posters The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Health Baltimore, Maryland.  This article discussed the City of Baltimore’s decision to issue “environmental citations” to restaurants that served food containing trans-fats.  In the article the Baltimore commissioner of Health, Dr Oxiris Barbot, was quoted as saying, “…while we are pleased with the high rates of compliance we’ve seen since the ban took effect, we will continue to sanction businesses that repeatedly fail to comply.”  

Since discovering this article I have found several other examples of healthy food mandates.  In a 2006 MSNBC.com article it was identified that New York City had passed a similar trans-fat ban.  

It may surprise many of you that I vehemently disagree with such laws and regulations.  While I believe that avoiding foods and food ingredients that are inherently bad for you is a reasonable and recommended course of action, I do not believe it is the job of a government or regulatory agency to TJ%202%20436X500 The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Healthmake decisions for you or your family.  As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.  The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”  

Regulations and laws serve the purpose of filling a vacuum.  They are generally created because people have failed to assume personal responsibility for doing that which is right, just and smart.  For many it is simply easier to give up responsibility for themselves and their families and allow some external force to make those daily decisions for them.  

Many of you may applaud these regulations and statutes and believe it is just too difficult to keep track of what is going into our bodies on a daily basis.  It could be argued that trans-fat laws are no different than banning or controlling other substances that could kill you, e.g. lead, asbestos, etc.  Yet I believe there is a great chasm separating things that are poisonous from things that are unhealthy.  

At the end of the day, your decision to eat ice cream as opposed to drinking an Isagenix® IsaLean® shake should be your own.  My concern is where these trends stop.  Regulation equals control, and not control of our own lives.  Rather it is some disconnected agency that may or may not have our best interests in mind deciding what is best while telling us all that we are incapable of making these decisions for ourselves and loved ones. 

In a 2007 Associated Press article, MSNBC.com reported more and more schools are considering banning peanutpeanut butter The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Health butter from kid’s lunches.  The justification for such a ban is based upon the concern over food allergies.  Once again, we as a country have relinquished control over our own lives and deposited them in the hands of bureaucrats.  As a result, my daughter may have to give up her organic peanut butter with honey on whole wheat bread.  How dare they do that! 

The argument from the other side of the table is that we are the fattest nation on the planet, and that this has subsequently over-burdened our health care system…we are guilty as charged.  But instead of everyone making better decisions about the foods we eat and the activities we choose, we continue to sit on the couch and passively watch as others guide our lives.  

The longer we sit the worse it will get.  The alternative is that we take control of our own health.  We begin to work out more and watch TV less.  We eat properly and supplement the foods we eat with vitamins and minerals like those contained in the many Isagenix® products such as the Isagenix® Cleanse For Life™ Dietary Supplement, or the Isagenix® IsaDelight Dark Chocolate.  

If you would like to find out more about these amazing Isagenix® products and find out how they can give you control over your own health you can contact us through our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com, or by calling toll free 1-866-982-DIET (3438).