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What? You thought I was going to start with a picture that was less inspiring??? And there in lies most of our problems. When we think about ourselves, what it is we want to accomplish, learn, become we are often thinking a little too small. Instead of reaching for the stars, for our own full potential we are often limiting ourselves through comparison to others. “I would like my thighs to look like that girls, I wish I had a job like hers, I wish I had her __________, etc.” In the wishful, comparison game not only are you losing out but so are we. Even if you attain all of those things we will never get to really experience YOU!!! Which is the most interesting, exciting person that you can bring to our world!!! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am always looking to meet the genuine article, not a cheap wanna’ be imitation :-)

But, what does that mean in your Life in Synergy journey?? Well, that is the Life in Synergy journey :-) To really know YOU! Let’s look at the whole Life in Synergy wheel and see how each aspect relates to you discovering, appreciating and ultimately loving all of YOU!!

Step 1: Learn about the imbalances in your body and how to correct them with the Synergistics Fitness Method, when your body is in Synergy, YOUR body is its most attractive, everything is in balance, no overdeveloped muscles that look bulky, no flabby muscles that look like fat. When you do not like a part of your body, it is NOT an exercise issue it is a communication issue. Your brain, the master computer in your head either is […]

Vitamin A

Vitamin A comes in two forms: Retinol and Beta-Carotene. Retinol is the animal form of vitamin A and good sources of it include eggs, liver and dairy products.Did you know that Vitamin A only occurs naturally in whole milk? Reducing the fat in milk strips it of this essential vitamin and then it is necessary to add a synthetic version.  Beta-Carotene is an organic compound and powerful anti-oxidant that turns into vitamin A in your body. Beta-Carotene  is found in foods with bright colors like the sweet potatoes pictured here as well as carrots, colorful peppers and apricots. Think color on your plate. Vitamin A has many health benefits such as healthy vision and beautiful skin!

Vitamin A

Vitamin A comes in two forms: Retinol and Beta-Carotene. Retinol is the animal form of vitamin A and good sources of it include eggs, liver and dairy products.Did you know that Vitamin A only occurs naturally in whole milk? Reducing the fat in milk strips it of this essential vitamin and then it is necessary to add a synthetic version.  Beta-Carotene is an organic compound and powerful anti-oxidant that turns into vitamin A in your body. Beta-Carotene  is found in foods with bright colors like the sweet potatoes pictured here as well as carrots, colorful peppers and apricots. Think color on your plate. Vitamin A has many health benefits such as healthy vision and beautiful skin!

Vitamin B

There are 8 B vitamins in total, from B1 to B12, this used to be thought of as one vitamin but research has shown that they are each  distinct. Often referred to by a different name for example B1 is also known as Thiamin, B2 is Riboflavin, B3 is Niacin, B5 is Pantothenic Acid, B6 is Pyridoxine, B7 is Biotin, B9 is Folic Acid and B12 is well usually called B12. The B vitamins are essential for cell growth and development, especially for red blood cells!! Now you see why these are so important! Found in legumes pictured here and most sources of protein! Remember, when utilizing legumes as a source of protein they must be combined with a starch!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C as you already know is great for your immune system, but where else besides oranges can you find it? Strawberries, cantaloupe, papaya, broccoli, green peppers and brussels sprouts are a few examples. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant which means it helps prevent aging ! With the added benefit that many of the foods high in Vitamin C are also high in Soluble Fiber, nature’s daily detox!

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because this vitamin is obtained primarily from exposure to sunlight. Small amounts of vitamin D can be found in fatty fish (sardines, mackerel, salmon), eggs and fortified dairy products. Vitamin D plays a major role in the building and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth due to its effect on calcium and phosphorus.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and it also protects red blood cells and cell membranes from damage. Vitamin E can be found in seeds, nuts, beans and green leafy vegetables. Have you noticed that so many of these important vitamins are found in fruits and vegetables? Not only are they high in vitamins but they are also low in calories and packed with intestine strengthening fiber.

Vitamin K

Not as commonly discussed as some of the other vitamins,  vitamin K plays a key role in the body. The primary role of vitamin K is the formation of blood clotting substances, this is very important in the event of a injury. Research also suggests that this vitamin may help in the maintenance of healthy bones. The best sources of vitamin K are dark greens such as kale, collard greens and spinach.

Vitamins!

Did you know that vitamins come in two types- water soluble and fat soluble? The B and C vitamins are water soluble, they dissolve in the water in our bodies so when you go to the restroom you will pass any excess of these. Vitamins A,D,E, and K are fat soluble,  your body stores these vitamins in your fat cells and liver and does not eliminate excess amounts of these vitamins even if you have too much! This month we will be exploring more about vitamins, what foods they are found in naturally and what they do for your body. Vitamins are mostly found in fruits,  vegetables and whole grains and we will delve deeper into the A’s, B’s and C’s ( no pun intended) of the different types and what they do for us.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Avoiding corn syrup has been one of my rants for years. Now finally more medical research is linking corn syrup to obesity and type II diabetes. High fructose corn syrup is in everything! Please read your labels!! By avoiding this ingredient, not only will your body look better but you will not believe how much better your food will taste!  As we all ask for better food the industry will comply. I started talking about corn syrup almist a decade ago, now Arnold Breads, Kraft and Pepperidge Farm have eliminated it from their products!

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