Sunday, October 26, 2014

Natto- Smells Bad, Good For You!

Hello everyone!

As someone who likes and has an interest in Asian foods, there is one food I know of that gets really mixed up reactions.  Either you love it or you hate it.

What is it? Natto.

Natto is fermented soybean, same bean as soy sauce and miso come from, but it's different.  It's still in whole bean form and it's very very sticky and smells. 

It looks like this when it's all mixed up: 

It's an acquired taste but has a lot of health benefits, the bacteria it is fermented with is similar to that of yogurt or kimchi in a way, and helps with the digestion for example.

Also it's usually not eaten by itself.  Usually it's mixed with soy sauce or a little mustard (a tiny mustard packet usually comes with it) and on top of something or with something like rice (I've seen people put it on toast too).

Do I like it? I don't know! I recently bought some but have not tried it yet.  When I do, I will post how I reacted to it, hahaha.

Have any of you ever tried natto?  Would you?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Want to Dress Up Your Food? Try Furikake!

Hello everyone!

There may be a day when you are eating plain rice, plain vegetables, or plain anything, and you may wonder "How can I dress this up?"

The answer: Furikake!

What is Furikake? It sounds weird.

Furikake is a Japanese word, and it refers to a variety of things you can sprinkle on top of your food.  They add flavor and make the food look pretty.  To my knowledge you can kinda use anything (I have even seen bacon furikake) but I decided to try a traditional one- Gomashio.

Goma (sesame seed) shio (salt) is basically sesame seeds covered in salt.  They do sell the stuff at Asian markets but I decided to take the plunge and *shock* make my own.

I already had the ingredients needed- black sesame seeds (the tan kind are fine too but the black ones are pretty) and sea salt.  Here's how you make your own on the stove.  

What you need:

100 grams of sesame seeds (toasted or untoasted, mine came pre-toasted)
10-12 grams of sea salt (depending on how salty you want it)
1/2 cup or so of water

If you have raw seeds:

Pour a layer of seeds into a skillet, no oil needed.  Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly.  You will hear popping noises and you'll start to smell the yummy aroma.  For a sparse layer, 5 minutes should do it, a thin layer would take about 10 minutes, if it's a thicker layer then it would take even longer.  You can do  your 100 grams of seeds in batches if need be, but once toasted they can all be salted at once.  If your seeds are pretoasted like mine, skip this step.

Dissolve the salt in the water until there are no grains of salt left. It's okay to add more water to properly dissolve it.

Put the seeds in the pan and then pour in the water.  The seeds will clump when wet.  Heat on medium heat, stirring.  As the water evaporates, there will be salt on the edges of the pan. Scrape this off.

How long it takes to finish depends on how much water and seeds you use. You are done when the seeds are dry, and no longer clump.  If you use black ones like I did, they will have a slightly grayish tint to them.  Evaporating the salt water directly on the seeds will evenly coat them all.

Let cool off on the pan, after you remove it from the heat.  Then, store in an airtight container.

Here's some pics of mine- in progress and the finished product!

Seeds with water

As they cook, you can see the water evaporated some and there's salt on the edges.

All finished and in the container!

Gomashio is very versatile, you can use it on anything that salt will taste good on and give a little nutty flavor. It's also very nutritious, as sesame seeds are a source of protein also. 

Have you guys ever tried any furikake or made your own? 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A warning about brown rice syrup

Hello everyone-

I came across an article on Yahoo this morning that is not necessarily about weight loss, but it IS relevant if you eat brown rice/brown rice syrup.

Click here for article

Recently, studies have shown that organic brown rice syrup COULD be a high source of arsenic, and the article also mentions rice itself having arsenic in it.  This just makes being gluten free even harder, if you don't want poison in your food.  And going organic won't change it much- the arsenic was found in organic brown rice syrup-containing foods. 

I actually have a jar of organic brown rice syrup that I think I might have to toss in the can after reading this. 

As far as I know, stevia is still safe to use for sweetening, so I think I will keep doing that. 

I really think the best way (at least for me) is to just avoid grains altogether, since everything seems so wrong with all of them these days.  I usually feel better when I do.

Have any of you tried to be grainless? How do you like it?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grain-Free Comfort Food?

Hello everyone!

I am always trying to read up on things grain-free, and while chatting with a friend of mine about a book she had seen for vegan comfort food, the lightbulb went off in my head- Are there Paleo (dairy/legume/grain/gluten-free) comfort food books as well?

So, I went to my good old friend and typed in the search line "Paleo Comfort Food".

And then I got directed to this title:

The good thing about this is that the recipes are free of anything I don't want to eat- grain/beans/dairy.  I downloaded the ebook to my Kindle Fire and I will be going over it during the weekend and let you guys know how it is.

My gluten/grain free ladies (and anyone else) any good websites, books, etc for gluten free recipes? Post below!

Have a great night!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tracy Anderson Calls Juice Cleanses "Horrific"

Hello everyone!

Today, I read an article about Tracy Anderson and her stance on the juice cleanses that are so popular these days.  (I actually know people also who are doing juice cleanses and I hear about it all the time online)

Tracy recently said that juice cleanses are "the worst thing ever to be commericalized" and "you might as well eat a Twinkie. There's like 80 calories in it, there's a bunch of chemicals in it, what's the point? The only benefit [to juice] is that it's pre-digested and the Twinkie's not."

Her main issue with the cleanses is  "They crash people's metabolic rate. Now, the F.D.A. says they have to be pasteurized. So, you're drinking, basically, water that's going to give you Type 2 diabetes, potentially."

She also does not advocate a raw vegan diet, she went on it in the past and lost her period for seven months. 

What Tracy DOES advocate is a clean organic diet and daily exercise.

For the article, click here. 

What are your thoughts?  Have you tried to juice cleanse? How about raw vegan?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Another Asian Workout I Found!

Hello everyone!

A long while back, I wrote about a workout from Korea called Figurerobics (You can check out the blog post here: My Blog on Figurerobics!)

I have friends all over the world (or so it seems!) and a friend of mine in Japan (who is also trying to lose some weight- I will tell you not ALL Japanese women are slim. Nope. ) told me about a popular workout program that women are doing called Curvy Dance!

Curvy Dance was invented by a woman named Hiromi Kashiki and the goal is to get a slim, curvy, feminine figure.  The reviews of her products from users said things like how the workouts are easy to follow, yet really get you sweating. 

Hiromi wrote several books about her program, which come with DVDs and are sadly, in Japanese and can't be played on other region DVD players.  Still want to see what it looks like and perhaps, try it?

This has everything, a warm up, 2 dance combinations, a cool down and even breakdown for the combinations.

I think this could  be good for those who need a low impact workout but still want to move.  Like me. My ankle is a bit better but I still cannot be on my hands and knees. (I tried again today and it wasn't working) I still don't feel confident to jump around either, so I will try this. It can't hurt, right?

Have you ever heard of Curvy Dance? Would you try it?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tracy Anderson on the Dr. Oz Show

Hello everyone!

For those of you that don't normally watch TV (like myself) Tracy Anderson was on one of the latest episodes of the Dr. Oz Show.

Here is the part with Tracy in it! (About 15-20 minutes total)

I thought it was pretty interesting what she had to say.  I also like the 8 minute workout she did on the show.  

You can see the workout here:

It doesn't take much space but you need 3 pound weights.  It looks like a good warm up at the very least, or even an add on to your current TAM routine.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gluten Free Pizza- At Dominos!

Hello everyone!

For those of you (and myself) who love pizza but don't love gluten, I read that Domino's Pizza will be offering gluten free dough!

It is safe for those with mild gluten sensitivities but not recommended for those with full blown celiac disease.  This is because the pizzas are prepared in the same kitchen as the regular crust pizzas that do have gluten.  If cross-contamination does not bother you,  then this is the pizza for you.

I also read that this crust will be only for small pizzas and sadly, cost $3 more than a small pizza with a regular crust.  According to Domino's, the crust is made from rice flour, rice starch, potato starch, water, and olive oil.

If I hadn't already eaten dinner, I would have ordered one for myself!

For more information, the article can be found here-

And another article here-

Are you going to try it, or do you want to try? Post in the comments below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Caramel Fudge Think Thin

Hello everyone!

I have a little review- as some of you may know I do like the Think Thin bars that are on the market.  Today, I tried a new flavor that for some reason doesn't seem that popular.

Caramel Fudge!

Texture:  Texture is not all gooey and caramelly inside. (I wish!)  It is solid, like most protein bars and all of the Think Thins I have tried.  The inside is a caramel brown color with a chocolate coating.

Taste: Better than I expected.  Most protein bars taste like crap in general, this one tastes... Less like crap.  I like caramel, and this does have a caramel taste.  The chocolate outside tastes very good too.  I have tried Lemon Creme (SUCKED) Brownie Crunch (didn't like it) Crunchy Peanut Butter (didn't like it) Dark Chocolate (so so) Chocolate Fudge (LOVE. The best TT bar ever) and this one is more toward the Chocolate Fudge flavor.  

Price: If you order from  you can get a box of 10 for 16$ plus shipping, amazon carries think thins too for a similar price.  However, ordering from the Think site gives you more choices of flavors (they do not have these caramel ones on Amazon, they used to for a whopping $25 per box of 10. No thanks.) and they are more likely fresher. I have received nasty boxes from Amazon. 

That's it for today, have a great day!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Kabocha Salad Recipe!

Hello everyone!

I am still keeping my diet as I mentioned last time, and as promised, I will share with you my recipe for kabocha salad.

I forget where I found the recipe, when I find it again, I will give the website credit!

Kabocha Salad

What you need:

1/2 a kabocha squash, seeds scooped out.
1 onion
Japanese mayonnaise (I used Kewpie brand, which is the only mayonnaise I will eat)

1. Cut the kabocha into uniform 1 inch cubes (bite size)
2. Boil or steam the kabocha for 7-10 minutes or until it's tender.
3. Drain the kabocha and let it cool
4. While the kabocha is cooling, slice the onion into thin slices (not rings but julienne) and coat with salt.  Squeeze the onion to soften and squeeze out the moisture. Don't worry about the saltiness, use as much salt as you need to get the onions covered and softened.
5. Drain the onions into a colander and rinse well with water.  They will no longer be salty.
6. When kabocha is cool, put the kabocha cubes, onion and toss with mayonnaise.  Use as much mayonnaise as you  need to moisten the salad, if you like your potato salads a little creamier, add more.
7. Toss gently so as not to smash the kabocha too much.
8. Add pepper to taste (I personally did not use any because it was good as it was)
9. Chill before serving.

As for calorie count... I really  have no idea.  However, kabocha IS suitable for paleo diets, it's not too starchy like a potato and has a sweet taste like a sweet potato.

This recipe can also be made vegan by using Vegenaise instead of the normal mayonnaise. 

Have you guys ever had this, or any kabocha recipe?  Let me know!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hunger Games Star Jennifer Lawrence Will Not Diet for Roles

Hello everyone!

Perhaps there is hope for body image in Hollywood.  I came across an article saying that Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss in the Hunger Games movie, says she will not diet for a movie role.  Her main reason is that she is concerned about young girls getting the wrong idea.

"I don't want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner," Lawrence said. "That's something I was really conscious of during training...I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong - not thin and underfed."

She did get a lot of backlash from critics saying she looked "too healthy" to play a character who is struggling to be fed.

My input- If these critics actually read the Hunger Games books, Katniss logically WOULD look fit, she hunts (illegally) regularly for meat which her family eats and she sells.  Also, her specialty is archery which also requires some kind of muscle to be able to do well and actually kill the animals she is hunting.

I say good job, Jennifer.  You look great as you are and whoever says she looks "obese" (yes, people say that) are blind or do not know the meaning of the word.

If this is "obese", then excuse me while I go crawl into a cave and starve myself. (sarcasm)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Do You Have PCOS? Gluten Sensitivity May Be to Blame

Hello everyone!

I was chatting up a friend last night who, like me, has PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and she said something very, very interesting.

They say that PCOS is caused by gluten intolerance, not the other way around.

Have PCOS? Try kicking the gluten!

That really intrigued me so I did some reading.  Sure enough, I found several articles saying things to support that theory.

One article in particular by PCOS Diva was particularly informative. 

The article discusses how PCOS is caused by inflammation in the body.  People with gluten intolerance who eat it are causing their bodies to be in a constant state of inflammation. This in turn causes all kinds of other problems (aside from PCOS) like joint pain, diabetes, etc.

Something else the article said was that odds are that if you have gluten intolerance, you're also lactose intolerant in some way.  Any additional source of estrogen (soy and dairy) affects you more than people without gluten sensitivity.

From the article: 

So in addition to the symptoms mentioned above, maybe you’re also experiencing:
* Trouble sleeping (difficulty falling asleep, not experiencing refreshing sleep)
* General fatigue – all the time, even with enough sleep and exercise
* Generalized joint and muscle aches, maybe diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome
* Weight gain for no reason; resistance to weight loss despite healthy diet and exercise
* You’re sick all the time. Colds/flus, infections (bacterial, yeast)
* Lightheadedness
* Fogginess/ poor memory/difficulty concentrating
* Low blood sugar – post-prandial hypoglycemia(after you eat a meal, you feel even more tired and hungry than before you ate)
* Long-term effects: allergies (environmental: hay fever, food allergies), arthritis, asthma, hypothyroidism

I see a lot of these in me- especially the tiredness/joint pain/weight issues/mental fog

By simply eliminating gluten from your diet, all of these symptoms are entirely reversible. Within a week, you can start feeling like yourself again.

I am really hoping that this happens for me, because trying other things and not going gluten free has had very little result. 

For the full article- click here! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bob Harper: Diet is Key to Weight Loss, Not Exercise

Hello everyone!

I came across an article with an interview with Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper.  I thought it was very interesting.

The first thing mentioned in the article were what caught my attention: "Celebrity trainer Bob Harper, of the weight-loss TV show "The Biggest Loser," has built a career putting very obese people through some grueling fitness paces but if he's learned anything from the experience, it's that diet trumps exercise every time."

Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser

That's right.  The Biggest Loser seems to have the contestants slaving away at exercise all day, and one of their trainers now says that diet is the real kicker with weight loss.  Bob Harper also went on to say "It is all about your diet, I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you and it's just absolutely not the case."

A lot of people seem to have that mentality- that no matter what you eat, as long as you exercise hard, you will lose weight. 

He also says that people usually worry about if they should be fit and healthy, but his obese clients on the Biggest Loser have a different concern:  'I just want to get skinny.'

I can't say that that method of thinking is wrong, because as an obese person myself, I also just want to get skinny.  I think there are several reasons bigger people put "skinny" or "small" as a goal as opposed to being fit and healthy.

1. Especially for women, being larger makes one feel less feminine.  There is often a correlation between small size of things and femininity, body size being no exception. (I know I am guilty of this thinking too)

2. We think skinny IS healthy.  After all, we see all these thin people and they seem a lot healthier than we are being obese. 

3. The media.  The media emphasizes that pretty women are thin.  What woman doesn't want to be pretty?

4. Clothes.  Most stylish clothes, or even clothes that are fairly inexpensive come in smaller sizes.  The clothes I have seen for plus size women are either overpriced (I'm looking at YOU Lane Bryant and Torrid!), cheaply made, or just plain frumpy and ugly.  (Mostly the latter)

He also goes on to talk about how he does CrossFit and how he believes CrossFit workouts are suitable for everyone with proper coaching.

A counterpoint to this also in the article is that Dr. Mark Kelly of the American Council on Exercise says that even with supervision, CrossFit can still be dangerous to the unfit.

"CrossFit has very ballistic training. You're asking people to move fast through a large range of motion. Even with coaching, the foundation of stability, mobility and psychomotor skill has to be laid (first)," he said

He does agree with Harper that diet is the main factor that lowers weight, but he says that exercise is important to keep that weight off. 

Kelly talked about the National Weight Control Registry, a research study that includes adults who have lost at least 13.6 kg (30 lb) of weight and kept it off for at least one year. Ninety percent of those in the study exercise regularly.

"They're the biggest losers across the nation," Kelly said. "And the No. 1 thing they did was exercise on a regular basis. Many simply through walking."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Another Biggest Loser Scandal...

Hello everyone!

I try to keep my actual opinions on things to a minimum here, but there is one thing I have no problem telling people:

I HATE the television show "The Biggest Loser". Hate hate hate. For a wide variety of reasons. 

Aside from the other reasons I hate the show (the alleged abuse behind the camera, etc) now Jillian Michaels (one of the main trainers on the show) decided to play dirty and give her team caffeine supplements (and god knows what else) to try to win.

What makes this even worse is that she gave these people the supplements without a doctor's permission/guidance. All this to win and look good on TV. 

She did issue a statement, but with no apology: "I stand by my opinion: a caffeine supplement is significantly healthier than unlimited amounts of coffee," she said, sidestepping the actual breaking of the rule. "My only regret is that my team … they're the ones suffering the consequences of my professional opinion."

I had no idea caffeine supplements were healthy at all, while coffee does have some health benefits, but that's besides the point.

"Professional opinion"?  I had no idea she was a doctor or pharmacist. I didn't know personal trainers were trained in giving drugs to people (Yes, caffeine is a DRUG.)

What do you all think of this? Do you agree with Jillian's decision to give these people caffeine? 

For the source article, click here:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Falafel: Healthier Than I Thought!

Hello everyone!

I have been vegetarian for a week already and I'd like to start this entry off on a positive!

I weighed in this morning and I am officially down 5 pounds (2.25 kg) !!! No working out, (no time) but just diet change.

Speaking of my diet change, I have come to realize I have a favorite meat alternative: Falafel

So what is it?  It's made of ground up chickpeas and spices that is shaped into little balls like this, then fried.  Even though they're fried, they're still a healthy choice, especially compared to other fast food.

I found some info online about why falafel is a good alternative. 


1. Nutrition Bonus

Falafel is simply chickpeas that have been soaked, mashed and combined with other ingredients such as bread crumbs, onions, spices, and egg, shaped into small balls and fried in cooking oil. They are often served as part of a grand salad or in pita bread as a sandwich or shaped into patties as a hamburger substitute.
Eating falafel means you are consuming a vegetable that is known to be low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Further, you are eating a vegetable that is known to be a great source of fiber, protein, copper, folate and other nutrients.

2. Meatless Meat

Falafel is the star solution for choosing a meatless meat variation that goes beyond the usual soy-based packages of meatless patties and sausages. Because of its texture after frying, falafel has the dense heartiness of a meatball yet with a bonanza of extra nutrients.
In fact, restaurants are serving up falafel burgers and getting enthusiastic reviews. The ground chickpeas are shaped into patties and served with yogurt, spices, cucumber and lettuce on seeded buns.

 3. Calorie-Smart Options

One small ball is 50-60 calories. A meal-sized falafel sandwich with trimmings on a bun is about 350-450 calories (still less than a Big Mac). A falafel pita complete with creamy dressing is about 550 calories. The great news if you must watch your calories is that falafel is a versatile dish when making it at home. You can prepare falafel with a cooking oil or you can use a spray oil and still come up with a delicious meatless meal staple.
Some falafel cooks urge you to bake falafel if you are on a diet, but other falafel fans say that baking does not deliver the taste and crunch of fried falafel. Frying is not a real problem because there are ways you can fry falafel without risking an overload of calories. 
There are successful low-cal methods for making falafel. You will not have to look hard to find dozens of recipes in more detail. You will have fun choosing the ones that not only look great but have ingrendients that fit your calorie plan.
Here are some healthful ways to prepare falafel.
  • Place balls of falafel in a pan. Use oils that are low in saturated fats and trans fats. Safflower oil, sunflower oil and canola oil are good choices. Fry quickly so that not much oil is absorbed.
  • Using a nonstick skillet, apply cooking spray instead of oil. Cook some falafel patties until each side is browned. Then place them in an oven at low heat to keep them warm.
  • Instead of frying, bake them. Just lightly brush falafel balls with olive oil. Then place them on a cookie sheet."

I actually had some falafel for dinner today- in a wrap with lettuce, tomato, and tahini sauce.  

Do you like falafel?  Do you include it as part of your diet?  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cold water and weight loss?

Hello everyone!

I heard from a friend that had seen something on TV about cold water helping with weight loss.  By that I mean not drinking cold water (that helps too) but also soaking your body, or parts of it in ice cold water. 

I of course thought it was bullshit.  Sounds weird, and I also don't hear of many people doing it.

However, after a little research it's more common than I thought.

The logic behind this has to do with brown body fat.  We have two types of fat in our body, brown and white.  The brown is the good fat that keeps us warm and healthy and the white is the extra flab that we don't want. 

The idea behind the cold soaks and showers is that it activates this brown fat to keep us warm, which in turn raises our metabolism and helps burn off some of the white fat.

Has anyone seen results from it? Sure.  Some people have lost as much as 30 pounds in 6 weeks from doing a cold soak.

Is it safe? Well, that is a question for the doctor because extreme cold can also cause problems for some people.

I tried doing a cold foot soak and I honestly didn't like how it felt.  I am sensitive to cold and sometimes it felt like my feet were burning. 

Also, if you are new to cold therapy, don't jump into a bathtub of ice right from the beginning.  Start slow, with feet, etc and slowly build up.

It's also important to know that you should not do this for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's Here! Dance + Cardio Review!

Hello everyone!!

I did receive my Dance + Cardio DVD and as promised, here's the review!

My arsenal for getting back to exercise!

The DVD is broken down into two workouts, each 30 minutes long.   Both workouts have a warm-up in the beginning, about 5 minutes to get you ready.

Combo 1:  This is where you want to start, especially if you are injured or severely out of shape (like me!)  I was floored when I watched this part, in a good way.

There is almost NO jumping in this portion of the DVD.  There is the odd jumping jack, or a little jumping move here and there but few and far between.  It's like this combination is starting to ease you gently into the jumping part of the cardio.   

Combo 2: This combination is more jumpy, without a doubt.  However, if you are familiar with Metamorphosis cardio, it's not THAT jumpy.  

It's more like a balance of the first combination and this. A really good transition, in my opinion.

All in all, I am exceedingly pleased with this DVD. It is exactly what I was hoping it would be, as it suits my needs very well.  As an obese, out of shape person, I give this DVD two thumbs up.  It may also be suitable for those who are pregnant and still want to get your groove on.  (I am not a doctor, it's just an idea.)

Would I recommend this to a seasoned TAMer or someone who's really fit already? Probably not, unless you were looking for something for a low-energy day, or in the chance you got injured or not feeling well and would rather do something than nothing. 

I will do another updated review when I actually try the DVD (which will happen very soon) to see if it REALLY is what I needed. (I have a feeling it will be).

If you want to get a copy for yourself, click here:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pork is Actually Good for You?

Hello everyone!

I  have often heard people tell me that pork is not healthy, that I shouldn't eat it for a variety of reasons (weight gain, risk of getting worms in my stomach, the fat isn't good for you, etc), but according to some Koreans, pork meat- namely the pork belly meat- is actually a health food in a way.

This is actually good for you. 

Pork belly meat (Or Samgyeopsal - meaning 3 layer meat in Korean) is basically bacon before they have done anything to it. No curing, no seasoning, just plain meat.  In Korea, it is often cooked on a griddle and the excess fat drips out of that, or they use a charcoal grill. 

What are the benefits of eating this?  

(A list of the benefits at a Korean restaurant)

For starters, pork meat has much more vitamin B1 than red meat and is rich in many other minerals such as phosphorous and iron. (Which I can imagine does help with the skin health)   I also read somewhere about how the fat in pork belly meat helps to clean out heavy metals in the blood. I'm not sure if it's true or not.

My opinion: If eating pork belly helps you feel better and makes you look better, I say go for it.  Just try not to eat too much because it IS high in calories.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tracy Anderson on XBOX One

Hello everyone!

I mentioned before in a previous post about Tracy Anderson being on the XBOX Fitness that's on the XBOB One, but at the time I did not know too much about it.

Now, people have been uploading videos of the workouts.  And I have to say I am impressed.

From what I can see, she has both Metamorphosis on the system and her own workouts that seem to be developed just for the system.

It seems to be set up in sequences (Transform 1 2 and 3 just like Metamorphosis) with 3 sub levels (Example: Transform 1, level 1, 2, 3)

Here are some of the videos I have seen (I can't list them all, there are a lot, and the purpose of this is to show examples)

Transform (Muscular Structure)


As you can see, you do not need a lot of space for these workouts. I am not sure if you will be needing weights for them.

Another thing I have noticed: I would not recommend these for people who have knee problems as the cardio is VERY high impact with a lot of jumping.

I still do not own this, I do not have the means right now to get the XBOX One (I have a 360 with Kinect but college is expensive) 

Have any of you tried these?  Do you know anything about these that I have not mentioned? Any corrections? Please let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Nutrient Program

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned before, Tracy Anderson now has released a Nutrient Program.

What is it?  Vitamins and probiotics.

What it is is a 30 day supply of little packets of vitamins.  

2 - Multi Vitamin & Mineral Supplement
1 - Added Mineral Support
1- Chline-Stabilized Othosilicic Acid
1 - Pure Cold Water Fish Oil
1 - Methylated Resveratrol

2 - Multi Vitamin & Mineral Supplement
1 - Added Mineral Support
1 - Chline-Stabilized Othosilicic Acid
1 - Pure Cold Water Fish Oil
1 - Dairy Free Probiotic 30 billion
 There is also a PDF file describing in more detail what these pills are and what they do.  Please take a moment to read it here.

Description on the site:

The Nutrient Program

Even those of us who take pains to construct a seemingly perfect diet can still miss out on essential micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). While it’s easy to imagine that poor food choices would be the sole culprits, that’s just not the case: Flawed food production and storage techniques, nutrient-depleting preparation methods, and even moderate to strenuous exercise, which results in the excretion of many important minerals can also undermine your system. Obviously, we want you to keep working out while ensuring that your body gets everything it needs, which was one of the primary motivations for creating THE NUTRIENT PROGRAM by TRACY ANDERSON. We have carefully constructed and formulated our supplement to ensure comprehensive micronutrient coverage, and harnessed its various components in their most bioavailable form, to create maximum absorption. 
THE NUTRIENT PROGRAM by TRACY ANDERSON includes choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid for increased hair, nail, and bone strength; pure, cold water fish oils for improved mental functioning and cardiovascular health; Methylated Resveratrol for supporting healthy cellular function; dairy free probiotics to encourage bowel regularity; Vitamin D3 for general health; and more. In short, we’ve left no stone unturned in our efforts to deliver everything you need to promote health, wellness and general detoxification.*
This high-quality, hypoallergenic, multivitamin/mineral blend includes activated vitamins; folate as a blend of Quatrefolic®† (5-MTHF) and folic acid for optimal utilization; and patented Albion® TRAACS® chelated mineral complexes in vegetable capsules. The comprehensive nutrient profile in The Nutrient Program™ supports foundational wellness; antioxidant activity with vitamins C and E, selenium, and beta-carotene; and phase I detoxification.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

They ship in 30 day supplies for $155.00 each, and they can be single shipped or autoshipped.

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