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Conditioning 360 is a Personal Fitness & Lifestyle Coaching company operating out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Offering an alternative to Western medicine, we offer services in Personal Training, Rehabilitation, Sport Conditioning, and Nutrition; all while teaching a preventative health and ecologically sustainable lifestyle.

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chemicalfreeskinny:

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GENERAL INTEREST: CRACKING THE FOOD INDUSTRY CODE
5 Food Package Claims That Deserve a Double Take
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chemicalfreeskinny:

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GENERAL INTEREST: CRACKING THE FOOD INDUSTRY CODE

5 Food Package Claims That Deserve a Double Take

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chemicalfreeskinny:

 
For the food industry, has organic surpassed its sell-by date?
“If the  food industry is indeed turning away from organic, I don’t much care. I suppose  I’m happy when people choose organic mac ‘n cheese over Kraft’s plastic version;  but what the sustainable-food movement really needs to work on is creating new  food economies that build wealth and health within communities—benefitting  farmers and consumers alike. Such solutions can’t be found be in the organic  section of some vast supermarket.”
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chemicalfreeskinny:

For the food industry, has organic surpassed its sell-by date?

“If the food industry is indeed turning away from organic, I don’t much care. I suppose I’m happy when people choose organic mac ‘n cheese over Kraft’s plastic version; but what the sustainable-food movement really needs to work on is creating new food economies that build wealth and health within communities—benefitting farmers and consumers alike. Such solutions can’t be found be in the organic section of some vast supermarket.”

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chemicalfreeskinny:

Bangladeshi scientist dismisses GM foods as no food at all
Dr Mohammed Ataur Rahman of International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) says GMO foods or crops shouldn’t be classified as food at all, as they are liable to cause various health problems affecting the liver and kidney, and hence unfit for human consumption…Bangladeshi scientist dismisses GM foods as no food at all.
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chemicalfreeskinny:

Bangladeshi scientist dismisses GM foods as no food at all

Dr Mohammed Ataur Rahman of International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) says GMO foods or crops shouldn’t be classified as food at all, as they are liable to cause various health problems affecting the liver and kidney, and hence unfit for human consumption…Bangladeshi scientist dismisses GM foods as no food at all.

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Sodium…and how it’s killing us.

As most of you who know me know, I’m an advocate for healthy food. Healthy, balanced, carefully grown and made with basic components. I’ve talked about my view on what “food” really is before, and my belief that if it doesn’t come from the ground or appear naturally in nature, we shouldn’t eat it. I’m not vegetarian, and I’m definitely not Vegan. I don’t necessarily believe in organic (I personally would rather buy local - chances are it is organic, and doesn’t have the caloric energy loss and environmental impact of being flown 3000 miles) - but I definitely don’t believe in fast food, processed food, or any of the wonders the industry is throwing at us. I’m against it just for basic health reasons, but now we have a medical crisis on our hands. A medical crisis of gigantic proportions. Literally. And this is the reason that every one of you should be re-evaluating your position on food. If the obesity epidemic doesn’t bother you, or if you enjoy a daily trip to a fast food outlet, maybe putting this into reality from a monetary & health care perspective will get your attention. I’m going to try, anyways.

In 2002, the Canadian Government cut Physiotherapy from basic medical plans. They also cut back from funding 50% of the Canadian medicare costs to 20%. No big deal, until now. Consider this: We are about to experience a change in our healthcare system that has never been experienced before. We have the Baby Boomer population retiring, which is going to presumably tax our health care system and introduce a changing caseload for all practitioners. On top of this, we have the first generation, which, due to obesity, is expected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. Also, due to obesity, these kids are starting to experience TYPE 2 diabetes as early as age 8 (This is showing up in studies across the Country - and may also have to due with the lack of physical education in schools as well, but different topic for a different blog - I’ll stay on topic). Consider, that prior to now, this disease generally didn’t show up until people were in their 40’s. So now, we have what is being referred to as the Sandwich generation. I am part of this generation, in which my mom will be retiring, and I’ll be part of the team of professionals looking after her & her peers. This generation is expected to have one of the longest lifespans we have experienced yet. As a result, they will be out of the workforce longer, & needing medical care longer - my - and your - tax dollars. And then, right below us, we have a generation that is getting sicker earlier, requiring more medical attention, and due to disease unable to work for as long or as productively as previous generations to make up this cost. More tax money. Do I have your attention yet? Because I’m about to tell you ONE thing you can do to help yourself & your family. Ready???

DECREASE YOUR SODIUM INTAKE.

Really? That’s it? But that seems so simple! - That’s because, it really is.

The #1 killer right now in Canada is Hypertension. ie., High blood pressure, leading to stroke, heart disease, heart attacks, etc. The average daily intake of sodium per person is 4000mg. That doesn’t sound like a lot. But consider that we only need anywhere between 1300 and 2300mg/day to keep up cellular and other physiological functions. That means the average person is taking in an additional 1700mg/day. Why is this such a big deal??? Because, if we all cut back sodium to necessary levels, we could cut back hypertension by 20%……this would save our medical system $85 BILLION per YEAR. I don’t know about you, but I can think of a lot more (and better!) ways to spend $85 billion. Now do I have your attention? Good. Because I’m going to tell you how to do this, and it’s so easy you’re not going to believe me. Which is why I’m also providing you with resources to the heart and stroke foundation to back me up.

Okay, first thing’s first. Cut out the fast food. Full of sodium and sugar and empty calories and hormones and anti-biotics - you do not need it. Stop eating it.

Next - stop eating processed/packaged foods. Full of preservatives (sodium is one of these!) - they’re tasteless and void of nutrients. Just don’t do it. Avoid the freezer section altogether. You’ll do way better in the produce section. I promise.

Thirdly - Soups and deli meat are full of sodium. Find reduced sodium soup options and avoid deli meat. Deli meat is 77% sodium!!!!!!!!!

Okay. That’s all I have to say for now….and like I promised, resources:

http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.5263133/k.696/Dietary_Sodium_Heart_Disease_and_Stroke.htm

Are you ready to save your life?

Reblogged from kari-shma
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. Buddha (via kari-shma)
chemicalfreeskinny:

STOP TOXIC COSMETICS:  BOYCOTT FAKE ORGANIC BRANDS
Join “Sham-Poo” Actions to Stop Organic Fraud
Because of strict federal standards, certification and regulation, consumers  can trust that products marked with the “USDA Organic” seal or the words “Made  with Organic Ingredients” are truly organic.
But what about products that claim to be organic, but aren’t marked as  certified to USDA standards? This shouldn’t happen. It’s illegal to use market  uncertified products as “organic.” The USDA would take action against anyone who  sold fake organic food, but the National Organic Program has failed to address  the rampant organic fraud in the cosmetics sector.
The Organic Consumers Association finally scored a victory in our anti- fraud  Coming Clean campaign last November, when the National Organic Standards Board  directed the USDA to start regulating the use of the word organic on cosmetics  just like they would on food, but the USDA officials still say this isn’t one of  their top 10 priorities for the National Organic Program.
So, we’ve taken matters into our own hands. We’ve launched a boycott of fake  organic brands, we’re keeping a list of brands that are actually certified to  organic standards (these are the brands we’re urging our members to BUY), and  we’re hitting every industry trade show, green festival and USDA organic event  with our Fake “Organic” Sham-Poo Bottle Parade.
We need your help! Please, if you’d like to join a Sham-Poo Bottle Parade in  your town (next stops: New York and California), contact Alexis Baden-Mayer  alexis[a]organicconsumers.org.
In the meantime, hit your retailers with our Coming Clean Campaign leaflet  that tells them which products to stock or drop.
Source: OrganicBytes
(Photo: pharmainfo.net)
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chemicalfreeskinny:

STOP TOXIC COSMETICS:  BOYCOTT FAKE ORGANIC BRANDS

Join “Sham-Poo” Actions to Stop Organic Fraud

Because of strict federal standards, certification and regulation, consumers can trust that products marked with the “USDA Organic” seal or the words “Made with Organic Ingredients” are truly organic.

But what about products that claim to be organic, but aren’t marked as certified to USDA standards? This shouldn’t happen. It’s illegal to use market uncertified products as “organic.” The USDA would take action against anyone who sold fake organic food, but the National Organic Program has failed to address the rampant organic fraud in the cosmetics sector.

The Organic Consumers Association finally scored a victory in our anti- fraud Coming Clean campaign last November, when the National Organic Standards Board directed the USDA to start regulating the use of the word organic on cosmetics just like they would on food, but the USDA officials still say this isn’t one of their top 10 priorities for the National Organic Program.

So, we’ve taken matters into our own hands. We’ve launched a boycott of fake organic brands, we’re keeping a list of brands that are actually certified to organic standards (these are the brands we’re urging our members to BUY), and we’re hitting every industry trade show, green festival and USDA organic event with our Fake “Organic” Sham-Poo Bottle Parade.

We need your help! Please, if you’d like to join a Sham-Poo Bottle Parade in your town (next stops: New York and California), contact Alexis Baden-Mayer alexis[a]organicconsumers.org.

In the meantime, hit your retailers with our Coming Clean Campaign leaflet that tells them which products to stock or drop.

Source: OrganicBytes

(Photo: pharmainfo.net)

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Change your mind…

Today I was asked how people go from fear of their challenging workout sessions to actually looking forward to the workouts. The answer is very simple, and very difficult (for some). It is quite simply a choice. A choice between being fear-based or opportunity-based.

When we are fear based, we exist at low levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs: reward and punishment are our motivators. “If I get through this wall sit I get a rest” and so on. Fear is about survive. Opportunity, on the other hand, is about THRIVE.

People who are opportunity-focused ask themselves, “what am I capable of today?” “Can I do more than last time?” “Maybe I can beat my own record”
Opportunists see the forest through the trees and are able to perpetuate opportunity out of challenging circumstances. For example, today during the same hour customer in question posed the axiom to me, another customer was able to, while working their tail off - shout encouragement to another customer who was struggling with their workout. The opportunist combined helping others with helping themselves and improving their fitness into the same hour.

Opportunists move themselves (and others) forward at almost every juncture. Fear-focused people often fail to move themselves forward even during something as positive as exercise. If fear is the driver - the ‘little extra’ required to push new fitness levels and actually observe what’s going around you during moments of adversity- is buried beneath the fear.

We must realize that while the above example pertains to exercise, the lesson applies to our social lives, finances, business, everything. We either maximize by focusing on (and thus seeing and capitalizing on) opportunity, or we are consumed by and thus paralyzed by fear.

It is literally a series of choices stemming from our mental focus that separates the most successful people you know - from the cautionary tales.

What’s driving you?

Teach every child about food!!!! Start now & pass it on.

Environmental chemicals & hormone-injected beef linked with potentially harmful changes in children

chemicalfreeskinny:

http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jan-feb/066

Saw this in the latest issue of Discover magazine.  Hormone injected beef, synthetics, and pesticides may be causing young girls to go through puberty early, leading to higher risk of health problems and earlier risky sexual behaviors.

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Many thanks to one of our readers for submitting this!

chemicalfreeskinny:




GENERAL INTEREST:
 JoyShapes: writes:

^Why Americans don’t need the government telling them what to eat. This graph shows the US federal subsidies for food production over a decade ending in 2005. As we can see, there is a HUGE contrast between what the US federal government recommends and what they subsidise. According to the Federal Nutrition Recommendations, meat and dairy should comprise approximately 25% of our intake. So why do these industries receive a full 75% of subsidies? In stark contrast, we see that fruit and veg only get 0.37% of subsidies! The lower the subsidies, the higher the pricing as it costs more for the industry to produce. So is it any wonder the US have an obesity problem? The solution is not to tax junk food, it is to ELIMINATE SUBSIDIES and accordingly eliminate price controls. Incentives do a lot more good than penalties.
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chemicalfreeskinny:

GENERAL INTEREST:
JoyShapeswrites:

^Why Americans don’t need the government telling them what to eat. This graph shows the US federal subsidies for food production over a decade ending in 2005. As we can see, there is a HUGE contrast between what the US federal government recommends and what they subsidise. According to the Federal Nutrition Recommendations, meat and dairy should comprise approximately 25% of our intake. So why do these industries receive a full 75% of subsidies? In stark contrast, we see that fruit and veg only get 0.37% of subsidies!

The lower the subsidies, the higher the pricing as it costs more for the industry to produce. So is it any wonder the US have an obesity problem? The solution is not to tax junk food, it is to ELIMINATE SUBSIDIES and accordingly eliminate price controls. Incentives do a lot more good than penalties.

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