Focused On Fitness - April 5, 2007

   You know you have little kids when the most recent movies you have seen are "Happy Feet" and "Cars" and Monsters, Inc.". Yes, I know that little kids shouldn't watch TV, but not only is it fun, I'm learning a lot. For instance, even a spoiled rookie like Lightning McQueen in Cars (great movie) can mature and show great determination and heart. And although I'm sure that it must not have been the first time that it was said, in Happy Feet (another great movie) when Mambo said, "I'm going to try, Pa" and his father responded, "the word triumph starts with 'tri' and ends with what", and Mambo says, "umph" and his father responds, "that's right, a great big 'umph'" isn't that an awesome piece of advice that we should all remember.
   This time of year is about triumph in two of the religions of the world and "Pa's" advice can be applied universally to undertakings large and small or even challenges like weight loss and getting back into shape - in order to triumph, you need to try and you need to use a lot of umph! So let's get going and let's start triumphing with some good seasonal articles about eggs, sound advice from the health news headlines and two more informative featured books from my friends at FSB Associates, who are always providing me with books that enrich my life and that I can then share with you.

Featured Articles 
   The Good, the Bad, and the Eggly - For years, nutrition experts have been debating whether the egg is a great, affordable source of protein, or a cholesterol-raising killer. We'll take a look at the pluses and minuses of adding eggs to your diet.
   6 Ways to Make Your Little Hoppers Happy—and Healthy - Easter baskets pack a fattening, sugar-filled punch. With childhood obesity on the rise, it may be time for us to rethink these bountiful baskets. So here are some ideas for healthier Easter goodies that will still have your kids brimming with excitement
   Test Your Egg IQ - From omelets to pores on an egg to the size of the biggest egg - find out how much you really know about eggs!

Health News Headlines 
    Mediterranean diet wards off allergies - A Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruits, vegetables and olive oil can help reduce childhood respiratory allergies and asthma, researchers reported on Thursday.
    Computers hinder mammogram readings, report finds - Computer-aided mammogram designed to help doctors spot cancer do not increase the chance of finding a tumor and, instead, heighten the risk that a woman will get an unnecessary biopsy, researchers reported on Wednesday.
    Income and food cost concerns affect diet - Income and education level, and the perceived price of certain foods, impact what Americans eat and the overall diet of the US adult population, according to survey data from a nationally representative group of more than 4300 Americans 20 to 65 years old.
    Heart rate variability mirrors self-discipline - Willpower is a lot like muscle strength, a new study suggests -- some of us have more of it than others. And while people may be born with an innate capacity for self-regulation, we can probably all take steps to boost our willpower, Dr. Suzanne C. Segerstrom of the University of Kentucky in Lexington told Reuters Health.
    Eggs will raise your cholesterol, and other myths - Avoid eggs. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Eating carbs will make you fat. Nutritional advice such as this has been touted for years -- but is it accurate? Not necessarily, according to Wendy Repovich, an exercise physiologist at Eastern Washington University in Cheyenne, Washington.
    Overweight people more likely to get asthma - Obese and overweight people are 50 percent more likely to get asthma than those of normal weight, suggesting that weight loss could help reduce the number of asthma cases, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
    Blood pressure predicts stroke risk for all groups - Systolic blood pressure is an important predictor of stroke risk among men and women and across racial groups, according to a report in the American Journal of Hypertension.

Featured Books 
Tank Top Arms
Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom; Tighten and Tone Your Body in as Little as 10 Minutes a Day - by Minna Lessig
There are a plethora of books aimed at women who have tried various workout regimes and abandoned them, but Lessig's stands out for its focus on "functional-training" (her exercises are designed to "mimic the movements of everyday life") and for its gradual approach: the book offers plenty that may be unfamiliar to the already-active, but really shines in taking one from total inactivity to an effective routine in manageable, injuryless increments. Lessig, who has produced three popular fitness videos, appears in more than 100 b&w photos illustrating the components of her mix-and-match regime, which combines fitness balance (cardio, flexibility and strength training are all covered) and accessibility (no gym membership required, and workouts can be done piecemeal rather than in big, blocked-out chunks of time). The book's focus on sculpting has the effect of making the workouts seem less monumental (and thus less impossible to maintain), and every other page features an affirmative aphorism offset in a "Minna Says" speech bubble ("All success inspires a little bit of fear. Let your fears inspire you to rise to the challenge"). Lessig's is a friendly, doable regime.
Food Cures
Food Cures: Easy 4-step Nutrition Programs for Improving Your Body - by Joy Bauer
The ultimate guide to using food as medicine from Today show regular Joy Bauer--whom New York magazine calls "the best nutritionist in New York City." Nutritional healing has gone mainstream and researchers at top universities are publishing studies that show how the right foods can help prevent, manage, and sometimes entirely reverse the defining symptoms of a wide range of health issues. Whether it's unwanted pounds or high blood sugar, mood swings or digestive trouble, the cure can be what you eat every day. Now Joy Bauer, a nutrition consultant to celebrities from actors to gold-medal winning athletes, explains exactly what to eat to lower high cholesterol and blood pressure, improve skin tone, sharpen memory, sleep better, and take charge of PMS, arthritis, and more. Each chapter focuses on one of the many conditions that drive people to seek Joy's professional help and simulates a personal consultation. Readers walk away with up-to-the-minute, scientifically researched recommendations on particular foods to seek out and which ones to avoid, plus grocery lists, meal plans, recipes, and supplement recommendations presented in easy-to-follow 4-step prescriptive plans.

Going On and On... 
   I put this section at the end because I figure that if you are this far in the newsletter, you must be enjoying reading it. There is another scene in Finding Nemo when the sharks are confessing about their addiction to eating fish and I must confess that I am addicted to working out with P90X. I started nine days ago and have done seven workouts (there are twelve in the set) and they are so good that I am now doing two a day, plus running. On top of that, joining the Million Dollar Body Club and being a Million Dollar Body Coach is a blast. Each time that I work out (only my afternoon workout since I haven't figured out how to put in a morning stretching workout and an afternoon strength and running workout), I log into WOWY and join a group of other people working out at the same time and it is a blast. Seriously, for $2.99 a week to join the Club or $39.95 to be a coach, how can you go wrong. As a club member, you get 10% off on all of the workout programs and they are awesome and as a Coach, you get 25% off. Better yet, I feel stronger, more flexible, have more energy and have lost 2 pounds in 9 days - and you never have to leave your house! If you want to know more, please don't hesitate to email me at howtobefit@aol.com or call me toll free at 866 797-7336

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Time to start eating wild!
    Richard Dafter