Diet Pills and Weight Loss Drugs: Urgent Consumer Alert

April 19th, 2011
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Today’s post is in honor of honesty and truth in the health and fitness field. So I have a handful of extremely helpful items for you – and everyone else you’d like to share this with.

The first reason for this post is to maintain my promise to you. To keep you informed and up to date on the dangerous and scandalous doings in the fitness and nutrition business. Consumers are VERY vulnerable when it comes to this topic – so I do all I can to help you, protect you and keep you safe…

The second reason for this post is to celebrate the release of an awesome new free report from my partners at prograde: What They NEVER Want You To Find Out About Diet Pills

But don’t go there yet – please read these updates first so you know the dangers that surround you and your loved ones every day…

1) Diet Pill/Weight-Loss Pill Consumer Alert

Irwin Naturals enters $2.65 million settlement.

Irwin Naturals, of Los Angeles, CA, has agreed pay $2.65 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the District Attorneys of Orange, Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, and Sonoma counties. The suit, filed about two years ago, charged that the company:

**Violated Proposition 65, which requires a warning label on products that expose the consumer to over half a microgram of lead per day.

**Marketed hoodia products that did not contain the Hoodia gordonii herb. Laboratory testing revealed that certain Irwin Naturals products, Green Tea Fat Metabolizer and Green Tea Fat Burner, contained over half a microgram of lead. Samples of the company’s System Six and Green Tea Fat Meltdown dietary supplements tested up to 10 times over the legal limit of lead and Green Tea Fat Burner tested over 14 times over the legal limit of lead.

**Failed to reimburse customers in timely fashion for returned products.

**Charged some direct sales customers for products not ordered.

The settlement requires Irwin to pay $1.95 million in civil penalties, up to $100,000 in restitution to California consumers who did not receive previously request refunds, and $600,000 in investigative costs. Without admitting fault, the company also agreed to injunctive terms that would prevent any future unfair or deceptive business practices. Officials say the outcome is the largest multi-jurisdictional settlement of its kind in California by a dietary supplement manufacturer for unfair business practices. [Dietary supplement distributor to pay $2.65 million to settle historic statewide unfair business practices lawsuit. News release, Orange County District Attorney, Feb 1, 2011] http://www.orangecountyda.com/home/index.asp?page=8&recordid=2171

2) 2010 Slim Chance Awards Announced

Francie M. Berg, M.S., who operates the Healthy Weight Network, has issued the 22nd annual set of “Slim Chance Awards” to weight-loss schemes promoters. Her 2010 picks are:

**Worst Claim: Ultimate Cleanse. Ultimate Cleanse cashes in on a popular quack theme: the body must be detoxified regularly to get rid of wastes and toxins. Aside from their basic silliness, cleansing programs are often high-risk, containing potent laxatives.

**Worst Product: HCG Supplements. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone produced during pregnancy, is claimed to reset the hypothalamus, improve metabolism and mobilize fat stores. However, there is no scientific evidence supporting HCG treatment as a weight or fat loss strategy. Common short-term effects include fatigue, headache, mood swings, depression, confusion, dizziness and stomach pain.

**Most Outrageous: Basic Research LLC. Basic Research, marketer of bogus products, carries an extensive history of FTC warnings, charges, fines and on-going lawsuits against multiple products. Also doing business as Carter-Reed Company, it has been a plaintiff or defendant in more than 40 suits filed in federal court in the past five years.

**Worst Gimmick: Lapex BCS Lipo Laser. Promoters promise: “Lose 31/2 -7 inches of fat in 3 weeks. . . . proven inches lost, without diet or exercise . . . the LipoLaser is the only non-diet, non-invasive, pain-free way to lose inches of fat . . . all effortlessly and easily.” Supposedly, shining the lighted device on a pocket of fat gives results “almost exactly the same as exercise” only instead of “hormones opening the fat cells with exercise, the Laser light opens the fat cells-right through your skin. The same stuff comes out of the fat cells.”

I know I have some ’scientific’ subscribers who will appreciate this Review Article from the Journal of Obesity:
Drugs/Pharmacotherapies for Obesity: Past, Current, and Future Therapies
- Lisa L. Ioannides-Demos, Loretta Piccenna, and John J. McNeil
- Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Alfred Centre, Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia

Obesity Drugs & Diet Pills: Past, Present and Future – The Inside Scoop

And..

The report below may be the most important report you read all year. PLEASE share today’s entire blog post with anyone you know who needs to learn about all the garbage that is out there – and how to separate it from the true and honest information.

And here is the link to new free report from my partners at prograde: What They NEVER Want You To Find Out About Diet Pills

free diet pill report link
click to get your copy now.

Your trainer forever – your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

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Gluten Free Interview with Jennifer Finley

April 7th, 2011

Here is PART 2 of: The Gluten Series

While listening – be sure to check out this great resource from Kelley Herring – author of Guilt Free & Gluten Free Desserts

These are the questions we covered:

1 – Share your story/summary about how you discovered your Gluten Allergies and what that caused you to do personally and professionally.

2 – What are the top signs/symptoms people should be aware of?

3 – What are the biggest challenges when starting to go Gluten-Free?

4 – What are the top benefits – Even for people who aren’t not diagnosed as Gluten Intolerant, but want to try a Gluten-Free or almost Gluten-Free diet?

5 – What are your keys to living Gluten-Free in a fitness lifestyle?

One of the people who prompted me to cover this topic is Myra Parson – a long time subscriber. After I posted PART 1 of The Gluten Series on my facebook page she immediately sent me this message:

Joey you are awesome.

When I sent you that message when I found out I was gluten sensitive and all the problems it caused me, with the belly pudge, extremely dry skin, headaches, the depression and a few other things you ask if you could use the information.

I said sure but really didn’t think you would go to such great lengths to inform others of this dreaded affliction.

Since I have gone gluten-free my skin is nice and smooth (lotion at my option only), my hair isn’t dry and brittle and I no longer need anti-depressants.

Thank you again for showing interest and for the great information because until my bout with gluten, I didn’t know that so many others are allergic to it as well and they don’t even know it!

– Myra

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Latest Fitness News Updates: Read ‘em Now or Risk It All

November 19th, 2010

There are some weeks when I get a good handful of serious health and fitness news – which usually doesn’t make it into the “mainstream” media.

When this happens – I feel an obligation to share it with you – so you are informed and “in the know”.

1 – Court upholds $48 million damage award against dubious infomercial scam artists
Excerpted from Quackwatch.org – Stephen Barrett, MD

In 2008, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts found that Donald W. Barrett, Robert Maihos, and their two companies had deceptively claimed Supreme Greens and Coral Calcium could treat, cure, or prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other diseases.

In 2009, the court ordered Barrett, Maihos, and their two companies-Direct Marketing Concepts, Inc. and ITV Direct, Inc.-to pay $48.2 million. The district court also barred them from making unsubstantiated claims about any health product or billing consumers or charging their credit or debit cards on an ongoing basis without their consent.

Read the FTC press release here: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/10/dmc.shtm

2 – Detox footpad (Kinoki) marketers curbed

A federal judge has approved a stipulated agreement under which the marketers of Kinoki Foot Pads-Yehuda Levin and his company, Xacta 3000, Inc.-are barred from promoting or selling any dietary supplement, food, drug, or medical device, and from helping others do the same.

Read the FTC press release here: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/11/xacta.shtm
More TRUTHFUL info on the footpads here: http://www.devicewatch.org/reports/kinoki.shtml

3 – FDA proposes new tobacco warning strategy

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gives the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacture and marketing of tobacco products. The act requires that the warnings occupy at least the top half of the panels front and rear panels of each cigarette package and at least 20% of all cigarette ads.

Some of the proposed WARNING statements are:

- Cigarettes are addictive.
- Tobacco smoke can harm your children.
- Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease.
- Cigarettes cause cancer.
- Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease.
- Smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby.
- Smoking can k ill you.
- Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers.
- Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health

Full press release is here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/11/20101110a.html

4 – Federal agencies blast new breed of caffeinated alcoholic beverages

Caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs) combine alcohol, caffeine, and other stimulants and usually have higher alcohol content than beer. The caffeine content is usually not reported. During the past four months, consumers in at least four states were hospitalized after using CABs. This week, the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to four CAB marketers.

Full press release here: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/11/alcohol.shtm
NOTE: Several states have already banned the sale of CAB’s – and more are expected to follow suit.

5 – Egg Whites or Whole Eggs: Which are Best for You?

I used to be shocked at how many people still follow an “egg white” diet when it comes to including eggs in their nutrition plan. Now I just shake my head – because I know some of the hardest myths to bust are some of the simplest and silly-est ones.

The “egg white” myth got it’s roots from the bodybuilding/gym-trainer circles, way back when…

Crazy thing is – all the reasons for chucking the yolks are absurd because that’s where all the really valuable elements are….

I just found this article on the TAA website – which explains all you need to know about the egg myth:

Whole Eggs Or Egg Whites Only

I hope today’s fitness news post has helped you in at least one way. If you feel this will help anyone else you know – please feel free to share this post with them. They’ll appreciate you for it.

Your trainer forever – your trainer for life,

– Joey Atlas

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Healthy Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Avocado Salad

June 23rd, 2010


An excerpt from ==> Healthy Fitness Recipes

Healthy Fitness Recipe for Summer-Time: Roasted Red Pepper Chicken and Avocado Salad

Looking for a cool salad to fill you up this summer? Here’s a delicious recipe from my helpful partners over at Prograde Nutrition…

Super-Cool Roasted Red Pepper Chicken and Avocado Salad

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced

1 tsp. lemon juice (or lime juice)

1 bag (10 oz.) or 1 head of torn/chopped romaine or green leaf lettuce (about 10 cups)

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (my alternative is organic, free range chicken or turkey – or sometimes I just substitute chick peas/garbanzo beans for the poultry as I’m a ‘pseudo vegetarian’ of sorts…)

1 medium tomato, cut into wedges

1 small cucumber, sliced

1/4 of a medium Vidalia or Walla Walla onion, chopped

½ cup chopped Red Peppers

1/2 cup Light or Fat-free Italian Dressing (my alternative is Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt, pepper, onion power and garlic powder)

¼ cup Romano or Parmesan Cheese

Quick and EZ Preparation Directions:

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  • Toss avocados with lemon juice in large salad bowl.

    Add lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions; mix lightly.

    Add dressing; toss to coat.

    Sprinkle with grated romano or parmesan cheese.

    Serve immediately and enjoy slowly…

  • Hey, if you like that one they’ve got 196 more! Seriously, Prograde has a really cool 197 Healthy and Delicious Fat Burning Recipes ebook for just $4.95! The same book in the bookstore would go for $25 easily… So get here now as I don’t know how much longer this special will be running for:

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    A Good Form of Trans-Fat Gets You Leaner and Healthier?

    September 28th, 2009


    I just traded articles with my good friend, trusted colleague and Nutrition Specialist Mike Geary.

    I was going to wait a few days to Post this – but this one is so helpful – I couldn’t hold off. So, here it is…

    It’s an article that sheds some amazing light on the issue of nutritional trans-fats – and how they affect your body fat.

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    A Type of Trans Fat that Makes You Leaner and Healthier?

    by Mike Geary
    – Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist & co-Author – ‘The Fat Burning Kitchen’

    We all know that trans fats are horrible for your health right? But what if I told you that there is a specific type of trans fat that’s natural (not man-made) and actually helps you to lose fat faster and build lean muscle?

    Well, check out the excerpt from my new program that I co-authored called “The Fat Burning Kitchen” >> http://tinyurl.com/FatLossKitchen below:

    “…Not many people know this fact, but CLA is actually a natural form of trans fat, but it is FAR different than the artificial trans fats from hydrogenated oils that are so deadly and that you hear all of the negative information about. CLA is actually one of the only healthy trans fats in existence.

    CLA is a natural form of healthy trans fat that occurs in the fat on the meat, and in the dairy from ruminant animals such as cattle, bison, deer, goats, sheep, kangaroo, etc. CLA in natural form has been shown to help in burning off abdominal fat and also maintaining or even building lean muscle.

    Warning: do NOT use CLA supplements as they contain an artificially created form of CLA that is a different CLA isomer compared to the natural CLA isomer that’s found in meats and dairy from ruminant animals. The CLA isomer found in CLA supplements can have negative effects in the body and is more similar to an artificial trans fat. The only form of CLA is that going to benefit your health and help you to reduce body fat is the natural CLA isomers from grass-fed beef, bison, venison, etc or from grass-fed raw milk or cheeses.

    Also, grass-fed meats and dairy contain 3-5x the CLA of grain fed meats, so avoid your typical grain-fed grocery store meats.

    So that is the reason why I focused more on red meats such as grass-fed beef and bison during this 23-day cutting cycle instead of chicken, turkey, or fish — because the extra CLA can really help in accelerating fat loss and preserving lean muscle…”

    There you have it… there actually IS such a thing as a healthy trans fat… bet you didn’t know that!

    This was an excerpt from my brand new program I just co-authored with an extremely knowledgeable nutrition expert named Catherine Ebeling.

    The program is called “The Fat Burning Kitchen”.

    Because this is our launch week… you can grab the program for half price this week only. The price will double in a few days at the end of the week.

    Also, I wanted to really knock your socks off with this program, so if you grab a copy this week, I even decided to throw in a special bonus section that gives you every single nitty gritty detail of how I just went from 10.2% bodyfat down to 6.9% bodyfat in only 23 days while I prepped for a photo shoot recently.

    This is advanced stuff for when you might have an event such as a wedding or a beach vacation coming up and you need to knock off some significant bodyfat in only 3-4 weeks time frame. There’s nothing unhealthy here… but these techniques are definitely “amped up” from the norm.

    When I say nitty gritty details… I’m talking everything, including specific spices, teas, nutrients, exactly what I ate, carb/protein/fat ratios and how I manipulated timing of nutrients to accelerate fat loss.

    Seriously, we did the body comp tests and I went from 10.2% BF to 6.9% BF in only 23 days. I’ll be sharing the pics on my blog in a week or 2, when I get the finals back from the photographer.

    You’ll find out all of those details of how I did this in the bonus chapter if you grab a copy this week.

    check it out:

    http://tinyurl.com/FatLossKitchen <<= Click Here

    Get your copy today so you don’t miss out on the special offer.

    Eat clean – Be Lean…

    — Mike Geary
    Certified Nutrition Specialist
    Certified Personal Trainer
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    By all means please feel free to share this post with anyone you know who may benefit from this type of helpful info…

    Stay tuned – as I have a bunch of other freebies I’ll be sending your way later this week.

    Your trainer forever – your trainer for life,

    Joey Atlas

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    FDA Orders General Mills to Stop ‘Cholesterol-lowering’ Claims for Cheerios Cereal

    May 22nd, 2009

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    FDA orders General Mills to stop cholesterol-lowering claims for Cheerios

    - Credited to Stephen Barrett, M.D., Editor of Quackwatch.org

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered General Mills to stop making overly explicit disease-prevention claims for its Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal.

    Because foods that contain dietary fiber can help lower cholesterol and may help prevent certain cancers as part of a healthful diet, food companies are permitted to make certain approved claims to that effect.

    However, the FDA objected that the company went beyond what is legally permissible by suggesting that blood cholesterol was likely to be lowered 4% in 6 weeks by including Cheerios in a person’s diet.

    [Becoat WC. Warning letter to Ken Powell, May 5, 2009]
    FDA Orders General Mills to Stop ‘Cholesterol-lowering’ Claims for Cheerios Cereal

    http://www.casewatch.org/fdawarning/prod/2009/cheerios.shtml

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    Fat Loss Fact: Long-term Diet Study Shows Caloric Balance Key Factor In Weight Loss

    March 17th, 2009

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    Fat Loss Fact: Long-term Diet Study Shows Caloric Balance Key Factor In Weight Loss

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    A 2-year study of 811 overweight adults assigned to one of four diets has found that the proportions of macronutrients did not affect how much weight they lost. The targeted percentages of calories derived from fat, protein, and carbohydrates in the four diets were 20/15/65, 20/25/55, 40/15/45, and 40/25/35, respectively. The diets consisted of similar foods and met guidelines for cardiovascular health. The participants were offered group and individual instructional sessions.

    Among the 80% of participants who completed the trial, the average weight loss was 4 kg (about 9 pounds) and the results were similar in those who were assigned to a diet with 20% or 40% fat; 15% or 25% protein; and 65% or 35% carbohydrates. Satiety, hunger, satisfaction with the diet, and attendance at group sessions were similar for all diets. The diets also improved lipid-related risk factors and fasting insulin levels. The authors concluded:

    **Reduced-calorie diets will result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize.

    **A range of fat, protein, and carbohydrate compositions can have beneficial effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

    **Such diets can be tailored to individual patients based on personal and cultural preferences and may therefore have the best chance for long-term success.

    [Sacks FM and others. Comparison of weight-loss diets with different compositions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. New England Journal of Medicine 360:859-873, 2009] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19246357

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    Fitness Foods # 2: Five “S” Foods to Include In Your Weekly Meal Plans

    February 24th, 2009

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    Fitness Foods # 2: Five “S” Foods to Include In Your Weekly Meal Plans

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    In Fitness Foods Issue # 1, which I sent out last week – I raised some controversy over the ‘Canola Oil’ issue.

    I’ll say one last thing about it…

    There are MANY readers of this newsletter. People from all over the world, from all levels of socio-economic groups – with various levels of financial means – at different stages of trying to change their lifestyle habits for the better.

    While one reader may be at the peak of their health and fitness journey, simply striving for maintenance – another person may be simply trying to figure out how to cut down on high fat, highyl processed foods – as their first step in their journey to better fitness and a better life.

    My mention of canola oil was not a recommendation to use it as your sole choice of fat in your daily diet – but rather it was to give various readers another occasional option to explore as they try to create their own ‘fitness lifestyle plan’.

    As a professional in the field and a father of 3 growing children – I wouldn’t serve us anything that is going to kill us – nor would I tell you, my appreciated reader, to consume something that would kill you.

    So I repeat – If, on a WEEKLY basis, you add 4 or 5 tablespoons of NON-GENETICALLY ENGINEERED, EXPELLER PRESSED, ORGANIC Canola Oil to your diet – this is a HUGE difference as compared to consuming 6 or 7 tablespoons of the “evil” version of canola oil.

    When I sent out the quote from Dr Andrew Weil – those were his exact words on the subject of canola oil – excerpted from a longer Q&A type article. If you want to read it just search ‘Dr Weil canola oil’. He and I share a VERY similar opinion on this subject.

    OK – enough of that – let’s get on to this week’s Fitness Foods Issue # 2

    A reminder first – Always choose organic versions of any foods I suggest – if it is within your means.


    1) Steel Cuts Oats

    Talk about a cheap, tasty, nutrient packed breakfast? I eat Bob’s Red Mill, Organic, Whole grain steel cut oats. Just a 1/4 cup gives you a solid 7 grams of protein and a satisfying 5 grams of fiber – with only 24 grams of energy sustaining, net carbs. Add a pinch of stevia, a half teaspoon of cinnamon, a tablespoon of raisins – and you are ‘in the zone’, my friend.

    Take it up a notch by adding a tablespoon of ground flax seeds – and you wont be hungry for about 4 or 5 hours.


    2) Sardines

    I eat these about twice a week for lunch. Loaded with Omega-3s – sardines are also a fantastic source of calcium (when eaten with bones, which I do) and vitamin D. Open a can (packed in water, not oil) – sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and black peper, and say hello to a hearty serving of body-toning, fat-burning protein.

    Add a chopped cucumber with a little vinegar or lemon juice and you are ‘in the zone’…


    3) Sweet Potatoes

    The deep orange color of this great veggie should make it dead give away to its nutritional value. Truth be told – these orange beauties put the regular white spud to shame because they have more vitamin C, folate, calcium, manganese and beta-carotene than the white variety of potato. As a matter of fact, one sweet potato (with skin) has a booming 25,000 IU of beta-carotene.


    4) Spinach

    My good friend, Popeye (some of my friends think he’s my half brother) knew what he was doing whenever he squeezed open a can of spinach. As one of the ultimate dark green leafy veggies, spinach is loaded with vitamins A and K, a bit of folate – and a bunch of lutein. Lutein is associated with reduced risk of macular degeneration (the leading cause of impaired vision and blindness in people ago 65 and over). So, you wanna be strong and have good eye sight for the rest of your life? – then do like me and Popeye – and eat your spinach.

    5) Strawberries

    With these I would strongly urge you to go organic if you can. It is widely known that non-organic strawberries are farmed with relatively higher levels of chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc…

    While organic strawberries may be a bit pricey – you can certainly make them ‘go further’ by mixing them with a bunch of other organic fruits – for a high fiber, nutrient packed, fruit salad dessert.

    The nice thing about strawberries is that they contain powerful antioxidants, anthocyins, which as we all know – offer powerful health benefits for people of all ages. They also give you a nice dose of folate and vitamin C.

    I hope you enjoyed Issue # 2 of Fitness Foods. Have a comment, question – or just want to say “Thanks!” – then click on the ‘comment’ link below – and let me know…

    And don’t forget to print this out and add it to your shopping list.

    And stay tuned for more of these coming your way.

    Have any questions, thoughts – or just want to say “Thanks Joey!” ? – then just click on the ‘comment’ link below – and let me know…

    Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

    Joey Atlas

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    Here’s my response to yesterday’s ‘5 C Fitness Foods’ article…

    February 24th, 2009

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    We got a ton of ‘thank you’ emails responding to the e-newsletter I
    sent out yesterday – and as I anticipated we also got a few
    screamers and shouters – asking me “Why are you recommending canola
    oil – it’s a toxic chemical!!”

    (for those of you who missed it – I’ve added it to the bottom of
    this email) It’s actually the next blog post now…

    Well, let’s put this to rest right now:

    1 – I should have prefaced my recommendation of canola oil with my
    very typical “always choose organic, non-gmo brands.” I usually
    attach this to any food suggestion – but I left it off yesterday, in
    haste… my mistake.

    2 – Some of you are correct – most canola oil is of a genetically
    engineered variety – that is NOT what I suggest to add to your
    daily nutrition. As I mentioned in # 1 above – go for
    expeller-pressed, non-gmo brands, such as Spectrum brand.

    3 – I did not say to replace the best source of healthy fats -
    which I always tell you is Extra-Virgin, Organic Olive Oil. My
    suggestion is to simply add it to your diet as a ‘less-flavored’
    option when cooking certain dishes.

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    – Dr’ Weil – yes, THE Dr. Weil – shares the same sentiments as I
    do when it comes to canola oil…

    Here is a statement right from the lips of the master of natural
    health himself, Dr. Andrew Weil:

    “I use canola oil in moderation, when I want a neutral-tasting oil,
    but I always look for organic, expeller-pressed brands. The
    lower-cost products sold in supermarkets have often been extracted
    with chemical solvents or high-speed presses that generate heat.
    Both methods alter the oil’s fatty acid chemistry in undesirable
    ways. Furthermore, canola oil producers use a lot of pesticides on
    their crops, and I suspect that residues find their way into the
    finished product, so be sure to check labels.”

    Did you see that – let me highlight it so we don’t miss it:

    **I use canola oil in moderation, when I want a neutral-tasting
    oil, but I always look for organic, expeller-pressed brands…**

    That’s it for today…

    Stay tuned for the next ‘Fitness Foods’ article.

    Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

    Joey Atlas

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    Fitness Food List: 5 “C” Foods for a Fit, Strong, Lean & Healthy Body

    February 24th, 2009

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    Fitness Food List: 5 “C” Foods for a Fit, Strong, Lean & Healthy Body

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    1) Canola Oil

    Cut down on butter, lard and other saturated fats with healthy vegetable oils that offer beneficial mono-unsaturated & poly-unsaturated fats. This is great for your skin and even better for your heart. (but do keep in mind we still need some small amounts of saturated fats for optimal health and function). Safflower oil is also a good choice in this regard. These are also good oils to cook with as they have a higher tolerance for heat as compared to olive oil (which is an amazing choice for salads, etc…)

    Keep in mind – no matter which fat/oil you choose – its still 120 calories per tablespoon.

    2) Cantaloupe

    The light orange color is a dead give away that this delicious fruit is a good source of beta-carotene. It’s also a great source of vitamin C. I like my cantaloupe a little sweeter – so after I cut the whole melon into cubes – I sprinkle some stevia powder on it – and shake the sealed container for a nice little kick of natural, no-cal sweetness.

    3) Carrots

    Just half a cup give you 150% of your daily Vitamin A. What else is there to say? go organic when you you can – its worth it.

    4) Cauliflower

    A nice source of Vitamin C – and most likely a source of anti-cancer compounds. You can take this low carb veggie – cook it, then mash it – then sprinkle with sea salt, some black pepper – and a touch of olive oil or butter – and you’ll think you’re eating gourmet mashed potatoes – without all the heavy carbs. Yeah Baby!!

    5) Chicken Breast

    Start with free-range, cage free, organic – boneless, skinless breasts (if you can)…

    Then dice it up…
    Place in bowl…
    Add 1 table spoon of canola oil (or olive oil)
    Some sea salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika.

    Mix it up with a fork – and then pan sear it in a heated pan until cooked.

    I hope you enjoyed this list of Fitness Foods. Print it out and add it to your shopping list.

    And stay tuned for more of these coming your way.

    Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

    Joey Atlas

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