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January 9th, 2012
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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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The Mystery of Belly Fat Caused By Gluten Allergies

April 7th, 2011

Be sure to check out the new book from Kelley Herring:>>>Guilt Free & Gluten Free Desserts

UPDATE: here is the link to the interview page => Gluten-Free Health and Fat Loss Interview

And this interview we just did will help you – even if you only “suspect” you are allergic to glutens to some degree. You’ll understand why when you listen to what she reveals in the interview…

I know for a fact it’s going to help the type of person who is “stuck” and frustrated about putting so much time and energy into doing the right things – but still not reaching their goals…

We even get into other ’symptoms’ glutens can create – such as:

- bad skin
- headaches
- low-energy
- insomnia
- mental fogginess
- constipation
- and more….

Until then – I have 3 things for you:

1 – Why Jen Knows Her Stuff When It Comes to This Confusing Topic
2a – Great Article On Shocking Stats and – 2b. 7 Keys to Gluten-Free Fat-Loss
3 – A Very Insightful Q&A (question submitted by Ella & Frank Rizzo)

First: Why Jen Knows Her Stuff…

The key to Jen’s background is this fact: As a fitness pro and trainer she personally suffered for years from a gluten intolerance which slowly got worse over time – until she had no choice but to dig into the topic and figure out what she needed to do to overcome this food related allergy.

By living through this experience on a personal level, Jen has been able to translate this into a gluten-specific approach to meal planning for fitness, weight loss and awesome energy – simply through a modern approach to managing the glutens in your eating habits.

Most people reading this understand the topic of Gluten intolerance, food allergies and gluten-free nutrition. But for those who don’t…

Shocking Stats In the Growth of Gluten Free Foods and Interest

The report ‘Gluten-Free Foods and Beverages in the U.S. 3rd Edition’ projects that U.S. sales of gluten-free foods and beverages will exceed $5 billion by 2015.

According to the 210 page report “Gluten-free” has become an identity for the tens of millions of Americans who have reduced or eliminated their consumption of wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Indeed, consumer demand has driven the extraordinary surge in the market for gluten-free foods and beverages. Many people are gluten-free out of necessity, because they suffer from celiac disease or a food allergy.

But a growing number are gluten-free by choice, as evidence emerges that this diet may treat medical conditions ranging from autism in children to rheumatoid arthritis in adults….

Others find that living gluten-free simply makes them feel better. An online survey conducted expressly for the report Gluten-free Foods and Beverages in the U.S. reveals the number-one motivation for buying gluten-free food products is – they are considered healthier than their conventional counterparts.

Specialty marketers like Glutino, Pamela’s Products, and Kinnikinnick Foods have exploded onto the mainstream scene, and health-oriented companies such as Bob’s Red Mill and Amy’s Kitchen have demonstrated a commitment to producing reliably gluten-free foods.

Due to their growing retail presence, as well as to continual improvements in gluten-free products overall, the report estimates the U.S. market for gluten-free foods and beverages at $2.6 billion in 2010, for a compound annual growth rate of 30% over the 2006-2010 period.

7 Keys to The Gluten-Free Lifestyle for Optimal Health & Fat-Loss

As you’re creating your Gluten-Free nutrition strategy – these are the critical areas to focus on:

1 – Identify the glutens you are now eating on a daily basis
2 – Learn the easiest ways to take the glutens out, and replace them with the right alternatives
3 – Conversion tips to transform your favorite personal recipes into Gluten-Free versions
4 – Which companies create gluten free foods and how to locate them in the supermarket or online
5 – The quick tricks for label-reading; so you can spot glutens in a snap and avoid them
6 – Which restaurants have high gluten menus and which ones serve low gluten meals
7 – You need to know what to order when dining out

When you get this going – it’s all connected and it simply becomes your ‘eating lifestyle’…

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Again, here is the FREE interview: => Gluten-Free Health and Fat Loss Interview

Your trainer forever – your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

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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 – 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:

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:
More TRUTHFUL info on the footpads here:

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:

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:
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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12 Days of Fat-Burning Meal Plans

October 11th, 2010

One of the biggest challenges of “maintaining a respectable level of fitness” is the dedication required to eat properly – in a way which is in line with your goals…

For the average man or woman – one of the most valued pieces of advice comes in the form of nutritional help and guidance. When “diet” assistance is simple, structured and realistic – it makes everything else easy, and makes your goals more reachable – both for the short term and the long term.

Here is a simple (and FREE) Fat-Burning 12-Day Meal Planner from my partners at Prograde…

Fat Burning Meal Plans <<= Click, Print and Follow

WARNING: Always get medical clearance before making positive lifestyle changes. Better to be safe than sorry.

I’m going to be adding more to this post to make the printout even more helpful to you. For example; I’m going to list:

- several sample food choice substitutions (meat vs non-meat, etc…)
- how to pinpoint the amount of each food choice you should eat
- what to adjust based on your gender (male vs female)
- and more…

But for now – just download and read yours. Then feel free to share this post with anyone else you know who can use this kind of simplified help.

…And then stay tuned for the extra help I listed above – I should have it done in the next day or two.

***In the meantime – If you have ANY questions regarding this post and the FREE download – Just post it below in the ‘comments’ section – and I’ll check in later to answer as many as possible…***

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

– Joey Atlas

PS – you can also use the 28-Day Blow-Torch “Diet” Meals Plans in the FREE e-Version of my book ‘Fatness to Fitness’ <<= Click to Get Instant Access

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Vegetarian Hard-Body Answers: Where’s the Beef?

July 7th, 2010

Resource link mentioned at end of article is: EZ Veggie Meals (<- click to visit)

One of the biggest areas of confusion when it comes to muscle toning (or building) and getting lean (for males or females) is the topic of dietary protein intake.

Quite often this discussion leads into the subject of “vegetarian” nutritional habits – and whether or not they are conducive to muscular enhancement and improving body composition…

Confrontation on the Playground?

Last week I felt like doing an outdoor workout – so off to our local playground I went, for a sweat-breaking, bodyweight training session (I do this about 2 times per week). I got right into a 25 minute chest/back/core workout.

At the end as I was stretching out and toweling off – one of the dads came over to ask about my workouts, what else I do, etc…. His wife also stepped over to chat, as well.

Then he asked… “With your kind of physique – you must eat a lot of protein, like red meat and chicken, right?”

I said, “Actually, most people would consider me a vegetarian. I don’t eat any red meat and I don’t remember the last time I ate chicken.”

He asked, “Well, don’t you need those meats to build and maintain muscle?”

I said, “No, but unfortunately – that’s what most people have been led to believe.”

His wife then turned to him and said “Ha! See, I told you!” (I had to chuckle at that point)

He asked “What foods do you eat to get enough protein in your diet?”

I rattled off a simple list:

“Various nuts, different types of beans, nut butters, peas… I also eat eggs on occasion, and fish – maybe once or twice a week. And then there’s the protein that comes from the grains I eat, and the organic skim milk I add to my espresso…”

He asked “And you get all the protein you need from those?”

I replied “Yes, see – even if we workout consistently – we don’t need as much protein as people generally believe… So, once that notion is clarified – It’s so much easier to embrace the concept and practice of moving toward a vegetarian approach to your nutrition…”

Then he started to get it… And his cool wife chimed in again.. “Thank you SO much for helping him understand this. We’ve gone back and forth on this for years…”

They then asked what a typical day of eating looks like for me – and I told them…

7am – mocha-espresso with 2 ounces organic skim milk

10:30am – natural peanut butter, a little regular butter, ground flax seeds, ground cinnamon on a piece of oat/nut bread – PLUS a fruit – PLUS a double strength green tea

1:30pm – another mocha-espresso with 2 ounces organic skim milk

2pm – chick peas and baby grape tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, sea salt and black pepper – PLUS a medium organic banana

4pm – granola cereal with almond milk – PLUS a fruit – PLUS a double strength jasmine green tea

7:30pm – Peas and cheese on multi-grain wrap seasoned and quick-cooked in pan to melt cheese and brown the wrap – PLUS my famous Sinful Salad; chopped romaine lettuce, chopped apple and sliced strawberries – WITH my ‘secret’ home-made dressing

10pm – 2 ounces of chocolate – PLUS double strength red tea – PLUS fruit (cherries, blueberries, orange, etc… depends what’s in season – and what’s in the house :-)

That’s just a one-day example. I have MANY variations of that. I never get bored and I NEVER feel hungry.

Stay tuned as I’ll surely be sharing some more of these “examples” in the future. And if getting into the “fitness vegetarian” thing is something of real interest to you – then you’ll want to check out one the top resources on the subject from vegetarian expert and author, K. Pauza at: EZ Veggie Meals <- click to visit

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Your trainer for life…

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– 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:


  • 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:

    Check it out here ==> Healthy Fitness Recipes

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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.


    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” >> 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: <<= 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

    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


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

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

    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

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    Fitness Foods # 3: Eight “B” Foods to Include In Your Weekly Meals Plans

    April 10th, 2009


    Fitness Foods # 3: Eight “B” Foods to Include In Your Weekly Meals Plans

    As always – any food I suggest – is preferably of organic origin. And your meats are ideally grass fed, free range, etc…

    1 – Banana

    This is one of my all time favorites – and I eat one every day. Bananas are a great source of magnesium (good for your bones and heart health) – and they are loaded with potassium (about 400 milligrams in a medium one). This is good since we are supposed to get close to 5,000 milligrams of potassium per day. Remember, potassium helps regulate blood pressure, fights bone loss and reduces your risk of kidney stones.

    2 – Brown Rice

    The difference between white rice and brown rice is not the color. White rice is brown rice AFTER it has been processed and devalued. Unlike white rice, brown rice is a true whole grain – because it still has the bran and germ of the natural grain. So you get the true ‘whole grain’ benefits – and about 10 times as much body-benefiting potassium and phosphorus.

    3 – Bran

    Either as cold cereal or hot cereal – bran kicks butt (I love oat bran cooked in water for breakfast [11:30am] with a medium banana, and 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed).

    What do you get? A very nice dose of fiber, magnesium – and some VERY good quality carbohydrates.

    4 – Brussel(s) Sprouts

    Just 4 of these natural powerhouses gives you about 240 micrograms of vitamin K – which is twice the measly amount the average person gets in a full day. And trust me – you NEED vitamin K.

    5 – Beef (Eye of Round is good)

    Red meat is not evil – unless you are eating half a pound every day…

    A 3 ounce serving of high quality beef gives you a body toning and strengthening dose of protein – at only 160 calories.

    What else do you get from ‘the beef’? Zinc and vitamin B6 – two more essential elements you need to function optimally

    6 – Broccoli

    Yes – its STILL good for you… – As one of the top ‘dark green vegetables’ – you want to find a way to get this on your dinner table a few times a week if you are interested in reducing your chances of getting cancer – just to name a few…

    7 – Blueberries

    ..VERY high in antioxidants …boost your brain function …helps lower cholesterol …loaded with vitamin K …may help prevent osteoporosis …prevents hardening of the arteries …loaded with fiber …should I keep going?

    8 – Barley

    Pearl barley has the outer husk removed – so DON’T eat it. You want WHOLE GRAIN barley – which still has the valuable husk. We all know the benefits of true whole grains – so no need for me to rehash here. You can also try bulgar or buckwheat groats (kasha) – as they are also nutrient packed whole grains.

    Please share this post with anyone else you know – who will benefit from it.

    Got some comments or questions about this list? Or just want to say ‘thanks’ – then click the ‘Comment’ button down there on the left…

    And stay tuned for more from…

    Your trainer for life,

    Joey Atlas

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