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Workout: Crossfit Cardio Circuit

I will be doing a new cardio session this week:
5 min on the bike
20 kettlebell swings
20 slamball slams
30 battle rope wiggles:
10 alternating arms
10 double arm wide v swings
10 double arm rope slams
Then Repeat

I might add in 20 wall balls throws
Then Repeat


Gym Gear: Oakley Icon 3 Backpack

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I have to say it is made extremely well! Furthermore; it fits really well on my back and is super comfortable! For a guy who is 6′ 270lbs that wears a 3XL jacket it fits remarkably well!

However; I absolutely hate the pocket configuration! Whomever designed the inside of the bag deserves a giant punch in the face and should refund me half my money as this bag is expensive!

The outside look of the bag is awesome it looks badass and the 3 buckle system is cool!

The media pocket on top not really a media pocket, but a felt lined pocket is great for sunglasses or as I use it for change!

The inside configuration starts off not bad, a padded pocket for your laptop or tablet! Awesome! But then the front configuration has some stupid bullshit Velcro folded flaps and the media pockets inside are much too small for anything! There are no pen or pencil slides and nowhere to put a shaker bottle or water bottle! There are two small side pockets but they are too small to be practical. They are good for snacks or some small items on both sides.

Maybe the bag will grow on me, but right now I am missing my military rucksack…

**Update** February 26th 2015

The bag is starting to grow on me as I see which way I can pack it. However; Oakley should take note of six pack fitness! 


Gym Gear: Gofit Extreme Sandbag

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The NEW GoFit Extreme Sand Bag builds functional strength and intense endurance. The weight is unstable and shifts constantly, engaging more muscle groups with every exercise. It makes your body adjust and develop like no other weight training can.

• Extreme Sand Bag integrates weight training with instability, to develop functional strength.
• The sand bag will mould itself to your body.

• Fully adjustable from 2lbs to 64lbs

• Use for throwing, passing, and catching drills.

• Builds grip strength and forearm conditioning.

• High-rep metabolic conditioning for muscular and aerobic endurance as well as agility.

• Take it anywhere—fill it when you get there.

Includes:
• Heavy-grade canvas bag with 4 handle positions and dual-secure closure

• 3 sizes of adjustable weight inserts:

– Small Bag: 5lbs

– Medium Bag: 22lbs

– Large Bag: 35lbs

Sand bag and inserts are made of heavy-grade canvas with reinforced stitching overall. Sand bag hand grips are made of heavy duty webbing. Inserts have Velcro closures for easy sand-filling.

*Sand NOT included.
-Gofit.net

Here’s little Johnny demonstrating a front power snatch with the extreme sandbag

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I purchased the Gofit extreme sandbag from Groupon and again Groupon fucked up! It specifically states in the Groupon that it comes with a DVD which was a big reason I purchased it, as I have no idea what to do with it (thank God for YouTube!) i contacted Gofit and they claim there is no dvd there was supposed to be a workout poster, but they don’t have that either and they offered to send me a free tshirt to make up for it. When I told them I was an XXL they said sorry we only have XL 😒😒😒😒

WTF!

That will not discourage me! I will still figure out how to add this to my Crossfit cardio circuit!


Attractions: Skyzone – indoor trampoline park

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WHAT IS SKY ZONE?
SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ – CHANGE LOCATION
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.

We are dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes with flying. We are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. We believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. We are healthy and bursting with energy. We fly high and keep it safe. We are Sky Zone.

Sky Zone Pine Brook construction stage will be completed in June of 2014, and will offer open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball (when available), birthday parties, private events, group outings, and the bungee trampoline. For just about any age, shape or size, Sky Zone Pine Brook is the ultimate 3-D play experience!

SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ

60 Chapin Road
Pine Brook, NJ 07058
973-396-4001

HOURS & PRICING
SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ – CHANGE LOCATION
Waivers and Sky Socks are required for ALL jumpers. Jumpers under the age of 18 must have the waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Visit the Online Waiver to read our waiver policy and complete a waiver on line before arriving at Sky Zone. Please purchase tickets on line as we have a capacity limit and cannot guarantee your jump time for walk ins.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Presidents Day Holiday Hours:

Monday (2/16) Extended hours!- Jump with us-11am to 9pm

Sky Zone Pine Brook Hours:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday – Friday 3:30 P.M – 9:00 P.M.

Saturday: 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Sunday- 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M

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Toddler Time Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday: 12:00 .P.M – 2:00 P.M.

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Sky Robics Classes:

Tuesday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday 9am-10am

Sky Fit Classes:

Saturday 8:45am -9:45am

SAVE TIME! Fill out our waiver on line! Click the button in the upper right hand corner!

Waivers are required for all jumpers. Jumpers under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Walk-ins welcome but court capacities are limited; hours subject to change.
Open daily for special events! & group outings: Call for reservations!
SKY ZONE PINE BROOK PRICING:

30 minute jump: $10
60 minute jump: $20
90 minute jump: $25
120 minute jump: $30
Sky Socks are $2.00 and yours to keep. Our SkySocks are washable and reusable, if you already purchased SkySocks previously you may use them again.

Guarantee your jump time!

Click here to pre-purchase your jump tickets (groups of 10 or less)

SKY ZONE PINE BROOK, NJ

OPEN JUMP
Open jump lets you fly high! That means full access to all Sky Zone activities, including the Main Court (free jump), the Foam Zone (freestyle jumping into foam), Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, and more! Open jump is available during normal operating hours. All ages are welcome, and a Sky Zone liability waiver is required for each jumper (those under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian). Weekends can get busy, so book your spot online and fill out a waiver in advance. Park offerings vary by location.
Walk-ins welcome!
Jump times start every 15 – 30 minutes
Limited capacity

ULTIMATE DODGEBALL
Combine regular dodgeball with Sky Zone’s patented wall-to-wall trampolines and get the world’s most awesome sport: Ultimate Dodgeball. You can only find Ultimate Dodgeball at Sky Zone, and pick-up games are held daily (when courts are available).

Think you’re good? Grab your friends, form a team and prove it at our Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament!

FOAM ZONE
Experience true freedom in our Foam Zone! Jump, fly and flip from a trampoline runway into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. There’s no better way to experience the pure joy of weightlessness.

SKY SLAM
Dunk like a pro with trampoline launch pads that bounce you ten feet in the air. You don’t need to be in the NBA to love SkySlam. Work your dunk swag in front of all your friends.

SKYROBICS/SKYFIT
Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on our wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of the most dynamic, effective and active workouts you can get!

To AMP up your workout- try our SkyFIT class! SkyFIT combines an intense full body workout on our trampolines – with aerobics/Cross Fit/HITT/ and agility training! It’s the ultimate workout for any level of athlete!

$15 per 60 minute class!

10 class punch cards are now availabe

SKYROBICS CLASS TIMES

Tuesday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday 9am-10am

SKYFIT CLASS TIMES

Saturday 8:45am-9:45am
-Skyzone.com

What can I say? It was fun! I have a trampoline in my backyard, and a portable workout rebounder, but I don’t have over 30 connected together lol. I also don’t have a foam pit

I was disappointed about the way they controlled the foam pit like Nazi’s! There was 5 or so trampolines to jump into the pit and only 2 at a time were able to jump. That caused a huge lineup and literally wasted most of our time! Then they kept saying we need to take a 10 min break so they can re-puff up the foam blocks.

The dodgeball was a total disappointment as it is improperly managed! They make teams and that’s it! If you want to play you have to stand there and wait and lose your time!

What should happen is either they make teams and one person gets out another goes in, until everyone waiting is dead. Or make teams and take names for the next team and call the names for the new team over the loudspeaker and give them so much time to report!

It would be much smoother and much more fair! The referee knew a lot of the regulars names and gave them preferential treatment and let them go in the game ahead of others waiting. We all pay for time! If you get mistreated, you will be less likely to become a new regular!

One other thing I didn’t like was they had one court closed off for no reason! That made all the other areas more populated!

Back to the parts I enjoyed; the foam pit (once you actually got a chance to do it) was awesome! Once you launch yourself into it, it is so hard to get out! I (at 270lbs) was suspended in the air and trapped upside down!! I had to forcefully roll over to my stomach and stand up then get my legs over the top of the foam and try and crawl on my belly like my army training days. It takes a lot out of you to climb out of there! It’s a great workout! Especially; when you sink all the way to the bottom and your feet are on the trampoline beneath the foam blocks.

They also have a basketball area where you can do trick slam dunks, but I don’t care for that.

The actual jump arena is cool as they have slanted trampolines for walls and you can bounce off of those too! The best part is to jump off the wall and crash and burn! Which I was doing above! Jump off the wall and let it throw you wherever you go! Don’t try to land it! But remember how to fall properly if you do that! Don’t try to put your hand down to stop you, keep your hands and head tucked in! You can even tuck in your legs like a cannon ball!

Just hope you don’t land between the trampolines on a hard spot lol!

Speaking of; one of the problems I had was jumping between the trampolines. Getting the forward momentum was hard! I always landed on the hard part between the trampolines And it hurt my knees. That’s where running down the trampolines came from lol. Let me tell you running down them is also a killer workout! Just do sprints back and forth!

I was also running across all the trampolines however you have to rub kind of goofy like you are jumping over the hurdles on a track as you will see when you try to do it!

My wife was doing more advanced stuff like: backflips and back handsprings. I did a cartwheel in one picture lol. That’s as much as my gymnastics goes. I’m too big to flip now, unless I’m flipping into the foam pit! You can also do flying martial arts kicks into the foam pit lol as I did in the one picture.

Overall just have fun, be a kid and enjoy life! And get a workout in the process! If you are old or elderly, just jump. Jumping in one spot only will give you a great workout! And you can do something with your children/grandchildren. Rebounding is beneficial for people with all kinds of injuries! See my article on rebounding here on this site!

They even have a snackbar that wasn’t too shabby! If you are hungry or thirsty check it out! (If you will be there for a while remember to hydrate! You will need to drink a lot!

**Hint** I will give u a hint! They give you socks like they give in the hospital with the grips on the bottom. Do not take off your socks! Place those socks over your socks!

If you do what I did and replace your socks, you will lose their socks in the foam pit and you will be barefoot and have to walk around the dirty floors back to the front desk to get more socks! If you put them over your socks they will create friction and remain in place!

There you go a free tip! Lol


Supplement Review; West Coast Chill Energy Drink

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West Coast Chill Pure Energy is The Healthier Alternative to Traditional Energy Drinks, which contains NO SUGAR, NO CAFFEINE, and NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.

West Coast Chill’s expansion into multi-location retailers has been fueled by the changing landscape in the energy drink sector. Today, more than ever, there is greater awareness by the consumer regarding the high amounts of caffeine and sugar contained by the current market leading energy drinks. Local, State, & Federal governmental agencies are scrambling to pass legislation that can limit how these companies go about their business. In addition, new data shows that diet soda drinkers are also flocking away from soft drinks as they are turned off by the side effects of artificial sweeteners. These consumers are also looking for a healthy alternative beverage. West Coast Chill Pure Energy’s growth has been from these consumers. The ability to sell to both current energy drink consumers and attracting those whom have previously avoided energy drinks, has been a great asset to the brand.

West Coast Chill, Inc. has begun deliveries of West Coast Chill Pure Energy to the Albertsons supermarket chain. Albertsons, with 1,119 supermarkets located in 29 states under 12 different banners, strives to be known as the favorite neighborhood food and drug retailer in every market where they do business, with helpful associates, competitive prices and high quality, fresh products.

In the state of Ohio, West Coast Chill has begun delivering its Pure Energy drink to Walgreens. Walgreens is the largest drug retailing chain in the United States; operating 8,678 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The chain has adopted the slogan, At the Corner of Happy and Healthy, and much like West Coast Chill, is committed to providing its consumers with Healthier Alternatives. In Ohio, West Coast Chill Pure Energy is distributed by the Heidelberg Distributing Company. Serving 26,000 retailers, Heidelberg has been delivering the finest products in the world to retailers for more for over 75 years.

West Coast Chill is also honored to announce Johnny Bench as its latest spokesperson and corporate brand ambassador. Mr. Bench, a former Major League Baseball player, and considered to be the greatest catcher ever, played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of two World Series championship teams.

Below is a quick snapshot of the type of multi-location retailers whom carry West Coast Chill.

Albertsons
West Coast Chill has begun national rollout for the Albertsons grocery chain. With over 600 stores from California to Florida, the organization has evolved from a corner store into a chain spanning several states, but its focus continues to be on the customer, and on becoming the favorite neighborhood food and drug retailer in every market where it does business.

Walgreens
West Coast Chill has begun delivering its Pure Energy drink to Walgreens. Walgreens is the largest drug retailing chain in the United States; operating 8,678 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

7-Eleven
West Coast Chill is placed in 7-Eleven’s throughout the country including California, Virginia, and Florida. Product is placed in refrigerated coolers, barrel coolers, end-aisle displays, and is paired with their ready-to-go sandwiches.

Discount Drug Mart
71-Store Chain based throughout all of Northeast Ohio. Discount Drug Mart opened its first doors in 1969 and acted as a full-scale Pharmacy and Grocery Store. West Coast Chill is multi-slotted in each store.

Mickey Mart
Mickey Mart convenient stores have been providing northern Ohio with a quick, clean, friendly place to stop for gas, groceries and convenience items for 25 years. Headquartered in Milan, Ohio, Mickey Mart is a locally owned and operated business with 30 locations, and growing!

Daves Markets
14-Store Big-Box Grocer servicing a unique ethnically diverse community through out parts of Northeast Ohio. West Coast Chill is multi-slotted in each store.

Heinens Fine Foods
18-Stores strategically based throughout Northeast Ohio. This Boutique Market is known as a Healthy Alternative to traditional Grocers. West Coast Chill is multi-slotted in each store.

Fishers Foods
9-Store Chain known for high-quality products, hometown friendly service and great prices. West Coast Chill is multi-slotted in each store.

Giant Eagle
300+ Store Chain. West Coast Chill initially launched into the Youngstown-Liverpool, Ohio area. West Coast Chill is multi-slotted in each store along with a “100-CS End Cap Footprint” in two out of the three Giant Eagle Stores. These footprints include the new West Coast Chill MX Bike Raffle program.

Apples Market
7-Store Chain based out of Lorain County in Ohio and is a neighborhood locally owned market since 1979. West Coast Chill is multi-slotted in each store along with a “100-CS “End Cap Footprint” in one of Apples 7-Stores. These footprints include the new West Coast Chill MX Bike Raffle program.

Friendship Food Stores
25-Store Chain based out of Northwest Ohio. Friendship is a gas and convenience store Chain operated since 1985. West Coast Chill is multi-slotted in each store

West Coast Chill, positioned as a Healthier Alternative brand, contains NO SUGAR, NO CAFFEINE, and NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, and is quickly emerging as the market leader in a rapidly changing energy drink landscape.
-westcoastchill.com

First off if you read above it lists all the distributors and where you can get it. It looks to me like they are getting ready to go on Shark Tank lol!

Is it true can there really be a healthy energy drink?

Well, it looks like yes there is!

Sweetened with stevia it’s starting off good!

What about the taste? If you are looking for a monster energy drink replacement… Not going to happen! It tastes nothing like monster although the can looks very very similar!

Is it edible? Yes, you can tolerate it! Will it stop your monster urges? That’s yet to be seen! I bought 3 cans of West Coast Chill! After the first I am dying for a monster! But I don’t want to die so I am just saying no to monster right now.

Try one and tell me what you think! Is West Coast Chill here to stay? Or will it fade away in failure?

**Update** February 6th 2015
Had it again today, I really hate the taste but today I felt a super surge of energy and I don’t have a craving for monster. I just wished it tasted closer to monster.


Recipe: Grilled Chicken Bacon and Avocado Salad

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Prep: 15 minutes

Serves: 6-8 (Depends how you serve it. It’ll go farther on sandwiches.)

6 organic chicken breasts, grilled (organic chicken breasts typically are quite a bit smaller than the huge, non-organic because of the lack of hormones. So keep that in mind)

5-6 green onions, diced

1 package bacon

2 avocados, cubed

2-3 tablespoons organic or homemade mayo

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400 and bake bacon on a cookie sheet until slightly crispy. When finished, transfer to a lined plate and blot excess grease. Finely chop.

-Grill the chicken (I used garlic, salt, pepper and onion. Pretty basic.) and let rest. Cube when cooled.

-Dice green onions and cube the avocado. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add mayo. Start small and add more if you need to. I don’t put very much at all, as you can tell in the photo. Just enough to give it a little moisture. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with sandwich buns or alone.

This is also really yummy leftovers, so it can be eaten at any temperature. Warm, cold or room temp.

-akitchencafe.com

As you know I like to take healthy Pinterest recipes and make them healthier!

I have a couple great tweaks!

1. bake the chicken you can add whatever spices to it to make you happy.

2. (Tweak) instead of bacon use turkey bacon. I used applewood farms

3. I diced up scallions and (tweak) I added fresh cilantro

4. Homemade Mayo or organic mayo is still mayo! You can dress up a turd it’s still a turd! (Tweak) I made a healthy dressing! Take a cup of plain greek yogurt add in powered ranch dressing.

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I then added a dash of garlic powder and a dash of cayenne pepper for taste. Mix and add as needed to the recipe.

5. Cube up 2 avocados.

Mix everything up in a big bowl and use a big slotted spoon it’s much easier to mix that way!

Then I am going to make a healthy salad/spinach salad, add some vegetables and fresh mozzarella then top with the avocado chicken bacon salad mix and drizzle it with fig balsamic glaze.

Viola you are done and ready to enjoy with no guilt!

Stay tuned for the practical application!

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My wife made sliders

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I made a salad with mozzarella, I finished the ricotta Salata, I chopped up pickles, red pepper, used my ghost pepper hot sauce and drizzled it with the balsamic glaze.

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It was delicious!!

Enjoy!

Remember; like always if you make one of my recipes send me an email with your practical application and pictures and I’ll post it! Feel free to comment also!


Supplement Review: Munchable Cordyceps

Cordyceps Munchable

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Cordyceps is a mushroom. The wild variety used in herbalism grows in very high mountains, primarily in Asia. The most famous, Di Tao source of wild Cordyceps is the Himalayas. This wild Cordyceps is very rare and extremely expensive. Mycologists have developed a cultured (cultivated) variety using the Cordyceps militaris species of Cordyceps. It is grown in a super-clean environment on a base of organic brown rice. This “munchable,” or edible, Cordyceps is an amazing treasure of health. It is a superb value. It is many multiples less expensive than the wild variety from the snowline of Tibet or Bhutan, yet it is very close in nutrition and herbal potency. In fact, it has a higher content of the established key component of Cordyceps, cordycepin, than the wild variety. It may be eaten raw, several pieces a day, or may be cooked into soups and teas. It has a delicious and interesting mushroom flavor that makes it easy to consume regularly. This amazing superfood should be in every home elixir bar and kitchen.*

Ingredients: Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) ascocarp (fruiting body)

Usage: Consume several strands at a time for energy and well being. Or cook in soup or tonic tea.

Remember Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word – Compliance. If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

-dragonherbs.com

Studies with Cordyceps sinensis

Much of what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to the research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and author of several books about Cordyceps.

Research suggests that Cordyceps may improve the BIO ENERGY status of animals and probably in humans. This would happen because Cordyceps improves the internal balance mechanism, thus making the utilization of OXYGEN more efficient. These properties may account for the overall physical enhancement, the added endurance, and the anti-fatigue effects which are seen in humans using the Cordyceps supplement.

1. Cordyceps Improves the Respiratory Function
Several scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis in alleviating the symptoms of several respiratory illnesses including chronic bronchitis and asthma (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Respiratory System”, pages 429-432). In a double blind, placebo controlled study with 30 elderly volunteers Cordyceps significantly improved the maximum amount of oxygen these people were able to assimilate (Reference 4).

2..Cordyceps increases cellular Oxygen Absorption by up to 40%
(Lou Y, Liao X, Lu Y. Cardiovascular pharmacological studies of ethanol extracts of Cordyceps mycelia and Cordyceps fermentation solution. Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs 1986;17(5):17-21,209-213) Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases improvement of 40% after Cordyceps supplement. (Wang WQ. J. Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5 (supp;):24)

3. Cordyceps Improves the Functioning of the Heart
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis on heart rhythm disturbances, such as cardiac arrhythmias and chronic heart failure (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).

An even more vigorous study was conducted using “in vivo” mouse model induced acute Pulmonary Edema (Pneumonia) which causes systemic lack of oxygen, acidic body, and death. Research results show that animals taking Cordyceps had a significantly greater survival rate of 20% mortality vs. 80% mortality in 30 minutes. This is a startling 400% improvement. (From Wan F, Zhang S. Clinical observations of fermented Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in antitussive, expectorant, and antathematic effects. Collection on the Basic Medicinal and Clinical Studies of Submerged Culture Cordyceps sinensis. Beijing, Nanchang, China:Jiangxi TCM/IMM, 1985:35-39)

4. Cordyceps Helps Maintain Cholesterol
Four excellent studies have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis helps to lower total cholesterol by 10 to 21% and triglycerides by 9 to 26%. At the same time it helps to increase HDL-cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) by 27 to 30% (Reference 1, Chapter “Effects on blood lipid metabolism and arteriosclerosis”, pages 299 – 301).

Blood Cells – Improves Blood Cell Viability & Function.

Genetic – Promotes DNA Repair

Liver Protection – Improves Liver Functions, helps with Hepatitis and Cirrhosis Sub chronic and chronic hepatitis on related liver diseases are more prevalent than most people think. Liver is the living filter of the human body, cleaning the blood and all other fluids of impurities. There is no way for you to survive, much less feel healthy, without a functioning liver.

Research clinical trials on 33 patients with Hepatitis “B” and on another 8 patients with cirrhosis taking Cordyceps supplement showed 71.9% improvement on “Thymol Turbidity Test” and 78.6% improvement in” SGPT Test” both of these are enzyme test showing improving functions of the liver. (Zhou LT, Yang YZ, Xu YM, Zhu QY, Zhu YR, Ge XY, Gao JD. Short term curative effect of cultured Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc. Mycelia in chronic hepatitis B. China J Chinese Materia Medica 1990;15(1):53-55)

5. Chronic kidney diseases improvement
(3) Chronic kidney diseases improvement of 51% after only one month with Cordyceps supplement.(Jiang JC, Gao YF. J Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5(suppl):23-24)

6. Cordyceps Reduces Tumor Size in Cancer Patients
Several clinical studies have been conducted in China and Japan with cancer patients (References 1 and 2). The studies were done with CSE (Cordyceps sinensis mycelium) using a therapeutic dose of 6 grams per day (= 4 capsules twice daily). In one study with 50 lung cancer patients administered CSE in conjunction with chemotherapy, tumors reduced in size in 46% of patients. A study in cancer patients with various types of tumors found CSE (6 g/day for over 2 months) improved subjective symptoms in the majority of patients. White blood cell counts were maintained and tumor size was significantly reduced in about half of the patients. Researchers in Japan reported that CSE enhances the general reactivity of the immune system in individuals with cancer. To discover this, they subcutaneously injected mice with cancerous (lymphoma) cells and then orally administered CSE. This lead to a reduction of tumor size and prolongation of the host survival time. CSE also improved the antibody responses.

7. Immune System
Increases NK cell activity, makes more MUSCLE – Increases Power, builds better/younger cells.

Recharge the Protective Army of NK cells – Your body’s ability to fight infections and tumors depends on the availability of Natural Killer (NK) Cells. These are essential first lines of defense for our body’s protection mechanisms commonly known as the Immune System.

Several scientific studies of Cordyceps have especially focused on Natural Killer (NK) cells and Cordyceps effect on them and cancer formation. One such in-vitro study demonstrated Cordyceps adding significant enhancement of NK cell activity in normal individuals as well as leukemia stricken individuals. (Liu C, Lu S, Ji MR, Xie Y. effects of Cordyceps sinensis on in-vitro natural killer cells.

Chinese J Integrated Traditional Western Med (Chung-Kuo Chung His I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih) 1992;12(5):267-269) showed that natural Cordyceps enhanced the NK cell activity of normal patients by 74% and increased the NK activity of leukemia patients by 400% and similar improvements of NK cell activities was found in big melanoma cancer (Xu RH, Peng XE, Chen GZ, Chen GL. Effects of Cordyceps sinensis on natural killer activity and colony formation of B16 melanoma. Chinese Med J 1992;105(2):97-101)

8. Improvements in the Immune System
The improvements in the Immune System were so impressive that Dr. Zhu at the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 1998 stated: “Because of the above profound influence on immune functions, natural Cordyceps products have been used in many clinical conditions in patients with altered immune functions.”

9. Anti-aging
The First Anti-Aging Supplement Known to Mankind
It’s An Anti-Aging Fighter with clinical research proof in controlled studies which showed that elderly patients suffering from fatigue and some senility related symptoms reported. (1) Improvements in the reduction of fatigue 92%, of feeling cold 89%, in dizziness 83%, after taking Cordyceps for 30 days. Patients with respiratory/breathing problems felt physically stronger and some were able to jog for 600 ft. (Cao A, Wen Y. J Applied Traditional Chinese Med 1993;1:32-33)

10. Cordyceps Protects against Free Radical Damage
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis protects against the damages caused by free radicals, and as such has powerful antioxidant properties (Reference 1, Chapter “Äntisenescence and Oxygen-Free Radical Scavenging Activity”)

11. Cordyceps Reduces Fatigue
Several studies with animals have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen supply. A double blind, placebo controlled investigation showed a marked reduction in fatigue in elderly patients when they were given three grams of Cordyceps daily. In another study, Cordyceps sinensis improved shortness of breath and reduced fatigue in patients suffering from chronic heart failure (Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295).

12. Cordyceps Helps Discomforts from Tired Legs
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis improves the flow of blood in the body by relaxing the smooth muscles of the blood vessels allowing them to expand. Cordyceps also improves the functioning of the heart and lungs (see above). Cordyceps therefore prevents or reduces the contraction of blood vessels which interferes with the flow of blood vessels in the legs, the main cause of tired legs (Reference 2, Chapter “Effect on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).

13. Endurance & Stamina
Reduces muscle Soreness, Enhances Recovery, Promotes Better Oxygen efficiency,

14. Fitness
Increases ATP Synthesis, Promotes Faster Energy Recovery, Reduces Fatigue, Improves Physical Function, Provides More Stamina.

15. Cordyceps Improves Stamina and Athletic Performance
Several studies with animals have shown that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen uptake ( Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295). A study with mice demonstrated their improved swimming capabilities after six weeks of Cordyceps supplementation compared with a control group (Reference 3, page 260).

16. Cordyceps radically increases cellular energy
Cellular energy, which is also known scientifically as the ATP/IP ratio. Cordyceps has been clinically proven to increase cellular Bio-Energy by as much as 55% (Reported XU C.F et al in ZHU J-S, Halpern GM, Jones K. The Scientific rediscovery of a precious ancient Chinese herbal regimen: Cordyceps sinensis: Part I. J Alt Comp Med 1998;4(3):289-303.)

17. Cordyceps Combats Sexual Dysfunction
Three separate Chinese double blind and placebo-controlled studies with over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed remarkably similar results. On average, 64% of the Cordyceps-users reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental period compared with 24% of the placebo group. In another double blind, placebo controlled study conducted with 21 elderly women with similar complaints, 90% reported improvements of their condition following the use of Cordyceps, compared with none in the control group (Reference 1).

18. Hormones – Adrenal Thymus, Mitochondrial energy.
Dramatic Natural Improvements are seen in endocrine hormone levels, in fertility, and in Sexual Libido for men and women.

19. Sexual Function
Improves Libido and Quality of Life in Men & Women, Fights infertility, Increases Sperm Count, Increases Sperm Survival.

(1) Research on animal studies shows cordyceps increases natural sex hormones(Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31)

(2) Prevention and improvement of adrenal glands and thymus hormones, and infertile sperm count improve by 300% after cordyceps supplement.(Huang Y, Lu J, Zhu B, Wen Q, Jia F, Zeng S, Chen T, Li Y, Xheng G, Yi Z.. Zhongchengyao Yanjiu 1987;(10):24-25)

(3) Human clinical studies involving both men and women of 189 patients with decreased libido and desire showed improvement of symptoms and desire of 66% (Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31) and

(4) Another double blind study by the Institute of Materia Medica in Beijing, China showed a woman improvement of libido and desire at 86%. (JIA-SHI ZHU, M.D., Ph.D. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Vol.4, Number 3, 1998, pp.289-303)

(5) The most dramatic physical proof came from Fertility Study (Guo YZ. J Modern Diagnostics Therapeutics 1986;(1):60-65) involving a clinical research of 22 males showed that cordyceps supplement increased clear evidence of 33% increase in sperm count, decreased 29% incidence of sperm malformations, and a 79% increase in survival rate after 8 weeks of cordyceps supplement.

Acknowledgement
Much of what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to the research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and author of several books about Cordyceps. His interest and commitment have resulted in making available to the Western world the many research studies conducted by Chinese scientists published in various Chinese scientific journals. These investigations with Cordyceps sinensis have been summarized in the following scientific articles:

1. Zhu, J.S., Halpern, G.M., and Jones, K. (1998): The Scientific Rediscovery of an Ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine: Cordyceps sinensis. Part I. Journal of Alternative and complementary Medicine 4(3), pp 289-303.

2. Zhu, J.S., Halpern, G.M., and Jones, K. (1998): The Scientific Rediscovery of a Precious Ancient Chinese Herbal Regimen: Cordyceps sinensis. Part II. Journal of Alternative and complementary Medicine 4(4), pp 429-457.

3. Mizuno T. (1999): Medicinal effects and utilization of Cordyceps (Fr.) Link (Ascomycetes) and Isaria Fr. (Mitosporic Fungi) Chinese Caterpillar Fungi, “Tochukaso” (Review). International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 1 (3), pp 251-261.

4. Xiao Y., Huang X.Z., Chen G.,Wang M.B., Zhu J.S., Cooper C.B.: Increased Aerobic Capacity in Healthy Elderly Humans given fermented Cordyceps Cs-4: a Placebo controlled Trial. Ann. Meeting American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA, June 3-5, 1999.

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Biological Active Ingredient Levels about 5.3 times higher
than the best wild collected samples

Increases ATP production – Increases Oxygen Utilization
Decreases Blood Pressure – Regulates Blood Sugar
Decreases Appetite – Increases Libido & Sexual Function
Decreases Alcohol Desire

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Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?
AUTHOR STAFF WRITER
Cordyceps
You may have heard about Cordyceps medicinal mushrooms, but are all Cordyceps really alike? Should I choose Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?

In order to demonstrate how supplements that sound very similar can have dramatically different health benefits, let’s discuss magnesium for a moment.

Many people think that all magnesium supplements produce the same health benefits. And yet, some of the supplements consist of magnesium oxide, some contain magnesium citrate and yet others may include magnesium bis-glycinate. The sad fact is that all of these supplements have different potencies and differ greatly when it comes to your body’s ability to absorb magnesium. And, did you know that magnesium stearate is used in the lubrication process when producing supplements? If ANY of your supplements contain magnesium stearate – listed as an inactive ingredient – the supplement’s absorption rate is probably reduced!

Should I choose Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?

Medicinal Mushroom Information Center wrote a story last year about Cordyceps medicinal mushrooms, asking how is it possible that you can buy a bottle of Cordyceps Sinensis from a U.S. manufacturer, probably for $2-$4 per bottle, even though China’s Xinhua news agency reported that the price of Cordyceps Sinensis has surged to a new record: $1,500 per pound! Cordyceps is collected between May and July in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan around heights of over 11,000 feet above sea level. This makes it extremely difficult to collect, and therefore the price has gone up ten-fold in just ten years.

Because of the high price of the original Cordyceps, other strains of Cordyceps are being marketed. We are not quite sure if wild Cordyceps Sinensis or more industrially produced Cordyceps Militaris produce exactly the same health benefits, but the sales of Cordyceps Militaris are booming in China! According to a new research report by Reportsnreports, China’s Cordyceps Militaris market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 20% until 2017.

According to the report, Cordyceps Militaris’ cordycepin content is higher than the content of wild Cordyceps Sinensis and yet, its price is more easily accepted by consumers.

It sounds almost too good to be true! Is it really possible that much cheaper Cordyceps Militaris is as potent or even more potent than Cordyceps Sinensis? Or is Cordyceps Sinensis more potent because of possible synergistic qualities that natural compounds often have, and artificial strains may not?

Diabetes Relief behind popularity of Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?

It is understandable why Chinese people have a craving for Cordyceps, whether it is Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris. Diabetes has become even a bigger problem in China than it is in the United States. The country has a higher rate of incidence than the U.S., and screening for the disease is not covered by insurance plans.

China now has the largest diabetic population in the world (114 million), according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

China’s diabetes prevalence has increased from just one percent in 1980 to 11.6% in 2010, which is even higher than the United States (11.3%). What is even worse is that almost half a billion people or 50% of all adults in China are believed to have pre-diabetes!

Medicinal Mushroom Information Center earlier reported that researchers Kan Wei-Chih, Wang Hsien-Yi, et al. set out to test the effect of Cordyceps Sinensis on blood sugar levels, glucose and insulin tolerance, cholesterol triglycerides, and levels of lipoproteins in mice with induced diabetes.

One group of mice were fed a high-fat diet over a course of eight weeks while a second group had a regular, control diet. Cordyceps sinensis extract was given to diabetic mice over two or four weeks while body weight and blood samples were recorded throughout the trial. The results showed no significant effect of cordyceps sinensis on cholesterol or triglyceride levels after four weeks but increased insulin levels in the blood. They believe this is due to stimulation of cells in the pancreas.

In other words, Cordyceps could provide much needed relief for China’s diabetes epidemic. Whether this can be accomplished by using Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris remains to be seen.

-medicinalmushroominfo.com

You are supposed to eat a few strands at a time and at .1 grams of carbs that’s not a problem!

They actually taste great also!

Check them out! With all the potential health benefits it’s worth the price! Buy now and munch away!


Recipe: Avocado Breakfast Pizza, low carb, gluten free!

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You know I can’t just copy a recipe on Pinterest! I have to alter it to make it more healthy and delicious!

Alterations:
Instead of bacon I will use Turkey Apple Sausage with Gouda. Instead of Queso Fresco I will use Ricotta Salata I got at whole foods. It crumbles nicely and the sheep’s milk is nice!

For bread I got a low carb, gluten free flatbread for me and a whole wheat pita for my wife.

I will probably add sweet red peppers and a dash cayenne pepper to hers and straight up hot sauce to mine. Probably Trinidad Scorpion Pepper sauce!

Stay tuned for the practical application

**Update** January 22nd 2015

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Half a lime is too much! I used a half a lime on all 4 pizzas. Also eating it like a pizza is hard! We ate it like a taco.
It was awesome however!

This was awesome! I soooo enjoyed it! I would continue to play around with the different crumbled cheeses, possibly Feta, Ricotta Salata or Queso Fresco.

Do you know any other cheese that crumbles and would be great on top? If so please tell us!

Play around with the toppings and create a new meal every time!

Play around with the meat: possibly bacon, turkey bacon, sausage, turkey sausage, lump crab meat, ground beef etc…

Next time I would add cilantro and lime juice. I love fresh cilantro!


Breaking News: Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck workers unpaid for over a month and Owner is away!

Pure Food And Wine Employees Walk Out Over Unpaid Wages

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(Rabi Abonour/Gothamist)
[UPDATE BELOW] Upscale raw vegan restaurant Pure Food And Wine is currently embroiled in a massive battle with its employees. According to several tipsters, the entire staff of the Gramercy restaurant has refused to work yesterday and today because they haven’t been paid in nearly a month. Currently, a group of about 10 employees, former employees and customers are picketing the eatery, with more expected to join as the day goes on.
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The scene around 3 p.m.
According to one former employee who would only speak on condition of anonymity, much of the staff hadn’t been paid since they were owed checks on December 28th. The back of house staff—which numbers close to 40—threatened to walk out if they weren’t paid by Monday; when the deadline passed, both back and front of house staff walked out and the restaurant closed for the day.
Troubles began in mid-December, when staffers received checks and then were told they wouldn’t be viable. Some staffers were paid through petty cash but others have yet to see wages from that pay period. “In October and November, we started getting lots of calls and people coming in because we hadn’t been paying our bills, even from months and months before,” revealed a former staffer who also wished to remain anonymous. “We hadn’t paid people who were supplying the produce.”

Restaurant ownership have yet to acknowledge the situation and have thus far not replied to requests for comment.
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(Rabi Abonour/Gothamist)
Update: A group of 15 people are currently outside the restaurant and employees have revealed this isn’t the first time payment has been an issue. Back in July, employees were also allegedly denied paychecks, though there was an open line of communication with management and many employees were paid cash under the table. “There hasn’t been any real communication [this time],” says Maiquen Saez, an eight-year server at the eatery. “It’s nothing malicious, we love the restaurant. It’s just sad.”
“We’re just kind of sitting idle,” explains Kevin Connery, a runner for the past 20 months. “[This last pay issue] was really stressful.”
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(Rabi Abonour/Gothamist)
Additional reporting by Rabi Abonour
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-thegothamist.com

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Supplement Review: Isagenix 30 day cleanse

I have seen and tried many fad diets, including: Cybergenics, weight-watchers, Jennie Craig, it works, ideal protein and a few others. None of them work! I go into this skeptical, however I looked at their products and they are all natural and use herbs, different juices and extracts to detox the body. Will it work? Stay tuned!

**Update** January 15, 2015
Day 1
4:30am took Ionic Supreme 1oz. Shot and it tasted like crap! Then drank a glass of green tea.

7:30 drank 1 protein shake 2 scoops chocolate also didn’t taste great

8:30 drank a glass of Green Tea.

So far hungry, but not too bad…

10:30 ate one fiber snack microscopic bar

12:30 drank second chocolate shake

4:00 ate second fiber snack bar

At 7pm I had a huge salad with 2 pieces of grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, avocado, red pepper, truffle and balsamic glaze.

**Update** January 18th 2015
2 days I am down 6lbs and since I started a low carb diet before this I am down 18lbs in 2 weeks.

**Update** January 19th 2015
I just had my first vanilla shake and it sucks worse than the chocolate! They both taste like shit but chocolate is just a tad better. The fiber bars taste like any other one you get from the grocery store. The worst part is the shakes don’t mix very well they always clump even with a smart shake bottle! Furthermore; I put in more than the recommended water and it’s still as thick as clay!

**Update** January 20th 2015

Doing a cleanse day:
Not too happy with the Ionix supreme shot but it is growing on me…
Had that at 4:30am

Then had first 4oz cleanse for life (cfl) drink mixed with 8oz of water at 8:30am it wasn’t good but wasn’t bad. I had worse to drink!

9:30am Just had my first 2 Isagenix snack wafers and they taste exactly like a freeze dried version of the isalean shake. But it tastes better than the shake which isn’t saying much.

Can’t wait to try the isa delight at 11:00am!

The rest of the schedule is below:

12:00pm – 2nd 4oz cfl

1:00pm – 1 isadelight

2:30pm – 2 isasnack wafers

4:00pm – 3rd 4 oz cfl

5:00pm – 1 isadelight

6:30pm – 2 isasnack wafers

7:30pm – last (4th) 4oz cfl

8:30pm – isadelight

9:30pm – 2 isasnack wafers

Bed!

Additional additives: I had 4 cups of green tea today and one tube of Isagenix electrolytes.

Ugh! Stay tuned for news!

The ISAdelight is surprisingly good and you can’t wait to eat it! It’s actually the first thing I like in this program! I want to try the ISAlean bar on Thursday! Just to see how it tastes!

Ok first cleanse day down and I decided to do 30 min of cardio at 2pm because I felt fine. Big mistake! I emptied my energy tank and felt like crap for the next couple hours. At 5pm I finally felt better! I am not hungry and I am feeling pretty good! I can’t wait for my next ISAdelight at 8:00pm and then I think that will be all. I think I am going to skip the optional 9:30pm wafers and get to bed early. I am down 20lbs in 2 weeks and 7-8lbs of that loss was in the last 5 days when I started Isagenix. I can’t wait to see what this 6th day did in the morning! Remember; I pre-started this diet with a low carb diet to get my body going firing up fat!

If you like my success and would like to try it for yourself check out my site below:
http://louisjbianco.isagenix.com

If you are serious about trying Isagenix do not just go buy away! Email me first so I can make sure you get the correct products for you to reach and bust through your goals!

Louisjbianco@gmail.com

**Update** January 21st 2015
2 more lbs down 22 total and feeling good this morning. It is freezing however ugh! Can’t wait for food tomorrow! Lol I was looking at food recipes on Pinterest last night. I can’t wait to eat that, and that, and that, and that lol

**Update** January 22nd 2015
2 day deep cleanse done down 3 more lbs for a total of 25lbs in 2 weeks. Mon is 3 weeks will I make 4 more lbs and reach my goal of 269? That leaves me 11lbs for the last week of the month to get to 258! And 40lbs in a month.

Today I will be hitting the gym for biceps and shoulders then 30 min elliptical and a second workout in my home gym for 10 min bike, 20 slamballs, 5 min bike, 20 slamballs, 5 min bike, 20 slamballs

As long as my post cleanse energy holds out!

Additional supplements I am taking (although I was told not to, but I never listen!) due to being poisoned by SARMS I am taking an aspirin per day to thin my blood. Then I am taking 2 cranberry pills twice a day for a cleanse and red yeast rice with CO- Q 10 to lower my cholesterol.

I am also taking additional fat burning supplements:

morning: 1 fish oil pill, 1 CLA, 1 cinnamon, 1 aspirin, 2 cranberry, 1 green coffee bean extract

Evening: 2 red yeast rice, 1 CO – Q 10, 2 cranberry, 2 isaflush

3-4 cups of oolong tea daily

Additionally: I eat a whole avocado for healthy fats at dinner and make sure my dinner is low carb.

Today I will be making an Avocado breakfast pizza for dinner! See the recipe posted on this site later tonight!

**Update** January 25th 2015
Weight loss has slowed to a crawl. I am down 26lbs. I think the fast slowed my progress instead of helping it. I am going to try to up my workouts today.

**Update** January 26th 2015
I hit a plateau I’m stuck at 273! Not good!

**Update** January 27th 2015
Stuck in a hotel due to winter blizzard.
I did two 30 min cardio sessions today to see if that will shake things up. Tomorrow I will do 30 min of cardio at the base gym and I will be going to NYSC to do 30 min of cardio plus Bi’s and shoulders. I will try to weigh in tomorrow, but it depends on where they have their scale and it will be off due to the fact I will be weighing in at 5:30pm and not the morning

**Update** February 3rd
I was plateaued stuck at 273. I cheated Super Bowl Sunday and yesterday I was super sick. Fever, chills, cold sweats and nausea. Today; I feel better but I am still resting. Yesterday was bad and all through the night!! I didn’t go to bed till after midnight and then woke up at 4 to go to work and I still felt like shit!

Anyway; back to Isagenix. When you buy 2 boxes of fiber bars you still do not have enough to complete the 3 day cleanse. So; I was in search of snacks that could assist my diet without breaking it. I was having trouble sticking to the diet, always feeling like I am starving. I am 273lbs currently and the diet is set at 1300 calories. I should be having 2000-2500 calories a day so 1300 is a really drastic reduction.

So the diet is: 2 shakes and 2 snack bars a day and a healthy dinner.

This is my solution:

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A quest bar is 180-190 calories and 17g of fiber!

The complete cookies are 190-210 calories and 3g of fiber. The cookies are all natural no artificial sweeteners, no dairy, no cholesterol and have 8g of protein.

The Isagenix bars are 150 calories and micro sized! They will not keep a man my size full!

I am still using their meal replacement shakes and a scoop of my protein with 2 scoops biogro on workout days only!

A healthy dinner comprised of salad and grilled chicken.

Let’s see how it works this week!
No fat loss!

My new order came in as they don’t tell you there’s an autoship! However I saw it before it shipped and I was able to tailor it to what I wanted.

This time I got a box of soup instead of 2 shakes. I got cream of mushroom. It is basically a protein shake that has a savory cream of mushroom flavor. I admit I do like it! You can only have so many chocolate, vanilla and strawberry shakes without going insane!

I also got the whey crisps in sour cream and onion and bbq. They aren’t bad at all! The bag is much smaller then I anticipated and the crisps are also much thicker than I anticipated.

I also got the sleep and recovery spray, I used it last night and still awoke during the night a couple times, so not sure if that worked!

Lastly; I got the Isagenix Pro shakes this time. They come in individual packets. I will use them on gym days.


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