Monday, March 21, 2011

78 reasons to AVOID SUGAR! (thank you NIssa for this list!)

78 Reasons to Avoid Sugar
Straight from the writings of Dr. Victor Frank, founder/creator of Total Body Modification, here are 78 reasons to avoid sugar.
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
4. Sugar can drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
5. Sugar can adversely affect children's school grades.
6. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
7. Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
8. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
9. Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol.
10. Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol.
11. Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
12. Sugar may cause copper deficiency.
13. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
14. Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
15. Sugar can cause colon cancer with an increased risk in women.
16. Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
17. Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
18. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
19. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can narrow blood vessels.
20. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
21. Sugar can produce acidic stomach.
22. Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
23. Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
24. Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and gray hair.
25. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
26. Sugar can produce tooth decay.
27. Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
28. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
29. Sugar can case a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
30. Sugar can cause arthritis.
31. Sugar can cause asthma.
32. Sugar can cause candidiasis (yeast infection).
33. Sugar can lead to the formation of gallstones.
34. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
35. Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease.
36. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
37. Sugar can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
38. Sugar can indirectly cause hemorrhoids.
39. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
40. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users.
41. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
42. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
43. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
44. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
45. Sugar leads to a decreased glucose tolerance.
46. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
47. Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
48. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
49. Sugar can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption.
50. Sugar causes food allergies.
51. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
52. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
53. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
54. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
55. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
56. Sugar can cause cataracts.
57. Sugar can cause emphysema.
58. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
59. Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
60. Sugar lowers the enzymes' abilities to function.
61. Sugar can cause the loss of tissue elasticity and function.
62. Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
63. Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
65. Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
67. Sugar can cause constipation.
68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
70. Sugar can cause hypertension.
71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
72. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
73. Sugar can cause depression.
74. Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low-sugar diets.
75. Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
76. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
77. Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness, which increases risk of blood clots.
78. Sugar can increase the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
Health is always moving on a continuum between sickness/disease and wellness. The only time health stands still is when the heart no longer beats. Which way are you moving?
Chaim Alexander,
Holistic Wellness Coach

Saturday, March 19, 2011

So excited, my first OXYGEN magazine appearance! Check out page 51 in April's issue!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Preperation is key!

This is a perfect example of preperation!! wow. If there were one key to a succesful weight loss journey, this is it! cook, measure out your food and package it up for the following three days to a week. Thanks Tiffany for this photo! You have inspired me!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I'm so excited to share with you that I have been chosen to be in a huge internationally broadcasted and marketed JNL FUSION Exercise DVD Collection sold via informercial globally! I'l be flying out March 31st to start filming April 2!! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

TEA-riffic......dedicated to my friend Ellie

Oh the wonderful benefits of tea. Calorie free, soothing, anti-oxident rich, contains medicinal properties,  curbs cravings and green tea even has fat blasting properties.
Speaking of curb cravings, the other day the JNL FUSION sisters and I were discussing what we do to curb cravings. I listed a few things like chew gum, drink tons of water, take a detox bath and some times just allow myself to have what I want. But one very important technique I have began to enjoy is tea.
Not to mention that recently I have "quit coffee" and tea has been my savior! And that tea is just plain good for you!

So now that we have established how TEA-riffic tea is, it's important to know that tea is even better when you have the right tools. Enter my friend Ellie, the coffee and tea connoisseur. A couple weeks ago Ellie exposed me to this teapot to the right in the photo above. it wasn't this brand, but it's the same kind of teapot. The mesh is so fine that leafs don't get through to the cup your enjoying and when you set the teapot on top of your mug the tea just drains right through! its magnificant and even TEA-licious!

If you are interested in tea a few of my favorite resources are Adagio and Teavana. Teavana has brick and morter stores where you can walk in and test the teas. In fact that's how I discovered teavana, at the Tacoma Mall in Tacoma, WA.

Misty G

Thursday, March 10, 2011


  • Eat whole, natural foods such as complex carbs, fruits, healthy fats, lean protein and vegtables.
  • Try to eat organic as much as possible.
  • Stay away from bad fats (hydrogenated and trans fats), man-made sugar, preservatives and white bread.
  • Pack you lunch daily and always be prepared.
  • Make healthy choices when dining out: no butter, oil or seasoings and dressing on the side.
  • Drink a lot of water (I carry a water bottle with me at all times)
  • Eat every 2-3 hours, 5-6 times a day.
  • Eliminate (or at least significantly limit) alcoholic beverages.
  • Always eat breakfast and watch portion sizes throught out the day.
  • Have 1-2 cheat meals a week, not cheat days.
  • strength train at least three times per week.
  • Challenge yourself with your weight training. Do 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps and then mix it up. Don't do the same thing every time or you and your body will get bored.
  • Train all body parts: back, biceps, calves, chest, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulders and triceps.
  • Do at least 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 times per week and change up the type you do.