Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hype or Help? Your Teeth on Diet Soda

Truth be told, we have all heard that drinking soda, eating candy and other snacks can be harmful to your teeth. Now to take it a bit more graphic, I would like to show you this latest report/study that indicates the ghastly effects of diet soda on your teeth.

According to a three-person case study published in the March/April 2013 issue of the journal for the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny studied the teeth of a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine addict, a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a woman in her thirties who drank two liters of diet soda daily for three to five years - finding similar dental erosion among all three. It is important to note that all three were from similar socioeconomic backgrounds and lived in urban areas with fluoridated public water.

Can you imagine the fury that will come from the beverage companies? Meanwhile, the fury should begin with taking a better approach in caring for your teeth.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Celebration of Mothers

Today I woke up to the Mothers Day greetings, flowers and cards. I headed out for my morning run with my King (husband)and now I am back icing my knee yet feeling happy. The rest of my day is a do nothing kind of day. Thankfully, I have had the privilege to have some wonderful children. They are simply amazing! Everything is taken care of and I'm sitting back and enjoying all of the love, meals included :-)Thanks be to God!

I would love to share one of my favorite old time songs - one that touched me when I first heard it as a little girl. Naturally, I shared it with my children when they were young so that they can understand that this task is no easy one - one that comes without a charge :-)

How is your mothers day going? Hope it's a happy one!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Are You Ready to Shred those Pounds? Get On Board!!!

There's a health and wellness movement happening all over the nation, people are standing up and taking ownership of their lives. The goal is to take advantage of living healthier and longer lives by shredding the excess weight and cleaning up their diets. With summer just around the corner, now's a perfect time to get on board. Shredders are on the move and the results are amazing!

Naturally, we had to hear from the man behind this dynamic movement - Dr. Ian Smith.

Congratulations Dr. Ian on your new Shred Diet Nation. People are excited about the personal transformations that they have accomplished with the Shred Diet. What is the Shred Diet? The SHRED diet is a six week diet plan with which people can see significant results without starving themselves or going on a crazy diet. You can eat foods you normally eat with portion control and some exercise. SHRED combines a low glycemic index diet, meal spacing, and meal replacements. On SHRED dieters are never hungry because they are eating constantly — four meals or meal replacements and three snacks a day — over a six week program.

2. The Fat Smash Diet and 4 Day Diet Plan were great and effective plans. How is the Shred Diet different? SHRED combines the principles from the previous diets and takes it a step further. SHRED introduces my concept of "Diet Confusion.Like muscle confusion, Diet Confusion tricks the body and revs up its performance. In the same way you need to vary your workout to see results, you can switch up your food intake to boost your metabolism and increase weight loss. SHRED is a program for someone trying to lose 10 lbs as well as someone trying to lose over 100 lbs and everything in between.

3. There is a claim that you can lose 20 lbs, 4 inches or 2 sizes in 6 weeks, have you found many people on the Shred Diet sharing their success on this end? Actually, we have many, many examples of people losing 20 or more ...lots more. Everyone is different so people lose at a different rate depending on many factors. We do know that if you follow the diet, you will be successful in losing pounds and inches. We have SHREDDER groups on Facebook from all over the country sharing tips, recipes, asking each other questions and sharing their day to day experiences.

4. Will you be hosting any other shredder events like the recent one in Chicago?
The Chicago Shredder Weekend we just hosted was a huge success with Shredders flying in fro all over the country. Our next Shredder Weekend will be in Atlanta - here are the details:
We have set up the registration process for the ATLANTA SHREDDER weekend September 27-29. Please get the early registration as we are going to keep it to a limited number so that the weekend remains intimate and you all get to have time with our experts. Of course, I will be there all weekend with you. We have had a lot of people inquiring about this weekend, so we know it's going to be a life-transforming experience for many of you. Come ready to either begin your new journey with us or kick start the one you're already on. We will be getting an excellent group discount for people who need sleeping rooms. We will have that nailed down within the next couple of days and get that to you. Meanwhile, here is the link for you to register

5. How can our readers get on board with the Shred Nation?
You can become a SHREDDER by buying the book at your local Barnes and Noble or online at AMAZON: -
Anyone can tweet me with questions at @doctoriansmith or
Join Shredder Nation on Facebook at:
Good Luck and welcome to Shredder Nation!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Oh the Juicing We Can Do!

Okay, you have decided to take a chance and make your own home made version of the V8 Splash :-) Mixing your fruits and vegetables into a delicious drink can be a fun adventure. Well, I could remember the days when I would look at the V8 drink before it added the splash of fruits and think to myself - why would anyone drink tomatoes and refer to it as a juice? Tomatoes were limited to salads, on sandwiches or burgers and sauces - not in any way to be considered a drink.

However, we now have the meeting of the fruits and vegetables blending in a juicer to create a delicious, healthy treat. The big question that many may ask - is juicing good for you? The answer is Yes. Fruits and vegetables are good for you. On the other hand, you should not turn strictly to juicing and eliminating your meals as a way to lose weight. Of course you will lose weight, but when you decide to eat something again, and you will - oh boy. Your metabolism will not know where to begin, there will be a welcome back party with your fat cells headlining the whole process.

This past weekend, my husband made a delightfully delicious blend of fruits & vegetables drink, then filled up his containers. It was a healthy splash that shocked my body into feeling extra special. In fact, I am already coming up with ideas of mixes to juice: Kiwi, Strawberries, Bananas, Pineapples, Mangoes, Blueberries, peaches, apples, pears, etc. I just can't imagine what vegetable belongs in the mix. The thing is I LOVE vegetables. I love spinach, broccoli, celery, carrots, pumpkin, squash, yams and other green leafy vegetables. It's just that my face starts to distort a bit when I begin to think of mixing. In any case, this juicing will be a lot of fun.

What will you do with the pulp blend? Yes, the pulp is great for its fiber, but for many, the point of juicing is to get the juice not the pulp.

I'm not sure that I would recommend that you volunteer to bake cakes or muffins for your church or charity sale. Although there are some people who have used the pulp to make breads, muffins or cakes, I'm not sure how tasty it would be. I guess you could add some raisins and nuts.

You can make a stew, add it to a sauce, perhaps sprinkle it on your salad?

Another suggestion would be to use it as a compost.

Above all, if you are under the care of a physician, please discuss juicing before you try it. Although fruits and vegetables are highly recommended and they are indeed good for you, in some cases, it may not be GOOD or YOU. Some fruits and vegetables may be high in sugar which may present some health complications for those with pre-existing conditions.

Other wise, if you are free and clear to juice, go on and try it. Perhaps you can share some of your blends with me :-)