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Improve Your Speed With This “Mental Illusion” Treadmill Workout

You can fool your brain to get your legs to run faster!
These buttons can have a huge impact on your workout!

These buttons can have a huge impact on your workout!

This treadmill workout isn’t fun but it is challenging and it not boring. So 2 outta 3 ain’t bad. Especially when you get results immediately.

New to running?  No problem. This workout works for slow joggers or walkers too! Just adjust the speeds to your level. Reduce the length of the warm-up and tempo.

The only difference between the novice and expert is how many times you push one button.

Unfortunately, the workout needs to be on a treadmill. It’s not that you can’t accomplish this workout out on the road, but I haven’t figured out how to get the same training effect. I think I know why.

We have too much control over our mind and not enough control over our terrain outside. The treadmill belt is a mechanical authority. Don’t do what it says and it’ll spit you out. We’ll never out wit a device plugged into a wall. A treadmill is not known for unconditional love:).

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I'm revealing the five key tools I've used to maintain a healthy lifestyle for 25 years.

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In my recent post, The ABCD Method of New Beginnings, I acknowledged the power of fresh starts. Declaring change is like a drug. Blood is flowing, thoughts racing, and energy bounds.

Making a decision to change your life is the first step. The easy step. Signing up for a fitness class, a gym membership or buying your first blender so you can begin your 3 day cleanse? Terrrrrific!  Acknowledge you’re in the honeymoon period of lifestyle change.

Want to be married to your change? That’s going to take commitment, willpower, discipline, and re-commitment. Here’s how. Read more

The ABCD Method of New Beginnings

Follow the ABCD method to turn resolutions into life long habits.

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A new year, a new you?  At least for a few weeks, eh? The gyms are packed. Personal trainers are working their own tushies off. Sparks are flying.

Motivation is a beautiful thing. January brings a new oxygen to the planet. As if we require some universal signal that it’s ok to declare a new beginning. Much like the first day of school. The backpack is full of new stuff–tools sharpened and minds eager.

Take full advantage at any time of year to declare a new beginning. If it’s January 1st, that’s great! If it’s your birthday, a Monday, or the first day of class—perfect!

There is extraordinary power in beginning.  Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Geneen Roth

Your relationship with food says a lot about you.

Who is Geneen Roth?

Geneen Roth turned distress into compassion, struggles into victories, and has plenty to show for it. A well known, bestselling author of numerous books including Women, Food and God, Lost and Found, and When Food is Love. She has appeared on numerous national television broadcasts including The Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC’s 20/20.

Her personal story is both frightening and inspiring. A young woman on the brink of suicide, obsessed with food, takes you on a journey of enlightenment that begins on your plate.

Geneen believes our relationship with food is a window into ourselves. When we examine this relationship, we gain insights that can lead to self transformation and healing.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Raj Patel

Political change is mandatory if we are to transform our global food system.

Who is Raj Patel?

Raj Patel is a scholar, award winning writer and food activist. Having earned prestigious degrees from Oxford and Cornell, he serves as a research fellow at the School of Development Studies in Africa and the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Patel is author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System as well as his New York Times bestseller, The Value of Nothing.

I chose to highlight Raj Patel in my WAKE UP AMERICA! series because he sheds light on the root problems within our food system that few people care to acknowledge. The system is corrupt and causes tremendous human suffering.  How can we have 1.5 billion people who are overweight while we have a billion who are hungry? More importantly, what can be done to fix it? Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Neal Barnard

A low fat, plant based diet is proven to to improve and in some cases reverse diabetes.

Who is Dr. Neil Barnard?

Dr. Neil Barnard is the President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine which began in 1985. An adjunct associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, he has authored 15 books and numerous scientific articles. His book, 21 Day Weight Loss Kick Start, was a New York Times bestseller.

Dr. Barnard is sympathetic to those who struggle with their dietary choices. He comes from generations of cattle ranchers in North Dakota. He has vivid memories of bringing cattle to slaughter. His father abandoned the ranching business to become a physician who treated diabetes.

As President of The Cancer Project, Dr. Barnard developed a team of instructors around the country to teach people about food and its effects on cancer.

Awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, he conducted a study of the effects of a low fat, vegan diet on diabetes. With the results published in peer reviewed journals, the diet proved to improve glycemic and lipid control better than the diet promoted by the American Diabetes Association.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! The Hungry Brain

Diabetes, dieting, attention deficit disorders are better understood when we look at how our brains and gut work together.

Food For Thought

In the conference I attended lead by Dr. Merrily Kuhn, I learned the powerful relationship between our brain and our gut health.

In order to repair or minimize damage to our bodies, whether brought on by ourselves, our environment, or our genetics, we must understand what’s broken or missing.

Ever eat too much, get stressed, or have trouble sleeping? Your brain chemicals are having a party. These words from Dr. Kuhn may help you to be a better chaperone.

Plus I’ll let you in on a little secret to boost the benefit from that cup of coffee for your next race or exam!

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Appetite for Profit

The demand for corporate profits is undermining efforts to improve our food supply.

Who is Michele Simon?

Public health attorney, Michele Simon, is your lawyer. Taking on large corporate giants to fight for improvements within the food industry, Michele is making a difference for your future.

Author of the book, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How To Fight Back, Michele teaches us about food politics, corporate tactics, and policy resolutions.  In 2007, Michele’s groundbreaking report lead to a ban on alcoholic energy drinks.

She is President of Eat Drink Politics, an industry watchdog consulting business. With a Master’s degree in Public Health from Yale and a law degree, I am thrilled to know this female activist is on the right side of the battle over our nation’s food supply.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Proper nutrition is the foundation to protect ourselves in the war on cancer.

Who is Dr. Joel Fuhrman?

Well known author of the best selling book, Eat to Live, Dr. Joel Fuhrman specializes in treating disease with food. His PBS show, Three Steps to Incredible Health, was the highest grossing special in 2011 on that network.

Dr. Fuhrman is a director of research of The Nutritional Research Project of the National Health Association and serves on the advisory board of Whole Foods Market. His career path was inspired by watching his father who was very sick get well by changing the way he ate.

His opinions are strong and his research can help millions lead healthier lives into old age. If we will only listen.

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