The Holistic Health Practitioner Toolbox: Herbology

April 16th, 2014

By John Finch

At Mueller College, our Holistic Health Practitioner students have the rare opportunity to pursue the topics that pique both their curiosity and passion. As a result, this pursuit of knowledge leads them to fill their bodywork toolbox with subject matters that speak to them. In our herbology course for example, these massage therapy students gain an understanding of herbal fundamentals starting with obtaining and storing herbs, making teas, tinctures and salves. Additionally, they learn how to use herbs in a holistic practice by exploring the therapeutic applications of herbs, the extraction method and the active principles of medicinal plants. One of the more readily available herbs in the San Diego area is Mugwort.

I was first introduced to Artemesia douglasiana, mugwort, growing in tall abundant patches along the banks of the Russian River in Guerneville, California where we lived for a time while I attended my Professional Herbal Training Program in 1984. I had been practicing herbalism for several years but, had not been introduced to this amazing herb. Inquiring about its properties and uses, I was informed that it produced vivid epic-length dreams. Since San Francisco was too distant to commute to my usual employment as a stage hand, I decided to make dream pillows to sell at local stores to bring in some income to help pay our rent and feed the family.

A visit to the local library to research mugwort’s use in dream pillows affirmed its long history as a psychic activator, stimulating the creative centers of the brain. I was also encouraged to include some other balancing herbs in the pillows to “guard against nightmares,” although I made no claims about producing pleasant dreams. I always considered that to be a function of the dreamer’s state of mind whilst they slept. I chose Lavender to raise the spirit, Rose to open the heart, and Chamomile to relax the mind and body. Some dream pillow blends include hops to induce sleep. But dreaming ensues in the REM (rapid eye movement) state of the sleep cycle, which is very near waking, so I opted to leave this out. I did ultimately make sleep pillows which included hops, but excluded mugwort.

So I harvested bushels of mugwort and numinous bundles of mugwort hung from the ceiling of our home to dry. We would wake every so often during the night to recount our incredible dreams, so vivid you would swear they were real. Our home had turned into a dream pillow, so I hung the drying screen for the fresh roses above our bed to soften the effect and placed double terminated crystals, “herkimer diamonds,” under our pillows to focus the dream energy. Subsequent research on mugwort revealed that it also had aphrodisiac properties, which explained much about our time in that place.

In the ensuing years I made and sold thousands of dream pillows from mugwort wild harvested in San Diego, with reviews ranging from “I couldn’t sleep with it in the house,” to “It changed my life.” The only modification to the blend was to slightly reduce the amount of mugwort due to the complaints that it was too stimulating to actually allow sleep. Note that if you use the mugwort of commerce, Artemisia vulgaris, more is required since it is much less potent than the mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) that graces the West coast of North America.

Mugwort has also been employed for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and for burning at acupuncture points, known as moxibustion or moxa, to stimulate chi in the meridians. In fact the word moxa derives from both the Chinese and Japanese name for mugwort, mogusa. It contains an essential oil and the volatile organic compound thujone, the active ingredient in ABSINTHE, a slightly mind altering narcotic derived from wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and other botanicals. Thujone acts on GABA and 5-HT3 receptors in the brain. Mugwort can be found growing along rivers and streams in San Diego County.

Career Advisor: A Little Help from Our Friends

April 8th, 2014

Post by Dan Roberts Jr

One of the things you will learn about me – if you haven’t already – is that I am a huge fan of Keith Ferrazzi, and his tome on networking, Never Eat Alone. After a particularly challenging week at the office and at home, I recently went back and read the book again, to remind myself of what’s most important. What Ferrazzi (www.keithferrazzi.com) effectively conveys is that relationships – at every level – is the key to success in not only business, but in life.

So when a friend shared a recent Harvard Business Review blog-post, Demystifying Mentoring, I could not help but smile at the ironic timing of it all. Now, according to Dictionary.com, a mentor is “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.”

And the movies I grew up with give ample support to that idea. Whether it’s William Forrester & Jamal Wallace, Daniel-san & Miyagi, Gordon Gekko & Bud Fox, or Coach Norman Dale and the Hickory Huskers – the idea of mentorships have long been explored in film. But the idea of mentoring in today’s business world is much different now.

The key takeaway for me was that folks today no longer have just one mentor, but several: you don’t have to find one perfect mentor.

It’s actually quite rare these days that people get through their career with only one mentor. In fact, many people have several advisors they turn to. This network can be as large or small as you want, and it may even include your spouse or partner. Sometimes it can be helpful to get a variety of perspectives on an issue you are facing.

The article is a great reminder that the real work we do in life is less about the tasks at home or in the office, and more about nurturing relationships.

Become a Health and Fitness Nut - Literally!

April 7th, 2014

by Dan Roberts

Who knew you could snack your way into a state of health and fitness Zen? The Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study - that’s who!
According to their study, which followed nearly 119,000 women and men for decades, the consumption of nuts led to a decreased the onset of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease among other ailments.The findings were reviewed in a recent article in the New York Times:

“Those who ate nuts seven or more times a week were 20 percent less likely to die from 1980 to 2010; even among those who consumed nuts less often than once a week, the death rate was 11 percent lower than for those who did not eat them. I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t nuts fattening? Yes, an ounce of nuts has 160 to 200 calories, nearly 80 percent from fat. But in study after study, the more often people ate nuts, the leaner they tended to be.”

Now, don’t get carried away - the study identified the key nuts that were consumed in this time period. They included pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, peanuts and walnuts. Note that there was absolutely no mention - and therefore no reason to buy - Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Almond Joys. (You know the thought crossed your mind.)

But, the study did suggest some good points to consider:

1. Nuts may have taken the place of bad-for-you snacks, like chips and cookies.
2. Our bodies may treat calories from nuts differently
3. Nut-eaters, as a group, pursue healthier lifestyles and exercise more

When you consider the nutritional value of nuts - antioxidants, rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, calcium, and vitamins E and B - perhaps this one food we could all stand to add to our diets.

After all, we’d be nuts if we didn’t.

To learn more about the NASN Primary Licensed Sports Nutritionist designation in our Personal Fitness Training certificate program, call to schedule a visit today! We can be reached at 800-245-1976!

Mueller College Graduate Spotlight: Zane Zilner

April 3rd, 2014

by Dan Roberts, Jr.

Sometimes in life, opportunity is equal parts convenience and spontaneity. And that was certainly the case for Zane Zillner (Holistic Health Practitioner, Class of 2011). Six months after moving from Seattle to San Diego, he found himself enrolling at Mueller College the same day classes were starting.

“A friend was attending another massage school, and speaking with him inspired me to look into other San Diego massage schools. But with no car, I really wanted something local. Mueller was just five blocks from my house.” So Zillner went in, spoke with admissions, and got really excited. “Class had just started – it was spontaneous and last minute, but it was what I needed,” he explained from his University Avenue business.

Zillner moved to San Diego with just $20 in his pocket. A life as a baker in Seattle was not the life he wanted to lead. He wanted to experience something different, and his current environment was not conducive to personal growth. “I wanted to discover myself, and find my truth.”

And discover himself he did, as Zillner was featured in The Reader this past year. He found himself busier than ever during this past holiday season. He recently launched a new aromatherapy product line and has been working on marketing the new product, as well as tying it into his thriving massage therapy business. “I have always been a commitment-phobe,” admitted Zillner, “I prefer time off. But this is working hard at something that is fun.”

It seems that self-discovery continues to be a theme for him as well. He concedes that about half-way through the program he discovered a new-found confidence in him self. “I learned that I have an innate skill to help people, to provide a place for people to listen to them, to support people and myself. I really was surprised at how much I enjoyed it – I was looking to get some answers, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much.”

“Being there helped me to direct my energy into what was productive and it made me feel good. I was surprised at the effect that it had. Genuinely it was the first time I looked forward to school. Mueller was a different schedule, it was very focused, but was fun – you were learning the science to produce art, a structure to utilize creativity.”
“It was the first time in my life I felt like I could be creative.”

That may have been the first time Zillner felt creative, but it hasn’t been the last time. It was in his Career Development class where he created the beginnings of his current business, Inner U Alchemy. The “U” is intentional in the business name, signifying the duality of his intention to help clients discover the Universe inside of you, the person.
“In alchemy, we go through this process of refinement – we polish ourselves to deep core aspects – our true selves. Change, refinement and movement can be facilitated through bodywork, aromatherapy… and that’s how it evolved. It is the key to what I do,” said Zillner. “I’m looking to refine myself to understand where people are, to help them experience the potential of their own lives.”

When it is mentioned that this is a lofty aspiration, he doesn’t back down. “Even when the rest of the world seems to be at its worst, when there are all of these political, or environmental issues going on, I am always hoping for the best. Infinite possibilities are accessible. It is lofty, but it is needed in this world.”

Intention is another theme that continues to manifest when one speaks with Zillner. Not surprisingly, there is something to that when he thinks about others who might be considering Mueller College. “You get out of it what you put into it,” he said. “The more you give yourself to the experience, the more you see the lessons as intrinsically important, the more you learn the why behind it all – you will get so much out of it. Your body is your own study guide, and it never leaves you. Kinesiology might be overwhelming, but this is the only profession where you intimately know and understand all of the muscles. You will have so much more fun and get so much more out of the experience as a whole.”

And it is with intention he offers his advice to those students, or even those people thinking about the career:

”You got to believe in yourself, “ Zillner said. “If you’re about to graduate, and you have an idea as to what you want to do – just make it happen. It’s not easy, but do it. Because you have a desire to share something with the world, don’t hesitate. The awesome quality about this field is that we have open schedules, we help people all day, in a calming environment. There is always room for creative expression for you and your clientele. That shouldn’t be forgotten.”

To learn more about the holistic health practitioner program, be sure to visit our site at www.mueller.edu

Three Burning Questions about Massage Therapy

March 31st, 2014

by Dan Roberts

Three Burning Questions with lead HHP/Massage Therapy Instructor at Mueller College, Linda Ealy:

Q: What is the best thing about being a San Diego Holistic Health Practitioner or Massage Therapist?

A: Being able to communicate through your hands - and I often ponder that fact. We are used to using our words, saying things with ‘jargon’, slang expressions and perfect diction. It is an art to expressing yourself verbally. So to express yourself through touch, similarly to ’telepathic’ communication, seems like another level of communication. I love it! It is calming, artful, expressive, and healing. I often think that psychologists and psychiatrists, who counsel people, would do well to connect with a massage therapist for their clients. It is a way for the ‘mind-body’ to process the information, in addition to the brain. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system which is incredibly relaxing.

Q: What has this career given to you that another career would not?

A: Passion. I haven’t found this kind of passion for any other career that I have ever had. It is endless passion; it never ceases, diminishes, or subsides. Every day there is another aspect of this career that I can explore. From prenatal massage, to geriatric massage, to working with amputees, visually impaired individuals, to women’s health, to hospice, to labor and delivery, to post surgery patients, to emotional trauma, to energy work, to teaching …THE LIST NEVER ENDS! The opportunities are endless. I am certain that this career has opened doors to individuals with their HHP, on many levels. I have had the opportunity to have my own business, to work in medical offices, and to teach. Teaching at Mueller College has opened up another passion for me, being able to spread my enthusiasm to others.

Q: What would you tell anyone who is thinking of pursuing a career as a Massage Therapy or Holistic Health Practitioner?

A: Take a leap of faith, and do it! There are literally endless opportunities to this as a career. You can concentrate your efforts on Spa massage, Therapeutic massage, private practice, massage with chiropractic offices, out-call practice, working for another HHP, working at our Wellness Center to start with; whatever your imagination can come up with. One thing is for certain, it is a program designed for learning and personal growth. There are Asian classes, Science classes, Spa techniques, Prenatal, Holistic Nutrition and Herbology, Special Populations and more. I would encourage anyone who is interested to give it a try!!

Tax Advice from Mueller College’s Financial Aid Office

March 25th, 2014

by Beatrice Smith, Financial Aid Director

Once again, it’s tax time. Here are some things to consider this time of year before you get carried away with that big impulse purchase!
There are a number of things that one can do this time of year to put themselves in a position to flourish and meet their obligations and goals. When it comes to student debt, consider taking your refund check and paying down your student debt. For some that means calling the school and making a payment, for others that could be sending an extra payment to their student loan provider.

To prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from keeping refunds, student loan payments must be current. If student loans payments are not current, the IRS will provide notification refunds are being withheld due to default on federal student loans. Information on how to avoid defaulting on federal student loans can be located at the FedLoan Servicing-A Department of Education Servicer website http://www.myfedloan.org/billing-payment/payment-plans/index.shtm. Graduates take time to explore all options available to avoid defaulting on your federal student loans. If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid Department at Mueller College (619) 291-9811.
Graduates who are current on their federal loans and would like to further their education can contact the Department of Education to complete a federal loan deferment to postpone loan payments. Loan deferment enables students to enroll at another accredited school to further their education.

Visit the Mueller College website for programs offered. Mueller College has programs that start every six weeks. If you are interested in any offered, please contact the Admission Department at (619) 291-9811.

Mueller Musings: A Journey Through 31 Days of Experimental Sobriety

March 6th, 2014

by Karen Brohard

On August 1st, 2012, I decided to embark on 31 days of purposeful sobriety. For some, this may sound like an absolutely ludicrous idea. To others, it may sound just like any other month in the year. To anyone who knows me, this simply prompts the question why?

For the month of August, I challenged my Ultimate Frisbee team to give up one thing to make themselves better athletes, teammates, and people. This could be anything from giving up watching so much TV every day to hanging your head low when you make a mistake on the playing field. I personally chose to give up alcohol. The following is my story…

My initial thought was not only will no alcohol cut out many unnecessary calories from my life, but it will prevent me from being slightly hungover at practices or missing gym visits due to lack of sleep from staying out late with friends. Expected outcomes included everything from a fitter physique to better sleep at night by September 1st. This was the extent of my analytic process, giving it no more influence over my life than those 2 things.

By the end of week one, I was being slapped in the face by the reality of how much alcohol consumption happens by me or those around me. Many of my excursions apparently involve at least a glass of wine here or there, partnered by evenings out with the intention to indulge. Most Frisbee games were followed by an hour or two at the pub where saying no to a beer was surprisingly more difficult than I had expected. I endured my first night out with fairly intoxicated friends and found that I had to go home early being so uncomfortable in that type of environment. Physically, this was the only difference. If I had to describe my feelings on Alcohol Free Week 1, the best description would have been “uncomfortable in my own skin.”

By the end of week two I was down weight. My gym visits were up again, going from exercising 4 days a week back to 6 or even 7 (this includes gym, practice, and pick up sports). I felt more healthy- stronger, faster, and more clear minded. Friday and Saturday night benders were replaced by board game nights, dinner with friends or an evening matinee. I had realized I cannot soberly join in on many 21 and over evenings and offered to drive friends instead. I started to spend time with some friends more than others, and even experienced my very first DUI checkpoint in Pacific Beach, CA (Even sober, the experience was absolutely terrifying). I was finding my new groove.

By the end of week three, I had learned how to confidently say no. This includes saying no to nights out at the bar, house parties, and even “just a little sip, just to try it” of delicious strawberry margaritas. Not one drop for 19 days and my craving for a sangria was completely gone. My energy level had gone up, and I found myself waking up about 10 minutes before my alarm naturally everyday.

By September 1st, I found myself in Davis, CA at an Ultimate Frisbee tournament in 100 degree heat. We ran hard for 4 straight games in a row, leaving us all dehydrated and tired. Then we got to the burger joint where we would be having team dinner. Here is where I had my first drink since being back: a Pear Cider. The taste was cool and crisp, but not very alcoholic tasting. I found this refreshing. However, after finishing the first one I did not find myself craving another one. In fact, I didn’t even crave the first one. It was more expected of me.

And that’s when it hit me: It’s always expected of me.

Rather than have a drink to help me enjoy a meal or a glass of wine to unwind, I reflected on how many times I was expected to be the life of the party. This was enjoyable for people to watch; hence many of my friends would push that behavior on me. This was by no means the fault of friends- I just failed to recognize the pattern and allowed it to continue.

With all said and done, I recommend that you- yes, YOU- try it. Why not? It’s a great way to detox the body and learn a little something about yourself along the way. If this task sounds too hard, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate your relationship with alcohol. After all, if I can do it then you certainly can.

Chiron and the Crystalline Connection: Your Karmic Opportunity for HEALING

March 3rd, 2014

Please join us for a workshop hosted by Mueller College:

Cindy Morris, msw, Priestess Astrologer, and John Corsa, Intuitive Crystal healer join forces in this informative workshop to present an expansion on holistic healing: combining astrology and crystal healing. Over the course of their collaborative work healing karmic trauma patterns to support the expression of their clients’ full potential, they have created a system using the astrological karmic imprints as directives to specific crystal healing. Learn about Chiron and karmic blocks in your astrological chart and how crystals can be effective tools in the healing process. (More information about John and Cindy’s work can be found at http://IgniteYourSoulPotential.com)

In the workshop you will experience:

• a healing crystal grid in the presentation room creating an energetic vibration for healing so all participants will be enjoying the benefits of the charged crystals.;

• a talk on Chiron and a few other identifiers of karmic blocks in the astrological chart;

• an introduction to crystal healing as a modality and what specific crystals are used for Chiron placement in the astrological chart and the chakra correlation to karmic trauma patterns;

• a demonstration on the placement of crystals and the proper charging of the crystals; and

• a healing, guided meditation integrating the learning of the workshop.

RSVP @ Tools 4 Healers (619) 298-1584

Across the Street – Mueller College
4607 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92216

Friday March 28 from 5-7pm
Saturday March 29 form 4-7pm

Friday only $50.00
$150.00 for both days (you must attend Friday to attend Saturday)
Supply fee $10 (booklet on day of workshop)

Bios of Presenters:

John Corsa
John Corsa, a multi-disciplined energy healer, combines his psychic intuitive, clairsentient abilities with training in crystology, Qi Gong, and body touchwork, to offer a unique blend of healing modalities. Certified in the Melody method of Crystology John uses crystals for specific releasing of physical, psychological, mental, and spiritual blocks. John is a Qi Gong advanced practitioner, a student of Master Zhou Ting Jue. He is the co-author with Cindy Morris of The Love Books and A Call to Light Workers: Ignite Your Intuitive Instinct. John has created a series of guided meditations to facilitate relaxation and the healing process.

Cindy Morris, msw
Cindy has had an eclectic career from social worker to flower shop owner to full time astrologer and collaborator with crystal healer John Corsa: Ignite Your Soul Potential. She is the author of Priestess Entrepreneur: Success is an Inside Job, and co-author with John Corsa of The Love Books, and A Call to Light Workers: Ignite Your Intuitive Instinct. Cindy and John travel the globe teaching about astrology, crystals, and the One Heart Consciousness. Cindy offers individual sessions and group presentations.

Fitness & Nutrition: The Cola Wars Have a New Combatant

February 28th, 2014

I remember the ad vividly. There was Michael J. Fox, up late studying at a library. He was thirsty, and went and grabbed a Pepsi, but had no change…

Oh, yeah – Pepsi, The Choice of a New Generation. In 1985, the Cola Wars – the battle between Pepsi and Coke products for dominance in the market - was hitting its stride. I was 13 years old. At that age, my Mom was brutal when it came to the foods we ate. And when I say she was brutal, I mean she was a parent who laid down the law:

“Yes, you can have some more Cheerios.”

“No - you may not have Oreos, chocolate chip cookies or donuts – we just put apples, oranges and grapes in the cart.”

“Put that soda down; you know we only have soda when we eat pizza.”

And folks – we ate pizza as a family maybe once every 6-7 weeks (unless it was lent, then it was closer to 3-5 times over 40 days). My point is this – soda was not an integral part of my diet as a kid. College – well, that’s where I developed a lot of bad habits – and drinking too much soda was one of them.

Well – fast forward 27 years later, and we are in the midst of a new Cola War, except this time, there is a new combatant. On June 1, 2012, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to ban the sale of any soft drink or sugary beverage over 16 ounces in movie theaters, restaurants, or sporting venues. Once announced, critics ranging from the soft drink industry to Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert pounced on the idea stating an infringement of personal freedom.

But consider these sobering facts about soda consumption and the state of overall health in the United States:
• According to the National Soft Drink Association, Americans drink an average of 20 ounces of soda per day.
• There is approximately 66 grams of sugar in 20 ounces of soda
• That means Americans are drinking over 1 pound of sugar per week just in soda
• From 1985 to 1997, school districts decreased the amounts of milk they bought by nearly 30% and increased their purchases of carbonated soft drinks.
• The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soft drink consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.
• Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the average American’s diet comes from soft drinks
• One extra soft drink a day gave a child a 60 percent greater chance of becoming obese
• Diet sodas that are low in calories are high in sodium
o Adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not.
o Sugar and acid in soft drinks so easily dissolve tooth enamel.
o Cola drinks can interact adversely with antacids, possibly causing constipation, calcium loss, hypertension, nausea, headaches, and kidney damage.
o Drinking one or more carbonated beverages per day may increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Oh, by the way – if you hadn’t heard, according to varied and a sundry reports out there, the United States is still the 1st or 2nd most obese country in the developed world. When the latest symposium on Soda Consumption took place on June 7, 2012, even a former Coca-Cola executive could not help but agree that something radical should take place:

“I’m not against soft drinks per se,” he began carefully. “What I am for is balance of power. And I think the power has shifted in the wrong direction. The resources, the scale, the intelligence, the strategy these companies use is intense. We need to take all that thinking .?.?. all that strategy and convert it — jujitsu it — to healthy products.”

So – what are we to do? Personal accountability doesn’t seem to be working, especially when you consider that U.S. obesity statistics haven’t really budged in over a decade.
So perhaps Mayor Bloomberg isn’t so crazy after all…maybe this is a step in the right direction. With the mounting evidence of Obesity in an age where everything is super-sized and Big-Gulped, what do you think needs to be done?

Personal Fitness Trainers: Not All Calories Are Equal

February 28th, 2014

Post by Karen Brohard, Admissions Representative

Let’s face it: When it comes to weight, America has a bad rap. Unfortunately… we deserve it.

According to the CDC, the average American adult currently sits at a 35.7% obesity rate, making us one of the fattest countries in the world. It’s not like we don’t know. The government has been pushing to lower obesity in the US- which in turn lowers heart disease among other ailments- by pushing the “burn more calories than you consume” mentality since the early 1900’s. In fact, the first childhood obesity center was opened in 1930 by a German doctor named Hilde Bruch at Columbia University, according to Gary Taubes from Newsweek Magazine. Dr. Bruch was overwhelmed with the amount of obese children she saw walking the streets. What makes this observation so interesting is the financial state America was in back in the 1930’s. We were facing a terrible depression where many worked strenuously all day while barely having enough food to survive. With the Government’s weight loss plan, you need to eat less calories and burn more by moving and working out during the day. If these Americans were eating much less than we are today and working even harder… why were the pounds still staying on?

This begs the question: Are all calories created equal?

We’ve all seen a box of cookies bragging that they only have half of the calories the other cookies have. This may be true, but it hardly matters if the amount of sugar and sodium the low calorie cookies contain triple their rivals. While making our food selections, we must learn to read food labels the right way. A great place to start is by knowing what types of ingredients do what type of things to our bodies.

According to an article by Gary Taubes, 6 out of 10 Americans were living in poverty during the great depression, utilizing bread lines and cheaper foods like potatoes and high sugar items. While eating less food and exerting more physical work, Americans were still packing on the pounds. Kathy Jordan from Twinlab explains why these ingredients- found in an overwhelmingly high amount of American diets- is holding back our weight loss, regardless of our exercise habits:

“Not all carbs are created equal. Sugar and refined flour or other refined starches (grains such as: cereals, breads, pasta, white rice and crackers, made from grains that have been processed to remove the husk also removing most of the fiber, vitamins and minerals along with it) are more rapidly digested into glucose – causing blood sugar levels to rise. This stimulates insulin production, which signals the body to convert more of the excess energy into: body fat, fatty lipids that circulate in the blood and deposits of fat in the liver.”

So we know what that means, ladies and gentleman- losing weight is going to require more than hitting the treadmill a few times a week. We need to change what we are eating, not just our exercise regimen.

A good rule of thumb: If you can’t pronounce the ingredients list, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

Another good rule of thumb: If it comes from a fast food joint, there’s a very good chance you shouldn’t be eating it.

We’ve all heard it before. Buy whole foods from the grocery store and make meals at home from scratch. Sure, it may be a little time consuming, but the results you achieve are incredible- and the food tastes great. Pounds begin to drop, your energy and mood improve, and you end up saving a ton of money at the end of the month.

So… Happy eating.