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Traveling can be tough but not if your prepared!!

Traveling can be tough but not if your prepared!!

Traveling can be tough, when it comes to keeping to your fitness goals. I cook the day before so I have tons of food to eat on. Tonight I’m in Atlanta, GA on business and I have a suite at the Residence Inn so I have a full kitchen to warm my food up and a place to eat, again thinking ahead. I made these turkey-half venison burgers this morning before I left, I also have Almond milk in my cooler, Fage yogurt, grapes, hummus, carrots, strawberries,Turkey burgers, Deej’s PB balls, 3 full meals prepped and a whole chicken grilled. Deej Jordan Fitness

 

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Aloha!

Aloha!

Kona, Hawaii…. it is 3 AM here on the island, as I sit in a lawnchair on the beach and think of how blessed we are. It is so easy to forget what God has created. I look out over the ocean, I give thanks for the life experiences that we have.I come to Hawaii with family and friends to compete in a 200 mile relay race called Ragnar Hawaii 2016. We leave at 10:30 AM with two vans and a 11 man team. I am assigned to run the second leg of 3 legs, which is 9 miles with good elevation. I have trained for this relay race after coming off a 26.2 mile marathon qualifying for Boston, (10 days ago) my first time in 20 years. The only concern I bring with me to this race today is I have a cold and cough. My clients know how much I preach rest and you will recover. Having a good team of family and friends, allows one to back down on mileage if needed. You have to know when to say no, which takes training through experience. Many times in life, we don’t know when to say no. We often put others first before ourselves causing stress, weight gain and obstacles in life. If you get anything out of this message, take time for you. We have been giving this opportunity to live here on this earth and take care of what we have been given.

Stay Well!

Deej

The Truth about Olive Oils

The Truth about Olive Oils

I like to do research on food and certain products on how it affects our body. I use a lot of olive oil and coconut oil while cooking. Did you know that a lot of all of oils are tainted or should I say watered down? I mainly use the Kirkland brand of olive oil.

The olive oil in your kitchen is likely not what you think it is. Fake olive oil is literally everywhere on the market – up to 70% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are fake. And by fake I mean cut with cheaper oils.

In 2008, more than 400 Italian police officers conducted an operation called “Operation Golden Oil,” which resulted in 23 arrests and confiscation of 85 farms. Companies were adding chlorophyll to sunflower and soybean oil and selling it as extra virgin olive oil. As a result of these raids, the Australian government decided to allow olive oil brands to submit their oils for lab tests, allowing them to certify companies as pure “extra-virgin olive oil.” Alas, every company failed to gain certification in 2012.

Prompted by all of these olive oil scams, researchers at the University of California decided to test 124 different samples from eight major brands of extra-virgin olive oil. Over 70% of the imported oils failed the test.

What does it mean when an oil fails an extra-virgin test? It essentially means that all of these oils claiming to be “extra-virgin” are actually cut with cheaper, lower-grade oils (like canola oil, sunflower oil or cola oil). The oil is them deodorized, coloured, and then flavoured and sold as “extra-virgin” oil to a producer. So it isn’t actually the company brand who is at fault here – it is the sneaky supplier at work.

The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards were:

– Bertolli
– Carapelli
– Colavita
– Star
– Pompeian
– Santa Sabina
– Primadonna
– Antica Badia
– Sasso
– Coricelli

Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Giant and Whole Foods also failed to meet the extra virgin requirements.

Filippo Berio, Mazola, Mezzetta, and Newman’s Own are also selling fake olive oil.

Brands that you can trust are:

– California Olive Ranch
– Cobram Estate
– Lucini
– Kirkland Organic
– Lucero (Ascolano)
– McEvoy Ranch Organic
– Bariani Olive Oil
– Corto Olive
– Ottavio
– Omaggio
– Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil

Aside from brands, how can you tell if your oil’s fake?

Going by taste alone is not enough. There are two tests you can perform that might do the trick:

1. Refrigerate the extra virgin olive oil. If it solidifies, it means that it contains mostly monounsaturated fat, which is good because extra virgin olive oil is mostly monounsaturated, and should grow more solid when cold. Putting your oil in the refrigerator will make it become thick and cloudy. If this doesn’t happen, it’s likely that your oil is not extra-virgin. This isn’t a fool-proof test, however, as the olive oils cut with lower grade oils also cloud over. If the oil you put in the fridge doesn’t thicken at all, though, then you know for sure that the oil is fake.

2. Extra virgin olive oil should be flammable enough to keep an oil lamp burning. However, this test isn’t that dependable, for the same reasons mentioned above. But if the oil doesn’t keep the wick of an oil lamp burning, you know that it contains mostly refined oils.

The best alternative is to buy from the above mentioned companies that you can trust, or, buy from local olive oil farmers. In the United States and Australia, there are certifications that you can look for on bottles. The seal denoting approval by the California Olive Oil Council is labelled as “COOC Certified Extra Virgin.” The Australian Olive Oil Association has a seal labelled as “Australian Extra Virgin Certified.” Other seals of approval are labelled fromItalian Oliver Growers’ Association such as Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA) and UNAPROL.

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Sources:
http://www.foodrenegade.com/your-extravirgin-olive-oil-fake/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11988947/Italian-companies-investigated-for-passing-off-ordinary-olive-oil-as-extra-virgin.html

Article by: Carly Fraser at livelovefruit.com

The Journey

The Journey

We know the word “JOURNEY” is the act from traveling from one place to another. In life this is true as a Fitness prospective as well. It continues to be a journey from day to day. You may have a goal to get in better shape, run a 5k or a marathon, climb mount Everest. I have the blessing to help others reach this destination by sharing tips and goals to help you reach them. I am listing a few tips that have helped me reach several destinations and I hope they will help you as well.

1) Journal the journey….I can still go back and look when I met Oprah Winfrey, where I set a goal to run my first marathon or where I started writing memories to look back on, whether it was good or bad training days

2) This Journey is for me..Make this about you, I am doing this for me and not anyone else! This is my Journey!  Start by setting small goals, I want to lose a dress size or drop 5% body fat. Remember this is a life style change for many, don’t wait till it’s too late

3) This Journey will not happen overnight-this is why it is important to look at how long you have been in this same holding pattern. Set small attainable goals that are attainable, not the ones, I am going to run a half marathon this month and you have even started training

4) Reward my Journey..when you reach a goal, reward yourself with a new pair of shoes or something that you have been saving for. Food is not a reward; food is to be used for a healthier lifestyle an enjoyment but in moderation

5) Savor this journey…Be proud of the victory, share it with others (social media loves victories) and except praise! Be kind by sending Thank you to friends

“Crush your journey”

Dj