Proposed bill would allow farmers to sell raw milk, other products to public

BISMARCK, N.D. – A bill at the North Dakota State Legislature drew so much attention Thursday, it needed to have a change of venue to accommodate the people who came to testify.

Dozens of family farmers showed up to support a bill that would allow them to sell raw milk and other food products to the public.

The bill’s sponsor says it’s a consumer bill, which allows for more freedom of choice for everyone involved. Some who produce raw products talked about how there are many misconceptions surrounding them.

“When raw milk is behind the scenes and it is buried, almost black market, we cannot do the full public education that we can when it is a legal product,” says LeAnne Harner, farmer.

Others testified about the health benefits about a diet centered around raw food products.

Health risks associated with raw food diets, Eau Claire vet says

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The risk factor of eating raw meat is no secret. You wouldn’t feed it to your family members on two legs, but what about the ones on four? The popularity of raw food diets is rising, but local vets said it might not be for the right reasons.

A common reason vets said people turn to all raw foods is to create a more natural diet, but they said what’s natural for wolves isn’t necessarily natural for pets who have been on dog food for generations.

“There’s a lot of things that have been attributed to it, positive effects that have been attributed to it that simply aren’t true,” said Dr. Dave Menard, a veterinarian at Northside Pet Hospital.  He said if pet owners aren’t careful with how the food is being prepared, they can also put themselves at risk.

“There have been a lot of cases of listeria bacteria and salmonella bacteria being shed by these dogs after on a raw diet because they’re infected with it from the diet, from the raw meat,” Dr. Menard said. “Those are very common bacteria that are found through the butchering process that can contaminate the meat. It can be quite serious. They shed, and we get exposed to them. They affect people so there’s zoonotic bacteria and can make people very very sick.”

Vets said there can be a benefit to feeding dogs a raw diet if they have allergies to something that’s in dog food, but said a very small percentage of dogs have these allergies. They said the most important thing to keep in mind is to just make sure your dog has a balanced diet.

Drew Barrymore reveals the disgusting things she ate for her new zombie show

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Drew Barrymore stars on Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet.”

Drew Barrymore really dedicated herself to playing a zombie for her new comedy, Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet.”

On the show, Barrymore plays suburban wife and mom Sheila, who inexplicably begins to grow ill and crave human flesh, among other symptoms of the undead. In the role, Barrymore vomits… a lot, tears into people with her teeth, and eats newly killed animals and human flesh.

Barrymore said she came to the role quite hungry, because she was on a diet for the job.

“I was so hungry when we started,” she told reporters at a Netflix event on Wednesday. “I was trying to lose 20 pounds, that was my goal. I was 144 when we started and I ended up at 124. In order to do that, you have to eat really sensibly. Listen, she was eating humans. And if you’re on an all-protein diet, you would thin out. There’s just no question about it. So it gave me a goal line that I committed to.”

But Barrymore said that the actual things she had to eat for “Santa Clarita Diet” were almost as gross as what viewers see on the show.

“It was always different stuff,” she said. “Some days it was dehydrated apples made to look fleshy. Some days, it was this weird edible rubber that tasted like Jolly Rancher. Sometimes it was like a wet cake to be a fake piece of chicken. Sometimes, it was like a soup that had gone bad to portray vomit, that had actually curdled. It was always a fun cornucopia. Every day was interesting.”

Of all that, the 41-year-old actress said there was one fake food that surprised her when it made her sick.

“The raw beef, that one almost made me yak in the sink,” Barrymore said. “It had a cream and it curdled. It was fake raw meat. It didn’t taste very good. Weirdly, of all the things, the raw meat was one that got me. That was one that took me down and almost made me throw up.”

A source from the show’s production told Business Insider that the fake raw beef was made of “a yucky pasta.”

Dog Food Company Recalls Products That May Contain Pentobarbital : The Two-Way : NPR

Citing the possible presence of pentobarbital, a chemical used to euthanize animals, pet food maker Evanger’s has issued a partial recall of its popular Hunk of Beef Au Jus product. Several pugs grew ill after eating it on New Year’s Eve; one of the dogs died.

As the company says in its FDA recall notice, “Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.”

The Hunk of Beef cans in question were manufactured in June 2016; they bear lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB and have an expiration date of June 2020. And although the cans that prompted concerns were all sold in Washington state, the company says the voluntary recall covers all Hunk of Beef cans that were produced in the same week.

Based in Wheeling, Ill., Evanger’s says this is the company’s first recall in its 82 years of operation. And while its meat suppliers are all approved by the USDA, the company says, it has cut ties to the supplier of meat used in the recalled products.

“We feel that we have been let down by our supplier, and in reference to the possible presence of pentobarbital, we have let down our customers,” Evanger’s says. “Despite having a relationship for forty years with the supplier of this specific beef, who also services many other pet food companies, we have terminated our relationship with them and will no longer purchase their beef for use in our Hunk of Beef product.”

Evanger’s first learned of the incident in Washington state when the pet’s grieving owner posted an image to Instagram. The company then offered to pay the veterinary bills incurred by the family whose dogs were ill — but it wasn’t until weeks later, Evanger’s says, that it learned of the possible pentobarbital contamination.

“This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply,” the pet food maker says.

The incident also brought out the worst in some online commenters, forcing the family-owned company to ask for more civility, even as it extended its sympathies to Nikki Mael and her family over their pet’s death:

“Our hearts go out to the Mael family for this difficult time, as well as because unkind things have been posted on social media that have needlessly been [directed] at both of our families as a result of these claims. We ask that the public discontinue any and all threats and harsh words to either party, as this has been a hard time for everyone involved.”

When the FDA studied the possible presence of pentobarbital in dog food, it was primarily investigating whether the presence of trace amounts might make the anesthetizing agent less effective in animals that are undergoing veterinary procedures.

As part of that study, the FDA’s scientists also checked pet food for signs of dog or cat DNA — looking at the possibility that a euthanized animal might have been included among the rendered meat supply for dry dog food. After the study found no trace of dog or cat DNA, the agency concluded, “Presently, it is assumed that the pentobarbital residues are entering pet foods from euthanized, rendered cattle or even horses.”

Should Your Dog Eat a Raw Food Diet?

Feeding your dog a raw food diet is a fast growing trend at the moment. So why it stands apart from your ordinary kibble? 

What is a Raw Food Diet for Dogs?  

The objective of a raw food diet is to provide your dog with the most readily available bio-available nutrition. This essentially means your dog is getting food in its whole form without any processing. Therefore, it has the highest, intact amount of natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes that your pet can absorb and process.

raw food | Longevity LIVE “There are seven basic categories of nutrients that your pet requires. Water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates (including fiber), vitamins and minerals.” Explains Hill’s Pet Nutrition Veterinary Advisor, Dr Guy Fyvie.

With most forms of store bought pet food, the quantity of real meat used is usually quite low, in order to make it cheaper. The other concern is that the majority of nutrients the food should contain are destroyed due to the fact that it gets extruded at extremely high temperatures.

Lastly, in order to prolong its shelf life, many preservatives are added which have the same negative effects on your pet that it would on you.

However, not all readily available kibble and pellets are unhealthy for your dog. Many veterinary recommended brands usually have got far better nutritional value, given that produce used is of good quality and has been extruded at a low, undamaging temperature.

Nutritional consultant for Paleo Pets Pure, Isis Limor, always suggests the following advice when in search for the best food for your pet, “look for simple ingredients that have names you can recognise and pronounce”.

Is a Raw Food Diet Better?

raw food | Longevity LIVE At this point, there have been no scientific studies done to prove that a raw food diet is in any way better for your dog than a premium quality pellet brand. However, what is understood a nutrient rich diet is necessary for optimal health.

“A readily available nutrient profile with appropriate protein, energy and micronutrients is key.” Explains Kyle Smith, owner of Bentley Natural Dog Food.

Switching Your Dog to a Raw Food Diet

It is important to do your homework and know what to look for first…

  1. High levels of Omega 3
    Just as with humans, this essential fatty acid is quite scarce in our diets and crucial for wellbeing.
  2. Leafy greens that have are broken down
    Dogs in particular do not have the enzymes necessary to break down raw green vegetables.
  3. raw food | Longevity LIVE Healthy calcium and phosphorus levels
    Experts recommend that each mineral should take up less than 1% of your dog’s meal
  4. Locally sourced brands
    It’s extremely important to choose a local brand to ensure the integrity of the food is not compromised. With shipping raw food, you will always run a higher risk of bacterial contamination.
  5. A manufacturer registered with the Department of Agriculture
    The Department of Agriculture performs all the necessary microbiology examinations to ensure its produce is safe for consumption.

 

Keeping Your Dog on a Pellet-Based Diet

  1. Stay clear of artificial ingredients
    BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) is a carcinogenic product that is used to preserve the fat in dry food.
    Ethoxyquin is actually a main ingredient in herbicides and is associated with many ailments such as kidney and liver damage.
  2. Watch out for corn syrup
    This is commonly found in both human and pet food and it is always best to stay away from it, as the sugar content can lead to weight gain, diabetes or hyperactivity.
  3. raw food | Longevity LIVE Limited Grain
    A certain amount is necessary as it serves as a form of fiber, however in high quantities the can become nutrient blockers.
  4. Whole meat sources
    Always look for simple meat ingredients to ensure you are getting the best quality protein. Stay clear of ingredients that use the word “derivatives”.
  5. Supplement in some whole food
    Every now and then, try and add some whole food to your pet’s diet. It’s best way to give them access to powerful anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrient.

Six tips for healthier Super Bowl snacks | Food

On February 5, 2017, NFL and Lady Gaga fans unite in homes across North America to celebrate the 51st annual Super Bowl. It’s no secret that during the game many tend to indulge on elaborate spreads of junk food, including nachos, chicken wings and of course, beer and soda. With the ink on New Year resolutions barely dry, Heather Pace, raw food chef and author of Sweetly Raw Desserts, has compiled six tips to help incorporate healthy choices into those notoriously calorie-packed Super Bowl snacks.

1. Ditch the chips

Over $140.2 million is spent on potato chips the week leading up to the Super Bowl (Nielsen, 2016 ). Pace suggests cutting down (or cutting out) the deep fried chips, opting instead for fresh cucumber slices, carrot rounds, baked sweet potato chips, or kale chips. These options will provide the same crunch without all the unnecessary calories.

2. Get creative with your drinks

Instead of drinking sugary sodas, try adding chopped fruit like mango, strawberries, and pineapple to a pitcher of water, along with a handful of fresh mint leaves. If craving something with bubbles, add sparkling water to the mix. Not only is this beverage sweet and fruity, it will keep you hydrated and refreshed throughout the game.

3. Make it yourself

According to the Calorie Control Council, Super Bowl party-goers can consume upwards of 2,400 calories during the game. To avoid eating hidden calories, Pace recommends making your own snacks instead of buying prepared food. This way, you’ll know exactly how much you’re actually consuming.

4. Fibre is your friend

Incorporating more fibre rich foods into your spread will keep guests nourished and satisfied. Keep it fun and interesting by creating a big veggie platter with things like sliced watermelon radishes, mini cucumbers, steamed asparagus, roasted sweet potato spears, bell pepper strips, carrot sticks, and roasted green beans.

5. Downsize the dairy

Many of the popular dips served over game day can contain up to 150 calories per serving (2 tbsp). Forget the dairy laden, calorie dense dips sold in stores and go for options like hummus, babba ganouj (eggplant dip), guacamole, fresh salsa, or cashew sour cream with herbs.

6. Satisfy your sweet tooth

No party is complete without a delicious dessert! Offer up a platter of fresh fruit including options like mango, apples, oranges, strawberries, grapes, and pineapple for your party guests. You can make a simple dip by stirring together almond butter with maple syrup (to taste), adding just enough water for your desired consistency.

Dherbs CEO, A.D. Dolphin, Gives You the Raw Facts About Cleansing on the Steve Harvey Show – SAT Press Releases

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A.D. Dolphin, CEO of Dherbs Inc., will appear on the Steve Harvey Show on Monday, February 6th, 2017, to talk cleansing and raw foods. There’s more to a raw-foods diet than salads and smoothies, so A.D. demonstrates how to make simple and delicious raw recipes you can eat while cleansing.

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 4, 2017 –

Dherbs Inc., home of the Full Body Cleanse and premier online resource for herbal supplements, is showing millions of people how to reclaim their health via cleansing and raw food recipes.

A.D. Dolphin, CEO of Dherbs Inc., will appear on the Steve Harvey Show on Monday, February 6th, 2017, to demonstrate how easy it is to make raw food recipes. A.D. will also talk with Steve Harvey about how the Dherbs Full Body Cleanse recently helped Harvey lose 12lbs. It was a journey that Steve completed before, but he made it through this time with A.D. helping him along the way.

While participating in the Full Body Cleanse, the person must eat a raw-foods diet consisting of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, raw nuts, and seeds. A.D. shows that eating raw foods is much more than salads and smoothies. He gets creative and makes zucchini noodles, raw walnut tacos, and a kale smoothie that tastes like ice cream. All three of these recipes have ingredients that offer essential nutrients you need in your daily diet. Get on board the raw food train to head toward a healthier lifestyle.

Tune in to “Steve Harvey” on Monday, February 6th, 2017, to see A.D. make raw recipes that can open the door to a healthier you. “Steve Harvey” airs weekdays. Check local listings or go to http://www.steveharveytv.com/watch/ for time and channel.

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Founded in 2004, Dherbs, Inc. is one of the world’s leading online herbal supplement companies. Its flagship product, the 20-Day Full Body Cleanse, has been used by over 3 million people all over the world to optimize their health and help them lose weight.

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Pots full for prosperity and peace – KERALA

Hundreds of women took part in the ‘Kalamkanippu mahotsavam’ at the Plalakkunnu Bhagavathi temple, near Udma, on Friday. The women carried raw food items in earthen pots on their heads as an offering to propitiate the deity.

The women, hailing from the dominant Ezhava community, visit the temple, situated adjacent to the Kanhangad-Kasaragod State highway at Plalakkunnu, after observing fast for a number of days. They carry raw food articles along with betel leaf and areca nuts and tender coconut leaves.

Other communities

Women from other communities in and around the region, too, could make the offering to the deity by entrusting the food items to their acquaintances from the Ezhava community.

The devotees were served raw rice porridge along with pickles in the shrine, also unique for its tastefully engraved architectural dome akin those in Tamil Nadu.

Although the temple is widely known for the ‘Bharani mahotsavam’ held in the Malayalam month of Kumbham, in the last week of February, the ‘kalamkanippu’ ritual is similar to Attukaal Pongala in south Kerala.

Though women are considered an integral part of the annual ritual, the temple authorities do not prevent men also from taking part in the event.

After segregating the raw food produce, the temple authorities take painstaking efforts to prepare the delicacies strictly abiding by the set conventions and distribute the “prasadam” to the participant devotees the following day.

2017’s Huge Food Trends – The New Yorker

Here are the hottest food trends that will be filling your Instagram feed and mouths for the next twelve months:

BLUEBERRIES

These lovely little fruits won’t just color-match your mood, they’re jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamin C—which is a great thing, because you’re going to need all the help you can get staying healthy when you can no longer afford to go to the doctor! Eating lots of blueberries in 2017 will give your immune system a much needed boost and help your body stave off polio, which we expect to be reintroduced this year as well!

TACOS

Whether you want to support our melting pot of a democracy by embracing the cuisine of one of our largest minority groups or support the President by sharing in the greasy bastardized tragedy known as the taco bowl, one thing is clear: Mexican food is hot, hot, hot. You won’t need to climb any walls to get to these tasty treats—we’re predicting there will be a taco truck on every corner. Yum!

IVANKALE

You may remember that dark, leafy green that was popping up everywhere from salads to smoothies last year—well, it’s getting a classy upgrade and a mandatory, government-regulated name change! Now that it costs three times more than it used to, we’re hoping it will taste three times as good. Buy it from the only place it’s now available, the Trump Shopping Network. And don’t forget that it’s illegal to call it by its former name.

HOME COOKING

Have increased health-care costs and the ever-shrinking middle class rendered restaurants too costly? Are you a woman or minority who’s nervous about going out in public due to the increase in hate crimes? Did you forget to become super-rich before that became the only group with any hope of getting a tax break? Well, this year’s food trend is tailor-made for you! Cooking at home, away from the angry slurs and pussy grabbing, is going to be all the rage.

OLIVES

If you’re tired of missing out on the delicate flavors of food because you can’t stop thinking about what’s happening in the world and crying onto your plate, you’re in luck! Good chefs know that, instead of fighting natural flavors, you’ve got to elevate them—and that’s why you’ll find briny olives on everything from appetizers to the ice cream you got because eating ice cream at least reminds you of when you used to be happy, which is better than nothing.

BREAKFAST CHOCOLATE

One of the most exciting trends predicted for this year will make all of our mornings a little sweeter. Gone are the days when we savored our chocolate as a small reward after dinner. In 2017, given that nuclear war could be launched by a tweet, we’re going to be all about eating all the candy, all the time, starting the very moment we wake up.

RAW FOODS

The start of a new year always puts health at the forefront of everyone’s mind—gym memberships go up, and we all promise that we’ll finally start that diet. Foodies are making those resolutions a little easier by embracing the raw-food movement. By the end of the year, lighting a fire will likely give away your hiding place to the bands of weaponized “patriots,” so get used to your culinary future now by stocking up on carrot sticks and hopefully-not-poisonous foraged mushrooms!

ALCOHOL

The last few years have been all about diets and detox, but why bother drinking tea when you can drink tequila? In fact, why bother doing anything else at all? Trump is our President; every day presents a new opportunity for horrifying assaults on our rights, our bodies, and basic decency. But, remember, you can’t fear tomorrow if you’re too drunk even to know it’s today! Happy 2017, everyone!

Exactly How This Woman Got a Literal Peach Emoji Butt With Diet and Exercise

Abby Pollock is a 23-year-old fitness lover living in Toronto, Canada. Although she’s got a stellar bubble butt and a body she’s damn proud of, she hasn’t always been this strong and confident.

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In 2012, during her first year of engineering school, Abby was 20 pounds underweight and struggling with symptoms of anorexia and bulimia. She was unhappy in her relationship and feeling enormous pressure to secure an engineering internship when she found out her father had cancer. It was like every aspect of her life was out of her control — except when it came to her diet. “Food was my safe space, in some weird and twisted way,” she told Cosmopolitan.com.

Using MyFitnessPal to track her diet, Abby says she used to eat the bare minimum to keep her brain functioning: 900 to 1,000 calories per day. She grew obsessed with losing weight, taking on increasingly restrictive diets plans that progressed from simply eating “clean,” to eating paleo, then vegan, then raw vegan.

“I told myself I was following these diets for ethical reasons, when really I was using them as a means to further restrict and cover up my disordered habits,” she now admits. On a typical day during her lowest points, she’d drink a green smoothie for breakfast, and carefully portion out salad ingredients for lunch and dinner. She’d sometimes snack on raw veggies during the day, but only if she got to the point where she thought she’d pass out if she didn’t eat.

In 2013, she suspected her boyfriend had cheated on her and found out her father’s prognosis had progressed to terminal. Instead of continuing to use food to gain some semblance of control, Abby finally reached out for help. “I decided I was done playing victim, done breaking myself down,” she says of her decision to employ a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer. Their first order of business was to gradually increase Abby’s food intake to 2,000 calories per day.

“Eating 1,000 calories a day took constant willpower,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post. “I was physically drained from eating so little, I was mentally drained from obsessing over such a trivial part of my life.”

Now, Abby follows a much more flexible eating plan, eating whatever she wants so long as it fits into her daily calorie allotment, (now 1,700 calories, as determined by her nutritionist and current fitness goals) and daily goals for protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

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FB LIVE STREAM 8:00PM EST (join link in bio): The 4 BIGGEST Mistakes Made By Beginners. . One of the BIGGEST mistakes I see women make is that they’re not eating enough. Eating 1000 calories a day took constant willpower. I had to constantly plan and re-plan what I was eating so I didn’t accidentally go over or eat a food that was “off-limits”. Aside from the fact that I was physically drained from eating so little, I was mentally drained from obsessing over such a trivial part of my life. Eating 1700 calories a day (pic on the right) was how much I was eating on a HEALTHY DIET. On the right I was leaning out for a bodybuilding competition and was still losing weight + reaching a low body fat while eating this many calories a day ??. . What I want you to pay attention to here is: (1) how I’m carrying myself and (2) the difference between bone vs. muscle. (1) On the left, my shoulders are hunched, my back is to the camera and based on memory, I know I was NOT smiling. On the right, my shoulders are back, chest up, and I’m SMILING proud ?. (2) On the left, I have “shape” only because I’m so thin that you can see my bones. Had the lighting been different, you would have seen my full rib cage. On the right, I am lean but strong, shapely and sculpted ?! . If you want shape / tone / or that tight sculpted bikini look, you will not get it by starving yourself. Nothing good will come from starving yourself. By not eating enough calories, you starving your body and mind, ultimately sabotaging your own progress. Sorry not sorry for the rant. Girl got passion ??. See you on the live stream!

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On a typical day, Abby will eat about four meals, beginning with a high-protein egg scramble made with ground turkey and eaten with a side of veggies for meal one; an apple with baby carrots when she feels like snacking; chocolate oats made with oatmeal, egg whites, almond milk, cocoa, and stevia for meal two; spaghetti squash with ground turkey, veggies, and cheese sauce made from almond milk and shredded cheese for meal three; and finally, a post-workout protein “ice cream” made with protein powder, a banana, almond milk, and ice.

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While she tends to stick to whole, minimally processed foods, and eats the same meals throughout the week since it requires less mental energy to stay on track, the only thing Abby really restricts are her eating hours. She practices intermittent fasting, which means she fasts between 16 and 18 hours each day. It’s an eating strategy that may improve insulin sensitivity, helping your body churn out more sustainable energy from the food you eat, according to emerging research.

“It has helped me repair my relationship with food, become more in touch with my natural hunger cues, and it has allowed me the lifestyle flexibility to eat larger (even restaurant-sized) meals while still making progress toward my goal,” Abby explains, adding that she’s currently training for obstacle course racing, where she runs races broken up by various physical challenges.

At least once a week, she’ll deviate from her diet plan with a favorite food like frozen yogurt or sushi. While she’s not a big drinker, she’ll still indulge every once and a while.

And now, instead of feeling guilty over every calorie she consumes, Abby sees each meal as an opportunity to fuel her body to be stronger — physically and mentally.

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So it’s a good thing Abby’s recovery team also helped her overhaul her fitness routine, which, when she wasn’t healthy, once involved doing up to two hours of cardio per day. Abby cut back to two shorter cardio sessions per week, tacking on four weightlifting sessions during which she began lifting as heavy as possible without feeling like she’d have to compromise her form until the end of an exercise set.

Once she started lifting heavy — something she’d always avoided out of fear it’d bulk her up — her body changed in a surprising way. Instead of inflating her whole body, she noticed her butt lifting while her waist was getting smaller for an overall hourglass effect.

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Now, Abby spends an hour at the gym four times per week. She’ll spend one day working her back and biceps, one day working on her shoulders and triceps, and two days working on her lower body, practicing standard moves like weighted squats, deadlifts, step-ups, hip thrusters, and calf raises.

Her strategy is to use a slow and controlled pace when releasing weights on exercises involving contractions. On a bicep curl, for instance, that means spending 4 to 6 seconds bringing the weight down from its highest position.

She sometimes tacks on 30 minutes of cardio, but only after she’s spent the bulk of the day on her butt. She has less time for the gym now because she works long hours on her company, TransformNation, a motivational education platform.

And if you’re wondering if her new diet and weight-lifting plan led to weight gain? The answer is, yes it did. At 5 feet 7 inches, Abby weighs 152 pounds — a number that once shocked her since she used to worry when she fluctuated above 125 pounds. But now, that doesn’t scare her in the slightest, particularly since she feels more athletic and happier than ever before.

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Banish the Belly Fat? TAG A FRIEND who needs to read this! – That lower belly trouble area can be caused by a few things: fat stores (obvi?), increased mental/physical stress, OR food sources causing digestive stress. – Let’s focus on that last one. I think food sources are a SERIOUSLY neglected topic especially since the growth of flexible dieting. Some foods – even “clean” foods – can cause digestive stress. Digestive stress can mean anything from slight discomfort to severe bloating, gas or ? issues. More digestive stress = More inflammation = More water retention. Here’s how I deal with digestive stress: 1-Keep a food journal for 5-7 days – Don’t change what you’re doing just write everything down. Everything you eat/drink, the approximate time, how you feel before (energy + emotion), how you feel after (energy + emotion). 2-Weigh yourself every morning – Before eating or drinking anything and with the same amount of clothing on. 3-Review your weight and food logs for trends – You’ll start to notice trends for what makes you feel sleepy, bloated, or inexplicably yearning for more. 4-Make a list of the top five foods causing you trouble. 5-Eliminate foods one at a time for 5-7 days at a time. During this time continue logging weight + how you feel before/after meals. – By tracking qualitative (without numbers – aka feelings) and quantitative (with numbers – aka weight) measures, you’ll get a much better idea of what’s causing you bloat and hiding them abs! – PS if you wanna grab the same scale as me…use code: ABBYFIT at checkout on vpwow.com/abbyfit for 60% off??!! @vanityplanetstore

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Now Abby’s priority is to help others kick-start their own fitness journeys.”Transformation does not come from finding the ‘perfect’ moment, training plan, or diet,” she says. “It comes from taking action and choosing to learn through your failures, rather than give up.” And she’d know.

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