This year, I challenged myself to participate in a five-mile walk for heart disease awareness. I’ve done this walk several times, but I’ve had some obstacles to overcome since then. I just didn’t realize that I would have to overcome some of my own negative thoughts.
When I participated in 2011, I wasn’t in good shape. In fact, I was the very last person that finished that walk. I saw the police officers rolling up the tape and removing the barriers that blocked off traffic. Last year, I stayed home.
Shortly after signing up for the walk, I started having second thoughts about the whole thing. What if I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was? What if I couldn’t cross the finish line? No, I was determined not to quit. I needed to prove to myself that I could do it.
I trained for a few months and, the next thing I knew, it was the day before the event. I made myself a fruit-veggie Blast for breakfast and later, I had a protein shake after dinner. I went to bed early so I could be well-rested. The next morning, it started raining and I started to have second thoughts again. As the rain hit against the roof, those negative thoughts creeped back up on me. My hair would get wet or I’d slip and fall. I stopped thinking, grabbed a ball cap, placed it on my head and walked out the door.
I looked for my friend, but that wasn’t possible in the large crowd of people. I tried to catch up to her and I actually ran for about a quarter mile before slowing to a walking pace. At mile three, I was well into a good stride.
The next thing I knew, I was facing the final hill. The finish line was directly ahead of me. I took a deep breath and ran down that hill like Forrest Gump. As I crossed the finish line, someone congratulated me and handed me a long-stemmed rose.
I finally caught up with my friend after the event and she said that I was only five minutes behind her. She reminded me that, despite being the last person in 2011, this year, hundreds of people were behind me.
It felt great to see how far I’ve come and that accomplishment felt incredible.
What is a body by NutriBullet? To me, it’s a body that is not only leaner, but less toxic and more balanced. It’s very exciting to read all of the stories from people who have turned to the NutriBullet as a resource to help them transform their bodies and to help them and their families make healthier lifestyle choices.
Now, as we enter the summer months, for many of us maybe it won’t be so terrifying. In the past as the warmer months approached, I would become anxious about my wardrobe because I don’t exactly have the same shape that I did in my twenties and, quite frankly, the older you become, the more body parts you consider covering up. I haven’t even been in a bathing suit since the late 80’s. Thanks to the NutriBullet program, this is actually the first summer in over 20 years that I don’t feel as self-conscious about my body and am willing to expose more than just my ankles and forearms.
What is it about this slender, powerful machine that has such an impact on people? It still amazes me! Those who use it on a consistent basis have noticed a difference in appearance, symptom relief and also positive changes in their overall well-being. This can be a motivating factor in making even more healthy changes in lifestyle. Just when I thought that I had pretty much benefited as much as possible from eating healthier, increasing my physical activity and using my NutriBullet daily, I just had blood work and learned that my cholesterol total is 153! This is the first time in my life that my cholesterol has been less than 180.
What results have you experienced after using the NutriBullet?
It’s a question we get a lot here at NutriBullet, so we thought we’d share one user’s inventive ideas when it comes to how she uses her milling blade. From a nut and seed mix to amazing marinades and seasonings, blogger Ash has gotten milling down to an art form. Check out her ideas at The Neon Leopard!
I’ve had allergies for as long as I can remember, ranging from mild to moderately severe. I’m thankful that now, they’ve subsided to the point that I don’t need to take allergy medication anymore.
I had asthma as a child and it seemed like I was always sick. I wouldn’t be surprised if I sneezed the minute I entered this world! Almost everything seemed to trigger an allergy attack: dust, pollen, pet dander, pollution, and the worst of it seemed to be cigarette smoke. Breathing, wheezing, itchy watery eyes, coughing and sneezing – I was miserable. I remember being sent to the nurse’s office and then straight home.
There was no daycare back then and no babysitter wanted to take care of a constantly sick child all of the time. Since both of my parents had careers, it was my retired grandmother who took care of me until my illness subsided. It was a win-win situation; I had a loving family member tending to me (my parents also had my three older siblings to take care of) and I got to spend quality time with my grandmother.
Thankfully, I grew out of my childhood asthma, but as I matured into adulthood, my allergy symptoms returned. I soon suffered from constant eye infections, red itchy eyes, and endless sneezing and coughing fits that I’d call “allergy spells.”
One of my allergy spells was so bad that I was sent to get an allergy test. It was a “prick” test with medical staff pricking my skin repeatedly with different needles. They went from inside my elbow down to my wrist. This was like torture and by the time they reached my wrist, I was in tears. Pretty extreme for someone with a high pain tolerance. They prescribed allergy medicine, nasal sprays, eye drops, you name it.
Recently, my doctor told me that since I had asthma as a child, I would have to endure allergies as an adult. When he finished talking, he gave me a sample inhaler and a bunch of prescriptions. I refused to believe him. I was determined to heal myself naturally.
Fast forward to today. As of this writing, I’m only using non-prescription eye drops. One of my co-workers asked me recently if I still suffered from allergies. Bless her heart! I told her that I still had allergies, but after drinking veggie-fruit Blasts, my symptoms have drastically reduced. Every now and then, I’ll sneeze or cough, but it goes away quickly. Those allergy spells are gone. My recovery time has been drastically reduced. I haven’t had to use my eye drops in over a month.
Since using the NutriBullet, my immune system has gotten a lot stronger and for that, I am tremendously grateful.
A new report published in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown a link between red meat consumption and an increased risk of type 2 Diabetes. This shouldn’t exactly be shocking – red meat consumption has already been linked to higher mortality rates and increased cancer risk, but the study’s results were surprising in their conclusiveness: it found that among study participants who started eating more red meat, the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes increased by almost 50 percent.
Researchers tracked what happened to people after they started changing their meat-eating habits. The diets of about 100,000 people were assessed using food frequency questionnaires and it was found that red meats such hot dogs and bacon were strongly associated with increased diabetes risk.
Allison Aubrey, food blogger at NPR’s The Salt noted that the most significant driver of type 2 Diabetes is body weight and that red meat’s high calorie and fat content could be a major factor in the study’s results.