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Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Problem With Extreme Fitness Junkies I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen CPT

My Problem With Extreme Fitness Junkies


I just started a closed group for men and women that lift weights. The other group I am in I get so tired of hearing them talk about how they lifted and then they did a huge cardio workout. Or they did back to back lift workouts... and I'm thinking if you lifted properly you have nothing left to give. LOL!!! Am I right?

My Problem With Extreme Fitness Junkies I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen CPT

See, as a certified personal trainer my recommendations to clients is always to remember that A) larger muscles require longer recovery time, B) the more muscles your workout, the longer required recovery time, C) fast twitch muscles recovery more slowly than slow twitch fibers. D) age matters. 

Recovery is indeed important, however if you supplement properly, and sleep well, and if your nutrition and technique are on point, you can be conditioned to train often with little or no days off. There is one study I'm closely watching where they are showing that although Intense, eccentric resistance exercise causes muscle damage, soreness, inflammation, and a loss of muscle function, a protein-amino acid supplementation before, during, and following damaging resistance exercise may reduce muscle damage and accelerate recovery. And so we're seeing that it's the aminos, not necessarily the protein (think of all that bacon we see on paleo posts) that matters for body recovery. 

One study did show specifically that BCAA (branch-chain amino acids) administered before and following damaging resistance exercise reduces indices of muscle damage and accelerates recovery in resistance-trained males. So I totally agree with your statement of recovery and nutrition matters. 

Now back to my original issue, the problem that I see is that most people do not do any of the needed recovery items that they should do.A lot of those at the gym or working out at home do not do the needed warm up or stretching when their muscles are warm. Flexibility matters. With aging, functional movement ability, core stability and flexibility are all key. And then they think that major amounts of cardio are good for you, which we have found is so untrue. I swear if I see one more post about how someone did their leg workout and then did another 25 minute HIIT workout I may scream. If you can do more than stand on your wobbly legs after you have finished workout on leg day, I really think you need to pick up more dang weight!! 

We've become this EXTREME nation, and we take a program that is meant to be 25 minutes of hard cardio, and then do it two or three times a day, seven days a week on top of resistance training and it drives me batty. LOL... even the most recent studies are showing that aerobic exercise initially generates more reactive oxygen species (ROS), and even anaerobic exercise may induce prolonged ROS generation. So as we think we are getting healthier, and we have all of these untrained folks out there telling others how to get "fit", there is this cringing part of my being that wants to hit them all over the head. 

Weight loss is a good thing, but not at the expense of our underlying health. Skinny people too die from heart attacks, and thin people can lack oestrogen among other things. A problem for women that we don't address in the fitness community. Researchers analyzed nearly 100 studies that included more than 2.8 million people. While obese people had a higher risk of death -- particularly those whose BMI was 35 or more -- overweight people had a 6% lower risk of death than those of normal weight. So I think we need to really think about why that is. You'd think smaller=healthier. So what are we doing as a "skinny" community that is causing us to be unhealthy? I want to really get people to see that the science it approaching a less is more approach to weight loss and physical fitness, for health, and that you will still lose weight, and still can do things to strengthen your heart, your bones, and your body. Anyone for the Fast Workout approach to cardio, and the Slow Lifting Method for weights will give you a run for your money when it comes to health you crazed overachievers. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I'm Feeling Greener I Paleo Vegeo Nourishment


I'm Feeling Greener 

I have been really laser focusing in on my nutrition the last few weeks. Sacrifice is making decisions, getting out of your comfort zone, and giving something up to get to where you want to be. That's exactly where I'm going.

Part of that D.O.M (Daily Method of Operation) is planning out my nutrition in a way that makes it easy, makes sure I'm getting everything I need, and that makes the difference I am expecting. Expectation, isn't that what this is all about? An expectation for a better quality of life. 


So I thought I would share a great blender recipe. 

I'm Feeling Greener I Paleo Vegeo Nourishment Barbara Christensen

Ingredients:
1 cup of coconut water

2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 scoop of Green (and/or a big handful of kale or spinach)
1 teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil
1 scoop of plant based protein
¼ cup of frozen wild organic blueberries
1/3 of a frozen banana (or if you are allergic like myself a couple of dates or an apple or pear can sub in)
ice as desired

Directions:
Put everything except the frozen fruit into the blender unless you have a high powered blender — blend to combine.

Add in the frozen banana and blueberries, blend.

Add ice as desired to thicken, blend. Pour and enjoy!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Visalus Transformation Challenge compared to the Jeunesse Global ZenBodi Challenge I Paleo Vegeo

Visalus Transformation Challenge compared to the Jeunesse Global ZenBodi Challenge


I have a few people that have asked about the differences between the Visalus Transformation Kit and the Jeunesse Global ZenBodi Challenge, and so I wanted to give you all some answers. I think the biggest difference you see upfront is that there is no soy protein it for a good reason. You are getting less products, but they actually do more, and help you to be able to move into maintenance easier because you are eating real foods and building a healthy lifestyle. This is not a Medifast-type program. We want you to find optimal health, and ingredients do not lie.

So let's break down the difference between the Visalus Kit and the Jeunesse Global Kit

Visalus Transformation Kit ($249 a month) includes:

  • Vi-Shape® Nutritional Shake Mix:  Help shape your body with perfect nutrition. (60 servings and you drink it 2 times a day) Made with soy (which I don't recommend) and Fibersol which is just a disguise for the genetically modified corn fiber, and lots of other ingredients that are hard to pronounce
  • Vi-Slim® Metab-Awake Tablets:  Nutritional support to help you burn fat faster, without jitters or stimulants.  (30 servings) Includes a lot of caffeine, 3 different substances, and Evodiae Fructus which is mostly used in medicine to reduce diarrhea, which makes me wonder why it's part of the program.  
  • Vi-Trim® Clear Control Drink Mix:  Add to your shake or any beverage to keep hunger at bay and help prevent diet sabotage. (30 servings) Garcinia is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when used for 12 weeks or less. Long-term safety is unknown. Garcinia can cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache. 
  • Shape-Up™ Health Flavor Mix-Ins:  Add to your shake for fun, variety, and health benefits! (10 servings) Natural and artificial flavors
  • Omega Vitals™:  Help your joints, your skin, your hair, your heart and every cell in your body with our exclusive blend of life enhancing oils, including evening primrose, pumpkin seed, and molecularly distilled fish oils.  (30 servings) Contains Soybean oil. 
  • ViSalus NEURO™ Smart Energy Drink Mix:  Get healthy energy. Nutrition for body and your brain! (30 servings) Flavored with Sucralose (artificial sweetener) 
Jeunesse Global Kit ($293.75/month or $199.95 wholesale) includes:

  • ZenPro Vanilla and ZenPro Chocolate Shake: Protein helps build muscle and contour the body; it’s what makes you look fitter and leaner after you’ve lost inches.  ZEN Pro™ contains a premium protein blend of whey, rice, pea, and chia seed powder that keeps you feeling fuller longer. The ZEN Pro™ formula also incorporates a probiotic blend of healthy bacteria to optimize digestion and help you stay lean. No Soy. This shake is all natural, undenatured whey, no soy. It is safe for any age and sweetened with stevia and Lo Han Guo Extract instead of sugar or splenda. 
  • ZenFit Amino Acid DrinkAmino acids are essential to your health, but your body can’t produce them on its own. ZENFit™ is fortified with amino acids that trigger fat loss by facilitating muscle maintenance and aiding with the absorption of nutrients. Amino acids also activate neurotransmitters in the brain which mitigate stress and elevate your mood. 
  • ZenShape Supplement: These powerful capsules contain a patented form of African Mango seed extract, which is clinically shown to stimulate weight loss and metabolic wellness.* Bolstered by an infusion of raspberry ketones and high-quality green tea extract, ZEN Shape™ controls appetite and helps regulate blood sugar levels. ZEN Shape™ empowers you to make the right choices by suppressing cravings that lead to unhealthy habits. 

Visalus Transformation Challenge compared to the Jeunesse Global ZenBodi Challenge I ZenBodi ResultsThe human body is complex. It takes several mechanisms working together to keep you fit and healthy, which means a multi-functional approach is necessary to target fat loss correctly. While you eat, your fat cells naturally produce a vital messenger called leptin. Leptin has two roles in the body: one, it communicates to the brain that your body is no longer hungry, and two, it tells the brain when it’s okay for the body to start using fat cells as an energy source.
As you age, your cells may also start releasing another protein called the c-reactive protein, which causes inflammation in the body. After it is released, the c-reactive protein fuses with the leptin molecule, it inflames, and like a big block trying to enter a tiny hole, it stops leptin’s vital messages from reaching the brain. A vicious cycle begins: the body can no longer recognize when it is full, causing weight gain that can lead to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
ZEN BODI™ restores harmony and help your body function the way it was meant to. The ZEN BODI™ system works in unison to decrease the production of the c-reactive protein, which allows leptin to enter the brain so that you can regulate your appetite properly. ZEN BODI™ also decreases an enzyme called G3PD, which converts blood sugar into fat; by slowing down the production of G3PD, ZEN BODI™ helps keep you leaner.** It targets the three essential aspects of getting fit: curbing appetite, losing inches, and getting toned. This methodical approach to weight loss isn’t the only
revolutionary thing about ZEN BODI™—what’s truly revolutionary are the results. 

Jeunesse Global ZenBodi Challenge results I Paleo Vegeo Nourished In 30I can tell you after the year I've had being back to a place where I started working out again at the beginning of the month, and had the results I had over 90 days (the above photo)... I truly believe that ZenBodi is the real deal that you've been looking for.

And here is my Jan 1 - Jan 20 results after combining the Nourished In 30 with the Zen Bodi program... Paleo Vegeo + Nutritional Support totally wins!! 

Jeunesse Global ZenBodi Challenge results I Paleo Vegeo Nourished In 30 Barbara Christensen



Nourished In 30 Finally On Kindle I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen


The Nourished In 30 Finally On Kindle 

I have been teaching others through my Nourished In 30 program for the last year - and I have met some amazing people that live their own nutritional "paleo" truth. And so I was so excited to finally have my program on Kindle. YAY!!

I feel like there are enough "recipers" out there that this isn't a recipe book, although I do include a few very simple recipes. This is an information book. It's exactly what I teach my clients about nutrition and how it impact their wellness. It is meant to be both physically healing and emotionally healing because if you've ever done a program like this you know that you are going to be pulling up emotions. They go hand in hand. It is why there are so many emotional eaters. We too often connect our food to our souls. And unless you are creating amazing recipes and open fantastic restaurants, connecting food to your soul is a very bad thing.

So what I wanted to do was share something that would educate, give you some good cleansing results, and also help you come out the other side feeling like you've learned something amazing that you will take into the rest of your life. I want to make sure you read labels, and think about epigenetics, and I also want it to be easy. So I hope that I created all of those things. Please feel free to share your testimonial below, and let me know what you think the best part of the program was for you.

You can order your Nourished In 30 for your Kindle on Amazon - http://amzn.to/1yrXi9K

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Barbara Christensen VlogCast I Paleo Vegeo I Vacation Post, Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage Diseases

Barbara Christensen VlogCast Vacation Post

So while I'm enjoying the holiday with family I wanted to share more "genetic" intriging information for all of you to enjoy.

Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage Diseases

I found an amazing Vegan source of creatine! I'm so excited. And remember that creatine isn't just important for those trying to build muscles. Dr. Terry Wahls, who've I'm enjoying listening to on TED today, believes that creatine and carnitine are 2 extremely important nutrients for healing the mitochondria. The data suggest that creatine may enhance survival signaling via activation of the Ras/NF-kappaB system. MS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, MS... all have the similar brain shrinkage which Dr. Wahls believes is linked to poorly functioning mitochondria.

Dr. Wahls said she first started to see changes in her own medical condition after adding omega-3 fats, creatine and Coenzyme Q10 into her daily routine. She then changed her diet to include the building blocks of nutrition which for her she determined were roots, seeds, nuts, oily fish, grass-fed meats, organ meats and natural iodine from sea weeds.

I love seaweed and those sea vegetables I often get from the Emerald Sea supplement because it has been tested heavy metal and toxin free which is so important. Seaweed is great for iodine because of the use in our myelin repair. Myelin is a fatty substance that forms a sheath for nerve fibers According to an amazing naturopathic physician, Dr. Linda Page, all neurological disorders must be comprehensively addressed, and so I agree because when you add into the issues things like the severe copper deficiency in MS, and we've talked recently about copper and dopamine, etc, then you can't just say you have a genetic defect and leave it at that because it comes back to the nutrition. Genetics and nutrition, and nutrition and genetics. I still believe that our answers have to start with the questions there. In MS, T cells from the body's immune system attack and destroy the myelin sheath and leave the nerve cell fibers unprotected. The reason the iodine is important to the myelin sheath has to do with it's role in our synthesis of the thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones help your cells activate genes which triggers the production of specific proteins. One of those proteins is the myelin basic protein (MBP) which is an essential component of the myelin sheath. Something interesting for those with Hashimoto's to consider as well.

Now Dr. Wahl also ate 9 cups of non-starchy vegetables and berries each day. For her 3 cups of that were greens, and 3 cups were sulphur-containing vegetables -  kale, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, onions, chives, leeks, mushrooms, asparagus, and colorful vegetables. She believed anything inflammatory and processed must be removed – so no sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, allergens, dairy (including raw dairy), grains, or legumes, including soy beans.  Sound familiar? Dairy, grains and legumes, especially, are implicated in auto-immune reactions which is what brings many of us to both veganism and paleolithic diets.

Yet Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurologist, has suggested that while "no one has adequately tested a specific diet and mix of supplements as a treatment for Huntington’s, based on the best scientific evidence it makes sense to follow a mostly vegetarian diet, avoid fluoride and mercury-containing seafoods, foods containing omega-6 (vegetable oils), and high-sugar foods and drinks."

I personally have to wonder, was it the bioactive iron and amino acids that she was getting from the grass-fed and organ meats  just something she was greatly lacking due to her genetic makeup and perhaps digestive issues?

I would be personally worried about offering up too much meat to anyone with Huntington's not knowing enough about the proteins, but of course I am not a doctor or dietitian. But just like what I've talked about with MTHFR defects and our genetics being a key to what we should be eating and supplementing with, those with Huntington's have the HTT genetic defect. John Hopkins has been doing some amino acid based clinical studies that seem to point in this direction. Interesting read over here.

Also think about the fact that the oily fish would have contained a combination of algae DHA combined with the omega3's. And what a great combination for both detox support and brain health, right?

Barbara Christensen VlogCast I Paleo Vegeo I Vacation Post, Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage DiseasesNow also going into paleo she would have then removed the gluten (specifically wheat) proteins. As I've read about the HD patient in S. California who was a member of a local CrossFit Gym, and who had been diagnosed with HD by a group of University neurologists employing MRI technology to detect the characteristic brain lesions. After approximately 8 months following adoption of a Paleo Diet (Gliadin free), she experienced a dramatic reduction in disease symptoms and subsequent MRI evaluation indicated a reduction in lesion volume. My uncle has celiac and so he is living Gliadin free and is quite healthy even though he is almost 90 years old, which is really quite an interesting bit I'd love to study more one day.

Dr. Wahl also recommended for diet to eat organic, free-range, antibiotic-free eggs (if tolerated), because they contain choline – which together with inositol – is critical for myelin sheath repair. I've discussed myelin sheath repair on my blog a long time ago in connection with curcumin extract. Turmeric is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory as you know. So when it comes to these sorts of nuero diseases, curcumin has been seen as a way to free up the traffic in your nerves and repair that myelin sheath damage. In fact they have found MS to be very rare in India where Turmeric is a part of the daily nutrition.

Back to choline, however, your collard greens, swiss chard and cauliflower, sesame and those beloved flax seeds all contain lessor levels of choline and if you are eating the 3 cups were sulphur-containing vegetables daily you would imagine you are getting enough choline. Also grapefruits, oranges, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, rutabaga, blackberries, artichokes all have great amounts of inositol. So I don't think that it really comes down to the meat and that is why we are seeing vegan paleo as being so healthy. Just making sure you are getting those highly bioavaiable nutrients that you need daily is what is important, not the specific food product.

I want to emphasize that I am not a doctor, and I can’t provide personal medical advice. Any decisions about treatment of a disease or symptoms from an illness should be pursued in consultation with your primary physician.Consider this some useful items to discuss at your next appointment if you are looking to dramatically change your diet.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pear and Chia Coconut Pancakes I Grain-Free Vegetarian Paleo Yum I Paleo Vegeo Barbara Chistensen


Pear and Chia Coconut Pancakes:

Who doesn't love something sweet for breakfast... or lunch... or dinner!!!??

Ingredients:

2 large pastured egg, beaten
3/4 cup non-dairy unsweetened vanilla milk (I prefer hemp milk)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey (optional)
2 ripe medium pears, grated
1 scoop BlendFresh Yellow (great for added nutrients but optional)
1/2 cup coconut flour (add additional tbsp if you find they aren't holding together to your liking)
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free)
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted


Directions

1. In a medium bowl, beat the egg for 30 seconds. Add milk, chia seeds and honey, and mix. Set aside for chia seeds to soak up the liquid a bit. This is what will hold your pancakes together with the pears so don't get cheap on the timing.
2. In another small bowl, grate you pears. Use the larger holed section on your grater. Compost your cores. Add to the liquid mix (including juice). Mix. 

3. Add flour, salt, baking powder & baking soda, and mix to combine. 
4. Melt your coconut oil in microwave and add to the batter. Mix in well/
5. Preheat your skillet to medium, I love my green ceramic skillet!! Spray with coconut oil spray, and before each additional pancake. 

6. Pour 1/3 cup of batter onto skillet.. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 2 to 3 minutes more. I found mine really needed that four minutes to solidify nicely. 
7. Serve warm, with desired toppings like some fresh mashed fruit or preserves with no added additional sugars.

it's a perfect amount of pancakes for myself and my daughter if we are eating these for a meal. If you add my husband into the mix, this becomes a side dish. You get the jest. Makes about 6 pancakes. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Alcohol and ADD Connection to GABA I On Tuesday We Talk I The Barbara Christensen VlogCast

The Alcohol and ADD Connection

Me and my Dad I The Alcohol and ADD Connection to GABA I On Tuesday We Talk I The Barbara Christensen VlogCast Coming from a family with two very long lines of alcoholism, depression, anxiety, Alzheimers, attention disorders, suicide and a long list of low serotonin associated disorders, as I am learning more about amino acids and their role in our bodies and brains, I am learn more about myself and my immediate family. I look at this photo of my dad, myself and my little sister, and it's striking that I was hiding, and playing the passive mommy role already. Even then I was allowing myself to be put into that codependent role, and it plagued me for decades. 

For a long time I was very reactively angry at my dad. My father passed over two decades ago several months before I met my husband. But he was the key factor that created the caregiver, codependent person that I became in life. As I learn more about our internal systems, I am starting to forgive and understand him, as well as the others in my family that have had the same demons to overcome. Here's hoping that the learning process continues as today I talk about GABA, the amino acid l-glutatmine, anxiety, low serotonin, ADD/ADHD and alcoholism. As always, Live Your Truth!

You can get amino acid testing from your doctor or I recommend True Health Labs

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Comparing the Isagenix Athlete's Pak and the Jeunesse Global Zen Bodi System

Let's look at what's in the Isagenix Athlete's Pak and the Jeunesse Global Zen Bodi Challenge Pack

If you are like me, your fitness is very important to who you are, and is a big part of your lifestyle. Supplementation as well as whole foods are also a big part of my lifestyle and I have to be sure any supplementation is going to naturally support my body in a healthy manner with as many real whole food sources as possible. So, I wanted to check out the difference between two of the leading companies packages for athletes because fitness is my business, so I looked into one company that a lot of people have talked about, Isagenix, to compare with Jeunesse Global

The components of the Athlete's Pak is

  • 2 canisters of IsaLean® Shake
    1 Ionix® Supreme (liquid or powder)
    1 IsaPro®
    1 Want More Energy® canister (45-servings) or 2 boxes of 24-count sticks
    1 box IsaLean® Bars

    ZEN BODI Challenge Pack is
  • (1) Zen Pro Vanilla Bliss
    (1) Zen Pro Chocolate Dream
    (1) Zen Fit Fruit Punch
    (1) Zen Fit Watermelon
    (1) Zen Shape 
    capsules
The IsaPro seem to be just whey product, with stevia and more "natural flavors" and ionic alfalfa (some sort of aloe vera apparently). I could see using just plain protein before your workout if you were bulking, but for myself I think that aminos are more inportant as so many of us can't even process our proteins correctly to get those aminos, and if needed micronized creatine. If you really wanted a plain undenatured protein then my big recommendation is the Action Whey.

The IsaLean Shake, which is also using an undenatured whey and flaxseed, has a LOT of added vitamins in the mix. I don't get that unless they were trying to be the cheaper Shakeology. The IsaLean is sweetened with yucca root, honey, vanilla bean and about 14 grams of sugar.  Wow... they come from the sugar post workout group.  There is no added sugar in the Zen Pro shake as it's sweetened with stevia leaf extract and lo han guo extract. the vitamins are not methylated, and you know I'm big on that for those of you with MTHFR or other methylation issues. 


With Zen Pro, you get not only amazing bioactive whey, but you get the high ORAC {antioxidant} value without the extra vitamin fillers. ZEN Pro contains a premium protein blend of whey, rice, pea, and chia seed powder that keeps you feeling fuller longer. The ZEN Pro formula also incorporates a probiotic blend of healthy bacteria to optimize digestion and help you stay lean. So if you use the Zen Fit you get the sugar before, and with Zen Pro no sugar after. Important from the standing of lean muscle creation. If you are doing a short workout, like I recommend, then you get enough sugar to feed your glycogen stores with the ZenFit. If you do not listen to me I would recommend something clean like Raw Boost for your natural sugar feed post lift. 

The I Want More Energy is full of more vitamins, which your body can only process so many vitamins and minerals at one time,  and 7 grams of sugar. The Zen Shape contains
 contain a patented form of African Mango seed extract, which is clinically shown to stimulate weight loss and metabolic wellness. Bolstered by an infusion of raspberry ketones and high-quality green tea extract, ZEN Shape controls appetite and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Achieve perfect balance with ZEN Shape. My husband loves that he can take it at night without interrupting his sleep, because it gives him some focused energy without the jitters you usual get from this kind of product.




The Ionix Supreme has what they call their proprietary blend of fruit extracts, and blackstrap molasses. You can google about all of the benefits of blackstrap molasses, but you are here on this site because you are living a different life, a paleo vegetarian life. It goes through three boilings of the sugar syrup and the majority of sucrose from the original juice has been crystallized. The blackstrap molasses is still mostly sugar by calories. Blackstrap molasses goes through extensive boiling and probably destroys the integrity of the product. If you feel like you need a good antioxidant boost beyond the Zen Bodi program, RESERVE is amazing. I actually like to make a healthy salad dressing with it and wow, talk about health and nutrition in just one bite. there is no need to sweeten RESERVE because it has Dark Sweet Cherry Juice Concentrate (Prunus Campanulata), Blueberry Juice Concentrate (Vaccinium), Concord Grape Juice Concentrate (Vitis Labrusca), Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (Punica Granatum), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Miller), Resveratrol, Grapeseed Extract (Vitis Vinifera) and A├žai Extract (Euterpe Oleracea) in it. 

Add that into the Zen Fit where you get a payload of key amino acids like L’leucine, L’isoleucine, L’valine, L’lysine, L’phenylalanine, L’threonine, L’methionine, L’tryptophan, L’tyrosine, L’cystine,. It's exactly what any athlete is looking for in order to enhance the workout, or keep the system going naturally. Designed to minimize calories and maximize nutrition, ZEN Fit™ also packs over 20 grams of protein per 6 calories in each serving. I don't even want to get into the IsaLean Bars because I am not going to promote that you eat a bar that you have made at home, out of your own natural ingredients. I like a no bake protein ball made with organic greens... oh my yum!! 

So let's talk about the Jeunesse Global Zen Bodi program. It's the Zen Pro, Zen Fit and Zen Shape. You drink one protein shake a day. It's 140 calories and I love it with just water, but you can add in whatever you want depending on your calorie needs. The Zen Fit aminos you drink twice a day. I like to do it before my workout, and midday. Cravings dashed with this and it keeps me going. You can do the Zen Shape before your meals for lunch and dinner.  
The Zen Bodi system works in unison to decrease the production of the c-reactive protein, which allows leptin to enter the brain so that you can regulate your appetite properly.


Zen Bodi also decreases an enzyme called G3PDwhich converts blood sugar into fat; by slowing down the production of G3PD, ZEN BODI helps keep you leaner. It targets the three essential aspects of getting fit: curbing appetite, losing inches, and getting toned. This methodical approach to weight loss isn’t the only revolutionary thing about ZEN BODI —what’s truly

revolutionary are the results!!Both Zen Pro and Zen Fit come in a convenient pouches that you can take anywhere for any family member; for use as a mid-day or late night snack or as a pre-workout or post-workout replenishment program.

So what do you want to use, you elite athletes, aging marathoners and moms looking for more energy that want to get more out of their workout. I'm a believer in the less is more approach to whole foods, and so it doesn't seem like a hard decision to make. Go with the more natural and science based solution.