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Monthly Archives: September 2011

How Did I Get Here?

How Did I Get Here?

I’m an avid watcher of The Biggest Loser TV show. Although it can be incredibly frustrating to watch at times, I love seeing these people transform their lives. They start out as these incredibly sad, broken people, and through time they are on the show, they begin to find themselves. They end the show with [...]

September 28, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Motivation 2

Homeopathic Remedies for Sinus Infections

Homeopathic Remedies for Sinus Infections

‘Tis the season for sinus infections! Almost everyone in the office has gotten some sort of flu, virus or sinus infection in the last two weeks. Well, I am determined NOT to catch anything! However, I feel terrible. I feel a sinus infection coming on, and there’s absolutely NO way I will take antibiotics. So [...]

September 25, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Health, Nutrition, Recipes 5

Cleanses Compared

Cleanses Compared

Key Factors There are three key factors that differentiate cleanses from one another. (4) How intensely (consider speed and side effects) does the cleanse switch the body into detox mode? How much nutritional support does it offer while the detox process is taking place? (Will it remove toxins from circulation?) Does the program create the [...]

September 23, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Health, Lifestyle 2

Why Cleanse?

Why Cleanse?

What is Cleansing? A cleanse is a program done for a specific amount of time that puts the body in a more intense detox mode than it encounters on a regular day-to-day basis. Although a scary word to some, cleansing can actually be a very enjoyable and eye-opening process. You feel renewed, like a better version [...]

September 23, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Health, Lifestyle 1

Coconut Carob Gel (RAW, GF, DF, SF, NF V, V+)

Coconut Carob Gel (RAW, GF, DF, SF, NF V, V+)

This recipe is: Raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegetarian and vegan.   One of my favorites! Also known as “Homemade GU”. I am absolutely obsessed with this recipe! For my longer workouts (i.e. runs lasting longer than 1 hour), it is CRUCIAL to replenish lost electrolytes. (Read more about The Importance of Electrolytes here). I say [...]

September 9, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Nutrition, Recipes 3

Tabata Training

Tabata Training

What is Tabata Training? In short, it’s one of the best ways to lose weight, gain muscle and increase your athletic performance. It is very simple but very intense. Tabata is named after a former researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, Japan, named Izumi Tabata. How Does Tabata Work? After [...]

September 3, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Fitness 2

No Gym? No Equipment? No Problem!

No Gym? No Equipment? No Problem!

Sounds like an infomercial, but it’s true! You actually don’t need any equipment at all to get a good strength and cardio workout. Here’s the Tabata workout we did this morning. High intensity intervals, a great workout in a relatively short amount of time. We got a full butt whooping in under an hour. Tabata [...]

September 3, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Fitness, Motivation 2

Nutrient-Depleted Foods

Nutrient-Depleted Foods

In theory, if you are eating fresh, healthy foods, you should be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health, right? Maybe in theory, but not in reality. In the past, I was against taking any kind of supplement. I figured that if you were eating all of the right foods, there [...]

September 1, 2011 Melissa Villamizar Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition 3