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Life Perspectives From 30 Plus Years As A Wellness Seeker

I don’t often write about my musings on life. Usually I am teaching the  latest exciting news about health and nutrition such as the miracle of the microbiome or the science of epigenetics or the teachings of Functional Medicine. Today is different.

I just found out that a fabulously fit, amazingly healthy young man had a brain bleed while hiking and it stopped me in my tracks. How could that happen? His life is forever changed in an instant. Yes, I am sure he will make a huge recovery from his brain injury but the truth is that could happen to any of us at any time, so I wanted to muse on the notion of living in the moment.

Being a wellness seeker is about being able to live fully in the moment. Feeling clear headed and energetic and vibrant so that each moment counts. I have never said this out loud, but I think we need to bring the concept of mindfulness front and center in our health and wellness teaching.

Being a wellness seeker is NOT about deprivation now for a brighter tomorrow. Some people live this way but I recommend we change that perspective. Living for tomorrow is a missed opportunity!

Here is what I know for sure . The meaning of anything is about being fully present while you do it.

This is a big leap for me as being a competitive athlete growing up, I was always delaying gratification for the hope of a better future! Perhaps it is living longer and realizing how precious life is that has shifted my perspective.

What do you think?

HOW SMART IS YOUR FOOD?

SMART METAPHORIs your food smart? Here is how you answer this question. Is the food you are choosing based on,

  • Simple and Pure Ingredients?
  • Macronutrients that are balanced?
  • Advanced Fats?
  • Research Validated ingredients?
  • Total personalization to YOUR needs?

One of the keys I have found is to do your menu planning ahead of time and plan your meals and snacks. It is good to always have healthy snacks on hand, healthy smoothie options for our busy life and a shopping list!

I recommend you integrate into your menu planning some SMART MEAL REPLACEMENT SMART BARSshakes and SMART NUTRITION BARS. I love the MY SMART nutrition bars, especially the coconut cashew. Delicious! The label is simple and pure and very satisfying!

Here are some of the label highlights of the MYSMART BARS. Great to have with you!

  • SMART BAR LABEL9-11 grams of protein (Fills you up)
  • 6- 7 grams of fat (half of which is saturated fat from coconut oil)
  • 130 – 150 calories
  • 13-15 grams of Carbohydrates ( 6-9 grams of these are fiber)
  • They taste great!

MY SMART MEAL REPLACEMENT is a great way to make breakfast when you are in a hurry. I have my favorite! I use a cup of Almond SHAKE BASESMilk, Orange Creme Flavor Stick and 2 scoops any of the My SMART Shake bases.

Here are some of the label highlights of MySMART Shake Bases.

  • Zero added Sugar
  • 12 grams of carbohydrate (8 grams of fiber)
  • Low Glycemic Impact
  • 18 grams of Protein
  • CARBS IN MYSMART SHAKE6 grams of fat (4 grams of saturated fat from coconut oil)

These MYSMART foods have clean, pure ingredients that create a beneficial balance of macronutrients—carbohydrates, proteins, and fats mainly from coconut oil. And they support a low-glycemic impact on your body.

You’ll be able to make a balanced meal that perfectly fits to your needs and tastes by mixing in fruit, greens or your favorite healthy ingredients.

Here is Your 1, 2, 3 SMART Food System

  • STEP 1 – Choose Protein Base  – Three protein bases with a mild vanilla flavor—plant, soy, and whey
    STEP 2 – Choose Flavor Optimizer – Five MySmart™ Flavor Optimizers—dark chocolate, cappuccino, peach mango, banana, and orange cream
  • STEP 3 – If you want extra protein or fiber – add – Fibergy and/or MySmart™Shake Protein Plus—new whey protein optimizer
  • STEP 4 – Remember your SMART PROTEIN BARS – Coconut Cashew, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

I love that you can customize MySmartFoods to work with your dietary needs and support your goals—wherever you are on your journey to optimal health.

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How Many Cells are in the Human Body?

Human blood circulationI was asked today how many cells are in the human body. Good question. I thought I would blog about what I found out.

Our cells can’t fill out census forms, so they can’t tell you themselves. And while it’s easy enough to look through a microscope and count off certain types of cells, this method isn’t practical either. Some types of cells are easy to spot, while others weave themselves up into obscurity. Even if you could count ten cells each second, it would take you tens of thousands of years to finish counting. Plus, there would be certain logistical problems you’d encounter along the way to counting all the cells in your body–for example, chopping your own body up into tiny patches for microscopic viewing.

For now, the best we can hope for is a study published  in Annals of Human Biology, entitled, “An Estimation of the Number of Cells in the Human Body.”

The authors–a team of scientists from Italy, Greece, and Spain–admit that they’re hardly the first people to tackle this question. They looked back over scientific journals and books from the past couple centuries and found many estimates. But those estimates sprawled over a huge range, from 5 billion to 200 million trillion cells. And practically none of scientists who offered those numbers provided an explanation for how they came up with them. Clearly, this is a subject ripe for research.
If scientists can’t count all the cells in a human body, how can they estimate it? The mean weight of a cell is 1 nanogram. For an adult man weighing 70 kilograms, simple arithmetic would lead us to conclude that that man has 70 trillion cells.