Category Archives: family

Gratitude

As we continue into the “Thanks” giving weekend, I realize I’m thankful for so much more than the usual “family and friends”. Appreciation is the ability to recognize and understand the worth, quality or importance of something with full awareness. Don’t get me wrong. My family is my life and my friends are great. However, these days I’m grateful for the peace I have in knowing that every challenge and trial I face brings me closer to the person I am meant to be. I am thankful for knowledge I have and continue to gain by being a perpetual student regarding health and wellness and for the ability to share that through my blog and in my community. I learn so much from the people who share the details of their lives with me, because nutrition is more than food. We need to be fed and nurtured emotionally and spiritually or life is out of balance. The Christmas holiday is right around the corner. Don’t get caught up in the commercial frenzy of the “shop ’til you drop” mindset. Save your hard earned money and what little energy you have and focus on the one thing that will make a difference in the lives of your friends and family: YOU! Your time and attention. Put your wallet away. Turn your phone off. Make a fire and some hot cocoa and play a game with your kids. Put on some soft music and hold your spouse close. Call your mother. We are not guaranteed tomorrow so make the most of 86,400 seconds you have today! I know I will!

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Stay Vibrant,
Tonya

 

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Deny the MIXIFY

Wow. The lengths companies will go through to get their share of your stomach and your wallet. Enter the American Beverage Association who represent the refreshment beverage industry. Namely SODA. The ABA, along with PepsiCo, Dr. Pepper and Coke, are launching a new campaign called: MIXIFY. Have you seen it? They want to show you how soda can play a role in a balanced lifestyle. REALLY?? The soft drink industry brings in billions of dollars of revenue every year and shows no signs of slowing down. Their number one concern is profit. Period. Not your health or the health of your family or children. Now they want to let you know that it’s ok to have soda, just balance it out with what you do. Super active? Go ahead and drink up! Sitting on your butt all day? Better have just a little!

Call me horrified but not surprised. After all, companies like Coca Cola and other big name conglomerates fund classes for hospital dietitians to show them how artificial sweeteners and processed foods can play a part in a patient’s life. Especially if they’re diabetic. Again, REALLY??

But I digress. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in soda, shall we? High fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid and sodium benzoate are in most soda formulations and depending on the brand may also have caramel coloring, caffeine, brominated vegetable oil. artificial colors and/or sweeteners and don’t forget “natural” and/or artificial flavorings!

High fructose corn syrup is highly processed and leads to tissue damage and disease. Phosphoric acid starts to dissolve tooth enamel in 20 minutes.  If you pour a liter of Coca Cola in your toilet and let it sit overnight it will dissolve all the built up mineral deposits. Imagine what it’s doing to your poor bones! As for the sodium benzoate, it has the ability to deprive the cells of oxygen, break down the immune system and cause cancer. if you’re a fan of Mountain Dew I bet you didn’t know you were downing a bunch of brominated vegetable oil, sourced from either corn or soy and initially used as a flame retardant. It is banned in food in Japan and Europe, yet it’s good enough for us Americans! Ugh!

Do your health and your budget a huge favor and ditch the pop. Replace them with liquids that actually hydrate and nourish the body: water, sparkling, fruit infused or otherwise, herbal teas, even the occasional cup of good ‘ol joe is preferable to soda pop, however sweet and bubbly it may be!

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Stay Vibrant!

Tonya

 

 

Best Worst Experiment Ever!

Best Worst Experiment Ever!.

I’m Baaaaack!

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Hello Friends!

It’s been a crazy year and few months for me and life is dramatically different but in a totally good way! I’ve recently entered the unpredictable world of being SELF-EMPLOYED! Lucky for me, it involves EVERYTHING I’m passionate about: food, health and making a difference!

Check out my new pages: How to Find Me! and How to Work with Me!

Stay Tuned and Stay Vibrant!

Tonya

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I’m Baaaaack!

Hello Friends!

It’s been a crazy year and few months for me and life is dramatically different but in a totally good way! I’ve recently entered the unpredictable world of being SELF-EMPLOYED! Lucky for me, it involves EVERYTHING I’m passionate about: food, health and making a difference!

Check out my new pages: How to Find Me! and How to Work with Me!

Stay Tuned and Stay Vibrant!

Tonya

Birthday Blessings

Forty-nine years ago today something special happened. I did not know it at the time. It was the day a certain man was born. He’s had some challenging times in life but his contagious, positive, can-do attitude inspires those around him, especially me. He motivates me, encourages me, supports me, no matter what crazy endeavor or project I’m in to. He is devoted to the loving care of his family. He’s a quick wit, always ready with a joke and a smile. He is determined that the kids should have a smooth, struggle-free life, not understanding that they’re going to do things their way, the hard way. He wants them to feel loved and safe and protected from the ugliness and hardship that is prevalent in today’s world. He works hard to provide the necessities as well as the extras not just for the one teenager (and all his friends) left at home, but for all of them, grown or otherwise. He blesses me everyday with his love, his passion and his loyalty.

I want it all with him. The flaws, stress, smiles, affection, sarcasm. Everything. My life has led me to him. My choices, my heartbreaks, my regrets. It was all worth it. Because if I had done just one thing different, I might never have met him.

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Stay Vibrant!
Tonya

I Have Proof!

That’s right. I have proof. I have proof that eating real food on a regular basis supports health. Eliminating the three-scoops-of-rocky-road-ice cream-banana-splits, complete with marshmallow topping, whipped cream and cherries, was the beginning.

Really, the beginning was my husband’s blood work from earlier this year that showed he was on track for diabetes and heart issues. Fasting blood sugar high. Triglycerides, or “bad” cholesterol, were high and “good” or HDL cholesterol were low. Markers for inflammation, in the high risk range. Below normal vitamin D levels. Low “T”, or testosterone which, thankfully, produced no symptoms beyond a bit of fatigue. Wink, wink.

It was time to go food nazi on my man. It’s like the wife whose husband is a house painter or a landscaper and they live in the ugliest house on the block. Here I am, a nutritional health coach, and my own husband is at risk for potential health issues. Not a great testimony.

He was very compliant after my initial excitement over his test results. I asked him to please do things my way for four months and we’ll go from there. He agreed. He quit his after dinner snacking on sweets. He took his lunch that I made instead of eating out every day. He gave up grande, white chocolate mochas. Up until last week, he hasn’t been near ice cream. I fed and continue to feed him LOTS of vegetables, plenty of protein, a bit of fruit, lots of avocados and almonds and very little else. We do eat a bit of rice or potatoes and have tortillas but only once in a while. I cooked chicken and burgers in bacon fat and couldn’t help conventional wisdom whispering in my ear that all that saturated fat was killing my husband.

But guess what. It didn’t. In fact, my husband is close to being in the best shape of his life. He had already lost about 15 pounds before he was forced to be more diligent with his fork. Now, more than four months later, he’s down a total of 60 pounds! Normal blood sugar! Cholesterol ratios much improved! Marker of inflammation from high risk to low! Testosterone up and vitamin D went from below normal to close to optimal! No medicine or prescription drugs! Just real, fresh food and a few carefully selected supplements!

I’m sure, if left to his own devices, my husband would not choose as wisely as often, but that’s what he has me for. He says he wants to do yoga with me now…

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Stay Vibrant!
Tonya