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No Health. No Wealth. Getting Our Priorities Straight October 21, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 6:00 am
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A sharp mind and a healthy body are fundamental to success in life and career. If your are in a business that demands critical decision making, stamina and a positive attitude, being healthy is particularly important.

How many of us these days suffer the stresses of long hours, multitasking and back to back deadlines. In addition to business and career pressures, we have family and community responsibilities pulling from every direction.

The stress that such a lifestyle can produce is enough to challenge the strength of your body and mind.

When you are unable to attend a critical business meeting due to a health issue, your colleagues will surely understand, but make no doubt about it, there will also be a certain level of disappointment and dissatisfaction in the atmosphere. If this becomes a pattern for you, their tolerance will swiftly fade.

A common cold, headache or twisted ankle can reduce you performance and jeopardize an important project. Imagine what a major illness could have on your plans.

So in addition to the hard and soft skills needed for success in your career, your health should be considered as a major asset to success in whatever field or venture you pursue.

Start viewing your health as part of your resume or as a key resource in you business plan.

Take proactive steps to make sure you prepare yourself physically, psycho-emotionally and socially to handle the challenges of your busy life.

Preventive health practices that foster and support vitality, clear thinking, restful sleep and and good digestion, should be included in your arsenal of strategies for business success.

Here are some key practices to help you obtain and maintain a healthy, happy body and mind.

  • Be sure to get enough sleep each night. Condition your sleep cycle by getting in bed at the same time every night.
  • Pay attention to your diet. Don’t treat your diet as casually as you do a trip to the toilet. Eat fresh, whole foods that sustain, energize and heal you naturally. Be sure to supplement your diet with super food snacks & herbs that fill in the nutritional gaps in your main meals.
  • Make exercise a daily routine. It doesn’t have to be a 60 minute sweat fest. I0-20 min. of vigorous exercise, 3-5 days a week, will keep you in shape once you’ve attained a healthy level of fitness for your age.
  • Your body is your personal temple. Keep it as clean as a house of worship erected as a dwelling space for divine. Inside and Out.  Add a seasonal detox and a regular trip to the sauna to your health maintenance schedule.
  • Don’t dwell on negative thoughts and emotions. Address any situation that has become a distraction directly. Then let it go and move on. Present your case in a calm but direct face to face or written messages that expresses your concerns.
  • Make time to share, consult, support and be nurtured by your social network. Whether family or friends. Make sure you are not isolated and have a circle of people to connect with who are not involved in your career.

The old attitude of putting your health on the back burner because your business comes first, is passe.

The compartmentalized model of life is slowly fading into the sunset as the integrated model that connects all aspects of our lives into one whole re-emerges on the opposite horizon.

Allow it to become your path to wealth, wisdom and good health.

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Smoothie of The Day (SOD) May 24, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 4:00 pm
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I luv smoothies. Why? Because smoothies fit neatly into my philosophy on health and fitness.  K.I.S.S & S.E.E. On top of that they’re tasty.

Smoothies exemplify the K.I.S.S. formula: Keep It Small and Simple. Especially if you own a Magic Bullet blender. You can just add your ingredients blend one cup and take it to the head.

The prep is about 5 minutes. The clean up is 1 min and your are on with your day. With a conventional blender, the clean up is a bit longer but you can make enough for the family or enough for the day. Just put the extra in a cool thermos and your off.

Smoothies are also Safe-Efficient-Effective (S.E.E.) You don’t have to worry about what’s in your smoothie, because you are making it yourself. No labels to read and chemistry to figure out.

You can get a complete meal in your smoothie. You can customize it to your particular dietary needs. In addition to the live food ingredients, you can add whatever supplements you may be using at the time. Green powders, fiber, herbs, etc. Now that’s efficient for you. Did I mention, no plates or utensils are needed.

Last but not least, smoothies are effective. The blending jump starts the digestion process, getting nutrients into your bloodstream quickly. And they taste great.  This means your more likely to consume them regularly and so will your children.

Are you having trouble getting your child to eat greens. Try this smoothie recipe and watch her beg for more.

1 big handful of berries

1/2 sliced peach

1/2 leaf green chard

1 tbs. maca powder

1 tbs. hemp protien

1/3 eye dropper stevia extract

crushed ice (or use frozen fruit)

add enough water to almost cover

blend to smooth.

I like a thick but flowing consistency. Play with recipe to achieve the consistency you like. For an adult I would use an entire green chard leaf. You be the judge with your child.

Would luv to hear how your little experiment turned out. Leave me a comment about your experience.

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Join The Animal Movement May 4, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 6:05 pm
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In the past decade, the progressive sectors of medical community and media have put strong effort into promoting exercise and diet as keys to reducing weight, developing muscle tone and cardio-vascular health. I applaud their work, along with the fitness industries campaign to educate the general population on the effectiveness of exercise in weight management.

I am concerned however, that exercise is still viewed as an optional aspect of our lives. We still perceive exercise and planned physical activity as something you do to reach a particular health-fitness goal. This take on exercise may have held true forty years ago, but it’s usefulness needs to be evaluated in light of today’s socio-economic reality.

Prior to the firm establishment of the information age in America, most of our population would engage in physical activity almost daily.  This would occur in both work and play.  The adult population involved in manual labor in factories, civil service, agriculture and the like spent a significant number of hours each day walking, lifting, pushing, pulling twisting and  tossing. These are all primary movements of human anatomy and the core of the specialized routines that we call exercise.

As I child, I can remember spending hours playing on the street, backyards and parks of my neighborhood of Hollis, New York. Television was for evenings and late fall/winter entertainment.

As we gradually moved into an information economy and a virtual society, this kind of natural workout for adults and children has been decreasing exponentially with each decade. Virtual reality has taken over as recreation of choice for a most of our children. And we have learned to let our fingers do the walking, while we sit at our desk, in front of a computer terminal. Thus we find ourselves now with an obesity epidemic never seen before in this country or in any country in the world.  It’s time to rethink how we present the idea of physical activity.

Human beings, although we hate to admit it, are animals. We share the same basic cellular and systemic form with most mammals in the animal kingdom.  One of the obvious characteristics that distinguishes animals from the plant kingdom is mobility. The ability to move upon the earth. Movement is not some bonus that is optional for those who want to lose a few pounds or develop athletic ability.  Movement, activity is vital to who we are as a life form.

There are two things we naturally look for to determine if someone or something is alive; movement and breathing. You can add heartbeat if you like, but it all boils down to movement. Breathing and heartbeat/pulse are the result of autonomic movement and are increased by increase body movement.  When someone around us shows no sign of movement for too long, we become concerned and check their vital signs. Our ability to survive (obtain food, clothing, shelter) is directly and subconsciously linked to movement through approach and avoidance.

Exercise is not an option folks. Your primal, subconscious survival mind demands it.  Resistance is futile. If you don’t move, you will lose.  Let’s start calling a spade a spade. Movement enhances life, Stagnancy ushers in death. There is no option for those who want to not only survive, but thrive.

Join The Movement
Move!


muchpeace

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The 6:00 AM Booty Call May 1, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 8:51 pm
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Shortly after sunrise this morning we conducted the final session of Pre-Boot Camp.  Each year I run a fitness boot camp in my local park – Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ. For those who are not familiar with the boot camp type of workout, it’s a group exercise program that in some ways mimics the physical fitness portion of the military boot camps that are used to train our troops.

Participants are put through a series of exercises that challenge their present fitness level, forcing them to reach down deep and find strength that they many times didn’t know they had.  Boot camp workouts vary from place to place.  Some like ours, are held outdoors, others indoors. Some rely on the use of an assortment of equipment, while at the other extreme, some focus on body weight exercises.  What goes on in boot camps is pretty up to the training, philosophy and creativity of the instructor(s) running the camp.  The common denominator is the assurance of a kick ass workout.

I do the Pre Boot Camp each year to give prospective boot campers an opportunity to:

  • get a hands on experience of the actual workout
  • determine if this is the type of exercise they want to do
  • get to meet and bond with the other boot campers
  • get to meet me and determine if I am the trainer they want
  • start developing the habit of waking up at the crack of dawn to get the workout done
  • begin to develop the strength and endurance required to last the full BodyFit Boot Camp workout

Out of the 10 who attended over the last two weeks, 8 have committed to register for the full Monty. In addition to 1 previous client and 2 who are registering just on word of mouth.  I applaud each and every one of them.  It is not easy to make a commitment to improve your health.  It requires changing old habits, taking action instead of complaining and putting yourself first.

Most of my boot campers are mature women, with families and careers that have been their chief priority, main consumer of their energy and devourer of their time for most of their adult life. Taking care of themselves was just one more thing on a long list that kept getting pushed to the back of the shelf. For them, just showing up at boot camp or any other healthy living program, is a huge step.

I urge you all to take a page from their book.  Help yourselves, so that helping others does not become self sacrificial. Leave the martyrdom to the prophets and soldiers. Hats off to all of my boot campers. We have a great 16 weeks ahead.


Make Today, The First Day, of The Best of Your Life

Kazi

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Tuesday May 4 is the Official Jump Off

BodyFit Boot Camp – Branch Brook Park

Mornings: Tuesday, Thursday 6 AM – Saturdays 7 AM

Evenings:  Tuesday, Thursday 7 PM – Saturdays 7 AM

Warning:

Side effects of boot camp may include: weight loss, muscle tone,

increased energy, libido and cat calls.

In essence, a boot camp is the “I’m finally sick and tired of being sick and tired workout. It’s the “I’m serious about transforming my coach potato body into a sleek, tasty sweet potato fry workout.” The BodyFit Boot Camp pits you against your doubts, procrastination and denial in a no holds barred, knock down, drag out conflict for the title of:

“BOSS OF ME”

See you at boot camp.

PS. Tai Chi Kung beginning May 8 at Branch Brook Park.
Free Pre-Boot Camp continues Saturday. 1 sessions remaining.

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No Justice, No Peace, No Healing April 23, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 2:48 pm
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I’ve been involved in the health and wellness movement here in the US for quite some time. I have seen great progress in the raising of awareness around the need for common folks to take more of a hands on approach in creating a healthy life for themselves and their families.

But there are a few things that have always rubbed me the wrong way when it comes to the healthy living mindset. Some of us limit health and healing issues to personal concerns like diet, exercise, stress management and the usual suspects that impact upon our personal health and happiness. Surprisingly, this thinking is still prevalent among many health and wellness professionals.

The origins of healing as a profession or specialty can be traced back to the traditional Shaman.  Practically every culture on earth had their version of the shaman or medicine women/man. She was the go-to gal when one became ill and needed expertise beyond the home remedies that were common knowledge in the community.

But the Shamans scope of practice was not limited to personal illness. In addition to the common villager. The shaman was consulted when the tribal or clan leader was confronted by social dynamics that were new or just beyond the leaders and his councils collective wisdom.  The shaman job, was to bring new insight to a problem that had eluded the leadership.  This could be in situation involving politics, economics, spirituality, etc. No major decisions were made without the Shamans input.

The point being that health (wholeness) was not seen as personal.  It was viewed as a force that required the full participation of everyone in the tribe.  That included humans, animals, plants, nature, the living and the dead. The heavens and the earth. As the native Americans would say: “All of my relations.”

No man is an island. We can not be healthy in a sick family, a sick community, a sick society, a sick environment or a sick world. The circle of life is broad and touches us all for better or for worse. Wholistic healing requires that we address all members of the body of life. The present day health practitioner must be the model for the human family and lead the way to planetary wellness by removing our professional blinders and addressing social and environmental injustices that plaque the planet.

I’m not advocating that we all become activist. But in our role as educators and coaches, we must address the issues that stand in the way of human evolution and human healing. Antiquated belief systems, oppressive social orders and anti-environment technologies need to be challenged. You don’t have to become an expert to say “Sorry, but I just don’t agree”, when presented with diseased thinking. No need for argument or debate.  Let you life, your light and your effect upon the world do the talking.

Enough of my rant. Here is a great article on 13 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day by my friend Susan Levinson. Great stuff we can all do TODAY to make a better tomorrow.

A better world is possible

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Green Phoenix Smoothie – It’s on the money! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 3:44 pm
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Here is another taste of ice chilled bliss from the smoothie vault. Before I can share the recipe, you have to take an oath of secrecy because ‘I will never reveal the ingredients, processing nor source of this smoothie recipe to anyone. So help me…..’

Ok. That’s out of the way. (some of you caught that and some of you didn’t. what’s done is done).  Let’s get busy.

1 banana
1/2 pineapple
8 tbsp pineapple juice
2 tbsp coconut milk1 tsp spirulina
4 cubes crushed ice

Place in blender or my smoothie fav, the magic bullet and viola.
(hey Jillymeg, check me out).  Smoothie bliss worth a kiss.

OK Kazi, sounds delish, but what’s the Phoenix got to do with it?  Never thought you’d ask.

The story of the Phoenix is centered around an ancient myth describing that phoenix habit of living for 500 years. After which it would migrate from it’s present home in Arabia to Egypt where it would build a nest, set it on fire and burn to death. Within days, a new Phoenix would be born from the ashes.

Well as it turns out, south of Egypt in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, there are volcanic lakes which are home to the lesser flamingo.  These lakes are so hot from deposits of volcanic ash, they are uninhabitable by any other any animal. This provides a safe environment for the flamingos.  It is believed that the story of the Phoenix originated from indigenous tales of the flamingos that inhabit these volcanic lakes. The the parents build a mud-cone nest that holds one egg, which males and females take turn incubating. When the chicks hatch, their parents must take care to keep the infants from falling off the nest into the caustic lake.

As nature would have it. These lakes are also the natural habitat of Spirulina. The only food eaten by the lesser flamingo. Thus, Green Phoenix Smoothie. Stay tuned for more of the random, useless information I have stored away in the curiosity box I call a brain.

Here is another smoothie recipe if you missed it.

PS. If you wondering about the Great Seal of the U.S. graphic in the upper right of this post.  The Phoenix was the original bird on the great seal.  How’s that for random.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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A step in Time April 21, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 10:53 am
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Running and Jogging is not something I do often. I kinda like my Knees and shins just the way they are. And at age 50, can’t see any real benefit in pounding the pavement everyday.  But, occasionally I get an urge to run.  So I go to my local park and put in a couple of miles.

To make it interesting, I incorporate a few strength exercises along the way.  I have found this to really add to the workout. I guess it helps ME because, in addition to the above. Jogging can get to be a bit boring.  Especially running around a track.  Which is something I haven’t done in years.

By adding some body weight exercises to your jogging routine you create a great interval workout and reduce boredom at the same time (read efficient).  Did I mention no equipment required.

Here is the workout I have planned for today:

  • Start off at a slow pace
  • after 5 minutes pick up speed (still jogging, not running)
  • at 3 min. stop – 20 power squats
  • resume jog
  • after 2 min sprint equivalent of about 20 yards
  • resume jog
  • at 3 min. stop – 20 push ups
  • resume jog
  • after 2 min. sprint
  • resume jog
  • at 3 min. stop – 10 reverse lunges (stepping back)
  • resume jog
  • after 2 min. sprint
  • resume jog
  • after 3min stop – 20 crunches
  • follow with Walking Stretch Routine

This should take all of 30 min. to complete. You can use this as is or replace with your own exercises and intervals.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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