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Belly Bustin’ tips: Something fishy about what fish to eat!

We all know that eating fish is good for you and is heart-healthy. Indeed, it is an important part of diets of many people in the world that have incredible longevity. Servings of fish are definitely part of our diet plan for losing weight at Before After Weight Loss. However, are you aware of which fishes you should eat as well as how often and why?

In choosing fish each week, you should be cognizant of two things: omega-3 and -6 fat content and mercury levels. Whether you are dieting or not, these two things are important to your health. If you are eating a fish that has a lot of omega-6 and you are not getting in enough omega-3 to offset it, you may cause inflammation to build in your body. It is like lighting a fire for your auto-immune disease or heart disease. If you are frequently eating fishes with high levels of mercury, you can also cause permanent damage to your kidneys and your brain.

What fish do you eat most often? Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center did a study in July 2008 and found that most Americans choose farm-raised tilapia to eat over other types of fish. This may be because tilapia is an inexpensive type of fish to fill the American Heart Association’s recommendation of two servings of fish a week for heart health.

The Wake Forest University study finds that tilapia has high levels of omega-6 fatty acids and low amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which they consider dangerous to people with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and similar conditions, saying it causes inflammation. It further states high intake of tilapia could even cause heart disease.

Not all experts agree, but while they are sorting it out, perhaps it would be wise to mix your consumption of fish between tilapia and other varieties of less-contested fish. Other types of farm-raised fish contain more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than tilapia, as a 100 g serving of trout contains 4 g and salmon contains 3 g, compared to the less than half a gram in tilapia.

Tuna is an additional choice that contains healthy fats, but with it you have to worry about the mercury. All fish contain trace amounts of mercury, and for most people, the small amounts do not pose a health risk. Some fish however contain very high amounts of mercury, enough to damage a fetus or a newborn. Pregnant or nursing mothers should be very careful about the amounts and types of fish they eat. Young children should also avoid eating fish high in mercury.

Did you know that canned chunk light tuna is on the moderate list and canned albacore tuna in on the High list? You can go to www.doh.state.fl.us and search for the latest Florida fish advisory to see which fish you should avoid from specific waters.

For a full list of low/ moderate/ high/highest mercury levels in fish and suggested servings per week, come by the clinic and pick up a free copy: 911 14th Lane, Vero Beach (across from Outback) or 4909 S. US 1, Fort Pierce.

Lee’s Favorite Floridian Fish Recipe

4 fish fillets

1 cup orange juice

1 egg or ¼ c. Eggbeaters™

½ cup unsalted shelled pistachios, crushed

1 tsp. salt-free Mrs. Dash

Soak the fillets overnight in orange juice. (Mahi Mahi, tilapia, snapper, any kind of whitefish does well in this). Roll the fillets in egg, then season with Mrs. Dash. Then roll in nuts and bake on a tin-foil lined baking sheet at 350º for 10 minutes.

Lee McCaskill is the CEO of Before and After Weight Loss Clinics in St. Lucie and Indian River counties, and the nationwide diet program, Belly Buster Diet, Inc. In addition to being a Master Certified Weight Loss and Wellness Coach, Lee is a microbiologist and herbologist who formulates many of the companies unique products, including Tropical Spa Body Wraps. For more info, call (772) 429-1110 or (772) 562-3601, or visit our web site: www.beforeandafterdiet.net.

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Losing weight and finding oneself means defining success

Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series tracing the writer’s weight-loss journey and her discovery of the relationship between avoirdupois and spiritual well-being.

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Losing weight, for me, has been far more than a reduction in the number
of pounds on the scale. It has been an emotional, deeply spiritual
journey that has taught me more about myself than I expected to learn
when I began the process last spring.

My initial goal to lose my first 30 pounds in three months was an attempt to convince myself that I was serious about getting fit after many years of being overweight. I accomplished that goal and then proceeded to drop another 10 pounds with the help of my life coaches Charles Taylor and Shakira Clemetson of Charles and Shakira Unlimited.

I intend to continue losing weight, even though the total lost several months later stands at 40. When it came time to give readers an update, I felt compelled to examine my weight loss and to face the truth. I am disappointed that I have lost only 40 pounds. I could have been much lighter by now, yada, yada, yada.

I was well on my way to beating myself up when I stopped mid-sentence and made a conscious decision to shift from loathing to loving. And because I am now a CESE (certified excuse spotting expert) who is able to spot those boogers a mile away, I asked myself whether I was engaging in that all too human process once again. To a certain extent, I was, but when I looked at the bigger picture, the answer became, “Not so fast, sister.”

One of the things that I know for sure is that the human body is resilient but I’m not always pleased when it takes over to heal and protect. For instance, when swelling follows a sprain, the body knows that the tender area needs protection while it heals but we impatiently try to rush the healing process.

In my weight loss journey, my body knew that, as I experienced the biggest change in my adult life, the end of a 26-year marriage, the cutting of some slack was certainly in order. I am grateful that this transition in my life was buffered by prayer and has occurred with as much love and dignity that a change of this sort can have. And although the way that I eat has improved and I exercise far more than I had done in a very long time, the strong focus on dropping pounds eased up as my focus on my family’s well-being took center stage.

Because I know that everything happens for a reason, I have no regrets. My work with Shakira on “meaning making” also helped me to define my success according to my own standards.

Sure, I would love to have dropped an additional 30 or so pounds but I haven’t and, as Maya Angelou said in her book of the same title, “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now.”  When I look at the past several months objectively, I firmly but lovingly tell my self-critic to take a seat. I’m actually OK with where I am. And in the name of loving what is, instead of regretting what isn’t, I have changed my tune from the blues-inspired “I only lost 40 pounds,” to the more upbeat and soulful “I’ve lost 40 pounds and kept it off, changed my relationship with food, made exercise a part of my life and I love myself far more than I ever have.”

With that as a foundation, I move on to Phase 2 of this blessed journey. Stay tuned.

Renee Michelle Hollinger may be contacted at
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Which Fad Diet Is Right for You?

Though The New York Post is sticking by the Manhattan Girl diet, many media outlets have decided gluten-free is the diet du jour. But is it only a flash in the proverbial pan? And which fad diet is right for you?
We took a look at some of the media’s recent dietary darlings —
“Manhattan Girl,” “Gay Food,” and “Paleo” — to see how they compare to
the current gluten-free blitz. 

Gluten-Free: Cut out grains like wheat, barley, and
rye. This also means saying no to certain types of flours, which
probably means you will have to say goodbye to breads, cakes, pies,
cookies, and crackers, unless they’re marked “gluten-free.” You can
definitely partake in delicious things like hominy and, as the Mayo clinic notes, arrowroot. The Mayo Clinic also says that the diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease, but it’s also found some mainstream legs.

Manhattan Girl: According to The Post
and Eileen Daspin’s new book, this one come from Daspin’s skinniest
Manhattan friends. “Daspin reveals that Manhattan women don’t starve
themselves — they eat good quality food and the occasional treat,”
according to the Post. This means reducing Chinese food into
“string beans and rice,” turning Tootsie Roll pops or 3.5 Twizzlers into
a “cheat,” making sure there’s something to throw away on your plate,
and eating lots of quinoa, spelt, Kamut, and rye. Oh, and diluting
alcoholic drinks with ice, water, and seltzer. On the health benefits, Daspin argues, “I think it’s unhealthy to deprive yourself of stuff.” Jezebel’s Madeleine Davies has her own snarky take on the Manhattan Girl diet in which one of the integral components means never being able to afford more than a side salad.

Gay Food: “Gay food is lighter and brighter. It feels
art-directed, not just tossed together and deep-fried, with an attention
to aesthetic and dietary detail,” wrote The New York Times‘ Jeff Gordinier
on a lunch date with Gay Food chieftain Simon Doonan. This
tongue-in-cheek approach means incorporating meaty, fatty “straight”
foods with lighter “gay” foods like sushi, salads, and greens. 

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29 DAYS Lose Weight Program Starts with the Brain to Change the Body

New online guide guarantees ideal body weight for life and features
virtual coaches

TORONTO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – In a world of fad diets and weight loss
gimmicks, the 29 DAYS Lose Weight Program represents a complete
departure because it’s not a diet at all. Rather than pushing obsessive
calorie counting and unrealistic food restrictions, the program takes
an innovative approach to weight loss by addressing the root causes for
undesired eating behaviour.

29 DAYS is a roadmap that promises lifelong change, not a temporary fix.
The program tackles human behaviour by teaching people the science and
psychology behind weight loss and empowering them to replace old eating
patterns to new healthy habits within a month.

“29 DAYS is not another diet,” said founder and president of 29 DAYS
Richard Fast. “The first step to losing weight is getting yourself to
do what you already know — our program does that. It sounds simple, but
that’s the key piece missing from other plans. Fad diets completely
ignore the powerful force of the mind. Once passion fades or the diet
ends, you’ll revert back to old eating habits, lifestyle and weight.”

The program offers members a new lifestyle that includes learning to
savour favourite foods without binging or guilt trips, realizing how
easy it is to exercise when you start by squeezing it into 60-second
bursts, and discovering secret ways that water can help shed pounds.

Through daily interaction online, members of 29 DAYS will take simple,
logical steps to change the way they think about food and break bad
eating habits. To keep people motivated and on track, a virtual coach
makes one-on-one contact twice a day to guide members toward adopting a
new mindset as the route toward permanent weight loss. The program
requires on average about 15 minutes a day to complete required
readings and journal entries.

Just how different is this program? By Day 3, members will learn why
crash diets are damaging to permanent weight loss goals. The first part
of the program is so focused on the psychology of weight loss that
members make no changes to their lifestyle until Day 15.

The 29 DAYS step-by-step program includes four phases:

Week 1 AWARENESS – learn observation and awareness techniques to understand current bad
habits; use tools to fight against food triggers such as stress or

Week 2 COMMITMENT – develop individual ideas on how to make permanent changes; tailor
plans for personal weak spots; build powerful thought processes and
gain control

Week 3 TAKING ACTION – put to work small and easy changes to replace bad behaviour with
positive approaches; learn the four pillars to weight reduction

Week 4 STAYING THE COURSE – understand the importance of the final week to solidify new habits
and permanent lifestyle changes

Released this spring 2012, the 29 DAYS Lose Weight program is offered at
three levels. The Advanced System ($97) includes the following

  • 29 DAYS to a Habit You Want e-book
  • 29 DAYS to Your Perfect Weight e-book
  • Twice daily email coaching sessions for 29 days
  • Daily food and consumption tracker
  • Message Myself – customized messages and inspiring reminders
  • Personal weight loss calculator
  • Daily coaching videos
  • Lifetime access to the program and online personal diary.

The Complete System and Personal Coaching ($299) involves three
additional 30-minute sessions at key intervals on Day 1, 15 and 29. The
Book Package ($29) offers no coaching or on-line tools.

The 29 DAYS Lose Weight program is 100 per cent guaranteed, providing
written notice is received within 30 days of commencement date. The
response to food triggers will no longer be the old habit of overeating
after 29 days of taking the program.

About 29 DAYS:

29 DAYS is a Canadian company founded by Richard Fast in 2009.  A
self-published author Richard Fast has written several 29 DAYS
programs, to address healthy lifestyles and key goal-driven
initiatives, including: 29 DAYS to Lose Weight (new release); 29 DAYS
Get Fit and Stay Healthy (new release); 29 DAYS Stop Smoking; 29 DAYS
Financial Independence; and 29 DAYS Effective Communication. The
inspiration behind the brand stems from realizing a gap in the market
and finding from personal experience that the majority of self-help
books had no lasting effect or change.

Prior to creating 29 DAYS, Richard has received notoriety for inventing
MindTrap, and many other lateral thinking puzzles and products that
have sold worldwide.

For more information, please visit: www.29daysto.com.


Rihanna’s dad told her to diet

Wednesday, 7 March 2012



Rihanna’s father Ronald Fenty once advised his superstar daughter to lose weight because he thought she was “too fat,” according to reports.

The 24-year-old Barbadian singer has one of the best bodies in the entertainment industry.

But Ronald thought that when she was home for the island’s carnival last August, she looked like she had put on a few pounds.

“I actually thought she was a little fat the last time I saw her,” he told Heat magazine.

“But when I saw her at this year’s Grammys, I thought she was back to her normal size. I used to joke with her, ‘Robyn [Rihanna’s first name], you’re getting too fat.’ But I think she’s fine.

“I think she looked excellent, as everyone saw, at the Grammys. She’s dieting, she’s working out.”

Rihanna and her father have had ups and downs in their relationship and reportedly ended their two-year feud in 2010.

Ronald also spoke about his daughter’s increasing closeness with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown who beat her up in 2009 while they were still dating.

“Chris is a nice guy and everybody’s entitled to make mistakes in their life,” he said. “God knows how many I’ve made. She’s her own woman now.”

Rihanna has faced criticism for becoming friends with Chris again and she is also reportedly embroiled in a feud with the singer’s new girlfriend Karrueche Tran.

The aspiring model reportedly hinted at the friction with a post on her Facebook page alluding to the fact that she was stuck in a messy love triangle – the kind of which has rocked the showbiz world before.

“I’m Angeline [sic], you’re Jen [Aniston],” she wrote. “C’mon you see where Brad [Pitt] is at.”

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So long junk food; so long bullies

A year ago, Nick Turnbeaugh, 17, looked into a mirror pondering adulthood. “I looked at myself and said, ‘If I’m this heavy now, what will I be when I’m 30?’ “

Today, Turnbeaugh weighs 163 pounds, which is 87 pounds lighter than his peak weight of 250 pounds. His new weight is perfect for his 5-foot-11-inch frame.

Now he likes the guy in the mirror. “I never realized what I used to look like,” he said. “I’m astonished at what my body can do now.

“I’m getting more confident.”

Last semester, his grades jumped from middle C to a B average, the highest grades he has ever achieved.

Experts say physically fit youngsters do better in school, for any of a number of reasons, from being clear-headed and healthy to being less self-conscious and distracted by teasing or bullying.

Turnbeaugh said to make the change, he had to hate obesity more than he loved junk food. And he hated what obesity had done to his life.

Turnbeaugh’s weight had set his life off balance for as far back as he could remember. The most wrenching times were when other children teased him.

“I had to change schools in junior high because it got so bad,” he said. “People don’t realize, that really hurts.”

He added, “When I was with my friends, they’d get the girls and not me. It wasn’t fun.”


Turnbeaugh said he has always loved food and eating.

Mark Turnbeaugh, a single father of three, recalled Nick at age 5 eating an entire loaf of bread at a local steakhouse.

The high school student estimated he made about 10 previous attempts at weight loss. Each lasted a day or two.

The weight began to take its toll. Climbing steps shortened his breath — even though he was an athlete.

He played center for the high school football team. But, he recalled, “The weight never let me reach my full potential.”

He and his father butted heads more than once about his health.

One day, though, the teen went to his father to discuss his new commitment.

“He has never had the willpower,” Mark Turnbeaugh said. “But this time, I could see it.”

Dad’s main advice, “Don’t do anything that he couldn’t keep up.”


Turnbeaugh said he had gained weight by eating too much and not exercising enough.

So, he planned to eat less and “cut out the junk.” His intake dropped to 1,500 to 1,800 calories a day of more nutritious food.

“Dad taught me to have a balanced diet,” Turnbeaugh said.

Breakfast had been leftovers — pizza or chicken nuggets.

“At lunch, I used to pile my plate with junk — two burgers, a wrap and fries — and I’d eat it even if I wasn’t hungry any more,” he said. “And then, I had a soft spot for sweets and sodas. I’d have a frozen pizza and potato chips for dinner.”

Breakfasts have now morphed into the likes of a protein bar and soup.

“My dad makes my lunch for me now,” he said. “A sandwich and fruit. I haven’t bought a lunch for almost a year.”

He eats dinner with his father and younger brother and sister. The family eats smaller meals with more vegetables and fruit.

“I can eat a regular dinner because of all the calories I saved during the day,” he said.

“It’s so easy to be healthy now,” said his father. “We’re all on the same page.”

That also means water or low-calorie drinks; no sodas.

“We never ate a lot of fruit,” Turnbeaugh said, “now fruit is everywhere.”

Turnbeaugh runs several times a week. He joined a fitness club.

The weight started coming off in mid-spring last year.

But then there was an unexpected problem: Football season arrived and he still played center.

“There I was at 175, 180 pounds playing against 300-pound nose tackles,” he said. “I just got as low as I could and did my best.

“The coach just said try to slow ’em down.”


Shortly after the football season ended, he’d reached his goal weight.

His weight loss has touched others.

“It’s got to be 100 people who’ve asked how I did it,” he said. “My grandmother lost 20 pounds and said it was because I was an inspiration. My aunt lost 30 pounds.”

His brother, Tony, 15, began going to the gym with him. Sister Katie, 13, was already into fitness.

Now a high school senior, he’s done with organized sports; it’s unlikely any college will come looking for a 163-pound center.

He’s planning to major in business, then attend school to be a chiropractor.

He’s speaking out because he wants other young people to keep trying if they need to lose weight, he said.

“I tried 10 times and the 11th time it worked,” he said. “It’s easy to make the change if you get into the right place.”

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