My Top 10 Workout Songs March 2012

The right music at the right time can shift a negative mindset to a positive one. Music moves your soul/helps get your mind right.

Keeping up with our monthly ritual; I present to you our top 10 workout songs as of March 2012:

10- Of Monsters And Men –  “Little Talks”: This Icelandic six piece resembles a lot of other bands; Arcade Fire, Edward Sharpe, Mumford & Sons, and The XX come to mind. This song in particular has catchy rhythms and happy narrative lyrics. I find myself shouting “Hey!”, give this song a listen and you will too.

9- Wolf Gang –  “The King And All Of His Men”: Their debut album ‘Suego Faults’ has been on my music rotation for weeks now. This track in particular is pop-tastic! It sounds like an instant “radio hit”.

8- The Rapture – “Whoo! Alright – Yeah…Uh Huh”: This indie-rock band from New York City has been making hipsters dance for years now. They have an aggressive guitar/funk sound that’s really fun to listen to.

7- The Airborne Toxic Event – “Missy”: It’s actually kind of funny because when this song comes on during my workout I STOP working out and I START dancing; I just can’t help myself. I’m going to say this once again; if you haven’t heard of The Airborne Toxic Event, give them a listen and thank me later. They are that GREAT.

6- Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – “Zero”: Lead singer Karen O’s voice is mesmerizing. This song is awesome right from the opening line, “Shake it like a ladder to the sun, Makes me feel like a madman on the run”. It’s an electro-rock whoop that will make you shout You’re a zero-ohh!

5- Foster The People – “Helena Beat”: Want some good music to dance to? Quick, play some FTP! These guys get me “pumped up” during workouts! I love the high-pitched falsetto vocals of Mark Foster in this fun, synth-rock track.

4- The Killers – “Read My Mind – Pet Shot Boys Stars Are Blazing Mix”: Truth is, you could never go wrong with a Killers song; no matter what mood you are in they will scratch that itch every single time. This remix has an 80’s vibe to it courtesy of The Pet Shot Boys.

3- Silversun Pickups – “Lazy Eye”: If you didn’t know any better you might mistaken this band for The Smashing Pumpkins, but listen closely and you will see that they have their own unique sound. The guitar riffs alone make this track jump my list. It has an epic build up that makes me want to push harder.

2- Walk The Moon “Anna Sun”: The best way to describe this track would be unique, but easily relate-able. Their sound is an infectious blend of indie rock and indie pop. The hook of this song is gigantic and so much fun to sing along to!

1- Arctic Monkeys “R U Mine?”: It kicks off with a thumping drum intro and a dangerously waving guitar riff. NME magazine describes this song as “a riff-tastic, 70’s-indebted monster”. The music video is really cool, make sure to check that out.

You can view, listen and subscribe to my entire SHREDFAT workout playlist below. How cool is that!



Introducing Shakeology® Tropical Strawberry

You asked, and we delivered. This Valentine’s Day, we’re introducing you to the newest member of the Shakeology family: Shakeology Tropical Strawberry. And guess what? It’s vegan!

Just take one sip, and its sweet, luscious strawberry flavor along with notes of tropical fruits such as pineapple, banana, and papaya will whisk you away to paradise. You’ll quickly discover that the delicate flavor is easy to customize with your favorite fruits. For instance, it combines deliciously with bananas, blueberries, and coconut water. Wouldn’t that flavor combination be a great way to start your day?

This refreshing vegan shake is also the first addition to our new Beachbody Ultimate line—products that help nurture the body’s natural ability to heal itself and enhance the body’s own organic processes. Tropical Strawberry’s powerful protein punch comes from a proprietary vegan protein blend crafted from whole, plant-based proteins including sprouted brown rice, sacha inchi, chia, flax, quinoa, amaranth, and spirulina, and delivers all 9 essential amino acids. And it’s 100% dairy-free and lactose-free.

And, like our Chocolate and Greenberry flavors, Shakeology Tropical Strawberry is packed with vitamins and minerals that continue to make Shakeology the Healthiest Meal of the Day®. With 160 calories, 20 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of protein, it’s the ideal breakfast choice that can help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted.

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New Superfoods in Shakeology® Tropical Strawberry

To create Shakeology, superfoods expert and ingredient hunter Darin Olien travels to some of the most remote parts of the globe to source the whole food ingredients that make Shakeology the Healthiest Meal of the Day®. Here are four new amazing superfoods that help make Shakeology Tropical Strawberry beneficial to your health:

Coconut Flower Nectar

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You’re familiar with the fruit of the coconut palm, but did you know that the flowers of the coco nucifera produce a naturally sweet, delicious nectar packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, and 17 of the 20 amino acids? It also has a low score on the glycemic index, so although it’s sweet, it releases its energy slowly so you don’t get a sugar high or the resulting crash.

Luo Han Guo

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Pronounced “law hawn gwah,” this fruit was discovered by Chinese monks in the 13th century. At first, they used this low-calorie, low-glycemic fruit as a sweetener for their tea. After all, it’s 300 times sweeter than sugar! But, they soon discovered that it could have a positive impact on coughs and other respiratory ailments. And recent research has revealed that it may work as an antioxidant to help eliminate the free radicals that can cause serious health concerns.

Himalayan Salt

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A touch of salt can go a long way in bringing out flavor, but this salt goes a step further . . . it’s even healthy for you! This raw, untouched, unprocessed salt contains more than 70 trace minerals which help detoxify the blood and maintain a stable pH balance in cells. And all that for less than 5% of the recommended daily intake for someone on a low-sodium diet!

Konjac Root

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This yam-like root has been used as a part of a healthy diet in India, China, Japan, and Korea for centuries, and for good reason: It’s recently been found that Konjac Root may be able to promote healthy blood sugar and ideal cholesterol levels, and help with regularity for optimal digestive health. Plus, if you’ve been having trouble with fighting off your not-so-healthy cravings, the fiber in this wonder food can help you out, thanks to its ability to absorb up to 200 times its weight in water, making you feel fuller for longer.

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My Top 10 Workout Songs February 2012

To get the most out of my workout I need to be listening to my favorite tunes. Even when I was going through the P90X program (a total of 3 times!), I had Tony Horton guiding me through the workout while my favorite music was blasting in the background. Music get’s me pumped up and makes working out more enjoyable. I’ve mentioned this before; there have been many recent studies that show if you listen to music while exercising, your brain will probably work better too. Our emotional ties to music can also help us perform our best.

With all of that being said, I present you with my top 10 workout songs as of February 2012:

10- Florence & The Machine – “You’ve Got The Love”: This song has become a staple for me as the first song I play during my workout. Florence Welch’s soothing yet powerful voice helps me get through my warm-up/stretching routine, and prepares me for my workout.

9- Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks”: This uptempo song is fun to sing along with especially the part where lead singer Tyler Glenn shouts “Hey honey you can be my drug, you can be my new prescription. TOO MUCH CAN BE AN OVERDOSE, ALL THIS TRASH TALK GETS ME ITCHIN!”

8- M83 – “Midnight City”: This French band lays down a dance-pop song that’s loaded with some awesome synths and stadium-sized drums. It also has a sexy sax solo in it! I like to shout out the line “THE CITY IS MY CHURCH” when I workout to this song.

7- Modest Mouse –  “Float On”: While this song is not new (released in 2004) by any means, it is a classic for me. This indie-pop march is my go to song for cardio. Theres something special about reaching that exhaustive point while “and we’ll all float on” plays in the background.

6- Eminem featuring Royce Da 5’9″ – “Above The Law”: Eminem is the master of lyrics, he’s also my favorite hip hop artist. When I listen to him spit rhymes I can feel the anger in his voice and words, it makes me angry which is definitely a good thing when I’m lifting weights. Try this; sprint during Eminem’s entire verse. I do it every single time, can you last the entire verse?

5- The Killers – “Daddy’s Eyes”: The combination of Brandon Flower’s vocals, Dave Keuning’s awesome guitar riffs, and the rest of the bands near perfect musical talent are enough to put me in a good mood every single time. The lyrics “dreams should last a long time, this is not what I call goodbye” is followed by a euphoric feeling as the entire band plays in harmony; that part always makes me push myself harder.

4- Young The Giant – “My Body”: Lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia increases in tension until the chorus blasts forth with an overwhelming flow of emotions. “My body tells me no!” he exclaims, “but I won’t quit ‘cause I want more.”, what better way to describe my workout?

3- Fun featuring Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”: This fairly new indie-pop band is climbing my list of favorite bands. The chorus is massive with frontman Nathan Reuss’ singing “Tonight, we are young/ So let’s set the world on fire”. It’s a catchy track that leaves you feeling good about yourself.

2- The Airborne Toxic Event – “Innocence”: The build up in the song is epic; it starts out slow paced with the beautiful sound of Anna Bulbrook’s violin, it then proceeds to explode in your face. Lead singer Mikel Jollett is one of the most talented writers in the music industry; I can feel his pain as he shouts “And I tear, I tear, so hard, And I tear, I tear, so hard And I beg and scream, I was wrong. It’s over, she’s gone.” By the end of it I am overwhelmed with emotions, it makes me want to fight for what I want in life. If you haven’t heard of this band, you should really give them a listen, you can thank me later.

1- Gotye featuring Kimbra “Somebody That I Used To Know”: I admit, I am utterly addicted to this song. It’s getting more play than any other song for me at the moment. Gotye’s sound is different than others, this song in particular is haunting, overflowing with emotion. Kimbra’s beautiful vocals explode onto the track. The backing vocals towards the end of the song are a great touch. I dare you to listen to this song and not sing it all day in your head!

You can view, listen and subscribe to my entire SHREDFAT workout playlist below. How cool is that!

Shakeology Review From a Dietitian

If you are a regular reader of ours you know we LOVE the super shake, Shakeology. Here are several more reasons on the effectiveness of Shakeology.

A colleague of mine decided to have a Dietitian write a review on the “healthiest meal of the day”, Shakeology. This is what he had to say. Mind you, he’s a doctor that lives outside of the United States, so he’s NEVER heard of Shakeology.

Viral Diseases ——————– Vitamin D+ phosphorus.+ Zinc+ Copper. + Magnesium

Influenza, Fever, Cold———- Vitamin D+ phosphorus + Magnesium

Weakness of bones ————- Vitamin D+ phosphorus + Magnesium

Typhoid, Weakness of bones — Vitamin C + Vitamin D

Frequently urination————- Vitamin D + Vitamin C + Phosphorus + Folic acid

Short Sightedness ————— Vitamin D + Vitamin C + Phosphorus + Folic acid

Schizophrenia ——————— Vitamin D + Vitamin C + Phosphorus + Folic acid

Constipation ———————- Vitamin C + Calcium

Digestive system —————– Vitamin D+ Phosphorus + Zinc+ Copper + Magnesium

Neuralgic pain ——————– Vitamin C + Vitamin B + Copper

Pains of bones ——————- Vitamin D + Phosphorus + Zinc

Hormones (glands) ————– Vitamin E + Magnesium.

Muscles ————————— Phosphorus + Magnesium + Vitamin B6 + Vitamin B12

Blood circulation —————– Vitamin C +iron + Calcium

Appetizer ————————- Vitamin C+ Phosphorus+ Zinc+ Copper + Magnesium

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Shakeology has excellent prevention to viral diseases, influenza, fever, cold, typhoid, weakness of bones and have benefits for frequently urination, short sightedness, schizophrenia, constipation, digestive system, neuralgic pain, blood circulation and pains of bones. Shakeology provides a lot of energy and boost-up the nervous system, muscular system, and bones and also maintain the hormones. It’s price is very affordable as you cannot get many nutritional ingredients in this price.

Vitamin A ————– vision, motor nerves, brain

Vitamin C ————- vision, motor nerves, brain, teeth

Vitamin D ————- sensory nerves, brain, bones pains, joints

Vitamin E ———— hormones, sex, brain, acidity

Vitamin K1 ———— skin, mucus membranes, injuries, glands

Vitamin B1 ———— motor nerves, liver

Vitamin B2 ———— motor nerves, kidney

Vitamin B3 ———— motor nerves, bones

Vitamin B6 ———— motor nerves, brain

Folic acid ———— motor nerves, muscles, heart

Vitamin B12 ———– motor nerves, bladder, cartilage

Biotin ———— muscles, liver

Pantothenic acid —————glands, spleen

Calcium ———— bones, teeth, , bladder, blood, brain

Iron ———– oxygen, motor nerves, blood circulation, bone morrow

Phosphorous —————-liver, brain, sex, lungs

Iodine ———– thyroid gland, metabolism, glands

Magnesium ———–glands, muscles, acidity, brain

Zinc ———–sex glands, bones

Copper ———– skin, sex nerves

Manganese ————- muscles, heart

Chromium ———— blood vessels

Molybdenum ———— glands, blood vessels, pancreas

Cinnamon powder ———– vision, motor nerves, sex, heart, kidney

Gingko powder (leaf) ———- brain, bones, sensory nerves, sex, bladder

Maca powder ————— brain, bones, sensory nerves

Sacha inchi —————heart, liver, motor nerves

Yacon ————- heart, liver, muscles

Flax ———– heart, bones

Chia ———— kidney, muscles

Chlorella ———– glands, kidney

Astragalus powder (root) ———— glands,, nails, stomach

Blue green algae ———— bones, teeth

Spinach powder ———– glands

Ashwagandha powder (root) ———– sensory nerves, liver, sex

Barley grass ———— motor nerves, heart, sex

Kamut grass ————- glands

Oat grass ————- bones, vision

Wheat grass ———– muscles, brain, sex, swelling

Stevia ———– brain, bones, sensory nerves, sex, bladder

Amaranth ———– motor nerves, intestines

Grape seed ———– skin, hair, motor nerves, heart, nails

Green tea ———— stimulator

Holy basil ———— muscles, stomach, intestines

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Shakeology has a great amount of nutrition that can definitely help prevent and improve your health on many different levels. Unfortunately, because I do not live in the United States, I do not have access to this shake as I would recommend this to my patients who are under strict diets. Although the shake may seem like a hefty monthly investment, you are definitely getting a bang for your buck. The majority of people that work a regular 9 – 5 job end up going out for lunch 20 times a month and spending an average of $8 per meal. People are not careful with what they are consuming and because your body is not receiving the appropriate nutrients, it will ask you for more, and some people will continue to eat the wrong foods. This shake is only $119 for 30 days which averages to $3.97 per meal and it will fill you up because of all the nutrients in this shake.

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