17 Jan

Anyone who has experienced kidney stones can tell you how uncomfortable they are. Unfortunately, it’s quite common for both men and women between the ages of 30 and 60 to develop kidney stones, according to the NHS.

The primary job of these organs is to take away waste from the blood and ensure that the blood coming back into the body is clean. Sometimes, this waste can cause crystals to form and build until they become stone-like. Most often you will have to pass kidney stones to get rid of them, meaning they will exit the body through the urinary system, the NHS explained. This can be quite painful and if they become too large, the kidney stones may need to be broken up. On occasion, surgery is needed to remove extra large stones. The source noted that most people who develop kidney stones are likely to get them again within the next several years. As such, preventative measures can be very beneficial in reducing the risk. While remaining hydrated is the No. 1 method, there are several other precautions you can take as well.

Hydrate
Did you know that chronic dehydration can lead to a number of conditions, including kidney stones? As the No. 1 cause of an array of diseases and illnesses, dehydration is something to take very seriously. The most important thing you can do to lower your risk of kidney stones is increase your daily intake of fluids, especially water, Michigan Medicine of the University of Michigan explained.

Most of the water you consume can come from raw plants and juices, when you’re on a plant-based diet like the Genesis 1:29 diet. It’s important however that you’re not just relying on regular water, but incorporating pure distilled water. This is especially important to help prevent and eliminate kidney stones, explained Hallelujah Acres’ Vice President of Health Olin Idol. The best rule of thumb is to ensure 1/2 ounce of high quality liquids per pound of body weight, Idol explained.

And it’s not just hydration you need to be aware of. Excess sweating – without replenishing – can also lead to the development of kidney stones, according to the National Kidney Foundation. One of the ways that kidney stones form is when minerals that produce stones combine in the urinary tract and kidneys. If you are sweating and not getting enough water, you are not urinating as much, which leads to the mineral buildup. While it’s still beneficial and important to exercise, just be sure to hydrate throughout.

Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to prevent kidney stones.Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to prevent kidney stones.Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to prevent kidney stones.

Increase Magnesium Intake
One thing that has been shown to reduce kidney stones as well as the pain and side effects associated with the condition is magnesium. As our health experts have previously reported, increasing your magnesium intake can help to stop the creation of kidney stones. Reporting on findings from Dr. Russell Blaylock’s monthly publication, The Blaylock Wellness Report, it was stated that a patient of his showed much improvement in dealing with the pain of kidney stones when consuming 1,000 mg of magnesium citrate/malate with water.

“I learned that magnesium powerfully suppresses the formation of calcium-type stones,” wrote Dr. Blaylock. “It also acts as a powerful relaxant for muscle spasms within the ureter – which is the cause of the excruciating pain associated with kidney stones.”

In addition to counteracting the impact of calcium, magnesium has a number of other health benefits as well. Consider a dietary supplement such as the Hallelujah Diet Magnesium Complex to get your daily intake.

Incorporate Vitamin K2
According to the International Health and Science Foundation, a paper published in Nephrology Dialysis Transplant highlighted the link between those with low levels of Vitamin K2 and an increased risk for kidney stones. The study authors stated that most Americans and those living in the Western world are in fact deficient in this vitamin. This lends to the notion that kidney stones are common among those following the Standard American Diet. 

“Due to fact that it is extremely difficult to keep optimal vitamin K status with normal diet, vitamin K2 supplementation should be recommended,” said Dr. Katarzyna Maresz, president of the International Science and Health Foundation

Supplementing with vitamin K2 can help not only with kidney stones, but many other areas as well. As our health experts have previously explained, Vitamin K is beneficial to our health in more ways than one. In fact, Hallelujah Diet even created dietary supplement, Vitamin D3 with K2, a synergistic combination that improves the metabolism of calcium through the entire system of our bodies.

 Monitor your calcium and oxalate intake.Monitor your calcium and oxalate intake.Monitor your calcium and oxalate intake.

Avoid Animal Protein
According to the Harvard Health Blog, increased levels of uric acid have been known to increase the risk of kidney stones. Animal products including red meat, eggs and even seafood may increase the uric acid in the body. What’s more, too much protein from poultry can actually decrease the citrate in urine, and without enough citrate, kidney stones are more likely to develop in the first place. 

While the Harvard Health Blog advised limiting animal protein on your plate to the size of a fist, our health experts at Hallelujah Diet suggest saying no to meat and poultry altogether. If you’re following the primarily raw, plant-based Hallelujah Diet, you won’t have any trouble avoiding animal proteins. Instead, you’ll be nourishing your body with the vitamin and mineral-rich plants of the earth.

Take control of your health so you can prevent kidney stones before they start.


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17 Jan

20. Ray Dalio – Billionaire, Author, Principles.

– If you can get past your ego barrier and you can get past your blind spot barrier, you can accomplish anything because you also know you don’t have to figure it out yourself. You can take in from other people the different ways to approach things in the best possible way.

Almost always or quite often, the first order consequences of things like it feels good, it makes me happy, I don’t wanna argue, I don’t wanna deal with the challenges, I wanna avoid the pain, that whole litany of things that you would say, Ah, that’s gonna bring you a happy life kind of thing.

The second order consequences are more often the opposite than the first order consequences. I mean, I don’t know the foods you eat, the ones that taste good are probably the ones, they aren’t the ones that you should be eating. So now when you start to realize that life is almost a trick, okay, are you gonna go for the first order consequences or the second order consequences?

Okay, I’m like sitting on one side of a jungle and that if I can get to the other side of the jungle safely, I’ll have a great life. But okay, but if I cross the jungle, all sorts of things is gonna happen. Now, what am I gonna choose? Am I gonna be on this side of the jungle and have just an ordinary life or am I gonna have what I think is the best life possible but ooh, I can get bitten all those things. And that’s just the nature of life. And then I said, ‘I have to.’ It’s my nature. I have to have the best life I can have. So, I’ve got to go into the jungle.

19. Lisa Nichols – Author, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker

– I’m in Inglewood, living off of Arbor Vitae. I’m on government assistance, and I run out of money, and I have to buy Pampers for Jelani. And I had $11.42 in the bank, and I remember wrapping my son in a towel for two days.

You know someone said, ’cause when I tell the story I always get teary-eyed. Someone said, “Do you fabricate the tears “’cause you’ve told the story so much?” No, I’m a mama. Every time I tell the story, I feel it again. I remember the second day, like you said, I had my hand on Jelani’s stomach, and I said, “Don’t worry baby, mommy will never be this broke, “or broken, again.” And that day, what shifted for me, was I was willing, and I don’t know if this is gonna sound crazy, I was willing to completely die to any form of me that I had been. So that I could birth the woman that I was becoming. The reason why a lot of people won’t become who they want is because they’re too attached to who they’ve been.

And you hear it all the time, when people say, “I’ve always been this way.” Okay, well, if that’s working for you, then keep doing that. I knew it wasn’t working for me any longer. I had hit my version of rock bottom. So, I was willing to let go of everything, and everybody. See, another reason why people won’t get there is because the door way is for you to fit through. You’re trying to carry everybody else through, ’cause you’re trying to be Rescue 911. And you gotta rescue you first.

I am much more valuable to my family, and to my community, because I was willing to let them go, go through the door myself. Teach myself, learn myself, condition myself, and then come back and get them. I’m much more valuable to them now. But I had to go through a window time of 10 years, of judgment. You leaving us, hanging out with white people all the time. You going to these crazy countries, we don’t know what I have to be willing to, to allow my conviction to make me inconvenienced.

See, we wanna grow but we wanna all stay liked by everybody. I was willing to be my own rescue at the risk of your approval. But most of us aren’t like that, Facebook is example we wanna be liked. Well, I woke up and I like myself today so your like is extra. My job is to like me first. I was willing to say everyday Lisa, you like you? Lisa, are you proud of you? Lisa are you playing fallout every day before I checked in with anybody else.

18. Sadhguru – Author, Indian Yogi

– Only when you’re in a pleasant state of experience your body and your brain works at its best. There’s no argument about that. There’s enough evidence to show that. So whatever impact or success or reaching goals or growth or whatever you say, on one level in the physical world, it’s about how well you harness your physiological and your psychological process, isn’t it? Whether your body and mind works against you, or works for you. This is a big difference.

So there is enough evidence to show only when you’re in pleasant levels of experience this happens best. So obviously joys first, then growth. If you’re joyful constantly and you have no fear of suffering because you understand all human experience comes from within you. And so you have managed to create the kind of experience that you want. Now growth is possible unbridled. If you have the fear of falling down and suffering, you will not go very high, isn’t it? See right now, what are the instruments of your experience? You know you’re here only because you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. This is the only way you know that you’re here right now. Suppose you doze off. Don’t okay? Suppose you doze off. You don’t know that you’re here, isn’t it?
– Yes.
– Even though you’re here. Your heart is beating, everything is functioning. The world is on. We are all here. But you won’t know that you’re here, nor will you know that I’m here or anybody else is here. Isn’t it?
– Yes.
– All that’s happened is life is on full on even within you. Only thing is these five sensory organs have shut down. So your entire experience of life right now is happening because you can see hear, smell, taste and touch. Just look at the nature of the sensory organs. In the very nature, they’re outward bound, isn’t it? Can you roll your eyeballs inward and scan yourself?
– No.

Our nose is located right above our mouth. Suppose you don’t brush your teeth for three days. Though this nose is right here, it won’t tell you you have not brushed your teeth. The whole room will know you have not brushed your teeth but you will not know. This is the human predicament. It’s very easy to see what’s wrong with this guy, what’s wrong with her, what’s wrong with her. It takes a lot of observation to see what’s wrong with this. That level of keenness of observation is missing in most people, they need to cultivate that.

17. Mel Robbins – Best Selling Author

– When you set goals, when you have an intention on something that you want to change about your life, your brain helps you.

What it does is it opens up a checklist, and then your brain goes to work trying to remind you of that intention that you set. And it’s really important to develop the skill. And I say that word purposefully, the skill of knowing how to hear that inner wisdom and that intention kicking in and leaning into it quickly.

So for me, my brain saying that’s it, right there. Move as fast as a rocket Mel. I wanted to change my life. And I think most people that are miserable, or that are really like dying to be great and dying to have more, we wanna change. We wanna live a better life. We wanna create more for our families. We wanna be happier. The desire is there. Again, it’s about how do you go from knowledge to action. So the first thing in the story that’s important is realizing that the answer was in me. And my mind was telling me pay attention. Anyway, the next morning the alarm goes off, and I pretended NASA was there. It’s the stupidest story. I literally went five, four, three, two, one. I counted out loud and then I stood up.

And I’ll never forget standing there in my bedroom. It was dark. It was cold. It was winter in Boston. And for the first time in three months, I had beaten my habit of hitting the snooze button. I couldn’t believe it and I thought, wait a minute, counting backwards? That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Well the next morning, I used it again and it worked. The next morning I used it again and it worked. The next morning I used it again and it worked. And then I started to notice something really interesting. There were moments all day long, all day long, just like that five second moment in bed, where I knew knowledge, what I should do. And if I didn’t move within five seconds, my brain would step in and talk me out of it.

Every human being has a five second window, might even be shorter for you. You have about a five second window in which you can move from idea to action before your brain kicks into full gear, and sabotages any change in behavior.

Because remember your brain is wired to stop you from doing things that are uncomfortable or uncertain or scary. It’s your job to learn how to move from those ideas that could change everything into acting on them.

16. Peter Diamandis – Entrepreneur, Futurist

– You do what you need to do to make it happen and you pursue your dreams and education is like the most important thing you could possibly get.

I have a belief that every problem is solvable. As I think about the world we’re living in today, it’s the realization that we have solved so many problems to achieve this extraordinary world we live in today.

In terms of global production of food, of energy, of water, of information. We’re living in the world of Star Trek, I mean it’s, you think about that, that we can diagnose almost anything, I can read your genome for 100 bucks in a matter of a couple of hours. And understand all 3.2 billion letters of your life and have an AI analyze it and tell me about yourself, right? I can have one of these devices cob any piece of information talk to anyone on the planet. This is magic. This is crazy stuff. Just 20 years ago, let alone 100 years ago or 1,000 years ago. So, the realization is any problem is only a problem contextually today. And we’re gonna be creating the tools and knowledge to be able to solve that problem. And I believe that any problem not forbidden by the laws of Physics is solvable. And even then we’re gonna sort of learn where the boundaries of Physics truly are.

15. John Assaraf – Mindset & Brain Expert

– The law of GOYA is simply get off your ass. So if you think and you believe and you emotionalize, you visualize and you create your plan for how am I actually going to achieve this. So what do I need to do? When am I gonna do it? How specifically, how am I gonna tweak it, measure it and iterate it so that I’m consistently making progress.

I learned the value of progress versus perfection. None of my mentors ever had me focus on perfection. They had me focus on progress to just keep getting better, little incremental gains every day, every week, every month, every quarter. And even when you move backwards a couple of steps, what’s the progress that you made in what you learned?

So I was taught that failure is an opportunity to learn. And I was also taught to disassociate me being a failure from failing. When we feel something, chances are that we’re gonna release dopamine in the brain, the feel good neuro-chemical that activates the reward center of the brain. And chances are if we feel that, and we have this positive emotion around it, and that neuro chemistry is flooding our brain and our body with feel good chemicals, we’re actually activating the motivational center of the brain. And so when we visualize, when we set a goal, when we take an action step, when we emotionalize, when we read our goals, the initial flood of neuro-chemicals, dopamine, serotonin, feel good chemicals. And then if we share it with a friend, oxytocin, those three neuro-chemicals, those are the neuro-chemicals of goal achievement. But then there’s the other side of it, the other circuits of fear, of stress, where norepinephrine, cortisol or epinephrine, the stress hormones can be released as well.

And so I’m fascinated and I wanna teach people the stuff that we’ve learned about beliefs, self esteem, self worth, fears, and the stuff that really holds people back because all the how to, how to get healthy and stay healthy, we know. How do I build a business and sustain, we know. How do I get into relationship and make it successful, we know. We know most of the how to for anything that anybody wants to do in this timeframe that we live in. So the how to is the easiest part of the equation. So the harder part of the equation is why am I not doing the things that I know I should be doing? And why am I not doing the things that I could find out easily how to do?

14. Aubrey Marcus – Author, Entrepreneur, CEO Onnit

– Yeah, they make a differentiation between the person who’s the artist and kind of the canvas, you could say. You know so the artist is an artist painting the masterpiece of their life, they’re holding the brush. They decide how they wanna make themselves, forge themselves. They decide how they wanna express what they wanna be, or how they wanna interact with this incredible, school of life that we have available to us. And then the other side is those people who are just constantly getting paint splattered on them from other people, their parents telling, oh, you should be this, you should do this, or this is what you need to be. This is how you need to look, this is how you need to dress, this is what and they’re just receiving all of this external pressure from what the Toltecs would call the Mitote which is like a term for the marketplace where everybody’s shouting their expectations, their beliefs, their agreements, all the things that they have that kind of, we can either conform to or decide no, no, screw all that. I’m the artist, I will decide what I accept, maybe I agree with this perception. Maybe I disagree with this perception, but you take control of your life.

And the Nagul is a place of control where you’re shaping your own life with the power of your intent, with the power of your belief, with the power of choice and actual free will rather than being just kind of battered around by everything that society and people want you to be.

It’s funny, because if we were able to do like, even a fraction of the things we know we should, we would all be bad asses, but there’s so many things you talk to people, yeah, I should be doing that. Yeah, I should be doing, I know I should be meditating. Yeah, I know I should be doing this. I should be eating better. I should be doing this. We all know what we want to do to be the best version of ourselves, but for whatever reason, we don’t do it. And there’s a lot of reasons why but we’re not doing it. And so the ability to choose and actually decide what you’re gonna do to be the Nagul, to be the artist and say, oh well, if I believe I should meditate, then I’ll meditate and just collapsing that I know I should with actually doing it. That is a superpower.

That’s what defines the greatest performers from the people who haven’t quite made it yet is really their ability to say, oh, if I should train now I will. Oh if I should eat like this I will. Oh if I should do this, okay then I will. It’s collapsing that knowing what knowing what you should do, and actually doing it and making that one. And that’s ultimately a choice. We have the ability to tap into that superpower of choice, that superpower of free will. Not gonna be easy as the mind will play a billion different tricks and rationalizations and whatever. But ultimately, we are in control. You know, as I said, I’m not saying it’s easy. And I’m not saying it’s the best strategy. I think you got to be fair and say like, oh, I can’t do that. Well, if you can’t do that you use other methods. Do what you need to do to be effective, but know that you do have that power. We all have that power, we have the power to have the agency to make those types of choices.

13. Jesse Itzler – Author, Entrepreneur

– Once you get over the fear of being embarrassed, no one likes to be embarrassed. But once you get over being scared of being embarrassed, it’s super liberating. And it allows you to go into lanes that you otherwise you wouldn’t go into. And everybody is wired differently. Everybody’s wired completely different. It’s hard to rewire someone, to be comfortable taking risk, comfortable with being embarrassed. And I think it comes from having a lot of egg on your face. And learning along the way.

My partner and I were guests on a private jet when I was 27 or 28 years old. And when we walked onto the airplane, it was like the scene in “The Wizard of Oz” when everything goes from black and white to color like people fly like this. This is unbelievable, I wanna fly like this. And when by the time we landed, I was like let’s start a private jet company. You know like definitely so we could fly privately, except we have no airplanes. So we went to a company called NetJets owned by Warren Buffett, the 800 pound gorilla. They had 600 plus airplanes in the fleet, and pitched this idea for a 25 hour prepaid jet card, which was called Marquis jet.

But the meeting actually, when we pitched the idea, the meeting lasted 12 minutes, and they threw us out. And the president of NetJet said, and this is almost a direct quote, he said, cool idea, but if you think we’re gonna give two kids that didn’t break 1,000 on their SAP, which kinda pissed me off, I got like a 980 but I’ve convinced myself I’ve gotten over you’re like keep telling yourself you broke 1,000. He’s like I’m never giving you guys access to our airplanes, ’cause the notion was, if we could sell and market onto their fleet, through this 25 hour program called Marquis jet, that’s how we would piggyback off their airplanes and they threw us out in the meeting and then we were relentless. And we came back and we realized that we couldn’t sell this concept through a PowerPoint, because they’d see 1,000 PowerPoints a month.

So we literally brought our own focus group in to bring the meeting to life. And one by one, the guys stood up. We had Carl Banks from the New York Giants and Run from Run DMC and powerful real estate mogul. And they explained that they would never buy a fraction, what NetJet was selling, but they would buy a 25 hour card if it was offered. And that’s how we ended up solidifying the opportunity. And then to your point, when we started the company, this is back in 2000. So I had no sophisticated way to get leads. I didn’t know a lot of wealthy people. And the only way that I could really build my database or sell anybody was to go to events, where rich people hung out.

So I heard about this conference called The Ted. I didn’t even know what it was in Monterey, California. So I flew commercial, transfer three flights, drove six hours when I landed to get to Ted to try to pitch this idea to anyone that would listen. But when I got to The Ted conference, it was like Fort Knox, everybody had credentials, double credentials, and I had nothing. And they won’t let me anywhere near the venue. So I went to the local coffee shop and just tryna figure out how I’m gonna get in or sneak in or get someone to get me in or get access. And I realized like every hour to everyone with credentials, was walking into the coffee shop and they were buying lattes and muffins and lattes and muffins and lattes and muffins.

So the next morning, I woke up at five o’clock, and I went to the coffee shop and I bought every single muffin that they had, I took all the inventory out of the shop. I’m like, I’ll take all your muffins, they gave me like 80 muffins. And I was sitting and then when the first wave of Ted attendees broke for their break, and they came one of the customers said, oh, can I have a latte and a muffin and the guy said, well I could give you a latte, but we’re all out of muffins. And when he was walking out I said, excuse me, sir, look I happen to have an extra muffin, actually I have 800 of them, but if you want a muffin, you can have one of my muffins. He’s like no, get out of here. So then I realize it starts but what do you do? What are you doing here? And we started having a conversation and he said, do you mind if I join you and I, my only thought was like, you are qualified to buy a card, you can join me. And he was my first sale. He was my first sale. The guy owned a company that sold it to eBay. And that was the start of the adrenaline rush of okay, let me try to crack this code of how we can build this thing with not a big database.

12. Tim Ferriss – Best Selling Author

– If more information were the answer, we’d all be billionaires with six pack ads. That’s a good one, right? It’s just absorbing not even absorbing, just reading and watching and listening to more, isn’t enough like you have to apply it, you have to use incentives. You have to have rewards and punishments set for yourself to actually get things done timelines, et cetera. So that’s one.

Another one is, don’t be a donkey. There’s a philosopher’s paradox, but I don’t think it is. I think it’s just a parable about Burdains Ass, about a donkey who is thirsty and hungry, and there’s water on one side, few feet away and hay on the other. And he can’t decide whether to do the hay first, the hay first or the water, the hay or the water and he dies of thirst at the end of it. He couldn’t do them sequentially. In effect, you can do almost everything you want in life, but you can’t do it at the same time. And if you can just dedicate yourself to one thing for even a year and then the next thing for a year, you can do those 10 things. But if you try to do all 10 at once, you’re gonna be Burdains Ass. And you’re gonna go, should I do this, should I do this? Or should I focus on this, should I focus on this? So don’t be a donkey.

– Transformational education to me, is the most important type of education. The single most important type of education you want to invest in for yourself and that you want to put your children through. So, first let me define what that is, right? Transformational education covers the education that many of our institutions forgot to teach us.

It’s about wisdom. It’s about mindfulness. It’s about taking care of your body, your mind, your health, your emotional states, it’s about being a more conscious parent, being a more conscious lover. It’s about how to deal with those days when you might wake up one day feeling depressed or sad, and how do you deal with that? Schools don’t teach us that stuff. And here’s why transformation education is so important.

If you think about the human experience, what really matters is not so much your grades or the job that you have. All of these are mean scores. They are a means to an end, right? But if you ask a human being, to share with you the moments in life that they’re most grateful for, all of those small moments often deal with inner states. It’s falling in love. It’s carrying your first child in your arm.

It’s the joy of like accomplishing your first big win. And all of these are states of happiness, states of joy, states of human connectivity. Transformational education shows you how to get there faster without the dogma, without the unnecessary toiling towards a degree and then that job that society says you need. And then that career path, then breaking yourself working nine to five on something you hate. And the reason that’s so important is because the world is changing at an exponential rate.

Ray Kurzweil says that by 2029 on our smartphone, all of us will have the equivalent of personalized artificial intelligence. You can call it anything you want Rose, Jarvis, Nancy, whatever, but this AI will be able to run your life for you. All the knowledge that we are currently learning in school will be in our extended brain. And so what then should we be studying? Because history, geography, everything is gonna be on a personalized AI. So the most important thing to teach people is transformation. It’s to teach people how to expand their worldviews, to teach people how to know how to take care of their health, how to stay healthy, how to practice longevity practices, how to go within when they’re feeling sad, how to practice meditation and mindfulness. This is the most important education.

Stay tuned next week for PART 2 of 20 Mentors You Should Follow. 10-1

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16 Jan

What better way to celebrate the Big Game than with some Chili Lime Chicken wings? How about Questified Chili Lime Chicken Wings? We thought you might enjoy that. Better yet, so will everyone at your gathering! Take a look at the full recipe below and don’t forget to save some for everyone else.

 

NUTRITIONAL INFO

CHILI LIME HOT WINGS

Yields: 5 Servings |  Serving Size: 2 hot wings

Calories: 300 | Protein: 27g  | Fat: 17.5g | Net Carbs: 5g 

Total Carb: 7g 

Prep Time: 10 mins  | Cook Time:  ~25 mins  | Total Time: ~ 35 minutes

Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the oat flour in a bowl.
  3. place the hot sauce and lightly beaten eggs in their own bowl and stir until combined.
  4. Crush the chips into fine pieces and stir them together in a bowl with the chili powder, salt and garlic powder.
  5. toss each wing in oat flour and then coat in the egg/hot sauce mix. Then roll them in the broken up chips mixture.
  6. Place each wing on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  7. Share amongst your friends!


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16 Jan

For women with cervical cancer, doctors often advise surgery or radiation. Chemotherapy can also be prescribed for this type of cancer but unfortunately, these forms of treatment do not come without side effects and risks. While radiation can be effect in killing off cancer cells, it often harms good, healthy cells that the body needs in the process. This is why we at Hallelujah Diet advise a diet filled with natural, wholesome and raw plants of the earth as a form of natural treatment.

However, scientists and doctors around the world continue to work on methods that they hope will improve these treatments. Recently, drawing on past studies, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine studied the effects of blueberry extract together with radiation on in vitro human cancer cells, reported Science Daily.

Blueberry Extract and Radiation
According to lead study author Dr. Yujiang Fang, Ph.D., blueberry extract had previously been thought to serve as a radiosensitizer, a non-toxic chemical that can improve the way cancerous cells react to the high-energy X-rays and gamma rays from radiation. Fang had already tested grapes, which contain the compound resveratrol, for their effectiveness at acting as a radiosensitizer during prostate radiation. The purpose of the study was to confirm that the blueberry extract, which also contains resveratrol, could in fact help harmful cells respond positively to the radiation treatment.

“Blueberry extract can improve a cancer cell’s reaction to radiation.”

“Cancer cells avoid death by remodeling themselves,” Fang said. “Along with reducing cell proliferation, the extract also ‘tricks’ cancer cells into dying. So it inhibits the birth and promotes the death of cancer cells.”

In an effort to mirror the traditional clinical treatment with radiation, the researchers used human cervical cancer cell lines, according to a press release published on the study. For the cells that received radiation and blueberry extract, the cancer rate decreased by 70 percent. Also noteworthy was that the 25 percent drop in cancer cells among the group that received only the extract from the blueberries and did not undergo treatment.

To confirm further that this can help the positive impact of radiation, the team plans to use animals to test the use of berry extract with treatment.

Fighting Cancer Without Radiation
Did you know that researchers have found a decrease in cervical cancer rates of between 40 and 60 percent in women following a plant-based diet such as Genesis 1:29? As Hallelujah Diet previously reported, even the The American Academy for Cancer Research has emphasized the impact that a plant-based eating plan can have on preventing cancers specific in women including cervical cancer. This is because the vitamins and minerals found within these foods are aids in not only protecting the healthy cells in the body, but creating new ones as well.

One woman who shared her testimony with Hallelujah Diet is Patricia D. who was diagnosed with Stage III cancer of the cervix at the age of 37. Though she was advised to have surgery to remove parts of her cervix where the cancer had spread, Patricia wanted to explore other ideas as she was still keen on bringing children into the world. With the recommendation from her mother, she reached out to a local Hallelujah Acres trained Health Minister and began learning about the Hallelujah Diet.

Just four weeks after beginning a diet of primarily raw, plant-based foods, a biopsy of Patricia’s cervix found no trace of cancer and cervical cells that were only somewhat dysplastic.

“After five months on the diet, my doctor diagnosed me as being completely well,” Patricia shared. “She then went on to tell me that there was nothing she could attribute my healing to, except for my change in diet and exercise.”

In addition to fighting cancer without surgery, the Hallelujah Diet lifestyle brought other beneficial changes to this woman’s life including weight loss, increased energy, fewer PMS symptoms, improved eye and dental health and more control over stress.

Blueberries are filled with a number of beneficial phytonutrients.Blueberries are filled with a number of beneficial phytonutrients.Blueberries are filled with a number of beneficial phytonutrients.

The Benefits of Blueberries
Like all plant-based foods, blueberries have a number of health benefits that can improve your life even if you aren’t undergoing radiation therapy for cervical cancer. Like nearly every fresh fruit and vegetable, blueberries contain flavanoids. The specific flavanoids in blueberries that helps deliver so many health boosts are anthocyanins, according to Medical News Today. One of its most important benefits of blueberries are their abilities in fighting free radicals, thanks to the numerous antioxidant agents including vitamins A and C. These can help to protect healthy cells and fight back against all kinds of disease.

Rich in fiber, a compound that can help lower cholesterol blood levels, blueberries are strong warriors against cardiovascular conditions. Folate, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B6 are additional key nutrients that can help to reduce the risk of heart attack. These small and vibrant blue berries are also great for your skin and bones. Incorporating the fruit into your diet can leave a lasting impact on your overall health.


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16 Jan



Love peanut butter but wouldn’t think of putting it in your post-workout shake? Think again. As it turns out, PB and post-workout go together like, well, PB and J. Here are three delicious shake recipes to fuel your recovery.



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16 Jan

The last time I wrote, James was just 7 months old—an eon ago! He’s a different kid! A sweet, funny, affectionate little boy who talks and walks and sleeps ON HIS OWN. (I said ON HIS OWN!) He’s always smiling, always making us laugh, and always on the move. He continues to be the greatest joy of my life, my whole world, and that’s putting it lightly.

My mom (Nana) and James

Below I’ve got details on the milestones and memories we made over the last 9 or so months but here’s the most meaningful change that’s happened to us since I last wrote:

In late October, my mom transitioned out of the job she’d had for 20 years (spoiler: no, she’s not retiring—we wish!) and it was the first time in my entire life that she wasn’t working 60 hours a week, the very first time I’d ever seen her home for more than 1 week. It was the best thing that could have happened to Daniel, James, and me, because as fate would have it, I miscarried that same week and I needed help more than ever. James has spent so much time with her since, which has been so helpful and so, so special. She cherishes him. He’s crazy about her. Together, they’re the cutest duo I’ve ever seen 🙂

Here’s a glance at how the past 9 months have gone:

Months 7-9

Back in May I bought an inflatable pool for $10 at Target, set it in the backyard, and James and I started “swimming” in it all the time. We got so much use out of that cheap little pool. James squealed with joy when I’d squirt the hose against the side of the pool and he never ever seemed to mind how absolutely icy the water was (can’t say the same for me).

At 9 months, he started saying “hi!” and “hi dad!” and waving to everyone and everything he came across—even store mannequins. Daniel and I lived for the way he put his whole arm into the wave and how he really nailed that last “d” in DAD.

Swim Lessons!

In June, we started swim lessons at the YMCA nearby. James was the oldest in the class by a month or two, the only boy, and seemed to enjoy it right away. He didn’t even seem to mind when I dunked him on day one.

Another major development at 9 months: James cut down to 2 naps a day and began sleeping on his own. It was a hard won milestone and certainly as hard for us as it was for him. Once I realized it might be the end of the days of holding him, I was the one crying like a baby.

Months 10-12

In September, James turned 1! Our family and friends came over for a nautical-theme birthday party, a decision I made because he loves the water so very much. We had pizza, pasta, and apps galore, all from Primavera, our favorite restaurant and the place where I had my baby shower, bridal shower, and a party to celebrate publishing my memoir. The cake was precious—a white cake with white frosting from White’s Bakery—covered in blue fondant with a whale and a life raft on top.

When we sang “Happy Birthday” to him, we set a smash cake in front of him (a cute mini version of the big cake) and he just kind of sat there, stunned and unsure of what to do. He smiled and clapped but, despite all of our attempts, he didn’t want any part of that cake. Ha!

Meeting my bff’s daughter!

My best friend Sabrina and her husband came in for the party, all the way from New Jersey, and it made the day all the more special. James got to meet their beautiful baby girl, Violet, too! They held hands immediately, and later James tried to hug and kiss her half a dozen times (what are boundaries again?).

Our little lion on Halloween!
We didn’t realize it until after taking this picture, but he actually broke through that wrapper 🙂

James loves to roar like a lion (or a dinosaur depending on which book we’re reading) so that’s what he was for Halloween. We took him trick-or-treating at my parents’ house and over to our neighbors’ house across the street.

Speaking of roaring, he also enjoys mooing like a cow and gets a big kick out of saying “hoo hoo hoo ha ha ha” like a monkey.

Months 13-16

At 13 months, James started talking up a STORM. It started with mama, dada, hi, bye bye, book, belly, hug, kiss, milk…and by 15 months he was picking up a few new words every day: cheese, bagel, water, hummus, cracker, binkie, good girl (to DeeDee the pug), deer, and so much more. He strings together a few sentences, too, like, “No dada! Hug!” when he doesn’t want Daniel to put him down in his crib.

He has the best time playing “Where’s James?,” our form of peek-a-boo, where he puts his hands on his head, we ask “where’s James?” and begin looking around to find him, then he takes his hands off of his head and we shout, “There he is!” and he smiles and laughs.

Squishing my belly

Another favorite activity? Lifting Daniel’s and my shirts to see our bellies. He pokes our belly buttons, squishes the soft spots, and laughs like it’s the funniest thing ever.

Christmas morning!

For Christmas we got him a play kitchen with a gazillion pieces of toy food (why did I do that again?) and he has been playing with it nonstop ever since. Hopefully he’ll start cooking dinner for us soon 🙂

Aaaand he’s walking! He took his first steps around 12 months but continued crawling most of the time because it was faster and more efficient for him. But now! Now we’ve got a tiny drunk guy barreling through the house. Heaven help us.


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15 Jan



The most important lessons for personal trainers and coaches to learn don’t always come easy. The best in the industry share their top tips for less experienced trainers, so you can make the most of each session!



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