Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The 100% "Fad-Free" Diet!


I've been learning so much from my time with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as I work through their certification program. And, it should come as no surprise that I want to share that knowledge with you.

One thing I've learned is "Fad is Bad." So, nope. No fad diets for me. Fad diets don’t work! If you’ve tried one, you know this already and probably remember feeling grouchy, starved, irritable, deprived, or just plain lousy.

Instead, my strategy is to forget the fad. I'll avoid making drastic changes and take one step at a time (like learning what proper portion sizes look like), then incorporating these steps into a regular part of my daily routine.

My tips for a well-balanced weight-loss plan include:

    Always eating breakfast, and never skip meals.
    Eating a variety of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.
    Limiting the amount of sugar, refined flour, processed foods and saturated fats that I eat.
    Eating smaller portions.
    Watching out for 'liquid calories' like sugary sodas and juices.
    Drink plenty of water.
    Make physical activity part of my daily routine.

You are welcome to join me. In fact, I hope you do! And, there's one more thing: remember to manage your stress levels! Cortisone and adrenaline can wreak havoc on your health and weight loss efforts.

As always – enjoy your life.

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Worst Day of My Life


She was just shy of her 2nd birthday and I still remember the day we lost her. Beautiful, full of smiles and the wonder that only a child can bring, she was the light of my life. But now – the light (and my life) was gone.

After living with us most of her life, our adoption hadn’t yet been finalized. Her birth mother, an addict fresh from her second stint in prison, changed her mind and refused to proceed. There was nothing we could do. No way could we protest. We could engage in a long and torturous legal battle, but in the end – we knew we would lose. And, Lexi would be the one to suffer most from the ordeal.

I still see the look on her face; the hurt in her eyes on the morning I left her in what would be her new home. It’s a deeply painful memory for me. Her soulful expression seemed to say she knew exactly what was about to happen and it is something I will never forget no matter how hard I try.

I returned home – numb, and arrived to a house that was empty and dead. If you have ever known the love of a child and lost it, you can understand that anything else you try to preoccupy your mind with seems selfish and trivial.

This experience nearly destroyed us. The good news is that it didn’t. Somewhere, Alex and I found the strength to realize one truth: we were not good parents. We were GREAT parents.

And, while Lexi was beyond our ability to help, there were thousands of other children like her that needed parents like us. There were children that we actually COULD help. We came to this realization four months after losing Lexi, and bittersweet, we made the announcement to our friends: We would be parents again.

Not more than 15 hours after making that very announcement, a miracle happened. My cell phone rang. It was Lexi’s birth mother. She had made a terrible mistake and now repentant, knew Lexi belonged with us.

Her plea that we rescue Lexi from her started a fast track journey of lawyers, legal documents, notaries and courtrooms – but in the end – we were parents. Legally and officially, we were the fathers of our beautiful baby girl returned to us – Our, Lexi. And no one had better dare try to take her away again without a bloody fight.

My point to this story is this: sometimes our pain seems so insurmountable that we cannot move through it. We cannot move through it because we allow it to block alternative views from our vision. In our case, we thought we would never be parents again. Then, we realized the only thing holding us back was our ‘single-view’ focus on our pain, our loss. We couldn’t see anything else.

When you think you have nothing to be grateful for, it can all seem hopeless. But, experiencing pain and loss is what it means to be human. The advantage is that being human also means you are capable of unimaginable resilience and joy. And when you can finally look away from your heartache, you will find many opportunities to apply your resilience toward a new hope and fulfilling joy.

If you are in pain and need help, find a trusted friend, family member, clergy member or therapist. Or, feel free to contact me. I can refer you to a professional that can help you deal with debilitating issues and get you refocused on living instead of stagnation.

After all, it’s your life – and it’s meant to be enjoyed.

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Words You Feed Yourself


Ever swear that you would start eating better and then find yourself sitting with an empty pizza box wondering “how did I manage to eat the whole thing?!?!” I have! True confessions here; I love pizza!

While eating a whole pizza is not the healthiest choice, I’m not gonna beat myself up over it. It’s a done deal. Gone! What I can do is try to figure out why I chose that behavior, what can I do to prevent future over indulgence, and minimize the damage of my emotionally destructive self-talk.

Emotionally destructive self-talk is that little voice you hear in your head that feeds you lies and tells you you’re a failure. You’re a failure because you had one, albeit overly indulgent, meal? I don’t think so!!! Listening to that inner voice that says "you’ll never lose the weight" is as good as telling yourself to just give up. “I can’t stop eating - losing weight is too hard,” are other lies your little voice might tell you. But, it doesn't have to be this way.

I’m determined to change the way I talk to myself about weight loss and encourage others to do the same. After all, using language that inspires you to take positive steps toward nutritional balance will help anyone achieve this goal more easily.

I’ll agree that using words with negative connotations is sometimes hard to avoid. “This diet isn’t working” or “I might as well quit” can enter your head at any time. When this happens, I remind myself that I’m not on a diet. I am in a relationship with my food.  And, like all relationships, I can treat it with respect or abuse.

Telling yourself “I can’t” will only reinforce negative behavior. Instead, try to remind yourself that you deserve a healthy body. Even the word “lose” in the phrase “lose weight” has negative connotations. Who likes to lose anything?!?!

I have always been a big proponent of lifestyle balance. “Moderation in everything; including excess,” is my motto. So I had a pizza… Did I enjoy it? Absolutely!!! If not, what’s the point?!?! From there, I move on. I resume my normal, nutritional eating and accept that I just had a luxurious roadside stop on my journey toward maintaining my body and my life.

Let me clarify this by saying, “I love pizza, but I love my healthy body even more.” So while I treat myself to otherwise unhealthy foods, I don’t do this all the time. If I did, it would signal that there is something much deeper at work here. Maybe it could be an addiction or a subconscious, self-destructive motive. In these cases, getting help and support would be priority one.

Research done right here at the University of Houston suggests that nutritional deprivation and saying “I can’t” when faced with temptation was detrimental to long-term weight loss goals. Why? It’s because using those words tells your body you are depriving it of something.

Instead, their research seems to support my personal conviction that empowering yourself with the ability to “allow” distractions and indulgences from time to time can help you succeed over the long haul.

Judging your own behavior by labeling your eating and exercise choices as “good” or “bad” is another common habit that can also harm progress and stifle your enjoyment of life. If you regret eating something, don’t think you’ve eaten something “bad” or that you’ve been a “bad” person, simply accept your choices and focus on the long-term objective: building a life of significance, with a body that is strong and healthy so that you can enjoy the life you’ve got. After all, it’s a great one!

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flags at Half Mast... (again)


I'll admit that I don't watch news very much and sometimes that gets me in trouble. It wasn't until late Monday evening when I first heard about the Boston Marathon tragedy. My first reaction was anger. Anger over how people go out of their way to try to find new methods of creating and causing others pain. It's for this very reason that I abstain from most news networks. It seems to me, that the networks have created a blood sport of taking an already terrible event and frothing it up to heightened misery.

So, today as I drive toward my office, I see flags flying at half mast. So sad to know that just last December –only a measly four and a half months ago- they were doing the same; mourning over the murder of children in their elementary classrooms. Whether organized by terrorists, or a sole person looking for ways to express malicious intent, it seems that there has been an increase of individuals obsessed with causing pain and death.

In some regard, I even believe some of these perpetrators are totally sane in the sense that these people have deliberately chosen (for whatever reason) to voluntarily cause pain and suffering to others. Technically, there really isn't anything “in-sane” about them; except perhaps, for this very conscious decision to inflict harm.

I guess the culmination of this story for me has been to read about eight-year-old Martin Richard’s death in the Boston bombing. Merely reading the headline caused me to break down and cry. I thought of my own daughter at that instant. I cannot even begin to imagine what the victims of the Boston tragedy have experienced. Nor can I imagine the families that are still suffering from the Sandy Hook tragedy.

My heart goes out to them all. In times like these, I try to focus on forward momentum and pulling through. Instead of a society obsessed with death and destruction, I like to believe that the majority of us are individuals that are obsessed with life, humanity and hope. Without making these our obsessions, how could we ever manage to make it through our own personal heartaches let alone the grief of a nation?

Some of us who are sensitive and empathetic to the pain of others can't help but be numb and paralyzed in an effort to try to make sense of it all. Simply put: There isn't any sense to it. Tragedy never makes any sense.

What does make sense is our ability to move forward, to move through pain and to help others do the same. Whether it is donating your time, money or supplies; or providing prayer and sending goodwill; or (as in my case) writing about your pain in an effort to help others manage theirs, your actions matter. They are humanity’s attempt at moving forward after getting through this pain.

I refuse to focus on death and destruction. It has always been here, and here it will always remain. Instead I choose to focus my efforts on life, on hope, on encouraging others to grow and enjoy what little time we have on this tiny planet.

Never forgetting those that have passed on before us but carrying with us all the life, hope, and humanity that they represented forward for the next generation. It is in striving to move forward that we build a society of good, of love, of life and that we learn the appreciation of all that these traits can bring.

John Aaron Villarreal

Monday, April 15, 2013

Stop Neck and Shoulder Pain


You know those annoying knots in muscles and connective tissues that can literally give you a “pain in the neck?” Those are called Myofascial trigger points, and massage can help relieve the pain. The 'myo' part of the word means muscle and 'fascial' refers to the elastic, connective tissue that runs throughout the body.

Trigger points radiate (or refer) pain from muscle or fascia in a characteristic pattern. For example, trigger points in the shoulders often send pain and tension throughout the shoulders and up into the lower neck. Likewise, trigger points in your buttocks can refer pain down the leg just as in sciatica. Deep breathing, stretching, applications of heat or cold, and massage can help.

It seems that the neck and shoulders are the areas that are most affected by trigger points. For example, the ‘levator scapula’ is a muscle that connects your shoulder blade to your neck and is responsible for your ability to shrug your shoulders. It is notoriously prone to trigger points, and can refer pain to the neck, around the shoulders and even down into the mid-back.

I have spent considerable time, taking continuing education courses and through self-study, to find techniques to reduce these kinds of knots and the pain associated with them. One of the most effective treatments I incorporate with trigger points is called 'ischemic compression.' Ooh, sounds complicated and fancy, right? Well, all it entails is finding the trigger point knot and applying direct pressure to its belly. This will usually produce some pain, but I always work within your tolerance level. Trust me: Hurting you is the last thing on my mind...

During this time I would usually instruct you to breathe deeply, and consciously relax the area we are working with until the discomfort subsides. Sometimes this process needs to be repeated a few times, and followed by other massage techniques and the application of moist heat or ice therapy.

So there you have it; a quick course on how I (through massage therapy) can help you slip out of the pain cycle and back into your normal, healthy daily activities. If you're ready to live pain free, call or text me to book your next session.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer.
The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Identify and Let Go – Releasing Toxic People from Your Life (pt 2)


In yesterday's post I presented the first steps to ridding yourself of a toxic person in your life and understanding that not being able to change their perspective is most definitely not your fault! Don’t be bound by your own feelings of guilt for someone else’s life decisions because no one stands to gain anything by it. This person will continue to take your energy and give nothing positive (to you or the world) in return. I repeat: NO ONE benefits, and if left unchecked, there will be one more negative person in the world - you.

Believe me, I've been there. I know that coming to the realization that you can’t change a toxic person AND that you must walk away from them is an especially hard step to take. In these cases, I remind myself to let go of control. Let that person 'be' and continue on my own life journey. If confronted, always remain as calm as you’re capable of being. Reacting to a toxic person will not only bring you down to the same energetic level, but can sometimes lead to violence.

Even if such a person is spreading unjust gossip about you; hold your own space and don’t engage. If you have to speak your truth – for your own peace of mind – do so in an emotionally centered way, without malice or revenge.

Toxic people have an inability to engage in constructive conversations or reach conflict resolutions. They just can't do it! Instead, they rehash old arguments that should have been laid to rest long ago. For that reason it is especially necessary for us to take ourselves out of the equation and not remain concerned about rectifying ourselves to them or others.

We rectify the situation by removing ourselves. There is no other way. Such people will only change when (and if) they discover the motivation to do so within themselves. You can’t give that to them. You can only live by example, provide yourself with peace of mind, and help when they are ready to receive it.

PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes these people hold significant roles in your life; like a sibling, parent, child or spouse. Those situations warrant special care. Perhaps walking away isn't the answer for you. It may not be that simple. If you find yourself in that type of situation remember these two very important actions you must take and adhere to relentlessly.

First, take counsel. Find a friend, clergy or family member, or professional therapist who can help you make sense of your own emotions and to keep your forward momentum in check.

Second, create personal (and absolute) boundaries with that person and stick to those boundaries as though your life depends on it – because it does…

As always (even in tough times) – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer.
The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Identify and Let Go – Releasing Toxic People from Your Life (pt 1)


Sooner or later, each of us will come in contact with people who will leave us feeling frustrated and depleted. I call them ‘soul suckers’ because of the kind of negative inertia they evoke that can pull us down and crush our spirit before we’re even aware of what’s happening. Oftentimes, these encounters can leave us in a similar sense of negativity, too.

You may already know that much of what I write about involves proper nutrition, stress management, and physical movement. I even write about toxic foods and environmental contaminants, but the truth is that there are toxic people, and they can take just as much of a toll on our health & wellness! I’ve not been immune to these encounters myself which is why I want to teach you how to identify – and avoid – such people in your life, too.

Just so you know, interacting with a toxic person always feels like a fruitless battle. You know the type; long on problems and short on solutions (because they aren’t really looking for solutions). They may complain incessantly. They may gossip about others in malicious ways. The bulk of their conversations are usually comprised of criticisms and judgments. Can you see how exposing ourselves to this sort of negativity can deplete us mentally and also prove detrimental to our physical and emotional health?

Those of us who are emotionally sensitive and empathetic can be particularly vulnerable to toxic people. As optimists, it’s in our nature to want to help them to change their point of view somehow. To us, life it a joy and we find it unfathomable that someone cannot (will not) see all the beauty, ups and downs, and pleasant surprises it brings. Unfortunately, it usually requires repeated exposure to this person before we fully realize the futility of helping someone who doesn't want the help.

Recognizing this fact is the first step to ridding yourself of a toxic person in your life – it is to understanding that nothing you do will make a difference, and most importantly – it’s not your fault! Many times we remain in a toxic relationship out of guilt. If we can’t “fix” this person, then there must be something wrong with me, my abilities and my life philosophy. Truth is that the only one you can fix is you. You can lead a horse to water, but… (you know how that story goes).

What has been your experience with toxic people? I would love to know how you managed your relationship with them. Please be sure to write a comment below - And, check back tomorrow for part 2 of this series!

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer.
The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Do yourself a favor: Don’t diet ever again


You may remember me mentioning that I’m studying the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and getting my certification as a nutritional coach. Well, here I am at the beginning of my 2nd quarter of classes and boy-oh-boy have I learned a bunch!

While some of what I’ve learned is a little mind-bending, some of it is common knowledge that we’ve all shared, but often have failed to address. For example; in the long term, dieting to drop weight — and keep it off — rarely works. We both know that, right? Then why do we get so down on ourselves when this reality comes to fruition? Study after study supports the fact that many people eventually regain the weight they lost — and then some — once they stop their diet.

The proof is in the collective pounds Americans have gained despite the billions of dollars we dish out for diet pills and programs each year. Unfortunately, the number of obese Americans continues to rise and has now reached epidemic proportions.

So, what should you do to get to a healthy weight?

1. First and foremost, vow never to diet again. Just don’t do it! In most people’s sense of the word, to “diet” means to take a brief break from one’s usual eating habits to lose weight. For many people, once they get down to their goal weight, they go back to their pre-dieting ways. Instead, focus on nutrition and commit to a new lifestyle of moderation.

2. Developing a nutritional lifestyle can be difficult for some, but with the help of a nutrition professional, wellness coach or self-educated program, you can determine what your healthy body weight is and how many servings of which food groups you should eat in order to reach that weight goal. Once there, all that’s needed are little tweaks here and there to maintain your weight FOR LIFE.

3. A secret to making a healthy lifestyle change to your nutrition is to be prepared. Life comes at you from all directions. So, be sure your refrigerator, pantry and office are stocked with convenient, nutritionally jam-packed foods that fit seamlessly into your plan.

4. Finally, it never hurts to let friends have your back, either. Just be sure that, when creating your support group, you look for friends, family, and co-workers who WANT to get to a healthy weight as well. Then, spend time together exchanging recipes, idea and finding ways to incorporate some type of physically activity into your life; something that you enjoy doing. It can be anything, as long as it’s active, fun and keeps you moving forward with your lifestyle goals.

From there, the sky’s the limit. If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment. Don’t forget, I am here to help if you need me. I’d be happy to discuss your goals and find ways to get you the life (and body) you’ve been striving for.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer.
The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Most Efficient Workout



Today's post is short and sweet. So, I want to talk about stimulating your stamina and physical strength quickly. These are two tools you cannot go without if you want to have a life of purpose and fulfillment. To begin, let's discuss the key players; your muscles.

Muscles are funny things. They respond to just about any type of training, as long as it's challenging and as long as it's not the same darn thing you've always done. That's the beauty of what's called "density training:" It's a whole lot of stuff you haven't tried yet. And best of all, you can work all your major muscles in a fraction of the time it takes to to 'traditional' weight training.

Here's how it works: Instead of counting reps and sets, you'll focus on the total amount of work you can accomplish in a fixed amount of time. For example; let's use abdominal crunches or push-ups. Instead of doing a specific number and then stopping, try doing as many as you can for one minute. As you progress, you'll naturally increase your sets and reps, be able to use more weight, and perform exercises that are more challenging.

The result: More lean mass and fewer hours at the gym. In fact, this technique works great for the days you can't actually make it to the gym, or would rather do a workout outdoors. Ready to give it a go?

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer.
The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Want to Lose Weight? Drink More Water…


The challenge of transforming your body is not a onetime event.  It doesn't happen magically in 6 weeks or less because you chose to purchase the latest gadget you found on TV in the middle of the night.  You can't buy it in a special box of food or in a program that doesn't include the three pillars you need for success - strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and supportive nutrition.

The change comes through your constant pursuit of making yourself into a better, fitter, healthier and more balanced person every day. Each change you make, and every positive decision you choose, brings you a step closer to your goal and your vision.

Here is a great example of this universal truth...

Two recent studies published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that within 10 minutes of drinking about a pint of water, the metabolic rates of both men and women increased by as much as 24 to 30 percent.  Other drinks did not have the same effect.

Based on these results, you could burn an extra 17,400 calories per year.  That's 5 pounds!

Now, before you decide to rely exclusively on the "Drink More Water Weight Loss Plan" (remember my point above)...

"The change and transformation that you desire will come with your constant pursuit of making yourself into a better, fitter, healthier and more balanced person every day."  Drinking more water is one of many strategies you need to implement.  And one that is essential.

Try starting your day with 20 ounces of water before your first cup of coffee in the morning.  Then divide your current body weight by two and drink that many total ounces of water every day.

I look forward to hearing the results...

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, wellness coach and massage therapist specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

The Legal Stuff: I write to inform, inspire and encourage my readers to enjoy all that life has to offer.
The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program.