Health Alerts! Spanish Flu and the Chikungunya Mosquito Virus

This is a double whammy, ya’ll. Spanish Flu-ishness and the Chikungunya Mosquito Virus is out there. Somebody needs to bitch slapped.

spanish flu Health Alerts! Spanish Flu and the Chikungunya Mosquito Virus

SPANISH FLU CRAZINESS

You know that extinct Spanish Flu virus pandemic that wiped out up to 5% of the world’s population back in 1918? Welp, scientists have now recreated that virus in a lab. I’m all for establishing National Hug a Scientist Day, but this particular group of viral-toting crazies needs to rethink what they’re doing.

It figures it’s the American scientists behind this insanity.

Their craptastic reasoning for putting all of humanity at risk, as reported by the The Independent, is “to show how easy it would be for the deadly flu strain to reemerge today.

Top 10 Facts About the 1918 Flu Pandemic

This is bad, bad news. The virus, if placed in the wrong hands (like our government), would surely be the end of the world as we know it. Sorry for playing the role of Scary Susie today, but when you consider that the original virus infected upwards of 500 million people, and killed between 50-100 million people (even reaching as far as remote Arctic locations), there’s plenty reason for us to be pissed off.

On a happy note, one interesting fact is this: During the original Spanish Flu outbreak, workers at a cinnamon factory did NOT become infected with the virus. If you plan to head out for an emergency cinnamon run to thwart this malicious malady, just forget about it. I already bought up all the cinnamons. Wiped ‘dem shelves bare. Perhaps you could try a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead?

CHIKUNGUNYA MOSQUITO VIRUS

((insert dreadful music of doom right here))

“A virus that causes pain so severe that patients lie groaning in bed for days has come to the Western Hemisphere,” reports NBC News. If you begin to experience symptoms such as fever, joint pain, joint swelling, muscle aches or a rash, this ain’t because you’re having your usual withdrawal symptoms from lack of desserts (or is that just me?).

It might be Chikungunyahhhh!

According to the CDC, mosquitoes carrying the virus prefer to bite in the daytime. There is no vaccine and no specified treatment. The CDC urges you to use normal measures to prevent against mosquito bites. With that said, products containing DEET are well known to be effective, yet DEET is a neurotoxin that affects the central nervous system.

If you’re hype on Avon’s Skin So Soft bug repellant, that stuff contains mineral oil, another toxin found in many beauty products.

A Better Alternative

doterra Health Alerts! Spanish Flu and the Chikungunya Mosquito VirusFor the past two years, the DEET-free, mineral oil-free alternative I’ve used for my family is doTERRA TerraShield. It’s a natural mosquito repellant made from a blend of essential oils. This product can go directly onto the skin, but since it’s concentrated, can also be diluted in a spray bottle of water. One minor drawback is the strong (yet not unpleasant) smell of essential oils that might shock your nostrils during application. But the smell fades quickly and my family has never complained. You’ll get hours of protection and won’t poison yourself with drug store mosquito products.

However you decide to protect yourself against mosquitoes this summer, be sure to step up your game and be extra vigilant with the repellant tactics. Kung Fu may also be required, especially if you don’t want to get a Chikungunya rash in weird places.

You’ve been warned! So don’t be calling me to help you fight off the Chikungunya. I caught a baby mosquito chillin’ on my leg during yesterday’s outdoor workout. I’ve got my own ‘squitoes to battle.

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How to Make a Kick Ass Power Sammich

A kick ass power sammich requires powerful ingredients. Not deli slices with nitrates and other preservatives. Not the kind of bread that causes bloat. Behold…the Power Sammich.

power How to Make a Kick Ass Power Sammich

Not only will you be feeling real powerful ‘n stuff, you will also be feeding your body a wonderful array of foodstuffs that’s just right for kicking fat’s ass and building lean muscle. Can I get an amen?

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices Ezekiel Bread, toasted
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1 egg, scrambled or fried hard in a dab of coconut oil*
  • 2 thick avocado slices
  • fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 slice cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Build your sammich by first toasting your Ezekiel bread while you prepare the egg.
  • Lay small amount of spinach of top slice of warm & toasty bread
  • Place cooked egg on the bed of spinach. Add cheese next (so it can get melty), then tomato, salt, pepper and avocado.
  • Finish with another layer of spinach, then top if off with 2nd toasty bread slice.
  • Now CHEW

*Sidenote: Alternatively, the egg can be cooking in the microwave. Crack egg into small bowl, stab with a fork to break yolk, then microwave for 45-60 seconds. This is great trick for building your power sammich in the workplace kitchen like I do.

The sammich is perfect for your next breakfast, lunch or dinner. It delivers the power of Tasty into your stomach. Not get it to.

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Speed Rope for Fat Loss: Workout and Meal Plan

Isn’t fat loss a beautiful thang? If you haven’t yet acquired your speed rope for cardio conditioning and to battle your fatty parts, don’t you dare fret. Even before I had my own speed rope, I would mimic the moves with an “invisible” speed rope. You can do the same.

speed rope workout Speed Rope for Fat Loss: Workout and Meal Plan

SPEED ROPE FOR FAT LOSS: WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

This is a timesaver workout that should take approximately 14-16 minutes to complete. It leaves ample room for quality couch-azzing later on. During speed rope, set your interval timer for 8 rounds of: 20 seconds work / 10 seconds rest

  • Full body warm up of your choice, approx 4 mins
  • 4 minutes high knee speed rope intervals
  • Push-ups until failure
  • Short rest, approx 90-secs
  • Push-ups until failure
  • 4 minutes high knee speed rope intervals

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EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

Speed Rope or invisible speed rope

Interval Timer or free online timer

THE MEAL PLAN

  • Breakfast: Tea or coffee. Waffle smathered in raw honey. Fresh watermelon cubes.
  • Lunch: Spinach salad with diced tomatoes, 1 sliced hard boiled egg & 2 slices fresh bacon crumbles. Light dressing of your choice.
  • Dinner: Turkey burger with lettuce & tomato. Homemade, baked sweet potato fries.
  • Snacking throughout the day: Small handful of almonds, carrot sticks, small square of chocolate or other small sweet treat.

Eating Tips: If you are doing Intermittent Fasting, skip the breakfast and enjoy your first meal at lunchtime. Remember to hydrate sufficiently throughout the day. Stay away from bottled juice, soda (including diet soda) and those high calorie mocha-latte-cha-cha types of drinks. Stick with water, tea, coffee, and freshly squeezed juice. Feel free to sweeten your tea or coffee with your favorite non-artificial sweetener, but make it your goal to use less sweetener than normally. Natural, zero-calorie Stevia works nicely in tea, but not coffee.

You guarantee yourself results when you stick to your fitness plan and put in the work. Strive for nothing less than awesome.

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Pineapple Watermelon Fusion: best damn juicing combo on the planet

Lawdy…lawdy. This thang sho’ is tasty. I had some initial skepticism about pairing these two fruits for a Pineapple Watermelon Fusion, but it’s turned out to be my favorite juicing concoction so far. Best damn juicing combo on the planet!

pineapple watermelon juice Pineapple Watermelon Fusion: best damn juicing combo on the planet

What sold me to try this combo is the benefits of watermelon (which, for all the men-folk out there, includes Viagra-ish effects!). Pineapple Watermelon Fusion also has special mood-enhancing superpowers. It brings about a refreshing, euphoric feeling as you slurp the drink down. You will be feeling something like: “Oooo.. Ahhh…Ohhhh…”

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

yields approximately 32 ounces of tantalizing juiciness

  • 2 cored pineapples
  • 3 cups watermelon cubes

DIRECTIONS

  • Run ingredients through your Breville juicer and enjoy. It’s that dang simple.
  • Alternatively, use a blender for this recipe, but the end result will no doubt be a thick, smoothie consistency.
  • Feel free to adjust the quantities of each ingredient to your liking. Personalize it. Get loosey-goosey and make it your own!

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The natural sweetness of the recipe is perfect for dessert or a hot day when you need to cool off. You can even use it as a meal replacement for slurping on-the-go. If you’re not yet sold on the benefits of juicing, please watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead as it follows [Joe Cross on his juicing journey and jaw-dropping body transformation.

WATERmelon Pineapple Watermelon Fusion: best damn juicing combo on the planet

My next move it to take this here juicing recipe and freeze it for popsicles. The dang greedy kids all over the world would love it.

Enjoy your juice! And stay sexy, my friend.

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Scratch and Sniff Fitness

We’re taking it back to the old school of elementary youth, boys and girls. I’m coming at ya with scratch & sniff technology. If you are victim of laziness (aren’t we all sometimes?), this right here is dedicated to YOU.

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So, uhhh, be sure to open the nostrils wide. You don’t wanna miss out on the aromas.

Ps. I’m juicing watermelon and pineapple today. If the combo turns out to be extra tasty, I’ll report back to you with my greedy findings. Enjoy your week!

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