Conversations about optimal health.

Owning My Skinny Genes

The Inherent Health Genetic Test results are in.  I am what is known as a Fat Burner.  In order for me to reach an optimal body weight I need to keep my Fat consumption under 30% of my total calories per day and I need to workout intensely at least 3 times per week.  The MET total for the week needs to be a minimum of 13.  The MET is a value assigned to different exercises.  For example, riding my bike outdoors with hills for 45 minutes is an 8 MET activity. 

So, what does all of this mean?  That for me fat is the problem, and lofat eating is the way to get healthy.  This genetic test has confirmed some things that I already knew about my body and has given me a definite path.  No more stabbing in the dark, wondering if I should go hi-protein, lo-carb or a balanced approach or Mediteranian or Asian, or fasting for 2 days per week, etc., etc., etc. It is such a relief.

Now, I can adjust my eating and exercise habits plus, I am ready for the Body Key by Nutrilite Weight Loss Challenge.  Personal support, online support, phone app, genetic testing, terrific supplements and rewards just for logging-in to the website.  My team will be kicking off and abandoning weight beginning in May.  I still have 3 places left.  Who wants to get started?

The Nutrilite 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge – Personal Journey

For the next 3 months I will be embarking on a weight loss journey.  Yes, I am committing to yet another plan, except this one is different from all the other diets and eating plans that I have tried.  This is a jump start for weight abandonment based on my genetics.  A genetic test from Inherent Health is included in the kit along with Nutrilite: aloe shots which prepare my body and metabolism; appetite supressant chews and a giant bag of shake mix along with a shaker cup.  Online support with a mobile app includes 125 pages of menus and recipes and 60 pages of exercises.  The next 60 days I will use the weight loss supplements and foods that match my genetic test results.  The only thing I need now is my team of committed individuals who are sick and tired of carrying extra weight and want a healthy solution.l

I’m putting together a team of 4 plus me, the leader.  We are going to meet once per week face to face or on skype to encourage one another and to share stories, challenges and go on field trips.  The cost of the first 30 days is cut in half until June 30 or until the limited number of kits are gone. 

So, now the challenge is how do I invite someone to join a weight loss group without  offending them?  I have friends who commiserate all of the time about the extra weight they are carrying and how they want to lose it.  I have already invited them.  Apparently they aren’t ready to get serious about their problem.  There are 3 places left on my team and I’ve decided to just put the word out there.  I  have to have faith that this message will connect with you and that you will join me.

Meanwhile, the journey continues and I will blog about it.



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Body Key Challenge

Body Key Challenge

I’m throwing down a challenge to all of my readers who are ready to do something constructive about their health.  The Body Key Challenge by Nutrilite is 90 days of health reform including a genetic test which reveals how your body loses weight, a customized plan just for you, a human support team, one month of reorganizing your metabolism with aloe shots, healthy supplement support, appetite chews, delicious soy protein shakes, online and mobile app support with over 125 pages of recipes and menus for your genetic type and last but not least 60 pages of exercise regimens for everybody.   The 90 days begin when I have found 4 friends who are serious about changing their eating and exercise habits for life.  So, just throwing it out there. You can do this anywhere in the country. Whoever contacts me first wins a place on my team and receives a hefty discount on the cost of the tests, supplements, online support and foods.  It’s time, let’s just do it together!

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90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 1 – For the Diet Junkies

Today, August 9th, is the first day of my new Vegan Adventure.  With the 15 day reboot over, my palate is cleansed and I feel a clear connection with my body, free of compulsion.  That’s big for me.  Yesterday was the last day of the Reboot and when I could choose foods other than, fruits, and vegetables, I really wanted a bagel and swiss cheese.   So I gave in to the craving and it tasted great.  Now I’m ready to begin the 90 Day Vegan Adventure without the distraction of  that particular craving.

My plan is to eliminate dairy, except for yogurt, and all animal meat from my diet.  Basically, to eat the way I imagine the first people on earth ate in the Garden of Eden.  I think our bodies were originally designed to repair themselves based on that type of diet.  Dr. Duke Johnson agrees with me in his book entitled, Optimal Health.  More about this subject later this week.

You see, diets do not work.  Eventually, we aren’t listening to what our bodies and emotions really want and they become a form of deprivation.  There is a good series that I recommend you read by Geneen Roth.  The books are entitled, Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating and Why Weight. (See Library heading on this blog)   If you have been a diet junkie, going from diet to diet, losing weight and gaining it back plus more, these books are for you.  They advise you to break free from the diet cycle and begin to listen to your body which may take the best part of a year.  During the break free year I followed her advice: eating exactly what I wanted when I was hungry;  stopping when I was full; along with a few other simple behavioral changes.  I gained about 10 pounds and learned to take care of myself while listening to my body.

Then, I highly recommend some sort of fast to cleanse your body and clear your palate.  The Juice Reboot recommended by the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Documentary  and website worked for me. The cleansing is essential because you need to break free from unhealthy addictions and habits. However, the first thing you must do before starting any change in your eating or exercise habits is to consult a physician, especially if you have a chronic health condition and/or are taking medication on a regular basis.

Finally, go to our website,, >shop our store.  Search the site for Inherent Health and purchase a Weight Loss Genetic Test.  The results of the test will suggest to you what is the healthiest way to eat based on your genetic predisposition. My genetic testing showed  a low-fat eating plan with plenty of  aerobic exercise is the best way to proceed.

Tomorrow I will continue this theme with more suggestions for your library or nook and a word about supplements.  The goal is to change habits resulting in a healthier lifestyle and all of the advice in this blog will be based on personal education and experience.  So, I hope you will continue to follow me on this vegan adventure.

Life Changes Since April

Based on a Weight Loss Genetic Test provided by Inherent Health, I decided to lower my fat intake, adopt a vegetarian diet and continue to exercise as much as my knees would allow.  Dr. Dean Ornish has a good program that I have used before.  He lays out what to do and has published delicious vegetarian recipes that keep your fat intake to 10 gms per day.  I have lived on a vegetarian diet in the past  and found this really easy to follow.  Even with limited  activity because of my knees I have lost 12 pounds in the last two months.  However, as in all eating changes I’ve found myself reverting to past, unhealthy behavior.  I need a boost, something to keep me going.

Genetic Testing for Biggest Losers!

Want to join the ranks of the biggest losers without being humiliated on TV?  There is genetic testing available to determine which diet and lifestyle changes will work the best for your particular genetic variation.

Recently my daughter has ordered a genetic test from Inherent Health that detects certain genetic variations influencing  the digestion and metabolism of nutrients.  Her particular results outline the study of 16 different genes with 5 variations on 4 genes that affect fat metabolism.  The Inherent Health experts explained how the variations affected amino acid production in the gut that caused the absorption of fat.  They gave her detailed recommendations on diet, exercise, and lifestyle to move her forward toward optimal health.  We were very impressed with the ease of  the testing and the information returned to her.  With this new testing available, the myriad of choices for weight loss  can be narrowed down to match  individual metabolism.  Genetic testing for the biggest losers here we come.    The testing is available @  Search for Inherent Health. 

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Genetic Testing Results

So, the test results came back and I have the IL1 gene for increased inflammation and risk of heart disease and stroke.

My husband on the other hand who also took the test does not have the gene.  So, there are at least 9 things I can do about it.  One, is to take a supplement grown, produced and tested by the Nutrilite corporation.  This plant-based tablet decreases inflammation by turning off the IL1 gene.    For more information go to  The other 8 things I can do are found in a new book entitled The Optimal Health Revolution by Duke Johnson, MD.  More on the eight pillars of Optimal Health later, dinner is ready.

Genetic testing

Just finished swabbing my cheek and placing the sample in an envelope marked biohazard.  The sample will be mailed to Interleukin Genetics.  They will test it for the IL1 genes which display patterns that can play a role in my body’s inflammatory response.  “A positive result means that your body probably has a lifelong tendency to accelerate the effects of  LDL or “bad” cholesterol which may result in increased risk for heart attack at a younger age.  More than 30% of those taking the test wll have positive results and may benefit from specific nutritional and lifestyle changes.”

quoted from Interleukin Genetics, Gensona >Heart Health Genetic Test Brochure.

When I can pick my head up from tax season, I will include more information on the cutting edge research into the bodys’ inflammatory response and how it is linked with heart disease, cancer and diabetes type 2.    Meanwhile for those of you who are “I can do it myselfers”, go to to find out more about Interleukin and then go to >health if you want to order the test.  Since heart disease and strokes are big killers in my family i decided the investment was worth it (under 200.00). 

Within the week I will have the results and will post what I’m doing about it.  In between sending in tax returns before Maryland decides to keep the refunds.