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WATCH [19 mins]: Popular African Actor Eddie Watson directs touching, informative Ebola Short film/Documentary

Ebola Documentary

Popular African Actor Eddie Watson recently released a very thought provoking and informative Documentary (See below) on the current Ebola virus which has been spreading like a plague, in parts of West Africa and there have also been three reported cases within the United States.

Watson says the aim of the production is to create awareness about the symptoms and impact of the highly communicable Ebola virus, and how its spread may be prevented.

Watson is the Director and Executive Producer of the film, and also plays the role of lead actor. Supporting actors include Yvonne Nelson, Sarkodie, Chase, Naomi Watson. The film shows how Ebola affected the everyday lives of two very close brothers, one brother (Eddie Watson) a supposed Corporate businessman.
PS. I love the fact that the film is directed by someone who is actually connected with the place of origin of this virus.

Watch below and PLEASE SHARE:[WARNING: The first two (2) minutes of the production is extremely graphic, showing actual images of persons suffering from Ebola. Start watching from 2:10 mins if you may find it offensive.

NEW!! Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

by Princess Harris, Health and Sports Fitness Model

Monounsaturated Fats, Polyunsaturated fats, and Omega-3 fatty acids are all good for your heart and waistline.

Monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature but may thicken when cold. Polyunsaturated fats such as most vegetable oils, including safflower, corn, sunflower, and soy oils, are typically liquid at room temperature and when refrigerated. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated and found in cold-water fish; other good sources are walnuts and flaxseeds.

In general, the “bad fat” label belongs to any fat that is semi-solid to solid at room temperature, such as, a stick of butter or the marbling in a steak. Animal products, coconut oil, and cocoa butter are foods that are high in saturated fat.

Trans fat is considered a ‘Bad fat’. It is produced when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to make them solid and extend their shelf life. You will find Trans fats in packaged products and just about every food that contains shortening.

Here is a handy hint: If you see “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” on a food label, put whatever you’re looking at back on the shelf;)

NEW!! Lose weight the right way: 10 Healthy Fat Loss Foods


by Princess Harris

Healthy food is not fat loss food. It can be, but healthy does not equal fat loss. The idea that “healthy eating”, (whatever that means) is synonymous with body change is probably the single biggest misconception there is regarding what real physique change takes.
On the other hand, fat loss food is almost always healthy food. Especially when there is excess fat to be lost, and unless you’re less than 10% body fat for a male and 15% for a female, you probably could spare some more fat loss.

With that said, here is my list of the top 10 healthiest fat loss foods based on the researched criteria discussed below↓the list. High water, high fiber and higher protein along with power packed nutrition including vitamins, minerals, essential fats and healthy plant chemicals. Eat from this list of food 90% of the time and my bet is your body’s appearance and its health will improve dramatically.

Salmon & Sardines– High protein, good essential fats and low mercury content unlike most fish.
Berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)- Low sugar, and a potent source of antioxidants
Bison– All the best elements of chicken and red meat rolled into one (no, bison is not an animal that is part chicken and cow). It is low fat like chicken, and loaded with nutrition like beef.
Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc)- low amounts of starch compared to fiber and phytonutrients that help estrogen metabolism.
Eggs (lose all or some of the yolks if you have a ton of fat to lose)- The yolks are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet and the whites are the perfect protein. If your doctor still thinks eggs raise cholesterol in everyone and that cholesterol causes heart disease, please give him or her a recent nutrition book to replace their 1980′s medical library.
Greens (lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, dandelions, etc)- Almost negative calorie with power packed nutrition
Water Veggies (celery, cucumbers, etc)- Eat a dump-truck full of this stuff and you probably still won’t break 1,000 calories.
Apples– Great for a sweet tooth, loaded with water and soluble fiber and plenty of nutrition.
Boneless skinless chicken breast– low fat, satiating and every ones favorite protein.
Cocoa powder– Virtually zero calories, high fiber and loaded with bioactive compounds that raise energy, blunt hunger and reduce cravings. Add 1 tablespoon to a mug, pour hot water on top while stirring and you have the worlds best diet aid. It also lowers blood pressure, has the same blood thinning effect as aspirin, balances blood sugar, and more.

SOOOO…..

What is Healthy Eating?

Healthy eating has to do with vitamin amounts, mineral concentrations, essential fat content, fiber and phytonutrient levels. There are plenty of foods that have great nutrient profiles that are not going to help most people lose fat. These include whole grains, nuts/seeds, avocados, olives and high fat dairy foods to name a few. These foods, in anything but smaller amounts, will not be a great strategy for most people. If you hope to get any results with these staples your only option is controlling portions. And that is the issue, controlling portions does not work for most people. Especially the overweight and obese who often have metabolisms that make it difficult for them to feel satisfied from meals or stay full between meals. A better approach is to eat your fill, and you can do just that when you trade in your “healthy foods” for fat loss foods.

To lose fat it takes two things; low calories in the context of hormonal balance. The hormonal balance has to come first, and when it does calorie intake normally takes care of itself.

In other words, eat more of the right things more often and you will have less hunger, absent cravings and stable energy leading to an automatic reduction in food intake. Do it the other way, by taking a calorie first approach, and you will likely increase your hunger, elevate your cravings, suffer from energy lows and a slowed metabolic rate (by slowed metabolic rate I mean a less efficient fat burning engine not how many calories you burn per day). You can be burning calories and losing weight, but if the hormonal balance is off, those calories and that weight will just as likely be coming from muscle as opposed to fat.

What is Fat Loss eating?

Fat loss foods have three things that set them apart; high volumes of water, high amounts of fiber and/or elevated protein content. Water, fiber and protein are all very filling. This is the reason many people can sit down and eat five or six cups of cereal and still feel hungry (cereal has no water, a high starch to fiber ratio and almost non-existent protein). Try eating 5 cups of broccoli or 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts. If you can finish either you certainly aren’t going to be hungry after.

And just for fun, lets calculate the calories. For the sake of trying to be fair, lets choose the best cereal out there (or at least the one the Nutrition Divas tell you to eat), Kashi Go Lean. 5 servings (5 cups)= 950 calories (via www.calorieking.com). 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6oz each)= 936 calories. 5 cups of broccoli= 273 calories. You could eat 5 chicken breast and 5 cups of broccoli and still have only eaten just over 200 calories more than 5 cups of Kashi. Even going through this exercise I have to shake my head.

Do nutritionists really feel cereal (one of the most processed foods on the planet) is a better fiber source than broccoli? Does anyone actually believe most people can overeat chicken breasts? (Source: Metabolic Effect) I am 230 pounds and an active weight lifter. I can’t eat more than 2 chicken breasts at a sitting, and while I am not a big eater, I have a hard time thinking people can eat 10 chicken breasts in a day. And even if they could it still would not be overeating from a calorie perspective for most. Ten chicken breasts still only amounts to less than 2,000 calories. This would mean you need to eat three for breakfast, three for lunch and four for dinner. I am doubting anyone would have much room for their broccoli after that.

The reality is, you can take any lean protein source and pair it with as many non-starchy vegetables as you can eat (corn, potatoes, peas, beans etc= starchy vegetables if we can even call them vegetables, they are actually starches). You can also throw in as much low sugar fruit as you want for your sweet tooth (things like berries, apples, pears and citrus)…and you will end up with more food than you can eat, less calories, less insulin and more nutrients than most any low fat, whole grain diet a nutritionist can dream up.

Fat loss eating means eating more of the right things more often. The right things= lean protein, vegetables and low sugar fruit. In my clinical practice almost everyone (upwards of 90%) who eats this way sees substantial improvements in body composition and health. That is the difference between healthy eating and fat loss eating. Fat loss foods are both healthy AND help with body composition, while “healthy foods” may not help with either one……until next time
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NEW!! Getting healthy and fit and staying that way

Princess Harris, is a Bahamian-American Actress, Health and Fitness Consultant and Sports Fitness Model based in New York City. Princess is on a mission to inform, educate and encourage a healthy and wholesome lifestyle, and each week will show you how you can be healthy and enjoy it.
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As a Sports Fitness Model, I have worked with some of the top fitness nutritionists, photographers, Directors and Magazines..such as P90X, Cardio Karate, Urban Rebounding, Oxygen, Women Health, and Lovate to name a few. Join me, as I share my personal tips, routines and even ‘tricks’:) to help you on your journey in getting AND keeping that ‘vacation’ body, and having fun while doing it.

The most important quality one must have in order to achieving Health and Fitness is dedication. Health and fitness is a lifestyle that can only be attained through hard work. There are no short cuts to success and it all starts with having a proper diet regimen.

A proper diet is one that consists of healthier choices, smarter preparation, and a balance of Protein, Vegetables, and Good Carbohydrates. A healthier choice consists of little to NO white flour and foods from sealed cans and having natural foods I.e. fruits, vegetables and nuts that are unsalted. One should consume little to no salt and sugar, as salt causing bloating and sugar turns into fat, as well as other medical issues.

Smarter food preparations consist of Grilled/Baked/Broiled/Steamed vs. Fried. One of the primary reasons people gain weight is due to a lack of portion control. To lose one pound -one must burn 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing normal activities. Portion control is important because your stomach is the size of your fist, so you should not expect to stuff 10 times that amount of food into it without negative consequences.

Another important aspect of healthier living is a consistent workout program.

One should exercise 4-5 times a week minimum consisting of at least 30 minutes of cardio each day and calisthenics.This should include working different muscle groups, such as lower body (hamstrings/quads/calves) and on opposite days upper body, (chest/biceps/back) splitting the workouts in groups and breaking down each muscle with different exercises.

In essence, you should change from ‘eating whenever you can and exercising only when you must… to eating only when you must and exercising whenever you can’. As it is evident that I live and breathe health and fitness – I get greater satisfaction motivating, educating, and inspiring others to live a healthier and fit lifestyle.

Stay tuned each week, for more on developing and maintaining this ‘new’ you….feel free to leave comments, ask questions and share progress….

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