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Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Dallon Cox and my intentions with this blog are to empower people to transform their lives through great information and resources. The focus of this blog will center around Personal Development in all aspects of your life; physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, financially, in your career, with relationships and even with overall health and wellness. I highly encourage the asking of questions and I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner when asked. I look forward to connecting with you and sharing some valuable information with you soon. Thanks again for checking out my blog. Dallon Cox II

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The Body by Vi Challenge-A Simple, Fun and Universal Message!!!

Did you know?

Over 66% of U.S. is overweight.

Over 30% Clinically Obese

 

2009 Obesity Report:http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2009/Obesity2009Report.pdf

 

o Price points tailored to meet the current economy and attract every consumer level

o All Challenge Kits come with a FREE Vi-Net Health Membership, access to online tools, articles, trainings, and community support.

o Results & Success Stories! http://www.visalus.com/bbvi/success/

o The simplicity of the program guidelines (”a shake a day!”) yield better compliance & higher retention than competitors.

o Viral “Refer 3, get your next month FREE!” customer campaign.

Both Customers and Distributors can refer other Customers and get their auto ship for FREE every month

o Over $100,000 a year in Cash, Cruises, Prizes, Hollywood Makeover Experiences, & more given to Challenge Participants with best before/after photos!

– Challenge Prizes: http://www.visalus.com/bbvi/prizes/

o Body Bi Vi FAQ’s: http://www.visalus.com/docs/bbvi/bbvi_faq.pdf

 

Real Science: ViSalus Scientific Advisory Board

 

o Head of Scientific Advisory Board: Dr. Michael Seidman MD FACS

Voted among top 1% of all doctors in America

Chairman of a multibillion dollar medical facility in Michigan

Consultant to the NFL, NHL, MLB and other professional sporting leagues

Funded by large institutions like the National Institutes of Health since 1981

 

o Another Member of Scientific Advisory Board: Dr. Steven Witherly, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Human Nutrition, M.S. Food Science, B.S Nutrition & Dietetics

Was formally the Vice President of New Product Development for Herbalife International

Served as Director of R & D for Nutrilite Division of Amway Corporation.

Was Manager of Scientific Research for well known multibillion dollar international food company.

Over 25 years of Professional Product Development Experience.

 

Emotional Products – Real Results!

 

o Exclusive, patented products with universal appeal and growing demand, backed by real science & success stories.

o ViSalus has over 22 product SKU’s with 5 patent applications.Ongoing new product development. The most popular items are the 3 Challenge Kits & the Core Kit:

 

o Balance Kit – $81 in value for only $49. Contains 30 healthy meals for overall balanced nutrition.

Features Vi – Shape – “A shake mix that tastes like a cake mix”

Meal Replacement – One Shake a Day. It actually SAVES you money to take it.

One Vi Shape Shake is the nutritional equitant of: 7 egg whites, 1 cup milk, 1 whole wheat muffin, 1 glass orange juice, 1 tomato,1 cup broccoli, 1 cup spinach, 3.5 oz. beef…..

Works to builds lean muscle and prevent muscle loss.

Lower sodium, lower carbs, lower sugar, more fiber, more digestive enzymes, and higher quality protein than competitors.

Contains an “alkaline neutralizing’ effect

Sweet Crème flavor. Can add variety and focused health benefits with patent pending Health Flavor Mix- ins.

Ingredients

Direct Product Comparison

 

o Shape Kit – $155 in value for only $99. Contains 60 meals designed to help reshape your body and generate faster results.

Meal Replacement – Two Shakes a day plus more variety with additionial Health Flavors.

 

Transformation Kit – $375 in value for only $249. Everything you need for total transformation!

 

Also Features Neuro “Smart Energy”

Unique, patent-pending herb based energy drink mix designed to awaken the brain and fight fatigue without the jitters.

TREND: Energy Drink market projected double in less than 5 years.

Healthy niche: No sugar added, 1 gram carbs, 5 calories, all-natural flavor and color! 2 great-tasting flavors!

Portable “on the go” packet that mixes easily in water, iced tea, hot tea, or any beverage.

Ingredients

Direct Product Comparison

Challenge Kit Information Sheet

 

Core Kit – $305 in value for only $199. The ultimate maintenance program.

 

Also Features – Vi-pakTM “Patented Anti Aging & Energy System”

Patented Anti-Aging & Energy Complex

Chelated Multi Mineral & Vitamin Formula

26 different Super Charged Anti-Oxidants

Double Distilled Essential Oils and all Omegas

Independent Lab ORAC Test

Direct Product Comparison

 

To order any of the Body by Vi Challenge kits, visit http://www.GetThin2Win.com

Diet Soda will make you FAT!!! Seriously…

Don’t drink diet soda… please

For regular soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese is:

26% for up to 1/2 can each day

30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day

32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day

47.2% for more than 2 cans each day.

For diet soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese is:

36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day

37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day

54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day

57.1% for more than 2 cans each day.

For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up 41%.

 

Why Diet Soda Is Not As Healthy As You May Think

1. You might notice that you get bloated if you decide to drink diet soda. The main reason is because the carbonation that can be found in diet soda leads to fluid retention. This could be the reason that you might begin to notice a little bit of a “pouch” if you are drinking a lot of diet soda lately. Although you might think that you will lose a whole lot of weight through drinking diet soda, the truth is that you could end up feeling as though you are losing less weight with regular soda because of the amount of water weight that you could end up gaining from diet soda.

2. One of the main reasons that you night be drinking this is because it is low in sugar. However, did you ever wonder if it was low in anything else? Just because diet soda is low in sugar does not mean that it isn’t loaded in other things. In fact, diet soda has an extremely high sodium content. One of your main questions might be if sugar or sodium intake is worse. The answer is that you can really flip a coin or take your pick. Both are not healthy when they are drank excessively.

3. Diet soda contains Aspartame, which is highly unhealthy for your body- in more ways than one. If you did not already know, ten percent of Aspartame consists of methanol, also known as wood alcohol, which is an extremely deadly poison. Eventually, once you have consumed it, methanol will turn into formic acid and formaldehyde while it is in your body. Both of these things are, of course, poisonous to the body. What’s worse is that Aspartame has been known to vision complications among humans, as well as seizures and brain tumors among animals. Overall, it is definitely safe to say that Aspartame is not something that you would want to consume if you were able to choose not to.

4. You might find yourself wanting to snack a whole lot more, which could defeat the purpose of incorporating diet soda into your diet if you are trying to lose weight. Nutrasweet, which is often found in different types of diet sodas, is known to cause excessive hunger or thirst. Another reason that you will probably find yourself feeling thirsty after you have drank diet soda is because it contains so much sodium, which is known to cause constant thirst.

 

What You Should Consider When Drinking Diet Soda

It is important to remember that it is one thing to drink diet soda because you genuinely enjoy the taste, but it is another thing to drink it solely because you feel that you will lose weight from drinking it. The truth is that you will not lose weight any quicker drinking diet soda than you would drinking regular soda. The only way to really lose the pounds that you are looking to lose is to eliminate all types of soda or other drinks that may be high in sugar or sodium from your diet. If you are going to be drinking diet soda, one of the most important things that you should keep in mind is that it should only be consumed in moderation – much like any other type of food or drink. Although it may be harmful to people who drink it daily, if you only drink it every once in awhile, you will probably experience minimal side effects if you limit your diet soda intake.

I recommend a healthier alternative such as Neuro-Smart Energy…  http://ldcox.myvi.net/products.html

2 tips Tuesday… Are your resolutions hanging on by a thread?

Did you know that 92% of new years resolutions tend to end in failure? Here are a couple simple tips to setting your goals and being part of the 8%!

Lets start off with some facts! Did you know that to burn one pound of fat you have to burn 3500 calories? Did you know that per 1 pound of muscle on your body your basal metabolism(how many calories you burn at rest) increases from around 50-70 calories per day?

Tip 1: Don’t underestimate the power of muscle building exercises! Ladies and gents this doesn’t mean start training like a body builder! This just means hey, don’t just rely on cardio to count on burning the calories! 10 lbs of muscle developed evenly on your whole body will NOT leave you looking bulky, and at the end of the day you will be burning 500-700 calories more doing whatever it is you are doing, not even including the gym! WOW! Next time you are counting the calories adding up on the treadmill see how long it takes for you to burn up to 700 calories!

Tip 2: DON’T do ab exercises with the goal in mind that the more ab exercises you do the smaller, tighter, or trimmer your stomach will magically get! YES you need to do ab and other core exercises, but NO they don’t specifically help get rid of those soft fat stores. This is call spot reduction… And is a MYTH! Your best bet is to build up muscle evenly over the whole body… And the bigger the muscle group (ie. legs/butt, vs arms) the more calories in the long run you will be burning when?… The best part…AT REST!.. And your body burns fat most efficiently at rest!

In Summary, cardio is great, abs are great… Just don’t be that person who just does cardio and abs who is in an uphill chase for that sexy stomach! Keep doing them… Just keep in mind the above… And use the compound effect!.. Imagine being at the point you are burning those 500-700 cals, plus the continued regular workouts.. And do the math on some crazy calorie burn, and some crazy fat melting… When?… AT REST!

There you have it. Your two tips Tuesday for this week!

For the nutrition programs I recommend, check out my site http://www.GetThin2Win.com

Sugar Loaded Beverages can Lead to OBESITY!

Extra calories from sugar-loaded beverages can lead to obesity and health problems

If we can reduce the amount of sugar-loaded beverages we drink in King County we will improve our health. Choose low-fat milk or water instead!

Beverage consumption, 1977-2006 Daily milk consumption among children has declined to similar consumption levels as nondiet sodas, while nondiet soda consumption among adults surpasses milk.

Source: ERS calculations based on USDA’s 1977-78 Nationwide Food Consumption Survey (NFCS) data, 1989-91 and 1994-98 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Public Health – Seattle & King County, together with health departments across the country, are warning people that drinking too many sugar-loaded drinks causes obesity and other health problems.

What is a sugar-loaded beverage?

A sugar-loaded beverage (also known as a sugar-sweetened beverage) is a drink with sugar added such as soda, sports drinks, energy drinks and sweetened fruit drinks.

What is the concern about sugar-loaded beverages?

People in the United States now consume 200-300 more calories each day than we did 30 years ago; more than half of these calories come from sugar-loaded beverages.

Drinking sugar-loaded beverages contributes to more adults and children being overweight or obese and at serious risk for major health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

How do sugar-loaded beverages contribute to obesity and poor health?

  • Children who drink two or more sugar-loaded beverages a day are more likely to be overweight than those who consume healthier alternatives such as low-fat milk or water.
  • High sugar-loaded beverage consumption increases risk of diabetes in women by 83%.
  • Sugar-loaded beverages have replaced milk in the diets of many teens, putting them at risk for osteoporosis and brittle bones.
  • Consumption of sugar-loaded beverages by young children (one to five years old) is associated with an 80-100% increased risk of cavities.

What is the problem in King County?

  • In King County, nearly one in three children in middle and high school is overweight or obese and that number is growing.
  • In 2009, about 55% of King County adults were either overweight or obese. These rates are even higher in communities of low-income people.

How much sugar and how many calories are in a bottle of soda?

  • A 20-ounce bottle of soda has more than 15 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories. This is more than 10% of the average number of calories a person needs to consume in a day.

Give yourself and your children a vi-shake nutritional shake instead of a soda.

One shake contains 23 vitamins and minerals, 5 grams of fiber, 12 grams of protein and less than a gram of sugar.

www.GetThin2Win.com

Soda is BAD for you… Seriously!

 

Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health

Expert links additive to cellular damage

By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent

Published: 27 May 2007

A new health scare erupted over soft drinks last night amid evidence they may cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.

The problem – more usually associated with ageing and alcohol abuse – can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

The findings could have serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who consume fizzy drinks. They will also intensify the controversy about food additives, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children.

Concerns centre on the safety of E211, known as sodium benzoate, a preservative used for decades by the £74bn global carbonated drinks industry. Sodium benzoate derives from benzoic acid. It occurs naturally in berries, but is used in large quantities to prevent mould in soft drinks such as Sprite, Oasis and Dr Pepper. It is also added to pickles and sauces.

Sodium benzoate has already been the subject of concern about cancer because when mixed with the additive vitamin C in soft drinks, it causes benzene, a carcinogenic substance. A Food Standards Agency survey of benzene in drinks last year found high levels in four brands which were removed from sale.

Now, an expert in ageing at Sheffield University, who has been working on sodium benzoate since publishing a research paper in 1999, has decided to speak out about another danger. Professor Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology, tested the impact of sodium benzoate on living yeast cells in his laboratory. What he found alarmed him: the benzoate was damaging an important area of DNA in the “power station” of cells known as the mitochondria.

He told The Independent on Sunday: “These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they knock it out altogether.

“The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it – as happens in a number if diseased states – then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA – Parkinson’s and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of ageing.”

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) backs the use of sodium benzoate in the UK and it has been approved by the European Union but last night, MPs called for it to investigate urgently.

Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat chair of Parliament’s all-party environment group said: “Many additives are relatively new and their long-term impact cannot be certain. This preservative clearly needs to be investigated further by the FSA.”

A review of sodium benzoate by the World Health Organization in 2000 concluded that it was safe, but it noted that the available science supporting its safety was “limited”.

Professor Piper, whose work has been funded by a government research council, said tests conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration were out of date.

“The food industry will say these compounds have been tested and they are complete safe,” he said. “By the criteria of modern safety testing, the safety tests were inadequate. Like all things, safety testing moves forward and you can conduct a much more rigorous safety test than you could 50 years ago.”

He advised parents to think carefully about buying drinks with preservatives until the quantities in products were proved safe by new tests. “My concern is for children who are drinking large amounts,” he said.

Coca-Cola and Britvic’s Pepsi Max and Diet Pepsi all contain sodium benzoate. Their makers and the British Soft Drinks Association said they entrusted the safety of additives to the Government.

Makes you stop and think… http://GetThin2Win.com

Weight Loss Statistics

Public health messages sometimes tend to have the opposite effect of what they are intended to do. Constantly being bombarded by the same broken record can make us switch off. Unfortunately, it’s very seldom that the dangers of these warnings disappear in a similar way. Take for example the dangers of being obese, or even overweight. We can ignore all the warnings we want, but the fact remains that if you are carrying excess weight, you will at some stage suffer from the associated health problems.

In a recent National Geographic magazine the statistically most likely causes of death in the United States were listed. The top three are heart disease (1 in 5 chance), cancer (1 in 7 chance) and stroke (1 in 24 chance). All three are closely associated with, if not directly linked to being overweight (incidentally, the cause of death with the least chance of occurring was by fireworks discharge with a 1 in 340,733 chance). It’s no coincidence that the Americans also happen to be the fattest people walking the earth at the moment; closely followed we should add, by the Australians.
If you think that you aren’t at risk, grab a tape measure and measure your waist. Men have an increased risk of developing obesity related diseases if the measurement is more than 94cm, and a substantially higher risk if their waist is more than 102cm. For women these figures are 80cm and 88cm respectively.

Fat surrounding the abdomen, cutely referred to as a ‘pot belly’, regardless of the rest of your size, increases the chance of developing health conditions like; heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers. Many of you will probably be surprised to find you fit into this higher risk category. The large number of people in our community who are morbidly obese tend to give the rest of us a false sense of security.

The health risks and body fat distribution is as follows:

Least risk – slim people with no pot belly
Moderate risk – overweight people with no pot belly
Highest risk – overweight people with a pot belly

Your risk of developing diseases increases with your weight. The more overweight you are the higher your chance of developing; heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, gout (joint pain caused by excess uric acid) and gallbladder disease. Being overweight can also bring on the uncomfortable condition of sleep apnea and painful osteoarthritis.

Overweight people also are more likely to have high blood pressure, which is associated with a multitude of health problems. Excess kilos can also mean very high blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats), which can also lead to heart disease.

Being obese or overweight will almost certainly shorten your life, and certainly lessen the quality of your life. The ironic thing is that heart disease, many cancers and stroke are largely preventable through correct diet and exercise. These inflictions are not something that is out of out of our power, a symptom of modern life that we have to learn to accept.

The good news is a loss of just five to 10 kilos can dramatically improve your health. It’s also a good idea to have your GP check your blood pressure and cholesterol. Left unchecked these symptoms can do incredible damage to your body.

Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle will have dramatic and positive effects on your health.

1. Do some exercise regularly, start off with just three or four half hour walks per week. Build up your exercise to half an hour every day, plus add some stretching, deep breathing, resistance training (light weights for 10 minutes three times a week), and some stamina training to get your heart rate up (20 minutes, three times a week).
2. Get some good quality sleep every night (7-8 hours), and try to go to bed and get up around the same time every day, even on weekends.
3. Get yourself a hobby besides eating. Eat only when you’re hungry instead!
4. Avoid saturated fats, trans fats and white bread, white rice and white pasta.
5. Eat food that is as close to its natural state as possible; lean meats, fruits, vegetables, wholegrain breads, cereals, pasta and brown rice.
6. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
7. Take a quality multivitamin.

My recommendation is to check out the Body By Vi Challenge, http://GetThin2Win.com

Thanks for reading,

Dallon (That’s me down there)