Exercises for Women to Develop Core Strength

To begin with, what is the core? It's the group of muscles which supports your upper torso and connects your lower and upper body together. It includes the front abdominals, the side abdominals (obliques), and the lower back muscles. Believe it or not, all movement begins at the core. Regardless of what you are doing, your core will be activated.

Try coughing. Now, poke your tummy. Notice your core tightening each time? Stand up and touch the ground with your fingers without bending your knees, then straighten your body. Your core is lowering you and raising you up.

When you're standing or sitting straight, the core supports your upper body and keeps it rigid like a natural corset.

Even though the core is one of the most important muscle groups in the body, most people don't do enough to strengthen it. Some people will do crunches or sit-ups, but these are not core exercises. They only activate the front abs. A true core exercise is one where all facets of the core are engaged, including the front, sides, and lower back.

In my experience, one of the main reasons why people have lower back pain is because they have a weak core. It is not strong enough to support their upper body. For women, this is a big concern because we are a little top heavy. :)

For this reasons, we need more support than men. This workout was not specifically designed for women, but it's definitely something women should do at least once a week. It appears in the P90X2 workout DVD program. I'm reviewing it separately to discuss how this workout can help women develop their core strength without the need for fancy equipment.  It is designed to be done at home.

P90X2 Core is the introductory workout in P90X2. It is about 55 minutes long, give or take.  It consists of a series of eighteen exercises. Each exercise lasts about 1-2 minutes.  Every exercise will recruit the lower abs, upper abs, lower back, obliques, or all of the above. The emphasis in this workout is balance and slow, controlled movements to really get those core muscles involved. Correct form is critical. Along with Tony Horton, the trainer, there are three demonstrators who will show you how to do each exercise correctly.

You can also check out this demonstration video of me below:

Recommended Equipment

To do this workout correctly, I strongly recommend that you invest in a stability ball and a medicine ball (a basketball may be substituted). A foam roller and yoga mat are optional in my opinion. You can skip most of the warmup exercises which involve the foam roller without compromising this workout. One of the fitness demonstrators will show you how to do the exercises without any of the recommended gear.

Core Warmup Exercises

These warmups will get your core ready for some serious action. They are all low impact.

Side to Side Twist. This warmup uses a stability ball. Stand upright with your feet apart greater than shoulder width. Hold the stability ball with both hands while your arms are outstretched in front of you. Twist your torso from side to side. Pivot your feet slightly to extend the twist. This stretch will do wonders for your lower back.

Squats. Stand with a stability ball grasped with both hands while your arms are outstretched in front of you. Lower your body into the squat position. Squat only to where your thighs are parallel to the floor. You don't have to go all the down. As you lower yourself, raise your arms above your head. Reach as far as you can with the stability ball. Return to the standing position and repeat 5-6 times. This will heat up the quads, gluts, and shoulders.

Side Stretches. Stand with the stability ball held directly over your head with both arms straightened. Lean your torso to one side for a few seconds, then to the other side. Repeat 5-6 times. This will stretch to your lats and obliques.

Lunges. Basic lunges with a stability ball raised over your head. Your quads and gluts will feel the burn.

Cross body bend and reach with stability ball. Basically, you are bending, twisting, and reaching with a stability ball. Stand with feet wide apart holding a stability ball in front of you. Bend down and touch the stability ball to the ground on the right side of your feet. Then, twist your torso as you raise yourself up and reach as far as you can to the left side.

Foam roller exercises. Rather than boring stretching exercises, you will spend the next two minutes or so foam rolling. Use the foam roller to release and massage your muscles. This segment is free form.

Chest and shoulder openers. This exercise is called "angels" in the workout. Lie on your back with a foam roller underneath you so that the length of the foam roller is aligned with the length of your spine. Keeping your shoulders, elbows, and hands as close to the ground as possible, move your arms parallel to the fllor to stretch out your chest and back.

Low plank hold. This exercise is also known as the "sphinx."  Get in low plank position with both elbows on the foam roller. Keep your entire body straight, rigid and aligned from top to bottom. Try not to let your bug sag or stick up. Hold this position for about 30 seconds. This exercise might seem hard at first, but with practice, your core will get stronger and it will become easy.

Deep runner's stretch with low squat. Basically, you are in the deep runner's stretch position, with one leg bent in front and the other straight and extended behind you as far as possible. Raise one arm towards the ceiling so that it is perpendicular to the floor while keeping the other palm firmly planted on the ground, then switch arm positions. Repeat these series of movements several times, alternating sides.

Moving hamstring stretches. Tony Horton calls this the "inchworm." From standing position, bend over and slowly walk your hands forward until your body is in the low plank position. Instead of reversing yourself to get back up to the standing position, you will slowly walk your feet up to your hands (which remain stationary on the ground). Turn around and repeat 3-4 times.

Lower back stretches. This warmup is call the "scorpion."  Lie on the ground face down. Your arms are outstretched to your sides. Your shoulders are touching the ground. Your legs are outstretched and aligned with the length of your body. Raise one leg off the ground. Drive the heel towards the ceiling, bending it slightly towards your head. The leg looks like a scorpion stinger at this point. Then, twist the leg to the opposite side of the body. Keep both shoulders firmly planted on the floor as you are moving the leg. Return the leg to the ground and repeat for the other side. Your lower back will feel amazing.

Groin stretches. Get in the plank position with one leg bent and the other straight behind you. Alternate moving the legs. This will stretch out the inner thighs, gluts, groin area, and hamstrings.

The Main Core Exercises

Low plank cross crunch. This exercise begins in the low plank position with your body straight, legs extended, head aligned with the body, and your forearms and toes touching the floor. While keeping your back straight, bend one leg so that the knee touches the opposite elbow. Do not raise your butt as you do this. Then, straighten the leg and do the same for other side. This exercise will really activate your obliques, but will also recruit the other parts of your core in order to stabilize your body as you perform the knee-to-elbow touches.

Cross crunch in table position. Start in the lunge position. Quickly but in a controlled fashion move into the "table" position. That is, your arms are outstretched over your head, your torso is bent over at a 90-degrees angle to your waist while at the same time one leg is raised and extended behind you at a 90-degrees angle to your waist, and the other leg on the ground for support. In perfect table position, your arms, torso and extended leg are aligned in a straight line, forming “T” with the supporting leg. Maintain table position for 1-3 seconds. As you return to standing position, don't let the foot of the extended leg to touch the floor. Bend the knee of the extended leg and touch the opposite elbow to the knee. Repeat for 10-15 reps, then do the same for the other leg. This exercise engages the lower back muscles and gluts while you are in table position, but will activate the front abs and obliques when you do the knee-to-elbow touch. Expect the supporting leg to shake, rattle, and roll 30 seconds into the exercise.

One legged walk outs to low plank. Begin in the standing position with one foot slightly off the floor. Slowly squat down on one leg and walk out using your hands into the low plank position while maintaining the raised foot off the floor. Then, walk your hands backwards up into the upright position while remaining balanced on one leg. Repeat for 10-15 reps, then do the same for the other leg.

Side leg raises. Get into the side plank position with your entire body supported on one arm. Straighten and raise the other arm from your side to above your head, while simultaneously raising the non-supporting leg as high as possible. Do at least 10 reps without lowering your body.

Back roll to boat position. This is called the "roller boat" in the workout. This exercise incorporates the yoga "boat" position. Begin by lying on your back on a yoga mat with your legs tucked to your chest and wrapped in place with your arms. Roll your body forward and at the peak stop your roll and extend your legs and arms into the boat position (legs raised off floor, arms parallel with legs, and torso straight). Hold for this position for 2-5 seconds, then roll backwards to the balled up lying position. Repeat 10-15 times.

Medicine ball pushup. This exercise might be really hard for some women because many do not have the upper body strength. Keep practicing, however, and you'll get strong enough to do them with ease. When I first started working out, I could barely do one pushup. Start in the plank position with a medicine ball underneath your chest. Push off so that your entire upper body leaves the floor. As you come down, land with your hands grasping the medicine ball. Release the ball and return to the plank position. Do 25-30 reps. You can modify by bending your knees while you do the pushups.

One legged side leap with squat. Start in the upright position. Hop to one side, landing on one leg. Maintain the one-legged balance position. Squat down slightly and touch the toe of the support leg with the opposite hand. Return to the upright position, but don't let the raised foot to touch the ground. Now, hop to the opposite side and repeat all the movements. Do about 12-20 reps. Your entire core with be engaged to keep your balance while you are performing each movement in a controlled fashion.

Stability ball circles. Get into the low plank position with your forearms on a stability ball and your toes touching the ground. Using your core, move your body in a circular motion clockwise on the stability ball. Switch to counter-clockwise motions after 30 seconds. For added intensity, raise one leg off the ground as you do the rotations.

Lunge leaps.  Start in the lunge position. Leap straight up into the air with one arm reaching for the ceiling and one knee raised towards your chest. Land into to the lunge position. Do about 15-20 reps and repeat for the other side. This is one of the few high impact exercises in this workout.

Backwards roll with medicine ball. Begin in the standing position while holding a medicine ball at chest level. Roll backwards to the ground. As you reach the bottom of the roll, drive your legs towards the ceiling so that they are perpendicular to the ground. Your feet should not move past your shoulders. In one smooth motion, roll forward using momentum to move your body back into the upright position. When your feet make contact with the ground, leap straight up into the air while driving the medicine ball towards the ceiling. Do 12-15 reps. This move will activate your entire midsection.

One legged plank burpees. Get into the plank position with the palms of your hands resting on a stability ball. Hold this position while raising one leg off the ground. Hop so that the supporting leg moves as close as possible to the stability ball. Then, hop back into the plank position without letting the other foot touch the floor. Do a pushup in between each hop. Repeat for 10-15 reps, then do the same for the other side.

Banana crunch. Basically, a banana roll using a medicine ball or stability ball. Begin by lying on your back in the "banana position," feet slightly elevated and your arms outstretched while holding a medicine ball or stability ball behind your head. Your body should be curved like the fruit. Sit up and move your arms and legs together, using your butt as the balance point. When your arms and legs meet, transfer the medicine ball or stability ball and place it between your ankles. Return to the banana position. Do 10-15 reps. Your core, especially the lower abs, will protest loudly.

Alternating squat press. Begin in the low squat position while holding a medicine ball at chest level. Stand upright all the way to your tiptoes and press the medicine ball towards the. Lower yourself back into the low squat position and stand up on your tip toes, this time reaching with the medicine ball to the right side of your body. Repeat the squats, each time alternating reaching between the center, right, and left.

Mountain climber on stability ball. These are oblique crunches while performed on a stability ball. Get into the low plank position with your forearms resting on top of the stability ball. Bend one leg and touch your knee to the elbow. Return to the low plank position and do the same for the other leg. Do not let your butt pop up.

Standing pushups. Get into a standing position with your legs wide apart and knees slightly bent. Drop down onto your hands and lower your body as if doing a pushup, but keep your knees bent. Push yourself upwards, using your arms to drive your body back into the standing squat position. Do not walk back to standing position using your hands. Instead, push off with enough force to move your body backwards. It should be one fluid motion from bottom to top.

Low plank twist crunch. Start in the side low plank position, with your body on one side and supported by one forearm.  Using the free arm, twist your body in order to reach below past your chest, then raise the arm to the sky. Finish the move by touching your palm to the foot of the non support leg. Move the leg up to meet the palm. Repeat 10-15 times. You must maintain the side balanced position until you complete all reps. Repeat for the other side.

One legged burpee with medicine ball. This is the same exercise as plank burpees discussed above, but with a medicine ball. It's harder than it looks.

That's it. The workout is done. You hardly did any hopping, running, or jumping, but you might notice that you're sweating like crazy. That's because practically every inch of your body has been worked out.

Final Thoughts

I've done this workout many times already, and still do not find it to be easy, especially when I'm doing each exercise as perfectly as possible. The key to getting the most benefit is to get your form right. Make sure your core is engaged.

The good thing is that it is mostly low impact, so no worries about throwing your body out of whack.

I used to have serious lower back pain. I would wake up in the morning and spend at least 15 minutes trying to get out of bed because I would have to do all kinds of self adjustments to my back to make the pain go away.

Today, my lower back pain is mostly a thing of the past. This is one of the workouts that helped me achieve a pain free life. If you suffer from regular back pain, I can't recommend this workout enough (and P90X2 overall). Most of the time, there's nothing wrong with your spine. The problem lies with your core.

When you develop your core, it will act like a corset, wrapping around your entire midsection to give support to your entire body and keep it rigid.

Women who do these core exercises will likely get relief from back pain like I did.

Do you have any questions about this article about core exercises for women or anything relating to health, fitness, and weight loss? Email me at connectwithJade@getresponse.com. I love to hear from my readers!

20 Low Calorie and Healthy Snack Ideas


Try These Healthy Snack Ideas Which Won’t Blow Your Daily Calorie Budget

Other than a nap, there’s nothing better than a mid-day or mid-afternoon snack to boost your energy level. I’m a huge fan of both napping and snacking, but I can only do one on a regular basis. :)

With three school age kids, snacks are my lifeblood. I don’t always have time to prepare a balanced meal for myself, but I always have enough time to grab one of these healthy snack ideas. The great thing is that all are 150 calories or less.

By planning ahead, I never have to stop by the snack machine or convenience stores. There’s nothing there I would want to eat anyway. Not into chemicals, processed sugar, nasty fats, and tons of salt, thank you.

Try some of ideas and see for yourself how easy it is to keep your hunger pangs at bay without having to resort to processed snack foods with fluorescent orange cheese coloring that requires industrial strength cleaning agent to remove from your fingers.

Notice that there are no processed items in this list. When it comes to snacking, I generally avoid anything that comes in a box or wrapper. No nutrition and loaded with unnecessary junk and calories. Almost all the ingredients can be found at any well stocked supermarket.

One more thing, don’t bother with the cottage cheese or rice cakes. It’s 2014, baby!

My Favorite Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. Frozen grapes.  If you close your eyes as you much on a frozen grape, you can fool yourself into thinking that you’re eating a sorbet. Just rinse 2 cups of grapes, toss them in a plastic bag, and throw them in the freezer for a few hours. You'll have a chilly, low-calorie snack that’s only about 130 calories.
  2. Jicama salad. Chop 1 cup of jicama (a root that you can find in most health food stores) and add a twist of lemon juice and a shake of sea salt.  A tangy, crunchy, and refreshing salad that is only 50 calories that will give you a blast of energy.
  3. Greek salad.  Dice 1 medium tomato, half a red onion, and 1 cucumber, and top with 1 ounce of low-fat feta cheese and a pinch of salt. This Mediterranean inspired salad tastes way more decadent than its 146 calories.
  4. Dates and prosciutto.  In the mood for something savory that combines sweet and salty? Wrap 1 piece of prosciutto around a date for a bite is approximately 50 calories.
  5. Watermelon with feta cheese. On its own, watermelon is such a great snack food. It's low in calories, full of water, and high in vitamin C. To add some protein and fat, top 1 cup of watermelon with 1 ounce of crumbled feta for a treat less than 100 calories.
  6. Avocado. Nothing too fancy here. Just 1/2 of an avacado eaten plain will fill you up with good stuff. Zero preparation required is a big plus.
  7. Caprese. The Italians know what they're doing when it comes to eating healthy.  Top 1 ounce of fresh mozzarella cheese with 1 cup of cherry tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Sublime, sophisticate, and savory!
  8. Fresh berries. My kids can’t get enough of this treat. One cup of strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries is an antioxidant-friendly, refreshing treat that's under 100 calories. Simple and delicious!
  9. Tabouleh. This classic Middle Eastern salad is made from bulgur, tomato, parsley, lemon juice, mint, garlic, and salt. Make your own or pick up some from your local deli. A cup is only 150 calories or less.
  10. Pickles. They’re practically calorie-free yet their texture allows you to feel satisfied? Their delectable crunch makes them a fun snack that will make you reminisce about childhood 4th of July picnics.
  11. Cinnamon apple. Sprinkle an apple with cinnamon for a treat that reminds you of apple pie, but with only 70 tiny calories and no added sugar. Also, gluten free.
  12. Apple sauce. Sprinkle 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon for a 100-calorie snack. Just make sure to read the ingredients of the apple sauce because well known brands contain added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
  13. Nuts. One of my favorite snack foods.  A handful of 40 pistachios or 20 raw almonds will give you a nice dose of protein and good fat. Because nuts are so dense, they help to keep you feeling full.
  14. Pitted Olives. Load up on healthy fats by munching on 16 pitted olives. Simple yet filling.
  15. Peanut, almond, or cashew butter. For a super quick snack, grab a spoonful of nut butter. You can eat it straight or spread it onto carrots or celery. This protein-rich treat will replenish your energy level. Again, read the labels and avoid the well known brands. The all natural versions are about 100 calories per serving.
  16. Roasted chickpeas. Mix together olive oil, spices, and chickpeas on a baking sheet, roast them in your oven for 35 minutes, and you'll have a guilt-free snack high in fiber and antioxidants that's approximately 150 calories per quarter-cup serving.
  17. Bell pepper with balsamic vinegar. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over sliced bell peppers for a treat high in vitamin C and low in calories. 1 marinated bell pepper is equal to about 40 calories.
  18. Avocado toast. Mash 1/4 of an avocado onto 1 slice of whole wheat or sprouted-grain toast and sprinkle it with Espellete pepper for a 120-calorie omega-3 friendly snack.
  19. Water. Don't forget about hydration! Often times our minds confuse thirst for hunger. Before you reach for any food item, try drinking an 8-ounce glass of water. You’ll probably feel less hungry right away.
  20. Nothing. Believe it or not, hunger is a hormonal response. Your body produces hormones which you interpret to be hunger. Like all hormones, the effect is temporary. If you wait for a while, the sensation of being hungry will actually go away. Try it sometimes. 

Final Thoughts

One of the ways that I have been able to maintain my weight for over three years is because I don’t do dumb snacking. Meaning, I don’t reach for junk food anytime a hunger pang hits me. I treat my snacks as “mini-meals” so I try to make them as healthy and nutritious as possible. Make every bite count!

Do you have any questions about this article about healthy snack ideas or anything relating to health, fitness, and weight loss? Email me at connectwithJade@getresponse.com. I love to hear from my readers!

How to Work Out Without a Gym


Let Me Show You How to Work Out Without a Gym and Still Get Amazing Results

This is what I have learned---to get the best results, you don’t need a high-priced gym membership. Or fancy equipment, or a personal trainer. Everything you need can be found at your local sporting goods store or ordered online.

Sometimes I can't believe that I'm actually writing this. Considering where I started, I never thought I would make health and fitness a way of life. I was one of those women who was downright intimidated by exercise. The idea of a work out for me was to climb a set of stairs to the second floor. LOL.

In the past, when I saw people who were healthy and fit, I’d always assumed that they were that way because they could afford to go the gym all the time. Or, they owned the best fitness equipment and had an expensive personal trainer at their beck and call to show them how work out.

Actually, that was my way of rationalizing my wimpiness. I blamed the fact that I didn't have any of those things for my poor state of health. I used to think I was doomed to living the life of a couch potato because I didn't know how to work out without a gym.

What I learned on My Fitness Journey

I was wrong. I know now that you don't need a gym, fancy exercise equipment, or a personal trainer to achieve total fitness. At 41 years old, I am in the best shape of my life. My teenaged self would be amazed at some of the things I can do today. Best of all, I achieved it without ever having to step into a gym.

I also don’t own any fancy workout machines at home (unless you consider a pull-up bar and Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbells to be fancy. LOL.

And no, I haven't hired a personal trainer. I work out at home exclusively. What else is in my home gym? A DVD player, and of course my home work out programs from Beachbody.

This is something the multi-billion dollar gym industry with their high priced fees don't want you to know. You don’t need them to get great results. Heck, you don't even need them to work out.

I am living proof of that. People who first meet me today think I'm a freak of nature, or that I born with good genes. They didn't see me when I struggled and failed miserably for two years to lose 45 pounds of weight after I had my third baby.

But, I did finally succeed, without doing a single work out at a gym. All I did was follow the P90X program.  Read my article on P90X results for women.

Using just my bodyweight and some basic exercise gear, I achieved a level of fitness that I only dreamed of in the past.

I don't dislike gyms, they have their purpose. Some people do better at the gym than at home. My main point is you should not use a lack of a gym membership as an excuse for not being physically active. There are many ways to work out without a gym.

Not convinced? Check out these guys who got insane results working out at a playground. No excuses!

Convenience is a big factor for me. I have three school age children with hectic schedules, so working out at the gym is not really feasible. I prefer to work out whenever and wherever I want. I would be done with an entire workout in the same amount of the time that it takes another person to drive to their gym, change into workout clothes, and begin warming up.

Working out without a gym leaves me more time to live the rest of my life. An extra bonus is I don’t need to deal with gym rats or wiping down sweaty equipment. I also don't have to wait for my turn, shower in front of strangers, deal with inconvenient hours, or pay sky-high dues that keep going up. Did I mention traffic, parking, and wasting gas?

Some people may still want to pay for these privileges, but not me.

How Do I Work Out and Get Great Results Without a Gym?

Here's something else I have learned---a gym membership doesn’t guarantee results. Many of my friends who have been going to the gym for the last three years are still in the same shape as when they first started.

If you’re anything like me, you’re going to go to the gym and walk around without a clue as to what you should be doing. I had no idea which exercise is supposed to do what, so I just headed to the elliptical machine or treadmill with the other women.

When I asked for help, I got different answers from everyone. I felt lost in the crowd without a plan, system, or strategy. The results never materialized and I lost motivation after two visits.

But now, thanks to Beachbody, I have over two dozen amazing workout programs to choose from. I don't need a gym because I work out in the comfort of my own home. The programs were all designed from the ground up for total fitness--cardio, strength, and flexibility, along with an amazing nutrition guide.  I have completed P90X, P90X2, Les Mills Pump, Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, Body Beast, Turbofire, Hip Hop Abs, T25, and now P90X3.

Honestly, any one of Beachbody’s fitness programs are guaranteed to produce the results you want, but I'd be more than happy to answer your questions and make a recommendation based upon your particular goals and need.

Did you find value from this article about how to work out without a gym? I'd love to hear thoughts and comments.

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Healthy Spinach Quinoa Recipe


Eating clean to feel good is more important to me everyday. It can be confusing with so many terms out there about healthy eating that one can get overwhelmed trying to pinpoint exactly where to begin.
I like to keep it simple.
Start with delicious whole food ingredients, avoid any processed food.
Quinoa is one of my top ingredient for healthy protein.
This healthy Spinach Quinoa Cake is incredibly delicious, and it's quite simple. Although it's store bought, it gives me inspiration to try making my own version ... Cooked quinoa, sauté spinach and shredded carrots, garlic, pink Himalayan salt and a dash of pepper. Personally I think any spice you like would be the perfect way to personalize it to your taste. I have a feeling some squash would be a great binder for all the ingredients and add extra healthy yumminess.
In keeping with my simple and quick lifestyle, I served the quinoa cakes with some power greens: baby spinach, chard and kale. Cherry tomatoes, and perfectly ripe avocado was the perfect added touch. Be it lunch, dinner or snack - you can't go wrong with such delightful and easy meal. Buon Appetite!

Preventing Diabetes with Shakeology


How David Prevented the Onset of Diabetes by Drinking Shakeology

Because it really moved me, I had to share this video about preventing diabetes with Shakeology.

David's story encourages me to keep broadcasting my message about Shakeology because I am a true believer about how it can change people’s lives for the better. I experienced it firsthand and everyone who I’ve introduced it to reports the same thing.

I've been drinking this awesome health shake for over two years, and I have no plans of ever giving it up.  If you want my Shakeology, you better claw it from my cold dead fingers. You better believe I’m serious!

Other than daily exercise, nothing, and I mean nothing has made bigger impact on my health and vitality than Shakeology. I will be turning 42 this year, and I have never felt more energetic and full of well-being.

I still feel like a 20-year old, which is funny, because I felt like an old lady when I was in my twenties. LOL.

Even though my experience with Shakeology has been overwhelmingly positive, David's account about how it prevented the onset of his diabetes simply amazed me. His story is similar to thousands of other people in his situation, including my Mom.

David is a paramedic. He spends most of his time in an ambulance. His life is hectic and fast paced. Because his job kept him on the go all day long, he did not have the time to eat healthy and balanced meals. He was getting most of his meals from fast food restaurants.

Consequently, David was always worn out and sluggish. He never had any energy. He felt as if he was running on empty all the time. No wonder, considering the stuff he was putting into his body.

David had a rude wakeup call during a routine check up with a doctor. The doctor told him that he was diabetic. Being a medical professional himself, David knew what this meant. He would have to inject himself with insulin for the rest of his life.

The idea of a lifetime of daily hormone injections filled David with anxiety, especially since he was only in his 40’s. He simply did not want to live with the specter of insulin injections and diabetes controlling his life.

David is different than other people. He did not resign himself to being a diabetic as a way of life. He took action and drastically changed course.

He started drinking Shakeology. Incredibly, within the first week, his blood sugar level went down from a whopping 240-320 to a reasonable 120-140 (a decrease of over ONE HUNDRED percent). This is way better than what a lot of drugs can do. It was the perfect solution for David because he can get a dense dose of nutrition and protein in an easy to mix package, and Shakeology is certified to have a low glycemic index.

Shakeology reintroduced vigor and vitality into David's life. He is now able to live a healthier lifestyle that includes lots of physical activities, not just napping.

The specter of diabetes and a lifetime of insulin shots are no longer a part of David's future thanks to Shakeology. David discusses in his owns words how he stopped diabetes in its tracks in this video.

My Mom's Similar Experience with Preventing Diabetes

I mentioned at the beginning that my Mom dealt with a similar situation over a year ago.

After a checkup, her doctor told my Mom that she was pre-diabetic. Like David, she was committed to changing her circumstances. She had no intention of sticking herself with needles and hormones.

My Mom started drinking Shakeology every day. She also changed her diet to cut out sweets, and started exercising regularly. One month later, she got a clean bill of health from her doctor.

Here’s the part that funny and sad at the same time---the doctor was very surprised that my Mom was able to do a complete 180 so quickly. The doctor observed that the majority of people, even when diagnosed with something as potentially debilitating as diabetes, would still refuse to make the needed changes to their lifestyle. It’s sad, but most people would just surrender themselves to diabetes without making any kind of effort to modify the habits that brought diabetes to their doorstep.

David, my mother, and many others have found that by drinking Shakeology every day, they can prevent the onset of diabetes.

Legal Disclaimer about Shakeology

Okay, I have to get this out there because I do not want anyone to construe what I wrote as medical advice. Diabetes is a serious disease and you must take it seriously. That means, consult your physician. Only you and your doctor know what is best for you.

Also, none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA. Beachbody, the producer of Shakeology, makes no claim that Shakeology is a cure for any type of disease or illness.

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