Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Diet Tip # 1 African Mango

I just bought a bottle of Fruitrients African Mango thought I share some good info                                                                                   Read on....!!!!!

African Mango – Irvingia Gabonensis For Weight Loss

Irvingia gabonensis is a tree, native to West Africa. The fruit is similar to a mango and is used for food. The seeds are used to make medicine.
There is an interest in using supplements containing Irvingia gabonensis for weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and improving control of diabetes. Dr. Oz has even talked about African Mango For Weight Loss!

African Mango | Does African Mango Work; To use African Mango extract properly it is recommended that you take it before eating a meal. The mango extract suppresses the appetite by affecting the amount of leptin in the bloodstream. Leptin is the hormone secreted by the brain when the body has had enough to eat. Of course, eating well is also essential to weight loss, even when taking African mango. This means, eat small, well-balanced meals and use the mango extract as directed. 

What are the benefits of African Mango?

  • In a study by Lipids Health & Disease, found that subjects taking the mango extract lost an average of 12.3 pounds in 28 days.
  • Pure African Mango extract contains no stimulants.
  • The extract has been found to increase metabolis, boosting weight loss with the aid of an African Mango supplement by more than 800%.
  • Studies have shown a 39% reduction in cholesterol in individuals taking irvingia gabonensis.

Ingredients: Irvingia Gabonensis extract, tocotriene complex, vegetable capsule.
Serving size: 1 capsule, providing 150mg Irvingia Gabonensis Extract (10% Albumins). 60 veg caps per bottle.
Suggested Use: Adults, take one (1) capsule before each of the first two meals of the day or as directed by a health are practitioner.

Does African Mango/Irvingia Gabonensis Work

Studies conducted with irvingia gabonensis seem to indicate that the supplements, when added to a healthy diet and exercise regime, can help you to burn more fat and lose more weight than you would without them.

How does Irvingia Gabonensis Work?

Irvingia gabonensis seeds might lower cholesterol because of their high fiber content. The fiber increases removal of cholesterol from the body.
Some research suggests that Irvingia Gabonensis seeds might also effect fat cells, which might reduce fat cell growth and increase the breakdown of fats.
Over the years there have been three tests done Irvingia and weight loss. One test was done in 2005 two others were done in 2008. Two of these tests used a two test groups – one group was given placebos and one given Irvingia. The other test had three test groups. One of the groups were given a placebo, one was given a Cissus extract and one was given a combination of Irvirngia and Cissus. In all three tests the group using the Irvingia showed a significant weight loss over the placebo and the Cissus alone.




Monday, August 29, 2011

My Diet Journey!

  I have to say since my late 30's I have found out the hard way that I need to exercise and watch my calorie intake just to maintain my weight. Every year it gets harder and harder. I go on and off all varieties of diets that are out there on the Fat loss market or I look for a magic pills that claims to eliminate fat. I also search out invasive  procedures because surgery is the last option for me. I have purchased several of the "Eat Clean Diet" books by Tosca Reno and I believe this is the healthy route I'm gonna take to help me get Fit and Healthy. I highly recommend you research all her books she started in her 40's so she is a role model for me. I have had several surgeries so I'm really cautious  on the exercise part of this journey. I can't run anymore due to surgery to both knees with meniscus tears that needed to be repaired so I do the best I can with opting for low impact cardio  such as biking or stair climbing and using the elliptical machines. This month I just started to do strength training with adding weights to my exercise regimen. There are a few supplements that I'm taking that aids in weight loss to name a few : Natrol Tonalin CLA 1200 mg 2x daily ; Calcium and Vitamin D3 -2000 IU;Smartlean (Stimulant free Fat burner) before every meal;Renew life Ultimate Flora 30 billion 1X daily on empty stomach ;Chromium Picolinate 500mcg 2x daily; Vitamin C 400 mg;  health liver tonic(oral) also take Enzymedica Digest Gold before each meal daily . I also take the following for good health: Flaxseed oil 1200 mg ; Fish oil 1200 mg  with 360 mg OMEGA -3; Vitamin E-400 IU ;CoQ10 100 mg;Cinnamon 500 mg(regulate blood sugar) and a vareity of Antioxidants that  include Goji berry 1 oz daily; Cranberry (Urinary health) Tumeric(Immune system)Pomegranate & red wine extract(reservatrol or grapeseed) Biotin 7500 mcg & Alpha Lipoic acid 100 mg for skin health; DIM-plus (estrogen metabolism ) and Maca for women health.   I'm gonna add African Mango and I will let you know if it is worth trying. It is also nice to have a workout companion a friend or spouse that encourage you  to succeed  when you need that little extra push to keep you motivated.

 I'm learning that I just have to change my diet with adding healthy options verses high fat and sugary foods. I have hypothyroidism and I have to keep my metabolism high otherwise I will gain weight.  I'm reading labels on every package or containers looking at the ingredients for  hidden sugars . I pay close attention to  beverages, condiments, sauces, & dressings. Always look at calories from fat  & serving portions.

I opt at this time to only eat protein (limiting red meat intake opting for fish; poultry;nuts; egg beaters ; egg whites ) and  (organic) vegetables to my diet for me to lose some weight at first then I  will slowly add good carbohydrates(whole grains). My goal is to tone up and lose body fat % but it is hard for me to stay away from that darn scale.  The most that I want to gain is self confidence . I hope I can help encourage others that its never to late to start living healthy. I know I will struggle at times but it's a battle I want to begin. I'm not getting any younger but hopefully I can slow down the aging process a bit.

Get Fit.....


Sunday, August 28, 2011

My life up to now

I married a "Rock star " lol
                                                                      "The Clarks"

I'm Pati Clark for those who don't know me, I wanted to start  a blog which would first describe the person I am and then blog about  my daily interest and goals and overall daily adventures thru my life. I thought this may be a way to meet people with same ordeals and/or strategies as well as one would go through on their personal journey through life and also start up a conversation of thought. I believe this would be very  therapeutic for me so here we go.....  Lets first start off by getting to know me. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh,PA so blessed to have my mother(Jenny Bowser)  especially  for her triumph of raising 2 daughters as a single parent. I never had a father figure in my life and when he was there for a short period of time it wasn't enough to give him that title. I have blocked out that part of my childhood and really can't remember much. I figure it is his loss of having missed out on a family of  2 daughters and 3 grandchildren  that he never got to know which is pretty sad. That is something he will have to live with and then deal with it on his judgement day and on that note I will not mention that part of my life any further because it really is a waste of my breath, however I'm real big on dead beat parents if the subject would arise in a conversation because I strongly believe if you brought a child into the world it is your responsibility to be a parent .I had the  best Grandparents which helped raised me Gramma Russo and Louie so they need to be mentioned and credited of being a major big part of my life and I miss them dearly. I also have a wonderful sister Renee she is always there for me when I need her. I guess that is what sisters are for.  Also  speaking on parenting I am a mother of one child Richard William Clark iv (Ricky)which I have to say I'm a very proud mother for raising a son like Ricky who is about to turn 26 years old next month, he is a very strong willed person (takes after his father) and will shortly be completing serving in the military air force of 6 years. What an accomplishment  not sure at the moment if he will continue his career in the military I guess we will have to wait and see. All through my son's childhood years was the best experience as a young mother could have We were indeed blessed for having Ricky . He was very cute and cuddly when he was born and  the minute he entered this world I was the happiest person when I first laid my eyes on him (However it was a battle having him , very rough pregnancy but it was worth it) and through  preschool  up to High school I have enjoyed all the sports(baseball & soccer) and  holiday activities and vacations that went along with raising him then off to college then to Military. Great Memories.  Wow time goes by so fast and now he is a man. "I love you Ricky" sometimes that not said enough. My husband Rick Clark of 22 years(I love you) is my soul mate as long as he will have me.(I'm alot to deal with at times lol) I'm very  lucky to have him in my life. He is always there for me no matter what the deal may be, and  every marriage has their ups and downs and we had plenty of those but we are still together which  I am  grateful for because i really wouldn't know what I would do without him. He has actually made me into the person I am today. He keeps me grounded if that makes any sense  and he completes me so  that's the way i'd like to stay. That in a nutshell is a rough draft of my life up to this point. I look forward to all who participates in my blog and hope you find me as a friend. I'm pretty much an easy going person who likes to have fun with friends and family and  you will encounter in my blogs all my interests that have to do with my goals to succeed in my Health and Diet journey as well  topics on  movies, cooking , exercising,  all that fun stuff so come along for the ride ....

Until next time,
Be grateful for today and thankful for what God has given you . (Blessings)

Pati :)

                                                                  Married 7-28-89

                                                               The Clark Family
                                                            Ricky & I   December 1989

                                                        Richard William Clark IV
                                                         Born September 6,1985

                                                                     Happy Family
                                                                Love Birds (Rabbits lol)

The Ricksters 

Grandma Russo & Louie