How To Stay Motivated Throughout Your Workouts And Life

I Was Heading To The Gym But…

Even fitness buffs can have an off day. Here’s how to stay motivated, no matter what life throws at you.

There are many things that come up during the day that can distract you from your workout. You’re too tired, too hungry, too stressed, or just don’t have the time. Maybe you’re bored with your workout or progressing too slowly. Your favorite class is too overflowing with people or your favorite fitness machine is down for repairs. Your injured or sick in one way or another.

If you would have asked me 10 years ago that he was going to operate and own a fitness center in Long Beach I would have said ‘that’s crazy.. no way.’ I was always motivated through sports in one way or another and I loved the variety in which I could participate in most any sport. At one time in high school I was playing club soccer, Ice hockey, and rowing all in the same year. I had always dreamed about being paid to work out and compensated in one form or another. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Communications major and minor in business hoping that I would write in a magazine or newspaper for a sports page. Funny how things turn out 🙂 When I moved home from the U.S. National Rowing Team In 2005 I was ‘burned out’ of the same fitness routine I had been doing for the last 15 plus years in rowing. I started teaching indoor cycling classes in order to change my routine and get myself back to a fitness regiment in order to be honest with my workouts. I had always trained on my own but I found that when training with a group there was an amazing feeling of high energy and consistency while exercising. Not only does it keep you honest with your workout but the sense of the group workout adds an effective high energy fat burning workout you won’t find anywhere else!

Overview Of The March 2012 Roworx Nutrition Seminar

At The Roworx Studio/ Warehouse Located In Long Beach At 1347 Loma Ave, We Hold A Monthly FREE Nutrition Health & Welness Seminar! An Hour Of Power Every Month For Anyone Who Wants To Come Together And Learn Which Foods Are Causing Inflammation (the silent killer) And Which Foods Are Anti-Inflammatory. In These One Hour, Per Month Seminars You Gain More Knowlege And Experience About The Science Of Food And How It Can Make A Difference In Your Beauty, Vitality, And Overall Wellness. Every Time You Come To These Seminars We Try To Convey Cutting Edge Knowlege About Food As Am ‘Easy To Make’ Green Recipe. We Make FREE Nutrition Shakes With The ‘Green’ Smoothie Of The Month And Most Of All An Empowered Feeling Of High Energy, Motivation, And Knowlege To Take On A Better Lifestyle!

*Reminder!!! Right After Every Monday, Wednesday, And Friday Indoor Rowing Class At The 9:30AM Studio/ Warehouse Roworx Management Serves Up FREE Nutritional Shakes!



FORKS OVER KNIVES MOVIE: A tale of two doctors, many cows and a multitude of human ailments, Lee Fulkerson’s “Forks Over Knives” makes a pedantic yet persuasive case for banishing meat and dairy from the dinner table. They make the argument that most of our major health issues — including heart disease, cancer and diabetes can be prevented (and even in some cases reversed) by following a vegetables-and-whole-grains diet, this dense documentary would rather inform than entertain. Its hale heroes are the nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell and the surgeon Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., (An Olympic Gold Medalist For The U.S. Rowing Team In 1956) whose combined decades of research into the harmful effects of animal proteins are summarized, along with a potted history of our worldwide dietary decline.

*Roworx Will Have Several Copies Of The Movie: Forks Over Knives For Use For Our Members To Watch At The Studio/ Warehouse Facility!

The New And Exciting Tower Garden By Juice Plus Was Also Introduced At The Seminar And Will Show How You Can Grow Your Own Fruits, Vegetables, Berries, And Much More Inside Or Outside Your Own Home. It Will Be As If You Have Your Own Farmers Market In Your Backyard!!!

Ask Me How To Get Your Tower Garden Now Before It Goes On The Market To The Public. Get Greener, Save Money, And Conserve Resources By Using This Tower Garden! 🙂

All Day Snacking Becomes The New Routine

I Read This Article From The USA TODAY On Tuesday, November 22 And Found It Very Interesting So I Decided To Write A Blog About It 🙂

Three Squares A Day Is So Yesterday… 24/7 Snacking Becomes New Normal

One of the great lessons of social history is that food, and the rituals surrounding it, both express and instruct in a society’s values. Food is not mere ballast; it carries with it, unavoidably, a society’s values. Which is why this news from USA Today is depressing:

We eat what we want, when we want. No more of this breakfast, lunch and dinner stuff. We snack all day. We casually skip meals. And we want to customize everything we cram into our mouths. It’s as if our social-media habits are going right to our stomachs. A culture hungry to put its personal stamp on everything it touches is driving some foodmakers and restaurant operators bonkers. At the same time, it’s offering all kinds of opportunities to those willing to sprint ahead of the food curve. Nowhere is this trend more palpable than with Millennials. “Eating weird is the new normal,” says Shawn LaPean, executive director of Cal Dining at the University of California- Berkeley, which serves students 30,000 times daily. “If students eat any square meals per day, it might be one. The rest is filled with snacks and food on the go.” These may seem like quirky, student eating habits, but they’re evolving into lifetime traits. The numbers are mind-boggling. At least 35% of the meals eaten by Millennials aren’t meals at all, but snacks, reports consultancy The Kruse Company. Four in 10 Millennials snack more than once daily, reports research firm Technomic. And only 5% of all consumers eat three square meals a day, says Technomic. There are no traditional eating hours anymore, says Wade Thoma, vice president of U.S. menu innovation at McDonald’s. “People eat at all strange hours of the day.”

It’s hard to be traditional about food rituals these days. You would think that my family would be ordered along these lines, but it hasn’t worked out that way. For one thing, one of my children has sensory processing disorder, and can only eat a few things (fortunately, the same things, and easy to prepare). Another of my children appears to have the same problem. More importantly, though, until I took the job at Templeton, I was never able to be home at a predictable hour. My newspaper job sometimes got me home by six, sometimes by nine, but never on a predictable schedule. That was the nature of the work, but it made family dinners impossible to schedule. Now we can do that, given that I work from home, but it’s hard to break old habits — especially given that the kids usually don’t eat, and won’t eat, what their mother and I eat. Still, the whole snacking between meals thing is something we resist in our household. So there’s that.Anyway, we are losing, and appear to have lost, food traditions. Food is not religion, of course, and besides, as Adam Gopnik points out in his book about France and food, when a food tradition ossifies into pure formalism, it loses its vitality. But the opposite — to thoroughly reject any formal tradition, is also imprudent, and not to be desired. To be in Louisiana and to decide that gumbo, jambalaya, and boiled crawfish are no better and no worse than Big Macs is to lose a sense of oneself and one’s culture. It’s to say that one’s culture has no claim on one, and no right to educate one’s culinary sensibilities. And, it’s the jettison the idea of taste itself. Worse, to completely lose the idea of the family meal, or the meal as a social event, strikes me as a quite different and far worse thing than preferring to eat different foods. Here’s Leon Kass, in his terrific book “The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature.” Precisely because human beings usually eat together, the customs of eating govern not only what human beings eat but also where, when, with whom, and especially how. The manner(s) of eating, even more than what gets eaten, expresses the humanity of the eaters, at least as they have come to understand it. Though the specifics differ markedly from one society to the next, all cultures have explicit or tacit norms governing the “how” of eating — norms that serve to define the groups, ease interpersonal relations, and help civilize the human animal. Social rituals around eating are one thing that separates us from barbarians, and indeed from animals. More Kass:

To be at table means that one has removed oneself from business and motion and made a commitment to spend some time over one’s meal. One commits oneself not only to time but also to an implicit plan of eating: We sit to eat and not just to feed, and to do so both according to a plan and with others. A decisions to have a sit-down meal must precede its preparation, and the preparation is in turn guided by the particular plan that is the menu. Further, to be at table means, whether we know it or not, to make a commitment to form and formality. We agree, tacitly to be sure, to a code of conduct that does not apply when we privately raised the refrigetrator or eat on the run or in our cars, or even when we munch sandwiches in front of the television with our buddies who have gathered to watch the Super Bowl. There we eat (or, more accurately, feed) side by side, as at a trough; in contrast, at table we all face not our food but one another. Thus we silently acknowledge our mutual commitment to share nto only some food but also commensurate forms of commensal behavior. To be sure, the forms will vary depending on the occasion; the dinner table at home with family, the dinner table at home with guests, a banquet table at a testimonial dinner, adn a picnic table in the park have different degrees and (in part) different kinds of formality, as do the family breakfast and the family dinner. But in all cases there are forms that operate, regulate, and inform our behaivor and that signify our peculiarly human way of meeting necessity. A table, all by itself, silently conveys the beginning of this meaning. … The set table in the home is in fact an embodiment of the community that is the family.

Some Foods To Think About While You Snack:

The Colors of Health

Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies in what’s inside. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. For more variety, try new fruits and vegetables regularly. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.

Whole Foods or Supplements?

Nutrients should come primarily from foods. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain not only the vitamins and minerals that are often found in supplements, but also other naturally occurring substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. For some people, fortified foods or supplements can be helpful in getting the nutrients their bodies need. A fortified food contains a nutrient in an amount greater than what is typically found in that food. Try Juice Plus As A Very Simple Way To Get 3-5 Extra Servings Of Fruits And Vegetables Every Single Day 🙂

Nutrient Information

Fruits and vegetables are sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Some of these nutrients may also be found in other foods. Eating a balanced diet and making other lifestyle changes are key to maintaining your body’s good health.

Manage Or Even Lose Weight By Eating More Fruits And Vegetables!

Breakfast is a the best part of the day!

I have started eating more eggs and egg whites every single day in order to improve strong muscle and healthy bones! Breakfast should be your #1 meal of the day. The most important meal of the day that can keep your energy levels high giving you the momentum you need without crashing early 🙂 Consumption of eggs and egg white omelets along with servings of fruits and vegetables in the morning will give your immune system and your metabolism a huge jump in the morning and last you throughout the day. Snacking on nuts, whole grains, and an energy bar and/or apple will curb your hunger for larger meals. The point is that you need to keep your metabolism going throughout the day and ultimately help your body become an efficient fat burning machine! The amount of cholesterol in a single large egg has decreased by 14 percent according to the new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition data*. Consuming an egg a day fits easily within dietary guidance, which recommends limiting cholesterol consumption to 300 mg per day.

Snacking Is Good But You Have To Be Responsible 🙂 Watch The Following Video For More Information:

Prevention PLUS+ How To Be Healthy While Living In A Toxic World

Tamara Sachs, M.D. is a specialist in Functional and Integrative care from New Medford, Connecticut. She graduated with honors from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine in 1988 at Saint Raphael Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital. She studied Naturopathy in France for three years and also worked as an Emergency room doctor for four more years before starting her private practice in 1991. She is currently a graduate member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and has over a decade experience in clinical nutrition. She has served on numerous medical boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

FREE Nutritional Protein Shakes After Class At The Roworx Studio

Roworx ‘Frappee Friday’ has become so popular that we have decided to extend the offer of FREE nutritional shakes to 3 times a week! When I am teaching class Monday… Wednesday… And Friday at 9:30 AM… I want everyone to have the best experience and nutrition possible. I will be exclusively offering these healthy protein shakes at the Roworx Studio/ Warehouse Location at 1347 Loma Ave. Our Roworx philosophy is that only with proper exercise and nutrition can an individual accomplish their fitness goals sooner. At Roworx we will only use the finest ingredients in our shakes immediately after class that includes organic blueberries, strawberries, bananas, walnuts, almonds, spinach, carrots, apples, and 3 servings of the Juice Plus Complete Protein Powder. This Juice Plus Complete Product is the best of the best when it comes to protein and vegetable supplementation.


The REAL Scoop On Protein Shakes

Although the average person doesn’t need to worry about getting adequate amounts of protein, having weight loss surgery makes protein shakes essential (this is especially true for patients who have had gastric bypass as they will not absorb protein very well.) Athletes and weekend warriors often drink protein shakes because they have been brainwashed into thinking they are healthy or because they think the protein shakes will somehow help them build bigger muscles or burn more fat (which isn’t true!) The problem is, many protein shakes are made from artificial, nutrient-poor ingredients.

ALWAYS!! Read the Ingredients List

Throughout my life and training hard for so many years I have consumed many different nutritional and supplemental products in order to increase my athletic performance. I was curious as I looked up Myoplex Original Shake Ingredients and found stuff I didn’t like one bit including dairy creamer with corn oil, corn maltodextrin, artificial flavors, and milk protein isolate. It’s bad enough Myoplex contains highly processed, nutrient-poor ingredients but just as bad is that it is completely devoid of disease-fighting, immune-supporting plant-based phytonutrients and anti-aging antioxidants. Myoplex is simply a highly processed food product. If you read the Nutrition Facts on Myoplex you’d think you were getting a healthy product, but the Nutrition Facts are highly misleading and tell you absolutely nothing about the intrinsic nutritional properties of the food. The Nutrition Facts don’t tell you anything about whether the food is actually healthy or not. The Nutrition Facts will only tell you about the macronutrient content (carbs, fats and protein) of the food, but they tell you absolutely nothing about the micronutrient and phytonutrient (also called phytochemical) content. I never thought of taking ‘all natural’ products or organic when I was younger… I just always wanted more or to feel a positive difference in my athletic ability. Products such as Creatine and other special protein powders actually hindered my performance as ‘more’ was not necessarily better. In one physical testing on the Concept 2 rowing machine in college my whole body cramped up during the physical test and I nearly lost my spot on the team as I told my coach I could no longer continue with the workout. My coach replied ‘then I believe your chances of making the boat this year are gone… you’re out’ he said. I immediately did everything I could in order to continue with the physical testing and took a hard look at my supplementation and quit taking most supplements shortly afterwards. The message here is that you need to keep things simple and eat more fruits and vegetables and not to try and take ‘shortcuts’ like I did and end up hurting yourself in the end.

Phytonutrients Make A Shake SUPER Healthy

Phytonutrients that are used in all the Juice Plus products from real fruits and vegetables are disease-fighting substances found only in plant-based foods. You want a shake made with lots of phytonutrient-rich plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes. This is because phytonutrients not only help protect the plant, but also you, the plant-eater. Plant-based foods contain literally hundreds of different phytonutrients that work on many different cellular levels to optimize health. The greater variety of phytonutrients you get, the better protection you have. Juice Plus offer over 27 different kinds of fruits, vegetables, and berries in their ingrediants. Phytonutrients are one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants; they work to prevent both visible and cellular aging. Scientific evidence supports the value of phytonutrients in preventing and treating at least three leading causes of premature death including cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Juice Plus has over 20 scientific studies that prove the fruits, vegetables, and berries get absorbed into your system! Phytonutrients also enable your body to burn fat faster by stimulating PPAR’s (peroxisome proliferator activated receptors). PPAR’s reduce fat-storing insulin levels and even lower cholesterol. Phytonutrients are plant based sterols that act as precursors to human sterols. They act to modulate the human endocrine system. One of the most important human sterols is Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Scientific research reveals that adequate DHEA in the body can slow the aging process, and prevent, improve, and even often reverse conditions such as cancer, heart disease, memory loss, obesity, and osteoporosis. DHEA blood levels peak between ages 20 to 25 years and then decline with age in both men and women.

Note: Animal foods do not contain phytonutrients so any shake made with animal foods (such as milk or whey protein) is not going to include phytonutrients.

The Healthy Juice Plus+ Complete Shake

I discovered the Juice Plus+ company from a general surgery patient of Andy’s (Tony DeMaio, who has since become a good family friend of ours.) If you aren’t familiar with it, Juice Plus+ is a “whole food” product containing fruits and vegetables in a capsule form and is extremely rich in phytonutrients. Juice Plus+ has a tremendous amount of clinical research behind their product line. My husband was so impressed with the product that he began recommending it to his patients (we were also one of the keynote speakers at the Juice Plus+ International Conference last year in Memphis.) In addition to loving  the Juice Plus+ capsules we also discovered (and love!) the Juice Plus+ Complete shake formula.The Juice Plus+ Complete is a whole-food based shake that is very rich in phytonutrients. It’s a vegan protein-rich shake made from a vegetable protein blend (including chickpea powder, rice protein, tofu powder), 8 different fruits (apples, oranges, pineapple, cranberry, peach, acerola cherry, papaya), “super” greens including spirulina, kelp and wheat grass, and 8 different vegetables (carrot, parsley, beet, broccoli, kale, cabbage, spinach and tomato). Juice Plus+ Complete delivers whole foods nutrition with a superior phytonutrient profile. It’s simply a super healthy nutrient-dense shake for kids, active adults, and seniors.

Protein Content in Juice Plus+ Complete Verse Myoplex And Other Proteins

In case you are curious, per 100 calorie serving the vegetable-protein based, phyotnutrient-rich Juice Plus+ Complete contains 13 grams of protein and the Myoplex contains 14 grams of protein.

Here’s how we can all get MORE Fruits And Vegetables in our system every single day!!!

The Time For Good Nutrition Is Now!

Dr. Roy Vartabedian is President of Vartabedian & Associates/ Designs for Wellness, a Health and Nutrition publishing and consulting firm. He is also a Doctor of Public Health, with a specialty in Chronic Disease Prevention from Loma Linda University, and holds Master of Public Health degrees in Health Education and Nutrition also from LLU. He has worked in the field of health promotion and disease prevention for over 22 years, working with patients, managing programs, consulting, and speaking throughout the U.S. and Canada. His landmark publication Nutripoints has been used in a total of 13 countries in 10 languages worldwide. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs. Today Show, Live With Regis, and Everyday With Joan Lunden. Articles on his Nutripoints Program have appeared in many publications including Ladies’ Home Journal, New Woman, the New York Times, and the Dallas Morning News. Previously, Dr. Vartabedian worked as Executive Director of Wellness Programs at the worldrenowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas. There he worked with Dr. Kenneth Cooper to develop the residential lifestyle improvement program on the 30acre Cooper Aerobics Center facility in Dallas, directing the program for 6 years. Before working with Dr. Cooper, he taught Preventive Care at the Family Practice Residency in Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida for 4 years. There he trained 36 Family Practice doctors how to incorporate Patient Education and Preventive Medicine into their practices, and developed the awardwinning Preventive Care Learning Center, a facility patients used to learn more about how to improve their health and understand their disease when visiting their doctor.

The Role Of Proper Nutrition In The Endurance Athlete


Much has been talked about in the sports and  science community about the adverse affects of prolonged and strenuous exercise as it relates to the production of free  radicals in an athlete’s body. What are these byproducts of aerobic exercise and why are they damaging to the human  body? More importantly, what role do antioxidants play in neutralizing these damaging molecules and what can we as  athletes do to facilitate this protective process?



Superfoods Are The Answer To Nutrition Recovery: Kitchen Rx

Kitchen Rx

Foods that help you heal from injuries. By Liz Applegate Ph.D. Image by Ann E. Cutting From the December 2011 issue of Runner’s World

Most athletes get injured at least once in their running careers. Whether it’s a sore tendon or sudden muscle pull, your body goes through a series of responses to start healing itself. Research shows that what you eat while recovering can actually help you get back on your feet sooner rather than later. Here’s how to adjust your diet.