Being Bruce -: 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Shakeology and P90X3 Success Stories - Combo Offer Ending

Are you ready for YOUR Success Story? There's a special May promotion combo of P90X3 and Shakeology that absolutely ends at midnight, May 31st. For more info fast CLICK HERE.

These three success stories found their way using a combination of 30 minute workouts — P90X3 — and a daily dose of dense nutrition — Shakeology. With just a few days remaining on a special for P90X3 + Shakeology, the time to act is NOW!

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Emily K.  // College student takes back her body and life at 21.*

  “P90X3 and Shakeology helped me lose 25 lbs. in 90 days.”

“At 21 I was completely out of shape, had no energy, and my confidence was diminishing by the day. I was a full-time student who waited tables, ate whatever was available (and free), and partied a little too much. But after packing on 30 lbs. since high school and feeling horrible, I turned to P90X3 and Shakeology for help. Since X3 is only a 30-minute workout, it left me with NO EXCUSES! And because Chocolate Shakeology tastes like a milkshake, it left me with NO REASON to crave anything else. I now know what my body needs for fuel to work and feel good. I feel like I’m 16 again and can conquer any challenge that comes my way. And I only have P90X3 and Shakeology to thank for changing my life!”

Leland P. // He finally fits into his old clothes.*

 ”Three months ago, the thought of being in shape and working out daily seemed like dream!”

After a sports injury sidelined me 2 years ago, I ballooned up to 185 pounds. For the first time in my life, no longer was I the “fit guy” and it really depressed me. But after connecting with others on Beachbody Message Boards, my P90X3 transformation began. Plus, I started drinking Shakeology, which gives me tons more energy and an overall feeling of well-being. Now that I’m down 20 lbs. and am seriously ripped, my confidence is back, my mood has improved, and I’m loving life once again. My friends assume I’ve been living in the gym these past few months, but are surprised to learn that I only spend 30 minutes a day working out in my living room.”

Christina L. // Mother of 2 has a flatter stomach than before having kids.* 

“I lost 24 lbs., 16 inches, and gained amazing muscle definition!”

I never imagined my ‘soft’ body could transform into an athletic, strong, and lean body in just 90 days with 30-minute workouts, drinking Shakeology, and changing my diet! But now I have muscles popping out that I didn’t even know were there. To be able to lose what I did in just 30 minutes a day is beyond amazing! And Shakeology truly was my game-changer. My sweet tooth is now satisfied and I no longer dive into my kids’ candy bars. I will drink Shakeology forever because of what it does for my body. Now that I’m working out, eating healthy, and feeling good about myself, all of my relationships are so much stronger than before.”

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Eat the Rainbow!

You've been told your whole life to eat fruits and veggies, but now there is a very exciting reason to do so, and to eat a lot of them. A study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows that eating fruits and veggies actually helps you live longer! Researchers found that eating seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day could decrease your chances of death from any cause by a whopping 42%. Even if you don't pound cans of spinach like Popeye, increasing your intake even a little bit could extend your life. The study found that each additional serving of vegetables reduced mortality 16%, and 10% for fruits.

Eat your fruits and veggies, but don't just stick to the green stuff! There is a whole rainbow of tantalizing produce to choose from. Wake up your palate and you plate with different color combinations! Every color of fruit and vegetable contains a different set of phytonutrients. It's important to eat from every color of the rainbow to get a broad spectrum of nutrition. This excerpt from our article, 7 Colors of the Phytonutrient Rainbow, explains which phytonutrients are found in each color of fruit an vegetable and why they are necessary for optimum health:

Anthocyanins are flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants, neutralizing free radicals that cause aging and degenerative disease. There's even a connection between this phytonutrient and decreased visceral (abdominal) fat! A 2008 study from Chubu University in Japan found a link between anthocyanin intake and reduced incidence of metabolic disorders, including abdominal weight gain, hypertension, and impaired glucose and insulin metabolism. True, blue anthocyanin sources include red cabbage, blueberries, blackberries, acai berries, cherries, grapes, blue potatoes, eggplant, and radicchio.

Multiple studies indicate that diets rich in beta-carotene lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. This amazing phytonutrient falls into the carotenoid class that (along with the flavonoid group) has been credited in a 2010 Tufts University study for providing photo-protective and antioxidant action in the skin. In short, these inflammation, wrinkle, and cancer-preventing nutrients protect your skin from the inside out! To get a bit of beta-carotene, try sweet potato, carrots and carrot juice, winter squash, pumpkin, and cantaloupe.

Lycopene has been in the news a lot lately for its positive influence on prostate health, but it's also thought to prevent cervical dysplasia in conjunction with other carotenoids. In other words, it's also good for the uterus, making it an equal-opportunity nutrient. In addition, a 1996 University of Minnesota study found a significant increase in longevity based upon the blood lycopene levels of nuns living the same lifestyle, in the same conditions. If you're ready to get into the red, try tomato and tomato products, watermelon, pink grapefruit, guava, and papaya.

The light absorbing properties of lutein are associated with eye health involving a decrease in cataract formation and macular degeneration. Mellow, yellow lutein sources include spinach, kale, collards, mustard and dandelion greens, summer squash, and pumpkin.

Chlorophyll's abilities to bind toxins and decrease oxidative stress make it a powerful bodily detoxifier and explain how it can actually reduce body odor. You'll be seeing green with chlorophyll sources Spinachlike spinach, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, green beans—any green vegetable. The darker, the better.

Another detoxifier, sulphoraphane is part of the isotheocyanate class of phytonutrients that has been cited in multiple studies as a cancer preventative and detoxifier of carcinogens. Some super sulphoraphane sources include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, broccoli sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, and watercress.

The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities of allicin lend to its reputation as an inhibitor of heart disease and gastric cancer as well as a potent immune booster. All-around awesome allicin sources include garlic, onion, leek, shallot, and chives.

Do you eat every color of fruit and vegetable? Which are you favorites? Tell us in the comments!

- From Team Beachbody

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

25 Wicked Awesome Healthy Recipes

When you make the effort to eat healthy it can be easy to get in a rut, so many of us are constantly on the lookout for great new healthy recipes. Here's a wonderful collection from Women's Health magazine of "The 25 Most Popular Healthy Recipes on Pinterest".

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

16 Great Sources of Fiber

If we're paying attention at all, we know we need more fiber in our diets. But how do we get it? Read this post from by Nick English for 16 great sources of fiber and ways to combine foods to add fiber to your diet.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Six Reasons To Move Everyday

Let's get moving!

How about a refresher? You may know most of all of this arguments in favor of exercise, but perhaps not. From the Canadian health and fitness blog ParticipACTION.

Friday, March 28, 2014

So Is Coffee Good For You or Not?

I was wondering the same question since I recently started drinking coffee again after quitting for about a year and a half. I didn't quit because of any problems, in fact one of my doctors questioned why I was stopping because of coffee's antioxidants and because it's good for your liver. However, I'd been a committed coffee drinker for more than 40 years and I was wondering if I was hooked. Because of our involvement with Team Beachbody Marge and I are both exploring nutrition and what we eat and drink so I decided to cut out coffee, at least for a while.

Turns out I didn't have a big problem quitting coffee .. no headaches or withdrawal symptoms, and no noticeable lack of energy or alertness. So no real drama either way.

About a month or so ago I decided to drink coffee again. Frankly I was getting bored with tea (sorry tea fans) and decided I'd switch back.

This recent post from the Mayo Clinic address possible concerns. Fortunately I have none of the contraindicators, so I guess I'll keep on with the bean.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vigorous Exercise Beats Moderate Exercise for Flu Prevention

"Just walk more."

So we all hear that, right? And yes, moderate exercise is better than no exercise and for many, many people, walking a few miles a day would be a marvelous step (joke) in the right direction. However, it turns out that really vigorous exercise, like running, playing soccer, or going for a hard bike ride may do a lot more for you in terms of disease prevention. Here's a recent study reported by BBC News that makes just that point,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

8 Ingredients To Avoid Like the Plague

If it tastes good it must be good for you, right? Um, no, not necessarily. This helpful slide show from Men's Health magazine gives the low down on 8 ingredients you do not want in your food.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hump, Spinal, and Lunge - What They Have in Common.

Yep, it's all about stretching and the three stretches you should do every day, according to Women's Health magazine. Check it out.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sugar Worse for You Than Marijuana?

According to a recent article from Women's Health Magazine, more Americans think sugar is a greater health hazard than pot. What do you think? Are you with the majority on this one?

Here's the article:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fight Inflammation With Diet for Faster Recovery

I'm not a nutritionist, but I am interested in how food can help or hinder health and recovery from injury. Here's an excellent article from Athletics Weekly on how your food choices can effect recovery.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Please Be Weird

How does it feel to work with a $750+ million corporation with a CEO that encourages you to "be weird and love yourself for it"?

Awesome, that's how it feels. Check out Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler's latest blog post where he encourages everyone to "be weird". CLICK HERE.

If you'd like to know more about what we do, why we do it, and how you can be weird with us and help make the world a better place, give me a shout or check out this link:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

6 Hot Tips for Using Selfies in Your Marketing!

So if you've been on social media or read any popular media the last few weeks, you've likely seen Ellen's Twitter-halting selfie at the Academy Awards.

Here's one I took recently drinking Shakeology after a workout.

For a real expert's look at selfies in marketing, check out Kim Garst's post:

And, oh yeah, don't forget to drink your Shakeology..

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chocolate Pills for a Healthier Heart?

Don't jump out of your seats yet, but some pretty heavy hitters on the medical research scene are running what could be a definitive test on the health benefits of chocolate.

Check out this Associated Press story as reported in Yahoo Health:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Light Up Your Brain With Exercise

Ever wonder why many people (including possibly yourself) truly enjoy exercise so much? I mean, sure, exercise is pretty much universally touted as being 'good for you', but can it really get you high? Huh? Well, I'm not so sure about the 'getting high' part, but this article from Fast Company about what really goes on in our brains when we exercise is enlightening. Check it out.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Fifth Year Anniversary!!

It's hard for us to believe that Shakeology has only been available for five years. Marge and I have been drinking Shakeology for breakfast or lunch almost every day since January 20, 2011. Thanks to Shakeology we've lost weight, have loads of energy, we're healthier than we've ever been, and we both got off cholesterol medicine we'd been on for 11 years.

For more on the Shakeology anniversary, click this link:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Orange Dream Shake

This shake is simple to make and absolutely delicious. It's also amazingly good for you. The recipe is simple, just mix the other ingredients with a single scoop or single serving pack of Vanilla Shakeology.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are You Leaving the Best Part on Your Plate?

Oh-oh. It turns out many of us were taught to discard some of the healthiest parts of fruits and vegetables. After reading this article from Huffington Post's Healthy Living I know I've missed out. Check it out.

Monday, March 10, 2014

How Does Shakeology Work?

If you follow this blog or my posts on Facebook, you know that Marge and I are totally committed to including Shakeology as part of our daily menu for healthy nutrition. Fairly often we're asked what's the big deal about Shakeology, whether by people who are looking for a healthy meal replacement shake, people who want to control their weight, or folks who are just curious.

I'm not a nutritionist or a food scientist so I can't with any accuracy tell you exactly how Shakeology works, which is why the article below is a valuable resource - it's short and not technical, but it clearly explains how this wonderful meal replacement shake works.

I can tell you how Shakeology has changed my life. Very specifically, by changing my diet to include Chocolate Shakeology for lunch, within 100 days I went from unhealthy to healthy: my weight dropped from 181.5 to 153 pounds, my body fat from 25% to 17%, and my doctor took me off cholesterol medicine I'd been on for 11 years. Because of Shakeology's low glycemic index my cravings for junk food, especially handfuls of cookies in the afternoon totally disappeared. So that's my story and that's why I'm a huge fan of Shakeology and why I love to talk about it and help other people see if it's good for them, too.

But here's the definitive article so you can see for yourself: CLICK HERE.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Healthy Chocolate Snack Bars? You bet!

Guilt free CHOCOLATE bars!
Just because you're eating a healthy diet doesn't mean you have to give up snacks. Check out this latest concoction using Beachbody's Chocolate Shakeology. (Note to vegans - regular Chocolate Shakeology uses whey protein, but you can use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology instead to totally avoid animal products.)

Here's the recipe:
1. Combine Shakeology, oats, peanuts, and raisins in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Add almond milk and peanut butter; mix well.
3. Press mixture into 8x8 inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
4. Sprinkle with peanuts if you're fancy.
5. Cut in 24 bars and enjoy (just not all 24 at once).

#chocolate #Shakeology

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sugar Loses

Ready to cut your daily sugar intake by 67%? Ready for some more crying and screaming from food producers, perhaps especially kids' cereal manufacturers? The World Health Organization, which a few years back suggested keeping daily sugar content, including especially sugar added to processed foods, to less than 5%. The current U.S. average is 15%. Check out this article published this week by the Associated Press in London.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Coffee Wins

After 18+ months of almost no coffee, and just a little green tea, I've recently started drinking black coffee again. When I originally decided to stop and mentioned it to my doctor he asked why, specifically because coffee is a strong antioxidant and good for the liver. Anyway, I just started again in the last two weeks and this article from Runners World supports my decision.

Crucial Networking Tips

OK, so you've tried networking...and it isn't working for you. Why is that? Could it be that you're there but not "really there"? Check out this recent article from Inc. Magazine

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Is Pepperoni Pizza Better For You After 65?

How about you? Here's an interesting study: excess animal protein is most dangerous between 50 and 65 but might actually be more healthy for you after 65 according to a recent study reported by ABC. Hmmm, I'm 67, does that mean I should call the pizza place tonight and hang out at the deli instead of the coffee shop? Um, maybe not for me, but read this article to decide for yourself.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quick Tips for Business Networkers

Are you just starting a new business or maybe a new job that requires you build a personal, local sphere of influence (jargon for "a bunch of people who know and like you")?

Business networking may be the fastest way to get your list of good business contacts off the ground, but many people don't know where and how to begin. I've written a book about mastering networking events, but I won't even put a link for it here (hint - it's on Amazon), but today I found a very helpful article by networking coach Wendy Terwelp on

So check out
Top 10 Tips to Crank-Up Your Business Network at

Monday, March 3, 2014

What About People Who Don't Get It?

If you're actively involved in networking, whether IRL (in real life) or limited to social media, you likely are questioned by family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. Why do you do this? Does it matter? Does it work? Is it a waste of time? Sometimes you may even ask those questions of yourself.

If people aren't successfully using connections to enhance their lives, business and personal, they will naturally doubt. Trying to explain it all, especially to people who are severely cynical, can be difficult at best and quickly exhausting.

Today I found a helpful post on PEG Networker with helpful explanations and eye-catching graphics. Check it out at:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

In the news... Massage, Kettlebells, Smiling, and Motivation - Articles I found interesting this past week.

It occurred to me (duh!) recently that I spend a lot of time reading articles, news, and posts from other sources about health, fitness, and both personal and business development that maybe I could help like-minded folks by publishing a weekly post that aggregates some of this other information. NO way I am going to be inclusive of everything that's out there, I just want to find and point out what I think may be helpful info. Love to hear some comments on this first attempt. - Bruce


Lately I've been considering getting a massage, maybe on a regular basis for general health and well being, to de-stress and chill out a bit. I know lots of people who get and swear by regular massages, but I don't know much myself. This article from Mark's Daily Apple earlier this week was helpful.


Kettlebells. I've only been aware of kettlebells for a couple of years but I hear more people are using them. Why? This article from Shape  helped me understand more about their appeal.

Personal Development

Wow, this matters! I've always been big on smiling, but I never knew there were so many studies about smiling and health. Check out this video by Ron Gutman published on TED.

Business Development

One of the toughest things for people who are independently growing their own business can be motivation. So what motivates people? An article that just posted today on addresses this very topic.

So there you have it, the first four articles. What do you think? Love some comments here, or find me on Facebook, follow me, and share your thoughts.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to Date When You're on a Diet

From the clothes you wear to the activities you suggest to how well you tip—every move you make on the first few dates is under a microscope. And when it comes to dining, what you order or prepare is equally as important as chewing it with your mouth closed.

Man and Woman Feeding Each Other

You don't want to get a house salad and water as an entrée and come off looking like a weight-obsessed wet blanket. But you also don't want to get a beer-battered pork hoof that'll taste great but destroy your diet and make you look like a slob. To help keep you on point while eating on a date, use these simple tips . . .
  1. Find out how the dish is prepared.
    If the meal is buttered, braised, creamed, or pan-fried, it's most likely packed with too much sodium, saturated fat, or oxidized fat. High-sodium diets can lead to not-so-wonderful things like heart disease and hypertension (the egghead term for high blood pressure). You're better off with things that are baked, broiled, grilled, roasted, steamed, or poached.

  2. Hot Dog on a Bun with Salad and Condiments

    Rethink your use of condiments.
    Remember all that uplifting talk about heart disease and high blood pressure stemming from high-sodium diets? Well, here's more good news: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of Americans consume too much sodium. Help keep that in check by cutting back on condiments like salt, ketchup, pickles, relish, and sauerkraut, and sauces like soy, steak, teriyaki, and honey mustard. Herbs, spices, or lemon juice are healthier alternatives.
  3. Plan ahead.
    Most restaurants post their menus online. So take a five-minute break from LOLing at cat videos and scope out what healthy dishes are offered before committing to a place.
  4. Choose a restaurant chain.
    The Food and Drug Administration requires chain restaurants to list the calorie counts on their menus. In theory, seeing that the provolone-stuffed lard ball you were eyeing carries 45,000,000 calories will hopefully prevent you from ordering it. Thing is, if you pick a chain, choose wisely. Olive Garden® and Long John Silver's®, for example, probably won't make the type of first impression you're after, matey.
  5. If you can't, reserve a table somewhere local.
    Independent or family-run restaurants often prefer to buy fresh, local products to help their food stand out from the competition. Menus that feature locally grown produce also give chefs the opportunity to create a wider variety of unique and healthy recipes centered around in-season ingredients. Another upside? You look like a champ for supporting your community. There is one caveat to dining locally, however—there are no corporate overlords to ensure servers will be wearing a minimum of 15 pieces of flair.
  6. Order appetizers as entrées.
    The more food you order, the more food you're likely to eat. Appetizers offer smaller portions and can be healthy when they're veggie-, seafood-, or chicken-based. For your starter, get a salad with fat-free dressing (or olive oil and lemon) on the side (without croutons, bacon, or cheese), and let the waiter know you'd like the appetizers to arrive as the main course. Or you can suggest sharing a bunch of small plates. That keeps portion sizes manageable and is a quick way to establish intimacy. Win-win.
  7. Steamed and Chopped Vegetables
    Swap out your sides.
    Onion rings, French fries, mashed potatoes, and pasta are all delicious . . . but they're hardly nutritious. Avoid consuming the excess calories, fat, and salt by swapping them for steamed veggies. If the restaurant offers no substitutions—jerks!—ask your server to leave the unhealthy stuff off of your plate and order the vegetables separately.
  8. Skip the beer.
    A typical beer has about 150 calories. And when you gas them like it's "Rush Week," your body will end up burning the alcohol instead of fat. Gin or vodka, straight up or on the rocks, or red wine would be better options—if you can drink in moderation. Too much booze can hinder muscle growth, lower testosterone, and cause you to come clean about the time you cried at the end of Alex Cross. Info like that should be revealed no earlier than date number 17.
  9. Cook at home.
    Offering to cook not only puts you in control of what goes on the plate and how it's prepared, but it tells your date that you're willing to put forth an effort to please them. Plus, it's the perfect way to get the person into your apartment, which makes hooking up that much easier . . . so long as you remember to clean your bathroom and remove the fungus cream from your medicine cabinet.

    By Zack Zeigler - Team Beachbody newsletter

Saturday, February 1, 2014

20 Snacks Under 260 Calories for Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is the first real challenge to your New Year's Resolutions. It's the day when it's normal to chow down on fried foods smothered in cheese and bacon...and then wash it with a few beers.

In fact, Americans consume more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year and it’s easy to eat an entire day’s worth of calories before kickoff. We don't expect you to avoid every tempting platter of appetizers, but to help minimize the post-game belt loosening, we've assembled 20 healthy snack recipes, all under 260 calories per serving!

Rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to score their first Super Bowl win? Try these recipes inspired by the Emerald City's love of salmon and coffee.

Teriyaki Salmon Bites (147 calories)

Flourless Espresso Brownies (160 calories)

Want Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy? We've got you covered with Mini Denver Quiches and Southwestern Salad!

Mini Denver Quiches (73 calories)

Southwestern Salad (157 calories)

Wow your friends with these lighter versions of Super Bowl favorites that we promise are every bit as delicious as the originals!

Buffalo Chicken Tenders (158 calories)

Nachos (258 calories)

Chili Sweet Potato Batons (135 calories)

French Onion Dip (50 calories)

Artichoke Pizza (242 calories)

Baked Chicken Drummettes (67 calories)

Guacamole (139 calories)

Habanero Chili (231 calories)

Chunky Salsa (47 calories)

Tomato-Thyme Pita Crisps (120 calories)

Yolkless Deviled Eggs (59 calories)

Kale Chips (51 calories)

Classic Hummus (104 calories)

Spinach Dip (47 calories)

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce (253 calories)

Raw Vegetables with Dipping Sauce (56 calories)

Which of these recipes are you going to make? Tell us below!
-  Recipes and photos from Team Beachbody.