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Natural Professional Bodybuilder Athlete of the Year : Diana Hubbard

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Photos By Marty Gottlieb

When you see a person with an amazing physique your first reaction is always to drop your jaw in awe. Why so? Think of the first thing that comes to mind. Dedication. Will power. Discipline. Even obsession, in some cases.  These types of things don’t come over night. In fact, A lot of people who work out often still may not have the incredible physique that a bodybuilder has. The lifestyle simply takes more than an hour at the gym every day. It’s a complete lifestyle. Eating habits are different. Recreational activities are different. This type of life takes a firm choice. You can live a healthy life without being a bodybuilder. So why choose to be? It can be something as simple as seeing Schwarzenegger in a movie, being bullied as a child, or even a singular situation. Maybe you had a eureka moment. All I know is when I see it, I give my instant respect. Like a salute to a general in command.

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When I first saw Diana, the first thing I thought was intimidation. Not towards me but in general. I’ll tell you why. Women’s athletics is still a growing spectacle in all categories of sports. I’ll give you an example. The first bodybuilding competition was held around September, 1901. However, the first women’s bodybuilding competition wasn’t held until 1979. Nearly a century later.

The push away from the stereotypical house wife role, to “We can do it, too!”, came during and after World War II. Even though women had already started fighting for rights around the late 1800’s, the public campaign came around the 1940’s. Since most the men were at war, woman had to show that they had what it takes. Even when society tried to keep them boxed in. This push has elevated to the incredible stature that it is today. Watching women such as Serena & Venus Williams dominate tennis, or watching Amanda Nunes destroy the UFC women’s division has definitely been a treat.

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(Photo Cred : Marty Gottlieb)

I even asked Diana does she think she intimidates men at all. She responded, “No, in fact, I think it makes them approach me even more. I think they love the discipline aspect of it.”. This is that part that definitely intrigued me.

So what actually drove Diana to sculpt her body into this amazing physique? There may not be a definitive answer but she did tell me an interesting story about a scar she had on her arm.

As I gazed at every unique muscle on her body I noticed a scar on her left arm. You can almost miss it in pictures if you don’t look closely. Being a journalist I always want to hear the inside scoop, so I asked her about the scar. She responded,

“That’s where most of my insecurities really came from now that I think about it. I hated that scar and I would hide it all the time. It lowered with my self-esteem a lot. I broke it in a freak accident when I was around 9-10 years old. I was high up on a swing and fell off. My elbow hit a rock and broke it. My elbow that is. Now a days I embrace my scar. I’m not embarrassed about it anymore and I tell the story with confidence. It makes me unique and I like that.”.

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(Photo Cred : Marty Gottlieb)

This simple rock story may be the reason that she is rock solid today. Mentally and physically. Her life started off pretty normal, though. I mean, besides the fact that she was home schooled. In fact, she was home schooled from kindergarten to middle school, which she explained was a “huge culture shock”. Diana was into athletics early, as well. She played basketball throughout her school stint and was a stand out player. After graduating from Bloomfield Tech in 2009 she attended Iona College on a full scholarship.

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After a stand out rookie year, where she was the runner-up for rookie of the year, she slowly started to lose steam. She exclaimed that she has always been a shy person with low self-esteem. She believes this is the reason that she slowed down.

“So here I am, a D1 player who didn’t go pro or go overseas like “I’m supposed to”. I felt like a failure and had no choice but to look for work. A year later I decided to join a gym. I missed being active. I hadn’t realized that playing basketball year round was keeping me in shape and the sudden stop would make me lose it a little. I didn’t eat healthy, I drank, partied, and was overall unhappy. I was lost and beat myself up for years for not perusing a professional basketball career like most D1 players do.  For 3 years I went through tough hardships that included relationships, self-esteem issues, health issues, and more. I was tired of living with no purpose. I needed a change.”

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Around 2018 is when she regained her flame. She decided to challenge herself and compete in a bodybuilding show. She said she had it on her mind for 2 years before she actually took action. She didn’t feel like she was 100% focused and was nervous about doing something that would put her in the center of attention. Then she remembered the quote, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”. This led to Diana hiring a personal trainer and eventually a nutritionist.  After 4 weeks on their plan she picked a show to compete in. She told herself no more hesitation, it’s go time!

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She practiced posing in the mirror after she finished doing Lyft, which would be around midnight. She also followed her coach’s meal plan with precision. In July of 2018, merely 4 weeks after she began her training, she entered a Natural Organization called the INBA PNBA. There, she won first place in Figure Novice and Figure Open.  Crazy right? This woman was determined! This expedited success came from a determined work ethic. Diana says she wants people to push pass the thought that they are “too busy” to push towards things they want.

“My typical day, before my first show, would be to wake up at 5am to Lyft. Then I train. I go to work and after work go back to do Lyft. Afterwards, about midnight, I head to gym again to practice posing. This routine is almost everyday.”

Later that year, Diana became certified in personal training and holds two pro cards in Figure and Physique. She has since competed in 8 shows over the course of 2 years.

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Her most recent victory came Nov.16th at a big show In Las Vegas with the INBA PNBA, The Natural Olympia. She placed 3rd overall and was named the National Athlete of the Year by the same association. Seeing this amazing feat in such short time said a lot about her determination. When a person falls in love with athletics it requires a totally different kind of commitment. It’s a life style change. This brings some much fire out of people. It also makes you think more of your over-all health. A strange observation I made throughout the years is that the majority of people maintenance their cars better than they maintenance their bodies. Diana noticed herself slipping and not only bounced back but became something much better than before.

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League owner – Denny Kakos
( Above Coach Marc Tauriello & League President Denny Kakos)

“In the end, it all started with me just wanting to be active again. The gym became my happy place. It became an outlet for stress and distractions in the world. Never be afraid to fail, for failure is apart of success.” Diana expresses.

“Bodybuilding is an extremely tough sport, physically and emotionally. Despite it’s difficulty, I find myself loving every bit of it. There are a lot of highs and lows. Especially dealing with the strict diet. Can you imagine eating the same thing every day for months on end? The temptation to cheat is unbearable at times. You might as well forget about having a social life during the preparation. It slowly diminishes. Through all this, the workouts only get more intense. I love this mode, though. I can sense that’s it’s challenging me physically and emotionally. Anything that pushes me in this way, I feed off it. Just like in my basketball days. The fire I got when we played a tough team. When I missed a couple of shots but was determined to bounce back. Even when I made a bad play and had to sit on the bench and reflect on how to improve. I love all of that. What I love the most about this sport is that it taught me a lot about nutrition.  I will continue to eat healthy, have balanced meals, and diet naturally. I am a stronger woman today because I took a chance to go for something I wasn’t sure I was ready for, and made myself ready.” 

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(Photo Cred – Marty Gottlieb)

Here is a list of placings Diana has had throughout her career as a bodybuilder.

2018 East Coast Classic – 1st Figure Open , 1st Figure Novice

2018 The Philip Ricardo Legend’s – Pro Debut , 1st Place

2018 Natural Olympia – 9th place (world) (17 competitors)

2019 The Philip Ricardo Legend’s Classic – 3rd place

2019 Eastern USA Pro-AM – 1st Pro Figure , 1st Women’s Physique (Earned Pro Card in women’s physique)

2019 The Nationals – 1st place in Physique pro debut

2019 Muscle Beach International – 1st in Pro Women’s Physique

2019 Natural Olympia – 3rd Place , National Athlete of the Year

Diana would like to credit her Nutritionist, Mentor, and Coach Marc Tauriello (Extreme Gym, Nutley,NJ)  for her outstanding success thus far.

Today, Diana is still a full time bodybuilding and has plans to continue to have ground breaking success. She works and a personal trainer in between time. Congratulations on all of your success and keep striving for greatness!

Written : Bruce Walton Jr

Melanin & Chlorophyll – Similarities and More!

All our lives we’ve been taught that too much sun is bad for us. We’ve been taught about how cancerous it can be. How hot it is. The list goes on. Yet, we are hardly taught the benefits of the sun.

As of recent, I started sun gazing. It is a practice that has been dated back since ancient times. It’s a practice where you stare at the sun during sun set or sunrise. Most people might say “Wait, isn’t that harmful?”. Well, contrary to common belief, if done correctly it actually has great health benefits.

If you think about how plants use the sun then you can further understand how we can also. As children, we were taught about photosynthesis and how plants turn sunlight into food. Green substance in producers that traps light energy from the sun, which is then used to combine carbon dioxide and water into sugars in the process of photosynthesis Chlorophyll is vital for photosynthesis, which helps plants get energy from light.

This same process is essentially the same in how melanin works for us. If you never noticed, which I’m sure you have, only fair toned people get sunburned. That’s because they don’t have enough melanin to protect them from harmful UV rays.

Although these processes are very similar chlorophyll can withstand a higher dosage of UV rays. Plants sit under the sun light all day with minor to no harm. That wouldn’t be the same case for humans.

Why we should have plenty of chlorophyll (green plants) in our diets.

Studies have proven that chlorophyll, in its various forms, has been proven to fight carcinogens in the body and reduce cancer risk. It also helps detoxify the liver and can expedite the healing of wounds. On top of all that, some have attributed improved digestion and weight management to a chlorophyll routine.

(site Megan Madden , Verily Mag)

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Written by : Bruce Walton Jr

This Mom Stayed In Shape After 5 Kids!

Meet Venus Tutu! We stubbled across her after the picture below went viral!

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Of course curiosity flew around wondering how in the world did she manage to do it! Most women are concerned about how their body will bounce back after pregnancy. Their bodies endure so much between weight gain and the stretching of the skin. So I asked Venus what her post pregnancy secrets were. This is what she revealed.

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Venus was born in Liberia but moved to the states and was raised in Philly. She had her first child at the tender age of 17

“It was a drastic change for me, especially from my native background beliefs. Due to me having a baby so young and out of wedlock I became an outcast to my family. I went from having a roof over my head to being homeless/sleeping in laundromat bathrooms. I was still in high school, raising a baby with no knowledge of how to do so. I struggled a lot but my son kept me sane and pushed me to better both of our situation. He’s literally my life.”

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Being so young, Venus felt like her body didn’t suffer much. She bounced right back into shape. She humorously replied “My breast didn’t get the same memo”.  It wasn’t until her second child where she actually started to take fitness seriously.

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Venus explains that after her second child the “gym” was a trending thing at the time. It just so happens that it helped her stay in shape. Her wanting to workout in hopes of bouncing back after pregnancy didn’t happen until after her 3rd child. She explains how she focused on foods she saw the best weight loss results from

“After my 3rd baby my snap back wasn’t as quick. I still had some weight left on me. Once I noticed that I started going to the gym more and changed my eating habits(not entirely). I also discover the foods/drinks that made me drop pounds in days”

Venus’s grandmother birthed 14 kids and her body was amazing afterwards so she feels a lot of it had to do with genetics mixed with hard work. She says she loves her body. She lives to show it off as much as she can. She inspires the be a model at some point in her life.

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Her latest test was recovering from having twins! Especially since the previous child wasn’t even a year old yet.

This took a real tool on her over all energy levels. She’s explains thats the hardest part about staying in shape,at this point, was simply getting up.

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Venus understands the struggle of parenthood. Especially being a single parent. These are her words of advice.

“Take them kids with you ! Find a gym that has a daycare center inside and go workout ! Most mothers want to workout but can’t due to them not having anybody to watch their kids. So find a gym that has a daycare center and go ! You may not see results in days or weeks but don’t give up ! Pick certain days to work on certain things and stay consistent! You know it’s working when it hurts. Pain should encourage you even more! Build up your confidence and kick ass when you’re working on your body goals ! Please don’t go to the gym just to post pics on social media…focus on the goals you set”

If you want to reach Venus for business inquires contact her at

venusktutu@gmail.com

Venus Tutu on FB & IG

Written by Bruce Walton Jr

The Power of Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is native to tropical regions such as Africa, Australia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania and India. It is from the Poaceae family of grasses, which has therapeutic, dietary and cosmetic purposes. It has been noted in history for its ability to boost immunity and eliminate harmful bacteria. Lemongrass is becoming more prevalent in conventional uses as holistic medicine is on the rise.

In tropical native regions Lemongrass is used for numerous purposes. It was widely used for dietary purposes as the herb have fibrous stalks. The flavoring agent can be found in beverages and desserts for its ability to aide in digestion. Some natives make teas and soups from Lemongrass to treat fevers and infections. Lemongrass properties boost circulation, reduce body aches and detoxify the body of inflammation, fungus, viruses and microbial diseases.lemon grass

Lemongrass essential oils alleviate stress and tension making them very useful for aromatherapy. Lemongrass is known for its neural abilities as an anti-depressant. It is known to boost energy and increase alertness. It can be used in lotions to treat acne and fungal infections as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite. Lemongrass can also be used to make soaps, deodorants, shampoos and even insect repellant.

lemongrass oilHolistic medicine is on the rise and Lemongrass is on the bill for general health. Its healing properties are abundant ranging from dietary to medicinal to cosmetic. Some have called it “fever grass” and “fever tea” for its ability to reduce fevers. Even still true to today, Lemongrass is among the most popular essential oils in use today. It is highlighted here on Keedie’s Corner for its health benefits and effectiveness.

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How to Live as Long as Possible, According to the World’s Oldest People — PEOPLE.com

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President-elect Trump means angst for ‘Obamacare’ consumers — WFLA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s election ushers in a time of high anxiety for people with health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, which expanded coverage to millions but has struggled to find widespread public acceptance. While repeal now seems likely, that may take Congress months. A replacement for the 2010 health care law could…

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Sickle Cell Awareness” w/ Reshaun Bennett

Daytona Beach man Reshuan Bennett shares his personal experiences with Sickle Cell Anemia Disease.

Reshaun, known as Pnut, feels Sickle Cell is a disease that is swept under the rug to the general public. In Daytona Beach, we couldnt find anything going on for National Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Pnut hopes to bring more attention towards the disease not just locally but globally.

“Sickle Cell Awareness” Daytona Dreams: http://youtu.be/jmKgLpP1N40

Below is a link to a previous Sickle Cell Awarness post by Keedies Corner
“Sickle Cell Awareness”

Daytona Native Genesis Robinson Advocates the “Affordable Health Care Act”

In this past year or two, Health Care has become a more pressed issue then it has ever been. Having health care is a good thing, right? Well, a lot of people have had issues with the new Health Care movement. Wether it may be that they can’t afford it or they may rather find another source of payment. With that being said, we understand that the people needed inside information on this touchy subject so there can be closure on the issue. In this financial crisis, people attach the new health care movement with other tactical plots to salvage our economy. Why don’t the people understand that this is actually a great opportunity for them? Well, in order to get to the bottom of this we talked to Daytona native , now residing in Washington D.C., Genesis Robinson about his roll in the “Affordable Health Care Act”. With only days left to sign up, here is how Genesis kicked the people some knowledge in our exclusive interview.

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1) (We first got his full name which has been expressed above)

2.Birth place and current residence (if you relocated for an occupation, explain)

Daytona Beach, FL

In January 2013 I moved to Washington D.C. to take a job with the Federal Government.

3.What is your occupation?

Congressional Staffer

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4.Explain your role in helping people apply for health care.

Since open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) begin, I have worked to ensure that everyone I know is enrolled in a healthcare plan that meets their needs and is within their budget. Via my role as Federal employee who works for a member of Congress and private citizen who is concerned about ensuring everyone has access to quality healthcare, I have been able to assist a bevy of people with enrollment. I have worked with both professional and civic organizations to ensure that everyone I know is enrolled. I have assisted people from all walks of life; everyone from family and friends to strangers and acquaintances.

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5.On a financial level, how can the government benefit from having the majority of citizens insured?

    Not only does the government benefit from having the majority of citizens insured, but private citizens do too. When someone whose uninsured needs emergency care, the bill for that care is passed on to hardworking people who have their own bills of their own to pay and maintain. By requiring everyone to maintain and pay for an insurance plan, it reduces the cost for everyone.

  Example:  

It’s very similar to a group of friends deciding to split the cost for dinner. Imagine being at dinner with 10 people, and you get a bill for $100, yet only 4 people split the bill with you. That makes 6 people who did not contribute to the cost of the final bill and as a result, the price is increased for the 4 people who had to pay. Whereas, if all 10 people paid, the cost is distributed among those who ate and price is lowered for everyone involved.

6.What advice do you have for those who don’t have health care?  

Get insured! The deadline to start your application is March 31, 2014. If you don’t believe that you can complete the application by that date, just start. The Obama Administration has extended the deadline to Mid-April for those who start the process by March 31, 2014.Having healthcare can potentially save your life and add years to your life.
Even if you are unsure about the cost, get on the website and search the plans. Most people are eligible for a subsidy which pays a large part of the plan for you. I have helped people enroll for a plan and they had to pay NOTHING. As a fan of basketball, I would say that “you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take”.

7.When is the deadline to enroll?  

The deadline to start enrollment is Monday, March 31, 2014  

However, the Obama Administration has announced that people who started the application process by the March 31st deadline will be able to quality for an extension until Mid- April. To qualify for an extension, a person should check the blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline.

8. Do you have any links or tips that can help people get started?  

With the March 31 enrollment deadline so close, I don’t recommend using a paper application. You can enroll entirely online right now. Or you can contact the Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to apply, pick a plan, and enroll.  

9. What is needed to apply for an affordable healthcare plan?  

• Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
• Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms-Wage and Tax Statements)
•Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household              

10. How can someone avoid paying a penalty?

  To avoid the penalty you need insurance that qualifies as minimum essential coverage. If you’re covered by any of the following in 2014, you’re considered covered and don’t have to pay a penalty:

• Any Marketplace plan, or any individual insurance plan you already have
•Any employer plan (including COBRA), with or without “grandfathered” status. This includes retiree plans
• Medicare
•Medicaid
•The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
•TRICARE (for current service members and military retirees, their families, and survivors)
• Veterans health care programs (including the Veterans Health Care Program, VA Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), and Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program)
• Peace Corps Volunteer plans
• Self-funded health coverage offered to students by universities for plan or policy years that begin on or before Dec. 31, 2014

11.What will be deducted from your 2015 income tax if you do not get health insurance this year?

The penalty in 2014 is calculated one of 2 ways. You’ll pay whichever of these amounts is higher:

•1% of your yearly household income. (Only the amount of income above the tax filing threshold (which is $10,150) for an individual, is used to calculate the penalty.)

  • The maximum fine a individual could be penalized is the national          average for a yearly premium for a bronze plan (which currently is about $9,800)

For example, a single person who will earn $35,000 in 2014, the penalty would be $249 ($35,000 – $10,150 = $24,850 x 1% = $249).

•$95 per person over 18 for the year ($47.50 per child under 18).
The maximum penalty per family using this method is $285.

The way the penalty is calculated, a single adult with household income between $10,150 – $19,650 would pay the $95 flat rate. A single adult with household income above $19,650 would pay an amount based on the 1 percent rate. (If income is below $10,150, no penalty is owed.)

The penalty increases every year. In 2015 it’s 2% of income or $325 per person. In 2016 and later years it’s 2.5% of income or $695 per person. After that it’s adjusted for inflation.

If you’re uninsured for just part of the year, 1/12 of the yearly penalty applies to each month you’re uninsured. If you’re uninsured for less than 3 months, you don’t have to make a payment.  

12.  What can people do to spread the word?

Telling others about the benefits and importance of signing up for Health Care is vitally important. As a community we must make it our responsibility to ensure that each other is covered and has all relevant information to make an informed decision about our health. We can spread the word via social media, word of mouth, through civic and social organizations (church, fraternity/sorority, book club, neighborhood watch groups, and etc.)  

13. Why do you think it is important for people to enroll for healthcare?

I think affordable healthcare is vitally important because it allows people to live healthier and longer lives. Having access to quality care not only helps when you are sick and ill, but it can also serve as a deterrent to prevent you from being more susceptible to diseases and infections prior to them developing.   Additionally, I think it is important that people enroll in a health care plan through the Affordable Care Act because it shows the President that we support his vision and are appreciative for the sacrifice he made to vouch for the millions of uninsured Americans. For people to not follow up and enroll in healthcare after the President spent so much political capital to get the Bill passed is both asinine and irresponsible.
 
  I believe that some people have allowed the media to cloud their judgment and plant seeds of doubt into their minds about the effectiveness and/or need for a law that provides affordable healthcare to everyone regardless of their race, religion, gender and/or socio-economic status. We mustn’t forget that for over 100 years prior to President Obama, every President has tried to get meaningful healthcare reform, but failed.

  Healthcare reform is by far the most important legislative victory for African Americans. At a time when African Americans are disproportionally more likely to suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure and we are 55% less likely to have health insurance than our white counterparts, we cannot allow this opportunity to get covered and start living healthy lifestyles pass us by. Because of the Affordable Care Act, there is now, almost 7 million African Americans who now have access to affordable care for the first time in their life. Ensuring they capitalize on that is paramount to the long-term progression of our community.    

Helpful Websites:  

https://www.healthcare.gov/  
http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/factsheets/2012/04/aca-and-african-americans04122012a.html  
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/obamacare-is-a-triumph-fo_b_4010984.html  

When on social media use the following hash tags:  

#GetCovered
#ACA
#BlackMenEnroll
#GetCoveredNow
#AffordableCareAct

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Written by: Bruce Walton and Genesis Robinson
Published by: Keedie’s Corner

Russell Simmons Releases Another Book. This Time the Subject Is Meditation

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Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, andNew York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success—meditation—and guides readers to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential. 

In the New York Times bestseller Super Rich, Russell Simmons proved that to be rich is more than just having money in the bank—wealth is about balance, joy, and conscientious living. 

In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career.

Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no “bad” way to meditate, only different forms for different people.In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body.

Simmons breaks down what he’s learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice.

9 Disgusting Things You Didn’t Know You’ve Been Eating Your Whole Life

Some processed foods are most enjoyable when consumed under a veil of ignorance.Otto Von Bismarck, the politician who allegedly coined the phrase,“If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made,” knew this all too well.But what about the everyday eats we assumed were safe, like bread, soda and cereal? Even if some of these foods seem innocuous, the fact that we need to pump up our snacks with additives speaks volumes about how far from ‘natural’ our food has become. Read below to find out what ingredients are really lurking behind those labels.

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  1. Beaver Anal Secretions Listed under “ingredients” as: Castoreum How we consume it: Vanilla-flavored treats Even if castoreum, a liquid found in castor sacs near a beaver’s anus, might not SOUND tasty, it is widely used as a substitute for vanilla flavoring.

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  1. Human Hair Listed under “ingredients” as: L-Cysteine How we consume it: Bagels, cakes and more. Believe it or not, this compound made from human hair and/or duck feathers is actually used as a flavor enhancer. L-Cysteine is pretty common, so don’t be surprised if you’ve already eaten some today.

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  1. Coal Tar Listed under “ingredients” as: Food coloring. How we consumed it: Almost any artificially-dyed food When manufacturers began making synthetic food coloring nearly 120 years ago,they relied heavily on coal tar (the byproduct of carbonized coal). Although the food industry has mostly phased out this product, the alternative isn’t much better: oil. “Although certifiable color additives have been called coal-tar colors because of their traditional origins, today they are synthesized mainly from raw materials obtained from petroleum,” says the FDA website.

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  1. Anti-Freeze Listed under “ingredients” as: Propylene Glycol How we consume it: Salad dressing Propylene glycol is commonly used as an anti-freeze (but less toxic than ethylene glycol, a similar product), and can also be found in salad dressings as a thickening agent.

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  1. Flame Retardant Listed under “ingredients” as: Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) How to consume it: Citrus-flavored soda Something called “vegetable oil” might seem unassuming in food production, but the active ingredient, bromine, is widely used as a flame retardant in furniture, and can be toxic. High levels of consumption may be tied to impaired neurological abilities and early onset puberty.

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  1. Biodiesel Additive Listed under “ingredients” as: Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) How to consume it: Chicken nuggets TBHQ is not just gross; it can be highly dangerous, too. The synthetically-created preservative is used in everything from bubble gum to nail polish to cheese crackers. Unfortunately, the stuff is so toxic that just one gram of it could make you ill.

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  1. Sand Listed under “ingredients” as: Silicon dioxide How we consume it: Salts, soups and more Silicon dioxide can be added to foods as an anti-clumping agent, and is often used to control humidity. If your soup tastes a little gritty, now you know why.

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  1. Jet Fuel Additive Listed under “ingredients” as: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) How we consume it: Cereal We’ve all been told that antioxidants are good for us, but some are certainly better than others. BHT falls into the “others” group. This antioxidant property helps keep foods fresh for longer. So as long as you are fine with consuming the same chemical compound found in petroleum products, such as jet fuel, your bran flakes can stay crunchy for weeks!

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  1. Borax Listed under “ingredients” as: E285 How we consume it: Caviar Borax, the well-known home cleaning agent, can also be found as a food preservative in caviar. Although it is banned from most foods in the U.S., imported caviar preserved with E285 can still be sold here.Clarification: The image originally associated with propylene glycol suggested that it was an anti-freeze commonly used in cars. This chemical is often found as a cooling agent in electronics.

Source: Huffington Post
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