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Richard Hubbard was once over 350 pounds. After a doctor's physical and finding out he was pre-hypertensive, he decided to make changes and avoid medication. Over the course of a year, Rich lost the first 120 pounds of his incredible 150 pound weight loss. He ate healthy foods based on Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat To Live". He was mostly plant based, but switched to completely plant based in September of 2016. He also became a vegan in the process as his compassion for animals increased. He credits bodybuilder Robert Cheeke for influencing his decision of going vegan. Rich aspires to be a vegan bodybuilder and is planning his first half marathon this year.

10,000 Steps a Day for a Year!

10,000 Steps a Day for a Year!

This is a special blog entry. One year ago, I started my first Wellness Challenge at the local YMCA. Part of the requirements for the challenge were to walk 70,000 steps each week. Thus began the journey of all the stepping... and walking away all those extra pounds!

The pedometer you see pictured here is actually the second one since the challenge. The first pedometer broke a few months ago. I purchased the same kind and I highly recommend this pedometer. It's by Sportline and sells for about $20. You just can't kill it, as it's been dropped, stomped on, etc. I'm amazed how it keeps going!


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The Superfood To Eat: Watercress

The Superfood To Eat: Watercress
Watercress is a low-calorie green leafy vegetables and has only about 10 calories per 100 g raw leaves. It is rich in anti-oxidants and is low-fat. I first learned of this vegetable from Dr. Fuhrman.
 
Watercress has more vitamin C than many other fruits and vegetables. 100 g of leaves provide 47 mg or 72 percent of RDA of vitamin C. This food will help fight free radicals and can prevent cancer.
 
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The Superfood To Eat: Tomatoes

The Superfood To Eat: Tomatoes

I eat tomatoes every single day. I've always loved tomatoes, since I was a kid. Back then, I didn't eat them because they were healthy, I just ate them because they tasted good.

The red color in tomatoes is from lycopene. This bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment and phytochemical found in tomatoes can help protect against cancer. It also protects the body against damage from free radicals. Lycopene is also found to suppress the growth of human cancer cells.

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The Superfood To Eat: Spinach

The Superfood To Eat: Spinach

Popeye had it right years ago when he said "I'm strong to the finish cause I eats me spinach..." Spinach is just awesome, packed with protein, vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. Plus, it also has selenium, an important nutrient that many people lack in their diets.

I need a lot of protein in my diet and this is one of the many foods that I try to have every day. I usually cook it, but it's great raw too. Just make sure you wash it well or buy organic. Spinach can have a lot of pesticides.

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The Superfood To Eat: Quinoa

The Superfood To Eat: Quinoa

I want to start this article by thanking Dr. Oz for mentioning quinoa on his show a few months ago. I had never heard of this grain before and learned about it's health benefits when it was featured on the Oz show. This healthy grain has been an important part of my diet ever since.

When I was working out a while back, someone was talking to me about protein. I've been doing strength training and protein is especially important for gaining muscle. He felt I was getting a low amount of protein. I am now trying to get around 120 grams of protein each day, but it's easier said than done.

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