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Food – What’s Really “Real?”



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With heavy advertising and false claims in the food industry, “real” food is becoming increasingly difficult to find.  Let’s learn the facts about what’s real and what’s not.

Looks can be deceiving.   The wool has been pulled over our eyes so much that we find it hard to believe that this can be so. Even a bag of conventionally grown potatoes is more than likely a genetically engineered product.

What about the word “healthy?” 

This term is so often and carelessly attached to healthful looking foods to make us believe that we are making the right decision when in reality, the word “healthy” has such a broad interpretation that it’s not distinctly defined.  Does healthy mean nutritious? Low calorie? Low fat? Low carbs? High protein? High fiber? Low sodium?  Does it mean that by eating a product labeled healthy you will be healthy?  It’s hard to say, but not likely. The reality is that most of the food available to us today is highly processed, full of additives, loaded with salt, sugar and fat, genetically modified and/or color altered with a sign, label or sticker that makes a claim that is often contrary to what it actually is so that we are lured in and deceived into thinking we are making the right decisions.

So what’s the real deal?  Real food is living food and living food promotes life … it’s as simple as that.  Real food does not live in a box, it isn’t weighed down or killed in the deep fryer, and it has the potential to heal, energize, and stabilize life!  Real food can grow all on its own without the help of genetic modifications.  There’s no need to add any coloring to embellish the appearance of real food because by design its color is already appetizing.  Real food doesn’t have long shelf life either, because it is intended to be consumed quickly and often.  Real food can grow on its own and promotes harmony within the body.  Don’t be fooled by the marketing, fancy packaging and false claims, stick to what’s real.  Eat real … for life!

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Sha'Da is woman on a mission to empower, educate, and help others live healthy, fit and strong lives. Her faith in God is the forefront of this mission and she is dedicated to helping others prevent and fight back against lifestyle related diseases especially when it comes to the health of our Christian leaders. Sha'Da is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach and holds a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. She is also a liturgical dancer and minister and has made it her passion to do her part in helping others improve their quality of life by achieving optimal health through fitness, nutrition and faith.


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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today





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