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TJ Featured In DNA Magazine

The art of physique competitions is always a story of hard work, consistency in all phases of your life and few get any recognition of their perseverance and dedication. Why do most people who step on a stage compete? A simple quote can answer that. The source of the quote is unknown, but it goes like this: “I don’t compete to win a prize, I compete to show a prize”. That is something that has always stuck with me since I saw it years ago. It speaks more about the journey, the experiences, the highs and lows that come with training, diet, and ultimately, life. So here is the page from DNA Online Magazine in which our very own TJ Prall has been featured. As a friend and colleague, I am proud of his success. Even more proud of the journey and growth he has experienced along the way.


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Most Over-Sprayed Fruits & Veggies at Markets Today


When it comes to eliminating toxins in the diet, it can be hard to do. They are everywhere. From what you use to clean your house, to the water you drink (even absorbed by the skin when you shower/bathe). They are in the air we breathe. We have terms like Monsanto and GMO. Both leave us with more toxins that we would like. When its all said and done, all these toxins can elevate all the wrong hormones in the body. Largely estrogen based hormones. They also put extra stress on the body which can elevate cortisol and inflammation in the body as well.


Reduction of inflammation is one key for balancing out your hormonal cascade and getting leaner (lowing excess bodyfat). So the trick is understanding what you can control, and what you cant. At least directly at least. We can choose to walk more and drive less when possible. That improves the air, and even the water quality.


You can control using filtered water. You can control using BPA free containers. You can control the foods you buy. A simple rule when buying food – If it comes in a package, read the label (ingredients matter more than the numbers) and if you buy food that doesn’t come in a package, know what is organic, and raised with minimal pesticides etc.


OVER-Sprayed fruits and vegetables at the market include:

Apples, celery, cherry tomato, cucumber, sweet bell pepper, white potato, summer squash, kale, spinach, strawberry (the MOST over-sprayed), grapes, hot pepper, imported nectarines, peaches. Always buy these organic. You have a greater chance at buying organic when you shop at the Farmers Markets. You can always ask the produce manager at your grocery store what is organic. They SHOULD know. If they dont, walk out of the store. Same goes for butchers. If they dont know how the animal was raised, leave.


To your health, enjoy!


GMO, Monsanto and Companies to AVOID

Whats at Stake:

Right now the current buzz word, or in this case acronym, is “GMO”. If you don’t know what it means it stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Essentially what that says is foods and ingredients such as food dyes etc are man made, or simply chemicals designed to look, feel and taste like the original. Problem is all the negative health issues that take place as a result. Part of the process of GMO is the company Monsanto. This is also all over the buzz index on the web, but not getting the news coverage it should. Both aren’t really. That is largely due to the fact they are big companies and paying their way out of it. But knowledge is power. The more people know, the more powerful we as a society become. Monsanto, if you don’t know is the worlds largest seed producer. Their seeds are not natural, but chemically altered to grow foods bigger, but not healthier. As a side note, Monsanto did pay over $7,100,000 to fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products. Then they were able to get the government on their side with theMonsanto Protection Act that was just signed into action by the President. This is not a political post, just informing you as to what has actually happened. Before getting to the list, I am going to show you some pictures of what an organic food looks like, versus the chemically altered version. You be the judge.

First up, corn. While I dont ever have my clients eat corn, the difference is quite staggering. While the stock may be thicker, you can see a difference in the colour of the kernels, and also the pattern of them.



















Next up, tomatoes: it should be no contest what you would choose to eat yourself!

Lastly, the food label you want to see. If you arent sure what you are looking for when it comes to identifying organic produce, you are looking for 5(five) digits starting with a 9(nine). Outside of growing your own produce, its the best way to have a high level of quality control!


Now, onto the list of GMO producing companies. You will be surprised how many you use now!

Campbell’s - $250,000.00

  • Healthy Request
  • Wolfgang Puck Soups
  • Pace Foods
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • V-8

Cargill, Inc - $202,229.36

  • Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Shady Brooks Farms
  • Diamond Crystal Salt
  • Liza
  • Nature Fresh
  • Peter’s Chocolate
  • Wilbur Chocolate
  • Honeysuckle White
  • Rumba Meats
  • Good Nature

Coca Cola -  $1,164,400.00

  • Vitamin Water
  • Smart Water
  • Dasani
  • Nestea
  • Minute Maid
  • Honest Tea
  • Odwalla
  • Vitaminenergy

Con-Agra - $1,076,700.00

  • Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
  • Hunt’s Organic
  • Lightlife
  • Alexia
  • Healthy Choice
  • Hebrew National

Dean Foods -  $253,950.00

  • Horizon
  • Silk
  • White Wave

General Mills - $908,200.00

  • Nature Valley
  • Fiber One
  • Cheerios
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Muir Glen
  • Lärabar
  • Gold Medal Organic
  • Food Should Taste Good

Heinz/Hains Celestial - $500,000.00

(Hains is actually owned by Heinz, Phillip Morris, Monsanto, Citigroup, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart and Lockheed Martin)

  • Earth’s Best
  • Spectrum Organics
  • Garden of Eatin’
  • Casbah
  • Rice Dream
  • Soy Dream
  • WestSoy
  • TofuTown
  • MaraNatha
  • Mountain Sun
  • Walnut Acres
  • Fruiti di Bosco
  • Health Valley
  • Bearitos
  • Bread Shop
  • Celestial Seasonings

Kellogg’s - $632,500.00

  • Kashi
  • Muslix
  • Nutrigrain
  • Bear Naked
  • Morningstar Farms
  • Gardenburger

Kraft - $551,148.25

  • Snapple
  • ReaLemon
  • Triscuit
  • SnackWell’s
  • South Beach
  • Boca
  • Back to Nature
  • Nabisco

Nestle -   $1,169,400.00

  • Pure Life
  • Pelligrino
  • Perrier
  • Poland Spring
  • Gerber
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Tribe Mediterranean
  • Sweet Leaf Tea

PepsiCo $2,249,661.61

  • Miss Vickie’s
  • Sun Chips
  • Aquafina
  • SoBe
  • Harvest Crunch
  • Dole
  • Ocean Spray
  • Tropicana
  • Miranda
  • Tazo
  • Quaker
  • Naked Juice
  • Mother’s

Unilever – $467,000[7]

  • Salada
  • Knorr
  • Ben & Jerry’s


There are many companies and products that are still under review, and whenever companies merge, the acquiring company often has no idea that they changed practices to maximize their return on the sale. So please, protect yourself and those you love. Simply changing your shopping habits will ultimately have a positive impact on your life, and your health. So please stay informed, and as always, thank you for entrusting me with your health!

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