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Top 7 Anti-Inflammation Foods

time-magazine-cover-feb-2004Inflammation can cause many problems in the body, including slowed weight loss, joint pain, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, tendonitis, general discomfort, bloating, and even major disease to name just a few.

Most people are inflamed most of the time and have even forgotten what it feels like to be “normal” or the way their body should be, if it were healthy. Once that inflammation is gone, it’s like having a new lease on life. Energy skyrockets (and stays consistent), brain fog goes away, most various types of pain disappear, sickness is rare and even chronic disease or major illness goes away forever.

Eating the right foods is the first and most important step. It should be a life commitment too, because falling off the wagon and eating inflammatory foods again, bring back all those horrible symptoms.

I mention this specifically because many people start the anti-inflammation lifestyle and of course, start to feel better. Then, as they move further away from the pain that got them started down this path, they don’t see the need anymore, so they (consciously and subconsciously) let those old habits and foods creep back into their lives, bringing the old symptoms back with a vengeance.

The worst culprits causing inflammation are sugar (in its many forms), starchy foods, trans fats and most processed foods. Genetically modified foods are also highly inflammatory, so the bottom line is to eat organic whenever possible and cut out processed foods as much as possible.

Just eating organic won’t take care of the inflammation problem by itself though. There are plenty of organic foods that are highly inflammatory, so below is a list of my seven favorites. There are of course, more than seven, but just reading this list of seven will give you a good idea of the direction you should be heading and the kind of foods you should be eating.

1.) Green vegetables – mainly because of their powerful antioxidants and flavonoids. Note: When green vegetables are fermented (i.e. sauerkraut), that takes it up another big notch because of their extremely high pro-biotic content, which nourishes certain gut flora that manufacture specific anti-flammation compounds.

2.) Salmon – mainly because of its high omega-3 content, which is the highest anti-inflammatory source of fat on the planet.

3.) Grass fed meat and wild game meat – mainly because of their high omega-3 content and CLA fat, which are the top two anti-inflammatory fats. Conventional red meat however, is HIGHLY inflammatory and even most organic meat is at least mildly inflammatory, so make sure it’s truly 100% grass-fed or wild! Note: Butter made from these animals is also highly anti-inflammatory because of the fats mentioned here.

4.) Avocados – mainly because of their unique type of fat and low fructose levels.

5.) Bone broth – mainly because of its easily absorbable minerals, condroitin and glucosamine. Condroitin and glucosamine can be found in supplement form as well, but they aren’t nearly as effective as getting it from bone broth, which is the most natural source.

6.) Coconut oil – mainly because of its specific type of fat and antioxidants. This is why PJs fitness chocolate is an anti-inflammatory food as well as a potent fat burner!

7.) Certain spices, namely, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger – mainly because of their ability to break down toxins and boost the immune system, including nourishing specific gut bacteria that release anti-inflammation compounds.

National Take the Stairs Day

Yep! It’s official! 1/9/13 is National Take the Stairs Day!

Use this day to elevate your own health by banning elevators and escalators!


X Gym Workout DVD #1 Coming This Holiday Season!

We sure had fun filming our first X Gym workout DVD! Tellit Productions shot and directed it, and they are now in the editing phase (which takes the most time).  It will be out in time for Christmas though, so I’ll make sure everyone knows about it when it is done.

Our DVD will be amazingly superior to all the others out there. Here are some reasons why:

  1. It features one of our exclusive X Gym methods (instead of the traditional method everyone else uses).
  2. X Gym’s exclusive splinter techniques are incorporated for a full-fatigue workout.
  3. This first DVD provides a complete full body 20 minute workout without the need for ANY equipment (which makes it perfect for travelers and home workouts).
  4. It builds a base for progression, so future DVD’s with other protocols and splinters can provide seamless variety with plateau-free strength improvements (there will be 7 DVD’s in the series).
  5. A brain training session is included to help rewire the brain for permanent results.
  6. The latest nutrition advice is provided for maximum fat loss.
  7. Anyone at any fitness level will find it as challenging as it needs to be!

How much time have you wasted in traditional gyms for slow or no results? How much money have you spent on diets and weight loss products that don’t work? How many pounds have you lost and regained in your lifetime? Would you like a solution to these problems once and for all? It’s coming soon! I promise!

It makes a great gift too! If you are an X Gym member, you are probably tired of trying to explain to your friends and family about the workout you endure. Well, this will be your chance to buy them a copy so they will “get it” and start to see for themselves how fast results can be achieved!

If you aren’t an X Gym member, this is your chance to satisfy your curiosity and treat yourself to a workout routine that will finally produce rapid results that will last a lifetime!

Now I’ll leave you with a little teaser clip of some behind the scenes moments:

Farewell Belltown X Gym

As of July 1, I will be exclusively at the Alki and Kirkland X Gyms per the divorce ruling. Evan, Joanna, Steve, Mike, Kailyn and I are all going to Alki, and the Alki crew will be at the Belltown club. It will still be called X Gym, and as far as I know, the protocols will stay the same too.

I have formed many close friendships at the Belltown club and hope to keep in touch with everyone. I can be contacted any time through my email (pj@xgym.com), the website (www.xgym.com), and the club phones at Alki (206) 938-9496 or Kirkland (425) 822-9496.

Losing any of the 3 clubs is a tragedy for me and I am extremely sad to say goodbye to Belltown. I wish to thank all the members there for their friendship, patronage, and help in making it the most successful X Gym ever. It was a blast!

The Belltown club will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first X Gym, and the one I bought over 11 years ago from my very first personal training client and dear friend, Melissa. There are so many fond memories there. It will be extremely difficult to tear myself away, but life throws us curve balls sometimes, and we just have to make the best of them.

With change comes opportunity as well, so I’m looking forward with wonderful anticipation to the changes I can now bring to Alki with my “A Team” of senior trainers. Evan, Joanna, Steve and Mike have been at the Belltown X Gym the longest, and are amazing at what they do. Kailyn will bring his ideas for growth and skills in customer service as well. I know the Alki clients will be thrilled with the improvements in store for them!

We will also be rolling out a new online schedule system for Alki and Kirkland members, a new website, and an outdoor boot camp (see video below).

Thanks again for the memories Belltown! You will forever bring a smile to may face and warmth to my soul.

Here is the new outdoor boot camp teaser clip. It’s pretty corny, but that’s what you get when you shoot, produce, and publish in one afternoon:

Miracle Spice?


If I told you about a spice that could help you burn more fat, would you start to incorporate it in your recipes? How about if I told you that it also does the following things:

* Reduces gas and bloating
* Assists in the digestion of protein
* Improves your body’s ability to digest fats instead of store them
* Promotes proper metabolism.
* Maintains and improves intestinal flora
* Improves elimination of wastes and toxins
* Rejuvenates your liver cells and recharges their capability to break down toxins
* Helps to prevent alcohol and other toxins from being converted into compounds that may be harmful to your liver
* Supports formation of healthy tissue
* Stimulates formation of new blood tissue
* Is a powerful anti-inflammatory (more…)