SPARK ~ Thought of the Day:
For many legitimate reasons, some people don’t want to or cannot take fish oil and have been lead to believe that flax oil is a viable alternative to achieve healthy levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Flax oil contains the essential fatty acied alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which through metabolic processes the body can convert to the omega-3 essential fatty acids eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are found in fish oil.
However, the conversion rate for this physiologic process is very limited – it is very low. So, flax oil is not an adequate substitute for fish oil.
Recently, algae-based omega-3 supplements have been developed that solve the problem for people seeking to supplement their diet with a plant-based omega-3 product.
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An amazingly delicious and cooling supper!
6 cups organic watermelon
2 large tomatoes (seeded)
1 serrano chile, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon agave nectar
sea salt to taste
By far, one of my most popular potluck treats! – MJ
1 cup raw almonds
1 tsp lemon rind
1/8 tsp vanilla bean
agave to taste
Bonfire Team Members attack the 2012 100 Day Challenge!
Air Squats, Push-ups, Pull-ups, Kipping Pull-ups, Butterfly Pull ups, Dead Hang Pull-ups, Jumping Pull-ups, One handed pull-ups, Jumping Squats, Pistols, Back Squats, Front Squats, Overhead Squats, Dumbbell Squats, Ball Slams, Ball Cleans, Wall Balls, Barbell Snatch, Kettle bell Snatch, Kettle bell Cleans, Kettle bell swings, Single arm KB Swings, KB Press, KB Thruster, Dead Lifts, Muscle-ups, Box Jumps, Burpees, Burpee Box Jumps, Becks Burpees, Cleans, Jerks, Clean & Jerks, Dips, Ring Dips, Jumping Ring Dips, L Sits, Sit-ups, Hollow rocks, L- Pull ups, Single Unders, Double-Unders, Dumbbell Snatch, Dumbbell Thrusters, Glute-Ham Sit-ups, Handstand Push-ups, Handstands, Hang Clean, Hang Power Cleans, Hang Power Snatch, Hang Snatch, Heaving Snatch Balance, Hoola-Hooping, Rope Climbing, Knees to Elbows, Toes to Bar, Floor Wipers, Medicine Ball Cleans, Power Clean, Power Snatch, Pressing Snatch Balance, Snatch Balance, Push Jerk, Push Press, Ring Push-ups,Clapping Push-ups, Butt-Kickers, Iron Cross, Sprints, Skipping, Basketball Free-Throws, Basketball Dribbles, Swim, Row Machine, Stair climbing, Shoulder Press, Bear Crawls, Tabata Squats, Turkish Get ups, Arm Bars, Tire Flips, Tire Toss, Tire Hops, Cartwheels, Back Flips, Thrusters, Bear Crawls, Lunges,DB Lunges, Walking Lunges, Jumping Lunges, OH Lunges, Farmer’s Carry, Towel Pull ups, Wall Balls, Weighted Pull ups, Weighted dips, Weighted Jump Thrusts, Weighted Walking Lunges, Weighted House work, anything wearing a weighted vest… for time, over distance.
Move, Sweat and Pant.
Fund-Raising / Sponsorships:
Franson Family Chiropractic
c/o 100 Day Challenge 2012
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Beverly, MA 01915
If you would love to sponsor Dr. Franson: There are a few ways you can do this.
1. You can donate right on the Mauli Ola Donations Page. (Be sure to write 100 Day Challenge 2012 in the memo section)
2. You can also donate on Dr. Stephen’s Causes Page (Link coming SOON!)
However you’d like to be involved, we’re grateful to have you! Looking forward to ONE HUNDRED days of health for ourselves AND our loved ones with Cystic Fibrosis!