Walking into a nutritional store and seeing all the supplements can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a newbie to strength training. If you’ve just begun with weightlifting, it’s critical to know which supplement you need and how much to spend. You also need to know which particular products you need specifically for your DNA profile. So before you begin working out, or take any supplement, you need to look at your nutritional DNA profile and your training regimen to reap the most benefits out of any supplement.
As you begin your strength training, it’s important to get on the proper diet, which means consuming 7 to 8 small meals a day and weight-training for about one hour, four days a week. This allows your body to rest and heal. Another important factor is a daily intake of 20g of protein with every meal. Taking the right amount of nutrients is also crucial in building muscle.
The Benefits Of Workout Supplements
To get the most benefits and build muscle you need protein during and after working out. Whey protein is the most effective protein for building muscle and is quickly absorbed, providing amino acids to help you sustain your training. The only drawback is if you’re trying to lose weight, it does have extra calories.
2. Slow Carbs
Slow carbs supplements are carbs that slowly break down to give you the energy you need to train. They are a blend of magnesium, potassium, and calcium, best taken before training. Other natural and healthy options include figs, raisins, dates and sweet potatoes. The benefits of slow carbs are: stabilizing your blood sugar levels and aiding in burning fat.
Creatine increases your strength and lean body mass while boosting your energy, strength, and recovery. The drawback of taking Creatine is energy loss after training and water retention. Dosage: 5g daily before and after training.
4. Fish Oil
Fish oil is good for recovery and works as an anti-inflammatory, with the same effect as ibuprofen. Since most individuals don’t get sufficient Omega-3 and Omega-6 in their diet, fish oil is a great alternative with a daily dosage of 2-4g. However, it may cause nausea and heartburn.
5. Beta Alanine
Muscle acidosis is the burning sensation that occurs in your muscles after training hard. Taking Beta Alanine 30 minutes before training improves strength and stamina. It also decreases body fat and increases body mass.
Other workout nutriments are:
Taking pre-workout 30 minutes before training gives you a boost of energy so you get the most out of your workout. Pre-workout is a combination of ingredients including: Arginine, Creatine nitrate, Beta Alanine, Caffeine, and L-Tyrosine.
If taken after training, Glutamine minimizes soreness and maximizes recovery. It also strengthens your immune system and eliminates the surplus of ammonia.
• Testosterone Booster
For males, this supplement helps produce the natural male hormone, which provides various benefits. It can also boost energy and libido. However, an overdose can lead to hair loss, temperament and acne.
ZMA boosts strength, endurance, healing and your anabolic hormone levels. It also increases testosterone level, recovery, and muscle size.
Some of these supplements can be costly, however, with the right diet and the proper nutrients they increase performance and build muscle, with less fatigue. KarmaLife will help you with your diet regimen and give you the right nutriments, according to your DNA profile. Contact Carmen today to get your DNA profile and find out which supplements will help you the most on your way to a dream body.
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Can you relate to any of the following?
I follow all the rules, but I still can’t lose the weight.
I’m just getting old and my metabolism is slow.
It’s genetic. There’s nothing I can do.
Maybe I need to accept that I’m fat, and give up my skinny clothes.
Nutrition strategies that work for others don’t seem to apply to me.
I lose five pounds, and then I regain seven!
I hear these comments frequently from my patients and online community, and most of them don’t know an important secret: the reason for weight loss resistance is that our hormones are out of whack. When it comes to women and weight, hormones can make losing weight very challenging (if not impossible!) when they are out of balance. Here are the top three hormones that are the most likely culprits when it comes to your difficulty with weight loss, and how you can begin to reset them.
Estrogen is the female hormone that gives women breasts and hips, and it keeps joints lubricated. Men have it too, but at far lower levels. But both men and women are at risk of estrogen overload, which is having too much estrogen in the body. Here’s one action you can take today to lower your estrogen levels and help you lose weight: Eat a pound of vegetables per day. The fiber from the vegetables will help excrete estrogen so it doesn’t keep circulating in your body like bad karma. Aim for 35 to 45 grams of fiber per day for women, and 40 to 50 grams per day for men, but slowly increase your fiber intake in 5-gram increments each day to get to the goal without gas or bloating.
One in two Americans have some degree of diabesity, which is diabetes plus obesity. When you’re overweight or skinny fat (normal weight but you have too much fat mass), insulin becomes imbalanced and your cells become numb to the hormone. As a result, you experience blood sugar highs and lows, and you store fat because your glucose regulator is broken. There are many ways to reset your insulin, but a personal favorite is to drink filtered water with apple cider vinegar. A recent study found that consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high carb meal significantly reduces blood glucose levels in people with insulin resistance. In fact, apple cider vinegar might work as well as prescription drugs at fixing your blood sugar regulation.
You make cortisol in response to stress, but most of us run around stressed all the time. All those stress hormones wreak havoc over time, and make you store fat – especially in your belly. High cortisol is also linked to depression, food addiction, and sugar cravings. What’s the net result? You get fat.
To reset your cortisol, you need to hit the pause button on your caffeine intake. Slowly wean off of caffeine over three days, and notice how your sleep and stress levels improve! There are many more targeted suggestions in my new book, but kick the caffeine first. My mission is to help people who struggle with weight issues from hormone imbalance.
Understanding that permanent weight loss occurs as a result of hormone balance has helped so many of my patients and online community finally get their weight under control and break through weight loss resistance. When you follow the right program, guided by a trusted mentor and armed with the best knowledge, it’s possible to lose the weight that’s burdened you for so long – and keep it off forever.
Source: Hormones that affects our Weight Loss
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A healthy lifestyle may do more than simply slow the ageing process. It could actually reverse it.
Keeping physically fit, having a plant-based diet and practising stress-reduction techniques such as yoga could extend the lifespan of cells, researchers say. They studied the effect of healthy living on lengths of DNA called telomeres – tiny ‘caps’ on the ends of chromosomes that protect against the ageing process.
Just as the tips of shoelaces prevent fraying, telomeres keep chromosomes stable and prevent deterioration when the cells containing them divide. Dubbed the ‘chromosomal clock’, they shorten as we age. This process is associated with a greater risk of early death and of conditions such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes and cancers, as well as with increased vulnerability to infection.
Scientists believe the shortening process may even place an unextendable limit on the human lifespan.
The pilot study, published in The Lancet Oncology, compared two groups of men with early non-aggressive prostate cancer who had not undergone surgery or radiotherapy but were having regular checks. One group of 25 men continued without making any changes. Ten others underwent a radical lifestyle transformation supervised by doctors, nutritionists and psychologists.
Their diet was switched to one high in plant proteins, fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains while low in fat and processed carbohydrates. They were taught stress reduction techniques such as yoga and meditation, and were given counselling. They also took moderate levels of exercise, such as walking for 30 minutes, six days a week.
After five years, blood tests showed that the telomeres of the healthy-lifestyle group had lengthened by an average of 10 per cent, effectively reversing the natural ageing process. But the telomeres of the group who continued with their previous lifestyle shortened by an average of 3 per cent.
The study found no significant difference between the groups in the progress of prostate cancer.
But the scientists believe that their findings carry an important health message with wider implications.
The team’s leader, Professor Dean Ornish, from the Preventive Medicine Research Institute at the University of California in San Francisco, said: ‘The implications of this relatively small pilot study may go beyond men with prostate cancer.
‘If validated by large-scale randomised controlled trials, these comprehensive lifestyle changes may significantly reduce the risk of a wide variety of diseases and premature mortality. Our genes, and our telomeres, are a predisposition, but they are not necessarily our fate.’
Dr Lynne Cox of the University of Oxford said: ‘This new study suggests that reducing stress, improving diet and increasing exercise not only prevent telomere loss but also lead to small but significant increases in telomere length.
‘It is perhaps too soon to judge whether this increase will correlate with increased longevity or healthspan. Overall, though, the findings of this paper support the calls for adoption of and adherence to healthier lifestyles.’
Source: How a Healthy Lifestyle can reverse the ageing process
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We’ve been taught that our genes are our destiny. Well, not entirely. The study of epigenetics shows us that there are a variety of factors that can influence whether a particular gene can present as an issue in our body. Diet, toxicity, digestive health, or a significant trauma or life event can all play a role in gene expression.
Most of us have probably activated some of these so-called “bad” genes – life is stressful and we live in a toxic world. To ensure that your genes don’t get the best of you, look to the study of nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics seeks to find how nutrients, in the form of food and supplementation, can help us bypass our genes, so to speak.
You might think that getting your DNA analyzed is expensive. Well, it used to be, but in recent years some great services have become available like our partner BodyStrong DNA.
Additionally, you have access to a data download which contains loads of information about your genome. Unfortunately, this more detailed information is only available in the form of raw data and you will need an additional service to make sense of it.
Below I will discuss six of the more common gene mutations and the nutrients you might need to include in your nutrition program to optimize your health if you have these mutations. Please note that there are countless other correlations similar to what I mention below, but the message is to recognize the capabilities of delving deeper into your DNA.
1. If you have an MTHFR mutation, folate in the right form could be critical.
Folate is a B-vitamin that plays a major role in a complex process that occurs in the body called methylation – it is critical in optimizing your body’s ability to detox. An MTHFR mutation can significantly impair the methylation process and has been shown to lead to toxicity, mental illness and a variety of other health problems.
In the presence of this mutation it is critical to have adequate food sources of folate or to supplement with the correct form. Folic acid won’t do the trick; you need folate (5-L MTHF). Food sources of folate include – lentils, avocado, asparagus, and oranges, although you’ll most likely still need supplemental folate.
2. If you have an MTRR mutation, you might need extra B-12.
MTRR is another gene critical to a properly functioning methylation cycle. When an MTRR mutation is present, a person may require B-12 in larger than normal doses and in a very specific form, namely methlycobalamin. Please exercise caution when supplementing with high doses of methyl B-12 as this can cause the methylation process to go on overdrive which can cause anxiety and mood swings.
3. If you have a BCM01 mutation, you might be deficient in vitamin A.
Vitamin A comes in two important categories. One, carotenoids (i.e. beta-carotene), are derived from plant sources such as carrots. The second is retinol, which comes from animal sources. Your body can’t use beta-carotene to fulfill its vitamin A requirements and needs to convert this to the usable form retinol.
If you have a BCM01 gene mutation, your body may not be as efficient at making this conversion, and despite consuming carrots and sweet potatoes you may still be deficient in vitamin A. In this situation you may want to consider vitamin A from animal sources and/or adequate supplementation of retinol A. Animal sources of vitamin A include chicken liver, butter, cod liver oil.
4. If you have a VDR Taq mutation, you might need additional vitamin D.
Vitamin D is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies. If you consume adequate sources of dietary vitamin D, get adequate exposure to the sun and supplement, but have struggled to raise your vitamin D levels, this could be the result of a VDR TaQ mutation (VDR=vitamin D receptor).
In this instance it might be impossible for you to maintain adequate vitamin D levels with food, sun exposure and the levels provided in most basic supplements. Supplementation in higher doses, preferably bundled with Vitamin K2 could be crucial to support optimal levels of this all-important vitamin.
5. If you have a PEMT mutation, you should ensure that your diet includes choline.
Choline is a nutrient that plays a role in cell membrane health and nervous system function. If you have a PEMT mutation your requirement for choline is potentially more important. If you don’t consume eggs or beef liver on a regular basis, chances are good that you’re not getting enough choline. While present in nuts and some cruciferous veggies, it’s difficult to meet the recommended amount through these alone. Consider supplementing with sunflower lecithin.
6. If you have the CYP1A2 mutation, you should be very careful with your caffeine intake.
Are you one of those people who has trouble tolerating coffee and other caffeinated beverages? Do you get jittery and have trouble sleeping? Well, there are a variety of reasons why that could occur, but one might be the CYP1A2 mutation. This has the potential to make you a slow metabolizer of caffeine. This means that you might feel the effects of caffeine longer than someone sans mutation.
Caffeine has a half-life of six hours, so that cup of coffee which injected 100mg of caffeine into your system will be down to 50mg in six hours and 6 hours later 25mg and so on. If you have a CYP1A2 mutation the caffeine could stay in your system even longer. In this instance you would want to be sure to limit your intake of coffee to the early morning only – and be sure to consume caffeine with adequate protein or fat, or eliminate intake all together.
Source: How DNA Tests can Optimize Your Diet
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Most of us believe that age related diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, adult onset diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc are the inevitable consequences of aging, but we are now finding out that this is not necessarily true. We actually have a lot more control over how we age than you might think. Healthy aging is mainly the result of how we “communicate” with our genes — through our diet, our lifestyle and the environment we bathe them in. Healthy habits nurture healthy genes.
When most of us think of genes, we think of the ones that determine particular characteristics such as whether we have brown hair, blue eyes or long legs, or those that predict specific childhood diseases. These genes are “fixed”, but are only few in number. By far the vast majority are the thousands of genes that direct all of our biochemical processes and that render us susceptible to the many chronic diseases so many people are experiencing today. While we are each born with a set of genes — a baseline set of conditions which we can’t change — we can change how they are expressed.
This means that most genes in and of themselves do not create disease. Rather, the likelihood of developing disease and disability is determined by the way we live our lives and by the choices we make. You may have the genes for and be susceptible to heart disease or diabetes or arthritis, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will get those diseases. In other words, these genes do not cause disease per se unless they are thrust into a detrimental environment, one conducive to expressing these genes as chronic disease.
There are multiple factors in your diet, environment and lifestyle that affect your genes and how you age. Many of these are within your control. Of all the factors, diet is the easiest to control and probably the most important determinant of how our genes are expressed.
A revolutionary new science, Nutrigenomics, is showing how different foods may interact with specific genes, how food “talks” to our genes and how our genes express themselves after the conversation. It is confirming that food provides potent dietary signals that directly influence the metabolic programming of our cells and modify the risk of common chronic diseases. It is telling us that food is information, that it contains “instructions” which are communicated directly to our genes.
Armed with this information, your genes commandeer various metabolic actions and affect millions of critical biological processes, including cholesterol levels, aging, hormone regulation, weight gain and loss, and much more. Eat the right foods and they will send instructions to your genes for good health. Eating the wrong foods however, sends messages for disease.
What we are finding out is that there is so much more to food than just the nutrients we have discovered thus far. Real food is packed with thousands of compounds which have a complex and dynamic relationship with one another and your genes. With processed foods however, these micronutrients have either been altered or are missing, and therefore they can never deliver the same beneficial messages to your genes. Just as a computer program won’t function well when it gets fed bad data, neither will your body. Once you understand that food is “data” or complex information that the body uses to direct the multifaceted actions that keep us vibrantly alive, it’s easy to understand that loading up on junk food is like taking the fast lane to a giant system failure.
Foods loaded with sugar, trans fats and chemicals, and foods processed beyond recognition, are simply “bad data” for human consumption. I call these “food-like substances” because they are not real food. If you eat these regularly, your body stops working properly.
It makes perfect sense, when you think about it. When you bathe your genes in an unhealthy environment, like the one created when you eat junk food, your genes “miscue” metabolic actions that can trigger disease. For example your body responds to “food-like substances” as if they are “foreign bodies”. This prompts an inflammatory response as your body tries to protect itself. Over time, continued consumption can lead to the development of a low grade chronic inflammatory condition which is now becoming recognized as an important precursor to a variety of more serious forms of illness.
Bottom line: the food you eat affects the functioning of your genes.
Here are 5 ways to improve the “conversation”.
1) Eat real food i.e. fresh, whole, unrefined and unprocessed food. Food is more than a delivery system for nutrients containing protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Real food is more than the sum of its parts, it’s about how it all works together, about the integrity of the information or the total message. Although you should know how to read food labels, most real food does not come with a label …vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grass fed meats, wild fish, organic chicken and eggs etc.
2) Although there is no one right diet for everyone (as we are all different), try eat as close to nature as possible because the further removed food is from its source the less good data it will contain, and the more likely it is of being a “food-like substance” and not real food.
3) Be careful of obsessive calorie counting. Figuring your diet simply in terms of calories or even percentages of protein, fat and carbohydrate, can inadvertently deprive your body of the “complete” messages that real, whole foods provide .
4) Stop eating when you are 80% full.
5) Don’t waste your time feeling guilty if you ate the “wrong” thing.
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We all know someone who eats junk food, smokes and drinks as much as they like and yet they seem to escape the expected decline in health or increase in weight that should go hand in hand with their lifestyles. Although most will see consequences after middle age, the point is their resistance seems much higher. On the other hand, we all know someone who complains of a life-long struggle with dieting and weight gain. These are normally the ones who say ‘I only need to look at food to put on weight’. They may be judged for their ‘lack of willpower’ but many will keep trying harder and harder despite the discrepancy between their efforts and the results they yield. There has to be a missing link here. And that’s precisely what I want to focus on.
Besides weight management, other aspects of health also show high variability amongst different individuals. When you have a limited amount of resources and time, it is key to know what to prioritise. Which aspects of ‘healthy living’ affect you most and can make a real difference for you personally? Overall, we should all be avoiding junk foods and environmental pollutants but if you could find out exactly what aspects of Modern life affect your future, you could probably concentrate your efforts with more accuracy. There is plenty of information about how to eat well but what you really need to know is how to pinpoint the individualities and weaknesses of your physiology that make you more susceptible to certain food types and the environment.
DNA Analysis – the ultimate tool in personalised nutrition
Depending on genetic makeup, the consequences of exposure to external factors can be completely different and that is the underlying reason why NO DIET works for everyone. There will always be someone who doesn’t do well on a ‘Mediterranean Diet’ or who develops high levels of cholesterol on a ‘Paleo Diet’ or even who do not respond positively to supplements of fish oils. How long have we searched for the ‘ideal diet’? Or the best form of exercise to burn fat? The reason the debate goes on for so long is simple: no one diet or exercise regime suits everyone. The earlier you find out about your genes, the more you can do about your health and the better the return of your efforts. When resources are limited, you can then prioritise efforts according to your genetic strengths and weaknesses.
How does it work?
The extent to which Genetic Profiling can revolutionise both dietary advice and physical training programmes is unprecedented. It empowers you with crucial information about your own blueprint and makes it possible to achieve optimal results. It sheds light into the exact areas of frustration when it comes to diet and exercise. It then becomes much easier to truly understand your body and work with it.
For example, via DNA analysis it is possible to identify the types of muscle fibres that predominate in someone, making them naturally more adapted towards strength or endurance training. DNA analysis can highlight mutations or missing parts in your DNA which can explain why your body reacts in certain ways, or reveal that your body is incapable of dealing with certain toxins effectively without additional support in the form of diet modification or supplementation. It also means you may be able to choose which areas of diet need more of your attention and investment.
DNA analysis is not only about weaknesses but also strengths. You could find out for example that you have a good innate antioxidant capacity and therefore are better protected against oxidative stress and damage generated by lack of antioxidants in your diet. Everybody needs their portions of fruit and veg every day but some people may need them in much higher amounts whilst others will get away with less.
So DNA analysis serves to identify not only many aspects determining physical performance, fat handling and injury risk, but also the most relevant and effective dietary goals for each individual. Whilst some people are prone to problems related to the amount of saturated fats in their diets, others will have difficulties processing carbohydrates or eliminating toxic compounds from the environment. The only way to identify the best diet for maximum results with precision is to understand each individual’s metabolic makeup. DNA analysis bridges the gaps currently existing in both nutritional and fitness advice.
Finding out about your DNA – a scary thing?
It is important to make it clear that no deterministic genes are tested for in any of the genetic profiles available via BodyStrong DNA. That means none of the results will cast your fate or predict diseases. They will tell you about your susceptibilities but what will determine your future is a complex interaction between your genetic makeup and the environment. There are many more genes in the genome than the ones used in the profiles done for nutritional and fitness purposes. There isn’t a linear interaction between these genes and ‘predicting the future’ through genetic analysis is not what genetic testing is used for in here.
The main use of Genetic Profiling in this case is to reveal how best to improve the environmental input and influence the expression of genes towards the most beneficial outcomes. Genes that predict someone’s fate in terms of definite future diseases are not available in any of the nutrigenetic profiles used within this context. The chosen profiles include only genes that have been demonstrated to have a wide prevalence in the general population and for which lifestyle interventions have shown to modify gene expression. A rigorous selection process is utilised by the laboratories selecting genes for the available DNA profiles, with only the most scientifically relevant genes being considered for analysis.
Source: DNA Analysis, Nutritional and Fitness Advice
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This is an interesting question and to answer it we need first to determine what the word “alter” means in this context.
We start our life as a single cell, zygote, which divides hundreds of times in order to produce the embryo. When we are born, our cells keep on dividing to produce a fully grown individual. During this period all our tissue types are formed, which consist of many cell types but, interestingly, it does not matter whether we look at a blood cell or a muscle cell, a skin cell or a neuron – all the cells in human body have identical DNA. The differences between the cells are caused not by differences in the DNA sequence (i.e. differences in the order of the letters – A, T, G or C – which make up DNA) but rather by differences in gene expression. This means that in, say, blood cells, there are certain genes expressed which are not expressed in skin cells (although most genes in our DNA are expressed in all the cell types). This is what makes blood cells different from skin or other types of cells.
Changes in the DNA sequence are caused by factors which are called “mutagens”. These can be environmental factors (like UV-light or X-rays), chemical factors (like asbestos, phenol or tobacco smoke) or even biological factors (like the Human Papilloma Virus). Changes in DNA sequence can also occur during the process of cell division due to poor proofreading by specific enzymes DNA in one of the daughter cells is incorrectly copied and the errors not properly corrected. Most changes in the DNA sequence are benign to us – the cell with altered DNA either dies or the changes occur in the areas which do not affect correct functioning of the genes. But in some cases, changes in the DNA sequence can cause tumours or even cancers.
Whether or not we ride a bike, go running or hiking does not cause changes in the DNA sequence of our cells. But what does exercising do to our body so we grow more muscles and loose extra weight? Recent studies have even showed that exercising positively affects our cognitive abilities. What is happening inside our body and inside our cells when we exercise?
When we exercise we cause our body to go through a severe physical stress. Intensive workout needs us to increase oxygen consumption, our heart starts working much faster, our blood vessels widen in order to let more oxygenated blood to where it is mostly need, our energy storage (glycogen in the liver, fat deposits throughout our body) begin to release more energy needed to maintain all the body functions, our body temperature rises and we need to perspire to cool it down (and to perspire we need our fat to start breaking down to release water).
The level of some of our hormones, like endorphins, increases, while production of some other hormones drops. But the most interesting thing is that the way our genes expressed during exercising changes in comparison to the rest phase. All these complicated processes mentioned above are regulated by changes in gene expression which kicks in is as soon as the body realises that it needs to start working under different, more severe, conditions. Without this we would not be able to maintain functioning of our vital organs, like the brain or heart, when exercising. Changes in gene expression, the way our genes work, this is what make the human body not only survive a stringent exercise mode but keep it working without injuries during the period of exercise and recover once it is over.
So, now, let’s come back to our original question: “Does exercising alter your DNA?” It can be answered as “no, it does not make any changes in the sequence of letters which make up our DNA” but it can also be answered as “yes, exercises cause changes in the way our DNA functions, in the way our genes work and the way our genes, which are encoded in our DNA, are expressed within the cells”.
Source: Can exercise alter your DNA?
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Winning first place in the Canadian Body Building Federation national championship in Edmonton was the culmination of decades of hard work for a Devon woman.
For 33-year-old Carmen Tocheniuk, who was born and raised in Whitecourt, it was an achievement that almost never happened. In the past few years, Tocheniuk has won three Canadian titles in bodybuilding. With her latest national victory she has achieved professional status elevating her to the inter-national level of competition. “The trick is to place first overall so you can achieve the IFBB professional level,” she said.
Just 20 years ago, it would have been difficult to predict that Tocheniuk would be an international calibre athlete.
At age 13, Tocheniuk was paralysed after she and her mother were in a traumatic car crash. “It inspired me to keep a very fit body and never take my body for granted,” Tocheniuk said. “‘Do continue rehabilitation, I joined the gym at age 13. I continued ever since.” Tocheniuk didn’t let here paralysis over-power her, battling it with her will power. “I never once believed that I would be paralyzed forever, she said. “1 never let that thought enter my mind.”
During physiotherapy, Tocheniuk decided that she would continue with fitness training and joined a gym in Whitecourt. The decision would impact her life and still does today. “I couldn’t afford a trainee she said. “1 was inspired by people at the gym that taught me, Michelle and Robin Mot and Gary Piper, those are the people that taught me.”
The relationship Tocheniuk developed was strong and crucial to her career as well as her personal life. “They took me under their wing,” she said. “To this day, Michelle and I are best friends and business partners. She was ten years older than me then, and she is still my inspiration!”
Currently, Tocheniuk owns her own health and wellness business called KarmaLife that is based out of Devon Alta., and operates in Edmonton. The brand incorporated KarmaFit personal fitness and KarmaLean, a health food delivery service. “I’m not at all about looking good in the mirror,” Tocheniuk said. “I’m about feeling confident, self discipline and being healthy at the same time.”
The road to victory was long and hard for Tocheniuk, but she didn’t face it alone. The choice to go down this path meant a commitment to fitness 24 hours a day. “I want to thank everyone in the fitness and bodybuilding community:” she said. “It’s a very individual sport and it taught me what I’m made of, what I can do and now that I’ve achieved this goal, it gave me confidence that I can do anything I want in any area of my life. ”
Source: Whitecourt Star
Written by: Christopher King