It is a science-based fact that an underlying cause of cancer is low cellular oxygenation levels. There are a number of studies out there you can read and learn about this. Ray Bessette has long been an admirer and supporter of Professor Brian Peskin who is a world-leading scientist specializing in parent Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and their direct relationship to cancer, heart disease and wound care.
Who is Brian Peskin?
Professor Peskin is The World’s Leading Physiologic EFA Expert. He attended MIT where he studied highly complex mathematics, engineering and physics along with probability and statistics. He has also studied biochemistry and physiology. Read more about him here. Professor Peskin has advanced the discoveries of Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D.. Warburg is a Nobel Prize Winner for his work on increasing cellular oxygenation and “The Hidden Story of Cancer.”
Supplementing with EFAs
Ray is a Cancer Exercise Specialist and has vast knowledge on nutritional supplementation, hormonal balance and resistance training as an aid to reversing many ailments once thought to be treatable only with medication. As a devoted believer of Prof. Peskin, Ray is convinced that supplementing with EFAs is your best defense in the fight against cancer. He would love to answer any questions you may have about how supplementing with EFAs will oxygenate your cells and provide defense against cancer.
Where can you get the best EFAs?
Ray Bessette Personal Training only promotes, sells and believes in pharmaceutical grade supplements. His “must have” in his supplement arsenal is unadulterated EFAs. They are the ideal way to replenish your body’s precious Parent Essential Oils (PEO). PEOs are essential to all the cells in our bodies and our bodies cannot make them. The only way to get them is through your diet, but if you are eating processed foods, many of the EFAs are irreparably altered. Therefore, we must supplement our diets with EFAs. They are an “insurance policy”…even if you think you are consuming the best foods, you can never really be sure you are, so supplementation is crucial to cover your nutritional bases.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor’s recommendations. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.
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I first learned about nutritional yeast (a.k.a. “nooch”) a couple of years ago when my daughter and I tried the vegetarian lifestyle. As an avid weightlifter and concern over adequate protein consumption, naturally, my first thought was “how in the heck am I going to live a vegan lifestyle without sacrificing my protein intake? There’s no way.” I did a little research and discovered nutritional yeast and the nutritional benefits of it. In the spirit of full disclosure, I consumed a pescatarian diet for about 9 months and went back to my carnivorous ways and couldn’t be happier myself.
What is Nutritional Yeast?
When you think of yeast, you probably think of the ingredient that makes bread rise (baking or dry yeast) or an ingredient to brew beer (brewer’s yeast). Nutritional yeast is neither of those. It is inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. Since it is an inactive yeast, it doesn’t grow or cultivate like other yeasts. Nutritional yeast is yellow in color and most commonly comes in flakes, but you may see it granules or powder as well. It has a nutty, cheesy, savory flavor and is often used to add a cheesy flavor to dairy-free dishes. You may see nutritional yeast labelled as savory yeast, nutritional seasoning or nutritional yeast flakes.
The Health Benefits
While nutritional yeast is mostly used by vegans and vegetarians, meat-eaters can also enjoy the health benefits of nutritional yeast which are numerous.
B Vitamins – Nutritional yeast is abundant in many of the B Vitamins. B vitamins help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. They also help form red blood cells. While many of them work together, the B vitamins each play their own role in our health as well.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is important for the growth, development, and function of the cells in your body.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) helps in the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, which fuels many functions in the body. It helps in the processing of amino acids and fats and can also serve as an antioxidant, which slows the pace of aging.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) has been found to treat acne and improve overall skin.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and Vitamin B7 (Biotin) are the main vitamins that benefit skin, hair and nails.
Vitamin B6 plays an important role in various physical and psychological functions. For example: a healthy metabolism, nerve function, liver function, skin health, eye health, as well as help to boost levels of energy.
Vitamin B9 (Folate) helps produce and maintain cells and is especially important for pregnant women. Read the label on your nutritional yeast, because some brands may not include folic acid.
Vitamin B12 is responsible for maintaining a good digestive system, increasing your energy, regulating your nervous system and protecting you against colon cancer, breast cancer, and stomach cancer. Vitamin B12 is also an essential vitamin for addressing adrenal fatigue, multiple metabolic functions — including enzyme production, DNA synthesis and hormonal balance — and maintaining healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems. Check the label to be sure that it does, in fact, contain B12 as it is available without it as well.
Complete source of protein – 2 tbsp. of nutritional yeast provides 9g of complete protein, containing at least 9 of the 18 amino acids that our bodies can’t produce.
Fiber is important for the gut and digestive system. It also helps with blood sugar regulation. One serving of nutritional yeast will give you about 3g of fiber.
Immune function properties. Nutritional yeast contains the compounds glutathione, mannan, trehalose, Beta-glucan and beta-1, which are associated with enhancing immunity levels, reducing cholesterol and assisting with cancer prevention.
Antibacterial & Antiviral Properties. In Germany, nutritional yeast is considered the fourth most prescribed herbal additive, right behind ST Johns Wart and Ginko Biloba. It is antiviral and antibacterial and has profound effects on viruses such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and E.coli.
Low glycemic index. Nutritional yeast has no added sugar and is low in carbs, meaning it is slowly digested and has little effect on blood sugar levels.
Gluten free. Gluten is a protein found in grains and wheat. Those who are gluten intolerant cannot process this protein, which can cause digestive issues, fatigue, headaches, inflammation, and swelling.
Nutritional Breakdown for a ¼ Cup Serving
5 calories from fat
5 grams carbohydrates (2% daily value)
4 grams fiber (16% daily value)
9 grams protein
0.5 grams fat (1% daily value)
25 milligrams sodium (1% daily value)
790% daily value of thiamine (vitamin B1)
570% daily value of riboflavin (vitamin B2)
300% daily value of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
230% daily value of niacin (Vitamin B3)
290% daily value of vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
270% daily value of folate (vitamin B9)
20% daily value of zinc
How Can You Use It?
Nutritional yeast is low in fat and sodium, doesn’t contain added sugars or preservatives and, naturally, is gluten free. Although you may not be directly swapping a few grains in a dish for the flakes of nutritional yeast, it is used more as a flavor enhancer for dishes and a great substitute for cheese. Add a little to your diet and you can get all the benefits above while adding flavor to your food without all the high fat and calories.
I like to add a teaspoon to my scrambled eggs in lieu of cheese. I’ve been sneaking it in on my husband’s eggs and he hasn’t even asked about the difference. In fact, when I did the switch on him, he remarked that the eggs were “really good!” Try these ideas to bump up your nutrition:
Sprinkle over your salad or cooked veggies
Incorporate into your mashed cauliflower
Mix into your turkey burger
Blend into your smoothie
Sprinkle on top of your popcorn
Whole Foods has several great recipes which you can find through the source link below.
Where Can You Get It?
You can often find nutritional yeast in the bulk bin of your local natural foods grocer (i.e., Sprouts or Whole Foods Market). If you prefer doing your shopping online, you can get it there, too. Try Amazon.com or other online retailers.
I hope this article opens you up to new ideas on how you can boost your nutrition without adding extra fat and calories. Add nutritional yeast to your diet and let us know how you did it and how you liked it.
What can you do to keep from derailing your training?
When you’re passionate about your workouts, nothing is more frustrating than than an injury or sickness when all you want to do is that one thing you love. You may be feeling anxious about putting on weight or losing your training progress while you are down and out. What can you do to ensure you don’t get too far off track with your progress?
Don’t stress about it. Stress causes the body to increase levels of cortisol in your body which has been shown to have adverse effects on your health, including decreased muscle tissue; decreased bone density, suppressed thyroid function and increase abdominal fat. Keep your stress about not being able to workout to a minimum. There are ways to help relax your mind and body that don’t involve training your body. Try journaling, listening to music and breathing exercises, for example.
Keep your nutrition on point. Since you won’t be working out and expending energy during those workouts, you want to be sure you are providing good, sound nutrition to your body rather than foods that will inflame you and make you fat. Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s immune response. When inflammation serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes disease and illnesses. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet reduces inflammation in the body; helps our bodies maintain optimum health and provides energy, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and disease-preventing phytonutrients. Incorporating Fit N Firm Foods and Marigold Bars can help keep your nutrition in order during your down time (and anytime for that matter). Orders can be placed online. Fit N Firm Foods offers free delivery for some locations in Spring, Texas and Marigold ships worldwide and has pickup locations around the U.S. You can also add the following anti-inflammatory foods into your diet.
Keep your protein intake high. Consuming sufficient protein is the single most dietary factor for maintaining muscle. While you can’t get to the gym, ensure you are keeping your protein levels up. Choose lean proteins like Designs for Health Protein Powder, chicken breast, eggs, lean beef, ground turkey.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep and are staying hydrated by drinking adequate water.
Don’t neglect your supplement intake. They fill the nutritional gaps. I only believe in taking pharmaceutical grade supplements and I sell the best product lines such as Life Extension, Designs for Health, TransFormation, Rejuvenation Science, and Transcendence. Need to replenish your supplements? Contact me and I’ll make arrangements to deliver to you (limited areas around Gleannloch).
Don’t train through your injury. Injury is your body telling you that you need to take a break. And don’t try to “work through the pain”. You’re just setting yourself up for a longer or worse injury.
It sucks when you so want to get to the gym but can’t because you are injured or are recovering from a surgery or healing an injury. Listen to your bodies, listen to your doctors. Take the break. Our bodies need the complete rest a few times a year. And don’t come back to the gym too soon or you run the risk of reinjury. Give your body the rest it needs and take the steps above to keep from derailing your training progress. I promise, you WILL come back better than ever.
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Not seeing results in your workouts? There may be many reasons…let’s look at a few:
You’re doing too much cardio or you’re only doing cardio. To improve the shape of your body, cardio is not the best option.. Yes, you will lose weight at first from cardio and fad diets, BUT, what you’re losing is water, not fat. This will leave you dehydrated and you’ll get headaches if you stick with it long enough. We’re not knocking cardio whatsoever. Cardio has its place, but if your goal is permanent fat loss, weight training is your best bet. At The Firm U, we use a Bio-impedance scale that measures water, fat and muscle weight in pounds. We can track your progress to keep you motivated and on track with your fitness goals. Most bathroom scales just measure total weight. With our scientific information, you can intelligently adjust your fitness program and permanently burn the fat weight.
You’re not training with weights. There is no metabolic effect after a cardio workout. When you burn 500 calories doing cardio (takes about an hour), that’s all you get. When you burn 500 calories with weight training, you not only balance your muscle and bone structure, you continue burning calories as your body repairs the breakdown and buildup of muscle, increasing your metabolic system. The result: FAT WEIGHT LOSS, not water weight loss. Muscle burns more calories at rest. We’ve got you covered with #1 below.
You’re diet needs to be cleaned up. You think you’re eating well, but you’re filling your body with inflammatory foods and disease-causing agents. We’ve got you covered with #2 below.
You could be insulin resistant or diabetic and not know it. If you have either condition, you’re only burning sugar for energy and never getting to fat. We’ve got you covered with #3 below.
These Three Fitness Components Solve All The Above
1. Personal Training. I’ll create a custom training program to help you achieve the results you want, whether it’s to build muscle, bur fat, or both. I can work with you 1:1, or if you prefer to workout with a friend, I’ve got great options for duo training and you can achieve the SAME results as one-on-one training.
2. Nutrition. Eat our Fit N Firm Foods for meals and enjoy a MariGold bar in between. Both are not only delicious and satisfying…they’re also made with only the highest quality ingredients and are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s immune response. When inflammation serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes disease and illnesses. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet reduces inflammation in the body; helps our bodies maintain optimum health; provides energy, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and disease-preventing phytonutrients (healthy plant foods).
3. Hormonal & Weight Loss Blood Panel. This test is optional; however, it is also one of the greatest tools to fix that person that has tried everything. A comprehensive lab blood test can detect many issues and conditions that may be getting in your way of losing belly or butt fat for good. It takes about a week to get back from our lab, our doctor reviews the results and addresses your situation with suggestions to get your hormones or other discrepancies to get you balanced.
It takes a deficit of 3,500 calories from your total caloric intake to burn one pound of fat. To lose one pound a week, you’d burn 500 calories every day doing about an hour of cardio for seven days a week to burn one pound of fat. With our program, you weight train 3 days a week for a one hour session and burn calories every hour of the week (168 hours), even at rest! We’ve just given you four hours back in your schedule. Imagine what you could do with an extra four hours a week. Important to remember… The Purpose of exercise is to not burn as many calories as you can in one training session, but to stimulate your muscles to burn calories when you’re resting! See image below….
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We are extremely proud of The FIRM U client, Kyle Kettler. He has a TOTAL FAT LOSS TO DATE OF 35.3 LBS. While many people gain weight during the holidays, under trainer Ray Bessette’s direction, Kyle managed to lose 2.8 lbs. of fat while maintaining his muscle mass.
Kyle has put into practice the lessons he’s been learning from Ray about sustaining his fat loss during a season of indulgence. Kyle is the perfect example of digging deep and doing the work. He knows this is a marathon, not a sprint. Kyle is learning lessons for life and is a role model for his three young girls and everyone following his story. Keep watching for more updates. Kyle’s next goal is to get under 400 lbs. We’re sure he’ll be there soon! Stay tuned for further progress updates.
Read more and watch videos about Kyle’s journey here.
Are you ready to start on a fat loss goal or general fitness goal for yourself? Contact us today to discuss how The FIRM U can help you get started.
A new year is here and that usually brings with it New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, go to the gym, etc. The new year is a great time to turn over a new leaf for many people. If this is a resolution you’ve had year after year, then we want to encourage and motivate you to let this be the last year you resolve to do this. Fitness isn’t a seasonal hobby; it’s a lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.
So, you’ve made the resolution and made up your mind that you’re going to lose weight and get in shape this year. You’re going to the gym and you’ve improved your diet. That is great! Now, for it to be effective and to get the results you want, you’re going to have to be consistent. Be true to yourself. If you are not getting results, ask yourself these questions:
Am I being consistent with proper nutrition?
Am I being consistent with my exercise routine?
(If you’re working with a personal trainer) Am I keeping my appointments with my personal trainer?
If you can’t answer yes to all of the above question, then how can you say this doesn’t work? You can’t be inconsistent and expect results, so just do it.
To change your body for good, there is no magic pill. You will have to dig deep and practice patience. Let’s be honest about this. If you are in need of losing excess weight, you’re going to have to be patient about it. You didn’t get in this shape overnight. To lose the weight in a healthy manner and sustain that weight loss, you can’t do it quickly. People who enjoy good health and fit physiques understand that it is a lifestyle. Don’t give up after a week or two of no scale results. The moment you want to quit is the moment when you need to keep pushing.
You’ve heard it before. Your mother probably told you this years ago. Good things take time. After some time has passed and you’ve been patient with your changes and consistent with your nutrition and training, you are going to see changes with your body and your health will be improved.
Your New Lifestyle.
This lifestyle you’ve chosen is new and everything that is new takes time to get used to. There will be a learning curve and it will be scary, but it can be done. Do not throw in the towel because you feel intimidated or that you’re not good enough or you can’t do it. What would happen if you just didn’t give up? You only have one life and you are the only one who can change your life. Dig deep and do the work. Otherwise, you’re going to have to start again. Imagine yourself six months from now. Don’t stop. It WILL be worth it.
This will clarify a couple of things that came up through the Facebook dialogue on the Gleannloch Farms Community News Facebook group page today. Many have requested a copy of The FIRM U’s proposal to manage the Gleannloch Farms Fitness Center presented to the Gleannloch Farms HOA at the September 18, 2017 HOA meeting. The proposal along with other documents is available through this link.
The proposal includesadding the 3,852-sq. ft. of The FIRM U for all Gleannloch Farms residents for no membership fee. The choice of which gym the resident wants to use is theirs.
The management fee proposed was for $86,820 per year.
Some questions asked throughout the dialogue:
Where does the $10K Independent Contractor Fee fit into the proposal – in addition to or included in the $86,820?
Answer: What is being referred to the first bullet under the budget where I mentioned that I would “reduce the current annual budget set aside for the community gym by $10,000+ per year.” What is meant by this is that $10k is the minimum savings that can be realized in one year from the proposal I presented. There is no additional or hidden $10k fee.
Please explain your initial plan to remove all the current equipment in the GLF gym and make it a yoga studio or cardio studio only?
Answer: That was never on my proposal. I believe a resident has suggested that, it was never a part of my proposal or business plan. I have a fully functional cardio and group class studio built in The Firm U. I have offered classes to the community, visit http://raybessette.com/p31-fitness/ . I would keep community gym as is, but with Nationally Certified Personal Trainers that meet my topmost expectations in customer service and results driven for the resident. The Firm U would ONLY be an alternative to residents to work out for free. My project proposal is to add as an (optional) additional Gleannloch Fitness Center. This would be similar to how we have six tennis courts, three pools for GLF residents. With my plan, we’d have two fitness centers from which to choose and neither would have a MEMBERSHIP FEE. A community of this size would benefit from the value of an additional fitness center with the level of the newly proposed professionalism of The Firm U.
Please confirm the discussion we had about removing all fees for residents. This is $99/month currently for your membership, you indicated at the meeting and in the letter this would occur. How many GLF residents are currently paying $99/mo to be part of The FirmU – this was a number asked for at the meeting and a response was never provided.
Answer: I have 30 to 35 GLF residents that are patriciating in our personal training program. They don’t pay any fee for a membership, I waived GLF residents from membership fees a long time ago. In fact, through November and December of 2017, I offered residents of GLF to work out at The FIRM U for free. We do have a membership of $45 (with training) $99 (without a trainer) advertised on our web site, This is for non-residents. In my proposal I stated that all GLF residents would have free access to The Firm U just like the Community Fitness Center. Lastly, you assume I generate most of my revenue from memberships, this is not true!
A couple of other feedback items from today’s Facebook conversation:
It has never been said by me that the current trainers are “crap.” This is a definition used today by a member of the group. Throughout my proposals and emails, I’ve said that I would keep the current trainers who have the certifications our trainers have and/or, offer to help any who don’t with getting their National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications. The FIRM U is a training facility for NASM trainers and I would be more than happy and willing to help the current trainers get their NASM certification should they so desire.
Regarding the comment “But not everyone is trying to compete in a body building show. Some people just want to workout without getting hurt.” Not ONE of The FIRM U clients is trying to compete in a bodybuilding show. They have ALL come to me for health and weight loss reasons and my main concern with our clients is helping them with their goal AND teaching them how to work out with proper technique, so they don’t get hurt.
The Facebook dialogue will probably go on and on about this subject. At this point, it’s no longer about my company being awarded the contract. It’s more important now to validate whether the board went to other companies to seek proposals each time the contract came up for renewal or to ensure they seek them when the current contract is due to expire. It’s been done with the landscaping company (mid contract, by the way), why not with this service, too? This way, the residents can be sure we are getting the best value and best service for our dollars. This is a question that has not been answered or proven thus far by the HOA. I’ve answered the questions presented to me and put my proposal out as requested.
Now, if there are more questions, let’s address them at the January 18 HOA meeting.
Ray Bessette, NSCA, ACE, NASM-CPT Founder & Owner, The Firm U Master Clinical Fitness Trainer Cancer Exercise Specialist 833-FIRMU-Up Cell: 832-755-1949 Email: ray@TheFirmU.com Web Site: www.TheFirmU.com
Personal training by nationally-certified personal trainer and NGA Natural Pro Bodybuilder, Ray Bessette. Training is provided at RAW Gym Texas in the Tomball, Spring, Cypress area. Ray's main goal is to bring about meaningful, positive change in his clients' lives.
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