America – Obesity Epidemic, The World Is Getting Too Fat

by Nathan Rose – Fitness and Nutritional Expert of Huntington Beach, CA

Nathan RoseAs I travel around the country I see more and more people who are in dire straights of needing to lose weight (fat) in a very bad way – just so they don’t drop dead of a heart attack!

My first night in Vegas I see so many young people obviously in their 20’s grossly overweight.  I can only imagine what will happen a few years down the road if the “problem” is not addressed soon.  The “problem” is truly education of poor food choices, portion size, and a lack of resources.

The other problem is just pure laziness and a lack of activity. See when I grew up we played outside – that was how we had fun. Now kids and adults play video games. Yes we had video games as well but we use to play in the street until we got called in for dinner and sometimes got into trouble cause we didn’t want to come in yet, haha.

We know the problems and can identify them – but let’s focus 95% on the solutions!

1. Proper portion size:
Even if you do eat the yummy high fat, high sugar foods the portion nowadays is way too big – and the calories double that of several years ago. The easiest way to figure out a portion is just by looking at your fist and size of your palm. That’s a portion for you.
That means you eat that much and that’s it – right now. Then if there are leftovers, you have them later – not at the same mealtime – wait 2-3 hours.

2. Proper food choices:
A) Fruits & Vegetables:
bottom line we need to eat fresh fruits and veges. Yes most of us don’t like them but they are necessary for our bodies to function properly. We are now told that we should be eating 9-13 servings a day. (That is a lot)
B) Lean proteins:
such as chicken, beef, eggs, turkey, fish. I know what you’re thinking now- but what are they fed should it be organic, free range, etc? The cleaner, leaner, and less chemicals the better so yes no hormones, preservatives, freshest is the best.  Vege proteins as well are becoming more and more mainstream and are super healthy and easy for the body to digest.
C) Good clean complex carbohydrates:
Such as oatmeal, yams, brown rice, whole grains, even white rice, potatoes, and wheat. You see ‘carbs’ and NOT the enemy as much as all the literature, media, and diets say. The problem is we eat way too much of these carbs especially the “white” which break down so easy in the body and don’t give sustainable energy. They turn into simple sugar too fast then we want more and more.

3.  Exercise:

A)  Resistance Training: minimum 3 times a week 30-45 mins.  This is number one because it has been proven time and time again that resistance training increases metabolism and burns more calories then long duration cardio.  I’m not going to site all the literature just take my word for it or Google it.

B)  Cardiovascular Training: minimum 3 times a week of 20-45 mins of high intensity interval training to burn more calories with less working out and continued caloric burn up to 24 hours after completion

C)  Stretching & foam rolling/trigger point therapy: 5-10 mins to relieve stress, soreness, tight muscles and improve circulations and increase recovery time from exercise

4.  Supplementation:

Whether or not you believe in supplements the bottom line is we need them because of the increased free radicals that are in our environment that didn’t exist years ago.  Due to the increase of these bad guys, the amount of “oxidative stress” that our bodies are being attached by has greatly increased as well.  That’s one reason; the other reason is our food sources do not contain the same amount of nutrients they did years ago due to being grown in the same soil year after year.  It is said that to get the same amount of Vitamin C we did from 1 orange several years ago we need to eat 4-5 today.  We don’t eat 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily bases to get all the essential nutrients our organs, brain, heart, liver, kidneys, muscles, skin, eyes, hair need to operate and regenerate at on OPITIMAL level to have the highest protection possible against oxidative stress which are linked to over 200 cancers and diseases.  Then the question comes which products should we take?  How do we know if what we are taking is actually working?

There are many different companies and products out there to discuss any particular brand by name in this article.  However, you may contact me to get more specific information about what I use and recommend to my clients and family.

Please share this post on your blog site, or social media page, or email to your friends or family to help them focus on the solutions to America’s and the World’s Obesity epidemic.

Lifestyle of a Photographer, Marathon Athlete, Traveler


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My love of photography, travel and running….. I can trace them all back to my teenage years. I think they have all enriched my life tremendously.

I have loved photography since I was a child. My dad bought me my first film camera, a Pentax K1000, when I was 13 years old. All through highschool I took photography courses and fell in love with photojournalism and working in the darkroom. I continued working through college with photography. Now the film camera has given way to the digital camera and the darkroom has been replaced with the computer, but the love is still strong. As a professional photographer, I love capturing special moments for people at weddings and events. I love capturing the innocence and playfulness of children. I also enjoy the challenge of photographing animals.

I opened my studio in Garden Grove in 2006 and shoot mostly business headshots in studio. Otherwise I am on location shooting at businesses, homes, at the park or the beach. I have a special place in my heart for non-profit groups so I often photograph events at no cost for local non-profits. I have done work locally for Make a Wish, Shanti OC, Assistance League Huntington Beach, Project Self Sufficiency, Paws for a Cause, Waggin Trails Rescue Foundation, and ARF in Idyllwild. I have won awards and shown my work at the Orange County Fair, the HB Central Library, and galleries in Idyllwild.

Another passion of mine is travel which I have loved since I was a teenager. I loved to study the travel brochures my dad brought home that highlighted tours in Europe. When I completed highschool I was able to spend a year studying in Greece and Switzerland, an amazing experience. I always had my trusty Pentax K1000 camera with me on all my travel adventures. My husband and I are lucky enough now to be able to combine our love of travel with our love of running.
We both ran cross country and track in highschool so it was fun to come back to serious running after a long hiatus. We both got the itch to start running again after spending years at the gym working out. It felt great to get outside and run. We signed up with Snails Pace running in Fountain Valley when we heard they offered a running program. We have met the nicest, fun people through that program and we still keep in touch with many of them 9 years later.

The first program was three months and got us ready for a 5k race. I remember we were so nervous about that first 5k race! Soon after we were training for a half marathon and then another year later we were training for a full marathon. We ran our first marathon in Chicago. About a year after that my husband heard about a race in Antartica and signed us up. That started our quest to run all seven continents. Now that we just completed our seventh continent (South America) everyone is asking us what is next?

I am planning to go back to South America in September, 2014 and run a 63K race (39.3 miles) in Patagonia, Chile. In between trips that involve running we squeeze in trips for scuba diving or discovering new places. We have met the most amazing people on our trips and often meet up with them on other trips. It makes traveling more fun when you are with people that share common interests.

Stay tuned for stories about our travels and running adventures along with tips on photography…



Meet Sloan Gallipeo, Photographer

It is our intent to bring our readers the travel and running adventures of Sloan Gallipeo (owner of Summer Photography in Huntington Beach, Ca) in conjunction with her professional photography experiences.

You will also find photography advice and tips along the way. You can reach Sloan Gallipeo via email at or visit her website

Prudential California Realty Meets the “Flip Book!”

Thank you, Kirk Mulhearn of Prudential California Realty, for inviting Home & Realty Online/ magazine to present the many benefits of our multimedia magazine to you and your sales agents at your sales meeting this morning at your Long Beach facility. It was a great Q&A meeting this morning when Bruce Bryant/Publisher, shared how Prudential’s agents can link up with Home & Realty Online/ magazine and expand their listing potential and consumer reaches via full page online advertising.  I thoroughly enjoyed your teams interaction with some of the best questions ever asked about our services, and we humbly look forward to being of service to you on your next listings.

Thank you, Kirk Mulhearn and your Prudential California Realty Team for an exciting meeting!

Bruce Bryant/Publisher

Why The Termite Report is Crucial In Every Real Estate Transaction

by Alex del Toro, Owner of The Termite Guy & IRC Services

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Alex del Toro – The Termite Guy

It is extremely important that a real estate professional knows all of the responsibilities – and limitations – of the WDO Report.

Today’s real estate inspection has many different moving parts. A typical 30-day escrow requires full time attention to detail to meet all that is required byt law. One of the most confusing parts is what is often referred to as the “termite report,” however; this report is much more in depth than just termites. It is inclusive of termites but also notes any water-related infection, which means the report covers water stains, fungus and any damage created by water. Thus the name for the report is a Wood Destroying Organism Report or WDO Report.

Often times this WDO Report will not garner all the attention that it truly requires. It is extremely important that a real estate professional familiarize himself or herself with all of the responsibilities and limitations of the WDO Report. Doing so will empower the Realtor’s ability to work more efficiently and enable him or her to make quick and concise decisions.

As a licensed general contractor and owner of The Termite Guy and IRC Services for over two decades I find that in my typical workday my expertise is not what I know but how quickly I can get the answers that I need from other individuals. I believe the need to get answers quickly holds true for most professions, and is especially true for the real estate industry. In addition to getting answers it is critical to get the right answers and to ensure your trusted professionals are just that, professionals in their industry.

The Power of Design

The Power of Design

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Maryam Odabaee


Maryam Odabaee is one of the young rising stars in the field of Interior Design, Home Staging and a certified Feng-Shui Practitioner (GGSF). Maryam is the founder of RED Home Design & Staging. A company that assists Real Estate Agents, homeowners, and investors to enhance the visual appearance of their properties.

After working for the non-profit sector for 11 years, assisting in areas like “Refugee Settlement an Placement”. She created new spaces for these individuals to call their new home. By researching their history, culture and personal background, she was able to create a warm, inviting place with a few furniture pieces that were donated by the public.

Few years after, Maryam realized her passion and desire was to help others create spaces that they can call “home”. Maryam received her 2nd degree in Interior Design, a certification in Property Staging and also became a certified Feng-Shui practitioner.

As Feng-Shui Practitioner, Maryam is able to evaluate the energy and the flow of any space. She creates optimal harmony and balance, and strengthens wealth and health areas of your home so you and your family can enjoy the positive effects for years to come!

“I live for what I do, and love what I do; I still feel I am touching people’s lives just one space at a time.”

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach covers 28 square miles and is home to approximately 200,000 residents, making it the fourth largest city in Orange County and 16th largest city California.

It is among the nation’s safest cities and often ranked among the Top Ten Safest Cities by City Crime Rankings. With 8.5 miles of uninterrupted beach along the Pacific Ocean. Surf City USA® plays host to an annual visitor population of more than 16.3 million people, with the greatest attendance during summer, special events and weekends. A place with a mild and mellow beach culture, Huntington Beach’s surfing prowess is found through its famous surf events, the Surfing Walk of Fame, Hall of Fame and the International Surf Museum.

Huntington Beach offers residents a superb educational system with 35 elementary schools and five high schools located in the city. Further educational opportunities are offered in close proximity at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, the University of California, Irvine, and California State Universities at Long Beach and Fullerton.

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Long Beach

Long Beach CA

Long Beach is 50 square miles and home to more than 460,000 residents, making it California’s 5th largest city.

The scenic downtown and waterfront marina offer plenty of walking, biking, entertainment and more than 100 restaurants in an eight-block area. The Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific features more than 12,500 inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, undersea galleries, and shops. Long Beach is also home to several eclectic museums including the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Museum of Latin American Art The city’s East Village Arts District includes one-of-a-kind art galleries and shops. Three miles from downtown is Belmont Shore and 2nd Street, the quintessential beachfront community. The diverse city even offers the romance of Italy where you can weave your way around canals in an authentic gondola.

Newsweek’s most recent national ranking of “America’s Best High Schools” listed Wilson Classical High School, Polytechnic High School, Renaissance High School for the Arts, Millikan High School, Lakewood High School, Avalon High School and the California Academy of Mathematics and Science among the top 6 percent of U.S. high schools. U.S. News and World Report recognized the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, which earned a gold medal by placing within the top 100 in the nation.

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