About Lenny Variano

About Myself: Lenny Variano I am a certified Holistic Health Counselor, a member of The Association of Drugless Practitioners and a graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Martial Arts has been a big part of my life for almost 30 years. I believe strongly in the fact that everyone is an individual and that all of our bodies operate differently. Developing a strong mental attitude (through meditation and exercise) a strong spirituality (by caring for all that surrounds you) and a healthy body (through proper diet) are key to complete nutrition. Coaching clients to explore, accept and prepare intelligent food choices is my passion.


One of the most powerful tools we have for both learning and achieving is Feedback thumbsfeedback. Yes there is both positive and negative feedback, it depends on how it is given. When it is negative it is often looked upon as criticism and is often hard to accept. It may be the way it is sometimes delivered. Even negative feedback can help a person grow. Why do people fear a negative review at work and why do leaders make it such a dreadful experience? It could be the word negative itself. It can take skill, respect and patience to deliverfeedbach high five feedback. Delivering it in a manner that it is geared toward effective and constructive growth for the recipient is important. Feedback has to be timed. It is so much more effective if it is not delivered in the heat of the moment. I personally have a rule. It’s called “the 24 hour rule”. Give yourself that amount of time to digest, to calm down and react in a more positive way that in the long run can help both sides arrive at a fruitful position, without any defensive, and regretful comments. Feedback shoesRelating it to yourself “I always find that when I do this a certain way” for example can make it easier for a person to digest while making the person giving the feedback more relatable. It is also important to go slow. In other words if there is more than one situation you wish to comment on maybe it is better to stick to one in particular. A good rule of thumb is to give a slightly constructive criticism and then follow it with a highly positive one. What usually happens if feedback is grounded in negativity, a sense of failure will follow. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and see if you would be comfortable in the way you are delivering feedback.

Hot, Spicy, Health Booster…

Hot chili peppers can be extremely beneficial for keeping blood pressure in Feedback-pepperscheck. People who crave very spicy food usually do not have a desire for salty food. A large study done in China reported that capsaicin, the spicy component of chili peppers, stimulated the same area of the brain as did salt. In so doing, it made the brain more sensitive to salt which potentially made a person consume less salty foods. Results of the study were published in “Hypertension”. The test had 606 participants. All were given water with different amounts of capsacin. The more of the hot spice that was present the less of a desire for salt was recorded. Another benefit of red and green peppers is that they are the highest source of Vitamin C.

Making Honey in the City…

In 2010 New York city made it legal to keep beehives within city limits. There are now some 500 beekeepers in the five boroughs. Bees can work for up to a three mile radiusFeedback-hives from their hives doing the job of pollinating all the local neighborhood gardens. Two hives can produce as much as 30 pounds of honey during the season. In fact, the Church of the Holy Apostle in Chelsea has hives on its roof and sells its honey after Sunday service. Eating local honey may also be helpful for someone who suffers from allergies within the city limits by strengthening their immune response to what triggers their sensitivity.

Marry a Tree-Break the Curse…

East Indian girls who are born during the astrological period when Mars and treehugSaturn are in the Seventh house are said to be doomed in marriage. These unfortunate girls are given the name Mangliks. Because of their birthday, they are destined to have an unhappy marriage and will even be responsible for bringing early death to their husbands. There is however a solution. The Manglik must marry a tree, then cut it down in turn breaking the curse so they can live happily ever after.


Power shareThe true definition of power is possession of control, authority or influence over others. In having power what influence does it have over leadership style? Can it have both a positive as well as a negative effect. If you observe someone who holds a position of power you may get the impression that in order to have power you need to be forceful, aggressive and dominant. Isn’t power more about bringing our talents and voice to the world without stepping on others. Can we use our power over people to havePower sharing them in turn create support for others that surround them. Some psychologists believe it is a question of moving from an I-centric outlook to more of a we-centric way of thinking. In this way using your power of influence to encourage a collaborative effort instead of a competitive one. It would seem that instead of fearing someone in power more people would recognize a position of Power handspower as one who is making a significant contribution to the greater good. Wouldn’t it be appropriate if respect was reserved for the person of power because that individual possesses positive attributes. Power can have a wonderful effect on others if it is accompanied by positive energy, endurance, empathy, humor and charm. The end goal offering guidance in an attempt to motivate others.

Beets, Bosc pears and Cannellini Beans

– 1 Package of ready made Beets (Beetology Brand)
– 1 can of Cannellini Beans (Brad’s Organic)
– 2 medium Bosc pears
– 2 tablespoons of Avocado oil ( olive oil works)
– White Balsamic Vinegar to taste
– Oregano
– Parsley

Simply cut the beets in quarters and slice, cut the pears into 8 pieces and slice and place in a bowl. Next add the can of beans after rinsing and all the other ingredients.
A great lunch with a slice of whole grain bread…

Breaking the Sounds of Silence…

A new study has revealed that letting out a powerful sound during exercise may Power baghave a beneficial effect in spite of the fact that it may alarm all that surround you. It seems that letting out a grunting noise during explosive movements required while lifting weights, practicing martial arts and even tennis strokes can be traced to our historic ancestors and the noises they made as they heaved giant stones as projectiles. To test the theory researchers gathered 20 martial arts men and women to test their power on a kicking bag. The bag contained a device to measure force. When the kick was accompanied by a grunt or a yell the force of the kick was 10% greater which proved that it can be a useful competitive tool.

Is Calorie Counting Important?

Although the standard advice for weight loss has always been to cut back on calories, a new study published in JAMA has shown just the opposite. Concentrating on consumingPower calories nutrient dense whole grains, vegetables and fruits without thinking about calories may be a better way. Research showed that insulin resistance, DNA makeup or genetics were not as important as quality not quantity of food consumed. It was an extremely large study of 600 people at the cost of $8 million dollars conducted by The Stanford Prevention Research Center. The study did not set restrictions on carbohydrate, fat or calorie intake. It focused on eating “real foods” and as much as they wanted so they would not feel hungry. Some of the participants did gain weight while others lost as much as 50 lbs. over the course of a year. Average weight loss was 12 lbs. Along with changing the quality of the food they were consuming, some of the subjects said that since they were no longer eating fast food they were no longer eating in cars or in front of the television. DNA samples were taken of all the members and the differences in their genetic makeup showed no difference in the results. It is not that calories do not matter in weight loss, it is that by consuming nutrient dense foods they were able to satisfy their hunger for longer periods of time and in so doing unconsciously consume less calories.

Axoloti Mexicana…

The Axoloti Mexicana (aka walking fish) is an amphibian that is capable of amazing Power salamanderregeneration. Once a food staple of the Incas it is now an endangered species. Scientists have managed to breed and study this salamander in a lab for about 150 years. It is an unusual species because it spends most of its life in a laval stage much like a tadpole but never evolving further. Studies have shown that it has the ability to regrow limbs, bones, muscles, nerves and organs. It can heal cuts without leaving a scar. In fact it is the only animal that can actually regrow a spinal cord after it has been damaged. In studying this amphibian scientists have been able to identify the genes involved in regeneration. The possibilities of how it would benefit humans would be astounding.

It’s All in the Name…

It seems many college students are challenged when trying to make healthy food choices. Power sweet potatoesResearchers watched nearly 28,000 college students for 46 days to see how they selected certain vegetables. “Zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes” had greater appeal then either “wholesome sweet potato superfood” or “cholesterol free sweet potatoes”. “Sweet sizzlin’ green beans and shallots” had more appeal then “health energy-boosting green beans and shallots”. It seems that labeling a food healthy or nutritious is a turn off as opposed to a more delectable description. Another successful dish was “rich buttery roasted sweet corn” as opposed to just ”vitamin-rich corn. All these foods were prepared exactly the same but psychologically they seemed more appealing to the students’ taste buds.