5 Quick Tips For More Energy

It’s time to put down the coffee! Take action on these 5 simple wellness tips to quickly boost your energy now!

Tip 1: GET THE JUNK FOOD OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!

Junk food is everywhere. From salty snacks and fried foods to sodas, candy bars, and cookies, many feel it’s hard to choose healthy options. Junk foods contain addictive ingredients like sugar, artificial flavorings, and MSG that makes it hard to stop eating them.

We all know these foods cause serious health issues, but can’t seem to stop eating them. This is because these foods are designed to be addicting! The easiest way to overcome an addiction is too change your environment (aka stop buying the junk). If it’s not around you’ll be less likely to eat it.

Ingredients to avoid:
• Anything with a long shelf-life; packaged in plastic containers, metal cans, or cardboard boxes is usually highly processed
• Artificial food coloring, flavoring and presevatives such BHT, sodium nitrite, sulfites and sodium benzoate
•Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, splenda, and sucralose.
• Trans fats, often called hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils, or shortening

Take action RIGHT NOW to purge your kitchen of any artificial junk food!

Start by reading the labels of the foods you currently have in your home. If there are artificial chemical ingredients such as preservatives or artificial coloring/favoring get rid of it…give it away, donate it…do anything but eat it!!

It’s time to stop bombarding your body with food chemicals. Take action by cleaning your kitchen and body out of junk food. Get started now! Click Here for a simple 1 day green smoothie detox.

Tip 2: EAT REAL FOOD

Okay so now that the junk is gone…it’s time to get eating some REAL FOOD!

It’s scary today the vast majority of the food we eat isn’t really food. A more appropriate term for the vast majority of food we’re eating would be “food-like” products.

Real food is food that was grown on a tree, comes from the ground or from a farm not a lab.

Today focus on eat three meals comprised of REAL FOOD… lean protein (chicken, wild-caught fish, beans), good carbohydrate (quinoa, farro brown rice, sweet potato), healthy fat (avocado, olive oil, coconut oil) and as much green veggies as you can eat (salad, broccoli, kale, spinach)

REAL food will nurture and nourish your body and provide long lasting energy throughout the day without the crash.

Today make it a priority to eat REAL food and plan WHAT and WHEN you’re going to eat it.

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Do this: Schedule and plan 3 meals made of REAL food. Replace one junk food snack with real food today:

Some ideas…
Apples, oranges, and bananas are great on the go snacks. Feel free to have two if one leaves you hungry!

Slice of sprouted or gluten-free whole grain toast with almond butter and preserves.

Homemade trail mix of almonds, raisins, chia seeds, pecans, and dried blueberries.

Addition tips…
Always eat breakfast. Eat a fiber and protein dense breakfast to stabilize blood sugar and help reduce cravings.

Make sure that you are getting a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats at every meal.

Get high quality sleep! Our hunger cues get thrown off track when we don’t get quality sleep. Sleep balances leptin and ghrelin, the hormones that tell us when to start and stop eating.

TIP 3: HYDRATE

The #1 thing that could be robbing you of your precious energy…dehydration!!

Imagine sailing through your work day with steady energy.  Yes, as simple as this is many people over look it. Aim to drink 1/2 your body weight in oz. per day

Many people crave sweets when they are dehydrated.

Water is one of the most neglected sources of nourishment in standard diets.

Next time your feeling low energy ask yourself “did I drink enough water, today?”

We need water to balance our electrolytes and keep hunger cues in check.

Fill up a large glass and keep it on your desk – hydration is critical to proper
health, and a crucial step to avoiding junk food binges.

A good way to judge if you’re hydrated is to observe the color
of your urine. The clearer your urine is the better. If you urine is really yellow most likely you need to drink more water.

If the taste of pure water really doesn’t appeal to you, try adding one of the following to jazz it up:
• Lemon and lime slices (my personal favorite)
• Strawberries and mint
• Chia and pomegranate seeds
• Grapefruit segments
• Blueberries and basil
• Sliced grapes

TIP 4: CREATE A BEDTIME RITUAL

There have been drastic changes in lifestyle during the past decade. Due to technology (especially computers) and the hustle and bustle of society, overall people sleep less.

Before all the advancements of technology, including electricity, people went to bed when the sun went down and awoke when it rose.

Studies have found many people are getting less than eight hours a night.
How much sleep do you typically get? If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, it’s time to upgrade your poor sleep habits!

1. Create an optimal sleep environment
Keep your bedroom as dark as possible and cool. Sleep on a supportive mattress with clean bed sheets. No LED lighting from electronics such as TV, cell-phone or other devices should be allowed in your sleeping space.

Shoot to limit watching TV and using your phone at least 30 minutes prior to your ideal bedtime.

2. Implement a ‘bedtime ritual’

A ‘bedtime ritual’ is something you do every night to prepare your body and mind for sleep. Creating a bedtime ritual or a routine that winds the body and mind down is important for two reasons.

The first is that when done consistently, it triggers the body to prepare for sleep, and second, it helps create deeper, more restful, quality sleep. Create a ‘bedtime ritual’ that is relaxing and involves minimal stimulation.

Examples I highly recommend are:
• Drinking herbal tea (specific blends formulated for sleep)
• Read an empowering or inspirational book
• Meditation or simple breathing exercises
• Gentle stretching or foam rolling
• Listening to relaxing music

TIP 5: ACTIVATE YOUR MIND AND BODY THROUGH MOVEMENT

Have you ever felt stressed and tired from carrying the days little frustrations but after a little physical activity (walking, or working out) felt lighter and more energized?

Although it may not seem like it, physical activity actually revs up the body and provides sustainable energy. Unlike junk food and the imminent energy crash it leads to, the effects of exercise last long after you stop activity.

Action Item:
1) Schedule physical activity on your calendar every day!

You don’t have to engage in strenuous activities to see results. The goal is to find a type of exercise you enjoy, and then integrate it into your life on a regular basis.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:
If you’re already a work-out devotee, consider mixing up your routine to
jump start your body:
If you love to dance, take a class at a local gym or dance studio.
If you’ve never done yoga, drop into a beginner class and see how it feels.
If you like to jog in your neighborhood, try strength training.
Do something different to keep it fun and your body guessing.

Whatever activity you choose, treat it like an important meeting on your calendar and stick to it. Trust me your mind and body will thank you.

TRY THIS:
Next time you’re at the office or at home with the kids, refresh your energy and combat stress by taking a break in the middle of the day.

Instead of surfing the web or grabbing a snack, get away from your desk or the kids and take either a 15 minute walk while taking 10 deep breaths… I guarantee you’ll feel so much better.

In order to keep our bodies happy and healthy, we need to get and stay moving!

Imagine what you could do and how good you’d feel in just a few months after continuing to make these small changes!

I offer many online group and personalized 1-on-1 health coaching programs to help people experience how good their bodies are designed to feel.

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Cut Fat In 7 Days | Avoid These TWO Ingredients

 

In this episode, I’m share how you can cut fat in seven days by avoiding just two harmful ingredients. What are these two harmful ingredients? Well they’ve both been linked to inflammation in the body which is at the root of all disease, obesity, heart disease and cancer.

They are also both highly addictive and some studies have suggested that one of them is as addicted as cocaine, can you guess what it is? The ingredients I’m talking about are dairy products and refined sugar.

So first I want to talk about are dairy products. There is a lot of confusion in nutritional world about whether or not, dairy is actually healthy. Sadly, most of us grew up learning that dairy products are healthy and that we need them for strong bones and protein. 

The truth is that dairies gain harmful synthetic contaminants like antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides and greatly contributes to weight gain, it’s full of fat.

Especially I’m talking about conventional process, milk and cheese. You see cows are fed genetically modified food then inject with growth hormones that cause them to get fat fast and then they become very sick, they need antibiotics. When we drink milk and eat cheese, we’re unfortunately getting a small dose of those hormones and antibiotics. 

Milk and cheese are loaded with fat and not the type of fat that you want be consuming. Milk and cheese are loaded with saturated fat which due to the modernization process causes the fat molecules to rupture turn rancid then spoiled.

Think milk builds strong bones? Think again. Well that’s the dairy industry wants you to think but in reality, dairy is not the best or only source of calcium; collards, bok choy, fortified nut milks, baked beans, and quality supplements are great choices for calcium – getting calcium outside of dairy products. Milk also contains high levels of vitamin A which actually can weaken bones.

What about vitamin D? Well you don’t have to drink milk to get vitamin D. Actually, processed US milk is fortified D2 with which is a form the body can’t utilize as well as D3 which is the form that you get from being in the sun or from eating foods like cod liver oil, sardines, caviar eggs – my personal favorite, mushrooms.

Interestingly, 30 to 50 million American adults are lactose intolerant and nearly a hundred percent of American Indians intolerant. Consumption of lactose when you’re lactose intolerant, which lactose is just a milk sugar, can cause long term digestive and health implications.

The second ingredient to cut out (or back) is sugar which is literally number one ingredient that is causing weight gain in America. It’s hard to avoid, it’s highly addictive, and studies have shown it’s as addictive as cocaine. Sugar destroys our bodies as it’s linked to diabetes, heart disease and cancer and actually if it feeds cancer.

Avoid sugar by starting to read the labels of all the food you buy even the health food. Now as you begin to cut sugar out, you’re gonna notice your weight will begin to drop, and your energy will greatly be increased.

Thanks for tuning in this week’s episode, until next week. Live passionately on purpose.  

 

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The 3 Biggest Diet Mistakes To Avoid

 

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3 Secrets to Rapid Healthy Weight Loss Revealed

Currently more than ¾ of Americans are overweight and more than 1/3 are obese. These numbers are increasing each year. The average middle age weight gain is 22 lbs. Obviously these numbers prove that losing weight is no easy feat.  

What’s alarming is that carrying around extra belly fat is linked to just about every disease including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep and breathing problems, osteoarthritis, low self-esteem, all types of cancers and even death.

What is even more scary, is that studies have found that being 20 lbs overweight more than doubles your risk for heart disease and triples your risk for developing cancer.

Below are the most overlooked weight loss strategies that if address could help you lose 10, 20, 30 or even 100 lbs to reclaim their body and health.

1# NOT MANAGING STRESS

You can be eating all the right food and exercising consistently, but if you’re not managing your stress well, your waistline will be greatly affected. Stress is an inescapable part of the human condition, and we all experience stress on different levels and in different ways.

Stress not only causes weight gain, by keeping us up at night but can lower our immune systems making us susceptible to getting sick.
What happens when we feel stress is our bodies ‘fight-or-flight’ (sympathetic nervous system) is activated, reacting to a stressful or perceived stressful event. Notice how I said “perceived stressful event,” because nothing even has to happen for us to activate the stress response. Worrying is a perfect example of this type of stress.

Our bodies produces larger quantities of the chemicals cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, which trigger a series of physical events from higher heart rate, heightened muscle preparedness, sweating, and alertness; all of which help us protect ourselves in a dangerous or challenging situation.

We don’t want to be walking around in a state of this type of stress on a consistent daily basis, because when you are stressed, your body produces cortisol which increases appetite. Cortisol also stimulates the growth and the manufacturing of new abdominal fat cells.

This increase in fat storage increases belly fat. Belly fat is the unhealthiest fat on the body. When cortisol levels are high, serotonin levels are lowered. Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter that promotes a ‘feel good’ feeling. Low serotonin causes carbohydrate cravings and depression.

When we feel stressed, many non-essential body functions are also affected and slowed down, such as our digestive and immune systems. This is another reason chronic unmanaged mental/emotional stress causes weight gain, illness and disease.

When we are stressed, the following physical responses happen:

*Stress hormone cortisol released (leading to belly fat)
*Our digestive system slows down
*Immune system goes down
*We do not sleep

The effects of stress on the mind include feelings of anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, mental fog, irritability, restlessness, sadness, fatigue, burnout, and anger.

Which can cause…
1. Eating too much or too little
2. Food cravings
3. Drug and alcohol abuse
4. Relationship problems
5. Rash, poor decisions

Don’t let stress sabotage your weight loss success. Learn to powerfully deal with it using one or all of these proven effective stress busting techniques:

1. Meditation- Studies show that having a daily practice greatly reduces chronic uncomplimentary stress by normalizing blood pressure, reducing tension and perception of stress, helping cope with pain and loss, improving the immune system and greatly increasing concentration and mental focus.

2. Breathe Exercises- These can be as simple as taking ten deep breaths in and out through your nose and can help your body to slow down and greatly reduce stress.

3. Being in Nature- A recent study done in Japan showed that even looking at a picture of nature can greatly reduce chronic stress. Simply placing pictures of beautiful nature scenes at your desk or in your home is a great strategy but even better is getting outside as much as possible to a park, beach, lake or mountain area to decompress.

4. Physical Exercise– Science has now proven that exercise can help you become more resilient to stress. A recent research study conducted by Princeton University has found evidence that exercise actually reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress. They also found that physical activity reorganizes the brain so that it’s response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function (Princeton 1).  This new evidence has provided yet another great reason to incorporate exercise into your daily lifestyle. Not only does exercise induce an immediate reduction in stress levels, it is now proven to help recondition our brains to respond better to stressful situations in everyday life and reduce anxiety.

#2 NOT GETTING QUALITY SLEEP

Many people struggle with not being able to fall asleep. In fact, prescriptions for sleeping pills topped 56 million in 2008-up 54 percent from 2004- with over $5 billion in sales in 2010. Not getting optimal sleep can throw off your hormones leaving you feeling hungry, cranky and tired throughout the day.

The main hormones involved are:

Ghrelin, produced in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulates appetite.
Leptin, produced in fat cells and sends a signal to the brain when you are full.
Cortisol, most commonly known as a stress hormone and also regulates appetite.
Insulin, produced in the pancreas and regulates blood sugar.
Growth Hormone, regulates the body’s proportions of fat and muscle during adulthood.


The quality of sleep and the right amount of deep sleep is just as important as the quantity of sleep.When you don’t get adequate sleep, leptin levels decrease; therefore, you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Also, a lack of sleep causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want to eat more. The combination of these two hormones causes overeating because you feel hungry even if you are full.

Sleep loss may interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates which leads to high levels of blood sugar. A rise in blood sugar promotes the overproduction of insulin. This also can lead to the storage of body fat and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs in diabetes.

Articles published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet suggest that sleep loss may increase hunger and negatively affect the body’s metabolism, which may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight.[2]

When you don’t get optimal sleep your body becomes out of sync with its natural sleep-wake cycles or circadian rhythms, which leads to disturbances in hormone regulation.

Abnormal circadian rhythms have been associated with weight gain, obesity, diabetes, depression and many other diseases because of these disturbances.

The most common reasons most people have trouble sleeping is because of stress, consuming too much caffeine, drinking alcohol or not having an ideal sleep environment. Usually it’s a combination of a few of these factors.

If you’re drinking excessive amounts of coffee and having a few drinks in the evening, cutting back on both of these practices is a good place to start. 

#3 SALAD SABOTAGE

First congrats on choosing to eat a salad. The #1 missing food in the American diet today is greens. But when it comes to a salad, you must be a savvy salad connoisseur to make sure that your salad isn’t packing on as many calories as the bacon cheeseburger you just chose it over.

The challenge with salad is to not load it up too much with toppings and heavy dressing, while not making it so skimpy that it will leave you with lingering hunger. You want to feel full, satisfied and energized after eating a salad, not like you want to eat your hand.

The salad sabotage doesn’t happen in the leafy greens or the raw vegetables that are added.

The sabotage occurs in two specific areas:

1. Using too much or the wrong kinds of dressing

Beware! Most commercial dressings are loaded with oil, fat and sugar. It’s super important to read the labels of the salad dressings you buy and when you’re ordering a salad at a restaurant, ask for a lite dressing on the side so you can decide how much goes in. The best way is to just make you’re own salad dressing.

Note: One tablespoon of oil is about 120 calories. One tablespoon of dressing doesn’t go that far on a big salad.

2. Be mindful to not over do it with toppings

 

Adding toppings to a salad not only adds variety but it adds bulk to the salad, helping to leave you feeling satisfied. This is good. But the trick is to add toppings in layers and to be mindful which ones are more calorically dense–contain more calories and not to over do it on these toppings.

The main topping to watch out for is cheese, which is both high in calories and fat. Nuts are also high in calories and fat, but contain much healthier fats than cheese. Nuts are both healthy and filling so using just a small handful will help fill you up and stay full.

Stick to topping your salads with mostly vegetables and 1-2 servings of a lean protein such as beans, eggs, organic animal protein, tofu, nuts and seeds.

I hope these 3 weight loss strategies help you to naturally lose weight to experience how good your body is designed to feel. True healthy weight loss addresses the lifestyle factors that get out of balance and lead to overeating in the first place. Food can never fill what’s missing in your life.

True sustainable weight loss happens when you’re aligned with yourself, when you’re happy and fulfilled.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources:

[1] http://www.livestrong.com/article/1011805-build-salad-like-boss/

[2] https://valheart.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-that-sabotage-fat-loss

[3] http://www.devinburke.com/weightfreedom  

5 Things You Might Be Addicted To, But Don’t Know It

Are all addictions bad? The term addiction is usually used when someone is addicted to a harmful substance but an addiction can either be a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble) or be an unusually great interest in something. If we’re using the definition as “an unusually great interest in something” then an addiction could be actually be good thing.  

So according to this definition not all addictions are bad…there can exist positive addictions. William Glasser, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist actually wrote an entire book about it titled, “Positive Addiction”. He defines a positive addiction as a repetitive activity that you do non-self-critically that has a beneficial effect on your mind and/or body.

But unfortunately, most addictions today are not positive and we often don’t even realize we’re addicted to something, that’s negatively affecting the well-being of our minds and bodies.

Let’s dive right into the 5 Biggest Lifestyle Addictions Sabotaging Your Health (and how to beat them)

1. Sugar addiction by way of processed food

The scary reality is that according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey, Americans consume about 64 pounds of sugar per person per year and some studies suggested even much high amount… up to 150 lbs. per person per year.

This is because about 70% of the food we’re eating today, consists of processed artificial food; food that comes in a bag, box, can and is loaded with unnatural ingredients such as preservatives and artifical flavorings.

Sugar is found in desserts, snacks, fruit juices, fruits, prepared foods and beverages. Now you may be reading this and thinking “nah not me, I’m healthy I shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joes”, but even healthier grocery stores chains carry a lot of processed foods.

For example those “healthy” protein bars you’ve been eating may not be any better for your health then a candy bar (ok slight exaggeration but some really aren’t). If you find you have cravings for a certain snack, chances are they have got you hooked. They are the big business good manufactures who deisgn addiction into foods.

The big take away here is to start reading the labels of everything you buy, yes even food that looks “healthy”.

2. Caffeine

I know you probably already know you may be addicted to this one, but did you know that 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day according to Harvard News. That’s a lot of coffee no wonder there is a Starbucks on every corner of every major city in the US.

Honestly, 1 cup of coffee a day isn’t that bad, it’s usually what you’re adding into your coffee that’s killing you and adding to your coffee addiction– Sugar and antibiotic and growth hormone creamer… yikes!

Upgrade your coffee addiction by weening off the white stuff. If you like your coffee sweet try swapping refined sugar for a more natural sugar such as coconut palm nectar, then eventually weaning off all sweeteners together.

3. Checking your phone for social media, texts and email

Hooked on Facebook or Instagram? Can’t stop checking your phone for the incoming onslaught of texts and emails? We’ll you’re not alone. According to Time Magazine, American’s check their phone 8 billion times per day that’s an average of about 46 times every single day.

Phone addiction is real…next time you’re in public just take a look around you’ll likely notice 8 out of every 10 people are glued to their phones whether it be sitting at a red light in traffic, standing in line at the mall or even while working out in the gym.

Social media addiction is bad…real bad. How do you know if you addicted? Well how many times a day do you check your social media per day? Is your phone glued to your hand?

It’s sad but being addicted to social media has created a lot of disconnection between people and “real life” relationships.Next time you’re out to eat look around the restaurant, it’s not uncommon to see two people sitting across from each other glued to their phones instead of sharing each other’s company.

To beat this addiction I recommend turning your phone off or putting it on silent at a certain hour in the evening. Also not bringing it to the table when eating especially when with friends. Try scheduling times to check my social media throughout the week and sticking to your schedule. Turn off push notifications for social media to not be tempted.

It’s important to understand that the goal of each social site is user engagement (aka time you spend and interact on their platform) so they can sell and serve you more and more ads leading to more and more money for them. Simply put they want you on their platform as long as possible!

Don’t let them have your most precious asset…your time. Don’t get me wrong social media can be pretty awesome especially if you’re a small business owner or run an online business and can be used to do many amazing things like connecting with friends.

The key to not becoming a phone and social media addict is… to use social media and not let it use you!

4. T.V

The average American watches about 5 hours of T.V per day. Studies have found that watching T.V, puts us into a mild state of depression. Do you binge on Netflix T.V shows? Today it’s very easy to get sucked into an awesome T.V show and end up neglecting an important project, healthy habit like exercising, cooking or even an important relationship.

Most commonly people watch T.V after work or right before bed which can disturb sleep cycles because of the exposure to blue light. I think it’s safe to say that the average American is addicted to watching T.V.To find out if you’re addicted to the boobtube start by tracking how many hours you spend watching the it this week. Could you be using this time for something more productive and healthy?

5. Chocolate

I got to admit, I’m a bit of a chocoholic. It all started when my girlfriend began bringing home chocolate around “that time of the month”. Slowly but surely eating a piece here and there I soon found myself craving chocolate all the time.

Are you a chocoholic? The Mayans and Aztecs viewed chocolate as a sacred food and for good reason. Chocolate has many health promoting effects and can also be addicting because it contains both sugar and fat. Not all chocolate contains high amounts of sugar and fat but generally most chocolate does.

Some chocolate is better than others and by “better” I mean healthier. Eating high quality chocolate containing at least 70% cacao or higher is much better than eating milk chocolate loaded with sugar. Nonetheless chocolate is still high in fat and contains sugar so it’s best to limit your intake to a few pieces of high quality chocolate a day at most.

As with any addiction the key is really finding balance…which can be hard but nevertheless is possible. The first step in overcoming an addiction is always developing a keen awareness that you have an addiction. It’s essential to be self-aware of the forces that compel us to act. There are many simple strategies that work to bring these lifestyle addictions back into balance depending on the type and severity of the lifestyle addiction.

We all live unique lifestyles so some may work better than others depending on the person but again the first step is always simply realizing you’re addicted. The next step is either getting support via a therapist, health or life coach, or counselor or creating some boundaries and strategies to develop a plan to find more balance with whatever it may be sugar, your phone, caffeine, watching too much T.V or eating too much chocolate.

In the end, what we’re all really looking for through these addictions is more happiness and peace in in our lives. Choose your addictions wisely and notice when they are out of balance. 

This weeks healthy in 21st century challenge is to evaluate which of the addictions you may have and try out one or all of my recommended tips to find your balance.

Wishing you freedom,

Devin

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The Difference Between “Weight Loss” and “Healthy Weight Loss”

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Each year thousands of new diet books are published, new weight loss pills, powders and medications created all in an attempt to fulfill the growing weight loss demand.

Worldwide obesity (abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health) has more than doubled since 1980.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, nearly one-third of the world’s population is now obese or overweight and nearly two thirds of Americans are overweight, and one third obese.

The world is experiencing an epidemic.

But what most people don’t realize is that there is a difference between weight loss and healthy weight loss.

We have been duped to believe that weight loss and healthy weight loss are one and the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Weight loss is simply the act losing weight by any means possible. This can be accomplished from not eating, taking synthetic appetite suppressants, chemical weight lose pills and injections, liposuction and manipulation of one’s caloric intake temporary such as going on a liquid diet.

Yes, these weight loss solutions do work and some of them work fairly well, but they work at the expense of your health and vitality and are temporary solutions.

These quick weight loss solutions address being overweight as a “symptom” but never address it at its root causes.

Quick weight loss methods lead to an endless cycle of weight loss and weight gain. Have you jumped from diet to diet?  Weight loss program to weight loss program? Searching for the next “miracle weight loss solution” that will finally “fix” you once and for all.

The truth is that treating a symptom will never heal the root cause. In order to make weight loss stick the root cause of the weight gain must first be address.

Life in the 21st century has programmed us to want everything at the snap of a finger.

So we are marketed and sold “quick” solutions; “8 minutes in the morning to the perfect body”, “quick weight loss”, “lose 20 lbs in 20 days with this miracle pill”, “1 minute to a sexy stomach” etc.

Savvy weight loss marketers and publishers prey on the pain of those looking to change the way they look and feel by creating an illusion that healthy weight loss is easy.

Healthy weight loss isn’t easy, but it can be simple, fun and rewarding.

Healthy weight loss is losing weight in a natural sustainable and permanent way and the truth is, it’s not “easy”. Although “easy” is very subjective to the individual, easy to most people means not having to do that much work to accomplish a goal or task.

Treating the root cause of being overweight or obese isn’t “easy”. It takes work, commitment and at times can be uncomfortable but it can also be empowering because healthy weight loss is more than just about losing weight

It’s about reconnecting and creating freedom in your body, discovering your passions, reigniting your relationships, accelerating your energy, and living a fully engaged vibrant life.

Healthy weight loss addresses the lifestyle factors that get out of balance and lead to over eating, using food as pure entertainment or to try a fill what’s missing in your life. The truth is food can never fill what’s missing in your life.

Have you ever used food as a substitute for other things you want in life but were too afraid to take action on? Do you use food to manage your emotions or as a reward? Do you eat when you feel lonely, bored, anger or stressed?

If you’re overweight or obese the answers to these questions is most likely yes. The answers to these questions also hold the keys to healthy weight loss. In order to change or shift something that’s out of balance, that something must first be in your awareness to be shifted.

Often times these feelings, frustrations and patterns are subconscious or have become so routine that we lose touch with them and they become automatic.

To experience healthy weight loss or what I like to refer to it “weight freedom” you must address the root mental and emotional issues that lead to eating too much and the wrong kinds of foods. Without addressing the emotional root causes for why we do, what we do, true lasting change can never occur.

To do this type of deep inner work takes a strong desire to change, an openness, and the courage to be vulnerable. Simply put, doing the inner work, yields amazing outer results…results that are real and that last.

Steps to Weight Freedom:

  1. Recognizing your unresourceful pattern. What situations, people or circumstances in your life lead you to overeat? Where do you feel powerless, out of control, worthless, afraid, and uncertain? What do you consistently focus on that is outside of your control? Honestly answering these questions will bring to the surface inner conflicts that need to be shifted to healthfully lose weight.
  2. Powerfully dealing with these inner conflicts. A good coach or therapist can help with this process. Working through deep inner conflicts can be challenging and scary but the end result by far outweighs the work in moving through them.
  3. Replacing bad habits (emotional eating) with good habits (taking a walk, breathing, reading a book, finding a passion project, starting a new relationship) this step only lasts when step one and two have been taken.

Often times people try to jump right to step three and are only successful for a short period of time until they fall back into their old patterns.

My hope is that this article has connected you with a clear path to truly take the necessary action to healthily and joyfully achieve your ideal weight.

The power to reclaim your weight and health rests in your hands.

There’s no greater satisfaction than seeing, feeling, and experiencing daily incremental improvement in your health and knowing YOU were the one responsible.

Healthy weight loss is possible. Think about all you’ll gain as a result letting go of the inner conflicts that have been unnecessary weighing you down for years.

Don’t believe the weight loss hype, do the inner work, change your lifestyle and experience how good your body is designed to feel….experience weight freedom.

After studying over 100 dietary theories, and hearing the frustrations of many clients, friends and family about their frustrating experience with diets and quick weight loss programs, and after helping many women holistically lose weight and keep it off, I’ve come to realize that there isn’t a “quick-fix” to weight loss because we aren’t broken.

Savvy marketers will try and sell their magic weight loss pills, potions and diets but the true healthy weight loss is and always has been an inner game that takes dedication, commitment, time and support. 

Discover the 6 “No-Diet” Secrets to Permanent Weight loss:

In the guide I share…

  • The 3 biggest lifestyle mistakes dieters make and how to avoid them with ease.
  • What foods burn belly fat and 18 easy to make delicious fiber rich protein dense breakfast recipes.
  • How stress is affecting your weight loss success and 4 effective techniques to powerfully deal with it.
6 no-diet secrets to permanent weight loss

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What Are You Like When You’re Hangry?

Whether we realize it or not we all have a relationship with food. For some people it’s a good  relationship and for others not so much. But regardless of whether it’s good or bad relationship, eating is a really intimate experience that affects our emotions. We literally are what we eat, and our health is directly determined by our food choices. The food we chose to eat, greatly affects our emotions which in turn affects our relationships. It’s so important to consider the relationship you have with food because food affects your relationship with yourself and with others.

Are you suffering from “hangry”?

Food can especially affect our intimate relationships. I know from personal experience… “We” my girlfriend and I, discovered this phenomenon on a extended Euro backpacking trip a few years ago. I’m a very positive upbeat person, but I began to experience what I later learned was “hanger” as known as angry as a result of being hungry. The “hanger” would usually strike while taking long train rides between countries. My “hanger” would eventually result in a snarky comment which then would lead to an unwarranted silly argument. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure she was also suffering from “hanger” as well.

What is “hanger”?

“Hanger” is actually a result of a drop in blood sugar leading to an physiological state change leading then a emotional state change. On a physiological level “hanger” is a drop in blood sugar also called hypoglycemia which can happen from not eating enough or not eating on a regular schedule aka going long periods of time without eating.

Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia (happen quickly) can lead to…

  • Shakiness
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sweating,chills and clamminess
  • Irritability or impatience
  • Confusion
  • Rapid/fast heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Hunger and nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Blurred/impaired vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the lips or tongue
  • Headaches
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Anger, stubbornness, or sadness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Nightmares
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

As you can see from the list above hypoglycemia can manifest in many different physical and emotional ways. [1]

How to stop hanger in it’s tracks

The first step to overcoming “hanger” is to eat on a consistent schedule. A lot of people struggle with eating on a schedule but our body’s calibrate to our routines. A perfect example of this is your sleep/wake schedule.

Ever notice after several weeks of waking up at the same time with an alarm clock, that your body’s inner alarm starts waking you up at about the same time even when you’d like to still be asleep? Or maybe you poop at about the same time everyday? These are just two simple examples of how our bodies adapt to our routines and schedules.

To beat hanger eat three meals consisting of a lean protein such as wild-caught fish, bison, organic chicken or turkey, a green vegetable (any green vegetable will do) and healthy fat like an avocado. Eating 3 well balanced meals on a consistent time schedule will help balance the blood sugar rollercoaster which leads to being “hangry”. Try to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner around the same time each day if when possible. This process becomes a  much easier when you plan your meals out before your week begins. Click here for a video on meal planning.

It’s also a good idea to keep a healthy snack around such as an apple, banana, almond butter or a health bar like a GoMarco bar for eating emergencies and for times that life simply gets in the way of your eating schedule. Overslept and no time for breakfast? Keep some healthy snacks ready to go and accessible for moments of chaotic haste.

Eat meals that are high in fiber and good fats. Foods that are high in fiber are sprouted grains, green leafy veggies, fruit, beans and seeds. Foods that are high in “good fats” include flax, hemp and chia seeds, nuts, avocados, and coconut.

So next time you’re feeling a bit irritable or angry for no reason, take note of when the last time you ate was… did you eat a healthy meal full of fiber, nutrients and good fat? Or was it a meal full of sugar and void of nutrients? Don’t be a victim of “hanger”.

Eat well, eat on a schedule and be happy 🙂

 This week’s healthy in the 21st century challenge is to begin to eat on a consistent schedule by planning your meals out. Until next week live passionately on purpose.

Resource:

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/hypoglycemia-low-blood./ [1]

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How To Never Get Sick Again | Immune System Secrets


No one enjoys getting sick. Having a sore throat, coughing, sneezing, body aches, runny nose, feeling low energy, or experiencing a stomach bug is a slog to say the least and extremely inconvenient. Who really has time to get sick?

Interesting many people believe that getting sick is a normal part of life…although getting sick a few times per year is the “norm”, it is NOT normal. With a strong immune system our bodies can and will fight off unwanted invaders to beat sickness.

In this week’s episode I share with you my top secret remedies to never get sick again. These specific remedies can help you stay illness free for life and get rid of your cold in as little as 24 hours or less. Try them next time you feel like your getting sick or if you wish to never get sick again 🙂

Immune System Secrets Episode Summary:

1. Consume immune boosting superfoods like chlorella and camu camu berries
2. Consume fermented foods or take a strong probiotic supplement. The proviotic supplement I recommend is klaire labs click here
3. Eat living organic food (fruits + veggies)
4. Cut out dairy and sugar
5. Get quality sleep to let your body restore and heal.
6. Mediate to reduce stress. Stress is the #1 cause of sickness and destroys our immune system. Try the Head Space App www.headspace.com
7. Reduce alcohol and sugar
8. Move your body

When you start to feel sick do the following…

1. Drink twice as much water as you normally do
2. Use wild crafted oil of oregnol 3-5 drops 3x per day under the tounge or to the back of the throat.
3. Take a shot (1 tsp) of apple cider vinegar
4. Take herbal immunity supplements like “Quick Defense” by Gaia Herb or “Wellness Formula” by Source Naturals
5. Cut out all sugar (even fruit) and all dairy
6. Change your mindset to “I’m vibrant and healthy”


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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Kombucha Everyday

Recently kombucha has taken the 21st century health world by storm. Kombucha breweries are popping up left and right and you’re beginning to find more and more companies producing the fermented health beverage. Today you can walk into just about any larger grocery store and you’re likely to find kombucha in the cool beverage section. A bottle of kombucha costs around $3–$5 , but you can make kombucha yourself at home. A magical, cure-all, panacea… not so much. But nonetheless there are many health benefits to drinking kombucha.

The top 5 benefits of drinking Kombucha:

1. Kombucha has cleansing and detoxification properties 

Kombucha contains glucaric acid, an organic acid that has been studied and shown to help prevent cancer, increase energy, and promote detoxification and cleansing within the body.

2. Kombucha is beneficial for the body’s pH balance and overall joint health

Kombucha contains glucosamines and hyaluronic acid, which benefit joint health.

3. Kombucha is very beneficial for digestive health

Kombucha full of enzymes and probiotics, which help naturally promote digestion.

4. Kombucha is a great source of antioxidants

Kombucha is made with black tea, which is high in flavonoids, to promote antioxidant protection, immune support, and fat loss.

5. Kombucha is great for promoting energy

Kombucha contains varying amounts of caffeine depending on the type of tea you use to brew it, and b vitamins to help support energy levels.

How is Kombucha made?

Kombucha is made from combining a bacterial culture called a scoby aka “the mother” with tea and sugar. Scoby stands for a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It’s the scoby that creates the healthy probiotics and enzymes and also ferments the tea making it effervesce. Making it from scratch can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on the size of your scoby. Click here to watch a video about how to make kombucha.

What does Kombucha Taste Like?

Unflavored kombucha tastes similar to an effervescence sweet but tart, vinegary, champagne. But many kombucha brewers are creating unique favors profiles by mixing in fruit juices and herbs which can make the kombucha tastes comparable to a soda (only a much, much healthier version).  

How much should you drink?

I absolutely love kombucha…so much that I actually keep a keg of it on tap in my home. But kombucha should be drank in moderation no more than 1 cup per day. It does contain some sugar and depending on the way it’s brewed that amount can greatly vary so it’s always best to read the label.

Kombucha is an excellent replacement for soda, fruit juice, and even beer. Although it can be brewed with an alcohol content close to beer, it generally only contains a small amount of alcohol due to the fermentation process (usually around .5%).

The bottom line

Kombucha is a delicious healthy alternative to soda and sugary fruit juices. It contains probiotics (good bacteria), beneficial enzymes and b vitamins. But it’s best to enjoy in moderation. 

This Month’s Healthy in the 21st century challenge is to try kombucha if you’re new to it or if you’re a long time kombucha try making it yourself. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.

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References:
Axe, Josh. “5 health benefits of kombucha.” draxe.com. Web 10 June 2016. Web <http://draxe.com/5-health-benefits-of-kombucha/>

“Kombucha”. Web 7/7/16. Web <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha>