How to Boost Energy Naturally | Avoid These 4 Energy Sucking Foods

Avoid these 4 energy draining food for all-day natural energy.

Food #1: Gluten

Gluten is simply a protein is found in wheat, barley and rye and in recent years has been linked to a ton of books and research that has found gluten to be the cause of many gastrointestinal disorders. Gluten is the glue-like substance that holds bread together.  Unfortunately, the more you consume gluten the more damage takes place to the intestinal walls which eventually can lead to a inflammatory condition termed “leaky gut”. Many people don’t even realize gluten is affecting their energy.

Energy tip: Try going gluten free for 7 days and reintroduce it to see if you notice a difference in your energy.

Food #2 Sugar

Sugar is found in just about everything today. It’s extremely hard to avoid sugar because it’s hiding everywhere and it’s robbing you of your energy. You have to super conscious of how much sugar you’re consuming…sugar is hiding even in “health food”. Sugar is hiding in foods like peanut butter and pasta sauce and many other different types of foods that you wouldn’t even realize. Even if you’re not eating cakes and cookies and candies you still most likely are getting a lot of sugar in your diet and it’s robbing you of your precious energy.

Energy Tip: Start reading labels to cut back your sugar intake and notice a massive increase in your level of energy.

Food #3 Caffeine

People drink coffee when they feel tired and need energy but drinking coffee or consuming caffeine is kind of like borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. What happens is caffeine blocks the receptors in our brain which tell us when we’re tired. If you’re someone who’s consuming a lot of caffeine start to eliminate the amount of caffeine you consume. Drinking one cup of coffee in the morning isn’t going to make that big of a difference but if you’re adding sugar and cream you definitely want to start reducing sugar and cream with the goal to completely remove it from your coffee to maximize your energy.

Energy Tip: If you drink coffee, only drink one small cup before 2 pm and drink it without added cream or sugar.

Food # 4 Dairy

Dairy is very hard to digest and a lot of energy is used up in trying to digest dairy. Most people are lactose intolerant or lactose sensitive and don’t know it. Lactose or milk sugar builds mucus in the body and causes inflammation. Instead of consuming dairy eat more alkaline based foods such as fruits and vegetables to start experiencing more energy. If you decide to limit your dairy intake or completely remove dairy from your diet, you will notice a massive difference in your mental clarity, digestion and your energy.

Energy Tip: Cut back on the amount of dairy you consume or completely cut it out of your diet. If you do decide to continue to consume dairy make sure you are getting your diary from the high quality source possible – raw, grass-fed and organic.

Ultimately, it’s what you do and chose not to do on a daily basis which will make the biggest difference in how you look and how much energy you feel.

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How to Stay in Peak Performance While Traveling | Health GoBag

Traveling in one of the most challenging times to maintain high performance health habits.

While working with top entrepreneurs, CEO’s and executives over the past several years in my executive health coaching practice, I’ve found that what I call “travel transitions” were always a real challenge for my clients when it came to maintaining good physical and mental well-being practices and habits.

Staying in a healthy routine is hard enough when not traveling but throw in long flights, different time zones, unfamiliar places and schedules and “boom” even a discipline super achiever can really get thrown off. 

Let’s be honest, traveling even for the savvy health-conscious consumer can be a real challenge without a plan and the right tools and habits necessary to keep our health in balance.

In this article, I share my favorite high-performance health travel tools and strategies.

I put together what I call a High Performance Health GoBag. It’s essentially a bag that is stocked with travel essentials to keep you on the top of your game and solve the biggest challenges that most high performing health-conscious travelers face.

I highly recommend if you’re someone who travels often or even a few times per year that you put together a “High Performance Health Gobag” for yourself that can be ready when you are to help you stay at the top of your game no matter where in the world you go.

Below are high performance health products I’ve curated, why I keep them in my bag and how/when to use them.

For your convenience, most of the items can be ordered over amazon…you’re welcome 😉

PLEASE NOTE: If you do decide to take action and utilize any of my recommendations in this article please do so using the links in this post. I make a very small commission at no additional cost to you through Amazon and this helps fund more awesome content like this. Thanks in advanced.

The Bag:

Your high performance health go-bag should be small enough to fit under an airplane seat without you having to sacrifice that precious leg room yet big enough to carry the essentials in.

My choices:

 

 

 

 

 

I choose this “Tactical Shoulder Backpack” for my go-bag because it had the water bottle holder built in and was about the right size for the essentials. Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

For business travelers, you can always go with something more classy like this click here and or all my high performing ladies is something for you click here

InFlight Comforts:

There is nothing worse than getting on a plane with a screaming baby when you’re trying to get some rest or work done when flying. That’s why noise-canceling earbuds or headphones are a must for any flight. This is an essential.

My choices:

Noise canceling headphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bose Quiet Comfort- Noise canceling headphones

When it comes to sounds quality Bose is the best. These headphones are top rated and for a reason. They are fairly large and on the expensive size so for thrifty travelers a good pair of noise-canceling earbuds like the ones below also work well and leave more space in your bag. Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Noise canceling earbuds

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Sanitizing Wipes

Airplanes are loaded with germs and bacteria. That’s why it’s essential to have hand sanitizing wipes readily available. Use these wipes to clean your hands before eating while on the plane and to wipe down arm and headrests for a clean flight.

My choice:

Eo Hand Sanitizer Wipe, lavender scented

Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes by EO Products features ethanol which serves as an antiseptic that works as a sanitizer. This formula also includes a blend of essential oils, including aloe vera and chamomile, which naturally moisturize the skin.

This product also scored a 1 on the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep Database which evaluates and scores cosmetic products toxicity level on a 1-10 hazard and toxicity scale. 

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Hydration + Antioxidant Support in flight:

Dehydration is not your friend when traveling. Dehydration is one of the major causes of fatigue. The first thing you should do when getting through security at the airport is purchasing a 1L water bottle of water to drink on your flight. Even though most airlines provide water with their in-flight services it’s not enough. Savvy travels should shoot to drink at least a 1 liter on every flight.

Note: Avoid alcohol when traveling it dehydrates you and lowers our immune system which is the complete opposite of what you need when flying.

My choice:

Smart water, Fiji or Avion + 1 MegaHydrate tablet

I recommend using mega hydrate when traveling to optimize and enrich your water with molecular hydrogen. In a state of dehydration, body cells cannot assimilate nutrients and efficiently remove waste. MegaHydrate helps fight the negative effects of alcohol, stress, and free radicals as hydrogen is a super powerful antioxidant.

MegaHydrate™ is a cutting-edge dietary supplement boasting one of the highest antioxidant potentials on the planet. It was created by physicist and medical doctor Patrick Flanagan as a way to boost cellular hydration by reducing the surface tension of water within the body, essentially making the water in and between our cells more hydrated. The idea is that with optimal hydration and surface tension of this fluid we are able to more efficiently eliminate toxins and metabolic by-products on the most basic level. Add to this a potential increase in the delivery of important nutrients and you have a recipe for healthier cells and a healthier body.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Healthy Snacks:

It’s essential to have healthy snacks readily available when traveling as airports are a haven for unhealthy snacks and food. However, over the years I have noticed a slight increase in healthier options at several airports.

My choices:

Busy Bar – Busy Bars contains 13 grams of grass-fed whey protein, 1 gram of sugar, between 8-9 grams of fiber and between 140-160 calories per bar depending on the favor. They are gluten free, soy free, and low carb; which make them work with almost any diet. I’m usually not a fan of whey protein supplements but the Busy Bar uses the very best grass-fed whey protein which is free of hormones and pesticides.

Why I love them… The bars taste great and only contain 1 gram of sugar which means your blood sugar will not spike and crash. They also contain a fairly high amount of fiber which helps you feel full.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Thunderbird Bar –Thunderbird Bars are another great option to have on hand. These all natural, real food energy bars contain a delicious mix of fruits, nuts, seeds and spices. They are dairy free, soy free and grain free making them easy to digest and contain no added sugar.

Why I love them…they are made from real food and taste amazing.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Immune System Support:

Traveling really puts our immune systems to the test. Being in close quarters with potentially sick people, breathing in recycled airplane air, increased stress levels and changes in sleep all really test the health of our immune system.

My choice:

North American Herb and Spice P73

North American Herb and Spice P73 is the true wild oregano oil, a blend of edible species of wild oregano grown on natural, mineral-rich soil and is highly effective.

Oil of oregano is a powerful medicine to have handy when you feel your immune system has been compromised or even as a pre/post flight preventative immune protectant. Oil of oregano is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and a digestive aid.  I take 5 drops under the tongue (sublingually) at the first sign of sickness or before/after flying. The taste is a bit intense for some people so consider capsule form if the taste is a concern.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Energy Support:

Green Superfood Elixir

When traveling it can be challenging to eat good quality health food and to be honest even if you’re eating all organic health food it’s still difficult to get enough whole food nutrients in your diet. That’s why I personally use and recommend that all my clients start their day with an alkalizing green superfood elixir especially when traveling.

My choice:

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Elixir by Live Ultimate is my personal favorite green superfoods powder because it contains over 25 alkalizing superfoods. It’s easy to make just mix it with 8 oz of cold water an enjoy.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Digestive Enzymes

Most people don’t realize that it takes a lot of energy to digest food. A compromised digestion system happens to be of the most common energy leaks for most people. One the easiest ways to improve digestive health is to simply eat slower and chew your food.

However, beyond those simple recommendations taking digestive enzymes really help to optimization digestion. I recommend having and using a quality enzyme formula to help digest heavier meals not so common meals when traveling.

If you have a digestive issue such as gas, bloating, constipation etc. supplementing with digestive enzymes can really help.

My choice:

Digest Gold by Enzymedica. It’s an advanced formula that breaks down carbohydrates, fats, fiber and protein. The enzymes in Digest Gold support optimal digestion by helping the body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy. Digestive well-being improves concentration and helps to increase energy and vitality. Digest Gold is an excellent choice for individuals seeking a high-potency enzyme formula.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Sleep Support:

My choices:

Rest-ZZZ Sleep Support

This sleep support formula has been shown to be an effective sleep aid. Rest-ZZZ combines plant-based ingredients like Valerian, Passion Flower, and Chamomile with hormones and neurotransmitters found in the body to help lessen muscle tension, restlessness, and nerve-related sleeplessness by calming the nervous system without feeling that groggy feeling the next morning.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Essential Tulsi- By Gaia Herb

I always like to travel with high-quality adaptogenic teas. One of my favorites is Tulsi Tea by Gaia Herb. I’ve personally toured Gaia Herbs farm in Brevard North Carolina and their on-site manufacturing facilitates with the owner of the company Ric Scalzo and was extremely impressed with the knowledge and quality of care that goes into their products.

Why Tulsi Tea? Tulsi has been used to support a healthy response to stress, maintain blood sugar levels within a normal range, promote longevity, nourish the mind and elevate the spirit. Tulsi, also known as “Holy Basil” exhibits impressive adaptogenic activity. Meaning it helps the body adapt to stresses of various kinds plus I like the taste.

I recommend drinking this tea inFlight or as a nightcap after a long day at a conference or meetings.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Human Charger – Invented in Finland, HumanCharger® is a bright light therapy device that has a unique and patented mechanism of action which stimulates the photosensitive proteins on the surface of the brain using a calibrated white light that passes through the ear canals.

Exposure to light helps maintain the rhythm of our natural body clock. TheHumanCharger® helps to alleviate jet lag symptoms. If your flight is eastward, use HumanCharger® from the morning until noon, at two-hour consecutive intervals up to four times. For a westward travel, use HumanCharger® from late afternoon to evening, at two-hour consecutive intervals up to four times. Repeat each day until you feel recovered.

Using the HumanCharger® for only 12 minutes a day has been found to significantly increase energy levels, improve mood and increase mental alertness.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Structural and Physical Health:

Before I share about some cool travel tools to help support your structural and physical health while away from home let’s start with some basic recommendations.

1) When flying stand and stretch at least every 30-60 minutes. This will make a big difference in how you feel when you land.

2) Book hotels that have an onsite gym to stay on track with workouts.

3) Request a hotel room with a bathtub and sink into a hot Epsom salt or magnesium flake bath after a long day followed by some foam rolling.

Don’t have room for your workout shoes? Get a pair of minimalist travel workout shoes like these. They are super lightweight (5 oz) and can slide into any bag easily. Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

 

 

 

Sitting for long periods of time is damaging to our structural health because sitting shortens the hamstrings which and compresses the back leading to pain

After sitting for a while, gravity takes over, slumping starts and the spinal column pushes the sacrum down causing the hips to spread and back pain to begin. The Sacro Wedgy is a great little device to have handy in your High Performance Health Travel GoBag to for all my back pain suffers.

My choice:

The Sacro Wedgy

What the Sacro Wedgy® does is simply fill in the gap and stops the drop. We sit on it on the plane, car, computer, couch, meetings, movie – your lifestyle determines when it’s best to use.

The Sacro Wedgy helps maintain structural alignment of the spine while sitting. Many of the Sacro Wedgy testimonials are about being able to travel with less or no pain when using it.

You will receive most of your correction and relief from lying down on the Sacro Wedgy® with a neck support, but it’s recommend sitting on the Sacro Wedgy® for preventive maintenance when traveling if you suffer from back pain.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

Travel Foam Rollers:

Although a foam roller probably won’t fit in your High Performance Health Go-Bag (at least not in the bag I recommend in this post) if you’re going to be traveling for more than a week I recommend packing one.

Foam rolling is amazing modality to relieve tight sore muscles and keep the body in proper alignment. Want to maintain for peak performance? Foam rolling helps users recover from injuries, relieve muscle and joint pain, and improves circulation, flexibility, balance and mobility.

My choices:

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller – Unlike traditional foam rollers, the distinctive, multi-dimensional surface of the GRID replicates the feeling of a massage therapist’s hands to help channel blood, improve oxygen flow, and heal tissue.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

 

The Morph – Collapsable travel foam roller. When collapsed, it is smaller than two folded t-shirts. This functionality allows you to take it anywhere, unencumbered…pretty awesome.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

 

Okay, I hope this post was helpful and that you’ve decided to take action on creating a high performance health Go-Bag of your own to stay in peak performance while you travel.

If you know of any other high performance health gadgets, recommendations or suggestions please drop me a line via my contacts page with your thoughts.

To your health and performance,

Devin

14 Of the Most Asked Questions About CBD | Hemp Oil

14 Of the Most Asked Questions About CBD | Hemp Oil

CBD also known sold as hemp oil is quickly becoming one of the most highly sought after and used supplements in the world. Why? Because it’s benefits are finally being discovered and shared. It also just so happens to help alleviate 3 of the most common 21st-century health conditions.

  1. Stress and Anxiety
  2. Trouble sleeping
  3. Physical pain

In this short article, I share some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD. Enjoy!

1) What is CBD (Hemp oil)?

CBD also known as cannabadiol, is a non-psychoactive (it won’t make you feel high) compound found in cannabis. It is one of over 60 different compounds present in cannabis. CBD is usually present in cannabis in high concentrations along with THC (the compound in cannabis that is psychoactive and makes you feel high).

It’s non-psychoactive because of its lack of affinity and attraction for CB1 receptors (the receptors that cause one to experience a cerebral high). There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human body; CB1 and CB2. Both are naturally found throughout the body but are most common in the brain and immune system.

CB1 receptors are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. These receptors affect memory, mood, sleep, appetite and pain sensation. CB2 receptors have anti-inflammatory effects and are found in immune cells. Cbd does have a great affinity and or attraction for CB2 receptors making it a great natural anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancer.

2) Is CBD legal?

Unlike marijuana, CBD is 100% legal in the USA. On February 7, 2014 President Obama signed the farm bill of 2013 into law which defined industrial hemp as distinctly different from marijuana. It further states that as long as the cannabis sativa plant has less than .3% THC it qualifies as industrial hemp and is legal to be grown in the United States.

3) Will CBD make me feel high?

CBD offers many of the same benefits of marijuana without the “high” because it contains minimal.  if any amounts of THC tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is completely safe and non-­addictive.

4) What are CBD known benefits?

CBD has been proven to be highly beneficial in the treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as MS and cerebral palsy and anxiety disorders.

Studies have found that CBD can…
1. Relieve nausea and vomiting making it a great digestive aid
2. Help control and reduce seizures
3. Help Fight tumors and cancer cells (it’s a powerful anti­oxidant)
4. Help relieve anxiety and depression
5. Calm and protect the nervous system
6. Promote relaxation and deeper sleep
7. Help reduce stress
8. Help relieve insomnia
9. Anti­-inflammatory effects which help reduce swelling
10. Help relieves muscle and joint pain

5) What are the most popular uses of CBD?

Right now the general popular is using CBD as a natural alternative to help support anxiety, physical pain and promote relaxation to improve sleep. As mentioned before it’s also been proven to be highly beneficial treatment of seizures, and neurological conditions such as MS.

6) What is the best way to use CBD? What form is best to take?

CBD is extracted as an oil from cannabis or hemp plant and comes in various concentrations and forms. It can be consumed orally in the form of a supplement or gummy, in a capsule form, as a liquid tincture, vaporized, or sprayed into the mouth. It can also be used topically and absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin from an externally applied cream.

7) Does CBD have side effects?

CBD rarely has side effects when using the commonly recommended doses of anywhere between 2.5 mg to 1500 mg

However, studies have found Possible side effects include…

  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Increases or decreases in appetite.

Minus diarrhea, these sides effects could potentially be beneficial depending on the reason you’re taking CBD in the first place. Often CBD users are using CBD to help them get higher quality sleep. The majority of studies currently available were performed for treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders. Here, the most commonly reported side effects were tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite/weight. In comparison with other drugs, used for the treatment of these medical conditions, CBD has a better side effect profile. More clinical trials with a greater number of participants and longer chronic CBD administration are still lacking.

However, there are a few upcoming CBD clinical trials for the treatment of the following disorders:

  • Autistic Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Infantile Spasms
  • Lung Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinsons
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • And a few more

8) Is CBD addictive? Is CBD safe?

CBD is nonaddictive and safe when you’re getting your CBD products from a reputable source. Unfortunately, because the benefits of consuming CBD are becoming more and more known many companies are flooding the CBD market with poor quality and ineffective products. You want to look for reputable companies that offer organically grown, full spectrum, Co2 extracted CBD.

9) Will taking CBD fail my drug test?

This is a very common question and the simple answer is no. This is because legal CBD products contain no traceable amounts of THC (the chemical in marijuana that causes people to get high). However, consumers using extremely large doses of CBD rich hemp oil products above 1000-2000 mg daily could potentially have a false positive during initial screening due to other non-THC metabolites which may cross-react with the test. This is extremely rare.

10) How much should I take? How do I dose CBD?

There is no one size fits all or easy answer to this question. It really depends on several factors. First, it depends on the quality of the CBD product that you are using. Second, it depends on the reason you are using CBD. Are you using it to relieve pain? Help you get to sleep or to manage anxiety? Are you using it to manage MS or Parkinsons? Everybody is different so it’s best to experiment with different dosages until you achieve the desired effect.

I recommend the following protocols:

  1. Start small – start with the smallest dose possible. Everyone reacts differently to various supplements so it’s important to become familiar with how your body responds
  2. Size Matters – larger individuals may prefer a high dose of CBD than smaller people. With CBD, you can easily scale up just a few mg at a time to meet your needs
  3. Consult with a medical professional – if you have a serious medical condition, always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before consuming CBD
  4. Consistency is key – using CBD consistency stimulate a healthy, functioning endocannabinoid system. As cannabinoids enter the system, your body becomes more sensitive over time.

11) When is the best time to take CBD?

Again it really depends on why you are taking it in the first place. Generally speaking most people take CBD and hour before bed to help improve sleep, in the morning to manage pain and anytime help alleviate stress and anxiety.

12) How long will it take for CBD to take effect? How long do the effects last?

Again it depends. In this case, it depends on the method of ingestion.This is a challenging question to answer because it depends on several factors

  1. Quality of product
  2. Amount of MG’s
  3. Method of delivery (capsules, sublingual oil, vape or topical)

Generally…

  • Consuming CBD orally takes over an hour for the CBD to arrive in the bloodstream.
  • Using CBD through inhalation via vaporizing it produces more rapid effects because it bypasses the liver.
  • Consuming CBD sublingually in the form of an oil is relatively fast acting and is my recommended and preferred method.
  • Using CBD topically in the form of a cream can be relatively fast acting when used locally for (inflammation, pain and other skin conditions).

13) Can my dog benefit from taking CBD?

Yes, animals can also benefit from taking CBD. Pets can consume CBD for many of the same ailments that humans do.

CBD had been found to help with the following pet conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Digestive Issues
  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Joint & Mobility Issues
  • Pain

Click here for CBD for pets.

14) Where can I purchase the best CBD products?

As more and more scientific studies are released on the benefits of CBD more and more products will hit the consumer market. Right now you can purchase and a wide variety of CBD products online and in some health foods stores across the country. As with all supplements, it’s important to consider the quality, extraction, storage and manufacturing methods before purchasing a product. Many supplements on the market today are ineffective and a complete waste of money because they simply aren’t of quality ingredients or have poor extraction methods making them ineffective at best.

I recommend BioCare CBD. It’s all natural, Co2 extracted, tested for purity and derived from organic CBD.

I recommend a company called Biocare CBD for the following reasons…

  • Organically grown hemp at a federally registered facility.
  • Nontoxic, pesticide free and 3rd party tested for quality.
  • Oil is full spectrum CBD – meaning if contains all of the cannabinoids which work in synergy to unlock the full potential of CBD
  • Whole plant extracted CBD oil – extracted from the stalk, flowers and leaves no just the stalk
  • Manufacturer is both GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and PETA approved.

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Yuri Elkaims Healthprenuer Live Event Review

I have to admit, I love attending events and seminars. I live for learning experiences and connecting with other like-minded amazing people. In the past two years, I’ve been to at least ten personal and professional development seminars and workshops… in this post, I’m happy to share my experience and review of Yuri Elkaims Healthpreneur Live event.

Warning: Learning new tools and strategies to improve your life and business while meeting other amazing high-level people doing incredible things can become a bit of an addiction 😉

A few of my favorites seminars I’ve attended over the years include Tony Robbins, signature 5 day  “Date with Destiny” experience and Brendon Burchard’s  “High Performance Academy.” Both absolutely incredible learning experiences and events.

However, Yuri Elkaims Healthprenuer Live event hosted in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona takes the cake for the best wellness industry event I’ve ever been to thus far. Unlike Tony and Brendon’s large few thousand attendee events, Yuri’s was more intimate and personal. I actually got to connect with him personally as well as pretty much all the other event speakers…one of the biggest reasons the event was a personal favorite.

Let me explain…

I came across Yuri’s Elkaims stuff about 1 year ago, while searching for someone who ran a 7 figure online health and wellness company with integrity (one of my goals).  I started following Yuri and was surprised by the level of accessibility and quality content he shared in his healthpreneur facebook group. He answered my tough marketing questions and even filmed an entire 15-minute video about a pressing issue I was having with one of my online health program funnels. It was apparent that he wasn’t just another online marketing guru looking to sell one of their “7-figure success formulas.”

Yuri actually cares.

Who is Yuri Elkaim?

Yuri Elkaim, is the founder and CEO of Healthpreneur, is a leading online business strategist and coach for visionary health and fitness entrepreneurs who want to multiply their impact, income, and freedom. He’s also a New York Times bestselling nutrition author, sought-after health expert, and CEO of his own multiple 7-figure online health and fitness business that has helped over 500,000 men and women to better health. His Youtube videos have been by more than 24 MILLION people and he’s shared his message of health on major media including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and more!

Even though Yuri had already helped me quite a bit with my marketing and content strategy before the event, I have to admit when I first got the email about his Healthpreneur Live event I was a bit skeptical. Usually the first time anyone holds an event like this there are a bunch of things that need to be ironed out (surprisingly not the case with Yuri’s event).

I remember it was Thanksgiving the final day before the VIP prices went up for the event and I was sitting in my car with my now Fiance before going into our friend’s Thanksgiving dinner trying to decide to invest in the event or not. Honestly, even though I love attending events, I had already been to a bunch of health events in 2017 and wasn’t sure it was going to be worth my money or my time.

“Just do it, I have a good feeling about it,” my fiance encouraged. Trusting my gut and with the encouragement of my fiance, I decided to take a chance and bought a VIP ticket and I’m SUPER glad I did. Healthprenuer was the perfect balance of learning, connection, and fun.

What is Healthpreneur LIVE?

It’s an epic 3-day event for leading health and fitness entrepreneurs to connect with cutting-edge marketing strategies, breakthrough ideas, and each other to multiply their impact, income, and freedom.

It’s an intimate LIVE in-person event that’s dedicated to connecting health, fitness, and wellness entrepreneurs with cutting-edge marketing strategies, breakthrough ideas, and meaningful relationships to help take your business, message or product, and overall impact to the next level.” [1]

Most health events are more geared toward professional development (certifications, CEUs, etc…) instead of actually teaching marketing and business systems which are essential for business growth and maximum impact. I’m always looking to learn new ways to get in front of more people and convert them into clients and customers to do the work I’m called to do.

“Healthpreneur LIVE is a unique 3-day event that gathers an extraordinary community of change-makers and visionaries in the health and fitness industry who are driven to impact the world in a bigger way.The event is limited to just 150 attendees who are mostly entrepreneurial-minded naturopathic and functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, and health crusaders who are hungry to expand their online platform to reach more people, make more money, and enjoy more free time instead of being confined to the clinic, gym, or coaching clients 1-on-1 for hours on end.

The event is limited to just 150 attendees who are mostly entrepreneurial-minded naturopathic and functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, and health crusaders who are hungry to expand their online platform to reach more people, make more money, and enjoy more free time instead of being confined to the clinic, gym, or coaching clients 1-on-1 for hours on end.” [1]

The 2017 Healthpreneur live event was held at the beautiful boutique resort and spa “The Andaz” in Scottsdale, Arizona.

5 Reasons I Went

  1. To learn to attract more leads and customers without feeling salesy or slimey in the process.
  2. To discover the latest trends and strategies to position myself as a standout “thought-leader” in the crowded online wellness industry.
  3. To streamline my business to free up more of my time
  4. To clarify my message to better connect with my audience and be more influential.
  5. Above all to create meaningful new connections with other health & fitness industry experts in a relaxed, intimate setting.

What I Got Out of Attending the Event

  • I learned to attract more leads and customers without feeling salesy or slimey in the process.
  • I discovered the latest trends and strategies to position myself as a standout “thought-leader” in the crowded online wellness industry.
  • I learned how to streamline my business to free up more of my time
  • I got to clarify my message to better connect with my audience and be more influential.
  • I created meaningful new connections with other health & fitness industry experts

Who Attended

  • Several NYT bestselling authors in the health and diet space…Youtube sensations in the fitness and wellness space who, collectively, have more than 2 MILLION subscribers…
  • Youtube sensations in the fitness and wellness space who, collectively, have more than 2 MILLION subscribers…Fitness celebrities who travel the country (and
  • Fitness celebrities who travel the country (and the world) growing their brand…
  • Dozens of health supplement business owners…
  • The CEO of one the most successful supplement companies in America…
  • Health coaches looking to expand their reach from local to global…
  • Online health business owners generating 6-, 7-, and even 8-figures per year…
  • E-Commerce entrepreneurs with health products taking over Amazon.com

What Set This Event Apart?

  1. Quality and attention to detail (The lunches were amazing, the venue was beautiful, the event staff was professional and on point)
  2. Caliber and quality of attendees (Not only did I meet amazing business connections I made some awesome new friends)
  3. Quality and accessibility of speakers
  4. Fun surprises (swag bag, attendee note wall, surprise party, VIP receptions, hiking Camel Back Mountain, sunrise am yoga)

Should You Attend?

Entrepreneurial-minded naturopathic and functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, and health crusaders.

If you are a visionary health or fitness entrepreneur with dreams of helping more people with your knowledge, idea, or an important message, then yes, I recommend you attend.

The event is limited to just 150 attendees so don’t wait to sign up.

Click here to learn more and I’ll see you at the next event.

Resources: http://healthpreneurgroup.com/ [1]

Highlights from the 2017 Healthpreneur Live Event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Click Here for a healthy shopping list to get started.

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.

CLICK HERE  to learn more

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