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What’s it REALLY costing you?

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Is this your current reality?

Are you living in-ease or on your way to dis-ease?

Do you…

Feel constantly stressed, physically drained and can’t seem to stop thinking about your work even when you’re not working?

Have trouble getting or staying asleep and it’s a battle to get up in the morning?

Often have low energy in the afternoon and rely on coffee or stimulants to get you through the day?

Have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time and get easily distracted during the day especially by email?

Yes?

I’m going to be blunt here because I care…

You are living in dis-ease and will eventually get a disease and that’s simply the truth.

I want you to think for a moment what’s it REALLY costing you right now to NOT start taking better care of yourself?

In your level of productivity…

In your relationships with your husband/wife…kids…are you a proud example of how you want them to show up?

In your level of confidence and joy?

You don’t have to sacrifice your health in order to make money. Then sacrifice money to recuperate your health. That’s a BS (belief system) myth.

You don’t have to wait until it’s so painful that you can’t take it anymore or you get sick…

Is the life you’re leading worth the price you’re paying to live it?

There is a better way. I can show you.

Apply for a breakthrough call and let’s talk click here

Health & Mindset Mastery

Health & Mindset Mastery is a ultra-premium world-class health, lifestyle and high performance training program for entrepreneurs, business owners, self-employed professionals, and high-performing individuals.

Before you apply to be a part of Health & Mindset Mastery, I’ll answer some basic questions for you:

What is Health & Mindset Mastery?

It’s a 3 month (12 week) TOTAL TRANSFORMATION step-by-step group coaching program. Through the cutting edge training you follow weekly, you’ll discover and experience a breakthrough in your energy, confidence, productivity, weight, mental clarity, stress, sleep, and emotional health…

AND you’ll learn a completely new mental framework for how you tackle and deal with life biggest challenges.

Hint: The biggest roadblock is NOT the physical, it’s your internal belief system or what I call “mindset.” 

In addition, we have weekly live coaching sessions where we cover the following topics:

Mindset Mastery – Finally breakthrough what has been holding you back from reaching your next level of health and performance. You’ll discover how to condition your mindset for success. Without the proper mindset for you just fail. Period. (This piece alone is worth the investment in the program)

Stress Mastery – We go WAY beyond just “managing stress” in this program. Making sure you’re identifying the root cause of your stress is the KEY to success. And we don’t just manage stress for the sake of a “stress relief”. You’ll know exactly WHY you’re doing what you’re doing and HOW it connects to the bigger picture of what you’re trying to accomplish.

Nutrition Mastery – Eating the “right” foods at the “right times” can be a REAL challenge if you don’t know…. the what, the why and how of 21st-century nutrition. During the program, you’ll uncover what foods to eat specifically to maximize your energy and health through advanced microbiome genetic testing.

Movement Mastery – We take learning your body to whole another level. We go far beyond just the what. We all know we need to move more. In the program, we focus on the how and you’ll create what I call a personal movement plan (PMP) tailored to your unique lifestyle, goals, and preferences… they don’t teach this stuff in a classroom, a textbook or (even medical school.)

Advanced Training – Because many of the participants in the program achieve their goals within the first month and a half (this obviously varies depending on your current situation), we coach past the surface level strategies, tactics, routines, and rituals and we discuss in detail how to go WAY beyond what you believe is possible in your physical, mental, and emotional energy.

When you know the “why” and the “how” and get the support and accountability you need…you get results. 

What is the investment in this program?

There’s a couple of things you need to know about “price”. I DO NOT give it out ahead of time. Before we even talk investment, I determine if you’re actually a great fit for the program AND the community. 

If we’re still good, I’ll tell you all the details of the program (the above is just the surface) and then we’ll talk investment (And yes, we can be pretty flexible with payment plans for those who are a fit for the program).

And no, do not email me asking for the price. That’s not the way I do it. If that doesn’t work for you, you’re not a good fit and shouldn’t apply.

But here’s what you need to know for now:

The investment into the program is going up every other month since its inception. The longer you wait the larger the investment will be. And the next price increase is happening VERY SOON.

Transformation isn’t cheap. If you’re thinking this program is in the hundreds, think about this… hiring a qualified personal trainer just for a couple months (I know I used to be one) will cost you $3000-4000 easy. This program is on an entirely new level, not just on the training itself or the structure of it, but on the content, support, and most of all the coaching.

It’s world-class. And I’m not saying that from a place of ego, I’m saying it from a place of truth and results (see the video testimonial from a recent past client here)

You don’t show up to the Bentley dealership expecting to get a new Bentley for $20,000. It’s just not happening.

If you want to know what I could charge for this program, go find the very top trainer, nutritionist, psychologist and performance coach in your area and find out what it would cost you to work with them all several times a week for 3 months (In South Florida, where I live, that’s easy $15,000 – $30,000+) 

What kind of results can I expect to get from this program?

Over the phone, I’ll tell you exactly how high this program will take you. 

But typically it’s this:

  • Driving your business/career forward while enjoying the process feeling fully present in the moment…
  • Feeling charged, confident and on the top of your game, accessing the best part of who you are… organized, mentally clear, centered, grounded and focused…
  • You’ll know how to set clear boundaries between your life and business and have a clear vision for not only your business success but for your life fulfillment.
  • You’ll more control over your schedule to spend more time with the people you love… doing the things you love…AND greatly improved your relationships.
  • You’ll wake up feeling energized, refreshed, excited and READY to take on the day after a deep restful nights sleep even if sleep has been a struggle for years.
  • You’ll feel more physically strong, mentally focused and emotionally connected than you ever have and be able to handle your businesses and life’s biggest challenges with greater ease… within the first few weeks.

This is just some of the results and feedback I’ve gotten from current and past clients…


I’ll be able to tell you exactly where you’ll go over the phone after I know with 100% certainty what you are dealing with.

Sound good?

So, If you think you’re a fit, you’re an extraordinary person and you want to be part of an extraordinary group of high performers experience how good their bodies and minds are designed to feel, schedule a call to speak with me AND fill out the application and we’ll get started:

Click to Apply for a Breakthrough Call 


Ps. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. And unfortunately, I don’t accept about 30% of people who apply for this program. As I said, you need to be a FIT not just for the training itself, but for the community. If I sense you’re not a good fit, I won’t even offer you the opportunity to enroll. No hard feelings.

PPs. I offer a one-time-only fast action discount over the phone for participants who are committed and ready to rock NOW. I make it easy for people who are willing to be decisive. Do your thinking, do your talking with your spouse or partner, do your finances ahead of time.

One other very important thing: If you schedule a phone call with me and decide you no longer want to do it, please take the time to cancel it. You’re not only taking up my time but you’re taking the time slot from someone else who could really use it. If you don’t cancel your scheduled call and don’t show up for whatever reason, you lose one-time fast action discount, sorry.

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The #1 Drain to Energy & How to Reverse it

stress is the #1 drain to our life energy and actually the #1 root of all disease.

The “stress response” gland is your adrenal gland. This gland relies on micronutrients to produce stress hormones.

Stress depletes the following micronutrients, which are related to specific symptoms:

1. Stress depletes Vitamin C, which is linked to fatigue, joint pain, muscle fatigue and low immunity.

2. Stress depletes Vitamin E, which is linked to hormone imbalances, mood swings, low immunity and eye-sight degradation.

3. Stress depletes Calcium, which is linked to nervous irritability (anxiety), muscle spasms and twitching, bone loss issues (osteoporosis and osteopenia), cavities, depression and hypertension.

4. Stress depletes Magnesium, which is linked to arrhythmias, dizziness, muscle twitching, hyperirritability, tiredness, depression and hypertension.

5. Stress depletes Chromium, which is linked to blood sugar issues, metabolic syndrome, fatigue and brain fog.

6. Stress depletes Zinc, which is linked to low energy, dermatitis, ance, decreased immunity, alopecia, digestive issues, white spots on fingernails, infertility.

7. Stress depletes Glutathione, which is linked to high cholesterol, plaque formation, high blood pressure, rapid aging, immunosuppression, increased inflammation and pain.

The deficiencies of these micronutrients put you at greater risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and neurodegenerative disease (such as Alzheimer’s).

When you’re ready here are 3 ways I can help you reclaim your health, energy and performance:

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are unlocking high performance.

It’s my new Facebook community where smart entrepreneurs and leaders learn to get more energy, freedom, influence and impact — Click Here

2. Join the NEW Ascend Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new high performance coaching case study group this month.  If you’d like to work with me to reverse burnout, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… book a breakthrough call here

3. Work with me privately

If you’d like to work directly with me to access the best of who you are… Click here and tell me a little about your health, business and life and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details!

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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.

Get my Free Energy Guide: CLICK HERE

 

How to Stay in Peak Performance While Traveling | Create A 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 Gobag 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I choose the “Kensington Triple Trek Slim Backpack” for my go-bag because it had the water bottle holder built in and was about the right size for the essentials and a MacBook Air.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

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 essential.

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 which is why it’s essential to have hand sanitizing wipes readily available. Use these wipes to clean your hands before eating on the plane and to wipe down the arm and headrest for a clean flight.

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 to purchase a one-liter bottle of water to drink on your flight. Even though most airlines provide water with their in-flight services… it’s not enough. To maintain high performance health while flying drink at least one liter on your life flight (longer flights you should drink even more)

IMPORTANT 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 + one Bio H2 tablet.  I recommend using Nordic Clinical – Bio H2 – Molecular Hydrogen Additive – An antioxidant supplement 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. Bio H2 helps fight the negative effects of alcohol, stress, and free radicals as hydrogen is a super powerful antioxidant.

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 On the Go Bar & 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 great.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

 

Immune System, Energy and Nutrient Support:

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

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.

Click here to add to your High Performance Health Travel GoBag

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 to get your daily dose of supergreens and superfoods while on the road.

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 optimize 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.

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:

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 just like the taste. I recommend drinking this tea inFlight or as a nightcap after a long day at a conference or meeting.

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 or these are a great (more premium) option also.

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

Travel Foam Roller:

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 choice:

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 Travel GoBag 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.

When you’re ready here are 3 more ways I can help you reclaim your health, energy and performance:

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are unlocking high performance.

It’s my new Facebook community where smart entrepreneurs and leaders learn to get more energy, freedom, influence and impact — Click Here

2. Join the NEW Ascend Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new high performance coaching case study group this month.  If you’d like to work with me to reverse burnout, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… book a breakthrough call here

3. Work with me privately

If you’d like to work directly with me to access the best of who you are… Click here and tell me a little about your health, business and life and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details!

To your on going 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

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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Brain Boosting Foods

 

We literally are what we eat and the food we consume 100% effects how sharp and clear out thinking is on a day to day basis. Interestingly, two-thirds of our brain is made of fat. Fat is essential to our brain’s health to to produce brain cells. Foods that are high in good omega-3 fats, are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and are anti-inflammatory protect us from brain disease and help increase cognitive ability, understanding, learning, and the ability to stay focused.

1. Walnuts: Walnuts are chock full of good fats, antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin E that help ward off Alzheimer’s and can boost memory and focus. These nuts, ironically shaped like the human brain can naturally increase serotonin levels helping fight depression, and are loaded with omega-3 anti-inflammatory fats that can help improve focus and concentration

2. Wild Salmon: Wild-caught salmon is one of the best brain boosting foods on the planet. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats that are great for our brains. Farmed-raised salmon is not as good as wild-salmon because it can be filled with mercury, coloring and other toxins which damage our brains.

Important Note: Farmed-raised salmon is not as good as wild-salmon because it can be filled with mercury, coloring and other toxins which damage our brains.Wild salmon is a fish that contains low levels of mercury

3. Avocados: Avocados contain healthy brain boosting monounsaturated fat. They also contain potassium which is essential to mental function and nerve impulses, vitamin K and folate. Folate helps protect against stroke as well as increases brain power. Avocados also contain vitamin B and C which are essential vitamins for brain health.

4. Beets: Beets are great for mental performance because they contain natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain, can help lower blood pressure, fight cancer and increase athletic performance. They are rich in vitamin c, fiber, potassium, manganese and folate. Be sure to eat the beet greens along with the beet for they actually contain more iron than spinach and contain a higher nutritional value than the beetroot itself.

5. Wild-Blueberries: wild-blueberries are now referred to as  “brain berries” because they’re loaded with antioxidants and brain boosting properties. They are on of the highest antioxidant-rich foods and contain gallic acid which helps protect our brains from oxidative stress.  “New studies have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.” 

6. Lion’s Mane: Is a edible mushroom native to china and japan that can now be found in most gourmet food stores. It has been shown in several studies to greatly enhance cognitive function, memory, recall and even help reduce anxiety and depression. This is because the lion’s mane mushroom can increase nerve growth factor (NGF) a protein that has neuro-protective and neuro-enhancement qualities. NGF is essential for growth and survival of neurons, and can help reduce inflammation in the brain, resulting in neuronal growth and brain performance. Lion’s mane is traditionally consumed as a tea. A great company I know like and trust for lion’s mane is four sigmatic.

7. Egg Yolks: Egg Yolks contain a high amount of the b-complex vitamin choline, which is essential for brain health. Choline aids in concentration and neuron health because it reduces inflammation. Choline also helps break down bethane which in return produces those “feel good” hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Egg yolks also provide the essential mineral and brain and immune enhancing nutrient zinc. Two large egg yolks provide about 230 mgs of choline which is about half the recommended daily amount. Other foods that are rich in choline are dark leafy greens and broccoli

8. Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are another great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats which are essential for brain development and function. Flax seeds contain a specific type of omega -3 called alpha-linolenic acid that can enhance the cerebral cortex. The easiest way to include flax seeds into your diet is by putting them in a superfood smoothie or sprinkling them on a big green salad.

9. Chia Seeds: Chia seeds contain high amounts of antioxidants and other brain minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc. They are also an excellent source of plant-based omega 3 essential fats which combat body and brain inflammation. Gram for gram chia seeds contain more omega 3s than wild salmon.

10. Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate 70% cocoa or greater contains antioxidants called flavonols which can help improve blood flow to the brain and help reduce inflammation. Flavonoids have recently been linked to improved cognitive performance. Cocoa also contains theobromine, an alkaloid similar to caffeine which helps improve focus and energy.

11. Rosemary: For centuries rosemary had been linked to improving memory. Scientist now confirm that rosemary actually is in fact amazing for our memories. A recent study conducted by found that smelling rosemary essential oil enhanced memory function in participation significantly. Also carosic acid found in rosemary helps protect the brain from neuro-degeneration by protecting it from free radicals. Rosemary contains high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent brain boosting food.

This week’s healthy in the 21st century challenge is to try incorporating more of these amazing brain boosting foods into your diet.

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Healthy Eating in the 21st Century

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We all eat every day, but somehow, no one really quite knows what to eat. Despite all the nutritional research, diet books and theories, how is it that most Americans are still baffled about what to eat to achieve a long and healthy life?

Nutrition is the only field where people can scientifically prove opposing theories and still be right. No wonder everyone is confused. Also the vast majority of public nutrition information is created by the publishing industry and their job is to sell books, so they have to create new diets each year. 

That being said, we’ve come a long way in understanding how the food we eat affects our health. Each year new scientific research is solidify what we intrinsically always knew to be best…eating real food. By real food I mean food that comes from an animal or farm.

So how did we get so confused about what to eat? Well it all comes down to food politics and greed. Public nutrition policy is commanded by the political process, which is orchestrated by large food corporations, all to maximize their profits unfortunately at the expense of our health. It all started in the industrial revolution and spiraled way out of control.

The truth is that the majority of food we are eating, is not really food at all, but rather engineered processed food that puts dollars in the food corporation’s pockets and leaves the rest of us overweight, diabetic or worse.

Sadly about 70% of the calories Americans are eating today are from processed artificial foods. These foods are making us fat, sick and tired. Between misleading food marketing, untruthful labels and a food industry with a focus on profits and not health, we are experiencing a global health epidemic. It has never been more important to know how to eat healthy.

In order to eat healthy in today’s modern world, you first need to know 3 things

  1. What role food plays in your health and life (holistic nutrition)
  2. How to read a food label
  3. How to put together a few quick healthy meals

If you master the above 3 things, you’ll be on your way to eating healthy which in turn will help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight and sky rocket your energy levels to fuel your life.

So what role does food play in your health and life? In other words what is your relationship with food? How do you view food? Do you use food as fuel and nourishment or do you use it to cope with emotions? Is food a reward? A punishment? It’s a good idea to really consider these questions because they will help uncover your relationship with food.  A great book on this topic, is by Deepak Chopra titled “What are you Hungary for?

Once you have a better understanding of your relationship with food, the next step is to determine what to eat AND what not to eat. This is where the confusion usually sets in. Should I be vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? Plant-based? Raw? Should I eat meat? Not eat meat? How much should I being eating?

The answer to these valid questions is completely based on several factors; specifically age, gender, lifestyle, geographic location and heritage.  For example, an 80 year old women should eat differently than a 16 year old teenage girl. A male college athlete has different nutritional goals and needs than a middle aged mother. I think you get the point.

As you go through your life journey your diet should change. Well how do you know when I’s time to change your diet? Well this is were being in touch with your body comes in. Our bodies are absolutely beyond amazing! They actually give us signs and signals as when it’s time to change things up.

You’re mood, energy level, skin, and digestion all respond based on if you’re on target or not. It’s essential to eating healthy in the 21st century to become in tune with your body wants and needs and to listen to them.

I teach a concept I learn at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition called bio-individuality, that there is not one right or wrong way of eating only a right or wrong way for your unique body chemistry (gender, ancestry, age) and lifestyle (how active you are, where you live).

It’s important to understand that we literally are what we eat. As food goes into our bodies it gets digested and absorbed into our blood and our blood is what created our cells, tissues, and organs. This is the reason it’s essential to EAT REAL FOOD.

So much of the food available and consumed today is not real, it’s manufactured in a food plant instead of coming from a plant. Above all this is the biggest challenge most people face when it comes to healthy eating in the 21st century? Why? Because processed food is convenient, fast and tastes good. The vast majority of food found in grocery stores today is processed.  Sadly, even health food stores like Whole Foods contain mostly processed food. This is one reason it’s essential to do a good detox program once or twice per year to clear out built up dangerous toxic build up.

But to be honest it’s virtually impossible to eat all real food unless you live on a farm which is why being an educated consumer and learning to read a food label is so essential to healthy eating in the 21st century.

So what do you look for when buying packaged food?

  • Amount of Calories
  • Artificial ingredients
  • Amount of Sugar
  • Amount and type of Fat
  • Amount of Sodium

Calories

It’s important to know about calories, what they are, where they come from and how they affect your body. A calorie is simply a unit of energy.

Protein, carbohydrates and fats all contain calories but in different amounts per gram. Protein and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram and fat contains 9 calories per gram. Notice how fat has more than double the amount of calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates. This is why eating a diet consisting of a lot of fat leads to quick weight gain. Although not all fat is necessary bad. Good fats play an essential role in optimal health.

Simply put, when you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight usually in the form of fat. For this reason it’s essential to know how many calories you’re consuming a day and how to properly manage the amounts of calories going in and calories going out.

After tracking the amount of calories most people consume in a day, they are usually greatly surprised at the total daily amount. This is because calories add up very fast and can be hidden in many foods. But what’s even more surprising to people is when they realize how much energy it actually takes to burn these calories off. For example, let’s say you weigh 155 pounds. You’d need to run for about 26 minutes to burn off the calories you consumed from eating just a Snickers bar according to a Harvard Medical School study.

For optimal health, you’ll want to stay within your daily calorie range to maintain a healthy weight (click here to calculate your the amount of calories your should be consuming). I am not a huge fan of counting calories. However, if you are overweight, to get an idea of how many calories you’re consuming, you’ll need to track you daily caloric intake for at least a week. 

Artificial Ingredients

How to STOP Sugar Cravings

Artificial chemical ingredients and additives to preserve the shelf life and “enhance” the flavor of processed foods. When buying packaged food, simply look for any unpronounceable ingredients on the label. This usually is a good indicator that it’s artificial.

Below is a list of the most detrimental artificial chemical ingredients to look out for. This list is by no mean extensive! Again the easiest way to determine if a packaged food is healthy or not is simply by looking if the ingredient listed are whole foods or chemical ingredients you can’t recognize.

  1. Artificial sweeteners: related side effects such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, dementia, and skin rashes.
  2. Refined sugars: High consumption of sugar and the corresponding elevated insulin levels can cause weight gain, bloating, fatigue, arthritis, migraines, lowered immune function, obesity, cavities and cardiovascular disease. [1]
  3. Monosodium glutamate (MSG): MSG is a common food additive used to enhance flavor in a variety of foods. Canned vegetables, frozen entrées, fast foods and soups are just a few products that contain MSG. Many people have experienced a variety of side effects ranging from headaches, itchy skin and dizziness to respiratory, digestive, circulatory and coronary issues. [2]
  4. Artificial colors and flavoring: Food coloring and flavoring is usually a synthetic chemical produced by scientists to color foods and increase a product’s visual appeal. Many colorings are derived from coal tar and can contain up to ten parts per million of lead and arsenic and still be generally recognized as safe by the FDA.[2] Artificial colors can cause allergic reactions and increase hyperactivity in children with ADD. [3]
  5. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxyuene (BHT):

BHA and BHT are two food additives commonly used in the food industry to prevent oils from going rancid. Studies have shown that BHA has caused stomach-focused carcinogens in trials involving mice, hamsters and rats. The

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deemed BHA “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” [4]

  1. Sodium nitrate and nitrite: Sodium nitrate and nitrite are preservatives that are added to processed meat products to enhance red color and flavor. These compounds transform into cancer-causing agents called nitrosamines in the stomach. Noticeable side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. [4]
  2. Partially hydrogenated oils (trans-fats): Partially hydrogenated oils are made by reacting different varieties of oil with hydrogen. When this occurs, the level of polyunsaturated oils (good fat) is reduced and trans-fats are created. These oils are added to products to enhance appearance and prevent spoiling. They are associated with heart disease, breast and colon cancer, atherosclerosis and elevated cholesterol. [5]

Sugar 

It’s scary that Americans consume about 150 pounds of sugar per year and 80 pounds of those 150 pounds is in the form of high fructose corn syrup. [1] That’s about ½ pound a day per person. High fructose corn syrup is the unhealthiest kind of sugar because it’s absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar and doesn’t stimulate ghrelin or leptin production, the “hunger” and “full” signaling hormones, which leads to over consumption of food and disease. Research has now linked excessive amounts of sugar to cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Unfortunately, sugar is found in almost everything, even “healthy” products today; and when sugar isn’t used or burned, it’s stored as fat in the body. Sugar also causes inflammation in the body, and inflammation is at the root of almost all chronic diseases today.

But even worse than refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup is chemical artificial sweeteners such as Splenda (sucralose), Sweet & Low (saccharin), Equal and NutraSweet (aspartame). These sugar substitutes have been created in a lab and recently linked to a long list of related negative side effects, such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, dementia, skin rashes and cancer.

Start checking the labels of the products you’re buying for sugar…even the “healthy” ones. To maintain optimal health, avoid processed refined sugars and sugar substitutes as much as possible. 

Sugars to Avoid: refined sugars (sucrose), high fructose corn syrup, artificial sugars (Splenda, Sweet & Low, Equal and NutraSweet)

Fat

The worst kind of fat is trans-fat or trans-fatty acid, also known as partially hydrogenated oil. Most trans-fats are created industrially by adding hydrogen bonds to liquid oils to make a more shelf-stable product. However, some trans-fats occur naturally in beef, lamb, butterfat and dairy.

Trans-fats raise LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower HDL (good cholesterol). When a fat molecule is partially-hydrogenated, the body doesn’t recognize it and the fat is carried around in the blood which leads to plaque buildup in the arteries which leads to heart disease.

When reading labels, your eyes may be trained to search for “trans-fat,” but there are some loopholes food manufacturers are allowed in order to sneak trans-fat into their products. Although a product may say ‘0 g trans-fat,’ this may not be true. Only foods and supplements with 0.5 g of trans-fat and greater are required to be listed on the food label.

Next time you browse a label, search the ingredient list for the term ‘partially hydrogenated’ and pass it up if you find it on the label.

[1] Trans-fat may be found in margarine, processed foods, candy, chips, soda, flaky pastries and some peanut butters.

As far as the other types of fat, saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, they all play a role and are necessary in a healthy diet. The amount and different types of fats really depends on your bio-individuality and current health goals.

Sodium

Consuming too much sodium (salt), causes your body to hold onto water putting an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels leading to high blood pressure.

According to the American Heart association, people with high blood pressure (140-160/90-99 mm HG) are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. The average American consumes about 3,400 mg of salt per day, and the AHA recommends no more than 1,500 mg of total salt per day for optimal health.

The best way to reduce salt intake is to eat less packaged, processed foods and by reading the food labels of the packaged foods you do buy.

The most common high sodium foods in the 21st century are, breads, pizza, cheeses, canned soups, cold cuts, salted snacks, frozen dinners, sauces and seasonings. Eat less of these foods and add favor to your food in other ways such as cooking with fresh herbs and spices.

The last important factor to eating healthy in the 21st century is being able to prepare a few quick, simple, healthy meals. Generally people buy and eat the same food week in and week out. Humans like routine because it takes less thought energy when we’re on autopilot and in the 21st century we are constantly being bombarded by information. However, it’s time to jump into the pilot seat and take control of what foods and meals you eat.

Most people rotate between 3-5 meals options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and usually these options aren’t the healthiest choices just choices that somehow just became part of a routine. Below are the routine standards and some healthy eating in the 21st century recommend healthy meal upgrades.

Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Meal Upgrades

Standard 21st Century Breakfast

  1. No breakfast (most people don’t eat breakfast)
  2. Milk with processed cereal
  3. Coffee with a bagel and cream cheese
  4. Doughnuts
  5. Eggs bacon/sausage fast food sandwich
  6. Pancakes/waffles

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Breakfast Upgrade

  1. Always a eat nutrient dense breakfast
  2. Steel cut oats topped with mixed organic fruit and small handful of walnuts and 1 tsp raw honey.
  3. Healthy superfood breakfast smoothie
  4. A slice of sprouted grain bread with 1 tsp almond butter spread on top.
  5. 2-3 whole fried organic eggs
  6. Organic quinoa pilaf topped with organic raspberries and blueberries

Standard 21st Century Lunch/Dinner

  1. Hamburger and French fries
  2. Pizza
  3. White pasta and creamy alferdo sauce
  4. Fried chicken or chicken wings with macaroni and cheese
  5. Lunch meat sandwich and bag of chips
  6. Grilled steak and mashed potatoes

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Lunch/Dinner Upgrades

  1. Bison burger or veggie burger on a whole wheat bun and a side steamed vegetables
  2. Vegetable chili, legume soup varieties with a large salad
  3. Whole grain or bean pasta with organic tomato
  4. Grilled organic chicken, turkey
  5. Vegetable wrap and fruit
  6. Grilled wild-caught fish with a large mixed greens salad

Standard 21st Century Snacks

  1. Potato chips
  2. Cookies, brownies and cakes
  3. Pretzels
  4. Ice-cream
  5. Candy bars

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Snack Upgrades

  1. Any type of organic fruit
  2. Handful of nuts (almond, walnut, cashew)
  3. Rice cakes with almond butter on top
  4. Hummus with sliced vegetables
  5. Healthy snack bars (whole foods based, low in sugar selections)

In order to break this routine, choose new nutrient dense meal options you’ll enjoy and start rotating through these healthier versions of your not so healthy “normal” meal choices. Having several healthy meal and snack options for breakfast, lunch and dinner takes the guesswork out of food shopping and meal planning. Meal options should be fast and simple to prepare and nutrient dense. This will allow you to say goodbye to fast food—and hello to healthy food, fast.

Use a meal planning and preparation guide to get started on choosing new healthy meal options to incorporate in your new healthier way of eating. I recommend simply learning to prepare just 3 new healthier meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then gradually incorporating new options over the weeks and months.

In order to eat healthy in today’s modern world, you must master…your relationship with food, learn how to be an educated consumer and be able to put together just a few quick, simple, healthy meals.

My hope is this by reading this article you’re now much more clear on how to eat healthy in our modern world.

I want to invite you to join the healthy eating in the 21st century movement…to join thousands of other people who are changing the way they eat to better themselves, their families and the world. Now is the time to take control of your health, by first taking control of your diet. Take your healthy eating to the next level by downloading the free healthy shopping list and meal planning guide.

Shopping List and Meal Guide