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Why do people go on a cleanse?

Why do people go on a cleanse or a detox? When is it legit, when is it hype? Do most do it because it sounds sexier, cooler, trendier, and healthier than going on a “diet”? People who follow a program of strict or clean eating, or sometimes non-eating, and eventually return to their normal, unhealthier patterns, make a cleanse look more like a good old fashion weight loss diet.

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Why you shouldn’t eat breakfast or eat before a workout.

Dr. Mercola keeps posting articles on this subject, and it has me tickled pink because although this is what I have done intuitively for over 20 years, it goes against what almost all health professionals claim, which is: eat breakfast, it should be your biggest meal of the day.

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Nutrients that support fitness. Rhodiola, Green Tea, Chromium, Royal Jelly, and more….

There are MANY nutrients that will support your fitness endeavors. This short list includes some of our favorite nutrients that support fitness. Some of these nutrients you have heard of, some maybe not. Click on the name of the nutrient to learn more.  (more…)

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Many features make Sea Buckthorn Berry a very unique super food.

What is a sea buckthorn berry? It is a small orange berry, and like most berries, they are extremely nutrient dense. What makes this berry unique is that it is the world’s richest source of omega 7. Like the goji berry, when harvested from the pristine mountainous land of the Himalayas, you get a superior product. Foods that grow and flourish in areas of high altitude, where temperatures and seasons can be extreme, have to be hearty, and always seem to have extra magical, nourishing powers.

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How to detox from sugar

“How can I detox from sugar?” is a question many wellness professionals often hear these days. Chances are, just like most things that have to do with our health, when we realize we are out of balance, we want the “quick fix” to bring us back into balance. The problem is, the habits that brought us out of balance did not start over night, therefore, the quick fix is never a permanent solution.

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How to get fit for summer? Cardio!

Do you have a big event this summer and you want to look and feel your best? Whether it is a wedding, 4th of July party, family reunion, high school reunion, or you have been slacking on your fitness routine, do a cardio challenge to get yourself ready.

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Join us in our 4th annual 13 day cardio challenge!

Michelle and I have had so much fun the last 3 summers with the cardio challenge, we invite you to join us again! This year we have decided to squeeze it in at the end of May, so by June 2nd we are already done and feeling great before summer even begins.

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3 Things to consider above & beyond doing a cleanse: Supplements, elimination, & core.

Everyone wants a “quick fix”. This fact will probably remain true until the end of time. Doing a cleanse has long been a popular cure-all choice. The problem with the “quick fix” is that the problem you are trying to fix has probably taken years to form, and you may feel like you have been successful with a “quick fix” remedy, only to find out weeks or months later that the problem is still there or it has “come back”.

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Stress Weight Gain = Belly Fat. Be aware of the connection to hormone imbalance & insulin resistance.

Several studies have demonstrated that people with elevated levels of serum cortisol (caused by continual stress) were at a greater risk for developing insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, and diabetes, in addition to other blood lipid abnormalities and hormone imbalances. Stress weight gain is a completely different topic than simple weight gain.

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2 Ways to prevent “Sweater Body” during the winter months.

By now you have unpacked all of your warm clothes (translation: big, bulky) and you are hibernating in them. By the time spring rolls around and you start peeling off the winter layers, you may end up revealing your new “sweater body” underneath. But just because it is cold outside you don’t have to fall into the “sweater body” trap.

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You want to get healthy! You’ve kicked the alcohol and smoking habit, now what?

You want to get healthy, enough is enough, right?  You have kicked your alcohol habit and your smoking habit, congratulations! Now what? We would suggest kicking the soda habit, followed by processed foods, and by tackling those habits, you would automatically reduce your sugar consumption.

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Soda Sabotage: weight gain, inflammation, acidity, cavities, osteoporosis, diabetes

Stop drinking soda, and let’s just go ahead and put “sports drinks” and anything “light” or “diet” on this list too.
 These drinks will sabotage your health and vitality, and your ability to maintain your weight in the long run. 
Yes this means “diet” soda – ESPECIALLY diet soda. Diet sodas and drinks are full of weird chemicals. Stop for a second and think about that!

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Add Muscle! It burns fat, revs metabolism, builds strong bones, and keeps you youthful.

Muscle burns fat, revs the metabolism, builds strong bones, and keeps you youthful. You want all of these things, and the exact opposite of these attributes will define you if you don’t maintain or add muscle mass. Let’s look at some way to accomplish this.

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Fitness Nutrition

Fitness Nutrition

Are you still relying on counting calories to determine your nutritional needs? This is an old way of thinking and involves outdated science. The new approach to fitness nutrition emphasizes nutrient density. What is your workout philosophy? Push – push – push? If so, you may be missing a key component to fitness: recovery.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 4: Don’t Eat Trans-Fats / Partially Hydrogenated Oil

They can be disguised as pretty on the outside, but they are dangerous on the inside. You must eliminate trans-fats – this is any oil that is partially hydrogenated. It will say so on the label, easily found in the baked goods and cracker isle, and in most packaged snack foods. The frozen foods section can be full of this ingredient too.

How to avoid trans-fats

You can avoid these completely by not eating packaged or fast foods – unfortunately fast foods will not have this labeled. It will be included in the total fat content, but in most cases you will not be able to see how much of these total fats are trans fats.

Fake fats

Trans-fats are fake fats – almost literally plastic. Hopefully none of you are eating margarine, which is basically plastic inside of plastic. Trans-fats are very hard for your body to breakdown and eliminate. They also elevate triglycerides & invite arterial inflammation. Trans-fats are man made in a factory by a chemical process. Trans-fats elevate LDL and lower HDL, the exact OPPOSITE of what you want for “healthy cholesterol”.

When your body receives real, natural fats it knows what to do – metabolism breaks these down, distributes the benefits, and easily eliminates the excess. Healthy fats DO NOT MAKE YOU FAT – sugars, simple carbs, and chemicals do.

Warning

Be cautious here: too much canola, soybean, corn, peanut oil etc. can contribute to inflammation because of high pro-inflammatory omega 6 content. The healthiest oils are flax, hemp, chia, and coconut oil. And don’t forget to eat your avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and take your fish oil supplement. You need to embrace these good fats because every cell in your body depends on them.

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