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Is a ketogenic diet the optimal diet?

What is ketosis? In a very general sense ketosis is the state the body is in when you are burning ketones for energy in lieu of glucose. A ketogenic diet is a high fat diet where protein and carbohydrates are restricted in order to induce a fat burning metabolism.

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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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Remove temptations that sabotage healthy eating. Get rid of the junk food around you.

What does it look like inside of your kitchen cupboards? How about your fridge, freezer, and pantry? Do you have a “candy drawer”? Do you keep a bowl of M&M’s on your desk? 
Is what you have in your cupboards sabotaging your work towards a healthier life? The first step you must do is remove temptations.

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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 This is an old way of thinking and involves outdated science.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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Grocery shop when you are hungry and you will make the best choices. (Did you read that right?) Yes!

The very first thing in our Wedding / Health Planner Series for 9-12 months out says this:
1. Every time you grocery shop from this day forward, shop the produce first and buy every color of the rainbow, every time. The health benefits are amazing. Notice these colors from nature, who knows, they may inspire your wedding colors!

Grocery shop when you are hungry?

Yes! Let’s look at a unique way to approach this shopping trip as a lifestyle.

Studies show, and the experts say, that you should not go grocery shopping when you are hungry. You are more apt to over purchase, not stick to your budget, and give into cravings, making less than healthy food choices. The given solutions – shop when you are not hungry, stressed, or with children.

We are going to offer another point of view, and something you might want to experiment with. Try shopping when you are hungry, and better yet, soon after a workout. This will help some of you make your best choices, and here is why.

I don’t know about you but when I am full, or not hungry, purchasing fruits and vegetables can sometimes be uninspiring, even for someone who loves fruits and veggies. When hungry, especially after a workout when the last thing I want to do is undo all of my hard work at the gym, spending time in the produce section is easy. It is easier to crave those vibrant foods.

2 Rules for shopping when you are hungry.

  1. Enjoy splurging and indulging on purchases in the produce section. Go for it, try new things, get your favorites, buy the rainbow, and stock up on specials. (But it has to be produce, not candy that the store has thrown into that department.)
  2. You can’t go into the other parts of the store without a list. Toilet paper, brown rice, birthday card – done.

If you have to shop with your kids, make them an active participant in picking out the fruits and veggies. Then if they are old enough, send them to get some of the other items on the list while you wrap up in produce.

Now you are in the car and starving right? So to prevent any low blood sugar decisions from happening like stopping at a drive through, make sure you have picked out something in produce that can be eaten right away like prewashed carrots, snap peas, or jicama. Set them aside so they don’t get packed at the bottom of the bag.

Let us know if you do this or try this, and how it works for you in the comments below.

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 3: Realize your Sugar Addiction and address it.

One of the top diet and health saboteurs is eating too much sugar – sugar addiction is as powerful as addictions to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, physiologically. Sugar is added calories, inflammation, and acidity. Real or fake sugar will stimulate the sweet craving, and like most addictive substances, you will continually need more and more of the substance to satisfy the “craving”.

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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.

Step 5

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 6: Get these “in check” or they will sabotage you.

Once you have committed to healthy change, you tend to notice positive changes right away. These changes motivate you to “stick with it”. Overtime, even though you are healthier, it can feel like you have hit a plateau. Your perception is that the positive changes have come to an end. This is when you have to dig a little deeper into the issues that can sabotage your progress.

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Guest post: Gluten and GMO’s

A non-celiac gluten-sensitive friend recently returned from Paris reporting that while away, he’d eaten a croissant every morning and felt fine. Another gluten sensitive pal spent a week in Spain enjoying the crusty country bread with no ill effects. More and more, I hear from those who are sensitive to gluten happily eating in foreign countries what makes them so sick at home. How is it possible for the same substance to make you sick here, but not over there?

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Feel like you can’t start a healthier lifestyle without a jump start?

healthier lifestyle

Are you always saying
 “I am going to start Monday” and never do!? It’s important to stop that way of thinking so you stop setting yourself up for failure. 
All you have to do to obtain a healthier lifestyle is this – jump start NOW, do not wait – it is just an excuse.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Do not eat after 8:00 p.m. Break the habit of late night meals or snacks.

The body’s number one priority is to breakdown and utilize nutrients from the foods we eat, and to eliminate the wastes. Sleep is when your body likes to repair, recover, and rejuvenate. If you regularly go to bed with a belly full of late night meals or snacks, you are robbing your body’s chance to put all energy towards repair and recovery.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: 4 Tips to keep in mind if you jump on the juicing or cleansing bandwagon

If you have jumped on the juicing bandwagon, hopefully you are juicing fresh and drinking it right way. If not, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Watch sugar content. If the juice you are drinking has fruit as the main, or first ingredient, you may be consuming more sugar than you really want to at one time. If you find your juice is impacting your blood sugar in a negative way, one solution is to dilute the juice with some pure water.

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Myths and Misunderstandings: Flaxseed

This will most likely become a post that we will continually add to, and that will inspire the start of another series here on SW.  There are so many supplement myths and misunderstandings, from urban legends to irresponsible media reports, incorrect information can spread quickly, and become what we hold onto as fact. Here are some recent myths and misunderstandings we came across about flaxseed. Maybe you thought some of these same things too.

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Book Review: The Master Cleanse Made Easy

I have had a 25 year fascination with cleansing and fasting as a way of achieving optimal health, as well as an alternative healing therapy, and have many books in my library on the subject. The idea of giving your body a rest from food and digestion always made sense to me, as that is obviously what happens to most people when they get sick – they “lose their appetite”.

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Guest Post: Healthy Holiday Tips

It’s holiday time! How does that make you feel? Happy and excited? Or stressed and bloated? Holidays can be a challenging time, especially if you are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Temptations abound. The pressure to meet holiday expectations — our own and those of other people — is on. Then there are all of those time-honored traditions we feel compelled to follow. No wonder so many people feel relieved when it is all over.

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