fitlife.tv http://fitlife.tv Health and Fitness Education Entertainment and Inspiration Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:54:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 10 Tips to Get Un-Stuck and Lose Weight http://fitlife.tv/10-tips-to-get-un-stuck-and-lose-weight-original/ http://fitlife.tv/10-tips-to-get-un-stuck-and-lose-weight-original/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:51:36 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56496 Lose weightNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Cassie Zeider 

You’ve been working hard this year.

And it’s been awesome! At first you saw some results and started feeling good about yourself and then BAM - nothing. Let’s take a look at why you hit that wall and how to overcome it.

Weight loss plateaus are inevitable at one time or another. As humans, we naturally like routines. Once you establish a routine, it’s hard to want to change willingly. The dreaded plateau happens in nutrition and fitness quite frequently, but that shouldn’t be the reason you throw in the towel.

A plateau is defined when you are not seeing results week by week. They can be caused by not eating enough calories over a long period of time, needing to adjust your calorie intake, or even needing to switch up a workout routine that you’ve been doing for more than 90 days.

Here are my top 10 tips to overcoming a weight loss plateau so you can get the body - and health - you want and deserve!

1. Be sure you’re seeing through the cracks - Which means you are reading the labels, tracking everything you put in your mouth and making sure there aren’t things you were “getting away with” when you first started that you have to be stricter about now.

2. Drink plenty of water - This sounds easy and so many people say, “I drink so much water.” The key here is consistency. You have to drink half your bodyweight in ounces a day… everyday, sometimes more when working out and sweating profusely.

3. Switch up your workout routine - If you’re just doing cardio, add weights. If you’re just doing weights, add cardio. Balance, my friend, is your goal.

4. Get enough sleep - Your body needs 7-8 hours of sleep a night. If you have a crazy schedule and you’re not sleeping as much as you’re used to, that could be throwing you off. Sleep is essential for your body’s systems to function properly.

5. Zig zag your calorie intake - Not always the case, but your body might need more calories to recover from an intense workout routine. Try upping your calories for a few days and then dropping it back down - giving your body a shock. Sounds crazy, but this could boost you past a dreaded plateau.

6. Grab some almonds for a snack - Almonds are full of fiber, fatty acids, and protein. Studies have shown just how beneficial snacking on these can be. You may need some extra healthy fats in your diet - Try to keep it around 3 ounces, or a palm full a day.

7. Quiet time - Stress is a HUGE proponent to weight loss. When we are stressed out, our bodies are producing more of the “fight or flight” hormone, cortisol. When too much cortisol is being produced, it doesn’t allow other necessary hormones to be produced and will hinder your body from being able to function properly. Some great quiet time activities include meditation, prayer, yoga and a warm bubble bath.

8. Hold off on the booze - Yep, I said it. When we consume alcohol, our bodies stop digesting until the alcohol is out of our system. What does that mean? When you drink a ton of alcohol before or after you eat food, the food is more likely to be stored as fat and you are more likely to have to work harder to burn it off. If you have a goal, hold off on the alcohol for a while. I promise it won’t kill you.

9. Your hormones could be off balance - Unfortunately, you would need to get a  medical test to know this for sure. Two of the most common hormones to be unbalanced are adrenals and testosterone.

10. Don’t give up - Really, it’s that simple. Giving up and not trying to change things up is the ONLY way you can fail at weight loss or reaching your goals in life. Consult an expert or an online coach (like myself) for some extra accountability and support.

Weight loss is such a daunting task at times and plateaus certainly don’t make it easier for you to want to put in the effort. One thing to remember while you are on your journey is that anything worth doing is never easy. But regardless of the effort it takes, knowing you’re worth it makes all the difference!

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About the Author

Cassie Zeider

Cassie Zeider is a Certified Health Coach, Mother, Daughter and Friend. She is passionate about food and how it relates to the body. Weight loss, digestion and hormones are her favorite topics, but she loves stress release as well. She focuses on a whole body approach to health.

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The detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!

If you’re ready to take the first step, begin your transformation by clicking the transformations below!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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3 Tools To Get Over Self Sabotage – MINDSET MONDAY http://fitlife.tv/3-tools-to-get-over-self-sabotage-mindset-monday/ http://fitlife.tv/3-tools-to-get-over-self-sabotage-mindset-monday/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:19:13 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56481

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Sometimes, the most difficult pains that we suffer are not inflicted by the people that surround us. They are self-inflicted pains. And the worst of which is simply not loving ourselves.

In this Mindset Monday, we will examine 3 tools to get over self-sabotage in order to live a better life.

1) Realize what is going on!

While it sometimes gets blurry, you need to be able to identify whether you’re already sabotaging yourself. You need to draw the line. There’s a fine line between learning from your failures by looking at them, and taking these shortcomings, doubts and insecurities to your lifestyle. So the first step in getting over self-sabotage is realising that you are sabotaging yourself. If you know the root of the problem, you know where to start your solution.

Now that you know that you’re there, ask yourself, “what can I do to get out from here?” Don’t deny the help that is available around you. There’s always some help out there, and you have to stop being afraid to ask for help. At least there, you’ll realise that you’re not alone in this battle, and that someone can and will help you.

2) Rewire yourself.

It’s always in your mindset. Accept that you are in your situation, but focus on what you can do in order to move forward. Stop focusing on the negative things. And acknowledge that everything happens for a reason.If you realise that you have the power to get over your denials, you will start acknowledging the possibilities around you. And then, you will slowly feel that you can create a better reality than your current situation.

3) Rewrite your story.

In Fitlife, we call this process the “Whydentity”. And you need to constantly upgrade your Whydentity - the story of who you are and who you want to be.

So here's our challenge for you,  10-15 minutes before you go to bed, think about the reality that you want to create. And create your situation. Stop wondering how it’s all going to happen and start acting like it already has!

Dream big, Fitlifer! And slowly, these pieces of imaginations will turn into a reality.

Always remember, we're in this together!

Drew 

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The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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How to do an Elimination Diet (and Improve Your Immunity!) http://fitlife.tv/how-to-do-an-elimination-diet-and-improve-your-immunity_original/ http://fitlife.tv/how-to-do-an-elimination-diet-and-improve-your-immunity_original/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:39:21 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56474 low

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Food allergies cause you problems that you might not even realize. Food heals, yes, but it can also cause problems - even “healthy” foods - when it’s not the right food for your unique body.

Food that’s good for one person could be poison for another. We all have different chemical make ups and that means it’s your job to know yourself and to know what’s affecting your body.

The good news is, there is a simple solution to figuring out what you’re allergic to.

Did you know…

When you feel congested, have GI problems, headaches, migraines, fatigue or an autoimmune disease, you may have an allergy to a certain food.

ayunoIf you go to a medical doctor, you’re more than likely going to get a pill to cover up your symptoms, but you’re never going to figure out what the problem is - what it is that your body is reacting to - and more importantly, how to fix it. With such an outcome, you’re likely to be stuck taking this little blue pill for the rest of your life.

I’m going to explain how to do a simple elimination diet that will help you figure out how to know if you are intolerant or allergic to certain foods:

Step 1: Take out a pen and paper and write down ALL of the symptoms you’ve felt for the past day or week (maybe even a lifetime). What’s been bothering you? How have you been sleeping? How’s your digestion/elimination? How’s your skin? Write it all down.

Step 2: Plan 28 consecutive days for a mindset shift. You’re not going to be deprived from all of these foods forever, but you will find out what you have an intolerance or an allergy to and what you could easily eliminate to allow you to be free from certain symptoms.

Step 3: Get rid of everything in your house that has gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, citrus, corn and yeast.

Step 4: Take a deep breath and focus on what you CAN eat and not what you can’t (this step is important!). Remember, it’s only 28 days.

Step 5: After 28 days of eliminating these foods, record how you felt that week. Keep in mind that while your body is getting used to eliminating these foods, you could experience nausea or other symptoms while your body is healing from the inflammation caused when you were eating certain foods. These are normal detox symptoms and are temporary.

Step 6: On day 29, add in gluten only and observe how you feel. On day 9, take out the gluten and add the dairy, observe. So on and so forth.

One thing to remember when choosing foods to eat while you are eliminating is to focus on unprocessed, whole foods - anything that doesn’t have a label with multiple ingredients. Sugar and artificial sugar are a whole other ball game, so please try to eliminate those as well during the 28 days.

Remember, this will only work if you are paying attention and observing how you feel before, during and after the elimination. Keep a journal. Expect a detox of some sort. It’s different for everyone, so if you are doing it with someone don’t expect them to have the same results or symptoms as you. Take control and find out what is causing you stress on your body!

 


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Cassie Zeider is a Certified Health Coach, Mother, Daughter and Friend. She is passionate about food and how it relates to the body. Weight loss, digestion and hormones are her favorite topics, but she loves stress release as well. She focuses on a whole body approach to health.

Connect with Cassie: Website, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Email


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alphaaThe detoxification process can also take in the form of a juice fast.  Here at FitLife.TV, we recommend people to try the Alpha Reset (AR)The Alpha Reset is a 5 Day Juice Fast. It is part of the Juice with Drew System. This is the first step in your detoxification process. If you are just starting out with juicing, do not jump right into a juice fast right away. Just try 1 juice per day along with the rest of your nutrition and see how your body responds. If your body responds well to juicing, then ramp up the number of juices per day. These healthy, nutrient-dense juices can replace that coffee you reach for in the morning or that soda in the afternoon. Here are some of our followers that have tried the Alpha Reset!


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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician. Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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Why YOU Should Be Drinking More Matcha (plus 3 recipes) http://fitlife.tv/why-you-should-be-drinking-more-matcha-plus-3-recipes-original/ http://fitlife.tv/why-you-should-be-drinking-more-matcha-plus-3-recipes-original/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:12:56 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56449 matcha-green-tea-set-450x297

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By Sammi Mcleod

You’ve probably heard the benefits of green tea over and over again. You know it can promote weight loss, help burn fat and that it’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins...

But have you heard about Matcha Green Tea?

I am enjoying a delicious, homemade matcha green tea almond milk latte (recipe below) as I write about this superfood! Matcha is a form of green tea using the actual leaves, stoneground. This allows you to experience the benefits of green tea exponentially. Because you are ingesting the full leaves in powdered form, matcha is also loaded with fiber and you end up with 137 times more antioxidants.

Some of the benefits of this super-green tea:  

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  1. Matcha green tea has the equivalent polyphenols (disease-fighting antioxidant) as drinking 10 cups of regular green tea. Polyphenols are found to have a powerful impact on helping fight cancers, cardiovascular disease and many other types of degenerative diseases.
  2. It gives a natural energy boost that sustains for a longer period of time compared to drinking coffee or tea.  
  3. Matcha can help you prolong your physical activity endurance and potentially increase calories burned by four times.

Imagine something that gives you energy, but also calms you. It’s out there in the form of, you guessed it... Matcha! L-theanine is found in matcha, which is an amino acid that helps lower stress and keeps you calm and happy. You will also get a source of many vitamins including: vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K. Don’t forget the minerals you’ll receive like magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc by including matcha to your recipes.

Detox, burn fat and increase energy with this power plant, all without putting any stress on the body. You can include it in your diet in many different ways.

Here are some delicious recipes you can make with Matcha:

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Matcha Green Tea Almond Milk Latte
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • ⅓ cup of water
  • 1 tsp. of Matcha
  • 1 tsp. of stevia

Instructions
  1. Heat in a small pot all together until warm.
  2. Remove from heat just before boiling. You can use a whisk to stir together, or if you have a bamboo whisk (Chasen), use that!
  3. You could also use a milk frother to make it foamier.

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Matcha Mint Nana Ice cream
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup of almond milk
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 1 tsp. of Matcha
  • 5 drops of peppermint extract
  • raw cacao chips (to top, optional)

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients (except cacao chips) to a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Put it in a bowl and top with cacao chips!

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Mango Matcha Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp. matcha
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

Instructions
  1. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
  2. Top with some fresh shredded coconut for a little boost of healthy fats (great for brain and skin health!).

About the Author

Sammi McLeod

Sammi McLeod has a passion for health and wellness and runs a global business in the industry. She has been studying the healing powers of natural foods since she was 16 years old and is now certified in Plant-Based nutrition. Sammi shares her personal experience and recipes on her blog and YouTube Channel, called Sammi’s Secrets. She thrives on a plant-based, vegan lifestyle and loves creating delicious new meals to inspire people to eat healthy and enjoy food again.

Sammi is also a Makeup Artist and uses only plant-based, vegan certified products made without harmful ingredients. She educates people around the world on the importance of clean products used on the outside and the inside of the body.

Sammi is from Ottawa, Canada and loves to travel. She can often be found on the beach in California.

Connect with Sammi:

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http://www.matchasource.com/matcha-tea-health-benefits-s/14.htm

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It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

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1 Trick To Improve Gut Health and Immunity http://fitlife.tv/1-trick-to-improve-gut-health-and-immunity-original/ http://fitlife.tv/1-trick-to-improve-gut-health-and-immunity-original/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:30:55 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56407 73425cor

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By Kathy Shearer

What am I talking about?

Water Kefir!

Water kefir is a bubbly, refreshing, lactofermented tonic. It is a beverage that you can make at home that’s chock-full of beneficial bacteria, B vitamins, microorganisms and enzymes. It is rich in probiotics which supports gut health and therefore strengthens the immune system. The word kefir is derived from a Turkish word, ‘keif’, which translates to ‘feel good’. Drinking kefir is known to increase a sense of well-being.

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Traditional water kefir is prepared using translucent water kefir grains (or sugary kefir grains (SKG) as they are also known). Water kefir grains have a cloudy look and a firm texture. I affectionately call them ‘little opaque diamonds’.

Water kefir grains are a symbiotic colony of beneficial bacteria and yeasts. These beneficial bacterias in the water kefir grains feed on the sugar in the sugar water. As they metabolize the sugar, they produce probiotics, B vitamins and enzymes. If cared for properly, water kefir grains can be used repeatedly to make water kefir and have an unlimited lifespan. They also grow and multiply under the right conditions.  

Generally, water kefir takes 24 - 48 hours to culture. The exact time, however, depends greatly on the surrounding temperature; water kefir grains prefer warmer temperatures (from 68 to 85 degrees F). If cultured at anything lower than that temperature, the fermentation process takes a little more time.

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How to Make Delicious Water Kefir
 
Ingredients
  • Hydrated water kefir grains (get them here - http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ )
  • 1 quart-size glass jar
  • ¼ cup of organic cane sugar
  • spring or filtered water

Instructions
  1. Dissolve the organic cane sugar in a small amount of hot water.
  2. Add cool water to fill the rest of the jar. The resulting water temperature should be about room temperature. Water that is too warm can harm the water kefir grains.
  3. Add the hydrated water kefir grains.
  4. Cover with a loose-fitting lid (some use a light towel and a rubber band as a cover. I like to use a loose-fitting lid).
  5. Leave on the counter, at room temperature (about 70 to 75 degrees) for 24 - 48 hours. The longer it sits, the more sugar is consumed by the water kefir grains. If you leave it longer than 48 hours, the water kefir grains can actually starve. Warm temperatures can speed up the process and cooler temperatures will slow it down.
  6. Strain the water kefir with a fine, plastic mesh strainer. The strainer will catch the kefir grains, allowing the water kefir to filter into a second quart-size container.
  7. Set the water kefir aside.
  8. Start the process over again by dissolving organic cane sugar in a small amount of hot water, add cool water and water kefir grains.

Notes
If you buy dehydrated water kefir grains, follow the instructions on the label to rehydrate them.

Carbonating and Flavoring Your Newly-Made Water Kefir (This is called the “Secondary Fermentation”.)

Your water kefir can be enjoyed as-is, after its initial fermentation, or you can choose to ferment it again, hence the term “secondary fermentation”. This process adds a delightful and noticeably stronger fizz to your water kefir!

This is the fun part; flavorings and variations are limitless! Choose your favorite organic fruit juice, dried fruit, flavorings, herbal teas or spices.

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Carbonating and Flavoring Your Newly-Made Water Kefir
 
Ingredients
  • favorite fruit juice
  • water kefir

Instructions
  1. Pour up to ¼ cup of your favorite fruit juice into the water kefir.
  2. Secure a lid to the jar.
  3. Set your flavored water kefir on the counter for 1 - 2 more days to the desired fizz level.
  4. Once the flavored water kefir is to your liking, transfer it to the refrigerator. The water kefir will continue to ferment in the refrigerator, but at a much slower pace.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes
Some like to do the secondary fermentation in flip-top bottles. This will increase the carbon dioxide in your water kefir dramatically. ‘Burping’ your soda periodically during the secondary fermentation is a good idea. Enjoying the water kefir in your glass is much more enjoyable than on your ceiling.

Here are some of my favorite combinations (all flavorings are added before the secondary fermentation)

Ginger Turmeric Cooler

  • I like to take advantage of the healing, anti-inflammatory benefits of both ginger and turmeric; I put equal amounts of ginger root and turmeric root into my juicer.
  • I then add from 1 - 2 Tablespoons of this mixture to my water kefir.

Cranberry Cream Soda

  • 10 fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract  

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

  • 4 or 5 fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon organic lemon juice

Sparkling Pina Colada

  • ¼ cup organic Pineapple Coconut juice

Ginger Beer

  • Add desired amount of freshly juiced ginger root

Mint Julep

  • Float a little (or a lot) of fresh spearmint leaves
  • A splash of organic lime juice

Make and enjoy a fizzy soda that is actually good for you! Here’s to you, your gut health, and to feeling good!

About the Author

Kathy Shearer

Kathy Shearer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and now pursues her passion as a Certified Fitlife.tv Transformation Coach. Kathy lives with her husband, John and their six children on their farm where they grow their own organic meats, produce and preserve their own food. Kathy has a zeal for fermentation practices and educating people about whole, nutritious foods at the farmer’s market, where she also sells fermented drinks, homemade soap and organic chicken.  

Kathy began her journey at Fitlife in August, 2013, as her diet was very grain heavy.  She traded in her grains for greens when discovering Small Group Coaching in April of 2014. Kathy’s greatest desire has been achieved since she dropped 51 pounds! Her new body image now  truly represents what she believes;  health and wellness can be achieved through eating God-manufactured, whole, nutrient-dense foods.  

Kathy is dedicated to educating clients about the power of whole foods to transform the body, mind and spirit!!

Connect with Kathy:

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It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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6 Surprising Reasons You’re NOT Losing Weight http://fitlife.tv/6-surprising-reasons-youre-not-losing-weight-original/ http://fitlife.tv/6-surprising-reasons-youre-not-losing-weight-original/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:43:36 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56372 why-youre-not-losing-weight-10-most-common-weight-loss-mistakes1Nx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Karen Azeez

Those extra pounds you see on the scale… you want to drop them, but somehow, no matter WHAT you do - exercise, diet, make pledges, even starve yourself - you can’t seem to lose weight. Year after year, you try something new without success.

If this sounds familiar, you may be sabotaging your efforts without even knowing it. So before you set out on your next disappointing quest, consider these major obstacles to successful long-term weight loss.

1. You’re Not Motivated

The Problem: You keep pledging that you will start your diet tomorrow, but tomorrow comes and you find yourself eating nachos instead. Humans are creatures of habit and change feels wrong. That’s why most of us pick a transitional moment in our lives – when change is already occurring – to try to lose weight (e.g. the New Year, an upcoming wedding, starting school or a new job, etc).

The Fix: Make your own moment. If you don’t have a milestone coming up, then give yourself a deadline, such as, “I will lose 20 pounds by summer.” To make it more momentous (and to keep yourself honest) announce it on social media, ask friends to join you in your journey, buy yourself a big calendar and mark your end date, plan a celebration for your successful completion – whatever it takes. 

2. You Give In to Temptation

Food-Cravings

The Problem: You’re working hard to stick to your diet, but your co-workers keep bringing in morning donuts or your husband sits on the couch next to you munching chips and, eventually, you cave.

The Fix: At home, ask your loved ones for their support. You can’t impose your diet rules on others, but you can certainly request that your favorite treats don’t wind up in front of you each night. To fight temptation when you’re out in the world, make sure you’re not hungry between meals, keep healthy snacks around, stay hydrated and keep reminding yourself about your ultimate goal; each time you say no to a cupcake, you’re that much closer to having the body you want. And have faith that it won’t always be so hard. After abstaining from cupcakes and bagels for a while, they look less and less desirable.

3. You’re Eating Out Too Much

The Problem: It may look innocent enough, but chances are, a meal served at your favorite restaurant has double the fat, salt and sweeteners of a home-cooked dinner - and bigger portion sizes to boot. In fact, the average restaurant plate contains more than 1,100 calories – that’s two meals-worth of calories for many healthy diets.

The Fix: Cooking at home means you can choose healthier ingredients, make smaller portions and control your calories. If you’re a stranger to the kitchen, start by preparing your own lunches or breakfasts and slowly move on to dinners once or twice a week. To lessen the damage when eating out, ask the waiter not to bring bread or chips, sip on water instead of an alcoholic or carbonated beverage and opt for tea or coffee instead of dessert.

4. You’re Too Tired

The Problem: You’re trying to eat well and work out every day, despite all the long hours at the office, but the weight won’t go. Chances are, you’re not sleeping enough. Getting at least seven hours of sound sleep each night helps balance ghrelin and leptin, two hormones that regulate hunger and appetite satiety. Studies have shown that short-changing yourself on sleep can lead to cravings and overeating the next day, seriously thwarting your dieting efforts.

The Fix: Stop being a superhero and get to bed at a decent hour. If falling asleep is an issue, turn off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime; keep your bedroom quiet, dark and free of clutter and try using a sound machine or breathing exercises to lull you into sleep.

5. You’re Overcompensating For Exercise

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The Problem: You’ve started going to Zumba, boot camp or a cycling class and you’re burning way more calories than before but the scale isn’t budging. Chances are all that exercise has increased your hunger and you’re actually eating more calories than you expend.

The Fix: Many classes claim you’ll burn several hundred calories in a session to get you pumped and attracted to the class.  But before you dig into the 800-calorie burger you “earned” in class, find a tool that provides realistic estimates based on your age, weight and the intensity of your workout, like this one. To ward off intense hunger after exercise, be sure to eat a snack with some healthy carbs, like an apple, before you hit the gym and refuel with some almonds after if your next meal is more than hour away. And of course, drink lots of water - dehydration often mimics hunger. Your aim should be ½ your bodyweight in ounces of water per day, which sounds like a lot more than it actually is.

6. You’re Eating Too Little

The Problem: To lose that last five pounds, you’re skipping breakfast and juicing for lunch. But the weight loss is just not happening. That’s because you’ve switched your body into starvation mode. We all need a certain amount of calories each day to stay alive (roughly 10 times our body weight). If you eat a lot less than that amount, your body instinctively slows your metabolism to conserve energy, thus storing fat. Plus it cranks up your hunger to get you to eat more. That’s a bad combo if you’re trying to shed weight.

The Fix: Instead of severely restricting your caloric intake, tweak your diet and exercise regimen to maximize your metabolism. Try limiting refined carbohydrates like breads, pastas, rice and crackers; cut out store-bought sugar-laden juices and any sweetened drinks; swap out fruit for veggies; and munch on fiber-filled snacks like nuts and popcorn. Also, add strength training to your workout. A more muscular build metabolizes energy at a higher rate, meaning you’ll burn more calories just sitting around. Now that’s a plan!

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3 Daily Love Lessons From A Married Couple of 67 Years http://fitlife.tv/3-daily-love-lessons-from-a-married-couple-of-67-years_original/ http://fitlife.tv/3-daily-love-lessons-from-a-married-couple-of-67-years_original/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:10:03 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56373 old-couple-at-beach

drewssexybody (3)Written by: Joe Metcalfe

How does a couple stay in love for 67 years?  How do they make it work?  

There are no concrete and conclusive answers. Love is something that cannot be defined by words, phrases or concepts. Moreover, each scenario is different as to why love grows within a continued relationship.

old_couple_by_leonisgeek-d4srrwmBe as it may, I thought I would ask the question to a ninety-two year old man about the girl he fell in love with in 1946, the year he returned home from the South Pacific during World War II. That ninety-two year old man is my Grandpa, “Pop.”  

The last 6 months have been a difficult time for our family, as my Grandma was enduring through failing health. Sadly, yet peacefully, she passed away while in hospice on New Years Eve with her family around her. She lived eighty-eight years in perfect health - it was just her time.  

She was an incredible woman. She was kind, loving, caring, selfless, aware, hard-working, beautiful, dedicated, spiritual and giving. She had the “credentials,” as my Pop put it, as the best Grandma in the World. Every New Years Eve, we will now have a toast to Grandma.

During the last few months, I really connected with Pop. I spent many nights with him while Grandma was in the hospital or while she was back home during hospice. It was a trying time witnessing his eighty-eight year old “girl of his dreams,” his wife of sixty-seven years, go through this process.  

It was also an emotional and heartbreaking experience for me, yet also a profound one as well to observe Pop during these difficult days. Pop opened up his heart fully. I observed the love they shared with each other during her last few days. It was beautiful and inspiring to see.  

During one of our conversations, I asked my Grandpa, “Pop, how do you do it?  How did you make a relationship or marriage work for 67 years?”

old-people-walking-on-the-beach-26He responded (and I paraphrase): “Joe, it’s not easy. It takes work. Everyday is not going to be perfect. Here’s something we ALWAYS did. If the day was not the best between us, if there was something on our minds or if we had an argument, we would always talk about it before we went to sleep. We would always resolve it, or at least try to resolve it, before we went to sleep. We never went to sleep completely angry at each other or in a bad mood. We would talk things out before turning off the lights.   

“And your Grandma, Joe, I’ll tell ya, no matter what happened that day or night, she would always tell me she loved me before going to sleep. She would say, ‘I love you, Phil.’ Every night. No matter what the circumstance. And I would tell her that I loved her too.”

So here are the 3 lessons from Pop on a lasting, loving marriage of 67 years:

1. Communicate fully and be transparent: If you are not communicating effectively and transparent with your partner, more distance will be building up day by day. Also, you will suppress negative energy and emotions by not sharing your true thoughts and feelings. This can lead to your own unneeded stress as well as a lost connection with your partner.

2. Express Your Love Every Day: Never hesitate to show your partner your love. Listen more intently, kiss a little longer, hold and hug a little tighter, go out of your way to help your partner (and don’t keep score) and say I love you as much as you can.

3. It’s a “Daily” Practice: Not once in a while, not sometimes, but daily.  It takes a daily effort to grow and strengthen a relationship. It was everyday for my Grandma and Pop. It was the only way their relationship thrived and grew. It takes work, it takes communication and it takes expressing love for one another on a daily basis.  


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Joe Metcalfe met Drew Canole five years ago, at which time, Drew introduced Joe to juicing vegetables and has continued to be a big influence in Joe’s life to this day. Joe leads an active lifestyle, with a passion for working out, running and yoga. He is an avid reader and has been studying self improvement, mind/body/spiritual development and inspiration for over ten years. Joe loves to write, enjoys helping others and finds joy in making an impact in peoples lives through his insights and writing.Connect with Joe: Website, Facebook


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Top 5 Foods to Detox Your Liver http://fitlife.tv/top-5-foods-to-detox-your-liver_original/ http://fitlife.tv/top-5-foods-to-detox-your-liver_original/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:34:54 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56363 detox-veg1000a

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Written by: Amanda Wilson

It’s just about time for spring cleaning!

This time of the year, we spend so much time and energy cleaning out closets, sweeping up dust bunnies and cleaning behind the fridge (it’s amazing what I find behind there… how does it get there?!).

But what about supporting your very own “Master Cleanser”...  your liver?

This important organ has worked hard for you this winter - Nana’s holiday pies, ringing in the New Year with a glass (or five) of champagne and those gooey, fried mozzarella snacks at the super bowl party... Don’t you think you need to show this gem of a system a little love?

The liver filters and detoxifies the blood. It sorts out what’s beneficial and what’s rubbish from what you consume throughout the day. The liver is also the supervisor in charge of fat burning. Your liver is no joke… it’s busy!

If you ingest more toxins than your liver can handle, it absorbs those toxins and becomes damaged. Liver dysfunction leads to chronic poor health, disease and death. According to Chinese medicine, the spring is the ideal time to detox the liver.

So, let’s get out the nutritional equivalent of the broom and dust mop and spring clean your liver!

1295735.large1. Lemons

Start your day with some warm lemon water when the liver is most active. Lemon water is a powerful liver detoxifier and contains more than twenty anti-cancer compounds. Add some lemon juice to your water throughout the day.  And try using lemon juice instead of salad dressing!

2. Parsley

Parsley helps cleanse the liver of toxins and rejuvenates it. Parsley is also a blood purifier and helps kill bacteria in the body. Try adding some parsley to your smoothies and salads.  

3. Beets

Beets promote increased liver function with beta-carotene. Beets are a high-antioxidant vegetable that contain a number of nutrients that have been shown to be cleansing and detoxifying. Try some beet juice as an afternoon pick me up instead of coffee.

Onion4. Onions

Onions activate liver enzymes, which are meant to flush toxins. They contain sulfur-containing amino acids, which efficiently detox the liver. Try adding onions to your morning omelet, stir-fry or salads.

5. Dandelion

Dandelion supports liver function and bile production and can help rid your overtaxed liver of toxins without straining or stressing your system. It contains electrolyte-replenishing potassium and colon cleansing, gut-satiating fiber, which helps to ease the process and is chock-full of nutrients. Try a cup of dandelion tea. Yogi and Traditional Medicinals make great dandelion tea bags.

This toxic world stresses our livers. Restoring a tired liver and maintaining its healthy, cleansing functions are vital for overall health. A poorly functioning liver can be disastrous to your well-being. The above are 5 effective and inexpensive  foods that can easily be incorporated into your diet. Give ‘em a try!

A simple, Mediterranean chopped salad would be a GREAT meal option to detox your liver, as it includes most of the foods listed above. Simply mix all of the ingredients and voila, a tasty spring cleaning meal for your liver! You can make a big batch and enjoy it for several days. Add sliced avocado - another liver detoxifying superstar - right before eating. Consider organic produce to ease the liver’s workload as well.

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Ingredients
  • One cucumber, diced
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1.5 cups chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Instructions
  1. Mix and enjoy!


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Amanda Wilson transformed her life and is on a mission to help others do the same.  At the age of 40, where so many women begin to see and feel their health diminishing, she reclaimed her health and found her best self. Because of her experiences with poor health, she became obsessed with good health and healing, ultimately becoming her passion. Amanda now lives an abundant and healthy life with her handsome fireman fiance in Southern California. She enjoys anything outdoors, especially hiking, running, biking, and stair climbing.

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23 Ways You Can Painlessly Cleanse Your Body – Saturday Strategy http://fitlife.tv/23-ways-you-can-painlessly-cleanse-your-body-saturday-strategy/ http://fitlife.tv/23-ways-you-can-painlessly-cleanse-your-body-saturday-strategy/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:43:16 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=56326

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A lot of people hear the word “detox” or “cleanse” and immediately have images of starvation and painful detox symptoms. In reality, there are a lot of things you can do on a daily basis to gently cleanse and nourish your body! In the long run, these habits can be more effective than intense short-term detox plans and for many, much more realistic.

1) Water

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. It is vital to every cell, organ, system and function that goes on in your body. It is especially important for the lymphatic system because it is what flushes your body of toxins and unneeded substances. Without the consistent flow of water coming in and out, your body will become like a stagnant puddle of water - yuck!

Start off your morning with a warm glass of fresh squeezed lemon water and - if you’re daring - add some baking soda. Both lemon and baking soda will normalize the pH of your body, are anti-carcinogenic, anti fungal, antibacterial and will pull toxins from your bloodstream. What better way to start off your morning?   

For more info on lemon water check out this article on the benefits of lemon.

2) Meditation

Cleansing the mind is just as important - if not more so - than cleansing the body. Meditation gives you a space to breath and let go of racing thoughts and emotions. You can take five minutes to meditate, or 60 - whatever you feel you need. There are a lot of meditation aids online such as Alpha Waves, which plays music specifically formulated to help the mind relax and focus.

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3) Juicing with dandelion greens

Juicing is one of the most powerful ways to flood your tired body with micronutrients and flush out all the bad guys. Dandelions are a natural diuretic that help the kidneys filter through excess water and salt. They also cleanse the liver (one of your hardest working detox organs), are loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and act as an anti-inflammatory. We highly recommend adding dandelion greens to your juice or smoothies! Don’t have time to juice? Try our superfood-packed green drink powder Organifi.

4) Your Lymph System, Using Dry Brushing and Rebounding

The Lymphatic System is an intricate network of nodes, ducts and vessels throughout your body that moves lymph from the body tissue to the bloodstream. Since it’s circulating through your body and is key to cleaning out toxins and waste, it’s an important point of focus when it comes to detoxification. A popular way to smooth out the flow of your lymph system is called dry brushing, which is the process of running a brush in specific, continuous, circular motions across your skin, upwards towards your heart. To ensure cleansing, add in some rebounding (physical aerobic activity) to your days to make your brushing efforts worthwhile (plus rebounding is fun!).

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5) Hydrotherapy

After dry brushing, hop in the shower and alternate between 1-2 minutes of hot water and 30 seconds of cold. You can do this 3-5 times during your shower. If the cold is too unbearable at first, try lukewarm and work your way to cold. This type of hydrotherapy increases circulation and lymphatic flow, as well as boosts your immune system and metabolism. Once you get used to it, these shower cycles should actually feel pretty good!

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6) Workout (qi gong)

Qi = life force and vital energy. Gong = accomplishment or skill. Qi Gong = Cultivating energy. It is an ancient Chinese health care system that uses physical postures, specific breathing techniques and mental focus to help cleanse the body and stimulate energy flow. It is one of the best ways to find relief from anxiety and cultivate inner peace. Even taking 10 minutes out of your day to do qi gong or a similar exercise will boost your productivity and mental performance.

Try it for yourself! Here's how.  

7) Stretching

We are always so busy going about our days tending to our responsibilities and obligations, that it’s easy to forget to stop and stretch out our body. Taking the time to stretch gives you the chance to ease out your tensed up muscles and keep your body functioning at a top-notch level. I’m sure you’ve noticed on occasion that while you’re sitting at a table or desk, your shoulders are hunched up. This causes all sorts of problems.  Stretching is also a great way to rejuvenate your body and cleanse it through slow, steady motions and movements. These movements help increase the circulation throughout your body and stimulate the release of toxins.

 

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8) Bone Broth In The AM

Bone broth is something your grandmother probably believed in (and she’s a smart lady!). This is an affordable, nutrient and mineral dense addition to anyone’s diet. It is particularly high in magnesium, calcium, amino acids and phosphorus and is believed to help reduce cellulite. You can use bones from beef, lamb, bison, fish,  and birds. This is an immune boosting drink for when you’re sick and is also great for the digestive system.

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9) Turn Off The News

CNN = Constant Negative News. ;) The news is a money-making industry just like any other. Depressing and/or shocking news sells more than happy and uplifting news. Turn off the TV to cleanse your mind and clear your time for something more uplifting, like a walk outdoors or time with loved ones. If you are looking for drastic changes in your mental and physical health, try taking an entire week to do a media and electronics fast.

10) Sound Therapy

Because we are constantly surrounded by noise and disturbances, our ears start to become desensitized towards the higher pitched sound frequencies. This sort of therapy is designed to help restore that sensitivity again. When our sensitivity to sound frequencies grows dull, it also begins to decrease our energy, increases our irritability to sound and can be a contributor to other health issues. Here is an example of sound therapy for you to enjoy.

11) Listen to Uplifting Music

We are constantly bombarded by frequencies from the media and environment, a lot of which are “low” or “negative” and may contribute to various health issues. Listening to uplifting music is one of the best ways to combat this negativity. To your mind, it is like drinking fresh spring water instead of pond water. Find something that you LOVE to listen to and do it often (for me, it’s 80’s music and movie soundtracks!).

Here is a video of me listening to my morning music and making a fat burning drink. Enjoy!

 

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12) Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a phenomenal way to ease stress and cleanse your body at an emotional level. Pets are energy sensitive and have a way of knowing when people are uptight or depressed. With their constant temperaments and love for affection, they have been known to lower heart rates, calm reeling thought processes and ease fatigue. They are capable of bringing smiles to people’s faces who haven’t laughed in years and have an unparalleled way of teaching people how to love and trust again. Even just 10 - 15 minutes of petting and playing with a pet can have a remarkable effect on a person’s whole demeanor. Pets make wonderful companions and can give you a sort of cleansing that you won’t find possible with anything else in this world.

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13) Steam Therapy

One major way our body gets rid of junk and waste that we inhale and breathe in all day is done through the sinuses. When these get clogged or if you get sick, your sinuses have trouble processing correctly. One of the oldest and most efficient ways to clear your sinuses out and move the detox process along is through steam therapy. You can purchase humidifiers for this, or even just breathe the steam from a hot shower, both accomplish the same goal. But the top suggestion that is the easiest and costs you nothing is just using your stove. All you do is boil some water, pour it into a bowl and then cover both your head and that bowl with a towel and simply breathe in the steam. Done at least twice a day, this method has been known to show quick and relieving results.

 

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This is how I do it, my friends. Easy and effective!

14) Herbs For Cleansing

Herbs are by far some of the most powerful plants on the planet when it comes to restoring our health. The synchronicity of the Universe is amazing - for almost every human disease there is a healing counterpart that can be found in the plant kingdom. Some that are particularly potent cleansers include Borotutu Bark, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Peppermint and Garlic.

 

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15) Wake-Up And Don’t Eat

Our body goes through natural cycles throughout a day where it focuses respectively on these three processes: Elimination, Appropriation and Assimilation. In the morning we are typically in elimination mode and our body is focusing on releasing toxins and cleansing. Waking up and eating a heavy breakfast can be counterproductive to your body’s attempts to cleanse. Instead of cereal or waffles, drink warm lemon water and then a little later drink fresh green juice or a smoothie. These are full of raw, living foods that will continue to cleanse and replenish your body in the best way possible. GET JUICE WITH DREW

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16) Aromatherapy

Aromatic compounds from plants can have a powerful influence on one’s mental, emotional and physical well being. Many cultures around the globe use aromatherapy for healing and rejuvenating purposes. An everyday use may include rubbing peppermint oil in your hands and cupping them around your face to breath deeply- this is known to help with focus and feeling more awake.

 

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17) Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a simple yet effective way to cleanse your mouth and gums. You do it by swishing a teaspoon of oil (sesamesunflower or coconut) in your mouth for about 20 minutes (you can find a more in-depth article here on the whole process). The reason it’s called oil pulling is because the oil literally “pulls” out toxins, waste and debris from where it resides in your mouth. Your mouth is a very popular place for bacteria and toxins to gather, so not only will Oil Pulling help whiten your teeth, it will help cleanse your body and improve your lymphatic system. WE USE COCONUT OIL.

Here is a quick video on oil pulling.

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18) Foam Rolling

Often our lifestyle may contribute to stiff, overused/underused muscles. This can happen because of stress, bad posture, a sedentary job, or health issues.  Foam rolling helps to release toxic buildup and lactic acid in muscle tissue, as well as increase circulation to various areas of the body. This can help our body to heal and stay balanced.

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19) Foot Massage

Your feet are some of the quickest receptors to energy and particles put on them through lotion or oils. For that reason, they are also a major point of toxin build up. Massaging your feet gives them the chance to loosen up and release these toxins. There are many methods on how to massage your feet and one that we suggest (which is cheap and easy) is a massage using a lacrosse ball - you can purchase yours here.

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20) Infrared Heating Therapy

The far infrared waves in a sauna penetrate deep into the human body and gently elevate the surface temperature. This helps to activate many of the body’s major functions. When you sweat in this type of sauna your sweat will contain about 17% toxins (including heavy metals), compared to the 3% you would sweat out in a traditional sauna or while out in the sun. This type of heat therapy also increases circulation and may boost the immune system.

 

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21) Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom salt is high in magnesium; the second most abundant element in humans cells. It helps to regulate over 325 enzymes and helps with numerous bodily functions. This is one of those tricky minerals to obtain on the standard American diet, which is why a lot of people are deficient (it’s estimated that upwards of 80% of the population are deficient!). Soaking in Epsom salts is an excellent way to get a boost of magnesium and address any connected symptoms.

Detox bath recipe: 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda, splash of apple cider vinegar and 10 drops essential oils (optional - I like lavender for it’s calming effect).

 

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22) Vitamin D Therapy

Don’t be afraid of the sun! We are made to live connected to sunlight and the energy of the earth. Vitamin D deficiency is a rising problem in the United States and contributes to all sorts of health problems. Daily vitamin D supplementation, adequate time in the sun and using vitamin D “lamps,” or UVB tanning beds are all ways to get enough of this important vitamin. Especially in times of winter where it is too cold to be outside, tanning and using “happy lights” may be a good alternative. Dr Mercola addresses concerns people may have with the sun and tanning here and here.

23) Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen is key when wanting to cleanse and detoxify your body. Oxygen is what empowers your cellular network and helps give your body energy. Oxygen therapy - as you’ve probably guessed - is simply the act of breathing in an increased amounts of oxygen. This is something you can go to a professional for who will measure the right amount of oxygen you need and then have you breathe it through a mask, or if you’re more of the naturalist type, simply going outside and doing some deep breathing exercises can accomplish this just fine. Spending just 10 - 20 minutes outside in the fresh air breathing deeply can do wonders for you and your body. Breathing itself helps you clear your mind, calm your heart rate, ease stress and ultimately help detoxify your system. This gives you a fantastic excuse to spend more time in the great outdoors!

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Organifi Green Juice is the most nutrient dense superfood mix that I’ve ever tasted. From detoxifying, to balancing hormones, to antioxidant support, the KSM-66 Ashwagandha that we use ALONE is a miracle of a superfood. The Moringa mixed in will cleanse and purify your kidneys, helping your body dispose of fat instead of storing it. Chlorella is another powerful ingredient in Organifi. It's actually used in Japan as frequently as Americans use Vitamin C! It binds to heavy toxic metals and ushers them out of the body and organs. Mint stimulates digestive enzymes, Spirulina improves memory and treats ADHD. Turmeric is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, which I believe treats the root cause of weight gain. Wheatgrass and Matcha Green Tea are high in chlorophyll and antioxidants like EGCG, which are essential in cancer prevention (often caused by build up of toxins.) With Lemon, Beet Juice, and Coconut water, Organifi Green Juice is a mega-nutrient dense detoxifying super drink. And guess what the best part is? It’s absolutely delicious!

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By Lindsay Christianson

You know you’re a health junkie when your catchphrase becomes “have you tried coconut oil for that?’” It really is a miracle ingredient.

Besides its inherent nutrition though, it is also ridiculously multipurposeful. It contains 3 important substances - Lauric Acid, Capric Acid and Caprylic Acid, which have natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, making coconut oil an easy go-to for a crazy number of purposes.

In fact, I have replaced many of my over-the-counter standbys with coconut oil as I have moved my family into a more natural state of living.

Here are some favorite ways to use coconut oil:

1. Eye makeup remover - Apply with a cotton pad to gently wipe away eye makeup.

2. Anti-aging skin moisturizer - Coconut oil naturally rebalances the oils in your skin, making it less oily. It also prevents breakouts and moisturizes like a champ!

3. Body/hand scrub - Mix 50/50 with sugar and add some essential oils (optional) for a deliciously moisturizing, exfoliating scrub (it works amazingly well in those winter months when your hands and legs are extra dry!).

4. Facial scrub - Mix coconut oil with baking soda (2:1 ratio) for an amazing moisturizing cream. Apply with small circular motions and rinse off with warm water.

5. Natural deodorant - Recipe: 2 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp arrowroot powder; combine and add coconut oil until it forms a paste. Add a few drops of essential oils if you wish to make it smell yummy!

6. Diaper cream (safe for cloth diapers, too!) - It moisturizes as well as helps heal any damaged skin, fighting bacteria and yeast (diaper rash) before it begins.

7. Allergy relief - Rub coconut oil inside your nostrils to help alleviate allergy symptoms.

8. Mouth wash - Replaces your mouthwash with oil pulling. Not only does it not sting like mouthwash, but it is excellent at killing off the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath (and helps prevent cavities, too).

Directions for oil pulling: Put one tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth and let melt. Swish it around and between your teeth, holding it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes (I like to do it while I take my shower). Spit it out into a lined garbage can. Rinse out your mouth with warm water and brush as usual.

9. Relieve itching - Help soothe the itch of poison ivy, chicken pox or bug bites.

10. Antiseptic cream - It forms a thin antibacterial layer over wounds, preventing bacteria from causing infections. It also speeds up healing time, thus minimizing scarring by increasing cellular turnover.

11. Soothe a sore throat and speed recovery from flu and colds - Add a Tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite warm tea to soothe your sore throat and boost your immune system to kick those bugs outta there.

Have you tried coconut oil for any of these purposes? Or have you come up with other creative uses for this miracle substance?  Comment below and share with me!

About the Author

unnamed77-200x200As a Holistic Wellness and Empowerment Coach, Lindsay Robin empowers mamas to ditch the guilt so that they can create the life they crave AND be amazing mamas! Her own personal journey and training began with food, which led her to become a certified health coach to learn the skills for managing her daughter’s behavioral challenges. This continues to expand and grow as she uses transformational coaching techniques to guide women to their true desires and better communication with their intuition. Lindsay loves adventure and learning new things and is passionate about travelling, making and eating healthy meals, playing with her kiddos, Scottish dancing and listening to Ted talks. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

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