fitlife.tv http://fitlife.tv Health and Fitness Education Entertainment and Inspiration Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:32:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Overcoming Nightmares Through Lucid Dreaming http://fitlife.tv/overcoming-nightmares-through-lucid-dreaming-original/ http://fitlife.tv/overcoming-nightmares-through-lucid-dreaming-original/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:31:32 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54176 lucidNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Jenna Barrington

Have you ever had a nightmare that kept coming back for several nights or even weeks? Or longer?

Have you had a nightmare as a result of something happening in your waking life?

Some people, for one reason or another, really struggle with nightmares. This may be because of past experiences, current stress in their waking life, or simply because of their vivid imagination. Whatever the cause, nightmares can be a real pain if they interrupt sleep or leave you feeling tired and unsettled when you wake up in the morning.

Luckily, there is an ancient technique you can use to pop out of your nightmares, or even face and overcome them. Some people discover this by accident when they are in the middle of a nightmare and realize that it isn’t real.

This is how Drew Canole discovered lucid dreaming. He was only five years old when he began experiencing terrifying nightmares that mirrored the difficulties he was experiencing in his waking life. After six months of nightmares, something amazing happened...

“One night before I went to bed, I asked myself if I was dreaming, and I pinched myself before lying down. So, I fell asleep quickly like I always do. Halfway through the night, the ugly monster—at least seven feet tall with horns coming out of its back, some real gnarly-looking teeth, and eyes that were a bright oozing green—was coming for me again.

This time was different, though. Something had changed inside of me.

I looked at the monster, and then I looked down at my hand and asked the question that every beginner lucid dreamer must ask: Is this real, or is this a dream? I pinched myself and feeling my skin change, I immediately knew that it was not real. In fact, I had entered one of the coolest worlds I would ever experience in my whole life.

What happened to the monster next would change my confidence outside this realm forever.

Without a second to spare, I began running after the monster. Instantly, I imagined a sword falling from the sky, and as I jumped at least 25 feet in the air, I called forth the power of the clouds to charge this sword with the fiercest lightning the world had ever seen.

It was me versus the monster that was responsible for stealing my personal power at night and that made me wake up even more miserable and hopeless in the morning.

Plunging back towards the earth as if I were a falcon with laser focus, I saw the ugly-ass monster and had no fear of beheading this nasty creature from the depths of hell.

I approached it, and when I was ten feet away, all of a sudden the dream changed. It was no longer a grown monster—it was a little baby.

My fear was gone. I no longer needed to attack this creature that was probably, deep inside, just as scared as I was, and I was able to let go and forgive all of the many nights we spent together.”

Not only was he able to conquer the monster in his nightmares, but because of his experience, he was able to challenge the monsters in his waking life as well.

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“Siri, what is lucid dreaming?”

Lucid dreaming is the process that people have used for thousands of years to wake up during their dream and see it as a dream. Once the dreamer is in this state, it becomes like a video game or a movie in which they are the actor, director, engineers, and the space, all at once.

In a lucid dream, you become fully conscious that you are dreaming. You are then able to change your surroundings and the people, places, events, and circumstances of your dream.

Lucid dreams are very vivid and feel like they are real; sometimes they seem more real than reality itself. Many people question lucid dreaming by saying that it is not a state of sleep, but a state of actual wakefulness.

Have you had a lucid dream before? Some people do it all the time and don’t realize that it is anything special.

We believe that everyone has the ability to lucid dream. Some tap into it naturally, while others have to learn a few techniques first. Either way, lucid dreaming is a fantastic tool you can use for all sorts of things.

Why Lucid Dream?

Lucid dreaming is not a woo-woo science, nor is it meant for only a select few. It is a real tool that has been around for thousands of years. Inventors, prophets, poets, and some of the most creative people who ever lived were able to harness the power of their dreams.

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You can use lucid dreams to…

  • Face and overcome your fears
  • Tap into your inner confidence
  • Boost creativity
  • Help you reach your goals
  • Practice new skills
  • Heal old wounds
  • Overcome victim mentality

Are you afraid of heights? Public speaking? Dogs? In a lucid dream, you are able to create and control the circumstances around you. You can actually use your dreams as a practice ground for real life. Since it feels pretty dang real, it is a perfect space to practice facing your fears.

The best thing about it is if you work on something in a dream, it will actually help you in real life. Whether you are thinking something or actually doing it, the same neural pathways are created in your brain. This means that if you dream about giving a speech in public, it will create a pathway in your brain for doing that action. The more you dream practice (or actually do it in real life), the stronger that connection will become. How cool is that! This is science, peeps!

The same applies to practicing new skills. Have you ever heard of mental rehearsal? This is a tool athletes, musicians, and performers use to boost their performance. Basically, they rehearse in their mind before doing it in real life. There are some really cool studies out there about how effective this is. Lucid Dreaming is like super-enhanced mental rehearsal!  

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Lucid Dream Lucid Life

One of the main benefits of lucid dreaming is that it pushes us to lucid living. Waking up in our dreams teaches us to wake up in our lives.

When you ‘wake up’ in a dream and see it as a dream, you are empowered to take control and make the dream into something you want it to be. You realize you aren’t just the victim anymore. Amazing things will begin happening at night while you sleep if you choose to keep having this experience. And once you discover this at night, you can’t help but start applying the same principles to your real life.

It’s pretty cool. :)

If you’re interested in learning to lucid dream, stayed tuned for some future articles and the release of our Dream Hacker’s program! We can’t wait to hear about your experiences.  

About the Author
 jenna barringtonMy name is Jenna, and I am from Pleasant Grove Utah. I study therapeutic nutrition through the Institute of Holistic Healthcare Education (www.i2h2e.com) and am also preparing to attend massage therapy school. I've always been interested in health and in finding answers to the questions that seem unanswerable. I am passionate about education and helping others take control of their health. I believe we can live lives full of energy. I love green smoothies! I love being outside! Some of my other hobbies include eating, sleeping, Japanese, being with my family, riding horses, being in the ocean, music, violin, dancing,traveling, and pursuing a vibrant life.

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Household Chores You Can Use As an Alternative Exercise http://fitlife.tv/household-chores-you-can-use-as-an-alternative-exercise-original/ http://fitlife.tv/household-chores-you-can-use-as-an-alternative-exercise-original/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:45:54 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54163 Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 4.50.29 PMNx86xdrewssexybody-3

By Nicarose Mela U. Gerona

Maybe you’re someone that loves to go to the gym, but unfortunately, you are stuck at home with numerous tasks on your to do list. There’s dishes in the sink, dust on the ceiling fans, crumbs on the counter, messy files on your desk and junk on the coffee table. And you have guests coming to town this weekend! With so much on your plate, it seems that taking care of yourself often gets left behind and that includes your much needed gym time.

Or maybe the gym isn’t your thing and that’s okay too! The term “exercise” can be intimidating for some people and I totally get it. Instead of thinking of going to the gym - or exercising - as a “chore” in and of itself, how about instead focusing on what it is… movement! Housework, chasing your kids around and walking are all included here, so don’t restrict your mindset to that of needing to go to the gym to get your body moving to bun calories and reach your health and fitness goals.

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What if I told you that everything on your to-do list could also be counted as “exercise”, or movement? Studies show that you can burn up to 100-300* calories for every chore you complete (start to finish). So grab your gloves, broom and mop and let’s burn some calories, killing two birds with one stone!

TIP: If you have stairs in your home, you can easily incorporate your cardio exercises as you go up and down, while alternating your chores. And if you don't have stairs, challenge yourself to walk briskly from task to task to get your heartrate up is another great option!

Window Cleaning

Target: Arms, Core

Calories: 125-180 calories/ 30 minutes*

Using a sponge or a lightly wet cloth, gently move your arms in a circular motion to clean your windows. Go on to your next window, alternating arms at each window. Form is important here too! Be sure to straighten your back and tighten your core for a more intense window cleaning (workout!). You may want to use 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water and a teaspoon of detergent mixed in a spray bottle. Aside from being a disinfectant, this solution helps remove the wax build up on your windows from any previous cleaning chemicals.

Sweeping/Vacuuming/Mopping

Target: Core, Back, Upper Body and Legs

Calories: 112-238 calories/ 30 minutes*

For basic floor cleaning, you may try equal parts hot water and white vinegar. Try adding a few drops of essential oils, such as lemon, lavender or peppermint to omit the smell of the vinegar. This mixture can be used for sealed wood, linoleum, tile and laminate. To polish your wood floors, try mixing a gallon of hot water, ¾ cup olive oil and ½ cup lemon juice. The lemon and hot water work together to disinfect, while the olive oil makes your floors shine. Drying the floor is where your workout for your legs comes in. Take two clean cloths and step on one with each foot. In a sweeping or circular motion, move your feet back and forth until the area is dry. Always remember your form, straightening your back and tightening your core for best results (cleaning results and physical results).

Scrubbing The Floor

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Target: Core, Lower Back, Glutes and Arms

Calories: 130-300 calories/ 30 minutes*

Proper body mechanics are one of the keys to preventing backaches. Scrubbing can be tough on your back so once again, watch your form. Squat really low as you scrub the floor, alternating each arm in a circular motion. Be sure to get into those nooks and crannies! Chances are, you’ll be dripping with sweat in no time. Use a ¼ cup of baking soda mixed with a gallon of hot water as you scrub your way towards burning calories and disinfecting your home.

De-cluttering (storage areas, etc.)

Target: Glutes, Legs, Core and Arms

Calories: 130-300 calories/30 minutes* (with the use of stairs or walking)

If you have to use the stairs to reach your storage area, or the places you’re cleaning out, that’s a bonus as it helps to burn extra calories. As with scrubbing, proper body mechanics are a must; you don’t want to strain your back. In lifting, bend your knees, pick up the box or object using your legs for stability and place it near to your chest. Be sure to tighten your core, slowly straighten your legs and stand up. When putting the box down, always remember to use your legs instead of your back to avoid injury.

Housework can be a big help to reaching your health and fitness goals! Not only does it help you physically, it also boosts your mood to see your environment sparkly clean. Using housework as your main form of exercise may not get you exactly to where you want to be goal-wise, but it is a great place to start! It is recommended that you put in a bit of variety into your exercise program, so try weight-training, yoga, hiking... whatever you enjoy… in addition to your household chores. And make it fun by adding music or getting your family involved in the process.

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About the Author

Nicarose Mela

Nicarose Mela U. Gerona is originally from Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.She spent her growing years in Qassim and Ar-Ar, Saudi Arabia with her family, then returned to her home country permanently for her schooling. She studied and graduated as Class Salutatorian in Bethany Baptist Academy Makati during high school, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig (University of Pasig City) as a Dean’s Lister and Best in Health Education Awardee in her fourth year.

In June 2013, she passed the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination. She is member of the Philippine Nurses Association, a licensed IVT specialist (Intravenous Therapy), and a BLS-ACLS provider following the American Heart Association standards. Currently, she works in a non-hospital environment, which gives her the time to write, read books and paint.

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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!

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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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Tests, Foods and Herbs to Include for Grave’s Disease (plus a juice recipe!) http://fitlife.tv/tests-foods-and-herbs-to-include-for-graves-disease-plus-a-juice-recipe-original/ http://fitlife.tv/tests-foods-and-herbs-to-include-for-graves-disease-plus-a-juice-recipe-original/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:32:15 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54147 Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 3.34.36 PM

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By Sheree Trask

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder, wherein the immune system has an abnormal response that causes the thyroid gland to produce an overabundance of thyroid hormone. If left untreated, this disease can lead to over activity of the thyroid gland, otherwise known as hyperthyroidism.

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Some of the symptoms include: irritability, unexplained weight loss, feelings of heat or frequent perspiration, erectile dysfunction and low libido, bulging eyes, frequent bowel movements, rapid or irregular heartbeat.

The good news is that for many, simple changes to diet and lifestyle can pay off BIG TIME, even reversing this condition and giving your body a chance to repair and rebuild itself, bringing you back in balance.

Testing:

In addition to the standard tests for thyroid that your doctor will likely run ,which include: TSH and T4, it’s important to request a comprehensive panel to get a complete picture. I recommend requesting these labs as well: T3, Reverse T3, TPOAb, TgAb, TRAb, TSI, Iron, Ferritin, TIBC (total iron binding capacity), Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.

Additionally, doing an adrenal saliva cortisol test is a great idea, since your adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system along with your thyroid and hormones. Remember, we don’t work in pieces - we are one system.

INCLUDE MORE OF THESE IN YOUR DAILY DIET/LIFESTYLE:

Healing Fruits & Vegetables

Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leafy Greens

Healing Herbs

Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon Balm, St. John’s Wort

Other Healing Foods

Salmon, Mushrooms, Walnuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Turkey, Cod

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Healing Juice Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 broccoli spears
  • Large bunch dandelion greens
  • 1” knob fresh turmeric
Instructions
  1. Chop ingredients so they fit into your juicer.
  2. Pour into glass and enjoy right away, as is or over ice.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your Naturopath of Functional Medicine Doctor to get to the bottom of it. Remember, symptoms are your body’s signals that something is off.

Decide to clean up your diet and lifestyle and commit to the process. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. And so are you!

About the Author

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Sheree Trask is a Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach, Writer and the Editorial Director for FitLife.tv. It was through her own personal health journey with misdiagnosis and multiple autoimmune diseases that she found her purpose, which is to help educate, empower and encourage others to live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Sheree uses a whole-body approach to healing, focusing on food as medicine, positive mindset, daily movement, stress management, optimal sleep and spirituality.

Sheree helps her valued clients create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits each unique body, lifestyle, personal preferences and goals. She specializes in a holistic approach to healing autoimmune diseases, with a focus on gut health.

Sheree offers online and in-person one-on-one personal coaching, group programs, as well as personalized programs based on her clients’ needs. 

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For a quick, easy and powerful concoction that can help you reach your health goals, PLEASE check out our Organifi Green Juice.

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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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5 Carb-Loaded Snacks to Promote Weight Loss http://fitlife.tv/5-carb-loaded-snacks-to-promote-weight-loss-original/ http://fitlife.tv/5-carb-loaded-snacks-to-promote-weight-loss-original/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:43:50 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54118 Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 1.10.42 PM

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By Caroline Cosgrove

Eat carbs to lose weight… say what?!

You read that right! If you listen to the mainstream media and follow current diet trends, it is a miracle that you eat anything at all. Carbs, fruit, fats... they all make you fat! (That’s false, by the way.) Even worse, diets are so restrictive and do more to sabotage your weight loss goals than anything else. Take it from someone who, for years, was a chronic dieter. I was constantly weak and cranky from depriving my body of necessary nutrients… maybe you can relate! It wasn’t until I learned to listen to my cravings as signals, my body’s own unique way of alerting me of missing dietary components, that I fully understood the importance of balancing carbs, fats, protein and vegetables for a healthy diet.

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The Most Common Diet Myth - Carbohydrates Will Make You Fat

This is absolutely FALSE! Eating the right carbohydrates, even eating them at night, is not going to make you fat. In fact, if you eat the five that I am going to share with you, it might just help you break through your weight loss plateau that you’ve been stuck on. And as much as you want to scroll right through to the end to see what those are,  I am going to ask that you stick it out with me to better understand why carbs are not the enemy here.

Your Body Needs Carbohydrates!

Carbohydrates provide your body with both glucose and fiber. Glucose is the body’s preferred energy source, fueling your organs and tissue so it can perform basic functions. With too little glucose, you may feel fatigued, weak and dizzy. On the flipside, too much glucose may leave you thirsty, with blurry vision, hungry and constantly battling dry skin. With prolonged elevated glucose levels, you run risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Whereas without enough glucose, your body looks to protein for energy, which leads to the breakdown of muscle.

Unlike glucose, fiber is not digested by the body, instead it passes through the body mainly intact. It’s function is to promote healthy digestion and regulate glucose levels in the blood, which is extremely important for a balanced body.

Here is the universal truth. The amount of calories - and quality of those calories, minus the amount of energy you expend, is ultimately going to determine weight gain or loss.

Retrain Your Brain to Reboot Your Metabolism

When you eat a lighter, fiber-rich diet of fruit, vegetables and lean protein during the day, you maximize your fat-burning ability when you are active. The side-effect is more bioavailable calories (energy), which in turn allows your body to function better and your brain to respond better.

Unlike when you consume a meal higher in fats, sugar and carbs, you’re left feeling groggy and tired. This is because your body requires your available energy to digest the calories you just consumed. Insulin levels rise to aid digestion, which triggers a rise in the level of melatonin and serotonin in the brain. Together, these hormones contribute to the sleepy feeling after eating a larger meal, which cause you to reach for sweet or high-calorie snacks late in the afternoon.

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Give Your Body What It Truly Craves

After a day of positioning your body into a carb deficit, your body is understandably, craving carbs. Honor those cravings! When your body is naturally unwinding, or after a great workout, consume the majority of your complex carbs (these are not the cookies, cakes, refined sugars, etc… those are considered “simple carbs” and are not the healthy ones I am referring to here). When your glucose levels are low, you will refill them without having them spill over into fat stores. Your muscles rebuild and replenish from the demands of the day, allowing you to wake restored and ready to tackle tomorrow.

This doesn't mean that you can, or should power down a box of donuts, an entire pizza or creamy-sauce drenched bowl of pasta. What it does mean is that, if chosen wisely, eating the right carbs (complex) at night can reprogram your metabolism and help to increase your weight loss efforts, as well as promote a better nights sleep. Enjoy whole grains with dinner and don’t be afraid to include these as part of your nighttime snack.

Remember, quality and quantity matter so be mindful with your portions and the type of carbs you’re choosing.

Now for the recipes!

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Steel Cut Oats or Irish Oats
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats, cooked to package instructions (substitute unsweetened non-dairy milk in place of dairy-milk or water for a creamier texture)
  • 1 tsp alcohol free vanilla

  • Optional toppers:

  • ¼ cup coconut milk greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp unsweetened toasted coconut
  • small handful of raw, unsalted, toasted nuts (walnuts, almonds or cashews are great!)
Instructions
  1. An oldie but a goodie! Skip the pre-packaged, sugar-laden variety and go straight for the organic steel cut oats. Why? Because rolled oats are highly processed, typically steamed, cut, steamed again and roasted, making them less nutritionally dense.

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Quinoa and Brown Rice
 
Both quinoa and brown rice are excellent sources of protein, fiber and carbohydrates. The combination of these nutrients equates to a lower glycemic index, so you won’t experience raises (and crashes) in blood sugar.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa and brown rice (½ cup each)
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • Combine with:
  • 1 Tbs pure grade B maple syrup
  • Lemon zest to taste
  • 1 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 Tbs toasted pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Cook over medium-low heat until milk is absorbed and quinoa and brown rice are tender.

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Sweet Potato
 
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, B6, C, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are also a complex carbohydrate and a perfect go to meal or snack food. Enjoy with butter made from grass-fed cows, ghee or coconut milk greek-style yogurt. Top with cinnamon or simply follow the recipe below.
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sweet potato, pureed
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup oat flour (ground from rolled oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup roasted, salted almond butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Mix sweet potato puree, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract and almond butter.
  3. Add milk and stir once more.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin tins until filled almost to the top.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes (or more) until golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let rest in tins for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to let cool completely.

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Wheat Berries
 
These chewy little gems of fiber, iron, B vitamins, zinc and magnesium are the unprocessed kernels of wheat. They have a great texture and stand up well alone or mixed along with another grain or in a salad.
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup cooked wheat berries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, raw with mother
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup kale (massaged with salt, rinsed)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • orange zest
Instructions
  1. Loosely chop or tear kale; toss with wheat berries, blueberries and red onion.
  2. Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Combine salad with dressing and enjoy!

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Popcorn
 
Sometimes we just need a few handfuls of a salty, crunchy snack food. Popcorn is a whole grain and as long as you are avoiding the movie theatre variety or microwaveable bag, you are doing something great for your body. Just make sure you buy GMO-free kernels ;)
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels.
  • Powdered Nutritional Yeast, to taste
  • 1 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over stove top in large pot (be sure to have a lid)
  2. Add kernels, cover, wait and listen.
  3. Once kernels begin to pop, gently shake over heat.
  4. When popping slows, remove from heat, dump into large bowl and toss generously with nutritional yeast and salt.
  5. If you have a popcorn maker, skip steps 1-4 and use as directed :)

About the Author

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Caroline Cosgrove is the founder of New Beginnings Health and Fitness Coaching, focusing on raising awareness of the health effects caused by the Standard American Diet. A Certified Holistic Health Coach and Online Fitness Coach, she educates her clients on the importance of creating a healthy, happy and balanced life, focused on exercise and nutrition. Her programs consist of both group and individual education, as well as children’s nutrition education.

Caroline is the mother of a healthy and happy 5-year-old girl, Sienna. Together, they are currently working to bring an organic vegetable garden to the school and to create a healthier school lunch program.

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: Recipe for Loaded Nachos (without the guilt) http://fitlife.tv/super-bowl-sunday-recipe-for-loaded-nachos-without-the-guilt-original/ http://fitlife.tv/super-bowl-sunday-recipe-for-loaded-nachos-without-the-guilt-original/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:43:46 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54100 Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 12.33.40 PM

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By Doris Dahdouh

The Super Bowl has become a huge part of American culture. A lot of people look forward to this day for the game, the commercials and the festivities. It has easily become one of the most popular party days in the United States with some game-goer’s even deeming it a “holiday.”

And as you know, with holidays come excess alcohol and food, often things we don’t typically indulge in on a regular basis. Many people wait all year for this social gathering, not just to watch the big game, but to enjoy the many yummy treats it’s sure to provide. Unfortunately, a lot of these treats are unhealthy and can easily distract you from your path to healthy eating.

But you do not have to throw in the towel! You can be successful if you go into your Super Bowl party with a game plan. Pun intended.

First and foremost, nourish your body with plenty of healthy eats and drink plenty of water before your Super Bowl party. This way you are not hungry and end up overindulging when you arrive to the party, or throughout the night while watching the game.  

Second, avoid hanging out by any tables where food and alcohol are laid out. People tend to overeat and drink incessantly while chatting when food and alcohol is around them. Try your very best to avoid anything that is overly processed, sugary and filled with gluten. If you’re over 21, limit your alcohol intake by half of what you normally consume and commit to having a glass of water between beverages.

Third, bring a healthier dish alternative so that you have options. Have healthy alternatives, whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one by bringing something homemade or from a health foods market. This way, you have no excuses to eat solely the unhealthy options that are sure to be available. Also, sharing your yummy - and healthy - dish may inspire others to make healthier choices at the same time. It’s a “win-win” situation!

Below you will find a healthier recipe for loaded nachos that are sure to be a hit!  

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Organic Loaded Nachos
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag organic blue corn tortilla chips
  • organic refried beans, cooked (recipe below)
  • organic guacamole (recipe below)
  • organic homemade salsa (recipe below)
  • 1 organic large cucumber, shredded
  • 1 organic small red onion, chopped
  • 1 handful organic cilantro, chopped for a garnish on top (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place chips on a large serving tray, then layer each ingredient on top, in the order above. And voilà! That’s it! (optional: sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a “cheesy” flavor, chock-full of nutrients!)

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Organic Refried Beans Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup organic pinto
  • ½ cup black beans
  • half an onion
  • 1 Tbs. fresh organic minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. of organic extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Soak ½ cup organic pinto and ½ cup black beans overnight in cool water.
  2. Place beans in a medium or large pot with fresh water and half an onion.
  3. Let boil for 2 hours, or until beans are soft.
  4. Place cooked beans in a strainer, remove onion and set aside.
  5. In a large frying pan, sauté 1 Tbs. fresh organic minced garlic in 1 Tbs. of organic extra virgin olive oil for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Add beans, 1 tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp coriander, sea salt and pepper to taste and stir until mixed well.
  7. Turn the heat off and set aside.
  8. Get a fork, potato masher, or electric hand blender and mix until the beans are evenly mashed.

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Organic Guacamole Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sized organic avocado, mashed
  • 1 medium organic tomato, diced
  • 1 handful of freshly chopped organic cilantro
  • 1 small organic red onion, diced
  • juice from a ½ medium sized organic lime
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients.

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Organic Homemade Salsa Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 medium sized organic beef steak tomatoes, diced
  • 1 handful thoroughly washed organic cilantro, chopped
  • ½ an organic small red onion, chopped
  • juice from ½ an organic lime
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (or more, depending on how spicy you like it)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, place the ingredients above.
  2. Mash and mix with a fork, potato masher, or electric hand blender.

About the Author

Doris Dahdouh (1)

Doris Dahdouh has a Master’s Degree in social work and has helped counsel children and help families since 2001. In 2012, she became very ill due to a hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorder. Doris was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) many years ago and was treated with mainstream medicine which did not help her. She hit rock bottom before finding refuge in holistic living, by juicing, going gluten free and eating clean, organic, whole foods. Over the past couple of years, Doris has educated herself on a healthy lifestyle by reading information by Dr. Joel Furhman, Drew Canole, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Vani Hari (a.k.a. Food Babe) and more.  

Doris is enrolled to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is very excited to help others achieve their best by combining her psychoanalytic skills and what she hopes to learn in the health coaching certification program. With a heart for others, she is eager to continue assisting as many people as possible towards optimal health.

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3-Day Winter Juice Cleanse For Newbies http://fitlife.tv/3-day-winter-juice-cleanse-for-newbies-original/ http://fitlife.tv/3-day-winter-juice-cleanse-for-newbies-original/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:59:02 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54056 Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 1.18.39 AM

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By Doris Dahdouh

Being a “newbie” comes with feelings of doubt and uncertainty. You may be feeling a little intimidated by the juicing world, but just know that this is normal when it comes to trying anything new. If you’re motivated by other peoples stories, I recommend watching the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”... this documentary literally changed my life and opened my eyes to the necessities of juicing and I am confident that it can do the same for you! Soon after seeing this documentary, you may realize that you need a little system reboot too, especially if you are overweight, feeling sluggish, foggy headed, bloated, or just not feeling your best.

You are probably wondering, “Where do I start?” or “What kind of juicer do I get?”  Here is an easy breakdown.

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There are two kinds of juicers - centrifugal and masticating. Centrifugal juicers tend to be more affordable and the most common in the marketplace due to price point, ease of use and ease of cleanup. These juicers heat up the produce because there is a high-speed spinning motor that extracts the juice out of a mesh filter. When using centrifugal juicers, it is important to note that you should drink the juice almost immediately. Do not wait past 15-30 minutes to enjoy your juice because the heat causes oxidation, or a foaming component, which decreases the nutrients in the produce, destroying nutritious enzymes.

Masticating juicers have an auger (cork like part) that crushes and squeezes the produce slowly. It is typically done on a single motor, so the juice is believed to come out with more fiber, holding onto the nutrients longer. Fitlife.tv also has some information on different types of juicers.

Now that you know a little more about the types of juicers, figure out your budget and then go shopping! Sure, it’s an investment but you’re worth it!

Now that you have you juicer, here is an easy 3 day juice cleanse to get you started on your juicing journey. Since it is cold in most places during the Winter, illness is more rampant. Therefore, it is a good idea to make juices that contain produce/ingredients that are high in antioxidants, vitamin C and have an anti-inflammatory factor to keep your immune system healthy and strong.

Before you begin keep these 3 things in mind:

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  1. Plan on drinking lemon water (8 ounces of room temperature water with juice from ½ lemon) on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, then prepare your fresh juice. Plan on having fresh juice for breakfast and lunch.
  2. Plan on having 8-16 ounces of water, 8-16 ounces of low sodium veggie or quality animal broth and a cup of herbal tea for your midday and mid-afternoon snacks and again after dinner, if you’re still hungry.
  3. Plan on dinner consisting of clean, raw, whole plant based foods. That means no coffee, refined sugars, gluten, or packaged/processed food-like items. *Note if you are used to coffee, you may experience a headache. Know this is temporary and be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out those toxins. If it’s too much to handle, make sure it’s organic and black (no creamers, sugars, etc.) and wean yourself, enjoying ½ of your regular amount until you’ve cut it out completely.

All produce/ingredients should be organic for the best flavor, nutrients and overall healthy profile.

Day 1

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Breakfast Juice
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large kale leaves
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 green apple
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 thumb sized ginger root
  • 1 thumb sized turmeric root
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds (1 Tbs.)
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce thoroughly.
  2. Add all ingredients to juicer, except chia seeds.
  3. Transfer juice to large glass, or BPA free water bottle.
  4. Add chia seeds to your juice, mix then consume immediately.

Midday Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

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Lunch Juice
 
Ingredients
  • 3 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 pear
  • Pinch of ground flax seeds (about 1 Tbs.)
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce thoroughly.
  2. Add all ingredients to juicer, except flax seeds.
  3. Transfer juice to large glass, or BPA free water bottle.
  4. Add flaxseeds to your juice, mix then consume immediately.

Mid-Afternoon Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

Dinner - Large fresh mixed greens salad with cucumbers, radishes, beets, tomatoes and walnuts. Add a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt and apple cider vinegar to taste. 1 cup of mixed berries for dessert.

After Dinner Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

Day 2

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Breakfast Juice
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large Swiss chard leaves
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 gala apple
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 thumb sized ginger root
  • 1 thumb sized turmeric root
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds (1 Tbs.)
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce thoroughly.
  2. Add all ingredients to juicer, except chia seeds.
  3. Transfer juice to large glass, or a BPA free water bottle.
  4. Add chia seeds to your juice, mix then consume immediately.

Midday Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

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Lunch Juice
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cabbage
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 pear
  • Pinch of ground flaxseeds
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce thoroughly.
  2. Add all ingredients to juicer, except flax seeds.
  3. Transfer juice to large glass, or a BPA free water bottle.
  4. Add flaxseeds to your juice, mix then consume immediately.

Mid-Afternoon Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

Dinner - 1-2 cups cooked quinoa with mixed black and red kidney beans. Cooked separately. Add together in a medium saucepan, seasoned with a little allspice, sea salt, black pepper and fresh lime juice. Small handful of mixed nuts and an apple for dessert.

After Dinner Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

Day 3

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Breakfast Juice
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large collard greens leaves
  • 1 handful watercress
  • 1 green apple
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 thumb sized ginger root
  • 1 thumb sized turmeric root
  • Pinch of chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce thoroughly.
  2. Add all ingredients to juicer, except chia seeds.
  3. Transfer juice to large glass, or a BPA free water bottle.
  4. Add chia seeds to your juice, mix then consume immediately.

Midday Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

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Lunch Juice
 
Ingredients
  • ½ large stalk of broccoli
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pear
  • Pinch of ground flaxseeds
Instructions
  1. Wash all produce thoroughly.
  2. Add all ingredients to juicer, except flax seeds.
  3. Transfer juice to large glass, or a BPA free water bottle.
  4. Add flaxseeds to your juice, mix then consume immediately.

Mid-Afternoon Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

Dinner - 1-2 cups organic brown or wild rice and green lentils. Cooked separately. Mix together in a medium saucepan seasoned with a little allspice, sea salt and pepper. Eat with ¼ sliced avocado on the side. 1 cup fresh pineapple and small handful of brazil nuts for dessert.  

After Dinner Snack - 8-16 oz of water, 8-16 oz of broth and a cup of herbal tea.

By the third day, you are likely to feel lighter and “cleaner.” You will want to slowly work your body back to solid foods, keeping them “clean” and opting for whole, real foods instead of processed and packaged choices. Continue to have your lemon water first thing in the morning and fresh juice on an empty stomach. Wait 20 minutes, then have a fresh and hearty breakfast and solid whole plant based food throughout the day. If you would like to add meat, eggs and poultry to your diet, make sure they are organic, hormone and antibiotic free. Continue to avoid caffeine, gluten, processed and sugary foods and drinks at least 80% of the time. Save your 20% for small enjoyable indulgences.

Cheers to you on taking this step to embark on this healthy journey! Your mind and body will thank you!

About the Author

Doris Dahdouh (1)

Doris Dahdouh has a Master’s Degree in social work and has helped counsel children and help families since 2001. In 2012, she became very ill due to a hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorder. Doris was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) many years ago and was treated with mainstream medicine which did not help her. She hit rock bottom before finding refuge in holistic living, by juicing, going gluten free and eating clean, organic, whole foods. Over the past couple of years, Doris has educated herself on a healthy lifestyle by reading information by Dr. Joel Furhman, Drew Canole, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Vani Hari (a.k.a. Food Babe) and more.  

Doris is enrolled to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is very excited to help others achieve their best by combining her psychoanalytic skills and what she hopes to learn in the health coaching certification program. With a heart for others, she is eager to continue assisting as many people as possible towards optimal health.

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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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Don’t Waste the Pulp! 2 Recipes to Put Your Juice Pulp to Good Use! http://fitlife.tv/dont-waste-the-pulp-2-recipes-to-put-your-juice-pulp-to-good-use-original/ http://fitlife.tv/dont-waste-the-pulp-2-recipes-to-put-your-juice-pulp-to-good-use-original/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:45:18 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54033 Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 11.31.12 PM

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By Doris Dahdouh

So you started juicing… good for you! You made an incredible decision to get yourself on a healthy path and no doubt you’ll feel amazing in no time (maybe you already do!). But since you started juicing, have you ever looked at the pulp and thought, “what a waste!”? Maybe you even stopped juicing because you did not know what to do with the leftover pulp and were sick of wasting the precious - and costly - produce! If these thoughts have crossed your mind, I am here to help!   

In order to make the below recipes, you will need a couple of large pots, an electric hand blender and a large sifter (in addition to your juicer). Be sure to use organic produce/ingredients whenever they’re available as well. Not only is the flavor better, but by buying organic, you’ll be avoiding unnecessary toxins and pesticides. And bonus if you’re buying from a local farmer!

In preparation for below recipes, do the following first:  

  1. Wash your produce thoroughly
  2. Remove any seeds or stems from apples or pears
  3. Peel any roots, such as ginger or turmeric, or any produce with a tough exterior, such as pineapples
  4. Cut off the ends of carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, parsley, cilantro, etc.
  5. Peel all garlic cloves
  6. Cut lemons and oranges in fours and remove seeds

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Lentil Vegetable Puree
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large kale leaves
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 gala apples
  • 1 green apple
  • ½ large head of broccoli
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 6-8 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½” knob fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a juicer. Drink the juice immediately. Set pulp aside.

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Additional ingredients (not to be juiced):
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place large pot on the stove and set the heat to medium. Add extra virgin olive oil and onions. Saute and stir onions until they are translucent. Add lentils. Stir for 1-2 mins. Add pulp and stir continuously for 2-4 minutes. Add water, spices and stir. Let it boil for 1-2 minutes. Cover and let simmer for 45-60 minutes. After the lentils have cooked, turn the heat off and set aside. Get your electric hand blender and use the high setting while stirring. Blend until the consistency is smooth. Serve as a soup, over organic rice/quinoa, or as base sauce for baked wild caught salmon or fish of your choice. *You can cut the recipe in half to make a smaller portion. Any leftovers can be placed into containers and placed into the freezer for up to a month.

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Vegetable Broth
 
Ingredients
  • Juicing pulp (recipe above or your own)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 lime/lemon juice
  • 4-8 cups of water (enough water to cover twice the pulp’s quantity)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot and set to boil for 2-4 minutes. Lower the heat and let simmer for 45-60 minutes. After it has cooked, turn off the heat and set aside. Let it cool for a few minutes. Place another large pot in the sink and get the large sifter. Pour the liquid through the sifter and into the second large pot. Discard the content in the sifter. Use the vegetable broth however you’d like, or freeze for later use. The pulp from most detox juice recipes can work to make a nice vegetable broth. Vegetable broth can be used in many recipes such as soups, rice, stuffed vegetables and more.

About the Author

Doris Dahdouh (1)

Doris Dahdouh has a Master’s Degree in social work and has helped counsel children and help families since 2001. In 2012, she became very ill due to a hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorder. Doris was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) many years ago and was treated with mainstream medicine which did not help her. She hit rock bottom before finding refuge in holistic living, by juicing, going gluten free and eating clean, organic, whole foods. Over the past couple of years, Doris has educated herself on a healthy lifestyle by reading information by Dr. Joel Furhman, Drew Canole, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Vani Hari (a.k.a. Food Babe) and more.  

Doris is enrolled to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is very excited to help others achieve their best by combining her psychoanalytic skills and what she hopes to learn in the health coaching certification program. With a heart for others, she is eager to continue assisting as many people as possible towards optimal health.

Connect with Doris:

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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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Finding Purpose in Your Struggle: Wendi’s Weight Loss Story http://fitlife.tv/finding-purpose-in-your-struggle-wendis-weight-loss-story_original/ http://fitlife.tv/finding-purpose-in-your-struggle-wendis-weight-loss-story_original/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:54:47 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54027 drewssexybody (3)Written by: Caroline Cosgrove

If you are reading this, it’s likely because everything else you have done to try and live a healthier lifestyle has failed. You’ve crash dieted, only to gain the weight (plus some) back. You’ve joined gyms, only to stop going three weeks in and giving up. You’ve made promises to yourself that you would quit smoking, quit drinking, quit binge eating… but you keep finding yourself back in the same miserable place. I know. Because I have been there. But this story isn’t mine. This belongs to a woman named Wendi, whom I met because, for different reasons, we were following the same spiritual and physical journey.

What I learned through Wendi’s transformation, as well as my own, is that most times, the battle to change your life goes deeper than what you put on your plate. And sometimes admitting this is the hardest part.

Quit saying what you want, instead understand why you want and deserve it!

Like so many people I have met through my own journey and in my coaching business, Wendi didn’t just wake up one day overweight and unhappy, the same way she didn’t just wake up thin and in control of her life, with a newfound burning passion to help others. Instead, her struggles were a series of missteps, a lifetime of negative feelings surfacing as negative behavior. What led her to where she is today, which is 87 pounds thinner, now a health coach and personal trainer, a loving wife, a mother and positive role model to her 5 children was her WHY. Because if she didn’t change, she would die.

Wendi admits to having a long history of depression. Learning that she would have to be on medication for the rest of her life, she attempted to take her own life to avoid being dependent on prescription drugs. Not just once, but three times! At just 16 years old, she was a high school dropout and a single mother of 2 young children. Adding to her history of self-destruction, she developed an addiction to alcohol, which left her either missing, or forgetting, much of her children’s earlier years.

When you are at your lowest point, fear leaves and change sets in.

After years of denying herself happiness, Wendi literally woke up, committed to changing her life. There was no reason that sticks out, no ah-ha moment to speak of. She had just had enough. She stopped taking her medication and after 12 years of relying on drugs, she learned to rely on herself.

Smoking nearly two packs of cigarettes a day, Wendi could only manage 10 minutes at a time on the treadmill before she would be short of breath. But she kept going. She started educating herself on proper nutrition and portion sizes. As her nutrition improved, so did her fitness level. With her new found confidence, she took to yoga and pilates classes. Shortly after, she began P90X, a home based fitness program. And her world as she knew it, changed.

In under a years time, Wendi lost 87 pounds. As remarkable as that is, it was what she gained that made me love her story so much. Wendi gained the life that she desired and deserved. She married her now-husband, who not only supported her through her transformation, but got on board with her and now together, they inspire their children to make healthy decisions. She realized, while she was undergoing her transformation, how many other people were where she was; sick and tired and on the verge of giving up. So she decided to do something about it.

On the other side of fear is your purpose.

Wendi became a health coach, helping people find and stick to fitness and nutrition programs. A recent graduate of the Institute For Integrative Nutrition, Wendi believes she has found her calling in helping others overcome their weight loss struggles. She is currently studying to become a personal trainer and looks forward to training her own clients very soon.

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I follow Wendi through her online support page. She is supportive, motivational, uplifting, beautiful… she is all of these things and so much more. But the best part? She is real. She uses her story now - one that she used to be embarrassed of, a life that she tried to hide from, a life that she even tried to escape from - to help people break free from their chains and live a more meaningful life.

Wendi is proof that change is possible. If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way and if not, you’ll find an excuse. Keep chasing your dreams, FitLifers. And know that you too, can have all that you want in life. It starts with the decision to try.


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Caroline Cosgrove is the founder of New Beginnings Health and Fitness Coaching, focusing on raising awareness of the health effects caused by the Standard American Diet. A Certified Holistic Health Coach and Online Fitness Coach, she educates her clients on the importance of creating a healthy, happy and balanced life, focused on exercise and nutrition. Her programs consist of both group and individual education, as well as children’s nutrition education. Caroline is the mother of a healthy and happy 5-year-old girl, Sienna. Together, they are currently working to bring an organic vegetable garden to the school and to create a healthier school lunch program. Connect with Caroline: Website, Facebook, 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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The Lies Your Scale Tells You and 5 Steps For Weight Loss Success http://fitlife.tv/the-lies-your-scale-tells-you-and-5-steps-for-weight-loss-success_original/ http://fitlife.tv/the-lies-your-scale-tells-you-and-5-steps-for-weight-loss-success_original/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:41:17 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54011 drewssexybody (3)Written by: Jennifer Barrows

What if you found out that there was someone very important in your life that was lying to you? Think about that for a moment. Be honest. What would you do? Would you confront this person? Would you be able to believe anything this person said to you ever again?

Well, guess what… you are being lied to, lured into false beliefs, measuring your worth based upon these lies and you keep going back for more. Who am I talking about?

Your scale!

All my life, I lived in a family of women who were obsessed with the scale. They all tried diet after diet and for them, the truth of their success was in that number they were faced with every week. If that number moved up, they felt like failures, worthy of punishment, worthy of restriction and deprivation and negative self-talk. If the number moved down, they felt successful, unless of course, their number didn’t move down “enough”. They were given weight goals to achieve and if they were not reaching their goals fast enough, they gave up. But this obsession wasn’t entirely their fault! Mainstream media bombards us every day with messages that to be truly happy and healthy, we need to lose weight and pay attention to the number on the scale.

If you can relate to this, you’re not alone.

It wasn’t until I faced my own struggle with weight that I understood what the women in my family went through on a daily basis.  I was taking medications and one of the side effects was weight gain. I quickly put on 75 lbs. There were times when I weighed myself every day, sometimes several times. Each time the scale went down, I celebrated. Each time it went up, I berated myself with everything I could have done better. All the hard work I put in each day to eat healthy food and all the workouts I sweated through suddenly had no meaning. When I was able to start getting off of my medications, I quickly dropped 40 lbs.  And while I was thrilled, I still wanted to drop the rest of the weight… and fast!

For several years, I have followed a health and fitness plan that offers 12 week challenges throughout the year. There were so many times I would get to week 5, week 7 or week 9 and decide that because I wasn’t seeing any weight loss on the scale, that I must have been doing it wrong and I would give up and go back to living on junk food and lattés. I had no idea that I had actually been making good progress over time because my only tool of measurement was the scale.

I wasn’t seeing big numbers towards my weight loss, so in turn, I thought I must have been doing it all wrong, which meant I wasn’t good enough to win the challenge (insert negative self-talk here). The truth is, I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Once I realized that the scale was lying to me, I realized that I had actually made amazing transformations each time I had participated in the program. My results from my last challenge showed only 2lbs lost on the scale, but I went down two sizes! My before photo showed a bloated stomach and my after photo showed a much tighter midsection.  In the last couple of years, I have gone from being bloated and sluggish, having high blood pressure and high cholesterol to having perfect blood pressure, good cholesterol numbers and although I have only lost half of the weight I gained from the medication, I am able to wear the clothes I wore before taking the prescription drugs.

I tell you this story because chances are, you can relate and I want you to know that you are not alone!

But enough about me.  

Here’s the deal about your scale: It is mean and nasty and doesn’t tell the truth about your health. The number you see each week does not undo all of your hard work. It does not magnify that little bit of chocolate you had on Tuesday. And it does not define your success.

Here are two big reasons why your scale is a liar:

1. Normal Daily Fluctuations

skd224115sdcIf you weigh yourself every day, or even several times each day, you will likely see weight changes of up to 5 lbs. The reasons for this include water retention, the level of inflammation in your body and whether or not your digestion is moving smoothly.  

Have you ever worked out really hard, only to see a gain on the scale the next day? Wouldn’t it make sense that by burning calories, that you would weigh less the next day? Logically, sure. But here’s what really happens…

When you work out, you create micro tears in your muscles. As these tears heal up, they leave behind a tiny bit of scar tissue and that is how your muscles get toned and grow. Any time your body is injured, inflammation happens. Your body rushes fluid and white blood cells to the site of the injury so that it can heal. Your body sees the micro tears from working out as injuries and rushes fluid and white blood cells to the muscles to aid in healing. That is part of the reason your muscles are more pumped up after your workouts. This process can temporarily add a little bit of weight to your scale.

Water retention can contribute to scale weight. Believe it or not, you retain more water if you are dehydrated. Your cells and tissues need water in order to work correctly and if you aren’t drinking enough water each day, your body will hold on to what it does have so that it can maintain life. Note: The same goes for lack of nutrients - and food! Your body stores all the fat it can to use for fuel since it doesn’t know when it will get its next meal. This is why eating well balanced meals throughout the day is so important.

If your digestive system is clogged up, you will see it on the scale too. The colon can hold onto several pounds of waste. It is important to stay hydrated and make sure you are eating enough fiber to keep things moving along.

2. Muscle Volume vs. Fat Volume

timthumb.phpI am sure you have heard it a million times: “Muscle weighs more than fat.” It sounds true, but think about it: five pounds of muscle weighs the same as five pounds of fat. Five pounds is five pounds. That’s physics. There’s no getting around that. The big difference is how much room (or volume) each takes up in your body and the rate at which you are burning fat, as opposed to the rate at which you are packing on muscle.

Muscle tissue is much more compact than fat tissue, so if you are made up of a lot of muscle and not much fat, it is possible to weigh more than someone who looks larger than you, but has more fat tissue than muscle.

The way this works on the scale is that if you are eating well and working out, you may be adding muscle to your body before you are burning the fat off. This can throw you off because you are seeing gains on the scale. If the scale is your only tool of measurement, beware! You might think you are failing and quit right before your body crosses the line into burning off your extra fat tissue.

Your body needs to burn calories in order to maintain its muscle tone, so the more muscle you put on, the more calories you burn. Pair that with a healthy eating plan, and you will become a fat burning machine. It may take time, but you are going to eventually see the results pay off in your favor. Your body will begin to shrink and tone and guess what… your scale may lie to you once again, showing you either a tiny weight loss, or maybe even a gain.

And that’s okay!

Finally, a word about all those people you know and all those people you see on TV who have lost hundreds of pounds on whatever quick-fix plan they are following.  Yes, it is probably true and if you fall into the category of obesity, you will likely see loss at the beginning of your journey. (Remember my story of dropping weight immediately after stopping meds and getting on a good plan.).

The most important thing here is to make sure you are choosing a plan that is healthy, covers all your nutritional needs and that you pair daily movement with your healthy eating plans.

Your plan should be sustainable for the long-term and not just a crash diet. Make things easier on yourself by following these 5 simple steps to success:

  1. Set A Realistic Timeframe. Put your new plan into chunks of smaller time frames and celebrate your victories (even the small ones).
  2. Measure Your Success. Take measurements at different intervals, such as every four weeks, eight weeks and 12 weeks. Make sure you have more tools than just the scale to measure your progress. Taking measurements is great! Comparing how your clothes fit at different times during your plan works too.
  3. Write It Down. Keep a journal and track your food, exercise, thoughts and progress. Be honest with yourself without judgement.
  4. Know Your Numbers. Check in with your doctor and keep track of the numbers that really matter: your blood pressure and cholesterol are two big ones.  
  5. Find Support. Working with a Health Coach is a great way to check in on how you are feeling and help you sort out any negative self-talk that may derail you.

Above all else, don’t measure your worth by what number your scale shows you. You are worthy and deserving of vibrant health, energy to do the things you want to do, and total happiness.

And deep down, you know you rock!


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Jennifer Barrows is an Empowered Single Mom, Writer and Certified Health Coach, practicing north of Boston. She received her health coaching certificate from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in December of 2013. Her coaching practice focuses on helping guide women through life transitions, using food and lifestyle upgrades to improve their moods and outlook. She has written for local newspapers and has an upcoming book on helping single moms heal after divorce, which is scheduled to be published in the Spring of 2015. Connect with Jennifer: Facebook, Website


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Make use of this information to hype up your very own detoxification! Start now!

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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14 Simple Ways to Use Lemons Each Day http://fitlife.tv/14-simple-ways-to-use-lemons-each-day_original/ http://fitlife.tv/14-simple-ways-to-use-lemons-each-day_original/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:23:10 +0000 http://fitlife.tv/?p=54002 organifi-web2

Written by: Burnette Nguyen

Lemons have so many health benefits. Since lemons are so versatile and inexpensive, it’s easy to incorporate them into your daily wellness routine and here’s how!

lemonwater1. A glass of lemon water is a great way to detox and wake up your body first thing in the morning. Not only does it help rev up your metabolism, but it aids in detoxification and healthy digestion.

If you’re feeling a little bloated or puffy, lemon also acts as a diuretic. Plus, it is a great way to liven up your water and stay hydrated if you’re not a big water drinker. You can even make spa water by adding slices of lemon to a pitcher of water and storing it in your fridge. Whenever you need a break, drink a glass and visualize yourself getting a spa treatment. Add basil, mint or cucumber to really indulge!

2. You can create a DIY skin brightener by taking 1 part lemon juice and 1 part filtered water. Apply on dark spots to lighten skin. (Beware of sores on skin, it can sting. Also, avoid direct sunlight if using lemon on the skin as it can make you more prone to burns.)

3. Make homemade whitening toothpaste by combining: juice of half a lemon, ½ cup of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of stevia (adjust to taste).

4. You can create natural highlights in your hair by combing lemon juice through your hair before you go outside. The sun will help the lemon lighten your strands. Rinse the lemon juice with water after a few hours.

5. Dissolve your stubborn blackheads by taking a cotton ball dipped in diluted lemon juice and applying the mixture to your affected areas.

6. Make a skin exfoliant recipe (including chapped lips!) by mixing 1 teaspoon of each: raw honey, lemon juice and baking soda.

adb02524-dbce-4815-8435-d759607ea68e7. If you experience dandruff or have damaged hair, a great scalp treatment is: juice from 1 lemon and ½ cup of olive oil. Comb the mixture through your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Afterwards, wash your hair like normal to remove the mixture from your strands.

8. You can make a natural household cleaner using:  juice from 1 lemon, ½ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and 1½ cups of baking soda.

9. Give yourself a manicure by taking 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil and mixing it with 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. Massage the oil around your cuticles to get healthy, strong nails.

10. When you are feeling under the weather, an immunity boosting tea consisting of: lemon juice from half a lemon, ½ tablespoon of raw honey, teaspoon of grated ginger and 1 cup of warm water can stave off an oncoming cold or flu.

11. The citric acid in lemons helps with toothaches. Apply a slice of lemon directly on the affected tooth to relieve the pain until you can see your dentist.

12. Drinking some lemon juice with warm water after a meal can aid with digestion and remedy constipation.

13. The scent of lemon can help relieve fatigue and depression. Slice open a fresh lemon, or open a bottle of lemon essential oil and breathe in deeply for an instant surge in  energy!

aromatherapy_300x300_istock14. Aromatherapy using lemon essential oil helps get your lymphatic system flowing, which can possibly inhibit certain cancers. Put some essential oil in a diffuser and enjoy the scent as it fills up the room. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can put some lemon essential oil in your hands, rub them together and take a few deep breaths.

Try some of these tips out and let me know what you think! You’ll be the MacGyver of lemons with these tricks under your belt, taking your health to the next level.


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Burnette Nguyen is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a Certified Foot Zonologist. She was able to overcome a chronic kidney disease through holistic medicine and is now helping others to live a life of wellness too.  For more info about Burnette, visit her website.

 


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: 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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