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Body Weight or Body Measurement; Which is Best?

tips Feb 28, 2020

When adopting a healthier lifestyle in hopes of losing weight, in the form of body fat, the 2 most popular ways to track progress are;

1. Body weight

2. Body measurements

They both have their place in monitoring progress, however, in my opinion, one method is hands down the best option. Here are my take and recommendation.

Body Weight

Measuring body weight on a scale wins the convenience factor because scales are available most anywhere. But it’s also the most inaccurate because it takes everything into account, including what you just ate or drank, what you’re wearing, your fluid retention, and your bones, fat & muscle.

And lastly, it seems to be the most misused. Some people get downright obsessive and weigh themselves multiple times throughout the day and think they have gained or lost based on the reading. I even heard of a woman who packed her scale when she traveled. Now that’s obsessive.

It’s near impossible to gain or lose a pound of fat in a few...

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Ferment or Pickle, What’s It Going To Be?

fermentation pickles tips Feb 28, 2020

All fermented foods are pickles, but not all pickled foods are ferments. What? This can be confusing because both are referred to as pickles. The term pickle refers to any fruit or vegetable that is preserved in an acidic medium; a salt brine for fermenting or an acid for pickling. Fermenting is simply a form of pickling, so they both really are pickles.

I love both, and I prepare both. My method choice is based on the goal of the product. However, I do choose one over the other more often. Here’s the low-down.

These food preservation techniques have stood the test of time. Humans have been eating pickles for many thousands of years. For added incentive, you can easily make them at home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought. Personally, I think homemade is better.

Read labels if purchasing from a store because most have added yellow dye. Why? I have no idea. It isn’t necessary because they are colorful and beautiful just as they are.

For fermenting, the brine can be...

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Are You Sure You’re Hungry? Understanding the Signals

tips Feb 14, 2020

Many times, poor nutrition, hormones, lack of sleep, thirst or chronic stress are masquerading as hunger. Learn to read the signals before reaching for something to eat.

1. Poor Nutrition: A person can overeat, yet still feel hungry all the time. If your food choices lack nutrients, your body will crave food to satisfy this deficiency. If you aren’t getting enough protein and fat, you may not feel satisfied. If you’re eating too many refined carbohydrates, your body will crave more. Refined carbs burn very quickly in your body. Until you retrain your body to also burn fat for fuel, you’ll crave more refined carbs.

Fix:

  • Balance your macronutrients every time you eat. Everyone’s body has different needs, but typically well-balanced macros are moderate protein, good quality fat to reach satiety and good quality carbs. Get your carbs from vegetables and fruit versus refined flours, sugars, and processed food.
  • Eat a wide variety of colorful,...
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Achieve Healthy Longevity: 7 Tips

longevity tips Feb 13, 2020

“I don’t want to get old and decrepit!” Have you ever said or heard this? Or there’s this quote by Hunter S. Thompson; “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”.

Based on what’s going on around us, these are fair statements. There are way too many elderly folks limited by their poor health and lack of strength and mobility. But what if you could live a long life with great cognition,...

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My Family Will Never Go For That!

tips Feb 12, 2020

Yes, yes, they will! You know you need to make changes to your family’s diet, but you also worry that they’ll never go along willingly. That’s OK, I got you. I’ll share with you my 6 top tips for not only getting them to go along willingly but to also ensure that they love the changes.

I caution you not to tell them what you’re doing. That is an important tip to remember. Kids, and sometimes even spouses, will automatically rebel if they think you are trying to make them eat healthier. For some crazy reason, eating healthy has a bad rap. Falsely so, in my opinion. Eating nutrient-dense, satisfying food is incredibly delicious. Avoid saying diet, grain-free, sugar-free, eat more veggies, healthier food, etc. Just make the changes!

My 6 Top Tips

1. Eliminate processed vegetable oils such as partially hydrogenated oils, high polyunsaturated vegetable or seed oils, margarine or buttery spreads. These are wreaking havoc on your health. Instead eat...

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Vitamin D – Is Your Level Optimized?

tips vitamin d Feb 08, 2020

Are you vitamin D deficient? It’s quite possible. According to the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) database, at least 40% of Americans are deficient.

These are all potential signs of deficiency.

  • Are you tired or sick often?
  • Do you experience anxiety or depression?
  • Do you experience muscle, bone or back pain?
  • Are your bones thinning or brittle?
  • Do you have osteoporosis or frequent bone fractures?
  • Do you have muscle weakness, loss of cognition, and asthma?

Here’s a shocking statistic for you; according to Free the Kids – Dirt is Good, prison inmates spend more time outdoors than the average kid. Holy cow! Think this might be adding to our problem?

Let’s look at causes and how to optimize your levels so you can optimize your health.

First, we need to understand what it is and what is the ideal level, not just for surviving but for thriving. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vital nutrient that your body requires to absorb calcium from your gut...

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Is Intermittent Fasting for Everyone?

intermittent fasting tips Nov 26, 2019
 

Fasting can range from hours to days, weeks or even months. Intermittent Fasting typically refers to hours. Humans have been fasting for thousands of years, and most religions have a deep history of fasting.

Intermittent Fasting, simply put, is eating within a ‘limited window’. Eating and fasting are alternated. This cycling between eating and fasting is a natural human state. However, this is contrary to what many of us do today. Most people have food within an arm’s reach at all times, or at least within the next room. Thousands of years ago, food had to be caught, killed, picked or dug up, so we often went many hours or...

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Cars and Planes and Hotels, Oh My!

snacks tips travel vacation Nov 19, 2019
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Make Thanksgiving Delicious AND Nutritious!

holidays thanksgiving tips Nov 14, 2019
 

Let’s start with the bird. Buy the healthiest turkey you can comfortably afford. With local, pasture-raised being the healthiest and conventional (CAFO) being the least, with many options in between. To limit exposure to toxins if you go with conventional, don’t eat the fat or skin, which is where toxins are more concentrated. We like to roast ours, but there are many, many options; bacon-wrapped, fried, stuffed, braised, rubbed, smoked, just to name a few of the most popular.

Next up, dressing. I simply adapted my family’s recipe that has been around for generations and everyone loves it. I...

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Minimize Halloween Sugar Meltdowns: 3 Tips

holidays kids sugar tips Oct 31, 2019
 

Need help managing your kids’ sugar intake and navigating the upcoming Holidays? It’s easy to justify allowing our kids to consume excess sugar, you know,

  • “it’s Halloween” (or any other holiday, birthday…).
  • “it’s a childhood rite of passage”.
  • “they deserve a treat”.
  • “kids’ bodies can handle sugar”.
  • “I ate lots of sugar when I was a kid”.

Does any of this sound familiar? Trust me I’m not judging, those were my words. However, once I understood the real damage my kids’ little bodies were experiencing, I could no longer justify it.

I encourage you to consider the long-term health dangers of sugar and processed food; impaired brain function, sugar addiction, depression, cognitive delay, sleep problems, low energy, mood swings, chronic inflammation, lifelong poor eating habits, and links to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. These are real...

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