Sep 182015
 

mre-TheKetoBeginning-300x250_01Friday Fat Loss Tip #1

You can’t achieve your outcome (goal) if you don’t consistently change a behaviour.

One area we focus on during any of the healthy programs that are offered (Busy Mama Reboot, 10 Day Detox, Holistic Weight Loss/Management) is adding healthy fats to our diets. One change could be adding a fish oil supplement, an avocado to your salad, some hemp/chia seeds to your breakfast or making fat lattes – which my clients LOVE!

The important point is to make one change only and make it a habit before you start adding more habits because then you are more likely to stop doing everything!

We’ve been told for years that eating fat will make us fat…but that is not true. Today there are more low fat/no fat products than ever before and our population is getting more obese by the mouthful.

I bet that you might even be afraid to eat more fat during your day…I know I was. To start my morning with oil added to my morning routine does not sound inviting or productive, but let me tell you, in days I could see the fat melting from my waist and thighs. (Also, my energy went up, my cravings went down and the spikes in my mood leveled out). I have also consciously starting adding more healthy fats to each meal and snack.

 

How did I start this new adventure?

For years I have been consuming MCT oil or coconut oil during the day but never in the morning (such as added to my smoothies, cooking with it or a tablespoon before a meal—because I know the brain is 60% fat and good fats are required for healthy living). After reading the Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey, I started to add his brand of Brain Octane to my morning tea (plus his collagen)…this translated into a inches lost from my butt and waistline, a softening of my afternoon slump and my sugar cravings decreasing.

Then I stumbled upon healthfulpursuit.com and loved what holistic nutritionist Leanne Vogel was saying and bought her e-book, The Keto Beginning: Complete Guide +30-day Meal Plan…which has 17 chapters, 147 pages + over 70 high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein, dairy-, gluten-, sugar-, grain-, legume-free recipes. It’s the rocket fuel for achieving flawless health and effortless weight loss through sound nutrition practices and vibrant food preparation in ways you’ve never seen before.

It has further expanded my knowledge about nutrition and it is definitely worth the read. You can pick up a copy here…..

 

Which brings me to today…Your Fat Loss Friday Tip….What behaviour change can you make to add more healthy fat into your diet?? If one is making a fat latte, then check out these super recipes.

If you can’t seem to sort out what to do, then email me at tanya@moveyourbody.ca for Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching and I will be more than happy to chat with you.

 

In the meantime…enjoy this Turbo Fat Charge Latte from Leanne…

This Turbo Fat Charge Latte formula has…

  • The MCT oil: boosts metabolism, kicks up our fat burning.
  • The cacao butter: boosts serotonin levels so you start the day off happily.
  • The collagen: resets leptin, so that your body understands what fuel is what.
  • The hemp hearts: send the message to your body; specifically your hormone system, that everything is safe. 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts are 0 net carbs, so shouldn’t stop your “fast” if you’re practicing intermittent fasting.

 

 

Turbo Fat Charge Latte

  • 8 oz. brewed decaf coffee or regular coffee or your favorite tea or hot water
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cacao butter
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 2-4 drops alcohol-free stevia, optional
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed collagen

 

Instructions

  1. Brew coffee or tea, add to the jug of your high-powered blender along with MCT oil, cacao butter, hemp hearts and stevia. Blend on high for 1 minute. During the last 10 seconds, add collagen. Transfer to a cup and enjoy.

If this is overwhelming…just start by adding a tsp to tbsp. of coconut or MCT to your tea or coffee in the morning. This action step is better than taking none at all.

 

Notes

MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Totally a preference thing. Do what feels right.
How To Make Vegan: Replace the collagen with a touch-more hemp seeds, up to 3 tablespoons (3 tablespoons = 3g carbs, 9g protein)

 

What is MCTs and the Benefits

According to rebootedbody.com, MCT oil is a concentrated form of coconut oil. The extremely healthy saturated fat in coconut is comprised of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). And MCT oil is a concentrated form of that fat. However, according to healthimpactnews.com, MCT oil has had the amazing fat – lauric acid removed and the author states that eating coconut oil is better…if you are confused, don’t be.  Balance it out. I cook with coconut oil and use it on my hair, skin and teeth. I drink MCT oil and use it for my teeth. Play around and find out what works for you.

Benefits…

It’s a boost for your metabolism. MCTs increase the body’s ability to burn more energy by increasing thermogenesis.

It’s a kick-start to awesome weight loss. MCTs may help reduce the size of fat cells, leading to weight loss.

It’s a constant, steady energy. MCTs provide rapid-fire energy, directly to the places that need it most, burns clean and constant without the energy lulls.

Its rocket fuel for your brain. MCTs quickly raise ketone levels to provide your brain with an alternative fuel that won’t die out.

Let me know how adding MCT or coconut oil to your morning changes affects your outcome…

 

Healthy Hugs,

Tanya

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Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and had coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca

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Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Fat Loss, How to Get Rid of Cellulite and more. Her blog, www.tanyamorrison.ca  has lots of great articles to help you navigate your way to the healthy life you want, tons of recipes and great tips!

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Sources:

http://tanyamorrison.ca/intermittent-fasting-enhance-your-bodys-ability-to-burn-fat/

http://tanyamorrison.ca/feed-your-brain/

http://tanyamorrison.ca/may-25th-gain-energy-lose-fat-registration-now-open/

The Keto Beginning

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

 

 

 

 

 

May 032015
 

Mindfulness Moment

Take a moment in your day to bask in the beauty of the present moment, to breath and to feel the tingle of the cells throughout your body.

May you listen to your longing to be free.
May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul.
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart …something good is going to happen to you.
May you find harmony between your soul and your life.
May the mansion of your soul never become a haunted place.
May you know the eternal longing that lies at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May you be set free from the prisons of guilt, fear, disappointment and despair.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you,
mind you, and embrace you in belonging.
–  John O’Donahoe

 

Take a moment to connect yourself back to nature and its endless beauty, by connecting with the cycle of the moon.

Full moon=replenishment=minerals in – May 4th

New moon = detox = toxins OUT – May 18th

 click here for tips for detoxing with the cycle of the full moon and the new moon and click here for another Mindfulness Moment!

 

Ground yourself with these tips

 

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades.  She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending.  You can get your PDF copy here

 

meditation poses at Hilarys (7)Join my every Tuesday at 9am for Core Conditioning. Besides fabulous postural & core exercises (gentle pilates, yoga, stretching) we also practice present moment awareness, mindfulness and end with meditation and relaxation. Call 705-887-4605 or email tanya@moveyourbody.ca for more information.

 

 

Source:

http://www.gardendigest.com/cheer.htm

 

Jan 082015
 

Watch your Thoughts thoughts

 

“I Can’t have THAT

It’s Bad for Me

It’s a Cheat Day

I’m on a Diet

I Can’t do that

This is Hard”

 

Any of them sound familiar?

Everything starts as a thought. EVERYTHING, from the desk you are sitting at, to the car that you drive, to the dinner you will serve tonight. What you think, you cause to appear in your life.

You are always planting thought seeds and they will grow, some now, some next week, others in a year. Your mind is a complex machine and you need to be aware of the language of your thoughts as they are the life you are living today.

Why can’t you have THAT?

You can but it may make you feel less energetic, bloated, it may conflict with your long term goal, etc. The thing is, you can have it; but you may choose not to have it…very different thought process. Lack vs. Abundance.

 

MondayAre you saying, “I will start on Monday.”?

If so, you are caught in the DIET trap.  Adopting a healthy lifestyle frees you from start and end dates.  It is a process.  It is about making small changes that stick today and every day. Remember your amygdala (commit to teeny tiny changes). Don’t know about your amygdala and its power – google it or join the Busy Mama Detox to diffuse it.

 

That’s bad for me. Is it? 

There are healthier food choices than others but to label foods this way is part of the diet mentality and it also puts negative energy into your food choice.  If you only eat bananas, it can become an unhealthy choice because you are not eating a variety of healthy foods, but bananas are good for you.  People label all “Fat” as bad, but without the healthy fats, you’d be dead (little extreme but you get the point), and with too much fat (and especially the wrong kind) you can be unhealthy.

When you eat something that’s not a 10/10 on the nutrition scale but you really want it, eat it (just not every day all the time). Embrace it with joy, eat it with love, don’t smoother it with guilt.

 

I can’t do THAT? This is HARD.

Why, what’s holding you back from doing what you want…dig a little deeper and find out.  You deserve what you want…do you know what you want?

better focusMake sure to write down your goals and inspirations.  Read them to keep you motivated.

 

We THRIVE with Rules, not a lot but we do like them! They help with structure, with flow, and ease of routine. They become your habits. What are your rules?

 Here are some of my Simple EVERY DAY Rules that may help with your success:

Water upon rising                                       Detox lemonade

Juice or smoothie for breakfast                Salad or veggies before or as my meal

Move my body                                             Healthy fats with my meals

Connect with my breath

Notice the choices that I make and the consequences. Realize if I want to keep repeating the consequences, if not, then change the choice!

 

Were these always my rules….NO….but I can honestly say that in my mid 40’s I feel better than I ever have.  I am rarely bloated, I have sooooo much energy, I’m happy, light, I feel a sense of freedom, my moods are softer, and I have more patience just to mention a few.  I truly believe with every cell in my body that it’s because of the thoughts of wanting to live the healthiest life possible with an abundance of energy.  I want to THRIVE as I get older.  Those thoughts translate into fueling my body with food infused with love (homemade), health (energetic) and gratitude.  I move my body because it feels good and I want to always be able to MOVE. I work out my hands, fingers, feet and toes as much as I do my abs.

 

May you be blessed with an abundance of thoughts that plant the seeds of the things that you want to grow in your life.

 

Healthy Hugs, Tanya

 

 

The Busy Mama Detox is not a diet…there is no cheating…they are only

Choices with consequences….

 

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades.  She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending.  You can get your PDF copy here

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Jun 232014
 

Cancer Prevention Tips

“I wear my sunglasses at night” lyrics by Billy Idol

sunglasses

While reading Cancer is Not a Disease by Andreas Moritz, I learned that perhaps this is the best time to wear sunglasses, if at all!

The wonderful ultraviolet light from the sun is one of the most powerful natural medicines the world has ever seen and one way we are blocking it is by wearing sunglasses (and sunscreen and staying indoors, and wearing clothes – you get the point).

By the year 1933, researchers found there were over 165 different diseases (almost every type of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and tuberculosis) for which sunlight proved to be a beneficial treatment but the sun’s healing rays were ineffective if a patient was wearing sunglasses. WHY? Sunglasses block out important rays of the light spectrum which the body requires for essential biological functions.

UV rays in sunlight actually stimulate the thyroid gland to increase hormone production, which in turn increases the body’s metabolic rate which assists in weight loss and improved muscle development. So get yourself some sun sans the sunglasses and sunscreen but don’t be a silly and fry yourself…use some common sense.

Read more pgs 90-98 in Cancer is Not a Disease

 

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Can using this toothbrush and rinsing with this really decrease your risk of cancer?

Data collected between 1986 and 2002 found that men with gum disease had a 63% higher chance of getting pancreatic cancer, even if they’d never smoked. It is believed that gum disease is a sign of increased inflammation and is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory issues and lung infections.

Two simple tips:

1)      Rinse and swish with salt water several times per day is usually enough to prevent and reverse gun disease and simple enough to do! (Use sea salt or Himalayan salt)

2)      Use a Soladey toothbrush (I have been using one for years and bought is at Living Libations along with their natural teeth and skin products – love them!!!)

Why a Soladey toothbrush?

  • Clinically proven to eliminate more plaque than a regular toothbrush, even without the use of toothpaste and floss
  • Soladey features a titanium oxide metal rod which creates a natural ionic chemical reaction that separates the plaque from your teeth enamel and also removes stains (oh, yeah, whiter teeth baby, without the harsh teeth whitening chemicals!!)

Read more pgs 88-90 in Cancer is Not a Disease

EXERCISE….I know, but I had to bring it up because it really is THAT important!

tall woman stretching

Exercise is a BENEFIT to preventing cancer and also one of the best ways to combat treatment-related fatigue is you are currently undergoing chemotherapy.

  • Cancer cells are oxygen deprived cells that don’t want oxygen…BAM…along comes exercise which floods your body with oxygen and cancer cells die with oxygen…make sense?
  • Exercise also improves your immune response

Beneficial Exercise Tips

  • If you have cancer don’t do strenuous exercise.  Light walking, stretching, pilates and yoga are wonderful additions to your week. Try this beautiful relaxing routine – Wild at Heart or some stretching
  • If you exercised before cancer keep it simple while undergoing treatments and if you didn’t exercise before cancer keep it simple while undergoing treatments!

Don’t know where to start?…contact Tanya at info@moveyourbody.ca  and we can put together a treatment plan for any current disease or prevention of any disease.

Read more pgs 186-187 in Cancer is Not a Disease

 

I can’t rest…I’ve got to get this done!!

baby with rose

Your immune system needs SLEEP!!! Eight to nine hours in complete darkness. A weak immune system CANNOT keep your body clean inside which results in congestion and threatens cellular life.

Your body is a beautifully well oiled machine that wants to be in perfect health.  It has circadian rhythms that keep your body working optimally but that we often ignore or just don’t know about.

If you continually go to bed after 10pm you will enforce a hormonal shift in your body that can lead to chaotic conditions in your body. The secretion of melatonin (one of the pineal gland’s most powerful hormones) starts between 9:30pm-10:30pm (depending on age), inducing sleepiness. If you ignore your internal clock, you throw this and many other hormonal cycles out of balance.   The pineal gland controls:

  • Reproduction
  • Sleep and motor activity
  • Blood pressure
  • The immune system
  • The pituitary and thyroid glands
  • Cellular growth
  • Body temperature and many other vital functions

I know I’ve had my share of late nights and will do my very best to honor my body and put it to sleep earlier and to rise earlier. If you rise around 6am-7am (and went to bed around 10pm), then you are following a natural sleep/wake cycle. If you are getting out of bed after 8am-9am then you are messing with your elimination cycle (constipation anyone??). Waste material that accumulated in your rectum and bladder wants to be eliminated between 6-8am. If you are sleeping in because you went to bed too late, this waste is held instead of eliminated and perhaps even partly reabsorbed. Check out the Busy Mama Detox Program which will give you tips to Detox you bedtime routine and so much more!

Read more pgs 179-183 in Cancer is Not a Disease

 

Cancer does not pop into you like a mushroom popping out of the ground.  Cancer is the result of many crises of toxicity including:

  • Stimulants
  • Emotional trauma
  • Repressed emotions
  • An irregular lifestyle
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Overeating
  • Stress reactions
  • A lack of deep sleep
  • Lack of sunshine
  • Accumulation of heavy metals and exposure to chemicals

By learning how to properly care for our bodies we can reduce cells from manifesting into oxygen deprived cells leading to disease. Take charge of your health…without it nothing matters…ask a dead person! Start by incorporating these 4 easy tips!!!

To detox your cells, join the Busy Mama Detox 12 week online program that runs in April, September and January…click here for more details or go to www.busymamadetox.com

Busy Mama Fall Program 2014 poster

For more information on how to feed your cells check out Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing and Blending.

Need to get more balance in your life….check out Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans.  Check out the preview pages here

Want to give your kids a healthy start to life…check out Healthy Snacks for Kids.

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What cancer prevention tips do you have to share?? Love to hear from you on my moveyourbody facebook page or right here!!

Love, laughter and light,

Tanya

May 012014
 

Mango Tango

mangoMakes 1-2 servings

Drinking these smoothies makes me want to dance for joy!!! Let me know if you break out into the tango or any other dance!!!

  • dancing the tango
  • 1 whole pitted & peeled mango
  • 1-2 cups lettuce
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup parsley and cilantro
  • Half of a lime, peeled
  • 2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp Hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Add 1-2 pitted dates if more sweetness needed

Blend everything EXCEPT until smooth. tonic_alchemy_blurb1Boost up your Tango by adding a super green…not sure what to buy…check out these two greens

matcha green tea powderWhat is Matcha Green Tea Powder?

 

coconutWhy use coconut oil in your smoothies?

Coconut Oil

Healthy fat that is a highly efficient fuel that helps your body burn fat and create instant energy. Can raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and help to protect you against heart disease. Coconut oil will boost your immune system, plus it’s a natural antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, making it very effective at combating yeast and parasites.4

Coconut Oil is ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin because it contains MCFA’s (medium chained fatty acids) and is easily absorbed by the skin. It prevents stretch marks and lightens existing ones.  Its antiseptic elements keep the skin young, healthy and free from infections.  It’s also an excellent lip balm5.

I keep it in my bathroom, kitchen and a little jar in my purse.

Consuming coconut oil regularly restores thyroid function, often relieves hypothyroidism and actually increase the metabolic rate, leading to weight loss

 

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  • The difference between juicing and blending and
    what is right for you.
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  • The benefits of an alkaline lifestyle
  • How to juice and blend while traveling or on the
    go!
  • Recipes for adults and children
  • How to save money and time while eating healthy
    food that tastes great!
  • And so much more!

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Source for coconut oil: Eating for Beauty David Wolfe pg 81

Apr 012014
 

You’ve got to be pooping

better digestion photo

You can do sit-ups and crunches till the cows come home, but if you aren’t moving the waste out of your body, where is it hanging out?? According to Dr. Chang, losing weight is a simple matter of increasing the efficiency of the digestive system.

 Increasing efficiency of Digestive System for Weight Loss

Quality Probiotic

Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, gas or constipation, bad breath, acne?  Starting with a high quality probiotic may be just what is needed for you!

Buyer beware- there are lots of probiotics on the market, so go after quality. I use a powered probiotic formula ($33.00) & switch it up with Syntol AMD (advanced microflora delivery) from Upayanaturals. I also consume Xobiotic chocolates from Xocai as chocolate is an amazing carrier for probiotics. (look for reputable sources from your local health food store).

A few probiotic food suggestions include; raw goat milk or kefir on an empty stomach, cultured and fermented vegetables such as kimchi and pickles. Be wary of yogurts as the food colouring, aspartame and sugar content negate the probiotic effect.

Kimberly Synder’s, Probiotic & Enzyme Salad is a wonderful addition to your diet, or if you are short on time, add 2 tablespoons to a 1/4cup of raw sauerkraut to your lunch or dinner.  I purchase mine at the local health food store or Upayanaturals.

Studies have indicated that weight gain and obesity are a consequence of inadequate probiotic levels.1

The ideal healthy ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is 85% to 15%, or 9 to 1. Unfortunately, due to lifestyle and environmental factors, the vast majority of the population is severely lacking when it comes to good probiotic bacteria, throwing their gut flora ratio completely out of whack.

These lifestyle and environmental factors include, but are not limited to, exposure to:

  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners of any kind—found in “diet” beverages and food items, chewing gum, yogurt, and even toothpaste
  • Processed foods
  • Chlorinated water
  • Pollution
  • Antacids
  • Laxatives
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, wine)
  • Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
  • Antibiotics (from medications and/or antibiotics found in meat and dairy products that we ingest)

 2-minute Belly Rub

digestion rubbing

This exercise works like a gentle colonic irrigation that helps speed up a sluggish digestive system (which usually carries at least 5lbs of fecal matter within it). The exercise effectively metabolizes the fatty tissues around the stomach and intestines, and flushes them out of your body.

Belly Rub Method:

1)      Lie flat on your bed or floor

2)      Expose your abdominal area (tummy)

3)      Rub your hands vigorously to create heat (about 15 seconds)

4)      Place one hand on your belly button and begin to rub in an outward circular motion

5)      Use fairly firm but comfortable pressure at a slow pace (1 circle/second)

6)      Concentrate on the heat building up in, around and throughout your stomach

7)      Do about 40-50 circles (about 2 minutes)

Tips:

  • Important to keep abdominals warm and to warm up hands
  • Do in the morning before getting out of bed and just before you go to bed
  • Don’t do immediately after a heavy meal, pregnant or if you have moderate to severe abdominal conditions

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the stomach is the center of energy. Besides melting away adipose tissue (fat), it can also:

  • Stimulate the abdominal organs
  • Help to speed up slow digestion & remedies constipation
  • Increase blood circulation in the abdominal area
  • Help to heal indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and the adverse effects of overeating.

Start your day with….

picture of lemon

A glass of warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning! This Yogic or Ayurvedic ritual was primarily used for stimulating digestion and eliminating ama, the Ayurvedic term for toxic slime that builds up in the gastro-intestinal or GI tract. Check out the 10 reasons why this is an important addition to your daily routine.

So, what’s all the fuss about this GI Tract and how does it influence weight loss?

In reality, your G.I. tract is MUCH more than a digestion center; in fact, it is quite literally your second brain as well as being “home” to 80% of your immune system.2

So, with all these great tips, improve your digestion, lose some fat and enjoy the health benefits!

 

Don’t forget to include these nifty tricks into your daily living including dry brushing.

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Sources:

The Underground Health Reporter Report #5 – Rib Your Stomach Away in 2 Minutes a Day

http://www.naturalnews.com/033383_lemon_juice_digestion.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/06/what-you-need-to-understand-about-your-digestive-system-to-improve-your-health.aspx

Brett Hall RD – The Top 10 Gut Fighting Cleansing Foods www.toxicbellybugfix.com

1. DiBaise JK, Zhang H, Crowell MD, Krajmalnik-Brown R, Decker GA, Rittmann BE.

Gut microbiota and its possible relationship with obesity. Mayo Clin Proc. 2008

Apr;83(4):460-9.

2. Steinhoff U (June 2005). “Who controls the crowd? New findings and old questions

about the intestinal microflora”. Immunol. Lett. 99 (1): 12–6.

 

Mar 142014
 

Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat – by Dr. Mercola

Joan holding up her pants

Intermittent fasting is a powerful approach to eating that is becoming very popular because it can help you lose weight without feeling hunger, and help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If done correctly, intermittent fasting can also lead to better sleep and lots of energy.

So far, research overwhelmingly supports this notion that ditching the “three square meals a day” approach in favor of intermittent fasting may do wonders for your health. This type of scheduled eating was practiced by our ancestors, since they did not have the frequent access to food that we have now.

 

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Feb 052014
 

Sweet Potato Hummus Collard Wraps

by Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD

ready to roll

Delicious! This is my finished product before I rolled it up and ate it!

I love finding great recipes!!!  This one is from Alive’s January 2014 issue. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Just a heads up to start your sprouts about 5 days before you make this and to also time having your avocado the perfect ripeness! Continue reading »

Jan 242014
 

You’re so lucky to be thin and in shape

…Pardon??

My passion is health and longevity. Skinny and thin doesn’t impress me much. Strong, independent, happy, empowering, and healthy people impress me! People who want the best health for themselves and their families excite me!

I wasn’t a super star athlete as some people have assumed because of my chosen career path. I was a person who did some activity. I figure skated for 5 years from ages 7 to 13. I did baton, I dabbled in track and field in high school and attended aerobics classes throughout high school and university.

In 1992, I graduated from The University of Western Ontario with no idea of what I wanted to do. I decided to attend George Brown College and lived and breathed their Fitness and Lifestyle Management Program. I was HOOKED on exercise. I truly loved how it made me feel…strong, independent, tight, thin, and happy. Continue reading »

Jan 072014
 

We are all just habits strung together!!

While reading, The Power of Habit – Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg, I was intrigued to start breaking done my routines and pay attention to my habits.  Here is a brief breakdown of part of the work that he presents in his book. Continue reading »