Saturday, July 25, 2015

SUGAR CRAVINGS

It is said that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine! It’s no surprise then that sugar cravings are very common. Do any of these apply to you?

  • Feeling lightheaded after a high carb meal
  • Craving chocolate or caffeine constantly
  • Feeling tired throughout the day
  • Moody
  • More thirsty than the average person
  • Excessive sweating

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, author of “The Blood Sugar Solution,” the average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar per year, much of which is hidden in processed foods. Sugar strips the body of nutrients and can lead to a weakened immune system, candida, yeast infections, poor digestion, skin rashes, joint pains, diabetes, liver problems, headaches, poor sleep, bad breath, cravings, disease, spectrum-related issues, and poor concentration. Beware of products that are made with fake sugars such as Sweet’N Low or diet drinks, as they have the same effect on your system.

Keeping your blood sugar balanced will not only stop sugar cravings, but is a key to weight loss, disease prevention, and mood stabilization. Sugar in its most natural state, such as in fruit and starchy vegetables, contains fiber, which slows down the release of insulin into the blood. But when pure sugar hits your bloodstream, your body produces insulin to lower the glucose levels and then glucose levels drop too low, resulting in the crashing feeling after the spike. If this continues for an extended period of time, your body can become resistant to the insulin and rather than converting the glucose to energy, it converts it to fat.

Tips To Reduce Sugar Cravings Include:

  • Adding cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or cloves to your meals or smoothies to naturally sweeten your food.
  • Consuming root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, yams, or parsnips.
  • Consuming more protein to balance blood sugar.
  • Eating foods high in B vitamins, such as:
  • Grass-fed meats (preferably organic) 
  • Fish such as salmon or sardines 
  • Nutritional yeast 
  • Cage-free eggs 
  • Leafy greens and vegetables such as kale, asparagus, and spinach
  • Lentils 

1.Making sure the body has adequate minerals (sea salt is a terrific source, as well as sea vegetables). 

2.Exercising and relaxing — often we reach for sweet treats when we’re feeling stressed.

Often cravings are physical and sometimes they are emotional. Begin journaling daily to discover what areas of your life are depleting you. You can fight sugar cravings by eating more protein, hydrating your body, consuming healthy fats, and having healthy bacteria in your gut. Finding the power to just say no to a sugary treat that will disrupt sleep, leads to toxicity, low sex drive, and metabolism issues has to come from a deeper place. Find your reason for Why.

Friday, July 24, 2015

WHY GREEN TEA HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS

When green tea is consumed, it increases thermogenesis or the rate at which your body burns calories. This means that you can do the same level of activity but burn more calories throughout the day.

In one study, participants were given green tea on a daily basis, but made no changes to the food they ate or exercise they did. At the end of 90 days, participants lost an average of 2.64 pounds, ¾ inch from their waistline and reduced their body mass index—not bad considering that no dietary or exercise changes were part of the study.

In another 12-week study, participants were placed on a diet where they were provided three meals per day. All the food was prepared for the participants. Half of the group consumed green tea. Those in the green tea group lost significantly more weight—24 pounds—over the 12-week period.

Aside from weight loss, there are many health benefits to drinking green tea, including preventing cancer, reducing inflammation, and overall heart health.

Selecting Green Tea

  • Selecting green tea can be confusing because there are several different forms, including matcha, tea bags, and tea leaves. Your best option is to use matcha, which is a more concentrated, powdered form of green tea. You’ll also want to be sure to choose matcha with caffeine, as studies show that green tea containing caffeine is more effective at supporting weight loss. 

Preparing Green Tea

  • If you’re using matcha green tea powder, simply add 1 teaspoon of the matcha powder to a tea cup. Then pour hot water that is just under a boil into the tea cup. (You never want to use boiling water when making green tea.) Stir and enjoy. If you would like to sweeten it, add coconut nectar, stevia or a bit of raw honey. Drink the tea immediately, as it will get bitter if it sits for a while.

EAT LESS, PLAY MORE


Remember when you were a child and you got so wrapped up in playing, imagining or creating that you didn’t want to stop when it was time to eat? Do you remember leaving your meal half-finished to run off and continue playing? Children innately understand that food is secondary to what is most nutritious and primary in life: fun and play.

As adults we seem to have lost our instinct to prioritize play. In our busy world, with its emphasis on work and responsibility, to be healthy and balanced we must work on more than just our bodies; we must feed our hearts, minds and spirits.

Have you noticed that when your body, mind and spirit are engaged in a creative project or happy relationship, your reliance on food seems to decrease?

Likewise, when you are unsatisfied with your relationships, your job or other areas of your life, you may depend on food to cheer, soothe or numb you. When your life is out of balance, no amount of food can feed you where you truly need nourishment. The food that we eat is very important for health and balance, but what really feeds us—a full and fulfilling life—doesn’t come on a plate.

What is fun for you? What makes you light up? What excites you? Make time for it this week. Even if you don’t have much free time for fun, try approaching a “serious” activity with an attitude of play. This can greatly reduce stress and anxiety and bring more pleasure to your day. Take your focus off food, try adding more fun into your life and watch the magic unfold.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FIXATE COOKBOOK IS HERE

There are so many of you that have been waiting for the arrival of FIXATE and its here!  Fixate has 101 new recipes from appetizers, snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now you can Fixate on delicious vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo recipes.

You'll have a huge variety, which enables you to continue to follow your 21 day fix plan and eat flavorful foods! By the way, Fixate is also "CIZE" approved!

Now you don't have to be concerned if trying a new recipe fits into your current fitness plan because with Fixate it does!  Now you have the answers!

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Please pass this along to your friends or family that are interested in cleaning up their nutrition and getting support in making clean eating and exercise a part of their lifestyle!