Is That Cereal As Healthy As It Says?

We all know that those sugar coated cereals are something we should stay clear of. But, when we stroll down the cereal aisle in the supermarket, we see boxes that say things like:

  • A great source of vitamins and minerals

  • Rich in fiber

  • Healthy For Your Heart

  • and more…

But are these claims true? Are these cereals as great for you as the manufacturer leads us to believe?

It is my opinion that you may want to stay clear of those cereals too

Even though the manufacturer makes all these claims, these cereals can also drive your blood sugar high. These “high-fiber” cereals are full of starches and starch breaks down quite quickly in your body and becomes sugar.

This process does damage to your cells and can lead to that terrible disease called diabetes along with systemic inflammation, increased allergies, digestive problems and even can cause issues with infertility.

The damage leads to premature aging

The ultimate damage is to your hormones… Spikes in blood sugar create havoc with your body creating growth hormone. That is the hormone that helps you look and feel younger.

Vitamins and minerals are added synthetically

The box of cereal states it is a great source of vitamins and minerals but what they do not tell you is that those vitamins and minerals are added synthetically. They are not naturally occurring and can be quite difficult for your body to absorb.

There are some studies which have shown synthetically added Vitamin E can actually be bad for us while natural Vitamin E is good for our bodies.

The reason you do not absorb the vitamins is because cereal goes through an extrusion process. The manufacturing process that make the shapes of cold cereal destroy fatty acids and vitamins in the grains. The cereal becomes toxic through the altered structure of amino acids.

Another reason we do not absorb the vitamins are the grains are not properly prepared. We do not soak or sprout grains which would eliminate physic acid, a substance in grains that binds nutrients preventing the body from absorbing them and makes grains hard to digest.

Those Cereals Can Store Body Fat

If you consistently read my blog, you know that I am a fan of a low carb, high fat diet. The reason for this is if you are eating high carbs, your body will not burn the fat… It will store it.

Many people have this issue. Look at the people with belly fat. Their bodies store the fat because they ingest high carbs.

Cereals actually help your body store fat. The spikes in blood sugars create high insulin levels from the pancreas which in turn tells your body to store the fat. Cereal goes completely against any diet that is meant to help you lose weight.

Cereal turns your body into a carbohydrate burning machine instead of a fat burning machine.

The Cereals Can Also Cause Damage To Your Gut In The Long Run

Cereals with wheat are known to have high contents of gluten which can possibly cause gut damage. And those cereals with corn ingredients are normally made with GMO corn. Studies have shown that GMO’s are terrible for you and your children.

So your cereal says it is rice based? Rice is full of starch which will turn to sugar immediately.

Better Alternatives

I highly suggest you just leave that box of cereal on the shelf. My apologies to those cereal manufacturers, but you are creating a fat planet.

Eat some eggs!

But eggs are high in fat!

Yes, eggs are high in fat. That is a great reason to eat them. They have no carbs and your body will burn the fat that those eggs are putting in your body.

Fat isn’t the problem… The actual problem is sugar, GMO’s, soy, canola and pesticides. All of these are leading to obesity and bad health.

Have some eggs with some vegetables, fruits, avocado and even some grass fed, organic meat.

I love eggs with avocado and I bet you will too. Or make yourself a vegetable and fruit smoothie. Another wonderful breakfast is Bulletproof Coffee. Here is a link showing how to make it: https://blog.bulletproof.com/bulletproof-coffee-recipe/

If eggs aren’t your idea of a delightful breakfast, I suggest organic, full of fat yogurt with some organic berries, nuts like almonds or pecans and enjoy a gut-healthy breakfast.

Conclusion

It is a sad world that we cannot trust what is written on the outside of a manufacturer’s label but it has been that way for years. It is up to us as consumers to read and understand what we are putting in our bodies.

Remember… High fat and low carbs.

If you have any questions about this post or you need help in developing a good diet to bring the weight down and have a happy life, feel free to comment below or contact me.

Let’s take obesity away from the world and watch as people live fuller and more active lives. I also truly believe that as we erase obesity, we will also delete many of the world’s diseases.

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Amazing Cacao: Rich In Health Benefits

As I sip on a cup of hot cocoa, I am just reflecting on how this is sooo beneficial to my health.

So many people look at chocolate and immediately feel a strong sense of guilt. But it should not be the chocolate that is put to blame. The chocolate is actually a wonderful substance of Mother Nature that provides a wide range of health benefits.

No, the problem comes when all that processed sugar is added to that cacao to develop sweets that can add pounds to our figure just by looking at them. Don’t fault the chocolate; put the blame where it goes… Sugar!

I am going to explain in today’s post the rich health benefits in cacao. And, I will tell you where you can get cacao that will provide these benefits without the guilt.

Here are the many benefits of cacao… Amazing Cacao: The Food Of Life.

Let food be thy medicine.” Hippocrates

Cacao balances your blood pressure

If you were to interview any family physicians, I would wager they will tell you that overall, the patients they treat run higher blood pressure levels than did people 20, 30 or 40 years ago. There are various reasons for this.

  • More stress
  • The foods we ingest
  • Pollution
  • Etc…

Cacao is full of flavonoids which help to lower blood pressure. The antioxidants in cacao support the production of nitric oxide which relaxes our blood vessels.

Cacao fights the bad and supports the good cholesterol

Studies have shown that having cacao in your diet will lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.

Cacao makes us happy

Cacao contains anandamide. Anandamide is a molecule that scientists call “the bliss molecule.” It creates a happy euphoria.

I believe a dose of cacao is much better that any man-made “mood drug.”

Cacao and your memory

Various studies being performed are linking improved memory and a better learning capacity to the ingestion of cacao. It is believed that cacao supports better blood flow to the brain which in turn, improves our memory and the ability to learn.

Cacao improves your love life

Why is it chocolates are the primary gift on Valentine’s day? Could it be because of the fact that phenethylamine is in cacao? Phenethylamine which is shortened to PEA, is a compound that triggers the release of endorphins that are directly related to romance and sexual activity.

Cacao helps to regulate blood sugar levels

Here is another area that people are confused with. They assume that consuming chocolate is a cause in their diabetes. Again, it isn’t the chocolate that is damaging, it is the sugar infused into that chocolate.

Cacao itself improves insulin resistance and the metabolism of glucose.

Cacao can prevent premature aging

The antioxidants in cacao are in the same class of antioxidants in green tea and red wine. These antioxidants protect our cells from premature oxidation which keeps us looking and feeling younger.

Cacao helps your breathing

Cacao contains 2 substances, xanthine and theophylline which open bronchial passages. This helps to defeat asthma and other allergies.

Cacao supports weight loss

Just like this cup of hot cacao, if you are looking for a simple weight loss trick, try making hot cacao like I am drinking. Use coconut or rice milk. Cacao contains MAO inhibitors which shrink our appetites.

Cacao may be beneficial in stopping cancer cells

Studies have shown that cacao may be a great means of stopping the growth of cancer cells while allowing normal cells to grow strong.

Cacao provides energy

The magnesium content in cacao is extremely high in comparison to all other natural food sources. That magnesium provides energy and battles fatigue.

Cacao is good for your skin

Again, it all veers back to blood flow, and cacao creates better flow and helps to provide your skin with hydration and better elasticity. It has also show protective abilities from the sun’s rays. Manufacturers have been using raw cacao in the production of skin care products.

Cacao fights cavities

Studies performed at Tulane University showed that an extract from cacao was more powerful than fluoride in fighting tooth decay. The extract hardens tooth enamel.

Cacao has all those benefits and many more

Personally, I believe every man, woman and child should be ingesting some cacao daily. I am not talking about one of those chocolate bars found meeting your eyes in the checkout line of the grocery store.

As a matter of fact, getting the cacao I speak of may not be found in a grocery store. But I can tell you where to get wholly organic cacao… Living Raw Chocolate.

The link I am about to provide you will lead you to 70% Raw Ecuadorian Cacao. The other 30% consists of:

  • Coconut sugar – Much better than processed sugars!
  • Coconut oil – Has many great health benefits too!
  • Cacao butter
  • and Coconut meat

I love it! And you will too! So click here and get Living Raw Chocolate.

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Have a great day and enjoy that cacao!

The Flu And You

You can fight off the flu with your diet

While many people are running around getting flu shots, I am of the firm belief that our bodies were designed to fight the flu naturally. But that requires us to treat our bodies responsibly so that it will fight off flu.

It all comes down to our diets

If you are defending against possible flu or if you have already caught that nasty bug, I have a variety of tips that all leads to what you are ingesting.

Do daily saline flushes

Keeping your mucous membranes moist will protect from microbes that can lead to flu. I recommend that you do saline flushes twice per day. You can get saline packets at many stores that you can carry with you. Just carry these and the small plastic bottles and flush with the mild solution to keep flu at bay.

Stay hydrated

Winter is the time of year that many people get dehydrated easily. It is important that you consistently ingest fluids. Some tips are:

  • Always carry and drink filtered water
  • Drink herbal teas – ginger is my favorite
  • Make and store soups and broths with fresh, organic vegetables. Remember… Grass fed meat.
  • Concentrated fruit juices and sweetened beverages are harmful to your immune system. I suggest avoiding them.

The foods you eat

Sugary items can really hamper your immune system. This includes white flours and refined grains.

In every meal, make sure you are getting protein. Protein helps build your immune system. Make sure your animal protein is organic as well as your plant based proteins. Keep a supply of nuts and seeds with you to snack on to help your protein levels.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables daily. By having a wide supply of fruits and vegetables, you will be getting all the antioxidants they supply that can kill off those bugs that lead to flu.

Also, add those spices known for their healing properties to your meals:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Tumeric
  • Oregano
  • Etc…

Supplements you may want to take

There are a wide range of supplements that can help you defend or battle against the flu.

I recommend that you take a high quality multivitamin and multimineral.

Experts have discovered that people who are deficient in Vitamin D are highly susceptible to the flu. So it is recommended that you take a Vitamin D3 supplement.

Vitamin C is an absolute. We all should know by now that Vitamin C helps fight off many viruses.

I also recommend that you take high quality probiotics. They can help build your immune system.

Also, you should look for various supplements that contain antiviral herbs.

  • echinacea
  • golden seal
  • elderberry
  • green tea extract
  • etc…

There are several products I would highly recommend from the company I am affiliated with:

Get proper sleep

To ward off the flu. It is important that you get proper sleep. Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep helps restore our bodies.

Also, don’t neglect exercise. Many people put off exercising during winter, but it is important that you keep your body fit. If the weather is bad, find exercises you can do inside.

If you need some help and encouragement, feel free to contact me and we can set up a winter exercise plan for you.

Conclusion

I hope this post helps you keep that flu away. It is much better to let your body defend itself naturally than to use man made chemicals. But, I am not a physician, so be sure and consult your doctor in circumstances that you are questioning.

Thank you.

Ways To Overcome Sugar Addiction

It is a serious problem, and many people don’t even realize it is a problem.

Sugar

A huge proportion of the United States, and world population is addicted to what seems to be a harmless substance…sugar.

You may be saying “not me,” thinking that you don’t add sugar to your foods, but what you don’t realize is that a large amount of food items already have sugar added to them.

Do you want to really know if you are addicted to sugar?

You see, experts have discovered that sugar is similar to habit forming drugs such as tobacco and cocaine. Our brains form a dependency and when we take that sugar away, our mind and body will retaliate. We will feel high levels of stress, anxiety, headaches and more.

So I challenge you to just go to every extent to cut anything with sugar out of your diet today. You will soon know if you are addicted… I am sure. And the odds say that you probably have a slight addiction… Slight sugar cravings.

Good Sugar – Bad Sugar

I believe I need to set the record straight. There are natural sugars that are not necessarily bad for you. The sugars in organic fruits are not the same as the processed sugar added to a cup of coffee or the high fructose corn syrup found in many products.

It is those “bad” sugars that need to be taken down.

You see, according to the American Heart Association, men should have a maximum of 150 added sugar calories per day, and women 100. That is approximately 9 teaspoons and 6 teaspoons respectively.

Just so you know, 1 can of Coca Cola carries 140 calories of added sugars.

The dangers of too much sugar intake

It is just known that calories lead to obesity, so the more sugar you take in, the fatter you will get. But there are other terrible consequences too.

  • It is linked to all forms of diabetes
  • Heart disease is another factor

The foods to avoid

I recommend staying clear of processed food. Just read the ingredients. Always keep in mind that the higher in the ingredient list on a store bought item, there is more of that ingredient in the product. Many processed foods have added sugars high on the list.

When you are cooking, find other ways to flavor that recipe. You don’t have to put sugar in.

In order, these items should be a no-no to cut down on your added sugar intake:

  1. Soft drinks
  2. Fruit juices
  3. All candies
  4. Baked goods like cookies and cakes
  5. Canned fruits packed in syrup
  6. Many low fat and diet foods are loaded with sugars
  7. Dried fruits

What are the benefits from taking added sugars out of your diet?

I already mentioned that it can, and will help you lose weight and keep it off when you take sugar from your diet. But there are many other benefits too:

  • You will have more endurance
  • Your energy levels will be higher
  • Your muscles and joints will be stronger
  • And, you mind will focus better

You will probably feel withdrawal effects and you will have cravings

You will have thoughts of a jelly doughnut or even just a small peppermint candy. This is when your willpower will be tested. There are some tricks you can use to overcome these sugar cravings. Scientists have proven these work.

Jog In Place

If you just simply stand up and jog in place for about 1 or 2 minutes, you will increase the serotonin to your brain. Serotonin has been shown to reduce appetite and especially sugars. It is called the happiness hormone.

So just by jogging in place for a few minutes, you can knock a lot of calories off.

Splash Your Face With Cold Water

Studies have shown that when people splash their face and neck with cold water, it stimulates a nerve in our necks called the Vagus Nerve. By doing so, your brain feels a sense of satisfaction and it suppresses the appetite, especially sugar cravings.

Studies were done on overweight people just using this technique. They lost weight and kept it off just with cold water.

Pressure Point Tapping

Our bodies are full of pressure points. Some of these pressure points are linked to our appetite according to Harvard Medical School. There are certain points that you just tap with your finger, and your sugar cravings will be erased. Tap on:

  • Forehead
  • The side of each eye
  • Your chin
  • The eyebrow
  • and your collarbone

Many people have testified how well this pressure point tapping method works.

Conclusion

If you make a decision to lay off the added sugars, you will lose weight and keep it off. You will feel and look healthier. And, if you are having trouble “kicking that sugar habit,” I am here to help. Feel free to contact me.

Thank you for visiting today and please share this with all your social friends. If we start spreading the word, more people will live healthier.

Sugar farmers may be upset, but they have enough business as it is.

Tips For Solving Gas And Bloating Issues

I have come across many people who have made drastic changes to improve their lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise. I just love it when a person tells me they are now eating properly according to the advice that I have provided either in person or on this blog.

But I have discovered a common question arises when many people change their diets.

“Why am I bloating?” Or “Why the gas?”

I know bloating is uncomfortable. Nobody enjoys that feeling of what feels like a bowling ball in their gut after eating a seemingly healthy meal.

And, who likes gas except that baby who is sitting in a bathtub making bubbles from their behind? Yes, all Mothers and Fathers should know what I am talking about there.

I must first tell you that I am extremely proud of you that you have made the eating changes needed so you live a healthier life. And, I can help you with the bloating and gas issue I believe. The issue is with some of the foods or drinks you are ingesting.

So I am going to tell you some alternatives. But before I do, let me explain why you are getting gas or bloating.

Items that will not digest easily

There are certain foods that are not easy for our system to digest. They are known as FODMAPs. That acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. While I know that the majority of readers probably do not understand those words, the word fermentable should catch your eye.

Alcoholic drinks are fermented. When foods do not digest in your GI tract, they ferment in your gut and that is what causes gas and bloating.

But there are alternatives, so I will share some of the foods that are causing these issues and what you can do to bypass those foods and still get the nutrition you need.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Certain vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and kale in raw form are known to cause bloating. This is because of the high fiber content that your system plays havoc breaking down.

But you need the nutrients these vegetables give, so the best methods to solve this issue is to steam the vegetables. By doing so, you soften the fiber and it is easier to digest.

And to really make it easier on your system, after steaming, add them to a broth or soup.

For kale lovers, if it is bloating you bad, try switching to watercress. As for cabbage, sauerkraut is much easier to digest.

Dairy

Milk is high on the bloating list. It is a hard to digest item because of the lactose.

I often recommend Coconut or Almond milk. They have a much higher content of vitamins and minerals anyway.

Carbonated Drinks

Maybe you like the fizz in seltzer water, but it doesn’t like you. Carbonated drinks are known to cause high levels of gas. If you just like the flavor in comparison to regular H2O, try drinking water with lemon or lime juice added.

Or you could add ½ part Apple Cider Vinegar to 8 parts water, a sprinkle of ginger and some raw honey. Hmm, hmm good.

Beans and Legumes

I still remember that little tune we sang as kids:

Beans beans,

that wonderful fruit.

The more you eat;

the more you toot!

Yes, beans and legumes are known to cause gas. But it is a great source of protein. I suggest switching up to eggs or organic grass fed beef.

Garlic

Garlic is wonderful but it is hard for our systems to digest. The best alternative is to use Chives instead. No, they won’t match that Garlic flavor, but they digest much easier.

Onions

Onions are a flavor that cannot be matched, but they are also quite bad on digestive systems. Not only bloating, they can cause indigestion and acid reflux.

But how to leave onions out of your recipes? That is not a simple answer, but the best bet is to use onion infused oils. Extra virgin olive oil normally has onion infused in it.

Apples

Here is another item that is difficult to tell you to stop eating. The vitamins and mineral content is fabulous in an apple. But the high fiber content and high fructose make apples a common bloating problem.

Try cooking them and making applesauce. Or switch to fruits like berries, grapes or melons.

Conclusion

So are there any other food items that seem to be giving you bloating or gas issues?

Feel free to share them with us and I will explain some alternatives.

I want you to maintain a healthy diet, but I don’t want you feeling like you have a rock in your stomach. So ask those questions and I will give you an answer that will hopefully help you overcome this issue.

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Thanks again and have a great week.