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Is That Cereal As Healthy As It Says?

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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!

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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.

Please do me a favor and share this important information with your friends and family on social media. Let’s work together and take obesity away.

Ways To Overcome Sugar Addiction

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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

a dozen donutsI 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

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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.

Eat Fat To Get Flat

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It seems like an oxymoron but the truth is, you can eat high fat and get a flat stomach. So many people are wondering how to get rid of that belly flab and the answer is right in front of them.

Eat high fat

Here are some foods that are quite high in fat content that can help you have that flatter stomach and a trimmer figure.

Remember to lower your carbohydrate intake and raise your fat intake, and you will burn off the flab that is unsightly.

Eating more fat is extremely important to reduce the overall desire for sugar. Sugar is a huge problem in today’s world. We see high rates of diabetes and heart disease, and the culprit is sugar.

When you ingest more fat, the urge for sugar dissipates. So eat more fat and you will want less sugar.

Try enjoying more of these foods:

Nuts

Nuts of all kinds are a great snack item and they are also great at trimming the flab from your body. Nuts are high in fat content, and they are also high in protein and fiber. The best nuts to eat are raw nuts. Stay clear of processed nuts which could have additives that are not good for you. So eat some:

  • Walnuts
  • Macadamias
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • and others

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has many benefits, but it must be dark chocolate and not milk chocolate. Look at the cacao content and try to purchase dark chocolate with a content level of 72% or higher.

Also, just look at the fat content and carb content. Make sure the fat content is higher than the carbohydrate content.

It is a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth in a healthy way.

Avocados

Avocados are extremely high in fats, but they are the healthy fats. Plus, avocados are full of vitamins and minerals. They are one of nature’s super foods.

Try topping salads or sandwiches with avocados. You will be happy you did.

One more thing… Avocados are a great means of appetite control. So if you are feeling hungry, snack on a couple slices of avocado.

Coconut

coconutHere is another super food given to us by Mother Nature. Coconut has high levels of good fat content. There are so many varieties of coconut products and ways you can use coconut.

  • Make recipes using coconut flour
  • Use coconut oil on your skin or for cooking
  • Coconut milk is much healthier than normal milk
  • Try drinking some refreshing coconut water

Grass fed Beef

Red meat is only bad for you if the cow is fed an improper diet. Cows have been getting fed hormones and grains that do effect the people eating the meat. But searching out fully organic, grass fed beef is a healthy meat to eat. Grass fed beef has high levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is a healthy fat that helps humans burn fat and build muscle.

So go ahead and eat a grass fed hamburger.

Grass fed Butter

Stay clear of margarine! Real butter is a whole lot safer for you and better yet, find grass fed butter. Yes, it is high in fat, but don’t let that have you assuming you will get fat from that fat. It will help you lose belly fat because it starts the fat burning process in your system.

While grass fed butter is higher priced, it is well worth it in health value for your body.

Organic eggs

It is important that you purchase eggs from organic farms where the chickens are allowed to roam and eat a natural diet.

Eggs are high in protein and the egg yolks have so many nutrients that a human needs in their diet.

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Thiamin
  • B6
  • Folate
  • B12
  • Panthothenic acid
  • Vitamins A, D, E, and K

Conclusion

So as you can see, you can eat fat to get thin. It does work. The flab will disappear by ingesting a high fat and low carb diet.

I suggest you give it a go and come back and tell me your thoughts after following this plan.

Thank you for visiting and you can leave any questions or comments below.

You May Suffer From Withdrawal

Many people attribute withdrawal symptoms to drug and alcohol addictions but believe it or not, some people have experienced withdrawals when stopping certain foods.

After reading an excellent article in U.S. News (http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-01-03/is-food-withdrawal-a-real-thing) I felt I should also give a write-up on this same subject since I know I have a lot of readers abruptly changing their eating patterns and diets.

Food addictions

Nearly anything can be addictive, and that includes food. I want to first tell you there is a nationwide program for people suffering from food addiction. You can see more here: https://www.foodaddicts.org/

Do not be surprised if when you go on a regulated diet that you may have headaches, bowel troubles and even stomach aches. These kind of effects are quite prevalent in people who are cutting sugar and processed foods.

Studies have shown that sugars and processed foods react in the human brain in a similar way to drugs and alcohol.

But unlike some drug withdrawals, there are no dangers known of from going “cold-turkey.” But, we still recommend speaking with your physician before taking on any diet or quitting any food all-together.

Some tips from experts if you are truly addicted is to:

  • Use slow changes. If you are addicted to (Brand Name) soda, and you drink say, 5 or 6 bottles a day. It may be easier if you go 1 week with just 3 bottles per day, the next week at 1 bottle per day and after just don’t purchase any. But for some people, just cutting it out all-together “cold turkey” is their best bet.
  • Seek guidance. As you should know, I am here for you. If you believe you are addicted to any food source, contact me and we will work out a plan to break the addiction misery.
  • Have patience. Withdrawal symptoms may seem overwhelming, but they will dissipate soon. Your body and mind were just “hijacked” with non-healthy foods and it is a readjustment stage for your mind and body. Be patient and the withdrawal effects will soon pass.
  • Have cheats. Make sure you always have a healthy alternative near you. If you are suddenly getting a craving for sugar, maybe a handful of peanuts or raisins will take that withdrawal edge off. If you are addicted to processed foods, maybe a natural energy bar will break the pattern. And with soda, how about some fruit flavored water.

Think before

Before you put it in your mouth, think about what it is, what it has and if it is worth it.

I even suggest you go through your cupboards and refrigerator and throw away everything that could tempt you when you are in withdrawals.

Here are some good substitutes

  • Instead of processed chips or microwave popcorn, try eating organic stove top popcorn
  • Instead of using mayonnaise, use mustard
  • Instead of candy, try dried fruit
  • Instead of soda, drink tea
  • Instead of a chocolate bar, how about some organic dark chocolate ( if you are having a chocolate craving, you may be low on magnesium)
  • Instead of using vegetable oil, I recommend coconut oil
  • Instead of using croutons on your salad, use almonds
  • Instead of using white flour, try the coconut flour
  • Instead of using Ranch dressing, mix olive oil with balsamic vinegar
  • Instead of soda, mix mineral water with a little lime juice
  • Replace regular salt with Himalayan salt
  • Organic yogurt is much better than ice cream
  • Replace peanut butter with almond butter
  • Replace sports drinks with coconut water
  • Even your milk can be better if you use almond milk

Final Thoughts

You will go through a battle when you decide to change your eating pattern, but keep focused on the goal.

As I said, I am here to help.

Just contact me, and be sure and subscribe to my blog for more advice.

Take care.

The Top 21 Weight Gain Reasons

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It seems like there are some people who gain weight just by looking at a brownie.

And there are others who can eat 2 apple pies and seem to lose pounds.

Why is this?

There are many various reasons that some people gain weight. There are also ways to overcome some of these reasons and keep your weight to a minimum.

In today’s post, I am going to explain the top 21 weight gain reasons and some methods to overcome these.

21: Genetics

It is quite evident in many families that we take after certain ancestors. Maybe you had a Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt or Uncle who was overweight and people tell you that you are a lot like that person.

I do believe that in some cases, we get it in our minds that we are like that person and we just assume we will be overweight too, so we don’t do what we need to do to defeat that demon.

Just don’t allow that mindset and follow a plan… A plan of proper eating and exercise and change the perception.

20: Too much sodium

Sodium itself does not cause weight gain per say, but it will force your body to retain water. That water will be reflected when you step on the scale.

Monitor your sodium intake and keep it to a minimum.

19: Marketing

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Everywhere we turn we see ads for inexpensive foods: Get a Triple Cheeseburger, Fries and Coke for $2. Fried Chicken meal only $2.99. So on and so forth…

You need to realize that the cost may seem low but in all actuality, the cost is HUGE. It is your life and health.

18: Exercise

Some people either do not exercise or get improper exercise.

Exercise take pounds off. If you need an exercise plan, contact me and I will help you.

17: Insulin

Diabetes is a disease many people face. Some must take insulin and it is commonly known that insulin does cause weight gain.

But, your primary physician should have answers. Most of those answers will be your diet and exercise. Follow the Doc’s plan and you should be fine.

16: Stress

Experts have discovered that cortisol which is the hormone created by stress, also creates cravings for junk foods.

The answer, find other ways to manage stress. Do not go to the food for the answer.

15: The availability of food

We see an abundance of obesity in the world today because of the abundance of food. When people struggled to eat, there was not as much obesity.

The answer???

Is there one?

It is your responsibility to not take advantage of huge food supplies.

14: Not drinking enough water

Drinking enough water will help you feel fuller and you will be less tempted to eat snacks.

If you are feeling hungry, try drinking a glass of water.

13: Sugar

Sugar is calories that you really do not need. In fact, sugar is a carbohydrate, and to properly achieve weight loss, I preach a low carb and high fat diet.

Cut the sugar and watch the weight go down.

12: Going fat free

As I stated in #13, eating fat is good.

When you go fat free, your body will take carbohydrates and turn them into fat and store it in your body.

Fat free is not the answer to weight loss… Low carbohydrates is.

11: Health misinformation

Just as in #12, there are many people who will write things that are not true.

Make sure that before you choose a diet or exercise plan, you research and make sure that it is accurate.

10: Alcohol

Many alcohols are full of calories.

I am not telling you to not have a drink, but try to understand that there are many calories that do cause weight gain.

9: Digestion issues

If your digestive tract is not properly functioning, it can lead to weight gain.

If this seems to be an issue for you, just contact me and I can help you with finding a cleaner that will help you have a better functioning digestive system.

8: Shopping while hungry

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It has been proven that when people shop while hungry, they tend to purchase items that are not healthy.

Be wise and eat before shopping, and make a shopping list and follow it.

7: Missing key nutrients

This is a common reason that people are gaining weight and also living an unhealthy lifestyle.

If you do not like certain fruits or vegetables, you need to find a supplement that will make up for that missing ingredient.

6: Not getting enough sleep

This factor goes right along with stress.

Your body manufactures the hormone cortisol when you are not getting enough sleep. That hormone will create a heavy appetite and a tendency to eat junk foods.

7 to 8 hours of sleep is the best.

5: Age

As we age, the tendency to gain weight heightens.

The answer…

Eat properly and exercise consistently.

I haven’t discovered the Fountain of Youth yet.

4: Lower body issues

Many people who have feet, leg or hip issues seem to gain weight. It is probably because of lack of exercise.

My suggestion is to speak with your physician to find exercises and methods to help you keep your weight down.

3: Junk food

I have “hit” on this fact earlier, but junk food is one of the top reasons for weight gain.

How about celery instead of chips?

Yogurt instead of ice cream.

Fresh fruit instead of chocolate cake.

2: Some medicines

There are some prescription drugs that will cause weight gain. They can increase appetite or retain water.

I suggest you ask your Doctor before getting the prescription and if there are any natural alternatives.

1: Food addiction

This IS the top reason!

Just as people can get addicted to other things, food can also be a huge addiction issue.

If that is you, I suggest seeking help.

You can beat that addiction.

Final Thoughts

Just knowing why you are gaining weight is the first step in solving the problem.

Use this list to determine why, and then you can make moves to defeat the problem.

What are your thoughts?

You can leave all comments below.

Thank you.