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Drastic Diets, Cutting Carbs and other Weight Loss MYTHS!

Most of us have been "THERE!"

"THERE" being that place of searching for the next best thing to try to lose weight! 

2020 looked a LOT different for most of us!  Some good, some bad. I've read so many stories about weight gain, lack of motivation, eating out of boredom, gyms closing and people needing to find new ways to exercise, depression and so on!  I have also noticed the search for "quick fixes" increasing.  So I would like to address some of the most "talked about" subjects and questions that come up to me with friends, family, acquaintances and on social media.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & National Center for Health Statistics shows that 17.1% of U.S. adults were on some of special diet for weight loss or other health reasons on any given day during 2015-2018.  That's a 14% rise from a decade earlier.  This increase also came with an increase in obesity.  It was noted that more women diet than men and...

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Where Does Fat Go When You Lose Weight?

movement nutrition Oct 30, 2019

People often ask me, "Where does fat go when we lose weight?"  It's definitely  a question worth pondering!  Would you believe that most of our toxins and by-products are released through our breath?  70% to be exact.  

Let me explain.  First we need to understand fat.  Seems like such an ugly word, doesn't it?!  Fat is actually an energy source!  Energy that is stored and used for vital processes in our body.  Our bodies convert fat to usable energy for building and repairing muscles, tissue, helping organs to function and metabolism.  When our bodies heat up, from, let's say, EXERCISE, this speeds up our metabolic process.  This aids in excreting waste (pee, poop, sweat and breathing). 

Let's face it, belly fat is the most stubborn fat to get rid of, and it is also a real health hazard. Extra abdominal fat increases the risk of heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

So, what can we do about it?...

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Tending to yourself is much like tending to your garden!

movement nutrition Jul 31, 2019

Do you remember the nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"

Well, not very well if you don't give it the attention and love that it requires!

I have a large yard, with multiple garden beds and potted plants and flowers.  If I skip a few days of not watering them, picking the weeds/grass, or using an all-natural pesticide to keep the multitude of bugs away(and bunnies), my gardens would look like total sh*# and it would prove pointless to have planted everything!  

You might be asking yourself why this even matters to you(especially if you don't have a garden)!  Well, the truth of the matter is this...if you don't "tend" to your body and mind, the "weeds" and "pests" can take over.  

Have you ever awakened and thought, "Man, I have got to do something different! I feel like crap!"?  I have!  Sometimes getting older just plain sucks! But it doesn't have to!

There are ways to start making simple and small changes...

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Fiber Keeps Things Moving!

nutrition Jan 20, 2019

Video Transcript:

Hi guys. So today's topic is fiber and, yes, I know that we've talked about fiber before but we're going to talk about it again today. And the reason is because I just had my very first colonoscopy. Yeah, that was a fun experience! And I'm gonna to tell you right now it's memorable.

You have a lot of gas. And when the the pharmacist says, "So, this is an extremely potent laxative", you might want to plan on staying at home! Really, what he should have said to me is you might want to just stay in the bathroom for the next 24 to 48 hours because, oh yeah, poop your brains out! That's all there is to it.

But, on the flip side of that, when the sedation takes hold, you get to take a really good nap and you lose a few pounds, too, because you know you don't get to eat for a while!

But let's go back to that fiber and why it's important. The American Heart Association recommends that we have anywhere from 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Most Americans only get about...

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Sugar! How Bad Is It?

nutrition Jan 20, 2019

Video Transcript:

Hi. Today we're talking about sugar.

Ugh! Our arch enemy!

We are constantly bombarded with sugary, cheap snacks and drinks. Everywhere we go - the convenience stores, the grocery stores - the aisles are laden with these snacks and drinks that are high in processed, or even fake, sugar and have zero nutrient density. Even if you're not hungry and not craving it, you walk to the register and there's all this stuff sitting around and your brain says, “Oh, Yes! I want it!”

So, is it possible that you can be addicted to sugar?  We're going to dive into that in just a second. We all know that too much sugar and especially artificial sugar, is bad for us.  It's in the news every day. Diets high in sugar can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue, heart disease and obesity. If we know that the sugar is bad for us, then Why?  Why do we crave it?!

Well, there is this thing called dopamine and it is a neurotransmitter in the brain. ...

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