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August 31, 2017

Here are a few of my own weight loss tricks that I hope you find extremely helpful:

  1. Brushing Teeth After EVERY Meal or Snack: Not only is this extremely healthy for you (especially if you use a fluoride free toothpaste) but that extra fresh feeling in your mouth will DEFINITELY curb your snacking desires!

  2. Sleep Diet: I have been known to say "if I'm sleeping I'm not eating" which brought about my Sleep Diet. It all started when I was a Senior Project Manager at a B2B Virtual Marketing Firm and was working 60-80 hours a week. I really loved my job, but trying to juggle a huge project load along with all of my mom duties was a major challenge. This resulted in many late nights and if you're like me late nights awake mean sipping on a little wine, which becomes more wine, which then turns to snacking and... well, my waistline was seriously growing! Then I incorporated the Sleep Diet into my life! I started going to bed early and then waking up early (3-4 am at times) to meet my pr...

August 30, 2017

I am pissed off!!! Too many people I know and now a lot of kids I know are suffering from cancer. It doesn't have to be this way!!! The pharmaceutical conglomerates are not helping you and the medical community is caught in the middle. Feel free to read my blog on that or do your own research on the viscous trap that you can so easily get caught up in.  

HERE are the ANSWERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR: Cancer needs 3 things to survive:

  1. An Acidic Environment

  2. A Lack of Oxygen

  3. Refined Sugar

Don't play games with your life!!! Starve cancer of these 3 things before the chemo and radiation treatments the oncologist prescribes kill you! Did you know that oncologists are the only doctors legally allowed to get a percentage of the profits made from the medicine they prescribe? So, are they genuinely interested in providing you with the best and most effective treatment or are they prescribing based on the profits they will receive and giving you false hope? 

It isn't as complicated...

August 28, 2017

Many people have trouble grasping what a day of plant based nutrition looks like. Below is a typical day of eating for me right now with the goal of losing approximately 1 lb a day during the week. You can see I have my vice of cheese included, so even though I try to limit animal foods I do cheat a bit. As most of you moms (and some dads) can relate to; I am running kids around a LOT to and from school and sporting events so we end up eating in the car a lot! Even when I am home (usually at lunchtime) I need something that is either quick to fix or something I can prepare in advance.  I assure you if I were always home this would look MUCH different!

BREAKFAST: Advocare Plant Based Snack Shake blended with filtered water, 2 strawberries, 4 blueberries, ½ a banana, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, alfalfa sprouts, and 1 tsp of honey.

SNACK: Banana & Spring Water

LUNCH: Stir-Fry Veggies mixed with Brown Rice & Spring Water. I use whatever veggies I have in my fridge but always...

August 19, 2017

The current healthcare system in the United States has become an industry that no

longer seeks out real answers.  In his book "Whole" Dr. T Colin Campbell uses the term “The Disease Care System” to describe the medical community’s system of working re-actively and treating symptoms as opposed to root causes of disease.  In his example of the blind men and the elephant, each sightless expert would only focus on one part of the animal, therefore never piecing together the connected needs and issues of the creature.  This is also the case with doctors pushing pharmaceutical products that focus just on one issue, without getting to the source of the ailment. The drugs prescribed introduce chemicals into our bodies that are not natural and therefore produce negative side effects to another part of the body. This then keeps us coming back for more!

Dr. Campbell gives many examples of this: Got hypertension? Get a drug to lower your blood pressure. No interest in why your bl...

August 14, 2017

Many times when someone finds out that I eat plant based or more specifically that I don't eat meat they are in shock... then the comments and questions come. The top 3 comments are:

1. I could never eat just salad.

2. I could never give up meat.

3. I like food too much.

I try not to laugh or be insulted but these comments are not based on truth. The TRUTH is that I only eat salad maybe 2-3x a week, I LOVE food & eat often, and if you knew what meat (and processed foods) was doing to your health you MOST definitely would give it up.

It has been about 1.5 years since I changed my way of eating. I was about a third of the way through my nutrition certification course and quite literally could no longer chew and swallow animal meat because of everything that I learned in my course.

The TRUTH is that since eating mainly plant based without ANY animal meat (and very little cheese and dairy) my life has improved dramatically. I don't know about you but the below changes that I have personally expe...

The two main types of digestion that take place in the body are mechanical and chemical. Mechanical digestion begins in the mouth as the food is chewed. Chemical digestion involves breaking down the food into simpler nutrients that can be used by the cells.  Chemical digestion also begins in the mouth when food mixes with saliva.  Chemical digestion uses digestive enzymes, which are created in the pancreas.  These enzymes breakdown food by hydrolysis, meaning they use water molecules.  The liver and the gall bladder are also involved in the chemical digestion process. The liver creates bile to help with fat digestion, handles the end products of digestion, and stores items for the future. The gall bladder collect the bile made by the liver and then stores it until a fatty meal enters the small intestine, upon which the gall bladder contracts and squeezes bile into the intestine to help digest fats.

Read over the italicized text above for a 2nd time. Notice the references to th...

Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rep in the modern western world, but they are actually extremely important! They provide fuel that the body needs for energy. Our bodies can also convert carbohydrates to glucose, which is vital to  our brain. 

The building blocks of carbohydrates are simple sugars (monosaccharides). Most cells can only use a few simple sugars, and glucose is the main simple sugar that is needed for our bodies to thrive.

Glucose is broken down within cells and this is called glycolysis. This process is known as anaerobic respiration since it does not need oxygen to take place.  When glycolysis breaks down the glucose it makes ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is used for energy. When our bodies have used up all of the ATP needed the rest of the glucose is then stored as glycogen or converted to fat.

Did you catch that?  ...the rest of the glucose is then stored as glycogen or converted to fat. This means that it is important to know just the right amount of...

I believe that most of the time capitalism benefits consumers due to the competitive environment it creates.  Unfortunately the FOOD and PHARMACEUTICAL industries have learned how to maximize profits by creating confusion. 

The FOOD and PHARMACEUTICAL industry cause confusion by their advertising and the scientifically flawed studies that they pay researchers to produce. Billions of dollars are spent to keep you confused and make you think that their product is going to benefit your life in some way.

This simply is not the case, these conglomerates DO NOT care about your life. They DO care about the lifetime value of your purchases and ultimately their BOTTOM LINE. They DO want to keep you alive and kicking just long enough to maximize profits. This unique business model ends with consumers eating dangerous processed foods filled with chemicals that over time can create life threatening disease. Then, we treat that disease not by changing our eating behaviors but by popping pil...

Why is it that we crave junk food? Wouldn't it be so much easier if we actually craved fruits and vegetables?  Before chemicals were added to the foods we ate (back when we just ate real food) we WOULD indeed crave healthy foods, especially fruit. Not only did we used to crave healthy foods, but our brain would let us know when to stop eating. But then... the food industry came into the picture and they know how to make money and make loads of it by adding in chemicals that will easily become our addiction.

You see, when we eat certain foods we get a sense of euphoria due to The Reward Center of our Brain. Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods trigger feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat or drink that same item again.

The same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive dr...

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