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An Easy Way to Drop a Few Pounds!

An Easy Way to Drop a Few Pounds!

So maybe you have put on a little holiday weight plus that quarantine 15 and you are ready to shed a few pounds for the new year....

Along with following a healthy anti-inflammatory diet, exercising regularly, managing your stress and getting good quality slI am happy to offer you a simple health hack that you can add to your morning routine to help burn those unwanted lbs.!

We are talking about elixirs! Elixirs are water based concoctions that you can very simply mix together and drink each morning at home to gain tremendous benefit. You likely have most of the ingredients needed for these elixirs in your kitchen! 

5 Simple Swaps to a Healthier Diet

AS SEEN ON KPRC Ch2 Houston Life WATCH HERE!

1. Swap out regular and diet sodas for healthy carbonated alternatives.

Soda consumption may have the most detrimental impact on our health out of any other product in existence. These empty calories poorly impact everything from our teeth to livers. Sodas promote insulin resistance, obesity, heart disease, obesity and more.

You can get your fizzy fix from flavored carbonated waters such as Waterloo & La Croix, enjoy Topo Chico carbonated waters and for that soda fix, check out Zevia. Zevia is a 0 calorie sugar and aspartame free soda option sweetened with stevia and is found at most grocery stores.

2. Limit dairy products and swap them out for nut milk alternatives

 Why? Most dairy contains high amounts of hormones, antibiotics, steroids and is naturally high in sugar called lactose.

 It is especially beneficial to limit liquid dairy such as cows milk, creamers, creamed cheeses and dairy yogurts.

Try almond, coconut, cashew, oat, hemp and flax milks and yogurts in place of dairy.

When consuming cheese, opt for hard chesses that can be sliced or shredded.

3. Swap out those wheat and gluten carbohydrates for healthier gluten and grain free alternatives

Gluten is a protein found in wheat that causes inflammation throughout the entire body and most directly impacts our gut health and digestion. Many people may be sensitive or allergic to gluten and need to avoid it completely while others should limit consumption for optimal health.

Try a variety of alternatives such as cauliflower pizza crust, garbanzo bean or quinoa pasta, gluten free breads, as well as the occasional gluten free cereals and cookies.

4. Swap out hydrogenated oils and trans fats for good healthy saturated fats and MCT oils

Hydrogenated oils are made in a lab, not found in nature. Food companies use these oils to help increase shelf life and save cost, but the real cost here is how poorly it is impacting our health. Hydrogenated oils contain an extra hydrogen atom that is foreign to our body, so these unhealthy fats are stored in the body and known to cause heart disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, fatty liver, diabetes and so much more.

Swap out canola oil, vegetable oils & shortenings, margarine, corn oil, soybean oil & peanut oil.

Use healthy oils such as avocado oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, butter and ghee.

These oils all have high heat tolerances, so they will not break down and cause free radical damage.

They contain health promoting monosaturated fats, medium chain triglycerides (MCT), butyric, lauric and oleic acids, all beneficial for the heart, GI tract, and brain. 

5. Swap out simple and artificial sugars for healthy sugar alternatives

Sugar consumption is a leading cause of inflammation in the body which leads to a variety of chronic health issues such as diabetes & obesity while also increasing your risk of heart disease, cancer and other serious health issues.  

Aspertame found in many “sugar free” or “diet” products is perhaps even more dangerous as it still impacts our blood sugar while causing damage to the liver and intestinal lining of our GI tract.

Say no to sugars such as:

  • White, Brown, Powdered, Cane and Raw Sugar
  • Agave
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut Sugar

Limit honey

Avoid artificial sugars:

Sucralose/Aspartame

  •      Splenda
  •      Equal
  •      Sweet-n-Low


SWAP them out for:

Stevia, xylitol, erythritol, monk fruit and allulose

Stevia- derived from the stevia leaf, extremely sweet. Consistency is that of powdered sugar or liquid forms. Best for sweetening coffee and tea. Carry the packets with you. Not recommended for baking, as it is hard to convert the measurements compared to sugar.

Xylitol- derived from plant fibers and birch wood and is classified as a sugar alcohol, yet is safe for consumption and has minimal impact to the blood sugar. Usually found in bulk for baking and is granular in texture like sugar. Leaves a “cooling taste” in the mouth and a bit of an aftertaste like stevia. May also cause some GI upset such as gas and bloating. If a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, start with using ½ cup of xylitol.

Erythritol- very similar to xylitol, this is a sugar alcohol, but most likely will not cause any GI issues, as it gets absorbed in the blood stream before it reaches the colon. It is derived from some fruits, corn and fermented foods. Great for baking and is found granular, powdered and brown sugar forms.

Monk Fruit- derived from a Chinese fruit called lo han guo or Swingle fruit. It has more of a granular consistency and a more similar taste to cane sugar. Can also be found in powdered forms, as a brown sugar flavor and even in a liquid maple flavor to mock maple syrup. This is great for sweetening beverages as well as baking. Usually a 1:1 ratio compared to sugar.

Allulose- derived from jackfruit, figs and raisins is actually considered a simple sugar, however, it is not metabolized or broken down in the body, so we eliminate it naturally without it impacting our blood sugar. It has a clean and sweet sugar taste just like sugar and can be found in powders or liquids. Great for baking and sweetening coffee or tea.

 

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The Healthiest and Most Delish Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

The Healthiest and Most Delish Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
Healthy Yogurt Parfait 
Unsweetened vanilla yogurt made from coconut milk (like Culina & So Delicious)
Gluten Free Granola (I love Kind brand)
Organic strawberries (chopped in small chunks)
Organic blueberries 
Organic Honey 
Simply layer these ingredients in a small glass and top with a little bit of honey & enjoy!!!

Healthy Egg Cups - as seen on FOX 26

Healthy Egg Cups - as seen on FOX 26
Healthy Egg Cups
Muffin Pan
Coconut Oil (to grease pan)
8 Eggs 
1 cup chopped turkey sausage or turkey bacon
1 cup chopped spinach
1 cup chopped tomatoes or red peppers
1/2 cup water 
1 cup of organic shredded cheese 
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to scoop in muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min. Allow to cool, remove from pan and enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, microwave for 20 seconds to reheat. 

Antiviral Immune Protocol - Support Yourself!

Antiviral Immune Protocol - Support Yourself!

As the stay at home order begins to lift, you are now increasing your chance of exposure to the virus as we venture out into the great outdoors! 

Please understand that there has never been a more important time to protect your immune system with high quality nutrisuticals to protect your immune system and block viral contraction and replication!

Check out this scientifically proven immune boosting, antiviral protocol.