Weight Loss

Eating Disorders

February 1st – 7th is Eating Disorders Awareness week.  Eating disorders affect nearly a million people in Canada alone and statistically we all know at least one person who suffers from an eating disorder – even though we may not know it as it is called “the silent disease”.

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Fat Factor #2 – Your Hormones – Pt. 2

pineal-gland-calcificationThe Pineal Gland is what regulates your sleep.  It lets you know when it’s time to go to bed.  The Pineal Gland releases melatonin.  Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables.  Natural melatonin decreases with age which may be part of, or the whole reason, for insomnia in older people.  Adequate levels of melatonin can help protect us from sleep-deprived conditions such as:

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Fat Factor #2 – Your Hormones – Part 1

endocrinesystemYou body has an amazing network of hormone producers and regulators that work together to ensure your growth, metabolism and sex hormones are all working as they should so you burn fat quickly, use energy efficiently, feel happy, and enjoy a great sex life.

This amazingly connected network runs through the middle of your body starting in the middle of your brain and ending in the ovaries or testes.  One affects the other so it is hard to separate them in the discussion of weight loss and management.

Let’s start at the top and work our way down.

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Fat Factor #1 – Your Metabolism

metabolismThis is where you sit back and rest (or leisurely walk along the beach) and you continue to lose weight.  Sound too good to be true?  Ok…there is a little more to it than that, but not much to boosting your metabolism.

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ALL Women NEED This

With the 100’s of women I’ve worked with, I’ve not yet met a woman who doesn’t need this.

As soon as a girl becomes a woman, she qualifies.

I am talking about help managing the delicate estrogen – to – progesterone balance.

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The Dramatic Change In the Last 20 Years

I have been in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years and I have seen some dramatic changes in my client’s results.

In the beginning…

I was taught that the answer to weight loss and optimum health was totally dependent on the food we eat and the amount of exercise we engage in and a minimum of 90% of my clients were able to achieve results within a couple weeks by eating properly and beginning to exercise.

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Say “NO!!!” to Skinny

This has to be said…over and over and over again.  Say “NO” to skinny!  Say “NO” to skinny for yourself, your daughters, your sons, your nieces, your nephews, your sisters and your girlfriends.

skinny

Say “NO” to skinny to the media by choosing not to read or watch information that supports or promotes the  skinny culture through its advertisements, articles or shows.

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These Fats Help You Lose Fat + So Much More

The “fat-free” craze has done nothing except make people fatter, less intelligent, age more quickly, less healthy,  more prone to depression,  and more likely to get cancer and heart disease.

Let’s take a look at what the proper fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, do for you:

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Food and Belly Fat


Belly Fat is one of the most difficult fats to shed.
There are no secrets nor are there any exercises specifically for “spot” reducing fat on the belly.

BUT…Belly fat CAN be greatly reduced by changing your diet and regular aerobic exercise.

By avoiding the following foods, you greatly reduce the chance of accumulating belly fat:

Refined Sugars:  regular (non-diet) carbonated drinks, table sugar, sweetened fruit juices, bottled iced teas and coffees, coffee sweeteners, sugar-coated cereals, energy or sports drinks and candy.

Trans Fats:  fats that harden at room temperature.   Foods typically high in trans fats include commercially prepared baked items, such as crackers, cakes, pies, cookies, energy bars, cupcakes, croissants, doughnuts, pastries and breads. Many convenience foods also contain trans fats. Convenience foods include snack pies and cakes, potato chips, butter-flavored pre-popped corn, cheese corn, tortilla chips, prepackaged foods and fast foods.Other commercially prepared foods that usually contain trans fats include gravy mixes, boxed cereals, boxed foods, canned pasta, pasta mixes, canned foods, packaged sauces, pizzas, frozen entrees, frozen bread dough and deli foods. Many times, restaurant-prepared foods are high in trans fats.

Saturated Fats:  derived from animal products such as beef, lamb, chicken, poultry, veal and pork. According to nutritiondata.com, a typical 3-oz. serving of high-fat beef cuts can contain 24g of saturated fat. Animal byproducts such as sausage, jerky, bacon and luncheon meats are rich sources, as are organ meats such as kidneys, liver, heart, gizzards and spleen.Whole-fat dairy foods contain large amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, states the American Heart Association. Whole-fat dairy foods can cause belly fat due to their high calorie and fat content. Dairy foods that are made with whole fat include milk, cream, butter, hard and soft cheeses, yogurt and frozen dairy products. Cream-based sauces (such as Alfredo), soups and gravies made with whole milk are also high in fat and can cause belly fat.

 

Instead, opt for these foods:

Organic Almonds and other nuts (with skins intact):  Builds muscle and reduces cravings.
Fights:
 
Obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, wrinkles, cancer, high blood pressure

Organic Beans and legumesBuilds muscle, helps burn fat, regulates digestion
Fights: 
Obesity, colon cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure.

Organic Spinach and other green vegetablesNeutralizes free radicals, the molecules that accelerate the aging process
Fights:
Cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis.

Organic Dairy products (fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese)Builds strong bones, fires up weight loss
Fights: 
Osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer

Organic, Gluten-Free Oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored)Boosts energy, reduces cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels
Fights: 
Heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, obesity

EggsBuilds muscle, burns fat
Fights: 
Obesity

Turkey and other lean meatsBuilds muscle, strengthens immune system
Fights: 
Obesity, various diseases

Organic Peanut butterBoosts testosterone, builds muscle, burns fat
Fights:
Obesity, muscle loss, wrinkles, cardiovascular disease

Organic Olive oilLowers cholesterol, boosts immune system
Fights: 
Obesity, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure

Organic Raspberries and other berries:  Protects heart, enhances eyesight, improves balance, coordination, and short-term memory,  prevents cravings
Fights: 
Heart disease, cancer, obesity

Eat well…Live well…Fight Belly Fat!

Lose Weight By NOT Exercising?

Yes!  It is called N.E.A.T.

Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.

Basically, in a nutshell, it means to get off your butt and move!  Not gym membership kind of move, but just good ol’ fashioned moving.  Easy to do…Easy not to do.  Here are a few ideas:

Stuff like turning up the music and vacuuming with a bit of vigor, wiggling while washing dishes, dancing while dusting…you get the idea.

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