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May, 2011:

Weight Loss~A la carte…Burn calories while relaxing

Fall in love with this additional way to not only help you consistently maintain a healthy weight, but also experience the many additional side benefits as well.  Three years ago I was in a pretty bad accident, my doctor sent me to start receiving far infrared sauna treatments as many times a week as I possibly could. He explained that the sun naturally produces these rays as well. The sauna was an easy way to harness the power of these wonderful healing rays.

Infrared is the band which we perceive as heat. The neat thing is that the rays will heat your body through a process called conversion.  Infrared rays penetrated the body and give a deep heating effect without stressing our heart.

We benefit in many ways from this. Because it penetrates 1 ½ inches, it is healing to muscles and injuries.  Our bodies perspire and release toxins, discharge waste products and shed old skin cells leaving us healthier inside and outside.  Our heart becomes stimulated and our circulation increases.  This also causes cardiovascular conditioning and burns calories, up to 600 in a 30 minute session.

As an addition to any wellness program, the contribution of the far infrared sauna treatments definitely is worth it. I see it definitely two-fold, the fact that bodies need to detoxify sometimes in order to release some of that stubborn fat and the caloric burn which has metabolic benefit will definitely add to your health, wellness, and weight management.

 

Love Your Self Through A Love-Centered Diet

As an expert in the weight-loss field and working with personal trainers to help clients become healthier through the nutrition and supplementation part, I spend many hours a week reading. I enjoy reading the latest research and books in this field and bringing even more value to those that I get to help.

The book that I am reading currently is Just 10 LBS Easy Steps to Weighing What You Want (Finally) by Brad Lamm, Founder of Change Institute. The Foreward is  written by MEHMET OZ, M.D.  I am covering a chapter at a time to bring the message to others. I highly recommend the getting the book. It is not a one time read. It will become a reference for you as you are on your personal weight loss journey.

So Chapter One is titled “Live the Love-Centered Diet. With life happening around us, we do things that are not good for our bodies. By taking our bodies for granted we take in not only the wrong types of food but also the wrong quantities. The problem lies in that we don’t notice this until we have health issues, our self-esteem has dropped or we need larger size clothes.

Brad Lamm talks about when he realized that the human body is amazing and has so many capabilities, he started to love and respect his body.  In his search for more, energy, vitality and health, he realized that he needed to put good things in to get good things out.

So what defines good and bad. Good foods are things that are whole foods, organic, natural and work with our body in the way that it is supposed to. Bad things are sometimes called food but they serve of little benefit for our body functionally. Many bad foods contain chemicals, refined sugars, preservatives, artery-clogging stuff, commercially baked with additives, unhealthy fats, artificial flavors and sugar substitutes.

This chapter covers that to implement the food plan which is the Love-Centered Diet which loves your body with nutritious food.  This is done by learning to eat according to an individual’s personal style and also learning to transition from the traditional American diet to foods that will nourish and honor you. The six personal styles are the emotional eater, the habitual eater, the external eater, the critical eater, the sensual eater and the energy eater.  In JUST 10 LBS, there are worksheets to help you determine which type you are so that you can be successful in the process of getting healthier through weight-loss.

The reason this chapter is so important is so that you start feeling even better which will create more peace as you truly begin to love yourself, starting with your relationship with food.

Cinco de Mayo~ Guacamole Recipe-Raw & Delicious!

Benefits of Raw Food that tastes Great-

Happy Cinco de Mayo-Guacamole Recipe!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy and Be Healthy!

Raw food is a key to having optimal health and weight management! You may be wondering how to incorporate, enjoy and have raw food be a regular part of your life! Being raw can be fun and part of special occasions and holidays! Because the benefits of Digestive enzymes are so important for health and weight loss and weight maintenance, be sure to take digestive enzymes with meals anytime that you are not eating raw. Digestive enzymes will make you feel better, prevent bloating, digestive issues, and keep you weight healthy!

Some of the key benefits of eating raw food is:

  1. It tastes better so less additives are needed!
  2. They are loaded with digestive enzymes which our body needs to be optimal.
  3. The quality is higher than cooked food, so you don’t eat as much.
  4. It prevents many disease due to less free radicals in your body.
  5. Many raw foods are very alkaline and helps your pH balance in your body for even greater health.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, most people being enjoying Guacamole which I love because tastes great, very health and Raw!

This is a simple and delicious recipe that can be made in a snap and enjoyed guilt-free! This is from Rachel Ray’s website where you can find more amazing healthy recipes!

Guacamole


Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • Coarse salt

Directions

Halve avocados lengthwise around pit. Remove pit with a large spoon, then scoop out flesh into a bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice into bowl. Add tomato, onion, and jalapeno, and mash guacamole with a fork to desired consistency. Season guacamole with salt, to taste.



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