Are You A Good Fat Burner? It May Be Your Digestion!

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Seems as you get older it just get harder and harder to lose weight.

And to drive a girl even more nuts, gaining weight seems to get easier and easier. What?

I’ve worked with a lot of women in the 40’s and beyond that want to lose weight.

It ain’t easy, at times it seems downright impossible.

The key to being a good fat burner is having a good digestion.

A body bogged down with toxins, sugar and processed food is not going to burn fat.

No amount of exercise is going to do the trick!

I have heard more personal trainers say their clients just don’t get it….you can’t expect to lose weight just because you spend time working out if you don’t eat healthy food and have great digestion.

I don’t promote a sedentary life either but you just have to have good digestion if you are going to lose that weight and keep it off.

So want to know how to start being a good fat burner?

Start with these four areas.

1.Get hydrated – drink more water – not tea, not coffee but water – preferably room temp, add some lemon,1/2 your body weight in ounces. You are made up of mostly water.  Without proper hydration you will stop burning fat.

2. Detox your body – your liver is a key organ for creating good digestion. Eat foods that take toxins out of your body. Some great foods for this are: Chia seeds, organic berries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, leafy greens, beets, just to name a few. Eat organic – it does matter!

3. Boost your immune system – the vast amount of your immune system is located around your gut…unhealthy gut, unhealthy you.  And when we don’t feel well we gain weight.  Boost your immune system with fruits and vegetables, getting proper rest, reduce stress and spend time doing things you enjoy!

4. Give your body time to burn fat.  The more frequently you eat the less body fat you will burn.  You will burn the fat you have eaten but not body fat.  Also if you are eating the wrong combination of foods you will actually be storing some of those calories as fat in your body. Intermittent fasting is a great option.

We all know the health benefits of being a healthy weight.  We are not talking model thin but a healthy weight.  You have a lower risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. We all want to live as long as we can and be able to do the things we love until the end. Getting yourself to a healthy weight through creating great digestion is the key!

You Deserve to be Healthy!

Want to create a customized plan that will get you burning fat like a pro, shoot me an email at MindyKannon@yahoo.com – Make the subject – Burn Fat Like a Pro!

 

 

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Water, The Game Changer!

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60-70 % of our body is made up of water.

80% of our weight is water.

We could live weeks without food but only days without water.

Our brain and heart are made up of 73% water, lungs 83%, skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

So what does water do?

Control body temperature

Cushions your joints

Carries nutrients throughout your body

Thins the blood and makes it less likely to clot

Reduces the symptoms of arthritis

Helps with weight-loss by filling you up without adding calories or raising your blood sugar

But what is does for your digestion is huge:

Flushes waste from our body in the form of urine

Assists digestion in the processing of nutrients

Prevents constipation by softening your stool and keeps food moving through your digestive tract.

Reduces heartburn by washing out the acid in your esophagus

Lowers your risk of colon cancer

Lowers the chance of gallstones occurring

The effectiveness of adding fiber, magnesium and exercise in fighting a slow digestive process depends on your drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.

I have often said that if you are going to do just one thing to improve your health, it would be to drink 8 glasses of clean water a day.

Remember, anything with caffeine acts to dehydrate your body so you need to drink even more!

It is also important to know that the water you are drinking is clean water.

If you have a well, have it tested for bacteria and pollutants.

If you have city water, contact your water department and find out the quality of the water.

Bottled water is not necessarily the answer as the source and quality of bottled water is not regulated.

Having problems remembering to drink your water?

Put a 32 oz pitcher on your desk when you first arrive at work and make the commitment to drink it all by lunch.

Then do it!

Do the same in the afternoon.

Think plain water is too boring?

Add lemons, limes, strawberries, cucumbers or even apple slices and let them sit over night.

You will have a soft infused flavor.

So how many glasses of water do you drink a day?

What strategy could you use to drink the 8 glasses needed to create good digestive health?

You Deserve to be Healthy and Hydrated!

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Sources:

The Complete Guide to Digestive Health by FC&A Publishing

Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski

Water Image courtesy of Naypong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

 

I’ll Take Mine With Honey! Drinking Tea.

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Just finished listening to an old podcast of The Splendid Table and one of the topics was white tea.

Now I’m as much of a tea freak as they come but I had no idea about teas.

Seems that all teas come from the same plant: Camelia sinensis?

Black, green and white are different because of  the way they are processed.

Black is the most processed it is rolled, dried and oxidized.  That process produces it’s distinctive flavor.

Green is next with unoxidized leaves but heated to eliminate the enzyme that causes oxidation.

White tea or some call raw tea is dried in the sun for day (the other teas are dried in a few hours) and then heated to reduce moisture further. Originally grown in three small villages in China, white tea has become so popular that it is now grown all over the world.

All  teas have  some health properties such as black is known to reduce heart disease and green, cancer with it’s super anti-oxidant content.

All teas help lower blood sugar, kills bacteria in the body, enhance bone density, prevent cavities and boost metabolism that promotes weight-loss.

Some other teas we see out there have a basis in these three teas but with additions.

Oolong tea is a mix of black and green teas that have been fermented.  This tea is known for it’s digestive properties.

Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot added.

Now my favorite category of teas, herbal are not really teas at all.  They are dried leaves and flowers and are only considered teas because they are dried and we steep them in hot water, much like real tea.

I drink tons of tea and some I do so for more medicinal reasons – immune booster, cold and sore throat fighters, menopause symptom relievers, mental clarity promoters, and calming teas like chamomile.

I love that a cup of warm comforting tea can work its magic and taste so good.

Here are a few of the teas in my closet.

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I am really excited because I just ordered several blends of herb teas from a supplier in Canada.

These blends, help detox the body, purify the blood and provide a restful sleep.

I have included a couple of cool websites and well as the website where I ordered my tea, just in case you’d like to check them out.

Think I’ll go have a cup of blue lavender tea and read a little Anne Lamott and relax!

I’d love to hear about your favorite tea.  Leave your comments below!

Your Deserve to be Healthy!

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Teas Sites and Resources:

http://www.teapalace.co.uk/Different-Types-of-Tea-Adifferent/

http://teasource.com/

www.harmonicarts.ca

Dealing with Chronic Constipation

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Constipation affects 4 million Americans each year.  Physicians write more than a million prescriptions for constipation annually, and we spend $725 million a year on laxatives.

Constipation is a disorder that inhibits a person from moving their bowels.  Not everyone needs to go every day but if you have chronic difficulty, constipation can be uncomfortable and painful.  It often produces a bloated feeling because the bowel distends with gas and a large amount of stool.  Some people feel fatigued; have aches and mental sluggishness and still others get headaches.    This condition can also lead to other issues such as diverticulitis, colon cancer and hemorrhoids.

The most common cause of constipation is insufficient fiber in the diet but there are many other contributors to this very frustrating problem.  People with IBS sometimes have constipation because their colon may not contract properly.  Some medications may also cause constipation: iron supplements, antidepressant medication, painkillers and some hypertension medications.  People suffering from low thyroid or an excess of calcium in the blood can suffer too.  Other disease can also affect our ability to move our bowels: lupus, strokes, diabetes and kidney disease are just a few. Hormones also play a role in digestive regularity. As women go through the various stages of their menstrual cycles their bowel habits change.

Change of lifestyle habits can have a huge affect on your body’s ability to move waste.  Change in eating, sleeping or fluid intake amounts can alter the rhythm of the body.  Some people have a lazy bowel where the muscles do not effectively contract; this is sometimes caused by an overuse of laxatives. 

Many issues are caused by our ignoring our body’s urge to go to the bathroom.  Whether we are shy in a public bathroom or don’t have time – the longer the waste remains in the body the more water that is reabsorbed back into the body making the stool, smaller, harder and more difficult to move.  So we need to pay attention to our body, when you have to go, stop what you are doing and go to the bathroom.

Bowel transit time is the preferred measure of digestive health.  Optimal time is 12 to 24 hours.  Slow transit time raises the risk of colon cancer and contributes to other health problems as well as raises toxins in the body.

The way to remedy constipation is determined by the cause.  If medication is at fault then dosage and drug type can be altered.  

1.  Addition of water, fiber, vegetables and fruits are an incredibly simple remedy for this chronic condition. 

2.  Exercise is also a wonderful addition to a healthy diet along with stress reduction and relaxation therapies.    It may take time to retrain your bowels, mostly if you have been putting off the urge to go for a long period of time. 

3.  The addition of Psyllium fiber is another way to help move things along.  Taken in the morning and in the evening with an 8 oz glass of a juice and water mixed will surely speed up the process without the urgency and drama that can be caused by some of the harsh teas and laxatives. 

4.  Adding probiotics can remedy an imbalance of intestinal flora which also brings relief for constipation or diarrhea. 

5.  Try magnesium taking this supplement can restore the rhythmic muscle relaxation and contraction.  We have a widespread deficiency of magnesium that strongly contributes to the prevalence of constipation. 

6.  Address lactose intolerance.  You may have an issue with dairy.  Try to eliminate it from your diet for three weeks and see how you feel.  There are many different ways to remedy constipation.

7.  Exercise, you move your bowels move.

8.  Slow down.  You digestion will run much more smoothly if you eat slow and when you feel the urge to go to the bathroom, relax and take your time!

Constipation can be embarrassing, painful and debilitating.  In almost every case I have had in my practiced all that is called for is simple changes in lifestyle of food consumption to have a last impact in eliminating constipation. 

Please leave a comment below letting me know if your suffer from constipation and what remedies have worked for you in the past.

You Deserve to be Healthy!

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Creamy Coconut, Butternut Squash and Chunky Pear Soup!

So, if eating certain types of food can lead to diabetes, heart disease,cancer, premature aging and digestive issues, why can’t we choose foods that will help protect us from these same diseases?

It is not just the absence of bad food that is good for us but the addition of good food.

I believe that good health is promoted by consuming foods that are know to have a strong affect on boosting the immune system, keeping the digestive systems functioning efficiently and therefore boosting the immune system and keep the neurological systems working without issue.

This issue’s recipe is filled with health boosting ingredients, so much so I can’t even begin to classify this as a promoter of good health in any one area – consider it an great dish to eat no matter what issue you are working on.

Creamy Coconut, Butternut Squash and Chunky Pear Soup

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2 Servings

1 medium butternut squash

2 T of olive oil

1 T Penzeys, Tuscan Sunset or other Italian herb blend

1 medium onion, coursely chopped

3 cloves of garlic, coursely chopped

2 T coconut oil

1 C veggie broth

1 T Chinese spice

1 – 12 oz can of coconut milk.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut off top of squash, cut length-wise and then scoop out seeds with spoon.

Take cookie sheet and pour the olive oil onto pan and spread around, sprinkle with Italian seasonings.

Put squash on sheet, cut side down.

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Bake in over for 30 minutes or until a fork is easily inserted into the squash.

Remove from oven, flip squash and cool.

Once cool enough to scoop out squash, clean flesh off skin and place in a bowl.

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Put coconut oil in a sauce pan and turn to medium-low heat.

Add onions and garlic and sautee until brown.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Place squash and all the goey olive oil and spices from the cookie sheet into the pot, stir.

Add 1 cup veggie broth and cover for 10-15 minutes.

Add chinese spice or 1/4 t each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves stir.

Using an immersion blender, I puree the soup at this time – you can use a potato masher, blender or just leave it a bit chunky.

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Add can of coconut milk, stir and cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes.

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Peel pears and dice into large chunks.

Add to soup and heat until pears are warm.

Pour into bowls and enjoy.

You can make large batches of this soup and add the pears just before serving or for a more smooth soup you can blend the pears and add as sauce or add apple sauce.

The taste of the squash, sweet creaminess of the coconut milk and the sweet softness of the pears is out of this world!

So what does this food do for you?

Squash:These hearty vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins A,B1,C,E, calcium, folate, carotenoids, magnesium, potassium, iron and copper.  This all around good guy promotes digestive health, helps fight cancer, boost your immune systems and neurological well-being.  It is easy to find, reasonably priced and can be used in so many ways in so many recipes it should be a staple in your kitchen.

Onions and Garlic: These two have been know to promote good health from ancient times.  Onions have been shown to reduce the incidents of blood clots that lead to strokes, lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure.  Onion juice is know to reduce the affects of allergies and bronchial asthma.  They break up mucus and have a real helping affect on colds and sinus congestion.  They are also know to help prevent cancer.  Garlic has allium, known as an antibiotic, and intestinal antispasmodic, a decongestant and much more.  It also lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.  Garlic stimulates the immune system, detoxifies the effects of chemicals in our environment and is considered a strong preventative measure against cancer.  

Coconut Oil: Promotes healthy hair, skin and nails, it contains a saturated fat that actual increase good cholesterol (HDL) and promotes heart health by protecting the arteries from damage, it promotes weight-loss, boost your memory and immune system.  The uses and benefits of coconut oil are becoming more and more well-known.  It is an incredibly beneficial oil.

Add to this list the benefits of olive oil, warming spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and you have an incredibly health promoting soup.  

I hope that you enjoy this recipe I know you body will love you for eating it!

Please leave your comments below and remember:

You Deserve to be Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

Tomato Frenzy!!!

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Lordy Lordy I’m getting buried in tomatoes!

 

Tomatoes are bursting with goodness – nutritional as well as taste.
The red color has a special meaning healthwise. It signals the presence of lycopene, a carotene different than beta carotene that is associated with dark green and orange vegetables.
Studies show that tomato’s lycopene carries the protective factor against some cancers.
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C.
Studies have found postmenopausal women that cut down on fat and increase their consumption of vitamin C foods may have a lower risk for breast cancer.
Chock-full of potassium, tomatoes protect against strokes and heart disease.
So here are some fun facts about tomatoes:
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat between 22- 24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year. (More than half of those munchies are ketchup and tomato sauce.)
The tomato is America’s fourth most popular fresh-market vegetable behind potatoes, lettuce, and onions.
Americans have increased their tomato consumption 30% over the last 20 years (mostly in processed forms such as sauce, paste, and salsa).
While tomatoes are perfectly safe and healthy to eat, their leaves are actually toxic!
As of 2007, Americans spend more on salsa than ketchup.
93% of American gardening households grow tomatoes.
The largest worldwide producer of tomatoes is China, followed by USA, Turkey, India and Egypt.
California produces 96% of the tomatoes processed in the U.S.
Florida is the number one producer of fresh market tomatoes (except in 2008).
The heaviest tomato on record weighed in at 3.51 kg (7 pounds 12 ounces) and was grown by Gordon Graham of Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986. Gordon sliced the tomato to make sandwiches for 21 family members.
The largest tomato plant (a “Sungold” variety), recorded in 2000, reached 19.8 meters (65 feet) in length and was grown by Nutriculture Ltd. of Mawdesley, Lancashire, UK.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest tomato tree grows at Walt Disney World Resort’s experimental greenhouse and yields a harvest of more than 32,000 tomatoes and weighs 1,151.84 pounds (522 kg). The plant was discovered in Beijing, China, by Yong Huang, Epcot’s manager of agricultural science, who took its seeds and grew them in the experimental greenhouse. Today, the plant produces thousands of golf ball-sized tomatoes that are served at Walt Disney World’s restaurants, and can be seen by tourists riding the “Living With the Land” boat ride at the Epcot Center.
So whether you like them raw in salads, on a sandwich or love them in sauce, salsa or ketchup, tomatoes are a great source of healthy nutrients.

So here is a quick and easy recipe to use some of those late summer tomatoes.

Tomato and Caper Salad

2 pounds red tomatoes—peeled, halved, seeded and finely diced (about 3 cups)

2 small celery ribs, finely diced (1/4 cup)

1 small red onion, finely diced (1/2 cup)

1 small green bell pepper—peeled, cored, seeded and diced

1 tablespoon finely chopped lemon peel

2 tablespoons capers

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a bowl, toss the tomatoes with the celery, onion, green bell pepper, preserved lemon peel and capers.

Add the olive oil and lemon juice and toss again. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 You Deserve to be Healthy!