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!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Your Way To Good Health! The Simple Solution Health Issues!

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Read a great article tonight in The New York Times Magazine all about kale. Read more….

Yep kale is all the rage, has been for a while now.

Most people I know love it but there are a few, very few that do not, and still fewer that have never heard of it.

Over the last 4 years I have turned many a client, adult as well as kid, on to kale with my Marinated Kale Salad, Baked Kale Chips and my Kale, Sausage and Quinoa Casserole but here’s the great thing….

Not only is kale delicious but kale is incredibly good for you.  That’s a twofer…..

It aids in digestion, boosts your immune systems, it’s high in calcium, vitamin A, C and K, high in antioxidants and is a super detox food.

Wow so let me get this straight…you can eat something you love and…and…it makes you healthier?  No sacrificing taste to eat healthy?  No way right?

I have made it the mission of my business to create, share and promote healthy delicious food as a way by which to help my clients improve and maintain good health for the rest of their lives.

Finding out the correct food for your health issue and eating that food can, reduce your risk for heart disease (and we no longer mean a low fat diet), reverse diabetes, lessen symptoms of menopause, slow down and even reverse signs of aging, reduce symptoms of arthritis, improve symptoms of auto immune diseases, reduce or eliminate digestive issues like IBS, colitis, diverticulitis, gas and bloating, boost your immune system, fight cancer – do I need to go on here?

Many of my readers and all of my clients know the power food has to improve and even eliminate their health issues.  All this with no side affects and no big price tag. 

But what is good health if you have to eat crappy tasting food that you hate…I’d call that torture!

I will be making available special editions of The Simple Solution dedicated to health issues that are common in middle-aged women (and probably a lot of men too).  We will have editions dedicated to diabetes, a nationwide epidemic that has a strong food base, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, aging, menopause, boosting your immune system, sleep issues, memory and depression.

Each low-cost mini-cookbook issue will address a specific health problem and give you lifestyle change suggestions and easy recipes that will have you loving the food you need to eat get improve or even eliminate the health issue you are experiencing.

If this type of information interests you, please go one over to my website and sign-up for my newsletter.  Sent bi-weekly my newsletter will provide details as to The Simple Solution Issues available as well as program offerings and private health coaching information.

If you are looking for additional resources or assistance with a health issue that has you concerned please contact me at MindyKannon@yahoo.com.

And always remember You Deserve to be Healthy!

Shouldn’t you be eating some kale!

Marinated Kale Salad with Avocado, Almonds, Apples and Raisins
1 bunch of kale – stems removed and coarsely chopped
1 ripe avocado, diced
salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 clove garlic
3 tsp of apple cider vinegar
1 carrot, peeled and sliced into half moons.
1 small sweet, crisp apple, sliced thin
1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced

½ c raisins
1 large handful of toasted almonds
Sprinkle of Seaweed Gomasio

Place the kale in a large bowl with the avocado.  Gently massage avocado and kale together for about 3 minutes. The kale will shrink and become darker and more pliable. Pour on apple cider vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes.
Reserve a small handful of carrots and apple slices for garnish and then gently fold into the kale mixture.
Divide the salad among four plates.  Top each plate with the sliced carrots, apples, raisins and scallions.  Scatter the almonds on top.
Generously sprinkle Gomasio to taste
Salad can keep for a few days in the refrigerator.