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!

 

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, So Now What Do I Do, Part Two!

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Okay so here is what we know so far…….click here to read part one in case you missed it!

There is a connection between food intolerances and IBS.

Keeping a food journal can help you to make the connections between what you are eating and your IBS flare-ups.

Soluble and insoluble fiber can make a huge difference in your symptoms.

Sugar is a huge factor in perpetuating your IBS symptoms.

The importance of probiotics.

How important it is too eat smaller meals slowly so as not to overwhelm your digestive tract.

So, now let’s talk about other changes that you can make to get control of your IBS.

Limit the amount of fatty foods that you eat.
Red meat is a very common trigger that can cause a reaction instantly.
Some find that they feel better if they eliminate red meat all together.

Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
Water regulates the digestion as well as powers the muscles.
If you are dehydrated your digestive problems will be amplified.

Along with eating slower, eat foods that make digestion easier.
When you are experiencing a flare-up, eat food that has been processed in a way that makes it easier for your body to obtain the nutrients that it needs without working overtime.
Soups and smoothies are perfect for these times.

Along with the food irritants we discussed earlier, avoid alcohol, tobacco and gum.
Alcohol and tobacco are very acidic and will irritate your system.
Most gums contain artificial sweeteners and chemicals that just don’t sit well with a twitchy digestion.

Take a multi vitamin.
For many, IBS makes it hard for the body to absorb the proper nutrients.
While there is no substitution for real whole foods, help your body along during these tough times but adding a good multi.

Use herbs as medicine.
You don’t have to be a trained herbalist or go foraging in the rain forest to gain relief from herbs.
Here are a few that I recommend.

Peppermint is one of the oldest herbal remedies known to woman.
You can take it for indigestion, gas and nausea.
It has an anti-spasmodic action with a calming effect on the muscles of the stomach, intestinal tract and uterus.
It is an anti-bacterial.
It stimulates the gallbladder to secrete its store of bile which the body uses to digest fats.
It improves the muscles that line the stomach and intestines and relieves diarrhea and has a calming numbing effect on the whole GI tract.
It can be such a strong muscle relaxant that it can cause problems for people with GERD or heartburn.

Chamomile is considered an official drug in 26 countries.
It is an antispasmodic., anti-fungal, anti inflammatory, anti-peptic and has incredible sedative properties.
It has a dramatic calming affect on smooth muscle tissue, which makes it the perfect remedy for gastrointestinal spasm, and menstrual cramps.

Ginger is instrumental in helping to relieve many different gastrointestinal symptoms ranging from simple gas to severe nausea and cramps.
It provides relief for morning sickness, post chemotherapy nausea and has been shown to be more effective for preventing motion sickness than Dramamine.
If you have overeaten a meal, it has proven to be very helpful as it contains a very powerful digestive enzymes.
Ginger also tones digestive muscles.

Other herbs that play a role in digestive disorder relief are: fennel, caraway, anise, oregano and catnip.

As you can see there are foods that can cause your IBS flare-ups, foods that will help ease your issues, ways of eating as well as herbs that will go a long way to reduce the number of occurrences as well as the severity of the problems you are having with IBS.

If you want to learn more about your IBS symptoms and want to make the steps to be free of this limiting issue, forever, shoot me an email and let’s talk!

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Nature’s Squeegee, Fiber!

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It has been estimated that most of us consume less than 11 grams of fiber a day.  Put that up against the recommended 20-40 grams we need depending on your age and gender. We now eat more low-fiber processed foods than ever before and it is killing us.  

Fiber is major disease fighter:  It clobbers constipation, eases heartburn, protects you from ulcers, halts diarrhea, prevents gallstones, lowers colon cancer risk, calms IBS, lowers high blood pressure, helps fight diabetes, reduces breast and prostate cancer and reduces weight gain.  While that list is long it is not by any means the complete list of what fiber can do.

There are two types of fiber:  soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a soft, gooey liquid or gel that can be fermented by the bacteria in the gut and absorbed into the body. 

Insoluble fiber cannot be digested by the body and passes through unchanged. Both types are important to maintain a healthy digestive system. 

Low intakes of fiber are associated with increased risk of bowel diseases and disorders like constipation.   

It is also thought to prevent some diseases such as cancer, heart disease and has implications for reducing diabetes.

Changing to a high fiber diet is not difficult and should be done gradually as it may upset your digestive system. 

Drinking water while eating a high fiber diet is very important.  Undigested fiber holds fluid in the gut to form soft and bulky stools that move quickly and efficiently along the bowel.  If you do not drink enough water but increase your fiber you may become constipated. 

There are many ways to introduce more fiber into your diet:

 The old way used to be to add bran to everything you ate.  Bran can be a huge irritant and contains phytates, which can interfere with the absorption of essential mineral such as iron, calcium and zinc. 

It is important to get both types of fiber from natural sources. 

Not only will you benefit from the fiber but also all other the natural vitamins and minerals. 

One of the easiest ways is to switch from white bread, white pasta and white rice to the whole wheat alternatives in each of these foods. Be careful if you have a gluten issue!

Most foods that are high in fiber also tend to be filling and have a lower calorie count than their more refined alternatives, which makes these foods great choices for weight-loss. 

A couple of other easy ways to add fiber are:

Wash fruits and vegetables but do not peel.  You may want to go organic for these foods, such as apples, pears, peaches, carrots, and potatoes.

When you add vegetables to soups and stews, do so in chunks and if you do puree or blend do not strain the vegetables as you lose a huge amount of fiber this way.

Add grated vegetables to casseroles, lasagna, shepherd’s pie and stews.

It is amazing what adding high fiber foods to your staples can do.  An average portion of fresh tomato soup has 3.09 grams of fiber but add onions and lentils and it jumps to 4.27 grams.  Ordinary coleslaw has about 2.92 grams of fiber but add celery, raisins and dried apricots and it rises to 4.25 grams.

Adding fiber to your diet is an easy way to combat not only digestive issues but also may other common diseases. It is one of those really important things that I work on with my clients, along with adding more water and exercise to their everyday life.

You Deserve to be Healthy So Eat More Fiber!

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Super Cool Vegan Cookbook – Isa Does It!

 

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I come from a long line of meal planners.

Last year my mom moved into an assisted living facility and my husband and I were charges with going through her condo and selling or donating all the items that she could not take with her.

As you can imagine, 80 years of living comes with tons of stuff but one of the big finds for me was her recipe collections. 5 recipe boxes filled with carefully written recipes.

I grew up in the 60 and 70’s so the recipes are not what I would now consider healthy but love having them around with this their special notations of when they were used and how they stood up to the critics!

As a coach and a personal chef I am always on the look out for great recipes that are healthy, super delicious and fast.

For my recent birthday my son and his girlfriend gave me a cook book I immediately fell in love with.

As a self proclaimed “raised on hamburger helper and instant mashed potatoes” Isa Moskowitz became a vegeatarian in the late 1980’s.

With the help of her mom, sister and friends she began her creative journey that has culminated in a super fun and creative cookbook – ISA DOES IT – Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes Every Day Of The Week!

One of my favorite passages from the intro about her journey into cooking – “This marks the time in my life when the kitchen went from smelling vaguely of microwaved frozen dinners to becoming the heart of our home.”

Her book is awesome.

She talks about some great ways to not only be ready to cook but on how to make it easier.

She has sections like:

Gadgets – Equipt it

Stock It – building a pantry and refrigerator of staples

Vegan Butchery – I love this – how many ways is there to cut tofu and tempeh?

7 Tips for cooking – my fav is “Plan and Scan” – how many times have you not read the recipe completely only to find out that something had to be made ahead of time like that vegan feta or those marinated veggies….dang it!

Swap Meet – modifications – love this too, it makes cooking more flexible and customizable.

Her book is filled with gorgeous pictures – yes we eat with our eyes, an artsy design, right down to the paper and each recipe has a small notes section to make things easier and more interesting.

I’ve had the book for about 10 days and made more than a half dozen of the recipes and they rock.

Her peanut (we use almonds) sauce is killer.

We roasted cauliflower and green cabbage.  Placed those, still warm along with chick peas on a bed of baby arugula and topped with her peanut dressing and man that was heaven.  We didn’t speak for 15 minutes and that’s a lot – we are yackers!

Check out Isa’s cookbook – if you are a vegan or just know that you should be eating a more vegetable based diet, you are going to love it.  It’s easy, fast and delicious!

You Deserve to be Healthy!

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What Goes Down Must Come Up! Heartburn and Acid Reflux!

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Heartburn and Acid Reflux is caused by stomach acid backing up into your esophagus. 

The esophageal sphincter is supposed to keep the stomach contents in place but if the sphincter relaxes, acid can push up into the esophagus. 

The most common sensation is a burning sensation above the stomach, excessive salivation, belching, regurgitation and a sour taste in the mouth. 

Nearly one third of Americans experience frequent heartburn known as GERD.  Another 3 to 7 percent suffer from Barrett’s esophagus illness caused by acid reflux that results in scarring, constriction of the esophagus and swallowing disorders. 

Some medications can cause heartburn such as birth control pills, diazepam, nicotine, nitroglycerine, progesterone and provera. 

Heartburn is common amongst pregnant women that are experiencing all their organs being more confined to a tight area. 

Stress plays a huge part in this. 

Other triggers are wearing tight fitting clothes, lying down after a meal, bending over when full and eating a excessively large meal. 

Acid Reflux is when the stomach acid is regurgitated into the esophagus.  This can cause heartburn but you do not necessarily feel pain with acid reflux.  If you experience heartburn in the middle of the night make sure you eat at least 4 hours before going to bed. 

These problems are rarely seen in those eating a high fiber diet. 

Heartburn sufferers take antacids for temporary relief.  Initially, use of antacids causes the body to produce more HCI which helps digest the food.  Eventually the cells that make the acid get exhausted and they begin making much less HCI.  Anti acids also decrease your stomach’s ability to digest protein by reducing the effectiveness of protease enzymes

Here are some healthy suggestions for reducing acid reflux. 

1.  Eat healthy food – bet that was a surprise. 

2.  Increase fruit, vegetables, grains and high-fiber foods. 

3.  Drink plenty of water, for some this alone can remedy the situation.

4.  Various spices and herbs have been known to help.  Slippery elm is soothing to the mucus membranes.  Slippery Elm can be found in tea or lozenge form.  Ginger tea is also a great thing to drink to calm your digestive tract. What to avoid:

1.  Foods that are more acidic like tomatoes and citrus are more likely to cause heartburn. 

2.  Dairy products have been shown to trigger symptoms.  I have more clients that believe that a cold glass of milk will soothe their stomach.  Not true – and the higher the fat content the more the issues. 

3. Alcoholic beverages, coffee and to some extent tea provoke heartburn as well as high fat, fried, spicy foods; onions and chocolate (say it isn’t true!). 

Trigger food are personal so you need to figure out what bothers you.  

The most long-lasting, natural remedy without side-effects is to adjust your food intake as well as any lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your heartburn or acid-reflux.

Work with your doctor, digestion coach or nutritionist to isolate the factors that affect your health.  From there good health is a breeze!

You Deserve to be Healthy!

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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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Cha Cha Cha Chia…… Really, did I just say that?

Everyone is looking for that perfect food that will make getting and staying healthy really simple.
There is a great little food emerging out there that not only keeps you full for longer but adds fiber and calcium to your diet.

And what is so cool is that these have been around for years!

They actually disappeared from the food scene a long long time ago but re-emerged in the early 90’s!
 
We are talking about the Chia Seed !  It has hit the market in a big way!

Who can forget the chia pet from so long ago but now we find out we should have been eating those little seeds instead of planting them.

My guinea pigs used to devour those things….they were so ahead of their time! 😎

Chia seeds come from a desert plan Salvia hispanica.

They’re a very high plant source of those Omega-3 essential fats, a great source of fiber and you can add them to just about anything.

Chia seeds also have protein and calcium, and unlike flax seed, they don’t go rancid.

So what do these little seeds do?

Weight-Loss Assistance

Some people say they keep you feeling fuller longer so you can stick to your weight loss plan.

Balance Your Blood Sugar

 It’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars.
If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.
 
Keeps  Everything Moving!
 
A great source of fiber, these little seeds will help to make you regular.  Complete and regular bowel movements are a key to good health.
Poor transit time contributes to immune system issues, digestive disorders, colon and other digestive cancers, skin and neurological issues, just to name a few.
 
Adds in Omega 3’s
 
Chia seeds typically contain about 20 percent protein, 30 percent fat and 40 percent carbohydrates.
The fat in chia seeds contain a very high concentration (about 61%) of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia Seeds are the highest known whole-food source of Omega-3 acids.
These acids promote cardiovascular and mental health and benefit many body functions.
  
High In Anti-Oxidants
 
Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues.
Fight free radical damage by staying fresh and healthy with nature’s anti-oxidant powerhouse.
So where do you get these seeds and how do you use them?
 
One warning is to be aware that people who take blood thinners like warfarin should exclude this from their diet as Chia seeds might increase the risk for bleeding.
 
You can buy chia seeds at just about any health food store.
 I get stuff  like nuts and seeds from Nutsonline.com.

You can sprinkle them in anything.
They will absorb liquid so you can make a jell out of them to use in baking.
Many people add them to pudding.
 
So go check these little seeds out but remember there is no silver bullet for good health. 
 
By following a plant based diet, drinking plenty of water, creating periods of regular exercise in your life, getting 7-8 hours of rest a night and surrounding yourself with fun and supportive people you will go a long way in creating a life of good health and longevity!
 
Rock on little Chia!

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If you have a subject that you would like to see in my blog, please let me know. 

Your good health is important to me….

You Deserve to be Healthy!