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


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 – Make the subject – Burn Fat Like a Pro!




Creating Digestive Health with Probiotics


Intestinal flora plays an important role in our ability to fight infectious disease, providing a front line in our immune defense.

According to the US Surgeon General “Normal microbial flora provides a passive mechanism to prevent infection.” 
It also manufactures many vitamins including: the B-complex vitamins, folic acid and vitamin K.
Experts have debated on how to define probiotics. One widely used definition, developed by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, is that probiotics are “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” (Microorganisms are tiny living organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, and yeasts — that can be seen only under a microscope.)
Some probiotic foods date back to ancient times, such as fermented foods and cultured milk products. Interest in probiotics in general has been growing; Americans’ spending on probiotic supplements, for example, nearly tripled from 1994 to 2003.
Most probiotics are bacteria similar to those naturally found in people’s guts, especially in those of breastfed infants (who have natural protection against many diseases). Most often, the bacteria come from two groups, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium. Within each group, there are different species (for example, Lactobacillus acidophilus andBifidobacterium bifidus), and within each species, different strains (or varieties). A few common probiotics, such as Saccharomyces boulardii, are yeasts, which are different from bacteria.
Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium increase the absorption of minerals that require acid for absorption such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and manganese.

It also increases our resistance to food poisoning.  Some food-borne infections lead to chronic illness, causing heart and valve problems, immune system disorders, joint disease, and possibly even cancer.  These floras make the intestinal tract inhospitable to the invading microbes.  It is a misconception that they kill invading microbes.  They actually change the environment by secreting large amounts of acids that make the area unsuitable for pathogens.
These floras can play a part in keeping your heart healthy.  They normalize serum cholesterol and triglycerides.
Probiotics also help us to metabolize foreign substances, like mercury and pesticides and protects us from damaging radiation and harmful pollutants.
Probiotics can be helpful in other conditions also: hypertension, cancer, immune system stimulation, kidney stones, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and alcohol-induced liver disease.
Probiotics are available in foods and dietary supplements (for example, capsules, tablets, and powders) and in some other forms as well. Examples of foods containing probiotics are yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, tempeh, and some juices and beverages made with soy. In probiotic foods and supplements, the bacteria may have been present originally or added during preparation.

While I rarely recommend supplements, some are beneficial.  Since I am not a big advocate of dairy or soy products, I would encourage you to look into probiotics in supplement form.

If you feel that you could benefit from taking probiotics do the research and pick the one that is best for you. 

Probiotics are an important part of achieving and maintaining good health.

You Deserve to be Healthy

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Laughter’s The Best Medicine! No Really It Is!

I love to have fun! 
I love to laugh and I try not to take too many things, seriously!
“Melinda, life isn’t all about fun and games” my dad used to say.He was a child in the depression and so was a very serious guy.
Everyone has a different idea of what is enjoyable.
For me, I enjoy things like:
Creating a business that is fun and helps busy women look, feel and function better,
Spending time with friends and colleagues doing things that challenge my brain and make me laugh, taking long walks with my husband and dog, Maya, cooking, gardening reading and roaming around NYC in search of awesome healthy food.
The list goes on from there.
Laughter, fun and finding your passion is an incredibly important part of creating good health.
By living a life we enjoy we reduce stress, lower our risk for heart disease and cancer, attract happier people into our lives, sleep better, feel less pain and age much more slowly.
Who doesn’t want that?
Being bored, miserable and unhappy drains your energy, changes your outlook on things and affects your long-term health.
It is also a great way to end up alone!
Who of us is not attracted to the smiling, laughing, happy person in the room?
They are usually surrounded by people that want to get in on the action.
They are attractive and glow with good health.
So how does happiness affect your health?
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
So stop feeling sorry for yourself, decide what you want and go after it, dump those people that don’t love and support you and get smiling.
I am working on having as may laugh lines as possible.
Life should be filled fun and games, so go out and play! How will you have fun today?
You Deserve to be Healthy!
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