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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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.

 

 

We All Need a Little Help from Our Friends

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Whether your a party animal or someone that would rather enjoy quiet alone time there is no disputing the power of friendship.

A Web MD article states ……. “According to an Australian study. Conducted by the Centre for Aging Studies at Flinders University, the study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 22%.”

Wow and while having good relationships with relatives is a positive experience it does not seem to increase one’s longevity like friends.

Friends help you fight stress, depression, loneliness and even bad habits.

Having people around that love, support and believe in you is life changing.

People that hang out with friend tend to be more active; playing sports, taking walks, going out dancing or even shopping as opposed to those that spend a large portion of their time alone – usually sitting.

The ladies in the picture above attended a Healthy Cooking Party that I created for the group.  The women had a great time, cooking, learning about how to improve their health, enjoying each other’s company and drinking wine!  I went home that night with my mood and creativity boosted!

Good friends encourage each other to be healthy, lose weight and exercise.

No matter how many you have, good friends will help lessen the emotional burden of a life-threatening disease.

While having friends has huge advantages be careful who you choose as a friend.  Unhappy or needy friends can actually have the opposite affect – increasing stress, creating an unhealthy lifestyle and taking a toll of our mental well-being.

So go out and spend some time with friends doing things you love to do…it’s one of the many things your can do to improve your health and happiness!

Cheers!

What do you and your friends like to do together?

Have You Seen My Mind? Exercise and Your Brain!

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Your body was meant to move.

Shake your groove thing.

Rock and Roll.

Okay so exercise will help you loose weight, have a healthier heart, stave off cancer, look better in your clothes and keep you looking younger for longer but did you know it can dramatically improve your mind?

Let’s face it, being middle age has its challenges but the ones that are the most distressing are brain fog, slips in memory, depression….

Don’t take it sitting down.  Let’s kick some middle-age mind’s butt!  Let’s stretch first….

“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Did you know that aerobic exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants?  It promotes nerve cell growth that may have been damaged by depression. That beats the heck out of medication any day.

Movement transforms your brain.

It not only reduces stress but can reverse it’s affects on the body and brain. Researchers found that stressed-out women who exercised vigorously for an average of 45 minutes over a three-day period had cells that showed fewer signs of aging compared to women who were stressed and inactive. Wow, I feel calmer already!

Exercise enhances learning.  The act of moving and sweating creates new brain connections.  Like your exercise with a does of strategy, like tennis, dancing or riding a bike through traffic? 8-(  Expect to see even more improvement in your ability to learn if you regularly participate in sports that take thought. Complex activities not only have the advantage over more simplistic exercise but you add the intellectual component of strategic thinking -wow that is a twofer!

I wonder if reading while on my elliptical qualifies? 

Who can forget about the improvement in mood and motivation we get from exercise. This is the reason most of us exercise in the morning.  It pumps us up, makes us feel like we can do anything and makes us happy.  This is one of my favorite benefits of exercise. I’m psyched when I finish my 30 minute work-out and that feeling last throughout the day. Whoohooo!

Exercise protects us from mind-robbing diseases such and Alzheimer’s.  This is huge.  Most of us have been affected by or know someone who is by this life-robbing disease.  Exercise appears to protect the hippocampus, which governs memory and spatial navigation, and is one of the first brain regions to succumb to Alzheimer’s-related damage.  A simple walk each day not only can help stave off this disease but slow it’s progression once it has started.

Getting a little yancy aren’t you?   

Yes exercise is great for your body – your whole body.  Let’s do a little age reversal by starting a exercise practice. Nothing complex just a good walk, a dance or zumba video will do just fine.  Find something you like, can stick with and BAM you will be looking and feeling better in no time.

I think I will go jump on that machine and pump up my brain power.

What will you be doing today to BOOST YOUR BRAIN?

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Want to talk about your health goals? Contact me at MindyKannon@yahoo.com or go to my website at www.mindykannon.com.

Acidity and Bone Health!

Did you know that your bones act as mineral reserves for reducing the acid that in the food that we eat each day?

Yep it is true, the more foods that you eat that create an acidic environment in your body the weaker your bones become.

Let’s talk about the foods that are creating the situation that is diminishing your bone strength.

The modern American diet is filled with animal products, stripped down – processed foods, chemicals and very little good nutritious food.

So what are the top 5 things that you should be eating to create a more alkaline body environment?

1. Stop drinking soda.  Replace those nasty drinks with 64 oz of water!
Besides the overwhelming amount of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, or other chemicals with no nutritive value, soda makes your urine too acidic to pass safely out of your body. Its high phosphoric acid content requires your body to sacrifice a great deal of alkaline buffering salts (meaning the minerals in your bones) so it can excrete the acid without damaging your urinary tract.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Plant foods contain abundant “basic” or alkaline particles that combine with “acidic” particles when your body breaks them down, reducing our total urinary acid load and naturally creating alkaline balance in the body. If you want better bones, I suggest more than the standard “five-a-day” servings of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds — nine to ten is better, and focus on the veggies.

3. Cut back on sugar:  
Sweeten your food with stevia, agave, honey or with fruit.

4.  Add fresh lemon or lime to your water
Though we typically think of citrus fruits as acidic, they’re highly alkalizing in the body (limes especially). Help balance your acid load by squeezing a wedge of fresh lemon or lime into your water throughout the day.

5. Limit animal protein
Animal proteins are high in sulfur-containing amino acids and are particularly acid-producing as you metabolize them. Protein is absolutely required for your bones and just about every other body tissue, but you can limit your animal protein sources (beef, chicken, pork, eggs, and dairy products) to 40 grams or less per day and increase plant-based protein sources.

Sounds easy and it is!

Pick one thing to do this week and go for it!

You can go a long way toward preserving your bone health by changing your diet and lifestyle!

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!