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Biggest Loser Is Going, Going, Gone!!

Biggest Loser is going, going, gone????

 

According to Ragen Chastaine;
“Reports are coming in saying that The Biggest Loser is cancelled.” {Read full article here}
Oh how I hope this is true because it will be one less weight loss problem.

 

The Biggest Loser has ruined people and set back realistic expectations for weight loss making it more frustrating for people when they don’t see dramatic 10 pound losses every week.

 

Losing a pound a week pre Biggest Loser was a win because it was a win. Now it’s not enough. What??!!

Biggest Loser Is An Entertainment Product

  • This is a game show.
  • The participants are contestants.
  • The show needs ratings which = revenue.
  • It’s edited for drama and anticipation so we see what they want us to see.
  • Convenient product placements and endorsements got us to buy special water bottles and other ‘things’.
The goal was shock and awe weight loss.

 

This became their full-time job. 8-10 hours a day of shady weight loss tactics.

 

They were promised the chance of winning money and a new life.

 

They left their families and went into solitary confinement.

 

The participants did what they were told to do, no matter how extreme since they were the entertainment.

 

I have an acquaintance that worked with the show on a couple of episodes and the extremes that were used were in their professional opinion, “…unsafe, unhealthy and unethical.”

 

A lot of the contestants have gained the weight back, while continuing to struggle with the past.

 

Their eating disorders became worse since the cause was never addressed.

 

Their self-esteem has been beaten up while we watched.

 

They can’t speak out because of iron clad non disclosure agreements.

Biggest Loser – The Dr. Carrie Version

It took me a year, 365 days to lose 100lbs because I wanted life long results. No magic, no pills, no crazy supplement packages, no danger to my health. Life long weight loss principles that worked because they are effective and natural.

 

Finally, stop buying into marketing hype about unbelievable weight loss fads, pills, potions or “never been used before” tactics.

 

If you don’t know what to believe or where to get the truth just ask me so I can help you out. I will give you the no BS facts that you need to know because you will benefit! Something simple like fitness tips for beginners can help.

Just email me… I’ll respond to you. (Yup, me… not a team, me)

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Sweet And Sour Chicken that is gluten free and paleo friendly

Sweet And Sour Chicken: Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly

Sweet and sour chicken is an absolute must when my family thinks about Chinese Food. But, man, the calories, the sugar and everything else that a healthy diet focuses on avoiding is all over a normal offering.

This is the recipe I did the other night on Facebook Live. I looked at four different recipes that all claimed to be delicious, gluten free and paleo friendly and you know what? They were all just, meh.

So I decided to start from scratch and put a fresh recipe together and this one is AWESOME!

My kids were all over it!

Here you go!

Sweet And Sour Chicken

Ingredients
1 pound of skinless boneless chicken, cut into chunks
1/2 cup of tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt + 1 tsp pepper
1-2 tsp paprika
1 large egg
1-2 tbsp water
Mix
Sauce
1/2 cup honey or coconut sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup of chicken stock
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed ginger
Salt/Pepper
Directions
Coat the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, then add the chicken into the egg mixture – for extra crispy, add the chicken back into the flour mixture.
You can bake the chicken for 25min at 350
or use 1/4 – 1/2 cup oil in a skillet and fry it for 2-3 minutes per side.
Add all of the sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan, whisk together. On a medium / high heat, bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat.
Once your chicken is done, toss the chicken into the sauce.
Pair this with a veggie stir fry and/or cauliflower rice.
You and your family will agree, this is spectacular!

Healthy Eating Plus A Plan Means Success

There are gazillions of DIFFERENT diet and exercise programs being used.

Are they all right for your personal situation, probably not.

Is there one that will suit your lifestyle and your goals, probably.

Whichever plan you choose:

  • You’ll have to work
  • You’ll have to care about your health
  • You’ll have to get results
  • You’ll have to abide by basic science principles
If there is something out there that makes no sense, I will always let you know. I am not anti other plans or protocols.

I am however:

  • Anti hype from self proclaimed experts #BroScience
  • Anti selling false hope
  • Anti lying to people
  • Anti hard selling someone so badly that you make them feel inadequate unless they buy your stupid false claim supplements
  • Anti encouraging trainers to rip clients off and provide levels of service that are laughable for the sake of doing it.

Get clear on your goals and what you actually want to achieve and you’ll find this program is easy!

The Metabolism Reset Plan

Tomorrow morning another group of new #FitFriends will be starting the Metabolism Reset Plan.
It is a 28 day plan that has been designed to get you results.

  • Weight loss
  • Getting smaller
  • Improving your health
  • Achieving a better level of fitness
    and more

There is always room for you so if you’re looking to improve in any of those areas, this is the program for you!

Meal plans, daily motivation and support, exercise videos, recipes.

All laid out in an easy to follow system that delivers RESULTS!

Joni has every excuse available to keep her from making her health and fitness a priority.. In stead, she uses those excuses as reasons to make her health and fitness a priority.This girl knows the difference between good and bad fats.

Wouldn’t looking younger and being stronger while shedding extra pounds be something you would love to do?
Joni did it she has the energy to chase here son around and actually make him tired!

Just think how you will feel when you look in the mirror and instead of saying, “I wish I could have a smaller waist and firmer arms”, you were able to say, “Look at me. I’m smaller, I’m stronger and I have way more confidence than I did before.”
That’s exactly what Hayley says when she looks in the mirror now.

This is a program where anyone can see that kind of success! All you have to do is put in the work!

Join us now by clicking here and you will be on your way to achieving your goals and looking how you want to look, not wishing for it, but actually doing it.

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Good And Bad Fats

Good and bad fats seem to confuse a lot of people. Not All Fats Are Created Equal.

Bottom line…you NEED fat in your diet, but you need the right kind of fat.

The problem is while we need fat, we get way too much of one type and not enough of the other and the food industry, once again has done its best to confuse us and keep us in track with the bad fats

In the mid 70s, government and scientific nutritional guidelines advocated for higher carb diets. Whole grains, breads, cereals…you know, all the foods that General Mills and Kellogg’s advocate for.

“High-carb, low-fat foods” became the norm.

When you take natural fats out of foods they lose their taste, so to combat no taste, sugar was added. Isn’t it funny when the obesity epidemic began, was about the same time high carb, low and no fat diets became the norm.

So what are the healthy and unhealthy fats?

Fat doesn’t make you fat, but even too much healthy fat can make slow you down.

Fat has direct impact on your blood circulation and your arteries. It’s linked to cholesterol and heart disease. Before the invention of trans fat, cholesterol and heart disease really weren’t an issue, so that is your first clue about which fat to avoid.

Here are the basics on good and bad fats.

SATURATED FAT (Mainly Healthy – too much unhealthy)

When fat became an enemy of good nutrition we were pretty much told to never eat fat that was solid at room temperature. Sorry butter, coconut oil, palm oil and a few other healthy solid fats.

Saturated fat has been linked to higher cholesterol levels but some evidence may support the foods that use solid fats are usually sugar dense as well. Pastries, deep-fried foods and doughs. Once again, sugar is in the mix.

Keep calories from saturated fat sources under 10%.

A note about room temperature…many saturated fats will turn to liquid in warm rooms.

TRANS FAT (Nothing good here at all)

This is a fat that has been transformed by the process of hydrogenation. Hydrogen is added to the fat molecules through a process involving heat and pressure. Throw in a little platinum or nickel and voila, trans fat. You want to completely avoid trans fats…these are truly the bad fats. They are also almost impossible to avoid in the North American diet.

Hydrogenation makes foods shelf stable longer. Don’t get fooled by “partially” hydrogenated…it still sucks for your health.

Processed foods.

Snack foods, such as chips, crackers, cookies, most margarine and salad dressings.

Foods made with shortening and partially hydrogenated oils.

If room temperature in your home is warm and your fats stay solid, you’re looking at trans fats.

UNSATURATED FAT (Healthy Fat)

Unsaturated fat is mostly in oils from plants. Olive, avocado. Unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat may help improve your cholesterol levels. (So does exercise).  Unsaturated fat is broken into two categories:

Monounsaturated: Avocado, nuts, some vegetable oils (as long as they aren’t hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.

Polyunsaturated: Corn, sesame, safflower, sunflower oils, Omega 3s and Omega 6s

TOTAL FAT ON A FOOD LABEL

Total fat includes saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and trans fat. Generally labels will break down the fats as Total Fat, Unsaturated Fat and Trans Fat…pay attention to all, but especially Trans fat.

You need to have fat in your diet for many reasons and fat is actually beneficial for removing bad fat. So don’t get worked up over “fat-free, low fat and half fat.” Pay attention more to the type of fat and where the fat comes from.

Here are my favorite healthy fat sources.


1. Avocados (and Avocado Oil)

Avocados are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. They’re loaded with monounsaturated fats, which raise levels of good cholesterol while lowering the bad. They are also contain Vitamin E that boosts immunity and acts as an anti-aging nutrient for your skin.

I’ve replaced the use of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Avocado Oil for cooking as its high smoke point of about 520 degrees and because it isn’t solid at room temperature, it’s a excellent to drizzle on salads or veggies.

2. Butter – Grass Fed or Ghee

Real butter from grass-fed sources is what you should reach for.

The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids found in butter help your brain function properly and improve skin health. More importantly, these two fatty acids are considered essential, meaning the body needs them but can’t produce them on its own; they must be derived from food sources.

Ghee, or clarified butter, is simmered to bring out butter’s naturally nutty flavor, leaving it with a high smoke point, making it ideal for cooking at high temperatures. Ghee benefits include being loaded in fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E which are all vitamins best absorbed with, fat. They are great at keeping your metabolism and digestion on track.

3. Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for everything. I cook with it, use it in protein shakes, use it on my hair, my skin and even remove make up with it!

The fatty acids in Coconut Oil improve brain and memory function. Plus, the high amount of natural saturated fats in coconut oil mean that it increases good cholesterol and promotes heart health, while the antioxidants found in coconut oil make it an effective anti-inflammatory food and help reduce arthritis.

Just like Olive Oil, it can be found in extra virgin meaning it hasn’t gone through a deep refining process.

4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You can’t talk about healthy fats without mentioning Olive Oil. But, only extra virgin olive oil is the one to choose.

Part of the reason that I’ve shifted to Avocado Oil from Olive Oil is because it’s harder to find and trust EVOO.

A lot of the top manufactures realized that no one knows the difference between extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil and processed olive oil. So, to save a buck, they processed it, which means OO goes further. Some have been sued over the practice.

It’s also not great for cooking at high temperatures, but is awesome on veggies and salads.

5. Omega-3s

Omega 3s are considered essential because your body can’t make them. There are 3 types of them with the first two being found mainly in cold water fish (salmon, tuna, sardines) and the third comes from plant sources, mainly nuts.

The best omega-3 nuts to consume are walnuts while seeds with the most significant omega-3 nutrition include chia seeds and flaxseeds. Some of the vegetables highest in omega-3s include Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and watercress.

Cholesterol…it’s been mentioned a few times in this email. Did you know that your body actually produces cholesterol? It’s something else that helps your bodies metabolism.

There are two types; LDL and HDL. The best way to remember how they effect your body is this;

L = Lousy
H = Happy

The best way to manage your LDL and HDL is through a healthy diet. The easiest way to change them is through…EXERCISE!

Yup…simple exercise naturally lowers LDL and raises HDL so get out and exercise people. It’s good for you!

Need an exercise to try?

Here is one of my workout videos that doesn’t require any weights, no special equipment or a gym.  Grab a bottle of water, a towel, a mat (Not needed) and just hit play.

This was a Facebook Live I did a while ago…30 minutes, great workout, anywhere, anytime.

Have an awesome day!

 

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Reset Your Metabolism In 4 Easy Steps

I love talking about metabolism and weight loss because they are directly connected and if you want weight loss results, you need to reset your metabolism.

We are quick to blame a slow metabolism as the reason we gain weight or have trouble losing weight. And we are even more quick to give the credit to a fast metabolism when we see people eating lots of food and never gaining an ounce!

Could it be that a fast metabolism is the key to maintaining and losing weight? And if it is…how do you make your metabolism faster?

When we talk about metabolism, we’re talking about the process of every chemical process in our body. A slow or fast metabolism describes the efficiency in how those chemical processes take place.

Metabolism in terms of weight loss, or weight management for that matter, is how fast your body converts food to energy, how fast your body uses that energy and then how fast your body eliminates the waste products of all those chemical processes.

Truthfully, we must get rid of the words fast and slow with efficient. Your body either does these chemical processes efficiently or inefficiently.

How Do We Use Energy

We use energy in everything we do. From walking and talking, sleeping and breathing and even eating and digesting food, we use energy.  100% of your energy comes from the food you eat and when you break that food down into its simplest form, the chemical nutrients, you’re either putting good or bad fuel into your body.

Just like your car…put the wrong fuel in and it will kill your engine immediately.

Put bad fuel in and it will kill your engine, but over a longer period of time and damage other parts of your power system along the way.

Your metabolism is directly impacted by:

  • the composition of your body
  • your age and your gender
  • the food you eat
  • how active you are
  • genetics

Increasing the efficiency of your metabolism is what you always want to aim for. A ‘fast’ or more efficient metabolism eases weight loss, increases your energy level, improves your health and literally turns back the aging process.

In short, you look better, feel better and move better.

4 Tips To Reset Your Metabolism

4 Easy and Effective Ways to Reset Your Metabolism

  1. Eat proper food
    Food is the foundation of an efficient metabolism. When you eat proper food it clears the way for your metabolism to become more efficient. Every one of the 6 essential nutrients for your body  are part of the food/fuel process.
  2. Drink a lot of water
    Every chemical process in your body is carried out through the cellular base and every cell in your body is made up of…water. You need to clean out the water in your body by replacing it on a regular basis.
  3. Exercise
    You want to lose fat? Eat proper food, drink lots of water and exercise…it is that simple. I’m not talking body building or hours in the gym, I’m talking about 20-30 minutes of challenging your muscles with the right type of exercise to strengthen, tone and shape.
  4. Sleep and Rest
    Your body does it’s best repair, recovery and rebuild while you sleep and give your body rest. The more sleep you can get, the more time your body can do all of those more efficiently.

Reset Your Metabolism

When you combine these four strategies to reset your metabolism you will find new energy, you’ll feel better almost immediately and you will never be challenged by your weight again.

You will turn your body into an efficient fat burning machine when you reset your metabolism!

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