paleo diet

Paleo Diet: The Problem With Paleo

Paleo diet plans are really popular right now, well the have been for some time, but they are gaining in popularity.

First off, I really don’t like names or labels but for a point of reference we are going to go over what paleo eating is.

As with anything, there are many interpretations of what a paleo diet is. It’s much like being a vegetarian. There some are ovo lacto vegetarians, some are just ovo vegetarians, and on and on – you get where I am coming from right?

There are different classes of the paleo diet as well.

The problem with the paleo diet is only a problem with some old school thinking.

Paleo is essentially removing processed grains and dairy from your diet.

Let’s be clear what processed grains are: crackers, bread, pasta,cereal, muffins etc. Refined flour. Dairy is cows milk and anything that is made from it – sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt.

I don’t want to get all sciencey with you but…

You don’t need either one of those “food” groups. They are not essential to life or body operations. Neither of them are considered nutrients…. they are classes of food.

Let’s break this down quickly.

Paleo Diet And Carbohydrates

You still eat carbs on a paleo diet, hooray!! You just eat better carbohydrates.

  • There is no such thing as a processed carb deficiency #science
  • No one is or ever had been refined sugar deficient

The government and antiquated education programs drilled it deep into our brains that we need all of these grains! The truth, and scientific research has proven, we don’t need them.

For those old school physicians, dieticians and health organizations (looking at your Diabetics society and cancer society) that have been taught to push grains, they will argue that you neeeeeeeed them.

  • We need to eat real food.
  • Unprocessed real food.

Veggies are carbs people – start cheering vegans.

You get better vitamins and minerals from veggies then you will ever get from bread and crackers.

Veggies will do the job 10x better than any cereal or bread that has been fortified. It’s been fortified or ‘enriched’ because it was stripped of anything good.

So are we good?!

You do not physiologically need processed refined carbohydrates.

Paleo Diet And Dairy

Dairy… I need a shirt, dairy is the devil.
Again, we have been brain washed that dairy is vital to growth.

Get ready for more science…

Dairy, or any form of dairy is growth hormone for baby cows. Cows milk helps get baby cows to grow at a rapid rate – they need them big, fast.

And what has happened to our population with the over consumption of dairy…we got big, fast.

Cows milk contains an allowable amount of puss, antibiotics, growth hormone, medications, infection. Allowable by the government.

No other species on earth drinks another animals milk – so why do we?

Why…

  • are we so sick as a nation?
  • is cancer and diabetes a 1/3 stat now?
  • do little girl develop so quickly?
  • are women struggling with infertility, fibroids and having hysterectomies at an alarming pace?
  • do so many women struggling with thyroid issues?
  • is Alzhemier’s and dementia on the rise?

There are a number of reasons for the above questions, but dairy consumption and eating processed food is at the top of the list.

Let food be thy medicine people!

You can abuse and hurt yourself with food or you can let food nourish and heal you.

I have been honored to work with thousands of people over the course of my career and I have seen first hand the benefits of eating real food.

It is life changing.

Need a few more reasons why eating real food is the way to go?

If you have an undiagnosed allergy, sensitivity, intolerance to processed carbs or dairy, a paleo diet will almost certainly help. Undiagnosed, because so many practitioners are stuck in old ways of thinking.

Some Of The Benefits Of A Paleo Diet

  • anti inflammatory
  • reduces your sugar cravings/consumption
  • improved sleep
  • clearer skin
  • burn stored fat
  • balanced energy throughout the day

How Much Do I Believe In The Paleo Diet?

I live it. I am paleo myself.

The Metabolism Rest Plan was re-designed to be paleo based because the private clients that I had adhering to paleo were having great results. (New 28 Day session starting September 5th – click here to learn more

Like anything in life… you take what you want and use what works for you.
For many, the paleo diet works, makes sense and when you realize you don’t need the foods that aren’t considered to be paleo, it becomes easier.

What do you think?
Agree / disagree – have you tried or are doing paleo? I’d love to hear from you.

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Show me the salad challenge

“Show Me The Salad Challenge” – FREE eBook & A Fun Challenge

“SHOW ME THE SALAD CHALLENGE”
Remember Jerry McGuire (aka Tom Cruise) on the verge of losing his last client yelling into the phone to Rod Tidwell (aka Cuba Gooding Jr), “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!”

That’s what I see happening next week with the, “Show Me The Salad” Challenge on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

OK, maybe not exactly that, but I would love to see some #ShowMeTheSalad love next week when we kick off the…

“Show Me The Salad Challenge”.

And to get it all started, I’m giving you a 25 page eBook full of recipes, videos, meal planning ideas, tips, tricks and tools to help you make salad more than just a side dish… you’ll make salad a meal!

Whether you decide to join the challenge is up to you, but you get the eBook and a couple more surprises absolutely free.

The Show Me The Salad Challenge eBook is delicious recipes, amazing dressings and a meal plan that will give you hundreds of ideas and combinations to make boring lettuce turn into amazing creations.

And it’s all based on how I live when it comes to food:

  • Simple
  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Fun &
  • Healthy

Now, if you want to join in the challenge part of it all you are welcome to it and who wouldn’t want to do it… you can WIN a Kitchen Essentials Salad Pro Pack or an Amazon Gift Card and it super simple to do.

Kitchen Essentials Salad Pro PackJust make or buy a salad, take a picture of it, add some tags, post it and collect your points! (I mean you’re probably already doing that right? And is anyone giving you stuff for it? I AM!!!)

This couldn’t be easier!

Plus, in the process of having some fun and taking some pictures, you’re also improving your health, getting great nutrition into your day and more than likely having awesome energy and maybe even losing a few pounds along the way (There is an amazing DETOX SALAD RECIPE).

So join the #ShowMeTheSalad challenge, eat great and win-win-win-win.

 

Here’s how to get your free e-book:

Click here… that’s it, that’s all. 

From there you will be sent the e-book and learn all the details for the contest and how you can earn points to get you to the winner’s circle.

You can call this the, “Winner, Winner – Chicken Salad Dinner”. (you see what I did there right?)

So, click the link or the picture below and join us!
SHOW ME THE SALAD LINK

Show Me The Salad Challenge By Dr Carrie Burrows
Full contest rules
Kitchen Essentials Salad Pro Pack
Sign Up For My Newsletter (you get points for this)

 

 

biggest loser

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.
Probably, without a doubt, the most important thing you can do is get the education about nutrition and movement that leads to real change.

 

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)

Want to know exactly how I did it? How I lost 100 pounds.

Here you go. It’s absolutely free. This is the exact process I used while being my own biggest loser.

Click here, or on the picture and I’ll send it to you absolutely free so that you can get started right away!

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Muscle Building Tips for Men Over 40

Muscle Building Tips For Men Over 40? Really, is that something you want to do?
Yes.. In fact it’s something you need to do.

OK you’re over 40. You woke up and suddenly found that you’ve let yourself go.

muscle building tips for men over 40Even if you were active and had an athletic body in your twenties you may have noticed that your fit bod just ain’t what it used to be.

This is usually because family and career commitments took priority while exercise and fitness was relegated to become something that you’d do if you found the time.

Usually the time never came and your muscles just got weaker and smaller due to atrophy… and that means less fat burning.

In fact, after the age of 30, most men experience some muscle loss every year. If you don’t use it, you lose it. To make matters worse…yes it gets worse, testosterone production decreases and your metabolism slows down too. Now you’re dealing with faster weight gain, lower stamina and weaker muscles.

I know… You’re like a lot of men and figure it’s just too hard to turn back the hands of time and get your muscle building tips for men over 40muscle building tips for men over 40mojo back.

It may seem like it’s impossible to build strength and muscle after all these years of neglect. But, your body is a marvellous and dynamic creation and if you challenge it…it will respond.

You just need to know how to go about doing it.

At the age of 40 and beyond, you’ll most probably not be able to train in the same way that you used to (if you did at all) … or the way that younger guys do. By the way; don’t go looking at Instagram or YouTube and think you need to do what the youth are doing.

You’ll get hurt. You’ll be in pain and you’ll give up. Remember what you could do at 20? Keep in mind, those kids are where you once were and someday they’ll be where you are.

muscle building tips for men over 40Your body will take a longer time to heal and the chances of getting injuries are also higher. With age comes a decrease in mobility, flexibility and limberness. This is where work smarter, not harder comes into play.

You’ll need to take these into consideration when you begin your training. Let’s look at the ways to build muscle once you’re in your forties. Adopt these and you’ll be safe and progress well.

It’s never too late to start.

Muscle Building Tips for Men Over 40

80% intensity

This is a good rule to follow. If your maximum is 10 reps, always do 8. The goal here is to increase volume and not intensity. If you do 3 sets of 10 reps, you may wish to go up to 4 or 5 sets.

Unlike the younger guys who can lift hard to failure and be fine after 2 days, you might either strain your joints or suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness for 4 to 5 days which might mean you not working out muscle building tips for men over 40because of pain. This is time wasted and you could have actually been training.

So, aim for volume and over time you will get stronger. Then you may raise the poundage/resistance and still be at around 80 percent of your maximum effort. As long as you’re getting stronger, you’ll probably be gaining lean muscle and boosting your metabolism.

If It Hurts, Go Light

If the weight you’re using hurts your joints, use lighter weights. If bench presses hurt your shoulders, you should give push-ups a try. They work the same muscles and are just as effective.

If leg presses hurt, try bodyweight squats. In fact, before even working with weights, it would be a good idea to just stick with bodyweight training for about 2 months. They’re just as effective for building strength and muscle. If you apply point 1 above and go for volume, you’ll see amazing improvements.

Stretch after Every Workout

This goes without saying but it’s especially crucial when you’re older. Tight muscles not only cause aches and pains but you can actually strain a muscle or joint if you aren’t flexible enough.

muscle building tips for men over 40Spend at least 7 minutes doing light cardio before your workout. This will get the blood flowing to your muscles and warm them up. Remember to also do about 15 minutes of light stretches after every workout. This will ensure that you can lift weights through a full range of motion and you’ll gain more muscle over time.

Focus on Form

When it comes to muscle building, good form is everything. Always maintain good form when executing the exercises. Do not jerk, kick or do strange flicks and whips with your body just so that you can get the weight up and say you did an extra rep.

If you can’t do an extra rep with good form, then don’t. It just means you aren’t strong enough yet. Give it time and keep training. Over time you’ll get stronger and be able to do that extra rep with good form.

Slow and steady wins the race. As long as your form is good, your progress will not be impeded by injuries due to strain or jerking.

Why do you want to do all this?

You’ll live longer. You’ll look better. You’ll feel better and take it form me men, you are way more sexy muscle building tips for men over 40when you are taking care of yourself than when you’re not.

You don’t need to be a cut and shredded specimen, just be better than you are today.

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Refreshing infused water strawberry drink

Infused Water: Options To Help Kick Up Your Water Gains

Infused  Water is a great way to help you increase your water intake.  Let’s face it, plain old water can be boring and when it’s boring, you will probably consider it a chore to drink.

Store bought additives and pre-flavored water can bring unwanted chemicals, sugar and calories that you just don’t need or want.

So what’s the answer??

Infused Water!

I always have infused water hanging around the house… although with 3 teens, it doesn’t last very long.

Here are 31…yes 31 combinations for you to put together to help you up your water game!

It’s like the Baskin and Robbins of flavored water, #yourwelcome.
Let me know what you make and what you think!
Don’t turn your nose up at Jalapeño water, it’s really good!

If you come up with or already have your own favorite combination, let me know

  1. Strawberry Orange
  2. Blueberry Orange
  3. Strawberry Kiwi
  4. Raspberry Lime
  5. Cucumber Grapefruit
  6. Pineapple Cucumber Lemon
  7. Raspberry Mint
  8. Strawberry Kiwi Orange
    infused water fruit
  9. Cantelope Lime
  10. Blackberry Papaya
  11. Papaya Lime
  12. Strawberry Jalapeno
  13. Watermelon Mint
  14. Strawberry Cucumber Lime
  15. Pineapple Grapefruit
  16. Blackberry Mint
    infused water raspberry blueberry
  17. Apple Cinnamon
  18. Pineapple Cucumber Lemon
  19. Mango Ginger Mint
  20. Mint Lime
  21. Orange Pineapple
  22. Kiwi Honeydew
  23. Berry Citrus
  24. Lemon Blueberry
    infused water raspberry blueberry
  25. Watermelon Coconut
  26. Cucumber Mint
  27. Cucumber Mint Jalapeno
  28. Orange Mango
  29. Peach Mango
  30. Strawberry Papaya
  31. Jalapeño lemon lime
    infused water raspberry blueberry
Other add in’s to consider:
lavender (dried)
cilantro
basil
thyme
green tea
Variations.
*Use a large pitcher or a gallon. (You’ll want lots on hand)
*Freeze the fruit and let it melt and infuse your water. (Instant Ice Cubes)
*Use a fancy fruit infuser water bottle or pitcher (Can be expensive but saves clean up)
*Chop up the fruit/vegetables and let them sit in your water. (Small enough and you can eat it too)
^note: some fruit like watermelon will start to disintegrate so be prepared.

Facebook Live

I’ll be on Facebook tonight live at 8:30 doing another, “First Impressions Bar Tastings”
Join me here: facebook.com/iamcarrieburrows
Tonight on tap we have…
  • Maple Glazed Donut
  • Salted Caramel
  • Chocolate Coconut
  • Peanut Nutter
  • White Chocolate Cookie

FitJoy

  • Grandma’s Lemon Square

…and of course, the Spit Bucket Of Shame (just in case).

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