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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.

 

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rainbow wrap

Rainbow Wrap: Gluten Free, Paleo And Delicious!

Rainbow wrap snack time has become a new top request in my home! Either as a great little snack or an awesome lunch choice. They are so easy to make and incredibly versatile.

I know, when you hear ‘Rainbow Wrap’ your mind immediately sends you a picture of a typical wrap with some colorful insides or maybe even a roll from your favorite sushi restaurant.

Hopefully that will all change when you try this Rainbow Wrap because this wrap is made entirely from veggies with an option for protein and of course a few dipping sauces that I know you’ll love!

You start with ditching the conventional wrap and replacing it with a hearty Collard Greens Leaf!

That’s right… a collard leaf!

Now, I was a little hesitant at the thought of using a raw collard leaf. Don’t get me wrong. I love collard greens when they’re cooked, but a big old raw leaf? Absolutely! [Video Below of Both Original & Vegan Version]

Carrie’s Rainbow Wrap

Ingredients

  • Collard Leaves
  • Red Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Rice / Quinoa
  • Cucumber
  • Red Pepper
  • Chicken
  • jalapeño (optional, but gives a nice kick and a great taste)

Directions

  1. Select collard leaves that are large without any holes. Using a paring knife, trim the spine of the leaf to make it about the thickness of the rest of the leaf. This takes some time and practice but it allows the leaf to bend without breaking.
  2. Cook your rice or quinoa and allow to cool.
  3. Cook your chicken the way you like. I used left over grilled chicken breast.
  4. Julienne the carrot, cucumber, red pepper and red cabbage.
  5. Lay your collard leaf, spine down and add a couple of teaspoons of rice / quinoa, your chicken and the vegetables.

Fold and roll.

Enjoy!

Sauces… I had three sauces for the video.
1) Sriracha & Garlic Aioli
2) Liquid Aminos & Sesame Oil with Green Onion
3) Thai Peanut Sauce

Go ahead and make these for yourself! They are a great recipe to add to your collection, especially with summer and fresh vegetables upon us!

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Rainbow Wrap

Vegetarian Rainbow Wrap

adrenal fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue is believed affect about 80% of the population. Some people with adrenal fatigue show very few symptoms while others suffer in ways that make their lives harder than they need to be.

With our complex lives in the 21st century, more and more of us are suffering from stress-related conditions. The negative impact of stress can affect many areas of health. One area in particular that can be adversely affected is the adrenal glands.

In his book, Dr James Wilson goes in depth into it: Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. 

The adrenal glands are located near the kidneys and produce the hormones that are needed for the body to function properly.

Stress adversely affects these glands because, when the body is under severe stress the glands start producing more hormones to help the body cope (this is the classic ‘fight or flight’ response).

The main hormone is cortisol, which regulates metabolism and is a response to stress.

Of course, in some circumstances a stress response is needed, however, when stress is experienced over a long period of time, these glands weaken and this negatively affects the body and results in adrenal fatigue.

So, what are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal Fatigue: 5 Symtoms To Watch For

Excessive, unexplained tiredness. Adrenal fatigue makes a person very tired. This is because under stress the hormone levels are elevated, making it harder to sleep. Over time, this can lead to an almost permanent state of alertness. All of this can affect the ability for you to fall asleep or get a good night’s sleep. It could be that you think you’re getting enough sleep (the recommended 8 to 10 hours) but you still wake up feeling tired and fatigued.

 

Cravings for salty or sugary foods. One way that adrenal fatigue affects the body is to lower the blood sugar level. When this happens cravings for energy foods increase and you will eat more sugary foods. It’s actually a chemical reaction much like a drug users need for their next hit.

Foods high in sugar are often considered ‘comfort foods’ and stress can cause a person to increase the intake of them.

Adrenal fatigue can also result in cravings for salty foods. This is because the adrenal glands affect how the kidneys regulate mineral fluctuations. When you suffer from fatigue, the body releases more minerals in the urine. This in turn can increase the desire for salty snacks.

 

Heightened energy in the evenings. When you suffer from adrenal fatigue you find that you’re tired all day but then in the late evening you experience a surge of energy. Usually cortisol reaches a peak in late morning and then reduces during the day.

I’M ABOUT TO EXPLODE!!

adrenal fatigue

Difficulty in handling stress. The normal body’s response to stress is to release specific hormones so that it can be handled effectively. The three specific hormones are cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine. Knowing how these affect the body helps us understand the relationship to stress.

    • Cortisol: Gives your body extra energy to cope with the stress. It increases memory function and lowers sensitivity to pain. However, your body needs a rest period after cortisol has been released in a stress-related situation. When you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, you rarely get to have the ‘rest period’. Over time less and less cortisol is produced.

     

    • Adrenaline: Probably the most well-known stress response hormone. This gives us the initial burst of energy needed to respond to stress. The ‘fight or flight response’. Once again, adrenal fatigue will affect the amount of adrenaline and the response to stress is reduced.

     

    • Norepinephrine: This hormone helps your brain focus on the stress. Without this active hormone, the response to stress could be described as lethargic, or in a fog.

     

    More infections. Cortisol helps to regulate the immune system in your body and cortisol works as an anti-inflammatory. Too much cortisol over an extended period of time hinders the response of the immune system and this results in more infections.

    Certain autoimmune disorders can result if the adrenal glands are so weakened that they produce too little cortisol. Your body’s response is to over react to infections.

    Is There A Fix For Adrenal Fatigue

    Does it sound like you may be a suffering from adrenal fatigue?

    If so there are many ways that you can fix it naturally, without medication or crazy fixes… simple natural ways that really work.

    Tomorrow I’m going to talk more about adrenal fatigue and how to overcome it naturally.
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    living a balanced life

    5 Ways To Living A More Balanced Life

    Living a balanced life is the goal for a lot of people.

    Creating a work-life balance can be tough. It is very hard to find the delicate balance between a happy boss and happy home life. There are a few things that you should do both at work and at home to create a balanced life.

    Because this is such an important topic, it has been covered by groups like Mental Health America, Web M.D., Forbes, and Business News Daily. Instead of sending you all over the Internet to try and find some tips to help you manage your time and create a work-life balance we’ve combined them into five tips that you can create a more balanced life both at home and at work.

    Living A Balanced Life

    1. Create a Routine

    One of the best routine tools to use at work is to make a list of tasks based on priority. Prioritizing your work allows you to get the most important things done and using a checklist allows you to see what you have achieved during the day. Having a daily routine will make you less stressed about what you will do each day at work.

    Routines are great for home as well. They let everyone know what’s going on and when. However, sometimes you need downtime too. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself and your family some downtime. You can even put it on the calendar if you want to. Scheduling in downtime for you and your family is a great way to make sure you all are able to relax and bond together.

    1. Telecommute

    If you can telecommute to work especially on days where you are sick, your children are sick, or the commute will be extra-long due to weather or outside circumstances. Telecommuting is a great way to provide your employer with what they need while giving you some breathing room.

    1. Learn to Say No

    Many of us think we don’t have the ability to say no at work. This results in taking on too many tasks, working overtime, and being stressed about not being able to get everything done. If there’s a job you know, you won’t be able to get done or that you are not suited for say no. You may be surprised at how well this is received by your employer.

    It is important to learn how to say no to social events and home life events that will be too taxing as well. Maybe you have social obligations that are just too draining, or don’t allow you enough time with your family in the evenings. Cutting these out will help you find balance.

    1. Learn Your Employer’s Policies

    Learning leave, vacation, sick, and disability policies are paramount. Also, learn what telecommunication systems your company has in place. If there aren’t any, you may need to ask. This will alleviate any stress if you need to use vacation or sick days or if you need to telecommute.

    If you have children, learn their school’s policies too. Knowing the procedure for turning in sick notes, calling out for the day, or showing up late is going to save a lot of headache for both you and them!

    1. Communicate

    Let your employer know what’s going on. Let them know where you’re at on individual projects, if you’re going to be on time ahead of deadline or behind on schedule. Communicating these vital elements to your employer will alleviate stress on the job.

    At home, communication is essential. This is even more so if there are a marriage and kids at home. Make sure you are letting everyone know what is going on with you. In addition, you need to know what is going on with everyone else.

    Set a family meeting once a week to discuss upcoming events, stress points, things that may need planning and other elements of life that could cause stress if not well planned. This simple act will aid in your ability to find that balance between work and home.

    These five steps will help you find some balance in your busy life. What are some ways that you have found a balance between work and home that weren’t on our list?

     

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    10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

    10 Fitness Tips For Beginners are solid steps for you if you’re just starting out on your new fitness journey. These tips are also great if you’ve been away from health and fitness for awhile and you’re just getting going again.

    Always consult a medical professional before starting any new fitness program to make sure you’re ready for it. The best way to adopt a new fitness focused lifestyle is to find a program you like and stick with it!

    10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

    1. Make Your Workout Worth It

    If you want to get the most out of your workout, you need to remember that around 80% of the results that you get from your workout actually come from just 20% of your workout.

    That means that in an hour’s session, only 12 minutes of the workout will contribute to the bulk of your results. You need to make those minutes really count. Use compound movements that work more than one muscle group at a time to really make the most of your time.

    1. Remember To Eat Healthy

    Any body shaping goals can only be achieved by eating a healthy diet. If you’re going to the gym so that you can go home and eat a double triple cheeseburger with a 2-person serving of French fries, you won’t do your body any favors.

    You should make sure that you eat in moderation, and remember that if you’re burning off more calories, you will need to eat that little bit more so that you have enough energy. Balance your nutrition and avoid faddy diets.

    1. Change Your Eating Habits

    You need to make sure that you eat properly as well as eating healthily. Eating properly includes eating at the right times of the day. Skipping breakfast is a really bad idea and you shouldn’t eat too late in the evening either. Speak to a personal trainer about what would work for you so that you can achieve your goals.

    1. Plan Out Your Routine

    To make sure that you know just when you’re going to be working out and when you can look forward to some downtime, you really should come up with a plan. Remember to include rest days and be realistic about how much time you can make free.

    Remember to stick to your schedule as much as possible so that you don’t slide into the habit of skipping the gym and make your targets achievable.

    1. Make A 100% Commitment

    You need to remember that your body transformation needs complete dedication from you. You can’t skip a day or two here and there, because you feel as though you deserve it. Plan when your rest day will be and stick to that. Even if you have a vacation planned, check out the local gym, and make sure to take an hour out of each day to continue to work out. Keep up with the healthy eating too.

    1. Don’t Let Preconceptions Put You Off

    It’s easy to look at a female bodybuilder and suddenly panic if you’re a woman who is trying to lose weight and develop a petite and slender figure.

    The reality is that it is virtually impossible for women to bulk like that; it requires a particular plan and effort. If you stick to a plan that your personal trainer has given you, you won’t go wrong.

    1. Keep It Simple 

    You should remember that you are only starting out with fitness. In order to avoid injury and to avoid putting yourself off continuing with your training, you should make sure that you familiarize yourself with the basics first.

    Start off with some shorter sessions and then expand your workout as you become more confident and as your fitness, levels start to rise.

    1. Prepare For Your New Routine

    Make sure that you make yourself available to workout and have a rough plan of how you would like your workout to go. You need to come up with some realistic goals too, so if you want to have 6-pack abs, aim to achieve some muscle definition within 6 months or if you would like to lose 2 stone, make sure that the timeframe that you set yourself is achievable. If you don’t know what your targets are, no personal trainer will be able to help you.

    1. Remember Cardio

    So you want to get 6-pack abs, bulging biceps, and strong legs? You can’t get those things by just lifting weights. You must remember that while you’re working out, you should fit in a good amount of cardio.

    If you’re already carrying excess weight, you need to make sure that you burn off the fat by doing cardio combined with resistance training and the muscle will start to show through while the fat gets burned away properly.

    1. Use A Visual Inspiration

    It is very helpful to have a visual inspiration to keep you motivated to lose weight. Try performing a Google image search to find photos of people who have a body shape and size similar to your own ideals.

    Print out the image or images and display these where you will see them all the time, for example near your work desk, on your car dashboard or on the fridge. This will ensure that you have a visual goal that will keep you motivated every single day!

    Next Steps

    Follow these easy 10 Fitness Tips For Beginners and you’ll be on your way to a great new you!

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    Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes – 5 Ways

    Gluten free paleo pancakes were the showcase on Facebook LIVE last night – you can catch the replay HERE.

    Using a base pancake recipe, I put together 5 breakfast combinations that are great for everyone in your family!

    Quick, fast, easy and tasty!

    I made:

    Pancake Fruit Kabobs

    My kids ate them and I wasn’t fast enough to get a pic – watch the video!

    Blueberry Pancakes With Strawberry Sauce

     

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    Bacon And Egg “Sandwich”- My Healthy Version of a McGriddle

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    Avocado Pancake Toast – (my take on the ever so popular avocado toast)

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    Pancake Dipped Bacon <— not a typo, the real deal

    Sadly no pic, once the broadcast was over my kids swooped in and inhaled all of the pancake bacon dippers #Sorry

    You can make these pancakes ahead and freeze them. When you are ready to eat, take them out and pop them in the toaster!

    Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes Base Recipe

    1 1/2 cups of gluten free all-purpose flour (I have Pillsbury and Bob’s Red Mill)
    3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 1/2 cups of dairy free milk (almond, coconut, cashew)
    1 egg
    3 tbsp of an oil (avocado, ghee, coconut oil or melted grass-fed butter)
    Sweetener (see below)
    Water
    Directions
    If you’re making them to be savory then only add 1 tbsp of sweetener
    To make them more traditional add 1/3 cup of sweetener of your choice.
    Mix the dry ingredients together with a fork, then add in the milk, egg and oil. Mix well.
    It will be thick but you can thin it out little by little with water. You don’t want it soupy.
    Heat your griddle or frying pan, I used KerryGold in the pan.
    Scoop out the size of pancake you want. Wait for the bubbles to form then flip.
    What I like to do is a make one pancake, cook it and taste it. I can adjust the flavor of the remaining batter if need be.
    Optional Add in’s
    • cinnamon
    • nutmeg
    • butter extract
    • maple extract
    • blueberries
    • Sprinkles
    • Powdered peanut butter
    • Flax seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes
    • Seasonings
    Get creative!
    Coconut Flour Pancakes
    gluten free paleo pancakes
    In the broadcast I mentioned a coconut flour recipe.
    When you use coconut flour, it has the hint of coconut flavor so be prepared for it.
    If you don’t like coconut, this might not be for you.
    Coconut Flour Pancakes
    3 tbsp coconut flour
    3 eggs
    1/4 tsp salt
    3 tbsp non dairy milk
    3 tbsp oil (coconut, avocado or melted grass-fed butter)
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    2-3 tbsp sweetener of your choice
    Blend all of the ingredients together.
    Cook on medium heat, scoop out the size of pancake you want.
    Once you see the bubbles, flip.
    You can use the same add in’s as above.

    You have options!

    …just have to use them!!!
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    I care about me

    Do You Care Enough To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

    In 20+ years of spending time with people to help improve their health and fitness you get to meet a lot of people who care, but you meet a lot more that don’t care. A healthy lifestyle is just something that they don’t care enough about.

    What do they care or not care about? Themselves.

    The people who have decided on a healthy lifestyle come from every walk of life there is. Rich, poor, happy, sad, fat, fit, male, female and every other opposite you can think of. They all share one common and powerful trait…they care about themselves.

    They also care about those that are in their lives.

    Care Vs Don’t Care

    They never make excuses why they, ‘can’t’. The use what others call excuses and make them reasons.

    Those who don’t care…”I don’t have the time to exercise.”, “I don’t have the time to prepare meals.”
    Those who do care…”I’ll make the time.”

    Those who don’t care…”I can’t afford it.”
    Those who do care…”I can’t afford not to do it.”

    Those who don’t care…”I need to spend time with my children.”
    Those who do care…”It will give me more quality time with my children.”

    Those who don’t care…”I’ve tried everything. Nothing works for me.”
    Those who do care…”Other people are fit, I can be too.”

    You get the idea. Excuses are like belly buttons; everybody has one.

    I love living a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been doing it ling enough that I don’t know any different. It’s just the way I live my life. It’s the way I would love to see everyone live their lives.

    It’s a choice…a simple choice. Either you care enough about yourself and your loved ones to live a healthy lifestyle or you don’t.

    Living a healthy lifestyle say you care enough about you and your loved ones.

     

    Care Enough To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

    You either care enough to do everything you can to avoid obesity, being over weight, fat related disease, improving your quality of life and making the best odds at longevity…or you don’t.

    The best part…once you decide that living a healthy lifestyle is the best choice, it’s stops being about living a healthy lifestyle, it’s just your lifestyle.

    The question is…do you care enough?

    What do you think? Let me know, leave a comment.

     

     

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    The 3 Day Diet Plan for weight loss and improved health.

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