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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!

Burn Fat, Get Lean, Get Fit Guide

Free 10 Day Guide To A Better you!

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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PS – Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the sauce recipes in my newsletter.

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.
    Click the link to get the details on how to fix adrenal fatigue: carrieburrows.com/nl