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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.

 

 

If you’re looking to make a lifestyle change and improve your health and fitness, I encourage you to take a look at the programs that I offer. If you’re not ready to make a big commitment, you can try the “3 Day Diet Plan Challenge” for free.

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

https://dr.carrieburrows.com/3daydiet

 

Win A February Fitness Fun Pack

This Couldn’t Get Any Easier…

Hey my #FitFriend. How are you doing today?

February is the month of love and since I LOVE FITNESS, I think it’s important to share that love with you.

You can win:

  • 2lbs of my Protein Powder
  • 1 Bottle of Fat Burner
  • 1 Tub of Pre-Energy Workout Mix
  • 1 65cm Stability Ball

Here’s how to enter and it couldn’t be easier…

1) Find out how many Weight Loss / Diet Programs I offer on CarrieBurrows.com.

Here is where you find the answer: http://bit.ly/2l9PFR3

2) Complete the minimum entry on Facebook.

  • Like the giveaway post on Facebook
  • In the comments under the post, give the answer to how many programs I offer and if you could win one, which one would it be.

Doing that gets you one entry into the contest.

ENTER HERE ON FACEBOOK

Want more chances to win?

  • Tag a friend in your comment and you get two additional entries.
  • Share the giveaway post and you get 5 additional entries.
  • Share this email on Twitter (using the share link below) and you get an additional 2 entries.

That’s it… up to 10 entries to win and it couldn’t get any easier. You don’t have to buy anything at all!

I’ll announce the winner on Facebook Monday evening on my Dr. Carrie Page at 8:30 pm.

Good Luck!!!!

 

 

Health and fitness became a priority for Brett Young.

Say Hi To Mr. Brett Young

Meet Brett Young. This guy is awesome!Health and fitness became a priority for Brett Young.
I’ve known Brett for a few years now. It all started back when I was active on the Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel and doing a lot of promotion of two of my passions at the time…Disney and running.

Brett and I first connected on-line through our mutual interests of Disney and running but most of all, health and fitness in 2011. Brett had already begun a transformation, but the Brett I met then, is not the Brett we all see now!

CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE!!

Brett made a choice…and amazing choice it was. This was Brett 9 years ago when he made that choice. It was a very simple choice. In his own words;

“9 years ago, today, I made a bet with myself. Change something. Do something. Anything. Why? I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Tired of walking up stairs and having to stop to catch my breath. Sick of having to keep adding notches to my belt. Tired of buying big graphic shirts so that I could camouflage what was underneath.”

I’ve watched Brett’s journey both online and in person. I was at a running expo and I heard a voice ask, “Carrie Burrows?” It was Brett and we were finally meeting in person!2000 people at a RunDisney Expo, a 1200 mile journey to run 26.2 miles and 2 Canadians are able to meet in real life. What are the chances of that!!

I’ve even had the pleasure to run with him. #JustKeepRunning

Brett is an absolute inspiration. 9 years ago when he made that bet with himself it didn’t matter to him it might take time to make his transformation…what mattered to him was the end results and to Brett, those results never end. He knows that it was lifestyle choices that he was giving up 9 years ago and that it is lifestyle choices that he still enjoys…just different ones.

Now Brett enjoys the lifestyle choices that come with a love of health and fitness. The choices that allow for greater longevity and more enjoyment.

What he has done is nothing extraordinary. It was lots of little changes that made a BIG difference. Once again in his words;

“Change something. Move forward. Walk the perimeter of a gym. Now jog. Now run. Move forward. Eat different. Eat fuel. Eat balanced. Move forward. Get injured. Deal with it. Move on. Move forward. Challenge yourself. Get scared. Train harder. Run a half marathon. Get less scared. Sign up for a full marathon. Get scared. Train harder. Move forward. Get injured. Deal with it. Run a full marathon. Take it to #RunDisney. Don’t be scared. Move forward. Train harder…Be consistent. Keep training….Move forward…..one day at a time.”

How Did He Do It?

Here is the exact secret to Brett’s transformational journey.

  • He ate the right foods to fuel his body.
  • He exercised.
  • He said good-bye to old negative habits.
  • He embraced a new healthy lifestyle.
  • He kept (keeps) going.

Was every step of the journey positive and perfect? No. Not at all. But when he stumbled, he got up, dusted himself off and picked up where he left off.

He never quit. He didn’t fail.

I am so proud of you Mr. Brett Young! You are a true inspiration!!!

Health and fitness changes are what has made Brett into who he is now.
To learn more about Brett, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Here are links to the pictures used:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BPWTa-TAord/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BPfLvvkgNHm/

FULL DISCLOSURE: Brett is not a client of mine and he didn’t use any of my services to reach his goals. He did what you can do. He made a decision to change.

To learn more about your health and fitness option, visit the resources available on my site by clicking on the “Resources” tab above or here: http://carrieburrows.com/weightlossprograms/

 

January 17th is officially Ditch Your Resolutions Day so you could do that or you could think about why you made a resolution in the first place.

Ditch Your Resolutions Day

Happy “Ditch Your Resolutions Day.”

Yup…it’s actually a thing. January 17th is the day set aside for all you well-intentioned resolution makers to throw in the towel and forget that those last 17 painful, uncomfortable and deprived days.

Too bad…science says it takes 21 days to create a new habit or break an old one…you are so close!! But, why put off till tomorrow when you can ditch your resolutions today.

I’m not much of a resolution setter as much as I’m a reflective person. I look back at the last year, figure out what I liked, didn’t like. What I want more of, what I want less of and I go from there.

I’m actually against New Year fitness resolutions. Who wants to decide that January 1 is a great day to start getting healthy? The gyms are packed!

Everyone involved in the shady side fitness industry is launching their new, “NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE WEIGHT LOSS MIRACLE POTION”…no thanks.

Worse, that kind of stuff kills the information stream of the legitimate fitness pros that actually offer solid programs based on science and facts.

STICK WITH IT

If you did make a fitness resolution…just keep going! Don’t quit….even if it’s hard. As the quote has been attributed to Winston Churchill says, “If you’re going through hell, just keep going!” It will get better, easier. Hell is no place to stop! STICK WITH IT

Remember why you decided to make the resolution. Get healthy, get fit, lose weight, lose fat, get sexy? It doesn’t matter why you made it…STICK WITH IT!  You had to want to change fro some reason so keep going.

Don’t expect to be perfect…just aim for it. You’re going to make mistakes, give in to cravings, miss a workout but that’s no biggie! Those are speed bumps…they slow you down, but they don’t stop you. STICK WITH IT!

IT’S A LIFESTYLE

 

Let’s say you buy a lottery ticket and tomorrow morning you wake up to find out you won 50 million dollars.

You would get rid of your old car for a new one. Probably get a new house or a second home in some amazing location. You would probably upgrade a lot of things in your life.

Would you refer to your new way of life in temporary terms?

Of course you wouldn’t…it would be your new lifestyle. Out with the old, in with the new. New thinking, new outlook, new priorities.

That’s what health and fitness improvements need to be seen as. Not a temporary change, but a new awesome lifestyle.

You wouldn’t cry over giving up your 7-year-old car for a new one so why would you need to go back to garbage food when you can have great food!

You’re giving yourself an awesome gift…improved health. You can do it, stick with it. Don’t ditch your resolutions. Leave that to someone who doesn’t care about their health.

If you’ve fallen off your weight-loss wagon and need a boost, just head over to the free resources on this site…there’s a few plans there that can get you fixed back up in a hurry.

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Failure is an option that so many people include in their health and fitness resolutions.

Failure Is An Option

Hello Monday, January 2, 2017. (AKA NEW YEARS RESOLUTION START DAY!!)

A couple of days ago you made some resolutions for 2017. Just like so many others did, you decided that improving your health and fitness is going to be a priority and I’m sure failure is an option.

  • You made your resolution.
  • You’ve decided that you’re going to lose weight.
  • You’re going to join a gym
  • It’s time to start exercising and eating right!

WAY TO GO!!

Sunday…who starts a diet or weight loss plan on a Sunday?
OK, Monday…you’re starting on Monday. It makes a lot more sense. (Failure already has snuck in unless you chose that today is going to be your start day.)

So here you are, Monday, Day 1. EASY, YOU’VE GOT THIS!

“FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION”

This famous quote is attributed NASA Flight Director Gene Krantz when the Apollo 13 mission “Had a problem”.

Did you know he never said it. NO ONE ever said it, but it has become an incredibly famous quote.

NASA was trying to figure out all the options to get he Apollo 13 Astronauts home they came up with every conceivable option available, all things considered, failure was not one of them.

When it comes to your diet and weight loss failure, IS AN OPTION that many people will take somewhere, on average between, day 14 and day 21 of their resolution.

WHY?

Quitting is easier than changing.

The problem; you see a diet as a deprivation of the food you love. An inconvenience is created by going to the gym. The mental effort to keep going is weaker than the effort to quit…so failure is the option many take.

You need to change the way you see your diet. Your diet is what you eat, not a plan or program.

The Solution;

  1. All you have to do is accept that you are going to choose to eat different foods than you are accustomed to.
  2. You have to make exercise part of your normal routine.

Consider what you are doing as simply adopting a new lifestyle, not a diet or weight loss program.

When you’re looking at all your food options, exercise options and routine change options, just make sure that failure is not one of YOUR OPTIONS.

When you are ready to quit, I want you to think about one thing…
Tell your children this life lesson;

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

Then tell your child;

“I quit my diet.”

Good luck with that one.

Stick to your new lifestyle…in 363 days, you can look back and say I’m glad I stuck to it or you can say, “In 2018 I am going to get healthy and lose weight.”

Good luck with that one when you are a year older, a year heavier and a year more out of shape.

Tips For Success

When I write news letters and blog posts on the same day, I make a point to never share the same post here as I do to my newsletter. With this post I have broken that rule, the difference, my newsletter tomorrow is going to get some GOLD STANDARD TIPS for sticking with their resolutions which won’t be showing up here at all.

To get in on that action, all you have to do is  just sign up for my newsletter:  NEWS LETTER SIGN UP

If you are ever looking for motivation or healthy ideas, like my Facebook Page, Dr.Carrie Burrows. I am always sharing great tips and advice to help your healthy lifestyle choice.

Like it here: facebook.com/drcarrieburrows

Butter Coffee

I LOVE starting every single day with coffee and not just any coffee…Butter Coffee instructions and nutritional information

BUTTER COFFEE!

You’ve no doubt heard about Butter Coffee or the man behind the trend, Dave Aspery and his creation “Bullet Proof Coffee”. What exactly is it all about and should you be jumping in on it? Read on so you can decide for yourself.

The idea is including butter (fat), oil (fat) with coffee and blending them together, you infuse them to create a fat rich breakfast. It’s been noted as an aid to fat loss…but be careful here. It’s only natural that by starting your day with fats, you will suppress your appetite. Most weight loss claims around butter coffee come from using it as a replacement for breakfast which can be effective depending on your diet and nutritional needs.

I don’t follow that game. I still eat breakfast about an hour or so after the coffee but my breakfast is on the very healthy side of things. The extra fat for me is no a big deal considering my exercise routine. A butter coffee will come in around 400-450 calories.

Health Benefits

Grass-fed butter has the right fats to regulate cholesterol. It has the best ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids and is a good source of vitamin K which all lower the risk of heart disease.

The healthy fats also help your brain and body build cell membrane walls.

As noted about, it can aid in weight and fat loss.

Draw Backs

It is a lot of calories to drink. If you don’t live a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and proper exercise you could find yourself on the heavy side of life quickly.

How To Make It

These directions will make 2 servings (2 mugs of coffee, not dainty little cups).
You will need: 
High speed blender (Vitamix, BlendTec, NutriBullet)
French Press (Walmart and Ikea have the best prices; here’s an example of what to look for)

Ingredients
32oz ( cups) water
6 Tablespoons Coffee (adjust this to your own taste / brand of coffee)
2 Tablespoons KerryGold Unsalted Grass-Fed Butter (Costco has 3 packs)
2 Tablespoons MCT Oil (choose high quality here)
2 Tablespoons Collagen

Directions
Add coffee and boiling water in a French Press and let it steep for 4 1/2 minutes
Press the coffee and combine it with butter, and oil in blender on high speed for 30 seconds.
Reduce blender speed to low and add in Collagen so that it stirs into the coffee.

Serve and drink immediately.

Watch this 45 second video on the process

Artificial Sweetener…It’s not health food, but it’s not evil either.

The other night I did a Facebook Live and made Gluten Free, Sugar Free, 4 Ingredient Cookies that are a great snack/treat when you’re choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.

There were lots of great comments and questions on-line and some more to my email after.

One comment that was made a few times was about me using sweetener in the cookies. Actually, every time I use or mention it, I get questions about it.

Some question why I use sucralose (Splenda).
Some question why I don’t like Stevia.
Some question why not ‘this’ or ‘that’.
Some ask great questions about sweetener and it’s safety.
Some question why a “health person / advocate” would use a sweetener.
Some questioned why not just use sugar.
…and some…
Ugh…some “educate” me on the use of sweetener and accuse me of supporting the devil’s dandruff and look to perform some sort of exorcism on me to release Satan’s sugar from my soul.

I’ve read the science and I’m always reading the latest literature. I’ve read the junk science and the marketing propaganda. I’ve researched to see who has funded the studies. I’ve researched to see who is lobbying who.

I find it funny (and odd) that some people get down right ugly at the mention of artificial sweetener.

Those same people who wear make up, use body lotion, apply sunscreen, color their hair are willing to preach the evils of sweetener but are all willing to use products that can be considered unsafe and toxic.

I also find it funny (and odd) that people have no problem drinking a bottle of wine, which is ridiculously taxing to a vital organ that we need to survive or believe their little superstar needs the nutritional value found in Froot Loops, Wonder Bread and a glass of orange juice to get their day started.

I completely understand that some people have reactions to artificial sweeteners and in turn don’t have nice things to say, I totally get that.

Much like people have opinions about MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Trans Fat, Nitrates, Food coloring/dyes.

But, before you get ready to send me a nasty email or leave a holier-than-thou comment to this post…just keep reading.

I am all about being as close to natural as possible.
I work with people who are sick everyday because of lifestyle choices they’ve made.

But I need to be honest with you.

Will I have a Diet Coke every now and then? Yes
Will I put Crystal Light in my water now and then? Yes
Will I sweeten my unsweet tea with sweetener? Yes
Will I bake with Splenda so that I don’t go and binge on some high fat, high sugar snack?  Yes.
Do I color my hair, wear make up and use body lotion? Yes, yes and YES!

I’m not perfect and I’ve never claimed to be. But, I am educated in the things I’m willing to talk about as a professional.

Before you judge someone because they put some Splenda in their batch of PB cookies, look at what you’re doing first.

Hair color? Gummy candies for your kids? Macaroni in a box? Hot dogs? Pink and Blue birthday cake? Cow’s milk full of puss, medications, growth hormone. All things that are WAY WORSE but we do, we promote and we never question. Well maybe the hotdogs…we might question the hotdogs.

Why don’t I use sugar? Did you know sugar feeds cancer cells. Probably not.

We are surrounded by toxins.

I do the work to keep myself at least an 80-85% level of health. I don’t have filters on my water taps. I don’t have air purifiers in my house, I go outside without an umbrella for sunshade. Would doing those things get me closer to 100%..sure.

I eat mostly healthy food that is fuel for my body at a cellular level. I don’t eat food because it makes me feel good, forget my problems or because it makes my mouth happy and my central nervous system depressed.

If you’re carrying 20+ pounds of unnecessary fat, your health is put at immediate risk.  Way more risk than my use of artificial sweetener ever will be.

Why don’t we focus on making ourselves better.

Taking off weight so we aren’t continuing to hurt our joints our connective tissue, our internal organs or our quality of life and life expectancy seems way more logical than getting bent out of shape about sweetener.

Taking off additional weight so our hearts aren’t having to work so hard is beneficial.

Be a little less perfect so that you can be a little more consistent.
Let’s try that, ok!

So many people try to crush other people who are doing what it takes to be healthy…how about we cheer for them instead of challenging them.

And on that…if you’re going to challenge someone on sweetener, you should probably know the facts.

If you’re one of those anti-sweetener people you’re probably basing your belief on a research paper that is about 35 years old now that showed it causes cancer in rats. That is true…that’s what that research showed. It didn’t tell you that in human terms you would have to ingest a truckload of the stuff daily for twenty years to have the same effect. That research has been pretty much refuted by every respected medical professional and health institution now and is considered completely junk science.

I wonder if there was an industry that felt threatened by the rise of sweeteners as an alternative product to theirs that would have benefitted from people believing sweeteners were bad? I wonder if such an industry would have funded and bought results they needed the research to say?

I know that was really conspiracy minded of me…so here’s some more for you.

Did you know Splenda doesn’t spike your insulin levels at all making it perfect for diabetics. It’s probably saved a life or two there. Oh and it is not changed by heat so it’s perfect for baking without changing it’s chem compound or that of the other ingredients in a recipe.

Sucralose…and to a further extent, all artificial sweeteners are one of the most tested and researched products in the world! There have been more than 100 studies on the safety of sucralose alone of the last couple of decades all coming to the conclusion it’s safe for humans.

I know this is a long post, but…

Here are my final thoughts

If, just if, artificial sweeteners were in fact safe for human consumption;
If there was no factual evidence to show they don’t cause brain tumors, ALS, cancer, Lupus or your skin to fall off in flames;
If they were shown to have health benefits; less quantity use needed due to their sweeter nature and at least one having no adverse effect on insulin levels;
If they were recognized to be as safe as real sugar, honey, agave or whatever pound for pound…then, wouldn’t it make sense to use it?

Considering…

Sugar is known to be a substance that cancer cells feed off of.
Sugar is known to stimulate insulin production and spikes.
Sugar is known to cause decay of tooth enamel.
Sugar is known to lead to fat promotion in the body.

It might just be me, and a few hundrend thousand scientists, but I’m thinking that when you actually know the facts and not what your sister’s best friends mothers cousins hairdresser told her…you could actually understand that artificial sweeteners aren’t a health food, but they sure aren’t evil either.

Dr. Carrie (rant done)

PS – Oh, one more thing…
We all know someone that will tell you, “I’ve heard, I’ve read…blah, blah, blah.” CHALLENGE THEM…let them know you’re willing to listen, but you need to know the proof and the facts. DO it with love…you’ll probably be helping them at the same time.

Here’s your ammunition…

Baird, I.M., et al.   “Repeated Dose Study of Sucralose Tolerance in Human Subjects.”    Food and Chemical Toxicology   2000;38 Suppl 2:S123-9.

de la Peña.   Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda.    Greensboro: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2010.   ISBN 978-0-8078-3409-1   (pp. 219-224).

Grotz, V.L., et al.   “An Overview of the Safety of Sucralose.”    Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology   2009 Oct;55(1):1-5.

O’Brien-Nabors, Lyn.   Alternative Sweeteners   [Fourth Edition].    Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011.   ISBN 978-1-4398-4614-8   (pp. 185-186).

Rodero, A.B., et al.   “Toxicity of Sucralose in Humans: A Review.”    International Journal of Morphology   27(1):239-244, 2009.

Sollid, Kris, R.D..   “Fast Take: Sucralose & Health.”    Food Insight   8 February 2016.