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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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mother's day

Mother’s Day: A DAY? WHAT WAS THAT?

Happy post Mother’s Day!

The best part of my life is being a Mom! Without a doubt… owner, operator, coach, trainer, motivator, doctor… there isn’t a title I could live without except, MOM. That is the most important title I have and the one I love more than any other.

Yesterday, Mother’s Day 2017. Oh the build up… the hype, the sales, the promises, the cards, the flowers, the breakfast, lunch, dinners and more! An amazing day… WHAT, A DAY??

A DAY?? THAT’S ALL WE GET? ONE FREAKING DAY?

Presidents get a day and there’s only been 45 of them.
July 4th gets a day.

Teachers get a week and they only play teacher for 8 hours a day with weekends, holidays and summers off.

Mother’s Day should be a month long celebration, with a massive one week build up and a day that every mom get’s everything they want for free.

Think… Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Massive build up for one day.

Don’t Mother’s deserve the same?

OK… rant over. I actually have some stuff to talk about here…

Mother’s Day can be a tough one for a lot of women. A lot of us spend some of the day reflecting on the moms that we’ve lost. (Especially if they were gone too soon).

I lost my Mom on my 20th birthday. Yes, actually on my 20th birthday.

There are so many things that happen daily, that I wish my Mom was here for. She never got to see me be a mom… I think she’d like what she would see though. There is a whole lot of her in my ‘mothering’.

My Mom passed early because of poor health. It has been a driver for me for the last 20+ years.

Your family wants to celebrate a lot of Mother’s Days with your.

Carrying 20 extra pounds increases your health risks – that is just science. Risky behaviors do the same.

Your family wants you around for a long time, trust me.

You want to be here for them.

Make that a part of your WHY to be healthy and stay healthy.

It’s not a punishment to be disciplined with your eating and exercise. It’s just what you do to maintain good health and longevity.

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Making sure you have lots of Mother’s Day celebrations ahead is pretty easy…

Do you even have a routine or just make things up as you go along?  Winging it…that’s where things go sideways. You can’t have a goal without a plan.

Life is crazy right?!

Things change daily, kids get sick from school, family issues happen, work is chaos, car breaks down, you get injured…etc etc etc…so how do you plan around that?

You have systems in place that allow flexibility.  You can have routines in place which give you a path to follow. Almost always the best paths are the ones that other’s have walked before you showing the easier, more successful route.  Those paths and systems make for at least 80% of the results you are seeking in everything you do in life. 

Otherwise you’ll do what most people do; achieve just a small percentage of what they say they want.

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What do I mean by routines and systems?

  • scheduling priorites
  • days you are working out on
  • food prep day
  • shopping days
  • family activities
  • the time you wake up (Pro tip: get up 30 minutes earlier)
  • when bed time is roughly (Pro tip: go to bed 30 minutes earlier)
  • social activities

“But, Carrie, I don’t want to live my life out of a daily planner”.  If that’s your first thought then you are basically saying that you don’t really want to achieve the goals you claim you do. You are making it up each and every morning you will be making your choices and decisions out reaction, out of immediacy and hurry which leads to living in stress rather than within priorities, purpose, intent and time.

Everything that is successful around us was built on a system. Everyone who is successful has systems in their life making things easier, more efficient, faster and flexible.

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Need some motivation?

You might think that you don’t have the motivation to take on a healthy lifestyle change… but you do.
Give yourself more credit than that. Use whatever you need to get you started.  Look at your kids or your family, that is motivation to do better!!!
You are a role model to someone.

Plan and prepare don’t just try to wing it, it does’t work like that.

Make small changes everyday.

I have programs that pretty much fit every lifestyle, need and situation. Not knowing what to do is an excuse… the Internet is full of information. Having a plan or a system is easy… choosing the right one for you may be a little harder.

Commit to better, that’s where you start.

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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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Lose weight, burn fat and reset your metabolism back 20 years!

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!

Please spread the word by sharing this article and I always love hearing from you in the comments below.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below or reach out to me on Facebook @ DrCarrieBurrows

 
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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/