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Top 12 Reasons For Being “BLOATED.”

Big tummy??  Help!

How many of you hate feeling bloated?  I hate feeling bloated.  There’s nothing worse than trying on your favorite pair of jeans and feeling like you’re 8 weeks pregnant.  Maybe you’ve had a bad week and you’ve eaten some foods that caused some salt retention?  Maybe you’ve slacked a bit in the cardio area and have spent some extra time on Facebook, when you could be going for a walk?  But, maybe you haven’t been bad?  Maybe you’ve done all the right things and still fight the abdominal bloat, or bulge?  No worries my friends.  I’ve come up with 12 possible reasons for feeling bloated and a list of ways to combat a simple problem.  Check it out and give it a try….

12 reasons for bloat

1. Not enough fiber in your diet

2. Sitting too long and not enough movement

3. Going to bed too late, not enough sleep

4. Not drinking enough water

5. Too much salt in your diet

6. Imbalance of low back and abdominal muscles, weak pelvic muscles

7. Sluggish liver

8. High stress levels (cortisol hormone too high)

9. Depression or sadness

10. Not enough sunshine, or Vitamin D

11. Lack of steady state cardio over the years (running, walking, stairs, biking, kayaking for 30 minutes a day)

12. Digestive issues (lack of good bacteria, enzymes, or bad bacteria built up and food allergies)

 

How to combat BLOAT..

 

1. Increase your fiber through fresh veggies and fruits.  (berries, kale, cabbage, romaine lettuce, figs and beans.)

2. Try to move around through out your day as much as possible.  Try and leave your desk at work a few times a day to do a 5 minute walk around the building. Take your lunch break outside for a brisk walk.

3. Getting to bed an hour before you sleep is a great way to get a head start.  Consider turning off all cell phones and televisions before you sleep. Aim for at least 7 to 8 hours a night of sleep.

4. Increase your water intake by carrying around a BPA free bottle, or glass container of filtered water.  Try and drink half your body weight in ounces per day.  If you workout, or work in the sun…try and increase that as much as possible.

5. Decrease your salt intake by staying away from packaged meals, going out to eat and use more herbs when cooking.  Adding more lemon to your foods instead of salt is an option.  Also, try switching to kelp salt.

6. Avoid or cut back on alcohol, or beer.

7. Consider strengthening your glutes, hamstrings, and pelvic floor muscles in the weight room.  Simple glute bridges at home, leg lifts, crunches and glute kickbacks are simple exercises to start with.

8. Pep up your liver by cutting back on pork, dairy and beef. Add in Milk Thistle every morning. Healthy liver equals healthy metabolism.

9. Fight depression and sadness by being around positive people, listening to positive things, planning fun stuff, praying, playing funny movies and moving on from your past.  Removing chemicals and certain prescription drugs that may cause depression is something to consider.  Take in foods that will lift your mood.

10. Try and get outside as much as possible if you work indoors. Consider 10 minutes a day of sunshine.

11. Add in 4 days a week of at least 30 to 40 minutes of steady state cardio.  Steady state cardio is the use of all your muscles at one time in constant motion.  Speed walking, jogging, running, biking, stair master, kayaking, roller blading and boxing are some forms of cardio to try.

12. Help your digestive issues by increasing some raw organic foods.  Add in some organic brown rice and veggies. Add in some probiotics and digestive enzymes to your supplements. Avoid any GMO foods. 

 

 

Try these few suggestions and see if your bloat goes down.  I bet it will! 

 

Hope you enjoyed this article. 

Jaime

 

 

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Does McDonald’s love me??

If you asked most people what symbols first come to mind that represent the United States, what do you think they would say? I’ve even sat down and thought about this myself. What symbols and pictures come to mind if I close my eyes about America? I’ve traveled to a fairly decent amount of places through the United States in my lifetime and this is what came to my mind: The Statue of Liberty, Disney World, Mount Rushmore, the Hollywood sign, the Golden Gate Bridge and McDonalds. Yes, I said it…McDonald’s.

There’s something about those golden arches that never leave your mind. Think about how many road trips you’ve taken, and if you see those arches from a distance somehow a smile appears on your face. Don’t deny it, it’s true for most of us who were alive after 1952. I know it sounds silly, but who can deny the French fry aroma as you pass by with a rumble in your tummy. It’s almost like the fries speak to us through the wind. Well, they do to me. It’s quite disturbing and takes a lot of willpower to deny these tasty little fellows!

The history of the McDonald’s Corporation is quite an amazing one. It’s the American dream story, for sure. Started by a couple from New Hampshire who moved out to California in the 1920’s, they first had a hot dog and burger stand in 1937. They eventually moved up to selling burgers, shakes and fries after seeing how well those items did in 1948. After 1952, McDonalds took off, became a franchise and showed up on virtually every corner in America.

Their catchy, bright yellow arches and smart target marketing to families who didn’t have time to cook really caught on – and got in the minds of generations of people. McDonald’s now has revenue of over $28.1057 billion dollars. Wow, that’s a lot of burger and fry seducing going on! Not only are they on every corner, we see them in sports arenas, airports, malls and off most major interstates across America … even all across the world.

It’s amazing how far one small man took a basic hot dog and burger stand and turned it into a billion dollar company. There are many success stories like this in the United States through history. Like a lot of companies over the years, changes happen within the company related to size, goals, quality and production. Companies must change related to competition, demand and of course PROFIT. Yes, I said profit.

When McDonald’s first started, their burgers were a lot smaller and the beef was even healthier. Their menus were smaller and very easy to choose from, and they had no competition with other fast food chains at that time. The meat they used was actual real beef, free from GMOs and free from some of the harmful antibiotics used today. The buns didn’t have all the chemicals as well.

Now, McDonald’s has many competitors like Five Guys, Wendy’s and Taco Bell. Do you think they’re going to spend time worrying about what’s going to give you more energy or prevent cancer? Do you think they’re worried about what will make you fat, or give your kids digestion issues? Does McDonald’s love you? I hate to tell you this, but No McDonald’s doesn’t love you, they love your dollar!

McDonald’s food facts

Some of you have kids and some of you are single and don’t cook. When you’re running short on time and your stomach is craving anything, a lot of you will pull into McDonald’s and think a quick chicken nugget and French fry is no big deal. What harm can a hamburger do? I wish it were that innocent, but it’s not.

McDonald’s, like a lot of food corporations, wants to cut corners to save money. But, by saving money they are risking your health. They add preservatives, chemicals and many different flavor enhancers to most of their foods. If you have a child that’s hyper, autistic, has allergies or suffers from depression, feeding them these toxic substances will contribute to worsening symptoms. And, if you’re an adult, the prognosis isn’t any better.

I had my mother call the McDonald’s headquarters recently. She asked them some very simple nutritional questions about their foods and their plans to change using genetically modified corn, soy and wheat, as well many different chemicals. She said she knew of many people who had autistic children and most of their ingredients are very toxic to kids with allergies. She asked them why they would continue to serve toxic substances to children? The man on the phone was very rude and the only explanation he had was to direct her to the McDonald’s ingredients page online. So, I took a moment to go back and read word for word what they display on their site. I listed some important facts that I felt all of you should know, so you can be informed and decide if it’s worth the risk.

Fact 1: McDonald’s admits to using GMOs in their ingredients.  They make it sound like a Christmas gift to you, stating “food safety” is their number one priority. Please make a mental note that GMO crops are sprayed with the toxic herbicide called glyphosate. Many scientists have proven that it’s considered a carcinogen and will cause many harmful side effects.

Fact 2: McDonald’s acknowledges that they use dimethylopolysiloxane in their chicken nuggets, world famous fries and crispy chicken. Do you know what this harmful chemical is also used in? De-foaming agents, polishes, cosmetics, adhesives, damping fluids and hair conditioners to name a few. What’s their excuse? The FDA allows this and they feel it’s safe to eat. They also mentioned they don’t want their oil to splatter and that’s why they use it.

Fact 3: They pride themselves on using beef that contains antibiotics. Their excuse, “Well, most ranches use it in the United States.” Gosh, the next time someone gets sick and you need to take penicillin, or any other antibiotic, guess what? It’s not going to help. Who wants added hormones?

Fact 4: They openly let you know that there is high fructose corn syrup used as a sweetener in some of their products. Their justification is, “Well, you can find it in your grocery store, too.”

Making McDonald’s at Home

Here are some ways you can have your own golden arches meal at home for you and your kids – with better taste and none of the risks mentioned above.

 

  • Buy organic frozen Yukon potatoes and heat them in your oven –

they take only 15 minutes to cook. Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt over the top.

 

  • Buy organic Maverick Beef, or any organic beef at Whole Foods or your local supermarket. This is free of added hormones and the cows aren’t eating GMO corn. I like to use my George Foreman grill to cut down on any fat, plus it’s really quick to cook. One patty will take less than five minutes to cook on the grill in your own kitchen.

 

  • Don’t forget your organic toppings! Use ripe tomatoes, romaine lettuce and onion. I usually skip the ketchup because the tomato is enough. But, if you have to use ketchup, please make it organic since it’s free of corn syrup and has less sugar. Plus, it tastes so much better.  If you like to use mayo, try to buy organic as well.

 

  • Grab some gluten-free buns, since it’s hard to find organic and gluten-free buns in most grocery stores. If I use a bun (I enjoy it without mot of the time), I like to use millet buns, or millet bagels. Stay clear of anything that isn’t organic, if possible.

 

  • While I don’t eat dairy, I only eat raw organic goat cheese every once in a while. But, for those who like to eat cheese with their burger, pick up any organic cheddar cheese. If you’re in a Whole Foods, they have a wonderful selection.

 

That’s it! In less than 15 minutes, you can have a healthier (and lower fat) version than the drive-thru. If you went to McDonald’s, you would spent that amount of time during the dinner rush just sitting in line. Your body, and your family’s, will thank you!

 

I hope all of you will use this simple suggestion. God Bless.

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Benefits of Honey

 

Got a sweet tooth? Who doesn’t like to taste sweet foods? How about honey?

Honey can be used for a variety of things. I love to use it in my tea and sometimes I will eat it off of a spoon before a heavy workout. Honey works wonders in boosting your immune system, helps with sleep, heals wounds and helps with allergies. You may add it to baking in place of sugar and use it to jazz up your coffee.

Manuka Honey…..

 

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Imagine a bee flying in from New Zealand knocking on your front door early in the morning with a small bottle of fresh Manuka Honey? Imagine this bee is all dressed up in tropical clothes and sunglasses. He even speaks with a New Zealand accent. “Good day mate!” “Why don’t you try my special honey that’s known to scare away funny parasites hidden in your digestive tract?” Manuka Honey is from New Zealand and is produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka Bush. Manuka Honey is known to be 4 to 5 times more nutrient dense compared to most other honeys. It’s also known to act as a natural peroxide in the digestive tract. Manuka can be found online, in most Health Food Stores and at Wholefoods.

I like to also use the Organic Raw Honey that’s Certified Organic when I’m not using Manuka. I also like to use an Italian Organic Honey from Italy called Mielbio. Both taste great and are easy to find in Whole Foods, or most Health Food Stores. You may find the Organic Raw Honey in some grocery stores on the coffee and tea aisle.

Keep in mind…Non-organic commercial honey is often put through too much processing and typically refined chemically, the high heat destroys all the enzymes.

 

Honey added facts:

High in antioxidants, high in enzymes, minerals, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, niacin and B6. Honey is low in calories and is low on the Glycemic Load.  It won’t cause sugar to spike, which causes your insulin to release.

 

Organic Raw Honey  and Organic Italian Honey….

 

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