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I have always been the kind of person who likes to break rules and this is one of my favorite rules to break; eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day to burn fat and speed up your metabolism.

 

There was a time when I blindly followed the “grazing” strategy and it worked for a while –until it stopped working and I started gaining weight.

 

So if eating mini meals is supposed to speed up your metabolism and burn fat, why are we more overweight than ever?

 

I want to share with you the dangers of eating 5-6 mini meals and the benefits of eating 3 squares a day.

 

Stored fat is the body’s “steady, gets you through the day” and your brain’s preferred fuel source; it is like a slow burning log in the fireplace. On the other hand, sugar and carbohydrates are more like paper being thrown on the fire; you get a quick rush of energy and then the next thing you know, you hit the crash line.

 

But when you “graze” throughout the day, your body uses sugar for fuel instead of stored fat. When I talk about sugar, I am referring to carbohydrates like the healthy snack bar, yogurt, cookie or bag of chips you just ate.

 

Think about this; why should your body dig into stored fat for fuel, when it gets express meals delivered every 3 hours? Not to mention that when you are constantly “grazing” your insulin (a fat storing and hunger hormone) levels go up 6 times a day rather than only 3 times a day.

 

Experts tell us that grazing;

 

Speeds up your metabolism

Helps you lose weight

Keeps your blood sugar level

It keeps cravings at bay

 

Unfortunately, there is no evidence supporting their claims. In 2002, the New York Academy of Sciences published a report stating that all-day grazing can put you at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

 

 

But there is plenty of evidence to support eating 3 squares a day. A 2 month study published in the book “The 3-Season Diet 2000” by John Douillard, found that people who retrained their bodies to burn stored fat by eating 3 meals a day lost an average of 1.2 pounds a week.

 

They also had:

 

  • Increased energy levels
  • Clarity of thought
  • Better sleep
  • No more cravings

 

Eating 3 meals a day might sound hard, but according to celebrity nutritionist JJVirgin PhD, “three meals a day is making a comeback as a weight loss strategy. Start by eating your first meal within one hour of getting up and the last meal within three hours before bed.”

 

I believe that snacking is just another way for BIG FOOD to make more money off the American public. It's time to start listening to your body's unique nutritional needs and not what so called experts tell you.

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Hopefully what brought you here was your desire to transform your liver from a fat storing organ to a fat burning organ.

 

Here is a list of the top 10 foods that will nourish the liver and help restore it to optimal function.

 

Coconut oil- I love cooking with coconut oil, especially the Organic kind because it won't burn when I'm frying something like fish. Plus  it's anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties stimulate the metabolism for fat burning, it easily digested and is chock full of antioxidants . Some people use it for baking and for skin care, but I haven't tried either one.

 

“An important function of coconut oil is that it supports mitochondrial respiration, increasing energy production that has been blocked by the unsaturated fatty acids. Since the polyunsaturated fatty acids inhibit thyroid function at many levels, coconut oil can promote thyroid function simply by reducing those toxic effects. .” Dr. Ray Peat, Ph.D

 

Ripe tropical fruits- These fruits are grown in warm or hot climates like Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean and are among the best fat burning foods.  When a fruit is fully ripe, the nutrients are at their peak and the sugars are broken down into simple sugars that don't tax the digestive system. I love juicing pineapple, mango, passion friut and pomegranates. Did you know that avocado is also a tropical fruit? I have an awesome recipe for avocado chocolate mousse. Leave me a comment if you want it.


Fresh orange juice- You may be shocked by this one, but orange juice is one of the very best fat burning foods! But not just any old orange juice– I’m taking about PURE unadulterated OJ that you make yourself. . It’s chock full of magnesium, potassium, a boatload of vitamin C that supports detoxification in the liver, along with folate, thiamin and vitamin A! A fat burning body needs the nutrients that orange juice supplies!

 

Gelatin- Gelatin is like medicine for the liver becasue is contains non-inflammatory amino acids like glycine, glutamic acid, proline and alanine. Most Americans eat the highly inflammatory ,standard SAD, which is sadly lacking in these amino acids. These amino acids play an important role in keeping your liver running and functioning at optimal levels.

 

Organic eggs- There are so many types of eggs to choose from. How do you know which is best; Organic, free range, cage free, brown or white? I'm going to clear it up right now.

 

Cage Free means that the chickens are not raised in battery cages, however they still most likely are raised in tight conditions, in a dark, barn-like setting, with clipped beaks and wings, and very little exposure to sunlight. “Cage Free” can sound deceiving because you would think they’d be free, roaming little hens. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean so - See more at: http://www.eatlifewhole.com/2013/08/how-to-shop-for-eggs-organic-cage-free-free-range-brown-vs-white/#sthash.hYTHCdFZ.dpuf

Cage free means they're not raised in cages, but will be raised in tight conditions, in a dark barn like setting, with clipped beaks and wings and very litle exposure to sun light. So I guess they aren't cage free after all.

Free range- These chickens get some outdoor life at some point in their life. Again this is another decieving term because you think the chickens can roam free.

Certified Organic-  Chickens are fed Organic feed and they're not pumped up with antibiotics which reduces your exposure to toxins and pesticides.

Organic vegetarian-Their diet contains no meat,no fish and it's vegetarian. This might soundgod, however, chickens are meant to eat worms and bugs, not veggies.

Omega 3 enriched- It seems like even the chicken farmers have jumped on the Omega 3 bandwagon. Flaxseed, which is rich in Omega 3's is a major part of the chicken's diet. But you're better off getting your Omega 3's from a quality  ( not from China) supplement.

 

Eggs are nature's answer to the mulit-vitamin; they're rich in vitamins A,D, E, B2, B5, B12, and protein. Out of all of these choices, I prefer to buy mine from the local farms where I know these chickens are happy and well taken care of. 

 

Pastured/organic meats and wild seafood- Organic, free range proteins and wild seafoods ( wild Alaskan salmon, Alantic Mackerel,)  are less likely to contain hormones, additives and toxins than their farm raised counterparts. This makes them awesome fat burning foods that help support  liver function. . Shellfish is particularly rich in minerals that nourish the liver (like iron, zinc, copper & selenium), making it especially therapeutic.

 

Bone marrow -  I remember buying these bones and giving them to my dog!. Not any more. I use bones from free range, hormone free animals and make them into a delicous broth. The bone marrow is high in glycine, calcium, phosphrous, magnesium, potassium, sodium and sulfer which is very healing to  a leaky gut. You can easily make this at home in your crockpot and freeze it for later use.  I have a great recipe for bone marrow broth and if you'd like it leave me a comment below.

 

Butter- Believe it or not, butter is one of the best fat burning foods you can eat. Butter is rich in fat soluable vitamins A<D<E K2, saturated fat and cholesterol- an antioxident. With all those qualities, why would you use somthing fake?

 

 There you have it, a list of fat burning foods you can incorporate into your diet. If you'd like more information about how you can increase the spped of your metabolism without  dieting, counting calories or keeping a food journal,  send me an e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll get my new report Balanced Wellnes Blue Print right out to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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Holy Crap! How did that happen? Those were the exact words a new client used the other day. Her name is Nancy, she's married, has a full time job, kids and she takes care of her elderly mother. Now you might be thinking "so what, I do that and more" Yeah but   she put on 60 pounds in 12 months and had a heartattack!

 

Have you ever wondered why so many people, especially women over the age of 40 have a difficult time losing fat? It's no coincidence that your waistline suddenly expands, your energy levels drop,your memory is poor and your metabolism slows way down.

 

It's a biological fast that as you approach 40, a very specific "shift" happens that causes all of this. The number one factor that causes this shift, is because three important hormones aren't doing their job.

 

But the good new is there is a natural way to reverse the aging process.

 

 

Hormone #1-  Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is the real fountain of youth. It keeps your skin supple, increases your bone density, repairs tissue and muscle and lowers your body fat making it easier for you to exercise. The good new is  your pituitary gland produces HGH. But the bad news is that by the time you hit 35, the production of HGH has plummeted, leaving you with more aches and pains, your skin gets wrinkly and coarse and things don't work as well as they used to.

 

However, you can start to ramp up the production of HGH by getting a good night's sleep. If you get a good solid 7-8 hours of sleep every night, you'll accumulate enough sleep to maximize production.

 

Hormone # 2-  Your thyroid is the most important organ for controlling your metabolism and your weight. But did you know that depression, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. PMS, menopausal symptoms, muscle and joint pains IBS.or autoimmune  could actually indicate there's a problem with your thyroid gland?

 

As you get older, your thyroid function starts to decline, which means your metabolism is about 20-30% slower than is used to be.  Research tell us that about 40% of the adult population has an under performing thyroid. 

 

So, if you are over 40  with a slower metabolism, and you eat  the same way you did when you were in your twneties, well it stands to reason that you're going to put on weight.

 

Gluten and other food sensitivities are the most common causes of thyroid dysfunction becasue they casue inflammation.

If you follow my  FREE 3 day Gluten Free meal plan, your metabolism will be more efficient and your thyroid will have an easier time keeping everything in check.

 

Here are some suggestions you can use to boost an underperforming thyroid gland;

 

Make sure you're eating enough Omega 3 fatty acids- when youm turn off inflammation, you turn on your fat burning hormones and get your body back into fat burning mode, instead of fat storing mode.

 

Use pure Organic Coconut Oil in your cooking

 

Eat foods rich in vitamin A- spinach, carrots, kale, Swiss Chard, collard greens and sweet potato

 

Eat Brazil nuts- they're rich in selenium which boosts immune function, supports  thyroid function and  your metabolism.

 

 

Hormone # 3- the older you get, the harder it is for your body to detoxify all the chemicals that are in the air, the food you eat and the water you drink. When these toxins  get stuck, they do some real damage and eventually  block our hormones- insulin in particular. So when insulin isn't able to do its job, you become better at making fat as your pancrease cranks out more insullin, which signals your liver to crank out even more fat, at the same time locking exixting body fat in place, preventing it from being used for energy.

 

The average fasting glucose levels 6-14mg/dl for each 10 years after the age of 50 because  your cells become less sensitive to insulin's blood sugar lowering powers

 

 But there is a suprisingly simple trick you can use to address this problem and it might be in your kitchen or your garden.

 

Chromium increase the presence of glucose transporters on the cell membrane which helps to manage blood sugar. Some great sources of chromium that you can start adding to your meals are;

 

broccolli

barley

green beans

tomatoes

romaine lettuce

black pepper

 


But you don't have to live with these problems forever. 

 


Most people accept the fact that hormonal imbalances are a part of the normal aging process. Well. it's not. You have a choice and it dosen't involve expensive hormone shots, dangerous drugs or regular trips to the doctor. I have a remarkable new program that I developed that in only 30 days can help clear out what's blocking out HGH, thyroid and insulin and other hormones.

 

I am passionate about helping anybody over the age of 40 re-shape their body, get back their energy and make them bulletproof to the ravages of aging. 

 

 

The Results of a Remarkable Experiment

 

Back in April, I set out to find a few committed  people who would be willing to go through a 21 Day diet. I was shocked at the average participant's results.

 

9.32 pounds lost

4.15 inches off waist

5.34 inches off hips

 

Remember, they got these results in only 30 days and they were people who were metabolically impaired. Not only that, but people reported having more energy, improved sleep, no cravings and less hunger.

 

 I've personally done this program and I can tell you it works.  But don't take my word for it... try it yourself.

 

If you'd like to get started, I'll send you a FREE 3 Day Gluten Free meal plan, it's easy and I'll guarantee you'll start feeling better immediately.

 

Just shoot me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name and mailing address and I'll see that you get one ASAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sources

 

 Mercola.com, "This Common Food Ingredient Can Really Mess Up Your Metabolism" http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/26/sugar-may-be-bad-but-this-sweetener-is-far-more-deadly-part-2.aspx

 

http://www.healthiertalk.com/how-much-sleep-do-you-really-need-be-healthy-0335

 

 

 

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