Are Smoothies Stupid?

Many people have mocked the Smoothie Movement as being unhealthy, lame to do, and they don’t taste good either.  However, these same people have never had a REAL smoothie with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and greens.

You see, if you’re buying a smoothie at a restaurant, you’re basically buying chemicals in a cup.  Dyes, High Fructose Corn Syrup, added sugars, “natural” flavorings, preservatives and many other chemicals that you can’t even pronounce.  Even the “Healthy” smoothie restaurants have some hidden secrets about their ingredients.  So the best solution is, make your own smoothies at home.

I drink smoothies every single morning.  I use fresh fruit when it’s in season, and I mix it with frozen fruits as well.  I also add chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, low glycemic meal replacement powders and stevia if needed to sweeten it up a bit.

Go Green

I always recommend to only use fruits and fresh, organic milk or water when beginning with smoothies.

However, if you’re ready to take your smoothie making to the next level then I definitely suggest making Green Smoothies.  Start by adding organic kale, spinach, collard greens, parsley or swiss chard.  You can also add romaine lettuce, bok choy, mustard greens, turnip greens, and green/red leaf lettuce.

One of the best investments I’ve ever made was buying the NutriBullet.  This thing is fast, easy to use and easy to clean up.  It’s not as bulky as a larger blender and has fewer parts to clean.  It’s the perfect size to make a large enough smoothie for anybody.  I would definitely recommend looking into this purchase.  You can buy it online for a very reasonable price.

Here’s the link that I used to purchase my own NutriBullet…

NutriBullet Smoothie Maker

Before I purchased the NutriBullet, I only made smoothies 3-5 times a week because it was so inconvenient.  (I have one of those high end blenders but the clean up was ridiculous.)

But now I drink up to 2-4 smoothies a DAY!  Every single day of the week!  Once you figure out how easy it can be, and how healthy it is for you, then it almost becomes an addiction.  A healthy addiction!

Your digestion will be unbelievable!  Your skin will clear up… You’ll have less headaches because you’re body is functioning better…

You’ll absolutely love the new you.

Not only that… You’ll actually want to be creative and try new things with it.  (Different Recipes)

So, are smoothies stupid?  

Absolutely not!  You can get a tremendous amount of nutrition from each smoothie and you’ll even find that your digestion will improve, and you’ll lose weight.

Weight Loss Secrets Revealed!

Honest, Serious Weight Loss Secrets

Losing weight can be daunting.  Many try and try to lose weight throughout the year with no success.  Or maybe some weight is lost and then it all comes back.  Sound familiar?

So what I’ve compiled is a few “secrets” that can help you get on track to losing weight and keeping it off.

Repetition

If you have a hard time deciding what to eat that’s healthy, then you may want to find one or two options and eat them almost every day.  I’m not suggesting the same food for every meal, every day.  But what I am suggesting is that maybe for breakfast, stick to a specific plan and try to repeat it.

I drink smoothies every single morning.  This is an easy way to get great nutrition quickly.  They taste great and you can get multiple servings of fruits and vegetables in a drink instead of having to prepare them and eat them off of your plate.

Another choice is to eat unsweetened yogurt with your own added fruit.  Pick fresh fruit that’s in season.  Eat this every morning so it’s easy to make sure you won’t skip out on breakfast.  I’ll buy fruit that’s in season in bulk and then wash it and freeze it so I can use it throughout the year.

Get Spicy

Adding hot spices and hot peppers to your food actually speeds up your metabolism.  However the greatest benefit is that spicy foods tend to slow down your eating.  Americans tend to eat way too fast.  By eating too fast, your body can’t signal that it’s full until you’ve already over-indulged.
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Stop Listening To Your Mother

Did you know that obesity doesn’t “Run in the family.”  Of course, some families are genetically larger than others, but none of us are genetically designed to be overweight.  The reason that you, your mother, and your grandmother are all overweight is because of your choices and your lifestyle.  That’s what really “Runs in the family.”  If you’re cooking the same meals that your great, great, grandmother did, then guess what?  You’re going to have the same body shape, and the same illnesses and diseases.

O.K., so you’re not eating the same recipes.  Great!  But what about your habits?  Do you snack all the time just like you mother does?  Do you stop at the drive thru’s a few times a week for a sugared up coffee, a sugared up smoothie, or a sugared up soda and a small snack?  Do you go out to eat multiple times a week?

Look at the patterns of your family.  You’ll see that if you change your habits, you’ll be able to break the cycle of your family and possibly create a new “Normal” for your own children and grandchildren.

I haven’t checked the science behind this, but my own observations have shown that people that grow up eating pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and biscuits every single day of the week for breakfast, are almost destined to be overweight, obese, and end up with diabetes and heart disease.  Generations ago, farmers could get away with this because they did physical labor outside for 12-20 hours a day, so they burned off all of the calories.  But that’s not the case anymore.  Even farmer’s today have it much easier when it comes to the “physical” part of their day.  So when today’s generation eats these horrible foods for breakfast every day, it’s almost a guarantee that they’ll be battling obesity later in life.

 Eat A Big Lunch

Americans tend to “save” the big meal of the day for dinner.  But if you change your habits to have your larger meal at lunch time instead, then your body has more waking hours to digest the food.  Chances are, you’re more active between lunch and dinner as well which will help you burn off a few more calories.  This is an either, or situation.  Don’t eat a large lunch and then eat a large dinner as well.  Obviously counterproductive.

Stick with these changes in your habits and you’ll see some additional weight falling off.  If you’re needing additional help, then you’ve got to check out this website. Burn The Fat Inner Circle

You’ll find mountains of information on how to lose weight and exercise properly.

 

Do You Get Constipated?

What in the world does Constipation have to do with Back Pain?

Well, chronic constipation can cause all sorts of health complications, from hemorrhoids to fecal impaction to dull skin. Many people also experience related symptoms such as headaches and back pain, which accompany the constipation.

None of this is pleasant, but from the standpoint of detoxification, constipation is one of the largest barriers to the efficient elimination of accumulated toxins. If stool sits inside the colon too long without being eliminated, the toxins contained within may be circulated back into the blood. Furthermore, stools that are held up from being eliminated may generate even more toxins. The bacteria implicated in constipation emit their own wastes, which must be eliminated. With chronic constipation, good bacteria may die off as harmful bacteria flourishes and their toxins may damage the colon, causing further stagnancy.*

Constipation is not only uncomfortable, but also has long term damaging effects on the colon. One of the processes that happens in the colon is the extraction of water. The colon is constantly extracting water from it’s contents transforming the liquid wastes to solid. As a result, if elimination is not regular and complete, too much water is extracted causing the wastes to become too dry and then cemented to the walls of the colon.


 

 

 

 

 

Squatting toilet posture helps relieve and prevent constipation in four ways:

1. In the squatting position, gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity.

2. Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and the bowel to empty completely.

3. Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the “kink” at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle.

4. The colon is equipped with an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve) and an outlet valve (the puborectalis muscle). Squatting simultaneously closes the inlet valve, to keep the small intestine clean, and opens the outlet valve, to allow wastes to pass freely. The sitting position defeats the purpose of both valves, making elimination difficult and incomplete, and soiling the small intestine.

 

Let’s review the mechanics of going to the bathroom…

People can control when they defecate, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on a bend in the rectum (where feces is stored), and the anus (where feces comes out). When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN.

Optimal elimination is achieved in the natural squat position when the puborectalis muscle relaxes, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten, resulting in easier defecation.

There is a product that you can get for your home that is specifically designed to give you the correct posture when squatting.  If you’re tired of straining when you go, then this is a must have.  My patients absolutely love it.  I’ve actually gotten more information than I needed about how it’s helped them get “Regular” again.

Click on the image below to learn more…

 

Information collected from squattypotty.com

 

 

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