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Following The Herd

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Did you know that U.S. cattle farmers used to feed cows coconut oil to get them fat quickly, but it had the direct opposite effect? The cows became extremely lean, toned, and healthy. This is because coconut oil actually burns fat as fuel, instead of storing it for later.

Coconut oil also helps to regulate blood sugar, improve skin complexion, & boost the immune system, as this oil contains many anti-viral & anti-microbial properties. Who knew that eating fat can get you thin?

(Side Note: Today, cattle are given corn/vegetable oils to get them fat and weak so that their meat is much more tender and palatable for consumers. Yet these are the very oils that we are told are "heart healthy" in America, and we are fatter and weaker than ever....just some food for thought.)

Eat more, Burn more

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Health tip: "Low calorie" diets never work if your goal is to lose fat. When restricting food intake, the body fears a famine & will begin to hold onto fat instead of burn it.  So eating more nutrient-dense foods, frequently & consistently, will teach your body to burn fat constantly, instead of store it!

Butter Check Your Ingredients

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Check your ingredients list! Butter substitutes (on the right) are a recipe for health problems. They lack nutrients and are filled with man-made ingredients that the human body cannot properly metabolize. Additionally, it contains soy, which is particularly harmful to health when consumed in excess. 

It's always best to choose a product that has a minimal ingredients list that both you and your body can understand (on the left). 

So yes, I CAN believe it's not butter.

Snack Time

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Looking for a clean, power snack? 

Jackson's Honest Potato Chips contain organic potatoes, coconut oil, and sea salt. That's it. No preservatives, no harmful oils, no artificial anything.
These babies trump anything that's been processed and coined as "gluten free". 

Potatoes contain high amounts of potassium, which actually aids in blood sugar regulation, lowering blood pressure, and muscle building. As well, sea salt helps to lower adrenalin, regulate hormones, absorb nutrients, and lower blood pressure. And finally, coconut oil is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial agent that helps fight disease. It also tends to burn immediately as fuel, rather than store as fat on your body. In addition, it is perfect for people with no gallbladders, as it does not need bile to be emulsified. (I'm talking nerdy to you).

Enjoy!

NOT Your Grandma's Cookies

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Some people may think, "How'd I get fat? How'd I get so many wrinkles? How'd I get cancer?" 

When your body cannot recognize a foreign agent entering the body, it taxes the immune system and causes stress, aging, breakdown, and fat storage: all of which lead to dysfunction and disease.

Health is not about "calories in, calories out".  Always check the INGREDIENTS label.  If you cannot understand what it is that you're eating, chances are good that your body does not either, and your health will pay the consequences.

Become a Healthy Bitch

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The Healthy Bitches Course is about learning how to eat and move your way to health in the easiest and most affordable way possible.
 

Topics covered:
Lesson 1: What to Eat
Lesson 2: When to Eat
Lesson 3: How to Eat
Lesson 4: What Makes You Fat & WHY (including exercise, sleep, and lifestyle)
Lessons 5&6 (BONUS): The Tools You Need to Communicate with Your Body

Join the course to get all of the information you need to be a healthy bitch!

For more information, e-mail me at kinectionholistichealth@gmail.com

Sign up here http://www.kinectionholistichealth.com/services-offered/healthy-bitches-course

Stay Salty

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Salt helps produce energy efficiently, boost the metabolism, and protect against inflammation and degenerative stress.

Salt restriction actually increases blood pressure and damages the metabolism. 

Add a pinch of canning and pickling salt or a white Celtic sea salt (NOT table salt) to your liter of quality water to lower adrenalin, alleviate headaches and stomach cramps, create hormonal balance, and inhibit fat-storing stress hormones. Your mood, skin, hydration, and health will all improve.

You're welcome.

The Answer: Real Food

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How did human history survive before the genesis of 100 calorie packs, margarine, vegetable oil, weight watchers frozen dinners, 24-hour gyms, body wraps, kale chips, protein shakes, and pills? Humans survived off of the very things we are told to cut out: fat, sugar, salt, and carbs.
 

The key to health is not found in the industry.
The key to creating health is found within your daily routine. 
YOU are your own healer.

If the key to health was in these profitable products out there, then why are we the sickest and most confused we've ever been?

You don't have to spend hours in a gym exhausting yourself. You don't have to cut out fruit because it's "high in sugar". You don't have to count calories. You don't have to eat salad. You don't have to eat broccoli. You don't have to skip meals and starve or deprive yourself. You don't have to run a marathon. You don't have to run, period.

There are very SIMPLE nutrition and lifestyle changes that create the health that you want AND without having to exhaust yourself.

Find out the answers in my HEALTHY BITCHES COURSE.

Sign up here http://www.kinectionholistichealth.com/services-offered/healthy-bitches-course

Are You Eating Beaver Butt?

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Is beaver butt really in your ice cream? If you want to know what's truly going into your food and how to protect yourself, I would recommend reading The Food Babe Way. It's a very digestible (pun intended) way of explaining what's actually going on in America's food industry today and how corporations are getting richer, while we're getting sicker.

Since toxins store in fat cells as a defense mechanism, the more preservatives, synthetic chemicals, and pesticides you ingest from processed foods and conventionally-grown produce, the more your body produces fat.

First step to health: KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR FOOD.  After all, something tells me that no one would volunteer to put beaver butt in their ice cream....

Photo Credit: Heather Grimm

 

Why Weight?

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Ladies:
Unless you're a body builder and intentionally trying to build muscle like it's your job, you're NOT going to bulk up or spontaneously grow chest hair. 

So how do you lose fat without bulking up? 

Tip #1: Lifting weights and building lean muscle mass plays an ESSENTIAL part in trying to lose fat mass. Muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue designed to burn fat. So, the best way to lose fat is to gain muscle.

Tip #2: Proper nutrition is a vital catalyst in losing fat. If you deprive yourself of nutrient-dense foods, your body eats its own muscle tissue to get the energy that it needs to survive. Thus, less muscle tissue equals more fat tissue. 

Tip #3: Muscle tissue is broken down in the gym and built during rest. Sleep and relaxation are needed to properly build muscle to lose fat. 

Overall, fat doesn't stand a chance against adequate exercise, nutrition, and rest.  So why wait?  Lift.  Eat.  Rest.  Repeat. 
 

Photo credit: Heather Grimm

The Truth Heals

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We’ve all been there.  As soon as you think you’ve found the magical diet, detox, challenge, or cleanse that actually works for you, a new study comes out showing that what you’ve been doing has only contributed to your problem, and you should do the exact opposite because Harvard says so.  One study indicates that there are multiple health benefits from cutting the fat out of your diet.  Another study illustrates all of the harmful effects on the body when you cut out the fat, so you should really cut out the sugar because, ironically, Harvard says so.  

So what should you do?  Cut out the fat or cut out the sugar?  Is the answer in the Paleo diet, Mediterranean foods, Subway, gastric bypass surgery, pills, juicing 3 pounds of kale and eating 12 bananas a day?  Who should you trust?  Harvard?  Researchers?  Your doctor?  Your local yoga instructor?  A support group?  You could argue with yourself that research doesn’t lie, but then how can it show so many different and opposing outcomes?  

The truth:  Research does not lie, but people do.  And for enough money, research can show whatever it wants.  Is this a conspiracy?  Perhaps it is; but I’ll take my chances on not taking the advice from an industry that only makes money if I’m sick and confused.

One thing that you can trust, however, is your individual physiology.  Sure, you can follow the latest diet craze, but you can only trick your body for so long before it screams out to you that you need something else.  For instance, you may swear by the Paleo diet and truly see health benefits: losing weight, feeling more clear-headed and energized, lower cholesterol levels, and more.  But, after years into the diet, you start losing your hair, your cholesterol rises, your hormones are on a roller coaster, and your thyroid gland is almost non-functioning.  (This is purely an example that I’ve seen happen to individuals.)  That's not to say that all Paleo experts have bad intentions, but research outcomes can still be misleading.  

So now what do you do? 

I’m glad you asked.  For so long we’ve been depriving ourselves and cutting out vital nutrients and life-giving behaviors.  Why cut out calories (i.e., energy/fuel) and run off of stress hormones?  Does it make sense to try to drive your car across the country with no gas in it?  We’ve been misguided to look to others to take responsibility for a lifetime of unquestioned and unchallenged actions when it comes to health.  The good news is that you can take back control and responsibility for your life simply by questioning and paying attention.  

1)     Start listening to your gut. 

2)     Pay attention to how you feel after eating a meal or skipping a meal or macronutrient (i.e., protein, carb, or fat).  Do you feel bloated, tired, and/or have a headache or stomach ache?  Did that meal give you energy?

3)     Avoid anything processed and any product that contains more than 5 ingredients, especially those of which you cannot pronounce. 

4)     Eat real fruits and root vegetables.

5)     Eat quality meats, broths, seafood, gelatin, and other anti-inflammatory proteins.

6)     Eat saturated fats like coconut oil, butter, ghee, and tallow.

7)     Focus on quality: organic, free-range, grass-fed, local, cage-free, etc.

8)     Focus on quantity: relative ratios of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. 

9)     Drink quality water like Evian, FIJI, and other spring waters.

10)  Pay attention to your movement: Do you exercise?  Are you exercising too much?  How well do you recover from a workout?  Do you have pain and/or soreness in your body?

11)  Rest.

12)  Meditate.

13)  Take time to do things for yourself.

The above is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it’s a good starting point to help evaluate your lifestyle.  As always, you have to do what you feel is right for you.  You may not be happy about needing to incorporate new behaviors in your life, but I have found that the truth heals more than it hurts.

Butter is Better

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Real BUTTER contains life, so it will attract life.

Butter does not have fake chemicals, like engineered margarine, that would make it resemble the properties of plastic.  If you place real butter next to margarine, you'll notice that living insects avoid the margarine, but try to feed off of the nutritious butter. 

This is because butter contains the following vitamins and other beneficial properties:

1) Lauric acid- helps fight fungal infections and candida

2) Conjugated linoleic acid- a potent anti-cancer agent, immunity booster, and muscle builder

3) Anti-stiffness factor- prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland (which helps with levels of motivation, creativity, and sleep)

4) Butter helps promote fertility and contains strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties

5) Butter is a quick source of energy, so it's not stored as fat tissue on the body

6) Butter protects against gastrointestinal infections in the young and elderly 

7) Butter is rich in the most easily-absorbent form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.

8) Lecithin- essential for cholesterol metabolism

9) Anti-oxidants- protects against free radical damage and weakening of the arteries

10) Selenium, Vitamins E, K, and D- all help with vital metabolic functions, like absorbing calcium and much more
 

It takes life to give life, so do yourself a favor and dump the plastic margarine in the trash...the flies won't come near it.

(Note: If you're concerned about butter raising cholesterol, know that 80% of your cholesterol comes from your liver, not your diet. Cholesterol is an anti-stressor in the body, so if you have high cholesterol, it is a sign of having too much stress in your life: metabolic stress, emotional stress, physical stress, spiritual stress, social stress, financial and work stress, and so forth. It's more effective to address those issues, rather than blaming it on butter and other healthy saturated fats.)

Low Carb Diets: A Recipe For Health Problems

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LOW CARB DIETS are particularly bad for the hormonal system of females.  Cutting out carbs is not necessarily the best option, and here's why:

A particularly useful thyroid hormone (known as T3) is responsible for converting cholesterol into the hormone Progesterone, which is the "youth-associated, protective hormone" known to help with hair growth, clear skin, and overall hormonal balance.  The key is that this entire process depends upon glucose or sugar that largely comes from carbohydrates.  Without carbs, the body becomes stressed and produces more estrogen, which ages the body and causes a myriad of other health effects when it's dominant.

Thus, going on a low carb diet can lead to breast tenderness, PMS, headaches, an increase in fat tissue, a decrease in muscle tissue, hair loss, wrinkles, cravings, high blood sugar (yep!), a damaged metabolism, and hormonal chaos. 

If you're thinking low carb is the best, you may want to change that misconception to a "no processed foods" lifestyle.  Processed foods are much worse for the body than real, wholesome carbs like fruits and root vegetables (i.e., carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, peppers, squash, etc.).  Fruits and roots contain real sugar that the body recognizes and prefers in order to operate efficiently and not have to age and break down the body.

So do yourself a favor and avoid anything processed, rather than avoiding real carbs that are nourishing to your body.

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

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If you are a typical American, then chances are good that you have a healthy (or maybe not-so-healthy) "addiction" to coffee.  Furthermore, if this rings true for you, I have wonderful news for you: coffee is good for you!

According to Ray Peat, Ph.D., coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of thyroid disease, cancer, and other diseases than non-coffee drinkers.  Coffee has been used medicinally throughout history, protecting the liver from alcohol, prescription medications, and other toxins, while also protecting the body against radiation, chemical carcinogens, and viruses. Additionally, coffee contains magnesium, a very important mineral for the thyroid gland and overall health.  Magnesium is a natural tranquilizer, and it reduces high blood pressure and assists in stabilizing blood sugar in the body.  With that said, it is not uncommon to see the general population today consuming the wrong type of coffee at the wrong time.

Here are some tips on how to get the most metabolic bang for your cup:

1) Put 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in your coffee.

  • Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which means it tends to burn immediately as fuel, rather than store as fat on the body.
  • Coconut oil is also a natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial fat that boosts energy, supports thyroid function, insulin secretion, bone health, immunity, and digestion, and helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers (Dr. Bruce Fife). 

2) Never drink coffee on an empty stomach, as it will cause a spike in adrenaline and other stress hormones, like cortisol.

  • Increasing stress in the body can lead to weight gain, wrinkles, and other hormonal chaos. 
  • It's best to consume it after a meal or snack containing an optimal protein (i.e., white fish, shellfish, grass-fed organic beef, venison, gelatin, bone broth, organic (local and insect-fed) eggs, etc.), carb (i.e., tropical fruits and/or root vegetables), and a fat (i.e., organic heavy cream, grass-fed butter, or coconut oil). (*Note: The protein, carb, and fat examples are not a comprehensive list of optimal food options).

3) Choose a quality roast and water. 

  • Pick a coffee that does not have artificial flavorings or perfumes (i.e., Folgers and other plain roasts or Organic roast coffee is acceptable).
  • It's best to brew at home with quality, filtered, mineral water (i.e., Evian, FIJI, etc.).

So go enjoy your cup of metabolic euphoria, guilt-free and by the cup! 

A word of caution though; be careful if you drink and drive.... You just might end up being nice to people on the road today.
 

Cause of Life: Coconut Oil

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The next time someone says, "Coconut oil is bad for you; it causes heart disease", please reply with, "That must be why the Pacific Islanders died off hundreds of years ago...."

Pacific Islanders' diets were studied by Dr. Ian A. Prior since that population is known for their beautiful, glowing skin, lack of disease, and optimal body compositions.  What was found was that 60 percent of their energy derived from food came from saturated fat, largely from coconuts.  But how could this be if saturated fat supposedly causes heart disease?

Let's look into some factors regarding saturated versus unsaturated fat:

In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers began to search for adverse effects of saturated fat, so they looked for a correlation between saturated fat and cancer.  What they found was actually a protective effect against cancer, rather than a causative one. 

Furthermore, processed non-hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils (such as vegetable oil) were identified as promoting cancer, and the more unsaturated, the higher the risk.  Other health problems that were caused by unsaturated fats were asthma, allergies, memory loss, senility, and a weakened immune system.  Interesting, but is the proof in the pudding?

Well, the Pacific Islanders of Dr. Prior's study had no signs of kidney disease, sluggish thyroid glands, or high cholesterol.  Digestive problems were also rare, and they were generally unfamiliar with heart disease, colitis, cancer, atherosclerosis, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, ulcers, diverticulosis, and appendicitis...and, again, 60% of their diets contain saturated fat (mostly from coconut oil). 

Most Americans get 32-38 percent of their calories come from fat, but most of which are unsaturated vegetable oils...and we all know how many diseases Americans are suffering from--especially heart disease, high cholesterol, and cancer.

So if we've cut out the saturated fats and are still getting these diseases, then what is the real culprit?  Food for thought....
[For more information on coconut oil, check out The Coconut Oil Miracle by Dr. Bruce Fife.]

Sorry, Salad.... You Can't Sit With Us

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Let's talk about the green, wet-blanket carb that brings nothing to the table.

She thinks she owns the place, knowing everyone is going to feel guilty enough to order her. She puts on her dressing, her tomatoes, her croutons, and gets all dolled up to even convince you that she looks good enough to eat, even though you know she's boring and makes you feel empty inside.

That's right, I'm talking about SALAD.

Here's the skinny on salad:

 

  • It contains "goitrogens" that block energy production and slow down the actions of your thyroid and liver, which also slows down your metabolism and ability to detoxify your system.

 

  • Salad leaves are made up of "cellulose"--an indigestible fiber that increases the production and absorption of bacteria in your gut, lowers your immune system, drains your energy, and irritates your stomach enough to blow up the bathroom.

 

  • Salad is the true fatty here--it's full of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Yes, salad has fat (without dressing)-- and it's the kind of fat that loves to damage your metabolism, the cells in your pancreas (important for blood sugar regulation), and your ability to fight off sickness and disease.
     

So don't let salad make you feel guilty about your health, when it's the one contributing to your stress, inflammation, fatigue, and sluggish metabolism.

Sorry, salad--you can't sit with us.

Eat Less, Move More....The Only Way To Lose Weight?!

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Many Americans are under the assumption that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and move more.  NOT TRUE.  Let's debunk this thought through physiology.

Exercise is a stressor, and when the body is stressed, it needs to eat MORE in order to fuel the body and to recover what it loses during times of stress.  The body further becomes stressed when it does not have enough food because it experiences this as a famine. If you're moving more and eating less, you're essentially putting less gas in the car before driving across the country--this won't happen without stress, dysfunction, and eventual breakdown.

Furthermore, when the human body is stressed, say by moving more and not eating enough, this is what happens:

  • Cholesterol production increases
  • Cortisol and other stress hormones are released
  • Blood sugar can spike and drop, causing light-headedness and fainting spells
  • Headaches become more frequent
  • Hair can fall out
  • and the chaos continues....

Furthermore, the body will hold onto fat and eat its own muscle tissue if it does not have enough food to continue functioning, and muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue that burns fat. Connect the physiological dots....

So if the goal is to lose fat, one must build and keep muscle; and that will only happen if given the proper amount of recovery through food and rest. 

Eat well, hydrate well, sleep well, think well, move well, act well, be well...THIS is the way to create health: focusing on the whole body and the entire picture.

Oh, and if you're losing weight by eating less and moving more, you may just be losing precious muscle tissue, not fat.

Allergic To Exercise?

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Feel like you're "allergic" to exercise?

Most people in society, including health professionals, currently view weight gain as a result of not moving enough and eating too much.  It would be logical to then assume that increasing your exercise frequency would help you to lose weight. 

However, weight gain is not the outcome of not enough exercise; it is the end result of being hypo-metabolic (having a damaged or an inefficient metabolism).  This all starts with food quality (organic vs. conventional), type (fresh produce vs. processed products), frequency (how often you eat), and ratios (protein, carbohydrate, and fat amounts in one meal/snack).

By decreasing energy intake (reduce eating calories from food), while increasing energy demand (increasing the amount of movement) with breathless exercise, you are putting your body further into a stressed state.  It's not as simple as calories in, calories out.

When the consumption of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are inadequate (either not enough, or the wrong types/ratios/frequency), your body does not have enough fuel to get through the day, much less to get you through exercise (a stressor, itself).

Starting an exercise program and eating less to lose weight causes many to become discouraged about their health when symptoms arise, such as weight gain through water retention (edema/swelling), muscle atrophy (your body eating muscle for fuel), increased anxiety, trouble sleeping, constipation, altered menstrual cycles, infertility, rapid heart beat (over 85 bpm), etc.

If you are already in a hypo-metabolic state from not properly fueling the body before performing breathless exercise (a stressor), the outcome of the exercise may put you further into a hypo-metabolic state.  So no, you're not "allergic" to exercise, you just need to work on food, first.  As Dianna Schwarzbien, MD, points out, you must get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.

I Love Cholesterol...Said No One Ever, But Maybe You Should

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The increased production of cholesterol is your body's anti-stress system kicking into gear. Cholesterol is actually a large anti-oxidant to help fight stress and inflammation in the body.

So why may your cholesterol levels be high?
It could be a number of reasons.  One reason could be not eating enough fat.  Yes, it is a myth that the fat you eat is directly responsible for the amount of cholesterol in your body. 

As much as 80% of cholesterol comes from your liver, NOT the food you eat.  So when you are given the suggestion to go on a "low fat" diet because you have high cholesterol, expect your cholesterol levels to increase, as the body sees this deprivation of fat as a famine or crisis.  During that time, insulin activates an enzyme in your liver to overproduce cholesterol from the carbohydrates that you eat.  So not eating enough of the right fats can increase your cholesterol!

The truth is, your nutrition and lifestyle are not adequate enough to keep up with the demands you place on your body throughout the day and over time. 

Eat well, sleep well, hydrate well, move well, and love well.  This is what your high cholesterol is really trying to tell you.

Trimming The Fat

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Let's trim the fat:

Losing weight can be vastly different from becoming healthier and thinner.  Most people use the scale as a direct measure of their weight loss and/or dieting "success".  There is a problem here. 

The best way to lose fat is to gain muscle, period.

Therefore, if you are depriving yourself of food and remain hungry or malnourished throughout the day, you may lose weight, but you are losing lean muscle tissue, not fat.

The truth is that if you have improper eating habits, your body will eat it's own muscles in order to provide energy to operate.  The body always sacrifices long-term health in the name of short-term survival. 

Thus, you must eat nutrient-dense foods, frequently, for your body to lay off of your muscles and go after those fat pounds.  Yes, the scale may go up (temporarily) from gaining dense, fat-burning muscle tissue, but you will certainly be healthier and look better naked.