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The Anti-Diet Episode

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What is it that you TRULY want to eat? Is it what your doctor, your friend, your mother, your magazine, or your 'tests' told you is healthy?

WHY are you eating the way that you eat? Do you feel relaxed, joyful, and expanded around food? Or is it a constant obsession over calories, restriction, & instruction from others, making you feel shameful, powerless, & constricted in your body?

Your body is not against you. Check out the latest Raw Talk with Sheena podcast episode 51, where Sheena Mannina and I discuss how to start listening to your body: get to know it, learn to trust it, & honor your power.

YOU are your own best healer. Are you listening?

Talk to Your Water

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Talking to your water is less creepy than you think. Placing positive intentions in it can actually change your health & your life. Since water has a crystalline structure, it acts like a recorder...so your water holds memory.

This is very powerful, as you can tell your water how to interact with the water-based cells in your body & exchange vital information. It's like your bottled water is a carrier pigeon for sending messages to your body. The highest intention that's been scientifically measured that you can send: The combination of LOVE & GRATITUDE.

Yep. Your Monday just got way better. Be the freak in the office who talks to your water.

[For more on this & other tips, you can hear me as a special guest on the new iTunes podcast, Spiritual and Intuit, episode #3] http://spiritualandintuit.libsyn.com/rss See More

News: Now Offering Services at Raw Republic in New Orleans!

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I have expanded my practice to 4528 Magazine Street in New Orleans at Raw Republic, where I will be providing the community with nutrition & lifestyle consultations, as well as energy healing sessions! These services will offer individuals guidance, as well as the opportunity to overcome any non-beneficial behavioral patterns that might be holding them back from achieving their health-related goals. 
BONUS: I've also partnered with Raw Republic to formulate a special healing juice, so stay tuned for that reveal.  Happy Healing! 

Coming Soon: Raw Talk With Sheena Podcast

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Podcasting in heaven (aka, Raw Republic's new meditation room) makes us Angels talk about how your mind can heal your body, how your lifestyle can influence your genetic expression, and how you create your own reality. Oh and how gnomes might be real.

Join us on Raw Talk with Sheena for health tips & a fun time, launching soon on iTunes podcasts!

Eat More When You Eat Right

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Eating less tells your body it's experiencing a famine, so it will store more fat for backup fuel. Eating the wrong types of food also promotes fat storage. So focus on frequently eating foods that are optimal for your health to get the most bang for your metabolic buck!

Eat Anything REAL

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Nutrients are responsible for our health--not calories, and certainly not the latest dietary trend. It's not about calories, grams, total fat, or daily percentages; and it's not about alkaline, paleo, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free--you name it. 

When eating right, you can put the amount out of focus. It's difficult to overeat when consuming nutrient-dense foods because your body is able to reach its nutrient quota that it requires to survive and function. No one is going to have to pull you away from eating an entire bag of carrots.

So, go for it. Eat as many nutrient-dense foods as you want. Just eat anything REAL. That's what it's all about.

Become a Healthy Bitch

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The Healthy Bitches Course is back and better than ever!  This is a 4-week course designed to help you become the healthiest you, in the healthiest way!

Each week, you will be e-mailed a new lesson and "challenge" to complete for that week.  The upside is that you will have this information for life, so there's no need to force yourself to complete it within the 4 weeks...take it at your leisure and also in the comfort of your own home.

This course will ultimately give you the tools you need to become your own healer through the intelligent use of food, exercise, and optimal lifestyle choices.

You will be given the most simple and most effective starting points, as well as the best tips for how to eat, how to move, and how to live like a Healthy Bitch.

Please note that this is NOT a crash weight loss diet.  Rather, it's intended for educational purposes only, providing you with useful information you can choose to take advantage of in order to reach your health-related goals. 

The objective of this course is to clear up the confusion in the world of health and to empower you to take back control over your own health. 

The first e-mail will be sent out on Sunday, January 3rd, and every following Sunday for the remainder of the course.

**BONUS: For local residents (Covington, LA+the surrounding areas), I will be offering a 1-hour group session for $20, every Wednesday evening throughout the course at my office, the Healing House (1101 Village Walk, 70433).  I'm only taking 10 healthy bitches, so sign up today! (Meetings: 01/06, 01/13, 01/20, & 01/27.  Total= $80).

Does Your Water Sparkle?

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Sparkling mineral water is an amazing source of nutrition. The carbon dioxide (gas that makes it bubbly) is one of the best anti-oxidants for the body, and gives you life and energy. This fizzy water is an excellent mid-day energizer and post workout recovery drink when added to organic, pulp-free Orange juice and a dash of sea salt.

This helps to prevent the build up of lactic acid (which makes your muscles sore), and it prevents/gets rid of muscle cramps (including menstrual), protects against osteoporosis and the hardening of arteries, slows down the release of destructive stress hormones, and gives you a wonderful mental & metabolic boost. 

Labels That May Pop Your Eyes

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Since I'm a native of Louisiana, I'll use POPEYES chicken as an example of what you are paying for and unknowingly choosing to put into your body.

I'm not sure why the ingredients need to contain every artificial food color under the sun, plus MSG, but there's no need to wonder why Americans suffer from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc., when their food supply contains these synthetic ingredients.  Our bodies can't handle it! 

"Experts" say, "Take out the fat, cut out the sugar, avoid gluten...." How about take out toxic and fake ingredients from your diet to not overburden your liver and the rest of your body?  The liver is responsible for handling blood sugar, manufacturing hormones, and ridding the body of toxins, and if it's constantly trying to understand what it is you just ingested, your body cannot possibly function correctly.    

The sad truth is that food-like products containing anything but nutrients are killing us.  Lab-made chemicals are contributing to all of the food allergies and diseases we see today that never existed before the genesis of fake ingredients.  The food industry has sadly become more interested in a paycheck than in our health.

Want to protect yourself?  CHECK THE INGREDIENTS LABEL if you want a chance at regenerating your body, and stick to eating real, nutrient-dense and healing foods.

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

Are Your Nutrition Beliefs Really Yours?

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Do you know from where your ideas about nutrition have stemmed?  Are they your original, instinctual thoughts/tastes or are they what your culture, media, government, and "experts" tell you in order to perpetuate an industry?

Industrialists have campaigned to convince the public that their by-products, from cotton-seed oil to shrimp shells, are “health foods.”  In several parts of the world, desperately poor people sometimes eat clay, and even clay has been promoted as a health food.  Almost anything becomes “food,” when people are under economic and social pressure.  If these things aren’t acutely (or noticeably) toxic, they can become part of our “normal” diet.

Our instincts give us a few clues about our nutritional needs, such as thirst, the hunger for salt, the pleasantness of sweet things, and the unpleasantness of certain odors or very acrid or bitter tastes.  But...habits and customs become the dominant forces in diet. 

"Professional dietitians" and other "experts" primarily function as enforcers of cultural prejudice.

The following are a few examples:
1) The manufacturers of pureed vegetables for babies used to put large amounts of salt, sugar, and monosodium glutamate (things that we crave and/or imitate that we need) into their products, because the added chemicals served as instinctual signals that made the material somewhat acceptable to the babies (this is manipulating the chemicals in your brain to convince you that the food you are ingesting is good).  There was no scientific basis for providing these vegetables to babies in a form that they would accept, but it was a profitable practice that was compatible with the social pressure against prolonged breast feeding (which is a healthful human action that was made to be looked down upon, culturally).

2) Because of the depression, when many people couldn't afford enough food, in 1933 the USDA published food guides for four economic levels.  Since then, beans and other legumes have been included in the food groups, and the USDA continues its analysis of food costs, using cheap foods as the basis for food stamp allotments.  After about 20 years of being promoted as thrift foods, they started creeping into many dieticians' definition of a healthful diet.

3) Poor people, especially in the spring when other foods were scarce, have sometimes subsisted on foliage such as collard and poke greens, usually made more palatable by cooking them with flavorings, such as a little bacon grease and lots of salt.  Eventually, "famine foods" can be accepted as dietary staples.  When people try to live primarily on foliage, as in famines, they soon suffer from a great variety of diseases.  Various leaves (green, above-ground leafy vegetables) contain anti-metabolic substances that prevent the assimilation of the nutrients (slow down/damage your metabolism), and only very specifically adapted digestive systems (or technologies) can overcome those toxic effects.

Credit: Ray Peat, Ph.D.

So before you go reprimanding a child for not wanting broccoli or other culturally-acclaimed "health food", that child may just be trusting his/her gut.

Listen to your body.  You may learn something.