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Let’s Talk About Weight Loss

Let’s Talk About Weight Loss

I’m currently in the middle if a cleanse challenge with a group of phenomenol ladies. I’ll say, for most people, cleansing brings weight loss – especially if it’s done right. But my experience tells me that weight loss is more than a simple diet. It can look quite different for a lot of people.

So many diets fail because they treat us human beings as if we were calculators. And the truth is, it’s not that simple. You can’t just say something as simple as high fat low carb works for everyone. Another truth for you– all diets work– at least for a period of time. And depending on if you have found the right one for your body or not, will determine how long it works for you. If they didn’t work, then people wouldn’t do them.

So why do we fail?

1. We don’t work on toxin removal

2. We give up way too soon

3. We aren’t honest and cheat our way through

4. We aren’t on the right program for our individual body

When we create a change in the body, the body begins to respond. So something as simple as going on a diet and removing things like starchy carbohydrates or sugar or sodas or junk food will give us somewhat of a result.

And as a matter of fact, a lot of people stop dieting because they hit a plateau. But the truth about a plateau is that it’s also normal.

Plateaus can actually happen for many reasons.

1. The body holding water in place of the fat. It does this as an energy saving mechanism. And when the body realizes you aren’t going to refill those cells with fat, you’ll release it. That’s why some days on a diet, you’ll wake up 3 pounds lighter and wonder how you lost all that mover night.

2. Body fat to muscle ratio Exchange. If you’re exercising, you’re gaining muscle and the exchange prevents the scale from moving. Plain and simple. BIA ( bioimpedance analysis) is a more accurate way of measuring. It looks at more than just weight and can measure things like water and fat % as well. If you talk to my clients, they will tell you that I believe your bathroom scale is a big liar.

3. Inflammation. Releasing fat and toxins as well as stress on the body, even in the form of good stress like exercise can lead to small amounts of inflammation.

The reasons for plateau above are just a few obvious ones, but as I said earlier, the body is not that simple, and if we trust the process and keep pushing, we will overcome the plateau, if we’re on the right plan for our body.

What if you feel like you’re doing everything right with no results?

You’re eating supposedly the right Foods, doing your aerobic activity and weight lifting exercises, getting appropriate sleep, ridding your body of toxins the best way you know how, and implementing stress-reducing practices. You’ve been meditating, praying, starving, fasting, fueling yourself on excess protein, trying diets like keto that supposedly work for everyone. You get the point.

As I mentioned earlier, the body is not a calculator and sometimes all of those things are great, but what if you have not found the root to your weight problem?

What if eating all those healthy foods are actually poison in your system? Take salmon, for example. It’s a healthy food for most people, but if you have a sensitivity to it, then you’re actually adding fuel to your fire of inflammation every time you consume it.

Food sensitivities are just one piece of the puzzle that I like to investigate when helping someone implement a healthy lifestyle change that will actually help them get to the root of their issues so they can live a life of freedom from the yo-yo diet.

There are many things that can upset our systems in a way that prevents us from overcoming our weight and metabolism issues. Things like:

-Hormones imbalance

-Eating the wrong foods for your body or in the wrong ratios

-Problems digesting your food appropriately or not absorbing your nutrients

-Overgrowth of certain gut bugs or imbalance

Yep! You heard me right gut bugs can get in the way of you losing excess body fat. What am I talking about here? Parasites, bacterial infections, fungal infections, yeast. These are all things that can live in our bodies, but we need to get rid of certain ones and the balance of these bugs needs to be addressed. And the great thing is, you can test your gut to see what’s in there.

What’s next?

I love to empower those who are overweight and sick for unknown reasons so they can get to the root of their health issues and live the life they desire. Truth is, you were created for greatness. You were created to live a life of free from sickness. You should not struggle everyday for the rest of your life, whether it’s in your weight or suffering from nagging or chronic symptoms like headaches, fatigue, food cravings or anything else for that matter.

How long have you been struggling, friend? That is a very important question. And what are you willing to do to end that struggle?

After dealing with symptoms of sickness in almost every organ system of my body, I worked with some of the greatest mentors in the field of functional medicine and have gained knowledge and understanding on how to implement protocols that have helped thousands of others get to the root of their health issues so they can truly live the life of their dreams.

What are you waiting for? I remember being sick of being sick. My rock bottom was after years of suffering silently. I know you may be doing the same right now. Or maybe you’re complaining. Either way, there’s hope for you! All it takes is the right plan.

I’ll be sharing more about my journey and what I’ve done to get well and help others do the same in upcoming articles. So stay tuned.

And if you feel a connection in a way that encourages you to do a little detective work in your own life, I’d love to share more about how you could do that. My book, Healed His Way is a simple straightforward read, and it’s a great place to start. And when you’re ready to go deeper with some one on one support, I’ll be here to provide you with the resources you need to do that.

I’m wishing you an amazing day of health and happiness!

Here’s an 8 minute video on the same content if you’d rather tune in here.

Do You Know The Truth About Gluten?

Do You Know The Truth About Gluten?

I receive a lot of questions about foods containing gluten. And that’s why I’ve dedicated my past 2 health articles to the subject. You may say, “you seem a little obsessed with gluten. What’s the truth about this food?” I’ll share a little bit more today, in a different light. Let’s look at one of the questions I get posed often.

“If it was good enough in the biblical days, what’s wrong with it today?”

This is where my interest is piqued because I love the word of God and I love science and nutrition.

In the biblical days, the harvesting of wheat was an annual event. An abundant harvest was a sign of abundant blessing. Wheat and bread were also seen as acceptable sacrifices to God. Jesus even spoke about bread, saying that He was the bread of life. He taught us to pray and thank God for our daily bread. He even performed miracles and multiplied bread to feed thousands.

While all of these things are true, nowhere in the Bible does it tell us that bread was created to be a staple and sustain us and provide us health.

The big problem was discussed by cardiologist, Dr. William Davis, in his book called Wheat Belly. Like many of the foods we know today, the crossbreeding of wheat and non-wheat began many decades ago, in hopes that we would yield a higher crop. It worked!

The problem is, today’s wheat isn’t even wheat after using chemicals, high-dose gamma rays, and x-rays. Over the years, we’ve seen about a 400% increase in things like celiac disease, diabetes, obesity, and other inflammatory diseases. This hybridization decreases the amount of amino acids we receive as well as the nutrient content. He recommends that everyone completely eliminate this food for that very reason.

So, is this gluten free craze really a big deal or is it just another flawed fad?

Here’s where the science comes in.

Gluten has been found to either contribute to or cause over 200 disease states, some of them being heartburn, anemia, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, depression, migraines, chronic fatigue, gas and bloating, dizziness, skin rashes, gallbladder malfunction, and even infertility.

My personal experience is that I had EVERY symptom above except autoimmunity and infertility- likely all related to gluten exposure and consumption.

Here are a few other pieces of information that come from the research:

Consuming excessive amounts of gluten can cause either excessive weight gain or excessive weight loss.

Children with hyperactivity and learning disabilities who are placed on a gluten-free diet typically respond very well and show improvement in symptoms.

Gluten can be found in cosmetics and body care products and can cause the same problems as if it were consumed through food.

According to gluten expert, and author of No Grain, No Pain, Dr. Peter Osborne, the hallmark symptoms of celiac disease can also be caused by corn, soy, dairy, viral, and parasite infections – which all create intestinal permeability. For more information on that topic, check out my health article on warning signs your body gives you when something isn’t right.

Eating processed foods that are labeled gluten-free is a bad idea. Even truly gluten free processed foods are often cross contaminated about 41% of the time.

About 92% of people who follow a traditional gluten-free diet still have symptoms related to consumption of these processed foods as well as corn, rice, quinoa, and other grains.

Those who have issues with gluten can have issues consuming dairy, since it is a cross-reactive food.

Check out my health article on the mistakes people make when removing inflammatory foods from their diet for additional information.

You may ask if it’s worth giving it a shot, giving up gluten. I know how difficult it can be to remove foods like this from your diet. I know the cravings, the addictions, the comfort, and feeling like you have no idea what to eat when you remove certain foods or food groups from your diet.

I will also tell you 100 times over that I didn’t realize how important my health was until I hit rock bottom and had none left. If you asked me today what I would be willing to experience the healthy life that I have today, my answer would be, ” all I have to give!” There is no food worth losing your health over, and there is no amount of money I would not be willing to spend to be where I am today. To me, food is a tool and money is a tool. You simply can’t put a price on health, no matter what you must give up.

What’s next?

It can take up to 3 years to repair the body and recover from gluten induced disease. Every time you’re exposed, it extends the healing process. The best way to test for gluten sensitivity is through DNA lab testing, or just remove it as Dr. Davis suggests.

My desire is for you to feel better than you ever remember feeling in your life so you can live your best life. You are made to live a life greater than you can probably imagine right now, and truth is, if you don’t feel like it, then you simply won’t do and be all you were created to.

If you are looking to gain access to the tools you need to investigate your health concerns further, I’d love to take the opportunity to get to know you a little better and offer feedback on a Complimentary Discovery Call.

When you’re ready, complete my online form and you’ll receive a link to schedule your call with me. 

Avoid Common Mistakes When Removing Inflammatory Foods

Avoid Common Mistakes When Removing Inflammatory Foods

In my last article, I talked about warning signs your body gives you when something isn’t right. I mentioned several inflammatory foods like grains, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, soy, and alcohol. These are some of the most inflammatory foods you can put in your body. The list is not all-inclusive, but it’s a good start.

So How Do You Know If You Should Remove These Foods?

The answer is simple. You could run a range of food sensitivity panels, or you could just remove known inflammatory foods for at least 30 days to see how your body responds, which is known as an elimination diet. Starting with the ones mentioned above is a good start, but if there are additional foods you feel your body doesn’t respond well to then go ahead and remove those during this time as well.

Do Elimination Diets Work?

The truth is, there is a little controversy here. The foods that are recommended for removal on an elimination diet are typically those that many people have a reaction to. But as we know, everyone’s body is not the same. The best way to learn which foods you react to is to run a food sensitivity panel. This gives a clearer picture of what’s going on in the body when a particular food is consumed. The reason this is the case is because there is sometimes a delayed reaction, and it can be hard to tell which foods are actually causing it.

You also want to consider that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Take a healthy fish like salmon for example. It’s a healthy fish, right? But what if you’ve developed a food sensitivity? If that’s the case, then that healthy salmon could actually cause an inflammatory response in your body, which in turn leads to stress on the body and can have all sorts of ill effects in the long-run. The great thing about food sensitivities is that we can usually remove the foods, heal the gut, and reintroduce those healthy options again later on down the road.

Common Mistakes People Make When Eliminating Inflammatory Foods:

I’ll use gluten in my examples below, but this is true for all inflammatory foods.

  • Removing one and not all inflammatory foods. If your body is having an inflammatory response to something you’re consuming, and you don’t work to remove all the things that could be causing inflammation at the same time, it may be difficult to recognize a positive/negative response from removing certain foods. For example, if you remove gluten, but fail to remove dairy, then you could still continue to have those symptoms in your body related to gluten exposure. One reason is because gluten and dairy have similar molecular makeups and when the body is attacking one, it will likely attack the other as well. This is true for many food groups.
  • You don’t give the body enough time to respond. I hear people say all the time, “I tried gluten free and it didn’t work for me. We can actually have delayed reactions to foods when there is a sensitivity in the body. We tend to think of it in the same way as we do a food allergy sometimes, but the 2 are quite different. Your body can react to a food or other substance for up to 3 weeks, so if you only give it a couple weeks and call it quits because you don’t see a change, then you may be giving up too soon. Again, commit and stick with it to give your body the time it needs to respond.
  • You aren’t satisfied without your dairy or gluten. I get it. I love those foods too. But much of our dissatisfaction after a meal when eliminating inflammatory foods comes down to 2 things.
  • 1) Not eating enough protein, fats, and carbs to actually fill our bellies. Filling up on processed foods makes us feel satisfied because that’s what we’re used to.
    • 2) Food cravings, which can be expressed in the form of hunger.

The way you can avoid this is to make sure you’re eating enough, and to balance your plate with plenty of healthy meat, cooked vegetables, and even starchy vegetables until your body begins to adjust. If you truly are hungry, then eat more of the whole foods and play around with your ratios of carbs, fats, and proteins to find your unique ratio. This depends a lot on how fast you metabolize certain foods. So if you find that you’re super hungry and tired within an hour or 2 after consuming a plate full of veggies, then try adding more dense proteins and see if that helps. Play around until you find the ratio that works for you.

  • Filling up on gluten free processed alternatives. If you’ve read my book, “Healed His Way,” then you know I discuss this in detail. Foods that are labeled as gluten free are not always truly gluten free, and if you are attempting to avoid gluten, then you want to focus on whole foods instead of gluten free snacks. This is not to say you can’t snack on a food from a bag here and there, but if you do, look for grain free over gluten free. Why? Gluten free is not technically gluten free. It’s a big lie! “What? How can they do that?” you ask. Gluten, by the FDA’s definition does not include ALL types of gluten. It only includes 1 type, called gliadin. While the 2 main types of gluten found in wheat are gliadins and glutenins, they are not the only types. Gluten free foods do not take into consideration the other types, because by FDA regulation, they are not required to. So, if you are consuming a piece of bread labeled gluten free, is it really? Likely not. The best way to avoid it is to avoid grains altogether.
  • Starting a countdown timer to the end of elimination challenge and just going back to old habits when it’s done. Consider paying attention to your body when you eliminate certain foods. Take an inventory. How do you feel? What is your mood like? Do you have more energy? If you are seeing positive change, why would you jump back into the same old habits that were giving you negative results? If you choose to bring those toxic/inflammatory foods back in your body, the best way to do that is to go very slow. Introduce foods one at a time, and pay attention to your body. Give the food a couple weeks, and if there are negative effects, then consider removing it for good. As I said before, if you’re body is not responding well to a certain food then it is causing inflammation and with that comes disease.

My favorite way to find out how your body is responding to a particular food or group of foods is to test for specific food sensitivities by running appropriate lab tests that show the foods you’re reacting to. And when you do this, I would highly recommend removing all of the foods on this inflammatory food list while removing anything that shows up on your food sensitivity panel. These tests are not all created equal. So work with a health professional to help you understand which tests are right for you.

What’s next?

If you read my last article, we talked a little about leaky gut and how that happens. You can read more here… warning signs your body gives you when something isn’t right.

But here’s a little recap – leaky gut forms when tight junctions in the gut become compromised or loose, allowing things like toxins, pesticides, and large food particles to pass into the bloodstream where they don’t belong. When this happens, the body elicits an attack on these particles. When certain foods are seen as a foreign invader, they cause inflammation in the body. So that’s exactly why you may see some of the foods you consume on a regular basis show up on a food sensitivity test. Your body is simply attacking it because it doesn’t belong in the bloodstream. The only thing that belongs in the bloodstream from our food is things like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients. The actual protein is a foreign invader to the body.

While cleaning up inflammatory foods, you may want to work on your gut health. Some of my favorite products to do that are collagen protein, immunoglobulins, and the loved Ganoderma Lucidum. Again, work with your practitioner or doctor before implementing these supplements or others, because you are uniquely created.  

In the event that you are looking for your own health practitioner, I would love to hear more about your unique story and help guide you as you work to resolve those. You can access my services here and if you would like to chat after reviewing them, simply fill out the form on my site for a complimentary discovery call to schedule your appointment. I’m here to see you succeed in reaching all your health and wellness goals.

Warning Signs From Your Body: How To Know When Something Isn’t Right!

Warning Signs From Your Body: How To Know When Something Isn’t Right!

Is your body giving your warning signs that something isn’t right?

Your body is such an intelligent piece of machinery. What I’ve learned over the years as I’ve worked with my body to heal naturally is this… If your body tells you no, the answer is no.

I know how it is to absolutely LOVE things like sugar, dairy, bread, pastries, and all the other grain-filled goodies. I know what it feels like for those items to make up the bulk of your diet and wander “what in the world am I going to eat if I remove those things?” The reality is, it requires a definite shift in the way we view our plate and our food. I had to relearn that food is fuel.

The mental/emotional attachment to food is real. Those feeling of “comfort” we receive from certain foods is real. AND the addiction is real. We actually receive a physiological response when we consume certain foods. That means they alter the chemicals within our bodies that leads to those feelings of euphoria. But I learned that this food-euphoria can come at a great price.

My advice? Pay attention to your body.

Listen for clues. When you experience symptoms in your body, it’s the intelligence of the human body calling out for change. It’s as if your body is screaming, “WARNING, SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT!” If a food is making you sick every time you consume it, stop consuming it! It doesn’t matter what a doctor or a lab test or even a minister tells you. If you feel bad every time you have a piece of bread, then put the bread down and don’t consume it. Back away slowly… and it’s okay to RUN!

I’ll go back to my initial statement about the body being a very intelligent piece of machinery. The truth is, the body knows when something has entered into its environment that is causing harm. It actually elicits an attack in response to what it perceives as an invader. This causes inflammation in the body, which can cause a range of symptoms, but worse than that, it can cause a range of diseases.

Something that may seem very innocent, like putting bread in your body when your body says, “no” is only adding fuel to the fire. You deal with the consequences of how you may or may not feel afterward, but it’s not as innocent as we’d like to believe. This repeated inflammatory response can actually lead to disease states in the body.

When we listen to and respond to our body and give it what it needs, we can enter into a state of thriving – where we can flourish, prosper, blossom, and succeed. On the other hand, when we continually put things in the body that cause inflammation and illicit a response that puts our cells into attack mode, it creates stress on the body. If this stressor is in the form of food, like some of the toxic foods mentioned previously, it can begin to compromise the lining of the gut.

In a healthy body, the gut is lined with tight junctions, allowing only things like nutrients in the form of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to pass through and be absorbed into the system to bring us into a state of health. The gut lining can become compromised because of stress, pathogens, or from continuous stressors/toxins from our environment that are eliciting a stress response or an attack on the body.

What does this mean?

It means that these tight junctions, that prevent larger particles in the gut from spilling into the body, actually lose their strength to hold those food particles in. This is known as leaky gut – or intestinal permeability – where the contents of the gut are literally spilled into circulation, where they don’t belong. This is a process that happens over time because of some of the stressors mentioned previously – food being only one of them. When these tight junctions become loose, and larger particles begin to spill into the body, they are seen as foreign invaders, and the intelligent piece of machinery that we are walking around in begins to elicit an attack on these particles that do not belong in the bloodstream.

This creates food sensitivities or intolerances, and in some cases disease processes and can even lead to things like autoimmunity. Autoimmune patients have one thing in common for sure, and that is a leaky gut. Many times one autoimmune condition can lead to another. Your body doesn’t hate itself. But it’s attacking what appears to be a foreign invader.

Food is only a small piece of the puzzle. But many times it’s one of the easiest to resolve. Not emotionally, because people are truly attached to their foods, but many times these attachments are not our fault. Food companies create foods that lead to addiction. If you’ve read my book Healed His Way, I talk about the reasons food, and in particular dairy is so addictive, and that’s because it works on the same receptors in the body as morphine. So you literally have a morphine-like response in the body when you consume dairy, which can cause it to be one of the most difficult foods for people to eliminate.

Does this mean you can never eat dairy or grains again? Well in some cases, maybe! For some, gluten just doesn’t work. I recommend that you test in your own body if you want to know what works best for you. The body doesn’t lie.

I choose to do my best to keep certain foods out of my diet after running several food sensitivity panels. I’ve also found a common denominator in many of the foods that cause problems for most people. So even without testing, I typically recommend removing grains, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soy, and alcohol for a period of about time and if you decide to reintroduce, then pay close attention to how your body reacts. After my last food sensitivity panel, I noticed that there were certain food groups that consistently showed up for me. When I decided to take that a little more seriously, it changed my life.

In my case, I’ve dealt with hypothyroidism for many years, and according to symptoms, for much of my life. But I’m learning now that it’s possibly related to the fact that I never really healed my gut completely because I compromised in certain areas a little more than I probably should have. My gut is my week area and I have to constantly work on that. But if I put inflammatory foods in all the time, then I know my gut will never truly heal.

I do take support for my gut on a regular basis as well as thyroid support in the form of herbs and natural supplements that give the body what it actually needs to heal and repair. Will I ever be 100% without the help of supplemental support? I’m not sure. But what I do know is that it is a journey. And I’m working every single day to eliminate what’s causing me harm and including what is bringing me health. And as long as I do what I know I should, I live symptom-free. And you can too.

I encourage you to begin to examine some of the things in your life that are causing you stress. That can be emotions, food, chronic illness, relationships, too little or even too much exercise, and more!

The secret to my success in almost every area of my life can be accredited to hiring and partnering with mentors and coaches who push me to become my best self. Those are many times people who want to see me accomplish my goals as bad as I want to accomplish them.

If that resonates with you, I’d love to chat with you and possibly help to you dig a little bit deeper into finding out what could be the cause of some of your symptoms. Or find someone else in the field of functional health who will form a partnership with you, so you can become your best self.

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