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How To Properly Stretch Your Hip Flexors and Psoas

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How to Lose The Last 5 Pounds

Are you struggling to make it to your desired weight?

The problem could stem from INFLAMMATION.

Foods that contribute to inflammation tell our bodies to hold on to excess water, even when we eat the right amounts.

The solution can be found in two simple steps:

  1. Minimize inflammatory cooking oils and instead stick to the big four: avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil and grass-fed butter.
  2. Add 3-5 servings of healthy fats to your daily nutrition.

1. Inflammatory cooking oils include: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, “vegetable” oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil.

You might not think any of these in your diet, but they probably are because these oils are in EVERYTHING!

Almost every food you buy in a store will contain one or more of these oils – so be diligent and CHECK YOUR FOOD LABELS.

Of course, do your best to stick to whole foods but if you must eat something out of a bag or box make sure none of these oils are present.

2. Healthy fats include: avocados, avocado oil, nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamias, cashews, pistachios), nut-butters, grass-fed beef, grass-fed butter, ghee, wild caught salmon, olives, olive oil, coconut, coconut oil, and free range organic eggs.

(One serving is half of an avocado or a small handful of nuts)

Aim for three to five servings per day and watch those last few pounds melt away with ease!

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Therapeutic Fasting Made Easy

Below is the easiest way to complete a 24-hour fast:

  1. Eat dinner and write down the time.
  2. Go to sleep.
  3. Wake up and skip breakfast.
  4. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. No food or snacks. 
  5. Skip lunch and continue to drink water. 
  6. Eat dinner at the same time you did the previous night.

Viola!  24 hours has passed.

Do this once a week to lower fasting insulin and blood glucose levels which will help regulate metabolism.

Do this twice a week, on non-consecutive days, for increased weight-loss
along with a number of other health benefits, like a stronger immune system and more consistent energy.

Happy fasting!

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Healthy Eating 101: Keep It Simple…

I believe in the KISS Method (Keep It Simple…Stupid) and when healthy eating, there are only two things that make or break your success: strategy and execution.

Unfortunately, strategies are often overcomplicated and overwhelming instead of simplified and easy to follow.

Execution is then stymied because there isn’t a clear cut strategy.

1. I follow a daily intermittent fasting routine (8:16) that works with my schedule.

2. I fill up on lots of healthy fats, proteins, and vegetables to give me a constant stream of energy.

3. I avoid foods that wreak havoc on my digestion (mainly dairy and grains).

Other than that, I eat what I want!

Within these parameters, I’ve found several meals that work to complement my lifestyle, metabolism, gut and goals.

As long as I stick to my principles, I allow myself tons of freedom and regular cheat meals. 

For you, instead of trying to find a meal plan with tons of variety – do the exact opposite.

Find four or five (healthy) meals that you LOVE and can make fairly easily.

Stick to these meals and create variety by changing the little details like the spices, dressings, and type of preparation (steaming, boiling, frying, etc.).

To give you some examples of what I personally eat, here are five meals I make presented with a few options:

1. Egg omelette with…

  • Sausage or bacon
  • Onions, tomatoes, jalepenos and spinach or mixed greens

2. Mixed greens salad with…

  • Salmon, avocado, pickles, olives and olive oil
  • Chicken, avocado, cucumber, carrots and sesame oil

3. Roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots topped with grass- fed butter and…

  • Grass-fed Steak, Organic Chicken or Lamb.

4. Coconut milk smoothie with…

  • Strawberries or mixed berries (or both), dates, protein powder, cashews and coconut oil.

5. Dessert! Dark chocolate (85% cacao) with…

  • Almonds, pecans, walnuts, dates or dried apricots (dried apricots are GREAT for the skin too 🙂 ).
    • Lindt is my favorite brand for chocolate. They have high quality and great tasting chocolate. I always try to get 80% cacao (or higher) for low sugar content.

 

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Change This to Lose Weight and Keep It off

What is the #1 thing you must change to lose weight and keep it off?

METABOLISM.

So many people lose weight without altering their metabolism and it usually has a negative effect in the long term.

I’m sure you’ve seen it before…

Someone drops their calories and loses 20lbs but gains back 25lbs a few months later when they go back to their normal diet.

This yoyo effect taxes your hormones, signals your body to STORE fat, and slows down your metabolism in an effort to protect your internal organs.

Don’t make this common mistake.

Change your metabolism by eating the right foods and timing your meals properly.

Don’t know what or when to eat?

Drop me a line and I’ll help you out!       

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Why Don’t New Year’s Resolutions Last?

Why Don’t New Year’s Resolutions Last?

MOTIVATION.

A new calendar year isn’t enough MOTIVATION for you to change a habit.

You need REASONS WHY you are making a change.

In 1895, Friedrich Nietzsche stated, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

What’s going to push you through moments when the old pattern wants to sneak back into your life?

A strong reason WHY will motivate you to follow through on your commitment.

Before making this year’s resolution, ask yourself:

“Why am I making this change?”

If the answer to that question DOESN’T motivate you, ask again until you find a reason that does.

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What Drives Results?

What Drives Results?

CONSISTENCY.

You don’t get the perfect body by burning 1000 calories from two hours at the gym.

You don’t win the Nobel Prize by studying for 10 hours at the library.

You don’t become financially free for one good week at your job.

Results come from CONSISTENT action over TIME.

Your daily habits drive you closer to your desires or push you further away from them.

What do you do consistently?

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