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How to Stay Motivated to Exercise
May 21, 2020
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Exercise is always a do-it-yourself venture. No other person and no machine can do it for you. Hence, it is important to figure out how to stay motivated to exercise to stick with it!

This is what people who are overweight should try to understand. However, even if it’s easy to set intentions and it’s easy to follow through for you, this is not the case for almost 35% of Americans who are unable to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

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10 Low Carb Staples You Can’t Live Without
May 18, 2020
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Here is a list of 10 low carb staples to help you plan ahead and stay on your low-carb or keto plan. This list covers everything, so make sure and adjust based on your preferences and sensitivities.

For those just starting out and even for you long-timers, sticking to your healthy low carb lifestyle can be difficult. There are carbohydrates, sugar, and sneaky anti-foods in everything. Some times it’s hard to figure out what’s ‘safe’ and what’s not. Eating low-carb takes a bit of rewiring your brain to look for certain things to avoid.

You should start by reading labels. Pay attention to carbohydrate count, sugar count, and fiber count. You should also check out the ingredients list under the white Nutrition Facts box. This is where the really important information is. If you’re trying to stay away from sneaky ingredients like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hydrogenated fats, hydrolyzed fats, trans fats, and other scary chemicals, this is where they will be listed.

5 Easy Toning Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
May 11, 2020
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Here are five easy toning exercises that can be done anywhere and whenever you have time. At home, at the office, or on vacation, you can do these easy yet extremely effective exercises.

Most of us have learned what to do when it comes to exercising. The problem is where and when to get the job done. With a busy lifestyle, making time for exercise is a challenge.

Making time to exercise is so important. Staying in shape is one way to increase your life expectancy. Weight-bearing exercises aren’t just for bodybuilders. As you age, especially once you hit the age of forty, you begin to lose muscle mass. For women especially, bone loss becomes a problem. When the body is in need of calcium it can rob it from your bones. Building muscle not only increases their mass but your strength.

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Green Olive Tuna Salad (GFDF, Low-Iron, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Vegetarian)
April 23, 2020

Have you ever tried green olive tuna salad? It sounds crazy right? Who in the world would put green olives in their tuna salad!? I did and I’m not mad about it! I am on a serious tuna kick at the moment. It seems to be my go-to lunchtime craving lately and I’ve been experimenting by adding different items to my tuna salad.

The other day I randomly decided to try adding in a few green olives that were left at the bottom of the jar. I was looking to finish them off so I could bust out the fresh jar and I figured, what the hell, let’s try it.

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The Effects of Sugar on The Immune System
April 18, 2020
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While a spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, the real medicine for our bodies seems to be forgoing that spoonful of sugar (and most other spoonfuls) altogether. We’re going to look at the effects of sugar on the immune system in this article.

In nutritional terms, our food is composed of three things: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Carbohydrates, including fiber, starches and sugars, provide cellular energy when metabolized and fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system.

However, the Standard American Diet (SAD) contains excessive amounts of sugar, and this excess glucose is stored in the liver, muscles and other cells, or is converted to fat. This, in turn, has been shown to have a number of negative effects on the immune system and our bodies in general.

Let’s take a look at how sugar has the potential to disrupt the immune system. 

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Summer Squash Fries (Keto, Paleo, Vegetarian, Low-Iron, GFDF, Whole30)
April 16, 2020

Who says squash is boring? I know, I would totally rather have a big fat basket of real french fries…but these summer squash fries actually work to kill that craving.

Squash makes for a (surprisingly) tasty snack when you’re thinking about reaching for the fries or chips! Give these summer squash fries a try the next time you’re looking for a munchy. I used summer squash, but you can use any kind of squash you want. Many people use zucchini to make fries, that’s an option too!

Intentional Living
9 Disaster Prepping Tips and Tricks
April 13, 2020
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Recent events have thrown all of us for a loop and it’s a great reminder that we all should be at least somewhat prepared for the unknown. So I thought I would share my 9 disaster prepping tips and tricks to help you out.

I’m not talking about hardcore prepping like building underground bunkers and stockpiling ammo. But I don’t think there’s no reason why every one of us shouldn’t have at least two weeks to a month’s worth of supplies on hand at all times.

There are so many circumstances where being prepared will come in handy. Being prepared will not only serve you during a national emergency or disaster like we’re living through right now.

What if you lost your job? What if you fell ill and couldn’t work? What if you were diagnosed with something catastrophic like cancer and you get stuck with illness and a pile of medical bills? What if you were involved in an accident? What if there’s an <<insert natural disaster or weather event here>>? We don’t really get weather here in Phoenix aside from the haboobs during monsoon season and the very rare microburst.

I like to have at least one extra of everything we use on the regular, just in case. I’ve always shopped this way and over the past few weeks, I’ve been extremely grateful that I am prepared. These 9 disaster prepping tips and tricks are simple, everyday things that I have always done. Hopefully, these will help you feel more in control.

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The Basics of Building a Nutrient-Dense Kitchen
April 12, 2020

When it comes to our health, nothing is more important than a strong nutritional foundation. Without a properly prepared nutrient-dense whole food diet, we struggle with our health.

We see the effects of these struggles not just in the size of our jeans, but in the rising cost of healthcare and the staggering rate of chronic illness. Nutrition is more important than ever and it starts by building a nutrient-dense kitchen.

There are three major topics to address when building a nutrient-dense kitchen: sourcing, preparation, and kitchen tools. Let’s walk through these together.

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Non-Toxic Cookware Guide
March 30, 2020
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Are you using non-toxic cookware? This may be an area that you’ve missed when addressing the toxin load in your environment. You’d probably switched to non-toxic beauty and cleaning products.

Cooking should be enjoyable and something that produces a healthy meal for you and your loved ones. However, when you use pots, pans, and baking sheets coated in poisonous non-stick substances, aluminum, or plastic, things can take a turn for the worst rather quickly.

You see, over time, substances like aluminum can build up in your system and cause health problems. When non-stick coatings or aluminum is heated, it can leach into your food (1). When you think you’re getting a healthy meal of lean meats and veggies, you’re also consuming a not-so-healthy dose of chemicals caused by your cookware (2). Yikes!

Don’t worry. There are pots and pans out there that are made with non-toxic materials that won’t make you sick. Let’s take a look at what’s available, shall we?

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Health Benefits of Tea
March 27, 2020
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Did you know there are a lot of health benefits of tea? Tea is arguably one of the oldest and most sought after commodities in the world, and today it is the second most consumed beverage, second only to water. It is a product that is made from the leaf and bud of the plant Camellia sinensis, a large evergreen shrub that is native to China and Eastern Asia. 

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Tangy Coleslaw (Keto, Paleo, Whole30, GFDF, Low-Iron, Vegetarian)
March 25, 2020
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I’m constantly on the hunt for new side dishes! I particularly love veggie side dishes. There just never seem to be enough options and every now and then we kinda get tired of the same old roasted veggies. This tangy coleslaw recipe is the perfect solution to side dish monotony!

I’ve actually never been a huge fan of coleslaw. It wasn’t until I started to play with my own recipe that I learned why. Most coleslaw recipes are sweet. I’m just down with the sweet and savory combo. I prefer my coleslaw to be tangy and salty!

Growing Your Own Herbs
March 23, 2020
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If you’re not the type of person that wants to spend their time managing an elaborate fruit or vegetable garden, you might consider planting and growing your own herbs. While the product might not seem as significant, you’ll still enjoy the constant availability of fresh, delicious herbs to flavor your meals with.

What to Do if You Get The COVID-19 Coronavirus
March 13, 2020

With all of the media coverage of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, there has been little information available about what to do if you get the COVID-19 coronavirus.

I’m not a doctor or trained medical professional and this is not medical advice, however, I’d like to share the information about how to manage coronaviruses from a friend of mine who is a Registered Nurse.

Ketogenic Lifestyle
Ketosis Signs and Symptoms – What to Expect
March 11, 2020

Ketosis signs and symptoms can tip you off as to whether or not you have entered into ketosis. So if you’ve been following a keto diet and you’re wondering how you will actually know that your body is in ketosis this post is for you. First, let’s back up a minute and get a quick overview of what ketosis is.

Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body converts fat into molecules called ketones. These ketones are then utilized by the body as the primary energy source in the absence of glucose. In order to push the body into ketosis, you must restrict the intake of carbohydrates to a significant point. 

Typically, carbohydrates are the primary source of energy on a cellular level. When carbohydrates are reduced to less than 50g per day, insulin secretion reduces and the body enters a catabolic state. Glycogen, stored reserves of glucose in the body, begin to deplete and force a metabolic shift, which leads to ketosis. (1)

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Lemon Pepper Romaine Ribs (Keto, GFDF, Vegetarian, Whole30, Paleo)
March 9, 2020

Mmmm, this lemon pepper romaine ribs salad side dish is so delicious. I can’t get enough. The fresh crispy romaine lettuce leaves and the salty and sour lemon pepper vinaigrette. It’s the perfect side to serve alongside any fatty cut of meat or fish.

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6 Major Milestones of the Modern Diet
March 8, 2020
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How did we get here? American’s are so disconnected from their bodies. We can’t hear the signals our bodies are sending us and fatter and sicker than ever. When we look back through the evolution of the modern diet, there are 6 major milestones of the modern diet that add up to our current situation. Let’s walk through each and discuss the technological advancements and the corresponding effects on human health.

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Tartar Sauce (DFGF, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Low Iron, Vegetarian)
March 6, 2020
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I love to eat fish and seafood, but it’s just not the same without butter. Tartar sauce is a great dairy-free way to add fat and flavor to seafood. It whips up in minutes and is so versatile!

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Cheating On Keto: 6 Tips for Recovery
March 4, 2020
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From family reunions and holidays to backyard barbecues and friendly potlucks, wherever people gather for fun and merrymaking, you are bound to find less-than-keto-friendly options that are calling your name. Whether you fall prey to your Nana’s famous biscuits, give yourself the freedom to take in the whole Thanksgiving spread, or just feel like ordering a pizza, remember to focus on the fact that it’s possible to recover from cheating on keto.

Because of the sugar and insulin spike your body goes through when you take in more carbs, it’s likely that a cheat meal (or a cheat week) will come along with a few negatives. Many people will experience some undesirable side effects from cheating on keto that can include everything from food cravings and uncomfortable bloating, to a foggy head and a dip in energy. All of these symptoms are perfectly normal and are able to be corrected provided you follow some important recovery tips. 

Sexual Health Wellbeing
Health Benefits of Sex
March 2, 2020

So, there are plenty of reasons out there for regular sex, like, you know, the pleasure, the intimacy, the extra cardio – you’ve likely seen them all in any airport magazine. But did you know there are also numerous health benefits of sex?

In addition to just making you happier! (1) (Bonus, these benefits sometimes can be found with or without a partner!) Luckily the curiosity on this topic extends beyond airport reading well into the scientific research field too, so plenty of studies have been done over the years that help back up all the claims you hear…as well as potentially ruin some good romantic moments once you know the biology behind them. We’ll start with the ones you may have heard before and work our way to the perks you might find surprising – and perhaps even convince you to find some extra space in your evenings.

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Container Gardening: Getting Started
February 28, 2020
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Container gardening opens up a whole world of indoor and patio gardening that you may not have considered. You can hang containers, or just arrange them on your patio, window sill or balcony. Just a few baskets or pots and your whole living area will look and feel so fresh!

Sometimes, the urge to garden might be stomped out by other circumstances, such as living arrangements or space constrictions. If you live in an apartment, you can’t really operate a full garden, just because you don’t really have a yard! I think that one of the best solutions for this problem is to grow plants in containers. How cool would it be to harvest veggies or herbs from your living room or patio for your veggie side dishes and recipes?