Saturday, May 11, 2013

Weight loss and toxicity

Yesterday I attended a wellness seminar led by former Ms. Fitness Bikini Minnesota.  She is very passionate speaker with a great story to share, so I really enjoyed it.  I wanted to share with you some random tidbits that she talked about.

The background is that she was always health-conscious and in shape.  But, she gained 25 pounds in two months with no explanation.  After going to several doctors, they discovered she was living in black mold.  Then, she began her research and promotion of cell detox to boost metabolism.

  • When you are ill, you are typically encouraged to find the treatment for symptoms.  Instead, find the cause of the symptoms and cure them through good health.
  • 1/3 of children born after 2000 will not live as long as their parents did due to preventable diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes.
  • She got her 9-year-old daughter to give up on succumbing to fast food marketing to kids by proving to her that real food molds quickly, while a McDonald's Happy Meal will never mold. (Gross!)
  • Eat foods that don't come with labels!  If they do come with labels, read what you are eating first.  
  • Eat anti-inflammatory foods like broccoli, sweet potatoes and green tea so you avoid insulin/glucose spikes.
  • Avoid hydrogenated oil (trans fats) and sugar.  
  • Cook with coconut oil.
  • Cooking food in the microwave can deplete nutrients. 
  • Living in Minnesota is more toxic than living in California smog because we rarely open windows, etc. Items in our home such as fragrances (ie: Glade plug-ins), cleaning products and beauty products expose us to hundreds of toxins.
  • Your body will only burn fat or only burn sugar - not both at the same time.  Avoid sugar (or things that turn to sugar immediately like white bread) to promote fat burning and reduce food cravings.

Good reminders, right?  At the end of the seminar, she was selling a shake system, which I did not purchase.  I can't tell you whether it's good or bad, so I won't comment either way.  It could be a good system, but personally I just prefer to buy fresh foods.  I am all for trying to reduce putting unhealthy foods in your body and cleaning up your environment to stay healthy.  But, I'm also of the mind that we all have a shelf life no matter what we do to try to slow that down - and we don't know what that shelf life is going to be.  We all have to make the decision for ourselves how much we want to work to preserve that.  Always remember to follow the system that works for you and your family.

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