Proof. Health. Happiness. Success.

I like to see PROOF. I am a natural born SKEPTIC. I spent months being skeptical about this “nutrition” program and company my friend was sharing on FB. I made every excuse why it wouldnt work for me. It wouldnt help my health or my issues and it definitely was not a business I wanted to be involved with. Only weird people did those things anyway. While those are months I cant ever get back I now focus on the fact that my life is truly changed because I stopped getting in my own way. When medical professionals, pharmacists, nurses, trainers, professional athletes and all changing their life thanks to Isagenix its pretty hard to resist the temptation to make a change. Why not be able to generate an income by helping others so you can give back more freely? Why not be able to spend more time with your family vs your co-workers? Why not live a better life filled with health? This isn’t about weight loss, this isn’t about pyramid schemes. If you think it is you don’t understand the power of the toxic world we live in and what it is doing to your health or the power of residual income and how it can change your life….then I am here to open you up to a whole new world of living a FULL LIFE….ITS TIME TO RAMP UP YOUR LIFE…

——Jordan L

So proud of Jordan!! He ROCKED his 30 day plan, along with starting a crossfit certification program! Jordan is employed by the YMCA in a leadership role and sees the importance that this type of nutritional lifestyle plays in every day living that we can not get from the food that eat or the fitness we partake in. He has totally changed the way he takes care of himself and is making his health a priority! He looks ahhhhhmazing and feels even better. Not only did he help himself – but he helped his coworker change her life as well! So excited for the both of you and all of the people you guys are going to help along the way!  – Jordan L

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Throwing this out there for new moms…. “I started Isagenix just a little over a week ago. I have a beautiful 3 month old daughter. Since starting Isagenix, my milk production has increased drastically… Happy Mommy, happy Baby! Also, I have to mention, my sweet girl has colic… The 24/7 crying… fun…. Since starting Isagenix, she is happy as can be. I have to contribute that to how healthy I am and how good I feel… Her tummy is feeling better!!!! I am so happy to be passing on my super healthy nutrients to her!

And let’s not forget… My belly bump is almost non existent! I am wearing pre-preg pants with room to spare!” – Amy C

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Sadie

“It’s been a 10.5 month journey. Started with ketogenic and moved to using isagenix! Love isagenix. It really helped a plateau that I was experiencing”.  – Sadie C

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Regan

“Today, I am wearing a dress that I have not worn since the summer of 2013 (I can actually remember the last time I wore it because I was at a large hearing at the General Assembly). The last time I wore this dress I was actually about 20 pounds LIGHTER than I am right now. I was running multiple miles per day to the tune of about 30 miles a week. While my weight was lower, I was dealing with chronic discomfort, digestive issues, and getting very little sleep. Fast forward to today – I am at a higher weight and I no longer run, due to damage I did to my body before this program. I train at CrossFit at least four times a week, often bike long distances, and hop on the rower several times a week. I have minimal discomfort on most days, I am sleeping all night, I have amazing energy, and almost all inflammation in my SI joints/lower spine is gone (confirmed by MRI several weeks ago).

Long story kinda short – please make sure you are telling people that this is more than about weight loss. It is about your HEALTH. I’d be happy to never lose another pound to continue to reap the benefits of this awesome nutrition!!” – Regan R.

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Cassie Keenan

“Well, my first 30 days on Isagenix is officially done. I am down 10 lbs and 14.5 inches overall. Needless to say, I am feeling great!  I’m already on to my next 30 days and so excited to see where this journey takes me!!” – Cassie K

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“Finished my first 30 days of Isagenix. April 1st to April 30th. The results were the best 34th birthday present ever. I was so tired of feeling so run down and tired all the time. I called myself a sugar-carboholic. For me the program was not hard. I was so ready to change my life. I got my mind set that I was going to do this and there hAngela St. Johnas been no looking back! I started working out again too. I lost a total of 10 lbs and 14 inches. I want to give a big shout out to Jennifer G. for starting the sexy for summer group and introducing to me to a life changing product!” – Angela S.

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“I just left the office of my new general practitioner. She is very into preventative medicine, vitamin and nutrition therapy versus antibiotics, meds, etc. (very rare in my small town). After discussing some of my issues and goals, she suggested that I try this program called Isagenix. She uses it daily for decreased inflammation.”  – Taylor E

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Paige SSmashed her goals and still releasing toxic fat in maintenance. Day 38 and smoking hot abs ready for summer….- Paige S.

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“The best part of losing weight, besides getting totally healthy of course, is going shopping in my own closet!! I just tried on, and fit into, clothes I haven’t worn in over 3 years!!!! Woo hoo!!!!” – Kasey J

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Skeptic turned Believer – One year later!

Andrea and Mark

Man, what a difference a year makes! A year ago Andrea Labouchere approached her husband Mark about our nutritional rebalancing and cellular cleansing program and he was VERY skeptical.

One year later he is blown away by how much their family has benefited from him saying “okay”!

Today he is healthier than he has ever been, they have created a residual income that will give their family financial security for a lifetime and Andrea will be leaving her teaching career at the end of this school year to help others achieve what she has in the past year physically and financially.

From Skeptic to Believer to Helping Others….lives are truly being changed!

Elite Cyclist Scottie Weiss: ‘Just Get Out and Do It’

Weiss-IsaFYI-1200x1200Despite a late start to the cycling world, Scottie Weiss has become one of the premier athletes in the sport.

As a young athlete, he wasn’t exactly looking for a career in cycling. In fact, he started out as a speed skating competitor using cycling as a cross-training tool. Within a few years, however, cycling became his true passion.

racing

At 5’6” and 117 pounds, for Scottie, cycling “seemed like the natural way to go.” His first race, Mill Mountain Time Trial, was a treacherous 1.8-mile uphill battle.

“I was a brand-new cyclist when I did that race,” remembers Scottie. “My time was on par with some of the elite racers. I thought if I could get with a team and learn some tactics, I might be a natural.”

Teamwork Pays Off

Scottie’s early successes with cycling encouraged him to pursue the sport as more than just a hobby. While he began to train on his own, he eventually saw the value of joining a cycling team.

team

“It takes a team to lay out some tactics,” says Scottie. “We set a goal for the team as a whole and each of the riders. Teams are also there to support each other.”

The now 43-year-old has been a member of several professional cycling teams throughout his 18-year career. As of January 2015, Scottie is a proud member of the Pro Infusion Cyclist Team, made up of many elite cyclists from around the world.

“I was looking for an elite level team,” shares Scottie. “It has been a great opportunity to get involved in.”

Not only did he find a team to support his cycling and professional goals, but he also discovered a plan to stay nourished during extensive, grueling days on the bike.

The Virginia resident’s training regimen includes about 400-500 miles of riding every week, up to 100 miles in one day. Keeping his body fed, hydrated, and energized is no easy task. So, in addition to healthy meals and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, Scottie supplements with Isagenix products, specifically IsaPro® and IsaLean® Bars.

“When you use a product that really does make you feel good, it’s inspiring to say, ‘wow, this really does make a difference,’” he says.

Everything Pays Off

trophy in belize

For Scottie, great races come from hard work, countless hours of practice, and using Isagenix as the right nutrition to power through.

In April 2015, Scottie added an incredible achievement to his record—a second place victory in one of the most prestigious cycling races in Belize.

The 140-mile race proved that Scottie’s hard work and sacrifice had paid off, and his team, Pro Infusion Cyclists, couldn’t have been more proud.

“It’s exciting because you put so many hours of training in,” says Scottie. “When you get a result, especially an international result like that, it’s great for everyone involved.”

The Real Objective

Scott & Son

Scottie’s clear passion for cycling has rubbed off on many others including his “biggest supporter” and wife, Catrina. Even their 5-year-old son, Noah, loves to ride his bike.

“You don’t have to be a bike racer,” says Scottie. “Just be a normal person who wants to try something new and get out. Set simple goals—10 miles, 20 miles, etc. Little achievements build you up.”

The family enjoys living a healthy, active lifestyle and encouraging others to do the same. Part of that lifestyle includes incorporating Isagenix into their routine. Both Scottie and Catrina love having an IsaLean PRO shake before a big ride.

The family man and elite rider has inspired many others, including fans that he’s never met, to enjoy cycling as a hobby. For Scottie, the best part of cycling is staying active and pushing himself to be better.

“It’s not just about winning all the time,” shares Scottie. “Sometimes simply participating makes it a win. It pushes us to do our best no matter what we do. The bigger picture and the most important thing is to just get out and do it.”

For more on athletes using Isagenix to fuel performance, visit TeamIsagenix.com.

For athletes looking for information about how to become a member of Team Isagenix, check out this flyer.

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Belly Fat Harms Muscle at the Cellular Level

A study of human adipose (fat) cells has found more evidence that visceral body fat found deep in the midsection and around the organs is worse than subcutaneous body fat found just beneath the skin.

By decreasing the expression of genes related to skeletal muscle contraction, the study found that visceral fat cells were more likely than subcutaneous fat cells to contribute to muscle wasting.

Published in the prestigious journal Diabetes, French researchers demonstrated that cells from the visceral fat of obese people decreased muscle growth and caused a state of muscle wasting (1). The effect was significantly more pronounced in visceral fat cells in comparison to subcutaneous fat.

During obesity, the growth of fat cells is associated with inflammation and cell dysfunction. The two most prominent types of fat in the body, visceral fat and subcutaneous fat, differ in their inflammation status (2). Visceral fat is much more of a problem when it comes to obesity-related illnesses and disease (3). In fact, obese people have been noted to have abnormal hormone secretion that leads to disruption of highly metabolic tissues like the liver and muscle (4).

More muscle is protective because it increases metabolism, reduces blood glucose, insulin, and lipid levels (1). Impaired muscle function and degeneration, however, increases with age. Increased amounts of visceral fat in obesity has been proposed to cause metabolic dysfunction due to decreased muscle (5).

Additionally, when the researchers surgically removed visceral fat from obese rats they found that the rats’ muscle tissue increased. The rats also regained insulin sensitivity (5). This recent study sought to identify the specific mechanisms behind visceral fat in worsening muscle wasting, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and chronic disease such as Type 2 diabetes.

They found that visceral fat cells caused inflammation and atrophy in muscle cells by decreasing gene expression of the main proteins found in muscle. Visceral fat was much more potent at reducing muscle-related gene activity compared to subcutaneous fat.

Additionally, visceral fat significantly increased pro-inflammatory proteins like IL-6 and G-CSF while inhibiting the genes necessary for muscle building. Visceral fat also affected the liver by causing insulin resistance reducing the necessary delivery of nutrients to muscle for growth and repair.

References

  1. Pellegrinelli V, Rouault C, Rodriguez-Cuenca S et al. Human adipocytes induce inflammation and atrophy in muscle cells during obesity. Diabetes 2015;db140796.
  2. Cancello R, Tordjman J, Poitou C et al. Increased infiltration of macrophages in omental adipose tissue is associated with marked hepatic lesions in morbid human obesity. Diabetes2006;55:1554-61.
  3. Jensen MD. Role of body fat distribution and the metabolic complications of obesity. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2008;93:s57-s63.
  4. Harwood HJ. The adipocyte as an endocrine organ in the regulation of metabolic homeostasis. Neuropharmacology 2012;63:57-75.
  5. Borst SE, Conover CF, Bagby GJ. Association of resistin with visceral fat and muscle insulin resistance. Cytokine 2005;32:39-44.

Not all Sugar is BAD!

Why a Little Sugar in Your Shake is OK

Having a little sugar in your shake can be a good thing.

Why does IsaLean Shake contain sugar? It’s one of the most common questions we receive at Isagenix as of late. The answer simply comes down to this: it wouldn’t be a complete meal replacement without it.

The facts are that eating a moderate amount of sugar daily can be healthy. Sugar is found in most healthy meals. Most whole foods, including fruits and vegetables, dairy, and whole grains, contain an assortment of simple sugars and complex carbohydrates that surround their nutrients.

It’s true that most of us get far too much sugar, along with other carbohydrates, and that it accounts for the large part of our discretionary calories. Most of this extra comes from a wide variety of prepared foods, including sugar-sweetened sodas, juices, smoothies, desserts, candies, condiments, sauces, and breads.

However, as is the case for fat and salt, too little quantities of carbohydrates can be just as harmful as too much. There should be no reason to push carbs or sugar out from the diet altogether. It can indeed be part of a complete nutritious meal replacement shake when in controlled amounts.

The body requires sugar at a steady rate, but we should avoid the copious amounts that spike blood sugar or insulin. In effect, all of IsaLean Shakes and Bars are each evaluated individually in human clinical trials in comparison to a control (plain white bread) to confirm that they are, indeed, low glycemic.

Glycemic-controlled meals 

An assertion of IsaLean Shake being low glycemic can raise confusion for some looking at glycemic index tables, which rightly point out that one or more ingredients might list high. But these tables only evaluate individual foods or ingredients without considering how they interact with each other in a complete, balanced meal that also contains healthy amounts of proteins, fiber, and healthy fats.

These other nutrients all help slow the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars as part of a complete meal. On a glycemic index table, the shakes themselves then would list as lower than 50 (considered “low glycemic”).

Going low glycemic with meals is good for regular blood sugar control, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that high glycemic is always bad. In some cases, absorbing sugar as quickly as possible is best.

When exercising, for example, a tad extra sugar just before and during can make a tremendous difference for performance. It keeps muscles energized, and the brain and nerves steady (1-4). A high-glycemic profile of non-outrageous, natural amounts of sugar that’s readily available for absorption is what makes Replenish (containing dextrose, fructose) and e+ Natural Energy Shot (natural fruit juice sugar) work well for fueling workouts. Athletic training aside, these provide the fast pick-me-up of hydration and energy when it’s needed at other times, such as for a challenging day at the office.

Isagenix helps you cut overall sugar

On the whole, most people who adopt an Isagenix system end up reducing their overall dietary intake of sugars. In fact, two IsaLean Shake servings daily provide only about 32 grams of sugar total in about 500 calories. The moderate amount per serving is about as much as you’d find in an orange or apple and helps to avoid having to resort to using artificial sweeteners.

That’s less than half of the average American who regularly consumes 77 grams of added sugars as discretionary calories daily (5). It also is well below the American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations that include limiting added sugars to “no more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance” (6).

In fact, the AHA recommends that you “use sugars to help enhance your diet,” which includes using a limited amount of sugar to improve the taste of foods that provide important nutrients.” Based on these recommendations, the IsaLean Shake containing a full spectrum of nutrients meets all criteria.

The AHA recommendations could be said to be a derivative of what a wise governess once said, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Simply put, an informed choice about sugar is to learn how to get just enough and in ways to make the best use of it.

References

  1. Rodriguez NR, Di Marco NM, Langley S. American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Nutrition and athletic performance. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009 Mar;41(3):709-31. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31890eb86
  2. Fehm HL, Kern W, Peters A. The selfish brain: competition for energy resources. Prog Brain Res.2006;153:129-40.
  3. Wolowczuk I, Verwaerde C, Vilitart O, Delanyoe A, Delacre M, Pot B, Grangette C. Feeding Our Immune System: Impact on Metabolism. Clin Dev Immunol. 2008; doi: 10.1155/2008/639803
  4. Cryer PE. Symptoms of hypoglycemia, thresholds for their occurrence, and hypoglycemia unawareness. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 1999 Sep;28(3):495-500, v-vi.
  5. Welsh JA, Sharma AJ, Grellinger L, Vos MB. Consumption of added sugars is decreasing in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011;94:726-734. doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.111.018366
  6. American Heart Association. Sugar 101. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Sugar-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp

5 Factors That Make You Pack on the Pounds

Two out of three Americans are now either overweight or obese. Obesity has become the number one form of malnutrition in the country, and no group has been hit harder than our children.

Childhood obesity in the US has nearly tripled since 1980, and one in five kids is now overweight by age six; 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese.1

As noted in a recent article by investigative health reporter Martha Rosenberg,2the weight of the average American increased by 24 pounds in the four decades between 1960 and 2000.

In her article, she reviews five scientifically-backed factors that contribute to Americans’ expanding waist lines, which I’ll review here. I’ve also covered all of these more in-depth in previous articles, so for additional details, please follow the hyperlinks provided.

Contrary to popular belief, obesity is not simply the result of eating too many calories and not exercising enough.

While those are part of the equation, there are a number of other environmental and lifestyle factors that are likely to play a much more significant role, if nothing else because most people don’t realize they’re affected by them, and therefore fail to address them.

#1: Antibiotics in Food and Medicine

Compelling evidence suggests antibiotic overuse and obesity are intricately linked, although the reasons why didn’t become clear until we discovered how your microbiome influences your weight.

Antibiotics can save your life if they’re necessary, such as if you develop a serious bacterial infection, but you don’t need antibiotics for every ear, nose, or throat infection you come down with.

Remember that antibiotics are useless against the viral infections that cause the common cold and the flu, and when used for this purpose, they will only harmyour health by wiping out the good bacteria in your gut.

Beneficial bacteria (probiotics) are, in fact, so crucial to your health that researchers have compared them to “a newly recognized organ,” and have even suggested we consider ourselves a type of “meta-organism.”

This is an acknowledgment of the fact that we cannot be healthy without the participation of a vast array of beneficial microbes. While overused in medicine, the primary source of antibiotic exposure is actually through your diet.

The US uses nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics each year to raise food animals.34 This accounts for about 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the US.5In livestock, antibiotics are used both to ward off disease and to promote weight gain.

Research suggests antibiotics have the same effect in humans. According to data analyzed by journalist Maryn McKenna,6 the states with the highest levels of antibiotic overuse also have the worst health status in the United States, including the highest rates of obesity.

#2 Other Growth-Enhancing Drugs Used in Livestock

Other growth-enhancing drugs are also used to fatten up livestock, and these too may wreak havoc on your health. Ractopamine is one example. This beta-agonist drug works as a growth promoter by increasing protein synthesis, thereby making the animal more muscular.

In human medicine, beta-agonists are also found in asthma medication, and stubborn weight gain is in fact a common complaint among asthma patients using Advair (a beta-agonist drug)—so much so that the manufacturer has added weight gain to the post-marketing side effects.

Many of the growth-enhancers routinely used in the US are banned around the world for their potential health hazards, which go far beyond weight gain.

Side effects such as reduced reproductive function, birth defects, disability, and death are reported side effects of ractopamine in various animals, and if you’re eating CAFO animal products on a daily basis, there’s no telling what it might be doing to your health…

Many confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) also use hormones to boost growth, and this routine practices is also banned in many other countries. As noted by Rosenberg:7

“[B]anned in European countries are the hormones US cattle growers rely upon, such as oestradiol-17, trenbolone acetate, zeranol and melengestrol. Zeranol may have more actions than just making mammals fat.

It is a ‘powerful estrogenic chemical, as demonstrated by its ability to stimulate growth and proliferation of human breast tumor cells in vitro at potencies similar to those of the natural hormone estradiol and the known carcinogen diethylstilbestrol,’ says the Breast Cancer Fund.

Translation: it may be linked to US breast cancer rates, too. No wonder Europe doesn’t want our beef.”

#3: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Including Pesticides

Many common household chemicals are known as endocrine disruptors, a number of which are found in plastic products. These chemicals are similar in structure to natural sex hormones such as estrogen, and can interfere with their normal functions.

Some of the most pervasive examples include bisphenol-A (BPA), PCBs, phthalates, triclosan, agricultural pesticides, and fire retardants.

As Rosenberg notes, endocrine disruptors are not only associated with an elevated risk for infertility, low sperm counts, precocious puberty, diabetes, and other health problems. They’ve also been linked to obesity.

“As early as 2003, the journal Toxicological Sciences8 addressed effects that endocrine disruptors have on fetal development that likely play a role in adult obesity,” Rosenberg writes.

Interestingly, many endocrine disrupting chemicals have been found to promote weight gain specifically at below-toxic levels. As noted by the authors of that paper:

“This article presents data showing that the current epidemic in obesity cannot be explained solely by alterations in food intake and/or decrease in exercise.

There is a genetic predisposition component of obesity; however, genetics could not have changed over the past few decades, suggesting that environmental changes might be responsible for at least part of the current obesity epidemic…

Indeed, many synthetic chemicals are actually used to increase weight in animals. This article provides fascinating examples of chemicals that have been tested for toxicity by standard tests that resulted in weight gain in the animals at lower doses than those that caused any obvious toxicity.  These chemicals included heavy metals, solvents, polychlorinated biphenols, organophosphates, phthalates, and bisphenol A. This is an aspect of the data that has generally been overlooked.”

Certain agricultural chemicals, glyphosate in particular, may also affect your weight by obliterating healthy gut bacteria. Recent research has shown that glyphosate causes extreme disruption of microbes’ functions and lifecycles, andpreferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow… In the US, the vast majority of the glyphosate you’re consuming comes from genetically engineered (GE) sugar, corn, soy, and conventionally-grown desiccated wheat. Besides altering your gut flora, glyphosate also enhances the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins.

#4: Artificial Sweeteners

The business of artificial sweeteners is built on the idea that no- or low-calorie sugar substitutes will help you lose weight. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true. Research has repeatedly shown that artificially sweetened “diet” foods and beverages tend to stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.

Part of the problem is that artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking that it’s going to receive sugar (calories), and when the sugar doesn’t arrive, your body signals that it needs more, which results in carb cravings. This connection between sweet taste and increased hunger can be found in the medical literature going back at least two decades.

Artificial sweeteners also produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions9 that promote weight gain. A 2010 review in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine10 is of particular relevance, as it offers a great historical summary of artificial sweeteners and the epidemiological and experimental evidence showing that artificial sweeteners tends to promote weight gain. It also illustrates that as usage of artificial sweeteners has risen, so has obesity rates. According to the author of the review:

“Intuitively, people choose non-caloric artificial sweeteners over sugar to lose or maintain weight… But do artificial sweeteners actually help reduce weight? Surprisingly, epidemiologic data suggest the contrary. Several large scale prospective cohort studies found positive correlation between artificial sweetener use and weight gain.”

Another study, cited in a recent Democrat & Chronicle article,11 “found that frequent drinkers of diet sodas had waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than non-drinkers of diet soda.”

#5: Aggressive Stealth Marketing of Junk Food

Last but not least, there’s the issue of junk food marketing, which is particularly detrimental when aimed at kids. Kids are quite literally being deceived and manipulated into destroying their health potential by junk food companies seeking revenue. There’s really nothing “accidental” about rising childhood obesity rates when you take deceptive marketing into account… Marketing to children has actually turned into a full-blown science. For example, “the nag factor” has been studied to the point that marketers can be advised on what kind of tantrums are most likely to push parents into giving in to their child’s demands!

The avenues for marketing have also grown exponentially over the past 30 years, thanks to rapidly evolving technological advances. Marketing is no longer restricted to TV and magazine ads. Kids are now exposed to marketing via brand licensing, product placement, schools, stealth marketing, viral marketing, DVDs, games, and the internet. According to a 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM),12 children aged 2-11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day. And nearly all (98 percent) of these are for products that are high in processed, damaged fats, sugar, and/or sodium. Most (79 percent) are low in fiber.13

What we’re seeing is a rise of “360 degree immersive marketing,” designed to turn children into loyal lifelong consumers, and when it comes to processed foods, kids are being brainwashed into believing junk foods will make them healthy and happy. The truth, however, is diametrically opposed to such propaganda…

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter14 recently warned that “obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use.” The American Society of Clinical Oncology15 (ASCO) also recently issued a position statement on obesity and cancer, in which they too state that “obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer.” During this year’s World Health Organization’s annual summit, De Schutter urged nations to join forces to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods, saying: “Just as the world came together to regulate the risks of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diets must now be agreed.”

Your Weight Reflects Your Lifestyle Choices

As you can see, a number of factors can contribute to your weight problem. Simply eating fewer calories and exercising more usually doesn’t work very well, and the reason for that is because not all calories are the same. Rather than focusing on calories, you need to address the quality of the foods you eat, and avoid chemical exposures. Many people end up throwing their hands up in disgust when trying to clean up their diet, complaining that once they start to read labels, they realize there’s “nothing safe to eat.” If this sounds like you, you’re probably still looking at processed foods, trying to figure out which ones are “good” for you, and that’s the problem.

The list of ingredients to avoid is just about endless, and keeping track of it can be really discouraging. The answer is to create a list of healthy options instead, which is far shorter and easier to remember. And, when it comes to advertising, keep in mind that whole unadulterated “real foods” are rarely if ever advertised, so if you’re seeing an ad for a food that promises to do you a world of good, it’s probably misleading…

Clean Eat – Organic Baked Oatmeal

We hosted our monthly Shabbat brunch club this month and in the spirt of clean eating in this house I decided to make several healthy dishes to accompany the unhealthy (which is just as worthy of sharing because it was ridiculously delicious…post to follow).

oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

2 cups organic old fashioned oats
1/3 cup organic light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup walnut pieces (we only had pecans so that is what we used)
1/2 cup organic blueberries
1/2 cup organic strawberries
1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (dairy/soy/nut free mini chocolate chips)
2 cups organic Fat Free Milk
1 large organic brown egg
3 tbsp organic butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ripe organic banana, peeled, 1/2 -inch slices
INSTRUCTIONS
 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously spray a 2-qt pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half of the nuts, half of the chocolate chips, and half the berries.
In another large bowl, mix together milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract.
Add the oat mixture to the baking dish. Add the remaining walnuts, chocolate chips, and berries. Add the banana slices in a single layer on top.
Pour the milk mixture over the whole thing and shake the pan a bit to make sure all the oats get soaked evenly.
Bake it for 30-40 minutes or until the top is a golden brown and the milk has set. If you want it extra sweet, mix just sprinkle some more brown sugar on the top.
**You can make this ahead of time. You can also freeze it if you need to really prepare far in advanced  although I did not try this. I did however prepare two days in advance. If you do make sure that you put the bananas on the bottom instead of on top. Its delicious served warm or cold… and especially yummy if you mix it in nonfat free yogurt (according to the kids!). They called this CAKE!

Feeling Sluggish? Indulged too much?

sugar hangover

Feeling sluggish? Indulged too much? Here’s some tips!!
1) First things first: drink water. It’s help with hydration, inflammation, and detoxification.
2) Take some enzymes. Enzymes will help take some of the stress off of your hard-working pancreas and digestive system that are both currently working overtime.
3) Become a GREEN machine. Too much sugar throws off the PH balance of your body, leaving it with an increased level of acidity and inflammation. Dark leafy greens – amongst other alkalizing vegetables – will help restore your healthy balance, so load your plate up with them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
4) Soothe your insides. An extreme sugar hangover gives you similar symptoms to nausea. Ginger will help soothe your insides, boost metabolism, and fight any budding inflammation, to get you back to feeling like your sexy self. Brew up a loving cup of ginger tea. Cut 10 – 12 slices of fresh ginger root and combine with 4 cups water. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain and add the juice of one orange, the juice of half a lemon, and 1/4 cup honey. Drink to your relief.
5) Eliminate. Up your fiber intake throughout the next several days. Consume plenty of organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains throughout the day to support your body’s elimination. For a little extra boost, pour yourself a nice tall glass of CALM. Combined with plenty of water, you should be good to go
6) Go nuts for Coconut. Consume 1 tablespoon or more of Extra Virgin Coconut oil for the next few days. The healthy fats in coconut oil not only support your pancreatic functions, but also prevent harmful fungus and bacteria from growing in your tummy when you eat sugar.
7) Sweat baby sweat. The more you move, the better! Your energy levels may be feeling at an all time LOW, but that’s even more of a reason to get those stimulating endorphins swimming throughout your body. Go for a walk, take the stairs, sign up for a dance class. Move, dance, swim, twirl, jump. Not only will this support another channel of elimination in your body, but it will also help tackle that sugar-deprived crankiness. Yeah, we know it’s there…
8) Get your beauty sleep. When it’s time for bed, make sure you’re allowing yourself to get the amount of sleep your body needs. Yes, caffeine will help you feel more awake during the day, but it will not support your body’s recovery. Sleeping with low blood sugar (post sugary spike) disrupts your quality of sleep, so you have some making up to do!
9) Let go. Do not waste any of your energy rehashing the details of what you consumed. Focus on the positives. Where did you go? Why were you laughing? Who did you meet? Who were you connecting with? What did you see? You lived, baby! And that’s a beautiful thing. You are a resilient ball of health & vibrance and a handful of sugar-laden nights are not going to change that. Always remember – It is what you practice consistently that makes you who you are.
10) Love it up. Love your body for all of the amazing things it can do and for all of the amazing things it allows YOU to do – for its ability to participate in last night’s activities, for its resilience, and for how it can move, grow and recover, with very few questions asked. All of the practices mentioned here will support your body in bouncing back, but put a little more oomph into that support by consciously creating positive thoughts about yourself and your body. Spoil it with a soothing massage, restorative yoga class, or pro-longed bath. It sure does deserve it.

Modified by Lauren Simms from: http://www.sakaralife.com/blogs/news/9890478-sakaras-10-tips-to-cure-your-sugar-hangover

Let me go ask my doctor….or NOT!

As more and more people have begun learning from alternative media and taking nutrition education into their own hands, doctors have become less and less trustworthy in the same department to many. 

Most doctors are heavily trained in diagnosing diseases and various ailments, as well as in pharmacology and working with specialists to send patients to the right one.

But what about good old-fashioned nutrition? According to a 2010 study, doctors have a long way to go despite public perception that they are authorities or even experts in this department.

Nutrition education in U.S. medical schools was deemed “inadequate” according to a 2010 study from University of North Carolina Department of Nutrition Research Associate Kelly Adams and her colleagues, which was published in the journal ‘Academic Medicine.’

As of 2004, less than half of all U.S. medical schools required the 25-hour nutrition instruction amount recommended in 1985 by the National Academy of Sciences, according to a survey published by Adams‘ team in the U.S. National Library of Medicine (A fact I found in the book The 80/10/10 Diet.)

The number actually got worse as of 2009, as only 27 percent of the schools were able to meet the minimum standard of nutrition training.

This article from the Chicago Tribune also pointed out that doctors receive an average of just 19 hours of total nutrition education in medical school, a  number was went down from Adams and her team’s 2004 study that found an average of 22.3 hours.

Both totals are less than the recommended amount in the 1985 NAS report.

And an April 2008 study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition uncovered yet another piece of evidence demonstrating the lack of confidence many physicians have with their own knowledge of nutrition: a survey of 61 doctors in internal medicine (114 were given the survey in total but the rest did not respond) found that only 14% of them felt like they were adequately trained to provide nutrition counseling, despite the fact that 94% said that it was their obligation to discuss nutrition with their patients.

Anecdotally, many holistic health journalists have noted that the doctors they’ve interviewed have often told them that their amount of nutritional training in college is far too low.

Top Dietitians’ Association Also Has Serious Issues with Nutrition

Because mainstream doctors aren’t always able to provide the type of nuanced and well-researched nutrition information patients need, many of them turn to registered dietitians for help.

There’s at least one major problem with that approach, however: the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the world, which is highly influential in the United States especially, is sponsored by many of the worst junk food offenders in the entire world.

That’s right, folks. The former American Dietetic Association, now called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, still lists the following companies as its corporate sponsors (see here): the National Dairy Council, something called the “Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness” which was created by Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Soyjoy, and Unilever.

The Dairy Council of course is a major supporter of pasteurized, hormone and antibiotic-laden milk from cows that consume an unnatural diet of GMOs; Soyjoy is a seller of what are almost certainly products made with GMO soy using toxic extraction processes; Kellogg’s is a major supporter of GMOs and a company that has been the target of widespread consumer boycotts; Coca Cola’s credentials in the world of nutrition are self-explanatory; Unilever produces tons of chemical and GMO-laced foods; and General Mills, well, their CEO Ken Powell recently lobbied to have GMOs classified as natural by the FDA. Another sponsor, Abbott Nutrition, also produces GMO-laden “nutritional products” such as Ensure that contain plenty of GMOs like soy protein and canola oil.

It’s remarkable that the Academy would even publish this list of sponsors considering that each one is the antithesis of proper (and non-toxic) nutrition and that many of them are perfect examples of the profit-over-health model that has doomed millions of Americans to sickness and disease. But there they are on its website, clear as day.

On the main page of the site, a small tab in the upper right corner reads, “Find a Registered Dietitian.”

But considering the influence that all of these sponsors have over the Academy, would you really trust them to prescribe the proper diet over an independent health coach for example that is not beholden to such corporate sponsors?

What Does the Future Hold for Medical Nutrition?

Simply put, the system cannot continue the way it is. People are not getting healthy in the United States, they’re just managing their symptoms with dangerous drugs that only exasperate their problems down the line and often lead to disaster. Unless they take matters into their own hands, that is.

I know in my personal experience as a child, my nutritional issues never seemed to get better. My doctor would often check my blood and find deficiencies, only to give me basic instructions to “eat more fruits and vegetables” and to take a multivitamin.

The type he prescribed? Flintstones vitamins, made from synthetic ingredients that are usually not very easily absorbed.

Lo and behold, each time I came back, I found that the vitamins did not solve my deficiencies or even come close to it.

As Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”

Prevention and cures through nutritional therapies are definitely attainable, and there’s no reason why doctors can’t begin working them in more often.

At the same time, we can also use the emergency medical protocols of the West to create a system that is outstanding at healing both short and long-term. We’re closer than we think, but it starts with admitting we have a problem, and realizing that “authority figures” within our “healthcare system” are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to taking advice, especially since they continue to ignore the problems caused by GMOs and chemicals in our food.

It’s up to us to do the research and empower ourselves to make the right choices while the system naturally corrects itself from the imbalances it’s created over the past few decades.

We have the power, we just have to trust in it. In the meantime, feel free to choose an integrative, holistic physician for better nutritional assistance.

– See more at: http://althealthworks.com/1868/do-american-doctors-really-take-enough-nutrition-courses-the-answer-may-surprise-you/#sthash.Q327gPPA.dpuf

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So when someone tell you, “they need to ask their doctor” before starting a new nutrition program I would ask them if they ask them every time they drive through a fast food restaurant or go out to eat. They answer is no. Nutritional Cleansing is no different. Its ALL FOOD.

Our food is…

Our food is nutritionally depleted and it continues to lack the nutritional value that we were accustomed to 10-15-20 years ago and that our bodies need to thrive. Our food sources are nutritionally bankrupt. Don’t be fooled. Nutritional supplementation is more critical than ever. Organic food has a legal level of toxins on it making it less nutritionally substantial than ever before! It’s time to do something about this

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