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Reasons Men Should Do Yoga

men 1179452 640So, you might’ve been thinking about doing a cleanse for a while, or eying the 21-Day Body Makeover, but a few reservations have kept you away. Let’s talk about one of those today. Exercise. Moving your body is an important part of cleansing, but there are many roadblocks to doing it. Often there is a lack of energy, time and motivation. Others find exercise boring or don’t like/can’t afford a gym. 
 
The good news is that exercise doesn’t have to be exhausting, boring or intimidating. If you don’t like weight lifting or cardio, try something else. Exercise can be restorative and life changing if you find the right kind. This, of course, requires trying something new, like one of the most popular forms of exercise today, yoga.
 
Yoga has been around for thousands of years and has become popular in modern times because it offers all the benefits of traditional exercise with some added perks. Yoga is about moving the body with awareness. It’s about slowing down and finding rest in the movement. It’s about stretching the body, mind and spirit.
 
While yoga practitioners tend to mostly be women, men can reap great benefit from this exercise by practicing an alternative approach to movement. Yoga, unlike traditional exercise, is not about pushing through your limits, it’s about finding balance and letting go of tension. If done right, you can get the same benefit from yoga as you do from meditation. 
 
If exercise is done with too much intensity, it can become an additional stressor, keeping the body from repairing itself and depleting energy reserves instead of building them. If you’re someone who strives and pushes too hard, yoga is the perfect exercise remedy.
 
It can be therapeutic. Many stressed out, pain wracked, overworked men have found relief through their yoga practice.
 
Different styles of yoga focus on different goals. Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles are sweaty, fast and invigorating, while meditative and calming styles like Yin Yoga, Kundalini and Iyengar focus on breath, alignment and melting tension.
 
The hardest part of yoga is walking into a room of highly flexible women and not being able to do the poses. The intimidation factor keeps men away, in particular, and brings out their competitive nature.
 
The beauty of yoga is that it teaches people to approach challenge without ambition or striving. It’s not about stretching further or mastering that difficult pose, it’s about facing thoughts, emotions and limitations with acceptance. The benefits of this go beyond getting in shape, they are downright therapeutic, helping melt away life’s overwhelm and stress.
 
Yoga is a great choice for people who work too hard or sit all day. And it’s a great way to combine movement with meditation and develop connection and awareness to the body.
 
And if the intimidation of walking into a class is too much, start your yoga practice at home with online classes. There are many low cost or free yoga classes on line and some offer a free trial period. Once you become familiar with the postures, you can try a live class, where the teacher can help improve your alignment.
 
The best part of yoga is that it incorporates rest and recovery. The last pose is called Savasana, and done laying down. This is when the benefits of exercise integrate into the body and bring restoration.
 
 
If you’re a man or woman who’s been curious about yoga, try it for 3 weeks during the 21-Day Body Makeover, to discover it’s gentle power. Unlike regular exercise, yoga encourages you to slow down and take it easy and who doesn’t need that reminder in today’s hectic world?
 
 
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Is cleansing right for you?

comprehensive solutionCleansing your body has been popular for years. But is it right for you? Below we answer frequently asked questions about cleansing for improved health and why the 21 Day Body Makeover is more comprehensive than other cleanses. It still boggles my mind why many people limit their benefits by using a colon or liver cleanse. 
 
Our cleanse is a full body cleanse that targets 5 of your biggest elimination organs, so it will cleanse your whole body rather than concentrate on only one organ like your liver or colon.

Our bodies are naturally designed to take in toxins and clean them out. But science as shown modern pollution, toxins and processed diets can overwhelm cleansing organs like the skin, liver, colon, lymph and kidneys. As they become overworked they get clogged and sluggish and function less effectively. If you’re trying to loss fat for instance, and your liver is not working at its optimal level due to a poor diet, then you will most likely struggle to lose that excess weight even on a good diet.  A full body, all organ cleanse can help rejuvenate your natural cleansing powers. 
 
Everyone needs a vacation right? Your organs are no different. A full body cleanse gives all of your organs the support and rest they need to function optimally. 

There are different signs that you might need a full body cleanse, such as weight gain, head aches, joint pain, skin eruptions, nausea, fatigue, craving for sweets, trouble sleeping, depression and allergies, to name a few. Testimonial after testimonial have come to us expressing gratitude for helping to alleviate these symptoms during and after using our full body cleansing. 
 
A lot of people cleanse to lose weight, so why is cleansing important for weight loss?
Happy organs, particularly the liver, are the key to weight loss. Also, keeping blood sugar stable by eating healthy, regular meals of protein, fat and carbs is crucial for sustainable weight loss. Keeping blood sugar stable will also lower inflammation, increase energy and decrease unpleasant detox symptoms.

The herbs and supplements provided by our full body 21-Day Body Makeover along with the food and movement plan, help support your organs and turns up your fat burning powers. Also, cleansing alleviates inflammation, which is a reason some bodies hold onto unwanted weight for protection. Cleansing improves metabolism, elimination and digestion, which is the foundational step to lasting weight loss. 

What are the other typical benefits of a full body cleanse and who should cleanse?
Cleansing is appropriate for adults of any age, but there are a few exceptions. For example, the 21-Day Body Makeover, is not appropriate for breastfeeding women. It is also not appropriate for people who are taking the blood thinning medication, Coumadin or have recently had an organ transplant.

Our cleanse is not recommended for people who take immune suppressing medications as the immune bolstering effect of our cleanse may interfere with the medications. Our cleanse is also not recommended for people with acute gallstones. However, it is safe to do for people who have had their gall bladder removed. 

There are many medical conditions that could be improved through full body cleansing. Some of these conditions are depression, anxiety, heartburn or reflux. It’s fine to be on antidepressants during our cleanse, and you may even find you need less medication afterwards. 

If you have high blood pressure, our cleanse is safe, as long as you monitor your blood pressure with your doctor. Diabetics are also welcome to do our cleanse as long as they monitor blood sugar with their doctor.

Most people avoid cleansing because they think they will be hungry the whole time. Our full bodcleanse is different because you can eat whole, satisfying foods on it. The 21 Day Body Makeover is not a liquid only or raw food cleanse. You are given recipes and encouraged to eat plenty of veggies, fruit and good quality protein and fats. 

Eating regularly on a cleanse is important for blood sugar balance, good mood and the energy to work, play and exercise. Starving on a cleanse is counterproductive as it will slow your metabolism and throw off your hormones. Under eating or dieting is one of the worst ways to lose weight. The 21 Day Body Makeover is not a diet, but rather an internal makeover for your detox organs.

Weight loss is a natural side effect of our cleanse and happens slowly. When weight loss is too quick, it’s often water weight that returns after the cleanse ends. Slow weight loss is fat weight loss and should be measured not by the scale but by how your pants fit or measurements of inches lost.

The reason that exercise is a crucial part of the 21 Day Body Makeover is it encourages detoxification through the largest detox organ in your body, your skin. Your skin detoxes through sweating, which also decreases the intensity of detox reactions like headaches, fatigue and achy joints.

So now that you have some of the facts, you can decide is a full bodcleanse is for you. Try our cleanse today.
 
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GMO's in our food

Back in 2012, California residents voted on proposition 37, which would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMO) so consumers would know exactly what they were buying. Many California residents were extremely disappointed when the proposition did not pass due to the powerful lobbying efforts, marketing campaign and money behind the GMO producers.
 
Genetically engineered or genetically modified foods are different from other produce because they have been genetically tweaked in a laboratory to increase yield, tolerance to drought and maximize productivity. There is debate about whether GMO foods really perform the way producers say they do.
 
What’s even more alarming is that GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of a ton of insecticides or herbicides without harming the produce itself. But how does this affect the people who eat these pesticide treated foods? While there is lots of speculation, no one knows exactly what the health effects are. But there have been links made to the rise of autoimmune disease, digestive issues and infertility.
 
But if GMO was not safe, the FDA would ban it right? The U.S. government's policy is to allow foods that have yet to be proven unsafe. And as of now, no conclusive evidence exists against GMO as a public health threat. However, other developed nations take a different stand. In the European Union, for example, foods are only allowed after they have been proven safe. GMO has not passed European tests for safety. In fact, GMO is banned in more than 60 countries, including Australia and Japan.
 
Coincidentally, the biggest GMO producing company in the world, Monsanto, is located in the United States and has lots of political power with the American government and lots of money to sway public opinion about GMO. That's why the GMO labeling act failed to pass in large agricultural states like California and other states.
 
Thankfully, there's something you can do to identify which produce is GMO. The stickers you find on fruits and veggies serve an important purpose. The numbers printed on those stickers identify what kind of produce you’re eating.
 
If the first number on the sticker starts with 8, that’s how you know it's a GMO product. So if you want to avoid GMO produce, make sure the sticker label doesn’t start with 8.
 
The most commonly genetically engineered fruits and veggies are corn, soy, sugar beets, canola, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa and squash. And it is estimated that 80 percent of processed foods in the U.S. have at least one GMO ingredient.
 
If your produce doesn’t have a sticker, look for numbers on the paper or plastic label or just ask if the produce is organic. By law, organic food can’t be GMO. If you want to make sure you are buying organic produce look for a sticker that starts with the number 9.
 
While it’s great to buy mostly organic produce, it’s not always affordable or available. But there are a few fruits and veggies that you should always buy organic because the conventional versions are notorious for heavy pesticide use.
 
You should always buy organic when shopping for apples, pears, berries, peaches, kale, cucumbers and bell peppers. If you want a more comprehensive list, search the Internet for the term “EWG dirty dozen”. They also have a list of the “Clean 15”, which are fruits and veggies that are ok to buy conventionally. Some of these include sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions and avocados.
 
Speaking of which, conventional produce labels start with the number 3 or 4.
 
If you’ve been eating GMO foods without realizing and are concerned about the health risks, it’s always a good idea to cleanse the body of toxic build up. The 21-Day Body Makeover is the perfect cleanse to remove these chemicals from your body and reset your system to crave whole, natural foods.
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How to stop sugar addiction

colors 178351 640One of the biggest challenges people encounter while doing a cleanse, like the 21 Day Body Makeover, is battling their sugar addiction. Withdrawal symptoms from a high sugar diet can be include cravings, headaches, crankiness, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, depression, anxiety, dizziness or shakiness, just to name a few.
 
While quitting sugar is one of the best things you can do for your health, it can be a bumpy road. But there are things you can do to keep the detox symptoms and cravings at bay. If you want to make your cleansing experience more pleasant you can slowly prepare so that you spend a majority of the cleanse feeling calm, bright and energized.
 
When it comes to cleansing, going cold turkey with sugar and processed foods can bring up intense withdrawal symptoms. A week or two of slow preparation will not only mellow your body’s reactions but it can even alter your taste buds and craving, as well as stabilize blood sugar. All extremely helpful while cleansing.
 
It takes two weeks to retrain a sugar-addicted palate. To do this, start slowly replacing your sugary drinks with mostly water. Or you can start mixing half of your favorite beverages with the low or no sugar version of it. For example, mix no sugar-added almond milk with the sugar-added vanilla almond milk.
 
Also, instead of stopping dessert or sugary treats all together, start reducing by half the first week and another half the second week.
 

Remember, not all sugar is bad. The sugars found in starchy tubers like sweet potatoes and fruit are natural sugars, which are not the same as added sugars. Added sugars, used to improve the taste of a food, are what should be avoided during a cleanse. Going too low carb on a cleanse can also produce fatigue, hormonal swinds and strong cleansing reactions
The following is a list of things to do to tame your sugar dragon and prepare for an easier cleanse.
 

Step #1)
The most important step for successful cleansing is proper planning and preparation. If you don’t prepare yourself for cleansing, you may find yourself in a situation where you are hungry and there are no good food choices around. When your blood sugar is dropping, it’s the worst time to make a decision about what to eat. To prevent this situation, always keep a healthy snack in your purse, pocket or car.
 
 
Step #2)
The next step to successfully cleansing is to prevent temptation in your environment. First start with clearing all the processed, sugary food out of your kitchen. If you don’t want to throw the food away, then give it away or put it in the basement or garage in a hard to reach place. A good guide for purging is to get rid of anything with the following words on the ingredients label “cane”, “syrup”, “nectar”, “agave”, “fruit juice concentrate” or anything that ends with the suffix “ose”.
 

Step #3)
The third step is to increase healthy fats and protein at each meal. Healthy fats will help balance blood sugar and keep you full. Fat will not make you fat or raise your cholesterol. In fact, sugar is the real culprit behind raising cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as increasing risks for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Healthy fats come from eggs, avocados, nuts, salmon, olives and coconut oil to name a few.
 

Step #4)
Eating meals or snacks on a regular schedule will stabilize blood sugar and prevent crashes that leave you shaky and reaching for the next sugar fix. Also, when you are eating natural sugars or starches like fruit or sweet potatoes, eat them with fat, protein and fiber to keep blood sugar and insulin from spiking.
 

You can also follow the steps above while you are doing the 21-Day Body Makeover Program to make it a smoother and more enjoyable experience.
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Toxic condiments to avoid

condimentsWhen people focus on eating healthier they forget about watching their condiments. It’s as if those tasty little sauces don’t count.

In reality, our favorite taste enhancers can be an unwanted source of sugar, excess salt, trans fats, dyes, chemicals, genetically engineered ingredients and calories. Most condiments are highly processed and have little nutritional value.  So don’t let bad condiments wreck an otherwise healthy, well-balanced meal.

If you’ve read the label of a commercial condiment bottle, you’ve likely found an unpronounceable or unrecognizable list of ingredients. 

If your goal is to clean up your diet, you don’t have to give up your favorite, flavorful sauces in the process. You can substitute for a cleaner, more natural or organic brand or better yet, you can make your own.

Don’t worry it’s not that difficult. Often do-it-yourself condiments are much tastier than store bought. You can choose higher quality ingredients and adjust to your taste buds. Once you start making your own, you’ll never want to go back to inferior, commercial brands, despite the convenience.

Here’s a list of the top ten condiments you should remove from your shelf for health reasons and replace with healthier versions.  There’s even a few recipes below.

  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sweet relish
  • Agave nectar
  • Soy sauce
  • Light salad dressing
  • Ranch dressing
  • Pancake syrup
  • Sour cream
  • BBQ sauce and steak sauce

Let’s start with the easy replacements first.

Modern soy sauces may contain dangerous levels of chemicals known as chloropropanols, which are produced when soy sauce production is sped up using acid hydrolyation methods. Soy is also typically genetically modified and estrogenic. But it’s easy to replace. Try Coconut Secret’s raw coconut aminos made from aged coconut sap with 10 times the amino acids of soy. It’s a got a great flavor and is available at stores like Whole Foods or at online markets like Amazon.com.

Pancake syrup can be easily replaced with real maple syrup. Maple is a lower glycemic sweetener that tastes great and is all natural, as opposed to pancake syrup, which is made from 3 types of sugar syrup.

Agave nectar is a marketing scam. We have been convinced that agave is a healthier alternative to sugar or honey, but it’s not true. Agave nectar is highly processed, which strips it of its nutritional value. And it contains more fructose than high-fructose corn syrup, so people with high blood sugar should avoid it. Honey is natural and has many nutrients. It can be used to treat seasonal allergies. Honey, coconut nectar and black strap molasses are the healthiest sweeteners out there.

Light salad dressings should always be avoided, as should all light products, because they replace the fat with artificial sugar, real sugar, sugar preservatives and sodium. It’s best to purchase full-fat dressing with a few natural or organic ingredients or make your own salad dressing with oil, vinegar and spices.

The top selling dressing in the U.S. for the last 20 years is ranch dressing, but most commercial brands are loaded with trans fats and calories. A half-cup serving can add 600 calories to your meal. Greek yogurt, mixed with herbs, spices, a touch of vinegar and homemade mayo can make a delicious and healthy alternative to ranch dressing. 

Sour cream is typically made from conventional dairy, which contains growth hormones and antibiotics. Dairy growth hormones, which have been banned in many industrial countries, are still allowed in the U.S. despite their link to breast cancer. Conventional sour cream can be easily substituted by grass-fed Greek yogurt, which also packs a probiotic punch.

Ketchup is probably the most popular condiment in America. But it’s also  b. Here’s a healthy homemade alternative recipe for ketchup and other favorites like relish, mayo and BBQ sauce.

But remember, drowning your food with condiments is not a good idea whether they are natural or not. Studies show that super palatable condiments make people eat 25 to 50 percent more. So enjoy your healthy condiments in moderation.


Healthy Homemade Ketchup:


Makes: 1 cup (keeps about 1 week in the fridge)
Ingredients:
    •    1 (15 oz.) BPA-free can of organic, fire-roasted, no salt added diced tomatoes.
    •    1 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar.
    •    1/8 tsp. pink sea salt.
    •    1 soaked dried date, or fig.
    •    1/8 tsp. paprika.
    •    Optional: dash of black pepper, or garlic powder.
Directions:
    1.    First, drain your tomatoes. Draining will help keep your ketchup thick once it’s blended.
    2.    Add all the ingredients to a small food processor, or a blender made for small jobs. or add it to your high speed blender, and blend until completely smooth.
    3.    Store in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. Please, do not use plastic containers since they’ll not just stain, but your Kethcup can also soak up chemicals from the plastic during storage.
    4.    Enjoy!

Healthy Homemade Relish Recipe:
Ingredients
    •    4  cups finely chopped cucumbers.
    •    2  cups finely chopped onions.
    •    1  green bell pepper, finely chopped.
    •    1  red bell pepper, finely chopped.
    •    1/4  cup pickling or fine sea salt.
    •    2 cups cider vinegar.
    •    3  cups sugar.
    •    1 tablespoon celery seeds.
    •    1  tablespoon mustard seeds.
Instructions:
    1.    Combine the cucumbers, onions, and green and red bell peppers in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and toss. Cover with cold water. Let stand for at least 2 hours. Drain well.
    2.    Combine the cider vinegar, sugar, celery seeds, and mustard seeds in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the vegetables and simmer for 10 minutes.
    3.    Pack into clean hot half-pint canning jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles and seal.
    4.    Process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes. Let cool undisturbed for 12 hours. Store in a cool, dry place. Do not open for at least 6 weeks to allow the flavors to develop.

Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe:
Ingredients:
    •    4 egg yolks at room temperature.
    •    1 TBSP lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
    •    1 Tsp regular or Dijon mustard (or ½ tsp dried mustard)
    •    Salt and pepper.
    •    ⅔ cup olive oil.
    •    ⅔ cup coconut oil (warm.)
Instructions:
    1.    Put egg yolks into a bowl and whisk until smooth.
    2.    Add lemon juice or vinegar, mustard and spices and blend until mixed.
    3.    SLOWLY add oil while blending or whisking at low speed, starting with olive oil. Start with a drop at a time until it starts to mix and then keep adding slowly until all oil is incorporated.
    4.    Store in fridge up to 1 week.

Healthy All-American BBQ Sauce:
Ingredients:
    •    3/4 cup ketchup
    •    3/4 cup beer, preferably porter
    •    1/2 cup molasses
    •    2 tablespoons orange juice
    •    2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    •    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    •    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    •    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    •    2 teaspoons hot sauce, or to taste
Instructions:
    1.    Combine all ingredients except the hot sauce in a heavy medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in hot sauce.


If you want to clean up your diet before starting on any healthy regimen, consider our 21DayBody Makeover Program to get a kick start on your health.

 

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