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How to Cut Down on Sugar

potatoes 1585075 640Sugar is one of the most addictive substances known to man. If you want to improve your diet or heal from a health condition, cutting down on sugar is the best start.

But before you cut it out completely, it’s important to understand what the different forms of sugar and carbs, what they do to your body and why they shouldn’t be cut out completely. It’s easy to go from one extreme to the other and feel equally as bad at the other end. Going too low carb can cause issues with memory, mood, energy and hormones. So here is a simple guide to sugars and carbohydrates so you can choose your energy sources carefully and with lots of context.

One of the biggest issues with the standard American diet is that it’s too high in hidden sugars. Many processed foods contain sugar to make it taste better, most especially low fat products. We’re not just talking obvious sweet foods like cookies and pastries. Food manufacturers sneak sugar into savory foods like pasta sauce, salad dressings and soups, to name a few.

The average American eats 130 pounds of sugar each year. And because of this we are experiencing a spike in sugar-related health problems like obesity and diabetes. And there’s been a lot of talk in the health press lately about good carbs and bad carbs. So let’s examine what this means.

Carbohydrates are foods made up of starch or sugar.  Your body eventually breaks carbohydrates down into glucose, the fuel your body and muscles use for energy. There are two types of carbs, simple and complex. Complex carbs are considered the good kind of carbs because they can contain other nutritious elements like fiber, vitamins, enzymes and protein. They also take longer to digest and don’t spike your blood sugar. This translates into more even energy instead of the spike and crash effect of simple carbs.

That brings us simple carbs also known as “bad” carbs. These types of carbs will give you a sugar high followed by an energy or mood crash. Pasta, white bread, white flour, white sugar, cookies, candies, crackers, chips, pretzels, concentrated fruit juice and sodas are just some of the junky foods classified as simple carbs. Fruit are the only simple carbs that are healthy.

The reason insulin spikes are relevant to health is because insulin is the master hormone that rules your metabolism. It regulates glucose levels in your body by depositing it into cells as fuel. If the cell already are full of fuel then insulin carries the extra glucose to be stored as fat. When you eat a meal that is high in simple carbs, your pancreas works overtime to produce enough insulin to deal with it. This is not good for your pancreas or other organs. Too much glucose and insulin can cause a wide array or diseases and some research has linked them to cancer.

One of the best ways to figure out which carbs are simple and which are complex is by consulting a glycemic index chart like this one. This chart measures how high and quickly a particular food raises your blood sugar. It’s also a good measure of fiber content because fiber offsets the insulin response. Foods high on the glycemic index chart are simple carbs without much fiber. Foods lower on the index, for example below 60, are a good choice for blood sugar stability.

Some tips for staving off sugar cravings, while reducing simple sugars, is to eat more complex carbs like sweet potatoes or pumpkin puree. Fat and protein is also a good bet for filling you up and balancing blood sugar, so those sugar demons don’t scream so loud.

The 21 Day Body Makeover emphasizes foods that are lower on the glycemic index but still provide enough glucose to give you steady energy throughout the day.


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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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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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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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