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How to make ghee

Have you ever heard of ghee? It is AMAZING stuff. I call it the crack cocaine of toppings. It has the benefits of butter without the casein and proteins that some people react to in butter. However, some people who are extremely sensitive to dairy may still react to ghee.

Now do I have you curious about what this stuff is all about?

It’s simple really, Ghee is a clarified, unsalted butter with the milk proteins removed. It has a high smoke point (482*F), making it perfect for cooking, and the flavor makes the homemade version so worth it. You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils. It’s a staple of Indian cuisine. Ghee has a nutty buttery taste and I LOVE it on sweet potatoes or when I fry up some eggs.

When made from high quality butter, it is a great source of fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin K2, CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) A, D & E. It has medium chain fatty acids that are absorbed directly by the liver and burned as energy. It provides a good energy source that can help burn fat so you lose weight.

Ghee is converted directly into energy for your body to use.

It’s doesn’t spoil and does not need to be refrigerated. But, for some reason I keep mine in there. I think it’s habit. But, you could pack it along on trips without worrying about it.

Ghee is expensive to buy but simple to make. (see video)

There is some research that ghee will help heal your gut because it is full of probiotics and prebiotics as well as fiber, which helps the immune system

Watch this short video to learn how to make it.
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My Intermittent Fasting Journey: Time to Fess Up!

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Have you ever heard of a style of eating called intermittent fasting? I first heard of it in the fall of 2014 when I listened to a podcast and was really intrigued by the concept. It’s not a “diet” but rather a style of eating. Personally, I try to always tweak what I’m doing to keep from getting bored and had gotten to a place in my fitness routine where I just felt stuck. There was a bit of flab on my hips that wouldn’t go away no matter how I exercised or switched up my diet. Then, I read a book that talked about how misled we are by the food pyramid and the metabolism myth. So, I thought “what the heck I might as well try this.”I have to admit that I bought into the eating every 2-3 hours to maintain my metabolism hype and frequently regurgitated it to my patients and people I coached. Then, I started to actually educate myself and do a bit of research.

Intermittent fasting just makes sense to me because it allows your body to burn fat for energy instead of glucose. Think about it critically. If we are always putting food into our mouths we train our bodies to need that food for energy and burn sugar to function instead of fat. If we don’t continue the food fest we will often get crabby, jittery, feel like our blood sugar has dropped and get down right HANGRY! Personally, that wasn’t a pretty sight.

There’s no strict meal plan to follow you just need to pick a window of time where you will eat. For, me I eat between 12 pm and 8 pm daily. But, other people eat in a 6 or 4 hour window.
A recent study highlighted by the New York Times has helped debunk that myth of eating every 2 hours. They found that increased meal frequency does not improve weight loss.

I have to admit that when I decided to try this out in February of 2015 I was afraid that I would feel hungry and hate every minute of it. But, so far everything is going well. I have been able to reduce my exercise to 30 minutes a day and still feel like I am lean without starving myself. I focus on eating my paleo/whole foods meal plan I always did, but eat it during my 8 hour window. I’ve even had a few cookies and don’t have food guilt.

It’s all about balance, right?

I will keep you posted as I tweak things. I may even try a 6 hour window with a few carb re-feeds to see how it goes.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried it.

Lemon Curd Paleo Crepes

I love breakfast any time of day. But, sometimes it can be hard since I am trying to eat a paleo diet. I just feel better since I started eating like this and don’t want to feel all bloated like I do when I go off track. This recipe made breakfast enjoyable again. I feel like I am being spoiled by something really decadent and it’s not that hard to make. Make sure you get the lemon curd done first so that it has time to chill a bit. Personally, I suck at planning ahead and put mine in the freezer while I cooked the crepes. It worked just fine.

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Lemon Curd:
7 large egg yolks
1 c granulated turbinado or coconut sugar
Juice of 2 lemons (1/3 c)
Grated lemon zest
1/2 c butter (cubed)

Pour water into saucepan and simmer over med-low heat
Whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a metal bowl. Then combine lemon juice and zest.
Put metal bowl into simmering water and whisk mixture until thick and coats the back of a spoon.

Remove from heat and strain mixture through a cheese cloth or mesh sieve. Add the butter and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Chill. Store for a wk in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

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Crepe:
2 tablespoons coconut flour
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon coconut oil (I use liquid, but if you have the solid kind melt it)
½ cup water
coconut oil cooking spray

Blend (I used my vitamix) or use a food processor, pulse together coconut flour and eggs
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and water and pulse until thoroughly combined

Coat 8-inch skillet with coconut spray and heat on medium-low

Pour ¼ cup scoop of the batter onto the skillet to spread the batter to the edges of the pan

Cook until small bubbles form and burst on the surface of the crepe, then flip and cook the other side, 4 to 5 minutes total

Transfer the crepe to a plate

Repeat the process, then serve

Makes 6 crepes

Insulin…a wonderful little hormone or fat storing machine?

Most of you know that I am a complete nerd and have been hacking my body for years. That means that I have worked hard to figure out how “MY” body reacts to specific foods and have made healthy changes. We all respond differently to certain food groups so it’s important for you to do the same thing. But, lets start with the basic stuff.

Insulin is a wonderful little hormone that regulates how our body uses and stores glucose and fat. Our cells rely on it for energy and it has an important role in the body. If we don’t have enough or can’t respond to insulin then we become resistant or diabetic. But, all of us are on a mission to avoid that, right?

Insulin signals the liver, muscle and fat cells to take in glucose from the blood and use it for energy. If we have enough insulin on board from food then insulin signals the liver to take that extra glucose and store it as glycogen for future use. Did you know the liver can store up to 5% of it’s mass as glycogen? Once that capacity is full then insulin signals fat cells to take that extra glucose and store it in fat as triglycerides and make it harder for our body to breakdown fats.

Without insulin our cells cannot take glucose from the blood and use it for energy.

With insulin resistance our body is less able to take up glucose from the blood.

What you eat and drink play a key role in controlling this process. Anyone can be insulin resistant. Refined carbohydrates found in processed foods, white breads, bagels, pasta, sodas, sugary sweets, and many other things on the Standard American Diet (SAD) contribute to this. When we eat processed foods, our body requires more insulin to metabolize it and our cells become less responsive. As we get older we become less sensitive to these changes.

To help balance insulin, consider a whole foods diet with fresh vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats. Limit fruit to no more than 2 a day. Veggies are free foods, fruits aren’t. That apple is like an intravenous injection of fructose that takes a b-line to the liver telling your body to store fat!!

You CAN get enough healthy carbs from non-grain sources like vegetables.

Healthy fats are important to help insulin resistance. These fats include tuna, salmon, cold-water fish, eggs, avocado, grass-fed butter, and flaxseed.

Exercise will help insulin levels stay normal, maintain hormonal balance, and regulate metabolism.

Consider limiting your eating window to an 8 hour period. This will give your body time to look to fat stores for energy instead of continually suppling it with glucose from food. If you don’t eat your blood glucose levels will take a chill pill and then your insulin levels will decrease. There are tons of studies supporting this. Hit me up if you want the references. In order to burn body fat your insulin levels need to be very low. You can get there with short term fasting (eat in an 8 hour window and fast the other 16).

If you want to use your body fat as fuel you need to challenge the FDA and media with all this eat every 2 hours to maintain your metabolism garbage that is out there. Do a little test run yourself and see how you do.

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There’s no better time to get fit!

 

 

 

What is holding you back from taking the next step in your fitness?  Now is the time to dive right in and I’ll be there with the life jacket if you need me!

 Breakfast is …

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I am always looking for healthier ways to make things that I love.  Try this one out…..

Pumpkin pancakes

 

Prep time 20 minutes

Servings 6

Calories 233 for 2 pancakes

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c 1% milk

1 egg beater

2 tbsp light olive oil

2 tbsp braggs apple cider vinegar

2 c flour

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 packet truvia

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp salt

 

Mix ingredients and heat 1/4 c batter on griddle. Brown on both sides.

Positive thoughts for weight loss

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Do you remember the words to a popular song of the 1980’s, “Don’t Worry Be Happy?” Well there is more power to that sentiment than you may have ever realized.

Positive thinking plays a significant role in your weight loss efforts. Beating yourself up with negative thoughts can throw you off course and trigger old bad habits that will take you off course such as going off your diet, overeating and skipping your exercise routine. Positive thoughts, on the other hand, can increase your motivation and energy level.

It is important to then make a conscious effort to transform your thoughts. It may be true that you often cannot overcome your food cravings or stick to your diet. However, if there are times when you are able to stand strong, then focus on those moments and celebrate the triumphs. Maybe you put less sugar in your coffee today and said no to a second slice of pizza. Giving attention to the positive things will help to create greater self esteem and motivation to continue with your weight loss efforts.

One of the ways that a negative attitude can prevail when you start to make healthy choices is if you have set unreasonable goals for yourself. Trying to exist on an extremely low-calorie diet or setting your weekly weight loss goal at an unattainable number often sets you up for failure.

To increase weight loss success, set achievable goals. Losing one or two pounds per week is a reasonable goal and can generally be achieved without extreme measures. Weigh yourself weekly; every week that you reach your goal, acknowledge your success. This will perpetuate positive thinking. Before long, you’ll find that your motivation and energy have increased, and the pounds are coming off.

Goodbye love handles. Hello Sexy Abs!

Are you sick of muffin tops and love handles, or are you comfortable with the roll of flab that pops over the waistband of your jeans and ruins the sleek line of fitness clothes, clingy sweaters, and tailored shirts.

A lot of people think that they can get rid of this annoying bump with daily sit ups. While crunches do tone muscles this exercise alone will not get rid of love handles. Do you know why? Well it’s because love handles aren’t muscle. They’re fat, and to burn fat you need a healthy diet and a rigorous cardiovascular program.
A good overall plan for 30 to 45 minutes of cardio three to four times a week, strength training (including the exercises below) two to three times a week, and a day of rest every week so your body can rebuild muscle. Spice up your workouts with a variety of cardio approaches will be the most effective — don’t just stick to only the elliptical or just a few spinning classes. Getting stuck in a cardio routine can lead to a plateau. Instead, you want to keep challenging different muscle groups. My personal favorite high-intensity interval training to burn fat is TurboFire. You get results quicker instead of working at the same steady pace throughout your workout.
Your initial goals will be weight loss and trimming down the fat. Once you’ve done that — or at least made significant headway — you can start to tone the muscles underneath your love handles. As you burn fat and increase your metabolism through building muscle, that extra padding will eventually go away.

Ab Workout: Kiss Love Handles Goodbye

Make these five exercises part of your plan to tone waist and hips:
1. Bicycle Crunches: “This exercise will work your internal and external obliques as well as the rectus abdominis [the largest ab muscle],” Keigher says.
Lie on your back, knees bent.
Place hands behind your head without interlacing your fingers. Lift your head slightly.
Twist so that your left elbow goes toward your right knee while you extend your left leg.
Pull your leg back in and extend the other leg, twisting so that your right elbow goes toward your left knee.
Build up to 3 sets of 25 reps each.

2. Standing Trunk Twists
Stand with your feet about hip-width apart.
Keep hips and legs facing forward as you twist to the right, extending your left arm out (like a punch) to the right.
Twist in the opposite direction (left), extending your right arm out in a punch to the left.
Aim for 100 repetitions.

3. Lying Leg Twist
Lie on your back with your arms stretched out to the sides, hands flat on your mat.
Lift legs and bend knees so that your calves are parallel to the floor and your thighs form a 90-degree angle with your torso.
Lower both legs together to one side so that your outer right thigh touches the ground on the right side, maintaining the 90-degree angle.
Return them to center and then lower to the other side so that your outer left thigh touches the ground.
Build up to 3 sets of 25 reps each.

4. Side Planks: “This exercise strengthens your core, in the front and the back,” Nasser explains.
Lie down on your right side, leaning on your elbow.
Extend your legs out straight, with your feet stacked. The edge of your right foot should be on the floor.
Use your core to hold your body up in a straight line (you can modify it by putting your right knee down on the floor if you need support). Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, or longer if you can.
Lower yourself fully to the floor and switch sides.
For added challenge, lift the top leg and hold it up so that it is not touching the bottom leg.
Holding each side for about 30 seconds, do four or five reps, and increase as you get stronger.

5. Seated Russian Twists
Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat.
Hold your arms out in front of you, hands pressed together.
Lean back about 45 degrees. With a slow, controlled movement, twist to your left side. Return to center, and twist to your right. That’s one rep.
One full rep should take about 20 seconds. Take a breath and repeat. Start with four to five reps, adding more reps as you get stronger.
For an added challenge, lift your feet off the floor as you do this exercise.
If you eat a healthy, low fat diet and burn more calories than you take in, and enjoy a good mix of cardio and ab workout time, you’ll watch your love handles start to melt away within a few weeks.

Resource: Healthy living from everyday health.

Don’t let summer binging wreck your hard work!

By: portions why Jillian Michaels.

Don’t let summer get togethers and picnics destroy your new diet and fitness goals. Here are a some tips to help keep you on track and you’ll feel better, too!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and summer is kicking off, even though we had snow in my neck of the woods yesterday. That means, summer foods, drinks, outfits – and challenges. Summer can throw people off their game plan because it seems fun to join in with the crowd, but it doesn’t have to.

Alright, so let’s break down the biggest issue — food. I’m not going to call names, but some of you are planning on hitting a barbecue on the weekends. Am I right? I can envision the usual spread. Burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, chips, cookies, chips, snack foods — the whole nine yards. Anyone thinking they’ll have a run in with an ice cream cone, icy, or a fruity, syrupy frozen drink too? Yeah, I thought so.

Let’s keep it simple. You can’t expect the world to be on the same page as you when it comes to your nutrition plan and goals. You also can’t expect to find a bounty of healthy, organic, and nutrient-packed foods at your friend’s cookout, your neighborhood block party, or along the beach boardwalk. You will need to plan what you’ll eat or what you’ll bring, and how you’ll respond to tempting situations before you face them.

You can bring healthy dishes to the cook out, snacks in your cooler for the beach and you can make smart decisions to skip the mayo-heavy potato salad. Preparation is the only way to know you’ll stay in control and won’t undo the good work you’ve started. Got it? It’s been said that “Discipline is about choosing between what you want now and what you want most!” This weekend, it’s all on you. What kind of summer will you have? One of regret and disappointment in yourself — or one that keeps you moving you towards your ultimate healthy goals? I know all of my rockstars will make the right decisions.

What fun summer plans do you have lined up? What’s your strategy to have a blast while staying on-track? Here are a few summery dishes to keep in mind this weekend.

Think before you eat!

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Are you aware of the types and amounts of food that you put into your mouth?  If you’re anything like me, then the answer is no, or at least it used to be.  I have worked really hard to be aware of the foods I eat and to eat when I am hungry, not when I am bored, sad, mad, lonely, or around others who are eating.  This isn’t always easy, but it has been a journey that I am proud of.  There are steps to being a mindful eater.  They are:

1. Be aware of tasting your food vs. mindless munching.

2. Savor the foods.  What is the texture like or the flavor.  Is it crunchy, creamy, spicy?

3. Don’t judge yourself.  Try to eat healthy, but everything in moderation.  Allow yourself an occasional treat without guilting yourself the entire time.

4. Be present with your food.  Don’t sit and watch TV, work on the computer or graze.  People who do this tend to take in more calories than they intended.

5. Observe what is going on in your body. Are you hungry and lacking energy.  Do you feel full and able to stop eating or are you really still hungry?