Health Tip: Low Carb…Is it good for you?

Low Carb diets are all over the place, and many folks have had much success with them, myself included. BUT are they good for your health?

I know that for me, eating low carb caused me to feel sluggish, blue and unmotivated after a while. Which of course means I gave up on eating that way and gained back some of the weight I’d lost. Completely defeats the purpose, right?!

Every body is different and we all have different needs nutritionally. What I’ve found works best for ME, what helps me to make forward progress on my health journey, is to switch it up a little every once in a while.

I believe that God provided a variety of foods for a reason. One reason is as I mentioned above, that we all need different things nutritionally. Part of that is based on blood type, part of it on country of origin, and a few other things as well. Another reason that I believe He provided such a variety is because we were meant to enjoy as many kinds of things as possible.

Now don’t get me wrong, moderation is still a key factor. Don’t go all crazy with your Brussels sprouts and arugula now ok? (p.s. that is a joke) 🙂

I LOVE me some protein and (good) fat rich foods, bring on the butter, cheese, bacon, coconut oil, etc. Yumm!! But I know that my body needs a variety, it needs veggies of all colors and sizes, it needs carbs too.

Carbohydrates (carbs) are used for energy in our bodies. This is why when we go “low carb” for too long our bodies get sluggish and tire more easily. It can also cause our bodies to not know how to handle carbs when we introduce them back into our diets, which can result in additional weight gain caused by inflammation.

The key is to make sure that the carbohydrates we are putting into our bodies are good ones. Ones that provide slow burning energy, great nutrition and steady blood sugar levels. We don’t need to spike those levels because that sets off a chain reaction in our bodies that actually increases our fat stores…ain’t nobody got time for that!

To get rid of fat our bodies need to be allowed to alternate fuel sources, fats and carbs. This helps keep the body guessing on what is coming next and actually helps to force the body to burn stored fat as fuel when done correctly.

So what are good carbs anyway?

Here are a few that I keep on hand:

  • Whole Grain Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • True Sourdough Breads (whole wheat)*
  • Sweet Potatoes

*a true sourdough has been fermented, it helps to “eat up” some of the inflammation causing parts of the grain.

A few years ago I stumbled upon something called Trim Healthy Mama, they explain in their plan book how all of this fuel switching works as well as how to best combine foods, etc. They also have a recipe book as well. If you like the sciency stuff behind the why’s of the plan then definitely get the THM book and read it.

Once you get the general idea of the plan (I talk about it a bit in my eBook that you can get for free by signing here) you can pretty much run with it. I follow the plan loosely along with my regular supplements and exercise (also mentioned in the free eBook) and am loving the freedom it gives me to enjoy all of the food groups and still make progress and feel amazing!! Food freedom!!

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Health Tip: Is Clutter Keeping You From Reaching Your Health Goals?

I am super excited to have my friend Jill Whaley (The Fifteen Minute Mom) helping me out this week with our health tip!! She has a gift for you at the end of this post, you won’t want to miss out on that!! Be sure to follow her blog as well for more tips!!

 

 

Here’s Jill!

You might be thinking, “Yeah right! My house clutter has NOTHING to do with my health.” I’m here to tell you there might be more to this idea than you ever dreamed! There was a time in my life when I felt totally overwhelmed by just about everything. My house was a mess, my car was a rolling Goodwill, my paperwork was a nightmare, my eating was out of whack, my sleep habits were wonky at best, and my exercise routine was non-existent. Then a friend introduced me to an amazing resource by Marie Kondo: The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. My friend showed me her neatly organized drawers and closets with EMPTY SHELVES! When I sat down in her living room to visit with her, I felt so calm and collected that it really was like magic!

Inspired and encouraged, I drove home, bought the book on Audible since there were 437 people in line for it at the library, and I began implementing the system right away.

Chaos reigned.

For a few days anyway. Then the magic began to happen in my house too. Everything had a home. I found what ideas in the book worked for me and developed several new systems that serve our family’s needs well. Over a year later, much of my house still stands as it did after that initial decluttering session!

Then… I started going to the gym. For real! Why? I had more time to prioritize things that were important in my life: healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise. Family time. Relationships.

Clutter is a sneaky beast that feels safe and comfortable but is silently robbing you of life and joy!

Now we do periodic decluttering sessions and set some guidelines for our home.

Number 1: if you bring something new home, something old goes.

Number 2: junk mail never makes it past the front door. It is deposited in the outdoor trash can before we come inside.

These type of simple-to-remember rules cut down on a significant amount of clutter so that when we do declutter, it’s done in a matter of minutes instead of hours. Keeping our home clutter free has given me the time and ability to focus on our health goals and has freed up time to spend exploring nature with my girls.

Suggestions for beginning the process:

1. Physical clutter and mental clutter are connected. Write down everything on your “to-do” list on a blank piece of paper. Do a brain dump!

2. Set a timer! You will do MORE in LESS time if you are focused and keeping track.

3. Clean out and organize according to category rather than by room. For instance, focus on just the spices in your kitchen at one time instead of unloading all the cupboards at once. This allows you to stop and start, accomplishing much in short periods of time!

4. Go into this with the mindset of letting go. Strive to let go of ANYTHING that does not serve an immediate purpose in your life or does not bring you joy.

I would love to walk with you step by step through your first month of decluttering. Here is a free copy of my Clear the Clutter ebook with 31 days of specific (mostly) 15 minute activities that will help you go through your home top to bottom. When you are ready to simplify your stuff and increase your free time, download it here: I hope you’ll take the Clear the Clutter Challenge and set the stage for a healthy life, home and mindset! Blessings,

Jill Whaley

Check out her blog here!!

Don’t forget to grab your free copy of our free eBook as well, get it here! Discover a simple (non-torture) way to get healthy!!

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Health Tip: Detox – What Is It & How To Deal

Yes, it’s a real thing. Yes, it can be unpleasant. But guess what?! If you’re experiencing detox symptoms, that means that what you are doing is WORKING!!! Don’t stop now!!

It’s time to celebrate! Grab a glass of water and take a drink, then do a couple of Hoedowns (T-Tapp) or go for a walk!

Cheers to you!! You are flushing out toxins that have been keeping you down. Drinking more water and going for a walk or doing some T-Tapp will help to flush those toxins out and help you feel better faster. Keep taking your supplements, eating healthy and doing your exercise.

Taking a detox bath (Epsom or Sea salt bath, there are hundreds of “recipes” on line) will help as well. While you’re on line, look up dry brushing as well.

What causes detox? Whenever we change the way we eat, add in healthy supplements, or start a new exercise routine our bodies go into a bit of shock. Plus, that nasty fungus that lives in our guts is being deprived of its favorite food, it gets a little crabby when its hungry.

We go through layers of detox as we continue our health journey, so be prepared to experience this occasionally. Trust me on this, it is SO worth it!!

What are some of the symptoms of detox? There are several, and we’re trying to keep things simple here so we’ll just share a few of the most common ones.

  • Increased sugar cravings
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Skin issues (breakouts, rashes, etc)
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating & Constipation
  • Weight Gain
  • Nausea

Don’t worry these are all temporary! Keep doing what you’re doing and reach out for help with dealing with these or other symptoms you may experience.

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Book Report: Recaging the Beast by Jane Remington

There is a fungus among us, and it is a dangerous thing indeed.

Jane Remington’s book is a very eye opening look at that fungus, how it got out of control in the first place and how to put it back in its cage where it belongs. Reading this book has really opened my eyes to how dis-ease is created and prolonged.

My recommendations for this book:

  • DO NOT read this before bed, especially if you have just finished watching Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. All I could see as I read about the fungus was Orks, the dirty, nasty bad guys that go around killing and pillaging everything in those movies. Though it is helpful imagery to understand the destructive power, it sure doesn’t make for pleasant dreams.
  • DO read it with a prayerful heart and an open mind. The author challenges several long standing beliefs with pretty strong arguments. Yes this book as effected how I will raise my children, no it will not require an entire change from the norm. Be open to taking bits and pieces and doing the best you can with what you have for now.

I read this book to gain a greater understanding of how my business can truly help people, I am so thankful for simple effective solutions. I was excited as I read (and scribbled often in the margins) about how the knowledge I have now can help so many people! I have been blessed to be a blessing! I am so thankful that I know of simple and super effective ways to help recage that beast for myself and my family. Ways that might help keep it caged to start with.

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Health Tip: Simple Health System Part 4: Healthy Movement

I grew up in an athletic family, well, the boys were athletic anyway. My brother is still a gym rat and LOVES to work out…me, not so much.

I’d rather read a book. Surprised?

I KNOW I need to move in order to help my body heal itself, work my way toward better physical and mental health, etc. But I don’t do spandex pants, public humiliation (aka working out in a gym) or pain. Yeah, yeah, no pain no gain. But does it really have to be that way?

Do you really have to spend hours in a gym, the of days suffering afterwards in order to be fit?

I don’t think so.

A couple of years ago I discovered a method of movement called T-Tapp. It uses your body as the machine so you need no special equipment and works 5-7 muscle groups at once so you can have a full body workout in 15 minutes! They say it creates lean, dancers muscles instead of bulky ones, who doesn’t want that?! Especially in 15 minutes a day!!

Will you sweat? YES!!

Will you be sore? Possibly. (I’ve got an answer for this one too, just ask!) 🙂

Will it be worth it? DEFINITELY!!

I want to share a video of my friend Charlotte, this is her T-Tapp story. I love how she talks about consistency, it really is the key to just about everything! ps have the tissues handy…I cry every time I watch this!!

Some of my favorite things about T-Tapp:

  • You can do it anywhere, you only need about 3 square feet of space.
  • It’s over in less than 20 minutes (for most workouts, there are lots to choose from).
  • AMAZING support community (and a super fun retreat every year, like a family reunion!)
  • It’s more than a workout, it uses your mind and body in ways that have incredible results not seen in most traditional workouts.
  • It helps with Detox (watch for a post about this coming soon!)

Each year they have a 60 day challenge (Charlotte mentions it in the video), and this year’s challenge starts next month!! February 15th! Who wants to do this with me? Let’s create a community of encouragement, support and accountability! Who’s in?!

Have more questions about what T-Tapp is? Feel free to contact me.

If you haven’t received your copy of our FREE ebook on our whole Simple Health System you can sign up here or in the sidebar on the right.

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