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Finding Time to Focus on Your Wellness

We are all busier than ever as a population from the time we wake up hustling to get to work or school followed by errands and activities while squeezing in time to see friends or family and back home after dark only to be ready for bed again.  Why is it that there never seem to be enough hours in a day to everything on our check lists?  Since that is the case, one item that often isn’t checked off is exercising.  If you are wanting to make more of an effort but your schedule hardly allows, use the pointers in the article below!

3 Ways To Shape Up (For People Who Don’t Have Time To Exercise)

By Jill Ginsberg

Lack of time is a common reason for not exercising. But logging too many hours at the office or having too many balls in the air doesn’t excuse you from taking care of yourself. (Though I guess juggling could count as exercise, right?)

If you’re starved for time try these simple tips to help shape-up:

1. Eat better

Contrary to popular opinion, about 80 percent of being in shape is about what you put in your body. Not about how you move your body. So if fitness isn’t your thing, focus on food instead. You’ll get more bang for your buck anyhow, plus eating is something you have to do no matter how busy you are.

Start by making small upgrades. There’s no need to totally overhaul your eating lifestyle or suddenly swear off anything that can’t be hunted or gathered. When you prepare your meals or eat out, focus on adding more whole foods into your diet, such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts, seeds and legumes.

Be mindful of your portions, too. You don’t need to bust out a scale and start weighing your food like Jenny Craig installed a spy-cam in your kitchen. Just consume reasonable quantities and give your body ample time to recognize it’s full before going back for seconds. Or if it works better for you, eat several smaller meals throughout the day. And whatever you do, resist the urge to skip meals because you don’t have time. That won’t help you shape up at all.

2. Change your mindset

A lot of people associate fitness with a sweaty run or grunt-filled weight-lifting session. But anything that gets your heart rate going counts as exercise.

Stop thinking of it as exercise. Instead, think of it as movement and do some sort of physical activity every day. If the thought of the StairMaster or Elliptical Trainer makes you get all pukey, try something different. Better yet, aerobic activity can include things you are already planning on doing, such as mowing the lawn, getting walked by the dog, wrestling your kids or cleaning the house. The ultimate key to staying fit and healthy is to find movement that you enjoy, and then do it consistently.
Be sure to bring the fun, too! Incorporate movement that’s more recreational and makes you forget you’re working out—like dancing, geocaching with the kids, or playing a game of flag football. Other fun ideas that will make you forget you’re trying to be fit include biking, belly dancing, boxing, roller skating, ice skating, golfing, paddle boarding, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, swimming and beating the pants off of your partner in a Wii sports game.

3. Make time work for you

There’s a common misconception that you need to sweat buckets for at least 30 consecutive minutes to get any health benefit. But the truth is, as long as it adds up to half an hour or more of moderate activity a day, that’s what counts.

Chunk your time. If you don’t have a solid block of 30 minutes, try breaking your activity up into 10-minute chunks at different times during the day, such as morning, afternoon and evening.

Kill two birds. The next time you have a meeting, instead of heading to your favorite coffeeshop again, hit the local walking trail or go on a hike for a change of pace. Or try combining exercise with a sedentary activity so you can be more efficient. Hop on the treadmill while catching up on your favorite sitcom or while chatting up your old college bestie.

Keep it convenient. Going to the gym is great for some people. But unless you happen to have a gym at your office, getting there and back eats up precious time that could be used for other activities, and this often becomes an excuse not to exercise at all. Try using “at home” workout equipment like stairs, stationary equipment, a jump rope or a fitness video.

Work out in quick bursts. Interval training allows you to burn more calories in less time and improve your aerobic capacity. Just a couple of 30-minute sessions per week can supercharge your endurance and fitness. Or try a Tabata workout—each one is only 4 minutes, but it’s liable to feel a lot longer!

See, there’s really no excuse. If you know how to use your time wisely you can shape-up no matter how busy you are.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-ginsberg/3-ways-to-shape-up-for-people-who-dont-have-time-to-exercise_b_10611886.html?utm_hp_ref=health-fitness&ir=Health+and+Fitness

Do You Know This Information About Cholesterol?

Cholesterol has been the subject of debate in the past regarding how much should be in your diet, what it does to your body and more.  A lot of us know that cholesterol is found in many foods, but did you know that there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol?  Learn more about this and other worthwhile information in the article below so you can keep your health on track!

5 Things You Should Know About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a buzzing topic,
thanks to a new report from top nutrition researchers who advise the
government about what and how Americans should be eating. If you’re
feeling a little perplexed by all this cholesterol talk, here’s a simple
breakdown of what you really need to know.

By: Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD | February 23, 2015

Cholesterol seems to be one of those words that’s in everyone’s vocabulary, but many of my clients
are incredibly confused about what cholesterol is, and how it affects
their health. It also happens to be buzzing in the media at the moment,
thanks to a new report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of top nutrition researchers who advise the government about what and how Americans should be eating.

If you’re feeling a little perplexed by all this cholesterol talk, here’s a simple breakdown of what you really need to know.

Cholesterol is only found in animal-based foods

There are two types: dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol. Dietary
cholesterol is the cholesterol found in foods, and only foods of animal
origin contain it, because animals’ bodies naturally produce this waxy,
fat-like substance. So when you eat an animal-based food (think eggs,
dairy, meat, seafood) you’re ingesting cholesterol that an animal’s body
produced. Plant-based foods do not contain any cholesterol, so if you
see a jar of nut butter marked “cholesterol free” know that they didn’t
remove the cholesterol — it just wasn’t there to begin with.

Cholesterol is essential for your health

Even if you ate zero animal foods, you’d still have cholesterol in your
body. That’s because your liver produces cholesterol and it’s needed for
several key functions, including the making of hormones, vitamin D, and
substances that help you digest food. While cholesterol is vital, it
isn’t considered to be an essential nutrient, meaning something you must
obtain from foods, like vitamin C or potassium. That’s because your
body produces all of the cholesterol it needs.

There are “good” and “bad” types of cholesterol in your blood

The two types of blood cholesterol you hear about most often are HDL
(the “good” kind; think happy cholesterol) and LDL (the “bad” kind;
think lousy cholesterol). HDL and LDL are actually carriers of cholesterol
called lipoproteins. HDL is good because it carries cholesterol away
from arteries and back to the liver, where it can be removed from your
body. LDL “the bad type” has the opposite effect. Too much LDL can lead to
a build-up, which clogs and narrows arteries, and creates inflammation.
This chain of events can lead to a sudden rupture, which sends a clot
into the bloodstream, causing a heart attack and/or stroke.

Dietary cholesterol may not impact blood cholesterol as much as previously thought

The old thinking was that consuming dietary cholesterol added to the
cholesterol that your body naturally produces, thus raising the amount
in your blood. This was perceived to be risky, because too much blood
cholesterol has been shown to up the risk of heart disease, the top
killer of both men and women. One often-cited statistic is that every 1%
increase in total blood cholesterol is tied to a 2% increase in the
risk of heart disease.

For many years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that
dietary cholesterol should be limited to no more than 300 mg per day.
To put that in perspective, one egg yolk contains about 185 mg, three
ounces of shrimp contains about 130 mg, two ounces of 85% lean ground
beef about 60 mg, and one tablespoon of butter about 30 mg. The brand
new report eliminated this cap, however, because the committee believes that the research shows no substantial relationship between the consumption of dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol levels. As such, they concluded, “Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

The new guidelines aren’t carte blanche to other kinds of animal fat

Nearly every media outlet covered the release of the report from the Dietary Guidelines committee, zeroing in on the omission of cholesterol limits — but
that doesn’t mean it’s now healthy to go out and down cheeseburgers and
pepperoni pizzas. The committee is still concerned about the
relationship between blood cholesterol and saturated fat from foods like cheese.

You may have heard about another recent report, which concluded that a
lower intake of saturated fat wasn’t linked to a lower risk of heart
disease. That’s true, but it’s not the whole story, because the risk
really lies in what you replace the saturated fat-laden foods with. When
people curb saturated fat, but eat more carbohydrates, they lower
protective levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, and drive up triglycerides
(a type of blood fat), a combo that may actually up the risk of heart
disease. But numerous studies have shown that replacing foods like
butter and cheese with plant-based fats like almond butter, avocado, and olive oil can help lower heart disease risk.

Bottom line: the number one message from the new Dietary Guidelines report is that we all need to be eating less sugar and processed foods, and more plants, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and lentils.
So if you have cholesterol from something like eggs, pair them with
other whole, nutrient-rich plant foods, like veggies and avocado,
combined with some fruit, black beans, sweet potato, or quinoa. That’s
good nutrition.

 

 

 

How Do I Burn Fat?

To Store Fat, or To Burn Fat… That is the Question.

“The bacteria in your gut is what’s making you heavy.” ~Dr. Oz

Are your hormones causing your body to be in store fat or burn fat mode?  Is an imbalance in your gut keeping you from losing weight AND keeping it off?  Are toxins in our environment causing you to retain weight? How about stress?  Did you know stress can cause weight gain?

Our simple Weight Loss Program Assessment can tell you…


These are just a few of the possible reasons Americans are heavier (and sicker) than ever, with 75% of us being overweight!

Today we have more heart disease, diabetes, cancer, allergies, and autoimmune diseases than ever.

There are some obvious reasons for weight gain and poor health.  Too much of the wrong food and too little exercise will do it.  In many cases, however, it’s just not that simple.  We consistently see people in our clinic eating relatively well, exercising, etc., yet unable to lose weight and, more importantly, keep it off.

“I lost 75 pounds in 14 weeks, no longer need insulin or metformin for Type 2 Diabetes and my sugar is absolutely under control. This program changes your lifestyle. My kids are so happy – they think I’ll be around for a while now. I can’t say enough about this… you have to do it!” ~Steve Light, Phoenix, AZ

(* The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.)

In most instances, they are suffering from an imbalance in the body. Most of us, for instance, have an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, which triggers fat storage hormones. This also leads to yeast growth (i.e., candida) which causes cravings for sugar, flour, grains, alcohol, etc., and the cycle continues.

Why don’t I experience results or fast weight loss?

Stress

Stress can also seriously derail weight loss plans. Whether it be current stress or from the past, the brain can learn a stress pattern.  It gets “stuck” in Beta wavelength which causes a chronic release of the hormone cortisol, a powerful fat storage hormone.  A 20-minute session of SMT (Self Mastery Technology) can begin to re-balance the brain.

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Toxins

Toxins also cause us to gain weight. Studies show, on average, Americans have 400-800 toxins or chemicals in their fat cells. The body tries to keep these toxins diluted by keeping as much fat as possible in the cells. Our cleansing programs focus on removing the toxins so you can lose the fat.

Ultimately, successful long term weight loss should be about restoring balance and focusing on becoming as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, we tend to try to lose weight at the expense of our health through things like high protein diets, drugs like H.C.G., Phen Phen, etc., and wonder why we’re always dieting.

Our approach is dramatically different. First, we find out why you’re overweight through a simple yet sophisticated assessment. Then, we customize a specific plan for you which may include:

  • Rejuvenating/cleansing
  • Triggering fat burning hormones vs. fat storing ones
  • Minimizing the effects of stress on the brain with S.M.T.
  • Balancing gut bacteria

When you focus on restoring health you’ll experience fast weight loss naturally and keep it off for life.

“Follow it exactly…I’ve lost 25 pounds in 5 weeks.” ~Julie Jones, Fountain Hills, AZ

(* The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.)

Dr. Infantino Visits ABC 15 Sonoran Living

Dr. Anthony Infantino of Platinum Wellness recently visited with ABC 15 Sonoran Living morning show. You can watch the segment below.  He discusses the real issues behind why people can’t shed those excess pounds of fat. He details the difference between fat burning and fat storage. Dr. Infantino also addresses toxins in your body, gut and pancreas issues, thyroid imbalance and how these affect your weight loss goals. Watch the video to get a real grasp on how to lose weight without compromising your health.

Call today to schedule your Free Dinner Seminar where we will discuss our Whole Body Wellness approach. Receive a FREE online health assessment, and FREE one hour consultation by signing up. A $299 value.

Don’t have time for the talk?  Come visit us and try our Far Infrared Sauna technology.  It is the only proven, successful way of getting rid of stored toxins. It pulls chemicals out of stored fat directly into sweat. Schedule your complimentary visit.

 

Take a Deep Breath and…Lose Weight?

You’d think that if something as simple as breathing could help people to lose weight, we’d all be doing a better job of losing weight!  But the simple truth is that the pace of modern life and the multitude of things we think about at all times have relegated breathing to a background task.  We’ve become so stressed and distracted that we don’t breathe deeply or enough.  Surprisingly, this not only has stress relief implications, but it also has implications for how we lose weight.

Stress Disorders and Weight Gain

Stress occurs in the mind and in the body. When we’re stressed out, even if it’s just a low level of stress, our bodies release fight-or-flight hormones which prevent us from relaxing into a more healthy state of mind and body.  Stress relief measures like taking walks, regular exercise or exposing ourselves to nature on a regular basis do a lot to reduce fight-or-flight hormone levels.  Plenty of research has shown that when we’re stressed we tend to hold onto weight, no matter how much we eat and exercise.  And stress disorders are shown to cause weight gain.

This can be explained in fairly simple terms. Consider that if you were stressed a couple thousand years ago it was likely because there were threats to your physical safety.  Humans have typically been stressed out by fear of predators, fear of rivals and/or fear of running out of food.  In all these situations it makes sense to store any energy you can get so you can use it when you need it, whether that’s to escape from an enemy or to go a long time without sufficient food.

Today, these are not our problems, for the most part, but our body’s reaction to stress has stayed the same.  When we’re stressed, fight-or flight-hormones kick in and tell the body not to burn calories as quickly just in case you need extra calories later.

Breathing Deeply

So how does breathing deeply help you lose weight?  Taking deep, relaxed breaths signals a release of tension in the body. It’s a simple signal that tells the body and mind that it’s no longer necessary to be stressed out and release fight-or-flight hormones.  Breathing deeply and calmly is a proven stress relief method and fights stress disorders as well as everyday stress.  So, take deep breaths to lose weight.

Something To Chew On: Reasons Why Chewing Your Food Is So Important

Millions of Americans are plagued with digestive problems from chronic heartburn to irritable bowel syndrome.  There are endless reasons why digestive issues can occur.  Dietary choices like eating too many highly processed foods play a role for certain.  Always eating on the run can also cause digestive issues.  And factors that aren’t always directly related, like stress levels, can cause digestive problems that can be severe.  But there are simple things you can do to help your body digest food properly.  One of them is chewing your food well.

Rushing is a Problem

Digestive issues can stem from rushing through meals for a number of reasons, and one of the mistakes we make when we rush our meals is to not chew adequately.  Chewing food is the first step in digestion. Then the stomach and digestive enzymes take over.  Signals from the tongue and mouth indicate what kind of digestive enzymes will be necessary to break down foods and the more time the body has to assess what’s required, the better the digestion will be.  As foods enter the stomach, digestive enzymes are released from the pancreas, gallbladder and the lining of the stomach.

This complicated process is not helped by a rushed meal.  And when you rush your meals you can also induce the release of stress hormones like cortisol, which also cause you to digest differently and can cause digestive problems.

Digestion in the Intestines Causes Problems

If food isn’t chewed sufficiently, digestive enzymes in the stomach can’t do enough to break down food before it heads into the intestines.  Digestion in the intestines is where gas is produced and food that hasn’t been chewed properly causes more gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.  Focusing on chewing can help ensure that your digestive system works the way it’s supposed to.

Chewing Reduces Heartburn

Finally, when food isn’t chewed enough, the stomach beefs up acid production in the hopes of digesting food completely.  Eating fast and not chewing enough often causes digestive issues.  Digestive enzymes work well in balance with healthy eating habits, but if you don’t chew your food the slack has to be picked up elsewhere in the body.

By not chewing enough, we throw the digestive system out of balance.  The stomach requires more acid and digestive enzymes and the intestines have to do a bigger job than they’re designed to do.  So help yourself out and chew!

Going Natural – What is the Best Natural Detox Cleanse?

The best natural detox cleanse is going to be the one that you do with focus, intention and which you complete.  Detox diets have gotten a bit of a bad reputation with diet fanatics, but the truth is that a natural detox cleanse isn’t about losing a bunch of weight immediately.  A detox diet can be the gateway to healthy weight loss and a change in the way you treat your body – for the better.

Natural Detox Cleanse Options

Some of the most popular natural detox cleanses are juice cleanses – either with or without herbal detox supplements.  The best way to go forward with any of these options is to read as much as you can about the proper way to proceed.  All natural detox cleanses should start with a slow ramping down of food intake.  Start by dropping processed foods, then meat and then dairy from your diet.  Slowly reduce grains and then move to only raw fruits and vegetables.

No matter what kind of detox diet you choose to do, it’s critical that you proceed slowly and with intention.  Healthy weight loss is about changing habits and reducing the problematic foods from your diet.  This is where it starts.  You’ll also come off any natural detox cleanse slowly.  Reintroduce foods on the recommended schedule in order to allow your system to adjust to eating foods again.

Healthy Weight Loss as a Way of Life

Why do natural detox cleanses and diets work?  Because they break our eating patterns.  Food addictions are a major problem for people who are trying to lose weight.  A detox diet is the perfect way to break your habits surrounding food – from being addicted to sugary or salty snacks to having a psychological addiction to using food as an escape or comfort.

A detox diet itself may not cause you to lose a lot of weight, but after completing a natural detox cleanse, your body feels light, healthy, and clean.  You won’t want to put junk food into your body when you’ve just completed a detox. Your appetite will be reduced and your interest in healthy foods will be increased.  Healthy weight loss will be easier because you will have broken the unhealthy patterns in your life.

The Proof is NOT in the Pudding. Proven Weight Loss Plans That DON’T Involve Diets

When you compare weight loss programs, you start to see that they fall into different categories.  Some focus on reducing certain types of foods like low- or no-carb diets, sugar-free diets, or fat free diets.  Others focus on reducing all-around calorie intake.  And then there are the kind of crash diets that force you to change your habits dramatically in order to attempt to lose a lot of weight fast.  But fancy diets tend to come and go.  A natural detox cleanse may help with digestive issues but isn’t a permanent way to maintain your ideal weight. Here are some proven weight loss plans that aren’t all about a dramatic diet.

Calorie Counting

The basic problem for most people who battle with being overweight is too many calories.  Calorie counting weight loss programs work because they help people to look more closely at their day-to-day habits.  When you compare weight loss programs from some of the biggest names in the business, you’ll see that a lot of them break down to simply counting calories.  However, unless you’re also conscious of where those calories come from, you could cause or exacerbate digestive issues.

Whole Foods vs. Snacking

Another major hurdle is the quality of food that we eat on a regular basis.  It’s much healthier to cook your own meals so you can control what goes into your food.  But nobody has time for that! Processed foods are a major contributor to digestive issues and unhealthy weight gain.  If you cut out processed foods, make your own meals from whole foods, and stop snacking you’ll be changing your eating habits for the better – good for your body, mind, and waistline!

Natural Detox Cleanses

The major benefits of a natural detox cleanse are usually misunderstood.  A cleanse will reduce your weight while you do it, but you do need to eat again eventually and some weight will always come back.  However, when you cleanse your body, you can deal with digestive issues and any food addictions you may have.  (See our blog post on natural detox cleanses) After a natural detox cleanse, you may find it easier to stick to a weight loss plan that is more permanent and effective because you’re no longer craving junk foods and you feel great about being clean on the inside.

Compare weight loss programs, give yourself a break with a natural detox cleanse and then move forward with permanent, healthy changes to your eating habits.

Do Body Wraps Have a Bad Rep? 5 Weight Loss Wrap Myths Revealed

Maybe you’ve just started hearing about body wraps as a relaxing or invigorating herbal treatment.  Maybe you’ve heard of them in the past but never understood exactly what the benefits are.  Until you’ve experienced one for yourself, it’s hard to know how body wraps work or why you might want one.  Here are a few myths debunked and a bit more information about what you can really expect from an herbal body wrap.

Are They Safe?

An herbal body wrap is no more or less safe than most body treatments.  You’re treated to a full body masque of sorts that combines herbal knowledge about internal and external treatment options.  Weight loss wraps don’t work by keeping you from eating, but by invigorating your body to detox and helping you to reduce cravings for food.

Are They Healthy?

Again, there are no reasons to consider an herbal body wrap or a weight loss wrap unhealthy or unsafe in any way.  If you enjoy massages and you like skin treatments, a body wrap is like being gently held within a deep skin treatment – mild, calming, relaxing, invigorating and rejuvenating.

Can I DIY a Body Wrap?

You will find that some people promote DIY herbal body wraps online, but even if it is possible, the experience is completely different from having a professional wrap.  For starters, if you haven’t had professional training, you’re going to be learning how body wraps work as you go – a bit less than ideal.

Do We Know Enough?

Herbal body wraps have been offered for decades and if you ask people who have them on a regular basis, you’ll find that they love the relaxation and the way it makes their skin feel.

Are There Risks?

There’s no downside to trying an herbal body wrap or weight loss wrap if you’re curious to know more.  At the least, you’ll be enjoying an herbal spa treatment that allows you to cleanse and then expose your skin to a special treat.  At best, you’ll enjoy the benefits of different kinds of herbal body wraps like weight loss wraps, cleansing wraps, and rejuvenating wraps.  If you want to know more about how body wraps work, talk to a professional trained in administering weight loss wraps.

5 Ways to Start 2015 with a Cleansed Mind and Body

Like many people, you probably want to start the year off right and feel inspired to keep up your good habits through 2015.  A natural detox cleanse can help you to feel both cleansed and inspired.  Whether you’re suffering from digestive issues or you simply want to try something new like a vibration exercise machine, here are 5 ideas for starting 2015 with the right frame of mind for a healthy body.

  1. Juice Cleanse – Most juice cleanses give you plenty of calories, but the calories are healthy and light.  Proceed slowly with this kind of natural detox cleanse, ramping down to just juice and then back up to eating normally again.
  2. Natural Detox Cleanse – A natural detox cleanse is not a good diet but it can really help with digestive issues.  You get rid of the thousands of toxins wreaking havoc on your body all while it cleanses and flushes your entire digestive tract.  It’s also a good challenge if you suffer from food addictions.
  3. Start a New Exercise Routine – Okay, this is not a natural detox cleanse per se, but it can be inspiring and invigorating to try a new sport or physical fitness solution.  Plus, getting exercise increases circulation and ensures that you are detoxifying your body.  Test out a vibration training or start a walking schedule.  Find a friend who wants to go swimming on a regular basis or find a bike trail where you can enjoy the fresh air while moving your body.
  4. Improve Gut Health – A natural detox cleanse is a short term way to allow your body to cleanse more efficiently, but regular maintenance is also very important.  Probiotic rich foods like miso, kefir, yogurt, pickles or kimchi will help keep your gut healthy.  Consider taking herbs and eating foods that are anti-microbial including simple foods like garlic.  Talk to a nutritionist about what changes to make for your diet. This can help with digestive issues as well.
  5. Mental Cleansing – Consider starting a ritual to help you cleanse your mind like making a list once a month of the feelings you want to let go of. Write down the list and burn it (somewhere safe)!

Whatever you do this year, whether you’re fixing digestive issues with a natural detox cleanse or starting a new physical routine with whole body vibration training, make sure you get expert advice on how to proceed. Take the time to do it right and your cleanse will feel satisfying and refreshing.