Why Gut Health Is Important For Your Overall Health

Does the shape your gut is in really matter? Find out why this very important to your overall health and well-being.

Gut health has been a hot topic recently, and for good reason.

Your gut holds 70% of a neurotransmitter called Serotonin, which is also known as the happy chemical.

It’s also the chemical that controls appetite, emotions and regulates the sleep hormone melatonin.

You can see why there is also a correlation between poor gut health and depression, as a disruption of this chemical can affect all areas of your life.

Why Does Our Gut And Digestive Health Become  Imbalanced?

In the past 20 or so years, we have been adding many chemicals foreign to our gut flora and bacteria that it’s never seen before.

Chemicals like food coloring, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, fillers that are added to packaged foods, and also toxins from excess alcohol.

Over time, the gut can begin to become damaged and what is termed leaky gut can occur.

Leaky gut is just that: when food seeps through your intestinal wall and gets into the bloodstream. Over time, this affects our health in more ways than one and cause a whole host of different issues- one being autoimmune disorders.

The intestinal lining is also where our immune system can be found, warding off bacteria, infection, cancers, diseases, and autoimmune disorders.

If your gut is imbalanced, you may find that you get sick often and that no matter which types of immunity shots or pills you take, you always seem to catch whatever cold is going around.

An unhealthy digestive system can be one of the reasons hormones become imbalanced as the body isn’t able to eliminate through the proper detoxification pathways via stool removal.

So as you can see, it’s a BIG deal ladies and gent’s.

So What Can I Do To Begin To Heal My Digestion And Gut?

The first step is taking accountability to your known triggers.

Meaning, if you know that every time you eat beans, wheat, or sugary food and drinks that you have to rush the to bathroom or immediately get bloated- it’s gotta go.

These symptoms are not only bothersome, but are harming you long term.

This damage can take years to heal, which isn’t fun nor is it cheap.

Here are 3 ways to ensure you are nurturing your digestive system to you aren’t creating any unwanted imbalances or discomfort long term.

#1 Drink Warm Lemon Water First Thing In The Morning

Not only will this help you to flush out toxins from the liver, but it helps to nourish your intestinal lining and creates a healthy pH in your body.

It also helps to loosen your stools so you are able to evacuate easily every day.

If you find that lemon juice just doesn’t taste amazing first thing in the morning, try just warm water and gradually build up to the lemon juice.

#2 Track Which Foods You Are Eating And How They Mentally And Physically Make You Feel After Eating Them.

Sure, you could get a food intolerance test and pay to test this, but this is a free and easy way to see which foods your body is in agreement with.

One person’s food is another person’s poison. Meaning: just because your friend thrives on rice and other grains, doesn’t mean you will. Track which foods make you feel worse after eating them, then eliminate them.

Food intolerances can actually go away after a long period of time avoiding them. Try not to look certain foods that bother you as never being able to eat them again, just not being able to eat them right now.

Plus, why would you want to live your life in constant discomfort?

That isn’t sexy….

#3 Add In Probiotics And Digestive Enzymes

Sometimes our bodies do not have enough healthy bacteria to digest our foods and to keep us healthy.

This creates unhealthy flora in our intestinal tracts which makes it impossible to digest and absorb properly.

Try adding in both Probiotics as well as Digestive Enzymes to ensure this isn’t the culprit. But also make sure you aren’t using this as a bandaid and as an excuse to keep eating the foods you know are harmful to your specific body.

If you’re struggling with your gut health, know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

It does take consistency and the right tools, but it’s possible to not have to live in discomfort or embarrassment.

If you’ve used these tips and you’re still struggling in this area, email us back to inquire about our One on One or Group coaching program with nutritionists and health coaches who specialize in functional medicine and gut health can help you to heal.

You are worthy of feeling amazing every single day. Don’t let something that is able to heal quickly hold you back.


Have You Entered The Giveaway?

Have You Entered The Giveaway?

The Steve Weatherford Show is Officially LIVE

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If you didn’t get my message earlier on Instagram or on Facebook, the official launch day of THE STEVE WEATHERFORD SHOW is here….

 

And I created this podcast for people just like you.

 

To peel back the curtain and reveal a behind-the-scenes look at creating a high-performance life.

 

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Whether that’s discovering your purpose, launching a business, getting in the best shape of your life or anything in between….

 

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Thank you SO much for your love.


What To You Do When You’re Unmotivated?

Find Out What I Do To Keep The Consistent Motivation Going Day After Day

 

What’s the best thing to do when I don’t feel like going to work out or eat healthily?

 

Remember, the more you hit a workout or eat healthy when you don’t feel like it…

 

You begin to flex an internal muscle where you build more and more confidence.

 

Even me, after 10 years in the NFL — I don’t ‘feel’ like training every day.

 

So here’s what to do when you don’t ‘feel’ like it:

1. Commit in advance to work out with a friend or family member.

Having to show up for someone else will ensure you follow through.

 

2. Remember your goals and visualize them.

Remind yourself of how amazing you’re going to look and feel at the beach this summer.

 

3. Think back to all the time you didn’t feel like doing a workout, yet felt amazing and energized after.

Action always leads to clarity and momentum.

 

4. Be part of a program that forces you to report back and accountability built in.

I am committing to have a coach for the rest of my life to hold me accountable to achieving my goals. I know I need it, and once you realize this the game changes.

 

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Why Detoxing Is Important For Your Health

You change your oil and filters in your car every 3 months to keep it running, you need to do the same for your body.

Here’s why…..

Our air is dirty.

 

Our foods now have pesticides and our water has fluoride.

 

There are more hidden chemicals in our food and water more than ever before, polluting our organs and making it difficult to filter out what is harming us.

 

Our bodies are working 10x as hard to remove toxins and foreign substances that are almost unavoidable if you live in a heavily populated area.

 

Just think of the last time you had your windows down while driving, more than likely you were breathing in exhaust from the car in front of you.

 

And when was the last time you paid attention to the things you also put on outside of your body like lotions, sprays, and deodorants, all which if they don’t indicate all natural, definitely are not.

 

In order for us to live our highest quality of life and disease free, we have to start paying attention to not only what we’re eating and putting on our bodies, but also getting the toxins we have built up OUT.

Who Needs To Detox?

The short answer?

 

Everyone.

This is especially true if you have never done a detox or cleanse before, as years of damage has taken place whether you realize it or not.

Your body holds on to toxins that build up inside your skin and other organs for years. This causes massive amounts of health issues, hormonal imbalances, headaches, mental fog, weight gain and even depression.

Even those who eat impeccable diets must detox yearly or even quarterly if they can.

 

Symptoms You’re In Need Of A Detox

  • Moodiness and emotional issues

  • Not being able to put on muscle mass like you used to

  • Weight gain especially around your mid-section (toxins are stored in fat cells)

  • Hormonal imbalance: low testosterone, painful periods, endometriosis, breast growth in men, low sex drive in both men and women

  • Acne and other skin issues like psoriasis and rosacea

  • Getting sick frequently and low immunity

  • Brain fog, not being able to remember things and feeling “off”

  • Digestive issues like constipation, bloating, gas, and discomfort

A majority of these issues are unfortunately confused with autoimmune disorders and most doctors won’t ask you what your nutrition is like, or even if you drink enough water.

 

The great news is, that these are all reversible with a great detox program and these next 3 tips that will help jumpstart the detoxification process.

#1. Increase Your Filtered Water Intake As Well As Lemon Juice And Dandelion Root Tea

 

When wanting to cleanse your liver and other organs to heal your body, you must first increase your healthy liquids and get rid of the unhealthy drinks like alcohol and sugary drinks.

 

Sugary drinks and too much alcohol harm the liver which may be the reason you are unable to lose fat as easily as you used to.

 

Make sure that when drinking water, you are not drinking tap water as this contains fluoride and other nasty chemicals. Always opt for filtered spring or other bottled waters.

 

First thing in the morning, mix ½ a lemon with 1 cup room temperature filtered water and drink on an empty stomach. This will help to flush the liver and jumpstart your metabolism and also hydrate your body as you have been fasting all night.

 

Also drink dandelion root tea 1-2 times a day as this will also help to cleanse the body and begin to remove toxins.

 

*Note: If you have kidney issues please avoid dandelion root tea*

 

#2 Opt For Only Organic Fruits, Vegetables And Meats

 

As mentioned above, our food is no longer safe to trust and we have to make sure we are watching out for ourselves.

 

When at the grocery store, ask where the organic section is located which are not sprayed with chemicals to preserve the quality of the fruit and vegetable.

 

Organic may cost a small amount more, but it’s worth it for your health.

 

Choosing organic meats will limit the amount of antibiotics and hormones they pump the meat with. Unless it is labeled “organic or grass-fed” it is in fact hormone filled.

 

Companies are even getting tricky with their marketing, labeling meats “natural” when they are still in fact unnatural.

 

Confusing, right?

 

Unfortunately marketing has gotten super clever, so we have to be smarter about our choices and checking the labels.

 

#3 Exercise Intensely To Sweat Out Toxins

 

Our skin is our largest organ, and one of the quickest and most cost efficient ways to remove toxins is to sweat them out.

 

One of the best ways to do this is by sitting in a sauna for 15-20 minutes which will heat your body to initiate sweating.

 

Another less expensive option is investing in a gym membership or completing an at home workout program like the 30 Day Metabolic Reset which will help to increase the amount of sweat you secrete as well as help the detoxification process.

 

We also give you a 7 Day Primer Detox Program inside the Metabolic Reset to jumpstart your process as well as a customized nutrition program to help you to reach your goals.

You Only Have One

 

You will only have one body in your lifetime.

 

Your body is your temple.

 

You never want to wake up one day and realize you spent most of your time without energy, dealing with health issues, or overall not having the body you know you desire.

 

Take a chance on YOU and choose yourself today once and for all and start living your dream life.

The past doesn’t have to be your future, and know there’s support by joining the Metabolic Reset Program and a family that supports you and your goals.


7 Tips To Stay Healthy While Traveling

Are you traveling for work or vacation but don’t want to lose your hard earned work? Use these 6 tips to stay on track.

How many of you who travel frequently or are constantly on the go struggle with staying on track with your health and fitness goals?

This is a question I get a lot from people reaching out who feel like they’re spinning their wheels and are on a roller coaster because life gets in the way.

They feel like they undo all of their hard earned work in one short weekend and struggle to get back on track.

My advice? Don’t let it spin out of control, and follow these 6 tips that I have found to be a game changer for me while traveling.

1. Prioritize Sleep

I make sure I’m getting enough sleep the week or weeks before I travel. Sleep greatly improves your immune system, plus it lessens your anxiety and stress response which naturally happens while traveling.

I always aim for 7-8 every night, but I prioritize this more than ever before I travel. You have to build healthy cells and immunity and sleep is one of the main ways to do this.

Yeah, partying is cool until you realize you’ve only slept 3 hours and now want to eat and drink the things you normally don’t.

Break this habit by reminding yourself of past trips you took that didn’t make you feel great by the end of the trip.

2. Make Workouts And Nutrition Non-Negotiable

I ramp up my workout, nutrition, supplements and morning routine every time I travel.

The reason I do this is not necessarily just to get ripped (though it’s a nice side effect) I do this because of the way I feel, which reminds me that I want to feel this way while I’m traveling and it makes it easier to commit to.

I also make sure I take my Metabolic Supplement Stack with me so I stay on track.

Plus, when I stick to this while I’m traveling I don’t have that feeling of any regret when I come home. #Winning.

3. Always Be Prepared

I make sure I have enough snacks to fuel me and also for emergencies. This is so I don’t make poor decisions when on the road or doing interviews and I don’t grab only what’s available.

This has been a lifesaver while I have been interviewing for my podcast. The rule is still true that if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

When you’re hunger is in full force, all you want is calories and it’s usually in the form or sugar and processed carbohydrates. Having snacks on hand makes it a no brainer to stick to the plan.

Make sure to always have a gallon of water with you also to stay hydrated because you also may confuse dehydration and thirst for hunger.

4. Fill Up On Fiber

I make sure I load up like crazy on fiber every single day I’m gone.

You can bring packets of chia seeds, flax and also psyllium husk which you can find at most health food stores.

This keeps me regular and not backed up like most people complain about when traveling.

5. Eat Before You Leave

Not only will this keep you regular in that “department”, but it helps to rid excess toxins and hormones from foods that you can probably already guess won’t be organic or grass-fed.

I eat a large breakfast in the morning full of healthy fats and proteins so I don’t focus on food the entire trip.

If you’re staying at a hotel, they will usually have some form of a continental breakfast where I grab hard boiled eggs and a banana on the way, or if you’re lucky and have a full breakfast, fuel up on the healthy options.

Not fueling up before you go exploring or traveling will make you want that churro on the side of the street and though a churro won’t kill you, that’s not really nutritious to eat every day and I want to feel GOOD while I travel and I can’t really compromise.

6. You Are In Control

And last but not least, I remind myself that I AM in control and that I don’t want to undo everything I have done in terms of my health and wellness goals.

Having a treat meal once in awhile is awesome, but one too many can and WILL undo your progress and I’m not just speaking in terms of gaining fat or anything to do with aesthetics. That week of travel can disrupt your health in terms of hormones, gut health, cognition and energy.

It’s non-negotiable to me to have fun, but be mindful that binging on loafs of bread and taking back 7 sugary daiquiris a day you will most definitely regret when you return back home.

It really all comes down to this…….

Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.

Those cravings will pass, but realizing you didn’t stick with the plan and go for your goals will stick with you.

If you’re struggling to know what to eat, when, and which workouts you should be doing, we just launched our brand new Group Coaching Platform which we made affordable to everyone to help you reach your goals.

Keep up the awesome work and know that your goals are waiting for you, you just have to go for them and know it’s possible for you.


Top 5 Healthy Fats For Your Diet And Why

Changing the types of fats you are using can greatly increase your health and your ability to burn stubborn fat.

We live in a time where we all trust and believe that restaurants and health food stores have our best interest at heart, but unfortunately this isn’t the reality.

More and more often I am seeing also health food stores bake a cook foods with oils that are actually harmful to our bodies.

Now how could this happen?

We believe we should just trust the healthy restaurants we go to, hoping that the lean chicken breast and green beans we just ordered were cooked in oils that will actually make us healthier and stronger?

Unfortunately not.

But what actually distinguishes a healthy fat vs an unhealthy fat?

The Science

Fats are responsible for helping to regulate hormones by production of cholesterol, for protecting your organs (to cushion them), produce energy, growth of the body, brain function, regulation of immune function, metabolism, and so many other functions.

Basically, you can’t live without them and your body does not produce fats on it’s own so we have to ingest them.

Fat isn’t the devil, and it’s important to understand that not all fats are the created the same either.

Some fats can actually do harm to your body, and can actually make you gain weight.

So Which Fats Actually Add To Your Health?

#1: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a powerful fat as it has been shown to help improve overall immune function, metabolism, insulin resistance, and can also be used as a topical lotion as it’s very moisturizing.

Though coconut oil is considered a saturated fat, don’t let the name fool you. There are certain types of saturated fats that are actually good for you, and coconut oil is one of them.

There is something called MCT’s which stand for Medium Chain Triglycerides inside coconut oil which have also been known to speed up weight loss and reduce appetite.

Coconut oil has also been shown to improve HDL, the good cholesterol we all need.

As any fat and food, make sure to rotate it and mix it up by using other fats which are included below.

#2 Avocados

Who doesn’t love guacamole?

Not only are avocados delicious to eat, but they are one of the most nourishing fats as they have a great macronutrient profile of protein, carbs and fats.

Avocados have been known to also help balance hormones in both men and women, which is a huge plus to this food.

Avocados are also extremely high in nutrients like: Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Vitamin C. Giving this fruit (yes, I said fruit) a huge incentive to eat it.

They are also loaded with fiber which none of us tend to get enough of, and help to keep us, ahem…regular.

#3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Olive oil has been used for years in the mediterranean and Mediterranean Diet as a way for Europeans to stay healthy and lean and is very easy to incorporate into your diet.

EVOO is rich in antioxidants that help to keep your immune system high and keep your strength in the gym as an athlete.

It also has high antiinflammatory properties which may combat against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

EVOO can be used in a number of ways including cooking on a stove, adding to salad dressings, and also baked goods.

#4 Egg Yolks

This one may rattle some feathers!

How many of you have been told to avoid the yolks as they raise your cholesterol?

Science is constantly evolving, there’s even a book out now called “Eat The Yolks” which I encourage any of you who are skeptical to read.

The bottom line is that eating cholesterol rich foods doesn’t lead to cholesterol.

Egg yolks are rich in choline (brain health), lutein and zeaxanthin (eye health) and are also loaded with vitamin A, E and calcium.

Eat em’ up! Don’t waste the yolks when they are a nourishing source of fats.

#5 Grass-Fed Butter

It’s important to note that not all butter is created equally.

Grass-fed butter is highly nutritious and comes from cows who ate grass and not grain or other chemicals most cows intake.

This is important because you eat what the animal also ate. Kind of crazy, right?

Grass-fed butter is high in CLA which is short for conjugated linoleic acid which helps to burn body fat while preserving muscle mass.

It contains over 400 different fatty acids and is also extremely high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which is amazing for your heart health.

Some experts and doctors are now labeling grass-fed butter as one of the healthiest fats on the planet due to its nutrient profile and positive effects on the body.

Now The Obvious Question Is: How Often Do You Have These?

It’s always a great thing to rotate your foods and not eat the same things every single day to gain the most nutrients.

I suggest eating two of the fats daily, then rotating another two in and so fourth. The amount of fat you need (grams) depends entirely on your body, activity level and type and is a specific calculation.

If you are looking to find the ideal ratio for your body, you can join our 30 Day Metabolic Reset Program which tells you exactly how many carbs, fats, and protein you should be eating, which type and how often.

It pretty much just helps you take the guesswork out and oh yeah, comes with a FULL workout program also.

Prioritize your health and make sure to start incorporating these healthy fats into your diet and start to see the radical changes not only in your physical body, but in how you feel energetically and mentally.


Healthy Nachos Without The Guilt….

Just In Time For Football Season

Love football food but feel like you backtrack every time you watch a game? Not happening this year with this awesome and guilt free recipe.

Football season is finally here, baby!

Who wants nachos but doesn’t want the chemical hangover that most recipes create or lose your hard earned abs?

I’m always looking for unhealthy favorites to make clean and healthy and these nachos were nothing short of AMAZING.

Something that most people don’t realize when having “cheat” meals, is that not only are you loading up on unwanted calories, but also chemicals.

Most restaurants and companies fill their food with preservatives, hormone and antibiotic filled meats, genetically modified foods and artificial flavoring.

Our body doesn’t recognize these chemicals or know how to process them, so we store them as fat in our cells.

This is part of the reason you wake up after eating out and feel like you were hit by a truck.

You have chemicals flowing through your blood, your gut gets imbalanced and you overall feel like crap.

Food hangovers ARE a real thing.

This is why I wanted to share this recipe with you so you can avoid all of that and stay true to your goals.

Just make sure you don’t load up on beer, instead.

Healthy Nacho Recipe

What you need:

(Makes 4 servings)

  • Jackson’s Honest Organic Corn Chips
  • Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips (optional)
  • 1lb Organic Grass-fed beef
  • 1 can Organic Turkey Chili Beans
  • 1 bag Raw Organic Shredded Cheese
  • 1 can Chopped Olives
  • 2 Avocados- made into guacamole
  • Low Sodium Jalapenos
  • 1 cup Fage Greek Yogurt

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray (soy free).

  • Cook the ground beef in a skillet and season with just sea salt.
  • Line the baking sheet with chips then pour the COOKED ground beef over chips.
  • Add chili beans on top
  • Add cheese on top and other condiments you desire

Bake for 10-15 minutes and make sure to watch that the cheese does not burn.

Remove from oven, add remaining ingredients on top and ENJOY!

What If I’m Doing The 30 Day Metabolic Reset During Football Season, Can I Still Make This?

 

Awesome question!

I would have to tell you that since I can’t see your portion size that you’re giving yourself, I’d say try to stick as close to your nutrition plan as possible. And if you do choose to make this recipe, do longer fasted cardio in the morning and make sure you take your Supplement Stack.

And for those of you who decide to make this recipe but also want to still follow your plan, do the following:

  • If you’re on a high carb day, avoid the cheese and use a leaner ground beef which will lower your fat intake.
  • If you’re on a low carb day, limit your chips and beans and opt for using everything as a chili rather than nachos which will still taste incredible.

Have a healthy football recipe you want to share? Send it over!

We would love to share it and and GO GIANTS!!