Do You Have A Food Intolerance?

3 Ways to find out if certain health foods you’re eating are actually harming your health and sabotaging you from your goals.

Most people believe that by eating nutritiously and eating plenty of vegetables, organic meats and complex carbohydrates that they are doing everything “right”.

 

The problem lies in that every body is different. One person’s food can be another person’s poison.

 

Meaning: that just because John snacks hard on kale and carrot sticks all day and feels great doing it, doesn’t mean that you can also.

Let Me Explain…

 

We are all born with different gut bacteria, different microbiome, born into different cultures who also ate different foods.

 

We are all unique looking, and have different hair color, skin, eye, and are shaped differently.

 

This is widely accepted in most cultures as having different likes and interests, but somehow when it comes to nutrition and the foods we are eating, we forget that everyone flourishes on different things.

 

Here are some ways to find out if you have a food intolerance or sensitivity to certain foods you are eating:

 

#1: You feel foggy brained an hour or two after you’ve eaten.

 

Most people would blow this off as a food coma from eating too much, but what happens if you feel this way after having a sensible portion?

 

More than likely, the food you are consuming is cooked in unhealthy oil, or you’re consuming a food that isn’t registering well in your body.

 

The best way to test this out is by carrying a food journal or tracking this in your notepad section of your iPhone. Set a timer in your phone for an hour, and then two hours after you’ve eaten and see how you feel.

 

If you feel less energy and almost light headed and like a zombie, then you’re probably eating something your body is intolerant to.

 

If at that meal you ate a combination of dairy, wheat and beef, then on a later day eat these separately to see which of the 3 are affecting you.

 

#2: You get gastrointestinal issues like gas, bloating or diarrhea.

 

I get that this is uncomfortable to talk about or to even admit, but it must be talked about.

 

Every time you continuously choose to eat these foods, you’re harming your health and creating what’s called leaky gut inside your intestines.

 

Did you know that you can actually create an autoimmune disease?

 

And this can sometimes happen from repetitive neglect to your body and feeding it the wrong foods.

 

If this is become bothersome to you and the above technique of journaling and timing a reaction isn’t working for you, it may be time to visit your doctor to have additional testing done.

 

The most common tests a doctor will do is what’s called an IgE blood tests. This tests for certain antibodies in your blood that may be becoming harmed from the foods you’re eating.

 

Another test that can be performed is a prick test which is usually done at an allergist or by request from a naturopathic doctor.

#3 Do a 14-30 Day Elimination Diet

 

One of the best ways to find out if you are intolerant to certain foods and to really heal your digestion is by eliminating certain foods that have been known to harm a lot of people.

 

These foods are:

 

Corn, wheat (gluten), dairy, soy, peanuts, shellfish and eggs. A lot of the time, we are consuming these foods without them being organic or from a reputable source so you may also be feeling the results of pesticides, hormones, and other chemicals in these foods.

 

Find a great nutrition program that eliminates all of these foods and stick with it for an entire 14-30 days.

 

Inside the Metabolic Reset, you can find an amazing nutrition program that is easy to stick to and just eliminate the above foods.

 

An added plus is you usually end up losing anywhere from 10-15 pounds, just by eliminating the foods that weren’t serving your body.

 

Because again: if we are all created differently, wouldn’t it make sense we have to feed ourselves differently also?

You are meant to have a fulfilling and healthy life, don’t waste it feeling anything less than FIRE every single day.


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.


Boost Your Metabolism With These 5 Things

Have you ever wondered if boosting your metabolism was possible?
Science says it is.

Outdated research has told us that the health issues, genes, and certain conditions we are born with are permanent and something we have to just “live with”, but recent science is now telling us differently.

Something called Epigenetics, which is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.

In english and in layman’s terms, this means you can change your genes and your body at any moment, regardless of family history or how you were born.

How amazing is that?

While your grandmother, mother, and friends may have told you that you’ll never be able to drop 20 pounds, get rid of acne, and that you are destined to develop diabetes because it’s in your family history, this is false. And this does not have to be your fate if you make changes NOW to create a future of your dreams.

Epigenetics is important to mention when it comes to metabolism because most men and women believe that they have a “slow metabolism”, or that they have a family history of health issues that will not allow them to get the body they desire.

You can have absolutely anything you want if you put your mind to it.

Anything.

Sure, you may have to put in a little more effort than someone else, but isn’t it worth it?

Isn’t it worth it so you can create the life you have always wanted and wake up proud and energized every single day?

I BELIEVE IN YOU.

I know you are capable, and that’s why I do what I do on a daily basis, inspiring you to be the best version you can possibly be.

It’s why I created the 30 Day Metabolic Reset so you could get healthier, happier, and oh yeah……fit AF.

Now to the good stuff……..

How do I increase and boost my metabolism to burn fat and gain more muscle without cutting back more calories?

The first thing I want to make very clear, is you have to be eating super clean while working out or you won’t see any results from these tips.

Supplements and metabolic boosters are tools to have more of an edge and get peak results, not something you should use without eating properly.

So here we go!

#1 Spicy Foods and Spices

I don’t have a problem with this one as I am addicted to fire, but it’s proven that hot and spicy foods have an ability to increase the temperature of your body and burn more calories.

The best spices to incorporate are cayenne pepper, jalapenos and other peppers, Sriracha hot sauce and cinnamon, which also has an ability to regulate blood pressure and enhance caloric burn.

And if you can’t stomach spicy foods, you can always buy capsules at your local health food store which will give you the kick without burning your mouth.

#2 Green Tea, Coffee, and Caffeine

These also have thermogenic properties and the ability to burn fat and not just wake you up.

This is because thermogenics like these will heat your body to a higher body temperature, thus signaling the burn of more calories.

You’ll notice that in my Therm-FX we have added green tea as well as other vitamins and herbs that assist you in leaning out.

Make sure you don’t overdo the caffeine though, as more than 3 cups a day can increase cortisol which can in fact make you store fat.

And if you do choose to drink coffee as your choice of caffeine, always drink it black with either stevia or another natural sweetener as sugar and milk add up in calories.

Not a fa of coffee?

We just released our Lean-FX Amino Energy Pre-workout that will give you that extra metabolism boost as well as boost of energy during your workout.

#3 Heavy Weight Training

For the ladies out there who are scared of this, your body does not have enough testosterone to get huge so please don’t assume you will become Schwarzenegger if you pick up some dumbbells.

And for the men out there who have been doing mainly cardio or light weights, joining the Metabolic Reset may be just what you need.

As you put on more muscle mass, you boost your metabolism just by increasing the weights as long as you are eating enough food to build. And we also take care of that for you with a customized nutrition program that you receive once you join the program.

WINNING.

I get direct messages daily asking how to increase muscle while losing belly fat, and this is it.

 

When crunched for time, always opt for heavier weight training over cardio.

Take the guesswork out of what program is right for you and how much food you should be eating. Click here to join the 30 Day Metabolic Reset.

#4 Coconut Oil

I know, crazy right? Eat fat to burn fat? It sounds like a trick, but it isn’t.

Coconut oil or MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) have one of the greatest fat burning capabilities as these fatty acids that are metabolized differently than most other fats, lead to beneficial effects on metabolism.

Using just 1 tbsp a day either stirred into your coffee or protein shake will greatly enhance your thermogenic (heat) fat burning capabilities. Make sure that you are replacing this fat with another fat, as you don’t want to be adding in additional calories.

Also make sure that you check the label and it states organic “unrefined” coconut oil.

#5 Higher Calorie Treat Meals

Notice I said the word treat and not cheat since cheating has a negative connotation to it, but this can be your magic weapon to fat loss.

 

Any time you are dieting, your leptin and ghrelin shuts down and needs to be revamped and recharged.

 

Adding in ONE cheat meal a week that includes a protein, higher carbs and minimal fat will greatly boost your metabolism.

 

But if you drive through every fast food restaurant and use this as an excuse, it’s defeating the purpose and will not work and you’ll end up defeating the whole purpose of this meal.

The next day make sure to return to your normal nutrition program and start to see the results week, after week.

Don’t give up on your journey because you feel like it wasn’t meant for you.

 

Every one of you deserves to feel confident in their skin and you get there with a great program and consistency.

 

You will be amazed at how quickly these tools will help to boost your metabolism and jump start your journey, but it can’t happen if you don’t start.

 

And if you’re feeling like you are lacking motivation, check back on Thursday for another blog on how to stay inspired through your journey and how I overcome challenges in my own life.

Click here to see the metabolism boosting products I mentioned above that I use every day that helps me to stay lean and full of energy.


Probiotics

“All disease begins in the gut.” Those words were spoken nearly 2,500 years ago by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. An oversimplification that may be, but there is truth to this statement – your gut health has a massive effect on your overall health and well-being.
There are various ways you can improve your gut health. They include eating probiotic-rich foods, consuming resistance starches, eliminating artificial sweeteners, and reducing stress. One of the fastest and most efficient ways, however, is supplementing with probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms (usually in the form of bacteria) that benefit your health1.  Here are three powerful, evidence-based benefits of probiotics.

1. Probiotics Help You Lose Fat

The better your gut flora, the more likely you are to sport a lean and impressive physique.

In one study, scientists supplemented the diet of 210 obese individuals with the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri for twelve weeks 2. As a result, they lost on average 8.5% belly fat.

Why do probiotics help get you lean? Because they reduce hunger by stimulating the release of GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone 3. Besides, certain probiotics decrease fat storage by raising ANGPTL4 4.

2. Probiotics Boost Your Immune System

Probiotics bolster your gut flora by increasing healthy gut bacteria and inhibiting the growth of harmful ones5

The result? Probiotics decrease your risk of infections, lower your chances of getting sick, and help you recover faster when you do get ill 6-7

So, you’ll have to skip fewer workouts due to sickness, which means you can make progress at a faster rate.

3. Probiotics Boost Your Happiness

Around 90 percent of serotonin production happens in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a brain chemical) that helps stabilize your mood.

The problem is that an unhealthy gut flora wreaks havoc on serotonin production. That’s one of the reasons why gut health is closely linked to mental health 8.

By supplementing with probiotics, you boost your gut flora, which in turn enhances your mental well-being 9.

One study, for example, supplemented the diet of 70 chemical workers with either a probiotic supplement or 100 grams of probiotic yogurt daily for six weeks. As a result, they suffered less depression, anxiety, and stress 10.

References

1. Hill, C., Guarner, F., Reid, G., Gibson, G. R., Merenstein, D. J., Pot, B., . . . Sanders, M. E. (2014). Expert consensus document. The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 11(8), 506-14.

2. Kadooka, Y., Sato, M., Ogawa, A., Miyoshi, M., Uenishi, H., Ogawa, H., . . . Tsuchida, T. (2013). Effect of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 in fermented milk on abdominal adiposity in adults in a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 14;110(9), 1686-703

3. Yadav, H., Lee, J. H., Lloyd, J., Walter, P., & Rane, S. G. (2013). Beneficial metabolic effects of a probiotic via butyrate-induced GLP-1 hormone secretion. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 30;288(35), 25088-97.

Gut Health

Did you know that your digestive tract is host to trillions of bacteria? And that people of healthy weight have different gut bacteria than those who carry excess weight 1-2?

It’s true. Researchers have even found that when obese mice get a fecal microbiota transplant from lean mice, they lose weight 3. And when lean mice get a fecal microbiota transplant from obese mice, they automatically gain weight 4.

That’s why you should optimize gut health – it helps you obtain and maintain a figure that makes you proud when you look in the mirror. Here are five powerful ways to boost your gut flora.

1. Eat Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are live microorganisms (usually in the form of bacteria) that benefit your health 5. Certain foods contain those live bacteria, especially foods that have undergone fermentation. Examples of probiotic-rich foods are yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, kombucha, natto, and pickles.

2. Supplement With Probiotics

If you don’t consume the foods above on a regular basis, chances are you don’t get enough probiotics. And even if you often eat those foods, you might still lack probiotic intake for various reasons. One of them is that most agricultural producers soak food with chlorine, which destroys many probiotics.

The solution? Take a probiotic supplement. It not only is a reliable way of getting your daily dose of probiotics, but it’s also been found to aid fat loss 6.  One study supplemented the diet of 210 obese individuals with the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri for twelve weeks. As a result, they lost 8.5% of their belly fat 7.

3. Consume Resistant Starch

Resistant starches are special types of carb that don’t get broken down in your stomach and small intestine. Instead, they find their way to your colon, where they feed your friendly gut bacteria. That’s why resistance starches supercharge your gut flora.

Besides, consuming resistance starch also increases satiety and makes you ingest fewer calories 8-10. This helps in your quest to mold a lean and impressive physique.

4. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Certain artificial sweeteners spell trouble for your gut 11. An example is aspartame, which stimulates the growth of Enterobacteriaceae, an unhealthy bacteria that raises blood sugar levels 12.

5. Eliminate Stress

Stress wreaks havoc on your gut flora 13. It causes the overgrowth of certain bad bacteria while reducing microbial diversity 14-15. Eliminating all stress from your life is neither possible nor desirable, but there are various things you can do to reduce stress. Two effective strategies are practicing gratitude and meditating.

References

1. Ley, R. E., Turnbaugh, P. J., & Gordon, J. L. (2006). Microbial ecology: human gut microbes associated with obesity. Nature, 21;444(7122), 1022-3.

2. Turnbaugh, P. J., Ley, R. E., Mahowald, M. A., Magrini, V., Mardis, E. R., & Gordon, J. L. (2006). An obesity-associated gut microbiome with increased capacity for energy harvest. Nature, 21;444(7122), 1027-31.

3. Million, M., Lagier, J. C., Yahav, D., & Paul, M. (2013). Gut bacterial microbiota and obesity. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 19(4), 305-13

4. Turnbaugh, P. J., Ley, R. E., Mahowald, M. A., Magrini, V., Mardis, E. R., & Gordon, J. L. (2006). An obesity-associated gut microbiome with increased capacity for energy harvest. Nature, 21;444(7122), 1027-31.

5. Hill, C., Guarner, F., Reid, G., Gibson, G. R., Merenstein, D. J., Pot, B., . . . Sanders, M. E. (2014). Expert consensus document. The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 11(8), 506-14.

6. Angelakis, E., Merhej, V., & Raoult, D. (2013). Related actions of probiotics and antibiotics on gut microbiota and weight modification. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 13(10), 889-99.

7. Kadooka, Y., Sato, M., Ogawa, A., Miyoshi, M., Uenishi, H., Ogawa, H., . . . Tsuchida, T. (2013). Effect of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 in fermented milk on abdominal adiposity in adults in a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 14;110(9), 1686-703.

8. Bodinham, C. L., Frost, G. S., & Robertson, M. D. (2010). Acute ingestion of resistant starch reduces food intake in healthy adults. British Journal of Nutrition, 103(6), 917-22.

9. Anderson, G. H., Cho, C. E., Akhavan, T., Mollard, R. C., Luhovyy, B. L., & Finocchiaro, E. T. (2010). Relation between estimates of cornstarch digestibility by the Englyst in vitro method and glycemic response, subjective appetite, and short-term food intake in young men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91(4), 932-9.

10. Willis, H. J., Eldridge, A. L., Beiseigel, J., Thomas, W., & Slavin, J. L. (2009). Greater satiety response with resistant starch and corn bran in human subjects. Nutrition Research, 29(2), 100-5.

11. Suez, J., Korem, T., Zeevi, D., Zilberman-Schapira, G., Thaiss, C. A., Maza, O., . . . Elinav, E. (2014). Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature, 9;514(7521), 181-6.

12. Palmnas, M. S., Cowan, T. E., Bomhof, M. R., Su, J., Reimer, R. A., Vogel, H. J., . . . Shearer, J. (2014). Low-dose aspartame consumption differentially affects gut microbiota-host metabolic interactions in the diet-induced obese rat. PLoS One, 14;9(10), 109841.

13. Bailey, M. T., Dowd, S. E., Galley, J. D., Hufnagle, A. R., Allen, R. G., & Lyte, M. (2011). Exposure to a social stressor alters the structure of the intestinal microbiota: implications for stressor-induced immunomodulation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 25(3), 397-407.

14. Bailey, M. T., Dowd, S. E., Parry, N. M., Galley, J. D., Schauer, D. B., & Lyte, M. (2010). Stressor exposure disrupts commensal microbial populations in the intestines and leads to increased colonization by Citrobacter rodentium. Infection and Immunity, 78(4), 1509-19.

15. Bailey, M. T., Dowd, S. E., Galley, J. D., Hufnagle, A. R., Allen, R. G., & Lyte, M. (2011). Exposure to a social stressor alters the structure of the intestinal microbiota: implications for stressor-induced immunomodulation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 25(3), 397-407.