We all know there’s no shortage of opinions about the best approach to weight loss. The debates seem endless: Less meat versus more protein, more whole grains versus low carb, frequent eating versus intermittent fasting…the list goes on and on. The truth is, in the world of nutrition, the science doesn’t abruptly shift 180 degrees as often as it evolves, grows and expands. While the media can get clickbait on us by making it seem like nutrition information swings on a pendulum of confusion and conflict, there is one tried and true way to help you sort through all the muck and get the answers you need: hire an expert.
As with most American children, I grew up eating nut butter in only one way: in a sandwich, with jam (raspberry preferred). However, I have recently started experimenting with using nut butter in a more alternative and savory way. Now, my eyes have been opened up to a whole new way of using my beloved nut butters to bring some warmth and comfort to foods in really unexpected ways. I know that the thought of almond butter and tomatoes sounds like a regrettable combination, but you’ll really have to trust me on this one. In fact, it’s one of my most favorite meals of all time. You can serve this dish with some brown basmati rice if you are needing a bit more carbs for workout recovery, or serve alongside some roasted broccoli like I did here. Filling and soul-satisfying — I can’t wait for you to try this!
Every weight loss experience is so different and unique, as each person comes from various walks in life. Despite their differences though, what our thousands of success stories have shown us is that there are certain themes that resonate in so many of them.
Losing weight is not the primary obstacle that needs to be overcome. Weight loss is the outcome of conquering other, deeper, obstacles that have led to and/or facilitated the weight gain in the first place.
Read on to discover five of the most common things that your fellow members shared as part of their success stories.
If you’ve been reading along this last month, you’ve noticed we’ve been talking a lot about gut health. Some of the latest posts included:
- Top 3 Supplements That Support Gut Health
- 5 Surprising Sings You're Due for a Gut-Check
- Why Your Weight Loss Problem is a Gut Health Problem
Gut has become a new buzz-word in the world of nutrition and holistic health. More and more research continues to come out on how our gut health has a bigger impact than we once thought when it comes to our immune system, metabolism and overall health.
I guess you could say I am pretty particular about certain things in life. My coffee has to be bold, but not bitter. My bedroom has to be dark and cold. And my cookies have to be soft, fluffy and sweet, but not tooth-achingly sweet. These flourless cookies are gluten and dairy free, and just lightly sweetened with a hint of coconut and perfectly nutty with an almond flour base. With a hefty dose of healthy fats, minimal added sugar and loads of antioxidants from its spiced ginger, this cookie would be wonderful as a post-workout nosh, or mid-holiday-shopping spree snack. As an added bonus, you can bake them all at once as I created them single batch style—so you won’t spend your entire day baking sheet after sheet pan of cookies. Enjoy!
Indigestion, poor energy, bloating, stubborn weight loss, skin problems, poor immunity, inconsistent bowel patterns, mental fog, low mood…sounds like a typical week, right?
Wrong. Just because many of these ailments are common, does NOT mean they are normal.
Our entire body suffers when our digestive system is not operating as designed, and it can be extremely difficult to optimize gastrointestinal (GI) well-being if you don’t have a comprehensive plan for doing so. A good GI health protocol should help you set a good foundation for the three main areas of the GI tract, and it should make use of a smart nutrition strategy, a targeted supplement approach and specific lifestyle adjustments to promote better gut health.
It’s no secret that America has a weight problem. And sadly, it’s a majority of the population with this excess weight issue. Seven out of ten of us are struggling with extra pounds. If you plug “weight loss program” into an internet search engine, approximately 53 million hits turn up. Fifty three million! Wouldn’t it be nice if they all had a consistent message? Unfortunately, our sensory input is saturated by separate, conflicting and authoritarian-sounding messages about how to lose weight that seem to change almost daily. Where does all the confusion come from? Where should we start?