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Can You Really Drink Yourself Skinny? Find Out Here….

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I am so excited to share with you a hidden secret that should not be a secret at all – you CAN drink yourself skinny. Many of my clients have suffered from dehydration which led to poor digestion, acne, lack of energy, increased cellulite and of course, the inability to lose weight. I don’t want this to be the case for you!

Most experts say we should drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. Are you drinking this amount? If you are – awesome, we’re going to make it taste even better! But if you are not drinking water because you hate the taste, it’s okay – we’re going to fix it so you enjoy it!

STAYING HYDRATED WITH WATER:

THE IMPORTANCE OF H2O

Water is the basis of all life, and without water you wouldn’t even be able to survive. The muscles in your body contain 75% water, your blood which transports nutrients contains over 80% water, your lungs that give you oxygen contain 90% water, your bones are 25% water, and your brain that controls your entire body and systems contains over 75% water.

So without water, how do you think your body will run? Will you feel healthy if you are dehydrated? Absolutely not!

In order to be healthy, the body needs to keep hydrated. Adding fruit-infused water to your daily routine is an excellent way to not only stay properly hydrated, but also add in vital nutrients.

The amount of water you need to consume depends on your weight, but a good estimate is half of your body weight in ounces.

You are not just what you eat, you are what you drink!

 

WHY INFUSED WATER IS GOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS

  1. Boosts your metabolism

  2. Naturally helps you release cellulite

  3. Flushes toxins from your system

  4. Improves digestion

  5. Keeps you hydrated with natural minerals and vitamins from fresh vegetables, fruits or herbs

  6. Helps to restore your energy after a workout or sweating

HEALTHY TIPS TO STAY HYDRATED

Drink a large glass of infused water upon waking. You can add a dash of sea salt for a boost of minerals, which is great for reducing exhaustion and wonderful for weight loss.

Drink infused water 45 minutes before a meal as hydration is key for proper digestion and wonderful for combating sugar cravings.

Make a huge pitcher of infused water and leave it in the fridge. I suggest buying a BPA-free pitcher or use a glass pitcher or mason jars and have the water ready for you to consume. When you have infused water ready to go, you will drink it instead of something else.

Buy a BPA-free bottle such as Nalgene or you can buy a glass travel bottle and make sure you drink your 64 ounces per day. If you are looking to banish cellulite and lose weight, aim for 80 ounces, especially during the summer months or if you work out daily.

If you find yourself hungry, have a fruit-infused water with cinnamon to balance blood sugar. Did you know often signs of hunger are really signs of dehydration?

Drink a gallon of infused water per day for the ultimate weight loss flush.

Infusing Water at Home

By adding your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs to your water, your body will benefit by staying hydrated and absorbing the vital nutrients to stay healthy and happy.

Here’s what you should buy:

Infused Water Bottles {BPA-free or glass}

Large Beverage Dispenser

Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher

Ball Wide Mouth Jars

You can find these items at your local health food store, department store, or click on the item above and you can buy them online.

Recipes

When making these recipes it is best to use a 32 oz. mason jar or a 32 oz. infused water bottle or pitcher.

 

Rosemary & Grapefruit: This helps to detoxify the liver while giving you an added boost of vitamin C.

1 Grapefruit, w/o the rind

1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary

MANGO MINT: Mint is excellent for digestive ease

6-8 small leaves of fresh mint

1/2 mango, with the skin removed and cut into pieces

Cinnamon Apple Spice: great way to balance blood sugar

1/2 green apple, sliced thin

1 cinnamon stick

Detox Watermelon: the cilantro helps to detoxify the body

4 cubes fresh watermelon

6 leaves cilantro

Citrus Bliss: helps to alkalize the body

3 lemon slices

2 lime slices

Trust me; life will never be the same once you keep your body hydrated all day!!

I would love to have you journey with me on the road to health and happiness. Becoming healthy and vibrant does not have to be overwhelming especially when you have direction and support.

Candida Diet – SECRET Dietary Treatment Revealed

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Adhering to a well defined candida diet is the first move for dealing with yeast infections. Recent research indicates that the right diet plan may be highly effective in preventing certain health problems and chronic diseases, including Candida infections. Before discussing the connection between candida diet and its impact on yeast infection, we’ll take a quick look at what candida infection is and discuss the specific conditions that bring it on.

Candida is the scientific name for single cell microbes to be found in small amounts in the most areas of the human body: the intestines, the genitals, the mouth etc. Although in the body that is healthy these microbes are kept in check by beneficial bacteria and an operational immune system, a combination of certain conditions can wreck this healthy balance. Candida can grow out of control and take on a root-like structure to damage the mucous membranes of the gut, invading the bloodstream and causing the well known symptoms related to yeast infection. As these microbes are mobile and can reach different parts of the body, systemic as well as local yeast infection can occur.

There are many factors that bring on yeast infection. Some of these factors are related closely to food. Observing diet plans that can prevent yeast infection from spreading is the first and one of the basic moves in and make to holistic Candida therapy. Adhering to the following diet rules, in combination with other nutrition and lifestyle principles, can bring positive results to your general health and particularly to your yeast infection problem:

1. Stop eating a refined sugar and carbohydrates. Refined sugar (which includes simple carbohydrates such as molasses and honey) and other refined carbohydrates (such as white flour, white rice, any type of cereals etc.) are all
food for candida. Consuming such foods can make candida breed. To prevent candida overgrowth, use Stevia instead of sugar and use whole grain non-gluten products (such as brown rice, buck wheat bread) to replace refined
carbohydrates.

2. Foods that contain yeast or mold (like white vinegar, mushrooms, calm, dried fruits, canned vegetables and some condiments) can also encourage Candida and should not be eaten.

3. To fight Candida your immune system needs to be strong. Using antibiotics can debilitate your immune system and kill off friendly bacteria. Therefore, many nutritionists recommend that their patients stop using antibiotics and reduce intake of dairy products that may also contain antibiotics. Since strengthening the immune system is an integral part of preventing yeast infections, daily consumption of garlic can lessen the likelihood of recurrent yeast infections.

4. Dairy products and cow’s milk products in particular, should be avoided to because they can lead to allergic reactions create excessive mucus and take longer to digest. Some of the main east infection factors can include allergies and digestive problems. Better alternatives to dairy products of Cow’s milk are organic goat and sheep’s milk products.

5. To stop Candida overgrowth, it is important to maintain the right acid-alkaline balance. That means the right “PH” level in your blood. PH is measured on a scale that goes from zero to fourteen where fourteen is the most alkaline, seven is
neutral and zero is the most acid. Your body functions best in the range of PH 7.35 and 7.45 for acidity in the blood. Any extra acidity makes for a context where candida multiplies. An alkaline food plan, which is based on consumption of
alkaline forming foods (foods with calcium, cesium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, almonds, green juices, and most fresh vegetables etc.) with moderate consumption of foods that form acids (most meats, fish, dairy and grain products) can help you regain your alkaline quotient to better control candida growth.

6. A study by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York revealed that eating foods rich in betacarotene (a natural substance that’s converted into vitamin A in the body) could offer some protection against yeast infections.

Remember that Candida diets can be very good for halting all kinds of yeast infections, but that they are only the first part of a full holistic therapy.

This article is based on the book, “Yeast Infection No More” by Linda Allen. Linda is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated her life to creating the ultimate holistic yeast infection solution guaranteed to permanently cure the root of candida and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, naturally, without the use prescription medication and without any side effects. Learn more by visiting her website by clicking here

The Hidden Cause of Fatigue & Weight Gain

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What is Candida and how can it Affect Weight Gain?

Many people are unaware of a natural microorganism in the body known as Candida.  Generally speaking, Candida works with other microorganisms to control your digestive and immune system.  There are times, however, in which the critical balance of microorganisms is disrupted.  When this occurs Candida is replicated so quickly that it causes adverse reactions in the body.  Among them are:  Depression, loss of energy, and cravings for sweets.

What Causes an Overproduction of Candida?

There are many causes of high Candida levels.  Some of which include:  Stress, foods with high sugar content, liquor, excessive exposure to fluoride or chlorine, high levels of mercury and even a round of antibiotics. This can cause a shift in the balance of microorganisms that will result in the overproduction of Candida.  Additionally, those with diabetes or an advanced immune deficiency disease like HIV or AIDS are more susceptible to high Candida production rate.  An unhealthy increase of Candida can further compromise the immune system.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Candida?

An increase of Candida leads to an increase of harmful acids and other byproducts.  These chemicals are known to have a negative impact on the human body.  Some of the symptoms of Candida include and may not be limited to:

  • Cravings of sweet or salty foods
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle soreness
  • Joint pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Consistent heartburn
  • Cramps
  • Frequent yeast infections

How to Treat Candida

Fortunately, Candida levels can be regulated. That way you can get off a seemingly endless cycle of weight gain.  There are different ways you can adjust the levels of Candida in your body. You can take herbs, make changes to your diet, or do a combination of both.  Two of the best changes to make to your diet are to reduce your sugar intake and increase your consumption of foods containing probiotics.  Probiotics are healthy bacteria that break down Candida.  Sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables are a great source.  You can find a program online to create a complete Candida diet.  These types of sites give great ideas for healthful foods.

One more option is to take supplements.  This is a great choice for people who don’t want to make diet changes.  If you choose to take supplements, check for adverse reactions.  If you see a doctor for an illness or you are on medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the supplements you want to take.  Odds are that you will be fine.  It’s best to make sure, though.

You can lose weight.  It’s true that there are many challenges, but none of them are a reason for you to fail.  Making small changes to your diet is a great way to overcome obstacles that are keeping you from shedding your excess weight.

 

 

 

How to Get Healthy: 3 Simple Steps to Better Health

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How to Get Healthy:  3 Simple Steps to Better Health

Are you looking for ways to get healthy, find more energy, and find more motivation for meeting your weight loss goals?  Certain aspects of your mental and physical health play huge roles in your ability to lose weight.  As such, it’s important to have healthy habits and good nutrition to improve your mental and physical health.

Here are the 3 most important things you can do to get healthy.

Step 1:  Reduce Stress

Ridding your life of stress may seem like it’s hard to do.  However, there are ways to reduce your stress and improve your nervous system.  You can start setting aside at least 20-30 minutes a day for relaxation through meditation.  If not every day, try for at least 2 or 3 times a week. Yoga is another great habit which helps to lower stress continuously over time while adding many other benefits to your weight loss goals.

For an ‘immediate fix’ practice some deep breathing techniques when you start to become overwhelmed.  Oxygen does wonders for the brain and has been proven to reduce stress levels.  If at all possible, take a walk while you’re breathing deeply.  Fresh air is best and walking will improve your circulation.  Better circulation means that oxygen will be distributed to your brain and blood vessels  more efficiently.

Step 2:  Alkalize, Alkalize, Alkalize!

The most effective weight loss plans are those with a diet designed to lower pH levels in the body.  A higher pH means higher acid levels.  The more acid contained within your body, the harder your body needs to work to healthfully dispose of its waste.  Consider adding high alkaline foods to your diet.  This would be foods like beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cayenne pepper, garlic, lemons, radishes, turnip greens, and spinach.

Step 3 – Digestive System Maintenance

One of the body’s functions that’s most affected by high levels of acid is the digestive system.  Coincidentally, the digestive system is one of the primary bodily functions with the largest influence on health.  If you have a healthy and optimally performing digestive system, waste is secreted much more quickly.  A more rapid secretion of waste reduces the amount of time that fat cells have to build up in your system.  Furthermore, having a good digestive system is one of the best ways to improve the health of your immune system.

To keep your digestive system running as efficiently as possible, consider adding raw sauerkraut to your diet.  Sauerkraut contains powerful enzymes which help to break down hard to digest foods like sugars, fast food, processed foods, and other foods classified as Public Enemy Number 1 against weight loss and better health.

I hope you have found this article helpful.  Please like, share or comment below.  I would love to hear from you. 🙂

 

 

7 Simple Steps to Create Your Ultimate Body

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Creating your ultimate body can be done in just 7 simple steps.  It will take time and commitment but the journey is well worth the reward.  When you become your ultimate self you will feel more attractive, boost your confidence and feel good all over.  Woo Hoo!  These steps are short and to the point to get you started.  When you are ready to go in depth you can simply contact me. I would love to help guide you on your journey to your ultimate body.

Step 1: Responsibility – Start taking responsibility for your life and decide to make some healthy changes.

Step 2: Review – You have to know where you are to get where you want to go. Measure yourself, find out your BMI, evaluate your current eating and exercise habits. Then create some goals.

Step 3: Rewire – Rewiring your brain for success is key. I assure you no matter how overweight, tired or sick you are you have the ability to heal. You can always ask your higher power for help too.

Step 4: Replenish & Fuel – Start incorporating fresh alkaline fruits, vegetables and lots of warm water with lemon to your diet. You will begin to detox and start to feel better.

Step 5: Remove EVIL foods 🙂 – Remove foods that do not serve you. Also known as the foods that taste the best lol .. Cakes, pies, cookies, chips, white pasta & many others.   You can download a free food chart below 🙂 Just right click on the link and save to your computer.  You can then print it out and take it to the grocery store.

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Step 6: Revitalize – If you don’t move it ..you lose it. Exercise daily to keep your body running at optimal performance.

Step 7: Repeat 🙂 – You will always be working towards optimal health. So.. Remain Responsible, Review where you are weekly, Keep your mind wired for success, Consume as many foods & drinks that will replenish and fuel your body, Remove as many toxic foods as you can, & GET YOUR BOOTY MOVING.. An active body will stay active where a non active body will start to prematurely wither away.

I hope you will begin to follow these steps in your own life.  You will not be sorry.  If you would like to work more in depth and have someone by your side every step of the way please contact me.  I would love to help.

With Love,

Desiree Sims

734.612.1086

4 Simple Tips to Start Your Day the Best Way

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How we start our day is very important.  If you start your day believing it will be no good you will begin to look for things that are no good.  When you begin your day with garbage food and drink you will feel like garbage.  So, I have provided you with 4 tips to start your day the best way.  These tips will help you to create your best day and ultimately your best life!

 

Tip 1:  Practice Immediate Gratitude

Before you even put your feet on the floor think of 3 things you are grateful for in your life.  Smile and really take it all in.  You may be going through a lot but you are very blessed.   Sometimes we just lose sight of how much we really have to be grateful for.

Tip 2:  Drink a Tall Glass of Warm Distilled Water with Lemon

This drink will help to start the process of flushing out your toxins and help to alkaline your body.  An slightly alkaline body is a healthy body.  Illness cannot thrive in a slightly alkaline body.

Tip 3: Drink a Green Smoothie or Green Juice

Greens are amazing!! They help to alkalize your body and give you the energy surge you need to start your day right.

Tip 4:  Do 15 Minutes of Exercise 

Now this will really get you pumped.  🙂 When you get your body moving everything begins to wake up and work at the optimal level.

So, there you have it.  Quick and to the point.  Just the way I like it.  Please like to share with your peeps.  I would love to hear your comments as well.  Have an awesome day!! Make it the best day yet. xoxoxox

 

-Desiree

The Truth About Your Diet that Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

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You might be asking yourself: Why on earth wouldn’t my doctor tell me the truth about my diet?

Well, I believe it is one of two reasons.

1. They don’t know the truth. Some doctors do not know the truth about diet because they specialize in something totally different.

2. They know but don’t want to tell you because then you will get better and never need to see them again. Which = NO MORE MONEY

So, what is the truth about your diet.

You can use your diet regimen to cure almost any disease. The main reason we get sick is because we have wayyy too much acid in our bodies. An overly acidic body is the perfect place to harbor illness. It can cause colds, flus, fatigue, cancer, heart disease and the list goes on and on.

The pH level in your body should be around 7.0 or slightly above 7.0. You can test your pH level by testing your urine first thing in the morning. I have included a testing kit below. You can easily purchase through the link.

Now, after you have tested your urine and you find out it is too acidic you will need to balance everything back out. How do you do that you ask? Well, you simply consume more alkaline foods and beverages. I highly recommend a diet of about 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods. NOTE: You don’t want to go too far on the alkaline side either because that can cause some problems as well. Balance is the key here! And because I love you I have included a chart below giving you a list of all the alkaline and acid foods. Woop Wooop!! Just right click on the link and save it to your computer.

Alkaline & Acid Food Chart

 

Well, that is all for now.

To Your Health,

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Quit the Late Night Binge: Gain Control Over Emotional Eating

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Sometimes the strongest cravings for food happen when you’re at your weakest point emotionally. You may turn to food for comfort — consciously or unconsciously — when you’re facing a difficult problem, stress or just looking to keep yourself occupied.

But emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Emotional eating often leads to eating too much, especially too much of high-calorie, sweet, fatty foods. But the good news is that if you’re prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals.

The connection between mood, food and weight loss

Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Both major life events and the hassles of daily life can trigger negative emotions that lead to emotional eating and disrupt your weight-loss efforts. These triggers may include:

Unemployment

Financial pressure

Health problems

Relationship conflicts

Work stress

Fatigue

Although some people actually eat less in the face of strong emotions, if you’re in emotional distress you may turn to impulsive or binge eating — you may rapidly eat whatever’s convenient, without even enjoying it.

In fact, your emotions may become so tied to your eating habits that you automatically reach for a treat whenever you’re angry or stressed without stopping to think about what you’re doing.

Food also serves as a distraction. If you’re worried about an upcoming event or stewing over a conflict, for instance, you may focus on eating comfort food instead of dealing with the painful situation.

Whatever emotions drive you to overeat, the end result is often the same. The emotions return, and you may also now bear the additional burden of guilt about setting back your weight-loss goal. This can also lead to an unhealthy cycle — your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself up for getting off your weight-loss track, you feel bad, and you overeat again.

Tips to get your weight-loss efforts back on track

Although negative emotions can trigger emotional eating, you can take steps to control cravings and renew your effort at weight loss. To help stop emotional eating, try these tips:

  • Tame your stress. If stress contributes to your emotional eating, try a stress management technique, such as yoga, meditation or relaxation.
  • Have a hunger reality check. Is your hunger physical or emotional? If you ate just a few hours ago and don’t have a rumbling stomach, you’re probably not really hungry. Give the craving a little time to pass.
  • Keep a food diary. Write down what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat, how you’re feeling when you eat and how hungry you are. Over time, you may see patterns emerge that reveal the connection between mood and food.
  • Get support. You’re more likely to give in to emotional eating if you lack a good support network. Lean on family and friends or consider joining a support group.
  • Fight boredom. Instead of snacking when you’re not truly hungry, distract yourself. Take a walk, watch a movie, play with your cat, listen to music, read, surf the Internet or call a friend.
  • Take away temptation. Don’t keep supplies of comfort foods in your home if they’re hard for you to resist. And if you feel angry or blue, postpone your trip to the grocery store until you’re sure that you have your emotions in check.
  • Don’t deprive yourself. When you’re trying to achieve a weight-loss goal, you may limit your calories too much, eat the same foods frequently and banish the treats you enjoy. This may just serve to increase your food cravings, especially in response to emotions. Let yourself enjoy an occasional treat and get plenty of variety to help curb cravings.
  • Snack healthy. If you feel the urge to eat between meals, choose a low-fat, low-calorie snack, such as fresh fruit, vegetables with low-fat dip or unbuttered popcorn. Or try low-fat, lower calorie versions of your favorite foods to see if they satisfy your craving.

Learn from setbacks. If you have an episode of emotional eating, forgive yourself and start fresh the next day. Try to learn from the experience and make a plan for how you can prevent it in the future. Focus on the positive changes you’re making in your eating habits and give yourself credit for making changes that’ll lead to better health