What makes you fat?

Good morning!

We hope the week has started off great for you and it’s only going to get better!  Why?  Because after reading the graphic below you will have a better understanding of what needs to go into your cart and what needs to stay out!

Many of you and have asked Daniela and myself “how can I lose weight?”  We provide a brief answer that includes decreasing certain elements in your diet (carbs) and then you ask “why are you so down on carbs?”  The graphic below will explain why carbs ultimately are killers.

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Image Courtesy of http://blog.massivehealth.com

This of course is without getting into the exceptions of genetic predisposition, uber athletes, or veganism.   Believe us when we tell you that although your Aunt Harriet may have been “fat” it doesn’t mean it’s your destiny.  Start empowering yourself that change is possible.  It would be like a smoker saying “it’s impossible to quit”.  It is if you think it is.  If you think you will never lose weight or that last ten pounds you are right.  If you want to lose weight, understanding the graphic and making the changes that are suggested there and with OH you will find the success you are looking for!

We love you and your children.  Part of “doing” is the understanding.  We will keep putting out the information and resources that allow you understand and ultimately “do”.  You don’t have to change everything in your life overnight but start by making some simple changes… like leaving those bags of processed chips and cookies out of your cart. 🙂

With love and postive thoughts,

Donna and Daniela

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Swiss (blank)

Hello Everyone!

Let’s play a game today

Let’s play the “fill in the blank” game.  When we say the word “Swiss”, what would you follow it up with?

A.) Cheese

B.) Alps

C.) Chocolate

D.) None of the above

We certainly hope your answer would be D.) None of the above as we hope you would be thinking CHARD.  Swiss Chard!

It's just beautiful!

Both Daniela and I are HUGE fans of Swiss Chard and we have been seeing a lot of it lately.  I was at the local market yesterday and a beautiful delivery of fresh organic swiss chard came in and I had to get it.  I purchased two  bunches to make two different recipes.  I am going to share one of the simple preparations with you today.

Simple Sautéed Swiss Chard

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of organic swiss chard
  • 1 large organic onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Preparation:

Rinse the Swiss chard leaves thoroughly. Roughly chop the leaves into inch-wide strips. Cut your onion in half, peel off the outer layer and then thinly slice each half to make slivers of onion.

Heat a saucepan on a medium heat.  Once pan is to temperature add olive oil and wait a minute to bring pan to temperature again.  Add your thinly sliced onion and a pinch of salt.  Sauté for about a minute.  Then add balsamic vinegar and stir again.

Add the chopped Swiss chard leaves. leave uncovered. Stir every couple of minutes. If it looks dry, add a couple of tablespoons of water.  Check for after 6-8 minutes (remove a piece and taste it).  It should be tender.

Swiss chard and onions

This makes a wonderful side dish or filling for an omelette.  Use it as a base for baked salmon or a piece of grilled chicken.

Health benefits of Swiss chard

  • Swiss chard, like spinach is the store-house of many phytonutrients that have been shown to have many disease prevention properties.
  • Chard is very low in calories (19 kcal per 100 g fresh, raw leaves) and fats.
  • Chard leaves are an excellent source of anti-oxidant vitamin C.
  • An excellent vegetable sources for vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 700% of recommended intake.
  • It is also rich source of omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin-A and flavonoids anti-oxidants like ß carotene, α-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • High in B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid that are essential for optimum cellular metabolic functions.
  • It is a source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium.

Regular inclusion of swiss chard in the diet is found to prevent osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin A deficiency and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers.

Source for nutritional information: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/swiss-chard.html

So give the swiss chard a try.  It’s one of our favorites and it’s so good for you too!

Have a fantastic day!

Yours in health,

Donna and Daniela


Try this today!

Hello All!

Just wanting to pass on a quick tip for the day and ideally a lifetime.  For one day we would like you to try this one simple tip.  It’s a way of life for traditional Okinawan’s.  Hara hachi bu which means :

“Eat until you are only 80% full”

Save part of your lunch for later!

We are all accustomed to eating until we are full or finishing our plate.  So for today let’s all aim to eat until we are 80% full.  It’s a great step towards “mindful eating” and being aware  that are bodies will be full and satisfied with less.

 

Have a wonderful day!

Donna and Daniela

Coffee Talk

Hello Everyone!

The other day I received an article from one of our vendors Life Extension.  They were sharing information on how wonderful coffee is for us.  From weight-loss to diabetes to anti-carcinogens, it can be one of nature’s super foods.  The problem with most coffee these days are the pesticides used on the beans, the chemicals they use in roasting and the packaging itself.   The coffee bean at that point has lost much of its flavor therefore we must drown it in cream and sugar for it to taste yummy.

Raw Coffee Berries

If it weren’t for my first cleanse I would had never tasted real coffee.  Due to the all organic cleanse I had embarked on last spring, I had finally tasted the coffee bean!  It was rather complex with different aromatic flavors coming forth.  At first I did use almond milk but after a week I found it smoother, simply straight up.  At that point I started exploring different organic roasts.  First Publix’s Greenwise, then onto Trader Joe’s fabulous selection, then finally my favorite Rutamaya Cubita blends.

This coffee is absolutely, amazing and very clean from the plant to the processing to your doorstep,  The benefits of coffee are plentiful as long as you stay away from the sugars, artificial sweetners, creams, and not to mention GO ORGANIC your are drinking a phenomenal drink that is so good for you.

I have to share a quick story that inspired my love for this brand Rutamaya.  We headed out to the mountains on a family trip where we would have a coffee maker.  I thought “this is great because I get to pack some of our food to save on money and our health.”  Well, we are an hour away when I gasp, “I forgot the coffee!.”  Actually, even my husband was disappointed.  Then I begged him to stop at a coffee shop that I thought was a decent replacement.  We both thought “that will be fine.”  I woke the next morning ready for a hot cup of Joe up in the mountains so excited then realized…. pwwwww the coffee tasted like a bunch of chemicals.  No wonder I would always have to order cappuccinos and lattes.  This is simply yucky.  Well besides the barely “ok” cup of coffee the next day, the family getaway was a blast.

So Monday morning rolls around, and I am so excited to have my Cubita dark roast blend.  So what was made?, the coffee from the mountain trip.  I was crushed, and I looked at my husband in disbelief, and said, “really?”  His reply? “You made me stop to buy this, now we need to finish it.”  I get it.  I don’t like wasting money either but as the days dragged on, I just couldn’t take it anymore.  So I opened a fresh bag of our Rutamaya Cubita dark roast while he was at work and enjoyed a bit of healthy love in a cup. Absolutely the best decision I had made all week. I will therefore freeze the other bag, as not to waste it and use at a later date when we undergo an attack or something horrible.

As not to end on that note, the main reason I started with organic coffee was not for taste and pleasure but for the sake of clean eating.  I was starting my cleanse and needed to make everything I could get my hands on organic.  So organic coffee was the easiest thing switch over.   I had no idea, I would ever stop cream in my coffee, but it was actually a blessing in disguise.  Now I don’ t waste money on organic cream and sugar plus, I feel much stronger without the sugar.

Have an inspired day and a great weekend!

Yours in health,

Daniela and Donna

Got Fat?

We all do.  From those super skinny runway models to those fit Victoria’s Secret models!  We all carry fat on our bodies and when in proportion it’s a good thing.

Even she has fat!

Fat essentially has two main purposes

  • Fat cells store excess calories in a safe way so you utilize the fat stores when you’re hungry.
  • Fat releases hormones that control metabolism.

There is a third purpose that isn’t talked about much but is INCREDIBLY important.

Our fat is where most toxins are stored.

Our bodies and the intelligence inside of them is amazing.  Fat and water storage are your body’s way of protecting you from dangerous toxins. Fat does this by storing oil soluble toxins and water by diluting them.

This is another major reason why people can’t lose weight.

Our intelligent immune system will not allow the removal of excess fat and water if the level of toxins that are stored in the fat and water will put our bodies at risk by their release into the bloodstream.

Here’s an example. We would all agree that we “retain” water after consuming too many salty foods.  Right?  Have you ever thought about why that happens?  It happens because our body needs to neutralize the amount of sodium in our body.  We need some sodium for our body to perform critical functions that affect the brain, nervous system and muscles but in excess it would be fatal.  So our body retains water to “dilute” the excess sodium and get the the levels back in the “normal” range for our bodies.

The fat and water storage of toxins is also why many people who take prescription drugs experience “weight gain” as a side effect.  Our bodies know how to regulate these toxins and will do what it takes to keep our bodies as safe as possible.

The storage of toxins in fat is another reason why we should avoid eating animal fats.  They store toxins in their fat just like we do.  So whether it’s the skin from chicken, fatty sausages or salami’s or just fatty cuts of meat, please trim it away! Not only are they empty calories but even with a good diet, these animals can be exposed to toxins and their fat is going to be where it’s at.

Is this starting to make sense?  The more toxins you have in your body the less likely you are to lose weight because your intelligent immune system won’t release fat or water if there are excessive toxins in your body!  Your body will release some of these toxins through regular bodily functions and sweating whether done through exercise or sauna.

What can we do to improve this?  Under the tab OH Detox you will find the initial steps necessary to reduce your intake of toxins by changing your diet.  Once we clean up what is going into our bodies then we can work on getting rid of what’s already there.  The key is not adding to the build-up that is already present inside of us!

In the future we will give additional tips and resources on how to rid our bodies of accumulated toxins through diet, supplements and exercise.  In the meantime lets start by decreasing the toxic load on our beautiful bodies!

Have a great day knowing you are further on the path to wellness!

Much love to all!

Donna and Daniela

I’m not perfect… yet?

Hello Friends!

Enjoying the sun with my buddy Karly...

It’s me Little D. (Daniela)!

So it’s that time of year when I like everyone else starts thinking, “it’s time to feel good, get in shape, and just like NIKE…Just Do It!”  How hard can that be?

I know if you set your mind to it you can do anything.  I had done this cleanse (The OH Detox) before (last spring) and I knew I could do it again…  Well, not quite. Here’s my journal of events from week one.

Day 1 – This is easy.  I started at the right time of month so I am not even craving chocolate.  SWEET!

Day 2 – It’s another school night and busy, busy, busy, no time to get into trouble.

If we had just stuck to water...

Day 3 – A friend calls and says, “let’s go to lunch”!  “Sure” I think to myself. “Easy does it, a salad and pan seared tuna or grilled chicken and I am good to go.”  If and only if it wasn’t 75 degrees, in the beautiful sun, with a peaceful view of the golf course and good friend that you haven’t seen for awhile…..ughh  I was celebrating right? So whoopsie, I had wine.

Yep a nice glass of sauvignon blanc from New Zealand…      

Well I felt badly about it, of course that was later.  When I thought of what I was really trying to do.  CLEANSE.

So here I am admitting this online.  That I am human and I know this is  a challenge.  In this day and age, when you go out to eat, it’s really difficult to find organic.  Although, I did find a rockin’ organic salad here at Lake Oconee at The Linger Longer Bar and Grill.

Am I going to let my “whoopsie”, get me down?  NO!

I tell my kids all the time that two wrongs don’t make a right.  For them not to quit but keep going and make sure they learn from it.

  • So I need to ask myself (again) am I ready?
  • Do I really want this?
  • Do I have any social events that are going to tempt me?

So for me personally, timing is everything.  I think I can give up dairy, wheat and sugar no problem.

The wine though… it is difficult for me in social situations.  I have two glasses of wine, then chocolate looks even better, lets not forget the cheese and crackers that go hand in hand with the wine, really?

So given our current business of being in the wine industry, which is so yummy, I do need to detox a couple of times of year to stay in balance and keep feeling good.

So am I still on The OH Detox?  YES.   Did I goof up?  YES.  But it would be far worse to throw in the towel now and then not continue.  So at the end I will go an extra couple of days and know that I did the cleanse well if not perfect.

Off I go to check my calender…J

Much love and motivation to all,

Daniela and Donna