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Muscle Cramps and Electrolytes

Do you experience muscle cramps at night? Or perhaps during or after a workout? Perhaps you’re experiencing one of the following symptoms of imbalanced electrolytes: Headaches, dry skin, dizziness, or irregular heartbeat. The good news is these symptoms can be easily remedied. The bad news is that many people do not remedy them, and experience these symptoms that lead to a less-than-optimal life, and even early death. Learn more in Body Buddies Podcast Episode #173: Imbalanced Electrolytes. What are Electrolytes? Electrolytes are a substance that produces an electronically conducting solution when dissolved in water. Electrolytes are essential for managing the body’s fluid balance. The main four electrolytes include magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium. Who Is at Risk for Imbalanced Electrolytes? Those who use diuretics Those who exert themselves a lot Those who are sick and vomiting Those who are sick and have diarrhea Those who have experienced trauma Those with excessive...

Exercise a New Beginning: Physical Activity for Addiction Recovery

Strengthening the body is not only an investment in your future but a well-known antidote to a variety of ailments like depression and anxiety. Evidence has shown that physical fitness can be a powerful ally in the fight towards long-term addiction recovery. Exercise has associated effects on the brain as well, by increasing the production of ‘feel good chemicals.’  However, beginning and sticking with a workout program can seem intimidating, but learning about the plethora of possibilities, trying a variety of exercise classes, exploring retreats and other options will open up hope for what lies ahead. Exercise Ideas Physical activity improves brain function by restoring the production of important neurochemicals, like dopamine, serotonin, thus enhancing mood, memory, and focus. Yoga Yoga is an ancient practice of meditation and relaxation. As an exercise regiment yoga does not only increase physical fitness by increasing flexibility, mobility, balance, and strength, but it also...

Got Cravings? Try These Power Foods Cravings Killers | Power Foods Lifestyle

So you’re eating healthy and weight loss is occurring, but what do you do when cravings come out of nowhere and threaten to overhaul your strategic nutrition lifestyle? When you are trying to lose weight, it can be very frustrating to have those sugar cravings kick in! Whether it’s a physiological reason (like a nutritional deficiency) that triggers the cravings, or a response to stress in your life (code SUGAR FIX), the end-game is always the same when you give in: FRUSTRATION WITH YOURSELF. You know better. You know that sugar is the enemy to weight loss as it raises your blood sugar. You have done the Power Foods Lifestyle basic training by reading the book and making some of the recipes. Yet . . . you feel so weak! Well here is the fact, my friend. You’re not weak. But there are strategies to help you overcome the Sugar Cravings! I discuss these...

5 Elements to Powerfully Detox Your Body

When you’re experiencing skin breakouts, sluggish thinking, and low energy, you may have a build-up of toxins and free radicals in your body. Your organs need help detoxing them and sending these particles on their way! This whole-foods based, gluten-free, dairy-free program will help re-train your habits, provide the real nourishment to help your organs cleanse themselves, and get you motivated to continue such a strategically healthy lifestyle!If you’re ready to eliminate toxins and free radicals from your body naturally, check out some of the key features of the 10-Day Power Foods Detox: 1)  Protein at Every Meal For Blood Sugar Stability 2) Liquid Hydration & Sauna Use 3) Quality Fats for Hormones and Enzyme Activiation 4) Consistent Vegetable Intake for Vitamins & Minerals Absorption 5)  Alternative to Sugars to Maintain Compliance Without a STRATEGY and SYSTEM that makes it simple and doable, you’ll be setting yourself up for frustration! I...

How to Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain (October-December)

Have you been hi-jacking the Halloween candy by the handful, loving on the sugar high and convincing yourself that you don’t need to be disciplined just yet? If so, let me provide you with a few fun statistics that might help you think differently. Listen to the Audio Version of this Article (audio version of the video below) Watch the Video Version of this Article (deeper explanations than this blog) Chances are you have been eating some of the sugar that comes on the scene of every grocery store every October 1st. Whether you’ve been wise in your portion sizes or you have already thrown the white flag of surrender and are hoarding candy, I want you to think about this: Studies show that there is no answer to just how much weight gain an individual will experience during the Holidays. They do show, however, that if you are already overweight or...

5 Ways to Reduce Symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Are you experiencing an upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation frequent bathroom trips, and embarrassing cancellations to events due to symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome?). If so, you’re not alone. IBS Symptoms are the #1 reason for worker absenteeism–this condition of a “spastic colon”impacts nearly 60 million Americans. In this blog post, I wish to address the top 5 ways you can naturally soothe the symptoms of IBS. But first, I need to open your mind. The food you eat has the greatest power over the way your body functions. Food breaks down to chemicals which impact your hormones, your moods, energy, skin . . . everything! Those chemicals are the very fuel that tell your body to be on alert and go into distres or to create balance and harmony. When you experience diarrhea, constipation, and frequent trips to the restroom, this is likely being exacerbated by an improper diet...

5 Reasons Saturated Fat is ESSENTIAL in your Nutrition Strategy

Saturated fat has often been demonized by the food industry, animal lovers, and even doctors. But is the recommendation to severely limit the amount of saturated fat you eat each day actually based on substantial evidence? In this article, I wish to share 5 Reasons Saturated Fat is an essential part of your nutrition strategy. You will also find a video below of me teaching the practical application of how to do this — each Wednesday I do a short, special topic training for members of the Power Foods Lifestyle Champions Facebook Group (click here to request being added). Though I prefer you to have before joining, you are welcome to come join, watch, listen, and learn. Animal fats have their place in a strategic eating lifestyle. They should not be glamorized, but then again, I don’t believe any one variable should be positioned as the end-all solution to “why you’re not achieving your best...

How to Recover From Stress & Emotional Sabotage

If you have ever thought, ‘I feel like I’m wasting my time,’ ‘All this work is pointless,’ or even ‘I am so sick and tired of my self-sabotage,’ this message is for you. The other day I was reflecting on these thoughts that inevitably come our way when we are trying to improve our nutrition, fitness, and body goals. Self-sabotage comes easily, and we feel guilt, shame, and frustration around not meeting our own expectations. I CONFESS: I used to be SO DANG HARD on myself whenever I’d break from my goals, eat the cookie (or whole bag, haha), and lay in bed miserable with a tummy ache, gas, and shame. What was wrong with me? Why couldn’t I follow through? Was I broken? Maybe you’re no different than I used to be? The fact is: It’s very, very, very difficult to be ‘perfect’ even when you know better. That’s...

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Episode #168: “Practical Solutions for Aesthetics Goals” with Peter Fitschen, PhD

If you are a female who is wanting to better understand dieting, caloric restriction, tapering for competition or a photo shoot, and you are ready to stop hitting plateaus, this is the podcast episode for you. Kristy Jo interviews Peter Fitschen, PhD, to discuss the practical side of reaching Aesthetics goals in a world where many women are desiring to reach a lean, chiseled, carved look. Is it realistic? Is it maintainable? What about female hormones? In this conversation, you will learn: how long it takes for hormones to reset after a competition, and how long you should wait before competing again when you shouldn’t begin to prep for a show or photo shoot steady, maintainable rates of body fat loss per week where treats fit into competition prep vs. a healthy lifestyle What the difference is between “stage lean” and “gym lean” Whether or not you should test your body...

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When Your Friend Is Bingeing and Purging…

When you know your friend is bingeing and purging, what are you supposed to do? What are you supposed to say? It can be a very difficult situation as you WANT to help, but you’re just not sure what to say. There certainly are better things to say than others, and I want you to be careful you don’t make mistakes of saying things like: “Just eat healthy!” …or make the mistake of saying nothing. Tune into this episode where Kristy Jo, past binge eater, creator of “Binge Bye Bye–the 12-week online binge recovery program,” and coach to thousands of women shares perspectives and insights that will help you as you think how to tactfully approach this with your friend (OR YOURSELF) 😉 LISTEN TO THE BODY BUDDIES PODCAST “EPISODE #167: WHEN YOUR FRIEND IS BINGEING AND PURGING” NOW You also might like . . . How to kiss Binge...