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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...

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...

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 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...

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Episode #161: The Coconut Oil Scandal

USA Today recently put out an article stating that “COCONUT OIL IS BAD FOR YOU.” The article claimed that people should stop eating coconut oil immediately, that everyone should start using hydrogenated vegetable oil again, and that this “darling” of the health food industry should immediately be called out. When you see headlines like this, it can be easy to jump to conclusions, right? Totally. And I saw the confusion that happened for my Body Buddies as they tried to make sense. I was grateful to be clued in early on this sensationalism so I could calm the fears of my Body Buds and continue teaching proper nutrition science as the true evidence states. Is coconut oil a saturated fat? Yes. Is saturated fat bad for you? It depends.  You see, here at the Power Foods Lifestyle, I try to train you to think critically, and to realize there is never any...

5 Ways to Stop Gaining Weight When You Travel

‘I’m on vacation,‘ you think as you dive headfirst into a large entrée followed by a succulent dessert. ‘I’ll do better when I’m not traveling. I want to enjoy this now.’ While these thoughts are the norm for most people while traveling, camping, or even stay-cationing, studies show that the majority of people also experience physical discomfort due to the more lax mindset. Non-strategic eating (also known as eat-whatever-you-want-whenever-you-want-it) brings them more enjoyment of an expanded pallet, interesting tastes, and a satisfaction in the overall experience. However, choosing to be a strategic eater while traveling can alleviate many of the physical discomforts that come when traveling. Strategic eating can be defined as following a simple formula of pairing certain nutrient-containing foods together to stabilize blood sugar and provide proper nourishment to the brain and other chemical systems in the body. While strategic eating in the Power Foods Lifestyle has four...

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How to Use the Power Foods Lifestyle Recipe Books

Dear Body Buds, It makes my hoart SOAR as I see your photos online (or emailed to me) of the Power Foods Lifestyle Recipes you are creating. This is because I know how great your bodies are going to feel as you’re fueling yourself in a way that balances your body. The PFL method of eating is freedom, and though it’s not the fastest thing to understand, it will be the longest-term understanding you acquire.  I am an educator and I want you to invest the time in yourself to teach yourself strategic nutrition. No, this is not taught anywhere else. No, you can’t learn this in a course, or at a university. That’s because no one taught it to me. I assimilated the principles of all nutrition and psychology over the past 5 years to now present it to you in the simplest formula I know how to teach. One of the...

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The Power Foods Lifestyle Top 5 Grab ‘n Go Meals

If you’re like 99% of the rest of the people in this world, you are BUSY and simply don’t have time to stay at home cooking every single meal. That’s why I have put together the Power Foods Lifestyle Top 5 Grab’n Go Meals for you! I giggle when people tell me they “can’t eat like I do and recommend” because they don’t have the time I do. However, having lived this lifestyle since 2012, I know that it’s up to each of us to take personal responsibility for our actions and ex-nay the excuses that so often escape our lips. What excuses have YOU made lately? 😉 The fact is that the time will come that either a) you are so miserable with the way you look and feel that you have no choice but to do something about it, b) disease or other physical ailments will make it...

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The Top 5 Foods to Avoid When Experiencing Hypothyroidism

  Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce a sufficient amount of hormones for normal function of the body. Thyroid hormones are vital for your body as they manage the metabolism process which, in turn, has an effect on your body temperature, heartbeat, and calorie-burning capacity. Inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone production can display as weakness, weight gain, menstrual abnormality, slow heart rate, constipation, brittle fingernails, fatigue, thin hair and dry skin. Now, if you have been diagnosed with this condition and most likely put on medication, it’s important to know the foods you should avoid. Your nutrition has far more impact on the chemical environment of your body, resulting in your health function and body shape, than you may have any idea. I have been working with large numbers of women with Hypothyroidism over the past few years of teaching the Power Foods Lifestyle .The typical problem...

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Get Back to the Basics in Your Lifestyle Change

When you feel you have fallen down in your lifestyle change, it’s important to get back to the basics as you work on feeling better, getting your energy back, and gaining confidence in yourself. Body Buds, it doesn’t matter where you’re at, or how far you’ve gone, there will always, always, always, be a need to re-calibrate and get back to the basics. I know how depressing it can feel when you’ve worked really hard, and maybe you have made some amazing changes with the Power Foods Lifestyle and Body Buddies methods. But . . . life happened, and you may have crumbled a little in your resolve. Perhaps the weight has crept back on due to lack of awareness, or perhaps you just didn’t have the full lifestyle programmed in for long enough. No matter what, please forgive yourself. It happens. It will do you no good to get...