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Learn From The Weight Loss Expert On "How To Navigate The Holidays"

Doree Kalfen, Weight Loss Expert & Weight Loss Coach

 

Take the time to listen to Doree speak on the topic of "How To Navigate The Holidays". She struggled with weight her whole life. Then 8 years ago she made a conscious effort to take it off and keep it off. Learn her tips and tricks to being successful with weight loss and improving her health.

Here is a before and after picture. She lost over 100 lbs!

                  

     Doree Before                                           Doree After

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Improve Your Immune Health With This Super Herb

 

When it comes to improving your health these days it is pretty common to hear about super foods and how they can be super good at helping you get the boost of nutrients your body needs compared to other products with far less appeal and results. So have you heard about super herbs? They don't seem to get as much attention but they really should. Lets take milk thistle for instance. It is a powerful herb and can cleanse your liver and be the first barrier of protection against the thousands of chemicals and numerous toxins that our bodies are exposed to everyday. The American diet is not giving us the level of nutrient support that we need to protect ou vital organs from damage and shutdown. 

In the video below I'll continue the discussion on milk thistle and show you why it should be part of your daily routine.

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Try Adding HEMP To Your Diet Today!

There are few foods that can stand up to the nutritional make-up of the hemp seeds. If you were looking for an easy healthful add-on to your diet then I would take a look into hemp seeds or hemp protein powder. Hemp would be a smart choice for so many reasons.

The hemp seeds contain ALA and GLA, which make it a natural anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Reducing your inflammation is key to reducing your risks of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Each of us needs an optimum balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Ideally a ratio between 2:1 to 5:1. The hemp ratio is approximately 3:1. Hemp oil also contains this ratio. Hemp protein is easily digested and contains well-balanced amounts of all essential amino acids for older children and adults.

For everyone who is concerned about the planet, the hemp plant is good because it is grown without pesticides due to its resiliency. Also, hemp doesn’t deplete the soil but actually has a revitalizing effect. “Agriculture Canada, that country’s version of our USDA, estimates that per acre, hemp yields four times as much paper as trees and more digestible protein than any other food source. And it takes only 3 to 4 months for the plant to mature, making it an extremely sustainable commodity.”

 So lets get back to how you can benefit from hemp. Protein shakes and smoothies are a huge trend that many incorporate into their morning routine or use to replace a meal sometime during the day. I have been making shakes/smoothies for almost ten years now. I recently changed my plant protein to hemp after finding out how much better it is for you then whey or a pea protein powder. It is an easy swap to make with huge benefits. It is a good option for those of you who eat vegan or diary free.

Some of you may be wondering if you can get high on hemp? No, hemp is derived from the marijuana plant; it contains minuscule concentrations of the psychoactive ingredient THC. “Therefore, hemp seeds can be enjoyed as a regular part of your daily diet without the worry of experiencing psychoactive effects”.

 DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE CHECKLIST with 7 easy ways to add hemp to diet today!

References:

Gamonski, WG. (July 2014). Harness The Nutritional Power Of Hemp. [online] Available: http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2014/7/Harness-The-Nutritional-Power-Of-Hemp-Seeds/Page-01

Tweed, VT. (Summer 2016). Why Hemp Is So Hip. Amazing Wellness, p.10.

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NIGHTTIME FASTING MAY REDUCE BREAST CANCER

Over the last few months I’ve blogged about how your diet can be the single most and biggest needle mover to improving your health. Not only is it important what you eat but WHEN you eat too. To start off your day you should be eating breakfast or your first meal within 1-hr of waking up. It is just as important to consume your meals every 4 to 6 hrs. Your dinner should be completed at least 3 hours before bedtime. What I bet you didn’t know is that nighttime fasting may reduce breast cancer risk.

I just recently read an article that was published in JAMA Oncology in March 2016. The study suggests that fasting for more than 13 hours a night may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. “The University of California-San Diego, and colleagues tracked 2,413 participants- all were diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 27 to 70 to determine the potential effects of nightly fasting on breast cancer prognosis”. It was reported that the women who fasted for fewer than 13 hours a night had a 36% higher risk for breast cancer recurrence, compared with those who fasted for 13 hours or more hours. It is important to note that, “the researchers can’t say why overnight fasting may influence breast cancer risk, but they found that with every additional two hours of fasting, a women’s average blood sugar level went down”.

This seems like a simple and feasible strategy to reduce breast cancer occurrence. Give it a whirl!

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Gwen

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*Life Extension. 2016 July

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Strawberries Top Of List For Highest Pesticide Residues

Did you know that the average American eats 8 pounds of fresh strawberries a year. Also, did you know that strawberries lead EWG's Dirty Dozen list for the product with the highest number of pesticide residue. For the first time strawberries have surpassed apples, which headed the list for the last five years.

Facts on Pesticides:

California growers apply 300 pounds of pesticides to each acre of conventional strawberries.

98% of strawberries have pesticide residue

Carbendazim Hormone Disruptor was found on 30% of strawberries 

Up to 17 different pesticides can be found on a single strawberry

Bifenthrin is a possible Carcinogen and is found on 40% of strawberries

Are you stratching your head wondering what you can do to minimize your exposure to potenially harmful pesticide residues. The answer is quite simple. Shop organic when the produce you want falls on the EWG's Dirty Dozen List.

Eating organic can be expensive and when it's not in your budget then make sure you choose a fruit or vegetable that is not on the Dirty Dozen List. There are so many different fruits and veggies to choose from. Instead work off EWG's Clean Fifteen list.

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Fermented Foods As Your New BFF

The final piece to reducing your inflammation could very well be because your micro biome is off. You know you've heard it on all the commercials, responses like diarrhea, bloating, gas pain, heartburn, or acid reflux.

One of the keys to fighting this inflammation of the digestive tract is to treat it with gut-healing foods.

The following fermented foods are loaded with probiotics that can help increase the healthy bacteria in the belly.

Kefir, Tempeh, Olives, Pickles, Miso, Kombucha, Sauerkraut and Kimchi. 

If you're new to fermented foods an easy one is Kefir. Try it for breakfast in a smoothie or with some granola. 

Happy eating!

 Gwen

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How To Shop For The Good, Better And Best Carrots

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Spice Up Your Life And Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Isn't it about time that you change some things up, spice up your life and reap the healthful benefits? Herbs and spices are potent antioxidants. Many of them have been used for their anti-inflammatory benefits for centuries in cultures around the world. One of my favorites, ginger, revered as a healing ingredient for ages, has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric has a magic compound called curcumin, which is known for its ability to fight inflammation and cancer. 

Garlic is perhaps the most well known and used for its wonderful flavor and it's positive effects on inflammation and immune response. Please make sure you go back and check out my video and learn the secret to preparing garlic so that you actually get all the benefits from eating garlic. 

Here are some amazing herbs and spices to transform your diet and your meals. They boost the flavor of any dish naturally. 

Ginger, Basil, Mint, Cilantro, Parsley, Turmeric, Curry Powder, Cinnamon, Clove, Raw garlic, Cayenne Pepper and Chili Peppers.

Have fun experimenting with some of these spices or herbs. Let me know if you have a great recipe you would like to share. Send to: gwenmarie@gwenmariecollection.com

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Too Much Omega-6's Can Actually Increase Your Inflammation

So how it is going on changing some foods out of your diet with some more healthful choices? There is no time like the present to start making some swaps that you enjoy to eat and reduce your inflammation and cancer risk.

Last week I wrote about adding another group of foods that help you fight against inflammation; seeds, legumes and grains. I hope you tried a protein shake in the morning. It really is fast, easy and keeps you satisfied longer than your usual carb loaded breakfasts you have been accustomed to. 

Today I am going to introduce you to another food source to help you have many great options to help you on your new journey to feel better and reduce your risk of cancer.  Let's talk about Omega-3 fatty acids which your body can't produce them on its own, you have to get them through food sources. You can choose from an assortment of fish or if you prefer vegan and vegetarian sources like nuts and seeds. Either source is highly anti-inflammatory and proven to reduce the activity of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and lupus. Here is a list of Omega-3 fatty acids:

Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Halibut, Trout, Herring, Sardines and Anchovies.

Foods with a high concentration of plant-based omega-3's many also contain antioxidant phytonutrient and polyphenols that are anti-inflammatory.

Here are some veggie-friendly sources:

Walnuts, Walnut oil, Pistachio oil, Macadamia nut oil, Extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, Chia seeds, Flaxseeds and Hempseeds.

The one Caveat: Not all omegas are created equal. While omega-6's (found in grape seed oils, sunflower seeds, and mayonnaise) do play a role in brain function and normal growth and development, if they outnumber omega-3's in a diet, they can actually increase inflammation. Most Americans have the wrong ratio and consume far to many omega-6's and too little omega-3's. Try to maintain balance by consuming plenty of omega-3's.

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Seeds, Legumes And Grains Oh My!

 

This post is a continuation of the last few blog posts written on the topic of inflammation. Hopefully you agree that you need to make some changes to your diet if you want to reduce your inflammation and any symptoms you may be experiencing. 

I wrote about how your diet can have a huge impact on staying in a chronic state of inflammation or better yet sooth and reduce your inflammation.

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There are food groups in your diet to choose from that are anti-inflammatory. In the last post I told you about fiber and that we all need to get more fiber in our diets. I listed quite a few different fruits and vegetables that are great options to eat instead of some of the really unhealthy choices that you are consuming on a regular basis. So did you make any attempts at switching out your not so good choices with one of the fruits and vegetables on the list? How did it go? It probably was not as difficult as you might have thought. You probably felt better too.

In addition, seeds, legumes and grains are an excellent source of fiber that fit the bill for anti-inflammatory foods.

Seeds and legumes:

Chia seeds, flaxseeds, lentils, chickpeas, black beans and Black-eyed peas. 

Grains:

Quinoa, Steel-cut oats, brown rice, Barley and buckwheat.

Many of you may be wondering where to start? I would suggest starting in the morning for breakfast. We all like to start off the day on a good foot. Plus these fibrous foods are very filling and will satisfy you hunger longer than your usual meal. Try swapping out your carbohydrate loaded am meal with steel-cut oats or a smoothie with chia seeds. Both are fast and easy and don't require a lot of preparation or fuss. 

Muddle over this for a few days and I'll be back with more anti-inflammatory foods to help you fight inflammation!

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Gwen

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Welcome To The Gwen Marie Collection

We are very excited with our collaboration with littlecloud and the giveaway contest.  Pictured above is the Natasha C. C. handbag, which is the giveaway for this contest. It will make a wonderful Mothers' Day gift for your mom this year. This link will provide you with more pictures and details about the handbag.  Click here

Please take a look around as we are proud to introduce you to a made in America handbag collection. The Gwen Marie Collection raises money and awareness for breast cancer.

Looking forward to connecting and engaging with you!

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