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About Ketosis

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Metabolism and ketosis
by Michael R.Eades, M.D.


Since posting the piece on ketone bodies and their causing breathalyzer problems I’ve had enough comments and emails to make me realize that there are probably many people unsure of what ketones really are, where they come from and why. Let’s take a look at the goals and priorities of our metabolic system to see what happens. Fear not, I’m going to try to keep the biochemistry to a minimum.

The primary goal of our metabolic system is to provide fuels in the amounts needed at the times needed to keep us alive and functioning. As long as we’ve got plenty of food, the metabolic systems busies itself with allocating it to the right places and storing what’s left over. In a society such as ours, there is usually too much food so the metabolic system has to deal with it in amounts and configurations that it wasn’t really designed to handle, leading to all kinds of problems. But that’s a story for another day.

If you read any me…

ZWOW 17 CHALLENGE

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ZWOW 17

3 ROUNDS OR AMRAP  12MINUTES

Wall Walks-5 Reps
Wall Lunges-20 Reps
Plank Wall Touches-15 Reps
Wall Strength March-20 Reps

ICE TEA FACIAL-Video

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By Michelle Phan
You will need;

Green Tea,Vitamin E and distilled water.

Paleo This Sums It Up on Why I Mostly Follow It

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By: Jason Thurlkill
One day I’m going to get run-over by all the guys wearing Vibram FiveFingers at my gym. I first noticed the minimalist shoes about a year ago. What started with a few footwear pioneers is mainstream workout wear. Paleo-Primal living is following the same trajectory: Once a whisper, now it’s a tribal roar.
More people hear the noise. In 2011, Greatist.com ranked Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf in the top 40 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness. At the time of this post, The Paleo Solution ranked in the Amazon.com Top 150, while The Primal Blueprint cracked the Top 500. Several Paleo cookbooks (Make it Paleo, Well Fed) also ranked high in niche categories. This past spring hundreds attended the first-ever Paleo f(x) conference in Austin. The upcoming Ancestral Health Symposium is sold out. Even political commentator Andrew Sullivan is on board.  What’s fueling all this interest?

People want to reconnect with nature. Part of the Paleo-Primal appeal is its ba…

101 Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

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101 Uses for Thieves OilDo you know where YOUR Thieves is?

Thieves essential oil blend Young Living's proprietary Thieves essential oil blend is a powerful combination of clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata essential oils. Proven effective against airborne bacteria, Thieves is the perfect oil to diffuse in your home, car, and office.

 101 Uses for Thieves Oil (Compiled by one or more Young Living distributors. Whoever they are, thank you!)
FAVORITE USES FOR THIEVES ANTIMICROBIAL BLEND OF ESSENTIAL OILS

1. Dilute with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing.
2. Mix with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow for a sore throat.
3. Apply undiluted directly to the skin of your upper chest and throat for bronchitis.
4. Place a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for a headache.
5. Put 10-12 drops in a size OO capsule undiluted and swallow daily for longevity.
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NEEM-Benefits

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Neem - What Is It? Neem is a cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine having been used for thousands of years in India and South Asia to treat a wide range of ailments. This fast-growing evergreen tree thrives in tropical regions. Its leaves, seeds, and bark all contain healing compounds.
Why Use It?
Neem oil is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. In personal care products, it quickly penetrates the skin to soothe dry, itchy, or flaking areas. Herbal extracts have been shown to prevent and help heal ulcers, boost the immune system, and improve joint health. The leaves also appear effective in treating digestive disorders. And a gel made from neem leaves proved more effective than a medicinal mouthwash in reducing plaque buildup on teeth and treating gingivitis.

Proven Acne Fighter
Neem oil is ideal for acne-prone skin. It reduces irritation and inflammation, and helps remove bacteria that may cause outbreaks.

Good to Know Neem is considered …

Spicey Chicken Soup

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Caldo De Polloby


Caldo De Pollo
 I also roasted a chicken and the next day came up with this delicious and blog worthy soup.  The rain is back  and having a warm and subtly spicy chicken soup for leftovers has been comforting and yummy!  If you do not have a chicken carcass to boil down, I would sub 4-6 cups of already cooked shredded chicken and 10 cups of chicken broth.
Caldo De Pollo 1 chicken carcass (place in a large soup pot and add enough water to cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours or until all the meat has fallen off the bone. Pick out the bones and discard.  Add another 4-6 cups of water to bring back to a soup-like consistency) 5 carrots, diced 1 red onion, diced 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes 1 cup Salsa Verde (I like the Trader Joe’s brand) 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon cumin 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Sea salt and black pepper to taste
After you have removed all the bones from the s…

Creamy Chicken Tomato Soup

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Another Budget Friendly Paleo Meal by Erika: “Creamy” Chicken Tomato Crockpot Soupby


“Creamy” Chicken Tomato Soup
4 frozen skinless boneless chicken breast
Garlic salt to taste
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 clove garlic
1 14 oz. can of coconut milk (full fat)
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and juice
1 cup of chicken broth (I used homemade chicken broth but you can use store bought)
Sea Salt and pepper to taste Put all the above ingredients into the crock-pot, cook for 9 hours on low. After 9 hours take two forks and shred the chicken, set the crock-pot on warm till ready to serve (making sure to taste it before serving to make sure there is enough salt and pepper)
Served: 6 (with left over’s for lunch the next day) Total cost: 17.48 (this is the price if you had to go buy all the ingredients; chicken, chicken broth, spices, coconut milk and diced tomatoes.. if you are buying spices at Safeway they always have a buy two get one free deal going on…

5 Great Tips

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5 Tips To Heal Yourself & Feel Good Right Now By Lisa Pool We all deal with stress. And no matter what we do, stress is going to happen. Body-wrecking anxiety though, is something that's not acceptable. Once I dug deep and discovered what  triggered my own stress and subsequent anxiety, I learned how to eliminate it or, at the least, dramatically reduce it. For me pharmaceutical remedies are not an option. I choose instead to go the alternative, natural way to balance out my system. Here are some of the holistic remedies that worked for me:
1. Seriously, Just Take A Deep Breath.
Has anyone told you to “ take a deep breath” and you want to smack them? I know, it can seem like this suggestion utterly trivializes what you are feeling, but this is actually the quickest, surest way to release the anxiety pressure valve. 
The trick though, is about breathing "good." Stress bearing down on you causes rapid, shallow breathing - this is some of that good ‘ol ‘fi…

When You Should Eat Fruit

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The Major Rule for Eating Fruit By Ella Leché There's no doubt that eating fruit is important to our overall health and wellbeing. Fruit is healthy for you, we all know that, but, it's good to know that eating it should follow some general guidelines to fully benefit our health. It's just not as simple as putting it into our mouths whenever we feel like it. Learn about the proper ways to eat fruit and your whole body will thank you with less digestive problems and tons more energy.
Incorporating fruit into our diet, the proper way, gives our digestive system more powerful benefits through vitamin intake and improved digestion. Looking at the nutrition of fruit, most fruits are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C and folate and so much more. Their nutrients help guard against disease, lower rates of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. However, eating fruit carelessly without any nutritional knowledge could bring on more problems to our he…

Chocolate Cashew Butter

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Prep time: 2 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 7 mins Serves: 4+ Ingredients 2 cups dry roasted cashews1/4 cup melted coconut oil (you can use walnut, almond, etc.)2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder2 tablespoons raw honey1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon sea salt Instructions Add your roasted cashews to your food processor and turn on. Let the food processor do it’s magic.When the cashews are become thicker and almost ball up into a ball of happiness, add your oil directly to your cashews while the food processor is still running.Once your get a runnier nut butter, turn food processor off, then add your cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and salt.Turn back on to let everything incorporate.Add more oil if you want a more runny nut butter.Consume with anything. Apples. Carrots, On a burger. Serious. I just eat it by the spoonful. I’m classy.

Red Eyes;Age

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Ask An Expert: Why Do Our Eyes Get Red as We Age?by Anna K. Fryxell, Social Media AssociateAs you get older, you may start to notice that your eyes aren’t as clear and white as they were when you were younger. According to a 2011 study published by Ethology, volunteers thought that people with red eyes seemed sadder, less healthy and less attractive than those with whiter eyes. That’s why we decided to find out why this happens.

What it really comes down to is that we make less water components for our tears as we age. “Our tears are made up of three layers: mucin, water and oil,” says Santa Monica, CA, oculoplastic surgeon, Cynthia Boxrud, MD. “The bottom layer is called the mucin layer and is made from the goblet cells in our conjunctiva. The middle layer is a water component made mostly from the lacrimal glands. This water component decreases as we age causing dryness and redness."

Many people especially experience redness after eyelid surgery because the eyes are more…

ZWOW 16 CHALLENGE

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ZWOW 16

3 ROUNDS THE MOST 4                                        LETS GET IT WARRIORS!

Renegade Rows-10 Reps
Overhead Lunges-10 Reps
Squat Jump Burpees-10 Reps
Crab Touches-10 Reps
Sumo Deadlift Pull- 10 Reps

Healthy Tips

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Tips I learned from my healthiness journey

Tips I learned from my healthiness journey People ask me often how I lost weight and while I very much remember being in that position where I just want someone to tell me how to lose weight, the only thing I can say is that I made it my own. I am unique. I am not a one-size-fits-all. I am not a diet or program and cannot expect any one else’s diet or program to work on me. What works for them won’t necessarily work for me. Losing weight for me meant figuring out what I needed. It meant figuring out how I worked and how to fit a healthy lifestyle into that.
Along the way, I found few things that worked for me.

Cut & freeze veggies: I struggle with veggies. I’m not a fan of canned veggies and cringe when fresh produce goes bad before I eat it. There’s a little discount grocery store around the corner from my house and they always have red and yellow peppers on sale for half the cost of buying them at a chain grocery store. Every c…

Lime Grilled Chicken

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Lime Grilled Chicken

Ingredients2 Boneless Chicken BreastsJuice of 4 limes2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil2 Tbsp Chili Powder1 Tsp Dried Oregano1 Tsp Ground Cumin1 Tsp Dried SageSalt and Pepper to Taste Cooking Steps From our friend George at http://www.civilizedcavemancooking.com/!

Combine all the above ingredients except your chicken in a bowl and mix well
Place your chicken breasts in a shallow dish and pour your marinade over the top and cover. Place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours but up to 48 hours

When ready to cook, pull your chicken out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature
Place chicken breasts on a plate and pour your marinade into a sauce pan
Heat your marinade on the stove and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes until it thickens up so you can baste the chicken while cooking
Preheat your grill on medium heat and then go cook your chicken breasts, should be about 10 minutes per side
While your chicken is cooking keep basting…

BB Creams Have Changed My Exercise Life

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How BB cream changed my exercise life
The problem: I always use an SPF moisturizer when I run, but I am extremely self conscious about my skin. When I have to meet up with people after a run or get on the subway or stop into a store, I pray I don’t run into anyone I know. I keep my head down when speaking to anyone. I worry that my friends will say, behind my back, “Wow, Dori really has bad skin.”

The treatment: None. I’ve spent years at dermatologists trying different medications and combinations of medications. Not only did they not work, but because of my severely dry skin (unusual with chronic acne), all the medications made my skin unbearably dry and painful. Now, I just try to use products that don’t make it any worse.

The solution: Because I won’t work out with makeup on (it clogs pores and is gross to sweat off), I was at a loss for years – until now. I happen to work at a skincare company called Hydroxatone and we recently came out with the product that changed my …

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients4 Bell peppers, 500 Grams of ground beef, Half of a courgette diced in cubes,4 Eggs, Fresh coriander, Fresh Thyme, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 2 onions, a few cloves of garlic, Some real sea salt and pepper Cooking Steps
Cut the tops off you bell peppers and clean them out. cut the tops of the peppers in little cubes.
Put the following ingredients in to a blender…
Two onions, garlic clove, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, the fresh coriander and thyme.
BLEND!
Melt some paleo approved oil, ghee or grass fed butter in a frying pan.
Cook your blended mixture… Add your Ground meat.. cook as desired..add some pepper and real see salt .. Add your veggies… Cook all this goodness!
When done, fill your bell pepper with all that goodness. Leave some room at the top for the eggs.
Crack your eggs onto the top
Preheat an oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Good luck putting them into grill oven without spilling the eggs
Cook them for around 20 minut…

Diet Face

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Don't Suffer From Diet Face by NewBeauty EditorsIf you are a yo-yo dieter or constantly following the latest get-slim-quick fad, you might be able to finally fit into your desired dress size, but you might also be sacrificing the health of your skin along the way. The truth is, in an effort to shed pounds fast, you wreak havoc on your skin. However, with knowledge on nutrition dos and don'ts, you can eat the right, healthful foods to keep your waistline in check and your skin looking supple and young.

You see, when faced with a lack of nutrients, the body goes into survival mode, diverting energy from the skin and sending it to the internal organs. Not only is this terrible news for your health, it's bad news for your skin as it becomes dehydrated, loses color and your natural cell turnover becomes sluggish. Symptoms that make you look tired and old.

Not to mention, when rapid weight loss results in a significant reduction of subcutaneous fat directly beneath…

DIY Fake Lashes

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This fun DIY project is to show you how many options you have with false lashes and the degrees of drama that come with each. You don’t have to buy accent or individual lashes when you can just make your own by cutting them however you wish.

TOOLS:Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes (those are my favorites but you can use any style), Small Scissors, DUO Lash Glue (I prefer the clear/white shade so it dries clear)

HOMEMADE INDIVIDUALS: Cut them in between any groupings (some groupings have more hairs than others). I used three on my assistant Carissa but you can use as many/few as you like. Notice how with individuals you can flare them outwards more for a winged effect. **TIP: let the glue get “tacky” for 2 minutes so you can literally just stick them on the lashline and they won’t turn or slide.

HALF (ACCENT) STRIP: Cut the strip in half and use either end (I prefer the end that would have been on the inside corner even though you’ll place it on the outside corner). Trace the glue …

Easy Blender Salsa

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In a food processor or blender, I combine a can of diced tomatoes, a can of Rotel which is seasoned diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1/2 of a small onion, 1/2 of a jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, honey and a few spices. Pulse for 30 seconds and that’s it. I’ve been known to throw in half a cucumber and a carrot before too. This is the kind of salsa that you can’t really screw up. You can follow the recipe below as a guideline and do as you like to make it your own.

It’s the perfect apres nosh after a long day of skiing or snowboarding and the perfect beverage to wash this down is an icy cold beer. Absolute heaven if you ask me.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, this would be a great easy appetizer to watch the big game. Make sure you’ve got something to serve at half time because this won’t last through the first quarter.
Easy Blender Salsa Ingredients:1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes1- 10 oz can orginal Rotel1/2 small onion, roughly chopped1 clove garlic…

6 Beauty Recipes

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6 Green Beauty Recipes Straight From Your Kitchen By Melissa Rousseau A few years ago I had the realization that I was taking brilliant care of my inner body with an all organic diet, avoiding gluten, dairy and sugar, as well as keeping up my commitment to daily exercise and meditation. But then it dawned on me that I was putting nothing but chemicals onto my body. I was always searching for the latest and greatest in anti-aging skincare, not fully realizing the true damage that I was inflicting on myself. As we know, our skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything we put on it directly into our bloodstreams…so in order to nourish and support this amazing organ, I set out to give my bathroom a green overhaul. And in the process came up with a few home recipes that I am finding work really well, if not better than the chemical laden stuff of my past.  Here are a few of my favorites right now: 1. Cleanser: Almonds, Walnuts, Goat milk Powder, Raw Cacao
I combine a few table…

10 Inflammatory Foods to Avoid

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Top 10 Inflammatory Foods to Avoid Like the Plague Stay clear of these inflammation-causing foods to instantly upgrade your health! According to the statistics from the World Health Organization, about 12.9 million people worldwide died from some form of cardiovascular disease in 2004. And each year, the World Cancer Research Fund estimated that some eight million people died from cancer. Heart disease and cancer, the deadly manifestation of chronic inflammation, are expected to remain as the leading causes of death in developed countries for many years to come. But study after study shows that the risk of heart disease and cancer are modifiable by our lifestyle choices which include the food we choose to eat each day. With every bite that we take, we’re either balancing the pro- and anti-inflammatory compounds in the body, or tipping the scale to one end.
To shift the balance to your favor, other than incorporating more natural anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, it’s also …