Eat More Chocolate!

The earliest known use of chocolate was in the form of the cacao bean (more commonly known as the cocoa bean) in the Amazon, back in 2,000 BC.  That’s more than 4,000 years ago.

One of the biggest claims to fame of cocoa is its antioxidant properties.  Thanks to its high concentration of flavonoids, which are compounds found in thousands of plant-based foods, chocolate has a rather impressive ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) score.

Those higher levels of flavonoids also provide positive effects for heart health!

But before you go on a chocolate binge…  these effects were shown with dark and dark chocolate only. This is key…dark chocolate.  And milk chocolate is not an option either.

Not only does milk chocolate contain significantly less cocoa, it also tends to be higher in fat, sugar, and calories.  Plus, there is evidence to suggest that milk binds to flavanols and interferes with their absorption.11 Whether one eats a candy bar with milk as an ingredient, adds milk to cocoa, or drinks it to wash down a brownie, the milk basically blocks the flavanols from performing their functions.

So… choose your chocolate well.   your best bet is to use unsweetened cocoa powder.  That way you avoid the sugar/fat trap while still reaping all the benefits. For chocolate bars chose the 70% cocoa content with less than 10 grams of sugar.

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Finally, you might want to stir up this yummy truffle recipe:

Put raw coconut oil in a double boiler.  Heat the water, melt the oil, and take remove it from the stove.  Mix in raw cacao powder, along with almond butter, coconut flakes, and chili powder and/or cinnamon.  Stevia can be used to sweeten it.

The best part of this recipe is that you can determine the measurements and proportions.  Just add and stir ingredients until the mixture is nice and creamy.  Then refrigerate the mixture until it is cool, roll into truffle-like balls, and freeze them.

You can thank me later😊

FYI: If you happen to live in the Santa Rosa Beach, Fl area my friend, Shyron makes chocolate to die for!   Check our her site- https://www.vip-vibe.com/

Post any of your favorite chocolate recipes using DARK chocolate and let’s compare notes!

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What Does Fatigue Have To Do With Aging?

Hope you have enjoyed Step 1 and 2 of this series. Now let’s get into some new information.

Anyone ever heard of autophagy? It’s the process of cellular recycling. The body breaks down the old protein cells that are used or damaged each day and rebuilds new healthy ones.
After all you can’t feel energized running on worn out cells! Scientist show the better you have autophagy the better you feel and longer you live. Maintaining clean cells slows down the aging process.
So, how do you increase autophagy? You amplify the circadian rhythms. Your body clock. And to do this is very simple. Block the artificial lights in the evening. Blue light prevents melatonin from being excreted which signals night. That blunts the circadian rhythm and decreases cellular rejuvenation.
Whether you choose to go with blue-blocking screens, electronic abstinence for a couple hours prior to bedtime, or blue-blocking sunglasses, you simply must find a way to eliminate your evening exposure to blue light.
To increase this effect even further drink water first thing in the morning. This helps the body go even deeper into cleaning out those aged cells.

So far, we have three steps to amp-up energy:
1. Stay away from stimulates
2. Intermittent fasting
3. Blocking artificial light in the evening and water first thing in the morning.
Seem too simple? Just wait and see how you respond!
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Two Secret Keys to Beating Fatigue

There two secret keys to beating fatigue and getting your energy back.

There are times of the day when the body is getting rid of toxic cells (that cause crippling exhaustion) and times when it is rebuilding healthy cells that flood the body with energy.

Makes sense, right?  We get the mentality that if we aren’t moving our body is not working and that is just not true.

At a cellular level the body is working hard to clear metabolic waste and toxins we absorb. But here is the trick.  We rarely let it rest!

Without the time to CLEAN HOUSE from those toxic by-products our system does not work efficiently and slows down.   Nutrients don’t get sent to the brain and muscles, you ache, feel foggy headed and in general terrible.

Also, we need repair time.  Periods where we are in repair mode to rejuvenate the system for maximum energy.

So, what is the answer?  Don’t eat! (just kidding) But the fact is the healthiest cultures on earth do not eat 24/7 like Americans do.

The most efficient method is intermittent fasting.  Basically, you eat within an 8-hour period per day and fast for 16.

If you need to eat in the evening move your eight hours later.

If you start at 11am, stop at 7pm.   Skipping breakfast will not kill you.  That is another myth of the breakfast foods industry.

As you start to make these changes to your routine you will lose weight as your metabolism becomes more efficient.  Better yet the cells will clear out the toxins and you will start to regain some vitality.

 

Stay tuned for Step 3

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Doctor Leesa “The All Natual Pharmacist”

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Have you been struggling with fatigue?

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Perhaps you have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome and are seriously wondering if you’ll ever feel well again.

Or maybe you haven’t seen a doctor and gotten any official diagnosis, but all you know is that you feel exhausted every day and just don’t have the energy to do all the things you used to do?

There is breakthrough science that is digging deep into the reason for this crippling fatigue.

Now I am not talking about quick fixes or band-aids to hide it. But over the next week I will be letting you in on the steps to get back on your feet and running!

 

All right Step One:

Break the coffee habit. (I didn’t say this was going to be easy)

Caffeine has a bad habit of lowering your baseline energy. When you get a pop of energy its because you lowered the bar.

Start with using decaf for a few days then ween off until you are OK.  You can use decaffeinated herbal teas like peppermint, orange, hibiscus, ginger… you get the idea.

Ok that’s enough for day 1.

Here’s is to your energy and renewal!

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8 Foods That Shrink Belly Fat

Bet you didn’t know that apples help shrink the fat. apple-3313209_960_720   Losing weight and regaining it seems to plaque too many of us.   The dreaded yo-yo dieting ends up causing extra pounds to creep up.  The trick to permanent weight loss is shrinking the fat cells!

It seems that certain foods make fat loss much easier so here is a list of the foods you need to know and I bet some will surprise you.

Apples

The pectin found in apple limits the amount of fat absorbed by cells.  Antioxidants in apples may lower the risk for metabolic syndrome, a condition where the waist thickens. Helps cleanse out excess toxins in the digestive tract also.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruit such as grapefruit, tangerines, papaya, lime and tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which participates in the fat burning process. Vitamin C also stimulates carnitine. This amino acid enhances the body’s capacity to burn

Tomato juice

 has also been shown to increase adiponectin, a protein that helps to break down body fat.  You can add a dash of cayenne pepper to really rev up fat burning.

Salmon

omega-3 in wild salmon help improve insulin sensitivity, which shrinks fat from your waistline

Cruciferous vegetables

Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts stimulate an enzyme that tells your fat cells to burn fat.

Avocado

It switches off the body’s fat storage hormones. Eating half a medium-sized avocado on a daily basis was highly correlated with improved overall diet quality and a 50 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome.

Brazil Nuts

They’re actually little fat-burners. They help boost the metabolism by converting the thyroid hormone to its active form.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in medium-chained-triglycerides (MCTs), which your body preferentially uses for energy, leaving less opportunity for them to be stored as fat

So there you have it.  Here is to your success!

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Foods that kill the pain

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Everyone feels some aches and pains sometime but did you know that there are foods that can  help relieve pain.  You see they also contain salicyclic acid, the compound in aspirin.  So, when you need some help give some of these a try:

apples                                                      raspberries

avocados                                                 spinach

blueberries                                             zucchini

cauliflower                                             plums

cherries                                                   peaches

cucumbers

And for some added help make my special recipe for even more help: Mix theese Doterra essential oils:

Copaiba

Marjoram

Rosemary

Frankincense

Combine about 3 drops each for a single application in 1 tsp  carrier oil.  Works like a charm!