No wonder we eat, we are bored out of our minds.

FB4786B8-FE2C-4042-84F2-A611B9B8E406No offense but diets are boring. Exercise programs are boring. Online computer health and wellness programs are boring. Most information is boring. Texting is boring. Most TV shows are boring. Living to make money is boring. Living life through a phone is boring. Overeating happens out of boredom. Consuming ourselves to death is deadly and  and being weighed, measured, watched, trained and tracked is freaking ridiculous.

It is seriously time to look up from our screens and ask some honest questions. Are we happy? Are we healthy? Is this what we want? Is there more to life than just doing it? Are we ready to use our brains and not some app to live our lives? Are we ready to discover how we are designed to breathe, listen, ask, look and move to nourish our whole-person with truth and love? Are we ready to experience and enjoy our own lives and stop watching everyone’s filtered, styled and posed illusions?

Transformation happens from the inside-out when we are known and accepted; and when we know and accept ourselves. Stop letting f$@&ing technology and a bunch of people that you don’t even know tell you what you want and what you need. Rediscover who you are and how you are designed to nourish your spirit, heart, mind, body and relationships with all of life’s gifts. You already have everything you need. It’s just time to remember.

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How not destroy your gut health

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  1. Don’t go on a calorie restricted diet. You are probably not currently getting the volume or variety of fiber, starches and nutrients that you need to sustain good gut health. So, a good way to make sure that you don’t kill off more of your good bacteria is by not eliminating the foods that your gut needs to be healthy like beans, lentils, whole grains and potatoes, in order to “lose weight”.
  2. Don’t replace real foods with highly processed shakes and supplements. Common sense and actual scientific research says that real whole foods are exactly what the gut needs to be healthy. Don’t let anyone convince you that a highly processed food supplement or pills are better for you than natural whole foods.
  3. DO NOT avoid beans and lentils. Make sure that you are getting one of the most perfect foods ever designed. Your gut needs real food that can withstand the digestion process and make it down to your intestine. Science is just now discovering how natural whole foods are designed to nourish your body at various levels, including your lower intestines.
  4. Don’t eat more protein than fiber. Fact one, protein doesn’t fill you up but fiber does. When you decide that protein is more important than fiber, then it’s likely that you will not get enough fiber to rid your body of toxins and waste; and you will be feeding your bad bacteria everything it needs to grow. Truth is, everyone is getting enough protein but hardly anyone is getting enough fiber.
  5. Cut way back on the alcohol. Just one binge drinking session is extremely harmful to your gut health.
  6. Eat resistant starches. There is real science about high resistant starches giving your gut what it needs to fight cancer, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and help your body lose weight, reverse disease and prevent sickness.
  7. Don’t eat for weight loss. Please eliminate diet sodas and stop eating super small portions of highly processed diet foods.
  8. Don’t eat red meat and eggs. Do the research about TMAO and how it is produced in the gut from feeding on meat and eggs.
  9. Go vegan and by go vegan, I mean don’t avoid animal products and then fill up on highly processed vegan foods like french fries, chips, cookies, crackers and my favorite vegan butter. Just because you avoid one food group that harms your gut health doesn’t mean you should replace with a different kind of food void of nutrients.
  10. Don’t eat out very much. Research shows that eating out is one of the worst things that you can do for your health. We are talking machine contamination, food additives, oil, salt, sugar and fat perfectly combined to be the best-tasting meal that you have ever had that is void of nutrients, fiber and anything whole or natural.

STOP EATING TO LOSE WEIGHT AND START EATING TO NOURISH YOUR GUT. Trust the body’s design and stop being spoonfed misinformation. Your health is in your hands. Learn more at vivealchemy.com

Metabolism myths

You’ve probably heard people blame their weight on a slow metabolism, but what does that mean? Is metabolism really the culprit? And if so, is it possible to rev up your metabolism to burn more calories?

It’s true that metabolism is linked to weight. But contrary to common belief, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Although your metabolism influences your body’s basic energy needs, how much you eat and drink along with how much physical activity you get are the things that ultimately determine your weight.

What does Mayo Clinic say about metabolism?

 

For the love of Nikes, just buy the freaking shoes and learn to be.

healthy-person-woman-sportMindfulness is absolutely vital to any sustainable and healthy change. More than ever, we are seeing the importance of the body and mind connection. Businesses, schools, churches and the diet and health industry are desperately trying to do the same thing that they have done for decades and fit mindfulness into a neat and marketable program. But mindfulness is not a program and there are no mindfulness formulas that you can just do. At the same time, mindfulness is not a result.

So, what is mindfulness? According to the great Ellen Langer… “Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things, relinquishing preconceived mindsets, and then acting on the new observations.”- Ellen Langer

Mindfulness is daily listening, asking, looking, moving, learning and living. Mindfulness is exercising our senses to experience our daily life. Mindfulness happens when we are willing, to be honest about the mindless choices that we are making each day and when we are willing to look up from our mindless and comfortably boring consuming. Mindfulness is using our eyes, ears, noses, mouths, hands to see, smell, taste, hear and touch life.

I spent years with my head down, just doing it. Doing my job, taking care of my kids, going to the gym, going to church, eating to be lean and staying in my mindless loops that did not require my own thoughts, imagination, feelings or senses. I can distinctly remember when I was forced out of my life and I went on a vacation, and I noticed the sky.

Years and years of my life had gone as I was just doing it and grinding it out, and I hadn’t looked up to really notice the sky. That’s insane. When I finally saw the sky, it was so beautiful that I couldn’t stop looking at it. From this point on, something in me changed. Not everything immediately, but little by little my spirit, heart, mind and body started to wake up and I begin to be set free from just doing it; and I started to learn how to just be me.