10 Worst Foods for Longevity

Longevity. Longevity is something we are all seeking. People are now living longer than they ever have in the entire history of humanity. But what does that longevity mean if the ‘golden’ years of life are spent battling dementia or Alzheimer’s? If you can’t enjoy your life mentally and physically, what is the point of living longer for the sake of living longer?? You can protect your cells and body to be able to have a happy and full life in your later years. The added bonus of healthy eating and living is beautifying for your skin and body too! And it all comes down to you getting to know your body and how to nourish it properly. It isn’t about calories or fat-free or sugar-free or any of those other restrictions that traditional diets or the media tells you is the latest and greatest thing. It is about you! You are a unique individual and the proper nutrition that your body needs is unique to you! Although...there is a basic starting point for us all:

Top 10 Worst Foods for Longevity

  • Sweetened Dairy Products - ice cream, frozen yogurt, low-fat ice cream etc, sugar acts on your brain like cocaine and excess amounts of sugar in your diet over time have been linked to various ailments.

  • Trans-fat Containing Foods - commercially baked goods, margarine, shortening, fast foods etc

  • Donuts - refined white sugar, refined white flour and fried - talk about a triple-threat...

  • Sausage, Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats - filled with nitrites, nitrates and various other fillers and chemical preservatives - linked to heart disease and increased risk for cancer.

  • Smoked Meat, Barbecued Meat and Conventionally Raised Red Meat - cooking meats at high temperatures creates carcinogens (HCAs & PAHs) which can lead to cancer and conventionally raised meats are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones, which are best avoided completely.

  • Fried Foods - the process of frying starchy foods creates acrylamides, which are toxic and linked to advanced aging of the skin and cancer.

  • Highly Salted Foods - processed foods and ready-to-eat meals often have high amounts of refined salt which can increase your risk of heart disease and stomach cancer.

  • Soda - is unhealthy on so many levels...High Fructose Corn Syrup has been shown to disrupt the hormones that signal when to stop eating, leading to overeating and the health issues associated with that.  

  • Refined White Sugar - highly processed and adds no nutritional value. Cancer researchers have found that ‘sugar feeds cancer’.

  • Refined White Flour - highly processed and has no nutritional value. Refined white flour also turns into sugar quickly in your body; overconsumption of which has been linked to various chronic illnesses, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer.

No pressure right?? I’m sure many (or some) of the foods that are your guilty pleasures are on this list. They were on mine!! There are healthy alternatives to cold cuts - and I don’t mean anything containing soy. Go for organic, no antibiotics, no hormones, nitrate-free and nitrite-free - when it comes to choosing cold cuts. The less fillers and chemicals the better!! Swapping soda for water will help your body on many levels - hydration will improve your skin and aid with detoxification. I’m not a sugar/sweets-craving person but for those I recommend retraining your palate. It is best to go for fruits and use stevia or raw honey in your tea or coffee. As for the grilling - grill smaller cuts of organic, grass-fed meat and turn them often to limit production of carcinogens. You can enjoy your food and nourish your body properly! Just be aware and get informed. Start making good choices and see what it can do for your health and wellbeing!  

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5 Metabolism Boosting Foods

Let’s face it, one of the first things to go as one ‘ages’ is your metabolism. It’s one of the main complaints I hear when clients come to see me! Some people have abused their body through pills, prescription or otherwise, crazy diets, junk food (a.k.a - processed foods) etc. Other people have - inadvertently - done damage to their bodies by eating foods that are supposedly ‘healthy’ - i.e. non-fat, low fat, sugar-free, zero calorie, fat free etc.

The good news?? You can heal your body! You can get your metabolism (and yourself) back into ‘fighting’ shape! That is the wonderful and miraculous thing about your body - it is fully capable of healing itself.

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to provide your body with the fuel it needs which is nutrient-dense nourishment. Foods that are whole and unprocessed, free from antibiotics, hormones and pesticides are what you should seek out in order to restore your body to optimum health and wellbeing.

Metabolism Boosting Foods

  1. Red Beans - dried, red beans have a lot of fiber that help keep you fuller, longer and help you store less fat and B vitamins and zinc. They also contain a ‘resistant’ starch that helps repair the lining of your intestine and has been shown to help lower insulin levels. => Be sure to soak them for 6-8 hours in room temperature water before cooking.

  2. Garlic & Onions - work to stimulate production of glutathione, a master antioxidant. Glutathione is helpful on many levels but one of the most important ones is that it helps the liver remove hormone-disrupting chemicals from the body. Garlic is also helpful in lowering overall cholesterol and raising the good cholesterol.

  3. Broccoli & Cauliflower - cruciferous vegetables like these are nutrient-rich and low in calories. The high water and fiber content help keeps you satisfied and works to increase your body’s fat burning capabilities. => Do not overcook these - you want them to retain some firmness - in order to retain their nutrients. Steam or sautee lightly.

  4. Green Tea - overusing caffeine can damage one’s metabolism and cause hormonal imbalances so switch from coffee to green tea. Green tea has tons of antioxidants, boosts fat metabolism and has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. => Do not consume more than 400 mg of caffeine per day (roughly 2 strong, 8 oz cups of coffee). Finish your last cup prior to 12pm (it has a long half-life) so your body can digest it by the time bedtime rolls around.

  5. Strawberries & Raspberries - are not only a good way to curb that sweet tooth but are also loaded with nutrients and antioxidants like anthocyanins, which some studies have shown to stop individual fat cells from getting larger. In addition, they also cause fat cells to release release adiponectin, which reduces inflammation, helps reverse insulin and leptin resistance and helps lower blood sugar levels. =>Always go organic when it comes to berries. Choose fresh or frozen. Never processed or in processed foods.

Action Plan

Start by swapping out some of the foods you eat with these and you will soon see and feel the difference. Work on avoiding processed and packaged foods. Replace sweetened drinks and juices with water.

In our society that is overly obsessed with physical ‘beauty’ it may seem counterintuitive to say this but I am going to say it anyway! Your physique is only one aspect of your health! And it is the least important!! How you feel - that’s what matters. Not every one of us is meant to be a size 2. But we can ALL look our personal best and feel amazing!!  Want to learn more about boosting your metabolism?? Register for my upcoming Pre-Holiday Metabolism Boost Webinar

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6 Fat Burning Foods

The one thing that all my clients have in common, be they male or female, is that they are looking to lose fat. The extra pouch they are carrying around? They want it gone! Like, yesterday!! Now, they want their extra inches gone for aesthetic reasons but there are some important health reasons to get rid of those inches of excess.

Having excess fat around the mid-section has been correlated to higher occurrences of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. It is a sign of chronic inflammation and that is not good for your health and wellbeing. As if your health is not enough of an incentive to lose those excess pounds and inches, a strong & fit core also protects you from injuries that may occur during the course of your daily routine, strengthens your back and improves your sex life! How’s that for motivation? That certainly got me motivated and since I changed my diet and lifestyle I lost a good 4 inches around my waist. And I’ve maintained it! How much can you lose?

To get your started, here are some foods whose intake you should increase in order to release the extra weight and inches.

  1. Green Tea - I’m sure you’ve heard that green tea is good for you. It contains antioxidants, catechins, that can stimulate metabolism and stimulate the body to burn abdominal fat.  

  2. Greek Yogurt - packed with protein which takes your body longer to digest keeping you satisfied longer. A bonus is that your body burns more calories while digesting protein than carbs. Stick to plain yogurt and use fresh berries or a little raw honey to sweeten it but avoid flavored greek yogurt.

  3. Quinoa - is a gluten-free grain that has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a one cup serving. Loaded with vitamins and minerals it is nutritious and satisfying; and can be eaten with lean protein or as part of an arugula salad.

  4. Raw Vegetables - cucumbers, carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers make a great snack that keeps your tummy full and happy and is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that give your body the nutrition it needs. And they are crunchy, so choose to snack on these instead of chips. Add a little sea salt, olive oil and cayenne pepper or some almond butter for some added taste.

  5. Organic Eggs - low in calories and a good source of high-quality protein. Studies have shown that eating protein in the morning will help keep you full longer vs. a carb-heavy breakfast, making it less likely for you to reach for a mid-morning snack.

  6. Berries - are high in water and fiber keeping you satisfied and they will also satisfy your sweet tooth for a fraction of the calories of cookies or brownies! The added benefit is that they are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.

I would eat one of these first, before you eat your ‘regular’ meal, or you can start by replacing one of your meals with a combination of these foods. Get creative. Experiment! And enjoy yourself!

Berry Kale Smoothie

1 organic kale leaf, center stalk removed

½ organic blueberries

½ organic strawberries

1 tbsp Pure Synergy Green Superfood Powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 cups purified water (add more/less depending on your taste)

Blend well and bottoms up!

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Day 1 of my 10-Day Transformation

I came across these great products that I’ve been guiding a few of my clients through. A cleanse. A solid cleanse that has no chemicals or fillers, is organic and vegan-friendly, and actually helps your body build lean muscle while losing fat. After seeing the results of my clients I decided to give it a try for myself. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a cleanse. And I’ve done just about every ‘cleanse’ out there - raw, vegan, juicing, grapefruit cleanse, master cleanse, etc. And those cleanses never worked for me. I usually didn’t lose any weight and I was a pain-in-the-rear to deal with!! Not a good combo.

Until I came across this cleanse. Purium. (Feel free to do your homework! :)

I was very pleased with their practices. They manufacture all their products to a super-high standard! They are organic. Gluten-free. Vegan. Free of chemicals, fillers, stabilizers, etc. I don’t recommend anything that I wouldn’t put in my body myself! My hesitation in trying this cleanse was that I don’t have much weight to lose!! (I know..if only you could have that same ‘problem’!) I eat lots of veggies & fruits, organic. Healthy fats and lean, organic protein. I drink lots of water. I exercise pretty regularly. But I decided to give the cleanse a try anyway! I can stand to gain more lean muscle and if I lose a little more ‘fat’ I’m cool.

Today was Day 1. And it wasn’t completely easy. I had a networking breakfast this morning at 7am. There were hard boiled eggs and bagels with cream cheese (which I would never touch!) but I stayed true to the cleanse. I only had tea and then I went home to drink my Power Shake, which was yummy!! I took my Amino Acids. I was a good girl - until lunch! My friend was having a yummy baby spinach salad with jerked chicken and I couldn’t resist. I had a few bites of the salad. But I mean a few - maybe 4 - no more than 5 bites. I could’ve ‘cheated’ with something unhealthy but I went with salad and a very small amount of it. It’s the chicken that did me in! The baby spinach is on my ok-list, so long as it’s organic.

Going forward, I am determined to stick to my cleanse (plus a couple of the pre-approved foods on my list) for the remaining (little over) 9 days! I want to see how lean I can get and the only way to see the results is to stick with the cleanse! I’m excited!! Maybe I’ll even get the beginnings of a 6-pack.

Some good reasons to do a high quality cleanse?

  1. To break your addiction to processed foods & sugar

  2. To cleanse your body (from all the toxins and chemicals, etc)

  3. To improve digestion

  4. To improve your lifestyle

  5. and in the case of this particular cleanse - To lose weight, sustainably

It’s time to stop counting calories. Stop listening to the latest fad dietary advice. Pay attention to the chemicals and sugar you are putting your body. Learn what’s best for your body’s nourishment needs. Go for real nutrition and your body will be the picture of fitness and health! I’ll keep y’all posted on my progress!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask and if you're up for the cleanse - use the gift card code: BERADIANT

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Why Eat Greens??

There is tons of information out there about the importance of eating Greens. Dark Leafy Green Veggies. Green Cruciferous Veggies. Green vegetables are crucial for body’s health and wellness. Essential for a beautiful complexion and for strong hair and nails. Green veggies also help your body shed excess pounds and maintain it! They are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals your body needs to be healthy and fight off disease!

Here is what Greens do for your body:

  1. Their Fiber is very important for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight! And it can also help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

  2. The High Water Content are essential for keeping your body hydrated and contributing to beautiful skin and hair.

  3. Rich in Calcium and Potassium that helps maintain strong teeth and bones, reducing the risk for osteoporosis and helps manage blood pressure levels.

  4. Their Anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, help reduce risk of cataracts and keep your eyes healthy. The vitamin C helps your body produce collagen which in turn keeps your skin and hair beautiful.

  5. They contain Beta-carotene which supports the growth and repair of your body’s tissues. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A as needed so it is safer to eat your greens than to take supplements.

  6. They’re an excellent source of Folate which help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and memory loss and it supports the production of serotonin which can help protect you against depression and contribute to healthy moods.

  7. The Vitamin E in green leafy veggies help maintain healthy skin and may help protect your eyes from degeneration.

The great thing about Greens is that you can eat as much of them as you want! I’ve never heard of anyone getting fat from eating kale and swiss chard, have you? I know that whenever I feel as if I’ve gained a little weight I increase my green intake and the inches come off. Not only do I lose inches with more greens but my complexion and hair start looking even better! As if I needed more reasons to eat my greens! I’m definitely sold on the beauty benefits of greens! Make half your plate Green! Try it for yourself and enjoy a more beautiful complexion and a healthier body!    

 

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Burn Fat with Cinnamon

It’s Springtime, finally!!! And I am seeing a lot of people hitting the gym in preparation for bikini season. I am slightly amused because they could’ve been ahead of the curve if they stayed true to their New Years’ Resolutions but alas, we are a culture that is obsessed with instant gratification. The thing is that things don’t change overnight. No matter what the TV or the movies say change is something that develops over time. Whether it is change in our bodies or in our health it is consistency that matters the most. I learned this the hard way over the past several years. Fad diets don’t work. Starving myself doesn’t work. Surgery doesn’t work. The results are unsustainable, at best, because there I don’t change my day to day habits!

Now that I am wiser I aim for four things:

  1. Fat loss over weight loss

  2. Nutrient-rich foods - what makes up a calorie matters, NOT just the calorie

  3. Regular Exercise - for the endorphins and the fabulous, fit looking body

  4. 90/10 Rule - Eat healthy foods 90% of the time, leaving room for the occasional treat

Everyone knows that Green Tea encourages fat loss and improves physical performance, which is why it is one of my favorite things to drink. But not everyone knows about cinnamon! To change it up I started drinking a tea made from a cinnamon stick and dried goji berries. Goji berries have tons of anti-oxidants and have a long history of being a longevity-promoting and beautifying food. But cinnamon is also very impressive.

Some top benefits of Cinnamon are:

  1. Boosting brain function

  2. Preventing fat storage, especially in the belly

  3. Anti-microbial properties, which makes it great for fighting colds and flus

  4. Helps control blood sugar level

  5. Rich in Manganese, Iron, Calcium and Fiber

  6. Improves circulation, which helps aid digestion

Cinnamon you had me at preventing fat storage!! I am enjoying this tea daily and I sprinkle ½ teaspoon of cinnamon on my chia pudding or in my coffee as well!

The type of cinnamon you want to buy is Ceylon Cinnamon. You can find it at Whole Foods or your neighborhood health market or on Amazon. Frontier Natural Products is the company that I buy my cinnamon from. Ceylon cinnamon is preferred over the more common Cassia, because it has less coumarin, which is better for the liver, tastes better and is sustainably grown.

Chicken & Dried Apricots Tagine

1 ½ lbs organic chicken thighs

1 medium red onion, organic

1 (~⅓ cup) handful parsley, organic

1 (~⅓ cup) handful cilantro, organic

½ dried Turkish apricots, organic

1 ½ cups water

2 tbsp olive oil, organic

1 tbsp butter, organic

1 tsp Tagine spices

½ tsp Allspice powder

½ tsp ground coriander

1 tsp Himalayan salt

Place the 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp Tagine spices, ½ tsp allspice, ½ tsp ground coriander in a bowl & coat the thighs in the spices. Melt butter in pan & brown the chicken thighs over medium-high heat (~2-3 minutes per side). Transfer to chicken to plate. Start cooking the onions over medium heat (~2-3 minutes). When they are half translucent, add the garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the parsley & the cilantro, cooking for ~3 minutes. Toss in the dried apricots & cook for ~1 minute. Return the browned chicken to the pan with juices. Add 1 ½ c of water & let chicken simmer over low-medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.

You can also use cinnamon oil in your home to disinfect and sanitize surfaces, especially those surfaces on which you’ve prepared raw meats, with a solution of 1% cinnamon oil and purified water.

 

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