Is your break room food causing you to have an allergic reaction?

And I’m not even talking nuts…The 6 Step Process on How To Know.

 What is the best to get rid of food? Leave it in the office break room and ‘magically’ it disappears. When coworkers don’t want to waste food they put in the share kitchen space and it up for grabs. However how do you know if your co-workers discarded leftover isn’t causing you to have an allergic reaction? Nuts are a common allergen. However many of us could be allergic to eggs, gluten, milk, cayenne pepper, and food additives and we don’t even realize it. A reaction to a food allergy can come in all shapes, sizes, and symptoms, from hives to heartburn and irritability to indigestion.  If you think you are allergic to a certain food there is an easy way to find out and you can do it right in your office or home.

 Founded by Dr. Arthur Cocoa he discovered a simple, yet extremely effective way to identify foods to which a client may be allergic, intolerant, or sensitive. Quite simply, stress will cause the pulse to increase. Foods to which you are intolerant are stressful and will reveal themselves by speeding up your pulse.

 How to administer the test:

 Step 1: Sit-down & relax

Step 2: Take a full one minute pulse

Step 3: Put a sample of the suspected food in your mouth (do not swallow) and stand up.

Step 4: Wait 15-30 seconds

Step 5: Re-take a full one-minute pulse with the food still in your mouth. 

Step 6: Discard the tested food and compare the results

If the pulse increases by more than 6 points you might have an allergic reaction. The more it goes up, the more significant the problem.

 If you discover any food sensitivity consider going on an elimination diet of that suspected food for a month and/or speak with a nutritional expert to develop a customized plan.  So the next time you get an all-staff email saying “Food Up for Grabs’ you’ll know what to avoid and which to indulge. 

Why Your Job Might Be The Cause of Your Weight Gain

According to The American Institute of Stress, numerous studies have shown job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.

 Prolonged stress, whether as a result of emotional, environmental or physical causes, is disastrous for the adrenals. When our adrenals are stressed it releases an excess of cortisol.  Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis. When are bodies are in a normal relaxed state and not overly stressed cortisol regulates our blood sugar levels, fat burning, immune response, blood pressure, and heart contraction.

 While it is vital to health for the adrenals to secret more cortisol in response to stress, it is also very important that bodily functions and cortisol levels return to normal following a stressful event.

 In chronic stressful situations due to our work, it results in elevated cortisol levels. The result causes us to gain weight (especially around the midsection), deregulates our blood sugar, thinning our skin, deteriorating our muscles, fogging our brains, raising our blood pressure, and causing other nutritional deficiencies. 

There are 3 major cascading affect on our adrenals that turn into a vicious cycle that hurt our adrenals.

  •  1st our job stress lead us to experience compounding stress in other areas of life.

 When we are stressed out because of our jobs, it’s easy for us to become stressed out over areas in life. All of sudden a beautiful day driving to the office, is more focused on the red light delay verses the bright sunlight and cool air outside.

When we are in state of constant stress, cortisol puts on hold all nonessential organs in a fight or flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear. When stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on. The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body's processes. The top 5 symptoms of elevated cortisol in your system are, anxiety, depression, digestive problems, weight gain, and sleep problems.

 That's why it's so important to learn healthy ways to cope with the stressors in your life.

  •  2. When are stressed about our jobs, it’s hard for us to sleep.

 Stress and adrenal function affect sleep, particularly the circadian pattern of cortisol secretion by the adrenal glands. Circulating cortisol normally rises and falls throughout the 24-hour daily cycle, and is typically highest at around 8 AM and lowest between midnight and 4 AM. Both high and low nighttime cortisol levels can interrupt sound sleep.

 Stress normally causes a surge in adrenal hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that increase alertness, making it more difficult to relax into sound sleep – especially when they remain high or rise and fall irregularly through the night. Frequent or constant stress can chronically elevate these hormone levels, resulting in a hyper-vigilant state incompatible with restful sleep.

 Lack of sleep can be a significant body burden that contributes to adrenal fatigue. Every time the wake/sleep cycle is altered, it takes several days to weeks for the body and cortisol levels to adjust.  In fact, sleep ranks with diet and regular exercise as an essential component of a healthy life. People on alternating shifts with less than three weeks between shift changes are continually hammering their adrenal glands and may become very susceptible to adrenal fatigue.

 3 Tips on getting better sleep:

1. Make it a ritual to go to bed at the same time every night.

2. When you don’t have to get up early allow your body to sleep in.

3. Read something boring prior to bed, you’ll be right out.

  •  3 – When we feel stressed we crave sugar, when we eat sugar we feel more stressed.

 Under stressful conditions, cortisol provides the body with glucose by tapping into protein stores via gluconeogenesis in the liver. This energy can help an individual fight or flee a stressor. However, elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels

 Repeated elevation of cortisol can lead to weight gain via visceral fat storage aka the hard fat to lose. Cortisol can mobilize triglycerides from storage and relocate them to visceral fat cells (those under the muscle, deep in the abdomen). Cortisol also aids adipocytes’ development into mature fat cells. The biochemical process at the cellular level has to do with enzyme control, which converts cortisone to cortisol in adipose tissue. More of these enzymes in the visceral fat cells may mean greater amounts of cortisol produced at the tissue level, adding insult to injury (since the adrenals are already pumping out cortisol). Also, visceral fat cells have more cortisol receptors than subcutaneous fat.

Sugar handing tip: When you feel yourself stressed out and want to grab something sweet, try some essential fatty acids instead i.e. a handful of walnuts, a scoop of almond butter, ½ avocado, and drink 16oz of water.

 There is no easy one answer to deal with stress at the work place. There are many simple solutions that work, and each individual needs to practice which technique works for them. 

Beginners Guide To Vitamins Impact on the Body

Quick guide to learn how vitamins impacts our health and the best food sources to choose when we are defincient. 

Vitamin A

 

Functions: Promotes healthy eyes, skin, hair, teeth and gums, cancer prevention, healing of infections

Deficiency Symptoms: Poor night vision; macular degeneration; increased risk of cataracts; dry skin; loss of hearing, taste, and/or smell; nerve damage

Natural sources: Carrots, pumpkin, yams, tuna, cantaloupe, turnips, beet greens, butternut squash, spinach, fish, eggs, butter.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) | B3 (Niacin)

 B2 (Riboflavin)

Function: Used in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins for the production of energy.

 Deficiency symptoms: Cracks and sores on tongue and in corners of the mouth, red eyes, skin lesions, dizziness, hair loss, inability to sleep, sensitivity to light, poor digestion.

 Natural Sources: Poultry, fish, fortified grains, broccoli, turnip greens, asparagus, spinach, yogurt, milk, cheese

 B3 (Niacin)

Function: Carbohydrate metabolism, used in the production of sex and stress hormones; helps improve circulation

Deficiency symptoms: Canker sores, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, halitosis, headaches, indigestion, inability to sleep, loss of appetite, dermatitis.

 Natural Sources: Chicken breast, tuna, veal, beef liver, fortified bread, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, carrots, cheese, dandelion greens, dates, eggs, fish, milk, pork, tomatoes.

 Vitamin C

 Functions: Helps with formation of collagen, healing of wounds, and blood vessel health.

Deficiency Symptoms: Poor wound healing, bleeding gums, easy bruising, nosebleed, joint pain, lack of energy, susceptibility to infection.

 Natural sources: Broccoli, cantaloupe, kiwifruit, oranges, pineapple, peppers, strawberries, asparagus, avocados, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, lemons, mangos, onions, radishes, watercress.

 Vitamin D

 Functions: Maintains level of calcium in blood; facilitates absorption and transportation of calcium in the intestine; when insufficient calcium is in the diet, takes calcium from bones

Deficiency Symptoms: In children: Rickets, delayed tooth development, weak muscles, soften skull In adults: Osteromalacia, osteoporosis, hypocalcaemia

 Natural sources: Sun exposure, sardines, salmon, mushrooms, eggs, fortified milk, herring, liver, tuna, cod liver oil.

Vitamin E

 Functions: Helps protect cell membranes against damage caused by free radicals and prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

 Deficiency Symptoms: Age spots, dry hair or loss of hair, muscular weakness, slow tissue healing, leg cramps, decrease in sex drive

 Natural Sources: Olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, spinach, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and nuts

Vitamin K

 Functions: Promotes blood clotting and bone strength

Deficiency symptoms: In newborns: Bleeding tendencies are possible

Natural sources: Green leafy vegetables, including spinach, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli

 

 

 

 

The Lazy Man’s Hack To Increasing Energy

The most common health goal my client’s share is their desire to increase and sustain energy. And, the answer isn’t found in coffee or a granola bar.

While this will give you a temporary energy bump, it does not address the overall goal of increased and  sustained energy.    

The solution is simple, free (most of the time), and the most abundant source of nutrient on the planet:water. Even though this seems like a simple solution, water is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population.

Most people think they drink enough water because they don’t feel thirsty. But, thirst doesn’t mean you are properly hydrated. By the time we actually feel  thirsty, it is our body’s desperate attempt to let us know that we are dehydrated. 

Worst off, some of us are so dehydrated that our thirst signals stopped working.

Early signs of dehydration include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Cravings
  • Cramps
  • Headaches

Water makes up 55-60% of our total body mass. If the body’s water content drops by as little as 2%, it will cause fatigue. A drop of 10% will cause significant problems with digestive, cardiovascular, immune, and musculoskeletal system. Losses greater than 10% can cause death.

The top 5 energy benefits of water include:

  1. Transport nutrients
  2. Better oxygen delivery to cells
  3. Regulated body temperature
  4. Toxin flush
  5. Empowering the body’s natural healing process

Calculate the correct amount of water your body needs.

Formula # 1: Water Only

Body Weight, divided by 2 = the minimum # of ounces to drink every day

Note: Max is 100 ounces

EX: 150 lbs. / 2 = 75 oz.

Formula # 2: Water + Diuretic beverages

(Oz of Diuretics x 1.5) + Body Weight / 2 = daily minimum of H20 intake

Diuretic beverages:

  •   Coffee
  •   Caffeinated teas (some herbal teas like peppermint)
  •   Soda
  •   Alcoholic Beverages
  •   Fruit Juices

The next time you’re feeling tired, lazy, and lethargic, remember that your my body doesn’t need more caffeine. It needs more water!  

 

Why Time & Money Is NOT the Reason You're Not Losing Weight

There are plenty of blogs, books, videos, podcasts that dispel the myth that eating nourishing foods can be time saving and cost effective. The REAL reason people can't lose weight is education.

Our bodies are amazing organisms designed to withstand the hottest heat and the coldest winds.

We are highly adaptable creatures capable of going long times without food, and living in some of the most challenging conditions. Our resilience to such extremes are some the reasons we are the dominant species on this plant. We are born with an innate intelligence to heal ourselves, we do not have to command our immune system to fight off infection and bring our bodies back to health. The problem is that our bodies can only take so much before it breaks. When we onslaught our immune with too many toxins, we get tired, lack energy, get sick, and disease occurs. These toxins are all found in our modern food supply.

Telling you that processed foods, foods of convenience, and excess sugar are killing us isn’t anything new.

Most people agree that there is too much processed foods, but will rarely make any significant changes for 2 reasons.

1. Money. i.e. “It’s too expensive too eat health!”

2. Time. i.e. “I don’t have the time to cook.”

There are plenty of blogs, books, videos, podcasts that dispel this myth of eating nourishing foods and how you can save time & money adapting this way. The REAL reason is lack of education. Change takes time to adapted. When we adapt new knowledge it changes us from inside out, we see the world differently, we make better choices, and that compounds into all areas of our lives.

There are many voices out there that educate on the how to live a healthy nourishing lifestyle. I’m simply one of them. My message focuses understanding the science of our bodies and how our bodies interacts with certain nutrients to perform healing and optimizing functions for our lives. I continue to be fascinated by how our bodies use food to heal disease, energize our lives, and enhance performance. My mission is to share that message with whoever resonates with that voice, and gets value from it. If my message isn’t for you, I encourage you to seek someone who does. There are a lot of people doing this work, and if you feel the calling to ask for help, someone will be there to help you.

Another magical thing about being human is our innate desire to be of value and service to others in our community. When we start healing our bodies we find ourselves with more energy to live our lives. We can use that new energy for so many things, be a better partner, friend, colleague, etc. My vision is that part of that energy is also used to help others heal themselves, and release more of that energy in others. That’s a pretty cool way to heal yourself and heal the world. 

How The Body Reads and Misreads Food

Read this sentence;  “newh eth nhuma bydo sha eht ghtri fta ti sssepro tis a gyene.”

 You can’t. The way the letters are jumbled you can’t make out the word, which means you can’t understand what I was trying to communicate.

 Our bodies read information from food, process that information, and use that information to create the energy we use in our everyday lives.  Our body needs air to stay alive, we breath air in the form of oxygen to stay alive. Our bodies does this exchange automatically. Our bodies need hydration, so we drink water in the form of H2O, our bodies takes on those chemical compounds, the chemical reaction occurs in our body to turn that water into hydration for our cells, organs, muscles, etc. Our body needs fuel and the most concentrated form of that fuel is fat. Fats are the most efficient form of energy the body can use, and similar to air and water our bodies know how to properly process fats, take the chemical information from that fat and turn it into energy.

 When we talk about fats we need to distinguish the different kinds of fats. There are saturated fats, monounstaturted fat, and polyunstraturated fats.

What distinguishes one from another is their chemical make-up and bond structure between carbon and hydrogen. Similar to how we distinguish h2O with water, we distinguish the chemical make-up for fats from the amount of bonds betwen carbon and hyrodrogen. The reason why we need to distinguish them is because different chemical compounds do different things to the body, ie each chemical compound have different messages/information for the body. When we eat fats found in nature that are not highly chemically processed, i.e. butter, coconut oil, olive oil, wild caught salmon, nuts, seeds, etc. Our body knows what to with that information. It takes that chemical reaction and turns it into energy. However, when we take a fat and add hydrogen aka transfat, it changes the chemical compound of the fat. So what was once, “use this fat for energy”, turned into, “ues tish for eenyrg” The letters are still there but the words don’t make sense. The body thought it was getting information but doesn’t know what to do with it. That happens when we take on rancid and processed fats. Our body thinks it is energy because it’s close to what we want, but the body doesn’t know how to process it and misunderstands the information.

The next time you think about what’s happening in your body when you eat rancid & processed fats think about the information you are giving your body. Will this information be used to optimize my health or will it confuse it towards poor health. In the end I hope you realize that, "when the human body has the right fat it processes it as energy.” 

The Religion Of Food

My philosophy of any food & eating habits is similar to my thoughts on religion: do what works for you as long as you're not hurting anyone else. Whenever I share my eating habits on what I eat, what I avoid and the results I've obtained, I typically get one of three reactions. First, the defensive reactions: "oh I really don't eat a lot of sugar and carbs." Second, the comparison reactions: "I could never do that" or "this is what I'm doing." And third, the inspiration reaction, "how do I do what you do?"  

I'm not looking to convert anyone; simply sharing my life and my results. Food is a very sensitive issue with which everyone has a personal and intimate relationship whether they know it or not. My philosophy is if the relationship is working for you, fantastic, keep doing that! If it's not, than you need to find out what does. It took me years to discover this way of living and I was in the right place and time in my life to try it and adopt it into my lifestyle. If this way of eating works for me, it might be right for you; however, that will be your decision to make. I hope you find what works for you because that's all we can really ask.

Why I find nutrition fascinating…

First let’s define nutrition. Nutrition is a science that focuses on the interaction between living organisms & their food, and how consuming that food gives the body the nutrients it needs to live.

Now let’s define nutrients. Nutrients are the chemical substances contained in food that sustain our lives, it gives us our energy, body structure, and processes our body’s function.  Without food we could not live, if the civilization fell tomorrow, the first thing we would do is find food in order to survive.

What’s fascinates me about all of this is that specific foods have specific nutrients designed to keep us alive and healthy. We were designed to eat a wide array of food for our evolutionary growth & development as species. We can’t anything & everything in nature, it’s only certain plants (4,000 discovered edible plant species) that evolved to have the proper nutrients to keep up alive. In those discover of plants in which we call them vegetables, fruits, and herbs we cultivated, farmed, and raised them for our survival. It’s those vegetables that contain the building blocks for the rest of the essential nutrients we need in our diets, fats, amino acids (proteins), vitamins, and minerals. When animals eat those plants they convert them into the amino acids, fats, and vitamins we need in our protein. In short, without plants we could not exist, and if they are every go away, so will we. 

When we are in touch with this fact we come to a new level of respect for where our food comes from, and how to use this information to improve our own lives and the lives of the plants.  When learn about nutrition and the life providing plants & animals that have the critical vitamins & minerals our bodies needs, we start to use that information to heal and improve upon our health. Vitamins and minerals make up 5 % of our bodies composition, and without every single one of the 15 vitamins and 103 minerals out there our bodies cannot perform to its optimal capabilities.   

What interesting about the human body is that it doesn’t to all the vitamins & minerals available in plants & animals to live, our bodies will adapt (with consequences) to a diet devoid of missing vitamins & minerals. That devoid is called being malnourished which leads to sickness, disease, and eventually death.  So many of us (myself included) are malnourished and we don’t even know it. We take our lack of energy & vitality as our new normal, when life/real food is designed to give you the clarity, focus, mental stamina, and physical strengths to kick ass.

When we start to learn about nutrition we can create a diet plan that’s right for our bodies needs and start using food for the healing and optimal factors it has available for our lives.