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2:53 pm - Posted by Gregg

It’s not too late to be part of the 2015 Mindful Eating World Summit.

Registration is free and offers you ways to take your health, your body and your mind back. The many insights you’ll gain include:

• Learning to love your body NOW (no matter what size or shape you’re currently in)

• Learning to create the nurturing relationship with food and eating that you were always meant to have

• Learning to regain optimal levels of physical and emotional health (no matter what level you’re currently at)

• Support from host Dr. Kellee Rutley, D.C., and an amazing array of like minded experts who will help you turn the corner on mindless eating once and for all

I was honored when Dr. Kellee Rutley asked me to participate in this year’s Mindful Eating World Summit. In fact, I and several other experts are offering free gifts to participants. That’s how important this message is and how strongly we all feel about it. You can see Dr. Kellee Rutley’s video by clicking here. And you can register for the summit by clicking here.

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12:45 pm - Posted by Gregg

Is “artificial” the opposite of “all-natural?” If so, I’m reminded of my artificial past… When after years (and years!) consuming diet sodas and other beverages and foods containing artificial sweeteners (and other potentially dangerous additives and chemicals), I finally cut all of these substances out of my diet – all about the same time I learned to Just Stop Eating So Much! and to eat healthier, fresher and purer.

It’s no wonder that up until this breakthrough I felt compelled to induce these chemically laced “food” products. After all, I was taught that the way to lose weight was to reduce calories through any means – including by consuming substances that my body didn’t necessarily know how to process (or even properly metabolize). After learning to pay more attention to the food and beverages I was downing as well as how I felt after doing so, I realized that a 16-calorie teaspoon of real, all-natural sugar left me feeling better than a packet of no-calorie whatever-it-might-be. And since that wakeup call, numerous scientists and studies have been continually proving why chemically altered foods aren’t necessarily even being registered as ‘foods’ by our bodies.

Hopefully we can all agree that one of the nourishing paths to a healthy weight and body (inside is out) is one that utilizes pure, natural foods. This means as little salt/sodium as possible and absolutely no added chemicals or preservatives. And as many of you are also learning through the pink slime situation, food labels cannot always be trusted. In fact, the FDA allows food makers to be very “creative” when listing ingredients. (For example, did you know that the pink color in Yoplait’s Strawberry Yogurt comes from crushed female cochineal beetles and their eggs? Try checking for that on the label!)

As for artificial sweeteners (something many consume daily without any thought), series of news articles site findings by Purdue University Scientists who studied rats that were fed food with artificial sweetener saccharin and rats fed food with glucose, a natural sugar.

The results of the study showed that in comparison to rats given yogurt sweetened with glucose, the rats that consumed yogurt sweetened with saccharin went onto consume many more calories and put on more weight and, as a result, body fat.

These researchers determined that sweet foods may prompt the body to get ready to take in a lot of calories, but that when the sweetness in the form of artificial sweeteners is not followed by a large amount of calories, the body’s internal system becomes disoriented, which might then lead to eating more, while expanding less energy than normal.

Said Purdue researchers Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, published by the American Psychological Association: “The data clearly indicate that consuming a food sweetened with no-calorie saccharin can lead to greater body-weight gain and adiposity than would consuming the same food sweetened with high-calorie sugar.” Furthermore, they went onto state: “Such an outcome may seem counterintuitive, if not an anathema, to human clinical researchers and health care practitioners who have long recommended the use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners as a means of weight control.”

The researchers also confirmed that additional artificial sweeteners such as aspartame that also taste sweet but do not lead to the delivery of calories may have similar effects. “Animals may use sweet taste to predict the caloric contents of food. Eating sweet non-caloric substances may degrade this predictive relationship.”

“With the growing use of non-caloric sweeteners in the current food environment, millions of people are being exposed to sweet tastes that are not associated with caloric or nutritive consequences,” noted the researchers. This research has been part of studies to examine the question of whether artificial sweeteners – used in an incredible number of today’s foods and beverages – actually assist or hinder people who are trying to lose weight.

Whether or not the findings in the rats translate to similar findings in humans remains to be seen. But one aspect of all these studies seems to be true: the less pure and the more chemically enhanced certain foods are, the less likely our internal system is to recognize and, therefore, be able to process them – thereby slowing down our metabolism. (To say nothing of wondering how these chemicals might be adversely affecting our overall health.)

You read it time and time again on this blog: Keep it pure. Keep it simple. And as your taste buds become less reliant on these chemical and man-made additives, you’ll find that you enjoy the flavors of pure and natural food more and more. To say nothing of the benefit they bring to your overall health and well-being!

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March 7, 2015

Spring Forward

6:25 pm - Posted by Gregg

Did you remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday morning (March 7, 2015 at 2am)? Hope so. And yes, it stinks that we lose an hour of our weekend. (Why not lose an hour of our Monday workday?) But still, the more we keep our sense of humor about these things, the better — as evidenced by those funny folks at someecards. (Gotta love this meme!) Happy Spring, Just Stoppers!

Photo Source: someecards

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12:41 pm - Posted by Gregg

Do you have that nagging feeling, that if you just had that one illusive “secret” to unlock the door to your own “innate” healing powers, that you would finally reclaim your health, take back your body and your mind? Stop the insanity of up and down weight and on and off dieting? Are you finally ready to create truly honest health and happiness?

This upcoming Mindful Eating World Summit is about real health and life long vitality. No more fads, schemes and roller coaster dieting. We know deep down that much of what we have been taught about nutrition, fitness and health is just plain wrong. It’s time to reveal the truth behind the smoke and mirrors of the “diet world” once and for all.

This is why I’m so excited to be a part of Dr. Kellee Rutley’s virtual event. She’s brought together over 28 amazing, powerhouse experts to help you eliminate the guilt, shame and confusion around weight release and true health — and replace that with powerful ideas that work to empower you! It’s all the information you’ve wanted, needed and have been looking for, all in one place.

We are Doctors, Educators, Scientists, Zen Masters, Psychologists, Naturopaths and Holistic Chefs! New York Times and Hay House authors, World Renowned Master Trainers and Coaches. Many of us participating have had our own issues with poor health and unhealthy weight roller coasters — and our personal stories reflect that. (You all know this is very true for me… Someone who once weighed over 450 pounds and not only lost my excess weight but has kept it off for over a decade.) Together, we can reach for optimal health, vitality and happiness!

Take your health, your body and your mind back! This 14-day Virtual Event begins on March 16th. You can claim your free virtual seat by clicking here.

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February 28, 2015

Soup to the rescue

10:26 am - Posted by Gregg

With winter weather still making itself known, this is a great time of year to indulge in delicious and healthy soups. But don’t rely on store-bought kinds to fulfill your cool weather cravings (too much sodium, additives to preserve the contents, etc.). Instead, make your own delicious soup. This easy-to-make recipe combines nutrient-rich vegetables with other flavors of the season for a hearty and satisfying taste of nature’s finest veggies. Plus, you can make lots of it, separate it and store it (even in the freezer) for future use. Convenient, easy and tasty, too? Sounds like a late winter winner! Here’s how it’s done:

Ingredients
5 medium carrots, chopped
3 medium celery stalks, chopped
3 large white onions, chopped
2 large green or red bell peppers, chopped
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 lg. can of low-sodium tomatoes (in its own juice)
12 oz. green beans, chopped
3 medium zucchini, chopped
1/2 medium broccoli, chopped
1/2 pound fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 fresh lemon or lime wedge (as garnish, optional)
Cilantro (as garnish, optional)

Directions
In a large nonstick pot, combine 3 tbsp. water, onions and garlic and allow heating for 5 minutes on low heat. Next, add carrots, celery and bell pepper. Cook while stirring for an additional 10 minutes on low heat. Next, stir in tomatoes (with liquid), then add green beans, zucchini, broccoli, spinach leaves, basil and spices. Add 1 cup of filtered water, then heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer (stirring occasionally) for 15-20 minutes – or until vegetables become tender.

Serving Size Information
Serve 1 cup as a snack
Serve 2 cups as part of meal (add a small green salad with Balsamic Vinegar and 1/2 cup cottage cheese or another protein source to create a complete meal).

Bonus Tip
This soup can be easily separated into portions and frozen.

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