Friday, December 1, 2017

Winter Kale + Beef Jerky Salad

Today’s lunch of jerky and kale salad is so simple and nutritious. I was crunched for time, but still wanted to fuel up on a complete meal of healthy fats, carbs, and quality protein. This way my energy is steadily sustained throughout the day without causing me to crash later - my three year old is enough of crazy around here - don’t need to add more. 😜

4 cups chopped organic kale
1 chopped bell pepper
1/2 chopped cucumber
1/2 lemon, juiced
Olive oil or clean in ingredients dressing from Tessemaes
Protein, I used 2oz bag of Jerky Chews for ease and spices already in Mild flavor.
1/4 cup Sir Kensingtons mayo

Massage kale with olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Squeeze fresh lemon. Add in cucumber, bell peppers, beef jerky. Toss to coat with mayo. 


Could Technology Be What Finally Lowers Healthcare Costs?

With all of the political intensity over which health care system would lower costs the most, the latest innovations in technology show the potential to drastically decrease America’s expenditures on health care.

When it comes to solving problems like obesity and diabetes, “an app or a wearable device that persuades people to walk a certain distance every day would be far cheaper for insurers and governments to provide than years of visits to doctors, hospitals and drugs.”

Because lowering levels of obesity lowers costs, investors finally see opportunities in a traditionally “over-regulated and expensive” industry.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Why We Struggle to Truly Eat Healthy

Our biggest difficulty when it comes to eating healthy diets is actually that we don’t really know which diet is the healthiest.

Over the last several decades, we have seen countless diet trends that all seem to have been discredited. These included vegetarianism, low calorie diets, low fat diets, and so many more. While each may have had its upsides, they all came with eventually discovered downsides.

With all of these contradicting diets, a tested and personalized meal plan and exercise routine may be the solution to this decade-old problem.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My 10 Year Paleo Anniversary

Hard to believe that 10 years ago to this day, I made the decision to remove highly processed foods from my diet and follow a paleo food template. I've never been overweight, but I lacked any knowledge about how the food I ate affected my health and the health of the environment.

That's a 1/3rd of my life spent on one magnificent eye opening journey that has made me:

•More in tune with how food affects my mental and physical health.
•More informed about how food is sourced, distributed, and made available to us.
•All of which eventually led me on a path of launching a pure 100% grass-fed beef jerky company, Sophia's Survival Food. At a time when quality, minimal ingredient foods weren't as readily available. 

As you can see, my body underwent a great physical transformation in this time period - giving me the gift of motherhood. My healthy pregnancy and healthy baby can definitely be attributed to sticking to a nutrient dense diet throughout. My body returned to pre-baby weight without much effort, consuming the same Paleo meals as before. I have stayed mostly active (exercising at least twice a week). Dabbling in Rock Climbing, Pilates, CrossFit, and now Yoga!

I can't say I get it right all the time. Progress is not linear. There is always room for improvement. But I definitely have a lot more compassion now and realistic expectations of myself. 

Paleo has since become mainstream - making way for more quality food choices and health programs. It seems that everyone and their mother is following the 21 Day Sugar Detox or Whole30. I've seen amazing health and weight loss transformations. Just like me, people have made paleo a lifestyle, customizing it to their body and needs. It's a great starting point if you're looking to improve your overall health and maintain it! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Artificial sweetners weight-loss myth.

While we all want to decrease the amount of sugar we consume, recent studies have led some to question the effectiveness of replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners.

In seven randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of scientific studies, people who consumed artificial sweeteners did not lose or gain more weight than controls.Meanwhile, a re-analysis of the 30 longitudinal studies found that people who consumed low-calorie sweeteners on a regular basis were more susceptible to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure and stroke over time. The results were published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.”

I specifically wanted to leave sugar out of Grass-fed Jerky Chews so you could enjoy a guilt-free protein that doesn't have negative effects on your health and your waistline.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Strengthen Your Child's Immune Systems With Dirt

Exposing children to dirt is a great way to strengthen their immune system. Say goodbye to those hand sanitizers!

Jack Gilbert, a scientist at the University of Chicago, argues that over-sterilizing a child’s environment may actually weaken their immune system.

In an over-sterilized setting, Gilbert states that “their immune systems then become hyper-sensitized. You have these little soldier cells in your body called neutrophils, and when they spend too long going around looking for something to do, they become grumpy and pro-inflammatory. And so when they finally see something that's foreign, like a piece of pollen, they become explosively inflammatory. They go crazy. That's what triggers asthma and eczema and often times, food allergies.”

We have to remember to think twice before making our child’s environment as “clean” as possible. We might be removing the things that will actually protect our children when we sterilize their surroundings.

Friday, August 4, 2017

What We Eat Outweighs Our Workouts

While many of us strive for visible abs and a flat stomach, we often assume that we can burn off anything we eat through exercise.
However, “‘abs are made in the kitchen. You can’t out-train a diet,’” Jim White, a certified personal trainer and registered dietitian, told Global News.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a renowned weight loss expert at the University of Ottawa, “suggests that 80 percent of a person’s weight is modifiable by food, while only 20 percent is affected by fitness.”
While exercise is important in achieving optimal fitness, getting rid of fat involves more of our diet than our gym routines.