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.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Maintaining weight-loss with personalized diet approach.

After decades of fads in dieting, tens of millions of Americans still come up empty-handed when it comes to finding success in their weight loss strategies. The latest nutritional research suggest an alternate approach to losing weight.

“Leading researchers finally agree, for instance, that exercise, while critical to good health, is not an especially reliable way to keep off body fat over the long term. And the overly simplistic arithmetic of calories in vs. calories out has given way to the more nuanced understanding that it's the composition of a person's diet--rather than how much of it they can burn off working out--that sustains weight loss.”

Instead of following trends in weight loss, these researchers agree that a personalized approach based on one’s food choices, lifestyle, and exercise is likely the most fruitful one when it comes to losing and maintaining weight.