Waste = Weight

Stop Poisoning Your Cells

Wanna lose weight?  Wanna look great?!  How about rocking that fabulous bod you’ve always wanted?! Um, yes please!! But Linda, you ask, how do I get there? I’ve tried everything!! I know sister, me too, and that’s why I’m here to help you and share my fabulous secrets with you so you can finally get there!!

That’s right, eliminate the bad stuff.  Don’t worry about anything else right now; just stop poisoning your cells! Your sweet little body can only handle so much toxicity. And it’s amazing what it can and does survive on for many years, but at what cost?  Is the drive-thru or that bag of chips really worth more than your sense of well being, energy, vivaciousness, beauty, and overall fabulousness?! Hopefully your answer is an astounding and passionate ‘NO’!

Let’s face it: we can’t make progress on yesterday’s garbage if we’re constantly cleaning up after today’s mess. To make any difference at all, you simply need to bring less garbage into your body than you did yesterday.

What is considered garbage? It’s anything that can get stored in your body because it’s not coming out. Um ok…what the hell does that mean?!  It’s simple, I promise!!  It really is the most logical thing you will ever hear about food; that’s why I find so many people have such a hard time grasping it, it’s too easy…it couldn’t work!! Your inner dieter is screaming I’m supposed to suffer and starve myself, that’s the only way!! Sorry honey, suffering is bullshit, a waste of time, and sooo unattractive!  Lucky for you, I’ve got the answers you’ve been waiting for.

Get this, there are certain foods that are harder for the body to digest. 40% of these foods never actually leave the body.  That means that 40% of that burger and it’s bi-products are accumulating on your thighs, muffin top, and ass.  Remember the lesson from last week: WASTE = WEIGHT.

So what the heck am I supposed to do?! Before you give up hope and decide to live in a sweatshirt and yoga pants forever, hear me out.  Eliminating the garbage is as easy as 3 simple steps. Today we’ll start with step 1.

Step 1: Choose Healthier Alternatives

Here are some healthier alternatives to your favorite “garbage” foods.  You can use them as frequently as needed while you transition to a healthier, life-generating diet.

  • Ice Cream: La Loo’s brand goat’s milk ice cream – it is beyond decadent, you’ll love it!
  • Bread: Ezekiel Bread – delicious sprouted bread that’s easy to digest. In addition to sliced bread they also have bagels, pitas, tortillas, & English muffins.  Tastes best toasted, I love spreading avocado and sea salt on toasted Ezekiel bread as a snack 🙂
  • Cheese: Alta Dena brand raw goat cheese – an absolutely lovely alternative that can be shredded and added to salads and veggies. I also love chevre style goat cheese. It’s soft and spreadable.  Lovely on sweet potatoes, salads, and soups!
  • Pasta: Vita Spelt pasta and Ancient Foods brand Quinoa pasta – these are absolutely delicious.  No one would ever know they are not your run of the mill flour pastas.  My boyfriend (always the true test – he is SUCH a picky eater!) loves these pastas!  Kids love it too!
  • Marinara: Organic marinara sauce with as few ingredients & as low fat as possible. Look for about 5 total ingredients and 2-4 grams of fat per serving. My favorite brands are Mom’s (made locally in Austin) and Marzetta.
  • Milk: Pacific Brand Almond Milk or Manitoba Harvest brand Hemp Milk are great alternatives to acidic and mucous forming cow dairy.  If you can get your hands on raw goats milk that’s fine too but some people dislike the taste.
  • Grains: Quinoa, Buckwheat, & Millet
  • Salt: Alessi brand Sea Salt
  • Soy Sauce: Nama Shoyu or Tamari
  • Meat & Dairy: always choose organic, free range meats, raw goat cheese, wild caught fish, cage-free organic eggs, organic butter.  I emphasize organic, free range, wild-caught, etc because the quality of your animal products has a direct relationship to your health.  In order to have a clean-celled body that’s buzzing with energy and vitality, we have to feed ourselves the absolute cleanest and best quality foods.  You are what you eat and don’t ever forget it, baby! Do you want to be united with a feed-lot chicken that is diseased, chalked full of antibiotics, dipped in pesticides, living in it’s own (and probably 1,000 other chicken’s) feces, and can’t even walk because it’s body is so disfigured from steroids?!?!!  I didn’t think so.  These are the facts people, if you haven’t already, watch Food Inc (it’s free for instant download on NetFlix).  Make a conscious decision to eat cleaner animal products, your mind, body and spirit will thank you!
  • Starches: sweet potatoes, red potatoes, turnips, beets, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, kobucha squash.  Whenever I get a starch craving I reach for these starchy foods.  They fill me up and satisfy my cravings while helping me stay lean and luscious!

Make a list of these foods to keep with you in the car and take with you to the grocery store.  Use these foods as your staples and stock up on these items, along with your favorite veggies, so that you always have them on hand.  All you need to cook delicious vegetables is a little organic butter, garlic, onion, & sea salt to taste.  You would be surprised at how incredibly easy it is to make the most delicious, gourmet quality vegetable based meals!  Stay tuned for lots of fabulous recipes that will make your heart and your waistline sing!!

top and bottom pictures courtesy of Golubka (an absolutely BEAUTIFUL blog, check it out if you haven’t already)!

Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption

Hot DogsThe World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 50 percent. These are alarming numbers. Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite.

Sodium nitrite appears predominantly in red meat products (you won’t find it in chicken or fish products). Here’s a short list of food items to check carefully for sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate (MSG), another dangerous additive:

  • Beef jerky
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs
  • Sandwich meat
  • Frozen pizza with meat
  • Canned soups with meat
  • Frozen meals with meat
  • Ravioli and meat pasta foods
  • Kid’s meals containing red meat
  • Sandwich meat used at popular restaurants
  • Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theme parks

If sodium nitrite is so dangerous to humans, why do the FDA and USDA continue to allow this cancer-causing chemical to be used? The answer, of course, is that food industry interests now dominate the actions by U.S. government regulators. The USDA, for example, tried to ban sodium nitrite in the late 1970’s but was overridden by the meat industry. It insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to “ban bacon.” Today, the corporations that dominate American food and agricultural interests hold tremendous influence over the FDA and USDA. Consumers are offered no real protection from dangerous chemicals intentionally added to foods, medicines and personal care products.

You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules:

  1. Always read ingredient labels.
  2. Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.
  3. Don’t eat red meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions.

And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.

Linda’s addittional recommendations:

  • cook at home as much as possible
  • start each of your main meals with a salad
  • include more organic produce and whole grains in your diet
  • seafood and wild game (ie. buffalo, quail, lamb, venison, etc) are usually the least toxic flesh options when eating out

Simply Decadent

Hearty Potato Leek Soup with Kale

  • 3 lbs organic red potatoes, halved with skins
  • 4 leeks washed & sliced
  • 1 bunch kale chopped into strips
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • organic goat/sheep/cow butter
  • sea salt

In a skillet or saucepan over medium heat, melt a pat of butter and saute garlic for about a minute.

Add sliced leeks and stir frequently until soft & wilted, about 6-8 mins

While the leeks are cooking: In a large pot boil halved red potatoes in salted water until potatoes are soft.

Once the potatoes are soft, blend the potatoes & their water + leeks in a high-speed blender and pour back into the pot.

Add sliced kale and sea salt to taste.  Cook on low until kale is wilted.

The finished product, topped with local chevre style Goat cheese and served with toasted Eziekiel bread.  Simple yet hearty, healthy, and decadent! Enjoy!!

Magic Monday

“You have to give to the world the thing that you want the most, in order to fix the broken parts inside you.” Eve Ensler

Forget Manic Mondays – let’s talk MAGIC, and lots of it.  Negativity is out, passion and positivity are in!!  Need some inspiration to start your week off right?  How about the first of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  Aside from being an awesome human being, he’s also a master of the Toltec, a people who thousands of years ago were highly regarded throughout southern Mexico as women and men of great knowledge and wisdom.

The first of The Four Agreements is to always BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD.

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love…Like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you.  One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a living hell. The other edge is impeccability of the word, which will only create beauty, love, and heaven on earth. Depending upon how it is used, the word can set you free, or it can enslave you even more than you know.  All the magic you posses is based on your word. Your word is pure magic, and misuse of your word is black magic.  –The Four Agreements, Chapter 2

Have you ever innocently told a little white lie that eventually snowballed into something much bigger and out of control then you could have ever imagined? Or partook in some seemingly harmless gossip? Or perhaps you’ve been on the other end where someone deceived you or spoke negatively about you behind your back?  I think we’ve all been there at some point, and it sucks. We put ourselves and others through unnecessary stress and heartache and can even end up really hurting ourselves and the people we love.  Having integrity with our word ultimately translates into having integrity and respect for ourselves.  So respect yourself, be magical, say what you mean and mean what you say.  It sounds very simple, but it is very, very powerful. So next time someone asks you to do something and you start to go into some silly made-up story, just pause, take a step back and be honest with yourself; even if it’s as simple as ‘I don’t feel like it.’  People will love and respect you more when they know that you have integrity and are strong enough to honor your truth.  Let’s try it this week and let me know how it goes!

Yummy morsels for a Magical Monday:

A video by filmmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis.

Davis wrote the beautiful poem and performed in the video which Dorfman directed, shot, animated by hand and edited. The video was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This makes my heart soar and sing out loud! Love!!

Many of you have already seen this video but it is too magical not to watch again and again! This gives me goose bumps all over!! Look at the passion in their hearts!! Their story is so uplifting and inspiring!

Love me some Lykke Li!!


Hank hopes you have a Magical Monday!

Hank hopes you have a Magical Monday