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It’s My Five Year Wellness Anniversary

Five years. I can hardly believe it’s only been five years because it feels like it’s been so much longer.

Five years ago I was struggling to lose the weight I had gained after having my daughter and dealing with severe depression. I had lost from a size 17 to a size 14 (first photo) and I had gotten certified in the kickboxing program that was inspiring my change. I became a fitness coach five years ago today after losing that first bit of weight. Then I slowly started plugging away at daily workouts and superfood shakes and after several years I got all the way down to a size 6 at my lowest weight. I gained a little back here and there, my 6’s would get tight and I would move back into the 8’s (second photo).

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I still had major adrenal issues, but I was starting to conquer them. However after my miscarriage I gained twenty pounds back and I lost my desire to workout. Went back into my size 13 pants, and moped. Depressed again, and approaching my fifth anniversary of making a u-turn on my life. That is when I found Juice Plus+ and I am every so thankful that I did. Since October 19th I have renewed my changes, and in far less time than it took to get to where I was before. So is this lifestyle? Yes. I will stick with this because it’s healthy, whole foods, and it gives me enough energy for my workouts. I did a powerlifting workout yesterday, and an interval workout the day before. No adrenal crash!! That’s the best part of this. I just feel good!! And it didn’t take years, just 90 days to get my groove back. So happy 5th Anniversary to me… and I can’t wait to see how amazing the next five years will be!

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My Problem With Extreme Fitness Junkies

My Problem With Extreme Fitness Junkies

I just started a closed group for men and women that lift weights. The other group I am in I get so tired of hearing them talk about how they lifted and then they did a huge cardio workout. Or they did back to back lift workouts… and I’m thinking if you lifted properly you have nothing left to give. LOL!!! Am I right?

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See, as a certified personal trainer my recommendations to clients is always to remember that A) larger muscles require longer recovery time, B) the more muscles your workout, the longer required recovery time, C) fast twitch muscles recovery more slowly than slow twitch fibers. D) age matters. 

Recovery is indeed important, however if you supplement properly, and sleep well, and if your nutrition and technique are on point, you can be conditioned to train often with little or no days off. There is one study I’m closely watching where they are showing that although Intense, eccentric resistance exercise causes muscle damage, soreness, inflammation, and a loss of muscle function, a protein-amino acid supplementation before, during, and following damaging resistance exercise may reduce muscle damage and accelerate recovery. And so we’re seeing that it’s the aminos, not necessarily the protein (think of all that bacon we see on paleo posts) that matters for body recovery. 

One study did show specifically that BCAA (branch-chain amino acids) administered before and following damaging resistance exercise reduces indices of muscle damage and accelerates recovery in resistance-trained males. So I totally agree with your statement of recovery and nutrition matters. 

Now back to my original issue, the problem that I see is that most people do not do any of the needed recovery items that they should do.A lot of those at the gym or working out at home do not do the needed warm up or stretching when their muscles are warm. Flexibility matters. With aging, functional movement ability, core stability and flexibility are all key. And then they think that major amounts of cardio are good for you, which we have found is so untrue. I swear if I see one more post about how someone did their leg workout and then did another 25 minute HIIT workout I may scream. If you can do more than stand on your wobbly legs after you have finished workout on leg day, I really think you need to pick up more dang weight!! 

We’ve become this EXTREME nation, and we take a program that is meant to be 25 minutes of hard cardio, and then do it two or three times a day, seven days a week on top of resistance training and it drives me batty. LOL… even the most recent studies are showing that aerobic exercise initially generates more reactive oxygen species (ROS), and even anaerobic exercise may induce prolonged ROS generation. So as we think we are getting healthier, and we have all of these untrained folks out there telling others how to get “fit”, there is this cringing part of my being that wants to hit them all over the head. 

Weight loss is a good thing, but not at the expense of our underlying health. Skinny people too die from heart attacks, and thin people can lack oestrogen among other things. A problem for women that we don’t address in the fitness community. Researchers analyzed nearly 100 studies that included more than 2.8 million people. While obese people had a higher risk of death — particularly those whose BMI was 35 or more — overweight people had a 6% lower risk of death than those of normal weight. So I think we need to really think about why that is. You’d think smaller=healthier. So what are we doing as a “skinny” community that is causing us to be unhealthy? I want to really get people to see that the science it approaching a less is more approach to weight loss and physical fitness, for health, and that you will still lose weight, and still can do things to strengthen your heart, your bones, and your body. Anyone for the Fast Workout approach to cardio, and the Slow Lifting Method for weights will give you a run for your money when it comes to health you crazed overachievers. 

Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue … We Talk On Tuesday I The Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Vlogcast

 

Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue

My adrenal fatigue didn’t come from overtraining, {yes personal trainer that actually NEVER overtrained} but it did come from stress, and type A personality doing it all. Same result, but different path.

I am starting to feel so much better these days. Working out in the mornings with weights for 20- 30 minutes three times a week, flexibility through yoga once a week, walking and tabata. You know that this first really took me down a path when we went to Utah for the conference and on to California, and then this January it was rock bottom.

UGH. Total exhaustion is not a fun way to live your life.

Getting back to a very strict paleo vegeo diet with the Vitamin D and coconut oil supplementation and calcium/magnesium, lots of vegan omegas, powdered greens, iron supplementation, and I’m using the tranformation porgram and feeling so much better. Being careful, of course, to not over do it. Taking the weekends easy. Also I’m still using the essential oils, and also using Clary Sage every morning for an extra support to my hormonal system at age 46 now. Here is the information from Dr. Mosley on the 3 minutes of fitness that I talk about in the vlogcast today – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17177251.
A few relatively short bursts of intense exercise, amounting to only a few minutes a week, can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise, according to new research, says Dr Michael Mosley.

Depression, Irritability, Fatigue, Insomnia… all signs of Adrenal Fatigue… but also many Copper Toxicity

Depression, Irritability, Fatigue, Insomnia… all signs of Adrenal Fatigue… but also many Copper Toxicity

Depression, Irritability, Fatigue, Insomnia... all signs of Adrenal Fatigue... but also many Copper Toxicity I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Wellness AdvocateDepression…
Irritability…
Fatigue…
Insomnia…

Maybe you have Adrenal Fatigue &
Copper Toxicity??

If you have a copper toxicity in your tissues from lack of #copper binding proteins you’ll have a struggle with your histamine levels as well. High #histamine symptoms are often equated with#estrogen dominance symptom because of under-methylation. Your #adrenals become the innocent victims of this toxic realm. B12 slows down histamine release which is why vegans often struggle the right balance of histamine levels and the result is small amounts of PCOS symptoms that seem to come and go. But if you are an under-metalator… B12 is not your friend, and you cannot be vegan. Sorry, but true. You need B12 dearly, and you have to get it naturally not in supplementation.

The best sources or B12 in foods are: Sardines, Salmon, Tuna, Cod, Lamb, Scallops. One serving of any of these will give 100% of your B12 needed.

And when I take a b-complex… look out… my anxiety goes through the roof… its folate I need not folic acid.

The key is you to clear out more than just your colon. You need to clear out your system all the way through to the tissues. That can’t be done in a quick cleanse. It takes a natural, healthy routine in your life.

How do Histamine Levels Figure Into All Of These Issues?


I’m So FROZEN… Oh wait, that’s just excess histamine release

The extreme chill you feel could be excess histamine release. As well symptoms that appear to be allergy related may be more obscure than you think. For example, sneezing may be an allergy symptom, but muscle pain, insomnia and acid reflux may also be signs of allergy. These are all signs of excessive histamines. Since histamine has a large amount of functions within the human body, the effects of high histamine blood levels can vary widely.

Current studies have shown that there are direct links between histamines, the irritants produced in an allergic reaction, and the nervous system. People with too much histamine in their brains experience anxiety and depression. And detox raises histamine levels. I first started to figure out histamines when I would come home from the gym and an hour later is when I’d start to freeze and want to curl up in a ball under a mountain of blankets.

The symptoms of toxicity may also be more obscure than you think. You may have headaches, joint pains, colitis and even poor coordination may be signs of toxicity. Another sign is skin eruptions and rashes. I woke up with a nice little rash this morning, too.

Your body has a unique detoxification system. It comes with many fail-safe mechanisms. A toxin may simply be detoxified and rendered harmless – usually by the liver. This is often accomplished through enzymes with the help of antioxidants. These poisons may be turned into useful tools, such as when blood toxins are turned into bile to help us digest fat from our diet.

Some toxins are difficult to detoxify; they may be stored permanently in fat. Other toxins and allergens are stored temporarily in water in the lymphatic system. Detoxification, stress, and even like I said, exercise can cause these symptoms. This is why people get “puffy” with allergies or toxicity. I know you’ve had that issue before. These high-histamine levels often are due to a metabolic imbalance that results from under-methylation. Sound familiar??

I think I’m going to kick up my Acerola Berry and Citrus oils today, because both of these help release those toxins that my body just wants to dig deep and hold on to.

Today was the first day of the Renewal process day 21… think my body is ready for some renewal before we move into next month. Want to join me? I’m starting another clean month in 10 days.
Do a wellness consult and see how I can help. Believe me that you can feel better if you do the process, and use the products.