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May 26, 2024

Is Ozempic a Safe Way to Treat Obesity?

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are well. Today, I want to talk about the diabetes drug Ozempic. It’s one of the big social media topics at the moment because people are using it for weight loss.

However, there are significant health risks to taking prescription medicine for a health condition if you don’t have that condition and without your doctor’s approval. People are buying Ozempic from online pharmacies and unregulated websites, leading to a shortage of the drug for diabetics who desperately need it.

So let’s dive into this topic and see whether Ozempic is a safe way to treat obesity and weight loss, and what the natural alternatives are.

What is Ozempic?

Side Effects of Ozempic

Is Ozempic Dangerous for Weight Loss?

Can Ozempic Affect Fertility?

Long-Term Effects of Weight Loss Injections

Does Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Is Obesity a Chronic Disease?

How to Manage Obesity Naturally

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is one of the brand names for semaglutide, a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1)  receptor agonist. The other well-known brand name is Wegovy.

In 2017 the FDA approved the use of Ozempic as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycaemic control in adults with Type 2 Diabetes. It helps diabetics feel full and reduces their appetite but it is important to note that Ozempic isn’t approved as a weight loss medication.

On the other hand, Wegovy (also semaglutide) is approved as a weight loss drug. However, neither Ozempic nor Wegovy are designed to be used by people who only want to lose a small amount of weight.

Side Effects of Ozempic

Any doctor will tell you that medication has side effects. Doctors weigh up the pros and cons of a medication based on your medical history and the potential benefits to your health. Ozempic is only for patients with Type 2 Diabetes and must be used under medical supervision. It is not meant to be a temporary drug or for people who want to lose a few pounds.

The common side effects, according to Ozempic’s official website are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Headache
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Cramping
  • Constipation

 

These side effects can kick in within hours of Type 2 diabetics starting the drug which is why the dosage is gradually increased under medical supervision.

There is also a warning about the risk of possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. GLP-1 receptor agonist drugs like Ozempic are known to cause thyroid C-cell tumors in rodents. The manufacturers of Ozempic say that the risk of this happening in humans is as yet “undetermined” and only time will tell now that more people are using the drug.

They also warn against using Ozempic if:

  • You or anyone in your family have ever had Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC) or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2)
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in Ozempic. Severe hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylaxis, angioedema) have been reported in patients treated with Ozempic.

They then list even more severe potential side effects:

  • Inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Their website states that you should stop taking Ozempic if you have severe pain in your stomach, with or without vomiting. Ozempic has not been studied in patients with a history of pancreatitis.
  • Vision changes.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
  • Kidney problems (kidney failure). As stated on their website, there have been post-marketing reports of acute kidney injury and worsening of chronic renal failure in patients treated with GLP-1 receptor agonists. Some of these are reported in patients with no known underlying renal disease. Most reported events occurred in patients who had experienced nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration.
  • Serious allergic reactions.
  • Gallbladder problems.

This is why you need to be under medical supervision if you take Ozempic or Wegovy. Doctors who understand the physiology of semaglutide and know your medical history should be the only people prescribing these drugs.

 

Is Ozempic Dangerous for Weight Loss?

As I’m sure you’ve realized by now, the risks of taking Ozempic for weight loss are not worth it.

One final point about side effects: Medicine.gov lists all of the precautions about semaglutide, the ingredient in Ozempic, and has added:

You should know that your mental health may change in unexpected ways, and you may become suicidal while you are using semaglutide injections for weight loss.

Why put your health at such serious risk when there are easier ways to lose weight? Also, when you stop using the drug, the weight piles back on. It is not a long-lasting, sustainable solution.

To achieve lasting, healthy weight loss results, you need to abandon the idea of a “magic pill” and embrace holistic health.

Weight loss isn’t just a simple matter of cutting calories. It requires knowing what to eat, how to move, and how to deal with negative thoughts that sabotage your weight loss efforts.

This is what the Eat Burn Sleep platform is about. We have food lists, meal plans, movement videos, guided meditations, health Masterclasses, and more, all designed to support you on your weight loss journey.

 

Can Ozempic Affect Fertility?

No one knows yet if Ozempic affects human fertility or pregnancy, but the manufacturers advise stopping the drug two months before a planned pregnancy.

Animal studies reveal why. In a combined fertility and embryo development study using rats, small doses were given to male and female rats before mating. The offspring had reduced growth and fetal abnormalities in heart and blood vessels, cranial bones, vertebrae, and ribs. In studies using rabbits, pregnant rabbits experienced early pregnancy losses along with increased fetal kidney, liver, and skeletal abnormalities.

 

Long-Term Effects of Weight Loss Injections

Your doctor will advise you about all the effects of weight loss injections.

Studies show that stopping weight loss drugs, injections, and other weight loss regimes will likely lead to regaining weight within a few months. It stops intuitive eating, so you do not know when to eat and when you are full, which also affects other areas of your health, like sleep.

 

Does Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Yes! Not getting enough good quality sleep will hamper weight loss. Sleep is essential for your body to regulate hunger hormones and appetite. Lack of sleep makes you prone to cravings, overeating, and fatigue. I talk about this topic more in Weight Loss & The Link to Sleep.

 

Is Obesity a Chronic Disease?

Obesity is a chronic inflammatory condition that can be managed naturally and safely without injections and extreme weight loss regimes. Millions of people struggle with obesity because of highly addictive ultra-processed foods that promote weight gain and inflammation. It takes more than an injectable drug to deal with this issue, which is why we have so many weight loss success stories here at Eat Burn Sleep.

Weight loss can occur quickly on EBS – and it lasts. The only side effects are more energy, comfortable digestion, no cravings, and excellent mental well-being! This is why our program is used and recommended by doctors and medical professionals all over the world.

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out our members’ reviews from people like Kirstin:

“The movement videos really help my energy levels. My immune system has improved, less of the dreaded colds.

Working with young kids I’m constantly surrounded but I’ve been on top form the last year and fought off anything relatively quickly.

Gobsmacked at how quickly I got pregnant as I wasn’t even sure it was even possible.

My skin is clear and fresh not to mention the weight loss of 15kg and rediscovering my wardrobe! My mental health has improved too!”

 

How to Manage Obesity Naturally

Optimum gut health is the foundation of the EBS approach. It is essential for weight loss because the microbes in your gut regulate appetite and weight balance. Gut microbes can be modulated positively or negatively by different lifestyle and dietary factors and can even ‘turn off’ any hereditary links to obesity (Cuevas-Sierra et al., 2019).

Our food lists and meal plans are designed to nourish your gut flora and keep you energized and satisfied. Snack options are included if you want to snack but the meals are so filling you probably won’t want to!

Try these recipes that aid weight loss (when eaten as part of a varied anti-inflammatory diet, daily): Egg Muffins: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & Chives, Paleo Energy Bars, and Chicken Tagine With Preserved Lemons.

You will be amazed at the transformation!

Take a look at the program and check out our membership options now.

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As always, I wish you excellent health and a wonderful day!

Yalda x

Yalda Alaoui is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist (with a foundation in Biomedicine) who studied with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She has spent over a decade performing groundbreaking research in chronic inflammation and gut health.

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May 24, 2024

Food For Thought: Does What We Eat Matter?

ClientEarth, Little House of Science and Parenting with Purpose, invite you on a journey from farm to fork. Our panel of expert speakers will explore the hidden impact of our global food system on the health of us and our planet and ask: Does what we eat matter?

Join us for a morning of impactful discussion and learn more about how ClientEarth uses the power of the law to bring about critical change in the fight to protect people and nature.

ClientEarth are one of the world’s most ambitious environmental organizations. Their lawyers and policy experts are dedicated to protecting life on Earth. They focus on the most pressing environmental challenges and use the law to create systemic change and build a future in which people and the planet thrive together.

Date: Wednesday 19th June 2024
Timings: 9am – 11am with talks beginning at 9:30am
Venue: The Royal Geographical Society, London, SW7 2AR

Guest Speakers

    • Guy Singh-Watson, CEO, Riverford
    • Jody Quirke, Lawyer, ClientEarth
    • Yalda Alaoui, Founder and CEO of Eat Burn Sleep

 

Yalda is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist with a foundation in Biomedicine. She has spent over a decade researching chronic inflammation and gut health and supports thousands of people worldwide through her health education platform Eat Burn Sleep.

 

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Best Exercise to Lose Belly Fat Quickly

Hi Everyone!

How can I flatten my tummy? I get asked this question a lot, and I’m pleased to say that my answer never fails!

Every week, I receive testimonials from members saying they cannot believe their weight loss and the difference in their body shape. This is why I’m writing this article about how you can lose belly fat quickly and get a flat tummy.

Best Exercise to Lose Belly Fat and Flatten Your Tummy

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Best Exercise to Lose Belly Fat and Flatten Your Tummy

Before we dive into the exercises, I need to explain the different types of fat we all have. There are two main types:

Subcutaneous fat is the fat lying just underneath your skin. It is usually harmless and helps regulate body temperature and protect your bones from injury.

Visceral fat lies much deeper in your abdominal cavity. It can build up around your stomach, liver, kidneys, intestines, and inside your arteries. This type of fat behaves in a different way to subcutaneous fat. It releases pro-inflammatory chemicals and hormones, increasing your risk of systemic inflammation, insulin resistance, Type-II diabetes, and heart disease.

Women who have had children are more prone to visceral belly fat than women who haven’t. And when a woman reaches menopause, the drop in estrogen encourages more fat deposition in the belly area – regardless of whether you have had kids or not.

However, both men and women of all ages can reduce the risk of visceral fat build-up by eating foods that do not contribute to belly fat (and some of it is surprising) while doing exercises to strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles.

The key here is consistency. If you want to see positive results, you have to build healthy habits that last.

Trends in exercises and exercise machines for losing belly fat and flattening your tummy come and go. They are not all good for your body. Many trendy exercises can inflame your body, increasing your risk of disease. And some exercises may be fine when you are young but less suitable as you age. For example, I was a runner until my physiotherapist put me off by asking if I wanted joint and bladder issues!

 

What Exercise Should You Do Every Day to Lose Belly Fat?

Forcing yourself through a grueling exercise routine for an hour every day to lose belly fat isn’t as effective as any gentle movements in the movements section.

Prolonged, intensive exercise has other drawbacks too. Some studies show that high-intensity exercise releases endorphins linked to increased negative feelings and pain. This could be one of the reasons why many people dread this sort of daily exercise and quickly abandon it.

To reduce belly fat and focus on flattening your tummy, start the 6 Week Reset as soon as you can and do these exercises every day:

19-minute Stretch For Digestive Issues

19-minute Core Fire & Body Strength

22-minute Glutes & Core

25-minute Bloat & Digestion

31-minute Powerful Core & Glutes

34-minute Arms, Abs & Glutes

26-minute Yoga & Pilates

I recommend measuring yourself today and again next week to see the difference!

If you do this you cannot go wrong in your quest to reduce belly fat and flatten your tummy.

These powerful movements are easy to follow but do not have you breaking into hot sweats. They are not jarring to your joints and bones so there is no risk of creating future joint issues. Check out the ones with meditations. They are so nourishing to the mind, body, and soul.

How To Flatten Your Tummy Quickly

Start the 6-Week Reset as soon as possible, like today. The 6-week Reset tells you what to eat each day and when to incorporate the exercises and meditation practices. Our Red List of foods identifies the foods that contribute to belly fat. Stick with the Green List foods, with occasional treats from the Orange List and you will be successful!

Follow the daily movement plans and focus on the exercises that develop core strength and tone your abdominal muscles. Get out for a walk as often as you can too. Walking complements the EBS lifestyle, helping you reduce belly fat and gain muscle. I love walking, and I share my reasons why in this article: 10 Reasons to Walk.

Even a 12-minute Morning Wake-up will do wonders to get you started. As long as you enjoy plenty of the anti-inflammatory foods and drinks listed in the Lifestyle Guide, you will never be hungry.

Sleep and Weight Loss

Remember that you will also sleep better when you follow the Eat Burn Sleep program. Good quality sleep is crucial for healthy weight balance and there are many studies to prove this.  Overall, adults who have 7- 8 hours of good quality sleep a night have less visceral belly fat than someone who only has 5 hours or less.

Read more about it in this post: Weight Loss & the Link to Sleep.

You can age well and have a flat tummy. And it’s never too late to start working toward this. Weight gain can be safely turned around with the right foods, movement, and relaxation. I do all of the above and am in the best shape ever. I don’t do anything extra!

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out our members’ reviews from people like Ingrid, Selima, and Julie…

“EBS not only helped me mentally, but it also gave me the push I needed to finally take control of my drinking. I used to love a drink at the end of a busy day, but it got so easily out of hand for me and I felt so well by following the lifestyle that I decided I didn’t need to do it anymore. That was last June and I’ve never felt better.

My weight has always been between 9.7 and 10 stone and as a result, it’s now been 8st for the last few months.” Ingrid

I can’t thank you enough for all the goodness you’ve brought to my life. Feeling so good after a three-year burnout and three kids, thanks to your food and motivational insights. Plus, 10 kilos down with very little effort postpartum!

Thank you!!!” Selima

“I am so impressed with what the EBS lifestyle has done for my body. My husband, family, and friends have all noticed as well. Nearly 5 months later and weighing a healthy 12lbs less than when I started, I love it!” Julie

 

Do you want results like these? Get started on your flat belly TODAY! Take a look at the program and check out our membership options now.

Once you’ve joined, you can catch the Masterclass Lives on How to Stay Fit Beyond 35, Perimenopause & Menopause Weight Loss, How to Get Rid of Cravings and Emotional Eating.

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With love for your weight loss journey,

Yalda x

Yalda Alaoui

Yalda Alaoui is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist (with a foundation in Biomedicine) who studied with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She has spent over a decade performing groundbreaking research in chronic inflammation and gut health.

 

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February 11, 2024

Recovering from Cancer

I am continually amazed by the incredible cancer testimonials we receive here at Eat Burn Sleep from members who are recovering from cancer. From breast cancer and squamous cell carcinoma to positive pap-smear tests and pre-cancerous cervical cells – our EBS members are seeing fantastic results.

One of my favorites is from Wilma, who used the EBS program while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

This is Wilma’s story about recovering from cancer.

Recovering from Cancer – Wilma’s Story

Wilma had been an EBS member for four years, using the program to manage her Irritable Bowel Syndrome before she discovered a lump in her right breast. Medical investigations led to a triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis and an aggressive program of 16 chemotherapy sessions, surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation. This level of treatment puts a huge strain on the body and can be incredibly difficult to manage.

Fortunately, Wilma was already in a good place, having used the EBS plan for several years.  This meant her liver and gut health were in a really good place, and able to handle the strong treatments.

After her diagnosis, Wilma immediately began to follow the Week 1 Lifestyle recommendations and added in all the cancer-fighting protocols too. These are specific guidelines for anyone who wishes to work on cancer prevention or who is undergoing cancer treatment.

The EBS Cancer Prevention & Recovery Personalized Advice

This covers all aspects of diet and lifestyle including:

  • Cancer promoters
  • Pros and limitations of certain diets
  • Effects of dairy, artificial sweeteners, and processed meats
  • Importance of liver health
  • Specific foods that have anti-cancer properties
  • Foods to include in an anti-cancer diet
  • Example meal plans
  • Meditation and visualization support

Wilma also reached out to the team and hired me as her nutrition coach so we could work closely together on her plan.

As you can see, her results are incredible! Wilma says…

“Yalda and her amazing program helped me so much!

Chemotherapy, though not fun, was not so difficult for me. Having a healthy gut and a liver that does not have to focus on anything other than supporting the body through chemotherapy made a huge difference. All my lab work came out almost normal the entire treatment, and my doctors could not believe how positive I was and how well I felt, even after 6 months of chemotherapy. I was able to continue to work and to work out as much as my body would allow without pushing myself, and this helped me stay strong and healthy.

Yalda encouraged me to maintain positivity, continue to meditate, to add movement (when possible), to eat as clean and healthy as possible (following week 1 of the platform), and to visualize remission daily. She did additional research and was there for me every step of the way.

I am extremely grateful to Yalda and her amazing program and encourage anyone who is diagnosed to follow the Cancer section of the Eat Burn Sleep platform. Do not just follow the food portion, but implement Yalda’s mindfulness, movement, visualization, sleep, and an overall positive outlook.”

The wonderful news is that after all her hard work and treatment, Wilma is now in remission.

She continues to follow the EBS lifestyle to maintain her health and is increasing daily movement to improve her physical strength.

Why the EBS Plan works

The beauty of the EBS plan is that it is holistic, covering food, lifestyle, and mindset. Each one of these factors is a powerful intervention on its own but combined they are phenomenal. Non-communicable diseases like cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and diabetes require this holistic approach that medication alone cannot provide.

Cancer can develop in any one of us, at any time. According to statistics from Cancer Research UK, 38% of cancers are preventable – which means they are linked to diet and lifestyle factors.

Genetics are linked to cancer of course, but the expression of those genes (epigenetics) is connected to diet and lifestyle. Sustained chronic systemic inflammation can trigger any disease gene expression, including genes linked to cancer (Coussens & Werb, 2002).

For more on the links between inflammation and cancer, check out my article The Dangers of Chronic Inflammation. And you might also enjoy my podcast episodes:

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The best source of treatment for any kind of illness is prevention. An anti-inflammatory lifestyle, such as The Eat Burn Sleep lifestyle, focuses on lowering inflammation, improving gut health, and supporting a healthy, balanced immune response, among many other benefits.

As Sofia, another cancer-care EBS member says in her testimonial:

“I remember my oncologist hematologist scrolling down my blood results and he was amazed & asked me what did I do.

I simply answered saying that I followed an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.”

Check out our membership options here.

Yours in good health,

Yalda x

 

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A compilation of 5 incredibly nutritious healthy food items

Eating a variety of healthy foods is crucial for overall health. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and beans provides essential nutrients high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, contributing to well-being. Choosing sources of healthy fats, such as those found in fish, supports heart health and reduces the risk of heart disease. Limiting the intake of sugars, salt, and processed foods is vital to maintaining a balanced diet. Learning about nutrition and dietary guidelines from sources like the NIH can aid in making informed food choices. For both children and adults, a daily intake of nutritious, low-calorie foods not only provides energy but also helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Prioritizing healthy eating habits can significantly impact one’s health, particularly for women, creating a foundation for a healthier lifestyle.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. It consists of 27 different institutes and centers, each focusing on specific areas of health and disease. NIH’s mission is to conduct and support research to advance scientific knowledge, improve public health, and develop innovative approaches to various health challenges.

Numerous foods offer both health benefits and delicious flavors. Incorporating a selection of fruits, vegetables, high-quality protein, and whole foods into your plate results in vibrant, adaptable, and beneficial meals.

Below are 5 nutritious and delightful options to add to your diet.

Fruits and Berries Fruits and berries are popular choices for maintaining health.

They offer sweetness, nutritional value, and ease of inclusion in your diet due to minimal preparation requirements.

  1. Apples contain fiber, vitamin C, and a multitude of antioxidants. They serve as a filling snack, ideal for staving off hunger between meals.
  2. Avocados Distinguished from most fruits due to their healthy fat content, avocados are not only creamy and flavorful but also rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Consider swapping mayonnaise for avocado as a salad dressing or spreading it on toast for breakfast.
  3. Bananas Rich in potassium and vitamin B6, bananas are convenient and easily portable.
  4. Blueberries Delicious and abundant in antioxidants, blueberries make a delightful addition to your diet.
  5. Oranges Recognized for their vitamin C content, oranges also offer high fiber and antioxidant properties.
  6. Strawberries Highly nutritious while being low in both carbohydrates and calories, strawberries provide vitamin C and manganese, making them a delicious dessert option.

Other Healthy Fruits Additional healthful fruits and berries encompass cherries, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons, mangoes, melons, olives, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, and raspberries.

Eggs are incredibly nutritious.

Formerly criticized for their cholesterol content, experts now regard them as a valuable protein source with potential diverse benefits.

Meats Incorporating lean, unprocessed meats into a balanced diet is beneficial.

  • Lean Beef When consumed in moderation, lean beef is an exceptional protein source and offers highly bioavailable iron.
  • Chicken Breasts Low in fat and calories but rich in protein, chicken breast is a fantastic source of numerous essential nutrients.
  • Lamb and Mutton Sheep, often grass-fed, produce meat that typically contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids compared to omega-6.

Nuts and Seeds Despite their higher unsaturated fat content and calorie density, nuts and seeds have been linked to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other health concerns. They serve as a satisfying snack and may assist individuals in managing their weight.

healthy food

They require minimal preparation, making them easy to incorporate into daily routines, and can enhance the texture of salads and various dishes. However, individuals with nut allergies should avoid them.

  • Almonds, a popular nut, are rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, and fiber. A 2021 review highlighted their potential contributions to weight loss, gut microbiota support, cognitive improvement, stress-related heart rate management, and skin aging prevention.
    Chia Seeds Nutrient-dense chia seeds offer a notable 11 grams of fiber per ounce (28 grams), along with substantial amounts of magnesium, manganese, calcium, and various other essential nutrients.
  • Coconuts provide fiber and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fatty acid.
  • Macadamia Nuts Delicious macadamias are higher in monounsaturated fats and lower in omega-6 fatty acids than most other nuts.
  • Walnuts Highly nutritious walnuts are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Pairing them with feta cheese makes for an excellent salad dressing.
  • Brazil Nuts Nutrient-rich with a creamy texture, they contain selenium, a mineral that supports thyroid function.

Vegetables, in terms of nutrients per calorie, stand among the most concentrated sources.

Incorporating a variety of vegetables into your diet ensures a broad spectrum of nutrients.

  • Asparagus Low in both carbohydrates and calories, asparagus is a popular vegetable rich in vitamin K.
  • Bell Peppers Available in various colors, bell peppers are crunchy, sweet, and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
  • Broccoli A versatile cruciferous vegetable, broccoli is rich in fiber, vitamins C and K, and contains a considerable amount of protein compared to other vegetables. It’s delicious, both raw and cooked.
  • Carrots Sweet and crunchy, carrots are a popular root vegetable packed with nutrients like vitamin K and carotene antioxidants. Ideal for snacking or paired with guacamole and other dips.
  • Cauliflower Highly versatile, cauliflower, a cruciferous vegetable, can be added to various dishes, whether curries, roasted with olive oil, or used raw in salads or for dipping.
  • Cucumber Refreshing and low in both carbs and calories, cucumbers mainly consist of water, offering small amounts of vitamin K and other nutrients.
  • Garlic A healthy and flavorful addition to salads and savory dishes, garlic contains allicin, recognized for its antioxidant and antimicrobial effects, potentially reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Kale Rich in fiber, vitamins C and K, and other nutrients, kale adds a satisfying crunch to salads and various dishes. It can also be included in stir-fries or baked to create crunchy kale chips.
  • Onions With a robust flavor featured in many recipes, onions contain several bioactive compounds believed to offer health benefits.
  • Tomatoes While technically a fruit, tomatoes offer tastiness along with nutrients like potassium and vitamin C. Try growing them on your windowsill for added flavor.

 

Here’s a summary for building a healthy and balanced diet based on the guidelines:

  1. Prioritize Vegetables and Fruits:
    • Make half of your meal consist of a variety of vegetables and fruits. Aim for different colors and types. Note that potatoes don’t count as vegetables due to their impact on blood sugar.
  2. Include Whole Grains:
    • Allocate a quarter of your plate to whole grains like whole wheat, barley, quinoa, oats, brown rice, etc. These have a gentler effect on blood sugar compared to refined grains.
  3. Focus on Protein Sources:
    • Reserve another quarter of your plate for protein sources like fish, poultry, beans, and nuts. Limit red meat and avoid processed meats such as bacon and sausage.
  4. Moderate Healthy Plant Oils:
    • Use healthy vegetable oils like olive, canola, soy, etc., and avoid partially hydrogenated oils that contain unhealthy trans fats. Remember that “low-fat” doesn’t necessarily mean “healthy.”
  5. Hydration Choices:
    • Opt for water, coffee, or tea. Avoid sugary drinks, restrict milk and dairy to one to two servings per day, and limit juice intake to a small glass a day.
  6. Stay Active:
    • Regular physical activity is crucial for weight control and overall health. Incorporate exercise and movement into your daily routine to complement a balanced diet.

The overall focus is on a varied and colorful diet rich in vegetables and fruits, with balanced portions of whole grains and quality protein sources. Complementing this with healthy oils and appropriate hydration choices while staying physically active will contribute to a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle.

If you require any assistance or advice, please reach out to EatBurnSleep; we’d be delighted to support you and provide additional recipes.

Eating a balanced and healthy diet composed of nutrient-rich foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, can significantly help in maintaining overall health. Opting for lower-fat options, reducing your intake of added sugars and salt, and learning about dietary choices are crucial for a good nutritional balance. Choosing healthier fats over saturated fats, moderating sodium intake, and understanding these dietary elements can provide energy and support well-being, which is especially important for women’s health. Selecting lower-fat or non-dairy sources of calcium can further contribute to a well-rounded, healthy diet.

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Why Is Fascia Stretching So Important?

Hi Everyone,

Are you caring for your fascia?

Looking after your fascia is vital if you want to be fit and pain-free. If you are unfamiliar with fascia, let alone why fascia stretching is important, this post is for you.

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Stretch your fascia

What Is Fascia?

Fascia is this amazingly dense, clear, 3-dimensional structure that wraps around your joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and internal organs. It is made of collagen and elastin and carries more nerve endings than any other tissue.

Every part of your body has layers of interlacing fascia holding everything in place. It’s like an internal bodysuit holding you together! Without it, you would collapse on the floor.

On a basic level, fascia is a support structure allowing easy movement between your body’s muscular, skeletal, and visceral components. It enables proprioception, your body’s sixth sense of action, coordination, and self-movement.

On a deeper level, it transmits thoughts and feelings through millions of nerve pathways. Essentially, fascia allows the conduction of consciousness throughout your body. If you think it, you will feel it in your fascia.

When your fascia gets tight due to immobility, stress, inflammation, or poor nutrition, it causes pain and tension.

When areas on the body are stressed fascia issues arise

What Causes Fascia Pain?

Fascia pain can be caused by:

  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Inflammatory food
  • Poor nutrition
  • Digestive problems
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Repetitive movements that strain one part of your body
  • The wrong types of exercise
  • Surgery
  • Injuries and old injuries that haven’t healed correctly
  • Working or living in cold environments
  • Sedentary lifestyles – fascia requires movement to work efficiently
  • Physical, mental, and emotional stress
  • Not breathing correctly
  • Infections
  • Poor posture
  • Physical misalignments and imbalances (we often don’t know we have them!)

 

Because of the way fascia stretches and contracts, it’s easy to mistake fascia pain for something else. For example, hip pain may be due to fascia tension in your hamstrings. Or your painful shoulder is sore because your neck fascia is tight.

This is why regular, consistent fascia stretching is so important for your health and well-being.

 

Fascia neck pain

Symptoms of Tight Fascia

Symptoms of tight fascia include:

  • A tender knot
  • A deep, aching pain
  • Tender muscles
  • Muscle weakness
  • Circulatory Issues
  • Swelling
  • Reduced mobility
  • Compression
  • Headaches
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

 

The good news is that fascia is self-healing and can reverse any pain and damage with the right stretches.

Fascia issues come through the lumbar

Why is Fascia Stretching Important?

Healthy fascia relies on regular movement, stretching, and good hydration. If you are inactive, don’t stretch enough, or don’t drink enough water, your fascia will become dry, tight, and painful.

Any classic stretch can be turned into a fascial stretch, but they are not the same thing.

An effective fascia stretch involves the right dynamic movement and the correct breathing. It should feel good, but it shouldn’t be painful. Not too tight, not too loose, and for the right amount of time – but you will feel your point of sensation.

There is an art to movement, which I teach on the Eat Burn Sleep platform. Fascia loves multi-directional movement so I have created a whole range of videos to guide you through fascia stretching.

Stretching your fascia correctly reduces inflammation, strengthens muscles, and improves body composition. It is good for digestion, the immune system, and mental wellness. These movements will improve your day-to-day activities and help you work, rest, and play in a pain-free way.

To ensure that you keep your fascia in good health:

  • Live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. This is what Eat Burn Sleep is all about. We focus on gut health, optimum nutrition, daily movement, and restorative sleep.
  • Be active and move regularly. Our bodies need motion to maintain healthy circulation and metabolism. If you have a sedentary job, be aware that it takes less than 60 minutes to cause tight fascia in your hamstrings. You must stretch out and move for at least two minutes every hour. Set an alarm if you need reminding. It’s that important.
  • Stretch regularly to reduce the risk of inflammation, circulatory issues, and pain in your joints.
  • Adjust your posture. Be mindful of how you are sitting and standing. Slouching or compensating for a sore body part all play havoc with your fascia.

 

Poor posture can lead to fascia issues

What Does Fascia Stretching Do?

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases mobility
  • Releases tension, relaxes and rejuvenates your whole body
  • Helps you stay mobile as you age.
  • Increases blood and lymph flow
  • Supports immune health
  • Allows for a better range of flexibility and movement
  • Improves body alignment
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Reduces your risk of injury when exercising

 

It is so important to stretch and release tension throughout the day so that it doesn’t build up and cause you pain.

How to feel your fascia connection

How to ‘Feel’ Your Fascia

To feel the connectedness of your fascia, try this exercise:

Sit on a mat, legs in front of you, and relax with your spine elongated. Make sure that you are warm.

Roll your head down slowly, leaning forward, and guide your head to your knees. Can you feel the stretch?

Now point and flex the toes. Feel how that stretch changes. Only you will know how that fascia stretch feels because we all are unique, and our connective tissues are personal to us all.

You should feel the benefits of the proper movement in your brain, too! It’s incredible.

A red-headed girl smiling because she stretches her fascia at the desk

So, now you know the fuss about stretching your fascia.

There are over 170 movement videos on the EBS platform, including 16+ stretching videos. All are excellent for your fascia.

Some of them are accompanied by full-body meditations, which are incredibly nourishing for your mind, body, and soul.

Girl doing a fascia stretch with one hand out and an opposite leg stretching

Believe me, you will feel amazing following an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

But don’t just take it from me. This is what EBS Member Natasa has to say about the program:

“I have lost almost 10kg since starting EBS.

I’ve had knee surgery, and my knee pain has really reduced, and my post-op recovery is going very well. I am not taking anything for pain relief.

Everywhere I go, I just talk about your platform. Thank you so much! I absolutely love this lifestyle.”

And, you can check out hundreds more reviews on our Testimonials page.

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Ready to stretch your fascia and start living the anti-inflammatory way? Find out more about our membership options now.

With love,

Yalda x

 

Yalda Alaoui is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist (with a foundation in Biomedicine) who studied with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She has spent over a decade performing groundbreaking research in chronic inflammation and gut health.

 

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