Nutrition

Benefits of Pink Salt

Pink salt is a type of salt that is naturally pink in color. Pink salt is much healthier than regular table salt. The traces of other minerals in pink salt are responsible for the mineral’s pink tint.

Pro Weight Loss Pink Salt is a blend of premium, unrefined, solar-dried sea salts which delivers critical trace minerals.  We do not use flowing or “anti-clumping” agents as commonly added to regular table salt such as aluminum hydroxide, refined sugar, stearic acid, sodium ferrocyanide, calcium phosphate and other undesirable additives.
Our sea salt comes from the cool, blue, unpolluted water of the Mediterranean Sea using the oldest method of obtaining salt: solar evaporation.  Seawater is transferred through a series of evaporation ponds, while the hot, dry climate and gentle breezes hasten the evaporation process leaving behind only sparkling white salts crystals, containing valuable trace elements (not found in regular, refined table salt).

    • Our salt contains a vast array of essential minerals, and it is of incredible value for your health.  Today modern refineries have chemically altered most salt making it hazardous for human consumption.

      • Contains 84 essential minerals required by the human body.
      • A good source of magnesium, in which 80 % of all individuals are deficient.
      • Promotes a healthy pH balance of the cells.
      • Helps regulate blood sugar levels.
      • Helps regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle.
      • Absorption of food particles.
      • Promotes bone strength.
      • Energy production
      • Supports vascular & respiratory health.
      • Prevention muscle cramps.
      • Enhances immune function.

Use Pro Weight Loss Multi-Minerals (Pink Salt) daily in place of regular table salt to add robust flavor to foods and drinks for the whole family!


10 Foods You Should Avoid Eating

Below is a list of 10 foods you should avoid eating. These foods will derail your fitness and weight loss efforts every single time.  We will suggest a healthy substitute for each of these off-limit foods:
Do not eat #1: Anything fried. Try this:  Oven baking or pan-sautéing.
Do not eat #2: White bread.  Try this: Sprouted wheat bread such as Angelic Bakehouse 7-Grain, Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Sprouted, and Alvarado Street Sprouted Breads.
Do not eat #3: Creamy salad dressing.  Try this: Vinegar dressing with fresh herbs such as basil or cilantro.
Do not eat #4: White rice.  Try this: brown rice, wild rice, or quinoa.
Do not eat #5: White sugar.  Try this: Fruit, unsweetened applesauce, dates, or stevia (moderation).
Do not eat #6: Candy.  Try this: Frozen grapes.
Do not eat #7: Mayonnaise.  Try this: Plain regular yogurt, Greek yogurt, avocado, hummus, or pesto.
Do not eat #8: Potatoes chips.  Try this: Organic popcorn or kale chips.
Do not eat #9: Soda.  Try this: Add cucumber, lemon, mint, or fruit to seltzer.
Do not eat #10: Deli meats.  Try this:  BPA free canned tuna in water, peanut butter, roasted chicken, veggies, or hard-boiled egg salad using plain Greek yogurt.
Eating right, along with exercises, is the formula to maintain your healthy weight!


Want your New Year’s resolutions to last?

Try habit linking. What is it? Keeping up a new year’s resolution is not easy, especially as many of us jump straight into the deep-end of transformation, planning to totally rewrite our alcohol habits or reach peak fitness, then feel demoralized when none of these changes happen overnight. “It is good for people to make two or three resolutions, which they hold lightly, not tightly,” says Brendan Kelly, a psychiatry professor, and the author of The Science of Happiness: The Six Principles of a Happy Life and the Seven Strategies for Achieving It. Kelly believes it’s important that people don’t aim too high, but “resolve to make two or three modest changes in your life”. Realistically at least one will fizzle out quickly, he explains, so have a few ready so at least one or two will last.
Be wary of going too hard at the start of the month, too. “Aim to improve, not to transform your life,” says Kelly. “If you watch TV for two hours every evening, do not resolve to spend those two hours in the gym. You won’t do it.” Instead, aim to watch TV for an hour and spend that extra hour walking the dog, or something else you enjoy doing. “Replacing a pleasant activity with an unpleasant one does not work,” he stresses.

“Do a weekly check-up,” advises Chris Bailey, author of How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project. Reflecting on the habits you’ve kept up or want to implement is a great way to enhance motivation. Similarly, he recommends charting long-term goals over time. So, if you’re trying to write a novel draft for example, break that insurmountable word count down into weekly chunks. “This helps me make sure I stick with my goals in the long run and lets me visually see how much progress I’m making over time,” It’s a strategy suited for goals that rely on steady work over a long period of time, like saving money or losing weight.

Another trick to consider is forming a new habit, rather than trying to break an old one, like adding that extra dog walk into your life rather than mentally deciding to cut your TV time. “It is easier to make new habits than to break old ones because when you are trying to break a habit you are fighting against strong mental associations you have formed between a situation and an action,” Lally explains. “Over 80% of what we do is habit,” Kelly adds, so “linking a new activity to an old habit helps the new activity to become a habit.”


Create Healthy Habits

Making healthy choices can help us feel better and live longer. Everything you do impacts your health and quality of life, now and in the future. There are proven strategies you can use to set yourself up for success to reduce your risk for many health issues such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.  Here are a few:

Know Your Habits
Our daily task and repetitive behaviors become our habits. They affect the thought process of our brain and become automatic, creating habits that are hard to change. Once we create an awareness around what we regularly do, and look for patterns in our behavior that trigger unhealthy habits, we can then begin to change them positive ones (i.e., reduce sugar, drink more water, reduce TV time, move more, eat more veggies, measure food, limit processed food, and sleep well).
Make a Plan
Make a plan that includes small and simple goals.  Then take reasonable and specific actions to move towards them. Incorporate what you think you will need to be successful.  Change things around you or in your environment to support your goals (i.e., stock up on healthy snacks vs filling your cabinet with poor food choices, reduce sodium and add instead more herbs and spices).
Stay on Track
Although putting a positive plan in place for yourself is exciting and motivating, there are times when we feel challenged about reaching our goals.  By identifying negative thoughts and becoming aware, we can turn them into positive and productive ones.  Keeping a journal to log your meals and workouts can also help stay on track.  Tracking your behavior assists with learning what your challenges are so you can overcome obstacles.

We all have the power and the ability to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Things may not always go as planned and that’s ok.  Positive change is a process and what’s most important is to keep moving forward with making these healthy choices. Explore different strategies until you find something that works for you!


Thanksgiving: The Best Time to Start Your Weight Loss

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start the Pro Weight Loss Program! Why not start your holiday season off doing something important for yourself; improving your health, getting your body back and overall feeling great from the inside out! Thanksgiving is the perfect day to fat load.

Fat loading is very important. Loading sufficiently the first day will leave you feeling extremely satisfied and ready to embrace our Phase II meal plan with our homeopathic formulas. This is exactly what you want – the mindset, motivation, and satiated feelings to keep you in fat-burning mode throughout the entire program. Loading correctly right from the beginning is the first step in achieving that fat-burning mode we are looking for. The goal is to eat as much as you can to build up and max your fat stores. The overload of calorie dense foods that are consumed on the first day signals to the hypothalamus to release and trigger the hormones that are needed to stimulate weight loss.

ENJOY THE HOLIDAY, EAT UP AND CELEBRATE THIS IMPORTANT GOAL!!


Certain Foods Might Be Aggravating Your Arthritis

If you eat foods that increase inflammation, you’re probably aggravating your arthritis. Not only that, inflammation and foods that cause it can increase the risk of other serious conditions, including heart disease and cancer. You need a certain amount of inflammation to help fight infection and heal injuries. Inflammation protects the body. If you have chronic inflammation, however, that can create a problem. Chronic inflammation can cause damage to the body with painful joints and deformities. You can prevent some chronic inflammation by watching your diet and eliminating inflammatory foods.

You automatically know sugar and products with added sugar are on the list.

It’s one of the reasons sugar is bad for your health. Not only does it increase inflammation, but it also causes weight gain, another way to aggravate an already painful condition. Most processed foods contain added sugar, including pizza sauce. If you think you’re giving your health a benefit by choosing low fat yogurt, read the label. When they take the fat out, it doesn’t taste as good, so most manufacturers add sugar. The sugar spikes insulin levels, causing the body to store excess insulin in the fat cells, which causes inflammation and weight gain. Another addition to processed baked goods, pastries and crackers is trans fats, which also cause weight gain and chronic inflammation.

Speaking of processed foods, processed meats are high in inflammatory properties.

Do you love that salty, cured, smoked, fermented and processed meat, like bacon? A lot of people do. Unfortunately, it can cause your arthritis to act up and become inflamed and painful. Even red meat that isn’t processed can create inflammation that can trigger arthritis. It’s also important to balance the fatty acids in your diet. Too much omega-6 and too little omega-3, can also cause a flare up.

If you have arthritis, check these foods off your list and add other selections.

Besides red meat, sugars of all types, including high fructose corn syrup, grilled and fried foods should be removed from your diet. Avoid oils like corn, safflower, peanut, sunflower and soy. Skip Happy Hour or switch to water or coffee, since alcohol can also exacerbate arthritis. Of course, all refined carbs, like white bread and pasta, can also trigger a reaction. Instead, opt for choices like mushrooms, fresh greens, fatty fish like salmon, berries, bananas, unsweetened cocoa, beans, skinless chicken, nuts green tea, broccoli, cherries and citrus fruits.

  • Switching to virgin olive oil can help reduce inflammation. Adding certain spices to your cooking, like turmeric, paprika, ginger and garlic can help prevent the inflammatory response.
  • Some foods you might not realize are refined carbs include white rice and even French fries. Foods high in sodium should be avoided for two reasons, increased inflammation and interaction with corticosteroids, a medication for arthritis that can cause retention of salt.
  • Cheese and several dairy products may increase inflammation. Most cheese is higher in saturated fats that can cause inflammation. Dairy, particularly for people that have a hard time digesting it (approximately 60% of the population) can lead to inflammation throughout the body.
  • While most vegetables and fruit can help improve arthritis, those from the nightshade family can make it worse. They contain solanine that is linked to aggravating arthritis inflammation. These include tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, potatoes and eggplant.

For more information, contact us today at Pro Weight Loss


Tips for Eating Out


Eating out is an enjoyable way to spend quality time with family and friends. However, studies have linked dining out with poor food choices, resulting in overheating.

Here are 9 helpful tips for eating out that will enable you to stick to your healthy routine without having to interrupt your social life:

  1. Check the menu beforehand for healthy options.
  2. Have a healthy snack before you arrive.
  3. Drink water before and during your meal.
  4. Ask for dressings and sauces on the side.
  5. Skip the breadbasket.
  6. Order a side salad or soup for an appetizer.
  7. Order food steamed, grilled, or roasted, rather than fried.
  8. Avoid sugary drinks.
  9. Prioritize portion control: order ½ portion or take ½ to go.

Remember, it is ok to indulge a little. Use the 80/20 rule to keep you in check most of the time and be sure to have a little fun too!


Does Drinking Coffee Increase Lifespan?

If your best friend in the morning comes in a mug, you’re like millions of Americans that love that first cup of coffee in the morning. You may have heard that drinking coffee is bad for you, but there’s a lot of contradictory evidence that it may actually be quite the opposite. In fact, some studies actually find that coffee may increase lifespan and provide benefits for your health. It does have some plant chemicals that are harmful, but an awful lot that are good for you.

That burst of energy from coffee comes from the caffeine.

You probably already know the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that gets into the bloodstream and goes to the brain. It causes the blocking of the neurotransmitter adenosine. When that happens, dopamine and norepinephrine are increased, which then increases the firing of neurons. When more neurons are firing, brain functioning improves. That caffeine also boosts fat burning and increases the amount of adrenaline created, which boosts your energy and can improve your workout.

Drinking coffee can provide your body with phytochemicals.

Coffee contains polyphenols, such as phenolic acid and flavonoids. These phytonutrients are potent antioxidants. They help fight free radicals that can destroy cells, cause illness, premature aging and death. Polyphenols are important to your body for another reason, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. They can help boost your metabolism and make weight loss easier. Those same phytochemicals not only reduce inflammation and help control blood sugar, they reduce the risk of stroke.

Coffee may not qualify as food, but it does have nutrients.

This no calorie drink has quite a few nutrients you may not know about. Just one cup can provide 11% of your daily requirement for vitamin B2, 1% of your requirement for folate, 2% for vitamins B1 and B3, 2% of your RDA for niacin and magnesium, plus 3% of the amount you need each day of potassium and manganese. What other virtue does this magic elixir have? Drinking at least 3 cups of coffee each day may lower the risk for type 2 diabetes by up to 42%.

There’s a reason coffee is so prized in the morning. It helps lift your spirits. There is scientific backing that proves it. Coffee drinkers tend to get less stressed in tough situations than people who opt for herbal teas.

  • Every person has his or her own tolerance to the caffeine before discomfort sets in, with heart palpitations, disrupted sleep, the shakes and panic attacks. There are also symptoms of withdrawal, such as irritability and headaches.
  • Decaf doesn’t have the health benefits of fully caffeinated coffee. The caffeine is removed using solvents that also affect the benefits. Don’t forget to make coffee using a paper filter, which lowers the cafetal levels that raise cholesterol.
  • Drinking coffee can also help lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease by as much as 60%. The antioxidants in coffee may also help prevent Alzheimer’s, some types of cancer, gall stones and liver disease.
  • New studies show that people who drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help prevent calcium build-up in the blood vessels that supply the heart with blood. Coffee could actually be lowering the risk for heart disease.

For more information, contact us today at Proweightloss


Get on Track to Wellness

Staying healthy and active is an important part of life. Our emotional and mental health are equally as important as our physical health. What we nourish our body with, physically and mentally, has a huge impact on our overall wellness. There are plenty of ways to bring fun and enjoyment to nurturing our physical and mental bodies.

Meditation – Breath work is a great way to relax the body and mind. Not only will it bring peace and tranquility to you, calming the internal storm, but it promotes positive thinking which in turn creates positive output.

Yoga – a great tool for centering and grounding your energy. With a series of stretches and poses, you’ll gain both physical and mental strength and flexibility.

Physical Activity – Find an activity that’s fun for you, whether it be a sport, a bike ride, or dancing, and make it a part of your daily routine. This will help to instill healthy habits into your everyday life.

Cooking for Wellness – Just as physical activity is important, so is a healthy diet. Buy whole fresh foods at your local market and cook in a clean way. Focus on lean proteins, such as fish and poultry, low starch veggies, mainly green leafy veggies, and low sugar fruits such as berries which are rich in antioxidants. Sprinkle in healthy fats like oils and nuts as well as healthy whole grains like quinoa and brown rice.

Feed your body and feed your soul. Try some of these fun and engaging activities and create your own wellness routine today!


9 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Get Walking

You want to walk, but how do you get yourself out the door or onto the treadmill? That’s the toughest challenge many people face. You can learn ways to motivate yourself to get walking. Walking will transform your body and mind!

Start slow
If have not been walking for a while, start at a pace that if comfortable for you. Up to 10 minutes a day 3-4 times a week is good start! Then gradually pick up speed until you are walking briskly – generally 3 to 4 miles an hour. Each week add about two minutes to your walking time.

Register for a walking event
Give yourself a goal and a deadline. Register for a walking event that will be a real challenge for you. You will have no choice but to train consistently to be ready for the event.

Follow a shape-up walking and workout schedule
To start seeing results from your fitness efforts. Having a structure and varying your workouts will keep you on track. When you begin to feel the difference in your stamina, muscle, and vigor, you will want to keep going.

Wear a pedometer or fitness band
This can help motivate you to increase your activity. Set your step goal at 6,000 to 10,000 per day and find ways to add steps to your day.

Make a walking buddy
Walking friend can make a difference and get you out on a walk despite the weather or other excuses to skip your workout.

Track your progress
Track your walking minutes, steps, or mileage in a journal, whether on paper, an app or your computer. Total your progress each week. Set a goal and you will find yourself out walking just to make those numbers add up.

Invest in a good pair of walking shoes
Select the right pair for your specific food type. Check out a list of the best walking shoes online.

Be prepared for the weather
Invest in a few key pieces that can make you much more comfortable. Look for tops and bottoms. Hate to walk in the cold? Buy the right layered clothing and you will have to take it for a walk. Hate the rain? A waterproof jacket or umbrella.

Choose the right time
Many people find that if they commit to early morning walks, fewer distractions pop up in the afternoon or evening. But if you hate mornings and feel most energetic later in the day, then that should be your walking time. Choose what works best for you.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that those who adhered to a walking program showed significant improvements in blood pressure, slowing of resting heart rate, reduction of body fat and body weight, reduced cholesterol, relieves anxiety and depression with better quality of life and increased measures of endurance. Walking has also shown to improve memory and prevent the deterioration of brain tissue as we age. Ready to give it a try?