16 Weeks Pregnant

I’m Pregnant! This baby was a bit of a surprise baby and has yet to stop surprising his or her mom and dad.

Quick recap… I pretty much hate food. And as a bit of a foodie, this has been almost life changing. I have no apatite, can only name about 5 things that I eat on a regular basis without throwing up/getting heartburn/ having indigestion, you get the picture. This pregnancy has sent me to the hospital a few times for dehydration and malnutrition and my lower back feels like it is on fire. All of this joy has actually resulted in me losing weight rather than gaining but don’t be fooled, I look like I’ve been eating a few to many burgers and this belly of mine is quite firm! I’m currently waiting for the whole “butterflies and rainbows” feelings to kick in over being pregnant but my expectations are officially low. I keep hearing from people that I should be feeling this baby move now any day, but I just cant wrap my mind around this happening. I feel like I’ll just mistake movement for the precursor to a bowel movement…. sorry baby :-/

My husband and I are over the moon with the fact that we get our own little, teeny, tiny human come June. We have so many plans to smother this baby in kisses, love and joy and are very aware of the fact that in 16 years we will have a live in hater on our hands. These last 6 months have smacked us in the face with the reality that our plans almost always fail us and we are learning to surrender to this thing called life!

All in all, I expect this baby to continue being the little firecracker he or she is and I can’t wait to meet this little world changer.

Now, with saying all of that… I wanted to write to all of you and tell you of a few of my secrets.

In the last 16ish weeks, I have learned a few tips and tricks that I whole heartedly believe will be your best friend if you happen to be pregnant (with nausea, vomiting, etc.), suffering through the flu, or having gall=bladder attacks. Now, I will warn you that this list isn’t the healthiest (non-organic and full of chemicals) way of doing life, but my doctor and I figured this out together and are convinced it will keep me out of the hospital and enjoying life on some level.

Pregnancy Tips & Tricks

Shakeology – This stuff is like magic! It’s slightly expensive magic, but has literally changed my health. The first time I went into the hospital during this pregnancy I was dehydrated AND malnourished. The last time I went into the hospital I was ONLY dehydrated. The only difference I had made to my life (which at that time consisted of throwing up daily and not being able to eat anything), was drinking half of one of these shakes a day. I didn’t do anything fancy to them, just put the powder in the blender with some milk. When I tell you that half of a shake gave me and my baby every bit of nutrient (other than water) that we needed for that day, I mean it. I am now receiving these shakes every month in the mail and that won’t be changing. My husband (the one who brings in the $) and I are convinced that these shakes changed my and our babies health and I promise you they are worth EVERY pretty penny.

Gatorade – When my husband realized how sneaky I was being with Gatorade, I think he got a bit concerned. You see, when I was home in Michigan over Christmas and the New Year, I could tell I was getting dehydrated. Even though I am throwing up less (Praise the sweet, sweet Lord JESUS), food and water still are not appealing to me and they definitely do not feel good inside of me. The result is my husband tricking me into eating and drinking by offering me back-rubs, control of Netflix at night and other totally old people married things in exchange of me eating small portions of food and drinking water. So back to Michigan, one day I could tell where things were leading based on my severely dry mouth and cracking lips and I asked my kind and selfless husband to go get me some Gatorade. He did and I am eternally grateful. I’m not to sure why I didn’t think of this sooner, but between the sugar and electrolytes, I can tell that a Gatorade a day is seriously keeping the IV’s away.

Peppermint Tums – Remember how I said food and water doesn’t feel good inside of me… well Peppermint Tums sprinkle fairy dust on my intestines and make everything feel good not bad! And that’s why I got the giant container of them. Enough said, right?!

Gummy Prenatal Vitamins – My doctor isn’t concerned about prenatal vitamins for me. She says that hundreds of years ago women had babies without vitamins but with about 100 more diseases around them. Pretty much, if they could do it, so can I! But then about 10 people a week ask me if I’m taking prenatal vitamins and it kind of freaks me out when I tell them no and they look at me with that same exact look that they all give me. You know, the one that says “awwwww, you’re already a bad mom before you’re even a mom”. It’s not good. So I figured out that if AFTER drinking my Shakeology, I take these gummy vitamins I can keep them down. And them I experience this thing called sanity. It’s really nice.

Pretty much, I am now getting my essentials covered. Do I cook? Nope, food is gross. Am I enjoying eating dinner? Nope, like I said, food is gross! Do I feel like myself? Heck no! In fact, I expect to never feel like myself again… this baby is a firecracker and I am expecting to deliver him or her uber late on July 3rd, Why you ask? Because July 4th would just be way to good, but July 3rd is just enough to steel away from all of his or her family members the ability to celebrate this country’s birthday. Instead my child will probably grow up thinking that all of America celebrates his or her birthday with fireworks every year.

Clearly this baby is a firecracker because his or her momma is one too, my husband pointed that out this morning but we will just ignore him for saying such utter ridiculous things!

Now, if you look at this list of things and think to yourself, “wow that’s a lot chemical ridden and processed junk to be putting into a body everyday”, well you you are probably right. But I don’t care right now. But since you do, here are some ideas of how to do the same thing I am, but in a more natural way.

  1. Get the vegan Shakeology and use it with almond or coconut milk.
  2. Instead of drinking Gatorade, drink coconut water. Beware though that when pregnancy drinking thick things may be the worst idea in the world.
  3. Rather than eating tums, use magnesium flakes in your bath water, mix it with water and rub in on your skin like lotion or mix it with water and drink it. Again, I don’t recommend this is water is difficult to drink or you are experiencing dry skin. But hey, give it a try!
  4. Just don’t take prenatal vitamins… maybe you are way stronger than I am feeling mentally right now and I’ll tell you, GOOD FOR YOU! Rock that confidence!

If you are pregnant and going through a rough patch, I am seriously so sorry. This has been very hard on me emotionally at times, and I will definitely be sharing that soon in hopes of encouraging someone the way someone encouraged me about 5 weeks ago. I completely underestimated the changes that take place during pregnancy, not just physically but emotionally, mentally and spiritually and if you are currently in the fire, I promise it gets better. No matter how hard today may be, remember that you are one of the lucky people who get to bring a life into this world even if your day doesn’t seem very joyful or lucky.

16 week bbMy 16 Week Baby Bump

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** I am now such a believer in Shakeology, that I am signed up under the company Beachbody to sell it. From a nutritional point of view, I cannot tell you enough about Shakeology, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact me or leave them below in the comments and I will be happy to chat with you about this wonderful and healthy product.**

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Eat like a Nutritionist

Hey guys, I’ve been so confused lately… what is up with this nonsense? The other day someone asked me how old I was and I had to think about it for a minute. I honestly couldn’t remember if I am 24 or 25, I think there is something wrong with that. Then, yesterday morning, I was on the phone with my fiancé and asked him “What day is today?” I think there is something in the water…

Today I logged onto my computer and saw this article. Curiosity got the best of me and I clicked on it… it was a pretty good article. This article “How to eat like a Nutritionist” detailed 12 foods that nutritionists eat and why they do so. It had some good information however, as a nutritionist, I’d like to talk about a few of the items on the list.

Here is the run down on the 12 items this article suggests every nutritionist eats…

  1. Avocados
  2. Almond Milk
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Dark Berries
  5. Greek Yogurt
  6. Eggs
  7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  8. Hummus
  9. Nuts
  10. Kale
  11. Water with Lemon
  12. Quinoa

The first thing that I would like to point out concerning this list is that no where on here do you see Doritos, Captain Morgan or Pudding Packs. Instead, this list includes whole foods that are beneficial to the body in many ways. In fact, that is what I want to talk about. This list isn’t grocery shopping list and it isn’t a check list. You (we) shouldn’t look at this and go immediately to the store to see if we can buy these items and how many we can eat today. Instead, this is a representation of a lifestyle that many health care professionals (including nutritionists and dieticians) choose to live by.

#1 – Avocados

  • I know many people who do not like avocados (cough, cough, Coop) and I don’t expect people to start eating things they don’t like. If you like avocados, fabulous! Please keep eating them moderately in proper portion sizes. If you don’t like avocados, you are not alone. See, the reason avocados are so great for us is that they offer fat in the perfect way. The fat in avocados come in a plant based form (verses animal base, think bacon and lamb) which almost perfects the way in which this fat can be broken down by our stomach and distributed to our ever so hungry cells. Avocados are so great for us that they are often compared to (nutritionally speaking) human breast milk! If you would like to learn more about avocados you can do so by reading this post of mine.

#2 – Almond Milk

  • I don’t think all nutritionists drink almond milk… I know of many whom drink coconut milk, rice milk and the list goes on. The point is, cows milk is a thing of the past. We don’t need cows milk, especially if we are eating a well rounded diet that offers great variety in terms of vegetables. The number one concern I hear from moms about cutting cows milk out of their child’s diet is… how then will little Johnnie get his calcium? Well dear readers, here are a few items that contain enough calcium that you could cut out milk and eat two serving of these items a day (some items require less) and be more than A-Okay on your calcium… Broccoli, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk, Yogurt, Soybeans, Eggs, Cauliflower, Onions, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Bananas, Oranges, Almonds, White Beans and Chickpeas! Nutritionists know that milk does not pay off enough nutritionally, for the bloating and indigestion that plague 30 million Americans (cite).

#3 – Cinnamon

  • Cinnamon is great for keeping blood sugar levels maintained, do you know what else is? Eating proper portion sized meals throughout the day that are rich in fiber and protein. I honestly don’t understand all the hype about cinnamon. In fact, I think that expecting someone to go eat some cinnamon after every meal is just about as realistic as asking them to juice everyday at 3p.m. Cinnamon is great, it does do some great things in our bodies, however it is full of carbohydrates (you learn something new everyday) and in my opinion, people trying to regulate their blood sugar levels (diabetics) don’t need more carbs.

#4 – Dark Berries

  • Berries of any kind are full of antioxidants. If you aren’t familiar with antioxidants let me tell of their goodness. Oxidization occurs throughout our bodies often, and although it is a natural process, it can be a negative one. This process leads to free radicals which can kill off perfectly healthy cells. Antioxidants help to stop this process and allow healthy cells to live and this gives your body the opportunity to instead kill of the bad cells your body needs. Add that to the fact that berries are also a great source of carbohydrates that full of fiber and you have yourself a winning food!

#5 – Greek Yogurt

  • Greek yogurt is packed with protein, everyone is so crazy about really, for no other reason than that! When you an take something like yogurt which is a great food already and add substantial nutritional value to it, it becomes a hot ticket item.

#6 – Eggs

  • Once upon a time, eggs had quite the bad reputation. Then the early 2000’s came along and changed things. Eggs are now understood as a healthy fat that had amazing nutritional value in terms of vitamins and minerals all while having protein in them. In our common day world, fat is no longer bad, sugar and carbs are the suspects now, eggs are yet another super food to get you through your day!

#7 – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Oils always have been and probably always will be a confusing topic. As the recent years have found us, our knowledge of oils has expanded like crazy. Olive oil is considered to be a heart healthy olive oil and it’s benefits out way greatly any of canola, palm and vegetable. The type of fats that are found in olive oil (monounsaturated) have been found to reduce heart disease, obesity and even cancer. Even if you aren’t totally sold on olive oil, cutting back from the other “bad” guys is most definitely in your best interest.

#8 – Hummus

  • This one is a bit of a tricky pick for me. Although a lot of people are eating hummus, it’s being done in a not so healthy way. Traditionally speaking, hummus comes from chickpeas. Chickpeas are a great food to eat, however are high in calories and fat. The recommended serving size for hummus is 2 tbsp. However, just like people get carried away with peanut butter, they also usually are eating more than 2 tbsp. of hummus. I think the big picture for this pick is that beans and legumes are making a come back. In other words, you don’t have to be a vegetarian or of latin roots to have beans and legumes be a part of your diet. Whether white beans, chickpeas, fresh soybeans or black beans, include them in your meals more often and reap the great benefits (great fat and good fiber) of doing so.

#9 – Nuts

  • Nuts are similar to beans, great for our health but quick to go over board with. Nuts are great as snacks and pre or post workout fueling, however a little goes a long way. Make sure that your intake is appropriate and that your choosing them in variety. This means you aren’t only eating pistachios everyday for a year. When you mix them up more, you are more likely to not eat more than the correct serving size. This is because the texture, shape and size of nuts are all so different and the visualization of them triggers your brain to check itself over the serving size.

#10 – Kale

  • It’s been called the vegetable of 2013, and I agree. It seemed as though last year you couldn’t look at msn.com without seeing a report on kale being a super food. Kale is so great for us because of it’s mineral and vitamin content as well as it’s great source as fiber. Over all though, I think this pick is another “big picture” story of how greens are vital to our health. This is good news, if you don’t like kale you can still incorporate spinach, collard greens and many other greens into your diet.

#11 – Water with Lemon

  • I’m going to keep this short and sweet… lemon in water is just a way of adding flavor to water. Why is this needed you ask? No one who is fit, in shape and healthy is drinking anything other than water 80% of their day.

#12 – Quinoa

  • Probably the trendiest food on this list, is quinoa. Why is it so wonderful? It’s a complete protein, a super grain, an unbelievable source of fiber and high in antioxidants. It comes in many forms to replace things such as pasta, couscous and other wheat products. It takes some trial and error to get used to, however once you  figure it out, you will never go back! The big picture on this is that Nutritionist’s are starting to realize that although whole grains are great for our health, non wheat whole grains are even better.

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I love that the over all trend here is real, whole and living foods. As a society, we are staring to really understand the different between processed and un processed food as well as what good sources of nutrients are. It also makes me extremely happy that so many people are looking deeper into fats and carbohydrates trying to find which ones really serve our bodies best!

What are some of the foods you eat on a regular basis that you know to improve your overall health?

Food and Money

My original intention for today was to post a video… my techi skills are close to non existent therefore, I failed and getting things to work. But then I saw this article… and it got me thinking. Specifically, I started to think about a recent conversation I had with a woman who told me that she can’t eat healthy because she doesn’t have the time or money.

You see, the article that I linked above is about the top 10 healthiest city’s in America. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, St. Paul Minnesota is the healthiest city in America. This is do to their ability to live healthy, between bike paths, farmers markets and high numbers of community recreational centers, this city beats out all others. St. Paul also ranks as having low numbers of diabetes!

The kicker about this study however, is that St. Paul is known to be extremely cold… for a good 4 months out of the year! In fact, the article above has a picture of a grown man in St. Paul dressed from head to toe in winter wear and riding a bike. So how do they do it?

I think the answer is that they take their health into priority. Which leads me back to the conversation with that woman… my guess is that even if she had the “time and money” to lead a healthy lifestyle, she wouldn’t. I think at times I come off as a individual who has things easy. I’ve never really been overweight in a serious health kind of way, I am single, I don’t have children and I don’t complain to much about my job so I must enjoy it.

Little do you know however, is that my genetics show to be pretty negative in terms of health and weight… although I am “single”, my fiancé lives 650 miles away and that situation is in fact stressful at times. I don’t have children, but I do have a 87 year old grandmother I live with and help out here and there as well as watch a little 5 year old for “work” during the day. I am also back in school full time trying to accomplish some certificates. My health, must be a priority if I want to feel good, like the way I look naked and enjoy life in general. I sometimes have to get to the gym twice in one day so that I can fit in 2, 15 minute workouts, otherwise I’ll never get it done. I say “no” to all things bad for me during the week and instead eat vegetables like crazy other wise I gain weight.

Listen, I’m not saying I’m perfect… in fact, I’m far from it. I am saying it’s time for us to take our health into consideration, time to make our food a priority and our bodies something we can enjoy. I’m not talking about a 100% change here… I’m talking about small changes. In fact, if you make a simple 10 % change this month (cut out soda, stop eating fast food, making your sleep something you fight for), in less than a year, you will have made a 100% change.

I think you are worth it… I think you are valuable enough to deserve better. I also think that we often lie to ourselves when we say we don’t have the time or the money… after all, we watch T.V., surf the web, text like maniacs and go out to dinner multiple times a week. That time spent on social media and waiting for food on your lunch break, well it could be used to go for a walk, do some push ups or even make your own lunch.

We have the time and we have the money… maybe the problem is that we don’t have the will power. So I ask you today, instead of believing that you don’t have the time and the money, the energy and the resources will you reach out to me or someone else you know who can help you prioritize better? I believe, and chances are the people around you do too, that you ARE worth it. You are worth feeling good, getting better sleep, enjoying people instead of only enjoying food and good self esteem.

And now I boldly ask another favor of you… if you don’t want to make your health a priority, will you just say that? By walking around and suggesting that the reason you aren’t healthy is because you don’t have time and money, you are actually giving other people excuses and reasons to think that THEY can’t.

All of this has been on my heart because I have had a hard week. The weekend was even more difficult than last week, and I’m putting 110% into getting back up on the horse and making this week worth something. I’m having to remind myself today to think positively rather than negatively and to just try (to eat healthy) for one more minute… one more hour and one more day! Let’s accomplish good health together today!

Potcrock Pet Peeves

I feel like most of the time that I log onto pinterest, I see a dozen or so crock pot recipes. I am so very over the crock-pot… it’s just , done.

I feel like there are some definite recipes that need a crock-pot… soups, chili, maybe even a tender roast, but not everything belongs in the crock-pot. In fact, cooking things that are your source of fiber (vegetables and rice) with oil and other fats for long periods of time actually ruin the nutritional value.

I understand that moms are busy, that a crock-pot is probably the easiest part of your day, but it’s actually doing you a disservice.

There is a blogger who is so fabulous, she focuses on saving money, character building in her children and being a great mom and I truly appreciate every bit of who she is. However she post recipes that are not healthy, in fact, there are about a few thousand of her. And she is starting to kill me! I hear all the time from busy mom that they are eating “clean” or “natural” because they want to improve their health as well as their child’s but come to find out, they are making crock-pot meals about 4 times a week.

Some of the things I’m talk about are as follows…

Tortellini Crock-pot Soup

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Crock-pot Meal

Crock-pot Chicken and Stuffing

Ham and Potato Crock-pot Soup

– all links found via pinterest

I’m sure these recipes are delicious and I’m sure they are easy, but please beware of the “crock-pot culture”. More often then not, you pay the price of nutrition for convenience. Be cautious when planning out your meals for the week of how many times you are whipping out that crock-pot and more importantly what the major ingredients are that you are putting in that crock-pot. So many of these recipes call for large quantities of fat (sour cream, oil, cheese) and these make a big difference in your day-in and day-out calorie consumption.

Are you a fan of the crock-pot meals?

If so, what recipes have you tried out to find them successful?

Of the recipes you may have used, which have you found to be the healthiest?

The Avocado

The Avocado is a pretty powerful food. It is said to be the closest thing to human breast milk in terms of nutrients. Which brings me to something I recently read, in China it is rumored to be popular to drink human breast milk as an adult. This fad first started out as a medical treatment for individuals who were receiving treatments such as chemo and radiation, as it is often difficult for these patients to eat. The human breast milk became acceptable for these patients to consume due to it’s ability to sooth our G.I. tract, all the while deliver much needed nutrients.

Well leave it to humans to take a good thing and not know where to stop with it. Once it became known how expensive it is to hire a wet nurse to supply the milk, the wealthy in China started buying. Yes, wealthy people in China (for status reasons) are hiring wet nurses to supply them with human breast milk. Unfortunately, some even drink right “off the tap”.  And needless to say, this practice is becoming very controversial!

I have read some very interesting points of views as well as opinions on this matter. One individual showed his opinion with this cartoon…

 counterthink

And another said “Adults drinking human breast milk is probably as foreign to us as Miley Cyrus twerking is to them”.

In my personal opinion, I think this practice should be left only to those needing it for medical reasons (chemo and radiation patients), and perhaps a straw should be included in the procedure.

Anyways, back to Avocados… if Avocado’s are rich in the same nutritional properties as human breast milk… I think we are all VERY lucky to have so many markets near us that sell them.

Let’s go over what exactly is so great about these interesting fruits…

  1. Avocado’s are a complete protein.
  2. They have the good kind of fat in them… the kind that raises your good levels, lowers your bad and helps fight off cholesterol.
  3. They are full of carotenoids, which is some seriously high quality vitamin A.
  4. They are an anti-inflammatory food, which means they are great especially if you have an auto-immune disease.
  5. All around, avocados give you a grat bang for your buck nutritionally since you really only need about 1/2 of one to fill you up.

Do you enjoy eating avocados?

If so, how do you use them?

Have you ever tried any home remedies that involve avocados?

A Case Of The Moo’s

I was at the pool this last weekend with Cooper when I saw a little boy, who I regularly see and talk with his mom, but Sunday I noticed a little something on his belly. This little boy is so happy, active and smart as a whip. He and the little one I take care of get a long very well and have a bit of a friendship/bond. After I asked his sweet mom about what I noticed on his belly (it was slightly high so I sadly thought it could have been a port for cancer), she told me that this little guy has Cystic Fibrosis. His type however is accompanied by gastrointestinal issues.

So after fighting for 5 years now with his little body to gain weight and keep it on, the parents finally decided to just get a G.I. tube so that they could supplement his calories everyday. You see, this little guy needs 2500 calories a day and he has a dairy allergy. I don’t know about you but I’ve helped raise over 10 kids now and they are picky eaters no matter how obedient and hungry. Twenty-five hundred calories is more than a lot for a little one to consume every day. When you throw into the mix that he can’t have dairy ( a huge source of fat for little ones), life get’s tricky.

The conversation ended with both this sweet mom and I needing to leave to wash our eyes out because it was so hot out, sweat and sunscreen had been dripping into our eyes. But I left thinking. Thinking about nutrition and how it is, whether realized or not a huge part of everyone life. In fact, it is such a huge part that our nutrition effects those around us.

  • It effects the people’s wealth whom we buy our food from.
  • It effects our family members, if we get sick often, when we have them over to eat, or even when we go to them and say “Oh, I can’t eat that”
  • It effects the medical field when we go in to complain to our doctor about this tummy problem or that skin irritation.
  • It effects our children view and perspective on food.
  • It even effects our significant others ability to eat when they are around us. Think of poor Al and how I’m sure he would love pizza here and there but we simply can’t eat it because, well… I can’t.

Nutrition and food is such a huge part of our lives. You can choose to see it as a good and large part of your life today so that positive choices can be made about it and eventually positive results. Or you can view is as just a part, not anything of urgency and the benefits will mirror that decision.

Let’s view food today as something positive, important, exciting and urgent today!

*** Did You Know: cow’s milk when treated with the hormone rBST (it will be labeled that it does NOT contain this if that is the case) is often the source of adult acne, hormonal imbalance, I.B.S. symptoms and tooth pain. Just something to think about***

Veggies for breakfast

If you follow me on twitter, then you often see my breakfast due to the pictures I take of it. And if you have yet to catch it, I eat a vegetable with my breakfast every morning. Ok, well not EVERY morning but 9 times out of 10.

Usually my breakfast’s go something like this, an egg, tomato and an apple or berries. That’s right I eat an egg EVERY day for breakfast. I love them, I simply cannot get enough of them. They are packed with SO much goodness and wonderful nutrition proportions. And did you know that when you eat an egg for breakfast every morning it comes with a side of “roommate concern”?

Yes, that’s right… if your roommate happens to be my 87 year old grandmother then every day that she see’s you eating an egg she will explain to you yet again that you are going to die if you keep eating those eggs. Apparently, my doctors (although they have never told ME) have diagnosed me with terribly high Cholesterol.  It’s ok though, she does this will all of you food “fads” as she calls them. In fact, let me just tell you all of her theories quickly! If I keep taking my iron supplement, well I will continue to be infertile (I have never been told by any health professionals that I have any fertility issues), and by the way she keeps recommending I tell my fiance about this diagnoses so that he can leave me if having children is that great of a priority in his life. She also believes that all the chicken I eat will constipate me and that I’m going to catch something (what, no one knows… just something) from any and all venison I consume. She means well, I am sure of that!

ANYWAYS… back to vegetables for breakfast. Vegetables contain something called cellulose. Cellulose is a form of fiber and it is wonderful at helping you body unlock fat. That’s right, fat!

Beware, things are going to get a little “gross”.

Cellulose is a form of insoluble fiber and this type of fiber binds water to the nutrient waste within your intestine making you stool soft-er and easy to pass. More or less, insoluble fiber (Cellulose) makes sure you won’t be constipated. And for any one who has tried a low card diet for any period of time (more than 6 weeks), you know the value of being able to use the rest room.

Cellulose also helps unlock fat to be burned by your body. When we need energy, we use the most readily available form in our body which is glucose. This is sugar in it’s simplest form. The problem that can occur is that when you have a carbohydrate rich diet, your body never breaks down and uses the fat to fuel itself. This is especially important when an individual is trying to lose fat. The cellulose in vegetables help in this effort by making fat within our body a readily available source for energy. Pretty cool!

So eat some veggies for breakfast! They are so good for you, and I find that what I eat for breakfast (the types of fat, carbs and protein) I crave for the rest of the day. By lunch, if I ate veggies for breakfast, I’m craving more!