CONQUER EMOTIONAL EATING

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Tired of overeating? Has being an emotional eater caused a lot of shame, embarrassment and weight gain? Ready to conquer your emotional eating once and for all.  If this is you, then you will want to join me on Wednesday, Sept 26th @ 5pm for this webinar. We will DIG DEEP into the cycle of why we overeat…. You will be surprised when I show you that it is NOT your fault.

There are 3 Steps to CONQUER EMOTIONAL EATING. So, If you want to

*STOP OVEREATING & FEEL CONFIDENT AGAIN

*ELIMINATE YOUR CRAVINGS!

*BALANCE THE HORMONES THAT ARE CAUSING YOUR WEIGHT GAIN

Join me AND BE READY TO TAKE ACTION.    You will be able to start these steps immediately.  Imagine not ever having the desire to overeat/binge again.  How does that make you feel?  Amazing right?  Hop on the webinar and let’s get you started on Conquering Emotional Eating.!!!

WEBINAR   WEDNESDAY, SEPT 27TH @ 5PM CST

Cortisol: The Fat Storage Hormone

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I would like to introduce you the “stress hormone” ……. Cortisol.

Cortisol works hard during times of fear or STRESS.

Cortisol has some nick names “the death hormone,” and “the fat storage hormone,”

Cortisol is just doing it’s job day after day and she does it really well.

Cortisol is made in your adrenal glands.  In todays world we have a lot of stress and

cortisol’s job is to secrete more cortisol in times of stress.

EXAMPLES OF STRESS

  • Work
  • Relationships
  • Family Issue
  • Money Issues
  • Overtraining the body
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Worry, Fear, anxiety
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Subluxation
  • Injuries/Chronic Stress
  • Too Low Calories

 

Guess what?  If our bodies are always in a constant state of STRESS then,

Cortisol is going to keep pumping out more Cortisol into your body.

What does this mean?  Well you know I am going to tell you right …

EFFECTS OF ELEVATED CORTISOL

  • Weight gain, especially in the abs and waistline
  • Reduced growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA and estrogen
  • Decreased bone density
  • Decrease in muscle tissue
  • Lowered immunity
  • Lowers short-term memory and cognitive function
  • Suppressed thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Suppress DHEA, the “youth” hormone

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Now lets talk blood sugar.  We always strive to keep our blood sugar in balance by

eating clean and natural foods and eating regularly through out the day.

But when the body is STRESSED constantly, Cortisol causes blood sugar to elevate,

which can lead to an acidic   condition.  When our blood is in a higher acidic state

this can lead to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The body is all about balance and always wants to remain in balance.

It is your job to keep the balance by eating healthy, reducing stress,

exercising and getting enough sleep.

 

WAYS TO FIND YOUR BALANCE

Eat Clean – Eating clean means eating foods as close to Mother nature as possible.

Organic is always a great choice.  Eat a balanced diet of healthy fats, proteins,

fresh fruits and veggies.  Packaged food and sugar are the enemy of CORTISOL.

Exercising  – Exercising is a great stress reliever for the body it also can improve

your moos, boost energy, help fight disease, promote better sleep and can just be fun.

Exercise can also be a stress on the body.  Your workouts should invigorate

your but not stress the body too much.  Over training or over obsessing

about working out also cause an imbalance in the body adding to the stress

and cortisol level.  Remember BALANCE is the key.

Sleep – This is a big one for most of us.  We are up late watching TV or on the computer,

which stimulates the brain.  Caffeine that is consumed during the day is still in our

blood stream many hours later.  So just be aware that afternoon cup of coffee,

soda or energy drink will still be with you when your head hits the pillow hours later.

STRESS REDUCING SUGGESTIONS

  • Turn off the TV at night and read instead
  • Try the essential oil Lavender, it is calming and relaxing
  • Massages, infra-red sauna, meditation, prayer
  • Laughing, long walks, relaxing in the outdoors.

*Whatever YOU find relaxing and enjoyable, you must try to do 2-3 times a week to

help reduce stress.

 

SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTIONS FOR ADRENAL SUPPORT

  • Vitamin C, Vit. B Complex, Magnesium, Licorice Root, Ashwaganda

Dr. Wilson has a GREAT Adrenal Support Supplement line that I totally have used

and suggested to my clients.  They work well.

 The Bottom Line

Cortisol can negatively affect body composition. Take steps to reduce the amount of unnecessary stress you subject your body too by not skimping on sleep and consuming an adequate amount of calories. Exercise hard, but give yourself adequate time to recover to maximize the benefits.  In addition, you must support your adrenals with good nutrition and adrenal support supplements.

Contact me if you think you might have adrenal fatigue.  BFIT CHALLENGE STUDIO is a full comprehensive Health and Wellness program.  We have Adrenal Fatigue test kits to test adrenal fatigue as well as lifestyle and nutrition coaching to support healing of most hormone and nutritional imbalances.

Contact teri@teridale.com or call us at 651 452 2339 for more information.

Why am I storing fat there?

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By Teri Dale

One of the questions I get a asked a lot is, “Why do i seem to gain weight in my mid-section.” …..(or arms, butt, etc..)   Well, if you are noticing that you seem to be gaining  in certain areas or your body, despite eating well and exercising, then it’s time to take a look at your HORMONES.

  • Hormones have the power to make us feel great, but they can also wreck our lives. There are many types of hormones and all have important roles in keeping us balanced and healthy. Hormones balance our sugar level, instruct our cells to generate energy, keep our calcium level normal and our hearts beating regularly, and help our liver detoxify our system.
  • When the hormone balance is off, we experience symptoms.  Many women and men will experience these changes at different times in their lives.

At the Age of 40, the hormones start to fluctuate, a lot.  Estrogen dominance in women starts to appear in their 30s and 40s as their progesterone levels fluctuate prior to menopause (ratio of estrogen to progesterone is high).   As men approach their 40s, testosterone levels decline and often convert to estrogen, a process known as aromatization.  However, it’s quite apparent that Estrogen dominance affects both males and females.  So today, we are going to talk about your hormones and why you store fat in certain places.

Symptoms of estrogen dominance may appear as increased breast tissue (gynectomastia) in males. Females may experience breast swelling and tenderness, abdominal cramping, backaches, bloating, headaches/migraines, food cravings, irritability, anxiety, depression, brain fog, sleep difficulties, and/or lowered sex drive. Females may complain that their legs are fat or thick. Upon evaluation of these women, my observation is that they tend to spend the majority of their training time on cardio equipment, walking, and long duration running, and rarely ever weight train.

What Are Some Causes Estrogen Dominance?

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Estrogen is a catabolic hormone that can cause increased body fat and increased aromatase, whereas testosterone is an anabolic hormone that promotes muscle growth. Aromatization happens when androgens (testosterone) convert to estrogens (estrodial). High estrogen and low testosterone may indicate aromatase. Aromatase is an enzyme found in estrogen producing cells in the adrenal glands, ovaries, placenta, testicles, adipose or fat tissue and the brain.

Symptoms / Conditions of Low Testosterone: Fatigue, lack of motivation, depression, decreased libido, poor concentration, infertility, hypothalamus or pituitary disorders, zinc deficiency, decreased muscle tissue,  and increased body fat. For men, their breasts may enlarge as extra estrogen begins to promote female body characteristics; they may experience erectile dysfunction or testicular tumors.

Symptoms / Conditions of Estrogen Dominance: Insomnia, breast, uterine and prostate cancer, man boobs,  obesity, magnesium and zinc deficiency, endometriosis, infertility, osteoporosis, PMS, high quadricep and hamstring skin-folds, acne and depression.

Estrogen dominance may be revealed through a bodyfat composition test, and visual inspection, and pinch tests based on scientific evidence that where people store their body fat is an indication of their hormonal profile. Body fat levels and corresponding imbalanced hormones can be effectively managed through a combination of diet, exercise, a targeted supplementation protocol, and lifestyle modifications according to the individual’s results.

MALES: Sites that reveal estrogen dominance in males include the pecs, quads and hamstring; if the pectoral site is higher than the triceps site this indicates aromatase. High estrogen in males is often combined with high insulin (insulin resistance) and low testosterone. Additionally, if the quadriceps skin fold is relatively high in a male, a PSA (Prostate-specific Antigen) test is in order.

  • Chest = Androgen site. High estrogen/aromatase (often combined with high insulin and low testosterone)
  • Triceps = Androgen site. Low DHEA and/or elevated insulin
  • Back (Scapula) = High insulin (inability to tolerate carbs)
  • Love Handles (Illiac Crest) = Insulin and blood sugar imbalances (too many carbs or excess alcohol)
  • Mid-axillary = thyroid
  • Abs = Long term exposure to stress/high cortisol
  • Quads/Hamstrings = Long term exposure to estrogens
  • Calf/Knee = Low growth hormone and/or a need to detox

FEMALES: Sites that reveal estrogen dominance are the chest (1” in from armpit), axillary linesquadriceps and hamstrings.

  • Chest = High Estrogen
  • Triceps = Low DHEA-S or elevated insulin
  • Back (Scapula) = High insulin and/or high testosterone (intolerance to carbs)
  • Mid-axillary = thyroid
  • Muffin Top = Insulin & Blood sugar imbalances (too many carbs, low calories or excess alcohol)
  • Abs = Long term exposure to stress/High cortisol
  • Quad/Hamstrings = Long term exposure to estrogens/high estrogen and/or low progesterone
  • Knee/Calf = low growth hormone and/or a need a detox.

Blood lab work or saliva testing is another option. Saliva testing can be more accurate since less than 2% of bioavailable hormones are in the blood.

Liver enzyme activity and poor detoxification of estrogens are other factors to consider. Alcohol is a huge culprit here as well as marijuana, environmental toxins, pesticides in foods, medications and more.

Elevated levels of estrogen and low testosterone apply to females and male, alike. Excess estrogens in your body not only lead to aromatization, but estrogen dominant health issues such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts as well as breast and prostate cancers.   According to research from the University of Munster in Germany, when diets high in natural foods that inhibit the aromatase enzyme are eaten, chance of breast cancers in postmenopausal women are drastically reduced.

Aside from Lifestyle Modifications, consider these important tips:

  • Additional Fiber (guar gum) assists in binding the bad estrogens in the digestive tract and pushing them through the colon
  • Avoid estrogen precursors such as non-organic, commercially-fed meats, pesticides,  plastic bottles, chemical-laden cosmetics, lotions and cleaning products.
  • Avoid processed carbohydrates, pasteurized dairy and all products containing, soy, corn, HFCS, vegetable oils and trans fats (anything listed as hydrogenated on the label).
  • Protect Your Liver:  Calcium d-glucarate supports liver detoxification of excess estrogen. The liver also needs B vitamins, particularly B6, to detoxify excess estrogen.
  • Consume organic foods, especially organic animal protein, versus conventional due to the abundance of synthetic pesticides, xenohormones, antibiotics, etc.
  • Ensure healthy gut flora with probiotics.
  • Improve your mood naturally and get off antidepressants, which raise aromatase.
  •  Heal Your Gut.
  • If progesterone is high or low, always look at the adrenals
  • Lift weights a minimum of 2x times per week
  • Perform HIIT training 1-2x a week
  • Support Adrenals with herbal supplements, rest and stress reduction.
  • Test and rule out heavy metals in the body
  • Zinc, essential fatty acids  and other nutritional support
  • Boost Testosterone Naturally and Inhibit Aromatase with natural estrogen blockers.  Contact me for a nutritional strategy customized for you according to your personal needs and deficiencies.

As far as exercise goes, the solution for estrogen dominance and decreased testosterone is interval training, specifically a proficient and smartly designed strength training program that builds muscle such as the BFIT Program. www.bfitchallenge.com. Which is designed to balance hormones, lose body fat, strengthen muscles, good nutrition, rid individuals of medications and increase overall balance.

Proper diet & nutrition, as well as quality sleep and hydration (specifically PH Water) must always be factored into your everyday life. Workouts involving the major muscles and multi joint exercises will force the body to lose the fat reserves and increase muscle mass. Some of my favorite total body strength training exercises include heavy weigh-lifting, multi-directional lunges, dead lifts, pull ups, push ups and step ups. Get off the machines and instead use dumbbells, bands, sleds, barbells, body weight, suspension training (trx), and weighted core balls.

The BFit Program is an all encompassing program focusing on fat loss, muscle gain, strength gains, hormone balance, nutrition coaching, cooking help, and self esteem coaching.

Take a look at fat versus muscle.  In the below picture, both weigh 5 lbs, but look at how much more space the fat takes up in your body.    5 lb fat muscleMuscle is dense and take up a smaller space and it’s very metabolic.  Fat occupies much more space and is very uneven in texture.   Muscle mass (hypertrophy) increases and your body composition changes. And the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate which burns fat, faster.  Also,  intramuscular fat diminishes with strength training.

Estrogen dominance and decreased testosterone is a complex condition, however you can decrease estrogen dominance and boost your testosterone levels naturally.

Contact me:  Schedule a 15-minute phone call to discuss your goals and needs. I consult with clients locally in the Eagan, St. Paul area and around the world via telephone or Skype.

Teri@teridale.com

#651 452 2339

Skype: teridale3

http://www.bfitchallenge.com

References:

Dr.John Lee MD – http://www.johnleemd.com

Dr. Northrup – http://www.drnorthrup.com