Today’s video is about 3 cosmetologist that started their weight loss journey at 3 different times. Many sacrifices have been made as well as life changes. We have all 3 experienced different process’s in losing the weight. All 3 of our lives have changed dramatically in so many different ways. Too getting married, to having babies, moving into our homes. A lot of learning a new lifestyle along the way and keeping that lifestyle.

Is Drinking Chlorophyll Water Healthy For You

You’re probably familiar with chlorophyll as the chemical that makes plants green, but did you know that you can drink it too? Yep, people are drinking chlorophyll-infused water on the premise that it provides health benefits including reduced inflammation and weight loss.

So should you try it? Does it really work? We break down the super ingredient below.

What exactly is it?
“Chlorophyll water is pretty much exactly what you think — water mixed with chlorophyll along with natural flavors and sometimes sugar,” explains registered dietitian Summer Yule. “There are a large number of health claims being made about this product, such as that it can help with weight loss and cravings, that it has anti-inflammatory benefits, and that it promotes healthy and youthful skin,” says Yule.

Where can you find it?
You can buy it in some health food and vitamin stores, order it online, or make your own. Additionally, Yule points out that you can get chlorophyll from vegetables, which have an added bonus of fiber and micronutrients. Yule recommends getting most of your chlorophyll from dark leafy greens like spinach, collard greens, and kale, instead of relying only on chlorophyll water.

Does it really work?
“There’s some research suggesting that chlorophyll can help with weight loss and acne, and one study even found that it can reduce your ingestion of the cancer-causing compound aflatoxin. Chlorophyll also provides antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage. “Still, most research on chlorophyll’s benefits have either been done on animals, been conducted in vitro, or involved a small number of people.

Should you try it?
“There are very few potential side effects to consuming chlorophyll and many potential health benefits. If you want to try chlorophyll water. The only caveat is that the effects of chlorophyll on pregnant and breastfeeding women haven’t been studied, so we recommend talking to your doctor before trying it.

I’m Reveal 8 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Starbucks’ winter drinks, cookies, and pie – oh my! The holiday season is the perfect excuse to indulge in treats, but that food coma can do some serious damage to your workout and wellness goals.

Lucky for you, I have come up with secrets on how to stay healthy and fit throughout the holidays (even when winter tempts you into canceling your workout).

Make it a daily challenge
“A daily challenge is a healthy, fun way to reward yourself, and micro-goals are the key to creating a healthier lifestyle,” “My favorite challenge is to commit to 10 minutes of exercise each day for two weeks. Chose three to five moves and perform each for 15 reps. Repeat that three times for an amazing 10-minute workout!” My favorite one is planks! 

Go for the gut
“Make it a habit to protect your gut during the holiday season. Drink at least one beverage a day that will alkalize when consumed, such as kombucha, alkaline water, or apple cider vinegar”.

Avoid the full-belly sleep mode
“Enjoying rich, heavy food and drinking with friends and family can lead to some serious bloat or a Thanksgiving food coma”. “While going to the gym or doing a full-on workout is out of the question, the best thing we can do for our bodies is to keep moving. Stretching or sit-up exercises are great for digestion and kicking your body out of full-belly sleep mode!”

Take the stairs
“There’s a reason why stairs are a great workout — it helps build muscle tone and enhance the flexibility of muscles”. “Have a walk-up apartment or a second floor home? Excellent! Try to pick up the pace a little bit as you come home at night. Is your office on the fifth floor? You know what you have to do. It’ll also feel pretty cool as it gets easier and easier to climb those steps – that’s you getting stronger.”

Swap holiday coffee for matcha tea
I encourage you to swap your peppermint mocha for something a little bit lighter. “Matcha tea is a green tea that’s rich in antioxidants, which are known to prevent cancer and are anti-aging. In addition, matcha tea is a source of L-theanine which is a natural anxiolytic, meaning it can be helpful in managing anxiety.”

Dance it out
Take advantage of every holiday party this season by busting a move. “Put on your favorite seasonal tunes and dance until you get your sweat on,”.

“Spending 10 minutes a day meditation can reduce stress, increase creativity, improve sleep, and promote ease in relationships”. “You can use an app for a guided experience or set a timer and meditate in silence”.  Also, there are many videos on youtube to help teach you how to meditate or to help you learn to keep your focus on you and your breathing.

Foam roll your way to wellness
“Foam rolling is a great way to release muscle tension because it improves your body’s range of motion. It doesn’t require any special focus, so it’s perfect to incorporate with evening relaxation. “After turning on your favorite holiday movie, grab the roller and spend five to 10 minutes rolling your glutes, legs, and back. Might as well get in some stretching or core work while you’re watching Netflix or your favorite program!”

Depression Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore (INFOGRAPHIC)

When we published the slideshow 8 Warning Signs of Depression You Shouldn’t Ignore, our audience (you) connected very strongly with it. In our continued effort to spread the word on this important mental-health topic, we created an infographic to make pinning and printing that much easier:

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Can Exercise Fight Depression and Make You Happier?

Need a mood boost? Break a sweat. The latest research confirms what exercisers know to be true: There is a strong connection between regular workouts and happiness.
The connections between exercise and happiness. The results show that those who exercised for 150–300 minutes each week (less than 45 minutes every day) experienced dramatic improvements in mood; the exercisers that the researchers classified as “very active” were up to 52% happier than those who were less active; even the “sufficiently active” exercisers experienced 30% more happiness than their more sedentary peers.
While the research didn’t explore the reasons for the relationship between exercise and happiness indicates exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, triggering the release of “feel good” hormones called endorphins.
“When you make exercise part of your life, you will find not only exercise is beneficial to maintaining your positive thoughts and mood but also is an effective way to [get] off screens and off the couch during the day.”
I admit that it’s unclear whether happier people exercise more or more exercise leads to greater happiness but notes there is a strong “reciprocal relationship” at work.
No particular type of exercise was most effective for boosting happiness. Whether it be aerobic, strength training, stretching and balancing exercises all had similar positive impacts on mood. The exercise/happiness connection was especially pronounced among those who were overweight.
If the idea of logging 150-plus minutes of exercise per week seems overwhelming, take heed: It is only take a few as 10 minutes of exercise could have a significant impact on happiness.
There is more than 30,000 American adults that those who were sedentary were 44% more likely to be diagnosed with depression than regular exercisers — and it only took as little as one hour of exercise per week to have a protective effect. So the physical and social benefits of exercise as the main reasons.
Exercise is a safe, effective and inexpensive complement to medication or psychotherapy treatments and, for mild to moderate depression, can be a standalone treatment. “It’s best to be seen by a mental health professional if you’re interested in it as a sole treatment [so they can] monitor if the exercise is working and modify or add additional treatment if you’re not improving.”
Despite the positive connection between exercise and happiness, “I would avoid recommending tasks to someone that she or he will likely fail.  I don’t want to diminish self-efficacy and feelings of competence even more than may already be the case, given his/her depression.” “Because it’s so difficult once one is in the depths of a depressive episode to muster up energy and motivation to exercise, I recommend that persons who have experienced depression previously, or who are at higher risk of depression, to make exercise a habit.  Some of the strongest its effectiveness in preventing future depressions.”

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Time-tested Tricks to Lose Weight and Still Have a Social Life

Going out and being social when you’re trying to get healthier — whether to lose weight or train for a race — can be a challenge. Not only is peer pressure real, but there are so many temptations that even a willpower of steel can’t withstand.
“Part of it is the fear of the unknown.” It’s only natural to wonder: What food will be served at the party? What if there are no good food options for me? Will I be tempted to eat food that won’t help me reach my goals?
For most people, behaviors that veer off course like staying up late, drinking alcohol and eating large amounts of “off-plan” foods are more tempting in a social setting than when hanging out at home. That’s why some people choose to skip social activities entirely when pursuing a health or fitness goal.
While there’s nothing wrong with regularly practicing self-care by relaxing at home, you don’t have to decide between keeping up with your social circle and accomplishing your goals. “I often discuss with my friends that you can be both social and healthy, and that it doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing.”
“You are in control of your behaviors and you can continue to make healthy choices and not feel restricted.” “​When you always RSVP ‘no,’ you are actually making it harder for yourself because you are restricting yourself in other ways — and that’s not sustainable.”
In the case of weight loss in particular, it’s crucial to continue to put yourself in social situations throughout the process. “Losing weight is hard but, maintaining your weight loss is even harder.” If you lose weight by exclusively eating at home, you’re sort of setting yourself up for failure when you are finished with your weight loss. “You inevitably will want to dine out,” I will point out. “It is incredibly important to be able to learn to eat for the rest of your life, at home, at restaurants and in social situations!”
Going out is also a good opportunity to “test out” new strategies you’ve come up with to deal with temptation. “Sure, anyone can ‘quit sugar’ or ‘detox’ for a short, finite amount of time, but figuring out how to work around events, holidays, vacations and more makes us stronger in the lifelong maintenance of these habits.”
There’s also the fact that getting together with friends and family has legit psychological benefits. ​“Social interaction and social support are so important for everything, but people find social support particularly useful when trying to accomplish certain goals, including health and fitness goals.” Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to RSVP “yes” to every event or get-together you’re invited to, but if you’re strategic about it, being social can actually add to your motivation to accomplish what you’re after.

To make choices that support your goals, you’ll have to evaluate each social opportunity that comes your way on a case-by-case basis, experts say. Here’s what they want you to consider before saying “yes” or “no.”
Is it a rare occasion?
You probably don’t want to miss a wedding, graduation or the chance to welcome a new baby into the family. “No matter what your health or fitness goals, there are ways to stay on track while also being a part of events that only come along once or twice in a lifetime.” “Don’t skip events that you’d regret not being a part of years down the road.”
Are the other attendees supportive of your goals?
“Staying in is the right choice when you know the group of friends or the event you are attending is not a supportive environment.” For example, it may not be worth going out if you are meeting with friends who binge drink and stay up all night if you know those are two things you don’t want to do.
How do you think you’ll feel afterwards?
The feeling that you have after a decision or behavior is key. “As our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all linked, that feeling is going to lead to other (positive or negative) thoughts, which is then going to lead to your next behavior.” “So, if you are going to feel bad about not going, then go. Similarly, if you are going to feel bad about going ‘off your food plan’ or having an alcoholic beverage, then don’t, but find a way to still go and be social, even if you have to just stop by and leave early.”
Did you already go out this week?
If you have been going out a lot, maybe it would be good to reevaluate your goals and make a decision between what is most important to you. “We need to find balance in life, and having a healthy lifestyle is all about being OK with that balance.”
Is whatever you’re going to eat/drink/do worth it?
“If you feel like it’s not worth it to you, then don’t do it.” “You shouldn’t feel like you need to give into peer pressure. Make plans to see them another time and help suggest places where you feel comfortable eating and where there are options for everyone.”
How long have you been working toward this goal?
“In other words, are you settled into a groove of healthy eating, regular exercise, quality sleep and you know it would not be hard for you to get right back on track if you decided to indulge?”. “Depending on your answer and how much momentum you have built, you might decide it’s ‘worth it’ to attend.”
Often, the answer is to go to a social event, but do your best to stay on your program. That’s easier said than done, but there are some smart ways to help yourself feel in control.
Practice flexible thinking.
Sometimes, you have to get a little creative to make social plans work. “If you typically go to the gym after work but you have a happy hour tomorrow evening, then maybe wake up earlier tomorrow do your workout in the morning,”I suggests. “This way, you can still be sticking to your plan, working on your goals and being social without feeling guilty.”
Look up the menu ahead of time.
If you’re going to a bar or restaurant, this is key. “I always give my clients this advice because it is the best way of setting yourself up for success.” “You can decide on exactly what you will order, and then spend more time socializing while you’re out rather than focusing on the menu.”
Offer to bring something.
“If you’re going to a party or dinner at someone’s home, offer to bring a dish,” I suggests. “ This way, you can bring something that you will enjoy and is part of your nutrition plan.”
Say upfront that you’ll need to leave early.
“Do you have an early run in the morning? Meet your friends but let them know you are going to head out early because you are going on a run.”
Have a snack beforehand.
“If the restaurant hasn’t been selected yet or you aren’t able to bring a dish with you to someone’s dinner party, eat a filling snack ahead of time.” “This will enable you to avoid making decisions based on extreme hunger. Rather, you can make smarter choices even if your options are not as ideal.”
Simply say you’re not drinking.
“Don’t feel like drinking? Let your friends know you are taking a break and sip on seltzer or club soda.” “Better yet, you can volunteer to be the designated driver.”
Don’t give in to peer pressure.
Remember, no one will ever force you to eat or drink or do something you don’t want to. “Sure, triggers and temptations exist.” “Pressure exists from people, places, events, social circles. Expectations also exist. But, if you remember that you always have a choice and you are entitled to do everything in your power to feel how you want to feel, you will make the best decision for yourself in any given situation.”

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We all know that a good diet and regular exercise is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. However, there’s one other thing that should be a consistent part of your regimen aside from the two: vitamins!
Vitamins and minerals can provide essential nutrients for you when lacking in your diet — whether you don’t consume enough fish or fruit. Here are five supplements we recommend including in your daily regimen:
Multivitamins. These are a great way to get an adequate dose of all those important nutritional facets you might not be getting in your day-to-day diet. Multivitamins are a must for those who don’t meet the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Probiotics. Ever feel bloated? Well, probiotics can help with that! They help with your gut and encourage proper digestion to rid you of any bloat before you even get it. Probiotics also boost the immune system.
Vitamin D. This is one vitamin people forget about far too often. If you’re not exposed to the sun on a daily basis, you’re likely missing out on vitamin D. For those of us that live in cold-weather climates, this supplement is even more of a must. Vitamin D also helps regulate calcium and phosphorous absorption to help maintain healthy bones and teeth.
Magnesium. This does a number of things for our bodies and our health, from increasing energy to calming anxiety. It helps with digestion and constipation, helps prevent osteoporosis, and relieves muscle aches and spasms.
Omega-3s. This is another must, especially if you don’t consume enough fish or nuts. We especially love that omega-3s boost brain health and power. They improve risk factors for heart disease, fight inflammation and autoimmune diseases, and even prevent age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s.
As always, consult a doctor or nutritionist before incorporating any supplements into your diet.

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With the abundance of information on the web about getting fit and shedding extra pounds, or getting eight loss surgery it can be difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Is cleansing really as legit as everyone says, and is CrossFit a sure-fire way to get crazy fit?
If you’re still scratching your head wondering what tips to follow, you’ll at least want to pay attention to the five biggest lies about weight loss.

You Need to Count Calories
Weight loss is not just about calories, especially considering that not all calories are created equal. One hundred calories of a candy bar is definitely not going to equal 100 calories from celery or carrots. “The fact is that our bodies are so incredibly complex that this simplified philosophy just doesn’t work,” says “The Weight Loss Therapist” Dr. Candice Seti. “It doesn’t account for hormones, metabolism, types of activity, food quality, etc.” Learn to make healthy choices so you can maintain your weight and it will give you tons of energy to exercise, but even more importantly find an exercise that makes you happy, fun, exciting, change it up sometimes so you don’t get bored.
Working Out Will Make Up for Bad EatingEver justified eating a whole bag of chips by saying you’ll work it out on the treadmill later? Think again. “In reality, you can’t make up for what happens in the kitchen at the gym”. “Nutritious foods can certainly fuel a good workout, but if you are looking to make up for what you’ve eaten, you would be in the gym hours upon hours each day to even come close [to] burning those calories.” Cause they are seemed as empty calories, which means no energy or burning fat the proper way. You will burn out fast.
Fat Makes You FatFor years, we were told that fat is the enemy. Low-fat products were all the rage, but it turns out, fat really doesn’t make you fat. In fact, those who follow a diet high in monounsaturated fats like nuts and olive oil actually lose more weight than those who stick to a low-fat diet.
Cheat Days Can Help You Lose WeightHaving a crazy day indulging in ice cream and french fries won’t exactly help you with your weight loss goals. “My problem with this philosophy is that it makes your eating habits seem like a restricted, temporary diet rather than an optimal healthy way of eating long-term”. “Consider the way you eat as a lifestyle you follow to look and feel your best, rather than restrictions from which you are trying to break free on a regular basis.” The most important way to control this is to meal plan take a 1 hours a week to package your meals and snacks this way it is already prepared and if your on the go it is a “Grab and Go” thing to make a habit. So when your out you wont make the wrong choices and eat something that is not good for you or filling.
You Can’t Eat After 8 P.M.Night-eating has long been shamed, but it’s not about the hour at which you eat — it’s about the quantity you’re eating. People who eat at night tend to consume more calories — likely because they’re having a dessert or fitting in an extra meal. But if you haven’t gotten a chance to eat dinner until 8:30 p.m. or you’re looking for a small bedtime snack, go ahead and go for it. Grab some veggies with dressing, or a fruit. Nothing wrong with that.

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Mental Health Care Needed Before, After Bariatric Surgery

I get asked this question over and over……

Mental health care needed before, after bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is the most effective weight-loss option for people who are severely obese. However, the surgery involves substantial risks and requires a lifelong commitment to behavioral change. Therefore, you must be prepared mentally as well as physically before surgery.

Many why they have to see a mental health professional before getting bariatric surgery.

The value of the preoperative psychosocial evaluation for surgical candidates is well documented. A National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel concluded a few years ago that a psychiatric evaluation was not needed in every case but should be available if indicated.

More than 80% of bariatric programs require such evaluations. In addition, major insurance companies in the United States require a “comprehensive/presurgical psychological/psychiatric evaluation as part of a mandatory work-up before approving surgery”.

For example, if you are participating in any eating disorder behaviors, (for example, skipping meals, emotional eating, binge eating, or night eating), It can raise the the awareness and help you get control of these behaviors before surgery.

Also, can assist in anticipating difficulties that might arise as your lifestyles change, including ways in which your body image changes will affect work and social relationships. This is different from the pragmatic approach of the surgeon and nutritionist, whose roles are more circumscribed.

Because of the uniqueness of each individual, different lifestyles and backgrounds, and continued stressors, the mental health provider specializing in bariatric care also is uniquely positioned to assist you in coming up with a plan that will work for you.

But what happens after the you have the surgery? Theoretically, before surgery your to be prepared for the psychological and physical transformation you are likely to undergo. Just as the surgery is a procedure, the postsurgical period is a process. In light of this, I would submit that you should be under the care of mental health professionals after surgery.

One of the main psychological issues that often arise with you is distress around the excess or loose skin that is left behind after excess weight loss. But this is certainly not the main psychological issue faced. Several other postsurgical psychological issues also can arise around navigating in daily routines and around relationships, for example. For us with morbid obesity and psychiatric disorders, particularly those with personality disorders, greater difficulties can be seen in “adapting to the new demands, including the need to cope with stress and other problems in a new way, to relearn how to eat, distress over weight loss plateaus, failure to achieve a normal-looking body, etc.” You have to be prepared for these changes and challenges before surgery and help them process the implications after your procedures.

Postsurgical work with that also might help you adapt to your new lifestyles so that a large portion of the weight stays off. Investigators in the Swedish obese subjects intervention study found that a significant proportion of bariatric surgery patients experienced “considerable weight regain at the 10-year follow-up”.

Despite your best efforts to get educated about body image issues before surgery, some would benefit from psychosocial interventions in this area after surgery.

Surgery is only the beginning of a new healthy life. You might not necessarily be prepared for the way in which these changes will affect your live and relationships. Mental health professionals can help integrate these issues for the you by providing psychoeducation and preparing you for what to expect during both the preoperative and postoperative periods. In short, the work that has to be put in by you, your surgeon, nutritionist, a good support system, friends and and family is essential to your long-term success and quality of life.

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