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Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally

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Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally:

Cellulite is one of the most unsightly things many individuals remark about their bodies.  Research has indicated that hormones are the major player in the creation and elimination of cellulite.  Evidence indicates that healthy lifestyle strategies can positively affect the hormone balance associated with cellulite.

Cosmetic surgery is at an all-time high with over 1.5 million procedures performed in 2011.  This included over 205,000 liposuction procedures.  Many of these surgeries have focused on eliminating cellulite.  However, the surgeries are not only dangerous but they never address the hormone imbalance that causes cellulite to begin with.

Elevated Stress Hormones:

According to research published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology July 2000 found cellulite can be caused by increased levels of stress hormone.  The researchers found that individuals who had chronically elevated cortisol levels were much more likely to have cellulite accumulation.

When the body senses it is in a state of chronic stress it will accumulate fat stores in preparation for times of famine that have accompanied times of stress throughout the history of mankind.  This leads to the formation of cellulite.  The key to removing cellulite naturally is to get rid of the causes of low-grade chronic stress in the body.

Minimize Stress to Balance Hormones Naturally:

There are three major stressors with our body’s natural hormone expression.  The first major stress is mental/emotional and must be effectively addressed.  Living in a state of fear is extremely destructive to human physiology.  Fear drives stress hormones which utilize all the key resources in the body and increase fat storage.

To minimize mental/emotional stress spend more time reconnecting with your spiritual identity.  Use the Earth’s rhythms by grounding yourself through walking barefoot, sitting or lying on grass, dirt or sand for as long as possible.  Sunbathing is great for vitamin D3 synthesis and reconnecting with the Earth’s rhythms and calming stress hormones.

Chemical Stress Affects Fat Burning:

Chemical stress comes in the form of bad nutrition and environmental toxicity.   A diet high in sugar, trans-fats and industrialized meat is highly inflammatory.  These food sources create toxic cells and damage the gut lining and increase chronic stress in the body.  Follow an anti-inflammatory diet that is free of food allergens and is loaded with fermented foods to reestablish a healthy gut.  This reduces stress hormone expression and turns on natural fat burning mechanisms.

The ideal diet should focus on good fats as the primary calorie source in the form of coconut, avocados, olive oil and sprouted nuts and seeds.  Clean animal protein in the form of grass-fed beef & bison, wild fish and organic poultry should be consumed regularly.  The nutrition plan should feature phytonutrient rich vegetables and herbs and low-glycemic fruit like lemons and berries.

Physical Stress Must Be Corrected:

When an individual experiences some form of trauma such as a car accident, fall or contact sports the spine and nervous system become damaged.  Poor posture patterns will also cause muscle imbalances and spinal subluxation patterns.

A sedentary lifestyle is extremely damaging to the physical body as are poor biomechanics in lifting, bending and walking.  The more these bad biomechanical patterns are used the more uneven wear and tear the body experiences and the more stress hormone is produced.

To effectively reduce physical stress it is essential to see a wellness based chiropractor to remove subluxations and restore good biomechanical and neurological patterns to the body.  Rehabilitative exercises for the spine and extremities should be applied to restore balance and tone.  A program of short-time period but high-intensity burst training and resistance training optimizes physical health and fat burning capabilities.

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How the Stress Hormone Cortisol Affects Weight Loss

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What is Cortisol?


Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands. It regulates blood pressure and regulates the body’s use of macronutrients. Cortisol also affects the release of insulin release and your body’s ability to convert sugars into energy.


Typically, cortisol levels peak in the morning, and is at its lowest level in the middle of the night. At natural, healthy levels, cortisol provides sustained energy and even improves memory. In stressful situations, extra cortisol is released to provide an immediate, easy-to-use energy supply. While this reaction is helpful in life-or-death situations, it actually becomes harmful when it occurs in response to minor everyday stresses like traffic and bills. Chronic stress, over-working, and insufficient sleep cause a chronic excess of cortisol, which is harmful in the short-term and life-threatening in the long-term.


The Drawbacks of Too Much Cortisol


Most modern-day stresses are mental or emotional—not truly life-threatening. The result of a week’s worth of minor conflicts is a body under constant stress. This provides a few immediate complications:


  • Suppressed thyroid function.
  • Lowered immune response.
  • Imbalanced blood sugar.


Over the course of a lifetime, excess cortisol is associated with far more damaging effects:


  • Loss of muscle mass, which also slows your metabolism.
  • Chronically increased blood sugar, which increases appetite, cravings for harmful sweets, and can lead to insulin resistance (a precursor of type 2 diabetes).
  • Accumulation of body fat from stress-eating due to an overstimulated appetite. Stress-eating tends to add fat around the abdomen. Belly fat is linked to metabolic syndrome: a group of risk factors linked with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.


Excess cortisol also inhibits your body from burning fat for energy. Without an optimal ability to burn fat, sustainable weight loss becomes exceedingly difficult.


Managing Cortisol for Weight Loss


Lay off the caffeine.


When you’re stressed, caffeine increases the release of cortisol. And, in patients with diabetes, coffee specifically has been shown to drastically increase blood sugar after a carbohydrate-rich meal. Kick the coffee and switch to a relaxing, caffeine-free green tea. It’s rich in antioxidants and still provides a warm, tasty morning beverage.


Exercise efficiently.


Long, slow jogs on the treadmill can actually increase the production of cortisol. Switch to Max T3: Surge-type training to reap the benefits of the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption—or afterburn effect—which burns calories long after a workout has been completed without triggering the release of cortisol.


Get adjusted!


Tension builds up in the muscles and spinal structures.Corrective chiropractic care will relieve tension not only from muscles and joints, but from the nervous system itself.


Schedule relaxation.


Give yourself time to unplug and unwind every day. If you don’t take time to handle your stress, your cortisol levels will remain high. Prayer, meditation, nature walks and journal-writing are all healthy, natural ways to cope with a stressful day.


Get to sleep.


The average American misses out on 300-400 hours of necessary sleep each year. Your body needs this time to recover from a day’s worth of stress.


Still stressed?


Contact your local Maximized Living wellness doctor to see learn other ways to control your cortisol so you can stay on track with your weight loss goals.

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Fish Tacos with Baja Slaw

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This is a great dish for summer.  It is very versatile – you can serve it will grilled or broiled salmon, cod, or mahi mahi for an advanced plan option OR with sprouted grain tortillas for a core plan recipe.




Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder and grill or broil to desired doneness.




Baja Slaw
Slice very thin:


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • any hot pepper you like (jalepeno, poblano, etc)


1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup lime juice

Let marinate for at least 30 minutes for best flavor.

For an aioli type dressing:

Homemade Mayonnaise (recipe in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book) with ground chipolte pepper.

NOTE:  for the Core Plan, you can use a grapeseed oil based mayonnaise.

Advanced Plan:  Put the slaw on a plate and top with fish and aioli

Core Plan:  Put fish in a sprouted grain tortilla and top with fish and aioli



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Nutrition and Detox

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The human body operates to efficiently run the numerous and intricate operating systems that comprise your complex body. Nutrition is the only way to offer fuel to the trillions of cells that control our heart beat, our oxygen intake, our digestive tract, and much more.  What exactly can we do to make sure our body’s life supply is running on high? Maximize the quality of your nutrients!

Most American’s run their bodies on convenient, processed, and chemical enriched foods. Due to the fast paced world we live in, most consumers believe it is easier to visit their local McDonalds or Burger King to partake in a greasy helping of chemicals and preservatives. Our bodies were not created to run off of French fries and Krispy Kreme donuts, and this new diet of convenience is posing a serious threat to healthy cell life!

It doesn’t stop there either. Essentially, we are what we ingest, and the sugary colas, coffee drinks, and artificial “juices” are just as bad as the newest, fatty burger creation from the fast food joint down the street. Dousing your organs and cells with these beverages is not allowing them to properly function and attain optimal operations. If a fish cannot survive in a bowl filled with those types of beverages, what makes you think your cells can?

Eliminating or reducing fatty processed foods and replacing them with whole foods rich in nutrients is one way to ensure cell performance and survival. Also, adding supplements to your diet will help to encourage healthy cell production, and maintain optimal body performance. Just think, your body is essentially a divine mix of chemical reactions. When you begin to dump foreign chemicals into your body, the results could be explosive. To maximize your potential, become educated on what you’re putting in your body!

Find out more about Health Essential #3: Maximized Quality Nutrition or grab your copy of our Maximized Living Nutrition Plan book for information healthy nutrition.

Toxins Sabotage Your Efforts

Popular thinking in our society blames poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and stress as the main contributors to disease. There is an even bigger culprit – a constant invasion of toxic substances into your body can produce disease over time. Minimizing toxins will drastically improve your quality of life and reduce your likelihood of disease.

Find out more about Health Essential #5: Minimizing Toxins or Maximized Living Nutrition Plan book to learn more about how to remove deadly toxins from your body.

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Chia Seed Pudding

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Chia Seed Pudding




Advanced and Core Plan-Approved, Raw, Vegan, Serves 6-8


This is a great go-to recipe.  It is fabulous because it is raw and contains chia seeds which are very nutritious because they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. When mixed with liquid, they plump giving the mixture a tapioca-like consistency. This recipe is extremely versatile as well, you can literally add just about anything to it an top it with, including your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds or coconut.




  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 4 cups almond mil
  • 2 vanilla beans (split down the center and seeds removed) or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6-8 tablespoons erythritol (like Swerve) or stevia to taste (pure stevia, about 1/2 teaspoon to start and add more if desired. If spoonable stevia — start with 2 teaspoons and add from there. If liquid stevia — start with 1 teaspoon and add from there)




  1. Add almond milk, vanilla, and sweetener to a blender and mix well.
  2. With the blender on a very low setting, add the chia seeds and mix. If you would like to add other ingredients, do it here.
  3. Transfer to a container and stir every 5 minutes for the first 15 minutes then let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Transfer to the refrigerator.
  4. When ready to serve, add toppings.


Suggested Toppings


Berries, nuts, seeds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, cocoa nibs, goji berries, apples, maple extract, lemon or lemon extract, kiwi, or anything of your other favorites.

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