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A Beginner's Guide To Intermittent Fasting

A Beginner's Guide To Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is basically the practice of occasionally going for extended periods without eating. Most people only experience this when sleeping, from after dinnertime to “break-fast” aka breaking that sleeping fast! Basically, if you typically eat dinner by 8 PM and breakfast at 8 AM the next day, you're fasting for 12 hours and feeding for 12 hours. Do you get me?

Why you need Avocado Oil in your life!

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Thanks to our amigo guacamole, the avocado is known by most all of us. Its true, Avocado Oil is not nearly as well known as our pantry staple Olive Oil, but boy do the health benefits outweigh most other oils.

Avocado oil can tolerate high heat (400 degrees) unlike many other oils. Due to its stability, when you heat avocado oil it does not loose its amazing health benefits.


TIP: Make sure you always BUY a cold-pressed version to get the most nutrients from this amazing superfood.

10 FACTS on why you should use AVOCADO OIL:

1.     About 70% of essential fatty acids found in avocado oil are monounsaturated oleic acid which have been known to have several positive effects throughout the body including lowering risk of some cancers, southing auto-immune diseases, aiding the body in repelling and eliminating microbial infections, as well as reducing inflammation inside and out.

2.     It contains chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the body, as well as heavy metals.

3.     It ENHANCES our absorption of other crucial nutrients when paired with certain veggies!

4.     It is a prescription drug in France for its Anti-inflammatory properties.

5.     The vitamin E, potassium, and lecithin help feed our skin & hair cells giving them more energy to grown and heal.

6.     It is packed with heart healthy benefits from high concentration of beta-sitosterol, a type of cholesterol, which our bodies can use to convert bad fats into better forms.

7.     Avocado is in the 5 top foods for containing the most amount of Vitamin E. This fat-soluble vitamin is known for improving skin and eye health and improving memory and mental clarity.

8.     You can use it on your skin to sooth irritations or rashes, in your hair as a mask to improve dryness; it also works as make-up remover.

9.     It helps with gut health, soothing bloating and helping with digestion.

10.  Studies have found it aids in the prevention of the development of diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and obesity.

HOW I USE IT

I love using it for adding flavor in sauces, like this one, or stir-fry’s and when sautéing.

Here are ways that you can incorporate it into your diet.

·      Add it to sauces such as pesto or marinara

·      Use it for your salad dressing (if you blend, it will thicken)

·      Toss on veggies before roasting

·      Add it to smoothies

·      Rub it on protein before cooking

·      Make MAYO

·      Use it for hummus or any dip

 

 

Cooking with OILS:

When you cook with any oils, you MUST be aware of its smoking point. You do not want to have oil oxidize and loose its nutrients, remember oxidation is BAD, think of when that avocado turns brown, that also happens in our bodies making us AGE.

 

 

The Vida Well’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Don't panic! Not only are these gifts handpicked and organic, they can be purchased from the comfort of your own home! No parking lots, no lines, no scary looking elves! You'll find only goodness here that you're loved ones, co-workers and amigos are guaranteed to LOVE.

For Your Grandma or Aunt:

 Neakita, organic tea that is made in small batches and hand crafted by a nutritionist, is a winner in my book for all things vitality and radiant health. These tasty teas are not only beautiful, but overflow with aromatics that are perfect for the tea fanatic. Use the code "TVW" at checkout for a discount! 


For your furry friend: 

Your DOG will go NUTS over this NON-GMO, 100% organic dog food. Paleo Paw's food and treats have been carefully crafted to nourish dogs from the inside out. They also have treats made with pumpkin and superfoods - yum! Plus you get 15% off with the code "THEVIDAWELL" because you're my mate!


 
 

For the Bikini-Obsessed Babe:

"If you love life in a bikini, Le Paume is an essential." Le Paume bikini wash is a color safe, gentle solution that promotes a longer lifespan of your bikinis. I've found this little extra love on your Lycra keeps your bikini cheek-ready for the next adventure! TVW readers also get 15% off with Le Paume this holiday season if use "THEVIDAWELL" at check out!  


For the Friend or Family Member Who's Looking to Get Healthy:

I'm sure you've heard me rave about Bulletproof, but it's not just hype. This coffee will change your life. NO JOKE. Get a starter kit for someone you know would like to burn fat and have lasting health benefits. 


Nourishing Traditions

For the Foodie:

Nourishing Traditions Cookbook is a holistic book based on culinary customs of our ancestors with whole food recipes that teach us the principals of vitality. This book also debunks all the common nutrition myths of the current low-fat fad and how entertaining can be nutritious and delicious!


For Your Honey:

Ettitude Organic Bedding is amazing! 100% organic bamboo lyocell is as fine as 1000 count Egyptian cotton, but only consumes 1/3 water + it uses no harmful chemicals. Kind to your skin and the planet. (Sshhh! This is really a gift to yourself.)


For the do-gooders:

Not only is Guayaki Yerba Mate a great alternative to coffee, the company is committed to making a difference by supporting reforestation efforts for the farmers in South America who produce the tea. I often use Yerba Mate in place of coffee when I make my Bulletproof for the day. Use the code "VIDAWELL" when you check out to get 20% off until December 31, 2016. 


 
 

For the Superfood Junky:


Vital Proteins should be a staple for anyone who is seeking the healthiest products on the market. They have a beauty formula that is awesome for skin health. To booth, their collagen will help your hair, skin, and nails all while increasing your gut health. Now, that's what I call a double-duty kind of product.


 
 

For Your Mom:

Gift a subscription to Thrive Market, a wholesale health food retailer providing 30-50% discounted prices off your favorite health foods. You can buy it all on Thrive Market and they ship it to your door. Perfect for the busy mom and a great gift to keep stress-free and healthy this holiday season. 


For Your Dad:

A Butcher Box Subscription. What guy wouldn't love exceptionally quality meat delivered to his door each month? Just 1% of the beef consumed in the USA is 100% grass fed. Butcher Box has sourced the best quality beef and delivers it for FREE. 'Nuff said!

 
 

For the Vino Lover:

Dry Farm Wines subscriptions is for the wine lover in your life (or maybe even yourself). This wine club is different from the rest because they are the ONLY health focused wine club in the world. This wine is organic, sugar-free, low alcohol, and low sulfite, meaning it can be enjoyed without hangovers, headaches, or poor sleep. Hopefully this friend will have you over, so you can enjoy a smooth red or refreshing white together. :)


For those hard to buy for loved ones or yourself:

ME! Give the Gift of Wellness to a loved one by hiring me to help them through their health journey!!! Check out my services!!!