Too many helpings at the BBQ? Here’s my 7×7 reset

Too many helpings at the BBQ? Here’s my 7×7 reset

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Are you still feeling this after your most recent celebration or BBQ? Here’s my 7×7 plan (7 steps for 7 days) – that I follow after anytime I indulge so that I can reset my body to avoid any flare ups. Make sure to save the link to this blog so you can reference it whenever you go a bit overboard.

1. Maintain a 16 hour fasting period 

I’ll eat for 8 hours from 10am to 6pm and fast for 16 hours from 6pm to 10 am. This way my gut microbiome will get a chance to restore and rebuild.

2. Take a spoonful of olive oil after the last meal 

It will help my gallbladder and liver flush out the toxins. 

3. Zero grains

I usually try to stick to all paleo and on occasion I have some gluten free bread that’s soy free, GMO free, best if it’s sprouted. But during the reset I won’t budge and won’t have the grain.

4. Less meat and more plant based than ever 

Hummus, tempeh, almond cheese, vegan cashew pesto, hemps seeds, peas, lentils, etc are all friends this week. Often I won’t have meat at all during the reset week. The less burden on your digestive system, the faster you recuperate.

5. Include paleo protein shakes

One of my favorites is VegeMeal DF vanilla from Designs For Health and it saves the day during this week for me. (It’ll give you a much needed break from cooking)

6. Drink lots of fluids and green drinks

Some of my favorites are Paleo Greens in lemon/lime from Designs For Health. It balances the pH and helps naturally detox.

7. I take digestive rest supporting supplements

My go to’s include: Liver GI Detox by Pure Encapsulations, Digestzymes with Betaine by Designs for Health and Magnesium Citrate by Moss Nutrition.

Do you need to keep taking a Vitamin D supplement during the summer?

Do you need to keep taking a Vitamin D supplement during the summer?

“Should I keep taking my Vitamin D supplement in the summer?”
I get this question often this time of year and have been receiving a lot of emails about it, so I wanted to share some important information with you about Vitamin D.
To answer the question, it depends on your condition.
 
Many of my clients suffer from chronic conditions that are both affected by and can cause a Vitamin D deficiency. I don’t recommend stopping your routine at any time of year if you are one of these patients. Chronic diseases like Crohn’s cause inflammation and absorption issues year round, and it has been scientifically proven that the bioactive form of vitamin D3 (1,25 dihydroxy vitamin D) improves the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. This form is at least twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels in the body, produces greater storage for vitamin D, and converts to active form faster.
 
If you’re not one of these patients and are taking Vitamin D for your own comfort and get enough sunshine, it’s alright to continue. If you are taking it to help with inflammation, bone health, and nutrient absorption, you definitely want to keep your routine. However, anything over 1000 IU should be recommended by a practitioner. It is important to talk to your doctor if you think you have a vitamin deficiency so they can check your levels.
 
So for the most part, if you’re taking a Vitamin D supplement then keep taking it no matter the season. Cases for which you should STOP taking Vitamin D for would be if your levels are high (90 ng/ml) or if your liver markers get elevated without a known reason. Yet another important reason get your levels tested by a knowledgable practitioner.
 
If you are interested in learning more, including my recommendations for children, you can watch my Facebook Live video here.

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