What do the experts say?

Dr. Russell Blaylock is an amazing doctor, realist and author. His book, "Excitotoxins" was the first of his that I read but my favorite of his works is his book, "Natural Strategies For Cancer Patients."
 
In Excitotoxins, he talks about the horrible affect that flavor enhancers such as MSG, natural flavors, hydrolyzed proteins, etc. have on our brain. He explains that these substances excite our excitatory neurons to death. The flavor enhancers prop open the gateway allowing calcium to enter the flavor neurons in excess causing us to experience pleasure when we eat the substance.  What this means is that you could put these flavor enhancing chemicals on cardboard and thus trick yourself that it is enjoyable.
 
Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients is very interesting because it is written to try to influence other doctors in the medical community to explore natural remedies where treatments are designed to enhance the God-given self-healing system within each of our bodies to thrive and to win over the so-called bad army within which is throttled by toxins. The neat thing about the way he wrote this book is that it is totally digestible to normal (non-doctor) people. I had not problem understanding nearly all of what he addressed in the book and enjoyed reading and learning from this work.
 
 
 
Jerrod Sessler
Founder and Owner Hot Feet Fitness

Greens and Drinks!

My favorite healthy drinks are tainted by my innate need to "use up" whatever is in the house. You may have the same problem... That is one of the reasons why one of the most important things to achieving ideal health is keeping the kitchen as clean as possible. What I mean is that I do not allow junk food to be stocked at home. If it is there then it will nearly always be the goto for someone and that is not a healthy option. So, as a result of having a good habit of keeping good stuff in the kitchen, I do normally have some great ingredients for making fresh juice.
 
One of my favorite fresh juice recipes is very simple. It includes organic apple, organic spinach and organic ginger. I use a few apples, several cups of spinach an a thumb or two of fresh ginger depending upon how spicy I feel like making it. I love the smell of the ginger as it processes through the juicer. It adds a unique and fresh aroma to the kitchen immediately!
 
I always try to get some form of greens into my fresh juices and smoothies. Greens are the most nutrient dense thing we can eat (or drink!) so it is vital for our results to make sure we get an abundance of greens regularly. 
 
For both smoothies and fresh juice, I tend to try to limit the ingredients to 3, may 4 different items. When I get more than that, I tend to lose the flavor of all of it and it starts to taste like something from another planet. That said, smoothies do tend to have a couple more ingredients than fresh juice when you consider that I usually begin with fresh almond milk (water, almonds, dates, vanilla). I normally use frozen bananas as my smoothie base and I like Raw Fusion's vegan protein which adds flavor and sweetness. I sometimes use a little stevia as well but not too much! Organic spinach is ideal in smoothies as the fiber breaks down easily and it is relatively sweet as compared to many other greens. With that, you can add other fruit or natural extracts to get the flavor you want. Just remember that a good smoothie should be around 50% or more water (or another liquid base like almond milk) and ice. If you get too much fruit or other fiber in the smoothie then it can really set heavy on your tummy.
 
Another trick that I have learned through the years that is ideal for a great, high quality smoothie is to fire up the juicer or wheat grass press and extract some green juice through it. When the smoothie is on its last few seconds of blending, add a ounce or two of this pure green juice into it. It quickly blends in adding massive nutrients to your smoothie while only slightly affecting the flavor.
 
 
 
Jerrod Sessler
Founder and Owner Hot Feet Fitness 

We like to move it, move it!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity is at the heart of the foundational items that we must nail in order to live a fully healthy lifestyle. Regular and, at times, vigorous activities are helpful to keeping toxins moving out of the body, building muscle, overcoming stress and feeling fit. The types of physical activity is unique to the type of activities that each person enjoys.

 

TIPS & TRICKS TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: 

  1. Visit a Hot Feet Fitness studio at least 3 times per week consistently.

  2. As you go through your day, look for opportunities to make your body work rather than taking the easy route.

  3. Seek to engage with friends within the Hot Feet Fitness community for companionship, fellowship and encouragement. Or, for the same reasons, invite existing friends into the community so that they may benefit while you enhance and deepen your relationship.

  4. Do something daily to get your heart rate up to benefit from physical exercise long term.

  5. Eating healthy throughout the day and light in the evening and before sleeping tends to yield more energy for a daily fitness routine.

  6. Daily exercise gives you more energy than it takes from you.

  7. Do you want to be stronger? Are you feeling down? Do you need to detox? Get into a regular fitness routine! Start with attending a class once per week for a few weeks and see where it leads you. Read The 5-Minute Workout by Jerrod Sessler to learn more about the Hot Feet Fitness Founder’s journey to fitness.

    NOTE:
    This is a snippet from the Physical Activity section of our Live Healthy Program Manual. Our next program group challenge will be in January called "Body Blast!"


    Jerrod Sessler
    Founder and Owner Hot Feet Fitness