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Dee x


5 key food tips for health and fitness in 2018

May 23, 2018 • Activewear • Cell-to-Soul • Health-and-Fitness • Positive-MVMT

Here are 5 of the most popular questions being asked in the health and fitness industry right now answered by our guest, Dee Zibara - Founder of Cell to Soul.

Cell To Soul is the creation of Dee Zibara - a lover of hormones and biohacking ourselves to think happy. 

Food is always the first prescription - it’s incredibly underestimated and somewhere along the way, society forgot how to eat for health and now we just eat for taste or trend.

It’s especially important for us women to get it right since we’re usually the ones having bubbas and being Mums (an incredibly tough task!) Living a happy, full life is within arm’s reach but we just need to know what works for each of us.

 

1. What is the importance of fish and omega 3’s?

Fish is a rich source of Omega 3’s, and current research on the Standard Australian Diet (SAD) shows the intake of Omega 3’s are much lower than necessary. Omega 3’s are fatty acids that allow the brain to send it’s messages, bolster our immunity against sickness and the praise it’s been receiving of late is in regards to the ability of Omega 3’s to help improve mood disorders, ADHD and anxiety especially in children. It’s also helpful for pain and reducing inflammatory conditions. 

Fish is also a great source of protein which keeps us feeling fuller for longer. 

 

2. What effects does eating red meat have on us?

Red meat when it’s grass-fed and pasteurised is a good source of iron and B12 as well as protein. It’s important not to overdo red meat however, as there are other sources of plant based foods also high in these nutrients. In women, according to hormone guru Dr Sara Gottfried, red meat raises our bad oestrogens which is not good considering many women are oestrogen dominant. Overdoing red meat can also be quite inflammatory and put pressure on the heart by clogging arteries due to it’s high fat content. If the animal has eaten antibiotics and grains it’s whole life - steer clear. 

Try game meats for a change and don’t rely on typical cuts either - organ meats are much greater sources of nutrients!!

 

3. What is the difference between plant based proteins vs whey proteins?

Plant based proteins are commonly less allergenic and can range from hemp to pea to rice to sacha inchi (a Peruvian nut) - there’s HEAPS! Whey protein comes from dairy and is the part that separates itself from the cream when you eat yoghurt. A lot of people who are dairy intolerant should consider switching to a plant based protein, as it doesn’t aggravate the lining of our guts - which we really really need to stay in tact!

 

4. Why should we add healthy fats to our diet?

Healthy fats provide smooth signalling in our brains and are the ingredients for our hormones! Hormones aren’t just related to women on their monthlys though - our happy hormones, hunger and fullness hormones and our adventure hormones are all also made from healthy fats.

 

5. What are some natural food options for if we're low on energy?

Fruit in its “just-picked-from-the-tree” form is great for a short burst of natural energy - it provides us fruit sugar in the form of fructose which is quickly used as energy by the body. Foods and drinks that are fruit flavoured or have fruit as one of many ingredients don’t count!

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Love Learning About Nutrition & Wellness? Prefer to Watch Than Read? I've Got You Covered!

You haven't seen a blog post from me in the last few months, not because I don't love writing, or like prioritising it, but because I'm moving into (and really enjoying) a new medium of SHARING and LEARNING with you - VLOGS!

Reading advice is one thing, but when someone gets up close and personal and is talking straight to your face (with a screen in between) it becomes a lot more personal, and the person watching on the other end takes a lot more accountability of their own actions - or so I've found in my own experience.

IF you've missed my recent 25 - part video series on my Cell to Soul FB page, you MUST have a watch!! Not only does it save you time, I feel as though you'll be able to relate to it on a whole other level because you'll be getting the info straight from the horses mouth!

Yes... I'M the horse... :D

I also did a very topcial interview on the 5 KEY FOOD TIPS FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS which I'll post tomorrow - stuff people ALWAYS want to know about - with fashion fitness brand Positive Mvmt - these girls are making waves in the industry - you'll be obsessed their crops and activewear! PLUS you get 10% off on your first online order!

If you've already been watching my VLOGS I love you dearly! Your support means the world to me and I hope you've been some implementing the 25 Easy Health Tips I spoke about in my videos.

 

Until next time,

Dee x

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Fat and toxins - the SIMPLIFIED version!

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This post was inspired by a friend. A woman who works hard and trusts people. A woman who is trying her very best to focus on what's good for her health (heart, spirit AND body).

It's that last tier that she struggles with - BODY.

Her physical appearance is not a reflection of the behaviours she has NOW but she is living in the body of her past behvaiours. She doesn't eat too much or splash out or binge. She's eating mostly vegetables, some raw, some cooked. Worst of all she goes hard out to detoxify her body using juices and the like because she knows the rewards that will come of it...

Well, she can't lose weight and she
feels
like
shit. 

WHY?

There's a few very IMPORTANT things at play here which is much more common than you could imagine;

1. Her body has accumulated a hell of a lot of crap over the years and it's living in her fat tissue, so when she either loses weight or tries to detoxify she is freeing all of that toxic waste at once.
Remember toxins live in fat, so imagine you're kicking them all out of their homes - they're going to be pretty bloody angry and wanting to get revenge...

2. Once it's available to be transported out of the body (pooped out!), it's still toxic and is waiting to be changed into a less toxic version of itself OR be swept away by a big brush called fibre. 
So imagine a troublesome drunk in a bar... he's either going to have to calm down or get carried out.

But here's the real issue...

Imagine watering your garden with a hose with holes in it... OR sliding down a water slide that had cracks (ouch)... OR (more fittingly) trying to run dirty water down a leaky sewerage pipe...

If the tunnel (your gut) is not solid, strong and lubricated, particles are going to escape. THAT'S how we need to think of our digestive tract because our intestines can be easily upset and become patchy and porous, and things that aren't meant to leak out along the way are doing exactly that! (Toxins included!!).
So if we imagine our toxins was that pesky drunk in the bar and you'd have a security guard (fibre) who is showing them the exit down a hallway - you're going to want to make sure there's no doors along the way...

If you sound like my dear friend, you could be suffering from leaky gut syndrome. Your "detox" must be gentle, and must only come AFTER you've blocked up the holes and dampened the heat from the irritation in your body....

How to do it? Stay tuned for Part 2...

Dee x

3 simple swaps for incredibly better health

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Let's cut to the chase. You can't drink coca-cola (A.K.A. a cup of chemical sugar) and eat McDonalds and FEEL your best. Sure you might LOOK skinny - but you're undoubtedly adding to your risk of heart disease, diabetes, mood disorders as well as deteriorating your entire Gastro Intestinal Tract (GIT) which lead to a whole other bunch of problems for your health. In my opinion, even if most of your diet didn't change, changing ONLY these 3 things would drastically improve your health AND help you shed the fat - promise! 

1. Red Meat & Chicken FOR Legumes

Organic  (even tinned...) chickpeas, beans (all kinds!), lentils, peanuts. They're GOOD sources of plant protein and full of fibre (so not only do they fill you up, they flush you out.) Farm animals are fed antibiotics every day and your body could really do without ingesting the antibiotics they consume over a lifetime. PLUS, even though farmers aren't "adding hormones" anymore, you're still eating something that produced it's own hormones which will alter yours when you consume it. If you're into vibrations and energy, you'll also notice you take on the energy of the animals that you eat - they lived lives remember that, and the parts of them you're consuming still hold their (often low) vibrating molecules that all living matter is made up of.  

2. Coffee FOR Kombucha

Beaming with live probiotics, if you were to swap your cup of Joe for a fresh cup of Kombucha, you'd notice you'll feel energetic without that anxious feeling. You'd also notice improved elimination (poo/wee!) and better hair, skin and nails which coffee tends to frizz up and dry out.

3. Boxed goods FOR Fresh Food

Obviously this covers nearly the rest of your food, but even swapping your SNACKS each day between main meals for a piece of fresh fruit or raw veggies (celery, cucumber, tomato, carrot) will give you so many more nutrients than a burnt out piece of cardboard ever could no matter what the ingredients i.e. muesli bars/crispbreads/biscuits.

These swaps are actually easy and $$$$ COST WISE are very similar. You'll even find swapping your red meat for legumes SAVES you money. Try it, and see for yourself!

Dee x

How I fell pregnant - don't underestimate the power of your plate.

Ok it's obvious how. But I mean really, HOW DID I DO IT?

I've spent the last 4 years (and longer as I was in the health industry as a Personal Trainer before my PCOS diagnosis), working on my own health by trying to regulate my own hormones. I just wanted ONE normal FRICKEN period that came around 4-5 weeks apart, and was PMS-FREE. Was that so hard?! - I wasn't asking for perfection!

So, I used myself as my greatest experiment, learning as much as I could through webinars and articles and then finally embarking on what will be my life's work as a Nutritionist. I LOVE learning and can never get enough. The science fascinates me because the body is a never-ending mystery where the more you dig, the more you find.

I found the formula I needed, and like a Mathematical equation, I applied specific food and well-researched supplements week by week to mimic what my female hormones SHOULD be doing to achieve overall "hormonal balance". On the 3rd month of my self-made protocol, my period (after finally becoming "regular" for me) fell away again... and I thought I had failed to balance them. So back to 2 or so periods a year and the drawing board...

But what really happened was that I fell pregnant - after years of being told it might be impossible.

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(Look how cute this baby bump is!!)

So what's my message:

No-one is taught about the power of food when they're young. Become thirsty for the knowledge yourself and seek out the people who have it. It determines our destiny. It changes our genetics. I mean, I'm about to becomes someones MUMMY! 

If you're a skeptic, then I challenge you to eat vegetables only for 1 week and see what changes occur for you, and THEN I want to hear about it at dee@celltosoul.com.au 

Dee x