This morning I took a urine test to find out how much glyphosate is in my urine. In this post, I'll explain why, how you can test your urine yourself, and share some exciting news about a new supplement that may actually remove glyphosate from the gut.
Health & Nutrition
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Did you know you can reverse food allergies? Did you know that 99% of food allergies can be cured? I cured my gluten intolerance a couple decades ago, when I was in my 20s. In this post, I'll share with you how I did it.
Do you have melasma or hyperpigmentation? In this article I talk about how I got rid of melasma naturally, just by changing my diet.
And no, I didn't have to go “raw vegan”. In fact, my diet is around 30-40% fat, made up of all the foods I love. I eat a lot of full-fat foods like butter, cream, and cheese, bacon and eggs. I also didn't have to go to the extreme of “paleo” or “low carb”. I still eat pizza, nachos, bread, and yes, sugar. And wine.
In this post, I break down the most critical dietary changes that helped me get rid of melasma.
Looking for the best cod liver oil? Not all cod liver oil brands are the same. I researched 10 different cod liver oil brands. In this post, I'll tell you which cod liver oil brands I recommend and why. I'll also tell you which cod liver oil brands I do not recommend and why.
Which activities burn the most calories? If you are a Fitbit advocate like me, you're probably going to be looking for activities that burn more calories. The Fitbit is a great way to get you to be more active, because the more calories you burn, the more you can eat. And hello, this is the Cheeseslave blog. I love to eat.
Which Activities Burn the Most Calories?
The following list is calories burned PER HOUR of activity.
Note: These numbers are based on my weight. Calories burned per hour depends on your weight. To find your total calories burned per hour, use your Fitbit dashboard under Activities.
Kettlebell – 1,200 Calories
Running, Slow – 1,000 Calories
Roller Blading (In-Line Skating) – 695 Calories
CrossFit – 600 Calories
Swimming Laps, Freestyle, Fast, Vigorous Effort – 556 Cals
Tennis, Singles – 445 Calories
Calisthenics (Pushups, Situps, Pullups, Jumping Jacks) – 445 Calories
Rock or Mountain Climbing – 445 Calories
Yoga, Vinyasa – 406 Calories
Skiing, Cross Country – 389 Calories
Skating, Roller – 389 Calories
Hiking, with a 9-Pound Pack – 389 Calories
Gardening with Heavy Power Tools, Tilling A Garden, Chain Saw – 334 Calories
Weight Lifting (Power Lifting or Body Building, Vigorous Effort) – 334 Cals
Yoga, Bikram – 328 Calories
Skating, Ice, 9 Mph or Less – 306 Calories
Walking, Less Than 2 MPH – 278 Calories
Skiing, Downhill – 278 Calories
Snorkeling – 278 Calories
Golf, General – 250 Calories
Basketball, Shooting Baskets – 250 Calories
Yoga, Ashtanga – 239 Calories
Bicycling, Slow – 223 Calories
Gardening, General – 223 Calories
Swimming, Slow – 223 Calories
Pilates, Beginner – 173 Calories
Weight Lifting (Light Workout) – 167 Calories
Ballroom, Slow (E.G. Waltz, Foxtrot, Slow Dancing) – 167 Calories
Child Care (Standing – Dressing, Bathing, Grooming, Feeding, Occasional Lifting Of Child-Light Effort) – 167 Calories
Surfing, Body or Board – 167 Calories
Canoeing or Rowing – 167 Calories
Cleaning, House, General – 167 cals
Wii Fit Super Hula Hoop – 139 Calories
Child Care (Sitting/Kneeling – Dressing, Bathing, Grooming, Feeding, Occasional Lifting Of Child-Light) – 139 Calories
Cooking or Food Preparation – 139 Calories
Wii Golf – 128 Calories
Sitting – Writing, Desk Work, Typing – 100 Calories
Standing – Talking or Talking on the Phone – 100 Calories
What I Learned About Which Activities Burn the Most Calories
I was really surprised by some of the things in this list. Here are some of the things I found:
Kettlebell is the Clear Winner
I've said this on the blog before, but kettlebell is the number one exercise you can do. Kettlebell burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time. It actually burns more calories than running. Not only that, but it combines cardio with weightlifting. Bottom line: you get the most bang for your time invested.
Gardening is Just As Good as Biking or Swimming
Gardening (general, light to medium effort) burns as many calories as bicycling (slow), or swimming slow laps, and it actually burns more than light weight lifting. If you're doing heavy gardening, like tilling and digging, it is better in terms of calorie burn than Bikram yoga. (Of course there are other reasons to do yoga, for body shaping and building muscle, and increasing flexibility.)
This was shocking to me! And very exciting! I'd much rather work on my garden all weekend than spend hours in the gym. Plus, you get the benefit of soaking up a lot of vitamin D and breathing fresh air.
If you enjoy gardening as much as I do, it's a great way to burn calories.
Standing or Sitting? Doesn't Matter
I've heard some people say they got a standing desk because it's cheaper than a treadmill desk. But it turns out that standing really doesn't burn any more calories. The treadmill desk really is worth it in my opinion, because I'm able to burn almost 3 times as many calories while I am working as if I were sitting (or standing). Working for 3 hours at my treadmill desk burns over 800 calories — more than an hour of crossfit or rollerblading.
Childcare? Cooking? Housework? Nope!
I always hear moms say they get their workout from chasing after their kids. Not according to this list. You barely burn more calories than sitting. Same goes for cooking. And yep, housework.
Guess that gets me off the hook! Better to hire a housekeeper and go rollerblading!
Wii Games? Not So Much
Wii games don't really burn a lot of calories. Then again, neither does surfing. But I'd rather take up surfing than play computer games any day! (Another benefit of surfing is you soak up a LOT of magnesium in the ocean.)
Rollerblading Beats Rollerskating and Biking
Rollerblading, rollerskating and ice skating are pretty good ways to exercise. You burn anywhere from 3-7 times more calories than if you were sitting.
I'm not sure why rollerblading burns so many more calories than rollerskating (almost twice as much). Rollerblading also burns 3 times more calories than biking slow. I'm ready to go get a pair of rollerblades and head over to Venice Beach. Again, sunshine and fresh air. And it's a great family activity.
Golf or Basketball?
Golf burns as many calories as shooting baskets. Amazing, right? Personally, if I had to choose between the two. I'd much rather take up golf. Why? Because golfing is something you can do while you network. Not so easy to network getting all sweaty on a basketball court.
I'm a very social person, so if I can socialize and get exercise at the same time, that's a great way to go. And again, fresh air and sunshine. Plus, you get to wear those cute golf skirts and tops.
Who knew I would make a list like this and end up wanting to take golf lessons?
How To Choose Calorie-Burning Activities That You Enjoy
When trying to decide on activities that burn the most calories, there are a couple of things to remember when choosing things to do to get more active…
Keep in mind, it's very important to look for activities that you enjoy. Exercise is a very personal thing. Don't just do something because it burns a lot of calories, because then you won't enjoy doing it and you'll avoid it. And the more you enjoy something, the more you will do it.
I personally like working out with a kettlebell not only because I can do it at home in my bedroom (no need to drive to the gym) but also because I can watch a TV or listen to a podcast while I work out. I'm not the type to enjoy going to exercise classes. I get bored listening to a yoga instructor. That said, I do enjoy swimming laps because it's so quiet and it gives me a chance to think.
Look For Calorie-Burning Activities That You Can Incorporate Into Your Lifestyle
If you can find things to do that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle, it's a lot more likely that you will do them.
For example, perhaps you can ride your bike to work. If work's too far and you need to drive, perhaps you could just keep a bike at work and ride it to a restaurant or a park for lunch. Or bring a pair of rollerblades and do some blading at the park during your lunch hour.
If you work in an office building with an elevator, take the stairs instead.
When planning a vacation, think of things you can do to keep your activity level up: walking, hiking, skiing, snorkeling, biking or rowing.
It's Not Just About the Calories
It's also important to remember that it's not all about the calories. There are many other health benefits to exercise besides just burning calories. There are other factors to consider, like the importance of strength training and building muscle, increasing flexibility, and doing cardio.
How to Track Your Calories Burned
I highly recommend using a FitBit to track your steps and your heart rate. My Fitbit has been critical to not only track my exercise, but more importantly, it motivates me to exercise in the first place.
It's so easy to track calories with a Fitbit. Just enter your exercise in the dashboard. You can also keep track of how many calories you eat — so it's easy to create a calorie deficit if you need to lose a few pounds. The Fitbit is my number one tool for staying in shape and keeping the pounds off.
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What Are Your Favorite Calorie-Burning Activities?
What are your favorite things to do to burn calories? Please share your comments below.
I am excited to announce the winners of the Fitbit Challenge 2017. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's Fitbit Challenge. I'm so proud of all of you for sticking with it!
I never drink green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies, it might be time to step away from the kale. Those green smoothies could be causing your hypothyroidism, kidney stones, acne, or migraine headaches. In this post I'll explain why green smoothies are bad for you and explain how to make them the right way.
Note: There are affiliate links in this post. I get paid a small commission when you buy through my links. This helps me keep blogging. And I only recommend products I personally use and recommend.
Why I Never Drink Green Smoothies & What To Drink Instead
Seems like everyone these days is drinking green smoothies. My Facebook feed is always full of people posting their healthy green smoothie breakfast. They say it helps them lose weight and feel healthier.
Green smoothies made with raw green vegetables are actually not very good for you and I'll explain why below. But read on… I still recommend green smoothies made the right way. I'll tell you the easy, nutritious way to make a green smoothie.
What's Wrong With Green Smoothies?
Green cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale are good for you, but they are not good for you when they are raw. They need to be cooked to release their nutrition. Why? One word: anti-nutrients. These anti-nutrients include goitrogens and oxalic acid.
Vegetables like are broccoli and cauliflower are goitrogenic. Goitrogens block absorption of iodine by the thyroid gland. This can cause thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism, weight gain, hair loss, and other hormonal problems.
Raw kale and spinach also contain a lot of oxalic acid, which binds with minerals such as calcium and magnesium in the body. Consuming too much oxalic acid can cause kidney stones and other forms of calcification in the body.
Raw Vegetables That Contain Goitrogens and Oxalic Acid
The following vegetables contains goitrogens and oxalic acid:
Don't eat any of these foods raw! Oh, sure some raw broccoli every once in a while won't hurt you, or a kale salad on occasion. But it's a very bad idea to consume these foods daily in the form of green smoothies.
Another Problem with Raw Vegetables
Unless you are buying 100% organic, vegetables are sprayed with pesticides. One of the worst pesticides that is commonly sprayed on vegetables is the fluoride-based pesticide, cryolite. Fluoride is known to cause all kinds of health problems, from bone loss to tooth decay to hormonal disorders (it's an endocrine disrupter) to migraine headaches, cellulite and acne.
This is why I now buy all of my produce 100% organic. I used to buy mostly organic, but if it wasn't organic, I didn't stress. Now, unless it's organic, I don't buy it.
To learn more about the dangers of fluoride and how to eliminate it from your diet, check out my new online class launching in May, The Fluoride Detox Diet.
You can also get a free copy of my Fluoride Detox Diet Quick Start Guide with a printable list of what foods to avoid and which foods are OK (you'll be surprised! Toothpaste and tap water are the least of your concerns!).
What I Recommend for Green Smoothies Instead of Raw Vegetables
There are many health benefits of eating fresh green vegetables. If you want to get the benefits of green smoothies without the anti-nutrients, I recommend adding wheatgrass powder to your morning smoothie. Wheatgrass powder gives you all the health benefits of a green smoothie, without the anti-nutrients that cause hormonal problems and kidney stones.
You could also juice your own wheatgrass juice at home. You can even grow your own wheatgrass for pennies…
However, I really don't recommend that, having done it before. It's very time consuming and it's messy. Not only that, but it's very easy for pathogenic bacteria and mold to thrive on wheatgrass trays. If you've ever gotten nauseous from a store-bought wheatgrass shot, this is why. Yuck, right?
This is why I prefer buying wheatgrass powder. It's SIX TIMES cheaper than buying wheatgrass shots — only .67 per serving of wheatgrass powder vs. $4 wheatgrass shots.
And none of the mess and constant clean up from making your own — and you don't have to risk mold and pathogens. Just get the powder!
Where to Buy Wheatgrass Powder
They guarantee there is no mold or pathogenic bacteria in their processing, so no nausea!
My Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe
Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup or 4 ounces canned coconut milk or 1 cup organic whole milk, or homemade kefir or organic orange juice
1/2 cup (8 ounces) fresh or frozen blueberries or other fruit, organic
1 scoop organic wheatgrass powder
1/2 banana (optional)
1 raw egg yolk (pastured or organic) or 1 TBS coconut oil
1 tablespoons grass-fed collagen peptides (this is blendable gelatin, optional)
Honey or stevia to taste (optional)
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