My Beef With Milk

I have a bone to pick with milk.

And with the people that tell us that milk is great and with the celebrities making money and trying to sell you the “white stuff”.

You know the argument in favor of dairy: is good for your bones; you need calcium and vitamin D. It prevents osteoporosis. And on and on….

Well, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t.

WHY? Check out the video to find out!

Look, you don’t have to believe me if you don’t want to but what I will ask is that you PLEASE do your homework.

Don’t put that stuff in your body before you know what works and what doesn’t.

Do you have any questions about this highly controversial issue? What’s your opinion?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

The Raw Almond Milk That Will Change Your Life

Today I interview a wellness warrior and founder of Mylkman, a milk alternative delivery company in Southern California.

Their raw almond-coconut milk is totally hot, hot, HOT!

His name is Jeff Leaf and ever since I first tasted the “mylk” I wanted to meet him and pick his brain about the goodness of his product, his personal wellness journey and how’s he’s helping the world become healthier, one bottle of mylk at a time.

Check out the video below to learn more!

Have you tried Jeff’s “Mylk”? What is your favorite type of alternative, non-dairy milks?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Oh, and the URL for the Mylkman is http://mylkman.com – Check It Out!

How To Eat Healthy When Traveling

Traveling is one of my passions:

Meeting new people

Learning their culture

Seeing amazing sights

Creating amazing MEMORIES!

What’s not to love!

The one thing that I struggle with when traveling is finding healthy food alternatives, and also, how to balance the desire to try new things while staying true to my lifestyle and making food choices that will keep me healthy and strong for years to come.

Check out this video for some common sense tips that could make or break your travel experience.

Now tell me, do you travel a lot for work or pleasure? Do you throw all caution to the wind or keep some of your wellness practices even on the road?

Let me know! SHARE. Leave a comment below!

6 Diet Habits That Are Keeping You FAT (And What To Do About Them)

Shedding extra layers of fat and maintaining a healthy weight requires a bit of planning, a strong will and enough discipline to carry you to your goal.

Dieting is not just about knowing what to eat and how much should you eat.

It also involves learning how to eat and engaging in activities and lifestyle activities that compliment your dietary choices.

But what if some of your new dietary habits are making the process of losing weight harder? And what if other daily activities act against your weight loss efforts?

Identifying and moving away from these “fat diet habits” can be help you trim down your waist and learn what works on a long-term basis.

 

Fat Diet Habit #1 – Drinking Empty Calories

You may think that diet soda, vitamin water or light beer won’t add up to your caloric intake. If so, you are unfortunately, mistaken. The artificial sweeteners in soda and other diet drinks cause blood sugar and hormonal imbalances that increase cravings for more sugar, refined foods and fats.

In addition, people who drink diet soda tend to have worse eating habits than those that eat healthier meals. It seems like one bad habit leads to other bad habits so perhaps staying away from soda will help you make other healthier choices.

Alcohol, even the light kind will stress out your liver and slow down your metabolism. The liver regulates metabolism so if your liver is sluggish and stressed, you will have a hard time getting your metabolism up and running the way it needs to during the weight loss process.

 

What To Do About It – Drink Plenty of Water

Your body is 70% water. Not 70% soda, or coffee, or juice or vitamin drinks. Water. When you’re thirsty, drink water. If you crave something with flavor, have herbal teas (cold or hot). Sodas, and sugary juices have no place in your diet, especially when trying to lose weight.

 

Fat Diet Habit #2 – Eating Salty Snacks

Do you remember that advertisement about potato chips that said that you couldn’t eat just one? There is a reason for that. Sodium tells your brain to crave and ask for more so once you start eating salty foods, it will be very hard to stop.

Salty foods cause water retention, increase your blood pressure and with it, your chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. It’s a big no-no!

 

What To Do About It – Compliment With Spices

Salt is not the only condiment used to enhanced the flavor of food. In fact, there are dozens of condiments and spices available today that are great addition to any dish or recipe.

So head on to the market and stack up on spices like turmeric, sage, rosemary or cumin (just to name a few). If you must use salt, get raw sea salt or kosher salt and use it sparingly when cooking or when seasoning foods already in your plate.

 

 

Fat Diet Habit #3 – “Indulging” Once a Week

Indulging and overeating, even if only once a week, can seriously undermine your weight loss efforts. In today’s society, where portion sizes are out of control and empty calories abound, it will be very easy to lose control and end up adding up most if not all of the calories lost in just one day.

I’ve actually seen this happen with my clients numerous times.

 

What To Do About It – Reward Without Pigging Out

Be honest with yourself: can you indulge in one meal per week? If the answer is a hesitant yes, don’t even go there. The reality is that you need to work at it to stick to new healthier habits and instant gratification is not part of the equation.

If you can honestly indulge on only 1 meal per week (that’s only 1 of a total of 21 meals per week), do it, in moderation. Make sure to savor every bite thoroughly (i.e. do not swallow or binge eat) and enjoy!

 

Fat Diet Habit #4 – Not Sleeping Enough

No matter how busy you are, the reality of the matter is that you cannot survive long without sleep. Lack of sleep causes your metabolism to slow, premature aging and an increased risk of dozens of conditions from aches and pains to depression. It also encourages you to overeat, as your body is looking for sources of energy to help you stay awake.

Plus, if you’re exhausted, it’ll be very hard to head to the gym, isn’t it?

 

What To Do About It – Sleep

Sleep helps you increase your metabolism, rejuvenates, restores and heals your body. Listen to your body and intuition and make any necessary changes to add an extra hour of sleep to your routine, especially if your body is obviously craving it.

Even if you’re a busy mom with 2 jobs and a house to run, you’d be surprise how easy it is to find a bit more sleep time, especially if you get your family and loved ones involved and helping you with this.

 

Fat Diet Habit #5 – Not Getting Nutrition Assistance

Most of us grew up eating what was in front of us without ever questioning if it was good or not. We blindly believed our parents, who were extremely well-intentioned but also learned very little about what’s the best stuff to put in your body and why.

 

What To Do About It – Be Curious

Today, almost every urban area in the world has nutritional and health experts, from dieticians and nutritionists to health and fitness coaches, ready to help you figure out what works best for your body and guide you through a successful weight loss plan.

There is a plan and a style for every taste and every budget. Do your research and get knowing about the right fuel for your body.

 

 

Fat Diet Habit #6 – Eating Processed Foods

Refined flour (like in breads and most pastas and cereals), sugar, fat, salt and most dairy have little to no nutritional value. Eating foods with any of those ingredients literally makes no sense. You might as well be chewing on sugar paper or fried, doughy plastic.

They add to your waistline and provide no value other that a few seconds of instant gratification. It’s really not worth it.

 

What To Do About It – Stay Away From The Center Of the Supermarket

You should visit the center isles of the supermarket, to get deodorant, soap and toilet paper. Very few of the “foods” in those isles is worth anything to you. When shopping for grains, pick only whole grains. Most of what you need is in the produce section (that’s right: fruits and vegetables) and the periphery.

 

Ayurveda 101 With Nadya Andreeva

Ayurveda is an ancient practice that literally means “Science of Life”. It has been practiced in India for thousands of years and it is becoming increasingly popular in the western world as people move towards finding alternative treatments to compliment western science and prevent diseases.

I have always been very curious about the benefits of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic body types, Ayurvedic products and its wonderful uses.

So I asked my fellow health coach and friend Nadya Andreeva, a self-described modern Ayurveda girl, to come to my aid and help answer my (and probably your) basic Ayurveda questions here.

Nadya has gracefully agreed to let me pick her brain so you and I both can learn a little bit more about Ayurveda and how it can help us.

Check out the video here!

Amazing, right!?

If you’re still curious about Ayurveda, please leave a comment below. I’ll make sure to ask Miss Nadya and share her answers with you here!

Are The Food Ads on TV examples of False Advertising?

You may be wondering the same thing:

What’s up with all the ads claiming things that are not REALLY TRUE?

Ads about juices that are 100% fruit juice and yogurts that will help you poop better and cereals that will help you lose weight.

And other ads trying to sell you “foods” that are (supposedly) GREAT for you and will make you smart, popular, healthy and successful!

What’s YOUR opinion?

Watch the video below and let me know!

So tell me, do you agree? Why, or why not?

What is the strongest action you can take TODAY to send a decisive message to the folks spending millions trying to sell you these “foods”?

Let me know below!

 

3 Surprising Diet Habits That Are Keeping You FAT (And What To Do About Them)

Shedding extra layers of fat and maintaining a healthy weight requires a bit of planning, a strong will and enough discipline to carry you to your goal.

Dieting is not just about knowing what to eat and how much should you it.

But what if some of your new dietary habits are making the process of losing weight….

….HARDER?

And what if other daily activities act against your weight loss efforts?

Identifying and moving away from these “fat diet habits” can be help you trim down your waist and learn what works on a long-term basis.

Check out the video below to find out more!

Now tell me, which ones of these “diet habits” do you engage in the most?

Which one are you most likely to tackle and modify next?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

10 Super Herbs To Spice Up Your Life

You love herbs and spices, especially in your recipes and dishes from around the world.

But did you know that many of these herbs and spices have medicinal properties and that they can help you manage anything from arthritis pain to low libido?

That’s Right!

Some of your favorite herbs, spices, barks and roots have amazing health benefits.

Check out this video and learn the natural health remedies of some of my favorite spices and herbs.

Which one of these benefits are you most surprised of?

Which ones of these herbs and spices are you willing to try in your next dish?

Leave a comment and let me know!

Top 10 Superfoods You Should Eat Every Day

So what’s a Superfood?

Hmmmm….

If you ask 20 experts this question, you’d most likely get 20 different answers.

That is because there is no real standard on what “Superfood” really means.

To me a superfood is a compound that contains a high amount of different nutrients (phytonutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals) and that also has health benefits.

In other words, these are foods that make you look and feel SUPER!

Check out the video below to learn about these 10 Superfoods you should eat every day.

So tell me, which ones of these superfoods do you consume every day? Which one are you most likely to try next?

Leave a comment below and share this video with all your friends.

 

Healthy Foods To Lose Weight

Are you looking for healthy ways to lose weight?

Americans spend a whopping $30 billion per year on diet products, many of which don’t even work.

$30 Billion!

A better way to get real weight-loss results? Go grocery shopping.

Dozens of foods, from kale to kelp, that can help you fight hunger, kick your candy addiction, boost your metabolism-and ultimately shed pounds.

And some of these Superfoods deliver health bonuses too.

Here are my Top 10 favorite and best foods to lose weight fast!

Which of these Superfoods are you most likely to use in your weight loss efforts?

Which ones have you already used successfully?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Benefits of Hemp

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant.

I know what you’re thinking….

But that’s not what we’re going to talk about here.

Hemp is an ancient plant that has many industrial uses, from clothing, to accessories and even furniture making. It has been in use for hundreds of years in places like Japan, India and the middle east.

But you can also obtain many health benefits from it by adding the seeds to your diet.

Check out this video to learn how you can benefit from consuming hemp on a regular basis.

Amazing, right!

Do you currently use hemp?

If so, which way do you prefer it?

If not, would you considering giving it a try?

Let me know in the comment section below.

A Client Asks Jovanka Health-Related Questions

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a lounge in the Meatpacking District neighborhood in New York City with some awesome people, including my dear friend and client Jason. He was wondering if some of the basic questions that he’s had about his health and lifestyle were fairly common or if he was unique in his concerns.

Guess What?

He wasn’t!

Many people have similar questions and are often bombarded with too much information that confuse them even more!

Are you one of them?

If you are, check out this video. Jason agreed to ask me some of these questions in front of the camera, so that you too can benefit from the answers!

DISCLAIMER: This video is a bit longer than my normal <5 minute videos and a bit darker too (thanks to some lighting issues). Bare with this because the information in it is TOTALLY worth it!

In the comments below, tell me: which of these questions resonated with you the most?

Which one of these pieces of advice are you most likely to implement today?

 

Dark Chocolate: A Guilty Pleasure That’s Good For You!

For many people, chocolate is a guilty pleasure.

But its key ingredient, cocoa powder, has several health benefits, especially when used as a supplement.

Eaten in small amounts, this indulgence can have positive effects on the immune and cardiovascular systems and boost your mood.

Check out this video to learn the top 7 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Are you a serious choco-holic? Have you tried dairy-free, chocolate bars?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

The Wonders and Benefits of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll, the stuff that makes plants green, is amazing!

Filled with nutrients and easy to obtain from plants and in liquid supplement form, it would be a sin not to take advantage of it.

It has SO MANY health benefits it makes it a true

SUPER-FOOD!

Check out this video to find out about the wonders and benefits of chlorophyll and the best way to have it every day!

Have you tried liquid chlorophyll supplement before?

What has been your experience?

If you haven’t, give it a try and let me know what you think!

Let me know by LEAVING A MESSAGE BELOW!

 

Let’s Take The Crap Out!

Ok, I know the topic of poo is a fairly uncomfortable one for many people out there.

But does it have to be?

Truth of the matter is that we are all (technically) doing it every day…. or at least we should.

And what about going further, taking even more crap out?

Perhaps years of toxic crap stuck in your intestines, making you feel like…. well, like crap!

Colon Cleansing is what I’m talking about!

I’ve been doing colon cleansing with my girl Marika for years. I love what the practice has done for my body, my health and well-being.

The subject of colon cleanse is a bit of a touchy one for a lot of people, so I wanted to ask my therapist about the benefits of colon cleansing (commonly known as colonic) and share what she had to say with you. Check out the interview below.

What do you think?

Would you try it?

Have you every tried a colonic?

What has been your experience?

Leave a comment below!

 

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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