If you can’t exercise, there’s still hope for burning fat through healthy living

I often hear from clients and evolved members that they can’t exercise due to an injury or limited time. “So how can I still lose belly fat?” The good news is, you don’t have to have an intense exercise to burn fat. You just have to really dial in on the other environmental factors or what I like to call “pillars of health”.

The following pillars are the foundations to achieving robust good health, a great looking body, a strong immune system, boundless energy, complete mental clarity, increased productivity, happiness and self-confidence.

The Aeropress - Improve the Way You Make a Cup of Coffee

I don’t normally do product reviews but after getting the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker for my birthday, the way I make coffee has changed completely.

Not only do I now drink the best tasting cup of coffee (yes, even better than Starbucks!), but the taste is consistently great, it literally takes less than a minute (with clean-up), and it’s perfect for making my evolved coffee.
Consistency Great If you use the simple rule of 12g of coffee to 200g of water at 175-180 degrees F, you will NEVER be disappointed. You don’t have to be that specific unless you’re very particular about your coffee.

Here are the four reasons you get an unbelievably flavored coffee from the Aeropress: 1. Total immersion brewing completely immerses the coffee grounds in water, ensuring all of the grounds come into contact with the same temperature of water. Drip coffee makers typically only allow the water to contact the grounds in the center causing over-extraction, adding bitterness and unnatural flavors to the final cup.

2. Finer-ground coffee allows the extraction of more flavor in less time.

3. A 20 second steep and extract allows you to use moderate temperature water which produces a less acidic coffee.

4. Air pressure extraction method "pushes" the water through the coffee grounds, which shortens filtering time, increasing flavor and eliminating unwanted over-extraction and bitterness in the coffee.
Easy After heating the water, you can have a cup of coffee ready in 1 minute, including clean-up. Add an additional minute if you freshly-grind your coffee, which I recommend. It’s so easy my 4 year old son helped me make a cup. Watch the video here.
Portable The Aeropress can be taken and make coffee anywhere: camping, work…even on a flight!
Great Value The Aeropress is less expensive than a fancy drip machine, a French press AND an espresso maker.
I would recommend getting the stainless steel filter to avoid using the bleached white filters that come with it. Paper filters filter out the antioxidant-rich oils found in coffee. See this post for more info.
TIP: Use good quality water. I like to use Reverse Osmosis filtered water. The taste is significantly better than regular tap water.
Don’t miss the video Brixton and I made on how to use the Aeropress (it's more entertaining than useful :-)) WATCH NOW

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Cut Out Hidden Smoothie Carbohydrates

All smoothies are healthy, right? Not so fast — some smoothies can unknowingly be a carbohydrate bomb. Whether you’re trying to shave carbohydrates, or increase your nutrition, smoothies can be a great way to incorporate more whole food-based nutrition into your diet, but it’s important to be aware of what you — or your local smoothie bar — put in your smoothie. Get the nutrients you need — without the extra carbohydrates by knowing where the sugar hides.

evolvedNS advocates getting more bang for your buck (in the figurative sense) with the foods you eat. That means getting the most nutrition from whole foods. Smoothies can help you maximize nutrient intake, but can also add in a lot of carbohydrate density if you aren’t careful — some smoothies can have as much sugar as a pint of ice cream or sorbet! (And let’s face it--wouldn’t you rather save that for dessert?) If you make your smoothies at home, you control what goes in, but even some common smoothie recipes you’ll find on the web pack in excess carbohydrates. Here’s how to keep your smoothies in your target sugar zone:

Omit juice There is no reason to add commercially made juice to a smoothie — especially if you’re using fresh (or frozen) fruits and veggies. Fruit has far more nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber than juice, for a fraction of the sugar. Instead, try: Water Coconut milk Almond milk

Watch powdered supplements Many commercial protein powders have excess carbohydrates and loads of hidden sugars. A nutritional supplement, powdered vitamin drink, or protein powder should not have more than 150 calories and should use low-glycemic sweeteners like coconut sugar, stevia, or monk fruit - otherwise it’s probably got extras you don’t need.

Avoid smoothie ‘mixes’ Many stores sell frozen smoothie packets for you throw in the blender with a little liquid. However, these often have lots of added carbohydrates in the form of various added sugars, so you’re better off making your own using the unsweetened frozen fruit a few feet down the aisle.

Go for unsweetened fruit Be mindful if you’re using frozen fruit – make sure you purchase unsweetened in lieu of sweetened.

Mix in some greens Although they are nutrient dense, fruits do have more carbohydrates (sugar) than veggies. So if you are trying to lose weight — or just trying to get more greens — gradually cut back a bit on the fruit in your smoothie and slowly add in some spinach, kale, celery, parsley, or eRaw.

Set the base Even if you like it thick, never, ever get a smoothie that uses sherbet, ice cream, or frozen yogurt as a base—these make it more of a milkshake than a smoothie. Instead, try: Ice Avocado Unsweetened frozen fruit

Focus on healthy fats Adding essential fatty acids, coconut milk or nut butters is common in smoothie recipes and a good option. This will also increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins into your body.

Portion size It’s easy to get carried away by throwing everything but the kitchen sink into your smoothie, so be mindful of portion size – it’s an easy way to save calories without changing your favorite recipe. An easy way to manage your smoothie size (if they tend to grow out of control) is to measure all your ingredients in the cup you plan to drink it out of — before you put it all in the blender. Try plain, or natural Whether it’s your drink mix, fruit, or protein powder – opt for a plain or natural flavor with low-glycemic sweeteners - such as eWhey Advanced.

The Power of Antioxidant Synergy

Why Use A Daily Antioxidant Supplement?
We are bombard by millions of harmful free radicals everyday!

If you’re not eating a variety of colored fruits and vegetables each day, you’re probably not getting the broad spectrum of antioxidants needed for optimal function of the body’s antioxidant defense. Antioxidants are your body’s way to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative damage such as aging and inflammation. Scientific evidence has repeatedly demonstrated that antioxidants are a cornerstone in the promotion of heart health, enhanced immune function, and memory support.

Why ēOxidant?
Entire Cell Protection - Water and Fat-Soluble Antioxidants

Antioxidants are often lumped together into one category in how they protect your cells from free radicals, but there are actually two types of antioxidants; water-soluble and fat-soluble. This is important because your cells are comprised of both water and fat. To gain maximum protection from free radicals, you must consume both types of antioxidants. It’s best to take a wide range of these nutrients and botanicals in moderate doses rather than very high doses of any one of them.
ēOxidant Formula 1 and 2 are amphipathic substances, meaning they are both water- and lipid-soluble. As such, they can penetrate and protect lipid containing cell membranes as well as water soluble cell components. ēOxidant can literally provide protection from oxidants to all of the cell components. In addition to being an antioxidant, ēOxidant helps maintain a high membrane potential by acting on other cellular antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, and glutathione, to keep them fully charged for maximum cellular protection from oxidants.

Using a high quality full-spectrum antioxidant supplement like ēOxidant Complete along with a healthy lifestyle can, and will, strengthen the body's defenses and significantly reduce the effects of aging; therefore increasing your chances for a longer, happier, healthier life. ēOxidant is the ultimate shield against free-radical damage and premature aging.

ēOxidant Complete offers:
  • A full-spectrum of botanical and vitamin/mineral antioxidants
  • Water- and fat-soluble cell protection
  • Combined power of multiple antioxidants
  • High ORAC extracts
  • Powerful antioxidant synergy
  • Antioxidants not commonly found in the Western diet

To read more on antioxidant synergy, see a previous blog post called 50 Shades of Antioxidants.

The Most Evolved Whole Food Multivitamin

Why Use A Daily Multivitamin Supplement?

The foundation of your health starts with a great diet AND a great multivitamin. Studies show that a high percentage of adults in North America eat less than the minimum daily allowance of essential nutrients. Adequate amounts and proper balance of these nutrients are needed not only for maintaining good health, but also for the dietary management of the body's structure and optimum functioning of its various systems. In an ideal world, everyone would be able to fulfill their nutritional needs by eating natural foods. Unfortunately, thanks to busy schedules and the overwhelming availability of processed foods, this isn't the case. From Dr. Oz to Dr. Mercola, almost all healthcare practitioners recommend a multivitamin to help meet your daily nutritional needs.

Why ēMulti?

ēMulti is a full-spectrum multivitamin, vital mineral, & trace element supplement in a special herbal food base. ēMulti’s unique formula provides nutrients in the body’s preferred naturally occurring, most bioavailable form and is enhanced with a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, & herbs, all from natural sources as far as possible. When this was impractical with certain nutrients, a highly bioavailable form was used to ensure you could take full advantage of these nutrients.

Most nutrients require enzymes, synergistic co-factors and organic mineral-activators to be properly absorbed. While these are naturally present in foods, they are often not included in synthetic vitamins with isolated nutrients. ēMulti uses whole food sources and includes important amino acids and enzymes to maximizes nutrient absorption.

ēMulti's advantages over conventional multis include:
  • Herbal Green Food Base: ēMulti includes important phytonutrients, gluten-free grasses and several varieties of superfood microalgae.

  • Vitamin A: ēMulti uses full-spectrum carotenoids which are substances that the body converts to vitamin A, avoiding toxicity potential and maximizing effectiveness. Some forms of supplemental vitamin A such as pre-formed vitamin A (often called retinol), when taken in even moderate daily doses, can be toxic. ēMulti contains a combination of beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, crytoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin.

  • Vitamin D: ēMulti uses D3, as this form has been shown to have greater biological activity in human tissue. Inexpensive vitamins tend to contain vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), the kind synthesized by plants. But when humans eat plant-derived D2, very little is converted to D3 (choleciferol), the kind most readily used by the human body and which skin makes when exposed to ultraviolet light.

  • Vitamin E: In nature, this vitamin is found as a combination of eight different active compounds - four are called tocopherols, and four are called tocotrienols. ēMulti uses a complete, naturally derived mixed tocopherol/tocopheryl complex that more closely mirrors the natural vitamin E found in foods. Many conventional multis use inexpensive, synthetic versions of one or only a few of those eight forms.

  • B12: ēMulti contains the active form of B12 (methylcobalamin) instead of the inactive form (cyanocobalamin) found in other multis.

  • Calcium: Manufacturers make calcium supplements in many forms, including calcium carbonate (the most common type), calcium lactate and calcium aspartate. ēMulti uses a combination of calcium citrate and calcium ascorbate because they are more easily absorbed, especially by older people who may have less stomach acid. Although more expensive, calcium citrate is more than twice as bioavailable as calcium carbonate.

  • Folate: Unlike synthetic forms of folic acid typically used in other multis, ēMulti uses Metafolin® which is in folate’s naturally occurring form, allowing it to be used directly by the body.

  • Vital Minerals: Many multivitamins do not contain the vital minerals such as magnesium and selenium that are missing from the majority of American diets.

  • Enhanced with: Amino acids, enzymes, bioflavonoids, and proanthocyanidins.

  • Dosage Control: Any water-soluble vitamin such as vitamin B that aren't needed by the body are excreted. ēMulti is broken up into 4 tablets per serving. This allows you to take it throughout the day, ensuring maximum absorption. For example, take 2 at breakfast and 2 at dinner.

  • Low-Allergenic: Many multis contain a list of "Other Ingredients" such as artificial colors, sweeteners, lubricants, fillers, and binders. Avoid FD&C dyes, lactose, sucrose, and magnesium stearate. These may be allergenic and can compromise supplements’ effectiveness.