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Tastey Tuesday and Artificial Flavors ⚗️

TASTEY TUESDAY!!!
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Hey Loves :-)
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By now as we near an end of this group you've hopefully found some pretty amazing recipes that TASTE fabulous!
Taste is such a HUGE part of satiation and I wanted to share what many food companies do to foods, drinks and candies and sauces do to "Cheat" or "heighten" the taste of their products. 
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If you've ever thought "Eh...heathy food tastes BORING" that's because your taste buds have been duped into thinking food is supposed to taste like a chemically made "blueberry" flavor. 
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ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS are cleverly added to it to create that "POP" of flavor in your mouth, and keep you coming back for more. Its been cleverly, DESIGNED that way.

The GOOD news is that you can retrain your taste buds to know what real food tastes like, by phasing out the artificial flavors, resulting in more of an appreciation and desire for the real thing. If you've ever done a natural food cleanse, you'd find that the natural foods you eat actually start BURSTING with flavor. :-)
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Now for the science dork, nutritionist, prior pharmaceutical rep and health advocate in me to chime in so this may only be of interest to some of you -and that is Ok :-)
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You may think, "WHO CARES that my food has artificial flavors!!! Im not concerned about knowing what real vanilla or strawberry tastes like!" That's understandable, but maybe some of the health problems RELATED to these artificial flavors may an interest or explain a few symptoms to you and your littles. 
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Artificial flavor chemicals can cause different allergies and conditions such as hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder in people who are sensitive to specific chemicals. Foods containing these additives can cause asthma, hay fever and certain reactions such as rashes, vomiting, headache, tight chest, hives and worsening of eczema. 
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They may affect RNA, thyroid, and enzymes (affecting RNA can cause tumor growth). I know that part feels alarming but most have NOT been studied for safety or toxicity.

Artificial flavors are synthesized chemicals that don't even have common names. Most artificial flavorings are derived from petroleum and contain many chemical ingredients, not just one. Unfortunately, many of those chemicals can be volatile to our health.
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Here's the take-a-way: Its not likely you will be able to eliminate all artificial flavors in your food choices. 
I don't. 
But you can be way more STRATEGIC and reduce them in your family's food, candy, cereals and drink. :-) And you will notice, with the right ingredients and spices, REAL food will DAZZLE your taste buds and keep you rockin your YOUTHFUL HEALTHY VITALITY :-)
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PS- Remember that all natural superfood shake I keep raving about??? Yep- NO artificial flavors ;-)
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Happy HEALTH and TASTEY Tuesday <3

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Detox through Cupping

“How exactly do you detox?”🤷🏼‍♀️
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I do food detoxes, light therapy, use essential oils and of course...weekly cupping 😍.
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Unlike massage which pushes toxins downward to be absorbed and excreted, cupping sucks toxins up to and out of, your skins surface...our biggest organ. 👌🏼
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It’s a procedure that’s been around since 1550 BC and my guy Michael Canizio is my local go-to EXPERT. 
He’s been cupping me weekly, for a year and doing my massage therapy for over 17 years. 
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Why the detoxing? After learning
that many of my health problems stemmed from my silicone implants seeping their 40+ known toxins in my body I wanted to actively work to get all the chemicals OUT of my body. 
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Getting the implants, and their capsules removed from your body isn’t enough, the toxins seep into our lymph nodes and organs over time and also need to be removed. That’s a bit trickier. 
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💕 So here’s to my weekly cupping, if you have a person locally that is experienced in it, I highly recommend it, even if it’s just for wellness maintenance 🌸
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Wondering what 40+ known toxins are in silicone (whether saline or silicone filled) implants??? 

Read on sistahs....
Here are some of the approximate 40 known toxic chemicals in silicone:

☠️ Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Cyclobexanone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Acetone, Urethane, Poly Vinyl Chloride, Lacquer Thinner, Ethyl Acetate, Epoxy Resin, Epoxy Hardener, Amine, Printing Ink, Toluene, Freon, Silica, Flux, Solder, Chlorplantinic Acid, Metal Cleaning Acid, Formaldehyde, Talcum Powder, Chlorplatinic Acid, Metal Cleaning Acid, Formaldehyde, Talcum Powder, Color Pigment Printers Ink, Oakite, Cyanoacyrylates, Ethylene Oxide, Carob Black, Xylene, Hexone, Benzene, Hexanone, Thixon-OSN-2, Rubber, Acid Stearic, Zinc Oxide, Naptha, Phenol, Methylene Chloride, Platinum Salts, Platinum, Tin and other heavy metals ☠️
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If you wanna wiki each of these above chemicals you will see that they are defined as either
👉🏼 cytotoxic, (toxic to cells)
👉🏼 neurotoxic, (toxic to nerves)
👉🏼 carcinogenic cancer causing) &
👉🏼 harsh irritants to live tissues (lymph nodes and organs) causing inflammation and possible autoimmune responses. 
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Plastic surgeons probably don’t talk about the ingredients in silicone and that silicone will react with your body because im thinking that most wouldnt buy implants if they knew the truth. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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Now some of ya do ✌🏼

Cupping after Breast Implant Illness

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Breast Implant Illness: From a NonBeliever to Healed!

My Entire Journey...with Pictures and Resource Links

Breast Implant Illness

For the past several years I've been public about my "mystery illnesses".   Several people did ask me privately if I'd considered it being my implants and I scoffed at them and thought "Oh what ever- it cant be that- they are safe!" 

If this is you, or sounds like a friend that you know, please know that I was that person too and have created this blog series for people that are thinking just like I did.  I share what I had to see and hear to finally open my mind for consideration.  I'm happy to say, that nearly 3 months after having them removed 80% of my symptoms are gone and I feel younger than ever.  I am grateful every single day for my health and vitality.  The Heal is real...Godspeed ladies.  
HUGS...

Seay

EPISODE 1 : Breast Implant Illness AHA Moment

https://www.seaystanford.com/blog/2018/4/23/my-breast-implant-eviction?rq=breast

EPISODE 2 :  Cause of BII

https://www.seaystanford.com/blog/2018/5/3/what-to-know-when-choosing-a-breast-implantexplant-surgeon?rq=breast

EPISODE 3  : Symptoms of BII

https://www.seaystanford.com/blog/2018/5/15/the-sneaky-symptoms-of-breast-implant-illness-episode-3?rq=breast

EPISODE 4 : Stigma and Judgement

https://www.seaystanford.com/blog/2018/5/17/breast-implants-can-we-toss-the-stigma?rq=breast

EPISODE 5: Eve of Surgery "Balloon Release"

https://www.seaystanford.com/blog/2018/6/25/3byjlsy705phrj8lrtytpyo7mlv0e2?rq=balloon%20release

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Coaches, Healthy People and the AutoImmune Prevalence

Why are so many COACHES being diagnosed with autoimmune and gut health issues?

1) it SEEMS like more coaches are “getting it” because we are the majority SPEAKING to it on social. A bunch of my neighbors have it and have never even heard of Beachbody. Our job is to be vocal while the average person suffers in private. So our voice is “lounder” but that doesnt correlate to actually being more prevelant . 

2) we, in this group and the round table are 5* and above coaches. We are wired to PUSH. Many of us are type A and drive ourselves into exhaustion while the rest of the non high achievers rest. Our personalities are more prone to high cortisol levels and a cascade of other ailments bk we don’t stop until our body crashes on us. That level of stress all the time wrecks your hormones. 

3) healthy people are more aware of their body and small changes. Someone who is a train wreck, EVERYTHING hurts or is off so it’s all just a big blur when it comes to warning signs. People that are healthy notice even the slightest change in their body. So we are primed to naturally dig and explore for our own answers more and sooner than the average person. Then of course, we TALK, about it. LOL

And 4) because I have to go here. We (andmost health and fitness minded folks) are more vain than the average household person both in body image and for social / biz image. Many of us opt for implants (and Botox, and what ever else) to enhance what fitness cant. 
Implants can cause more of an inflammatory response, gut issues, food sensitivities and autoimmune type symptoms than any nightshade, shake or bean. I’ve been on an exhausting journey trying to diagnose my mystery illness, excessive weight gain, chronic inflammation and pain and AI-type symptoms for FOUR years. I refused to think it was my implants. Funny now, at almost 46 years old, and 9 weeks post op from breast explant surgery, nearly ALL of my symptoms have gone away. I spent years of elimination diets, detoxes and remedies but it was my IMPLANTS causing and exacerbating the health issues i was already genetically predisposed to. 

https://draxe.com/breast-implant-illness/



Sorry so long but I’ve heard this question in FB groups and thought it was one that was deserving of some perspective to consider. 😊

 

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Let's Chat a Bit More about Breast Implant Illness, Shall We?

Let's Chat a Bit More about Breast Implant Illness, Shall We?

Since sharing about my own bout with Breast Implant Illness I’ve had dozens of women reach out to me privately with questions.  

While I don’t have all the answers, and can’t guarantee vitality for you if you have them removed, I will say, those nasty suckers certainly aren’t doing your health any favors.   They are a ticking time bomb where you will eventually...notice odd changes in your health.

 

Simply put, they are foreign objects that can cause an inflammatory and immune response in your body.  For each person that reaction can manifest differently based on your DNA, what you are pre-dispositioned to already and your lifestyle.  (ie: your body’s weakest points)

For me, it was my gut health.  For others, it can be autoimmune-type symptoms.  The sneaky thing is, the symptoms are random so you kinda brush them off or take a pill to make them “go away”.  

 

I girl asked me last night when exactly does the illness start to happen?  There’s no time table. Again, it depends on many personal variables. Ive seen women that (allegedly) never had any symptoms, to many years later,  to just a few weeks after implant surgery. Again, it just depends.

 

Another girl asked if she was ok- because she had saline filled.  No. The shell of the implant is still...SILICONE. The problem is that silicone can slowly leach its toxins into our vital organs, which aren’t very far since they are stuffed front and center in our chest cavity.  This leaching process can happen even more so when heated, like in hot tubs, saunas or hot showers.

 

While the majority of western civilization medical doctors will deny (or at least won’t admit) that BII is a real thing, especially plastic surgeons, many Eastern medicine, or naturopaths, will.  I have found this article below, by Dr Axe very helpful in explaining BII and its symptoms, in layman's terms.

 

Whether you may have BII, or something else, I hope you find your answers and wish you improved health and healing. XO Seay

https://draxe.com/breast-implant-illness/

 

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A soccer mom, looking back..

Seay Stanford Soccer

⚽️ Hello old friend. It’s been four long years since we’ve hung out.

⭐️ Ya’ll may or may not know that I played soccer most of my life. A little known fact about me is that in 1992, my sophomore year of college I was the 3rd leading scorer in the Nation, in Women’s Soccer, NCAA. I played for a Division 2 school in Charlotte, NC. 🏆

I was kinda a little 5’2” badass back in my day.

🇬🇧 The LOVE for this sport was what INITIALLY connected my British hubby Neil and I in conversation when we met randomly at a bar 10 years ago. 
💗 We later played club TOGETHER for several years until in 2014 when I started dealing with pain & fatigue from Breast Implant Illness and gaining too much weight.

This week, in our online couples fitness group, we had to share our first BIG GOAL and what achieving that goal, would mean to us. 🧐

🎯 My answer came to me in a NANOSECOND …. my LOVE and LONGING for this little black and white beauty was the FIRST THING I saw me returning to and felt in my heart.

Maybe it was because of world cup, but gosh I felt me missing this game so much. 😢
Right now I’m too heavy for my joints to play, but...my first BIG goal when I lose 20 of my 40 pounds is to reunite with this old friend.

Even if it’s just briefly.

If you’ve grown up competitively playing a certain sport your entire life you KNOW EXACTLY what I mean.

There is NO FEELING quite like the one your heart feels after lacing up and stepping back on the old pitch, track, field, ice, court, ring or whatever space you once FREAKING OWNED. 🏆

Two months. That’s my goal. I’m laser focused on YOU.

We WILL reunite, once again my dear ole friend.

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Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Pesto Spaghetti Squash 2B Portion fix recipe

Pesto Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Total Time: 16 min

Prep Time: 5 min

Cooking Time: 11 min

 

1 Large Spaghetti Squash (3 to 4 pounds)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped tomato

1/2 cup Parmeseam Cheese

1/3 Cup fresh chopped basil

1 to 2 tsp fresh lemon 

1 TBL prepared pest sauce

1)  Place whole spaghetti squash in microwave, cook on high for 3 min or until tender enough to cut length wise

2) Once sliced in half, use a fork to remove the seeds from inside of spaghetti squash halves; discard seeds

3) Place both halves of spaghetti squash in microwave; cook, on high for 6-8 minutes or until you can easily remove spagehtti strands with a fork.  Drain.  Place in large bowl with onion, tomato, cheese and basil.

4) Combine lemon juice and pesto in small bowl; whisk to blend. Pour over cooked spaghetti squash.

 

 

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