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Turn Your Body Into a Fat Burning Machine

Have you been trying to lose weight but finding it challenging?  It’s really not that difficult once you tap into what your body really needs to function well.

Are you working out and eating what you think is a healthy diet yet still not losing the weight?   What you are eating may not be a healthy diet for you, after all!

But in this article, I’d like to give you a few quick tips that might help you reach your weight loss goals.

•  Eliminate artificial sweeteners.  All artificial sweeteners create cravings for more sweets which could tempt you to eat things you know you shouldn’t be eating to lose weight!  Some artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain, compromised thyroid function and gastrointestinal issues.  Use stevia, instead.  We have awesome natural, flavored liquids and unflavored powder in the office and I personally love using the flavored liquids in creative ways.

•  Stop eating microwavable frozen meals.  They are often full of excess sodium (which creates water retention), the chemical composition of food is altered and microwaving has been linked to cancer.  Real food is much better for you.  Take the extra time to pack a nutritious lunch and avoid that microwave!  If you get home late from work reheat leftovers using a pan and coconut oil.

•  Use coconut oil.  It’s great for cooking, tastes yummy and helps your body burn excess fat.  Start with 1 teaspoon in your morning warm beverage and start the fat-burning process early in your day.  Purchase organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil.  You can even use it instead of butter.  It’s very satiating, rich in lauric acid (antiviral and antibacterial) and coconut and high quality virgin olive oil are really the best oils to use.

If you are ready to “re-boot”your system, take charge of your body and mind and get more ideas on what specific tips and techniques will work for your body, check out the video at www.DrElena.com/testimonials and see what others have experienced.  You can turn your body into a fat-burning machine!  If you don’t feel well or function well, nothing else seems worthwhile.  Don’t you deserve to feel great?

Dr. Elena Michaels is a traditional naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and hypnotherapist who has been helping others create greater health, happiness and balance for more than 30 years.  Contact her at Elena@DrElena.com www.DrElena.com or 661 250-4395.

My Favorite Tea For A Cold Night Or Whenever I Need Extra Balancing

Even though I grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania on the edge of Lake Erie, I don’t like the cold weather.  I guess that’s why I moved to Southern California.  But it still gets cold here and is 48 degrees right now (that’s what my oracle, the iPhone says).  😉

So I thought I would share with you my favorite tea for a cold night.  I also make this tea when my throat feels scratchy, my stomach feels upset, I feel achey or anytime I just feel like I might not be as balanced as I want to be!

*  Grate frozen organic ginger root into a big mug.  I just put my flat grater over the top of the mug and go to it!   I do about a half tablespoon into the mug.

(I keep my organic ginger root, peel and all, in a little zip lock baggie in the freezer.  It’s easier and faster to slice and grate when it’s frozen.)

*  Pour boiling water over an organic ginger tea bag and steep until the temp is just right for drinking.

*  Add Sweetleaf Lemon Stevia to taste.

I sip this and my body just loves it…it also soothes my soul!

In the warmer weather I will do it in a tall glass and add cool purified water.  I add some boiling water and let it sit, then I add some ice cubes and sweetener.

I’ve also done this with sparkling water and I have also just used ginger juice by The Ginger People when I’ve felt lazy.  😉

When I make it cold and sweetened with the lemon stevia and I use sparkling water, it tastes like ginger ale.

This always brings back sweet memories as my grandmother used to give me a glass of ginger ale when I was a little girl and whenever I wasn’t feeling well.  This is just a healthier and no-sugar version of the Canada Dry Ginger Ale she used to give me.  This healthier version makes me feel nourished and cared for.  It’s something nice to do for myself.

Ginger is great for the immune and digestive systems and it’s a great anti-inflammatory herb.  It wonderful for autoimmune thyroid because it does not stimulate Th1 or Th2 (which can put an autoimmune thyroid person out of balance and initiate a flare up of symptoms).  So ginger (along with peppermint and rooibos) is a “go to tea” for me and I recommend it to all of my autoimmune thyroid clients.

And now, to sip…ahh–ahhh…

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Essential Oils – Are They Really Pure?

Here is a short (casual) video shot after having dinner with friends when someone asked me about labels that say “pure essential oils” which really aren’t pure.  That means that there may be some pure essential oil in the bottle but the entire contents of the bottle is not all pure essential oil.  They are obvious carriers/extenders/chemicals added to fill the volume of the bottle if the label states the warnings I talk about on this short video.  Be informed and be conscious of what you are buying and using especially if you are using the oils topically, inhaling them or using them with a child, elderly person or someone who is dealing with a health challenge!  Here is a link to the ones I have used for the past 17+ years:


Yours in health,

Dr. Elena 😉