Can you get rid of cellulite?

Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of the skin that occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. It’s usually found on areas such as hips, thighs, stomach, arms, and buttocks. As hormones play a strong role in cellulite is much more common in women than in men.

The question that everybody wants answered is “can you actually get rid of cellulite?”

Well, while certainly there isn’t something such as a magical quick fix out there, there are a few important factors to take into account:

Lifestyle: it doesn’t matter if cellulite runs in your family and if it has a strong genetic background – lifestyle *can* have a tremendous impact on its appearance. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Get active! Aim to exercise at least 4 days a week for about 1 hour.

Exercise: do it right! Cardiovascular exercise will help to eliminate toxins, while strength and weight training will help to achieve muscle toning, which comes with a subsequent skin firming effect. Do *not* focus on cardiovascular training, but on strength/weight training and HIIT.

Hormones: the best advise we can give you is this – stop eating hormones! We already have plenty of hormones doing their thing in our body, the last thing you want is to actually eat hormones and build your cells with them. We are talking animal hormones. Eating animal products = eating animal hormones. It goes hand in hand. One can’t possibly eat animal flesh or products and avoid eating the hormones that come with it. Dairy is packed with at least 60 natural hormones, including actual estrogen, from lactating mother cows. The same applies for eggs (they are produced in hens’ ovaries as part of their ovulatory cycles, after all), and for all animal flesh, as it *always* contains natural hormones, and 95% of the times also includes more added extra growth hormones. All these hormones are toxic, we certainly don’t need them, and cause more harm in our system that you would think.

Processed food: the less toxic foods the better. All those fake and highly processed and sugary “foods” aren’t doing our body any favors. Not in the inside, and not in the outside. There are always healthier replacements out there to satisfy your sweet cravings. The beauty of it is that, once you allow your body to “detox” and cleanse itself from nasty foods such as sodas, crisps, dairy chocolates, sugary sweets, etc, you won’t even want to have them anymore, as your body and mind will know how much better you feel without them.

What to eat: antioxidants + fibre + phytonutrients + highly nutritious and healthful food = wholefood plant foods!

Contraceptive pills: just like with the animal hormones, hormonal contraceptives may cause/worsen cellulite to form. Again, it’s because of the presence of estrogen. Our tip: do stay away from pills and avoid getting preggo in a different way. Easy!

Massage, laser and other fancy machines: the anti-cellulite market is oversaturated with devices, techniques and varied mumbo-jumbo that promise to get rid of cellulite. Most of these don’t work, yet are very effective at taking weight off your wallet, but do feel free to do your research by all means if you like. Whatever you do, don’t fall for hazardous and risky methods... and don’t lose a fortune on it. Some of these techniques may be helpful, but they will mean nothing if you aren’t willing to tackle and fix the root of the problem: your lifestlyle.

Patience: it’s important to understand that cellulite took its time to formi happened gradually, due to a combination of factors. It isn’t realistic to expect for it to disappear overnight – do the right things and… be patient.

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The truth is that, most likely, you many never be able to get 100% rid of all the cellulite. Why? Because this is how the body is. Having some cellulite is normal, and it’s fine. We all have fat cells, some just happen to show this way, specially in women. Small amounts of cellulite shouldn’t be seen as a “disease of the obese” or something pathological. The problem is when the cellulite is obvious and in large amounts, as then it clearly indicates a lifestyle issue and that some simple adjustments are needed. 

The good news is that there is something you can certainly do to stop it from developing/getting worse or to improve its condition: do stick to the most powerful tools, which happen to be FREE and available and your fingertips right now: 

Your lifestyle = What you put into your body (Nutrition) + What you do with your body (Exercise) 

You got this!

Where do you get YOUR protein?

Where do you get YOUR protein? Instead of worrying about how much protein we are getting, we should actually focus more on the SOURCES of our protein. Protein in our foods comes packaged together with other things that can either be harmful or healthful, depending on the source.

Protein from ANIMAL sources comes packaged with saturated fats, cholesterol, antibiotics, hormones including IGF1, estrogens, & progesterones, heme iron, choline & L-carnitine which are transformed into TMAO, heterocyclic amines, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, industrial pollutants such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, & dioxins, advanced glycation endproducts, & neu5GC.

These compounds are linked to inflammation, atherosclerosis, tumor cell growth, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, endocrine disruption, unhealthy weight gain, increased acid load, & negative changes in our gut bacteria. Even when we buy organic or grass-fed, we still get almost all of these noxious elements – they are inherent to the foods themselves.

In contrast, protein from PLANT sources comes packaged with polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, fiber, & thousands of additional health-promoting phytonutrients including vitamins, polyphenols, & other antioxidants.

This combination is a winning one, as it lowers oxidative stress and inflammation, increases insulin sensitivity, promotes a healthy gut microbiome, & reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, gout, kidney stones, & fatty liver disease, among others. Plant protein has even been shown to decrease the risk of premature death compared to animal protein.

We can get ALL of the protein we need from plants. The choice is yours. Where will you get your protein?

Eggs aren’t healthy or safe

When an individual egg company wants to run an ad campaign, they can say whatever they want, but if an egg corporation wants to dip into the 10 million dollars the American Egg Board sets aside for advertising, as the board is overseen by the federal government, corporations are not allowed to lie with those funds – epic stuff, eh?!
 Check this out: By law, it’s illegal to advertise eggs as healthy or nutritious. As stated by the USDA “The egg industry needs to steer clear of words like healthy or nutritious.” This is the USDA talking!
However, the USDA helpfully suggests, “you can say eggs are naturally nutrient dense.” Wait a second why can you say eggs are nutrient dense but not nutritious? Aha, it’s because there’s no legal definition of “nutrient dense.” You can say Coca-Cola is nutrient dense, but legally, you can’t say something is nutritious unless it’s actually… nutritious.
  • Egg corporations aren’t allowed to say things like “Eggs are an important part of a well balanced, healthy diet”
  • “Nutritional powerhouse” can’t be used.
  • Can’t portray eggs as a diet food because of the saturated fat and cholesterol content. In fact they have nearly twice the calories of anything that can be called low-calorie.
  • Instead of weight loss ads can go with “can reduce hunger.” See these clowns’ cleverness? Yeah, a food that when eaten can reduce hunger – what a groundbreaking concept.
  • Can’t say eggs are good for you.
  • Can’t say eggs are low in saturated fat—they’re not.
  • Can’t say they’re relative low in fat – they’re not!
  • Can’t call them a rich source of protein – they’re not!
  • Can’t say eggs are “nutritious” at all – Eggs have so much cholesterol you can’t even say they contribute nutritionally.
  • Can’t say eggs are healthful. “All references to healthfulness must be deleted.”
  • Can’t say eggs are healthy, as they contain significant amounts of fat & cholesterol, which contributes to the leading killer in the Western, heart disease.
  • As they can’t say eggs are a healthy start to the day, the USDA suggests “a satisfying start.”  Ha, nice one.
  • They can’t even refer to eggs as safe – “All references to safety must be removed” because more than a hundred thousand Americans are Salmonella poisoned every year from eggs. Also because of  avian influenza. “Instead of safe you can call eggs fresh,” the USDA marketing service helpfully suggests.
  • The industry doesn’t say the truth about the poor hens that lay the eggs. The American Egg Board states “Do not show multiple birds in cages-they look too crowded and open us up to activist criticism.” In other words, DO NOT SHOW THE TRUTH TO THE PUBLIC.
Wait a second: Eggs can’t be called healthy and safe? Says who… Says the egg industry and the US Department of Agriculture.
For more information check out Dr Michael Greger’s full article HERE.
More information on The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: www.pcrm.org

Animal agriculture is sickening. Literally.

Obesity, heart disease, diabetes type II, cancer, atherosclerosis,+ stroke, arthritis… the list goes on and on.

A report published in December 2013 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) links 70% of human diseases to animal agriculture. The report also points out the astonishingly high use of antibiotics given to farm animals to promote growth and compensate for the filthy conditions the poor animals live and are killed in. Just in the US the farm animals which will be turned into food needless food products are given about 80% of the total antibiotics supply. This brings in an extra price to pay: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which are increasingly on the rise, with now more than 2 million people in the US contracting drug-resistant infections annually.

The full report is available on the FAO’s website – www.fao.org

✔The key is that, biologically speaking, our bodies have ZERO dietary requirement for eating animals and the things that come out of them (their maternal milk and eggs.) Yes, this applies to virtually every human in the world, as no human has yet been born with an inherent biological need to eat pigs, cows or drink their maternal milk. Not only our bodies don’t require any animal products at all, these have been conclusively proven to have a potentially detrimental effect in our health. And lethal. Animal protein has been specifically linked to increased cancer risks, and giving up dairy is one of the best things a person can do to decrease their risks of developing cancer or experiencing cancer cell growth. Just when a little of animal protein is included Animal protein “turns on” cancer. Risk of disease goes up dramatically when even a little animal protein is added to the diet.” –Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study)

ℹAnimal products are naturally highly acidic. Our bodies thrive in an alkaline environment. Cancer and disease thrives in acidic environments, yet they cannot survive in an alkaline one. Animal protein is also laden with cholesterol, saturated and trans fats, has no fiber or antioxidants, and is nutritionally poor for our needs. We’ve seen people whose arthritis disappeared after being on a healthy vegan diet for just 6 weeks, others seeing their “mysterious” inflammatory issues going away after giving up all animal protein, general health, energy and fitness performance vastly improving, and even cancers disappearing after following 100% plant-based nutrition.

For more information on the detrimental effects of animal protein (meat, fish, dairy and eggs) check out the documentary “Forks over knives” and professionals such as T. Colin Campbell , Dr. Cadwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Greger (nutritionfacts.org) Dr. Neal Barnard (www.pcrm.org), Dr. Garth Davies & Dr. William Castelli, director of the Framingham Heart Study.

Why fish is not health food

Nowadays you should expect any fish or seafood you eat to contain some mercury. This includes both wild and farmed fish. Eating fish & seafood is the main source of exposure to methylmercury – a highly toxic form of mercury, a poison that interferes with the brain, the cardiovascular & nervous systems, and can cause serious health problems.

Fish contains toxic metals such as mercury and cadmium, cholestrol, fats and toxins.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) have also designated mercury as a possible human carcinogen, which is a toxin that bioaccumulates both in fish /seafood and in humans.

Apart from mercury, add the extra dangers of also ingesting chemicals, pesticides and other common pollutants such as PCBs, dioxin, chlordane, and DDT. These pollutants are toxic to fish, humans and any other animals that consume and bio-accumulate them. And there’s also the radiation issue.


According to the EPA, PCBs are known carcinogens in some species, and very likely for humans too. PCBs disrupt immune function, cause learning disabilities and disrupt neurological development. Dioxins are known carcinogens and also cause liver damage, skin rashes and reductions in immune function. They are especially dangerous during fetal development and early childhood.

Cholesterol and fat:

Fish is often touted as a “health food” and “heart-healthy” because of the omega-3 fats yet, like all animal products, fish is high in dietary cholesterol, which considerably increases the risk for artery blockage and heart disease. Also labeled as “low in fat”, this is often not the case as between 15-30% of the fat in fish is actually saturated fat, which stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol. Often 60% of fish calories comes from fat. We see this when analyzing our customers’ food diaries very often.

What about fish oil supplements?

When it comes to fish oil supplements, these may do more harm than good. In spite of the Big Pharma’s persistent efforts to try to sell more pills and fish oil as a “miracle cure for everything”, these claims are unfounded, with research and studies showing that fish oil may increase diabetes and prostate cancer risk. 

Now, there’s also some good news, as you can get all the clean and heart-healthy Omega-3s you need directly from plants such as flax seeds, chia seeds, leafy greens, hemp, walnuts and soy beans. Regarding the EPA and DHA conversion, there’s a lot of contradictory information and studies out there, and even more misinformation, as usual. Some studies have shown meat-eaters with a very poor DHA conversion and vegan women with higher levels than other meat-eaters, and the opposite too. The truth and what really matters is that fish isn’t health food, and that we don’t need to eat any fish to get Omega 3s as we can effectively get it exclusively from plants, without any of the detrimental effects that eating fish brings.

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer

The truth about the Blood Type Diet

You may have heard about a –extremely ridiculous- diet named the “Blood type diet”. It’s a diet that says that people should eat differently depending on whether their blood type is O, A, B, or AB. According to Peter J. D’Adamo, the deluded fella that created this nonsense, if you follow his diet you’ll be healthier, lose weight, have more energy, and even help prevent disease. And win the lotto too.

Here it is: this diet is nothing but a fad, a scam and utter nonsense, both from a biological & scientific and a common sense (we love using our common sense) perspective. Let’s see why:

ALL humans have the exact same digestive system. Like all cows share the exact same digestive system and lions also share an exact digestive system. Humans are naturally designed and built to thrive on a plant-based diet. There is nothing healthier than following a balanced 100% plant-based nutrition. This is a fact that has been confirmed a trillion times. NO human in this world has an inherent dietary requirement for eating meat, fish, eggs and dairy.  Not us, not you, not our next-door neighbour, not the guy that works at Pete’s local grocery store and not your friend’s funny-looking brother. We can get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals directly from plants, without the nasties that come when eating and filtering nutrients through animal sources.

Yet, according to this diet, depending on our blood type we should eat different stuff, including stuff that biologically we don’t need. Who cares that our digestive system is the same, that certain foods will *always* have a detrimental effect in our body, and that certain foods are not even nutritionally required by our species? Check out some of the nonsense: According to this diet most people are encouraged to consume dairy, when we know that this isn’t good for us, but the opposite. This diet basically states that most people were born to drink maternal milk from another species, yet some should have it low-fat. Also according to this diet some people should avoid eating chickens and instead eat lambs, while others should concentrate on eating cows and others were born to eat a heavy protein diet from animal sources, when we know that this isn’t 1) a dietary requirement for any of us and 2) detrimental to our health and the cause of many diseases. This diet does encourage everyone to eat vegetables and fruits… Surprise, surprise.

Humans have 4 blood types, dogs have 4 blood types, cats have 11 and cows have about 800. Does this “blood type” thing apply only to humans or to all other animals? Perhaps some cows should eat fish? And what about lions? Should some of them just eat courgettes and grapes? Perhaps some humans should make cheese out of maternal milk from hippos instead of from cows? And some cats perhaps should have an exclusive diet of bananas?

And what’s going on with all those vegans that don’t eat anything that comes from an animal while belonging to one of the blood types that “should” be eating meat like there’s no tomorrow? How is possible that they are so incredibly healthy? Even healthier than those with the same blood type that follow this diet? X-files?

When it comes to diets for many it’s something like religion; some people “need” to believe in them. Many people use diets like this one as an excuse and attempt of justification to eat what they shouldn’t or what their bodies don’t need naturally. People want to believe in “magic” diets. People want to be able to justify why they eat the -bad or unnecessary- things they eat.

The best advice we can give you about diets is this: NO. This applies to all sorts of diets. The diet mentality is never a good one to have, but sadly it’s everywhere these days. We don’t *need* to be on a “diet” to lose weight.

What the hell happened to just making healthy choices the majority of the time and working out? It’s as simple as this.

No diet will ever bring the benefits than eating healthy will bring.

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer