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Chocolate Apple Butter Bites

This Halloween, there is no reason to be scared, instead of letting something take a bite out of you, take a bite of these delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Bites.  Don’t worry, this recipe won’t drive you batty, it is so simple.  Please enjoy with all of your favorite ghouls.

 

Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

Prep Time 20 mins

Total Time 20 mins
Stage: 4 and Beyond on the Body N Balance program
Servings: 12
Calories: 108

Ingredients
Bottom Layer
• 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
• ¼ cup Almond Butter
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• ¼ cup Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
• 2 count Stevia, droppers full
Top Layer
• 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
• ¼ cup Almond Butter
• ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
• 1 count Stevia, dropper full

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients for bottom layer together
2. Pour into molds or cupcake liners
3. Place in freezer approximately 5 minutes
4. Combine all ingredients for top layer together
5. Pour on top of bottom layer
6. Return to freezer approximately 30 minutes
7. Keep Bites stored in the freezer

Recipe Notes
Almond Butter is a cautionary item for those on the Body N Balance program.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Go ahead, lean into fall and enjoy this delicious Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer.  Avoid the lines and the costs of the major coffee chains and make/enjoy this at home and don’t feel guilty about any artificial flavors, sugars or chemicals.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Prep Time 10 mins

Total Time 10 mins

Body N Balance Program Stage: 4 and Beyond
Servings: approximately 11
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
Calories: 55

Ingredients
• 1 – 5.4 oz. can Coconut Cream not Coconut Milk
• ⅔ cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
• 2 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
• 2 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
• ¼ tsp Pink Salt

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vita Mix blender) and whirl on high for one minute or until ingredients are completely combined. Serve immediately.
2. Store unused portion in a covered container in the refrigerator (preferably a glass container)

Recipe Notes
Pumpkin is a Body N Balance Program cautionary item.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

 Why not just sit back, relax and enjoy this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili recipe. This is great for a healthy easy weekend meal that your entire family will enjoy.  It is also great for a neighborhood pot luck.  Enjoy this fabulous time of year with this easy healthy dish!

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 6 hrs

Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins

Stage: 2 and Beyond
Servings: 6
Calories: 328

Ingredients
• 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Olive Oil extra virgin/ unrefined
• 2 Cups chopped yellow onion about 1 large onion
• 1 green pepper diced
• 6 garlic cloves minced
• 1 pound grass-fed beef or bison
• 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
• 1/2 6oz can tomato paste
• 1 14oz can pumpkin puree
• 1 Cup chicken broth or water
• 2.5 teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 Tbsp. chili powder
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1.5 tsp. ground cumin
• 1 tsp. pink salt
• 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions
1. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and sauté the onions and peppers. About 7 minutes or until onions start to soften.
2. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.
3. Add the ground beef/bison. Use a spatula or large spoon to break it up as it cooks. Cook until meat is nearly cooked through.
4. Transfer meat mixture to the slow cooker.
5. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
6. Set heat to LOW and cook for about 6 hours
Recipe Notes
Be sure to read all labels for sugar content!!

Check out Gary’s Amazing Health Transformation He lost 51lbs!!

 

Our October Client of the Month is Gary Hayman.  We are so proud of his success.  He Lost 51 lbs and reversed his Type 2 Diabetes AND was able to eliminate all of his prescription medication!

Here is a picture of all of the medications eliminated. WOW!

 

Here is Gary’s Amazing Story

I was introduced to the Body N Balance program a few years ago through my sister. I was really skeptical about the program to begin with as I had not seen any improvement in my weight, diabetes or overall health through the traditional medical and drug therapy approach. As a matter of fact, I would say that my weight and health got worse with time while in the traditional medical system. My diabetes was getting worse on the drugs, not better, and my overall quality of life was declining substantially. After deciding enough was enough and that I was tired of just taking more drugs I decided to take a chance on the Body N Balance program and I’m really glad I did. When I started the program I weighed 210 lbs and was on 7 different prescription drugs, including Insulin. It was hard to begin with due to my poor health but things began to rapidly improve and my body adjusted and got used to the real food and nutrients that Dr. Cadwell recommended for me on the program. By the time I completed the program I was off ALL of my pharmaceutical drugs and weighed 157 lbs….if your wondering, that is 53 pounds I lost! That was 3 years ago! And the weight is still off and I DO NOT take any pharmaceutical drugs! Also before the Body N Balance program I couldn’t work….I am now working and my overall quality of life is 1000% better than before I did the Body N Balance program. I adopted the healthy lifestyle that Body N Balance teaches. I learned what my body likes and doesn’t likes and have become so empowered and educated through this process! I am so happy with the results this program gave me and what I learned about what being truly healthy means!

Please check back often to see our other health transformations and also other exciting news about health!

Low Libido? 5 Surprising Causes

5 Surprising Causes of Low Libido

Low sex drive can have far-reaching effects for men. It damages self-esteem and causes tension in romantic relationships. Unfortunately, it’s pretty common. In fact, one in five men will suffer a loss of libido in his lifetime.[i]

 

There’s good news, though. Many times there’s a clear cause of a drop in libido—and many of those causes can be addressed with the help of a men’s health expert. Here are some of the more surprising causes of low libido … and how you can fix them.

 

  1. Diabetes

When we think of the effects of diabetes, we don’t tend to think about sexual health. But if you think about it, it makes sense that poorly controlled diabetes can be at the root of low libido and sexual performance issues. After all, high blood sugar can cause nerve damage, as well as vascular problems. And don’t forget that people with type 2 diabetes often struggle with weight.

 

Nerve damage makes it difficult to maintain an erection and to feel pleasurable sensations in the penis. Vascular problems can restrict blood flow to the penis, making it more difficult to get an erection. Excess weight also increases your chances of having erectile dysfunction (ED).

 

These performance issues can make men feel stressed about sex, which is known to decrease libido.

 

Plus, type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for low testosterone, and higher testosterone levels significantly cut the risk of type 2 diabetes.[ii] When testosterone levels are low, libido plummets.

 

So one way to get to the root of low libido is to get your blood sugar under control and get to a healthy weight. You can do that with a custom-tailored health and wellness program like Body N Balance.

 

  1. Stress & psychological issues

Job woes got you down? Stressed about money? Try as you might, it’s hard to turn those worries off when it’s time to get turned on. Stress is a major cause of both low libido and ED.

 

Depression is another libido killer. That’s because when you’re depressed, you stop taking pleasure in once-pleasurable activities—like sex. Plus, it’s difficult to muster the energy for intimacy and connection when you’re depressed.

 

Antidepressants may help treat depression, but unfortunately they can make matters in the bedroom worse. Low libido is a common side effect of antidepressants.

 

So what’s the solution? If your mood or life circumstances are getting in the way of your sex life, talk to a trusted healthcare professional who looks at the whole picture, instead of just treating symptoms. A combination of lifestyle approaches and holistic treatments can help address the stress and depression at the root of your low sex drive.

 

  1. Hair loss medications

In an effort to curb or even reverse hair loss, some men make a sacrifice they never intended to make: their libido. And not just their libido, but their sexual health in general. The reason? Sexual dysfunction is right up there on the laundry list of side effects caused by finasteride (brand name: Propecia), one of the most common hair loss medications.

 

Just look at the effects noted by one study conducted on otherwise healthy men between the ages of 21 and 46 who were using finasteride:[iii]

  • 94 percent of men developed low libido
  • 92 percent of men developed ED
  • 92 percent of men experienced decreased arousal
  • 69 percent developed problems with orgasm

 

The worst part? Three months after quitting finasteride, these effects persisted.

 

But that doesn’t mean you need to choose between a full head of hair and a fulfilling sex life. In fact, there are plenty of effective fixes for hair loss that don’t come with the side effects of popular medications.

 

  1. Cardiovascular issues

Heart and vascular issues are another surprising cause of low libido in men. One reason is physiological: When circulation suffers, blood flow to the penis is compromised. That can get in the way of arousal and erections.

 

Another reason is that the medications used to treat heart disease can lower libido and cause other sexual issues. (Note that men who take nitrates for angina symptoms should not use ED drugs.)

 

Then there’s the psychological factor: Many men who have heart issues worry about having sex again. “Postsurgical discomfort, poor self-image, and the anxiety of an overprotective partner are frequently cited obstacles, according to a Harvard Heart Letter.

 

The Harvard experts stress, though, that for most men with cardiovascular disease, it’s safe to have sex. For some, it’s better to get the condition under control first, according to the Letter. “People in high-risk categories, such as those with uncontrolled high blood pressure, unstable angina, or advanced heart failure, should defer sexual activity until their condition is adequately treated.”

 

Be sure to talk openly with both your doctor and your partner about your concerns and fears. And whether you have cardiovascular disease or not, it’s important to follow a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle—for both your heart health and your sexual wellness.

  1. Obesity

Obesity is a factor in some of the other libido killers we’ve already discussed, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. That’s one of the reasons it’s a contributor to sexual problems. But obesity also can cause self-confidence and body image issues, which both make it difficult to drum up excitement for adventures between the sheets.

 

Another way obesity—especially abdominal obesity—causes sexual problems is by decreasing testosterone in the body. Low testosterone levels are a common cause of low libido, as well as erectile dysfunction.

 

The good news is that obesity can be reversed with a well-planned, thoughtful weight and wellness program like Body N Balance. And hormone issues can be addressed with tailored bioidentical hormone therapy.

 

Moving forward

Low libido can be a drag on relationships, self-esteem, and overall happiness. But the good news is that many of the underlying causes can be addressed with non-invasive therapies that have the added benefit of improving your overall health.

 

[i] https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/sexual-and-reproductive/loss-of-libido

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5793809/

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21418145