*Note: Parm Crisps are yummy chips made from real cheese and other natural ingredients, and you can find them on parmcrisps.com or at Amazon. You can use original or jalapeño (if you want a kick) as your soup topping. I’ve become a bit of a cheesehead because of these zero- carb healthy fats. I love to put these on salads and soups, and I definitely love them for a quick snack. Just be careful! Parm Crisps are highly addictive.
These are my favorite no-carb, gluten-free snack. They come in 5 different delicious flavors! You have to try these if you like cheese and want a cracker alternative that is #CruiseControl approved.
I get a lot of questions about saunas and if they are good for you, what the benefits are, etc. As you have seen on my social, I am in my sauna a lot. I work in it, I go before I go to bed to calm me down, I go in when I’m stressed, even my kids love to use it!
Although saunas have been popular for centuries, they are not usually thought of for treatments in traditional medicine. The stigma is that they have been unbearably hot, steamy rooms in which breathing can be difficult. But the saunas of today have technologically evolved from the harsh, 200°+ rooms they originated from to a soothing, healthy heat.
My favorite brand is Sunlighten. Their infrared technology brings forth a therapeutic treatment that is not only relaxing but also clinically shown beneficial for your health. These saunas also help eliminate toxins, further supporting the healing process. This is one of the many reasons why infrared sauna therapy is one of the fastest-growing home therapies.
What is Infrared?
Infrared wavelengths are the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum consisting of near (NIR), mid (MIR) and far (FIR) rays. These rays have the ability to penetrate human tissue. This characteristic makes infrared beneficial because it heats the body directly at the core rather than simply warming the air resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where the majority of toxins reside.
Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared’s gentle heat is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.
Not All Infrared Technology Is Equal
Sunlighten’s far infrared technology, Solocarbon®, is the only infrared sauna heater on the market clinically shown to raise core temperature nearly 3 degrees. What does this mean for your health? You will experience the most detoxifying sweat, lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and aid in weight loss through waistline reduction.
The most advanced infrared therapy available is Solocarbon 3-in-1 infrared treatments. The infrared spectrum consists of near (NIR), mid (MIR), and far (FIR) waves, each with distinct characteristics and health benefits. Sunlighten offers all three peak wavelengths for the maximum therapeutic results.
So many healing and preventative benefits derive from infrared therapy. Clinically-backed research shows that the different wavelengths – NIR, MIR and FIR – are more effective than others at targeting various health benefits.
Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals accumulate in the body during modern daily life. Studies have shown that FIR raises core body temperature stimulating the sweat glands resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat ridding the body of toxins.
As you get older, you may find there are a lot more aches and pains in your body. Well, there doesn’t have to be! MIR can help to expand blood vessels and increase circulation allowing more oxygen to reach injured areas of the body resulting in reduced pain and a faster healing process. A NASA study using NIR heat, also determined that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside reducing inflammation.
I am known for shortcuts to health and fitness and wow, if you can get a cardiovascular “workout” while sitting in the sauna.. I think I just found the #1 shortcut! During a 10-20 minute sauna session, heart rate increases by 50-75% which provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. There is a nominal effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin to expand to accommodate increased blood flow. A 2005 clinical study conducted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City showed that Solocarbon FIR sauna treatments dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining concluding that Solocarbon FIR reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use.
Increase Cell Health & Boost Immunity:
Several studies have shown that near infrared properties can help improve cell health, enhance muscle recovery and boost immune defenses. A NASA study concluded that NIR LED technology can quadruple cell health and tissue growth. Another study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated that LED-produced near infrared helps promote cell health and regeneration. Lastly, a study from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that LED near infrared (NIR) restores enzyme activity and reduces cell death by half.
One of my favorite parts of it, that I’m sure you’ll love to! IR improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and removes dead cells on the surface of the skin resulting in a soft, clear complexion. A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of NIR therapy. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.
In addition to the benefits above, 3-in-1 infrared saunas have also been shown to increase circulation, improve cell health, and more. To get the maximum benefits received with regular use, I recommend adding a 3-in-1 sauna or high quality far infrared sauna to your home. This is an easy addition as they come in pre-fabricated kits that are ready to assemble and plugin, have low energy consumption and are virtually maintenance-free. I recommend Sunlighten saunas because of their advanced, full-spectrum technology.
As you can tell, using a sauna is so beneficial in so many ways! And you can see why I love Sunlighten and all the technology including the infrared tech that’s a part of it.
If you want to learn more about their saunas, check out their website here.
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As a single working father of two it is so important to me that I get quality sleep at night so that I can wake up and work and be on dad mode each day.
These days there seems to be a pill for everything and many times it’s needed for your body to recover or make up what it’s lacking chemically. But with things like sleep I prefer to not pop a pill. If you use medicine to sleep you are less likely to actually get the deeper REM sleep that rejuvenates you, and you’re also creating a chemical dependency for your body, full of tricky side effects.
The good thing is, the sleep aid industry is changing with more companies launching that provide non-pharmaceutical solutions to sleep. One of those that you may have heard about recently is weighted blankets as a trending new treatment for sleep!
One of my favorites is from a company called Gravity. They’ve created this amazing weighted blanket that helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer – which make you feel more refreshed and relaxed when you wake up after a night of using it! Me and my kids use ours nightly, and from even the first night, we felt a huge difference in our sleep.
What’s even more amazing about Gravity is that they don’t just have weighted blankets. They have a full suite of sleep products, including the Weighted Sleep Mask and Aromatherapy Pillow.
Some of the main reasons I love them:
The Gravity Blanket: Uses the same science as a hug! The pressure on your body slows cortisol (stress hormone) production and increases serotonin production. Helping you calm and ground yourself when going to sleep.
Aromatherapy Pillow: Uses lavender essential oil to relax the body and mind throughout the night.
The Weighted Sleep Mask puts pressure on key points on your face to promote grounding and relaxation.
If you want to learn more check out their site here. Use my code CRUISECONTROL on their site to get 30% off and see what makes me sleep so well at night!
If you are as interested in this as I am, keep up-to-date with all this Gravity on their social.
I know a lot of you are scared to start working out and I know of this great site, www.living.fit.com, which can walk you through how to get started! You can get instructions from top trainers to learn kettlebell flow, support, and even recovery for better workouts.
This is created by Kettlebell Kings, I suggest purchasing these kettlebells to get started with your training.
Kettlebells are great to use for a full-body workout and don’t be scared, Living Fit can teach you just how to get started, which weight to start with, and work with you as you grow more confident and build your strength.
I incorporate Kettlebells weekly into my workouts and have seen so much growth in my muscles and Living Fit helps with my recovery so that I can continue to workout at 100%.
After long weekends spending time with my family, whether we go on hikes, spend the day at the beach, or go to my boys’ sporting events, we all need a way to recover and get ready for the work/school week ahead. One of my favorite ways to recover is by using Cryotherapy technology. Cryotherapy is the science of exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures of up to -140 degrees Celsius in order to stimulate multiple physical and mental health benefits.
By reducing the surface temperature of the skin to that degrees, it boosts blood circulation and reduces inflammation. The increase circulation of healthy nutrients int he body stimulates various health benefits. As you may know, on the Cruise Control diet, we are all about anti-inflammatory meals for meal 1 and meal 2 on my plan. So adding this to my regime every week just helps to bolster my body’s ability to reduce inflammation making me look better and feel better.
My favorite system to use is the Penguin by CRYO Science which is talked about in my newest book, “The Cruise Control Diet”, on page 225. Head to amazon.com to buy my book and read more about why I use cryotherapy.
The CRYO Penguin is a mobile device that offers the ability to localize treatment to an affected area, meaning it’s not a full body machine, but rather one that you can hold in your hand and apply to the areas that you need to reduce inflammation. After I workout legs I’ll use it on my legs, on arm and shoulder day I’ll use it in those areas, you can even give yourself a cryo facial to help reduce inflammation in the face and slow the effects aging has on your skin and body.
I wanted to issue a public apology to CRYO Science. In my new book we made a mistake in the reference section and inputted the wrong URL to find their product. This will be updated in the re-print of “The Cruise Control Diet”. Please know that the correct CRYO Science URL is posted on all digital media, blogs, social, etc. it is only incorrect in the book. You guys will love this product, I guarantee you so check them out if you are ready to de-inflame your body and look and feel like the best version of yourself! cryosc.com