And perhaps most impressive, MacKenzie has lost — and kept off — 100 pounds. “She never misses the gym,” her dad, Scott Walker, said. “If I say, ‘I want ice cream,’ she said, ‘Dad, I don’t have the (macronutrients) for that.’ She won’t cheat on her diet.” MacKenzie dreams of being Ms. Olympia, the world’s best female bodybuilder. Envisioning her in that role is a bit of a stretch for strangers looking at her tiny 5-foot-5-inch frame. But those who know what she’s already done to reach her goals have no trouble imagining it. After MacKenzie’s parents divorced when she was 9, she lived with her father and brother in her grandfather’s house in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit. MacKenzie spent most of her time in the basement, looking at YouTube videos, eating hot dogs and French fries and drinking soda by the pack. “I ate a whole pizza in a night,” she recalled. “I didn’t know the feeling of being full.” Entering fifth grade, MacKenzie weighed 170 pounds. By the time eighth grade rolled around, she had reached 223 pounds. She developed a defense mechanism to ward off bullies — her friends loved when she made gross faces and mocked her own double chin. She worried occasionally about Type 2 diabetes — her grandmother lost a leg to the disease — but couldn’t seem to stick to diets she halfheartedly attempted. Then, in March 2013, MacKenzie went shopping for her eighth grade graduation dress. She had made a pact with her best guy friend that they would kiss for the first time. She looked for size 16 dresses, but after she tried a few on, the salesclerk directed her to another store. She walked out with a size 22 dress. “That was where my heart just kind of sank,” she said. “Thoughts started rolling in about dying, of not waking up one morning.” On grad night, MacKenzie chickened out on the kiss. “I couldn’t even look him in the eyes because I felt so bad for him.” She went home and swore she was going on a diet, but again failed to follow through. In September, MacKenzie entered high school at around 200 pounds. She walked down the halls thinking about all the people who must be staring at her, “the fat girl.” After a few weeks, she’d had enough. Her dad had signed up for gastric bypass surgery and was about to go on a presurgery liquid fast. She decided she would match his weight loss by going on a diet of her own. On September 24, 2013, she sat her dad down and told him, “This is it. I am doing this one last time. Please don’t let me quit.”The first 45 pounds were almost easy. MacKenzie stopped eating after 7 p.m., prepared a week’s worth of healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the weekend, and jogged every night around a local park. In December 2013, she signed up for Instagram and her world exploded with inspiration. She followed bodybuilders who had the sculpted physique she dreamed of. She discovered the Insanity fitness program. She learned from fellow Instagrammers that she wasn’t eating enough, and was doing too much cardio, so she increased her calorie intake and began lifting weights. She tried a low-carb diet, carb-cycling and clean eating, then finally started counting macronutrients, the eating plan she follows today. By March 2014, she had lost 70 pounds. But her dream “after” photo remained elusive. Because she had lost so much weight so rapidly, MacKenzie had a “hang,” or loose skin hanging from her stomach. It’s a common problem for people who lose a large amount of weight; they often find the skin around their thighs, middle, arms or neck doesn’t snap back into place. As MacKenzie’s doctor told her, “Once you blow up a balloon, it’s always going to have wrinkles in it.”MacKenzie used the hang as motivation, pushing herself harder at the gym. But she started experiencing back pain from having her center of gravity constantly pulled forward. And the hang got itchy and hot, even in Ontario’s freezing winters. Her trainer told her she needed an abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck. But for every plea MacKenzie sent to plastic surgeons in Canada and the United States, requests were denied, her age circled in red. Plastic surgeons have to be cautious about adolescent patients, said Dr. Felmont Eaves, former president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, who was not involved in MacKenzie’s case. Teens, he said, often base their decisions on social status or emotional insecurities. It’s a dilemma more plastic surgeons may have to face as parents and experts fight back against childhood obesity, and more hospitals accept adolescent bariatric surgery patients. “It’s important to understand their motivation and where they are psychologically,” Eaves said. “You don’t want to operate on something you don’t have to.” Rebound is a big concern with weight loss, he said; patients who have lost a lot of weight are at high risk for gaining it back. A lot of surgeons also encourage female patients to wait until after childbirth to have a tummy tuck done. Still, if an adolescent patient shows a healthy attitude, commitment to change and realistic expectations about surgery, she is really no different from a healthy adult patient, Eaves said. “There are some 16-year-olds who are amazingly secure and have good insight, and there are 25-year-olds who are clueless,” he said. “So as long as they’re mature enough to follow instructions, … having this type of operation would be very reasonable.”Maturity is exactly what Dr. Anthony Youn saw in MacKenzie when he read her email. “She wasn’t asking for a Barbie doll body,” he said. “She told me what she wanted to lose — and it was all the signs of her previous life, the life before she took as good care of herself as she is now.” Youn scheduled a consultation with MacKenzie and her father at his office in Troy, Michigan. He was impressed by the research they’d done and agreed to perform the surgery at the end of July. The only problem: It would cost the Walkers close to $9,000. “How do we afford that?” Scott Walker remembered thinking. “We’re an average working family. I’m a single parent, and to afford a surgery that expensive … I didn’t know how I would come up with the funding.” True to form, MacKenzie didn’t let that stop her. She set up a GoFundMe page online and asked her Instagram followers for help. Then she turned to her coach, Chris Jones, aka Beastmode Jones, who is well-known in the online fitness world. Close to 700,000 people subscribe to his YouTube channel, which features video tutorials for bodybuilders and his clients. Jones posted a video asking for help for MacKenzie. In less than two months, MacKenzie had the funds she needed.MacKenzie’s Instagram feed is full of selfies — MacKenzie posing in the mirror at the gym; MacKenzie showing off her muscles; MacKenzie’s before and after shots. If the likes and comments on her posts are any indication, her followers love it. In January, she published a 30-page e-book about her weight loss journey, which she sold for $13 on her website.She used the money she earned from the book sales to take her dad to Disney World for his 50th birthday. “(The book) did really well,” she said modestly, shrugging her shoulders. The father-daughter duo are incredibly close. Scott Walker went through his own weight loss journey after gastric bypass surgery, going from 276 pounds to 160. They support each other, each making sure the other never veers too far off track. Scott manages MacKenzie’s website, where she interacts with her clients. She typically has around 50 for whom she provides weekly training and eating plans. As MacKenzie headed into her tummy tuck surgery on July 28, Scott Walker leaned down and kissed his daughter on the forehead. His words seemed to stick in his throat: “I’m going to be waiting for you. I’ll see you after. I love you.” “Come on, Dad, keep it together,” MacKenzie joked as she was wheeled toward the operating room.Any surgery carries risk, Youn said. With an abdominoplasty, there’s a risk of bleeding and blood clots. Tummy tucks have a particularly high risk of deep vein thrombosis, which can be fatal. But MacKenzie’s surgery went smoothly. Youn was able to remove more than 3 pounds of excess skin and tighten her ab muscles. After spending the night in the hospital, MacKenzie returned to Windsor with her dad.Two days after surgery, MacKenzie was still in a lot of pain. Her lower half was swollen, tight and extremely uncomfortable. For a week, she had to stay completely bent over. Youn said it’ll be months before the swelling goes down completely, but MacKenzie is already back at the gym. She recently bought a bikini for her birthday beach trip in December. It’s the first time she’s felt optimistic about showing off her abs.”I’m extremely glad that I had this surgery,” MacKenzie said gleefully. “I can finally pull off that transformation that I’ve wanted to do for so long.”
Kombucha Starter Kit
You Can Do It YourselfCommercially-produced kombucha is widely available today and can be found in most supermarkets and health food stores. However, it’s actually easy to make your own fizzy kombucha beverage right at home using only a few necessary ingredients.. All you need is: • A large clean glass jar • Green or black tea • Sugar • Water • Wooden spoon • A coffee filter or cheese cloth • A rubber band • 1 SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) The SCOBY is responsible for the fermentation and production of healthy probiotic bacteria. You can purchase a SCOBY online or ask a friend who already makes their own kombucha. After that, it’s as easy as following a few simple steps until you’ve got your own homemade kombucha tea beverage.
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Personal Experiences ....Frau T. S. from P., Germany, writes: "I have had it (the Kombucha tradition) for 6 months now, and my well being is bettering at all times, In short, I believe nice. I additionally handed it directly to buddies who're additionally more than happy with it and feature been cured of rheumatic pains and liver court cases, for instance.(...) I would not love to must surrender consuming the beverage." "Since consuming Kombucha Tea I've spotted a drastic aid within the signs of HAY FEVER AND SINUS that I have been experiencing. I've a big VARICOSE VEIN on my proper calf All over the time I've been consuming the Kombucha Tea, I've spotted that it's been shriveled and it does now not itch or pain because it used to. I actually have a SENSITIVE STOMACH which has been relieved, and I'm additionally in a position to deal with REGULAR BOWEL ACTIVITY."
Mr H. Wilkins... Springwood, Qld.
"For about 17 years I have been affected by serious MIGRAINE HEADACHES, no less than thrice per week at a minimal. I used to be completely resigned to the truth that I'd proceed to be afflicted by this criticism and ache for the remainder of my fife. When visiting some buddies one night time I used to be requested if I would really like to take a look at one of the most " MIRACLE" drink referred to as Kombucha Tea. I used to be hesitant, however I did take a look at it anyway. It tasted fairly refreshing, however unknown to my buddies I had a ache in my higher gastric area which have been there many of the day. To my astonishment, inside part an hour of consuming this Kombucha Tea my ache had completely disappeared. After starting up to drink this tea two times day-to-day for the closing two and a part months I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ONE MIGRAINE AT ALL. I'm so extremely joyful so to percentage this enjoy and inform other folks how this Kombucha Tea has benefited me and CHANGED MY LIFE."
Fay Haddrill ... French's Wooded area
Kombucha Tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it’s sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it is a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. Kombuca Tea has been taken for its natural probiotic healing properties for thousands of years and due to recent information provided by RainTree Nutrition and The National Health Sciences Institute, there has been tremendous excitement to take this ancient elixir. Kombuca Tea is a powerful herbal supplement that the Shaolin Monks and Eastern Mystics have used for centuries to strengthen the body’s natural defenses including memory problems, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), joint pain and rheumatism, appetite loss, high blood pressure, constipation, arthritis, hair growth, immunity issues and cancer. Kombucha Tea can be brewed in your home with a Kombucha SCOBY. It produces a sweet, slightly sour Elixir that you can drink at anytime. Kombucha (formal name: Medusomyces gisevii, also called tea mushroom and manchurian mushroom) is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). What makes Kombucha Tea so unique is its wide variety of bioactive phytonutrients, which work naturally at the cellular and systemic levels.
Boost Your Immune SystemThose who love to look for natural health remedies will love the fact that kombucha is actually a natural antibiotic. This is because of the process of fermentation and its by-products. One of which is acetic acid, which creates a kind of sterile environment which inhibits the growth of unhealthy bacteria. The probiotics also fight the bad bacteria so whereas pharmaceutical antibiotics kill off all the bacteria in our systems, kombucha leaves the good and kills the bad. No bad bacteria means no infections which equals a healthy, happy immune system!
Helps With DigestionSpeaking of those probiotics…kombucha is full of healthy bacteria that do plenty of good for our bodily functions. One of kombucha's primary benefits is that its probiotics, yeasts, and enzymes help with digestion by breaking down food for better nutrient absorption. They also promote the growth of healthy gut flora, which help us to digest our food better and maintain a healthy pH level. Your gut also gets a break because it doesn’t have to work as hard to break down fermented foods because the bacteria have already done some of the work.
It’s AlcoholicIf you’re familiar with the brewing processes of beer, wine, or spirits, you’ll know that fermentation involves alcohol. This is because as the yeast breaks down the sugar, they release two things: carbon dioxide and ethanol (aka: bubbles and booze.) The level of alcohol is fairly low because the fermentation time isn’t that long and while commercially made kombucha beverages have found ways to reduce their alcohol content in order to comply with sales regulations, if you brew a batch at home there will definitely be some alcohol present. Something to keep in mind for pregnant or nursing mother
Kombucha Cocktails Anyone?Here’s a fun fact: kombucha can be used to make cocktails! Not as the alcohol component, but rather as the mixer. Its sweet, sour, tangy flavor makes it a perfect compliment to your favorite spirit and can be used to make drinks such as a Kombucha-Rita (kombucha, ice, lime juice and taquila), Kombucha Sour (kombucha, whisky and lemon juice), or a kombucha version of a Shandy (half beer and half kombucha.) Furthermore, when you make your cocktails with kombucha rather than soda, you’re less likely to experience that dreaded hangover! This is because the antioxidants and detoxifying properties help combat the symptoms that lead to that terrible morning after feeling.
Loaded With B and C VitaminsIn addition to being full of many other beneficial nutrients, kombucha is loaded with Vitamins B and C, both of which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin B helps to ease stress levels, curb sugar cravings, lower your risk of heart disease, and help memory functions. It’s clear that B vitamins are pretty powerful, but those C vitamins present in kombucha have their own set of benefits. Among them are increasing the strength of the immune system, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and playing an important part in the improvement of eye health. That’s a lot of benefits in one bubbly beverage!
It Can Help With Stomach IssuesWe mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is more easily digested. We mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is very easily digested. This is because the fermentation helps to pre-digest some of the enzymes, which means your pancreas doesn’t need to work as hard or secrete as much digestive fluid. Kombucha also helps to achieve a healthy PH balance in the gut and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. For these reasons, the beverage has been known to help those suffering with stomach issues such as Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and Candida overgrowth. It Strengthens Your Stomach Walls Another component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.
It Strengthens Your Stomach WallsAnother component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.
It Helps With Joint HealthYou may have heard of the amino sugar called Glucosamine, you may even give it to your elderly pets (or family members) to help with stiff or sore joints. In fact, glucosamine is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral supplements used by adults in the USA today. Another amazing fact about kombucha is that it contains naturally occurring glucosamine which means this drink can help keep your joints healthy and moving correctly and even prevent arthritis. This is an especially appealing aspect for athletes who need to keep their bodies in top shape for as long as possible. It’s no secret that antioxidants are good for you. They neutralize free radicals in our bodies, which can cause cell damage relating to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other ailments.
The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables but Kombucha is also full of these hard working little compounds which means that kombucha actually has detoxifying properties, which can help cleanse the liver and prevent cancer.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.
Kombucha originated in what is now Manchuria around 220 BCE, and is said to have been imported to Japan around 400 CE by the physician Kombu. It is commonly It is commonly drunk in the United States.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.