Month: March 2014

The Way To Maximize Your Metabolism

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The Way To Maximize Your Metabolism

What exactly is your metabolism? It is the process of how we burn our calories we eat and how quickly or easily we gain and lose weight. Age and genetics play a role, and there’s nothing we can do about that, but there are other ways to speed it up if you want to.

First, a key piece of advice, is to get your thyroid checked by a qualified practitioner (they are hard to find). If your thyroid is under active then boosting your metabolism will be a real challenge.

A key way to boost your metabolism is to eat breakfast! This can boost it by as much as 10%. Eating a healthy protein is the best choice for sure and this gets the digestion process going to start your metabolism burning.

Eating protein is a great way to support and boost your metabolism, by as much as 25%! It requires more energy to digest protein which burns more calories and it sustains you for longer.

Regular exercise is key, especially earlier in the day. If you can even take a brisk walk first thing in the morning this will get your motor going and burn more calories throughout the day. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so don’t forget to include some anaerobic activities in your work out routine (stretching, weight lifting and resistance exercises).

Get your fiber! Having a diet rich in fiber is very helpful. It makes you feel fuller longer which helps with weight management and keep you regular.

Try just a few of these and see what happens! These are easy changes that will have dramatic effects on your metabolism.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Coconut Milk

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Coconut Milk

Coconut is a unique flavor and not everyone likes it, but it is becoming increasingly popular because of all of the great health benefits it has from the coconut itself, coconut milk, coconut water and coconut oil. Coconut milk is a very healthy alternative to other products and especially for those who are intolerant to traditional cow dairy. It is rich in healthy saturated fat and many other wonderful nutrients.

Coconut milk is rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 as well as iron, selenium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. It’s a great option for those who are allergic to traditional cow’s milk or who don’t care for almond milk.It is also a rich source of phosphorus. It contains selenium, an antioxidant, which relieves arthritis and is a rich source of magnesium, which helps to calm the nerves and maintain normal blood pressure. It is a great source of fiber, which makes you feel fuller for a longer time and if taken in moderation, can help to control or contribute to weight loss.

Even though coconut milk contains saturated fat, it reduces cholesterol levels and contains lauric acid which boosts HDL, which is your good cholesterol.

 

Like coconut oil, coconut milk is great for your hair in many ways by nourishing your hair giving natural moisture from roots to ends. It boosts the hair follicles and stimulates hair growth, restoring dry, damaged, weakened and brittle hair as well as split ends, and as a bonus it works as a natural hair detangler.

I love to drink it but there are many other uses for it. Enjoy it in a protein smoothie, with cereal or for your hair!

Banana Blueberry Protein Moringatein Recipe

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Banana Blueberry Protein Moringatein Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious recipe to blend up? Two great smoothie ingredients are blueberries and bananas. They taste great, but they are also very nutritious.

Blueberries are very popular, not only because they taste delicious, but they are extremely good for you. They are power packed with antioxidants, they are low calorie, they support bone health, are high in fiber, support heart health, cancer preventing, they have a relatively low to moderate Glycemic Index and eating them can even prevent urinary tract infections. They are easy to store frozen and convenient to add to any protein smoothie.

Bananas are natural sweeteners, loaded with potassium, and they contain vitamins B6 and C, magnesium, folate, manganese and they are a great source of fiber. They contain virtually no fat and act as a natural antacid. They are easy to store frozen as well, just ripen…

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A List Of Paleo Foods For Beginners

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A List Of Paleo Foods For Beginners

What is the Paleo Diet? It is eating like they did during the Paleolithic Period, or that’s the idea behind it….imagining what was eaten…WAY back in the day. This means anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. The idea is to focus on protein and vegetables that are from whole and natural sources, plus a little bit of healthy fats and very few carbs.

We all have to start somewhere and sometimes having ideas or a list really helps! On the Paleo Diet you can’t have dairy, grains, starches, wheat or legumes….but what CAN you have? It can be a challenge to make these changes, so here’s some specific ideas on what to put on your shopping list.

Healthy meats of all kinds and fish, plus fruits and veggies are a winner. Everyone knows fruit is healthy but too much is not good for you because many of them are high in sugar, which spikes your blood sugar. So what are the approved fruits and veggies, oils, nuts and seeds? Here’s some great ideas for you….

Suggestions for healthy vegetables:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsley
  • Eggplant
  • Green Onions

Suggestions for healthy fruits:

  • Apple
  • Bananas (but limited)
  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Mango
  • Lychee
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Oranges

Suggestions for healthy nuts and seeds:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Pine Nuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Macadamia Nut
  • Walnuts

Suggestions for healthy oils:

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Macadamia Oil

I always love something I can print out and take to the grocery store with me. I hope this helps you follow your new lifestyle changes on the fantastic Paleo Diet!

What Exactly Is Quinoa?

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What Exactly Is Quinoa?

Quinoa is increasingly becoming popular as a health staple in the place of rice and potatoes. The three common types are white, red and black. White is the most common. It has a very mild flavor that makes it easy to incorporate in lots of great recipes. Red is crunchier and has a stronger flavor and needs a longer cooking time. Black is the crunchiest and with that comes the strongest flavor. The quinoa glycemic index is relatively low compared to rice which is relatively high.

It has a unique texture and appearance once cooked.

What are some of the great things quinoa can do for you?

  • Migraine Reliever
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Prevent Gallstones
  • Bone Health
  • Lose Weight
  • Great For Diabetics
  • Easily Prepared
  • It Has Protein!
  • It’s Low Calorie
  • It’s Nutrient Rich
  • Supports Cardiovascular Health

What are the great nutrients in quinoa?

Quinoa contains high amounts of riboflavin, magnesium, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, protein, iron, B vitamins, potassium, zinc, amino acids and calcium. It is much safer for diabetics to consume because it is not likely to spike your blood sugar compared to most simple grains. It is alkaline so it can be eaten to balance out your diet and maintain an alkaline state in the body.

What’s really great is it is very easy to cook, just like rice without the insulin response. Brown some chopped onions, garlic and mushrooms in coconut oil then add the quinoa and lightly fry and season. It’s easy to add chopped cooked veggies to it as well, top it with parmesan, pine nuts, cut up avocado and tomatoes. Yum!!

It used to be that quinoa could only be found in specialty stores, but now you can find anywhere and it’s pre-rinsed and ready to cook.  It can easily be cooked in just 15-20 minutes.

Quinoa is naturally low in calories and contains only around 220 calories per cup. It’s a great diet staple that is healthy, a great source of fiber and is very delicious and filling.

Give it a try! You will love it.

 

What’s All This Talk About Glycemic Index?

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What’s All This Talk About Glycemic Index?

The Glycemic Index is a measurement of foods containing carbohydrates and their impact on blood sugar levels. This unique reference to foods is now becoming very popular but is actually a relatively new way of analyzing foods. It is extremely helpful to those struggling with insulin issues and weight issues.

Specific diets that focus on eating foods with a low Glycemic Index have been associated with a significant decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke, depression, chronic kidney disease, formation of gall stones, neural tube defects, formation of uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, and pancreas.

Here is an interesting list of foods and their GI values. Take a look.

Foods with a low to medium Glycemic Index Value

  • Cherries – 22
  • Grapefruit – 25
  • Muesli – 43
  • Prunes – 29
  • Oat Bran -55
  • Apricots, dried – 29
  • Ice Cream – 38
  • Apple – 38
  • Whole Milk – 31
  • Sweet potato – 44
  • Minestrone soup – 39
  • Spaghetti – 38
  • Pear, fresh – 38
  • Hummus – 6
  • Capellini – 45
  • Strawberries – 40
  • Peanuts – 15
  • Orange, navel – 40
  • Sourdough bread – 53
  • Banana – 52
  • M&M peanut candies – 33
  • Quinoa – 53

Foods with a medium to high Glycemic Index Value

  • Bagel – 72
  • Pea soup – 66
  • Hamburger bun – 61
  • French Baguette – 95
  • Baked potato – 85
  • Scones – 92
  • Waffles – 76
  • Rice Krispies – 82
  • Corn Flakes – 92
  • Watermelon – 72
  • Dates – 103
  • Pumpkin – 75
  • Rice crackers – 91
  • Pretzels – 83
  • Instant rice – 87
  • Wild rice – 87

It’s a new way to focus on food, but so valuable! Taking a moment to think before you eat can add incredible health benefits. Focus on eating healthy amounts of quality protein, some healthy fat and a little bit of low glycemic carbohydrates and you will just feel better!!

A Moringatein Smoothie Recipe With A Pineapple Punch

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A Moringatein Smoothie Recipe With A Pineapple Punch

Pineapples are an especially popular tropical fruit, second only to bananas. They are a low calorie fruit packed full of great nutrition. They are naturally very high in vitamin C, manganese and copper and also contain vitamins B1 and B6, folate, pantothenic acid and they are a great source of fiber. They happen to be in season now, so it’s a great time to make a delicious smoothie with them! They are an exceptionally juicy fruit and have a vibrant tropical taste that beautifully blends sweetness with a tart twist.

Bananas are a big fruit favorite, and they are especially popular for adding to a protein smoothie because they are loaded with nutritional goodness! They have tryptophan in them, which is an amino acid that converts to seratonin, a natural mood enhancer and they are a great source of fiber. They are…

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