30 Foods Under 40 Calories


30 Foods Under 40 Calories

Have you ever heard the theory that certain foods have a negative caloric effect, meaning they burn more calories during the digestive process than they contribute? (Celery and apples are often cited as examples.)

Turns out the negative calorie theory is a myth. But that doesn’t mean some foods aren’t incredibly low-calorie and super-nutritious. Here’s a list of our favorite almost zero-calorie foods.

Calories: 4 per cup

This delicate, peppery amazingly low in everything you don’t want, especially calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. It is, however, loaded with crunch and packed with fiber, vitamins A, C and K, and other nutrients, including potassium.  green is Perfect in salads, soups, or anywhere you would use leafy greens, arugula may even boost your romantic life! Evidence suggests that the minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens are essential for our sexual health because they help block absorption of toxins that dampen the libido.

Calories: 27 per cup

Asparagus is traditionally known as a detoxifying food, because it contains high levels of an amino acid that act as a diuretic, flushing excess fluid out of your system. It also helps speed the metabolism of alcohol and other toxins (it’s a surprising hangover remedy).

Asparagus is also a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, E, and K, B6, folate, iron, copper, and even protein. We love the tender shoots in their most natural form, raw and tossed into salads, or steamed


Calories: 10 per cup

Clear beef, chicken, miso, seafood, or vegetable broth is a dieter’s secret weapon, nourishing and filling your body for almost zero calories, especially if you toss in leafy greens and lean meat. Broth is the ultimate “high volume food,” meaning you can eat large amounts for very few calories and still feel full. It all comes down to calories per bite, or in this case, slurp

“By choosing foods that have fewer calories per bite, your portion size grows, but your overall calorie count decreases,” explains Barbara Rolls, PhD, the creator of volumetric and author of the new book The Ultimate volumetric Diet. “So you end up with a satisfying amount of food.” If you would like to read more visit the link below. http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/30-foods-under-40-calories#4

It’s Too Darn Hot: How Heat Affects Your Weight Loss


Reblogged:from Huffington Post                                                                                                                               It’s Too Darn Hot: How Heat Affects Your Weight Loss                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The heat waves streaking across the country bring up questions in people’s minds about whether they should change their eating and drinking habits in such conditions.

Do our calorie needs change, or does our metabolism increase during the hot summer temps? Well, maybe yes, but probably no. Our bodies are well-tuned to keep things at status quo. If anything, our metabolism may go up when we’re cold, as our bodies need to work harder to maintain our temperature (by shivering). In the heat, our bodies actually slow down a bit to try to conserve energy so as not to overheat. But none of this really makes any significant change in our BMR or how many calories our body needs.

What is important to note is that in hot weather your body is prone to dehydration, and this actually can have an effect on your metabolism. In the course of an average day, sweating, breathing, and waste elimination together leach more than 10 cups of water out of your body — and that’s without exercise. If you don’t replace what you’ve lost, you may become dehydrated; your system literally begins to dry out.

Some people say that their appetite decreases when it’s hot outside. If that’s the case, you should still try to eat small, frequent healthy meals throughout the day. Many people find cool gazpacho refreshing in hotter weather. Try my easy recipe for Icy Gazpacho With Fresh Lime.

The takeaway here: When it’s hot outside, drink plenty of water, and don’t skip your workout! When it’s super hot outside, try not to exercise during the hottest part of the day, especially if you’re exercising outdoors. Early morning and evenings are your best bet. To make sure your body doesn’t overheat, monitor your heart rate. Some people invest in a simple heart rate monitor. It’s also important to don the appropriate workout attire. Don’t wear sweats or heavy clothes while working out when it’s hot. Sweating more doesn’t help you burn more calories; it just may dehydrate you more. And most important, as I mentioned, stay hydrated!

We’re mostly made of water — on average, it comprises around 60 percent of the human body. Specific components of our bodies are even more watery: muscle tissue is 75 percent water, while blood is 70 percent water. Water aids in the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat, and it helps eliminate waste from the body.

Dehydration lowers your body’s energy levels. Because blood is mostly water, when you’re dehydrated the volume of your blood diminishes, lowering amounts of oxygen and nutrients that reach your tissues. Recent studies show there’s a trickle-down effect on metabolism: Dehydration can slow your system to such an extent that you burn fewer calories than you would otherwise during the course of the day. And dehydration can cause other undesirable symptoms, including headache, dizziness, muscle weakness, and a dry, sticky mouth.

If those negative side effects aren’t enough to send you to the faucet to fill a glass, consider that drinking ample water can help maintain a healthy weight. The volume of a glass of water in your belly can make you feel full, and water dilutes sodium levels in your body, combating fluid retention. And if you try drinking a glass of water whenever you feel the urge to snack, you may discover the cause was thirst, not hunger — thereby staving off nibbling.

To stay well-hydrated, follow these guidelines:

  • Aim for eight to 12 glasses a day. Keep a large glass on your desk to track your daily intake. When I’m working at home, I fill a half-gallon pitcher of water each morning to drink throughout my workday. Some days I drink more!
  • Hydrate more when working out. Consume six to eight ounces of water every 20 minutes when exercising, and then have two eight-ounce glasses afterwards to restore fluids. If you plan to exercise for more than an hour, plan for it in advance — up water intake before you work out, hydrate well during exercise, and then chug plenty of fluids after the event.
  • Avoid drinking your calories. Sodas and fruit juices may quench your thirst, but they’re loaded with sugar. Similarly, sports drinks can pack a calorie punch. Unless you exercise for more than an hour, you can replenish your fluids and nutrients using water and healthy post-workout snacks instead.
  • Watch out for drinks that dehydrate. Sound like an oxymoron? Caffeinated soda, tea, coffee and alcohol all have a diuretic effect, causing fluid loss. If you drink coffee or a cocktail, follow-up with an extra water chaser to stay in balance.

If you have a tough time downing enough water, try these strategies:

  • If you dislike the lack of flavor, add herbs like mint or basil, or slices of citrus fruits or cucumber to a pitcher of water. Your next glass will be infused with refreshing taste.
  • Try tea — hot or iced. It’s calorie-free and flavorful. Green tea is another option; its caffeine is surrounded by tannic acid compounds that slow its release into the bloodstream, minimizing its dehydrating effects. Green tea is also a good source of the antioxidant EGCG, which has a mild metabolism-boosting effect. Four cups of green tea per day can kick up your metabolism by 80 calories. Its rich antioxidant reserves are also thought to help combat diseases from Alzheimer’s to cancer.
  • If you routinely turn to other beverages once the day is underway, drink a couple of glasses of water right away when you wake up. You’ll make up for fluids lost overnight and be well on your way to a hydrated day.

The recipe below is for a refreshing drink that’s perfect for spring. Make a jug to keep in your fridge, and you’re guaranteed to quaff healthily all day long!

Zinger Green Tea

Packed with antioxidants, this tea is bursting with flavor, too. Fresh lime juice gives it a tangy zing and a wallop of vitamin C. Makes six servings or 1.5 quarts.

Ingredients

6 cups water 1 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves 3 green tea bags 1.3 cups agave nectar 1.3 cups fresh lime juice 6 lime slices, for garnish

Instructions:

Bring the water to boil in a three-quart saucepan. Add the mint and tea bags, remove from the heat, and let steep for five minutes. Strain. Stir in the agave and lime juice. Serve hot or iced, garnished with the lime slices.

Mint Factoid: The mint family includes basil, marjoram, oregano, thyme, and rosemary, among others. All are excellent sources of antioxidants. Their leaves have glands containing essential oils, which provide their distinctive flavors.

Nutrient Analysis Per Serving: 43 calories, 0 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat, 30 mg omega-3, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 13 mg sodium

So how will you take advantage of the summer heat and make it work for you?

5 Fatty Foods that Make You Skinny


Reblogged:from Yahoo Health                                                                                                                                                                                        5 Fatty Foods that Make You Skinny                                                                                                                                                                                            If we were what we ate, then people who ate lots of hot dogs and pork chops would be solid walls of muscle. People who ate lots of pasta would be stringy and fat-free. People who ate lots of pecan pie would be Zooey Deschanel (sweet, but nutty and flaky).

And people who ate a lot of fat would be fat.

What’s that, you say? That last sentence is true? People who eat fat are fat? Well, no, not necessarily. Science shows that eating fat won’t make you fat any more than eating money will make you rich.

Now, eating foods that are packed with the wrong kinds of fat will make you fat. Trans fats found in pie crusts and other baked goods, and saturated fats found in processed and grain-fed meats, add hefty calories while doing mostly harm to your body’s nutritional bottom line. But healthy fats will do the opposite: They can quell your appetite, cutting the number of calories you eat in a day, while improving your heart health and stoking your metabolism.

Delicious, fatty foods that help you lose weight? Where can you sign up? Right here!

#1: Grass-Fed Beef

Yeah, I know: grass-fed beef is a little pricey. But its higher ratio of good-for-you fats make it well worth the cost: A study in Nutrition Journal found that grass-fed meat contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. And when it comes to your waistline, grass-fed beef is naturally leaner and has fewer calories than conventional meat. Consider this: A 7-ounce conventional strip steak, trimmed of fat, will run you 386 calories and 16 grams of fat. But a 7-ounce grass-fed strip steak is only 234 calories and five grams of fat—you’ll save more than 150 calories and your steak will taste better. Ready to take advantage of beef’s weight-loss potential? Pick up the all-new Grill This, Not That! It’s loaded with delicious recipes that have been specifically designed to save you cash and calories.

#2: Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in cancer-fighting polyphenols and heart-strengthening monounsaturated fats, and when it comes to looking lean, it’s backed by some pretty strong facts. A recent study from Obesity found that an olive-oil-rich diet resulted in higher levels of adiponectin than did a high-carb or high-protein diet. Adiponectin is a hormone responsible for breaking down fats in the body, and the more you have of it, the lower your BMI tends to be. Reap the benefits by making olive oil your cooking fat of choice and using it in dressings and sauces.

BUST BELLY FAT: Skipping breakfast increases your chances of becoming obese by 4.5 times, making it one of the 20 Habits that Make You Fat! How many do you need to break?

#3: Coconut

Coconut is high in saturated fat, but more than half of that comes from lauric acid, a unique lipid that battles bacteria and improves cholesterol scores. And get this: A study published in Lipids found that dietary supplementation of coconut oil actually reduced abdominal obesity. Of the participants, half were given two tablespoons of coconut oil daily and the other half were given soybean oil, and although both groups experienced overall weight loss, only the coconut oil consumers’ waistlines shrunk. Sprinkle unsweetened flakes over yogurt or use coconut milk in a stir-fry to start whittling your waist.

SANDWICH SABOTEURS: Restaurant sandwiches are prime suppliers of fatty toppings. Watch out for overblown renditions like The Cheesecake Factory’s Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club. Clocking in at an astonishing 1,752 calories, it’s one of The 25 Worst Sandwiches in America.

#4: Dark Chocolate

Good news for your sweet tooth: Chocolate can help you flatten your belly. Dark chocolate, that is. But to truly take advantage, don’t wait until dessert: A recent study found that when men ate 3.5 ounces of chocolate two hours before a meal, those who had dark chocolate took in 17 percent fewer calories than those that ate milk chocolate. The researchers believe that this is because dark chocolate contains pure cocoa butter, a source of digestion-slowing stearic acid. Milk chocolate’s cocoa butter content, on the other hand, is tempered with added butter fat and, as a result, passes more quickly through your GI tract. Because dark chocolate takes more time to process, it staves off hunger and helps you lose weight.

SWEET SUMMER: Dark chocolate is safe, but there are plenty of sweets to watch out for. Beware of the 6 Worst Desserts for Your Beach Body.

#5: Almond Butter

Numerous studies have indicated that almonds can help you lose weight despite their high fat content. In fact, a study from the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders compared two diets over the course of six months. One group followed a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet (18 percent fat) and the other followed a moderate-fat diet (39 percent fat) in which the extra fat was supplied by almonds. The latter group lost more weight than the low-fat dieters, despite the fact that both groups consumed the same amount of total calories. Furthermore, the almond eaters experienced a 50 percent greater waistline reduction. How is this possible? Almonds contain compounds that limit the amount of fat absorbed by the body, so some passes through undigested. Try stirring almond butter into your oatmeal, spreading it on toast with banana slices, or eating a couple spoonfuls as a snack

Is Your Breakfast Making You Fat?


Reblogged from: Yahoo Health                                                                                                                                                        Is Your Breakfast Making You Fat?                                                                                                                                                             Despite what your barista says, a jug-sized latte, even with all that milk and sugar, isn’t a meal. “For most busy women, breakfast is based on convenience, which can backfire nutritionally,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., author of Read It Before You Eat It. Your brain needs certain nutrients early on for all-day concentration and problem solving. Plus, people who start their day on empty are 75 percent more likely to be overweight than regular A.M. eaters, Preventive Medicine reports. Rethinking that Trenta iced coffee yet? Read on for great morning meal suggestions. And you can get even more slimming breakfast options by signing up for our Drop 10 plan.

ANATOMY OF A PERFECT BREAKFAST

A too-big start can make for a too-big you. Shoot for getting 25 to 30 percent of your daily calories: about 400 if you’re trying to lose weight, 500 if you’re maintaining or 625 if you’re very active. Here’s the ideal breakdown.

53% carbs

“During the night, while you sleep, you burn through your stores of blood sugar, which is your body’s preferred fuel source,” says David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Optimal Life Foods. “Carbohydrates replete these stores quickly.” But simple carbs (muffins, doughnuts, sweetened cereal) are a no-go: They burn fast and trigger crashes and cravings. Instead, opt for complex ones (oatmeal and whole-wheat bread) that are high in hunger-fighting fiber, digest slowly and give you sustained energy. Your goal 35 grams to 65 g carbs; 6 g fiber

27% fat

Go for the heart-healthy unsaturated fats found in nut butters or whole nuts, avocado and olive oil. Avoid the saturated fat in butter, bacon and full-fat cheese. Fat digests slowly, preventing those midmorning munchie attacks. Your goal 7 g to 15 g fat

20% protein

“Protein makes you feel full longer by turning on and upping levels of natural hunger-busting hormones, like cholecystokinin, and keeping the hunger-inducing hormone ghrelin in check,” Grotto says. You may need to combine multiple sources (e.g., egg whites, nonfat yogurt and skim milk) to get enough. Your goal 15 g to 25 g protein

5-MINUTE MEALS

In a SELF Facebook poll, nearly 30 percent of you said you skip breakfast at least once a week. Not a good way to start the day! Instead, whip up one of these delish, super speedy eats.

Sweet Cheese Pita With Green Tea

Spread 1 teaspoon honey mustard on a 6-inch whole-wheat pita. Top with 1 3/4 ounces thinly sliced light Brie and 5 halved red grapes; microwave until cheese melts, 30 to 45 seconds. Serve with 1 apple and unsweetened green tea. THE SKINNY 401 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated), 64 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 19 g protein

Peanut ButterBanana Smoothie

In a blender, process 1 sliced banana, 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats, 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup 1 percent milk, 1/2 cup crushed ice, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 1 tsp maple syrup and a pinch of nutmeg until smooth. THE SKINNY 386 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 59 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 17 g protein

Lemon-Ricotta Waffles With Blueberries

In a bowl, whisk 1/3 cup part-skim ricotta with 1 tsp grated lemon zest and 1/4 tsp chopped fresh thyme. Spread on 2 toasted whole-grain waffles; top each with 1/4 cup blueberries. Serve with 6 oz low-sodium vegetable juice. THE SKINNY 377 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 16 g protein

CHOW NOW

Flawless grab-and-go picks can be hard to find. These tasty options come pretty dang close.

Jamba Juice

Fresh Banana Oatmeal With Fruit THE SKINNY 330 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 71 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 10 g protein

Così

Roasted Veggie and Egg White Wrap; a Tall Chai Tea Latte THE SKINNY 421 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated), 43 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 32 g protein

Starbucks

Apple Bran Muffin; a Tall Nonfat Latte THE SKINNY 450 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 79 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 16 g protein

Subway

6-Inch Egg and Cheese Sandwich on 9-Grain Wheat Bread; an order of Apple Slices THE SKINNY 395 calories, 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 53 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 19 g protein

Einstein Bros

Nova Lox and Bagel THE SKINNY 477 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated), 63 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein

Curious what your fave celeb munched for breakfast this A.M.? Check out stars’ healthy meals at SELF.com.                                                                                                       Cook, Diet food, Dieting, Eating, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, Meal, Muffin, Peanut butter, Saturated fat, Weight, weight tips, Whole grain, Wine tasting descriptors

Water is our Body’s Lifeblood


Water is our Body’s Lifeblood

Yes Water,I felt this post was Important because I think there are a lot of people (self included) that don’t  FIJI Waterrealize how Important It really Is for our health.There are so many of us (self included) again that are hooked on soda,coffee,energy drinks that we almost always choose one of those over a fresh glass of water.I know this because I am one of those people,I can go through a case of Mt Dew in two days with no problem, But just like anything else It’s really hard to stop doing something you are so used to doing, that It has become a habit to reach for the soda first.Now my body Is paying me back for all of those years of  drinking so much soda.So now I see how much my body needs water and I have started cutting back on how much soda,and coffee I drink and I have made It a rule to drink at least 6-glasses of Water a day and I must say I feel so much better I am not as tired,I don’t hurt as much, I can breathe better,and I don’t get as many headaches. SO yes Water is very Important for our body whether you’re trying to loss weight or just want to obtain good health.

The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of approximately 55 to 75 per cent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and feces. Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the bye products of the body’s metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few. Drinking refreshing, clean water plays a major role in reducing the risk of certain diseases.

The loss of body water through urination is greatly increased by the ingestion of decaffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These drinks have a diuretic effect, meaning they stimulate the kidneys to excrete more urine. Not only do we lose water, we also lose water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin B (thiamine) and other B complex vitamins. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an
additional glass of pure water.

A diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables will supply about 4 cups of water per day. Even with a diet high in fruits and vegetables, it is still necessary to drink an additional 6 to 8 cups of water per day to supply enough water to meet the body’s daily needs. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an additional glass of pure water.

Dehydration occurs when the water content of the body is too low. This is easily fixed by increasing fluid intake. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, lethargy, mood changes and slow responses, dry nasal passages, dry or cracked lips, dark-colored urine, weakness, tiredness, confusion and hallucinations. Eventually urination stops, the kidneys fail and the body can’t remove toxic waste products. In extreme cases, this may result in death.

Approximately six to eight glasses of a variety of fluids can be consumed each day. More than eight glasses may be needed for physically active people, children, people in hot or humid environments, and breastfeeding women. Less water may be needed for sedentary people, older people, people in a cold environment or people who eat a lot of high water content foods.

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Eat Oatmeal to Power Your Morning Workout


 Reblogged: from Shine on Yahoo                                                                                                                             Eat Oatmeal to Power Your Morning Workout.                                                                                                                                      If your morning workout routine includes a workout for your abs but you are not seeing any results, the problem might be related to what you’re eating. Your body‘s overall metabolism needs to be working top-notch to really have all that exercise pay off. The foods you eat can play a huge role in how well your metabolism works. Eating oatmeal may be the secret to powering your workout and boosting your metabolism.
Two years ago I started working out and having a more active lifestyle. In the first year I lost almost 20 pounds. However, the last 10 pounds were the hardest to drop. After a lot of research I realized that by giving my body some better fuel in the morning and adding a little bit of cardio, I could set it up for a full day of calorie burning. The best fuel in the morning is a mix of whole grains, fruit, and dairy. However, if you are like me, healthy eating can get boring. So, I discovered healthy eating recipes on the Quaker website .
My favorite oatmeal breakfast has been the peanut butter and jelly oatmeal bowl. Here is my healthy eating recipe that will satisfy a sweet tooth, power your morning workout, and rev up your metabolism:
                                                                                                                                                                       Ingredients: 1/2 cup 100% whole oats OR one package instant oats 1/2 cup of water 1/2 cup of almond milk (can use skim milk as well) 1 container of Dole single-serve sliced frozen strawberries (or about a 1/4 cup of fresh sliced strawberries) 1 TBS of creamy peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                                      Directions: Put the oats, milk, and water into a microwave-safe bowl and mix together. Place the frozen strawberries on top. Microwave the mixture for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and top with the peanut butter.
There are mixed reviews on whether you should eat before or after a workout. It is definitely not a good idea to work out on an empty stomach, but eating too much can make you feel sick while you are working out. Oatmeal, yogurt, and apples are all on the top ten list of metabolism boosting foods; eating them all together means your body will burn calories much better throughout the day.
By finding healthy eating recipes that combine metabolism boosting foods into one meal, you can help your metabolism work better and lose weight faster with less exercising.

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For the Best Breakfasts, Look to Our Neighbors


For The Best Breakfasts,Look to Our Neighbors                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The benefits of breakfast are almost too numerous to list. Breakfast wakes up your metabolism after sleep and starts you burning calories. It reduces stress hormones and improves your mood. It improves your memory and your alertness, and gives you energy for work. And for reasons that are still not entirely understood, it is widely demonstrated that people who eat breakfasts are slimmer, and find it easier to keep weight off once they lose it.So it’s not hard to see that breakfast is an easy win. Yet many people are almost afraid of this simple meal because they’re unsure what they’re supposed to eat. Eggs? Cereal? Yogurt? Is there a magic recipe?

Let’s think about what people eat in other cultures. When I was growing up in Peru, I don’t remember opening a box of cereal. We ate fresh, whole foods — like whole-grain bread with marmalade, fruit, and eggs. On the weekends we often ate a sort of beef stir-fry (lomo saltado), served on a sandwich, or even tamales. If you had a hangover, breakfast was ceviche. (That’s raw fish cured with lime juice!) When I look at other cultures, I see something similar — traditional breakfasts involve whole foods that mix protein, carbohydrate and fats. In Japan, for instance, rice, fish and miso soup come together for the morning meal. In Israel, it might include eggs, bread, cheese and a tomato/cucumber salad.

What all these breakfasts have in common is that they are not made of processed foods (other than breads — but even then, these are whole-grain breads) and they are not all from one food type (carbohydrates or proteins). They have the same qualities that make up a good dinner: fresh ingredients and a blend of protein, fat and carbohydrates. In fact, in many countries a typical breakfast is composed out of the leftovers of what was used to make traditional dinners! So if you stock your refrigerator with fresh ingredients, and keep on hand basic, healthy staples like eggs, meats, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, you will always have the makings of a superb breakfast.

Here is breakfast at the Espresso Bar. Pros: Y...

Here is breakfast at the Espresso Bar. Pros: Yummy plates. Nice big eggs. Excellent coffee. Cons: ok salad, ok bread, ok juice. Personal tilt: loved the place. Overall: 8.5/10 About The 7 Breakfasts series: My employers gave me seven free double-breakfast coupons with a certificate of appreciation thingy. Me and Moran, hopeless breakfast fanatics, decided to document each of the morning glories. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are my four principles regarding breakfast:

1. Any breakfast is better than no breakfast. Eat something, even if it’s little.

2. Eat what you like. This is a corollary to #1. If you don’t like it you won’t eat it, no matter how much you think you should.

3. Be guided by moderation. A bagel is not a great breakfast because it is all refined carbohydrates, but it isn’t going to kill you if you eat it once a month. Try to create balance across a week, rather than be perfect every day.

4. Diversify your food types. What makes a good dinner makes a good breakfast — that is, a mixture of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Just eggs? Not great. Eggs with tomatoes and some fruit? Not bad.

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Paleo diet Protein Shake


I thought this would be a good one to share,http://www.cocostrong.com/ if you’r planning to start a Paleo diet. This is a yummy all natual shake like drink that i’m sure you’r gonna love. I never really thought of coconut as something I wanted to try, it just didn’t sound good to me. But Vanilla is a whole differant story, I love Vanilla. So when I saw the Vanilla with the Vanilla flavoring,  and sense I am trying to get into the Paleo way of eating myself mostly for health reasons I decided to give in and buy one I figured if I lked it I would buy more.And I must say it was pretty good,and I will be buying more. It’s a great way to recharge you’r body after a workout or a long day. I will be posting more Info on the Paleo diet/or for those of you that are just looking for a healthier way of eating.Either way I would recommend Paleo hands down it has to be the healthest way to go.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Product Information

Nutrition FactsCocoStrong Workout Recovery provides 32g of high quality protein plus the health benefits of coconut milk. The result is a rich and powerful fuel for your body. And the best part is – It’s all natural and it tastes delicious. Power yourself with coconut!

CocoStrong is a clean source of protein and healthy fats. We believe the ingredient list should be short and easy to understand. There are no unnecessary fillers in our product and we use the highest quality ingredients. CocoStrong is sweetened naturally and contains only 7g of carbohydrates. This product is gluten free and contains no milk.

Vanilla Coconut Recovery Drink

A delicious workout recovery drink that combines the power of clean protein with real coconut milk goodness.

Flavor: Vanilla Coconut

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The Paleo Diet


Free Range Chickens being fed

Free Range Chickens being fed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well yesterday I received a lovely comment from a very special reader. So I decided to check out her site at http://clearingenergywork.com/ and was so glad I did. That is where I had the pleasure of learning about the Paleo Diet. The Paleo diet is the healthiest way to eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with our genetics to help us stay lean, strong and energetic! It is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is harming our body’s. I also did some research from a few other sites on Paleo and found this Info at http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/Eye fillet of grass-fed beef.

Building A Healthy Paleo Diet

Lean proteins

Lean proteins support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune function. Protein also makes you feel satisfied between meals.

Fruits and Vegetables

  Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants,vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.

Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meatNuts such as walnuts (pictured above) are rich...

                                                    Scientific research and epidemiological studies show that diets rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline.

Saturated fat has been demonized by our health authorities and media. What is the basis for this position on Saturated fat? Are current recommendations for VERY low saturated fat intake justified? How much saturated fat (and what types), if any should one eat? Without a historical and scientific perspective this questions can be nearly impossible to answer. In this paper Prof. Cordain looks at the amounts and types of saturated fats found in the ancestral diet: Saturated fat consumption in ancestral human diets: implications for contemporary intakes.

One of the greatest deviations away from our ancestral diet is the amounts and types of fat found in modern grain feed animals vs. the amounts and types of fats found in grass-fed or wild meat, fowl and fish. What we observe is wild meat is remarkably lean, and has relatively low amounts of saturated fats, while supplying significant amounts of beneficial omega-3 fats such as EPA and DHA. In this paper Prof. Cordain and his team analyze the complete fatty acid profile from several species of wild deer and elk. The take home message is that free range meat is far healthier than conventional meat: Fatty acid analysis of wild ruminant tissues: Evolutionary implications for reducing diet-related chronic disease.

Meat is an essential component to the paleo way of eating. But fresh is not the only consideration  we need to think about when determining what aspects about the meat are important during the selection process. Below is a simple guide to consult when choosing meat for a paleo meal:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grass-fed beef, Pastured / free-range, organic poultry, Nitrite & nitrate free, pastured / free-range pork, Wild-caught fish & seafood, Hunted wild game     

Resources:

Eatwild.com

Eatwild’s Directory of U.S., Canadian and International Farms & Ranches

Eatwild’s Farms that will ship to you

Eatwild’s list of Scientific References

                                                                                                                                     

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Exercise balls


An exercise ball allows a wide range of exerci...

An exercise ball allows a wide range of exercises to be performed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exercise balls are one of the most innovative ways to exercise.  These little balls will catch every one’s fancy due to their shape and very attractive colors.  The real benefit of these balls, which were introduced by a group of Swiss medical therapists, is a substitute of support during exercise.Working out with the exercise balls will strengthen and tone all of the major muscles of the body.  The soft texture of the balls make it an ideal choice for Yoga positions, using dumbbells for muscle toning, or working on heavy-duty weight training equipment.The advantage of exercise balls is that they are durable and maintain shape well under pressure.  The documentation with the balls will provide test load figures for how much weight the exercise balls will hold.  The advantage here is the fact that the balls provide soft yet firm support that doesn’t harm your body.

You can find exercise balls in several different colors and finishes.  You can even get a ball that matches the texture of your room.  They are simple to store and you can even roll them under your bed or a table if you prefer.  When you aren’t using them, you can let kids play with them.  These balls are very fun for kids, as they are very soft and won’t cause them any harm.

Medical equipment Originally developed for use in medical therapy, the exercise ball is used to support the body during exercise.  These balls will provide support to the body when you do a specific exercise in a specific position and still need to maintain the balance.  Most exercise balls are made of burst proof latex or other material that is very safe to use.

There are many postures with yoga and muscle toning exercise that can only be done with the help of support.  For these postures, exercise balls are quite useful.  The exercise balls will introduce an element of stability to the exercise that you wouldn’t normally get with the floor exercise.

Your body responds automatically to the instability to keep balanced on the exercise ball.  This will help in strengthening the muscles that aren’t actively participating in exercise.

An exercise is also very useful for physiotherapy treatment.  Exercise balls will help to get rid of backache and spinal disorders.  The small range of movement and adjustment of balance of the spine that is induced by exercising with the exercise ball will help reduce back pain.

The Swiss ball exercise is for people with back pain to provide them with a simple way to restore movements after an episode of back pain.  It also results in improved muscle strength, greater flexibility, and a wide range of motion of the spine during treatment.

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