Do These 9 Things in Your Kitchen to Lose Weight


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The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it’s also the place that can make or break you on the weight loss front. If you’re on a quest to slim down, do these nine things in your kitchen.

Make fruits as accessible as a bag of chips: Wash, cut up, and store fruits such as grapes, melon, kiwi, pineapple, and apples in reusable containers in the fridge so they’re easy to grab. Make sure they’re right up front at eye level so they’re the first thing you see when you open the fridge door.

Prepare a big container of salad: Having a salad before dinner is a great way to fill you up so you eat less of the main course, but preparing a salad every night takes so much time that it’s tempting to skip out. Ensure you get a bowl of greens every night by making an enormous bowl of salad at the beginning of the week. You’re sure to eat a salad with dinner if it’s already made – just scoop out a bowl, top with vinaigrette, and enjoy.

Have measuring cups and spoons on the counter: Measuring your food will keep portions in check since overestimating serving sizes is a huge reason people don’t lose weight. Seeing measuring spoons and cups on your kitchen counter will be a visual reminder not to forget to use them.

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Pre-make snack packs: You know what happens when you eat chips or crackers out of the box – you practically end up polishing off the entire package! Take your favorite healthy snacks such as mixed nuts, popcorn, cheese, and fresh fruit, grab some Ziploc baggies, and make some 100-calorie or 150-calorie snack packs you can keep in your cupboard or fridge.

Ditch the unhealthy foods: Your hubby and kids might be fans of an occasional can of soda, bowl of cookie dough ice cream, or Hershey’s Kiss, but if those foods are within your reach, you’re bound to crave them. Throw out or give away the junk because if it’s not in your kitchen, you can’t be tempted to eat it.

Use smaller-sized plates: When we prepare a plate of food, we feel the need to fill it up completely. If you start out with a smaller-sized salad plate, there’s only so much you can pile on, so you’ll end up consuming fewer calories.

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Freeze fruits and veggies: Buy larger bags of fruits and veggies at the store and wash, cut, and store them in baggies in the freezer. You’ll not only save money when you buy in bulk, but you’ll also have them on hand to add to your smoothies, yogurt, pasta dishes, soups, and omelets.

Double or even triple the recipe: Whether you’re making soup, roasted veggies, quinoa salad, or something else for dinner, don’t just make enough for one meal. Package the leftovers in containers you can easily grab for the next few days’ meals. If your lunch or dinner is already prepared, you won’t have to resort to unhealthy takeout.

Put food away before you sit down to eat: After you’ve cooked up an amazing vegan mac and cheese, serve yourself an appropriate serving size and then wrap it up and put it in the fridge. If you leave it out, you’re more likely to go back for unnecessary seconds or thirds. Out of sight means off your hips.

Detoxing Your Body!


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Cover of Detox (Natural Care Handbook)

Cleansing diets, herbs, and fasting programs may seem like a modern health trend but societies have used natural cleansing methods to detoxify the body for hundreds of years. Detoxification is all about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.By cleansing your body you are removing the  impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. It is recommended that everyone should detox at least once a year. A short detoxifying program or whole body cleanse is generally safe; in fact, scientific studies show that a detox is beneficial for health.While detoxing you should Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, these all act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process.Also substituting chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products  such as cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpaste for  natural alternatives. stress, also triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system.So you should detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your body. YogaQigong and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress.While there are many ways to detox your body.Be sure to pick one that’s right for you, here are a few suggestions,You can try a 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins, Cleansing supplement packages, which generally contain fiber, vitamins, herbs and minerals. There are several safe products on the market, with easy-to-follow instructions, A routine of drinking only water one day each week  practice of many cultures. Herbal way to clean your body is the best way for inner body cleaning. Not only this is cheap but also improves your eating habits. There are herbal products also available in the market. The other advantage of this method is that it does not have any side effects and hence is safe.Straying from your healthier habits lately? Having trouble kicking off your weight loss? It might be time for a body detox.                         Alternative, Calorie, Cleanliness, Detox, Detoxification, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Health, Human nutrition, Juice fasting, Nutrient, Physical exercise, Portion Control, Shopping, Top Weight loss, Toxin, Vitamin, weight loss programs, weight-loss

Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!


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Assessing Your Weight

How can I tell if I’m at a healthy weight?

Adult Body Mass Index or BMI

One way to begin to determine whether  your weight is a healthy one is to calculate your “body mass index”  (BMI). For most people, BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness. It is  calculated based on your height and weight.

To calculate your BMI, see the BMI CalculatorBMI Calculator. Or determine your BMI by finding your height and weight in   this BMI Index Chart.

  • If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the   “underweight” range.
  • If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, it falls within the “normal” or   Healthy Weight range.
  • If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the “overweight”   range.
  • If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the “obese”   range.

“Underweight”, “normal”, “overweight”, and “obese” are all labels  for ranges of weight. Obese and overweight describe ranges of weight that are  greater than what is considered healthy for a given height, while underweight  describes a weight that is lower than what is considered healthy. If your BMI  falls outside of the “normal” or Healthy Weight range, you may want to talk to  your doctor or health care provider about how you might achieve a healthier  body weight. Obesity and overweight have been shown to increase the likelihood  of certain diseases and other health problems.

At an individual level, BMI can be used as a screening tool  but is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual. A trained  healthcare provider should perform appropriate health assessments in order to  evaluate an individual’s health status and risks.

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Indian Spinach-and-Chickpea Fritters


 I found this great recipe on the Food Network   check it out you’r gonna love it.                                                                                                                           Indian Spinach-and-Chickpea Fritters                                                                                                                Ingredients

Directions

Whisk the chickpea flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cumin seeds, cayenne and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Add 2/3 cup water and whisk until smooth. Add the onion, chickpeas, spinach and ginger to the batter and mix to combine.

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pot until a deep-fry thermometer registers 325 degrees. Working in batches, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into the oil (do not crowd the pan). Cook until lightly golden, about 2 minutes, turning as needed. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Cool slightly, then gently press each fritter into a small disk, about 1/3 inch thick.

Return the fritters to the hot oil and fry until crisp and golden brown, about 1 more minute. Season with salt and serve with chutney.

Monounsaturated fats or MUFA


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monounsaturated fats or MUFA (MonoUnsaturated Fatty Acid) are fatty acids that have one double bond in the fatty acid chain and all of the remainder of the carbon atoms in the chain are single-bonded. By contrast, polyunsaturated fatty acids have more than one double bond.Fatty acids are long-chained molecules having an alkyl group at one end and a carboxylic acid group at the other end. Fatty acid viscosity (thickness) and melting temperature increases with decreasing number of double bonds. Therefore, monounsaturated fatty acids have a higher melting point than polyunsaturated fatty acids (more double bonds) and a lower melting point than saturated fatty acids (no double bonds). Monounsaturated fatty acids are liquids at room temperature and semisolid or solid when refrigerated.Common monounsaturated fatty acids are palmitoleic acid (16:1 n−7), cis-vaccenic acid (18:1 n−7) and oleic acid (18:1 n−9). Palmitoleic acid has 16 carbon atoms with the first double bond occurring 7 carbon atoms away from the methyl group (and 9 carbons from the carboxyl end). It can be lengthened to the 18-carbon cis-vaccenic acid. Oleic acid has 18 carbon atoms with the first double bond occurring 9 carbon atoms away from the carboxylic acid group.

Although polyunsaturated fats protect against cardiovascular disease by providing more membrane fluidity than monounsaturated fats, they are more vulnerable to lipid peroxidation (rancidity). On the other hand, some monounsaturated fatty acids (in the same way as saturated fats) may promote insulin resistance, whereas polyunsaturated fatty acids may be protective against insulin resistance.[1][2] In contrast to this, the large-scale KANWU study found that neither dietary monounsaturated nor supplemented polyunsaturated fats (in the form of fish oil) affected insulin sensitivity while increased consumption of saturated fat significantly decreased insulin  sensitivity.                                                                                                                                                                            Foods containing monounsaturated fats reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while possibly increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.[4] However, their true ability to raise HDL is still in debate.Levels of oleic and monounsaturated fatty acids in red blood cell membranes were positively associated with breast cancer risk. The saturation index (SI) of the same membranes was inversely associated with breast cancer risk. Monounsaturated fats and low SI in erythrocyte membranes are predictors of postmenopausal breast cancer. Both of these variables depend on the activity of the enzyme 9-d delta 9 desaturase.[5]In children, consumption of monounsaturated oils is associated with healthier serum lipid profiles.Monounsaturated fats are found in natural foods such as red meat, whole milk products, nuts and high fat fruits such as olives and avocados. Olive oil is about 75% monounsaturated fat. Canola oil and Cashews are both about 58% monounsaturated fat. Tallow (beef fat) is about 50% monounsaturated fat and lard is about 40% monounsaturated fat. Other sources include macadamia nut oil, grape seed oil, groundnut oil (peanut oil), sesame oil, corn oil, popcorn, whole grain wheat, cereal, oatmeal, safflower oil, sunflower oil, tea-oil Camellia, and avocado oil.Monounsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your health when eaten in moderation and when used to replace saturated fats or trans fats.  Monounsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.  They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells.  Monounsaturated fats are also typically high in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin most Americans need more of. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can have a positive effect on your health, when eaten in moderation.  The bad fats – saturated fats and trans fats – can negatively affect your health. Monounsaturated fats – like all fats – contain nine calories per gram. The fats in the foods you eat should not total more than 25–35 percent of the calories you eat in a given day…and, for good health, the majority of those fats should be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated.  Eat foods containing monounsaturated fats and/or polyunsaturated fats instead of foods that contain saturated fats and/or trans fats.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For practical tips, check out the Nutrition Center                                                                                                                 Also  see: High density lipoprotein,Saturated fat,Unsaturated fat,Polyunsaturated fat.                                             Dieting, Eating, Fatty acid, Fitness, Food, Health,Calorie, High-density lipoprotein, Human nutrition, Monounsaturated fat, Olive oil, Polyunsaturated fat, Saturated fat, Serving size, Top Weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, weight-loss

Gastric Bypass Surgery (Not A Healthy Choice)


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I recently received a comment on this subject,so I decided to check it out a bit more. And no matter how hard I looked I could not find anything good to say about it.I am totally against it,I feel this procedure is as unnecessary as it is unhealthy.If your struggling with your weight, I suggest you stick with the basics.Control what you Eat and stay Active. Gastric Bypass Surgery is offered as a weight loss surgery option, for patients looking to dramatically reduce their weight. Weight loss surgery, also known as barbaric surgery, They want us to believe that it will provide the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients who have tried other approaches of diet and exercise without success.But yet they go on to say something about weight loss surgery will only work as well as the amount of time you invest in adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric Bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), slows the absorption of food and decreases calorie intake by creating a small stomach pouch. The pouch holds 3 to 5 ounces of food. The remainder of the stomach is not removed, but is completely stapled shut and divided from the stomach pouch.  The outlet from this newly formed pouch empties directly into the middle portion of the small intestine, thus bypassing calorie absorption and the duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine).

Frequently Asked Questions About Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

What are some of gastric bypass surgery results?

Restricts Eating: During gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created with staples which limits how much you can eat and diminishes appetite.

Decreases Calorie Intake: The intestine is rerouted in such a way that calories are not absorbed in a small segment.

Dumping Syndrome: Another effect of gastric bypass surgery is a condition called dumping syndrome. Because the intestine is re-routed after bariatric surgery, certain foods, such as those high in sugar, are emptied quickly into the intestines. Although this does not happen to everyone after gastric bypass surgery, it is a common side effect causing people to avoid foods with sugar and is generally felt to be a benefit of the surgery and not a complication.

This can’t be Healthy,WHY would anyone want to put themselves through this when there’s no guarantee that it will help you at all.You CAN accomplish the exact same goals with a Well Balanced Healthy Eating Plan,Regular Exercise,and of course Portion Control.  Gastric Bypass Surgery is not a solution, So where is the guarantee,It lies within you. because you’re the one that has to commit yourself to a Healthy Eating Plan, A consistent Regular Exercise Routine,and you are the one that has to practise Disciplined Portion Control.Which is actually one of the hardest yet most important keys to your success along  your weight loss journey. It is important to remember that weight loss surgery, just like any other weight loss program or service you only get out of it, what you put into it.Another words it will only work as well as the amount of time you invest in a healthy and active lifestyle.It’s all up to you,you’re the only one that can guarantee your success just like anything else you have to really want to.I know some of you might be saying it’s not that easy, and your right it’s not that is why you need to practice Discipline.If you follow a realistic Healthy Eating Plan,exercise,watch your Portions,be consistent,and you Discipline yourself when and were needed you can succeed. Here is a link to a store about a man who died a few weeks after having gastric bypass surgery http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/21/earlyshow/contributors/melindamurphy/main668323.shtml A study from the  University of Washington found that men are more likely to die than women. However, the study also found that if a patient survived more than a year after the surgery, then the benefits to their long-term health far outweigh the risks of the procedure.I don’t know about that.I don’t think the RISK is worth it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Loss Weight, diet, Dieting, Weight Loss Tips, weight loss programs, dieting programs, Top Weight loss, Health, Portion Control, Food, Human nutrition, Eating, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Fitness, Programs, Calorie

Servings and Portions


When we are trying to lose weight the Confusion between “servings” and “portions” makes eating the right amount of food difficult. Serving sizes are standardized amounts of food with specific calorie and nutrient contents. Portions, on the other hand, are how much we choose to eat. To make sure you aren’t overeating, you must know the size of a serving. The following everyday approximations should help.

Approximate Single-Serving Sizes

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Potato Computer mouse
Meat serving Deck of cards
Hard cheese Four dice
Peanut butter Tip of your thumb
Cup of fruit Baseball
Apple/Orange Tennis ball

Once we see how small servings are, most of us realize our portions are way too big. A typical serving of steak at a restaurant, for example, is the size of four decks of cards, the equivalent of four servings. Obviously, choosing to eat wisely means giving importance both to what and to how much we eat. Serving sizes can be sneaky. You think you’re watching your calories by glancing at the nutrition information on the back of your favorite food or beverage, but beware: If you don’t read carefully, you could be taking in four or five times the calories you think you are. Take, for example, that bag of Bear Naked Banana Nut granola that you like for breakfast. Pour yourself a medium bowlful and you could be eating as many calories and grams of fat as a McDonald’s double cheeseburger. That’s because the actual serving size is only 1/4 cup (a mere 4 tablespoons) and 140 calories. Pour a whole cup’s worth (which is easy to do) and you’re eating 560 calories and 28 grams of fat.

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Best of Diabetic Connect


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I just found this great new recipe in a free recipe book I downloaded from Best of Diabetic Connect to share with you. I find a lot of  free recipe ebooks online. So if your diabetic and struggling with your weight this would be perfect for you. Here is a link so you can download your own copy of this e-book with many more delicious Recipes. This will help with planning healthy meals for your new eating plan.  Just click the link for your copy     1408_BODCrecipes                                                                                                                                                                                       Lemon Baked  Chicken                                                                                                                                                                                                                             You will need  4 lemons, 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, 2 Tbs butter, 1/2 c flour, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp salt. Directions : Squeeze 1/2 c juice from lemons, marinate chicken in juice and refrigerate, at least an hour and up to 12 hours. Heat oven to 350 and butter a roasting pan. Melt butter, then combine flour, salt and pepper. Roll chicken in flour mix and set in roasting pan. Drizzle with melted butter and cook in pre-heated oven until well browned, 50-55 min. Nutritional Facts,Can cut Carb/salt by substituting Smart Balance Light instead of butter, and Mrs. Dash for salt. Cal. 534 Protein 50g Sodium 695g Carb 10g Servings:4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Loss Weight, diet, Dieting, Weight Loss Tips, weight loss programs, dieting programs, Top Weight loss, Health, Portion Control, Food, Human nutrition, Eating, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Fitness, Programs, Calorie

Hello world!


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Well I would like to start with healthy eating and portion control, those are the two most important things you have to learn when it comes to losing weight or managing your weight. It’s very easy to start your new healthy eating plan, it’s another thing to it you have to be dedicated to it. But if you really want to lose those unwanted pounds a few changes in the way you eat is a great place to start don’t you think. So now that your ready to do this all you have to do is start making healthier meals, following the four basic food groups making sure you’re getting the recommended portions from each group is very important. Now this is where you have to be strong if you like your snacks, start replacing the nun healthy snack with a healthy snack. Now that your eating healthier, and you have put your new eating plan in place it’s time to focus on potion control. Just because your eating healthier doesn’t  mean you can eat as much as you want. Don’t worry portion control isn’t that hard to get used to, just remember your body doesn’t need all that extra. After the first few weeks your stomach muscles are going to shrink, so you will get full faster. You’ll find that the smaller potions that you’re getting used to are now enough. With portion control it’s basically the size of your fist for most meats, and the size of the palm of your hand for you fruits, veggies, potatoes,ect. I will try to find some links to more info on portion sizes. Now if you picture your body as a machine you will understand how important healthy eating and potion control really is you see a machine needs a certain amount of fuel to run properly, just like our body’s need a certain amount of different foods to run properly. So we not only have to feed our body’s the right kinds of food for it to run properly we also have to make sure we are getting the right amounts. So get yourself a food pyramid chart,learn the four basic food groups and the recommended servings and get your body machine up and running it’s best and oh don’t forget to control your portions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Loss Weight, diet, Dieting, Weight Loss Tips, weight loss programs, dieting programs, Top Weight loss, Health, Portion Control, Food, Human nutrition, Eating, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Fitness, Programs, Calorie