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15 Lifestyle Weight Loss, Health And Fitness Tips

3 Jul

1. In the beginning, your fitness plan should not be overly aggressive.
One of the biggest problems most people encounter when starting a fitness program is rapidly depleted motivation after only a few weeks due to an overly ambitious fitness plan. Two days per week of 20-minute low-intensity cardiovascular exercise (walking, jogging, biking, swimming); and two days per week of 30-minute light resistance training (using weights or resistance machines) and one day stretching ( yoga or Pilates) is adequate in the beginning. As you become acclimated to the lifestyle “shift” you can add more days and get improved results. But beware: if you try to do too much too fast, you may end up quitting altogether. If you’ve tried and failed doing it alone, then I suggest you get a training partner or personal trainer who will help you sustain your motivation.
You must have tangible, quantifiable, short-term and long-term goals for your fitness program so you can gauge your progress. It’s crucial to have a “baseline” before you begin, so you can measure success. Your health club or personal trainer can give you a complete fitness analysis that will aid you or your trainer in developing a personalized fitness program which addresses your particular needs. Having goals, particularly short-term goals, allows you to track your progress and keep you motivated when times are tough and you don’t feel like exercising. Keeping a journal of your cardio and resistance training workouts, as well as tracking what you eat is truly a fitness success “secret.” Just remember that your goals should be realistic and attainable. The best way for you to understand what is realistic and attainable for you is to talk to a fitness professional.

2. If your goal is fat-loss, then your cardiovascular exercise should be interval intensity.
Your heart rate during cardio exercise should not exceed 50% to 70% of your maximum heart rate. The simple formula for calculating your 100% maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. If the intensity of your exercise increases your heart rate beyond 70% (which can occur very easily if you are in poor shape), you start shifting from using body fat as your energy source to relying on glucose metabolism. Your personal trainer can supply you with a simple heart rate monitor you can wear during exercise so you always stay in your peak fat-burning range.

3. Always, always, always stretch.
Stretching improves flexibility, blood flow, muscle recovery, low back pain and a host of other things. Additionally, stretching can prevent injury, make you sleep better and improve your performance in all sports. Always stretch, but be certain not to stretch cold muscles. You should always warm up before stretching. However, it is very important that you know how to stretch. Never bounce! Your personal trainer will show you the proper execution and timing of your stretches.

4. Set exercise appointments with yourself  and remember the benefits of exercise. Enjoy yourself.
Use your day-timer to set appointments for exercise – and then stick to them. You wouldn’t miss a business meeting or client appointment, would you? So don’t miss your exercise appointment with yourself. Nothing is more important than your health. Nothing. Everything else will crumble around you if your health goes south. So make your exercise appointments a priority. If you find it difficult to keep these appointments, then consider hiring a personal trainer who will hold you to your commitment. When you have money invested, and someone waiting for you to show up – you are much more likely to actually show up!

The most difficult thing is actually getting into your running shoes or going to the gym. But once you begin your work-out, relax and enjoy the process. Don’t fight it. Make exercise your personal time. When you are exercising you can focus completely on yourself. Yes, exercising can and should be somewhat rigorous (depending on your level of fitness), but it is just that investment which makes it supremely rewarding. As with anything, if you are in the moment, you can fully appreciate the experience and truly enjoy the proces

5. Exercise correctly.
So much time is wasted doing, at best, unproductive exercise, or at worst, dangerous exercise. Get educated on how to exercise correctly. And the absolute best way to do that is to hire a personal trainer to develop a program for you and then teach you what to do and how to do it right. Personal training does not have to be an ongoing process. You can hire a personal trainer for whatever length of time you need to learn the ropes. It could be five sessions, or it could be fifteen sessions. It’s completely up to you. But statistics prove that those who understand how to exercise correctly, get better, faster results. And that’s what you want, right? Results!
Never, ever do a traditional sit-up.
Unless you are super athlete with an incredibly well-developed midsection, sit-ups can lead to a strained lower back and possibly lumbar injuries. But it gets worse. Rather than hitting your abdominal section, sit-ups can shift exercise tension to your hip flexors – which defeats the purpose. There is so much misinformation about how to strengthen, tone and firm the midsection, it’s almost frightening. It is very difficult to learn proper abdominal exercise technique by reading about it or watching it demonstrated on a video. You need to do it with supervision and get feedback about your form from a knowledgeable source. And keep in mind that you use your abdominal muscles in almost every single movement you make. Strengthening your abdominal region is the single most effective way to prevent, or recover from, low back pain.

Don’t waste your time working small muscles with isolated movements.
If you don’t enjoy doing resistance training or are pressed for time, concentrate on working the largest muscle groups with compound resistance movements. When I see overweight people doing wrist curls or lateral raises, I wonder why. It’s generally just a lack of understanding of how their bodies work. Most people want to lose fat and tone and firm their bodies. The way to do that is to use resistance (weights or machines) to train the large muscle groups. Men should be concentrating on legs, chest and back. Women should concentrate more on their legs and back. The best exercises for legs are lunges or squats (your personal trainer will show you the proper form and then monitor you during the exercise) and leg press. The best chest exercise is bench press, and the best back exercise is the seated row. All of these are compound movements, which means they incorporate multiple muscle groups.

6. Deep-fried food and alcohol has no nutritional value – none!
Almost every food, whether it’s steak, chocolate or red wine, has some nutrients to contribute. But one thing is absolute: fried foods are garbage. Potato chips, French fries, onion rings, breaded chicken strips and all the rest of the deep-fried junk are pregnant with saturated fat and calories, and they contain almost zero nutritional value. If you’re trying to lose weight and/or reduce fat, simply eliminate fried foods completely from your diet. That stuff is scary. Alcohol is a same.
I’m not advocating the high protein, high saturated fat diet that you hear so much about (frankly, it’s dangerous). But I am advocating minimizing your intake of bread, pasta, rice, potato and of course, all sugary drinks. We are no longer an agrarian society participating in manual labor. Most of us are fairly sedentary throughout the day and therefore do not need the high levels of carbohydrates to sustain our energy. Additionally, carbohydrates are addictive. The more donuts you eat, the more you want. The bulk of your carbohydrates should come from vegetables and fruit. And those with high water content, such as cucumbers, grapefruit, tomatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries and even vegetable soups (watch out for high sodium), will fill you up nicely.

7. Never, ever skip breakfast.
If you want to maximize your fitness results or fat-loss efforts, you’ve got to eat breakfast. Even if you don’t exercise at all – breakfast remains the most important meal of the day. Your breakfast should contain complete proteins and complex carbohydrates (if you’re trying to lose weight, you should eat the bulk of your complex carbohydrates at breakfast and lunch and only have vegetable carbohydrates at dinner). A great breakfast is oatmeal drink from my FusemeAll diet menu with a little honey and banana and added protein . Or try scrambled egg whites with turkey sausage.

8. Eat fat to lose fat.
Healthy fats are necessary to your body for a bunch of reasons: regulating hormonal production, improving immune function, lowering total cholesterol, lubricating joints, and providing the basics for healthy hair, nails and skin. The singular distinction you must be aware of is the difference between healthy “good” fats, and dangerous “bad” fats. Good fats are monounsaturated fats like olive, peanut and canola oil, avocados, all natural peanut butter and nuts; and omega-3 fats like salmon and mackerel and soy-based foods. Bad fats are saturated fats, partially hydrogenated fats (killers!), and trans fats. Your personal trainer can provide you with a simple diet program that will complement your exercise to help you live longer, feel better and boost your immune system. The bottom line is that your body needs good fats – and will revolt if you attempt to abstain from them – and absolutely does not need bad fats.

9. Drink plenty of fresh, clean water.
Yes, I know that you’ve heard this over and over again. But there’s a reason for that – it’s the gospel truth! The recommended amount is approximately eight glasses, or 64 ounces, of water every day. When you are exercising, you need to drink even more. Over 75% of your body is water (even bone is more than 20% water). When you don’t drink enough water, and substitute diuretics like coffee, tea and caffeinated sodas, you dehydrate your body, your blood doesn’t flow properly and your digestive system doesn’t operate smoothly (among other problems). Even a small deficit of water can radically affect how your body performs. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you’re urine is a dark yellow and/or has a strong odor, you’re not drinking enough water. Drink up!

10. Eat small meals regularly throughout the day.
Fasting or overly restrictive diets will enable you to lose weight – in the short run. Because the weight you lose is primarily water weight and lean muscle mass. But in the long-run, it has exactly the opposite effect you want. When you restrict your diet, your body instinctively thinks it’s being starved and shifts into a protective mode by storing fat. Energy expenditures are fueled by your lean muscles. Therefore your body fat remains essentially the same and you lose vital fluids and muscle instead. The less muscle you have, the slower your metabolism becomes, and the less fat you burn. You should be eating three nutritionally balanced meals each day, and you should have at least  two healthy snacks. This keeps your metabolic furnace stoked, so you burn more at a faster rate. I know, it’s counter-intuitive, but it’s the gospel truth!

I realize that starting (or re-starting) a productive and effective health and fitness program is not easy. .

If you’re sick, you go to the doctor. If you’ve got a tax problem, you see an accountant (or an attorney!). Have a toothache? You’re off to the dentist. Leaky pipes result in a call to the plumber. So why is it that so many people attempt to solve their health and fitness problems without consulting an expert? I don’t know exactly, but I encourage you to make the investment in yourself – in your quality of life – by hiring a qualified professional to educate you and help you get started…

…because the hardest part is just getting started and sustaining your motivation until fitness becomes habitual. Once you develop the habit, which can take as little as 30 days, your whole life will change for the better.

Broccoli Juice!?!

3 Jul

Broccoli Juice!?!

We don’t have that many fancy kitchen appliances, mainly because we can’t fit anything more into our small kitchen. One that we do have and that we really use is our juice machine. It doesn’t seem to matter what we put into it, everything that comes out tastes divine. Therefore we decided to start pushing its limits: Broccoli is a great vegetable in food, but how can we make a good juice out of it?
We added orange, apple, kiwi and ginger and it actually wasn’t half bad. And if you think of all it contains it’s really a bomb; Broccoli is rich in iron, and for absorbing iron into your body you need vitamin C, which you get from the kiwi and orange. Ginger is good for a million different reasons. Luise always adds linseed or almond oil as well because it’s good for the skin and the stomach (but I like it better without …).

Ingredients broccoli juice

Broccoli Juice
1 glass

1 orange
1 apple
1 kiwi
1 handful of broccoli
2 cm fresh ginger

2 tbsp linseed oil
ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in a juice machine, pour it in a glass, add oil and ice cubes and stir. Enjoy with fresh mint leaves!

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Oatmeal Protein Shake- Liquid FuseMEALL Diet (100 Calories)

4 Mar

This is for people who can not afford liquid diets shakes, and want to make them from scratch at home.

4 Minutes to Prepare and Cook

Ingredients

    Quaker Oats’s quick oats 1/8 cup
    Fresh spinach leaf, 1 cup
    Body Fortress Whey protein, which is about half of one scoop
    One bottle of fresh water, 8oz
    Ice if needed.

Directions

In your blender, put in half of one scoop of body fortress whey protein for a high protein meal shake. Add one cup of fresh non cooked spinach for vitamins and minerals. Also add 1/8 cup of oatmeal for complex carbohydrates like fiber. All these ingredients are equal to about a balanced nutritional meal of Protein 50%, Carbs 30% and fats 20%. Add water, fresh water of course, 8oz. Add ice for a more thicker drink. For no ice, blend it all for about a good 30 seconds. With ice blend for 1-2 minutes or until your satisfied.Number of Servings: 1 

Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 96.4
  • Total Fat: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.0 mg
  • Sodium: 26.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 9.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 12.5 g

HomeMade Protein Bars

28 Feb

Many of us were raised surrounded by unhealthy meals and eating patterns. Eating highly processed empty calorie foods will cause your body to always be hungry because it is trying to get the nutrients it needs. Eating a high-quality protein bars as  a source will increase the Thermogenic effect of the food and keep your metabolism revved up. It is an important part of a low-fat diet. To build muscle you need enough protein and carbohydrate in your diet, and you need to use your muscles in strength training and exercise. After resistance training, carbohydrate and protein can help build muscle, but excess protein will simply be used as an energy source. Nutrition bars are perfect for a clean eating nutrition plan.

However, most commercially sold protein bars, cereal bars, and energy bars are little more than glorified candy bars that are loaded with empty carbs, high-fructose corn syrup, and overly processed ingredients. They are SO outrageously expensive. On top of that, some protein bars are so hard to chew that I practically pull out my teeth trying to take a bite out of one. Finally, I said enough is enough and I set out to formulate my own protein bar.

I wanted a bar that was high in protein, had a good amount of fiber, was not overly sweet nor carby, and had heart-healthy fats. I wanted to make a bar made with wholesome ingredients that I could pronounce that would not leave me feeling guilty about eating later on. I also wanted a bar that would keep me full and not leave me feeling deprived like many store-bought bars do. Most of all, I wanted the bar to TASTE GOOD and not taste like I’ve just taken a bite out of the business section of the telephone book. Is this too much to ask for a meal-replacement bar?

These bars are very high in protein and will keep you full for hours. The fiber will keep your blood sugar from spiking too fast. Every ingredient in these bars have health value – even the cinnamon and salt. Yes, salt. Salt, after all, is a nutrient and is only bad when it is over-consumed. I actually feel like I’m being HEALTHY when I eat one of these great-tasting bars. I never miss fast food when I make these babies. They also make great snacks when you’re in the mood for something a little sweet.

These bars are not baked and can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes. You can prepare them the night before so the family can grab them as they’re heading out the door in the morning. You could eat one on the way to work while listening to a CD of Cher’s greatest hits or while riding the bus next to some guy with a mohawk, pierced lips, and tattooed eyeliner. They are so easy to make. I store them in the fridge for those times I need a quick meal or a healthy snack. Give these bars a try and see how you like them. I hope you like them as much as I do. Trust me – healthy eating never tasted so good! Enjoy – and happy barring!

10 min HOME made Protein Bar

3/4 c old-fashioned oats
½ c oat flour
1/2 tsp table salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 c non-fat dry milk
2 TBSP flaxseeds, finely ground
2 TBSP sunflower seeds
1/3 c peanut butter (natural peanut butter works great!)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c water
1/4 c honey or to taste
1/2 c nuts (as pictured, I used almonds, pistachios, and cashews)
1/2 c dried fruit (as pictured, I used dried cherries, dried cranberries, and dried apricots)

Line an 8×8″ dish with foil leaving a few inches of extra foil extending over edges of the dish. You will use this extra foil to grab onto when you remove the bars from the dish later on. Very lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, oat flour, salt, cinnamon, protein powder, dry milk powder, and seeds. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, vanilla, water, and honey. Microwave for about 45 seconds. Whisk then combine the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir to combine. The mixture will be quite thick. Add the nuts and dried fruit and stir to combine. Roughly spread the mixture into the foil-lined dish. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the “dough” and compress the mixture evenly in the dish. Leave the plastic wrap on and place in the fridge for an hour or until firm. After an hour, remove and discard the plastic wrap. Use the foil to lift the mixture out of the dish. Slide the mixture off of the foil and cut the block into 8 bars. Place the bars in a sealable container. Since this mixture contains no preservatives, I recommend keeping them refrigerated.

You will find more recipes for you to make your very own homemade protein bars. You can also change the recipes a little the best suits your diet and taste requirements. Oatmeal protein bars below prepared by baking. The popular oatmeal protein bar is an American recipe. For more tasty food, mix the protein powder with brownie mix, cookie mix for a more bulked up experience.

American Protein Bar – prepared by baking

This is one more recipe for homemade protein bars that I love.

Ingredients :

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups dried milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup lite syrup
2 scoops protein powder
2 large egg whites or 1 egg
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins or dried fruit and chopped
Preheat over to 325 and spray a baking sheet or 9×12 baking dish with non-stick spray. The 9×12 baking dish will yeild thicker bars.
Mix oats, powdered milk, and protein powder in bowl and blend well.
In separate bowl, combine eggwhites, orange juice, applesauce, and the sugar-free syrup and blend well.
Stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients until blended. The consistency will be thick and similar to cookie dough.
Spread batter onto pan and bake until edges are crisp and browned.
Cut into 10 bars and store in airtight container or freeze.

Nutritional Information Per Bar:
Calories-157
Carbs-23g
Protein-15g
Fat-.5g
Fiber-4g

Peanut Protein Bar – prepared by baking

Ingredients:
*10 tbsp. natural peanut butter
*5 egg whites
*5 scoops whey protein
*2 cups oats (OPTIONAL: For flavor, I dry cook these on a frying pan until they are toasted)
*1/2 cup soy milk

Directions:

Mix the peanut butter and egg whites in a bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, and mix well (so that the mixture appears smooth). Repeat 4-5 times until all traces of egg whites have dissolved into the peanut butter, and your mixture is a smooth consistent one.

Gradually add the protein (one scoop at a time) and stir into the mixture. Next, add the soy milk and follow with the oats. Continue mixing until a thick ‘sticky’ mixture is present.

Smooth the thick mixture into a 13×9 tray and leave for 20-30 minutes. Cut into 10 equal size bars. Individually wrap each bar (I use aluminum foil) and store in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 220
Protein: 20g
Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 15g

Light Veggie Quiche

11 Feb
The following recipe uses all of these techniques and weighs in at around 300 calories a slice with14 grams of fat and only 4 grams of saturated fat. It also provides around 20 grams of high quality protein and almost 7 grams of fiber. That’s pretty healthy for a quiche.
Beware Restaurant Quiche: When some people see the word “broccoli” or “vegetable” in a menu item, they often get the false impression that the dish is healthy. With vegetable quiche dishes, nothing could be further from the truth. That’s because most quiche dishes made in a restaurant are prepared with butter, heavy cream, full fat cheeses and lots of eggs. And that’s just the filling! The crust is generally made from refined white flour and butter or lard. It wouldn’t be hard for a slice of restaurant quiche to be over 600 calories and contain 40 to 50 grams of fat.

How To Lighten Up A Veggie Quiche
First, the Base

I used brown rice and an egg white. The resulting crust had half the calories and 1/16th the fat of the ready-made whole wheat crust.
Second, the Dairy

You can lower the calories and saturated fat and still get a very nice consistency by using reduced or low fat cheese instead of full fat cheese. In this recipe I use low fat cottage cheese and reduced fat swiss or cheddar. You can also replace cream with soy milk or fat free evaporated milk. To further reduce the calories and cholesterol, you can replace one of the eggs with 2 egg whites. The flavor created by adding a few tablespoons of high quality parmesan on top will give the impression that all of the dairy ingredients are rich and decadent and no one will realize that you’ve made these healthy substitutions.
Third, the Vegetables

There is no need to fry the vegetables in loads of butter. Steam the broccoli and lightly sauté the onions, peppers and mushrooms in a few teaspoons of olive oil.

3 Veggie Quiche in a Brown Rice Base
[serves 8]
For the base
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 large egg white
pinch of salt and pepper
For the filling
2 cups broccoli florets
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup red pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup mushrooms
2 large organic, cage free eggs
2 large organic, cage free egg whites
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk or fat free evaporated milk
1/2 cup low fat organic cottage cheese
1/4 cup reduced fat Swiss or Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried)

A brown ricebase is easy to make and is low in calories and fat.
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan and bake.

After baking 45 minutes at 375 degrees, let sit for 10-15 minutes.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine cooked brown rice, egg white, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. Press the rice mixture into the bottom of the pie pan and up the sides. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes until it “sets”. Remove from oven. LOWER THE OVEN TO 375 degrees.
Steam the broccoli until fork tender and separate into small pieces. Remove from heat and let cool. Sauté the onion, bell pepper and shitake mushrooms until they soften, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Place the eggs and egg whites in a mixing bowl and lightly beat. Add the milk, cottage cheese, shredded swiss or cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, thyme and parsley and mix thoroughly. Add the cooled broccoli and sautéed vegetables and mix well. Pour mixture into the baked rice crust and top with parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until you can gently shake the quiche and it doesn’t wiggle. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Per serving: 304.1 calories, 13.9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 119 mg cholesterol, 19.8 g protein, 33.2 g carbohydrates and 6.6 g of fiber.

Prevent Temptations and Lose your Weight

1 Feb

Millions of people hope to lose weight. Only a few actually prepare for it. They treat it like a treasure hunt, setting off on a quest and hoping it going to all work out. No wonder the dieting failure rate hovers near 95%.

Any time you reached a meaningful goal, it was because you were ready for it. It didn’t just happen or fall in your lap. If it did, that’s more good fortune than goal achievement. The difference between hoping something will happen and making it happen is preparation from motivation. Not too many people lose weight through luck or good fortune, so you’ll probably have to rely on planning, controlling your habits and right environment.

How do you create an environment that’s more help than hurt?

Have you ever found yourself in front of an open fridge and didn’t know how the heck you got there? Ever looked down and saw your hand in a bag of chips and wondered why? Ever had your lunch break roll around and realized you had absolutely no idea what you were going to eat?

These are all perfect and common examples of not eating on purpose. It sounds like a basic habit, but it’s rarely a habit that people truly follow. Not paying attention to your eating, or eating for the wrong reasons, can sabotage momentum, leave you confused, and ruin any progress you’ve made on the scale. The really frustrating part is that you may not even know you’re doing it.

Emotional eating is a problem for a lot of people. Mindless eating may actually be worse. Most people eat often when they’re bored. Only small number of people eat most often at the more appropriate time: when they’re hungry.

We’re surrounded by eat-for-tainment options, where eating becomes a leisure activity. Weddings, themed restaurants, dinner theaters, ceremonies, receptions, reunions, parties, wherever there’s food, there’s fun. It’s easy to see why aimless eating is so common it’s something to do.

It’s time to wake up from being a food zombie. Take control of your eating habits. Here are some tactics you can use to adopt this habit:

Prevent Temptations
Start in the kitchen. Begin replacing unhealthy foods with healthier alternatives. Do a full kitchen healthy inspection. Setting up shop now will keep you from giving in to temptation later.
Take lunch and healthy snacks to work. When the munchies come calling, you won’t need to run to buy chocolate bar.
Eat a snack before leaving to eat out. You’ll be less hungry and less apt to order a fatty appetizer.
Keep raisins, carrot sticks, nut bars, and other healthy snacks within arms reach wherever you are.

Stop skipping meals
A regular eating routine keeps you balanced and helps you digest food more efficiently. Plus it helps eliminate the starve-starve-starve-binge cycle many dieters suffer throughout the day.
Eat breakfast. A growling stomach is just asking for snacking trouble.

Eat only when hungry
Not when you’re bored, sad, nervous, angry, upset or stressed. If you’re at a party with an appetizer buffet, socialize on the other side of the room, so you don’t habitually graze while talking. Listen to your body, not your mind or emotions.

Cut back on late night snacking
Prime time for television is also prime time for calorie-heavy comfort foods. Snacking at night is often another example of eating to relax or as something to do.

Have a purposeful eating environment
This is especially important at home. Choose a regular time and place for your meals. Cut out distractions, take a little extra time preparing and pay attention to your meal. Don’t eat over the counter, while watching TV or while on the phone.
By paying more attention to what and how you’re eating, you’ll not only have more control over what goes in your mouth, but you’ll also notice how often you previously ate and didn’t even realize it. The best part is that you’ll naturally start to make better choices.

Portion Control tips:

18 Jan

Do you ever feel obligated to finish everything on your plate, even if you’re not hungry? Formed with good intentions, this concept can cause more harm than good in this time of absurd portions.  Half of us eat everything on their plates, regardless of size. Problem is, a typical dinner plate holds three serving of spaghetti, not just one. Want to cut calories?  A better strategy is to find ways to put less on your plate to begin with.

One of the most important steps in weight loss (and keeping it off) begins in the kitchen or eating out places.  The easiest way is to greatly reduce the portion size of meals.


Here are a few tips for controlling your portion sizes. All these options can help you to safe weight and the most important is control the weight.

* Use smaller plates and bowls. There’s a proven link between the perceived size of food and appetite.

* Serve dinner by the plate, rather than family style (serving dishes on the table), you’ll be less tempted to load up on second servings if they’re not right in front of you.

* Use blended food.

* Order an appetizer as an entree. Remember to stay away from fried foods though.

* Order from the lunch menu at dinnertime.

*Leftovers are okay. Ask the server to wrap up half your meal before bringing it out.

* Order smaller sizes such as a half-order of pasta or a “petite” cut of meat. Even so, portions may still be hefty. It’s not unusual for a “smaller” portion of meat to be an 8-ounce serving.

* Pay attention to what you’re eating. You’ll eat more if you’re mindlessly grazing or staring at the TV.

* If you like to snack while watching TV, measure out one serving of your snack – don’t take a whole bag of chips with you into your TV room.

* Learn to read food labels, but be careful. Serving sizes can be misleading (for example, a can of cola is technically two servings.)

* If you eat at a restaurant, ask for a container and take half of your meal home, or split your meal with your dining partner.

* If you like to snack while watching TV, measure out one serving of your snack – don’t take a whole bag of chips with you into your TV room.

* Eat low-calorie foods first. Start your meal with a clear soup or green salad to ease your hunger a bit so that you aren’t as likely to over eat.

As you cut down portions, you may feel a little hungry at first. To offset this temporary hunger without eating more:

* Drink more water

* Eat fiber-loaded foods- add extra servings of nutrient-dense vegetables like carrots, green beans and celery. While one-half cup of rice or pasta has about 100 calories, one-half cup of green beans has only 14 calories.

* Eat slowly, put the fork down between bites

Portions Verses Servings

Although many people use these words interchangeably, portion and serving are not always the same. A portion is any amount of a certain food you choose to put on your plate, while a serving is a recommended amount of food based on health and nutrition guides.

To lose weight on a regular basis you need to eat foods we call ‘slimming sensations’. These foods are low in processed sugar and fat and provide your body with the necessary nutrients. As you continue to lose weight, feel confident enough to include an occasional (small) slice of your favorite cake or share dessert with a friend. Your weight loss will continue even with a small portion of something you love.

FUSEmeAll – Food blending for Sport

7 Jan

If you’re a person that’s involved in sports on a regular basis, and find that you’re always fighting a low-level injury of some sort, nothing too awful, but frequent nonetheless, consider adding more live blended food and juices to your daily regimen to help repair your tissues quicker and more efficiently. There’s no substitute for what this food can do, especially if it’s implemented on a regular basis.

Tissue Repair

Live food blends/drinks are superior to cooked food in that it still retains all of its enzymatic aspects, vitamins, and minerals. After heating, cooked food isn’t plentiful in these nutrients anymore. This fact alone makes it the superior food for athletes of all types. The components of live food quickly work to repair tissue damaged from intense work outs and high impact sports injuries. This is the food that our bodies recognize and are able to more easily assimilate, for improved nutrient uptake.

It’s Quick and Easy

Live food blended meals are very quick to prepare if you use a blender and a juicer. A good blended meal can consist of 5-7  food portions in one sitting. The same with juiced veggie and fruit drinks. You can easily juice 5 or 6  live foods in one sitting to drink and after doing this 2 or 3 times daily, you’ve brought your live food intake up! That will make a good dent in tissue repair for sure!

Nutrients Are More accessable

Part of the reason blender meals and juice drinks are more helpful when implementing this lifestyle is they masticate the food more intensely than our own teeth are able to. This is a big plus because the nutrition in these foods is made ultra available from this high-powered action. The more available the nutrients are, the easier it is for your body to digest and utilize this nourishment for superior nutritional uptake.

It’s Quick again!

Blending food drinks is so quick! Depending on what you’re preparing, you may have to do some cutting or chopping, but that’s very minimal and goes really quick when that’s the only real preparation you need to do to accomplish the task. Just pulse and you’re good to go!

You Can Get Many Different ingredients at Once

The most appealing raw food is the fruit and this tends to be the most popular food consumed when a person is trying to include more fresh foods in his or her diet. A good way to incorporate more fruit into your diet is to start making fruit smoothies. Rich with good carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, fruit smoothies are an energizing way to either start your day or acquire an energy boost later on. A growing number of people also add leafy greens to their fruit smoothies as they feel this promotes better digestion and absorption of nutrients. It also makes consuming leafy greens a less tedious process than trying to tear your way through a mountainous salad.

You Can Add Your Food Favorites

If you’re blending some important to your diet foods that aren’t necessarily some of your favorites, you can always add some that make it more yummy. I always try to spruce things up a bit with some bananas that are more on the ripe side for the sweetness. Carrots are always good for this purpose as well.

The Stone Age Diet Natural Food Diet for Fat Loss.

4 Jan

I would overlook stone age diet with high raw food diet – very similar in concept –  where key word is NATURAL!

The “paleolithic,” “Stone Age ” “cave man ” and raw food diets have been around for a while. You may be wondering if the paleo diet is a fad diet or if it has real value. There are many sites on the search engines where people claim to have lost weight using this program. The truth about the paleo diet is it is mostly a low carb diet with some more healthy food groups thrown in. The paleo diet is very healthy because it is based on what our healthy ancestors consumed.

In general,  I think they are right on point, and will benefit your health and definitely your fat loss efforts.

  • A “Stone Age Diet” or “cave man” diet is actually very similar to the bodybuilding diets and this is most definitely a great way get very lean, very fast. On  physique competition diets (bodybuilding, fitness, figure, etc), you leave the  lean proteins, lean meats, nuts and seeds, the green veggies (fibrous carbs), and some fruit in the diet, while reducing or removing ALL processed foods and  SOME of the grains and starches.
  • The consumption of a Raw, or high raw, diet is an emerging trend that seems to be flourishing as people catch on to the many perceived benefits of this style of eating. Why are raw foods so good for us? For the most part, it is because they are completely unprocessed, intact, and nutritionally undiluted. Cooking and processing can damage and transform foods to varying degrees and sometimes this can render food nutrition less or even downright dangerous. That being said, you do not need to adopt a 100% raw diet to reap the many benefits of unadulterated plant foods. All you need to do is figure out what raw foods you really enjoy and believe will enhance your health and fitness results the most and then eat as many of them as you would like. After that, you should learn to differentiate between extremely harmful forms of cooking and those that are virtually benign.

When it comes to maximum fat loss, the removal or reduction of  grains and calorie dense starchy carbs in favor of lean protein and raw or semi-raw veggies will definitely help speed the fat loss process – even if that’s only because it  reduces caloric density of the food intake, although there are other reasons.

So is the Paleo diet worth it? Absolutely. If you don’t like to diet generally, the paleo diet is a very easy diet to do. You eat meats and other items humans love to eat. It is also important to use smaller portions and also exercise like any healthy diet. What about raw diet? Eat only fresh food you or your taste buds enjoy, maybe sashimi or blended berry smoothie.

Lean protein (fish and meat) + good fats & raw nuts + lots of  green veggies + fresh fruit & berries = a LEAN BODY AND SUPERABS!

And that  basically what the “paleolithic”  or raw diets recommend, because the principle there is to eat like our  “stone age” ancestors did – before there was McDonalds, Coca Cola and other junk food.

Paleolithic nutrition is based on the premise that modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors and that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, and therefore that an ideal diet for human health and well-being is one that resembles this ancestral diet.
Forty thousand years ago, you had to eat nature-made food. There was no food in cans, boxes or packages was there? The packaging was peel, a skin or a shell!
There were no TV dinners.   There was no drive in fast food. There were no convenience stores.
There   was no corn syrup. There was no white sugar. There were no hydrogenated oils. No   chemicals. No preservatives. No artificial anything.
There was only what  could be hunted and gathered: Meat, fish, nuts, seeds, plants, vegetables, fruits. And cooking methods was simple and safe.
Apart from restrictions I am not agree with like some of stone age diet being too strict with  their “Absolutely no grains or starch allowed,” and raw food diet is good in moderation,  is a lot anyone can learn  from the “paleolithic” and raw eating concept.
“What were we eating tens of thousands  of years ago?” ; “What are we genetically and environmentally predisposed to eat?”
“What has gone wrong with the modern day diet that has led to so much disease and obesity which didn’t exist thousands of years ago?”
I  believe that too many people get caught up in low fats or low carbs or whatever;   the trend of the month is, but the real source of our problem is neither fat nor carbs, it is an excess of processed, refined man-made food! (combined with a serious shortage of exercise)
If you already study and understand the concept of  eating according to your personal goals and your unique body/metabolic type first, then I believe you will get even more benefit from the further study of   the “paleo – raw “eating concept, as you will be informed and flexible enough to adapt  it to your personal situation.
ANY good nutrition program – for health or for fat loss – is going to be focused on natural foods and it will teach you how  to get the processed food OUT .

 

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2 Jan

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