How To Shed Winter Weight In The Spring

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If the thought of coming out from beneath your baggy cold-weather sweaters is making you break out in a cold sweat, relax! You still have plenty of time to lose weight and look your best before sundress season arrives. Spring is actually the best season to find foods that are packed with the weight-loss-super star, fiber. This macronutrient helps fill you up, can clean you out, and makes achieving your weight loss goals a whole lot easier. What’s more, these particular foods are also bursting with micronutrients that help turn off your fat-storage genes, leading to even more rapid, sustainable weight loss.

When you eat foods that are in season, they’re not only more affordable, but they’re also fresher and packed with the highest amount of flavor and nutritional value. We’ve compiled a list of 20 fruits and veggies that are in peak season every spring—they’re all easy to find, too! Since many of them will only be on sale for a few weeks of the season, you better act fast.

So, say goodbye to stews and slow cookers and start blasting away those extra winter pounds with these spring foods. To help you incorporate them into your diet, I’ve also included some bloggers favorite recipes and ways to enjoy them.

Fiddlehead Ferns

Spring foods fiddlehead ferns

These delicate spirals are the furled fronds of a young fern, which is why they are only around for a few weeks in early spring. They’re packed with manganese, vitamin C, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, which inhibits the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin, helping you to minimize munching. And if you thought bananas were the potassium powerhouse, then you’ll be interested to know these give the yellow fruit a run for its money. Fiddleheads actually have more of the bloat-banishing mineral per gram than bananas, which can also help lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

How to Eat It: Clean the veggie by removing any of the papery outer coatings; then soak it briefly in a bath of cold water with a bit of lemon and salt. Drain and then steam them for four or five minutes. Add the steamed fiddleheads to a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of unsalted butter and cook on each side for a minute or two. They’ll turn golden like asparagus. Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!


Rhubarb

Spring foods rhubarb

This plant might look like red-hued celery, but if you’ve ever been adventurous enough to cook with it, you know that this vegetable is much more flavorful than its vibrant twin. Tart rhubarb loves to partner with fruit to become a sweet treat. (Just don’t eat the leaves—they’re poisonous!) Rhubarb is high in catechins, the same compound that gives green tea its belly-fat fighting properties. Catechins blast adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly) and then speed up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.

How to  Eat It: Wash, dry, and trim the stalk at the root and leaves. Cut a slit under the edge of the rhubarb skin at one end and pull down the remove the stringy fibers, similar to what you would do with celery. Cut stalks into 2-inch pieces, toss with cinnamon, honey, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and roast in a 350-degree oven until the rhubarb is tender, about 30 minutes. Serve on top of some full-fat Greek yogurt and top with crunchy pistachios.


 Mushrooms

Spring foods morel mushroomsThese mushrooms are the third highest vegetable source of vitamin D (only behind two other mushrooms), serving you 23 percent of your daily value in a single cup. This vitamin has many biological functions beyond its classic role in bone metabolism, one of which is regulating your immune system. One study found that when vitamin D concentrations were low in a group of runners had a biomarker for increased inflammation. When your body is in a state of chronic inflammation, it can lead to clogged arteries, worsened insulin resistance, and even weight gain. So besides climbing out of that cold, dreary hole that you dug yourself into this winter and catching some Vitamin-D-producing rays, make sure to grab some morel mushrooms!

How to  Eat It: These wild mushrooms are prized for their smoky, nutty flavor, which pairs well with Parmesan in a risotto. First, because of their folds and ridges, they’ll need to be washed under cool water and scrubbed thoroughly. Sautée them up with olive oil, a little butter, and chopped garlic until golden brown. Season with salt, pepper, fresh thyme, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Throw on top of risotto, like this one from Pinch of Yum, with freshly grated parmesan and some lemon zest.


Asparagus

Spring foods asparagus

The ultimate spring vegetable, asparagus is rich in potassium and low in sodium, which helps your body achieve proper electrolyte balance and works to reduce bloating. Add the plant’s anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and health-promoting antioxidants—like glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful free radicals—and you’ve got yourself a powerful weight-loss arrow in your quiver.

How to  Eat It: You probably already know that these delicious veggies don’t need much to make them taste great, but feel free to shake things up a bit with a quick vinaigrette. Whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and minced garlic. Pour half the vinaigrette over the spears and grill until tender. Once cooked, plate and drizzle the rest of the vinaigrette on top.


Red Leaf Lettuce

Spring foods red leaf lettuce

One serving of red leaf lettuce is only 14 calories, but it’s bursting with fiber. It’s one of the world’s greatest weight loss foods because it will fill you up and keep you feeling full for hours after you eat it. Even better, two generous cups of lettuce provide 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement for strong, healthy bones. A report from the Nurses’ Health Study suggests that women who eat a serving of lettuce every day cut the risk of hip fracture by 30 percent than when compared with eating just one serving a week.

How to  Eat It: Create a simple vinaigrette with red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, minced shallots, a touch of honey, salt, and pepper. Combine roughly chopped red leaf lettuce with arugula, another spring lettuce, and top with spring veggies like roasted beets, orange slices, and walnuts.


Peas

Spring foods peas

You may have pushed them around your plate as a kid, but we’re hoping that stopped when you learned of their anti-aging, immune-strengthening, and energy-boosting antioxidants. Besides teeming with carotenoids and polyphenols, these little green poppers contain a hefty 7 grams of hunger-quelling fiber and 8 grams of muscle-building protein per cup!

How to Eat It: To elevate the humble pea, saute up some crispy prosciutto. Add some finely chopped white onion and a bit of minced garlic. Once tender, add in your peas, and a little bit of chicken stock, and simmer until peas are tender. Add back in the prosciutto, chopped fresh parsley, and mint, and toss it all together with your favorite pasta and freshly grated parmesan.


Artichokes

Spring foods artichokes

Unfortunately, a hefty, creamy artichoke dip will never make it onto any diet-friendly list, but one of its main ingredients does! One medium artichoke boasts an impressive 10.3 grams of fiber, including inulin, a prebiotic soluble fiber that helps promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria. Incorporating it into your diet may also aid weight loss efforts—for every 10 grams of fiber you eat daily, your middle will carry almost 4 percent less flab, according to researchers. On top of that, artichokes contain a compound called cynarine, which promotes fat digestion and can serve as a natural diuretic by helping to eliminate water retention.

How to Eat It: When was the last time you ate a whole artichoke? Well, with whole artichokes fresh and in season, now’s a perfect time. Follow blogger Camille Style’s recipe for Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli. She walks you through how to cut, trim, cook, and dress them with her deliciously simple parsley oil. If you feel the aioli is a little too heavy, sub it out for a plain, full-fat Greek yogurt and combine with roasted, caramelized garlic and fresh lemon juice.


 Onions

Spring foods vidalia onions

The Vidalia Onion earns the title of one of the nation’s most iconic agricultural products, having been discovered accidentally in the state of Georgia and rocketing to popularity. And just like Champagne has to be from France, a Vidalia onion has to be from Georgia. These onions are a rich source of fructooligosaccharides, a cluster of fructose molecules that lead to better gastrointestinal health and improved digestion by stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria and suppressing the growth of harmful ones. Want more ways to improve your gut health?

How to Eat It: Vidalias are so sweet, delicious, and versatile, it’s hard to pick just one recipe to share. For starters, they’re the perfect onion to add to your summer BBQ: lightly coat with canola oil, salt, and pepper and throw on the grill to get some good caramelization before adding to your burger. Looking to indulge a little? Make these Healthy, Baked (not fried!) Onion Rings from How Sweet It Is.


Radishes

Spring foods radish

After a winter of blues and grays, it’s nice to get a little pop of color in your life. Colorful vegetables are key to weight loss, and radishes are no exception. Their red hue is due to anthocyanins, a phytochemical that has been shown to burn fat and reduce the risk of diabetes. They’ve also been shown to reduce cholesterol, insulin resistance, and inflammation. In a Japanese study, rats fed radishes for three weeks showed reduced levels of bad cholesterol and insulin and a boost in good HDL cholesterol.

How to  Eat It: Eat radishes whole as a high-fiber, belly-filling snack, add a layer of slices to a goat cheese toast, use them as a salad garnish, or make them the star of the salad alongside another seasonal veggie, the carrot, in this Ginger Carrot Radish Salad by blogger, Healthy Seasonal Recipes.


Fennel

Spring foods fennel

Shimmy into those cute spring fashions with confidence by adding fennel to your meals. Although it’s known to be a winter veggie, it’s still in peak season during the early spring. Cherished for its licorice-like flavoring, fennel contains a unique blend of phytonutrients—including the flavonoids rutin and quercetin—that make it a powerful antioxidant. These active compounds help to reduce inflammation, and when combined with the fiber that’s already present in fennel, they can help eliminate potentially carcinogenic toxins from the colon to prevent colon cancer.

How to  Eat It: Make its fronds into pesto, and use the rest in raw fennel, apple, and celery salad or roast it up and add it to your creamy mashed potatoes.


Apricots

Spring foods apricot

These sun-like fruits are sure to brighten your day. While dried apricots are a good source of fiber and iron, they’re also more concentrated in sugar—which is why they’re one of the 20 Healthy Foods You Better Eat in Moderation. Pick up some fresh ones during their short season in late spring to load up on vitamin A (a nutrient that helps your skin glow) and potassium. When you don’t have enough of this essential mineral, it can make your body hold onto water, resulting in weight gain. Besides flushing out extra water weight, potassium also keeps your metabolism running high, and is crucial for the digestion of nutrients such as carbohydrates and fat, as well as the absorption of energy from these nutrients.

How to  Eat It: These juicy sweet and tart fruits are such rarities fresh, so allow them to be the star of your dish. Combine them with blueberries to make a fruit crisp, saute them up to make an apricot compote you can serve over ice cream or yogurt, make a batch of apricot jam you can enjoy throughout the summer, or eat them whole with this Roasted Apricots with Ricotta and Honey recipe from Kitchen Repertoire.


Spinach

Spring foods spinach

Spinach might be available year round, but the freshest, most tender spinach is easily obtainable in the spring. We love it because it’s rich in muscle-building protein and iron, satiating fiber and vitamins A, C, and K. It’s truly one of the healthiest greens out there. It also contains powerful appetite-suppressing compounds called thylakoids to keep your bikini body “diet” on track. A recently published long-term study at Lund University in Sweden found that having a drink containing thylakoids before breakfast could significantly reduce cravings and promote weight loss. Add this leafy spring green to your meals liberally throughout your day, and you’ll feel your cravings start to vanish.

How to Eat It: Spinach is undoubtedly one of the most versatile foods out there. Due to its subtle flavor and texture, spinach can be added to many meals undetected. Toss it in your morning smoothies, whip up a lunchtime salad or soup, use it in sauces, pasta dishes, dips, and stir-fries, or sauté for a healthy side dish.


Radicchio

Spring foods radicchio

Radicchio is the small red or purple leaf that comes in ahead about the size of a softball. It’s one of the best dietary sources of polyphenols—powerful micronutrients that serve a role in preventing disease and losing weight. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who consume 650 milligrams a day of polyphenols have a 30 percent chance of living longer than those who consume less than that. A cup of chicory leaves clocks in at about 235 milligrams, so consider adding a little leafy red into your leafy greens.

How to  Eat It: Firm heads of lettuce, like radicchio, take well to the transformative powers of the grill. Halve or quarter the heads and drizzle with olive oil. Grill over high heat until the outer leaves are blackened and wilted, and the center is softened. Serve radicchio drizzled with balsamic. Get the whole recipe for Grilled Radicchio with Fig Balsamic Syrup, Parmigiano, and Honey-Roasted Almonds from A Beautiful Plate.


Fava Beans

Spring foods fava beans

Similar in likeness to edamame, these green legumes come in their own pod. Besides containing a high concentration of thiamin, vitamin K, vitamin B6, selenium, and magnesium, they’re a great source of lean protein with a whopping 10 grams per cup. Protein is essential not only for bulking your biceps; it’s also essentially in increasing feelings of fullness, as well as helping the body retain its muscle while scorching fat to increase your weight loss. For more slim down tips, don’t miss these 30 Fascinating Weight Loss Tricks You Haven’t Tried.

How to  Eat It: Fava beans have a buttery texture and a lovely, nutty flavor, making them a great addition to soups. But when you get them fresh as you would in the spring, they can really shine in a salad, like From the Land We Live On’s Golden Beet and Fava Bean Salad with Fresh Mint and Crumbled Ricotta.


Dandelion Greens

Spring foods dandelion greens

Seeing those orangey yellow dandelions pop up is definitely one of the first signs of spring. But did you know that besides being a bit of a pest in the garden, they also make a great snack? These bitter-sweet spring greens are bursting with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are also a diuretic, which means they can help blast excess weight by helping your body get rid of extra fluids. A recent study found that steaming the greens increased their total antioxidant properties by 67 percent. And studies have found that this plant is protective against obesity as well as depression, fatigue, immune system problems, and even cancer.

How to Eat It: Sub dandelion greens for spinach in salads, soups, smoothies, and quiches, or blend them into a pesto.


Watercress

Spring foods watercress

Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size—this tiny herb is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. In fact, it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet making it our reigning healthiest vegetable. Gram for gram this slightly peppery green contains four times more beta-carotene than an apple, and a whopping 238 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K per 100 grams—two compounds that keep skin dewy and youthful. What’s more, it might help diminish your risk of cancer. Results from a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest daily supplementation of 85 grams of raw watercress (about two cups) could reduce DNA damage linked to cancer by 17 percent.

How to  Eat It: Exposure to heat may inactivate its cancer-fighting compounds, so it’s best to enjoy watercress raw in salads, cold-pressed juices or smoothies, and sandwiches.


Ramps

Spring foods ramps

With a mildly sweet flavor, these wild leeks are loaded with vitamins A and C and taste similar to onions and garlic. Like all variations of onions, ramps are also a great source of chromium—a mineral that helps with the metabolism of fats, carbs, and insulin. What’s more, they can pack up to a gram of satiating fiber a pop.

How to  Eat It: You can eat them raw, make pesto, or add them to eggs (with asparagus!) for an amazingly fresh tasting spring treat. We love them in Katie at the Kitchen Door’s protein- and fiber-packed Quinoa & Cauliflower Cakes with Wild Ramps. Ramp season is quick, so grab them when you see them or else you just might miss them.


Stinging Nettles

Spring foods singing nettles

Contrary to what you might think, the common nettle is more than a pesky, stinging weed. Since ancient times, it has been used as an important source of food, fiber, and nutraceuticals. An abundant spring green, nettles are also a powerful diuretic. This plant has been used for years in the UK as a springtime cleanse to rid the body of toxins after a winter filled with fatty foods.

How to  Eat It: Stinging nettles are best enjoyed as a hot tea for cleansing the liver and ridding the body of excess fluids. By steeping the leaves in water and straining (a French press pot works great for this) you can avoid being stung by the tiny hairs that coat the leaf stems.


Broccoli

Spring foods broccoli

There’s a reason almost every diet includes a hefty dose of broccoli. The green superfood is rich in sulforaphane, a compound that not only increases testosterone and fights off body fat storage but also blocks enzymes linked to joint destruction and inflammation.  If you want to stay lean and active for life, maintaining healthy joints is a must! The green veggies are also rich in vitamin C (a mere cup of the stuff can help you hit your daily mark), a nutrient that can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which will further aid your toned body efforts.

How to  Eat It: You’ve probably been cooking broccoli since you learned how to whip up a bowl of pasta. And with the global market extending its season year-round, we know there’s no short supply. However, if you can get your hands on this spring-season-grown cruciferous veggie, we’d recommend eating it root-to-leaf, like Sassy Kitchen does in this Shaved Broccoli Stem Salad with Lemon and Pecorino.


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How To Recover From Thanksgiving

4,500 calories. That’s how much food energy the average American consumes on Thanksgiving, according to the Calorie Control Council. That sort of energy blitz would be a major blow to your weight loss goals at any time of year. But Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a five-week period of holiday parties and other festive social events where we all want to look and feel our best—and there will be plenty opportunities to eat and drink to excess. It’s enough to make you want to throw your hands up and completely write off the whole month of December.

The hard truth? There’s no silver bullet to recovering from the gastronomic onslaught that is the last Thursday in November. But by adopting some of the small and manageable changes below, you can feel slimmer, rev your metabolism, tackle the rest of the holiday season mindfully and ring in the New Year feeling good about your health-and-fitness goals for 2019.


Add Dumbbells to Your Black Friday List

No time for the gym? Invest in a pair of dumbbells. Free weights and your own body weight are all you need to challenge every major muscle group in your body. The more muscle you can pack on, the faster you’ll be burning the extra food energy you gobbled up at Thanksgiving and will continue to consume over the holiday season.


Get to Stepping

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a whirl of activities, get-togethers, and obligations. That can mean you’ve got less time to work out and recover from a feeding frenzy. So do yourself a favor. Instead of waiting to be active at the gym, sneak in steps all day long. Invest in a pedometer or a Fitbit and try to hit at least 10,000 steps a day. This way, if you miss a workout, you’ll know you’ve already fit in some movement, and it won’t throw your progress totally off track.


Swap Egg Nog for Green Tea

You can get back on track ASAP by drinking green tea every day. In a recent 12-week study, participants who drank 4 to 5 cups of green tea daily, then did a 25-minute workout, lost an average of two more pounds and more belly fat than the non-tea-drinking exercisers. Why? The brew contains catechins, a type of antioxidant that triggers the release of fat from fat cells and helps speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy.


Fill Up on Fiber and Protein

If you want to lose weight, it’s important to keep your blood-sugar levels stable, so you don’t overeat. That’s key when trying to recover after Thanksgiving and throughout December.  To help you stay fuller longer, make sure that every time you eat, you’re consuming a combination of fiber (one of the most satiating nutrients out there) and protein.


Work Out First Thing

The best strategy for not looking and feeling like 10lbs of sausage in a 5lb bag after Thanksgiving is to work out soon after waking up. Hit the gym, take a long stroll or workout at home and do some treadmill sprints on an empty stomach to burn fat. Your body is already in a calorie deficit, and it will ignite your body’s fat-burning ability. Glycogen levels are depleted during sleep so your body will utilize body fat as an energy source.


Stop Eating at Sunset

Make winter’s short days an advantage: Use the last of the sunlight as a cue to stop eating. This may help you lose more weight, even if you eat more food throughout the day, according to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers put groups of mice on a high-fat, high-calorie diet for 100 days. Half of them were allowed to nibble throughout the night and day on a healthy, controlled diet, while the others only had access to food for eight hours but could eat whatever they wanted. The result of the 16-hour food ban? The fasting mice stayed lean, while the mice who noshed ’round the clock became obese—even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories!


Take Hot Bedtime Showers

A UCLA study of some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes noted that drops in temperature were an important sleep cue for our paleolithic forebears. We no longer sleep under the stars that much, but you but you can recreate a sunset-like temperature dip by taking a hot bath or shower. That pause to refresh can help you fall asleep faster and make shuteye — prime pound-shedding time.


Let Some Winter in

A striking new study published in the journal Diabetes suggests that turning down the heat in winter may help us attack belly fat while we sleep. Colder temperatures subtly enhance the effectiveness of our stores of brown fat — fat that keeps you warm by burning through the fat stored in your belly. Participants spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: a neutral 75 degrees, a cool 66 degrees, and a balmy 81 degrees. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the subjects had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. (And yes, that means they lost belly fat.)


Eat an Apple Every Day

This crisp, refreshing fruit is among the most super of superfoods: Apples boast the powerful antioxidant quercetin and vitamins C and B-6, which keep your cholesterol levels low and slash your risk for heart disease. But thanks to their high fiber count, an apple a day can do more than keep the doctor away — it can help you trim down during the holidays too.


Make Healthy Cocktails

The holiday season doesn’t only bring laughter, cheer, and goodwill to all — it also brings unwanted weight gain from all those festive foods. It’s inevitable that you’ll lose gym time or splurge on “just one more” piece (we’ve all been I’ve been there this week) of the pie, but don’t let that stop you from making healthy choices. Instead of traditional cocktails like eggnog, or sugar-laden spiced cider, opt for a Hot Toddy, which is made with ginger, tea, and whiskey!


Get Intense

Interval training is the best way to shock your body back into shape, increase your metabolism, improve your cholesterol profile, and improve insulin sensitivity, especially during the holidays when you’re being pulled in every direction. At the gym, sign up for a HIIT class, or turn your favorite aerobic exercise (running, biking, even walking) into an interval workout by adding periods of intense speed (start with 30 to 60 seconds) followed by periods of rest (normal speed) for the same amount of time. Do this six to 10 times to complete a fat-slashing workout. As you get better, slowly increase the amount of time of increased intensity.


Fit in Quick Reps

A busy holiday schedule of parties, shopping and gift wrapping isn’t a reason to skip your workouts and lose some of that turkey weight. In fact, slacking off could slow your slim-down progress. Thankfully, fitting in fitness doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Trade exhaustive hourlong sessions for one daily resistance exercise (like a bicep curl, squat, lunge or shoulder press). Spending five minutes doing one daily resistance exercise is all it takes to build and maintain muscle, reduce fat, and protect bones.


Learn to Love Legumes

You’re not socially obligated to scarf cheese dip (But.. Dip). Whip up some hummus instead. Legumes such as lentils ( If you can have lentils) and chickpeas, a rich source of vegetarian protein, have been shown to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, promote fat metabolism and boost satiety. They’re also a source of resistant starch, a slow-digesting fiber that triggers the release of acetate, a molecule in the gut that tells the brain when to stop eating.


De-bloat with Fruit Salad

Do your pants seem to be snugger than they were just a day or two before? That rich, salty holiday meal and sugary wine could be causing water retention and constipation. Working bloat-fighting foods into your diet can ease your discomfort and help you slough off a holiday bulge. Kiwi, honeydew melon and papaya all contain compounds that kick sluggish bowels into gear and fight water retention. Use them in a fruit salad or keep them around the house to snack on throughout the season.


Take a Long Winter’s Nap

Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night ( I get It stress might be keeping you up) If you are looking for a natural way of destressing Click Here to learn all about meditation and how it can help with stress). Slacking on shut-eye depletes your energy levels and wreaks havoc on your hormones, causing you to eat more. Over time, this can contribute to significant weight gain, especially in the wake of a 4,500-calorie holiday meal. In fact, according to a recent study, losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep can up your risk of obesity by 17 percent!


Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the “red bush” plant, grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape Town. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. According to South African researchers, polyphenols and flavonoids found in the plant inhibit adipogenesis–the formation of new fat cells–by as much as 22 percent. The chemicals also help aid fat metabolism. Plus, Rooibos is naturally sweet so you won’t need to add sugar.


Drink Whole Milk

Studies conducted at The Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee suggest that consuming calcium — which whole milk has plenty of — may help your body metabolize fat more efficiently. Other studies have shown that increased calcium intake from dairy products (though not from supplemental calcium carbonate) caused study participants to poop out more fat as opposed to it sticking around on the body. (During Thanksgiving day alone, the average American eats a staggering 229 grams of fat, according to the Calorie Control Council!)


Muscle Up

Even when you’re at rest, your body is constantly burning calories. In fact, 75% of the calories that you burn each day are being used up just keeping you alive. “Resting metabolic rate” is much higher in people with more muscle, because every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself. If you can pack on just five pounds of muscle and maintain it, you’ll burn the caloric equivalent of three pounds of fat over the course of a year. That’s especially useful when you’re overindulging over the festive period.


Make Hearty Weight-loss Soup

You know how the USDA wants you to get between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Think of soup as your extra credit, the perfect chaser to a rich holiday meal. A well-crafted soup can give you three or four servings of vegetables and fruits, and presto, the fiber will have you feeling satisfied and less bloated.


Drink More Water

Most of us know that we need to drink water during workouts to stay hydrated, but many of us overlook the importance of sipping water throughout the day. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, so regularly drinking water can keep excess calories off of your holiday plate— and, more importantly, out of your mouth. Also, the extra sodium we eat during holiday meals will cause more water retention and belly bloat. You can flush it out with more water!


Order a Blender

First thing in the AM, silence your iPhone alarm, hit the shower and then make your way over to the blender. Buzzing up a fat-burning homemade smoothie for breakfast is a great way to stay full make up for some of that overindulgence on Thanksgiving.


Eat Out, Don’t Pig Out

People tend to eat at restaurants more during the holidays. That’s a recipe for packing on extra pounds. But it doesn’t have to be. When dining out, order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entrée. This is instant portion control, and usually, appetizers are lighter overall.


Forgo Diet Soda

Yeah, yeah, it has zero calories, but diet soda can derail your goals of staying in shape this season. Research published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that artificially sweetened beverages may screw up the body’s normal metabolic response to sugar, actually increasing appetite! Increasingly, diet drinks are being linked with weight gain, metabolic syndrome and a host of other ills.


Watch the Wine

Wine contains 120 calories per 5 oz pour. It’s easy to overlook that, especially when you’re making merry and the vino is flowing. But after a few hefty pours, you’ve consumed over 400 calories — and that doesn’t include dinner! Cut back to one 5 oz pour a day, or scale back your drinking overall by 25%, and you’ll see a few pounds come off and to blast even more fat.


Snack on Almonds

Cookies, brownies, candy canes. All kinds of empty-calorie treats are within easy reach during the holiday season, and they can add to the damage done on Turkey Day. Swap them out for almonds. Their combination of satiating protein and fiber will stave off snacking for hours! The nut is rich in the amino acid L-arginine, which can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts, according to a study printed in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.


Eat Three Square Meals

Bodybuilding lore holds that you must eat every few hours to keep muscles fueled and metabolism high. But don’t discount the weight-loss potential of three squares a day. A study in the journal Hepatology put two groups of men on weight-gain diets. One group had three small meals, with snacks in between, while the second group ate the same number of calories in three square meals. Although both groups gained weight, researchers found that belly fat — the dangerous kind that boosts heart-disease risk — only increased in the high-meal-frequency group.


Eat Bananas

The humble banana—botanically, actually a berry!—is perhaps the least-heralded supermarket staple, a superfood more associated with kids, monkeys and slapstick comedy than with steel-cut abs. But it can help you lose weight, reduce bloat and increase your energy.


 Ho-ho-hoing

The holiday season is all about good times with friends and family, and probably a few laughs. That’s a good thing for getting back in shape. Genuine laughter may cause a 10 to 20 percent increase in basal energy expenditure and resting heart rate, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. That means a 10-15 minute giggle fest could burn up 40 to 170 calories.


Snack on Dark Chocolate

There’s plenty of chocolate around during the holidays, but you should concentrate on snacking on a little bit of the good and dark stuff. In a study by Swiss and German researchers, lucky participants ate about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily for two weeks. Ultimately, these chocolate nibblers had lower stress-hormone levels and a more regulated metabolism than a control group. Scientists speculate that chemicals in cocoa, such as flavonoids, play a role in regulating metabolism by alleviating stress that can cause your fat-burning engines to go on the fritz. Should you think this is a license to go wild, take heed: I’m talking about small amounts of high-quality dark chocolate. Researchers say 1.5 ounces is enough. Not sure which brand to choose?

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Obey the 80% Rule

Holiday buffets make it easy to supplement the damage you did on Thanksgiving. Your move? Eat until you’re 80% full, then stop. In Japan, this method is called Hara Hachi Bun Me, which roughly translates to “eat until you are eight parts (out of ten) full.” Remember, you can always eat again later.


Make Detox Water

H2O can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight and maintain a flat belly. Now take it to the next level. Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create detox water, and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.


After The Turkey

Salmon may be the very best protein for your metabolism. That’s because most cases of an underactive thyroid are due to inflammation of the gland, and salmon boasts significant anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its rich omega-3 fatty acid content. In fact, one study of weight loss and seafood consumption showed salmon to be the most effective at reducing inflammation — better than cod, fish oil, or a no-fish diet! The fatty acids may also trigger cells in the liver to burn more fat, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.


Increase Fiber

A Thanksgiving meal can really outstay its welcome. Send it on its way — ahem — by increasing your fiber intake in the holiday’s aftermath. Aim to consume more fiber from less processed sources, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. A good goal is 25 to 38 grams daily. It’s easy to ensure you’re getting enough.


Boost Your Metabolism with Coffee

In addition to green tea, coffee is one of the best drinks for weight loss because it boosts your metabolism. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the average metabolic rate of people who drank caffeinated coffee was 16 percent higher than that of those who drank decaf! A cup of black coffee is a good choice for a pre-workout beverage, too: Researchers found that cyclists who took a caffeine supplement were able to ride about a mile farther than those who took a placebo. Make yours a venti (or a Trentsaand skip the sweeteners.


Take Vitamin D

If there’s one supplement most Americans should be taking, it’s vitamin D. It’s essential for preserving metabolism-revving muscle tissue, but researchers estimate that only 20 percent of Americans get enough in their diet. You can nail 90 percent of your recommended daily value (400 IU) in a 3.5-ounce serving of salmon, but taking a daily supplement makes a lot of sense. Other good dietary sources of D: tuna, fortified milk and cereal, and eggs.


Increase Fat Burn 73%

While drinking in moderation every so often won’t do too much harm to your waistline, making it a habit can slow down your metabolic rate. Why? When your body has a cocktail to break down, it takes precedence over any food that you’ve already eaten that’s waiting to be digested. This slows down the entire metabolic process. In fact, some researchers claim boozing can decrease the body’s fat-burning ability by up to 73 percent! On the occasions that you decided to indulge, stick to low-calorie drinks. Alternate your alcohol with water to slow your pace, and cut yourself off after two drinks. Avoid ordering high-cal bar food like fries and burgers.


Make Fat-burning Pasta

Yes, you can eat pasta and lose weight! If you’ve ever been to Italy, you may have marveled at how Italians maintain their slim figures when they consume carb-laden dishes on a daily basis. Here’s the deal: They use simple, wholesome and fresh ingredients, and they keep things small.


Final Thoughts

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Iced Turmeric Latte W/ Recipe

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Today I want to talk about and give you a recipe that is Vegan-Friendly, Vegetarian-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Keto Friendly. What am I talking about and that is what is known around the world as Golden Milk but I want to start off by talking a little about the main Ingredient in the latte and that is turmeric.

Depending on the availability and preference, you can use fresh turmeric and ginger or ground turmeric and ginger powder.

You can always alter the recipe according to your taste. You can always add more but you can’t take away so it is always best to start off light then work your way up the amounts I give in the recipe.

I will do a more detailed post about turmeric and go more in-depth with the benefits turmeric has for our bodies and guts. 

Here are some links to the products I use for my Golden Milk Iced Latte

Maple Syrup

Turmeric Tea

Vegan “Milk”

Stevia Drops

Organic Cinnamon

Organic Vanilla Extract

 

Have you tried turmeric milk yet? I’ve been making turmeric milk for many years, even before I went vegetarian. Back then I used to drink it with honey which I now skip or I use Grade A Organic Maple Syrup, Organic stevia or sometimes a sugar-free syrup. As for the sugar-free syrups I go by season and mood. Sometimes I will use SF (Sugar-Free) pumpkin syrup in the summer and SF Vanilla Syrup but mainly I use Maple Syrup because I always have it on hand because I use it in most of my baked goods.

I don’t think that golden milk is to everyone’s taste – some say it’s an acquired taste – but I totally dig it. It’s great any time of the year, both iced and hot (I prefer mine Iced). I know what you are thinking… So what is golden milk? Turmeric, which is the main ingredient, gives this milk the vibrant golden color (hence the name Golden Milk) and is responsible for its several health benefits. Turmeric is a powerful adaptogen and just like ginseng, green tea, maca or ashwagandha, it can help improve your health in several ways. Some of the beneficial effects of turmeric are:


Ginger

Ginger gives the drink a bit of a kick.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon pairs very well with turmeric and adds some sweet undertones to the drink.

Vanilla extract (or vanilla bean powder)

This adds more of that trendy coffee shop flavor to the drink. Vanilla bean powder needs to be used for AIP.

Maple syrup

This drink has a lot of strong flavors, so maple syrup helps sweeten it. You can leave it out if you’d rather have it unsweetened, but I highly recommend it.

  1. Curcumin, that gives turmeric its vibrant color, has anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is the main cause of heart disease and a contributor to many common Western diseases.
  2. It has antioxidant properties protecting our body from free radical damage
  3. Can help prevent and even treat cancer
  4. Immune boosting properties (it’s perfect for this time of year!)
  5. Helps relieve muscle pain
  6. Improves digestion
  7. Has anti-stress and anti-aging effects
  8. Is beneficial for endocrine and neuroendocrine systems. It can improve autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s or rheumatoid arthritis.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups unsweetened almond milk ( I use So Delicious Vegan Vanilla Almond Milk) (480 ml/ 16 fl oz)
  2. 2 tbsp freshly grated turmeric or 2 tsp ground turmeric
  3. 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (significantly improves absorption of turmeric)
  6.  Stevia drops to taste or Vanilla Extract to taste ( You can even use vanilla powder)
  7. Optional: 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil ( I do use coconut oil)

 



Directions

  1.  If using fresh Ginger and Turmeric you want to grate it until you reach the measurements. If you are using powder go ahead and measure the powder turmeric and ginger.
  2. Pour the almond milk ( or coconut milk) into a saucepan. Add grated turmeric and ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and stevia drops.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the spices. Optionally, add coconut oil and combine using a hand whisk or pour in a blender and pulse until smooth and frothy. Or you can use a milk frother.
  4. At this point, if you want to drink it hot then serve immediately! Or you can let it cool down (you can put it in the freezer for 5 minutes or until cooled down add ice and enjoy)!

 


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? Today I wanted to bring you something different. Health just isn’t about the foods you eat or the exercises you do. I believe health comes in all forms and that even includes what we drink. If you try this recipe for Golden Milk Latte let me know how you like it and if you changed anything. If you have tried Golden Milk Latte before do you have any tips and tricks for someone that hasn’t tried it before? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have.



 

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Weight Loss Completely Pointless

 

Weight Loss Teas Can Get Lost

I bet If you go on Instagram, Snapchat or any other social media sites you probably have seen this so-called weight-loss and “Detox Teas” on health food shelves and online…you know, drinks that promise to boost your metabolism, kill cravings, detoxify you, become “regular”, and help you drop pounds. They’re marketed under different names, but the overarching premise Is the same: “Drink this tea, and you’ll lose weight and even have a cleaner system, to boot.”

These so-called “Detox” Teas has been around for years. Primarily among people who frequent health-food stores, or consult with alternative practitioners (Holistic). These days, though, “Detox” Teas they’ve become big a business, and a handful of celebrities are touting their “weight-loss benefits” on social media. In a way, “Detox Teas” have become the liquid version of waist trainers…the before and after results are often dramatic, and their celeb backing generates buzz.

If you’re thinking It sounds too good to be true you’re right. Some of the top experts say that these “Detox” Teas are a waste of money because when It comes to weight-loss there Is no such thing as a magic pill that will make you lose weight and detox you that quickly and if they do then they aren’t safe.

I know you might be tempted to try these teas. Believe me, I ALMOST fell for the gimmick myself until I do research. If you want to lose weight think about why you want to lose weight In the first place… and whether doing so will bring you optimal health. If you had a history of an eating disorder you should talk to your doctor before starting a new eating and exercise plan. If you never had a history of an eating disorder, you still want to still set realistic goals. When you decide you want to lose weight there Is science behind how your body will react to a new eating style and exercise plan.

The biggest platform for these “Detox” Teas Is Instagram. Instagram made these “Teas” famous by having these “celebrities” promoting these teas. You’re following a collection of stars, reality TV stars, aspiring “stars”, and used-to-be-bigger stars on Instagram, you might have noticed a pattern: Lots of posts promoting “Detox teas,” or “Teatoxes,” which promise to fight bloat and help you lose weight fast. They’re suddenly everywhere. Why?

“Teatox Teas” and “Detox Teas” are weird but rapidly growing. Teatox companies will shell out between $3,000 and $250,000 for an Instagram endorsement, depending on how many followers you’ve got. The overhead on one of these businesses Is fairly low, leaving plenty of money to spend on marketing. It’s not just fitness selfie randos. In fact, the “Detox” and “Teatox” business Is so driven by celebrity endorsements that all these brands are now In an arms race. I know you are waiting to see who will spend the most money on “Influencers” so they can become the number one tea, which works with brands that want to grow their Instagram followings.

You Still Have To Exercise

One detox tea brand, recently Instagrammed by a “Celebrity”, advises per their website that for “best results,” the tea should be consumed along with plenty of water, healthy, balanced meals, and three to five workouts a week. the “tea” Is recommended to be taken In conjunction with a healthy energy-controlled “diet” and regular exercise and the website offers an accompanying meal plan for sale. Personally, I’d love to see a study comparing outcomes generated by a “Detox tea” compared to a placebo, with both groups following the exact same eating plan, but I haven’t found any. That makes It difficult to know whether the “weight-loss” results people are getting from these “teas” are actually due to drinking them, or simply the result of’ a cleaned-up “diet” and consistent workout routine, which we already know can lead to weight loss. In any case, simply sipping “Detox Tea” while continuing to skip the gym and order takeout Is unlikely to help you shrink your shape.

You Might Lose Water Weight

“Detox Teas” that combine caffeine with diuretics can trigger the loss of water weight. Just two cups of water weigh one pound on a scale, so shedding fluid can make you look and feel lighter–even If you haven’t lost an ounce of body fat. “Detox Teas” can also trigger a laxative effect, which causes your body to eliminate waste from your GI tract, another result that can make your stomach flatter, and allow you to feel lighter, even If your lean-to-fat ratio remains exactly the same. If this quick-fix effect gives you the confidence boost and motivation you need to start eating healthier and working out–the real keys to getting healthy and lean–terrific  Just remember: If you go back to your former less-than-stellar eating or exercise habits or stop drinking the tea, you can gain the weight right back just as quick as you dropped It.

How Do These “Detox” Teas Actually Work?

But you may be wondering: Do they really work, and are they safe? Before you plunk down your hard-earned money and start sipping. Usually, you are Instructed per the Instructions to drink a cup of Tea In the morning and at night for either 2 weeks or 4 weeks depending on the tea brand. The primary Ingredient In nearly every single evening “detoxifying” tea Is senna, Is an FDA-approved plant found In Ex-Lax and a number of its stimulant laxative competitors. Needless to say, doctors don’t recommend using laxatives like this.

No Sleep

Most detox teas contain caffeine, probably because this stimulant may suppress appetite, trigger your digestive system to let go of waste, and help you shed water weight. A caffeine-Induced energy boost may also lead to working out a little longer or harder than usual. However, too much caffeine can also be risky and Interfere with getting enough sleep…and catching too few zzzs may ultimately undo the tea’s weight-loss effects. In fact, too little shuteye has been shown to trigger excessive eating and weight gain and even slow metabolism, which can make It easier to gain weight even If you don’t eat extra calories. A good rule of thumb, regardless of where your caffeine Is coming from, Is to stop all caffeine base drinks six hours before bed. And If you’re trying to shed pounds, commit to making adequate sleep a top priority.

Final Thoughts

If you’re unsure or are planning to start drinking them, talk to your doctor, nutritionist, or healthcare provider. Just be sure he or she doesn’t have a vested Interest In the sale of the product you’re considering: If they happen to be selling or endorsing It, seek a second opinion.

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Eat Your Water

We’ve all heard we need water to survive. Believe It or not, water just doesn’t come In-glass cups, bottles, and jugs water can come on plates too. By consuming enough daily water you are helping transport oxygen, fat and glucose to your working muscles, regulate your body temperature, digest food and eliminate waste products. 

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Why It’s Important To Drink Water

Your body relies on hydration for proper functioning.  Water: helps move oxygen and nutrients through the blood to your cells; lowers stress on the heart; prevents muscle cramping; lubricates joints; helps keep skin cells plump and young-looking, diminishing or preventing cellulite; flushes toxins from the body; keep you regular; helps prevent kidney stones. Eating foods for hydration can help you meet your water needs.

Today I will give you my top 9 favorite ways to consume more water.

Side Note: These fruits must be eaten raw In order to get their full water content. If you cook them It will diminish the water content.

Watermelon

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Just as the name suggests Watermelon Is made up of mostly water 92% to be exact. Besides being made up of mostly water by eating watermelon you are giving your body nutrients. Beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamin C to help maintain eyesight. Watermelon will also keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Cantaloupe

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Cantaloupe Is super delicious and super hydrating. Cantaloupe Is made up of 90% water. Did you know that Cantaloupe contains as much potassium as one medium Banana? Getting an adequate amount of potassium is essential in hydration, especially for athletes or those working up a sweat, as it helps to maintain fluid-balance, muscle function, and bone strength.

Pineapple

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Pineapples are naturally a juicy fruit maybe because It’s made up of 87% water. Not only Is pineapple hydrating It Is packed with nutrients. bromelain, an enzyme with potent anti-inflammatory, digestion, detoxing, and immunity-boosting benefits.

Oranges

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Oranges are a perfect summer sweet treat that Is made up of 87% water. Most of will eat oranges as a snack but did you know that you can eat oranges as a post-workout treat? Oranges contain 100% of your daily Vitamin C Intake and this will help your body restore fluid levels back to normal.

Raspberries

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Raspberries are considered a superfruit. This superfruit Is made up of 87% water. Raspberries are full of fiber which helps your digestion and will help keep your blood levels low.

Grapefruit

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Grapefruits are made up of 91% water. Since Grapefruit Is so hydrating by eating one will prevent dehydration (with regular water Intake). Grapefruit Is also high In- soluble fiber and vitamin C and contains smaller amounts of vitamins A, B-complex, E and K. It also has calcium, folate, phosphorus, potassium and several phytonutrients. Regular intake of grapefruit can lower your insulin level, help control your appetite, protect against the common cold, aid in weight loss, make your skin glowing.

Peaches

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Peaches contain about 88% of water. In the summertime, people will reach for peaches to help prevent dehydration. Peaches are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as fiber, potassium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. At the same time, they are low in calories and contain no saturated fats. Peaches help fight obesity and prevent related diseases like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.

Metabolic Syndrome ~  high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. The syndrome increases a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke.

Tomato

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Contrary to popular beliefs the Tomato Is a fruit. The tomato Is 94% water. The tomato has tons of nutrients (Vitamin A rich tomatoes reduce the risk of macular degeneration which leads to loss of vision. Consuming tomatoes can reduce the risk of hypertension, High concentration of lycopene (phytochemical), minimize the risk of cancer. Daily consumption of tomatoes can improve overall skin health. Eating tomatoes can prevent your skin from some conditions caused by sun exposure. High potassium content in tomatoes can regulate blood pressure).

Pears

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Pears are amongst one of the more popular fruits, especially during the warmer months. Pears are made up of 84% water. Pears also a good source of vitamins and minerals (Potassium, an electrolyte). One medium pear contains 6 grams of dietary fiber or 24 % of the daily recommended value. Plus, the type of fiber found in pears (soluble fiber) makes you feel full for a longer period of time, which means it could help aid you In weight loss. Your body uses potassium for normal growth and maintenance, to break down carbohydrates and build proteins. It is recommended that adults get 4.7 grams of potassium per day.

 

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Keto Mousse

Since coming off the reboot I haven’t gone back to my old way of eating. I’ve tried to stick with Keto eating. I had some coke zero yesterday and I was fine no bloat or anything. Yesterday I made a small gut-friendly salad and for dinner, I made pumpkin spice pancakes all keto friendly. Today I will be sharing with you a recipe that Is SUPER SIMPLE to make and delicious. The best part about this recipe Is that It takes only 2 Ingredients with the 3rd being optional.

I honestly made this today and It was gone today. Seriously most of It was gone before It even hit the fridge to firm up. I mentioned that this recipe Is SUPER SIMPLE and that Is because It Is. This recipe Is super versatile. You can change It according to your keto needs and your macros.

                                  Recipe

~Ingredients: 1 box of sugar-free vanilla pudding mix

2 cups of Cold Heavy Cream (Not whipping)

Pumpkin pie Spice (Optional)

~Directions: Add the cold Heavy Cream to a stand mixer or a mixing bowl and then add the Vanilla Pudding Mix and If you’re using the pumpkin pie spice. On medium speed In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer mix until the Heavy cream starts to resemble a mousse.

It Should Look Like This

 

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You can either enjoy It now or you can pop It In the fridge for 1-2 hours for It to firm up. When I made this today hardly any was left after this picture was taken.

I hope you enjoy this recipe? Keep an eye out because I will be sharing tons of Keto recipes.

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Pruvit keto reboot (Day 2) + Recap

A few days ago I mentioned that I was embarking on a 60-hour pruvit keto reboot. that reboot Is 100% liquid based. I’ve never a liquid detox before so I was excited and curious to see how my body would react to no food. If you are curious about how day one went here Is the link.

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Disclaimer: I will be showing a before and after picture. The before picture has some of my bra In It. Don’t worry you don’t see any actual boob or nipple.

                                     Reboot Day 2

Today I’m going to talk about how day 2 went. My day 2 started at 11:30 In the morning just like day 1. I got up and made my Raspberry Max Keto//OS And then I took 2 Signal//OS capsules.

Around 1:30pm I made my first “meal” It consisted of the Salted Caramel Bone Broth. This time I didn’t make It hot I made It Into a slushie. I took a tray of Ice and the Bone Broth and In the blender, I crushed It up like a slushie. It was good. My feelings were that I wasn’t hungry I just wanted food.

3:00pm I had my next and final Keto Max//OS. My feelings changed. I wanted food and my stomach started to grumble for the first time during the “detox”. My mood became weird. I can’t explain It. I wasn’t grumpy but I wasn’t happy either.

Around 6:00pm When everyone else In the house was eating dinner I decided It was time for me to “eat” my final meal. Again It was my final packet of the Salted Caramel Bone Broth. I made It the same way like I did In the afternoon the only difference Is that I crushed the Ice up finer like a snow cone. And honestly, If I had a snow cone paper holder I would’ve eaten like a snow cone.

FEELINGS: After I finished my “meal” my mind started counting down the hours until 11:30 pm. Because If I made It to 11:30 then I’m done with the liquid “detox” and when I wake up I will officially be 60 hours In.

11:30 pm I made my final Keto Kalm In the flavor Caramel Apple. Just like the first night It was very sweet so I diluted It. And I took my last 2 Signal//OS capsules. My friend was hanging out which made the final hours go by really fast.

Wednesday Hour 60. I woke up with a headache. I don’t know If It’s because I didn’t have like soda caffeine or coffee caffeine In at this point a little over 60 hours. But I was excited to FINALLY get something Into my stomach. I made 2 eggs since that was recommended for breaking the “fast/detox”. I made the eggs and they were delicious but my stomach got upset and I didn’t feel well. I felt like I did on day one when I started to have to use the bathroom a lot.

Recap + before and after Pictures

I broke my fast with 2 eggs and since then my stomach has been upset. Overall I do feel lighter and pretty good considering that my stomach Is a bit upset. I do notice a difference In my stomach area. I can’t be for sure If I lost any weight because I don’t have a scale. I can tell you that my pants and underwear are loser meaning I need new underwear that isn’t big on me.

Before Picture Sunday 11:30 Pm Hour 0

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After Picture Wednesday hour 61 1/2

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As you can see from the pictures there Is a difference. This reboot Is not for everybody. You have to be mentally prepared for It. If you aren’t prepared mentally you will fail. Or If you like a challenge than this Is for you.

FOOD: In the morning I had eggs and later In the day I had had a keto friendly salad. I made my own dressing. And I had a few bites of cake. I still have a slight headache and my bathroom has gone back to normal a bit. I made myself another cup of coffee and sipped on It for a bit and I got coke zero because that Is keto approved and I also sipped on that. I’m going to eat small things until my body gets used to food again. The food I did eat I don’t feel bloated at all I still feel nice and light.

If you are Interested In joining the next Pruvit Keto Reboot I posted the link at the beginning of the post. Go check It out. There Is something for everyone.

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Pruvit Keto Reboot Day 1

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned a few things but the two main things I mentioned was that 1) what Keto Is and how It can be beneficial to overall health and 2) The Keto Reboot by Pruvit. In today’s post, I will give you a rundown on how I am feeling and If I would do It again.

DISCLAIMER: ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL FOR ANY ADVICE ON DETOXES AND THE KETOGENIC LIFESTYLE. Just like with any lifestyle changing If you feel unwell for a longer period of time don’t hesitate to call your doctor. Any advice I give In these type posts are mine and before I give any advice I do TONS of research and I talk to people knowledgeable In that area before I post facts. And like always thank you for reading my posts.

I mentioned yesterday how I am doing the Pruvit 60 hour Keto Reboot. I’m not going to bore you with all of that Infor. If you want to read yesterday’s post It’s a rundown on what Pruvit Keto reboot Is and I explain the Ketogenic “diet”. I will link It below If you want to check It out. Ths post will start from last night when I started It and It will go to tonight.

I started the Reboot 11:30 pm last night (Sunday). I started off by taking the Capsules//OS and I drank the Keto Kalm. I tried the flavor Caramel Apple and let me tell you that tea was VERY sweet I diluted It some and It was still sweet but tolerable. I kid you not.. not even 10 minutes of taking the capsules and taking a few sips of the tea I was already In the bathroom. I sipped on the tea for a little bit and when that tea kicked In I was knocked out until around 11:30 this morning.

11:30 am I got up and I made my first drink of the day and that was the Keto //OS Max In raspberry lemonade. That flavor Is AMAZING! It wasn’t sweet and It tasted like I was drinking a raspberry lemonade. I then took 2 Capsules. Since I am technically 4 1/2 hrs behind the original start of It (8pm) I just redid the schedule to still get the same benefits just has to fit around me.

2-2:30 pm I had my first “meal” of the day. Like I mentioned In yesterdays post due to food allergies I had to switch the flavor from Keto Thyme to Just the Salted Caramel. I lightly heated up my tea kettle and then I poured 12oz of water into a mug and added the bone broth. The bone broth smelled and tasted like salted caramel popcorn. I sipped on It for 20 minutes and It filled me up.

While I waited for the time It was to drink my final Keto Max raspberry lemonade drink I made myself a medium cup of just plain black coffee. My sister Is a pruvit promoter and she told me It was ok to drink black coffee If I felt like I needed the extra pick me up. Around 4:30 I felt that I needed the pick me up so I made myself a medium cup of black coffee and I sipped on that until It was time for the Keto Max.

6pm I made my final Keto Max. Again It was delicious and still, It did not disappoint.

8pm I made another bone broth. I chose to “eat” It like a soup. Again It was filling and It did not disappoint.

11:30pm I again took the final capsules for the day and made the chocolate Keto Kalm tea. The tea Is again sweet but It tasted like hot chocolate so I didn’t mind It.

Overall I am feeling really good. I’m not hungry at all. I did Intermittent fasting In the past so I believe that’s why I’m not feeling hungry. I don’t have any detox symptoms besides using the bathroom. My energy is up and I’m feeling lighter and great. I know It’s only day 1 but tomorrow Is Tuesday and It’s the last day that I am fasting. Not once did I feel like I needed to eat or even wanted to eat. I believe that If I make through today (Monday) than I can finish this Reboot strong. I did take before picture. And when the Reboot Is done I will take an after photo. Depends on how I feel showing the Interwebs my stomach I may or may not post It.

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Pruvit Keto Reboot

As the title suggests I will be doing the 60 hour Keto Reboot. The good thing Is that I won’t be doing It alone my sister will be doing It with me. My sister recently became a pruvit promoter I will be posting her link below this post.  She told me she bought two kits one for me and one for her. I have done a detox before I did a 72-hour detox a few years ago but the thing with that was that I was allowed to eat 1 VERY small meal at night before bed. I did lose some weight mainly because I was always In the bathroom.

As the Title has the word Keto In It this will be a lengthy post. I promise you It won’t disappoint.  I will be posting pictures of what the Keto Reboot looks like. I had to change some Items out due to food allergies.

This Pruvit Keto Reboot Isn’t a “detox” It reboots your entire system. In short, It’s designed to reprogram your body to use your fat as energy and ketones Instead of sugar as fuel. This Reboot Is designed to get your body ready for the Ketogenic diet or lifestyle depending on how long you plan on staying In Keto. You’ll Increase your Ketophagy ( Natural cellular detoxification process that recycles and repairs cells through Keto).

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WITH ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE KETO REBOOT OR ABOUT THE KETO DIET/LIFESTYLE. WHAT MAY WORK FOR ME MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU. ANY ADVICE I GIVE IN THIS POST IS BASED ON MY EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.

Okay here Is the thing. I know what you are thinking what the heck Is keto?  The Keto diet Is High Fat roughly around 70-80%, No carbs or as little as possible, and moderate protein. Like I mentioned above Keto Is designed to reset your body. Here Is how It works. Keto works by changing the way the body turns food into energy. Typically, during digestion, we break down carbohydrates — like those found in the verboten foods above — into molecules of fructose, galactose, and glucose, the last of which serves as the body’s primary source of energy. When the body can’t draw it from carbohydrates — either because they’ve been cut out of the diet or because a person hasn’t eaten for a long time — it looks for other forms of energy. The keto diet deliberately places the body in a state of ketosis, where fat is released from cells and turned into ketones, the body’s plan B for energy production. So as long as you stay In ketosis your body will continue to use fat.

When you first go, Keto, you will most likely go through a detox period. Depending on how your diet was before you went Keto depends on If you will have a smooth transition or a rough one In the beginning. I remember when I vegan I went through one hell of a detox. My diet before going vegan was hot pockets, fast food, regular soda, junk food and no exercise. So naturally, when I started giving my body what It craved I went through a detox period. I did lose some weight but I don’t think It was because I went Vegan I think It was because I went through a detox.

Just like for some people who go Vegan they do It for weight loss. This goes for Keto. If you think about It keto Is very similar to the Atkins diet that was popular many years ago. As for the rocky start, you might have brain fog, tiredness, and soreness. These symptoms are natural as your body Is detoxing and your body Is getting used to burning fat as energy Instead of carbs. Your body should detox for a few days and once your done detoxing your body should start feeling more and more normal over time. If you still feel off after 2-3 weeks go and talk to your doctor to make sure nothing serious Is wrong.

The Keto diet Isn’t for everybody. If you had a history of an eating disorder than this Isn’t for you. It’s so restrictive that It can mess with your daily interactions with food and a person’s relationship with food. Again always talk with your medical professional.

Now that you understand what Keto Is and why It Is so beneficial I am now going to talk about the Keto Reboot. The Keto Reboot Is a 60 Hour bone broth fast. It starts every 3rd Sunday of the month. Pictured blow Is what the Keto Reboot comes with.

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This next picture Is what the contents of the box look like.

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This next picture shows each product flavor.

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I did take a picture of the Ingredients for each product pictured above but It didn’t come out right and I forgot to fix It.

What I pictured Isn’t what comes with the Reboot Itself. As you probably read the box It comes with Keto Kalm (2 chocolate 1 Caramel Apple), 4 Better Broth ( 2 Keto Thyme and 2 Salted Caramel), 4 Keto//OS Max (2 Caffeine and 2 Caffeine free Raspberry Lemonade), and 10 Signal//OS Capsules. You get all of this for $79.00+ $9 for ground shipping.

Like I mentioned I had to switch some Items out due to food allergies. I have 4 regular (caffeine max) because my sister can’t handle the caffeine (roughly 90mg) and she doesn’t drink tea so she gave me all of her Keto Kalm. As for the bone broth. The keto Thyme has chicken In It and due to food allergies, I can’t have chicken so my sister gave me all of her Salted Caramel and I gave her all of my Keto Thyme.

My sister asked her friend who Is familiar with the Reboot and she said It’s okay to switch anything out that you can’t have. For the Signal//OS Capsules If you have a mushroom allergy, It’s okay not to take the pills. Also If you don’t like drinking tea It’s okay to not drink the tea. The tea Is designed to relax your mind and body before bed so you can get a more restful sleep and also while you sleep It helps the Ketones do their thing so you can get optimal results.

The Keto Reboot starts every 3rd Sunday of the month. Sunday you will eat normally. and at 8pm It starts. Here Is the thing depending on your schedule you can start It. For me, I don’t go to bed until 1-2 so I’ll stop eating at 10 pm and around midnight I’ll drink the Keto Kalm.

The schedule I am about to give Is the schedule that they prefer you to follow. I don’t follow the schedule because I go to bed late and I wake up late. But upon me waking up I will make the raspberry Keto//OS max. Then maybe around 2 I will take the Capsules. Around 4 I will have the Keto Broth (Salted Caramel). Then around 5, I will drink another Keto//OS max. I know 180 mg of caffeine may seem like a lot. But for me, It Is not. Then around 8 or 9, I will have another Salted Caramel Bone Broth. And finally around 11 I will drink the Keto Kalm and take the capsules.

The schedule I mentioned above Is the schedule I will follow for the entire reboot. I know It will be hard going without food but for me, It shouldn’t be a problem (hopefully) because I did Intermittent fasting and I went almost 16 hours a day without food. So hopefully I will survive. My sister has NEVER done a detox before. She Is excited and nervous. She also Is saying that she won’t last a whole day without food. But she Is looking forward to losing the bloat and water weight as am I.

There Is a 3 day period where you have to slowly ease back Into food. You are allowed to do LIGHT exercises like yoga or light stretches. Make sure you get In plenty of water. I know duh right?

And to finish off this post I’m going to list symptoms you may experience during the Keto Reboot.

Oily Skin~ Is probably the first thing you’ll notice don’t worry It’s toxins leaving your body

Headaches~I know during detoxes I experience headaches mainly due to the lack of caffeine. If you drink high amounts of caffeine or eat tons of sugar you will most likely experience headaches.

Sweat~If you sweat don’t worry Sweat helps your organs to engage in eliminating toxins.

Cold~Your body Is conserving energy because It realizes something Is going on.

Emotional~ It could be because your liver Is detoxing and that Is a side effect of a liver detox or maybe because you can’t eat.

Euphoria~ Once you come close to the end of the reboot and your body Is now burning fat Instead of sugar you might feel strong and motivated.

There are a lot more symptoms you could have but the ones I mentioned are the most common ones and ones I’ve experienced In the past.

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I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me.

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