Easy Meal Prep For The Ladies

Here is another “lazy” or easy kinda of a post. This time I bring you easy meal prep ideas just for the ladies (don’t worry men yours is coming tomorrow). If you have been with me for a while now I did a series called the best/worst of something. I’ve been working to put all the best and worst posts into its own separate post so you can reference when you need it. Before the new year, I wanted to start a new series. I didn’t know what to call It in the beginning and I called it lazy keto vs. strict keto. I didn’t like the word lazy because that Implies that I am calling you lazy and I AM NOT calling anyone lazy. So I changed the name to “easy”  which is still not the final name. 

The Idea behind this series is that I give you the easy way out but still with max benefits. Let’s be honest there is really no “easy” way out but I’m giving you quick meal recipes, quick exercises that take less than 30 minutes a day and I give you exercises that you can do throughout the day that you might be doing already but didn’t know.

If you have any ideas that you want to see in this series you can comment on this post or you can reach me at any of the links plus my email that Is all linked at the bottom of every post.


On a weeknight after a long day of work, looking forward to a good dinner that you already have prepped is a game changer. Odds are, you probably don’t want to come home and make a meal that’s going to take a ton of time. For moments like that, we’ve rounded up our favorite, easy dinner meal-prep recipes (many of which only require one pot or pan to make!). But just because they’re quick, doesn’t mean they are lacking flavor. You won’t have to spend your entire Sunday afternoon meal prepping with these super simple recipes.


10-Minute Creamy Bucatini

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Beef & Broccoli Bowl

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Sun Dried Tomato Chickpea One-Pot Pasta

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 Grilled Veggie & Black Bean Bowl

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 Sheet-Pan Tilapia

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 20-Minute Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

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 Cumin Spiced Beef Wraps

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 One-Pot Spinach Pea Pasta

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 Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp

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 Chili Lime Sweet Potato Skillet

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 Mozzarella Tomato & Basil Pesto Chicken

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Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

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One Pan Baked Fish and Chips

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 Middle Eastern Three Bean Salad

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Easy Exercises

I know the title says Easy Exercises. I want to tell you that this post is part of my lazy or a.k.a easy something series. This series is designed for busy people who may not have the time to work out or eat right or just, in general, take better care of their health in the easiest but most effective way possible.

If you missed yesterday’s post click here and if you have any questions about the ketogenic “diet”, health, fitness or nutrition you can reach me at any of the links plus my email that I left at the end of today’s post.

Exercise sounds great and all, but when it comes to actually have to do it, that’s another story. Because most of the time, if you’re lazy, you can’t be arsed. It’s either too cold to run outside, too hot to run outside, too windy to run outside, or you can’t afford a gym membership.

And especially when you’re just starting off your pursuit of being an exercise queen, your fitness doesn’t tend to be tip-top. It takes some getting there. So we’ve compiled the lazy girl’s guide to getting yourself fitter, without it feeling like a complete ball ache.


Stick to 10s

Try to do just 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups every day, even if they aren’t consecutive. Because something is better than nothing, and after a while, when you feel yourself finding the sets of 10 too easy, you can up it at your own pace.


Stand up at least every hour

We’ve all read about how sitting all day is bad for you, being hunched over a keyboard and not even getting out for lunch because we’re too busy. But enough is enough! Make a conscious effort to get up at least once an hour – go to the toilet, make a round of tea, or even just go and say hello to a colleague. Yeah, that’s right, having a chat at work is good for your health and wellbeing.


Walk for at least 20 minutes a day

It’s no longer the bleak mid-winter, which means no excuses to get public transport literally everywhere you go. Use the legs you were given and get moving; even just 20 minutes a day will be an improvement for your health. It’s easy to fit it into your daily schedule, and won’t have you gasping for breath. Jump on the bandwagon started by charity Living Streets, which is encouraging people to #Try20 by walking for just 20 minutes per day for a month to see how much difference it makes to both health and happiness. This is the perfect excuse to get a dog, really.


Don’t even leave the house

Yup, you read that right; you don’t even need to leave your house, or even the sofa, to get a solid workout in. There are many accessible exercises and home workouts you can do from your living room, that won’t require you to make the commute to the gym. Do some tricep dips and some lunges, and work those abs – all from the comfort of your own home.


Use Tabata

If you only have five minutes, download the Tabata timer app for a super speedy workout. Guiding you for 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off makes for a great high-intensity workout that has both fitness and weight-loss benefits. Run for 20 seconds and then walk for 10, or skip for 20 and lay down for 10. You can do burpees, mountain climbers or even the plank (if you’re brave enough), Tabata training will raise your metabolism and heart rate immediately and you should start seeing the benefits in no time.


Switch off

It’s not all about exercise – our daily lives have a real impact on our health and wellbeing. Getting enough sleep is crucial to being fit, and the 628482 devices you own which distract you on the daily aren’t helping.  So power down all the technology you’ve got coming out your ears at least an hour before going to sleep, and you should find you start to have a better rest.


Don’t worry about how long your work out lasts

The quality of your workout doesn’t depend on how long it is, which is quite frankly music to our ears. Any exercise is great and the most important thing when first starting out is to just get moving in the first place. Don’t try and climb a mountain before you can even walk, if you know what we mean. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t do a full hour, or if you couldn’t run for as long as you wanted (ahem, only managed to run around the block once). The fact is, you’re doing something, and that’s what that matters.

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 Run for just one song

Instead of being too ambitious and then feeling awful when it doesn’t all come together, tell yourself to run just the length of one song. Make it a good one and you won’t even notice when the 3.5 minutes are over. So basically, download Beyoncé’s new album and you’ll find yourself volunteering for the marathon no problem.


Spend time in bed

Let’s face it; some forms of exercise can be fun and sex is one of them. Research conducted by scientists from the University of Quebec in Canada found that sexual activity can be just as effective at burning energy as moderate intensity exercises. GREAT stuff. Women can burn up 90 calories during a sex session, which is just under half the amount you would burn in a 30-minute jog. I think I know which one you’d rather pick…


 Work out during the adverts

Lazy people like to watch TV. So why not combine this with exercise, and time your mini-workouts to be just as long as the ads. Unless you’re watching Netflix, of course, where there are no adverts. If you do a five-minute circuit of lunges, burpees, jogging, skipping and squats during the ads, then you can reward yourself by lounging on the sofa and finding out if Britain really does have talent. Leave the Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer, though, if you want to make any kind of difference.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Warning Signs That You Might Need To Change Your “Diet”

When you’ve eaten way too much ice cream and get a stomachache immediately after, it’s pretty obvious what you’re eating had an effect on your body.

But sometimes, the body communicates in more subtle ways telling us that our bodies aren’t loving what we’re eating. INSIDER spoke with several medical professionals and nutritional experts to determine what signs your body may be giving you to change up your diet.

 Weight gain isn’t the only indicator of an unhealthy “Diet”. Our “Diet” has a much bigger influence on your body than you may think. Obviously, what you eat affects your waistline, but it also makes or breaks almost every aspect of your body as well. What you decide to add to your diet has an impact on everything: your productivity, memory, even your skin clarity.

 


 Your Skin Is Dry

Your skin is dry.

A lack of water could explain your dry skin problems, according to Dr. Shah. Water is an essential part of the body and, in the midst of a busy day, many people forget to drink enough of it, he added.

Your skin depends on adequate water intake in order to maintain its health and elasticity, and for many, inadequate water leads to dry skin, he explained. If you find that your skin appears dry, keep track of your water intake throughout that day and make sure you drink enough.


You Constantly Have To Pee

You constantly have to pee.

A classic sign of a diet that is high in sugar is frequent urination, according to Ghazarians. This is due to the effect the high glucose levels in the blood have on your kidneys, which remove extra water from your blood to produce urine.

If there is too much glucose in the blood, it can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys making the filtering process less efficient and causing you to pee more.


You’re feeling anxious

You're feeling anxious.

Another issue that can arise from improper nutrition is anxiety. This is usually the result of too much caffeine, but a B12 or magnesium deficiency could also be the culprit.

This is often common among those following a plant-based “diet” and not getting enough proteins and amino acids in their “diet” along with B12 to make up for the nutrients they are missing from eggs, honey and meat,.

Of course, anxiety affects everyone differently, so it’s best to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional first.


You’re Gassy All the Time

Woman holding stomach cramps digestive problemsConstant bloat is a major indicator of a bad diet. If you notice that you’re constantly bloated and gassy after drinking milk or eating cheese, you might be lactose intolerant. Many people have a mild intolerance to dairy and don’t even realize it, so make sure you’re reading the signs your body is sending you.


You’re Constipated

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Having some trouble on the toilet? Constipation and other irregular bowel movements are a big indicator of something being wrong in your “Diet”. If you’re having constipation issues, you probably don’t have enough fiber in your “Diet”. Fiber regulates your digestive system and makes everything run smoothly, so it’s important to keep have a balanced “Diet” with tons of fiber. Foods like beans, oats, and whole grains are great sources of fiber.


You’re Always Hungry

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You keep telling yourself that you’re ready to go on a diet, but by the end of the day you crack and eat a whole bag of chips and a pint of ice cream. Although your willpower does have something to do with this, your diet may also be the root of the problem. Binging is your body’s way of responding to not getting the nutrients that you need—it’s a biochemical response and signal from your brain that you’re not giving it what it needs.


You’re Cutting Out Food GroupsA healthy diet should never cut out whole food groups, unless for medical reasons (like lactose intolerance or celiac disease). Each food group is essential for providing all of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and fit. That doesn’t necessarily mean if you are vegetarian or vegan that you have to start eating meat products, but make sure you get your essential nutrients from elsewhere that fits into your “Diet” (beans are a great source of protein for veggie lovers!).


You’re Fatigued

If you’re constantly tired, your “Diet” may be causing your sluggishness. Harvard University noted that a bad “Diet” can lead to a feeling of tiredness all of the time due to lack of vital nutrients to get you through the day. Make sure your “Diet” incorporates all of your essential nutrients, like healthy fats, proteins, and complex carbs, to keep fatigue at bay.


You’re Constantly Cold

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If you need a sweater in the summer, chances are that you’re “Diet” is off-balance. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that a low-carb diet can have a negative effect on your thyroid, which regulates your body temperature—a slow thyroid will make you constantly feel chilly Instead of ditching all carbs, make sure you’re eating complex ones that come from whole grain bread, pasta, and other baked goods.


You’re Breaking Out

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Acne and wrinkles are two major indicators of an unbalanced “Diet”. A review published in the journal Dermato-Endocrinology found that a diet lacking in vitamin A can impact your skin. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in regulating retinoid production, and a deficiency in this crucial nutrient could also lead to dry hair and brittle nails. Consume foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes to make sure you’re getting your daily intake of vitamin A.


You’re Depressed

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If you’ve been feeling down, what you consume on a daily basis may be the reason. The Indian Journal of Psychiatry found that a deficiency in vitamins, minerals, and/or Omega-3 fatty acids can actually lead to depression and other mental illnesses. They also noted that taking nutritional supplements containing folate and vitamin B12 helped patients boost their mood and combat their mental illnesses.


You Can’t Remember Anything

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Even your memory is affected by the things you eat. According to a study by Annals of Neurology, women who consume more saturated fats scored lower on memory and thinking tests in comparison to those who avoided these fats. Keep your memory sharp as a knife by ditching the fast food burgers and fries and going for something low in saturated fat, like a salad or whole wheat avocado toast.


You’re Always Sick

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What you eat influences your immune system. If you’re on a low-protein diet, you may be compromising your health. According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, protein helps strengthen your immune system; when you have a lack of the essential nutrient in your diet, your immune system weakens and makes you more prone to illness. To keep your body healthy and away from viruses and bacteria, make sure you’re eating protein-packed foods like lean meats, beans, and dark leafy greens.


You Have No Energy

Tired woman with laptopIf it takes too much effort just to get ready for the day, your diet is probably lacking in iron. One of iron’s many duties is to help boost energy levels by transporting oxygen throughout the body. But when you’re not ingesting enough iron, your body isn’t making enough of those essential red blood cells that transport oxygen and keep you energized for the day. One of the biggest symptoms of anemia (when your blood is low in iron) is low energy levels and sluggishness, according to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. If you have anemia, take iron supplements and incorporate some of The Best Iron Rich Foods into your “Diet” to pump up oxygen flow and energy into your body.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Lazy Ways To Lose Weight

The one thing I can be when it comes to working out or any type of physical exercise is lazy. Long hours each day is taxing I can’t imagine any amount of time at the gym and restrictive “diets” are tough to maintain when you want to lose weight. Grocery and bill budgets and busy schedules might not allow us to attend a gym sesh every morning and eating organic food and green juices (yeah right). Although exercise is important for good health, there are easy ways to lose weight without stepping foot into your local gym. Don’t get demoralized! Only a few slight changes to your daily routine can be enough to slim down:

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 Use Smaller Plates

It’s natural to want to fill up your plate, but by using a smaller one, you can fill your plate and still cut down on the amount of food you end up eating. You actually trick your mind into thinking you ate more than you did since your plate looks so full.


 Take The Stairs

It may seem daunting, but taking the stairs instead of an elevator can tone your tush in no time. It’s strength training without actually hitting the gym, so opt for stairs the next time you need to head up a few flights!


 Don’t Eat in Front of the TV

When you’re distracted, you’re not paying attention to how much food you’re consuming. Researchers have found that watching TV or watching a movie at home while eating leads to higher calorie consumption since you’re eating without thinking. Be especially mindful while snacking so you can avoid packing on extra pounds.


Drink “Skinny Cocktails”

Happy hours and boozy brunches are fun but they can lead to over-indulging on high-caloric cocktails. Try these calorie-cutting hacks for healthier cocktails instead!


Get More Sleep

Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, a slower metabolism, and an increased risk of obesity and diabetes. So, clock in an extra few hours of shut-eye to ensure you keep your waistline slim and your energy up.


 Don’t Deny Yourself Sweets

Denying yourself your favorite snack will only make you crave it more. We always want what we can’t have!. Instead of cutting out sweets entirely, allow yourself to indulge in that fun-size bag of Doritos or two scoops of gelato once a week. That way, you won’t binge on your favorite treats if you fall off the wagon once or twice (which, by the way, you shouldn’t beat yourself up about — it happens). 


 Down a Glass of Water Before Meals

It’s easy to confuse hunger with thirst, so drink a glass of water before a big meal to ensure you’re not simply thirsty. A glass of agua will make you feel fuller so you won’t eat as much during your meal.   


 

Learn to Love Green Tea

Save those Frappuccinos for an occasional treat and learn to love the green stuff — no, not money, teaGreen tea is known to reduce belly fat, boost metabolism and help digestion, so drink up!


Limit Going Out to Dinner to Eat

Unlimited breadsticks, anyone? It’s nice to treat yourself to a meal out with friends every once in a while, but restaurant portions are always much bigger than anything you would normally make at home. Save the night’s out for special occasions so you can indulge within reason.


Eat Sitting Down

Studies have found that eating while standing up is not only bad for digestion, it actually leads you to consume more calories. When standing up, you eat food more quickly, so you’re more likely not to realize how full you’ve actually become. Take a few minutes to sit down and enjoy your meal.


 Don’t Drink Your Calories

You might be sabotaging your own diet plan without even realizing it! Drinking high-calorie beverages might not seem like a big deal at the time, but at the end of the day it adds up. Your morning Starbucks latte has an average of 265 calories, your afternoon soda has 227, and your evening ice tea has 180. When all is said and done, you’re approaching nearly 1000 calories in drinks alone! One of the easiest ways to lose weight is to replace your sugary beverages with water.


 Walk Everywhere

 If you just can’t seem to squeeze in a workout sesh at your gym, torch a few extra calories by choosing to walk as much as you can. Take a walk around the office at lunchtime, or skip the bus and walk to work. Walking increases cardiovascular health and strengthens muscles. Studies have even shown that it may even be just as good for you as running!


Ditch the Sweatpants

News Flash: You know those glorious, ultra-comfortable, 10-year-old pair of sweatpants you love so much? They are not your friend. Sweatpants are the most forgiving piece of clothing out there — which is why we love them when we feel bloated before our periods, but not so much when we’re minding our weight. Jeans, on the other hand, will tell you right away if you’re bursting with food and help you say “no, thanks!” to seconds.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

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How To Get Back On Track After You’ve Broken Your New Year’s Resolutions

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 


So January 1 is (here), and you started the year off with a clean slate—a fresh perspective to set and tackle your goals, and make 2018 your best year yet. But a few weeks went by and you found your motivation waning and yourself sliding back into your old habits. After all, willpower can only get you so far in achieving your goals.

When the excitement wears off is where the real work sets in. If you promised yourself you’d get back in the gym, finally lose those 20 pounds, get more sleep, or drink more water, here’s how to make sure you stay on track, even if you’ve veered off in the last several weeks.

Set Specific Goals Rather Than Broad Ones

woman thinking

Keeping your goals focused can help keep you focused on your goals, too. Knowing exactly why you want to achieve your goals is the first step to crushing them. “Identify your why and really go into detail, Not like, I want better health. I don’t know what that means. Maybe it’s, I want to keep up with my two dogs or not get tired when I walk.  Post it everywhere and emotionally connect to it. Because let’s be honest: Pizza is going to taste better than chicken any day of the week.


Overcome Your Weight Loss Plateau

Woman tying shoes

The key to losing weight is to exercise intelligently and to truly challenge your body every time you hit the gym. If you do the same workout all the time, you won’t make progress,” says Dan Roberts, celebrity trainer and creator of Methodology X. Once you switch up your workouts and challenge yourself, such as by adding a HIIT routine or using heavier dumbbells, you’ll drop the pounds faster and continue losing weight.


Finally, Enjoy Cardio

treadmill intervals

There’s a reason the treadmill is also known as the “dreadmill”—the seemingly endless run is definitely not something we’d consider fun. Amp up your workout without spending an extra minute on the dreaded machine with one simple trick: All it takes to torch 15 percent more calories on the treadmill is a little incline. The stronger adrenaline boost and higher calorie burn is a great way to get you back on the cardio track sooner than you thought!


Log More Shut-Eye Hours

woman sleeping

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night to function properly. Inadequate shut-eye hours can lead to a decrease in leptin levels, which, in turn, increases your appetite and derails your weight loss efforts. Motivate yourself to get to sleep earlier by changing your environment. If you have trouble sleeping, don’t force it. Get green sheets, as the color provides the best relaxation benefits for sleep. Tart cherry juice contains natural melatonin, and wearing socks to bed keeps body temperature regulated to help you fall asleep faster. I also suggest taking a detox from electronics right before bed since the blue light delays your melatonin production.


Stop Drinking Your Calories

girl sipping soda

Cut out sugary drinks, soda, juices, and especially alcohol. These drinks cause weight gain, bloat, and pack on extra pounds. By simply substituting caloric drinks for water, you can see immediate changes and lose weight over time. If you find water boring, jazz it up with some sliced lemon, lime, oranges, mint or cucumber.


Sign Up At A Gym

hotel gym

Did You Know?: 12% percent of all gym goers sign up in January and it takes 24 weeks for most members to quit, according to the Fitness Industry Association, Whether it’s because the gym is too far or usually too crowded, you can beat the statistics with a few simple tricks. Shop for a gym like you’re shopping for a car. Ask for a free trial and make sure the people at front desk are happy and enthusiastic enough to attract you in. If you’re making the investment to join a gym, you should let it keep you there. Also, ask for free personal training sessions and talk to members to find out what they like about each spot,


Go To The Gym More Often

assortment of gym accessories

If you’re already a member of your local gym, you might set goals to frequent it more often come the new year. To increase your chances of actually sticking to your goals, why not try adopting effective rituals, such as packing a gym bag the night before and placing your sneakers on the side of your bed. Having your workout gear in plain sight and ready to grab and go will make it much easier to pursue your goals.


Drink More Water

drinking water at gym

If you want to stick to something, you have to make it as simple as possible. Complexity is the enemy of execution. Tell yourself, Today I will drink a cup of water before dinner.’Starting small and set a simple goal will make it easier to accomplish.


Sculpt A Six-Pack

woman abs workout

It’s not a myth—abs are definitely made in the kitchen. Protein- and healthy fat-rich foods like lean fish, eggs, beans, and leafy greens into your “diet” will help keep you full while revealing those abs! Replace refined carbs and processed foods in your pantry with these staples to ensure you incorporate them into your “diet”.


Stay Motivated to Work Out

happy woman outside

Before breaking a sweat, take a moment of gratitude for your health. Doing so completely changes the energy of your workouts and can inspire you to push yourself harder.


Clean Up Your Diet

woman buying produce

Diets don’t work, but behavioral change does. When you want to create a meal plan that works, stick to addition rather than deprivation. If (thefood)goes bad, that means it’s good for you. When you go shopping, avoid the bulls-eyed zone, as it is eye level with shoppers. This is where leading brands place items that can run up your food bill. Instead, save money and look up and down for local- and smaller-named brands, which will help the savvy shopper stay within budget.


Cook More Meals At Home

older couple cooking

There Is Good News: cooking a nutritious meal at home doesn’t require hours of slaving away in the kitchen! Even if you have less than a half hour to spare, you can still sit down to a healthy lunch and dinner. The key is to stock up on healthy and nutritious foods that are easily thrown together.  It starts with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, which saves loads of time, and it’s made up of any odds and ends you may have in the fridge.


Unplug and De-stress

yoga man

Vow to “unplug from technology for an hour a day and spend that time reading a real book (yes, they still exist), doing yoga, taking a walk, meditating—whatever relaxes you and makes you happy! The constant attention-grabbing chirping that our phones, tablets, and computers make has an impact on our stress levels, sleep, and perspective. And since stress and sleep both plays a role in health and weight loss, powering down can help you stay trim, too.


Eat More Veggies

gardening vegetables

We all know that vegetables are packed with fiber and essential vitamins and nutrients, but most of us still don’t get enough of the stuff on a daily basis. In fact, according to Health Day, only one in ten Americans eat the daily recommended amount of veggies.


Cut Down On Added Sugars

reading food label grocery store

The sweet stuff has a stealthy way of sneaking into the most healthy-sounding foods (think of: granola and whole-grain bread). So if your sweet tooth kicks in, cutting back on desserts like cookies and ice cream may not be enough. Make sure to actively scan nutrition labels of foods that don’t even taste sweet. Sugar is hiding everywhere—even bacon has sugar in it!  You’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods and strip away unnecessary sugars—losing weight at a rate of up to one pound per day, while still enjoying the sweeter things in life.


Reach Your Step Goal

couple walking dog in nature

If we can sit less and walk more, it’s possible to make great physical improvements. Thankfully, there are so many ways to move more throughout the day: Take the stairs, park your car farther away from your destination, get a standing desk or walk around while you talk on the phone. Get an activity tracker and aim for 10,000 steps each day.


Final Thoughts

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Thank You!

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Paleo “Superfoods”

In today’s post, I talk about some “superfoods” that you might think is but really aren’t.

I like the idea behind the paleo “diet”. It seems sensible to try to emulate the “diet” our ancestors ate while we were evolving.

However… even though I like the idea, I don’t like the way the “diet” is prescribed in many cases. It seems to have gone beyond just science and started becoming more about ideology. There are many modern foods that are healthy but actively discouraged on the paleo “diet”. I think this is a huge mistake.

Nutrition should be about science and doing what works best for the individual, NOT ideology. Humans evolved eating a variety of foods and our genes have changed (not much, but some) since the paleolithic period. I think the idea of a paleotemplate is more reasonable.

That is, eat the foods humans evolved eating, then add the modern foods that you like, tolerate and science has shown to be healthy.

Here are 4 foods that technically aren’t paleo, but are still super healthy.

1. Full-Fat Dairy Products From Grass-Fed Cows

One of the pillars of a strict paleo diet is the elimination of all dairy products.

I think this is a mistake… because plenty of people can tolerate dairy just fine.

Although a large part of the world is lactose intolerant, many populations have acquired an enzyme to break down and make full use of lactose, the main carbohydrate found in milk (Milk).

Full-fat dairy products are particularly healthy, as long as they come from grass-fed cows. This includes foods like butter, cheese, and full-fat yogurt.

Full-fat dairy contains bioactive fatty acids like butyrate, which is potently anti-inflammatory (234).

Best of all, full-fat dairy products are loaded with Vitamin K2, a powerful but often ignored nutrient that regulates calcium metabolism in the body.

Most importantly, Vitamin K2 helps to keep calcium inside our bones and outside of our arteries (56).

Studies have shown that Vitamin K2 is highly protective against fractures (lowering the risk by 60-81%) and cardiovascular disease (78). The Rotterdam study showed that people who had the highest K2 intake had a 57% lower risk of heart disease and a 26% lower risk of death from all causes, over a 7-10 year period (9).

In countries where cows are largely grass-fed, consuming full-fat dairy products is linked to major reductions in the risk of heart disease (101112). One study from Australia showed that those who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate the least (13).

A lot of people are concerned that because full-fat dairy is high in fat and calories, that it can cause weight gain. However… the evidence disagrees. In fact, eating dairy fat is linked to a reduced risk of obesity in numerous studies (14).

That being said, there are some people who can’t tolerate dairy. If you get some sort of negative reaction from eating dairy products, then by all means avoid them. But for people who do tolerate and enjoy them, then there is absolutely no scientifically valid reason to avoid quality dairy products from grass-fed cows.

Unprocessed, full-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows are incredibly healthy. They are high in important vitamins like Vitamin K2, as well as beneficial fatty acids like butyrate.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of those rare indulgent foods that happen to be incredibly healthy and nutritious. Derived from cocoa beans, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world. One study showed that cocoa was even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and acai berries (15). Dark chocolate is very high in fiber and minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, manganese and various others (16).

One problem with chocolate, in general, is that it often contains some sugar. However, if you choose dark chocolate with 70-85% (or higher) cocoa content, then the sugar amount will be minimal and the benefits will far outweigh the negatives.

There have actually been numerous studies on the health benefits of dark chocolate and cocoa, especially for heart and brain function (1718).

Dark chocolate and cocoa can lower blood pressure, raise HDL cholesterol and protect LDL particles from oxidative damage (19202122).

There are also studies showing that dark chocolate can reduce insulin resistance, a major risk factor for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and heart disease (2324).

In some studies, people who eat the most cocoa and dark chocolate have a 50-57% lower risk of heart disease, which is an insanely high number (2526).

Of course, these types of studies are observational in nature and can not prove that the chocolate caused a reduction in risk.

But given the confirmed effects on important risk factors like blood pressure, insulin resistance and LDL oxidation, I find it plausible that dark chocolate and cocoa could, in fact, reduce heart disease risk (27).

That being said, the benefits of dark chocolate don’t end with the heart. There are also studies showing that it can cause major improvements in brain function (at least in the elderly) and give the skin natural protection against sunburn (2829).

Dark chocolate wasn’t available in the paleolithic period, but it’s still one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Just make sure to choose quality, organic dark chocolate with a high cocoa content… and don’t eat a lot of it, think of it more as a supplement.

One or two squares per day or a few times per week should be enough.

Dark chocolate is a “modern” food, but numerous studies show that it has powerful health benefits, especially for heart health.

White Potatoes

The original paleo diet book took a hard stance against potatoes.

I don’t think this makes a lot of sense… because potatoes are a root vegetable that was available in the paleolithic period.

Some other versions of paleo, like the Perfect Health Diet, actively encourage foods like potatoes, which they refer to as “safe” starches.

Potatoes are actually incredibly nutritious. A single potato contains lots of Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron and various other nutrients (30).

Really… potatoes contain almost every nutrient we need in some amount, including a decent amount of protein with all the essential amino acids. There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes for long periods of time, without any apparent negative effects on health.

Another important feature of potatoes is that they may just be the most fulfilling food in existence. In fact, they score higher on a scale called the satiety index than any other food tested (31). What this means is that by eating potatoes, you will feel naturally full and end up eating less of other foods instead.

If you want to make your potatoes even healthier, you can allow them to cool after cooking them. This greatly increases the resistant starch content, which is an indigestible type of starch that functions like soluble fiber (3233).

The only problem with potatoes is the high carb content, so people who are on a very low-carb diet may want to avoid them.

But for people who are active and metabolically healthy, potatoes are pretty close to being nature’s perfect food. It makes absolutely no sense why they shouldn’t be allowed on a paleo diet. They’re as “real” as a food can get.

White potatoes were discouraged in the original version of the paleo diet. However, they are incredibly healthy, highly nutritious and among the most fulfilling foods in existence.

Coffee

Despite having been demonized in the past, studies have now shown that coffee is actually very healthy.

It is loaded with antioxidants… people who eat a Western diet actually get more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables, combined (343536).Studies have consistently linked coffee consumption to a lower risk of many diseases, especially type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and liver diseases (37383940).

Not only that, but numerous studies suggest that people who drink coffee live longer than people who don’t (4142).

Coffee is actively discouraged in the original paleo diet book, although others like The Primal Blueprint (my favorite version) to allow for coffee. Although some people are overly sensitive to caffeine, most people can tolerate coffee just fine.

As long as you don’t drink too much and don’t drink it late in the day (which can have negative effects on sleep), then there is absolutely NO reason to avoid coffee if you enjoy it.

Coffee was probably not consumed in the paleolithic period (neither was tea, for that matter), but it’s still very healthy and incredibly enjoyable.

Just make sure to choose quality coffee and don’t put sugar in it.

Some Thoughts

The truth is, we don’t even know exactly what our paleolithic ancestors ate and there is also no “one” type of paleo diet.

What people ate varied greatly between regions, depending on the food that was available at the time. Some ate a high-carb diet high in plants, others a low-carb diet high in animal foods.

The one thing I do know for certain is that paleolithic humans didn’t eat anything made in a factory. This includes refined sugar, refined grains, trans fats, veggie oils and any sort of processed food that is impossible to make naturally.

Humans evolved eating real food… plain and simple. That’s what we should be focusing on. It is a good idea to consider the foods humans evolved eating because it is likely that these foods will be both safe and healthy for our bodies. But there are plenty of “modern” foods that are healthy too. Just because it’s new, doesn’t mean it’s bad.

Final Thoughts

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Thank You

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Vegan January (Veganuary)

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It’s officially 2019, and that means New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. American resolutions oftentimes pertain to “diet”, whether it be, “I want to lose 10 pounds by March,” or something more long-term such as, “I want to eat better so I can live longer.” Maybe you even considered overhauling completely and going vegan in 2019? Or, even less daunting, just for the month of January? Veganuary is the nonprofit organization spearheading such lifestyle change. This charity is encouraging people worldwide to, yes, go vegan during the first month of the year. The organization’s end goal, of course, is to help people make the switch to an all-vegan “diet” permanently.


What Is Veganuary?

The team at Veganuary is educating people about how adopting a vegan lifestyle can improve personal health as well as help to sustain our environment. Changing your diet is not an easy task, which is why the organization’s team of experts provide those who want to make this change with plenty of help to make the transition as painless as possible. Such tools include meal plans and recipe guides, as well as nutrition tips and other recommendations. The organization even has a book out called, “How to Go Vegan: the Why, the How, and Everything You Need to Make Going Vegan Easy,” which is an even more in-depth resource.


What are some people are doing it

Research says people are motivated to adopt a vegan diet—or at least try it out—for primarily three reasons.

“Going vegan is important for many different reasons, but according to our research, the top three reasons participants take the Veganuary pledge are for personal health, animal welfare, and the environment,” says Veganuary CEO Simon Winch. “Eating vegan is a great way to improve energy and vitality, halve your dietary greenhouse gas emissions, and address animal agriculture—which is one of the biggest contributors to climate change.”

Winch says that Veganuary is expecting over 300,000 people from around the world to participate in this year’s challenge. Other survey results showed that 62 percent of respondents said they intended to continue following a vegan lifestyle after January, too. Another 82 percent said going vegan was not as difficult as they anticipated.


What exactly does going vegan entail

In case you need a refresher, there is a difference between vegan and vegetarian. According to the Vegan Society, “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.” A vegetarian, on the other hand, avoids eating animals, but may still opt for their by-products such as eggs, milk, and cheese.


What are the health benefits of going vegan

Sharon Palmer, RDN and founder of the food blog, The Plant-Powered Dietitian advises that there is research on how switching to a vegan diet is linked to a decreased risk of chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, to name a few. Palmer says this is because, “a vegan diet is rich in all of the ‘good’ stuff like vitamins, minerals, fibers, healthy fats, and antioxidants, and low in all of the things we must watch out for, such as saturated fat, cholesterol, and toxins related to the processing of meats.”


How can I start

You can take the pledge on the Veganuary site so you can kick-off this new journey. Who knows: you might decide to keep it up long past this month!


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Different Ways To Use Oatmeal

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There are some big reasons that oatmeal is such a power player: Not only is it packed with fiber, a nutrient that’s been shown to improve health and accelerate weight loss, it’s also one of the very best sources of resistant starch. That’s the kind that digests slowly and triggers the release of digestive acids that suppress appetite and accelerate calorie-burn. In fact, one study found that swapping just 5 percent of daily carbohydrates for resistant starch could boost your metabolism by a whopping 23 percent!

With oatmeal overflowing with so many health benefits, it seems silly not to think outside the breakfast bowl and add it to more dishes, right? All of our creative uses for the superfood are sure to excite your taste buds and turbocharge your trim down efforts. Read on to find out what they are!


Use them in place of breadcrumbs

oatmeal crusted chicken nuggets

Did you know that rolled oats can be used as a substitute for breadcrumbs in recipes like meatballs, chicken nuggets, and meatloaf? It may not be conventional but it works like a charm and it’s an easy way to sneak some extra nutrition into family meals. Oatmeal-crusted chicken tenders, anyone?! No kiddo (or adult) would say no to that!

 Tip

Depending on the type of dish you’re preparing, you may want to throw the oats into a blender to create a texture that’s more similar to that of breadcrumbs.


Make snack bars

Sick of shelling out cash each week on granola and snack bars? Extend your grocery budget and keep hunger at bay by making a homemade oat-based batch instead. We love these 4-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars from The Kitchn. Each serving has just 130 calories and 7 grams of sugar, and, better yet, they’re beyond easy to make.


Add them to pancakes

Traditionally, homemade pancakes are filled with nutrient-void calories and carbs—which isn’t ideal if you’re trying to lose belly fat. But that’s no reason kick your beloved breakfast cake to the curb. Make the dish weight loss friendly by swapping out the flour, white sugar, milk and butter for bananas, eggs, oats, baking powder and salt. The result is a fluffy hotcake packed with satiating fiber and muscle-building protein.


Fix a batch of oat flour

oatmeal oat flour

If you typically make homemade bread, waffles, and desserts with conventional four, you’re missing a major opportunity to add waist-whittling, healthy nutrients to your diet. Although store-bought oat flour is better for you than the white variety, it can be pretty costly. To reap the benefits without going broke, toss some old fashion oats in a food processor and let ‘er rip! The resulting mixture can be used exactly how you’d use white flour in all of your favorite recipes.


Healthier Muffins

oatmeal muffins

Not only are traditional muffins sweetened with sugar, but they’re also made with flour, a refined carbohydrate that the body converts to into sugar and then glucose, which is stored as body fat if it’s not used for fuel. Although a muffin isn’t exactly the healthiest breakfast choice if you’re not willing to give them up at least make them a healthier treat by swapping flour for rolled oats. We also love the idea of cutting out refined sugar and replacing it with ripe bananas. Follow our lead by making our go-to recipe below:


WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
3 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed

Directions

STEP 1

Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.

STEP 2

Combine and mix dry ingredients. Then, add the coconut oil, mashed bananas, and eggs. Mix well.

STEP 3

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the muffins feel firm.


Throw them in a Mason jar

overnight oats

They may be called overnight oats, but making them doesn’t actually require PJs or twilight. The dish serves as a great dinner alternative, too! Before you head to work for the day, throw oats, your liquid and toppings of choice into a mason jar and the flavors fuse together in the refrigerator while you’re at work. With just a few minutes of prep work, you’ll have a homemade, healthy meal ready to eat the minute you walk back in the door.


Bulk up a smoothie

oatmeal smoothie

If your morning smoothie typically leaves your stomach growling you may want to consider adding some ground oats to your glass. After grinding up a handful of raw oatmeal in the blender, add the rest of your smoothie ingredients and blend until well combined. The result is a thicker, more fiber-filled smoothie, that’s sure to keep you feeling full well until lunch time.


 Thicken Agent

mushroom gravy

Whether you want to boost the thickness or the health factor of soup, sauce or stew, oats are the answer. But before you toss the grain into your dish, pulverize it into a fine powder so you don’t wind up with a lumpy consistency.


 Zoats

oatmeal zoats

Have you heard about zoats yet? The funny sounding name actually describes a very straightforward—but delicious—dish made with shredded zucchini, oatmeal, milk, spices, and mix-ins. Although the zucchini may give your cereal a bit of a green tint, don’t let that put you off—eating zucchini oats is an easy way to add veggies to your breakfast bowl—somewhere it’s rarely found. Want to give it a try? We like The Breakfast Drama Queen’s take on the dish, pictured above. Her Zucchini Oat-Quinoa Porridge recipe is filled with banana, spices, walnuts, and raisins, and is sure to become your new favorite!


 Veggie Burger

Having trouble getting your homemade veggie burger to bind together and keep you full and satisfied? Add oats! You won’t even taste the difference, but you’ll love the improved texture.


Swap it in for granola

If you typically sprinkle granola over your yogurt, you’re slowing your weight loss progress tremendously. The crunchy cereal may carry a health halo, but that doesn’t change the fact that a small 1/2 cup serving packs 300 calories, 14 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugar! Our advice? Swap the granola for oats—it’s far easier on your waistline. But don’t just toss the oatmeal into your bowl raw. Heat it up in the microwave with some water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. After it’s cooked, layer the oatmeal mixture with plain greek yogurt, almond slivers, and fresh fruit.


 Proteins

If your breakfast tends to leave your tummy rumbling before lunchtime, try mixing in a source of protein into a bowl of oats—a dish that offers up 4.5 grams of satiating fiber per dry half-cup. When paired with Protein Powder or a quarter-cup of mashed chickpeas (their creamy texture blends right into the oatmeal, promise!), these filling additions will help to keep you away from the office candy jar—a habit that’s likely slowing your slim down progress.


 Pilaf

The cool thing about oats is that it can be used interchangeably with other grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and rice. The dish pictured above, for instance, is a play on rice pilaf that combines, oats with chickpeas, mustard seeds, curry, turmeric, and a host of other spices and herbs. Get the full recipes from One Green Planet.


 Pizza Crust

You don’t have to make your pizza crust out of grated cauliflower for it to be healthy and full of nutrients. You can also swap in whole grain, almond or coconut flour for the white stuff, or my personal favorite, use a blend of sweet potatoes, rolled oats, and eggs. Not only do these things bind together to create a sturdy canvas—something many other low-carb crust alternatives cannot claim—but the flavor is one that pairs perfectly with a variety of topping and spices. Get the lowdown on how to make it at Pinch of Yum.


 Breakfast Popsicles

We know what you’re thinking: “What the heck is a breakfast popsicle?!” In short, it’s the greatest portable meal you didn’t know you were missing. Breakfast pops are basically frozen yogurt parfaits on sticks, and they’re perfect for warm weather mornings. To make a batch, blend low-sugar vanilla yogurt with chopped fruit, Chia Seed, and a few tablespoons of oats. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze until solid. This typically takes at least 8 hours. Let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before unmolding and gobbling ’em up!


Make a healthier apple crisp

If you consider apple crisp a healthy dessert, you’re not alone. Studies show that people often think a sweet treat that contains fruit is healthier than those that don’t—even though that’s not always the case. Apple crisp is no exception to this rule. When traditionally prepared with sugar, butter, and refined flour it can be a real doozy for your waistline. However, a few simple swaps can make this oat-topped dessert one that’s weight loss friendly. Here’s our go-to recipe:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 apple
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons rolled oats
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon warmed honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3-5 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

HOW TO MAKE IT

STEP 1

While the oven is preheating to 425 degrees F, wash, slice, and toss the apples with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside.

STEP 2

In a separate bowl combine the oats, walnuts, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and honey until well combined. Next, spread a thin layer of the mixture on a piece of tin foil and bake for about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch the oats carefully to avoid burning.

STEP 3

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the apples, adding a tablespoon of water each time the pan begins to dry up. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the fruit reaches desired doneness.

STEP 4

Put the cooked apples in a bowl and sprinkle with the oat and nut crumble. Top with a dollop of Greek Yogurt for added creaminess.


 Bite-sized dessert

Whether you treat these as an afternoon snack, or a party appetizer or dessert, one thing remains unchanged: there’s no tastier or easier way to create a nutritious, craving-crushing bite. The snack-sized energy balls pictured above (get the recipe here), are made with wholesome ingredients, including oats, almond butter, and chia seeds, and taste just like an indulgent cookie.


 Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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How To Reduce Bloating

I just want to take a moment before I get into today’s post to wish everyone A Happy New Year’s Eve. I also want to take a moment and say thank you to every and each one of you for being on this journey with me. I set out to blog every single day and I have. For 2019 I want to include all of you (my followers) (read below). I hope you all have fun and let’s have fun. Remember to have fun but also drink responsibly.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR!

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

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Most people experience bloating at some point. Exercises, supplements, and massages can all help to reduce bloating quickly, and simple lifestyle changes can prevent it from reoccurring.

Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. It commonly occurs due to a buildup of gas somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Bloating causes the belly to look larger than usual, and it may also feel tender or painful. Fluid retention in the body can also lead to bloating.


 Tips to get rid of bloating

Bloating usually happens when excess gas builds up in the stomach or intestines. When bloating occurs right after a meal, it usually resolves itself, but it is often possible to speed up this process.

The best way to tackle bloating is to determine its cause. Common triggers for bloating include:

  • Digestive issues. Constipation, food allergies, and intolerances can lead to bloating. When stool becomes backed up in the large bowel, it can cause bloating and a feeling of discomfort. Excess gas may also build up behind the stool, making the bloating worse.
  • “Diet”. Fizzy drinks, too much salt or sugar, and not enough fiber in the “diet” can all cause bloating.
  • Hormonal changes. Many people experience bloating before and during their periods due to hormonal changes and water retention.

Walking

Physical activity can get the bowels moving more regularly, which can help to release excess gas and stool. Getting the bowels to move is especially important if a person is feeling constipated. A walk around the block can provide fast relief from gas pressure.


 Try Yoga Poses

Certain yoga poses can position the muscles in the abdomen in a way that encourages the release of excess gas from the GI tract.

Child’s Pose, Happy Baby Pose, and squats can all help people to relieve a buildup of gas quickly. Learn more about yoga poses for flatulence.


 Peppermint Capsules

Peppermint oil capsules may also be helpful for indigestion and related gas. Manufacturers usually market them as a treatment for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but people without IBS can also use them to relieve bloating.

Peppermint works by relaxing the intestinal muscles, which allows gas and stool to move along more effectively. People should always follow the instructions on the packet. Anyone who is prone to heartburn may need to avoid peppermint.

Peppermint capsules are available to buy over the counter (OTC) at drug stores or online.


 Gas relief capsules

Simethicone pills and liquid are anti-gas medications that can help to move excess air out of the digestive tract. It is essential to always take medication according to the instructions on the label.

People can find gas relievers in drugstores or online.


 Abdominal massage

Massaging the abdomen can help to get the bowels moving. A massage that follows the path of the large intestine is especially helpful. People can follow the steps below to do this:

Placing the hands just above the right hip bone. Rubbing in a circular motion with light pressure up toward the right side of the ribcage. Rubbing straight across the upper belly area toward the left rib cage. Moving slowly down toward the left hip bone.


 Use essential oils

A study from 2016 tested the effectiveness of supplements containing a combination of fennel and curcumin essential oil in 116 people with mild-to-moderate IBS. After 30 days, people reported an improvement in their IBS symptoms, including bloating and abdominal pain.

People should not consume essential oils without speaking to a doctor first. This is because some formulations may be toxic or can interfere with medication, and there is no regulation of dosages.


 Take a warm bath, soaking, and relaxing

The heat of the bath can provide relief for a sore abdomen. Relaxation can reduce stress levels, which may allow the GI tract to function more effectively and help reduce bloating.


Long-term solutions for bloating

Quick fixes are not always effective for some causes of bloating. However, people who have frequent bloating may find that certain lifestyle changes can tackle the causes and reduce bloating over time.

People can use these simple steps to try to prevent bloating in the long-term:


Increase fiber gradually

 

Increasing fiber intake may help to treat bloating.

 

Eating more fiber helps to prevent constipation and bloating. Most people in America do not get enough fiber, with only 5 percent of people meeting their recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams (g) for females and 38 g for males.

However, it is important to bear in mind that eating too much fiber or increasing fiber intake too quickly can cause even more gas and bloat. People may notice adverse effects from eating more than 70 g of fiber a day.

When increasing fiber intake, it is best to start slowly and increase the intake over several weeks to allow the body to adjust to this change in the “diet”.


Replace sodas with water

Fizzy, carbonated drinks contain gas that can build up in the stomach. The carbon dioxide that makes soda and similar beverages fizzy can also cause bubbling and bloating in the stomach.

Sugars or artificial sweeteners in the diet can also cause gas and bloating. Drinking water eliminates these issues and helps to treat constipation as well.


Try to avoid chewing gum

The sugar alcohols in gum can cause bloating in some people. Swallowing air while chewing also may lead to bloating and gas pain. People can use ginger mints or peppermints to freshen their breath instead.


 Get more active every day

Exercise helps your body move stool and gas out of the colon and may make bowel movements more regular. Exercise also releases extra sodium from the body through sweating, which can help to relieve water retention.

It is vital to drink plenty of water before and after exercising to stay hydrated, as dehydration can make constipation worse.


 Eat at regular intervals

Many people experience bloating directly after a big meal. It is possible to avoid this by eating several smaller meals each day, which can help to keep the digestive system moving.

Swallowing food quickly can introduce air into the digestive tract. Drinking from a straw can also lead to people swallowing more air, which in turn leads to gas and bloating. People who have bloating should avoid using straws if possible and try eating slowly to avoid swallowing air during meals.


 Try probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that live in the intestines. Taking a probiotic supplement may help to regulate the colon bacteria that can produce gas and cause bloating.


 Cut down on salt

An excess of sodium causes the body to retain water. This can cause a swollen and bloated feeling in the belly and other areas of the body, such as the hands and feet.


 Rule out medical conditions

In some cases, bloating may result from a medical condition. To get rid of this bloating, a person may need help from a doctor to diagnose and manage their condition.

Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, may cause people to experience bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also cause this symptom.

Gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts, can also cause pain, swelling, and feelings of bloating in the abdominal area.

People with these symptoms should discuss them with a doctor, who will also want to know about any relevant family medical history and other medical conditions. The doctor may order diagnostic tests to look for any problems. These may include an X-ray, ultrasound, colonoscopy, or blood tests.


Consider a low-FODMAP diet

FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate that occurs in many different foods. A 2012 review article of multiple studies concluded that a low-FODMAP diet might improve symptoms in at least 74 percent of people with IBS. Typical symptoms include bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain.


Keep a food diary

Food intolerances are responsible for many cases of bloating. They can lead to excessive gas in the digestive tract.

Bloating is common in people who have lactose intolerance and are unable to digest the lactose sugar in dairy products. Autoimmune intolerance to gluten, known as celiac disease, is another potential culprit.

For people whose bloating happens after meals, keeping track of food and drink intake for several weeks should help to determine whether specific foods are responsible.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offer tips for keeping a food diary and provide a template for people to get started.


 Look at supplements and medications

Some supplements, such as iron, can cause constipation and other symptoms of indigestion. This can increase bloating. Potassium, on the other hand, may reduce bloating by helping to balance the body’s sodium levels.

Medications may also cause side effects that affect GI function or cause indigestion. If this happens, a doctor or pharmacist can suggest alternatives that are more gentle on the digestive tract.


When To See A Doctor

 

Although it is not common, bloating and swelling of the abdomen can signify a severe medical condition. Liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, heart failure, kidney problems, and some types of cancer can cause bloating.

Bloating that continues for days or weeks may indicate a health issue that needs medical attention. It is advisable to speak to a doctor about ongoing bloating that does not go away over time.

People whose bloating occurs alongside these symptoms should seek medical advice

appetite changes or trouble eating, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, fever, severe abdominal pain, bright red blood in the stool, black or dark maroon stools.


Ultimately, the outlook for bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues is the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.


 

Final Thoughts

Bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues are the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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How To Shed Winter Weight In The Spring

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

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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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