Springtime Health

Before I start today’s post I just want to say congratulations to the Superbowl champs New England Patriots!!!!!!!!!!!

Spring Is 24 days away. With the change of season comes the impulse to clean and replace the old with the new. But spring doesn’t just have to be about cleaning and reorganizing – it’s also a great way to start healthy new habits and break the old. Here are a few tips to get a head start in your spring health!

Always speak with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.  

Here Are Some Ways That You Can Spring Into Health

 

Start an Exercise Routine – The weather is warm and the days are longer which makes it a perfect combination to get active outside. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals do moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.

  1. Revamp Your Diet with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – Take advantage of the variety of vegetables available during spring. A healthy diet includes adding vegetables and fruit every day. Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Fruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You should try to eat about 2 to 3 servings of fruit each day. It goes without being said that it’s OK to indulge in the occasional ice cream cone. Although, frozen yogurt would be a healthier alternative.
  2. Drink More Water – As the heat kicks into high gear it is harder to stay hydrated and more important to drink more water . Drink plenty of water before going outside and have plenty on-hand to stay hydrated. If you aren’t a fan of water, try one of our recipes for Cucumber Water—it makes a great party beverage for those hot days!
  3. Cut Out the Night Cap – If one of your habits is having a drink before bed, or having a few at dinner, you may want to reconsider your next glass of Merlot. Alcohol not only causes dehydration but is also associated with sleep disorders, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. It is recommended that women limit themselves to one drink per day, and men up to two alcoholic beverages each day.
  4. Check-In for a Check-Up – You may have chalked up some symptoms and illnesses to the winter blues, but now that it is spring, its time to get back to the doctor for a head-to-toe check up! A periodic well-exam for all ages is not just about good medical care, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn more about beneficial health habits, counseling and community support services as well as an overall view of the best ways to take care of yourself and your family for a lifetime. Your doctor will let you know how often they need to test for high blood pressure, diabetes, other diseases, and cancer screenings.
  5. Protect Your Skin – It’s going to get hot, the sun is shining, and your skin needs protection. Not only do men and women need to regularly moisturize their skin, but also protect it from the harsh rays of the sun. If you’re outside, make sure to use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher that protects against UVA and UVB rays. It doesn’t hurt to throw on a pair of sunglasses and a hat as well!
  6. Renew Relationships – It’s time to get out of the house and visit with your friends and family. Research has shown that good, strong relationships benefit your overall health and happiness. Spend the day with people you love, and schedule regular outings to enjoy the great spring weather.


 Final Thoughts

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Water To Help You Drink Water

While there’s no official recommendation for how much water you should drink daily, staying hydrated is essential for warding off weight gain, maintaining mental clarity, and even regulating body temperature. If you haven’t been making use of that fancy new reusable water bottle you have in your cabinet, stocking up on sparkling water may be the better solution for you.

Below, I’ve listed my go-to sparkling water brands that will help you stay hydrated and crush soda cravings without all the added sugars soft drinks are spiked with. Stock up and get to sipping!

Vita Coco Sparkling Waters

Vita coco sparkling waters

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 25 calories, 0 g fat, 85 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

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The makers of your go-to coconut water recently debuted a new line of sparkling beverages that combine the tropical fruit’s electrolytes with the bubbles you crave, and I’m obsessed. Vita Coco Sparkling Waters come in four fruit-juice-sweetened flavors—Grapefruit, Lemon Ginger, Raspberry Lime, and Pineapple Passionfruit—that make for delicious cocktail mixers or enjoyed on their own.


Bubly

Pepsi bubly

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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After soda giants experienced plummeting sales due to changing consumer demands, Pepsi decided to ride the sparkling water wave and debut Bubly. Its new line of sparkling waters come in colorful cans and eight refreshing fruity flavors—with zero added sugars or artificial flavors.


Spindrift

Spindrift sparkling water

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 1–15 calories, 0 g fat, 0–3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0–3 g sugar), 0 g protein (range dependent on flavor)

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Depending on the flavor you choose, Spindrift’s calorie, carb, and sugar contents will fluctuate. However, all flavors are sweetened with real squeezed fruit that lends the bev a subtle yet invigorating flavor. I love adding the Strawberry flavor to a glass of chilled white Zinfandel for an easy take on wine spritzers.



Perrier

Perrier sparkling water

Per 1 can (8.5 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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Craving fizz but not the boatloads of sugar regular soda serves up? Perrier packs its slim cans with effervescent mineral water and natural flavors, which translates to zero grams of the sweet stuff. If you’re not too keen on regular ol’ H2O or need an afternoon pick-me-up, Perrier will become your new go-to.


Tickle Water

Tickle water

Per 1 can: (8 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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Tickle triple-filters its water for maximum quality before it adds carbonation and natural flavors. The company’s mission is to encourage both kids and adults to drink more water and less sugary beverages like soda. The brand does just that by offering mouth-watering flavors such as Watermelon and Orange Mango.


Poland Spring Sparklers

Poland Spring sparkling water

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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Staying true to its brand, Poland Spring crafts its sparkling water with spring water from Maine before spiking it with fruity flavors and fizz. Forgot to grab some chasers for Saturday night’s soirée or this weekend Halloween Parties? You’ll likely find this pick at your local grocery store or bodega (convenience store, corner store or deli) depending on where you are from.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. The waters mentioned in today’s post shouldn’t replace normal H20 but like I mentioned if you aren’t a fan of plain water I did do a post on some water enhancers that are bad you can Click Here . And if you still don’t like plain water then the water I mentioned above will be good to get in some H20. If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me”.


 

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I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

 

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Water Enhancers That Aren’t Good

Before I get into today’s post originally this post was supposed to go up tomorrow. Today’s post was going to be The Keto “Diet” vs. The Vegan “Diet”.  I had it all done and ready to post and I don’t know what happened I can’t find it on my computer anywhere. So instead here is a post all about water flavors. Sorry, again I hope you enjoy today’s post.

Yes, you can buy little bottles of colorful liquid to squeeze in your water that says they add B vitamins and other vitamins and minerals, but let’s be clear, most of these flavor squeezers are just artificial chemical concoctions that don’t do anything to enhance the properties of water. (Even chocolate milk would be better.)

Here’s the rundown of the best and worst water enhancers (unfortunately there are very few that make the cut!):


DRINK THIS!

Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

Again, this is not going to make your water healthier, but at least it doesn’t contain some of the more egregious chemicals found in most other drink squeezers. That is if you don’t mind Stevia extract, which I’m still on the fence about.


DRINK THIS!

Skinnygirl Water Enhancer

While there are still more preservatives in here that we would like, at least it doesn’t contain antifreeze and “weighting” agents. It has vegetable juice for color and Stevia Extract and cane sugar for sweetness.


NOT THAT!

Crystal Light Liquid

With claims like “zero calories” and “no sugar” you’d think this was a harmless drink mix. But when you look at the ingredient list you see 12 ingredients, including the artificial sweetener Sucralose and sucrose acetate isobutyrate, a thickening or “weighting” agent also found in printing inks.


NOT THAT!

MiO Liquid Water Enhancer

The second ingredient in these little bottles is propylene glycol, a preservative, thickening agent, and stabilizer, also used as antifreeze to de-ice airplanes, as a plasticizer to make polyester resins, and found in electronic cigarettes.


NOT THAT!

Dasani Drops

Nestled in this 13-ingredient list are the artificial sweetener Sucralose, and ink thickener sucrose acetate isobutyrate.


NOT THAT!

Propel Zero Sport

This zippy sounding sports drink mix is nothing more than citric acid, salt, and antifreeze (propylene glycol)—mixed with a little artificial coloring and a splash of B vitamins.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Again what I had originally planned to post was The Keto Diet vs. The Vegan Diet and I couldn’t find the file on my computer anywhere. So this post was supposed to be for tomorrow I decided to post it instead because I couldn’t leave you guys and gals hanging. Like always if you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” sections.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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Not Losing Weight

I know that some of you might hit the gym hard and you stick to a STRICT workout and eating routine. However, you may not be seeing the weight loss that you were expecting. Fitness journeys are hard work and take a lot more than just working out and eating right. Although you may be seemingly doing the work you think you need to be doing to drop weight, there may be some key factors that are preventing you from losing the pounds.

The following reasons as to why you may not be losing weight require tiny adjustments to the way you are doing things. It’s nothing extreme to the point that these changes are going to be a big struggle for you.

Water

We all know that drinking water and staying hydrated Is something you should be doing regardless of the type of lifestyle you want to be living. Water plays a significant role when It comes to weight loss. Being hydrated and having that water In your system when you start eating will help you not eat nearly as much. Water can help you have a satiated feeling (a fuller feeling) for a longer time. This can curb any craving that you may usually get, preventing you from snacking on things you don’t need or overeating.

When you stay hydrated, your metabolism will speed up. A faster metabolism makes burning fat and losing weight much easier because your body Is constantly burning energy and needs to keep finding different sources of energy.

My Advice: If you aren’t a water drinking there are flavored water packets and flavoring that are zero everything. They flavor your water without all the extra nasty stuff.

When Walking Is Not Enough

If the gym Isn’t your thing walking might be. I know a lot of people In my personal life and through work that they think walking 10,000 steps a day Is going to shed the pounds. Honestly, It won’t hurt you to walk towards helping you to lose weight. But walking alone Is going to shed ALL THOSE UNWANTED POUNDS! Yes, getting up and walking Is better than sitting on the couch doing nothing. If you want to see REAL RESULTS you need to crank up the Intensity.

Walking Is good for your heart fibers. It gets the blood pumping and It actually has been researched to help clog arteries get a little more unclogged and It brings oxygen to the brain. However, If you are walking and still eating like crap you are still what you eat. With any type of physical activity you need to change your eating ways to see results and I’m not saying you can’t lose weight alone by walking you can (I’ve seen It done) you just need to know how many steps you need to walk for weight loss.

My Advice: Try the walk/jog method. You start by walking getting the blood pumping then you jog for 2 minutes and then you walk for 2 minutes and you do this for 10 minutes and then you take a slow walk for 3 minutes and then you repeat. Doing this you will eventually cover more distance, Increase your fitness, and your body will shed more fat, thus allowing for weight to start dropping off your body.

Too Many Healthy Foods

Yes, eating healthy food can be bad for you. Too much of a good thing Is sometimes a bad thing. By too much, I’m talking about eating so much that you start to consume more calories than you are burning throughout the day. You can only be eating healthy foods, but If you are eating an excess amount of them, you won’t be losing any weight. The basic formula for weight loss Is to burn more than you consume.

When you eat too much of a healthy food, you are going to either maintain a certain weight or gain weight. For example, if you eat nothing but fruits and vegetables all day, you will be getting all the vitamins and minerals they have to offer, but if you eat too much, you aren’t going to see any change in your weight. This may come as a surprise, but if you want to lose weight, you need to consume a lot more fat. Eat fat to lose fat. It sounds weird, but It’s true. Doing this Is called a ketogenic diet. You change your body to burn fat based on what you eat. If you are Interested In learning more about the Ketogenic Diet here Is a link to a post I did ~~~~> How to get Into Ketosis

Here are some other links that are related to the ketogenic lifestyleKeto Mousse

Keto Myths ~~~~> 0 Carb Whip Cream 2 Ingredients ~~~~> Keto Mousse ~~~~> Keto Pizza Sauce

Cardio Only

Cardio is an important piece of the weight loss puzzle, but mixing In some weight training Is another piece that needs to be added. When you are able to add weight training to your routine, you will be building muscle mass, thus, dropping that extra fat and speeding up your metabolism. The muscle will slowly take the place of the fat you have on your body.

You may have heard the saying, “Muscle weighs more than fat.” This saying Isn’t true at all. 1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the exact same. However, muscle Is definitely more dense than fat. If you were to look at a pound of fat compared to a pound of muscle, the fat will look like It weighs more because of how much more substance there Is to It. Cardio can only drop so much weight before you plateau. Adding in some weight lifting is going to get you beyond that plateau and on the path to more weight loss.

My Advice: Slowly add weights to your workout routine. It doesn’t have to be anything heavy. You can start with 5-pound weights and slowly work your way up to heavyweights. And If you are walking you can always hold lighter weights when you walk so you can get your cardio In and some weight training In at the same time. 

Vegetables

Okay, I know In the beginning of this post I mentioned how eating too much of a good thing can actually be bad for your health and weight loss. It’s important to get enough of these healthy foods. Getting enough vegetables In your “Diet” Is crucial. They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals and nutrients on top of being low-calorie. A “Diet” that Is heavy In vegetables will help you the most during a weight loss journey.

Along with all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you’ll be getting that add to your overall health, the fiber that Is In most vegetables Is going to help you keep a satiated feeling for a longer time.

My Advice: If you don’t like to cook fresh vegetables and frozen vegetables Is more your thing look for frozen organic vegetables that the only Ingredients are the vegetables Itself. If you don’t like vegetables….well… start experimenting with the different season of vegetables until you find some that you love!

Not Enough Food

This Is a no-brainer. You need to maintain the proper amount of food In your body so that It can function at an optimal level. When you try to save calories for later on In the day, you are going to start screwing with your metabolism. Once your metabolism gets all out of whack, everything else seems to be off as well, leading to less or no weight loss.

My Advice: Even If you aren’t hungry for a meal try to have a small snack. Don’t skip meals because If you actually do not enough your body can go Into starvation mode and you will ALWAYS gain the weight you “lost” and then some. 

Final Thoughts

You need help understanding food labels I can help you. Don’t let the food that Is seemingly healthy hold you back and kill your goals before they even get started. A little secret that many people don’t know Is that In order to lose fat, you need to eat fat. Yes, I understand that it sounds a bit weird, but It’s weird and VERY true. When you eat more fats, your body will be able to lose fat faster.

Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content  I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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 <3

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Slow-Carb

The Slow-Carb “Diet” first came about In 2010 by the creator of the 4-hour body and the 4-hour work week Timothy Ferriss. Ferriss claims that It’s effective for rapid weight loss and suggests that It Is possible to lose body fat by optimizing any of these three factors: “Diet”, exercise or your supplement regimen. The Slow-Carb “Diet” Is kinda like the Ketogenic “Diet” In the terms that The Slow-Carb “Diet” Is based on very low carb Intake.

The Slow-Carb plan has five fundamental rules that dictate the whole thing. In general, It Involves consuming a limited list of foods for six consecutive days, with one “cheat” day once a week.

What Is The Slow-Carb “Diet”?

There are five rules that you need to follow for this “Diet” to work. This concept Is defined as the smallest dose that will produce the desired outcome. In other words, It’s about getting maximum results by doing the minimum amount of work. Therefore, this “Diet” focuses on following a handful of guidelines that promise to help the body maximize Its ability to burn fat and lose weight.

During “Diet” Days: While you are following the “Diet”, you can only eat from a list of allowed foods for six consecutive days. Then, you have one day per week when you can eat anything you want… Yes, you read that right you can EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT for that one day only!  During the “Diet” days, you should limit yourself to three to four meals per day and avoid consuming anything that Is refined carbs, fruits or high-calorie drinks.

Slow-Carb Days: The Slow-Carb “Diet” only Incorporates five main food groups: animal protein, vegetables, legumes, fats, and spices. Each meal consists of as much as you want of the first three food groups, plus small amounts of the last two. Additionally, the plan suggests taking dietary supplements to help enhance the weight loss process. However, this It’s NOT MANDATORY! I DON’T RECOMMEND TAKING SUPPLEMENTS!

Like The Ketogenic “Diet”, The Slow-Carb “Diet” seems to be based on the premise that eating a lot of protein and very few carbs could aid weight loss by increasing the breakdown of fat for energy, increasing feelings of fullness and reducing fat stores.

I mentioned that The Slow-Carb “Diet” follows some rules. These rules are pretty simple and straightforward.

Rules

1.) No White Carbs: White Carbs are processed carbs that are made from refined flour, Including pasta, bread, and cereals. (potatoes… bread/pasta… rice.. dairy, Including yogurt, cheese, and sugar.) 

Now you are allowed to eat these foods I mentioned above If you are looking to Increase strength. The book suggests that you can consume these foods 30 minutes after an Intense training session. The book also suggests that If you are looking to lose weight that you should avoid these foods on the “Diet” days. Read above (During “Diet” Days.)  You have a list of Proteins you can choose from

Protein: ~Egg whites with 1-2 whole eggs for flavor~ chicken breast or ~thigh~ Black beans ~Beef ~Pork Fish

There are a select few legumes you can have. In a certain type of “low-carb” “Diets” Is that legumes aren’t allowed. These mentioned legumes are allowed.

Legumes: ~Lentils ~Pinto Beans~ Red Beans ~ and ~ Soy Beans

Fats: ~Butter ~Olive Oil ~ Grapeseed or Macadamia oil ~ Nuts (Almonds) ~ Ghee~ Vegan creamer 1-2 Tablespoons per (5-10 mil) a day.

Spices: ~Salt ~ Garlic Salt ~ White Truffle Sea Salt ~ Herbs (all are ok)

Who doesn’t love vegetables? These are the approved vegetables you can have every day.~Spinach ~Mixed vegetables( fresh or frozen) (including cruciferous veggies)~ Sauerkraut, ~kimchee~ Asparagus ~Peas ~Broccoli ~Green beans

Besides the approves list of foods you can eat. And yes those foods mentioned above are the only foods you can eat while on this “Diet” The recommended amount of protein per day Is 30g within 30 minutes of waking up… say what! Dedicating one full day as “cheat day,” and keep snacking to a minimum (even If It’s a food that’s ok to eat).

DO NOT Drink Your Calories

This “Diet” recommends drinking plenty of water throughout the day (you should be doing that anyway.) Other suggested drinks Include unsweetened tea, coffee or any other calorie-free beverage. If you love your Starbucks like I do I recommend cold brew with 6 packets of stevia (It’s all calorie-free) The basis of this Is that most beverages (other than water) provide little to no nutritional value. Therefore, the “Diet” suggests that you only obtain your calories from nutritious foods, not drinks. If It’s a “cheat” day than go for your calorie drink… Or maybe you might learn how to drink your favorite coffee drink and learn how to make It “almost” calorie version.

No Fruit Allowed

Fruits are a part of a healthy balanced “Diet” the slow-carb diet suggests that fruits are not helpful when you’re trying to lose weight. This Is based on the fact that fructose, the sugar In fruits, could delay the weight loss process by Increasing blood fat levels and decreasing fat-burning capacity. Again If It’s a “cheat” day then go ahead and enjoy a piece of fruit or two.

Cheat Day

The Slow-Carb “Diet” allows you to choose one day per week when you can eat anything you want. On this day, you do not have to follow any of the other rules. As such, this eat-anything day Is meant for you to Indulge In any food and beverages you might be craving without fear of gaining all the weight back. So go and get yourself that cake or that 200 calorie coffee. DO YOU! and you can DO YOU without guilt.

Additionally, the Idea Is that shifting away from a strict plan for a day, during which you can eat as much as you want of any food, may help prevent your metabolic rate from slowing. This Is a side effect that can result from prolonged caloric restriction. On this day, you are not supposed to count calories or worry about what you eat, Including alcoholic beverages. Interestingly, there Is evidence that cheat days or “refeeds” may benefit weight loss.

Refeed: refers to a short period during which caloric intake is higher than usual. Some evidence shows that refeeds could stimulate metabolic rate and increase blood levels of the hormone leptin, which may reduce hunger. What, It seems that eating more carbs during refeeds could further boost leptin levels. In fact, a study showed that a three-day carbohydrate overfeeding could increase leptin concentrations by 28% and energy expenditure by 7%. The slow-carb cheat day Is used for Its psychological benefits, as well as Its Influence on hormonal changes that can continue to promote weight loss.

So far I mentioned foods that you can eat. And these are the foods that you can ONLY eat during your “Diet” days. It’s suggested that you find recipes with the approved foods so that way you won’t get bored.

Now Let’s talk about the foods you CAN NOT EAT! These are the foods that are 100% off limits. The only time you can have the no-no foods Is on your free day.

Off Limit Food

  1. Fruits: Fruits are not allowed.. Fruits contain fructose, a simple sugar that can Increase blood fat levels, according to The Slow-Carb “Diet“. Additionally, the “Diet” suggests that fructose can enhance the absorption of Iron In humans and decrease the levels of other minerals like copper. This also means NO fruit juices or smoothies that contain fruit.
  2. No Dairy:  The “Diet” explains that even though dairy products have a low Glycemic Index, they cause your Insulin levels to rise, which seems to be detrimental to weight loss. The “Diet” says the spike In Insulin caused by dairy Is comparable to that of white bread. For this reason, the plan states that It Is best to avoid dairy during the diet days. Cottage cheese Is allowed on The Slow-Carb “Diet”.
  3. Sorry No Fried Foods Either: Obviously fried Is’nt part of any healthy-balanced diet. The only time you can Indulge In fried foods Is If It’s a “cheat” day. Unfortunately, with The Slow-Carb “Diet” fried food Isn’t allowed AT ALL because fried foods are mainly cooked In bread crumbs and bread crumbs aren’t allowed on the “Diet”.  Fried Foods are high In calories and provide little to no nutritional value. 

Final Thoughts

  • Eat your veggies: Fill up with allowed vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus.
  • Eat healthy fats: The “Diet” recommends Increasing the fat In your diet by consuming healthy fats. This may help prevent Increases in blood sugar levels.
  • Small amounts of diet soft drinks are ok: While high-calorie beverages are not recommended, the “Diet” allows you to drink no more than 16 ounces (450 ml) of diet soda per day.
  • Red wine is ok: The “Diet” allows you to drink up to two glasses of red wine per day during “Diet” days, preferably dry types.
  • Drink what you want on cheat day: You may drink any kind and amount of alcoholic beverages on your cheat day.
  • Frozen or canned foods are ok: Foods preserved using either method are allowed.
  • Meat not required: If you are ovo-lacto vegetarian, you can still follow the “Diet”. Although meat Is highly recommended, It Is not required!

In general, this “Diet” seems easy to follow for those looking to lose weight and eat cleaner, as It recommends only a limited amount of foods and easy-to-prepare meals. Additionally, the practical techniques In this “Diet” have been shown to promote weight loss, enhance fat burning and Increase satiety.  The main downside to the “Diet” Is that It limits two very nutrient-rich food groups — fruits and dairy. For that reason, It might not suit people with high nutritional demands, such as athletes. All In all, The Slow-Carb “Diet” does not seem to produce significant side effects. Therefore, If you think you can stick to the plan long-term, this “Diet” may be a simple way to shed some pounds.

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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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