Often times we are taught that fat is bad, but the reality is our bodies need fat to survive. Saturated fats tend to be the ones you want to limit because they are responsible for increasing cholesterol and creating inflammation in the body. Unsaturated fats, however, can have restorative effects, and help your body process other foods more efficiently. They also tend to wreak less havoc on your digestion and assist in blood glucose control. These are a few traditionally “Fattening” foods that can actually stimulate fat burning.
Olive Oil: This is extremely high in omega -3 fatty acids, which are not only heart healthy, but reduce inflammation and speed up fat burning. Omega-3’s have also been known to help alleviate joint pain and slow the progression of memory loss. Add a few teaspoons to your marinara sauce or grilled vegetables. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try olive oil ice cream- you won’t regret it!
Nuts: Packed with protein and minerals, they can act as an immediate source of energy to help fuel increased fat burning. In addition to omega-3’s, nuts also contain plant sterols that are substances that help to drive down cholesterol. They also contain fiber, another weight loss warrior. Add a handful of nuts to your yogurt or cereal in the mornings, or add some to your salad.
Avocado: This fruit is notoriously “fattening”, yet when combined with complex carbohydrates, it can keeps most of us satiated longer and promotes effective digestion while helping burn calories. Avocado is also known to help maintain brain function and contribute to more youthful, vibrant skin. Try adding a slice to your morning egg and toast, or blend together with lime and spread on your sandwiches.
We all forget things sometimes. I forgot that Jessica Simpson is pregnant again, because it seems like it’s been a while. A long while. Did you forget that New Year’s resolution you made? For many of us, the weekend really sets us back when it comes to healthy eating and living. Here are some ways to get back on track :
Fill Up during the day: Don’t starve the entire day and go wild at night. A simple way to avoid this is to eat small meals throughout the day with protein. You will stay full longer, and you won’t turn up at the party feeling famished. This way if you want to enjoy some more carbohydrate rich foods in the evening you haven’t deprived your body the entire day.
Vary your Alcohol Intake: Consuming liquid calories can most certainly make the night entertaining, but often times we pay for these decisions for much longer. Alternate an alcoholic drink with sparkling water and lime, or unsweetened tea. This allows you to still drink socially and not go overboard on the calories. You will also stay hydrated and less likely to binge on other foods later.
Shrink your portions: Its easy to load up on everything that looks good. Consider eating only half of an item you want and try a few other things instead. This way you get a variety of tastes and you can sample everything.
Fix your plate with mostly veggies: Vegetables can fill you up and help you feel satisfied. As you add in some of the less healthy options, vegetables provide your body the fiber and minerals it needs to process the other foods more effectively. Avoid heavy sauces and dressings.
Don’t feel guilty: If you have generally been eating healthy and you splurge at a party, don’t worry about it! Start over the next day, and avoid guilt from the previous evening. Some research even suggests that having a “cheat day” can boost your metabolism and help you lose unwanted pounds quicker. Plan for an active day to help you burn off some of the other calories you may have consumed.
Pre-diabetes is when a person has a high blood sugar level, however it is not so high that they are diabetic. The levels are higher than normal, and are a warning sign that he/she may become diabetic in the future if no intervention is made. Pre-Diabetes and diabetes are diagnosed through a blood test. If your test indicates you are pre-diabetic, you may benefit from aggressive lifestyle and diet changes to improve your risk of getting diabetes. In many cases, those with pre-diabetes do not have any symptoms, so it is important to speak with your doctor regarding the need for testing.
Cold sores are blisters around the mouth, frequently at the edges of the lips. They are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. When a person comes in contact with a sore he/she can contract the virus. This includes children. Once you have the Herpes virus, blisters/sores develop when you are stressed, have a cold, or get the flu.
Allergies can be extremely difficult to deal with. Congestion, sneezing, and general fatigue are affecting several people this year. Here are two quick strategies to handle them naturally:
1) Increasing moisture is a good way to clear out your nasal passages and help you breathe better. If you have access to a steam room or sauna the heat/moisture can help you get some quick relief. If not, turning on the shower to create steam and sitting in the bathroom for a few minutes may also help your symptoms.
2) Nasal rinses with saline or warm water can also open up your sinuses. Always make sure to use boiled or filtered water so you dont introduce bacteria into your sinuses. Try this two times/day to get maximum relief.
Many women watch their belly grow and really let loose during pregnancy. Unfortunately, it’s no secret that excess weight gain during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes, elevated blood pressure, and skin changes that are difficult to reverse. Here are some practical tips to avoid the bulge:
Get in shape before you get pregnant: Aim to reach an optimal weight for your height and body frame BEFORE you get pregnant. This will allow you to have more energy during and after pregnancy and help your body to bounce back faster.
Exercise regularly during pregnancy: Let’s be serious . Labor is no joke. That’s why it’s called “labor”, not “walk in the park”. If your body has the stamina to workout you will be ready for labor and can harness your energy and endorphins to push hard. Really hard.
Hydrate: Adequate hydration will boost circulation and prevent dehydration. Your skin can more easily stretch and will naturally bounce back without much damage. Dry skin, on the other hand is more prone to cracks and stretch marks leaving permanent scars and areas of sagging.
Strengthen your core: Focus part of your workout on your abdominal muscles. Later in pregnancy, back pain is extremely common as the body adapts to a growing bump. Strengthening the core muscles gives the lower back more support, while protecting against other injuries.
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