What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

I’d say this is the first question on most people’s lips when they eventually decide to take on a diet – what is the healthiest alcohol to drink on a diet?

And rightly so really – a large percentage of the western world rely on a drink or two when the working day ends…it’s tough out there!

But, that lovely warm buzz that alcohol gives you comes with a big downer for those of us trying to lose weight – unfortunately, alcohol leads to calories (and in most cases – lots of them!).

You see, the more you drink, the less weight you are going to drop, as the body burns the alcohol before anything else.

But all is not lost…if like me…you enjoy the sins of alcohol.

There is a very big difference in how diet-dangerous most alcoholic drinks are – this means there are options that could fit in with a diet (but there are also options that are disastrous for a diet).

Let’s take a closer look at your options…

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What About Wine?


My personal favorite…since I’ve turned 40 anyway!

Did you know that even the strictest of low carb diets will stay on track with the odd glass of wine here and there (the mad low carb diets that have a cap of about 20 grams of carbs a day!).

If you take on a more moderate approach to low carb dieting, wine is not going to be a problem at all…as long as you’re not drinking two bottles a night (caught you!) 🙂

But, please keep in mind that this only applies to dry wine options – sweeter wines (and dessert wine in particular) are loaded up sugar and therefore no good for a dieting individual.


Don’t Avoid Eating For The Sake of Drinking


Okay, okay, I’ll admit it – I used to be totally guilty of this, because I was blissfully unaware of how it affected the weight loss process…

So, we fancy a few drinks tonight with the boys…but what about all those extra calories?

Surely this influx of extra calories is going to ruin our diet efforts?

So why don’t we just skip eating tonight and cut our calorie count down this way – now we’ve got room for alcoholic calories right???

Wrong!

Skipping food when you are drinking will more often than not backfire on you completely, leaving your diet in complete tatters.

You see, most alcoholic drinks are high in carbohydrates which cause your blood sugar to rise and spike in style…and then crash right down again. This mad crash leaves us absolutely ravenous.

So, before you go out with the lads (or the gals!), make sure you load up on long-lasting energy foods like protein shakes, Greek yogurt or a selection of berries.


You Have to Limit The Drinks…I’m afraid!


Yeah this is the part of the article you really didn’t want to read, and I feel gutted just having to write it!

Most people are under the impression that if they stay away from alcohol all week long, they can go wild on a Friday or Saturday night and still stay on track with their diet…which is not the case I’m afraid!

Staying off the juice all week then going wild on the weekend is probably the worst thing you can do for your diet.

When you drink a truckload in a single night you are taking in huge amounts of alcohol calories. Your body then needs to break down these calories to process them before it even gets to the food calories OR the stored fat in your system!

On top of this – don’t forget that these calories will smash your blood sugar levels off course, and this will in turn, mess with your ‘sensible’ mindset.

All of a sudden you will be a ‘Hungry Harry’ who is not thinking straight due to the alcohol – time for a twelve inch pizza right?


The Following Day…


Even if you stick to drinking dry wines all night, you can still completely ruin your diet by folding to the cravings that come your way the following day.

When you drink too much you get a hangover…and that hangover leads to cravings for large amounts of cheesy, greasy fast food.

With a hangover, you are dehydrated, and this can make you feel more hungrier than normal.

The day after drinking, your body needs to replenish it’s energy sources to deal with the hangover feelings. In most cases, this means it is looking for the richest source of energy it can find, which is fat.

Research shows that you can get around this heavy hangover feeling by simply including a few large glasses of water in your nightly exploits. Simply drink a glass of water after every glass of wine you drink.

Last thing at night, when the alcohol consumption is over, drink some more water before bed and try to slip in a snack that is high in fiber and protein.

Oh, and don’t forget to have a wee before you hit the hay (wine and water = waking up in the early hours and running to the toilet!).


What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?


So there you have it guys – it’s not all good news…but it’s not as bad as you thought…right?

What are your views on drinking and dieting? How do you get around this potential calorie booster? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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List of Low Carb Foods For Weight Loss

List of Low Carb Foods For Weight Loss

Over the past several weeks I have been helping out an old friend with his attempts at a low carbohydrate diet. We have covered them on this site before but recent events have reignited my interest…

To cut a long story short – he was after a list of low carb foods for weight loss reasons but he was a little confused about the misinformation that his Google searches brought up.

I couldn’t really understand this at first so I ‘Googled’ the query myself…and I soon realized where the confusion was coming from…

One article will tell you this…then the next article will work the opposite way…then the NEXT article would say that the first two options were wrong…no wonder people get this (relatively simple) diet wrong so frequently.

To be honest with you, all the research actually got me interested in the health results…so I agreed to join my mate in his low carb journey to see where it ended up.

I also thought it would be a great way to make sure this article ROCKED! 🙂

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Why is Bread Bad For You?

Before we jump into the low carb foods section of this article I thought it was important that we looked into the reason behind so many turning towards this type of diet.

The truth of the matter is that white bread and refined grains DO NOT contain nutritious elements and many dietitians lean towards whole grains instead.

Why is Bread Bad For You?

But are the whole grain bread options really that much better for you????

Well apparently not!

Over the last few years grains, especially gluten grains like wheat, have been under intense scrutiny.

Many respected members of the health community now claim that bread and other sources of gluten grains are unnecessary at best and potentially harmful…

#1 High in Carbohydrates & Can Spike Blood Sugar Levels

So most of us on a diet reach for the whole grain bread options on supermarket shelves…but did you know that it isn’t made with actual ‘whole’ grains?

They are simply grains that have been super-smashed down into fine grain flour, making it a substance which is digested rapidly.

On top of this, the starches contained within these fine flour products are broken down quickly in the digestive tract.

This means that they finally enter our blood as glucose…which in turn causes a rapid spike in blood sugar and insulin levels.

When our blood sugar levels shoot up this fast they tend to return just as fast!

And what does this mean?

Well, it means we are going to get hungry again shortly after eating.

#2 The Gluten Levels in Bread

A large majority of the breads available to us at supermarkets are made up of gluten grains. Gluten causes an immune response in the digestive tract of susceptible individuals.

Now this will effect different people in different ways but this gluten is known to cause digestive issues, pain, bloating, tiredness and other symptoms.

#3 Sugar & Other Nasties!

Most breads contain a high level of sugar and anti nutrients. These anti nutrients are nasty little blighters that manage to block the absorption of minerals like calcium, iron and zinc.

Sugar needs no introduction really – we all KNOW that it is not at all good for you!

#4 Looking For Essential Nutrients?

The nutrition content of most breads is extremely low – to be honest, most other food choices will contain a higher level of useful nutrients!

Not only is it low in nutrients compared to other ‘proper’ food options, it literally reduces the absorption of nutrients from other foods.

On top of this, the proteins that bread contain are pretty much useless to our body’s setup.

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Low Carb Food to Eat

I decided to include that section on ‘the bad side of bread’ above because this is the information that my friend stumbled upon…and decided to make a change!

To put it simply – he is on a ‘no bread and no potato’ diet (this diet also includes avoiding rice!).

But low carb diets are not as simple as this. It’s time to take a look at the foods you should be targeting and the foods you should be avoiding…

What You SHOULD be Eating…

  • Plenty of meat – it’s always best to go for grass-fed meats if at all possible. Lamb, beef, pork and chicken (chicken is always my favorite!).
  • Plenty of fish – it’s always best to go for wild-caught fish if at all possible. For example – salmon, trout or haddock.
  • Eggs – my favorite choice for a healthy breakfast! Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs are the best.
  • A good selection of veggies – broccoli and cauliflower florets, carrot sticks make a great healthy snack and spinach is an awesome choice of side for your dinner!
  • Plenty of fruit – this goes without saying really but fruit should be a part of EVERY health-conscious diet! Go for apples, oranges, pears, blueberries and strawberries.
  • A selection of nuts and seeds – since starting on this low carb journey I’ve got well into the taste of sunflower seeds! You can also go for almonds, walnuts or peanuts (keep control of the peanuts though – they can be a bit naughty for a diet!).
  • High-Fat Dairy – cheese, (proper) butter, heavy cream or yogurt (NOT the low fat versions of yogurt).
  • Fats and Oils – coconut oil, REAL butter, lard, olive oil and cod fish liver oil.

The Foods You SHOULD be Avoiding…

  • Sugar – this list is actually way too long to fit on here, but most of us know what foods are considered high-sugar anyway…right? Stay away from soda drinks, smoothies and fruit juices, any sort of candy or ice cream!
  • Gluten Grains – wheat, spelt, barley and rye. Remember the Why is Bread Bad For You section above? Stay away from bread and pasta.
  • Trans Fats – stay away from hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
  • These specific oils – cottonseed, soybean, sunflower, grape seed, corn, safflower and canola oils.
  • Artificial Sweeteners – Try to avoid anything that contains Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Cyclamates and Acesulfame Potassium. As an alternative try using Stevia.
  • Low Fat and Diet-labeled products – some of these diet-based brands are not what they are cracked up to be! Try to avoid low fat dairy products along with diet cereals or crackers (etc.).
  • Supermarket processed foods – there’s a simple rule of thumb that goes along with this: if it was made in a factory then STAY AWAY FROM IT!

Low Carb Diet Tips

To most people it sounds like one MASSIVE diet and lifestyle change…but a low carb diet is really not that difficult to get into!

Sure, the first 24 hours were a bit of a bummer for me and I even felt a little faint…that’s where the seeds and nuts came into play!

What you drink also plays a BIG part in a successful low carb campaign! Stick to tea, coffee or water (I like that sparkling water you can get – cheap and cheerful!).

You are also going to feel like a snack every now and again…and traditional snacks are rammed full of carbohydrates!

So if you feel the need to snack between meals, try some fruit, a bit of (full fat NOT low fat) yogurt, carrots, nuts, seeds or my favorite…cheese and olives!

Just remember that overdoing it on the cheese or nuts may well hamper your weight loss efforts! 🙂

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When is The Best Time to Diet?

When is The Best Time to Diet?

Ignoring the tell-tale signs that give you a gentle nudge in the back when it’s time to lose weight?

So when is the best time to diet?

Have you been overlooking the obvious for some time now?

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When It’s Time to Lose Weight

How often are you entertaining a young child? It’s amazing how much energy they have really isn’t it?

But are they really that athletic – or is there an underlying reason behind your lack of breath and winded feeling?

Have you ever woken up suddenly in the dead of the night choking due to sleep apnea?

When It’s Time to Lose Weight

Maybe your favorite mainstream stores have suddenly stopped stocking your comfortable size…have they changed their stitching line? Why are you suddenly between sizes?

Let’s not beat around the bush here – there are thousands of reasons (and little pointers) to lose weight.

Keeping that in mind – why do so many people opt to ignore the signs?

Be it common fear of failure or simple comfort – signs are signs at the end of the day!

Medical Reasons to Start Shedding Those Pounds

The persuasive argument for fixing that flab is the imminent threat of related medical conditions.

How does heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol sound to you?

Not that pleasant right?

As a rule of thumb – the more weight you total (or the heavier you are) the more likely you are to encounter some health problems along the way.

When you combine this with family health history it can paint quite a dark picture.

type 2 diabetes

You also may not be aware how important ‘shape’ is to your health direction.

The fatter, apple-shaped body is much more likely to see heart disease, cancer, and diabetes when compared with the more natural pear-shaped body (it’s all in the hips!!!).

I always find that the most effective form of initial motivation comes from a local GP or doctor.

A few frightening sentences from a man/woman in white and a strong a commitment to lose weight could be set in stone!

Did you know that every kilogram of weight lost annually over a period of a decade has been linked with a 33 percent lower risk of diabetes?

Let’s Get Personal

So the threat of a dodgy health life isn’t really enough to put you into the ‘diet zone’ – what about a few personal reasons?

These are a pretty awesome stepping stone to a slimmer lifestyle as long as you are not just concentrating on the short-term.

For example, if you work your butt off to fit into a dress for a wedding in two months time MAKE SURE you have long-term goals in place that can carry you on AFTER this event.

You need to ensure you keep the weight off and maintain the benefits of a healthier weight – long-term!

Let's Get Personal With Dieting

So what are the most common personal motivations for starting up a weight loss program…

  • Self esteem being affected by your size
  • Complete lack of energy on a daily basis
  • Body image – is the mirror your enemy?
  • Upcoming events
  • Favorite clothes and styles getting tighter and tighter
  • Depression
  • The need to look and feel more attractive to the opposite sex

When is The Best Time to Diet?

Losing weight requires commitment and dedication – it’s not all about the diet and food charts…it’s about complete changes to your lifestyle.

Your motivations need to be placed on solid ground – short-term goals will not bring the desired effect most of us are looking for.

Good luck and stay healthy!

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Vegan Diet Plan For Weight Loss Beginners

Vegan Diet Plan For Weight Loss Beginners

Are you vegan (or newly turned vegan…) and proud?

So how do you ensure that you still get the required minerals, vitamins or the recommended portions?

There are millions of true vegans all over the world right now (some looking to shed some extra fat…) and our professional nutritionist has decided to share some fun nutrition facts and a vegan diet plan for weight loss beginners.

Let’s feed you some yummy food as we keep you both lean and healthy…shall we?

Going fully vegan is considered the healthiest option for obvious reasons. A strict full-time vegan diet will ensure that you never have problems with high cholesterol or blood pressure, no risk of type 2 diabetes, or some types of cancers, or even heart problems caused by clogged arteries.

Planning your snacks or meals is important though; you need to ensure that your diet gives you the right nutrients and that you eat proper portions.

You will also be surprised to find out why some foods labeled as vegan…are not really vegan!

So what should you be eating?

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A True Vegan Basic Diet

I bet you didn’t know honey is off the table for a true vegan right?

Yes, everything remotely related to an animal; eggs, all kinds of meats, dairy products, the rennet they use on cheese, some food colors like the E120 (red food color), and oh yes, Quorn.

The ingredients used to make Quorn have some traces of dairy and they also include eggs. Some desserts also contain gelatin which is a big no-no for true vegans.

What Should Be On Your Shopping List?

If you’re a young vegan, then maybe it’s time you learned how to prepare home-made delicacies using ingredients that are “safely” vegan.

So what are we talking about???

a) Check your pastries or the breads you reach for…some may have a bit of milk or butter.

b) All packaged products are required by law to have a complete list of ingredients and preservatives used. Avoid products that have lactose and casein which are common ingredients in most of our cooking additives like stock cubes or bouillon powder and even some sauces.

c) Stay away from non-vegan beer and wine because sometimes they use animal products to process them.

d) Ever heard of vege-gel? Replace that gelatine from your puddings and desserts with this…or you can use another seaweed product called agar agar.

e) You are also replacing all dairy products or by-products in your desserts with fortified alternatives. Soft tofu is good.

Want a more detailed guide? Well, let’s get right into it then…

For Your Breakfast

A good kick-start to your day determines a lot; what you will eat or crave for later, how your metabolism runs, or your blood sugar among other things like your mood.

Skipping or eating the wrong breakfast can very well lead you to choosing the wrong things to end up on your plate during the day.

This can never be a good thing for people on weight loss programs right?

So how do you ensure that you have a perfect start to your day(s)?

Try some refreshing smoothies like a coconut and creamy mango smoothie, or have mushroom and tomato pancakes.

A blueberry-apple bircher can also work wonders in the morning and still get you going strong before you need to snack or eat.

I am Vegan

The main thing to note here is that you need to be careful to take in enough important minerals and vitamins; some of which may not be available in the veggies and fruits you eat.

A vitamin like B12 is mainly found in animal products such as cheese and eggs but you can also get that from soya products, B12 supplements and eating fortified cereals for breakfast.

You need this for normal functioning of nerves or sustaining healthy RBC’s (Red Blood Cells).

We get much of our vitamin D from the sun through the skin…but what happens during winter?

We still need about 10 micrograms of both vitamin B12 and vitamin D in our daily intake; so how do you take care of your vitamin D requirements?

Supplements, soya milk, or some fortified spreads. Please note that the vitamin D supplements should be D2 as D3 has been proven unfit for true vegans.

Dealing With Mid-Morning Snacking

A good breakfast will definitely keep your energy levels well balanced throughout the day and your cravings at bay.

However, if you ever feel the need to replenish your energy or adding on to your day’s nutrition intake, then energy bites made from flaxseeds, raisins, peanut butter, coconut and pecans are a good option.

Yogurt is also another good way to go especially if you can get your hands on cherry soya flavored yogurt.

Just make sure you leave enough space for your lunch…Weight loss is not about skipping meals…it’s simply about eating right and staying active.

What About Your Lunch?

Of course saturated fats are always discouraged on the vegan diet but this also means a short supply of DHA and EPA which are important omega-3 fats found in fish and seafood.

How do you stay on top of this problem?

Easy…oils from rapeseed, walnut, and hemp, eating nuts or better still, supplements made from micro-algae and maybe including sea veggies like kelp in your meals.

The trick to dealing with those nasty munchies during the afternoon is to eat high protein & carb meals for lunch.

Be careful because not all carbs are good for your blood sugar. Therefore, you’re much safer eating pulses, nuts, beans or seeds and avoid white sugary foods at all costs.

Whole-grain and high fiber content should be your primary target. This means you can have herby apricot quinoa, some tortilla croutons and a Mexican salad, sesame dressing on Japanese noodles, or a salad with red onion, cherry tomatoes and cannellini beans.

Snacking in The Mid-Afternoon

Having about a handful of seed and spicy nuts mixture in a vegetable dip should have you well taken care of…You can also include dried fruit if you like sweet things.

Try a healthy seed-apricot protein bar or spike your houmous with harissa.

What’s For Dinner?

How does ratatouille sound? Some leafy greens for iodine; chickpeas, lentils or tofu for proteins, and some yeast extract for vitamin B12 and flavor.

Dress your salads with the safe oils highlighted above (hemp, walnut, flaxseed or rapeseed oil…).

Healthy fats help your body do some very important repair and regeneration work as you sleep and this is good news for your hair and skin.

So you can have a serving of veggie biriyani & carrot salad for your dinner; chickpea curry with spinach and tomato or lasagna made with lentils.

All in all, you need to keep your iron, zinc and vitamin intake as sufficient as possible.

What About the Portions or RI (Reference Intake)…?

Since we all have different body needs and body sizes, it’s very difficult to come up with a specific universal amount of serving for every individual per meal/snack.

However, there are certain standard measurements you can use to help you stay within the recommended daily portions or calorie intake.

1. Two cupped hands of snacks like crisps and popcorn

2. You should have carbs like pasta and rice or cereals the size of your own clenched fist

3. The palm of your hand should be enough animal protein (fish, poultry, or meat,) when necessary.

4. Minimize the amount baked foods like flapjacks or brownies to only two of your fingers.

5. The tip of your finger (thumb) should just be enough spread or butter to supply you with all the nutrition your body requires in a day.

Please also note that you are recommended to have a maximum intake of 2 tablespoons of oil per day when following this vegan diet plan for weight loss beginners.

The following is a breakdown of your recommended calorie and nutritional intake for each single day:

Salt (6 g), protein (50 g), fat (70 g), carbohydrates (260 g), saturates (20 g), fiber (20 g), sugar (90 g) and about 2000 kcal (kilocalories).

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How To Lose Weight The Lazy Way

How To Lose Weight The Lazy Way

Saying that you are too lazy to make a change or to go on a diet can make you the target of negativity and criticism, which is the last thing you need.

If you have some spark of a desire within you to lose weight, but are lacking the motivation, energy or the means to proceed, what you need is a positive approach that works with your laziness, not against it.

It is possible to lose weight in small steps, and gentle efforts. Here’s an introduction on how to lose weight the lazy way…

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It All Starts With Small Dietary Changes…

There is a big difference between going on a diet and making dietary changes. The first can require a lot of time, effort and thought that immediately seem beyond the capabilities of the lazier dieter.

Dietary changes, however, are more manageable can can be made without having to do too much work.

Do you want to spend your time planning out meals to some strict diet that you already know you don’t have to motivation to finish, or do want to enjoy a similar routine to your current life, just with a little less sugar or fewer carbs?

The key is in cutting down on a weakness rather than overhauling your whole diet.

It wont make you fitter and slimmer in a short space of time, but it might slowly help you to burn a few pounds, gain some energy and feel better about yourself.

Finding The Right Form of Exercise For The Less Motivated

Exercise is a dreaded word for the lazy, so it is best to replace it with the word activity. What activity can you do that will get the muscles moving, the heart pumping and help you to burn off some calories?

A few stretches or a little strength training for 5 minutes during a commercial break is better than just lying in front of the TV.

Walking a little further around the shops or taking the stairs instead of escalators can make a difference. Even housework can be a great way of burning calories.

It has to be done at some point, so kill two birds with one stone – scrub a little harder and really work that vacuum to burn fat and get the house looking great.

At this point, it probably goes without saying that the gym is not somewhere that you see yourself visiting. The whole atmosphere can be pretty intimidating and it is too big a step for first timers.

If you want to use some form of exercise machine, but want the easiest, laziest form going, there are a few at-home models that might help.

Exercise bikes are a popular choice for home gyms because of the potential for fitness and weight loss, but it all depends on the style.

A full-on spinning bike or a model with tough resistance is going to be too much.

The alternative is to try a recumbent bike or a desk bike. The latter is essentially a box with pedals and a monitor that you can pedal while working at the desk or watching TV.

A recumbent bike provides a more gentle, comfortable approach for lazier users because of the angle and support of the seat.

Add in a media shelf for a tablet and some headphones and it is a great way to get a little exercise while catching up on a box set.

You don’t need to be an over-active fitness freak to get in shape and lose weight…

Even the smallest of efforts can go some way to creating a better, healthier you, so you shouldn’t be afraid of starting small and celebrating the smallest achievement.

Don’t feel bad if a friend ran a mile in a record time while you did little more than walk to town. If you made that choice to walk rather than drive then that is an achievement.

The same goes for dieting.

Your friend may have discovered some incredible drink full of super-foods, but if you managed to cut down the sugar in your coffee for a week then you also found a healthy alternative and worked to improve your calorie intake.

After a while, all the small changes and little efforts can mount up.

This is a brief guide on how to lose weight the lazy way. With these approaches and the benefits they bring, you should find that you enjoy some small results, gain a more positive attitude, see your efforts in a new light and perhaps even find that energy and motivation to progress from a lazy dieter into a more determined one!

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Asparagus For Weight Loss – Diet Food Tips

Asparagus For Weight Loss - Diet Food Tips

If you are looking to lose weight, asparagus is one of the most useful foods you can add to your diet.

This often overlooked vegetable is packed with nutrients and has a number of health-enhancing properties and digestive benefits.

Not only does asparagus regulate your blood sugar, it also acts as a natural appetite suppressant, prevents bloating, and improves brain function.

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of asparagus for weight loss…

Eating a little asparagus every day can help your body become a fat-burning furnace. B vitamins help to control your blood sugar, which in turn, helps you to lose weight by preventing sugar spikes and crashes.

Maintaining a consistent blood sugar level helps your body to burn calories more efficiently.

Asparagus is full of these blood regulating B vitamins which allow you to burn the food you consume at an optimum level.

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Feel Full

Because it also contains large amounts of soluble fiber, asparagus can help you to feel fuller for longer, which prevents unnecessary snacking.

In fact, eating just a small serving of asparagus (6 ounces or less) can make you feel fuller more quickly and prevent you from overeating, in general.

Digestion & Water Weight

Additionally, the high fiber content of asparagus encourages healthy digestion by keeping the digestive tract active and encouraging probiotic activity.

This constant movement in your system keeps food from just hanging out in your body, causing bloating.

Also, the vitamin K content in asparagus acts as a organic diuretic, which helps to eliminate excess water weight that can often develop from eating a diet high in salt.

Folic Acid Content

Asparagus is particularly helpful for a women’s diet. It’s high in the antioxidant folic acid, which helps to encourage healthy pregnancies as well as in aiding in the body’s conversion of food into glucose for energy.

Asparagus is also high in the antioxidant vitamin C, which helps to neutralize damaging influences on the body from toxins.

Also, the amounts of B12 found in asparagus have been found to work with folic acid to prevent cognitive impairment and encourage healthy brain function.

A study from Tufts University found that adults with high amounts of folic acid and B12 improved their mental agility. An active and healthy mind goes hand in hand with a healthy body.

Purchasing Asparagus

Though many people frequently avoid buying asparagus to make at home because it can be expensive, if it is purchased in season, it’s very affordable.

For example, you should be keeping an eye out for asparagus at the beginning of spring. Signs of good asparagus are a vibrant green color with smooth, firm and round stalks.

You also want to keep an eye out for compact tips, which are pointed and have a bit of a purple tinge to them.

Avoid pale and flat asparagus.

Also, as some nutritionists have argued, because asparagus is so packed with nutrients, it’s worth any added cost.

Asparagus is one of the most beneficial foods you can add to your diet. It helps you to feel full with minimal calories while adding nutrients and antioxidants to your body and enhancing digestive function.

It is the ideal food to incorporate into your diet if you want to lose weight and improve your health.

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Smart Diet Control – 7 Piece Portion Control Containers Kit With Guide & Planner

Smart Diet Control - 7 Piece Portion Control Containers Kit with Guide & Planner

Product: Smart Diet Control – 7 Piece Portion Control Kit

Subject: Diet Portion Control Containers

Manufacturer: Smart Diet Control

Price: $24.99

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This convenient set of color-coded diet portion control containers takes the guesswork out of smart diet control.

There are 7 different colored containers, with each color meant for a particular food group. Each one is precisely measured for the right serving size for each kind of food.

  • Green = Vegetables (1 cup)
  • Purple = Fruits (1 cup)
  • Red = Proteins (3/4 cup)
  • Yellow = Starches (1/2 cup)
  • Blue = Nuts (1/3 cup)
  • Orange = Oils/Dressing or Seeds (2 Tbsp.)

Simply fill each one of the containers with the appropriate kind of food, and you have a meal all ready to go. No more worries about just how much of each food you need, or what combination of foods to include!

A handy color-coded meal planner is included. This makes it easy to choose what to put in each container – just match the color on the chart with the same color container.

Diet Portion Control Containers

The planning guide includes tips on planning your shopping list. Taking a list with you to the store helps you keep from being tempted to buy unhealthy foods.

The Pros & Cons

1) The containers are sturdy and made of plastic that does not contain BPA. They are safe for use in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher.

The seals are quite tight (important so your salad dressing doesn’t leak in your briefcase). This can make the containers a bit challenging to open at first, but once you get the hang of it you won’t have a problem.

2) This easy smart diet control system can help you cut down on waste, and means you won’t need to count calories.

It is super easy to use and ensures that you get a balanced meal with the correct proportion of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Eating the right combination of these makes your metabolism more efficient. This means you will burn fat instead of putting it on.

3) One downside is that if you want to plan and pack several meals ahead of time you would need 2 or 3 sets of these diet portion control containers for each day’s worth of meals.

It takes much less time to pack several meals at once than to do one at a time, so if you like the system you might find it worthwhile to order a couple of more sets.

4) One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to cut food into smaller pieces so it will fit into the containers.

This is a benefit, because having more small pieces to eat can make you feel like you are eating more and not feel deprived.

5) It would also be great if the set came with an insulated carrying case/lunch box that fit the containers tightly to keep them from rattling around or turning upside down, making them more likely to leak.

This would also make it easier to drop them into a backpack or briefcase.

6) While the meal planning guide is handy, some of the printing on the different colored sections is difficult to read.

Once you’ve used the system for a while, though, you won’t need to refer to the guide as much, and being able to read the text in the guide will be less important.

Who is This Product For?

Anyone wanting to use portion control to lose weight will find this kit very helpful. If you eat only the amount of food that will fit into the containers you will never overeat at a meal again.

It can also help those who are trying to eat more clean foods, as it is designed to be used with fresh, not processed, foods.

Diet Containers

If you have a hard time thinking straight first thing in the morning, the color-coding will make packing your lunch a breeze.

The portable containers are great for those who need to take a meal with them to school, work, or the gym – even on a day hike! The colorful containers will even appeal to children.

Our Final Take on The Kit

This product is a must have for anyone serious about using portion control to eat healthier and lose weight. The easier it is to follow an eating plan, the more likely you are to stick with it.

This system makes meal planning very simple, and is an investment that will pay for itself many times over. You won’t be throwing out several zip lock bags every day, or have to invest in an expensive kitchen scale!

The containers are sturdy and should last for a long time.

This set is comparable to the one that comes with the popular “name brand” 21-Day Fix system, at a fraction of the cost. You get the portion control benefits without paying a premium for the brand name.

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Revolutionize Your High Protein Paleo Snacks

Revolutionize Your High Protein Paleo Snacks

Congratulations if you have adopted the Paleo diet. You are probably feeling, lean, strong, energetic and raring to go. Eating like a caveman has never been healthier or more enjoyable.

With hundreds of recipes now available the Paleo diet can be varied and interesting. But if those late morning hunger pangs or that post lunch slump have left you tempted to reach for the cookie jar, stop!

Following a Paleo diet doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself. With a little planning you can prepare delicious high protein Paleo snacks to satisfy your appetite and keep you on the straight and narrow. Here are ten to get you started….

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1) Paleo Energy Bars

These Paleo energy bars couldn’t be easier to make. Slip them into your lunchbox or use them as a cookie replacement when nothing else will do.

Place equal amounts of nuts, dried fruit of your choice and dates into a food processor. Pulse until the different ingredients have mixed together and formed a ball.

Remove and press into a baking tray so that the mixture is about 1 inch thick. Refrigerate until the mixture is hardened then cut into squares, rectangles or triangles.

2) Chocolate Bacon

Yes, you did read that correctly, chocolate bacon. One of those bizarre discoveries that has proven to be a really tasty combination but you can’t help wondering who first thought of it.

Begin by cooking your bacon and setting to one side. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Stir constantly so the chocolate doesn’t burn or curdle.

You must use chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa content otherwise it just isn’t Paleo. When the chocolate is melted, use a pair of tongs and dip each rasher of bacon in the lovely mixture.

Once covered, lay on parchment paper to cool. Delicious!

3) Ham and Egg Muffins

These handy little muffins are just the right size for a high protein snack. Begin by greasing a muffin tin with a little coconut oil. Using thinly sliced ham, place one slice in each muffin cup so that it forms a lining.

Whisk up six eggs and add a few finely sliced vegetables. Pour the mixture into the muffin cups until they are almost full. Cook in a medium oven until the egg mixture has set.

Once cooled these can be stored for a number of days in an airtight container.

4) Bananas and Bacon

This is a really simple one and ideal if you want something quick and easy. Peel and slice a banana lengthways. Spread the flat surfaces of your banana with your favourite Paleo butter, we chose almond butter.

Add a slice of cooked bacon and sandwich together. This one can be a bit messy to eat so it might be best for snacking at home.

You could use a fork to eat it of course but we’re pretty sure those cavemen didn’t and half the fun is licking your fingers.

5) Turkey Avocado Rolls

Did you know that avocados are an ideal source of protein for those on a Paleo diet? Team them with your favorite sliced meats and they make a delicious snack.

Take a large but thin slice of turkey, ham or pork and lay it flat. Finely chop an avocado and some cherry tomatoes.

Place a few spoons of avocado and tomato to one side of your meat slice then roll it until you have formed a tube. If you are not eating your roll immediately, use a cocktail stick to secure it and add it to your lunchbox.

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6) Spicy Coconut Cashews

Sometimes that favorite movie or television program just wouldn’t be the same without a bag of snacks. These spicy cashew nuts really fit the bill when you just want something to dip into.

Begin by frying a little chilli powder for a minute in some coconut oil. Add 2 cups of cashews and 1 and a half cups of unsweetened coconut.

Stir until the mixture is golden brown and spread out on a tray to cool. Season further if you wish and put into a sealable bag or airtight tub.

Grab a handful whenever you need a snack or you want something to crunch on, be warned though they’re so tasty you might have to eat them straight away.

7) Cucumber Cups

These are so elegant you can serve them as finger food at a party. The good news is they only take minutes to make.

Cut a cucumber into 2 inch chunks. Scoop out the filling with a teaspoon or melon baller leaving the bottom of the cucumber intact if you can.

Fill the cucumber cup with flaked salmon or tuna and garnish with some finely sliced tomato, simple.

8) Paleo Scotch Eggs

Invented by the London Store Fortnum and Mason nearly 300 years ago, Scotch eggs have been the favorite picnic food of Britons for almost as long.

Fortunately the rest of the world seems to have caught on to this delicious snack and now there is even a Paleo version, high in protein and guaranteed to satisfy hunger pangs.

Begin by hard boiling six eggs. Remove their shells and leave to cool. Take 1 lb of ground pork or beef and divide into six. Take an egg and carefully mold your chosen meat around it.

Taking two eggs at a time fry them gently in coconut oil for a few minutes to seal them. Transfer to a medium oven and cook for a further twenty minutes. Well worth the effort, this snack is very filling.

9) Ants on a Log

Did you know this childhood favorite comes in a Paleo friendly version? Taking only five minutes to prepare it is a super speedy way to satisfy that urge to snack.

Take 2 celery stalks washed and with their leaves removed. Spread 4 tablespoons of almond or cashew butter along their length then sprinkle with raisins.

Satisfyingly crunchy, this snack will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

10) Lettuce Wraps

Create these wraps with two large lettuce leaves. Lay the leaves on top of each other. Place a slice of turkey and a slice of ham in the middle of the leaves.

Add some finely chopped red onion and some sliced avocado. Fold up the bottom of your lettuce leaves and then fold the sides into the middle to form a wrap.

This is a lovely fresh snack ideal on a hot day.

11) Paleo Chocolate

Yes we know we said we’d give you ten snacks and this is number eleven but no snack list could ever be complete without a bar of chocolate.

Not strictly that high in protein, we had to include it for all those chocolate lovers out there.

Forget those expensive bars of Swiss chocolate, you can make your own with just a few ingredients. Melt a cup of coconut oil over a low heat, add a cup of cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of honey and a tiny drop of vanilla extract.

Stir until the mixture is hot but not boiling. Pour into a candy mold or silicone tray. If you want a little more flavour in your chocolate sprinkle cinnamon, orange or lemon zest or ground nuts into the mixture.

Refrigerate until cool and enjoy on those days when it just has to be chocolate.

Enjoy Your High Protein Paleo Snacks!

So there you have it, high protein Paleo snacks that are both tasty and healthy. Guaranteed to keep you going until your next meal, they just take a little planning and preparation.

Why not prepare some yourself and add your own unique twist? The possibilities of Paleo snacking are limitless.

Think like a caveman and blend foods that you would never have put together before to create delicious combinations, chocolate and bacon, we rest our case.

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Simple Vegetarian Diet Plan For Beginners

Simple Vegetarian Diet Plan For Beginners

Many people are trying to cut back on how much meat they eat these days, usually for health reasons or personal choice.

Lots of them are trying to eliminate meat from their diets completely. In fact, there are around 7 million vegetarians in the US.

If you’ve been a meat eater for many years and want to become vegetarian, you probably have lots of questions.

Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed and just don’t know where to begin. Perhaps you’re unsure of what foods you’d be able to eat as a vegetarian or are worried you might not be able to find a wide selection of vegetarian foods in your local area.

Having been a meat eater for more than 20 years before became vegetarian, I’ve been in your shoes, and I understand your concerns.

Transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle can be tricky, but vegetarian products are increasingly available in stores, so it’s easier to “go veggie” now than it’s ever been!

I’ve crafted this vegetarian diet plan for beginners, including small steps you can take to transition.

If you need more ideas, a sample week-long meal guide is also included to start off your first week. Congratulations on choosing to become a vegetarian, and I hope this info will help you on your way!

Step #1: Choose Your Vegetarian Style

Before you begin your new eating plan, the most important step is to choose what kind of vegetarian you’d like to be.

You can choose to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian (you’ll eat eggs, honey and dairy, but no meat), a lacto vegetarian (you’ll eat dairy and honey, but no eggs or meat), or even a strict vegetarian (also called vegan), which means no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey.

Whichever one you choose, it’s important to make dietary changes slowly – you’ll be more successful!

Most people find it easiest to start off as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Some people choose to follow this plan for many years. Others choose to transition from lacto-ovo vegetarianism to lacto vegetarianism over a period of time; some people then move to a vegan diet.

Try different plans and see what feels right for you. Feel free to move between styles, too! For example, you could do vegan Mondays with lacto-ovo vegetarian weekends. Just experiment!

Step #2: Use Meat Replacements & Adapt Your Favorite Old Recipes

As you transition away from eating meat, meat replacements will be your new best friend. In the freezer section of the grocery store, you can find entire shelves filled with vegetarian “fake meat” alternatives.

From vegetarian burgers to meat crumbles, fake sausages to veggie hot dogs, the selection is expanding nearly every day!

As you create your first vegetarian meals, keep it simple. You can use all of your usual recipes, just replace the meat with a meat-free option – veggie crumbles in place of meat in spaghetti or a veggie patty on a bun in place of your usual hamburger, for example.

Step #3: Experiment With New Flavors and Recipes

As you become a more experienced vegetarian, you can start to move away from using meat substitutes and branch out to new flavors.

Try using tofu in a stir fry. Lentils and chickpeas also make excellent stand-ins for meat.

If I crave meat, one of my favorite things to do is to make a lentil dish flavored with bay leaves and oregano – it really does have a smoky, “meaty” taste that is just as satisfying as a burger!

For breakfast, oats have a very hearty texture and are really comforting. You can even use them to make a batch of your own granola bars in the oven, which are perfect for busy mornings!

To support your vegetarian diet, try to seek out new recipes. There are many Pinterest boards and vegetarian blogs online, which are constantly updated with new recipes.

Dozens of vegetarian cookbooks are available online (even at discount stores!), and your local bookstore likely carries several magazines devoted to vegetarian food.

Aim to adapt one of your favorite old recipes and try one new recipe every two weeks. This way, you’ll never get bored, and you’ll create your own vegetarian “recipe box” in no time!

Sample Vegetarian Meal Plan for Your First Week 

(Including Vegan Options)

Monday

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with toast and/or vegetarian/vegan sausages

Lunch: egg salad sandwich (or chickpea salad sandwich if vegan)

Dinner: spaghetti, with or without vegetarian or vegan meatballs/meat crumbles (from the freezer section)

Tuesday

Breakfast: granola bar (homemade or store-bought) with banana

Lunch: grilled cheese sandwich (use vegan shredded cheese if you want to)

Dinner: broccoli-cheese soup (or lentil soup if vegan)

Wednesday

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with fruit (or coconut yogurt, if vegan)

Lunch: pasta salad, carrot sticks and/or potato chips

Dinner: vegetarian or vegan burger on a bun with french fries

Thursday

Breakfast: cereal with milk of your choice

Lunch: baked potato with filling of your choice (cheese or vegan cheese, beans, salad)

Dinner: Mexican burritos/tacos (taco shells or tortillas filled with refried/black beans, brown rice, lettuce, tomato, avocado slices, and salsa)

Friday

Breakfast: oatmeal (instant or overnight) with cinnamon or maple syrup and fruit of choice

Lunch: humus and pita with olives, salad, and feta cheese (or vegan cheese substitute)

Dinner: pot pie (or cottage pie)—can be store-bought or homemade

Saturday

Breakfast: vegan/vegetarian pancakes with maple syrup

Lunch: risotto with butternut squash

Dinner: stir-fry (spaghetti noodles with soy and teriyaki sauce, mixed vegetables from the freezer section)

Sunday

Breakfast: blueberry muffin (homemade or store-bought) with smoothie (blend together ice cubes, milk or coconut milk, 1 banana, and some strawberries or blueberries)

Lunch: vegetarian chili or (lentils with rice)

Dinner: falafel with lemon-tahini sauce

I hope this info on starting a vegetarian diet plan for beginners has inspired you to experiment with new flavors in the kitchen! Good luck, and happy cooking!

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Good Diet Tips For Losing Weight

Good Diet Tips For Losing Weight

​A close female friend of mine spent many of her teenage years battling the genetic shape her body was taking. She was an incredibly attractive girl throughout her early teenage years but family genetics started to catch up with her around the age of 16.

It wasn’t really her fault – both her mother, her father and her elder brother were a ‘little on the large side’. She was simply following the gene pool suit.

She took on many different healthy lifestyle changes and she has continually won every weight battle put her way – she is quite an inspiration actually!

Over the past twenty odd years she has picked up on many good diet tips for losing weight. She was kind enough to cover a few of them in this article today…

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1) Food Ingredient Lists

How often do you actually LOOK at the ingredient list on an item of food? If you’re anything like me you’ll probably scan straight to the calorie or saturated fat section and completely miss the actual ingredients!

Forget about the nutritional label and flip the item over – start off with the ingredient list and discover what hidden dangers are actually INSIDE the food!

2) Fruit Mineral Waters

I’ve covered the importance of drinking water to lose weight many, many times before on this site – I’m not going to do it again! 

For some reason this is still a big stumbling block for certain individuals who are looking to lose weight. I guess some people cannot live with plain old water in their life!

I get it! I get it! You’re used to sweetly flavored soda drinks – that was part of your weight loss problem in the first place!

If you struggle with the boredom of plain water why not try a few fruit infused water flavors?

Most of them are pretty much set up for weight loss programs and taste great – an awesome alternative for the soda-tooth addict!

3) Eat at The Table

For some unknown reason we are more tempted to eat crap if we are not sitting comfortably at a dinner table – somewhere where eating is the main purpose of the platform!

Eat at The Table

If you eat in front of a computer or stuffed into a tube or train seat your are more likely to pick the option that is not so good for your waistline.

Whenever it is mealtime make sure you sit in front of something that can act as your meal table. Keep it consistent and keep it healthy!

4) Beware of Fake Sugars

Whenever we start off a new diet we immediately look for things that can replace the naughty options we used to consume. This means we usually end up at the doorstep of fake sugars.

Diet Coke, Coke zero, 7up Free and Fresca – all of these may seem like good choices but they are actually ‘stay away’ items.

Look at point 2 above – replace fake sugars with fruit infused water flavors!

5) Hide The Scales

When you feel like you’ve been the healthiest man/woman on the planet for a week you NEED to find out how much weight you’ve lost…don’t do it!

Go to the bathroom, pick up the scales and then place them in a truly difficult cupboard to get at. Find a section that is stuffed full of junk and put the scales right at the back of it all.

Hide The Scales

Scales should not come out during the first month of your dieting efforts – period.

I know it’s hard but it is worth it in the long run – when you feel great you are curious whether the scales are going to show the same thing you are feeling!

What happens if they don’t show you what you want to see?

6) Make The Meal Effort

How often do you actually go out of the way to cook yourself a really nice meal? Think about it for just a second…

Whenever relatives or guests are coming to stay you go into overdrive on what to cook and how to prepare it – why don’t you do that for yourself every now and again?

I know you have to be careful with the diet ingredients you cook but there is still a vast choice of delicious weight loss meals out there.

It may take time and it may cost money – but everyone needs a treat now and again right?

Dieting Tips For Losing Weight

It’s easy to find yourself eating the same thing meal after meal when you are trying to cut down on the calories. Hopefully the six tips covered here today will make things a little bit easier for you to ‘stay on the right path’ and even spice up your diet plan a little bit.

Good luck!

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