4 AWESOME Soy Protein Shake Recipes

4 AWESOME Soy Protein Shake Recipes

I was recently contacted through this website by a visitor who had noticed that we had stopped releasing articles involving recipes about a year back…and she was right!

What was the reason for this?

Well, no reason in particular really – we just had a lot of (what we thought were) interesting health subjects we wanted to cover first.

This message concluded with the lady in question suggesting a recipe topic that was not exactly covered that often online – soy protein shake recipes. This turned out to be a pretty cool suggestion…

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The Berry Blast Soy Milk Smoothie


Apparently, this is one of the easiest soy-based smoothie recipes you can find online…so we figured we should include it first on this article (well, we’re not all at the level of Gordon Ramsey – are we?).

It takes under 5 minutes to create.

Ingredients (For 1 Serving)

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 10 blueberries
  • 10 blackberries
  • 1/2 banana

A simple enough process really – place all of the ingredients above in a blender and turn on for about 10 seconds. Give it a good stir and Bingo – ready to drink!

If you find the smoothie a little sour or bland you can always swap over the fruits for blueberry jam (not exactly great for you dieters out there – but sweeter all the same!).

NOTE: This will probably end up being quite a pricey smoothie if you opt to drink it every day. Blueberries and Blackberries ain’t exactly the cheapest fruit you will find at a grocers…

 


Peanut Butter Soy Special


Are you partial to a spoonful of Nutella?

Like spreading a generous helping of peanut butter on your toast in the morning?

Below is a pretty nifty smoothie invention combing both the above ingredients…

Ingredients (For Two Servings)

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp Smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 300 ml Soy milk
  • 150 ml Water

Simply boil a little water in a pan and add both the peanut butter and Nuttella, then stir them both in until the mixture is nice and smooth. Poor the mix, along with the soy milk, into the blender.

Cut the banana in quarters on place in the blender – then add either chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream (or both if you’re feeling a little adventurous!!).

Bend it all up and drink it all down – lovely!

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Energy Soy Protein Shake


A energy-bursting smoothie that is ram-packed with protein and isoflavones, and is great at giving your immune system a boost. A lovely shake that makes an ideal choice of breakfast.

Ingredients (For One Serving)

  • 500 ml soya milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 walnuts
  • 2 medium apple
  • 4 drops vanilla essence
  • 1 sprig mint leaves

First of all – cut up the apples and leave two very thin slices to one side (this will be used later as a nice garnish). Add the apples, soya milk, sugar and vanilla essence into the blender and blend for a couple of minutes.

Pour pureed mixture into a tall glass.

Crush up the walnuts and use, along with apple slices and washed sprig of mint leaves, to garnish the smoothie.

Drink! 🙂

 


Icy Smoothie-Pops!


And now for something a little different…

Ingredients  (Makes a total of 14 servings!!!)

  • 1 cup (each) fresh fruit
  • 3 tea spoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 milk (or soy milk)

Put the fruit you’ve chosen to use in a cup then mash up a little with a fork – add yogurt, sugar, then milk. Put into the blender and blend down until you have a smoothie like texture that will settle nicely in the ice trays.

You can enjoy the Icy Pops after about two hours but I prefer leaving them in the freezer overnight (the texture of them is much nicer the next day!).

 


Soy Protein Shake Recipes


Now it’s over to you – do you have any Soy smoothie recipes that you would like to share with us?

Do you have any questions about the recipes we’ve covered above?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Why Obesity Causes Depression

Why Obesity Causes Depression

In this article we will be taking a closer look at why obesity causes depression, and alternatively, why depression CAN cause obesity…

Could the effects of being seriously overweight directly lead to depression, or does depression itself cause excess weight gain in the first place?

Let’s take a closer look…

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I’m Depressed…Will This Cause a Gain in Weight?


I’ll level with you here – it’s bad enough suffering from depression or anxiety…without throwing in the hand grenade of obesity to back it all up!

But, unfortunately, certain individuals who experience depression or anxiety, will also see some sort of weight gain go along with it.

You see, depression and anxiety can both be associated with overeating, and consuming the wrong types of food and a more sedentary lifestyle. As one can imagine – this sort of lifestyle will eventually move from being slightly overweight…to being obese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have carried out numerous tests on this subject and they now believe that about 43 percent of adults with depression are obese. They also point out that kids who are depressed often suffer from weight problems.

 


So I’m Obese…Will I Now Suffer From Depression?


I’m guessing that 99% of you reading this…will already know the answer to the question…

Yes, unfortunately, obesity is often linked with emotional issues, such as sadness, anxiety, and depression. Studies over the last two decades indicate that people who suffer from obesity, had a 55 percent greater risk of developing depression than those who are slim.

Obesity is also the cause of what are often referred to as ‘risk factors for depression’ – pain in joints, diabetes and hypertension.

obesity is often linked with emotional issues

 


Will Stress Factor Into This Equation?


Yes,

Stress, along with anxiety, will frequently lead to depression.

Stress is also well known for bringing about a few negative coping mechanisms – one of which is turning to wrong kinds of food. This will obviously lead to some sort of weight gain…and eventually obesity (in some cases!).

However, there are two sides to this coin…

Stress can also be the cause behind weight loss, or other disordered eating habits.

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Can Prescription Antidepressants Aid Weight Gain?


A large majority of prescription antidepressants warn the user that weight gain could well be a side effect of taking the medication – this is certainly something you should watch out for.

ALWAYS read the small print with medication (let’s be honest – most of us just chuck it straight in the trash!).

 


What Can I Do to Combat Each Condition?


Certain prevention strategies for obesity and depression actually overlap – so you can use them to combat both conditions…

Always Try to Stay Active:

Exercise is a pretty awesome way of taking on both obesity and depression. First off the bat – exercise is a great way to boost natural depression-fighting endorphins. Secondly – exercise is well known for getting rid of that beer belly!

There is always going to be the challenge of motivation when it comes to suffering with depression, but remember – you will feel better after you exercise! 

Keep Talking:

It’s a simple one, but you’d be surprised at how many people struggle to take part in the activity…

Talk to someone.

It can be a friend, a family member, or a professional (a therapist or psychiatrist) – just talk!

taking on both obesity and depression

 


Why Obesity Causes Depression


It’s best to get a hold on obesity and depression early doors, because they can also lead to sleep problems, coronary heart disease, various forms of diabetes and hypertension.

Remember – this article is only meant to be a guide and I am in no way a medical professional. Obesity and Depression can be extremely serious conditions if left untreated.

Now it’s over to you – do you have any tips and tricks that you use to control obesity or depression?

Do you have any views on obesity and depression?

If so, we would love to hear from you. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Okay – we’re on the anticoagulant medication trail today!

Yep, I know that’s a pretty big word for this time of the morning (well it’s morning where I am, anyway!).

To put it in layman’s terms – this article will be covering a selection of foods that act as blood thinners, or blood-thinning agents. The type of foods that are known to help with eliminating the build up of blood clots (and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!).

There are over-the-counter medications, usually prescribed by your GP, but what about those that want to take the more natural route?

Let’s take a closer look…

REMEMBER – I am certainly not a doctor, or any sort of medical professional – if you are prescribed something it is for a reason, so take it! The following natural examples SHOULD NOT be used as a substitute for prescription anticoagulant medication.

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Does Garlic Thin Blood?


Does Garlic Thin Blood?

Okay, this is a bit of a 50/50 one at the moment, and it’s hard to get a straight answer on the subject – does garlic thin blood?

A popular March 2001 medical article claimed that garlic was an excellent choice for naturally battling blood clots. To be precise – it exerts a mild inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation.

All well and good…

But, a later medical journal/article, stated that garlic does not have blood-thinning effects when taken alone at a daily recommended dose – this research was dated at May 2013.

So, at the time of writing this, most ‘experts’ believe that there is insufficient evidence on garlic’s blood thinning properties.

 


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?

It’s now common knowledge in health circles that fish oil, and fish, contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Now, these fatty acids definitely contain elements that contribute to blood-thinning effects.

You can find high levels of food source EPA and DHA in fish (salmon, tuna, sardines and cod). You can also buy doses of fish oil over-the-counter in supplement format (capsule and liquid formats).

The American Heart Association believes that just two generous portions of fish a week will change your overall risk of coronary heart disease.

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Vitamin E’s Blood-Thinning Properties


Vitamin E's Blood-Thinning Properties

Vitamin E has exhibited blood-thinning properties in laboratory situations on a number of occasions – all of them seem to be dose dependent.

What does this mean?

Well, you need large quantities of this vitamin to see these sort of effects. To be brutally honest with you – there are positive signs there, but more research is needed on Vitamin E before you can call it a natural blood-thinner.

If you are still interested, Vit E can be found in foods such as eggs (yolks), whole grain options, seeds and nuts.

 


Coumarin Food


Coumarin Food

A really common medication prescribed for people with heart conditions is a blood-thinning medication called warfarin. Did you know that warfarin is a derivative of a naturally occurring, plant-derived chemical called coumarin?

Well now you do!

There are thousands of coumarin-containing herbs available but don’t get your hopes up – they are typically very weak and are nowhere near as powerful as the warfarin medication.

Some medical experts have actually gone as far as warning warfarin-takers away from coumarin-rich herbs to avoid possible additive effects (just in case!).

Here are some examples of coumarin-containing herbs:

  • Angelica root
  • Anise
  • Arnica flower
  • Chamomile
  • Licorice root

 


Foods That Act as Blood Thinners


The most important thing to take away from this article is the fact that NONE of the above should be used instead of the blood-thinners you were prescribed – you are on that medication for a reason!

Always discuss your medications, supplements and dietary choices with your doctor/GP/Health Care worker BEFORE you start taking anything.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The versatile citrus fruit that offers awesome antibacterial and antiviral properties…but how effective is it in weight loss?

This article will be covering a few of the benefits of lemon water for weight loss, and other health concerns.

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Hot Lemon Water For Weight Loss


The antibacterial and antiviral properties in this popular citrus fruit make it a great natural booster for your immune system. It’s also a great choice when it comes to detoxifying your system, and (certain health experts believe that it) aids in cleaning the liver leading to better digestive health.

I’d always heard about the Vitamin C side of things – most of us have by now, but I was surprised to find out about all the health ‘extras’ this yellow bombshell offered…particularly in the weight loss world!

It is rumored to be an effective dieting agent because it increases the body’s metabolic rate (many celebrities go along with this angle!), but it also offers a few ‘less known’ health perks…

lemon juice and water for weight loss

 


1) We touched on the Vitamin C angle above – most of us have sat through the lecture off our mum…through a hundred different cold viruses over the years! The Vitamin C in lemon juice is very effective at taking on and eliminating immune system deficiencies.


2) A simple glass of lemon juice with warm water before we tuck into our breakfast, helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body.


3) Lemon juice contains a high amount of antibacterial properties that take the battle to infections and act as a pretty ‘boss’ detoxifying agent.


4) There are numerous claims that lemon juice is great in aiding digestion, but recent research has watered down this claim somewhat. If you are interested in finding out more about lemon juice and digestion, I recommend checking out this interview with Ian Musgrave from The University of Adelaide – The Truth About Lemon Water On Digestion And Detoxification.


5) Lemons contain decent amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium…and are A LOT cheaper than purchasing the supplement formats of these health boosters!


6) Over the last couple of decades, many dermatology experts have come forward and suggested that lemon water can be used as a remedy for many kinds of skin problems. Top of the list is acne, rashes, wrinkles and dark skin spots.


7) Lemon as a citrus fruit, has a lot of natural anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, hot lemon water is excellent for battling respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of the tonsils.


8) Like gulping through your sports drink when you are in a workout session? Expensive aren’t they? Lemon juice and water is a great ‘cheap’ alternative to these sports drinks, as it keeps the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes.


9) Did you know that this lemon juice and water concoction can aid your dental health as well? Seriously, many people swear by it as a painkiller for toothache, and it’s also known to prevent gingivitis.

 

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss


At the end of the day – we all know that coffee isn’t exactly great for you…especially three cups in succession…just to get going every morning!

Do you think that you could switch the black tar for lemon juice and hot water?

You now know the benefits – give it a try! 🙂

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

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Healthy Travel Options – Why Travel in an RV?

Healthy Travel Options - Why Travel in an RV?

I came across this subject on a television show about a month back and I just had to make a mental note of it, so I could include the topic on this site – why travel in an RV?

Granted, it sounds like a strange subject for me to cover, but it’s a fascinating health angle – apparently, traveling by RV may be one of the healthiest – and least stressful – ways to travel.

Check it out…

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The Road Trip


I’ll level with you here – I’m a tall guy and therefore I’m not the biggest fan of road trips or camping (tents are nowhere near big enough for my comfort needs!). But, the idea of taking a road trip is still romantic and exhilarating, even though I know I’m not going to be that comfortable during it!

I do love the idea of just jumping in a vehicle and setting off to discover the vast and varied landscapes my country has to offer.

Below are a few health reasons you may want to opt for the open road on your next vacation, instead of taking the more traditional germ magnet options…

 


1) Think About Your Immune System


We’d all agree that airplanes and airports are popular destinations for those of us looking to take a holiday, right?

Yep – a LOT of people go through these areas on an hourly basis. This is the reason so many airports, and the airplanes that land/depart from them, are riddled with germs.

Think About Your Immune System

A recent study by a popular insurance quotes website resulted in some shocking facts coming to light – airport check-in kiosks and water fountain buttons were way more ‘infested’ than any place you can find in your home (and that includes the bloody bathroom!).

It gets worse…

When you board the plane, you are then in danger of the disease-ridden fold-down tray table (yep – the one you eat off!!!). Apparently most of these trays are covered in eight times the amount of bacteria you’d find on the lavatory flush button.

Have I managed to put you off your food yet?

 


2) Control Your RV Diet


We’ve covered it in numerous articles on this site before – so it’s a FACT

People who cook for themselves, end up with a healthier diet than those who opt to eat out (as I pointed out above – it’s a FACT!).

In an RV, equipped with a kitchen, you’re able to avoid the typical pitfalls of eating on the go.

I’ve done it myself on numerous occasions, especially going through the London systems as I try and get to Paddington Station…and home to Wales! 🙂

Control Your RV Diet

Fast food is everywhere, you’re starving and you have little time – what ya gonna do?

Bang up a Burger King or a slice of Pizza etc – it’s quick, it’s easy and most of the time…it don’t cost that much!

On a RV trip you are free to stop off at any grocers or farmer’s markets you want. Get back to your traveling base and whip up a healthy meal for the family.

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3) The Nature Boost


Recent studies show us that simply looking at, and being in nature, brings peace to the brain. Sure, it sounds a little ‘hippie’ and ‘new age’, but there is a lot of truth behind it.

Some experts have even gone as far as saying that nature, and the views it provides, can boost your mental health long-term and may even help protect against mental illness.

See nature in a RV

So get out on that open road and take in the beautiful natural landscapes that your country offers – it’s good for your mood, and good for your mental health!

 


4) Sleep Naturally


I don’t know about you, but I struggle BIG TIME to fall asleep on a long plane journey. Maybe it’s down to my height? Maybe I work myself up too much and I’m too bored?

No idea what it is really – but sleeping naturally comes hard to me (and many others) when I’m on a plane!

RV holiday rambler

In 2014, Expedia released results of a report they had carried out on Airplane Etiquette – it was a kind of survey. They claim that after they asked 1,000 Americans about on-board behavior…just over 15% of them admitted to using ‘cheeky methods’ to get some shut eye on plane journeys.

Cheeky methods?

Well, that’s my way of politely saying medication or alcohol.

I can level with this, as I’ve done it many times before in the past.

You’ll never have this problem on a RV journey – you can always sleep in a bed, and you can even take your own pillow along if you want to!

Simply pull over in a safe area, or even a cheap campsite, and get a good night’s sleep before you carry on with your adventure.

 


5) Remove The Package Holiday Stress


Finally booking a holiday gives you a great feeling…initially…

But when it comes to getting to your destination, and meeting certain deadlines, the stress starts to seep through.

These types of holidays give you zero control over your plans or pace – never a calming influence on your general mental health.

Take back control and be in charge of your own adventure for once – get up when you want, eat when you want, travel when you want…and control your own vacation for once!

Do you enjoy RV breaks?

Do you have any RV tips you’d think would benefit this article?

If so, please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

Why Am I So Tired All The Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?

Why Am I So Tired All The Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?

So….

You sleep like a baby, and it’s not as if your job is putting you through miles of cardio every day…

But still you feel tired!

Why am I so tired all the time even when I get enough sleep?

Here are the several things that could explain your sluggishness…


Fatigue Caused by Anemia


The exhaustion brought on by anemia is the result of a lack of red blood cells. These cells are responsible for transporting oxygen out of your lungs, and into the body’s important tissues and cells.

So how does anemia come about? Why is it affecting you all of a sudden?

Well, slow but steady iron or vitamin deficiency can be behind this medical condition – are you eating the right foods?

Injuries that could lead to blood loss or internal bleeding, also bring on anemia.

More serious medical issues like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or kidney failure can also be behind a bout of anemia.

So how do you know if you’ve got anemia, what are the symptoms to look out for?

Well first off the bat – you’ll be pretty tired (go figure!).

Other symptoms include extreme weakness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, rapid heartbeat, chest pains, and headache.

Most types of simple exercise will absolutely exhaust you: walking down the street, even taking the stairs (both will result in a loss of breath).

Fatigue Caused by Anemia

 


Dehydration – Are You Drinking Enough Water?


This one actually caught my father (who’s 72) out!

We were worried about the state of his heart due to his extreme bouts of fatigue…but it turns out that a diet of mostly coffee, and red wine at night…is NOT good enough for the human body.

Let’s be honest – he’s old enough to know better! 🙂

Anyway, dehydration is no small matter; it can cause fatigue, lower back pain, bags under the eyes and anxiety, to name just a few symptoms.

He (my dad) made a few lifestyle changes – mainly by buying a mountain bike and drinking pints of water throughout the day…and it worked like a charm.

Experts say that even mild dehydration, brought on by simple daily activities, can alter a person’s mood, energy levels and memory function.

Are you drinking enough (plain) water every day?

Dehydration - Are You Drinking Enough Water?

 


Thyroid Disease


The Thyroid gland is often referred to as the ‘master gland’ because the hormones it secretes impact almost every bodily function.

The regulation of body temperature, your heart rate, how much protein you produce, metabolic rate and overall energy levels – are controlled by this ‘master gland’.

Thyroid disease may be the main cause behind your feelings of sluggishness, here are some of the more common symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • moodiness
  • muscle and joint pain
  • weight gain or loss
  • vision problems
  • poor work performance
  • changes in body temperature
  • changes in appetite

There are a handful of remedies linked to Thyroid disease, but we would obviously recommend a visit to your GP/doctor to find out which is the most suitable course of action for you!

Tiredness Due to Thyroid Disease

 


Weariness Caused By Emotional Stress


We all get a little stressed out from time to time – but did you know that this kind of emotional turmoil could be the key to why you are feeling so tired all of the time?

Emotional stress can play havoc with your energy levels, especially when/if this stress reaches point of an anxiety disorder or effects your sleeping patterns.

Emotional stress can be linked to your genetics, your diet, your lifestyle choices, poor gut health and individual brain chemistry.

Stress and anxiety are not to be treated lightly, they are currently the most common mental illnesses in the U.S.

Weariness Caused By Emotional Stress

 


Poor Choice of Diet


At this point in the article, you might have noticed that your choice of food has a say in how your energy levels balance out.

Your diet effects your hormone levels (causing imbalances), the quality of your sleep, your overall mood and current outlook on life, and your body’s neurotransmitter function (depression and anxiety).

Over the last couple of decades, the word ‘carboholic’ has started to pop up here and there, and is often linked to overall tiredness in health.

What is a carboholic?

Well, simply put – it’s someone that consumes way too many carbohydrates in their diet. Carboholic’s tend to feel tired more often than people who stick to a healthy, balanced diet.

You often find that individuals that overeat grains, refined carbs and sugary foods, tend to lack healthy fats, proteins and vegetables in their diet (all of which support ongoing energy).

Poor Choice of Diet Leading to Tiredness

 


Why Am I So Tired All The Time?


If you have any questions, thoughts or opinions on the subjects we have covered above, please feel free to use the comment section below.

 

SOURCES:

Disclaimer: The writers on this site ARE NOT medical professionals. We simply research trustworthy sources and put together our own articles on subjects.

The articles sources we used for this post include 7 Reasons You’re Tired All The Time6 Medical Reasons Why You Might be Feeling Tired all the Time and Reasons You’re Always Tired.

Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

This article will be covering the health benefits of the rather popular sweet-tasting root vegetable – is a sweet potato good for you, and if so, WHY is it good for you?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Why Are Sweet Potatoes Good For You?


why are sweet potatoes good for you

 


Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes are considered as having a high nutritional value due to the amount of fiber and vitamins and minerals (iron, calcium, selenium, B vitamins and vitamin C) they contain.

The Vitamin B6 in the vegetable helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies – this chemical is known to have rather sinister links to degenerative diseases (heart attacks are top of the list!).

The strange orange color of the potatoes is due to the fact that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene. These carotenoids help keep your eyesight in check and also boost your immunity to disease (they are part of the antioxidant family that fights cancer and the effects of aging).

So, interested in taking on this versatile veggie in some sort of recipe?

Roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled – the possibilities really are endless.

To finish of this article, I’ve included a couple of simple sweet potato recipes that might take your fancy. Don’t forget – the internet is a wealth of information when it comes to locating new meal ideas, so if the recipes below don’t do it for you, simply search for a few more!

 


Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup


A versatile vegetarian soup recipe that will do a great job as a meal starter or a healthy lunch alternative…

Click to enlarge:

Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

To save time with soup recipes I’d always recommend using a blender, or soup maker, to mix up the ingredients within seconds!

 


BBQ Brisket with Crunchy Coleslaw & Sweet Potato Wedges


The man himself – Gordon Ramsay!

Gordon takes on an American classic with some sides in this video recipe tutorial…

Why Do I Feel So Good After Working Out?

Why Do I Feel So Good After Working Out?

Sure, exercise is good for us – we hear about it all the time (and it ends up making most of us feel rather guilty!).

This article answers the question “Why do I feel so good after working out?”

How does exercise manage to make you feel like a happier person and less stressed out, less anxious?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Dopamine – The Happy Pill 


Exercise is a surefire way of increasing the Dopamine levels inside your brain. Why is this a good thing?

Well, Dopamine is pretty much like a ‘happy pill’ that controls feelings of pleasure and happiness/contentment. The older we get, the less Dopamine neurotransmitter we can naturally produce.

So get out there – hit up that cardio and bully your brain’s dopamine production!

 


Controlling Stress


This is quite cool – because we all know how stressful modern work life can get!

When you exercise, you’re actually subjecting yourself to a low-level form of stress by raising your heart rate and triggering a burst of hormonal changes.

So this ‘small measure’ of stress that comes in the form of exercise, is actually training your body to handle the ‘BIG stress’ situations when they arise. AKA – you will eventually be able to handle anything life throws at you (well, within reason!).

 


Boosting Confidence


In my experience, 99.9% of people that are looking to lose weight through exercise, have low confidence…usually because they are ashamed or unhappy with the way they look!

Most people experience some form of low self-esteem when they are overweight – period!

Low self-esteem is a nasty f##ker – it can get in the way of relationships (and your sex life), your career, and it can even eat into your goals and aspirations for the future.

When you begin to notice cardio taking hold, and your body shape changes, for the better – your confidence will begin to grow.

Exercise will not only make you like how you look, it will also make you feel stronger, more independent.

You also begin to feel in control of your body – as you see your body transform through your efforts, you feel accomplished, you now KNOW that you have the power to make drastic changes to your lifestyle.

 


Improving Your Sleep Patterns


When I was in my early twenties, I started seeing the first signs of my lifestyle catching up with my waistline, and I was NOT living in a healthy manner. I can remember that this was a time in my life where I was struggling to get in any sort of natural sleep.

I’ve got an addictive personality – so sleeping pills were never really an option for me…so I had to find another solution.

What was that solution?

Five-a-side football (or ‘soccer’, depending on where you are reading this!).

You see, exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs, and people with similar disorders.

Almost immediately, I felt completely exhausted by about half eleven every night – which was amazing because I NEVER went to bed before midnight, EVER!

I also found that the new exercise gave me a bit of a ‘pep’ every morning, I was now able to jump straight out of bed…instead of crawling out of bed like a zombie!

All of a sudden I couldn’t wait to get the day started – I wanted to get out of bed as soon as I opened my eyes (it was a VERY drastic change from what I was used to!).

 

A Reason to Start NOW!


I know all of this sounds a little intimidating, especially if the whole concept of exercise or healthy living is new to you. BUT, get your head around the following fact…

If you have never exercised before or not for a long time, your happiness gains will be the highest if you start now. When you start exercising, the feeling of euphoria is the highest.

Surely that’s worth trying out?

Giving it a go is the first step!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

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Lose Weight Mountain Biking – Does it Work?

Lose Weight Mountain Biking - Does it Work?

I decided to write this article on whether or not you can lose weight mountain biking because of a radical change in my exercise and fitness life. Regulars to this website will know that I’m a dedicated distance runner…but all of that has changed over recent months!

I LOVE running and I love the effect it has on my overall weight – I feel good with it and I look good with it!

Unfortunately, the last decade of (rather hard) running has resulted in me seeing a lot of new injuries pop up in the leg and feet areas. Could this be something to do with the fact that I’m now in my early 40’s?

Maybe, but all I know is that I’m sick to death of the pain I’m causing myself through road running.

My most recent injury was an especially painful one, that lasted just over a month – something called metatarsalgia (and MAN did it hurt!).

The initial injury was bad enough…but as soon as I got rid of it…it returned…TWICE!

Anyway, all this pain pushed me down the road to change – I needed to put another form of cardio into my life, and the only one I liked the sound of was mountain biking.

So, is this form of exercise really any good for tackling that flab?

Can you lose weight with a mountain bike?

Let’s take a closer look…

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First Things First…


Okay, before we go any further – I really should throw a little warning out there!

In the past, I’ve considered myself a strong, strong runner. At one point – I was running over 8 miles every morning.

Now, I don’t know what it is about converting your cardio to a bike, but something’s not quite right!

bicycle riding weight loss

I’ve come to the conclusion that you are concentrating on different leg muscles with both – you’ll get a sudden shock when you get on a bike (where has all my energy gone?).

Seriously – it doesn’t matter how fit you think you are, or how far you run every day – if you haven’t been on a bike for a while – you are going to pay (well, over the first few days anyway!).

 


Biking For Weight Loss


Okay – after reading the paragraph above, this first step should come as no surprise to you…

Start off moderately.

Your aim is to get at least 100 minutes of riding under your belt in the first seven days, but ONLY at a pace you feel is comfortable.

Biking For Weight Loss

Gradually increase the length of your bike rides and aim for 150 minutes of bike riding a week…but if you feel you can go an extra 50 minutes or so…go for it!

As with all cardio – more is better.

Up until this point – I would stick to country/rural roads. Once you have got up to the 150 minute mark, then it’s time to challenge yourself a little further.

Choose more challenging, less developed trails and include more hills in your workouts. This may slow down your cycling, but it will increase the intensity of your workout.

Boosting the intensity like this, will eat into the calories faster.

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Biking Weight Loss Results


As a general guideline, know that a 190-pound person will burn about 649 calories in an hour of mountain biking, while a 133-pound individual will burn about 433 calories.

Now, most people reading this are going to think that mountain biking for weight loss is a magic bullet – just get on the bike and watch the weight fall off. Never the case, I’m afraid.

If you go out for a two hour ride, get a load of miles under your belt, then return to demolish a kebab and four pints of beer – you have just killed your exercise efforts!

Biking Weight Loss Results

Cardio must go hand in hand with a relatively healthy diet. You don’t have to hit up a Weight Watchers program, but you do need to eat slightly more sensibly than before.

Three decent meals a day is fine – but don’t graze, and stay away from fizzy drinks and ‘snack’ food.

 


Lose Weight Mountain Biking


Now it’s over to you – what are your experiences with trying to lose weight through mountain biking?

Do you have any tips you feel would benefit the readers of this article?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Worst Processed Foods List

The Worst Processed Foods List

Surely few people these days can claim to be unaware of how bad eating processed foods can be. A diet laden with large amounts of processed food is likely to reduce the chances of good health and increase the amount of body fat.

This article gives you the worst processed foods list so you know what to avoid.

Processed food is typified by the use of artificial ingredients, refined ingredients, and has been created using a chemical process. Here we list the worst processed foods that you may not be aware of…

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Sugary Drinks


Drinks high in sugar are one of the worst sources of sugar in most people’s diets.

When you consume large amounts of sugar it increases your cravings for more sugary foods, and eating large amounts of sugar can ultimately lead to many diseases not just obesity. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure are just a few of the associated illnesses.

 


Processed Meat


Meat, in general, can make up part of your healthy diet, processed meats, on the other hand, will not. Processed meats will often contain additives to make them last longer on the shelves, as you might have guessed these additives aren’t a great addition to your diet.

 


Cookies and Cakes


Cakes and cookies are delicious to eat, but we know full well they’re not a good dietary choice. They contain a little in the way of nutrients and are very calorific. Add to that a lot of refined sugar and trans fats, making these treats something to avoid.

 


White Bread


The nutrients that at one point were contained in the wheat flour has all but been removed in the refining process, leaving you with no nutritional benefits.

Whole grain bread is a better choice.

 


Low-fat Yogurt


Yogurt is a healthy choice, right? Not necessarily, many yogurts that make claim to be healthy are actually packed full of sugar.

Often extra sugar is added to make up for the reduced fat content, and if the yogurt has been pasteurized the good bacteria will have been removed.

 


Ice Cream


Ice cream is low in nutrition and high in sugar, so clearly a bad choice for a healthy diet. Larger portions also don’t help matters, but it’s just so tasty.

A healthy alternative would be to make your own with less sugar or adding sweetener instead.

 


French Fries and Potato Chips


Eating chips or fries has long been associated with increasing weight, and unfortunately, there isn’t a way to make them healthy. A better alternative is raw carrot or nuts.

The roasting or frying of potatoes causes a carcinogen to form and is best avoided, though boiling doesn’t cause this to happen.

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Fruit Juice


You would think that drinking fruit juice is a healthy option, but unfortunately, they contain high levels of sugar and therefore need to be reduced or removed from consumption.

 


Processed Cheese


Processed cheese is often made from un-fermented dairy by-products and may not contain any actual cheese. Other ingredients may include sugar, salt, and food coloring, which make it easy to see why this isn’t a good thing to add to your diet.

 


Agave Nectar


This sweetener may appear to be a healthy option, but in reality, it contains more fructose than you would expect. Fructose has been linked to an increase in the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes.

 


Pizza


Pizza is an obvious unhealthy food which is high in calories and made with ingredients which are frequently processed. If you want a healthy pizza make your own, using better ingredients than your local pizza parlor would.

 


Fast Food


Another obviously bad food, which is popular because it’s very tasty and very cheap. It is, however, a false economy, you will pay later with worse health and a higher chance of chronic disease.

 


Vegetable Oils


The rise in the use of refined vegetable oils has been linked to increases in cancer rates. Better to use olive, avocado or coconut oil.

 


Candy Bars


These sugary treats aside from being packed with sugar, contain refined wheat flour and other low nutritional value ingredients. Unfortunately, a high sugar food such as this doesn’t reduce hunger it just increases your body’s demand for more sugar.

Dark chocolate is a good alternative snack.

 


Margarine


Margarine has been created to mimic butter as closely as possible without actually being butter and as a consequence is packed with lots of bad things. These include refined vegetable oils and trans fats which you’ll want to steer clear of, better just to buy butter.

 


Sweetened Coffee Drinks


Coffee by itself can actually have a beneficial effect on your health, containing antioxidants and can reduce your chances of getting diabetes. As long as you don’t add sugar and cream it’s not an unhealthy choice.

 


Low Carbohydrate Junk Food


There has been a recent increase in the sale of low carbohydrate junk foods, which unfortunately contain little in the way of nutrition, but contain a lot of bad refined ingredients instead. Best to avoid them.

 


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?

They are designed to taste great first and foremost, which means chemicals are used to create a nicer eating experience.

As you can imagine, these chemicals are unlikely to be nutritionally good for you. A cocktail of chemicals which is used to create an unnatural flavor isn’t really likely to also be a healthy choice too.

Not only are processed foods low in nutrients, but they’re unlikely to contain any natural source of fiber either, with many vitamins and minerals being removed during the refining processes also.

Refined carbohydrates tend to be a common feature of processed foods, and high levels of carbohydrates from an unnatural source do clearly not make for a healthy diet.

Processed foods normally also contain high levels of sugar, trans fats, and refined vegetable oils. None of these ingredients are something you should be indulging in for a healthy lifestyle.

Overall it seems clear, that eating large quantities of processed foods will lead to a much less healthy and likely shorter life.

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