Garcinia Cambogia

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Some of you may know what this is, and some of you may be still trying to pronounce it. If you watch Dr. Oz, he recently did a show on this amazing little supplement. What is it you may ask ? Well, its made from a fruit (looks like a small pumpkin) and it comes from Indonesia, South Asia as well as Central Africa. The extract is known to help you feel fuller, thus helping appetite control and weight loss. Dr. Oz stated that with a clean diet and exercise, this extract could help someone loose up to 4 more pounds a month.

So the real question is … Does it work?

Well, its known to block fat and help as a appetite suppressant. HCA ( Hydrocitric Acid) is a natural extract that comes from the rind of the fruit and could speed up ones weight loss goals. How it suppresses your appetite, is it increases your serotonin levels which in return makes you feel good and happy ( like an anti-depressant medication would). Since most people have a hard time controlling their appetite and seem to over eat when stressed, depressed or even upset, since HCA increases serotonin your mood will be more inclined to be a positive one, thus making you not want to take out your emotions on food (like a lot of people do). Another thing, as you start to eat less your body will notice that and then start burning extra stored fat you may have on your body.

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Along with a  cleaner diet and increased serotonin levels, you’ll start to feel good, you’ll notice more energy (coming from your food and from the supplement) so you’ll be more inclined to keep at your diet and fitness goals. (Note: this goes with any diet and exercise by the way… )

So is it safe? Yes it is in normal amounts and dosages. Be sure to ask your Dr. before taking it if you have diabetic medication and or Alzheimer’s … its been shown to lower blood sugar and make dementia even worse in some studies. Also don’t take when pregnant or breastfeeding.

How much? You can take anywhere between 500-1000 mg before each meal but they suggest no more than 3000 mg a day.

Like I said earlier, yes it may help but only with a clean and healthy diet along with some moderate exercise. There are no “magic pills” for weight loss in my mind but if this helps you get up and go along with some appetite supplement… this couldn’t really harm ya.

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Benefits of Cucumbers

Since I’m eating an entire cucumber right now… lets talk about the benefits =P

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  • Very high in water. (95% water actually) So they are good for hydration and eliminating toxins that are in your body.
  • High in vitamins, and almost all vitamins that you need for the day. Remember to eat the skin (which is high in vitamin C)
  • Since its high in vitamins (Including vitamin B) they can be eaten as a snack to help pick you up when you’re body starts to feel tiered. . . . (any food will do this that has a good source of vitamin B by the way…. vitamin b is a mood and energy lifter!)
  • Good for you party people out there. . . eat a few cucumber slices before you go to bed after a night of partying and since it has a good source of water, vitamins and electrolytes …. its none to help with hangovers… (haven’t tried this, just heard about it.)
  • Can be used as a skin soother for sunburns… like aloe does.

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  • Not only on the outside does it help with burns though, its a natural heartburn reliever too.
  • Good source of silica which can help with joint pain.
  • High in fiber so helps aid digestion and keeps ya regular 😉
  • Helps with bags under your eyes. (eat it or put slices on your eyes like they do in the movies… )
  • cancer fighting food. YAY
  • Helps with weight loss because since its a super food (very high-density, high vitamin, and full of fiber and nutrients) you’ll actually feel fuller and wont eat as much.

 

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UPDATE: OMG Life is Hectic!

Hey guys! Just a little update because I feel like I’ve been slacking on my blog (sorry about that). . . . But A LOT has been happening! In the midst of all the holidays to boot, here is what’s been going on ….. about a month ago I got a part time job at The Vitamin Shoppe (whooo! right up my ally right?!?) Super excited about that. And within that first month I got promoted to a full time position and as a mini manager basically. (go me)…

So I’m in the middle of leaving/ or basically stepping down at my other job (Bath and Body Works)  and still holding 2 jobs without driving myself nuts and wearing myself out.  With 12 hour days sometimes, 45- 55 hours a week can kill ya when you don’t have a day off for 2 weeks straight and your trying to keep a gym and blog schedule in tact.. as you can see a few things may have fallen off the wagon. . .

ALSO…..my trainer got transferred to another location, so therefore I have no trainer anymore and have been trying to do this competition training on my own. (been slacking at making it to the gym all the time … not even going to lie) Just the exhaustion from both jobs and running back and forth to the both of them has messed up my gym schedule for sure. I didn’t completely fall off the wagon with this but I have definitely pushed snooze a few times when my alarm goes off for me to go to the gym … haha. But another exciting thing … haven’t messed up on my eating and diet plans… … I actually decided to try out veganism for a while, and so far I feel amazing! I fall asleep better, wake up easier (usually right before my alarm now), my skin is practically clear again, my hair is shinier, my nails are actually growing?!?! (they never grow!) So that’s an awesome thing in my opinion. Cant wait to see how I feel after a month…

Evan (my boyfriend) is a hunter and eats meat like its his job.. haha but he is very supportive and is supportive of me with whatever I decide to do, which is helpful. I’m lucky to have him… =) We kinda complete each other with his manly man grilling and I’m over here with my “hippy salad” as he would call it hahah.  But all in all things are going good, just SUUUUUUUUUUPER BUSY!

So with that said, Ill try to get back to posting as often as I was. and I hope ya’ll are doing good as well!

Eat to Live Book Review

eat to live 1 So I just got done reading Eat to live by Joel Fuhrman M.D. and I must say the more he dug into the concepts of how were “supposed to be eating” rather than the Standard American Diet (SAD) the more it made sense. His main focus is eating foods that are high density in nutrients is ideal. When the ratio of nutrients to calories is high you will not only lose weight but crave low nutrient foods like sugars, sweets, bad fats and high calorie foods.

Health = nutrients/ calories

His research is very well put together and coming from all different sources (and even some other books I’ve read) , not just 1 or 2 like most books use when researching a topic. He is basically suggesting that veganism is the ideal when filled with mainly veggies and fruits, and limiting the grains. Cutting out all processed junk and man made foods and eating as organic and from the earth as you possibly can. He does realize that this diet is not for every one and does say to try to stay on track 90% of the time with a 10% cheat to add in any dairy, meat, or some processed foods because … realistically its very hard to be “super healthy” in this world today because of how the American Diet is and everything that is around us.

But on a side note you don’t have to count anything like calories, carbs or anything if you follow his guidelines so … it will make it easy since there really isn’t any “thinking” to do … you wont be hungry on this diet because you can eat as much veggies as you want and they are high in nutrients so you’ll be fuller faster and longer throughout the day. And another side note, the pounds will naturally fall off and stay off when you eat this way.

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There are also benefits of disease fighting components within this diet as well. He states that not only does weight naturally drop off of the clients he’s helped over the year, but some client’s that were diabetic were able to get off insulin within the first month. Along with diabetes, this diet has helped lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and made it possible for most of his clients on medications to no longer need them anymore. How awesome is that?! So pick up the book, read it and give it your own thoughts.

His guidelines for Eat to Live include:

UNLIMITED (eat as much as you want, or till you feel full)

  • All raw vegetables (goal is 1 lb. daily)
  • Cooked green and non-green nutrient rich vegetables (goal is 1 lb. daily) – which include eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots and cauliflower.
  • Beans, legumes, bean sprouts and tofu. (goal 1 cup daily)
  • Fresh Fruit (at least 4 a day)

LIMITED

  • Cooked starchy veggies or whole grains. Such as butternut and acorn squash, corn, potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, bread, cereal.  ((no more than 1 serving or 1 cup a day)
  • Raw nuts and seeds (1 oz per day )
  • Avocado (2 oz max per day)
  • Dried Fruit (2 tbsp. a day)
  • Ground Flax seeds ( 1 tbsp. a day )

OFF LIMITS

  • Dairy products
  • Animal products
  • Between meal snacks
  • fruit juice
  • Oils

He recommends doing this for 6 weeks but can continue to do it for the rest of your life if you’d like. . . Just stick to the 90%/10% rule.

OTHER TIPS:

*Only eat when hungry and eat till you feel satisfied

*  Mix it up, eat a variety of different veggies, fruits and beans. Try new things.

* Salad it up! He recommends 2 salads or more a day. Include any and all veggies!

* Avoid caffeine and alcohol (obviously)

* Exercise daily

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Surviving the Holidays!

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So .. holidays is what got me a little last year when I was watching my weight. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, you’re bound to be around a few sweets and some “not-so-healthy” choices.  So I’m going to give ya a couple tips on how to survive the holidays when your either on a specific diet or just trying to watch your weight. =)

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Its all about having a plan!

  • Know what’s being served- whether that means a few extra workouts through the winter, or just smaller portions of you favorites, have a plan before you go into it blindsided. My aunts are super nice and they understand what I’m trying to accomplish so they do their best to have a few options I can have. I have even just randomly asked what they are planning to make so then if it doesn’t fit into my diet, I can bring something or have a plan for that. If your family gets offended that your not necessarily eating something they prepared, don’t take it personally. Your making these choices for your health, not theirs. Usually people will look at you weird the first time, but as you continue on, they just don’t ask anymore. …. and if its a huuuge ordeal, no offence to them, but that usually means they are insecure with their diet and eating habits and don’t like for others to make it obvious. . . . (which in all reality, you aren’t…. unless you telling your family how all that gravy on their turkey isn’t good for them….. which by the way DONT! .. if they want help, advice, or an opinion, they will ask you for them… otherwise keep some thoughts to yourself lol.)
  • Use a smaller plate- when you start dishing up your food, yes you can still have some of your favs, but first load up a plate of veggies, salad and fruits… then add the other stuff. Don’t over-do it on the other stuff either. But if you do this right, you should be pretty full already from your veggies and fruit. =)… Or skip the appetizers unless they are fruits and veggies.

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  • Eat slower and savor each bite – haha I have trouble with this one because I tend to devour foods, but if you actually sit there and focus on the foods, the texture and the taste, you’ll notice you fill up longer because your actually focusing on it instead of mindless eating. . . .
  • Offer to bring something– This way you’ll know there will be at least an healthy option there and you wont be completely screwed if there isn’t anything healthy. …
  • Remember the bottom line- yes, its the holidays, enjoy it. But don’t make it an excuses to eat everything in sight because your diet doesn’t start till New Years .. that’s just ridiculous…. Start now and you wont have such a hard time. Holidays / weight gain/ and New Years Resolutions do not need to go together. Sure you can have a goal for New Years to “loose some extra pounds” or “be healthier” but that was probably on your resolution last year… am I correct??? Don’t give up on this year just yet! =)

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Strawberry-Almond Cracker Snack!

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You’ll Need:

2 flatbread flax crackers

2 tbsp. of Almond butter

About 5 Strawberries

Lay out the crackers on a dish. Put 1 tbsp. almond butter on each cracker and top with sliced strawberries! YUM.

Simple. Easy. Healthy.