Green Tea Extract

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So whether you take it in a pill form or drink it as a cup of tea, green tea is very good for you! Green tea is good for clearing your mind, making you more alert and keeping focus. But its also used as a weight loss supplement, help with headaches, stomach disorders and is even know to help prevent some forms of cancer. Some other great things green tea extract is also known for is reducing high blood pressure, prevents inflammation, slows down aging and can also help prevent liver disease.

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How its aids in weight loss:

  • Well since there is a natural amount of caffeine in it, there is an increase in energy obviously so therefore you’ll ether have a bit more momentum to get up and go workout and/or work harder during your workout.
  • Its known to help burn fat and increase your metabolism. (that is if your eating correctly and getting in some form of physical activity every day)
  • You can take green tea in a few different forms and still get the same benefits. 1. There is the basic tea, they recommend drinking around 3 cups a day. 2. Pill form- any health food store (Sprouts, your local grocery, Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage) will carry this product. They recommend taking anywhere from 250-700mg. My suggestion, start at 250 and slowly build to see what’s a good dose for you.
  • Keep in mind that green tea is a natural diuretic too, so be prepared to go to the bathroom more, and be prepared to slam more water throughout the day because you’ll need to replenish the water loss you loose.

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Bring on the WATER!!

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We are going to start off this with a quote from Leonardo Da Vinci “Water is the Driving Force in Nature”.

Water is what fuels is, it makes up two thirds of our weight and without it we would die. Water helps with everything from memory, digestion, focus and .. well pretty much everything. So were going to talk about how non- water (thinks like soda) can impact that, foods with water in them (you get a twofer), how to make water more fun to drink when it gets boring and even tips on drinking more water in general! YAY! Here we go!

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Dangers of caffeine, coffee, sodas ….. So caffeine is a natural diuretic, whether it comes from soda, tea or coffee its a diuretic. It causes you to go to the restroom more because it caused your body to excrete through urine. This is especially an issue if its super hot outside or your just in a hot environment because it can cause dehydration more easily. While water does the opposite, keeps you hydrated and you can be out in those climates longer.

Foods with water in them – ohhh natures bounty! I’m just going to list a few. Because there is a TON! Holy Moly. Google that shit! =O

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Radishes
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • carrots
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage

Spice up your water- Flavor it or buy flavored kinds. (again stick to more natural – less sugar and fake crap) add orange or lemon slices to it. OR even other fruits like strawberries and blueberries. Mint is good as well.

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Tips on drinking more (water that is ;P ) 

  1. Get a fun re-usable water bottle and make it a goal to drink as many of those suckers you can throughout the day! Put a favorite quote or a fun sticker on there to keep you motivated.
  2. When you go out to eat, make it a goal to drink n entire glass before you place your order, while your waiting for your meal, and then another during your meal.
  3. Having a glass of water before or while your at a family get together or a company party will help pace you for food, plus you’ll eat less because you’ll be more full.
  4. Find different waters. There are tons of vitamin enhanced waters out there. Experiment.  (stick to the more natural kinds, like HINT water, or Smart water)
  5. Put a few rubber bands at the bottom of your water bottle, after you finish one move it to the top.
  6. Make a bet with someone (co-worker, boyfriend, whoever your around) to see who can drink more water throughout the day.
  7. Keep bottles everywhere. (I have one on my night stand, one in the bathroom by the sink, one in my car, one in my gym bag, one in my locker at work…. ohhh where else can I put one lol???)
  8. Try to make it a  challenge to have a glass every hour on the hour. Make it a game.
  9. When you have a food craving, drink a glass of water, more than likely your actually thirsty and NOT hungry.
  10. Drink water while your doing everyday things around the house, after you load a load of laundry, after you do the dishes, While making dinner, While watching tv or a movie. (Sneak water into the movie theatre lol)

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Blueberry Punch (Alcoholic Drink)

 

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So I got a request for a “healthier cocktail” And since I cant drink right now, I found this in a magazine! So if ya’ll make it, let me know how it is!!! Looks soo good! ( also moderated it a little too to make it more “healthy” but it was inspired by a drink in SELF magazine. )

 

In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup blueberries, 1  tbsp. stevia, and 1/2 cup water to boil.

Cook for about 1 minute , breaking up the blueberries. Strain the syrup reserving the liquid and let cool for about 10-15 min. (you should have around 1/2 cup of syrup)

Fill a pitcher with ice and add blueberry syrup, 2 cups of sparkling water and 6oz elder-flower flavored liquor. (they suggest St-Germans) and stir all together.

And serve! (should serve about 4)

177 calories. 22 g carbs.

How to get a Faster Metabolism!

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  1. Up your Vitamin B! This vitamin helps increase energy production in the mitochondria (which is the main part of our cells)
  2. Don’t skip breakfast! When you do that your body freaks out and goes into starvation mode. Its called Break-Fast for a reason, your breaking your fast from sleeping. Refuel your body with some good breakfast. Eat within 2 hours of waking.
  3.  Drink Green Tea! It contains smaller amounts of caffeine than coffee and it also has an antioxidant that I cant even pronounce (EGCG) but that antioxidant helps you burn more calories… so drink up!
  4. Have protein for lunch! It takes you more energy to digest protein than fat or carbs. Protein is crucial for building muscle and well… The more muscle you have the more calories you burn.. But don’t go overboard either.
  5. Add your spices! anything spicey has been known to rev up the metabolism .. so spice it up! Add some cayenne and some peppers!
  6. Workout! – doing some cardio will definitely help. Alternate between high intensity and moderate intensity every 5 min, it will keep your body guessing.
  7. Hit the sack at a decent time. If you don’t rest your body it will be overworked and stressed out. And then you’ll just start packing on the pounds. Figure out a schedule and stick to it.
  8. This is going to sound weird, but eat A LOT.. haha the more you eat the more your body burns (and that’s if your active and your not eating crappy foods.. don’t try to cheat the system because THAT WILL NOT WORK HAHA) But your basically ensuring your body that you aren’t going to go into starvation mode every time you eat so the more your body will be inclined to “let go of” instead on “hang on to”. Eat every 3 hours or so… and Good Foods! High fiber, nutrient dense foods… not a candy bar and chips.
  9. Skip the Alcohol – There are studies out there that show that your body will burn off the alcohol BEFORE it burns off the food, sometimes not even getting to the food- leaving it as stored fat.
  10. Break up your workout into two smaller workouts. That was your get your heart pumping in the morning and later in the day.
  11. Chill – relax- take a breather. Stress can be a number 1 culprit to weight loss so try not to stress yourself out. Learn different techniques on how relaxing works for you. Maybe its mediation, boxing or even reading a book, figure out what works for you. And then do it!

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Spicey Foods!                                                            Relax!                                             Workout and pump Iron!

Good Morning Smoothie

1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal oats

3 ounces of a vanilla yogurt of your choice (I used Silk brand)

2 ice cubes

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup almond milk

3 strawberries

a dash of cinnamon if ya want 🙂

 

  • Blend oats alone in blender so they look like just crumbs. Add strawberries, orange juice, yogurt, ice and almond milk and blend until smooth. Fill your glass and drink up!

A little bit of Hydration!

So when thinking of hydration and making sure your body stays hydrated… you automatically think of the one and only….WATER. (well at least I hope you do anyways..).

But we all know what can be boring and its nice to spice it up a little here and there. So what do you choose? Vitamin water? Gatorade? Water with a hint of flavoring in it? Which is the best and which ones do you avoid because if you read the labels .. they all claim to be “good” for you…. which my lovelies, we know isn’t true!

Now I’m not saying replace your water intake with these, I’m saying its ok to add one of these every one in a while. Your body LOVES water and thrives on it at its purest form. It makes up around 60% of your body and every system depends on it. There is a reason they say 8 glasses of water a day, I tend to shoot for 9 because I like to be an over achiever like that…. =P   (standards are around 2.2 liters for woman and 3 liters for men)

OK .. On to the drinks!

The Good:

  • Smart Water- 0 sugar, 0 fat, 0 calories + electrolytes .. how can this get any better? .. plus for some reason this water tastes sweeter to me. . . . IDK why…
  •  Function: Light Weight – 11 Calories, 2g sugar, 0 fat. High in EGCG ( which is a potent antioxidant that’s known to have therapeutic treatment for disorders like cancer, endometriosis and other things.  Usually found in green tea. ).
  • Hint Water:  – 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 sugar. “Drink water, not sugar” is its slogan and it means just that. No artificial sweeteners.
  • So.. some Vitamin Waters are better than others. Original ones were loaded with fake sugars and society caught on to that little fact and the company decided to wise up. so which is good? Vitamin Water 10 Lemonade Multi-V : 25 calories. 0 fat. 7.5 g sugar. the new 10 line replaced the artificial crap with rebiana (from the stevia plant). the bad? Vitamin Water Focus : 125 calories. 32.5 g sugar. what a difference!
  • Zico Pure Coconut Water: Amazing for electrolytes, no artificial sweeteners or add-ins. less sugar than Gatorade. 60 calories. 14 g sugar. (But its natural sugar)
  • Gatorade Natural : Provides the same hydration without all the fake sugar and using natural ingredients like sea salt, natural sweeteners and fruit. High in electrolytes.
  • Propel: Low in sugar, carries tons of vitamins, and has no artificial coloring. (I like the berry kind)
  • Activate Water : Love these! Loads if vitamins, 0 sugar (sweetened by stevia plant). o calories.

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The Bad :

  • Fuze : Yeah it carries amazing amounts of vitamin A and E but … it had the same amount of calories as two Pepsis and WAAAYYY to much sugar  . 209 Calories. 58 g sugar
  • SoBe Life Water : ummm it has like 20g  of sugar alone, enough said. Usually sweetened with fake sugars too.
  • PowerAde : Full of fake sugars, usually around 200 calories unless you get the PowerAde Zero, which is worse because it has even MORE fake sugars (Sucralose= Splenda).
  • Regular Gatorade : Sure it has electrolytes and low calories, but its also filled with high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring and sweeteners… I’d skip it.

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Hope this helps! =) … win and doubt, when your not craving a little sweetness, stick to pain ol’ water, …… its free lol.