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 ūüėČ
  • 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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Tip of the Week #12 Eat 6 Smaller meals a day!

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So some people swore by it, some people are totally against it. So let me tell you how it can be amazing and work and you will never be hungry again and then I’m going to tell you in return, how it can have a negative effect and honestly probably hurt you.

The Good :

It is known that frequent smaller meals can not only curb those hunger pains we often get in between our average “3 meals a day” but also speed up your metabolism. Eating more foods (ideally cleaner foods) helps get you the nutrients you need and keeps your energy levels up as well . Here are some examples of how to do this correctly, and what is considered a “small meal”. Each meal (of the 6) should consist of a lean protein, Lower carbohydrate, high fiber, and low fat snack/meal. Always include veggies and fruits in at least 4 if not all your meals.

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Some examples:

  • Half of turkey sandwich on 100% Whole Wheat bread with light mayo or mustard. Side of Veggies and hummus.
  • Big Spinach Salad with fruit and a tablespoon of almond butter on the side.
  • Grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies
  • Protein shake
  • Lean meat with sweet potato and veggie
  • Medium apple with string cheese
  • Hardboiled egg on a slice of whole wheat bread. 1 half of grapefruit
  • Lean meat with 1 cup brown rice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower

Key pointers: Make sure you keep your portion control in check and make sure you aren’t only eating a lot of one key nutrient (i.e.. Grains)

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The Bad:

Eating 6 smaller meals can go back when you either don’t watch your portions (this isn’t grazing all day kind of diet its a cut your meals in half and eat them every 3 hours). Also, it can go back when you aren’t getting a balanced meal every time you eat. Make sure your getting the cleanest forms of foods ideally. You don’t want to have every snack you have to be a protein or granola bar, you need to mix it up.

Also if your eating out all the time. (cheeseburgers, fast foods and processed foods, ) these are not considered cleaner foods… If your eating these at every 3 hours, this will not work either.

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Some examples of how this Wont work:

  • Cheeseburgers all the time. With fries
  • Granola bars and fruit bars for every snack
  • Foods with too much sugar constantly throughout the day (gummy snacks, too much fruits with added sugar)
  • Not a balance of nutrients¬† (of anything)
  • Too many sandwiches throughout the day or week. (mix it up!)
  • Prepared Salads and meals at fast food chains (sorry but they are ideally not the best but ok when only in a time crunch or you drop your prepared meal or something.)
  • Energy bars and drinks. Some are ok, but usually the ones everyone likes have more sugar than a snickers bar!
  • Pre-made smoothies – your better off making your own.

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Tip of the Week # 8 Portion Control

So you may be “eating healthy and a clean diet” but if your overdoing it, it could have a negative effect. And may be a reason why you’re not loosing weight at the speed you may like or should be. So here are some tips and tricks I personally have used and/or heard of to help with knowing what’s the right portion, how much do you really need.

  • Eat off of smaller plates. Even if you put that same amount of food onto the smaller plate, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. So eventually, your portion will become slightly smaller over time. Do the same with bowls and drinks. (ideally water should be your main drink, if it gets boring, add some fruit to your water or have some unsweetened tea)

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  • Separate your food on your plate, I like half my plate to be veggies 1/4 protein and 1/4 a starch. That way you get used to the look of normal portions. Also when you go our to eat at restaurants, they usually give you double the amount of what you should be eating, cut that meal in half and save the other half for another night.
  • Turn the TV and other distractions off! You don’t realize how much mindless eating you do when your distracted. shut off the TV and actually focus on the meal in front of you. Enjoy it. Have dinner with family, a date, a friend… anyone besides the TV.
  • Keep the foods that you can splurge on in plain sight. (Dinner salad, veggies, fruits) Set those on the table and keep the other foods like the potatoes on the stove top during dinner, the more you get used to seeing it right there all convenient, the more you’ll be inclined to grab it over something else, say the potatoes.
  • Also just avoid second helpings in general. Like I said above its ok to gorge on the salad and stuff but usually seconds consist of the potatoes and meat foods. They “sound” good, but are you really still hungry? Drink 1 glass of water between getting a second helping and consider if your truly hungry. If the salad in front of you doesn’t look¬† appealing but a huge dollop of potatoes sounds good, your not hungry. (its most likely a habit you need to break)

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  • Why are we still drinking sugary drinks when we KNOW they are horrible for us? LOL . Drink some water, tea, coffee with your dinner. There are a few natural sodas out there, but look at what your actually drinking and think if its really something you should be putting in your body. If you must- some natural sodas to help wean you off of all the soda drinking (note: I said wean you off) include: Reds Ginger Brews, Boylans, Hansons, Fizzy Lizzy, Steaz, Izzie, Jones, G-U-S, Oogave, Zevia.
  • Make your own pre-packaged foods. when you buy a bag of veggie chips, don’t you just open the bag up and stick your hand in and begin munching…. yes. Were all guilty of it. Instead buy the little snack size sandwich bags and look at the serving size and make your own portion controlled snacks to go. Great for you when your running late, on your way to a ball game, concert, picnic, have kids, want just a light snack… you name it!

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  • I know this may seem stupid and tedious at first, but buy a scale to help you measure and weight your foods when you first start off.it will be really time consuming and annoying but pretty soon you’ll just be able to eyeball the portions naturally. I got a food scale at my local Bed Bath and Beyond for like $15 bucks. Not¬†bad at all… I’m sure they have fancier ones, but for what your going to be doing, a average one will work just fine.

HOPE THIS HELPS! =D

Quick Grab & Go Snacks!!!

So I don’t know about you, but Im pretty busy myself so some quick grab and go snacks are always great to have stashed all sorts of places! (work, car, gym bag, …everywhere! ) Here are some of my favorites.

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  • Health Warrior Chia Bar- All kinds of flavors, some fav’s include (Acai Berry, Banana Nut, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Peanut Butter)
  • Two Moms in the Raw- They make all kinds of things but the main things you’ll find is granola and bars. Favs include ( Blueberry Granola, Gojiberry Nut Bar, Tomato Basil Sea crackers)
  • Kale Crunch-¬† I like the Southwest Ranch
  • Nut Thins Crackers- Tons of flavors, I like sea salt kind.
  • I Heart Keenwah Clusters- YUMMM Clusters!! Cranberry Cashew is good!!
  • Raw revolution Bars
  • Quest Bars

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  • Hand full of Pistachios or Almonds
  • Purely Elisabeth Granola Minis
  • Veggie Chips
  • The obvious fruits and veggies …. duh
  • Goodness Knows
  • Go Raw Real Live Food Bars
  • Nude Food
  • Fruit strips

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HAPPY SNACKING!

Yogurt (which do I pick???)

So when people tell me about their diet or ask for my advice the first thing I usually do it ask what they eat in a normal day…. without a doubt .. I hear yogurt. Which can be good, but can also be bad if you don’t know what the heck your eating.

Usually, when people say yogurt… they mean the kind with like 1000 grams of sugar (ok I may have exaggerated that … but seriously people) …and then you get the Fat Free kind or “no added sugar” blah blah blah …. it has sugar … common read the label!

OK, sorry enough if my rant…. Here is the “lowdown” on yogurt.

Lets get started ….

Yoplait…. (I used to eat this shit all the time and thought I was being “healthy” … ha! ) Sure they have about 20 different flavors that sound amazing and it says “fat free” or¬†“low calories”¬†…yeah whatever…..usually that means it has fake sugar like Splenda in it. If you read the labels they usually have around 25-30 g of sugar alone in that one little cup. That’s like 1/2 a bag of skittles…. or 2 Reese’s cups. And I don’t know about you… but I’d rather have the candy hahaha. (NO)

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Yoplait whips .. yeah if it tastes like desert… umm it probably is. You would probably be better off eating some ice cream. Just saying. (NO)

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Dannon Activia … Most of these have a huge sugar content and little to no fiber content..¬†(NO)

Fruit at the Bottom kind of yogurts… did they mention that the fruit is usually minimal with a lot of high-fructose corn syrup and gobs of sugar.. didn’t think so! (like Dannon brand) (NO)

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Fage Total 2% . YAY finally a good one! Its think and yummy and packed with protein. There is no preservatives or artificially thickeners in this. (YES)

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So Delicious Cultured Soy,¬†Coconut, or Almond¬†yogurt.. Dairy free for those that have trouble digesting lactose. The soy is organic and sweetened with organic agave. …Since Almond milk is usually lower than soy or cows milk its pumped up with pea protein making it about 7g per container! YAY (YES)

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Chobani Greek Yogurt РWith its high protein content its my favorite! Plus is sooo good! .. Usually none or very low in fat and not too much sugar. (YES)

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Oikos Greek.. I like the honey kinds because its like a natural sweetener so you don’t get a lot of the sugars . (YES)

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OK OK, I know I bashed the shit out of Yoplait earlier but their Fiber One …..aren’t as bad… Has fewer than half tha calories as their regular kind plus double the fiber. (SURE… Ill say YES)

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Stonyfield Plain… Drizzle a little bit of honey, maple syrup or add some fresh berries in Ta-Da ! 10 g Protein and usually around 100 calories perfect for smoothies, oatmeal or just a little snack. (YES)

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