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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Basic Multivitamin (How to pick a good one)

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A basic multivitamin is a good thing to add to any diet plan. Even if your eating healthy and taking care of yourself, you still can be lacking some nutrients that your body needs to function properly everyday. But when strolling down the multivitamin isle, you can be a little overwhelmed at trying to find the best one. Which brand do you choose? Do you choose one that’s a pill form, gummy form? Do you choose one that’s meant for a man or woman? There are a lot of questions to ask yourself.

1. Why you should take one- well there is the obvious fact that your diet on some days is going to lack all the nutrients your supposed to get, its almost inevitable unless you seriously carry around a bag full of fruits and veggies with you all day everywhere you go.. lol. Plus it will make you feel better and you’ll most likely have more energy and function better too.

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2. What to look for-

  • Look at the label and see what’s included in the vitamin. All the ingredients are listed, make sure that the amounts will work for your diet, you don’t want too much vitamin c because you’ll just end up peeing it out. (sorry for being so blunt- but its true) If your diet already consist of a lot of vitamin A already, your not going to need a vitamin that’s high in it. Get my drift?
  • On the flipside, don’t overdo it either, you don’t need a multivitamin that has like 120% of the DRV (Daily Recommended Values). Too much can either make your body sick (headaches, nausea, etc.. ) and also can be toxic towards the body.
  • Shoot for basic nutrition – B1, B2, B5,B6,B9, B12, vitamin C, Vitamin A, vitamin D, potassium, iodine, zinc, magnesium…
  • Choosing the ones geared toward sex and age.¬†Woman’s multi is geared toward the baby making years. Men’s are geared toward the basics and 50+ multi is obviously geared towards that age, your bodies ability to absorb certain nutrients slows down,¬†so they may have some more of a certain vitamin in theirs.

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Choosing the best form is a personal thing, whether you find it easier to swallow basic pills, taking a gummy or even using a powder form, you have to choose the best one for you.

* be sure to check expiration dates, they don’t last forever.

* make sure you take it with food to avoid getting that horrible nauseous feeling!!

Benefits of Bee Pollen

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So you may be thinking… bee pollen? Like from bees? That they use to pollenate flowers? ? ? ,,, YES! That!

Why its good for you:

One of the main reasons I like it and use it its because its an energy booster! Whoo go natural energy! There is a reason they call them “busy bees” and why they are always buzzing around lol. Bee pollen contains protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins that help fight off fatigue and keeps you going!

Another one is that it helps aid digestion. So besides minerals, protein vitamins and a good source of energy, it contains a good amount of enzymes that help your body get the correct nutrients its thriving for. Its also rich in antioxidants so it helps boost immunity and protects your body from sickness and diseases. Also since it gives you more energy there are studies out there that it will help with weight loss as well since your metabolism will be sped up.

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It reduces inflammatory not only in side the body, but it also helps with irritated skin issues too (like psoriasis or eczema). It aids the regeneration of cells by the amino acids and vitamins that are in it. Virtually protecting the skin.

Known to help with allergies, asthma and sinus problems.

Now obviously if your allergic to bees, don’t eat it… common I feel like I shouldn’t even have to state that fact..

What to use bee pollen for:

  • I like mixing it into my oatmeal the best.
  • Put it in a protein shake
  • Bake with it
  • Put it in salad dressings
  • Put in yogurt and cereal
  • Put it in a smoothie
  • Eat with granola
  • Sprinkle it on top of your salads.

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Benefits of Kale!

Kale, which I’m sure you’ve heard of by now since its kind of exploded as a superfood through the past year, is fricken awesome! So lets discuss why kale is so awesome shall we?!

  • First of all …..¬†¬†¬† (per 1/2 cup)¬†¬†¬† only 18 calories, 0 fat, cholesterol and saturated fat, 47 mg of calcium, tons of potassium, vitamin A and C, and its part of the cabbage family =)
  • Known for its antioxidants and cancer fighting abilities. Also known to help with things like heart disease, osteoporosis, aging, and can even help with menstrual issues in woman old and young.
  • Kale can be put into salads, you can cook it into dishes, steam it, put it into a smoothie, ¬†and even make kale chips!
  • Great for detoxing the body and cleanses
  • Good for hair, nails and skin.

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Superfood – Blueberries!

Love me some blueberries, and I have to eat them fast because my boyfriend will down a whole carton y himself if I don’t! These little guys are antioxidant heroes!

  • Help prevent heart disease and cancer!
  • High in iron and Vitamin C
  • known to help with age related issues such as memory loss.
  • Can help with UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections)
  • Boosts immune system to fight off sickness and infections.
  • Known to help with vision, brain health, digestion and constipation.

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What can you do with them … well what cant you do?

  • Smoothies and drinks!
  • Breakfast, in oatmeal, cereal, on the side, on pancakes, in yogurt.
  • As a snack, frozen or un frozen
  • In pies, cakes, on top of frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • And so, so much more!!!

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The Salad Bar – Building a Kick-Ass Salad! =)

So when it comes to salads, you want to stick to somewhere around 400- 500 calories. That way its enough to sustain you but not to much to where you should have probably just of had a pizza or some pasta. . . And remember calories aren’t everything, you need your good fats in there too to absorb nutrients and adding some protein is always good too.

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  • Picking your Greens – pile them on!!! (keep in mind a usual salad has about 3-4 cups at least depending on how much you want.)

Spinach- Only has 7 calories per 1 cup and very high in Vitamin A, low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Romaine-  10 calories per cup. a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium.

Spring Mix- 6 calories per cup. Since this is a mix, you get all kinds of good-ness!!

Iceberg- 8 calories per cup ( not my fav, because it doesn’t have many nutrients, its basically eating a plate of water.. id skip this one, but if your not that used to salads all the time this may be a way to wean you into them. )

Mixed Baby Greens – 6 calories per cup. Since this is a mix, you get all kinds of good-ness!!

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  • Protein

Shrimp – 60 calories, 1 gram of fat per 3 oz.

Chicken (breast, skinless) – 179 calories per 4 oz. 4g fat. 35g protein.

Beans-  calories, 0 grams of fat per 1/2 cup. (there are SOOO many different kinda too! My fav ?, black, kidney, and chickpeas)

Steak – 162 calories, 9 grams of fat per 3 oz.

Tofu- 34 calories per slice (around 84g). 1g fat. 5g protein.

Tuna (canned, in water)- 179 calories per cup. 1g fat. 39g protein. Good source of Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Niacin, Vitamin B12 and Selenium.

Salmon (Wild, Atlantic) – 281 calories per 1/2 Fillet. 13g fat. 39g protein.

Hard Boiled Eggs- 78 calories per Med. egg. 5g fat . 6g protein.

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  • Cheese

Feta- 99 calories, 8 grams of fat per 1/4 cup.

Cheddar- 114 calories, 9 grams fat per 1/4 cup

Blue- 119 calories, 10 grams fat per 1/4 cup.

American- 94 calories per 1 oz. 6g fat.

Dairy-free (G0-Veggie Brand) Р90 calories per 1/3 cup. 6g fat.

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  • Fruit

Strawberries- 24 calories, 0 grams fat per 1/2 cup.

Dried Fruits  (Apricots) Р34 calories. 0g far per 4 pieces.

Dried Fruits ( Cranberries) – 123 calories per 1/3 cup.

Grapes- 52 calories. 0g fat per 1/2 cup.

Pears- 1 pear 86 calories. 0g fat.

Apples – 95 calories per 1 medium apple.

Mandarin Oranges-103 calories per 1 cup. 1g fat

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  • Pile on the VEGGIES! – and they pretty mush all have 0g fat.

Cucumber- 8 calories per 5 slices.

Broccoli- 20 calories per 1 cup.

Olives-  63 calories per 4 jumbo olives, slice them up, they will go a long way!

Cauliflower- 27 calories in 1 cup

Onion- 8 calories on 2 tbsp.

Carrots- 50 calories in 1 cup of shreds.

Tomato – only 3 calories in 1 cherry tomato.

Bell Peppers- 5 calories in 10 strips.

Mushrooms- 22 calories in 1 cup

Sugar Snap Peas-  41 calories in 1 cup

Radishes- 9 calories in 1/2 cup

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  • Other Random Goodies!

Corn- 16 calories per 2 tbsp. o g fat.

Avocado- 23 calories per 1 tbsp. 2g fat.

Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin ,etc.) –¬† depends on what kind you get – be sure to read label and look at serving size.

Mixed Nuts –¬† depends on what kind you get – be sure to read label and look at serving size.

Water chestnuts- 60 calories per 1/2 cup

Croutons- 122 calories per cup

  • To Top it Off — Dressings. (ALL PER 2 TBSP. )

Oil and Vinegar- 81 calories. 7g fat.

Light Balsamic- 20 calories. 1g fat.

Fat-free Italian – 13 calories. 0g fat

Thousand Island- 111 calories. 11g fat.

Honey Mustard- 139 calories. 12g fat

Ranch- 149 calories. 15g fat.

Caesar- 163 calories. 17g fat.

Salsa -depends on what kind you get – be sure to read label and look at serving size.

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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!