Last Updated 10/23/12
Weight loss is not only limiting the food we eat and enough exercise. Weight loss is multi-dimensional: It requires long term commitment and a change in lifestyle. There are so many areas to mess up! Check out these amazing weight loss commandments, learn them, live them, whenever you need motivation repeat them:
[Last Update: 25 October 2012] Detoxification simply means cleaning your body. In this diagram you can find simple ways to detox your body. The only issue we have with this detox program is MEAT! It’s better to have less amount of meat when you’re in detox and eat plenty of fiber, veggies and fruits. Also cleanse your liver by eating herbs such as dandelion root and burdock, and drinking unsweetened green tea.
Some other good suggestions are as following:
Breath deeply to exhale carbone dioxide through your lungs.
Reduce your stress and think positively.
Exercise more often, and yoga is amazing too!
Drink plenty of water
Prepare fresh juices and smoothies..They have tons of natural nutrients; but also have the raw fruits, since they contain fiber.
Remember the main ingredient of success is consistency!
A new Korean study published last week in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry indicates that piperine may have a significant role against the formation of new fat cells. Piperine is an abundant compound in black pepper and is responsible for the special taste of black pepper. This may clear the way for the new anti-obesity drugs in near future.
The United States, and many other countries face a rising and alarming obesity problem. We are quick to blame individuals for eating too much or exercising too little, but in truth, the causes are more complex and involve many factors. Check out this infographic to see some facts behind obesity, its causes and some solutions to fight against this very important issue.
I’m a fan of broccoli and cheese; so when today I bought some broccoli, I planned to make some creamy broccoli soup. I googled for the recipe, but what surprised me was that most of the recipes have chicken/vegetable broth in them. If you’re vegetarian and you look for a vegetarian recipe, you’d be disappointed to see chicken broth in broccoli soup. I finally found this amazing and simple recipe, for this healthy soup.
Interestingly, Gordon Ramsay made this soup in a competition against the owner/head chef of Clubway 41, that used 20 different ingredients! But Gordon Ramsay’s soup only consists of just 3 ingredients.
Broccoli is a plant of the Cabbage family, Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae). It is classified as the Italica Cultivar Group of the species Brassica oleracea. Broccoli possesses abundant fleshy flower heads, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like fashion on branches sprouting from a thick, edible stalk. The large mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli most closely resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species, but broccoli is green rather than white. In the United States, the term refers exclusively to the form with a single large head.
The word broccoli comes from the Latin broccolo, diminunitive of the term for a sprout. Broccoli is a cultivar of wild cabbage, remaining exactly the same species. Wild cabbage originated along the northern and western coasts of the Mediterranean, where it was apparently domesticated thousands of years ago. That domesticated cabbage was eventually bred into widely varying forms, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, and brussels sprouts, all of which remain the same species.
* Broccoli is high in vitamin C and soluble fiber and contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties including diindolylmethane and selenium. The 3,3′-Diindolylmethane found in broccoli is a potent modulator of the innate immune response system with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity. Broccoli also contains the compound glucoraphanin, which can be processed into an anticancer compound sulforaphane, though the benefits of broccoli are reduced if the vegetable is boiled. A high intake of broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Broccoli leaf is also edible and contains far more betacarotene than the florets.
To see some other benefits of broccoli in fighting against PMS click here.
In this image you can compare the fat content of several most favorite Chinese, Indian, and other ethnic foods (plus fast foods). What surprised me was the huge amount of fat in doner kebab and relatively less amount of fat in a McDonald’s burger (probably because 1/4 pounder is not a full portion!). Also the fat content of a Chinese takeaway is unbelievable: it’s almost equal to a full wine glass of fat!
There’s a misconception that healthier foods are more expensive than junk food. But this is not true. If you calculate the cost of preparing a healthy food and compare the cost with the amount of money you may pay for junk foods, you’d see that healthier options are often much cheaper.
One of the examples is demonstrated in this picture:
Ashley Borden on Drop 5 Lbs. on Cooking Channel, “Now That’s Convenient.”…These simple, but effective exercises don’t need any special equipments or workout customs or a lot of time, and you can do them regularly without any costs at home.
Ashley Borden is a fitness and lifestyle consultant to some of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces and world class athletes, such as Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Mandy Moore, NY Yankees Nick Swisher and more.
Instead of having doughnut or other sweetened pastries, you may want to have whole-grain cinnamon raisin toast or half a small whole-grain bagel with low-fat strawberry cream cheese spread. They contain less sugar, less fat and more fiber.
I do not know the moment where it started. I just know, one day I looked in the mirror and found that I had become the person, I never wanted to be.
I had always worn people out with my very energetic ways. I am still the person who runs around on about four to six hours of sleep, without any issue. I used to play many sports and participate in different activities that brought me great health, fun and motivation. As always, once you stop doing those activities and continue to eat the way you do, you gain weight.
Gaining over 80 lbs from my high school weight, I had never felt more far away from the person I wanted to be. How can I work daily on my intellect in school but fail to work on the physical aspect? Don’t get me wrong. I have always been happy with myself. I was never one of those girls who thought I needed to change for anyone – but for my own improvement. I never looked in the mirror and thought something needed to be different to impress anyone. Before we think about impressing others, we must impress and love ourselves. I was a bit less than impressed.
There are many reasons that lead to my weight gain. I had lost both of my parents in a three year period, which was the lowest part of my life. My parents were my world, my best friends and the people who guided me through everything. I would give up anything for them, even my own health. During their illnesses I concentrated on them so much, that I didn’t worry about me at all. I stopped working out, I ate a bit more or less than I should have. I slept at terrible times, still went to school (because even through their illness they wanted that) and I was worried all the time. I would eat once a day, or not at all and live on Red Bull. I started graduate school, which during my first year is when I lost my father. Between the depression and all of the work (mostly sitting on my behind studying) I gained weight…to say the least. I left school for a short time, and healed…well you never heal fully from the loss of your parents. But I healed emotionally, and finally two years later felt that it was time to heal physically as well.
In November of 2011, I made a decision, I was going to change my ways. Many think that the reason why someone would gain weight is because they over ate; I was however the complete opposite. Sometimes I would go 12 hours without eating and then have a very large meal, which usually consisted of a sub from Subway. Graduate school, has not been easy on my body and the amount of work that I focused on kept me so busy that I literally forgot to eat. So I made a change. It’s funny that the “change” I made was just going back to the habits my mother had taught me, but society had forced out of me. Eat 5 small meals a day, cook everything at home for fresh— wait cook? Yes, cook. I must say that this part scared me. I am the type of person who can burn water, my mother never thought I should cook – only concentrate on school. Luckily, I have my fiance who also joined in the healthy eating and has been cooking for us. I have to honestly say, that if it weren’t for him I am pretty sure I would have given this diet up long ago.
There are many reasons one becomes inspired. I was inspired by many things, including my upcoming wedding. It wasn’t however the main reason. I had been a healthy person for such a long time, and wanted to get back to that point. I wanted to run a 5K, or even more. I wanted to fit back to these one pair of jeans that I have kept from many years ago. Overall, I also just wanted to be healthy. Someone who is overweight has the risk of many diseases that those who are overweight do not have the chance of being affected by. I wanted to go back to the gym and workout…yes seriously.
The journey has not been easy. Between hectic schedules, cravings for chocolate (me) and carbs (my other half) we are sometimes slightly irritable. Even though the journey hasn’t been easy, it has proven to be a fruitful one. I am hoping that by journaling our story we can help those around us that think they cannot do it. But I have to say, it has been a bit easier than I thought. Once you get into a routine of eating healthy, it is easy to do. I am lucky that my fiancé and I are both working on ourselves, improving ourselves. Is it only about diet and exercise? No. It’s about attitude. If you believe that you can do it, you will do it…you will be your own worst enemy. Join a support group online, find a friend who wants to make wise decisions with you or even make it your own personal journey. We all complain about a lack of time, but how many years are you taking away from your life by being unhealthy? The answer is for each of us and what we would like to reach.
How much have we lost to date? That’s for my next blog after our weigh in on Friday. My fiancé will be joining me in writing the blog and will be giving his perspective, next time.
About the authors:
Diana is a graduate student working on her doctorate, and Mohamed is an EMT for a private company. Together they are working on becoming healthy so they can live a long loving, healthy and prosperous life together.
Americans consume 42 pounds of corn syrup and 100 pounds of other caloric sweeteners each year.
There’s no clinical evidence to support this claim that “real cane sugar” is better than other forms of caloric sweeteners.
Yogurt is one of the healthiest foods and one of the best options if you’re a weight watcher. It contains substantial amount of proteins: For example, a cup of Greek yogurt contains 40% of the required daily protein intake.
You can enjoy your yogurt as a snack or you can have it with your food. If you like fruit yogurt, prepare it yourself with freshly-sliced fruit. Don’t add any sugar or jam to your yogurt. Many times, fruit yogurt packages contain lots of sugar.
For some amazing ideas to enjoy your low fat yogurt, click here.