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Cinnamon for Weight Loss

BY KATE SHEAN 

Many women around the world have been using cinnamon weight lossrecipes for decades now. It is one of the most popular spices in the world and its very...

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Cinnamon for Weight Loss

BY KATE SHEAN 

Many women around the world have been using cinnamon weight lossrecipes for decades now. It is one of the most popular spices in the world and its very appetizing oriental smell attracts all kinds of foodies. Most people use cinnamon for their own culinary masterpieces as a flavoring agent, so a lot of them don’t realize that cinnamon is good for you, especially when your aim is to lose some of that extra weight of yours.

Another reason why is cinnamon good for you, aside from the fact that this spice can help one in their journey to a leaner body, it also possesses various other health properties which can improve man’s general well-being. One of the research studies showed that cinnamon can be used as a sedative for nervousness and mood swings. Its fragrance used in the room is able to work wonders with whole groups of people. The mood is significantly improved and it helps with creativity.

Start your day with a breakfast of cinnamon and honey

Add cinnamon to your morning tea and it instantly becomes a tool for weight loss. Its benefits increase when you add honey. The easiest option: mix two tablespoons of honey with a spoon of ground cinnamon and pour 1 liter of boiling water over the mixture (best to drink after 1 hour). You can wrap the container with a warm blanket to keep it warm during that hour. After, store in the refrigerator and drink 100 grams twice a day – in the morning and evening.

A tasty afternoon snack of cinnamon and ginger

Another great mixture for weight loss is cinnamon and ginger. These two components can become the basis for the rapid burning of the excess weight. According to research, it is known that fat cells are afraid of both ginger and cinnamon, so these two combined will destroy any toxins and adipose fat tissue on their way. The good news is that it isn’t necessary for you to eat cinnamon and ginger in pure form as is. It is better to add them to the mixture of honey, and then you can spread this onto your toast. All these three ingredients complement each other perfectly.

Get rid of cellulite with cinnamon and honey combo

It is worth remembering that not only is cinnamon good for weight loss, but also consequences of excess fat – namely, cellulite. Nutritionists believe that its appearance is primarily due to the increased amount of cholesterol in the blood. Due to a large number of cholesterol, all those skin imperfections are becoming clearly visible, and they are especially noticeable with excess fat in those areas. Cinnamon for weight loss recipes and has from this scourge. The recipe for cinnamon and honey, as well as cinnamon and ginger mentioned above with help with the issue if used regularly.

Remember that cinnamon alone is just a tasty smelling spice that comes without any calories, which means you should try using it as often as you can even when the mixtures aren’t available to you. Cinnamon can go easy with everything and this makes it a truly perfect spice for both taste and weight loss.

Cinnamon powder and cinnamon pills

Those of you not certain about taking the matter into their hands, there’s a solution – cinnamon pills and powders are essentially the same thing in different forms. These averagely priced products are made from quality and freshly ground cinnamon and come in different varieties, mostly based on the recipes mentioned above. You can buy either 100% ground cinnamon powder, or you might be able to find a mixture of cinnamon and ginger powders. Cinnamon pills also come in different varieties, and the most popular includes the mixture of cinnamon and honey. All these are naturally organic products and essentially the same cinnamon you would buy in your local grocery store.

Side effects of using cinnamon for weight loss

There are very few side effects in using cinnamon weight loss recipes, as it is a very safe and non-toxic spice. Cinnamon is a safe spice to consume during pregnancy, although it is not recommended to be used for weight loss during pregnancy. Cinnamon does have a very strong flavor and can be past through breast milk, so limit how much you use as your baby may not enjoy the taste.

It is important to note that cinnamon is a warming spice, so do not use it if you have a fever. It also stimulates the body and can cause high blood pressure if you suffer from this condition, so please consult your physician before using should you have cardiac issues.

For certain people, there are also possible allergic reactions to cinnamon, just like any other food product, but they are rare and usually manifest in small rash. If you eat a lot of this spice on an empty stomach, it will cause nausea and even vomiting, but as with everything – maintenance is the key. Mostly there is evidence of why is cinnamon good for you, and it’s very rare that a person comes to experience any side effects.

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7 Summer Foods You Should Eat More Of

BY KIRSTEN NAGY

Spring is in full swing! And with summer just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about the beautiful array of fruits and vegetables...

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7 Summer Foods You Should Eat More Of

BY KIRSTEN NAGY

Spring is in full swing! And with summer just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about the beautiful array of fruits and vegetables available to us this time of year. The following is a list of seven summer foods will help you slim down, clear your complexion, strengthen your immunity and help keep you energized so you can have fun in the sun all summer long!

Arugula

Arugula is a cruciferous vegetable; and like other members of that family it contains anti-cancer compounds called glucosinolates. This powerful leafy green is a natural detoxifier, aiding the body in eliminating harmful substances.

Like other greens, arugula is rich in many vitamins and minerals like vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. Arugula is also a good source of potassium, iron, zinc, riboflavin and copper. It contains phytochemicals like chlorophyll and carotenes, making it an excellent source of antioxidants.

Avocados

The heath benefits of avocados are endless. First and foremost, avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats, which the body needs for basic cellular and brain function. In addition, you need (healthy) fat to burn fat, and the monosaturated fat found in avocados make it a great food for weight loss.

The beta-sitosterol in avocados helps lower cholesterol and the large amount of folate protects the heart and minimizes chance of stroke. Avocados also contain more lutein (a powerful caratenoid) than nearly any other fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados can seek out and destroy pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in the oral cavity without harming healthy ones. Additionally, the oleic acid found in avocados has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Avocados are also high in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant responsible for preventing aging, cancer and heart disease. Lastly, avocados are the fruit highest in vitamin E, which protects against many diseases and helps maintain overall health.

Berries

All berries are low in calories and pack a mean nutritious punch. Only a small amount of berries contain nearly as much vitamin C as a glass of orange juice (with not nearly the amount of sugar!) Vitamin C is important for immune system function, strong connective tissues and collagen production.

Berries are high in phytochemicals and flavanoids that can help in the prevention of cancer. Their high antioxidant content makes them a powerhouse against free-radicals and other cancer causing agents in the body. They offer powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory protection as well.

They literally support the health of the entire body: balancing blood sugar, supporting cardiovascular health, strengthening blood vessels, reducing hypertension, promoting eye health and cognitive support, and protecting against all types of cancers; make sure to include a vast variety of berries into your diet this summer.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers don’t seems to receive as much press as some of the other vegetables, but this high phytonutrient food is a valuable antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

The high water content of cucumbers, as well as their rich supply of vitamins and minerals, make them ideal for weight loss, skin and nail health and in keeping the body hydrated. They are also a natural detoxifier making them ideal for aiding in digestion.

Cucumbers can help control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and can assist in curing diabetes as they contain a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas to produce insulin.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E as well as beta-carotene and manganese. They are also very high in numerous antioxidants and tout cardiovascular support, bone health and anti-cancer properties among their list of health benefits.

Tomatoes can help control blood sugar levels, prevent strokes and heart attacks and can help improve your vision. Their high levels of lycopene are great for skin care and the high amounts of vitamin A are great for hair health (as well as eye, skin, teeth and bone health as well.)

Watermelon

Watermelons are high in many antioxidants, including lycopene. In fact, watermelons are the highest source of lycopene that you can find. Lycopene is important in reducing the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer, so eat up.

Watermelons are high in water and electrolytes and low in calories, meaning you can rehydrate and lose weight while enjoying your deliciously sweet summery snack.

 

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Fast Food Truths or Fictions?

BY KATE SHEAN 

We’ve all heard it before: Don’t believe everything you read. Check your facts. Consider the source.

These are all good suggestions for anyone who reads...

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Fast Food Truths or Fictions?

BY KATE SHEAN 

We’ve all heard it before: Don’t believe everything you read. Check your facts. Consider the source.

These are all good suggestions for anyone who reads anything online, in a newspaper, or watches television. Getting good information with solid facts is tough; you almost need to be a critic of everything.

I will admit, this article is somewhat personal. Typically, I don’t write things from a personal perspective because I like to read about cutting edge science and advancements in health and wellness and share those topics with my readers. But something came across my desk this week that angered me and I needed to write something about it. And that is sensationalized articles about the food industry.

This is something that I am very passionate about, and critical. I am the first to be critical of the food industry who often seems to care more about their bottom lines than the quality of the food they produce for consumers. But there I also recognize that credit must be given where credit is due.

The article that aggravated me so much was written by an naturopathic doctor in Atlanta, GA where she demonizes McDonald’s for making chicken nuggets out of MSP (mechanically separated poultry) a process which uses every part of the chicken. She uses disgusting graphics in her photos displaying the gross practices used by McDonald’s. Frankly, I was sickened while reading this, but pressed on to the end of the article to see what point she was making.

Only at the end of the article did you read that she states:

“Although McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are typically offered

as an example of a popular MSP-based food,

since 2003 that product has been made with all white meat rather than MSP.”

This, to me, was outrageous. The graphic photos made it difficult for me to even read down to that part of the article. But I am glad that I did. The author makes a good point about MSP not being good for you even though the USDA says it is safe to consume and manufacturers need to label products as such before selling them. It is why Tyson bags of chicken nuggets will say Made with All White Meat.

So, my question is, what was her point?

If you have ever been on my website before, you know that I am not a proponent of manufactured or heavily processed food. I also am not a huge fan of fast food chains, but I cannot stand for sensationalized articles like hers. (Here’s the link if you want to read it: Can You Guess What McDonald’s Food Item This Is? ) Ultimately, according to her article, there was no food sold at McDonald’s that could be associated with the photos she presented.

It got me thinking about how many other people out there are intentionally misleading the public about health. I’m sure many of you have also run into articles or stories that, if they weren’t outright lies, weren’t playing it straight.

What truths or fictions have you seen out there about the food industry?

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Benefits of Chia Seeds

BY KATE SHEAN

Chia seeds have been around for centuries and was a staple in the diet of Native and Central Americans. The Aztecs used the chia seed as a grain, medicinally, and ...

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Benefits of Chia Seeds

BY KATE SHEAN

Chia seeds have been around for centuries and was a staple in the diet of Native and Central Americans. The Aztecs used the chia seed as a grain, medicinally, and as the base in body paints and cosmetics. Some say that it was even used as their currency. The Aztecs like many other tribes knew the secrets to the power of the chia and they reaped the benefits for centuries until it was replaced by European crops. Recently, this tiny seed has seen a resurgence in its popularity, here’s why:

The Many Benefits of Chia Seeds

1. Dieter’s Dream: the tiny Chia when mixed with water becomes a tasteless gel. Sounds gross, right? Blending chia into anything makes it take on the taste of whatever it is mixed with (i.e. smoothies, peanut butter, yogurt, soup). The chia gel works to help with weight loss in two ways, by helping fight hunger and slowly digesting which helps keep your blood sugars level.

2. Fights Diabetes: as mentioned above, the chia seed digests very slowly with a minimal spike in your glucose level after eating. It does this through its unique combination of soluable and insoluable fiber which slows down your body’s conversion of starches into sugar thus preventing the energy surges and slumps throughout your day. By balancing your blood sugar you not only prevent Type II diabetes, but you maintain a steady level of energy all day long.

3. Prevents Diverticulitis: Low fiber diets are thought to play a role in the cause of this extremely painful condition of the colon. Chia seeds are loaded with soluable fiber (absorbs water) which helps keep the colon hydrated and insoluable fiber (not digested and no calorie equivalent) so it keeps things moving through your digestive system. So if you don’t like eating a lot of vegetables and bran, the nutty flavor of a chia seed may be your preference. Try adding the gel to your favorite salad dressing for an extra boost of fiber.

4. Heart Healthy: Chia seeds are the richest plant source of Omega 3s on the planet. This is a welcome relief for those people who need extra Omegas for happy hearts but either don’t like fish, are vegetarian, or want to lower their exposure to mercury and other toxic metals found in our fishy friends.

5. Increased Energy: Ever feel like at 4pm your energy takes a dive and you need another round of Starbucks to get you through your day? We’ve all been there. The afternoon crash probably has something to do with what you’ve eaten that day and your blood sugar plummeting a few hours after lunch. But chia seeds have complete protein. Unlike other seeds and legumes which often need to be combined with other sources, the chia stands alone as natures highest plant source of complete proteins. This is important because meals high in protein and fiber provide us with sustained energy preventing the late afternoon crash.

6. Baking Benefits: I almost didn’t believe it, but you can actually replace oil and butter in your baking recipes with chia gel. Substitute 1/2 of the oil or butter for the tasteless chia gel and your recipe will have more fiber, Omegas, protein, and less fat, without losing any of the taste since chia takes on the taste of whatever it is mixed with. I tried it with my favorite gluten free brownie recipe and they were delicious (my kids didn’t even know the difference!)

7. Age Defying Anti-Oxidants: Free radicals cause our skin to prematurely age, our tissues to become inflamed, and can cause cell damage which can lead to cancer. Eating foods high in anti-oxidants prevent free radicals in our bodies and chia seeds are packed with them. So when all of your favorite powerhouse fruits like blueberries are out of season chia seeds are a great way to incorporate age fighting nutrients into your diet. Other popular seeds, like flax, don’t have the same quantity of antioxidants as the chia and chia’s shelf life is up to 2 years.

8. Decrease Cravings: Our bodies are incredibly intuitive and know when we are lacking in certain nutrients. If you have been craving red meat, it could be that your body is needing some iron. If you crave ice cream your body could be lacking calcium. But let’s be honest steak and ice cream are big dieting no-no’s. Chia are full of calcium, magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals that help with absorption of vitamins and keep cravings at the wayside.

9. Money Saving: Let’s be honest, most diets COST money. Even though it would make sense that eating less food would cost less, healthy alternatives actually cost more. Cheap food = less money. But not the chia. 100% chemical and pesticide free they will cost less than $1/day.

If you still aren’t a believer, try a few simple recipes like my Chia Seed Granola and see how you like it. Enjoy!

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