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3 Wonder Fat Burning Teas – Lose Weight in Days

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

For many centuries, people from all over the world have long known the healing and health properties of tea. It can also help you lose weight and here are the top three fat burning teas that will help you lose weight and fat in days.

White Tea: If you are not happy with your fat belly, then you definitely should have this tea. The perfect tea to bust belly fat is White Tea and it is definitely one of the best out there. It contains antioxidants and has high concentration of ECGC, a chemical that stimulates cells that stop fat growth. It is very light and you can easily have 2 cups per day. Drink it hot and try having it throughout the day.

Oolong Tea: Another great tea to reduce the growth of fat cell is Oolong Tea. It helps fat cells release fats and have the body to burn them away. With this tea, you can actually lose 1 inch of waist, go down 1 dress size and lose 5 pounds of weight. Drink 4 cups per day and drink each cup with meal.

Yerba Mate: Yerba Mate tea works to reduce overall body fat. It tastes bitter; you can add low fat sugar to add taste or stevia powder sugar. Drink 1 cup within 30 minutes of waking. Don’t add dairy or soy milk into any of these teas.

Reference: 3 Teas to Burn Fat

 

The Best Pro-Biotic Sources

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Belly bloat is a common problem in a lot of people. There is not one reason for that and this issue may stem from a number of reasons such as overeating, intake of foods such as mushrooms or onions or very salty foods such as Chinese foods. Getting up and walking around, taking salsa water or other medications but most of the time, this does not really work out well.

Here is a solution that works for most folks. The solution is having pro-biotics and these would work for most people out there in terms of belly bloats and many other problems. These are bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of different organs of the body and promote digestive health. They digest food much more completely and fast as compared to the digestive juices alone. When these bacteria are taken in and mix with the digestive juices, they work wonders in digesting food. Digestive juices on the other hand don’t really break the food down and rather bloat one. In cases, they also leave the gas behind.

In order to get pro-biotcs into the diet, yogurt is the best way around. However, in order to keep the bloat away, yogurt has to be taken every day because these bacteria don’t live forever. They have short life expectancies so in order to buildup good bacteria in the gut; yogurt must be taken every day for at least two weeks. It should preferably be taken during the breakfast. It is recommended that one takes a 6oz container of 2% fat. Those who love sugar tend to buy yogurt with syrupy fruits but this is not a god option. They can instead add fruits themselves rather than tolerating the syrup in the prepackaged fruity yogurt. The last, but not least, thing to take care of is to buy the label that says ‘live & active cultures’, ‘live culture yogurt’, ‘live active yogurt culture’ or something like that. This ensures that the yogurt contains live bacteria. If the bacteria are not alive, yogurt is of no use. For those who do not like yogurt, taking the daily pro-biotic supplement is a good option. This option might actually work better for many people, as compared to using yogurt. It contains bacteria that do not get killed inside the stomach. This supplement too, has to be taken every day. Digestive Advantage from Schiff is a pro-biotic that works 10 times better than yogurt and can be tried too.

Reference: Food That Will Kill Fat

Quick Kitchen Tips: Easy Cooking!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

 

Here are two of the essential items that can help you go through your daily routine easily without stressing out. These items are perfect for your kitchen and will help you have the perfect needs for your body.

Tool #1: Heavy-duty Aluminum Foil:

You can make the biggest kitchen klutz with just one Aluminum foil roll. Just expand or lay a wide piece of foil on baking sheet and coat it with a nonstick spray and place whatever food or ingredients you want evenly in the center of it. Fold it over and seal all four edges into a packet. By doing this, your food will bake fast in the oven and it will taste better. The best thing is that you won’t have anything to clean!

Tool #2: A Crock-Pot:

The crock-pot does wonders for people who don’t have much time to cook their all time favorite traditional foods. A healthy dinner will taste so good and healthy with the crock-pot! This can be bought both locally and online. It is very easy to cook in it and you won’t have to do anything, just throw in all your ingredients, set and fir forget it!

 

Reference: Hungry Girl Tips

 

Bringing Pains and Aches to an End Naturally

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

One of the most common problems with people today is that of pains and aches. These have become so common that almost every second person in the world has a pain somewhere each day or more than half the week. In an online poll, it was found that 60% people had pains and aches each day and 20% had them more than half of the week. 65% of those involved in the poll had concerns for a worry-some back pain. There are a lot of medicines available in the market that claim to bring these pains to an end but none of them is a permanent solution. Rather too much usage of medicines only ruins health. Hence, it is a good idea to turn towards natural pain solutions.

One of the best solutions to those daily pains and aches is taking in Vitamin B12. It can be taken in pill form or liquid. People often take liquid which they put on the tip of their tongue and it gets dissolved by itself. 1mg each day would work very well. Either way, Vitamin B12 is an amazing solution to bring pains and aches to an end, naturally and permanently. Now this is what a solution really is and hence, something to really think about. Those who are depending on pain killers in pill, liquid or injection form and ruining their levers are advised that they discontinue the treatments that have not worked well for them and try out natural pain solutions. Another amazing product that works well for pains and aches is capsaicin. It is a cream that can be easily bought from the natural food stores. If rubbed three times a day on the affected area, it takes capsaicin no more than a week to bring the pain or ache to an end forever. This cream s made using chili extracts and works wonders for headaches, neck pains, joint pains and back aches. For headaches, the capsaicin spray is the best choice though. This can be sprayed up into the nose and inhaled. It stings a bit and might not be a very comfortable technique but when it comes to treating headaches, it simply works wonders. People who have to spend hours working and working usually get severe headaches and for them, this product is the way to make lives easier. One of the natural pain solutions for joints is the herbal remedy of eating the boswellia extract. It is at least 40% acid and a 300mg of it can be taken daily. Joint pains are often so severe that they don’t allow one to get out of bed even. It all begins with too much working and the bones rubbing against one another constantly, in turn, scratching up. Of course, when the bones scratch out, severe pains strike. However, with natural pain solutions such as boswellia extracts, these pains and aches can be treated well.

Another easy-to-do remedy for aches and pains is taking half teaspoonful of ginger powder by mixing it up in a glass of water. It works amazingly well. All these solutions take no more than a time of seven days to either end or at least bring about a considerable difference to the pains and aches. Better than taking medicines that do nothing to pains but rather spoil lever, it is an excellent idea that people turn to natural pain solutions and ease their lives like never before.

Reference: Bringing Pains and Aches to an End Naturally

 

Top 3 Foods that Boost Immunity

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

It is very important to maintain your immune systems, this helps with fighting fatal diseases like cancers and promotes longevity. To boost immunity you need to make sure you are eating the right foods. Here are the three immunity boosting foods.

Tahini: One of the fabulous immunity boosting foods is Tahini! It is made from sesame seeds paste and is like a peanut butter and you can use it like one too. It’s a super food that you can use as a spread or as a dip. Here’s a recipe for a Tahini Veggie Dip:

To make a Tahini Veggie Dip: 1 cup of Greek yogurt, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 tablespoon of Tahini and juice of one lemon. Mix them all up and use as a dip. It is loaded with lots of magnesium, protein and zinc and is very tasty and medicinal.

Black pepper and Oregano: Black pepper is a common spice used in many foods. It has a chemical known as pepperine that helps absorbing properties of other spices and makes them available for the body. This makes black pepper as essential ingredient for body making joints and bones healthy. It also added more flavors to the food.

Oregano, a leafy version, when you crunch it, releases aromatic oils that fight germs making it a powerful anti flammatory tool. Look for the little tiny leaf in bottle while shopping, avoid grounded oregano.

Pumpkin: It is another immunity boosting food that can be used in many ways. A pumpkin soup is enough to boost immunity and has long been used for medicinal purposes.

To make Pumpkin Soup: Roast 4 lb pumpkin for 45 min at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, scoop out seeds and blend the pumpkin, squash with garlic, chicken stock and onion together. This soup is filled with vitamins and is a perfect bowl of anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory agents.

Another great recipe by Dr. Oz is the pumpkin puree. Have a can of 100% pumpkin puree, with a teaspoon of cholesterol lowering spread and a dash of stevia and cinnamon, heat in microwave. Mix all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture in the microwave for about a minute. Let cool and serve.

All the above mentioned foods have proven to boost immunity and people have prevented themselves from all kinds of diseases by adding these to their daily diet.

Reference: Three Foods to Boost Immunity

 

Kirstie Alley’s Healthy Meal Plan: All Organic!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Kirstie Alley is a charismatic Hollywood actress who is known for her popular films and a recent weight loss success story. She has been sharing her stories and helping people lose weight with her tips and recipes that have helped her lose an amazing amount of weight. Despite her tough routine, she took her time out and appeared at Dr Oz show to share her three favorite recipes that can help you shed significant amount of pounds.

During breakfast, Alley prepares her fresh tortilla with a delicious top. She mixes egg white with finely diced avocado, jalapeno, and home-made salsa and spreads them on a low fat toasted tortilla. These are all organic and low in calories and chemical free.

In lunch, she makes herself a bowl of tortilla soup which is very easy to make. Featuring a good amount of chicken breast, it also has tasty avocado, chicken broth, onion, tomatoes and put “some” tortilla chips in it. All she does it prepares chicken broth and cook all the veggies and chicken in it and the bowl is hardly 300 calories and enough to fill your tummy.

Kirstie Alley loves to have an all organic roasted chicken in the dinner. For this, you have to get yourself an organic chicken, baby potatoes and lots and lots of arugulas. Simply rub the chicken or slightly coat it with some sea salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil and put it in the oven with baby potatoes. In a separate bowl, place the nicely sliced baby arugula and mix with virgin olive oil and a bit of lemon and lime. Enjoy chicken with the arugula salad.

The key is to stay away from the chemicals and have food that is organic. All organic foods are effective when it comes to good health and they have endless benefits. Eat as much as organic foods keeping all the inorganic, chemical loaded food away.

Reference: Kirstie Alley’s Meal Plan

 

 

The Tasty Manicotti – Clean Version

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Here is one of the recipes that Dr. Oz’s presented in his Calorie-Cutting Challenge. This low calories manicotti recipe is a light version of the traditional dish that features Greek yogurt, fiber-loaded vegetables and cheesy delight.

Ingredients: Serves 12

2 red peppers, preferably organic

2 zucchini, preferably organic

1 large eggplant, preferably organic

1 cup packed organic baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped

6 oz low-fat greek yogurt

15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese

8 oz part-skim mozzarella, diced

3 tbsp Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup chopped flat leaf Italian parsley

8 large basil leaves, chopped (extra for garnish if desired)

1 egg

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Olive oil in a mister

2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles

1 jar of tomato sauce

Direction: Simply pre-heat the broiler and peel off the zucchini along with eggplants – slice them lengthwise with the help of mandolin slicer. Now get a baking sheet the place these sliced vegetables making sure they are lined and sprayed with olive oil. Also sprinkle fresh ground black pepper and garlic powder on the top and let it all broil for 5-7 minutes until it’s golden.

Next, flip over the veggies and let them broil on the other side for about 7 minutes. Now remove them and place on a place to cool. Now foil line a baking sheet and place the whole red peppers on it and cook under the broiler. Let them broil until the skin becomes burnt and charred. Now remove the pan off the oven and wrap the peppers loosely and let them steam. Let them cool and remove the burnt skin along with seeds and stems. After cooking the zucchini and eggplant, dice them well along with the peppers.

Now time to prepare the cheese filling. Simple take a large mixing bowl and combine yogurt, ricotta and half of the mozzarella cheese – save the rest for the topping. Take two tablespoon of the parmesan cheese along with half basil, parsley and egg. Also take ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and mix them all up. Now throw in some spinach leaves and cooled veggies and mix them well. Now a large pot of water and bring it to boil and cook about 24 lasagna noodles in or simply follow the package directions.

Take 1½ cup of tomato sauce and pour it on the base of each baking dish. Now carefully place the lasagna noodles on a board and pour the filling into a freezer bag that should be a gallon. Create a nozzle by cutting of the corner and squeeze the filling down making sure that it’s equal to the length of the noodle. Then roll the noodles and put seam side down in the baking dish. Now spread about two cups of tomato sauce over the stuffed manicotti and garnish mozzarella cheese along with a few basil leaves.

Now the last step: cover the baking dishes with the help of aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Now take off the foil and bake for additional five minutes. Then take it out from the oven and allow it to rest for approx 10 minutes. The taste dish is ready to be served!

Reference: Calorie Cutting Challenge

The Artichoke and Sweet Potato Gratin Recipe

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Preparing and having a pure antioxidant diet was never this easy. Here is a recipe that is simple and high in antioxidant.

To prepare this amazing recipe you will need two diced tomatoes with 2 ¼ cups of artichoke hearts and a bunch of scallions with two tablespoons of olive oil, 1 ½ teaspoon of dried oregano and 1 teaspoon salt. You will also need a 15oz can of cannellini beans with ½ cup of chicken stock, ½ teaspoon black pepper and 1 ½ lbs of sweet potatoes.

Direction: Get your oven hot at the temperature of 350° F. Then mix the chopped artichoke hearts and tomatoes and mix with scallions along with olive oil and half salt and oregano. Blend peppers, salt, oregano and beans in a blender.

Now slice the sweet potatoes and all them to a lightly oiled dish. Now it’s the perfect time to add the remaining pepper and salt along with artichokes, bean puree. Add more potatoes to cover. Now top with tomato slice and remaining seasoning to cover. This requires baking of at least an hour. After baking, remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes to get a golden brown topping.

 

Recipe: Antioxidant Diet

Kill the BACK PAIN: Gua Sha Treatment

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

If you want to be pain-free and on the go, there’s a tip for all those who are suffering from chronic pains such as back pain. This innovative solution will ease your pain for once and for all:

Treat Back Pain with Gua Sha:

This kind of pain is one of the most common pains in America. However, a traditional Chinese medicine can do wonders. Gua Sha is a Chinese technique to end pain and has been used to treat other health issues like digestive problems and fevers along with back pain.

Known for being the best treatment for over 700 years, it works by being a vacuum that helps evacuate body’s toxic debris and replaced with fresh healthy blood. The surface of the skin is scraped in order to discharge myofascial tension and it amazingly relives muscles.

With the help of Chinese ceramic soupspoon, the gua sha process can be carried out. However, in today’s world, people use modern smooth edged instrument for gua sha treatment. The treatment offers warming sensation and offer leaves red marks for days and weeks. These marks are known as “sha”. For those who have back pain and go for this treatment for once only, as it is enough to relieve the back pain. However, a medical or license acupuncturist is important to be contacted.

Reference: Pain Solutions

 

Reduced-Fat Potato Skins

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Potato Skins that are served at chain restaurants are loaded with calories and fats. Here is a low calorie potato skin recipe that is made with oil spray, reduced fat cheese and turkey bacon instead of high calorie butter and oil.

Ingredients:  You will need 4 medium russet potatoes and a cup of reduced fat cheddar cheese along with 8 teaspoon of turkey bacon pieces and a tablespoon of fresh chives. You will also need a 1/3 cup of reduced-fat sour cream and canola oil’s non stick cooking spray and salt to taste.

Directions: Bring your oven to heat for around 400°F and let potatoes bake for an hour –making sure that they are tender. Once they have cooled, divide them into two lengthwise cuts making sure that you have 3 1/2-3/4 inch slices. Take out the middle slices and put them aside for a dish of mashed potatoes. Now you have two potato skins per potato.

Now scoop the potato out the each skin with the help of a spoon and leave about ¼ inch of potato in the skin. Heat oven to 450°F. Now take an oil spray and coat each potato skin with it and place them in a baking sheet. Make sure the edges of the skin become brown, you will have to cook them for 15 minute with open side up and salted according to your taste.

It is time to spread two tablespoons of cheese on every potato skin and sprinkle a teaspoon of bacon pieces to top the cheese. Now bake them for 2-4 minute making sure that the cheese has melted. Once they are ready, transfer them to a serving plate and combine the chives with sour cream and serve in a sauce cup and place in the center of the plate – as shown in the picture.

 

Reference: Reduced-Fat Potato Skins