How to Drop the Weight with These Superfoods

Starting a weight loss journey, for anyone, can be difficult. You may be worried about dropping the weight, struggles you have had in the past, or if you can maintain the weight loss. One of the steps you may be considering is using superfoods to help boost your journey. If that is on your to-do list then there are some things you should know about using the superfoods to the highest potential. Here are a few of those tips.

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Juicing

Juicing is the leading way to lose weight with superfoods. This is due to the fact that you can cram a ton of superfood fruits, vegetables, or a mix of both into one juice. You can also add chia seeds, infused oils, or vitamin and supplement drops into the juice. The juice can be enjoyed easily and will help to not only get the nutrients and superfood benefits to your body easily, but will also fill you up. You aren’t ingesting empty calories, and best of all you are hydrating your body at the same time. Juicing will help up your hydration and your output of liquids so you are flushing your system.

 

Mix the Right Superfoods

The first thing you need to keep in mind before starting with superfoods is to do your research. Consider what your personal issues are and work from there. For example, if you are retaining water or have high level so inflammation, then go for superfoods that counteract that and help flush your system naturally. If you need more iron, rich for kale. If you are a vegetarian or vegan and need to boost certain minerals and nutrients, then you need to move to those specific superfoods. Just grabbing a handful of superfoods will help, but if you really want to drop the weight, you need to pick the ones that are designed for your weight loss plans and issues.

 

Space them Out

A key point to keep in mind when going on a superfood diet plan and weight loss journey is to space out your superfoods throughout the day. For example, if you get all your superfoods in during the morning juice or smoothie plan you have, you are likely to deplete them before dinner. This leaves you feeling tired and dragging without the benefits you need to get through the rest of the day. Instead space them out in each meal of your day and make sure you are getting a bit of what you need each time you are drinking or eating. This will help feed your body what it needs, cut down on cravings, and help you to remain full and energized throughout the day.

 

These are just a few of the ways you can use superfoods to help with your weight loss journey. Remember, you are wanting to keep the right balance of nutrients in your diet along with calories. Research your options and create a meal plan that does serve both uses for your individual weight loss journey and needs.

How to advocate for myself with online blood testing

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No one likes to be told what to do, but unfortunately many doctors and health care practitioners don’t realize that that is exactly what is happening on a daily basis – insurance coverage and medical algorithms often determine the tests that a health care provider will order.

You can request that your family practitioner order a set of lab tests, but it is unfortunately a low likelihood that they will acquiesce to your request.  Why?  Besides the algorithms and insurance restrictions mentioned above, they may not know how to interpret the results.  This puts their license at risk, and no doctor or health care practitioner wants to lose a license that cost them so much time and money to obtain – even if it is for the good of the patient!

The good news is that there are now direct-to-consumer-labs that don’t require an order from a practitioner.  These labs often negotiate lab fees with national lab companies, and ordering through one of these is actually less cost than paying a lab’s cash fees or paying for labs that insurance denies.  For example, a basic CBC may cost $15 with a direct-to-consumer-lab, but insurance could be “charged” $100 for this and decide whether or not they want to actually pay for it.  If they deny payment, that cost goes to the patient.

Don’t let insurance and your health care provider be the reason you don’t get your blood work evaluated.  Advocate for yourself, and learn about your health risks before they become health problems.

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References:

Forbes article on the benefits of direct-to-consumer lab testing: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedickman/2016/06/16/direct-to-consumer-clinical-lab-testing-wont-kill-us-it-will-make-us-stronger/#d304f1d284f1

Factors affecting laboratory use and prices: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4191351/

Take Care of Your Health

As the fall season approaches, you might be thinking about those sugary treats and more time spent indoors with no physical exercise. However, while these can be fun activities, fall should not be about isolating yourself or loading up on the unhealthy foods. It is all about balance, where you can enjoy the season, while also maintaining your physical and emotional health.

Jesus replied to them, I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. John 6:35

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Use Seasonal Vegetables

A good way to start taking care of your health in the fall season is to switch to vegetables that are currently in season. This is when you can enjoy fall produce like pumpkin, butternut squash, apples, carrots, tomatoes, and many others. Seasonal produce is going to be less expensive, so it is great for your budget, plus it encourages you to try new recipes when you switch it up a little. You will also have the opportunity to sneak in more superfoods into your diet.

Bake Smartly

If you want to bake for the fall season and holidays in general, it might seem like it won’t help you be healthier, but that’s not true at all. You can still make smarter choices in the kitchen when baking pies, cookies, and brownies for the fall season, without going overboard. Make simple changes, such as using healthier substitutes for some of your classic ingredients, like Greek yogurt or bananas, adding more baked goods with healthier ingredients like pumpkin and fruit, and always paying close attention to portion sizes.

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise can be wonderful for self-care and your physical health. It is good for your heart, boosts your energy levels, and can help you feel like you are doing something really great for yourself. Try physical activities that allow you to practice self-care at the same time, such as a relaxing stretches in the morning, a nice evening walk with your dog, or heading to a local lake or beach to take in the sights while you walk.

Avoid the Common Cold

Don’t forget about illnesses that tend to creep up in the fall, including the common cold! To prevent the cold, boost your immune, wash your hands regularly throughout the day, stay away from others who have the sniffles, and always dress appropriately when outside on cooler days. Take your vitamin C, drink plenty of fluids, and pay attention to your health – these are all going to work great at reducing your risk for catching a cold.

 

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Tips For Improving Digestion With Coconut

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Jesus replied to them, I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. John 6:35

Tips For Improving Digestion With Coconut

If you are having problems with your digestion, coconut will be your new best friend. You can add more coconut to the foods and drinks you consume, detox your body, and help with proper digestive health as well. This will make you feel much better and even give you some more energy as well.

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Start Replacing Regular Milk

Diary is one of the leading causes of digestive issues, especially in people with a sensitivity or intolerance to dairy products, or who have conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have any type of milk at all. A better alternative is to start replacing regular milk with coconut milk. This is flavorful, has the same creamy consistency, and is simply a sweeter version of milk. It more closely resembled almond milk, so if you like vanilla almond milk, you will probably enjoy coconut milk as well.

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Stick to Bland Diets With Coconut

If you are suffering a lot from digestive problems, then you should use coconut in its different forms, but also eat a blander diet. Try boiled chicken, white rice made with a little bit of coconut oil, and some dry toast. When you have coffee, use coconut sugar and coconut milk.

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Drink Coconut Water

Drinking more water is a great way to start improving your digestion and help your bowel move more regularly, but you can also do this with coconut. If you find that you don’t drink a lot of regular water, it can be really helpful to have coconut water on hand. This adds a little bit of flavor to your water, making it more enticing and you actually enjoy drinking the water. It is also good with replacing other drinks like juice and soda, since it feels like you are drinking a flavored beverage and not just water.

Use Coconut Palm Sugar

Whenever you are planning on adding sugar to something you eat or drink, whether you are adding sugar to your coffee or making baked goods, try adding some coconut palm sugar to it. This is more nutritious for you and can be a lot easier on your stomach. A lot of people with digestive problems find that it is the sugar content in their foods, not the dairy, that upsets their stomach. This is when the benefits of coconut really come in since you can get coconut palm sugar.

Benefits of Hemp Oil

Jesus replied to them, I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. John 6:35

Hemp oil is a natural, useful oil that can provide a variety of fantastic effects. If you’re curious about some of what it must offer, this information will help you discover some of the health benefits of hemp oil.

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Is Great for Your Skin

It’s generally accepted that applying an all-natural oil to the skin has its benefits as a moisturizer, but it turns out that hemp oils has some specific benefits when used on the skin. Hemp oil is full of powerful antioxidants like vitamin E, and it contains an agent called linoleic acid, which has been proven to reverse some of the effects of aging in your skin. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid, and accomplishes its age defying effects by helping cell membranes to use nutrients in a more efficient way. It also improves cellular metabolism so that your cells don’t burn out and die as quickly.

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Exercising While on a Vegan Diet

Reducing body fat and maintaining a healthy weight is the key to a long life. But how do you get started? One of the best ways to speed up your metabolism is changing what you eat. Even if you’re hitting the gym seven days a week, you won’t see the results you want until you revamp your diet.

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Many people confuse vegan and vegetarian diets. When you follow a plant-based vegan diet, you avoid all meat and animal byproducts, which include milk, eggs and honey. Aside from weight loss, a vegan diet has many benefits. For example, following a plant-based diet helps reduce the risk of certain cancers. However, there are many precautions new vegans need to be aware of to maintain good health. You must first ensure that you’re consuming the appropriate balance of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In addition, as with any new diet plan, you need to incorporate daily exercise into your routine to lose weight.

 

Diet and Exercise
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just maintain the weight you currently are, regular exercise is a must. In general, adults should perform at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity every week. Roughly, this equates to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. Furthermore, you should incorporate at least two days of weight training into your exercise routine to build lean muscle and bone. Thankfully, becoming vegan will not affect how or how often you should exercise.

Cardio and Strength Training
Exercise comes many forms, but it’s typically broken down into three distinct categories, which include resistance training, cardiovascular activity and weight-bearing exercises.

Cardiovascular exercise is specifically designed to burn fat, increase stamina and strengthen your heart. Resistance training includes crunches, push-ups and lifting weights. Bone-strengthening exercises include jogging, gymnastics and PraiseMoves.

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Proper Nutrition
Before you replace animal meats with fruit, vegetables and legumes, you should have a basic understanding of which nutrients you need to stay healthy and active. To maintain good health, you need the right balance of iron, calcium, vitamin D and B-12. In addition, you need to consume omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Protein is vital for muscle regeneration and growth. There are many alternatives sources of protein, which include spinach, peanut butter, kidney beans and chickpeas. Many of these foods also contain a sufficient amount of amino acids as well.

Calcium is also important for strong, healthy bones, which can be found in leafy greens. When you start a vegan diet, you must maintain the appropriate level of iron, which can be difficult. Be sure to stock up on almonds, spinach, cashews and seedless raisins. Finding adequate sources of vitamin D is also easy. In addition to getting outside and soaking up the sun, make a point to eat more kale, soybeans, spinach and collard greens.

The most important aspect of becoming vegan knowing where to find alternate sources of vitamins and minerals you find in animal products. And although it may seem overwhelming at first, going vegan might be the best decision you ever make.

 

Again, the vegan diet should only be used as a cleanse and only for temporary use.

 

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Do’s and Don’ts of Vegan for Weight Loss

Abiding by a vegan lifestyle undoubtedly comes with some added benefits. It can protect against type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, it can lower blood sugar levels, and improve kidney function. What’s more, veganism appeals to a lot of individuals for its ability to increase weight loss and reduce excess fat. However, when transitioning into a plant-based diet, it’s imperative to do so in a healthy and efficient manner.

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Do’s
Ease Into The Transition
It’s not that easy to quit cold turkey – pun intended. You need to allot your body a grace period so it can get acquainted with the new diet you’re introducing. A sudden shift into a vegan lifestyle can be a big adjustment for your body, so it’s important to slowly cut out animal products while your body regulates.

Add Probiotics to Your Diet
Now that dairy is no longer part of your diet, it’s important to implement other forms of probiotics into your daily intake. Dairy products contain probiotics, live bacteria that are good for your health, but there are vegan-friendly alternatives including tempeh, sauerkraut, and kombucha that serve as adequate probiotic substitutes.

Fiber Fiber Fiber!

Veggies are such an important source of fiber. Not only do they keep your energy levels up, they provide micronutrients that keep you healthy. When transitioning into a vegan diet, it’s important to not skimp on your veggies just because a vegan diet is assumed to be healthier. Maintaining substantial vegetable intake facilitates weight loss while simultaneously balancing a vegan diet.

Dont’s


Don’t Go Overboard on The Carbo-loading

“Carb up” and “Carbo-o-vore” are phrases that are common among the vegan community. While vegan pasta may be a go-to favorite, we still need ample amounts of protein and healthy fats in our bodies. Acai bowls, smoothie shakes, and coconut yogurt are tasty dishes that offer subtle amounts of carbs without going overboard.

Just Because It’s Vegan, Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy

…and that’s the harsh reality of it! There are plenty of vegan foods that are processed and have high sodium levels, which is why it’s beneficial to read labels and know what you’re putting in your body. Don’t be fooled by a “100% vegan” or “vegan food” label, always be mindful of the products you’re choosing if you want to lose weight the right way.

Don’t Lose Track Of The Food You’re Consuming
Sometimes it can be easy to shovel copious amounts of vegan eats into your mouth without tracking what you’re eating. Moderation is key among any diet, but especially a vegan one. Logging your micro and macronutrients will help keep the body fueled while also allowing you to properly shed some weight.

The vegan diet should only be temporary because it is crucial to get the nutrients from raw cheese and fermented dairy like Amasai.

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