20 Low Calorie Foods You Won’t be Ashamed to Eat Every Day

When you first begin a diet, it can be difficult to find foods low in calories that you can snack on–especially when you’re used to snacking on junk food all day.  While these lower calorie foods may not be as tasty as unhealthier alternatives, they serve well to quench your hunger pangs while you’re waiting for your stomach to shrink.

Give it time, and you won’t be getting as hungry as often.  If you must have junk food, do so in moderation.  For example, dark chocolate is a nice treat because it is high in antioxidants.  Challenge yourself to only eat one or two squares slowly, savoring every morsel.  Popsicles  are a good sweet treat that is low in calories especially in the summer.

Here are 20 foods under 50 calories per serving.  Eat all you want!

  • Celery – 5 calories per stalk (Your body actually burns 50 calories to digest one stalk of celery, bonus!)
  • Unsweetened Green Tea – 0 calories (Drinking two to four cups per day can even help you burn up to 50 calories!)
  • Watercress – Great on a sandwich and one whole pound is only 53 calories

The Almighty Spinach

  • Spinach – Only 100 calories per 15 cups! (Spinach really does make you big and strong.  It has a hormone that speeds muscle repair, healing muscles up after a workout.  This allows you to build more muscle on top of that muscle sooner!)
  • Kiwi – 40 calories per fruit (And more than your daily recommended dosage of Vitamin C!)
  • Bell Pepper – 30 calories a piece (Again, more vitamin C than oranges and only 1/2 the calories)
  • Bok Choy – 5 calories per cup
  • Mushrooms – 2 calories a piece
  • Water – 0 calories of course (Drink 2 liters when you first wake up, before you eat anything and you’ll feel fuller all day)
  • Chewing Gum – 5 calories per stick (You burn 5 calories for every hour of chewing gum)
  • Radishes – 19 calories per cup

Star Fruit

  • Star Fruit – 28 calories per fruit – (That’s less than just 2 jolly ranchers! And just as sweet)
  • Asparagus – 27 calories per cup
  • Plums – 30 calories per fruit
  • Broccoli – 30 calories per cup (Your body burns 80 calories to digest broccoli, plus you can get 3 times the amount of protein in just one stalk of broccoli as in an ounce of chicken)

Pineberry – A rare cousin to the strawberry that tastes like a pineapple-flavored strawberry! Sold in boutiques in the UK.

  • Strawberries – 49 calories for one cup of slices
  • Popcorn – 30 calories per cup (without butter and salt)
  • Stevia Artificial Sweetener – 0 calories per packet (Aspartame-free, and derived from the Stevia leaf, a sweet liquorice-like tasting plant)
  • Tomatoes – 26 calories a piece (The body burns 60 calories to digest one tomato!)
  • Watermelon – 46 calories per cup
  • Carrot – 30 calories a piece

The best way to eat most of these foods is raw–especially with the ones your body expends more calories to digest.  The more foods are changed from their natural state, the more enzymes they lose. If you must cook them, use Pam instead of oil or butter.  To give these foods some flavor, add dried herbs and stay away from salt.

For a diet to work, you have to make a complete lifestyle change and stick to it.  That doesn’t mean being denied all of your favorite foods, it means realizing people should only indulge seldomly.  You wouldn’t give a child nothing but junk food all the time.  Instead you would teach them that some foods are bad, and should only be consumed sometimes.  The same goes for us!

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How Weight Loss Works: How Many Calories Equal a Pound?

People all over the world are trying, unsuccessfully, to lose weight through exercise alone.  You can’t spend an hour at the gym then hit McDonald’s afterwards and expect to see any results.  The key to weight loss is tracking your calories.  To do this, you have to know how many calories your body burns per day on its own, just to function.

How Many Calories do You Have to Avoid to Lose One Pound?

While it is possible to lose weight through diet alone, the best weight loss regimen combines diet and exercise.  This will help you lose weight faster and keep it off longer.  When you have muscle, you don’t have to watch what you eat as much because the muscle will burn off any fat you do eat.

One pound is equivalent to 3500 calories.  To illustrate how you can use this knowledge to make your diet more successful, here is an example of a good diet regimen.

Jane Smith, age 30, is 240lbs. She is 5’6″ and has a sedentary activity level (she sits all day at work and does not exercise regularly).  Her caloric intake needed to maintain her weight is 2200.  If she were to start a diet and exercise regimen by consuming just 700 calories less per day (bringing her calorie consumption to 1500) and lift weights for an hour a day to burn 500 calories each day, she would be coming in for a caloric intake of 1000 per day (2200 Calories Needed to Maintain Current Weight – 700 Calories Less Consumed – 500 Calories Burned through Exercise = 1000 Calories).

Jane is now taking in less calories than her body at her current size requires for energy.  Now, her body must start using her excess fat as energy.  So each day, she is losing 1200 calories (consuming 700 less + burning 500 extra) .  After 3 days, she will have lost 3600 calories, or one pound plus an additional 100 calories.  At this rate, Jane will lose 10 pounds per month.fat, stomach, weight

Caloric Intake

The amount of calories your body burns through regular, day to day activities is your caloric intake.  This will be different for each person and is dependent on gender, height, weight, and activity level.  When you add up all of the calories you’ve consumed for the day, minus any caloric expenditures, you should be equal to or below your caloric intake.

If you are unsure of your caloric intake, go to http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-goal.php for a calculator.  To use the calculator to find your current caloric intake, input your current weight and goal weight as the same number.  Later, you can experiment with it to help you achieve weight loss.

If you want to maintain your current weight, your target should be to shoot for your caloric intake.   To lose weight, you want your caloric intake to be as low as it can be away from your caloric intake.  However, keep in mind that most doctors advise to consume at least 1200 calories per day for health.  I think as long as you’re eating healthily and satisfying all of your nutritional needs with the food you’re eating it will not hurt you to go as low as 500-1000 calories per day.

Of course, if you want to gain weight, it would be the opposite.  You’d want to consume over your caloric intake and avoid caloric expenditure (loss) from participating in any activity.

Calorie Counting

As you can see from Jane’s example, calorie counting is essential for weight loss.  It can make you feel more confident in your diet too, knowing exactly how many pounds you should be losing and when you will lose them.  You really do have control over your weight.

Calorie counting can be difficult at first, but pretty soon you will be adding it up in your head without even realizing it.  If it helps, keep a journal of everything you’ve eaten to add up the calories.  Keeping track of calories burned is a little harder, but you can buy a monitor that you can wear anytime you’re exercising which will tell you approximately how many calories you’ve burned.

Equipped with this knowledge, your diet is fail proof.  This is scientifically how the body works, no tricks involved.  So stop stressing about your diet and do it!

Is Cow Milk Healthy? New Research Suggests it is Actually the Opposite

Why Do We Drink  Cow Milk?

Ever since we were younger, both family and friends have drilled into us the importance of drinking milk to be healthy.  Not only did we have to hear it from these sources, but we were bolstered with campaign ads featuring our favorite celebrities.  One glass of milk every day was said to prevent osteoporosis and make you grow strong.

What Ingredients Does Cow Milk Contain?

Cow milk does contain high amounts of calcium in its natural form.  How is cow milk produced today? Well, cows don’t always produce milk just because they have udders.  They must be kept on a high amount of hormones to make the cows body believe it is pregnant.  Like humans, cows only produce milk when they are pregnant.

Cows are fed high-protein diets to increase their milk production.  They are also given high doses of a growth hormone called Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), which has been linked to causing prostate and breast cancer in humans.  This overproduction leads to the udders being filled beyond capacity, causing mastitis.  Mastitis is inflammation of the breasts and causes cracking and bleeding.

Also, cows are given antibiotics in their food to prevent disease, since they are crammed in such tight quarters.  Pasteurization does not purify any of these elements from cow’s milk.  Instead, pasteurization removes nutrients and enzymes, giving milk that clean white look.  So essentially, when cow milk reaches the shelves it only contains the following ingredients:

  • Cow blood and pus from cracking udders due to mastitis
  • IGF-1, a cancer-causing hormone
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormones

Cow Milk is Unhealthy for Human Consumption

If you’re trying to lose weight, here’s another reason to cut milk from your diet: hormones make you gain weight.  Any woman that has ever been on birth control will tell you the same.  Cow milk grows baby calves from just 30lbs to 300lbs in one year!  And after baby cows are weaned, they will never drink their mother’s milk again, just like human babies.

Humans are the only species that drinks breast milk from a species different than their own.  A high number of people are lactose-intolerant for a good reason: drinking cow milk isn’t natural for humans.  Here are the overwhelming statistics of the number of people with lactose-intolerance:

  • 74 percent of Native Americans
  • 53 percent of Hispanic Americans
  • 95 percent of Asian Americans
  • 70 percent of African Americans

 

Do You Want to Drink Milk Now?

Listen to this ironic statistic discovered by Yale University.  The only tribe in Africa which raises cows and drinks their milk is the only tribe in Africa with the occurrence of osteoporosis–the very thing milk supposedly prevents.  Researchers at Yale also claim that they cannot find a study which proves milk prevents osteoporosis.

The leading cause of death for women under 50 years of age in America is breast cancer.  However, in Asia breast cancer is almost non-existent.  Milk consumption is virtually non-existent in Asia as well.

The Dairy industry is a very profitable one, but at what cost?  Just because they can afford to place ads in front of you every second of the day does not mean milk really is good for you. Studies have shown that milk really isn’t as healthy for us as we once thought it was–in fact, it may be extremely unhealthy.

Sources for Calcium other than Cow Milk

  • Sesame seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Leafy greens – Spinach, kale, collard greens, bok choy, mustard greens
  • Flax Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Oranges
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Dried fruits & nuts
  • Dried herbs
  • Calcium supplements
  •  Soy milk

Surprising Green Tea Benefits

green tea benefits

There are many green tea benefits that have been recognized for centuries, but it seems like every year we unlock a new health potential for the ingredients in green tea.  Green tea has been consumed and used for a wide range of ailments dating back 4,000 years.

Green Tea Benefits

A zen priest in 1191 wrote a detailed book on the health effects of green tea.  Even back then the extroardinary health benefits of tea were common knowledge.  Green tea was used to treat fatigue, indigestion, cure blotchiness, and improve brain and urinary function.

It strikes me as surprising that green tea has only recently become popular in the west.  But then again, there isn’t a big market for natural products, or hasn’t been until just recently.  Now, we have constant access to green tea anywhere.  It’s even sold in the dollar store.

We now know that green tea benefits extend far beyond previous knowledge.  Scientists and doctors have unlocked the following treatments of green tea:

  • Lowering risk for heart disease
  • Boosts metabolism for weight loss
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Improves oral hygiene
  • Prevents glaucoma and other eye diseases
  • May reduce risk for cancer and HIV contraction

There are published studies on how each of these treatments were discovered.  Ultimately, green tea can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Long-term Green Tea Benefits

In a study published in 2006, Tohoko University reported their mortality findings collected from following over 40,000 Japanese adults over a span of 11 years.  They found that drinking 5 or more cups of green tea per day reduced their risk of death for all-cause mortality by 16%.  Even more impressive, it reduced the risk of death for cardiovascular disease by 26%.  Green tea may be the secret to why people living in countries of oriental descent generally have longer life spans.

Most people don’t know that China has a high rate of cigarette smoking.  It is believed by researchers at Yale that the 1.2 liters per day consumed by most chinese gives them high doses of polyphenols and anti-oxidants that decrease the risk of heart disease significantly.  So despite the smoking, the Chinese still manage to live longer than people in most other countries.

How to Consume Green Tea

green tea benefits

Some people prefer their green tea warm, and others cold.  This is usually dependent on the weather where you live.  Either way, it still produces the same amount of health benefits.  If you dislike bitter flavors, you may add sugar–but don’t add too much.  Sugar is unhealthy in large doses, and you don’t want to defeat the whole purpose of drinking green tea–to be healthy!

Green tea with a little lemon juice and water is nice change-up to boring old bottled water.  And it still doesn’t have any calories.  This could supercharge your weightloss regimen!  Even if you can’t consume five cups of tea per day, a little is better than none.

My advice is get out there and try it!  It seems that the list of green tea benefits goes on and on.

Foods that Look Like Body Parts May be Telling You What to Eat for Health

If you aren’t sure what to eat for health, consider this: many common foods resemble parts of the body. You may have noticed this, but have you considered that this could be nature’s way of telling you which foods are nutritious for which body part?

Humans have tried for centuries to understand what different foods contain. While we have mastered this–with the result being nutrition facts printed on foods, how do you know what all of these ingredients can do for your body? Nature may have beat us by providing nutrition facts in a manner much easier to understand–if the food looks like a certain body part, it is generally good for that body part.

health, carrot, eye

We all know carrots are good for eyes because they contain vitamins and beta-carotene, which stops muscle degeneration and can lead to loss of eye sight. But did you ever notice a carrot, sliced up resembles an eye with a pupil?

 brain, health food, walnut

Walnuts look like the human brain. Not surprisingly, they contain omega-3s essential for brain function. This is more than just a stretch. Walnuts even have left and right hemispheres like a brain.

celery, bones, health

Celery resembles bones, and they’re good for bones, too. Celery contains silicon, used in bone development. Strangely, celery has 23% sodium–the exact amount of sodium in our bones.

avocado, ovary, health food

Folic acid is good for the female uterus, and avocados are shaped just like an ovary. Folate decreases chances of getting cervical cancer.

Grapefruits and other citrus fruits have a round shape–much like that of a woman’s breast. These fruits contain limonoids, which fight breast cancer.

tomato, heart, health

Lycopene, found in tomatoes, reduces the rick for heart attack. Tomatoes are red and have chambers just like the human heart.

Ginger has an odd shape, however it is the exact shape of our stomach. Ginger soothes nausea and vomiting. This is why doctors sometimes recommend Ginger Ale for an upset stomach.

So if you’re wondering what foods to eat to enhance the health of certain body parts, drop the nutrition labels and googling and trust your eyes! When you think about it, we shape our foods like the body parts they correspond to. Doesn’t a cheeseburger look like it could be placed directly on your stomach to form a pot belly–the very thing it causes? All joking aside, Mother nature will tell you what to eat for health if you only look.

Serving Up Fairy Dust With All Things Beauty, Health & Lifestyle ...

If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been reading The Water Secret by Dr. Howard Murad.

In this book, Dr. Murad explains how our cells lose hydration over time through poor diet, environmental influences and lack of nutrient absorption. He informs us that we can regain the great cell hydration of youth by hydrating our bodies through consuming healthful vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. In his book, he gives guidelines for how to look 10 years younger than your age, prevent disease and illness and look and feel your best.

Here is a great smoothie recipe for optimal cell hydration.

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Milk (although I use almond milk!)
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Lecithin Granules
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Goji Berries
  • Crushed Ice
  • Honey – to taste (Optional

Directions: Blend all ingredients & Enjoy!

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Juicing: How to Lose Weight Fast and Healthy

Juicing, weight loss, fast weight loss

Contrary to what most think, there really is a way to lose weight fast—and be healthy at the same time.  This method will allow you to drop pounds quickly while cleansing and detoxifying the body.  Most fad diets used for fast weight loss are only temporary—either because the body is only losing water weight, or because the diet is too bland or restricting to stick to.  These diets also tend to be very unhealthy, placing stress on the body and sometimes even causing further weight gain.  While the method explained in this article does require some deprivation and will power (like any successful diet) but the results can be priceless.  The method that will be discussed in this article and the only one proven way to lose weight both fast and healthy is…juicing!

Juicing—or more specifically, going on a juice fast—is the healthiest way to lose weight quickly.  If it doesn’t seem healthy for a person to go without consuming solids—drinking only juice every day for a long period of time—think again.  When juicing, one glass will consist of many vegetables and even a few pieces of fruit.  This will sometimes look like more fruits and vegetables you would even think it humanly possible to eat in one day.  However, condensed into this delicious refreshing liquid is a drink so jam-packed with enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants your body will thank you for it.

Since the body will not be preoccupied with breaking down all of the solid waste we would normally consume, the cells will begin working on other problems. That’s right—cells don’t just turn off.  They will go to work on your skin, digestive system, nails, brain, eyes, immune system…you name it!  So not only will you be lean, your skin will be glowing, you’ll feel sharper, more alert, and most ailments will seem to be in recession.  These benefits don’t even include the rewards that come with weight loss, such as lowered cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

If juicing to lose weight fast sounds too good to be true, I encourage you to try it!  I personally know people that have lost 10lbs. in 3 days.   In the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” Joe Cross loses 90lbs. in 60 days by consuming nothing but freshly juiced fruits and vegetables.  Sixty days is a huge commitment, but well worth it.  If you think you cannot possibly go one day without solid food, start small. Try juicing for breakfast and/or lunch, then eating a solid meal for dinner.  It isn’t advised to juice after a solid meal, as the nutrients will just sit on top of the food and not absorb as well into the body.  By starting small, you can test the waters so to speak, and you will still see weight loss results.  However, it will not happen as quickly, so have patience!

Ready to start? First, you’ll need a juicer. A juicer is not the same as a blender, so make sure the box says ‘juicer’ on it. Juicers run from about $50 and up.  Buy one you can afford, but remember—as with anything else—you get what you pay for.  The best juicers can squeeze so much juice from a fruit/ vegetable that you can actually later eat the dried fruit/vegetable you juiced from!  Others will juice the fruit/vegetable leaving you with a damp mushy matter. (You can actually make baby food with this or throw it in your compost!)

Any fruit or vegetable you can buy at the market can be juiced.  If you are juicing for fast weight loss, it is suggested to buy mostly green vegetables—kale, lettuce, celery, cucumber, squash, etc.  Fruits contain more sugar, which causes weight gain.  Still, you will want to use one to two whole fruits per glass for a nice flavor.  Apples are a good choice. When using oranges, lemons, or limes you will want to squeeze them manually. The rind and seeds can give your juice a bad flavor. Try vegetables you would have never eaten before; ginger, turnips, cactus, aloe vera, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc. These are all delicious when juiced and great for the body!

As you can imagine, there are many fruits and vegetables to choose from. The possibilities are endless.  Change it up every time you juice and your diet will not become boring or mundane.  This is the key to sticking with a diet.  By now if you are not convinced juicing is the way to go for fast, healthy weight loss, you are probably thinking ‘Why haven’t I ever heard of this miraculous diet before?’ This is completely understandable.

If everyone knew this secret, they would lose weight and get healthy.  That means no more buying diet pills, paying thousands of dollars for surgery, and eventually, no more prescriptions.  Can you think of all of the people who would be losing money if a vast majority of people could do this?  You can understand why this system is not widely advertised as much as it should be.

Some people may think they cannot try juicing because produce can be expensive—depending on where you live.  Try to think of food in terms of cost on the body instead of cost on the wallet.  A bag of Cheetos may cost only two dollars while a bag of oranges costs five dollars, but take a look at the cost on the body.  Just one serving of Cheetos contains 160 calories compared to only 60 calories for one whole orange.  When you eat junk food, your body pays the price.

Also, if you look at the long term savings of getting healthy now, it’s a win-win.  Imagine how much having a lipo-suction, tummy-tuck, or getting a lap-band can cost. Many overweight have incurred thousands in doctor bills and are paying even more for high cholesterol and/or diabetic medications needed just to survive.  Think of the cost on your family…the cost of a funeral.  This may seem overly dramatic but let’s face the facts. Obesity is the number one cause of death in America today—accounting for 24 percent of all deaths. To understand the significance of this, consider that in the year 2000 the number one killer in America was tobacco with 18 percent.

Now that you know the effect junk food can have on your health, consider choosing healthy foods more often. Juicing is the secret to fast weight loss and getting healthy. Try it for yourself and you will see! Share your experiences and ideas with as many people as you can. Go out and get rid of that stubborn belly the healthy way!