McDonalds Recalled its ‘Step It Tracker’ After Cases of Flesh Burn Were Reported

The fast-food giant, McDonalds, recently released a promotional package that comes along with purchasing a Happy Meal. They come-up with having “Step It” fitness tracker. Kids can wear this tracker around their wrist as a strapped watch.

MCDONALDS STEP IT TRACKER

Supposedly, the device’s primary purpose is to help your kids to get moving and promote physical activity. The device will count steps or blink as the bearer moves around.

McDonalds Step It Fitness Tracker Blistering and Skin Irritation Issues

But instead of getting positive health and fitness reviews from moms and children, they are now facing a controversial issue pertaining to public health and safety. They received 70 reports of flesh-burning, blisters, and skin irritations from vigilant moms.

As a result, McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey released a statement that they are recalling all 29 million of these fitness trackers in all U.S and Canadian stores last Tuesday.

“We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated with wearing the band,” Terri Hickey.

The spokeswoman also said that they are aggressively investigating the issue. They claimed that the wristband fitness trackers complied the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Furthermore, they are urging the parents to take the wristband off of their children and have it returned to the nearest local store. They will have it replaced either with a new toy or apple slices.

The Community’s Opinion About the McDonald Issue

While the reason for the sudden blister burn issues from the fitness trackers was still unknown, but we do know one thing is for sure. The McDonald’s promotion strategy totally failed. Even long before they introduced the product, some health and fitness enthusiast were already skeptical about the idea.

“It’s a common tactic used by food manufacturers. They promote their products alongside… healthy lifestyles,” Jennifer Emond, a pediatrics professor at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, told CNN

The community also finds it ironic that they are promoting physical fitness activity, considering they sell all these unhealthy processed foods that contribute to our weight issues. We believe that this is just their diversionary tactic to encourage parents of buying low nutritional foods. Bear in mind that nothing beats a healthy food made from tender love, and care. Lastly, we encourage parents to take the time to personally prepare your kid’s meals to ensure their safety and wellness.

Top 5 Summer Traveling Tips this 2016

With less than a month left before the start of the Fall, most of us are already anticipating the back to school season. But this doesn’t mean that FMDieters will get to skip the fun side of summer by letting it pass by just like that because they can still catch up last-minute vacation trips and travels this summer. If you are still planning your next trip, then read our top 5 tips to make your summer traveling healthy and memorable.

Top 5 Summer Traveling Tips this 2016

Summer Traveling Tips to Stay Fit and Healthy

1. Stay Active

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you’re unable to exercise. Grab the opportunity to travel around by walking, hiking, or sightseeing instead of riding a cab. Or you can do swimming instead renting a boat.

There are so many ways to stay active as you travel. Not only these physical activities will promote your well-being, but it will also let you admire the majestic sceneries and connect with nature on a personal level.

2. Stay Hydrated

It shouldn’t be difficult for you to keep hydrated since we’re already applying this rule in this diet plan. However, just to be assured, double up your water intake this Summer season. The sun can be unbearably hot during Summer, making you feel more drained than usual.

It’s important to keep yourself hydrated in order for your body to function and absorb the nutrients properly. You can also opt to drink smoothies and pair it with watery fruits like watermelons, mangoes, and pineapples that can help hydrate your body.

3. Bring Snacks with You

In order to reduce the chances of binge-eating, we recommend you pack snacks with you. Pack for fresh or frozen fruits like blueberries, apples, oranges in your bag for Phase 1. Turkey Jerky is a perfect on-the-go snack for phase 2. For phase 3, opt for almonds and nuts.

You can munch these on-the-go snacks if you’re hungry or craving for something. The fibers and nutrients will keep your hunger at bay.

4. Shop at the Local Health-Food Store

As you wander around, make some time to stop by on local health-food stores and pick up the products you couldn’t pack your bags. You can buy spring water, hummus, deli meat, almond milk, etc.

If your room has a fridge, it’s even better as you get the chance to stack your foods and cook your favorite fast metabolism diet recipes! Plus, you’ll be helping promote the local farmer’s products and support small business too!

5. Rule out the Restaurants!

You will never go wrong with preparing you meals and snacks even when you’re traveling. We recommend you check the restaurants around the area and ask for their menu. In this way, you can plan what meals to order and eat as you arrive. You can read more about dining out in restaurants below.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Tips on Attending Restaurants

Summer traveling trips and vacations are one of the best ways to bond with your family and be connected with nature. Stay fit and healthy as you spend the remaining days of your summer vacation.

5 Tricks to Outwit Supermarkets in Buying Foods

Shopping in supermarkets and local food stores proves to be a challenge to some of our fast metabolism dieters. This is where our temptation to give in to our cravings are at its peak. Wherever we look, those unhealthy foods seems to follow us, enticing us to pick and buy them instead of focusing on buying healthy foods.

Tricks to Outwit Supermarkets in Buying Foods and Losing Weight

Aside from that, we’re having a hard time picking up the right foods because these manipulative manufacturers are putting some hidden  ingredients under the guise of “healthy” food packaging labels.

How do we ensure that we’re actually buying the healthy foods we need? Here are our top 5 tricks to outwit supermarkets and have an enjoyable and healthy shopping.

1. Shop with Your Stomach Full 

The best way to beat supermarkets in tempting you to buy unhealthy foods is to shop when you’re full. If you’re not hungry, you are less likely to reach out for junk foods, chips, and soda.

If you’re hungry, your blood sugar levels and hormonal levels are out of control, resulting in cravings for sugar, fat, salt, and grains. This will lead you into making poor decisions and giving in to your cravings.

2.  Have a Grocery List before Shopping 

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Listing down all the foods you need to buy will help keep you focus on buying the foods you need. This will also lessen your time wandering around the store and picking those unhealthy foods mindlessly.

3. Look Above and Below Eye Level when Shopping Products and Ingredients 

Take time to familiarize the supermarket’s layout because you go shopping. You will then notice they stack most of the processed and junk foods at your eye level.

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Supermarkets are so sneaky that they placed the unhealthy foods where it meets your eye to entice you in grabbing them first. While those healthy and whole foods brands are located either above or below the eye level. Be sure to check those foods and ingredients located on the top or the bottom shelf to find the healthy ones.

4. Stick to Your Budget 

When going shopping, it is recommend that you only bring enough money according to your budget list. This will help you in focusing more on buying the ingredients you need and getting rid of those unhealthy foods. It will help you be accountable and be responsible for shopping.

5. Read Labels and Ingredients 

Just because the supermarket and manufacturers labeled a particular food as “all-natural” doesn’t mean it’s already healthy. Food Manufacturers loves to deceive us by hiding those unhealthy and harmful ingredients and display it as “healthy” ones.

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Learn how to differentiate these confusing food packaging labels as well as determining the truth behind expiration dates to be fully informative of the foods we’re buying.

Being aware and giving conscious efforts upon shopping, we will be able to outwit supermarkets with these tricks. Be a smart and healthy conscious shopper!

4 Healthy Fats for a Healthier and Sharper Mind

The fast metabolism diet program has opened our life to great possibilities and as a result, our way of thinking has also evolved, we make a conscious effort to find out the truth about something so we easily dismiss myths which states that “fats” connotes to bad food. In Phase 3, fats is widely enjoyed. It has a lot of health benefits to our body. Aside that it contributes to weight loss, did you know that healthy fats also help maintain a healthier and sharper mind?

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You may not believe it, but eating healthy fats is great for our brain memory. Our brain is composed of 60 percent of fat. Fueling our brain with healthy fats encourages ketosis in our body. Ketosis provides energy to our brain, protecting it from Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Disease among other brain diseases. Here are the healthy fats you can indulge for  a healthier and sharper brain memory:

1. Salmonfatty fish, salmonSalmon is heavily rich with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids improve our brain function like memory, speaking ability and motor skills. Salmon is best eaten when steamed or lightly grilled. This is to preserve the integrity of the omega-3s. You can check our salmon recipes here.

2. AvocadoavocadoAvocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that lead to an increase in the production of acetylcholine, in which this neurotransmitter plays an important role in our learning and memory development. It also promotes healthy blood flow, in which it means having a highly functioning brain.

3. NutsnutsNuts are naturally rich in Vitamin E and unsaturated fats, which promotes better brain functioning. Almonds, pecans, and walnuts help protect your brain from declining your cognitive skills.

4. Coconut Oil

coconut oilCoconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) that helps improve your cognitive function, help build lean muscle tissue and support fat loss. Coconut oil can also help regenerate and improve the nerve function inside your brain.

Don’t be guilty if you are fond of eating healthy fats, after all they are good for our body and brain! I for one is addictive to nuts so I usually have it in my purse as my go to snacks. Try it rather munching the junkies!

Chia Seeds Health Benefits

Chia Seeds Health Benefits
Chia seeds have long been recognized as a super food. These tiny, black seeds from the Salvia Hispanic plant originated from South America. Chia is part of the staple diet of the Aztecs and Mayans in the past and the word “Chia” means strength in the ancient Mayan language. Despite its ancient roots, Chia seeds have only been distinguished recently as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

So what makes Chia seeds among the healthiest food? Here are the reasons:

  1. Full of Antioxidants – It is a good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants help in preventing free radicals which damage the molecules in our cell that can cause cancer and increase the effect of aging.
  2. Rich in Fiber – It is one of the best sources of fiber. They are made out of 40% fiber, by weight. Our bodies need fiber for better digestion. Since chia seeds are almost all fiber, it can absorb up to 12 times it weight when soaked in water. Consuming them make on feel more full and lessens our appetite.
  3. Good Source for Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Our brain and body needs Omega-3. We usually get this from fish. These seeds have more Omega-3 than salmon, per gram.
  4. Packed with Nutrients – These tiny seeds are actually a good source of nutrients. It has Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus and as well as vitamins like Zinc, Vitamin B1, B3, B2 and Potassium. An ounce of Chia seeds only contains 137 calories and one gram of carbohydrates.
  5. Source for Protein – Compared to other plant food, Chia seeds are a good source for quality protein. They are composed of 14% Protein.
  6. Contains Essential Bone Nutrients – It is loaded with calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. These are essential to our bones. Chia seeds contain more calcium than other dairy products.

So if you’re looking to try out new food why don’t you give this superfood a try? They’re easy to prepare as part of your drinks, meals and even as a substitute to egg. These seeds may be tiny but they’re definitely a super food. For delicious recipe ideas, you can browse our chia seeds recipes here.

Apple Cider Vinegar’s Health Benefits

A lot of positive reviews on the effects of consuming apple cider vinegar on a regular basis are spreading. The amber colored vinegar has been around for quite a long time. It has plenty of uses not only limited to your kitchen.  It is also used to kill unwanted weeds in your garden, metal polisher or use it to clean you coffee makers.

apple cider vinegar

Going back, this miraculous vinegar contains vitamins and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E, bioflavonoids, and pectin. It’s also versatile since you can use it for your food and drinks.

If you’re still in doubt with how apple cider vinegar can keep you healthy, here are some of the top benefits you can get:

  1. Helps in Weight Loss – It is rich in acetic acid. Clinical studies had shown that people who consume acetic acid daily for 12 weeks had a decrease in body weight, abdominal fats, and triglycerides. Acetic acid also helps in preventing the increase in body fat and various liver fats.
  2. Treatment for Constipation – To improve your digestion and prevent constipation drink water with 2 tablespoons of this vinegar. Pectin, a water-soluble fiber that helps promote bowel movements is in apple cider vinegar.
  3. Controls Blood Sugar – It helps improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin helps in managing the levels in our body. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and you can drink this 3 times a day.
  4. Improves Your Skin – Worried about your blemishes and wrinkles? You can use this vinegar as a toner. Dilute it with water and apply it as a toner. It also helps in minimizing the appearance of fine lines in your face.
  5. Prevents Infections – The antiseptic properties of apple cider vinegar helps in preventing fungal infections and bacteria. Treat ear infection by rinsing it with diluted apple cider vinegar solution. Drink warm water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to treat For a bladder infection also known as candidiasis.

There are more health benefits you can get from apple cider vinegar. If you’re planning to buy one, make sure that it’s organic, unprocessed and pasteurized. Avoid those refined and processed AC vinegar. Look for raw apple cider vinegar with Mother in it.

Top 5 FMD Foods You Can Eat While On Period

One of the biggest hurdles women often encounter is our monthly period. Due to unstable hormones, we become irritable and impatient for some unknown reason rendering us emotional wrecks. It is also during this period that we find it difficult to stick to a diet plan due to cramps, fatigue, bloating, and cravings.

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How do we alleviate the symptoms we’re experiencing? Here are the top 5 fast metabolism diet food you need to eat to maintain a healthy diet while you’re on period.

leafy veggies1. Leafy Green Veggies (All Phases)

You can never go wrong with green, leafy vegetables (such as kale, swiss chard, spinach, etc). Vegetables contain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that can aid your menstruation, green veggies specifically, are rich in iron and B vitamins and they also have high fiber content that can help with the digestive issues you’re experiencing.

Bear in mind that in the fast metabolism diet, vegetable intakes are absolutely limitless! You can eat it as much as you want at any time of the day! Just make sure that they are allowed in your current phase.

2. Nuts (Phase 3)

Instead of giving in to your cravings and munching on unhealthy snacks, grab those delicious nuts. Healthy fats such as nuts are rich in omega-3s and fiber that can help sate your cravings.

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3. Almond Butter (Phase 3)

You can also pair your nuts with almond butter for a more delicious and healthier snack. The lean protein, fiber, and healthy fat you get from the almond butter will help stabilize your blood sugar and reduce your cravings. Or you can pair it with sprouted wheat bread and make a healthy sandwich for your morning or afternoon snack.

4. High-Glycemic Fruits (Phase 1)

If you’re on your period but couldn’t eat healthy fats because you’re on Phase 1, opt to eat fresh fruits instead. Apples, pears, berries, and watermelon are rich in natural sugar and have adrenaline-calming properties that help ease your digestion.

5. Red Meat

Iron is one of the most important nutrients that gets lost during periods so it’s important that we supply our body with food rich in iron to make up for what was lost. Red meat is a great source to up your iron intake thereby minimizing the chances of being anemic.

However, we do recommend that you opt for organic, sulfite-free meat as much as possible. This is to minimize the impact of ruining your diet. If you’re not a meat-lover, oysters and eggs are healthy alternatives.

With healthy food and regular exercise, we can make the hurdle of monthly periods more bearable.

Tips to Beat Summertime Sleeping Problems

There is no doubt that Summer is the most favorite season for most of us. It is the perfect time to realize those fun and exciting trips that we have been planning for a long time. It is also a great time for backyard barbecues and sunbathing on beaches. Gone are the days when we need to snuggle under the thick comforters in our bed or the icy breeze and snows during Winter Days.

summertime sleeping problems

But if the Winter season easily lulled us to sleep peacefully, it is the complete opposite during summer time. Usually we find ourselves having trouble sleeping during this season. This struggle should not be left untreated as it may impede our aim of having a healthy metabolism. How do we resolve this recurring problem? How can we establish a consistent sleeping schedule throughout the Summer season?

Here are our top 4 tips to beat summertime sleeping problems

1. Wear Black Shades or Sleep Mask

We’ve all known that days are much longer during the Summer season. The sun wouldn’t go down after dinner time. And in some countries (especially the Scandinavian countries), the sun is still up until midnight. Or worse, the Sun is up throughout the day. Sleeping while the sun’s light rays are glaring right in front of your face is definitely a bother.

We recommend you wear black shades during the day if you’re going to take a daylight nap. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, put on a sleep mask to cover the long and bright evenings. If you’re still having a hard time adjusting to the light, have dark curtains installed on your windows to block the rays from entering your room.

2. Turn on the Air Conditioners

One outright disadvantage we experienced during Summer days is the intense, hot, and restless days and nights. The temperature and humidity are at its peak. For those who have air conditioners installed in their rooms, then you’re lucky. You don’t have to deal with hot, sweaty nights.

For those who don’t have A/C, your best bet would be installing fans in your room. Ceiling fans to be exact. Ceiling fans make the movement of the air easier for you to sleep. It allows your body to perceive that you’re not sleeping in a stagnant or warm environment.

3. Wear Summer Pajamas

It’s bad enough that you’re dealing with warm temperatures during Summer, it’s worse if you’re dealing with sweaty and smelly sheets and clothes. Opt to switch with summer pajamas with light colors and made of lightweight fibers. That way, you wouldn’t be sweating profusely and stick to the sheets. Some would opt to sleep in their birthday suit, but it’s up to you if you’re comfortable with it.

4. Sleep According to your Body Clock even if You’re Traveling

Traveling to another city or country during Summer sounds like a dream come true until you get jet lags. The unfamiliar setting and place will disrupt your sleeping pattern. We recommend you keep on sleeping according to your body clock.

If you’re also having upset stomach when you’re traveling, opt to have a peppermint diluted with grapeseed oil and apply it on your tummy. It will help stretch and twist the spine, causing your muscles to relax and stimulates digestion,

Getting enough sleep may be tough during Summer, but with a few tweaks to your strategy, you’ll be establishing a consistent, peaceful and sound sleep in no time.

5 Tips to Exercise Portion Control To The Foods You’re Eating

The habit of moderation is proven to be the ultimate way to losing weight and to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With this principle, we don’t have to ditch the food we love for the sake of ‘dieting’. A balanced, healthy diet still means you have the ability to stay physically fit without totally giving up your favorite food. That’s why in the fast metabolism diet, we’re practicing portion control to food consumption.

But for some of our fast metabolism dieters, portion control is easier said than done. Oftentimes, we tend to overeat when we’re emotionally stressed. Or if not, overeat healthy food, thinking it won’t have a negative impact to our diet.

5 Tips to Exercise Portion Control To The Foods You’re Eating

How can we effectively practice portion control? Here are our top 5 tips to help you exercise portion control and avoid overeating.

1. Drink a Glass Of Water Before You Eat

We recommend drinking at least a glass of water before you eat your meal. Drinking water will help you feel fuller and minimize the chances of overeating. Did you also know that the symptoms of dehydration make you feel hungry?

5 Stunning Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Oftentimes we confused our thirst with hunger. If you’re feeling hungry, drink a glass of water first and wait for 10 minutes. If you’re still feeling hungry, you can then eat food. But if not, then congratulations! You just eliminated your hunger problems without giving in to your cravings!

2. Wear Fitting Clothes

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Wearing fitting clothes will help you be aware of your own body. The purpose of this is to keep your body checked when you’re eating. If you felt your clothes go tighter, this will prompt you to slow down in eating. If your clothes are also too loose, chances are, you’re going to keep coming back for seconds. This can lead to eating more portions than necessary.

That’s why we recommend you to wear fitting clothes that match your body– not too tight and not too loose. The clothing method will help you monitor and keeps you eat the right portions needed for your body.

3. Use Smaller (and red) plates when serving your foods

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Whenever there are different kinds of dishes served on the table, our natural instinct is to have a bite of every dish, That’s why if you have a big plate on the table, chances are, you’re going to get  huge chunks of the food which basically ruins your portion control in the process.

red plates

Switching large plates to smaller ones, on the other hand, will send signals to your brain that you’ve already taken large portions of food and you’ll stop adding more. Plates colored in red also symbolizes the STOP sign. So you’re most likely to consume less because it signals you to slow down or halt eating.

4. Veggie Fillers

In this diet, we’ve been vocal in supporting veggie consumption (as long as veggie  is allowed in your current phase). So if you want to fill your plate without worrying about overeating, you can fill it up with veggies instead. Veggies contain nutrients and fiber that will help you feel fuller and satisfied.

5. Drink Water and Smoothies on a Tall, Thin Glass

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Drinking from tall, thin glasses will trick your mind into thinking that you’re consuming more. But in reality, you’re actually consuming less. Whereas the big, short glasses held more portions than the smaller ones.

We hope these tips will help you in exercising your portion control easier. With conscious effort, you’ll master the art of moderation in no time and you’ll be able to finally enjoy eating the food you love while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Black Olive Tapenade – Phase 3 Condiments

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If you’re bored using the same condiments to your snacks and sandwiches, then it’s time to try this Black Olive Tapenade. This condiment originated from France that consists of healthy ingredients like herbs and olive oil. Black Olive Tapenade is used as an appetizer, often spread on bread. You can use sprouted grain bread for your Phase 1 (omit the olive oil) and phase 3 breakfast/snack together with sprouted grain bread.

Ingredients:

  • 5 or 6 tbsp black olives, sliced
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions On Making Black Olive Tapenade:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a mixer and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve with sprouted grain bread or use for cooking.

 

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