November 2014 archive

5 Post Thanksgiving Detox Plan

Feeling horrible and guilty after the Thanksgiving night out? Feeling as if you screwed up your fast metabolism diet because of the event? We gathered the best practices to detox your system. These detox tips will help you get back to the healthier lifestyle that you already started but have been interrupted due to the said Thanksgiving:

to Detoxify Your Body After a Thanksgiving Holiday FeastThanksgiving is such a happy event that is one of the most awaited part of the year.  It’s the day we gather at the table, express what we are thankful for and have a feast later. But now that the season is over, we are back to the reality once again. If you stick on the fast metabolism diet and only cooked and ate those fast metabolism diet thanksgiving recipes, then you should have nothing to worry about. But If you happen to gave in to the temptation and ate those foods that are non-phase specific fast metabolism diet foods, then we have to do something! And that is to detoxify and recover.

Follow these simple but effective detoxification tips:

1. Drink it Up

During the Thanksgiving day you were were likely indulged to wines, drinks, or eaten other delicious desserts. Your body needs to be cleansed and rehydrated with a healthy fluid that is full of minerals. Drink up as twice as your body weight (in ounces) throughout the day after the Thanksgiving day. If possible, drink a spring water as it is rich in minerals that aids your metabolism.

2. Start your meal with rich fiber foods

After a night of over indulging, you need to keep your metabolism and digestive system on track. Eating fiber rich foods can definitely help you with that. Start your breakfast with some oatmeal recipes to regulate your system.If you are on Phase 1 and phase 3, then oatmeal is allowed for you.

3. Stretch those stiff muscles!

Feeling stiff after the night out fun? Let’s stretch and relaxed those muscles! If you are in Phase 1, you can have some cardio to  sweat out your body and release those toxins you had in your body. If you are in phase 3, you can do your yoga stretches to release fresh blood in your body. Exercising can help your body revitalize new nutrients and oxygen in your muscles.

4. Go Alkaline

Eat more alkaline-rich foods like parsley, kale, pears, and lemons that helps balance your body’s pH levels, reduced inflammations and keep your blood sugar levels under control. Refer to the list of foods allowed in your phase.
Phase 1 Fruits
Phase 2 Fruits
Phase 3 Fruits

5. Break away from your cravings!

After eating those delicious, sinful, tempting foods, you might have a sudden cravings on sugar, coffee and even salt cravings. The temptation will increase and even harder to resist this time because you got a taste of these foods after you had your withdrawals. Control yourself and don’t bother trying to eat these foods again. Keep eating your phase specific fruits, veggies and grains. You can also eat your turkey recipes to rid yourself from those cravings.

After having a sumptuous meals, it is important to stick ourselves with the healthy lifestyle. While we shouldn’t let these events ruin our social life, we shouldn’t let it distract our healthy lifestyle either. It should be a balance of the two. Apply these tips to detoxify! Happy post Thanksgiving day!

The Burn: Get Rid of Weight Loss Plateau in the Fast Metabolism Diet

One of the most common questions asked while in the fast metabolism diet program is, “I’m following the FMD but why am I not losing weight?” Dr. Haylie Pomroy writes a new book entitled The Burn, to answer this common problem experienced by many dieters. 

We have different stories and reasons why we want to lose weight, right? And whatever it is, most of us experience this terrible weight loss plateau that caused others to give up and feel hopeless.

Take heart. A weight loss plateau is normal. No matter how diligent you are in following the fast metabolism diet, from time to time you’ll fall off the wagon. If you’re stuck, Haylie Pomroy’s “The Burn” can help!

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3-day Burn for Inflammation

  • This targets the body’s inflammatory reactions to food and flushes out toxins.

5-day Burn for Digestive Dysfunction

  • This Unblocks the body’s digestion, creating a flat belly and tighter hips and thighs.

10-day Burn for Hormone Imbalances

  • This stabilizes the body’s natural hormone production and regulatory systems.

Now, how do you know what nutrition program your body needs? Take a look at the table below.

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There are also suggested I-Burn Smoothie, I-Burn soup and I-Burn tea that are medicinal, containing liver-and kidney cleansing herbs, detoxifying vegetables and energizing proteins. And the same with the 5-day D-Burn and 10-day H-Burn. Haylie Pomroy uses targeted nutrition to remove obstacles to weight loss, loosen historical fat stores, and make substantial improvements to health in less than two weeks.

To Summarize, The Burn consists:

  • 3, 5, 10-day eating and living plans, complete with grocery lists and simple daily menus
  • Dozens of delicious recipes for meals in a flash
  • Simple success boosters: Foods, teas, tips and practices that strokes the body’s ability to heal
  • Roadmaps to help readers listen to their bodies and keep their metabolism fired up

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What Does Salt Cravings Mean in Our Diet?

Why do we have salt cravings? How does salt cravings affects our fast metabolism diet?

Are you having an unusual salt cravings? Do you find yourself searching for salty foods like potato chips, pretzels? What does salt cravings in the fast metabolism diet mean? Unusual cravings for salt signals your body that you’re not getting enough nutrients in the body that you need. Here are the main reasons why your body is dealing with salt cravings:

salt cravings in fast metabolism diet

A. You don’t have enough fluids in your body

Salt helps stabilizes the electrolytes in our body. Electrolytes help our body lowers our stress level and improve our brain function. If you are having a salt craving, your body is not receiving the exact amount of electrolytes your body needs to survive. Be sure to drink half of your body weight (in ounces) to keep you dehydrated. If possible, drink spring water since it has the best electrolyte value and is full of minerals.

B. Your body is stressed

One alarming message your body is sending to you with your unusual salt craving is that, your body is going through stress. Normally, with a right amount of salt intake it helps soothe your adrenal glands and lowers your stress hormones. But with less salt intake your body is increasing your stress hormonal level. And being in a stressful state is a big No-No in the fast metabolism diet. Stress screw up your metabolism greatly.

How to deal with salt cravings?

  • If you are having these unusual salt cravings, it means that your sodium/potassium balance is off. You need to add more salt in your diet. You can eat potassium rich foods to your meals and snacks like white beans, spinach, acorn squash, artichokes, mushrooms, parsley and cilantro. It will help you get back the electrolytes your body lacks.
  • If you are in Phase 1, you can also eat higher glycemic fruits like pineapple and mango to offer more adrenal support and helps lower your stress level.
  • When you’re cooking your fast metabolism diet meals, you can add a bit more salt to your diet. Try using Celtic salt or Himalayan salt. It has the best electrolyte value and is full of 84 essential minerals. It will keep your hydration and electrolyte balance.
  • If you’re still having a salt craving, try whipping a batch of kale chips. Kale chips are safe to eat at all phases.

With proper amount of salt, it soothes our adrenal glands, lowers our stress and increases our metabolism rate. Our body is more likely to burn fat and transform them into fuel than storing them for emergency purposes. Make sure to settle your salt cravings and don’t let it prevent you from healing your metabolism and in losing weight.

Xoxo

 

The Fast Metabolism Diet Tips on Attending Restaurants

“How can I resist the temptation of foods being served in the restaurants?” Have you asked this question to yourself a lot of times already? Planning on trips? You can’t bring your kitchen with you, so how do you deal with eating out and clueless what’s on the food served? How do you stay on the diet’s phase knowing that you don’t have total control with the foods served? Tough questions, right?

Attending weddings, birthdays, business conference and the likes is an enjoyable experience, the challenging part is stopping yourself to take a bite of foods that are not allowed on the diet. This feeling causes our stress hormones and anxiety to increase.

fast metabollism diet tips on attending restaurants

Refraining from attending these events while on the fast metabolism diet may seem to be the most appropriate solution, it might not always be the case. We need to come up with a strategic plan to enjoy these restaurant night out evening meals while keeping on track on the fast metabolism diet. Here are the fast metabolism diet tips you can use while eating out on a restaurant:

Before going to the restaurant:

  • It is important to know what restaurant you will attend and their menu first. By doing this you can have the upfront knowledge what are the menus they served from then on you can choose the best meal or snacks that conforms with the diet. Make use of your internet connection and search the restaurant you’re attending.
  • If you are done searching for the restaurant’s information, you can make a call to the restaurant ahead of time (it applies with caterers too). Call them several days before you’ll go into the restaurant, or upon making a reservation you can inquire about the menu. Explain to them that you have some dietary restrictions. If they could, ask for their help if they can make you a special meal. Also make sure to state and explain your reason clearly so that they will be committed in helping you.
  • If you feel fully restricted with the restaurant’s options for you, feel free to canvass other restaurants near your location that could give you more options and can accommodate your dietary restrictions.
  • If you are checking in a hotel, you can check the restaurants near your hotel. Have your mini-bar in your hotel room be cleaned up or you can ask for a small fridge to be brought in. From then you can stock up your fast metabolism diet foods and snacks.
  • If you’re attending in buffets, check out the whole buffet meals first and decide what meal you should eat before making your way through the line.

While in the restaurant

  • Ask the waiter to remove the bread basket on the table to avoid temptation.
  • Bring your own salad dressing with you.
  • You can ask the waiter how their meal was processed and checked the ingredients in their menu. This is to ensure that you’re eating the right foods allowed in fast metabolism diet according to your phase. Was it made without sauces/butter/oil? Or is there any soy, wheat, corn in this meal? If they were serving potatoes, ask for veggies instead. State your reason or that you have a dietary restriction so that the waiters, caterers will answer your question willingly.
  • Bring phase-specific snacks with you. Events typically lasts for a long time, and you will get hungry in an hour or two. In this way you can still be on your phase and avoid eating those crappy snacks displayed on the buffet.
  • You can also bring extras with you like stevita, tamari packets, hot herbal tea, stevita cinnamon gum.

If you follow these tips, you can surely enjoy eating a meal in the restaurant without jeopardizing your fast metabolism diet. You’re not only enjoying a meal outside but you also get to socialize with your friends, family or business colleagues.

Tropical Green Fruit Smoothie – All Phase

Getting bored with the recipe you prepare repeatedly? Why not try a different recipe to add some thrill to your taste buds! This tropical green fruit smoothie is the bomb and is worth a try! More than that, this is safe for all phase! How’s that?

Tropical green fruit smoothie’s main ingredients include the tropical fruits like mango, pineapple that is rich in antioxidants and also help reduce inflammation. It can also boost our immune system and most of all, it improves our digestion and metabolism!

This recipe yields 2 serves.

Tropical Green Fruit Smoothie

Produce

1/2 Avocado, ripe
2 cups Baby spinach, packed
1 1/2 cups Mango, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups Pineapple, fresh or frozen

Refrigerated

2 cups Coconut or almond milk, unsweetened

Nuts & Seeds

2 tbsp Chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Place the spinach, avocado, chia seeds and coconut/almond milk in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Add the diced mango and pineapple and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour your smoothie into glasses/mason jars.
  4. Drink up to a happy metabolism!

Notes: You can also refrigerate this tropical green fruit smoothie. This smoothie lasts for three days.

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Fast Metabolism Diet Stress Handling Tips

Don’t let stress bring your fast metabolism diet journey down! Know the fast metabolism diet stress handling tips to overcome your stress!

Fast Metabolism Diet Stress Handling Tips

We all know that being stressed while we’re on a fast metabolism diet journey is a big NO-NO. This is because if we stress ourselves up our body gave emergency signals that causes to store fat instead of losing them. But with our hectic schedule, family and social problems, work-related stuff and other things we couldn’t help but feel stressed with all the pressure surrounding on us. How do we handle them? How do we keep ourselves off from the metabolism-killer stress? Here are the fast metabolism diet stress handling tips you can apply.

Extend Phase 1

Whole grains and fruits in phase 1 have adrenal-calming effects and these foods are very easy to digest in our body. If we are stressed we usually have an abnormal sleeping pattern that slowed up our metabolism. Eating Phase 1 whole grains and fruits will help your metabolism absorb the necessary nutrients your body needs despite of the stressful situation you’re in. You can extend Phase 1 by a day. Your phase rotation for the week will then be 3 days of Phase 1, two days of Phase 2, and two days of phase 3. You can have quinoa, brown and wild rice as a whole grain to soothe the stress in your body without overtaxing your digestive system.

Eat high-glycemic fruits

Eat adrenal-calming fruits that help regulate your stress hormones like mango, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe and kiwi.

Be sure to drink water half of your body weight, in ounces every day

When you’re dealing with a stressful situation, you tend to breathe more heavily, thus increasing your water needs. Make sure to drink water every day to keep your body hydrated and functioning well, especially if you are dealing with a stressful situation.

Drink Herbal Tea

Herbs will help you calm further and alleviate your stress. Try drinking passionflower, ashwanganda, lemon balm and Siberian tea.

Extend your Cardio-exercise

When we are stressed our mind is not functioning well and was often preoccupied with disturbing thoughts. This results into sabotaging our food and our exercise. While it is recommended to extend Phase 1 when you’re in a stressful situation, it is also recommended to extend your cardio exercise. It’s because our fight or flight instincts kick in and our body wanted to run. Give in to the desire of your body, go for a run. brisk walk, etc. Make yourself sweat and you’ll be rewarded with a clearer and lighter mind when you’re stress was being lifted up.

Sniff a lavender oil

Lavender helps your mind decide which thoughts you should hold and which one to release. Thus, making your mind be focused on one thing instead of overloading it with disturbing and stressful information. Rub a drop or two inside your nostrils.

We shouldn’t let stress get on to us and hindered our fast metabolism diet journey. Let us handle and overcome our stress, and be on track with healing our metabolism, losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle.

 

London Broil with Lime-Garlic Ginger Marinade – Phase 2

We understand that your cravings for foods increases during Phase 2, so we took the liberty of preparing another phase 2 recipe to add to your list! Get your hands on to your fave kitchen utensils and have a taste of the delicious London Broil with Lime-Garlic ginger Marinade!

This all in one marinade is great for steak, poultry, shrimp! For the vegans you can also make this recipe together with your favorite tempeh! Follow the instructions below:

London Broil with Lime-Garlic Ginger Marinade

 

Recipe will yield 4 to 8 serves.

Ingredients:

1/4  cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping teaspoon minced or grated fresh ginger
10 drops liquid stevia
1 to 2  lb flank steak, sirloin, or skirt steak (or tempeh, cut into chunks)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Instructions:

1. Combine the lime juice, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, and stevia.

2. Make shallow slashes across the surface of the steak with a knife. Place the steak (or tempeh) in a resealable bag or shallow glass dish. Pour the marinade over it, cover, and marinate, refrigerated, for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days.

3. Turn occasionally so that all surfaces of the steak or tempeh have good contact with the marinade. When near the end of the marinating time, remove from the refrigerator and allow to return to room temperature.

4. Prepare a grill for direct cooking at 450 to 500 degrees. Dry the steak or tempeh well with paper towels. Season with freshly ground pepper and salt.  (Go lightly on the salt since coconut aminos are already salty.)

5. Grill the steak for approximately 5 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees.

6. Remove from the grill, cover, and let the steak rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing, to allow the meat to relax. (If using tempeh, pan-fry in a nonstick skillet until golden and crispy.)

London Broil with Lime-Garlic Ginger Marinade

We also have our tempeh variation for our fast metabolism  vegan dieters! Note that only vegans are allowed to have tempeh on Phase 2.