August 2015 archive

Did You Know that Eating Spicy Foods can Actually Help you Lose Weight? Here’s Why!

Do you find yourself often sprinkling your meal with chili pepper? Awesome-sauce news to all dieters who are spicy lovers! Researchers from Wyoming unlocked a beneficial ingredient from chili peppers that aids you in losing more weight (you can found the news here)

Spice up and Lose Weight With Chili Peppers and RecipesCapsaicin, which is the main ingredient found in chili peppers, creates a burning sensation in the inner walls of our body and it helps the adrenaline released into our blood stream, which triggers our body to turn on the thermogenesis process inside our body. Thermogenesis is the process of turning the bad, unhealthy white fat into a fat burning brown fat and breaking them down, and when you exercise, your body will be burning off the bad white fats in your body and increasing your energy expenditure (with the help of the brown fat) in the process.

Aside from that, the capsaicin regulates our energy, body temperature and appetite. Capsaicin helps decreased our sweet and salty cravings because it stimulates the protein pathway called transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) in our stomach. This receptor is known to activate the nerves in our stomach to tell that our body is now full or have had enough food intake. Here is a statement from Amanda Page, a professor from University of Adelaide’s School of Medicine:

“We discovered that deletion of TRPV1 receptors dampens the response of gastric nerves to stretch – resulting in a delayed feeling of fullness and the consumption of more food,” Page explained.

It’s definitely thrilling to know that we can lose weight while enjoying our favorite spicy recipes with chili peppers . There’s more reason to love your spicy foods, and not feeling guilty at all! Check out our fast metabolism diet spicy recipes here.

Spicy Beef and Sweet Potato Tacos – Phase 3

Looking for something spicy and delectable meal this summer? Easy to prepare and quick to assemble, this Spicy Beef and Sweet Potato Tacos are packed with spices and a little heat for kick.

Spicy Beef & Sweet Potato Tacos - Phase 3Earthy, smoky cumin, spicy cayenne pepper, and a couple dashes of smoked paprika takes your tacos to a whole new mouthwatering level. The mild sweetness of the sweet potatoes help to tame a bit of that kick, so if you’re a little on the shy side when it comes to spicy food, you should be just fine with these.

Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet potato, cut into 1/2″ cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c chopped yellow onion
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1/4 t ground cumin
  • 1/4 t ground cayenne
  • 1/4 t smoked paprika (regular paprika works just fine)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 8-12 small (4″) sprouted tortillas
  • Chopped onion & cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

Directions
1. In a large skillet or fry pan, heat the oil and add the garlic & onions. Cook until just fragrant and slightly translucent. Add the chopped sweet potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften slightly and just begin to brown.

2. Add the ground beef, tomato paste and seasonings, and fold gently into the potatoes & onions. Cook the meat until completely browned and the sweet potatoes are tender. Check for seasoning and adjust according to taste with salt & pepper (and a little more cayenne if you’re up for it).

3. Heat the tortillas on a griddle or skillet. For the softest tortillas, lightly moisten your hands with water and pat both sides of each tortilla until it’s just damp. Place on the griddle and cook over medium heat for about 45-60 seconds on each side. Place on a plate and keep covered with foil until ready to serve. For crispier tortillas, spray your griddle with cooking spray or add a small amount of oil, then add the tortillas. Cook until warmed through and slightly browned around the edges.

4. Assemble those tacos! Grab a couple of tortillas and place a generous spoonful of the beef & sweet potato mixture inside. Top with chopped onion and cilantro.

Serve with a side of salsa if you like, and enjoy!

4 Reasons Why Organic Foods Are Expensive

It is highly recommended to stick with organic foods in the fast metabolism diet. It is because we wanted to feed the metabolism and body with raw, clean, and healthy foods than those processed, GMO and heavily fertilized produce.

Why Organic Foods Are Expensive? While it is good to get the optimum nutrition from organic foods, many are still skeptical to it because of the maintenance and the fact that it is costly. Why are they expensive by the way? This article will enlighten the reason behind its costly price.

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  1. Organic Certification

This is primarily the reason why organic foods are expensive than the conventional ones. The farmers are not only paying for the annual fee (which usually costs $400-$2,000 a year), they need to maintain their farming facilities and operations, production methods to comply with the USDA standards.

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  1. Organic Fertilizer

Organic farmers don’t just use cheap fertilizer in producing organic foods.  They use compost or manure as a fertilizer. These types of fertilizer are more expensive to ship and transport. Hence, additional fee for the organic farmers.

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  1. Manual Labor

Every method done in an organic farm is done manually (like weeding the organic foods by hand). This means that organic farms will have to hire more workers to handle the sophisticated crop rotation, hand-weeding, cleanup of polluted water to avoid contamination of food. Adding more costs to the farmers in the process.

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  1. Organic Foods Grow Slower

Organic farmers don’t use growth hormones and other chemicals and enhancers to influence the food’s growth. They make sure that their products will grow and reach its maturity naturally. This means that there will be a delay of profit for the farmers.

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Organic is Worth It.

Now, we understand the reasons behind the price. Let us be reminded that quality comes with the price. It may hurt to purchase organic foods rather than the conventional ones, but it is certainly cheaper than buying processed, GMO foods. Why? It keeps your body healthy and clean, and your liver, adrenal glands and other major organs can spend more of its time on healing your metabolism than digesting those pesticides and hormones.

Aside from that, you won’t have to worry about paying the hefty medical bills just because you’re diagnosed with diabetes, cancer, and other mortal diseases. You will be able to live healthier and happier life by staying organic!

6 Ways to Get your Kids to Eat Veggies

As we personally witness the miracles the fast metabolism diet has brought to our body and health, we couldn’t help but share this program to our loved ones. We wanted to influence others to switch to healthy lifestyle just like us, especially our little angels. As parents, it is our mission to nurture and teach our kids about healthy eating.

6 Ways to Get your Kids Eat Healthy VeggiesWhile it looks easier to convince our kids to eat fruits, protein-packed meals and healthy snacks, it is true to most of the parents to find it challenging to encourage the kids to love veggies. Veggies play an important role in our nourishment, weight loss and our overall health. Our kids would normally favor sweets, chocolates, meats and junk foods over the healthy ones.

How do we inspire them to eat veggies? Here are the tips you can apply:

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Blend Veggies into Smoothies.

The best way to get your kids eat healthy veggies is through smoothie. No one could resist drinking a healthy drink such as smoothie! Mix these veggies up with delicious fruits and healthy fats to give a nourishing and healthy breakfast or snack for your kids. Not only your kids are able to eat veggies, smoothies can also make them full and satisfied.

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Include them in Salads, Soups and Pasta

If your kids are a fan of soups, salads or pasta, this will definitely do the trick! You can chop the veggies into chunks and pieces and include them in your fast metabolism diet recipes.

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Cut them Into Funny Shapes

Another way is to chop the veggies in shapes and assemble them based on their favorite  character from movies or cartoons. Example for this is you can make shapes out of zucchini and cucumber. Your kids are most likely to eat it since the shapes attract them.

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Let them Pick their Favorite Food

When you are in a grocery store, give your kids the freedom to pick up the foods they want to eat, rather than forcing them to eat all of the foods you picked. This will make them feel special and feel like they have a say in what they eat. They are less likely to indulge themselves into unhealthy foods

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Make Pizza or Chips

Do your kids love to eat pizza? Instead of having take outs, why not make a homemade delicious and healthy pizza yourself? You can have kale, zucchini or other veggies topped into your pizza! This will be a perfect opportunity for you and your kids to bond in the kitchen and make delicious foods!

Don’t Trick Them

Last and definitely not the least, don’t try to trick your kids. Instead, try to have a heart to heart talk with your kids and tell them why you’re adding veggies into their meals or snacks. Let them understand the importance of eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. Your kids are most likely to support and follow you if you try to consider their feelings. And most importantly, be a good role model for them.

Why Juicing is Not Recommended in the Fast Metabolism Diet Program

Juicing and blending are well-known to be two of the healthiest ways to get proper nutrients. The nutrients found in both juices and smoothies keeps our body energetic and hydrated. Both are a healthier options to start our day than dehydrating coffees.

Why Juicing is Not Recommended in the Fast Metabolism Diet

Yet many of the fast metabolism dieters are wondering what the difference between the two and why juicing is not recommended in the fast metabolism diet. This article will help you understand the distinct difference between the two.

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Processing:

  • The juices are made with juicers. Juicing removes the fiber from fruits and vegetables.
  • The smoothies,  on the other hand, is made with blenders. The fibers in a smoothie is still retained even though the foods are broken down into liquid form.

In the fast metabolism diet, we wanted you to eat more fibers to keep you full until your next meal/snack, while still getting the proper nutrients your body needed. The only way you can do that is through smoothies.

digestion, fast metabolism dietDigestion:

  • Since all the fibers from veggies and fruits are removed in juicing, your body does not have to do any digestive work to extract its nutrients. Instead, all the nutrients in fruits and veggies enters your bloodstream quickly, giving you an instant fusion of vitamins, minerals, living enzymes and other phytonutrients.

Juices are called as a healing drink and is very good for people who have damaged digestive systems, or who have difficulty in digesting veggies. It also supports the healing of a damaged gut. The reason it is not recommended in this diet is it can cause your blood sugar to have an abrupt spike because of the sweet fruits. A sudden spike in your blood sugar will cause your insulin levels to increase quickly. This in turn will prompt your body to store the sugar as fat instead of burning it. And the last thing we need is to store more fats!

  • A smoothie, on the other hand, still contain the fiber from fruits and veggies. This means that your body will still have to do some digestive work to break down and digest your smoothie, and extracting the nutrients from it. The breakdown process will help the nutrients to enter your bloodstream slowly, thanks to fibers.

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Foods/Ingredients:

Juicing:

  • It is not recommended to juice too much fruits. This is because fruits are rich with natural sugars, and they are released into your blood stream quickly. Your liver will have to work extra hard to filter them.
  • Also,  avoid juicing spinach and chard every day. They are high in oxalates which can cause kidney stone issues. You can juice spinach and chard every other day.

Smoothie:

  • Avoid smoothing too starchy and hard to digest veggies like sweet potato, root veggies like beets and carrots. These ingredients are hard for your body to break down. Stick more into water rich veggies, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, any phase-specific foods that is easy to digest.
  • Avoid putting too many ingredients in your smoothies. While it is overwhelming that we can mix up veggies, fruits, healthy fats and proteins to make our smoothies healthy and nutritious, putting too much ingredients can do more harm than good. Instead, keep your smoothies healthy, delicious but simple to do much better for your digestion.

We hope this guide has helped you in spotting the difference and the purpose between the two to aid our diet and healthy lifestyle. Check out our healthy fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes.

Lemon with Ginger Ice Pops – All Phases

Are you up for something new dessert this summer? Lemon with Ginger Ice Pops will quench your thirst plus gives you an exciting burst of flavors! You will be surprised with its combination of sweet, sour and spicy flavors. Head on to the kitchen and let’s do it together!

Lemon with Ginger Ice Pops

Serving: 10. Serving Size: 1 Popsicle

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4-inch (1 oz) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup stevia
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice (from 3 lemons)
  • zest of three lemons
  • 10 ultra thin half slices lemon (optional)

Directions:

1. Put the ginger, water, stevia and lemon zest in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the stevia is dissolved, then remove the pan from heat and let it get to room temperature.

2. Pour the mixture through a fine strainer pressing down hard on the ginger with the back of a spoon. Mix in the lemon juice.

3. Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds, leaving 1/4 inch at the top to let the mixture expand while it freezes. Place a slice of lemon in each mold if using then insert the sticks and freeze.

4. Serve.

There you go! Share with everybody and enjoy!

Grilled Turkey Burger with Lettuce Wraps – Phase 3

Fancying a grill party this summer? Why not? Give in to this mouth-watering duo – healthy fries and burgers!

Grilled Turkey Burger with Lettuce Wraps is a genius idea of the healthy buff! This meal is real simple and quick, it will only take 45 minutes to prepare and cook it all.

Grilled Turkey Burger with Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey
1 large egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 onion powder
Coconut Aminos

Sweet Potato Fries:
1 large Sweet potato sliced.
Sea Salt
Olive oil for frying

Extras:
Lettuce, tomato, avocado

Directions:

1. Heat your grill on the high, or bake these on 350

2. Put meat, spices and egg into the mixing bowl and mix it with your hands.

3. Form six big juicy pattied and throw them on the grill until cooked.

4. Fried sweet potato in the olive oil for twenty minutes and shoved in the oven for another 25 minutes with 425 temperature. Continue to flip the fries until golden brown.

5. Served with lettuce, tomatoes and avocados

6. Serve. Enjoy eating!

Tuna Noodle Skillet – Phase 3

This Tuna Noodle Skillet pasta is cooked faster with no baking required. It’s a healthy quinoa pasta that is rich in fiber to help you feel fuller and satisfied. Packed with delicious almond cheese and coconut milk, this recipe is an ideal recipe for your phase 3 dinner.

Tuna Noodle Skillet - Phase 3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside. Heat a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, rosemary or oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often until the mushrooms are soft and the onions start to brown. If the veggies stick add a few tablespoons of water and continue cooking.
  • Add the flour and cook a minute more stirring often until the flour coats the vegetables. Add half of almond milk and stir whisk well to break up any flour lumps that may form. Add the rest of the almond milk, the half and half and simmer on low about a minute until a thick sauce forms, stirring often. Stir in the tuna and almond cheese until well combined.
  • Add the pasta, broccoli and toss. Garnish with the parsley or basil and serve immediately.

I wouldn’t blame you if you include this in your list of favorite tuna dishes. I mean this will not fail to impress you. Good luck and head on to the kitchen now!

Delectable Tuna Fish Salad – Phase 3

Looking for a protein-packed lunch that is easy to prep? You will love this Tuna Fish Salad. A healthy seafood salad with rich flavors and smothered with avocado that serves as your healthy fats.

Delectable Tuna Fish SaladIngredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. Spread the mixture in the grain bread and you’re done! Chill and serve! Enjoy eating!

4 Reasons Why Your Exercise is No Longer Working

Let us all be reminded that an important part of successfully carrying out the diet is including work-out in our regimen. To see dramatic results, a phase specific exercise is strongly advised and should always be paired to healthy diets. Exercise helps us to break and tear down the muscles, and use our body’s resources to repair them. Thus, burning our fats in the process and converting them into our energy fuel.

4 Reasons Why Youre Workout is No Longer WorkingHowever, there are times that no matter how religious we are in exercising, it’s not working anymore. We’re not as energized and productive as before. We no longer feel the thrill of exercising.

Wondering why your exercise is no longer working? Here are the top four reasons behind it:

  1. You Sit all Day

Almost everyone of us has a sedentary work. Moreover, our schedules are usually tight-packed. It is almost impossible for us to follow the exercise routine. Studies show that sitting too much can be bad to our health and our waistlines, so how do we deal with over sitting?

Solution: Just like what we advised before, you can split your exercise into a 15 minute brisk walk before and after you go to the office. Aside from this, make it a hobby to increase your body movement. Do a frequent 3-5 minute break by standing or stretching your body. Another thing is to walk over your co-worker’s office instead of using the phone, or emailing when communicating with them. During your lunch break, you can use the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Take every opportunity to do body movement.

  1. Your Reward Your Body With Food

“I already burn a few pounds just from my recent Cardio exercise. It wouldn’t hurt to have a handful of snacks to eat, right?” Are you one of these people who ‘reward’ themselves to splurges to compensate their exercise? You may be eating more food and depositing more fats in the process than what you actually burning during exercise. Aside from that, these thoughts often triggers you into cheating and eating the wrong food.

Solution: You can eat food within 30 minutes after finishing your exercise, but remember, the keyword here is Moderation. Even when you’re eating phase-specific foods, keep it under control. Stick to your food portion. Our body is still exhausted and recovering from the workout it undergone, so take your food slowly, don’t overdo it. Fluids matter, too. Water is the best thirst and hunger quencher.

  1. You Skimp on Sleep

Sleeping early helps your body to repair and build your lean muscle. But if you’re depriving your body from sleep, it tends to suppress your hormone growth, making it harder to perform its task. Aside from that, sleep deprivation can alter our glucose metabolism, making it harder to bring out our best effort during our workouts.

Solution: Establish a consistent sleeping schedule. Remove any distractions that hinders your sleeping like tablets, TV’s, smart phones.

  1. Same Old Routine

Just like eating food, our body is highly adaptable in exercising. After weeks of doing the same set of exercise, our body adapts and the challenge is already gone, making our exercise no longer effective.

Solution: Just like what we suggest when you’ve hit a weight plateau, mix your exercise up! Try some variation! You can do swimming, intense walking, dancing as an alternative for Cardio activities. Pushups and Squats for Phase 2 or you can try different Yoga exercise like Sun Salutation or Shapeshifter Yoga. Be creative! Spice up your exercise so that your body will feel another thrill and challenge.

We all have so much things to do in life that we take exercising for granted. Exercising is one of the things we should incorporate to our lives to maintain a good weight and healthy body. Sooner or later, you will see the difference once exercise becomes a habit. Commit to it! If you’re lost again, just go back to this article and remind yourself, it will all be worth it.

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