November 2015 archive

Delectable Roasted Turkey with Apple – Phase 1

Thanksgiving Day won’t be complete without our star menu, the Turkey! It has been our practice to feature Turkey recipes every year and this time around, we are featuring a Delectable Roasted Turkey with Apple recipe!

Filled with a rich flavoring of heavenly spices and aromatic scent of apple and ground cinnamon, this dish will surely become one of the requested recipes of your family members!

Delectable Roasted Turkey with Apple - Phase 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey

For the brine:

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 1-gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 1 gallon heavily iced water

For the aromatics:

  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 leaves sage

Instructions:

2 to 3 days before roasting:

  1. Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.
  2. Combine the vegetable stock, sea salt, stevia, black peppercorns, allspice berries, and chopped ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.Early on the day or the night before you’d like to eat:
  4. Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the turkey to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.
  5. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the turkey from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.
  6. Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  7. Combine the apple, onion, ground cinnamon, and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  8. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage.
  9. Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  10. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16-pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting.
  11. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.
  12. Served. Enjoy eating!

Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers – Phase 3

These cheesy, fluffy little bites of Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers make a savory party appetizer or snack this Thanksgiving Day.

Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt.
  2. In a microwave-safe measuring cup, heat the milk until warm but not hot, about 30 seconds. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the egg on low until frothy. Increase the speed to medium and add the warmed almond milk.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, then stir in the chives.
  4. Place two 12-hole non-stick mini muffin pans on a large rimmed baking sheet and heat in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Fill every other hole with batter (there should be 12 popovers total; the extra space is so the popovers have room to spread). Sprinkle the tops with the cashew cheese and bake, rotating the sheet halfway, until puffed and golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.

5 Healthy Food Guide Tips Within Budget

“Can I still do the diet and lose weight even if I’m not eating organic produce?”
“Can I just grab foods on grocery racks instead of the organic ones?I cannot afford to buy all organic foods recommended on the list”
“I really love to try this diet! However, I am afraid that I’ll run out of monthly budget by buying such ‘luxury’ foods. Is there any way to lose weight without buying all of these pricey foods?”

These are just some of the questions being raised by our concerned fast metabolism dieters as they embark on their weight loss journey. In this diet, it is highly recommended to patronize organic foods and meat products because of its sanitation and amazing health benefits, but most of us are hesitant to do so for a fact that organic products are costly. Some of our dieters are not ready to go full organic yet because of financial constraints. So how can we ensure that we’re getting the best weight loss results without going full organic?

5 healthy food guide tips within budget

In this blog post, we will provide these healthy food guide tips that will help you stay within your budget while living the dream of staying healthy and losing weight.

Digging The Vegetable Garden

1. Have Your Own Garden
One great way to eliminate the burden of buying pricey organic foods is by growing your own produced foods in your very own backyard. By doing so, you are assured that the foods you grew are both healthy and safe. You are free to grow your plants naturally– without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals. Your harvested produce will turn out to be the freshest and tastiest compared in the market.

farmer schedule

2. Get the Farmer’s Schedule
It is best to purchase your foods direct from the local farmer’s market than in supermarkets. They are always cheaper because additional costs for transportation and distribution are cut out. Be familiar with their schedules so that you can plan ahead and buy the freshest goods as much as possible. This is also helpful if you’re planning to buy seasoned fruits and veggies. Usually, it is more expensive to buy fruits when it’s not their harvest season yet.

grocery list

3. Have a Grocery List before Going in the Market

One of the most recommended things to do before food shopping is to create a list of items to buy. Your grocery list will help you stay focus on buying only the necessary ingredients for your diet program. It also reduces your temptation in grabbing processed, junk foods. Actually, it helps you discipline yourself by strictly following what’s on the list.

bulk

4. Buy Foods in Bulk

This may seem counter-intuitive, but buying your foods in bulk is cheaper than buying it in small pieces. Some of the foods you purchase can last longer, like brown rice. You can cook this type of rice for the following weeks to come without buying them in the market every single time. You can definitely save gas by not going to market from time to time.

Aside from that, some local markets are offering discounts and lower prices if you buy the goods in bulk.

budget

5. Stick to your Budget

If you find yourself extremely tempted to buy items not on your grocery list, we recommend you to only bring cash estimated for your grocery list (and don’t swipe the credit card pls). Taking an extra amount with you will only increase your temptation to grab junk foods. Be keen with this trick.

We hope these healthy food guide tips will help you increase your love for natural foods.  Yes, going for natural diet is possible and it can be done within your budget. The community is also promoting in enhancing your skills in smart shopping and spending. When you’re financially ready enough to buy organic products, we recommend you to start purchasing as early as now! In fast metabolism diet, we want you to get the best treatment your body deserves!

Top 5 Dieting Mistakes You Commit in Losing Weight

Top 5 Dieting Mistakes You Commit in Weight Loss

Whether you’re taking the Fast Metabolism Diet or The Burn program, you have come to realize that losing weight is never an easy task. In order to succeed in the diet, first we need to explore and understand our body’s need for it to heal. We are required to abandon our old unhealthy lifestyle, sugar and caffeine indulgence and instead, focus on consuming more real foods such as fruits, proteins and veggies to give our body the optimum nutrition it needs.

Top 5 Dieting Mistakes You Commit in Weight Loss

During the first few days of the program, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the changes we noticed in our body. Then after some time, a wave of realization hit us, we woke up to the fact  that we committed diet mistakes along the process. Why does it happen? Do we neglect other areas of the diet? Such mistake can reap negative effects in our self such as being demotivated to continue the diet, much worse if this particular mistake is committed repeatedly. We lose interest or won’t move on to the next phase. But fret not, we have the solution!

The community is here to address the top dieting mistakes you commit in weight loss and we will provide some tips on how to correct these to help you get back on track in your weight loss plan.

 

1. Thinking that Losing Weight Can Be Done in Just a Snap!

When we are trying to lose weight, we treat it like it’s our fairy Godmother. We’re expecting that in just a few days of tweaking our diet, we will shed a lot of pounds. While this is true for some cases, for most of us, it doesn’t work that way. When we couldn’t get the substantial results we desire, we’re starting to stress ourselves and feel depressed.

Instead of stressing yourself and worsening your condition, let’s try these solutions. Remember that our weight gain resulted from years of practicing an unhealthy lifestyle. The Fast Metabolism Diet and The Burn are strategically designed to correct your lifestyle and this would usually take effect for few weeks for your metabolism to heal. (Here are some tips on how to break your weight plateau.)

2. After Doing The Diet, You’re Back to Unhealthy Lifestyle
Congratulations! You’ve completed the fast metabolism diet and the burn program successfully! You’ve managed to shed those pounds. You’re finally at your best! But after the diet, we found ourselves going back to our unhealthy habits. We’re indulging ourselves with artificial sweeteners, fake foods, caffeine, alcohol, etc.

Remember that FMD and The Burn are not just temporary, it is a permanent lifestyle. Our main goal is not to lose weight but to live a healthier lifestyle. Your journey in healing your metabolism doesn’t end there. If possible, avoid artificial sweeteners, fake foods and caffeine for good. The best option is to undergo the fast metabolism diet maintenance. Focus more on eating healthy foods to nourish your body.

3. You’re Pushing Yourself Too Hard

“I am so angry with myself for messing up and skipping my meal!”
“Oh no! I ate the wrong food in my current phase! What should I do?”
“Can I still hope to lose weight even if I ate the foods served on the birthday party last night?”
“I should skip eating today because I ate too much from the last meal.”

Did you ever find yourself in these situations? While it is recommended to follow all the guidelines in the book, it is important not to get too hard on yourself. You’re still a human being, you’re not perfect and is bound to make some mistake. If ever you found yourself slipping, lift your head with grace and confidence and MOVE ON. Keep moving forward and follow your next meal/snack.

4. You’re Focusing on Eating More Fruits

Even though we’re following on eating phase-specific veggies, a lot of us tend to indulge ourselves with more fruits than the recommended quantity. There is no doubt that fruits are closer to our hearts because of its sweetness, But keep in mind that veggies contain nutrients, minerals and vitamins that heal our metabolism. We recommend eating more veggies than fruits. In fact, you can eat veggies as much as you want, at any time of the day!

5. Underestimating The Time You Have

“I really want to do the diet, but I don’t have time for it.”
“Can I still do the diet when my schedule if fully packed? I have a very hectic schedule, I practically don’t have time for myself.”

Most of our dieters experienced this dilemma while undergoing the fast metabolism diet program. But we believe that if there’s a will, there’s always a way. Read these tips to learn how to do the fast metabolism despite of your hectic schedule.

As you can see, most of the mistakes we’ve committed is all in the mind. We have misconceptions on the diet, or we easily give up. I think one of the factors why you fail in achieving your healthy lifestyle goals is what you’ve planted on your mind. Ignorance can beat you, so seek advice from experts, change the perception and make up your mind.

5 Stunning Health Benefits of Drinking Water

5 Stunning Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Did you know that drinking lots of water actually helps you overcome the weight plateau you’re experiencing? Yes, you read it right! There’s a reason why drinking lots of water is highly recommended in the fast metabolism diet. Oftentimes, we neglect this rule in the diet but you have to realize that one of the reasons you got stuck is because you’re not properly hydrating yourself. Drinking water don’t just keep your body hydrated, it also improves our overall health and well-being.

5 Stunning Health Benefits of Drinking Water

In this post, you will be reminded to have enough water intake due to the benefits you will get from it, so read on.

  1. It Flushes the Toxins in Your Body.

Your kidney is going to thank you by drinking more water. Our kidney is known to cleanse and get rid of these toxins out of our body. When you’re getting enough fluids, your kidney won’t spend an extra time cleansing your body, this in turn decreases the toxins in your urine concentration and improves its color and odor. Drinking more water also eliminates the risks of having a water weight and kidney stones.

  1. It Transport Nutrients in Your Body

Of course, once the toxins are out of your system,  water can now freely transport the nutrients in your body. Since your body is composed of 60% water, it can help regulate the transportation of nutrients, improve digestion, circulation of blood and regulates body temperature.

  1. Makes you Feel Fuller

We sometimes confused physical hunger with thirst. That’s why it is recommended that before you take your meal/snack, you should drink a glass of water first. Drinking water can help you feel fuller and satisfied. If you feel full, it will help you eliminate your overeating and craving habits.

When you’re feeling hungry, drink a glass of water first and wait 10 minutes to see if you’re still hungry or not. It is important to drink water and be hydrated so that our body won’t send signals to our brain and trigger the thirst mechanism.

  1. Water Helps Energize Your Muscles

The electrolytes and minerals found in water (especially spring water) helps energize your muscle, especially when engaging in exercises. It can give you the energy you need to put up with your exercise, fed up your metabolism and burn those baby fats!

  1. Water Maintains Your Skin Glow

Our skin serves as the front line and protective barrier against germs and bacteria, so it holds a vast amount of water to protect our body from foreign organisms. When you are properly hydrated, your skin will sustain its natural glow and appearance. Water can restore your once wrinkled and dry skin.

These are just some of the amazing reasons why you should not take drinking water for granted. Drinking water is a very thing to do– and it could save your health! Don’t think twice! Fill up your glass, drink more water and make it your habit!