February 2016 archive

4 Remarkable Benefits of a 15-minute Brisk Walk

One of the main reasons why most dieters can’t commit to a healthy lifestyle is because they’re not too excited with doing physical exercises. Why? Well, most of us are busy and we couldn’t find much time to hit the gym or even working out in our own very home.

4 Remarkable Benefits of a 15-minute Brisk WalkWhat our fast metabolism dieters didn’t know is that you don’t need to allot a huge amount of time, nor money just to have your exercise. A15-minute brisk walk can greatly contribute to weight loss.

What’s the catch? Walking is absolutely free, very doable, and not exhaustive. And I bet it wouldn’t hurt your busy schedule to dedicate 15 minutes of your time in exercising, wouldn’t it? If you really find it hard to insert workout to your schedule, we highly recommend brisk walking. Here are several benefits you get out of it:

Here are the top 4 remarkable benefits of a 15-minute brisk walk.

1. It can Aid in Weight Loss

Weight loss definitely topped our list on the benefits of walking. Walking is known to be the best exercise against gravity. Your abdomen, hips, and legs are working hard to maintain your balance, converting those fats into energy, and shredding some of your pounds in the process.

Although walking sheds fewer pounds than other types of exercise, establishing a habit of walking every day can help you lose weight consistently.

2. Helps Prevent Chronic Diseases

The regular pumping of your blood and heart as you walk has proven to lower your risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Furthermore, walking strengthens your bones, preventing you from acquiring osteoporosis.

3. It helps you Clear your Mind and Unwind

Walking can help ease your anxiety, depression and boost your mood as it dissolves the stress in you. It helps your mind to focus on the scenery and situation at hand and increases your productivity.

It clears your minds and the moment you’re done walking, you are ready to face back your task in a refreshed and revitalized state.

4. It helps you Get Connected with Nature

When you take a walk outside, you are able to breathe fresh air, away from the artificial air you breathe inside your car or office.

You are able to focus all of your cognitive senses in the scenery before you, and what’s more? You get to receive the natural vitamin D from the sun’s gentle and warm rays. The peaceful and scenery outside helps calm your nerves and rekindle your connection with nature.

Walking has proven to be a simple yet a powerful workout to lose weight and promote a healthy lifestyle. So if you think of giving up the fast metabolism diet plan, think again. You can do a 15-minute brisk walk as part of your workout especially in Phase 1.

Fast Metabolism Diet RX is Coming Your Way!

Following the major success of one of the most popular diet programs, The Fast Metabolism Diet and The Burn, number 1 celebrity nutritionist Haylie Pomroy is set to introduce another breakthrough in the fitness industry, her latest health book: The Fast Metabolism Diet RX which was launched just recently but is making a buzz already in the market.

fast metabolism diet rxWhy does The Fast Metabolism Diet RX making the rounds in the FMD community? What is the content of this book that makes it unique from Pomroy’s prior programs? Read on to get a grasp of what’s to expect from the book.

If you are feeling tired, sluggish, exhausted, or if you simply feel like your body’s energy is fluctuating, it’s time to listen what your body is whispering and nurse it back to health.

The Fast Metabolism Diet RX will help you understand the real reason behind your energy level fluctuations. In this book, you will be given 7 powerful food prescriptions to repair four specific metabolic pathways and help you stabilize your energy to restore your body back to tip-top shape.

There are three R’s in Fast Metabolism Diet RX that one should remember:

1. Remove – This focuses in removing the blockages in your body that are preventing you from getting an adequate sugar (that is needed for energy creation) and enhancing your fat metabolism.

2. Repair – it focuses in repairing your mitochondrion (which was known as the powerhouse cell) that has been damaged by stress, fatigue, or incidents caused by physical, injury or environmental trauma.

3. Restore – it focuses in the restoration to help you burn more sugar and fats to convert it into fuel energy. It will give you an abundance of energy while getting rid of those fats away!

And for the first time ever, through this book we can finally take a glimpse of Haylie’s journey in a more personal level! We will be introduced to Haylie’s health journey as she created food prescriptions based on her methods and philosophies which are both potent in the programs she developed.

fast metabolism diet rx

I guess you better get a copy of the Fast Metabolism Diet RX book so you can better understand all of these things we’re saying. Most of us here in the community are really excited for the new book! Let’s join Haylie as she launched her latest book!

Top 5 Coffee Alternative Energy Boosters

We all know how excruciating it is to endure the symptoms of coffee withdrawal. Aside from the unbearable side effects it inflicts in our body, it is one of the main culprits of increasing our stress levels that result in weight gain. We’ve been often advised to stay away from coffee but let’s face the fact that having a cup of coffee is a great way to jump-start our day and is critical in perking us up.

Top 5 Coffee Alternative Energy Boosters

The big question then is how we can find a healthy alternative to that seductive, hot, aromatic beverage that adheres to the fast metabolism diet rules?

In this blog post, we give you the Top 5 Coffee Alternative Energy Booster that you can have for your morning ritual.

1. Spice up With Lemons and Limes

Lemons and limes are rich in Vitamin C that gives a natural boost and energy to your immune system. Just a pinch of lemon or lime in your water can do wondrous things to your body.

 

2. Eat Apples

As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are packed with natural sugar, soluble fiber, and carbohydrates to keep you full and sated. It is a great source of energy and and a totally delightful choice for morning meal.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’re not fond of eating Apples and you want a fizzy drink in the morning, have a glass of Apple Cider Vinegar. This sweet and tangy drink also gives you a burst of energy to sustain you throughout the day. The good news? ACV also contributes in losing weight!

4. Have a Sip of Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea is loaded with iron that helps replenish your energy and feed your gut with healthy bacteria. You can also drink this cold! Just remember to opt for the unsweetened one. You can also browse other healthier beverage here.

5. Water

The best and safest beverage to indulge yourself is water. Water cleanses your body and replenishes your health. Drink water half your body weight ( in ounces).

If there’s a will, there’s always a way. With sheer determination and perseverance, overcoming coffee and switching to healthier options is definitely possible.

4 Easy, Delectable and Healthy Recipes For Your Kids

There is nothing more fulfilling than to see yourself and your family embarked together on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle. What better way to begin this journey than to encourage our loved ones to start eating healthy food?

 

4 Easy, Delectable and Healthy Recipes For Your Kids

But encouraging our kids to eat healthy food can be challenging since they prefer to eat junk foods. How then do we inspire and encourage them to eat healthy foods?

We present these four (4) delectable and healthy recipes that your kids will surely love!

And what’s more? They are incredibly quick and easy to make! You won’t need to worry about finding the time to prepare these dishes.

1. Zucchini Pizza Bites – Phase 1/3

If your kids are craving for pizza, zucchini pizza bite is a perfect and healthier alternative. These “bite-size” pizzas are designed to make eating fun and will surely keep your kids coming back for more! This is also an awesome dish to prepare as an appetizer during parties. Here’s a quick look on how to prepare the dish:

Zucchini Pizza Bites - Phase 1/3

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Zucchini sliced into rounds
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste (of you can substitute with 1 can or 28 ounces of crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 leaves fresh basil, sliced
  • ¼ tsp oregano, dried and any other herbs or spices you desire
  • 1 ½ brown rice cheese (for Phase 1) almond/cashew cheese (for Phase 3) – grated or small slices

Instructions:

  • Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • Slice the zucchini about 1/4″ thick, discarding the ends, and pop on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil
  • Smear on some tomato paste with the back of a spoon, add the herbs, sprinkle with grated or sliced cheese.
  • Pop under the grill for a few minutes (no more that 5) until cheese is melted. Yum!

2. Watermelon Cake – Phase 1

Who says cakes can only be made from fine flour, sugar, butter, and other unhealthy ingredients? Perish the thought! Eating cakes can be healthy whenever you want it to be! Try this watermelon cake which only consists of healthy fruits and delectable whipped cream!

Watermelon Cake - Phase 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole 5 kg (11 lb) seedless ripe watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipped cream (made from egg whites and rice milk)
  • Strawberries and figs
  • Berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
  • Other Phase 1 fruits you want to add!

Preparing the Whipped Cream:

  • Mix equal amounts of egg whites with rice milk to make a low-calorie heavy cream substitute. Mix the ingredients until there are no more lumps in your mixture.

Directions:

  • Place the watermelon on a large chopping board. Slice the top and bottom of the melon to create a flat top and base.
  • With the melon standing on one end, remove the rind, including the hard white flesh. Alternatively, you may like to cut the rind off in sections and trim to achieve the same cylindrical appearance.
  • Pat the cake dry with paper towel, place it on a cake stand or serving plate and set aside. Cut some of the strawberries in half lengthways and pile it to make a sturdy layer.
  • Now add the fig halves – they look best face-up and on a slight angle. Fill any gaps with strawberry halves, raspberries and other fruits you want to include in your cake.
  • Pour your heavy whipped cream to smooth the surface of your cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy eating!

3. Spiced Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes – Phase 3

Choosing a healthy lifestyle absolutely does not mean we are forbidden to indulge ourselves with our favorite food.It simply means, we need to prepare a healthier option for it.

Spiced Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes - Phase 3

So for the fries-lovers out there, this Spiced Oven-Fried Potatoes recipe is the perfect deal!

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder and dried oregano.
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat a rimmed baking sheet in a 450 degrees F oven.
  • Cut 3 large sweet potatoes into wedges and toss with salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Arrange cut-side down on the hot baking sheet. Roast until golden brown on the bottom, 30 minutes, then flip and sprinkle with 1 sliced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon each chili powder and dried oregano.
  • Roast 15 more minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

4. Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers – Phase 3

These cheesy, fluffy little bites of Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers make a savory party appetizer or snack that is totally mouth-watering and super healthy too! Get the recipe here.

Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers

With these incredibly easy and delectable recipes, you’ll be ensuring that your kids are eating healthy and the grandest part is, they won’t be complaining about it.

5 Healthy-Hearty Tips this Valentine’s Day

It can’t be denied that Valentine’s day has become a special occasion and almost everyone joins in the celebration for the month of love. Love is expressed immensely this month not just because it’s the hype but also because it has been a tradition worldwide that is practiced by every human. Love, though looks overrated by some, is not just a feeling but a thing that keeps us alive. Month of love will remind us an important reason to live – love. After all, we are doing everything because of love. We even make a move to a new direction like a new lifestyle because we love our self, because we love our family. So believe it or not, we can’t skip the Valentines celebration. So in this community, we somehow adapt and prepared for such occasion. We would like our fellow dieters to enjoy the month of love as much as possible.

As you breathe the chilly winter breeze, we couldn’t contain our excitement as we look forward to celebrating the Valentine’s day. We become a busy bee as we prepare our romantic surprises and activities to celebrate this happy occasion with our significant other.

5 Healthy-Hearty Tips this Valentine's DayAs we are nearing to indulge some delectable valentine treats, we cannot help but become apprehensive on how to spend this special day without ruining our diet. But, fret not! The fast metabolism diet community is on the rescue to make your Valentine’s day healthy and extra special with your loved one. We want your heart to be happy and “healthy” emotionally and physically.

And so, we give you the 5 healthy-hearty tips this Valentine’s Day.

1. Indulge in Sweet Treats moderately

We all know that Valentines day is all about these delectable candies and chocolate treats, and it’s okay to indulge yourself once in a while. However, be sure to do it in moderation. We recommend you place one piece of each valentine treats served on the table and nibble with it to satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you found your self-control slipping, you can always prepare our mouthwatering Valentine dessert recipes so that you can revel in satisfying your sweet cravings without worrying of ruining your health.

2. Eat more Healthy Fats as your Snacks

Healthy fats are good for your heart. Aside from that, it helps you deal with the intense sugar craving you’re experiencing. Healthy fats such as pistachios, almonds, and nuts help you keep being full, lowers your blood pressure while giving our brain and body the nutrients it need.

3. Watch for Unhealthy Trigger Words

When you’re dining in a restaurant, be wary of the words “battered, creamy, crispy, crunchy, au gratin, en croute, fried, rich, velvety, and sauteed (in butter). It all indicates that the food recipe mostly contains unhealthy ingredients. Except, of course, if the waiter or the restaurant cites all the ingredients used in cooking the food, and if all ingredients are allowed in the diet.

4. Get Active

Who says that your Valentine’s day has to be a dinner and a movie date? Be creative and try something new this Valentine season! We recommend outdoor activities such as a healthy picnic, nature hike, ice-skating, or adventurous outdoor sport activity.

Get your blood flowing and heart pumping to keep your metabolism burning and digest all those foods right away!

5. Prepare a Homecooked meals for your loved one

The best gift you can give to your lover this Valentines day is none other than preparing him a homemade, healthy meal. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through cooking! There’s nothing more gratifying than to taste the rich flavor of food filled with tender, loving, care.

Now that we’ve given you these tips, we hope that you will enjoy in celebrating this special occasions with your loved ones. Make it extra special by preparing these mouth-watering Valentine’s Day Recipes. Happy Hearts day everyone!

Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Shrimp – Phase 3

Spinach and Quinoa salad with shrimp are a great dish salad perfect for your romantic weeknight. Just you? Fret not! You can also enjoy the second portion as your lunch the next day.

Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Shrimp - Phase 3

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia/xylitol
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radish
  • 1/2 cup Celery, thinly sliced

Directions:

1. Combine 3/4 cup water, quinoa, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Cool quinoa mixture slightly.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add shrimp to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done.

3. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, oil, lemon juice, dill, and stevia in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add quinoa, shrimp, spinach, and remaining ingredients; toss gently to combine.

Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower-Pomegranate Salad – Phase 3

This Beef Tenderloin is awakened with a queer tangy taste complemented by cauliflower-pomegranate salad. It is sure to satisfy any crowd and the best part is, you can have this as your only dish to prepare this Valentines season!

Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower-Pomegranate SaladIngredients:

  • 1 whole filet of beef
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 5 large shallots
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 package baby kale
  • ½ c. pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 475 degrees F. Place the beef on a large rimmed baking sheet. Rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake at 475 degrees F for 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss 2 tablespoons oil with cauliflower and shallots; season with additional salt and pepper. Quickly scatter vegetables around beef in the pan and continue to bake, stirring vegetables once, 18 more minutes (for medium-rare) or until meat reached desired degree of doneness.
  3. Remove beef from pan and cover with foil; let stand 15 minutes. Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard; season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir kale into hot pan with vegetables.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil mixture and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Slice beef and serve with cauliflower pomegranate salad.

Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet Potatoes – Phase 3

If you and your lover are fond of eating chicken as your main dish, then why don’t you try to cook this new chicken recipe that taste like Italy? This delectable recipe will help make your Valentine’s day extra special!

Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet Potatoes - Phase 3

This Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet potatoes are heavily seasoned with spice and herbs to add rich flavor to your favorite chicken meal. Topped with starchy sweet potatoes to complete your dinner.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 2 lemons
  • 5 clove garlic
  • 2 scallions
  • sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1¾ lb. small to medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley leaves

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F with rack set in middle. Remove any excess fat around chicken cavities and discard; rinse chicken and pat dry, inside and out.
  2. In a small bowl, combine basil,  lemon zest, garlic, and scallions.
  3. Season chicken (inside and out) with salt and pepper, then tie legs together with kitchen string.
  4. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and enough pepper to coat well. Cut reserved lemon into quarters and set 3 aside.
  5. Heat roasting pan in oven for 10 minutes. Remove; then put sweet  potatoes and any oil left in bowl into pan, keeping potatoes in a single layer and pushed to edges to make room for chicken. Place chicken in pan, breast-side up.
  6. Roast chicken for 20 minutes, then remove pan from oven and turn bird breast-side down. Continue to roast for 20 more minutes, then remove pan from oven and turn bird breast-side up again. Sprinkle parsley over potatoes, then stir to coat with pan drippings. Squeeze reserved lemon over chicken and put rinds into pan. Continue to roast until juices of chicken run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork, or an instant-read thermometer inserted in breast reaches 160°F, 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven; let chicken rest for 15 minutes before transferring to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 more minutes, then carve. Spoon pan juices over chicken; serve with sweet  potatoes and roasted lemon.

Coconut and Chocolate Frosting Shots – Phase 3

Sate your chocolate cravings with this blissful Coconut and Chocolate Frosting Shots! Who says shots are only for tequila? You can coat these mouthwatering chocolate frostings on your favorite cupcakes, muffins, cookies, or just serve the entire glass alone!

Coconut and Chocolate Frosting Shots - Phase 3

Serving Size: 1 (~6-8 oz) cup

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Open your coconut milk, and if it’s not already super-thick, leave the can (or transfer to a bowl) uncovered in the fridge overnight. Try not to shake the can too much before opening. It should get very, very thick.
  2. Once thick, transfer only the creamy part to a bowl, leaving the watery part out. Whip in your cocoa, vanilla, and sweetener with a fork, or even beaters if you want to be fancy.
  3. Store uncovered in the fridge, the mixture gets even thicker.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle – Phase 3

Our Valentines day won’t be complete without savoring these mouthwatering chocolates to satisfy our sweet tooth and chocolate cravings! Well, chocolate is a symbol of Valentines and just because we’re on the FMD diet doesn’t mean we’ll miss the fun! Our indulgence for today is not that sinful to destroy your healthy commitment, in fact now is the best time to treat yourself to a delectable Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle now that you’re on Phase 3!

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle - Phase 3

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces raw cacao powder 
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipped cream (made of egg whites and almond/coconut milk)
  • Assorted coatings, such as shredded coconut, finely chopped pistachios, almonds, or other coating of your choice.

Directions:

  1. Place raw cacao in a medium bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over raw cacao powder.

  2. Let sit 2 to 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Refrigerate (uncovered) until somewhat firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Spoon mounds (2 level teaspoons each) of chocolate mixture onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Return to the refrigerator 15 minutes.

  4. With your hands, roll mounds into balls. Place desired coatings in shallow bowls; roll balls in coatings, pressing in and covering completely. Return to baking sheet; chill until set, about 30 minutes.

 

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