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Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

If you’re fond of drinking “healthy strawberry smoothies” displayed in coffee shops, then beware and take heed! The CDC recently announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A that affects 55 people in 6 US states.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

CDC Reports Cases of Hepatitis A After Consumption of Tropical Strawberry Smoothies

The local health authorities confirmed reports of 44 cases of Hepatitis infections in Virginia, Maryland with 4, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Oregon and Wisconsin. 40 out of the 55 cases originated from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia.

The 44 Virginia residents were hospitalized and infected with Hepatitis A after consuming the strawberry smoothie. The strawberries used in making the smoothie originated from Egypt, and suspected to be the carriers of the said virus. The Tropical Smoothies Cafe recalled all of its strawberry smoothies after the incident.

Since the symptoms of hepatitis A don’t show up quickly unlike food poisoning, the health authorities are encouraging everyone to watch for its impending symptoms. The symptoms cover jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, light-colored stools and among others.

The affected Tropical Smoothie Cafe released a statement about the issue:

“The Virginia Department of Healthy notified us about several foodborne illnesses in the state linked to frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt. Our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt. Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market.

Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California. However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every cafe in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with the health authorities.”

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion

The community still recommends everyone to make their own smoothies rather than store-bought smoothies. We don’t know for sure how they handled the preparation of smoothies. We’re at risks of acquiring illness (like this).

Aside from that, these commercial smoothies contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to weight gain. You can check our natural fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes here.

Creamy Kiwi Green Smoothie

Creamy Kiwi Green Smoothie Phase 1

Green smoothies are a great way to load up on vitamins and minerals, especially when we are already heading towards the cold winter season. They also help you to keep you feeling full until your next meal comes.This deliciously creamy green kiwi smoothie is easy to prepare, nutritious and is perfect to have in Phase 1 of the Fast Metabolism Diet Program.

Ingredients:

  • 300 milliliters water
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla (25 grams)
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach (15 grams)
  • /2 peeled Kiwi fruit (35 grams)
  • 1/4 cucumber (50 grams)
  • 1/2 oatmeal (45 grams)
  • ice cubes

Procedure:

  • Put all ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend on high speed for 2-3 minutes until texture becomes smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette (Phase 1)

Nowadays, orange is often used in all meals not just in preparing smoothies or punch. It can now be added in meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner which makes this fruit is perfectly suitable to be added to this Vitamin C rich salad and protein combined green Spinach. You would enjoy the taste of this dish while just starting the 1st Phase of the Fast Metabolism Diet program.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices beef fillet
  • 2 oranges, zested
  • 2 small oranges, juiced or 1 large orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 to 12 ounces pre-washed spinach

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven for 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put the beef on a baking sheet and then cook it until it turns into a crumble or up to 10 minutes. Pull the beef out of the oven and let it cool down. Tear the fillet slices and place in a container and store it in the refrigerator.
  3. Mix together the orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper then blend until smooth. Relocate to a container and store it in the refrigerator.
  4. In a large bowl, place the spinach and add enough vinaigrette in order to coat the spinach. Sprinkle the fillet crumbles and mix with vinaigrette.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

6 Things to Give Up for Your Lenten Diet

THINGS TO GIVE UP FOR YOUR LENTEN DIET

Every year, millions of people from different corners of the world practices a 40-day Lenten Diet. This time, this kind of diet is based in the spiritual disciplined which is also a time to reflect on how we live our lives. The holiday is usually observed by Catholics which starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday.

Since Lenten Season is a period of fasting wherein the participants will sacrifice eating of fatty and sugary foods and doing undesirable habits, we will share to you the 6 things to give up that can be helpful for your Lenten Diet.

  1. No to Meat

When the month of April comes out, you have to prepare yourself of not eating meat for a week until Lenten Season will end. As this is the number one practice during the holiday, you can prepare meatless foods such as Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry, Greek Salad Omelette, Makeover Spinach Tuna Casserole, Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup, and Taco Lettuce Wraps. These recipes are really perfect for your Lenten Diet, so better try it!

  1. Reduce Caffeine Intake

Since lots of people are coffeeholic, and I know you’re one of them, it’s hard for you to get rid of drinking coffee even just for a day. In order to keep you going without a need of skipping coffee yet want to give up during the season, you can reduce your caffeine intake. Instead of 2 or 3 cups, you can have 1 cup of coffee per day.

You can also continue this kind of Lenten Diet every day until you become used to avoiding coffee and prefer veggie or fruit smoothies instead.

If you’re looking for healthy alternatives for coffee, you can have hot apple cider, coconut water, yerba mate, kombucha tea, green tea, licorice tea, wheatgrass juice, Siberian ginseng tea, reishi mushroom tea, peppermint tea, lemon water, green and nutty smoothies.

  1. Get Rid of Sugary Foods

According to many studies, sugar is one of the main causes for increasing weight and diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, allergies and depression. In order to make your Lenten Diet effective, you must avoid sugary foods during the season and of course, better avoid eating lots of sweets even after the holiday break to maintain a healthy life.

  1. Don’t Complain

When you’re sacrificing for the foods and things you want to eat and do during Lenten Season, you must not complain for doing it because it may cause you stress. Aside from that, when you sacrifice, you must do it heartily so you’ll not end up feeling drained and your Lenten Diet will become successful.

  1. Resist Temptations

Lenten Season may look like a period filled with challenges for you, but that’s fine because you’re doing it for your own good. When you have succeeded with your Lenten Diet, you must feel great for a fulfilling sacrifice because not all have the strong power to resist temptations. So, let us congratulate you ahead from this day forward! 😊

  1. Don’t Allow Negativity Enter Your Life

Achieving your goal has something to do with your mindset. If you train your mindset to see what’s good and what you’ll benefit with your Lenten Diet, then no doubt you will attain a good result of your diet goals and may attract positive vibes in your life.

Don’t ever allow negativity enter your life because it may affect your positive mindset and may affect your health as well.

If you want to make your Lenten Diet more efficient, follow the 6 things to give up we’ve shared above. Share it to a friend as well to make a difference during the Lenten Season and let’s all live a happy healthy life!

10 Effective Food Alterations for Weight Loss

FOOD ALTERATIONS

Losing weight demands so much effort from doing food alterations down to paying attention on what you’re eating. Sometimes, it can also make you feel like you are losing your mind for having no choice but, reduce your weight so you can live a healthier life and avoid diseases.

In order to make your weight loss journey happen naturally in a way that you’ll not feel so exhausted, we will introduce the 10 effective food modifications that are much more effective these days.

For you to be guided of what will be those acceptable food adjustments intended for dieters like you, you may refer to our random list below.

  1. Make it a habit to drink water before and after meal

This kind of technique is truly effective and you may take it from my experience. Drinking lots of water can make you feel full and end up consuming less food.

  1. Alter water’s taste into healthy flavors

If you’re struggling of drinking 8-16 glasses of water per day, then you must look for ways such as adding flavors on it, e.g. mint, pineapple, lemon, cucumber, ginger and any other fruits or veggies to improve its taste and feel refreshed.

  1. Consume vegetables for breakfast

Avoid stomach bloating by preparing healthy breakfast every morning. Veggies are low in calories, filled with vitamins and minerals, and are also a great source of fiber.

If you’re fond of smoothies, you can also have an alteration versions wherein you will add oatmeal, chopped spinach, and eggs.

  1. Choose the smallest-sized drink

This time, you need to adjust your usual beverage orders from the largest to smallest in order to avoid hundred calories consumption and make your diet work.

  1. Turn your oatmeal in to a savory one

If you’re thinking what to eat in the morning that is high in protein, you can make your oatmeal savory. The process would be the following:

– cook 1/3 cup of plain oats with one tablespoon of ground flax

– your favorite spice blend (garlic powder, ground ginger, paprika, and turmeric)

– milk (or unsweetened non-dairy milk) for a dose of protein

– add in grated zucchini for volume and extra fiber and top with a fried egg for extra protein

  1. Take carbs & protein for post-workout

Did you know that it’s good to consume carbs & protein during post-workout? That is because our body uses carbs as energy and protein will go to our muscles or any part of our body. If you have lean muscles, your metabolism will become faster.

You can try making a protein shake by adding a banana / frozen mango / slice pineapple and or peaches.

  1. Stick to between 3-5 hours eating schedule

When you’re on a diet, don’t ever think of skipping your meals instead, you must eat atleast small amount of meals and snacks to aid your metabolic rate. In order to help regulate your metabolism, appetite, energy and hormones, you need to follow the schedule of when to eat, and it is said to be between three to five hours because that’s the time of your true biological hunger attacks.

  1. Eat foods with protein every day

You need to eat protein because it can make you less attracted to eat unhealthy foods and may also alleviate your blood sugar. You can take a bite on rich in protein meals or snacks such as fish, chicken, lean meat, beans, turkey, and eggs.

  1. Enjoy veggie salad for dinner

By eating green leafy salad for your dinner makes you full and end up eating your main dish lesser. Take note that in preparing a veggie salad, choose the oil-based and not the creamy dressing to avoid too much calories intake.

  1. Keep the veggie, protein and carbs in order

It’s important to eat fiber-rich veggies first, second is protein and third is foods rich with carbs. This is a great technique in order for you to take plenty of nutrients from the first and second meal order, and will take less from the third one.

There are actually lots of healthy food alterations you can make that you can easily do around your kitchen. In fact, it’s all easy to follow and remember. The list I shared above are just some of the helpful food modification ideas you can refer.

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers

After celebrating Thanksgiving Day, the Christmas season officially starts. It is time to start drafting your Christmas list and racking your brain as to what gift best fits the special people on your list. And since FMDC is an advocate for healthy lifestyle, we are all for giving something that’s not only memorable but also ideal health-wise . Below are Christmas gifts items we can give to our friends and relatives who are fitness enthusiasts.

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers

water-bottle

1. Water Bottle that Tracks Your Hydration

We all know how proper hydration is important to our body. Water helps nourish your body and restore your health. If you find yourself having a hard time meeting your water requirement, this durable water bottle is perfect for you! This bottle is BPA-free and has 24-ounce water capacity. It has a built-in water intake meter that lets you track your water consumption every day.

dumbbell

2. Adjustable Dumbbell System

One of the problems, if we chose to exercise at home, is the amount of house area gym equipment occupy, especially those set of dumbbells, as we do strength training on Phase 2. Higher weight means longer dumbbells and more space. But fret not, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. This adjustable dumbbell system has a selector pin that lets you change its weight in 3-pound increments. It’s more compact and balanced than traditional dumbbells and it’s padded handle provide wrist protection.

3. Smoothie Bottle Blender Maker

sports-blender

Having too many accessories just to make your smoothie and then the hassle of  transferring it to your sports bottle? Cheer up, this all-in-one solution water will let you blend your favorite smoothie right, and straight into your sports bottle!

4. Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band

band

This beautiful creation of an innovative mind will encourage you to maintain an active lifestyle throughout the day. This fitness band will blink a red bar when you’re inactive for a period of time. A great way to encourage you to keep moving!

5. Fast Drying, All Weather Sockssocks

 

These lightweight, breathable socks will keep your feet warm in the coldest winter, not only that, it will also cool your feet during summer and will never slip or budge. The manufacturers of these socks came from Vermont.  They carefully designed and manufactured these socks under extreme weather conditions to test its durability.

5 Healthy Yet Affordable Foods You Can Buy Under $10

When we hear the term “clean eating”, our immediate thought would be it’s expensive. Going all-organic, processed-free foods sometimes hurts our pockets. While we do provide healthy budget tips to keep you healthy without overspending, we’re also aware that purchasing some foods may be more expensive than what you’re used to buying. So what can we do to lessen our budget while staying on the fast metabolism diet plan?

affordable foods

In this blog post, we will feature 5 healthy, affordable foods you can buy in the supermarket.

What’s more? These affordable foods are also FMD-compliant, so you can actually cut down your budget by purchasing them. Now, let’s head on to the list and start purchasing these economical foods!

1. Instead of using Mayo, Opt for Hummus (Phase 3)

Instead of using commercial mayonnaise, opt to use hummus instead. Hummus is a healthy fat that is rich in protein, fiber, and iron. These densely-packed nutrients help regulate your blood sugar and control fight your hunger cravings. It also has the same rich and creamy texture like mayo. Hummus is a great condiment in eating your sandwiches and wraps. You can check out mouthwatering hummus recipes here.

Avocado Hummus Dip - Phase 3

Bonus tip: If you really can’t give up the creamy goodness of mayonnaise, opt to purchase safflower mayonnaise instead.

2. Use Nutritional Yeast If You’re Craving for Cheesy Goodness

I’ve heard you. We all love cheese, especially when served with pasta or our baking recipes. But cheese (at least the dairy ones), does our body more harm than good. Dairy products contribute to our weight-gain. But just because we’re prohibited in consuming dairy products doesn’t mean we need to omit cheese in our life too.

nutritional yeast

You can actually use a non-dairy cheese like cashew and almond cheese to create your favorite recipes. If not, you can use nutritional yeast. You can sprinkle it over your pasta recipes and you’ll find yourself tasting the same savory, cheesy bites the Parmesan cheese can offer you.

3. Use Tahini If you Wanted to Use Butter

tahini

Tahini is a flavorful plant-based substitute that gives the same spice and taste on your bread. It’s also rich in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Tahini is a good option if you want to have a new spin for your creamy based recipes.

4. Create a Homemade Heavy Whipped Cream

We all love the creamy goodness of whipped cream whenever we make our pudding and dessert recipes. But sometimes we wonder what could be the substitute of whipped cream if dairy is not allowed? Good thing we have a healthy version of it!

Fast Metabolism Diet Heavy Whipped Cream – Phase 1 and 3

You can create our homemade whipped cream made with only natural ingredients! You can use it on Phase 1 and 3.

5. Opt for Fruit Toppings as Your Sweetener

Fruits are rich in fructose by nature, but their fiber helps neutralize the spike in your blood sugar. Making it one of the healthiest and natural sweeteners out there. Fruits are also a good substitute for those who aren’t fond of stevia and xylitol. You can incorporate phase-specific fruits in your smoothie recipes.

5 Healthy Foods That Will Keep You Awake and Alert

Keeping your focus while working after the weekend or after staying up late the night before can be quite a challenge. This might be a great time to know what healthy food to munch on to keep the brain up and running.

healthy foods

What’s even better is that these options are not expensive, but rather easy to find and easy to prepare. So whether you’re in Manic Monday mode or just in need a jolt to jump-start yourself for the afternoon work, keep these healthy foods at hand.

  1. Smoothies. Use some fresh fruits like blueberries, avocados or raspberries. These fruits are good sources of vitamins and nutrients. Glucose, a natural form of sugar, is abundant in fruits, so if you’re planning to make smoothies, skip the sugar. Your blood sugar won’t spike up since it’s also loaded with fibers. Smoothies can also boost your short-term memory. Just remember to drink in moderation, or you’ll end up feeling tired.
  2. Pumpkin seeds. They’re cheap and easy to find. Keep a small pack on your table to munch on during work. Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, zinc and other minerals that help transport oxygen to the brain and nerve cells, thus increasing brain activity.
  3. Herbal Tea. Skip the iced cold, sugar-filled frappe and stick to your herbal tea. The stronger the better. Avoid drinking too much though, otherwise you’ll find yourself feeling edgy. A cup of a warm tea will help you stay awake and focused.
  4. Dark chocolates and nuts (Phase 3). You can make a handy trail mix from these. Eat some dark chocolates and nuts whenever you feeling tired or sleepy. They are anti-aging and brain boosting snacks.
  5. Fish and Baked Sweet Potatoes. This could be your brain boosting meal for lunch. Choose fatty fish like salmon; they’re rich in Omega-3 fats that will boost your memory and slows down the brain’s decline as you grow older. Sweet potatoes give you solid energy that the brain needs for the day.

So whenever you feel tired and sleepy, eat some of these healthy food to keep you wide awake and focused. However, bear in mind that getting enough rest and exercise is still the best remedy.

Top 8 Superfoods to Eat this Fall Season

The transitional shift from warmer to colder temperatures signals that fall season is coming soon. Aside from the highly anticipated Thanksgiving and holiday spree, we’re excited to welcome the Fall Season because of the bounty goodness it can offer to us.

Top 8 Superfoods to Eat this Fall Season

The fall season is also known as the harvest season of bountiful fresh fruits and veggie produce. Our favorite variety of squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, are at its abundance and they are readily available at local farmers market and grocery stores. This provides us the perfect opportunity to visit markets and stock up kitchen and fridge with healthy foods!

Here are our top 8 superfoods that you can enjoy and cook together with your favorite meals to warm your colder nights this fall season!

1. Parsnips (Phase 1)

parsnips

Parsnips are veggies that slightly resembles carrots, but its taste is sweeter and has a nutty flavor. This veggie is rich in potassium and fiber that can help you feeling fuller and satisfied. You can incorporate this to your soups and sauces.

2. Cauliflower (Phase 1 and 3)

cauliflower

The sweet and nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for your fall and winter dishes. It’s known as a perfect pair for your steamed recipes. But you can also have it blended or pureed for your soup recipes. Cauliflower contains phytonutrients that help lower your cholesterol and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.

3. Apples (Phase 1)

apples

The sweet flavor of apples helps calm our stress hormones and full of antioxidants. This superfood can be eaten as raw or baked into a delicious dish. And oh, be sure to include eating its skin too. Its skin contains ursolic acid that can aid in weight loss and better lung function.

4. Pomegranates (Phase 1)

Pomegranates

This tangy fruit is an antioxidant powerhouse. You can use its juice to prepare your delicious marinades. While you can toss the seeds into your salads. Pomegranates help reduce the pain in your joints, inflammation due to arthritis and balances your blood sugar.

5. Turnips (Phase 1 and 3)

 turnips

Turnips are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage recipes. Its roots are a great source of vitamin C while its leaves are rich in vitamins A, K, and folate.

6. Kiwi (Phase 1)

 kiwi

This high-glycemic fruit adds a tropical flavor to your smoothies. It’s a perfect mix together with strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, and pineapple to make a tangy smoothie. It has more vitamin C than an orange and a good source of copper and potassium.

7. Grapefruit (Phase 1 and 3)

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grapefruit

rapefruit is rich in vitamin C than any other citrus fruits we know. In fact, it can meet 75% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C in just one sitting. It is also a great source of lycopene and pectin, that can help lower your cholesterol.

8. Tangerines (Phase 1)

tangerines

This sweet and small citrus fruit is a refreshment for our fall recipes. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can help us achieve a healthier skin, boost our immune system, eye health, and healthy vision.

The fall season is the perfect season to get your hands moving and tests your cooking skills! Start crafting delicious and healthy foods as we enter our year-end holiday seasons. Stay healthy and fit as the year ends, everyone!

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