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Spicy Chicken Turnip Noodle Soup – Phase 3

Substitute your plain noodles with turnips to give Spicy Chicken Turnip Noodle Soup a richer taste – it makes for a perfect lunch or appetizer.
Spicy Chicken Turnip Noodle Soup - Phase 3

Ingredients: 

  • 1 12 ounces chicken breast (with bones), skin discarded
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 5 scallions
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder 
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large turnips
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime cut into wedges for serving

Directions

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring the chicken, broth and two cups of water to a simmer.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken and let cool.
  3. Deseed and thinly slice the red bell pepper and slice the scallions on an angle. Peel the turnips, spiral cut them (use Blade C for Inspiralizer) and trim them.
  4. Shred the chicken and set aside. Place bones into the broth and raise the heat to bring to a boil. Let cook uncovered and reduce down by one-third, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Scoop out the bones with a slotted spoon. Whisk the chili paste and crushed tomatoes into the broth and return to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the turnip noodles and bell pepper and cook until the noodles are just tender, about three minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken and scallions.
  7. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cilantro leaves. Serve with the lime wedges.

Ginger-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry with Quinoa – Phase 3

The perfect blending of veggies, herbs and spices of Ginger-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry with Quinoa brought tons of sensational flavor with this meal. Stir in chili paste to have a spicy variation.

Ginger-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry with Quinoa - Phase 3

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-in wide strips
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 2 cups uncooked broccoli, small florets
  • 1 medium  red pepper, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 large uncooked carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup drained, chopped canned artichokes
  • 4 medium uncooked scallions, whites cut into 1-in pieces, greens sliced, divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger root (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa

Directions: 

  1. Combine chicken and 2 tablespoons coconut aminos in a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes; remove to a plate.
  3. Add remaining teaspoon oil, broccoli, pepper, carrot, artichokes and white part of scallions to same skillet; drizzle with 1/4 cup broth and reduce heat to medium-high. Stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add scallion greens, ginger, and garlic to skillet; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken and any accumulated juices back to skillet; add remaining 1/4 cup broth, remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos and water.
  6. Cook, until heated through, stirring, about 1 minute. Stir in chili paste, if using. Serve with quinoa.

Tomato Soup With Coconut Soured Cream – Phase 3

Welcome year 2016 with a bang! Why not treat yourself a lifting soured cream to wake you up from the holiday hang-over? Tomato Soup with Coconut Soured Cream transforms your tomato fix into a smoky, sweet and rich soup with warmth and spice of chillies. Perfect this Winter season of New Year!

Tomato Soup With Coconut Soured Cream - Phase 3INGREDIENTS

  • 1.7kg medium tomatoes on the vine
  • 2-3 dried ancho chillies 
  • coconut sour cream
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper

Coconut Sour Cream:

INSTRUCTIONS:

For preparing Coconut Sour Cream:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, lemon juice and salt until combined.
  2. Adjust salt to taste and add more lemon, if desired.
  3. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving to allow flavors to combine.
  4. Depending on the coconut milk you buy, your sour cream might end up a little grainier than dairy sour cream. You can also strain it through a fine sieve if you want it extra smooth.

1 Preheat the grill to its highest temperature.

2 Slice each tomato in half and arrange cut side up on a baking tray. Place the tray on a shelf as close to the grill as possible and cook for 30-40 minutes until nicely blackened.

3 Meanwhile, place the dried chillies in a bowl with the tomato vines, and cover with 500ml of boiling water. Set aside. Mix the lime zest with the soured cream and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.

4 When the tomatoes are ready, carefully turn them over and grill for a further five minutes, or until the skins are crisp and charred. This may happen quickly so keep a watchful eye.

5 When ready, discard the vines and transfer the tomatoes and all of their juices into a blender, along with the chillies, their soaking water and lime juice. Blend until smooth, season to taste, reheat and serve garnished with a spoonful of coconut soured cream.

4 Healthy Detoxifying Tips this New Year 2016

I hate to break it out to you but holiday season is over! And that means, we are back to the daily grind but on the positive side, we are about to end the binge eating season as well. How did you welcome 2016? Did you have stomach issues due to overeating? Have you observed tightening of your pants upon trying it on? Well, that’s pretty normal but we have to recover from the unhealthy stuff we did last holidays ASAP so we can start the new year right. Another great year has passed and today we’re embarking to another year of challenges but striving to live a healthy lifestyle. Let’s start the new year with a healthy body and positive outlook!

Healthy Detoxifying Tips this New YearSo talk about recovering and healthy lifestyle, we prepared some healthy detoxifying tips to flush out toxins from our body that was accumulated during the holiday season. And we highly recommend that you try the healthy detoxifying soup recipe below!

1. Drink LOTS of water

water glass

You’ve probably heard this tip over and over again, but water is still our best friend when it comes to cleansing our body. Drinking a lot of water will flush out all the foreign elements in our body and hydrate it to balance out our body salt.

See to it that you are drinking enough water (half of your body weight in ounces). You can add some lime or lemons if you want some variations on your water. You can read more about healthy benefits of water here.

2. Add More Parsley and Cilantro on your Meals

Parsley and Cilantro are very powerful green plants that help detoxify the heavy metals of your body. These herbs add more taste and health benefits in your soups, salads, and meals.

3. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is one of the most powerful exercises to activate your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is composed of nodes, spleen, thymus, and vessels that help protect your body from diseases. When your body lacks exercise and intake of healthy foods, your lymphatic system may become sluggish, making you more prone into illness.

Take 10 deep, slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds in holding your breath and another 8 seconds in letting it out. You can practice deep breathing when you’re meditating or practicing yoga.

4. Take a Healthy Detoxifying Soup

soupThis healthy detoxifying soup will help you kickstart your new year by having a healthy meal. This soup is best to have in Phase 3.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup spinach or arugula
  • ½ clove garlic
  • ½ cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup sprouts (sunflower)
  • ½ large avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • ¼ cup fresh herbs
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • fresh lemon juice
    cayenne pepper

Directions:
1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Be careful not to over blend.

We hope that these tips will help you get back on track in the fast metabolism diet and will keep inspiring you to live a healthy lifestyle. The fast metabolism diet community wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

Year-End Highlights: 7 Outstanding Medical Developments this 2015

2015 has been one breathtaking roller-coaster journey to all of us. While we put attention to losing weight and live a healthy lifestyle, we’ve also encountered controversial issues along the way that become in hype in the medical industry. Among them is the study results of WHO’s IARC on Red and Processed Meat and the recent controversy on the approval of GMO Salmon Consumption. These stories were indeed appalling as it directly affects our food consumption, safety, and lifestyle in general.

YEAR-END HIGHLIGHTS: 7 OUTSTANDING  MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS THIS 2015The good thing, though, is that the news and medical developments we’ve heard on the internet are not all negative. There are some remarkable scientific inventions and discoveries that solve our current medical condition and improves the state of Science which we are enjoying now.

Before we officially close this year and welcome the New Year 2016, let us look back on these 7 Outstanding Medical Developments that shaped the future of our medical industry.

1. Re-engineered Polio Virus Treats Cancer

reengineered_polio_virusPolio virus has been a dangerous viral illness in humanity. This disease can cause paralysis, difficulty in breathing, and even death. We all once feared to get infected by this deadly disease.

But Dr. Matthias Gromeier of Duke University, along with his colleagues, have successfully re-engineered the polio virus and turns out into our health advantage. This engineered polio virus called PVS-RIPO was used to treat brain tumors or any other tumors. This re-engineered virus attach to any solid tumors and attack cancerous cells.

2. Leukemia Treatment Breakthroughlayla_richardsWe are all aware that the most common solution for treating leukemia is by bone marrow operation. But Professor Waseem Qasim of Cell and Gene Therapy at UCL Institute of Child’s Health had reinvented the leukemia treatment by reprogramming the T cells.

With this reprogrammed T-cells, they are now able to identify the cancerous cells and kill them. This innovative treatment gave a sliver of hope to the Richards family to save their 14-week old daughter Layla.

3. Brain to Brain Communication

brain to brain communication
For those who are X-Men or telepathy enthusiast, you’ll surely be going to love this medical development! Professor Andrea Stocco conducted an experiment that used direct brain-to-brain interfacing (BBI) to allow the communication of brains. This concept combines the technology of neuroimaging, neurostimulation, and neuro-coding. The content or message from the “sender” brain was being extracted into neural signal and digitize before it is being re-coded in the “receivers” brain.

The result of the experiment showed that a different pair of participants was able to play Q and A games via brain to brain communication.

4. Medical 3d Printing

3d printingSeveral medical developments and advancement have been achieved because of 3d printing. 3d Printing basically lets you print anything, even the 3d printed human heart, and organs. This development in 3d Printing saved thousands of patient’s lives.

5. Melt Away Cataracts

melt cataract

Cataract is one of the leading diseases that cause blindness or loss of vision. The only solution available of removing a cataract is by undergoing a painful operation of removing our clouded lens and replacing it with artificial ones.

But scientists in California have discovered a naturally occurring steroid named lanosterol. It is capable of melting the cataract and preventing it from returning once again.

6. Stem Cell Two-Dad Babies

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A worldwide team of researchers have reworked on the production of stem cells to develop both human sperm and egg cells, regardless of the donor’s gender. although the research is still on its development phase, Dr. Jacob Hanna and his team believe that this will be the key in solving problems of infertility and reproduction in same-sex couples.

7. World’s First Penis Transplant

7Early in 2015, Dr. André van der Merwe and his colleague from Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, conducted a critical nine-hour operation of a 21-year-old man who lost his penis due to a botched circumcision. This was the very first patient who’d undergone the surgery and has a full recovery and lasting function.

With these innovative technological and medical advancements, there is no doubt that our quality of life and wellbeing are improving. Isn’t it interesting that as we move forward, our surrounding also advances to the next level? There are still limitation to these studies, but we hope that whatever happens in technology, we still preserve humanity.

Do you have a medical breakthrough that you wanted to share? Share them in the comment section below.

Did You Know that Stress can Result to Gastro Distress and Other Mental Health?

Anxiety, Depression are the most common mental health problems in the country. It is often experienced when we’re undergoing some physical or emotional changes in our life. But did you know that these mental disorders are not only triggered from the external environment?

How Stress Affects Your Gut Feeling and Mental HealthOften times, mental health problems are triggered inside our body especially in our gastrointestinal tract. Yes, you read it right. Our digestive system is very sensitive to our emotion.

Gastrointestinal distress send signals to our brain that eventually triggers mental health problems.

Gastrointestinal Distress and Disorders

Our gut is also known as our second brain or our “Enteric Nervous System“. Our digestive system homes 100 million neurons and trillions of good bacteria that process our foods, transport our nutrients and promote our mental and emotional well-being.

Whenever we’re feeling under stress, it increases our cortisol levels and attacks our gastro-intestinal tract. The harmful bacteria gum up all the work and overpower our good bacteria. This contributes into experiencing health issues such as heartburn, loose stools, IBS, and inflammation.

These digestive disorders will send signals and chemical messages to our brain and affects our mood and emotions. These psychological factors contribute to developing mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Foods to Eat for a Healthy Gut

If you are experiencing specific digestive health problems that hinders your fast metabolism diet plan and weight loss goals, here are the type of foods you can eat more to alleviate the pain you’re experiencing from these digestive disorders.

Cruciferous Veggies – green veggies such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower contain glucosinolates that reduce inflammation and risk of bladder, breast, colon, and stomach cancer.

Kombucha tea – this is a great pre-biotic tea that helps feed your gut with good flora and corrects the imbalances. We recommend to only drink the unsweetened one.

Artichokes – it is rich with Inulin that helps produce more good bacteria in your gut. It also increases the potency of the probiotic products you’re taking.

Remember, a healthy gut and tummy will promote healthy digestion and keeps your metabolism on fire. Take good care of your tummy to promote a healthy mental health and overall well-being!

Learning The Truth Behind Food Labels

One of the most remarkable transformations that the fast metabolism program has brought to us is we become smart and picky eaters. We become educated in identifying healthy foods from its unhealthy counterparts.

Learning The Truth Behind Food LabelsBut as we do grocery shopping to buy our food supplies, we are faced to common issue of getting confused with food labeling. The question is what do these labels really mean? Does it make a difference if we are knowledgeable with the food labels?

What does “pesticide-free”, “cage-free”, “free-range”, mean? How do they differ in affecting our overall health and well-being?

In this blog post, we will guide you on how to differentiate these food labels and be a smart consumer by picking safe and healthy choices for your fast metabolism diet program.

 

1. Organicorganic sealAn organic product bears a USDA organic seal. It is considered the highest stamp of an organic approval. The organic seal ensures that the product is being produced without any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other growth-hormone chemicals. It ensures that the produce you’re eating is being grown naturally and manually. When a product has an organic seal, you are rest assured that you’re consuming the cleanest food possible.

 

2. Cage Free or Free Range
cage freeThis basically means that the animals are given much more freedom to move around, rather than being restrained in a cage. “Cage free” label is often applied in eggs while the label “free range” refers to the animals (cows, chicken, pigs, turkey, fish, etc).

Note: Keep in mind that the meat in “Cage Free” or “Free Range” products are not guaranteed that it was humanely treated, and that it only means that these animals are able to roam freely as they claimed.

3. Grass-Fedgrass fedThis food label means that an animal ate nothing but an animal’s milk (either cow, sheep, goat, etc), fresh grass, and hay. If you are going to purchase a product that is Grass-fed, look for “American Grassfed Association” or “Animal Welfare Approved” stamp to ensure that the animal was raised on a range or family-owned pasture.

4. Pesticide-Freepesticide
A USDA approved product is also generally pesticide free. You can look on pesticide residue-free label to identify pesticide free products. The same as with hormone free/antibiotic free.

5. All Natural or NaturalnaturalThis food label is the most intriguingly food label of all. The term natural refers to the foods without synthetic preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and additives. However, several companies are misleading the market for labeling their food as “natural” when in fact, it’s not. Your best bet on identifying natural food is with USDA seal.

 

6. Genetically Modified FoodsgmoFollowing the hype of GMO salmon, most consumers are now wary of identifying the GMO foods. You can read here on tips how to identify and avoid GMO foods.

Now that food labels are singled out in this post, you have a reason to be watchful of your foods and your surroundings. It is better to be safe at all times so minimize your exposure to bad elements such as GMO produced foods. Stay informed and be vigilant.

5 Healthy Superfoods You Can Eat This Holiday Season

Christmas holiday is fast approaching. A lot of us are already so looking forward to the numerous parties, holiday events, vacations, and family reunions that will take place this season. While most of us are anticipating this Holiday Season with a lot of preparation, it can’t be denied that deep down inside us, there’s a  feeling lurking upon us, that feeling of fear in acquiring excess weight again due to food abundance that’s being served on the table

5 Healthy Superfoods this Holiday Season

Ever since we started our fast metabolism diet journey, we learn how to differentiate healthy and unhealthy foods. We become aware of its roles in healing our metabolism and promoting our overall health and well-being. And the good outcome is we consciously practice sticking to the fast metabolism diet plan. However, the mouthwatering foods served on the table during this season are completely unavoidable. These irresistible foods weaken our resistance and trigger our cravings and temptations. How do we overcome this challenge this Holiday season?

Fortunately, the solution to this dilemma is within reach. The only way to battle with foods is by eating the right foods. Remember, foods heal our metabolism and our body. So back to basics, we just have to choose the foods carefully.

We’ve listed down these healthy superfoods that you can pack and munch to minimize eating unhealthy foods this holiday season.

1. Fruits

You can never go wrong with fruits! Fruits usually sate your sugar cravings. Before attending to a party, pack a low-glycemic fruits like cranberries, apples, pears, and grapefruit to supply your body with enough sugar it needed without worrying of spiking up your blood sugar. By the time you attend the party, you won’t be craving to sugar anymore.

2. Clean Proteins

As you attend the party, it is important that you feed yourself first with protein foods. It’s because Protein packed foods will keep you full thus reduces your chance of eating all the foods served on the table. Focus on eating Turkey, eggs, and tuna recipes in the party. Of course, you can also pack some nitrate-free deli meat snacks like turkey jerky. You can munch them if you’re feeling hungry.

3. Nuts and Seeds.nuts
Alternatively, you can also pack nuts and seeds. These healthy fats are rich with omega-3 that is good for your heart and keeps your blood sugar stable. Fat based snacks such as almonds, cashew seeds, and nuts decrease your temptation to unhealthy indulgence.

4. Sweet Potatoes

If you are ready to take that delicious pasta, lasagna, and other delectable grains served on the table, you better think twice! Before you dig in to these type of foods, seek out for sweet potatoes dishes first! Try out any sweet potato recipes that you prepare. Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse of beta-carotene, vitamin C. and fiber. Sweet potatoes will fill in your cravings for carbs.

5. Veggies

If there are veggie dishes served on the table, then you are one lucky dieter! Go enjoy them! Veggies are a great source of nutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins that are essential to our our overall well-being. If you can’t find well prepared veggies in the feast, you can always opt for a veggie salad as your side dish if you still want to eat other dishes.

With these 5 healthy superfoods, you will be at ease that the foods you eat on parties and events will not ruin your weight loss goals. You are able to enjoy eating all the foods served on the table while checking your portions. Healthy eating is all about mindful eating by choosing the right foods and in moderation.

By being a conscious eater, you can flaunt your body on parties without worrying the love handles while wearing bodycon dress. Regardless, be confident with your weight, you are on the road in reaching your life long goals.

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.

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