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Top 5 FMD Foods You Can Eat While On Period

One of the biggest hurdles women often encounter is our monthly period. Due to unstable hormones, we become irritable and impatient for some unknown reason rendering us emotional wrecks. It is also during this period that we find it difficult to stick to a diet plan due to cramps, fatigue, bloating, and cravings.

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How do we alleviate the symptoms we’re experiencing? Here are the top 5 fast metabolism diet food you need to eat to maintain a healthy diet while you’re on period.

leafy veggies1. Leafy Green Veggies (All Phases)

You can never go wrong with green, leafy vegetables (such as kale, swiss chard, spinach, etc). Vegetables contain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that can aid your menstruation, green veggies specifically, are rich in iron and B vitamins and they also have high fiber content that can help with the digestive issues you’re experiencing.

Bear in mind that in the fast metabolism diet, vegetable intakes are absolutely limitless! You can eat it as much as you want at any time of the day! Just make sure that they are allowed in your current phase.

2. Nuts (Phase 3)

Instead of giving in to your cravings and munching on unhealthy snacks, grab those delicious nuts. Healthy fats such as nuts are rich in omega-3s and fiber that can help sate your cravings.

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3. Almond Butter (Phase 3)

You can also pair your nuts with almond butter for a more delicious and healthier snack. The lean protein, fiber, and healthy fat you get from the almond butter will help stabilize your blood sugar and reduce your cravings. Or you can pair it with sprouted wheat bread and make a healthy sandwich for your morning or afternoon snack.

4. High-Glycemic Fruits (Phase 1)

If you’re on your period but couldn’t eat healthy fats because you’re on Phase 1, opt to eat fresh fruits instead. Apples, pears, berries, and watermelon are rich in natural sugar and have adrenaline-calming properties that help ease your digestion.

5. Red Meat

Iron is one of the most important nutrients that gets lost during periods so it’s important that we supply our body with food rich in iron to make up for what was lost. Red meat is a great source to up your iron intake thereby minimizing the chances of being anemic.

However, we do recommend that you opt for organic, sulfite-free meat as much as possible. This is to minimize the impact of ruining your diet. If you’re not a meat-lover, oysters and eggs are healthy alternatives.

With healthy food and regular exercise, we can make the hurdle of monthly periods more bearable.

Tips to Beat Summertime Sleeping Problems

There is no doubt that Summer is the most favorite season for most of us. It is the perfect time to realize those fun and exciting trips that we have been planning for a long time. It is also a great time for backyard barbecues and sunbathing on beaches. Gone are the days when we need to snuggle under the thick comforters in our bed or the icy breeze and snows during Winter Days.

summertime sleeping problems

But if the Winter season easily lulled us to sleep peacefully, it is the complete opposite during summer time. Usually we find ourselves having trouble sleeping during this season. This struggle should not be left untreated as it may impede our aim of having a healthy metabolism. How do we resolve this recurring problem? How can we establish a consistent sleeping schedule throughout the Summer season?

Here are our top 4 tips to beat summertime sleeping problems

1. Wear Black Shades or Sleep Mask

We’ve all known that days are much longer during the Summer season. The sun wouldn’t go down after dinner time. And in some countries (especially the Scandinavian countries), the sun is still up until midnight. Or worse, the Sun is up throughout the day. Sleeping while the sun’s light rays are glaring right in front of your face is definitely a bother.

We recommend you wear black shades during the day if you’re going to take a daylight nap. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, put on a sleep mask to cover the long and bright evenings. If you’re still having a hard time adjusting to the light, have dark curtains installed on your windows to block the rays from entering your room.

2. Turn on the Air Conditioners

One outright disadvantage we experienced during Summer days is the intense, hot, and restless days and nights. The temperature and humidity are at its peak. For those who have air conditioners installed in their rooms, then you’re lucky. You don’t have to deal with hot, sweaty nights.

For those who don’t have A/C, your best bet would be installing fans in your room. Ceiling fans to be exact. Ceiling fans make the movement of the air easier for you to sleep. It allows your body to perceive that you’re not sleeping in a stagnant or warm environment.

3. Wear Summer Pajamas

It’s bad enough that you’re dealing with warm temperatures during Summer, it’s worse if you’re dealing with sweaty and smelly sheets and clothes. Opt to switch with summer pajamas with light colors and made of lightweight fibers. That way, you wouldn’t be sweating profusely and stick to the sheets. Some would opt to sleep in their birthday suit, but it’s up to you if you’re comfortable with it.

4. Sleep According to your Body Clock even if You’re Traveling

Traveling to another city or country during Summer sounds like a dream come true until you get jet lags. The unfamiliar setting and place will disrupt your sleeping pattern. We recommend you keep on sleeping according to your body clock.

If you’re also having upset stomach when you’re traveling, opt to have a peppermint diluted with grapeseed oil and apply it on your tummy. It will help stretch and twist the spine, causing your muscles to relax and stimulates digestion,

Getting enough sleep may be tough during Summer, but with a few tweaks to your strategy, you’ll be establishing a consistent, peaceful and sound sleep in no time.

5 Tips to Exercise Portion Control To The Foods You’re Eating

The habit of moderation is proven to be the ultimate way to losing weight and to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With this principle, we don’t have to ditch the food we love for the sake of ‘dieting’. A balanced, healthy diet still means you have the ability to stay physically fit without totally giving up your favorite food. That’s why in the fast metabolism diet, we’re practicing portion control to food consumption.

But for some of our fast metabolism dieters, portion control is easier said than done. Oftentimes, we tend to overeat when we’re emotionally stressed. Or if not, overeat healthy food, thinking it won’t have a negative impact to our diet.

5 Tips to Exercise Portion Control To The Foods You’re Eating

How can we effectively practice portion control? Here are our top 5 tips to help you exercise portion control and avoid overeating.

1. Drink a Glass Of Water Before You Eat

We recommend drinking at least a glass of water before you eat your meal. Drinking water will help you feel fuller and minimize the chances of overeating. Did you also know that the symptoms of dehydration make you feel hungry?

5 Stunning Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Oftentimes we confused our thirst with hunger. If you’re feeling hungry, drink a glass of water first and wait for 10 minutes. If you’re still feeling hungry, you can then eat food. But if not, then congratulations! You just eliminated your hunger problems without giving in to your cravings!

2. Wear Fitting Clothes

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Wearing fitting clothes will help you be aware of your own body. The purpose of this is to keep your body checked when you’re eating. If you felt your clothes go tighter, this will prompt you to slow down in eating. If your clothes are also too loose, chances are, you’re going to keep coming back for seconds. This can lead to eating more portions than necessary.

That’s why we recommend you to wear fitting clothes that match your body– not too tight and not too loose. The clothing method will help you monitor and keeps you eat the right portions needed for your body.

3. Use Smaller (and red) plates when serving your foods

switch to smaller plates

Whenever there are different kinds of dishes served on the table, our natural instinct is to have a bite of every dish, That’s why if you have a big plate on the table, chances are, you’re going to get  huge chunks of the food which basically ruins your portion control in the process.

red plates

Switching large plates to smaller ones, on the other hand, will send signals to your brain that you’ve already taken large portions of food and you’ll stop adding more. Plates colored in red also symbolizes the STOP sign. So you’re most likely to consume less because it signals you to slow down or halt eating.

4. Veggie Fillers

In this diet, we’ve been vocal in supporting veggie consumption (as long as veggie  is allowed in your current phase). So if you want to fill your plate without worrying about overeating, you can fill it up with veggies instead. Veggies contain nutrients and fiber that will help you feel fuller and satisfied.

5. Drink Water and Smoothies on a Tall, Thin Glass

tall glasses

Drinking from tall, thin glasses will trick your mind into thinking that you’re consuming more. But in reality, you’re actually consuming less. Whereas the big, short glasses held more portions than the smaller ones.

We hope these tips will help you in exercising your portion control easier. With conscious effort, you’ll master the art of moderation in no time and you’ll be able to finally enjoy eating the food you love while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

4 Ways How Pokemon Go Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

Last time, we shared about the positive health and fitness reviews of Pokemon GO towards its users just a couple of weeks after it was first released. More and more people are now inclined to walking and exercising with this app compared to the World Health Organization (WHO) campaign in the last 60 years.  It’s no doubt that the Pokemon Go craze has now become our new work out buddy!

Pokemon Go Improve Health and Wellbeing

But did you know that walking is not the only health benefits you can get from this game app? Here are 4 ways on how Pokemon Go can improve your health and well being.

1. Brisk Walk around Terrains and Slopes 

Walking is the foundation how Pokemon Go works. You need to get out of your house, walk around the neighborhood or any place to look for pokemons, catch them or hatch an egg. You are required as a gamer to go to Pokestops and Pokegyms to battle with other players and win.

But to make your walking session all the more challenging and adventurous, opt for a brisk walk. Brisk walking can help your abdomen, hips, and legs to work hard to maintain your balance against gravity.  If you opt to train on steep slopes, you’ll be pushing more effort on your legs, joints, and muscles to work harder, losing more fat in the process!

2.  It Can Improve your Mental Health

Walking while playing Pokemon Go not only improves your physical aspect but your mental health as well. People with depression forces them to get out of the bed and chill using the app. It gave them a sense of purpose and lifted their moods. It can also help you clear your mind, meditate on the important things happening in your life and connect with nature again.

3. You Get Fresh Air and Sunlight 

Gone are the moments where you dreaded waking up early to exercise. Now, most people anticipated waking up in the morning and going outside to fulfill their quest to catch all those Pokemon! Not only that, you get the natural Vitamin D from the sun’s light rays that help absorb calcium and promote bone growth.  Breathing the fresh air and enjoying the morning breeze will help boost your mood and respiratory health.

4. You Get to Improve Your Social Skills 

Once we’ve heard the term video game, we associate it with shut in video gamers. Those people who’re in front of their computers all time doing nothing but play. But now, the video game industry’s image is now turning into a positive one because of this app. Pokemon promotes your social and interpersonal skills by interacting with different Pokemon trainers as you go on Pokegyms. It also helps promote building long-lasting friendships.

If you haven’t already, you can download Pokemon Go on App Store. Bye for now, gonna catch Pokemon myself.

Here’s A Checklist to Own a ‘Healthy Kitchen’

Our kitchen also known as our food laboratory is where we craft our foods for good health and well-being. But did you know that sometimes our kitchen can also become our greatest foe and hindrance in losing weight? Especially, when it contains those sinful junk foods, it’s difficult to turn away from these temptations when you’re storing them in your kitchen anyway.

Checklist to Own a Healthy Kitchen

How do we design our kitchen for it to become clean and free from unnecessary and unhealthy stuff? Here are the top 7 checklist you should inspect to have a clean and healthy kitchen.

1. Put Fruits and Veggies on the Middle Shelf of the Fridge

The moment we open our fridge, the first thing that captures our attention is the middle shelf. This is where we store most of our food so it’s important that we stock it with healthy ones. It will signal your brain to opt for the healthy food rather than grabbing unhealthy ones like junk food at other shelves.

2. Keep a fruit bowl instead of a candy dish.

Our dieters should find this tip easy to apply. After all, dried fruits, fruit candies, and fruit juice are not already allowed in the diet . But in case you’re still eating some fruit candies, make a habit of stacking a bowl that contains whole fruits instead. The fibers and nutrients you get from natural fruits make you feel fuller and satisfied, reducing the risk of binge-eating.

3. Keep your counters bare to avoid mindless snacking

Just like tip#1, we recommend keeping your kitchen counters bare so you can avoid grabbing some chips and other unhealthy food. Or if not, you can fill it with your kitchen utensils to minimize the urge of mindless snacking.

But if you cannot resist yourself filling it with food, opt to stuff it with healthy food and snacks like almonds, nuts. This will keep the tendency to binge-eat at bay.

4. Use Smaller Plates

As we’ve recommended over and over again, take the time to use smaller plates. Using smaller plates (e.g. 10-inch plate) will help you reduce your food portion by 22% than eating on a large, 12-inch plate alone.

The great news is that you can still use smaller plates! The smaller your plate is the bigger chances of reducing your food portions (based on your weight loss goal).

5. Serve Unhealthy Snacks In a Small Bowl

No matter how much we follow the diet religiously, there will always be a time for special events. And it’s certainly okay to celebrate these occasions! Aside from the healthy tips we gave on dealing with these occasions, we recommend you to use smaller plates and bowls when you grab those unhealthy foods.

This will ensure you that you’re enjoying eating those sweets and pastries without worrying about ruining your diet.

6. Turn off the TV While Eating

When you’re eating while watching TV, you will most likely have a divided attention and you won’t be able to monitor your food portion. This distracted eating will then lead to overeating. Turning off your TV, on the other hand, will let you enjoy and focus more on relishing and eating those healthy and delectable foods.

Our brain usually takes 20 minutes before it sends a signal that you’re full. So if you’re focusing on eating slowly, chances are, you’ll be feeling full without going overboard to the foods you’re eating.

7. Carefully Pick Your Colors in Painting Your Kitchen

Just like how colors affect our mood and perceptions in life, colors also associate with the foods we’re eating. If possible, stay away from colors that stimulate hunger. Colors like red (as often seen on fast foods) and orange stimulate appetite and expressed the need to serve foods fast.

Painting your kitchen with colors Green and White, on the other hand, are associated with cleanliness and health. So you are more inclined to eat healthy foods and promote clean eating.

healthy kitchen checklist

No matter how strong your will to change your lifestyle is, you will always find yourself struggling if your environment is full of temptations. Having a healthy and clean kitchen, on the other hand, will motivate us to continue preparing healthy foods not only for us but also for our family as well.

6 Things You Can Do To Wake Up Early

We have heard this famous line often -“The Early Bird Catches the Worm“. Ever since our tender years, this line has been imprinted in our minds. Waking up early is the way to start the day right. They say the earlier you wake up, the more productive you can be as you get through the day.

But for some of our fast metabolism dieters, waking up early can be a challenge. How do we step up from this difficulty? How can we encourage ourselves to rise up earlier when we are so tempted to extend our shut eye?

motivation in waking up early

We recommend these 6 tips to help give extra boost to waking up early. Try applying them in your routine and see which one works for you best.

1. Place Your Phone or Alarm Clock Away From Your Bed

Do you ever wonder why even though you’ve set three alarms already, you still find yourself sleeping more? The culprit behind it is the location of our alarm clock. Most of us place our alarm clocks (or smartphones nowadays) on our bed. Making it incredibly easy for us to grab it and hit “snooze”.

And since we’re still lying in the four corners of our comfortable bed, it is easy to doze off again. These recurring actions resulted to us getting late at work and ruining our schedule for the rest of the day. How do we fix this detrimental habit?

The solution to that is by simply putting your alarm clock away from your bed! You can put your alarm clock on your study table, cabinet, or near the door. The farther it is, the better. The goal  is to force you to exert more effort in standing up and getting away from your bed. This movement will help the transition from being asleep to being awake immediately.

2. Have Something to Look Forward To

Before you go to sleep the night before, list down all your goals for the next day. Whether you want to go out for a run, read a new novel, or cook a healthy meal for the family, whatever that is, list it down.

These goals will inspire you to wake up early and keep moving! Because, if you don’t have any goals set for the day, sleeping (or doing nothing) will always be a better option for you.

3. Set a Bedtime Alarm

Did you know that you can also use your alarm clock as a bedtime alarm? Yes, you read it right! This is really helpful especially if you have trouble sleeping. Set the time when you need to sleep. The moment it alarms, it will remind you to sleep now and halt every activity you’re doing at the moment.

4. Establish a Relaxing Nighttime Routine

We recommend to only do light things before your bedtime. It is important to relax your brain and lull it to sleep. You can listen to a mellow music or meditate. Not soon after you’ll find yourself sleepy. Conditioning yourself to sleep before your bedtime will help you establish a consistent sleeping pattern.

5. Have an Accountability Buddy

Tell your best friend or your family about your plans of waking up early and let them join your quest. You can invite them to take a morning run with you. The words you left to them will hold you accountable for it. Surely, you wouldn’t want to break your promises to them, right?

6. Cut Your Screen time Before Going to Bed

The blue light emitted from electronic devices prevents your brain from releasing melatonin, a hormone responsible for making you sleep. It is highly suggested to cut off your browsing time 30 minutes before bedtime to relax your brain after a tiresome day. When you’re relaxed, your brain will be able to release the hormones you needed to have profound and relaxing sleep.

Try these tips tonight, and if they work for you, then make these things a habit. Waking up early will do wonders in your waking life.

4 Tips on How to Lose Fats On Your Hips and Thigh Areas

While most of the fast metabolism dieters are ecstatic that they are finally shedding some pounds and nearing to achieve a leaner body, others get frustrated seeing no results around their lower body leaving them with same pesky fat on some areas. Some are having a hard time losing those fats on our belly, hips, and thighs, why do such phenomenon occurs in our fitness journey?

pesky fat on hips and thighs

How do we lose those pesky fat for real? Here are our top 4 tips to help you shed those undesirable fats and finally achieve the body you’ve been working on!

1. Emphasize More Your Cardio and Strength Training Exercise

Fortunately, we incorporated these exercise to the fast metabolism diet program already, so you should be losing fat around those areas. But if you still find yourself having a hard time, you can lose more by slightly increasing your exercise workout duration from 30-45 minutes.

Aside from the usual weightlifting, you can also do regular squats, jumping squats, lunges, leg extensions and curls to emphasize on working out your thighs and hips to lose weight around those areas.

2. Aerobic Exercise

Aside from doing your phase-specific exercise, we also encourage you to be as physically active as possible. Climb the stairs instead of riding elevators. Climbing stairs, and cycling are great forms of aerobic exercise that work well on your legs and thighs. It also builds your stamina and endurance.

3. Yoga

When you’re in phase 3, we recommend you do Surya Namaskar as your exercise. This will make your body flexible and tight. You’ll also feel refreshed and gives your body an energy boost.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

It is popularly known that apple cider vinegar has become our great companion throughout this diet. This type of vinegar has numerous health benefits and it aids in losing weight. You can use it to help relieve the tensions in your muscles through massage. Just mix 2 cups of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of olive or coconut oil. Massage it on your hips and thighs for 10 minutes. Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse with water afterward.

These tips are easily said than done, but if you are just willing to go the extra mile for the sake of your health, then these things will eventually be easy as a pie. Never ever let something get in the way of achieving a good health and finally eliminating those undesirable fats.

Top 10 Summer Foods for Weight Loss

As you start to land on your age of 20’s, your metabolism becomes slow and an increase of number shows up on the scale.

Due to this alarming fact, you become anxious about gaining weight, especially when summer falls and you are planning to wear your bikinis (for women) and swimming trunks (for men), or perhaps plan for outdoor activities, yet you’re having a difficulty to catch your breath and makes you feel uncomfortable.

Admit it or not, I know you’re also one of those who wishes to consume foods that can do magic, wherein you can happily eat as much as you want and won’t even affect your weight. If you’re guilty and currently dealing with this embarrassing moment, then, you must not worry today!

summer foods for weight loss

As advised by Zidenberg-Cherr, “Eat foods that make you feel full and satisfied, and your body won’t want to consume as many calories, so you’ll ultimately shed stubborn pounds”. Pertaining to the recommended healthy foods that can help lose weight, you need to eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

There might be no magic foods mentioned, but there are summer foods that could help you lose weight. To specify those healthy foods you need to dig in, here’s our list:

  1. Watermelon

This watery-fruit contains fiber that binds and carries fat out from your body. And according to studies, it also comprises a great percentage of water that will make you hydrated and may increase your overall calorie expenditure. A fruit that’s perfect for summer!

  1. Cold Vegetable Soups

Just like watermelon, cold vegetable soups are also rich in fiber that can help diminish your appetite and calorie intake. Since soups mainly made-up of water, you can dig in a large serving without worrying about adding pounds to your body.

For the chilled soups to prepare, you can have Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup, Peach or Watermelon Gazpacho, Chilled Pea, Avocado, and Mint Soup, Chilled Mango Raspberry Soup, Creamy Vegan Corn and Red Pepper Blender Soup and more.

  1. Kale

This vegetable is one of the icon foods of good health. Kale consists of isothiocyanates that boost your body’s detoxification capability. It also contains vitamin A and tons of fiber.

  1. Summer Squash

I know you don’t have a problem in eating squash because this has been the favorite of many and mostly kids. This kind of veggie is a low-calorie food that can help you lose weight better, and contains dietary fiber.

  1. Strawberries

This healthy fruit is also packed with fiber and nutrients that are good for your body. Eating strawberries is also recommended because it can effectively help control your calorie intake.

  1. Tomatoes

This food is also a great source of water. Tomatoes are low in calories and carbohydrates, and produce plenty of nutrients. This veggie can also help you slim down and keep your calorie intake low.

  1. Spicy Salsa

Spicy salsas consist of fewer calories and veggies rich with nutrients. According to some studies and shown evidence of research, consuming spicy salsa can make you eat less because it’s consisted of Capsaicinoids, which are chemicals found in hot chili peppers. The chemicals also go to your fat cells and reduce abdominal fat.

  1. Avocados

This fruit is also nutritious as it contain a unique mix of healthy fats and fiber. Avocados are also low in sugar, low-calorie, vitamin-rich and full of important nutrients that can help dieters to reduce weight.

  1. Cucumbers

This vegetable is rich in minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Cucumbers can also help you detox, and are effective for weight loss. What’s amazing about cucumbers is it also consist of polyphenol compounds, and as caused by oxidative stress, it can help on reducing the speed of ageing.

  1. Pineapples

Pineapple is a tropical fruit that contains two potent enzymes, and these enzymes can help metabolize your body fat and speeds up the digestion process.

For other summer foods that can help you trim your weight down are grilled vegetables, grilled seafood, raspberries, iced hibiscus tea, jicama, frozen fruits, grapefruit, and more.

As we all know, dieting alone won’t work well unless we also do proper exercise. So to aim your goal for summer, you must start to eat, move and live right!

5 Ways To Make Food Healthier While On FMD Diet

One of the most rewarding and fulfilling lessons we learned while undergoing the fast metabolism diet is food awareness, that is to say, which ones are beneficial and which lot could sabotage our metabolism. However, do you know that you can make your every meal healthier than it already is?

5 Ways to Make Your Food More Healthier While On FMD Diet

Here are our top 5 tips on how to make heartier and healthier meals while you’re on fast metabolism diet.

1. Know When To Choose Organic Food

Although we recommend to our dieters to patronize organic food whenever possible, we understand that it is a bit expensive. For our dieters who cannot afford to go all-organic yet, we recommend you start first with fruits and veggies, and animal protein.

organic is worth it

These two types of food group are most vulnerable to pesticides, growth hormones, and chemicals, and we eat consume them on a daily basis. This increases our risks of acquiring mortal diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood, Stroke, and Heart disease. The following are the list of food we recommend for you to switch to organic first:

  • Turkey, Beef, Chicken, Pork
  • Strawberries, Raspberries, and Cherries
  • Apples and Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach and Salad Greens
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers

2. Combine Powerful Food with Better Nutrient Absorption

Fortunately, we’ve already got this tip half-covered. We strategically  designed your meal map, as well the foods you eat to help your body get the optimum nutrition it needs. But if you want to boost your nutrient absorption further, you can combine these powerful, nutrition-house foods into your meal recipes.

Tomatoes and Olive Oil – We all know that the Lycopene found on tomatoes have powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant properties but this nutrient is best absorbed when combined with a healthy fat such as olive oil. It is also revealed that lycopene absorbs more efficiently when you processed it into natural tomato puree and paste.

Spinach and Lemon juice (from squeezed lemons) – Green, leafy veggies contain Iron that promotes healthy blood circulation in your body. The presence of vitamin C enhances iron absorption up to 6 more times.

Eggs and Avocado – These two types of food are match-made in heaven. The healthy fats found in avocado helps the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin D found in eggs.

3. Eat Slowly and Chew

Tip of the Week: Chew your Food Thoroughly! A study says people reported feeling fuller when they ate slowly, thus helping you lose weight.:

We may sound like a broken playlist by now, but we’ll never get tired of reminding you of this simple and gentle advice: Chew your foods well and eat slowly. Breaking your foods into smaller chunks will ease your digestion. It can also help your gut to absorb the energy and nutrients from digesting foods.

Aside from that, your brain normally takes 20 minutes before it sends a signal that you’re full. So take time and relish in the foods you’re eating to avoid overeating.

4. Know when to soak, crush, or sprout your ingredients.

Our nutrient intake is not only determined by the food we eat but also with the way it is cooked. In order to get the optimum nutrition you need, here is a guide on when to apply the necessary cooking method for your meals.

Soak – Soaking legumes and beans overnight will help improve the nutritional value of your meals. Since legumes and beans have water-soluble nutrients after soaking, it will help your body to absorb minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium easier.

Sprout – This method is good for pulse veggies such as alfalfa, mung bean. and chickpeas since they require more effort to soak. Sprouting can also increase the availability of nutrients stored in these veggies. Sprouting is best recommended if you’re making salads since it gives an extra nutrient boost.

5. Know when To Eat Raw/Cooked/Frozen Foods.

Whether you prefer to eat raw or cooked foods, we cannot deny that foods are nutritional powerhouses. But do you know when is the best time to eat them?

If the foods are rich either in Vitamin B1, B5, Folate, and Vitamin C, we recommend to eat them as raw. It’s because these veggies are sensitive to heat. When heated, their nutritional value decreases, so it’s best to eat them in their natural, uncooked state.

If the foods are rich in beta-carotene, (such as squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes) lycopene (tomatoes), we recommend to eat them best when cooked.

For fruits, you can eat them either as fresh or frozen. But research found that frozen fruits and veggies actually have richer nutrient compounds like vitamin C, antioxidants such as lutein and beta-carotene than their fresh alternatives. Frozen carrots and blueberries are the living proof of that.

6 Nutrients that Every Menopausal Woman Should Include in her Diet

Menopause is a natural physical transformation that women deals with, it is when ovaries stop producing egg cells. This process causes our body to undergo a hormonal change that may leave us to face its horrible effects and symptoms.

Menopausal Women Nutrients

Menopausal stage usually starts by the age of 40, it varies in different cases. And there is a common question that menopausal women have. How do we make our menopausal stage more bearable? Well, the ideal solution to that would be through a healthy diet! If our aim is to maintain a healthy body, then it is just imperative to get a nourishing meal plan. Here’s a quick guideline for your diet. There are essentially 6 nutrients that you should include in your diet for a gentle menopausal period.

1. Calcium

The most common misconception in the health and fitness world is that Calcium is mostly found in dairy products. Most of the fast metabolism dieters before were hesitant to start because dairy products are not allowed in this diet. They were afraid they couldn’t meet their Calcium nutrient requirement.

calciumIt is true that there are many Calcium-rich foods that you can consume that are allowed in this diet. You can opt to eat more Salmon, Halibut, Oranges, Kale, Sesame seeds, arugula, and broccoli since they are rich not only in calcium but also in healthy fat and protein. These foods can help you meet your daily Calcium requirement.

Note: Remember that the recommended amount of Calcium you needed to have in your daily intake is at least 1,200 milligrams. This is due to the fact that one of the disadvantages of menopause is decreased bone health. Thus, increasing your risks on osteoporosis. It is advised to eat Calcium-rich foods to prevent osteoporosis.

2. Iron

iron menopause foods

Although your body’s need for Iron decreases after menopause, your body still need Iron in order to maintain the circulation of your body through oxygen-carrying red blood cells. You can increase your Iron intake by eating meat, oysters, eggs, nuts, and lentils.

3. Fruits

Eating fruits will help you decrease the tiredness you feel during menopause, so be sure to eat one. Fruits contain many vitamins like A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, etc that are important in maintaining your health and well-being. You can check the allowed fruits to eat per phase here.

4. Vegetables

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The most important food you need to incorporate in your healthy diet is veggies. Vegetables have no cholesterol, are low in fat and calorie, more importantly, they contain rich vitamins like Potassium, Folate, Dietary fiber. Vegetables can help achieve the healthy body you wanted, so we recommend you eat as many as possible (no limits!), just as long as you make sure that they are allowed in your current phase.

5. Fiber

If you’re already eating fruits (as per tip #3), then you should be fine with this. Fibers are primarily found from fruits. Fiber-rich foods help you lower your cholesterol, stress levels, boost your energy levels and make you feel fuller and satisfied.

6. Water

Last but definitely not the least, always maintain your water daily intake, especially if you’re undergoing through menopause. It will reduce the dryness you’re experiencing on your skin and private areas. The dryness is usually caused by the decreased level of estrogen hormone in your body. It can also help reduce the bloating that is caused by low estrogen levels as well.

We all know that most women dreaded facing their menopause because of the horrendous symptoms we got to experience. We’d have enough of that dealing with our menstrual cramps and now this! But with proper diet and exercise, we can diminish its effects and make it more bearable.

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