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Staying Healthy and in Love on Valentines Day

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Planning to spend quality time with your better half this valentine’s day?  Why not try out activities that not only bring out the love but also promotes good health for both of you. Check out our top 5 suggestions of activities that promotes good health and love this Valentines Day.

1. Take a Hike.

Spend quality time with your sweetheart by taking a morning hike. Communing with nature is always a great way to rid yourself of stress. Plus walking regularly can help you lower blood pressure, improve your moods, and boost your energy. Good company, great conversation, and breathtaking views definitely sounds like the perfect valentines day escapade.

2. Dance your heart out.

Planning to go out for a Valentines day dinner? Why not include dancing in your agenda. Whether it’ll be in a club, garden, beach, or rooftop, twirling around with a hot date on your arm is a fun way to exercise, plus its a classic and nothing beats classic!

3. Go for a tandem bike ride.

A fun way to practice teamwork, you’ll surely get a good laugh out of it. Head out to the local park or to some scenic view outside the city. You can opt to bring a picnic basket with you and just talk the rest of the day away, enjoying the good food and each other’s company.

4. Go Kayaking.

Are you into water activities? Why not go out kayaking this valentines. Hop on to a love boat and start paddling. This is also a good way to practice teamwork.

5. Get a massage.

Not in the mood for any outdoor activity? Why don’t you treat yourself and your partner to a massage. Massages helps reduce stress and anxiety.  It is also a good excuse to get some hands-on time with your valentine. Who knows, you might even get a kiss or two.

Whatever activity you may have planned out, the FMD community wishes you a Happy and Healthy Valentines Day. Share the love!

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites – Phase 3

Serves: 15; Serving Size: 3

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites - Phase 3

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes mini phyllo shells
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained (or fresh pineapple)
  • 1 Tbsp stevia
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Heavy whipped cream for toppings

Instructions:

  1. pour in drained pineapple chunks in a non-stick pan.
  2. Stir in stevia and saute pineapple for about 5 to 6 minutes, breaking apart the chunks, until sticky.
  3. Spoon sauteed pineapple into phyllo cups and drizzle with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cookies – Phase 3

Serves: 14 cookies

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cookies - Phase 3

Serving Size: 2 cookies

Ingredients:

for the drizzle

  • 1 tbsp (14g) cashew cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ tsp coconut milk
  • 8-12 drops stevia, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the oats, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the maple syrup. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet, and flatten to about half of their original height using a small spatula. Bake at 325°F for 11-14 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  5. Just before serving, prepare the drizzle by stirring together the cashew cheese, coconut milk, and stevia in a small bowl. Transfer the mixture to a zip-topped bag, cut off a tiny piece of one corner, and drizzle on top of the cooled cookies.

Chunky Guacamole – Phase 3

Serves: 8

Chunky Guacamole - Phase 3

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe avocados, slightly mashed
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. lime zest
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mash avocados with lime juice and sea salt until just combined, but still a bit chunky.
  2. Add in tomatoes, red onion, garlic, lime zest, jalapenos, cayenne and cilantro, mixing well. Enjoy!

Mini Pineapple Tartlets – Phase 1

Serves: 15; Serving Size: 3

Mini Pineapple Tartlets - Phase 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes mini phyllo shells
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained (or fresh pineapple)
  • 1 Tbsp stevia
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Heavy whipped cream for toppings

Instructions:

  1. pour in drained pineapple chunks in a non-stick pan.
  2. Stir in stevia and saute pineapple for about 5 to 6 minutes, breaking apart the chunks, until sticky.
  3. Spoon sauteed pineapple into phyllo cups and drizzle with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Target Recalls Halloween Window Decorations for Choking Hazard

With the Halloween season just a couple of days away, everyone is in the hype for the highly anticipated Trick or Treat party. We’re all in the mood of preparing mouthwatering foods to serve on the table! Kids are excited as well to go shopping for their spooky costumes and Halloween window decorations they’re going to use for that exciting occasion!

HALLOWEEN WINDOW DECORATIONS

But before you go shopping these Halloween decorations endlessly, you might want to pause for a while and read. Target hast just recalled over 127,000 Halloween-themed LED gel window “clings”. The reason for the recall is that these clings might pose choking hazards to your children.

Target Recalls Halloween Window Decorations fo Choking Risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall after the clings came apart and exposed their LED button battery compartment. If a child were to swallow the button, they could be at risk on choking.

The recall includes six clings namely:

  • green skeleton
  • pink skeleton
  • purple spider
  • black cat
  • orange pumpkin
  • black bat

These clings had a model number of 234-25-0904 printed on its gel cling’s packaging. Fortunately, Target didn’t receive an incident report yet. But for safety precautions, they initiated a recall. For those who purchased the clings, you can return them at any Target branch for a full refund.

Top 5 Tips You Should Follow to Stay Fit this Halloween Season!

Indulging on the temptation that tricks or treats offer for Halloween season this year? Let’s admit it; it’s not only the kids who munch on candy corns, chocolate bars, and candies during this spooky season. It may only happen once a year, but this stuff is rich in sugar and artificial ingredients.

Too many treats can mean more pounds and calories for us to burn. So how do we stay fit during Halloween?
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  1. Go ahead and plan. First have a wholesome and healthy meal or protein shave before you go trick or treating. Having a meal before attending a gathering can help you avoid hunger pains. This can prevent you from overeating and stuffing down too many candies and sugar.
  2. Exercise or workout, before you went about for trick or treats. This would be the best thing you should do during this year’s Halloween. Studies have shown that people are more likely to eat less after a workout or exercise. You’ll also feel great and you’ll achieve your weight goals. So work out for 30 minutes or more before you get suited up in your Halloween costumes.
  3. Avoid that candy bowl. Yes, even your favorites. Don’t place them where you can easily see them in your house. Serve candies or chocolates that you don’t crave. You’ll be tempted but ask someone to hide these from you.
  4. Eat in moderation. You can enjoy sugar filled goodies every now and then. You don’t need to deprive yourself of eating candies, treat yourself with that BUT in small portions. Even if it only happens once a year, we need to stay on the right track, avoid munching on too many goodies.
  5. Don’t forget your goals. Keep reminding yourself regarding your weight loss goals. Stick some notes where you can see them constantly.

Halloween is the one night where scaring people is the ‘trend’ and candies are bountiful. We should always keep in mind that these sugary treats can turn into monstrous calories that you’ll need to shed off through exercise and workouts.

Eat the chocolates and candies that you want, but again, only in small portions. Keep your eyes on your goals and eat healthy all year long. Check out our delectable fast metabolism diet Halloween recipes here!

Apple Cider Vinegar’s Health Benefits

A lot of positive reviews on the effects of consuming apple cider vinegar on a regular basis are spreading. The amber colored vinegar has been around for quite a long time. It has plenty of uses not only limited to your kitchen.  It is also used to kill unwanted weeds in your garden, metal polisher or use it to clean you coffee makers.

apple cider vinegar

Going back, this miraculous vinegar contains vitamins and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E, bioflavonoids, and pectin. It’s also versatile since you can use it for your food and drinks.

If you’re still in doubt with how apple cider vinegar can keep you healthy, here are some of the top benefits you can get:

  1. Helps in Weight Loss – It is rich in acetic acid. Clinical studies had shown that people who consume acetic acid daily for 12 weeks had a decrease in body weight, abdominal fats, and triglycerides. Acetic acid also helps in preventing the increase in body fat and various liver fats.
  2. Treatment for Constipation – To improve your digestion and prevent constipation drink water with 2 tablespoons of this vinegar. Pectin, a water-soluble fiber that helps promote bowel movements is in apple cider vinegar.
  3. Controls Blood Sugar – It helps improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin helps in managing the levels in our body. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and you can drink this 3 times a day.
  4. Improves Your Skin – Worried about your blemishes and wrinkles? You can use this vinegar as a toner. Dilute it with water and apply it as a toner. It also helps in minimizing the appearance of fine lines in your face.
  5. Prevents Infections – The antiseptic properties of apple cider vinegar helps in preventing fungal infections and bacteria. Treat ear infection by rinsing it with diluted apple cider vinegar solution. Drink warm water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to treat For a bladder infection also known as candidiasis.

There are more health benefits you can get from apple cider vinegar. If you’re planning to buy one, make sure that it’s organic, unprocessed and pasteurized. Avoid those refined and processed AC vinegar. Look for raw apple cider vinegar with Mother in it.

Smoked Paprika Pork Roast with Barbecue Sauce – Phase 3

Smoked Paprika Pork Roast with Barbecue Sauce – Phase 3

Looking for a dish that suits St. Patrick’s Day celebration? We got you covered! Why don’t you have this on your table to enjoy? Roasted pork looks tempting!

SMOKED PAPRIKA PORK ROAST WITH BARBECUE SAUCEIngredients:

2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons stevia/xylitol
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) boneless pork loin roast
Kitchen string
Gluten-free Barbecue Sauce (click for recipe)
Directions:

1. Stir together first 5 ingredients and 2 tsp. thyme. Trim pork roast. Rub paprika mixture over pork. Tie roast with kitchen string at 1 1/2-inch intervals, and place in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Chill, uncovered, 24 hours.

2. Light one side of grill, heating to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat; leave other side unlit. Place pork over lit side, and grill, covered with lid, 8 minutes on each side or until browned.

3. Transfer pork to unlit side, and grill, covered with lid, 35 to 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 145°.

4. Let stand 10 minutes. Brush with Gluten-free Barbecue Sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tsp. thyme. Serve with remaining sauce.

7 Foods that will Soothe Stomach Ache

Stomach ache is very common. Almost everyone of us experiences it in an unexpected time and place and much worse is if we get it in our workplace.

7 Foods to Eat to Soothe your Stomach AcheThere are many factors why we experience stomach ache, may it be a nausea, vomiting, bloating, fasting, or just a general stomach bug because of something you ate. You want that icky feeling to disappear right away so here’s some foods that will serve as ‘first aids’.

What can we do to alleviate our stomach pain, then? How do we choose the right foods to eat so that our stomach pain will be eased? In this article, we will help you choose the right foods you can eat to soothe your stomach ache.

papaya

  1. Papaya – Phase 1

Eating papaya encourages ease digestion and also contributes in easing constipation. Their digestive enzymes help breaks down the proteins and in turn soothes your stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment. Papaya is also rich in sugar which helps regulate your brain to release a hormone named endorphin, which also soothes your stress and anxiety.

sweet potatoe

  1. Starchy Foods

Starchy foods are good to eat when you have stomach ache because they helps coat the lining of your stomach and they don’t add stress to your digestive system. Starchy foods also helps ease diarrhea by absorbing fluids and adding bulk to your stool. Some of the starchy foods you can eat are sweet potatoes (Phase 1 and 3), legumes (Phase 1 and 3),  oatmeal and many more.

ginger

  1. Ginger – All Phases

Numerous studies have shown that ginger works well as an anti-nausea remedy and improves our overall digestion. It soothes your intestinal tract, lowers your blood sugar, relieves your sinus congestion and stimulates your body to burn fat. You can chew a piece of fresh ginger or steep then in a hot water for a soothing hot tea.

herbal tea

  1. Herbal Teas – All Phases

Hot, herbal teas are not only known for its best soothing effects, but the peppermint and chamomile components of these herbal teas has been noted for their stomach healing properties. The mint also helps to dilate your blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure and soothes your headaches.

Note: You can only use caffeine free herbal teas in fast metabolism diet. Some of these herbal teas are Ginger tea, peppermint tea, Pau D’arco tea.

broth

  1. Broth – All Phases

The liquid and the salt content found in broths is a great remedy for an upset stomach and will keep you hydrated. When the salt is in your bloodstream, it helps draw fluid in. Just remember that if you have a high blood pressure, look for low-salt varieties of broth and you can still get the liquid benefit.

coconut water

  1. Coconut Water – Phase 3

Coconut water contains natural sugar, electrolytes, vitamin C and potassium that helps soothe your tummy. Another bonus factor of coconut water is that it has no artificial ingredients, flavors, colorings and artificial sweeteners.

apple cider vinegar

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar – All Phases

The acids found in apple cider vinegar aids and decrease your starch digestion. It then allows the starch to get to your intestines and keep the bacteria in the gut healthy. Apple cider vinegar can also lower your blood sugar, encourage weight loss and detox your body. You can mix the 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a water and a teaspoon of stevia or xylitol and sip it slowly.

Before popping some capsules and medicines, try some natural foods to ease the pain. Hope this list will help you choose natural medicine. But if you are unsure of the existing pain, better consult a physician.

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