Shrimp with Artichokes and Tomatoes

Shrimp with Artichokes and Tomatoes

If you love seafood, then this healthy and delicious recipe would be perfect for both fancy or simple dinner or lunch. Mixed with the healthy bits of artichokes and tomatoes, the recipe is perfect for Phase 3 exercises. Combined with wild rice and a delicious shrimp, the food will not only satisfy you but it will also give you the benefit of a healthy stomach.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups wild rice, uncooked
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Tomato
  • 1 can (14 oz each) quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 1 pound medium peeled and deveined shrimp with tail, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, optional

Instructions:

  1. First, cook the wild rice or under the directions stated on the packaging. For the meantime, put the undrained tomatoes and artichokes in a 10-inch skillet and mix and cook it over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or just until it boils.
  2. Add the shrimps; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or wait until it turns pink, stir it frequently. Put and stir the remaining ingredients, except lemon. For the best way in serving, put it over rice with a squeeze of lemon juice.

 

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Warm Turkey Bacon

Spinacha and Strawberry salad with warm turkey bacon

Who would have thought that our all time favorite fruit could be turned into one great and healthy recipe? Combined with the nutritional benefits of spinach, this strawberry recipe is perfect for those who are starting the 1st Phase of the Fast Metabolism Diet program. Add to that is the mouth-watering taste of Turkey bacon all mix and made into an easy-to-make salad good for every meal of the day. Enjoy and have fun eating!!

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices Turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon xylitol
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Mixed the spinach, strawberries, and shallots in a large bowl.
  2. Place the slices of Turkey bacon on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until it becomes crispy. After letting it cool a few minutes after getting out of the oven, crumble the bacon slices.
  3. Put the mustard and xylitol in a skillet under mild heat. Stir the mixture until xylitol is dissolved.  Add the vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to accentuate taste.
  4. Add the crumbled bacon slices to the salad, pour over the bacon vinaigrette, and toss until coated thoroughly. Serve immediately.

Berry and avocado smoothie

Berry and Avocado Smoothie

During the summer season, we cannot help but crave with that cold and refreshing drink that will quench our thirst after a day’s exercise or after getting out of the beach water while basking under the scorching heat of the sun. Berry and Avocado Smoothie is a good treat for you which you can share with your friends and family. This smoothie is made for those who are already at Phase 3 of the Fast Metabolism Diet Program and will prove that breaks should not necessarily be boring and bland.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Avocado From Mexico halved, pitted and peeled
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries not thawed
  • 2 cups cranberry fruit juice

Instructions:

  • In a blender jar, combine avocado, frozen berries, and juice; whirl until smooth.
  • Serve.

 

Fennel and steak salad

Fennel and steak salad

This delicious dish is perfect for a low carbohydrate Phase 2 diet and is usually served in a hot summer day in both formal and informal gatherings. The divisive anise aroma of fennel makes the whole meal a delicious treat added to the tenderness of the beef steak.

Ingredients:

140 grams  Fennel (1 small bulb)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

230 grams Fillet mignon (large 1-inch thick steak)

2 tablespoons Onion chives (chopped)

Instructions:

  • Using a mandoline, shave the fennel to make thin slices and soak it in a bowl of water with ice so that it would make a crisping effect.
  • Mix lemon juice, salt, Dijon mustard, and black pepper inside an empty bottle of wine (or anything that would suffice) and shake until the mixture becomes emulsified perfect for making the dressing.
  • Put salt and pepper on all sides of the steak.
  • Preheat a skillet with in medium high heat with no oil or anything in it. It is advisable not to use nonstick coated cookware and use instead plain uncoated pan, and ideally one that has good heat retention (heavy bottomed, copper core, cast iron, etc) and is close to the size. Add the steak and cook one side for about 2 minutes or until the surface of the bottom turns very well brown. Flip the steak over and cook until it turns brown. Remove the steak from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • While the steak is resting, drain the fennel and use a salad spinner to dry it. Put ii into a bowl full of chives.
  • Put a light dressing on the fennel and split in between two plates.
  • Slice the steak and split it between each salad. Add a little amount of dressing on top of the beef and sprinkle ground black pepper to accentuate the taste.

Circuit Workout for Phase 1 Exercise

Circuit Workout for Phase 1 exercise

How would you like to shape your body? With this Phase 1 perfect workout, which combines strength and cardio exercises, you will surely get fit and healthy at the same time.

Allow yourself to enjoy the summer

Summer shouldn’t be a one big all-you-can-eat buffet, especially if you have zero time for gym. But no worries! You won’t have to put on any additional pounds. In fact, you could actually lose a pound per week with these Fast Metabolism Diet Community easy-to-follow exercise steps.

Burn it off

You can do this intense workout with just about any open space. This routine has an  8-minute cardio alternate bouts with 6-minute strength sets for maximum burning of fats.

Do the Cardio Blast for every circuit workout, then go through the strength exercises twice with a 30-second break every after each move. Move to the next circuit.

Circuit 1

Cardio Blast: You can either go biking, running, or inline skating for about 5 minutes. Just don’t forget to increase your pacing from easy to moderate intensity, then increase to moderate pace for about 3 minutes.

Circle Hop Squat

Squat

Steps:

  1. Stand with feet far apart and turned slightly outward.
  2. Lift your chest, lower your body to form a squat and stretch arms to reach the ground.
  3. Push into feet so that you could jump up as you turn to 180 degrees left while in the air then circle arms up and over from right to left at the same time.
  4. Land lightly on the ground in a squatting position and facing the opposite direction, arms back towards the ground.
  5. Repeat previous step, jumping to the right in a 180-degree angle as you move your arms in a circle from left to right. Alternate for 1 minute.

Diamond Push-Up

modified squat

Steps:

  1. Get your knees down and close together and do a modified push-up position.
  2. Using your fingers, form an imaginary diamond shape and place it directly under your chest, and arms straight straight but don’t lock your elbows.
  3. Bend your elbows so that they are placed at the sides of your torso and point slightly backward while lowering your chest toward the ground.
  4. Press your palms against the ground and carry your body to come back up; repeat for 1 minute.

Alternative: You could also place your hands directly under your shoulders.

Circuit 2

Cardio Blast: Done by alternating 2 minutes moderate intensity with 2 minutes high intensity for a total of 8 minutes.

Core Leg Drop

Core leg drop

Steps:

  1. Lie on your back with legs straight up and raised in a 90-degrees angle.
  2. Clasp your hands and reach forward while lifting head and shoulder blades.
  3. With left leg kept in initial position, bring right leg straight down, crunch up, and bring hands down to slightly touch the left thigh.
  4. Return to previous position and  repeat steps on the right side.
  5. Alternate for about a minute.

Alternative: Keep your hands behind your head throughout the pose.

Single-Leg Push-Off

Single leg push off

Steps:

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands raised in front of the body with palms put forward.
  2. Lift your right foot and then bend knee in a 90-degrees angle so that your heel faces behind you.
  3. Fall forward in a slight manner onto your hands while right leg kept bent and lifted to allow left heel raising off the ground.
  4. Push weight so that hands will carry it and the ball of left foot to return to its previous position.
  5. Repeat for about 30 seconds; switch sides, and repeat for another 30 seconds.

Alternative: Keep both feet attached and laid flat on the ground. After standing back, lift your knee (alternate sides).

Circuit 3

Cardio Blast: Do a moderate 1-minute intensity alternating with a high 1-minute intensity for about 8 minutes.

Starting-Gate Lunge

Starting gate lunge

Steps:

  1. Stand with feet stretch apart along the line of your hips.
  2. Move right foot backwards, and lower body to form a lunging position with both knees positioned at 90 degrees angle.
  3. Keeping chest lifted, hinge forward at the hips and touch one hand to the ground on either side of the front foot.
  4. Push into feet and raise body off the ground and breath some air in, then land softly in previous position.
  5. Repeat for 30 seconds, then do it with the other leg and repeat for 30 seconds.

Alternative: Instead of doing a hopping movement, you could rise up from lunge position and then sink back down.

Table Twister

table twister

Steps:

  1. Sit up straight with knees bent, feet apart on the ground in line with hips, and knees positioned over ankles.
  2. Hinge back at around the waist; place your hands on ground below shoulders, fingers out. Lift hips to raise body, then bend elbows to point directly back as body dips toward the ground.
  3. Push into heels, and stretch arms straight arms to raise body back up; punch right arm across your chest to rotate your torso towards the left.
  4. Place hand back to the ground, then immediately dip and twist to opposite side.
  5. Continue the cycle for 1 minute.

Alternative: Instead of twisting and punching, alternate lifting your hands off ground.

Circuit 4

Cardio Blast: An 8-minute high-intensity workout

Reverse Diagonal Lunge Roll

reverse diagonal lunge

Steps:

  1. Stand straight with feet kept close together and arms at both sides of the body.
  2. Maintaining right leg straight, move left foot back in a diagonal position and knee bent to the left in a 90-degrees angle to form a lunging position; touch ground by inside of left foot with right hand.
  3. Push left leg and return to starting position all the while lifting right arm to roll shoulder backwards.
  4. Repeat steps on opposite side and alternate for 1 minute.

Alternative: Instead of a diagonal way, execute lateral lunges out to the side.

Plank Hop

plank hop

Steps:

  1. Pause in the “up” part of push-up; hands allowed to suspend below shoulders and body in straight line.
  2. Lower hips a bit, then lift them as you push into hands and feet while hopping your feet (and hands, if possible) to the left side, gently landing with elbows slightly bent.
  3. Repeat hopping right and continue to take turns.

Alternative: Instead of hopping, you can walk feet from side to side.

Exercising can also be a fun and exciting activity especially if your goal is to become fit and feel better about yourself. It becomes even more special if you do it with your friends or loved ones. So don’t afraid to make that big leap of your life to lose weight and become a better version of yourself.

 

Basic Hatha Yoga Poses

Basic Hatha Yoga Poses

The poses in Hatha Yoga has been considered as a preparatory for yoga itself. From the root words “ha” which means sun and “ta” for moon, “Hatha” means the balance of properties of sun and moon inside you. It is also done to prepare the body for a higher possibility and is one of the exercises included in Phase 3 of our Fast Metabolism Program. Here’s how the poses in Hatha Yoga are done:

Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose

  • On a mat, make a Mountain Pose then inhale and exhale deeply for three times.
  • Stand tall and straight with both feet brought close together and shoulders relaxed.
  • Inhale in a normal pace while arms are being raised beyond the head and pointing towards the sky and shoulders maintained in a relaxed position.
  • Gently stretch the body to the left side while exhaling. Inhale in a manner drawing back body to the center and stretch to the right while exhaling.

Forward Fold

Forward fold pose

  • Stand on your mat, hip-width apart. As you inhale, extend your spine and then exhale and bend at the hips as you fold forward letting your arms, head, and neck hang towards the ground.
  • Breathe three to five times to allow relaxation to the body. Keep the knees bending slightly and imagine spine lengthening.

Low Lunge (Right Side)

Low lunge right side

  • Step left foot backwards and release your knee towards the ground and place both hands, palms facing on the ground to support the body.
  • Right knee should be aligned along the right ankle.
  • As you inhale, try to lift up tall and lengthen through the crown of the head. Sink forward as you exhale so that hips are released towards the ground.
  • Arms should rest on the ground in a comfortable position, placed on the hips, or raised towards the sky.
  • Take three to five breaths.

Downward-Facing Dog

Forward dog pose

  • Draw back to the ground on both or either side of your right foot if your hands are up.
  • Move the hands towards the front in a few inches to press into the mats.
  • Slightly bent the knees, and sitz bones reaching sky up.
  • Allow head hang freely and hold position while breathing three to five breaths.

Low Lunge (Left Side)

Low Lunge left side

  • Inhale deeply as left leg is being risen towards the sky’s direction while reaching out the toes.
  • Put left foot forward passing in between hands
  • Bend right knee reaching the ground and dive hips towards the front and find Low Lunge on the left side.
  • Breath three to five times while holding same position.

Forward Fold

Forward fold pose

  • Lift right knee off the ground all the while taking deep inhale and gently pressing left foot so that right foot will be drawn forward.
  • Move torso forward in a relaxed manner to do the Forward Fold pose.

Mountain Pose

Mountain pose

  • Stand still on both feet together, seeing to it that body weight is evenly distributed on both feet as you take a deep breath.
  • Raise hands above the head and positions both palms facing each other. Reach up toward the sky with your fingertips.
  • Exhale while releasing hands to either left or right side of the body, finding Mountain Pose once more.

Warrior II (Left Side)

Warrior 2 left side

  • Stand with right foot 3 or 4 feet apart from left foot and right toes turned in a parallel position to the backside of the mat.
  • Turn left toes in, bending 90 degrees in left knee and draw arms up parallel to the ground.
  • Glance over left fingertips to accomplish Warrior II pose.
  • Hold pose while making three to five breaths.

Reverse Warrior (Left Side)

reverse warrior left side

  • From Warrior II, inhale at the same drop right hand down to touch right leg. Raise your left hand up to the sky.
  • Reach back using left hand so that body is stretch out the front of the body.

Warrior II (Right Side)Warrior right side

  • Stretch and straighten both legs as arms are drawn back parallel to the ground.
  • Turn right toes so that it faces the front side of mat. Exhale while bending right knee and settle into Warrior II on the right side of the body’s torso.
  • Glance right fingertips and hold pose for three to five deep breaths.

Reverse Warrior (Right Side)

reverse warrior right side

  • Continuing from Warrior II pose, inhale while drawing right arm to the ceiling to do the Reverse Warrior pose on the right side of the body.
  • Lightly step left foot to the front of the mat,  meeting the right foot while releasing arms to settle on either side of the body.

Tree Pose

tree pose

  • Stand with arms at both sides of the body. Standing straight, find balance of the body with the right foot while placing left foot on the ankle, calf, or thigh.
  • FInd a place for concentration as both hands are raised above pointing towards the sky.
  • Hold pose for three to five breaths.
  • Try engaging the stomach into the pose and wave arms gently back and forth.
  • Once finished, release left foot slowly to the ground and repeat Tree Pose on the other side.

Mountain Pose

Mountain pose 2

  • Going back to Mountain Pose, place both in a distance aligning the hip, hands together, palms facing each other in a praying position in front of chest.
  • Take a deep breath as body reaches  tall through the crown of the head. Close your eyes and relax the body

The Bikram Yoga

bikram yoga

Bikram yoga is similar to regular yoga but the only difference is that it is usually done in a heated room. This kind of yoga has 26 Hatha yoga poses which every individual can try out for Phase 3 exercises. The benefits of the poses in the Bikram yoga is the increase in the strength and flexibility of the body over time. It is also good for the stimulation of the organs, nerves, glands, and smoothing of oxygen flow throughout the body. Here are the steps to do the Bikram Yoga:

  1. Standing Deep Breathing pose (Pranayama)

Pranayama-Standing Deep Breath

  • Stand straight and legs together while ensuring spine properly erected. Fingers interlocked and placed along the arc of the neck and under the chin.
  • Keep elbows together. When inhaling, pull arms up while wrist touches the ears lightly and head kept straight.
  • Tilt head back and allow hands follow the head’s movements all the exhaling deeply and slowly.
  1. Half-Moon Pose with Hands-to-Feet Pose (Ardha Chandrasana – Pada Hastasana)

Half Moon Hands to Feet Pose

  • Stand straight up and raise arms above head. Put palms together to form the prayer mudra while elbows not bending. Keep hands straight, flexed, and firm.
  • Bend right side hip slowly with your torso falling on the right side. Place legs together tight and straight.
  • Repeat the same steps on the left side of the body.
  1. Awkward Pose (Utkatasana)

Awkward Pose

  • Stand straight and keep feet at arm’s length apart.
  • Slowly and gently stretch arms forward and with palms facing down. Still, arms must be kept straight.
  • Push body in a downward position and bend at the knees as though taking a seat on a normal-leveled chair. Hold the knees’ position so that it won’t bend beyond the feet’s position. Hold pose.
  1. Eagle Pose (Garurasana)

Eagle Pose

  • Stand straight.
  • Bend right knee then wrap left knee over right knee as though they seem stacked on top of each other. Move left left leg on the further back of the right shin.
  • Leveling the shoulder, raise arms forward and bend elbows towards 90 degrees angle. Wrap right hand over left arm.
  • Place palms together.
  • Repeat the same steps with the other side.
  1. Standing Head-to-Knee Pose (Dandayamana Janushirasana)

Standing Head to Knee Pose

  • Stand straight.
  • Lock fingers to a cup-like form with palms.
  • Bend at the waist and raise right leg up towards the chest through knees being bent and palms cupped around the sole of the right foot.
  • Gently straighten the right leg while gripping it with hands. Bend torso forward until the forehead touches the right leg’s knee. Bend elbows slightly to achieve this stance.
  • Hold pose.
  1. Standing Bow-Pulling Pose (Dandayamana Dhanurasana)

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

  • Stand straight.
  • Lift one of two legs and get hold of the ankle joint and maintain firm grip using all five fingers. Stretch the other arm out forward with the palms facing downwards.
  • Slowly extend lifted leg upwards while torso moves slightly forward. While doing so, keep an imaginary straight line on the hips and the foot of the leg on the ground.
  • Kick the other leg up as further as you can until the arm of the hand that is holding the foot stretches along with it.
  • The upper body should also bend more forward as the stretch gets higher.
  1. Balancing Stick Pose (Tuladandasana)

Balancing Stick Pose (Tuladandasana)

  • Stand straight. Raise arms to the sky and clasp hands together,  leaving only the two index fingers pointing to the sky.
  • Lift the left foot while making sure spine is kept in a straight line.
  • Form an imaginary ‘T’ position with left leg outstretched and arms. Hold the pose.
  1. Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose (Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana)

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose (Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana)

  • Stand straight.
  • Make a big step to the right using the right leg and stretch your leg to the right as wide as possible.
  • Stretch arms sidewards and then bend the body forward pointing towards the ground and positioned between both legs.
  • Reach your feets with your hands towards and grasp them around the ankles. Push your torso further down until your head touches the ground.
  • Keep arms, legs, and spine straight along a line.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Triangle Pose (Trikanasana)

  • Stand straight and make a space between feet and arm.
  • The waist should be straightened and bent to the right side of the body.
  • Lift your left hand above with the palm facing outward. Place your right hand below until it touches the tips of your right toes, with the palm facing outward. Both arms should form a straight line.
  • Stretch out left leg and bend the right knee as far as can be stretched.
  • Flex and stretch both legs and turn head towards the left and look up at the left hand.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Standing Separate-Leg Head-to-Knee Pose (Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana)

Standing Separate-Leg Head-to-Knee Pose (Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana)

  • Stand straight with both feet kept together. Raise arms above the head and clasp hands together.
  • Move right leg about two to three feet to the right. Also, turn the right foot to the right side.
  • Lower head so that chin points down the chest. Bend torso to reach the right leg until the head reaches and touches the right knee. Keep legs and hands straight while executing this pose.
  • Hold the pose.
  • Repeat on the other side of the body.
  1. Tree Pose (Tadasana)

Tree Pose (Tadasana)

  • Stand straight with feet placed together. Keep arms along the sides of your body. Do a mudra prayer with palms put together in front of the chest.
  • Lift right foot then bend so that sole of the right touches lower pelvis region.
  • Straighten your shoulders as well as your left leg.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Toe Stand Pose (Padangustasana)

Toe Stand Pose (Padangustasana)

  • Stand straight with arms on both sides of the body.
  • Bend left leg down. Bend right knee to reach the chest. Put right foot and rest on left knee facing the sole of the right foot upwards.
  • Bring buttocks on the heel of the left foot to rest. Make sure that the thigh of the left leg is straight with the ground.
  • Put hands together and form a prayer mudra, placing them in front of the chest.
  • Hold pose.
  1. Dead Body Pose (Savasana)

Dead Body Pose (Savasana)

  • Lie down on your back and move legs slightly parted ways.
  • Position arms along both sides of the body with palms facing upwards.
  • Close your eyes and relax the body. Breathe deeply through the nose. Relax the body imagining the relaxation creeps from head to toe every breathe.
  • Hold the pose till completely relaxed.

Savana is a meant to be a pose for the body to relax. After that, drink some water and get ready for another 13 sets of poses that are challenging enough for the stamina.

  1. Wind-Removing Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

Wind-Removing Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

  • Lie down on your back with feet together and arms on both sides of the body. Tightly hold the hands and then clasp them around the front side of the right knee. Move the right knee up the chest and exert a force downward pressing the thigh against the abdomen.
  • Keep neck and left leg straight. Square your shoulders.
  • Hold pose.
  1. Bikram Yoga Sit-Up Pose (Padahastasana)

Bikram Yoga Sit-Up Pose (Padahastasana)

  • Sit down on your buttocks with both legs stretched out in front of the torso. Flex toes upward.
  • Leave arms hanging on each side of the torso while keeping back straight and both feet together.
  • Bend torso to reach both knees and place head on them. Grab toes with hands and flex arms at the elbows. Place them on the ground beside the calf muscles on both of the sides.
  1. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

  • Lie down on your stomach. Bring toes together and placed on the floor, and arms placed on both along the sides of the torso.
  • Position palms to face the ground and place them both the sides near the chest and then gradually pressing onto the ground.
  • Apply pressure on both palms and then raise head, chest, and stomach towards the ceiling and off the ground. Bend arms a little at the elbows as you do this.
  • Square both shoulders and keep them on a level away from the ears.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Locust Pose (Salabhasana)

Locust Pose (Salabhasana)

  • Lie down on your stomach while placing chin on the floor and heels touching each other.
  • Rest arms comfortably under the abdomen, palms facing downwards and fingers spread and pointing towards the knees.
  • Lift legs separately. Remove chin from the ground and place mouth on the ground.
  • Move legs together and then apply pressure on both hands. Raise both legs as together as one.
  • Hold the pose.        
  1. Full Locust Pose (Poorna Salabhasana)

Full Locust Pose (Poorna Salabhasana)

  • Lie on the ground on your stomach. Stretch both arms at the sides with the palms facing the ground.
  • Keep legs together. Raise head, chest, and torso as well as arms in a flight position, stretching them outward, with palms facing downward still.
  • Lift legs above the ground.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

  • Lie down on your stomach. Keep arms along both sides of the body. Place legs hip-width apart.
  • Stretch arms out while bending the knees and grabbing the ankles, lifting chest and legs off the floor. Apply pressure on your ankles while pulling your legs back using the hands. Look straight up and hold the pose.
  1. Fixed Firm Pose (Supta Vajrasana)

Fixed Firm Pose (Supta Vajrasana)

  • Sitting in Vajrasana pose, place palms beside buttocks with fingers pointing forward.
  • Place right forearm and elbow on the floor by bending them back and then the left forearm and elbow.
  • Carry the weight of your torso concentrated on the elbows and look ahead. Reach the toes with fingers and grasp them together.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Half Tortoise Pose (Ardha Kurmasana)

Half Tortoise Pose (Ardha Kurmasana)

  • Sit in Vajrasana position and raise arms towards the ceiling. Entwine both thumbs while bringing palms together.
  • Keep arms stretched and straight and biceps touching the ears.
  • Bring entire torso down the ground while making sure that forehead and little fingers are touching the ground.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

  • Kneel down and place hands on hips. The shoulders and knees should be aligned in an imaginary straight line, and lift the soles of the feet facing upwards towards the ceiling.
  • Gently and gradually bend the torso backward and reach for the soles of your feet with your fingers. Keep your arms straight and look upwards.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana)

Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana)

  • Sit in the Vajrasana pose.
  • Raise the buttocks from the heels of the foot. Keep the arms on the sides of the body and maintain an imaginary straight line of the back.
  • Arch your back forward from your waist and placing your forehead on the lower thighs.
  • Stretch out backward by reaching the soles of the feet. Place the thumbs on the ankles. Gently touch the soles of feet using the other four fingers.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Head-to-Knee Pose with Stretching Pose (Janushirasana – Paschimottanasana)

Head-to-Knee Pose with Stretching Pose (Janushirasana - Paschimottanasana)

  • Stretch out forward and sit down pressing gently the buttocks.
  • Bend left leg putting its heel near the anus, resting of the sole on the inner upper right thigh.
  • Stretch arms over the head and bend the body forward reaching the right leg. Clasp the big toe with both of the hands as hands are bent at the elbows.
  • Place the head’s crown on the right knee.
  • Hold the pose.
  1. Spine Twisting Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Spine Twisting Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

  • Sit straight on buttocks. Stretch legs forward and feet kept together.
  • Take over the right leg using the left leg and rest left foot near the right thigh.
  • Bend right leg towards the pelvis but not touching it. The right foot should press the left buttock.
  • Bend torso to the left and maintain gaze over the left shoulder. Keep spine straight up.
  • Place left arm at the back and palm on the back. Stretch out right arm and clasp right knee with the right hand.
  • Hold the pose.
  1.  Final Breathing Exercise (Kapalbhati Vajrasana)

Final Breathing Exercise (Kapalbhati Vajrasana)

  • Sit down in Sukhasana pose and place palms on the knees in the meditation mudra.
  • Deeply and slowly inhale through the nose.
  • Pull stomach in towards the back. As you relax from this contraction, exhale in an outburst, and follow it up by an automatic inhalation. One round of Kapalbhati is equivalent to doing this 20 times.
  • Relax deeply in Sukhasana pose at the end of each round by closing the eyes and listening to the body.

Optimism makes perfect: Having the positive attitude towards achieving the perfect body

How does thinking affect your exercise?

Is thinking connected to losing weight?

One’s thinking plays a significant role in working out to lose weight. It has been proven that having interminable negative thoughts can also lead to negative diet behaviors such as taking a break from your diet, skipping your exercise routine and overeating. While positive thoughts, on the other hand, gives the exact opposite result and is bound to increase your energy and motivation level towards your diet regimen.

Most dieters often think that if they can just get their eating and exercise habits on track, they’ll lose weight effortlessly in no time and keep it off for good. But, what they often fail to realize is that their mental attitude plays a major role in determining their day to day physical actions.

Rather than forcing yourself to do something you don’t really want to do, practicing a positive attitude towards losing weight can make the process much easier! Develop the enthusiasm to stick to your weight loss regimen and make the process virtually effortless.

Here are few ways to practice positive behaviors:

1) Be clear on WHY you want to be fit

why do you want to be fit?

Why would you practice something without having a specific reason? So before making any exercise plan, ask these questions to yourself first.

  • Why do I want to lose weight?

Do you plan on losing weight to be skinny? Healthy? A bit of both? Get yourself clear about the reason you want to lose weight before jumping on doing any exercise.

  • What will I gain by being slim and healthy?

List all the possible benefits you want to achieve after you have successfully attained the body you always been wanting to have. You can read this list every day to keep you motivated.

Do not treat it as being on a “diet” program rather, treat is as a regimen towards achieving a better and healthier you. It does not only sound self-affirming but also eliminates restriction and deprivation.

2) Change your lifestyle

change your lifestyle

Do not treat it as being on a “diet” program rather, treat is as a regimen towards achieving a better and healthier you. It does not only sound self-affirming but also eliminates restriction and deprivation.

3) Be your own cheerleader

be your own cheerleader

Always build yourself up at every possible opportunity and don’t talk down about yourself. Never rebuke yourself if you ate something you shouldn’t eat, and don’t engage in self-defeating attitude or thinking like, “Why would I even bother, I’ll never achieve that kind of body”. Instead, think like a cheerleader, “This is nothing and I can do this!” or “I will have a healthy and sexy body!”. You have to feel good about the changes that you are making. Inner talks like these are much more motivating rather than trying to push yourself into shape by force.

4) Look at yourself being happily slimlook at yourself being happily thinSpend a few minutes in front of a mirror each day looking at a future healthy, slim and happy you. Though you can’t just imagine about it forever, it helps you keep track of your goal to be thin while having a high self-esteem. Think of – “What would my body feel like if I am fit and healthy?”. Focus on that thinking every now and then. Having the proper mindset will make the achievement of your goal seem more realistic and possible.

5) Appreciate the physical you

Appreciate the physical you

Think of the things you already like about your body may it be your eyes, hair, feet, legs. List the reasons why you love and appreciate them in a  time of the day you find convenient and comfortable to have some quality time for yourself. This is way better than constantly noticing the aspects of your physique that you don’t like and you want to change.

6) Take your time

take your time

Having the mindset of hurrying too much to get things done for your body and immediately become thin is one the worst case scenarios of a weight loss exercise program. While doing that, you are constantly calling attention to the fact that losing weight is a long and dramatically impatient process and will only lead to you giving up on the goal that you set up to yourself. Instead, make time your friend. Instead, tell yourself that you have all the time in the world to lose weight and it is only a matter of time before you get the results that you want for your body. This kind of attitude will certainly relieve stress and pressure and allows you to be more focused on achieving your goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressure-cooked Barbacoa Beef

pressure-cooked barbacoa beef

An easy-to-make Barbacoa Beef Phase 3 Recipe with a squeeze of lime nails it. For tough cuts of meat, the pressure cooker makes it easy enough for anyone to prepare this recipe as it seals the flavors of spices and tenderizes the meat faster. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ½ pounds of chuck or round bottom roast (trimmed of excess fat)
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1 medium onion (see notes)
  • 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-4 chipotle of peppers
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp of dried oregano
  • ½ tsp of ground cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • sea salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend altogether the beef broth, tomato paste, onion, vinegar, cloves, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers, cumin, and oregano until the mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Cut the chuck or round bottom into 3 to 4 pieces and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Heat half of the olive oil in a pressure cooker. In two batches, sear the meat for about 7 to 8 minutes. Add all the beef in the pressure cooker with the blended mixture of sauce and bay leaves. Cover the pressure cooker and let it cook for about 60 up to 70 minutes depending upon the thickness of the meat.
  4. Allow the pressure to release naturally or turn to the ‘vent’ setting to do this quickly. Allow it to vent thoroughly before removing the lid.
  5. Discard the bay leaves.
  6. Shred the beef using two forks then add it in the juice. Cover and let the beef immerse in the juice for about 10 minutes or so.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Baked Fajita Chicken Roll-Ups

easy baked fajita chicken roll-ups

These Baked Fajita Chicken Roll-Ups are a healthy low carb, low-calorie, paleo meal that is easy to prepare and a delicious meal for Phase 3 exercises. This dish will surely impress everyone if you serve it alongside rice, veggies or warm tortillas.

INGREDIENTS

For the Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
  • ½ juice of lime
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

For the Chicken:

  • 3 chicken breasts or 6 thin sliced (¼-inch thick) chicken cutlets
  • ½ of sliced red bell pepper
  • ½ of sliced yellow bell pepper
  • ½ of sliced green bell pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne (optional) and cilantro then set aside.
  2. Skip to the next step if the chicken is bought in pre-sliced cutlets. If whole chicken breasts are used, slice them in 2 even longway slices and then pound it firmly into about ¼ inch even thickness using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer. 
  3. Place the chicken cutlets into a large resealable freezer bag and thoroughly pour marinade over the top surface. Allow chicken to marinate for an hour or up to overnight.
  4. Place 6 bell pepper slices in the middle of the marinated chicken cutlet, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Repeat this step until all the cutlets are rolled up. When this is already done, place seam side down in a baking dish.
  5. Use the remaining marinade to brush the tops of the chicken and bake for about for about 25 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or until the juices run clear.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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