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Mon, 15 Aug 2016

Healthy foods

Change Your Eating Habits with the Seasons

The premise is that shifting diet and lifestyle with the season keeps the body in balance.
The foods that come out each season are designed to support our bodies; ideally, we would switch up the foods we eat every three to four months. To help you determine what your best options are below are a few guidelines to modifying your diet & help your body shift out of winter.

1. Shop at smaller grocery stores.
It's an excellent way to see which foods are seasonal.

2. Stock up on foods that have bitter and strong tastes.
Greens such as arugula, brussels sprouts are great
bitter options, while radish, onion and garlic are great strong options.

3. Eat lighter proteins and fats.
In the winter, we naturally crave heavier meats and nuts. But as spring rolls around, cravings shift toward lighter proteins such as fish, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs and legumes.

4. Eat more veggies than fruits.
The key is to get a good variety so you don't get bored.

5. Cut back on your grain intake.
The grains you eat should be lighter and drier than the.

By Michelle Magnan, 
Canwest News Service


Healthy, plant-based diets are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds; they are linked with lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

5 Reasons We Regain Weight

One of the biggest stumbling blocks is quite simply dieting, and unfortunately, we humans are wired to seek instant gratification. Anyone beginning to shape their behaviors with weight loss in mind would be wise to ask themselves, “Will I be happy eating this way or exercising this much for the rest of my life?“

We see a weight goal as the finish line
A better approach is to set goals around things that you actually have control over and let weight loss be the outcome. Identify your triggers to & build strategies to deal with them rather than relying on willpower.
For example, plan a nutritious afternoon snack; keep tempting foods out of sight and so on. If you have a tendency to eat for emotional reasons, it’s critical to develop non-food ways to comfort yourself.

We diet for the wrong reasons
Another challenge is that the initial motivators for weight loss often fade. Waiting for fresh motivation to strike can cause you to slip back into old habits, but being open to new ways to eat well and stay active can help keep you action-oriented.

We have unrealistic expectations
How well our expectations match reality can also affect motivation & the odds of successful weight maintenance.People who are disappointed by how much weight they lost are more likely to regain, so are people who expect that losing weight will make them happier.

We aren’t flexible
It’s also important to expect – and prepare for – life’s inevitable curve balls. People who think in all-or-nothing terms tend to be less adaptable to change and more likely to revert to old habits.
Part of treating health and wellness as a journey includes always having a plan B and being ready to course-correct immediately when life briefly knocks you off track.

By Carrie Dennett, 
Washington Post


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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” - Buddha

5 Minute Fat Burning Workouts At Home

Inverted V Pipe Exercise: (30 seconds)
You need to lie down on the floor facing downwards. Place your toes on the towel. Place your hands on the ground and balance your body on the toes and hands. You need to pull your legs close to your body, making an inverted V shape with it. Push the legs away from your hands now, by stretching them backward. This movement will work the arms, the core and the lower back.
W Leg Lifts Exercise: (1 minute)
This exercise will work your legs and abs. You need to lie down on the mat facing upwards. Place your legs close to each other, now lift them straight up and bring them to your tummy. Put your legs down, while putting them down stretch them out in the opposite directions and bring them up to your tummy. Again as you place them down, close them and pull them up. Continue this same procedure for 30 seconds.
Superman Exercise: (1 minute)
This is a power-packed exercise to reduce tummy that work your thighs, abs and lower back. After the W lifts turn around and face the ground. Stretch yourself on the ground by keeping your hands and legs straight. You need to lift your chest and thighs of the ground at the same time by balancing yourself on the tummy. While doing this try to keep yourself as straight as possible.
Jump Squats Exercise: (1 minute)
You need to stand straight with your feet at shoulder width. Bend down as much as you can into a perfect squat. However, while coming up, you need to exit in a jump. This is a great intensive workout which will keep your heart beat up and make you sweat.  Make a nice and deep squat for best results. 
Push up and Knee Kick Exercise: (30 seconds)
This exercise will work your whole body and is great to lose arm fat, especially for upper arm fat removal. You need to lie down flat on the ground. Come up to your hands and feet. You will do just one push up and come back to your starting position. After this you will need to bring your right knee forward to touch your right elbow, and then you will bring your left knee to your left elbow. This will build strength in your arms and core.
Glute Bridge (1 Minute)
The Glute Bridge is the most effective exercise to lose weight from the lower parts of the body – it tones the glutes, core, calves, hamstrings, flexors and lower back. Lie flat on a mat with your knees bent, and feet placed flat on the floor. Raise your hips in a way that your body forms a straight line from the shoulder to the knees. Now lift your right/left knee up towards your chest, and then lower it. Repeat the move as many times as you can. This is a challenging weight loss exercise; do try it for strengthening your thighs.

Quick & Easy Recipes

Loaded Potatoes
6 Potatoes baked through
30 m l Olive Oil
3 ml Robertsons Cayenne Pepper
5 ml Robertsons Chicken Spice
500 Cheddar Cheese grated
1 Bunch of Spring Onions chopped
5 ml Seeded Mustard
60 ml Cottage Cheese
2 Eggs
200 g Bacon cooked and crumbled
Extra Robertsons Cayenne Pepper to sprinkle

  1. Cut potatoes lengthwise in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1 cm on the skin inside.
  2. Place the potato flesh in a large bowl. 
  3. In a bowl combine oil, and . 
  4. Place potatoes, skin side up on a baking dish and generously brush with Spiced oil mixture.
  5. Bake at 190 °C for 8 minutes then turn and bake for an additional 8 minutes. 
  6. In the bowl with potato, mix in the cheese, green onions, mustard, sour cream, and eggs.
  7. Spoon mixture into skins and top with crumbled bacon. 
  8. Bake for 5 – 10 minutes and serve hot with a dash of extra .

“If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it”


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