If you are trying to lose – or even maintain – your weight, never skip a meal! Eating regularly throughout the day will help increase your metabolism so that you can lose weight effectively.
When people skip meals, their body’s metabolism slows down and attempts to conserve calories and keeps stored fat on the body, rather than losing it.
If you are eating four to six times a day, make sure that you are eating very healthy foods throughout the day. You do not – I repeat!- You do not want to start eating junk food throughout the day and in-between meals, since this defeats the whole purpose of eating throughout the day, which is to increase your metabolism to help you lose weight!
A great snack in between meals would be to munch on low calories foods such as vegetables or fruit! Perhaps on your more intense workout days, you can include a higher calorie (still very healthy!) snack such as a almonds, walnuts, or pistachios (or another type of nut!).
You might enjoy eating broccoli. You are more likely to be one of the many people that just don’t care for broccoli all that much, or even loathe it. I understand that, but let’s talk about some of the amazing health benefits that broccoli has to offer and some delicious ways to enjoy broccoli. Who knows, broccoli might just be something you’ll start to like!
Why Broccoli Rocks The Nutritional Charts
• The American Cancer Society recommends eating broccoli since it’s anticancer properties are well established.
• Excellent source of isothiocyanates, which fight cancer! Studies have shown that isothiocyanates actually help prevent esophageal and lung cancer, and can even lower the risk of having other cancers.
• In 2003, The Environmental Working Group named broccoli as one of twelve foods least contaminated with pesticides.
• One cup of broccoli contains:
-288 mg of potassium
-2 g of fiber
-43 mg of calcium
-2 g of protein
-1,277 mcg of lutein and zeaxanthin
-81 mg of vitamin C
-magnesium, phosphorus, folate, beta-caratone, and vitamin A.
• Contains indole-3-carbinol which has been shown to protect the structure of DNA, as well as being a strong antioxidant and stimulates detoxifying enzymes. It also protects against the carcinogenic effect of toxins, including pesticides. Indole-3-carbinol is great for everyone – especially women – since it increases the ratio of benign (“good”) estrogen metabolite levels compared to the potentially harmful ones.
Eating Broccoli…and Enjoying it
You can eat all of broccoli – the leaves, stalk, and the “flower” of the plant, which is what most people are familiar with.
Here’s a couple of suggestions on what you can do with broccoli, to make it a bit more enjoyable to eat.
Broccoli & Raw Cheese
-Steam broccoli and once it is done cooking, sprinkle on some raw cheese to the broccoli and serve one the cheese has melted. This is how my Mom was able to get us kids to eat (and love!) broccoli when we were growing up!
Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
- In a frying pan, combine cooked chicken, brown rice, raw broccoli with a healthy teriyaki sauce and/or soy sauce. This is a great way to enjoy broccoli as part of a main dish.
-This recipe is really easy, and Chef Gordon Ramsay made this dish look more than appetizing! Here’s the video with full instructions:
I hope you all will consider eating broccoli and enjoy the many health benefits that are associated with it!
Step 1) Combine all ingredients together in a bowl or a large (zip-lock) bag and mix well.
It’s unbelievable how easy it is to make your own healthy trail mix at home – and it’s a lot cheaper too! This Autumn Trail Mix is a delicious and healthy snack to enjoy during the Fall – or anytime during the year!
What is the best health advice you have ever heard? I don’t know if I can quite pin down a specific health tid bit that trumps all, but I have found a wonderful quote that gives some sound health advice that anyone can follow.
“Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.” - Ashleigh Brilliant
It’s critical for your health to get enough rest each night. It’s one of those things that is just so easy, but many forget the real value of a simple good night’s rest. Prioritize your your day’s schedule and get the rest your body so desperately needs.
You’ve heard about Electrolytes, but do you know what they are and why you need them? We have answered some of your biggest questions when it comes to electrolytes!
What are Electrolytes?
Electrolytes are essential minerals that can be found as a solid, liquid, or gas that contain electrically conducting ions that your body needs to function properly.
Here’s a list of the essential minerals that are considered electrolytes:
Why you Need Electrolytes
Any time that you sweat, your body loses electrolytes and you need to replenish your body with electrolytes. You can normally replenish your electrolyte levels through the foods you eat, but sometimes you will need more. The more you exert yourself (and sweat), the more you need to replenish your body with electrolytes.
If you exercise for more than one hour at a time, it would be a good idea to drink more than just water and quench your thirst with an electrolyte drink or eat a food that is rich in electrolytes. Of course, you want to make sure that you are getting the best sources of electrolytes and find out which ones to avoid.
Healthy Sources of Electrolytes
• If you want to find healthy sources of calcium, look no further than blackstrap molasses, dark green leafy vegetables, yogurt, raw milk, sardines (canned with bones), tofu, bok choy, bean sprouts, and spinach.
• You will find healthy sources of chloride (aka Sodium Chloride) from seaweed, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, celery, and rye.
• Find plenty of magnesium in spinach, halibut, almonds, quinoa, raw pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds.
• There is plenty of potassium in dried apricots, lima beans, avocado, winter squash, swiss chard, potato, lentils, yogurt, and bananas.
• You can find healthy sources of sodium in raw milk, eggs, and rice. Sodium is probably one of the easiest electrolytes to find, even something to try to limit in one’s diet! When it comes to having a healthy amount of sodium, just remember that the less processed foods you eat, the better.
Electrolyte Sources to Avoid
The first thing people think of when they hear “electrolyte” is a sports drink, since they have been marketed as an “electrolyte drink” for years, and marketed to athletes and anyone who breaks a sweat. Yes, these popular sports drinks contain electrolytes, but they are also loaded with processed sugars or artificial sweeteners, which are extremely bad for your health. There are just too many healthy sources of electrolytes to justify drinking a sports drink when you consider the negative side effects of sugar!
There are plenty of healthy sources for you to get all of the electrolytes your body needs!