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Beyoncé Lost 40 Lbs After Having Her Baby

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Fitness, New Mom, Nutrition, Weight Loss | 0 comments

It has been almost four months since Beyoncé gave birth to her little girl Blue Ivy (born January 7, 2012), and Beyoncé has lost almost all of the 50 pounds that she had gained during her pregnancy. In her latest interview with People, Beyoncé shares her strategy for losing the first 40 pounds. The best part about Beyoncé’s weight loss strategy is that there isn’t a specific company she is representing and trying to promote. That’s right! She’s not promoting Slim•Fast, Weight Watchers, NutraSlim, HCG, or any other “diet” out there. Basically, Beyoncé is promoting a healthy lifestyle that anyone can do! How refreshing is that?! Breastfeeding Benefits In the first ten weeks after Beyoncé had her daughter Blue Ivy, she lost the initial weight from breastfeeding. More specifically, she lost the first 14 pounds in just the first month after giving birth! I’m...

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What You Are REALLY Eating…

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Nutrition | 0 comments

I love to cook, and because of this, I naturally will check out the ingredients on food labels to see what types of ingredients will make the yummy food I love to eat. I would like to think I’m a pretty smart shopper, so it’s quite annoying to come across so many ingredients that I can’t quite understand what the heck they really are. So the question comes up, “What are we REALLY eating?”. Ever thought of that yourself? Here’s some common ingredients you will find in your grocery store, with surprising reality checks. Oh, and when I say “surprising”, it’s not in a good way! *gag* Gelatin Such a simple word, we’d hardly realize that gelatin is just a nice word for collagen – which is a protein that usually comes from animal skins! Yes, animal skins! The...

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How To Read Produce Stickers

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Health, Nutrition | 0 comments

Price Look-up (PLU) Code Did you know that the numbers on produce stickers can help you identify whether or not you are buying organic, conventionally-grown, or genetically modified produce? Now you can learn how to decipher the code! As you can see, it’s pretty easy to determine what type of produce you are getting now that you know the code! I suggest you take a look at those little numbers next time you go grocery shopping so you can make sure you are buying the premium quality produce you are looking for! Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest   Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Goldenseal

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Spices & Herbs | 0 comments

Goldenseal was one of the first herbs (along with Echinacea) that I was introduced to when I was a young kid. My Mom educated herself throughout her adult life in the medicinal benefits of herbs, and I was truly blessed to be able to see the amazing benefits of herbs first hand. I’m not going to get into the drugs versus herbs debate, but I will say that each has it’s place. I personally have found that more often than not, herbs are all that I needed to get the job done. Benefits • Goldenseal may help boost white blood cells, which helps the body build up the immune system and fight against infections. •  A 2002 study done at the University of Illinois to see whether Goldenseal was effective in oral hygiene products. The study did show that Goldenseal contains antimicrobial alkaloids active...

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Health Benefits of Chromium

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Chromium plays a major role in the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Chromium helps to stable the levels of blood sugar, it minimizes the body’s need for insulin and improves glucose tolerance in those who suffer from type II diabetes. It is also involved in the development of nucleic acids DNA and RNA, performs an important function for the storage, transfer and implementation of genetic information. When interacting with iodine, it supports thyroid function. Chromium deficiency in the body leads to developmental delay and disruption of nervous activity, reduces sperm fertilizing capacity. Chromium deficiency increases the amount of triglycerides and cholesterol in your blood. Chronic lack of this trace element impairs memory, reduces vision, causes the development of skin diseases – acne, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Chromium rich blueberries strengthens the retina and improves visual acuity. This berry...

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How to Treat Ear Infections Naturally

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Natural Solutions | 0 comments

There are a few ways you can naturally treat an ear infection. They are natural, safe, and very effective. Garlic and Mullein Oil Most ear infections are viral, rather than bacterial, but garlic is a great alternative to antibiotics (which kills bacteria – the bad and the good) since it has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Additionally, garlic contains alliin and allinase, which is a natural anesthetic! This allows for some instant relief for your ear, while the garlic treats the ear infection.  Update: A recent study showed that researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting food-born illnesses. I realize that ear infections aren’t a “food-born illness”, however, I would venture to say that garlic is beneficial for other bacterial strains. Also, I think it’s quite promising to see just how powerful garlic...

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Running : The Facts and Figures

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Fitness | 0 comments

Here is a great infographic about running, which includes some interesting facts and figures! Don’t these stats make you want to run? :)       Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Not So Devilish Eggs

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Recipes, Sides and Snacks | 0 comments

I absolutely love deviled eggs, but I don’t make them all too often for a number of reasons. To make deviled eggs healthier, I suggest using less yolks and/or a healthy mayo replacement. Ingredients: 12 eggs, hard boiled and shells removed 1/4 cup Grapeseed Vegenaise 1 tbsp Mustard Paprika, garnish Instructions: Step 1) Cut eggs in half, lengthwise, with a sharp knife. Remove yolks and place in bowl. Step 2) Mash yolks and mix in the Vegenaise and Mustard. Step 3) Spoon yolk mixture onto egg white halves and sprinkle Paprika on top. Tip: For a smooth and creamy egg yolk texture, mix ingredients in a blender or with egg beaters. Also, if you would like the finished product to look more fancy than your average deviled egg, use the creamy mixture with cake decorating supplies and use that to place onto the egg whites....

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