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Hey y’all! It’s been a while. School has definitely been taking a toll on me. And it has most definitely inhibited me from having time to blog. Which is quite sad…but I assure you that once October gets started, I will be back to a somewhat, regular weekly schedule instead of a daily one. But…without further adieu…

Here is an awesome little graphic I found on my FAVORITE site. Pinterest. Seriously…if you haven’t heard of it, check it out. In my opinion, it’s like the girlie-version of Reddit. 🙂

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Going Paleo?

Hey y’all! Have you ever heard of the Paleo Diet? No? Well, here’s the scoop: basically you eat like our Paleolithic ancestors who would eat only the essentials: lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meat). My parents and I do the Paleo Diet…most of the time. Here is the catch: 80% of the time you are on point with your diet, and the other 20% you can devote to your favorite foods that may not be Paleo (dairy, grains, processed foods/sugars, legumes, starches, alcohol). Sounds good, right? It’s a good way to reboot your system if you’ve been feeling frumpy lately. In order to help in explaining the Paleo Diet in more detail, I have enlisted the help of my darling Pinterest. Enjoy!

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Check out this website here for more information.

As always, have a lovely day!

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Basic Rules for Good Nutrition

Maintaining a healthy weight and good health does not in any way have to be an arduous process…not unless you make it so. Having good nutrition is as easy as making small, easy changes to your daily routine that will reap HUGE benefits in the long-run for your overall health and well-being.

Eat breakfast!

I cannot stress this enough…I hear so many times from people who are struggling to maintain a healthy diet and weight that they do not eat a good, balanced breakfast. Whether the excuse it that you think you’re not hungry yet or you do not have the time, you MUST eat breakfast at some point soon after you wake up. Breakfast is literally “breaking the fast” of your sleep, allowing the engine known as your metabolism to use that food as fuel to power your body for the day. Trust me, you’ll feel a whole lot better and more energized overall if you follow this tip.

Snack with purpose!

A lot of us hear the word “snacking” and think back to that bag of chips or that chocolate bar that we had because we wanted to satisfy a craving. Snacking should be done purposefully – meaning that the reason you snack is because your body is actually asking for it, so that you can fill in the gaps between your main meals of the day. By doing so, you keep your metabolism running constantly.

Portion control is key!

PORTIONS PEOPLE! That is the key to your nutritional success. Some people claim to eat nothing but the best foods, but if they are still overweight, that says that they are not properly proportioning their food, resulting in weight gain. Here’s a quick tip…use smaller bowls and plates! Sure it sounds silly, but it really does help!

Watch those drinks

I can’t tell you how many calories we consume through liquids alone. With all of these sodas, fraps, lattes, energy drinks, and alcohol we are consuming waaaaay more calories than we should. If you are a diehard fan of your Starbucks, and cannot bear to let it go, try to treat yourself maybe once a week. For the rest of the week, however, opt for water or seltzer. Seltzer has definitely helped me break my diet soda addiction. More than a year strong! Also…if you consume diet sodas, you must take into account the fact that what you are putting into your body is just as worse as the caloric soda. The chemicals you are putting into your body serve no purpose for your physical well-being, whereas water does.

Eat less processed foods, GO ORGANIC!

 

If you are addicted to those heaven-sent 100 calorie-packs from the grocery store, try to put them aside for more fresh, organic foods. Foods in wrappers that have been mostly processed contain a lot of sodium, which will leave you dehydrated and unsatisfied in the long-term. If you go for more organic foods, you will feel a lot more satiated more often.

Alrighty everyone! Hope you take these tips and put them in your back-pocket for safe-keeping…they will really help better your physical and mental well-being. Trust me, they really will. 😉

As always, have a lovely day!

Foods For a Longer Life

Your body is your temple. (A phrase we hear a lot when it comes to food). But in the long-run, this saying definitely holds true. If you fill your body with the wrong things, you are setting yourself up for a more miserable way of living in the future. However, if you stick to a healthy balance in your diet and use food more as fuel for your body rather than a luxury, then you will extend your life expectancy and live a longer, much happier life. Trust me. Here are some foods that can help you in your journey of a healthier, longer life.

Green Tea

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Teas are the perfect source of antioxidants that lead to lower body weights and waistlines. Why? It is said to increase your metabolic rate.

Garlic

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Vampires beware! Italians…rejoice! Garlic produces a chemical called allicin that acts as a defense against pests, but inside in your body it fights cancer, strengthens your cardiovascular system, decreases fat storage, and fights acne inflammation.

Grapefruit

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The grapefruit-a-day philosophy is a great way to shed poundage while extending your life expectancy! Even a moderate increase in grapefruit intake should yield results, not to mention earn you a massive dose of the cancer-preventing antioxidant, lycopene.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is different from regular yogurt because it has been strained to remove excessive sugars and increase the concentration of protein by as much as three times. This means that you will feel fuller longer and will be more satiated.

Avocado

Don’t fear fats, people! Avocado is one of the healthiest sources of fat out there that are definitely beneficial to your body! The healthy fats in avocados are known as monounsaturated fats. They are known to improve your cholesterol profile and decrease the amount of triglycerides (fats) in your blood. That can lower your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Eggs

Eggs are the perfect breakfast that is packed with protein and loads of vital nutrients.

Quinoa

Quinoa contains more nutrients than any grain you could find. It has about twice as much fiber and protein as brown rice, and those proteins have the perfect blend of amino acids, the building blocks that your body uses to create new proteins in your body.

Bell Peppers

All peppers are loaded with antioxidants. The range of benefits provided by these colorful pigments include improved immune function, better communication between cells, protection against sun damage, and a diminished risk for several types of cancer.

Almonds

Almonds contain the heart-healthy oleic acid which is known to be responsible for a flurry of health benefits, the most recent of which is improved memory.

As always, have a lovely day!

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The Fat-Burning Dozen!

Looking to super-charge your diet and health regime? Try these 12 foods to scorch that unwanted fat.

1. Citrus fruits

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2. Wild Salmon

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3. Walnuts

 

4. Eggs

5. Quinoa

6. Avocado

7. Artichokes

8. Lentils

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9. Blackberries

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10. Yogurt

11. Dark leafy greens (like spinach or kale)

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12. Coffee (praise the Lord that this is on the list, right?)