When you make the decision to undertake a complete body transformation for better health, there’s often drastic changes that must take place. You’ll be forced to reconsider everything you’re used to buying to eat, and find time in a busy day of work and family activities to work out or be active even in some small way. You’ll need to gather information, work up a massive amount of lasting motivation, and the support of family and friends to make this count. The only step left will be tying it together into a plan that will work the best for your lifestyle. Many people, while on this “high” of feeling great about making the decision to lose weight and look great will look for a gym membership, and some might even consider hiring a private trainer. Be sure while you’re doing all of this that you keep some things in mind that the admissions folks at the gym won’t tell you. Continue reading
Strange but true, these two things actually have something in common. The combination thereof doesn’t sound particularly appealing until we understand why. Both seafood and coffee have been featured in the latest report from the US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Though fish has been spoken of in terms of health benefits from the Omega-3 fatty acids present within most wild fish, there’s some that are far better than others. Coffee however, comes as a surprise. Most health practitioners are more keen to get people to stop drinking caffeine at all, and while it is problematic in the form of soda, it is less so with coffee. Continue reading
Quinoa, pronounced (Keen-wah) is a plant from the Andes, which originated near Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. It was cultivated by the pre-Columbian civilizations and replaced by cereals upon the arrival of the Spanish, even though it has long been a staple food at that time. Early historical evidence points to its domestication by the peoples of America which occurred around 3000-5000 years BCE. Significant archaeological discoveries of quinoa have been made in the tombs of Tarapacá, Calama and Arica in Chile and in differing regions of Peru.
Before it was domesticated, wild quinoa was first used as a food source only through its leaves and seeds. Early evidence of how it has changed over time has been found among pottery from the Tiahuanaco culture that depcits quinoa plants with several panicles along the stems, suggesting that this was one of the earliest strains of the plant. During domestication, the Andean peoples selected types by how they’d be used and their ability to withstand the elements, and insects which has today brought about a hardy mix of variations for many different uses. Continue reading
Chances are, everyone’s heard of the Atkins diet, or the South Beach diet. Lately it’s the Paleo diet, and tomorrow it’s going to be something else. The amazing versatility of the human body to process anything we eat into usable nutrients is something science is still working to understand completely and will likely be doing for centuries to come. Can you lose weight on one of these diets? The one word answer, is yes. The more complicated version however, is that you can if you don’t mind gaining it back when you cannot hope to sustain a diet that doesn’t include vitamins, minerals and the sorts of things the human body has needed to thrive since our inception. There are diets out there whose main goal isn’t to get you to lose 30 pounds in a couple weeks, because that doesn’t help long term. Diets you can stick with like The Fat Loss Factor are lifestyle changers, it ensures that you lose weight long-term and the information helps you maintain that lifestyle no matter how much time passes.
The world was certainly a very different place when prehistoric man wandered the earth, nomadic tribes who marked their history via cave paintings, and left behind only bones and some very crude tools with which we could study them and their behavior. It’s from the curiosity of scientists we learned how they moved, and what they needed to survive – among those, what they ate. This is where the Paleo diet originates, and insists that we were always made to eat like our earliest ancestors. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this supposition, the Paleo diet isn’t completely raw. To quote the former US Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, “Food sustains us, yet what we eat may affect our risk for several of the leading causes of death…Notably coronary heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis, diabetes and cancers.” Continue reading
One of the hardest things for people when they begin any new diet or nutrition program is adopting the new foods that they’re expected to introduce. You’re to empty your entire cupboards and refrigerator of all the things you’ve grown up on, raised a family on, and become accustomed to, for things that you’re told are beneficial for your own future health. It’s hard enough because you’re probably not looking forward to saying goodbye to things you enjoy, but there’s a very easy way to look at it that changes everything. This… is an adventure worth taking, and your taste buds are the passenger.
You have so many chances to try new things, new combinations, you can create artwork with all the many natural colors the earth has to offer in raw foods. Enjoy a different tapestry of food on your plate and present your family members with their own art for supper and surprise them! You’re not the only one who thought it could taste bad, or got curious about what more you could do with raw foods. In the spirit of the intrepid people who forged forward with the same notion, here’s some recipes and some sites that offer recipes and almost anything else you can think up for new people to the raw food lifestyle.
We did say it could taste amazing! To kick off the recipes, we have Chocolate Espresso Hazelnut Frozen Torte… oh yes. Continue reading
Type in “Raw Food” into your favorite search bar, and it will return pages upon pages of information all relating to how beneficial it is to eat more raw foods. There are treasures within these findings too, recipes, ways to grow your own, and plenty of things to be learned by the foods they’re promoting.
This post will uncover just a few of the myriad of things you can find through eating a healthier raw food diet.
The majority of foods offered in raw food diets are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals (the good chemicals) which are bound to make you feel better. Cooking of many foods and vegetables can lead to the loss of important vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform at it’s peak.
What you can eat
This one’s a bit more customizable because people tend to go one of two ways with this part. Some choose to go mostly vegan due to the rule that you don’t cook anything you eat, and they aren’t keen on eating raw meats, including fish (sushi) so they opt for vegetables, fruits, nuts and tofu instead. Continue reading