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Fantastic Fitness-Focused Food Prep

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When fitness becomes the central interest in your life, it should be reflected in your food and cooking style. There are many cooking aids designed for special purpose cooking.

Having small appliances within an arm’s reach on the kitchen counter top is not only convenient but also saves time. There are at least 20 appliances that are marketed for use on counter tops, but usually a few basic ones are most frequently used.

A fitness buff can use the toaster with wide slots for bagels, English muffins, or artisan bread slices. They are available with two, four, or six slots in stainless steel, white, and black. Manufacturers include Kitchen Aid, Bunn, Toastmaster, and Waring with price tags ranging from $44 to $100.

A convection toaster oven is a handy tool to have for cooking small dishes, cookies, and grilled cheese. Two disadvantages are that the toast setting is not always the best and some models take up a lot of counter space due to their width. Krups, Hamilton Beach, and Cuisinart make convection toaster ovens with prices from $75 to $250.

For that morning cup of coffee to get you moving, an automatic coffee maker is a welcome addition.  If you only want a cup or so, coffee pods are the answer. The selection includes models that make one, two, four, eight, ten, or twelve cups. Most are molded plastic in white, black, and stainless with either glass or stainless steel carafes. Made by Braun, Krups, Kitchen Aid, and Cuisinart, they cost anywhere from $30 to $200.

For an active fitness fan, a juicer or blender for smoothies, vegetables, and ice might be a necessity.  Consider the pro power juicer for your various juicing preferences. Available with three to five speeds, they cost from $50 to $300. Round out your counter top with an electric can opener in white, black, or stainless for $20 to $50.

Outfitting a kitchen with these counter top appliances is a good beginning for you as a health-focused individual who needs quality food and convenience to accommodate an active lifestyle.

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Lose 10 Pounds For Good

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Weight management is so difficult for most of us. It is easy for us to gain weight, but losing it is a different story. It requires a calculated effort and some planning. There are many programs out there that promise to help you lose weight. But many of them do not help you to maintain weight loss.

Let’s face it, nothing is worse than having to dig out your old “fat” clothes or have to buy ones that are even larger because you have not maintained your weight loss. The objective is to lose 10 pounds and prevent it from creeping back on.

In order to do this, you must make lasting lifestyle changes. How do you do it? Starving yourself is not the answer. For while you may lose 10 pounds this way, once you resort back to your old eating habits you will gain the weight back. Often you will gain more weight than you had lost to begin with.

Permanent weight loss requires some discipline and motivation. You can do it quite easily by following these 3 simple rules.

1. Eliminate processed foods (including hydrogenated oils that are dangerous to your health)
2. Eliminate white flours (that are stripped of all their nutrients and difficult to assimilate)
3. Eliminate refined sugar (including high fructose corn syrup and other sugars that are masked by different aliases)

Many people have had lasting weight loss success by doing nothing more than cutting these foods out of their diet. Replacing those foods that are devoid of nutrition and replacing them with healthier options such as organic leafy greens, vegetables, fruits and whole grains will make a marked difference not only to your waist but also to your health in general.

Do not consider these changes deprivation. You can include foods in your diet that are nutritious and delicious. The options are endless. In the health-conscious society that we live in, healthy choices are readily available and becoming more affordable.

By making a few important changes to your lifestyle and a conscious effort about what you eat, you can lose 10 pounds in no time and keep it off permanently.

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Delicious Healthy Salad Recipe to Help You Lose Weight

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As half of your plate should consist of salad and/or vegetables, it helps to have lots of healthy and tasty salad recipes at hand. Bulking up your meals with salad and/or veggies is also a great way to cut down on the calorie and fat. To help you with some tasty and healthy salad ideas, I will share with you one of my favorite recipes. Here it is:

Tomatoes in Spicy Dressing

The first time I made this recipe I was extremely impressed. It is one of the most delicious salads I have tasted yet.


Serves: 4
Number of fat burning foods: 3 (tomatoes, chili spice and avo oil)
Calories per serving:225
Fat per serving:17.5g

  • 700g large ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 4 pickled gherkins

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to season

Cut the gherkins into thin slices length ways and then into thin strips. Mix all the dressing ingredients to make a dressing. Arrange half of the tomatoes in a dish, followed by some onions and gherkins. Continue layering until all the ingredients are done. Pour the dressing over the salad and leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

I hope that you enjoyed the salad recipe and that you make it also one of your favorites. It goes great with almost anything. Adding salads to your meals will help you to get lots of vitamins and minerals in your diet so that your body can become healthier and stronger. It will also help you to eat less of the foods and it may even help you to lose weight.

Just remember that to be more healthy and to maybe lose some weight, you also have to exercise regularly. The best exercises for weight loss are cardio and weight training. One of my favorite cardio machines is the eliptical exercise machine. And for weight training I prefer adjustable dumbbells.

2 Calorie Salad Spritzers!

Delicious and only 2 calories per spritz! You can dress a salad for under 20 calories! That’s amazing! And these taste good, just make sure to shake them up before spritzing so you don’t miss any of the flavor.

Staying Young

Fundamentals Of Facial Exercises Facelift

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Most people do not believe that there can be a non-surgical facelift that can be done through facial exercises. A facelift done by exercising is not only effective and with impressive results, it is also permanent and works better than a surgical facelift. Most people have had to put up with wrinkles, crow’s feet, eye bags, double chins, sagging chins, smile lines and chubby cheeks not because they like these undesirable features, but because they have no idea how to get rid of them easily and regain a healthy, youthful looking face. Are you looking for an effective and natural way of getting rid of bags under eyes, wrinkles, double chin and all other fat related facial features naturally and effectively? Facial exercise is the secret weapon.

Facial exercise is basically muscle isometrics. In a layman’s language, when you perform facial exercises, the muscles on the face, neck and other parts of the target areas will be exercised to achieve maximum effects with minimal work. These muscles require energy to exercises and they will get energy from the fats deposited on the face. Some of these exercises are done by moving the muscles on their own while some are done by pressing the hand or fingers on them then moving them with resistance.

Facial exercises work more than just the muscles and tissues, the skin is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the effects of facial exercises. As a person ages, their skin loses elasticity, wrinkles, sags and loses skin tone. Facial exercises will revitalize the skin to bring back life, get rid of toxins that cause skin discoloration and fine lines as well as improving the blood circulation on the face. There are no other effective ways you can find on how to lose face fat that will give you impressive and long lasting results than exercising.

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20 Tips To Successful Internal Body Cleansing

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These tips were originally published to help those doing the Isagenix Cleansing and Fat Burning Program Internal Body Cleanse, however the tips presented here can work with Master Cleanse or any other natural internal body cleansing. Wherever the tips refer to an Isagenix product I will include a substitute item that you may already have in your own kitchen.

9. Find a Cleansing Partner to help keep each other accountable and provide encouragement and support.

Check out the following resources for a Cleanse Partner:

  • Exercise Friends
  • Craigs List – go to the Community Section under Activities. If you don’t find anyone looking for a Cleanse Partner, post a request yourself. You just might inspire someone to get healthy with you!

10. Do something during your cleanse that boosts your spirit, such as caring for a loved one or doing something kind for a stranger.

11. Avoid activities and/or places where you will be likely to eat such as:

  • watching television
  • going to the movies
  • lunch or dinner with friends

12. Don’t avoid being around people, just make sure to plan ahead so that socializing doesn’t include food.

13. Understand what’s happening to your body.

Cleanse for Life™ offers gentle cleansing botanicals (not laxatives) that encourage better digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as B vitamins such as niacin that help to produce a healthy metabolism, improve blood flow and eliminate impurities. Because your body is releasing toxins and stored fat you may experience more frequent bowel movements that have a color different than your normal bowel movements.

14. Don’t forget to take IsaFlush!®, Natural Accelerator™ and Ionix® Supreme.

This is not a sales pitch to purchase more Isagenix products. These products support circulation, fat burning and provide the proper nutrients that your body needs to sustain itself during your cleanse.

15. Drink plenty of purified water.

This will improve your skin, boost your immune system and mood as well as aid in weight loss. To determine the minimum amount of water you should drink daily, weigh yourself and divide that number by two. That’s how many ounces of water you should drink each day.

16. If you’ve hit a weight-loss plateau, try adding a scoop of IsaPro® to your IsaLean® Shake on Shake Days.

This is a practice that athletes use to increase their protein intake and may help boost your metabolism also. If you don’t have access to IsaPro Protein Powder or IsaLean Shake Powder you can substitute any natural or organic protein powder supplements.

17. Experiment with new beverages, such as:

  • spicy tea (caffeine free)
  • low-sodium organic vegetable soup- try Isagenix Creamy Chicken or Savory Tomato soups.
  • low-sodium organic vegetable broth
  • strong teas such as a hibiscus or mint tea or double the tea bags in your favorite tea
  • Isagenix Greens mixed with cold or hot water
  • Ionix Supreme mixed with cold or hot water – no more than two ounces a day

18. Eat light snacks throughout the day to maintain blood sugar levels.

* Isagenix Snacks!™
* IsaDelight™
* unsalted almonds
* organic raw veggies
* organic hard boiled eggs
* organic apples
* organic sugar free applesauce

19. If you’re choose to exercise, do so gently. Your body needs time to rest and rebuild. Try gentle stretching, short walks, Pilates or yoga.

20. Register for the Isabody Challenge!

There’s nothing like a contest to inspire motivation! Scroll down to the links for Coaching Calls for inspiring articles and helpful tips and guidelines. Once you’ve signed up with Isagenix you can register for the Isabody Challenge.

21. Bonus Tip: Don’t do a liquid cleanse for longer than 2 days in a row or more than 4 days in a month.

Severely depriving your body of calories for longer periods of  time can alter your metabolism so that continued weight loss and maintaining your weight loss are much more difficult.

Make today the day you get started on the road to internal nutritional body cleansing!

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Value of Juicing Fruits and Vegetables

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There are many reasons why juicing is becoming a very popular and an important part of a healthy diet for so many people. Juicing offers many health benefits associated with consuming vital nutrients and minerals that our bodies sorely lack with the typical diet of modern society. It is important to incorporate both fruits and vegetable juicer recipes routinely to keep a stable balance of nutrients and natural sugars. Finding new recipes is easy given the resources available online. There are also countless recipe books available in your local bookstore.

We know that eating fruits and vegetables in abundance is important to a healthy balanced diet. But the benefits of juicing these ingredients make it hard to ignore. Juicing liquefies the fruits and vegetables which allow the micro nutrients, mineral and other essential ingredients of life to be released from the solid particles. This makes it more efficient for the body to absorb them into the blood stream and redistribute to parts of the body where they are needed. It is a way of concentrating all the nutrients into a single glass of juice making it a very potent drink.

It is just as important to eat these fruits and vegetables as solids to provide your body with everything it needs. Do not think that drinking the juice will substitute for eating a healthy diet, since juicing is a way to complement a healthy lifestyle not to compensate for a bad one.

Of course healthy juicer recipes are only as good as the ingredients that go into them. You want to use fresh and organically grown fruits and vegetables to minimize the amount of toxins consumed. Produce grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers might be more expensive but it is worth the health of your body. Try farmers markets for produce since local farm products often travel a lot less distance than typical grocery store produce. This means they are fresher and many are grown organically.

Juicing Recipes

If you can choose fresh and organic fruits and vegetables for your juicing. You’ll get the most nutritional benefits with these. If you can’t get fresh then frozen is a good option, but stay away from canned fruits and veggies when you’re juicing.


Pineapple Delight

1 large handful of fresh baby spinach

1/2 fresh pineapple

10 strawberries

1/2 cucumber

Juice in the order listed above. Pour over ice and drink up!


Virgin Bloody Mary

2 tomatoes

1 celery stalk

1 large carrot

1 cup chopped broccoli

1 cucumber

1/2 lemon – peeled

1 garlic clove

dash or two of hot sauce

Run everything through your juicer and enjoy!


Dr. Oz’s Green Drink

So many of you have asked us for the drink Dr. Oz swears by that we had to end with this one.  This “green drink” is high in fiber, very low-cal and extremely rich in vitamins. You can make this in a juicer or a blender. If you’re making it in a blender be sure to chop all veggies and fruit first, juice and zest the lemon and lime and discard the rest, core and peel the apple, use only the leaves of the parsley.

2 cups spinach

2 cups chopped cucumber

1 head of celery

1/2 inch of teaspoon of ginger root

1 bunch parsley

2 apples

1 lime

1/2 lemon