Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 9 (end)

9. Pork

A diet rich in lean protein mixed with moderate exercise will have you on your way to building more muscle. Increased muscle mass allows your body to burn more calories, even while you’re sleeping or sedentary. Don’t be afraid to stray from chicken, there are lots of sources of lean protein and pork is a great go-to alternative.

Comment:  I like pork, especially a tenderloin which is lean and when seasoned well is simply delicious.  I just need to work on that exercise part that goes with it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 8

8. Salmon

This fatty fish is full of omega 3s. Ingesting this type of fat helps regulate leptin, a natural hormone in your body that controls your metabolic rate and suppresses your appetite.

Comments:  Salmon is one of my favorite fish so I have no problem of increasing this in my diet.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 7

7. Green tea

While black tea, oolong and green tea all come from the same plant, green tea leaves are prepared differently. As a result, green tea is richer in antioxidants called catechins, which may trigger a boost in metabolism (and weight loss) by stimulating the body to burn calories.

Comment:  I haven't been a hot tea drinker since childhood.  Mother used to make it for me when I was sick so my mind seems to relate it to being ill.  Might try to give it another chance.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 6

6. Coconut

These are chock full of a fat called medium chain triglycerides. MCTs promote the breakdown of excess fat stores, helping you burn fat and increase energy and stamina.

Comment:  Since I consider coconut one of the major food groups I have no problem adding this one to my diet!  Love coconut

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 5

5. Water

Yep, it’s that simple. Hydration plays a role in an efficient metabolism. Drink a large glass of water with lemon when you wake up and continue to drink throughout the day — at least eight cups. Not only will being properly hydrated help boost your metabolism slightly, but it will also help you not mistake hunger for thirst. Get chugging!

Comments:  I've always been a BIG sweet tea drinker.I drank it at every meal and all day long.  Some time back I started drinking more water and cutting down on the tea.  I now drink no tea with my meals and drink only water.  I also drink a several glasses throughout the day.  Had my physical a few weeks ago and my sugar, which was well over 100 is now 86!  So, if water does nothing else it can really lower your sugar.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 4

4. Celery

Celery is low in calories, requires a lot of noshing, and has so much fiber and water that it takes a lot of work to get it through the body. Because chewing stimulates the release of digestive enzymes, the act in itself raises your metabolic rate, or how fast and efficiently your body can absorb, store and eliminate. This is the beauty of the “thermal effect” of food; or the amount of calories burned from digesting and eliminating the things you eat.

Comment:  I've never been a very big celery fan but maybe I could become one.  Especially if it does all this.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 3

3. Chili powder

Spicy lovers rejoice. Capsaicin, an antioxidant found in red chili peppers, has been shown to curb appetite and boost your metabolism. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on your eggs at breakfast, salad at lunch, veggie side at dinner and even into your lemon water.

Comment:  I love the taste of Chili Powder but never thought about sprinkling it over my eggs.  I do see a lot of people adding hot sauce to their eggs but after trying that just once decided it just wasn't for me - too hot, but the actual chili powder might just work for me.  I think I'll even try it over my veggies and even my salad.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 2

2. Nuts

The monounsaturated fats found in nuts can help burn belly fat and like all fat, they help keep you satiated. The trifecta of fiber, protein and fat helps to keep hunger at bay and your body energized. Need a fast breakfast? Greek yogurt with a handful of almonds and dash of cinnamon. No time to stop and snack? Pick up a green juice and couple it with cashews. Made too much for dinner? Use the leftover quinoa, add walnuts and avocado and call it a day.

Comment:  I love nuts and and yogurt so this one will work great for me.  Just make sure you don't have any nut allergies before trying this one.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 1

Like a lot of us, I'm trying to lose weight and eat healthier so I'm on the constant watch for tips that might help.  I found this series on and wanted to share.

1. Grapefruit

This is more than a breakfast food — it’s a weight-loss jumpstart! Besides being packed with vitamin C and fiber, this citrus fruit speeds weight loss.  One study found that people who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. Many people in the study lost more than 10 pounds — without making any other dietary changes.

Comment:  I will be buying a bag of grapefruit as well as the juice.  Just remember to check with your doctor if you're taking cholesterol meds.  From what I remember reading somewhere, the 2 don't mix.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

10 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar - Part 5 (end)

#9 - Stop a Bruise from Forming (I bruise easily so this is something I will be trying)

To ensure you don't develop an unsightly bruise, soak a piece of gauze in apple cider vinegar and place it on the sore spot.  Secure it with a bandage and leave it in place for about an hour.  The apple cider vinegar boosts circulation to the skin's surface, which prevents blood from pooling so you won't get a black and blue mark.

#10 - Soften Laundry Naturally (Another one I'll try as long as it doesn't leave a lingering smell)

If you'd rather avoid chemical-laden fabric softeners, which can irritate the skin, use apple cider vinegar instead.  To do:  Wash clothes as usual, adding 1/2 cup of the vinegar to the rinse cycle.  Acetic acid in the vinegar helps break down detergent buildup and relaxes clothing fibers for noticeable softer laundry.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

10 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar - Part 4

#7 - Banish Fruit Flies for Good (They seem to love my bananas!)

To get rid of these pests, fill an empty wine bottle halfway with apple cider vinegar and 5 drops of dish soap and place it near the fruit bowl.  The apple cider vinegar's aroma will draw the flies in but the sticky layer of soap will trap them in the liquid.

#8 Clean an Iron Effortlessly (As seldom as I iron I may never try this but it sounds good)

If your iron isn't getting wrinkles out as well as it should, there may be built-up gunk clogging the steam holes.  The fix is:  Fill the water tank with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, set the iron upright and turn it on the steam setting for 5 minutes.  Pour out any excess liquid, refill with water and repeat.  The vinegar helps break down the deposits so your iron will work like new.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

10 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar - Part 3

#5 - Clean Dirty Pans (got to try this one)

When your rice sticks to the pan, clean it with this mixtures.  Fill the dish with warm, sudsey water and 2 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar.  Soak for 30 minutes.  The acids in the vinegar dissolves the particles, making cleanup a breeze.

#6 - Get Shiny Hair for Less (as long as it doesn't leave my hair smelling I'll could try this)

Got dull hair?  After washing combine 1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.  Mist all over your hair, let sit 2 minutes then rinse.  Vinegar seals cuticles so strands better reflect the light.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar - Part 2

#3 - Soothe a Sore Throat (This I've tried and it does work)

For a quick relief of a dry, scratchy throat, get quick relief with this gargle.  Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of water and gargle for 15 seconds.  Repeat every hour as needed.  Acetic acid destroys the illness-producing bacteria that causes the discomfort.

#4 - Want to Keep Fido away from your Jack-o'-lantern?  (With Halloween around the corner I'll give this a try.)

If your pooch tries to take a bite out of your jack-o'-lantern protect it by combining 1 cup each of apple cider vinegar, white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spritz on the pumpkin.  The bitter odor and taste will make it undesirable to Fido.

Monday, October 17, 2016

10 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar - Part 1

I found this in First for Women and wanted to share with everyone.

#1 Tenderize Tough Meat (we can all use this at some time)

Use an apple cider vinegar marinade to break down the meat's tough fibers.  Blend 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, 1/ cup of vegetable oil, 2 Tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. of sea salt and 2 Tbsp. of chopped garlic.  Marinate the meat in this blend for 3 hrs before cooking.

#2 Nix the Smell of Burnt Food
(there have been times I've really needed this)

Say you burned the microwave popcorn and you can smell the scorched kernels in your whole house.  To eliminate the odor combine 1 cup of water and 1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and boil for several minutes.  Apple cider vinegar neutralizes strong odors, so your home will be back to smelling fresh in no time.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ways to Boost Your Metabolism - Part 3 (end)

Water, water, water!!

You've heard it before, but drink those 8 8-ounce glasses of water every day. The energy burning process of metabolism needs water to work effectively.

Get enough B vitamins.

Among supplements, if you are suffering from flagging energy, you need to make sure that you are getting enough B vitamins. Vitamin B-12 in particular is one that is essential for energy. To ensure you're getting enough B vitamins, consider taking a B complex, plus a separate sublingual B-12. Another important vitamin for fatigue isVitamin B-1, also known as thiamine.

Try a supplement for fatigue.

Another type of supplement useful for fatigue is in the area of substances that the body naturally produces for energy production. Supplements in this category include:

Co-enzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, which supplies energy to muscles
NADH (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) which helps cells convert food into energy
Green Tea

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ways to Boost Your Metabolism - Part 2

Minimize snacking.

Contrary to popular opinion, for thyroid patients, it may be better to eat three scheduled meals, and avoid snacks.

Get enough aerobic exercise.

As much as you can is really a help for your metabolism, and if you do it in the morning, you'll raise your metabolism all day.

Build muscle with weight training or resistance exercise.

At least two to three times a week, you should add weight training or progressive resistance exercise that builds muscle.
Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ways to Boost Your Metabolism - Part 1

I found this info helpful, especially since I seem to be in a lull in my dieting.

Make sure you eat breakfast.

If you don't eat breakfast, you slow down your metabolism and send the body into "hoard mode," thinking it's starving because you're going a long period of time frequently 8 to 10 hours or more, without food.

Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day. 

Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't anything after 8 p.m., or any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. This helps your body process and burn the food when you're aware and moving around and burning more calories per hour.

Don't starve. 

Dropping your calorie intake below 1,000 calories a day will signal to your body that you are in starvation mode, and will slow down your metabolism.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Inflammation Buster - Basil

One more herb tip from the Good Life pull-out.

One of the oldest cultivated herbs, basil could help fight some very modern problems, including arthritis and heart disease.  That's because one of its compounds blocks inflammation in the very same way that aspirin and ibuprofen do.  Much of the research has been done on 'holy basis' or tulsi, a stronger form of the herb that's common to Asia.  Sweet basis, in most grocery stores, contains compounds, too, especially in young leaves.

Diabetes - basil extract, available in capsule form in the supplement aisle, could help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugar levels.  Promising research suggests that it may help reduce the amount of glucose traveling around in the bloodstream.  Of course, talk to your doctor before taking it.

You can pack plenty of this healthy booster into a meal without overpowering everything, especially if you make pesto.  You can also use fresh leaves liberally in salads and tomato sauces.  Add them to your dish during the last few seconds of cooking; those healthy oils will be lost if overheated.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Bacteria Fighter - Thyme

I didn't know this until I read it in a booklet that came with a copy of Good Life

Thyme is known as an antiseptic:  It contains thymol, also an ingredient in some mouthwashes.  One of Dr. Oz's favorite uses for this herb is this cough-suppressant recipe:  Place 4 Tbsp. of fresh or dried thyme in a saucepan; cover with 1 cup of boiling water; steep for 15 minutes; strain and add the juice of one lemon and 1/4 cup of raw honey.  Adults can take 1-2 Tbsp. every 3-4 hours.  This keeps in the fridge for up to a week.

Tame acne - Thyme can also fight the bacteria that causes acne.  Research found that a concentrated form of thyme zapped those bacteria better than benzoyl peroxide, the active ingredient in many acne products.  Some skin care products even contain one of the compounds in thyme.

Protect against cancer - the most exciting revelation about thyme has to do with its potential role in deterring cancer.  In preliminary research, one of the compounds it contains, called rosmarinic acid, has been found to help prevent tumor growth.

Cook smart - Fresh thyme adds dimension to soup, sauces, and salad dressings; toss it in at the end of cooking to best retain its flavor and healthy compounds.  Or steep the leaves in boiling water to make a refreshing tea.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Tummy Soother - Peppermint

A little peppermint can help you digest food without drama.  It helps relax the muscles of your stomach.  A stronger form, peppermint oil capsules (choose enteric-coated ones), may even relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.  But be careful if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Mint relaxes the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, so acid could come back up and make problems worse.

Ease cold and flue symptoms.  Peppermint contains menthol, one of the very same ingredients in chest rubs.  Inhaling mint's vapors can help loosen your congestion and calm your cough by thinning mucus, which is why peppermint tea can feel extra soothing when you have a cold.

Boost alertness.  A whiff of peppermint can make you feel more alert and less fatigued, which is especially useful when you're driving.  Dr. Oz tip:  Slip some peppermint gum in your bag before you head out.

Cook smart.  Mint pairs nicely with citrus fruit, yogurt, and lamb.  It's also great with roasted zucchini, or in chilled cucumber soup.  If you don't like this herb in your main course, brew tea by simply pouring hot water directly over several sprigs of mint.

Another tip from the insert in Dr. Oz's The Good Life.