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Are Smoothies Stupid

Many people have mocked the Smoothie Movement as being unhealthy, lame to do, and they don’t taste good either.  However, these same people have never had a REAL smoothie with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and greens.

You see, if you’re buying a smoothie at a restaurant, you’re basically buying chemicals in a cup.  Dyes, High Fructose Corn Syrup, added sugars, “natural” flavorings, preservatives and many other chemicals that you can’t even pronounce.  Even the “Healthy” smoothie restaurants have some hidden secrets about their ingredients.  So the best solution is, make your own smoothies at home.

I drink smoothies every single morning.  I use fresh fruit when it’s in season, and I mix it with frozen fruits as well.  I also add chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, low glycemic meal replacement powders and stevia if needed to sweeten it up a bit.

Go Green

I always recommend to only use fruits and fresh, organic milk or water when beginning with smoothies.

However, if you’re ready to take your smoothie making to the next level then I definitely suggest making Green Smoothies.  Start by adding organic kale, spinach, collard greens, parsley or swiss chard.  You can also add romaine lettuce, bok choy, mustard greens, turnip greens, and green/red leaf lettuce.

One of the best investments I’ve ever made was buying the NutriBullet.  This thing is fast, easy to use and easy to clean up.  It’s not as bulky as a larger blender and has fewer parts to clean.  It’s the perfect size to make a large enough smoothie for anybody.  I would definitely recommend looking into this purchase.  You can buy it online for a very reasonable price.

Here’s the link that I used to purchase my own NutriBullet…

NutriBullet Smoothie Maker

Before I purchased the NutriBullet, I only made smoothies 3-5 times a week because it was so inconvenient.  (I have one of those high end blenders but the clean up was ridiculous.)

But now I drink up to 2-4 smoothies a DAY!  Every single day of the week!  Once you figure out how easy it can be, and how healthy it is for you, then it almost becomes an addiction.  A healthy addiction!

Your digestion will be unbelievable!  Your skin will clear up… You’ll have less headaches because you’re body is functioning better…

You’ll absolutely love the new you.

Not only that… You’ll actually want to be creative and try new things with it.  (Different Recipes)

So, are smoothies stupid?  

Absolutely not!  You can get a tremendous amount of nutrition from each smoothie and you’ll even find that your digestion will improve, and you’ll lose weight.

5 Great Healthy Drinks For Weight Loss

Natural Healthy Drinks For Losing Weight

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If you need help losing weight, we have a great list of 5 healthy drinks that will get you started losing weight immediately. There’s so many factors that are involved when someone is trying to lose weight. These healthy drinks are great for losing weight but you can’t lose weight with these 5 drinks alone. It takes a balance of eating correctly, portion control and exercise also. If you’re from the baby boomer generation, we have a great article to help you, weight loss tips for 50 and older. To everyone else, all 5 drinks are natural weight loss drinks. Many of them if not all, you’ve heard of before. Remember, it’s the perfect balance of all elements that helps you achieve results when trying to lose weight.

Water Is A Great Source For Losing Weight

Water is still a great healthy source for losing weight and it’s vital to our general health. It’s recommended that we drink 8 cups of water every day. Our bodies are made up of mostly water and this water has more medical benefits then most people know. If you believe it takes a special water to lose weight, it doesn’t. As long as you’re getting 8 cups a day, it doesn’t matter which type of water you drink. Water is consumed and is pushed to key nutritional areas of the body.

If you’re not a regular water drinker or you go prolong periods without drinking water, you’re going to notice some big changes in the way you feel. Soda can’t replace water. Soda is terrible for the body as it’s high in sugars and other chemicals that damage the body. If you experience pain or even dizziness, water can help you feel much better. Don’t underestimate water when it comes to losing weight and general health.

Now, I know some of you are already thing, “water is boring.” Trust me, I know from personal accounts. There’s several great ways to bring water to life. Water is essential for losing weight, so you need to figure out a great way to add some flavor to your water. You may wish to add lime, lemons, banana, strawberry or other fruits to your water. This will give your water some flavor and kick. The most important aspects, get to the point where 8 cups of water is normal. If you’re big on soda, get to the point where water replaces the soda or any other unhealthy drink you may consume.

 

Vegetable Drinks, Vegetable Soup Is Great For Weight Loss

Vegetable drinks and vegetable soups are great for losing weight. I know we’re discussing 5 natural healthy drinks and vegetable soup is included, but it’s extremely helpful and beneficial to your body. Plus, vegetable soup can be blended into a drink. If you cook vegetable soup long enough, it’s nearly like a drink anyway. Point is, vegetable drinks are a great source for losing weight. Carrots, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans and any other vegetable you wish to add will work. You should watch on your sodium intake though, I would recommend vegetable drinks or soup with low sodium. V8 Juice can work, just make sure you choose the right kind. Some V8 Juice has spices and certain ingredients not focused on weight loss.

Vegetable drinks can help you lose weight, but remember, it can’t do it alone. We’ll discuss this later in the article. Besides losing weight, vegetables have a variety of great benefits that keep us healthy. What about vegetable shakes? You can use vegetable shakes, throw a few tomatoes, carrots or green beans into the blender. Vegetables are very healthy and good for the body.

 

Fruit Shakes And Fruit Smoothies Help Weight Loss

I believe you’re going to like this one. Fruit shakes and fruit smoothies are very beneficial when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy. The great thing about fruits, most of them taste great and they can help you lose weight. You can truly have some fun with fruits and you can create your own healthy drinks. All you need is a good blender and you can create your own fruit shakes, fruit drinks and fruit smoothies. The best part, most fruit drinks and smoothies can be made in 5 minutes!

Do you have a great fruit smoothie recipe? If not, don’t worry, I have you covered. I’ve listed a perfect smoothie recipe to help you start losing weight below. Here’s what you’re going to need.

 *One frozen banana, be sure to peel it and cut it into small slices

*One cup of milk, can be replaced with soy milk

*2 cups of fruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, add any fruit you wish

*1/2 cup of yogurt, your choice

*Blend until you get a smooth cream

 

Tea Is Great For Weight Loss And Body Cleanse

Tea is a great drink for losing weight. Teas are also great for getting rid of toxins in the body. There’s several different variations of tea and most of them have healthy benefits, especially using tea to lose weight. Certain teas can shrink fat cells and help you lose weight. The key is knowing which teas are the best for weight loss. Did you know that tea has benefits when it’s drunk at a certain time of day? It’s true. Tea can help give you energy in the morning, If you drink tea around lunch, it can help with reducing stress. During the afternoon, tea is great for reducing fat. At night, tea is a great source for reducing food cravings. Yes, who knew that tea could be so beneficial with weight loss? Now, you know how important tea is and which times to drink it.

Pu-erh Tea is from Eastern China and it’s great for reducing fat in the morning. This is a great weight loss tea for those of you that often eat big in the morning. It’s recommended that you drink 2 cups in the morning. Pu-erh has been scientifically proved to shrink fat tissue in the morning. Most tea don’t have a good taste, I know. However, you’re going to be surprised with Pu-erh tea. Pu-erh tea has a good natural taste and you won’t need to add sugar. Sugar isn’t going to help you lose weight, right? This tea is going to be a big benefit for you in your weight loss journey. Imagine after a few weeks of drinking Pu-erh tea in the morning, you’re going to see results. It’s one of the best teas and tools for weight loss.

Chickweed tea is another great tea that’s going to help you with losing weight. The afternoon has passed and many of us our starting to get that common bloating issue. This is especially true for anyone overweight and trying to lose weight. It’s annoying, uncomfortable and it’s a pain. Well, what about a tea that can be drunk in the afternoon to help with bloating? That’s right, there is a tea that helps afternoon bloating and it’s called Chickweed tea. It helps you lose water and flush your body, it’s recommended that you drink only one cup per afternoon. Again, you need not add sugar to this tea or any of the teas listed. Chickweed tea is going to help with bloating and aiding your weight loss plan.

Bilberry tea is a great tea for reducing night time cravings. This is an area and time that most men and women struggle when trying to lose weight. Bilberry tea is going to be a huge benefit to your weight loss journey. It’s recommended that you drink only one cup of Bilberry tea per evening/night to reduce food cravings. This tea has a much different taste then the others. It’s not as good as Pu-erh tea or Chickweed tea but it’s certainly tolerable. So many people struggle to lose weight because of food cravings, here’s your alternative. It can be found at most local grocery stores.

 

GrapeFruit Juice And Cranberry Juice For Losing Weight 

Grapefruit juice and Cranberry juice are very beneficial to the body, very healthy and can aide in your weight loss efforts. Both Grapefruit and Cranberry juice act as detox agents that help flush the body. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is one of the best drinks for your body. Grapefruits contain high amounts of Vitamin C, which helps your  body to detoxify naturally. We recommend that you drink one cup a day. The point is to take all the bad toxins and fats in your body and have them flushed out of the body. This drink can also help your liver.

Cranberry juice also has several great benefits for losing weight. Cranberry juice can help you get rid of fat deposits stored in your body. You do want to make sure it’s 100 percent cranberry juice without any additional additives. We recommend that you drink this with water, one cup of cranberry juice a day. Cranberries are great for a healthy immune system as well as urinary health. As for your cranberry drink, just make sure it’s drunk with water.

 

Losing Weight And Getting Healthy

These weight loss drinks alone will help you lose weight but you still need to eat healthy and exercise. It’s the perfect combination of all aspects of weight loss that bring results. The combination of healthy drinks, healthy foods, portion control and exercise is what is needed to lose weight and remain healthy. The balance of them all will lead you to a successful weight loss journey.

 

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13 Fad Diets To Ignore

 

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13 Fad Diets To Ignore

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From the impractical to the downright dangerous, these diets aren’t your best choice for losing weight.

Every day it seems a new diet is ready to make weight loss faster and easier than ever before. Or at least they say they are. “Most fad diets go something like this: Take a few foods, give them ‘magic’ power, and set a plan to convince people that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss,” says Alexandra Caspero, RD, a nutritionist based in Sacramento, Calif. The following diets might spur short-term weight loss, but many are difficult to follow, have arbitrary rules, and a few could put your health in danger.

 

The raw food diet

Any weight-loss expert would agree that boosting your veggie and fruit intake while reducing the amount of junk you eat is a safe and effective way to lose weight, but this diet bans foods that have been cooked or processed in any way. Why? Raw foodies say cooking destroys nutrients. Though it’s true that cooking produce can sometimes reduce nutrient levels, cooked veggies still pack plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and in some instances cooking actually enhances nutrients while also killing bacteria. The biggest issue with this extreme form of veganism? Food prep—it’s totally impractical, says Christopher N. Ochner, PhD, director of research development and administration at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Raw foodies spend hours upon hours juicing, blending, dehydrating, sprouting, germinating, cutting, chopping, and rehydrating.

 

The blood-type diet

Developed by naturopathic physician Peter D’Adamo, the Blood Type Diet is based on the notion that the foods you eat react chemically with your blood type. For example, on the diet, those with type O blood are to eat lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, and avoid wheat and dairy. Meanwhile, type A dieters go vegetarian, and those with type B blood are supposed to avoid chicken, corn, wheat, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. However, there’s no scientific proof that your blood type affects weight loss. And depending on your blood type, the diet can be extremely restrictive.

 

The werewolf diet

Also called the lunar diet, this one is simply fasting according to the lunar calendar. Its quick-fix version involves a day of fasting allowing only water and juice during a full or new moon—and supposedly losing up to six pounds in water weight in a single day. The extended version starts with that daylong fast and continues with specific eating plans for each phase of the moon. While you’ll lose some weight from not eating, it has nothing to do with the moon, and it will come right back, Ochner says.

 

Cookie diets

Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, The Hollywood Cookie Diet, and the Smart for Life Cookie Diet all promise that eating cookies will help you drop pounds. Of course, you don’t get to chow down chocolate-chip cookies—you eat about 500 to 600 calories a day from high-protein and high-fiber weight-loss cookies (one cookie company even makes the cookies from egg and milk protein) for breakfast, lunch, and any snacks. Then you eat a normal dinner, for a total of 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day. If you stick to the diet, you will likely lose some weight, but by depriving yourself all day, you set yourself up for bingeing come dinnertime, Ochner says.

 

The five-bite diet

Eat whatever you want—but only five bites of it. On this diet, developed by obesity doctor Alwin Lewis, MD, you skip breakfast and eat only five bites of food for lunch and five more for dinner. “I’m OK with the idea of eating whatever you want in smaller portions, but you need to round out the rest of your eating with nutrient-dense foods to give your body the fuel it needs,” Caspero says. “On this diet, even if you take giant bites of heavily caloric food, you’re still barely consuming 900 to 1,000 calories a day.”

 

The Master Cleanse/lemonade diet

This diet has been around for decades, and there are a ton of variations. Pretty much all involve subsisting for days on only lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper mixed in water. “You are essentially just drinking diuretics,” Ochner says. “You’ll shed mostly water weight.” Once you start eating solid foods again, you will gain all the weight back. Common side effects include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration. Plus, on an extremely low-calorie diet like this one, you are going to lose muscle, exactly the kind of weight you don’t want to lose, Caspero says.

 

The baby food diet

If a baby can grow up eating the mushy stuff, eating some definitely won’t hurt you, but guess what: You aren’t a baby. Dieters replace breakfast and lunch with about 14 jars of baby food (most baby food jars contain 20 and 100 calories apiece), and then they eat a low-calorie dinner. It’s easy to get too few calories for your body to run its best, Ochner says. Besides, who really wants to take jars of baby food to work each day?

 

The cabbage soup diet

The grandmother of all fad diets, the bulk of this plan is fat-free cabbage soup, eaten two to three times a day for a week along with other low-calorie foods such as bananas and skim milk. In the short term, it does yield weight loss. “It works because you are eating a low-calorie diet full of fiber and water to help aid in fullness,” Caspero says. “But it’s just a quick fix diet. It can also promote bloating and gas from all the cabbage, and is lacking in protein, which is needed to preserve lean body mass. While I am a fan of nutrient-dense, low calorie foods for weight loss, it should be balanced with other foods such as fruits, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein.”

 

The grapefruit diet

We are all for including produce at every meal, but the various versions of this 80-year-old fad diet instruct dieters to focus all of their meals on grapefruit or grapefruit juice, claiming that the fruit contains fat-busting enzymes that will help dieters lose 10-plus pounds in 12 days. “In reality, any time you are following a very-low calorie diet you will lose weight,” Caspero says. And this diet definitely hits that, limiting dieters to 800 to 1,000 calories a day. Some iterations also prohibit eating extremely hot or extremely cold foods, preparing foods in aluminum pans, and requires dieters to space “protein meals” and “starch meals” at least four hours apart.

 

The Sleeping Beauty diet

If you’re asleep, you’re not eating. Rumored to have been followed by Elvis Presley, this diet takes that simple fact to the extreme, encouraging people to use sedatives to stay asleep for days on end. But sleeping the days away not only starves the body and causes muscle deterioration from a lack of movement, but actually risks death: “Every time you go under, there’s a risk,” Ochner says. “Sure, you might wake up 2 pounds lighter, but you might not wake up at all.”

 

The HCG diet

This edge-of-starvation diet limits you to about 500 calories a day while taking human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone that proponents tout as a powerful appetite suppressant. However, there’s no evidence that HCG does more than act as a placebo, Ochner says. Yes, you’ll lose weight, but only due to the extreme calorie restriction. Though a health care provider may legally give you HCG injections, they’re typically used to treat fertility issues in women and the FDA has not approved them for weight loss. As for over-the-counter homeopathic products that supposedly contain HCG? Those are illegal.

 

The tapeworm diet

“You don’t need a doctor to tell you that ingesting a tapeworm is a bad idea,” Ochner says. But apparently, some people do. This weight-loss tactic has been around for decades, preying on especially desperate dieters. Here’s how it goes: Ingest tapeworm eggs, let the tapeworm eat the food you consume once it gets to your intestines, and then, when you lose enough weight, get a doctor to prescribe you an anti-worm medication. But some tapeworm eggs can migrate to various parts of your body or cause other potentially life-threatening problems. Freaked out yet? Good.

 

The cotton ball diet

Consuming cotton balls soaked in orange juice—a diet technique may have been born on YouTube, in chat rooms, and on Facebook—is an incredibly dangerous way to suppress your appetite. “This makes my eating-disorder therapy head spin,” Caspero says. Not only does consuming cotton balls in place of food deprive the body of nutrients, eating anything that isn’t actually food can cause blockages in your intestines. What’s more, most cotton balls aren’t even made of cotton—they’re composed of bleached, synthetic fibers.

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