Diets

New Year, New You, New Diet, New Budget

New Year, New You, New Diet, New Budget

We are only a few months into 2016 and some of you have already abandoned that “new year, new you” persona. Some of you might still be plugging away, but might not be seeing the results you were hoping for by now. While getting in the gym or just working out in general is the hardest thing to work into your routine, what truly derails someone off track is food. There is no amount of push-ups you can do if you all you do is go home and eat the same things. Now while there are many diets out there with their advocates, we’ll be talking about the low carb diet.

1..2..3..EAT!!!

The basics of the low carb diet are as such:

Eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables that grow above ground, and natural fats like butter

Stay away from sugar, starchy foods (bread, pasta, potatoes), and processed foods

Eating a low carb diet helps stabilize your blood sugar levels. Lower blood sugar levels lead to a drop in the fat storing hormone insulin, which leads to an increase in fat burning and a more satisfied feeling.

Uh-huh…What’s it Cost?

Let’s face it. Groceries are already expensive. Going organic or “all natural” only seem to increase the price further. No need to worry though, with some preparation and savvy shopping techniques, you can lighten the blow to your wallet. Two things you can do right now are:

• Shopping List/Coupons

• Portion Control

Before you go to the store on payday or whatever day you do your “major” shopping, make a list of what you need. After researching the low carb diet, find some recipes you like or want to try. Write down the ingredients, then see which ones you already have on hand.

Also, be on the lookout for coupons, deals and even in store promotions that will keep more money in your pocket. Buy some things in bulk for it’ll last longer. When you get these items home, plan your meals out. Including your snacks. Go as far as preparing them as well. True you can eat your fill with the low carb diet, but if you’re also looking to save money, it would be smart to plan out your meals. If your living arrangements include a backyard, think about growing your own vegetables.

The new year isn’t in full swing just yet. There’s still time to get back on track or increase your momentum.

Cleanse and Detox: The Dos and The Don’ts

Cleanse and Detox: The Dos and The Don’ts

If you hop on Pinterest and search for anything diet related. Chances are you are going to come across pins for detoxing. From this perspective, it seems like everyone who is anyone is trying a detox, and it appears to be working for them. But before you dive into a detox cleanse you have to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. There are many dangers to this trend if done incorrectly. Here are some top six dos and don’ts to help you along the journey into detox.

1. Do choose a Detox that fits you and your lifestyle. There are so many out there that it’s hard to decide what will and won’t work. Having a plan is important and knowing what your body needs will help you along the way to success.

2. Don’t follow what others are doing. Repeating some of number one but this is very important. Don’t follow what Susie next door is doing because what works for her may not work for you. Lately, this has become a very trendy diet so listen to your body and do what works best for you.

3. Do Hydrate! If there’s any advice out there about detoxing it is to hydrate. H2O is your best friend and will help your body cleanse all those nasty toxins. Your body will thank you.

4. Don’t eat hard to digest foods. When doing a detox you have to remember that your body needs to cleanse out your gut, liver, kidneys, etc. Consuming hard to digest foods will cause more harm than good. It is also suggested to stay away from gluten, dairy, and processed foods.

5. Do have a recovery plan. When your detox is done, you will want to inhale the foods you’ve missed the most. The point of a detox is to eliminate what certain foods have done to your body. So putting the same things back into your gut is probably not the best choice. Make a plan on how to slowly reintroduce foods back into your system before you even start the detox, so you are prepared.

6. Don’t panic on how your body reacts. You may experience headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. It’s all normal during this time. Your body is reacting as it should. Sometimes things need to be awful before they improve. Just remember your body is ridding itself of all the toxins and the negative feelings will go away soon.

Detox diets can work if you follow the correct steps and keep things safe. Always consult your doctor before jumping into any new diet regime.

Raw Foods Diet For Dogs

Raw Foods Diet For Dogs

A raw foods diet for dogs is exactly how it sounds; a raw foods diet is simply feeding your dog raw meats, bones, and organs like dogs have eaten before they became domesticated. Dogs and wolves used to eat raw meats, bones, and organs of the animals they killed (wolves still do), so it is completely natural for dogs to eat raw meats, bones, and organs. The sole purpose of a raw foods diet for dogs is to feed your dog bones, raw meat, and organs of an animal to provide dogs with the natural diet commonly consumed by wolves and dogs (before domestication). The natural diet of a dog is proven to be more nutritional by far than processed dog foods. The proven health benefits that come with feeding dogs raw food diets is a healthier weight and weight management, improvement of digestion, healthier and firmer stools, and reducing allergies and the symptoms of allergies.

Feeding your dog a raw foods diet is easier than you would ever think it to be. Dogs will naturally eat any raw meat, bones, and organs out of instinct. This is their natural instinct for getting the proper nutrition that they are originally supposed to have as opposed to processed nutrients. A raw foods diet consists of raw meats such as quail, duck, chicken, turkey, and pork. Honestly, any raw meats can be served to a dog; but be sure to wash your hands after serving to your dog to avoid any E.coli- bacteria that is harmful to humans (however the bacteria is not in any way harmful to your dog) It also consists of organs such as liver, heart, kidneys, and any other organ in an animals body.

In addition, you can also feed your dog small rodents, rabbits, and raw eggs. However, you should feed your dog bones of animals; but avoiding small bones such as wings and joint bones would be best. Other than that feeding your dog the raw meats, bones, and organs that their kind naturally eats has many health benefits. A raw foods diet for dogs is proven to be more nutritional and provide more health benefits than processed dog foods could even provide your dog with. Like I have stressed, a raw foods diet is completely natural for a dog to eat; and will definitely provide your dog with the right nutrients that it needs.

The Top Diets Of 2015

The Top Diets Of 2015

There are many diets out today for weight loss. There are so many that it can be difficult to figure out which ones work. Below are the top diets that have been used by many people, including celebrities, in 2015.

The 5:2 Diet

The 5:2 diet consists of consuming any quantity of calories five days, and reducing your caloric intake to 500-600 on the two remaining days. Celebrities such as Miranda Kerr and Phillip Schofield have used this diet for weight loss. There are no specific foods you need to consume on the 5:2 diet. You’re free to eat whatever you choose as long as you stick to 500-600 calories on fasting days.

Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet, also recognized as the caveman diet, has been used by celebrities Miley Cyrus and Mathew McConaughey. This diet consists of eating foods that are based on what human’s ancient ancestors likely ate. Common foods consumed in this diet include nuts, veggies, fruit, herbs and spices, and fish. Processed foods, sugar, and dairy products are not allowed on this diet.

Alkaline Diet

The Alkaline diet is established based off the theory that sugar, alcohol, and processed foods throw off the body’s pH balance, making it acidic. This diet requires eating foods such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains that make the body more alkaline by reducing acidity and rebalancing pH levels. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of this diet.

Vegan Diet

The Vegan diet consists of eliminating all meat, fish, and poultry. Only vegetarian foods are allowed. Beyonce has lost more than ten quid on the Vegan diet.

Dukan Diet

The Dukan diet consists of eating low-carb, high-protein foods. There are four phases in the diet called the “Attack” phase, “Cruise” phase, “consolidation” phase, and the “Stabilization” phase. Each phase incorporates different foods. The diet doesn’t require calorie counting, making it a favorite for people that want to lose weight without tracking every bite. Kate Middleton and Penelope Cruze have used the Dukan diet to successfully lose weight.

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is inspired by the dietary patterns of Italy, Spaniards, and the Greeks. This diet consists of consuming low amounts of dairy and meat products, and eating high amounts of olive oil, legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and unrefined foods. The Mediterranean diet has been used by Rachel Ray, and is popular due to its health benefits for the heart.

South Beach Diet

Sarah Jessica Parker is a famous user of the South Beach diet. This diet is similar to the Dukan diet in regards to having phases, eating foods lower in carbs, and higher in protein. Food high in fiber, lean protein, and whole grains are a component of this diet.

Today’s Fad Diet Trends

Today’s Fad Diet Trends

Over the years, fad diets comprised of non-meat, liquids and fasting have emerged, promising great results within a short time. In most cases, these fad diets all have one similarity, they promise quick and rapid weight loss, with very high restrictions on the types of foods and the amounts recommended daily. No matter what age, these restrictive diets can be dangerous. Recent rankings defined fad diets less nutritious for health reasons and less responsive for long term weight loss.

Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is one of the most recent to emerge based on the idea that good diets include meat, green leafy plants and fruits in their natural state. It eliminates processed foods, which may make finding these food sources difficult. The diet is very restrictive and can be confusing to some. The recommendations are sometimes very high in saturated fats, and there’s also the fact that we have evolved somewhat since the Paleo age.

Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet is another low carb diet, offering a support regime for weight loss. The difficulties are the rules, and the banning of food groups, particularly grains and fruit. For the short term like the other fad diets, it works, as a long term to maintain the weight loss, it’s questionable.

Raw Food Diet

The Raw Food Diet is a vegetarian diet with restrictions for dairy products, meat, and temperatures for cooking foods because the heat breaks down the nutrients. Weight loss does happen, if the diet restrictions are maintained, but there are similar vegetarian diets that accomplish weight loss without restrictions.

Atkins

The Atkins diet has been around for a while, as one of most popular low-carb diets, especially for those looking for quick and rapid weight loss. The concept is to limit the amount of carbohydrates forcing the body to use its own fat for fuel leading to weight loss. Weight can be affect because the body’s fuel is sugar causing a high energy when sugar is available and tiredness when sugar is low. Natural reaction for the body is to store sugar when levels are low preventing weight loss.

Fast Diet

The Fast Diet requires 5 days of normal eating without restrictions and 2 days of fasting with a limited amount of eating. There is a scheduled time frame for eating, which forces the body to fast through the day and replenish in the evening. The goal is to lose body fat quickly, with calorie restriction, eating only proteins and vegetables along with fasting. Although the weight disappears, there are health concerns for some related to intermitted fasting.