Get Your Mood Uplifted

If you agree you will PIN it! :) If you love the outdoors, it is easy to feel down when the winter cold arrives. Even people who don’t actually prefer to spend their time in the outside world can nonetheless start to suffer because of the lack of sunshine during the short December days. However, there are plenty of stimulating and restorative things that you can do to keep yourself stimulated and engaged while you’re stuck indoors. Here are six activities that will boost your mental health in the comfort of your own home.Great tips to lift your mood today!
  1. Keep a journal
    Having the space to process and contemplate your innermost thoughts can help you to work through problems, explore your imagination and gain valuable self-knowledge. If you do not normally enjoy writing about your experiences in detail, you can replace a journal with a ‘pillow book’ that focuses on appreciating the good things in your life. Each evening, write a few sentences about something that made you happy or grateful, whether your nicest moment was a huge celebration or a simple hug from a friend.
  2. what is a great way to lift your mood during the winter months? Check out other mood lifting tips here!Enjoy indoor exercise
    During winter, many people let their fitness routine dissolve (whether it’s because they can no longer go jogging outdoors or experience difficulty reaching the gym in bad weather). Instead of letting that happen, keep your mental and physical health topped up by staying active even when you’re indoors. You can learn how to yoga, watch an aerobics video, or use an indoor cardiovascular exercise machine like a treadmill or stationary bike.
  3. Force yourself to relax
    Although it sounds like an oxymoron, deliberately forcing yourself to take time away from work and chores can be a necessary part of self care. Set aside at least an hour a few times a week, and make your environment cozy and relaxing. Light a few candles, get into comfortable clothes, and do something that you truly enjoy (whether it is watching light-hearted television, reading a book or meditating).
  4. Learn something new
    December is the perfect time to cultivate a new skill while you’re spending more time indoors. There are plenty of different options here. For example, you might sign up for an online language course, pick up a new musical instrument, or investigate distance learning courses in a subject that has always intrigued you.
  5. Spend an afternoon or evening talking with a friendA great mood lifter is enjoying time with friends.  If you are in a grumpy mood, call a friend and meet for coffee or see a movie!
    Never underestimate the powerful of genuine, meaningful conversation. Spending time just sitting with a good friend who really understands you can give your mood a substantial boost and help you connect with how you’re feeling. Invite someone over and spend a night sharing a bottle of wine or drinking hot chocolate.
  6. Be crafty
    There are lots of indoor crafts that you can enjoy, so even if you don’t consider yourself to be very good at most crafts there is bound to be something that will spark your interest. Consider cooking new recipes, baking fresh cookies or muffins, knitting winter scarves and socks, or creating homemade gifts for the festive season.
  7. Eat mood-boosting foods.Did you know the foods you are eating could be causing you to be grumpy? 
    Limit sugary, fatty, and fried foods and refined carbs, which can cause your blood sugar to spike and your mood to drop. Instead, go for whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, leafy greens, oranges, sunflower seeds, soybeans, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, sardines, flaxseed, and walnuts. You may also want to talk to your doctor about eating more vitamin D-rich foods like egg yolks, beef liver, mushrooms, and cheese, and getting your vitamin D levels checked to find out if a supplement may be beneficial.
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How NOT to Gain Weight Over The Holidays

HOW not to gain over the holidays! Did you know that you can gain 10 pounds a year?  With each year, by the time you have reached 50 like I have, then it seems like those pounds just crept up.  I weighed 104 when Jeff and I married!  50 pounds later along with 4 children, my baby is now 22 so I can no longer use that for an excuse!  I am thankful I found Plexus Slim and lost 24 pounds last November during the holidays.  I not only went to a size 6 and no longer a 12, I feel great and made this my life long journey to help others do the same.  I now help people lose the weight and get healthy too.  One friend of mine has lost over 70 pounds, and I have a couple who has lost over 70 together.  So I am very grateful for a company who inspired me to not only lose weight but help people do the same.

A recent study of National Institutes of Health employees showed that on average, people gained about a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, even though the majority made no effort to watch their weight. Unfortunately, that extra holiday did not disappear come springtime. If your weight has crept upward over the years, chances are, most of it was gained between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. These holiday pounds can really add up over a lifetime.

5 healthy-holiday-eating-tips

Winter weather, busy schedules, and stress make it difficult to stay physically active during the holidays. Especially if your holiday schedule is light on exercise, a little extra vigilance is required when encountering holiday feasts, party buffets, and those people in our lives who seem fixated on forcing us to eat.

Here are some tips for keeping on an even keel this season.

  1. Plan ahead. Arriving at a gathering ravenous is a set-up for impulsive eating. Try a handful of nuts or other small protein-rich snack before you arrive. For holiday parties or buffets, plan to choose a single serving of 3 of your favorite choices, rather than sampling everything. Consider offering to bring a dish, to ensure there will be something right for you on the menu. Many holidays drinks are loaded with calories; consider seltzer, cider, or hot tea instead.
  2. Decline saboteurs. Food is love, and some people know no better way to show it than to feed you. “Come on, just one bite! A little bit won’t hurt you!” Firmly and politely say, “No thank you, I couldn’t eat another bite,” or “I’m full, thanks; everything was delicious.” Repeat as necessary. Detailed explanations to defend yourself can often turn into bigger dramas. Placing a priority on your own health gets easier with practice.
  3. Don’t feed feelings. Emotions may play a bigger role than environmental queues when it comes to overeating. Gatherings with friends and family sometimes result in stress, nervousness, sadness, or just plan awkwardness. Holiday snacks and super-sized meals provide an easy distraction from uncomfortable feelings, even if just for a moment or two. Explore other options to reduce holiday stress. If you are nostalgic for a particular holiday taste-memory, consider these slimmer versions of classic snacks and sides.
  4. Coach yourself. It would be great if there were a guardian angel around to keep us on track. During the holidays, most of us need to rely on our own good counsel. There is a part of each person that, like an inner friend, knows what is best in the moment. Sometimes just consulting our own selves can bring us to our senses in a challenging moment.
  5. Eat mindfully. Eating while talking, watching TV, or being otherwise distracted often means we miss out on the full enjoyment of the food, and it could lead to wanting more. Explore these useful tips for mindful eating.

Do you know the average person will gain a pound between Thanksgiving and the new year?  Did you know you also can gain a pound a year?  After 30 years, that can add up!

By Dr. Anne Meneghetti, MD

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New Year New You – Diets That Do and Don’t Work

Diets dont work but plexus slim doesDiet season is upon us, and that means a lot of people will soon be making New Year’s resolutions to eat better and lose weight. If you’re about to jump on the “new year, new you” diet bandwagon, there are a few things you should know about how to choose the right diet.
With so many different diets constantly being pushed, selecting one can be daunting. To make matters more confusing, experts suggest that almost any diet that limits calories will help you lose weight—at first. The hard part is to keep the weight off over the long term—and to stay healthy while you’re doing it.
Before starting a new diet, talk to your doctor about your weight-loss goals and the diets you’re considering. Your doctor can offer advice about which plans might work best for your health care needs and lifestyle. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions. The doctor can also refer you to a registered dietitian, if necessary, for more advice.

Eating habits + exercise = healthy lifestyle and feeling great!

It will also be helpful to recall the diets you’ve tried in the past and figure out what worked for you and what didn’t. This will give you a better sense of what to look for in your new diet or how to better approach a diet program you’ve tried before.
We know that comparing different diets can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of diet principles and tactics that typically work—and ones that don’t—to help get you started.
What Works and Why
Safe, effective, nutrient-rich diets. Look for a diet that includes a variety of whole foods from all the major food groups. You also want to be sure you’ll be getting the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) of vitamins, minerals, and protein. A good diet will feature healthy portion sizes and a healthy number of daily calories.
• Diets that are based on solid scientific research. Before choosing a diet, make sure it has been created by a qualified health expert and that there is solid scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness.
A sustainable eating plan. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need an eating plan that will appeal to you over the long term. Pick one that encourages you to eat foods you actually like. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to look for a plan that allows you to eat the occasional sweet treat, so you won’t feel deprived.

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Diets that promote physical fitness. Exercise is valuable to your health in many ways, but it’s essential if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Diets that support healthy habits. If you’re overweight, you may need help changing the lifestyle habits that contributed to your weight gain. Seek out a program that can guide you to healthy lifestyle changes.
Slow, steady weight loss. Unless your doctor suggests otherwise, look for a diet that is geared toward helping you lose one to two pounds a week after the first two weeks on the program. (You may lose more than that in the first two weeks, but a pound or two is a healthy expectation for the weeks that follow.)
Small, frequent meals. Eating six small meals in place of three normal-sized ones is not absolutely necessary, but Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, a registered dietitian and the founder of the nutrition consulting business Nutritioulicious, says that mini meals can help with weight loss, as long as they are balanced and the portions are smaller than those of a traditional meal. “It comes down to calories in verses calories out,” says Levinson. “The main reason I’m a proponent of six mini meals is to keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. If you go more than three to four hours without eating, you’re likely to end up with low blood sugar and you’ll be famished by the time you reach your next meal, which can result in overeating.” Alternatively, you can look for a meal plan that encourages healthy snacking along with three balanced meals a day to keep your blood sugar stable.
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What Doesn’t Work and Why
Diets focused on a single food or food group. Eating large amounts of one food (like grapefruit or cabbage soup) or a certain type of food (like meat or vegetables) can lead to a nutrient deficiency. And if you’re not getting all the nutrients you need over a long period, you may become ill.
Avoiding carbs. Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel our bodies use for energy. “Without them,” says Levinson, “we wouldn’t be able to concentrate at work or school, go for a bike ride, or play piano.” She explains that people who cut carbs out of their diets lose weight because they are consuming fewer calories overall, assuming they don’t replace the carbs with other foods.
Cutting out major food groups. The problem with cutting out a major food group over the long term is that you’re also cutting out nutrients that your body needs. “It’s important to remember that no one food, ingredient, or beverage is responsible for obesity,” says Levinson. “What people need to focus on is portion size, moderation, balance, and variety.” Healthy exceptions to this rule include balanced vegetarian and vegan diets that replace meat (and dairy, if vegan) with healthy, plant-based proteins like beans and legumes.
Severely limiting calories. You need to cut down on calories to lose weight, but severely limiting calories is not healthy or sustainable. Levinson recommends that women who want to lose weight should aim to get at least 1,200 calories a day, and men trying to lose weight should try to get at least 1,800 calories a day.
Overly restrictive eating plans. Unless you’re the kind of person who responds well to a lot of rules, an overly restrictive eating plan is likely to set you up for failure. Look for a plan that’s flexible and that encourages you to eat a wide variety of foods so you don’t feel deprived or have to struggle with irresistible cravings.
• Curbing eating after 8 p.m. Certain diets restrict eating after 8 PM, but Levinson explains that it’s not the time of day (or night) you eat that matters, it’s the total number of calories you end up eating in a day. “Weight gain is based on the basic equation of calories in versus calories out,” she says. “You won’t gain weight if you eat after 8 p.m. as long as you don’t eat more than the remaining number of calories allotted for that day.”
Diets requiring supplements. You may want to avoid any diet that requires you to take lots of extra vitamins or supplements, since that may indicate that the overall diet is lacking in nutrients. Additionally, beware of any diet that requires you to eat processed foods or instant meals.



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This Dog Wants A Holiday Treat Too

il_340x270.286673648this dog wants a treat!Make this recipe for your dog and he will give you a kiss!  Bacon and cheddar treats found here.
Many people like to make sugar cookies or bread for small little gifts, however my little dog Roxie stands and wines wanting a treat too.  She usually gets a treat bag from Granny.  So today I decided to write how to make yummy treats for our little ones in the family that most people forget 


5  slices bacon
2  slices Cheddar cheese (3/4 oz each)

2  cups carob chips

1/2  cup crunchy peanut butter

Line cookie sheet with foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.

In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over low heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Coarsely chop bacon; set aside.Directions

  • Using 1 1/4-inch small dog bone cookie cutter, cut 15 dog bone shapes out of cheese slices. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl, microwave carob chips uncovered on High 30 seconds; stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer. Stir in peanut butter.
  • Spread carob mixture on foil to 1/4-inch thickness, about a 9-inch square. Immediately sprinkle with bacon and cheese; press lightly into carob mixture. Chill until set, about 15 minutes in freezer, or 30 minutes in refrigerator.
  • 1672Remove from foil; break into 18 pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for 5 days.

Be sure to use carob chips–chocolate is harmful to canines.

Peanut-Butter-Pumpkin-Dog-Treats3Check with your vet to make sure these dog treats fit into your dog’s diet. Check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.

Here is a great site to get recipes!

dog-treats to make!dogtreats

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How Not To Gain Weight During The Holiday Season

Staying stress free during the holidaysIt is the time of the year when we eat more, drink more, spend more, and sleep less. With all the holiday parties serving a plethora of calorie-dense holiday treats, we end up consuming more snacks, and finger foods than we normally would.  You don’t have to let holiday festivities derail you from your diet plan or throw your regular healthy habits out the window just because there are so many tempting opportunities this season

Use the following tips to help you manage your weight during this tempting time of year.  Go ahead and celebrate—eat, drink and be merry—but be aware of the choices you make when it comes to indulging.

Here are great ways to enjoy the holiday season without overdoing it:

Keep moving.10 min exercise will help keep stress down for the holidays.  Read more tips here! 
With holiday parties and shopping keeping you busy, you may not have much time for your fitness routine. But it’s important to make an effort to fit in some physical activity each day, even if it’s laps around the mall while shopping. Exercise keeps you fit and reduces stress, which can be helpful during the hectic holiday season. Get moving for at least 30 minutes a day even if the holiday season is busy you can try and exercise for 10 minutes three times a day.

Enjoy one treat a day. A great tip to how to survive holiday food at parties.It’s easy to go overboard on cookies, cakes, candies, and sweet treats during the holidays, because they’re everywhere!  I recommend dealing with the overload of holiday sweets by having one special treat a day. Studies show when people don’t permit themselves any treats, they tend to eventually go overboard all at once = trouble!  Choose your daily sweet treat wisely and savor it. Keep track of how much you put in your mouth so that you don’t overeat. In the days surrounding your goodie indulgence, make sure to eat extra healthy and exercise!

Ask your family to get you gift baskets to help you eat healthy. Healthy Gifts: Ask your friends and family to give you gifts that promote a healthy lifestyle. These gifts could range from types of exercise equipment such as free weights, a blender for making healthy smoothies, or a fruit basket.

Choose wisely at parties.

Before digging in, check out all the food options. Choose three or four items you want to try the most.

Snack on fruit at holiday parties instead of indulging in the sweets.  Find more tips here.

Just make sure there’s a balance of protein, carbs, vegetables, and fruit, because it’s better to focus on weight maintenance than weight loss during the holidays.  Instead, stay positive about continuing to eat a balanced diet and being active, even with a few additional indulgences.

Drink responsibly. 

indulging in alcohol during holiday parties is not the best way to cut calories or watch your weight.  Find out more survival tips here.Your game plan may be to head straight for the drinks to avoid overeating, but don’t overdo your drinking either. Health experts generally recommend that women limit their alcohol consumption to just one drink a day, and men to two drinks. If you drink a little more than that at a holiday party, be sure to keep hydrated with a glass or two of something nonalcoholic (ideally water or club soda) in between alcoholic beverages.

This is what I need during the holidays!  How about you?Stay balanced. 
The holidays are fun, but they can also cause a lot of stress. Part of overdoing it means taking care of yourself along with everything else. To manage this, stay on top of your to-do list and cross off anything that’s unnecessary, give yourself a break whenever you can, and ask others to help. If you get stressed out, take a breather. Do something you enjoy. Take a bath, read a book, go for a walk, or try some relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or tai chi. And finally, don’t forget to acknowledge what you’re grateful for during this special time of year.

Get enough sleep:  A lack of sleep causes weight gain. If you make an effort to always get 7 or more hours of sleep per night, your body will thank you! Since many people can be short on time during the holidays, try practicing some time-saving tips such as shopping for gifts online to make more room for fitting pillow-time into your schedule.

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Children Need Family Meal Time

What is the traditional family becoming... overweight and unhealthy?

As we see the trend of not only obesity in one or two people of the household, we are also seeing a rise among family obesity. Here is a recent article I came across in which I believe to be so profound. If we can start sharing our support to families coming together to eat together, studies show not only are we more healthy weight wise, but also in all areas.
Teens who eat with their families at least five times a week are 40 percent more likely to get A’s and B’s in school than their peers who don’t share family meals. They’re also 42 percent less likely to drink alcohol, 59 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes, and 66 percent less likely to try marijuana. They were also less depressed.

Our children repeating the steps of unhealthy eating trends, who is to blame?

The benefits are truly profound. Separate research showed, for instance, that with each additional family dinner, adolescents had:

Fewer emotional and behavioral problems
Greater emotional well-being
More trusting and helpful behaviors toward others
Higher life satisfaction
Families Who Eat Together Build Stronger Relationships

Culturally, humans have been joining together for meals since ancient times, and we may be engrained to build relationships in this way. Even in modern times, family relationships appear to grow stronger around the dinner table, with another study concluding:

“Our findings suggest that family meals may provide a unique opportunity for building stronger families and young people. Creating environments where frequent family meals are normative, valued and feasible for families may result in benefits for young people that extend beyond good nutrition.”

Still more benefits associated with family meals include:

Better vocabulary development among children
Increased self esteem
Helps children build resilience
Lower rates of teenage pregnancy

Why is it important to have family meal time with children?  Take a look at this!

Making Family Meals a Priority

One of the keys to optimal health is having someone in your family (or someone you hire) invest some time in your kitchen, preparing meals from scratch instead of grabbing meals out and bringing home.

Spending the time together to eat the meal you’ve prepared is likely equally important, but both take planning to make them a reality. One of my favorite sayings with respect to your meals is if you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail.

This means not only shopping ahead of time so you have the food available to cook, but also setting aside the time to eat together. Many sports for kids are scheduled at the family dinner hour, for instance, or parents may have a hard time getting home from work at a reasonable hour.

If you value the importance of a family meal, however, you must make it a priority. This might mean your family meal takes place at lunchtime instead of dinnertime on certain days of the week, but ideally strive to eat together as often as you can, scheduling non-essential activities around your dinner, and not the other way around.

Start a tradition of family time in your kitchen.  Pin if you agree!

You may have certain recipes and other culinary traditions that you learned from your mother and grandmother, which you plan to pass on to your children, too. This is important, as often these passed-down recipes rely on traditional cooking methods and real, whole foods – not the processed convenience foods that are so common today.

As the documentary highlighted, part of the benefit of the family meal isn’t only the time you spend eating together, but also the time you spend preparing your meal and cleaning up. Getting your children involved teaches them invaluable lessons about food preparation and how you function together as a family, and the more you involve them in the process, the greater the benefits are likely to be.

If you are seeking to use food to optimize your health, it is helpful to pay attention not only to the food quality, but also to how you prepare it, being careful to use methods that do not seriously impair its quality. Seek to get back to the basics of cooking, such as:


Cooking with real ingredients like coconut oil and butter in lieu of polyunsaturated vegetable oils or margarine
Planning your meals around the seasonal produce available in your area
Quite simply, we’ve strayed too far from the foods we are designed to eat, exchanging the convenience of processed foods and fast foods for our very health. Going back to basics and refocusing your diet on fresh, whole, unprocessed, “real” food prepared and shared in your own kitchen can improve just about anyone’s health, and at the same time help you fulfill your own family’s need for coming together over a good meal.

Jeff, Melissa and Annalise Phillips, starting the grandparents tradition of raising healthy grandchildren.

I am looking forward to our evening at Christmas Eve. It is when all our boys come home and we prepare a meal together. I pick out the menu, they choose which recipe to follow and make. It’s a time we all love spending time in the kitchen, and yes it is crowded but its a tradition we all love. Lets all be healthy together!

The Phillips family will come together at Christmas Eve and each will prepare a dish to share in the family tradition.

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Pucker Up With Lemons

What can lemons do for your weight?  LOSE POUNDS! Drinking lemon water is regarded by nutritionist as having real weight loss powers.  Far from a myth, drinking lemon water helps speed up weight loss.  In addition to possessing properties that are favorable to weight loss, drinking lemon water also ensures that some of the toxins in your body are cleaned out.  It promotes quick bursts of energy and cleans out internal waste.  If you drink lemon water first thing in the morning, it will activate your body’s detoxifying process and natural cleansing process.

Cleans out Your Waste Better

If your colon is not cleansed properly, there is lingering waste that can build up and, among other things, contribute to raising the risk of colon cancer over time. This buildup of lingering waste also adds weight to your body, so if you drink lemon water regularly, it’s cleaned out of your bowels with greater frequency. The result of this is that you will lose some weight just from the removal of this lingering waste. Lemon water also helps out the digestive system by reducing the chances for diarrhea and constipation, because it promotes fluid bowel functions.

Sounds simple, is it true?Reduces Hunger Cravings

Because of pectin fiber’s presence in lemon, lemon water has the effect of reducing your hunger. If you have tried to kill your appetite in the past with such drinks such as coffee or tea, try lemon water from now on, and also get the benefit of zero calories when you drink it. Together with its property of cleaning out your colon, lemon water’s effect on your hunger cravings is a one-two combination in the effort to help you reduce weight.

1- Boosts immune system
2- Helps your digestive system
3- Aids in detoxifying the body
4- Helps reduce hunger cravings
5- Balances your pH level
6- Clears your skin
7- Freshens your breath
8- Quenches thirst better than commercial fruit juice or carbonated drinks

PLUS There is 0 Calories!

CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT WITH LEMONS?  yes!Lemon juice acts as a fat blockers in the system, but it needs to be the first thing you  drink each morning in order for it to be effective. It’s something to do with the acidity of the lemon juice. Lemon water helps clean the toxins out of your body.  Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn, constipation and parasites. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps to digest food by helping liver produce more bile.

What are the benefits of lemons?It has high Vitamin C content, it is used to prevent and treat many infections, hasten wound healing, and diminish allergies.When externally applied, lemon juice poured on a cotton ball and gently applied to the nostrils can stop nose bleeds although this may sting a little. When massaged gently into gums, lemon juice can effectively stop bleeding gums. Lemon juice with glycerin is effective when used on the lips to treat chapped lips. (Don’t apply lemon juice however, if the skin on your lips is cracked. Ouch!) Applied on your skin, lemon juice can also help prevent sunburn. Lemons are a key ingredient in effective liver cleanses.

So, with all that said about this, pucker up and go gets some lemons!

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Microwave Nightmare

How many times you use the microwave could affect your health.  Tired all the time?The way you cook your food directly affects the amount of nutrients your body consumes.  I tried to go completely “raw” for 30 days and it didn’t work out for me but I do try to eat more raw or steamed.  I wanted something hot!  It is easy to reheat leftovers from thanksgiving or from your dinner the night before in the microwave, however after reading this, I now go ahead and warm up on top the stove in a pan and limit my microwave use.  Here is the reason why!

What about eating those frozen dinners, yes they are convenient but are they really delivering the proper nutrients to your body and are they helping you lose weight?What these frozen diet foods really do for you .... take a look!

 Frozen diet foods: we know the names—Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, Kashi, Weight Watchers and many others.  However cooking them in the Microwave is not as healthy as it seems.  Read on!

What about the Steamers!  I loved the idea to place a bag in the microwave and voila its done in a matter of seconds – steamed and looking fresh.  However, After learning this, I will just open the bag and put in a pot to warm or put in my own steamer. I thought the convenience of Steamers was great just to plop in microwave but then after reading this, the dangers and unhealthy reasons of using a microwave changed my mind....

This common household appliance can significantly zap the nutritional value of your food and your health, leaving you susceptible to developing health complications due to continuous microwave use, and begging the question: is convenience worth sacrificing your health?

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This fast method of cooking doesn’t allow time for flavors to develop and meld like other cooking methods do.

Microwaves destroy the nutrient value of your food. Live, healthy, and nutritious foods can become dead in a matter of seconds when you use a microwave.

There is a tendency for most microwave users to cook everything on high power, except when defrosting. High is the default setting. The maximum power is also a major selling point for a microwave oven. The higher the power, the stronger the electric field, and the more damaging it is to nutrients.
Excellent scientific data has been gathered regarding the detrimental effects of microwaves on the nutrients in your food:

  • A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture  found that broccoli “zapped” in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants. There were also reductions in phenolic compounds and glucosinolates, but mineral levels remained intact.
  • A 1999 Scandinavian study of the cooking of asparagus spears found that microwaving caused a reduction in vitamin C

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When you have foods that are wrapped in plastic in the microwave, you can create carcinogens in the food.  The plastic containers used to heat these microwave meals have been found to release the carcinogens along with other harmful toxins into your food which is then absorbed by your body.

Dr. Hertel says microwave cooking changes the nutrients in food, and that changes that could cause negative health effects took place in the blood.

Hertel’s conclusions were that microwaving food resulted in:

  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Decreased numbers of leukocytes (white blood cells), which can suggest poisoning
  • Decreased numbers of red blood cells
  • Production of radiolytic compounds
  • Decreased hemoglobin levels, which could indicate anemia

The results of a study showed red blood cells decreased while white cell levels increased, along with cholesterol levels. The non-ionizing radiation of the microwave can affect changes in your blood and your heart rate.

A study published in the November 2003 issue of the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli cooked in the microwave lost up to 97 percent of its antioxidant content.In the book “Health Begins in the Colon” – Dr. Group says that a microwave oven decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation. The radiation breaks down any vitamins and minerals in the food and changes its natural structure. Your body cannot handle these irradiated molecules and they eventually weaken your immune and digestive and don’t provide you with proper nutrition. Also, it is widely known that vitamin B12 becomes completely inactive once heated in a microwave. This is a critical vitamin for plant-based eaters, since our soil has been depleted of this important vitamin over the years. Dr. Mercola quoted one study where it was discovered that microwaving can destroy the essential disease-fighting agents in breast milk that offers protection for your baby. The study found that microwaved breast milk lost lysozyme activity, antibodies, and fostered the growth of more potentially pathogenic bacteria.

Microwaves create carcinogenic compounds in your food. Heating meat, dairy products, plastics and paper have all been shown to create carcinogens. The Nutrition Action Newsletter reported the leakage of numerous toxic chemicals from the packaging of common microwavable foods, including pizzas, chips and popcorn. These chemicals included BPA, polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene. Microwaving fatty foods in plastic containers leads to the release of dioxins (known carcinogens) and other toxins into your food.The summary of Russian investigations published by an Educational Center in Portland, Oregon showed carcinogens were formed in virtually all foods tested and no test food was subjected to more microwaving than necessary to accomplish the purpose, i.e. cooking, thawing, or heating to insure sanitary ingestion.

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Microwaves provide unnecessary daily exposure to radiation. I cannot knowingly use a microwave considering they are slowly destroying my cells.According to the book Cancer is Not a Disease – It’s a Survial Mechanism, “when you stand in front of a radar device you will start perspiring/cooking from the inside out, just like food is cooked in the microwave oven. The heat is generated by the rapid movement of molecules and the breaking down of molecular bonds. Each year millions of birds are killed when they get too close to, or sit on, cell towers. And apparently, the same can happen to the human body when it is exposed to this type of radiation on a regular basis. After all, human cells are made of molecules and molecular bonds are broken and destroyed when exposed to radiation.”

Microwaves can create severe health issues. The massive adoption of the microwave and the increase in obesity can be linked.  The microwave has made it extremely easy and convenient to eat processed foods and then further destroys its little nutritional content. The more dead food people eat, the more calories they consume trying to get the nutrition their body so desperately needs.A Swiss clinical study conducted by Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel found significant and disturbing changes in the blood of individuals consuming microwaved milk and vegetables. Eight volunteers ate various combinations of the same foods cooked different ways. All foods that were cooked in the microwave caused changes in the blood of the volunteers. Hemoglobin levels decreased and overall white cell levels and cholesterol levels increased. The doctor in this study was actually able to cure people who were diagnosed with chronic fatigue by having them literally throw out their microwave.

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I Take Vitamin D… Here’s Why

Your fat cells have a love-hate relationship with vitamin D.

Doctors already knew heavy people had a higher risk of being D-deficient, in part because fat tissue traps this important nutrient and keeps it out of your bloodstream. Now, researchers have found extra pounds may impair your body’s ability to use vitamin D, too.

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Here’s how it works: “Vitamin D, whether ingested or produced in the skin after sun exposure, must be metabolized to its active form—calcitriol—to exert its biological effects,” says study author Louise Wamberg, M.D., Ph.D. To do this, your body uses compounds called enzymes, including some that your fat tissue produces.  When you take Vitamin D  as you lose weight your Vitamin D will have the ability to increase therefore you feel better.  I have talked to several women who just couldn’t hardly get out of bed.  They were Vitamin D deficient!

Vitamin D May Be Critical for Cancer Prevention

The conclusion on vitamin D is in stark contrast to an ever growing number of studies showing that vitamin D (with or without calcium) has tremendous protective effect against cancer. For example, a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded  a 50 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer with the right dosage.

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Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that same year found that after four years of follow up, cancer-free survival was 77 percent higher in women who received 1,100 IU vitamin D and 1,450 mg calcium per day, compared to those who received either a placebo or calcium by itself. Theories linking vitamin D deficiency to cancer have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological
According to Carole Baggerly, founder of GrassrootsHealth,90 percent of ordinary breast cancer may be related to vitamin D deficiency. In fact, breast cancer has been described as a “vitamin D deficiency syndrome.” The way vitamin D interferes with breast cancer’s ability to spread is by affecting the structure of those cells—without adequate vitamin D, they fall apart and are forced to “overmultiply” in order to survive. Previous research has shown that optimizing your vitamin D levels can reduce your risk for as many as 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, and skin cancers.basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies.

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The “Smart Prevention” report examined the effect of eight different dietary supplement regimens on four chronic diseases: heart disease, diabetes, age-related eye disease, and bone disease, and assessed the potential health care cost savings if American adults were to take these supplements at therapeutic dosages.

Unfortunately, this report also failed to review many of the benefits of vitamin D, which is one of the most widely beneficial and least expensive supplements on the market.  Again, a growing number of vitamin D experts estimate it could cut the rate of cancer by half. If this were to be factored into the equation, the health care savings could likely go up by a factor of 1,000 or more, and there would be trillions of dollars of savings instead of billions.


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Now, in the case of heart disease, use of omega-3 supplements among adults aged 55 and over diagnosed with coronary heart disease could reduce annual hospital costs by more than $2 billion on average, saving the health care system close to $16.5 billion between 2013 and 2020, according to the “Smart Prevention” report. Use of vitamins B6 and B12 among the target population could also reduce hospital costs by an average of more than $1.5 billion annually, saving the health care system more than $12.1 billion between 2013 and 2020.

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Take away nutrition, and the only thing you have left to battle disease with is drugs, surgery, and vaccines.

Granted, there are poor-quality supplements out there—many of which, by the way, are produced by large pharmaceutical companies—that are made with synthetic ingredients that could potentially do more harm than good, especially in mega doses, which I don’t recommend. Yet the overall safety record of supplements, despite some inferior products being used, really speaks volumes.

Consuming multi vitamin-mineral supplements is a good thing. With our poor diets and all the other threats to our health, it’s critical to have a high-quality food source of vital nutrients. But did you know that even if you’re taking a multi-vitamin product, you’re probably not getting nearly the level of superior-quality nutrients you thought you were? In fact, studies suggest that the majority of multi-vitamin products are of poor quality and difficult for the body’s digestive tract to break down, digest and absorb. But there’s great news!

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