Beans Beans Good For Your Heart….

what kind of beans help you lose weightYes, you have heard the rhyme right?  Beans beans good for your heart, beans beans they make you fart… or beans beans the wonderful fruit, beans beans they make you toot!  Yes, beans are great take a look at what they also can do for weight loss!

Beans are comparable to meat when it comes to calories, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a registered dietitian at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Wellness Institute in Chicago and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. But they really shine in terms of fiber and water content, two ingredients that make you feel fuller, faster. Adding beans to your diet helps cut calories without feeling deprived.

Beans are a very good way to eat if you want to lose weight AND be healthy. Don’t worry about getting enough protein, because beans are about 15 to 20 % protein, and if you combine them with whole grains like brown rice you’ll get plenty of complete protein.

Beans help with dieting because they have complex carbohydrates and dietary FIBER that helps regulate your blood sugar so you avoid getting suddenly ravenously hungry. In other words, they help you stay satisfied. Their fiber also helps regulate your digestive system to avoid constipation, which can happen when you’re dieting.

Beans reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Beans in fact are the greatest source of fiber therefore a lower risk of colon cancer.

Beans stabilize blood sugar.

Four or more 1 cup servings per week in one study was enough to decrease the risk heart disease by 22%.

One study found that women who ate beans had a 38% reduction in risk for diabetes.

Beans are the greatest source of antioxidants.

Red Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Black beans, Navy beans, and Black-eyed Peas rank in the highest to eat!

Chili is one of my favorite things to eat in the winter.  Check out the recipe below and enjoy.

RED BEAN CHILI Recipe:

Chili is a great, tasty way to get your fill of nutrients. Beans are packed with fiber, and bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and cut into thirds lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can small red beans, rinsed and drained (you may add a variety of beans)
  • 1 large chopped yellow or orange bell pepper
  • 1 large vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, divided

peppers can help you lose weight

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Flatten poblano pepper with hands. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet; broil 4-6 inches from heat 4 minutes or until blackened and charred. Place in a zip-top heavy-duty plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes to allow skins to loosen. Peel and discard skins. Coarsely chop poblano pepper.

3. Place poblano pepper and next 10 ingredients (through red onion) in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Uncover, and stir in cilantro, tomato paste, and half of green onions.

4. To serve, spoon chili into six serving bowls; top each  1 tablespoon green onions. Serve immediately.

Peppers can help you lose weightOptional: Add cayenne powder into some of your favorite recipes for a bit of a kick and to boost your metabolism. Spicy peppers, which include cayenne peppers, cause the body temperature to rise. When the body temperature rises it needs to be cooled, and you burn more calories when the body is forced to go through a cooling process.

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Speed Up Weight Loss

speed up weight lossGet More Quality Sleep.

I got me a fit bit bracelet and love it.  It also measures my sleep from how long I am in bed and how many times I wake up.  It gives me a percent of good quality sleep which is usually 95%.  You can never be truly healthy if you don’t get enough quality sleep. Recent studies show that people who sleep less tend to weigh more. Being sleep-deprived can also increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. If you’re having trouble getting the recommended 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night, keep a sleep log to help you track your sleep habits. Be sure to include what time you go to bed and awaken each day, but also what foods, beverages, and medications you consume, and how and when you exercise.
Don’t be fooled by the empty promises of fad diets that tout fast weight loss for minimal effort. The sure-fire way to lose weight and keep it off is to adopt a healthy lifestyle over the long term. A lifestyle that promotes healthy habits, including keeping your home organized, planning meals a week at a time, shopping smarter, and getting more—and better—sleep can help you stay focused on your weight-loss goals and keep you motivated to reach them. By following these basic strategies, you will not only shed unwanted pounds, but feel healthier and happier overall.

Make Exercise a Priority.

Regular exercise can help keep your metabolism revved so you lose weight faster. In addition, exercise can also help prevent the onset of diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, by reducing belly fat, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. Get at least 20 minutes of either cardio conditioning or core-strengthening exercise on most days of the week. But you should also aim to move more every day. The smallest movements add up and will improve your weight-loss results.

Eat Healthy Snacks.

Regular midmorning and midafternoon snacking can be a challenge, particularly when you’re on the go. But with some planning and preparation, you can put together a healthy assortment of snacks to help curb your hunger and prevent cravings. Invest in a lightweight, reusable lunch bag that you can stock with small zip-seal bags containing healthy options like  chopped veggies, whole-grain crackers with nut butter, and my favorite is nuts or fruits.

Make Mealtime Matter.

We have family time.  Although most of my boys have moved out, we still try to get together with them and the family once a month.  We have made this a tradition in our home and a priority when they were small, now they do this with their own family.  You might be surprised to learn that taking the time to savor your meals can actually aid your weight-loss. When you sit down to enjoy what you’re eating, thinking about every bite, you’ll feel more satisfied and eat less. Mealtime is also designed to give you a break from your hectic schedule and allow you to catch up on what’s happening in the lives of your family and/or friends. Furthermore, studies suggest that eating nutritious meals at an actual dining table is good not only for your physical health but also for your mental health, and that goes for adults and children too.

Cook Meals in Advance.

This is a must!  Prepare on Sunday afternoon and put in fridge.  If a busy schedule is keeping you from making homemade meals, knowing that there is already something healthy in the fridge or freezer that you can simply reheat will help you resist fast food or other unhealthy dining options. To take the stress out of the kitchen, cook a few meals in advance each week to serve midweek or later. Soups, casseroles, and stews made with lean protein and plenty of vegetables, as well as recipes made with brown rice and whole-wheat pasta, are just a few examples of dishes that can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen.

Shop Healthy.

I don’t buy foods that are unhealthy.  I don’t buy sugary snacks that will temp me throughout the day.  It is important to have a plan.  While some healthy foods can be pricey, the reality is that when you stop buying junk foods and replace them with high-quality nutritious foods, your grocery dollars will go farther (and you’ll ultimately save on those doctor bills, too). Cut costs by creating a weekly meal plan for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, as well as snacks, and then tally up the ingredients you’ll need and prepare a shopping list.

Organize Your Home.

Whether you’re cooking a healthy homemade meal, working out in your living room, or squeezing more fitness in by speed-cleaning your house, what happens at home affects your commitment to losing weight. A disorganized home can interfere with achieving your health and fitness goals. Assess the mess in your home by going through every room and decide what needs to be dealt with (or tossed!), and then figure out a way to keep it organized permanently.  You feel better in a clean organized home, therefore you won’t “stress” or emotional eat.

Take a Supplement.

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Worst Unhealthy Fast Food

top unhealthy fast food listIf you have ever tried to lose weight and you eat out all the time, you can realize how hard it is to pick a restaurant with good healthy food.  I was researching the other day and found out what not to eat and the top unhealthy fast food as well as why not to eat.  Not only does it pack on the calories and fat but also the disgusting why not to eat is even more interesting.  Here is the list.

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries – 2,140 Calories

Five Guys Large French Fries - 1464 calories with 71g of fat

McDonald’s Chocolate Triple Thick Shake (32 oz.) – 1160 calories with 21g fat

Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger – 1440 calories – 4,410 mg of sodium, nearly twice the recommended daily limit

Quiznos – Tuna Melt with Cheese and Dressing (large) – 1,760 calories, 133g fat, 25g saturated fat, 200mg cholesterol, 2120mg sodium

Taco Bell Chicken Ranch Fully Loaded Taco Salad – 960 Calories

Olive Garden: Pork Milanese – 1,510 calories, 87g fat, 37g saturated fat, 3,100g sodium

Burger King’s Large Triple Whopper –  80 grams fat and 1,200 calories. (In fact, if you add a side to your order, you add 600 more calories. On the other hand, calorie count is raised to 2,200 calories if you add a Coke too. If you eat this meal once a week for a year, you will easily add more than 30 pounds to your weight.)

McDonalds Chicken :  bag of frozen nuggets left on a counter results: They will melt in a pool of liquid (wood pulp)  McDonald’s grilled chicken “doesn’t sell too well,” and can remain there for a decent amount of time…. employees push two hours waiting. Although it’s the most healthy thing on the menu, it can end up lasting an hour in a heated cabinet.

Unconventional pizza toppings
Quirky’ pizza toppings” that aren’t ordered often such as green olives, artichokes,and sun-dried tomatoes don’t get much turnover, and so aren’t as fresh.  Will be replaced before they’re actually rotten,”  noted that could be “a long time after they’re considered unfit for consumption.”

Sweetened tea
Iced tea may sound healthier than a soft drink, however, most fast-food sweetened teas contain a whopping amount of sugar that’s nearly equivalent to soda of comparable size.

Ice
Many users told tales of moldy, unsanitary ice-making machines, while others said they’d never seen this problem.   These machines are only cleaned out usually when they break. http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/06/ice-machines-bacteria-toilet-water.html

Visiting just before closing time
This nugget from a self-described Wendy’s employee sums up the problem: “Don’t come through before we close. That’s when we’re most lenient about our quality. If you come through at 11:55, don’t expect good stuff. Expect squishy chicken, old fries, and crappy meat. It’s not a guarantee, but chances are good.

Chili
One former Wendy’s employee, revealed the secret to the chain’s beefy chili: “The meat comes from hamburger patties that sat on the grill too long to serve to customers. They take them and put them in a bin and then throw them in the fridge. When the chili is made they…boil it, chop it up, and dump [it] in the chili.”

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Instead of Soda or Cola Drink This

instead of soda drink these!Instead Want to give up cokes or other sodas?  Did you know it will take 90 days to break an addiction and 21 days to form a new habit?  Here is a list that can help you if you don’t just want to quit cold turkey, then slowly incorporate these as replacements to your daily routine!  I am so thankful now that I have stopped the addiction of knowing that I WAS a “coke” girl.  I sometimes now think I must drink one, and then after one sip, I think what was I thinking!  Not good.  I  then remember it was the emotion of when I drink coke that was linked to it.  Most of the time we can associate a nasty habit that is linked to an emotion or its the “feel good” moment while consuming.  Stop the addiction and the bad health habit and opt for a healthier lifestyle with healthy choices such as these. You will feel better and look better!   Plexus Slim Combo can help you stop the addiction.  It did it for me and I lost 24 pounds!  Get your combo here at discount at Preferred Purchase by clicking here and SHOP Plexus http://www.jeffphillips.myplexusproducts.com  Once you purchase I will personally email you and help you work out a plan for your journey!

Americans continue to guzzle extra calories through sugary drinks like cokes or sodas.   And teens may be among the biggest offenders: Roughly one-third of high school students in the U.S. drink two or more sodas, sports drinks, or other sugary beverages per day, according to the results of a national survey released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  READ labels and stay away from any drink that has sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cane juice or any artificial sweetener.

The health dangers of soda are not new. Soda consumption has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, as well as to rising rates of obesity. Recent research from the University of Bangor and Bristol suggests that drinking soda can actually trigger sweet cravings by dulling your sensitivity to sweet tastes, sparking a vicious cycle of eating sweet foods and drinks. “As taste satisfaction levels drop; the more sweet foods are consumed,” Dr. Hans-Peter Kubis from Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, who led the study, said in a statement.

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More and more evidence is showing that coffee in moderation can be a healthy part of your diet. Without cream or sugar, coffee contains zero fat and only a couple of calories. What’s more, coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. And — as if you didn’t know it already — coffee’s caffeine can help with mental alertness and physical performance, as long as you don’t overdo it. Too much caffeine can leave you jittery and anxious, so dietitians generally recommend that you drink no more than three cups a day (depending on the way it’s prepared). That said, some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others. Pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant may want to avoid it, though research on this is mixed.  My Plexus Accelerator has the equivalent to one cup of coffee and has HTTP a mood enhancer in it which is great for helping you boost your metabolism, burn fat and feel great.  Check it out here. http://www.jeffphillips.myplexusproducts.com

Loose tea is a low-calorie option that allows you to get tea’s health benefits and flavor from the actual tea leaf, without any additives. Brewing loose tea in an infuser, a device that holds tea leaves in a mesh chamber that you submerge in water, works wonderfully to bring out the flavor of your tea of choice. Enjoying a hot cup of loose tea — such as white,  green, oolong, or black — is a relaxing pleasure that’s also great for your health.

Soy beverages are naturally sweet and are now offered in a variety of flavors, including almond and vanilla. They are a great alternative to milk for those who are lactose intolerant or those who don’t consume dairy. Studies on soy’s benefits show that soy milk may reduce your risk for heart disease and osteoporosis. Look for low-fat, unsweetened soy beverages to reduce calories while enjoying a healthy, great-tasting beverage! Also, pick soy milk that has been fortified with nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, especially if you’re drinking it as a substitute for milk.

Vegetable juice offers a quick, low-calorie way to get all the benefits of  Veggies.  It also contains much less natural sugar than fruit juices. But vegetable juice can be high in sodium, so opt for a low-sodium version whenever possible. Better yet, make your own fresh juice easily at home with a juicer. Simply add your favorite veggies, and even a few slices of fruit if you want to sweeten your drink, to the juicer — no chopping required! If you prefer a little kick, add some black pepper and a drop of hot sauce.

Juice + Seltzer = Jeltzer!

There’s no need to purchase sugary sodas or pricey vitamin-enhanced waters, which also pack calories or unhealthy toxin fake sugar additives. Mixing 100 percent juice with seltzer yields a tastier, healthier, and less expensive drink. A thick, tart juice, such as cranberry, pomegranate, or grape, makes for a great jeltzer base in addition to supplying health benefits. Studies have shown that cranberry juice might protect against urinary tract infections and kidney stones; pomegranate juice is a great source of vitamins C and B; and grape juice has antioxidants that may help protect your brain and blood vessels. Mix one part juice with three parts seltzer to create this light and bubbly concoction.

Go Natural With Green Tea

Studies of green tea have shown that it may help reduce the risk of several types of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, kidney stones, and possibly even cavities. In addition to this, green tea is calorie-free (if you have it without milk or sugar) and naturally high in antioxidants. You can pick any flavor you enjoy, because green tea is available in many varieties. It can be drunk hot or iced, and if you want a little sweetening, a few drops of honey will serve you well — though most people enjoy it au naturel.

Spruce Up Water

Flavoredwaters have been popping up all over the place, but many still contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. A healthier choice is natural flavoring: Just add slices of your favorite fruits and veggies — lemons, oranges, watermelon, cucumber, mint, or limes — to a pitcher of ice-cold water for a refreshing and flavorful drink. Another great option is to put chopped-up fruit in an ice cube tray, add water, and freeze. Place these colorful fruit cubes in your beverage for instant flavor and color!

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Help I Can’t Lose Anymore Weight

10 Tips in Beating the Diet Plateau

Try these 10 tips for moving the scale in the right direction again — you may not even need all of them to start seeing a difference:

  1. Ruthlessly clean up your diet. “I have the four deadly sins of food: butter, cheese, fried food, and sugar. These things will keep you from making progress. Examine your diet to make sure you’re being honest with yourself. You lose the right to complain if you aren’t eating what you are supposed to,” says Guillory.if you have reached a plateau in your diet, cut out these foods!
  2. Want to beat the plateau of weight  loss?  Follow these 10 tips!  No alcohol for one. Skip the alcohol. Alcohol not only adds calories to your diet, but it effectively slows yourmetabolism and reduces your motivation to work out and diet.
  3. Go low-glycemic. If you still have refined carbs in your diet, get rid of them, especially before a workout. Eating a meal containing low-glycemic carbs about three hours before a workout results in more fat burned than a meal containing refined carbs.
  4. Vary your exercise routine. “If you’re coming to the gym and you’re doing the same thing every time, change your workout,” says Guillory. Run today, lift weights tomorrow, swim on the next day, take a group exercise class the day after.
  5. Try high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Working out at different levels of intensity is thought to increase weight loss. Guillory has her clients weight-train for about 20 minutes, exercise at 85 percent of their maximum heart rate for about 10 minutes, do more weight training for about 10 minutes, and then finish with moderate cardio exercises.
  6. Strength train. Use weight training to build muscle. Each pound of muscle burns about 50 calories a day at rest. According to a national survey of more than 6,000 adults, about 19 percent of people who were successful with weight loss included weight training in their workouts.
  7. Use a heart rate monitor. “It keeps you honest about the intensity of your workout,” says Guillory. Figure out your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220. Target your workouts so your heart rate stays between 65 and 85 percent of your maximum most of the time.
  8. Drinking water is just one of the 10 tips to conquer weight loss plateau.  Check out these other way to conquer !Drink water. If you are not drinking enough water during the day, your body may be retaining water, adding to the numbers on the scale. Guillory recommends consuming about half your body weight in ounces of water every day if you work out a lot (more if you’re outside in the heat). A 145-pound woman should drink about 73 ounces of water.
  9. Exercise for more than 30 minutes every day. People who exercise at least 30 minutes every day are more successful with weight loss. Try to get in at least this much exercise — and increasing the time you spend working out every day will increase the caloric burn.
  10. Get the people in your life on board. Most people don’t sabotage your diet on purpose, says Guillory, but their food-related acts of love could be undermining your weight loss.

Plateaus are a diet downer, but by making these slight adjustments to your plan, you should get that scale back on track in no time.

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HEALTHY Eating Rules

The government is ditching the famous food pyramid for a dinner plate as part of the latest changes to USDA dietary guidelines. Here’s what this means for you.

By Jennifer Abbasi

After nearly two decades, it’s time to say goodbye to the food pyramid. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled a new symbol — a plate — that replaces the widely recognized (and often criticized) icon that’s been advising American consumers on what to eat since 1992.

ditch the food pyramid and start choosing your food for healthier living!First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveiled the new icon: MyPlate, a plate divided into four wedges to represent the basic food groups — fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. Next to the plate is a cup standing in for the dairy group. “We’re all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information,” Mrs. Obama said in a press conference. “When it comes to eating, what’s more simple than a plate? This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating.”

“Parents don’t have time to measure 3 ounces of chicken or look up a serving of broccoli or rice,” Mrs. Obama continued. She said parents “have time to take a look at kids’ plates,” which, according to the new guidelines, should contain half fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. She said she plans to start using it immediately with her own daughters.

The new logo is a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices consistent with the new USDA dietary guidelines, which are updated every five years based on the latest nutrition science and research on eating habits. The plate-shaped logo is one part of a large-scale consumer nutrition initiative by the USDA, that includes an expanded website and other tools and resources. The initiative’s online home will be ChooseMyPlate.gov, which replaces MyPyramid.gov.

The pyramid won’t be officially retired, but for the first time it will be targeted only to nutrition educators. “We realize the food pyramid has to exist because it’s so familiar, but it’s too complicated and has too many messages,” says Robert Post, PhD, deputy director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

The latest dietary guidelines, released earlier this year, reflect the nation’s growing obesity epidemic. “They were developed through the filter of having an obese country,” says Dr. Post.

Everyday Health asked Post to explain what else is new about the latest recommendations — and how we can use the rules to eat better, lose weight, and prevent disease.

New Food Rule 1: Eat the Most Nutrient-Dense Foods

Why the change: Americans consume far too many “empty calories” — those that lack good-for-you nutrients like whole grains, lean protein, vitamins, and minerals. “About 260 calories in a 2,000-calorie daily diet could be from indulgences like cookies or soda,” Post says. But the typical American eats closer to 600 to 800 empty calories a day.

Let's stop feeding our children soda.  Americans drink and eat up to 800 calories non nutrients a day.That’s why nutrient density is a major focus of the new food guidelines. Nutrient-dense foods, Post explains, are “foods that in their prepared state that have significantly more nutrients per calorie. They’re how consumers can get the most out of their food.” For example, for the same amount ofcalories as soda, fat-free or low-fat milk offers calcium, vitamins, minerals, and protein, where soda has none.

What you can do: Fill half your plate at any given meal with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, which are naturally nutrient dense. Skip add-ons like batters, breading, and butter, and choose sauces and dressings wisely, like vinaigrettes made with healthy olive oil instead of full-fat dressings. Opt for a baked potato instead of French fries, grilled chicken instead of fried, brown rice instead of white rice, and low-fat milk instead of whole milk or soda.

Remember that nutrient-dense doesn’t always mean low-calorie. “There’s a lot to be said for higher-calorie foods with lots of nutrients, such as nuts,” says David Grotto, RD, a dietitian in Illinois and author of 101 Optimal Life Foods. “Research suggests that nuts actually prevent you from over-eating because they help you feel full.” The key is displacing empty calories with nutritious, filling calories.

New Food Rule 2: Eat Fewer Solid Fats and Added Sugars

Why the change: Plain and simple, “there are no nutrients associated with solid fats and added sugars,” Post says. Solid fats include butter, stick margarine, and meat fats. Added sugars are commonly found in packaged goods such as grain-based snacks and desserts, soda, energy drinks, and juice “drinks.”

“Consuming calories from added sugars and solid fats displaces the types of foods that give you beneficial nutrients, like potassium, calcium, fiber, and vitamin D, which Americans don’t get enough of,” he adds. “Eating more empty calories and fewer nutrients can pack on pounds, particularly when we get too little exercise.”

We need to stop giving our children sugar… stop addiction before its too late...What you can do: Trim fat from meat, remove skin from poultry, and use less table sugar. Watch forsneaky sugar in foods (you’d be surprised how many non-sweet-tasting foods, like ketchup, contain added sugar). Read ingredient lists of packaged foods for tip-off words like corn syrup, sucrose, sugar, honey, syrup, and dextrose. If you spot them in the first few ingredients, avoid the food or eat it less frequently.

Treat desserts, sugar-sweetened sodas, and candy as treats — not as everyday foods. Or rethink your definition of dessert: “A bowl of fruit with an ice cream topping can be as satisfying as a bowl of ice cream with a fruit topping,” Grotto says.

New Food Rule 3: Eat More Seafood

Why the change: Seafood is rich in heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which the typical American diet sorely lacks. The new food guidelines recommend consuming at least 8 ounces of fish, shellfish, and other types of seafood every week (the 2005 guidelines did not recommend a specific amount of fish).

In a recent study, people who added two 4-ounce portions of fatty fish a week to their diet had a whopping 10-fold reduction in risk for a fatal heart attack. “That’s a powerful association,” Grotto says.

What you can do: Swap out your usual meat or poultry dinner twice a week for seafood. A 4-ounce serving of fish is smaller than you might think — it looks like a deck of cards. Pick fish that’s high in omega-3s but low in mercury, such as salmon, trout, or herring.

Pregnant women should eat fish too, but it’s especially important to pick low-mercury varieties (in large amounts the heavy metal has been linked to health problems).

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, limit your intake of white tuna (albacore) to 6 ounces per week, and and don’t eat tilefish, shark, swordfish, or king mackerel, which can be high in mercury. If you’re concerned about the mercury content in tuna, use canned salmon instead for your sandwiches or casseroles.

How to get your kids to eat it? Grill salmon burgers instead of hamburgers, puree anchovies or smoked sardines and add to tomato sauce, or toss teriyaki tuna strips onto a salad.

New Food Rule 4: Show Red Veggies Some Love

Why the change: The previous food guidelines mentioned orange, but not red, vegetables. Now the two have been combined into one veggie sub-group. The guidelines recommend eating more of this group, along with dark-green veggies and beans and peas.

“Red vegetables, such as tomatoes and red peppers, are a great source of vitamin C, lycopene and other antioxidants, and other nutrients,” Post says. (Technically tomatoes are a fruit, but the USDA lumps them into the veggie category because that’s how people tend to eat them.)

What you can do: Most people should eat five-and-a-half cups cups of red and orange vegetables each week. To get the most nutritional bang for your buck, keep in mind that your body is better able to absorb lycopene, the fat-soluble antioxidant in red peppers and tomatoes, in the presence of oil. Lycopene is important because it may improve heart health and lower the risk of cancers like breast and prostate cancer. Keep a supply of jarred red peppers in oil and add them to sandwiches, salads, stir-fries, and omelets for a flavorful nutrient boost.

Tomato sauce is another easy way to boost your red veggie intake, but the ready-made stuff can be loaded with added salt. Look for jars with 300 or fewer milligrams of salt per serving. Some stores even carry no-salt-added versions.

Eat more veggies…. why?  Find out here!And think beyond the usual suspects to red varieties of vegetables such as cabbage, beans, and Swiss chard. Red cabbage and beans contain anthocyanins, plant chemicals that show promise in preventingheart disease and cancer and protecting brain health. Red beans are the most fiber-rich vegetable in the world, Grotto says.

New Food Rule 5: Eat More Fruit Every Day

Why the change: Okay, we’re cheating a little bit here — this isn’t actually a new rule, but it’s an essential part of the food guidelines we couldn’t not mention. Here’s why: Only 42 percent of Americans eat the two cups of fruit per day that are recommended for someone on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Choosing fruit over less-healthy snacks will automatically make your diet more nutrient-dense and lower in calories.

All fruits are healthy, but berries are among the best – gram for gram, they’re jam-packed with nutrients for very few calories. For example, says Grotto, a whole cup of strawberries has about 50 calories and contains elagic acid that may help the lining of your arteries become more pliable, which could help prevent atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

What you can do: The best way to work more fruits into your diet is to have them on the tarmac ready to go: peeled, cut up, and mixed together in individual serving containers in your fridge.

At least half of your fruit should be in whole fruit form — fresh, frozen, or canned if it’s packed in 100 percent fruit juice — because whole fruit contains fiber that juice doesn’t. You can get the rest of your fruit from 100 percent fruit juices, such as orange juice. Eat fruit for snacks or dessert, add it to salads, and use it in place of sugar, syrups, and other sweet toppings for cereal and pancakes.

New Food Rule 6: Vegetarianism and Veganism Can Be Healthy

Why the change: For the first time, the dietary guidelines include a model for healthy vegetarian and vegan eating.

“In looking at a variety of eating patterns around the world, we now recognize that vegetarian diets that include dairy and eggs, and vegan diets, can provide enough of the nutrients we need to be healthy,” Post says. “We know that with proper planning, you can get enough protein from dairy, eggs, beans and peas, soy products, and nuts and seeds, and other nutrients from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.”

What you can do: Not surprisingly, the biggest concern with meat-free diets is getting enough protein. You’ll need to replace meat with other foods that qualify as complete proteins — which means they contain all of the essential amino acids. Complete proteins include dairy, eggs, soy (such as tofu and edamame), and certain grains, such as amaranth and quinoa.

Watch out for the salt: Veggie burgers and other frozen meat substitutes can be packed with sodium. “Frozen food is an equal opportunity employer of high sodium, whether it’s vegetarian or not,” Grotto says.

Vegans, and vegetarians who don’t get enough dairy and eggs, may also be deficient in certain nutrients, namely vitamins B12 and D, calcium, and iron, so it’s a good idea to talk to a registered dietitian, who may recommend that you take supplements or make other changes to your diet.

Why is weight management important?

In addition to helping you feel and look better, reaching a healthier body weight is good for your overall health and well being. If you are overweight or obese, you have a greater risk of developing many diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

The secret to success is making changes and sticking with them.

  • First – Find out What You Eat and Drink. This a key step in managing your weight.
  • Next – Find out What to Eat and Drink. Get a personalized Daily Food Plan – just for you – to help guide your food choices.
  • Then – Make Better Choices. Everyone is different. Compare what you eat and drink to what you should eat and drink. The ideas and tips in this section can help you make better choices, which can have a lasting impact on your body weight over time.

If you are trying hard to lose weight then Plexus Slim/Accelerator combo is for you!  Not only does it help you lose the all natural way but also is the catalyst for helping you reach your lifestyle eating plan/goals.  This pink drink is not only sweeping the nation in helping people lose weight but also helping people get healthy.  You can learn more about it throughout this blog.  Head on over to my site http://www.spencerphillips.myplexusproducts.com and be sure to click the Preferred Purchase under the combo for your special discount right from the start!

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How To Buy Plexus Slim Online At Discount

I often get the question asked, “How can I get a discount”?  Of course as women, we always want the best prices and if we are getting a deal, then you know we are smiling!  There is a right way and a wrong way, so if you are looking to buy Plexus Slim at discount, you have 2 options.  Preferred Purchase and at Wholesale as a Member/Ambassador.  This will give you a great savings right at the beginning.  Watch the video below to know for sure if you are buying Plexus Products the right way.

In fact when I was approached about this “business opportunity”, yes, I needed to lose weight too, I jumped right in and chose the wholesale pricing.  It was a win!  I clicked the JOIN PLEXUS button that was in the right upper side of the site.

Why was it a win win?  I not only lost 24 pounds, but have helped many more women do the same!  I also have a wonderful team who is growing in numbers, some even leaving their full-time professions to become full-time with the joys of Plexus.  I am well on my way in having a Lexus and being debt free.  If you are looking for the greatest products to help you live healthy, pain-free and have whole body care, then come on over and get your products at discount!

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Lost 50 pounds And Won a Car

“Hi y’all! My name is Jan Cote’. I’m an Emerald Ambassador in Pensacola, Florida and this is my Plexus Journey…How I got debt free and won a Lexus!

Previous to my introduction to Plexus I suffered a bad miscarriage at 11 weeks. I was depressed and began finding comfort in food which caused a huge weight gain. We started fertility treatments along with acupuncture which proved to be wasted time, money, and many months of heartbreak. I used every dime I had in savings and maxed out many, many credit cards. I was opening one credit card after another. I would get a cash advance on one card to pay another and the cycle continued. My lowest limit credit card was $5000.00 and I had close to 15 open credit cards. This just made me even more depressed. I was at the point that I didn’t care if I even woke up in the mornings… it’s not like anybody cared (this is how I truly felt).

I really didn’t have very many friends and I couldn’t talk to my husband about any of this. I had lost a few pounds, but was still very heavy. November 2011, I was done… no more fertility. I couldn’t stand the heartbreak anymore and I was maxed out financially. A couple of months later I saw a post on my friend Melissa’s Facebook page about this stuff called Plexus Slim. I admit it caught my eye and I was curious. I had tried so many weight loss products and programs and NOTHING worked. Sure, I’d lose 5 or 10 pounds, only to gain it plus more each time.

I messaged Melissa and she said I could try it for 7 days for only $30 well… ok… sure… why not? I ordered a 7-Day Trial from her website. I didn’t have the money, I knew this “stuff” wasn’t going to work, but I was going to be able to say I tried EVERYHING out there and nothing worked. I received my 7 day trial and by day 3 I felt different. I had to have more. After talking to Melissa,  she convinced me to sign up as an Ambassador although I knew I wasn’t going to sell it.

 I’ve tried selling “stuff” many times over and just ended up in more debt. Keep in mind I was so far in debt I could barely breathe… where was I going to get the money from?? I asked my husband if I could borrow $200 to order this Slim stuff… and to put gas in my truck. Needless to say he wasn’t happy, but I knew he wouldn’t say no. I explained the process to him and all he said was “You are not going to try to sell anything else. We don’t have room for all sorts of junk to be all over the house.” I told him I wasn’t selling anything else I was only signing up to get the products for wholesale price.

I started Plexus and began losing weight then all of a sudden no more weight loss. My clothes weren’t getting looser, the scale wasn’t moving, and I was tired. I was ready to throw in the towel and then it hit me… I was late… yep, I got pregnant… on Plexus! Plexus balanced out my blood sugars which triggered everything else falling into place. Plexus did what ALL the medication I was on (I stopped all of it at the end of November 2011) couldn’t do. I have a very healthy baby boy (he weighed 11 pounds 3 ounces at birth and he was born a week early).

I am debt freeNovember 16, 2012, I started my Plexus products again and I decided I was going to really promote my business. I’ve lost over 50 pounds. I was in a 2x top and a very tight 18/20 pants (I had to use pliers to zip them and a hair elastic to hold the button closed). I’m currently in a size 12 pants and a size large top. I’m not even close to being finished yet!

In August, I turned Emerald. As far as my debt, well… I’m totally debt free!!!! I’m glad I didn’t listen to my husband when he told me no more selling stuff. I’m quite positive he is too! I’m loving life and everything Plexus has done for me. I thank God every single day for everything He has brought into my life. The pink drink saved me in more ways than one!

- Jan Cote

If you are interested in joining Plexus Worldwide and start your journey like Jan, be sure to comment below or click the JOIN PLEXUS button on my link.  http://www.melissaphillips.myplexusopportunity.com

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I Made More With My Part Time Income Than My Full Time Job

See How Lynsey won a car through her PART TIME JOB!  Need one?  HER part time income was MORE than her full time. See how you can WIN a car too! Lynsey did!
“I am so THANKFUL for this past year and what it has brought not only my family but so many others!!!
 January 1st last year [2013] was a life changing day for me and my family, that was the day I bought my first 3 day trial pack. It was also a blessing from God in disguise. You see, on January 2nd I signed up to be a Plexus Ambassador hoping to get my product for free because I KNEW the product worked and could help a few of my friends. Little did I know though that the end of January would bring a shocking life change for not only me, but my family as well.

To give you a little background I worked as a clerk for our local License Bureau here in Sikeston for almost 6 years. In April of 2012, I left our local office to take a pay raise and office manager position at another local office. Things were going great there! I hated the commute everyday but it was worth it! My boss was so great! She made my hours 9-4:15 since I had a 25 minute drive everyday and had to take my kids to school and pick them up. Great right?! Well, end of January 2013 my daughter Zoe’ got really sick and had to be hospitalized. After 3 days of her being in the hospital and me having to call in everyday because each day we were hoping she would get released, my boss that was so great before gave me an ultimatum, it was either going to be my daughter or my job. Well, sorry folks, my family is more important than any job so my daughter it was!

 

What was my saving grace through all of this?! PLEXUS! Ironically enough, the week Zoe’ was first sick I Fast Started Gold and because of some customer service issues I had trying to verify my Fast Start, our CEO Tarl Robinson had PERSONALLY called me. While on the phone with Tarl he asked me what my goals were with Plexus and whether or not eventually becoming a stay at home mom was one of those, I laughed and told him I would LOVE to be a stay at home mom but my husband would never let me. God knew what was in store for me and prepared me in a way that day WITHOUT my knowing! That next week was Plexus Payday and on that check was my Fast Start bonus which took care of that income I had lost due to Zoe’s illness. I now am a stay at home mom! I NOW HAVE ACHIEVED GOALS I WOULD HAVE NOT EVER SET FOR MYSELF 2 YEARS AGO!

I could write a book, so let me sum up for you February – December in this last paragraph. In February I hit Gold and Sr. Gold rank advancements which totally took care of my Full-Time income I had been earning. April was another big rank advancement, Ruby! In May again, rank advancement to Senior Ruby! June was a big month, CONVENTION! Totally a life changing event there, everyone needs to attend! In August I earned a Plexus Lexus and a trip every year to Maui! Also in August I found out that our family of 4 was becoming a family of 5! October earned a trip to Amelia Island, Florida for Leader’s Retreat, and in December I received an awesome Christmas Present from the company, a Plexus Jacket!

Throughout these last 12 months I have had acquaintances that have become best friends that are more like family because of our bonds through Plexus. Plus, I now feel like I have a second family of nearly 5,000 team members.

 

This year has been such a blessing, and no, I didn’t get through this without shedding a few tears thinking about ‘why me?’ Picking up my Plexus Lexus this past weekend was a dream come true. This truly would not be possible without my awesome downline and amazing upline! Thank you Plexus for making my ordinary life turn into a life that I can take pride in getting to help others!”

Sincerely,
Lynsey Perry

It is an exciting time to be a part of Plexus!

If you are ready to do the same, then please comment below and I will help you get started with Plexus Worldwide!  My life has also changed and I am looking forward to helping many women like Lynsey who want to dramatically change their lives.  We would love to have you on the Plexus Team!

Plexus products are amazing AND WHEN YOU join as a member, you get wholesale prices!!!!  AND get paid 11 different ways!

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