In today’s world, obesity is a very common problem. Two in every three adults and one in every three children in the US are obese. Obesity can lead to bigger problems in life and this is the reason why it is important to keep your weight in check. Some of the common health problems that obesity can trigger include diabetes, heart attack, stroke and more. Fortunately, there are many health tips you can follow in order to maintain your weight and your overall health. Here are the best tips to reduce obesity:
Eat small meals regularly
You must keep in mind that in order to lose weight, you must not skip meals. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and many people tend to skip breakfast so they can avoid some calories, but they don’t realize that skipping meals will cause more fat to be stored in the body as a reserve. To reduce obesity, you must eat light meals throughout the day. You must ensure that your meals are well balanced and are nutritious.
For obese people, it is true that exercising can be really difficult, but they must believe it is possible. Simple exercises that can be done by sitting or lying down can help you achieve your weight loss goals. As you start getting used to regular exercises, you can incorporate moving and standing exercises as well which will help you burn more calories and reduce obesity faster. Waking with slow pace is another great option to start with. Read more
Stretch marks can manifest themselves due to a number of reasons. They mostly occur on the arms, thighs and abdomen, but they can occur almost anywhere on the body. Stretch marks are a result of skin expansion. When the skin expands, the elastic tissues which lie under the skin tear and these tiny tears manifest themselves as stretch marks. It is common for pregnant women to develop stretch marks. Teenagers and those who gain weight or lose weight rapidly can also develop them. A number of medical conditions may also cause them. But, the good thing is that stretch marks are very much preventable and in this post, we will take a look at how they can be prevented.
1. Healthy diet
A balanced diet is very important when it comes to maintaining the overall health. If you are looking to prevent stretch marks, then you must eat nutritious and well balanced diet every day. The idea is to get enough vitamins and minerals that can help you reduce your chances of developing stretch marks. If you are able to get the necessary vitamins and minerals in the right amount from your food intake, then you don’t need supplements to prevent stretch marks. Read more
A Thanksgiving feast isn’t complete without a piece of pumpkin pie, and if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, this is one dessert you don’t have to go without. This vegan pumpkin “cheese” cake is healthy easy to make, no baking is required.
For the crust:
½ cup dried coconut
2 cups walnuts
¼ cup agave nectar
½ tsp. sea salt
For the filling:
2 cups cashews, soaked for 4 hours
6 tbsp. coconut oil
1 15-oz. can pure canned pumpkin (BPA free)
3 tbsp. lemon juice
½ cup agave nectar
3 tbsp. coconut milk
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cloves
1 tsp. grounded ginger
Start by making the crust witch is very simple. In a food processor add the walnuts, dried coconut, agave nectar and salt. When is all blended up, put the mixture in cheesecake pan and press it down.
Next is the filling. In blender put the cashews first, then put all the liquids (lemon juice, coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla extract, agave nectar) then add the pumpkin pure, and at the end the spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger). Blend until it is really nice and creamy, and then pour it in the cheesecake pan.
Put the pie in a freezer for 1-2 hours or until firm.
Lentils, compared to other types of legumes, are relatively quick and easy to prepare. They come in a wide variety of colors, are available throughout the whole year and offer great nutritional properties. Combine lentils with kale, carrots and other aromatic vegetables to get a tasty and super-nutritious soup.
Time: 50 minutes
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup lentils
4 large kale leaves, ribs removed
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
⅓ cup parsley, chopped
6 cups organic low-sodium vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
red-pepper flakes (optional) Read more
The variety of mouthwatering dishes you can make with pumpkin is endless. From raviolis, pies and breads to risottos and beers, there are just so many things that can be made using pumpkin as the main ingredient. You can also eat oven roasted pumpkin as a delicious desert. Pumpkins are a good source of Vitamin A, fiber and many other vitamins and minerals. It is not just tasty when included in the meals, but it also packs a healthy punch. Here is a glance at the 7 impressive health benefits of pumpkin.
1. Improves vision
One cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than 200% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and as suggested by health professionals, Vitamin A is vital for eyesight protection.
2. Aids in weight loss
Have you been struggling to get rid of the extra weight? Now you can easily lose weight and get in shape by incorporating pumpkin in your diet. Pumpkin contains fiber which not only helps in digestion, but also helps you feel fuller for longer. Pumpkin also contains fewer calories making it easy to achieve your weight loss goals. Read more
Weight loss is not easy. “Unless you hit the gym, sweat or starve yourself, you are not going to lose a pound.” This is what we believe or rather what the fitness industry wants us to believe. But the truth is that if you have a weight loss goal, achieving it doesn’t have to be difficult. Even for the laziest people on earth, there are tips and tricks that can help them shed the extra pounds. Let’s take a look at the top ten lazy ways to lose weight.
1. Drink water before every meal
Water contains no calories but your food does. So drinking one or two glasses of water before you start your meal will make you feel fuller instantly. This will prevent you from overeating and it will also keep you hydrated.
2. Make some changes in your diet
Making little changes to your diet can help you cut down on calories. For example, if you are having salad for lunch, opt for a healthy dressing instead of those that will turn your salad into fat bombs. Stay clear of ridiculously unhealthy dressings like Creamy Caesar, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Creamy Italian Garlic Dressing and others. Going for fresh fruits instead of dried fruits can also save you some calories.
3. Control your portion size
If you are planning to lose weight, you must control your portion size at every meal. Do not eat snacks from the bag and stop only when you feel like eating no more. Measure your snacks and foods beforehand so you know how much you are supposed to eat. Use small plates during mealtimes so you are in control of how much you eat. Read more
This salad is very tasty, easy to make and healthy. To prepare it you can experiment and substitute the spinach with kale or arugula. You can also add fresh herbs. There are so many possibilities with this salad if you want to enjoy different tastes.
TIME: 25 minutes
½ cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 cups baby spinach
2 eggs, hard-cooked
6–8 cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup vinegar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper, grounded
Combine ½ cup quinoa with 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Than reduce heat to low and simmer around 15 minutes until quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed. For 5 minutes set aside, covered. With a fork, transfer the quinoa to a bowl. Refrigerate until cold but if you don’t want to wait a warm salad is also very tasty.
Slowly whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Then to the quinoa add the halved cherry tomatoes and spinach. Pull the dressing over the salad and toss. Cut the eggs into quarters and top the salad with the eggs. Divide the salad in two plates and serve.
This is one simple and healthy salad with white beans, green asparagus and red grape tomatoes.
Time: 15 minutes
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
12–16 spears of green asparagus, trimmed
5 grape tomatoes (halved)
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 chopped scallions
1 tsp. mustard
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
¼ tsp. sea salt
Using a vegetable peeler remove the tough ends from the asparagus and cut into thirds. Place water in the bottom half of a steamer pan. Than put the asparagus in the top half of the steamer pan set. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes, or until asparagus is tender. Be careful not to overcook, because it will become mushy and will lose its bright flavor. Cool the spears under cold running water.
In a bowl mix together the asparagus, white beans, halved tomatoes, parsley and scallions.
To prepare the dressing, in a small bowl add mustard, white balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and stir well.
Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette. In a frittata all of the ingredients are mixed together with the eggs, and then the mixture is poured into a skillet pan. The frittata’s bottom is cooked on the stovetop, and then the pan is put into the oven.
Time: 15 minutes
2 egg whites
4 ounces fresh baby spinach (remove stems)
1 tbsp. fresh basil
½ cup onion
½ tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
– Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
– In a bowl, mix together the eggs and egg whites.
– Chop tomatoes, spinach and onions and fold them in.
– Stir in the basil, salt, and the pepper.
– Coat a ovenproof, nonstick skillet pan with the olive oil and heat the skillet over medium heat.
– Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until the eggs start to set.
– Transfer the pan into the oven and bake for 4 to 5 minutes (until the top is golden and puffy)
– Remove the frittata from the oven and let it chill for a couple of minutes before cutting.
There is a huge connection between your body and your mind. Basically, how your body feels is largely dependent on how your brain functions. If your brain doesn’t function well, you would feel sluggish, would have problems losing weight and may also suffer problems like acne, digestive disorders, aches and pains and much more. This is the reason it is essential to take steps to cleanse your body and your mind so both of them function properly. Detoxification is a process that can nourish your body and cleanse it from the inside out. It can help remove toxins and free radicals that do harm to your body and protect you from skin and health related problems. Detoxification has been practiced for ages and there are a number of foods that can assist you achieve optimum health. Here’s a look at some of the common foods that can help detox your body and mind.
Asparagus is not only a tasty vegetable, but it is also beneficial for the health. Whether you are looking to lose weight, fight premature aging, stay healthy or protect yourself from diseases and illnesses, you must incorporate asparagus in your diet. The veggie has anti-inflammatory properties and it is also known for filtering toxic materials from the foods you consume.
If you are planning to go on a detox diet, you must consider including beet because of the benefits they offer. Beets help eliminate free radicals from the body and also make sure that toxins get out of the body without getting reintroduced. Read more