Healthy Recipes For Foods That Increase Metabolism

Wouldn’t it be great if there were foods that increase metabolism naturally, so you could eat what you like and still lose weight? It turns out there are plenty of delicious metabolism boosting foods that do just that.

Metabolizing refers to the chemical process of how effectively your body burns calories. If everything is working in balance your body operates at a rate high enough to keep your weight at a healthy level. Many factors can influence your metabolism, though, including genetics, age, diet, exercise, and even your mood or stress level. Increasing your metabolism naturally stimulates weight loss so you can achieve a healthy weight more easily.

Here are several ideas for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner that all promote higher metabolism and natural weight loss.

Breakfast

Enjoy a nutrient rich breakfast that boosts metabolism, including whole grain cereal with milk, oatmeal with blueberries, or soft boiled eggs with grapefruit.

Lunch

For a power packed lunch start with a bed of spinach or romaine lettuce. Add flaked salmon or tuna, mixed with celery, jalapeno peppers and olive oil. Top with cherry tomatoes, sprouts and a squirt of lemon juice.

Snacks

High protein snacks such as peanut butter with celery, yogurt with berries, or almonds are all great metabolism boosting foods.

Dinner

There are so many protein choices of foods that increase metabolism you will always have great options for dinner.

Chicken and Peppers

Chop some garlic and slice some bell peppers. Saute in olive oil briefly, then add boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Steak and Beans

Broil your favorite type of steak and serve with green beans.

Roast Pork With Vegetables

On the weekend or when you have a bit more time, cook a pork roast in the oven and serve with steamed carrots and cabbage.

Ground Turkey Tacos

Brown ground turkey, add finely chopped cayenne or jalapeno peppers and garlic. Saute briefly. Serve with tomatoes and lettuce. Instead of taco shells or tortillas, serve on a bed of spinach as a taco salad.

Grilled Salmon With Asparagus

Coat a piece of salmon with olive oil and lemon juice. Cook the salmon and asparagus on the grill. Serve with a side salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, celery (and jalapeno peppers, if you like). With fresh, crisp vegetables no dressing is needed. If you like, though, just use a tiny bit of olive oil with lemon juice and crushed garlic.

All of the ingredients listed in these recipes are foods that increase metabolism. Add them to your menus regularly for a natural weight loss booster.

5 Cures For a Dog Who Will Beg For Food

Your dog will beg for food. It’s time to take control of your dining experience! Feeding your dog from the dinner table is a big no-no. You will never be able to have a peaceful meal with your family and friends without your precious pooch’s nose perched on the edge of the table or his paws repeatedly thumped upon someone’s lap begging for that tasty morsel.

Begging is one of the most common issues that dog owners face. We love our dogs so much that we would like to give him everything that he wants. When he looks at you with those huge eyes, it’s almost too much for us to bear, we give in! All it takes is a little willpower on our part as this behavior is easy to correct.

Do not give food. It may sound obvious but do not give him food outside of his planned eating times. Feeding human food is ok. Begging for it is not. Many people feed their dogs table scraps but don’t have a begging issue because the scraps are fed in the dog’s bowl. Giving food is a form of affection, and giving affection reinforces his behavior and he will beg for food. Find the willpower to stop giving him that tasty morsel from your plate and he will learn that he cannot expect rewards for begging.

Ignore him. He is begging to get your attention. Rather than give in to him ignore the begging behavior and teach him that it does not get results! Do not talk to your dog or give him affection and do not engage in direct eye contact as you are then feeding his mental state. His high-pitched whine is an effective tool against you, and your dog knows it, because it has worked before!

Don’t feel sorry for your dog. You know you feed your dog his well balanced diet and that all his dietary needs are met at the appropriate feeding time. He is not hungry so don’t be tempted to give him that scrap off the table when he looks at you with those big sad eyes and places a single paw forlornly on your leg. If you are concerned about how much your dog should be fed, seek advice from your vetinarian.

Be consistent in saying no to begging – In any kind of training, consistency is the key to success. Your dog must learn that his begging behavior is ineffective so be consistent in ignoring his behaviour every time he begs. He will soon learn that his behavior has negative results and he will become that obedient dog at mealtimes. Make sure that everyone in the household understands and enforces the same rules. If you allow begging at the table to pay off by giving your dog a treat, you have taught him that if he keeps begging the outcome will be positive. A negative consequence should never be physical punishment. That only teaches your dog to be afraid of you.

Redirect – If you want to eliminate begging at the table redirect your dog with something tasty of his own. Tell him to sit on his bed or comfortable place in sight of the dining room table. Before you sit down for dinner give him a really good bone or favorite rubber chew toy smeared with peanut butter and a few treats inside to chew on while you eat. Within days of using this technique, you should start to notice that as dinner is ready to be served, your dog automatically goes and lies down in his favoured place. The key is to provide your dog with something really good to chew on that he enjoys. That will ensure that he will lie down and eat his chew rather than will beg for food.

Be patient as few dogs change overnight. Stay consistent and don’t give up. Your reward will be a better behaved dog!

What Diabetics Should Look For On Food Labels and What Ingredients Diabetics Should Avoid

It is extremely important for diabetics to get in a habit of reading food labels and learning how to decipher them.

With all the pre-packaged highly processed food we now consume, it is getting increasingly difficult to determine what we are really eating.

Here is a a list of ingredients diabetics should be aware of and try to avoid:

Trans Fat

Trans fat was introduced into the food supply in the 1920’s in order to produce solid food products, margarine and shortening, from cheap oils. In other words, it was because of money, NOT for health reasons or taste or any other reason. Before this time, type 2 diabetes did NOT exist. This is a rather profound fact that the mass media has refused to cover.

Trans fat is one of the very worst things a diabetic can eat. Trans fat gets incorporated into all your cell membranes and makes them very unhealthy. It is substituted in place of where healthy omega-3’s. The result is a “stiffer” membrane that is resistant to insulin and can not transport glucose adequately. The result in pre-diabetes, then type 2 diabetes, and then the progression of type 2 diabetes into type 1 diabetes.

If you stop eating trans fat, ALL trans fat, and you eat the right other foods to get what you actually need in your cell membranes, you CAN reverse this and regain healthy cell membranes that are not resistant to insulin and allow normal transport of glucose.

Ok, food labels almost never come right out and list “trans fat” in the ingredients so you have to learn the code words that mean trans fat. If it says “hydrogenated oil” or “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredients, you can be sure that it contains trans fat. Please note that even if the packaging says “zero trans fat” or “no trans fat” and it still lists “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredients, the food definitely contains trans fat. This is because of a loop hole in the food industry that allows them to claim “zero trans fat” if there is less than 0.5 grams PER SERVING of trans fat.

So, if there is 0.49 grams of trans fat in a single serving, they can say “zero trans fat” on the packaging. However, they are still required by law to list the “partially hydrogenated oil.” Now, you may be thinking that 0.49 grams of trans fat per serving is no big deal. However, you need to understand how toxic trans fat is. This is not like table sugar where a little bit won’t hurt you. You should aim for NO TRANS FAT. Also, the many food companies will simply lower the serving size to a ridiculously small amount so they can state “zero trans fat” but in actuality you end up eat several servings in one sitting.

Hidden High Carb Content

Most processed foods contain cheap fillers and these fillers are usually made of carbs. As a diabetic, your goal should be to lower your carb intake and you should certainly avoid all carbs that serve no purpose other than filler. What I mean by this is if the filler doesn’t add taste or nutrients, then why eat it? For example, many “meats” in frozen food dinners contain a very high amount of filler. You can figure this out by reading the food label and looking at the total carbs. If it is supposed to be a “meat product” like salisbury steak and it has a high carb content, you know it contains cheap fillers. You can usually figure out which filler by reading the ingredients.

Hidden Sugars

Processed food is often quite tasteless so they add “flavor” in the form of sugar. Over the last few decades, food manufacturers have been adding an increasing amount of sugar. It is almost impossible to find processed food that does not contain some type of sugar but you should really try to avoid it. Natural grocers are beginning to sell “processed foods” or rather convenient healthy food that contains less sugar and when it does contain sugar it is a moderate amount of organic cane sugar or organic honey. You pick these organic cane sugar and organic honey over all artificial sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and agave because it can be processed by the body in a way that doesn’t lead to fat build-up if used in moderation.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

High fructose corn syrup was added to the American diet in the 1970’s because it is much cheaper than cane sugar and 20% sweeter in taste. Corn growers also have a very powerful lobby that affects the decisions made by government officials and governmental agencies which allows more HFCS in food. Note, high fructose corn syrup may be labeled as HFCS or simply corn syrup.

There has been a corresponding SURGE in diabetes with the introduction of high fructose corn syrup. This is another profound fact that has been largely ignored by the mass media. Unlike ordinary table sugar (cane sugar), 100% of all high fructose corn syrup has to processed by the liver and gets stored as fat in the body and cause insulin resistance in the liver, i.e. type 2 diabetes. The research is quite convincing on this point (if you ignore the research funded by the corn growers).

ALL HFCS is made from genetically modified corn. Genetically modified food is known to cause serious health issues but it is not yet fully understood. It is very important to avoid all genetically modified food. Please note that if a food is labeled as “organic” it CAN NOT BE genetically modified. So, organic cane sugar can NOT be genetically modified.

Unfortunately, high fructose corn syrup is not just found in soda but in many foods you may not be aware of. It is found in many salad dressings, condiments, sauces, frozen foods, and even foods that you may think of as really healthy like yogurt and fruit juices.

The best course of action is to read all food labels and just refuse to buy/eat products that contain it. Sometimes this can be hard to do as old habits are hard to break. I have loved Heinz ketchup most of my life. However, when I found out it contain HFCS, I forced myself to switch to an organic ketchup. To my surprise, it tastes even better than Heinz!!

I’ve convinced most of my friends and family to read food labels too. I hope I’ve convinced you as well because it is one of the most important things you can do for your health and the health of those you love and purchase food for.

Romancing With Wine and Food

You can always impress your date by romancing with wine and food. Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and as for the wine we still aren’t sure on that one. However, most women love gourmet food and wine, so the man who can provide that and more is sure to impress his date for the evening.

Other countries like Italy, Brazil, and France are said to be known to have the guidebook on romancing with wine and food. The experience of romance with wine and food means that it is about the whole experience, with everything from the appetizer to the dessert; however don’t forget the environment in which the meal takes place.

Part of romancing with wine and food begins with the ambience, and nothing says romance like dining according to the seasons. During the summertime, dining outside can make all the difference in the world. You can enjoy the warm weather, and enjoy the food that goes with the season. Appetizers with fresh fruit and cheese are best for the warmer season, and pair well with chilled wine.

Main dishes should also include food that is popular during the season. Fresh salads with mixed greens and fresh vegetables are always great. Salads can be mixed with fresh grilled chicken, strip steak and fresh cheese. Chicken is always best grilled, and fresh fish is always light and is great during the warmer season. Fresh salmon can be served with fresh seasonings and fresh lemon to squeeze over it.

The best side dish is always fresh vegetables that are grilled or sliced raw and placed on the plate next to the main course. Fresh vegetables are a part of the main course in many other countries, and they are good for you. Always have a fresh chilled beverage in the warmer season, whether it’s a fresh juice, or a fresh juice mixed with sparking water and a touch of wine to make a spritzer.

Romancing with wine and food isn’t complete without a dessert. Fresh fruit and sorbet are a sure way to go in the warm weather, and pairs well with chilled wine. White wines tend to be drier, and red wines are fruitier. Choosing is best determined by whether or not the dessert is more important, or if the wine is the priority. If the dessert is what you are craving, then you will choose a wine that pairs with it.

Choosing the wine first will then point you in the direction of the dessert. The rule of thumb is that the sweetness of the wine should override the dessert. Part of the romance is knowing something about the wines and how they go well with desserts before taking your beloved out to dinner. This will be sure to impress them when you want to use wine and food as your tools for romance.

Romance is about being creative, but it’s also about creating an experience. Romance doesn’t quite work with fast food, so be sure to check around for those places at home that have a great selection of wine and food.