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The Truth About Carb & Sugar Addictions

Deciding to go cold turkey on your favorite carbs (yes, the same ones that are bad for you, but so delicious) could be the hardest time in your life.

In fact, sugar addiction is a very real thing, not just a made up condition in the figment of your imagination. It is being researched more and more these days, as it has been discovered to share similarities to drug addiction, whereby pleasure and reward centers in the brain are constantly seeking their next “high” or feel good moment.

However, the good news is that carb addiction is not that difficult to break. In fact, after just 2 weeks or so of going commando, you can do without them, and you will not be subject to violent mood swings and out of control cravings.

So how exactly can you stop missing those carbs, and overcome your addiction? By following the tips we have outlined for you, of course!

Prevent Hunger From Occurring

Sometimes, the difference between a craving and true hunger is confusing. In general, if you hear or feel your tummy “rumbling” you’re hungry. At other time, you think you’re hungry, but no signals are being sent from your tummy.

The best way to prevent this?

Eat timed meals. If you find waiting 4+ hours between meals isn’t quite working for you, divide that one larger meal into two smaller servings, which can be taken to hours apart. Ensure the meal is rich in protein and quality fat, as they are both very filling and will shut down your desires for sweets and starches.

The moderate amount of protein and high fat intake in a low carb diet really helps to satisfy your hunger, so you want to eat less naturally.

In addition, when you begin to burn fat for energy, as you will on a low carb diet, you will not experience blood sugar spikes, which also helps to naturally regulate the appetite, as long as you eat protein and healthy fats on a regular basis.

Keep Yourself Busy

Do you notice that you, or your kids tend to gain an extra 5, 10 or 25 pounds during holiday or vacation times? Even though you may not be travelling and trying exquisite cuisine, the act in itself of being home all the time, bored as hell paves the way for overeating.

Binging on carbs offers a short time fix for feelings of boredom, like smoking a cigarette to fix an itch. Keep yourself engaged in activities will help distract your mind from useless snacking, starting an addiction if you haven’t yet developed one.

Stay Happy

Know what is absolutely jaw-dropping? The fact that a study revealed that cravings are not necessarily a result of hunger, but rather your mood. If you’ve ever watched a show like the biggest loser, one thing that usually resounds is the trigger than started the cascade of weight gain.

Normally, it was some sort of depression- having lost a family member, being bullied at school, having no friends or sheer boredom.

Food does improve your mood, albeit for a very short period of time, but then just leads to you wanting more and more, frequently that bag of chips or candy.

Instead of filling up your thoughts with somber, woe-is-me thoughts, do something to take up your time, such as visiting somewhere new, doing something you truly enjoy, getting some exercise or going to a movie.

Find Replacements

Sometimes, just talking the talk isn’t enough; you need something tangible to fill the void created by the absence of your favorite sweet treats.

Good options here include foods like fatty fruits (avocados, olives) protein and fat rich meats, and bulky veggies.

You can even try making some kale chips, which taste delicious and fill you up pronto!

Conclusion

The key to getting over missing carbs is surviving the first two weeks, and getting them out of your sight. It is futile trying to break the cycle, when you have cookies stashed in your pantry begging to keep you company.  You won’t be missing any of them in no time when you begin to lose weight and get control of your appetite back!

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6 Body Detox And Cleansing Myths And Facts

There are a lot of detoxing diets around as well as items or foods that claim to “detox” the body. Detoxification is designed to rid the body of unnatural chemicals and pollutants that are said to damage the liver, damage the kidneys, and help you lose weight.

Unfortunately, if detoxification were really all that helpful, everyone would be doing it.

Doing detoxification the wrong way can be damaging to your health. Before you get out the juicer and gather a bunch of healthy vegetables to eat at your next meal, you should really think about these myths and facts about body cleansing and body detoxification.

  • Detox Myth #1: Detoxification is the quickest way to lose weight. The truth is that while detoxes actually do help you lose the weight very quickly, most of the weight lost is body water and the weight will come right back on as soon as you stop doing it.

 Detox can also help you lose stool through diarrhea and that will cause your weight to drop fast but as soon as you eat, the stool will build up again. You can lose only so much weight when participating in a cleanse diet. It is much better to lose weight the conventional way—through eating a low calorie diet and exercising in order to lose the pounds. It is much easier to stick to a diet this way as well.

  • Detox Myth #2: Detox diets are better for you than a diet consisting of exercise and eating a fewer number of calories. While a diet claiming to be a detox diet is able to get rid of a few toxins from the body, it won’t help you lose a lasting amount of weight. It is much safer to eat healthy unprocessed foods and get to the gym for some exercise.
  • Detox Myth #3: You don’t have to exercise with a detox diet. While it is possible to lose weight with a detox diet without exercise, you are losing muscle mass by engaging in a detox diet and avoiding exercise. If you want to gain or tone muscles, going to the gym or exercising at home or outdoors is the best way to keep those muscles healthy.
  • Detox myth #4: You need to take it many strange juices and avoid eating food when detoxing. There are many healthy foods that will cleanse your system without needing to take in only expensive juices or eating so little food that you quit eating solids. Instead of juicing your way through a detox diet, you should eat a lot of sesame seeds, leafy green vegetables, and lemons (in a recipe or as the juice).

Green tea is another inexpensive thing to add to your diet that will clean your body out without starving yourself; it is a natural detoxification drink for those who really want to detox but don’t want to buy a juicer and juice up veggies and fruits.

  • Detox Myth #5: Drinking an excessive amount of water will detoxify the body. This is a myth that has some partial truth to it. Water does help the kidneys and liver function better but if you drink too much of it, it can be dangerous to your body.

Too much water can negatively affect the electrolytes of the body and can cause your kidneys to work overtime trying to get rid of the excessive amount of water you are trying to take in as part of a detox diet. Drink plenty of water while dieting but don’t go overboard.

  • Detox myth #6. You only have to go to the sauna to detoxify the body. While saunas are an excellent way to get rid of toxins after working out at the gym, this isn’t a way to have longstanding detoxification. If you spend too much time lounging in a sauna, it is just too easy to become dehydrated. In addition, trying to use sweat to get rid of your toxins, you can block your ability to detoxify your body over a period of time.

While many people take on these types of detox diets with the best of intentions, you need to know that it is possible for them to be dangerous to your body if you don’t do them right.

Start your healthy diet and exercise plan the right way, by lowering your caloric content, continuing to eat healthy foods in moderation, and exercising hard at the gym or in your home (or outside) in order to keep your muscle mass up or to tone your muscles as you help your body lose weight.

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The Truth About These 10 Anti Aging Drinks

Everyone is looking for a way to beat the signs of aging. Whether you’re looking for younger skin, a way to fight off dementia, or a way to maintain your general health, you need the right information to stay on track.
Here are 10 anti aging drinks that you can incorporate into your diet to help you fight the signs of aging.

1. Red wine
Red wine is full of resveratrol, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve longevity. Resveratrol is also found in red grape juice, but we think red wine is a little more fun to drink.

2. Water
70% of your body is made up of water. Every function within the body requires water. If you’re not drinking water, your body cannot flush toxins correctly. Water is also an essential element in the skin, hair, and nails. When these three the body parts become dry and brittle, they make you look old. Water really is one of the keys to maintaining a youthful glow. If you aren’t already drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, you should start now.

3. Beet Juice
Beets deep purple color means they have a ton of vitamins minerals and antioxidants. Antioxidants have been proven to reduce free radical damage within the body and free radical oxidation is one of the leading causes of aging and damage to the body. Beet juice may not sound like the most appetizing thing to drink, but you will love the results when you get stronger hair, nails and younger looking skin.

4. Carrot Juice
Carrots contain beta-carotene, one of the leading vitamins meet needed to maintain healthy eyesight. As we age our eyes age with us. Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of sight loss in older populations. Enjoying carrot juice semiweekly can help prevents some of the damage that age does to our eyes.

5. Green Tea
Green tea is another drink that is full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. Since chronic inflammation is one of the leading causes of disease and aging in the body, it is important to have plenty of free radical fighting antioxidants. The fountain of youth may very well be antioxidants found in things like green tea berries and beet juice. Studies have shown that people, who consume 500 mg of green tea polyphenols, which comes to about 4 to 6 cups daily, cut their oxidative stress levels by 50%. That’s a pretty impressive number when considering oxidative stress is the number one cause of cell degeneration.

6. Soy Milk
Soymilk is chock-full of calcium, vitamin D, and protein, three essential elements to build strong bones and muscle, both of which decline with age. Soymilk is a great nondairy way to make sure you’re getting your daily dose of calcium to prevent osteoporosis as you age.

7. Fruit Smoothies
If you’re not a huge fruit eating fanatic, that’s okay. You can get your daily dose of fruit by you eating a fruit smoothie. I’m not talking about the type of fruit smoothie that comes from Jamba juice and is 100% sugar. However, the type you make it home where you place frozen berries and bananas into a blender and make your own smoothie. These whole fruit smoothies will give you all of the vitamins and minerals you need without any of the added sugar that big smoothie chains add to their drinks.

8. Green Juice
Green juice combines nutritional powerhouses like spinach, kale, beets, carrots, fennel, apples, cabbage, and all sorts of other fruits and vegetables into a super nutritious juice. The nice thing about these juices is that you’re getting a ton of micronutrients that you simply couldn’t eat during the day

9. Coffee
Surprisingly coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Those who drink at least one cup of coffee, the caffeinated kind, a day reduce their risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10%. One of the benefits of drinking up to 6 cups of coffee a day was a reduced risk of death. Decaf simply doesn’t have the same effect.

10. Milk
Last but not least, we have good old-fashioned milk. Since most milk is fortified with vitamin D, this is a great bone building drink that you should add to your diet. Unless you have lactose intolerance milk can be a great way to build strong bones and prevent age-related disease like osteoporosis.
All of these drinks are wonderful ways that you can help reduce the signs and symptoms of aging. Whether you’re trying to reduce age-related disease or simply trying to look younger incorporating these 10 drinks into your diet will make you look and feel great.

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