Saturday, December 20, 2008

More health, diet and weight loss related stuff

Cranberries are an interesting little fruit!
They contain the hard-to-get trio of malic, citric, and quinic acids. These compounds bind fat in the belly region to the cellular fluid for efficient removal by the lymphatic system.
Plus the berries' arbutin mimics the hormone insulin to prevent unhealthy fluctuations in blood sugar!
The berries also contain quercetin and myricetin, which are flavonoids that disable the enzymes that let cavity causing oral bacteria thrive.
These berries are so powerful that sipping cranberry juice has been shown to reduce heart disease risk by 40 percent. Their phenolic acid, an antioxidant that repairs damage to the liver made by free radicals optimizing the organ's breakdown of blood fats, keeping arteries free of blockage.
Lastly, eating a handful of dried cranberries every day can slash a woman's risk of developing a urinary tract infection by 42% according to the Harvard Medical School in Boston. The berries are packed with proanthocyanidins which work with the berries natural sugars to stop UTI causing E.coli bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder and urethra.

Now that's a lot of stuff for one little berry to be able to do!


And now, an amazing little vegetable! The sweet potato!
The sweet potato has enough potassium in one potato to erase bloating in 24 hours. This electrolyte enhances the kidneys' ability to eliminate retained fluids.

Additionally, it has betaine which clears fatty deposits from the liver, accelerating the organ's breakdown of belly fat for fuel.

The sweet potato is packed full of betacarotene. The body uses this nutrient to synthesize glycoproteins that accelerate the renewal of skin and improve skin cell cohesion, resulting in a smoother complexion and fewer fine lines within 10 weeks!

Sweet potatoes have ample supplies of copper, iron, Choline, Vitamin C, and phytochemicals in them also. The copper and iron work together to help the body produce hemoglobin, a blood molecule that transports energizing oxygen to every cell. Choline serves as a building block of acetylcholine, improving alertness in just 12 weeks! Vitamin C and phytochemicals assist the immune system in the production of T cells, infection fighting lymphocytes shown to decrease a person's risk of developing a cold or flu by 33%.

Not bad for a root! LOL


Stop Fat Storage!
Lose 18 lbs in 21 days!
Soluble fiber is the basis for this diet... that would be a high fiber diet to us normal folks!
The research breakthroughs were made by the Spanish.

Sample menu's:
Breakfast - choose one daily:
2 scrambled eggs, 2T low fat cheese, 2T diced veggies, 1 whole wheat pita, 1/2 grapefruit OR
3/4c oat bran flakes, 3/4c nonfat milk, 1 banana OR
1 oat-bran waffle, 1T low-sugar preserves, 1/2c lite yogurt, 1 pear
Lunch - choose one daily:
3/4c whole wheat pasta, 1/4c garbanzo beans, 1/4c reduced fat feta, 1/4c diced cucumber, 1/4c tomato, 4 black olives, 2T lite vinaigrette, 1/2 whole wheat pita pocket. OR
2 oz chicken breast, 1/4c black beans, 1/4c low fat cheese, 1/4c lettuce, 1/4c tomato, 1 whole wheat tortilla, 2T Salsa, 1/2c shredded carrots, 1T raisins, 1T lite mayo and 2t wine vinegar OR
3 oz Salmon, 1/2c orange sections, 1T pecans, 2c mixed greens, 2T lite dressing, 4 whole wheat crackers, 1 pc string cheese
Dinner - choose one daily:
3 oz lean deli roast beef, 1/4c kidney beans, 1/4c mozzarella, 1/2c orange sections, 6 grape tomatoes, 2T lite vinaigrette, 2/3c chilled brown rice, 1/2c broccoli, 1T walnuts OR
3 oz turkey burger, 1 slice fat free cheese, 2t lite mayo, veggies, 1 whole wheat bun, 3/4c lentil soup, and 1/2c blueberries OR
4oz tuna or salmon, 2T teriyaki sauce, 1 sm baked sweet potato, 1T lite sour cream, 1c 3-bean salad.
Snack - choose two daily:
1 plum, 3/4c lite yogurt OR
1/3c low fat cottage cheese, 1/2c berries OR
1T bean dip, 5 baby carrots OR
1 kiwi, 1 pc string cheese OR
100 calorie pack oatmeal cookies OR
1 peach, 10 almonds

Best sources of soluble fiber: Artichoke, oat bran cereal, kidney beans, orange, figs, soy beans, pear, navy beans, brussel sprouts, oatmeal


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