Category Archives: Diet

These green vegetables are SO good for you!


I confess: I love vegetables. My kids and husband, not so much. They prefer NOT to eat their greens, despite all my efforts to ‘disguise’ it in clever ways.

How about you? Do you like eating your vegetables? I seriously hope so.

Have a look at what has to say about your green veggies: “Green vegetables are nature’s multivitamin and are packed with antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamins A, C & K, calcium, potassium and iron, to name a few……Additionally, they are an excellent source of fiber and water, which keep your digestive system in check.”

I know that, despite the obvious benefits of green vegetables, many of us are stuck in a rut when it comes to preparing it for our families. I know I am. The only greens my family may consider eating are spinach and green beans (just hubby) and green peas (just daughter). Hence, these are the ones I use in meals.  I have to admit that it is becoming quite boring to have no selection to pick from.

I was thrilled when I discovered healthsomeness’s article.  They discuss 28 different green vegetables and definitely inspired me to try something new. I am convinced that one of these 28 veggies will prove to be a family favorite. At last I’ll get them all to eat their greens!

Why not have a look yourself? Click here to read the full article.


HEALTSOMENESS. 2017.  28 green vegetables that are great for your health.  [Web:]  [Date of Access:] June 21, 2017.

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#GreenTea: Can it help with #WeightLoss?

Via @AHealthBlog: Green can help with weight loss by increasing energy expenditure


Shape Able writes: “Does Green Tea Burn Fat?

A catechin in green tea called EGCG has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation. A catechin is a phytochemical compound. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) extract is also available as a dietary supplement.

Thermogenesis is the process by which the body promotes energy expenditure….” Continue reading here.


Shape Able. Green Tea and Weight Loss

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Delicious Smoothie that Promotes Clear Skin

Via @eHow by #LillyWallace

Image by Lilly Wallace for @eHow

[Excerpt only. Read full article here.]

“A nutrition-dense diet abundant in fresh, organic, antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits does more than make you feel good — it helps you look good too with healthy, glowing skin. The following smoothie recipe includes five taste-pleasing ingredients that provide plenty of skin-healing vitamins, antioxidants and other essential nutrients.” [1]

How will your skin benefit from the ingredients?

Cucumber – very hydrating with anti-oxidant and anti-inflamatory benefits.

Carrots – provide high amounts of vitamins and phytonutrients which will protect the skin against sunburn.

Banana – vitamins and flavonoids with anti-oxidant effects.

Coconut water – contains vitamins B and C, which are anti-oxidants and helps to repair damaged skin.

Oranges – source of vitamin C that promotes skin elasticity.

Click here for more information on the beneficial effect of the smoothie as well as the recipe.


  1. Smoothie Recipe for Clear Skin (with Pictures) | eHow

The 8 worst foods to eat at night

Via @preventionmag

Original article by Victoria Wolk

Having a big meal before retiring for the night or late night snacking can be hazardous for your health; and not only because your Mother told you to refrain from such practices. The old wives’ tale that the food would ‘’lie in your stomach and give you nightmares’’ may not be accurate, but it can cause something that will definite be a source of discomfort. It is something called ‘’silent reflux’’.

Victoria Wolk explains: ‘’No doubt you’re familiar with acid reflux, which occurs when digestive juices back up into the chest and/or throat and cause a burning sensation. But there’s also something called “silent reflux,” which is different from common heartburn. It has the same causes but without the usual symptoms. Instead of indigestion, sufferers get sore throats, chronic coughs, and have difficulty swallowing.” [1]

Wolk continues to discuss the findings of Jamie Koufman, a New York City laryngologist. She discovered that nearly 50% of Americans suffer from silent reflux and they do not even realize it. Koufman continues to say that: “The single greatest risk factor is, by far, the time that people eat dinner” [1]  and suggests that we should be “having supper no later than 3 hours before bed”. [1]

In addition to restricting your final meal of the day to no less than 3 hours before bedtime, Wolk adds that one should avoid snacking before going to sleep and, if you cannot resist the temptation, there are 8 types of food that one should definitely not have:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Soda
  3. Fatty foods
  4. Chocolate
  5. Cheese
  6. Nuts
  7. Citrus
  8. Coffee

[The reasons why Wolk suggests avoidance of these foods before bedtime is detailed in the original article. Read it here.]

This, of course, doesn’t mean that one should go to sleep hungry. From time to time we will all be struck by sudden cravings at midnight. The secret is to choose wisely. Dr. Koufman suggests that you select food low in acid like bananas or a bowl of low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk. She says that she is, herself, partial to soothing chamomile tea.


5 Surprising Causes Of Your Cravings

Via @MindBodyGreen @nu_health


5 Surprising Causes Of Your Cravings

Do you ever feel like you’re a slave to your cravings? Sometimes it’s coffee you can’t live without, other times nothing can get between you and a chocolate croissant, and still other times it seems like all you can think about is bread and pasta. You do your best to stay strong, clench your teeth and distract yourself, but more often than you’d like, you find yourself succumbing.

The most frustrating part of dealing with food cravings is often feeling totally out of control. It’s like your body is working against you, sabotaging your best intentions with it’s own devious agenda.

Thankfully, there’s a method to the madness of your cravings. There are some root causes that, once addressed, can liberate you from that feeling of powerlessness.

Some are obvious — hunger, low blood sugar, too few hours of sleep, certain hormonal fluctuations.

But there are some other surprising causes of cravings that you might not know about, which, if ignored, are going to wreak havoc on whatever’s left of that willpower.

1. Your sensible lunch salad.

You may think you’re making the healthiest choice possible with that nice green salad for lunch, but the truth is, a salad is only going to fill you up for about 3-4 hours. Come 4 pm, your energy levels totally crash and you start craving cookies, coffee and other simple sugars.

When you experience that 4 pm crash, the odds that you’ll make healthy food choices are pretty slim. Your body is in a state of panic and will lead you to whatever energy source is closest, diet be damned.

Instead, try having a bigger lunch with some whole grains, protein and tons of veggies instead of your typical fare, and see how much more energy you have throughout the day!

2. Your boss’s mood.

A stressful work environment or tyrannical management style can leave you running for the nearest chocolate bar. Stressors like getting chewed out by your boss, dealing with impending deadlines, having too much on your plate, or a generally intense office culture raises your cortisol levels, which in turn cause you to feel hungry, crave sugar and gain weight, especially in your midsection.

So the next time things get a little heated at the office, take a five minute break and go for a walk around the block to take some deep breaths and clear your head before reaching for those comfort foods. Getting a little distance from the source of your stress can give you much-needed perspective and a clearer picture of what’s really going on.

3. You’re not getting enough action.

When we’re lacking crucial fulfillment, intimacy and fun in our lives, we tend to compensate with food. If you’re getting enough sweetness in your life through your relationships, self-care and fun experiences, you become a lot less dependent on food as a source of excitement, comfort and joy.

Even if you’re not in a relationship, having regular orgasms (even just solo!) will go a long way toward keeping you away from sugar, carbs and other comfort foods. So schedule some lovin’ into your week and notice how much less power food has over you!

4. Your fear of fats.

In our low-fat-everything culture, we can be a little too diligent in avoiding fatty foods. Newsflash: there are healthy fats out there that your body needs for energy, weight loss and focus.

When we deprive ourselves of healthy fats, our bodies start to send signals that we absolutely must get our hands on those unhealthy fats like those found in foods like ice cream, cheese or french fries. Instead of succumbing to those cravings, make healthy fats like avocados, nuts and seeds, olive and coconut oils, and even the occasional 2% fat greek yogurt or kefir a part of your daily eating and watch those fatty food cravings disappear!

5. Your water intake.

Dehydration is a major cause of food cravings that is seldom addressed. Our bodies are made up of roughly 70% water, which needs to be replenished and rehydrated throughout the day. If you’re not drinking those eight glasses of water, your body gets majorly dehydrated which manifests itself as a feeling of hunger, not thirst.

So before reaching for a snack, drink a tall glass of water, wait a couple of minutes and then check in with yourself to see if you’re still hungry. More often than not, the craving will be gone!

Mastering the root causes of your cravings is so important in understanding your body’s needs and healing your relationship with eating. Give these five tips a shot and see how much more empowered you feel in the face of food.

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About the Author

Natasha Uspensky is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and transformational coach with practices in New York City and worldwide. She works with women to heal their health and start living the lives they crave, in a body they love. For more articles, check out Visit for information on programs, to schedule a consultation, or to get on the list for Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. —Natasha’s life-changing online program launching this winter!

5 Weight Loss Tips That Don’t Cost A Dime

@MindBodyGreen #JJVirgin #Diet #Nutrition #Health

Via 5 Weight Loss Tips That Don’t Cost A Dime.


5 Weight Loss Tips That Don't Cost A Dime

“Between those appetite-curbing supplements and healthy foods, I feel like I’m spending half my paycheck to lose weight,” my friend said, showing me a recent grocery receipt.

As a single mom raising two teenage boys and running two businesses, I can relate to tough financial decisions. At the same time, I don’t think becoming lean and healthy should cost a fortune, and designing a healthy, nutrient-dense, delicious diet can work within any budget.

Yet I must confess one big secret among nutrition and fitness experts: some of the most effective ways to become healthier and maintain fast, lasting weight loss are free.

Sure, they require effort and time, but with these five strategies you can become lean and healthy without paying a dime.

1. Do burst training.

Designer gyms and one-on-one trainers can add up quickly, but burst training, also called high-intensity interval training (HIIT), provides a fast, convenient way to get incredible exercise without equipment and without draining your savings account. HIIT consists of repeated exercise at a high intensity for 30 seconds to several minutes, separated by 1-5 minutes of recovery.

A hotel stairwell or park hill both make perfect free places to burst train.

2. Sleep.

Even one night of poor sleep can knock numerous fat-regulating hormones out of whack. You also become a cranky caffeinated mess more vulnerable to overpriced sugary pastries at your favorite coffee place. Aim for 7–9 hours of high quality, uninterrupted sleep every night to feel refreshed, focused, and optimally burning fat. To prepare for sleep, turn off electronics about an hour before bed, practice deep breathing or meditation, and allow your mind and body to unwind.

3. De-stress.

Unwinding needn’t cost a penny. Deep breathing or meditation can help you de-stress, and some community centers provide free yoga classes. Go for a long walk in nice weather, take a shower or listen to your favorite relaxing music.

4. Drink a lot of water.

Who needs expensive appetite suppressants when studies show water can help curb your appetite? Drinking tons of water while help keep you feeling sated throughout the day, leading to less snacking and smaller meals.

5. Practice mindfulness.

Many less-than-ideal eating decisions occur when we’re stressed, tired, semi-inebriated, or otherwise not completely in the moment. One study concluded mindfulness-based practices contribute to significantly greater reductions in BMI.Challenging though it may be to in our check-your-iPhone-every-two-minutes society, slowing down could be the key to fast, permanent fat loss, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

So there you go! These are my five tips to cost-free weight loss! I wish you luck on your journey!


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