Turmeric!

Great article on Turmeric!

…I take it everyday

Written by: Kat Gal

Turmeric is literally one of the most powerful spices you can use when cooking and one of the top best supplements you can take for your health. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral superherb that can protect your body from all kinds of disease, including chronic pain, heart-disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and depression.

But are you taking turmeric the right way?

https://www.organifishop.com/blogs/news/how-to-make-sure-your-body-is-absorbing-turmeric-properly?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=Organifi-shop&utm_term=article&utm_content=absorbing-turmeric

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19 Foods To Get You Killer Abs

19 Shocking Foods To Get You Killer Abs – Saturday Strategy originally posted by Drew Canole, Fitlife.tv

For some people, the most frustrating part of their body is their BELLY. For some reason, they can pull hours each week at the gym and tone the rest of their body just fine, but the annoying tire around their middle just won’t deflate.

Here’s the big secret… the lean, toned midsection that looks amazing is not made in the gym, or the yoga studio, or on the track… it’s actually made in the kitchen!!!

Your body is pretty awesome… it can process about 1 million toxins each and every day. The problem is that a lot of us are getting closer to 2 million toxins (through the food we eat, pollution, EMFs, chemicals in the home, negative thought patterns) every day, leaving our liver with too much stuff in the ‘in’ box and not nearly enough going ‘out’.

What happens when we are overloaded with toxins?

A lot of things. We can’t cover everything today, but I will tell you that a lot of toxins are sent directly to the lymph nodes and there are actually lymph nodes in your midsection area. The body sends toxins to the lymph nodes where the toxins are surrounded with water (they are acidic and your body wants to protect itself) and stored until the body can deal with them.

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So YOU end up with a lot of extra weight around your midsection that can’t be dissolved by crunches or planks or time on the treadmill.

It must be taken care of in the kitchen!

Stop crunching yourself to death or planking yourself unconscious! It’s time to give your body the tools it needs to detoxify and cleanse your system of those nasty toxins so that your troublesome midsection can finally melt away and reveal those fantastic abs that I know you’ve been working on for so long.

What foods are best to eat when trying to get a set of washboard abs?

  • Foods that cleanse the body of toxins
  • Provide energy
  • Are full of nutrients, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals to help the body function
  • Provide enough protein and healthy fats for good digestion and appetite suppression

 

Here’s a good list to get you started!

(I eat most of these everyday -Mike)

 

#1 Black Pepper

According to WebMD, the same ingredient in black pepper that makes you sneeze may also help you get slim.

Black pepper contains piperine, which current research shows has been shown to fight the formation of new fat cells. It has been used for centuries in traditional Eastern Medicine to address different gastrointestinal issues including diarrhea and cholera.

#2 Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has many phenomenal health benefits and considering that, is widely underused. It regulates blood flow, improves circulation, removes toxins and targets water weight.

One study done by the food scientist Stephen Whiting showed that the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, causes a sort of adrenaline rush in the body that then sends a message to the brain to burn fat cells.

Add a dash of this to your morning lemon water for a great detoxifying aid.

#3 Apples

Apples are low in fat, sodium and calories but are loaded with awesome vitamins and minerals. They also have a decent amount of fiber, which we all know is important for good digestion to keep things moving through the gut and not suck in it.

A 2014 study quoted in Women’s Health magazine showed apples have non-digestible compounds (fiber and polyphenols) that promote good bacteria growth in your gut. A healthy balance of bacteria improves metabolism, decreases inflammation, protects against chronic disease and helps one maintain a healthy weight.

#4 Avocado

Avocados are a nutritional goldmine! They are packed with healthy fats that provide fuel for the body, help you feel full and keep your various systems functioning properly.

Americans are scared of fat. This is due to a lot of misinformation about fats in general. But here’s the truth: You NEED healthy fats to function and you can eat a good amount of them (the right ones) without gaining weight.

Getting enough GOOD fats in your diet (coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, wild caught fish, omega-3s, raw nuts and seeds) will actually HELP you to maintain a great weight, not sabotage it.

#5 Almonds

Almonds are a perfect substitute for processed snacks. Keep a baggie in your purse or bag to munch on throughout the day. Almonds are also a good fat and energy source.

Studies have linked regular almond consumption to lowered cholesterol, lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and less inflammation. They help with good weight management and also help with oxidative stress (that leads to disease).

#6 Blueberries

Studies have found that blueberries may help breakdown abdominal fat. This is believed to be due to their high phytochemical (antioxidant) content.

More studies have shown that blueberries may be especially beneficial to those suffering from obesity or diabetes as they reduce insulin resistance.

#7 Cod Fish

These fish are full of healthy fats and protein which takes longer to digest than other foods, keeping you fuller for longer and decreasing your appetite. Protein is also vital to the formation of those sexy abs you are trying to uncover!

In one serving there are 29.5 grams of protein!!! That is more then you’ll get in most protein shakes or store-bought protein bars. Unlike other animal sources, fish only has about 145 calories per serving.

A study published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases found that people who added cod fish to their diet for at least eight weeks lost 4 more pounds than people who didn’t add any seafood to their diet.

#8 Salmon

Salmon is a lean protein and a perfect addition to most diet plans. It is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D (which is hard to find in food), 22 grams of protein per serving and only about 155 calories.

Salmon is also believed to help your metabolism burn fat more efficiently.

(Note from Michael: see my post by David Robinson Simonon regarding Salmon and why I’ve cut back on eating it. If you eat Salmon, stay away from “farmed” Salmon. https://24hrbootcampblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/5-reasons-you-should-stop-eating-salmon/)

#9 Eggs

Eggs have the perfect balance of protein and essential amino acids, which are important for burning fat, building muscle and staying full for longer periods of time. Some people shy away from eggs because they’ve heard they are not good for you, they have negative effects on cholesterol or make you gain weight. Quite the contrary, eggs are a rich source of over 13 different vitamins and minerals, several important trace nutrients, 6 grams of protein and contain only 77 calories.

They ARE high in cholesterol but EATING cholesterol doesn’t mean your cholesterol goes UP. In fact, when scientists studied this they found that 70% of people who eat eggs experience NO raise in cholesterol and the other 30% only experience MILD increases.

And please – EAT THE YOLK!!!! Much of the nutrients are actually in that beautiful golden center, while most of the protein comes from the whites. We need BOTH components for a truly balanced source of goodness.

Some people go as far to say that eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Makes sense because the contents of an egg are meant to grow a full, living chicken!

A study found people who eat eggs early in the day are less hungry later on.

#10 Leafy Greens

This one is a no brainer. VERY low calorie. Packed with an insane amount of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and even some protein – you can eat leafy greens all day long and not gain a pound. The fiber will also help clean out your gut of toxins and fill you with raw living enzymes for good digestion and energy. Not to mention their positive affect on your skin!

#11 Yogurt

The truth is, I don’t necessarily advocate dairy. Mainly due to the inflammatory effects and the fact that most dairy on the market is loaded with hormones and questionable ingredients. And most people don’t digest dairy well!

However, there are always exceptions, which come in the form of WHOLE, ORGANIC options (raw if you can). And when you get the RIGHT form, there can be some great benefits (assuming you’re not someone who actually cannot tolerate it – in which case, steer clear altogether – there are plenty of other amazing options for you out there).

If you want your gut to look good on the outside, you MUST take care of it on the inside! Foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are full of good probiotics for gut health. A healthy gut = less bloating, gas, constipation and better digestion.

Just make sure that if you opt for yogurt or kefir, it’s organic and free of added junk like sugar, hormones and fillers. You can even opt to make your own or purchase from a reputable source. Goat’s milk has been shown to be easier to digest so that may be worth a shot for you to try!

#12 Probiotic Supplements

For a lot of us, it is hard to get our daily need for probiotics. This is due in part to the amount of COOKED foods we eat and also that the American diet doesn’t contain a lot of fermented foods. I take probiotics on a daily basis as do many of our coaching clients as well as our Fitlife team! If you get the right kind (good quality, at least 10 strains) and take them daily, you will notice a difference fairly quickly.

Probiotics help to balance your belly, aid in digestion (you are what you absorb, not what you eat!), boost your immune system, enhance energy, decrease gas, constipation and bloating and along with good eating habits, have the potential to help  slim your waist!

Check out FitLife’s very own phenomenal probiotic supplement! We love it and I know you will too!

#13 Bone Broth

Bone broth (especially homemade) is an incredible tonic and nutrient-rich addition to your diet. It is full of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and many vitamins and minerals, which release into the water from bones. It also contains gelatin, which is a good supplementary protein, benefiting your joints as well as connective tissues (important for strong organs and muscles).

One study showed that people consuming broth-based soup twice daily had more successful weight loss than those eating the same calories in snack foods.

Keep in mind that many store-bought broths are loaded with sodium and other ingredients. To get the most out of your broth, opt to make your own. It’s super simple and tastes amazing!

#14 Quinoa

Quinoa is a nutrient-dense seed that makes a great substitute for traditional grains. It is gluten and cholesterol-free and thus easy on the digestive system. Because of its protein and fiber content, quinoa helps you feel full faster and for longer amounts of time. Quinoa is actually a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids.

Quinoa will provide those seeking to lose weight with incredible nutritional punch, a feeling of satiety as well as desired energy and stamina.

Some even call quinoa a superfood and due to its growing popularity, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 the ‘International Year Of Quinoa’.

For the best flavor I recommend making quinoa in organic bone broth instead of water. Delicious!

#15 Spirulina

Remember earlier when I talked about toxins being wrapped in water and stored near your lymph nodes, leaving you with water weight? I was in a lecture by a brilliant slovenian nutritionist a few months back and I remember him telling us that ALGAE, specifically green algaes like spirulina, were one of the most powerful detoxifiers on the planet. He was right!

Spirulina is particularly good at cleansing the body of heavy metal toxins. You see, even if you start eating all the right foods, your belly might still hang around for a while. That’s because it needs to be CLEANSED and DETOXIFIED so that it can actually ABSORB the nutrients you are putting into it once it has the clean space available!

I would highly recommend spirulina to anyone who is focusing on shrinking their gut. You can get it in powder form and add to smoothies. We also put it in our own Organifi green juice superfood powder, which I love to drink just mixed in water or added to my fresh green juices and smoothies. So good!

#16 Bok Choy

An extremely popular vegetable in countries like China and Japan, the wonders of bok choy are still not well understood (or used) in America. Bok choy is very low calorie and low carb but high in nutritional content. It has a lighter taste than regular cabbage and a great texture for cooking (think healthy stir-fries and soups).

Bok choy is full of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It has a glycemic load of 1 (the lowest you can get) and ranks five stars for weight loss.

#17 Buckwheat

Another popular food in asian cooking, buckwheat is not actually a type of wheat or even a grain. It is the fruit of a plant similar to rhubarb and is gluten-free. It also happens to be full of disease fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals and has become an effective tool in weight loss plans.

Buckwheat is a good source of protein, which takes longer to digest than other nutrients and helps to keep your appetite in check. It’s also good for digestion!

Studies have shown that those who eat buckwheat have a decreased likelihood of developing high blood pressure.

#18 Lemon

If you’ve been hanging around FitLife for long you’ll have realized that we talk about lemons ALL THE TIME. They should be called a superfood and their numerous benefits are just beginning to gain recognition around the United States.

Lemons, although technically an acidic fruit, have an alkalizing effect within the body. An alkaline environment aids in the prevention of illnesses by decreasing inflammation and supporting a clean microbiome.

Lemons are also an amazing cleanser and detoxifier, which is an important step in uncovering your abs.  Start drinking a glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon juice right when you wake up. This one small habit can produce HUGE results!

#19 Green Juice

Ahhhh, a fresh glass of green, micro-nutrient rich juice. I don’t know if any habit will change your life more than picking up juicing! Green juice is a powerful source of micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and much more! These give you a quick source of energy (said to hit your bloodstream within minutes) and also help to rid your body of unhealthy cravings and appetite.

Green juice flushes toxins from the body and replenishes the cells with vital nutrients for survival.

Although you won’t develop killer abs and a flat belly overnight, you can get there faster than you think. Pick 3-5 things from this list – or even just 1 to start with – and get it into your daily and/or weekly diet. I promise your body will love you for it.

(Note from Michael: I also like red beet juice…drink daily around 10:00 am for best results)

Ab Carving Green Juice Recipe
Author: Drew Canole
Ingredients
  • 1 Bok Choy
  • 2-3 Stalks Celery
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 scoop Organifi (or 1 tsp Spirulina Powder)
  • ½ Apple
Instructions
  1. Chop up any veggies if necessary for your juicer
  2. Feed through juicer
  3. Drink within 15 minutes

– See more at: http://fitlife.tv/19-shocking-foods-to-get-you-killer-abs-saturday-strategy/#sthash.KFRA7vxr.266JaBBl.dpuf

 

Here’s an additional list with a few more great superfoods for fighting fat!

https://24hrbootcampblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/top-9-superfoods-for-looking-good-feeling-great-losing-weight/  (by Dr. Frank Lipman)

 

Enjoy!

Mike

Metobolic Training Triggers Youth-enhancing Hormones

Reposted from an article,

The 3 WORST Mistakes You Must AVOID
If You Want to Slow The Aging Process

 http://www.maxworkouts.com/lp/3-worst-exercises-that-cause-aging-p1/

© 2008-2015 MAXWORKOUTS

 

 

If you want to reverse the aging process, you need to skip (and/or avoid) the three things mentioned in the linked article, AND know HOW to trigger your youth-enhancing hormones to slough away old, dead cells while elevating your metabolic process so you can burn away stubborn, flabby fat and replace it with lean, toned muscle.   The answer is metabolic training.

Metabolic training involves doing certain types of exercises that involve your entire body, so you can activate as many muscles as you can in a short amount of time.  It’s completely different from doing traditional isolated body building exercises (like biceps curls or leg curls) where you’re only using one muscle at a time.  This form of exercise takes way too long and doesn’t stimulate enough muscle fibers to increase your fat-burning and youth-enhancing hormones.Here’s the key: the more muscles you’re able to activate at the same time, the more you’ll be able to trigger your youth-enhancing hormones.  This is why using exercises that involve your entire body (upper body and lower body) at the same time is crucial.That’s not all…there’s a particular way you want perform these exercises, because doing so will trigger your most effective fat burning hormones, so you can burn off your old excess fat that’s been hanging around way too long.

And here’s the best part… you can replace your flabby body parts with lean, toned muscle by simply following these exercise protocols, because not only do they trigger your youth-enhancing hormones and fat-burning hormones—they also boosts your testosterone.  Testosterone is your ultimate lean-muscle building—hormone for BOTH men and women.  And much like other hormones, your testosterone levels naturally start to decline after the age of 40, which is why it’s so difficult to gain lean muscle and maintain that youthful body tone as you get older.

Turning back the clock is easy when you know HOW to trigger the right hormones in your body.  The specifics behind this is an easy, effective method.  You’ll be able to trigger your youth enhancing hormones, along with your fat-burning and lean-muscle building hormones so you can defy the aging process and look and feel 10 years younger!

Bootcamp is my favorite form of metabolic training…45 minutes per day, at least 4x/week, and I’m good!

Enjoy!

The Paleo Diet By Ryan Mace

Here’s a great blog article I found by Ryan Mace, explaining the Paleo diet, something that I tend to believe in and follow. Enjoy! -Mike

Ryan Mace

Over recent years the Paleo Diet has gained significant momentum and interest in the health community. And like with most fad diets, there is always a great debate amongst experts as to their effectiveness and safety. To date, the Paleo Diet has not disappointed in this regards.

The philosophy of the Paleo Diet is based upon our ancestors’ dietary habits during Paleolithic times which date back approximately 750,000 to 15,000 years ago. Depending upon which variation of the Paleo Diet you study, you will be told that the dietary habits of our ancestors featured either:

  • Low to moderate amounts of animal protein combined with an abundance of plant-based foods.
  • Or, high amounts of animal based protein with low to moderate amounts of fresh plant-based foods.

The public’s curiosity surrounding the Paleo Diet has propelled it to one the most searched diets on the internet during 2013.   However, the attention it…

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5 Reasons You Should Stop Eating Salmon

By   David Robinson Simon
June 18, 2014 5:37 AM EDT
I thought I like’d salmon…but I’m going to cut-back and be more cautious, now that I’ve found this article by David Simon on MindBodyGreen – Mike
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If you eat fish for the health benefits, then you likely value salmon for its omega-3s and its supposed ability to boost brain function. In that case, sorry for the bad news, but recent research shows there’s a shadowy dark side to salmon.

My book Meatonomics explores the hidden forces at play in Americans’ high levels of consumption of fish and other animal foods. Salmon is particularly troubling because research shows that our obsession with this and other fish is causing catastrophic declines in marine ecosystems.

This article explores these and other problems with salmon, giving you five reasons to drop-kick the fish the way you might a false lover.

1. Salmon’s “health benefits” are a fish story.

Studies often praise salmon’s health benefits. But that’s just because salmon is healthier than other animal-based foods, particularly red meat. However, when research compares salmon to truly healthy alternatives like plant-based protein, which has no cholesterol, the fish comes up as short as a ship’s flag at half-mast.

Nutritionist John McDougall, MD, for example, warns salmon is “half fat” and says eating it increases the risk of obesity and type-2 diabetes. And the USDA says ounce for ounce, salmon contains just as much cholesterol as hamburger. But wait … what about those healthy Omega-3s everyone seems to crave?

Unfortunately, research finds fish-based Omega-3s inhibit the action of insulin, thereby increasing blood sugar levels and aggravating diabetes. Another study shows fish-derived Omega-3s greatly increase the volume of colon cancer metastasis when compared to a low-fat diet. And forget salmon if you’re worried about bone density: the fish’s highly-acidic flesh speeds calcium loss and contributes to osteoporosis and kidney stones.

2. Down on the farm, things are even worse.

Of course, we’ve been talking about wild salmon, which is far healthier than its farmed cousin. But if you eat farmed salmon, you’re really asking for trouble.

Farm-raised salmon contains unhealthy levels of contaminants like PCBs, dioxins, and other chemicals that cause cancer and developmental problems in kids.

One study of US Salmon Consumption says “young children, women of child-bearing age, pregnant women, and nursing mothers” should avoid farmed salmon if they’re “concerned with health impairments such as reduction in IQ and other cognitive and behavioral effects.” Which makes one wonder: who isn’t concerned about such things?

3. Salmon takes a walk on the not-so-wild side.

If the concept was unclear before, now you know: farmed salmon is bad news. The problem is, sticking to wild-caught salmon is easier said than done.

With armadas of commercial fishing ships scouring the oceans, largely unregulated and driven by huge government subsidies, the last few decades have seen many of the planet’s wild salmon habitats decline or collapse like tents in a storm.

As a result, producers increasingly turn to aquaculture to meet demand. Today, four out of five forkfuls of salmon eaten in the U.S. come from fish farms. With numbers like these, it’s no big surprise that a New York Times investigation found three-quarters of fish stores pawning off farmed salmon as wild-caught.

One store had the nerve to charge $29 per pound for farmed salmon falsely labeled as wild.

Could this happen to you? Is it possible it already has? Yes and yes.

Fish farmers feed red foodstuffs to salmon to turn their flesh pink, which makes it impossible for consumers without a lab or a sophisticated palate to tell the difference between wild and farmed fish. Worse, it’s not just fish distributors and retailers who deceive us — the fish do it themselves.

One alarming study found that as a result of farmed fish escaping into the wild, up to 40% of supposedly wild-caught salmon studied were actually of farmed origin.

4. Salmon for the people means less for the animals.

There’s a lot of competition for food in the wild, and when humans eat salmon, we make it harder for other species to eat. Salmon is a “keystone species” — that is, it has a disproportionately large importance on its environment compared to its abundance. In regions where predators rely on salmon for their own survival, decreases in the salmon population cause predator populations to decline.

Thus, in the Pacific Northwest, one of a number of regions where wild salmon populations are struggling because of over-fishing and other human-caused problems, the sharp drop in salmon numbers is causing populations of bears, orcas and eagles to die off.

With one-third of the world’s commercial fishing grounds already in a state of collapse, and the rest headed there by mid-century, one person’s whimsical enjoyment of an occasional salmon steak can literally mean the difference between life and death for another animal.

5. Farming only makes overfishing worse.

Some urge fish farming as the solution to the problems of overfishing, but aquaculture only aggravates things. Salmon are predators who must eat other fish to survive, and it takes up to five pounds of prey fish like anchovies and herrings to produce one pound of salmon. As fish farmers around the world scoop up prey fish to feed their farmed animals, this lopsided math is damaging prey fish stocks everywhere.

One sobering report finds that aquaculture’s insatiable demand for prey fish is responsible for declining populations of whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, tuna, bass, salmon, albatross, penguins, and other species.

“We have caught all the big fish and now we are going after their food,” said Margot Stiles, the report’s lead author. The result, said Stiles, is “widespread malnutrition” in the oceans.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

It can be hard to drop a food you’ve loved for years, but sometimes you’ve got to read the writing on the seawall.

People don’t need salmon or any other fish to survive. In fact, by avoiding fish and other animal foods, millions of vegans around the world lead uber-healthy lives with negligible levels of cancer, diabetes and heart disease compared to the rest of the population.

Looking for Omega 3’s? Try cholesterol-free plant sources like flax, hemp, soy and walnuts.

Of course, fish get all their Omega-3’s from aquatic vegetation like seaweed, which is another great source of these beneficial fatty acids. With a little willpower, you can dump salmon.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

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7 Foods That Kill Belly Fat

Hi. I found another great post from Drew the Juiceman (Juicing with Drew & FitLife.tv), that was written By Marina Daniell.

Certain types of foods cause fat around the belly, and it’s these that we want to avoid… sodas, white flour, fried foods, alcohol and sugar (you can read about those horrible foods in my other posts, especially the one on sugar at http://wp.me/p3aozB-66   -Mike)

But there are other foods that actually kill belly fat, and these are the ones we’re going to focus on.

Here are 7 foods that will help flatten your belly: 

1. Avocados

These bad boys are loaded with nutrients that are essential to killing belly fat. The creamy fruit is loaded with protein and fiber, and is also packed with monounsaturated fats (the good fats)! And it’s the monounsaturated fats that have been shown to reduce your body’s feeling of hunger. Add an organic avocado to your next meal (salad, pasta, guacamole) and start killing belly fat immediately.

2. Eggs

Let’s start by saying eggs aren’t bad for you. Eggs used to have a bad name because they contain cholesterol. But we now know that the cholesterol we eat has very little impact on how much cholesterol is in our blood. Instead, eggs are loaded with fat-burning protein (keeping you fuller for longer) and are high in vitamins B6, B12, A, D, E, and K, folate, choline, lutein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. But be sure to choose eggs from free-range chickens as they contain more healthy nutrients.  (Dr Oz says yolks are OK because they contain the vitamins good for the brain…I love eggs. See my post at: http://wp.me/p3aozB-6p   -Mike)

3. Green Tea

Not technically a food, but it’s so good we just had to add it in here. Research by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition believe that substances found in green tea known as catechins may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat. Green tea will also help regulate your glucose levels by slowing the rise of blood sugar after a meal (helping to prevent an insulin spike), which means less unnecessary fat storage.

4. Berries 

No matter how they are consumed – fresh, frozen, dried, freeze-dried or powdered – berries are nutritional powerhouses. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and acai berries are all loaded with fiber, which helps to slow sugar absorption. They’re also loaded with nutrients that give your body the power to fight off cravings.  (watch out for berries with added sugar! -Mike)

5. Dark Chocolate

No, it’s not a typo! Dark chocolate is in fact jammed with vital antioxidants and contains the natural stimulants theobromine and caffeine that help your body burn fat. Just like avocados, dark chocolate contains a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, which helps your body kill those unnecessary hunger cravings. For this reason, dark chocolate is considered a low glycemic food, meaning it won’t cause giant spikes in your blood sugar levels. It also contains (surprisingly in high doses) iron, magnesium, copper and potassium – all essential vitamins and minerals that support your health. But there’s a catch, regular chocolate won’t do the trick, you must choose the 78% or higher cocoa levels for optimum results.

6. Wild Salmon

Wild salmon is bursting with omega-3 essential fatty acids, which deliver a wide range of health benefits including helping your body burn fat. This fish is low in saturated fat and calories but high in protein, making it a superfood for blasting away excess belly fat. But be sure to choose wild salmon over farm-raised salmon, as the farmed variety will have been fed antibiotics and other chemicals. Factory-farmed salmon for example, are fed color-enhancing chemicals to be more appealing to consumers because their natural flesh is a muddy grey color (as opposed to the flesh of wild salmon, which is naturally pink due the food they eat in the wild).

7. Beans

If you were stuck on an island and could only pick one food, it would have to be beans. Beans offer a rich and varied array of substances that are vital for human health; B vitamins, potassium, calcium and folate to name but a few. And if your goal is weight loss, hands-down beans are your best bet. When your diet is based on protein and fiber you’re more likely to stay fuller for longer. So a bean-centered diet means chances are good that you’ll shed belly fat fast eating this way. And yes, beans can be gassy, but washing your beans well and soaking them overnight will get rid of this problem. So don’t let the ‘explosive’ nature of beans frighten you away from one of the best sources of lean protein around.  (If you are on a strict paleo diet, beans are off the menu -Mike)

Original article can be found at: http://fitlife.tv/7-surprising-foods-that-kill-belly-fat/

About the Author

Marina Daniell is the founder of staple life, an inspiring blog for women about simple living (doing less, so you can live more). A dedicated Bikram Yogi, lover of fashion, beauty and food. When she isn’t in the hot yoga room she can be found whipping up beauty products with items from her fridge, running on Bondi beach or cooking three course meals for her family. You can follow Marina on Facebook , Twitter and Google+ or check out her blog www.staplelife.com

Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated http://www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury.

It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

Agave Nectar is Bad for You

I was doing a little research on Raw Coconut Nectar for my new Bee Pollen energy boost smoothie , and I found this great post on Agave Nectar. I wasn’t sure why Kimberly Synder of Glow Bio did not like Agave Nectar in her smoothie recipes, but I do now. It’s just high-fructose corn syrup, only worse! Here’s the a re-post of what I found on the Raw Vegan Living site (http://rawveganliving.blogspot.com/2013/01/agave-nectar-vs-coconut-nectar-secret.html). (And I even learned something good about “date syrup”.)

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You probably heard about agave nectar, right? It’s mostly used by all these raw vegans as a “natural” sweetness to foods. But did you know that agave nectar isn’t what it seems to be? There’s a dirty little dark side secret behind “raw agave nectar” that most of you don’t know. Let me explain to you the dangers of agave nectar and why your favourite sweetness isn’t safe and not really healthy. Let’s also compare agave with coconut nectar. I will discuss both in this article.

WHAT IS AGAVE NECTAR:

Agave is a succulent plant with rosettes of narrow spiny leaves with tall flower spikes. It almost looks similar to Aloe Vera and a cactus. The sweetener is made from the juice of the agave. The agave plant grows in the deserts of Mexico. Some people prefer the taste of agave over honey. The agave nectar (aka syrup) is heated up into a sugar. They claim the nectar to be “raw” when labeling tricking people into thinking it’s an all natural, healthy, raw sweetener.

AGAVE NECTAR DANGERS:

Agave Nectar is a scam for a few reasons. It isn’t what they claim it to be because it isn’t really, truly raw. Agave nectar is highly processed and contains more fructose than high fructose corn syrup! The agave is hydrolyzed at temperatures up to 140 F. for 36 hours, which making the end product containing 95% fructose. High fructose content (which is found in agave) can cause obesity, damage to the liver, diabetes, high glycemic (but wait, they “claim” to be low in glycemic….. Hmmm), and high in blood pressure (they also claim to be low in blood pressure, too. Lies). Pretty much the same dangers and health risks of high fructose corn syrup! Agave nectar is actually the same, but worse! So therefore, agave nectar (raw, organic) is NOT HEALTHY. If you don’t believe me, you should really start researching and educating yourself about the truth of agave nectar. Then you’ll realize, I’m not lying. Believe or not, all this is real, true facts, folks.

WHAT IS COCONUT NECTAR:

Coconut nectar comes from the coconut tree. The process is a bit similar to maple syrup. The only difference is that maple syrup is highly processed . The coconut tree is tapped and produces a nutrient rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossom. The sap is an abundant source of minerals, 17 amino acids, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and a neutral pH. The sap is not processed, which is the number one reason it is better than most of these raw sweeteners. The best brand of coconut nectar is Coconut Secret.

WHAT IS COCONUT SUGAR: coconut crystals

COCONUT NECTAR HEALTH BENEFITS:

Coconut nectar is not only delicious, it’s super healthy for you, too. It’s 100% organic, enzymatically alive meaning it’s 100% raw, vegan, fat-free, low glycemic, guilt free, non-GMO, and gluten free. This nectar is great for those who are diabetic. Coconut nectar is truly delicious, pure, and 100% true in facts such as raw, organic and low glycemic. It adds a great addition to cereals, pancakes, waffles, French toast, raw desserts, teas, and anything else you’d like to sweeten up. This coconut nectar is epic and will not cause you health problems in the future. The nectar doesn’t have that coconutty taste. Learn more about Coconut Secret.

AGAVE NECTAR VS. COCONUT NECTAR:
AGAVE NECTAR:
• It is similar to high fructose corn syrup, but worse because agave is high in fructose
• can cause obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disorder, and heart disease
• highly processed
• not really raw
• high in glycemic (contains half of the glycemic index in sugar)
• high blood pressure
• a scam
• does bad to your body
• bad for diabetics
• can cause mineral deficiency
• weakens the bones
• may cause hair and teeth loss
• and no true good benefits really =(

Agave, you sound deadly and scary. But it IS the TRUTH, people.

Maple syrup is not either. It can lead to obesity and other risky health risks! Just Google “the dangers of maple syrup” and you’ll find lots of info about Mr. Maple Syrup.

COCONUT NECTAR & COCONUT SUGAR:
• BEATS any other nectar and sweetener out there like agave, maple, yacon, stevia and of course all cheap sugars (besides coconut sugar… that’s not cheap sugar, anyways).
• it is more nutritious than agave! (HAH take that agave)
• 100% raw – enzymatically alive
• 100% organic
• vegan
• fat-free
• guilt-free
• non-gmo
• gluten-free
• low glycemic (contains 10% fructose)
• neutral pH
• will not cause obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, or liver disorder
• this is the TRUTH!
• does great to your body
• not highly processed
• it’s a full pack epic nectar- containing 17 amino acids
• contains enough sweetness that will satisfy that craving sweet tooth! (plus, it doesn’t have that coconutty flavor)
• high in vitamins & minerals
• coconut sugar contains healing properties; lowers high glucose, prevents the risk of cancer, great for those who are diabetic & over-weight, etc!
• an A+ for the coconut sugar: you don’t feel sick, tired, hyper {no sugar rush! Hmm… that’s rare after you eat sugar – not with coconut sugar!} and any other side effects you would get when you eat sugar!
• It’s the BEST!!
• and 100% TRUE!! =)
~ basically, all the wonderful health benefits that coconuts contain – the coconut sugar and the nectar contains it, as well. Of course, why wouldn’t it? They are both coming from coconuts.

Wow. Doesn’t that sound 100% RAWSOME?! I think it does:)

BOTTOM LINE:
So which one sweetener/nectar will you choose: agave or coconut? I recommend using coconut nectar, due to all the great health benefits it has. Yes, I too was shocked at how agave nectar isn’t really healthy. I most certainly do not recommend incorporating agave nectar in your diet. Coconut nectar is the truth… however – coconut nectar isn’t the BEST raw sweetener to use, because it’s refined.

If you want the best, I’d suggest using date syrup. It’s so easy to make; it’s the healthiest of ALL sweeteners.

When I heard almost all these raw and vegans use agave, I was excited to try and use it for the first time. But then I started researching and educating myself on agave and learned so much on how unhealthy it is. Just because labeling says, “low in glycemic”, “low in blood pressure”, etc., they aren’t telling the truth. Just do your own research and see for yourself. Then hopefully, you’ll be amazed too.

Don’t be fooled about agave nectar. It is NOT natural, nor healthy. If I were you, I would go with coconut nectar all the way! Well, I sure hope you learned something new in this article. Spread the word if you can. Agave is a big fat NO NO!

My Thoughts & Feelings:
After reading this post, some people will still leave and believe that agave is healthy. It really irks me when people say that “agave nectar is healthy”, even though they read this post. I’ve heard some say that it saddens them that ‘agave is poison’. Some may not like or appreciate this post because I really expose agave badly! This is TRUE research facts. If the truth saddens you, then you can’t seem to handle the truth! Another thing that irks me is when people know that agave is bad and unhealthy, but yet they give people the option to choose their sweetener such as agave and maple syrup. Okay, I understand that it’s great to give people the option to choose their sweeteners, but why would you give them the option to choose a bad, unhealthy, poisoning sweetener?! It’s like giving people the option to choose sugar (which is horribly bad) and agave (which is identical to high fructose corn syrup! yeah, you tell me that’s not poisoning.) Basically, it’s like giving people the option to choose their poisoning sweetener of choice! Often times I ask them, “if you know agave is bad, why do you recommend it to others”? They reply, “I like to give people the option to choose what they want and prefer.”

If you had to choose between agave over coconut nectar, choose coconut nectar. If you had to choose between white and/or brown sugar over coconut sugar, choose coconut sugar, as it’s way healthier. But to be honest (the bottom line is), I don’t recommend coconut sugar and I don’t recommend coconut nectar, as it’s both refined sugars. The best sugars are dried fruits, such as dates.

The part I don’t understand is, why give people the option to choose something that’s bad, when you have other better alternatives. When it comes to recommending things to others, don’t recommend them something that’s poison and unhealthy; if people want to choose the poison, unhealthy option, that’s on them. At least you didn’t recommend it to them. This topic is really, really deep. I am not exaggerating when I say agave is poison and all. It’s true! People love their agave and maple syrup so much, it’s hard for them to let it go and heard for them to believe their favorite sweetener is causing so many bad health issues. Oh, and another thing I hear them say is, “eat it in moderation, you’ll be fine”! Like seriously?! No! Not even in moderation; it’s NOT GOOD FOR YOU!! It’s like saying, “I know sugar isn’t good for me, but it’s okay to eat to eat it in moderation.” “Oh, I know this drug is bad for me (smoking, etc.) but it’s okay if I do it in moderation.” See my point… I hope. Go do yourselves a favor – do your own research before you go talking about agave and any topic.

Do Your Own Research! Don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself on Google. Maybe then you’ll believe – See more at: http://rawveganliving.blogspot.com/2013/01/agave-nectar-vs-coconut-nectar-secret.html#sthash.yXDH2AO0.dpuf

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