Save the Avocado!

The secret is out, and it’s that avocados are a miracle food. Used in dozens of healthy recipes for its burst of flavor and host of healthy factors, the avocado is equal parts delicious and nutritious. But how can we keep one from spoiling? It’s rare that someone finishes an entire avocado in one sitting, and following these tips will allow you to revisit your favorite food without it having spoiled or gone brown after the first cut.

A Cut Above: Instead of using a traditional pressed-steel blade to cut, try using a ceramic or plastic knife. Metal accelerates the oxidation process, leading your favorite food to brown quicker than you’d think.

The Citric Approach: Citric acid is well-known as both a powerful antioxidant and the worst thing to get in a paper cut. When you’ve cut into your avacado and are preparing to return it to the fridge, rubbing some lemon juice along the exposed flesh will significantly reduce the speed that it browns.

Seal It Up: Oxidation is what brings the brown to your fresh avocado, so a sure-fire way to fight this is by removing all the air from the bag where you’re keeping it. Whether you have a vacuum sealer or just a determined set of hands, the more air you can keep away from your now exposed avocado the better.

Josh BezoniGuard your Guac: One of the lovely byproducts of a good avocado is guacamole. Delicious and good on almost anything, this delectable green paste can go bad just as quickly as your freshly sliced avocado. When sealing it to ensure its freshness, add a half-inch of water on top of the guacamole after you’ve been sure to remove any air pockets. This bag and water seal helps to keep that guac fresh for up to an entire day by ensuring that no air reaches your food.

The Metabolic Race

We all have that one friend. You’ve seen him eat entire pizzas, you’ve watched him wolf an entire birthday cake, but he somehow remains thin. Our metabolic rate governs our waistline like a dictator ruling over their country. While some metabolisms may be more proactive, burning food like logs in a furnace, others are slower, taking their precious time with what’s given. But not all is out of your hands.

Sadly, crash dieting has become normal for the general public. The ups and downs of a shifting diet can wreak absolute havoc on your metabolism. Imagine your body as a finely tuned car, and multiple diets as different types of fuel, doing little more than damaging the inner workings of your system with its ever-changing qualJosh Bezoniities. Crash dieting can slow your metabolic rate to a crawl, and snapping back to old habits will not only bring the weight back but pile it on with a vengeance.

Dr. Rudolph Leibel, the leading researcher at Rockefeller University and world-renowned obesity expert, found that there is a quantifiable difference between those who crash diet and those who took the time to establish healthy eating habits. Not only were the metabolic rates of the “crashers” 25% lower than their counterparts, the damage done to their metabolism set their body to the rhythm of someone nearly half their size.

The human body is a complex system of chemicals and hormones, each working together to ensure we keep moving forward. Crash dieting can not only damage your metabolic rate, but it can alter your vital hormone makeup. By drastically reducing a daily diet, the human body will begin to lessen its production of fat-burning hormones. The thyroid, responsible for combating weight gain, can drop as much as 38% after two weeks of sustained low-calorie consumption. A week spent indulging in your old habits after your metabolism has dropped to these lows will spell doom for the progress you fought to earn.

No one is perfect. We do our best with what we’re given and make improvements when we are willing and able to do so. Though many remain the victims of their metabolism, there is an answer to the problem plaguing millions, and it’s simple. Eat well, eat regularly, and don’t subject yourself to constant crash-dieting. Not only is it better for your mind, it’s good for the body.

3 Tips To Reverse Aging

When you are in your twenties, you hardly care about the prospect of aging. But as you close in on your forties and beyond, you want to look younger and feel younger. Here are three tips that will help you appear and feel a decade younger.

Flax Seeds Eat Essential Fat: For decades, the media and the masses preached how all fat was unhealthy. However, this is categorically incorrect as a plethora of academic studies has demonstrated recently. Certain fats carry an array of benefits such as maintaining the integrity of your skin. These are the essential fatty acids, and, unfortunately, our bodies are not wired to generate them by themselves. We must turn to certain foods if we want to increase our consumption of essential fatty acids. The majority of Americans typically do not consume enough of Omega-3s, a specific fatty acid. A dearth of this can lead to the drying, cracking, and wrinkling of your skin! If you want to avoid this, which I am sure you do, there are a number of foods that contain plenty of this essential fatty acid. These include wild salmon, mackerel, tuna, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, flax seeds, and more.

Eat More Frequently: The custom in many Western cultures is to have two or three big meals per day. Unfortunately, this is by no means the most efficient or healthy schedule for eating. In reality, the best eating schedule to adhere to is to consume a small, yet sufficient, meal that contains essential fats, healthy carbs, and protein every three hours. This makes it much easier for our bodies to absorb the nutrients from our meals. Furthermore, the frequency of meals, as described above, can boost your body’s metabolism.

Reduce Toxins: Toxins can wreak havoc not only on your appearance but your general health. Avoid toxins such as air pollution, alcohol, cigarette smoke, and those found in our water supply and food. It is advisable to avoid processed foods that contain chemicals, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors.

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Think Your Belly Thin!

Its apparent that people can have the best fat-burning diet or exercise routine if they have enough confidence, if not then they won’t be successful. (Has this ever happened to you?)

It’s saddening that many people are walking around with the common downfall of  low self-esteem. Truthfully, it may not be rock bottom but it is low enough to keep many from enduring needed exercise routines.

The simple fact is, your confidence needs to be nourished everyday. Your confidence should be treated like your body and nourished like a temple. If you don’t nourish your body, you’ll get sick. If you don’t nourish your confidence, you become uncertain, depressed and highly incapable.

Confidence can be developed, obtained and grown – just like a muscle. You can transform how you view yourself just like you can transform your body.

The main question now is: How can one increase their confidence and break through the mental barriers that they need to transform their body in a timely manner?

Here’s where thinking your belly thin comes into play.

Rule#1 Make your confidence your top priority.

How? Well there are 7 steps to this process. Here’s step 1

1. Write down (or think about) five things you REALLY like about yourself!

For more check out The 7-Day Belly Blast.

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Obesity Conspiracy and How to Outsmart it

Make the Right Choices Today!

Making the right choices is extremely important when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet in previous post there has been plenty of exposure to shady food and things like unnatural “Frankenfoods’. Moreover, lets take some time to discuss why removing these additives from your diet is important. Better yet, lets discuss how to outsmart obesity. definitely beneficial

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Top 7 Additives That Should be Removed From Your Diet

1. (This ones a given) CARBOHYDRATES: sugar, flour, enriched white flour, white flour, enriched bleached flour, enriched wheat flour, wheat flour, semolina flour, white rice, maltodextrin, glucose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), fructose, sucrose, dextrose, and levulose) Just REMOVE IT ALL FROM YOUR DIET.

2. Artificial Sweeteners: Splenda, Nutra Sweet, Sunette and even Sweet ‘N Low

3. Added Caffeine: When added in soft drinks or energy drinks is extremely bad for you. In comparison, a few cups of coffee or green tea a day is harmless.

4. Saturated Fat: Also known as hydrogenated oils and trans fats

5. Monosodium glutamate – A compound that occurs naturally as a breakdown product of proteins and is used as a flavor enhancer in food

6: Alcohol: Too much is no good, 1 – 2 drinks a week if you must.

7. Salt and Sodium: AKA chips, crackers, canned food items, pickles, various cheeses, pretzels, condiments, and salted nuts.

 

Big news! Butter is NOT the enemy!

Big news! Butter is NOT the enemy!

Eliminating saturated fats like the butter you schmear on your multigrain toast and melt on your baked sweet potato is one of the first things that get tossed from the fridge when adopting a well-balanced, nutritional diet. Saturated fats can lead to belly fat and heart disease, so it’s obvious they need to be eliminated, right?

Wrong. It’s time to look at butter differently.

Studies have shown that there are some saturated fats, like coconut oil and organic butter from grass-fed cows, can actually reduce levels of bad cholesterol as well as stomach fat when taken in moderation. In fact, they are better at blasting flabby fat than polyunsaturated vegetable oils like soybean oil and canola oil that we often mistake as being “healthier” for us!

A 12-week study of women aged 20 to 40 were randomly split into two groups of twenty. Each group was virtually given the same instructions: follow a reduced calorie eating plan and walk 50 minutes each day. They only differed in that one group received approximately two tablespoons of coconut oil, while the other was given approximately two tablespoons of soybean oil.

Results of the study showed that the group given coconut oil had increased their good cholesterol, reduced their bad cholesterol, and had significantly reduced their stomach fat, otherwise known as their waist circumference. The soybean oil group had, essentially, the exact opposite results on their cholesterol levels and didn’t see any stomach fat loss.

Unfortunately, consumers often fall for misleading advertising which make them fear organic sources of fat and instead fill themselves with processed vegetable oils that cause inflammation in the body. They aren’t realizing that natural sources of fat like coconut oil, organic butter, and even macadamia nut oil are full of nutrition and sources of good fat and are much better for you.

So the next time you’re making a delicious stir-fry full of fresh veggies, don’t be afraid to saute them in some coconut oil for a delicious flavor full of nutrients and saturated fats that are good for you!

Foods for a Healthy Head of Hair

Did you know that hair is a huge indicator of the general condition of your overall health? And your blow dryer, straightening iron, and myriad of hair products aren’t the only things damaging it. Poor diet and nutritional deficiency can cause overly dry, dull, frayed and damaged hair.

By targeting specific deficiencies by incorporating balanced, healthy eating habits can improve the overall appearance, texture and condition of your hair quicker than imagined. Here are six specific foods proven to help give life back to your precious locks:

Chickpeas

These tiny little guys go great in a salad or grinded up as hummus. High in folate and zinc, chickpeas are chock-full of iron-fortified, non-animal protein, which is essential for hair growth. An added bonus? They’re full of keratins, which coat the hair and help protect it from breakage.

Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken, that is. The high protein dish serves up a whole lot of the B Vitamins folate, B6 and B12, which are crucial for maintaining healthy hair. These vitamins produce the right amount of red blood cells to transport oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body, and without their proper delivery, your scalp and hair follicles are left weak and starved.

Beans

Full of folate and iron, legumes like lentils and kidney beans provide the necessary nutrients in producing and maintaining a healthy head of hair. Hair loss is commonly associated with iron-deficiency anemia, so a diet high in this iron-rich food will prevent loss with strengthening your tresses.

Strawberries

Josh Bezoni - StrawberryBursting with Vitamin C, which helps keep collagen healthy, strawberries are essential in maintaining your hair’s structure, preventing split ends, and strengthening strands. Even better? All it takes is 8 strawberries a day to meet your recommended daily allowance for Vitamin C.

Peanuts

Peanuts are the number one choice for a biotin rich food, which is important for hair growth and a healthy scalp. Our bodies actually produce the B Vitamin naturally, so biotin deficiencies are unlikely, but it can’t hurt to load up on biotin rich foods to boost your overall hair health.

Kale

The iron-rich food is also very high in Beta carotene, which is converted in the body into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for cell growth and replenishment, including the cells in your scalp. Deficiencies result in dull, limp hair and a dry, itchy scalp. Additionally, Vitamin A is responsible for the production of sebum, an oily substance that is produced by hair follicles, essentially nature’s own conditioner.

A Few Quick Tips

“I’ve got a date with Ben & Jerry tonight.”

It’s all something we’ve said, heard, or imagined at one point or another. What we’re really saying is, “I’m eating my feelings tonight, no holds barred.” Forget cheat days and treats, emotional eating can completely derail any diet, making you feel like all your health-conscious decisions have been wiped away.

What is emotional eating, after we push away all those candy wrappers and empty chip bags? Stress. When life seems unmanageable, we get stressed, feel crappy, eat crappy food, feel better, and then feel crappy again. It’s sort of human nature.

We all know stress isn’t going anywhere, and emotional eating is by no means a stop on the path to a fitter, healthier lifestyle. If you weren’t already aware, stress is a major contributor to spot-specific belly fat. Yuck! So, how we manage stress is essential to keeping away those crappy feelings and flabby bodies, by choosing either a “negative” or “positive” way to cope with that stress.

Here’s the deal: if you’re not actively searching, planning, and implementing said plan to positively manage your stress, it’s almost guaranteed that you will naturally choose a negative coping mechanism, like eating the entire pizza pie instead of just a slice. Again, it’s human nature. But don’t fear! Positive coping mechanisms are all around us!

Move Around!

Josh Bezoni - Move AroundRunning, jogging, or going for a walk gives you the opportunity to tune-out of life’s realities and just think about whatever comes to mind. If you’ve got a lot on your mind, even better! You won’t focus on how long you’ve been running for, or how much longer you have to go, and instead you’ll surprise yourself with how much activity you’re getting done. Additionally, you’re flooding your cerebellum with those feel good endorphins, which are not only great for your body, but also relieves stress!

If you’re just not up to exercising, another alternative would be to hop in your car (or on public transit if you’re not “vehically equipped”) and cruise till your mind is clear and ready to tackle life.

Pump up the jams!

Music is known to be a big factor in relieving stress, whether it’s listening to it or making it, it soothes the soul. You know what’s even better than listening to music? Listening to music AND running, jogging, walking, or driving! Bye-bye stress. Hello air-guitar solos at the next red light.

If you want to take away the power that emotional eating has over your healthy lifestyle (who doesn’t?!) you HAVE to consciously and actively seek out positive coping mechanisms. If you don’t, those unhealthy behaviors become habits that are hard to break, which quickly turns into more pounds added to the scale.

5 Reasons to Drink Water

1.Drinking Water Maintains and balances Body Fluids

Your body is composition contains 60% of water. The functions of the bodily fluids that your body contains include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of salvia, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperatures.Josh Bezoni - WATER

2. Water Controls Calories.

For years, dieters have considered water as a weight loss strategy. Plot twist: Water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss. But please keep in mind substituting it for beverages that are higher in calories can certainly help.

3. Water Energizes Muscles 

Are you aware of why cells shrink? Cells that lack balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel in size, this can result in fatigue. Drinking enough fluids while exercising is important. Thus helps increase the flow of energy and muscles activity.

4. Water Keeps the Skin Looking Good.

Your skin already absorbs plenty of water, and also functions as a protective barrier to prevent the loss of fluids. Over hydration will not defeat wrinkles and smile lines. Over hydration will however add an extra layer of strength to your skin.

 5. Your Kidneys Love Water

One of the biggest toxins for the human body is blood urea nitrogen, which is a watery waste that is able to go through the kidneys and ex excreted as urine.  When your body is receiving enough fluids, your urine will then flow freely and have a light and odorless free color. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor becomes enhanced because your kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

5 Health Benefits of Walking

1. A Stronger Heart

Walking has proven to reduce risk f heart disease and stroke. Walking also lower bad cholesterol levels while increasing good cholesterol levels this results as a positive way to keep your blood pressure in check.

“According to the Stroke Association, walking briskly for up to 30 minutes can help prevent and control the high blood pressure that can cause strokes – reducing your risk by up to 27 %”

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2. Lowers Disease Risks

A walking habit can lessen the risks of developing heart disease and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, asthma and cancer. According to the charity Walking For Health, including walking into your regular exercise routine could reduce the risk of developing a life threatening disease by up to 60 %.

3. Keep Your Weight in Check

A person weighing 132 pounds can burn 75 calories by simply strolling at 2mph for 30 minutes. Increase that stroll to 3mph and this person will burn 99 calories. Speed up your stroll to a faster pace of 4mph and burn 150 calories. Do you get the drift here?

4. It can help prevent dementia

For those who are over the age of 65 walking can significantly help prevent Dementia. Dementia affects one in 14 people over 65 and one in six over 80. Being active has a positive effect on brain function and evidently reduces dementia risk.

5. …and osteoporosis, too

Walking is extremely important and also helps stimulate and strengthen bones. Thus increasing their density. This is really important, especially for women. Walking also helps maintain healthy joints!