Spicey Stir-fry Chicken & Baked Carrots

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Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 400 grams chicken breast – cut into small strips
  • 1 tspn onion powder
  • 1tspn garlic powder
  • 1 tspn dry basil leaves
  • 1 tblspn Sriracha sauce ( more or less depending on your spice taste)
  • 1 tblspn tomato puree
  • Salt & black pepper
  • 2 tspn melted butter

RECIPE

Mix sriracha and tomato puree in a bowl and set aside. Mix dry ingredients with chicken and mix well. Heat pan and add butter. Add chicken and stir fry until cooked tender. Add the sauce mix and stir fry until coated. Done!

Carrots

preheat oven to 230 degrees. Cut carrots into wedges. Drizzle a dash of balsamic vinegar, 1 dash of melted butter,  salt and black pepper. Coat and mix well. Bake for 20 minutes until carrots are tender. Done!

Workout Schedule

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Length Of Each Workout

Each of my workout sets last no more than 45 minutes. For example, on chest and arm days, I need to complete my chest routine in 30 to 45 minutes. After chest I need to complete my arm routine within 45 minutes. Since I do bicep and tricep together, it usually takes my full 45 minutes to complete. My chest routine is short and simple so I usually finish that in less than 30 minutes. So these days I’m working out 1 hour 30 mins.

Back and shoulders are similar to chest and arm days. Working out the back takes me longer than shoulders. Usually back takes me one hour and shoulders 30 minutes.

Leg days are severe and dangerous. I spend full 45 minutes and some more killin it. Maximum time I like to spend 1 hour and 30 mins on legs. This includes warming up with GLUTE ACTIVATION as well.

So this routine continues through out the month

Warming Up & Rest Days

Warming up before every work out routine can actually set the quality of your exercise sets. So if you warm up properly then expect a great iron session. Likewise, if you ignore warming up and hit the weights a bit cocky then you can expect injury. Warming up is not for sissies, rather we must use it to get the best out of each muscle groups. In order to lift your best and work each muscle group fully, we should ( and better ) activate the muscle groups.

Resting one day after 6 days of working out has been working out great for me. But like I said, listening and understanding the body should be a part of our senses – a 6th sense.

Almond Date Chocolate Cake Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free

INGREDIENTS

  • 100 grams dates (processed in processor until mashed)
  • 100 grams almonds (roasted and ground)
  • 150 to 200 grams gram flour / besan / chickpea flour
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder (more if you like)
  • 3 large eggs
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water to mix into batter ( about 1’ish cup)

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 230
  • Mix together dry ingredients.
  • Add eggs and mix well
  • Add half of the water and mix well. Add rest of water. Batter will be a bit runny.
  • Bake until toothpick comes out clean

MACRO’S

12 slices – per slice

  • protein : 5.2 grams
  • carbs : 12 grams
  • fat : 6 grams
  • calories : 121 calsimg_1096

 

Playing With Glaze

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PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN GLAZE 

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • splash of non-diary milk (almond/soy/sesame etc)
  • Half scoop Protein powder (preferably vanilla flavor)

Mix PB and milk in a bowl and heat in microwave in 30 second increments. Mix after heating and heat until both is well combined. PB should not be chunky. Add half scoop of protein powder and mix well. This mixture should be like glaze.

*add small amounts of milk to avoud runny mixture*

CHOCOLATE PROTEIN GLAZE

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • splash of non-diary milk (almond/soy/sesame etc)
  • Half scoop Protein powder (preferably vanilla flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon of cocao powder

Mix PB and milk in a bowl and heat in microwave in 30 second increments. Mix after heating and heat until both is well combined. PB should not be chunky. Add half scoop of protein powder and mix well. This mixture should be like glaze. Add cocao powder last and keep mixing. You will need to add splashed of milk mix mixture and create the glaze consistency.

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6 Steps to Reveal Your Best Skin

Finally, here is a compilation of true and effective information you need to know in order to reveal your best skin. The reason I say “reveal”  is that  our skin is a reflection of our gut health. A healthy gut results in smooth skin with that lovely natural glow. On the other hand, if your gut is weak, irritated from allergens, constipated, or going through loose motion, and overall not well, then be sure to see the signs of it on your face.

Our skin is the largest organ on our body, and like all other organs, it gives us warning signs and red flags as precursors of underlying issues. Think of that new big pimple as the red engine light in your car – it only comes on when you need to repair and recover your parts.

HOPE IS NOT LOST! Gut health and skin quality are recoverable and controllable without expensive pills, potions, or procedures! All it takes is a balanced lifestyle (a dash of patience, too). Healthy skin is a result of good health inside, such restoring your natural detox pathways. Being conscious of what goes IN and ON your body leads to happy and healthy skin.

1. WATER & HYDRATION

Drill this into your head: YOU ARE MADE UP OF WATER – 60 percent to be exact. If becoming thirsty is the only thing that reminds you to drink water, then you are dehydrated already. Dehydration causes your body to pull water from the skin and muscles in order to carry out other mandatory functions of the body. So dry skin is a direct and immediate cause of lack of water. Drink plain water and nothing else for that glossy skin. Properly hydrated skin is soft and “plump”…meaning the collagen under your skin is properly hydrated.

How much water does YOUR body need: click here to find out.

Useful Tips to Get You Going:

  • Proper water during exercise & activities
  • Drink half a liter before bed
  • Drink in the middle of the night if you wake up
  • Split up the water intake throughout the day
  • Replace your harmful sugary drinks with water
  • Add THE LOVE SHOT to your daily routine and see your skin transform!

2. GET FAT

I don’t mean physically. What I mean is to eat more healthy fats. There is a layer of fat under the skin that holds water and keeps skin nice and plump. You know that new trend of eating extreme low fat foods…well, it’s not gonna do your skin any good, actually. Add back those nuts, fish, and avocado. This will give you a healthy glow and keep wrinkles at bay for a LONG time. Fat is a crucial part of our diet and considered a macro nutrient. All the recent trends of blaming fat for everything is kind of misleading. Being too strict on your fat intake will not only weaken your gut, but also lead to early wrinkles and dry skin.

Good Fats  Bad Fats
eggs hydrogenated oils
fish french fries
nuts & seeds donuts
lean meats biscuits / cookies
avocado processed flour products
leafy greens processed meats
organic nut oils margarine
organic butter canola oi
olive oil / coconut oil most packaged foods “snacks”

Useful Tips to Get You Going:

  • No junk food and fried foods – hydrogenated oils lead to storage of fat in your fat cells. This type of fat is “bad” fat and stores toxins. Toxins in your body upset the balance of hormones – triggering pimples.  Want to know more about toxins and how to become a detox machine, click here.
  • Nuts at snack time
  • Alternative cooking oils – there are lots of healthier cooking oils other than hydrogenated veg oils. Try coconut oil, peanut oil, or even butter!
  • Fish are friends AND food – there is nothing better than fish to fulfill your need of omega fatty acids. We Americans typically don’t get enough fish and rely on farm produce, hence our lack of major omega fatty acids. Include fish 3 to 4 times a week and see your skin transform.

3. DITCH YOUR MAKE UP

I know this is a tough one; I’ll give you a minute to pick yourself up off the floor. No matter what your make up brand says, chemicals are harmful. Today’s cosmetics are full of harsh chemicals that alter the ph balance of the skin. Addiction to daily make up isn’t just killing your morning time but also wreaking havoc at a microscopic level. Let’s join Alicia Keys and the No MakeUp Movement to give our skin the recovery it needs from all that exposure to toxins. Filtering out the poison and self-cleaning is hampered and slowed down when you pile on the cosmetics day after day. All the chemicals from cosmetics and cellular waste build-up turns into nasty blackheads. Remember, our skin is an organ-it is alive! What ever goes ON it eventually gets absorbed INTO it- remember the layer of nice fat we have under the skin? Let’s not turn that into a toxic chemical graveyard. The last thing you want is chemicals and toxins getting absorbed into your body which can not be removed with wet wipes.  By following a healthy eating routine, your skin will start to glow naturally. Learn to love the glow and give your skin what it needs (especially time) to be shiny and healthy your whole life!

Useful Tips to Get You Going:

  • You only need one tip, it’s called PATIENCE. Give your skin a few weeks to heal and absorb the good nutrients (from food and water). This will allow your best skin to come out slowly. The discolored or dry patches will even out eventually, I promise.

4. MOISTURIZE

You know those expensive creams celebrities use for that smooth plastic like skin? It’s mostly natural butter aka natural fats (photoshop too!). Fats trap moisture and boost your own skin’s quality. Moisturizing might just be your new secret tool to looking young . Use natural moisturisers that have less – or no – chemicals. Read the labels to make sure you can pronounce the name. If it has 20 letters then guess what…it’s a chemical composition.Companies are not legally bound to list all their ingredients, so more times than not, we are being lied to from the gate. But don’t feel like a sore loser, natural butters provide you with more benefits than you think. My favourite is cocoa butter, shea butter, or mango butter. Contrary to popular belief, these butters will not “clog your pores.”

Useful Tips to Get You Going:

  • Wash face with mild soap
  • Pat skin dry. Dont rub roughly.
  • Take moisturiser on your ring finger and swipe gently on your skin. Take your time.
  • Moisturise before you sleep EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.
  • Try coconut oil or other natural oil packs 3x a week. Wash with warm water to open and clear the pores. Splash with cold water at the end to close your pores.

5. SLEEPING BEAUTY

Lack of sleep is one of the main reasons your skin is not getting the hydration and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Sleep during the night is the peak time for repair and recovery work for your body. Try sleeping 6 to 8 hours straight so the benefits of everything listed at points 1 through 4 reaches your face. Women generally need more sleep then men – hello beauty naps! Not enough rest will definitely ruin your skin no matter what.

Useful Tips to Get You Going:

  • Make your room dark. No blue or halogen lights. Use red toned night light if needed.
  • Leave your phone far away from you.
  • Sleep on your sides or back. Sleeping on your stomach causes water to pool under your eyes.
  • Get full and uninterrupted sleep.
  • Drink plenty of water before bed time.

6. WORKOUT MORE

Ever noticed that glow on your skin after a good session of #SweatySunday? That can be all the time! Exercise promotes blood flow and blood flow takes oxygen, water, and important nutrients to all parts of your body. Sweating during exercise literally pushes harmful toxins out through your skin! Not only are you getting fit, you’re cleaning your pores without the hassle of expensive cleansers or treatments.

Useful Tips to Get You Going:

  • Start working out 2 to 5 times a week.
  • Working out 45 minutes daily is good enough.
  • Make sure to keep hydrated while working out.

Healthy, beautiful skin can be had at any age – and I can assure you that’s not just a sales pitch. If your gut and insides are healthy, then your skin will show it no matter how old you are or how young you pretend to be.

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7 Successful Exercises To Tone Arms

Here are 7 successful and result proven exercises to tone your arms and feel good in sleeveless tops PLUS my current workout.

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Arms ( between shoulder and elbows) have 2 main muscle groups : biceps and triceps. Your arms maybe fat and jiggly due to the amount of fat around your muscles. Yes, your muscles are buried deep under that layer of fat.  All you need to do to have toned arms is to reveal your muscles.

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Don’t panic! Muscles aren’t only for men, women have muscle too. Common misconception: YOU WILL NOT LOOK LIKE A MAN IF YOU HAVE BIG MUSCLES. So, get ready to say hello to slender and sexy arms, by working those main muscle groups. The best form of exercise which targets biceps and triceps directly is – off course – weight training aka weight lifting. Gym or at home, the following workouts can be done anywhere with dumbbells or a weighted object like water bottle.

The Workouts 👇

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How Your Body Works Inside 👇

When weight lifting to tone  arm muscle, focus on slow and controlled movements. Each repetition should take 4 to 6 seconds to complete. This ensures that muscles are properly lengthen and contracted…this is where the magic works! Weight training causes little micro tears in the muscle fibre. Do you ever feel sore after an intense workout? When you workout (pull heavy weight) it causes very small tears in the microfibres of your bicep and triceps. This is why you feel pain. After you workout, your body repairs these damaged muscle fibres by fusing fibres together to form new muscle protein strands (known as myofibrils). These repaired myofibrils increase in thickness and number to create muscle growth. Muscle soreness can also occur a few hours after your workout. This is called delayed onset of muscle soreness or DOMS in short. This is nothing to worry about rather something to look forward to when weight training. DOMS just means your muscles are growing and getting stronger. After a few weeks you will be able to lift heavier weights and make strength gains!

Recovery & Magic 👇

While working out, your body is burning a tremendous amount of calories to lift those weights. This calorie or energy burn doesn’t just stop here! Repairing the muscles while they grow requires energy ( calories ) and proper nutrients as well. This is where the magic happens, weight training your arms results in your body burning energy even after you workout. With a proper clean macro – nutrient plan, you can make your body a calorie / fat burning machine and get to those dreamy toned arms faster!

Routine 👇

As with any weight training, you must hit bicep / tricep muscle group twice a week. This gives time for recovery, rest and strength gains. Optimum time spent on working out arms should not be more than 45 mins. You can complete an arm routine between 30 to 45 mins and it will be effective. Make sure to drink plenty of water to hydrate your muscles !

Here is an example of my workout routine

PS – investing in a good set of dumbbells is a good idea. They double up for a full body workout like when doing back and legs.


photo credits

  1. http://halsozam.com/traning-ovana-dag-28/
  2. workoutlabs.com

Macro-Nutrients : The Secret To Fitness

It’s not a secret any more.

Fitness athletes, celebs, and every “fit” person you see has knowledge they use to stay healthy and fit. And that knowledge is no secret. It’s pure science, common sense, discipline and dedication. You see a fit body with curves but what you don’t see is the hard-work, tears, sweat and persistence needed to appear that way. Eating two peas and a few grains of rice is NOT what they are doing behind the screen , guys. Staying fit is a simple equation of balancing what your body needs (fuel aka food) and working out.

Working out (gym or home) burns fat, but the actual hard work takes place in the kitchen. Your body can not be transformed unless you feed it the raw materials it needs to make specific changes. Proper knowledge of food and eating can drastically change your body and keep it fit for a lifetime – unless crash dieting is your thing. Then you won’t need the tons of info you have here.

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Macro’s are short for Macro-nutrients. Macro-nutrients are nutrients your body needs in large quantity. There are 3 sources of macro-nutrients : protein, carbohydrates and fats.

YOU NEED TO EAT RAW MATERIALS TO GIVE YOUR SELF THESE NUTRIENTS – raw materials meaning foods…not just any foods but clean foods. You may have seen this term (macros) used by fitness models and athletes on social media but not to worry! Here is what it really means.

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For losing weight, gaining weight, staying fit etc, you need to balance your macro’s. A balanced way of eating mean your body gets exactly what it needs. Eating extra of anything causes you to gain fat. Gaining fat actually means your body is storing the extra food             -energy- for later use. So , to make sure fat is not being stored, you must eat exactly what your body need.

Dont Fuss About It

You dont have to be exact to the very dot. Take it easy and make sure you dont over-do or under-do any meal plan.

So how much macro’s do you need? That depends on the following:

  • age
  • weight
  • height
  • how active you are
  • previous medical history

you can calculate your macros by simply using this formula     or speak to a knowledgable fitness coach / nutritionist to help you find your SPECIFIC NEEDS.

  • protein : your body weight in pounds x 1
  • carbs : your body weight in pounds x 1

Here  is a more reliable macro’s calculator that does the work for you. Now that you know how much nutrition you need DAILY, you have to make a meal plan which includes you daily needs. Your job just got easier!  Eating  properly everyday ensure you never miss out on refueling. Your body is constantly burning the fuel it needs and metabolism never slows down. So what are you waiting for?

Don’t Forget These Though

It can be easy to forget other important points when always thinking about macro’s. Fibre and water both are crucial to your diet, health and fitness. Including enough vegetables in your meal plan will not only keep you fuller but help in maintaining a balance in your hormones. Remember this folks, hormones are the key holders for every function in your body. Those buggers pretty much regulate everything. So in order to activate your “fat burn mode” you would require the balancing of all your hormones (guy or girl). Without having to get into science mumbo jumbo (that’s for another article), macro’s + green veggies provide everything your body needs to make sure no one going out of whack.

Water if your best friend. From clearing your gut to deciding the quality of your skin, everything happens in the presence of water. So lacking in enough water will slow down any positive result you’re working hard for. Some people say cutting out a few of those sugary drinks is enough to see changes. I say, cut ’em all out and see how magnificent you feel now.

The Bottom Line

When you over eat anything, it will be stored as fat. When you under eat (not fuelling your body properly)  the body goes into “starvation mode” and stores what you feed it. Under eating any of the important macro’s for a prolonged time can upset your metabolism and cause this starvation mode to turn on. To make sure it stays off, you can constantly feed the body what it needs and maintain a normal (constant) metabolism.  You can increase your metabolism by eating smaller meals throughout the day and eating enough of what your body need.

Start planning you goals and smashing those targets!

Crispy Baked Basa

 

20160907_151450INGREDIENTS 

  • 4 large catfish ( pangash  or known as basa ) steaks – works better than fillet
  • 2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 or 2 teaspoon red chilli paste (optional, fish tastes equally good without this)
  • salt to taste

RECIPE 

  1. add all ingredients to the fish and mix well. For mixing : place fish in large cooking pot and add all of the above. cover with lid and shake well!
  2. bake at 220 for 45 minutes or edges are crispy.

GARLIC PICKLE MAYO DIP

  • garlic pickles or garlic powder
  • pickles – thinly sliced and some pickle juice
  • mayonaise

mix well !

 

 

 

Good Morning Hemp

🚫First of all let me say – I did not get paid or sponsored to do this. This is NOT a paid advertisement.

Reviewing MyProtein Hemp Protein Powder.

  • Weight: 2.5 kilo’s
  • Price: 42.99 pounds
  • Mix-ability: excellent with water or curd. Put in shaker and shake well to mix.
  • Duration Lasted: just a little over 2 month.

Ziploc bag opens real quick, so you wanna put this whole bag into another airtight container. We had really big whey buckets so I put it in there to keep air tight. The main reason MyProtein is affordable is because they didn’t spend so much money on packaging. Their Hemp protein powder is great quality and I felt great adding this to my meal plan.

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MORNING ROUTINE : UPDATE

So we ( Silverback & I )  have updated our morning routine to better suit the body’s needs.  Previously the hemp – curd smoothie was the second meal of the day; the first being a fruit smoothie. But now switched the two around, hemp-curd first then fruit smoothie. Our reasons (researched & scientific backed logic)  are the following:

1.  Saving The Gains

After a whole nights sleep (fasting) body needs  protein to replenish and keep in stock glycogen  and amino acids ( protein ). This prevents my body from breaking down my lean muscle also known as GAINS!

macro count from hemp – curd

  • 1 scoop hemp ( 30 grams) : 16 grams complete protein
  • 100 grams curd : 6 grams protein ( includes casein)

why curd with my hemp? sorry guys, truth is hemp has a very strong grassy flavour and I.JUST.CAN’T.HANDLE.IT 😷 Mixing hemp and curd ( with 2 teaspoon sugar ) together mellows down the grassy flavour and actually tastes pretty good.

2. No Sugar Spikes

Fiber from hemp slows down digestion and does not give me sugar spikes. Sugar spikes are one of the main reasons we feel sudden fatigues. Plant fiber helps by maintaining a constant release of sugar ( glucose aka energy) into our blood stream. So I feel good for longer amount of time.

3. Quality

Hemp is such an amazing plant that comes with countless benefits, we want it in our system first thing in the morning. It’s like starting the engine with the best fuel. I know hemp is supporting, improving and repairing our gut- making us stronger from the inside.

  • fullsizeoutput_217.jpegHemp seeds are composed of more than 30 percent healthy fats, including the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid (plant-based omega-3
  • Hemps seeds are about 25 percent protein and also provide nutrients including vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc
  • With all of the essential amino acids and an amount of protein similar to beef (by weight), hemp seeds are an excellent form of plant-based protein.

and so much more i dont have space for here !

Sooo….

The fruit smoothie comes packed with fiber and quick digesting sugars. The fruit smoothie provides a good amount nutrients for energy and vitamins to fuel my workout. If you feel gas-y or acidic after a workout I would def suggest a fruit smoothie. Vitamin C is a major player in shaping, toning and keeping you fit.

  • reduce stress – vitamin C reduces cortisol, the hormone responsible for muscle breakdown
  • required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.
  • It is used to form collagen, a protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
  • essential for the healing of wounds, and for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
  • helps with blood pressure by strengthening the walls of the arteries.
  • prevent damage to cells caused by aging
  • helps to improve digestive absorption

Choco-Date Bliss Balls

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Say bye-bye to guilt causing desserts and snacks! If you’re a self-proclaimed chocolate goddess then I’ve got just the thing.  Dessert and snack time aren’t just for satisfying the sweet tooth. You can also pack in some mighty nutrients throughout your day with these bliss balls – minus the table sugar and hidden processed chemicals.

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With five simple ingredients and four easy steps, these tiny bliss balls pack a whole-lotta taste you just can’t imagine. Plus, if you are looking for a tasty way to include black seed into your diet (instead of chewing it), then you just might be surprised at their exotic taste in this combo.

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Ingredients

  • 200 grams of dates (more or less)
  • 1/2 tsp black seed
  • 1 tsp sesame seed
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Crushed whole almonds
  • Food processor or grinder

Directions

  1. Remove the seeds from the dates and process into a paste in a food processor or grinder (or even a traditional stone grinder). It doesn’t have to be perfect, just mashed enough to be formed into balls.
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2. Use the food processor (or your hands) and mix together the dates, chocolate, black seed, and sesame seed. Add a few splashes of water to keep it going. It gets sticky but keep mixing!

3. After thoroughly licking your fingers clean, wash your hands and keep them wet. Roll the chocolatey mess

4. Between your palms and form into balls. Keeping your hands wet gives a better finish to the end product.

5. Roll the date balls in crushed almonds. You can crush almonds by processing whole almonds in the food processor or grinder. Coat all the balls evenly and shake off excess crumbs.

These are best with black coffee or tea and serve as a great snack in-between meals. Date balls are also an excellent source of quick-digesting carbs post workout.


Major Benefits !

  • Dates: A natural source of sugar & fiber, dates are packed with essential minerals and vitamins and give you a quick burst of energy.
  • Cocoa Powder: Raw cacao powder has more than 300 phytochemicals and nearly four times the antioxidant power of regular dark chocolate
  • Black Seed: The remedy for ‘everything but death,’ has been found as the remedy to more than 160 different illnesses. With strong gut-healing powers, it’s recommended to include black seed into your daily morning routine.
  • Sesame Seed: An excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and zinc.

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Detoxing Your Body – What You Really Need to Know !

Contrary to popular belief, detoxing is a continuous process in the body not just something that happens when we drink a smoothie. The human body has natural detoxing systems that take place wether we are sipping tea-tox or not. All we have to do is keep those detox pathways healthy, clean and active. SURPRISE! You don’t have to do anything extra to detox your body. All you gotta do is adopt a few healthy habits.

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When is the last time we actually stopped to find out what is detoxing and if it actually works?

Detoxing requires the use of the liver and kidneys and the last time I checked both organs function daily instead of periodically ( while drinking a tea-tox ) as we like to think. Sorry to say, an Instagrammers coupon code IS NOT going to jump start your fat burn process. The key (or common sense) to this whole detox thing is to understand what detox is and LEAD A DETOX LIFESTYLE  instead of purchasing magical detox products. You can tweak your current habits and make your body a life long detoxing machine. By learning more about your natural system  and activating it, you can keep your body strong and fit. Also, by leading a less toxic life, your body releases stored toxins in your fat cells there by shrinking your fat cells leading to weight loss (TA-DA !).

Detoxing requires the use of the liver and kidneys and the last time I checked both organs function daily instead of periodically as we like to think. 

THE ACTUAL PROCESS

Our body is designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins. You can divide toxins into two groups: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily flushed out of the body through the blood and kidneys ( drink enough water girls!) Fat-soluble toxins are a bit difficult for the body to remove.

These fat-soluble toxins are :

  • heavy metals
  • pesticides
  • preservatives
  • food additives
  • pollutants
  • plastics
  • other environmental chemicals)

Fat-soluble toxins if not removed (detoxed) are stored inside your fat cells. All of this detoxing happens in the liver and is removed through stool if your gut is clean and strong. But if your digestive and detox pathways are not working properly (due to previous toxin buildup caused by hazardous lifestyle and improper nutrition), these toxins are carried from the liver to the blood, fat cells and brain for storage. Stored toxins in the fat cells and brain CAN NOT be removed by teas which act as a diuretic. Diuretics (tea/coffee/caffeine) cause the kidney to pass out more urine. More urine means less water retention in the body. You may lose a pound or few by drinking teas but you don’t decide from where. You can’t just drink a teatox and order your belly fat to melt away. Drinking extremely caffeinated teas/drinks help you shed water weight but at the end of the day the fat to lean muscle ratio wouldn’t change. Just 2 cups of water equal 1 pound, which you can lose through sweat or urine. So what exactly did you detox?

SO NOW WHAT!

To remove fat soluble toxins (and prevent them from being stored in your fat cells) your intestine functions have to be clear. After a meal, all the nutrients are absorbed and processed in the small intestines. The small intestines have tiny grass like fingers, called villi, which absorb the nutrients (and toxins). It sends the nutrients for storage and use, and toxins to the liver for processing out of the body.

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ridiculously simply diagram of Villi

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The intestines naturally release mucus to capture irritants and remove them from the body. Too many irritants/toxins (food additives, food allergens, bacteria/virus, dust, chemicals and other pollution) cause more mucus secretion than normal. Excessive mucus causes glue-like build up over the villi and hamper proper absorptions. Too much mucus can cause improper processing of the nutrients and toxins. Instead of being earmarked for waste,  toxins enter into the storage pathways along with other nutrients and ultimately end up getting stored- guess where? In your fat cells. Over time, your body is storing toxins in the fat cells. So the areas of your body you tend to hate actually have been storing toxins- cue thunder thighs and that spare tire! As we already know, detox teas contain extreme amounts of caffeine which remove water from the body and NOT STORED FAT.

Excessive mucus build up and weak intestines cause several symptoms and warning signs. One or more of these symptoms can mean your nutrient absorption is faulty and instead of removing waste your body is storing that toxic sludge. Check if you have one or more of the following:

  • constant chronic cough and phlegm
  • currently experiencing mucus from a cold and/or flu
  • puffy and crusty eyes in the morning
  • Bad breath throughout the day
  • constant stuffy nose
  • dulled senses (lots of salt to make food “taste good”)
  • senses are not sharp (foggy mind, unclear thinking)

YOUR OWN DETOX SYSTEM

Keep your mind on two things when it comes to restoring and continuing your own detoxing process:

1.You have to burn fat to remove stored toxins: achieved by 

  • include a regular and effective fat burn regime (regular exercise)
  • clean and balanced meals
  • enough water for your body

2. Repair your gut health to make sure your body can continue its own process : 

  • remove processed / packaged foods
  • add more raw vegetables and fruits (green smoothies are ok)
  • drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • add a probiotic such as VSL#3
  • Start having powerful ingredients such as raw turmeric, raw ginger, raw garlic

HONEST – TEA :  WE KNOW THOSE DETOX TEAS ARE MISLEADING

Teas and coffee will help you jumpstart the process of lipolysis, which is when your body releases free fatty acids into the bloodstream. This occurs when your body is breaking down your fat stores to convert it into energy. That is to say, caffeine boosts metabolism which helps you burn fat – but at a very small scale. You can make a metabolism boosting super drink  at home using natural spices. The following is a list of spices that increase metabolism and won’t hurt your pocket:

  • Ginseng : 3grams of ginseng root per cup of tea.
  • Cayenne Pepper : Few dashes of cayenne pepper on any meal
  • Black Pepper : fresh crushed black pepper on your eggs
  • Dandelion: sip on dandelion tea and feel fancy
  • Turmeric : swallow 1 teaspoon turmeric every morning (my personal fav)
  • Mustard : more fresh organic mustard on your hot dog.
  • Ginger : add 1 inch of ginger in your smoothie

For burning stubborn fat you will need to be more disciplined though. Stubborn fat is fat that does not respond to diet or exercise. In women stubborn fat is around the love handles and hips. Check out my latest ebook Why Stubborn Fat is Stubborn and What You Can Do About It. 

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All these foods deliver what it needs to increase your metabolism and *start* the fat burn process. But relying on drinks wont burn fat (and remove stored toxins) at all. Include an effective workout routine with a clean eating meal plan and these teas will aid the process of burning fat.

Your health is not as temporary as that new shade of nude lipstick. Burning fat requires some dedication. So get to werk!