At Beauty Bloomers, we're all about eating a healthy, well-blanced delicious diet - for life.
Not about unhealthy "Fad Diets".
The extra weight you may be carrying didn't come on overnight, so to lose it in a healthy and realistic way is not going to happen overnight either. Learn how to eat well and the weight will come off and stay off and you'll be healthy and fit for life.
Simple Tips to Pile on the Veggies
eat less and buy the best! Lean, organic, grass fed.
It's worth the extra cost to eliminate the toxic hormones, steroids and unhealthy grains that the big meat companies use to raise cattle. If you eat less meat, the extra cost will equal out and you and your family will be healthier for it.
Make Vegetables Half of Every Single Meal
Which does not mean that the other half of your plate is covered in meat! Vegetables are chockfull of vital nutrients and most of us do not get enough of them. There are many easy ways to incorporate more veggies into your diet without a lot of thought or effort.
The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way
to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life
Eat more veggie based salads and soups. Make an omelet or scramble and toss in some spinach, or left-over vegetables from last night.
Divide your plate in half - one side is veggies and then divide the other side in half again - - half for fish, chicken or other protein, and the other half for fruit, whole grain bread, pasta, potatoes (yes, we know that's a vegetable), etc.
Eat as much of your veggies
in their natural state as possible.
In other words - raw.
If you do cook them, remember . . . "al-dente".
Best Cooking Method for Veggies?
“Steaming does the least damage to the nutrients in vegetables.” says Dr. Andrew Weil.
If you microwave your veggies - read this! “A study published in the November 2003 issue of Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli cooked in the microwave lost up to 97% of its antioxidant content, but lost only 11% when it was steamed. Another study showed that spinach cooked in the microwave retained nearly all its folate but lost about 77% of this nutrient when cooking on the stove.”
Why Beauty Bloomers Supports a Vegetarian Diet
The Oxford Vegetarian Study was a 15 year research effort that began in Oxford, England in the early 1980's. A total of 11,000 volunteers participated in the study; 6,000 vegetarians and 5,000 non-vegetarians. The results of the study indicated that meat eaters are twice as likely to die from heart disease, have a 60% greater risk of dying from cancer and a 30% higher risk of death from other diseases
- The American National Institute of Health, in a study of 50,000 vegetarians, found that the vegetarians live longer and also have an impressively lower incidence of heart disease, and a significantly lower rate of cancer than meat-eating Americans.
- A major study conducted in California revealed that the cancer rate among Mormons, who are known to eat very little meat, was 50% lower than in the normal population. An even more comprehensive, 8-year controlled study on 50,000 vegetarians of the Seventh Day Adventist church in California, compared with the same number of non-vegetarians of the same sex and age, produced similar results as in the Oxford Vegetarian Study. The study, which was completed in 1966, found that members of the vegetarian group had an astonishingly low rate of cancer of all types, their life expectancy was significantly longer, and they suffered significantly less from cardiovascular disease than those in the control group.
- In the same context, the "forced" vegetarianism of the Danes, due to the allied blockage of Denmark in World War I, led to a 17% reduction of mortality rates in the first year of meat rationing. Norway experienced a similar positive side effect from meat rationing during the years of World War II (1940-1945). There was an immediate drop in national mortality rates from circulatory diseases during the period of meat shortage. The rates returned to pre-war levels when the population resumed meat consumption.
Raw Balinese Cacao Powder
All chocolate is made from the cacao (cocoa) bean, and cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unadulterated state are rich in nutrients and beneficial to health.
Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. Health benefits of these antioxidants include:
- Promote cardiovascular health - Help dilate bloods vessels, reduce blood clotting, improve circulation, help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
- Protect from environmental and metabolic toxins - Help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and may reduce risk of certain cancers.
Try adding 1 TB. to your morning coffee. It will make your coffee taste much richer. We like a dash of cinnamon too.
Healthy Tips to Help You lose Weight
Flick a Switch and Lose Weight!
A new study suggests that you could avoid packing on extra pounds just by flicking a switch. The switch in question? Your bedroom light. Or that patio light that always wakes you up at night. Or that alarm clock that's too bright. The study suggests that being exposed to even just a little bit of light at night might add pounds.
People who skip breakfast are 4 1/2 times more likely to be obese than breakfast eaters.
Why? Because going hungry slows down your metabolis by up to 10%.
Keep Your Metabolism Burning!
Eat smaller meals, more frequently. If you wait until you're starving, you're more likely to over-eat. And skipping meals slows your metabolism way down. And a slower metabolism means more weight gain. Got a pudgy pup? Think about her metabolism too, and feed smaller meals more frequently, instead of one huge meal per day.
Replica of 1lb. of Human Fat
EEUuu! Talk about motivation! Three-dimensional replica of human fat. A shocking but strongly motivating attention-getter. Made of soft, pliable, long-lasting vinyl plastic. Keep it on the kitchen counter ... in the refrigerator.
Get Your Zzzzzs . . .
Research shows that people who get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night are 30 percent more likely to be obese. Lack of sleep alters the flow of hormones that regulate hunger and satiety, which can cause you to eat more.
Healthy Tips to Help You Eat Less
An Apple a Day
Eat an apple 20-30 minutes before dinner. The fiber will give you a full feeling.
Enjoy a refreshing glass of water before your meal. Make it special. Try sparkling water with lime or sliced cucumber.
Our brain is a big part of over-eating. Trick your brain by using a smaller plate. The bigger plate may induce you to fill it, which results in lots more calories.
Smelling and slowly chewing the food will send signals of satiety to your brain. It's important that you concentrate on the eating process. Smell the food and savor it. Chew longer before swallowing. Think about how good your meal is. Mmmmm.
Your plate is empty and you're still hungry. Wait! Your tummy has not had time to signal the brain that it's full yet. Give it about 20 minutes. It's hard, but worth it. Here's another way to look at it: Eat until you feel 80% full. In 20 minutes, you'll feel 100% full.
- Before main meals drink half a glass of vegetable or fruit juice – it will increase your appetite.
- Eat meals 5 to 6 times a day, always at the same time of the day.
- Include in your menu the dishes you like the best.
- After bigger meals, for example, after dinner, take a rest for 30 minutes.