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7 Foods To Stay Away From If You Don’t Want To Get Fat

Obesity… It is a great problem in the United States.

I have made it a lifelong goal to help rid America of obesity. And many food manufacturers as well as eating establishments have made it a difficult task. But I do notice people are starting to awaken to the fact that they don’t want to get fat.

While there are various reasons people gain weight, the top one is the foods they are ingesting.

I have decided to make a list of 7 foods you may want to stay away from if your don’t want to get fat.

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Now, I don’t want to seem like the “food Grinch,” but many of these items have no nutritional value and they may seem fun until you look in a mirror and wonder how you gained so much weight

So, let’s look at these 7 obesity makers…

#1 Foods To Stay Away From: Soda

Some call it soda, others call it pop and still others call all flavors the name of one brand, coke. No matter what you call it, it is no good. It is non-nutritious, full of sugars and really does not quench your thirst as many think it does.

Soda will make you fat!

There are many alternatives that are much better for you with the top spot going to the best thirst quencher of all, water.

#2 Foods To Stay Away From: Chicken Fried Steak With Gravy

This is a meal made in many of America’s restaurants and it is a sure fire way to get fat.

Not that the flattened steak is all that fattening, but when you add all that breading and the gravy concoction on top, you are filling yourself with a load of obesity.

If you must have this meal, I suggest you split one portion between 3 or 4 people.

#3 Foods To Stay Away From: French Fries

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Potatoes on their own are a starch that once eaten and digested, turns to a sugar in your body. An occasional baked potato is not terribly bad for you, but when you cut that potato in pieces and deep fat fry them, you are setting yourself up for weight gain. Not to mention, that grease is not very good for your arteries.

#4 Foods To Stay Away From: Double, Single… Quadruple Burgers

It seems some eating establishments are getting carried away.

It saddens me whenever I see one of those eating television series and watch a man who must weigh 300 pounds wrapping his jaws around a massive amount of hamburger, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion; and topped with bacon or chili.

He weighed 300 going in and 320 going out…

Sad!

If someone dares you to do it, dare them to jump off the Statue of Liberty because they are daring you to die younger than you should.

#5 Foods To Stay Away From: Monstrous Hot Dogs

Nearby in Connecticut, there is a huge love for what they call the 2 foot hot dog…

First thing is, do you have any idea where the meat from a hot dog comes from?

Secondly, they wrap these things in monstrous buns and add all kinds of items on top that just screams fat!

How about a carrot instead?

#6 Foods To Stay Away From: Frozen Pizza

Pizza in general can be fattening, but those frozen things you can get at supermarkets takes fattening to an even higher level.

They are a carb-fest. And I have told you before how carbs will take over your bodies energy manufacturing and if you have too many carbohydrates going in, your body will not burn the fat. The result is weight gain.

#7 Foods To Stay Away From: Whites

The last on this list may be confusing… Whites???

Yes, white rice, white bread, and pasta that is normally an off-white.

These are another line of foods that are high in carbohydrates and go right along with what I told you in #6.

Conclusion

It’s just a small list… I could name many more, but I believe you are getting the idea…

Remember, fruits, vegetables, nuts and grass raised meats are your best friends.

Let’s get the weight gain down and life will be more fun.

If you have any questions, or want to know if a certain food is fattening, just post your comment below.

And while you are at it, get a copy of my book:

Thanks and have a great day!

5 Tips For Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes

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When we look at the diabetes statistics, it can be quite easy to fall into a negative state of mind:

  • Over 30,000,000 Americans have some form of diabetes;
  • Each year, 1,500,000 new cases are diagnosed;
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

So, we know there is a problem. But focusing on the problem… focusing on the statistics can only drive humans into a state of depression.

We MUST focus on solutions.

And I have written several articles about taking care of your diabetes. I do believe that much of it comes down to diets. Eliminating many sugars, processed foods and starches which turn into sugars after ingestion.

But no matter what, there will be diabetes and we must learn to live with this disease.

You Can!

Here are 5 tips for living a meaningful life with diabetes.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician and these tips are from my own personal opinions as well as research. I do suggest seeing your Doctor on a regular basis and not relying on these tips alone.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #1: Have A Glucose Meter With You At All Times

Most Doctors will tell you the same thing I am telling you… Always have a glucose meter with you and regularly check your levels. By doing so, you will get a good idea when your blood sugar “spikes” and why it is doing so. (Maybe that bite of chocolate cake was not a good idea.)

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #2: Drink Water

It is a well known fact that diabetes can give people the impression they are hungry when they actually are slightly dehydrated.

If you feel an urge to eat, try this… Drink a full bottle of water and wait approximately 15 – 20 minutes. If you are still hungry, snack on a nutritious item such as nuts, apple slices or an organic trail mix that has no sugars added.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #3: Find A Physical Activity To Take Part In

Just because you have diabetes does not mean you can’t participate in physical sports or activities. Find one or more physical activities you enjoy:

  • Run in a marathon
  • Play in a softball, basketball or another sport’s league
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Etc…

Diabetes does not mean you have to sit on the sidelines. Get out and get physically active. Don’t let diabetes stop you.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Healthy Eating

Maybe this is a good time to say no to those fast food drive-through obesity machines. Focus on a healthy diet…

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds

And do know that cutting as many as the carbohydrates from your diet as possible is the best thing you can do. Carbs turn into sugar, so by cutting the carbs out, you are controlling the diabetes instead of letting it control you.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Get Proper Sleep

Your sleep patterns can play a huge role in your blood sugar levels. It is recommended that people get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours. And, you should try to stay consistent. Get up at the same time and go to bed at the same time. Lastly, you should ensure your sleeping zone is optimal:

  • Comfortable mattress and pillow
  • Low light and noise

All of these will help you keep a level blood sugar level.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #5: For Those Low Moments

If things get fuzzy, maybe your insulin lowered your blood sugar too far. You should keep glucose tablets with you. Some other tricks are:

  • Lifesavers – Yes, they could save your life.
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 Oreo cookie

I really don’t like telling people to take things like these but in the case of low blood sugar, they will help.

Conclusion

Many people are living productive lives and they are diabetic.

You can too!

So follow these tips and by all means, stay positive and stress free.

You’ve got this!

And do see your Doctor regularly.

If you have any questions or feedback, just post it below. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

That Belly Fat Is Probably Shortening Your Life Span

belly fatI believe we all know at least one person who seems to act proud of that belly they have. Either they act proud or they laugh it off with a joke or two. They claim it is the beer and cold weather insulation.

I find it impossible to laugh at these statements!

I don’t mean to seem cold hearted or the dull one at the party, but it saddens me. It cuts to my heart because I wonder how much shorter that person’s life span will be. I have a desire that they live life to its fullest but if that belly fay is allowed to remain, the odds are unlikely.

So before I move forward with today’s post, I must ask you to

Please share this with people. There are social media buttons at the end to allow you to do so.

In this post, I am going to explain about belly fat, why it is so dangerous, what to eat and how to start erasing that belly fat.

There are 2 types of belly fat

Belly fat comes in two forms. Both are dangerous to your health, but one holds a higher amount of danger than the other. Both types can lead to:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • and many more health issues

Subcutaneous fat

This form of belly fat is normally soft and covers the abs and is immediately below the skin. I would say it is easier to get rid of than the next type. Much of that just requires proper diets and exercise.

Visceral fat

Visceral fat is extremely dangerous. You can tell if your belly fat is visceral fat if it feels hard when you push on it. Visceral fat is deeper in your abdomen behind your muscle and surrounding your organs. This is the most common fat when associating “beer belly.” And you can see why it is so dangerous just in the fact that it surrounds your organs. I look on it like a boa constrictor snake squeezing your organs and suffocating them.

Studies have also shown that visceral fat releases inflammatory molecules into your system on a consistent basis.

Is it just beer that causes visceral fat? NO!!

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Beer is high in carbs so it plays a role, but all foods high in carbs, high in sugars and starches create visceral fat. All of this not only creates visceral fat, it leads to insulin resistance. It is no wonder that diabetes levels have skyrocketed.

One of the primary contributors to visceral fat is high fructose corn syrup.

Read labels and take the high fructose corn syrup out of your diet and you are making an active start in ridding your body of visceral fat.

The only ways to get rid of visceral fat

There are 2 things you need to do on a consistent basis to erase that visceral fat:

1: Exercise: You need high intensity exercise. The low intensity exercises will not do it. Some of the exercises you need to look into are:

  • Interval training
  • Sprints – Running or bicycle
  • Complete body weight training
  • Etc…

I can help you design a complete exercise program to get the visceral fat off. Feel free to contact me.

2: Your diet: You MUST eliminate sugars, starches and most importantly, high fructose corn syrup. Increase protein intake and healthy fats such as:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Grass fed meat and butter
  • Fatty fish

Eliminate many of the grains and you will be much better off.

A secret from Tara

What many people do not know is that certain chemicals that have been introduced into our food from pesticides, herbicides, pollution and more are forcing our bodies to store excess fat. These are known as xenoestrogens. And, it is believed these also lead to various cancers.

You need to eat a heavy supply of vegetables that fight xenoestrogens. Here are some of the veggies:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • etc…

Yes, cruciferous vegetables have nutrients that are a huge defensive force against xenoestrogens.

I know of a product that can give you a huge supply of these nutrients and many more. You will love the Daily Dose Organic Super Greens. Check them out here.

Final Thoughts

Let’s work together and get your body free of abdominal fat. I long to see you healthy and enjoying life.

If you have any questions or feedback, please post it below.

Thank you and please share this with your friends and family. Together, we can help the world be healthier.

Is Meat Bad?

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It is an ongoing debate, and one that does not have a definitive answer.

For some people, meat is terrible while for others, meat is a necessity.

There have been a variety of studies, but many of those studies do not take into account other health situations. Sure, you may be studying a group of men who are eating meat, but what else are they eating? Are they taking vitamins? Are they exercising? Do they smoke or drink?

So many of the studies are skewed, so we cannot honestly trust those studies.

I recently read an excellent article by Dr. Mark Hyman on this subject. You can see it here.

Dr. Hyman tells how many people who do not eat meat at all like Buddhists and 7th Day Adventists show great signs of long life. But, so do some “die-hard” meat eaters do to like people on the Paleo diet.

My meat eating views

Personally, I do support the Paleo diet meat eating views. But, the rest of your diet and the types of meat you ingest are quite important.

If you are a strong vegetarian, more power to you, but you do need to make sure you are getting the needed protein your body requires.

Many meats that you can purchase in fast food joints and even in grocery stores have been fed high amounts of steroids, hormones, antibiotics and we have no idea what other items they are fed that could be laced with chemicals.

High fat – low carbs

As you know, I am adamant about the high fat and low carb diet plan. The best way to achieve this is with meat… but what meats should you buy?

All organic grass fed meats

It is your best choice to find organic, grass fed meats. Yes, the prices may be higher, but your health is more important than the price of a pound of meat.

Another priority is to not just eat meat, but add a staple of healthy fruits and vegetables to your diet… And exercise!

But, they say meat causes heart disease

heart diseaseDr. Hyman points out a fact that is not mentioned in the studies linking meat to heart disease. The disease comes from saturated fats and somehow these testers put the blame on meat, but the saturated fats linked to heart disease do not even come from meat.

They come from sugar and carbohydrates.

Now you do get saturated fat from meat, but you get a bad saturated fat from that greasy cheeseburger you bought at a fast food place and okay saturated fats when you have a grass-fed burger.

The Paleo diet preaches meat, but with it are fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts leaving out the processed foods, dairy products and grains.

How to eat a safe meat diet

Let’s summarize so you can have a simple checklist to make sure you are eating a proper meat diet.

  1. Only buy organic grass fed meats and make meat the side on your plate, not the main course.
  2. Stay away from any, and all processed meats.
  3. Preparation of meat is important. Slow cooking meat is the best at lower temperatures. Some people think that high heat is the way with meat, and they are actually creating more toxic substances by doing so.
  4. Make vegetables the main course. Eat a lot of healthy vegetables and throw in some fruits too.

Final Thoughts

So, my opinion is: enjoy your meat… but only grass fed meat.

If you are a vegetarian, I am not trying to change you, but make sure you are getting the needed protein and you can do so with supplements.

Where do vegetarians get protein?

I want to share some great places for vegetarians to get their needed protein:

  • Red Lentils give 18 grams of protein per cup
  • Chickpeas have 12 grams of protein per cup
  • Black beans give 15 grams of protein per cup
  • Nuts have high protein levels
  • Tofu has 11 grams in 4 ounces
  • Quinoa has a high level of protein

So if you are a vegetarian, make sure you have these in your diet.

If you need any help, feel free to contact me and we will get you on the best diet for you… With, or without meat.

Have a great day.

You May Suffer From Withdrawal

Many people attribute withdrawal symptoms to drug and alcohol addictions but believe it or not, some people have experienced withdrawals when stopping certain foods.

After reading an excellent article in U.S. News (http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-01-03/is-food-withdrawal-a-real-thing) I felt I should also give a write-up on this same subject since I know I have a lot of readers abruptly changing their eating patterns and diets.

Food addictions

Nearly anything can be addictive, and that includes food. I want to first tell you there is a nationwide program for people suffering from food addiction. You can see more here: https://www.foodaddicts.org/

Do not be surprised if when you go on a regulated diet that you may have headaches, bowel troubles and even stomach aches. These kind of effects are quite prevalent in people who are cutting sugar and processed foods.

Studies have shown that sugars and processed foods react in the human brain in a similar way to drugs and alcohol.

But unlike some drug withdrawals, there are no dangers known of from going “cold-turkey.” But, we still recommend speaking with your physician before taking on any diet or quitting any food all-together.

Some tips from experts if you are truly addicted is to:

  • Use slow changes. If you are addicted to (Brand Name) soda, and you drink say, 5 or 6 bottles a day. It may be easier if you go 1 week with just 3 bottles per day, the next week at 1 bottle per day and after just don’t purchase any. But for some people, just cutting it out all-together “cold turkey” is their best bet.
  • Seek guidance. As you should know, I am here for you. If you believe you are addicted to any food source, contact me and we will work out a plan to break the addiction misery.
  • Have patience. Withdrawal symptoms may seem overwhelming, but they will dissipate soon. Your body and mind were just “hijacked” with non-healthy foods and it is a readjustment stage for your mind and body. Be patient and the withdrawal effects will soon pass.
  • Have cheats. Make sure you always have a healthy alternative near you. If you are suddenly getting a craving for sugar, maybe a handful of peanuts or raisins will take that withdrawal edge off. If you are addicted to processed foods, maybe a natural energy bar will break the pattern. And with soda, how about some fruit flavored water.

Think before

Before you put it in your mouth, think about what it is, what it has and if it is worth it.

I even suggest you go through your cupboards and refrigerator and throw away everything that could tempt you when you are in withdrawals.

Here are some good substitutes

  • Instead of processed chips or microwave popcorn, try eating organic stove top popcorn
  • Instead of using mayonnaise, use mustard
  • Instead of candy, try dried fruit
  • Instead of soda, drink tea
  • Instead of a chocolate bar, how about some organic dark chocolate ( if you are having a chocolate craving, you may be low on magnesium)
  • Instead of using vegetable oil, I recommend coconut oil
  • Instead of using croutons on your salad, use almonds
  • Instead of using white flour, try the coconut flour
  • Instead of using Ranch dressing, mix olive oil with balsamic vinegar
  • Instead of soda, mix mineral water with a little lime juice
  • Replace regular salt with Himalayan salt
  • Organic yogurt is much better than ice cream
  • Replace peanut butter with almond butter
  • Replace sports drinks with coconut water
  • Even your milk can be better if you use almond milk

Final Thoughts

You will go through a battle when you decide to change your eating pattern, but keep focused on the goal.

As I said, I am here to help.

Just contact me, and be sure and subscribe to my blog for more advice.

Take care.