3 Best Foods for Weight Loss: Delicious Recipes Included!

I’ll never forget the day that my husband told me (on a Sunday afternoon), “Hey, I’m gonna start the South Beach Diet tomorrow!” 

I was a bit surprised, but responded, “Oh, okay! You really want to do that? I mean, if that’s what you want to do, then go for it!”

He countered, “Yep, I think it’s just what I need to drop the few pounds I gained over the holidays. SO, here’s the book. You’ll need to to do my grocery shopping and make the recipes for me.”

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Do you wanna GUESS how THAT conversation ended?! HA! I am ALL for changing eating habits for the better, but I need a little bit of a notice, if you know what I mean!And motivation. Motivation is good, too!

If you are planning to start a diet with your family, you can boost the motivation for it by cooking some delicious low-calorie meals that contain the best foods for weight loss. That way, everyone starts to get used to some different tastes if they aren’t already! These special ingredients will ensure that you achieve your goals, and the recipes included in the article will allow you to enjoy this journey.

Broccoli

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The benefits of broccoli are many, say Live Science and multiple studies. This extraordinary plant makes you healthier overall, helps protect against cancer, and greatly improves your digestion. It’s the latter that makes it a great addition to a weight loss diet. Not only is broccoli rich in dietary fiber, which boosts heart health and cleanses your body. It also contains elements that improve the condition of gut bacteria. While your gut is healthy, you can process foods better, thus boosting the efficiency of your diet.

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How Busy Parents Can Stay Energized (Hint: It’s Not Always Coffee!)

By the time the twins are in bed for the night, no matter what has happened throughout the day, I AM TIRED. Can I get an “amen”?! I tell my husband all the time, “These girls STOLE all my energy from me when I birthed them and they won’t GIVE IT BACK!!!”

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I’ve decided that children are masters at exhausting their parents. There’s not much downtime for you and your partner during the early stages of infancy. The cries of your newborn at two in the morning keep your nerves on edge and ruin your rest, but I’ve also decided that it’s all worth it in the end. The rewards of raising a child outweigh the late nights and disturbed sleep.

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Although raising a child IS a fulfilling experience, it comes at a cost to your health and well-being. Feeling exhausted all the time is no way to live life. There will be days where you feel like a walking zombie, fatigued to the point of barely being able to stand up, or keep your eyes open.

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8 Tips to Get Your Anxious Kid Into The Dentist Chair

I have always HATED going to the dentist.

Well, I take that back. If I’m just going in for a cleaning and I’m pretty sure that everything else is fine and nothing crazy is gonna crop up, then I’m okay. I even like how my teeth feel after a good cleaning. So smooth. I can’t quit rolling my tongue over them. Ya with me?

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But any other time? I HATE IT. So naturally, I’m a little concerned that our girls (who are only 20 months old and haven’t been to the dentist yet) will have a bit of my aversion in them, as well. I mean, let’s face it: going to the dentist is something that many people dread. After all, who can say they really enjoy having their teeth probed and poked before being given a bill for the pleasure?

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On that note, I really am hoping that the earlier I remove any fear of the dentist the easier it will be for my kiddos to visit one and take care of their teeth for life.

You might be surprised to know that 65% of Australians haven’t visited the dentist in 2 years! Cost is a major factor in the decision not to go; fear is the other one. It is, therefore, important to help your anxious kid as soon as possible.

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The Health Benefits of Knitting

There’s a few hobbies I’d like to take up in my free time. One of them is knitting.

When we were young, knitting was often something you associated with your gran. That is no longer the case. Many young people now enjoy the fun of picking up a set of needles, and being creative. And, it’s not just restricted to woman either; knitting is a craft that can be enjoyed by men as well.knitting-1462264795Hsn

One of the best things about knitting, is that it’s easy to make a start. You just need a pair of needles, some yarns and a pattern to follow. If you think that you might need some help, look for a knitting class in your area. Doing so means you get the instruction you need, and you also get to socialise with other novice knitters.

In addition to the social aspect, and the chance to create beautiful garments, you may be surprised by just how much knitting can benefit your health.

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5 Ways to Cut Down on Sugar

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I have Celiac Disease, and I eat gluten-free. 

These days, it’s much easier to eat gluten-free than it ever used to be, thanks to ready-made meals and snacks. You can find a lovely section of gluten-free items in almost any grocery store, and the convenience is certainly welcome!

There’s just one problem I continually find with gluten-free foods: sugar. The sugar content in gluten-free foods is typically higher than in normal foods.

As we all know, sugar has become the new fat, meaning that more research into nutrition has made us realize that ingesting too much sugar is just as bad, if not worse, than consuming fatty food. Sugar in its natural form, found in fruits and in starchy vegetables, is fine and an important nutrient in brain development. What is problematic is our sugar-filled highly processed diet. Look at the labels! Everything we consume has ingredients that end in “-ose” or contain corn syrup. We are ingesting far too much sugar in one day, most of it the product of chemical combinations that are not very healthy for our body.

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The problem with consuming so much sugar is that it raises our level of insulin in the blood, which will have long-term damaging effects such as diabetes, slowed metabolisms, hyperactivity, and over eating. Let us not forget the epidemic of obesity in our society, a phenomenon that people could turn around if they reduced their daily intake of sugar.

A couple years ago, I eliminated all high fructose corn syrup from our home. As I come across more and more items that are “bad”, I continue my journey of elimination – searching for better alternatives and altering our eating habits, bit by bit by bit. Because doing it all at once can be overwhelming!

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