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My Take on Intermittent Fasting

I just wrote an article on Intermittent Fasting where I discuss my personal strategy that has helped me lose weight consistently over time and reverse the trend of gaining weight that was ruining my life.

Intermittent Fasting is not a lose weight fast kind of diet, but it is a way to consistently lose weight over time and reverse weight gain trends.

It’s easy and has been great for me. Maybe it can work for you.

Read the Intermittent Fasting article hereContinue reading My Take on Intermittent Fasting

18 Pounds in 4 Days Meal Plan Review

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18 Pounds in 4 Days Meal Plan Review by John Davenport

One of the most controversial weight loss programs online today is the Lose 18 Pounds in 4 Days meal plan program, created by James Zeta. It’s one of those programs that no one knows too much about but it still creates a great deal of interest.

So, what is this meal plan and does it really work? Can you really lose18 lbs in 4 days?

There are testimonials on the official site of this program which state that you can and I can’t argue with them, so I guess that it is possible. However, this is a rather extreme weight loss which may not be that good for people who want long term results.

The way this program work is through a very low calorie and strict eating plan. For 4 days, you mostly eat eggs, vegetables, and a little fruit. Don’t expect high quantities of food. You still need to drop a lot of weight in an extremely short period of time. However, since you eat so little for just 4 days, it’s not something too bad. You can do it.

You do get a detailed eating plan in this program which is a major advantage. However, some experts believe that this kind of ultra-fast weight loss can be bad for your health as it’s like a shock wave to your body. In addition, fast weight loss can lead to metabolic slowdown which means that your metabolism slows down which makes it harder for you to continue losing weight in the long run or to maintain it far into the future.

If you have an event coming up and need to lose a lot of weight fast, the 18 lbs in 4 days plan may work for you. If you have a bit more time to lose weight, it would probably be better to choose a more gradual program.

Dentist Not Approved – Healthy Dessert Recipes

OK – your dentist is not necessarily going to approve of this but may be able to charge you for more dental care. Dentistry is not the topic of this article – healthy eating is.

We Americans are hooked on desserts. When you’re standing in the checkout line, just take a look at the typical shopper’s grocery cart. You’ll see boxes of bakery donuts, cakes and packaged cookies. All of these items, while convenient, are quite unhealthy dessert choices. Just take a look at the food labels: plenty of sugar, saturated and trans fats. You might wonder if there is anything such as a healthy dessert recipe. The answer is a resounding yes! Let’s take a look at how you can provide delicious healthy dessert recipes for your family and save money at the same time.

Homemade desserts, made from scratch, are immediately healthier, by virtue of the lack of chemicals, preservatives and food dyes. Any library or used book store has one of the little pocket books that describe all of the additives currently permitted by the FDA for human consumption. A quick look through one of these books is a real eye opener, listing the known effects of each in turn. Have you ever seen a recipe that calls for a teaspoon of something you cannot even pronounce, much less purchase? Just by making your own desserts, you’ve got a jump on healthy dessert recipes.

Sugar and fats are major components of most dessert recipes. Using a product like Splenda(R) in place of sugar provides that same satisfying sweetness, while being safe for diabetics. Making a cheesecake? Look for recipes that call for sour cream, along with the cheese. Instead of regular cream cheese, choose the lower fat Neufchatel. When you make such substitutions, you often need to adjust the amounts the recipe calls for in order to achieve the correct texture you expect in a cheesecake. Google ‘recipe chart conversion ingredient substitute’ for a printable chart to keep on hand. There are also several magazines, filled with healthy dessert recipes, with the healthier substitutions listed in the correct proportions.

When you bake cakes from scratch, use unbleached flour rather than the bleached. The bleaching process removes most of the healthiest portions of the wheat and contains undesirable and unhealthy additives to boot. More than a century ago, the whitest possible flour was considered to be a mark of affluence! The silly part of this concept is that the degree of whiteness between the two products is hardly discernible. If you’re making a chocolate cake, you certainly can’t see or taste any difference. Adding vanilla to bleached flour renders a slightly less white cake anyway. Unbelievably, there’s no difference in the price of each type. The moral here? Always use unbleached flour in all of your baked goods.

Speaking of cakes, carrot cakes are delicious and healthy dessert recipes. If you’ve never tried one, this is a keeper. The carrots make the cake nice and moist. Other types of cakes stay moist if you substitute apple sauce for part of the liquid.

Fruit desserts help you get your five recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies. One easy fruit dessert requires little more than a few different fruits, using what’s in season and a container of pina colada yogurt. Add a bit of shredded coconut and you’ve got the basic ambrosia everyone loves. If you like, add a dollop of non-dairy whipped topping when you’re ready to serve.

One of the easiest of healthy dessert recipes hardly requires a recipe. Combine one can of fruit cocktail sweetened with Splenda(R) instead of sugar (available right off the supermarket shelf) with a package of unsweetened Jello(R) in the flavor of your choice. Use the juice from the can, a couple of tablespoons of Splenda(R) and the remaining amount of water called for on the gelatin package instructions. Dress this dessert with non-dairy whipping cream and you’ve got another healthy dessert recipe.

‘Tis the season, so bake up some pumpkin pies! Substitute for the sugar. You’ve got a fine dessert, loaded with vitamin A and fiber. For other pies, use a graham cracker crust, as appropriate.

Perhaps one of the best advantages, besides the added nutritional value, is that no one will be able to tell the difference between the sugar and fat laden version and your healthy dessert recipes. Happy and healthy diners!

Diet Programs to Lose Weight Faster

How CBD oils can help improve your nutrition

Have you heard about CBD yet? If not, then you need to learn about it asap, this is something you can’t afford to miss if you’re trying to improve your health and well being.

So what exactly is CBD? It is a natural substance that can be found in cannabis. This chemical is obtained from certain cannabis varieties, sometimes referred to as hemp, and after that separated. Being a chemical, CBD is certainly one of about 85 different chemical substances that are called cannabinoids, all within the cannabis plant. CBD happens to be the second most prevalent compound located in hemp, making up about 40% from the extracts.

This is where a number of the confusion begins. Other recognized and highly prevalent chemical that is found in cannabis is THC. This is actually the illegal and intoxicating substance seen in marijuana that users will aim to get high.

While the CBD is taken out and isolated from THC and CBD is unable to help you get that known high, there can nonetheless be a great deal of stigma in terms of CBD and exactly what it can actually do. CBD is consumed oil form and you will usually find it mixed along with a variety of hemp oil extracts at different concentrations, none which will certainly get anyone high.

Is CBD oil legal? Yes, CBD actually is legal worldwide and is particularly frequently used for many medicinal purposes in various areas of the planet. While THC is looked upon like a psychoactive substance, CBD is in reality a non-psychoactive that will assist to give a feeling of calm to whatever patients are utilizing it. Learn more at

Are you eating Kale? Why Not Drink It?

Kale is an amazing vegetable. It is very healthy!

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If you’re like me you don’t really enjoy eating Kale. I mean yes – you could slather on some thick Ranch dressing to cover up the Kale but that’s not ideal!

My suggestion is to drink your kale! That’s what I do!

I love to make smoothies with my VitaMix and Kale is one of my most used ingredients.

Almost every smoothie I make is deep dark green and the Kale based smoothies are no exception.

It’s funny though because I have made smoothies for friends with almost half of the ingredients being kale and despite great opposition they all agree the smoothies taste amazing!

The secret is the proper mix of ingredients.

I mix it up all the time but here is a good smoothie recipe to try using kale.

Kale (organic if possible and as much as you can stuff in the blender)

1 or 2 Green Apples (tart not sweet)

1/2 bag of frozen raspberry

Carrots (peeled mini carrots or large)

Walnuts (handful)

Zuchini (1 or 2 small to medium)

Spring Water or Ice Cubes (not too much but enough to make it juice like)

Mix all in your blender and make sure it is very fine. In my Vita Mix it takes around 3 or 4 minutes and is very eay to drink and is more juice like than a smoothie.

Try this recipe and I am sure you will be getting more Kale in your system!

Drink your kale!