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1,000 Calorie Diet 

1,000 Calorie Diet


I am a petite girl, and I sometimes have trouble eating less calories in my diet, than I should. My recommended amount of calories for my height and weight are about 1,000 calories. So if you’re petite like me, or looking to shed some weight, try a low-calorie diet for a few days and see if you like the results. I’m sure you will! 

*Eating a low-Calorie diet can help you lose inches off your weight. Especially if you keep track of your calorie intake for at least 3 days. 

*Develop Lighter Eating Habits: 


*This shows the food pyramid for a 1,000 Calorie diet and the serving amounts for each category. 

*If you want to do a 1,000 Calorie diet, try it for just three days first, then continue with it if you were ok the changes. 


*Here are meal plans to help you keep inside 1,000 calories. 


*Now turn around and burn it off!!! 



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Anti-Cellulite

Anti-Cellulite


Is there any way to eliminate the “cottage cheese” on your thighs and rear end? No, not really. But there are steps you can take to get rid of cellulite..

Cellulite, also known as gynoid lipodystrophy, is an aesthetic condition where fat deposits are visible underneath the skin, giving a dimpled effect. It can show up in any location, but the legs and bottom are most notable. Cellulite occurs in over 80% of the female population, with much fewer occurrences in men.

There are a number of different factors that cause cellulite. Excess estrogen, caused by hormonal imbalances or excess weight, can be a factor in cellulite production. Another hormone tied to cellulite is insulin. Imbalanced blood glucose levels found in people such as diabetics and pre-diabetics can cause cellulite. Stress also plays a huge roll in the development of cellulite.

Other factors that can cause cellulite are genetic predispositions, your sex, your race, underlying medical conditions, and your lifestyle. Scientists argue that there may be no cure for cellulite, but we can battle its appearance.

“Everyone has strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat to skin. In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-shaped pattern, so any increase of fat tends to bulge out like stuffing in a mattress. You see less cellulite in men because their fibers run horizontally, forming a criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.”

“Though cellulite can pop up any time, it is true that cellulite does seem to appear out of nowhere and get worse with age. That’s because our tissues change. Those strands of connective tissue thicken with age, and our skin gets thinner, making cellulite more noticeable. More importantly, we gain fat with age. The average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life.”

Source: Target Cellulite



*Exercises for Cellulite:

  • Side to Side

Muscles worked: Quadriceps, abductors, adductors, hamstrings, and glutes. 

  • All-Fours Kickback

Muscles worked: Gluteal muscles. Wear ankle weights to intensify the workout.

  • Lying Inner-Leg Lift

Muscles worked: Inner thighs

  • Squat and Side Lift

Muscles worked: Glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and abductors.

  • V-Leg Pull

Muscles worked: Outer thighs

  • One-Legged Lunge

Muscles worked: Glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings


  • Butt Kicks

Muscles worked: Glutes, lower back, hamstring 

  • Squats with Weights

Muscles Worked: Thighs, inner-thighs, glutes

*Dry Rubbing


“When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more succesful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs. But the more we looked into it, the more benefits we learned this relatively simple routine had to offer. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it’s fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your biggest organ, after all.”

“Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.”

“You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.”

Benefits: “In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.”

Source: Anti-Cellulite

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When to Eat

When to Eat


The old saying, “3 square meals a day” is old and done with. But how often should we eat anyways? Everyone should know what hours are most appropriate for you to eat your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. If you’re not sure when is the right time for each meal, this chart will show you exactly what you need to know. It also indicates what foods are best with that particular hour. 


Do you know just how many or how little calories you should consume at each meal? Well neither did I until I read this daily calorie intake chart. It is based on a 1,200 calories diet, not 2,000 calories. So make any necessary changes if you intake more than 1,200 calories per day.  

  • Here’s a fun cheat sheet to help you find what to eat at any hour


“Certainly what we eat has an enormous impact on our health and weight status. But did you know that when and how we eat also make a huge difference? Eating at the appropriate times throughout the day will help to maximize fat burning and keep hunger at bay.”


“Aim to eat every 3 to 4 hours. Most people eat three meals and one snack, while others may prefer four smaller meals; you’re free to find the combination that works best for you. Timing your meals in this way will improve your fat loss by preventing excess insulin, allowing leptin to work its magic on appetite control and metabolism, and by balancing the stress hormone cortisol. You should also enjoy your meals at the same time every day.”

“Eat within 1 hour of rising. Your mom was also right when she told you breakfast was the most important meal of the day. When you skip breakfast, you lose its stimulating benefits on your metabolic rate. You also become more likely to eat unbalanced meals, more calories, and larger amounts of saturated fat throughout the day. Plenty of research shows that those of us who skip breakfast are actually heavier. Missing out on a healthy morning meal also increases stress hormones.”


“Never eat within 3 hours of bedtime. Eating too close to bedtime raises your body temperature, increases blood sugar and insulin, prevents the release of melatonin, and cuts down on growth hormone release. All these factors interfere with the quality of your sleep and the natural fat-burning benefits of a good night’s rest. Furthermore, sleep deprivation leads to more cravings and a greater likelihood of overeating the next day.”

“If you must eat before bed, opt for a light meal or snack that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fat, such as a protein shake made with berries and water, salad with grilled chicken, or a shrimp and veggie stir-fry.”


“Start the day with protein. For better appetite control throughout the day, try combining your starchy carbs at lunch, dinner, or after your workouts rather than at breakfast. Stick to eggs or whey protein smoothies for breakfast and you’ll eat less throughout the day.”


“Always eat within 45 minutes of finishing your workout. This meal or snack is the only one of the day that should not contain much fat and should be higher in carbohydrates. For example, have a smoothie made with juice, fruit, and protein powder, but no flaxseeds or oil.”



Source: Best Time to Eat

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Eat Clean

Eat Clean




It’s the end of February, and if you made any sort of food resolution this year, I want to ask, how’s it going? Are you being able to accomplish your goals and eat better, or are starting to lose weight, etc. No matter what your resolutions were, it’s time to eat clean. Eating clean just means being simple. Eating what grows naturally with lots of different colors and textures to choose from. Clean eating means that you want a healthy eating habit to go with your healthy life. I think we all should try to be a little more “clean”.  Here are some do’s and don’ts: 


  • Here are some very healthy tips about food to help you eat cleanly:



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Black Light Jell-o

Black Light Jell-o


“So why does the Jello glow? Quinine (an ingredient in tonic water) is a fluorescent substance. These substances absorb ultraviolet light and then re-emit it. The light emitted has a longer wavelength than the one absorbed which makes the light visible and causes quinine to glow. When you substitute tonic water for regular tap water when making the Jello, it adds the quinine which adds the glow. It is better to use light-colored Jello for maximum glow.”


Step 1:

You will need the following:

  • *Jello (light-colored Jello such as Lemon or Lime will work best for this project)
  • *16oz of tonic water
  • *Stove
  • *Liquid measuring cup
  • *Small pot for boiling water
  • *Mixing bowl
  • *Mixing spoon
  • *Refrigerator
  • *Small Table Lamp with fluorescent blacklight (The blacklight must be fluorescent and not simply a colored bulb. It can be purchased at most Wal-Mart locations for around $4.00)

STEP 2: MEASURE OUT TONIC WATER

  • Measure out 8oz (1 cup) of tonic water in a liquid measuring cup.

STEP 3: POUR TONIC WATER INTO POT

  • Pour tonic water into pot.

STEP 4: TURN STOVE BURNER ON HIGH

  • Put pot on burner and turn on high.

STEP 5: POUR JELLO PACKET INTO MIXING BOWL

  • While water is boiling, pour Jello packet into mixing bowl.

STEP 6: POUR BOILING WATER INTO MIXING BOWL

  • Once water has boiled, pour the boiling tonic water into mixing bowl.

STEP 7: STIR UNTIL DISSOLVED

  • Stir together Jello and boiling tonic water, making sure that the Jello powder fully dissolves.

STEP 8: ADD COLD WATER

  • Add one cup of cold tap water to the mixing bowl.
  • Alternate method: If you would like your Jello to glow more brightly, add one cup of cold tonic water instead of tap water. However, doing this will make the Jello taste more bitter than normal.

STEP 9: CHILL IN FRIDGE

  • Place the mixing bowl in the fridge and chill for four hours.

STEP 10: REMOVE AND TEST WITH BLACKLIGHT

Source: Black Light Jello

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Boost Your Metabolism 

Boost Your Metabolism

One of my 2017 resolutions was to start boosting my metabolism by working out correctly to help boost it, eat the right foods, and stay healthy. How many of you have that same type of resolution. Down below I have collected the best charts and pictures that will help you get on track and stay there. 


There are so many ways to help your body lose weight or just get healthier by boosting your metabolism. There are foods, exercises, drinks and more at your fingertips, ready to help you boost your metabolism in 2017. 


“Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism. Metabolism can be conveniently divided into two categories:”

“Catabolism – the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy.”

Anabolism – the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells.”


“Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients. Bioenergetics is a term which describes the biochemical or metabolic pathways by which the cell ultimately obtains energy. Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism.”

Source: Metabolism


Here is an example of an excellent workout for boosting metabolisms. 


What not have a smoothie to help start-kick your metabolism in the mornings. 



Try this app, that is free that will keep track of what you eat and more! This could be a game changer for some of you. Good luck!

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ADHD Foods – The Good and the Bad

ADHD Foods – The Good and the Bad


I have ADHD, so trying to focus and be alert is quite a chore for me. I do take medication, which helps me tremendously, but I also like to learn about all-natural ways to heal, so I don’t have to 100% rely on my medicine. Having ADHD is a real struggle sometimes. I also teach dance to children, and also Ballroom to adults. So, when I am teaching a class, my brain must be completely focused and on stay on track with what I teach. I normally do not have problems with my ADHD during work, but there are definitely days when the kids are full of energy and it becomes hard to grab their attention. Those days, I definitely can struggle with my concentration (what was I last teaching?) and sometimes have to take a mental break for a moment to get it together. So, for those reasons, you can see why some extra nutrition is a good call. Her is a quote I found to be moving. I hope you enjoy. 

“What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter (especially for our gray matter).”

“Plus, brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on giving our bodies whole, nutritious foods benefiting both the gut and the brain, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in tip-top shape.”



Source: Foods to Boost Focus and Memory

“A well-rounded diet can have a powerful, positive effect on your cognition, mood, memory, and behavior. The wrong diet can aggrevate ADHD symptoms. Here’s what you should (and absolutely should not) be eating to help your brain and body.”

  • Following an ADHD diet rich in protein and vitamins can help control symptoms of attention deficit. But only if you avoid sugar, artifical flavors, and common allergens as well.

“For years, doctors have speculated that certain foods may have something to do with ADHD. Although much research has been done on the subject, it’s still not believed that food actually causes ADHD. What some foods do seem to do, however, is worsen ADHD symptoms or affect behavior that mimics the signs of ADHD in children. “Excessive caffeine and excessive use of fast foods and other foods of poor nutritional value can cause kids to display behavior that might be confused with ADHD,” said Frank Barnhill, MD, an expert on ADHD and the author of “Mistaken for ADHD.” Read on for a list of foods that have been linked with ADHD symptoms.”


“Candy is loaded with sugar and artificial colors, which is a bad combination when it comes to children with ADHD who often need to follow an ADHD diet. Both of these common ingredients have been shown to promote ADHD symptoms — namely hyperactivity — in studies.”



“If you have ADHD, consider eliminating soda. (And even if you don’t have ADHD, saying no to soda is a good idea anyway.) These sweet drinks often have many of the same sugars and sweeteners that make candy a bad idea for kids on the ADHD diet. Soda also has other ingredients that worsen ADHD symptoms, such as high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine. “Excessive sugar and caffeine intake both cause symptoms of hyperactivity and easy distractibility,” said Dr. Barnhill. One 2013 study also found that 5-year-old children who drank sodas were more likely to show aggression and social withdrawal.”



“Eating fish and other seafood with trace amounts of mercury can exacerbate ADHD symptoms in the long term. Some of the worst culprits are shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish. “Mercury, like cellulose, is extremely hard to digest and can accumulate in the brain over time,” explained Ali. “This can lead to hyperactivity.” Talk to your doctor or ADHD nutritionist about the best types of fish to include in your ADHD diet.”


“Energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular among kids, especially teens. Unfortunately, they also have a veritable treasure trove of ingredients that can worsen ADHD symptoms: sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, caffeine, and other stimulants. “Energy drinks are high on the list of things that cause teens to display behaviors mimicking ADHD,” said Barnhill. They have no place in a healthy ADHD diet.”



Source: Terrible Foods For ADHD

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