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Check out this app – Protein Tracker

I just found a killer app on my Android from Google Play, its called: Protein Tracker. It’s a great app that calculates and counts your protein consumption every day. I just found it this am, and I’m LOVING IT!! I was a bit baffled, at first, because I am horrible with the whole “# of gems in each, fruit, veggie, other type of food” but I searched Ask.com for the conversion, and found another awesome conversion/counter, { http://www.calorieking.com/ } that really helps save my tooshie, in the # of grams of protein per item. I want to her back from my readers on this!! What do you think???  – Ami

This is the link to download the app from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.proteintracker.two&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5wcm90ZWludHJhY2tlci50d28iXQ

2 Day – Weekend Detox –

Weekend Detox: Spring is the ideal time to get out of our body all toxins accumulated throughout the years. A detox diet even for two days can be very beneficial as it cleanses the body from the inside.

The weekend detox if properly followed will give you a healthier body, a glowing skin and leave you feeling more in shape. . It is therefore important to be well prepared.

As the reserves of liver sugar are reduced during the diet, activities should be kept to a minimum. Take this opportunity to read a page-turning suspense or romantic book. To relax even more during the detox, put some music: Soul, pop, rock or classic depending on your tastes. It is also the best time to freshen up. Pampered yourself with hot baths, a face mask and body exfoliation.

To start your detox:

. Saturday

Early In The Morning:

As soon as you open your eyes, drink a full glass of cool water and stay in bed for another ten or twenty minutes.

For Breakfast

A bowl of tea (no sugar,) 2 yogurts mix with the juice of half an orange or grapefruit.

Later In the Morning:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Lunch

– A large glass of vegetable juice (carrot + grapefruit + ice cubes) or (Tomato + Carrot + grapefruit + a few drops of lemon)

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes).

– A milkshake: Use a blender to mix a glass of skim milk + 0.5 pounds of raspberry, or strawberry, or 1 kiwi, or 1 banana + a few drops of vanilla extract.

– Drink plenty of water.

In the afternoon:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Dinner

A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

A light cream: Beat the egg yolks with two teaspoons of powdered sweetener until the mixture whitens. Pour a large glass of warm milk, whisk and add a few drops of coffee or vanilla extract. Boil the mixture over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. When the mixture becomes thick, pour into a glass and serve.

Drink plenty of water.

In The Evening:

Take a tea or herbal tea.

. Sunday

Early In The Morning:
As soon as you open your eyes, drink a full glass of cool water and stay in bed for another ten or twenty minutes.

For Breakfast

A bowl of tea (no sugar,) 2 yogurts mix with the juice of half an orange or grapefruit.

Later In the Morning:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Lunch

– A large glass of vegetable juice (carrot + grapefruit + ice cubes) or (Tomato + Carrot + grapefruit + a few drops of lemon)

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

– A glass of liquid fruit: Use a blender to mix an apple (peel and cut into pieces) with the juice of half a lemon and half an orange until you get a very smooth purée.

– Drink plenty of water.

Later In The Morning:

– 200g of Cottage cheese with a sweetener.

– Juice of half an orange or a grapefruit.

Dinner

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

– Yogurt with fruits: Use a blender to mix a plain yoghurt, a ripe pear (peel and cut into pieces) and a sweetener. Serve.

– Drink plenty of water.

In The Evening:

Take a tea or herbal tea.

2 Day – Weekend Detox –

Weekend Detox: Spring is the ideal time to get out of our body all toxins accumulated throughout the years. A detox diet even for two days can be very beneficial as it cleanses the body from the inside.

The weekend detox if properly followed will give you a healthier body, a glowing skin and leave you feeling more in shape. . It is therefore important to be well prepared.

As the reserves of liver sugar are reduced during the diet, activities should be kept to a minimum. Take this opportunity to read a page-turning suspense or romantic book. To relax even more during the detox, put some music: Soul, pop, rock or classic depending on your tastes. It is also the best time to freshen up. Pampered yourself with hot baths, a face mask and body exfoliation.

To start your detox:

. Saturday

Early In The Morning:

As soon as you open your eyes, drink a full glass of cool water and stay in bed for another ten or twenty minutes.

For Breakfast

A bowl of tea (no sugar,) 2 yogurts mix with the juice of half an orange or grapefruit.

Later In the Morning:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Lunch

– A large glass of vegetable juice (carrot + grapefruit + ice cubes) or (Tomato + Carrot + grapefruit + a few drops of lemon)

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes).

– A milkshake: Use a blender to mix a glass of skim milk + 0.5 pounds of raspberry, or strawberry, or 1 kiwi, or 1 banana + a few drops of vanilla extract.

– Drink plenty of water.

In the afternoon:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Dinner

A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

A light cream: Beat the egg yolks with two teaspoons of powdered sweetener until the mixture whitens. Pour a large glass of warm milk, whisk and add a few drops of coffee or vanilla extract. Boil the mixture over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. When the mixture becomes thick, pour into a glass and serve.

Drink plenty of water.

In The Evening:

Take a tea or herbal tea.

. Sunday

Early In The Morning:
As soon as you open your eyes, drink a full glass of cool water and stay in bed for another ten or twenty minutes.

For Breakfast

A bowl of tea (no sugar,) 2 yogurts mix with the juice of half an orange or grapefruit.

Later In the Morning:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Lunch

– A large glass of vegetable juice (carrot + grapefruit + ice cubes) or (Tomato + Carrot + grapefruit + a few drops of lemon)

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

– A glass of liquid fruit: Use a blender to mix an apple (peel and cut into pieces) with the juice of half a lemon and half an orange until you get a very smooth purée.

– Drink plenty of water.

Later In The Morning:

– 200g of Cottage cheese with a sweetener.

– Juice of half an orange or a grapefruit.

Dinner

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

– Yogurt with fruits: Use a blender to mix a plain yoghurt, a ripe pear (peel and cut into pieces) and a sweetener. Serve.

– Drink plenty of water.

In The Evening:

Take a tea or herbal tea.

Chicken “Love” Soup – JIT for Valentine’s Day!

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1 tablespoon olive oil three large carrots, cut into hearts (see instructions above) 1 medium onion, diced 2 celery stalks, sliced
into 1/4 inch pieces 2 stalks fresh thyme (optional) 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 2 large sage leaves (optional) 4 cups low sodium chicken stock (All-Natural Swanson Chicken Broth, or Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock are my favorites.) 2-3 cups water 1/2 teaspoon vinegar pinch cayenne pepper (use your own discretion) salt and pepper, to taste 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (Poulet en Papillote is my favorite way to cook chicken breasts, and you can follow these instructions.) 1/2 pound small pasta, such as farfalle or rotini, cooked for about 1 minute fewer than the recommended cooking time fresh parsley

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1. In a large pot set over medium-low heat, combine olive oil, carrot hearts, diced onion, celery, thyme (both kinds), bay leaf, and sage. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add in stock, a cup of water, and vinegar. Add in cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. After about 20 minutes, check the soup for flavor, and add more water, salt and pepper, as necessary. 

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2. In each individual bowl, place the desired amount of chicken and pasta, cover with a ladle of the soup, and top with parsley.

I’m going to do this for my hubby, this Valentine’s Day, But since out stove was KIA, in going to use our (Wedding Gift) Crock Pot. 😀

What Have You Got To Lose??

Herbs that can help melt fat, suppress appetite, and reduce bloating and water weight

Maintaining proper weight can be a lifelong challenge. Despite the substantial amount of money Americans pay for weight-loss gimmicks, pills, and plans, taken together they all show a dismal 5% long-term success rate.

Researchers deem obesity a chronic health condition. They say that it must be managed, like high blood pressure or diabetes. That there’s no easy cure. Being overweight puts you at higher risk for diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, stroke and cancer, and even modest weight loss will reduce these risks. Letting go of as little as 5 to 10% of your total weight may lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, and improve blood sugar balance. And you’ll live longer.

There are some genetic factors, but fundamentally, total body weight is due to diet and exercise. Nutritional supplements can also assist in controlling appetite or jump-starting metabolism.

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), called zhi shi in Chinese, and used in traditional Chinese medicine for enhancing digestion and circulation, is the source of the anti-obesity active ingredient synephrine, a chemical cousin to neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. By binding to beta-3 receptors found in adipose tissue and involved in thermogenesis and increasing metabolism, synephrine accelerates the removal of unwanted fat stores.

This extract of bitter orange provides a metabolism boost that is similar to ephedrine, but the mechanism of action is slightly different, so synephrine tends to cause less jitteriness and heart rate increase than ephedrine. One study from 2011 found that bitter orange raised metabolic rates without corresponding elevations in blood pressure and heart rates.

There have been assorted minor concerns raised about bitter orange and cardiovascular health, but a 2011 paper in Phytotherapy Research found it to be safe and to have no serious adverse effects. The usual dose is 3-30 mg of synephrine per day, as needed.

People have been using green tea for thousands of years, but only in the last few years have we begun to research the anti-obesity benefits of this ancient beverage. Over the past decade, evidence has been accumulating that demonstrates that green tea enhances weight loss, and several new scientific discoveries support it for that use. Taiwanese researchers recently studied 120 obese persons by giving them a green tea-based meal replacement. Over 12 weeks, subjects lost an average of 15 pounds and had improved cholesterol numbers. Dutch scientists concluded that the green tea catechins and caffeine act synergistically through diverse mechanisms to promote weight loss. A 2011 paper drew similar conclusions.

The usual weight-loss dosage is 300-450 mg daily of a green tea extract standardized to contain 80% total polyphenols and 50% epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), although studies have used up to 1,200 mg per day, often along with caffeine from the tea.

Caralluma cactus (Caralluma fimbriata) is a succulent plant that has been used as a natural appetite suppressant in India for centuries. Like hoodia, another popular slimming cactus, caralluma (sometimes appearing on the label as “Slimaluma”) has been used by indigenous traveling hunters to suppress appetite. For centuries, people have eaten the wild desert cactus as a vegetable, in chutneys and pickles, or raw. It is believed to block the activity of several enzymes involved in the formation of fat and to modify the appetite control mechanism of the brain. One study from India showed significant decrease in body weight, body mass index, hip circumference, body fat, and food intake over 60 days. Ayurvedic experts have noted no adverse effects and no toxicity.

Some products available in the U.S. combine caralluma extract with EGCG from green tea, which seems to create a synergistic effect on appetite control and weight loss.

Herbs can be a valuable adjunct to a weight loss or maintenance plan. When you give these a try, I think you’ll like what you don’t see.

Staying Healthy means so much more than just eating right! {Keep an eye on my next few posts.}

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Yoga is a great way to keep your health in check. Not many realize that Yoga can help one to loose weight. In my next few posts, I will be touching on the subject, along with other topics. I hope that my fellow followers enjoy my next few posts. I am always looking to receive positive feedback. Ciao! Ami

Italian Herb Grilled Chicken

For those of you, who follow me on Instagram {IG}, I promised you an Italiano Recipe! Well, here is one of my favorites. Enjoy! – Ami Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen {Link to full post: http://aggieskitchen.com/2009/07/12/italian-herb-grilled-chicken/}

1.5 lb chicken breast 1-2 TB dried oregano (about a small palm full) 1-2 TB dried thyme 1-2 TB dried basil 1-2 TB garlic powder good pinches of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper olive oil

In a small bowl, combine oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside how much you will use for chicken, save the rest in air tight container for future use.

Lay chicken breasts on baking sheet or plate. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with seasoning and rub. Drizzle olive oil on both sides of chicken. Place on hot grill, over medium heat. Grill 5-7 minutes on each side or until done, when juices run clear.

Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting. 

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