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Low Carb, High Protein List For Better Health

If you are looking for a quick  way to jump-start your weight lose by losing 10 – 20 pounds, look at this low carb, high protein list of foods. I have included in this article a list of these foods and some of the foods you need to take a closer look at.

HIGH PROTEIN FOODSLow carb, highprotein list

turkey- dark or white meat

chicken- dark or white meat

beef- all cuts

lamb- all cuts

pork- all cuts

fish-any kind

shellfish- limit the amount of oysters and mussels, they contain some carbs. Oysters  1 carb per 1 oz. Mussels contain 2 carbs per 1 oz.

All of the above proteins are prepared without breading, stuffed or coated with flour.

eggs,  any way

cheese- all types

All of the above food are high in protein and very low in carbs. But be careful of cheese. There are some cheeses that are  higher in carbs than others. Most cheeses contain less than1 gram of net carbs, but don’t exceed more than 4 ounces of cheese per day.

Also avoid low-fat cheeses and diet cheese which could be high in sugar content.

LOW CARB FOODS

Most vegetables are low carb foods.Low carb, high protein list

lettuce

cabbage

spinach

sprouts

watercress

These vegetables have a little higher carb count, but still can be eaten in moderation.

avocados

bamboo shoots

bell peppers

celery

cucumbers

mushrooms

olives

onions

pickles, dill or sour

tomatoes – limit tomatoes to 1 a day, tomatoes have a high sugar count.low carb high protein

scallions

Cooked vegetables:

cauliflower

asparagus

broccoli

eggplant

green beans

kale

mushrooms

okra

spaghetti squash

summer and zucchini squash

spinach

turnip

If you are interested in following a low carb diet, this is a good guide to what you can and cannot eat.

You can have eggs and bacon or ham for breakfast, but no toast or muffins.

Have a large salad with some protein for lunch.

For dinner have a portion of meat, poultry, or fish with cooked vegetables and a side salad.

Have at least 5-6 cups of vegetables a day, some raw and some cooked.

Always check your labels for the carb count of salad dressings and condiments.

If you have done any fasting to encourage a faster start to your weight loss, this way of eating will help you continue to lose weight very quickly and help you to meet your weight loss goals, without feeling hungry all the time.

Once you have reached your desired weight, continue with the low carb, high protein lifestyle with an occasional treat, and you will be able to maintain the weight you want to  be.

Don’t go back to your old way of eating or you will just gain the weight back. One good rule to follow is to weight yourself only once a week. If you have gained 3 pounds or more go back to your strict way of eating until you get it off. You don’t want to start all over again.

Also, exercise is very important to a healthy body, try to exercise at least 20 – 30 minutes a day with one day off a week, so include some form of exercise to help with your overall health and well-being. Best of luck to you in your journey.

 

If you found this article helpful or you have a question, I would appreciate a comment below.

Thank you, Deanna

 

 

 

The Better Way To Juice With A Vitamix 6300

This is my review of the Vitamix Blender. We will review if the better way to juice with a Vitamix 6300 is better than a regular juicer.

Product: Vitamix 6300 BlenderThe better way to juice

Price: Was $640.00 Now $570.00

Best place to purchase: Amazon

Container size: 64 ounces

Guarantee: 7 year full warranty

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

                                                   Product Overview

I start every day with a Vitamix  veggie and fruit drink. It is healthy and filling and really all I need to satisfy me for the morning.

Thanks to the Vitamix  I consume more fruit and vegetables in one drink  than I could the  whole day by cooking the veggies and eating the fruit whole. Plus it’s much quicker. But there is the debate if you are better off to use a juicer to prevent the fiber from getting in the juice or using a blender with the fiber in your juice.

I think if you need to rest your digestive track a juicer is the way to go. But if not, a Vitamix is simpler to use and also simpler to clean up, plus less waste.

Some experts say that your digestive track will clean itself and you don’t need to eliminate the pulp from the  juice. I will leave that up to you to decide what is best in your case.

                                                   Keep it simple

With the Vitamix blender,you have the ability to keep your kitchen neater. The Vitamix takes the place of many other appliances and tools so you can declutter your kitchen. It’s amazing what this blender can do.

If you enjoy a smoothie a smoothie made in a Vitamix  are are 5 times smoother than from any  other blenders. This blender is so powerful it can make delicious  soup in under 10 minutes. So much better than the canned soups.

 

Clean up is a snap

Just add warm water, a drop of dish soap and run on high speed for 60 seconds. Rinse with clear warm water and let dry. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

                                       To scrape or not to scrape

With the Vitamix you don’t have to scrape the sides of the blender container. It is so powerful scraping is not necessary. But the Vitamix comes with a tamper to help process the most hard to blend foods like peanut butter in the least amount of time, without having to scrape the container.

Due to the unique blending process and the power behind the Vitamix, you are able to use all the juice and fiber that juicers cannot give you, making it more nutritious and less wasteful.

                                       Consider the cost factor

Yes, the Vitamix is quite expensive, but so are many of the better juicers on the market. But if you were to purchase bottled and prepared juices for daily consumation, you could pay for a Vitamix in a short length of time. Plus all the additional functions it’s capable of.

An average cost per week for one person would be about $35.00 a week. That adds up fast, especially if you have a family. Also you know what is in the smoothie that you make at home. All your ingredients are fresh and ripe and picked by you.

                                                    Versatility

The  versatility of the Vitamix  is another great selling point. It comes with it’s own cookbook, so you can make ice cream, sorbets, peanut butter, hot soups, grind flours, coffees, or make nut butters.

View this video here.

                                             My conclusion

I love the Vitamix 6300. It is a great product and will last for many years to come. Not like the cheap blenders that you might get 2 years out of and not the versatility or great performance that you get with the Vitamix.

Let’s face it, you get what you pay for.

For optimum health for you and your family, I highly recommend the Vitamix 6300.

You can purchase it at Costco’s when they have a sale, if you are a member or online, like I prefer, at Amazon.

Hope you enjoyed this review and if I can answer any questions please feel free to contact me below. Thank you, Deanna.  Continue reading

The Pluses And Minuses Of Fasting

pluses and minuses of fasting  Are you interested in fasting. There are many things to consider before you start a fast.  Here’s a list of the pluses and minuses of fasting.

On the plus side

  • Achieve fast weight loss
  • Helps with increasing your willpower.
  • Feel healthier and have more energy.
  • Helps control cravings.
  • A way to detox before starting a diet.
  • Prescribed by a Doctor before medical tests or surgery.
  • Reduce cravings for sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Losing weight can reduce the risk of many diseases.

According to The American Cancer Society, you can suffer from these side effects from long term fasting.

Long term fasting

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Light-head-ness
  • Drop in  blood-pressure

If you are fasting, you may have an inability to safely operate a motor vehicle or any form of machinery.

Your body might not absorb certain medications or could alter different drug interactions.

Long term fasting could damage the immune system and have an adverse effect on the liver and kidneys. Because you will be depriving yourself of food for a period of time you could become malnourished. Make sure to see a health care professional before starting any type of fasting or strict diet.

It is very important for your good health If you are 20 plus pounds overweight that you lose that excess weight to help prevent high blood pressure, diabetes. There are many other forms of fasting, like juice fasting or intermitted fasting, which might be better for your overall health.

If you have never tried fasting you will be surprised how quickly you will adapt. The first few days are the hardest. If you really feel hungry have some chicken bouillon or a small piece of fruit.

When you are ready to end your fasting diet, do so slowly, first start with diluted juices and slowly incorporate solid foods a little at a time.

Remember your system is not accustomed to eating heavy amounts of food and it could cause distress to your system.

Also when you do go back to eating normally do not go back to your old way of eating, all the junk food, fast food and poor choices. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean meat or fish. Allow yourself a treat occasionally but not every day.

You don’t want to undo everything good you have done for yourself.

Good luck on your weight loss journey and If you have any questions, comments or success stories, I would love to hear from you. Please comment below. Thank you, Deanna.