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Chicken and Artichoke Hearts

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3 Chicken Breasts
2 Artichokes
1/2 Pint Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Red Onion
3/4 Lemon
3 Garlic Cloves
2 Tablespoons Capers
Pepper to taste
Sea Salt to taste
1 Bay Leaf
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Steam Artichokes with one Garlic Clove, 1/4 of a lemon and 1 bay leaf
Remove petals and scrap fuzzy stuff.  Cut up artichoke heart into small pieces

Put Frying pan over low flame
Add Olive Oil
Cut up Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic and Chicken
Add Onions, Tomatoes, Garlic and Artichoke to Pan
Add Chicken to Pan
Squeeze Lemon over Pan
Add Capers
Add Salt and Pepper
Stir frequently
Cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly

Health Benefits

Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Artichokes
High in Antioxidants
Helps digestive System
Great for gallbladder and liver
Reduce Risk of Cancer
High in Fiber
Lowers Cholesterol

Red Onions
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Fungal
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Inflammatory
Fights Cancer
Fights Free Radicals
Fights Colds
Reduces High Blood Pressure
Low Glycemic – Suppresses Blood Sugar Spikes

Tomatoes
Contains antioxidants
Fights Cancer (prostate, cervical, stomach, rectum, breast and mouth)
Lowers Cholesterol
Helps keep digestive system healthy
Detoxify body
Alleviates Type 2 Diabetes
Good for Healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and bones
Fights urinary tract infections and bladder cancer
Prevents Gallstones

Garlic Cloves
Contains Antioxidants
Attacks free radicals
Fights Colds and Flu
Lowers Cholesterol
Acts as a natural antibiotic (bacteria doesn’t grow resistant to it)

Capers
Contains Antioxidants
Strengthen Capillaries
Great for Circulation
Lowers Cholesterol
High in Vitamins and Minerals

Lemon
Helps the body become Alkaline by increasing PH
Antibacterial
High in Vitamin C
Strengthens Blood Vessels
Great for the Heart
Good for Teeth and Bones
*Lemon Juice can destroy tooth enamel.  Dilute with water or something else.
Helps rid the body of kidney stones and other kidney and bladder problems

Black Pepper
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial.
Great for the digestive Tract.
Reduces Gas in the intestines.
Speeds up metabolism.
Supports weight loss.
Fights fat by breaking down the fat cells.
Relief from respiratory problems

Sea Salt
Alkalizes the Body
Contains Minerals
Good for the Cardiovascular System
Good for the Brain
Good for the Skin
Important for Hydration
Boosts Immune System
Helps maintain Sugar Levels (good for Diabetes)
Prevents Osteoporosis
Prevents Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Reduces Cholesterol
Reduces Inflammation in respiratory system (Good for Asthma)

Olive Oil
Contains Antioxidants
Contains probiotics
Improves Blood Vessel Function
Boosts the immune system
Fights Cancer
Fights Heart Disease
Regulates Blood Pressure
Fights Diabetes
May help fight Obesity
Fights Arthritis
Fights
osteoporosis

Bay Leaves
Antiseptic.
Contains antioxidants.
May fight cancer.
Aids in Digestion.
Good for the nervous system.
Good for Cardiovascular system

Sweet Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

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2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 Pint of Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Medium Red Onion
1 Jalapeño
1 Garlic Clove
1 Teaspoon Rosemary
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Sea Salt to Taste
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Raw Honey

Heat Frying Pan on low to medium heat.  Add Olive Oil.
Crush Garlic.  Dice Onions, Tomatoes, Jalapeno. Slice Chicken into bite size pieces.
Add Garlic and Onions to frying pan.  After 5 minutes add chicken, tomatoes and spinach.
Sprinkle with Rosemary, Black Pepper, Salt.
Add Vinegar
Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir Raw Honey in after you finish cooking.
Health Benefits:

Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Red Onions
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Fungal
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Inflammatory
Fights Cancer
Fights Free Radicals
Fights Colds
Reduces High Blood Pressure
Low Glycemic – Suppresses Blood Sugar Spikes

Tomatoes
Contains antioxidants
Fights Cancer (prostate, cervical, stomach, rectum, breast and mouth)
Lowers Cholesterol
Helps keep digestive system healthy
Detoxify body
Alleviates Type 2 Diabetes
Good for Healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and bones
Fights urinary tract infections and bladder cancer
Prevents Gallstones

Jalapeno
Fights Cancer
Lowers Blood Pressure
Anti-Inflammatory
Good for the heart
Reduces Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Increases Metabolism.  Helps body burn fat.

Garlic Cloves
Contains Antioxidants
Attacks free radicals
Fights Colds and Flu
Lowers Cholesterol
Acts as a natural antibiotic (bacteria doesn’t grow resistant to it)

Black Pepper
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial.
Great for the digestive Tract.
Reduces Gas in the intestines.
Speeds up metabolism.
Supports weight loss.
Fights fat by breaking down the fat cells.
Relief from respiratory problems

Rosemary
Antioxidant.
Anti-Allergic, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Septic.
Helps with Cardiovascular system.
High in Iron.

Olive Oil
Contains Antioxidants
Contains probiotics
Improves Blood Vessel Function
Boosts the immune system
Fights Cancer
Fights Heart Disease
Regulates Blood Pressure
Fights Diabetes
May help fight Obesity
Fights Arthritis
Fights 
osteoporosis

Raw Honey:
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)

Spinach
Anti-Inflammatory
Antioxidants
High in fiber
Helps with digestion
Fights Cancer
Lowers blood pressure
Good for eyes, skin, bones

Apple Cider Vinegar
Suppresses Glucose being released by the body
Alkalizes the Body
Regulates Blood Pressure
Reduces Cholesterol
High in Minerals
Helps remove toxins from the body
Great for skin
Supports weight loss

Sea Salt
Alkalizes the Body
Contains Minerals
Good for the Cardiovascular System
Good for the Brain
Good for the Skin
Important for Hydration
Boosts Immune System
Helps maintain Sugar Levels (good for Diabetes)
Prevents Osteoporosis
Prevents Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Reduces Cholesterol
Reduces Inflammation in respiratory system (Good for Asthma)

Chicken Meatloaf

chicken meatloaf
2 lbs Ground Chicken Breast
3/4 cup Walnuts
2 eggs
1 Carrot
1 Onion
3 jalapeño
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 Garlic Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 large Tomatoes
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey

Pre-heat oven to 350
Blend Walnuts and place in a bowl
Slice Carrot, Onion, Garlic and jalapeño
Tear up Basil
Add Eggs, Carrot, Onion, jalapeño, Basil, Garlic and Black Pepper to bowl and mix
Add Chicken and mix
Place mixture into a metal pan

Puree Tomato
Add Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil and Raw Honey
Mix and pour over the chicken meatloaf
Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes

Health Benefits:

Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Onions
Anti Bacterial
Anti Microbial
Anti Inflammatory
Good for the liver
Lowers Cholesterol
Thins blood, reduces risk of blood clots
Fights Asthma
Fights Bronchitis
Fights Hay Fever
Fights Diabetes
Reduces risk of stomach cancer
Detoxify the body of heavy metals

Garlic
Contains Antioxidants
Attacks free radicals
Fights Colds and Flu
Lowers Cholesterol
Acts as a natural antibiotic (bacteria doesn’t grow resistant to it)

Eggs
High in Protein
Great for the eyes
Fights Cardiovascular Problems
Helps with Cholesterol Profile

Tomatoes
Contains antioxidants
Fights Cancer (prostate, cervical, stomach, rectum, breast and mouth)
Lowers Cholesterol
Helps keep digestive system healthy
Detoxify body
Alleviates Type 2 Diabetes
Good for Healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and bones
Fights urinary tract infections and bladder cancer
Prevents Gallstones

Jalapeño
Fights Cancer
Lowers Blood Pressure
Anti-Inflammatory
Good for the heart
Reduces Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Increases Metabolism.  Helps body burn fat.

Black Pepper
Fights fat by breaking down the fat cells
Relief from respiratory problems
Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory
Helps with Digestion

Olive Oil
Contains Antioxidants
Contains probiotics
Improves Blood Vessel Function
Boosts the immune system
Fights Cancer
Fights Heart Disease
Regulates Blood Pressure
Fights Diabetes
May help fight Obesity
Fights Arthritis
Fights Osteoporosis

Basil
Great Source of Iron
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Inflammatory
Protects Against Free Radicals
Great for the Eyes
Supports Blood Pressure
Anti-Aging Properties
Good for Bones

Raw Honey:
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)

Walnuts Benefits:
Contains minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
Contains good fats including omega-3’s
Helps lower Cholesterol
Helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure
Helps prevent certain cancers
Promotes Anti Aging
Helps remove free radicals from the body

Carrots
Improves Vision
Reduce Risk of Cancer
Good for Skin
Good for Teeth
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Anti Aging
Reduces the Risk of Cancer (Lung, Breast, Colon)

Balsamic Vinegar
Contains Antioxidants
Supports Digestion
Helps regulate Blood Sugar

Sweet Chicken & Mango

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3 Chicken Breasts
1/2 Mango
1/2 Lemon
6 Fresh Basil Leaves
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
1 1/2 Tablespoons  Coconut Oil
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Heat large frying pan on medium heat.
Add Coconut Oil
Cut up Chicken Breasts into bite size pieces
Add Chicken to frying pan
Cut up Mango into small pieces
Add Mango to Frying pan
Cut up Basil
Add Basil
Add Cinnamon
Squeeze Lemons over Chicken
Cook for 20 minutes stirring frequently
Add Vanilla Extract and Stir
Add Honey and Stir
Remove from heat and serve

Health Benefits

Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Mango
Contains Pre-Biotic Dietary Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals
Protects against the following cancers: Colon, Breast, Leukemia, Prostate
Helps control Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
Reduce Risk of Stroke
Improves Red Blood Cell Production

Lemon
Helps the body become Alkaline by increasing PH
Antibacterial
High in Vitamin C
Strengthens Blood Vessels
Great for the Heart
Good for Teeth and Bones
*Lemon Juice can destroy tooth enamel.  Dilute with water or something else.
Helps rid the body of kidney stones and other kidney and bladder problems

Cinnamon
May lower cholesterol
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes
Contains antifungal properties and may rid the body of candida
May reduce proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
When added to food inhibits bacterial growth and is a natural food preservative
Boosts cognitive function and memory
Helps eliminate headaches and migraines
Helps stabilize blood sugar
Increases metabolism

Basil
Great Source of Iron
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Inflammatory
Protects Against Free Radicals
Great for the Eyes
Supports Blood Pressure
Anti-Aging Properties
Good for Bones

Vanilla Extract
Antioxidant Properties
May fight Cancer
Boost Metabolism
Reduces Anxiety
May fight infections and fever in children
Reduces Nausea

Raw Honey
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)
Used as an acne treatment

Coconut Oil
New research claiming that it has been helping Alzheimer’s patients improve and even reverse effects.
Positive results for people affected with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Increases thyroid health by raising body temperature.
It increases metabolism (increases body temp)
Increases energy
Coconut oil on the body can promote healthy skin and hair.

Spiced Chicken & Tomatoes


20121205_193129 3 Chicken Breasts
1/2 Red Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
3/4Pint Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
Dash of Cloves
Dash of Paprika
Dash of Cumin
1/4 cup of Vermouth
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Put frying pan over a medium flame and add oil
Chop up Onions
Chop up Garlic
Sautee Onions and Garlic
Chop up Tomatoes
Add tomatoes to frying pan
Chop up Chicken Breasts
Add Chicken Breasts to frying pan
Squeeze Lemon over Chicken
Add Pepper
Add Cloves
Add Paprika
Add Cumin
Add Dry Vermouth
Cook for around 20 minutes and stir ocassionally

Serve alone or over Rice or Quinoa

Health Benefits

Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Red Onions
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Fungal
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Inflammatory
Fights Cancer
Fights Free Radicals
Fights Colds
Reduces High Blood Pressure
Low Glycemic – Suppresses Blood Sugar Spikes

Garlic
Contains Antioxidants
Attacks free radicals
Fights Colds and Flu
Lowers Cholesterol
Acts as a natural antibiotic (bacteria doesn’t grow resistant to it)

Tomatoes
Contains antioxidants
Fights Cancer (prostate, cervical, stomach, rectum, breast and mouth)
Lowers Cholesterol
Helps keep digestive system healthy
Detoxify body
Alleviates Type 2 Diabetes
Good for Healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and bones
Fights urinary tract infections and bladder cancer
Prevents Gallstones

Lemon
Helps the body become Alkaline by increasing PH
Antibacterial
High in Vitamin C
Strengthens Blood Vessels
Great for the Heart
Good for Teeth and Bones
*Lemon Juice can destroy tooth enamel.  Dilute with water or something else.
Helps rid the body of kidney stones and other kidney and bladder problems

Cloves
Contains Antioxidants
Antifungal
Antiseptic (placing on wounds, bug bites, etc..)
Effective in treating Indigestion, Asthma
Eases Tooth Ache Pain, Sore Gums, Mouth Ulcers and Sore Throats
Fights Stress
Clears Nasal Passages – Great for Colds
Controls Blood Sugar
Fights Diabetes
Great for the Immune System
Fights Bad Breath

Black Pepper
Fights fat by breaking down the fat cells
Relief from respiratory problems
Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory
Helps with Digestion

Cumin
Helps with Digestion
Helps stimulate and relax and helps with Insomnia
Helps with Respiratory Problems
Antiviral (fights colds)
Good for lactating mothers
Detoxify the body
Fights Cancer

Paprika
Contains Antioxidants.
Anti-Inflammatory.
Helps with blood circulation and regulates blood pressure.

Olive Oil
Contains Antioxidants
Contains Probiotics
Improves Blood Vessel Function
Boosts the immune system
Fights Cancer
Fights Heart Disease
Regulates Blood Pressure
Fights Diabetes
May help fight Obesity
Fights Arthritis
Fights Osteoporosis

Chicken With Oranges And Pineapple

 

3 chicken Breasts
3 Juice Oranges
1/2 Onion
1.5 teaspoons of Basil
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Cup Fresh Pineapple

2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil

Put frying pan on medium heat.
Add Coconut Oil
Cut up Onion
Add Onion to pan
Cut up Pineapple
Cut Chicken into bite size pieces
Remove skin from oranges
Put chicken in the pan
Cover with Cinnamon, Black Pepper and Basil
Squeeze oranges over chicken
Tear the oranges up and
Place the rest of the oranges in pan with chicken
Add the Pineapple
Stir once in a while
Cook for 15 minutes or until done

Healthy Benefits:

Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Oranges
Great Source of Vitamin C
Great source of Fiber
Contains Bioflavonoids (White Part Under the Skin Contains Much of it)
Contains Antioxidants
Anti-Cancer
Reduces Production of Cholesterol
Decreases Risk of Heart disease
Can lower high blood pressure
Strengthens Immune System
Lowers Risk of Kidney Stones
Fights Viruses

Pineapple
Contains Many Vitamins and Minerals
Contains Anti-Inflammatory Qualities
Great for Arthritis, Gout and other conditions that involve inflammation
Helps with Digestion
Strengthens Gums and Bones
Fights colds

Onions
Anti Bacterial
Anti Microbial
Anti Inflammatory
Good for the liver
Lowers Cholesterol
Thins blood, reduces risk of blood clots
Fights Asthma
Fights Bronchitis
Fights Hay Fever
Fights Diabetes
Reduces risk of stomach cancer
Detoxify the body of heavy metals

Cinnamon
May lower cholesterol
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes
Contains antifungal properties and may rid the body of candida
May reduce proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
When added to food inhibits bacterial growth and is a natural food preservative
Boosts cognitive function and memory
Helps eliminate headaches and migraines
Helps stabilize blood sugar
Increases metabolism

Black Pepper
Fights fat by breaking down the fat cells
Relief from respiratory problems
Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory
Helps with Digestion

Coconut Oil
New research claiming that it has been helping Alzheimer’s patients improve and even reverse effects.
Positive results for people affected with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Increases thyroid health by raising body temperature.
It increases metabolism (increases body temp)
Increases energy
Coconut oil on the body can promote healthy skin and hair.

Basil

Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial
Contains Antioxidants
Contains many vitamins and minerals
Great for the Eyes

Nutritional Guidelines That I Followed During My Transformation

The most important thing about my transformation was and still is mostly psychological.  It is all about controlling my own mind.  I have to make choices and they include not eating processed foods, sugar, drinking alcohol.  It also means that I  will make sure that I eat 6 healthy meals a day.

More Self Control.  Know when to say when.
Portion control is something that people have a great deal of trouble with and I was no exception.  When people eat out the portions are typically huge.  An easy way to figure out a good portion is to look at the palm of your open hand and that is what your protein portion should be.  Your fist would be your carbs and for vegetables that would also be your fist.

I don’t really like to refer to what I eat as a diet, because I believe that the word diet comes with a negative connotation.  People try diets.  People do diets for a set amount of time and in some cases an undefined period of time.  Low carb no carb, grapefruit, 30 day diet.  These are diets that you can’t stick with.  I guess you get on them and lose some weight and go back to your old ways.  You are setting yourself up to fail.  Planning is a great idea, however, I don’t like to plan to fail.  If it happens, I’ll learn from it but I don’t want it predetermined.  In 1998 when I did the Body for Life and got my body fat into the single digits, I was on a diet that I couldn’t stick with. It was pretty much a bodybuilder diet.  All of my food was bland.  If I wanted to get crazy and spice things up, than I would put spicy mustard on my bland chicken.  In some cases I would also cut my carbs.  You do cut fat, but you also burn muscle and you feel like crap.  I stuck with it for a long time. Eventually, I failed.

My new program had to include a nutrition plan that I could stick with for life.  I had to enjoy my food.  Based on my past history this would have been impossible.  I didn’t think that I could find something that was good for you that also tastes good on a daily basis.  I learned enough from the turkey baster diet to start looking into organic vegetables and fruits and free range chicken and eggs and grass feed beef.  Plus seafood.  First of all this way of eating tastes so much better than the crap I was buying prior to my transportation.  I already knew that processed foods were not good but still had to have the self control to avoid those foods.  I got rid of all of the food that I no longer allowed my self to eat.  I cleaned out my cabinets and it all went to a food drive.   Instead of getting sauce out of a bottle or can, I started to make my own with organic tomatoes and other organic vegetables.

The following are the guidelines that I set up for my transformation and that I continue to follow:

It provides more of a view of what to eat and what not to eat. I did make changes throughout my transformation but most of it was early on.  I still make changes occasionally.   I started screwing around with a different diet and dropped it close to the start of the program because I looked at it and realized that I could not do it for life.  I didn’t think that I could do it for another day.  Oh, I guess I couldn’t.  The nutrition program that I ended up following is awesome.  The food is great and I can do it for life. I don’t feel like I need a cheat meal and I am not anxious. I have been ripped before and ate bland food and it doesn’t work as a life style. You always want to cheat. There are lots of options with the way that I eat.

When I finished the first 12 weeks I had started to pay attention to calories for the next 4 weeks, in order to see how many calories I was eating. They ranged between 2500 and 3000.  I eat protein and carbs with every meal and I have 6 meals a day. Protein intake is close to my body weight in grams. I am estimating that I eat around 200 or more grams of protein a day.  Typically, my carbs in my first two meals come from Oatmeal. It ranges between 1/2 a cup and a full cup.  Oatmeal takes a long time to break down and it is low on the glycemic index. The other meals are usually sweet potatoes which break down quickly. Sometimes I replace them with brown rice or quinoa. Carbohydrates are fuel.  These foods will provide you with energy and will help you build and retain muscle.  They also possess many other benefits.  I actually use them in several different recipes.

Carbs
Vegetables – I eat organic vegetables – for the most part I stick with spinach and asparagus, sweet potato and occasional will add other vegetables to food that I make.  There are plenty of choices.
Fruits – Go with organic here also – tomato, avocado, grapefruit, bananas.  I add a number of other fruits to my diet as well.  Tons of choices here also.
Grains: I stay away from grains with the of exception of oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice.
Nuts: They are high in fat and carbs, however they are very nutritious and should be a part of your diet.  Just don’t overdue it.   I probably eat almonds more than any other type of nut. And I do eat peanut butter or almond butter every once in a while.
Protein – I stick with food that doesn’t have hormones or other crap in it. Grass Feed Beef, Bison, Seafood (usually fish), Free Range Chicken and Eggs

The way I define processed is anything man made.  This includes bread and pasta.  Both of which I love.  When people talk about carb loading the day before an event, I don’t consider pasta.  I eat, extra sweet potatoes and oatmeal.

I eat RAW honey and cinnamon 2 to 4 times a day.  Both of these are very beneficial.  If you are going to try it out make sure that you get RAW Honey.  In order for your body to digest it easily it has to be RAW.  Processed honey will cause your blood sugar to spike.

I replaced table salt with Sea Salt because table salt has a negative effect on your body and Sea Salt provides electrolytes and minerals for your body.  It contains some great health benefits.

I take supplements which includes a good protein powder every day.  If I want additional carbs with my protein shake, sometimes I will add half of a baked sweet potato to it.  One way to see if you are taking a good protein powder is to check the label and see how high Cholesterol is on the product.  Good protein will be low in Cholesterol.  Typically it is going to be more expensive.

I also add Metamucil or Psyllium Husks to my regular diet.  It adds needed fiber to your diet and has many benefits including reducing cholesterol.

This is my sample diet on a typical day

I add things to my diet which will help burn fat, lower cholesterol, provide energy, lower blood sugar and other things that play a role in being healthy.  If you take a look at any of the recipes that I put in my blog, you will notice that I put the benefits of the ingredients at the end of the recipe.

Wake up
Make a shake with 3 raw eggs, 1/2 a cup to 1 cup of oatmeal, raw honey, cinnamon  sometimes add protein powder sometimes add a banana or other fruit – add a couple ice cubes

Run within one hour

1 hour after run
3 egg omelet with tomatoes, onions, garlic, hot peppers

cup of oatmeal with honey and cinnamon and a grapefruit

or
Oatmeal Pancakes
Grapefruit

3 hours later
Almond Coconut Honey Chicken
Tropical Sweet Potato 

Spinach

Prior to workout
Protein Shake with half a sweet potato blended into it

Post workout
I take a recovery product that has carbs and sugar immediately after workout (I stay away from sugar other then post workout)
Protein Shake within 15 minutes of my workout ending

1 hour later
Seared Tuna with Mango and Ginger
Asparagus

3 hours later
Protein Shake

I usually get my carbs from vegetables at night.

Water is an important for health and it will also help fill you up.  Drink 50% of your weight in ounces of water,  plus 16 ounces for each pound that you lose working out.  I try not to drink water 30 minutes before or after I eat.  It can interfere with digestion.

I allow for one cheat meal a week.  However, it usually ends up being once every two weeks.
It could be pizza, pasta, pf changs, a steakhouse where I eat bread, ice cream or something out of the ordinary for me.  It never seems as good as i use to think that it was.  Still tastes good but i eat so many other good things that are good for you.  To tell you the truth I have felt terrible the day following a cheat meal several times.  My body isn’t use to some of the things that I rarely eat and it reacts in a negative way.

Self Control and Will Power are crucial for your diet.  I still go to dinner with friends and I am very careful when ordering out.  There are plenty of temptations when you go, from bread to alcohol.  You have to be strong enough to control your mind.  Also, if you don’t plan on eating something that comes with your meal it is always better to have it removed from your plate before it is brought out.  Remove the temptation.  Plus it’s a waste of food.

Funny thing is that people think that when they are trying to lose weight, they can’t enjoy their food.  That is exactly what I thought because that was my past experience.  Not only are my regular meals good but I eat several things that make me feel like I am cheating, including the Oatmeal Pancakes.  If you love chocolate checkout the recipe in my blog for Coconut Flavored Chocolate.

Planning is another important aspect of the nutrition program.  I wrote down everything that I planned to eat and followed up with what I actually ate during every meal, every day.  I got into such a routine, even though my meals varied that after about week 8 or 9 I stopped writing anything down.

Enjoy your food and make it work for you not against you.  Take advantage of the healthy benefits that these foods provide.  Learn to S.W.I.M. to improve your life.

Seared Tuna with Ginger and Mango

Pan seared on the outside and rare on the inside


8oz Yellow Fin Tuna
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1/2 tablespoon Ground Pepper
1/2 A Lemon with no peal
1 Slice of Mango
1 teaspoon Ginger
1 tablespoon Raw Honey

Add Lemon, Mango, Ginger and Honey to food processor
Blend until it is mush

Pre Heat skillet on medium heat
Add Coconut Oil
Season Tuna with Pepper
Place Tuna on Skillet
Flip tuna after 1 Minute
Cook other side for 1 Minute

Remove Tuna and add Mush to the top of it.

Health Benefits

Tuna
High in Protein
Contain Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Removes inflammation in the body
Improves Cardiovascular System
Increases Heart Rate Variability
Improves electrical properties of Heart Cells
Lowers Risk of Blood Clots
Improves Cholesterol Profile
Lower Triglycerides (Form in which fat flows through the bloodstream)
Helps Control High Blood Pressure
Reduce Risk of Strokes
Reduce Risk of Childhood Asthma
Reduce Risk of Some Types of Cancer

Mango
Contains Pre-Biotic Dietary Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals
Protects against the following cancers: Colon, Breast, Leukemia, Prostate
Helps control Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
Reduce Risk of Stroke
Improves Red Blood Cell Production

Ginger
Helps treatment for Ovarian Cancer (induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells)
Prevents Colon Cancer
May help Migraine relief
Natural Treatment for Colds and Flu
Effective remedy for Motion Sickness
Effective remedy for Morning Sickness
Contains Anti-Inflammatory properties
Contains Anti-Fungal properties
Relieves Menstrual Cramps

Lemons
High in Vitamin C
Contains Flavonoid which hold antioxidant and anti-cancer properties
Helps Prevent Diabetes
Prevents High Blood Pressure
Fights Colds, Fevers, Constipation
Great for Skin, Hair and Teeth
Helps Remove and prevent Kidney Stones and Gall Stones

Raw Honey:
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)
Used as an acne treatment

Cristian Mihai

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