3 Ways to Incorporate Ginger into Your Diet

Ginger is used in a variety of ways in many people’s diets including to help settle stomach upset during pregnancy. Though the spice is available in candied, powdered, pills, and tea forms many people are still not sure how to add it into their diet directly. If you are considering adding ginger into your new diet routine or health care routine, here are three ways to prepare and use it easily for effective results.

Teas

One of the easiest ways to add ginger into your diet is by using it in tea form. There are three ways you can do this. You can buy dry ginger and place a small amount into hot water, allowing it to steep for several minutes. The piece of ginger can be removed or it can be eaten at the end of the tea if you would like. You can also use powdered ginger. If you choose this option, you can place it along with other tea leaves in a tea infuser or alone in the hot water. You will need to strain the portion of the powder that does not dissolve easily. The third way is to purchase ginger in an already prepared tea form and follow the directions issued by the tea manufacturer.

Juicing

When you are juicing, you may wonder how to incorporate ginger into your juicing routine. The most common way is to put ground ginger into the juice at the start or end of the juicing process depending on what type of juicing machine you are using. You can also use ginger oil. If you choose to use a ginger oil or liquid, make sure it is labeled as food-grade as some are for stress relief or topical use and not meant to be ingested. You can also use powders in the juicing process but remember some powders may not break down completely and may cause a gritty texture in the final product.

Capsules

If you don’t want to add more to your juicing or teas, or if you don’t like the hot spice feeling that ginger can offer, you do have another option. You can use the ginger powder in capsule form. These can be purchased at most stores and health food stores throughout the country. All you would need to do is follow the directions by the manufacturer and take one to three capsules once to several times a day. Start off with the manufacturer directions and lower the intake if you feel it is too much or causing heartburn of any kind. Remember, it is a spice and if you have heartburn issues you will need to be cautious.

These are only three of the more common ways to incorporate ginger in your diet. Remember, ginger can be found in many forms including raw and in powdered form. This means they can be added easily to different aspects of your diet routine and in imaginative ways that are only limited by you.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas. If you have some ideas on using ginger, share below.

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Pamela

 

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Three Superfood Food Bowl Ideas

When you think about superfoods, you probably think about juicing, powders, capsules, and smoothies. You probably don’t think about actual food bowls that are full of the superfoods you need in a day. If you are trying to have a well-balanced and solid meal, you can choose to go with a superfood bowl. These bowls contain three or more superfoods to create a full meal with a medium to low caloric intake and high nutrient output. If you have never tried a superfood bowl, consider these three bowls to get started.

Super Packed Breakfast Bowls

You may be under the misconception that the only type of superfood bowls available is for dinner or lunch. The truth is, you can incorporate superfood food bowls into your morning routine. Use traditional rolled oats in an overnight oats recipe as the base for your bowl. Add a cup full of mixed nuts such as walnuts and almonds. Add one cup of berries that are suitable for your goals. For example, blueberries are ideal for memory boosting and anti-aging goals. To finish off your bowl you can add chia seeds or Greek yogurt and honey.

Sprouting Superfood Bowls

One of the leading superfoods that most people try to incorporate into their routine is sprouts. Sprouts are easy to grow yourself and easy to find at most farmer’s markets and health food stores. You can use various forms of bean sprouts mixed with chia seeds, leafy greens, nuts, and ginger or fruit-based dressing. These superfood bowls are ideal for lunch or very light dinner if you are short on time or just need to pack in the nutrients and not calories. If the sprouts are not enough, add some heft to the bowls by adding cubed sweet potatoes or quinoa.

Avocado Smoothie Bowl

If you like the feel and taste of various soups, then an avocado smoothie bowl may be an ideal way to get superfood food bowls into your daily eating routine.  These bowls are incredibly easy to make and can incorporate more food than you think. Start off with an avocado and a little olive oil in a blender. Mix them until creamy then add kale, chia seeds, or Greek yogurt. You can heat this mixture and serve as a soup with sprouts, nuts, or both on top to finish them off. This is an ideal superfood food bowl for colder months when soups and stews are a welcome change.

If you are concerned about how to incorporate these superfood food bowls properly, remember that most of the vegetables or fruits can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. There may be some nutrient loss, but it will be small and unnoticeable if you are on a healthy superfood routine and exercise plan.

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Four Superfoods for Juicing

Most people who juice at home tend to go with very basic juice mixes. These usually consist of something like apples, oranges, and carrots. In some instances, you may decide to add kale or another green leafy vegetable. The problem is that you may get into a rut with these juices and decide to leave juicing all together. Instead of dropping it and tossing the juicer away, consider these four superfoods to add to your juices to give them a kick and change them up enough to keep you interested.

Ginger

You may not think that ginger is suitable for juicing, but it can be a great spice to add to give your simple juices a kick. One of the most popular methods to add ginger is into a sunshine juice which consists of orange, apple, and pineapple juice. Add ginger food-grade drops, ginger powder, or fresh ground ginger for an added spice and kick. It can change the flavor and give your basic juice a boost. It can also be made ahead of time if you are looking for a way to add juicing to your meal prep plan.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a superfood that many people avoid because they don’t like the texture of the raw seeds in their juicing. If you want to add chia seeds, but also don’t like the raw texture, you do have another option. Simply soak your chia seeds overnight in either water or some of your leftover juice from a previous juicing session. The chia seeds will soften and will blend better with your juice while still giving you the same nutrients. These should be added halfway through the juicing in order to blend them properly into the mixture.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is another superfood that leaves people a little perplexed on how to incorporate them into juicing recipes. These are actually easier than you may think. Simply open your pomegranate and spoon out the round ball-like seeds. These are what you add to your juicing. You can add them in between two hard components or at the end of the juicing process to incorporate them as much as possible. If you decide you don’t want to cut and spoon out the pomegranate seeds another option is to have frozen pomegranate on hand.

Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the juices that can stand on its own and give you great benefits as a simple juice to break up the juicing recipe rut. Watermelon gives hydration and energy boosts naturally and has been noted by some to be a bigger boost of energy in the morning than even coffee provides. You can jolt this juice up a bit by adding chia seeds, other superfood fruits, and ginger.

There are many more superfoods, superfood rich powders, and mixes that you can add to your juicing. By just thinking outside of the box, you can make subtle changes to your juicing recipes that will keep you interested and change the taste for the better. These changes will also give a boost to your vitamins, minerals, and nutrient intake without heavily increasing calories.

Have fun experimenting with superfood options and juicing.  And enjoy!!

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Healthy Lifestyle – The Choice is Ultimately Yours

When it comes to “dieting” or eating healthier the choice is ultimately yours. You are the only one that knows your body and whether you have what it takes to see it through.

There are many things to consider when you decide to go on a “diet.” Most prefer to call it a lifestyle change. If you focus on “dieting” too much you may end up eating differently for a short amount of time but if you are like me, you get bored with what you are doing and quit. Soon you’ve stopped eating healthier, gained your weight back (and it usually comes with friends), and you are right back where you started. Trust me – been there, done that.

When you want to live a healthier lifestyle or lose weight there are a few things you should consider doing. First, you have to focus on it as being a lifestyle change and not just a temporary “diet.”

At the beginning of the year I decided that I had to make a lifestyle change instead of just trying to diet.  It has been interesting and I have lost almost 40 lbs so far.

 

Lifestyle Change, Then Diet

Due to the enormous amount of information about diets on the internet, people who yearn to lead healthy lives end up being confused as to which diet will help them achieve their goals – mostly weight management. The pendulum of which “diet” works keeps swinging back and forth. People try adapting to different diets but only a few are lucky to find one that helps them to successfully manage their health.

The diet debate is almost extinct. Now and then, people who try to reduce weight through dieting confess “cheating on their diets.” The major reason behind failing to keep up with a diet plan is that the plan is not parallel to the person’s lifestyle. Often, lifestyle is the best ally when it comes to eating and living healthy. A diet that goes well with your lifestyle is easier to maintain.

The realization that lifestyle comes before diet is triggered by the knowledge that the body is not a machine that efficiently produces output according to the input. Body systems are integrated in such a way that improvement of the whole depends on how well all the systems are coordinated.

For example, a person desiring to reduce weight may always eat healthy food but fails to handle emotional distress. According to research, stress leads to weight gain in some people. Having a lifestyle that supports the well-being of the entire body is the only way to achieve healthy living.

In support of the case of lifestyle over diet, many nutritionists have indicated instances when some of their clients have tried different diets but fallen off the wagon. The result of such failure is discouragement and frustration. Pro-lifestyle nutritionists are more concerned with helping a client develop a plan that they can follow while they make new lifestyles changes. They note that the greatest problem associated with weight and health management is adherence.

So the first thing you have to do is focus and commit to a lifestyle change.

 

Steps to Implementing a Lifestyle Change

When beginning a lifestyle change you should start by doing a few things to aid in your success. A few things to consider implementing to help you obtain a lifestyle change and ultimately a healthier life you should consider 1) starting an exercise regime if you are not already exercising; 2) start a food journal; 3) think positive; 4) start a motivation board; and 5) focus on progress.

  • 1) Exercise – This is a hard thing for some people. I know this is one thing I struggle with just because I have problems with my feet, and I have arthritis in my knees. Being more active than you are currently is the goal. Exercise is important to your health. If you can ride a bike, walk around the block, run a mile, go swimming, go hiking or workout at the gym, then do so. Make it a habit. If you need to start out slow and work up to a longer time each day, that is a good thing.
  • 2) Food Journal – Most people eat what they want, when they want. They rarely think about how food affects them or why they are putting on the pounds. I know I have broken several habits in the last few months that I’m pretty proud of just by being more mindful or what I was eating. Keeping a food journal helps you to identify the foods you are eating, how they make you feel, and why you may be adding a few inches around the waist. Be mindful of what you are putting in your body.

For example, I personally know that I need to eat more protein and less carbs. When I began to write down what I was eating each day it helped me recognize how much I was eating and pinpoint those things I needed to leave out of my diet.

There a lot of people who can eat more fruits and vegetables and less protein and they lose weight and feel better.   Journal what you are eating to determine what type of plan you need. A really good book to read is “Eating Right for Your Blood Type.”

  • 3) Think positive – You know you need to get healthier or lose weight. You know you need to accomplish what you set out to do. The only way to achieve that is to think positive and stay positive. Each day, tell yourself that you can do this and that you are worth it. Also, you should find a buddy or a family member who will help to encourage you when you need it. Whatever you choose to do to make your life better, stay positive.
  • 4) Get motivated – What is your why? Why do you want to have a healthier lifestyle? Like me, you know you need changes in your life, so you need to get motivated. One way to do this is to make a motivation board. Make a list of the reasons you want to make a lifestyle change and get healthier. Make yourself a promise that you are going to stick to your program no matter what. Don’t fall to pieces if you “fall off the horse” one meal or one day. Just get back on the horse right away and don’t wallow in the muck.

There may be many reasons you feel you need a healthy lifestyle change – it could be to lose weight, or you may need to bring your cholesterol down or your sugar or your blood pressure. Whatever the reason, get yourself motivated and get going.

Clean out your pantry and your refrigerator. Develop a menu and shopping list and get excited about your new healthy life. Decide what program or plan you’d like to try. There are many out there that are good healthy programs, or you may want to do your own thing by eating healthier. Whatever it is just get motivated and keep it up. Read more about the program I am on.

  • 5) Focus on progress – As you get started, weigh yourself and take pictures. Add these to your motivation board. Focus on your progress as you start losing weight or start to feel better by eating healthier and exercising. As you start to see changes or movement on the scale, you’ll get more excited and more motivated to keep going. Stay focused on you and what you are trying to accomplish.

Implementing these few things in your new lifestyle will help you meet your objective of a healthier lifestyle.

Lifestyle changes such as exercise, positive thinking, keeping food records and focusing on progress rather than perfection are the ultimate solution to health management. If you are able to make and enhance these lifestyle changes, it becomes very easy to follow diet plans that help you to achieve the overall objective of healthier living. But remember – the choice is ultimately yours!

 

 

To your health,

Pamela

 

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3 Great Superfood Smoothie Ideas

Smoothies are a great way to get all of your nutrients in one easy to drink meal. You can stuff them full of fruits, vegetables, superfoods, and even protein powders to give yourself the massive boost you need. You can also use them to fill the void you may have with vitamins and certain minerals throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the many ways you can make smoothies to fit your dietary needs or tastes. Here are a few easy methods for how to make a smoothie and how to change up your superfood smoothies to give it a different flavor.

Milk-Based Smoothies

When you hear milk-based smoothie, you may think about typical dairy milk. The truth is, you can use any type of nut milk to make a smoothie and to fit with vegetarian or vegan eating habits. These smoothies are usually creamy and offer more of a milkshake feel to them. These are ideal bases for fruit-based smoothies and early morning smoothies where you need to add a calcium or protein aspect to your drink. These are fairly easy to make and require only a small amount of milk. Ideally, you will be adding your fruits or vegetables to the blender first and adding one-quarter cup of milk to start with. You can also drizzle your milk in throughout the blending process until you reach the consistency you want for the smoothie.

Yogurt Based Smoothies

Yogurt based smoothies generally use Greek yogurt that is thicker and has more superfood properties. Some of these yogurts already have some fruit added and are ideal in cases when you may want a certain fruit, like blueberries, but are unable to get them out of season. These smoothies usually use about a half cup of yogurt, or small yogurt serving, per blended smoothie mixture. If you feel that the consistency is too thick, consider using regular yogurt that is not as thick or more water-based fruits and vegetables.

Pure Juice Smoothies

Pure juice smoothies tend to use things like bananas as the base to replace the yogurt or milk. A banana, apple, and berry or mango smoothie is a prime example. To add liquid, you would use water until you reach the right consistency. Alternatively, you can also add fruit juice that has been premade or bottled.

These are only three of the ways you can use to make smoothies. There are many other ways that fit different eating habits such as vegan, vegetarian, and even flexitarian diets.

 

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Superfood Herbs to Add to Your Diet

When you think of superfoods, you may think of whole foods only. The truth is, there are many superfoods that can be found in herbs as well. This means you can make your normal superfood meals, smoothies, or juices and infuse them with even more benefits. If you aren’t sure what herbs may work best for you, or what herbs are even listed as superfoods, here are a few to keep in mind.

Rosemary

Rosemary is an easy to grow plant that can be grown outdoors in an herb garden, or even in your window throughout the year. You can use it in cooking fish, meats, or even poultry. It can also be dried and placed in capsules or infused into oils to be taken daily. Rosemary offers assistance with inflammation in muscles and throughout the body.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an easy herb to find.  It can be found in most spice sections of grocery stores and supermarkets. This herb is primarily used in Indian cooking but can be adapted easily to a superfood based eating routine. For example, you can cook turmeric down with some water to form a paste and place a portion of that paste into warm milk. Drinking this milk, also known as turmeric tea or golden milk, can help with inflammation and pain you may feel from working out.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most versatile superfood herbs for its ability to deliver weight loss assistance throughout your diet. You can also work to regulate blood sugar which can be vital for someone who is borderline diabetic and attempting to change their health routine in both food and exercise. Cinnamon can be added to water along with apples to give a great tasting weight loss infused water.

You can add one whole cinnamon stick and half of an apple to most water bottles for an overnight infusion. Cinnamon can be taken in capsule form to help with daily blood sugar needs and to deliver the power of the cinnamon herb to your entire body easily. You can also add it to drinks and foods as a spice or to add a kick to the juice or smoothie.

Each one of these herbs is either fairly easy to find in most grocery stores or can be grown indoors throughout the year. You can dehydrate them, like rosemary and basil, and add them to drinks or capsules. You can also find each herb ready to use in capsule form from most stores.

I hope you enjoyed this short “health-e-byte.”  Please leave a comment to let me know what you like about it.

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Pamela

 

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5 Great Superfood Salad Ideas

If you are into meal prepping, you may already be incorporating superfoods into your weekly meal plans. One way to do this effectively is by using salads, either in regular containers or in mason jar options. These can be prepared a few days to a week ahead of time and can help ensure you are getting the superfoods you need in quantities your may not normally have available. Here are five of the most common superfood salad ideas and how you can prep each one ahead of time for your busy week.

Fruit Salad

The basics behind the fruit salad are to choose fruits that have not only the nutrients you are looking for, but also reasonable water content. This will help hydrate you and will help the flavors intermingle to give you a juice as well as a salad component. Some more common fruits for this type of salad are blueberries, strawberries, and mangoes. You can go with a watermelon based salad and add feta cheese and nuts as well or an apple and walnut based salad with Greek yogurt to give your multiple superfoods and pack in as many nutrients and good oils as possible.

Green Salad

When you think of green salad you may be thinking of your typical house salad or side salad. The key here is to focus on the leafy greens that are packed with iron and combine them with other proteins. For example, you could take kale and spinach as your base, both known for being iron packed superfoods. Then you can add a fruit-based dressing made of blueberries or a green goddess dressing packed with even more green vegetables and oils. Avocado slices can add an even bigger kick to this type of salad, keeping with the green color theme and giving you a superfood that holds multiple benefits.

Tropical Salad

The idea with a tropical salad is to grab fruits that you would not normally have and that meet the superfood criteria. For example, you may want to reach for mango, papaya, and plantains instead of bananas, and add some fresh coconut. You can even use simple ginger and coconut milk puree to create a dressing that will give added benefits and a spicy kick.

Anti-Aging Salad

If you want something that packs a bit more of a punch than just greens or fruit, consider a simple salmon salad. You can use a grilled or broiled salmon as the main protein and get your omega oils in the process. A bed of broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus can give the added anti-aging kick with a small base of kale or other leafy green. If that doesn’t add enough taste for you, or you find it to be a little dry consider a ginger and olive oil blend dressing or sauce. You have a full salad of superfoods packed with anti-aging and memory-boosting properties all in one meal.

Kid-Friendly Salad

If you are trying to find ways to pack a salad for your kids, but you want them to actually eat it, consider doing a fresh kid-friendly fruit salad with apples, Greek yogurt, and walnuts. This will give the superfood of apples as the base, Greek yogurt that can be supercharged with chia seeds, and walnuts for your seeds and nuts components. Your kids think they are eating a common fruit they love, while you know they are getting the superfoods they need to keep them active throughout the day and boost their memory.

Remember that the trick to superfood salads, especially ones made in a jar and prepped ahead of time, is in the layering. You want to keep your harder vegetables towards the bottom and leafy greens towards the top. You can choose to have your salad dressing on the side rather than in the jar if you want to make the salads last a few days longer and keep harder vegetables from softening over time.

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How to Lose Weight with Superfoods

Starting a weight loss journey, for anyone, can be difficult. You may be worried about dropping the weight, struggles you have had in the past, or if you can maintain the weight loss. One of the steps you may be considering is using superfoods to help boost your journey. If that is on your to-do list then there are some things you should know about using the superfoods to the highest potential. Here are a few of those tips.

 

Juicing

Juicing is the leading way to lose weight with superfoods. This is due to the fact that you can cram a ton of superfood fruits, vegetables, or a mix of both into one juice. You can also add chia seeds, infused oils, or vitamin and supplement drops into the juice. The juice can be enjoyed easily and will help to not only get the nutrients and superfood benefits to your body easily but will also fill you up. You aren’t ingesting empty calories, and best of all you are hydrating your body at the same time. Juicing will help up your hydration and your output of liquids so you are flushing your system.

Mix the Right Superfoods

The first thing you need to keep in mind before starting with superfoods is to do your research. Consider what your personal issues are and work from there. For example, if you are retaining water or have high levels of inflammation, then go for superfoods that counteract that and help flush your system naturally. If you need more iron, reach for kale. If you are a vegetarian or vegan and need to boost certain minerals and nutrients, then you need to move to those specific superfoods. Just grabbing a handful of superfoods will help, but if you really want to drop the weight, you need to pick the ones that are designed for your weight loss plans and issues.

 

Space them Out

A key point to keep in mind when going on a superfood diet plan and weight loss journey is to space out your superfoods throughout the day. For example, if you get all your superfoods in during the morning juice or smoothie plan you have, you are likely to deplete them before dinner. This leaves you feeling tired and dragging without the benefits you need to get through the rest of the day. Instead space them out in each meal of your day and make sure you are getting a bit of what you need each time you are drinking or eating. This will help feed your body what it needs, cut down on cravings, and help you to remain full and energized throughout the day.

These are just a few of the ways you can use superfoods to help with your weight loss journey. Remember, you are wanting to keep the right balance of nutrients in your diet along with calories. Research your options and create a meal plan that does serve both uses for your individual weight loss journey and needs.

 

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Pamela

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Tips for Adding More Superfoods to Your Diet

If you have been adding superfoods for a while, you may find yourself getting into a rut with how you take in the superfoods. You may be looking for new ways to add the superfoods to your diet and still get the benefits. This can lead you through a number of recipe books and down a lot of roads that may not work for you. Here are a few easy methods to add superfoods to your diet, that won’t break the bank and won’t add more to your to-do list and time management than you already have.

Proprietary Protein Mixes

You may be finding it difficult to add superfoods to your diet because some may not be easy to juice, or you only do one superfood smoothie or juice a day. One of the easiest ways to get a large number of superfoods is to find a proprietary protein mix that is labeled as a superfood blend. These powders mix protein whey powder with dehydrated and ground fruit and vegetables that are known for their superfood properties. These powders can be added easily to milk, nut milk, or juice base to ensure you are getting all that you need a day.

Super Capsules

Making your own superfood capsules is another ideal way to add more superfoods to your diet. Sometimes you may find yourself too busy to make a smoothie or juice during the day or eat a loaded salad or meal. Instead, consider buying several superfood powders and mixing them up. Take the mix and place them into capsules you can buy at the health food store. Take two to four of these per day to get the added superfoods to boost you need on the go.

Snack Bars

Snack bars are fairly easy to make and can be carried with you on the go. You can make them ahead during an off day of the week, refrigerate them, then cut and pack them for your weekly snack bag or be carried in your gym bag. Oats are usually the basis for these types of bars with superfood powders and protein powders added in.

These are only three of the methods you can use to help add more superfoods to your diet. One thing to remember is to keep your routine in mind. If you are on the go a lot, then something like capsules or snack bars may work best for you. Try to adapt the superfoods to your routine and workout routine as well and you’ll find it easier and easier to take in as many superfoods as you want with as little effort as possible.

 

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Medifast Review

Product: Medifast

Owner: Jason Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Website: www.medifast1.com

Price: Approximately $250-$350 per month but can vary

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

 

Is Medifast a Healthy Option for Weight Loss?

Is Medifast a healthy option for weight loss? That’s a question many people may ask. If you compare the labels on other meal-replacement programs, you will quickly find that Medifast products rank pretty high.  The products are one of the healthier options out there.  Medifast has been proven to help people not only lose weight but has also helped people lower their cholesterol, lower their blood sugar, help them alleviate medications for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and has many other health benefits. *Note: Always consult your physician before starting any program.*

When it comes to a safe and healthy weight loss program in my personal opinion, Medifast is a great option.  I have tried many weight loss programs and Medifast is the one I always come back to for the ease of the program, the benefits that I gain and the results that I get.

Medifast has been recommended by thousands of doctors and it is clinically proven to be a safe and effective option for those who need to make a lifestyle change – whether they need to lose weight, alleviate medications or just be healthier.

There are two interesting case studies below that are helpful to see how safe and effective Medifast is:

Case Study # 1 

Case Study # 2 

 

How is Medifast Different from Conventional Weight Loss Programs?

Medifast is a meal replacement program.  The meals are nutritionally dense and fortified with 24 vitamins and minerals.  Each product, whether it is a bar, shake, cereal, soup, or other meal has 100 to 170 calories and 10-12 grams of protein.  Medifast works by helping your body go into ketosis (fat-burning) which helps your body burn more fat.  After you have been on the program for a few days you begin to experience more energy, clarity and then you start to see movement on the scale and that is exciting.

 

The Medifast program has several plans but the most popular one is referred to as the 5 & 1 plan.  The 5 & 1 plan consists of five Medifast meals, a healthy snack and a “lean and green.” This meal is one that you prepare yourself.  The “lean and green” consists of your choice of 5-7 ounces of lean meat and three servings of vegetables.  There is a whole array of foods to choose from.  There are a few vegetables you cannot eat while you are on the weight loss phase of the plan because they are much higher in carbohydrates but there are a whole lot more that you can eat and so many ways to prepare them.  Your goal is to lower your carbohydrate intake and eat more protein to help your body move into a mild fat-burning phase.  A benefit to this plan is that you lose the weight without sacrificing your lean muscle mass.

The Medifast program is different from conventional programs. It offers pre-packaged, low-glycemic meals that help sustain and nurture your body.  While a conventional program is good for those who need to lose weight and get heathier, any program you choose that helps you attain a healthier lifestyle is a good program.  Many conventional programs leave you with meal planning and prep where Medifast has everything prepared for you.

 

Who Will Benefit from Using Medifast?

Who will benefit from using Medifast?  Unhealthy people who need to lose weight, improve their health, or alleviate medications.  Busy people who need help in preparing their meals.  For those of us who are super busy during the week and don’t have time to prepare several meals during the week or on the weekends for the week ahead, Medifast is a great choice.   Lazy people who don’t like to do a lot of cooking but still need to eat healthily.  Active people who need extra protein with nutritious options.

People who are looking to just lose a few pounds in a short amount of time or those who need to lose a lot of weight would benefit and there is a plan for you.

People who have special dietary needs can also benefit from using Medifast.  There are plans that are specific to those who have diabetes, gluten allergies, nursing, or are vegetarian.

 

What are the Costs Associated with Medifast?

The benefits far outweigh the costs associated with using the program.  But if you are wondering…it costs less than $12 per day to use one of the Medifast plans. You decide which plan is right for you and calculate how many meals you will need for one month.  If you are new to the program you may not know what foods to pick or what you will like so you can choose a starter kit that provides enough meal replacements for 30 days.  Those kits have a variety of foods so that you can get a sample of the various foods.

 

My Opinion of Medifast

In my opinion, using the Medifast program has been one of the easiest programs I’ve been on.  I am a very busy person and it is hard for me to keep up with the meal planning and prepping of other programs.  This program is a God send for a lot of people who need to get the weight off because of their health or just want to be generally healthier.

The costs associated with the program is pretty minimal when you consider what you need to spend on each meal.  The program is so easy to use and when you start seeing the scale move and start feeling better you are all in.

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to read more about the different plans and to see the variety of foods available.  If you decide to try Medifast, let me know.  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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