Vietnamese Spring Roll with A Twist

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Vietnamese Spring Roll with A Twist

Now if you’ve ever wanted to have something really refreshing and wasn’t sure what, then I have something really yummo for you.

My picture of Vietnamese Spring Roll with A Twist is really for those nice Summer days on a picnic in the park or down near the beach with family or with that special someone, you know who you are MT 🙂

This is sooo easy to make and quick. The hardest part is battling with the rice paper. This isn’t an original recipe by far but my “twist” on it.

Ingredients:

Rice Paper Rolls

Mint

Coriander

Shallots

White Pepper

Vermicelli

Cherry Tomatoes

Shredded Chicken or most use Prawns

Soy Sauce and Fish mixed together, with Chlli Flakes

(Special Ingredient) Ginger Slices

pickled ginger slices

Method:

Simply chop all of what is needed up as suits in the quantities you desire, based on how many people.

I suggest using 2 Rice Paper Rolls as they are thicker for when you roll up the ingredients. I found that only using one that it was too thin and fell apart. The worst thing was that I had to make another one, damn, and try again 🙂

Once rolled you can use the Soy and Fish Sauces with Chilli as a dipping sauce or drizzle a bit over the ingredients before wrapping, all up to you.

Have fun and hope you enjoy baaabeeeee 🙂

Weight Loss and Carbohydrates – The Real Story!

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There can be a lot of confusion on how carbohydrates (carbs) work in the process of weight loss and what effect they have on your body. I thought I would do a little write up on just how they effect the body and what to watch out for when consuming them.

The bottom line is that carbs are needed and they play an essential function to fuel the brain and various important organs like the kidneys. Your digestive system breaks it down into glucose then the pancreas creates insulin to move the glucose from the blood to the cells in your body. Learn how they effect you and make them work for you not against you.

To find out everything there is a full explanation here

I really suggest you know what you’re consuming, it could be the difference between good health, proper weight loss and YES, frustration!!!

Weight Loss and Carbs – No More Confusion

 

How To Bring Up Great Kids

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If you have been wondering just how you are really going to bring up great kids, not just average or good but really great kids, then your prayers have been answered.

My personal friend Carolyn has over 20 years of practical experience helping countless parents with their child-rearing challenges with more than successful outcomes.

Now this is just one of the most amazing offers I have ever seen.

Carolyn is offering a FREE 20 minute phone call, yes that is correct, not a FREE book but a one on one personal phone call.

For all my visitors from other parts of the world, I’m sure Carolyn may be still able to help you though by using email so still get in touch with her.

You can’t get better than that.

Are you looking for answers to parenting challenges?

1.Are you starting your family and want to learn a solid approach to parenting?
2. Do you ever feel isolated or alone when making parenting decisions?
3. Do you feel challenged by your busy life and find it difficult to manage your routine?
4. Do you feel pressured to be the “perfect parent”?
5. Are your kids presenting daily problems such as eating and sleeping difficulties, talking back, fighting (sibling rivalry), etc.?
6. Is technology sucking the life out of your kids and your family time?

Carolyn can help you with all of this at  How To Bring Up Great Kids

Sign-up to schedule a private, free Parenting Success Strategy Session with me to see how I can provide support for you.

On this call with Carolyn, you’ll be able to:

1. Talk in confidence about concerns you’re having in your parenting
2. Learn about ways you can make changes that will help you become a more effective parent
3. Find out more about Carolyn’s coaching programs and their benefits
4. Discuss options for developing a strategy that will give you more parenting success

So now you have one of best offers that I have ever seen, where else are you going to get a FREE consultation with a extremely experienced professional like Carolyn.

Go for it everyone and get started bringing up great kids like Carolyn did.

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13 Beneficial Probiotic Foods

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Although further research is still needed to sort out specific outcomes, dosages and strains of probiotics, a lot of benefits have already been shown. These include support to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, prevent inflammation, boost immunity and alleviate conditions ranging from allergies to diarrhea.

When you hear the word probiotics, you may instantly relate it to yoghurt and supplements. However, there are many other kinds of food that are good sources of the healthy bacteria.

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13 Beneficial Probiotic Foods

 

 

25 Tips and Strategies for Men from Health Experts

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Do you find yourself reading about health tips for men online but can’t replicate their success in achieving ripped abs and a healthier lifestyle? Yes, you have tried intense workouts, gradual exercises and different diets but the results you want is still far from reality.

Fret not as this collection of strategies from health experts are collated to give you that ultimate secret in getting results. From nutritional basics, eating with purpose, planning ahead and many other effective guides, you will know that this list is worth applying.

See the big difference with these:

 

25 Tips and Strategies for Health and Fitness

 

 

Top 10 Teas

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One of the comfort drinks we prepare whenever we get sick is a cup of tea. That’s why it is important to stock our herbal medicine cabinet with all kinds of teas and herbs. Besides its health benefits, drinking tea also give us a way to relax and rejuvenate from the stress of the daily grind.

There are plenty of herbs around the world with great medicinal properties but these top 10 teas are chosen based on their popularity in that they can easily be acquired.

Did your favorite tea made it to the list? Check it out today:

Top 10 Teas for Your Herbal Cabinet

 

 

Is Alternate Day Fasting Diet Ideal For You?

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The idea is simple: eat normally on day one and then fast on the next day. This cycle is repeated over and over when you are on this intermittent fasting method made popular by James Johnson.

Aside from curbing away those bulges, it is believed that lowering our intake of calories throughout our lifetime will also result to longevity. But with all things that are too good to be true, there are also downsides to the alternate day fasting diet. Some critics believe that it’s not healthy to subject our body with fluctuating caloric intakes while there are studies that prove it is actually beneficial.

So if you’re curious if this diet may work out for you, check out:

Alternate Day Fasting

 

 

Oven-Baked Salmon for Healthy Weeknight Dinners

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Salmon is not just rich in Omega-3 which is good for the heart, it’s also a great option when you want a delicious meal on the table. Weeknight dinners can be tricky as you may be tired from a whole day’s work and get tempted to eat the easy route. But with this oven baked salmon recipe from the Food Network, it only takes 5 minutes for the preparation time and another 15 for the cooking time.

You can simply watch TV or surf online while waiting for the oven to do its magic and then you get to eat a hearty, delicious meal afterwards.

Find out how to make weeknight dinners more convenient with this:

Oven-Baked Salmon Recipe

 

 

Top 5 Tricky Fruits: How to Eat Them

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Are you following the daily recommended 2 cups of fruits a day in your diet? If so, then congratulations! You are reaping great benefits such as improved weight control and a reduced risk of getting diabetes. For those who don’t, chances are you may be missing on many significant health perks from these nutritious fruits.

So in addition to the usual apples, bananas, and oranges, it is also ideal to eat a wide range of fruits from day to day.

Check out these fruits and learn the easy ways on how to prepare them:

Top 5 Tricky Fruits

 

 

What You Need to Know About Food Poisoning

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Due to the availability of all kinds of foods, a lot of people can easily take it for granted. But for Barbara Kowalcyk whose young son Kevin, died of E.Coli 0157:H7 poisoning, everyone should endeavor to ensure that what they eat is safe (and healthy).

Since the health department was not proactive in helping Barbara and her family understand the cause of her son’s food poisoning, they took up to themselves the task of making more people aware of its risks. In 2006, she and her family founded The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI) which aims to educate people on how food should be kept safe and to prevent other families from suffering the same fate as their beloved Kevin.

Barbara encourages people to become their own advocates for safe food and clean sources of water. So know where your food comes from and how it is produced. To ensure that, follow:

The Six Safe Food Practices

 

 

Full-Body Workouts Under 15 Minutes

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Who says working out have to be time-consuming? With today’s fast-paced lifestyle we all lead, it certainly helps to have exercise routines that can be easy to pull off but with maximum impact. We understand how hard it is to balance a successful career, family life and healthy living so we’ve rounded 15 workouts to suit your busy schedule. Set aside 15 minutes every day for any of these:

15 Full-Body Workouts

 

 

 

Lose Weight with the Six Healthy Carbs

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When trying to lose weight, it is important to understand how choosing the right kinds of foods can help in achieving success with your diet. For a healthy and safe weight loss regimen, opting for carbohydrates with low (GI) glycemic index is highly recommended because it will not spike sugar levels. Examples of food with high GI include white rice, cakes, white breads, doughnuts and other sugar laden foods.

Of course, food that does not increase sugar levels rapidly will be digested more easily compared to sugar laden carbs. This might seem a moot point, but when your metabolism is fast, you can lose weight quickly too. It pays therefore to pick food choices wisely including:

Six Healthy Carbs

 

 

 

 

Avoid Acne Triggers

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Isn’t it just annoying to wake up and see a lot of pimples breaking out in your face? That’s not a good sign to start your day especially if you have plans to attend a party at night.

Although acne breakouts happen to anybody (yes, even to those seemingly flawless celebrities), there are steps you can take to avoid these triggers. So if you are going to attend a special event, be sure to avoid the following:

Five Acne Triggers

 

 

Thai Beetroot Soup for a Low Carb Diet

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A lot of nutritionists attest how beneficial beet roots are due to its antioxidant properties thus, making it a must-have food for those who want to lose weight. But athletes and physically active individuals will be glad to know that it also has the ability to increase levels of nitric oxide that improves endurance and reduces blood pressure.

From the attractive color and wonderful taste, many are sure to get hooked on this:

Thai Beetroot Soup Recipe

 

How Successful Dieters Hit Their Target Weight

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Successful dieters understand why there are no quick fixes when dieting. It is because maintaining your ideal weight needs gradual changes to your eating habits. Once you lose a few pounds, you have to learn how to maintain it until you hit your target weight. And to ensure the weight stays that way, your daily habits (both eating and exercise) should remain the same.

Reading how others were able to pull it is a great way to stay motivated so we feature wonderful stories not only of people successfully reaching their ideal weight but also of their courage and dedication in doing so.

For that amazing motivation read:

Diet Success Stories

 

Cilantro-Mango Detox Green Smoothie

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What’s great about green smoothies aside from being nutritious, is that they are also very easy to prepare. Ingredients can be easily found in the local grocery store or even right at your backyard if you happen to have a vegetable garden.

Besides the healthy benefits, green smoothies are also delicious so it’s no wonder a lot of people are getting into the smoothie movement. To help out those who want to detoxify with a green smoothie, here is a simple recipe:

Cilantro-Mango Detox Green Smoothie

Six Ways to Beat Exercise Excuses

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Many people think that they simply don’t have time to exercise. But have you thought about how many hours you stay glued to your favorite TV show? If you add that up in a week, you will be surprised at the length of time you spend on television. If you cut back even half of your TV viewing time for exercise and keep going at it on a regular basis, you will surely lose more calories in a month.

Indeed, there are so many excuses why we put off doing physical activities. However, as long as we are committed to beat them, there’s a bigger chance that we will get rid of them for good. Below are six ways to:

Beat Exercise Excuses – Start Today!

 

Heal Yourself with Yoga Exercises

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When modern medicine do not give results as expected, it is time to try alternatives which are not only effective in healing but does not come with side effects too. One great example is yoga which have been known to lessen depression and anxiety as well as reduce stress levels.

In addition to that, there have been many cases where individuals suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) have been healed by practicing yoga exercise regularly.

Doctor prescribed medicine did not seem to have any effects but when they started doing yoga, they felt better as their digestive system seemed to reach a balance. If you are suffering from the conditions above and would want to try yoga as an alternative medicine, read this great resource:

Yoga as an Effective Cure to Heal Yourself

How to Make Healthy Tortilla Chips

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Who says going on a diet means sacrificing all your favorite foods? If you love tortilla chips in Mexican restaurants but are afraid of the calories, you can actually make a diet-friendly tortilla by using organic ingredients at home.

Fried tortilla chips do not have to be unhealthy as long as you choose diet friendly ingredients such as coconut oil. Aside from being a potent antioxidant, it also boosts metabolism and increases body temperature.

How to cook healthy tortilla chips? Check out the recipe at:

Healthy Tortilla Chips Recipe

 

The Effect of Vitamin E in Preventing Heart Disease

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Although some people still believe that Vitamin E is effective in preventing coronary heart disease due to previous studies, the results from the GISSI Prevention Trial were actually mixed. In fact, after more than three years of taking vitamin E, 11,000 heart attack survivors who were taking the treatment experienced no preventive effects.

Many other studies showed similar results. One of them is from Harvard which mostly uses layman’s terms to easily understand the subject:

For more information just visit

Vitamin E and Health

On Fitness: Crossfit Nutrition

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The crossfit dietary prescription can be confusing but to put it plainly, all you need to follow is a predominant green diet with little starch and no sugar. Stay within the perimeter of the grocery store so that you will pick food ingredients that are natural. Avoid getting into the aisles because food with long shelf life means they are processed.

Learn more about recommended diets to make cross fit training highly effective.

If you want more info on Cross fit just go to…

CrossFit Forging Elite Fitness

 

 

 

Extra Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

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The averge person has about 110 grams of sugar per day in Australia.The average diet for people contains way to much sugar but most people don’t know that the foods they have contain so much sugar.

In Australia a standard can of  Sprite or Coke contains about 40grams of sugar per can. There are so many people walking around not knowing that they could be suffering from the early stages of heart disease as they are overdosing on sugar. If you have 3 cans of Coke per day, you are already overdosing.

The worst thing is that they don’t know that they are causing problems for themselves and the disease to gets more and more worse by the day.

With all the knowledge bases online these days so many of us still  don’t know what is happening. We should all have a read and learn more as to the dangers as it’s in the press all the time. This is a good study Healthy Eating Index

Extra Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Have a look at these fantastic resources. Having Too Much Added Sugar  Healthy Eating Index

10 Possibly Dangerous Issues You Don’t Know About Eating Sugar!

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dangers of sugarHave a very close look at this list of things that can do you harm if you take too much sugar.

So many people are really starting to learn that we need to stop our intake of sugar as much as possible to make sure we do as much as we can to avoid the diseases that can cause.

I am very happy to help pass on this information as I personally know that it is very important.

I have done my personal research and know that we will benefit dramatically if we don’t have more sugar than we need and that we all just need to find out what a safe level is for all of us.

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Anti-Ageing

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The human body has a cycle which runs from being kid all the way to old age and then death. From the moment we are born all the way until we die, a person has to pass through different stages like a child, a young, a man and then an old man. During this period, a person has to face many challenges to his life which affects his ageing factor. While getting older or entering into the 40’s every person develops some ageing factor that reflects through his skin. There are many anti aging medicines available that provides a younger looking skin to the people and they can enjoy their younger age easily through them.

There are many anti ageing factors available that are ready to provide focus on mind, body and soul. There are many aspects of a healthy life that rely on each other. You need to follow certain steps. Crush the spirit and the body will follow, stimulate the mind that will lighten your mood. Body will get a proper shape through exercising daily.

There are many medicines available which proves to be effective in providing anti ageing factors to the people. However, they contains chemicals which are harmful for skin and might create a big side effect to the skin of a person. Take a look at some great ideas below…

Anti-Aging For You

The Real Truth About Toning Fitness Shoes

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The Truth About Toning Fitness Shoes
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Nutrition for Mom & Baby

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Does When You Eat Matter?

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Get Your Kids Cooking!

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How To Increase Your Speed, Strength, & Agility- Easily

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Are You Neglecting the Most Important Element of Your Workout?

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Steamed Salmon Salad with Grapefruit-Ginger Dressing

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Intermittent Fasting Does It Really Work?

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How Exercise Impacts Your Heart Health

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The Impact Exercise Has on Your Heart Health

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Quick and Easy Vietnamese Pork Noodle Bowl

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If you are looking for a quick and easy dish that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, then look no further!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 12 ounces rice noodles *
  • 4 cups coleslaw mix prepared* (make your own using shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth reduced-sodium
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce *
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce reduced-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or other neutral-flavored oil
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves fresh, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime cut into 6 wedges

PREPARATION

Prepare the noodles according to package directions. Arrange the noodles in 6 serving bowls. Top with the slaw mix and onion and set aside.
While the noodles are cooking, in a medium saucepan, combine the chicken broth, fish sauce, and soy sauce and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to very low, to keep the broth just below a simmer.
In a very large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the pork and cook until browned and pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F., 1 to 2 minutes per side (you may have to do this in batches). Let stand at room temperature for three minutes. Arrange the pork on top of the noodle bowls.
Ladle in the piping-hot broth, garnish with the basil and lime wedges, and serve.

Serves 6

* You can find rice noodles and fish sauce in the ethnic or Asian section of most major supermarkets. You can find prepared slaw mix, typically a combination of green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrot, in the produce section of most major supermarkets.

 

Recipe adapted from the Kansas Pork Association

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Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa, is an eating disorder which involves bingeing on food then vomiting, also know as purging, this cycle can lead to many different health issues, among them kidney disease, heart disease, osteoporosis and even death. As the most common of all eating disorders Bulimia typically affects women and teens. However, the last decade has seen and alarming number of young men also suffering with this deadly disease.

Warning signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Most people have been through it: using food to deal with feelings of boredom, stress, anxiety and even loneliness However with bulimia, overindulging is definitely more like a compulsion and therefore very difficult to actually counter on your own. And rather than eating properly in order to make up for it, you punish yourself by making yourself sick, going on a fast, or even working out to eliminate the excess calories. This vicious circle of binging and purging will take a devastating toll on your body and also your emotional well-being. Nevertheless the cycle can be broken. Therapy may help you establish a much healthier relationship with food as well as rise above feelings of anxiety, guilt, and shame.

Symptoms

Some individuals with bulimia will experience:

  • Bingeing on a regular basis. They eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, often over a couple of hours or less. During a binge, they feel out of control and feel unable to stop eating.
  • Frequent purging to get rid of the food and avoid weight gain. They may make themselves vomit, exercise very hard or for a long time, or misuse laxatives, enemas, water pills (diuretics), or other medicines.
  • Base how they feel about themselves on how much they weigh and how they look.

Any one of these can be a sign of an eating disorder that needs immediate treatment by an experienced professional.

Bulimia is different from anorexia nervosa, another eating disorder. People who have anorexia eat so little that they become extremely thin. People who have bulimia may not be thin. They may be a normal size. They may binge in secret and deny that they are purging. This makes it hard for others to know that a person with bulimia has a serious problem.

If you are concerned about someone, look for the following signs. A person may have bulimia if they:

  • Goes to the bathroom right after meals.
  • Is secretive about eating, hides food, or will not eat around other people.
  • Exercises a lot, even when she does not feel well.
  • Often talks about dieting, weight, and body shape.
  • Uses laxatives or diuretics often.
  • Has teeth marks or calluses on the back of her hands or swollen cheeks or jaws. These are caused by making herself vomit.

Treatment

Bulimia can be treated with psychological counseling and sometimes medicines, such as antidepressants. The sooner treatment is started, the better. Getting treatment early can make recovery easier and prevent serious health problems.

By working with a counselor, a person with bulimia can learn to feel better about herself. She can learn to eat normally again and stop purging.

Other mental health problems such as depression often happen with bulimia. If a person has another condition along with bulimia, more treatment may be needed, and it may take longer to get better.

Eating disorders can take a long time to overcome. And it is common to fall back into unhealthy ways of eating. If you are having problems, don’t try to handle them on your own. Get help, you aren’t alone.

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Oven Roasted Garlic and Asparagus

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This recipe was actually an accident that happened about 5 years ago, but was such a hit, I make it every year now. I had found a wonderful recipe for roasted asparagus, and after I put it in the over, I forgot to set the timer for the over.

The result, was amazing. The kids even loved it, they called it green french fries. So here is the recipe.

Ingredients

Olive oil

1-2 pounds of Fresh asparagus

2 tablespoons of minced garlic (or more if you like)

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

wash asparagus and trim the woody ends off. Place the asparagus and garlic on a baking sheet that is at least 1 inch deep. Coat with olive oil, add salt and pepper, mix well with your hands. Put in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them. Stir once while it is cooking.

Serves about 6 people

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

64 Calories

5 grams total Fat

0 chol.

99 mg sodium (approx)

5 gram carbs

2 grams of dietary fiber

3 grams protein.

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Blast Fat in 20 Minutes- No Equipment Needed

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The holidays are fast approaching, but with all the hustle & bustle of getting ready, you can’t neglect your workout.

Here is a 20 minute Circuit-style exercise Video by the Beachbody Guru himself Brett Hoebel guaranteed to blast fat in 20 minutes flat- with no equipment necessary.

Here is the link….

Go with the Flow: Brett Hoebel’s 20-Minute Workout

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Revive Your Libido By Tonight

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If you have lost that ‘lovin’ feeling or maybe just misplaced it,

it is time for you get get back in the groove- so to speak.

There are tons of reasons why you should have sex! Besides that- it is actually very good for you, so instead of going through all of the reasons why it is healthy and great for your overall wellness, we’ll just get to the point.

Here are a few tips to get you back in the mood!

Here is the link….

Revive Your Libido By Tonight

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Is Sugar Toxic, Do You Really Know What It Does To You?

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There is mounting evidence showing the effects on you body from sugar is very detrimental and that it can cause heart disease and cancer. Considering that sugar is in just about all the food we eat it,  is almost a bit too not coincidental that just about someone or some one we know has had cancer or had cancer.

We are what we eat and if we have to much of one thing it can be dangerous to our health like anything but sugar is in just about all foods so how do we stop all that.

The one thing that we really need to be careful of is high fructose corn syrup. It is basically the same as normal sugar. There has been some new evidence come to light that shows that sugar blocks our arteries and that cancer cells can grow from sugars impact. To get the full story from the PHD’s, MD’s and Neuroscience doctors have a look at the evidence and make up your mind.

There is definitely one thing that I will be doing and that is limiting as much sugar into my diet as humanly possible.

Is Sugar Toxic 

 

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Yoga Poses That Relieve Back Pain

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Sweet Potato & Kale Pizza

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Authentic Thai Green Curry Recipe
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30 Lesser Known facts About Sleep
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Low Fat Diet Vs. Low Carb Diet
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The Complete Guide to Workout Nutrition
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Nutrition: Minerals Cheat Sheet & Food Sources
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How to Build a Cancer-Fighting Salad
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