Enjoy the Benefits of Green Tea!

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“If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you.”  ~Gladstone, 1865

While Gladstone pointed out some very true effects of drinking tea, what he neglected to mention is the health benefits associated with drinking tea–specifically green tea. Not only does it warm you, cool you, cheer you up and calm you, but it has monumental effects on your health!

1. Weight loss. Drinking tea helps you feel full, so it has the tendency to curb your appetite. It also helps you burn more calories during a workout. So workout hard after drinking green tea and get a massage. Not only will you enjoy getting more out of your workout, but you’ll also feel great after your sports massage!

2. Anti-aging. Green tea is rich in the antioxidants vitamin E and C. Your skin will begin to look refreshed, and your body will continually feel rejuvenated, resulting in a more youthful disposition.
3. Fights cancer. In a recent study, three out of four chronic leukemia patients who were given green tea extract seemed experienced regression of the disease. The fourth patient also showed some improvement. The doctors gave the extract a try after a 2004 test tube study of green tea revealed that leukemia cells were killed by the substance.

4. Regulates digestive system. Drinking warm tea aids in the digestion of food, preventing indigestion and a sluggish feeling after a large meal. After a large breakfast, lunch, or dinner, enjoy a small cup of hot tea and notice how quickly the “stuffed” feeling subsides.

5. Asthma relief. Green tea contains a substance called theophylline, which is a muscle relaxant, so it can cause the muscles supporting the bronchial tubes to relax — thus reducing asthma’s ability to restrict normal breathing.

Although 5 are listed here, there are countless benefits to drinking green tea. Pick up a pack, enjoy various flavors available, and get on the right track to better health!

Contact your weight loss specialist in Petersburg, VA or your primary care physician in Richmond, VA to find out other healthy ways to lose weight and/or regulate your digestive system!

 

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11 Tips for Exercising Regularly

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Our New You Weight Loss Program provides countless options to reach your weight loss goals. With helpful nurses and attentive staff that are committed to producing results, we make sure every patient is progressing towards the best version of themselves. Outside of your visits with us, we make sure you’re equipped with the tools and motivation to maintain your healthy goal weight, and one of those tools? You guessed it: exercise.

Check out 11 tips that’ll help make exercising a regular part of your weekly routine.

1. Always exercise on Monday. This sets the psychological pattern for the week. Along those lines…

2. If at all possible, exercise first thing in the morning. As the day wears on, you’ll find more excuses to skip exercising. Get it checked off your list, first thing.

3. Never skip exercising two days in a row. You can skip a day, but the next day, you must exercise, no matter how inconvenient.

4. Give yourself credit for the smallest effort. My father always said that all he had to do was put on his running shoes and close the door behind him. Many times, by promising myself I could quit ten minutes after I’d started, I got myself to start—and then found that I didn’t want to quit, after all.

5. Think about context. I thought I disliked weight training, but in fact, I dislike the guys who hang out in the weight-training area. Are you distressed about the grubby showers in your gym? Do you try to run in the mornings, but recoil from going out in the cold? Examine the factors that might be discouraging you from exercising.

6. Exercise several times a week. If your idea of exercise is to join games of pick-up basketball, you should be playing practically every day. Twice a month isn’t enough.

7. If you don’t have time to both exercise and take a shower, find a way to exercise that doesn’t require you to shower afterward. Twice a week, I have a very challenging weight-training session, but the format I follow doesn’t make me sweat. (Some of you are saying, “It can’t be challenging if you don’t sweat!” Oh yes, believe me, it is.)

8. Look for affordable ways to make exercising more pleasant or satisfying. Could you upgrade to a nicer or more convenient gym? Buy yourself a new iPod? Work with a trainer? Get a pedometer to keep track of your walking distances? Exercise is a high life priority, so this a worthwhile place to spend some money if that helps.

9. Think of exercise as part of your essential preparation for times you want to be in especially fine form—whether in performance (to be sharp for an important presentation) or appearance (to look good for a wedding) or mood (to deal with a stressful situation). Studies show that exercise does help.

10. Remember one of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood, courtesy of Voltaire: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t decide it’s only worth exercising if you can run five miles or if you can bike for an hour. I have a friend who scorns exercise unless she’s training for a marathon—so she never exercises. Even going for a ten-minute walk is worthwhile. Do what you can.

11. Don’t kid yourself. Belonging to a gym doesn’t mean you go to the gym. Having been in shape in high school or college doesn’t mean you’re in shape now. Saying that you don’t have time to exercise doesn’t make it true.

 

 

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Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Mash recipe from thefitfork.com

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The holidays are right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! Turkey, stuffing, dessert…what’s not to love? With Thanksgiving just one week away, it’s so easy to forget all weight loss goals and let old favorite recipes float around in our heads, but why not try something a little different this year? We found this incredible recipe from thefitfork.com for an interesting (and healthy!) spin on our traditional mashed potatoes, using sweet potato and cauliflower. Before you cringe, cauliflower has a texture that makes for a perfect rice AND mashed potato substitute. Give it a try, and put something a little heart and health friendly on the table this holiday season!

 Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Mash Recipe

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound cauliflower florets
  • 3 tablespoons milk of choice
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (or Instantly Fresh Parsley)
  1. Peel and cut sweet potato into 1 ½ -inch chunks.
  2. In large pot with steam basked, steam sweet potato and cauliflower with 1 inch of water in bottom of pot. Vegetables will be ready in about 10 – 12 minutes, or when fork tender.
  3. Place in large bowl and mash the potato and cauliflower with the milk. Stir in the Greek yogurt, garlic powder, salt and pepper. If too thick, add milk 1 tablespoons at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  4. Serves  4 – 6

 

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3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Burger

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Not kidding. And they taste phenomenaul at about 160kcal a patty.

  • Cut up 3 large sweet potatoes, then boil them until soft.
  • While that’s cooking, mash up 4 cans of white beans with a fork, potato masher, or food processor.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, add them together with 2Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes and mash it all together.
  • Form into patties, throw in the oven at 425* F until the edges start to crisp.
  • Thank me later.

Source: Marissa Loses It

 

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