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Clams with Butter Garlic Wine - Amazing Flavors with Minimal Calories!

Posted by Phil Raby on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

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Take a stay-cation to the Mediterranean sea with a simple yet delicious dish. Clams pack lots of flavor in a small shell and can be easily highlighted with just a few ingredients. This dish is easy to prepare and perfect to share with friends! 

Ingredients:

4-5 lb. Clams (washed and scrubbed)

1 cup White Wine

1 tbsp. Olive Oil

7 Garlic Cloves (minced)

1/4 cup Sweet Onion (diced)

4 tbsp. Butter

1/2 cup Tarragon (chopped)

  1. Sauté garlic and onions until they are a rich brown in color.
  2. Add in white wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  3. Add butter and tarragon. 
  4. Stir, and add clams. 
  5. Cover and steam until most clams have opened (Toss clams that did not open)
  6. Serve with zucchini pasta and/or crusty bread. Enjoy!

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Hydration and Summer Fun

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

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Summertime is a great time to pick up healthy habits that will improve your life. One factor that makes a noticeable difference during hot weather months is to develop the habit of staying well hydrated. Sweating is how our bodies cool down in hot weather or during strenuous exercise, and we can help our bodies sweat effectively. Water is the gold standard for hydration. It fuels cellular function. It not only builds healthy skin cells so we have softer, smoother skin, but it keeps cardiovascular cells functioning at their best. It affects every organ in the body (including your brain), and every organ system you can think of.

The best kept secret about water is how well it helps you lose weight for the beach days ahead. Drink a glass of water about a half hour before every meal, and you will simply eat less. It works like this: many times if we don’t drink enough water, our bodies will trigger hunger and other cravings just to get us to ingest something- anything!- that has fluids in it. The result? We eat a heavy meal, or drink more alcohol than we planned. By drinking a glass of water before meals, we hydrate our organs. The body doesn’t send out such pressing demands for food. We feel a decent amount of satiation before we even begin to eat. Our body is functioning well, our digestion is better, and our eating choices improve. This really supports other weight loss methods like using Healthe Trim drinks. Remember that weight loss is possible. It takes a balance of healthy habits that meet your needs as an individual. This summer is a great time to start.

Everyone knows drinking plain water can be difficult. Whether you like your water room temperature or ice cold here are a few ideas on how to naturally enhance your water drinking experience.

Adding Fruit

Cut up your favorite fresh fruits and add to a pitcher of water. Leave in the fridge and as the day goes on the natural flavors will really start to come through. My favorite is lemon and strawberries.

Natural Sweeteners

Try to avoid using artificial sweeteners artificial flavor packets or syrups. These trigger cravings and negate the appetite suppressant in Healthe Trim. Great alternatives are agave nectar or raw sugar.

Minimize caffeinated beverages

Avoiding caffeinated beverages will help eliminate the possibility of dehydration. Healthe Trim has natural green tea leaf extract to give you an extra energy boost that lasts throughout the day.

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Try this Healthy and Low Calorie Recipe for Beet Gazpacho!

Posted by Phil Raby on Thu, Jun 08, 2017 @ 17:06 PM

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It’s hard not to love a great soup, but it can be difficult to want to enjoy in the summer heat! Gazpacho is the perfect solution. This Spanish dish is a blend of vegetables and herbs, without heating! As a result, you get to enjoy a flavor-packed meal to cool you down. Test it out and let us know what you think!

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. Beets

1/4 cup Sweet Onion

2 Garlic Cloves

1 large English Cucumber

2 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar

1/4 cup Dill

1 tbsp. Oregano

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper

Green Onion (garnish)

  1. Boil beets until tender - approximately 50 minutes.
  2. Cool beets and cooking liquid and remove skin from beets.
  3. Chop beets and blend with 2 cups of cooking liquid.
  4. When smooth, add in onion, garlic, cucumber and the remaining spices until combined.
  5. Optional: Straining the pulp based on your preference of a smooth & silky broth or a thicker soup. You may garnish with cucumber, dill, and/or green onion for added crunch and flavor.

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Five Best Snacks for Weight Loss

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

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A difficult part of trying to eat better and lose weight is attempting to cut out snacking. No matter what type of food and diet plan you are on, there are some great snack options that can help boost your weight loss instead of holding you back. In fact, eating smaller portions throughout the day is a great strategy for weight loss. The next time you want to reach for an unhealthy snack option, consider one of these foods instead:

  • Almonds – While many people would tell you to choose peanuts, peanuts are actually high in fat. Almonds can make you feel fuller than peanuts can and you only need to eat a hand full of them!
  • Eggs – A hardboiled egg is low in calories and low in fat. Additionally, it provides a lot of protein so even though it is small, it can make you feel full. If you want to spice it up some, consider adding some sriracha on top. Sriracha contains capsaicin which can help burn more calories and fat.
  • Edamame – This snack is full of fiber that can slow down your digestion and make you feel fuller. You can even add a sprinkle of sea salt on top for added flavor, just do not go overboard!
  • Greek Yogurt with Fresh Fruit – Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, amino acids, and calcium. The combination of these three, results in increased fat burn and it helps retain lean muscle mass. By adding in some fresh fruit, you gain a better flavor and even more nutrition.
  • Turkey and Avocado Roll Up – This snack contains no carbs and can even help prevent future cravings. If you happen to like mustard, include a little in your wrap so you can boost your metabolism.

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What to Consider When Setting Weight Loss Goals

Posted by Phil Raby on Mon, Jun 05, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

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It is time to shed a few pounds.  But do you know how to do it?  Start by setting some realistic weight loss goals; they will help you get started — and stay on track.

When it comes to losing weight we all want it to be quick and painless. Unfortunately those extra pounds didn’t show up overnight and they aren’t going to disappear that fast either. Losing weight takes time.  Most doctors advocate setting an initial goal of five to 10 percent of your start weight.  Once you get started you can build on that momentum to drop more.

What to Consider When Setting Weight Loss Goals

We all have our own unique reasons for wanting to lose weight. You want to look better … you want to have more energy … you want to fit in that little black dress … you want your ex to drool… it doesn’t matter why you want to lose those pounds, the important thing is to understand how the process works and don’t beat yourself up for every little slip.

When setting your weight loss goals, remember these important tips:

Understand that losing weight takes time.  It may have seemed like those extra pounds just appeared, but they didn’t show up overnight. Most doctors recommend losing no more than 1-2 pounds per week.

  • Set short term goals. Don’t focus on losing all 50 pounds at once.  Shoot for five pounds at first, and then keep going!
  • Track your progress. Whether you’re gauging your weight loss success on how many pounds you’ve dropped, or by how loose your pants are getting, track your success in any way that motivates you.
  • Set “process goals” such as cutting back on sweets or walking every morning, instead of outcome goals such as “losing 30 pounds.”

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Studies show that goals are easier to reach if they are specific.  The more specific you can make your weight loss goals, the easier they will be to follow.  Goals give you a roadmap to follow. Know where you are headed and you will have a better chance of actually getting there.

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Is Seaweed the New Kale?

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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With bikini season looming, it’s time to chisel that thin layer of fat and expose the abs that have laid dormant through the winter time.  Any trainer or nutritionist will tell you that diet is 80% of the key to losing weight, but the question is what should you be eating?  For the past few years, kale has been deemed the super food of choice; packed with fiber, nutrients, vitamins, magnesium and folate. However, lately there have been some questions about its ties to hypothyroidism.  Hypothyroidism is a condition which slows your metabolism and thus makes losing weight more difficult.

The New Super Food King: Kelp

Kelp, a type of seaweed, has launched itself to the top of the super food chain and is beginning to surpass kale as the healthy food of choice.  Not only is kelp packed with 46 minerals, 16 amino acids and 11 micro-nutrients, but it is very rich in iodine and calcium.  Growing naturally in the ocean, kelp naturally absorbs iodine from the salt water that serves a vital role in the normal function of the thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism.

Is Kale or Kelp better for weight loss?

While both kale and kelp are low in calories and high in nutrients, those vegetables alone are not enough for a proper diet and weight-loss.  In addition to them, a high dose of protein combined with proper supplements will aid in getting your beach body back intact.  There are excellent supplements which can aid in energy levels and metabolism such as Healthe Trim.  In addition to kale and kelp, a supplement like Healthe Trim is vital in regulating your metabolism and the energy which comes from its natural caffeine will give you the energy level you need to exercise.

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Not Just Seaweed

While kelp is proving to be a great source of vitamins, minerals and an excellent aid in metabolic regulation, it can work well in conjunction with kale, proteins and the proper supplements.  Always opt for the natural supplements like Healthe Trim.  Whether you are a few pounds or a few dozen pounds from your ideal weight, this along with proper exercise is the key to shedding that layer of fat hiding those abs and will have you beach ready in no time!

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Avoid These Exercise Machines At Your Gym

Posted by Phil Raby on Mon, May 29, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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It’s easy to understand the appeal of exercise machines: minimal impact on your body, minimal thinking required. The engineers who designed the machine did most of the work. All you have to do is follow the picture. Regrettably, the end result may cause you more pain than gain. That’s because most machines don’t replicate your body’s natural rhythms. They adhere to a fixed motion without any accommodations for different bodies, thereby destabilizing joints and adding extra stress on certain muscles and joints. Unless you’re seeking isolated hypertrophy or just want to become used to how strength training feels, it’s important to avoid these three machines.

Seated leg extension

Whenever you’re considering hopping on this machine, just consider: Where in nature do you normally use this motion? The answer is nowhere. That’s because it adds far too much force and stress on the joint, which winds up pulling on your knee cap. While the point is to target your quadriceps, the result is disastrous when those muscles become short and tight.

Do this instead: Squats, trap bar deadlifts

Seated oblique twist

Your lumbar spine should only twist 13 degrees. Put another way, it shouldn’t move beyond the 1:00 position on a clock. Turn beyond that and you’re putting way too much pressure on your vertebrae. In combination with the resistance the machine provides can be a double whammy on your lower back.

Do this instead: Side plank, unilateral plank variations

Seated 45-degree leg press

This dangerous machine places your back in a position completely unnatural while your legs push weight upward. It won’t bring on the functional strength you desire– that kind where you appear strong or are strong in places that matter– it also is apt to result in a bulging of your lower lumbar discs. Ouch!

Do this instead: Squats. Yes, again.

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In today’s world, when time is short and motivation often shorter, it’s important to find exercises and nutritional options that maximize our efforts. For your best summer body, consider enjoying Healthe Trim and choosing exercises that are suitable for your body type.

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Maintain a Healthy Vacation Weight this Summer

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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Summer is almost here but this is no time to let your guard down, because summertime may involve some serious challenges to healthy eating and weight loss. These challenges fall into three categories: travel foods, lazy summer grazing, and family gatherings.

Travel Foods

Vacation time means planning great destinations and fun activities.  Be honest in planning your meals, as well. Don’t settle for eating out for an entire week on vacation, because this will probably pack on unwanted pounds. Plan and pack your snacks, control as many meals as you can, and measure portions to keep your calorie intake under control. When dining out, look for those menu items that can be separated from their rich dressings, and ask for smaller portions. More restaurants are offering weight control items as well, so read the menu carefully.

Lazy Summer Grazing

It’s hot, and you just want to kick back and do that TV marathon! Watch out for alcohol, open bags of potato chips, and sweet treats! Cut up fresh fruit and veggies and use a yogurt based dip for fresh, vitamin rich snacking.

Family Gatherings

How many kinds of potato salad can you see at the picnic table? Is there any safe way to avoid sampling all of them without offending the sensitive family politics of matronly aunts? Try this: “Auntie, I know you love me and you also love your potato salad. It just happens that the potato salad doesn’t have to worry about making healthy choices. Please help me to make mine”.

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Healthe Trim products can make a difference in losing weight during those fun summertime activities. We pride ourselves on great customer service and offer personal coaching to back you up. You can be healthier, starting today.

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A Healthier You Equals A Better Life

Posted by Phil Raby on Mon, May 22, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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Most of the benefits outside of the big two, weight loss and improved physique, go without much fanfare, which is rather odd.  Considering the priceless residual benefits of maintaining a fitness regimen, how little attention or focus these other benefits draw seems curious.  This in no way is to suggest the benefits of weight loss or improved physique (such as adding muscle, leaning out or gaining definition for example) are well worth the hype and the attention they get though.

Getting healthy has lasting impacts on the physical, cognitive and personal well being of those who have learned and utilize a good diet, supplement plan, workout routine and everything that constitutes a complete fitness regimen.  Increased energy levels, mental focus, endurance, self confidence and many other impacts of a good fitness and dietary plan can be received in addition to the man versus scale and aesthetic benefits.


 

There is something about the attention and focus demanded of that forty-five pound weight above your head, that could cause some damage if you aren’t paying attention.  Training the brain to focus during those five or six days a week in the gym has amazing benefits for mental focus outside the gym – and this is one of many examples of the cognitive benefits of getting healthy.

On a personal level, isn’t there something that just “feels” good about going to the gym, something that makes you feel good about what you are doing, who you are?   And when the mirror starts to reflect the results, well there is no replacement for the instant boost in self perception, confidence.

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Getting onto the road to getting healthy will do so much more than improve your figure or your physical health.  It will improve your life.

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Simple Heart Healthy Meals For Two

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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Perhaps you’re empty-nesters and looking for ways to re-energize meal time. Or you’re a duo who wants to get fit, remain fit or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whatever your motivation, it is not impossible to have simple heart healthy meals that are satisfying and good for you.

Mayo Clinic staff members stress that the easiest way to create a heart healthy plan is simply eliminate nigh fat and high sodium foods and replace them with veggies, fruits, and whole grains. Sounds easy, right? Don’t over think it. Eating healthy is just as simple as non- healthy eating. The myths surrounding healthy eating focus on calorie counting, charts, graphs, and unnecessary calculations. You don’t have to do all of that!

 

You like burgers? There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a burger and still be healthy. Simply substitute the ground beef for ground turkey. Place two 4-ounce patties on the grill, toast whole wheat buns, and add your favorite condiments. Go easy on the mayo and cheese. Add flavor to your burgers with seasonings or fresh green or red peppers, a slice of avocado and tons of fresh lettuce and tomatoes. Add a fresh mixed green salad and low-fat salad dressing. Voila! You just created a heart healthy dinner for you and your honey.

Does your lunch include a boring old sandwich? Jazz up your significant other’s lunch sack with pita sandwiches instead of bread. Stuff a whole wheat pita with shredded Romaine, cucumber, tomato, Feta cheese, and reduced fat ranch dressing. Add thin slices of turkey or chicken. For dinner, have a glass of wine as you enjoy chicken stir-fry with eggplant, broccoli, and basil. Serve over brown rice.

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These are just a few simple meals. There’s no need to count or calculate. It’s just simple food without all the bad stuff. Just remember if you take out something that’s bad for you, simply replace it with a healthy alternative.

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