Eat More Artichokes!

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Artichokes are a beneficial vegetable that belong to the sunflower family, artichokes contain many medicinal and health benefiting qualities. Fresh artichokes are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin and folic acid. They are also a low calorie vegetable that makes them attractive to those trying to slim down. Artichokes are a popular winter vegetable, although in some countries they may be available all year long. They are a tasty vegetable that can be used in a variety of different ways, however, if your aim is to lose weight stay away from fattening dressings, and artichoke dips as they contain loads fat and calories.

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By Dania Shoukry

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POMEGRANATES

Pomegranate is a nutritional fruit that is thought to have originally originated from Persia. It is one of the most known fruits and has been around for thousands of years. The fruit has been a historical symbol of fertility and eternal life.

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Pomegranate contains a good source of healthy nutrients for the body. They contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols. The antioxidants in pomegranates are higher than those in green tea, cranberries and blueberries.

Pomegranates not only lower cholesterol, but also lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages go away.

Moreover, it is believed that pomegranates have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, and prostate cancer. The outstanding fruit contains an excellent source of vitamin C and, has potent anti cancer and immune supporting effects.

By Dania Shoukry

Detoxes have become very popular, but do they really work?

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Detoxes are usually done to remove toxins from the body and to lose weight. Detoxes usually consist of a strict diet that may consist of a good amount of herbal juices, fruits, fruit/vegetable juices, raw vegetables, and tons of water.

Some people are usually impressed with their bodies after completion of the detox period; some even report that they feel healthier and more energetic. However detoxes have not been scientifically proven yet.

If you are considering to start a detox, you should consult your doctor first, as some detoxes have some side effects to them such as loss of energy, paleness, loss of vitamins, and loss of concentration just to name a few.

If you are going considering doing a detox to remove toxins from the body I wouldn’t be too concerned. However, if you are considering doing a detox with the motive to lose weight, keep in mind that these fad diets aren’t a good term solution and will most likely end up affecting you negatively. The best solution to keep up with the results of a detox is to adapt a healthy diet by making it a lifestyle change to maintain for long term results instead of short term results.

By Dania Shoukry

WHY DRINK GREEN TEA?

Green tea has been used as a herbal medicine since many years ago.. Green tea originated in China and quickly gained popularity due to its miraculous health benefits. A couple of reasons why  green tea is beneficial for you:

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  • Aids in weight loss as it increases the metabolism.
  • Reduces the risk of esophageal cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Helps with wrinkles and signs of aging.
  • Helps regulate glucose levels by slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating.
  • Helps you relax.

By Dania Shoukry

NatureBox

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List three of your most craving snacks right now. And count how many of them are made out of “good stuff’.

I’m craving 1) Reduced Fat Oreos (because I feel less guilty) 2) Doritos (Ranch Flavor is a must) 3) Chocolate covered almonds. Should I be ashamed of my choices? Chocolate covered almonds seem to be the healthiest option but even that needed to be “chocolate covered”. So… you see I’ve got sweet tooth and I like snacks that excite my taste buds.Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 9.42.08 PM

About a year ago, I was watching videos on YouTube, and this beauty girl, juicystar07, was talking about how she keeps up with healthy snacks that win out all the bad snacks that she used to like and how much she feels better eating them. The snacks were from a subscription company called “NatureBox”. The name itself was very appealing so I went ahead and googled the company.

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NatureBox has a subscription program where customers can choose three snacks per month at different prices according to different plans (3 month: $17.95/month, 6-month: 16.95/month, 12-month: 15.95/month). Snacks are made by NatureBox and all of them are health promoting with natural, hearty ingredients. There are 127 snacks to choose from and I assume even the most meticulous person can find good snacks here.

I ordered my first sampler for trial this month. I will update on the snacks as soon as it arrives.Until then, I will try to cutback on my guilty snacks.