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12 Foods To Help Boost Your Metabolsim: Including Delicious Dark Chocolate!

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12 Foods To Help Boost Your Metabolism

Yay! Dark Chocolate Made The List!

 It’s Tasty Tuesday and two of our favorite moms, Tia Mowry-Hardict and Tamera Mowry-Housley share great food choices to help build your metabolism on their lifestyle site (tiaandtameraofficial.com)

 Ok so we’ve all been working hard to eat healthier and tone our bodies for the swimsuit season. What you might not know is there are foods that take care of some of some extra calories for you! Whether it’s foods that make your body work harder to digest, or that contain a particular compound that help lower your insulin or increase fat-burning, there are a handful of ingredients that can give your metabolism a jump start and make it easier for you to have a healthy weight and a healthy heart. Here are a list of 12 and how they help:

Green Tea
Switch up your morning coffee (or afternoon latte) for some delicious green tea to bring on some great health benefits. The caffeine combined with antioxidants called catechins are said to stimulate your nervous system and increase fat-burning.

Grapefruit
This low-sugar ball of deliciousness can help reduce insulin levels after eating a meal. That means your body processes food more quickly and you burn more calories and store less fat.

Broccoli
Broccoli, good for you? This one is no surprise. But you might not know that because broccoli contains calcium and vitamin C, the super duo can together help boost your metabolism.

Oats
These guys are rich in fiber, which means they need a lot of calories to break them down. Plus, like other whole grains, they keep insulin levels low after you eat, helping you burn even more calories!

Brown Rice
Speaking of other whole grains, brown rice is delicious and so good for you. It’s full of fiber, which means it’ll boost your metabolism, help you stay fuller longer, and help you lose weight. Choose brown rice and whole grains over white rice and white flour anytime!

Dark Chocolate
You might have heard that dark chocolate contains antioxidants, but did you know it can help you lose weight? Apparently people who eat chocolate have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which prompts the body to store fat. Next time you’re stressed and craving some chocolate, go for it!

Hot Peppers
Peppers like Cayenne, chili, jalepeno, and habanero contain capsaicin, which is an irritant and you’re probably familiar with the burning sensation they produce. The heat can boost your metabolism by up to 25% and can even increase your energy!

Beans
Because beans are full of soluble and insoluble fiber, they use more energy (aka calories) to break down and again, lower insulin levels after digestion. So says the University of Colorado that if you eat foods high in “resistant starch” you can increase your calorie-burning power up to 24% in a day!

Almonds
These nuts are high in fat, but the fat they contain is a good monosaturated fat. According to this study, these good fats can have a positive effect on insulin levels and also make people feel more full so they eat less overall.

Apples
Yes, the doctors knew what they were talking about with that “apple a day” thing. Because they’re full of fiber, they’ll help you stay full longer.

Ginger
I throw this one in my green juice because it has so many health benefits. Besides all the great things I mentioned in my earlier blog, the spiciness can decrease appetite, improve digestion, and boost your metabolism after eating!

Garlic
Another food I toss into my green juice! Garlic has the ability to break down fat, increasing the metabolism. It works by both lowering unhealthy fats in the blood (that lead to high cholesterol) and also by reducing fat in the body’s fat cells.

Photo credit: Barbara L. Hanson

 

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Beyond Father’s Day: 5 Great Tips for Single Dads For the Rest of the Year

You’ve probably seen enough on Father’s Day and gift buying, so we’re also focused on beyond Father’s Day and offering single dads great tips for managing fatherhood all year round.

 Mark Peters, Founder and CEO of DressMeDaddy.com shares these five suggestions to support newly single dads as they embark on their co-parenting journey.

1.      Spend the time you have with your kids doing things!

Spend the time you have with your kids doing things. You may not be a husband anymore, but you are still a father. Be present with your kids and actively engage them. When you interact with your kids, you build a relationship. Play games, read books, cook, play sports, go fishing, do projects around the house…whatever it is, create memories finding things you have to do together. (Peters also advises creating a “no phone zone” to maximize time between dad and child).

 

2.      Don’t let your anger and frustration with your ex define and dominate the time that should be devoted to your children.

Focus on what you can control and quickly develop a mental picture of what you want it to look like in the future!  There are so many emotions associated with divorce – anger, resentment, disappointment, relief – it is easy to let them get in the way, especially in your relationship with your kids. When your kids look back on this time of their life what do you want them to say about you?  This is your time with them.  Create a memory worth remembering. The rewards will be amazing.  Make sure your kids feel safe, secure, loved and important.

 

3.  Prioritize your life!

Create a list of all of the important things in your life (including professional, financial and personal) to create balance. State everything in detail and then stick to that list. (Peters states his daughter ranked number one on his list no matter what came after).

 

4.      Stay busy! Continue doing things you enjoy!

Take up a hobby if need be: Reading, developing a new business opportunity, working out, catching up with old friends, investing, gardening, etc. are all great ways to keep yourself actively engaged.

 

5.      Talk to someone. Seek counseling if it will help improve your well- being.

 

Although many newly single dads may have spent numerous hours in therapy with their ex-wives to no avail, this may still be a great time to find a trusted counselor and figure out what you did wrong in the relationship. In order for you to improve your own life, you must figure out what internal changes you must make.

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Greg: London, UK

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Greg discusses the sweet flavor of breast milk, his thoughts on nursing wear, and his wife’s discomfort — yet affirms that his wife’s breasts were more beautiful to him after breastfeeding because of the job they completed: feeding his child.

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Joseph Allers: London, UK

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Joseph dishes on breasts as sex tools versus vehicles for feeding babies — and has key advice for men supporting their wives through the breastfeeding process.

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Lexy: Virginia Beach, VA

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Lexy discusses the disappointment that mastitis brought into her life, why she didn’t breastfeed and how she feels now.

 

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Delmetria: McKinney, Texas

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In a few words: “Breastfeeding was the most extraordinary experience of my life — all three times.” Her biggest challenge? Breastfeeding a newborn and two-year-old simultaneously.

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