10 Day Challenge: Five Foods

Sorry I’m getting this out so late. I’ve been swamped. Just finished a 25 minute jog in place followed with TurboFire’s HIIT 15! I’m dripping in sweat. I’m sure you didn’t come here for this, so let’s get down to business.

Five. Fries.

Oh goodness. These are the worst things EVER, but they are great! I love them almost no matter what style. My favorite are McDonald’s. I don’t care that they manage to survive without molding for months after being made, they taste DELICIOUS. I don’t know what they do but they manage to have no real competition for me. The only thing I really like at McDonald’s.

Four. Steak.

I don’t who you are, what diet you’re on, but I cannot go without my steak. There are certain times that I truly crave it. Not just beef, but steak in particular. It doesn’t subside with any other sort of protein and I feel energized and ready to take on the day. I like it cooked medium rare – seared on the outside, just slightly bloody on the inside. When cooked right, it melts in your mouth like butter. I think I know what’s for dinner tomorrow.

Three. Avocados.

I love avocados because of a lot of things. First, they have amazing health benefits.

The folate contained in avocados is mostly responsible for reducing the risk of heart disease, especially compared to people who have a diet low in folate. The vitamin E in an avocado has also been linked to a healthy heart, something needed to keep you successfully burning fat all day long.

Another health benefit of avocado is that it is extremely helpful in preventing both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis. The many different antioxidants found in avocados help reduce inflammation, a major concern for sufferers of either type of arthritis. Avocado nutrients responsible for this health benefit include vitamins C & E as well as manganese.

Perhaps the biggest health benefit of avocados is that by adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients. This means that when you combine other fat burning foods with avocado, you can improve your nutrient absorption up to 400%!

Avocados provide many general health benefits, in addition to its fat burning benefits due to its vitamin E and glutathione, which protects you against tons of diseases including several forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol.

Avocados also help reduce the signs of aging, regulate blood sugar and promote eye health.

Second, they are extremely filling – at 1/4 of an avocado as a serving, that’s all you really need to fill you up during snack time.

Third, they are versatile. I eat them alone, on salads as well as use them as a replacement for mayonnaise on my sandwiches. Their creamy goodness more than makes up for the lack of mayo.

Two. Wine.

Nope, it’s not a food, it’s a drink, but it’s made from grapes. Again, used in moderation (no more than two glasses for men, and one glass for women), it has awesome health benefits.

It’s been well documented that moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and thin your blood. This is thought to be one of the primary cardiovascular benefits from wine (red and white), as well as hard liquor and beer.

Non-alcoholic phytochemicals in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratrol, act as antioxidants and prevent molecules known as “free radicals” from causing cellular damage in the body.  Although some studies which have focused on the health benefits of resveratrol use much greater dosages than you’ll find in an average glass of wine, resveratrol has been shown to prevent blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries by altering lipid profiles and plasma viscosity.  Findings from a recent study suggest that resveratrol can produce potent anti-thrombotic agents that can potentially improve cardiovascular health and lower the risk for coronary heart disease.  In animal studies, resveratrol reduced tumor incidence by affecting one or more stages of cancer development.

Red wine provides much more resveratrol compared to white. That’s because the longer the skin is kept on the grape during the wine making process, the greater the concentration of resveratrol in the wine. In the case of white wine production, the skin is removed before fermentation, giving white wines a lower concentration in resveratrol compared to red wines. Also, wines made in cooler climates have greater amounts of resveratrol too. Thus, red wine from cool climates have the most resveratrol.

One. Shakeology.

Yes, I am a representative for Beachbody, but I’m also a believer. Before I started drinking Shakeology daily, I had high blood pressure. Every doctor’s appointment was scarier and scarier. I’m awful with taking daily medications and was prescribed medication to keep it down. After drinking Shakeology, I don’t have high blood pressure. It’s completely within normal regions and I’m tempted to take my blood pressure meds a day or two for the days leading up to my appointment and most of the time I forget. I go to the doctor’s nervous, reading and watching those numbers, wondering if this time missing my pills were going to send me to an early grave. But as of my last doctors appointment (well, urgent care since I have an ear infection), completely normal. No plea from the doctor to PLEASE take my meds. Nothing. Not even a mention.

In short, I’m a Shakeology user, buyer and believer. I have heard so many other awesome stories. This is just mine. I am not a doctor, so I’m not suggesting you jump off your meds for it. For me, it was a lifesaver.

These are additional health benefits:

  • 17 grams of Protein
  • Essential Amino Acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Prebiotics
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Phytonutrients
  • No Caffeine
  • No Gluten

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