25 May 2017

The Hormone Reset Diet - My Journal - Day 1 Sugar-free

Thursday - May 25, 2017


Accountability is everything--

Today's Journal:  I felt better today, physically.  Mentally, it has been one of the hardest days of dieting that I have ever, ever experienced.  All I can think about is sugar.  The sweetness.  It's so so so hard.  I suppose I have pinpointed my addiction!  To anybody who says that stevia is 'just like sugar' is wrong.  It's gross, but I'll get used to it.

This hormone reset is the second tier-- to reset the body's insulin.  The book does a great job of explaining how our society's addiction to sugar squeezes our body's insulin hormone and causes resilience-- definitely check this book out if you haven't already.  The goal for this reset is to stay below 15 grams of sugar per day in totality, and to remain so for the remainder of this diet.

I slept well last night, and I am expecting to sleep better tonight.  I have a horrible headache (from the detox).  Tomorrow is weigh-in day, so I hope I am excited by my new pictures.  We shall see.

Today's Extras:

+ Dry Skin Brush
+ Detox Bath (20 Minutes)
Today's Diet:

1000 - Organic coffee w/ 1 pack of stevia

1200 - 10-spice Vegetable Soup

1400 - Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips 

1800 - Salisbury Seitan Phyllo Pouch with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

1930 - Goodness Natural Cheerios w/ unsweetened almond milk

Total Calories:  1,110
Today's Exercises: 

+ Leg Day (weight training)
+ Ab Roller
+ Simply Fit Board 

Total Calories Burned:  361
Net Caloric Intake (D-E):  749

5 Proven Ways to Burn Fat Fast

Losing weight can often feel like an uphill battle and can really get you down. Working out is something that requires commitment and persistence. In fact, you may not see results for several weeks or more. This is what can be disappointing as you may feel like you are working so hard for nothing. This article will help identify some ways that you can burn fat quickly and see results faster. Keep reading to learn more.

Build muscle--
Work on building muscle as it can help burn fat. While working out, it is best to be sure to get in the fat burning zone. To do this, you can participate in workouts that are high intensity and will burn calories and fat cells. A great way to do this is by lifting weights. Lifting weights can build muscle quickly and burn fat. If you do choose to take up lifting weights, be sure to use proper wrist wraps as getting sidelined with an injury will halt your progress.

Be aware of your caloric intake--
People gain weight because they do not realize that what they are eating contains a great deal of calories, often double or triple one’s necessary daily intake. When you become aware of your caloric intake, you can make better decisions about what you feed your body. Food is delicious and should be enjoyed but it should also be fed to your body for energy and nourishment. Try to eat the colors of the rainbow to ensure that you are getting enough fruits, vegetables, dairy, lean meat (or a protein substitute if vegetarian/vegan), and whole grains. Eating less calories than your body needs is a way to lose weight.

Be aware of cravings--
If you know that around 2pm every day you find that you get sleepy, try eating a handful of almonds. You are likely experiencing the “midday slump” because your sugar levels are dipping after lunch. Simply eat a handful of almonds to help this. If you notice that you wake up in the middle of the night hungry, be sure to drink enough water, eat proper nutrients, and refrain from eating carbohydrates and processed foods throughout the day. These foods can trick your body into thinking it is hungry when it is not.

Drink water--
Your body needs a great deal of water every day. Drinking at least 64 oz of water on a daily basis can curb hunger and cravings, eliminate headaches, and increase energy levels. Drinking water can also help your overall health and helps your body burn fat by helping your body function.

Get proper sleep--
If your body is exhausted and you have not had enough sleep at night, it is highly likely that you are supplementing natural energy with caffeine, sugar, or food. Getting 8 hours of sleep at night will make you feel refreshed and give you the energy you need to have a great day.

With these simple and inexpensive tips, you can be on your way to burning fat and looking your best in no time. Remember to keep your head up high and stick with it!

How to Get Help When You Have a Toothache

A toothache makes us miserable and it is hard to get on with our lives when we are in pain. Avoiding toothache in the first place is the best approach and this is achieved with good dental hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day reduces your chances of developing cavities which ultimately cause a toothache. It also helps our teeth to look great. However, there are other causes of a toothache and there is a lot that you can do to relieve it if you are suffering.
The causes of a toothache--
Tooth decay is by far the most common cause of a toothache but your pain may be caused by other factors and your dentist will want to rule these out.
You may have an infection in the roots of the tooth or in the gum and you may have gum disease. Some toothache is caused by the sufferer grinding their teeth and this is associated with anxiety. If you have an accident and damage your teeth, this could obviously cause pain. If the problem develops over a long period of time it could be caused by an abnormal bite.
Some causes of a toothache are actually nothing to do with teeth. The pain is referred to this area and feels as if it is originating from your teeth but the underlying cause is elsewhere. People who have TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) and sinus or ear infections often complain of a toothache. If there is tension in the facial muscles this can feel like pain arising from a tooth and you may have a headache as well.
Sometimes, pain around the teeth and the jaws is caused by heart disease such as angina
A toothache is not something that you should ignore. It is especially important to seek help finding an emergency dentist nearby if you suffer from any of the following in addition to a toothache:
+ Pain when you bite
+ Fever
+ Difficulty breathing or swallowing
+ Swelling around the tooth area
+ Continuous lasting pain
Helping toothaches yourself--
Before you get to the dentist, you can help yourself with some self-care treatment. This may temporarily alleviate the pain and inflammation until you can get treatment:
+ Rinse your mouth several times a day with warm salt water.
+ Gently floss your teeth. Sometimes pain is caused by food particles that have become trapped.
+ If it is safe for you to do so, you can take some pain medication that you can purchase over the counter. However, do not put a painkiller directly on the gums as this may cause burning and irritation.
+ Apply a medication containing benzocaine directly to affected area. This is designed to temporarily relieve the pain. Oil of cloves (eugenol) is an ancient and traditional remedy but many people find that it works. You can rub the oil directly on the area with a finger or apply using some cotton wool.
If a toothache is caused by trauma in an accident, it can help if you apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected cheek.

24 May 2017

The Hormone Reset Diet - My Journal - Day 3 Meatless

Wednesday - May 24, 2017

Meatless / No Alcohol

Accountability is everything--

Today's Journal:  Today has not been great.  It has been raining for about three days in a row, and it is really affecting my mood.  Plus, I always get a little cranky when I change around my diet... ugh.  I woke up late today, so I didn't get around to my normal workout.  I ate freakin' CHEETOS for a snack.  Not happy about that.  On a good note, I still stuck with the no meat, no alcohol.  That's good.  I took a 20 minute detox bath this evening... and I used a dry brush as per the diet book's instructions.  Tomorrow adds the 'no sugar' rule.  Today, I bought all of the necessary foods for this tier. This is going to be the most difficult step for me, but I am ready.  I am going to do a weekly weigh in with pictures every Friday.
Today's Diet:

1000 - Organic coffee w/ 1 tsp sugar, Silk Almond creamer

1200 - Tall White Chocolate Mocha w/ Almond Milk (no whip) Starbucks

1400 - Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips / Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos

1800 - Stir Fry with Tofu and Jasmine Rice

1930 - 1/2 c Talenti Mediterranean Mint Gelato

Total Calories:  1,296
Today's Exercises: 

Simply Fit Board 

Total Calories Burned:  160
Net Caloric Intake (D-E):  1,136

3 Tips to Choosing the Best Garbage Disposal for Your Needs

A garbage disposal is a clean and convenient way to dispose of waste in your home. However, it can be difficult to decide what garbage disposal is the right one for you. While it is tempting to just purchase the most powerful, or most highly rated disposal unit, it is best to consider your exact needs before deciding what garbage disposal to purchase. Here are three tips to help choose the best garbage disposal for your needs:

Tip #1: Horsepower

Garbage disposals come in several sizes of horsepower, 1/3 HP, ½ HP, ¾ HP and 1 HP. A small 1/3 HP garbage disposal is idea for small families that don’t cook often or don’t have a lot of food waste.  This type of disposal is idea for easy-to-grind foods like fruits and vegetables. The ½ HP disposal is also good for a smaller household of 1-2 people. These disposals are better quality, are affordable and will generally last longer than the 1/3 HP.  The ¾ HP garbage disposal is a common size used by a family of four. They are quieter than the smaller disposals and do not get easily jammed. Finally, the 1 HP disposals are best for big families with a large amount of food waste. They are generally even quieter than ¾ HP disposals and good for hard food scraps (like bone).

Tip #2:  Special features

There are several features of garbage disposals that can make them slightly better and more convenient than others. For example, a garbage disposal with an auto-reverse feature can spin the blades in reverse, which will help clear waste that has jammed the unit. Another convenient feature is an electric cord. This allows your garbage disposal to be simply plugged into an outlet, instead of having to hard wire the disposal unit, which can cost more money for installation. Another feature to consider is the presence of a stainless steel grinding chamber. These disposals are generally more durable and will last longer.

Tip #3: Warranty

A warranty is extremely important for any appliance in your home to cover unexpected repairs or replacement.  Highly rated food disposals will usually last many years, but it is always a good idea to make sure the garbage disposal you decide to purchase has a good warranty. Most garbage disposals will come with a one-year warranty, but some manufacturers’ warranties will cover the product for up to ten years or even offer a lifetime warranty. The best warranty offered for a garbage disposal offers lifetime mechanical and corrosion protection. This warranty promises replacement of your disposal unit if it stops working due to mechanical or material failure within the lifetime of the original purchaser.

Overall, the best way to choose a garbage disposal is to consider how much (and what kind) of waste your household produces. Consider your family size, any special features you feel would best suit your needs, and any risk of your unit needing replaced in order to choose your idea garbage disposal.