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10 Foods You Need To Include In Your Daily Diet To Help Burn Fat

Sugar and carbohydrates cause fat. There are certain foods you can eat that will help melt tummy fats and extra weight in your arms, legs and butts. Take a look through this list to see which of these fat-busting foods you already eat, and which you need to eat more of.

1. Water

Although last on the list, drinking sufficient water daily may be the best thing to help reduce body fat.  Drinking water can boost your metabolic rate by 30%. Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning really enhances your daily digestive process.

Water helps move food and waste through your body. Your body is mostly water, and when you sweat, sleep, or otherwise deprive yourself of this essential fluid, your body has a harder time breaking down food and will ultimately retain more water.

2. Green Leafy Vegetables

Of course dark, leafy green vegetables will show up on this list. Vegetables are a great food for melting away fats, especially when consumed as juice. They have almost no carbs or calories, and still makes you feel full.

With an abundance of phytochemicals and nutrients, vegetables don’t just help you cut fat, it also helps improve your gut health, immune system and general health. Start including at least one glass of juice in your diet every day.

3. Chili Pepper

Capsaicin, the compound that makes hot peppers hot, enhances calorie burning even when you aren’t working out. Capsaicin also has the ability to reduce hunger, meaning that peppers will help you eat less and burn more.

4. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are a great source of Omega-3s and alpha-linolenic acid and can be mixed into dinners, salads, and juices. These omega-3s have been found to stimulate fat-burning and slow fat storage.

You can add flaxseeds or the oil in your smoothies or salads.

5. Oatmeal

A good, natural carb, oatmeal is rich with fiber and digests slowly, keeping your blood sugar and insulin levels low. Your body will burn more fat during exercise when you’ve had oatmeal earlier in the day.

Research has shown that athletes who consume slow-digesting (complex) carbs in the morning burn more fat throughout the day than those who eat faster-burning (refined) carbs.

6. Walnuts

Another food rich in monounsaturated fats, walnuts are super-high in omega-3s. Just 1 ounce of these nuts gives almost 3 grams of alpha-linolenic acid, a healthy fat that your body can’t produce on its own.

Alpha-linolenic acid is one of the healthy fats your body needs to help your metabolic system work at top-notch. These essential fats can only be obtained through foods, and walnuts are one of the best foods for it.

7. Ginger

Ginger is great to be added into your juices and smoothies. It’s been used for centuries to help with digestive problems, inflammation, and blood flow issues. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and can help with muscle recovery—which makes it a great post-exercise food.

8. Olive Oil

Like avocados, olive oil is another great source of healthy fats. Olive oil lowers bad cholesterol and helps your heart pump oxygenated blood throughout your body.The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are burned as energy instead of stored as fat in your midsection.

9. Grapefruit

A study at Scripps Clinic in San Diego reported that eating half a grapefruit or drinking 24oz of grapefruit juice daily helped subjects lose an average of 4 pounds over 12 weeks. There was no change to their diet, and some even lost more than 10 pounds without dieting.

How does it work? Grapefruit lessens the level of insulin your body needs to use, and has a compound called naringin which prevent fat from being stored. So a little grapefruit every day can go a long way.

10. Avocado

Avocado is full of monounsaturated fats and mannoheptulose, a carbohydrate that enhances your body’s calcium absorption and encourages fat burning. You’ll easily get the nutrients and fuel from avocados—especially when exercising. You can add avocado to breakfast, lunch, or dinner—even to your smoothies.


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11 Surprising Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper, known scientifically as Capsicum frutescens, is a chili pepper that originated in French Guiana and gets its name from the territory’s capital city of Cayenne. For those who love spicy foods, cayenne, also available in powdered form, adds a fiery note to the dishes in which it’s used. Capsaicin, the plant-based compound that accounts for cayenne’s intense heat, also endows it with a surprising array of healing properties, many of which have been confirmed in research studies.

Here are 11 health benefits of cayenne pepper:

1: Fights Irritations

For ulcers, sore throats, diarrhea and coughs, cayenne pepper is a sure remedy. It offers relief from any of the mentioned irritations.

2: Cure for Cold and Flu

Cayenne pepper helps in getting rid of congested mucus in the nasal cavity, hence offering relief from flu and cold.

3: Fungal Remedy

For cases of attack from fungal pathogens such as phomopsis and collectotrichum, cayenne pepper has been found to effectively prevent their formation.

4: Prevents Migraine

Cayenne pepper is capable of triggering a response in a different part of the body hence reversing brain’s focus to the ‘new pain’ region. As a result of this ‘false alarm’, nerve fibers loses the substance P which is responsible for pain and the anticipated pain is lowered to a great deal.

5: Assists in Digestion

By stimulating the digestive tract, cayenne pepper helps in improving enzyme production as well as gastric juices. As a result, the body is able to break down food as well as toxins. If you suffer from intestinal gas by promoting intestinal peristaltic motion necessary for both assimilation and secretion of waste products of digestion., aiding in both assimilation and elimination.

6: Assist in Blood Clotting

Cayenne pepper aids in lowering atherosclerosis by encouraging fibrinolytic action and warding off factors that cause blood clotting. Consequently, risks of heart attack or stroke are minimized.

7: Detoxifier

Cayenne pepper is a stimulant in a class of its own. It speeds up lymphatic processes as well as the rhythmic reaction in the digestive system. As we know, the heating up process in the body leads to detoxification. Moreso, cayenne pepper stimulates sweating hence loss of body waste through the skin is initiated.

8: Relieves Joint-Pain

Cayenne is rich in a compound known as capsaicin. This substance triggers a certain pain momentarily on the skin. A chemical message is triggered into the joint from the skin, resulting in relief from pain.

9: Fights Cancer

It has been found through studies that cayenne pepper fights certain types of cancers such as lung cancer in smokers due to their capsaicin content. The study elucidated that capsaicin halts tumors which form as a result of tobacco smoking, in the lungs.

10 : Weight Loss

Cayenne pepper has been linked to weigh loss due to its ability to improve metabolism which means burning excess fats to release energy. Cayenne eaters have been observed to eat less due to loss of appetite especially if they took it as breakfast.

11: Prevents Hypertension

Cayenne pepper helps to restore blood pressure levels normal. In the same mechanism it uses to fight artherosclerosis, it unblocks arteries hence improving blood flow. This way, the blood pressure is kept on check. Pepper reduces the risk of arthrosclerosis; it simultaneously lowers the risk of hypertension.




8 Ingredients to Avoid at all Costs


Take a buyer’s beware approach of the damaging additives, GMOs and synthetic chemicals in the foods before you buy and eat them. Become an avid label reader and familiarize yourself with the following common and harmful ingredients.

Become familiar with misleading marketing claims. Items labeled as “all-natural, organic, sugar-free or gluten-free” are not necessarily healthy.

1. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the number one source of calories for most Americans. Estimates are that Americans consume 70 pounds of corn sweeteners annually, which is the equivalent of 30 teaspoons of HFCS every day! Aside from weight gain, HFCS has been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), diabetes, inflammation and several other diseases. Products with HFCS also contain high levels of mercury. You’ll find HFCS in processed, packaged and fast foods, fruit drinks, sodas, syrupy coffee drinks, chewing gum, baked goods, and in hundreds of other processed, packaged food items.

2. Partially hydrogenated oil (trans fats) found in thousands of packaged and processed foods (breakfast cereals, cookies, chips, crackers) are proven to cause heart disease and obesity. Restaurant food, especially from fast food chains often serve food loaded with trans fats. Consequences of a diet high in trans fats include decreased IQ, increased inflammation, immune dysfunction, neurological damage, obesity, cancer and diabetes. In addition, avoid vegetable oils and other frankenfats such as margarine and fake butter products, canola and soybean oil.

3. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a chemical food additive associated with seizures, rashes and hives, infertility, depression and panic attacks, migraines, permanent damage to the endocrine system, linked to obesity and other serious disorders.

Especially harmful to developing fetuses, children and the elderly, MSG is an excitotoxin, overexciting brain cells to the point of death. MSG is found in frozen meals, ramen noodles, soups, chips and numerous packaged foods. MSG is used as a taste enhancer and has over 50 different names that are used to disguise it on food labels.

4. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine altering brain, behavior and psychological function. Consuming sugar (grains, wheat, candy, juice, cereals, soda, bagels and more) promotes inflammation and oxidation, triggers cravings and increases appetite, increases risk of depression, diabesity and other diseases, is a fuel source for yeast and parasites, causes magnesium, vitamin B and other nutrient deficiencies, accelerates aging and the production of free radicals, which cause collagen to breakdown creating wrinkles.

Avoid all items that end with –ose (a sugar), evaporated cane juice, barley malt, brown rice syrup and hidden sources of sugar found in processed, packaged and fast foods and beverages.

5. Sodium chloride (commercial table salt) found in microwave dinner, take-out items and processed foods is highly processed containing aluminum, chemicals and additives that are toxic and cause neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders. Opt for a healthier version: unprocessed sea salt.

6. Artificial sweeteners (Aspartame, Splenda, Equal, Sweet ‘N Low, Sucralose, Saccharine, TruVia, Acesulfame-K). This includes the little blue, yellow & pink packets too!

Splenda consists of sucralose, which contains chlorine, originally a pesticide and fillers maltodextrin and glucose. It’s about 600x sweeter than sugar. Splenda is toxic to the brain and thymus, causes GI distress, weight gain, thyroid dysfunction, alters gut microflora, and destroys beneficial bacteria in your gut. Splenda affects expression of certain enzymes known to interfere with nutrient absorption and medications.

Aspartame is an excitotoxin and neurotoxin that comes with a laundry list of side effects.

Aspartame and artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, intensifies carbohydrate and sugar cravings, cause bloating, digestive and liver dysfunction, migraines, weight gain, microbiome problems, increased risk of depression, bone loss, stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, ADHD, brain seizures and tumors, rashes, hives, and cancer.

You’ll find artificial sweeteners in thousands of items including desserts, gelatins, low calorie foods, kool-aid fruit drinks, breath mints, sugar-free gum, energy and sports drinks, wine coolers, flavored bottled waters, cereals, cold remedies, medications, some vitamins and protein powders and of course, diet sodas.

Healthier sweeteners: SweetLeaf stevia, coconut nectar, raw organic honey

7. Sodium nitrate is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring commonly added to bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish and corned beef. Studies have linked it to various types of cancer.

8. Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from a process in a lab where genes are taken from one species and inserted into another in an attempt to obtain a desired characteristic or trait. Often referred to as Frankenfoods, GMOs alter and disrupt DNA. Children, newborns and pregnant women face the greatest potential hazards from GM food.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Coconut Twist



  • 3/4 cup unsalted creamy almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the food processor, add in almond or peanut butter, coconut sugar and coconut oil; process until it comes together, about 1 minute. Add in eggs and process again.
  3. Then add in coconut flour, baking soda and salt; process again until a dough forms.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies turn slightly golden brown around the edges.
  7. Allow them to cool on cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat with remaining dough.

Makes 20 cookies

Nutritional Analysis per cookie: 111 calories, 7g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein

Top 20 so-called “Health Foods” to Avoid Like The Plague



Foods you may think are healthy, but are far from it!

  • Fruit juice, Crystal Light, diet soda
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • White Rice
  • Frozen Meals
  • Eggbeaters
  • Bagels
  • Low fat & nonfat yogurt
  • Energy bars, snack bars, Balance bars, Quest bars, Kind bars, protein bars are processed, chemical crap
  • Low fat & nonfat anything
  • Most gluten-free foods (insulin-spiking garbage)
  • Cereal, granola, instant oatmeal, trail mixes
  • Fruit smoothies and fruit smoothie mixes
  • Farmed Raised Tilapia (frankenfish)
  • Soy burgers (GMO)
  • Vitamin water, energy drinks & sports drinks
  • Cooking sprays, canola oil, margarine
  • Low fat & nonfat salad dressing
  • margarine
  • Agave, sucralose, Splenda, Truvia, fructose
  • Fruit roll ups

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