Sugar; is it really toxic?


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I love sugar!  Who doesn’t really?  Even if you think that you don’t, it’s probably in something that you’re eating.  Anything chocolate is my go-to choice treat and I have some sort of it nearly everyday.  But more recently there’s been so much conversation about sugar and the negative things it can do to your health, some of it being quite concerning.

Most people don’t realize that sugar isn’t found in just sweets alone, it’s in almost every food that we buy, so reading labels and keeping track of how much you’re consuming is essential.  As with everything at Skinny Healthy Girl, there’s nothing wrong with indulging mindfully, but I feel it’s important to share this list of the negatives effects sugar can have on your body when eaten in high quantities often.  Be aware, be smart.


  1. Raises cholesterol.
  2. Increase the risk of diabetes.
  3. Kidney disease.
  4. Depression & anxiety.
  5. Arthritis.
  6. Constipation.
  7. Fluid retention.
  8. Induce headaches & weakens eyesight.
  9. Causes gall & kidney stones.
  10. Hormonal imbalances.
  11. Tooth decay
  12. Several types of cancer.
  13. Yeast infections.
  14. Weight gain.
  15. Asthma.
  16. Coronary heart disease.

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Obesity to extreme weight loss; can one eating disorder lead to another?


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There’s been a lot of talk this week about the tremendous amount of weight the winner of ‘The Biggest Loser’ lost.  Not only did Rachel Frederickson lose a whopping 155 pounds, down from 260, nearly 60% of her body weight, she did it in 7 months time.  As we all know, extreme is never good.

Shock and gasps could be seen and heard from the crowd when she appeared on the finale weighing in at only 105 pounds.  I have to admit that I also was quite surprised because Rachel looked extremely thin and somewhat unhealthy.  Could her compulsive eating disorder have lead to another?

Fans of the show are in an uproar, concerned with what sort of an example ‘The Biggest Loser’ is setting for its audience.  But we should all keep in mind that this is a television show, a competition with a grand prize of $250,000, so there is quite a bit of motivation to lose as much as weight as possible.

Another moment that stood out in the finale was the reactions on the faces of trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper when Rachel walked out and revealed her new body.  Jillian even mouthed the words, “Oh my God.”  But it must be made clear that both trainers did not work with Rachel and they made the following statement to their fans via Facebook.

“Bob and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work.  We’re not comfortable commenting on Rachel’s journey because weren’t her trainers and weren’t given an opportunity to work with her at any point.  Any questions about the contestants on the Biggest Loser should be directed to the show’s producers.”

As far as Rachel is concerned, all is well.  She says that she’s eating 1600 calories a day and exercising often.  “I feel so wonderful. What a life-changing experience. Not only have I gotten the athlete back, but I’ve gotten this inner strength and this confident girl back,” shared Rachel.

Let’s hope, now that all the dust has settled from the show and she’s won the big prize that Rachel will finally find the balance with food within her life.  What do you think about Rachel’s 155-pound weight loss?

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My absolute favorite yoga workouts that I couldn’t live without


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Being an at-home workout fanatic surely has it’s benefits.  I don’t have to travel anywhere, fight for space at the gym, or pay any of the costs associated with that.  But most importantly, working out at home is the most convenient way to exercise.  Nearly anyone can find the time to fit exercise into their busy day with workout DVD’s because, well, they rock!

I’ve been asked to test many exercise DVD’s over the years, but it’s rare that I actually like any of them enough to write about, so you know I must really love these.  Here are 4 of my absolute favorite yoga workouts that I couldn’t live without.

1. Yogalosophy with Mandy Ingber is unlike any other yoga DVD workout.  In case you didn’t know, Mandy is Jennifer Aniston’s yoga instructor, so she obviously knows what she’s doing when it comes to toning a body from head to toe.  What makes this practice so different is she combines traditional yoga poses with toning exercises, such as squats and lunges, and that combination has a tremendous impact on sculpting the body.  Learn more about Yogalosophy here.

2. Yoga Inferno is another Jillian Michaels best!  She offers two 30-minute yoga workouts on this DVD that are infused with cardio to keep the heartbeat up so that you continue to burn fat.  One of the workouts actually incorporates light hand weights into traditional yoga poses; which is fantastic.  These are tough workouts but she offers modified options for beginners so that everyone can do this DVD.  Learn more about Yoga Inferno here.

3. Skinnygirl Yoga is pretty special in itself because not only are you getting the opportunity to practice with the calm, patient and talented NYC instructor Mike McArdle, the DVD offers 3 workouts to choose from to fit into any busy life.  Bethenny Frankel had been asked so often how she maintains her shape, so she decided to put her workout on a DVD.  It’s fun, challenging, you’ll feel toned, stronger and relaxed all at the same time.  Learn more about Skinnygirl Yoga here.

4. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility with Ashley Turner is one of the most invigorating practices that I’ve ever done.  It was designed to build strength and flexibility in within the mind, body and spirit, it does just that.  The powerful strength sequences tone muscles while the flexibility portion unravels tension and much more.  You can either start or end the day with this practice.  Learn more about Yoga for Strength and Flexibility here.

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Monday blues; how to get back on track after overeating all weekend

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It’s normal, it’s easy to do and you deserve to overindulge when you want to over the weekend from time to time.  The hard part is turning that around and getting back on track on Monday.  Here are some things I do at the beginning of every week to stay consistently healthy.

1. Wake up with a plan.  Just know that every Monday you’re either going to set your alarm a little early and you’re going to make the time to exercise.  Cardio is always a MUST for me on Mondays!  Exercising will not only burn off those extra calories, you’ll feel better mentally and let go of the guilt.  Check out the best 30-minute workout DVD’s here.

2. Start your Monday with a clear mind; don’t look back because you can’t change the past.  Be happy that you enjoyed yourself.  Be positive.  Remember, at Skinny Healthy Girl we are learning to indulge mindfully while looking and feeling our best.

3. Use the day to flush your system.  I don’t believe in cleanses, they’re overkill.  I believe in balance.  If you overindulged, balance that out by doing the opposite.  Eat clean whole foods all day.  Drink 2-3 cups of green tea, learn more about this here.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water totaling half your body weight in ounces.

4. Plan workouts for the week.  If you have a plan and write it down, there will be a much better chance you’ll actually do it.  No time?  Try this 16-minute workout anytime and anywhere.  Learn how to fit exercise into you busy life here.

5. DO NOT WEIGH YOURSELF!  Now, I don’t think that you should EVER weigh yourself, there’s no point.  But especially on the Monday after you’ve eaten unhealthy all weekend.  If you like the way you look in the mirror, great.  If not, move more and eat less.

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Slow metabolism? 4 foods to speed it up


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Let’s face it, some people have a fast metabolism and others do not.  But even those who are able to naturally stay slim because of the way their body processes food face slow days, while everyone’s metabolism slows down with age.  But you can speed up your slow metabolism naturally with these 4 foods, eat them often.

1. Whole grains.  We talk a lot about the importance of incorporating whole grains into your diet each day, it’s 1 of 4 foods I eat everyday, and this is just another reason.  When you eat whole grains, it helps your pancreas process properly and evens out the level of insulin, controlling your appetite and allowing you to lose weight.  Whole grains keep you regular and clean out your system.

2. Flaxseed oil.  Derived from the seeds of the flax plant and contains 3 important Omega fatty acids, 3, 6 and 9.  Flaxseed oil tells your brains you have enough fat stored, kind of tricks it in a way.  Since your body stores fat naturally, eating flaxseed controls the amount it feels it needs to store while increasing your metabolism.

3. Broccoli.  It’s not only one of the most delicious most versitile vegetables you can cook with, broccoli also contains vitamin A, C, K and calcium; which will all speed up your metabolism.  It’s also full of fiber and will single-handedly clean your system out.  Don’t like broccoli?  Dark leafy greens will also have the same type of affect.

4. Jalepenos.  One of my favorites, although I know most feel the need to stay away from the heat of jalenpenos, you might want to reconsider.  Hot peppers heat you up and literally start moving your insides so much that your metabolism gets moving too.  If you find yourself irregular, incorporate a little hot pepper into your breakfast or at any point during the day, you’ll be surprised just how powerful they can be.

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We’re always talking about mindful eating without deprivation or diets at Skinny Healthy Girl, while also keeping in mind that food is our medicine and will keep the doctor away in many respects.  ”You are what you eat” couldn’t be more true and are words to live by. What you choose to put inside your body will affect your health positively or negatively, so you must choose wisely.  Here are some more words to live by that I love and keep in mind the next time you’re choosing food.

Eat well to feel good.

You’re better off spending a little more at the store than at the doctor’s office.

Quality of food adds to quality of life.

The body can heal itself through vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods.

Food has the ability to cleanse, detox, balance, de-stress & heal the body.

Forget multivitamins! Necessary vitamins can be found in food; whole food.

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Are you finding yourself in a bad mood too often and not sure why?  You’re not alone. Daily stresses and monthly hormonal changes especially for women can trigger unpleasant mood swings.  While yes it’s true, exercise, meditation and yoga will certainly improve your mood, what you’re eating can also.

There is a common link between food and mood, here are 5 foods recommended by Debbie Mandel, author of ‘Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7-Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life’, that have been proven to make you happy naturally.

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A Mediteranean diet will actually reduce stress and help you feel mentally and physically healthier.  Foods include lots of fruits, nuts, vegetables, olives, a little red meat, hummus, fish several times per week, healthy fats like olive oil, some wine in moderation of course and low-fat dairy such as Greek yogurt and cheese.


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Complex carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet to begin with but they also generate serotonin, affecting brain chemistry and balance in women) that makes you feel happier.  So if your’re feeling low, depressed and moody eat more whole grain bread, brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain pasta and experience a natural life lift.

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Lean proteins play a part in losing and maintaining weight, a healthy lifestyle and are essential to building muscle mass,  but did you know that they also affect your mood?These foods include chicken, fish and eggs.  Learn how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs here.


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Omega-3 fats are important for heart health, are anti-inflammatories, but also affect your brain health by positively affecting your mood.  Foods like salmon, walnuts, flaxseed oil and halibut should be eaten several times per week.


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Dark chocolate has been known to be a very healthy sweet treat but it also releases stress and enables you to feel more alert.  So when you’re feeling a little down, take a bite of dark chocolate, make sure it’s 80% cocoa, and turn your mood around.

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My workouts this week; this is what I do to stay in shape

athisweekI am often asked what type of workouts I do to stay in shape so I thought I’d share them with you each week.  As I’ve talked about before, exercise can’t remain the same if you want your body to change, so everyday has to incorporate a different type of workout.  I am an at-home workout fanatic because it’s convenient, affordable (the first 4 are only $6.99 each) and can fit into any busy schedule.  Here’s this week’s line up, see above, bottom to top, Monday-Friday, here we go…

Monday-Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fastfix was perfect for my busy day.  20-minutes in and out got my heart pumping and cleared my mind, felt fantastic during and afterwards.

Tuesday-I stepped up my workout to Extreme Shed and Shred level 1 on Tuesday.  This is truly one of my favorite workouts because it combines everything from cardio to yoga to strength training and it’s non-stop.

Wednesday-Circuit training is key to sculpting your muscles and this Personal Training 40-minute workout with Jackie Warner focuses on weights from head to toe.  This is the workout that caused extreme soreness the next day.  My chest, arms, abs and legs were burning long after I exercised, felt amazing to know I did something that worked.

Thursday-I went hard-core with Jillian Micheals Hard Body workout and it was no joke.  I did level 1, which in my opinion is more difficult than level 2 on this particular DVD.  Favoring 30-minute workouts made the 45-minutes a bit more challenging but well worth it.  Lots of push-ups, weights and cardio in this incredible circuit training workout.

Friday-Today I went back to sculpting with the help of Classic Physique 57, a full body barre workout that burns your muscles like nothing else.  My physique has literally been transformed from this workout and therefore will never stop doing it.

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Alcohol and weight loss; can you have both? Find out the facts here.

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There’s so much talk about whether you can or can’t drink alcohol while trying to lose weight, but what are the true facts?  As you know, we believe at Skinny Healthy Girl that everything in moderation and learning to indulge mindfully is the only way to live a full life.  But if you’re looking to drop a certain amount of weight in a specific timeframe, calories in and out must to be considered.

Drinking a little alcohol, such as a glass of wine per day, can have a place within a healthy lifestyle.  In fact, experts agree that alcohol can reduce the risk for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  And if you are aware of the calories that you’re taking in from that glass of wine, there’s nothing wrong with indulging.

On the other hand, when on a mission to lose weight, keep in mind that alcohol is metabolized differently from other foods.  When you drink alcohol the body immediately recognizes it is a toxin and quickly processes it to the liver, giving it all of the attention over the food you’ve eaten.

As this happens, the body isn’t able to break down carbohydrates or fat from food properly and converts the calories into body fat.  In addition, alcohol contains empty calories that have no health benefit and don’t keep you full, so choosing healthier food options while trying to lose weight would be in your best interest.

The moral of the story with alcohol and weight loss is everything in moderation, mindful eating and drinking is the healthiest way to live a full life while looking and feeling your best.  If you are trying to lose the pounds, you might want to skip the alcohol until you reach your goal and then be mindful with everything that you consume thereafter.

Here are some calorie counts on your favorite alcohol drinks and how much exercise you’d have to do to burn them.

  • 1 glass of red wine (merlot)=122 calories.  Burn off in a 30-minute brisk walk.
  • 1 bottle of light beer=102 calories.  Burn off with 37 minutes of crunches.
  • 1 frozen margarita=520 calories.  Burn off with hour & 6 minutes on elliptical.
  • 1 rum & coke=361 calories.  Burn off with 30-minute of jump rope.
  • 1 glass of champagne=106 calories.  Burn off with 30-minutes of push-ups. 

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Jillian Michaels gets you ripped while losing weight in only 30-minutes!

Jillian Michaels has helped millions lose thousands of pounds through her role on the hit show “The Biggest Loser, her workout DVD’s and weight loss products.  Now Michaels is taking her famous 30-minute circuit training workouts to a whole new level.  Jillian Michaels has partnered with Curves, the popular women’s fitness center where she’s created a 30-minute full body workout circuit.

“My thing is 30-minute workout.  That’s our goal to provide women with the tools to make the change they want in their lives,” Jillian explained to Healthy Hollywood.  “I got a chance to try out the Curves circuit training the other day in New York City.  The workout was set up in a circle and you alternated between strength machines and metabolic conditioning exercises, which are exercises like jumping jacks, squats or high knee lifts,” described the fitness guru.

“You do each bit for 30-seconds and then move on to the next station without a break.  The idea is to get your heart rate up, never stop moving and keep on going for 30-minutes.  While I didn’t think it was going to be tough, I ended up working up a sweat and calling this session my workout for the day.  Let’s just say it’s a lot tougher than it looks.”  Check out Jillian Michael’s newest workout DVD’s here.

The idea behind the 30-minute Jillian Michaels circuit training sessions is that you never rest so your heart rate is up the entire time.  In addition to that, combining strengthening and conditioning at the same time has been scientifically proven to provide the best results whether you’re looking to tone, lose weight or both.  The workout is so beneficial that your body continues to burn calories hours after you’re finished.  Check out Jillian Michael’s best workout DVD’s here.

Speaking of calories, Michaels doesn’t believe in diets saying, “First you’re a vegan.  Then, you’re into the Paleo diet.  Now, you don’t eat wheat.  It’s ridiculous!  At the end of the day, it is common sense, don’t eat chemicals, eat real foods and don’t eat more than you burn in a day.”

Maintaining a fitness routine is also essential to weight loss and staying in shape, “You need to find something you love and do it.  If you truly hate it, you aren’t going to do it,” explained Jillian.  “Over the course of your everyday life think about how you can add in a more active lifestyle.”

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10 Very Good Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Green Tea


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If you’re like most people I know, you choose to drink coffee everyday.  I love a good cup of coffee too, but as I sip on my freshly brewed green tea on this snowy NYC morning, I thought I’d share some Skinny Healthy Girl knowledge.  After this, you might actually consider switching from coffee to green tea, or at least incorporating it into your life.  Green tea is ages old and its health benefits are nothing new, but it’s being recognized like never before.

A little history: Green tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis Plant; which was originated in China and has played a large role in Chinese medicine.  What makes green tea leaves so special and healthy is it’s full of antioxidants called polyphenols, and its cousin phytochemicals, both of which give the potion its magical powers.

Another essential component of what makes green tea so powerful is EGCG, also known as Epigallocatechin gallate, shown to slow irregular cell growth, potentially fighting some cancers.  To fully benefit from its health properties, 2-3 cups of green tea a day is recommended.  If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try the kind I drink (see above), it’s smooth and infused with honey lemon, very good.

Here are 10 more very good reasons why you should drink green tea.

  1. Green tea burns fat as fuel, improves muscle endurance.
  2. Green tea might protect against breast, colon, skin, lung, liver, ovarian, prostate, oral, esophagus, colorectal, pancreas, stomach and small intestine cancers.
  3. Green tea could help reduce the risk of a heart attack and cardiovascular disease.
  4. Green tea may help maintain memory and fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. Green tea could lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
  6. Green tea is hydrating even though some contains caffeine, that’s a biggy!
  7. Green tea has been known to protect against ultraviolet rays, acting as a back up sunscreen.
  8. Green tea fights belly fat; reducing the risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
  9. Green tea studies show that its compounds could help those suffering from Type 2 diabetes, allowing them to better process sugars.
  10. Green tea has been found to improve bone density and strength.

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Dr. Oz shares the FACTS on FIBER; why it’s an everyday MUST eat

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On his show yesterday, Dr. Oz shared the facts explaining why you must eat fiber everyday.  He showed, through demonstration of course, that if you don’t eat enough fiber, you literally get clogged up because your body holds onto the food that you did eat.  This only has a negative effect on your body causing a slower metabolism, irregular bowel movements and potential weight gain.

Dr. Oz also showed the parts of the body that benefit and function more effectively from fiber, those being your intestines, colon, pancreas (to fight health issues like diabetes) and the heart.  Another bonus to eating the recommended amount of fiber each day is weight loss.

So how much fiber should you be eating each day?  Women should be eating a total of 25 grams, but the average woman is currently eating only 14 grams.  So exactly what should you be eating to increase fiber in your diet?  Check out one of my favorite foods here.

Dr. Oz says that the absolute best form of fiber that you can eat, hands down, are beans.  In addition to that eating more raspberries, pears, broccoli, artichokes, nuts (pecans have over 5 grams per serving) and believe it or not, popcorn (3 cups=3 grams), will all directly increase your intake and improve your overall health.

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How to eat everything and still lose weight

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Eating everything while still losing weight?  Sound to good to be true?  Well, within the Skinny Healthy Girl concept of indulging mindfully it’s not.  Since deprivation through dieting is only short term, why not choose a life-long healthier option while getting to eat everything that you love?

What does eating everything and losing weight really mean?  It’s the concept of trying a little of every type of food without over-indulging and then balancing it all out with exercise. If you go out for burgers and fries with your girlfriend and indulge, cut the burger in 1/2 and  share it.  Then back up that indulgence with a good cardio workout the next day, it’s that simple.

Think about it, if you ate everything in large quantities, like a whole big bag of potato chips and didn’t burn those calories off, you’re going to gain weight, right?  Well instead, if you ate a handful of your favorite chips and then followed that up with exercise and continued healthy eating habits, you’re going to lose weight or then maintain it.  What does eating healthy really mean?  Find out here.

The concept of eating everything while continuing to lose weight, or maintain it, works in every situation.  Another example would be, if you go out to eat with a few of your friends and you each choose an appetizer and share, you won’t end up eating an over-portioned meal that is always too big for one person.  Instead, have a little bit of each of the foods that you love and walk away with a perfectly full stomach feeling confident in yourself.

Eating everything is about being wise, mindful and aware.  Life is too short for deprivation and living on a diet does not work, it’s not a lifestyle and will eventually put you into a state of overeating and making poor choices.  Balance is key to everything, choose wisely, exercise often and live life to the fullest starting today!

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Today, as I was making a big delicious salad, I was thinking about health and how lucky I am to have it.  As we all know, health can change in an instant and quickly be taken away from us whether it be an accident, cancer or some form of illness that we have no control over.  But if you’re lucky enough, your health is your choice.

What do I mean by health being a choice?  Well, if today you are considered to be a healthy individual, why not keep it going for as long as you possibly can with good life choices?  Yes, staying healthy does take a little more effort, thought and time to plan meals and fit exercise into your busy life, but it’s well worth it.

Think about all of the other things in your life that you put before eating well and exercising that wouldn’t matter for an instant if you were to get sick.  The saying, “your health is your wealth” is no joke because truly nothing matters without it.

Friends and family often tell me that I talk about food a lot.  Yes, as many of you know, I am passionate about food and cooking, but even more so while I continue to learn all of the health benefits that come from eating.  I read everything that I can, follow food blogs like Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life and watch countless cooking shows.

What you put into your body has an affect on everything from the inside out, from your internal organs to how your body is shaped.  Food is medicine and so many foods do much more for you than just fill you up.  So thinking about dinner while I am eating lunch makes sense to me because I know without thought comes poor choices and usually unsatisfying meals.

Waiting until you’re hungry to eat is one of the worst things that you can do to your body and your health because you will almost always consume something unhealthy out of desperation.  Also, while your body was waiting for you to eat, it started chewing away at your muscle mass and slowing down your metabolism, two more things that you don’t want to happen.

As I was making my salad today, I was also thinking about a family member of mine who is fighting diabetes.  He’s trying to lose weight and eat healthy so he won’t have to take medication, have his blood tested constantly and potentially lose his life.  A man who, for the most part has been lucky enough to have good health all of his life, is now trying to undo the damage of years of poor food choices.  Please know, if you’re lucky enough, your health is your choice so don’t wait, start today, make good ones and be well!

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3 foods that fight cellulite; 3 foods that make cellulite worse


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So many women suffer from cellulite, that unattractive cottage cheese looking skin.  But is there a way cure it or at least make it look better?  You can directly affect the look of your skin with food and exercise because what you put into your body will show through your skin, especially cellulite.

Here are 3 foods that fight cellulite:

Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that moisturizes and smoothes your skin while improving cellulite.  Try to eat salmon once a week for overall health.

Green tea contains antioxidants that reduce cellulite, but you must drink 2-3 cups per day to make a difference.  Maybe switch out your coffee for green tea?

Tomatoes are the most powerful antioxidant foods that you can eat, cooked is actually better than raw but either way include them within your diet to reduce cellulite.

Here are 3 foods that make cellulite worse:

White carbs are digested quickly and cause chronic spikes in sugar which directly affects the look of your skin, making your cellulite worse.  If you must eat a white carb such as white pasta, be sure to incorporate a protein or a green vegetable to slow digestion.

Butter contains saturated fat that can make your skin looser and has a tendency to age it more quickly, thus making cellulite worse.  Switch out butter for extra virgin olive oil as often as you can.

Salt retains water and causes fat cells to expand which then makes cellulite worse.  Keep salt intake under control, be aware of how much sodium is in your food and only cook with sea salt, use sparingly.  Learn how to reduce salt intake here.

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