Frequently Asked Questions

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Cooking healthy with spices
Whenever you are dieting it is important that you have variety in your menu to avoid getting bored and looking for foods outside of the approved list. One of the best ways to do this is by utilizing spices. But BEWARE – we don’t mean by using spice blends that you find at the store. Although they may be easier, the bulk of store bought seasoning mixes are full of preservatives, fillers, sugars (or sugar alcohols), and other chemicals that go against what we are trying to accomplish in the body. If you ever look on the back of a spice blend you will see things like: modified food starch Partially Hydrogenated oils – we all no that this is a big no no for so many reasons. It could show up as canola or soybean oil. Sugars and more… So how can you still get a lot of flavor in your food without using these blends? The best thing you can do is of course use fresh herbs whenever possible.… Read the restRead the rest

4 Tips To Break A Stall In Your Weight Loss

4 tips to breaking a plateau in weight loss
The Amino Diet is one of the fastest and safest ways to lose weight. If followed as directed, it will help you lose weight faster than any other program on the market. On average our female customers will lose 15-25 lbs the first month and our male customers will lose 20-30 lbs. Most of the weight comes off the mid-section, resulting in smaller waist and hip sizes. This does not happen by chance; it’s actually the body’s normal response when it’s fed low glycemic foods. The Amino Diet is considered a low glycemic impact diet. Meaning it impacts the body’s mid-section fat by reducing the amount of insulin and increasing the amount of glucagon being produced. Simply said, Insulin is a hormone that stores fat and Glucagon is a hormone that utilizes fat.  As we eat low glycemic foods throughout the day, there is no reason to store fat so Insulin stays low and Glucagon starts using fat. After days and weeks of eating low glycemic foods your body literally begins to transform.… Read the restRead the rest

Amino Diet VS Other Diets

which diet to choose
Many of you have asked, what makes the Amino Diet different compared to the Paleo, Atkins, and other diets? In this article we will cover the basic differences of our program and the Paleo and Atkins diets. Amino VS Paleo: We have heard some people on Facebook compare our diet to the Paleo diet, but there are striking differences that not many know of.  On the Paleo diet, there is no option to eat healthy fats.  Healthy fats are needed every day to help your brain to function properly. Also, the diet is very meat heavy.  The entire protein intake is from meat, rather than from a variety of sources such as beans or cottage cheese.  The average dieter on this diet plan can lose up to a maximum of five pounds in three weeks according to major studies done by US News. Whereas, on the Amino Diet we see an average weight loss of 15-30 pounds in 30 days. Amino VS Atkins: The main idea of the Atkins diet plan is to cut back dramatically on carbohydrates to force your body to burn only fat for fuel, creating a by-product called ketones that your body uses for energy.  … Read the restRead the rest

Thyme

thyme
Thyme is a perennial herb from the mint family. Herbs are technically leaves of herbaceous plants. However, the word has evolved to a more general term when used in cooking. It originated in the Mediterranean are.  It has been used there since ancient time. Hippocrates and Dioscorides mention the medicinal uses of thyme. The Romans used it for bee culture, to purify rooms and add flavor in foods. The Egyptians used it in embalming, among other things. Thyme is very nutritious. It has many phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins. It contains potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and selenium. Potassium is a component of cell and body fluids that help with heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Thyme has enough iron in it for 20% of the daily recommended allowance in only 2.8 grams. It is rich in vitamins A, K, E, C and folic acid, and B complex vitamins. It provides .35 mg of B-6 which is about 27% of the daily recommended allowance.… Read the restRead the rest

Infused Waters as a Detox

water infused with fruits and veggies
Infusing your water with fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs can be great to add some flavor to your water so it isn’t boring and tasteless, but there are also detox benefits with the foods you choose to infuse your water with. When you add these to your water, the nutrients and flavor will be infused which contains anti-aging properties and will also help with removing toxins from your body. There are many variations of ingredients you can use.  This website will give you some combinations of fruits and vegetables you can use in your water. When you make these infused waters you will first add the fruit and/or vegetables in a glass pitcher or Mason jar then use a spoon to slightly mash and breakdown the fruit and/or vegetables (this will help release the nutrients). If you are using a fruit that has skin you can peel it off before to avoid a bitter taste. Next you will take the herb or spice of choice and gently bruise the leaf which will help release the natural extracts and oils.… Read the restRead the rest

Herbs, why they are Beneficial to our Diet

herbs
Adding herbs to meals can add great flavors that we crave, but is there another purpose? For those who are unfamiliar as to what is qualified to be an herb, the definition is: any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume. Some herbs are cilantro, basil, chamomile, chives, etc. So why should we eat them? In the past, herbs were commonly used to aid with digestion and to help arthritis. According to WebMD, “Common herbs and spices may help protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease,”. Herbs can help reduce inflammation, the cause of several chronic diseases.  Some herbs may also contain antioxidants which fight to protect against free radicals damaging body tissue. Flavoring your food with herbs as opposed to sugary sauces and seasonings with MSG, monosodium glutamate, is a healthier alternative.  Tastier, flavorful foods are more satisfying than bland tasting foods. When we are satisfied with the foods we eat, we are less likely going to eat more than what we need because our cravings will have subsided.… Read the restRead the rest

Walking and its Benefits

walking with friends
Many people think you need to do a rigorous workout to get any type of health benefit. Most of us forget the one thing we do every day, walking! Walking has many benefits that may surprise you. It is something you do all day every day that will help you get in shape and get healthy. Here is a list of walking benefits, they may surprise you. Walking Helps Reduce your Chance for Type 2 Diabetes: Some studies have come out saying walking can reduce your chance of type 2 diabetes.  Including those who are insulin resistant or at a higher risk for getting the disease. One British study found that people, who walk on a more regular basis, have improved insulin sensitivity. Saves Money!: Many people think to get fit and healthy they have to spend a high amount of money for a gym membership. This is not necessarily true! No matter where you are you can always walk and burn calories.… Read the restRead the rest

Buckwheat, Gluten Free and Helps with Blood Sugar

healthy seed, buckwheat
Buckwheat is an amazing seed. It can be cultivated at the highest altitudes. It was first domesticated in Asia around 6,000 BC and has been documented in the Balkans region around 4,000 BC. It got its name because of the triangular seeds that resemble the beech nut from the beech tree. Although used similarly to other grains and cereals, it is neither; it is a fruit and more closely related to sorrel and rhubarb. It is also lower on the Glycemic Index than grains. Buckwheat is used like a grain, mostly as flour. It is a good binding agent. It is used in Asia to make “soba” noodles. It should be used fresh because it doesn’t have a long shelf life. It is best kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  It is often mixed with other grains for livestock feed. The toasted form is called “kasha” and is popular in Europe. Buckwheat is a wonderful seed that satisfies hunger and keeps you satiated which is great when trying to lose weight, because it is high in fiber.… Read the restRead the rest

Vitamin D and Diabetes

vitamin d rich foods
According to the American Diabetes Association about 79 million people in the US have pre-diabetes.  Most pre-diabetes cases can be controlled through losing weight and cleaning up the diet to include leaner proteins, fruits and vegetables. Pre-diabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes which is a chronic disease that can be preventable. Many resent studies have shown a possible link between vitamin D and the prevention of type 2 diabetes.  Some studies show that low levels of vitamin D can be linked to higher risks of type 1 and 2 diabetes. Studies have also shown that vitamin D and calcium supplementation may help in some cases of the population with diabetes or pre-diabetes. It has also been shown to lower the risk of heart disease in some cases. It may also help the immune cell function and help with decreasing inflammation makers in the blood which, if left unchecked can contribute to disease. However, more research is needed. The main source for vitamin D used to be the sun, but with the change in lifestyle over the past century, most people need to get it from other sources.… Read the restRead the rest

Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats & the 40/30/30 Rule

40/30/30 rule
What is the 40/30/30 Rule Nutrients that provide calories for energy are known as macronutrients.  These nutrients are needed for growth, metabolism and other essential body functions.  As the word “macro” means “large”, macronutrients are nutrients that are needed in large quantities for optimal health.  These macronutrients are: Carbohydrates – which provide 4 calories per gram. Proteins – which provide 4 calories per gram. Fats – which provide 9 calories per gram. These three things are all necessary for survival.  The only other food that provides calories is alcohol, which is not a nutrient and not necessary for survival. The Amino Diet revolves around the 40/30/30 Rule to promote rapid weight loss and optimal health. When following the Amino Diet, 40% of calories should come from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel, are easily used by the body for energy, and are essential to the functioning of the central nervous system, crucial for intestinal health and all of the cells in the body can use glucose for energy. … Read the restRead the rest

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