Food Day 8

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Hazelnuts

These two foods are incredibly useful for the purpose of detox. Ginger tea helps keep down inflammation while hazelnuts are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Ginger Tea

Directions

  1. Buying ginger in root form is the most cost effective method
  2. Avoid ginger that appears to be moldy or rotten
  3. Drink ginger tea early in the morning to prevent sleep loss from ginger
  4. You can put honey in ginger tea or even add lemon/apple to enhance flavour
  5. The Food and Drug Administration recommends no more than 2 grams of ginger for every kilogram of body weight each day. For a 155-pound (70 kg) person, this would amount to a limit of 140 grams of ginger each day.
  6. The following people should avoid drinking ginger tea: diabetics, those with blood disorders, those with hypertension, pregnant or breastfeeding mother, or those who have gallstones.

Basic Ginger Tea Instructions

  1. Peel and grate the ginger
  2. If you are using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat, then add the ginger. Cover and let the tea steep for 10 minutes
  3. If you are using a teapot, add ginger in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
  4. If you used a saucepan, strain the water to remove the ginger.
  5. Serve and enjoy

Benefits

Anti-inflammatory Effects. Less inflammation increases blood circulation in your and makes it more likely that you will move around. The anti-inflammatory effects extends all the way to the digestive system where it helps reduce bloating.

Anti-oxidants. These chemicals are a crucial part in the maintenance of a health body. They react with cell destroying oxidants to neutralize them.

Stress Relief. Many people report decreased levels of stress when consuming ginger tea.

Vitamins and Minerals. Ginger also contains vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and magnesium.

Hazelnuts

Directions

  1. According to the Food and Drug Administration, scientific evidence suggests eating 45 grams of nuts a day lower the risk of heart disease.
  2. Try to buy raw hazelnuts(with the outer shell) instead of processed nuts.
  3. Select plump hazelnuts without any sign of shriveling, and plan on using them within one month or freezing them.
  4. Look for smooth, glossy shells with no signs of cracks or holes, and shake them. The nuts should not rattle in the shell, as this indicates that they have lost moisture.
  5. Unopened packets of hazelnuts should be stored in a cool, dry place – they’ll last for up to 3 months. Once opened, they should be kept in an airtight container.
  6. Combine with other nuts, grains, and legumes to get the maximum protein intak
  7. Make sure that you are not allergic to hazelnuts
  8. Unopened packets of hazelnuts should be stored in a cool, dry place – they’ll last for up to 3 months. Once opened, they should be kept in an airtight container.
  9. We do not recommend that you buy hazelnuts in bulk. Shelled hazelnuts typically last for about four months in the refrigerator or freezer.
  10. You can eat hazelnuts raw as a snack (see Raw or Roasted), or add it to salads, yogurt, or muesli.

Raw or Roasted

  • Many cooks toast hazelnuts before using them to enhance their mild flavor.
  • In general, hazelnuts should always be roasted to destroy bacteria and viruses even though raw hazelnuts contain more nutrients
  • Raw nuts also contain phytic acid which can prevent the absorption of nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.

Benefits

Good source of energy. Hazelnuts contain a fat content of 60.5% which can help you build muscle to increase movement.

Lower Cholesterol. Hazelnuts are high in oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid to help lower cholesterol.

Antioxidants. These nuts are high in the antioxidant, vitamin A which reacts which neutralizes toxins in the body.

Folate. This compound decreases the risk of neural tube birth defects and reduces depression.

High in Fiber. Fiber is very important to digestive health. It adds bulk to stools to reduce the chances of constipation.

Reminder

Another great source of fiber is russet potatoes. They are also high in vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates.

Russet Potatoes

Directions

  1. Peel the potatoes. In addition to potato leaves being poisonous, the outer skin of the potatoes contain defence mechanisms to protect the plant.
  2. Do not eat the green spots. These green spots contain solanin, a toxin that can irritate the gastrointestinal tract. If enough is eating, vomiting and diarrhea can occur.
  3. Russet potatoes can be boiled, roasted, or mashed. They are a great source of carbohydrates for lunch
  4. For the purpose of detox, avoid adding things like, cream, cheese, and oil.

Benefits

  • Healthy digestion caused by the high fiber content of potatoes
  • Antioxidants and lower blood pressure. Antioxidants remove toxins from your blood and a lower blood pressure is associated with less damage to arteries.

Bonus Tips

Weight loss issue (1)

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There are people who complain that despite following the eating plan for a week or two they haven’t lost any weight. They protest the plan isn’t working.

  • Chuck that Scale

You may actually feel this is the hardest rule to follow on the program. One of the quickest ways to disrupt your eating program is to keep checking your weight on a daily or weekly basis. This is one rule you must adhere to. Your weight fluctuations are not an accurate depiction of your progress on the plan. For 30 days, enjoy the freedom of never weighing in.

The scale measures more than just your body fat. Fluid retention, muscle gain and much more causes your numbers to fluctuate wildly. You may see a difference of over five pounds at different times on the same day! The scale weight is not a measure of your overall health. Staying on the eating plan changes your emotional connection with food. It corrects hormonal imbalances, heals your gut and calms inflammations. None of these vital advances get reflected in the numbers on your scale.

  • Significant Health Benefits

With the scale, the numerical read out becomes your focus. If you remain fanatical about adding or losing half a pound, you will remain unaware of your health progress. Obsessing about the number on the scales is a sure way to self-sabotage your plan. Your energy levels may have increased, you are probably sleeping better, many food cravings may have subsided and many of your medical symptoms may have disappeared. Focusing on your health improvements are what motivate you to stay on the eating program.

The daily fluctuation of numbers on the scale will make most people feel disheartened. You find yourself giving in to temptations and cheat meals when you get depressed by the numbers on the scale.  For many, the morning weigh-ins sets the mood for the day. It’s psychologically damaging to allow the scale to control your self-esteem. There is so much more to this eating plan than just losing weight. Focus on your overall health instead.

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