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Flaxseeds help fight obesity and diabetes. Flax seeds have natural anti-inflammatory benefits which also help arthritis and they ward off cancer and heart disease.
Flaxseed helps curb hunger and is a source of protein and fiber. The are good for stabilizing the body sugar levels and relieving constipation. So...flax seeds daily can help to increase metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and increase energy.
Black-eyed peas are rich in complex carbs, which play an important role in keeping blood sugar levels steady.
Try a black-eyed pea taco with onions, garlic, cilantro.... the pea mixture, Shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and salsa or chopped tomatoes.
PlumSmart Light is a lower calorie version of plum juice. The secret? They don't add in sugar! 60 calories and 15g of carbs
Reduce Cholesterol With A Sweet Potato Burger
Walnuts have omega 3 fatty acids that protect the heart.....3 tbsp. daily helps reduce bad cholesterol. Mix small pieces into burgers,or to coat chicken or fish.
Add sweet potatoes to boiling water. Boil until soft
Mash the sweet potato,minced garlic1 onion, finely chopped.... rosemary, add walnuts and make a sweet potato burger.Spoon mixture onto foil in patty shapes. Bake on 375 for 35 minutes on each side. Serve with Daisy lite sour cream YUM!
If you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal in can metabolize sugar 20 times better as reported by Prevention Magazine.
Cinnamon seems to improve the blood levels of fats called triglycerides. 1/2 teaspoon of the spice each day helps in reducing blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Use some on your sweet potato, a cinnamon stick in your coffee, dessert dishes....apples and pears, etc.
Water In Plastic Bottles
Prevention Magazine reports if you drink from a Plastic Bottle or microwave food with plastic wrap chemicals may be leaching into you. Plastic contains a hormone disrupter and the higher levels of BPA ....the greater chance a person is to be obese. They also suggest flaxseeds to help remove toxins.
Toxins Get Stored As Fat
Prevention reports Our bodies are not designed to filter out chemicals and they usually get stored as fat. High Fructose corn syrup can quickly convert to fat in our systems. They also say artificial chemical can interfere with the brain and will throw metabolism out of balance.
Prevention reports that cayenne can speed up metabolism and lower blood sugar level before excess insulin can store fat. Don't forget to eat a small snack every 2-3 hours to help stable blood sugar levels!
Pain? Inflammation? Try this.
Pain is always associated with inflammation
Cherries reduce inflammation and speed healing. Eat 1 cup of fresh or frozen cherries daily.
Black Pepper ...1/2 tsp. daily can help with inflammation and pain.
Skinny Meatloaf..Use Oatmeal Instead Of Bread Crumbs
1lb of Jennie O 99% fat Free Ground turkey
1 medium red onion diced
1 large egg lightly beaten
1/3 cup of Old Fashioned Oatmeal
2-3 Tablespoons of Steak Sauce or Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce
1/2 Tsp. of thyme or oregano, black pepper
Minced garlic to taste
1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. of Cayenne
Mix all together and form a loaf..bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Top with a few tablespoons of Tomato sauce. Makes 4 servings.