How To Make Your Green Smoothies More Awesome

Green smoothies have been the trending health regimen for a few years now, in fact I also jumped on the bandwagon. I have a smoothie every day for my breakfast, it truly is an awesome way to start the day.

green-smoothieLets look at a few reasons to regularly drink green smoothies or even just a normal smoothie for that matter;

#They are an excellent way to add more micro nutrients to your diet.

#Green smoothies are delicious.

#Tasty way to get your greens.

#They are very quick and easy to make – it’s simply a matter of throwing everything into the blender and turning it on.

#Clean up is a breeze – you only have a jug and a drinking glass to rinse out and with some blenders you drink your smoothie directly out of the mixing container so you only have one thing to rinse out!

#Great for keeping colds and flu at bay during winter.

#Excellent for a healthy digestive system – lots of fiber and green vegetables are great for your digestive system.

However There Is A Way To Make Your Green Smoothies Better

The typical green smoothie consists of fruit greens and maybe a sweetener. But what you can do is also add some hemp seed powder to really ‘bulk it up’. Lets look at a few reasons why hemp seeds should be an essential part of everybody’s diet.

#Hemp seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, fills you up causing you to consume fewer calories therefore lose weight.

#Hemp seed powder is a great source of protein which makes it perfect for body builders and vegans or vegetarians.

#They have the perfect ratio of essential fatty acids – omega 3,6,9. They are also very rich in essential fatty acids which is a nutrient that many individuals are deficient in. Here is a quick guide to essential fatty acid ratios.

#They have lots of vitamins and minerals.

#Not many pests so it is easy to find organic hemp seed protein.

And something that could be added to the list of hemp benefits is if it were to go more mainstream, hemp is a hardy plant  that is very easy to grow and it grows fast so if hemp were to be mass produced then it could be sold of cheaply. Also it does not have many pests so it would be easy to get organic hemp seeds.

If you want hemp seed powder that has a higher fiber content then go for a rough grade of hemp seed powder. It is not quite as pleasant to drink compared to the finer grade but you will find that it is cheaper and more filling.

So if you are a regular smoothie drinker why not try adding some hemp seed powder to your next smoothie, it will make it so filling it could almost substitute for a complete meal…

 

 

 

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Cardio Vs. Strength Training : Which Is Better For Weight Loss?

Aside from a healthy diet, workouts should also be part of your weight loss program. In this case, most enthusiasts will go to fitness gyms in order to perform such workouts. They spend  hours a day in order to use different exercise machines to perform their workouts. This way, they can reach their common goal which is to lose weight.

However, these enthusiasts also know that they have time constraints with regards to the use of certain gym equipment. In this case, they would want to know which is the best training method for weight loss which they can allocate more of their gym time to. They are usually torn between cardio training and strength training. They want to know whether it will be more beneficial to them if they do more cardio or more strength and if it will allow them to quickly reach their fitness goal.

If you are one of these enthusiasts, then, the answer is, it depends. It depends on how you view weight loss as a specific goal. If you want to be buff, then, it will be best to go with strength training. If you want to see your numbers going down the scale, then, you should go with cardio training.

According to a couple of studies, those individuals who do more aerobic exercises typically lose more weight in just a lesser amount of time. This is because doing cardio workouts have the capability to burn more calories than doing strength training. However;

Performing cardio workouts are not typically doing much to the different muscle groups in your body though. According to one study that was conducted in Penn State, comparing those who do cardio workouts and those who do strength training, lost the same number of pounds.

However, for those doing cardio, some of the pounds they were able to shed came from their muscles. On the other hand, for those doing strength training, they lost mostly pure fat, which is why they were able to feel the changes in their bodies when they try to fit themselves into skinny jeans. Muscle mass will also give you a nice shape.

Strength training is actually the best way for building more muscle mass. You could be burning 120 calories extra per day, without even moving at all, if you gain at least three pounds of pure muscle. However, this finding does not mean that you should stop with your cardio workouts, though. Also for those that are interested in cosmetics weight training is one of the best ways to improve vascularity.

You can do strength training workouts at home, pushups, lunges pullups etc. To really ramp up your training get a gym membership or if you are a ‘at home trainer’ then you should invest in a dumbbell set.

The best solution that works for most individuals is to incorporate both cardio workouts and strength training into a single exercise program. You might want to get help from a fitness trainer to know which exercises are good for both of cardio and strength training.

Indeed, there is no specific method that works for all individuals, most especially when it comes to exercises. You have to understand that people have different views, different goals, and different physiques. But for most people weight training is by far the best option, that is if you have limited time and you have to choose between the two.

Also don’t forget to include hemp seeds into your diet.

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Exercise That Get Results In A Short Amount Of Time

The common excuse for not working out and staying in shape is “I do not have enough time”. That is kind of silly, you can have a limited amount of time but to not have time at all is a stretch. The purpose of this article is to give you some time saving options to your work out routine. Exercises that will get you results but will not use up too much of your time.

Cardio vs Resistance Training

Most people think that if you only have limited amount of time for exercise than just go for a run or have a session on the exercise bike, that will get you results but if you want better results in a limited amount of time then you are much better off going for weight training instead.

Why is that? Lifting weights will burn calories even after you have finished working out, while cardio burns more calories whilst training, the calorie burning stops after you have finished exercising. On top of that muscles burn calories just for being there – yes when you are resting, that’s why muscular people can eat large quantities even when they stop working out.

The Four Types Of Resistance Training You Should Do

Squats; I will let the video do the explaining.

Push ups; We all know what a push up is, doing bench press with barbell or dumbbells will also work all of the same muscles.

Pull Ups; Alternatively you can do pull downs or seated rows, they all use similar muscle groups. Pull ups/ chin ups are more of an advanced type of workout. Here is some pull up workouts suitable for beginners to advanced.

Abdominal Workouts; Or also known as core workouts. There are so many different ways to work your abs. The video below showcases several of the most popular workouts. Don’t forget to work your lower back as well.

These workouts are known as compound workouts. Meaning they work many muscle groups simultaneously, they are tough and you will fell like you are working hard but that is the point. Working hard will get you results and it will do it fast!

Of course resistance training will not build up your cardio vascular fitness, remember your lungs need exercise as well. But if you have limited amount of time and you need to prioritize then I will recommend you lift weights as you can always incorporate cardio vascular exercise into your everyday activities. For example take the stairs instead of the lift, walk or bike instead of driving your car or using public transport etc. You get the idea.

 

20 Weight Loss Hurdles That Hemp Can Help You With

Losing Weight Is All About Exercise

While you will lose weight with exercise, diet plays a much bigger role not only in weight management but in general health altogether. With that being said exercise is also important. Watch what you are eating and how much you are eating then focus on your fitness routine.

Being afraid of fat

Researchers from Yale studied which diets have the best results over the long term. They found that focusing on healthier fats rather than cutting out fats all together was the most effective.

Unsaturated fats and omega-3’s  are considered to be the ‘good’ fats and are found in  hemp oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds and fish. These fats protect your heart, brain function and overall health.

The fats you need to avoid are the unhealthy ones like trans-fats. These are responsible for clogging arteries and high cholesterol. Small amount of trans-fats naturally occur in dairy and meat and when eaten in a balanced way do not cause issues. What should be avoided are the artificial trans-fats found in processed foods like bakery items, packaged snack food or heavily processed meats.

Neglecting Internal Triggers

Often weight loss is hampered by emotional issues that lead us to over eat. If there is a history of rewarding ourselves with food, snacking when stressed or bored, or making poor food choices due to stress or convenience, you must address these triggers to lose weight and keep it off. Keeping a food diary that notes what you are eating, when and why will help you identify these triggers.

Liquid Calories

Many so called ‘healthy drinks’ are loaded with sugar. Fruit juice is a common one, something that was once a healthy drink is ruined with refined sugar, not only is it bad for every organ in your body, it also causes weight gain. Smoothies are a healthy choice most of the time so long as they don’t contain sweetened yoghurt.

Coffee has many health benefits but if you are adding milk and sugar to it then you are not doing yourself any favors. And do not drink diet sodas – sure they are absent calories but the artificial sweeteners are carcinogenic. Pay attention to what goes in to your drink.

Doing lots of ‘crunches’

A flat stomach has certainly been made desirable in our culture – think all those gossip magazines with their tips for getting a 6-pack. The issue is that you cannot spot reduce fat. If you naturally carry weight around your middle, exercise that target the stomach might grow your muscles but won’t affect the amount of fat distributed to your belly, it will reduce your overall fat though.

Choosing the wrong exercise

A popular misconception is that cardio is the best in regards to weight loss, cardio will burn more calories initially but lifting weights or any type of resistance training will burn calories long after you have left the gym and muscles burn calories even when resting.

Building muscle will also give you a nice shape, if you only have time to do one type of training make it resistance training and try to incorporate cardio into every day activities; take the stairs rather than the elevator, if you have to walk somewhere then walk quickly, park at the other end of the parking lot etc.

Health is an on-going process and exercise needs to be a long term commitment for results. If you start exercising and hate it, it won’t become a regular part of your routine. Instead choose a type of exercise you actually enjoy – walking the dog, lifting weights, bicycling or joining a class.

Eat healthier takeout

While take-out food should be a treat, in reality we rely on it to keep us going in our busy lives. Either stop in at health-food stores that specialize in whole food or do some simple ordering tricks to make your plate healthier – like getting the fish and salad with the dressing on the side. Choose water instead of a sugary beverage. Or better yet cook food in bulk and put into containers so you do not have to eat takeout.

Flooding your body with cortisol

Cortisol is the stress hormone. It floods the body when you are stressed, anxious and tired. This hormone increases the amount of fat stored on around the belly. Keeping your stress under control will keep your hormones in check for a happier, healthier you.

The Silver Bullet Syndrome

In other words, there is no magic cure. If you approach weight loss as a lifestyle change rather than a diet, you will see better and lasting results.

Worrying about how much you eat

This can lead to eating too little of the wrong foods which means you will feel hungry all the time. Instead focus on eating plenty of healthy foods until you are full. Most vegetables have very few calories so make sure you fill at least two thirds of  your plate with veges.

Don’t ignore the satiety effect

Satiety is all about foods which make you feel full and not all foods are equal. Food high in protein and fiber will keep you fuller for longer and they tend to be healthier as well! Do not rely on meat and dairy alone to meet your protein requirements, there are many vegan alternatives that are not laden with animal fats. The vegan protein alternative that I would recommend is…. yep you guessed it hemp seeds.

Cutting carbs

Carbs are currently the ‘bad guy’ however they play an important role in nutrition. Just make sure you are eating the healthy versions – unrefined, whole foods rather than processed or plain carbs. Make swaps like brown rice instead of white. Wholemeal instead of refined white flour and fruit instead of desserts.

The Myopia Flaw

This describes people’s tendency to be short-sighted. Weight loss begins with a sudden shed and plateaus off. This is normal but we can lose focus once the numbers aren’t shifting so rapidly. Keep the long term goal of health in mind to keep you on track.

Thinking food and exercise are your only tools

If you are only looking at your diet and exercise regimen – you are potentially missing large parts of your story. For example, do you have underlying health issues that cause weight gain?

Self Talk

We all have an inner voice of resistance that wants us to take the easier or nicer path through life. It’s like the demon on your shoulder telling you to skip the workout or eat the doughnut. Make it a habit to overcome that negative voice and make the better choice.

Have a support system

You are more likely to succeed if you have social support in your goal. A personal trainer is an option or make a pact with a close friend and you can motivate each other.

Using bribes

Using food to incentivize your actions is not a positive step forward. Instead, focus on exercise you enjoy and the motivation will come easily. Remember, food can be a fun treat but avoid using it as a reward.

Listening to Negative People

Other people can pull you down with comments like, “But you’re so skinny, eat some cake!” If health is your goal, keep that in mind and don’t take other people’s opinions to heart.

Assess your surroundings

Do your friends, family or co-workers tend to over indulge or push treats on you? It can be impossible to have sustainable changes to your health if you are surrounded by temptations. Either make your goals clear to those around you or even better, encourage them to join you on your health journey. if you surround yourself with other health conscious people it will make it much easier to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Wedding Day Syndrome

A wedding is a one day event but a marriage lasts forever. You want your new healthy lifestyle to be more of a marriage and less of a wedding. Otherwise you will just put the weight back on and be back where you started.

Hemp Can Get Rid Of Your Cellulite

That is a pretty bold claim to make and you are no doubt a little skeptical, there is nothing wrong with a little skepticism. I personally do not suffer from cellulite, (perhaps because of regular hemp use) so the way I came to this conclusion is after reading a post titled how to get rid of cellulite fast.

In this post it makes lots of claims that align with hemp seed consumption as well as industrial hemp uses, they are as follows;

Cellulite is attributed to unbalanced hormone levels

hemp plastic bottlesThere is a chemical called BPA (aka bisphenol A) that is known as a xenoestrogen and has been linked to disruption of hormones.  Plastic made using hemp does not contain these nasty chemicals and is also biodegradable. Two reasons to ditch oil derived plastics.

Meat and dairy are full of hormones

I think it is common knowledge that both dairy and meat these days are loaded with hormones (and other nasty chemicals that do not belong in your body) so if you rely mainly on nutritious hemp seeds for your protein needs than you will be avoiding all of these cellulite enhancing hormones. The other option is to go for organic meat and dairy.

An acidic body promotes cellulite

Meat and dairy are two of the many things that will make your body more acidic, yet another reason to make hemp seeds a regular part of your diet as hemp seed protein will make your body more alkaline. There are also may other benefits of hemp seeds that you can read about here.

Too much toxins in your body will give you cellulite

Toxins from plastics, meat and dairy. Also did you know that essential fatty acids, (something that hemp seeds are rich in) makes up the walls of your cells, these walls help to absorb nutrients and get rid of toxins. There are other sources of essential fatty acids but hemp seeds are not abundant in them but they also have an almost perfect ratio of them.

Poor circulation can be attributed to  causing cellulite

Hemp seeds have been known to improve your circulation, I guess you are starting to see a pattern here, I am sure there are many other reasons why hemp is excellent at not only getting rid of cellulite but keeping your body healthy and saving the environment.

My favorite way of consuming hemp seeds is in a smoothie with fruit and other super foods such as chia seeds and cacao powder. I also like to drizzle hemp seed oil on my salads, it gives it a nice ‘nutty’ flavor.

Hemp – Not an alternative but a solution!

 

Health Benefits Of Hemp Seeds For Body Builders And Vegans

hemp-seed-nutritionWith nine vital amino acids, hemp is a high protein seed which contains fiber, Vitamin E, trace minerals, and various fatty acids. It could help you start a good retaining balance with its 3:1 ratio of omega 3 and 6 fats. Unlike some protein shakes and supplements, hemp seeds are very easy to digest and won’t make you feel bloated or full of stomach gas.

Another edge noted is the absence of phytic acid in hemp seeds. Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient substance which hinders the body from mineral absorption. Usually in high amounts, it is most commonly found in soy products.

Benefits

Hemp seeds contain the complete set of 20 essential amino acids with the inclusion of other 9 amino acids that the body cannot produce independently. It is the best source for complete amino acid compared to most seeds sold in the market. With all these, the seeds could help the body fight off developing diseases and improve the health of immuno-deficient individuals.

As for the high protein content, most vegetarians find hemp seeds the best alternative source for their protein needs. It could also help protect the cells, tissues, organs, skin, immunity and the bloodstream with the high phytonutrients present and the inclusion of polyunsaturated vital fatty acids.

The benefits are being supported by Czechoslovakia Tubercular Nutritional Study in 1955.

Hemp and Marijuana

Oftentimes, marijuana is associated with hemps due to their several similarities including their family origin. Though both are from the same family of Cannabis sativa L., the two plants differ when it comes to their subspecies.

Marijuana is described as a plant which contains high psychoactive varieties of Cannabis and is very famous for its high THC content. On the other hand, hemp is a variant of Cannabis containing low amounts of THC and is commercialized as seeds, oil and fiber. It is available in most countries except in the USA.

Hemp as Food

Hemps are commonly sold as nuts in shelled seeds which could be ground or roasted. Other forms are available with the use of hemp milk as flour, tofu alternative or simply as a nutritious spread for crackers and breads. Sprouted hemp seeds could also serve as an ingredient to your salad recipes. Some people compared its taste similar to sunflower seeds and pine nuts, proving everyone that hemps could be used together with many healthy snacks and meals.

Medicinal Value

Not only vegans could benefit from hemp seeds since diabetic patients also tried to include the food on their diet. Due to the low carbohydrate content, the glycemic index also drops low with the high nutrients known to moderate the blood sugar level of diabetics. Shelled hemps are more recommended than the whole seed for the reason that the protein content is richer up to 30%.

Lecithin, a nutrient also found in hemp, helps protect the brain and the nervous system, enhances enzyme production of the body and breaks down fats accordingly. Its by-product, choline, helps improve the brain impulses throughout the body while improving the gallbladder and liver function. Acetylcholine, a derivative of choline, improves the memory especially for Alzheimer patients.

Another helpful component of hemps is the Vitamin B8 or inositol, which inhibits the artery from hardening by moderating the cholesterol levels. The plant hormones known as phytosterols or phytoestrogens also help in regulating the cell metabolism as well as the cholesterol absorption.

Aside from the mentioned vitamins and minerals, zinc, sulfur, iron and electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are also present.

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Vegetarian Body Building

Preferred by most bodybuilders, meat protein alternatives are starting to open a new path in the world of body building. Being a traditional high source of protein, meat became the number one choice for body builders all over the world until hemp seeds came into the picture. Hemps could provide more suitable proteins than that of meat products even when consumed in small amounts. Hemp seed protein is also superior to whey protein.

On the other hand, huge consumption of meats should be done first before a person could get enough value of proteins to make the muscles grow. It is also a common knowledge to everyone that meat products possess high levels of saturated fats. Developing certain diseases including cancer and heart diseases are also at risk.

Weight Loss

Cutting down meat and dairy from your diet is a great way to lose weight, in fact many of the most popular weight loss programs confirm this. As we all know being overweight is detrimental to your health and the impact excessive meat and dairy consumption has on the environment is killing the planet. Hemp seed protein is ideal for both your health and the planets health. Whey protein is one of the more popular protein supplements on the market and when you look at sprouted brown rice protein compared to whey protein you will see that the rice protein is superior but hemp protein is just a little better than brown rice protein so hemp for the win…

Bioavailability

A very important factor for body builders is their bodies’ bioavailability to boost muscle growth after an extreme workout. It happens because the body needs more protein to repair and build the muscles. It is also a very good opportunity for muscle development.

In this regard, the body must acquire the right amount of amino acids immediately to sustain its growth since the chance gradually declines as the time passes by. As the protein from meat is present in the form of complex amino acids, it would take quite some time to break it down into basic forms. Through this, some of the protein and useful nutrients from meat are not readily absorbed by the system.

Hemp seeds could provide the body better with its simple readily available amino acid contents. The availability of phytonutrients and enzymes promote faster body absorption. In line with this, hemp seeds are among the best choice of most vegetarian body builders.

Recovery and Relief

With the complete set of amino acids found in hemp, the seeds could easily repair the strained tissues and muscles once the workout routine was done. The joints are additionally lubricated while the pain is soothed with the fast action of the amino acids. Since the body is acidic after a vigorous exercise, hemps could neutralize the system thru their strong anti-inflammatory alkaline ability. Muscle inflammation could be lessened by the use of hemp oils while providing absolute relief from tenderness.

Though hemp seeds provide a complete source of amino acids, it is also advisable to combine the seeds with almonds and cashews for a great source of tryptophan. However, combinations with soy products are highly discouraged since there are some reported incidents of indigestion.