These 3 so-called “Diet Foods” are Sabotaging your Health

Do you find yourself putting all of your efforts into your diet program but still not getting the results that you want?

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Don’t worry, you are not alone.  Many people find themselves going through the same struggles while dieting.  You work hard, stick to your diet plan like Velcro, but still see little to no results.

Why does this happen?

Many times the problem isn’t lack of motivation or effort. Mostly it is because of certain foods in your diet plan that are actually not diet foods at all.  Many companies market their products as healthy, even though they are counter-productive options.

What are these 3 Foods?

Fruit Flavored Yogurts

Fruit flavored yogurts seems to be favored by many dieters, but the truth is that they are just pint-sized cups of sugar.  Individual yogurt packs have gotten unhealthier and unhealthier overtime. The next time you are out shopping for your favorite yogurt, check the sugar content.  It may surprise you that there are 15+ grams of sugar per serving.  Even the sugar-free yogurts have artificial sweeteners that can be just as bad for you.  A great alternative is Greek yogurt and if you want some flavor you can add some fresh berries.

Fat-Free Products

Most products that are marketed as fat-free have substituted the fat content with something  just as bad. Most likely the substitute is loads of sugar.  When you are trying to lose body fat, sugar is just as bad for you than fat is.

Protein Bars

The last food that is promoted to be good for you while dieting is protein bars.  Just because they contain protein doesn’t make them a good option.  Most protein bars have about 15 grams of sugar per bar. Some even contain 30 to 40 grams.  There are a few protein bars that are available with very low sugar content but you will have to do a little searching to find them.

Its a shame that many dieters are lead to believe that these three “diet” foods are helping when they are actually hurting them. Are any in your current diet?




Weight Release Journey 5 Ways to stay Motivated

weight release journey 5 ways to stay motivated

Many people are realizing that you have to have the right mindset in order to lose weight and maintain the results that you have accomplished.  Staying focused and motivated while on your weight release journey may be challenging at times but if you have the proper mind-state, you will definitely be successful.  The truth of the matter is that you have to have the correct mind-state in order to achieve any goal in life.

But How do You Put Yourself on the Path of Successful Thinking While Trying to Lose Weight? 

You must first believe to achieve.  When I say believe to achieve I am talking about having an undying belief that you will reach whatever weight release goals you are aiming for.  You must see yourself at the goal weight that you are.  You must set your  mind up for success. Go out and buy those smaller sized jeans that you know you will fit in one day soon.  Hang them in your closet where you will be able to see them everyday as a reminder and to also help you stay motivated.

Always have a positive mind about achieving your weight release goals.  I know there will be times that you may want to give up but you must stay persistent and fight through the temptation to quit.

Each day that passes, it will become easier and easier for you and before you know it, you will be at your target weight.

Here are 5 Tips that may help you Stay Motivated while on your Weight Release Journey

  1. Visualize yourself celebrating the fact that you made it to your target weight goal.  While doing so, be sure to really FEEL like you have actually accomplished your goal.  See yourself in those smaller sized jeans having fun with friends and family.
  2. Surround yourself with people and messages that coincide with your weight release goals. Find someone who is also on a similar path toward weight release or has already accomplished what you are attempting to. This will help you stay motivated because you will have someone who can relate to what you are doing.
  3. Plan out your week. Have set times when you can put energy towards releasing your unwanted weight.  Whether you will be doing an intense workout or just going for a walk, you will want to have specific days and times already planned at least a week in advance.  Stick to this plan and it will become a habit.
  4. Affirm your success. Write positive affirmations for yourself that you can look at and say out loud to yourself each morning when you wake up. These affirmations can say something like: “I am in the process of releasing unwanted weight”, or “I am in the process of reaching my weight loss goals”. Do this every morning for at least 30 days and you will start to form habits that will match your new way of thinking and feeling.
  5. Stay Consistent. This is one of the most important tips that will determine if you are successful or not while on your weight release journey. Temptations will attempt to lure you back into the same ways of being that you are moving away from. You must defeat these temptations by being consistent while doing the tips given above.  

These are just a few basic tips and ways of thinking that will move you toward success while on your weight release journey. If you implement anyone of these tips into your life and be consistent, you will definitely be successful in anything that you want to accomplish.

Chaga vs Ganoderma Mushroom

Chaga Versus Ganoderma. Which Mushroom is Best.

Chaga vs Ganoderma Mushroom

There are a variety of medicinal mushrooms that have been used throughout ancient times for the health and nutritional benefits that they provide. Of all the medicinal mushrooms that are available, Chaga Mushroom and Ganoderma Mushrooms have been the two that most health conscious people have been researching and incorporating into our daily health routine.

In today’s face-paced society, A lot of us tend to push our health to the side or completely ignore the fact that we are not being as health conscious as we should.  I know that there is a lot going on throughout our days that may cause us to not eat or drink foods and beverages that promote excellent health.  We’ve got to take back control of our days and do what is necessary to become and/or remain healthy so that we can accomplish what’s needed without compromising our health.  This is a must because if we are unhealthy, we won’t be able to do as much as we can when we are living a healthy life.  Your health should be your number one asset.

How do you take back control of your health?

The first thing you must do in order to be in control of your health is to take responsibility for your actions and admit that you aren’t really living a “health-ful” life if that is the case with you.  Everything begins and ends with the choices that we make, so if you are choosing to eat that Twinkie instead of a healthy snack, then you are heading down a path that may lead to health complications in the future.

Ok, Get to the Point. Which is better, Chaga Mushrooms or Ganoderma Mushrooms? 

Chaga vs Ganoderma which is best?In order for us to determine which medicinal mushroom is best, Chaga or Ganoderma, we must first know what the benefits and potential side effects are of each of these.  We will begin by researching Chaga and then we will move on to Ganoderma, that way we will know all that we need in order for us to determine if incorporating one or both of these medicinal mushrooms will be beneficial to our personal health.

Chaga Mushroom. What is it?

Chaga is the dense black mass of mycelia that appears on the outside of birch trees infected with the non-toxic fungus Inontus Obliquus.  When you look at Chaga, it doesn’t really look much like a typical mushroom does but it is  definitely considered a mushroom. Chaga has been used for many centuries in Eastern parts of the world because of it’s many health benefits and has recently been gaining popularity here in the Western parts of the world.  Chaga is truly an amazing mushroom that everyone deserves to know about and benefit from.

Chaga Mushroom Benefits.  What are they?

  • Chaga contains numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes that promote great health if consumed regularly.
  • Chaga is also an adaptogen that helps to bring the body back into balance.
  • Chaga has been known to help improve cognitive function and memory loss.
  • Chaga mushrooms are a source of more than 200 phytonutrients.
  • Chaga has the ability to lower high blood sugar levels.
  • Chaga stimulates and regulates the immune system.
  • Chaga reduces inflammation.
  • Chaga contains a high level of anti-oxidants which causes it to have powerful anti-aging properties.
  • Chaga is an excellent source of Melanin.
  • Chaga increases stamina and reduces fatigue.

Chaga Mushrooms have many more health promoting benefits that should be researched at your own leisure.  Above are just a few of these benefits so that you will have a basic understanding of how wonderful Chaga Mushrooms are.

Chaga Mushroom Side Effects

There aren’t really any side effects documented about Chaga, Just a few precautionary measures you should take if you take medications for certain health conditions.

  1. If you use blood thinning medications you may want to avoid taking Chaga or at least talk to your doctor before using the mushroom.
  2. If you use diabetes medication, you may want to avoid Chaga since Chaga may lower blood sugar levels.  Again, consult with your doctor before you begin consuming Chaga in any form.

So that’s pretty much the basics of how Chaga Mushroom may benefit you if you incorporate it into your daily health routine.  Now lets talk about Ganoderma Lucidum, another powerful mushroom with many health benefits.

Ganoderma Lucidum. What is it?

Ganoderma Lucidum What is it?

Ganoderma Lucidum is a mushroom that has been used for medicinal purposes in ancient China, Japan, and other Asian countries for over 2000 years.  Ganoderma is also called lingzhi in China and reishi in Japan.  The fruit bodies typically grow in a fan-like form on the trunks of living or dead trees.

Ganoderma Lucidum Benefits.  What are they?

  • Ganoderma may boost the immune system.
  • Ganoderma may help lower blood pressure.
  • Ganoderma is full of antioxidants that help protect the body from the negative effects of free radicals.
  • Ganoderma may suppress the growth of tumors in people with cancer.
  • Ganoderma may also relieve respiratory conditions such as asthma.
  • Ganoderma also have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ganoderma may help lower cholesterol levels.

Most of the researched and documented studies about the benefits of Ganoderma have been done on mice and rabbits. Do your own due diligence to determine if Ganoderma could be beneficial to implement into your health routine.

Ganoderma Lucidum Side Effects

  1. Ganoderma may possibly be unsafe when taken by mouth in powdered form for more than one month.
  2. Ganoderma may also cause dryness of the mouth, throat, and nasal area.
  3. High doses may increase the risk of bleeding in some people with certain bleeding disorders.
  4. Ganoderma may lower blood pressure which may make low blood pressure worse and could interfere with treatment.
  5. If your are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should avoid taking Ganoderma.

And the Winner is……

From my own personal research and experience with Ganoderma and Chaga, I truly believe that they are both winners. Both mushrooms have similar benefits that may cause a boost in your health levels when taken daily.

I personally enjoy the tea version that has both Ganoderma and Chaga infused within it.  It’s easy to make and easy to drink a couple of glasses per day.  This particular tea also contains Holy Thistle, Persimmon Leaves, Malva Leaves, Marsh Mallow Leaves, Blessed Thistle, Papaya, Ginger, Chamomile and  Myrrh.  So not only am I getting the benefits of Chaga and Ganoderma but also the benefits that each of these other natural ingredients provide.

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