6 Tight Tummy Tips

Think doing a hundred more crunches will do the trick? Think again. These tips should help get your tummy trim in no time.

1. Food combining
Eat fast digesting foods before the slow digesting ones! Meat and dairy can stay in your system for 48 hours, taking quite a while to digest and eliminate. However, fruits can take 15 minutes to two hours to digest! Melons are the quickest with their high water content. So imagine this: Miss Melon, in a SUV convertible, speeding down a one-lane highway, going 85 mph. Mr. Protein is two miles ahead in a John Deere tractor going 15 mph. This one-lane highway is exactly like your digestive tract. Once Miss Melon catches up with Mr. Protein, it is going to cause fermentation of the fruit, which leads to carbon dioxide production, gas, bloating and a big bloated belly. So, enjoy those fast digesting foods like fruits and vegetables, and try and eat the slow digesters like fats and proteins later or for dinner.
2. Cut the Salt
Recommendations are to reduce sodium intake, anyway, so you really should probably kick it. Salt retains water.  This water weight can look really floppy on the body. When you cut the salt you might lose weight. Sweat it out! Also, salt distorts the taste buds. The more you eat the more you’re going to think you need to add it to everything. People who rarely use salt are very sensitive to taste. Try it out.
3. Ditch Useless Abdominal Exercises

People bust @$$ trying to get a six-pack when they have this thick layer of fat hanging out on top. What will get your abs to show is actually aerobic exercise. If you want to get a flat tummy, go for cardio like jogging, biking, dancing or playing sports. Aerobic exercises will help to lose the weight gradually so that you become leaner all around to get all of your muscles to show more, including those abs! Spot reduction is a myth. Doing 100 squats a day won’t trim thunder thighs, they actually increase the muscle mass on the legs which adds weight. Same goes for the midsection. Move your body, get your heart rate up and you’re bound to see results.
4. Posture
If you’re walking around with your shoulders down, gut hanging out – then your gut is going to be hanging out!  Chin up. Shoulders down and back.Tuck that belly button into your spine. Sitting at your desk? Same deal!
5. Shift Your Focus to Health
Quit staring at your belly and start striving for a healthy lifestyle. If you make overall health and fitness your goal, a tight, flat tummy is bound to follow. How are you feeling? Instead of staring in the mirror and wishing for one small part of you to change, think of the big picture.
6. Take Care of Yourself
If you’re not eating enough healthy fruits and vegetables and sleeping enough then you won’t have enough energy to be active and live a life you love! You are already magnificent and beautiful in every way. Treat your body the way it deserves to be treated!
Excited!? Me, too. See you out running. Your beautiful healthy self and your trim tight tummy awaits!

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FullyRaw Pumpkin Pie

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I want you and your family to fully enjoy your pumpkin pie this year!  That means full of life, health, color, nutrients, sustainability, vibrancy, and delicious, decadent, simply divine satisfaction.  From FullyRaw Kristina on YouTube.  Cholesterol free, salt free, dairy free, gluten free, guilt free, nutrient dense, AND rediculuously delicious!! Don’t believe me??  Go ahead, see for yourself!

 

I calculated it out on the USDA’s Supertracker!  One slice of this pie has easily absorbed vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, fiber and only 221 calories!  All that orange color from the pumpkin and the persimmons is what makes it a great source of vitamin A.  Ever heard that eating more carrots is good for your eyes?  I have read that vitamin A deficiency is the most common cause of non-accidental blindness worldwide!  According to the National Institutes of Health website, “Vitamin A also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs”.

 

So yes, that recommendation to “eat the rainbow” makes sense!  Colors offer different essential vitamins and minerals!   This pie is also at 498.83mg of potassium per slice!  Potassium is on the “list of foods and nutrients to increase” list in the USDA guidelines.  Turns out, dates have a lot of it!!  This perfect pie, also has 5.83 grams of dietary fiber.  Recommendations for a 2000 calorie diet are 25g of fiber, so one slice of pie has got you 23.32% of the way!

 

 

FACT: Anything that is marketed as “high” in a nutrient must be over 20% recommended daily intake of that nutrient!  So, I can say that this slice of pie is high in fiber, and high in vitamin A.  For something to be marketed as a “good source of” it must be between 10-19% of recommended daily intake.  So, a slice of this pie, on a 2000 calorie diet, is a good source of potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus!

 

Makes 1 Powerful Pumpkin Pie!

Serves approximately 12

Equipment: Food Processor with an S blade, strainer, pie plate

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups raw pie pumpkin, seeded and cubed
  • about 3lbs of dates, pitted
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • thimble sized piece of ginger, or ginger powder
  • 1.5- 2 cups pecans
  • 168 grams of local persimmon pulp (persimmons are now in season!)* (or one medium sized Thai persimmon)
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • LOVE! ❤

 

*How to get persimmon pulp?! Take the stems off of your persimmons, put them in a screen strainer over a clean bowl and mash them against the screen with a spoon.  The seeds will be left behind in the strainer while the delicious caramel sauce pulp will be in your bowl! Measure by tarring out a food scale! J

 

Crust

Using a food processor S blade, pulse and blend pecans, about 1lb of dates, vanilla, and about 2 tsp of cinnamon (eyeball it!). Press crust into pie pan and refrigerate while making filling.

Filling

If you have a Vitamix blender, use that! I used the food processor S blade again.  Thrown in your pumpkin chunks, 2-3 lbs of dates (if dates are hard I would soak them in warm water a little to soften before using in the creamy filling), persimmon pulp, ginger, and 1-2ish tsp (up to you!) pumpkin pie spice! Pour over crust and let it chill for about 2 hours.  Savor and serve with plenty of love ❤ !

 

I am so confident that you will enjoy this pie as much as I did, that I just had to share it with you!  I hope you have fun with your family experimenting in the kitchen!  No wait for anything to cook!  No being scared of undercooking anything in fear of salmonella or any other deadly microbe! No scrubbing and fussing cleaning up, just a quick rinse will do the trick!  Perfect for kids, elders, and lazy college students!  Happy Thanksgiving!

My 2 Favorite Salad Dressings, Made in 5-10 Minutes

In no particular order AT ALL! They are both redonkkk

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This marinara is beyond any tomato sauce I’ve ever had.  And I LOVE tomato sauce.  Mama knows, I could go through a jar a spaghetti sauce in less than a week- easily!  Here’s why it beats the rest:

  • no sodium
  • no fat
  • no weird additives
  • it takes literally 5 minutes to make
  • lycopene (antioxidant in tomatoes) decreases risk of skin cancer and sunburn and decreases risk of prostate cancer
  • full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, all fruits and veggies here ladies and gentlemen

Tear up some leaves and spiralize a couple of cuces or zucchinis/ summer squashes and:

Blended in my tiny $10 blender:

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon or more of Italian Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2-4 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 oz (apx 1/3 cup) sun dried tomato

I make lots of variations to this! This time I made it, I used fresh oregano, thyme, and rosemary that Janice gave me, THANK YOU JANICE!!! I also didn’t have sundried tomato or onion, and I still loveeedd itt!  Sometimes I just blend tomatoes, dates, and basil.  Sometimes no onion, sometimes extra garlic!  Have fun with it and see how you like it!  And I don’t usually top with walnuts, but those looked good to me today 🙂 Some mushrooms and/ or artichokes would have been nice, or some broccoli!! Mmmm

2. Sweet Citrus Ginger Mint

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Moan moan moan moan moan moan.  Oh KALE  ya!  This + kale = OMFG HOW IS THIS SO GOOD!? I actually had 2 huge bowls of this salad for breakfast this morning.  It is that goood!!!!  And you thought eating 2 heads of kale was difficult, ha ha HA!! Just you wait, you’ll be dreaming of it, just like me 🙂

  • easily absorbed calcium
  • easily absorbed iron (mixed with vitamin C!!)
  • protein packed, sweet satisfaction
  • indigestion aid (ginger)
  • it’s so good, so easy, so refreshing and satisfyingly filling ❤
  • so low fat
  • so high fantastic
  • so addicted to the way I skipped down the street singing after I ate this

Kale is this one’s soul mate.  I suggest tearing some up like I did, or if you have a knife, chiffonaded dinosaur kale is how the chef Sam Romano made it for me.  I’ve never been so impressed in my life.

Blended in the little blendah:

  • 3 oranges
  • around 15-20 fresh mint leaves (depends on size and variety, I’d load it in, looovee orange and mint)
  • 3 dates
  • 1.5 tsp maca (optional, what do you have on hand? 🙂
  • 1 Tbs hemp (I’ve used sesame seeds and flax seeds before too, both phenomenal)
  • 2 thimble sized pieces of ginger, ( I’ve been adding more lately, the warming ginger is aweesomee)
  • lemon juice

I actually didn’t have lemon juice, but have made it before with lemon and it’s really nice, the sour with the sweet date is just, ! .  Impeccable.  I really want to try it with pomegranate seeds on top!  You have fun with it!  Too easy, too many health benefits! Stuff your excuses in the trash, suck it up, and make this.  If you don’t like it, I’m convinced you are an alien.

3 Reasons Nobody Likes a Meathead In Bed

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Everyone loves a big, strong, buff, pro-corkscrewing football-playing stud in the sack! According to recent research, however, performance can still be drastically improved!
1. Blood Flow
What makes a boner? Yup, collegiate scholars – blood flow.  What clogs blood flow, making blood cells stick together, increasing blood pressure and slowing blood flow? The same foods that cause cardio-vascular disease: cholesterol, saturated fats and high sodium foods (the basic manly man diet)! NO!!!
According to Dr. Terry Mason, “A whole food plant-based diet can improve sexual function the same way it improves high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. Erectile dysfunction is the first clinical indicator of generalized cardio-vascular disease.”  Not only is it beneficial to the ladies for your man to keep it up and keep it coming, but the orgasm sensation is much more prominent with a harder boner. And this blood flow scenario is the same anatomy for the ladies, just on a smaller scale!  We want the most out of our blood flow too! The better the blood flow, the better the boner, the better the booyaa.
2. Energy
WebMD’s number one fatigue fighter? You are what you eat. If you eat something dead, cooked, processed, fatty, and salty then you will be dead, cooked, processed, fatty, and salty!  Want to be alive, bright, colorful, sustainable, vibrant, antioxidant rich, vitamin rich, natural energy rich and hydrated in bed – and all the time? Go for those foods!!  According to Purdue’s own Dr. Tim Gavin, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., “Carbohydrates are the body’s number one fuel source.” No fellahs, not protein, not fat, CARBOHYDRATES!  Muscle contraction needs energy from carbohydrates to occur. Stored carbohydrates in the form of glycogen in muscles prevents muscle soreness! Go hard, CARB UP!  And eating a whole, high-carb, plant-based diet has been shown to increase quality of sleep and make a morning person out of you!  Talk about getting it on in the a.m.!
Beneficial blood flow and energy foods:
Fruit
Vegetables
Whole Ggrains
Beans
Legumes
Nuts and seeds
Plant sources of healthy fats
Detrimental Blood Flow and Energy Foods:
Anything fried
Fatty meats (most meat)
Eggs (high cholesterol)
Cheese
Dairy Products
Fast food
Cheesy bread
Hamburgers and hot dogs
Processed and packaged foods
3. Compassion
Meatheads, when it comes to an aggressive attitude, no thank you! A girl needs to know that he cares. That he cares about pleasing the beautiful her! But also, that he cares about his own body and well-being. That he cares about his life, his health and his future! A guy that cares is a diamond in the rough at a big school like this. The healing power of the compassionate human touch is an indescribable force. We hold those compassionate people closest to our hearts. Eating a diet that is natural, sustainable, synergistic, vibrant and whole will love you back. Smile uncontrollably and love big! When you feel that good, filling your cells with energy and nutrients, you will have more love to give and bring a bigger positive contribution to this planet.
The health benefits are endless. A healthy diet will help you in everything you do. Mentally and physically.  Have fun with that increased blood flow and energy! Live big, dream big, love big, use protection and CARB UP!

2 Ingredient Caramel Ice Cream Cone

Easy, Organic, Orgasmic.  Yes. I said Orgasmic.carmelcone13

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You will need: food processor with S blade, a strainer, a bowl

  • just over a cup of persimmon pulp
  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 2 pears (optional for fun cone! :P)

First, get your persimmon pulp by mashing the persimmons with a spoon through a strainer.  Next, cut your bananas into chunks and process them until smooth and creamy.  Fold persimmon pulp into ice cream and divulge!  Optional pear cone: cut off the bottom and plop a scoop on top! Love and laugh as you eat!!

Serves 2.

According to USDA’s SuperTracker (with pears included) :

424 Calories

Based on a 2000 calorie diet:

Macronutrients:

2% Protein: 4 grams

52.5% Carbohydrate: 111 grams

Dietary Fiber: 17.5 grams

1.5% Fat

Minerals:

Calcium: 40mg (target 1000mg)

Potassium: 1313mg (target 4700mg)

Sodium: 5.5mg (target less than 2300mg)

Copper: 450 micrograms (target 900 micrograms)

Iron: 1mg (target 18mg)

Magnesium: 90.5mg (target 310)

Phosphorus: 98.5mg (target 700mg)

Selenium 3.5 micrograms (target 55 micrograms)

Zinc: 0.5 mg (target 8mg)

Vitamins:

 (RAE= Retinol Activity Equivalents) (mcg=micrograms)

Vitamin A: 145mcg RAE (target 700 mcg RAE)

Vitamin B6: 1.1mg (target 1.3mg)

Vitamin C: 40mg (target 75mg)

Vitamin E: 1.5mg AT (target 15mg AT)

Vitamin K: 13mcg (target 90mcg)

Folate: 72.5mcg DFE (target 400mcg DFE)

Thiamin:  0.15mg (target 1.1mg)

Riboflavin: 0.25mg (target 1.1mg)

Niacin: 2mg (target 14mg)

Choline: 44.5mg (target 425mg)

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