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A Detoxing Bone Broth & Beet Winter Soup

If you are interested in nutrition and promoting a healthy lifestyle, you’ve probably researched the process of detoxifying your body. Maybe you’re already exploring detoxes or completing them as part of your own routine.



When it comes to choose detox, the reasons behind it can be complex and varied. Many people choose to detox because they desire to rid the body of toxins in addition to leading a life that is healthy and pure. Natural and fresh foods may be incorporated into the detox process.

Antioxidant Beets soup

One of the best foods to add to your detox routine is beets. They truly are a super-food, but they can be an acquired taste. Beets have some amazing properties that help the detox process by cleansing the liver through antioxidants. In fact, beets can also encourage detoxing in the body’s natural detox organs – the kidneys, liver and gallbladder.

If you want to incorporate beets into your detox diet, one of the best ways to do this is through soup. The Russians and eastern Europeans were well aware of the beet when it comes to soup, they perfected Borscht. For detox, Borscht is the perfect solution and when you add a savory broth made from bones, all the better.

This recipe is so good, it will even win over the toughest beet critic. It has a savory bone broth that gives the soup a warm, hearty feel without overpowering the senses. Add the beets and you have the perfect detoxifying broth.

So how do you make this culinary wonder? Here’s the recipe.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Bone broth (beef), making it from scratch is best but you can also purchase it pre made)
  • Beets (2-3), peel and cut into small cubes
  • Yellow Onion Celery (3-4 stalks)
  • Fennel Carrots (4) Garlic (4 cloves)
  • Olive Oil you can add the final touches, the beets and broth.
  • Season to taste but be sure to taste it throughout cooking.
  • Lemon (1)
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper


Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, warm it slowly and be sure it doesn’t get too hot. Once the oil is warm, add the onion, carrots and celery, all diced. Allow these to cook for a just a minute or two before adding salt, pepper and topping off with the fennel. Once this has cooked down, transfer to a stock pot or slow cooker.

Once the veggies have been added to the pot, mince your garlic and add to the mixture.

Now, let the soup cook on low for 4-6 hours, this brings out the best flavor. If you’re short on time, you can also turn the heat up just a touch and reduce the cook time to 1.5 hours. Keep an eye on the veggies and make sure they have cooked enough to be pierced with a fork. Once the veggies are soft, add another splash of olive oil and lemon zest.

Of course, you can adjust any part of this recipe to meet your own tastes. If you like more garlic, feel free to add it into your soup. Anything on this list can be added to match your own preferences. That is the beauty of this recipe! So grab a bowl and enjoy your new detox recipe!

The 24/7 Metabolism: How to keep it running & Why

Ok, ladies, here’s the scoop: it all comes down to the metabolism. Whether we like it or not, we have to keep it going!



So when it comes to weight loss, the metabolism that never sleeps is dieting’s new best friend. But don’t panic. There are simple ways to create a boost without even breaking a sweat- even while we are sleeping !  Here are four ideas to consider for the f increasing our metabolism and losing weight:

Metabolism Supporting Foods

The Vitamins That Matter & How to Get Them

Embrace the Fish! I know we’ve all heard about those good omega-3 fatty acids. But did you know that fish is one of our best sources of  vitamin-D? Vit-D strengthens muscle tissue and gives us energy. Coupled with fish oil, this  makes fish look like a pretty good fuel alternative! The other nice thing is it’s more filling, or, at least, fools the brain into thinking that it is. So while taking fish oil supplements is still effective, the added benefits  of consuming it naturally are far higher. Whether salmon or sardines, 3 to 4 oz of fish hold all the healthy fat-burning enzymes we need.

Reignite Your Metabolism by Dr. Oz

Women need their Iron, especially during that time of the month. The iron we lose when menstruating plummets our energy and slows our metabolism. We need iron to get oxygen to  muscles and keep us going. Besides supplements, dark leafy greens are a great source of iron and nearly devoid of calories. Include them in your salads and meals regularly.

Don’t forget the dairy! Calcium is necessary on so many levels, not the least of which is speeding up how fast our body gets rid of fat. The trick is to skip the calcium supplements and drink some milk- 8 oz, preferably, or include yogurt in your smoothie.

Spice it up a little! There’s an interesting thing in chili peppers.They contain something called Capsaicin which heats up the body and revs the metabolic engine. Adding a little to homemade salsa or sprinkled on spaghetti can go along way.

Juices for detoxing

What to Drink & What Not to Drink- That is the Million-Dollar Question

Caffeine is still our friend! Yes, it’s true, researchers now believe caffeine can actually be a good thing! In fact, one such study found that caffeine can increase the metabolism by as much as 16%. So, keep the lattes coming – as long as their low fat!

The Green Tea of wonders. Green tea can increase weight loss by as much as 5%., so if a cup of coffee doesn’t sound enticing, try some green tea instead. It’s a pretty powerful substance. H2O: It’s time to take the plunge!

Staying hydrated is always a good idea, especially when dieting. But it seems ice water keeps the metabolism pumping even harder as it attempts to heat  the body. So throw in some ice cubes and stick to  water. Sobriety works!

Alcohol, sad to say, even in small amounts, slows or even stops the metabolism and instead of using fat as fuel, the body starts using alcohol instead. This is not healthy. Stay off the booze!

Organic Vegetables

When to Eat, What to Eat, How Much & How Often

The protein commitment. Protein builds lean muscles which is far more effective at burning calories than fat. Protein should be our constant companion at every meal.

Don’t forget the protein! Breakfast: why we call it the most important meal of the day. If we want to keep our metabolism up and running we have to keep it constantly fueled.

That means right from the get-go in the morning.This triggers the metabolism into action,  giving us the energy we need for burning fat.

Women after workout.

Exercise & Sleep & How They Can Work Together

Break it up a little. It turns out the faster the heart rate the more calories we burn. Who knew? Well, of course that’s a no-brainer! But, it turns out interval workouts are the best method for burning calories. Pepper those steady workouts with some interval training for the improved results.

Slow & steady wins the day! When doing a little strength training, try slowing it down a little. This breaks down muscle tissue, which is actually a good thing! As the body repairs itself, it bolsters the metabolism for up to 72-hours. So, guess what that means? You can actually burn calories in your sleep!

Don’t skip out on sleep! And speaking of sleep, we need at least 8-hours to keep our appetite and energy regulated. Less than 8 hours of shut-eye and our body can’t do that properly. Without enough energy and left feeling hungry does not bode well for losing weight! Get a good night’s sleep and keep those metabolic fires burning!

3 Important Things You Need to Know Before Trying a Detox Diet

The process of detoxing is one that has gained popularity among the health conscious crowd, especially in recent years.



Detoxing relies on a straightforward concept that focuses on flushing “toxins” from your body through a combination of special foods. Usually these foods (and only these foods) are ingested over the course of several days. The result? You’ll feel better and get rid of all the bad things hanging around in your gut, at least, in theory.

Detoxing Juices

Are detox programs and diets really what they’re cracked up to be? Turns out they may cause you more harm than good. Here’s three reasons why you may want to avoid them.

Your body doesn’t need help getting rid of toxins

When you start a detox program, you’ll hear all kinds of claims about the benefits. For one, a detox will get rid of all those “stored” up toxins you’ve been exposed to throughout your life. However, your body is a pretty efficient machine when it comes to getting rid of toxins. That’s what your digestive system, liver and kidneys are for. There is simply no better alternative for detoxing than your own body and digestive system. Your body is designed to handle toxins and get rid of them, so don’t think that a detox program is the perfect solution!

Detox programs can neglect healthy diet and lifestyle philosophies

A detox program doesn’t integrate healthy habits or views into the program. As a result, someone who participates in a detox may adopt habits that are not healthy in the long run. Detoxing can be harsh on your system too and that may have impacts to your health over time, especially if you rely on detoxing frequently. Most of the popular detox programs run a course of 7-10 days and involve ingesting only certain items like lemon and water. More extreme programs will integrate pepper or hot peppers. Now, imagine that for 10 straight days!

Detoxing also thrives on reducing or eliminating the intake of foods that are “toxic” so at its core, detox is about depriving yourself of nutrition. Even though this deprivation is short, it can impact how you approach your diet in the future. Studies have also shown that those who deprive themselves during a diet or lifestyle change are more prone to cheat or go back to their bad habits.

Detoxing doesn’t provide you with enough protein

Eating enough protein is essential for staying in shape. Lean proteins will not only help you lose weight, but help you build and keep muscle tone. Many detox programs use ingredients that are low in protein. Detox programs give you the illusion that you are living healthy or making a healthy choice, but they can be harmful to the way your body builds muscle. This goes back to the deprivation cycle mentioned above, with detox, you’re depriving your body of essential nutrients and forcing it into “starvation mode”. When your body thinks it’s starving, it will consume muscle and store fat. You’ll see weight loss, but this is due to the loss of muscle rather than the loss of fat. Try Conjugated Linoleic Acid  – this non-stimulant supplement is a great addition to any diet!

Whether or not you detox is ultimately your own decision, but be sure to know all the facts before jumping into a program. Eating in moderation, eating nutritious foods and exercising can deliver all the benefits of a detox without the harmful side effects, so you have options!

Three Drinks to Help you Along the Road to Weight Loss

Losing weight can be tough. One of the hardest parts about shedding those pounds can be missing out on delicious foods and drinks that we previously enjoyed.



But is the guilt really worth it? With these delicious and healthy beverages, you can have the best of both worlds. Enjoy a yummy drink that also provides many health benefits, is low in calories, and is also low in fat and sugar. Fight those cravings with a healthy alternative to some of the more common snacking and drinking options like sweets and soda pop.

Detoxing weight loss drinks

Fruit smoothies – Your options are almost unlimited with fruit smoothies. There are various recipes to use and many different methods to make them as well. You can use a simple blender or some of the recent appliances that have come out that are intended for smoothies. You can use fruit alone, you can add water, or you can even add milk, coconut milk, or almond milk. The following is a list of some of the best fruits to use in smoothies to help keep your diet on track and avoid other more unhealthy beverages:

  • Berries – Berries of any kind are full of flavor and will help you in your weight loss pursuits. You can select strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or any of the other delicious berries that you can find. Get creative and experiment with various combinations of some of your favorite fruits.
  • Watermelon – This is quickly becoming juicers’ favorite addition to fruit smoothies. Perfect for summertime, this fruit will add flavor and may have the ability to decrease fat storage in the body.
  • Apples – Some people may find this an odd addition to a fruit smoothie, but apples can give a great flavor as well as deliver a multitude of important vitamins and minerals that will help you to keep those pounds off. Try an apple smoothie with some added cinnamon for a festive fall smoothie that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you on track with your weight loss goals.
  • Veggies – Don’t forget that you can add veggies to any fruit smoothie to upgrade its health factor. Many people enjoy the combination of carrots and orange. Celery is another low calorie option to add. Another great option is to add a little bit of spinach or any green leafy vegetable for added health benefits.
  • Green Tea – This beverage is not only low in calories, but also has other properties that will help you along the long road to a better body. Research with has shown beneficial results for weight loss as opposed to drinking just water. Another study showed that individuals who consume green tea regularly weigh less on average and even have smaller waists! Why aren’t we all drinking green tea?!? It is believed that the antioxidants and the caffeine in green tea are responsible for these great benefits. If you do not like plain tea, then you can add some flavor and richness by adding honey or almond milk.
  • Lemon Water – This is a well-known drink option for many people who are wanting to burn excess fat from their bodies. It is rumored to be especially beneficial to drink at night before bed. It is believed that this drink can help boost your metabolism, helping your body to work off the calories you consume more quickly. You can drink it hot or cold. You can add other ingredients like honey and/or cinnamon. You can even add other fruits, vegetables, or herbs like cucumber or mint. Experiment with healthy ingredients to get the most out of your healthy beverages! Best of luck to you in your weight loss pursuits!


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Fastin Side Effects

Fastin was a prescription drug that contained generic Phentermine hydrochloride. Phentermine is used to treat individuals who are very overweight and medically obese. It acts as an appetite suppressant which reduces cravings for food thereby reducing your daily caloric intake. This in turn helps you to lose weight. Fastin was not a stand alone solution but rather used in conjunction with a low calorie diet and an exercise regime. Fastin was referred to as an anorectic or anorexigenic.



Since Fastin is Phentermine, it had the same side effects and tolerance to the drug is one of them. Fastin can generate tolerance within a few weeks. If this happens, the recommended daily dose should not be exceeded to try and increase the effect of Fastin. Instead, Fastin should be discontinued. You need to seek medical attention at that point. Some have suggested that tolerance may occur due to neurotransmitter depletion.

Since Phentermine can make you dizzy, this may effect your ability to drive a vehicle or work in a hazardous situation. When you’re using Phentermine for the first time, keep an eye out for any impairment it might cause. If you feel you are impaired, stay away from dangerous activities.

Fastin (Phentermine) has been observed to cause drug dependence. This is perhaps not surprising in that it is chemically and pharmacologically related to amphetamines. In the past, amphetamines have been abused by patients. Keep this in mind if you might be a person that is susceptible to this such that this type of weight-loss program would not be good for you. Abuse of amphetamines and related stimulants can have serious consequences. These drugs have been associated with severe psychological dependence and social dysfunction. There have been reports of patients increasing their dosage many times over recommended allowance. When these patients stop taking Fastin abruptly, they experience severe depression, extreme fatigue and insomnia.

A common Fastin side effect is upset stomach which can be uncomfortable. Generally this is temporary. You can make some changes in your diet to ease this symptom. When you feel nauseous, stay away from spicy foods and opt for well cooked veggies, oatmeal and/or crackers. In other words, try foods that are bland tasting for a few days.

Another common side effect is constipation or diarrhea. Just as with upset stomach, this is generally temporary. If you are experiencing constipation, drink more fluids such as green tea, water, vegetable juices and clear broths. Also, consume foods that contain a fair amount of fiber such as beans, veggies and/or brown rice. If diarrhea is your problem, you run the risk of losing electrolytes and becoming dehydrated. You’ll want to replenish your electrolytes so take in fruits, veggies and sports drinks.

Fastin Side Effects

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Tachycardia (fast heart beat)
  • Over stimulation of the central nervous system, restlessness, dizziness, headache, insomnia, excess sense of well-being, tremor, confusion
  • Dry mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, constipation
  • Libido changes, impotence
  • Allergic response, swelling of lips, tongue, mouth and/or throat
  • Swelling of ankles and feet Mood changes, irritability
  • Shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting

​There are individuals with certain medical conditions that should not be prescribed Fastin. You should not take Phentermine if you have hypertension (high blood pressure). Phentermine can cause high blood pressure in some patients so this could make your blood pressure go up.