(Healthy) Secrets to a Speedy Metabolism

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With tons of fad diets and weight loss pills being pushed to the public, it’s sometimes hard to know the right direction to go. They all promise to help us lose weight and boost our metabolism, however, they come with a dangerous side. Weight loss pills can contain harmful, un-natural ingredients that increase heart rate, high blood pressure and can even cause seizures. In our opinion, this isn’t the way to go.

But sometimes, exercise just isn’t enough. You may go to the gym and do cardio for 2 hours and not see any results. You may change your diet and make healthier choices, but your waist line might not budge. You just need that extra oomph to boost your metabolism, and we’re here to help you do it the healthy way.

Here are 9 healthy secrets to speeding up your metabolism:

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8 Easy Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Daily Routine

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Whether you have a specific fitness goal or are just trying to stay healthy, exercising regularly is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend working out 45 minutes to an hour a day (30 minutes for beginners) for weight loss and fitness. The best way to do this is to make exercise a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. If you’re like most people and find it hard to motivate yourself to get to the gym, find a class that sounds fun or enlist a family member or friend as a workout buddy. Finding that external support not only makes it more fun, but creates a sense of accountability that really works!

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Yam Ice Cream (GF, DF)

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It’s hot outside, and it’s back to school time! How about trying a new ice cream recipe that will cool everyone off, and provide a healthier treat at the end of a long day? Have you ever had or made dairy-free ice cream and felt that there was something missing? A creaminess, a thickness, a heartiness, that comes standard with every bite of dairy-full Haagen-Daz ice cream? Well we discovered the perfect ingredient to add this creaminess to non-dairy ice cream: yams! Although yams are one of the more starchy root vegetables out there, they contain complex carbohydrates and a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. Combine them with pumpkin-pie-esque spices and you’ve got yourself a wonderful pre-fall dessert that will remind your taste buds of the season ahead. If you can’t find yams, sweet potatoes work too!

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Don’t Sweat The Sweat

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We are no stranger to sweating… It’s a natural bodily function that begins just shortly after we are born. It’s the body’s mechanism to aid in cooling down during warm temperatures, exercise, and stressful situations. But sweat isn’t only limited to the aforementioned situations – sweating is actually one of the healthiest things for your body, so don’t be embarrassed about your sweat – it’s a sign of good things happening inside your body!

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Vegan vs. Paleo: Which Diet is the Right Diet for You?

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This is a topic that we could probably go on about for days, “which diet is the right diet?” This question might be one of the hardest to answer when it comes to your own health. Two of the most popular ways of eating in today’s world is the paleo diet and veganism. Seemingly completely opposite approaches to your health, but they have more similarities than you may think! Let’s dig a bit deeper…

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Your Ultimate Guide To Protein

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Protein is essential for living organisms; it’s composed of long chain amino acids, and is the building blocks of muscle. It gives us energy, helps our bodies recover, and keeps our tummies satisfied. Lucky for us, protein is available in many forms, raw and cooked, all delicious! Below are the best forms of protein to eat for all diets:

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Snack on This: Celebrity Snack Ideas

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It’s easy to follow celebrities these days to know what they’re wearing, where they’re shopping and especially what they’re eating. We love to hear what all the celebs are snacking on and the little tricks they use to keep their skin glowing and bodies healthy! What’s the good news? They love eating food just like us! Here are some of the snacks they grab for when they’ve got a craving:

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Nutritionist-Approved Healthy Winter Snacks!

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Whether it’s the cold weather stirring up your appetite or the comfort of munching on something when there’s not much else to do, wintertime seems to be prime time for snacking. But fear not! Snacking, if approached smartly, can be part of a healthy diet. The key is to think of snacking in a positive light, as a bridge to provide energy, satiety and nutrition between meals, rather than as an unhealthy treat to be snuck in when no one’s looking. After all, shivering does burn calories so we might as well replenish them with healthy snacks!

Take care of what your body needs and give some thought ahead of time to what you want to snack on, instead of waiting until you are hungry to raid the fridge or vending machine. Here are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea to help you keep healthy snacks on hand:

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10 Ways to Motivate Your Workout!

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Whether you’re the occasional exerciser or a die-hard gym bunny, we all have those days, months or times in our lives when we just don’t feel like getting our butts to the gym or venturing outside to workout. Maybe our lives have gotten super hectic, or maybe the change in the weather makes us a little more tired and the couch seem a little more welcoming. Either way, getting ourselves to our workout and then pushing ourselves during the workout can both be challenging at times, even to the most seasoned exerciser. As a spinning instructor and former gym bunny, I know from personal experience that EVERYONE can use a little extra motivation sometimes. So here are some tips to get yourself motivated and keep yourself moving!

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Energy-Boosting Foods!

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With the cold weather and start-of-the-year projects keeping us on our feet, we need energy from as many sources as we can get. Our daily energy levels depend on so many things—sleep, stress, hydration, emotions, our environment, and of course our food. Rather than defaulting to caffeine, sugar or energy drinks, which all have their own negative health effects and can lead to an energy crash, try optimizing your energy in a sustainable way with what you eat.

A diet that supports immune function, combats inflammation and helps regulate blood sugar is optimal for supporting energy levels. At The Tasteful Pantry we believe that eating healthy snacks at regular intervals throughout the day can provide sustained energy boosts between meals. As you may imagine, highly processed and sugary foods contribute to inflammation and energy rollercoasters, so stay away from those. Here are some specific suggestions on foods to include in your diet to boost your energy.

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