How The Daniel Plan Changed My Life

The Daniel plan changed my life.

Before I began eating healthy, I truly did not know anything about food and nutrition. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. However, one day I was at a new store opening up near my town and I saw a book called, “The Daniel Plan”. I was already interested in learning about psychology and how the body works. Therefore, I decided to buy this book and give it a read.

In the car, I opened it up and began reading. The book instantly sucked me in. The Daniel Plan starts off by Pastor Warren explaining that he was an overweight pastor who neglected his health. Once he realized how much he was destroying his body, he decided to make a change. Although he didn’t expect much support from his congregation, the majority of his church members joined him and dozens were changed.

He teamed up with Dr. Hyman and Dr. Amen to write this book. I absolutely trust their input and sincerity. This book was so amazing and my life will never be the same again after reading it. Here are some key things I learned in this awesome book. Read more

Health Benefits Of Pomegranates

Health benefits of pomegranates

Health Benefits of Pomegranates

I absolutely love pomegranates! They’re so tasty and filled with juice that burst as soon as you bite into it! I began eating half of one a day and found myself craving it more and more. I decided to look up the health benefits of pomegranates and was completely surprised! Although I knew this fruit was good for you, I had no idea how beneficial pomegranates are to the human body. I hope that after you read this list, you’ll make the decision to add this wonderful fruit to your daily diet as well!

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Antioxidant Rich

Antioxidants are such an important part of a healthy lifestyle. They protect cells from becoming damaged, reduce inflammation, and remove free radicals.Amazingly, pomegranates contain 3 times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea and red wine. [1]

Full of Vitamins

Pomegranates are filled with Vitamin C. Fresh juice from one pomegranate supplies you with 40% of your daily recommended intake! Plus, they’re rich in Vitamin E, potassium, Vitamin K, and folate, fiber, and iron. Read more

Health Benefits Of Cucumbers

Cucumbers are so beneficial to the human body!

Awesome Health Benefits Of Cucumbers

I used to HATE cucumbers. They tasted disgusting to me! However, once I learned all the health benefits of cucumbers I decided to give them another try. I decided to try them in my salad. I’m not going to lie, I had to swallow the chunks whole at first. Seriously, I did not like them. Nonetheless, I kept eating them until one day I no longer had to swallow them whole.

Whenever I dislike a healthy food, I try to focus on all the wonderful health benefits. My health is worth fighting for. Now, I can genuinely say that cucumbers aren’t that bad. (I mean, they aren’t really too great either.) I eat them on the regular and expect to receive all the great health benefits of cucumbers. Why don’t you join me?  Let’s take a look at the health benefits of cucumbers.

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Antioxidant Rich

Cucumbers are full of a bunch of wonderful antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and other horrible diseases.

Promotes Hydration

Cucumbers promote hydration which helps with all sorts of bodily functions!

Cucumbers are mostly made up of water (as much as 96%). Because of this, they revitalize the body and supply it with hydration. Read more

How To Read A Nutrition Label: Is It Food Or Poison?

Shopping for wholesome quality food doesn't have to be hard.

How To Understand The Nutrition Label

Once I learned how to read what was in my food, my diet completely changed. You won’t believe how many poisons are in our foods that the FDA recognizes as safe. (Although they’re banned in other countries!) This simple skill was life changing for me and I love the feeling of being in control of what I put inside my body.

There are plenty of important things to look at when reading a label. I will go over them all with you. Then, I’ll explain my process of reading it when purchasing foods. I can guarantee that learning how to read a nutrition label will change your life and your health for the better!

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What Is The Serving Size?

The serving size tells you the amount of food you need to eat to obtain all the nutrients/toxins listed below. Usually the serving size is an amount that’s easy to measure like a cup or a package.

Here’s an example of sizes: if the serving size is 1 cup and there’s 2 servings per container, that means you’ll be eating 2 cups per container. This means you’ll be consuming 2x the nutrients on the label if you eat the whole thing. It’s pretty simple. Ask yourself, “How many servings am I eating?” Read more

Trans Fat Is Harmful To Human Health

What Is Trans Fat?

Trans fat is created in a factory where they take hydrogen molecules and pump them into vegetable oils. This transforms them from a liquid into a solid. In order to dump the hydrogen molecules into the oil, they must heat it to dangerously high levels and is chemically treated.

Once the oils have been hydrogenated, the oil is now a solid a room temperature and has a much longer shelf life. Vegetable oil now becomes margarine and is used in all sorts of products. This is why cookies can survive so long in the cabinet or why shortening can be used way after purchased.

Why Is Trans Fat Harmful

In November of 2013, the FDA determined that hydrogenated oils are no longer GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for human consumption. There is absolutely nothing natural about trans fats and didn’t exist 50 years ago. They’ve been connected to at least 30,000 premature deaths in the United States each year. Read more

Sugar And The Body

Deadly side effects of sugar including multiple diseases and chronic pain and inflammation

What Does Sugar Do To The Body?

In today’s world, sugar is in everything we eat. From soda pop to fruit juices, candy bars to granola bars; there is sugar everywhere! About 200 years ago, the average American only consumed around 2 lbs of sugar per year. Today, our intake has increased to about 152 lbs of sugar per year. [1]

The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommend that adults should only consume about 5% of their total calories from sugar. For men, this can be 38 grams and for women it’s less than 25 grams of sugar daily. That can be challenging since a can of soda can have as much as 39 grams!

I started removing all sorts of added sugar from my diet. Now, I only allow myself to consume a lot of sugar in one sitting if the food is a fruit. Other than that, I don’t consume soda, juice, sweets, and the like. I haven’t felt bloated and I’ve had more energy.

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Acne Breakouts

Have you tried everything and still cannot get acne off of your face? The cure may be simpler than you think. Foods filled with sugar cause insulin and blood sugar to spike. This leads to an increase in oil production, androgen secretion, and inflammation. All of these factors greatly impact the skin and can cause acne. [2]

Don’t believe me? A study conducted with 2,300 teenagers concluded that those who constantly ate foods with added sugar had a greater risk of breaking out with acne by 30% [3] Also, studies prove that diets with low-glycemic levels are directly connected to a lower risk of developing acne. On the other hand, high-glycemic diets yield a much higher risk of producing acne. [4] Read more

Lose Weight Without Exercising By Removing These Foods From Your Diet

Lose weight fast and easy by removing these certain foods fro your diet. Watch the belly fat disappear!

Weight loss can be confusing and difficult when you don’t know where to begin. There are so many diets that exist. Health experts teach various things and leave us questioning which one to follow. To be honest, losing weight is not rocket science. Plus, there are many factors and techniques to lose weight. The most important factor is your diet.

Think of your body as a vehicle. Cars can’t function properly without oil, gas, antifreeze, etc. Likewise, our bodies function differently depending what we put in our bodies. For example, lack of fiber can lead to constipation and lack of iron leads to anemia. Both of these symptoms come from the foods we eat! You only get one body in this lifetime. Please take care of it.

Although exercise is important and shouldn’t be neglected, I’m going to show you foods you can remove from your diet to lose fat without exercising.

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Health Benefits Of Olive Oil

Olive oil has many health benefits and uses.

Awesome Health Benefits Of Olive Oil

Olive oil has been around much longer than you or I. In some cultures, olives are an important part of their community. Extra virgin olive oil is the greatest quality of premium olive oil. People use olive oil for all sorts of stuff, including medicine, cosmetics, and soaps. However, consuming it yields absolutely amazing health benefits.

To find out more about olive oil and how to find the best one while shopping, please visit the page: “What Is Olive Oil?

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Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation occurs when body repairs is needed and to shield us from illnesses. However, a poor diet, stress, and other contributors can cause the body to fight itself.

73% of olive oil is made up of a fatty acid called oleic acid. It’s a monounsaturated fat and offers great health benefits, including damage prevention caused by free radicals (oxidative stress). Oleic acid fights against inflammation which is connected to many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and arthritis. Read more

Dangerous Side Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup has seriously dangerous health effects.

My Experience With High Fructose Corn Syrup

My journey to a healthier life began in 2017. I developed an interest in the human body and became fascinated with studying it. If I’m going to live my life in a human body, shouldn’t I learn how it functions and which ways I can to take care of it?

The Lord did amazing things that year. My walk with God skyrocketed and He began pulling me out of more and more sin. My husband and I stopped drinking, I spoke in tongues for the first time, and my prayer walk was lit.

However, that year the Lord told me to stop drinking soda. I know what it feels like when God convicts me and I knew that if God wanted me to give something up, then He wasn’t going to change His mind. I didn’t understand why, though.

Soda is filled with high fructose corn syrup. Quit the soda addiction today.

“Really God? Soda?” Nevertheless, I (eventually) gave up soda and alcohol. Afterwards, I began to exercise more and consume more water. Read more

What Is Olive Oil?

What is olive oil?

What is olive oil?

After my husband and I decided to begin eating healthy, we made a quick switch to olive oil after finding out the great benefits of it (and the dangers of many vegetable oils like canola). In our world today, olive oil is known to be a healthier, better quality oil. But exactly what is olive oil?

Olive oil is literally the fruit juice of olives. Seriously! How cool is that?!

How do we get orange juice? We apply pressure to the oranges until the sweet juice spills out of it. That’s exactly how olive oil is made. Of course, there are more processes to ensure all oil is used from the olives. However, this yummy stuff contains a bunch of antioxidants and fights inflammation throughout the body.

Olive oil is literally the fruit juice of olives.

How is olive oil made?

After the olives arrive at the facility, they are pressed on a machine until the texture is a paste. Then, the oil is separated from the watery substance in the paste. There is no heat involved in this step. (Otherwise known as cold pressed oil.) The high quality oil from this first press is called extra virgin olive oil. Read more

Beware of Canola Oil!

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Hey everyone! Today we’re going to look at the dangers of canola oil and what it can do to the human body. While researching, I found this subject very interesting and I hope you will too.

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You may want to remove canola oil from your diet…

It’s a substance that can be found in almost every household as well as restaurants. It’s extremely affordable and was something my mother used on the regular. We certainly never even thought about using it or what the side effects were. I’m talking about canola oil.

We went through oil so fast in our household growing up. My mom used it for everything. She’s a great Puerto Rican cook. Therefore, we always had delicious rice and beans, chicken, bacalao, and much more. Oil was always a must while cooking.

However, I’ve since learned that Spanish food is not usually the best for you. But the one thing that I’ve entirely removed from my diet is canola oil. Let me tell you why. Read more

Health Benefits of Honey

Wonderful health benefits of raw honey when consumed on a regular basis.

Health Benefits of Honey

Most people love it because it’s a natural way to sweeten foods and drinks. But did you know honey offers so much more than just taste? Natural, raw honey yields many health benefits for the human body. It’s true! After reading this list, I pray you would swap out sugar for this wonderful natural substance.

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Plenty of Antioxidants

Of course, this natural substance is filled with plenty of vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids, and minerals. However, it wouldn’t be a great idea to consume a whole lot of honey in the hopes of receiving your recommended daily intake of antioxidants. Nevertheless it’s definitely worth replacing your current sugar intake with it. The minerals you can find within honey include:

  • zinc
  • potassium
  • iron
  • phosphorus
  • calcium
  • selenium
  • magnesium

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Deadly Consequences of Drinking Alcohol

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Many people associate having a great time with consuming alcohol. Just recently, my husband and I threw a little party at our home as our way of celebrating our first apartment together. However, many people were not okay with the fact that drinking was not allowed in our home. I was completely shocked. I’ve never experienced something like that before. People were verbally abusive toward us because of a rule we implemented in our house. I remember thinking, “People can’t go a few hours without alcohol to hang out? Seriously?!”

Growing up, I’ve seen first hand what alcohol is capable of. The blackouts, yelling, arguments, and disrespect was NOT fun to be around. My husband and I decided to change our family tree and discontinue the drinking trait. Trust me, we don’t miss it.

Nevertheless, the sad truth remains that alcohol use disorders affects more than 15 million people in the United States. [1] Alcohol is a legal drug and it’s extremely addictive. If you’re over 21, it’s incredibly easy to obtain and the majority of people spend their 21st birthday getting completely wasted. That’s the norm, right?

Advertising commercials make drinking look so great and fun, but 80,000-100,000 people die each year from alcohol related deaths. [1, 2]  I really don’t think drinking should be considered as a game or sport. It’s dangerous. Yet, drinking seems to be highly supported among most people. “What’s the big deal?” “Surely, you can have a drink or two. It won’t hurt.” Yeah… I’ll pass on that.

Stop Drinking Alcohol Immediately!

I’m not kidding. After reading this blog post, I pray it will have enough hard truth in it to keep you away from this liquid poison.

The over consumption of alcohol is called 'intoxication' because booze is a toxin. Too much of this poison in one sitting can kill you.Click To Tweet

Let’s look at the different parts of the body and discover how booze can negatively affect us. Read more

Protein Rich Foods

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What food are the highest in protein?

Protein is good for your body for many different reasons. It helps your body remain functional well as you age. Joint and bone health are promoted by protein. Also, it can help you gain muscle. You can find the full list of its benefits here. In this post, we’re going to look at different types of foods and how much protein are within them.

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Breakfast Foods

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Wonderful Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

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Wonderful Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Such a beautiful day for chocolate lovers! After reading this, you’ll have multiple reasons to indulge in a bite of the bittersweet goodness of dark chocolate. I know what you’re thinking, “Ariel! That stuff is gross!” And I’m not going to argue with you. Certainly, it’s bitterness throws people off. However, the more you consume it, the better it’ll taste.

From experience, I can tell you that over time it becomes a  tasty treat. Plus, you can enjoy it guilt free! Surely, the only reason people consume not so yummy health foods is for their health benefits.They want the results that will yield from it. All the amazing health benefits of dark chocolate are worth it!

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What percentage of dark chocolate is good for you?

The kind you’re looking for is 70% cocoa and up. This means it’s more natural and less processed. Once the chocolate gets processed, it loses much of it’s nutrients. Therefore, as long as you’re eating 70% and higher, you’ll get to enjoy all these health benefits. Read more