Low Carb Dieters: Want a Break from the Meat? Make It Veggie!Written by Sylvie Charrier
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If you want to take a break every now and then from meat, faux or otherwise, stir fries, grilled veggies, and low carb pastas top vegetarian list.
Stir fry your favorite low starch, cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, daikon, radishes, chard, turnips, and watercress. For protein, add in seasoned tofu.
Grill up asparagus, peppers, zucchini, summer squash, or any of veggies above. Marinade your healthy delights in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. For an extra zip, add cayenne pepper.
Go Italian with a low carb pasta topped with your choice of garlic, herbs, and tomatoes. Add a light sprinkle of Romano or Parmesan cheese for perfect touch.
Your low carb world has just gotten a bit brighter—there are so many vegetarian options that you can add to your diet. You don't have to give up meat, but if you want to add variety to your menu, grab something vegetarian today. And, you might just like way those sandals feel after all!
Sylvie Charrier is the author of the revolutionary new book "Living La Vida Low Carb: The Vegetarian Way". As a busy work-at-home mom, she discovered simple ways to get more results from her low carb diet. She shares her recipe makeovers and health tips on her website http://www.VegetarianLowCarb.com/TakeABreak.html
R Factors For Fitness and Health @ Body Perfect FitnessWritten by Robert Adams
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GREEN IS GOOD!!!!- Yes darker green better. That means that trying to incorporate Dark green vegetables into every meal is essential. Every meal I incorporate following great low glycemic veggies:
So try and blend in a salad at lunch with fresh spinach or romaine lettuce. Remember darker green better. These lettuces will provide you more nutritional benefit than iceberg lettuce that is very light in color and contains mostly water. Have a nice plentiful serving of a dark green vegetable with your evening protein. Every night I have one of vegetables noted above with every single meal. Steamed Asparagus or Sauteed spinach in olive oil with garlic and some light low sodium seasonings are outstanding complements to a nice fresh broiled piece of Salmon filet or lean chicken breast, prepared way you like it.
Focus on Fiber!!
When thinking of eating a carbohydrate think of fiber and how much that carb has. Are you eating plain white rice or did you opt for brown or wild rice, which is less refined and more natural in terms of adding fiber and being lower on glycemic index for a carbohydrate. Can you skip potatoes and just eat a larger portion of broccoli or asparagus??
I rarely eat potatoes or plain white rice in my eating plan anymore. I have opted to consume very lean healthy fish or meats along with a highly nutritional and low glycemic index veggies and when I do eat carbohydrates, I make sure that they are as natural an unrefined as they can be and that they support fiber consumption in my diet naturally.
Remember that you need carbohydrates for energy and if you are working R Factors in right way you are going to need those important complex and essential carbohydrates for keeping your energy level up and helping refuel your body. Also remember a lot of foods that brag about being Low in fat or having no fat, have tons of BAD carbohyrdates. Look at white flour products like plain white breads and pretzels or as I mentioned already plain white rice and pasta. Unfortunately these refined carbohydrates which do not provide a tremendous amount of right nutrients, help elevate your insulin levels and blood sugar and help you store FAT!!!
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Your body needs time for Rest and Recovery!!! To complete R factors you need to allow your body to rejuvenate itself from your Resistance training and also your Aerobic training as well. You can Over-train your body with diminishing returns and as you work out and break down your muscles, you need to provide them adequate time to rest, recover, and rebuild themselves to make a stronger and leaner YOU!! Always allow at least one day of rest between a particular body parts and make sure that if your body is telling you that you are tired, sore or hurting, DO NOT push yourself or force yourself into risking injury!! Listen to your body. Give yourself time to Re-energize and you will complete and support the:
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