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Garcinia Cambogia – A slimmer’s advantage
“Diet” is a four letter word that most of us shudder at when we realise that we have gained a few extra pounds. The thought of dieting is often connected with feelings of self-deprivation; doing it hard… going hungry, being moody, craving something sweet or naughty and feeling deprived when you can’t have it, but feelings of failure if you succumb to the temptations. All these things can lower your ability to stick to any weight management programme. Those that are steadfast and the most self-controlled of us can stick to a diet and reach our goal weight, but what if there is a little support to help overcome these obstacles?
This is where the advantages of a small pumpkin shaped citrus fruit from Indonesia can help! Commonly used in Indian cooking and chutneys, Tamarind (also known as Garcinia Cambogia) with the active component hydroxycitric acid (HCA), has increasingly become a popular weight management aid all over the world. Research has shown that this fruit can help with stress levels, support healthy levels of “the happiness neurotransmitter”, help manage appetite and sugar cravings and help the body metabolise fat.
HCA supports healthy levels of a vital enzyme Citrate Lyase. Our bodies naturally convert food calories we consume into energy. Extra calories than what we need is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. Glycogen is the reservoir energy reserve ready to use when the body needs it. When the reservoir is at capacity then the brain will signal to us that we have had enough and we get a sensation of fullness after eating. But overeating when full, will result in the body producing fat from carbohydrates and turning these extra calories into fatty acids and cholesterol. HCA supports reduced action of the enzyme ATP-citrate lyase, helping normal fat metabolism and healthy cholesterol balance of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides.
HCA also helps manage appetite and supports healthy levels of your brain’s serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in your brain that gives an increased sense of wellbeing. Low levels of serotonin can result in feelings of worry and despair; triggering many into behaviour that creates emotional or reactive eating. By supporting healthy serotonin levels, HCA supports good mood and lessens the drive to react to stressful situations with food. Serotonin is also an important precursor to melatonin – the neurotransmitter that is vital in sleep regulation. Getting enough sleep is also shown to be important in weight management.
As you eat less, your body releases the stored fat in your fat cells for energy. Because Garcinia Cambogia extract is a fruit and not a chemical, it is all natural with few known Garcinia Cambogia side effects. But some people have experienced dry mouth, or digestive disturbance.
Garcinia cambogia is a great product to use if extra will power is needed, if belly fat is problematic, if stress, or sleep and overall mood needs some support while dieting. But Garcinia Cambogia is best used in conjunction together with a diet rich in whole, natural foods.
- Supports healthy fat metabolism
- Supports appetite management
- Supports good mood
- Supports belly fat management
- Supports sleep
- Helps manage sugar cravings
- Help decrease stress levels
We use Garcinia Cambogia in our Body Right Tea range and our Fit Protein – Shaping Vanilla.
*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland
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Raspberry Chocolate Coconut Slice
Line a 28 x 18cm slice pan with baking paper.
Place the dates, nuts, cocoa and coconut oil into the bowl of a food processor and process until the nuts are finely chopped and the mixture holds together.
Press the mixture into the slice pan and then chill in the freezer while you prepare the filling. Wipe out the food processor bowl.
Combine the raspberries, nuts, coconut, protein powder and maple syrup in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the raspberries and coconut are finely chopped.
Spoon the mixture over the base and gently press to get an even layer. Return to the freezer for at least 1 hour before serving.
Scatter the slice with grated chocolate and raspberries and then cut into slices. Allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
Leftover slice is best stored in a sealed container in the freezer.
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Place the dates and almonds into the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture forms crumbs.
Divide the crumbs between 6 glasses and firmly press together.
Wipe out the processor bowl.
Drain the cashew nuts and combine with the coconut milk, protein powder, honey and coconut oil in the food processor. Process until the mixture is thick and creamy.
Pour over the crumb base and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Chop the rhubarb into 2cm chunks and arrange in a baking dish.
Drizzle with orange juice and sprinkle with coconut sugar.
Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Allow to cool.
To serve, top each cheese cake with rhubarb.
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Chia Protein Breakfast Puddings
Combine the chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla in a bowl.
Sprinkle over the protein powder and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into serving jars, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Top with fresh fruit and berries to serve.
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Banana Chocolate Ice Cream
Place the bananas into a blender with the rest of the ingredients, cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into a loaf tin or plastic container, cover and freeze until firm.
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Protein with a five star rating
As one of the important building blocks of our body, protein is essential in every cell. Made up of smaller components called amino acids, protein is utilised for energy, cell building, healing, hormone reactions and even blood sugar balance. A diet with adequate intake of protein is essential for optimum health.
What is Protein?
There are 22 amino acids, classified as essential or non-essential. Essential amino acids are named as such because they cannot be made by the body. As a result, they must come from food. Animal protein sources are the best sources of essential amino acids, but it is possible with some effort to combine plant-based foods to consume all of the essential amino acids.
Protein has a number of vital roles in the body, including:
- Growth and repair
- An essential part of building and maintaining muscle mass
- Providing energy
- Regulating important metabolic processes
- Supporting the immune system
- Supporting healthy skin and hair
- Assisting in maintaining a healthy hormone balance
When do you need more protein?
- Growing up. A teenager needs more protein to fuel their workouts, especially as their body is still growing and uses more protein in general.
- Starting an exercise program. If working out is new to you and you’re trying to build muscle, you’ll require more protein than you normally would.
- Workout increased and intensified? If you normally work out for half an hour a few times a week, but decided to train for a half-marathon, then your body will need more protein.
- Recovering from an injury. Athletes with sports injuries frequently need more protein to help them heal.
- If you’re going vegan. People who pursue a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle eliminate a number of common protein sources from their diet, including meat, chicken, and fish, and sometimes dairy and eggs as well. There are a number of protein sources that include beans and vegetables, however, a Vegan’s dietary supplementary sources of protein would include pea, rice, soy, mixed grains or hemp seed, helping to ensuring that they get all essential amino acids daily. Plant protein is the ideal alternative to whey, milk or egg and these choices are also suitable for lactose-sensitive individual.
A low carb diet also helps to regulate your blood sugar, because all sugars are carbohydrates, and all carbs eventually break down to sugars. With your blood sugar levels stable, you won’t experience cravings for sugary foods, or experience the highs and crashes associated with fluctuating blood sugar (or more serious problems such as diabetes). People who follow a ketogenic diet (low carbohydrate, high fat and protein) generally feel consistently energetic and healthy, and have smaller appetites than before, meaning they eat less without even thinking about it, which also helps them lose weight.
A Big Five stars
Red Seal’s Fit Protein range all carry a five star health rating, providing a low fat, naturally sweetened and a highly bioavailable protein option using New Zealand’s pure ultra-filtered whey protein concentrate, Skim Milk Powder and Soy Protein to make a pleasant easy-to-drink shake.
Adding a shake such as Fit Protein Formula or Fit Protein Shaping is an easy way to help support a weight loss regimen, fitness programme or simply to boost your protein intake for the day.
- Busy people who have limited time who need a fast meal fix!
- People who want to gain lean mass and muscle, especially after exercise
- The elderly to ensure that they are getting enough protein
- Those trying to control food cravings and those looking to lose weight
- People on a gluten free or sugar free diet
- Those on a Ketagenic or high protein diet
- Those looking for added protein in their diet
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