Daily SlimKicker Blog

Is the Perfect Health Diet for you? (with Paul Jaminet)

We came across "The Perfect Health Diet" a few weeks ago. "The Perfect Health Diet" is a diet/program created by Paul Jaminet. It excludes grains, bread, and pasta, and recommends allocating 2/3 of our diet to plant foods, and 1/3 to animal. On the surface, it sounds a lot like the Paleo diet. In fact, Paul describes it as "Gourmet Paleo". But there are also some distinctions such as excluding le...

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How to Avoid Low Carb Pitfalls (with Jimmy Moore)

If you're thinking about starting a low-carb diet, you're likely to encounter a few potholes along the way. Whether it's plateaus, avoiding good fats, or eating too much protein. We had a chance to talk with Jimmy Moore, and get his advice on how to handle these obstacles. Since switching to a low-carb diet, Jimmy has lost over 200 lbs, started a low carb blog, and has helped spread the message o...

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Cooking for Food Sensitivities (with Nutritionist Amie Valpone)

If you suffer from food allergies of any kind, especially to gluten, it can be challenge cooking, and adopting a healthy diet. But it doesn't have to be that way. Amie Valpone, a nutritionist was kind enough to chat with us, and share her advice on how to deal with food sensitivities. SlimKicker: Briefly tell us how you adopted a clean eating lifestyle, and your mission with The Healthy App...

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Reaching your Healthy Tipping Point (with Caitlin Boyle)

If you ever reach the book "Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell, you know that that small things, over time can eventually lead to a critical threshold. This is the same idea behind Caitlin Boyle's book "Healthy Tipping Point". We had a chance to talk with her, and learn more about her mission with her book/blog. SlimKicker: Can you briefly tell me the mission of your blog and Operation Beau...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas are rolled tortillas that are filled with meat or beans and baked in a delicious tomato sauce. This recipe uses a home-made sauce rather than store-bought. Although it will take a little more time to prepare, you'll be able to control the calories and sodium in the final dish. Chicken Enchiladas (Serves 8—one enchilada per serving) ...

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Primal Lifestyle: Tips and Advice from Richard Nikoley

Adopting the primal way of life is a topic we're passionate about. But if you've been eating the sad American diet for your whole life, it can be daunting trying to figure out what really constitutes healthy living. "Free the Animal" by Richard Nikoley is one of the few books that introduces Primal way of life in a straightforward, easy to understand format. We were fortunate to interview Richard...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Grilled Chipotle Shrimp

This recipe takes nearly no time to put together and the flavors are absolutely delicious. Shrimp are an excellent food choice because it is very high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids; and very low in total fat. Shrimp has been shown to improve mood and overall cardiovascular health. It is even thought to offer protection against Alzheimer's disease. ...

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Stop Eating Due To Stress: Tips From Holly Mosier

Losing weight isn't just about eating right, and exercising. There's also a mind-body component. Holly Mosier (author, speaker, and former actress) knows all about this. She wrote a book called Stress Less, Eat Less, which introduces readers to practical stress-relieving tools, and techniques for finding mental peace. We caught up with her to learn more about her philosophy, as well as specific rec...

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Does Fast Food Contribute to Obesity: An Interview with Tom Naughton

Most of you have probably heard of the documentary "Super Size Me". It received a lot of press and attention, as the creator Morgan Spurlock explored the consequences of eating fast food. "Fat Head", produced by Tom Naughton, challenges the assertions made in Super Size Me. Like SuperSize Me, he also goes on a fast-food diet, but the results are much different: he ended up losing 12 lbs, decreasin...

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How To Eat More Sanely: An Interview with Dr. Katz

I think most of us would agree that eating sanely is something to strive for. But how exactly do we eat in a way where we don't feel guilt, anxiety, or worry? This is something Dr. Terese Katz has studied, and worked extensively with others on, and she was kind enough to give us this interview and share her insights with us. SlimKicker Team: First, can you tell our readers your background, ...

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Practical Paleo: An Interview with Adam Farrah

Good morning, SlimKickers! We're long-time readers and fans of Adam Farrah, who blogs about the Paleo lifestyle, and wanted to pick his brain on the best way to ease into Paleo, and many other questions. Here is the interview we did with him recently. Enjoy! SlimKicker Team: Tell us how you discovered the Paleo diet, what your blog's mission is about and what you do. ...

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Three Tops Tips For Keeping Yourself Hydrated

Tip 1: If you are exercising moderately for less than an hour, water is your best option for keeping yourself hydrated – no question. Water is absorbed faster than any other liquid; once you start adding stuff to the water, the absorption rate slows down. Tip 2: Before exercising, make sure you are well hydrated; this will improve your performance. Drink enough water during exercising to keep y...

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How To Plan the Paleo Diet: Interview With Neely Quinn of PaleoPlan.com

Happy Monday, SlimKickers! We've received a lot of questions from people on how to start doing Paleo, so we did an interview with Neely Quinn, the CEO of Paleo Plan to get her thoughts on how beginners should start living the Paleo lifestyle. Here it is: SlimKicker Team: Tell us about the Paleo Plan - what you get when you sign up? In particular, how c...

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Interview with Craig Engler, the man behind Weight Hacking

Happy Friday, SlimKickers. This past week, we had the chance to catch up with Craig Engler (who goes by the handle WeightHacker). Craig is developing a how-to guide called "Weight Hacking" for geeks who want to lose weight. He is currently raising funds for this project through an Indi...

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Vitamin C Foods

Vitamin C is best known for its immune strengthening abilities. The good news is it doesn't stop there; sufficient vitamin C in your diet has been shown to help detoxify your body, promote cell healing, neutralise harmful free radicals, protect you from pollution and help you deal with stress. It also supports your good gut bacteria whilst destroying bad bacteria and viruses. The bad news is orthom...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are very quick and easy to prepare. They are an excellent—and colorful—way to increase the amount of vegetables you're eating; and can be incredibly versatile. This recipe includes onion, carrot, bell peppers and eggplant; but feel free to substitute any vegetables you have on hand. Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry: Although this recipe requires a little bit of prep-work, the actua...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Pork Kebabs with Apple Salsa

Barbeque season is amongst us! Instead of the typical BBQ food—hotdogs, brats and burgers—which can very quickly take me over my calorie allowances, I love to grill chunks of meat or vegetables on sticks and make kebabs. Kebabs are great because you can portion out your meal into individual servings, so you'll be less tempted to eat more than you should. ...

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Seasonal Eating

The four seasons form a natural guideline for eating. Ignoring these guidelines means we miss out on many of the benefits Mother Nature offers us such as nutritional value and flavour. Opting for seasonal foods helps stimulate our natural healing processes by encouraging bodily cleansing, promoting a range of health benefits. Depending on where you live the foods available to you throughout the se...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Simple And Healthy Frittata

Eggs, available year-round, are an excellent source of protein and other essential nutrients. They're inexpensive, versatile and make for a fantastic meal when you're short of time. One egg is equal to approximately 68 calories and provides a little over 13% of the daily value for protein. They are also a great source of choline, a very important nutrient for maintaining optimal brain health. ...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Pomegranate And Ginger Glazed Salmon

Wild caught salmon, fresh ginger and ruby-red pomegranate seeds are combined to make a stunning dish jam-packed with protein, vitamins and important nutrients. One serving of salmon—alone—satisfies over 60% of your protein requirements for the day; but protein isn't the only health perk salmon has to offer. This pink-fleshed fish is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins ...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Sweet Alternatives

If—like me—your sweet-tooth is stronger than your will-power; and giving sugary-sweet snacks up "cold-turkey" is not an option, then you need some sweet alternatives. I believe that leading a healthy lifestyle should not feel like a chore. Depriving myself completely of the foods that I love will only make me crave them that much more--which will inevitably lead to binges. ...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Have you ever went to the grocery store with the intention of making either fajitas or tacos that night for dinner?  Did you spend a fortune on some amazing produce, purchase some fresh (maybe organic?) protein, and then throw one of those packaged fajita/taco seasoning pouches in your cart?  I have.  Many times. I'd go home, cook everything up, add the spice mix (following the directions on th...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Mushrooms And Carrots With Indian Spices

When you're in a hurry and you don't have neither the time nor the energy to plan or make healthy meals, it can be so easy to make poor food choices. I don't know how many times I've stuck to my nutrition goals all day long, only to "fall off the wagon" at dinnertime. If you're like me, you want something easy and delicious; and you want it on the table quickly. You probably also want something ...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Strawberry Asparagus Salad

Summer is just around the corner; and along with its arrival comes a bounty of beautiful, fresh produce. Because summer also marks the beginning of "swim-suit season"--which can be daunting!--many people begin to look for ways to lighten up their meals. Fortunately, creating lighter meals does not have to mean eating bland food. There are so many simple things—such as vinegars, herbs and spi...

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Why people don’t lose weight – A few common mistakes

Eating Cereal For Breakfast – Don't get fooled by the hype, most cereals are very high in sugar and not a good breakfast choice for healthy living or for losing weight. Did you know the research on fibre which all cereals base their health claims on was actually conducted on vegetable fibre not grained fibre - cheeky. Eating Before Gym – Do have a reasonably sized meal a couple of hours or so...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Mango Yogurt Smoothie

Waking up in the morning is not my idea of fun. I am often determined to sleep as late as I possibly can; allowing myself just enough time to get where I need to be. Because of this bad habit, I often delay--or skip, all together-- the most important meal of the day—breakfast. Between brushing my teeth and finding my shoes, there just isn't enough time in my morning to make an omelet or enjoy a...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Recipe For Rhubarb-Walnut Muffins

Here, in Minnesota, Rhubarb grows like a weed. It's one of those plants that everyone grows; but it takes a little creativity to use the entire harvest. You can only make so many pies and crisps, you know? Rhubarb is commonly mistaken to be a fruit. It's paired with strawberries and other fruits to make many desserts; and unfortunately—because it's rather bitter—it's usually overwhelmed wit...

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Level Up Your Nutrition: Recipe For Healthier Pizza

Everyone loves pizza. It's cheesy, doughy, and down-right delicious. Unfortunately, it's also very high in sodium, saturated fat, and calories. Each slice can have as many as 500 calories; and we all know that one slice is never enough! Fortunately, pizza doesn't have to be a junk food reserved only for special occasions. By making a few simple substitutions and investing a little time, you ca...

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Giving Veggies a Chance: Cooking Methods To Change How You Feel About Brussel Sprouts

Most people striving for a healthy lifestyle know that they should eat more vegetables. If they're anything like me-- and I would be willing to bet they are (less than 30% of Americans eat the recommended 3 or more servings of vegetables a day) --that can be easier said than done. Growing up, the only vegetables my mother served on a regular basis were potatoes, corn and peas. I knew other vegeta...

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Common Myths about Fasting

One of the hottest diet concepts that's circulating around right now is fasting. Fasting has received a great deal of attention in the diet world, partly due to the fact that when you fast, you're significantly increasing your calorie deficit, therefore fat loss will tend to move along much more quickly. This said, is fasting a wise approach? ...

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