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Here, Have Some Pizza… WITHOUT the Carbs?!

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  • Who knew there was a way to satisfy those pizza cravings with low-carb alternatives!

  • Use Portobello mushroom caps or pounded chicken slices as the new crust for your pizza slices.

  • You can substitute any veggie that can be baked into tenderness and filled with your favorite toppings.

Who doesn’t love pizza?! But sadly, the carbs and calories from the crusty delicacy are not really good for your diet. Luckily for you, we have just the suggestions for you to enjoy the pizza without the additional thousands of calories it comes with. Just keep on reading!

Portobello-pizza

A Portobello mushroom cap is definitely the way to go if you want a low-calories pizza and a pie all in one! Its bowl-like shape just helps, even more, to add in all those favorite toppings of yours. There are about 20 calories and 3.5 carbs in every 3-oz Portobello cap. Pretty neat, eh?

Bake the mushroom cap for 8 minutes in an oven at 400 degrees before loading it up with those toppings. Make sure that its upside down and you have already sprayed that non-stick spray. Then just add your toppings in the cap and bake for another 8-10 minutes, as per your preference. All done!

Fried Chicken Crust

What could be better than a delicious chicken breast crust for that pizza slice you’re craving?! Not only can it be loaded up with exactly the same amount of toppings, or even more perhaps, but it also adds the extra benefit of being full of protein. And could any pizza bottom be as easy to prepare as a chicken in a skillet? There isn’t any carb in it either!

Just pound a 5-oz chicken piece with a thickness of about a half inch and add your favorite seasonings to it. Cook it in a skillet for about 5 minutes, for each side until its cooked and top it off with your preferred cheese until it’s melted and oozing.

Coffee mugs, cheese, and Eggs

You don’t really want that refrigerated leftover of a pizza, right? Just whip egg whites and all of your favorite pizza ingredients in a coffee mug and heat in a microwave. This straightaway reduces your calories as it has only about 95 calories and 2.5g carbs in portion size of 3/4th of a cup.

Bell Pepper Belly Pizzas

This one’s for all the deep dish pizza lovers out there! It is a completely veggie substitute. All you have to do is fill that green bell pepper’s belly with all of your savory toppings and voila! A carb-free pizza diet! Every medium-sized bell pepper consists of around 25 calories and 5.5g carbs.

Just clean up the bellies of your bell peppers after cutting them in half. Bake these peppers for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees, until they’re slightly tender. Be careful to get rid of the excessive moisture before filling them up with your toppings and baking again for 10 minutes or so!

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How Not To Let Diabetes Hold You Back From That Vacation…

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  • Trips with diabetes can be made quite feasible and hassle-free with the proper preparations.

  • Be sure to pack extra medical supplies and always keep them at an arms reach. And get signed and translated notes from your doctor to avoid any security suspicion at airports.

  • Don’t rely solely on tourist food, just purchase and pack some healthy snacks for long flights or travels.

  • Travel insurance during a medical emergency never hurt anybody. Be sure to check out a plan suiting your needs to avoid any major mishaps during vacation.

So what if you have diabetes, don’t let it stop you from all those amazing life experiences! It’s true that you would have to take some extra preparatory steps, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your travels! Just follow these simple steps and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

A signed and translated note from your doctor

One of the most difficult parts of travelling with diabetes is getting through security at the airport. Your diabetes necessities including syringes and test strips etc. may get questioned unnecessarily at airports. So the best way to avoid this hassle is just to visit your doctor prior to the trip and ask him (or her) to hand you a signed note which explains your condition to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). And if you’re travelling to exotic foreign lands, you would probably want a translation of the signed note as well in your hand. So easy to avoid all the hassle, right?

Buy lots of medical supplies, and some more

Who wants to visit a doctor on their vacation? No one! Not even a single person! So you should definitely pack up extra supplies for treating your diabetes on the road. This is an even more important point if you plan to travel to other countries. You should not just assume you’ll be able to get your supplies as easily as in your hometown’s local pharmacy, so just be careful to pack extra insulin, test strips, syringes, infusion sets and a blood glucose meter to monitor your sugar levels.  

Monitor your blood sugar level regularly

Travelling and going on a vacation can definitely disrupt your routine schedule and disturb your usual sugar levels too, as there’s a change in the daily activities on your end. Just be sure to check your current sugar level regularly throughout the days in order to monitor and administer treatment as required. 

Use a handbag for your medical supplies

As troublesome as it may seem at first, you have to ensure that all your medical supplies are packed in a handbag which can be reached at all times! It’s not enough to just pack extra supplies if you are unable to reach them at the time of need. There’s a hundred things that can go wrong with checked in luggage bags, from baggage loss to damaging temperatures for insulin. So just keep your supplies in a carry-on with you at ALL times!

Be in charge of your own meals

Just don’t trust your usual in-flight highly unhealthy meals to keep you satiated during your travels! Although some airlines do offer customized foods for their customers, it isn’t the norm yet and you should still consider packing healthy snacks according to your body’s requirements with you. Some healthy options include nuts, fruit, vegetables with dips, salad, yoghurt or lean meat products. You could also pack juice or candy as a quick emergency alternative to glucose tablets. 

Check out suitable travel insurance plans 

This is something that should be done to avoid any serious mishaps on your vacation, should you encounter any life-threatening emergencies. Doctor trips during vacation may end up being even more expensive than the trip itself! So the best way around all this is to simply purchase travel insurance to facilitate your emergency medical requirements. Some of the better options include WorldClinic, Travelex and Allianz. Do check them out. 

Safe travels, everyone!

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Burn More Fat With These Pre-workout Foods

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  • Apart from your regular gym session, there’s also food items you can add to your workout routine that will help you burn more fat.

  • The idea is to snack on items with high carb and fiber content, occasionally paired with protein-rich foods for a perfect blend of nutrition and fat-burning properties.

  • There’s a variety of food items that have been recommended by experts for this purpose, which include pineapple, lemon juice, banana, oatmeal, fruits, and nuts.

So what’s the point of sacrificing your morning sleep for the gym if you aren’t even burning those calories, eh? Okay so exercising in the gym is one part but the other part that we’re going to look into is how to manage our diet so that it facilitates in the weight loss we’re always s desperate to achieve. And for this, we consulted expert doctors and nutritionists who were helpful enough to share with us some of the best food items for this purpose.

Pineapple

What do you know? Turns out this sweet delicacy is one of the best things to put into your belly before a workout according to Dr. Shaikh Sadaf, an endocrinologist at the London University. It has fat-burning properties, consists of carbs and fiber which ensure you have sufficient energy boosts during your workout. An added benefit is that it doesn’t raise your sugar levels either while also providing hydration for your body.  

Lemon Juice

Fat-burning you said? Lemon has you covered! Lemon juice is one of the best pre-workout foods ever, according to our experts. Usama Azam, a medical writer, explained to us that lemon has properties which helps in increasing the metabolism rate of our body and burning excessive calories during the workout. You should treat yourself to a glass of lemon juice and water 15 minutes prior to your workout for the best results. 

Oatmeal

So there are few things as healthy as an oatmeal breakfast. And it also comes with amazing fat-burning properties as well nevertheless. Its high fiber content supplies you with all the energy you need during your workout session and a little extra. But which types of oats should one go for in a sea of choices? The nutritionist Amine Ould-Laib tells us that we should pick the whole-grain, steel-cut varieties for our purpose. 

Banana

Banana: the ideal pre-gym workout food, according to all our experts. This is because they’re loaded with carbs and fiber content. According to Usama Azam, the idea is to go for items that are rich in carbohydrates. The benefit of this is that you are supplied with sufficient energy during your workout while you’re also burning more fats. 

Fruits and Nuts

At times you need to pair different items of different nutrition value together to get the desired effect. According to Rachel Fine, a Dietitian, and CEO of “To The Pointe Nutrition”, you would do good to pair high fiber fruits with plant-based food that come with a nice blend of protein and fats. As a result, your body is supplied with a good mix of carbohydrates, healthy fats and also protein. Not only will you get the necessary fuel for the workout, but you will also be burning more fat especially during longer gym sessions. 

Go on and snack on these foods pre-workout and you’ll probably be thanking us for it.

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Donuts and Burgers Are Distractions; Says Science

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  • It has been found that high-energy, high-calorie food items distract you from your tasks even if they are completely irrelevant to them.

  • A study of 64 participants was conducted and the ones who had candy bars before their tasks were less drawn to the distractions.

  • The higher the calorie-count in a food item, the more distracting it seems.

  • Visual stimulus is key; in order to stay away from fatty and sugary foods, remove them from your sight.

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing and how busy you are; donuts will distract you. We’re sharing with you some of the observations made during a small study that focused on seeing the effects of various foods and objects on our attention spans. It has been found by researchers that fatty and sugary foods distract our attention more than their low-calorie counterparts and hence we’re trained to focus on such foods. 

Coauthor Corbin A. Cunningham stated that the participants did not waste any time in making assessments of the nutritional value of the food images used to distract them, even when these images were completely irrelevant to the tasks they were assigned. 

In this study, a small number of 18 participants were asked to focus on a basic computer-based task given to them. And while they were busy completing the task, images of food products flashed on their screens. It was seen that the pictures causing the most distractions were all of the high-calorie food items which include donuts. Then further in the study, another set of 18 participants were given two small candy bars to eat before they were given the same basic tasks as the previous set of participants. It was observed that the images didn’t distract these participants as much as they already had a sound intake of sugar. All in all 64 participants were included in this survey and researchers found that they were distracted by donuts and other high-calorie food items instead of faces with expressions of anger and disgust. 

According to Cunningham, whenever a person is presented with food stimuli that is of their interest, it ALWAYS causes some degree of a distraction even if it seems to be completely irrelevant to the task they were focusing on in the moment. Furthermore, he stated their study has shown that higher the calorie count in a particular food item, higher will be the degree of distraction caused by that item, regardless of its relevance with the tasks. 

It might be the case that our mind’s tendency to pay more attention to high-energy food was once an advantage in evolution. But that was way before the current obesity epidemic we seem to be facing. Parents who are trying to keep their children away from fatty and sugary diet need to know that the children need to NOT see the food in front of them. A person eats these foods more and gets drawn to them if he sees them in front of him. Experts have said that in order to decrease the junk food intake, it is necessary for you to remove these items from your house otherwise your children will definitely be tempted by them!   

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