Kim Kardashian celebrates baby’s birthday and 56-pound low-carb diet weight loss

One of the world’s most famous babies, North West, celebrated her first birthday with parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, reported People magazine on Monday. And Kim has another reason to celebrate: She lost 56 pounds and restored her pre-baby body with a high fat low carb ketogenic diet.

Sharing her joy in being a mom, Kim posted an Instagram photo and wrote: “This is what life is about! Our baby girl turned 1 today!”

But shedding her baby weight wasn’t so joyful. Kim tweeted that she had gone on the high fat low carb ketogenic Atkins diet to lose her post-pregnancy pounds.

In a fan Q&A in March, however, Kim confessed that she had gained some weight back when she strayed from the low-carb plan. “I actually saw I gained some weight back when I saw pics of myself and started [Atkins] again,” she confessed.

In an exclusive interview on Monday, we asked Colette Heimowitz, VP of Nutrition at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., to discuss what’s involved in the Atkins diet. She is the author of “The New Atkins Made Easy: A Faster, Simpler Way to Shed Weight and Feel Great — Starting Today.”

“The key to losing weight is lowering carbohydrate intake and replacing high sugar carbs with healthy fats,” said Colette. “That includes monounsaturated fat like nuts, avocado, salmon, and olive oil.”

A recent debate in the news over the pros and cons of saturated fats has caused some confusion. The butter brouhaha began with the publication of “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet,” which proclaims the virtues of high fat foods.

Although Colette notes that saturated fats such as eggs, cheese, butter and coconut oil are part of the Atkins diet, she recommends avoiding trans fats. The reason: They cause inflammation.

The key to high fat low carb ketogenic diets is shifting to fat-burning mode. “When carbs are low enough, the body will burn fat for fuel so you lose the extra fat you have stored on your body and you burn the fat you are eating for energy,” Colette told us.

Colette also revealed that the Atkins diet recently has been improved to emphasize fiber intake. “Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us feeling full longer.”

As a result, it’s important to choose carbohydrate sources high in fiber. “To increase your intake of fiber, eat lots of vegetables, some berries, and some nuts/seeds,” added Colette.

In addition to her diet, Kim works out regularly with her personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, according to New York Daily News. Gunnar, author of “The Workout: Core Secrets from Hollywood’s #1 Trainer,” emphasizes the use of weights for achieving derriere’s like Kim’s famous booty.

“If you want to enhance the shape of your butt, as well as tone and tighten, the most important exercises are squats and lunges,” Gunnar told Shape magazine. “Be sure to use weights, weights, weights, and weights… and then some weights!”

Easter chocolate alert: Products recalled for undeclared allergens

Parents, grandparents, and Easter bunnies have to be a little more careful this year. Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc., and Simply Natural Foods, LLC, have issued voluntary recall alerts for some of their chocolate candies due to the presence of undeclared allergens.

According to the FDA website, Fannie May has recalled its 14-ounce, rectangular gift box containing an assortment of “spring chocolates” because the box includes a peanut-containing candy, despite this allergen not being appropriately declared on the box. The box is wrapped in lavender-colored paper with flowers printed on it. The SKU is #75032, and the UPC is #0 52745 72804 6. The lots affected by the recall are #14058 and #14059. Photos of the box are provided on the FDA website. Consumers with questions or concerns can call Fannie May at 1-330-494-0833, extension 193, during normal business hours.

Also according to the FDA, Simply Natural Foods has recalled its “Simply Lite” dark chocolate bars due to high levels of milk protein in some lots of this product, despite this allergen not being appropriately declared on the box. The affected chocolate bars have been distributed in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. The affected chocolate bars are the three-ounce (85-gram) size, and are from lots #01182015A and #01192015A. Photos of similar products can be seen on the company’s website. Consumers with questions or concerns can call Simply Natural Foods toll-free at 1-866-923-1549 during normal business hours.

Consumers interested in staying abreast of FDA-initiated and company-initiated recalls should subscribe to the FDA email distribution list or the FDA RSS feed. Consumers concerned about potential allergen contamination of food products may consider limiting their purchases for food-allergic individuals to items produced in facilities that do not process any of the eight major allergens. Surf Sweets, which makes jelly beans, gummy bears, and other chewy fruit-flavored candies, is one example. Amanda’s Own Confections, which makes chocolates such as bunnies and Santas, is another option.

How to Burn Lower Body Fat

Some people are pear-shaped and carry their weight predominantly in the lower half of their bodies. To reduce fat in the lower areas, there are specific exercises you should do in conjunction with a healthy weight-loss diet. Working out twice a week allows your muscles to recover in between exercise sessions.

Instructions

Eat Right and Get Moving

  1. Eat foods that burn fat such as vegetables and fruits. These foods regenerate your system, energize you and increase your vitality, as well as help you lose fat in the lower and upper part of the body. Vegetables and fruits allow you to eliminate more frequently and fully, which gets rid of toxins and bloating. These foods also reduce your cravings for sweets and keep your energy levels at a consistent rate so you don’t get too hungry or tired.
  2. Work out the quads, which are the muscles on the front of your thighs. Sit down, place your hands on each side of you on the bench you are sitting on and simultaneously raise both legs, stopping before your knees lock. Hold and then lower. Repeat. You can make this more strenuous by using an exercise machine equipped with weights that you lift with your legs.
  3. Use the leg press machine at the gym or in your home, which works out your butt and your quadriceps. You push the press with your feet, straightening your legs and then bending them as you return to the starting position. Do not lock your knees.
  4. Do lunges, which will work out all of the muscles in your lower body. You can do this while holding hand weights or a dumbbell, placed on your shoulders, behind your neck.
  5. Lose butt fat by doing squats–lots of them. To see results sooner, hold a 5-pound weight in each hand while squatting.

Other Suggestions

 

  1. Get on your hands and knees and bring your left knee up to your chest and then extend it as far behind you as you can. Lifting your leg toward the ceiling once the leg is fully extended will work out your butt muscles even more. Do this on the right side as well.
  2. Try to slim down fat ankles or “cankles,” which may be your genetic predisposition. You may have the tendency to store fat in your lower legs. Fat ankles also can be the result of edema, tendinitis or water retention. You may or may not succeed in losing the fat on your ankles. Consider doing kickboxing or other activities that bulk up your calves and minimize thick ankles.
  3. Do yoga. Yoga tones and sculpts the entire body while helping you burn fat and lose weight. Yoga improves posture and straightens your spine, which makes you look taller and thinner.

4 big benefits of stretching

Obviously, stretching increases flexibility, but so what?

First, flexibility can increase “stability, balance, and ease of movement,” as Michelle Matte at Livestrong.com describes, which reduces risk of injury, not just in athletic activities, but in everyday life.

Stretching also encourages the production of lubricants in our joints, as AZ Central’s Andrea Cespedes tells us. This, combined with the relief of tension around your joints earned by stretching, can ease arthritis and other joint pain.

After sitting at a desk or behind a steering wheel for hours and hours on end, your posture can start to go. Stretching out your back, neck and chest will not only help improve posture, but work towards alleviating the lower back pain and neck tension caused by long-term slouching.

Speaking of long days working and commuting, stretching is a great stress reliever. When combined with deep breathing (as used in yoga) stretching can help you calm down and ease your mind, while loosening all the areas where you hold tension. Cespedes also explains that various stretches can even aid in hormonal balance, digestion, and blood pressure, which can all be associated with stress.

In short, if stretching is not a part of your routine, it should be.

Does the Affordable Care Act include dental insurance?

With the enrollment deadline of March 31, 2014 looming in the near future, understanding the Affordable Care Act and dental insurance can be treading murky waters. Is dental insurance covered under the ACA?

For many Arizonans, the lack of dental insurance is a barrier to seeking dental treatment and achieving good oral health and systemic health. Research tells us that optimal oral health is important to overall health and well-being. Dental disease is linked to diabetes, coronary artery disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, pneumonia, dementia, school hours lost and employability.

How is dental insurance included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

Under the Patient Safety and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), individuals and small businesses without health insurance may purchase coverage through a Health Exchange or Marketplace, by visiting: http://www.healthcare.gov. Qualified health plans within or outside the exchange must offer ten Essential Health Benefits (EHB), including pediatric oral health services.

Under the ACA, states set the benchmark for EHB. In Arizona, children’s care and oral health services seem to be benchmarked as a dental checkup and treatment limited to medical necessity. Adult dental care is not included as an EHB. In many cases although pediatric dental care is offered, it is not mandatory to purchase if available as a standalone plan.

In a nutshell, adult dental insurance is not mandatory under the ACA, however it may still be purchased. Pediatric dental coverage is required but interpreted at the state level. When choosing any dental insurance plan, be sure to read the fine print and determine the exact coverage.

Medicaid Expansion increases State Medicaid Eligibility (AHCCCS) for Eligible Arizonans

Some Arizonans may be eligible for Medicaid which includes pediatric dental benefits. Under the ACA, states were given a choice to participate in the expansion of their Medicaid benefits. On June 17, 2013; Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the AHCCCS Restoration Plan, to restore coverage to adults between 100-133% of the Federal Poverty Level, beginning January 1, 2014.

The Medicaid expansion will make approximately 300,000 additional poor and disabled residents eligible in Arizona. Many residents of Phoenix and Arizona who were not previously eligible for Medicaid through Arizona’s agency, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), can reapply at www.healthearizonaplus.gov. If you are denied AHCCCS coverage for being over income, apply for health care coverage at www.healthcare.gov.

Low Cost Dental Clinics in Phoenix, AZ

In Phoenix, and the surrounding area of Maricopa County, low cost dental clinics are available. Be advised that waiting lists may be long. Visit www.WeAreOralHealth.org for a list of community dental clinics in Maricopa County.

For no cost oral health screenings for your children 0-5 years visit www.FirstTeethFirst.org for locations, days and times offered at Maricopa County WIC, immunization, childcare centers and various resource centers. For an interactive map, assistance and other helpful services in Phoenix. AZ; visit www.FindHelpPhx.org or dial 2-1-1.

Extreme Workout while traveling

Many of us who get a thrill out of working out everyday(or at least several days a week) also have a passion and a desire for traveling to new and exotic places around the world. However on our travels, we don’t do much working out as we should. Just because we are on vacation or on business in a new place, doesn’t mean we sacrifice the hard work we have developed for our bodies. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure you are boosting your workout while in an unfamiliar place.

1. Pack equipment with your clothing – when traveling you don’t have to sacrifice getting a good workout because you don’t have any equipment with you. Most of the time when you are traveling you are not going to be gone for more than two weeks at a time anyway. If you can, pack yourself some athletic clothes to change into at some point during the day. you can order resistance bands that are lightweight and don’t take a lot of space in your luggage, good running shoes will be ideal as well, i all else fails just resort to some good calisthenics workouts you can do in your hotel room.

2. Explore your new city – get on your walking/running shoes and take a walk and explore the city that you are in. A scenic route can not only help you in time having jet-lag depending on how far you traveled, but it can also help you with keeping your cardio workout intact without sacrificing any down time while you are out on your travels.

3. Use your hotel – in a time now where everyone is trying to cater to the health conscious individual, a lot of hotels and resorts are investing in fitness centers in their facilities. they have a lot of the state of the are treadmills, weight rooms, even some have saunas and hot tubs/jacuzzi. You paid good money for the 5-star hotel that you are in, why not take advantage of all of its amenities.

4. Swimming anyone? – Many places that you travel too have water parks or may be close to a beach where you can try new activities such as wave boarding, water skiing, or simply just a nice swim in the water. If you are with a group and can ind a net. you can also play water volleyball. Serve Up!!!!

5. Workout DVDs – you should have a collection of workout DVDs at your disposal that you can take with you on your trip to help keep you going while you are out on vacation or work travels. all you need is your hotel room, comfortable gear and about an hour to yourself to watch your video and really getting a nice good workout in.

Got the Cold and Flu Blues? 3 Ways to Get Better Fast

Feeling more tired than usual? Got a scratchy throat, runny nose and achy muscles? Looks like you’ve caught the flu.

Between work, school, and all around busy schedules, who can afford to be sick for very long? (Answer: No one!) Here are a few easy self-care steps that will help you and your family get on the fast track to recovery.

Be conscientious about hygiene.

This is one of the most important and simplest ways to get better. Make sure you wash your hands regularly and frequently, especially after touching objects like doorknobs, keyboards or shaking hands. Try Dial® Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap with Moisturizer—it kills germs plus it prevents your hands from drying out after all that washing. Or let your little ones use Dial Complete® Hand Wash to make hand washing fun and foamy.

If your cold or flu has brought on the sniffles, it’s important to blow your nose to help relieve congestion. Use soft, high quality tissues like Scotties® Tissues. Plant them around your house and carry them in your purse or pocket at all times—there’s nothing worse than having to scramble for something to wipe noses with when caught off guard by sneezes.

Focus on healthy lifestyle habits.

Eat simple foods that are nutrient dense and easy for your body to digest like soups, fruits and vegetables. To give your immune system that extra edge, avoid caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and processed foods. Also make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of fluids—this decreases inflammation and reduces congestion. The best options are filtered water, herbal teas and coconut water. And definitely make sure to get extra sleep since your body needs all its resources to fight off that virus. This is when the body recharges and refuels.

Take medicine.

There are also several natural and over the counter medicines to consider as well. One of the top reasons for people having to take sick days at work is due to their kids being sick. If you find yourself with a little one who is feeling under the weather, consider one of many Triaminic® products to help alleviate symptoms like coughing, congestion and sore throat so they can feel better while they heal. Kids need rest in order to recover, and it’s tough getting enough sleep if they are constantly coughing or have a stuffy nose. Choose from a variety of Triaminic® products, depending on individual symptoms, so kids can find some quick relief.

Increase immunity.

Herbs like elderberry or goldenseal are also great immune system boosters. These herbs help the body’s natural ability to fight off that virus. If a sore throat is an issue, make some soothing herbal tea with hot water, lemon, raw honey and some ginger and sip slowly. And lastly, a super simple thing you can do is to just add a little extra garlic to your meals. This will instantly transform your lunch or dinner into a mega immune booster.

Here’s to good health for you and your family!

How to Use Cocoa Butter to Get Rid of Scars

From that scraped knee you got as a kid to that recent cut you received in the shower from shaving, you’ve experienced a scar or two at some point. Even bug bites can leave constant reminders of past camping trips. Your body naturally sheds layers of skin. Regardless, scars can still be visible. And although they are a natural part of life, you can remove scars. Cocoa butter is a great beauty treatment to hydrate and smooth skin, that doubles as a scar removal cream.

Instructions

Treatment for Scars

  1. Start with clean skin. This prepares the scar for treatment. For extra healing benefits, exfoliate the skin with a course wash cloth in the shower, then towel dry.
  2. Firmly massage pure cocoa butter directly into the skin in a firm, circular motion. Since scars are made up of thick, fibrous collagen, the rubbing motion aids in smoothing the appearance of the scar. In addition, moisture from cocoa butter helps stimulate the breakdown of the collagen protein.
  3. Make sure to continue massaging skin until cocoa butter disappears. Skin responds well to moisture and the biggest benefit of using the scar removal cream is the skin hydration it provides. Pure cocoa butter, because of its great moisturizing qualities, has great affects on old and new scars. Hydrating the skin with pure cocoa butter will not only lubricate skin, but help lighten scars
  4. Continue this application up to three times a day. Over time, you will begin to notice a change in the look and feel of your skin, plus a less visible scar. Also remember your skin will continue to heal itself with aggressive massaging.

How to Fatten the Hips, Thighs & Butt

Getting rid of unwanted weight in the lower body is a challenging task for pear-shaped women. However, there are benefits to being pear-shaped. According to the International Journal of Obesity, people with added weight in the hips, thighs and butt actually have an extra line of defense against diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-related conditions. Now that you know the benefits of being bottom heavy, learn how to develop lower body muscles to have a more voluptuous bottom half.

Ride a Bike

  1. Ride a regular bike or an exercise bike at a speed of 15 miles per hour. Keep your legs moving continuously, so that you constantly engage the muscles in the legs. Do this for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Adjust the resistance on the regular bike or exercise bike so that it challenges the muscles in the lower body. If your regular bike does not have resistance levels, find a bike route or bike trail that has a variety of inclines and steep hills.
  3. Create an even more challenging workout by adding lightweight ankle weights towards the last 5 minutes of the workout. This will provide added resistance and further develop the lower body muscles.
  4. Cool down for 5 minutes after you complete this workout by riding the bike at a slow pace of 5 miles per hour. Thoroughly stretch your legs, buttocks and hamstrings for another 5 minutes after the workout. Complete this entire exercise routine three to four times a week.

Lower Body Sculpting

  1. Stand with your legs hip-width apart. Hold a 5-pound dumbbell on your right outer thigh.
  2. Stand straight and maintain your balance. With weight concentrated on the left side of the body, and the right leg slightly bent, move the right outer thigh outward, to the side of the body, about 12 to 15 inches. Once the leg reaches this position, hold for one second and take it back to starting position slowly, being careful to maintain your balance.
  3. Lift the right leg again and return to starting position. Complete 12 to 15 repetitions. Repeat this exercise on your left leg, completing 12 to 15 repetitions. Perform two sets of this exercise on each leg, for four complete sets. Do this exercise three to four times a week. If you have trouble maintaining your balance, grab a chair and place the opposing arm on the top of the chair for balance. Always keep your back straight and abdominal muscles pulled in tight.

Stair Climber

  1. Set the resistance level on the stair climber so that it provides your lower body with a challenging workout. The object of the stair climber is to sculpt your hips, thighs and butt by using a high resistance level. By continuously engaging these muscles, you will help to build these muscles so they become firmer and more developed.
  2. Work out on the stair climber for 20 minutes at a pace of one full step within three seconds. The slower movement provides added resistance and makes the muscles in the hip, thigh and butt area work harder.
  3. Stretch the muscles in the legs, thighs and butt for five minutes after your 20-minute step workout. This helps to prevent soreness the next day. Perform this exercise routine five days a week.

Fight depression with healthy food

In our society we are always under some kind of tension, whether at work, home or with family members, this kind of stress can end up with you being depressed. Depression is a mental state characterized by extreme feeling of rejection, sadness and emptiness.With various of symptoms including; poor appetite, inadequate diet and weight loss sometimes weight gain, even the thoughts of suicide or death. Causes of depression are categorized as psychological, sociological, biochemical or physiological. To improve our mental state, it starts in the form of a healthy diet.

We all should understand that good nutrition plays a pivotal part in mental health. Many studies have been shown that nutrients can profoundly influence brain activity. Eastern doctors mostly believe that diet is often the cause of depression in the western world. Our diet of fast food, snacking and poor eating habits is the primary contributor. Exercise does have some effect toward depression but nutrition helps the majority of your brain function

Eating high quality proteins such as, fish turkey and legumes, that contains essential fatty acid to helps to increase alertness. Eating foods that are high in saturated fats inhibits the receptors in the brain resulting in poor circulation. Caffeine and sugar together is known to be a toxic mix, it spikes insulin and create mood swings, that results in depression. Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates like fruits and Vegetables and whole grains, increase serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that reduces appetite, sexual behavior, and suppresses pain perception. Help your mind and body fight depression by being mindful of your diet.