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Fad Diets – Unhealthy –

The diet industry is a 35 BILLION dollar business.

Fads are a big part of the industry.

Doctors are saying eat organic and eat natural.

But in a society of instant gratification – is “NOW” really the best?

In a cruel and ironic twist, aspartame may actually cause weight gain. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, found in aspartame, stimulate the release of insulin. Rapid, strong spikes in insulin remove all glucose from the blood-stream and store it as fat. This can result in hypoglycemia and sugar cravings. Additionally, it has been demonstrated to inhibit carbohydrate induced synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which signals that the body is satiated. Inhibition of serotonin leads to food cravings, increased carbohydrate consumption and, ultimately, weight gain. In a recent study, a control group switching to an aspartame-free diet resulted in an average weight loss of 19 pounds.  — Could There Be Evils Lurking In Aspartame Consumption?  By Christine Lydon M

As spring fast approaches the farmers markets open and fresh is the name of the game!

Fad diets lead to the yo-yo affect.  Lose then gain – lose then gain.  To maintain a single weight long term is far better than to bounce oneself from weight to weight.  The most affective diets are those that encourage lifestyle changes.

Plant A Dream

Plant A Dream

There are numerous books written on dieting. Many we have written ourselves since of all who know how the body we own responds it is us. Like many I have tried many of these “experiments”. Few have worked. Of them all the most successful has been “You on a Diet”. 10,000 foot steps a day changes ones life, regular watering grows good health and eating foods that honor one’s heart has life long consequences. Regular care of one’s garden ensures a healthy harvest, regular care of ones body is much the same. As we all know from years of experience – “Diet’s don’t work.” GardeningProper care of our personal garden (our bodies) is a life time passion.  There are a few basic care principles we can implement into our daily lives –

Water – Like every garden our bodies need water.  Clear clean water.  No need for additives – proper hydration is the key.  What equates to proper hydration? Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids.  Water: How much should you drink every day? by the Mayo Clinic.

Food – Feeding our boodies healthy organic nutrient rich foods is critical to our total well being.  The food we eat feeds every cell from the top of our heads to the bottoms of our feet.  More on eating healthy “Nutrition and Healthy Eating” by Mayo Clinic.  Making conscious aware food choices to optimize the nutrients we give our bodies is an easy way to ensure a healthier tomorrow.

Exercise – The final basic in our gardening plan.  10,000 steps a day is all it takes.  The benefits of walking can be seen in as few as 90 days and are known to slow the aging process. Drs. Oz and Roizen Speak Out: Top 10 Benefits of Walking  This list will get you moving! Is Your Job Making You Fat? Study Links Office Work With Obesity Walking has been shown to reduce stress and also lower your risk for cubicle obesity.

Three simple steps that will change your life in as little as 90 days.

  1. Proper Hydration

  2. Nutrient Rich Foods and Balanced Meals

  3. Exercise – One step at a time

Maintaining the garden that is your body is a life long process beginning is 3 simple steps.

Non Dairy Strawberry Smoothie via Smoothie Web

Prep Time: 5 minutes                    Blend Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes                   Yield: 1 serving

Serving Size: 12 ounces                Calories per serving: 352

Fat per serving: .4g

Non-Dairy Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • I2 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp honey


  1. Add the water and strawberries to the blender first.
  2. Then pour in the honey and lastly add the ice cubers.
  3. Blend on low and gradually move to high until everything is a red fruity liquid.
  4. Then blend on high for another 30 seconds to aerate.
  5. Enjoy your non-dairy strawberry smoothie.

Want to bump it up a notch?  Boost your smoothie to make it functional!!

Blend in MatchaGT for all the wonderful benefits of green tea.


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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