Guac & Cucumbers: Keto Style

The weather is getting warmer and that means avocado season is beginning to bloom! Instead of turning to tacos our team at BeLiteWeight would like to offer this tasty keto-friendly recipe for flavor bursting guacamole.

Just Four Ingredients!

2 Ripe Avocados

½ Cup of Chunky Salsa  (Without The Chip!)

¼ TSP Red Pepper Sauce

1 Thinly Sliced Cucumber

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Obesity & Walking: The First Step

Too many people do not exercise because they believe that working out must equal long hours spent at the gym putting yourself through excruciating pain. However the benefits of just stepping outside your front door and leaving your home for a few minutes are staggering! Here are just a few reasons to walk more!

#1 – Greater Benefit for Obese

For those struggling with obesity these effects are even more amplified! At a power-walking speed of 4.5 miles per hour a 185 lb person would burn about 65 more calories per hour than a 155 lb person!

#2 – It’s Easy!

While walking may be troublesome for a select few, when compared to other forms of exercise such as running power walking is low-impact and minimally stressful on the body. Just start with a five minute walk and add two minutes every week!

#3 – More YOU time!

The time you spend walking is an opportunity for you to put on your headphones and jam out to your favorite tracks or listen to an audiobook.

#4 – The American Lifestyle

Americans take fewer steps than adults in Australia Switzerland and Japan which all have less issues with obesity and heart disease. Our lifestyle choices in America are not good for our bodies!

#5 – 50% Reduction of Select Diseases

High energy walking for 2-4 hours a week reduced the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome by 50 percent!

The 2008 CDC Physical Activity Guidelines recommends 30 minutes per day of moderate activity or 15 minutes per day of vigorous exercise. The BeLiteWeight team would like to challenge you to meet their standards!

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Why I Walk Without My iPhone

Some might say I walk to the beat of a different drummer. But I like to walk to the beat of no drum at all.

I'm a walker.

I walk every day. I walk in the morning, over my lunch hour, and after dinner. Some of the walks are short–a mile or so–others go on for three, four and even five miles.

And I never bring my iPhone. Not anymore.

I started walking, seriously walking, about two years ago to lose weight. The pressures of work, three kids, running all over town and keeping the house together were taking their toll on my mind–and body.

You see, I'm a stress-eater. I'd have a bad day at the office, come home and eat an entire bag of Cheetos. I'd drop my son off at baseball, my daughter at dance, and head over to McDonalds to get a couple of things off the Dollar Menu. I'd eat ice cream piled with caramel in bed every night.

Food was my comfort.

Naturally I became seriously overweight, maybe 75 or 80 pounds overweight. My knees hurt, my back hurt and I was tired all the time. So my doctor suggested that I start walking, which I did. It seemed like a good idea–easy on the knees, better than running (and less painful) for burning fat. And, he said, it would help me relax. All of which would help lower my blood pressure.

The problem was, I always brought my iPhone along, and you can probably guess what happened. I'd start off listening to some music. Then I'd get a call. Then I'd think of something I needed to do later in the week and I'd want to make a note of it and mark my calendar. Then I'd need to check my emails–work and personal. Then Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, of course.

The next thing I knew, I'd be sitting on a bench or curb or under a tree, stressing out about a friend's status post, a project at work or the fact that my husband forgot to get milk at the grocery store.

By the time I'd finally get home, I was actually more stressed.

Now I leave my iPhone at home, and I just walk. I clear my mind. I enjoy the scenery, the weather (sometimes), and the smiles I get from cute guys who are out running (I'm married, not dead). Walking without any real ‘connection’ to the world around me is freeing–it lets me escape and clear my mind, even if it’s only for 20 minutes. It has been a major impetus in my weight loss, has helped me be a better mom and wife, and I strongly recommend you get out there before work and/or after dinner and see what a simple walk can do for you!