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Burger King Launches A Meat-Free ‘Impossible Whopper’

Fast food institution Burger King now sells an entirely meatless version of its flagship burger. This vegetarian version of the iconic Whopper burger is made with a plant-based burger patty that’s designed to look and taste just like beef. The Impossible Whopper is now available at 59 Burger King locations in the St Louis area and is set to appear at all of their 7,200 restaurants across the US should the trial period go off without a hitch.

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The arrival of the Impossible Whopper is great news for the health conscious, as the meat-free option contains 15% less fat and 90% cholesterol than its beef-based cousin. However, costing about a dollar more than the regular Whopper, it’s a premium option for veggies and calorie-counters. Furthermore, the burger will still be topped with mayonnaise – which means it is unsuitable for vegans.

According to Burger King’s chief marketing officer Fernando Machado, neither the restaurant’s employees nor customers can tell the difference between the Impossible and regular Whopper. In a statement, Machado said, “people on my team who know the Whopper inside and out, they try it and they struggle to differentiate which one is which.”

The meatless patty used in the new Impossible Whopper is produced by Impossible Foods, who use a soybean root derivative to make a meat alternative called heme. When blended with other vegetarian ingredients, the plant-based product has a slightly nutty texture, like ground beef. The same recipe is used by the burger chain White Castle – although Burger King’s version has been specially crafted to resemble the Whopper.

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Impossible Foods began developing their heme burger in an attempt to reduce global reliance on animal-based agriculture, which has a significant environmental impact. For example, new research suggests that without meat farming, the land covered by agriculture could be reduced by 75% globally – which is an are equivalent to the US, China, the European Union, and Australia combined – and still feed the entire world. Furthermore, Impossible Foods’ meat alternatives solve health concerns and ethical issues associated with meat consumption, whilst generating a tiny fraction of related greenhouse gas.

However, Impossible Foods’ success has not come without controversy. For example, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have claimed that the product isn’t as animal-friendly as it seems. According to a sting conducted by the animal rights group, Impossible Foods test their products on rats. In a blog post, PETA said that “it’s impossible for PETA to get behind the Impossible Burger,” claiming the product was unhealthy, immoral, and inferior to a competitor’s product.

Be sure to Comment Below and let me know if you have tried this burger and what the taste was like. 

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Can Drinking Tea (of All Things) Really Help You Lose Weight?

A common mistake made by many dieters is not taking into account what they drink. The truth is the fluids you consume can have just as big an impact on your waistline – and your health – as the foods you eat.

Of course, that means for dieters who are serious about losing weight – no more soda and no more alcohol … But what about green tea and black tea?

Are these teas good for you – or could they actually cause you to gain unwanted weight?

The answer may surprise you. You see, most people think green tea, in particular, can help you lose weight not gain it … But that may not necessarily be the case.

Several studies have shown that green tea does not affect weight loss.

For example, a Cochrane Review of green tea research found that green tea led to only small, statistically insignificant weight loss in overweight or obese adults. The review also noted that regular consumption of green tea didn’t help people keep weight off.

In addition to these alarming findings, there could be another problem – if you are putting sugar into your green tea that could be a source of extra calories that you are not accounting for.

According to experts, some people who are frequent tea drinkers may consume up to 300 calories or more a day from sugar.

So what about Black tea?

Black tea is actually “burnt green tea,” and it is full of caffeine just like regular green tea. Ingesting too much caffeine can cause heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting and “jittery” feelings.

Even if you drink decaffeinated green or black tea, the decaffeination process destroys much of the natural ingredients. It makes more sense to drink a tea that naturally contains no caffeine (like the tea I’m going to reveal in just a moment).

Another common problem with black tea is that it is often taken with milk, which slows down the absorption rate of valuable antioxidants and polyphenols. Surprisingly, skim milk slows this process down at a greater extent than whole milk.

So if green tea and black tea are not ideal for weight loss what should the responsible dieter drink?

The answer was found in the jungles of Africa where Kenyan tribesmen drink red tea to eliminate hunger pains while they hunt for their next meal.

 

Red Tea not only gets rid of hunger pains, but it also promotes fat burning and boosts energy without relying on caffeine. That’s right, red tea is caffeine free.

Red tea is basically the perfect health drink. It’s refreshing and tasty, hot or iced. It helps clear toxins … it reduces fat-storing hormones … and it promotes the production of fat-burning hormones … all while naturally reducing stress and balancing insulin.

Red tea is caffeine free, vegan and vegetarian safe, dairy free, gluten free and sugar-free.

It’s a great alternative to caffeine — with absolutely no jitters, so “flushing fat away” is safe and rapid. Red tea also contains no fats or carbohydrates. The flavor is mild and slightly sweet.

One more thing about red tea, it has no oxalic acid, so there is no risk of kidney stones, unlike with black and green teas. It also has very low tannin levels so it’s much better for you than green and black teas that have high tannin levels and can bind iron.

One great thing about red tea is that it is packed full of powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative damage caused by toxins in your body and that are scientifically proven to have an antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral action to boost your immunity.

The bottom line is drinking delicious red tea not only “halts hunger” but can also reverse the harm caused by the built-up toxins in your fat cells with its powerful antioxidants.

That’s why I believe that red tea could be the breakthrough many people who have been struggling to lose fat have been waiting for.

It’s a delicious red tea that requires no doctor’s visits, no lectures about losing weight, no expensive pills, no starving yourself and no intense workouts…

And best of all — it helps eliminate harmful fat by working with your body’s natural fat-burning metabolism and doing it all — without you feeling any cravings or hunger pains!

That’s what is possible with the new Red Tea Detox Program utilizing red tea along with several myth-busting diet rules this program can help you lose up to 14 pounds in just 14 days.

With the program, you get everything you need to lose weight including the red tea recipe and all the sources for the 5 unique ingredients (which can be found at any grocery store for pennies).

You also get:

• A complete 14-day meal plan that includes recipes for satisfying, delicious snacks to halt any cravings instantly. The meal plan covers four phases: The Red Tea Detox Diet Phase 1: Days 1 – 5; The Red Tea Detox Phase 2: Day 6; The Red Tea Detox Phase 3: Days 7 and 8; Phase 4: Calorie Restriction Based on BMR.

• The Red Tea Detox Exercise Plan, which has the potential to almost double your fat-burning results.

• The Red Tea Detox Willpower Motivation and Mindset Plan, which dispels the common myths about willpower and makes sure you, stay motivated to lose a maximum amount of weight.

The Red Tea Detox works equally well for both women and men. It also doesn’t matter if you have a lot of weight to lose or just a few pounds, it can quickly help you achieve your weight loss goal. This program is ideal for anyone who is concerned about their health (especially if you are over the age of 35) … Anyone who wants to lose stubborn fat around their belly, butt, and thighs … Anyone who wants to lose weight without feeling hungry or unsatisfied.

It doesn’t matter how stubborn that belly fat has been The Red Tea Detox can help you lose unwanted weight. You’ll re-balance your fat loss hormones and unblock crucial metabolic fat-burning steps so you can control your fat-burning and fat-storing hormones and do it as easy as 1-2-3.

To learn much more about this powerful program and how it can help you lose even the most stubborn fat, click here now. No other detox program contains these 5 unique ingredients scientifically proven to unlock stubborn fat cells, release hard-to-lose fat deposits, and flush fat away.

Your body uses multiple steps to release fat naturally. Even if just one step is blocked, your fat loss will grind to a halt. This gets crucial the older you get because you are more likely to have one or more of these steps blocked.

The Red Tea Detox System unblocks all these steps – that’s why it is 100% guaranteed to help you burn fat and lose all the weight you want.

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Yoga For Anxiety: 6 Poses To Reduce Stress And Support Mental Health

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Yoga can be the most efficient way to relieve the body and mind of stress. Studies show that roughly 40 million U.S. adults suffer from anxiety. That makes stress & anxiety one of the most common mental illnesses in the country. But even those who haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder aren’t immune to experiencing stress, tension and anxiety in their everyday lives.

Practicing yoga can not only be an effective stress reliever, but also a way to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Yoga helps by transferring the focus and attention to the body and  breath. 

“Yoga helps our entire system slow down,” ViraYoga founder Elena Brower tells the Huffington Post. “Our bodies are programmed to heal naturally, and what stops that healing are all the stressors of daily life. Yoga dissolves those stressors for the time during practice and usually the effects last for hours after.”

Below are Six Easy Yoga Poses that can help you relieve daily stress!

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Yoga Pose: Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

 1. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

Forward bends are excellent for calming our nervous system, according to Brower. The posture provides a release of the upper body and soothes the mind through gentle inversion either when practiced on its own or between poses.

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Yoga Pose: Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

 2. Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

The Legs up the Wall pose is a simple but effective anxiety-busting posture for beginners that can help you to escape the “thinking mind.”

You don’t have to be so flexible or so strong, and yet it’s very relaxing and very calming for the nervous system.

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3. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

To quiet the mind and cultivate focused awareness, try the Half Moon Pose, a balancing posture with one leg raised 90 degrees and one hand on the floor or on a block.

“Balancing poses take our attention off of the mind and into the body,” Brower says.

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Yoga: Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

 

  1. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Before moving on to the Eagle and Half Moon balancing poses, beginners should start with Tree Pose, a basic standing balance to help calm a racing mind and induce concentration.

 Balancing poses force you to be honest about where you are currently, and they force you to pay attention to where you are. If you’re in a tree pose and your mind is wandering, you’ll know it because you’ll fall over.

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Yoga Pose: Child’s Pose (Balasana)

 5. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

 This is one of the best resting poses of any yoga practice. Child’s Pose basically involves sitting on the knees and bending forward with arms forward or by your side. It can be very comforting and self-soothing. This is one of my favorite poses because we all just need to slump over and relax at times.

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Yoga Pose: Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

 6. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Is useful at relieving discomfort in the muscles of the back, neck and abdomen. Furthermore, a little time spent in cobra pose can go a long way towards alleviating stress, anxiety and even depression.

                                     Benefits of Cobra Pose:

 Stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominal

Decreases stiffness of the lower back

Strengthens the arms and shoulders

Increases flexibility

Improves menstrual irregularities

Elevates mood

Firms and tones the buttocks

Invigorates the heart

Stimulates organs in the abdomen, like the kidneys

Relieves stress and fatigue

Opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs

Improves circulation of blood and oxygen, especially throughout the spinal and pelvic regions

Improves digestion

Strengthens the spine

Soothes sciatica

Helps to ease symptoms of asthma

Make Yoga part of your daily routine even if that means getting up a few hours early in the morning before work. Your mind and body will thank you!

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