Benefits of Spicy Food

HI Friends,

My body is sore as all H-E-(DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS) so I decided to make today a rest day. I try to rest 1-2 days a week and I don’t plan it, it’s always a treat to not have to workout that day. Sometimes its a treat and a curse since I alway feel a little guilty if I don’t work up a good sweat. My training is going well but I freaked out a little last night when I realized we would be in Miami within 10 days. I’ve been to Miami many times but never while training for a crazy race. I need to stay on track with my exercise routine but it’s nearly impossible to workout inside in 80 degree heat. I don’t think I’ll be ready to run by then so I’m hoping I’ll be successful this time around. It will take a lot of willpower to be stuck in a gym for hours at a time, but I believe I can do it. I have to do something I’ve never done to get results I’ve never seen.

This weeks Nutrition Challenge is to eat more Spicy foods.

I made this cute chart as a quick reference.

Processed with Moldiv

I wanted to give you guys a little more information

Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods

Weight Loss

  • Adding hot sauce or certain spices to foods can help you stick to your diet, it adds a needed kick and makes food fun and more satisfying to eat
  • Chili peppers can boost your metabolism and help you to continually burn calories long after your done eating

Heart Health

  • Cultures that eat the most spicy foods have lower heart attacks and stroke rates
  • Chili peppers can reduce the effects of LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Fights inflammation — a risk factor in heart attacks

Cancer Prevention

  • Capsaicin – an active component in chili peppers – has the ability to kill some cancers and fight leukemic cells
  • Slows the spread of cancer and tumor growths
  • Capsaicin has the same effect as some cancer drugs

Lowers Blood Pressure

  • Vitamin A & C in chili peppers increase blood flow through your entire body
  • Strengthens cardiovascular system

Aids in Depression and stress

  • Spicy foods boosts products of serotonin – the feel good hormone
  • This hormone can help ease depression and stress

Peace & Love,

Mary

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