Diet, Nutrition & Fitness. Learn to achieve the Healthiest & Fittest version of yourself!
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Eat healthy, get fit, lose weight, stay beautiful.

Welcome to the official Rachelle Caves blog space! Here, you'll learn how to beautify yourself from the inside out, while toning up your body and mind!

Educate. Don't Shame.

The ill-effects of weight-bias internalization include prompting individuals to then overeat and be less physically active. Additionally, being stressed out about your weight and how much of it you need to lose causes physiological & metabolic stress in your body that make it more difficult to lose weight.

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Dieting causes Dragon Breath

Ketone Breath

I'm sure you're all familiar with the Low-Carbohydrate or "Low-Carb" diets. They glorify meat and cheese while severely restricting even healthy carbohydrates like fruit and quinoa.  These diets are mainly geared towards people who want rapid weight loss. While low carbohydrate diets usually produce fast weight loss, at first primarily due to water weight, it comes with a host of negative side effects.

The one side effect that I want to point out today is that of bad breath/odor. It's beyond me why someone would accept this side effect just to lose weight, when there are much more pleasurable and non-stinky ways to keep the excess pounds off your belly. 

For starters, you can imagine that the breakdown products of animal flesh and dairy inside your body aren't too glamorous. In addition to this, you have the smelly side effects of ketosis.

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Are Raisins Good for You?

Have you been avoiding raisins thinking they will derail your diet? Think again! Raisins are, in effect, superfoods that promote good digestion, better blood pressure, and free radical protection.

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Healing Benefits of Turmeric

Anti-Inflammatory
Chronic, low-grade inflammation is believed to be one of the root-cases of many degenerative diseases. Since you are what you eat, it's no surprise that diet and lifestyle play a large role in either quelling or causing inflammation. 

Turmeric can help lower inflammation in the body as it fights inflammation at a cellular level. Curcumin, found in turmeric, inhibits the molecules that are responsible for inflammation.

Many healthcare practitioners actually compare its' effectiveness favorably to that of anti-inflammatory drugs. But of course, always ask your doctor before starting any new lifestyle regimens. 

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Cassia vs. Ceylon Cinnamon

Cassia and Ceylon Cinnamon
The two most common types of cinnamon are Cassia and Ceylon. Cassia cinnamon is most commonly seen in stores. This is the type of cinnamon I grew up using. It has a stronger cinnamon taste, in comparison to Ceylon. Perhaps that's why most people reach for it.

Cinnamon and Coumarin
While Cassia cinnamon yields positive health benefits such as better blood sugar control, it also contains a compound called "coumarin" that is toxic in high levels. This is one of the reasons why cinnamon supplements aren't a good idea. If you're consuming cinnamon daily, like me, and adding it to lots of things throughout the day in order to reap the health benefits, then it's a good idea to switch to Ceylon cinnamon.

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8 Positive Affirmations to Say Now

Positive Affirmations are an excellent way to start your day. They are simply positive statements that you make to yourself, about yourself and the surrounding world.


Here are 8 of my personal favorite (and easy) affirmations:

1. Today will be a great day.

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An Apple a Day...

Remember the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?" There sure is a lot of truth to this, largely due to the awesome antioxidant content and fiber contained in apples. An apple a day (or more!) can also keep the body fat away, too!

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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Olive Oil

This mouth-watering recipe takes cancer-fighting to the next level because of its' two main ingredients: Broccoli and Garlic.

It helps beautify your body from the inside out by providing you with a solid amount of Vitamin C and various phytonutrients. 

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Plant-Based Caprese Couscous Salad

It's time for another one of my favorite plant-based recipes. This one is super-filling due to its high fiber content. So, for those of you trying to lose weight and think you need to avoid carbohydrates - think again.

This dish incorporates fiber-rich whole-wheat couscous and features a plant-based cashew "cheese".

It's simple, yet so delicious! 

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Pumpkin for Beautiful Skin

One cup of the pureed orange goodness has about 7 grams of dietary fiber. That stuff keeps you satiated.


Pumpkin is a great source of potassium. This mineral is vital for blood pressure and electrolyte regulation. Potassium lessens the effect of sodium. The SAD (Standard American Diet) is generally low in potassium and high in sodium. It's supposed to be the opposite!

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