Goodbye Coffee Highs and Lows, Hello Real Energy! Start your morning with hot water and fresh squeezed lemon to taste. When you eat foods that are sour it makes your liver and gallbladder detox stored toxins. Your liver the “General” of your body, is especially important for weight loss and overall health. The liver needs to be working efficiently to properly perform critical tasks such as metabolizing fat. If loosing your morning coffee has you suffering from headaches, try some green tea to help you through.
Eat Fresh Feel Fabulous Only choose nutrient-dense foods! This means, if it is packaged, step away. Fresh foods are naturally packed with nutrients your body needs. You want to get the most nutrients you can in your diet at every meal because if you’re not getting the right nutrients, your body won’t be satisfied and will continually tell you how hungry it is! Great examples of nutrient-dense foods include whole grains, like brown rice, millet and quinoa, all fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh, un-processed lean meat and fish.
Eat balanced meals This is a extremely important component to losing weight, being healthy and even preventing or managing diabetes. Eating balanced meals entails eating lean protein, balanced with slow-burning carbs and a small amount of good fats – at every meal or snack. Picture your plate consisting of a four to six ounce piece of white turkey, a small baked sweet potato, and a large salad topped with a tablespoon of flax oil and balsamic vinegar. Protein is usually the component most people have a hard time including, especially at breakfast. A few great sources of protein suitable for breakfast are cottage cheese, eggs, or my favorite, a homemade protein shake. I use a whey isolate protein powder with no colour or flavour added, low fat cows milk or almond milk, about a cup of frozen or fresh fruit and a pinch of good fat, like flax or hemp oil.
Trade Three Square Meals for Five Fat Burning Feasts Ideally, you should always eat until you are “satisfied” not “full”. To accomplish this, you should be eating three balanced meals and two balanced snacks a day. Eating frequently keeps your metabolism revved up all day, which is a huge bonus because it means your body is always ready to burn calories. If you go too long between meals or worse, skip a meal, your metabolism has nothing to do and will slow right down until your next meal. To build a fat burning powerhouse and have your metabolism working on overdrive, fuel yourself every three to four hours. Eating in this manner ensures you won’t get to the point of severe hunger, when you will be most likely to give in to cravings and make poor food choices.
What’s In Your Glass? You’ve heard it over and over again, but its worth repeating, DRINK WATER! Water is essential to so many processes in the body including metabolism and digestion. The fact is, your body can’t work properly without a sufficient amount of water, so stay hydrated, doing so will even help starve off hunger cravings! In addition to water, feel free to drink other natural and calorie free beverages such as green or herbal teas which can even be made into a cold drink with some added lemon to taste! Anything that adds extra calories is strictly forbidden and yes this even means 100% pure juice! As I always say, eat your fruit, drink your water!