Health Tips

The Key to Weight Loss

March 14th, 2008 at 05:08pm Under Weight Loss

Changes you can make to lose weight and feel great:

  • Chia seeds are a dieter’s dream food because they add bulk to foods without altering flavor.  Not only that but 1 tablespoon of these hydrating and nutrient-rich seeds have the ability to sustain a person for 24 hours!
  • It takes energy to burn fat, so conserve energy by eating more raw and less cooked foods.
  •  Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism revved up.
  • Keep a food/exercise journal.  Studies show that those who write down there daily food intake, lose more weight than those who do not.  I use the weight loss software Cronometer (free download) because it will keep track of your calories and percentages of fats, carbs, and protein.  Nutridiary is also good (and free!).
  • Watch your fat consumption.  Daily fat intake should not exceed 20% of your total dietary caloric intake.  This does not amount to much—1/2 an avocado, a few tablespoons of oil and you’re already there!
  • Add sesame seeds to smoothies, salads, etc. because they are fat burning.  Even better sprouted!
  • Virgin, unrefined coconut oil boosts your metabolism and is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids that are not stored as easily as other fats.  Begin adding to smoothies or as a butter replacement on toast if you like the flavor.
  • When it comes to working out, you must keep your body guessing.  Begin an interval training routine that includes weight lifting*.  This form of exercise is extremely effective because it will keep your heart rate elevated anywhere from 24-48 hours after you finish exercising!   Plus, it takes only 20-30 minutes to complete 5-6 days per week if done properly!

*It is important that you consult a physician or other qualified health professional before changing your diet or beginning an exercise program

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Cholesterol Tips

October 21st, 2007 at 05:06pm Under Lowering Cholesterol

Changes that have helped people in my life lower their cholesterol naturally*:

  • Chia Seeds!  Consume 3-4 tablespoons of chia gel per day.  The soluable fiber will strip excess cholesterol from your body and the Omega 3s will help reduce inflammation.
  • Increase fiber consumption (include quinoa, brown rice with black beans, lentils, etc. into your diet)
  • Alternate between Beet Drink and Green Smoothies on most days of the week
  • Add ground flax, sesame (said to lower cholesterol), pumpkin, and sunflower seeds to your diet (add to smoothies, soups, salads, etc.)
  • Limit coffee and alcohol consumption
  • Limit consumption of animal/dairy products
  • Exercise!

*It is important that you consult a physician or other qualified health professional before changing your diet or beginning an exercise program

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