6 Fat Burning Foods

The one thing that all my clients have in common, be they male or female, is that they are looking to lose fat. The extra pouch they are carrying around? They want it gone! Like, yesterday!! Now, they want their extra inches gone for aesthetic reasons but there are some important health reasons to get rid of those inches of excess.

Having excess fat around the mid-section has been correlated to higher occurrences of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. It is a sign of chronic inflammation and that is not good for your health and wellbeing. As if your health is not enough of an incentive to lose those excess pounds and inches, a strong & fit core also protects you from injuries that may occur during the course of your daily routine, strengthens your back and improves your sex life! How’s that for motivation? That certainly got me motivated and since I changed my diet and lifestyle I lost a good 4 inches around my waist. And I’ve maintained it! How much can you lose?

To get your started, here are some foods whose intake you should increase in order to release the extra weight and inches.

  1. Green Tea - I’m sure you’ve heard that green tea is good for you. It contains antioxidants, catechins, that can stimulate metabolism and stimulate the body to burn abdominal fat.  

  2. Greek Yogurt - packed with protein which takes your body longer to digest keeping you satisfied longer. A bonus is that your body burns more calories while digesting protein than carbs. Stick to plain yogurt and use fresh berries or a little raw honey to sweeten it but avoid flavored greek yogurt.

  3. Quinoa - is a gluten-free grain that has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a one cup serving. Loaded with vitamins and minerals it is nutritious and satisfying; and can be eaten with lean protein or as part of an arugula salad.

  4. Raw Vegetables - cucumbers, carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers make a great snack that keeps your tummy full and happy and is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that give your body the nutrition it needs. And they are crunchy, so choose to snack on these instead of chips. Add a little sea salt, olive oil and cayenne pepper or some almond butter for some added taste.

  5. Organic Eggs - low in calories and a good source of high-quality protein. Studies have shown that eating protein in the morning will help keep you full longer vs. a carb-heavy breakfast, making it less likely for you to reach for a mid-morning snack.

  6. Berries - are high in water and fiber keeping you satisfied and they will also satisfy your sweet tooth for a fraction of the calories of cookies or brownies! The added benefit is that they are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.

I would eat one of these first, before you eat your ‘regular’ meal, or you can start by replacing one of your meals with a combination of these foods. Get creative. Experiment! And enjoy yourself!

Berry Kale Smoothie

1 organic kale leaf, center stalk removed

½ organic blueberries

½ organic strawberries

1 tbsp Pure Synergy Green Superfood Powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 cups purified water (add more/less depending on your taste)

Blend well and bottoms up!

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Gluten-free?? or Not Gluten-free??

A couple Mondays ago now, I decided I was going to really give this whole Gluten-free thing a proper try. I have noticed that when I eat products with Gluten – a protein found in certain grains – wheat is one of the most common sources of Gluten in our diets nowadays - I feel sluggish, bloated, my brain just has this numb feeling, I wake up with less energy & just have this EH feeling.. As you can see these are not good signs! I am an actress & a health & wellness coach, so it is my responsibility to look great & tend to my body & mind properly & from there support others in doing the same. All week I was doing great! & feeling great! I woke up without that tired, sluggish…will someone please turn off the daylight…feeling! I had more energy. I ate my greens. I had some lean proteins. I had some healthy grains such as brown rice & quinoa. & I got things done! Until the weekend… I started craving pizza!! & I’m a New Yorker so there is nothing like a pizza craving for us. But you can substitute this with your favorite source of gluten ;) And I gave in – to this delicious artisanal pizza spot. The pizza was delicious. I loved every bite of it!! Until…I woke up this past Monday morning.  I woke up feeling tired & like my brain was numb. I felt lethargic & without much energy to do anything. All I could think was why on earth did I eat that pizza!?? Now I have to get back on the ‘wagon’ & eat my greens & healthy – GLUTEN FREE grains, lean proteins… It is back to the drawing board!!

Now, I don’t believe that so called “gluten-free” foods that have an ingredient list that is a mile long, with words you can’t pronounce (or even some you can pronounce) is a good thing either!! ALWAYS read your ingredient list!!  If it lists potato starch, corn starch, tapioca starch, rice starch (see a pattern ;) or xanthum gum. STAY AWAY!! These ingredients are highly processed. They make the 'gluten-free' whatever-it-is high in sugar, lacking in nutrients & to add insult to injury, high on the Glycemic Index. This means that your body breaks them down very quickly; which leads to a spike in your blood sugar that is followed by a sharp drop. You want to eat foods that are low on the Glycemic Index – so your body breaks them down over time – making you feel satisfied longer, evening out your mood & keeping your energy up. 

Don’t fall into the marketing trap!! There are tons of companies out there that are supposedly ‘healthy’ but in reality aren’t. Case in point – Naked Juices. They are currently being sued because their juices aren’t really ‘natural’ or healthy. They are loaded with GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), soy derived fillers, lots of sugar etc.  Read the labels & do your research

Look at the sugar content! 1 teaspoon = 4.2 grams 

Here are some grains that are naturally Gluten-free:

  1. Brown rice
  2. Quinoa
  3. Amaranth
  4. Oats (just make sure they are whole oats, uncontaminated)
  5. Teff
  6. Sorghum
  7. Millet
  8. Buckwheat
  9. Cornmeal, whole grain (not cornstarch)
  10. Popcorn (organic & non-GMO)
  11. Montina (Indian Rice Grass)

You may not have heard of some of these. I have never heard of Montina!! But MOST of them are easy to find. You can start with oats, quinoa, brown rice & popcorn & then move on to Amaranth, millet, buckwheat, etc as you get more comfortable! It's a process :)

I started with these recipes & they are delicious!! Eat up!

 

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

1 cup Almond milk, unsweetened *

½ cup quinoa

½ berries (fresh or frozen)

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp agave nectar (optional) 

Bring the almond milk & quinoa to a light boil. If you are using frozen berries ‘cook’ the berries with the quinoa. Once you bring it to a light boil, reduce heat to a low simmer & cover saucepan with its lid. Simmer for ~15 minutes or until the quinoa has the desired amount of almond milk left. Remove from heat & mix in the cinnamon & agave (optional) & the berries, if fresh.

* I use unsweetened almond milk because I want it to have as little added to it as possible. If I have time I will make my own almond milk – but I admit, I don’t usually have the time to make my own. If you want to add 1 tsp of true Vanilla extract feel free to do so.

 

Raw Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

1 ¼ cups whole oat groats or steel cut oats

1 ½ cups almond milk, unsweetened (or purified water)

1 organic apple, chopped

1 tbsp organic raisins

¼ tsp cinnamon

**Place the oats in the milk/water with the raisins & let them soak overnight.

In the morning, add the chopped apple & blend in your food processor/blender/vitamix until smooth. Sprinkle the cinnamon & more raisins, if desired.

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