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sprouted grains

Adding these to your food will give your body a bit of extra goodness!

If you are not familiar with sprouted grains, here’s a bit of information on why we sprout them and what they are.

I sprout wheat at home and add it to kefir, scrambled eggs and salads.

(Wild salmon with scrambled eggs, spinach and sprouted grains)

A regular grain is essentially a seed that you could put in the ground to grow a new seed-producing plant. When you let that grain start to grow, but harvest it before the shoot turns into a full-fledged plant, you end up with sprouted grain. Pretty straight forward, right? Well, here’s where things get more complicated… In order for a shoot to grow, it digests some of the starch inside the seed and uses it as fuel to break through the grain’s outer shell. So, since sprouted grain is lower in starch, it has higher proportions of other nutrients, like protein, vitamins, and minerals, compared to unsprouted grains (www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/should-you-be-eating-sprouted-grains#sthash.Ysr1F0gl.dpuf)

“The advantages of sprouted grains are maximized when you are eating the sprouted grains themselves,” (www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/should-you-be-eating-sprouted-grains#sthash.Ysr1F0gl.dpuf)

Sprouted grains are whole grains, and whole grains are healthier than their refined-grain alternatives, like white bread, pasta, and rice.  (www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/should-you-be-eating-sprouted-grains#sthash.Ysr1F0gl.dpuf)

Sprouted Grain: Benefits

Sprouted grain differs from whole grain in three fundamental aspects:

1) sprouting activates food enzymes;

2) sprouting increases vitamin content,

3) sprouting neutralises antinutrients like phytic acid which bind up minerals preventing your ability to fully absorb them.

When examining the nutrient density of sprouted wheat to unsprouted wheat on a calorie-per-calorie basis, you’ll find that sprouted wheat contains four times the amount of niacin and nearly twice the amount of vitamin B6 and folate as unsprouted wheat; moreover, it contains more protein and fewer starches than non-sprouted grain and as a further boon, it is lower on the glycemic index making it more suitable for those suffering from blood sugar issues.

Furthermore, sprouted grain and sprouted flours – having been effectively “pre-soaked” do not need to undergo further soaking or souring and are therefore suitable for quick breads, cookies and cakes in a way that sourdoughs and soaked flours are not (www.nourishedkitchen.com/sprouted-grain)

You can always purchase sprouted grain flour online if you don’t want to do it at home.

walking

Despite being on the most underestimated activities, walking has many benefits for your health and fitness.

Although many of us have changed our perception on walking, it still remains one of the most underestimated activities out there. The main reason for this stems from the illusion that a few exercise sessions a week (especially if they are high intensity ones) or going out on runs eliminate the need for taking a walk.

So what is that miracle benefit that can only be achieved by walking?

If fat loss is your goal, incorporate walking into your lifestyle! If you are dealing with too many stresses, going for a walk might be that miracle cure you have been missing! If you want to rebalance your hormones to multiply the post-training/weightlifting/cardio effect, walking is the key to all of the above!

Walking and high-intensity exercises like intervals and weight training are synergistic in their actions. “This is not a calorie phenomena but rather a hormonal one. In order for the body to recover properly, age well, build muscle and burn fat, it needs the correct balance of stress producing hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline) compared to growth promoting hormones (testosterone and human growth hormone,)” (HGH). During an exercise session, the desirable effect is to raise all of these hormones together to maximise fat loss.

However, in the days and hours following an intense workout, it is most beneficial to maximise the levels of growth hormones while minimising the levels of stress hormones. To keep stress levels low, walking should be done at a leisurely pace.

Many fat loss seekers misunderstand that changes in the way your body looks has much to do with changing the way you feel. Stress lowering activities such as yoga, Tai Chi and meditative practices are wonderful at this. A lower cortisol level along with lower perceived feelings of stress will have a positive impact on fat loss directly through less cortisol activity, and also indirectly through potential decreases in hunger and cravings for sweets or fatty foods, which cortisol will impact. The effect of walking is magnified in a nature setting as feelings of relaxation and comfort are enhanced.

So if fat loss is your goal you should maybe look into:

  • Changing your power walking to leisure walking
  • Whenever possible walk in nature-based settings

walk1Walking anywhere is better than no walking, so if you are nowhere near nature-based settings, any type of leisure walking will still help to balance the nervous system and make you feel more relaxed. In those cases when it is possible, go for a walk in a nature setting like the woods as it seems to have an even greater impact on rebalancing our hormones and making us feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Another big problem with walking is taking that first step and actually going for it. If you are very new to walking, start small with a 5-10 minute walk and gradually increase the time and the distance. Have a step goal you want to achieve daily and try and beat it if you can.

This feature is available on a variety of tracking devices (Argus being one of them), which are a great help to stay on track and be accountable for your actions. It all depends on how much you would like to invest into your tracker (or get a free app!), but I would certainly recommend having one.

10,000 steps per day should be the minimum step goal for a more or less active individual. A considerably lower number of steps is ok for those who are just starting to make changes to their lifestyles.

A few tips on how to make walking more fun

  1. Listen to Podcasts. I am a big fan of them and with a busy lifestyle, walking is the only time I can listen to podcasts. They are free and it is amazing how much new up-to-date information you can get out of them. There are so many podcasts out there ranging from comedy to science. (My personal favourite is Tim Ferriss’ podcast).
  2. Get a dog. With a dog, you will have no choice but to take the dog out! Can’t have one? Borrow a dog from somebody or join your friends on a doggie walk! Time flies when you have a walking companion.
  3. Walk different routes. If you can, avoid walking the same route daily to prevent yourself from becoming bored!
  4. Join a local walking group.
  5. Walk on your lunch break and whenever you can get around not using the car!
  6. Walk your kids to school and from school.

There are absolutely millions of ways you can get in these 10,000 steps into your day without even thinking of it or making any effort!

Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Achieving small goals brings big satisfaction! Make little changes and you’ll be surprised how easy and quickly it is to reap all the benefits of walking!

DETOX OR NOT DETOX?

detox cake

First of all I’d like to say, that you have to practice what you preach whenever you are making a big statement that can influence people’s choices on this or that issue (unless you have done a tremendously massive research and can prove every single one of your points or have tried it yourself and it failed to work (which is still not a proof of a complete failure – it might work magic on other people)); and I am in no way trying to tell you that my say is the only say on this. ‘Fifty per cent of what I know is wrong. The problem is that we do not know which 50% it is’ (Timothy Noaked PHD). But I have a bit of an advantage here: I have done this, I have benefited from this, and I would not recommend it if I did not think it was worth doing.

The only thing I would add is that the results will depend on your health, fitness level, gut bacteria, and many other things (this post would be at least 10 pages long if I started going through everything in detail, so if you are interested in researching it more – please do and let me know what you will discover).

I have done clean eating detox a few times and have run detox programmes with awesome feedback and results, so yes I do what I say and sell what I believe works and helps people to improve their health and wellbeing.

After my very first clean eating detox over 3 years ago my perception of food, exercise etc has changed drastically! It was not easy for the first couple of days, but it showed me how sugar/caffeine/and other food dependent I was). It also opened my eyes on HIIT (High intensity interval training) and weight training.

I genuinely do not think I would be where I am now health and body wise if I did not do that detox. I started educating myself on nutrition, reading a lot and listening to podcasts while experimenting with different styles of eating/cooking/eliminating loads of foods from my diet, trying out different exercise methods etc.

Let me ask you a question: have you ever had a blocked toilet? I’m quite positive most of you have had that unsightly experience at some point of your life.

Toilet-outoforder

Next question would be: what did you do when it happened? Did you just leave it as it was and kept using it for your needs making it overflowing more with its contents; or did you ring the plumber and let the guy unblock it?

The same goes for your body. Do you ever feel that sometimes you just want to proper cleanse all your intestines and give your body a fresh start? I do, especially at this time of the year (and I am not a fan of hugely overindulging, because my body’s reaction to ‘bad’ food is bloating and feeling yuk (which is great as it shows that I’m doing all right with eating clean and healthy) )

bloat

Many diets have classified themselves as ‘detox’ diets. Such big differences between these ‘detox’ diets have lead to a phenomenon where the word ‘detox’ has practically lost its identity and has been associated with both positive and negative experience based on individual methods used. Whenever thinking of trying out a detox please make yourselves familiar with what is actually included into the detox, and who you are buying it from.

The liver, the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract via the gall bladder are the major detoxification organs. That’s right! We have an innate ability to detox every single day without even thinking the word ‘detox diet’.

So why are we so toxic if our bodies have an innate ability to detoxify some of the toxins we interact with?  Our exposure to various chemicals has been growing at an exponential rate and has become ubiquitous in our daily living.

As much as it’s very hard and sometimes impossible to get rid of all the toxins in our body, we can do our best to eliminate the ones that can be eliminated, such as dietary toxins:

  • Intake of trans fat,
  • High fructose corn syrup,
  • Processed foods,
  • Refined flours
  • etc

You don’t have to do a 30-day juice cleanse or some crazy water fast to get the benefits of detoxification.  Sitting in a steam room or sauna, yoga, tai chi, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding meat one day a week, Epsom salt and therapeutic clay baths, emotional freedom technique, affirmations and acupuncture and acupressure are all excellent ways to gently detoxify your body.  But a nutritional cleanse where you limit your food intake does accelerate the process!

So, the conclusion to all this is: though we can naturally detox and our liver, kidneys etc are doing a great job in helping us to do that, giving your digestive system a break and relieving your body of ingesting processed foods, sugar, caffeine, gluten and similar for a few days will do your body only good (juicing, fasting, clean eating detox that includes intermittent fasts (those have numerous benefits!)).

The greatest benefit to a detox or cleanse is its ability to start fresh, and transition to a long-term, healthy way of eating. Within a few days, cravings for salty, fatty, or sweet foods disappear, you begin to appreciate the natural flavors of whole, fresh foods, and you are able to reconnect with normal hunger and fullness cues.

In addition, losing some pounds and inches quickly can create the motivation and confidence to embark on a longer journey (losing weight should not be the goal – the goal is to reeducate yourself, learn more on healthy clean eating as a part of your daily routine).

All of these benefits can make committing to healthy goals (i.e. cooking at home more often, eating breakfast each day or fasting, and bringing your lunch to work) a whole lot easier.

Some of the benefits of a clean eating detox:

  1. Break for your digestive system
  1. Acceleration of detoxification of your body
  1. Elimination of cravings for caffeine/sugar/junk
  1. Commitment to sticking to healthy lifestyle
  1. Educating yourself on what is what (i.e., eating fruit is great, but what’s better for you while detoxing: berries or fruit? Banana or apple?)
  1. Learning about the impact of stress and sleep on your health and wellbeing
  1. Figuring out what good fats are and why eating grassfed butter, for example, can help you lose pounds!
  1. Acceleration of fat burning during and after detox
  1. Learning about Intermittent fasting
  1. Sleep and skin improvement
  1. Learning about gut bacteria (are you familiar with this one??)

You have to strip it down and start afresh – it’s not a rocket science. Going back to the blocked toilet scenario: sometimes your toilet is blocked but somehow it would gradually go down, so what would you do: would you wait for it to go down and do another N2 and wait for a few hours for the contents to disappear so that you can use the toilet again, or would you actually do something about it?

cleantoilet

There are also side effects to it, which are unavoidable here (but differ from person to person)!

If you are throwing yourself headlong into clean eating, and your normal food intake had a significant amount of processed foods in it, then you need to also brace yourself for the first few days. They won’t necessarily be pleasant. Everyone is different, of course, but for many it’s not a great experience.

But after you get through those few days, the release is amazing. You really don’t crave much of anything. And if you do, it’s a mental craving rather than a physical one. Drink plenty of water to help with flushing out toxins.

It’s can definitely be a yucky process, and if you’ve been through it, you know exactly what I mean. Processed foods are not addictive by accident. They are manufactured that way. They are created to make you want more. There is a lot of science that goes into creating fake foods and being addictive is high up on the priority list simply because it ensures corporate profits. Removing these fake foods from your eating plan is no small undertaking.

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So don’t diminish what you are going through if you experience it. And if any medical issue arises during this period, please do seek medical help.

Detox is not a walk in the park! Here are some of the symptoms you might experience:

  • Fatigue/tired/exhausted/lethargy
  • Frequent and/or different bowel movements
  • Passing gas
  • Headaches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Cravings
  • Chills
  • Acne
  • Anxiousness
  • General crankiness

headache

On the bright side of it – if you stay strong for the first couple of days, you’ll be amazed how great you will feel after! (well, I did anyway)

So, it’s back to moi!

I am now gluten and dairy free, take my green power mix (spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, maca, chia seeds etc) daily, eat spinach and kale daily, cook from scratch, eat dark chocolate, lift weights, do CrossFit, Yoga, cardio and have never felt better! (I do have cheat days and I am not a saint but 80%-20% ratio works great for me)

green yogurt

What have I achieved/improved/gained by changing my way of looking at food and fasting (which is also a huge part of a detox)?:

  1. I stopped getting cold sores (I totally give this one to the daily green power mix intake)! Up until August 2014 I used to get them every 2-3 months and those of you who get them can understand my frustration and my relief. After I started taking my mix daily (with coconut or goats yogurt mainly) I haven’t had one for 6 months now.
  1. I don’t stay ill for more than a day (touch wood!)
  1. My body shape totally changed and I now have my own personal six-pack coming through very nicely (need to work a bit more on this one after Christmas! ).
  1. I am stronger (I’ll give that one to CrossFit)
  1. I get bloated and feel yuk if I take junk, processed food or gluten (which means my body is free from all that yuk and reacts to it – fab!)

chicken salad

(typical meal)

  1. Intermittent fasting has changed my perception on breakfast and I love it and swear by it!
  1. I take butter and coconut oil in my coffee to stay trim! (cheers to Bulletproof Diet and Dave Asprey)

Whatever your views are on whether to say yes or no to a detox – I only talk from my personal experience and not just from what I have read or heard from somebody – give it a shot and see for yourself if it works for you or not!

As much as we can always rely on our liver and kidneys to do all the jobs, sometimes this is just not enough.

And what we are missing here is the majority of people do not know what they actually have to eliminate from their diet, how to do that and many other things that they need help with understanding.

So, detox or not detox? Which one is it for you?

Hope you enjoyed the read and looking forward to your comments whether you agree or disagree with the post 🙂

*****If you are interested in the upcoming 7 Day Clean eating Express detox go to 7 DAY POST FESTIVE EXPRESS DETOX :: Natallia’s Fitness

Some of the information used in the post is taken from these sources:

Mélanie DesChâtelets, BSc(h), ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Physician c – (http://www.gaiamtv.com/article/what-are-toxins-and-what-does-detox-really-mean#sthash.QVglPTok.dpuf)

Kirsten Nagy is the co-owner of Prana Energetics, a holistic healing center based in Denver, CO. She is a certified Master Nutrition Therapist and Energy Medicine Practitioner

Cynthia Sass, a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health, Health’s contributing nutrition editor, and privately counselor in New York, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Happy 2015, guys!

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions yet?

I stopped with having any, because ultimately they all come down to this:
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Do what makes you happy even if it annoys people around you!
(to a reasonable extent :)))

Live a healthy lifestyle (i.e. quit smoking, exercise, eat clean)

Be grateful and content with what you have rather than crying over the stuff you do not!

Be adventurous and take risks!


Remember if you really want something, but are very anxious,scared that it might not work – unless you have tried it you will never know what the outcome might be!
If you fail – you will learn from your mistakes and move on! If you succeed – imagine how amazing it would feel!
‘ If you win – you’ll be happy
If you lose – you’ll be wise’

Love life!

Spend money on travelling and exploring new places rather than acquiring material things

Value your family and family time – this is something no money can buy!

Happy 2015 everybody!
Make it your BEST year ever!
http://www.natalliasfitness.com

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FitBall-Banner

Are you ready to have a ball?!

This blog is mainly for those who are interested in Fitball exercise classes (Pilates and other classes involving the use of a Swiss ball) or those who would like to do some ball exercises at home.

What are FITBALLS? And no they are not your kids space hoppers 🙂 (though they do look very similar). Apart from numerous benefits (like strengthening core muscles, balance etc) Fitballs are great fun to use and they are quite a challenging piece of equipment at the same time.

The biggest benefit of using swiss balls is that they are very effective at targeting core muscles, those muscles that are essential for stability and good posture but are often overlooked when exercising with fixed position equipment such as those found in gyms. Fitballs are designed to help improve the core muscle groups by focusing on strength, balance, weight distribution, posture and coordination. By developing the core muscles and learning how balance and posture affect these muscle groups, the user can gain a better understanding of how the human body moves and through this understanding learn how to avoid injury.

BALANCE is another major benefit of using the balls: one of the primary purposes of a fitball is to help learn balance. The round shape of the ball makes it inherently difficult to balance on. This creates a need for the user to work harder while exercising as they must not only develop the strength and coordination needed to perform their normal exercise routines, but must also learn to balance on the ball at the same time. This requires the use and toning of even more muscle groups and can greatly enhance the overall benefit of a workout.

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       As opposed to performing isolation exercising standing up (targeting just one muscle group) when working out on the ball, which is unstable, your body needs to recruit additional muscles in order to stay balanced. This means that, for example, if you perform a bicep curl whilst sitting on the ball, your body will recruit your deep stabilising abdominal muscles (also known as core muscles), thereby toning your tummy while you tone your arms.

Below is a Fitball size chart. But you will find that not all 65cm balls are actually 65cm (not all 75cm ones are 75cm), some of them will be smaller, some  – bigger (even if it says that on the box). So my advice would be: keep your receipt, inflate the ball, sit on it and check that it is the right size for you. If it is not – deflate and take it back to the shop. If you are not too tall I would always go for a 65cm one, I find 55cm ones are too small.

Your height Ball height
< 150cm Junior 45cm
150 – 165cm Small 55cm
162 – 183cm Medium 65cm
180 – 200cm Large 75cm
198cm + X – Large 85cm

fitball chart

The classes will be starting in Dingwall from May. Please check www.natalliasfitness.com for all the news and updates.

Have a good day!

Natallia

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Hi guys! This blog post isn’t about fitness, clean eating or anything exercise related. I came across this picture on Facebook last week and thought that these were the most true to life set of quotes combined together. We are all walking our own unique paths but I am quite positive that 99.9% of us could relate to the quotes below. 

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Love,

Natallia

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DropadresssizeHi guys! FAT LOSS….This is one of the ongoing problems for most of us….How many articles have you read about losing weight? how many diets have you unsuccessfully followed? If we try to google fat loss or weight loss thousands of articles will pop up offering numerous ways of dropping a few dress sizes. But which one is it safe to follow? Well, I have tried calorie counting,  over exercising, surviving on rabbit food and many other ways of losing weight and body fat. Some of them worked for me and helped me to lose WEIGHT but not fat. I can honestly say that the very first time in years my body shape changed and I started gaining muscle and losing fat after starting to follow a high protein, high fiber, low carb eating plan and doing HIIT workouts and 30 mins fat burning rest based workouts (incorporating weights. These workouts are based on Metabolic Effect rest-based workouts but I’m waiting for my exam to be accessed so technically can’t call them Metabolic Effect though this is exactly what we are doing in these classes). My fitness level has improved drastically and though I do have treat days I try to stick to this eating regime most of the time because it works, it brings results and there’s no calorie counting, no points counting – eat clean, snack wise and do your exercises and you will discover a new you! There’s no magic pill – it takes time and effort but the whole point is IT BRINGS TERRIFIC RESULTS. I am not trying to force anybody to follow this but if you have a spare minute or two – enjoy the reading!

1. EAT CLEAN. Clean means eating food with no additives (or not a lot of them), foods high in protein (chicken, lean meats, fish etc), eat good carbs (brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc), limit your alcohol and sweets intake. Eat loads of veg and use balsamic vinegar and olive oil in your salads instead of salad creams, mayo or whatever else is out there.

greek-salad-recipe

2. COOK WITH COCONUT OIL: 

coconutThe health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

Weight Loss

Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Digestion

Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Immunity:

Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

 3. TAKE FISH OILS

fish oilTake fish oil to lose weight and build muscle. Two recent studies provide more reasons to supplement with omega-3 fatty acids. The evidence supporting fish oil as a wonder supplement just seems to keep coming in.

A recent study of healthy adults showed that taking fish oil for six weeks significantly increased lean mass and reduced body fat, and these subjects weren’t even exercising. Imagine the benefits if you are following a resistance training programming!

Interestingly, subjects had a decrease in cortisol levels after taking fish oil. Researchers suggested that because cortisol has a protein degrading effect and is thought to result in increases in fat mass, the lower cortisol levels were responsible for the participants’ weight loss and muscle development.  More good news since higher cortisol levels are associated with higher mortality rates, meaning that fish oil supplementation has significant implications for both body composition and overall health and well-being.

Another study of people over age 65 found similar muscle-building benefits from omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. Researchers didn’t test cortisol response to taking fish oil but did find that it increases muscle anabolic signaling activity, meaning that it enhances protein synthesis, ultimately having a positive effect on lean body mass. Combine your fish oil intake with a solid resistance training principles for optimal body composition results.

4. DO WEIGHT TRAINING 11acombined with cardio/interval training and go for long walks whenever possible. If you want to lose fat you HAVE TO lift some weights. These are the Metabolic Effect principles. The reason metabolic effect advocates short intense exercise combining weight training and cardio in one workout AND low intensity leisure walking is because these two activities are the most efficient way to exercise.  They:

– Build muscle AND burn fat
– They burn fat both during and after the workout
– Leisure walking can be done anywhere and short intense exercise saves on time
– Both have hormonal effects that reduce hunger and cravings.

5. EAT GOOD FATS.

avocadosMany people refuse eating avocados and nuts (including nut butter) because they are high in fat…yes, they are but it’s good fat. Your body needs all the 3 components: fats, protein and carbs but the ratio of them should be different.

6. PLAN EVERYTHING! plan everythingPlan your meals, workouts, shopping lists etc. What happens if you don’t plan your lunch or dinner? well, you eat whatever you can see in the kitchen cupboards & in your fridge mainly bread, cheese, crisps, and the rest of easily accessible high fat, sugar foods loaded with additives and with zero healthy benefits. BUT if you come home from work and your dinner is almost done in a slow cooker, or it’s cooked and just waiting for you to heat it up you will avoid snacking on the wrong foods.

7. waterWhenever you feel you are getting hungry – have a pint of water or a mug of fruit/green tea. If that doesn’t help – have a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.

8.

          Eat every 3-4 hours (3 main meals a day + 3-4 snacks). 3 meals a day

9. Do not eat more than 5-10 bites of carbs a meal. carbsThe whiter the carbs are – the less bites you should eat, i.e. if you are having a steak with salad and brown rice – 5-10 spoons of brown rice is ok, BUT if you choose to have chips stick to 5 bite size portions.

10. Include loads of fiber into your diet. fiber(this is an article from Charles Poliquin blog):

The media have done an impressive job in making the public aware of the importance of fiber, particularly its role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and cancer. But did you know that fiber also can help you achieve your weight-loss goals? Yes, by means of its key role in digestive health and creating a sense of fullness, fiber can help you lose weight. However, it’s estimated that only 5 percent of US workers consume the daily requirement of fiber, so more education is needed.

How much fiber do you need? According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, an adult male between the ages of 19 and 50 needs about 38 grams of fiber a day, and an adult woman needs about 25 grams. Another way to look at it is 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed; the average American gets about 15 grams a day, total.

One of the reasons we are consuming less fiber is that various food processing methods can strip fiber from the food. Fortunately, food-labeling laws enable us to determine how much fiber a product contains. These laws also cover advertising, because for a manufacturer to make a health claim that their food contains fiber that can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, the food needs to contain no less than 0.6 grams of fiber for the referenced amount. Further, the fiber reported cannot be fortified or added to the product. By the way, for every gram of fiber consumed you will lose about 2.2 points on your LDL score.

Another reason Americans are consuming less fiber is that we don’t consume enough fibrous carbs. The main source of carbs should be fibrous. Fibrous carbs typically have very low carb content. Their inherent high fiber brings about a very moderate insulin response, thus making them an ideal fat loss food. The best sources of fibrous carbs include the following:

• Broccoli
• Lettuce
• Cabbage
• Cauliflower
• Mushrooms
• Green beans
• Onions
• Asparagus
• Cucumber
• Spinach
• All forms of peppers
• Zucchini
• Cauliflower

Grains obviously have fiber, but not as much as you think. A slice of white bread may contain only 0.5 grams of fiber, whereas a slice of whole wheat may contain 2 grams per slice. Compare those numbers to a cup of navy beans containing 17 grams and a cup of raspberries containing 8 grams. Also, breads contain gluten, and a large percentage of the population is gluten sensitive. Instead of using bread for sandwiches, use dark leafy greens to wrap the meat. It will lower the glycemic index and help shift the acid/alkaline base in your favor.

Fiber blends that will encourage effective detoxification include chia and flax-seed; fibers of carrot, beet and citrus; cranberry seed; apple pectin; and psyllium.

The message is now clear: Fiber is critical to good health and belongs in every weight-loss protocol. It’s time to make a serious effort to put more fiber on your plate!

HEALTHY PEOPLE HAVE A HEALTHY AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE

positive attitude

Natallia x