The Veggie Secret

Hey there good lookin!

Today’s weight loss tip is one that I love and that I live by! It’s a portion control tip that’s sure to not disappoint. You’ll leave the table satisfied, satiated and full. You’ll feel great and have a rush of lasting energy that will help get you through your day. What is the mystical tip that can possibly do all this?

It’s simple. Fill 1/2 your plate with low carb veggies (sorry potatoes). Steamed, raw, sautéed, baked, stir fried, marinated, grilled…you name it, you can have it.

Veggies are oh-so-amazing for a variety of reasons. They:

1. Are chalk full of fiber (helps us feel full so we don’t overeat)

2. Are loaded with vitamins and minerals and other nutrients which our bodies can’t live without.

3. Are low in calories and fat (we can eat lots of them and not feel guilty)

4. Reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

5. Increase our energy

6. Help us have healthy skin and hair

Talk about nutrition powerhouses! These little beauties are packed full of these and about a million other healthy benefits.

So, really, there’s just no excuse not to eat your veggies!

What are some of your favorite ways to eat your veggies?

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Killing Me Sweetly

Ok, so I’ve been doing research so that I’m motivated to get off the sweet, delectable white powder. I know myself and if I don’t understand the benefits of doing something, I won’t do it because, let’s face it, it’s a whole lot easier to just look the other way and do nothing about it.

That being said, I’ve found some pretty scary motivation! Did you know that sugar causes premature aging, can cause a variety of cancers, brain decay and in pregnant women it can cause neural tube defects in embryos? And that’s just 4 horrifying things it causes. There’s 142 more reasons why sugar is ruining your health on this list! Turns out sugar isn’t so sweet after all!

“Sugar is 8 times as addictive as cocaine”! No wonder we’re addicted and it turns out it may not be our fault! According to Dr. Mark Hyman the food industry continues to make our food more and more addictive. Obviously their #1 goal is to make money, so they have some of the top chemists tampering with real food, they add in tons of artificial crap so that we crave it and load our shopping carts with more.

I love what Dr. Aviva Romm over at mindbodygreen has to say about this: “Many women beat themselves up emotionally on a daily basis over lost food battles, without realizing that they’re up against some of the best scientists in the world.”

And it’s not just chocolate bars and starbursts that have sugar. It’s snacks too! Potato chips, cereals, salad dressings, yogurt…it can pretty much sneak up on you anywhere! You really have to read labels to be sure that it’s not weaseling it’s way into your mouth. Simple carbs like French fries, white rice, white bread, white potatoes, white flours – (“the whites”)  turn into glucose in your body so your body can’t tell if needs insulin for a French fry or a snickers bar. In natural, whole food sources, like fruit, you don’t have to worry about this. Fruit contains fiber and doesn’t spike your blood sugar like candy or soda pop.

It’s vital to know what is in the food you’re putting into your body. After all, as the old saying goes: you are what you eat! Be a detective! Really look at your food labels and find the hidden, sneaky sugar ninjas that are still lurking in your pantry or fridge.

In my 10 day sugar detox (starting on Wednesday) I’m going to quit cold turkey. We have each other for support and you’ll get daily emails to help keep you on track and give you the motivation you need to achieve your goals. Living sugar free has so many benefits including:

  •   Weight loss – bye bye stubborn fat (ya baby!)
  •   More energy
  •   Clearer, younger looking skin
  •   Less mood swings
  •   Happier and more positive mindset
  •   Reduced headaches
  •   Overall health will increase
  •   Better sleep
  •   Increased immune system

Oh, and did I mention that this is FREE? What?! Yes it’s 100% free! Don’t miss out!

Are you ready to feel amazing?! Leave me your email address and get ready to kick butt! Let’s get rockin and rollin!

*If you have health problems consult your physician before starting this or any other diet/ detox plan.

Sources:

http://rheumatic.org/sugar.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/sugar-addiction_b_3502807.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13876/7-steps-to-get-over-food-cravings-gain-control-of-your-life.html