Nontraditional Foods That Help With Weight Loss

When going on a diet, or trying to change your eating lifestyle to a healthier one, many people think they have to eliminate certain foods from their diets, especially pastas/carbs, nuts, and cheeses. Well I'm here to tell you that all that can be yours in moderation. In fact many of these foods have been shown  to help weight loss.

Pasta & CarbsBread
Ok, so pasta it'self hasn't done too well in the diet industry, but moderation is key. The new food pyramid recommends 6-7 ounces daily.  However, carbs themselves can be a good thing. The key is to pick carbs high in fiber such as whole wheat bread, or bagels. The fiber helps keep you full, so you can fight cravings. There are other health benefits of fiber as well, such as keeping you regular, and prevention of diabetes and heat disease. When it comes to carbohydrates, the key to getting your fiber is to look for the words "100% whole grain" at the top of the ingredient list. Great High fiber carbs:

  • -Brown rice
  • -100% whole wheat toast with peanut butter
  • Whole grain breakfast cereal such as Fiber One or Total

*Another great way to get your daily fiber is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables such as apples, raisins, pears, carrots and peas.

NutsNuts
Many of us know that nuts are high in fat, and can get out of control easily. Look at pecan pie. This can be one of the most fattening, and worst foods for you to eat. But once again, in moderation, nuts can actually help you to lose weight. The best way to eat nuts is raw, and in small handfuls. Some of the best nuts for weight loss are almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts. Virtually all nuts are beneficial for weight loss and health, but the ones listed above are some of the best. Some great ways to snack on nuts:

-Sprinkle your favorites in your cereal, yogurt, or try to incorporate them into your dinner.
-Plain nuts are also a great snack  when you have those cravings.
-Crunch peanut butter toast on whole wheat bread is a double whammy!

Here is a website that lists typical servings for each type of nut, so you can pick your favorites!http://www.nutcrackermuseum.com/history_nuts_good.htm

CheeseCheese
Cheese is another food that in moderation, can help you to lose that weight. Its is a great way to sneak in the calcium in your day. The fad used to be  sticking with the skim, white, and low fat cheese, however, current research has shown that any type of cheese in a small amount ( 1 oz. daily) can contribute to weight loss. Researchers believe this is because whole fat cheese contains conjugated linoleic acids, which may energizes the metabolism.

Know of any more non traditional foods that help weight loss? Let me know, and I'll do the research and post them up! Have a fantastic day, ~Healthy Girl

Hydration

Water for de blog Making sure you have enough water is essential to your health. It's especially important to stay hydrated when you exercise to avoid dehydration, as well as avoiding drinking too much water, which would cause hyponatremia. It is critical to have the right amount of water because…

1. It works in transporting nutrients and eliminating wastes

2. It lubricates your joints and tissues.

3. Water plays an important role in body temperature regulation

4. It will give you an overall healthier feeling.

The most common form of inadequate hydration is dehydration. It can lead to muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Water for de blog2 The good news is there are some easy methods to determine if you are getting the right amount of water in your system.
First, monitor your urine output and color. you should be urinating every couple of hours and the color should be light. (like very diluted lemonade)
Second, if you weigh yourself before and after you work out, and you notice weight loss, it is most likely from fluid, and you should replenish that with 20oz per pound.

Also remember that hydration begins BEFORE and DURING exercise. Before, you should drink about 20 oz. a few hours before you work out, and 8 oz. for every fifteen minutes you work out.

For a simple calculation of how much water you should drink, visit this website:
http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm

My First Green Smoothie

Green smoothieAlright, I suspect many of you dear readers have heard about green smoothies, but how many have actually tried it? I suspect not many. Well I'm here to show you how easy it is to get more green in your life without sacraficing taste. The first thing you need to know is your green smoothie does not have to be ALL green! What fun would that be? So here is what I want you to do my dear reader, go to one of my  blogs about smoothies, pick a fun recipee (like the one below), and add just a tiny little kale leaf, or spinach, Blend it in nice and smooth, and VOILA, your first green smoothie! As you feel more daring, slowly start adding more greens until you reach the maximum amount of greens you can put in your smoothies and they still taste great to you! A good goal to try and set is 70% fruit and 30% greens.

Why go Green?

  • Great source of fiber
  • great sourse of omega-3 unsaturated fat
  • helps the digestive system (then you wont have to buy the embarrasing stuff at the supermarket!)
  • Great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and  pretty much all those other vitamins listed on the back of your vitamin bottle!
  • Many have reported improvements in energy, skin condition, and digestion!
  • Helps with weight loss if used to replace  one of 5 small daily meals or used to fight junk food cravings!

  

Some great greens to put in your smoothie are :

strawberry tops, baby spinach, dandelion greens, kale, celery, watercress, escarole, mustard greens, turnip greens, carrot tops, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage,  and alphalpha.

 Fun Smoothie Recipee

 

 

1 banana
1 apple
4-5 strawberries
1-5 pieces of greens ( spinach leaves, parsley, or kale)
1/2 cup of ice
1 tablespoon  of flaxseed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!    -Healthygirl