Well, it’s that time of year again. As the sun begins to appear on a more regular basis each day we start to shed our layers of clothing. And often what we find underneath has us looking forward to winter days and sweaters again! If you have gained a few pounds over the winter months and would like to drop them before the summer, but do not want to go on a diet plan or join the gym…keep reading, I just might have some answers for you
Try taking wheat out of your diet
No, I’m not promoting a carb-free diet plan! What I’m suggesting is that you remove wheat and replace it with other grains. According to Dr. Susan Lark, one of the most common food allergens and a major cause of false fat in many people is wheat. Wheat contains a protein called gluten, which is difficult to break down, absorb and assimilate…all of which can trigger fatigue, depression, bloating and intestinal gas.
- Try this for one week: substitute your usual wheat breads with bread made with rice, millet, amaranth, quinoa, or soy and oat; crackers made with rice or potatoes; pasta made with corn, rice, quinoa, or buckwheat; and cookies made with rice, oat or millet flour. Check out your cereal box and go for a wheat free option in the morning. Don’t know where to get them? You’ll find plenty of delicious options in your local health food stores or that green healthy aisle in your supermarket.Reluctant to try? Think about these factors:
- You don’t have to diet.
- You don’t have to get up early to go to the gym before your day begins or run a marathon or punish yourself with hours of boring exercise.
- You won’t go hungry as you will still be eating.
- All you will be doing is:
- You will simply eliminate one food that can trigger inflammation and pack on false fat. And with this one simple step, you may be on your way to shedding those unwanted pounds
(Note: this may or may not work for you. But if you are interested in a personal eating plan to find out if you have a wheat sensitivity or are sensitive to other food types which may be resulting in weight gain and loss of energy, contact me for an appointment by email today and get started on a personalized programto a healthier you!)
Reduce your appetite
Yes, I know how to do this! And, I’m sharing it with you, here, today, now and for free!
- The big trend has been to tell people that to lose weight they need to avoid fats. But some essential fats help you feel full and can even reduce your appetite! It’s true! And, what’s more is that fibre is also known for this.
- Flaxseed will add both these to your daily diet. It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids and an excellent source of fiber. Bonus: the essential oils in flax may also help do wonders for your skin.
Flaxseed is a small seed that resembles a sesame seed. You can use it in a variety of ways — but it must be milled or ground for the nutrients to be released. Get a coffee grinder and pop a few tablespoons in each morning, sprinkle on your breakfast and enjoy the benefits. I suggest four to six tablespoons daily, alone or sprinkled on food. Milled flax tastes great in hot or cold cereal, on salads, pasta, or in shakes.
(Note: this is part of a healthy lifestyle change that may be beneficial to you. If you are in doubt abut whether this can work for you, please contact your MD before trying it out and/or make an appointment with me and get started on a personalized program to a healthier you!)
Feel full longer
- You know this one by now, I’m sure:
- Drink more water: 8 to 10 glasses a day. Often our body registers hunger when we are actually thirsty. Try a glass of water first and wait and see. See Article Feb 2006 for more info.
- If you are taking the flax, you’ll need to drink more water to bulk it up as it sweeps through your colon giving you a nice spring clean! See Article March 2006 for more information on spring cleaning the body.
If you feel at anytime you would like some help with getting your diet back on track and are looking for someone with a balanced approach to assist you on apersonalized wellness program call 206.201.2764 for an appointment. I can help you with a spring cleaning Program that will lift your spirits, tune up your body and lose some of those winter pounds.
And please, let me know your progress! I’m always happy to hear from readers about their personal experiences using the tips provided.