Find it Hard Losing Weight?
Try these easy clean living tips
Do you find that you’re forever thinking of food? I am! And then I feel guilty when I have the occasional deep fried onion bhaji, or a lemon slice that I’ve baked or a big bowl of pasta with lashings of olive oil and homemade pesto.
My youngest daughter gave me a book to read when I was in hospital late last year. I scoffed at the title – Women’s Wellness Wisdom however with nothing else to do but watch the staff move around picked the book up and started to read. Surprise! I found it very interesting.
The book’s all about understanding the ‘why’ behind not being able to shift body weight, why it’s difficult to say ‘no’ to some people, why we have sugar cravings and much much more.
The author, Dr Libby Weaver is a nutritional biochemist so I’m inclined to believe her!
I’d like to share with you one of her chapters titled Shift Your Focus that’s helped me ‘get over’ worrying about what I eat.
She explains how she’s witnessed countless people eating low fat and high complex carbohydrates following the food pyramid, and working intense gym workouts yet still battle to lose weight.
Dr Libby observed that when these people shifted their eating regime to whole food meals higher in fat, were doing resistance training, gentle forms of yoga and/or walking and eating 1200 to 2200 more calories per day than before, they lost weight. These people focused on eating nourishing, nutrient-dense foods and she noticed that they kept their weight off and their clothes always fit and had excellent health.
The top 12 nutrient-dense foods (foods high in nutrients with relatively few calories) according to Dr Axe are –
Liver (beef and chicken)
Kale, collards and dandelion greens
Exotic berries; acai, goji, camu camu
Spinach, watercress and arugula (rocket)
Broccoli and cauliflower
Berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) and I strongly urge you to eat organic due to the soft flesh absorbing pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.
Over the years I’ve read many times that the best foods for our health are those grown within 100 kms from where we live. There’s an ever increasing number of farmer’s markets popping everywhere bringing foods pretty much to our door step, and we’re not only eating in season we’re also supporting our local growers!
Fresh food the way it comes in Nature is an incredibly important part of our diets, and I encourage you to choose organic produce whenever you can.
– Dr Libby Weaver
Pesticides are tested for about 6 months, which doesn’t give much insight as to the effects of pesticides consumed over a lifetime. Nor the impact when you’re consuming multiple pesticides at once!
Wherever possible, purchase organic and if you can’t, soak your fruit and vegetables in the kitchen sink with three parts water to one part vinegar. Then rinse, pat dry and store.
You’ll maintain a steady weight following a nutrient-dense food regime without having to cut out any particular food or following a diet or count calories. Remove processed foods that are mostly high in sugar, fats, sugar and other additives and any unwanted weight is bound to fall away.
Take your mind to movies made in the 40’s and 50’s – everyone was slim! From about the 1960’s that’s when people started gaining weight and that was from the addition of corn syrup to products. It helped extend the life of bread and bread products, goes in tomato sauce and many other products. See if you can get a copy of “The Two Men Who Made Us Fat” – it showed on TV last year and was interesting to learn why people gained weight so quickly and never able to lose it.
However we mustn’t forget fats! Having been told that we should be eating ‘low-fat’ this and ‘low-fat’ that, is a myth. An absolute myth!!
Fats are important for absorbing certain nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K, formation of cell structure, nourishing nerves, brain and heart functions.
Good fats to consume are –
Olive and coconut oils
Wild salmon or sustainably caught oily fish
Nuts and seeds
Honestly, from all my research and studying over the years the more you train your body to utilise body fat as a fuel source (instead of glucose) the less hungry you will be. Get your sugars from vegetables and two pieces of fruit (as we hear so often!), legumes and pulses.
My Suggested Daily Meal Plan
(Living Yoga off the Mat!)
Breakfast tips for loosing weight
Eat a breakfast containing real-food fat. Eggs cooked in butter with parsley, kale or any other greens you fancy with a tomato will power you through to lunch.
Lunch tips for loosing weight
For lunch have a big bowl of salad comprising all the colours of the rainbow with avocado and a salad dressing with tahini, lemon juice and olive oil.
Snacks – for loosing weight
Afternoon (and mid morning snacks) cold be a bliss ball (dates, nuts, seeds, cacao, coconut oil rolled into a ball). Click here for the recipe.
Dinner tips for loosing weight
Dinner could be meat (the size and thickness of your palm) with salad and veggies.
I hope this article is of help, I know it’s put my eating into perspective and I hope it has with you too!
The Inspiring Yogi