Weight Loss Recipes

Delicious Weight Loss Recipes

Are you frustrated with your weight? If so, you’re not alone.

Men and women, young and old, gym-goers and couch-potatoes alike come to Healing Gourmet with the same common complaint:

No matter what I do – no matter what diet I try – I just  can’t seem to lose weight!

For such a serious problem that causes so much grief and suffering, the solution is pretty simple.

So what is causing this problem that plagues nearly 70% of us?

Three Roadblocks to Weight Loss

Researchers now believe it may boil down to these three things:

  1. We Eat Too Many Calories (and the wrong kinds of calories at that!)
  2. We Take In Compounds That Cause Our Body to Store Fat
  3. We Stay Hungry… and Then Succumb to Temptation

Let’s take a look at how these easy rules can help us shed pounds and achieve a healthy weight.

If you believe in the old mantra “a calorie is a calorie”, think again. Calories provide specific information to your body based on their composition. And when it comes to losing weight, it’s essential that you send your body the right message. This means eating low glycemic foods that keep your blood sugar stable.

When your blood sugar remains stable, your body produces less insulin – the “fat storage hormone”.  Insulin shuttles blood sugar out of the blood stream and into the muscle cells where it can be used for energy (that’s a good thing!). But when your muscles have had their fill, sugar gets shuttled to your fat cells, making you fatter with each bite of that Boston Cream Donut… Raw Date Agave Enlightenment Bar…. or Jumpin’ Juice Superfruit Smoothie. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Your body does not discriminate among types of sugar – biologically it is ALL the same to your pancreas).

Eating low sugar, low glycemic foods is rule #1 for weight loss… and long term health.

But eating sugar isn’t the only way we malign our metabolism. We also take in compounds – thousands of them – that are obesogens. And as the name suggests, they can make you fat.

Obesogens are everywhere –from the skin of a non-organic apple, to a can of juicy tomatoes, a freshly popped bag of popcorn or a piece of fish. These chemical contaminants send messages that alter your natural hormonal balance, reduce thyroid function and encourage the storage of fat. They can be active in amounts as small as a trillionth of a gram. And, on average, we each consume pounds of them every year!

Because most of these compounds in our diet come from feedlot beef, farmed fish, conventionally raised produce and unsafe coatings and containers (like BPA, PFOA, plastics), Healing Gourmet helps you guard against these “fat makers” by advocating only organic, grass-fed, wild foods and safe containers and cookware.

Avoiding obesogens is rule #2 for weight loss.

But we still have to address cravings. You’re doing so well, and then hunger strikes. You fall victim to a mall cookie nearly the size of a dinner plate (and packing a whopping 50 grams of sugar and 500 calories). This starts the vicious cycle all over again.

If you’re following Rule #1 – eat a low sugar / low glycemic diet – you’ve already got one-third of the equation down. But there’s more you need do to eliminate cravings and halt your hunger.

Add metabolic power ingredients. Protein, healthy fat and fiber are a hunger-taming trifecta and essential ingredients in the weight loss equation.

That’s because healthy fat and fiber are slow to digest, keeping you feeling full longer and therefore curbing those cookie cravings.  Healthy fats – like omega-3s and monounsaturated fats – can actually reprogram your genes, telling your body that the hunting is good and there’s no need to hoard calories. (This is one of the many reasons why low fat diets fail).

Then there’s protein. Sumptuous and satisfying, protein-rich foods encourage weight loss directly by stimulating your body’s own fat-burning hormone- glucagon.

Rule #3 for weight loss is to enjoy the hunger-taming trifecta of nutrients.

When you eat this way – following these three, ultra- simple rules – you’ll find you feel full longer. The pounds melt off and stay off. And as you move away from processed, sugary foods, your cravings subside, making this a lifestyle you can enjoy – not a diet that makes you feel deprived.

Here are the specific criteria for Weight Loss Recipes here at Healing Gourmet:

  • LOW SUGAR: Less than 10 grams of sugar per serving
  • FIBER FOR FULLNESS:  Provides an excellent source of fiber (5 grams or more per serving)
  • METABOLISM STOKING PROTEIN: Provides an excellent source of protein (10 grams or more per serving)
  • HEALTHY FAT FOR CRAVING CONTROL: Provides an excellent source of  any of the following blood-sugar balancing and craving control fats:
    • EPA/DHA omega-3
    • 5 g MUFA

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