ABC’s That Aid Weight Loss

A

An Apple a day not only keeps the doctor away but it also reduces the fat absorbed by our cells, aids digestion and is a great source of fibre.

Retaining water? Add some Asparagus to your diet. It’s a natural diuretic and contains a chemical that helps break down fat.

B

Blueberries are rich in vitamins C and E, as well as antioxidants. Research suggests that consuming them can aid in the reduction of fat around our stomachs.

C

Spice up your weight loss with Cinnamon. It’s a fabulous source of calcium, fibre, iron, manganese and helps with sugar cravings.

Boost your metabolism naturally by adding Cayenne Pepper to your meals. The Capsaicin heats the body to burn more calories, a process known as thermogenesis.

 

Clean Eating – The Big Wow

Eat Clean skinnylove imageSo yesterday I was interviewed by the local paper about clean eating. I was asked if I knew anyone who ate clean and suggested a friend who had previously given me some advice and a great ‘bread’ recipe. We met at my friends house and were duly interviewed about where we were in our clean eating process, what we do and don’t eat, etc.

My friend, who has been clean eating for about 4 years, really opened my eyes up to the world of clean eating. It’s far bigger than I imagined and to be honest a bit of minefield of information. My goal is to eat 90% clean by ‘my determination’ of clean. One of the things I realised when I started this process is that everyone has their own interpretation of what ‘clean’ is and my journey is going to be my interpretation, my determination of what I will and won’t eat.

For me it’s eating food in their natural state, as much as accessibility and my budget will allow, and after chatting with my friend yesterday I want to try and cut down on sugar (even though I thought I didn’t eat that much I’ve discovered a tonne of hidden sugars in my diet) and possibly reduce the amount of meat I eat. In saying that I’m not going to go cold turkey because I think for things to work for me I need to adjust to each new thing as I go through this process – and I’m not going to give up everything! Those might be famous last words! Only time will tell, but for now I’m going to start switching out some more things – such as no more cows milk, I’m going to try Almond Milk. Coconut Oil for cooking. More fish and less meat. I’m also going to switch protein powders – I knew the one I was using probably wasn’t that great but ‘big wow’ the new one is amazing

Old Powder
Nutritional Information Per 100g

Energy 1607kJ 384Cal
Protein 74.8g
Fat – Total 5.1g
– Saturated 2.5g
Carbohydrate – Total 8.6g
– Sugars 4.0g
Dietary Fibre 5.7g
Sodium 601mg

New Powder
Nutritional Information Per 100g

Energy 1495kJ 358Cal
Protein 88g
Fat – Total 1.3g
– Saturated 0.2g
Carbohydrate – Total 2.7g
– Sugars 0.0g
Dietary Fibre 2.3g
Sodium 2000mg

Check out the difference in the Fat and the Carbs! Yes the Sodium is worrying but I’m not going to eating this for very long and I don’t have a lot of salt in my diet anyway.

I’m also going to start educating myself about ‘what’s really in my food’ especially about the hidden sugars that are added to items you wouldn’t expect! What I hadn’t realised that many ‘salad’ bar foods still contain sugar as it’s used a preservative. That was a big wow to me, because I thought I was eating healthy and even though I counted the calories I wasn’t aware of the sugars. The other big wow is how extreme some people can be in choosing what they eat. I thought I was pretty good at restricting (when I’m on form and not being influenced by one-to-many fermented beverages) but wow, my eyes were opened up.

So welcome to the next stage in my clean eating journey, I think this part is going to be big changes but lots of rewards!