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Stay Svelte and healthy with more red wine and greens

There are many pill and over the counter options available today for weight loss and appetite suppression but most are not healthy, some are  downright dangerous, and the available pharmaceutical choices have the potential to be quite harmful if not taken properly. My goal with all of my clients who are interested in keeping themselves svelte is to also consider their health. So how do you stay svelte and healthy and do so in a natural, non pharmaceutical, safe effective way? Chose your food wisely and then it will also be your medicine; here are some tips;

Everyone knows that spinach, kale and other leafy greens are packed with important antioxidants and nutrients. What’s less known is that these veggies come with built-in appetite regulators. I recently posted s blog on Thylakoids so forgive me for repeating myself but it is pertinent here. Thylakoids are a compound found in the green leaves of vegetables that triggers the sensation of fullness. In essence, thylakoids are considered a naturally occurring appetite suppressant that can help people regulate food intake, prevent weight gain, and promote weight loss. In addition we know that most leafy greens are also packed with fiber, this will also create a sensation of fullness.

Thylakoids in the plant will delay digestion by binding to fats and they also trigger the release of cholecystokinin, another natural chemical in our bodies that is a key signal of fullness or satiety. If that is not enough, the discovery also shows that increased consumption of thylakoids can also raise leptin levels. Leptin plays a key role in regulating hunger, and cravings, especially after meals.

And for those of us who enjoy a glass of vino, here is more good news….(As if you needed another reason to enjoy a good glass of red wine.) Researchers from Purdue University have found that a compound called piceatannol found in red wine prevents or delays immature fat cells from developing into mature fat cells. Not a drinker? The same compound exists in the seeds and skin of red grapes and blueberries. As I mentioned, I am a fan of eating my nutrition and using my food as my medicine. Blueberries and the skins of red grapes are also packed with fiber and tons of anti-oxidants so many really good reasons to indulge! Note that I usually opt for organic when I can with grapes and blueberries to minimize my pesticide exposure.

So tonight after your glass of wine when you are relaxed and enjoying your evening, maybe have some extra greens for dinner and then berries for dessert. Red wine and greens for the new healthy svelte you!

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Breaking News! Eat Greens & Lose Weight

green smoothieIf you thought greens were great before, hang onto your roots my friends!!! Breaking news…. Swedish researchers have discovered that thylakoids,found in the green leaves of vegetables, triggers satiety/fullness! So not only are greens just the healthiest for our bodies, but in essence, thylakoids, a naturally occurring appetite suppressant found in greens can also help people regulate food intake, prevent weight gain, and promote weight loss.

It turns out that when animals and humans eat leafy greens, the thylakoids in the plant will delay digestion by binding to fats, thus slowing the ability of the pancreatic enzyme that digests fat; lipase and co-lipase, to hydrolyse or dissolve the fats. Thylakoids also trigger the release of cholecystokinin, another natural chemical in our bodies that is a key signal of fullness or satiety.

If that is not enough, the discovery also shows that increased consumption of thylakoids can also raise leptin levels; a hormone that plays a key role in regulating energy intake between meals and over longer periods of time (ie; the hunger regulator). An increase in Leptin concentrations in the blood six hours after eating is a particularly important finding, given that leptin plays this key role in regulating hunger, and cravings (especially after meals). This is typically a big problem for people trying to maintain a healthy weight.

There are many options available today for weight loss and appetite suppression but most are not healthy. Some of the OTC options are downright dangerous, and the available pharmaceutical choices have the potential to be quite harmful if not taken properly.

Nature is amazing! It has even provided us with a natural and ultra healthy non-thermogenic appetite regulator. Now that we know that greens can help to regulate hunger and fullness I say go green all the way!! A few greens today may just help keep the doctor away….

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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Detox with Bobbi Brown!

I just could not resist posting this on my blog! Bobbi Brown was kind enough to let me share some of my favorite detoxification tips on her web site http://www.everythingbobbi.com/en/.

 It turns out that Bobbi Brown has decided to devote this year to health and wellness, how lucky for me?

Try all, some or even one of these detox recipes and be svelte and feel more energized this summer.

Check it out….

http://www.everythingbobbi.com/en/2012/06/01/summer-detox/

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Healthy, zesty, yummy condiments (part one)

I am a condiment fanatic especially when it comes to hot sauces and mustards. But store-bought condiments, if not careful, can add some pretty hefty calories to your meal. Some have  a lot of added sugar or even worse corn syrup while others are laden with very unhealthy ingredients, additives, preservatives and taste boosters like evil MSG, so beware.

On the other hand, some are super healthy and can add nutrition to your every meal. Here are my favorite picks for the healthiest condiments for a lean energetic body: (And by the way, if you have a favorite and a recipe, I would love for you to share it!)

 

1. Guacamole

If you know me you are probably thinking of course she has this one on the top of her list. It is my bring to your party staple as Guacamole is seriously one of my favorite foods. Not only does it go fabulously well on flackers but it is seriously healthy and yummy, so why not indulge?   Avocados are filled with healthy fats that satisfy your appetite and regulate sugar balance, insulin and hormones. They also are filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And lets face it creamy guacamole makes everything taste just a tad bit better! I love making my own cause I can make it super spicy and garlicky but if you chose to buy yours pre-made just be mindful to read the ingredients. Make sure it doesn’t have added trans fats, bad oils, preservatives or other artificial ingredients.

3. Salsa

Salsa, another perfect complement to almost everything and it has no added sugar, unlike ketchup which makes this dip super healthy.  Salsa, if made right , is mostly just vegetables and some herbs and spices. It goes great with guacamole, eggs, salads, chips, flackers, tofu, you name it! It is the perfect ketchup replacement as well.

3. Mustard

That’s right… mustard is absolutely one of the healthiest condiments!  First, it has no added sugar.  Also, mustard seed itself is a source of powerful antioxidants.  In addition to the antioxidants in the mustard seed, most yellow mustards also contain turmeric, a wonderful super antiinflammatory and powerful antioxidants herb. So go for the mustard!

So for  a zestier lunch today add a little something extra to your meal, try some salsa or guac or mustard and while your taste buds expand and explode with new flavors you can also enjoy knowing that your waist will not!

To your health!

 

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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