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!