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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-09-10

Part Deux (Two)-My Take On Dieting And How I Stay Thin And Satisfied

Now, I am sure you have been racing wildly back and forth just waiting for me to post part 2 of my diet tips (just kidding). I am going to get to them but first I want to say thank you to all of you who left comments because not only did you make my day but I realized there are a lot of us out there who do the nut thing to help control weight! I really thought I was on to something with the NUT DIET and had visions of the all the fame and happiness the nut diet book, the nut diet movie, the nut diet brand nuts, and an appearance on the Oprah show would bring. But, it is not to be as it seems the nut diet secret really is no secret so I will have to content myself with just watching the Oprah show (if the kids will let me) instead of being on it-C'est la vie. Alright, lets get down to diet business-drum roll please!

**EAT FAT BURNING FOODS-Here are some that will help you burn off that booty (or stomach in my case)

**CITRUS FRUITS-Citrus fruits like, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, and limes contain high concentrations of Vitamin C (this is also called ascorbic acid). This Vitamin C has a fat burning quality. Vitamin C reduces the effectiveness of fat. It reduces its content and can liquefy or dilute fat. By diluting the fat, it makes it less effective, and easier to flush out of your system. Vitamin C also works on cholesterol deposits. Vitamin C can help burn out the cholesterol, hence, making it difficult for cholesterol deposits to form in blood vessels.
By adding Citrus Fruits to your daily diet, try every meal and also a snack, you will great increase your metabolism, increase your ability to get rid of fat, and also help you to control your cholesterol levels.

**GARLIC-
Garlic is one of the most effective fat burning foods.It contains the compound allicin which has anti bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats. The juice of garlic or the oil of garlic catalyses the action of getting rid of body fat.

**CARROTS-
Adding a carrot to the beginning of every meal is a very effective way to lose weight. Why do you ask? The carrot leaves no room in the stomach for the dessert. When using this trick you should been able to lose about a pound in one week. I have not personally tried this but I will and let you know if you are interested.

**SPICY FOODS (RED CHILE PEPPERS)-
When we eat foods that are really spicy, we tend to eat less. Some studies suggest that appetite suppression is due to capsaicin, a chemical found in many spicy foods. The capsaicin present in peppers induces the body to produce more stress hormones which in turn revs the metabolic rate burning more calories in the process.

**APPLES
-Apple is quite difficult to digest therefore making it a great food to burn off calories. Your body will work hard to digest the apple and with only 81 calories in a standard apple you will be in those new jeans in no time.

**OATMEAL-Oatmeal will fill you up, stick to your ribs and give your body a much needed dose of fiber. Just stay away from the flavored instant oatmeal that is usually loaded with sugar (it sure tastes good, I know). Buy the tub of Quaker Oats (it is much cheaper than packaged instant oatmeal) and try adding a fresh, chopped apple, some cinnamon and a bit of Stevia (similar to Splenda but I like its natural properties better) to it.


**BRUSH YOUR TEETH AS SOON AS YOUR DONE WITH YOUR PORTIONS. It’s a psychological thing. The mint reminds you food is done, teeth are clean, and it reduces the want to snack or go back for seconds. When I first heard this I thought uh,uh but you know my teeth are much cleaner and it really works for me.

**WHOLE FOOD MULTI'S-I take Whole food multi supplements everyday (in case you have not heard of them they are fruits, veggies, spices and herbs in a capsule-you get the benefits of all the foods put in the supplement. Think of taking broccoli and putting it in a powder form in a capsule). The ones I take have natural metabolic boosters in them that naturally speed up my metabolism and I get the health benefits of the fruits and veggies. They also give me energy to keep going . On days when I eat too much I just take a couple extra and that helps balance me out.**NUTS-Okay, if you read my blog on a somewhat consistent basis you knew I was going to say it again. Nuts, nuts and more nuts. Nuts are truly my #1 diet secret. Without them I would never feel full or satisfied and would give up and eat everything in sight. Willpower is not my strong point but with those nuts I can do it. Crazy I know but hey, it works for me!

Again, much to my mother's dismay I am not a doctor, nutritionist or anything of the sort but have been obsessed with weight always so I hope this helps you. Also, I recommend speaking with your doctor before starting a weight loss program.

Heidi


24 comments:

John said...
Heidi,
I have enjoyed reading your blog for the past few weeks. The book The Jerusalem Diet echos the use of nuts, seeds, and fresh fruits for weight loss.

I blog that you might enjoy is Weighty Matters. It is written by a Canadian doctor that started in family practice but tired of prescribing meds for problems that could be fixed with lifestyle changes. He started his own institute to help people live healthy lifestyles.

The address is:
http://bmimedical.blogspot.com/
I've been trying to increase my fibre intake. It's tough.
Rogue said...
Actually, I always believed that peppers can make it. Only here I realize that chili and peppers are not alone. I can use others and eat them too.. but I also munch carrots (like a rabbit, well...) from time to time. ^^
WeblogLearner said...
Who could NOT go NuTs when it comes to weight control anyway? For me, gaining a kilo or two makes me breath badly, hurts my hips, makes myself suffer the difficulty of moving and stuffs. Maybe this is what I get being too active in sports and when the routine is destroyed after university where witting in the accounting firm is a must, I get to suffer the blow of reduced activities/movements. But in a way, I get a warning i get more weight coz of these sufferings .. and this is good as well.. it is like saying.. "Hey Lady! Don't eat like you are hungry!" ^^
iLovPH2 said...
Yup, dashing back and forth indeed to visit your very informative site packed with personal experiences and a mix of all good stuffs and healthy stuffs and many else. Plus, you leave behind some tracks in my feedjit and so I know it is here, coming! The second part!
Mike Foster said...
All great stuff, as usual, Heidi. I eat just about everything on your list, but I did like the brushing right after eating tip. Makes sense. In fact, my wife is always saying she can't eat because she just brushed her teeth. Hmmm, maybe I need to brush more?

peace,
mike
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Jackie said...
Shall look out for you on Oprah LOL

I have always been an oats fan but have found out recently that a couple of buckwheat flapjacks or a small buckwheat pancake made without dairy or eggs keeps me going the whole morning without feeling hungry.

Didn't know about the carrot thing but was told years ago to eat my salad or fruit before the main course to prevent me overeating ....low calorie salad dressing of course :)
RainbowMom said...
Oooh! I love your blog. I found you on BeadedTail's blog and I'm a dedicated follower now.. needing very much to lose my babypounds still. :) Peace!
tashabud said...
Thanks again for sharing your sensible tips to proper dieting. I'm going to copy them as guidelines.
BeadedTail said...
How'd you know I was racing wildy back and forth waiting for part 2? It was worth the wait as I learned something new today - do you get tired of me saying that? I did know some of your tips but others were completely new so I'm thrilled to learn new ways to burn off my booty and thighs and tummy and.... Thank you!
ssgreylord said...
i love how realistic your tips are, heidi. you're an inspiration.

and who doesn't love nuts?!
Tom Parker said...
Garlic, apples and oranges are pretty much a staple of my diet. I also agree with you on the spicy foods and try to make myself a curry with garlic at least once a week. Great for burning fat.

On the subject of nuts, I have never actually used them to help me burn fat. However, got to admit dry roast peanuts sure are tasty. The problem is they're just too moreish.
Hi Heidi,

It's harvest season where I am and I just can't figure out how to make Salsa that tastes any good...always turns out mushy or just plain awful.

Any good easy recipes coming soon?

I've got tons of tomatoes, rosemary (my favorite), thyme, oregano etc

from
the guy who can't cook and substitutes missing ingredients into a whole new disaster
bill said...
As you see i like your site i come here almost everyday. You have great stuff here.
Sogeshirtsguy said...
The best health blog on the internet with simple tips that people can really incorporate into their daily lives. I had no idea about garlic and brushing your teeth after a meal is just brilliant.
gLoR!e said...
i had posted last week about my diet but didn't realized that i still much much need knowledge on diet!:( i am not that fat nor slim but i just wanted to have a flatten tummy without sever diet and exercise..i know it is impossible..heheh i like it here for further information of my diet!:)
Great breakdown of each of these food. Very useful..atleast for me it was.
this post is good as part 1 i really enjoy reading it and learn from it specially the brush teeth as soon as we've finish eating. its true, i really don't like to eat again after i toothbrush.

take care
Jacqueline said...
Thanks for the Whole Food Multi's advice. Gotta give those a try. :-)
Great tips Heidi...didn't know garlic was good for weight loss...the only problem with garlic for me is I'm one of those people who when I eat garlic it stays with me for days...just awful...so as much as I love it I do try to limit it...

Cheers
Mekhismom said...
As usual a great post. I am going to have to add citrus to my life. I know I need to eat more of it.
Sherer said...
Heidi,

I have been doing the brush your teeth thing after eating small portions and it really works! I think that is one of the finest tips out there. People just love munching on whatever is in front of them! Thanks see ya soon
Heavy Lady said...
Heidi, It is so great, Really wonderful & very useful tips for us. We wanna practice these and loose our weights.
Punam said...
Heidi, Those are superb dieting tips! So different from all those "already-know-thats".. that I've always heard.

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