I apologize for being a bit inactive lately. My life is very busy at the moment. I am working 50 hours a week at my job, trying to learn more, exercise, and swap my bedroom and office in hopes of creating a better sleep environment. I lost 35 pounds in my first 6 or 7 weeks, and only about 10-13 over the next 4 or 5 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to still be losing weight, and over the last 2 weeks, I have started to feel fantastic physically. Everything is beginning to pay off even though weight loss has slowed.
I had a request for more recipes or any at all here on Facebook. I thought by linking this group with my blog would give you access to both. I do not have many recipes on my blog either, just some dishes I really enjoy. I am not a dietician or an expert and have been reluctant to say this is what you should eat exactly. I also began the blog first and it has much more information than I have posted here. I wasn’t sure this group would take off but had no idea if my blog would either. This is my first ever attempt at any of this and was started initially to give myself some form of public accountability, as like probably most of you am in isolation most of the time.
I’ve been reading Shawn Stevenson’s book Eat Smarter, and here are some fat-burning foods I am incorporating into my diet. I have not been able to balance everything out just yet with some kind of meal plan but am working on it. So here is a list of foods that can aid in weight loss, followed by a recipe for what I am calling my Fat-Burning Salad at the moment.
Some foods you may want to add to your diet
Kimchi – has anti-obesity benefits and can decrease body fat. It is also a good source of Fiber and friendly flora for your gut. I talk about gut health a lot because it is important. I person A has good gut health and person B does not, they can eat the exact same meals and person A will stay fit and person B will gain weight and body fat.
Sauerkraut – good source of vitamins B, C, K, iron and fiber, all support a healthy metabolism. A probiotic strain found in sauerkraut can potentially defend against fat gain.
Both Kimchi and Sauerkraut should be purchased from the refrigerated section of the store, those are the kinds with the most beneficial bacteria.
Yogurt – has shown to reduce biomarkers of chronic inflammation and endotoxin exposure. Consumption of yogurt before a meal can help insulin levels return to baseline faster after a meal.
Almonds – are a fat fighting food and can lead to reduced body fat and visceral fat.
Pumpkin Seeds – have anti-obesity properties and can reduce blood glucose.
Spirulina – is protein dense and has an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Can help reduce BMI, blood glucose, and improve metabolism and liver function.
Chlorella – can redistribute fat. Increasing subcutaneous fat, which protects us from falls, and decreasing visceral fat which wraps around our organs. I only found this in pill form and have been taking the last 2 days.
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) – (hope I spelled that correctly, what a mouthful) is a blue-green algae, it supports metabolism, may prevent fatty liver disease and is a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Hemp seed oil – can lower blood pressure and inflammation and support heart health.
Originally I had Flax Seeds in here. They do have some amazing health benefits, but Dr. Berg said they are high in estorgen and can have unintended consequences unless you are estrogen deficcent.
Also eating your carbs later in the day has shown to increase weight loss. If you eat carbs first, your body will have to use it first, then glycogen, then stored fat. Skip the carbs for breakfast and get to fat-burning mode faster.
My Fat-Burner salad (Please help me find a better name!)
I have been using 2 cups of Organic Spring Mix greens, 3tbsp of pumpkin seeds,2 tbsp of Sauerkraut, 2 tbsp Kimchi, 1 tbsp of Hemp seed oil, 2 tablespoons of Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing, and a handful of cherry tomatoes. I did not account for the tomatoes, but by my calculations this salad contains: 485 Calories, 43 g Fat, 10 g Protein, 17 g Carbs – 11 net, and 6 g Fiber.
I have also added the spirulina, and MCT oil to my Matcha Collagen Keto Latte shake. I use about 10-12 oz of water and mix all together. Might need to brush your teeth after, that spirulina will make your teeth blue.