You’ve been cutting out certain foods that contain sugar in them, you’ve been eating low fat yogurt with fruits and granola, you’ve been eating whole wheat bread instead of white, you’ve been sipping on them low fat smoothies from Panera bread, y0u’ve been eating yummy protein bars, you’ve been drinking skim milk instead of whole, you’ve been exercising. But you only shed about 2 pounds and now .. well.. you feel completely stuck.
Then you start to develop questions like,
“Uhh… soo.. what’s going on? Why isn’t this working? What am I doing wrong? “
Then you feel as though you are on the verge of giving up on your goals. You’re not alone– stop right there missy! Let’s go straight to the nutrition arena and have ourselves a double take.
1.Dairy makes you weary
Ever drank a glass of milk and feel bloated, heavy and fatigued? I think by now, the majority of us are already informed about increase in weight due to diary such as whole milk, heavy cream and half & half. But did you know that there are other diary products that may be keeping you from losing weight as well?
It might shock you. I’m talking about the “healthy” skim milk and “fat free” yogurt that can keep you from losing weight and more importantly, from feeling great!
It took me a while to experiment using my own body but profound changes took place when I limited my uses of diary in my daily diet. (almost close to none) In the past, health officials claimed diary and drinking milk to be healthy because of the amounts of calcium that it contains. However, what we don’t hear so much is the amount of acidity that it contains which once the body holds enough of it, it hugs onto excess weight. This is because the fat cells in our bodies are storing acidic waste to keep away from our vital organs. What then happens is our body becomes clogged which slows down our digestion and removal of toxins. Once the body is full of toxins, we find it tougher to lose the weight.
Instead, aim for better options to get calcium in your body.
According to the FDA, the human body needs around 1200 mgs/day (this all varies considering your height and weight of course)
1. Beans – one cup of baked beans has 154mg calcium
2. Oatmeal- one cup of oatmeal not only provides 100–150mg of calcium
3.Veggies- consume as much greens as you can. Dark, cruciferous vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and dark leafy greens provide almost 100 mgs of calcium per serving. Remember that when it comes to vegetables, the darker, the better.
4. Nuts- You can never go wrong with nuts. They’re extremely nutritious, they’re crunchy, they taste amazing and add great nutritional benefits.
Nuts such as almonds and brazil contain about 100 mgs per serving!
4. Almond milk- my go-to source if I’m feeling up to eat a bowl of fruit nut cereal (made of oats) mmm.
* Just be sure to purchase almond milk without carrageen in it. Carrageen is an additive extracted from red algae which when consumed enough can produce severe inflammation in the body. Trader Joe’s almond milk has no carrageen traces in them. *
2.Whole Wheat will get you beat
I think this has got to be one of the most fad things streaming in all grocery stores. We hear “100% whole wheat” and we think it’s healthy versus white flour. There’s a great book I highly recommend you reading called Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis who will really open your eyes on the causal effects of wheat and what it does to our bodies. Sure, trading in white bread for wheat is one initial step to losing weight but it doesn’t mean its any good for you. The reason for the rise in celiac disease is due to the effects of gluten consumption in wheats which contributes to weight loss as well. Wheat also causes you to crave more and you feel hungry for wanting more carbs almost all the time. One thing I’ve found in my experimentation with wheat is that it encourages your body to store fat on your belly, making digestion tougher.
Experiment with oat flour and make your own breads. Or just opt for vegetables!
3.Light typically means heavy, really though.
Light cream cheese
Low fat yogurt
Low fat tortilla chips
Ah, the low fat label gets me pretty cranked every time. Low fat, sugar free, light are all marketing words meant to steer consumers to buy a companies product. Meaning, they don’t really care about the nutritional benefits, whether its good for you or not, whether you’ll actually lose weight from it or not. Remember that packaged foods in general that says Light or Low Fat generally means that its getting its replacement from somewhere, whether it’s an artificial flavoring, added sugars, or extra sodium. Added sugars = more carbs and carbs= more fat. You get the deal! Refined sugar is the slowest form of poison because its extremely toxic and acidic which once again, tells the body to hang on to more weight. You might as well purchase the “fat” version because that contains more “real” food than the packaged.
4.Salads are good for you, especially from McDonalds. (sarcasm)
Salads are often mainstreamed as THE ULTIMATE healthy meal which is true to an extent. However, the added toppings such as bacon, cheese, croutons, fried chicken, not to mention salad dressings are already putting you well over the amount of calories you need per meal. Next time when you pick up a salad dressing, take a close look at the ingredients and pay attention to the Sugar Content, Fat content, Sodium, etc. You’ll never want to add it on your salads again. Salads are often made with iceberg as well, which is great to some extent but dark, leafy greens are better.
Aim to make your own dressing our of unrefined oils such as olive, flaxseed or sunflower. You can try using fresh squeezed lemon juice or some red wine vinegar. Try incorporating darker greens as they provide more nutritional benefits to your health versus the day old iceberg.
5. Protein bars make you lean
Not so much. Despite what it claims, its not the source to get you shredded or slim. Especially now in our extremely fast paced world, protein bars are the hype and seem to be replacing REAL, wholesome foods. What protein bars really are are glorified candy bars with extra added whey protein isolates and monosodium glutamate otherwise known as msg, thrown in them to add “protein”. Check the ingredients in the back and you’ll be reading over 10 of them with some names that you can’t even pronounce. They contain high fructose corn syrup and high doses of artificial sweeteners. Huge no no there.
You already know what i’m going to say, make your own! You can purchase oats, nuts, dark chocolate and a healthier protein powder such as Vega or Isopure and create your own protein bars. You’ll have a fun time making them and it’ll taste better because YOU made it. There are plenty of amazing recipes out there for you to try on your own.
A lot of whats being advertised are dried fruits in trail mixes and bars. These are already pretty alright in moderated amounts. There are plenty of sugars added in the process of drying fruit alone especially the packaged kinds.
Make your own unsweetened dried fruit by purchasing some in the bulk section of your health foods store and add your favorite nuts in them. These kinds are still packed with natural sugars but contain no ADDED sugars to make it tastier (which is really unnecessary) Remember to eat unsweetened fruit on occasion. The best way to enjoy fruit in my opinion is raw! It already contains natural sugars in them and is less concentrated than dried.
There’s this misconception that all smoothies are healthy. Just because it has fruits and ice in it doesn’t make it healthy. Common things hiding in your smoothies include:
-sweetened fruit juice
Make them yourself! Bring out your blender and blend together fresh frozen fruits with ice cubes and cinnamon and stevia ( a natural form of sweetener) that will fill your body up with the vitamins and minerals that it needs.
Try to keep your diet as wholesome as possible meaning eating less processed foods and incorporating whole veggies, whole produce that come from the ground up.
The closer you are to the Source, the more cleansed your body will feel
The less processed food you eat, the less processed your body will be, the more you will naturally shed off the weight.
I hope this helps!
Love and Light,