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Are “Diet” Foods Keeping you from losing fat? Part 1

 

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Have you been counting calories and watching what you eat but don’t seem to be having success-especially on the scale?  I know, I know, we SHOULD pay more attention to how our clothes fit and not just what the scale says, and it is true.  However, are you getting stronger and less jiggly AND your clothes are getting more snug?

Do you have any of the following symptoms:  abdominal cramping, acne, arthritis (osteo or rheumatoid) asthma, fuzzy thinking, chronic mucous, digestive problems like diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, extreme food cravings, headaches, moodiness, muscle pain, sinus infections or skin rashes? This is a short list of possible symptoms of food intolerance.  I myself had 9 out of 20+ boxes checked when I did the test.

If you are,  like I was,  eating all of the foods you thought were good for you:  non fat greek yogurt, skim milk,  artificially sweetened drinks and soda to avoid extra calories, egg white omelettes, edamame or other soy products and whole grains, but continue to lose the battle of the bulge while eating these ‘healthy’ foods, you may be intolerant to some foods.

I’ve already talked about gluten intolerance and for health reasons a lot of people are eating gluten free.  But what if there are more foods that you are intolerant to?  It’s likely if your system can’t handle one there are others as well. Ask yourself these questions:

Have you tried unsuccessfully to lose weight?

Have you followed an eating program in the past that worked, but is not working now?

Are you a yo-yo dieter?

Do you have indigestion, gas or bloating when you eat?

Have you gone to extremes before, with lots of exercise and periods of starvation and that hasn’t even worked for weight loss?

Food intolerance is something you can be born with, or developed over time.  It can be brought on by stress, or eating too much of the same food day in and day out.  Food intolerance can also be caused by leaky gut, which by itself can be set off by infections or medications, radiation and other toxins.

Let’s consider this, our body is more than just a calorie-meter. It’s a chemistry lab with a bunch of hormones involved in breaking down the food we eat.  We can be exercising enough and eating under our body’s caloric requirements and keeping the insulin response down but if we have a food intolerance, it’s causing inflammation and our body has to deal with that immune system response first.

There are 7 high inflammatory foods and they are:   GLUTEN, EGGS, SOY, CORN, DAIRY, PEANUTS, SUGAR/ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.

I know you are thinking….

What the heck am I going to eat?  I have a  Sample Menu posted to help you get started.

How do I go about eliminating my problematic high inflammatory foods?  Here is how you start:

First of all, there is no such thing as moderation when starting.  You must have zero amounts of any of the above foods, period.  That is the only way for your immune system to calm down.  Take in to account, you want to feel better.  You want to look better.  No food is worth the trade of feeling better.  Some food may temporarily make you THINK, you don’t care how you look after you’ve eaten it….but you feel guilty after you have sabotaged yourself.

Secondly, this is only for 21 days.  Three weeks.  You may be wondering, “Do I even need to do this? I’m fine with my symptoms and I will just add another day at the gym or run and extra couple miles, I don’t want to give up my food!”  You can keep spinning your wheels if you want, but you will never know until you try. The first week I did this, I lost 3 lbs.

Next, timing is everything.  Eat within an hour of waking up.  If you have any meds to take on an empty stomach do that first then wait an hour and eat.  Don’t eat anything within two hours of going to bed.

Stay hydrated.  Take your body weight, divide it in half and drink that many ounces of clean, pure, unadulterated water.

Eat lots of veggies and fruits to get your fiber.  Fiber is key with weight loss.  Whenever possible, eat the skin of the vegetable and fruit.  Be aware to avoid high starchy vegetables as this will drive up your blood sugar and insulin.

Eat lean proteins and stay away from processed meats such as bacon and sausage.

Eat healthy fats such as avocado and coconut milk, olive oil, olives, palm fruit oil, seeds including flax-seed meal and chia.  Wild, cold-water fish.

Get your beauty sleep and let go of your stress.  When we are stressed, we release cortisol,  if we are constantly stressed, our body will struggle to lose weight.

Remember that even too much healthy food is NOT HEALTHY!

There’s no time like the present so go clean out your cupboards.  Get your shopping list ready for the next week by going to my Sample Menu for avoiding High Inflammatory Foods.

Let it begin!

 

 

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