Foods That Help You Burn Fat Naturally

We’ve been programmed to think that foods cause us to gain weight, which isn’t completely untrue. Overeating unhealthy foods can indeed cause us to gain weight — but did you know that there are foods that can actually help you BURN fat?

These foods hold a lot of nutritional value as well, so incorporating these foods into your meals as often as possible will pack a punch you will learn to crave.

Here are a few of these powerful foods that help your body burn fat:

Cayenne pepper. Generally, spicy food will speed up your metabolism and will thus make your body more likely to burn fat — so sprinkle on the cayenne pepper any chance you get.

Fermented foods. Fermented foods like sauerkraut are the natural probiotics that contain gut-friendly bacteria which will regulate your gut function and boost your immune system. Having better-regulated gut bacteria will, in general, give your metabolism a boost and will also reduce bloating.

White tea. You’ve probably heard of green tea as a fat-burner, but white tea can work just as well, if not better. White tea will stimulate the enzyme that breaks down fat and blocks the enzyme that builds fat cells. In other words, white tea works both ways to help you lose fat. So drink up!

Dark chocolate. Most people don’t expect that chocolate can be a food that helps you burn fat, as most people associate all sweet products with gaining weight. The antioxidants in cacao can support healthy gut function and help your body burn more fat. Dark chocolate is one of the best treats you can give yourself when you’re trying to lose weight and still satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you aren’t already using these ingredients, start incorporating these fat burning foods into your everyday meals to reap the benefits. Which of these are you most surprised to hear helps you burn fat?

Okay.  Hear me out.  I don’t suggest eating sweets on a regular basis, and the less processed the better.  But there’s this notion that if you’re going to adopt a healthy lifestyle, you must give up any and all treats forever.  That’s simply not true.

Obsessing over your meals with no wiggle room (unless you have allergies/sensitivities, of course) is a recipe for defeat.  Balance is a critical part of health, and I want you to enjoy a treat every once in awhile.  I do!

The focus needs to be on making the treats as healthy as possible, and not overdoing it.

Did you know that eating simple foods can reduce your stress levels?  What do I mean by simple foods?  Healthy, whole foods that aren’t processed or filled with chemicals.  Generally, these foods are going to be found on the perimeter of your supermarket, you’ll hardly need to venture into the middle aisles at all.

Think about how much time you’ll save not looking up recipes, spending hours trying new recipes out in the kitchen, and all the extra food prep that comes along with it.  Stick to simple ingredients, meals with no more than six ingredients and see how much easier your meals become.

The Healthiest Spring Produce in Season Right Now

One way to make healthy eating a lot more affordable is by purchasing produce that is in season. These fruits and veggies are not only a lot more fresh and flavorful, but they are also priced well since they don’t have to be flown in from other countries. Eating in season keeps your menu on a rotation so you will not tire of ingredients. When you cook the same two veggies year round, it won’t take you long to get sick of them and never want to look their way again. But choosing your ingredients based on what’s in season will keep things fresh and ever-changing so you don’t get bored in the kitchen.

Here are a few of my favorite items that are in season this spring…

Asparagus. Not all people love asparagus, but it can taste amazing when you prepare it in the right way. Asparagus is in season from March through June, so this is the time you’ll be able to find it in abundance and enjoy the most flavorful tastes during the harvest.

Cherries. Cherries are harvested during spring and early summer, which makes them perfect for a spring fruit salad or a dessert you prepare for those spring evenings.

Artichokes. Artichokes are not a vegetable that you probably cook with every day, so you should see this spring as your opportunity to experiment. Artichoke season is from March to June, so be sure to pick up some artichokes while you still can.

Strawberries. This sweet fruit is grown mostly in California and Florida where they have long seasons, but they can also be found in the colder areas during the peak season which is from April to June. Strawberries are the perfect fruit to snack on, but they can also work very well in various salads and smoothies.

So, what’s your favorite!? Mine is asparagus, although strawberries are a close second <3

These are some of the healthiest and most delicious vegetables and fruits that are in season during the springtime. Some of these products can be purchased throughout the year, but they will always have the best flavor (and price) during spring.

Foods That Age You Beyond Your Years

Youthful looking skin is something we’d all love to have. You likely have a daily routine of caring for your skin including moisturizers, exfoliators, face wash, night cream and more. Aside from what we can do on the outside, the health and appearance of our skin also comes from how well we take care of the inside.

Here’s what you should avoid eating to evade any additional aging to your skin:

Sweets. From sweet and tasty cakes to sugary candies, too much sugar in your body can wreak a lot of havoc. Excess amounts of sugar can tear down collagen in the skin, among many other negative effects that go on inside of your body. That’s not to say never to enjoy a slice of pie, but if it’s part of your everyday life, it’s time to try to lessen the load.

Overly salty foods. When you eat convenience foods and processed items, you intake more sodium than you would sprinkle on if you were cooking it yourself. That excess sodium makes you retain water, leaving you appearing puffy and swollen. The good news is that topical products with caffeine can help alleviate that, but you should start reading labels for sodium content to prevent issues from the inside out.

Excessive alcohol. A glass of wine won’t do you harm, but keeping alcohol at a minimum will do wonders for your skin. Regular alcohol consumption can cause your liver to gather build up which will leave your skin sallow, resulting in breakouts and wrinkles.

Too much caffeine. Because caffeine is a diuretic, it expels fluids from you more rapidly, dehydrating your body. When your body is dehydrated, it shows in your skin first. However, you don’t have to give up your cup of joe in the morning. Coffee has helpful antioxidants in it which are beneficial, but you can counter the  dehydration by simply drinking more water throughout the day.

On the outside, take care of your skin by looking for products with hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water and keep skin hydrated and replenished. By watching what you eat and using proper skincare, you’ll keep your skin looking fabulous for ages.

What’s your staple go-to recipe?  I know we all have one or a handful of recipes that we could make with our eyes closed.  These are always our back up plan when we have no idea what’s for dinner, and we want to avoid takeout.  What’s that for you?

I’d love to hear, and I’m sure others would enjoy reading the responses below to gain ideas themselves.  So let me know what your tried-and-true go-to recipes.

I like soup and salad or soup and sandwiches.

Spices That Should be in Everyone’s Kitchen

I am certain you have the staple ingredients you keep stocked in your pantry at all times, but which spices do you always keep on hand? Whether you know this or not, many spices you undoubtedly consume regularly, and probably have in your kitchen right now, hold incredible health benefits. So today, I want to share with you some of my favorite versatile spices that also are beneficial for your health.

#1: Black Pepper: I must say, this is one my absolute favorite spices and I include it in everything. The best option is using freshly ground pepper from a peppercorn mill, which is simple to find and pick up from any grocery store. It tastes better freshly ground, and it’s far more beneficial for your health. Freshly ground black pepper helps assist with digestion and has helpful antioxidant benefits.

#2 Ginger: A natural germ fighter, ginger can help protect you against bacteria and germs that can attack your immune system. Ginger can also naturally reduce inflammation and quell any nausea you may experience. Great for digestion, ginger can be added to meals, smoothies, or your morning hot lemon water.

#3 Cinnamon: A great addition to your morning smoothie or coffee, cinnamon is also great for stabilizing your blood sugar and boosting your immune system.There are also some fruits & vegetables that go well with cinnamon such as baked apples and honey-glazed carrots.

#4 Garlic: You can include garlic in just about any dish because it’s so versatile and complimentary to most foods. It’s incredible for detoxing the body naturally, boosting your immune system and fighting off infections — and luckily, it tastes amazing. Add it in as much as you can!

#5 Turmeric: This spice is truly incredible and cannot be overlooked. If finding space for it in your dishes is difficult, getting a high-quality turmeric supplement to take daily would be of great benefit to you. It’s easily incorporated into soups or main dishes. Its benefits include antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties to help keep you healthy.

What spices do you use on a daily basis that you couldn’t imagine life without?

 

Counting calories, low-fat, low-carb, eating six meals a day, drinking protein shakes — you’ve been bombarded with thousands of conflicting and overwhelming ideas telling you how you should feed yourself.  Unfortunately, there’s no magic equation — no set of rules you can find on Pinterest to make your health dreams come true.  There is good news though; it’s so much more straightforward than you think.

Instead of focusing on all of the restrictions, rules and cheat sheets — concentrate on one thing only.  Eating whole foods as much as possible, and getting rid of any of the processed foods you currently consume.  That’s it.  You’ll see results quickly, and you’ll find it much easier than diets you have to learn the swing of.  Isn’t that great news?

 

 

Have you ever thought of your health as a bank account?

This thought process brought so much insight to me, so I wanted to share it with you.  Think of each decision you make either being a deposit or a withdrawal from your “health bank account.”

Powerful, right?  Of course, don’t obsess over this, but try to incorporate this method of thinking into your life as much as possible.  Our small daily decisions are what adds up to our overall health, so it makes perfect sense to look at each of these decisions we make with a positive or negative effect.

Do you make more deposits or withdrawals?

Navigating the kitchen without a plan is a recipe for disaster.

There’s an immense level of stress associated with not planning your meals for the week, especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself.

Planning your meals for the week is an incredible way to take a load of stress off and make sure you’re eating healthy food consistently.  Planning takes the guesswork out of what to cook, what to eat, and what to buy at the grocery store.

An easy way to create a meal schedule for the week is to have a chunk of recipes you switch up weekly to avoid boredom.  You can choose the menu for the week together as a family, even, to include them in the decisions.