How to eat and lose weight
Mother Nature has provided us some wonderful ways to add flavour and interest to our food AND help our weight management goals. There are numerous culinary herbs and spices that most of us probably already have in our pantry (or we can easily purchase) that will help us reach our ideal weight. By incorporating herbs and spices in your meals you will enjoy your food more, expand your culinary talents, and stimulate weight loss. Below are my top 10 picks for herbs and spices to aid weight management…
1. Cayenne pepper
Capsaicin is the component of cayenne pepper that helps manage weight by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, lowering blood fat levels, and fighting fat build up.
Boosts metabolism, regulates blood sugar levels, and increases glucose metabolism.
3. Black pepper
Piperine is the substance in black pepper that aids weight management by blocking new fat cell formation, burning calories, and increasing the bioavailability of other foods; thereby increasing your energy levels and well-being
4. Dandelion Greens
Far from a pesky weed dandelions are a power house of nutrients and have fantastic benefits for our inner health. Dandelions help you feel full for longer by slowing digestion, they assist blood sugar regulation, are full of dietary fibre (to help you feel full), cleanse the liver to aid detox, and are packed with nutrients to help you feel great.
Mustard seeds boost your metabolism (by up to 25%) which leads to an increase in calorie burning. Reports claim a small teaspoon of mustard seeds can boost your calorie burning potential by up to 45 calories an hour!
Curcumin a substance in turmeric can help reduce fat gain by suppressing the formation of the blood vessels needed to form fat tissue. Less fat tissue equals less weight gain!
Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and relax intestinal tissue thus aiding digestion. It also acts as an appetite suppressant and can help boost metabolism.
A thermogenic herb cardamom boosts metabolism and assists the body to burn fat.
Fennel seeds can assist in weight management by aiding the digestion of fats, regulating satiety, and cleansing the liver (to assist in detox). Its clarifying flavour can also assist in reducing cravings.
An all-natural calorie free sweetener that has little effect on blood glucose levels, stevia is a fantastic way to sweeten drinks without the negative effects of sugar. Why not grow a plant on the deck pick a leaf and pop it in your tea (that way it hasn’t been refined)?! But beware you need a pinch it is super sweet!
Mother Nature is really quite amazing!