Slim n’ Sexy Nutrition Tips #2 and #3

One of my best friends, who gained quite a bit of weight during her pregnancy due to an injury, used this tip to go beyond her pre-pregnancy weight into a figure that she’s rightfully proud to show off in her bikini.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this babe rocked her big girl curves well. She’s beautiful no matter what. But I can tell by the way she talks how good she feels about slimming down.

And even if there is still a little extra there from being a mama, she’s done an incredible transformation and has a beautiful growing son to show for it!

Remember, these tips are suggestions for you to integrate as you see fit into your nutrition approach. Only you know what is best for your body. That said . . .

Nutrition Tips #2 (sugar bad) and #3 (fibre good)

Cut out sugar and UP your fibre.

Here’s the deal: When you eat foods that are high in sugar or simple carbohydrates (which break down as sugar), your body (using the hormone, insulin) stores those calories in your fat cells to get it out of your blood.

Sugar (again, this includes carbs like bread, cereal, pasta, white rice, and so on) makes us gain weight, and causes a hormonal reaction that makes it very difficult to get rid of it while there is sugar in your system.

Now, your brain and body do need sugar to function, but they want the sugars that break down naturally from whole foods such as whole grains, sweet vegetables (carrots, for example), and fruits in their whole form (not store-bought juices.)

For most of us, myself included, our diets involve far more sugar than the body wants or needs.

Solution: eat less sugar. See the list below for ideas.

By cutting out sugar and upping your fibre intake, you create the perfect environment for your body to shed extra pounds and get lean.

When your blood sugar is low, your body secretes glucagon, which is the opposite hormone from insulin. It basically tells your body that it needs all that sugar that was stored in the fat cells, which makes the fat cells shrink back down to their original (read tiny) size.

The Point: When your blood sugar levels are high your body does not burn fat calories, it stores calories in your fat cells. When your blood sugar levels are even from eating healthy foods that have low sugar content, your body turns on its super-star fat burning abilities.

Foods to Eat:

Healthy Proteins: lean, grass-fed (preferably organic) meat, fish, eggs, sprouts and legumes.

Lots of Fresh Veggies, especially: leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, radishes, sprouts, celery (celery is an excellent snack to help cut
down on calories, lower blood sugar and increase fibre.)

Fruits (but not too many due to sugar content): Apples, pears, berries, bananas, etc (if you’re trying to slim down, stick to one or two servings of fruit per day, no more.)

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds (again, if you’re trying to lose weight, go easy on these high-calorie foods)

Healthy Fats and Oils: Coconut oil, flax oil, olive oil, butter (coconut oil and butter can be heated, however flax should NOT be heated, and olive oil is much better fresh than heated – some oils go rancid when heated and some do not. I do all my cooking with coconut oil.)

Non-gluten Grains: Brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, etc.

If you want to eat dairy (and aren’t trying to lose weight), stick to high-fat dairy such as butter, non-sweetened yogurt, and cottage cheese.

Foods to Avoid:

Sugar, gluten, trans-fats (any label with “hydrogenated oil” is bad), artificial sweeteners, highly processed foods.

The more whole foods you eat, the more fibre you consume.

Fibre helps you control hunger (makes you feel full, yeah?) It also helps your elimination system to clear out, so you’re not carrying around extra weight in your intestines and colon.

One great way to increase fibre is to add ground flax seeds to your meal. This also helps you get more healthy fats into your system!

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