We hear from friends and coworkers that fasting is their choice of regulating their weight during this time of the year.
Does it really work or is it healthy it all depends on how fasting is done!!
When we consume Carbs, sugar and refined grains, they quickly break down into sugar, which our cells use for energy. If we are not active we store it in our fat cells as fat. But sugar can only enter our cells with insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas. Insulin brings sugar into the fat cells and keeps it there. If we don’t eat between meals our insulin level goes down and fat cells release sugar stored so we can move around and be active.
When we fast our insulin levels go down far enough and for long enough that we burn off our fat.
Studies show when we stop eating during the day is a key on losing weight. Eating between 7am to 3 pm, or 10am to 6 pm, and avoiding any snacking between meals is the smart way to regulate our weight .
We will need our nutritious Meals to stay active and happy when bad weather leaves us in the dark and no access to stores or restaurants.
Dry fruits paired with varieties of nuts, and nut butters with chutneys or jams and nutritious whole grain crackers can provide us with protein and good variety of tastes.
Also canned tuna, chicken, salmon, can be paired with lettuce, apples, grapes for a fresh and delicious salads. Don’t forget the manual can opener. If you don’t like missing your vegetables add cans of grilled eggplant, peppers and zucchini to your pantry. Shelf stable milk, breakfast cereals, are also great for snacking.
watermelon is one of the lowest in calories even lower than berries. May lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Watermelon may help lower inflammation and oxidative damage, since it’s rich in the anti-inflammatory antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C. It is a delicious fruit to quench your thirst (it is 92% water).
Beside eating it right from the melon’s god given bowl, we can also prepare salad and side dishes.
1- Few drops of balsamic vinegar for a refreshing side dish.
2- Or mixed with feta cheese, red onions, arugula or cucumbers, olive oil, zest of lime, and mint leaves for a refreshing salad.
it’s not always so simple to toss aside the convenience of sports drinks after a hard workout, but if you’re looking to leave the synthetics aside, high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes, try these natural drinks :
Has five times more potassium meaning electrolyte lost in sweat that helps with the storage of carbohydrates.
Make it a freshly squeezed, or at least not from concentrate. Oj boosts your body’s system with carbs and potassium.
Gives your body the protein, calcium and essential carbs that it needs to replenish your muscles after a long run or a draining weight workout in the gym.
Gives you carbohydrates, good quality protein and some sodium and potassium.
Loaded with nutrition peaches are great as a snack or an addition to :
1- cottage cheese
3- hot or cold cereal
4- in peanut butter sandwich
5- in yogurt
One large peach, has just 68 calories and no fat. Eating peaches instead of more processed snacks, such as chips, baked goods, cereal bars and cookies, can help you manage your weight. Peaches are naturally sweet, no corn syrup so it can replace some of the added sugars in your diet.
Loaded with antioxidants in the flesh and skin of peaches. One of the major antioxidants in peaches, chlorogenic acid, helps flush out free radicals compounds that your body stores through exposure to pollutants from food and the environment. It also reduces the effects of aging and chronic diseases. This antioxidant may also keep you safe from cancer, provides eye health, and reduces body inflammation.
Pears have been around for 3000 years, and are a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C., antioxidants, high in fiber so great for digestive system, helps with dehydration, reduces fever, and are a great pre or post workout snack.
Choose any sliced bread that you prefer, but we think when Bartlett pears ripen they are super juicy and sweet.