(Eggs are a wonderful diet friendly food. Herbed Baked Eggs)
I got an email from a reader this week that I thought most of us ask at one time or another, so I thought I would share the question and my thoughts with you all.
I’m just beginning to delve into Nourishing Traditions recipes. Even though we’ve bought organic for several years, these recipes are so wonderful! They seem to work well on my tummy…yogurt, kombucha, etc. Do you have any insight into how to lose weight and still keep these recipes in our collection? Maybe it’s my portion sizes? Well, if you have some insight to share, that would be wonderful. I don’t know if you’ve ever needed to lose weight, but it’s frustrating. I am walking and doing strength training, but just don’t want to follow a “diet” with all the counting, etc.
What a great question! The vast majority of us have to deal with weight loss at some point in our lives. To state the obvious, I am no health or weight loss expert. But I am more than willing to share what I know and what has worked for me.
When many of us were introduced to eating nourishing foods, we wonder how conducive it will be to weight control or loss. I have become convinced that eating nourishing food is the best way to maintain or get to your healthy weight. I emphasis healthy weight because some people desire to be abnormally skinny. That takes more extreme, unhealthy measures to maintain. But the majority of us want to just stay at a healthy weight, and I think we can do that via nourishing eating habits. Here are some of the things that I think important to meet that goal.
Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels Even
This is something that we should all be working to maintain because unstable blood sugar can lead to a variety of health problems (diabetes being the obvious one). But it also has effect on our waistline. When we get low blood sugar, we have to eat something to get it back up again. We may not need the calories or the nutrition, but we do need stable blood sugar, so therefore we eat more. To stave this off, we should eat in a way that keeps our blood sugar more even. To do so avoid the obvious offenders-simple carbs and refined sugar. Avoid them like the plague.
Soaked grains are wonderful, but you may want to limit them somewhat also. I wouldn’t take them all the way out (I don’t think that’s healthy for most of us), but I would watch how much you eat. This is my down falling. I have to watch how many carbs I eat because of some health issues I have, and I am often surprised at how much carbs I have consumed! Moderation is the key. You will probably have to “test” yourself to see how careful you need to be about carbs. Most people only need to limit them somewhat, while others need to be much more careful.
Instead of eating lots of carbs, concentrate on eating fat, meat, and vegetables. Yes, you all heard right, FAT! If you don’t eat enough fat you will get hungry sooner, eat way more carbs, and have blood sugar drops more easily. Plus, you won’t absorb nutrients correctly. Coconut oil and butter are especially helpful for weight loss. Fat doesn’t make you fat, but sugar forming food sure does! Speaking of which, you should also limit naturally sweetened desserts as well. Have them as a treat, not an every day occurance.
Make Coconut Your Friend
Coconut (especially coconut oil) is an amazing food and this is one of the most important tips I can give. I am hoping to post soon about it’s amazing health benefits, but for this post, you should know that it is a great tool in losing weight. It’s true that coconut oil has less calories than other oils, which could be a plus. But the real benefit for weight loss is two fold. First, you burn it directly. Your body doesn’t process coconut oil the same way, but sends it directly to be used as energy (instead of packing it on your hips). Secondly, it helps reset your matabolism. Many of us suffer from weight problems because our metabolism is moving to slowly. Coconut has the potential for turning it around for you.
Ideas for using it
In Eat Fat, Lose Fat (which I will talk about in my next post), Sally Fallon suggests taking 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a mug of hot tea, 20 minutes before you eat. This gets your metabolism going before you start each meal. It also helps you feel a little fuller, which could also be quite helpful. Coconut oil, like mentioned before is very good for you. So good for you, that it could even cause you to detox if you have certain health issues (though I never experienced that effect). Therefore, I suggest that you gradually add it into your diet.
You can use coconut oil in a variety of ways in cooking. For example, I like to fry my eggs in it, make fried rice with it, and pop my popcorn in it (we also melt extra to pour over). You can also add a few tablespoons to blended drinks (like smoothies, though that could be too sugar forming for some). If you are going to have a dessert, you can make many delicious desserts with coconut milk (like chocolate ice cream!)
Coconut milk Ice cream
I am hoping next week to share more about coconut oil, and it’s amazing health benefits.
Stay tuned for many more tips and resources on weight loss tomorrow!