October Balance Weight Challenge: Day 1

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meditateswirlFor the next 15 days, I will post tips that will help you meet your weight goals. The idea is that each day you will change one thing about your diet, exercise and life routines.

If you integrate these suggestions, you will see a difference in your weight, and an improvement in your fitness and overall health.

Tip 1: Boost Your Metabolism in the Morning

Try to eat within 30 minutes of rising even if it is just a handful of nuts, a cup of oatmeal or other whole grain, or a cup of fresh fruit.

If you’re a body type that needs to achieve a modified ketonic state, similar to Bulletproof eating style, then make that first “meal” in the morning a cup of bulletproof coffee with grassfed butter, and add a serving of collagen or protein powder.

The closer you are to menopause or if you have already gone through menopause, you need a little protein to get through the 12-14 hours of avoiding carbs to achieve that kick in the metabolism to burn fat. This is why we call it a modified ketosis–and this is less hard on the body for women, than pure Bulletproof ketogenic mornings with just the coffee.

Try to exercise before noon so that you burn calories better for the whole day.

If you have a body type that can tolerate carbs in the morning, then go for this recipe below.

Recipe

Combine 1/4 cup of any whole grain (oats, quinoa, pre-soaked brown rice)

2 tablespoons chia seed

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds (or other favorite seeds)

1 tablespoon of your favorite nuts

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of organic vegetable glycerin (to sweeten without calories)

1/2 tsp of vanilla

Put ingredients in a pan and cover with water. Bring to boil then cook on medium until ingredients are done (usually 7-15 minutes depending on what grain you use).

Try a cup of Celestial Seasonings Bengal spice or other cinnamon or ginger based herbal teas –they give you instant energy without caffeine and also help to improve digestion.

Don’t forget to take a probiotic before that first mini meal or breakfast to prep the intestinal tract and improve digestion.

Take a good multivitamin such as Rainbow Light and also take a B12 capsule supplement with folate –good brands that I like are Moss–as their vitamin B is highly bio available in capsule format (whereas most capsule formats do ?not get properly absorbed).

As the Day Progresses

If you are following more of a Bulletproof style way of eating, increase your starchy veggies as the day goes on–and snacks such as Isagenix Energy bars or shakes can help give you highly absorbable forms of protein. If you have enough protein, it will help stave off carb cravings.

Bone broth soups with vegetables are also excellent snacks–and you can make these vegan style as well focusing on veggie broth as the base. Include nutrient dense veggies such as beets, turnips, cauliflower etc.

Keep caloric intake to 1200-1400 a day for optimal weight loss.

Journal food choices and use free online calorie checking databases such as Spark People. After while, you’ll get a sense of how many calories are in certain items that you eat so that you can mentally calculate if you are within your caloric limits for the day.

Tomorrow we will tackle solutions for effective exercise routines.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am
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