There are a lot of ways to lose weight! If your body is cooled, it obviously has to burn more calories to keep your core temperature from dropping… So I recommend drinking at least 5 eight ounce glasses of ice-water a day. Not a cold sugar drink, because sugar is stored energy that converts into fat when not used, Water also keeps your system clean as well. And it’s an internal healing agent, as well as part of your oxygen delivery system. Water is a unique substance. We are made primarily of water, so it’s important to remain hydrated.
I was disheartened to discover that 20 minutes of intense exercise, only burns the calories of three-quarters of a muffin. So I come home, eat a muffin, and I’ve just taken in more calories than I have shed! This is not to mention the tremendous stress it puts on your bones and joints. I have since found that longer walks are a lot less stress building (cortisol), and a lot more vitamin D intake. This lowers the build up of free radicals. I still lift weights to maintain muscle in my upper body. So movement isn’t the major culprit. Food traps are! Here are a few tips that may help:
- Go for fresh – It’s so hard to in crease the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet when they go bad so fast! Ever open an avocado, only to find it’s already half bad? They have a shelf life of about 2 days! I get green, hard ones, and just before they’re completely ripe, ( Ya have to feel them up every day to catch them in time!) I put them in the crisper.
- Before I prepare a salad – I soak my veggies in one part hydrogen peroxide, one part cider vinegar, and two parts water. Then I rinse them in hot water to revive them, and maximize their crispness and fresh flavor. Don’t forget, in the fridge, veggies are cold, so they’re asleep.
- Tricky decisions – Ever have this problem? You have two cucumbers in the fridge; one full, fresh one, and half a cucumber that’s half rotting. Your inclination is to cut off the bad piece, and eat the remaining good part. Now your fresh cucumber has gone half rotten. What gives here? Sacrifice the one that’s turning and dig into the fresh one right away. This will save you from throwing the best of your veggies away…
- It’s just a little fungus – No… It’s a little more than you think. Fungus extend tiny tentacles called miscillia, deep into fruits and vegetables, contaminating the whole thing. You might get away with it with separate stalk veggies like cauliflower and broccoli, else-wise, toss it. Smell it! If it omits an oder, toss it out.
- Only eat when you’re hungry – Too many of us are still confined to the old three meal a day system, when 5 small meals are easier on the stomach, and help to prevent bloating…
- Make your portions smaller – Do you really need that third slice of pizza? Masticate your food before swallowing (Don’t gulp). Take your time when you eat, and only fill up until you’re just satisfied.
- Never eat after eight O’clock – This is not only one of my best methods for keeping pounds off, couple with a tall glass of water just before bedtime, and you’ll sleep like a baby!
- Cut down on the sugar and salt – Sugar causes 147 things to go wrong with your body and that’s a fact! Artificial sweeteners aren’t much better for you chemically, so I switched to honey. It’s natural, and anti-bacterial. Salt raises your blood pressure and retains fluid in the body, that hold and build toxins. I use sea salt, but still… If I want to mummify myself, I should really wait until ‘after’ I’m dead!
- Curb your enthusiasm – It’s OK… I’m guilty of the same thing. I make a salad, putting in everything under the sun. Suddenly I discover I’ve made salad for 16 people, and there’s only you and your carnivorous cat. Give some to your neighbor! It’s always a nice gesture! And odds are, they’ll return the favor, just making variety the spice of life :O)