Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"What are you doing for your Weight Loss?"

Many ask me what I am doing for my weight loss. I recently started following this plan recommended by trainer Brett Hoebel:


Combine this diet with at least 30 minutes of exercise for 5 days a week, (the more you can do the better of course!) plus one-two cups of dieters tea a night. FIBER FIBER FIBER. PROTEIN PROTEIN PROTEIN!

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By eating these foods, you’ll avoid the simple sugars and processed foods that lead to belly fat.

Note: Substitute one of these with other forms of protein like seafood, red meat, pork etc.

Complex Carbs

Sweet Potato
Brown Rice Cakes
Leafy Greens (broccoli, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, kale, chard etc.)

Simple Carbs

Raw Nuts & Nut Butter (almonds, cashews, walnuts, almond butter, peanut butter)
Bonus Food: Beans. Legumes are a great source of protein, carbs, good fats and fiber.

Anti-Bloat Smoothie
Start your day off with this anti-bloat smoothie. It’s high in fiber, which prevents constipation. Additionally, it contains natural digestive enzymes that help to breakdown hard-to-digest foods that can cause bloating.

3/4 cup papaya
3/4 cup pineapple
1/2 pear, sliced
1 tsp ginger, fresh
1 tbsp flaxseed, ground
2 mint leaves (garnish)
1 cup water
1/2 cup ice

Blend all ingredients. Drink with probiotic straws to maximize the benefits of a healthy diet and support normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the gut.


Upon Rising: Water and Fresh Lemon Juice
8 oz room temperature water
1/2 fresh lemon squeezed

Breakfast: Egg White Omelet and Sweet Potato Hash
4 egg whites
Salsa (tomato, onion, cilantro, sea salt)
1/2 small sweet potato, cut into squares or grated
1 onion, diced
Tip: Add 2 oz chicken or turkey for flavor and lightly coat pan with extra virgin olive oil using a paper towel.

Snack: Kale Chips
2 cups fresh kale, bake in preheated oven until crisp
Tip: Flavor kale with low sugar, low-salt substitutes like cinnamon, vanilla, raw cacao chocolate, curry, garlic powder or garlic salt.

Lunch: Lettuce Wrap Turkey Burger & Quinoa Salad
4-6 oz lean ground turkey
Onion and garlic, mixed into burger to taste
Tomato slices
Mushroom garnish
Large lettuce wrap, instead of bun
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
Mesclun salad greens
Onion and parsley garnish
Tip: Flavor meat with herbs and spices, mix an egg into the burger to moisten, and use low-sugar, low-salt dressing like extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and apple rice vinegar for the salad.

Snack: Hummus With Raw Veggies
1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans
1 tsp tahini paste
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Raw broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, carrot, cucumber, tomato, pepper
Tip: Flavor hummus with different things like garlic, hot sauce, curry and cilantro.

Dinner: Fish and Chips
4-6 oz white fish (flounder, cod, halibut etc.)
Tip: broil the fish in fresh cut garlic, lemon slices and spices like rosemary to add flavor
1/2 sweet potato, thinly sliced
Tip: Flavor chips with spices like sea salt or garlic powder.

Bedtime Supplements
Tonalin CLA (1,000 mg)
L-Glutamine (5-10 g)

A great website for recipes is www.emlybites.com as well!

Besides eating right, your exercises and intensity levels will be key to your success. I have recently started Pilates, as well as intense walking and jump roping. Mountain Climbing [walking up incline] has also been effective. IT IS NOT EASY! Try to get activity in for at least 30-45 minutes into your day.

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