Eating healthily does NOT mean you need to eat flavorless, skimpy meals.
Below are the key concepts that are crucial for weight loss and are components of each recipe.
1. Vary Your Veggies
It is important to eat a variety of vegetables and fruits because they carry the different vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants that keep you healthy. Organic vegetables have been shown to have more nutrients than conventionally grown vegetables. They may be a bit more expensive, but when you are getting 2 or 3 times more nutrients, it's worth the cost.
2. Use High Quality Fats
You probably didn’t think that we would mention consuming fat, did you? Fat is probably the most misunderstood macronutrient, especially when it comes to weight loss. Consuming limited, quality fats high in omega 3s can actually help your body burn fat.
Omega 3s and omega 6s are important in brain function, hormone production, and muscle growth. However, it is important to have a healthy omega 6 to omega 3 ration of ~1:1 (most Americans eat anywhere from 12:1 to 25:1 omega 6 to omega 3 diet).
While omega 6s can be good for you in the right quantity, they also cause inflammation and compete with omega 3s in the body.
3. Eat Protein
Protein is the macronutrient that takes the most energy for your body to digest. In fact, it takes 20-30% of the total eaten protein calories for your body to digest it. Protein also keeps you feeling full longer meaning you’ll have fewer cravings for snack in between meals.
4. Consume Complex Carbohydrates
In our recipes you will find plenty of delicious carbohydrates. Just like fats, not all carbohydrates are created equal. We recommend whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa as opposed to sugar-coated granola and cereal. Also, it helps if you eat carbs after a work out, because your body will use them to aid in recovery.
5. Use Cleansing Spices
Spices such as turmeric, cilantro, ginger, Himalayan sea salt, and parsley are used in our recipes because they decrease inflammation, promote weight loss, and improve overall health. A little goes a long way - you don’t have to add an overpowering amount of spices in order to receive the health benefits.
Himalayan sea salt tastes much “saltier” than regular salt or even sea salt, so be sparing as you use it.