Yogurt (interesting because I’ve stopped eating this for the past 2 weeks and have felt terrific!)
Wheat bread! Thank goodness this is on the list – I hate this and always have a hard time digesting this. The high fructose corn syrup added to make the bread, it also causes weight gain. According to Dr. Lee, this ingredient interrupts with the chemical reactions in your brain that keeps you from feeling full. She also mentions that it is addicting – this is a very interesting point.
Cereal bars because of the sugars added to them, are a no go for me – corn syrup, fructose, sugar.
Dr. Lee’s approach is to tackle a lifestyle via digestive system. Less energy = poor digestion = weight gain. Focus is on digestive health. The 4 natural fat loss helpers and foods to avoid, according to Dr. Lee are:
Food preservative – it prevents food from being digested or nutrients from being absorbed by our bodies. The solution to fight preservation, amalyse, bromelian and lipase (digestive enzymes before you eat). I used to take this when I had asthma flair up, it did make a difference. I haven’t tried her brand.
Bad gut bacteria – candida or yeast. Candida grows from sugar and then prevents nutrient absorption. To combat this, take probiotics. I took this when I was pregnant because I couldn’t handle yogurts. She warns against cheap probiotics. Look for those that contain 10 unique strains, 10 B colony units per capsule. I haven’t tried her brand and will follow up on review of it.
Overeating. What can I say, guilty on this. I’ve tried a few different things – portion control, drinking water, timing when I eat – smaller/more frequent meals throughout the day. The best one so far, eat a large salad first! Romain, celery, cucumber, tomato, pepper, thrown in another one to two veggie – keep dressing to a minimum. Then eat your portion controlled meal. Romain lettuce and celery are loaded with fiber, so you will feel full!
Slow metabolism – EGCG (green tea extract) stimulates metabolism and combined with exercises, can act as a boost when taken 30 minutes prior to exercise.
She recommends avoiding the following carb, olestra or olean! I have stayed away from this for many years. It prevents absorption of vitamins in the body.
And the catch to all this information – it’s a promotion for a BIO X-4 supplement! I have misgivings about buying supplements online and then not from a reputable retailer. I was buying my supplements from Willner Chemist in NYC. Her video goes on to promote her supplement – BIO X-4. How do you tell the difference between a commercial and true information – research, research, research. I went onto find reviews of the product and learned that perhaps in combination all of these may not be good for you. I know from taking digestive enzymes – you should take before food, not after. Probiotics are good on an empty stomach. I haven’t taken caralluma fimbriata. You can drink green tea rather than take extracted supplements.
In my quest, I’ve found that “dieting” is temporary. Dr. Lee isn’t the first person to suggest a lifestyle approach. One daily step, focus on one new habit you can make towards your healthy lifestyle.
Everywhere I go I see quinoa all around and hear how good it is. What is it the hype about? First of all, when you search quinoa there is a proliferation of bloggers discussing it and not a lot of what I would call “research” on it. I wanted to understand how this could be good for you?!
It’s been a tough few weeks, yes I said weeks! I started off strong on the plan. Then it all went downhill, it started with a weekend in the city – two days I couldn’t follow the regiment. Bad habits came back so quickly. Continue reading Falling off the wagon→
This soup is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is a great source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals (thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese).The base of the soup is a vegetable broth, so this is vegan and gluten free as well. You can make the broth the night before leaving the vegetables and then reheating the next day and removing the vegetables. Soaking the vegetables overnight will deepen the broth flavor. Start soaking the beans overnight until you need them in the afternoon the next day. Continue reading Mediterranean white bean and kale soup→
One trick to cooking quinoa is to pre-wash it. You should soak it for a few minutes and then rinse it in a colander. Doing this makes it taste less nutty. I boil the quinoa in a home made veggie broth (meat free). You can always cook it in chicken stock. Continue reading Quinoa→
This is a simple portuguese soup to make on a cold snowy day or as my mom would do, when she needed a cleanse. Sounds like she was ahead of her time with what is now known as soup diets! After researching the benefits of beans and kale, her cleansing feeling makes complete sense. I have replaced red beans with black beans, as they provide way more nutrients. Black beans provides a punch of phytonutrients such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which help prevent disease. It has a high protein – plus – fiber content; 1 cup of black beans give you 15 gram of fiber and protein! Black beans also support healthy digestive track. The soluble fiber has also been found to reduce heart attacks! This is a superfood, if you ask me. Continue reading Mediterranean Black Bean and Chourico (Chorizo) Soup→
This recipe is from my Mom, she was taught this when she was living in Angola in the 70’s. The curry is mildly spicy, using peri-peri. Coconut milk is added to give it a creamy texture. This recipe is a crowd pleaser and if you serve it with bread or rice for soaking up the broth – my type of comfort food! Continue reading Mom’s Afro-Portuguese Chicken Curry→
Part of week 3 involved starting an appetite suppressant, Phentermine. It is prescribed by the doctor. It is considered a stimulant according to Drugs.com. I hesitated a few days to take it because of the listed side effects. Generally, I am sensitive to medications and in this case, this is one that I will not be taking again. The way I felt outweighed the benefit for me. I am struggling on a daily basis to make the right healthy choices, I can’t feel sick while I’m doing it.
I was curious about the DASH diet, and on their website, they have 3 different iterations…talk about a marketing genius! They are Original, Weight Loss and Vegatarian. Geez, this customized plan covers all the options out there.
Digging deeper, I found a newer diet called the MIND diet, this is a hybrid between DASH and Mediterranean. What I find interesting is the statistic from a 2015 study, that out of 900 participants, 54% of them where less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, compared to 39% of those on DASH. The Mediterranean dieters were 53% less likely. The MIND diet, consist of plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, and six servings a day of leafy greens.
This is insane, all these diet options – how do you know which one is right for you? Working with your doctor can help simplify options, but definitely consider one that you can stick with longterm, make it your Lifestyle Plan.
This is very easy meal to prepare. The most time consuming part might be shredding/cutting the zucchini. You can use a grater to get fine and consistent pasta like shred. I don’t always have time to labor over the details and just opted to slice the zucchini in thin long pieces – fettuccine like. Continue reading Zucchini with ricotta cheese (pastaless baked ziti)→