Food Myths - Digest and Learn
NO! In fact, carbs are necessary for a balanced diet and to ensure you have enough fuel to get through your life, or your Vinyasa / Exercise practice. Carbohydrates do not inherently make you gain weight. Calories made from crap can make you gain weight.
Often it's eating too much sugar and fat, which can be contained in some forms of carbohydrates, that make you mirror that food and also store more fat. Also a lot of carbohydrates are processed, so you don't get the advantage of feeling full from the fiber found in unprocessed, or whole carbs.
For example, whole grain pasta is more filling and keeps you satisfied longer than white pasta, though both have the same amount of calories. Choose the whole food, and you'll end up eating less overall. To free yourself from the weight gain-promoting carbs, focus on choosing healthier types of carbohydrates--not avoiding them entirely. Try using whole grains like quinoa, millet, spelt, kamut and brown rice more often.
These wheat-free and (some) gluten free options will be much easier on the body to digest and break down, which allows you to burn and use what you need for fuel, not for fat.
Depriving themselves in order to lose weight is one of the most common errors my clients make. Eating fewer calories than your body requires actually makes you gain more weight--not lose it. Here's how:
Initially your body may shed some extra pounds because you have stopped eating enough, but that can be mostly water and lean muscle tissue, which will lower your metabolism, not raise it! The scale says a lower number but it's actually not a good thing.
Plus, once your body realizes that those needed calories aren't going to be making a return anytime soon, it will become defensive and begin to hold onto fat instead of burning it for fuel. Instead, it begins to catabolize (use up) lean muscle tissue as your fuel source. You have now just defeated the purpose of your Core Strength Vinyasa, or any exercise practice.
To reverse this, support your life, not sabotage it, and gain the benefits of all your fat-burning and body-toning efforts, eat three whole food meals with 2 snacks in-between. Eat until you're satisfied, I generally recommend to 80% full, not stuffed, and work mindfully but strongly in your consistent yoga or exercise program. You'll have a happy, healthy body, and will feel amazingly energetic too!
I simply just love my morning lemon water. I simply squeeze ½ a lemon into a cup of warm water with a touch of cumin and pinch of cayenne and drinking that 30 minutes before your breakfast, you will super-detoxify and clean your filter organs, as well as ramp up your digestion and metabolism? It's true! Now you can have your cleanse and your food too.
Enjoy this drink while you get ready for the day
Any level of change is going to have its ups and downs, whether it's with your food, exercise routine, or anything else. But it's holding steady as you persevere through the moments of wanting to quit or to stop and resist thinking of any excuse as to why you can't continue that is the mark of someone who becomes their ultimate self.
Maybe you don't like greens, or your palate has to go through a period of adjustment from processed to whole foods. Some days you forget to eat, and your hormones are driving you straight to the pasta bar. Can you sit in discomfort long enough to look yourself straight in the eye and remember your soul's deepest desire of health and happiness above the siren song of things you know will sabotage your hard work?
Develop the skill of feeling intense sensation, then moving forward anyway in the direction of your integrity.
It is hard, but allow yourself to move through this tough period.
If you are feeling stuck, get up move and get yourself involved in something else... Distract yourself, allow yourself to flow through the hard times and be uncomfortable.
Are you still concerned about iron deficiency?
Dark, leafy green veggies - like spinach, kale, collards, chard and bok choy - contain a high amount of vitamin C, which will enhance your body's absorption of the iron in a lean cut of beef or other iron-containing foods. Iron is one of our foundational nutritional needs. Keep your iron levels up and you will maintain maximum oxygen flow through your bloodstream, which in turn helps you burn fat, build lean muscle density and keeps syour body detoxified for total health.
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