6 tips to use what you eat, to slim down!

The food you eat will shape up the way you look on the outside and more importantly the way you feel and function from the inside. So how can you use what you eat to get rid of excess fat, feel more energetic and improve your health?

Here are a few tips:

1. Start your day right:

Drink an 8oz. glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ a lemon) first thing in the morning. This is great for hydration, balancing your body’s pH and helps jumpstart your metabolism in the beginning of the day. You can always have tea or coffee with your breakfast later.

2. Cut down the sugar:

Refined sugar is the number one cause of excess weight gain and metabolic diseases, so consciously cut it out of your daily drinks and meals. I am not just talking about table sugar or sugar found in cookies and dessert here. Sugar is present in most processed foods that you buy at the grocery store including bread, sauces, juices and snacks. These small amounts of sugar add up to a lot over the coarse of the day. Check labels and be aware of how much sugar your food contains and cut down the total amount of sugar you consume. Start small, like cutting out that spoonful of sugar from your tea and work your way to cutting out processed food from your meals.

3. Add organic whole fruits, vegetables and grains to your meals:

Eat plenty of whole fruit, vegetables and grains! Eat high glycemic fruit like bananas, mangos and papaya post-workout or during the most active part of your day. Learn to enjoy your produce in the raw form as much as possible. Choose produce that is fresh and in season where you live.

4. Add organic protein to your meals:

Eggs, chicken, fish and meat are great sources of protein. Make sure you choose grass-fed, organic protein. If you are vegetarian beans, sprouts, quinoa and lentils are good sources of protein. It is important to eat a meal rich in protein right after you exercise.

5. Add good fats to your meals:

Don’t be afraid of fats. Include healthy fats like grass-fed ghee, extra virgin coconut oil, avocados, nuts, nut butters and seeds in your meals. Stay away from refined and processed vegetable oils like canola oil and soybean oil. Fats add flavor to your food, keep you full longer and boost your energy.

6. Cook your own food:

That way, you have complete control over everything that goes in it! If you are going out to eat, choose restaurants that serve fresh, organic food whenever possible.  If organic is not an option, choose fresh food, grilled protein, whole grains and starchy carbs from the menu.

The food you eat every day will add up to either make or break the body you live in!

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Much Love, Uma