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Tag: Weight loss

Calorie Counts in Glorious One-Pot Meals

Reader question: Are the calories listed below each recipe the total calories of meal for two people? Amazed by low calorie count!  ~Mary W, Grayslake, IL

Hi Mary! You’re right that those calorie counts listed for Glorious One-Pot Meals would seem awfully low if they applied for the entire meal! Usually calories are listed per serving on product boxes and in recipes, and it is the same for Glorious One-Pot Meals recipes. Each recipe represents two servings, but the calorie counts are per serving.

But I’ll confess that I’m not a big fan of this kind of nutritional counting for many reasons and I really resisted including the counts in my cookbook (I lost that fight, obviously). Not only do I believe that a whole-foods-based diet is healthier than a low-calorie diet, but I think that the whole “calories-in-vs-calories-out” philosophy of dieting is a flawed theory of weight loss.

Heresy, I know!

But if we know that obesity can be viewed as excessive inflammation, then we can see that obesity may be less about how much we’re eating, and more about what we are eating.

Additionally, if you do any substituting in the Glorious One-Pot Meal recipe from what is written, as I encourage the reader to do on almost every page of the cookbook, then those calorie counts will change anyway.

While I have received many testimonials from readers enthusing about how eating GOPMs have led to weight loss simply because they are eating more whole foods and veggies, the best way to identify the foods that are inflammatory for each of us is to identify our sensitivities by taking the Mediator Release Test (MRT). It’s truly the gold standard in determining which foods and chemicals/additives in our foods are inflammatory for your unique body. If weight loss is your goal, the MRT and LEAP dietary therapy can help you make the least inflammatory GOPMs for yourself.

Sometimes the MRT results can be really surprising. For myself, I learned that lettuce causes inflammation in my body. Lettuce! How ridiculous is that?! But I can clearly tell that eating lettuce causes me to inflate a dress size overnight. If I eat some avocado with that lettuce, that’s two dress sizes up. Its crazy! However, once I stop eating my inflammatory foods the inflammation will recede, regardless if I am reducing calories or not.

It’s a new paradigm in weight loss.

I’m happy to offer my readers a free initial phone consultation if they’d like to know more about food sensitivity testing, the MRT and LEAP. Just fill out this form to get started losing weight – without counting calories!

Top 10 Worst Foods in the Standard American Diet

Here’s a look at the top ten worst foods that many of us eat regularly without giving it a second thought. Compiled by Natalie of NutritionbyNatalie, an nutritionist with a holistic bent, her list includes common items that you might find in most homes, such as bacon, snack cakes, and potato chips. Some items might surprise you!

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Plant based digestive enzymes for health and weight loss

My mother just came back from spending a month in Tuscany and the first thing she said to me was, “You’ve shrunk!”

She had a point. I recently bought a size two skirt and in my incredulity my reaction was to tell the sales lady that I’d have to start frequenting that store as their clothes must run really big.

Because I haven’t been dieting. Nor have I changed my eating habits or my exercise habits in about 2 years.

In fact, as I look back over the last 2 months or so, the only thing I’ve changed has been starting back up on plant-based digestive enzymes.

As we age our bodies ability to produce enzymes slowly diminishes, interfering with complete digestion and putting us at risk for degenerative diseases.

I’ve talked about how incomplete digestion is a major cause of weight gain, and how eating whole foods rather than processed foods encourages complete digestion and can help lose weight and nourish health. Digestive enzymes can help the body break foods down for better absorption of nutrients and more efficient elimination of extra material.

Years ago, my homeopath put me on digestive enzymes to help end the hives and facilitate my quest to get pregnant. At the time, I thought it was a great idea, knowing what I’ve put my gut through in my lifetime.

Beyond the typical alcohol/fast food/terrible eating habits abuse of my intestines, I’ve been infested with various parasites at various points for varying amounts of time, including giardia, cryptosporidium, listeria, cyclospora, blastocystis and others over a period of several decades. In my life, parasites have been a side effect both of traveling through the developing world and camping in the Rockies.

The commonly used anti-parasite medication is Flagyl, which, if you’ve ever done a course, brutally strips your insides as it annihilates both troublesome parasites and beneficial flora and fauna. Usually, by the time someone goes on Flagyl, the instigating parasites have been so brutal that the patient happily accepts the side effects as long as it works.

So I was thrilled to learn about digestive enzymes then to help rebuild my intestinal tract. I don’t remember losing weight that time, but I was a little distracted by other things.

The plant-based digestive enzymes, taken with every meal, are helping me to fully digest my food. Which is leading to weight loss as a bonus. This is the easiest diet I’ve ever done!

Looking for plant-based digestive enzymes for yourself? Here are general plant-based digestive enzymes; to find the right digestive enzymes to address the needs of your body, an Enzyme Urinalysis can determine what’s going on with your specific digestion.