Archive for: February, 2012

Dr. Oz’s Two Day Wonder Cleanse: Great For Emotional Eaters

Dr. Oz has published a new “Two Day Spring Cleanse” in the March 2012 issue of Oprah Magazine. The first thing he points out is that this cleanse is meant to detoxify your body by eating whole foods that are packed with nutrients.

He contrasts this approach with the cleanse and detox programs pushed by celebrities that deprive you of nutrients and often have you drinking lots of water and juice. What Dr. Oz outlines follows closely on the success of The Clean Program and PEERtrainer’s Fresh Start Cleanse, which have focused on adding nutrition instead of removing calories.

Even Nutrisystem has gotten in the act by creating something called the Success Program which adds a daily protein drink to the mix. Protein is a key part of each one of these Cleanse approaches because it plays a key role in removing toxins from the body.

How Dr. Oz’s Cleanse Works

In Dr. Oz’s two day cleanse he has people start the day by making a bowl of Quinoa mixed with ginger and nutmeg for breakfast. Dr. Oz states that “quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.”

He then states correctly that traditional versions of cleanses do not include protein, which can result in muscle loss. Your body needs the amino acids to perform the detoxification processes, and if your body cannot get it from your diet, it will start to “mine” them from your muscle tissue.

How Dr. Oz’s Cleanse Is Different

Not only can cleanses that do not include protein cause muscle loss, they can also make you feel bad. Many people who go on The Master Cleanse for example report feeling bad, sick and nauseous. This is because the body is not consuming enough protein to remove the toxins. So not only do the toxins build up, which makes you feel sick, your body is attacking its own muscles.

Lunch Recipe For Dr. Oz’s Cleanse

For lunch Dr. Oz suggests drinking a fruit smoothie, which will taste great and also provide nutrients which have been shown to clean the cells and help support the liver. The fruit smoothie recipe includes blueberries and banana, and also includes ground flaxseeds or ground chia seeds. These seeds contain fiber, which helps to support elimination. They also contain protein and Omega-3 fatty acids which your body needs to function optimally.

Dinner Recipe For Dr. Oz’s Cleanse

For dinner. Dr. Oz suggests making a vegetable soup. The recipe he gives includes red onions, chopped celery, chopped fennel, chopped garlic cloves, sliced shitake mushrooms, chopped cabbage, chopped parsley, fresh oregano. You take all these ingredients and cook them in 2 cups of water for an hour.

This soup is packed with a broad array of nutrients. Not only will this soup fill you up, but it literally will help to detoxify your body. If you do this often enough it can reduce your risk of cancer! According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, eating mushrooms on a regular basis “is associated with decreased risk of breast, stomach, and colorectal cancers.” He goes on to say that “White, cremini, Portobello, oyster, shiitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms all have anti-cancer properties – some are anti-inflammatory, stimulate the immune system, prevent DNA damage, slow cancer cell growth, cause programmed cancer cell death, and inhibit angiogenesis.”

Dr. Oz suggests that one include fermented sauerkraut, which contain probiotics that help the gastrointestinal tract. He also suggests that after dinner one eat some apple slices to increase the fiber. For those of you struggling with emotional eating, this cleanse strategy can really help you deal with night eating and mindless snacking after dinner.

Will Dr. Oz’s Cleanse Work?

Starting the day off with Quinoa (or any other clean protein like wild salmon) has been shown to help fight hunger. The fruit smoothie will give you a little glucose which your body needs some of. And the extremely nutrient dense soup for dinner will help you feel very full. This helps you in two ways. First, your body gets the nutrients it needs, which over time will help you stop emotional eating.

Secondly, this soup will fill you up without adding calories or fat. If you find your self dealing with emotions or some sort of trigger where you would normally eat, just eat another serving of this soup. This way, you’ll turn something that is normally negative into a positive.

Of course over time you need to train yourself to respond to your emotions without using food. But first things first. Eating a hearty vegetable soup at night, even when you are not “on a cleanse” is a good strategy. You can also experiment by adding a little avocado or grass-fed beef to your dinner.

One very interesting thing to note about Dr. Oz’s cleanse program is that it does not include any dairy, eggs, wheat, soy or corn. He does not make this clear, but this is very good advice.

Related Emotional Eating Diet Article: The 8 Steps To Stopping Emotional Eating Forever

 

 

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A 4 Step Action Plan For Rapid Weight Loss

Feb 23 2012 Published by under How To Stop Emotional Eating

In order to lose weight rapidly, one must first learn how people actually burn fat. This can be tough because this is the single biggest marketing term out there.

As a result, what people think is the right way to burn fat is actually the most effective marketing term. For example, people think that cardio is the best way to burn fat, when in fact the key to rapid weight loss is actually controlling your insulin levels.

In simple terms, when your blood sugar levels rise, so do your insulin levels. That’s the big thing to keep in mind. So step one of our 4 step rapid weight loss action plan is to reduce the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. You do this by consuming less actual sugar as well as fewer starchy carbs.

This first step is commonly referred to as a “low-carb diet” and often done alone. We find that for most people, especially those who struggle with emotional eating or night eating, this strategy alone is not adequate. In order to make a low carb diet work, you need to focus on these 4 steps and more.

The second step to rapid weight loss is to increase your fiber intake to at least 30 grams per day. This helps to detoxify the body and helps things move through your system. Fiber helps to fill you up, helps to repair your gut and is generally excellent for overall health.

A study in Nutrition Reviews showed that 14 grams of fiber a day helped people lose four pounds of weight in four months, even when they made no other dietary modifications. Other studies have shown that 30 grams of fiber or more is helpful to overall health.

Fiber helps you burn fat by suppressing ghrelin, delaying stomach emptying, and buffering dietary sugar to balance insulin levels. The issue with fiber, however, is that most people struggle to get enough per day. A general rule of thumb here is to have a cup of black beans per day and a cup of peas. Those two foods are very high in fiber. They also contain beneficial micronutrients, which are essential for health. Numerous studies have linked micronutrient intake to reduction in disease. The inverse has also been shown.

The third step to rapid weight loss is to learn the basics of a cleanse done right. If you think of something like The Master Cleanse you are barking up the wrong tree. You need to focus on eliminating dairy and wheat in particular, which helps to further reduce insulin levels.

This third step is the “secret sauce” to this rapid weight loss plan. Most people do not balk at the suggestion that they reduce sugar and carbs, and increase fiber. However, many of those same people will question the suggestion that they give up bread and dairy.

We will leave the science of why you should remove these foods for another post. For the time being just trust us- if you want to lose weight quickly, you are going to want to go cold turkey on those foods for a couple weeks.

The fourth step to rapid weight loss is a dramatic increase in vegetables. Green vegetables in particular help to clean out the cells. As long as you are consuming adequate protein in your diet, you will be able to clean out your fat cells, making them more available for fat burning.

Green vegetables contain high levels of important nutrients, which most people don’t get enough of. They are help reduce your hunger. It is thought that when the body has the nutrients it needs, this helps to reduce food cravings. This is very important because if you are getting good at reducing or controlling your insulin you will be burning fat. The last thing you want to do is start overeating, which will force you to start the process again.

The combination of portion control, reducing carbs and increasing your green vegetables is a proven one.

There is a ton more to losing weight, on top of the emotional issues surrounding weight loss. But these four steps will really help you burn fat quickly and get on the path to rapid weight loss.

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New 8 Part Guide To Help You Stop Emotional Eating

Feb 09 2012 Published by under How To Stop Emotional Eating

We have just published the first 4 of 8 lessons to help you stop emotional eating. It is a fairly long guide so you may want to bookmark it so that you can find it again. The lessons are based on a very reliable formula to help you first understand what emotional eating is, and really give you insight into what your behaviors and emotions are.

When you understand what emotions you are feeling, why you do and what your usual decision making process it, you are then in a place to begin working on developing new habits and patterns. It is very empowering.  One thing that we would ask is to leave a comment at the bottom of the guide with your feedback and comments.

Thank you! Here is the link.

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What is Emotional Eating?

Feb 08 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

Many experts disagree.  Some think you just need more vegetables.  Some think you’re just bored.

Anyone who has been by themselves at night, eating cookie after cookie know it’s very real.  And frustrating.   You can learn how to stop these binges.

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