Improve Your Mood With Food
Did you know you can improve your mood with food? When I was in the thick of working through some emotional issues, I didn’t know I could boost my mood with food in addition to losing weight. This was an exciting discovery, as it turns an everyday chore into a chance to be creative. Many quick healthy meals for weight loss can be made with anticipation and joy, giving you more energy and time to do the things you love.
I’m thrilled to share with you how easy it is to make a meal that will help improve the moods of your whole family. In this article, I will share two principles for clean eating and two foods for detoxification. Keep in mind, this is not an overnight fix. It is a way of living. As there is so much diet and nutrition advice out there, I want to keep things as simple as I can. After consulting with numerous nutritionists, doctors, and health coaches, I’m going to boil it down to two foundational things to start doing if you’re serious about making changes to your health.
1. Remove Toxins From Your Body. According to World Health Organization, 80% of cancer is due to toxicity. Toxicity causes you to gain weight and store body fat. It is linked to heart disease, autoimmune illness and a number of other health issues.
If you’ve ever wondered, “How do you get rid of belly fat?” here’s a simple answer:
Detoxing helps prevent disease and belly fat.
According to Dr. Josh Axe, the best way to support detoxing in general is to change your diet. The first thing I did to detoxify and get healthy was reduce the amount of sugar I was consuming. I had a sweet tooth all my life, so this was hard for me! But sugar contributes to belly fat and it can damage the heart. There’s evidence that fructose and glucose in excess can have a toxic effect on the liver. In fact, a 2013 study shows sugar and alcohol have similar effects on the liver as the metabolism of ethanol contained in alcoholic drinks took similar metabolic pathways as fructose.
So I started by cutting out added sugar in processed “food.” I learned that sugar hides itself in many everyday foods that you don’t normally think of as sugary – foods like ketchup, fat free dressing, crackers and even bread. Did you know there are fifty-six different names for sugar? There are a lot better scientific explanations out there than I can articulate, but the bottom line for me is this:
Added sugar gets stored in the body as cells get stuffed with toxins and fat. These toxins can keep you from losing that stubborn belly fat no matter how hard you work out or eat healthy.
2. Find Your “Why” And Start Small. It’s easier to change a habit when you have a compelling reason and make one small change you can stick to. For some women, their why is to get rid of belly fat so they can fit into their skinny jeans again. Others detox to prevent heath problems from getting worse.
Some people start with cutting out sugar for 10 days. Now that’s do-able, even for those of us with a sweet tooth! I started cutting out sugar in 2014, taking it 21 days at a time. (I had a compelling why to combat a health condition called candida and vulnerability to getting Type 2 diabetes.) I did a candida cleanse every 3 months, struggling with it for about a year. I went from making processed, packaged frozen dinners to cooking healthy meals for weight loss and disease prevention. The reward is that now, I’m able to sustain clean eating, feeling more fit and energetic than I did when I was in my twenties. When you connect with a compelling why, and start making small changes to your diet and exercise, you can bring about significant changes within six months to a year.
I like spending as little time in the kitchen as possible making quick, simple meals. That’s why I love cooking with herbs and spices. They are excellent for making quick healthy meals for weight loss.
Two of these natural herbs and spices that can help eliminate toxins are milk thistle and turmeric.
Milk thistle is a detox herb you can take in supplement form (250-500 milligrams daily is recommended). Studies done on it prove milk thistle is the #1 herb that supports liver detoxification.
The liver is responsible for all environmental toxins that enter your body and helps it eliminate them. There’s a unique study showing that milk thistle helps your body detox from chemotherapy, radiation, and toxins accumulated from past medications like pain meds or steroids. If there’s only one detox herb you want to get, it is milk thistle because it supports re-building your liver, which is the organ connected to anger according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its bright, golden yellow color. It has a warm, peppery and bitter flavor that resembles orange and ginger, which makes it a favorite in curry dishes dating back centuries. Today, it’s frequently used in ballpark yellow mustards, butters and cheeses.
Fresh or ground turmeric is easy to use for cooking quick healthy meals for weight loss and brain support. As a natural health nutritional supplement, turmeric is one of the most effective in existence, with nearly 7000 peer-reviewed scientific articles published to evaluate its effectiveness and healing power. Many high quality studies show that turmeric – especially when consumed with black pepper for 2000% enhanced absorption – benefits your body and brain.
According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric is loaded with many healthy nutrients like protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. The key to turmeric’s healing abilities is the chemical compound curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects that have long been used in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine to treat a variety of conditions, such as chronic inflammation and pain, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, diabetes, cancer, skin/aging, and brain health and memory. Curcumin has the ability to boost levels of the brain hormone BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which is linked to improved brain function and lowered risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
When it comes to treating depression, studies show that curcumin has promise. In a study of 60 depressed patients, one group took Prozac, a second group took curcumin, and a final group took both Prozac and curcumin. After 6 weeks, the group that took curcumin showed similar improvements as the one that took Prozac. The group that took both Prozac and curcumin had the best results. The bottom line? Curcumin was as effective as Prozac in relieving the symptoms of depression. And it’s completely natural!
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