Wake Up Your Metabolism!

I recently gave birth to an adorable baby boy (November 9). With the left over baby weight, combined with the extra pounds I started with, and all those yummy holiday goodies... I have started the year with a 50 pound countdown. 50 pounds to lose - one at a time.
I am posting my countdown on Facebook for my family and friends, hoping that an audience will keep me on track. I'm not posting my actual weight, "I'm not that courageous!" But, every Monday I will be posting where I am on my countdown. I've only been at it a week. As embarrassing as it was, I posted my first Monday weigh in results... START: 50 WEEKLY CHECK IN: 50. Not even one pound. I'm off to a slow start, but determined to do it.
So with that, the first Recipe Share of 2010 is for recipes to add to the Healthy Living section of our recipe box. (which happens to be very small right now)
Call For Healthy Living Recipes!
*email your recipes to: ourrecipegarden@gmail.com
I found the following article last year and it has been sitting in my drafts. I wish I could tell you where it came from. It contains a list of foods that will "wake up your metabolism" and help you flush fat out of your system. I'm looking for some yummy recipes using these foods.
Now for the foods that wake up your metabolism!
Citrus fruits like, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, and limes contain high concentrations of Vitamin C (this is also called ascorbic acid). This Vitamin C has a fat burning quality.
Vitamin C reduces the effectiveness of fat. It reduces its content and can liquefy or dilute fat. By diluting the fat, it makes it less effective, and easier to flush out of your system. Vitamin C also works on cholesterol deposits. Vitamin C can help burn out the cholesterol, hence, making it difficult for cholesterol deposits to form in blood vessels.
By adding Citrus Fruits to your daily diet, try every meal and also a snack, you will great increase your metabolism, increase your ability to get rid of fat, and also help you to control your cholesterol levels.
Soybeans contain lecithin, this chemical will shield your cells from accumulating fat. This chemical prevents, like a shield, fat from forming on your cells. It will also break down fatty deposits in your body.
Eat soybeans at least 3 times a week and you'll be boosting your bodies ability to get rid of fat. You can find soybeans in most health food stores.
Apples contain a chemical call pectin. This chemical is found in most berries, and fresh fruit. The pectin is in the cell walls of most fruits, especially apples.
Pectin limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. This will put a natural limitation on the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Pectin, once in your system, has a water binding property, it absorbs watery substances, and these watery substances in turn bombards the cells and makes it release fat deposits.
Add applesauce (it's loaded with pectin), apples, fresh fruit and berries, to your diet and let the power of pectin pulverize the fat that accumulates on your cells. An apple a day can help keep the fat away.
Garlic oil or the juice of garlic has a significant protective quality to cells which help to reduce fatty deposits. When taken, it brings down the levels of fat. Garlic, garlic oil, or anything with garlic, also has an antibiotic property to it and can be used to cure many ailments. Please look at a home remedies page I wrote and you'll see all the uses garlic has to offer, but in brief, it can be used as an antibiotic, it also destroys bacterial infections, and has the power to reduce fat in your cells dramatically.
What is a Diuretic? A diuretic is a medication or chemical that promotes the elimination of fluid in the body. This can lead to an accelerated metabolism that seems to flush out the fatty deposits that may lodge themselves on cells. Diuretics break down fatty deposits into small chunks and makes it easier for your body to flush these nasty little things out of your body.
Asparagus contains the chemical asparagine. This is an alkaloid that stimulates the kidneys and improve the circulatory process. These alkaloids directly effect the cells and break down fat. It also contains a chemical that helps to remove waste from the body by breaking up the oxalic acid, this acid tends to glue fat to cells, so by breaking the acid up, it helps to reduce fat levels.
Beets are a strong diuretic that focuses on the liver and kidneys. Beets flush out floating body fats. They have a special iron the cleanses the corpuscles, corpuscles are blood cells that can contain fat deposits.
It also contains a chlorine that also helps to flush out fatty deposits. This chlorine stimulates the lymph which will clear out the fat deposits.
Brussel Spouts
This vegetable stimulates the glands, the pancreas especially, which releases hormones the has a cleansing effect on the cells. There are also minerals the stimulate the kidneys. Waste is released quicker and it helps to clean out the cells.
This cleanses your body of waste matter because it contains sulphur and iodine, which helps to cleanse the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines. Cabbage is a great food if you should have a pot belly or a middle age spread. The diuretic cabbage will help to break up the fat in this area.
Carrots contains carotene, a form of Vitamin A, this carotene will start a fat flushing reaction in your system. This reaction will literally wash out fat and waste quickly. The carotene will be transformed into vitamin A in the intestines and this process will create a speed up in your metabolism and cause a reaction in your cells to remove fat deposits.
Raw celery has a high concentration of Calcium in a ready to use form, so when you eat it, the calcium is sent directly to work. This pure form of calcium will ignite your endocrine system. The hormones in your body will break up the accumulated fat build up. Celery also has a high level of magnesium and iron which will clean out your system.
Cucumber contains a high sulphur and silcon content. These minerals work to stimulate the kidneys to wash out uric acid, which is a waste product. With this uric acid being washed out, it stimulates the removal of fat, and loosens the fat from the cells.
If you read about the fat burning foods section you would have seen Garlic on that list, well, it is also a natural diuretic. Garlic has mustard oils and these oils create a cleansing action in the body. They promote a vigorous action of peristalsis, which is muscular contraction, and this will loosen fat and help wash out fats. They can also breakdown clumps of fat. So eat garlic and thin down.
We've all seen horseradish, few venture to use it, but it has an amazing effect of dissolving fat in cells (no side effects) and also as a cleansing effect on the body.
Lettuce contains iron and magnesium. These minerals will enter your spleen, your spleen helps your immunity and protects the body from illness. The spleen will use these minerals make them stronger, and send them to the cells and tissues.
It will also help the liver, increase your metabolism, and wash out fatty cells. The darker lettuces have more of the minerals. So add Lettuce to your diet NOW!
Onions, similar to garlic, have minerals and oils that will help to breakdown fat deposits and speed up your metabolism. Have raw onions every day, it has more power than garlic and with the milder smell, it will make an excellent addition to your diet.
Radishes scrub the mucous membrane of the body because it contains high levels of Iron and Magnesium. These minerals actually help to dissolve fat in the cells.
Tomatoes have high Vitamin C and Citricmalic-oxalic acids. The acid will accelerate the metabolic process. It also helps the kidneys to release more water and helps to wash away fat.
The natural acids with the enzyme activated minerals prompt the kidneys to filter out large quantities of fatty deposits and then you eliminate them from your system. So add tomatoes to your daily diet and your metabolism will thank you for it.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Use this diuretic in small quantities. You can add it to your salad as a dressing. What makes this such a powerful diuretic is this: It is made from apples and the malic acid in apples will create a fat burning process. Another factor with this vinegar is the fermentation process causes the vinegar to have constructive acids that join with alkaline elements and minerals in the body. This produces a cell scrubbing effect.
It also contains high levels of potassium, which has an antisceptic quality to that helps to eliminate fat deposits.
Liquid Fat
Look out Fat, it's bad for you!! Well, that's not entirely true. Liquid fats are very good for you and can help remove the hard fats from your system.

Liquid fats include:
  • Corn Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
All these liquid fats break down hard fats (animal fats that you may consume). They do this by releasing substances called phospholipids or polyunsaturated fatty acids. These oils wil breakdown the hard, plaque like fats. So liquid fats gives you the fat that your body needs, plus it helps to remove the bad fats that may have been accumulated.
You can find these unsaturated fatty acids in vegetable oils (except coconut and palm oil!! Avoid these two) and also when eating fish, this oil is present.
So, use these oils to replace the hard fat in your diet, because your body needs fat to work and it will give you a positive fat that will cleanse out the bad fat.
Fiber, also called roughage or cellulose, should be an important part of anyone's daily diet. It helps to reduce fatty deposits. Here is how it works: When fiber enters your digestive system it absorbs the available liquids, then as it goes through the body it almost has a sweeping or cleaning effect on the cells. You see, fiber is not digested by your system, no, instead it goes through your system sweeping out the bad stuff and then is eliminated. It also reduces the reabsorbtion of bile salts (salts that digest and break up fats). So, this prevents the bile salts from reabsorbing once they've broken down fat, so the fat doesn't re-enter your system.
High fiber can control weight, by:
  • Reducing the caloric density of your diet
  • Slow the rate at which calories are ingested
  • Slightly decrease the speed by which dietary energy is absorbed
  • It will also add volume to your diet, leaving you feeling fuller longer
What Foods have fiber:
  • Whole grains and the bran of grains
  • Vegetables, best if eaten raw, but could be slightly cooked
  • Root vegetables, like: Carrots, parsnips, white and sweet potatoes, turnips, and kohlrabi
  • Fruits & Vegetables iwht tough skins
  • Pod Vegetables, like green beans and green peas.
  • Seed & Nuts, but unsalted!
Basics of Calories
Now, if you eat healthy you'll find that you don't really have to worry about calories too much. The foods will help you slim down, but you should know the basics, so here they are:

  • If you eat a certain number of calories in a day and you also burn off just as many calories through daily activity, then your weight will remain the same.
  • If you eat more calories than you burn off through daily activities, you gain weight.
  • If you eat less calories than you burn up, you end up losing weight.
Exercise can speed up the amount of calories you burn off and will help you greatly! How many calories do you need during a day? Here is the calculation: Multiply your weight by 15. This number will give you how many calories you need to eat to maintain your weight. Now each pound of fat on your body is 3,500 calories. Soooo, if you eat 3,500 calories over the daily amount for your body weight, then you gain. If you consume less then the daily amount, then you start to lose weight.


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