Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce
The most healthful fruits and vegetables are those grown organically – without the use of insecticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers, or growth-stimulating chemicals.
Organic produce can be found in some health food stores, as well as in some supermarkets and through food co-ops.
When choosing your produce, look for fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness.
These contain more vitamins and enzymes than foods that are underripe or overripe, or that have been stored for any length of time.
The longer a food is kept in storage, the more nutrients it loses.
Once you get your organic produce home, running water and a vegetable brush are probably all you’ll need to get it ready for the table.
If the produce isn’t organic, however, you’ll want to wash it more thoroughly to get rid of any chemical residues.
Use a soft vegetable brush to scrub the foods, and then let them soak in water for 10 minutes.
You can also clean produce with nontoxic rinsing preparations, which are available in reputable health food stores.
If the products are waxed, peel them, because wax can’t be washed away.
Remove as thin a layer of peel as possible.
Most fruits and vegetables should be eaten in their entirety, as all of the parts, including the skin, contain valuable nutrients.
When eating citrus fruits, remove the rinds, but eat the white part inside the skin for its vitamin C and bioflavonoid content.
Although most people usually cook their vegetables before eating, both fruits and vegetables should be eaten raw if possible.
All enzymes and most vitamins are extremely sensitive to heat, and are usually destroyed in the cooking process.
If fresh produce is unavailable, use frozen fruits and vegetables instead.
Avoid highly processed food items because they usually contain significant amounts of salt and sugar and other unhealthy additives.
If raw produce doesn’t agree with you, steam your vegetables lightly in a steamer, cooking pan or wok just until slightly tender.
If fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t an option, it’s still better to eat them than not – regardless of the form they come in.
Many of the published studies on the health benefits of fruits and vegetables were based on consumption of any type (organic and nonorganic) and any state (fresh, frozen, canned, and juice).
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