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
Just One More Drink . . .
Wine is antioxidant-rich, and studies suggest moderate intake (a single 5-ounce glass with dinner) may reduce your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
But in general, alcohol is high in calories – and its intoxicating effects limit your inhibitions, making it harder to say no not only to another drink, but also to the high-calorie snacks always seeming to accompany festive times (from Buffalo wings to cheese and crackers).
But, there are plenty of fresh, flavorful beverage choices to not only quench your thirst but contribute nutritional benefits as well.
The refreshing recipe below is low in calories and created based on these healthy drinking principles:
Pep up water to get your fill.
By now, you probably know you should be drinking plenty of water every day – 8-12 glasses, or more if you’re exercising.
Water is something of a miracle drink; proper hydration improves all your bodily functions at the cellular level, from your heart to your energy level.
And water makes you feel full, so drinking a glass before you start each meal can not only help you make your 8-12-glass quota, but can also help you eat less.
Flavor with whole fruits, not fruit juice.
Sliced fruit can add a sweet or tangy flavor without adding the refined sugar many fruit juices contain.
Try experimenting with different fruits and even vegetable and herb flavorings.
Sliced cucumber or a few torn mint or basil leaves with lemon can make a glass of plain water extra refreshing.
Hot or iced, unsweetened tea is a zero-calorie beverage with many nutritional benefits.
Green tea is an especially good choice; its caffeine is surrounded by tannic acid compounds which slowly release into your bloodstream, minimizing jittery effects.
Green tea is a good source of the antioxidant EGCG, which has a mild metabolism-boosting effect.
Four cups of green tea per day can kick up your metabolism by 80 calories.
Its rich antioxidant reserves are also thought to help fight diseases from Alzheimer’s to cancer.
Drink plenty of calcium.
It’s important to keep your bones supplied with the calcium you need to stay strong – 1,000 milligrams daily or, for women over 50, 1,200 milligrams daily.
And since caffeine can hinder calcium absorption, you need to consume even more calcium if you’re a heavy coffee drinker.
Whether in the form of milk, yogurt, or kefir, use beverages that boost your calcium intake throughout the day.
Recipe of the Day: Kiwi Kefir Shake
Like yogurt, kefir is a fermented dairy product – but unlike yogurt, kefir is fermented with a greater variety of bacteria and yeast, resulting in a higher concentration of probiotics to help digestion.
This protein-rich shake makes for a great breakfast on the go.
Makes 2 (3/4-cup) servings
1 cup low-fat plain kefir
1 medium kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons almond butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 very ripe medium banana, frozen and cut into 1-inch pieces
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
Combine the kefir, kiwi, almond butter, vanilla extract, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth.
Per serving: 170 calories, 5 g total fat (1 g saturated), 5 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 29 g total carbohydrates (19 g sugars), 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.
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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD