Food is powerful.
It can be powerful for you or against you.
Every time you make a food choice, you are generating power in one direction or the other.
Make more choices that produce POWER that supplies energy to your cells, metabolism, and muscles and you’re going to burn fat all day.
Make more choices that produce power that destroys energy in your cells, slows your metabolism, and effectively eats away at your muscles, and you’re going to be storing fat all day.
Here are 7 unique foods to help make sure you are making more good choices than bad ones.
Quinoa is one of the only grains that is a complete protein, making it an ideal protein choice for vegetarians and vegans.
Quinoa is high in vitamins and minerals, specifically Magnesium, which women tend to be deficient given our high-stress society.
Quinoa is high in two flavonoids that have been shown to have a positive effect on health Quercetin and Kaempferol.
Given the protein quality/quantity (8 grams per serving), being high in vitamins and minerals, and loaded with beneficial phytochemicals, quinoa is an excellent choice for boosting your metabolism.
Lentils increase steady, slow-burning energy due to its fiber and complex carbohydrate content.. Lentils are also a good source of iron, which transports oxygen throughout your body and is key to energy production and metabolism.
Lentils are low-glycemic, which makes them a carbohydrate that helps stabilize blood sugar and regulate insulin levels.
Insulin resistance contributes to weight gain AND a slower metabolism, so consuming foods that support insulin regulation is always a plus when trying to lose weight.
While lentils are NOT a complete protein, mixing them with various nuts, oats, rice, beans, etc…completes the amino acid necessary to be called a “complete protein.”
When it comes to the ultimate breakfast food, oatmeal always comes to mind, however you might be surprised that while oats are a VERY healthy food, you might want to consider adding protein to your oatmeal.
First off, oats are full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Oats have been shown to improve cholesterol levels and are great option for diabetics, since they don’t affect your blood sugar significantly.
My only concern with oats is all of the ready-made processed oatmeal options that have popped up in the supermarket.
Forget all those.
It doesn’t take long to make your own oatmeal with grass-fed milk, coconut milk, organic sugar, stevia, cinnamon, blueberries, walnuts, protein powder almonds, etc…
Your oatmeal combinations are endless.
Like I said earlier you only get about 6 grams of protein per serving, which isn’t enough protein for women. Include 2 hard-boiled eggs with your oatmeal, throw in a piece of fruit, and you’ve got yourself the perfect breakfast.
Brown rice is relatively high in many metabolically important, specifically manganese and selenium. Selenium is necessary for the conversion of T4 to T3, or inactive thyroid hormone to active thyroid hormone.
Manganese helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system, and in the production of cholesterol.
Magnesium, also prevalent in brown rice is necessary for energy production and helps regulate Calcium absorption, keeping your bones healthy and muscles active.
*Remember muscle is metabolically active tissue, meaning the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism will be (and the more fat you’ll burn at rest).
Consuming chia seeds contributes to your intake of healthy fats, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.
These little powerhouse seeds are one of the best sources of this nutrient, which helps with brain function and heart health.
It’s not just about consuming plenty of Omega-3’s that make chia seeds exceptional for weight loss. They help stabilize blood sugar, keep you full longer, and provide necessary minerals for thyroid function.
Chia seeds are also easy to add into your diet, since you can add them to smoothies, oatmeal, stir-fry’s, salads, and more…
Gelatin is what you would call the “perfect protein.”
Not only is it a complete protein, but it also contains lower amounts of amino acids shown to cause inflammation (tryptophan and cysteine) and higher amounts of amino acids associated with being anti-inflammatory (glycine and lysine).
Gelatin can boost Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production and boost metabolism. In my opinion, Gelatin has enough other health benefits that it would be worth trying for this purpose too, even if the only result is better skin, hair, nails, joints, digestion, etc…
*Yes, HGH release in women is essential for body fat reduction, don’t worry you won’t look or feel like a man!
Gelatin can lower the amount of free-floating estrogen in our body. Too much estrogen in the body (which can be caused by all sorts of reasons including hormonal imbalances, over exposure to phytoestrogens like those found in soy, and xenoestrogens found in plastics) can cause inflammation, infertility and promote accelerated aging.
You can consume gelatin either through powder (click HERE to see my favorite brand) or by making bone broth.
Red beets contain essential vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, vitamin c, and iron that boost immunity. Beets also help to flush water from the system to effectively prevent and reduce water retention, which is often a cause for excess weight.
Beets are rich in magnesium, a mineral that supports optimal nerve and muscle functioning. Magnesium also helps lower the negative effect of stress on the body, including stress hormones, which contribute to weight gain.
Red beets are also a potent digestive aid, helping you regulate transit time, as well as providing many anti-fungal, microbial, and bacterial properties keeping your gut healthy.
Before you send this article to your best friends (as you should), I want to make sure you understand one VERY important aspect of eating “turbocharging foods.”
You can just eat this list of foods and expect to lose weight.
You must balance your meals.
You must do some form of exercise.
And you MUST commit to healthy eating.
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