A Super Start to Weight Loss with Super Foods

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A Super Start to Weight Loss with Super Foods I just can’t believe a week has already gone by since I’ve started the new series on weight loss!   (For those who missed last week, Click here to view last’s week’s topic)  I’ve actually been chewing at the bits to write this next article… First I want to say, if I had the perfect metabolism and have never had to struggle with weight loss myself, I would probably never have started this series. I wouldn’t feel qualified.  Why? Because who wants to learn how to fix a broken door from someone who’s never fixed a broken door in their entire life?  (Next week, I’ll tell you  a little bit about my own personal struggles.) Now,  you’ve probably been waiting on me to suggest the perfect weight loss book with all the answers.  The fact is, I refuse to suggest any “one” book as the “ultimate” weight loss book.  Why? The Bible says in Proverbs 11:14, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” I don’t rely on any one book for weight loss (there’s lots of valuable information regarding our health).  The only Book reliable enough to stake your life on would be the Bible, God’s Holy Word!   Man is often in error.  And as I write, there will also be a diversity of opinions on weight loss.  We must do our own homework and seek the facts! On a positive note, I will probably suggest a few books here and there to help with certain topics that we’re covering.  What books will I suggest for help? First, the author must have done his homework well with proven statistics.  Secondly, the book should also be driven from well-researched information.  Thirdly,  the book should be nutritionally sound and support good health.  If you have a book now that you’re absolutely enthused over and has been successful for you, then I’m not trying to squash your enthusiasm or discourage you. On the other hand, please don’t close the door completely to learning more about your health. Remember, there’s a lot of great information available and we can learn from other people’s success as well! Consider this regarding your weight loss (weight control) program… – Does it focus on counting and cutting calories?  (The focus should mainly on eating healthy portions and obtaining good health through healthy eating so that your metabolism is naturally boosted.  Simply continuing to cut calories can decrease your metabolism.) – Does it encourage you to focus on no fat & low fat foods, use diet foods & substitutes?  (We need healthy fats for our well-being. Many are deficient in healthy fats and do not even realize it.  Sugar substitutes, diet drinks, and the ingredients in many processed foods increase cravings and encourage more weight gain.) – Does it leave you hungry, tired & bored?  (Fad diets always seem to have a short life span .  People become hungry with limitations & bored with the same foods over and over.  Once they quit, they gain back the weight.  Permanent weight loss requires a lifetime change.  Learning to eat healthy makes this possible!) Last week, I said that I was going to encourage you to eat more…. Many of you are in a rut.  You can’t figure out why you can’t lose even one more pound despite the fact that you’re surviving on a low calorie diet and even exercising.  If you’ve been dieting for a long time, your body may be fighting against starvation.  It’s well-equipped to fight this battle! If this seems to be your case, you probably need to consume more food to give your metabolism a boost.  But, don’t grab a hamburger or donut!  Instead, consider eating some Superfoods that are good for you.  Remember, fruits do have a natural sugar, so you want to balance with vegetables and fruits together! For those who say,  “I’m hungry all the time“… God didn’t intend for us to just sit and watch our husbands swoon over his delicious meal every night while we sit with 3 little peas on our plate! God’s creation has provided an abundant multitude of wonderful foods with adequate nutrition that can satisfy any human being on earth!   Can you imagine Eve counting calories!  (Yes, that’s laughable….”Sorry, Adam, but I’ll have to pass on that banana, I’m watching my calories.“) Now, I’m trying to keep each article short because I know you ladies are busy, and I don’t want to discourage you from taking time to read my articles each week.  (Sadly, I realize I’ve already been too long-winded this week.)  Yet, I told you that I was going to share 14 Superfoods that can help promote weight loss and boost your metabolism. I won’t be able to expand on the value of these Superfoods this week; however, you can start by incorporating some of these in your meals & replacing some for your snacks.  You’ll be one smart step on the way to making healthier choices in your diet! Introduction to 14 Superfoods: (sidekicks following) Beans – all dried beans, green peas, low-sodium canned beans, string beans, sugar snap peas Blueberries – blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, cranberries, purple grapes, raspberries, strawberries and other fresh & frozen berries. Broccoli: brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, turnips Oats: Other top choices: wheat germ & ground flaxseed.  More options: amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur wheat, couscous, kamut, millet, quinoa, rye, spelt, triticale, wild rice, yellow corn Oranges: grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, limes, tangerines Pumpkin: carrots, butternut squash, orange bell peppers, sweet potatoes Salmon: Alaskan halibut, bass, chunk light tuna, clams, herring, oysters, sardines, trout Soy: edamame, miso, soy milk, soy nuts, tempeh, tofu Spinach: bok choy, collards, kale, mustard greens, orange bell peppers, romaine lettuce,  Swiss chard, turnip greens Tea: black tea, green tea Tomatoes: Japanese persimmons, pink grapefruit, red fleshed papaya, strawberry guava, watermelon Turkey: skinless chicken breast Walnuts: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazel nuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds Yogurt: kefir (I’ll be sharing some additional Superfoods & Spices next week!) P.S. Boost your metabolism with exercise; if you haven’t committed to exercising at least 10 min. in the mornings…join me by visiting my post on health & fitness (click here).  Just leave me a comment! Disclaimer: I would like to clarify the fact that I’m not a certified dietician.  I rely on health-focused research and learned experiences.  Any major diet changes should be consulted with your own doctor.   Some people are diabetic and others have food allergies.  This is something to always consider when making any changes in your own diet.]]>

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14 thoughts on “A Super Start to Weight Loss with Super Foods

  1. These are excellent diet tips! I don’t normally approve of diet advice as healthy-this is healthy and very good advice.

  2. Thanks, ladies, for your comments. I realize this week’s article was a little long, but I plan to keep the future ones shorter. I really have a desire to encourage other women to eat healthier and so that will be my main focus.

  3. I saw thst you mentioned green and black tea. What about herbal teas? They have no caffeine and depending on the kind you get they have a lot of great health benenfits. For example spearmint tea and red raspberry leaf teas help ladies a lot!

    1. Missy, I think herbal teas are really great! There’s a vast amount of health benefits.

      This list is focused on some particular foods that can help toward weight loss & weight control, so green tea and black tea have been proven to be very beneficial in this area.

  4. I have come to the conclusion after following years of doing this diet plan after another, that the only thing that will make us healthy is deciding a “lifestyle” of caring for our inner parts. This includes eating a balance, more natural foods; an exercise routine that is pleasant yet stretching; and an in-depth spiritual walk. It is extremely helpful to acquire an accountability partner in order to be encouraging and directive at the same time.

    Good job, Rhonda!

    1. Johanna,

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to comment!

      You make an excellent point on having an accountability partner. It’s too easy to slip back into old habits. Our mates can be good partners; however, this doesn’t always work out…so seeking a friend to encourage you and become accountable to can be a real key to spurring you on to success. Thanks so much for pointing that out!

  5. THANK YOU Rhonda for the encouragement! I really needed it today! i didn’t want to exercise today, but after reading your article I decided to go and I am thankful I went! Although you don’t know, you are my accountability partner! 😉 So, ThANK YOU partner1

    1. Maria,

      How sweet of you to say so! Some days it really is tough to motivate yourself!!!!! I’ve had plenty of conversations with myself in the mornings, “You’re too tired today!” Finally, I think of the consequences of “not” exercising. And soon, I get moving.

      The fact is, all my readers here have become my accountability partners. I didn’t start this topic to be a “show off”…but to keep motivating myself…and also hoping to inspire other women that they can achieve good health as well.

  6. You are a great writer; you are doing such a good job; I certainly hope you do not have the weight problems I have. Family characteristics seem to lean on the “heavy side” for me, but you have a better than average chance to go the other way. DAD has not had much of a problem until the meds kicked in, but he is doing great now with his weight.

    Love you, and keep up the excellent site.

    1. Thanks, Mom, for stopping by my blog and taking time to comment. I’m humbled at your compliment. Thanks for the encouragement! ((Love & Hugs)) being sent your way!

  7. Thank you very much for your nice post!
    People usually wonder why they are not able to burn fat or have great shape. The problem is people all the time search for a magic bullet which gives them what they really want in a very short time while all they should do is reading informative articles like this as well as do the workout.

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