Slim down with superfoods

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by Kimberly 'FitKim' Olson, Special to azfamily.com

GMAZ interview by Scott Pasmore

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 3:43 PM

PHOENIX -- Nobody is perfect. We miss workouts, we cave into cravings, and sometimes with our busy schedules it’s practically impossible to stay on track with our weight management goals.  I know that many of you are looking for the “magic bullet” to jumpstart your weight-management efforts and, believe it or not, there are several safe, all-natural superfoods that can get you closer to your goals!

Simply add these foods and supplements to your daily routine and you could see a very positive impact. Best of all, the effects of these superfood supplements are multiplied when combined with healthy diet and exercise.

Lemon water
Water with lemon detoxifies your body and flush out the bad stuff, lemon is a natural diuretic and when taken regularly also supports eliminating waste in the bowels – plus, drinking water helps curb hunger cravings.  Drinking lemon water can also help curb your sweet tooth!

Tip: Add cayenne pepper for extra detox and weight loss support.

Appetite suppression
There are ways to help combat the feeling of hunger – drinking an 8-ounce glass of water, snacking on fiber-rich vegetables like carrots or broccoli, or by taking an all-natural supplement.  Maybe you just ate and are hungry again…we get it…life happens!  A new supplement on the market, Appetite Suppress, may be able to help you with that!

Appetite Suppress may help support a feeling of satiation as well as a positive mood because of its natural ingredients.  The active ingredient in it is Glucommanan.  The Glucommanan heats up with your body temperature and begins to gently expand, giving you a feeling of fullness and satisfaction with the food you eat. 

Spicy foods
Simply add a little extra spice to your plate and it will rev up your metabolism!  A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that adding spices like turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, ginger, garlic and paprika to plain meals can cut back on the release of insulin and triglycerides after eating.  The end result is basically that the body’s metabolism, which is responsible for converting food to fuel, is working faster and more efficiently and preventing your food from turning to fat.

Thyroid support
The thyroid gland helps support metabolism, but believe it or not, your thyroid gland does not produce the iodine necessary to keep it healthy on its own!

Seaweed contains high levels of iodine as well as trace minerals and has long been considered a food that supports thyroid function.  You can supplement kelp into your diet through seaweed snacks or by sprinkling organic kelp onto salads or other food items.  Or you can go with an incredible supplement that just came on the market that I love. It's called Thyroid 5, and it contains natural kep and bladderwrack, both of which are seaweeds that have high levels of iodine.  Bladderwrack also contains B12 which is essential for energy.

Resveratrol
A recent study released from Purdue University showed that a unique compound found in the skin of pomegranates and red grapes, Resveratrol, could help block fat cell formation which means that it is possible that it can keep baby fat cells from maturing. 

Resveratrol is found in the skin of pomegranates and grapes, which is why it is so often associated with wine.  However, the strongest natural form of resveratrol is found in Japanese knotweed.  When deciding to use a supplement for resveratrol, please ensure that you use a 100-percent natural product that has absolutely no fillers or binder, just natural products and high amounts of Japanese knotweed.  There is also a delicious drink on the market by Genesis Today called Pomegranate and Berries with Resveratrol.  One 8-ounce serving has more resveratrol in it than 50 glasses of red wine!


Nationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert Kimberly Olson, CNC, CPT is the creator of FitKim, a nutrition and fitness blog that teaches people how easy it is to be healthy.  She has completed her Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition, become a Certified Nutritional Consultant & ACE Personal Trainer, and travels nationally educating people through public lectures, training sessions and public speaking. She has been consulting clients for over twelve years, and has developed a passion for combining nutrition and fitness.

Kimberly is the author of "The FitKim Lifestyle: Food & Fitness to Get YOU Fit!," a complete guide to teach readers everything they need to know to live healthier, become more active and learn how to finally lose those stubborn pounds.  She has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, L.A. Talk Live Radio, Yahoo! and writes monthly for Taste for Life, Remedies and Women’s Lifestyle Magazine.
She is currently working on two PhDs in Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition, as well as her next book, Cooking with FitKim.  Kimberly resides in Austin, Texas and can be contacted at Kim@FitKim.com for freelance and consulting inquiries.

 

 

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