Category : Weight Loss

The 5 Easiest Ways To Get Rid Of Cellulite…

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Eew! Find out 5 ways to reduce cellulite… and one way to get rid of it forever!

Reduce Cellulite With These 5 Easy Steps…

Cellulite.  Eew.

Lumpy, bumpy, dimply, orange-peel, cottage cheese-like skin generally around the thighs or rear end.

Even though nearly 9 out of 10 women have it – we still just hate it and spend millions of dollars per year trying to get rid of these pockets of fat pushed up against connective tissue under the skin.

(Women are more prone to cellulite than men because our skin tissue is thinner, making these nugdy, budgy fat cells more apparent on the skin’s surface.)

Cellulite can be caused by a plethora of things: lack of exercise, hormones, and even diet contribute to cellulite.

If a cure for cellulite were known… well… let’s just say that the brilliant man or woman to patent it would never have to work again.

But there are a few ways to reduce the *appearance* of cellulite.

5 Secret Ways To Fight Cellulite…

1.  Eat More Flaxseed…

Flaxseed has a positive influence on estrogen levels.

Plus, it boosts collagen growth in your body.

Collagen is what helps strengthen connective tissue, which reduces the appearance of cellulite on your body.

Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of flaxseed on salads, or blend into smoothies.

2.  Limit Your Salt & Sugar Intake…

Sugar gets stored in fat cells, causing them to expand.  

Salt causes you to retain water, which also causes cellulite to look more pronounced.

It’s wise to limit sugar consumption to no more than 6 teaspoons each day and avoid processed foods that contain too much sodium.

Restaurants are another source of mega food-oversalting – so if you’re eating a lot of restaurant food, even ‘healthy’ foods, you could be eating a ton more salt than you want to.

3.  Stay hydrated…

Water is critical to flushing toxins from your fat cells that cause cellulite to portude on your skin.

Stick to the 8X8 Rule: Drink 8 glasses with 8oz. of water every day.

Drinking water boosts metabolism, detoxifies your body, helps improve brain function, reduces headaches, and can even make cellulite less visible!

You should aim to drink 8-10 glasses every day.

***Because Slimming Tea is naturally low in caffeine and high in antioxidants, it’s a way to hydrate your body while also boosting your meatbolism!

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4.  Get a Massage

Massaging devices have been hailed by some, and slammed by others.

But here’s why massaging your cellulite-ridden area may be beneficial to reducing cellulite in your body.

As you can see in the image above, cellulite develops when connective tissues between your skin and fat pull fat towards your skin’s surface.

When you massage your skin, you can soften these bands to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

It’s not a permanent solution… but it may be beneficial to kick off your next day at the beach!

5.  Drink Slimming Tea

I love to drink Slimming Tea because it’s great for:

  • Productivity

  • Mood Enhancement

  • Antioxidants

  • Weight Loss

Slimming Tea burns about 2.5 TIMES as much fat as green tea.

It also boosts your body’s energy expenditure for a full 24 hours after you drink it!

But did you know that Slimming Tea Capsules burn more than 5 TIMES as much fat as green tea?!

If you want to reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily, you can try massages, creams, and other temporary tricks.

But he BEST way to get rid of cellulite once and for all is to drink Slimming Tea.

It naturally detoxifies your body, which reduces the appearance of cellulite and helps boost your metabolism to KEEP the weight off!

Read more about how Slimming Tea can help you get rid of cellulite HERE.

If you want to permanently detoxify your body and oxidize fat, read about how Slimming Tea can help here.

One Weird Reason You Have Belly Fat…

 

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One Weird Reason You Have Belly Fat…

I haven’t always been healthy and fit.

In fact, just a few years ago, my face was bloated, my belly was hanging over my jeans, my arms were flabby and my thighs looked like they were dimpled from decades of lethargy – although I would regularly run up to 7 miles at a stretch.

Why was I eating little but salads and running until I dropped only to feel – and look- so unhealthy?

One of the plagues during those years was stress.

I stressed about paying my mortgage.  I stressed about getting jobs, losing jobs, keeping the jobs I had. I stressed about family.  I stressed about my relationship. But most importantly- I stressed about every single calorie I consumed.

And all this time I was like a rat on a treadmill, never getting anywhere and completely miserable about my situation.

What Does Stress Do To Your Body?

The main reason my belly fat wouldn’t go away, no matter how many miles I ran, is because of a hormone called cortisol.

Cortisol spikes when you’re stressed, and it can cause you to retain belly fat.

What is Cortisol?

Cortisol a hormone released by your adrenal glands to regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, metabolism, immune system, and inflammatory response.

Cortisol can be very positive – as it’s released to help us pull through stressful or painful situations.

But too much stress causes Cortisol levels to remain elevated.

This causes:

  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Bone Density and Muscle Tissue Erosion
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Increased Belly Fat

Why Does Stress Cause Belly Fat?

When you’re stressed, you don’t eat right.  You don’t sleep right.  You probably don’t give or receive Love right, either!

But in addition, stress causes fat to gather in your belly.

This may be because people eat more ‘bad’ foods when they’re stressed.

When your cortisol levels are high, your blood sugar becomes imbalanced.

You feel hungry, even when you are not.

Or else you eat without feeling satiated.

It’s very common for people to eat their stress away – and it’s one of the most common reasons people say they gain weight.

Moreover, if your blood sugar is out of whack, your body stores MORE fat than it needs because you go into a survival mode.

But it’s also because people don’t relax or come down from their stressful state.

Yoga, walking, playing with children or puppies, praying, journaling, and breathing exercises are all ways you can manage stress in your life.

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Exercising your core is great for reducing belly fat, but Slimming Tea is the fastest way to trim belly fat.

Another Weird Reason People Gain Belly Fat…

The American Journal of Epidemiology has yet another fascinating opinion on why people gain belly fat.

Scientists analyzed over 3,000 people over 10 years.

Studies show that people with negative relationships were more likely to gain weight than people in positive relationships.

That’s because spending time with Negative Nancy’s causes you to eat more of the wrong foods, and exercise LESS.

Positive people help you make positive decisions!

How To Get Rid Of Belly Fat…

You probably have heard that you can do all the crunches in the world, but it won’t get rid of belly fat.

That’s probably true.

But the most important thing you can do to get rid of belly fat is to boost your metabolism and curb your cravings for foods that are high in sugar or carbs.

Allow yourself to eat more satisfying fats and proteins.

And above all else, drink nature’s most potent Slimming Tea.

Slimming Tea is a high-altitude Oolong that has off-the-charts antioxidants.

What’s more, Slimming tea helps to reduce stress, which causes belly fat.

That’s because it helps you:

  1. Lower Blood Pressure
  2. Detoxify chemicals that slow down your body… and your metabolism!
  3. Boost energy levels and mood – making it easier to exercise!
  4. Calm your mood with L-Theanine
  5. Promote synaptic plasticity, memory, and cognitive function due to high flavonoids.

If you want to get rid of belly fat, drink Slimming Tea.

Just two cups a day of Slimming Tea has helped thousands of people lose weight, reduce stress, and feel happier!

Read here about more ways to cut your stress levels…

 

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Slimming Tea helps burn up to 240 MORE calories every day, in just 2 cups!

 

21 Healthy Food Swaps!

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Slimming Tea Drinkers are constantly telling me about how they’ve begun to:

  • Lose Weight
  • Feel More Productive
  • Sleep More Easily
  • Feel Less Anxiety
  • and Eat More Healthy…

… With the help of Slimming Tea.

But man cannot live on Slimming Tea alone!

You may have started to see your tummy, arms, and thighs slim down because of Slimming Tea.

And that’s great!

But here are 21 Healthy Food Swaps to help you take your healthy eating… and healthy LIVING to the next level!

 

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Of course, the absolute BEST substitute is Slimming Tea.

With Slimming Tea, you can:

  • Cut Sugar Cravings
  • Maintain High Energy Levels
  • Improve Your Mood
  • Detoxify Your Body
  • Regulate Digestion
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Lose Weight 

Replace nutrition-less snacks with Slimming Tea… and you’ll see cravings for sugary snacks MELT away… along with body fat!

Read more about the Tea that over 37 Scientific Studies show may be Nature’s Miracle Drink HERE.

A Weight Loss Trick That Works… Only When It’s Freezing!

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This week it’s been COLD… almost everywhere in the country!

One thing I’ve dreaded more than anything is taking my potty-training puppies to the street level of my apartment building and waiting; shivering and sniffling, for them to go potty.

Let me tell you – when it’s sleety, windy, and freezing cold: this is really hard!

But I continually remind myself of one important thing: the freezing cold may actually be BURNING calories… FAST!

A recent issue of Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism published a paper that indicates that icy temps may help us torch fat.

Why Does Cold Weather Help You Lose Weight?

The reason cold weather helps you lose weight is because of the act of shivering

Shivering can actually boost your metabolism y up to 30 percent!

If you shiver for a full hour – it can even burn up to 400 calories!

That’s right: shivering burns more calories than bicycle-riding , walking… or even swimming.

How Cold Does It Need To Be To Start Shedding Fat?

Studies suggest that you don’t have to be in negative temperatures to benefit from cold’s fat-torching benefits.

Rather, Japanese researchers found that merely 2 hours a day in 62 degree temperatures can trigger fat-loss.

In fact, studies suggest that keeping your indoor temperature at a chilly – but not freezing – 66 degrees or less for just two hours a day can show weight loss.

And you can begin to see results in as little as ten days!

The Best Weight Loss Tricks Are Built Into Nature

Nature is magnificent.

But you don’t have to freeze, shiver, or chatter your teeth to shed fat and boost metabolism.

That’s right… while there are many incredible, natural weight-loss tricks…

… Like shivering to boost metabolic rate…

…That are built in to Nature to help us keep strong and healthy…

There are also weight-loss tricks that keep you cozy and warm and still shed stubborn fat.

One of nature’s greatest, most DELICIOUS gifts to your body is Wu-Long tea.

Wu-Long increases metabolic rate AND gives you stable energy all day.

Drink two cups a day to begin melting fat… no matter what the temperature!

Click HERE for more amazing weight loss tips and ways that Wu-Long can help you torch fat in only 30 days!

 

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A Sweet Food That Helps You LOSE Weight

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The guests are pouring in to celebrate the holidays today and I wanted to take a moment to share my delicious breakfast sauté with you.

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy cooking the freshest, most in-season foods whenever you can.

That’s one of many reasons I love to cook sweet potatoes during November and December – when they’re in peak season.

Did you know there are almost 4 hundred varieties of sweet potatoes?

They can be pink, orange, yellow, cream, and even purple!

They can be round like potatoes or scrunched on the ends.  And when you hear an orange-colored root vegetable called a “yam”, this is actually a sweet potato.

Sweet potatoes are sinfully delicious and wildly nutritious; but did you know that sweet potatoes are actually a fantastic food for weight loss, too?

Sweet Potatoes are Nutritious AND Delicious

Sweet potatoes are nature’s leaders in beta-carotene content.

Studies also suggest they raise our bodies’ vitamin A levels.  In fact, one sweet potato has up to 438% of our daily value of Vitamin A!

In order to absorb all of sweet potato’s beta-carotene, it’s important to use 3-5 grams of fat per sweet potato meal!

Sweet potatoes taste like dessert, but are surprisingly low in calories (approximately 102 calories per serving.)

They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and they even help to regulate blood sugar.  Sweet!

And don’t hesitate to enjoy the sweet potato skin; many of the sweet potato’s nutrients are even more concentrated in the skin.

How Sweet Potatoes Help You Lose Weight

Sweet potatoes, alongside other starchy foods, have been given a bad wrap in certain weight loss communities.

That’s mainly due to the fact that starches can become simple sugars in our digestive tract; resulting in pressure on our bloodstream to take in more sugar.

Normally, this would result in elevated blood sugar.  However, sweet potatoes actually help regulate blood sugar – even in people with type 2 diabetes.

Sweet potatoes also have fiber, and when cooked have a glycemic index rating of about 50; this may also explain why sweet potatoes regulate blood sugar.

Sweet Potatoes Help Regulate Blood Sugar in People With Type 2 Diabetes

We’ve learned that sweet potatoes can help regulate blood sugar for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Sweet potatoes also increase the presence of the protein hormone adiponectin in the blood for Type 2 diabetics.

This hormone is created by our fat cells.

It modifies insulin metabolism; and if you have low levels of adiponectin, this is generally because of poorly-regulated insulin metabolism or insulin insensitivity.

Best Sweet Potato Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic

1 yellow onion

1 tsp. Coconut Oil

1 Large Sweet Potato

1 Granny Smith Apple

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: 

INSTEAD of coconut oil; I sautéed my onion and garlic in oil that came from a bone marrow broth soup I’ve had simmering for nearly three full days on my stove.  It tastes phenomenal.

Then I added the sweet potatoes in 1-inch cubes and let simmer on low for approximately 30 minutes.  It was just tender enough to be enjoyed, but also because of very sporadic stirring, had nice brown edges on the sweet potatoes.

At the 30-minute mark I added sliced granny smith apples and allowed to simmer on low another 15 minutes before serving.

If you want to add one of the world’s most perfect foods to one of the world’s most perfect vegetables: scramble some eggs and mix them in with your stir-fried sweet potatoes.

1 Food To NEVER Eat?

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You all know that I do a TON of my health reading and research over the weekends.

That’s why I wanted to upload this incredible video for you to enjoy this weekend.

My friend Caleb created it… but isn’t sure how long he’s keeping it online.

(Although not offensive, it contains serious material, especially if you’re at all concerned about your health!)

1 Food NEVER to Eat <— Click Here (presentation)

 Watch it now and discover …

  • The one food everyone THINKS is healthy, but is secretly causing blood sugar problems … unwanted weight gain … and robbing you of energy.
  • “Forbidden” foods that melt away fat and improve your health.
  • And much, much more ….

1 Food NEVER to Eat<— Click Here (presentation)

Get the vital information you NEED to stay healthy … drop pounds … and live a life full of energy and vitality …

But it’s only available for a short time, so hurry and watch it now.

 

4 Reasons To Eat MORE Fat If You Want To Lose Weight (and be healthier…)

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If you’re anything like me, you began watching your weight at a very young age.

A tragically young age.

I remember sitting in fourth grade chorus class, knuckles on the chair, trying to squeeze my thighs together so they didn’t look fat next to my bony-legged friends.

In high school I ran for miles even on weekends after cross-country practice to try to slim up in order to look like the lead runners on my team… who were all super-lean.

In college I avoided going to restaurants with friends because my diet restrictions embarrassed… well… even me.

Can Avoiding Fat Make You Fat?

Like many of you, I grew up in a family full of overweight men & women.

Yet every overweight & obese person I saw drank diet soda, had done Weight Watchers many times over, and even religiously watched fat and used low-fat or “fat-free” foods.

It made me feel doomed…

Why are so many people who avoid fat some of the most overweight people I know?

Scientists have been researching this seemingly paradoxical trend of a society obsessed with low-fat foods that nevertheless continues to gain girth.

Here’s what they found:

1.  Europeans Eat Tons of Saturated Fats and Have the Lowest Risk of Heart Disease.

I’ll never forget living in France about 10 years ago and watching women walk around with baguette sandwiches loaded with fatty meats and cheeses; cooking everything with gratuitous amounts of butter, and generally looking very thin and healthy!

This is due in part to a more mobile lifestyle – people generally walk more places in European countries.

But there’s an actual term for this: “The French Paradox”.  This is a phrase used to reference the incredibly low incidence of coronary heart disease in France (in relation to the high-fat diets that are common.)

But did you know that most European countries also have many fewer deaths due to heart disease… despite their ‘high-fat’ diets?  [British Journal of Nutrition, 2012]

There is a clear paradoxical relationship between fat consumption and heart disease deaths accross Europe.

2.  The Publishing of US Lowfat Dietary Guidelines Correlates Precisely With The Obesity Epidemic

The National Center for Health Statistics charted the shocking fact that obesity has risen dramatically since the precise time the Low-Fat Dietary Guidelines were published in the U.S in 1977.  And they continue to rise every year.

Why is this?  Well, most likely it’s because many times people are replacing animal fats and oils with things like sugar.  This is a recipe for disaster!

Don’t replace ‘fat’ in your morning lattes with sugary substitutes: Okuma’s Wu-Long Slimming Tea provides natural energy that won’t make you crash AND boosts your metabolism for the entire day.  Learn more here (and get Free Shipping as an Okuma reader.)

3.  High-Fat/Low-Carb Diets Cause MORE Weight Loss Than Low-Fat Diets!

Most people are pretty clear on the fact that margarine is a toxic substitute to butter.

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism conducted a randomized study that compared a low-carb diet to a Low-Cal, Low-Fat diet.

In this study, women who ate a low-carb, high-fat diet lost more than TWICE the weight of women on a Low-Fat, Low-Cal diet!

According to the British Journal of Nutrition study (above), heart disease is lower in countries with high-fat diets.

AND it appears to lead to healthier weight, as well!

4.  Restricting Red Meat and High-Fat Dairy Products Correlates with The Obesity Epidemic

The New England Journal of Medicine has charted the rise of obesity at almost the precise time that white meat began replacing red meat… and high-fat dairy began to be replaced with Low-Fat Dairy.

Kris Gunnars of Authority Nutrition says it best when he states, “These foods have sustained humans in good health for a very long time and blaming new diseases on old foods just doesn’t make sense.”

The higher the incidence of Type II Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, and Obesity… the more people are replacing red meat and full-fat dairy with white meat and low-fat or fat-free dairy.

They’re both trending trending at a shockingly similar pace and correlation!

A 100% Natural, Proven Solution

Low-Fat and Calorie-Restrictive Diets have only been a trend since the late 1970’s; but from the trend we’ve seen – it does NOT seem to be working!

Did you know that most low-fat or fat-free drinks are loaded with sugars, and other toxic chemicals to improve their flavor?

Stick with 100% Natural, Pure, Fat-Torching Wu-Long Tea.  

It’s delicious AND loaded with antioxidants.

It’s has no additives, coloring, sweeteners, or artificial flavors: so no counting calories, nor chemicals, so you can still shed stubborn body fat that may be clinging to you from years of toxic low-fat and fat-free foods!

37 scientific studies published within the last few years alone show that Oolong helps melt away bodyfat; boost energy; and even clarify skin, giving your face a clear, radiant glow.

Replace your low-fat, ‘diet’ drinks with Wu-Long and shed stubborn body fat once and for all.

Order yours today and I’ll cover shipping just for my Okuma Newsletter readers!

 

How To Trade-In Fat For Energy (weight loss tip)

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Did you know…

White, yellow, pu-erh, black, green, AND oolong tea all come from the same plant?

It’s called Camellia Sinensis.  

So what makes all these teas so different?

Well, one way that teas vary is the way they’re processed.

Oolong is made from the buds, leaves, and stems of the Cemellia Sinensis, similar to green tea.

But it isn’t green, black, white, pu-erh, nor yellow.

Oolong is a special type of tea that encompasses only 2% of the world’s tea.

Unfermented teas, such as green tea, are picked, heated, dried out and then rolled, thereby breaking down it’s cell structure.

Oolong tea is partially fermented, which allows it’s cell structure to remain intact.

Why We Love Oolong…

Oolong tea is widely believed to:

  • Sharpen thinking skills
  • Improve mental alertness
  • Prevent cancer
  • Fight Tooth decay
  • Improve heart function
  • Prevent Osteoperosis
  • Treat “Atherosclerosis”, or hardening of the arteries
  • Assist with high cholesterol
  • Boost the immune system
  • Treat skin allergies, such as exzema
  • Fight obesity & diabetes

​How Does Oolong Promote Weight Loss?

  • Oolong tea blocks the absorption of carbohydrates and fats. This is one of the major benefits of oolong tea for weight loss.  <–(Free Shipping on tea this week!)
  • Oolong tea also has a moderate amount of caffeine, which increases energy expenditure.
  • Oolong tea increases oxidization of fat.  Think about a car rusting out.  Oolong tea tells your body to eradicate fat, or oxidize fat, and use it for energy.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll trade fat for energy all day, every day!
  • Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is loaded with compounds called polyphenols.  In fact, more than most Oolong’s out there, Wu-Long has about 2.4 times the fat-burning polyphenols found in green tea.
  • The high polyphenols in Wu-Long strengthen teeth, fight allergies, and give your skin a healthy glow.
  • Take Oolong capsules in the morning or before meals to help burn more calories, lower carb cravings, and feel increased energy throughout your day.
  • Drink a cup of Oolong in the afternoon to fight drowsiness and sustain energy levels into the evening.

If you already love drinking tea, the switch to Okuma’s Wu-Long is easy.  (I don’t even look at the “grocery store” teas in my cubboard any more!)

And if you love the 240% increase in metabolism from Oolong Tea, why wouldn’t you more than double the fatburning power and try our Slimming Tea Capsules?

To Your Health & Happiness,

Stephanie

 

#1 Food To Avoid For Weight Loss (What IS This Nasty Stuff?!)

Truth About Gluten-Free Food

OK, Enough With This Gluten-Free Diet “stuff”!

If you’re anything like I was only one year ago – this “Gluten-Free” thing may seem out of control.

But like I was just one year ago – you may also be plagued with digestive issues, bloating…

Even weight that you absolutely CAN’T seem to lose no matter how hard you diet, exercise, or even fast.

The presence of Gluten in our diets is  widely acknowledged by medical doctors as a cause of weight gain and sluggishness.

Today, most people certainly know the word “Gluten”; but just ten years ago it sounded totally foreign in our vocabulary.

This begs the question: if it wasn’t such a big deal then – why is it suddenly such a big deal now?

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is, in fact, a protein.

It’s found in grains, barley, rye, and wheat.

(Yes, I said it. “Wheat toast” is no longer the health food of choice at breakfast time.  Nor are English Muffins…)

Some people are actually allergic to gluten; they have a disease called Celiac.  But you’re not likely one of these people.

So Why Do You Care?

Even though your chances of being Celiac are perhaps only 1 in 33 people, gluten still concerns you.

You see, gluten is found in a lot of processed foods.

This means that avoiding gluten coincides with avoiding foods that you shouldn’t eat when you’re trying to lose weight.

Processed foods are riddled with empty calories, chemicals, and even preservatives and artificial flavors that are toxic to our bodies.

Moreover, our bodies still aren’t evolved in a way to process “processed foods.”

We just don’t digest them as well!

Just because you don’t have Celiac disease doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.

You may be gluten intolerant.

Yes, Gluten Can Be Devastating For Non-Celiacs!

Cutting out gluten includes cutting out wheat.

Wheat has gluten-containing grains that have “gliadin” in them.

Gliadin binds to cells in your body.

This causes your body to make antibodies to gliadin.

Then your body attacks it’s OWN cells – the ones to which gliadin has attached itself.

As your body attacks it’s own cells, surrounding tissues in your body is damaged.

This can set off a myriad of other health problems in your body – preexisting or original.

BEWARE:  Why 81% of People On A Gluten-Free Diet GAINED Weight!

Gluten is hiding everywhere!

But avoiding it isn’t the problem.

In fact, one study of Celiac patients found that 81% of them GAINED weight over a two-year period.

That’s because cutting gluten doesn’t eliminate high fructose corn syrup and other nasty, processed foods.

Rather than cutting gluten, cut ALL processed foods where possible.

Processed foods often contain refined carbohydrates; which are linked to weight gain.

Beware!  Many “Low-Fat” and “Fat Free” foods are the WORST offenders.

And don’t be fooled by “gluten-free” processed foods, either.

While I occasionally use gluten free table crackers or snack on gluten-free pretzel sticks; it’s FAR better to avoid processed foods and stick to foods as Nature has provided them!

This Is Your Brain On Gluten…

This might be the most shocking gluten fact of all.

Researchers found that proteins like gluten contain exorphins.

Exorphins find a way into your brain and may cause brain disfunction, even symptoms like schizophrenia!

Moreover, grains cause inflammation.

Therefore, they can exacerbate any disease or ailment you have which is tied to chronic inflammation.

Mental health issues, for one, are widely accepted to be exacerbated by inflammation.

This is why people commonly claim that their mental and emotional health benefit when gluten is removed from their diet.

What Can I Do?

To truly benefit from a gluten-free life, you need to learn how to use foods as nature provided them, without the processing.

But, you DON’T have to be an expert chef!

That’s why we created this Holiday Survival Guide to help you keep torching fat, and feeling GREAT throughout the Holiday Season.

Start practicing the recipes at home by yourself, and then use them to share during the Holidays!

STOP counting calories this Holiday Season without sacrificing taste, texture… and even the classic foods you love.

The Holiday Survival Guide even includes Gluten Free, Non-Processed Tear-Away Bread Rolls, Fried Chicken, Cheesy Broccoli, Egg Nog… and even Fried Onion Rings!

60 Recipes are included; 100% Gluten-Free with over 45 Dairy-Free Receipes, 30 Vegan Recipes, and nearly 50 Vegetarian Recipes.

In fact, 11 Recipes use our fat-torching Oolong Tea!

Get your Holiday Survival Guide here today.

 

12 Tips To Stay Trim Through The Holidays [without being a party pooper…]

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If you aren’t the chef de cuisine at this year’s holiday gathering, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Fret not!

Here are 12 stellar tips to keep you on track with your weight loss goals, without being the party pooper!

1.  BYOF

Bring Your Own Food.  There are two benefits to contributing to the meal, whether it’s at your house or at the home of a loved one.

1.   Not showing up empty-handed is the generally the polite thing to do. 

Plus, if you’re a guest at somebody’s home, you can’t expect them to fuss with a 100-year-old family green bean casserole recipe on account of your not eating bacon… err… you get the point.

2.   Nobody is going to care about your weight loss goals like you do.  

Even if they say they do – it’s unreasonable to expect people to cook around your diet.

That’s why I recommend bringing a snack to share with everybody.

One of my favorite snacks to bring to the holidays is a seafood platter with shrimp, gluten-free low-sugar cocktail sauce, grilled calamari, and even some fish roe that I get for a reasonable price at a local Asian foods store.

If you’re attending the party of a more “beer-n-brats” type gathering, bring something low-key that people can still slather in their chemical-laden ranch dressing.

Veggie platters don’t have to be the overpriced grocery store version with fatty, sugary salad dressings in the middle.  Head to the local organics section for Belgium Endive, Snap Peas, Baby Zucchini, Asparagus in every color… and Radishes!

Next week Okuma is releasing our Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide – a cookbook and collection of stories that will help you keep Merry AND Trim throughout this holiday season.

I’ll provide you *better* dressings (fresh and in just 2 easy steps!), great snacks and desserts to share, and lots of incredible stories that will help you stay on track without being a party pooper – no matter how many holiday parties you attend!  Stay tuned!

2.  Juice Before Getting Loose…

My sister Val is notorious for stopping at the coffee shop for a hot tea with milk or a latte before holiday gatherings.

A professional dancer for many years, she was under intense pressure to keep her tummy taut throughout the season.

This has become one of my favorite tricks for holiday healthfulness!

I stop at the Whole Foods or local juice bar before attending a party to get a nice green juice.

I sip the juice before arriving so that I won’t be hungry during the snacking phase of a party.  I may nibble on some olives, veggies, or protein-packed mixed nuts, but it keeps me satisfied until the main meal is served.

When I’m really in a rush, I arrive at the party empty-handed, but request a cup of hot water for my Oolong tea with honey and sip that for an hour or so in order to pace myself for the long, food-filled parties my family throws.

3.  Beware of Portion Distortion

Nothing can keep me away from my Grandma’s Homemade Ravioli or my Mom’s Famous Breakfast Casserole (I included a gluten-free version in my cookbook), but instead of twelve raviolis, I fill my plate with salad and have one piece of each filling.  (One ricotta, one beef.  Mmmm…. ravioli.)

Instead of two slices of my dad’s to-die-for homemade bread, I eat the crusty end of the loaf – my favorite part, and a decidedly smaller piece than one from the massive gooey middle of the bread.

4.  Don’t Deny Yourself

Who am I to turn my nose at fine champagne or my Aunt Diana’s mouth-watering meatballs?

The key is portion control.  

I don’t go back to the crock pot with my toothpick four or five times for meatballs.

Instead I take one, try a reasonable bit – savor that bite and let my mouth and taste buds enjoy the fatty meat and fruity sugars – and share the rest with somebody who isn’t watching their diet.

I’ve never had a problem taking half-portions or small bites of anything.  In fact, you enjoy the food MORE when you savor each bite slowly than if you scarf down seventeen meatballs.

Instead of a glass of champagne every hour – I’ll have a half a glass with my desert. That way I’m enjoying 50 calories of a sugary drink instead of 700 calories of French Silk pie.

And frankly, I prefer to “drink my dessert” as it is!

5.  Choose Your Battles…

There are some foods that I absolutely won’t touch at parties.

It’s good to use a bit of discretion – or even to be resolute about certain foods. There’s something wickedly cool that happens in the brain when you make a choice.  When you willfully choose to do something – your brain is filled with chemicals that fill you with a sense of reward.

The more we practice the art of willfully choosing a course of action – or saying “no” to foods that nobody should ever eat – like Velveeta cheese dips – the easier it becomes to practice self-control on a regular basis.

If you have ever suffered from addiction, you know that until you cultivate these higher self-control processes, you feel like a an teenager on the school yard who falls into smoking or drinking habits – it’s harder to say no to things when you haven’t practiced.

Your brain – and your body – will become stronger with each good choice you make.

6. Choose Your Booze Wisely!

I love to enjoy a nice glass of wine many nights of the week.

I live in the city so it’s a great way to break from my beloved work here at Okuma and meet a friend out on one of our notoriously warm, dog-friendly Austin outdoor patios.

I find that most parties, weddings, and celebrations tend to provide an abundance of drinks with high-sugar, empty calories, and inevitable hangovers.

My trick is to show up with a nice bottle of wine (or two) – something that’s a treat even for me to drink.  Then I’ll set it on the counter and let it breathe for 30 minutes or so.

If you start the celebration off with a sugary drink such as a martini or champagne right away, this has a few really negative side effects.

Here are a few that are excerpts from our upcoming Holiday Recipe Book!

Bonus Tip:  3 Reasons NOT To Start The Party With Sugary Drinks

  1. Sugary drinks spike insulin levels.  When you have excess insulin levels in your blood – your brain signals your body to pick up fat cells from the bloodstream in order to store more energy.  That’s why sugar is your worst enemy for fat loss – an excess of sugar = excessive fat storage.
  1. Alcohol affects your judgment – if you drink on an empty stomach you’re more likely to drink more, and use less discretion with your food choices.
  1. Eating sugar doesn’t satisfy you – in fact when you eat an excess of sugar – your brain doesn’t pick up on the fact that you have enough energy in your body and are full.  Therefore, you overeat.

My tip is to sip a delicious wine and really focus on it’s flavors, aromas, and texture.  Wine has unbelievable health benefits, such as antioxidants and the resveratrol in wine is linked to a healthier heart.

Not a fan of wine?  There are a plethora of other low-sugar options that I share in our Holiday Recipe Book.

Best yet – almost every one of our alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be prepared with Okuma’s Slimming Wu-Long Tea!

Tip #7.  Use Your Guests To Divert Your Attention From Food

My favorite way to divert my attention from food and booze at a party is to play with kids.

I have tons of cousins and it’s easy to spend hours running around, playing games, or throwing a ball with them.  In Chicago one of my favorite holiday pastimes is getting bundled up and creating a snowman with the kids.

It’s amusing for the guests – and it’s an incredible workout.

In Texas where I live now – it’s almost always perfect weather for a walk.

Make a game of it: take a group with you to have a holiday scavenger hunt or sing a carol to your favorite neighbor who lives a few blocks away.

Dig up your dad’s old Radio Flyer sled and trek to a hill near the house.

BONUS:  The parents will love you for minding the little ones for a bit while they relax and enjoy the holiday.

And the kids will think you’re the bee’s knees for years to come.

Tip #8.  Don’t Dip

It’s rare to find a dip that isn’t loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, and preservatives.

One way to stay on-track with your holiday is to avoid dips altogether. Ketchup, dressings, barbecue sauces, and cheese dips are the nastiest offenders.

Instead of dunking your veggies into a bath of chemicals, bring an organic hummus on-hand that will give you protein, vitamins, and is just as satisfying on your veggies.

Opt for mustard instead of ketchup on your grilled foods and if the menu calls for steak sauce or barbecue – find a special gluten-free one and offer it as a gift to the host or hostess.

One trick I use when going to a barbecue is to find a fancy, $8.00 bottle of sauce that is locally made, organic, and gluten-free.

Now you don’t look like you’re not gracious to your host – you’re presenting your healthier option as a gift to the party-thrower!

BETTER YET – make fresh, gluten-free homemade dips.

I’ll share tons from my new recipe book with you next week!

Tip #9.  Be Sweet… But Picky!

Loading up on turkey and salad is the easy part of a healthy holiday meal.

But what if you’re suddenly confronted with a room full of ice cream, pies, cakes, candies, and coffee drinks?

This is one of the easiest ways to take an otherwise healthy meal and blow it.

My trick has become a fun game for the whole family.

Everybody wants to try every treat – but it seems like each family brings enough dessert to feed the whole party!

That’s when we cut a couple slices of each desert and put them on plates with a few forks around each plate.

Now I’ll taste my Mom’s homemade pies while also getting a reasonable bite of my Uncle’s authentic cannoli too.

Or if there’s just one dessert you must have – cut yourself a mini-slice and slowly savor each bite.

You may find that the first bit is out of the world – and by the end you’ve spent so much time savoring and appreciating the dessert that you don’t need to finish it!

Tip #10.  Make Post-Holiday Plans…

My father loves to make post-holiday plans that keep him and my mom on track the day after a party – when most people want to sleep in and gorge themselves with fried eggs and toast in front of a football game.

My family, however, started a tradition of going on a hike the day after the holiday.

We all pile into cars and trek a few hours south of where they live to hike trails.

It gives us a reason to burn beaucoup calories – and spend quality time together as a family.

Nobody associates it with working out – everybody sees this as a cherished family adventure.

Plan an activity the day after your holiday that will inevitably get you back on track with your weight loss goals, and provide you with quality family time.

Tip #11.  RELAX A Little!

If you’re preoccupied with thoughts of calories and weight loss, your holiday will be anything BUT merry.

If you enter the holidays feeling confident about your workout routine, weight loss successes, and realistic about your goals; you will BE stronger.  At the bottom of every email I write is this quote:

“A Person Is Limited Only By The Thoughts That He Chooses”  ~James Allen

Go into your holiday season envisioning all the ways you will stay fit, and merry!

Visualize yourself using all these tricks to conquer the food frenzies.

Envision yourself going to bed at night after the holiday party and feeling fit, sober, and satisfied.

Know that you have already maintained your weight loss goals over the holiday season… you’re just waiting for the universe to catch up to what you’ve already accomplished.

REMEMBER:  If you believe it, you WILL achieve it!

Tip #12.  Curb Carb Cravings BEFORE You Indulge·

I ALWAYS keep Okuma’s remarkable Slimming Tea Capsules in my purse at ALL TIMES.

Taking one capsule 15 minutes before a meal CURBS carb cravings.

Wu-Long Slimming Tea capsules also rev up your metabolism for increased fat burning.

Our capsules are some of the BEST, 100% NATURAL ways to kill cravings and melt belly fat.

One Oolong Slimming Tea Capsule has nearly TEN TIMES the powerful fatburning polyphenols of green tea!

Busy days don’t always allow for a nice, relaxing cup of Oolong Tea. But there’s ALWAYS time to take advantage of our revolutionary tea capsules.

Get yours here today so that they arrive before the holiday parties begin!

 

 

 

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary.