Fast Weight Loss Tips Part 3

9. Talk and Walk

The Mayo Clinic found that heavy people sit down an average of two and half hours more than thin people every day. Don’t catch yourself sitting down when you don’t have to. Every time that phone rings, pick it up and pick yourself up! Take a little walk around the room while you talk. Clean your room while you talk. Do your laundry. Move while you talk instead of just sitting down and you’ll be burning 50 calories or more.

10. An Apple a Day… And Maybe A Pear

You may well know that fruits are a great addition to a weight loss diet plan. However apples and pears have shown clear signs of helping people lose weight. Apples and pears are filled with fiber and water, which will make you feel fuller and eat less. A study conducted with 411 overweight women found that an intake of three apples or three pears per day brought about weight loss in overweight women. Just remember not to overindulge. Don’t eat a pear when you’re full. Eat it as a snack or replace a calorie-packed dessert.

11. Toothpaste Diet

Okay, I know there are some toothpastes that taste good, but don’t start eating toothpaste yet. If you are having problems with controlling portions, (I know I do) toothpaste may be your way of doing that. If you are simply eating too much, by brushing your teeth with mint or some fresh-flavored toothpaste (not the grape kind), you will start losing some of that appetite. There are two reasons for this. 1. Your taste buds in your mouth are very sensitive. By brushing your teeth, the food most likely will not taste so good after brushing your teeth. 2. After you brush, there is something that triggers in your mind that you should not eat. It is like showering then wanting to go play in the mud, you will most likely not do that. So brush your teeth often to help control your portions.

12. Small Tub

Don’t fall for the “it’s only 15 cents more for a large tub” line offered at the movie concession stand. Most people will eat about 45% more popcorn from larger-sized containers. Most importantly, skip the butter! Adding the oily, butter flavoring to your popcorn can actually add more calories than the popcorn itself. If you absolutely cannot take just plain popcorn, bring your own seasoned salt or some Parmesan cheese. But remember to eat things in moderation. Adding your own flavoring is only helpful if you’re adding a small amount.

Fast Weight Loss Tips Part 2

5. Support Group

It’s going to be difficult to lose weight on your own, even if you are the only one trying to lose weight. Find a group that will motivate and help you keep on track. Join an online support group. Tell your family! Tell all your friends. If you keep your plan to yourself, it’s that much easier to cheat too many times or binge secretly in your room. By telling the people around you, you’re creating guidelines to help you reach your goal. They’ll also help you by not offering high-calorie foods or other dishes that will tempt you into overeating.

6. Mistakes Are Inevitable

If you’re human, you’re not perfect. Despite your earnest desire to lose weight and be fit, you will probably mess up here and there. You’ll go out for a night of fun with your friends, and it will be difficult in stopping your hand for reaching for those tortilla chips. Don’t freak out! One night of fun won’t kill you. The key, as always, is getting back on track! Don’t let one mistake haunt you. You don’t have to give up on your whole diet plan. Just leave your mistake as a mistake and start again the next day. The downfall of any mistake is repeating it. As long as you forget about it and get back on track, you’ll be good to go.

7. Hang Your Old Jeans On the Door

Need a reminder about your weight loss goals? Hang the jeans that don’t fit on your door or next to your mirror. Take out that favorite blouse that doesn’t button up and hang it up as well. Now, don’t just hang them there and stare at them. Try them on once in a while. We know it doesn’t fit, but trying it on will remind you how much you have left to lose. It’s a motivating gauge. A simple reminder may be all it takes to push you to eat right and exercise.

8. Keep Your Balance

Simple balancing exercises can help tone your muscles and help you lose weight. Balance workouts also develop your core muscles and can even be beneficial to your brain. You don’t need to look for an expensive class to get started. You can begin with easy, simple exercises at home. While brushing your teeth, alternate standing on one leg. Switch every 30 seconds. You can incorporate this little exercise with other daily activities. For example, while you wait for your coffee to finish boiling, while you put on your makeup, or while you dry your hair. Don’t make things into challenges when they don’t have to be!

Fast Weight Loss Tips Part 1

1.What Makes You Overeat?

If you have controlling your appetite and hunger, maybe you should sit down and evaluate what actually makes you overate. Many times, overeating is instigated by emotions such as stress, boredom, anger, or depression. Emotions play a huge part in weight control, whether it is eating too much or too little. Find help or treatment so that you can maintain your weight again.

If you’re overeating because you have no control, take control! It’s imperative that you don’t overstuff yourself every time you eat. This makes your stomach physically bigger and will increase your appetite. Eat one cookie less. Eat one serving less. Slowly stop yourself from overeating.

2. Casual Fridays = Weight Loss?

Wearing casual clothes to work can actually help you lose weight. A study performed in the University of Wisconsin found that there is a relationship between clothing and weight loss. The reason behind this wacky weight loss tip is that if you wear casual clothes to work, you most likely will be less stress leading to weight loss or have some physical activity at work (whether it be the type of work or exercising at work), so that it can lead to more weight loss. The study also showed that those who wore casual clothes to work also took 491 more steps than the well-dressed counterparts. It also found 8% more calories burnt for those casual dresses! Another study confirmed that an average of 25 calories was burnt off more for casual dressers. That is almost two pounds of fat more lost per year. Might be worthwhile to start dressing down.

3. Cotton Ball Diet

Okay, I know I have heard of bland food before and they work, but cotton balls? Well there is actually a diet that is based on a cotton ball diet. Believe it or not, the cotton balls are very filling for you and it obviously is low in calories. So full bellies, bland (not so terrible) taste, and low in calories = weight loss. I know it can be unbelievable, but there is such a diet and it is a weight loss tip.

4. Don’t Skip Meals

A study published in the medical journal “Metabolism” says that people who skip meals end up eating just as much as they would on a normal day. In addition to eating the same amount, those who skip meals caused potentially risky metabolic changes, elevating fasting glucose levels and delaying insulin response. These conditions can lead to diabetes. Skipping meals also forces you to overeat at night, which is the worst time of your day to eat more than you should. So if you feel like skipping meal, eat a snack. Don’t starve because it will come back to get you later.

Romancing the Stove

Instead of going out for Valentine’s Day, create an intimate evening for two with recipes from the Best Places to Kiss Cookbook. Romance your special someone with something sweet!

Decadent Chocolate Mousse

8 servings

This is a great company dessert because it looks elegant, everyone loves chocolate, and you can make it ahead. Think of fun ways to serve it-funky tea cups, martini glasses, or long-stemmed wine glasses with iced tea spoons!

Ingredients:

12 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into 1-inch pieces

2 3/4 cups heavy cream

3 eggs, at room temperature

2 egg yolks, at room temperature

1⁄2 cup sugar

Whipped cream for garnish (optional)

Fresh raspberries (optional)

Chocolate curls (optional)

  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler; set aside. In a separate bowl, whip the cream to medium stiff peaks; set aside.
  2. In a large stainless steel bowl, combine the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Place the bowl over a hot water bath and whisk until the mixture reaches 140°F; remove from heat. With an electric mixer, whip the heated mixture on high speed until cool, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the melted chocolate. Gently fold in the whipped cream. Pour the mousse into 8 individual serving cups (about 5 ounces). Chill until set, about 1 hour.
  3. To serve, garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, raspberries, or chocolate curls.

From the Sasquatch Stove

Planning a special evening with your honey? Inspire amore with this romantic recipe for Dungeness Crab Mac Cheese from the Best Places to Kiss Cookbook and let us know what you think!

Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese with Hazelnut Crust

4 servings

This takes comfort food to a new level! The flavor is awesome and

the presentation is beautiful, especially if you opt to bake it in real crab

shells (see the variation below). Either way, this is a delicious and fun way to enjoy Dungeness crabmeat.

Wait for more interesting things and recipes in my next posts!

One of Everything, Please 2

I felt really lucky as I sat there with Amy and ate my cupcake. I felt lucky to have a friend to talk with endlessly about food . . . and we do talk endlessly about food. I felt lucky to be in a cozy bakery on a cold and wet day. And I felt lucky to work for the publisher that has teamed up with  the founder of this exact bakery, to create the beautiful Gluten-Free and Vegan Baking Book.

The book is filled with recipes for the delicious cookies, cakes, muffins, scones, breads, and pies that this bakery makes for its customers. In addition, the first chapter is an informative introduction to cooking with the whole grains, natural sweeteners, and cold-pressed oils that are at the heart of the bakery’s food philosophy.

Here is the recipe for the maple bar that Amy had and that I stole several bites of—yum!

Maple “Butter” Bars

2 3/4 cups brown rice flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup coconut oil or palm oil

1 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the brown rice flour and salt in a medium-size bowl. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until well mixed. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture a little at a time until well mixed, about 3 minutes.

Spread the batter evenly into a parchment-lined 9- by 12-inch baking pan. Bake until edges harden slightly, about 15 minutes. While the dough is still hot, score it into 12 pieces with a knife. After it has cooled, slice it the rest of the way through and remove the bars from the pan.

Yield: 12 cookies

Thank you for reading this post! See you!

One of Everything, Please

Last week I met up with my good friend Amy at the the bakery. We got together to chat and catch up, and this is a good midpoint between our houses. But really, the thing that brought us together on that rainy Saturday afternoon was the thought of treats . . . baked yummy treats. We knew that they would be making delicious autumn goodies, and for both Amy and I, the magic of walking into a bakery and knowing that we can eat anything in it is something neither of us ever gets over.

Amy has celiac disease, which means that her body reacts to the protein in wheat, barley, and rye (gluten) with inflammation and damage to the small intestine. This damage leads to malabsorption of nutrients, which can lead to a whole host of problems from anemia to skin problems to abdominal issues. The only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet.

I have a gluten intolerance (also called a sensitivity or an allergy). I don’t react to gluten in the way that you traditionally think of as an allergic reaction—hives, swelling and trouble breathing—I just end up with a really bad stomach ache for a couple of days. My reaction to gluten is strong enough that I find it entirely worth it to avoid gluten altogether.

Everything at this bakery is gluten free, vegan, and made without soy or processed sweeteners. Having a restrictive diet, whether you’ve made the choice to cut out certain foods or because your body has made that choice for you, can be tough. It means that you have to read every label, interrogate every server, and field multiple calls from friends before going to their places for dinner. But it also means that you think about your food differently, you appreciate your food more, and you get a certain strength from making choices that you know will directly affect the way you feel.