Many weight-loss diets today may help you lose weight successfully, but, they do not meet the nutritional needs of your body. This is the reason why people become ill and develop complications following such diet plans that demand food restriction or low-fat/cleansing approaches. I realized this after having tried them myself – I lost weight, but I also became malnourished, and my body lost many essential minerals.

The consequence of this is dangerous, for it becomes a struggle to rebuild and regain all the nourishment that was depleted from your system – it could take years to get back in good health. Also, your body begins to starve for nutrients, causing you to go back to eating more and gaining unhealthy weight, leading you to yo yo dieting.

We already know that fat loss isn’t just about eating less and exercising more. Toxins in your environment; food, air and water lead to fat gain (and inhibit fat loss) irrespective of how much you eat or exercise. Therefore, here’s a more sensible approach that will not just help you lose weight, but cut down toxins, and ensures you aren’t starved or deprived of nutrition.

  1. Eat more healthy fats: While many still believe and promote low-fat diets, research shows that your body needs healthy fats, and that they are required for weight loss. The brain is made of fats, and Omega 3 fatty acids are needed for a healthy brain and body. Swap unhealthy fats for healthy ones like sardines, fatty meats like lamb and chicken thighs, nuts, nut butter, and dairy products like butter and olive oil. Grass-fed dairy products are the best as they are rich in Omega 3’s.
  2. Eat organic and avoid food additives:  Organic food contain less chemicals as they aren’t sprayed with pesticides/herbicides, and no chemicals are used in processing or in the animal providing the meat/dairy. High-fat dairy products, nuts and oils often contain lots of chemicals. These chemicals get stored in fat tissues, contributing to weight gain and obesity. Therefore, eating organic would be your best choice. As for food additives, those to avoid include artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners, preservatives and MSG. These are toxic to the body and contain substances that stimulate appetite and interfere with thyroid and pituitary gland activity. They can also affect cell transport causing toxins to accumulate in the cells, preventing weight loss.
  3. Eat more vegetables: cooked vegetables are easier to digest and contain lots of minerals that are essential for good health. They contain Sulphur which helps the body and liver detox, while minerals provide the body with energy to burn fat. Fibre in vegetables aids in weight loss, too.
  4. Cut off sugar and wheat out of your diet (or limit your intake, at least): These are two major culprits in weight gain especially processed white sugar and wheat flour that have no nutrition but calories.
  5. Get plenty of sleep and rest: This actually helps your body function better, run efficiently, and burn more fat. Sleep loss over time may contribute to weight gain and obesity. It elevates certain hormone levels in the body, like cortisol. This hormone makes you hold onto extra fat. It may also increase your appetite and lead to a slower metabolism. While sleeping, you also burn nearly as many calories as you do while watching TV.

As you see, a holistic approach with simple do’s and don’ts is what you need to reach your weight-loss goals. With discipline, proper practice, and motivation as key, anyone can lose weight naturally and stay completely healthy and happy.

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This delicious chicken soup is perfect for colder days to ward off colds and flu and to raise your immune system. Root vegetables contain lots of minerals and vitamins. Garlic helps to kill infections as it contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties as well as anti-inflammatory compounds. Garlic contains a very well-absorbed form of selenium and many other nutrients. Ginger helps break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, particularly in the lungs and sinuses. It can help promote healthy sweating, which can assist detoxification during colds and flu. Ginger is also used for nausea and contains potent anti-inflammatory called gingerols which helps with some inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Garlic and ginger give the soup a delicious flavour. This chicken soup is very healing and soothing for the digestive system. You can also swap the drumsticks for about six chicken chops.

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Many curry recipes have a lot of ingredients and because of that, people are often put off by them. So we decided to simplify this recipe to make it quicker and easier to cook but still a delicious curry full of flavour. You can use any pumpkin for this recipe. We used organic jap pumpkin. Traditionally this curry is eaten with brown or basmati rice and bread but it’s bursting with flavour so you can eat this curry with other steamed vegetables or vegetable curries as well. This is a good way for you to increase your vegetable consumption. Make sure your curry powder is free from fillers and gluten-free if you are gluten or wheat intolerant. One which is made purely with spices is best.

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This Cornbread is a delicious and healthy alternative to wheat bread. I love to serve it with butter or almond butter as a snack and it is also great for breakfast with savoury toppings like eggs. It’s easy to make and contains only wholesome, unprocessed ingredients.

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These Delicious Turkey and Veggie Patties are moist, colourful, tasty and nutritious. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. They make a quick and healthy midweek dinner and are great for lunchboxes. You could also make these into balls. For kids, you might wish to use less cayenne pepper or omit it if it’s a bit too spicy but I find it to be fairly subtle. It’s worth the extra step of frying the onions and spices as this brings out the flavour. Turkey is a healthy source of protein needed to grow, repair and replace tissue in the body. Free-range turkey is best if you can find it. You could also use chicken mince in this recipe. The grated carrot adds moisture, colour and nutrients to the patties and helps increase your veggie intake for the day. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants which promote healing in the body.

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