10 Ways to Eat Smaller Portions for Health and Weight Loss

Eating big meals full of meat with gravy, lots of pasta and second helpings of dessert can pack on the pounds and affect your overall health. When you save all your calories for one or two big meals a day, you’re more likely to overeat since it’s been several hours since your last meal.

Going up to five hours between meals usually won’t cause hunger pangs for most people. If you like to eat a late dinner, you might be setting yourself for overeatingand your metabolism will slow down.

When your body has to process a large amount of food at once, it can cause your digestive system to become sluggish. You don’t have to forego big meals for good. A big meal with all the trimmings is fine once in awhile, but don’t make it an everyday habit.

Be aware of not only what you eat, but how much of it you eat. The portions of mashed potatoes and gravy you eat at dinner and the slices of pie you eat for dessert can add pounds to your frame before you know it. Here are ten ways you can eat smaller portions during meals and snacks to maintain a healthy weight.

Limit Portion Size

Choose to eat a healthy portion of any food, and you won’t gain weight or suffer any ill effects to your health.

It’s not what you eat, but how much of it that causes problems. If you eat three Girl Scout cookies with a glass of milk, you won’t gain weight. If eat a whole box and wash it down with soda, your waistline (and your teeth) will suffer.      

We know a whole box of cookies can total 2000 calories or more; a few cookies are only about 200. You can’t stay fit and healthy if you splurge on cookies and chips regularly. When you feel like snacking in front of the TV, try eating air-popped popcorn seasoned with cayenne pepper or whole-grain crackers. Even if you absentmindedly eat too much, you won’t gain as much weight as if you’d binged on cookies.

Portion control, however, applies to all foods – even the healthy ones. Learn to plan food portions when you cook, and be aware of how much you eat at restaurants.

Drink More Water and Herbal Tea

Drink more water before meals and between meals to fill up your stomach. You’ll eat less and be well-hydrated. Along with herbal tea, water prevents hunger pangs without the harmful effects (and calories) of soda, coffee drinks and energy drinks.

Here are a few low to no-calorie herbal teas to keep you full between meals :

  • Green
  • Oolong
  • Goji
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger

Be careful when choosing herbal teas. Some teas, like green and oolong, contain caffeine and can cause you to become jumpy if you drink too much of it

Share Restaurant Meals with a Friend or Bring Home a “Doggie Bag”

According this article, 92% of American restaurants serve large portions, resulting in meals that often contain more calories than the recommended daily calorie requirement for an entire day.

Share an order with a friend, or eat half of an entrée at the restaurant and save the rest for later. Instead of ordering an entrée, order a salad or an appetizer. You can even order a children’s meal. Unless you have strong willpower, avoid the buffet.

Most servers will be happy to accommodate special requests, such as putting salad dressing or gravy in a cup on the side. (Putting salad dressing and condiments on the side prevents you from slathering too much on your food.)

Don’t be afraid to ask for a doggie bag for leftovers. Boxing or bagging leftovers makes sense. Restaurant meals, even at causal sit-down chains, are somewhat expensive, especially if you bring the whole family.

Use a Smaller Plate

We’ve been taught to eat everything on our plates since we were kids. It’s natural to feel guilty if we’re in a restaurant or at a dinner party and we fail to eat all the food in front of us. Learn to use smaller plates. With a larger plate you’ll apt to fill it up even if you know you shouldn’t.

Don’t Use Electronics While You Eat

Eat slowly instead of gulping down your meal. You’ll actually enjoy the taste and texture of your food, and you’ll eat less.

Instead of eating in front of the computer, use your dinner table. Family dinners have been shown to foster better relationships between spouses, as well as parents and children. A home-cooked meal, even one made by a beginning cook, is better for you than gulping down fast food in your car or at your desk.

Tip – Don’t lie down after eating as it will tamper with digestive process and may cause acid reflux, especially if you’ve eaten

Eat Smaller Meals throughout the Day

Studies differ on the advantages of eating smaller meals throughout the day, but the longer you wait between meals, the likelier you are to eat more when you do finally eat. Your body burns energy every time you eat to digest food. When you eat small meals several times a day, it boosts your metabolism and you burn more calories.

Eat oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast instead of bacon, eggs and pancakes. For extra fiber and nutrition, substitute groats for oatmeal. Groats are the whole, unprocessed form of oats. They take longer to cook, but are much more filling than rolled or steel-cut oats.  Follow your breakfast of oatmeal or groats with an apple mid-morning, and eat a tuna sandwich at lunch time. Instead of a sugary coffee specialty drink in the afternoon, drink a sugar-free banana smoothie.  This eating schedule may seem odd at first, like you’re denying yourself food, but all you’re doing is spreading your food intake throughout the day instead of cramming it into two or three meals.

Need more variety in a small-portion diet? Try this delicious 382- calorie Honey Roasted Carrot, Coriander and Ginger Soup with Crunchy Chickpea Croutons soup for lunch or a late afternoon pick-me-up.  Here’s a list of portion-controlled, low-calorie recipes to prevent overeating caused by super-sized food servings.  

Tip- Your body may take up to 20 minutes before you realize you’re full. Slow down your eating by taking smaller bites and thoroughly chewing your food before swallowing. Make sure your mouth is empty before taking another bite of food.  

Get between Seven and Nine Hours of Sleep Each Night

When you’re tired, you tend to crave more carbohydrates and overeat.( Fatigue’s been shown to stimulate production of Ghrelin, a hunger-inducing hormone.) After you eat cake, doughnuts or other processed carbs, you’ll feel energetic for awhile, but it’ll soon fade. Getting enough sleep provides you with more natural focus and energy to get through your day and perform tasks, and it curbs your appetite too.

Choose Whole, Unprocessed Foods

When you replace processed foods with fresh foods, and eat smaller meals several times each day, you’ll lose weight or, at the very least, maintain your current weight. And you’ll feel “lighter” and healthier instead of feeling “stuffed” after each meal.

Eat a salad, low-fat chicken soup or veggies as an appetizer. The fiber helps control your appetite and fills you up fast. Veggies, salad and other fiber-heavy foods travel more slowly through your digestive system. Broccoli, spinach and tomatoes are just a few vegetables that’ll fill you up and add valuable nutrients to your diet. Broccoli is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, iron and potassium. It also contains many plant compounds that contribute to better health, including sulforaphane, which protects against many different types of cancer.    

study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that eating potato chips or French fries regularly leads to a bigger weight gain than noshing on other comfort foods.

If you can’t summon the willpower to stop eating chips and cookies,  then keep your house free of sugary and salty treats until you can exercise self control. Replace high-calorie snacks with fresh fruits.

Diets high in red meat, alcohol, sugary drinks and processed flour also lead to an arthritic condition called gout. Avoid gout by eating more eggs, whole grains, Vitamin C, low-fat dairy products and drinking more water. Also avoid certain food combinations when planning meals. Eating bacon and eggs, or any two concentrated protein sources in a single meal will impede digestion and cause fatigue.

Measure Your Food When Cooking at Home

At home, don’t guesstimate how much salt, flour or butter you’ll need for a recipe – at least until you until become skilled at it. Buy an accurate scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons if you don’t have them already.

When you cook at home, include protein (beans, lean red meat, etc.) and low glycemic index carbohydrates (whole grains, pasta) with every meal. When figuring portions, a half cup of oatmeal or pasta is referred to as a single serving.  Two cups of raw spinach equals one serving; half a cup is the best serving size for cooked or canned veggies.

Serve food from the stove or a separate serving station. If you eat from serving platters at the table, it’ll be easier to lose track of how often you help yourself to more food. You’ll be more aware of going for your third or fourth helping if you have to get up and walk to the stove or counter to get food.

It may seem a little old-fashioned to schedule meals at exact times, but it does help you focus only on eating and prevent you from multi-tasking when you should be enjoying your food. You shouldn’t do anything but eat while you’re at the table – unless, of course you have an interesting tablemate. Talking with a friend or family member may actually make you eat less, while other distractions make you eat more.

You’ll be better able to keep track of how much you eat when you schedule regular meals. When meals are scheduled and just a few hours apart, you’ll be better able to control cravings for junk food and quick trips to the Starbucks.

Distract Yourself When You’re Tempted to Overeat

Although drinking coffee at Starbucks costs more than brewing it at home, many people buy their lattes from coffee shops because of the social outlet it gives them. You don’t need to give up the social aspect of going to Starbucks or another local coffee shop – just order plain coffee instead of sugary coffee drinks with whipped cream on top.

If you eat when you’re bored or upset, try doing something else to pass the time and forgot about food. Take a walk, visit a friend or do yoga. You’ll soon be immersed in your new activity and lose the desire to snack.

Eat a cup of low-calorie vegetables before a meal as an appetizer, or add vegetables to casseroles and sandwiches. Adding a low-calorie vegetable to a meal supplies nutrients, and its high water content fills you up to prevent overeating.  

Portions and Digestive Health

Your digestive system consists of your mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver pancreas and rectum. That’s a lot of body parts for a seven-course meal to work its way through three times a day, everyday. Large meals of processed foods keep you “backed up”.   If you eat three heavy meals daily, your body has to work extra hard to process all that food. It’s much better to eat smaller, more frequent meals. If you must eat larger meals, choose lighter foods – fish, organically-raised poultry, vegetables and whole grains – instead of the usual meat and potatoes.  

The most common digestive problems related to overeating and bad food combinations include upset stomach, nausea, bloating, acid reflux and constipation.

Watching your food portions during meals – and when you’re snacking – helps you stay fit and energetic. It may take awhile to get used to eating smaller portions and saving the rest for later, but once you find out how much better you feel when you eat light, you won’t go back to “stuffing” yourself at dinner.

For extra energy in between meals, take a REVV Instant Energy WaferREVV is made with the superfood wheatgrass, along with periwinkle herb, choline, L-taurine and tasty, healthy cocoa. REVV’s a safe, natural supplement that gives you vigor without the sugar and calories of energy drinks.  

 

 

10 Health Benefits of Seaweed

Most Americans only consume seaweed when they visit a Japanese restaurant.

You’ve probably had seaweed in salad, miso soup or in the wrapping around a sushi roll. But seaweed is more than a decoration on your sushi plate.

According to a study published on Biomed Central, all varieties of seaweed offer nutrients and distinct flavoring for many cuisines. Umami, a Japanese term for “fifth taste”, is becoming popular among Western chefs looking for different ways to add flavors to their dishes..

Sometimes referred to as sea or marine vegetables, seaweed adds taste and texture to salads, burgers and other everyday dishes.  It also offers many nutritional advantages in a relatively small package. You don’t need to eat a lot of seaweed to experience the following benefits.

1. Lowers Blood Pressure

Seaweed contains bioactive peptides, which have some of the same properties as Accupril, Vasotec, Monopril and other ACE inhibitor drugs. Eat more seaweed, along with other vegetables, to naturally reduce your chance of strokes and heart attacks.

2. Reduces Toxins in Your Body

Aliginic acid, a substance in seaweed, binds with the toxins in your body to speed their  elimination. When you eat seaweed, it sops up lead, cadmium and other environmental pollutants that end up in your body from cigarette smoking and air pollution. 

3. Contains Minerals and B Vitamins

Seaweed contains chlorophyll, the same green pigment that gives your houseplants their color. Chlorophyll has hundreds of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. A little bit of chlorophyll goes a long way towards improving your energy and overall health.

For example, a tablespoon of the seaweed dulse provides 500% of the daily value of iodine, 16% of Vitamin C and manganese, 11% of Vitamin B2, and small amounts of zinc, protein, iron, potassium and Vitamins B3, B6, B1 and B5.

Wakame is an excellent source of Vitamin A, magnesium, manganese, iron, niacin, folate, calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin E.

4. Offers a High Iodine Content for Better Thyroid Health

Seaweed contains iodine, a nutrient important for maintaining thyroid health. Your thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, produces and regulates hormones. Women have larger thyroids than men, and when they’re under stress, their thyroids become larger and you need more iodine. One in four women are thought to have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism, causes weight gain, mood swings and lethargy) or an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism, causes excessive hunger, fatigue, irregular heartbeat and insomnia). Adding more seaweed to the diet is one way to control these conditions.

The amount of iodine in the average U.S. diet has decreased from 500-800 mcg in 1940 to 136 mcg in 1995. Serious iodine deficiency is rare in the U.S., as most fruits and vegetables are grown in iodine-rich soil, and prepared foods contain iodized salt. Your body requires 100-200 mcg of iodine per day, and kelp and most brown seaweed have between 500 and 1500 parts per million (ppm) of iodine.

Other foods with iodine include most fish (canned tuna and sardines, cod, shrimp, salmon, sea bass and halibut, etc.), and many veggies, including Swiss chard, spinach and lima beans.

5. Provides Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Sea vegetables offer lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds to reduce the risk of cancer. Research on colon cancer indicates that seaweed extracts may alter the loss of calcium-sensing receptors (CaSRs) on colon cancer cells, improving recovery for people suffering from the disease. The low rate of breast cancer in Japan is often attributed to the consumption of seaweed as part of the daily diet.

Fucoidans, polysaccharides in bladderwrack and other brown seaweed, have been shown to decrease cell proliferation in certain types of cancer.

Kelp inhibits the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which causes inflammatory skin conditions and stomach ulcers. The high antioxidant content of the edible green seaweedsUlva clathrata and Ulva prolifera has been shown to reduce inflammation that causes arthritis, asthma and celiac disease.

6. Seaweed Offers Benefits for Reproductive and Sexual Health

All classes of seaweed contribute to sexual health due to their high manganese and Vitamin B2 content. Seaweed helps regulate estrogen and other hormones, and it may be a good addition to meals for women going through menopause. Eating seaweed also provides relief for Women who suffer from bad PMS symptoms.

Research conducted at the University of California, Berkeley suggests eating bladderwrack and other brown kelp seaweed may lengthen the menstrual cycle and delay the onset of menopause. It may also relieve symptoms of endometriosis and improve fertility.

Men’s sperm count also benefits from eating seaweed. It’s rich in Vitamin E, which fights free radicals in the sperm membrane.

7. Improves Dental Health

Seaweed contains extracts that help prevent cavities and gingivitis. It improves salivary function and strengthens oral tissue to resist damage. Dental alginate, which is used to make molds of patients’ teeth, is derived from the alginic acid in seaweed.

8. Smoother, Younger Looking Skin

The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in seaweed have anti-aging properties that guard against dry skin and wrinkles. Seaweed extract may be of value as a topical ointment for aging skin.  Seaweed wraps and baths, used in many spas, detoxify the skin. The phytonutrients in seaweed improve blood flow to restore skin’s youthful luster.

Adding seaweed to meals increases the amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin A helps repair skin tissue, and Vitamin C boosts collagen production and improves the texture of your skin.

9. Boosts Energy

People in the Caribbean and Ireland have depended on seaweed-based soups as energy tonics for centuries, and this method can work for you, too. Whether you’re feeling tired after a busy week or recovering from an acute illness, a soup filled with greens, sprouts, avocado and seaweed will revitalize you. Seaweed soup is sometimes used as a hangover cure, and may dissolve the phlegm associated with colds, respiratory ailments and the flu.

Arame and other brown seaweeds help balance your body’s pH, to maintain a healthy acid/alkaline ratio. It improves gut flora to benefit digestion, control weight and even guard against depression. In the book,  Beating Stress, Anxiety and Depression: Groundbreaking Ways to Help You Feel Better, author Jane A. Plant, recommends eating seaweed, along with more Omega 3 fatty acids and fewer dairy products, to naturally relieve depression.

10. Strengthens Hair

A study conducted on rats showed extracts from the seaweed Grateloupia elliptica prevented hair lossResearch indicated treating the scalp with seaweed extract and eating more seaweed, may be beneficial for preventing hair loss in humans. Using shampoos formulated with seaweed extract protects hair against environmental damage and makes it shinier and stronger.

Types of Seaweed

Seaweed (aka algae) has been part of the diet in Japan and other Asian countries for centuries. Many studies have noted how seaweed, along with soy and other staples of the Japanese diet, play a part in that country’s lower cancer and obesity rates.

There are over 20 different types of seaweed, divided into three classes by color – brown, red and green.  

A few of the most popular seaweed varieties include:

  • Wakame

This sweet, dark green seaweed adds flavor to sandwiches and miso soup. Packed with folate, potassium, beta-carotene, calcium and magnesium, it adds plenty of nutrients to your diet in a small package. Like other seaweed, it offers carotenoids, flavonoids and other cell-protecting antioxidants. Wakame’s high in sodium, with 70% of your daily value per 100 grams, so don’t eat too much of it at a sitting, especially if you have high blood pressure.

  • Arame

Mildly sweet arame consists of long brown strands used as an edible garnish in Japanese food. You might find it in soups and salads, or to the side of your sushi or sashimi in your Bento box. Arame contains all the nutrients of other seaweed, including potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and magnesium, but, like all seaweed, it’s high in sodium.

  • Dulse 

Usually sold in flakes, this red seaweed is great as a seasoning in soups, salads and as a complement to other vegetables. Dulse can be dried, ground, chopped or fried.  It tastes faintly like bacon when fried and is sometimes added to meat entrees.  Nutrient-wise, Dulse contains magnesium, calcium and iron to keep bones strong. It has a high iodine content, like other seaweed to ensure your thyroid works properly, and potassium to lower blood pressure.

  • Kombu

More commonly known as kelp, kombu is used in noodle broth, or dashi, to enhance flavor. It can be eaten dried, fresh, or pickled in vinegar.

It contains an anticoagulant phytochemical called fucoidan, which helps stop clots from forming in blood vessels. A study in the April 2011 edition of Phytotherapy Research showed the most popular type of kombu, Laminaria japonica, has a polysaccharide fraction called PLG. PLG can delay blood clotting without extending bleeding time. It’s also been shown to decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in rats.

  • Nori

Red seaweed sheets used to wrap sushi, nori has as much protein density as spirulina and soybeans. It’s one-third dietary fiber, making it a natural laxative. Its high-fiber content also makes you feel full, suppressing your appetite Nori is high in iron, but it lacks the phytates common in grains and other high-iron foods. Lack of phytates improves iron absorption, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition.

Instead of simply eating seaweed or non-GMO soy separately for their health benefits, make your own miso soup. Traditional miso soup usually contains seaweed and soy, which gives it double the anti-aging power. This recipe contains both wakame and soy.   

Seaweed counts as part of our daily vegetable intake (2 ½ cups per day for women 31-50, 3 cups for men 31-50). Here are a few more ideas for incorporating seaweed into your diet.

  • Add arame or the seaweed of your choice to any pasta salad, cooked whole grains or stir-fried vegetables to liven up flavor and texture.
  • Prepare a healthy shrimp burger with fresh herbs and wakame slaw instead of regular slaw.
  • This quick 10-minute Seaweed Salad combines wakame, garlic, sesame seeds, shredded carrots and other healthy ingredients for a tasty alternative to bland “house” salads.

Consuming Seaweed Safely

Eating too much seaweed isn’t considered acutely toxic or lethal, but it can cause several medical problems. Although seaweed is touted for its healthy properties, it does contain large amounts of iodine. If you eat too much seaweed, you may develop goiter, and it may cause toxicity in people with thyroid disorders.

Kombu (kelp) from the genera Laminaria has high amounts of iodine (2353 μg/g ), Wakame contains moderate iodine amounts of  42 μg/g, and Nori contains 6 μg/g.

Boil Kombu and other seaweed in water for 15-30 minutes to reduce the amount of iodine. Boling will significantly reduce the iodine in kelp, and leech moderate amounts of iodine from Wakame and Nori. Processed and cooked seaweed is much safer to eat in large quantities than raw seaweed.

Bok choy, broccoli and soybeans, ingredients used in some Japanese dishes along with kelp, are goitrogens. Goitrogens, foods with anti-thyroid properties, counteract the effects of too much iodine consumption.

Seaweed isn’t the only highly nutritious superfood that contains chlorophyll. Wheatgrass offers 20 amino acids, hundreds of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, even more than seaweed. You can’t eat wheatgrass like your cat, but REVV Instant Energy Wafers offer a great pick-me-up whenever and wherever you need it. REVV sugar and chemical-free wafers also contain cocoa, choline, L-Taurine and Periwinkle herb for and overall energy boost.  

 

14 Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

 

Snacking between meals is usually associated with poor food choices and obesity, but choosing healthy snacks can help you lose weight, burn more fat and even curb your appetite. Fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds provide a low-calorie, high-nutrient boost for dieters between meals. With a little creativity, you can combine one or more healthy foods into a delicious, fat-burning snack. Try these 14 healthy snacks for weight loss.

1. Bananas and Peanut Butter

For enough protein to keep you going all day long, and carbs for a quick burst of energy, dip banana slices (or a whole banana) in peanut butter. A medium banana has 105 calories, and is loaded with fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and energy-spiking Vitamin B6. Researchers have found that peanut butter makes dieters feel full, curbing their desire to overeat. If you’re out of bananas, you can dip apple slices in peanut butter or spread it on Wheat Thins or whole-wheat bagels.

Eating a snack containing peanut butter or peanuts can stop hunger cravings for up to two and a half hours! A tablespoon of peanut butter has 90 calories and contains antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, magnesium for bones and Vitamin B6 to boost energy and immunity. And peanut butter provides monounsaturated fats – the “good” fats that promote heart health and help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Choose low salt, low sugar or organic peanut butter over popular supermarket brands to avoid extra calories.

2. Greek Yogurt with Walnuts and Apple Slices

A cup of Greek yogurt with sliced apples and walnuts is a low-calorie breakfast or anytime healthy snack for weight loss. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. It’s packed with probiotics to keep you regular and Vitamin B12 for energy and better brain function. One cup fat-free Greek yogurt is 120 calories. Add apple slices for their freshness, fiber and high Vitamin C content, and sprinkle on crushed walnuts to provide crunch, antioxidants and heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.

3. Plain Popcorn with Cayenne Pepper

Make plain, air popped popcorn or pop on the stove using olive or canola oil. Avoid butter, salt, caramel and other high-calorie flavorings. Instead, sprinkle popcorn with fat-burning cayenne pepper or nutty-tasting nutritional yeast (which has plenty of Vitamin B12). A single cup of air-popped popcorn has a mere 31 calories, and 3.6 grams of fiber. It also has mood-enhancing magnesium and Vitamin B6, plus iron to help your body make healthy red blood cells.

4. Oatmeal with Blueberries

Fiber-rich oatmeal regulates blood sugar and fills you up to prevent you from overeating at the next meal. A cup of plain oatmeal has 166 calories and is high in potassium and calcium. Add fresh blueberries for sugar-free sweetness and plenty of inflammation-fighting Vitamin C. One ounce of blueberries has 16 calories and contains potassium, manganese and heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.

For more nutrients,use groats instead of oatmeal. Whole oat groats contain B-vitamins, magnesium, selenium, potassium, zinc and copper. They are unprocessed and contain the whole unhulled grain. Whole oat groats take much longer to cook than steel-cut or rolled oatmeal – an hour or more, but the extra time is well worth it for the health benefits. Groats help protect against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. You can find groats at some health food stores.

5. Dark Chocolate

You don’t have to give up chocolate to lose weight. Trade in sugar and preservative-laden milk chocolate bars for unsweetened dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is actually good for you! It has healthy fats, which prevent the insulin spikes that harm your body’s ability to burn fat. A study conducted at the University of Copenhagen indicated that eating a small amount of dark chocolate on regular basis curbs your appetite and reduces the desire to eat sugary, salty or fatty foods.

Keep a bar of dark chocolate with you for a mid-afternoon snack. One ounce of dark chocolate has 155 calories, much less than gooey milk chocolate concoctions. Dark chocolate contains iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber and a small amount of Vitamin B12. Full of polyphenols and other cell-protecting antioxidants, dark chocolate (in small amounts) will help you burn fat and keep you healthy. For best nutritional value, buy organic dark chocolate with a 70% or higher cocoa content.

6. Kale Chips

It’s easy to make your own crunchy kale chips. Cut kale into small pieces and remove the stems. Wash and dry with a salad spinner. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning (sea salt, cayenne pepper, 21 seasonings blend, etc) and olive oil. Bake on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until crisp.

7. Grapes

With only 100 calories per 3.5 ounces, grapes are healthy snacks for weight loss. They fill you up fast due to their water content. Grapes offer many phytonutrients and antioxidants to prevent inflammation and disease. Quercetin, catechins, resveratrol and beta-carotene are just a few of the nutrients available in different grape varieties. Grapes are high in Vitamin K (necessary for bone health and blood clotting),potassium and energy-producing Vitamin B2.

Choose from green, red or blue/black grapes. You can store grapes in the fridge for up to a week or freeze them for a treat during hot summer days. Eat grapes plain, in a fruit salad with sliced melons, apples and berries, or with yogurt.

8. Peaches

Like grapes and other fruits high in water, peaches fill you up without adding many calories to your daily total. A small peach has 38 calories, and is a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fiber. Peaches have free radical fighting antioxidants to help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They also contain selenium, a mineral that guards against cell damage. The beta-carotene in peaches keeps your skin glowing and may guard against age-related vision loss. Eat a fresh, juicy peach as a snack or add sliced peaches to oatmeal or cereal.  Mix peach cubes or slices with other fruits to make a salad or add to yogurt.

9. Trail Mix with Seeds, Nuts and Dark Chocolate Chips

You can lose weight and boost energy by making your own trail mix. Choose from the following healthy ingredients:

Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Dark Chocolate Chips

Walnuts

Cashews

Pistachios

Sesame Seeds

Flaxseeds

Raisins

Peanuts

Preservative and sugar-free dried fruit

Plain, air-popped popcorn

Nuts and seeds are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin E and protein. A quarter cup of walnuts has 113% of the daily recommended value of heart-healthy Omega 3’s and 51% of a day’s manganese. Cashews and sesame seeds are high in copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Sunflower seeds are high in magnesium, energy-producing Vitamin B6 and iron.

Always use plain, unprocessed nuts and seeds. Include more seeds and nuts than dried fruits, which can dramatically increase calories if used to excess. Combine all items in an air tight container (or Ziploc bag) and shake until well-blended. Store in a cool, dry place.

Always keep servings to a quarter-cup. Mindlessly munching trail mix (like anything else) will disrupt your diet.

10. Hard Boiled Egg with Cayenne Pepper

Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. They’re one of the most nutritious healthy snacks for weight loss. A large, hard boiled egg has 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) to build muscle. And eggs have four B Vitamins for increased energy and enhanced mood – folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B5. Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, a nutrient that is essential for cell membrane signaling and neurotransmitter synthesis.

Boil a few eggs to pack in your lunch or snack on during the week. Spice up hard boiled eggs by sprinkling them with cayenne pepper. This hot flavorings contain capsaicin, a fat-burning compound found in chili peppers. The capsaicin helps curb your appetite so you won’t be tempted to eat too much later in the day. For lunch or dinner, add a few hard boiled egg slices to salads or make a sandwich with capers, parsley, garlic, bell pepper and hard boiled egg slices on a whole wheat roll.

11. Seaweed

The seaweed used to wrap sushi does more than hold your spicy tuna roll in place. Seaweed contains alginate, a substance that may reduce fat absorption in the gut by 75%, according to a study by Newcastle University in the UK. Seaweed’s high in iodine, which contributes to better thyroid function. The thyroid helps regulate weight, mood and metabolism, so it’s important to eat foods that keep it healthy. You can buy seaweed (or seaweed chips to snack on) from an Asian market or health food store. Major supermarkets do carry seaweed snacks, but be sure to check the label for additives and other undesirable ingredients.

Try making your own seaweed chips using nori sheets, sesame oil, garlic and cayenne pepper. Add seaweed to salads or soups – or mix with kale chips for a crunchy, nutrient-rich treat. And you can’t beat the calorie count – two tablespoons of kelp seaweed is 4 calories; 2 tablespoons of wakame seaweed sets you back 5 calories, and a tablespoon of spirulina seaweed is 20 calories.

12. Black Beans with Salsa in a Corn Tortilla

If you like Mexican food and want to lose weight, you don’t need to miss out on some of your favorites. Black beans are high in fiber and a half-cup has only 109 calories. A small corn tortilla is 63 calories and a tablespoon of salsa is 4 calories. Put them all together for one of the best healthy snacks for weight loss. A black bean and salsa taco is filling enough to stop hunger pangs and keep you from snacking on the wrong foods later.

13. Pineapple Pops

Pineapple’s high water content and inflammation-fighting antioxidants make it one of the best healthy snacks for weight loss. A cup of fresh pineapple has 83 calories and 105% of the daily recommended values (DRV) of Vitamin C. Pineapples contain bromelain, a substance containing cysteine proteinases, digestive enzymes that aid the intestinal tract. Adding pineapples to your diet will encourage regular elimination, preventing the sluggish digestion that keeps you bloated and overweight.

Use pineapple chunks in fruit salad along with kiwi, mangoes and other tropical fruits, or combine it with shrimp and grated ginger on romaine lettuce for a refreshing summer appetizer. Squeeze juice from fresh pineapples or use unsweetened pineapple juice to make frozen pineapple pops. Mix the juice from a whole pineapple and lime juice in a blender, then pour into a bowl and stir in almond or coconut milk. Place in popsicle molds and freeze.

14. String Cheese

One serving of string cheese is 80 calories, and it contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which calms you down and helps you get to sleep faster at night. Protein-rich string cheese has no carbohydrates and is portion-controlled and easy to store in your purse or backpack. A 2011 study showed that string cheese and other dairy products are healthy snacks for weight loss programs for premenopausal women.

Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss: More Tips to Stay Slim

  • Keep your refrigerator, kitchen cabinets and backpack filled with healthy snacks for weight loss. Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry and always write a list to avoid impulse purchases.
  • You’ll be more likely to lose weight if you eat several small meals a day. Many nutritionists suggest eating every three to five hours to prevent the hunger pangs that cause overeating.
  • Include foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids (tuna, salmon, walnuts) as healthy snacks for weight loss. Omega 3’s help battle high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. A tablespoon pf plain dried walnuts is only 48 calories, and a cup of drained tuna chunks packed in water of 179 calories – much less than any processed snack from the convenience store.
  • Any snack with protein- eggs, turkey, tofu or cheese – contain amino acids to sharpen your mental clarity and improve concentration.

Zeal O2, REVV and HappyGirl Wheatgrass Supplements from LifeForce Nutraceuticals Offer Nutrients to Keep You Energized During Weight Loss

Supplement your weight loss program with wheatgrass tablets for extra fat burning power and more nutrition to keep you healthy. Wheatgrass is nature’s most powerful superfood, containing hundreds of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Lifeforce Nutraceuticals offers three Wheatgrass Love wheatgrass products to fit your specific needs.

Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement and Energy Booster  Get slim by eating healthy snacks for weight loss and taking Zeal O2 one to three times a day. Zeal O2 contains chlorophyll-rich wheatgrass to provide magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium, calcium and other minerals, all essential amino acids, hundreds of enzymes, Vitamins E,A,K, B-complex and C, and phytochemicals. These nutrients keep you healthy and alert during your diet and beyond. Anyone can use Zeal O2 to maintain their weight. Its herbal blend contains Citrus Aurantium (bitter orange) to help your body burn fat without adversely affecting your heart or blood pressure, goldenseal to detoxify your liver and aid circulation, cayenne pepper for more energy and fat burning ability, and over a dozen other herbs.

REVV Natural Energy Supplement – These tasty chocolate mint wafers are made with wheatgrass, cocoa, caffeine and circulation-boosting periwinkle herb to send your energy skyrocketing all day long. Wheatgrass boosts your energy naturally, so you won’t suffer from the crash and burn syndrome found in some energy drinks. The magnesium, amino acids and B-complex vitamins in wheatgrass help you stay calm while building better muscles and helping red blood cells grow to prevent anemia.

HappyGirl Natural Mood Enhancing Supplement is a 100% natural energy booster and mood enhanced formulated for women, but men and seniors can use it, too. Made with the same high-value wheatgrass as REVV and Zeal O2, HappyGirl has added B-complex vitamins to improve your mood and eliminate the ups and downs that come with your monthly cycle (or menopause). HappyGirl’s proprietary blend consists of cayenne pepper and gingko biloba to give you more energy and calm anxiety, plus damiana, gotu kola, white willow and close to a dozen more herbs, skillfully blended to reduce the effects of mild to moderate, non-clinical depression.

Read more about Lifeforce Nutraceuticals and Wheatgrass Love products or feel free to call us if you have any questions.

What Supplement Can I Take to Get Skinny Fast?

Most people think it’s easy to gain weight, but hard to lose it. If you take a wheatgrass-based weight loss supplement and make a few simple lifestyle changes, you’ll get skinny fast-without calorie counting or hard to follow diets. There’s no such thing as a magic supplement or pill that will help you lose weight with absolutely no effort on your part. You’ll still need to stop eating bad food and become more active. But you don’t need to starve yourself or spend hours at the gym everyday. Just replace junk food with healthy snacks, including raisins, apples, whole grain crackers and fruit yogurt. Spend less time in front of the computer or TV and more time walking, hiking or playing sports. Don’t fall prey to the idea that weight loss is hard work requiring a calorie counter. You can start your weight loss journey by answering the question “What Supplement Can I Take to Get Skinny Fast?”

A Wheatgrass-Based Weight Loss Supplement Helps You Get Skinny and Stay that Way

Taking a wheatgrass supplement is one of the best and safest ways to get skinny fast. There’s been some controversy in the media about the ingredients used in weight loss supplements. Wheatgrass is 100% natural and contains vitamins, phytochemicals, 20 amino acids, 90 minerals and hundreds of enzymes not found in other foods. All these important nutrients are included in every wheatgrass supplement tablet to help you get skinny fast and get healthier while you lose weight.

What does a wheatgrass supplement do that a fad diet plan won’t?

Wheatgrass Provides Vitamins and Minerals to Keep you Energized and Focused While you Lose Weight

Wheatgrass has hundreds of nutrients to raise your energy level, increase your blood flow, focus and mental clarity and help all your body systems work more efficiently. Wheatgrass contains Vitamins, E,A,K, C and B-complex vitamins. The minerals in this superfood include selenium, zinc, potassium, cobalt, calcium, chromium, magnesium and manganese.

Wheatgrass Speeds Up Your Metabolism, Helping You Burn Fat

Take a wheatgrass-based weight loss supplement to speed up your metabolism naturally and burn fat. Wheatgrass stimulates circulation by oxygenating the blood and increasing red blood cells. Nutrients are then carried more readily through your bloodstream, improving circulation to help you feel more energetic. The iron in wheatgrass is a great fatigue fighter, helping to boost your metabolism and burn more fat.

Wheatgrass has natural fat-burning ability to help you get skinny fast, but if you, you’ll reap other health benefits if you take a wheatgrass supplement daily. What can wheatgrass do for you? There are many ways wheatgrass contributes to your overall well-being. Not only does wheatgrass help banish stubborn belly fat (and fat anywhere on the body) by reducing food cravings and revving up your metabolism, it helps you in other ways that ultimately lead to better health and weight control. Here are just a few “side” benefits of taking a wheatgrass weight loss supplement.

The Minerals in Wheatgrass Keep Your Skin Looking Good

The high potassium content in wheatgrass gives you better muscle tone and, along with Vitamin K and biotin (Vitamin B7), helps improve skin’s youthfulness and vibrancy. Vitamin A (sometimes called retinol), increases the turnover of cells to keep skin glowing. It reduces sebaceous gland activity to make skin less oily and prevent acne.

Zinc, one of many minerals in wheatgrass, aids in wound healing, and protects against UV rays. It has anti-inflammatory effects and helps with the transport of Vitamin A throughout the body. Research has shown that people with severe acne have poor zinc levels. Get more zinc in your diet through pumpkin seeds, nuts and lean red meat.

A Wheatgrass Supplement and Healthier Diet Will Help You Get Skinny Fast

While you don’t need to fast or follow any fad diet to get thinner, you will need to eat healthier. Choose your favorite fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats for meals. Stock up on almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts to snack on instead of potato chips. You’ll be surprised how tasty these natural foods can be, and they’re full of nutrients and low on calories.

Drink water, soy milk, low fat cow’s milk, juice and green or ginger tea instead of soda. There are many variations of both hot and iced drinks you can make with tea. Unsweetened green or ginger tea are refreshing, have no calories and are full of free radical fighting antioxidants.

Wheatgrass Aids Digestion While It Helps You Get Skinny Fast

A wheatgrass supplement for weight loss can be used to cleanse your digestive system The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is powered by magnesium. Magnesium has a safe and natural laxative effect to revive sluggish digestion. A wheatgrass supplement helps cleanse your digestive system of mucous and impacted fecal matter. This bowel cleansing activity not only makes you feel better, it gets rid of the few excess pounds you may be carrying around due to constipation. Wheatgrass helps tones the intestinal muscles to keep your “plumbing: working and ensure you feel healthier and more vital.”

The Chlorophyll in Wheatgrass Keeps Your Breath Fresher

Taking a wheatgrass supplement to lose weight has other advantages. While you get skinny fast, you can also improve your dental health and stop unpleasant post-exercise odor. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is a natural deodorizer. It reduces body odor and bacteria in the mouth for cleaner breath. If you want to fight oral bacteria even more, drink green tea or take a wheatgrass supplement with green tea extract. A 2009 press release issued by the American Academy of Periodontology cited a study involving 940 men that showed participants who drank green tea had healthier teeth and gums than those who didn’t.

Wheatgrass Has Anti-Aging Properties – Get Skinny Fast and Look Younger

Wheatgrass has several anti-aging properties. It delays the process that causes hair to turn gray. In Traditional Chinese medicine, grey hair is related to poor kidney function and blood quality. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass oxygenates and strengthens blood, bringing more nutrients to your cells and organs. This prevents the inflammation and chronic conditions that age you and make you more susceptible disease. When you take a wheatgrass weight loss supplement one to three times daily, you can get skinny fast and fulfill other anti-aging goals.

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is full of amino acids and enzymes that keep your hair-and the rest of you- looking and feeling younger longer. By eliminating toxins, renewing cells and detoxifying your body, wheatgrass fights off premature aging.

B-Complex Vitamins Regulate Mood and Metabolism to Help You Get Skinny Fast

B-complex vitamins balance mood, increase energy and improve mental clarity. This is welcome anytime, but you may need help to stay strong and focused when you’re on any type of weight loss program. Some wheatgrass supplements have added B-complex vitamins to the B vitamins naturally occurring in wheatgrass.

“Get Up and Go” With Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 changes fats into proteins and helps form red blood cells. It’s a well-known energy booster, and will give you more “get up and go” for the day’s activities. If you don’t get enough Vitamin B12, you may get anemia. Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal products, so many vegans and vegetarians experience a deficiency in this vitamin. Taking a wheatgrass-based weight loss supplement containing Vitamin B12 will help restore the proper balance of this vitamin in the body and help you get skinny fast. Vitamin B12 shots are available for people with a severe deficiency. Vitamin B12 regenerates bone marrow and the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract lining and helps maintain your spinal cord and nervous system. Cobalamin, (another name for Vitamin B12), is found in meat, fish and dairy products. If you want to lose weight, you can get B12 from low-fat yogurt, tofu, mackerel, tuna and salmon, which have dozens of other health benefits. Fish have selenium, Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids. Omegas 3’s protect your heart and help boost your mood. Vitamin D is also a mood enhancer, and it builds stronger bones.

Wheatgrass also contains VItamins B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B5, B6, B7 (biotin) and B9 (folic acid). All B-complex vitamins in a wheatgrass weight loss supplement nourish your body and provide support while you lose weight. Vitamin B6 increases your metabolism, just like Vitamin B12. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) converts food into energy, and is essential for regulating mood. If you’re concerned about getting cranky when you’re losing weight, B6 and B12 will help you maintain a happy mood while you maintain your weight. Vitamin B6 has an important role in producing dopamine and serotonin, two substances necessary to balance mood and help nerves communicate. Research indicates Vitamin B6 reduces depression and protects against heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. You can get Vitamin B6 in your diet through tuna, sunflower seeds, bananas, spinach and pistachio nuts.

Wheatgrass Detoxifies Your Body

A wheatgrass supplement keeps your enzyme levels and blood sugar balanced. This helps your digestion and lymphatic system eliminate fats and strengthen cells. Research has shown wheatgrass eliminates dangerous toxins from the body due to its main nutrient, chlorophyll.

Wheatgrass is a powerful nutrient studied by many researchers, and can fight disease directly or indirectly. According to an article published in Nutrition Research, chlorophyll and its derivatives may help prevent cancer.

A study conducted in Chandigarh India indicated that the use of wheatgrass juice decreased the need for blood transfusions in patients with the blood disorder thalassemia major.

Wheatgrass Based Zeal O2 from WheatgrassLove Helps You Get Skinny Fast

Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement and Energy Booster has wheatgrass and the natural appetite suppressant Citrus Aurantium (bitter orange). A safe and effective alternative to ephedra, Citrus Aurantium speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn fat. Bitter orange is used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure constipation, nausea and nasal congestion, so this herb has a long history of use for medicinal purposes. Get skinny fast with Citrus Aurantium and wheatgrass in Zeal O2.

Zeal O2 also offers a proprietary blend of other herbs proven to perk up your metabolism, fight inflammation and improve mood. Cayenne pepperstimulates circulation, promotes heart health and reduces appetite. A study conducted at Quebec’s Laval University showed that people who took cayenne pepper at breakfast consumed fewer calories for the rest of the day. Green tea extract offers antioxidants to prevent inflammation fight several different types of cancer and speed metabolism to help you burn fat cells. Other herbs in Zeal O2 include fo-ti, ginger, ginseng, goldenseal and white willow. Get skinny fast with Zeal O2!

WheatgrassLove Has Other Wheatgrass-Based Nutritional Supplements – REVV and Happy Girl!

REVV is a different kind of energy supplement. These chocolate mint wafers are made with wheatgrass for a 100% natural energy boost. REVV has all the wheatgrass nutrients offered in Zeal O2, plus periwinkle her for increased blood flow to the brain. For better energy, focus and endurance, try REVV.

HappyGirl Mood Enhancement Supplement offers extra energy and mood-boosting nutrients for women of all ages – and yes, men can use it, too. HappyGirl has B-complex vitamins to ramp up your metabolism and balance mood swings. It’s great for occasional mild to moderate depression, PMS and menopausal symptoms. HappyGirl features a proprietary blend with cayenne pepper, green tea extract, damiana and gotu kola, among other mood and energy-enhancing herbs. Read more and now.

All WheatgrassLove’s products come with a 100% money back guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied with the results, return the unused portion for a full refund. Always talk with your medical provider before using any dietary supplement.

Why Enzymes are Important for Weight Loss

Enzymes are important for weight loss and maintenance due to their starring role in digestion. The enzymes in food, and the ones produced naturally in your body, assist many chemical processes that keep you alive and healthy. Enzyme production stays steady throughout our 20s and 30s, but may be reduced by up to 25% by our 40s.

Enzymes do a lot more than help you lose weight. They balance mood, preventing anxiety and depression. Eating a healthy diet and taking a supplement with enzymes   will keep you regular, control your weight and combat depression at the same time.

What are Enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins produced by our cells and by all animals, plants and living organisms. There are specialized proteins to perform different functions. An enzyme can synthesize chemicals, rearrange molecules or add substances to compounds. An enzyme needs a specific substance to work on – if the substance isn’t available, the enzyme can’t do its job.  The digestive enzymes that are important for weight loss help break down the food we eat and keep our metabolism burning fat. The enzymes important for weight loss include lipase, protease and amylase.

What Do Enzymes Do?

Enzymes function as catalysts, and increase the rate at which a reaction occurs. All the chemical reactions in the human body need enzymes to accelerate their movement. An enzyme molecule works on chemical reactions without changing or being damaged, and could alter a countless number of substrates if given the time. Increasing the amount of enzyme molecules involved in a process decreases the reaction time.

Getting Enzymes from Food

All uncooked foods have enzyme activity, even red meat. When cooked or processed for canning, the enzymes are destroyed. This is one of the reasons raw foods are so much better for you than cooked foods – they still have the power of enzymes.

When you buy bananas from the store or farmer’s market, they contain the enzyme amylase. After a few days, amylase converts the starch in the banana to sugar, making it ripe and sweet to taste. The act of canning vegetables or fruits preserves the food, but destroys enzymes. (Always choose fresh produce over canned fruits and veggies to experience the nutritious power of enzymes). Your body produces fewer digestive enzymes when you eat lots of raw foods. The enzymes in food do the work, and enzymes are important for weight loss.

The enzymes in food can last in your stomach’s 4.5 to 5.5 pH for awhile and aid digestion. Your body recycles digestive enzymes until they wear down. When the enzymes can’t be used anymore, other enzymes break them up and the existing amino acids are used for other functions or excreted.

Enzymes are Important for Weight Loss Because They Keep You Regular

If your diet contains few raw foods and lots of processed or frozen foods, you may not receive the amount of enzymes, vitamins and minerals your body needs. Diets deficient in fiber, minerals and enzymes may cause you to become constipated. If you suffer from constipation on a regular basis for months or years, it will impair your digestive system. The enzymes in your digestive tract will be depleted, and you’ll feel bloated and heavy.

Regular constipation causes fecal matter to build up in your digestive tract. This causes you to weigh more – you may be carrying up to five pounds of fecal matter in your colon. Poor digestion does more than cause you temporary discomfort. It makes you overweight and may lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), fatigue, anemia, or dysbiosis (an imbalance in natural gut bacteria).

Enzymes are important for weight loss and for proper digestion. If your digestive system can’t break down food, you won’t absorb nutrients (causing fatigue or anemia) or detoxify your body. You’ll develop a sluggish metabolism and gain weight. When your digestion is poor, the food you consume won’t supply your body with sufficient energy or help build healthy muscles and tissues.

Enzymes are Important for Weight Loss, and Lipase Leads the Way

According to a 2012 article posted on Forbes.com, Danish scientists have discovered a way to  “switch on” the fat-burning enzyme Lipase, increasing its metabolism-boosting power to 45% of the time, up from 15%. This increased fat-burning from Lipase will help people who have a hard time losing weight from diet and exercise.

Scientists also determined that the “on, off switch” works for all enzymes, not just Lipase. There’s even a company in Denmark called Novozymes producing enzymes for commercial and industrial use!

Other Facts about Enzymes

While enzymes are important for weight loss and digestion, they are hard at work performing other biochemical processes in your body. Enzymes also have an effect on mood and anxiety, so it’s a good idea to eat raw food for enzymes or take a wheatgrass supplement for its high concentration of enzymes, amino acids and other nutrients,.

Carbohydrates, Sugars and How They Relate to Enzymes

Carbohydrates in foods provide energy. Carbohydrates are found most foods, including grains, sugars, fruits and vegetables. The carbohydrates found in grains are referred to as starch, and are present in rice, potatoes, bread and baked goods. Sugars, including simple and double sugars, are carbohydrates.  Classified as simple sugars, fruit sugar and fructose are found in fruit and some processed foods and beverages. Double sugars are found in milk sugar, malt sugar, lactose and sugar cane. Honey, maple sugar, granulated sugar and molasses are other chief sources of carbohydrates through sugar.

Carbohydrates are converted to glycogen and sometimes stored in the body for later use. When you eat too many baked goods, breads and sugars, the body turns carbohydrates into fats and stores them.

Enzymes are Important for Weight Loss- And They Control Mood Swings, Too!

Mood swings may be a sign of the body’s inability to digest certain foods. Some people may be unable to digest nitrates (found in hot dogs), brewer’s yeast, caffeine, sugar, aspartic acid (soy, egg whites, tuna, halibut, asparagus, etc.), glutamates (broccoli, mushrooms, peas, walnuts, cured meats) tyrosine (turkey, pork, beef) and citrus fruit. If you have digestion issues after consuming these foods, you should adjust your diet by eating more raw foods and drinking more water. Check with your doctor or nutritionist to rule out allergies or other serious health problems. You may need to stop eating certain foods (at least temporarily) until your digestion returns to normal.

Enzymes, Serotonin and Depression

It’s no surprise that enzymes can control your mood, since they control many other biochemical processes necessary for your survival.

Antidepressants replicate the chemical processes of enzymes in the body to control mood, ADHD and anxiety. Some individuals may not feel comfortable taking antidepressant medications, or have occasional mild mood swings not requiring prescription medication.

Prescription antidepressants are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  They work by affecting neurotransmitters and how they communicate with brain cells.  Antidepressants with SSRIs stop the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain. This changes the serotonin balance and enables brain cells to transmit messages, which leads to a better mood. Antidepressant medications have many side effects. There may be minor concerns like nausea, dizziness, insomnia, headaches, weight gain and vomiting, or dangerous side effects, including hostility, suicide, abnormal bleeding, tremors and rapid heart rate.

To avoid these side effects, people with milder forms of depression can benefit from natural home treatments including a change in diet, exercise, more sleep and nutritional supplements. Enzymes are important for weight loss, but they are equally important to maintain a good mood and clear mental function.

Enzymes are Important for Weight Loss and Overall Health

Here’s some information about amylase,( http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/functions-amylase-protease-lipase-digestive-enzymes-3325.html) protease, superoxide dismutase, a few of the other enzymes that work on biochemical functions in the body.

Superoxide Dismutase

This enzyme treats arthritis, burns and inflammatory bowl disease (IBS), protects skin against UV rays, helps heal wounds and burns and reduces the severity of facial wrinkles

Amylase

Enzymes which hydrolyze, or breakdown, sugars and starches are referred to as Amylase.  These enzymes help you digest carbohydrates and convert them into glucose for energy. People who can’t digest fats eat excessive amounts of carbohydrates and sugars. If  over consumption of sugars,  grains and baked goods goes on for too long, the individual may develop an amylase deficiency.

If you are lacking in amylase, you may lose the ability to digest white blood cells. If you don’t have enough amylase in your system, you may develop abscesses (pus without bacteria). Inflammatory reactions caused by histamines (a type of amino acid) or other substances require amylase enzymes to get worse. Asthma, emphysema and skin problems including insect bites, herpes and psoriasis need amylase to thrive, but may need other enzymes depending on the health problem.

Protease 

The enzyme group Protease breaks down or hydrolyzes proteins. Proteases may also be called systemic or proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes detoxify your system, increase circulation and strengthen immunity.

Humans must have a certain amount of proteins to maintain life and health. Proteins create amino acids are the basis of every cell in the body. Certain proteins act as the main element in hormones, enzymes and specialized cells.

Proteins are complex substances. They’re made of amino acids, compounds containing nitrogen. When proteins are digested, proteolytic enzymes, along with hydrochloric acid, break up the protein into amino acids. These amino acids are then absorbed into the wall of the intestines. If proteins are absorbed without being broken down, it may lead to many diseases. The proteolytic enzymes are essential for good digestion since they breakdown peptides in proteins so amino acids can nourish the body.

Take a Wheatgrass Supplement to Improve Digestion and Lose Weight

Change your diet if you want to lose weight. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, fatty fish, whole grains, seeds, nuts and beans. Replace soda, energy drinks and coffee with unsweetened tea, water, juice and low fat or soy milk. Exercise more-even taking a daily walk in the neighborhood will help you lose weight and get your digestion system working efficiently.

Enzymes are important for weight loss, and taking a wheatgrass supplement that includes digestive enzymes can improve digestive system function and help you shed pounds.

Wheatgrass supplement tablets offer all the nutritional value you need to keep your body healthy, plus metabolism-boosting benefits to burn fat. Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, is the primary nutrient in wheatgrass. Chlorophyll contains magnesium to improve digestive function. It speeds up the breakdown and processing of food through the gastrointestinal tract, keeping your regular and eliminating excess weight due to undigested food. It offers dozens of other health benefits, including:

  • Increasing your red blood cell count
  • Preventing anemia and boosting energy
  • Detoxifying your blood and flushing out poisons
  • Breaking down fats and proteins to improve your immune system
  • Breaking carbohydrates into glucose to give you energy
  • Stopping your system from reabsorbing more toxins

And wheatgrass is rich in Vitamins A,C, E, calcium, zinc, potassium, B-complex vitamins (important for energy and mood) and dozens of other vitamins and minerals.

Enzymes Are Important for Weight Loss – and You Can Find Them in the Zeal O2, Happy Girl and REVV from WheatgrassLove

Changing your diet helps get more enzymes for better digestion and weight loss. But you can speed up your digestive system and your metabolism even more by taking wheatgrass supplement tablets from Wheatgrass Love. We offer natural formulas containing high-grade wheatgrass and health-enhancing herbs including cayenne pepper, periwinkle, gingko biloba and ginger.

The wheatgrass in Zeal O2 Natural Weight Loss Supplement provides many enzymes not available in other foods for a total of over a hundred enzymes. These enzymes accelerate biochemical processes in the body, giving you more energy and improving sluggish digestion. The weight-curbing effects of wheatgrass, along with Citrus Auranthium (Bitter Orange) make Zeal O2 a safe and effective natural supplement. Ginger, cayenne pepper and other herbs in Zeal O2’s proprietary blend offer protection against inflammation, depression and colds. Enzymes are important for weight loss, and the wheatgrass in Zeal O2 has them. Read more about Zeal O2.

REVV Natural Energy Supplement gives you all the minerals, vitamins and enzymes in wheatgrass in a tasty chocolate wafer. You can take a REVV wafer whenever you need extra energy for work, school, sports or errands. This energy booster contains cocoa, caffeine, L-Taurine and periwinkle herb (for better blood flow to the brain) to give you as much energy (or more) than any energy drink. Read more about REVV.

Happy Girl Natural Mood Enhancing Supplement neutralizes mood swings and increases energy to help you feel more vibrant and alive. Happy Girl combines the benefits of wheatgrass with a blend of gingko biloba, cayenne pepper, white willow, fo-ti, green tea extract and other herbs to lift your mood and sharpen mental clarity. Happy Girl isn’t just for women- men and seniors can use it, too! It’s a great natural way to relieve mild or moderate, non-clinical depression. Read more about Happy Girl.

Call WheatgrassLove at 877-303-1717 to order! We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about our products. Consult your doctor before using any dietary supplement.

Supporting Your Digestive System

Your digestive system is always in delicate balance. If you get too much of something or not enough, it can affect your body in dozens of different ways, from heartburn to constipation. Sometimes the things you eat can cause big problems, and sometimes the things you DON’T eat enough can cause even BIGGER problems. Are you taking good care of your digestive tract?

digestive systemMany of us don’t put all that much thought into what goes into our mouths. This is a huge mistake. Proper digestion provides our body with essential nutrients and directly impacts our organs. You may think the digestive system is only comprised of our stomach and intestines, but that’s not true, either. Our liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, and more all play a vital role in keeping our body in tune and breaking down everything we consume. If we don’t treat them well, they can’t do their job to keep us healthy.

What do all those parts do, anyway? Digestion actually starts in our mouths, where saliva begins to break down our food. Once it gets to the stomach, acid breaks it down further for processing. Extra stored bile from our gallbladder helps to process fats, and our liver begins to work to filter toxins and other unusable elements. Our pancreas manages the sugars, keeping our blood sugar regulated. Once the food reaches the small intestine, our body is absorbing essential nutrients that keep us healthy and active. The kidneys and large intestine filter out everything we’re not going to use and, well, we know what happens next. It’s the end of the line!

This system is balanced by beneficial bacteria. These days, so much of our food is processed and pasteurized that we’re not always getting those helpful bugs back into our system. When you hear the term “probiotic,” you’re hearing about foods that reintroduce those good bacteria back into your gut to aid with digestion. You can find them in fermented foods, like pickles and certain yogurts. Make sure you get enough!

Another thing that aids significantly with digestion is water. Water is essential to keep us hydrated and make sure our system keeps moving. It also helps flush out the excess gunk that can build up in our system, although it can’t do it alone. Make sure you drink lots of water to keep everything working as it should be.

What else can you do to balance you digestive system? Try wheatgrass! Wheatgrass is an excellent aid for the liver because it latches onto toxins and helps them pass out of the system. It also oxygenates the blood to help us feel more energized, amplifying beneficial foods and replacing those junk-y foods and sugary energy shots that don’t give our body anything useful beyond a temporary rush.

If you take care of your digestion, it will take care of you. For detoxification and boosted energy, we recommend adding REVV to your diet! If you’re interested in managing your appetite and trimming down, try ZEAL O2. For mood management, menstrual health, and natural cleansing, we suggest Happy Girl.