December 2007 Newsletter
December 1, 2007 By Billy
Tis’ the season to keep the extra pounds off, yes?
Here is a simple tip that will help!
Add super-nutrient dense foods to your holiday diet. Some of you may remember from my previous classes, that this is a key to every facet of your health – strong immune system, feeling good, reduced stress, improved sleep, and yes, keeping extra pounds off, too. Foods that qualify to be in this category are primarily raw organic vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens and superfoods like goji berries, spirulina, maca root, and raw chocolate.
However because of the extra baked foods and dining out this time of year, the more nutritious foods tend to have a narrower margin in the diet. So essentially there is a compromise in the overall nutrient density of your diet; and because your body is not getting the nutrients needed in order to feel satisfied, we tend to consume more calories/bigger quantities, thus the waistline reflecting the same.
Now let’s pause just a moment. We’re not interested in forgoing proper indulgence in our holiday treats, that have long been an essential part of the holiday season! That would qualify as a compromise in joy rather than a compliment to health, yes?! What we are trying to achieve here is better health on all levels. So I say celebrate heartily; but keeping nutrient rich foods somewhere in your diet, will help balance your intake of holiday foods at the other end of the nutrient spectrum.
So the “how to” is simple. Sneak in nutritious foods whenever possible. There is no better way to set the tone for a day’s balanced diet than to have a nutritious breakfast like a fruit smoothie containing the previously mentioned superfoods that are contained in my green-power-foods formula. Have a salad of dark leafy greens with lunch and dinner and receive loads of basic nutrients thus satisfying your diet with fewer calories. Also Raw Chocolate taken as an afternoon snack will be helpful because of the high content in MAO enzyme inhibitors that have an effect of natural appetite reduction.
Even with a few additions of nutritious foods as simple as these, you will notice that you crave and eat less. And the bliss of this principle is that you are starting with being satisfied from getting the nutrients your body is really starving for; thus being free from the challenge of restraining yourself from having that second piece of pumpkin pie and potentially giving in to a landslide of sugar consumption. Alas you will know the freedom of being able to indulge rationally! To that I say pass the cake and ice cream!
Peppermint Chocolate Smoothie – the ultimate holiday pick-me-up!
Water and meat from inside one Thai coconut (or 2 peeled bananas)
1 round teaspoon Cacao Powder
1 teaspoon Billy’s Greens
1 tablespoon dark agave nectar
10 drops peppermint extract (or sprinkle of cayenne pepper)
A super-yum, nutritious, stress-melting, health transforming drink!
Holiday Power Nuggets – the ultimate treat!
Mix dry ingredients:
1 cup raw chocolate nibs
1 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons Billy’s Greens
2 heaping tablespoon coconut oil, slightly melted for easy mixing.
4 tablespoons dark agave nectar
1 dropper full peppermint extract
Put in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set partially. Remove mix and shape into balls 1″ in diameter with fingers coated in coconut oil (to prevent sticking to fingers). Roll ball around in bowl of hemp seeds and place back in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set. This nugget is the ultimate treat, and it’s totally health forming, too.
Tangy Ginger Dressing
Blend in blender:
1 ripe tomato
5 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1 piece of fresh ginger (2″ long)
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
…tastes amazing over greens, steamed veggies or as a dip!