i just received my advanced copy of Beth Aldrich’s new book, REAL MOMS LOVE TO EAT and I’m already hooked. Any nutrition expert that requires me to eat Dark Chocolate every day in an effort to lose weight has my immediate attention and devotion.
Like Beth, I too love food. And I don’t do well with having to give up food that I love and replace it with cardboard tasting alternatives. To me, loosing weight is just not worth dreading mealtimes.
The entire first chapter is pretty much dedicated to the concept of having a love affair with food and enjoying every aspect of food – from the sound of a sizzling cheeseburger to the smell of a ripe melon. We are
encouraged required to eat only what we desire.
So, I am giving you an assignment – actually this is Beth’s directive in chapter 1. What kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t pass along the first assignment in her book to help us all drop some pounds?
This Week, Do Five Things:
1. Start each day with a green smoothie.
The magic of the smoothie is its ability to hide nourishing ingredients that you might not normally eat . . . and it can still taste like fruit or chocolate! The green in a smoothie comes from healthy raw greens, whether you buy them in powder form or throw a handful of fresh greens into the blender. You can gradually increase the amount of greens until your body and taste buds adjust.
2. Eat one ounce of dark chocolate every day. It’s an assignment!
In case this one requires more convincing – The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation. The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may raise good cholesterol. Women who eat chocolate live a year longer, on average, than those who don’t. Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites (maybe we should all just move to Mexico). Recent studies all over the news say that a small amount of dark chocolate every day may actually reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
3. Drink four glasses of fresh, pure water every day.
Water keeps all our systems running, and it is also a key to clear thinking, great skin, and de-bloating.
4. For dinner every night, make sure your meal contains two naturally green things, one naturally red thing, and one naturally yellow thing. (No, a bag of Skittles doesn’t count.)
If you add a salad to your meal every day, you can check this off your to-do list easily. Beth recommends that you top your salad with tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, red onions, green beans, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, green onions, or maybe even a tablespoon of corn.
5. Each day, eat one portion of something you really, really desire, no matter what it is.
I’m pretty sure I’ll skip #1 but the others I can at least try to accomplish.