Is there a correlation between spicy food and metabolism?

There are currently 1.6 billion overweight adults in the world, according to the World Health Organization. That number is expected to grow by at least 40% over the next decade. Where does the United States Rank? When looking at body mass index (BMI), 30 and over is considered obese. The USA comes in at a whopping number 9 out of 200 countries ranked, meaning we are the 9th fattest country in the world only coming in behind Nauru, Micronesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Palau and Kuwait.

 

Looking down the list (which can be found on Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/worlds-fattest-countries-forbeslife-cx_ls_0208worldfat_2.html ) the countries that seem to have the least issues with weight are also those who eat the most spices in their daily foods… Is this the key? While it is in no way the entire solution to our epidemic, it certainly can help!

Spices can speed up your metabolism by up to 50% and keep that boost effective for up to 3 hours. So just by adding low calorie spices to your diet you can burn of extra calories with no additional work! It has also been found that eating this way increases satiety and decrease appetite so you feel the need to eat less.

 

Creating a more adventurous and varied diet also allows you to obtain nutrients and vitamins you might not be taking in on a daily basis in your normal dietary habits. To break out of the standard American food rut, try Thai, Indian, Certain Mexican dishes (we are referring to real Mexican food, not Taco Bell) and experiment at home with different spices in your cooking repertoire.

 

Among the best spices for revving up your metabolism are curries (red, green and yellow), Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric and spicy mustard.

 

Cayenne Pepper – has thermogenic properties (increases your calorie burn by heating up the body) *also supports healthy circulation and heart health.

 

Cinnamon – Helps to lower LDL cholesterol, which clogs arteries. Lowering blood glucose affects the fat stores in the body.

 

Curries – Boosts your metabolism by heating up the body (thermogenisis)
Mustard – Mustard contains several minerals as well as omega 3 fatty acids as well as having amazing metabolism boosting properties – stick to the hot varieties!
These spices are also very good for your overall health and well-being.

If you are a fan of mild food and just cannot tolerate super spicy dishes, you can also take some of these in capsule form as a supplement.

 

Variety is the spice of life….. live it up!

 

http://www.3fatchicks.com/how-spices-increase-metabolism/

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/spicy-food-boost-metabolism/story?id=14290620#.T338k79WoTw

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/calorie-burning-spices (ADD video)

 

Calories are not the enemy

Calories are not the enemy. This may be a statement that makes many people uncomfortable. We have been inundated by the media from every angle for the past couple of decades to believe otherwise.

Processed food packages are marked “diet” “low calorie” “low fat” and marked with names like “weight watchers” “lean cuisine” enticing consumers with the false implied promise of becoming thin “if” you eat their products.

The truth is we need calories. They are one of the very reasons we eat in the first place.

What is a calorie?

A Calorie is a unit of energy. Your body runs on them. No calories = no energy = tired you!

It has been spouted by many weight loss gurus that “a calorie is a calorie” and that the math is all that counts… More calories burnt than taken in equals weight loss.

 Again, this is not the full story.

A calorie is not a calorie. They are not all created equal. The old saying “Garbage in / Garbage out” also applies.

 Why are people so fat?

The diet industry would have us believe it is because you have no will power. Because you have no will power you need things outside of yourself to help you – diet pills, shakes, appetite suppressants, this fad diet, that fad diet… Listen to me here – it is all crap.

So what is the truth?
The truth is we are being malnourished.

Yes I see you looking sideways at me, thinking “how can malnourishment be the problem when the problem is excess weight and eating too much?”

The problem starts with the soil. It no longer contains the trace minerals that used to be absorbed into our fruits, vegetables and grains. Now add to that the majority of what people eat are now GMO (genetically modified) which means they have been scientifically altered. The reason they have been altered is so that they will produce more crops faster and more resistant to bugs. Growing faster means less actual maturation and they yield less nutrition. Add to that they also cellularly produce their own pesticide internally, which we consume as well and you are eating poisonous non-nutritious vegetables and fruits and grains that can actually cause disease and severe allergic reaction in many people.

Compounding this problem is our meat supply – if you still eat meat, our livestock is being mistreated, miss fed, cooped up in hazardous conditions, and treated with high levels of antibiotics in many cases. These are not healthy animals and they do not produce healthy meats.

People are not cooking for themselves at home as in decades past. Fast food, restaurants, boxed and packaged items are the norm. Processing, preservatives, canning, all of it leeches the nutrition out of our foods leaving us eating essentially dead food. We are what we eat… and we are fast becoming a nation of living dead humans.

When we eat nutritionally deficient foods our bodies give us the cue to eat more because what we just ate frankly did not make the cut.

That is where over eating comes into play. You aren’t weak. You are legitimately hungry for real food and nutrition and your body is screaming for you to help it. The problem is that most don’t recognize the problem and keep on with more servings of yet more nutritionally deficient foods. This leads to weight gain.

When you eat actual organic non-gmo fresh foods you are getting not just calories. You are getting vitamins, nutrients and actual sustenance. When your body receives this? You stop being hungry as it has found what it was searching for.

When you eat good live nutritious foods from the earth that have not been messed with by science or processing you find that you really don’t need to count calories. Your body will naturally work with you and stop eating when you are full and have had enough.

 

Recommendations:

-Drink as close to a gallon of non fluoridated water daily

-Add in ½ teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt (this restores the 72 trace minerals missing from the soil that you need to live and be healthy) *pink salt will not raise your blood pressure, and in fact may lower it.

-Stop with the table salt entirely. Just throw it out.

-Eat organic, local, non gmo veggies, fruits and grains sparingly as much as possible.

-Limit meats, and do free range grass fed when possible.

-Eggs, same thing – organic free range, cage free

-Drink water with fresh squeezed lemon or lime upon waking daily

-Eat when you are hungry. Follow your body’s cues… small meals/healthy snacks 3-4-5 times a day is great.

-And of course get out there and move. Be active.

 

Enjoy your food. Food and calories are not the enemy.. They are here for us to take pleasure in. “Everything I eat turns to health and beauty!”

If you aren’t sure where to start I suggest The Earth Diet. www.theearthdiet.org