In order to truly lose weight and maintain your ideal weight, our first tip is:
Jump off the bandwagon of mainstream eating and dieting messages
and begin learning the language and habits of clean eating!
The first step into this perhaps unfamiliar world is acceptance … acceptance that this is a process, much like learning a new language. When we’re young and learning to communicate with our family, the process is a gradual absorption of new ideas and words that sink in through repetition and reinforcement. Learning to nourish yourself properly in order to reach your ideal weight and body image is a similar, gradual process … a process of absorbing food and health related information that we didn’t necessarily get growing up, and definitely don’t get from the mainstream media today.
The information most of us need to learn
when it comes to diet is, literally, the basics –
the best foods to eat and why … period.
Not how much, not how fattening, not what’s “good or bad” – just “the best foods to eat and why.”
So, to get you started, the first word we suggest you focus on this week is WATER; and our first “FBY challenge” is to ….
DRINK MORE WATER!
Water is by far one of the best weight loss, and HEALTH, tools around … and it’s free! Do your body a favor and begin every day with a tall glass of water or fresh lemon water (add up to 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to 8 oz of water) to flush out toxins and rejuvenate your cells. Set a goal to increase your water intake each day (if possible, up to half your body weight in ounces daily), front-loading your intake so you don’t have too many trips to the bathroom at night!
With more water flowing in your system, thereby avoiding the low-level dehydration many of us unknowingly live with, you’ll feel fuller, have fewer cravings, and be more alert throughout the day!
Additional suggestion: If you don’t enjoy the taste of tap water, get yourself a filtered pitcher or a filtered water bottle and add a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber, orange or whatever you fancy to give it a little flavor pinch.
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2 leeks, thoroughly washed and finely chopped
- 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 – 2 bay leaves
- Coarse sea salt
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- A 14-ounce can Cannellini beans
- 1 bunch of Swiss chard, leaves roughly chopped and stems discarded
- Freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the leeks, onion, garlic and bay leaf along with a heavy pinch of salt and cook, stirring now and then, until softened but not browned, 10 minutes.
Add the vegetable stock and the beans to the pot and turn up the heat. Once the soup comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until everything has completely softened and the soup is wonderfully fragrant, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
Carefully puree 2 cups of the soup in a powerful blender and return it to the pot. Add the Swiss chard leaves and cook over medium-high heat just until they’ve wilted, about 3 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
Note: If you don't have leeks, just use two onions instead and any white beans would be great!
Recipe from: It's All Good, Gwyneth Paltrow