Continuing on with the Top Ten Tools for weight loss with Cheryl Sindell, Global, M.A., from the San Francisco Bay Area. Cheryl has already shared her first three tools to use when life gives you lemons or too many fat cells:
- Give up Your excuses about why you’re overweight.
- Distinguish between Head Hunger and Stomach Hunger.
- Eat only when the sun is out.
Now for the next top items that have worked for thousand’s of Cheryl’s clients worldwide.
I asked Cheryl about the popular raw food diet. “It’s just another one-size-fits-all fad,” she explained “and not necessarily a healthy or satisfying one for most. In fact, at least 2/3 of the population would get sick from following it!”
4. Eat warm, wet cooked foods such as soups and stews.
Overweight people usually have the hardest time losing weight because they are legitimately hungry most of the time. Trendy diets simpy aren’t designed to their individual tastes and needs. Fad dieters often feel empty and tend to overeat as a result.
Cheryl’s Solution: give yourself permission to enjoy well-seasoned warm, wet comforting foods designed to your specific tastes and needs that are filling, enjoyable and satisfying. Good examples are: soups, stews and Kitchari (more about Kitchari in our next article). Eat what your body needs and you’ll no longer be interested in munching on foods that aren’t comforting or nutritious.
5. Avoid processed foods including breads, pasta and pastries.
Processed foods leave us feeling empty and sluggish because they don’t contain the nourishment our bodies crave. Most people tend to overeat processed foods in an attempt to get enough nutrients, yet end up under nourished, over fed and overweight.
Cheryl’s Solution: Eat quality food simply because you want to be healthy and satisfied. With that intention, you’ll be surprised at how little food your body needs to feel nourished. What’s more, your excess weight will practically fall away.
6. Chew each bite until smooth and creamy.
It is impossible to lose weight and keep it off without good digestion. And since good digestion begins in the mouth, we tend to gain weight if we don’t taste and chew our food really well. Most people gulp down their food. However, it’s simply because they’re in a hurry to get to the next bite, instead of enjoying what’s in their mouth.
Cheryl’s Solution: Think of your tongue as the gatekeeper to your digestive tract. Your tongue is there to churn the food and keep each bite in your mouth until it is thoroughly pulverized and enjoyed. So, stop doing other things when you eat and savor each bite. In this way, your stomach is given the time it needs to send the signal to you that it’s comfortably full.
Stay tuned for more… Cheryl promises next time to share more of her Top Ten weight-loss tips, plus information on her favorite “comfort” dish Kitchari. It has assisted thousands of her clients to lose weight and keep it off.