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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Reduce Belly Fat With Greens

Reduce Belly Fat with Dark Leafy Greens. 

Here's why.

 According to an article by Therese Patterson, from Edible Nature Organic Foods, "The body retains fats as a way to protect the vital organs in the body from the toxins that we ingest (and create through stress). Body fat accumulation, especially around the mid section, is a visible sign of toxic build up and a good indication that the liver is not functioning as efficiently as it should.

If toxins build up faster than they can be eliminated, in an attempt to protect your organs, your body will actually make body fat for the specific purpose of storing toxins as far away from vital organs as possible. This fat is particularly stubborn fat that is very difficult to lose unless you decrease the toxic load and you do something to help your body detoxify.

So when we detoxify and cleanse the body of toxins, we give the body a chance to repair and strengthen itself - and when the toxins disappear, guess what happens to the protective layer of fat...yes, that disappears too!"

Based on what research is telling us, it makes sense to include more greens in your diet. Greens are powerful detoxifiers that encourage the body to eliminate fat. As long as you have toxins, you will probably have excess fat, especially around the belly. Toxins can come from a variety of sources including foods that we eat or drink, environmental exposure, dental treatments or medical treatments, and stress. Eating plentiful helpings of fresh dark green vegetables can help rid your body of unwanted toxins and in turn unwanted fat.

Greens = Energy

Dark green foods, like arugula, cilantro, kale, collard greens, broccoli, broccoli raab, dandelion greens, mustard greens, spring mix, etc. are all powerful detoxifiers. Include a plentiful helping of dark leafy raw greens in your diet at least twice a day. Also, Chlorophyll, the green pigment found in green plants, absorbs energy from the sun during the process of photosynthesis. This energy becomes available to us when we eat dark greens.

                 Recipe for cashew and arugula salad 

eat these raw for greatest benefit !

Reasons why  dark leafy greens help with weight loss.

High in Fiber: Dark leafy greens are an excellent source of fiber which is needed to maintain proper elimination to maintain weight loss

Energizing Nutrients: Dark leafy greens are loaded with health giving nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin A & vitamin C which are needed to help carry oxygen to the brain so you can feel energized. When we feel energized, we are less likely to be looking to stimulants like chocolate or fattening carbohydrates to give us energy.

Low in Calories and Carbohydrates: Greens are very low in calories and carbohydrates which makes them a perfect food for weight loss while supplying essential health giving nutrients.

Antioxidants and Flavonoids: This is a bonus; Dark Greens also provide antioxidants and flavonoids which help fight free radicals in the body. What do free radicals do? Free radicals can cause cellular damage in the body. Cellular damage can open the door to premature aging and a variety of diseases, including cancer. Antioxidants and flavonoids are nature's way to fight free radicals in your body. Generous helpings or dark leafy greens provide you with a generous supply of nature's antioxidants. Choose organic greens to avoid pesticides and chemicals.

Detoxifies the Blood Stream: Dark leafy greens contain the pigment chlorophyll, which gives greens their dark green color. This pigment absorbs energy from the sun during photosynthesis and is a wonderful cleanser to help detoxify toxins out of our system. Because the body holds onto excess fat in an effort to defend itself against toxins, it makes sense that the more dark leafy greens you consume to eliminate toxins, the less fat your body will need to accumulate for protection.

Boosts the Immune System: Dark leafy greens provide potent antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals.

Amino acids: Another component weight loss is building muscle. The amino acids in greens are the very building blocks needed for the body to make protein, which of course is needed to build strong muscle.

Aids Digestion: Greens also stimulate enzyme production which is needed for proper digestion of foods. If you digest your foods properly, this may help eliminate bloat, puffiness and even allergies related to improper digestion of foods. When you are bloated, puffy and have allergies, you tend to hold onto water weight.

Dark leafy green like kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, parsley, cilantro, arugula, watercress, dandelion greens etc. are wonderful internal cleansers, provide protective antioxidants, nutrient dense vitamins and minerals and can even help you lose weight. Nature's dark leafy greens can help you cleanse your body of the toxins you have been storing and accumulating from heavy foods . When it comes to greens, I always look for organic. Most supermarkets now carry a good selection of organic greens If you have difficulty finding them at your local supermarket, Whole Foods carries a full selection.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational reasons only. I am not a medical doctor and am not trying to diagnose or treat disease. Always check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

Fresh and uncooked is the best way to get the full benefit of dark greens. Or cook them lightly just until wilted and serve. Include more beneficial greens into your diet.

               Click Here for recipe : Kale and Blueberry Salad with orange dressing - my favorite

6 Ways to Eat More Greens:

Green Smoothie: This is one way to take advantage of the full benefits that greens have to offer. Make a green smoothie for breakfast or a snack any time of the day. Green smoothies are basically fruit smoothies with greens added to them. Since greens are digestible with just about any other food including fruits, this is a perfect energizing, nutrient giving, detoxifying drink.

Recipe:  2 bananas, 4 soaked dates, 4 ice cubes, 6-8 oz water and 2 stalks of raw collard greens or kale in blender. Mix and drink.

Green Juice: This requires a professional juicer like Mr. Juicer .

Recipe: Juice 2 whole carrots, 1 peeled cucumber, quartered, 2 large leaves  of kale, and 2 large leaves of dark green romaine lettuce. Add 1/4 cup of water before drinking. Incredible for you!

Salads : Use a mix of all kinds of organic dark green leafy greens and add chopped cilantro, parsley, arugala, dill, watercress etc. Add dressing of lemon juice & olive Oil or flax seed oil. Great detoxifier and cleanser.

Kale Salad: Mix 1 bunch of organic kale torn into pieces and 1/2 red onion, chopped fine. Add 1/3 cup lemon juice , 3 Tbsp olive oil, and sea salt. Toss and eat. Great way to eat raw greens. Chew well.

Broccoli Raab and Garlic :

Recipe: 2 pounds of broccoli raab, 2 cloves garlic, chopped, olive oil spray and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Spray pan with olive oil and add olive oil. Saute garlic slightly, add washed and trimmed broccoli raab and toss until well wilted, but still green. Tastes incredible.

Cilantro: Fresh cilantro helps remove heavy metals from your body. Add it to all your salads and green juice Try it in omelets and add to other vegetables.

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  1. Great tips. Have you ever made Kale Chips? They are crisp, yummy and melt in your mouth!

  2. I'm on a real green vegetable kick right now with a workout program I've started. I've heard a lot about smoothies and can't wait to try one of yours...Great post.


  3. Love your site and this post! You ate one of those people I lOve to visit my blog so I can fInd yours! I am nit gluten free but try to do eat ad healthy as possible. I recently started doing all gluten free baking for my son and I lOve it. Great blog of information and recipes! I am definitely following you back!

  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am a huge fan of dark leafy greens so enjoyed reading this post, and am not off to look at your great recipes :)

  5. I'm sipping on a green smoothie right now...but I need to work more greens into my day. Thanks for all the info and tips!

  6. Very informative -- I knew I loved cilantro... more excuses to convince hubby to eat good food. Thanks for dropping by Friday Potluck; I've added your link to the linky. :D

  7. Hi Judee,
    What a great post, certainly information that I needed to hear. Thank goodness I eat a lot of greens and just love them. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  8. Chard--don't forget chard! It's available almost year-round here in Texas because not only is it a hardy winter green, but it also withstands our heat well into summer, unlike the green it most resembles, spinach. Sooooo good sauteed (chop the stems, slice the rest of the leaves) with a bit of hot Italian sausage (from local, pastured pork of course!), or if you don't have a strongly-seasoned meat, add some onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Yummy!

  9. Hi Judee! Love your blog...I just added GFC to my main blog so I'm inviting you to come visit and join. Thanks!

  10. Hi! Found you through a blog hop and now following. I hope you can follow back also; I'd appreciate it so much ;-) Have a lovely day!

  11. Interesting. I do love greens!

  12. Thanks for blog hopping! I appreciate your visit. Love greens...salads, smoothies, kale, chard...and have just started juicing them. So great for you!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this very interesting post - and some very good advice - with Let's Do Brunch!

  14. you can also try roasting vegetables!it's a great way to intensify the flavour and caramelise the natural sugars in vegetables!


  15. good one!!! many of the people have belly fat issue.. Hope this article will help them

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