Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

10 Foods You Should Be Eating

I was watching one of those Housewives shows a while back and one of the women on the show was talking about how she stays in such great shape after having 3 kids. She made the comment that having a good body was “30% what you do and 70% what you put in your mouth.”

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I have to agree with her. I started running last April and from then until July 1, I did not lose a single pound, even though I was running every day. It wasn’t until I started Weight Watchers and writing down everything I ate, that I started to actually lose the pounds that have been sneaking up on my over the last 16 years.

So, unless you’re an Olympic marathoner, you cannot eat whatever you want and have a healthy, lean physique. We should all be eating a well balanced diet made up of unprocessed foods such as lean protein, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats.

However, that’s not all you can do! Certain foods can actually boost your metabolism just by eating!

From FitDay:

1. Cayenne Pepper – As well as other peppers like jalapenos and habaneros, cayenne peppers produce body heat and increase the heart rate, increasing lipid oxidation resulting in the burning of fat for energy. Studies have shown that these peppers can also decrease appetite and slows the growth of fat cells.

2. Cinnamon – Adding this spice to your coffee, tea, or snacks adds flavor and has been found to lower blood sugar levels.

3. Ginger – Best in its raw form, ginger is known to increase metabolic function, suppress the appetite, and improve digestion by relieving an upset stomach.

4. Citrus Fruits – Lemons, limes, and citrus fruits add fiber, flavor, and vitamin C to your diet without extra calories. You’ll feel fuller longer and your blood sugar will be better regulated throughout the day.

5. Berries and Apples – Packed with pectin, quercetin, vitamin C, and malic acid, these fruits regulate energy levels. Because they are water based and high in fiber they also help satisfy your appetite.

6. Wild Salmon – Fresh wild salmon–not farmed raised–contain essential fatty acids, a key nutrient for overall health.

7. Garlic – Adding a few cloves of garlic to your meal has been linked to lower blood sugar levels.

8. Green Tea – EGCG, a chemical in green tea revs, up the heart, metabolism, and fat-burning abilities. Catechins, the powerful antioxidants found in green tea, are known to increase metabolism.

9. Raw Almonds – Snacking on a handful of raw almonds will help build muscle and keep you full with loads of protein, fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium.

10. Eggs – Full of vitamin B12, protein, and amino acids, eggs help build muscle and burn fat.

Now, I’m not much on the eating too many eggs because of that report a read a few weeks ago, but the other suggestions are certainly worth taking a look at!

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