Top 5 Foods To Nourish And Slim - By Laura Bond
Overweight people now outnumber undernourished people in the world. There are about 1.5 billion overweight adults (500 million of them are obese) compared with 800 million who do not have enough to eat, according to the World Health Organization.
So there are those who are starving to death, and those who are feeding themselves to death – while starving themselves nutritionally.
Obesity not only comes with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes but also cancer
and cardiovascular disease. In addition, belly fat is associated with a greater risk for stroke and every additional two inches around the waist in men increases the risk for deep-vain thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lungs) by 18%.
The degree to which your weight affects your longevity is brilliantly captured in Lionel Shriver’s new novel Big Brother.
There is a poignant line delivered by the family doctor to Edison Appaloosa, who weighs an astounding 386 pounds: ‘ Mr Appaloosa,’ he says gravely. ‘I don’t have any old, fat patients.’
Notwithstanding the fleshy nonnas and well-padded babushkas of this world, it’s true that in our grandma’s time
obesity, as we know it, didn’t exist: there were those who were naturally plump and those who enjoyed more than the occasion Eccles cake, but the food they ate - largely free from chemicals and mostly homemade - didn’t tip their generation into the proportions we now define as obese.
While our knowledge about nutrition has expanded exponentially, so have our waistlines. So, when it comes to weight loss, are there thing we can learn from our ancestors? I believe so. In fact the forgotten food wisdom might well be summarized in three simple ‘F’s’:
*Fat is not the enemy. Good quality fats – think avocadoes, coconut oil, wild and organic animal protein – are full of vital nutrients and play an important role in digestion and metabolism
*Fermented foods (part of traditional diets for millennia) can help balance your internal flora and stave off cravings
*Fibre, especially insoluble fibre found in most vegetables, keeps your appetite at bay
With this in mind I have listed my top five suggestions for weight loss that don’t require denial and will supercharge any diet.
Top 5 foods for nourishing the body and staying slim:
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Try to find an unpasteurized version; you’ll see a cloudy mass of good bacteria, known as ‘the mother’ floating in the bottle. A teaspoon diluted in water before meals can help control insulin and glucose spikes.
High in lauric acid – a beneficial fat - coconut oil slows down the digestion of food, increasing the sense of satiety after a meal. It also slows the rate carbohydrates are broken down into blood glucose.
Women who include nuts in their diet tend to weigh less than those who avoid them. That’s the message from Dr Ying Bao, MD, ScD from the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bao and his team tracked women from 1980 to 2010. The study also found that the nut-eating women had a decreased risk of pancreatic cancer.
It aids weight-loss by balancing your internal eco-system. A spoonful of pickled cabbage is also packed with vitamin C.
Crunching your way through a bowl of carrot, celery and kohlrabi at the start of meals helps you to feel full as early as possible. Growing up, my mother used to have a bowl of veggies prepped for us kids as soon as we got home from school – we’d then ‘veg out’ in front of the TV, polishing the bowl off with little protest.
Laura Bond is one of our Honestly Healthy Heroes the author of Mum’s Not Having Chemo and a qualified health coach www.laura-bond.com