Weightloss Wednesday- Cooking & Chewing

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Here are a couple of tips that will not only help you lose weight, but keep it off!

1) Learn how to cook. Homemade versions of your favorite foods will always be more healthy than the store-bought version because you can control what goes into it.  You get to control the amount of salt, the portion size, and the quality of ingredients that goes into each meal.  Most of us would NEVER use the amount of salt, and serve our family members those huge portions like they do at restaurants!  So if you want to lose weight, cook more and eat out less.

A few years ago I didn’t even know how to scramble eggs.  I had no cooking knowledge whatsoever.  But someone suggested to me that I start watching the Food Network on my down time.  I fell in love with Giada De Laurentiis, Ina Garten, and Anne Burell, among many others. Though you wouldn’t want to make some of their recipes for yourself if you’re trying to lose weight, they do definitely teach you the basics of cooking that you need to know, like how to roast vegetables, cook brown rice, and cook chicken properly!

2) Chew your food more.  The biggest thing with chewing your food more is that you’ll be more satisfied at the end of the meal if you’ve taken the time to chew and enjoy your food.  And then you’re a lot less likely to need to snack in between meals.  Thus, you’re eating less food.  But chewing also releases enzymes in our saliva that help breakdown food.  Chewing makes digestion easier on our stomach and intestines, therefore we’re able to absorb more nutrients from the food.


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