Two easy strategies to tame a “fake hunger” attack

July 9, 2015

If you are a healthy adult with extra fat to melt, can you really be “hungry” two hours after a meal?  Or is it that you are used to eating out of habit, boredom or to deal with emotional distress?   To melt extra fat you must give your body a chance to use its own fat for fuel.  Allow at least 4 hours for the body to properly digest meals before you shove more food into it.  Watch out for this “hunger” sensation.  Unless you are sick, light headed or have a medical need you are probably not really “hungry”.   What to do when “fake hunger” attacks?   One simple strategy is to sit with the sensation for a few minutes and ask yourself:  “what do I really need right now?”  I bet 90% of the time it’s your emotional being asking for attention.  Have some H2O and listen to your body before you rush to put something in your mouth that you will regret later.   New research findings suggest that this “fake hunger” can be a result of mental imagery.  When you think you are hungry (even though it is not possible because you had a complete meal two hours ago) you start imagining foods, vividly imagining foods.  The more vivid the image the stronger the signal to eat or the craving.   The good news?  The opposite is also true.  Another strategy to tame the fake hunger attack is to create alternative images to curb the desire to eat.  For example try pic

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June 18, 2015

  Many dietary principles demonize and fear fats but the truth is that you don’t need to.   We have been fed the lie that the best way to control our weight and specifically body fat is by going low fat. This is based on the fact that the caloric content of fat is higher than protein or carbohydrates. It makes sense if you isolate calories from the environment, genetics, hormonal changes, etc. but it is wrong in real life.   This approach was the driver for diets such as weight watchers. And yes, if you follow the Weight Watchers approach you will lose weight but not necessarily body fat. For example, if you are apple shaped and flabby you will be a smaller flabby apple on this type of diet. The right type of fat in the right amount will help make your fat loss more successful.   Healthy fats fight body fat just like fire fights fire. Read along and learn 4 simple strategies that will teach you how to burn fat with fat.   How you might ask?  

  1. Consuming the right fats improves your body’s ability to use fat for energy

  From a biological level, low fat diets don’t make sense because they don’t prepare your body to be effective at burning fat. Low fat diets will elevate your body’s carbohydrate’s burning enzymes hindering fat loss. In other words you will lose water an

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May 11, 2015

I hope you are getting the hang of this; I am building a detox library for you, one detox secret at a time. So, we discussed warm lemon water and infused cucumber water in my previous two posts.   Once your hydration needs are met, it is time to take our attention to food—real, whole food, preferably raw.   Did you know that most people are not eating enough of this next amazing nutrient? The THIRD detox secret is FAT, healthy fat!   A daily moderate amount of healthy fat is essential for good health. Good fats that are mono- and polyunsaturated as well as omega 3s assist the body in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, help fight and even prevent disease, guard us against obesity, and are anti-inflammatory.   Let’s get personal with my favorite ones:   Avocados: The combination of antioxidants and fiber in this versatile fruit will assist the body in detoxification. Amazingly, one ounce (about 1/5 of a medium avocado) contains 8% of your necessary daily fiber paired with essential nutrients, essential vitamins, potassium, and magnesium. (Taken from The Good Life Magazine)   Nuts (No peanuts please!): Nuts are a staple in a healthy diet. These natural wonders pack heart friendly omega 3s, colon-cleansing fiber, and skin enhancing vitamin E.   You can have almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. as lon

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May 7, 2015

Did you know that there are TWO things you can do to assist your body’s natural detoxification process? And they each take less than one minute per day!   The first one is “lemon water” first thing in the morning as explained in the blog post titled, “ONE Detox Secret.”   The SECOND? Infuse your water!   Infusing your water with flavor will not only help you consume more, which will assist in the detoxification process, but using cucumbers specifically can bear very nice additional benefits.   Water infused with cucumber hydrates your body, and it can make you feel and look better. And it takes less than one minute to make!   Here’s why:  

  • It’s hydrating. And when we are hydrated, our body functions better, and the natural organ detoxification process is enhanced. Make sure you use filtered, purified, or spring water to avoid external contaminants in tap water.
  • It converts the water into “vitamin water” naturally, specifically vitamins A, C, and blood lowering potassium. And because the source of the flavor is from a whole food (the cucumber) and not fake, such as many brands of water in the market, you will absorb the vitamins and mineral better.
  • It keeps hunger at bay! When hungry between meals, opt for cucumber infused water. Did you know that hunger and thirst trigger the same signals in your body? D

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May 4, 2015

Did you know that there is ONE thing you can do to assist your body’s natural detoxification process?  And it takes less than one minute per day!   As you know, I am a fan of finding easy ways to assist our body’s detoxification process. I am constantly researching ways to avoid toxic foods/compounds as well as researching those foods that will promote health and give the body a hand in its daily detoxification process.   Keep in mind that you are assaulted with toxins…from the pesticides and chemicals in food, the polluted air you inhale, the water you drink, the soaps, shampoos and other cosmetics loaded with chemicals, to the hormones/antibiotics in the animal products you eat.   All of these offenders can be causing many of your ailments, damaging your metabolism, causing migraines, disrupting hormonal balance, impairing proper digestion, and taking your energy levels hostage.   I can write a whole book on this topic, but for this blog I will share an easy detox aid that takes less than one minute to prepare and enjoy—warm lemon water, first thing in the morning. It takes less than ONE minute!   Here’s how:   Ingredients:  You will need ½ a lemon cut into quarters (Use organic if possible and stay away from bottled lemon juice; we are going fresh here.) and 6-8 ounces of warm to hot water.   Procedure:  As soon as you wake up

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January 31, 2015
Hi!  I am so happy that you are here!  I need your help in choosing a name for my new cooking show and for that I have come up with a contest.

 

The rules are simple:
  • Enter your name and best email to contact you below and click “submit” so I can keep track of those participating.
  • Once you hit submit you will see my short video (34 seconds).
  • Click on the link below the video to return to this post.
  • Finally, enter your idea for the name of my new cooking show in the comments section.

That’s it!! The winner will be chosen on February 6, 2015 and will receive a $25.00 Amazon.com gift card and a copy of my best selling book “Gone in a Flash!” autographed by me absolutely FREE! Thanks for all your help. Mari Pizarro

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September 12, 2014

Don’t let hidden sugars sneak their way into your food. Or worse, your children’s food! It is hard to identify added sugars hiding in store-bought food. Don’t let some of their healthy-sounding names fool you.SUGAR IS SUGAR! Either way you slice it, sugar raises your blood sugar and spikes insulin, leading to that dreaded belly fat and disease. Between raising your triglycerides, increasing adipose tissues, and triggering cravings, ALL sugar is inflammatory in excess. Limit your serving to a max of 6 grams not more than three times per day. Stay away from: Brown Rice Syrup, Fruit Juice Concentrate, Pasteurized Fruit Juice, Cane Sugar/Juice, Evaporated Cane Juice, Raw Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Beet/Palm/Date/Coconut Sugar, Barley Malt, Malt Syrup, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Muscovado Sugar, Turbinado Sugar, Demerara Sugar. And other sneaky names such as Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Maltose, Lactose, Galactose, Sorghum Syrup, Caramel, Sucanat, Rapadura, Luo Han Guo, Xylitol And yes, just because it says organic, it does not mean it is ok!Sugar

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September 5, 2014

Here is something that most people don’t know; the food industry has deliberately hooked us with addictive combinations of sugar, flour and chemicals that make controlling our weight or getting healthy through the use of willpower nearly impossible. Some of the biggest processed food companies spend millions in research and hire specialized chemists to create the perfect addictive food combos. I’ve bet you have heard the pitch “can’t have only one” or “cant stop at one?” Now you know why. Salud! “Food for Thought” is a quick informational post I have prepared with you in mind. If any of the topics interests you please let me know and I can certainly expand on it.

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