Lose Weight By Accident: Following Your Heart

It’s a bittersweet day. Lose Weight By Accident, one of the #1 Spa Week Daily columns that you’ve been reading here every Monday since January, is entering a new chapter. See, Kavita Jhaveri-Patel, the beloved author and creator of Lose Weight By Accident, is taking her career in a new direction. She’s still in the business of instilling absolute confidence in women, only now she’s helping women create “outrageously happy relationships” instead.

I have to say, as incredible as she with her tips on accidentally losing weight, Kavita is going to ROCK the relationship boat. I know this because I met Kavita drinks a few months ago when I was still single, and the way she could communicate about love, happiness, and inspire me in my own dating life was pretty remarkable. I wish her all the luck and success in the world; beautiful things happen when you follow your heart.

Thank you, Kavita for helping to remedy morning bloat with that silly looking Neti Pot, sharing the best vitamins ever, and OMG, this simple tip really did rock our world! We loved learning how to burn calories at Starbucks, but who knew we could be drinking coffee the wrong way? Also, that famously sexy avocado will always hold a place in our hearts, and we’ll forever wonder what the FRUCTOSE is going on here!, too. GOOD TIMES, and good thing these posts are here to stay forever.

But not to worry! Our Lose Weight By Accident column isn’t going anywhere – we wouldn’t want you to have to do such a thing on PURPOSE. You’ll still get your weekly dose of fun, accidental tips for a healthier life, only now with the voices of new (and very awesome!) nutrition experts. Stay tuned for next Monday – not only because you can begin booking your $50 Spa Week treatments, but for the all-new LWBA.

And now, a parting note from Kavita:

I have REALLY enjoyed writing this column for you over the past 8 months. Especially in helping you see that relying on depriving, self-deprecating methods to losing weight is not necessary at ALL. It can be an effortless process. However, I have noticed over the years the single biggest reason so many of my clients suffer from the yo yo dieting effect is because of stress. And most of the stress comes from… the relationships in their lives.

I have talked about his before, but one last reminder: when you are stressed, this signals your body to go into emergency mode, and when that happens the body says, “okay, hold onto the fat, stop burning calories, and stop building muscle.” We are not sure if we are going to get food or water for days. And, so you can eat perfectly and exercise all you want, but if there is a constant flow of stress in your life it is going to be hard to lose weight and keep it off.

Inevitably most of my coaching began to center around how to turn my clients’ relationships into a supportive nurturing one that is stress free and loving, and suddenly lots of things would change in their lives. They would lose the weight, get promoted, or get a new job, and have more energy. It has been simply amazing to watch!

Although healthy habits will always be a part of what I teach, I am now venturing into helping women with relationships instead of weight loss. Helping women create outrageously happy relationships is where my passion and intuitive expertise has always lied.

As a thank you for reading every week, I would like to leave you with special gift, my free report “The Secret to Having an Outrageously Happy Relationship, That Nobody Tells You About.” CLICK HERE to check it out!

The specific secret I share in this report changed my relationship with my husband permanently. We are happier than we have ever been in 11 years, and so many women I’ve worked with have felt a shift too.

Lots of love,
Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

What was your favorite Lose Weight By Accident article of the year? Leave your notes for Kavita below!

Lose Weight By Accident: EPIC KALE

Column by Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

The worst way to keep your energy level up? Red Bulls and 5-hour Energy drinks. Caffeine will give you a jolt of energy, sure, but what if that energy could be embedded in you, rather than temporarily thrust upon you?  One of the best way to maintain long-lasting energy is: Turn to dark leafy greens. Greens give you all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body in tip top shape. The problem most of us have is that we don’t know how to get them in a quick and tasty way. Well, here is an awesome recipe for high energy using one of Spa Week Daily’s all-time favorite foods on earth: KALE.

We’ve given you our delicious, salty, crispy, satisfying, conversational Kale Chips recipe before (Wicked Chip of the West, meet your match!), now check out Kavita’s culture-inspired version, Curry Kale Chips:

Curry Kale Chips Recipe

 

- 1 to 2 bunches kale (make sure kale is dry for best results)
- olive oil
- sea salt
- pepper
- cayenne (if you want spicy)
- curry powder

Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Remove the kale from the stalk, creating large pieces
- Place a little olive oil,  sea salt, pepper, curry powder, and cayenne on a baking sheet
- Put the kale on a baking sheet and toss it in the olive oil and spice mixture
- Bake for 10 minutes or until it starts to turn a bit brown
- Keep an eye on it as it can burn quickly
- Turn the kale over and bake with the other side up
- Remove and serve your healthy treat!

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel is a Weight-Loss Coach committed to helping women find their paths to losing weight and keeping it off by taking small steps to lead a healthier, thinner and more energetic life. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.

Lose Weight By Accident: Is Coffee Good For You?

Column by Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

Most of us need that morning jolt of coffee and if you are going to go for it, you should know exactly what you are going for. Despite its slightly bad rep, coffee really can be good for you.

Coffee has many antioxidants which can reduce the risk of some cancers and diseases; it can also give your metabolism a quick jumpstart, hence losing weight by accident. Other benefits are that it can improve your mood, alertness and even reduce muscle pain!

BUT, the type of coffee and how you make it can nullify those effects. Here are some tips to get the most health benefits out of your coffee experience. Also, just to throw in, I recommend about 8 oz MAX of coffee a day.

1.       Go Organic – All those chemical pesticides can nullify the antioxidant benefits and for the most part organic farmers take better care of the soil, leaving you with more nutrients and flavor naturally. Also decaf organic cannot use any chemicals in the decaffeination process; they generally use the Swiss water process, using water to absorb the caffeine and carbon to filter it out. Skip the Starbucks and go for a coffee shop the sells organic coffee!

2.       Be careful of additions – Sugar substitutes and non-organic dairy can also nullify the effects; if you drink a high quality cup of coffee you should not need a lot of sugar and milk anyways as the coffee will have a sort of sweetness to it. If your coffee needs flavoring, consider a different coffee.

3.       Try espresso – A really good espresso should be bursting in flavor and should be smooth not bitter and if you drink it straight it’s usually only about 2oz so you don’t need any additions.

4.       Make it at home the easy way – If all this seems like too much or there are no organic coffee cafes near you, K-Cup machines make it very easy to make it at home and they have organic coffee too.

Enjoy your coffee and you will certainly enjoy it more knowing how much it can benefit you!

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel is a Weight-Loss Coach committed to helping women find their paths to losing weight and keeping it off by taking small steps to lead a healthier, thinner and more energetic life. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.

 

Lose Weight By Accident: 4 Easy Ways to Curb Your Sugar Attacks

Column by Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

As intelligent well-read individuals, we know that too much sugar is bad for our health! But what can we do when that insatiable craving for something sweet hits us after meals? I used to rummage through the kitchen looking for any signs of something sugary to quench my taste buds, and then somehow would find a left over pint of ice cream, and eat it. A lot of it.

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Shortly after I would feel like complete crap, but for a couple of seconds I was happy until the sugar rush headache hit. As I started to see what sugar did to my body, and yes you have a symptom of sugar hitting your body too, I had no idea that all of those headaches were coming from the sugar. (If you’re in for Joy Bauer’s Ditch Soda Challenge maybe you’ve been able to feel a difference?)

So instead of cutting sugar out completely, because that would just make me binge, or resorting to even less-healthy sugar substitutes, I learned why I was having the sugar attacks in the first place. It was because of how I was eating each meal.

Eat slowly – To allow the food to break down in your mouth, chew slowly. You will find sweetness in some foods you never thought were sweet; also it can help you feel full after the meal (remember the 20 minute rule – it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to realize you are full).

Add natural sugars – Get your sugar fix through fruits and sweet veggies like dried fruit, sweet potatoes, corn… and even broccoli has some sugar in it. These foods are naturally low in sugar to begin with and will keep you far from those nasty processed high fructose corn syrup temptations.

Stay away from salty foods – Salty foods can make you feel dry and dehydrated, hence making you crave sweets. Remember, craving fries then ice cream or vice a versa doesn’t happen coincidentally.

H20, baby – Always always remember to drink water before you go for that cupcake, you might just stop having the craving.

And if you are still having a minor sugar attack, it’s okay! Treat yourself to have lux Dark 70%+ CHOCOLATE.

These tips should help curb your sugar cravings. Remember one of the key points of losing weight by accident is that we don’t cut things out, we understand our bodies, and then come up with a solution!

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel is a Weight-Loss Coach committed to helping women find their paths to losing weight and keeping it off by taking small steps to lead a healthier, thinner and more energetic life. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here

 

Lose Weight by Accident: Mind Over Matter

Column by Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that I learned on the way to losing weight by accident that doesn’t involve any advice on what foods to eat or what exercises to do. I found the thing that really helps me isn’t restricting myself but allowing myself to choose what I want to eat.

What I mean is instead of always thinking about what I can’t eat, I think about what do I want to eat that is going to make me feel good afterwards. This theory flies in the face of almost every diet plan out there. Before I reveal my secret let me just say this may seem too simple, but do not take it lightly!

If you look closely at the problem, there is a fundamental flaw in our decision making process. When we go for our vices, the donut, the third cup of Grande coffee, or those foods that are not helpful to our bodies, there is something else going on that restricting would only make worse.

We know the right foods to go for, but what happens when we are faced with a bowl full of pastries? How do we get ourselves to naturally not go for the dessert table?
Well, we have to catch ourselves in the act, like a mother catching her kids going for the cake before the party. This means at the very moment we decide we are hungry to eating or drinking something, we have to stop and THINK.

HERE’S HOW: Before entering a restaurant, coffee shop, or kitchen, do these 3 things:

1. Take two long, deep breaths and think about what will really make you feel good inside and out.

2. Be thankful for the body you have, without it you wouldn’t be able to accomplish what you want every day of your life. If you get sick it is the worst, you can’t even go to work, so make sure you are thankful for your health. It is one of the first things we take for granted.

3. Remember that the desire for “bad” food isn’t because your body needs it. Some part of you wants it and that part is nothing more than a thought, which can be directed elsewhere. For example, I want French fries; okay I want potatoes, so I can have roasted potatoes. Indulge the desire but in a way that benefits you in the long run!

Try this simple mental exercise and you will see a big difference in your eating habits. Once you see the benefits of a one minute reflection before acting, you can apply it to other areas in your life!

Also, if you’re having bad cravings and you’re not preggers, check out great post about what your food cravings really mean.

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel is a Weight-Loss Coach committed to helping women find their paths to losing weight and keeping it off by taking small steps to lead a healthier, thinner and more energetic life. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.