Lose Weight By Accident: Eat With Sticks

Here at Spa Week, we love bettering our bodies and minds everyday, and what better way to do so than without even thinking about it! As our wildly popular Lose Weight by Accident column has taken off in the past year, so too have the voices of wisdom behind it. With that, we are so pleased to introduce to you our newest LWBA contirubutor, Tanya McCausland. Tanya founded her own health and culinary coaching business, Home Cooked Healing, designed to offer personlized counseling on a variety of levels, to help people make better and smart desisions about food and their health. We are so excited to hear all of her proven and practical tips and tricks for losing weight by accident!

One of Tanya’s favorite tips she shares with her clients who are looking to trim their waistline’s is to eat with sticks…

By Tanya McCausland

No, I’m not talking about roasting marshmallows or hot dogs on a camping trip.Today’s tip is all about ditching your fork and knife and reaching for the very portable, and sometimes unwieldy, chopsticks. You can use these sticks at home, on the road or at a restaurant.

Your brain and stomach have a bit of a delayed communication – from the minute you start eating, it takes your brain 20 minutes to register that your stomach is full and you can step back from the bread bowl. Since chopsticks require some skill, you’ll slow down significantly while you carefully master plate-to-mouth transfer.

Think this doesn’t work for master chopstick handlers? Think again! Eating with chopsticks means taking smaller mouthfuls, which tend to get chewed better and are more easily digested. Sure, you can pick up huge gobs of food with chopsticks but it feels (and looks) ridiculous. Chopstick-eating is a dainty practice!

Then, there’s the sauce. Sauce is good, but too much of a good thing can lead to lots of extra pounds. Chopsticks take care of this problem too! You get just enough sauce to add flavor but the excess stays on your plate.

Pack a nice set of bamboo chopsticks in your purse and start using them for lunches at work or eating out. You’ll find that you’ll eat less without even giving it much thought. (Plus, they make for a great conversation piece). Feeling a bit unwieldy with the sticks? Pick up of one of these for a little assistance.

Have you used chopsticks to eat meals with besides sushi? Tell me how it’s working for you in the comments below!

Tanya McCausland is a Health and Culinary Coach in Alameda, CA and the founder of Home Cooked Healing. She inspires, encourages and motivates her clients to create a life of health and balance through delicious food and simple lifestyle changes. She believes that our kitchens have the ability to heal – we just have to stock our pantries with real food and not be afraid to wield a wooden spoon every so often!

 

Lose Weight By Accident: Crack Up to Shrink Down

 

By Jamie G. Dougherty

When you think about losing weight, there are a few tips that come to mind: eat more greens, yes.  Drink more water, sure. Call Julie for a quick phone chit-chat, not really. Getting your best friend on the phone is not usually a go-to trick to shed some lbs (although this tip depends on your BFF relationship and situation). I’ve always had a very strict policy: best friends must be funny. The special BFF in my life has to have the ability to leave me in tears with a cramped stomach from her hilariosity.

Now, your best friend may not be the funniest person in the world and that is totally OK. She just needs to be hilarious to you. Here’s why: laughter raises your energy expenditure and your heart rate by 10 to 20 percent. With 15 minutes of hardcore laughing, you burn about 40 calories, which if done every day equates to 4 pounds a year. Not a huge drop, but nothing to sniffle at either. Laughing also floods your body with the chemical serotonin, which immediately creates a sense of happiness and wellbeing, making it a lot less likely you will need a 4 pm empty calorie boost like a mini snickers, scone, or frappuchino to lift your spirits.

Warning: This tip is going to make you look at your best friend in a different light. If she doesn’t make you laugh, or if in fact makes life a bit more dramatic and frazzled, it’s time for a new one.

So, the next time you are headed down the hall to grab a handful of m&m’s from the office candy bowl or find yourself sneaking into the kitchen for a late night ice cream rendezvous, call your dearest bestie. The sweet laughter she will induce will last way longer than any other sugar fix (plus, it will help rock your waistline to boot). Now that’s what friends are for! In the comments below tell me what cracks you up most about your best friend.

Jamie G. Dougherty, founder of JamieLiving.com, empowers busy women to break through body and food barriers to see their life and body bloom!  She is also the creator of the Delicious Detox Program: 10 Days to a more Divine and Delicious YOU! If you feel hungry, stuck and unsatisfied with your food and your body be sure to visit Jamie’s website to get her FREE 5-Step Guide to Fabulous.  Seriously ladies, get ready for Jamie to rock your world!

Lose Weight By Accident: Bikini Body Advice from Albert Einstein

By Sarah Jenks

Ladies, although we all hate to admit it, bikini season starts literally ONE week from today! Many of us are kicking ourselves saying, “ugh, this was supposed to be the year that I was going to LOVE wearing a bathing suit. Too bad that diet failed… again.” So many of us avoid wearing a bikini because we feel terrible about our bodies.

STOP NOW. Before you change your Memorial Day plans to avoid baring it all on the beach, I want you to consider this week’s LWBA trick, courtesy of a very wise man:

Albert Einstein once said: “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Genius. So, according to Albert, the simplest, fastest way to get into bikini shape is to… start wearing a bikini! I know that sounds like a death sentence but here are three things you can do to take the edge off:

1. People always assume a suit has to be a teeny black bikini to be hot. This is not only untrue but sort of boring. Your suit is only as cute as you make it. First and foremost, find a suit that you not only love but also you feel comfortable in. Then accessorize! Put your “energy” into it! Pair your ensemble with a floppy vintage hat, flower halo, adorable cover-up from your favorite beach boutique, and of course a rocking pair of shoes. Doesn’t that sound way sexier than a barely there outfit? And don’t forget you can always take off the layers.

2. The second thing you must have in order to look and feel hot is to believe you look hot, so wear that suit around the house a few times before hitting the beach. Blast some tunes, shake that booty and celebrate your hot self. People that feel great, look great, because it radiates from the inside out.

3. Focus more on your surroundings and less on yourself.  When you’re engaged in your friends, the ocean, the sand or an amazing game of badminton, you’re much less likely to get stuck in a comparison cul de sac.

Your beach body: It’s not rocket science… just physics!

I actually just launched an amazing free video training series called Live More Weigh Less, and we’ve had thousands of women already see incredible results based on this philosophy of not waiting on the weight.  I hope you’ll join us by visiting sarahjenks.com.

Sarah Jenks, founder of TheBreathtakingBride.com, helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat.Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Feeling lost about weight loss? Visit her website to download her free guide: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”

Lose Weight By Accident: Massage, Your New Diet Pill

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By Sarah Jenks

Torture and deprivation seem quite fitting for the typical weight loss regimen. Images of treadmills, six pack abs and weights make us believe that torture is the only way to a hot bod, but what about relaxation and pleasure? That’s right, pleasure and relaxation are actually the most effective ways to lose weight.

And of course, one of best ways to relax and my favorite (ok, second favorite) source of pleasure is to get a massage. They may seem lavish, but they are completely beneficial to your health and weight loss goals (read about this extreme case where a massage therapist was able to tame his client’s thyroid). When you get a massage there are so many benefits that increase weight loss.

 

  1. Massage releases lactic acid from your muscles which increases flexibility and strength. This makes moving your body easier and more fun, prevents injury, and keeps you from getting sore and fatigued so easily.
  2. Massage increases blood flow to the body, especially to the skin and lipid layer under the skin which helps the body raise its basil metabolic rate. By keeping blood flow throughout the body, you ensure increased oxygen circulation to all bodily tissues, which helps you have radiant, tight and firmer skin.
  3. Massage truly relaxes the body and enables the body to relieve stress. And as you know, stress is one of the main causes for weight gain and retention. By keeping your cortisol levels low by keeping stress under control, your body loses weight more easily.

Massages aren’t just luxurious and fun – they’re a necessary part of the wellness lifestyle to help you lose weight… by accident. So next time you think the gym is the only way to get into that little black dress, maybe you should relax?

Sarah Jenks, founder of TheBreathtakingBride.com, helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat. Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Feeling lost about weight loss? Visit her website to download her free guide: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”

Lose Weight By Accident: Purge your Pantry!

By Jamie G. Dougherty

I know I’ve been talkin’ a lot about cleaning your body and your mind. And though that is all fine and great to get you feeling oh-so-spring- clean, there is always that one place, the last vestige of unhealthy food that people forget about…the pantry!
Pantries are truly the final frontier of “hazardous for your health” foods because pantry food must be shelf stable. This means food items are pumped full of chemicals, hydrogenated oils and preservatives to make them last longer. We know cookies, crackers, cake mix and sugared cereals are obvious throw-outs, but what about the not-so-noticeable pantry foods?

Here are my top 3, clean for spring, pantry purges. Toss these three out of your pretty little pantry and you will be good to go!

Jamie’s top 3 pantry purges:

Cooking Oils, Fats & Sprays

OUT – Aerosol oils (PAM) and vegetable shortenings. Dump the corn, peanut, vegetable, soybean, canola & safflower oils, margarine, vegan buttery spread and Crisco.
INHigh quality extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, sesame oil, flaxseed & hemp oils, ghee/clarified butter, organic butter.

Broth

OUT – Bouillon cubes, powder or canned stock. Full of sugar, low quality salt, MSG, and genetically modified ingredients.
IN – Homemade or organic boxed stock (Pacific Naturals Vegetable Stock is very good).

Salad Dressing and Sauces

OUT – Bottled dressings, marinades, sugary BBQ sauce, ketchup, soy sauce.
IN – Fruit sweetened ketchup and BBQ sauce, tamari/shoyu, and homemade dressings. Use good oils, balsamic/red wine vinegar, ginger/sesame oil/tamari, tahini with lemon.

Want more tasty info on how to get deliciously clean this spring? Join me for my EAT, DRINK, DANCE + DETOX call on May 9th to get all the goods you need to feel light, energized and seriously lovin’ your spring body.


Jamie G. Dougherty, founder of JamieLiving.com, empowers busy women to break through body and food barriers to see their life and body bloom! She is also the creator of the Delicious Detox Program: 10 Days to a more Divine and Delicious YOU! If you feel hungry, stuck and unsatisfied with your food and your body be sure to visit Jamie’s website to get her FREE 5-Step Guide to Fabulous. Seriously ladies, get ready for Jamie to rock your world!