From 64 Kilos down to 55 Kilos in three months!
At first, I admit that I did not have plans per se nor should I say it was not in any of my intentions to go on a healthy diet. However, when my boyfriend had an hepatic virus, he had to go on a bed rest and a very strict fat-free diet. That’s where my journey started. I was his caregiver, nurse and all. Of course, I earned more knowledge on health, proper diet, etc. from his Doctor (who has a PhD in Internal Medicine; not only a clinic Doctor but a Professor in one of the best schools here in the city where I live now) and most especially from our all time favorite encyclopedia, the World Wide Web.
I had to do an everyday research on the virus and the over-all health. I stumbled on a lot of information that led me to one spice that is common in our kitchen areas. I actually don’t recall how I went there but yeah, it’s now one of my few discovered fountains of youth. But before we discuss that, my first step on losing kilos of weight is eating 6 small meals a day. As the boyfriend’s caregiver, I was hands-on on his diet and it somehow made me conscious on my daily intake, too. It’s better to have 6 small or light meals than to have 3 big meals a day. A big meal means a big stomach. Our stomach is flexible and goes in accordance to the food we take in. Thus, a small meal means a small stomach. When we get used to having a big meal, our stomach expands as we take in huge amount of food. And small intakes per meal hence will no longer make us full or satisfied. For big eaters out there, don’t worry because once you start having small meals per day, you’ll gradually get used to it. It will no longer harm your craving. Never skip a meal though. Skipping a meal can lead to food binge. And always remember that breakfast is still and will always be the healthiest meal of the day.
My second step is having minimal fatty food (especially red meat and junk food), carbonated drinks and milk chocolates which I am guiltiest of. But I do cheat and I have them in moderate amounts.
Thirdly, I love teas. Don’t you? I’m not a tea loyalist though. Aside from tea, I also love coffee and milk. I guess most of us, if not all, know that green tea helps in weight loss. It is said to have anti-oxidants and can cut body fat. Since I love all three, I make sure to have at least a glass of each a day; Coffee or milk in the morning, perhaps coffee again in the afternoon and green tea or milk tea before I retire. Coffee as well is rich in anti-oxidants and it can help you with your weight loss as long as you opt for black with minimal sugar or no sugar at all. As for me, I must have a cup of coffee at least a day to help me combat my life’s nemesis, which is migraine, ‘cause I’m not the type who depends on drugstore pain relievers.
Lastly, it’s the magic spice that I have talked about in my introduction. It’s the spice we love on our bread, on our apple pies, and in our candles. It’s that scent that makes us long for the Holiday Season. We’re talking about that spice in our kitchen cupboards i.e. Cinnamon. Yes, I do take ground cinnamon daily. I sprinkle ground cinnamon about twice or thrice on my tea and on my coffee. It tastes good and smells great. And how does it help in weight loss? It has high digestive properties. It regulates the breakdown of carbohydrates and the production and use of insulin by our bodies. While it does those to our body, cinnamon also serves as a treatment to other major diseases and problems as well as the minor ones, which includes our hair and our skin. For proper digestion and assimilation of food in your body, drink cinnamon tea daily, half an hour before breakfast. You can add a teaspoon of honey but it’s optional. Or maybe sprinkle it on any food or salad of your choice. Either way, enjoy your cinnamon the way you want.
See, without extensive exercise and meal skipping, you can still lose kilos just by changing your eating habit, a bit of control and a little sipping. In addition, my only exercise, which is the most convenient for me as of late, is walking i.e. just when I go to the mall or the supermarket to get something. No fuss! So go ahead and grab a bottle of ground Cinnamon in the store near you. Be healthy!