Never Worry About Calories Again (and what to do instead!)

dont worry about calories

Peter and I are constantly asked: “How many calories are in such and such recipe?” Or “how many calories should I be eating in a day?”

I am going to be honest with you: We would rather not do the calorie talk.

Want to know why?

Calories are not the most important thing to be looking at when it comes to weight loss and health.

If you are counting calories or eating those 100 calorie packs, sugar-free snacks, or just trying to eat less food in hopes of losing weight, you have to read this:)

If you’re a Member of Our FB Group you already know how we feel about this… especially restriction...#notafan…#welovetreats

Why you shouldn’t Worry about Calories

Calories are not created equal, some foods may have low or no calories, but are produced in a lab… which means your body cannot recognize it and even struggles to digest it, so it’s stored on your body as FAT.

Another Reason: on different days you’ll need more or less calories. So if we gave you a number it wouldn’t really take your life activities into account. The best way to figure out how much food you need to be eating, is by relying on your intuition. In order to find that, you have to clear out the junk.

What you should do Instead

Wake up, be Conscious and really think about the food you put in your Mouth!

How about that latte/mocha from Starbucks?

You shouldn’t drink it, and not because it has too many calories, but because the milk is full of hormones that help baby calves grow into cows. When you drink it, you’re essentially putting yourself in the calves position… Great for gaining weight, not so great for losing it.

Foods to include in your diet

  • Raw Leafy Greens: Kale, Chard, Spinach, Romaine, Green Leaf Lettuce,  Butter Lettuce, Arugula and Collard Greens
  • Raw & Cooked Vegetables: Beets, Carrots, Cilantro, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Celery, Onions and Garlic
  • Raw Fruit: Berries, Apples, Oranges, Pineapple, Melon, Bananas, Kiwi, Grapefruit, Acai, Peaches and Cherries
  • Raw & Soaked Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans and Hazelnuts
  • Gluten free & Easy-to-Digest Grains: Millet, Buckwheat and Quinoa
  • Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds and Sesame Seeds

Foods to Avoid for Weight-Loss

  • Processed Foods: Chips, Crackers, Pizzas, Burgers, Snack Bars, Pop, Diet Drinks, Cereal… on and on!
  • Dairy Products: Milk, Creamers, Butter, Ice Cream, Yogurt, Cheese… Don’t even get me started on cheese!
  • Wheat Products: Bread, Cereals, Pasta, Cookies… Pretty much everything at Trader Joes!
  • Meat & Chicken: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Rotisserie Chicken, Chicken Brest, Taco Meat, etc.

How to make the switch (3 Steps)

  1. Add as many of the foods from the first list (foods to include) to your meals every single day.
  2. Think about the foods you’re eating: What’s in them? Where did they come from? How will it make you feel? …be honest
  3. Start removing the foods from the second list (foods to avoid), slowly. Start with the easiest one and then once you master it start cutting out another food and then cut out another food and so on.

The method above will work, if you’re willing to commit!

Now I want to hear from you: What area do you struggle with? Foods to include or foods to avoid? And where is your hang up? Leave a comment and and I will respond with an idea for you;)

 

2 Comments

  • Carla

    Reply Reply May 19, 2014

    Awwww. That is being a bit rough on Trader Joe’s. There are tons of good healthy things to buy from TJ’s. Organic fruit and veggies, raw nuts, beans, quinoa, organic tofu, green tea, supplements, red wine, and dark chocolate and a whole lot more!

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply May 21, 2014

    Hey Carla!

    You are right Trader Joe’s does have a few good things:) But a lot of their stuff does contain wheat and isn’t organic and their policy on GMO’S is a little sketchy. Also the produce is in bags..not always the freshest and its definitely not local:(

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