What’s in your diet? A healthy diet includes foods that nourish the digestive system, which in turn can help remove toxins from the body. Did you know that toxins can cause cellulite? Diet can also have an effect on hormones. Hormones tell our body to either store or burn fat. For instance, cortisol is a hormone that gets released when you have stress. Cortisol is bad for the body as it builds up fat and causes more cellulite to occur.
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Try to avoid or reduce these foods (which may cause or worsen cellulite):
• Sugar and Salt. Sugar causes fluid retention, inflammation and storage of body fat — all of which can increase the appearance of cellulite. Limit your sodium intake as well, because salt is one of the main causes of water retention, which can worsen cellulite and bloating. Switch to natural sea salt or Himalayan sea salt and these contains lots of minerals that will aid in metabolism and hydration.
• Refined flour and refined grain products. These break down quickly into sugar and are high in calories that can be stored as extra fat. What not to eat or what to avoid?
• Dairy – Try to minimize dairy as it is heavy and mucus promoting. It congests the body, which is what we are trying to avoid. Almond and rice milks are better to drink. • Commercial dairy – Not only is dairy difficult for many to digest but commercial dairy is usually full of antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticides. Yuck!
• Nuts & Seeds – Nuts and seeds can be heavy, dense and oily which isn’t good for trying to lose any extra pounds off your figure. If you eat nuts, eat lighter ones, such as; walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios. Enjoy theme in moderation.
• Fatty Meats & Whole Eggs – Focus on leaner meats like chicken and fresh water fish. Eat more eggs whites, and leave the yolk out (egg yolks can be used as a nourishing hair or facial mask). Avoid heavy, dense, oily meats like pork and beef. Too much meat will add more strain and digestive work load on your body and can do more harm than good.
• Oils – Oils should be limited. Toxins concentrate in fat, as we’ve gone over, and we should avoid adding more fatty oils into our system. If you do use oils, the best to use are corn oil, sunflower oil or ghee.
• Sweeteners – Limit sweeteners in general. However, a small amount of honey (which is lighter and drier than other sweeteners) is recommended. Raw honey is the best to use, as cooking honey (over 60 degrees celsius) can cause negative chemical changes. Really limit artificial sweeteners and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup).
If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you. Avoid putting unhealthy substances into your body like; nicotine, excess alcohol and even excessive caffeine can really take a toll on your overall health. Not to mention these things can make you feel lousy in your day-to-day life! Healthy habits take time to form, but you will feel the difference immediately and over time, you will see the difference every time you look in the mirror.
At the end of the day, aren’t you worth it?