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Christine Avanti: Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food
By The 700 Club
REDISCOVERING REAL FOOD
When Christine enrolled in culinary school, she thought the large amounts of butter and other fat in the recipes were going to make her fat. After 9 months of cooking with sour cream and caviar, Christine noticed that she didn’t gain an ounce. No food was villified as long as it was natural and unprocessed. Despite being exposed to delicious food, Christine says she was NOT driven to overeat. She was reintroduced to a style of eating that she had actually ditched in favor of low-fat, low-calorie diet foods. As it happened, Christine was becoming reacquainted with fresh, natural ingredients about the same time a slow but steady, real-food, national movement was taking place.
Christine says that “factory foods,” or foods that are processed or contain artificial flavors and colors, actually cause us to overeat and crave more fatty, salty, sugary food. With this understanding Christine revamped her diet program to address this problem. Previously Christine had no problem recommending fake foods like protein bars, diet sodas, sugar substitutes and fat-free dairy products to her clients. “Eating real food is the most painless way to keep blood sugar stable and avoid cravings that come with over processed factory foods,” she says.
It’s not an easy process to overcome. The first step is to become educated about what is and is not real food. Second, come to terms with your current eating habits and learn how the American factory food diet is detrimental to weight loss and overall health. Third, shop for, cook and eat real food.
TRUE FAT BUSTERS
Christine will share on the following real foods that we can add to our diets to speed up metabolism:
Artichokes contain inulin, which is a type of carbohydrate that has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin.
Cayenne pepper heats up the body and is thought to increase metabolism.
Consuming as little as ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon with food helps the body metabolize sugar 20 times faster and lowers blood sugar levels which means faster weight loss.
Ginger has been found to incrase feelings of satiety.
Seaweed contains alginate which helps us lose weight, lines the walls of the digestive system and prevents dietary fat from passing through.
Caffeine in tea stimulates thermogenesis, the biochemical process by which fat in the body is burned to produce energy. Also contains antioxidants called EGCG (epiogallocatechin gallate) that provides fat burning activity.
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats around. Research shows that medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) actually use up energy when they are metabolized. The calories the body uses to oxidize the fatty acids in coconut oil is greater than the calories they provide. Coconut oil also has the “thermogenic effect,” which means it raises your body temperature and boosting your metabolism and energy level.
Christine's Detox Tea
Christine details her Detox Tea on page 269 of her book. She also says to add a teaspoon of coconut oil into your cup of tea.
- 3 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 3 dandelion root tea bags
- 3 milk thistle tea bags
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 30 drops arichoke extract
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Combine 5 cups of water and the ginger in a large saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the tea bags and cinnamon sticks. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add the artichoke extract and lemon juice. Stir and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cold.
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