<thrive_headline click tho-post-6535 tho-test-4>How to Lose Weight Without Dieting</thrive_headline>

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

“Dieting” is often the first thought when the topic of weight loss is brought up. Despite its traditional place in losing weight, it only works temporarily, and the weight often piles back on when the diet is over. Many diets are also unrealistic in their expectations, and the majority of people simply cannot sustain them for long—nor should they have to! Here are some more practical, long-term solutions for losing weight. You don’t have to restrict yourselves; you just need to modify what and how you eat to develop healthy eating habits.  

 

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5620 tho-test-14>My Path to Become a Certified Health Coach at IIN</thrive_headline>

My Path to Become a Certified Health Coach at IIN

A little about my story

As you may know, I’ve been an advocate for health and wellness for quite some time. I’ve always been a student and the nutrition topic has been my passion since I decided to change careers and become a Certified Health Coach.

I graduated from Chemical Engineering in 2005 but soon after graduation, I realized that the engineering world wasn’t the world I belong to. So I decided to make a change. In 2005 I traveled to Montreal, and during those months I realized that for me it was very easy to gain weight. With the change in the diet and lifestyle during that time I gained over 25lb! I was very skinny when I got to Montreal. But I didn’t know anything about diet or exercise. 

I started taking interest in the field. So I decided to find out and I started to read every book and article about nutrition. I certainly didn’t want to be overweight and struggle with my weight all my life like my mom and her sisters. So I decided to learn about it and reverse that destiny, and in the process, I became in love with it.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5448 tho-test-18>The Health Coach Difference</thrive_headline>

The Health Coach Difference

If you follow me on my social media channels (if not you can do it right now on Instagram and Facebook) you’ve seen that I recently enrolled in Integrative Nutrition School to become a certified Health Coach. This was a goals of mine for a very long time, and this year I finally made the commitment. I feel that I want to offer you so much help but I still have a lot to learn. I want to make a bigger impact in you and in the world and that’s why I decided to go back to school and keep learning.

However, many of you may not know what a Health Coach is. Health coaching is a relatively new profession, but the idea behind it is really based in how we, as human beings, operate. As a health coach, I help you work with your unique body, and take into consideration how everything in your life affects your health and wellness.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5327 tho-test-22>Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods</thrive_headline>

Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Do you love your breakfast? Do you have a short list of “go-to” recipes? Need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again?

Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss. This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses a lot of calories to absorb and metabolize it. So I’m going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your breakfasts.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5273 tho-test-26>Caffeine-Free Chai Latte</thrive_headline>

Caffeine-Free Chai Latte

Looking for a decaf option to your afternoon latte? I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one:

Caffeine-free latte for your afternoon “coffee break”: Caffeine-Free Chai Latte

 

Serves 1-2

1 bag of rooibos chai tea (rooibos is naturally caffeine-free)

2 cups of boiling water

1 tablespoon tahini

1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy is preferred)

2 dates (optional)

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-3886 tho-test-32>The Sugar Effect in Our Diet | The Cause of the Obesity Epidemic</thrive_headline>

The Sugar Effect in Our Diet | The Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

Recently I watch a lecture done by UCSF endocrinologist Robert Lustig to the UCSF extension students. He made the point, with proven data, that the cause of the Obesity epidemic over the last 30 years is one single factor: increased amounts of sugar in our diet. You can watch the lecture of Dr. Lustig’s here, and I recommend you take the time to watch it. His lecture has become viral since it was uploaded on YouTube in 2009, it’s been viewed almost five million times.

This documentary opened my eyes even more about the problems that we faced due to the overconsumption of sugar and process food. Dr. Lusting proved that over the last 30 years people all over the world are gaining weight not because they eat too much, but because we are consuming too much sugar in our diets and not eating the right foods. He proved that our food system is broken and the cause of all the epidemic is not laziness or gluttony. Continue reading The Sugar Effect in Our Diet | The Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

<thrive_headline click tho-post-3887 tho-test-33>How to Turn the “Good” Genes On and the “Bad” Genes Off</thrive_headline>

How to Turn the “Good” Genes On and the “Bad” Genes Off

Twelve years ago life gave me a wake-up call so that I would change my lifestyle. I realized I have the “obesity genes” That tendency of gaining weight just by looking at a cake, lol. I gained 12 kilos (about 26 lb in 4 months). My genetics betrayed me and my insulin levels started to rise and the doctor told me that, if I stayed on the same path I could become diabetic. I did not want that!

That moment I realized that I had to do something, of course, I didn’t know anything about nutrition or healthy eating (that wasn’t a family dinner topic at the time) So I had to figure it out and most importantly take action. I had to learn How to Turn the “Good” Genes On and the “Bad” Genes Off! And I’m happy to say now that I succeeded!!

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-3730 tho-test-34>FIBER in Your Diet | Essential Nutrient for a Healthy Live</thrive_headline>

FIBER in Your Diet | Essential Nutrient for a Healthy Live

You have probably heard or read that is highly important to include Fiber in your diet, right? But what is Fiber? In which foods can you find it? What are the benefits to include Dietary Fiber in your diet?  In this article I want to help clarify these common questions.

What is Fiber?

Fiber is not a nutrient itself.  It helps your body eliminate toxins, prevent diseases and even help you lose weight. It has very important functions, especially in the intestine. 

Dietary fiber (DF) is included between the classification of carbohydrates. The definition of fiber is still not entirely clear yet. We can say that it is all the material from plants that escapes intestinal digestion by action of enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract. This does not mean that fiber is not degraded or metabolized, in fact much of it is fermented in the colon producing compounds that the body absorbs and uses. 

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-3473 tho-test-37>7 Reasons to Eat Avocados</thrive_headline>

7 Reasons to Eat Avocados

Today I wan to give so several reasons to eat Avocados more often. Avocados are delicious, but did you know they could also help curb your appetite? According to a recent study, those who ate half an avocado with lunch felt 28% less of a desire to eat more in the 5 hours following the meal. 

But, that’s not all avocados can do for you!

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-3217 tho-test-38>Important Vitamins in your Diet</thrive_headline>

Important Vitamins in your Diet

With this article, I begin a series on Vitamins and Minerals, which are a key  factor in our diet. In the first two articles, I’ll talk about Vitamins in your Diet, how they help our health and where we can find them in the food. In the following articles, I’ll cover the most important minerals in our diet.
Vitamins are micronutrients not synthesized by the body, but required in small amounts, play a critical role in maintaining good health. They are very important not only because of its deficiency cause diseases but, if they are provided in their optimal amounts, they may help to prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular, cancer and aging.

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