Is your New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight? Here’s the Skinny on How We Can Help

At Intelligent Gourmet, our goal isn’t weight loss – it’s to help our clients eat clean, feel better, and, ok – yes, look better. That’s why we don’t focus on low-calorie or low-carb, because we look at food holistically. For example, nuts are high in fat, but they also help your brain work better with all those Omega-3s, which makes you feel good, emotionally and physically. Those low-fat cheese puffs and “Lean Cuisine” dinners don’t.

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But, your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. You already know weight loss is not about a diet, but a lifestyle change. And you know there are no quick fixes. But we know you’re impatient, you don’t have time to make that crazy “fat flush soup” every week (or whatever the latest diet fad is), and after the slew of Holiday demands, you’re tired.

Here’s how we can help.

Cleanse for body and mind: Try our Intelligent Gourmet Juice Cleanse for 3 days to re-balance your body chemistry and kick-start your new healthier lifestyle.

Ready-to-Eat Diet-friendly meals: We specialize in low glycemic, low carb, low sodium, gluten-free, and most importantly “clean” pre-packaged meals. Don’t have time to cook? Can’t quite bring yourself to control portion size when you’re in the kitchen? Let us do it for you.

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Extremely Healthy Recipes: Every week, we post recipes right here that are low-fat, low-calorie, often gluten-free, frequently raw/vegan/vegetarian, and always extremely healthful. Then we tell you why what you’re eating is so good. Sure, you can’t cook all the time, but why not make a weekend family event out of an old-fashioned sit-down dinner (then live off the healthy leftovers for the week)? Roast a turkey or a whole chicken, and cook up our green beans (with vitamins K & A), wild rice dressing (B vitamins), and sweet potatoes (Beta-carotene and Vitamin C). Your whole family will think this new “diet” you’re on is great!

Tips, Tricks, and Expert Insights: From suggestions as simple as “add spinach to everything – your morning eggs, your lunchtime sandwich, your tomato sauce at dinner” to lists of super-foods, to teaching you how you can heal your body through food – Follow my blog via email, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and “Like” us on Facebook for daily reminders on how you can eat better, feel better, live better.

Happy New Year! And, here’s to a New You!

It’s Breakup Time, Sugar

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We have to have a talk, America. You’re infatuated.  Love-struck.  Beguiled, smitten, and enamored.  But it’s not me you’re captivated by (nice as that would be); it’s sugar. Research has shown that the average American eats as much sugar in a week as the average person living 200 years ago did in a year. That’s a heavy-duty crush you’ve got going (well, okay… that we’ve got going – I’m in love with sugar, too).

We all know that too much sugar can be unhealthy, but it’s not just our waistlines that we should be worried about. Diets rich in sugars and white flours – also called “high-glycemic” diets – can also lead to skin problems (such as breakouts, eczema, and psoriasis) as well as more serious conditions (such as type-II diabetes or heart disease). Suddenly, moving up a notch on our belt seems like the least of our worries.

So how can you eat a healthier, low-glycemic diet? Try to lower your intake of high-glycemic foods, such as fruit juices, breads, starchy foods like potatoes, and baked goods. These tend to lack fiber, fat, and protein, all of which help moderate the release of sugar into your bloodstream. Instead, eat more low-glycemic foods, such as oatmeal, beans, vegetables, and other foods with fat, fiber, and protein. Doing so will help keep your blood sugar constant throughout the day. It will also promote slow, steady digestion, so you’ll feel full for longer.

Maybe we can’t completely end our affair with sugar, but we can at least take our relationship a little slower. See other people/nutrients. For example, I think that cute avocado at the grocery store was checking you out…