Cooking Spices that EAT FAT and Help You Lose Inches

The best way to ensure your weight loss plan is successful, is to include tasty and satisfying foods in your daily meal plan. It’s just a matter of preparing your meals with ingredients that make the food so tasty, you feel like it’s being prepared at a high-end restaurant.

That’s one of the main reasons why I love herbs and spices so much. Very few ingredients can make such a positive impact in your meals like spices without the need to add unhealthy, fattening options like fat, sugar, salt or junk. And if you included the added benefit of fat burning properties to this equation, using the following 4 herbs in your meals is not just a win-win, but a no-brainer.

So here are 4 herbs and spices that have the power to burn fat faster and make you slim in no time.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper increases the body temperature, helping you boost your metabolism and increase caloric burn. Adding this spice to your meal can help you burn up to 100 calories per meal.

Black pepper

Black pepper is a very common herb, in the same family as cayenne pepper. Black pepper is rich in piperine, which prevents the formation of fat cells helping you to lose, and later maintain, that weight.

Rosemary

Rosemary aids digestion, improve your chances of losing weight by increasing your metabolic rate. Drinking rosemary infused water on an empty stomach can help increase its qualities.

Cardamom

Cardamom, is a popular Indian spice with a very aromatic flavor. It helps warm your body from the inside out, helping you lose weight. It also prevents the formation of gas, preventing the bloat.

Post Workout Recovery Smoothie

Whether working out at home or at a gym, this is one of my favorite drinks after a workout. I always include the ingredients below in my morning smoothie to help my body feel energize and recover quickly after a hard workout.

As an option, you can add vegan protein powder to your post workout recovery drinks. Here are the main ingredients on my smoothie and the reason why I love them (check them out below the video):

  1. Cordyceps – recovery, helping your body get ready for the next big workout
  2. Banana: Carbohydrates and potassium help muscles recover
  3. Spinach: rich in vitamins magnesium, calcium and iron. Protects and benefits eye health, reduces oxidative stress and reduces blood pressure levels.
  4. Blueberries: High in antioxidants that help reduce inflammation which can help counteract soreness
  5. Ginger: Also anti-inflammatory, which will help with soreness
  6. Hemp Seeds: High in protein, which helps repair and build muscles after a workout
  7. Chia Seeds: Also high in protein and helps you rehydrate at a cellular level
  8. Coconut Water: full of electrolytes, helping you replenish after a long workout. Has antioxidant properties and will help lower blood pressure.

Having a daily smoothie is one of the best ways to ensure large amounts of deeply nourishing foods your body needs for weight loss, fat burning, muscle building, elasticity, etc.

Why losing Weight Is Hard (And What You Can Do About It)

What is the one thing you might be missing that could lead to long term, healthy weight loss. For years, dieters have been told that less calories equal more weight loss. But the truth is a lot more complex than that (you already know that!)

Set Point Weight... Have you heard about this concept? Set Point Weight is a concept that believes that each person’s brain fights to keep a pre-determined weight where the body functions at an optimum or comfortable level. It’s like a thermostat, that different people keep at different temperatures to stay comfortable.

Learn more in the video and follow these 3 simple steps:

1. Change the structure of your diet.

2. Change the structure of your gut.

3. Change your background.

What do you think about this concept? Does it make sense? Are you willing to try just a wee bit harder to reach those weight loss goals? Let me know in the comment section below the video.

Better than a XANAX… to help you RELAX & Good Sleep

These 2 substances can help you relax, reduce anxiety and sleep better without creating dependency or addiction. What am I talking about? Melatonin and Valerian root.

Check out this video to learn why I love them so and how to use them (see my notes below the video as well)…

Valerian Benefits

Insomnia

Anxiety

Pain Relief

Muscle Relaxant

Heart Health

Typical Use
  • Strong steeped cup about 2 hours before bed

Melatonin Benefits

Antioxidant

Reduce Reflux

Improve Relaxation

Reset Circadian Rhythm

May Reduce Seasonal Depression

Typical Use
  • Take 2-3mg, 2 to 3 hours before bed

Produce Market Visit

Today, my friend Raul and I went to a produce market to get fruit and veggies at dirty cheap prices….

No, not a farmer’s market. This is an outdoor produce market: the market in LA where restaurants and food markets get their produce. These types of markets exist on every major city (even mid-size cities) and it is a great place to discover amazing fruit and vegetables that you may not know about (or re-discover oldies but goodies).

Most of these markets sell in bulk and at less than wholesale prices (we got a box of 16 mangoes for $5 or about $.31 cents per mango. That’s 3-5 times cheaper than in a regular market.

Check out our tour here:

I encourage you to find them in your home town and visit your local produce market. Get a couple of friends, pool your cash together and buy enzyme-filled, super yummy foods for a fraction!

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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