Thankfully, there are a few easy to find herbs and spices that you can prepare quickly and simply to help aid your weight loss and get back to the original notches in your belts.
The effects of cinnamon have not yet been fully or scientifically proven, in terms of weight loss however any herbalist worth their salt knows that it will help the weight loss along.
Cinnamon is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fiber. It has been used since medieval times to cure diarrhea, indigestion and bloating. Cinnamon also helps to regulate blood sugar levels and since high blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat by the body, cinnamon helps prevent this increased storage of fat and enables you to lose weight.
Wonderfully for us Mums, studies show that abdominal fat is more sensitive to the effects of cinnamon than fat from other parts of the body.
You could try taking a teaspoon every day in coffee, on cereal, toast or via herbal teas or capsules to even our abdominal fat. You can even take it via capsules which you can make yourself at home with a capsule making kit.
A study conducted a few years back supported by the National Institutes of Health and the McCormick Spice Company, showed that those not used to eating spicy foods noticed an increase in the number of calories burnt after a meal containing cayenne. They also noticed decreased appetite as a result of eating ½ teaspoon of cayenne with meals.
We all know that anything spicy increases the sweating reflex which always aids in weight loss!
If you can’t take spicy foods, get a capsule making kit and have a cayenne capsule first thing in the morning with water and lemon juice and again before dinner.
3. Chickweed herb
One of my favourite weight loss aiding remedies is chickweed.
Prominently featured in most lawns the world over, it’s an easy to find herb that has ‘fat emulsion’ effects. In addition to containing minerals, including copper and iron, and vitamins A, B, and C, chickweed contains relatively high amounts of vitamins and flavonoids, which makes it a very useful appetite suppressant. Herbalists know this help to literally “draw out” fat cells from the abdominal area flushing them out of the body through its diuretic qualities.
Accoding to modern science, it is said that chickweed contains vitamin C, phosphorus and several active ingredients including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), saponins and other glycosides. When ingested in the body system, these substances aid in emulsification of the fat cells, which in turn promotes dissolving and elimination of fat.
Take via herbal tea 2 – 3 times daily or via infusion mixed with Stinging Nettle for a vitamin and metabolic boost. Also dried and sprinkled on salads or juiced is good.
Kelp is very high in iodine and this aids in speeding up or improving thyroid function. Sluggish thyroid function can make weight loss virtually impossible.
Kelp should be strictly avoided by anyone with a possible or diagnosed thyroid condition though as the iodine levels may upset the body.
I can’t stand the taste of it – I’ve tried several times – so I cheat and make capsules with kelp powder. I have one in the morning before food with a glass of water and lemon juice.
I can not take caffeine or any kind of stimulant so that basically means ALL weight loss supplements are not an option for me. Same goes with most mothers - I'm sure. So having these herbs available, knowing they are safe for me without putting strain on my body is a relief.
So now that you know a few simple, easy to find herbs and spices that will help you lose those extra inches you may have put on over Christmas, all that’s left to be done is to cook with them!
Anyone for chai tea and spicy thai soup?
The Eco Mum xo