Overeat These 3 Foods On July 4thBy Coach Josh Under General Health/Fitness
Wow… what a busy weekend!
And I can’t believe that July 4th is upon us already. Where has the year gone?
On the 4th I’m going boating with friends on Lake Travis right outside of Austin about 30 minutes. (One of my favorite things to do.)
I’m going to be wake boarding (kind of like surfing behind a boat—that’s me in the photo) and spending time celebrating this amazing country and all that we have to be thankful for. Oh, and I’m super excited to see some fireworks, too!
I hope you have something meaningful planned over the 4th as well. In just a minute, I’m going to ask that you share what you’re doing over the 4th, and claim your chance at a rather cool gift for doing so.
Anyway, today I wanted to give you a quick tip about 3 foods that you should “overeat”… everyday—including on the 4th of July.
But isn’t overeating bad? Not always, you see people who are trying to lose body flab often focus on what NOT to eat. I’m talking about foods that are processed and loaded with sugar and/or unhealthy fats.
But the problem is, when you tell yourself you can’t have foods like pizza, ice cream, cookies or chocolate, often times, this just makes your cravings for these foods even worse. (I’m sure you know what I mean.)
Example: I tell myself I’m not going to eat ice cream for a week… and what’s the first thing I crave about 15 minutes later… that’s right… ice cream. (And LOTS of it.)
So instead of constantly telling myself what I can’t eat, I’ve started focusing on overeating these 3 foods nearly every day.
Why? Because when you eat larger amounts of healthy foods, you tend to naturally eat less of unhealthy foods which causes you to lose weight.
Simple idea, but boy does it work!
So what are my 3 foods? They are:
Oatmeal: Believe me, even if you try, it’s very difficult to overeat oatmeal. Because of its fiber content, after a small bowl I’m stuffed and don’t want to eat much else. Oatmeal also contains smaller amounts of protein and healthy fats so it’s a great overall, flat-belly food.
Tip: I’ll prepare a big pan of about 7 servings of slow-cooked (or steele cut) oatmeal on Sunday and refrigerate the leftovers to eat all week—tastes just as good reheated without all the prep time.
I add a few blueberries, cinnamon and a natural sweetener like Slimtevia, which you can order here. Can’t beat it. However, be sure you’re not eating pre-packaged oatmeal stuffed with sugar. That will cause you to gain flab, not lose it. Also, use the slow-cooked oatmeal or steele cut version instead of instant because it’s less processed and will digest slower.
- A monster salad: At the beginning of the week I’ll also prepare a huge, monster salad and make it as colorful as possible so as to get a wide variety of nutrients from the different veggies. My salads often contain spinach and dark colored lettuce (ice berg lettuce isn’t very nutritious), tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, black beans, diced eggs, yellow and green peppers, cauliflower, a few berries and seeds and much more. I’ll dump 3 or 4 cups of this salad into a large bowl (that looks like a bucket), add some healthy olive oil and balsamic vinegar and I eat until I can’t eat any more. I literally stuff my face.
A delicious smoothie: Now I’m NOT talking about one of those fruit smoothies that is stuffed full of sugar and calories. I’m talking about a smoothie (or nutrition shake) that is loaded with belly-burning protein. My two favorite smoothies are a vanilla/banana smoothie (I only use about ¼ of a banana) or a chocolate peanut butter smoothie with a few teaspoons of natural PB. Don’t use an entire banana or gobs of PB because you can really drive up the calories. A ¼ cup of any type of berries are great to use as an alternative, too.
Believe me, you’re not going to be able to overindulge on a protein shake. They are so filling that I’m stuffed after about 8 oz.
So there you have it… 3 foods that you should overeat on the 4th of July (and every other day) to feel full and satisfied so you don’t eat too much of the bad stuff. It’s pretty amazing how simple little tips like this can save you a BUNCH of calories.
Now, you may be wondering what type of protein powder I recommend. Well, I really LOVE my new, all-natural protein shakes that just came in a few days ago. They are packed with nutrition without any of the “bad stuff”—like artificial sweeteners, colors or additives.
What’s more, the protein is sourced from cows NOT treated with hormones.
Yep… an all-natural protein powder that actually tastes incredible. Perfect to use with any nutrition program. And they come in chocolate or vanilla cream flavors.
That’s the good news, the bad news is that these shakes aren’t available for sale yet. I haven’t had time to complete the web site. However, let me know what you’ll be doing over the 4th of July weekend by leaving a comment below … and I’ll randomly choose 5 people to receive a 30-day supply of my brand new, top secret, 100% all-natural protein shake that tastes aweeesssoommmeee! (A $49.95 value.) Winners will be notified later this week.
Finally, if you enjoyed learning about foods that you can overeat, you’re really going to enjoy this link below…
Enjoy and Happy 4th!
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