Prayer strategy for weight loss helps in fighting stress that causes weight gain.
Prayer also boosts your resolve, making it easier to stick to a healthy diet.
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The eating guideline below is from Charles D’Angelo’s book Think and Grow Thin and was featured in FIRST magazine (Feb 13, 2012 issue).
The plan calls for filling up on fresh produce, which contains compounds that soothe the cellular inflammation that leads to weight gain.
It also calls for limiting processed foods and drinks because most of them contain inflammation-triggering sugars and chemicals.
Charles D’Angelo’s Meal Guidelines:
1. Automate it
Planning meals daily can be stressful.
D’Angelo advises selecting 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner dish that appeals to you and fits into your lifestyle. Enjoy these same 3 meals daily for 2 weeks are up. Then create another meal plan and sticking that for 2 weeks, and so on.
2. Eat often
D’Angelo advises to enjoy 3 meals and 3 snacks a day, eating upon rising, then every 3 hours.
3. Go for balance
- Approximately 40 – 50% of your daily calories should come from healthy carbs.
- Aim for at least 5 servings of non-starchy carbs such as leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, berries and apples, plus up to 4 servings of starchy carbs like brown rice, potatoes, corn and bananas.
- Get 15 – 25% of calories from protein, aiming for a serving at every meal and snack from sources like meat, dairy, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds lentils and soy.
- Round out your diet 20 – 35% percent of calories from fat — that’s up to 3 servings of healthy oils (avocado, coconut, canola) or not butters.
4. Let loose on Saturday
You’ve done your best within the week. Reward yourself and pick one “free” meal a week to eat anything you choose. This will ward off the overindulgence that can come from trying to deny yourself old favorites.
YES!!! At Beloit SDA Church, every Sabbath (Saturday), we have a Fellowship Meal (potluck) at lunch time. Lots of yummy vegetarian foods.
Come and join us—it’s FREE!
Source: FIRST for women, 2/13/12, p. 36