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10 Foods to Heal Your Body & Boost Metabolism

These days, everyone seems to be talking about ways to boost metabolism. With certain healing foods, you can both add nutrition to your diet and increase your metabolism. You may be wondering, what is a healing food?

A healing food naturally cleanses your body because it is rich in nutrients. With healing foods that boost metabolism, you can improve your overall health by eliminating toxins, and you can lose weight more easily.

1. Coconuts

Coconuts are excellent for healing because both the meat and the oil contain fatty acids, which translate into energy in your body. Their combination of lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid provide you with increased metabolism.

2. Hot Peppers

Did you know that hot peppers can speed up your metabolism? Cayenne, jalapeno, habanero, and other hot peppers will also decrease your craving for other food and improve your circulation. This is because hot peppers are high in capsaicin, which studies have shown to increase metabolism.

3. Berries

Different types of berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, goji berries, and acai berries are all known as “superfruits” that have many antioxidants, boost your metabolism, and can really help when it comes to losing weight. They contain fiber, water, carotenoids, and flavonoids, all of which eliminate toxins.

4. Green Tea

Many studies have shown the health benefits of green tea. Green tea will increase your metabolic rate, and it also contains numerous antioxidants to heal your body.

5. Onions

Onions help you detox and lose weight because they are rich in fiber, vitamin C, sulfur, and quercetin. They also contain antioxidant powers because they have flavonoids. Onions are great to add to your diet for boosting metabolism and cleansing.

 

6. Beets

 

Beets are another great healing food that are rich in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, calcium, iron, fiber, folate, and magnesium. All of these components are nutritious for your body and will also add to your metabolism.

 

7. Kale

 

Kale is another “superfood” that has very few calories combined with a high water and fiber content, which is beneficial for losing weight. Kale also has vitamins A, C, and K as well as calcium, chlorophyll, iron, flavonoids, amino acids, and carotenoids. These heal your body, reduce inflammation, and eliminate toxins along with boosting metabolism.

 

8. Broccoli

 

Broccoli is known to help with weight loss because it is high in calcium, which is also great for your bones. It contains vitamins A, C, and K along with fiber, antioxidants, and folate. Broccoli is often used for detox because it is very nutritious and great for a metabolism boost.

 

9. Seaweed

 

Though it may seem strange to eat seaweed, this food has a significant amount of iodine for thyroid health, which in turn can lead to better weight loss. Seaweed will also cleanse your body by purifying your blood.

 

10. Citrus Fruits

 

Finally, all types of citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes have a lot of water, vitamins A and C, fiber, and flavonoids. These components will cleanse your body and boost your metabolism to promote weight loss.

 

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PRO OF THE WEEK – JEN WADE



Jen was fooled by misleading food packaging and steadily added weight for several years. At age 31, she made a stand, lost 11 percent body fat, and competed. You can too!

WHY I DECIDED TO TRANSFORM

I’ve been lifting weights and playing sports since age 15. After years of eating what I thought was healthy food, I was several pounds overweight and determined to get in the best shape of my life.

To combat my weight, I signed up for a bikini competition. I had no idea that it would be the hardest yet most rewarding weeks of my life.

Before my transformation, I ate foods that I thought were healthy, but was actually junk food in disguise. I have many food allergies, so I often turned to pre-packaged, gluten-free products to snack on. I thought they were healthy because I purchased them at the local health food store.

I wanted to learn how to use food as fuel to rev my metabolism. Ultimately, I wanted to use what I learned during competition prep to balance my life and maintain the weight I lost.

BEFORE /// 132 LBS
AFTER /// 116 LBS
AGE 31 / HEIGHT 5’4″ / BODY FAT 26%
AGE 31 / HEIGHT 5’4″ / BODY FAT 15%

HOW I ACCOMPLISHED MY GOALS

After summer was over at age 31, I started what I thought would be a solo competition prep, but when no weight or body fat came off, I enlisted the help of coach and NPC competitor, Shaunna Marie Fitness. At that point, I was eight weeks out and terrified to step on stage. By incorporating a combination of weights, cardio, Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and balanced meals, I started to lose weight quickly.

I won’t lie and say it was easy. There were days when I didn’t feel like going to the gym and wondered why I was doing it. I had an amazing support system, which really helped, but I also used transformation stories as motivation. It was more mentally challenging than anything, but I had to remember how far I came.

My transformation began on September 6, 2013, and lasted until November 2, 2013, the day of my competition. It’s now several weeks after my comp and I’m still maintaining at 118 pounds. Most competitors train for 12 weeks before a competition, but I only had 8 weeks. In that short time, I changed my body and mind.

I plan all of my meals through the week and occasionally have a treat. If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to prep your meals.

SUPPLEMENTS  THAT HELPED ME THROUGH THE JOURNEY
With Meal 1
Pre-workout
With Meal 2 and 6

DIET PLAN THAT GUIDED MY TRANSFORMATION

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4: Post-workout
Meal 5
Meal 6

TRAINING REGIMEN THAT KEPT ME ON TRACK

Day 1: Legs/Cardio
Day 2: Back/Biceps/Abs/Cardio
Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: 60 min
Day 3: Chest/Triceps
Day 4: Legs/Glutes/Cardio
Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: 60 min
Day 5: Shoulders/Abs/Cardio

WHAT ASPECT CHALLENGED ME THE MOST

“TRUST THE PROCESS. YOUR MIND PLAYS TRICKS ON YOU, BUT YOU CAN’T LISTEN.”

I loved the training aspect of competition prep and thought the diet would be a breeze since I have many allergies already, but I was wrong. It’s a mental challenge and I can see how people have an issue sticking to a plan.

I began craving foods that I would otherwise never touch. I had to tell myself repeatedly that I can’t eat foods that aren’t conducive to my goals.

As my body changed, I didn’t mind not having treats. It was worth it.

MY FUTURE FITNESS PLANS

Since earning my SNBF pro card in November, I’ve taken a few months to make improvements.

I’ll step on stage to compete in my first pro show in June 2014.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ASPIRING TRANSFORMERS

Trust the process. Your mind plays tricks on you, but you can’t listen. Remember why you’re doing this and push yourself. Stay strong and be around likeminded people.

HOW BODYBUILDING.COM HELPED ME REACH MY GOALS

I purchased a majority of my supplements from Bodybuilding.com. I was shocked when I realized that Bodybuilding.com carries vegan protein and I stocked up immediately. The shipping is insanely quick.

JEN’S TOP 5 GYM TRACKS

  1. “Roar” by Katy Perry
  2. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke
  3. “Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa
  4. “Feds Watching” by 2 Chainz
  5. “Rack City” by Tyga

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