Unusual Snacks for Weight Loss

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The key is to give your tastebuds a trip while keeping the calories in check. Add a healthy dose of protein to the mix, and you’ll not only be satisfied, but you’ll curb hunger pangs and cravings. While it may seem counterintuitive to snack when trying to lose weight, it can often lead to quicker pounds shed if done right.

So girl put those potato chips down and let’s get real for a second. We need to fuel your body right. And hey, when the occasional craving hits, you’re welcome to a cookie or two, but we’re going to bet on the fact that you’re not going to be craving unhealthy snacks after fueling yourself with these healthy bites.

I recommend the usuals like baked kale, sweet potato, and zucchini chips, but I’m also a big fan of lupini beans. If you haven’t heard of these yet, try them out in your snack routine, just make sure to prep them properly by rinsing them well. Traditionally, they’re eaten pickled in the Mediterranean basin and Latin America. Another favorite? Popcorn with hot sauce!

Read the full interview on YouBeauty.com on unusual snacks here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

Typically Meat-Heavy Keto Diet Is Going Vegetarian

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By now, you’ve probably heart of the ketogenic, or “keto,” diet.

It’s a very restrictive regimen of low carb, high fat foods with some similarities to the Atkin’s diet.

But what if you don’t eat meat? Now, a plant-based keto is catching on.

That’s right, keto is going vegetarian.

Typically, when we think of the wildly popular diet, we think heavy on the protein and animal fats, making it appealing to meat eaters.

The strict combination of “low carb, high fat, high protein” will force the body into a state of ketosis, meaning it burns fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. The end result: You can lose more weight, faster.

Enter the ketotarian diet, which is now a refangled version of the ketogenic diet. Avocados, olive oils, nuts and olives… are your fat choices in ketotarian.

Learn more about the Keto Diet by watching my interview in the full TV segment for CBS New York here.

Eat Healthy! Be Happy!

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What You Need To Know About Doing Yoga To Lose Weight

young-woman-doing-yoga-twist-mat-healthy-lifestyle-royalty-free-image-820933744-1555512374Practicing yoga can be a wonderful way to relax and recharge, but it can also be a great way to lose weight. I was interviewed for Women’s Health Magazine about how to drop extra weight while doing yoga and why nutrition is a key component. You can read the full interview here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

How I Keep My High-Profile Clients in Shape

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I’ve helped all type of clients tweak their diet and get in shape, including models and real housewives to Broadway stars and TV anchors. I shared my tips and tactics in my latest interview with She Knows on how I keep my A-list clients fit. Read the full article here. Eat Healthy! Be Happy! Xoxo Nicolette

Juice it up

Drink warm lemon juice with water in the morning. Take the juice of half a lemon and add a pinch of cayenne pepper to strengthen the body and detox. “It wakes up the digestive system, and contains Vitamin C for skin and immunity and to balance the pH of the body,” Pace says. “It flushes out the system and rehydrates the body — a fluid break-fast!”

Get served

“Plate food out away from the serving area to limit the potential to pick and eat seconds,” Pace advises. “Family style is a no-no for celebrities who need to be slim for performing on camera or stage or modeling.”

Take measurements

“Measure volume in serving utensils like a favorite ladle or serving spoon as well as glasses, cups, mugs, bowls, and plates that you use frequently with water if liquid or solid food to see how much they hold and how full you generally make it,” Pace says. “This is an easy, failsafe way to measure once for portion control ease.”

Buzz in

Caffeine can perk you up in more ways than one. Take some before a workout since it is a clinically proven ergogenic aid, which means it acts on the central nervous system, reduces fatigue, and allows for greater exertion as feelings of work load and pain are reduced. “It’s great for endurance performance, and an easy and inexpensive way to boost your athletic capabilities,” Pace says.

Go with your gut

“Eat probiotic-rich foods to enhance your good gut bacteria, which in turn will keep your weight down,” Pace says. “Look to work in fermented foods by choosing kombucha tea, kefir, yogurt, lebne, miso and fermented vegetables.”

Skip processed foods

Eat minimally processed foods as much as possible. “Uncured meats (naturally done with celery juice), organic poultry and other meat, foods without labels, in season fruits and vegetables, and seafood (preferably locally or regionally grown) will give max nutrients for energy, vitality, and anti-aging and beauty inside and out,” Pace says. “I tell my clients to eat protein and veggies if they need to drop a few pounds quickly before a big event or photo shoot. But this shouldn’t be your go-to. Eat whole foods and avoid processed foods as your long-term diet.”

Sip smart

Lighten up on caffeine and replace sugary beverages, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol with nutrient-rich green tea, white or black tea, yerba mate, or cocoa. Drink citrus-, fruit-, or herb-infused waters; herbal tea; and mineral water for daily hydration.

Workout wisely

“Before exercising, avoid large volumes of fluid or food, especially when toning core muscles, to avoid cramps and digestive upset,” Pace says. “However, be sure to take at least 12 ounces of fluid an hour and a half before so you have adequate hydration. Dose protein and slow carbs one to four hours before to enable sustaining energy.”

Mind your morning meal

Don’t eat if you’re not hungry when you wake up. Just make sure that you eat within four hours of waking up.

Flush it out

Pace recommends doing a potassium and nutrient flush. “It will infuse your body with energy and vitality to help keep your belly flat for a big day,” she says. “Choose grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and berries, and combine with ice and whey or hemp powder for a between meal pick-me-up.” Or, you can use silken soft tofu, kefir or yogurt for a meal replacement. Chilled or savory hot soups can also be great — try gazpacho, herbed cucumber, carrot and turnip puree, creamy guacamole, or butternut ginger for amazing flavor and concentrated nutrients.

Do a detox

“Detoxing will help with bloating if you do not go overboard on fiber or dairy (if you’re sensitive), which can actually make bloating worse,” Pace says. “As it targets digestive and endocrine organs (including the liver, pancreas, abdomen, bowel, and lymphatic system), fluid balance and relief from bloating is a natural and desired benefit. In addition, by placing restrictions on portions and volume it helps to retone the stomach to be more receptive and satisfied earlier with less food. Large meals and frequent overeating leads to excessive stomach stretching and belly bloat. Cut down, if not eliminate, all foods and beverages that sap your energy and lead to bloating, such as processed starches and sweets, which have a high glycemic load, as well as fatty foods and excessive sodium in prepared foods.”

7 Healthy Chia Recipes That Go Beyond Pudding

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailYou’ve probably heard a lot about chia in the past few years. The black, white, and gray edible seed of the Salvia hispanica plant, it seems like the superfood has quickly popped up everywhere, from smoothies and muffins to pudding and cookies. Read the full article on Chowhound where I’m interviewed on the topic.

Eat Healthy! Be Happy! Xo Nicolette

Winter Recipes To Help With Your ‘Holiday Detox’

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January is the perfect time to reset after the indulgent holidays with my holiday detox hot smoothie. This recipe will keep you warm and healthy and on track with any of your cleansing goals in the New Year. Watch the full episode on CBS New York for my myth busting nutrition tips and find the full recipe below. Eat Healthy! Be Happy! xoxo Nicolette

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds beef, chicken, veal or fish bones, preferably a mix of marrow bones and bones with a little meat on them, such as oxtail, short ribs, or knuckle bones (cut in half by a butcher)
  • 2 medium unpeeled carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium leek, end trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic head, halved crosswise
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

 

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place beef bones, carrots, leek, onion, and garlic on a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, toss the contents of the pan and continue to roast until deeply browned, about 20-40 minutes more.
  2. Fill a large (at least 6-quart) stockpot with 12 cups of water (preferably filtered). Add celery, bay leaves, peppercorns, and vinegar. Scrape the roasted bones and vegetables into the pot along with any juices. Add more water if necessary to cover bones and vegetables.
  3. Cover the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to a very low simmer and cook with lid slightly ajar, skimming foam and excess fat occasionally, for at least 8 but up to 24-72 hours on the stove top. With a slow cooker time frame is approximately 6-8 hours. Instant pressure cookers slash the time down to 2 hours.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool slightly. Remove bones, strain broth and let cool/refrigerate so fat on surface can be easily skimmed. Discard bones and vegetables. Broth can be stored for up to 5 days in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer.

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Super Detox Veggie Blend

Chef Pace says these super charged seasonal winter gems are jam packed with detoxifying, slimming, anti-bloating, anti-inflammatory, digestive remedies that gives your body the medicine it needs.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cubed celery root (celeriac)
  • 1 cut up medium sliced leek (washed thoroughly)
  • 1 medium size kohlrabi bulb cubed
  • 3-4 sliced Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes)
  • 1-2 carrots chopped
  • Large handful fresh spinach chopped
  • 2 Tbs chopped parsley
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

How to make it:

  1. Place approximately 4 cups cut up vegetables and seasonings into a 4 quart pot. Add 3-4 cups homemade bone broth to cover. Bring to a boil then simmer until vegetables are tender (30-45 minutes). Pressure cooker 10-15 minutes. Slow cooker 60 minutes.
  2. Blend your hot smoothie right in the cooking pot with a wand (immersion) blender for about 30-60 seconds

30 Foods You Should Eat More of Once You Turn 30

magnesium-foods.jpgThe time around your 30’s is probably full of career growth, family growth…and waistline growth! Combat weight gain and lay a groundwork for a longer, stronger life by adding healthy foods to your diet that can help you feel younger and live longer. Read the full article on Eat This, Not That! where I’m interviewed on the topic.

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Curb Your Cravings

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Cravings can strike at any time and wreck your diet progress. Next time you are in the market for a tempting treat, stop and see if these techniques can help you to stay on track so you can outsmart your cravings.

1. Get Physical: When you move it you lose it. Physical activity is number one for curbing cravings. Exercise is on the same pleasure pathway as food. When you move your body, you take in oxygen and release feel-good brain chemicals. This gives you immediate appetite and craving control..so you can forget that 100 calorie cookie!

2.Go Healthy: Your hungry and you may not know it. Why not plan for what your body needs by eating healthy food to keep hunger at bay.  A well balanced meal will fill you up with delicious and nutritious healthy food so plan to eat at routine intervals for cravings management!

3. Indulge a little: Instead of the typically diet taboos, a little diet bump that incorporates a tasty treat goes a long way to curb cravings. Forbidden food makes eating all the more appealing. Neutralize the desire to overdo it with a little satisfaction with a controlled indulgence to keep cravings at bay.

4.Distract not React:  When all else fails it’s time to break out the heavy hardware.  The world is calling you to eat so  distraction techniques can be your solution and best friend!  Disrupt your brain circuitry with an abrupt stimulus like forehead tapping or washing your mouth out with peppermint. This helps you escape  quickly and gives you back piece of mind instead of a piece of cake!

Take a look at my recent segment on CBS 2 HD where you can see Irene, one of our clients, talk about how she works through nagging cravings by using these techniques for a complete health transformation.

Eat Healthy! Be Happy!

How Bacteria in Your Body Can Make You Fat

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The battle of the bulge just got a little bit bigger. It’s no secret that fighting fat is hard and even harder to fix in the long term. Read on and check out my latest CBS NY segment for more on this great topic!

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Even if you eat less and move more your work can still be cut out for you, especially if you don’t have the right bacteria on your side. A growing body of research is pointing toward how certain bacteria can make you fat and make it even harder for you to lose weight.

Our body is a collection of bacteria, most of which are good, helping our body run smoothly and fight off disease. But the 10% that are not, are notorious fat-loving bacteria which have been discovered to be far more common in people who have weight problems.

Fat loving bacteria live in your gut and release toxins that can negatively affect certain genes involved in fat activation and breakdown. This in turn leads to more fat. These gut bugs also spit off inflammatory chemicals that increase your risk of cancer and other nasty conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Fat loving bacteria are super hungry and very efficient at extracting and storing calories in you so they can survive. It’s a vicious cycle that can make it hard for you to manage your appetite as fullness signals are interrupted and hunger management is even more difficult.

The good news is that this may be fixable. You can starve your fat bugs by reducing calories. As you lose weight the proportion of lean bacteria improves. There are promising studies done in mice showing that transferring lean bacteria to obese mice led to their weight loss. While this is still experimental, in the meantime you can work to change your gut flora naturally.

But before you reach for a bottle of probiotics or start gobbling down yogurt, realize that there are many healthy strains of good bacteria that your body needs. Their specific role for various conditions is not yet determined so it’s best to look to a wide range of food sources to cover your bases.

The key to finding healthful probiotic bacteria comes from the age old practice of fermenting foods for preservation. Many cultures have their own unique food product that was routinely used in their diet. These foods provide nutrients, introduce healthful strains of bacteria, guard against illness, fight inflammation and may have contributed to a lean physique by fighting off fat loving bacteria.

You can find healthy bacteria in a wide range of foods, herbals and botanicals. Some are quite common like yogurt, kefir, leben, ayran, fermented cheeses, miso, tempeh, kimchi, barrel cured sauerkraut, aged unfiltered vinegars and kombucha tea, while others may still be considered relatively exotic and need to be purchased at ethnic markets.

Bring on the bugs but don’t forget to feed your little lean critters with their preferred food. Prebiotic foods give your healthful bacteria the energy to grow and colonize in your body. Switch out refined sugars and starches for fibrous plant foods. Top food sources include beans, legumes, sulfur rich cabbage family foods, onions, garlic, field greens like chickory and dandelion, bran, wheat berries, buckwheat, oats, flax, tomatoes, kiwi, cherries and berries.

Show your fat bacteria the door! In just a few days fighting fat just got easier as you put lean bacteria to work for a new you.  Check out the latest medical news on CBS NY!

Eat healthy! Be Happy!

Nicolette Pace

 

 

Eat Like a Baby & Lose Weight:The Baby Diet Goes Viral

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Should we be taking diet and eating cues from our baby? It may sound strange, but small children usually eat healthy, well balanced meals and appropriate portions for their size.  I recently appeared on News 4 Jax in Jacksonville to discuss how eating like a toddler can help you lose weight, and things you can do to mirror your children’s diet to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. You can watch the segment here, or check out my advice on ABC News,  Daily Mail and Mother Nature Network.