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Weight Loss

Here at Green Bay we have a simple philosophy for weight loss:

Give your body everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t.

We realize it can be a bit more complicated than that (sometimes it really does feel like your body wants that giant piece of chocolate cake), but generally, the best thing we can do is provide our body with the broad range of nutrients it requires to keep us energized, happy and healthy. When the body’s nutrient intake is where it needs to be, cravings diminish and energy levels rise, resulting in a more active lifestyle - all the ingredients that are needed for long-term, natural weight loss.

A good place to start is to make a plan and give some time to procure the right foods so they will be there when you need them - a good source of water, fresh vegetables and tasty proteins in abundance. You may decide to start with a detox and prepare your schedule for a day (3 or so days in) of feeling grumpy and susceptible to veering off track. For best results, nourish your cells by drinking 1.5 to 2 litres of water per day, avoid toxic sweeteners and sugars (including refined carbohydrates), animal fats and leave up to 5 hour gaps between meals to activate fat burning in the body.

You will aim to rebalance the body’s biochemistry by optimising body pH and satisfying its need for essential fatty acids, good protein, high quality vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, digestive enzymes and dietary fibre. One of the reasons we have cravings is that our body needs nutrients that it is not getting - perhaps because it is unable to absorb them or because our system has lost its ability to balance itself having grown accustomed to constant stimuli such as sugar, carbohydrate or caffeine. As a result, a stabilised diverse, nutrient-rich diet (full of raw and steamed veggies) is absolutely paramount in any weight loss plan. Sticking to a diet as close to nature as possible can help your body meet its nutritional requirements and that’s where we can help!

Green Bay products that are especially helpful in your weight loss plan include:

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with 10+ Manuka Honey

This energizing combination assists the body in maintaining a healthy metabolism and good blood sugar levels, helpful if you’re dieting and suffering from sugar lows which can leave you reaching for the nearest source of carbohydrates (healthy or not). Studies have also found the acetic acid contained in apple cider vinegar to be associated with reduced liver lipids and less fat accumulation.

‘ACV’ combined with Manuka Honey provides a soothing mantle for the gastrointestinal tract, protecting it from irritants, and helping the body digest and unlock the nutrients found in the food you eat.

Organic Fine Kelp

Giant Kelp contains alginates and over 70 trace minerals, including naturally high levels of iodine and potassium; much more than iodized salt and many other kelps. Iodine is vital for a healthy thyroid. Our thyroid gland absorbs iodine ions to make hormones that control our body’s metabolic rate. If we’re deficient in those hormones our metabolic rate can drop by as much as 50% which means that we are burning dramatically less calories.

Kelp is swiftly becoming the new wonder food for weight-loss support. Scientific research published in March 2010 discovered that the alginates found in Kelp were better at preventing fat absorption than most over-the-counter slimming treatments. Alginates (seaweed fibre) are key to reducing the fat absorbed by our bodies.

Organic Green Barley Leaf Powder

Green Barley Leaf floods the body with chlorophyll, delivering a stunning range of nutrients in their most vital form. It’s packed with 18 amino acids, as well as beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin K, B6 and vitamin C. It also contains minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese and zinc - all in an easily digestible form.

This cascade of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and highly digestible carbohydrates helps to increase energy levels, rebuild cells and restore health. Popular with athletes who have high nutrient requirements to support physical performance, this natural super nutritious food can give all of us extra pep!

Also, according to a 2010 meta-analysis by SS AbuMweis et al, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, beta-glucan in barley helped lower LDL cholesterol, which is the "bad" kind of cholesterol.

Organic Flax Fibre

Flax Fiber contains good levels of soluble and insoluble fibres help to ensure that glucose is released steadily into the bloodstream. This is particularly important in cases of hypoglycaemia, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, but our Flax Fibre is also really good at leveling out those sugar rush ups and downs. As a food with a low glycaemic load (GL), Flax Fibre helps your body to avoid triggering excessive insulin release and a subsequent “sugar low” which can lead to cravings.

A good intake of Flax Fibre can also help to improve blood cholesterol levels. We all know that high cholesterol is bad because it is a factor in cardiovascular problems. Flax Fibre works to trap fat and glucose and it’s then swept out of the body.

Whether it is a drizzle of Apple Cider Vinegar with Manuka Honey on your salad, a sprinkle of Flax Fibre on your porridge, a spoon of Green Barley Leaf in your morning smoothie or a dash of Kelp on your fish with supper, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to incorporate nutrient-dense functional foods into your daily diet. An important part of any weight loss plan is to enjoy and feel good about the foods you are eating. All of our products are not only full of health-giving properties, but are packed with flavor that make any meal that much more delicious and satisfying. With a strong nutritional foundation and regular exercise routine, you will be well on your way to reaching your weight loss goals in no time!