A Nutritionist Dishes on How To Drop That Winter Weight

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When we wanted to find out how to drop those pesky winter pounds that we inevitably packed on, we knew we couldn’t mess around. This is why we consulted Tricia Williams, whose custom health-specific food service Food Matters targets the specific dietary needs and goals of each individual client. Not only does she deliver fresh, organic meals to their homes, she also counsels them on everything from the contents of their pantries to healthy ways to incorporate their favorite foods. Clearly, she means business.

So, where to start? “There are three things I always remove from people’s diets: gluten, sugar, and dairy,” Tricia tells us. “I feel like no matter where people are in life, when you take those three things out, they feel so much better.”

As you read on, you’ll notice that some of her suggestions for dietary substitutions might seem a little… extreme. She knows. “Just try one new thing every two weeks and see how you deal with it,” Tricia advises. “The people who try and go radical and change everything honestly don’t stick to it or end up getting away from it because it’s overwhelming. So, baby steps!”

Almond Milk

Instead of Milk, Try Almond Milk

“We take diary out of the equation because it makes a lot of excess mucous in the body. Almond milk is the best go-to and it’s also really easy to find in grocery stores. I think almond milk pairs really well with different things — in cereals, in porridges.”
Read more: How To Drop Weight – Food Matters Tricia Williams on Winter Weight – Marie Claire

 

Coconut Sugar

Instead of Sugar, Try Coconut Sugar

“Coconut sugar is the nectar of the blossom of the coconut before it grows, and it has a low glycemic index. What I love about it the most is that it behaves a lot like white sugar when you bake with it. It’s low in calories, and it gives you that crunch in cookies that you don’t always get from those artificial sweeteners.”
Read more: How To Drop Weight – Food Matters Tricia Williams on Winter Weight – Marie Claire

 

Oat Flour

Instead of White Flour, Try Oat Flour

“White flour is not only highly refined, it has a high glycemic index, which makes your blood sugar spike and then crash. Oat flour has a lower glycemic index and it’s whole grain, which helps you to feel fuller, longer.”
Read more: How To Drop Weight – Food Matters Tricia Williams on Winter Weight – Marie Claire

 

Cashew Cheese

Instead of Cheese, Try Cashew Cheese

“When you make cashew milk, you soak cashews in water and then grind them up and strain it. Then what you can do is make cheese — this is like a cream cheese, and we can flavor this with basil or chives. We can also dry it out and make it have more of a goat cheese texture. All you need to make this is just water and cashews — it’s so much easier and so much less expensive to make than to buy.”
Read more: How To Drop Weight – Food Matters Tricia Williams on Winter Weight – Marie Claire

 

Coconut Oil

Instead of Butter, Try Coconut Oil

“Even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, there’s plenty of evidence that it contains medium and long-chain fatty acids, which help you burn fat. It’s anti-microbial, so it has lots of healing properties, too. I also love to bake with it — it keeps mois
Read more: How To Drop Weight – Food Matters Tricia Williams on Winter Weight – Marie Claire

 

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