Saturday, October 15, 2011

Honey, Detox and Weight Loss...How does this work???

Raw Honey is a Great Supplement to Your Weight Loss Plan

Raw honey the "superfood" naturally has protein, vitamins and minerals...Raw honey also has antioxidant qualities too...Honey can be used in a variety of ways as an addition to your weight loss diet plan...Also keep in mind that, when and how you use the honey can be critical to the benefits that you seek...

How Honey Can be a Sweet Addition to Your Diet Plan
  • Honey and Lemon Diet
    • Take one teaspoon of raw honey and mix it with two teaspoons of lemon/lime juice in a glass of room temperature (or lukewarm water; not boiling hot)...
    • Drink in the morning on an empty stomach and drink throughout the day after meals...
    • Combine the honey/lemon drink with six small sensible meals throughout the day and exercise 3 or 4 times per week for about a half and hour each time...
  • Honey and Cinnamon Tea
    • I typically use about one-half teaspoon of cinnamon in a cup of boiled water...Allow it to steep for 20-30 minutes...Then add one teaspoon of raw honey...This is what I typically drink in the morning about one-half hour before a breakfast meal...
  • A Tablespoon of Honey at Bedtime
    • This is more commonly known as The Hibernation Diet, from Mike & Stuart McInnes with Maggie Stanfield...Honey taken at bedtime keeps your brain functioning and your liver fueled so that you can lose weight, especially around your mid-section...
  • A Quick Pick Me Up Before and After Your Workout
    • Honey is a natural energy superfood with natural unrefined sugars and carbohydrates which can be a stable source of energy to fuel your workout routine
  • Substitute as a Sweetener in Your Drinks
    • A teaspoon of honey has 22 calories in comparison to sugar that has only 15 calories...But honey has nutrients and sugar has NONE...Also, since honey is sweeter tasting than sugar, you could probably easily get away with using half as much honey, in comparison to the amount of sugar you would normally use...
  • Substitute it in Your Recipes That Call for Sugar
    • Try substituting half and half and then tweak your recipes from there
    • You may need to reduce the liquids in your baked recipes
    • You also may need to add a pinch or more of baking soda to your baked recipes, as well
    • When substituting all of the sugar, try using 3/4 honey in place of 1 cup of sugar
Nutritional Benefits of Honey

   Raw honey may contain trace amounts of these nutrients, in varying amounts, depending on the source of the nectar (i.e. flowers) from which the bees extract the nectar:
  • protein
  • plus riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • niacin (vitamin B3)
  • pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
  • vitamin B6, folate (vitamin B9)
  • vitamin C
  • calcium
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus
  • potassium
  • zinc

Precautions When Using Honey
  • Heat can kill enzymes and nutrients in honey so it is highly recommended to choose raw honey and to be extra cautious when adding honey as a sweetener to your hot drinks (e.g. tea or coffee)...
  • Use plastic or wooden utensils when handling honey - metal spoons and containers are not recommended for honey because honey is slightly acidic and can cause oxidation of the metal which could lead to metal seeping into the honey...
  • Buy raw (non heat extracted) honey for the greatest nutritional/antioxidant benefits

Honey, An antioxidant...How does this help???

Honey's dietary/nutritional benefits is what we have focused on for this article, but do keep in mind that honey can be used in a variety of ways as a natural topical aid for acne, burns and more...


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