Yesterday we talked about the definition of cellulite and its causes. We gave you the “skinny” on cellulite. We know what it is, we know what causes it, now let’s start talking about what to do about it because, when you really think about it, you aren’t terribly worried about what it is or how it got there. You just want to know what to do about it. Right?
Well, I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is if it is just in the beginning, you can probably get rid of it, and even in the middle stages you can dramatically reduce it. The bad news is you won’t be able to eat pizza, go for late night McDonald’s runs, forgo veggies, and eat bowls full of sugar to do it. Bummer, huh?
Most people think of cellulite as a cosmetic problem and basically just fat but skinny people get it just as often as heavier ones. A lot of it is trapped fluid and much of it is triggered by hormones which is one big reason most men don’t have it.
The fact is, if you have chronic inflammation and are in a constant acidic state with the alkalinity of your blood out of balance you are absolutely going to see more cellulite. If you are estrogen dominant because of dietary, environmental, and/or HRT or birth control pills you are going to have a greater risk of chronic inflammation and are, more than likely, . You are going to see more cellulite.
What does all this got to do with the anti-cellulite diet I promised to give you? I am almost there.
Bottom line, the body doesn’t heal selectively. You can’t get rid of your cellulite without getting rid of your chronic inflammation and bringing yourself into an state. And by changing your diet to get rid of cellulite you will be bringing your whole body into balance. Are you with me so far?
Following a plant based diet with plenty of rainbow colored veggies, a few seasonal fruits a day, peppering your meals with alkaline grains like high protein quinoa, amaranth, and millet, boosting your fiber and EFAs (good fats) with nuts like walnuts, almonds and selenium rich Brazil nuts, adding in Omega-3 rich seeds like flax and chia and making sure, if you eat meat, it is the highest quality grass-fed meat, or free range chicken, and eggs from foraging chickens are a great way to bring the body back into balance, lose weight, and make cellulite a thing of the past.
There are some nutrition heavy hitters that are prized for their cellulite busting abilities that should definitely be part of your healthy eating plan. Let’s take a look at the most prized foods.
Foods containing lecithin (the key ingredient in Lipostabil, an injectible once touted for its fat dissolving capability) is a vital ingredient in eliminating cellulite because it repairs the connective tissue by reconstructing the cell walls and by doing so it help all the organs of the body to stay healthy and hydrated, at the highest functional level. About 2000 – 4000 mg of lecithin a day is needed to see real results and is better taken from food sources such as eggs, oranges, tomatoes, soy products, peanuts, potatoes and spinach.
Essential fatty acids are oils which function as lubricants of the body and provide many benefits such as lowering cholesterol, regulation of blood pressure, formation of healthy cell membranes, hormone production, proper thyroid and adrenal activity etc. Essential fatty acids can be found in: olive oil, almond oil, almonds, caju, pistachios, fish oil, sunflower and hemp seeds. The amount needed per day is about 2,2 – 4,4g Omega 3 fatty acids.
Proteins from food are synthesized in amino acids which are important elements in the production of collagen and elastin in the body. For a woman the recommended protein intake is 50g per day. Foods rich in proteins are free range chicken, cold water fish, eggs (especially from chickens allowed to forage and fertilize), green vegetables, nuts, and every type of meat and game (Please be wise if you eat meat and buy grass-fed beef or bison, and wild meats such as venison or boar which are not exposed to antibiotics or hormones that can trigger even more hormonal issues). Soy is high in protein but if you are estrogen dominant or sensitive to soy it is not a good idea to include it unless fermented and/or sprouted and in small amounts. Also, because soy is one of the largest GMO crop, it is important to make sure it comes from an organic source when it is consumed.
Antioxidants help us fight the free radicals which destroy bodily tissue, cause inflammation, and even cause cancer. Without a sufficient amount of daily antioxidants our immune system suffers, the body becomes out of balance in all its systems, and we even age prematurely. Some antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E have a recommended daily dose, other like those found in vegetables and fruits don’t. Antioxidants are found in vegetables, fruits, red wine, green tea, nuts, eggs, and alkaline grains.
B vitamins and trace minerals are necessary to metabolize fats, carbohydrates, proteins and antioxidants. There are 8 vitamins in the B category which can be found in foods like: whole grains, fish, eggs, chicken, dairy products and yeast. Mineral deficiency can lead to many health problems including heart, joint and/or bone diseases, and is even a factor in chronic diseases like autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Haschimoto’s or Grave’s Disease, Lupus, Polymyositis and Diabetes.
Why am I pushing good nutrition so hard in the quest for smooth firm thighs?
Many fruits and vegetables boost circulation! A healthy blood flow to smaller blood vessels feed skin cells with key nutrients and aid in eliminating toxins that are responsible for cellulite build-up.
Banana, Mango and Orange along with most other citric fruits have high levels of vitamin C. (Good morning Ginger Lemon Tea!) Bioflavonoids in oranges help the blood flow and strengthen the capillary walls. Watermelons are rich in Lycopene which can help prevent a buildup of plaque – the “ick” substance that can hinder the blood flow in the arteries.
Pumpkin Seeds are a great source of Vitamin E, they help to improve blood flow. Nuts contain Niacin which essentially gives your blood a boost and helps to prevent circulation problems. A healthy dose of Garlic can help prevent the accumulation of plaque in the bloodstream and even in some cases reduce it dramatically.
They are heavy hitters when it comes to water retention! Fruit and Vegetables are good for solving water retention problems, as their special composition prohibits blood vessels from leaking into body tissue. Build up of excessive fluid inside the fat layers provides an ideal condition for the rapid growth of cellulite.
Include fruits such as Mango, Melons, Berries, Apples and Bananas into your daily snack habits and create tasty salads chopping up some celery, cucumber, squash, beetroot and asparagus.
Let’s not forget the power of raw apple cider vinegar in the quest for dimple free thighs. Studies have shown ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them. Easier breakdown of fat means fewer chances it ends up in the hips and thighs.
Tomorrow we will talk about other treatments and potions to fight cellulite. What works. What doesn’t. The hope. The hype. Hint:: The solution may not be in your local pharmacy.
See you tomorrow!
Wishing you peace and balance,