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6 Diet Tips to Fend Off Thanksgiving Weight Gain

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With just a few days until American Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to equip for a healthy and slender holiday season. To help me out, I’ve called upon one of my good friends, Diana Keuilian.

I’ve known Diana since 2010 when her husband was one of my first business mentors and coaches. I’ll never forget all the amazing meals she would prepare for us anytime I was at their place. And she would do the same for her 2 kids as well – every day. Truly amazing.

Diana’s a true inspiration when it comes to clean healthy food that tastes great. So, without any further delay, I’ll let her get started with 6 diet tips to help you fend off Thanksgiving weight gain.


Thanks Yuri!

Today I’d like to share 6 cool ways to make your meals tasty and healthy, while helping you burn fat. I figure this is good timing with Thanksgiving just around the corner. After all, no one likes putting on 3-5 pounds in one weekend right?

Wouldn’t it be great if all your favorite comfort meals naturally promoted fat loss? I think that would be awesome.

My old favorite comfort meals were fried fish tacos, fully-loaded veggie burritos, angel hair pasta with mizithra cheese and cheese-smothered veggie burgers with fries. Yummmmmmmm! Unfortunately these old favorites brought on rapid fat storage.

Due to my love of food, in my twenties I went from a size 4 to a size 12.

In my frustration I tried portion control, and began to limit the amount of foods that I ate. This began a yo-yo cycle of eating less food one day, more the next, and never seeing the results I wanted.

Over the past few years I’ve read countless books on nutrition and have finally landed on the formula for creating meals that promote fat loss, and taste good while doing it.

Oh and this method of eating has effortlessly brought me back to that size 4 🙂

This is what I discovered…

Fat Burning Tip #1) Ditch Grains and Refined Sugar

A fat burning meal does not contain a serving of grains or starches. Yes, I realize that this goes against everything that we have been taught or experienced with dinners. Most meals are plated with a jumbo serving of noodles, pasta, potatoes, rice, has been breaded or is served with bread, tortillas, chips or buns.

As I learned the hard way, these carbs are more than we need, and end up being stored as fat. And, yes, it is possible to create fat-burning dinners that satisfy even the hungriest meat-and-potatoes members of your family.

This was the hardest part for me to get used to. Grains and sugar are filled with fat-promoting carbs, and as you saw above, my favorite meals were all carb-ed out.

There’s really no reason, other than habit, to eat grains or sugar on a regular basis. Once I removed these from my diet, and got out of the habit of eating them, I no longer craved or even found my old favorites very appealing.

Fat Burning Tip #2) Bring On The Veggies

After you remove the grains and sugars from your meal, add a bunch of fiber-filled veggies instead. One of my favorite things to do now when building a fat burning meal is to get a bowl, add a few handfuls of organic spinach and arugula, and then top it with protein and some cooked veggies. Add a light homemade dressing and you’re looking at the perfect, quick fat burning meal.

Fiber-filled veggies are important for many reasons in addition to the fiber. They are filled with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which your body needs. They are also very low in calories compared to the amount of space that they take up in your stomach. So you’ll get full faster on fewer calories.

Fat Burning Tip #3) Quality Ingredients

Ingredients are the building blocks to a healthy meal so pay attention to the quality of the ingredients you use. Fast food just isn’t going to cut it! Be willing to spend a little more on the foods that you eat. Quality is much more important that quantity.

When choosing meat look for organic, antibiotic and hormone-free. Avoid processed meats, like lunchmeats, as these contain potentially harmful additives and lots of salt. Also avoid highly processed soy fake meats.

Choose foods that are:
• Fresh, organic and seasonal
• Pronounceable ingredients
• Whole foods

Fat Burning Tip #4) Use A Healthy Cooking Method

The method in which you cook your meal determines how many calories, how much added fat, and the number of nutrients that survive.

Don’t prepare meals like this:
• Fried and battered
• Processed and packaged
• Doused with cream sauce

Choose these cooking methods:
• Grilled
• Baked
• Broiled
• Steamed

Fat Burning Tip #5) Cook With Coconut Oil

I used to always cook with vegetable oil, never realizing how harmful it was to my fat loss efforts. Unfortunately most people use harmful, unstable and fat promoting oils when they cook.

The good news is that coconut oil is an amazing, healthy oil that not only tastes great but also helps promote fat loss. Among its many benefits, coconut oil is stable, even at high temperatures. It’s filled with lauric acid, which boosts the immune system and helps ward off infections.

Best of all, coconut oil has been shown to increase metabolism and thyroid activity, which boosts fat burning.

Fat Burning Tip #6) Enjoy Fresh Fruit…For Dessert

When is the last time that you bit into a fresh, organic, perfectly ripe piece of fruit? Delicious, wasn’t it? I used to overlook fruit as the perfect dessert that it is, and instead would eat artificially flavored, cane sugar sweetened, processed desserts that encourage rapid weight gain and declined health.

I’m not going to say that ice cream and chocolate don’t taste awesome, because they do. But eating desserts like that on a regular basis is one of the big reasons that I kept gaining weight back in my twenties. By making the simple switch from refined sugar desserts to desserts of organic, fresh fruit I was able to lose weight without feeling deprived.

Let’s bring fruit back to its rightful place as our favorite, most popular after-dinner sweet. Out with the refined sugar and corn syrup and in with Nature’s sweetest gift…fresh fruit.

Hope that you have enjoyed these 6 tips. I’m walking proof that this way of eating truly delivers results without deprivation or boring, bland meals. And you can keep these tips in mind when you’re sitting down at the table this coming weekend for Thanksgiving.




Thanks Diana. Great advice from a mother who loves to cook healthy and tasty meals for her entire family.

If, like Diana, you love food WAY too much to give up flavorful, delicious dinners, snacks and desserts, then I’m sure you’ll LOVE her Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals recipe collection.

I’ve had her cookbooks in kitchen for the last few months and they are awesome. Amy and I have made a ton of them so far and her more than 100 fat burning recipes are delicious, especially the desserts (like the healthy brownie – yum).

You’ll also get to enjoy tasty stuff like Chicken Enchiladas, Baked Chicken Nuggets, Make-Your-Own Tacoss, Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies and much, much more.

Although the recipes aren’t vegan or raw, they are still 100% healthy and perfect for a family of picky eaters. That’s why I incorporate Diana’s recipes in with my own. As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many delicious and healthy meals that you and your family will enjoy.

That’s why I’m recommending you take a look at her Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals.

Before I Go…

Check out this video of Diana sharing her amazingly delicious “Caveman Cookies”. These are awesome …

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