Goji Berry the Super Fruit!

Goji BerryOne of the questions I always get asked is what are the best healthy foods to snack on that will not make you gain weight. My answer is always goji berries! They are quick and easy to eat, taste great and have so many health benefits. That’s why they are a super fruit!

Goji berries are also known as wolfberries. They are mainly grown in Asia. Goji berries have been used to try and treat many of today’s health problems like high blood pressure, age related eye problems and diabetes. They can be eaten raw, dried, cooked. They can be used in juices, wines, medicines and herbal teas.

What are the Health Benefits of Goji Berries?

Goji berries are filled with powerful antioxidants so they are great for anti-aging, the immune system and the skin. They are rich in vitamin A, C and contain vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E. Goji berries are also a great source of beta carotene so are good for improving vision. They contain 18 amino acids and around 21 minerals. They contain more iron than spinach. Roughly around 15 times as much and 13% more protein than whole meat. They have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with calcium so are great for your bones too!

This super fruit contains natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds. They also can help in muscle growth so they are a great muscle building snack. The amino acids in goji berries help the body to produce more growth hormone.

How Many Goji Berries Should You Eat a Day?

I recommend you eat two handfuls a day. You can add them to your porridge or add then to a smoothie. I tend to just eat them raw. They taste great, so they make a nice tasty snack!

Can Goji Berries Help You Lose Weight?

Yes, they can because of their low glycemic index value. They won’t cause your blood sugar levels to rise quickly and then crash causing you to crave more sugary foods like high GI foods do.

Stress can play a big part in gaining fat. When we are stressed we release too much cortisol which can result in weight gain by increasing cravings for sugary food. It also stops the secretion of growth hormone as well as depleting the adrenal glands, causing fatigue, resulting in overeating to restore energy levels. Goji berries can lower your stress levels. Goji berries are an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a biological substance found in certain rare plants and herbs that help the body adapt to changes and stress. They can also help with better sleep, increased energy, mental clarity and faster injury recovery.

There you have it. They are not only great for your body, they help you lose weight, build muscle and they taste nice too!

You Become What You Think About

Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or just improve your cardiovascular health, the mind plays a huge role. The mind gets and keeps you motivated, it develops those good habits and it lets you see your goal before you achieve it. I believe the biggest reason for people failing to achieve their health and fitness goals is down to lack of knowledge of how the mind works. You either control the mind or it controls you!

The MindThe mind hates change. It has a world view which has been built up throughout your life. It knows pigs don’t fly and money does not grow on trees. If you were to see a flying pig or a money tree, your mind would reject it instantly. Your mind would be racing to try and find a logical reason to justify why this can’t be real, so it fits into its world view.  That’s why when we try to make a change our mind try’s to resist it. Our habits are formed by our past experiences, family and friends. If you understand how this works then you can beat it! To change your bad habits you must replace them with good habits. How do you change a habit? You must repeat the new habit 30 times, so around a month for it to become a new habit. Your new habit will then be formed, replacing the old one.

Let me give you an example. I developed the habit of having porridge oats with kiwi fruit for my breakfast every morning but I wanted to add blueberries as well. To be honest I was not too keen on blueberries to start with but they have so many health benefits, I wanted to include them. It was hard at first to get used to eating them as part of my breakfast routine. I knew it would be at first. I knew if I did this for the full 30 days it would become a habit. After the 30 days it was formed as a habit. I now have blueberries every day with my porridge!

Our daily thoughts about our self, define who we become. They make up our self-image. What is a self-image? The self-image is your view of yourself. The person who you are and the person you think others think you are. You cannot outperform your self-image. If you don’t think you can do something, I can guarantee you won’t do it. If you don’t think you are worthy of something you won’t get it or keep it.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

Henry Ford,

The good news is we can change our self-image. You need to spend about 5-10 minutes twice a day to picture how you want to be. Picture yourself with bigger arms, a six pack or a slimmer you. You have to feel it. Feel the emotion and the great feeling it gives you. You must do this daily. You need to train your mind daily, just like a sportsman would practice his sport daily. Every top sports person visualizes how they will perform. They see themselves winning and at their best. If you do this for just one day you will see a difference for just that day. If you do it every day you will see the difference for the rest of your life.

Most people see an old friend or a family member they have not seen in a while. The friend or family member say’s your looking really well or they may say you have put weight on. The majority of people will take the compliment of looking well and feel good for a short while and forget about it. The very same people will take in the negative comment about putting on weight and hold on to that image. They spend the rest of the day feeling down. Looking in the mirror seeing themselves larger than they really are. They may head to the kitchen and grab some junk food to make themselves feel better because they can only picture themselves as being overweight so what is the point. If that one person thinks so then I must be. Right? THIS IS TOTALLY THE WRONG THINKING!

You must hold the picture of yourself with that body you desire. Remember you are doing this twice a day. When you look into the mirror see that new body you want. This will make you feel good. Hold on to that feeling throughout the day. That feeling will keep you on track. Don’t allow any negative thoughts about your body enter your mind. If someone makes a negative comment just accept that it is only there view. Everyone one has different views. If you asked a hundred people there favourite food. Would they all say the same thing? No they wouldn’t. So just accept that you will always get negative comments but you don’t have to accept them! As soon as you feel yourself having a negative thought, think back to your image of that body you desire. This will make you feel good about yourself again. Once you build this momentum and learn to eradicate negative thoughts about your body, nothing will stop you!

You will feel more confident, you will feel in control. This thinking will smash through any of the training or nutrition obstacles you may come across. If you don’t control your thoughts, the nutrition and training will always breakdown when those negative thoughts pop up and you hold on to them. So remember, “You Become What You Think About”