At the Seattle hypnosis office of Slender For Life™ I know that whole grains are great for weight loss. And, did you know that hypnosis for weight loss can really help you lose weight? Seattle weight loss clients of Slender For Life™ have experienced the great flavors and satisfied feeling that comes with the endless healthy ways to prepare and serve grains. Do you think that you don’t like brown rice? That is where self-hypnosis comes in. With hypnotherapy you can end your desires for unhealthy processed foods and create a healthy desire for vegetables, fruit and whole grains.  For those of you who have never experienced hypnosis or are wondering if you can be hypnotized, I have a free on-line hypnosis course to answer your questions.

I was doing some more research on the benefits of whole grains and discovered that the Dole Nutrition News Desk has some excellent information on the benefits of grains. According to the Dole article, in contrast to refined grains, whole grains retain the nutrients — especially fiber — otherwise removed by processing. Whole grains help keep your stomach slender which also helps protect against heart disease and diabetes. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you make at least half of your 5 to 8 grain servings whole.

Brown Rice: Though not strictly a “whole” grain (as its hull is removed) one cup of brown rice naturally contains over 100% of your daily recommended intake of manganese (supports bone development and wound healing). Though slightly chewier in texture, brown rice can be substituted wherever you’d use the white stuff: casseroles, side dishes, even sushi! And it has 5 grams of protein.

Buckwheat: Though technically a fruit (of the same family as the rhubarb), buckwheat is prepared and eaten as a grain — and it’s gluten-free. Buckwheat’s antioxidant rutin acts as a vitamin C booster, strengthening capillaries and regulating their permeability. Buckwheat’s protein also boosts arterial health by limiting cholesterol absorption up to 47%. Though traditionally associated with pancakes and porridge, buckwheat is also the main ingredient in Japanese soba noodles. Get this – 19 grams of protein!

Quinoa: Also gluten-free, quinoa is actually a vegetable — related to beets! Quinoa contains more protein than other grains — nearly as much as a serving of turkey breast. Even more interesting, a cup of quinoa contains your entire daily recommended allowance of iron and is a complete protein containing all 10 amino acids. Quinoa can substitute for rice or make a delicious breakfast, mixed with a bit of maple syrup. Do rinse quinoa before preparing, however, to remove bitter-tasting saponins — the plant’s own natural insect repellent. 8 grams of protein.

Barley: Tops among whole grain in fiber content (6 grams dietary fiber), providing nearly a quarter of your daily needs in just one serving. In particular, barley contains a type of fiber called beta-glucans that may lower total cholesterol levels including LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. Barley’s also interchangeable with rice; since it readily absorbs liquids, it can help thicken soups and stews. 4 grams of protein.

Oats: A mineral marvel, supplying four times your daily manganese needs, plus your complete RDA for phosphorus (works with calcium to promote strong bones and teeth), as well as an excellent source of iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and selenium. Of course, oats are most famous for their soluble fiber, which helps regulate cholesterol and reduce diabetes risk. 11 grams of protein.

Amaranth: Another gluten-free option, amaranth was a main food source of the Aztecs, who also used it in religious rites. Today amaranth deserves worship as a top source of calcium — providing as much per serving as a glass of milk. Plus, amaranth’s amino acid lysine helps promote calcium absorption. Use amaranth flour in baked goods, or swap amaranth for rice in your rice pudding for a lighter, more nutritious version of the popular dessert. 9 grams of protein.

For the complete Dole article read Great Grains.

Recently, I have discovered Farro and I love it. I saw it in the bulk food section and asked the bulk food manager about it and looked in several cookbooks at the store on how to prepare and use it. I bought a small bag, brought it home and looked on-line for some recipes but didn’t get around to using it. Then my wife made a vegetable stir fry (no oil) and “brown rice“.  We both talked about how great it was & how we loved the flavor. I kept asking her what she did differently and she couldn’t think of anything. During our third meal of this stir fry, I was examining the texture of the “rice” and asked her what kind of brown rice she used. She replied, “I don’t know, you bought it.” I knew immediately that we weren’t eating brown rice, we were eating B. She had cooked it in the rice cooker just like rice and it turned out perfectly. Farro is now showing up in more of our dishes!

According to Vegetarian Times, farro, quinoa, kamut and amaranth are actually some of the oldest foods on earth. Ancient civilizations grew them and revered them enough to often use them as money and as offerings for sacrificial ceremonies. Today, these flavorful, protein-packed grains are again finding an avid audience.

Here is what they had to say about farro: Farro (pronounced FAHR-oh) is not wheat, but a plant and grain all its own. A farro grain looks like light brown rice and has a nutty taste that’s reminiscent of oats and barley. Lighter than other whole grains, farro, contains a starch similar to Arborio rice, which releases a creamy, binding liquid when cooked, hence it’s attraction to restaurateurs who often use it in risotto-type dishes. Farro may also be ground into flour and used to make pasta and baked goods.

Rich in fiber, magnesium farro is easily digested and low in gluten, which makes it a good choice for those who are wheat-sensitive.

All of these grains are great for weight loss. They taste good, they make interesting dishes and they fill you up and keep you satisfied. I love it when something is healthy and tastes so good!

With hypnotherapy you can create a curiosity, desire and like for new foods. I hear frequently from Slender For Life™ clients how much they are enjoying the taste of real food that is not smothered in fat. You really can lose weight with hypnosis for weight loss. I have the pleasure of watching and facilitating Seattle weight loss clients as they create a healthy desire for real food using self-hypnosis.

If you have never experienced hypnosis or are wondering if you can be hypnotized, I have a free on-line hypnosis course to answer your questions. Visit me at Seattle hypnosis in person, or, if you live too far away,  we can schedule a free consultation over the phone and design a program for you where ever you are.

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I enjoy a variety of whole grains for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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