84: How to Use Ancient Spices to Make Weight Loss Easier

How to use ancient spices to make weight loss easier and boost health

Sometimes “getting healthy” seems complicated. Conflicting advice to sort through, new recipes to learn, special ingredients to buy—and the list can go on. But some health hacks have been around for ages … and are probably already in our kitchens!

Have some cinnamon around? Or some cayenne pepper? These ancient spices can turn simple food (or drink) into a flavorful, fat-burning treat.

Get Skinny (and Healthy!) with Ancient Spices

I’m not a fancy cook, but I never skip a chance to use herbs and spices in my kitchen, both for the amazing flavor and proven health benefits. It’s an addictive way to cook!

My guest Nagina Abdullah swears by spices as well. After years of struggling to lose weight and feeling just plain feeling crummy, Nagina thought about what she could add to her diet rather than take away. She especially started adding spices known for their anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting power … and everything changed.

Soon, she was melting off the pounds, and enjoying her food more! In fact, this mother of 2 lost 40 pounds with her new take on ancient spices.

Nagina’s Natural Recipe for Burning Fat … Fast!

Inspired, Nagina created MasalaBody.com, a blog and weight-loss coaching program now featured on People.com, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Fox News. Because she herself worked 60+ hours a week, she designed the system to fit the lifestyle of busy moms, professionals, and entrepreneurs. (Basically, people who don’t have time to mess around!)

There are many weight loss systems I wouldn’t endorse, but her concept of a real food diet + a pinch of spice rings true. It’s attainable for everyone and helps us eat the way nature intended.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Nagina’s own story of weight struggles, especially after kids
  • The 3 key fat-burning “Skinny Spices” in Nagina’s weight loss system
  • How to reduce urges for unhealthy quick fixes like sugar, alcohol, and caffeine
  • Unique health benefits of common spices and ways to use them
  • Out-of-the-box breakfast ideas to get morning metabolism going
  • What to add to your morning coffee for a health boost (and no, it’s not bulletproof coffee!)
  • Simple ways to up your intake of spices and herbs (without learning all new recipes)
  • Substitute spices to try if you don’t like spice/heat
  • Nagina’s gift to Wellness Mama readers: 3 recipes using spices to beat late-night sugar cravings!

Resources We Mention:

Don’t forget to visit MasalaBody.com/WellnessMama for Nagina’s free gift to Wellness Mama readers!

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors:

This podcast is brought to you by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! They have the first grass-fed (and grass-finished) non-perishable bone broth and it is ah-mazing! You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online from here.

Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).

This podcast is also brought to you by Thrive Market. If you live in a real food desert like I do, it can be difficult to find certain organic foods, speciality foods, or allergy-friendly foods. Thrive Market is my solution to this problem. They carry thousands of the non-perishable foods that I use most often at discount prices. I think of them as a combination of Costco, Amazon, and Whole Foods. They are online like Amazon, have a yearly membership fee to unlock discounts like Costco, and carry high quality foods like Whole Foods.

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Reader Comments

  1. Nagina recommended Jiva Organics turmeric powder. I’ve heard recent reports of many turmeric powders, even organic ones, being contaminated with lead. Has this Jiva turmeric powder been tested for lead and other contaminants?

  2. Just from listening to this podcast, I have started adding Cinnamon and Tumeric to my morning smoothie! I love the added flavor of the Cinnamon. Cannot wait to integrate more of these spices into my diet. Thanks for the advice.

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