He Who Controls The Spice Controls The Universe
If you don’t cook with spices then there is something wrong with you.
There’s probably nothing wrong with you, I just think you’re missing out on some better tasting food.
When it comes to meal prepping, I recommend you add spices to your food so that it doesn’t taste bland (i.e. like shit). The last thing you want to do is open up the regenerator and stare at three tupperware containers of plain meat and vegetables. It will anger you and you’ll most likely NOT eat the food.
Not only will these spices give you some good flavor, but they can* potentially help in the fat burning process.
I want to be clear about this. Eating healthy food should be an amazing experience. You should feel good about it both mentally and physically. It should broaden your horizons, it should satisfy you, it should nourish you and it should provide you with quality energy to get through the day.
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If your healthy food sucks, or if you’re not excited about eating healthy, then you’re probably not going to eat it. In fact, you’ll most likely resort to unhealthy food options that provide excess calories and minimal nutrients. These calories cause you to gain unwanted weight and push you farther from your fat loss goals.
So take the challenge of making your food taste better. Experiment with a variety of spices and come up with your own simple recipes.
* Notice how I say “can” because it’s not 100% conclusive. It doesn’t hurt though.
Here are three of my favorite spices. These are just a few as there are plenty more that provide awesome benefits.
1. Cayenne Pepper
If you haven’t already added cayenne pepper to your daily diet, it’s about time you start.
Not only does it provide immense amounts of flavor, but also that tingling heat you feel while eating spicy foods is actually working to your benefit. All chilies provide a thermongenic response in the body, which just means that it raises your body’s core temperature.
In an attempt to return your body to homeostasis, or its natural balance, your metabolism starts to work towards bringing the temperature down to normal levels.
Capsaicin is the main anti-inflammatory property in cayenne pepper. That is what’s responsible for relieving pain and irritation as well as acting as an anticoagulant, which aids in protecting against blood clots that can lead to stroke and heart attacks.
As if the capsaicin wasn’t doing enough for you by warding off life threatening aliments, when the heat from the peppers hits your mouth it triggers the pain receptors in the brain. This ignite the bodies cooling system, which basically provides similar effects as a cardio workout (on a much lower scale).
Native to Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, cinnamon was once so highly sought after that wars were fought over the trading and production rights for the fragrant spice. Cinnamon was even used as a form or currency and was deemed to have aphrodisiacal properties.
Cinnamon can aid in weight loss by decreasing blood sugar. Your blood sugar spikes and fluctuates as you eat throughout the day, so your body releases insulin to control your blood sugar level. Insulin is a tricky hormone that wants to store fat rather than release it, and cinnamon lowers the amount of sugar your body allows into the blood. Studies have shown that cinnamon is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
I love cinnamon and I love cinnamon rolls, FYI
I got this one from Tim Ferris’ boot The Four Hour Chef. In one of his egg recipes from the middle east, he uses cumin to give it some flavor. I think Tim Ferris is pretty awesome and in my quest to reach awesome “Tim” levels, I started adding Cumin to my eggs in the morning as well.
Originally from Iran and the Mediterranean, cumin is a small seed that comes for the Cuminum cyminum herb, a member of the parsley family. This seed has a distinct flavor and warm aroma. It is associated mostly with Indian, Mexican, and Vietnamese foods, but the ancient Greeks kept a dish of it on the dinner table, a practice which continues today in Morocco.
Cumin has a ton of health benefits from improving digestion to avoiding hemorrhoids. This is due to the fact that it contains essential oils. It also helps fight the common cold, respiratory disorders, asthma and bronchitis.
This is a super powerful spice and I recommend giving it a shot.
Please tell me you use spices? If so, what do you like to put on your food?