Is it just me or is cellulite your adulthood arch nemesis, as well? Stretch marks and flabbiness aside, cellulite was the NUMBER ONE reason that I avoided wearing shorts for over ten years. I wish that I had pictures to share (not really), but it would have been a great before-and-after story for you to get the full picture of what I was dealing with. You see, I didn’t just have lumpy skin. The fullness of my thighs, because of the cellulite, used to cause my legs to hurt, possibly because they were larger than my skin wanted them to be. When I would bend my legs, the skin felt so tight, almost like they were about to pop! They were at their limit.
In fact, used to envy the legs of other people, even those who were much heavier than me, because SOME HOW, they had smooth legs without visible signs of cellulite unlike me. I couldn’t figure it out. What was I don’t wrong? Why was I cursed with noticeably lumpy cellulite that made my skin so tight that I could hardly move? You didn’t even have to pinch my skin to see the dimples. Gross. I was miserable.
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Why Does Cellulite Form?
While researching real foods and natural health, I came across several discussions which pointed out that cellulite becomes visible because the collagen layer under your skin gets stretched out and becomes loose. The looseness causes skin to look dimply. However, if the collagen is tight and springs back easily (like when you are kid), the skin appears smooth.
Some of the reasons that collagen can become loose and result in cellulite are:
- Collagen relaxes over time. As you age, the relaxation of the collagen will cause cellulite to appear.
- Collagen weakening can be a result of wearing tight clothing.
- Excessive estrogen can cause cellulite.
- Excessive fat stores can also weaken collagen.
So it only makes sense that if you can find a way to revive your collagen, your skin would become smoother…
Real Food Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite
If you Google: “How to get rid of cellulite,” you are sure to find endless exercises, tools, creams, products, etc. touting to be the holy grail of ending cellulite. Because of the endless propaganda, we are led to believe that ridding ourselves of cellulite can only be achieved through lots of time, hard work or maybe not at all. Although I was inflicted with it, cellulite actually wasn’t my primary focus when I chose to become healthier. At the time, ridding my pre-diabetes and keeping my family healthy was at the forefront.
It just so happened that after switching to a real food diet, I began to lose weight and most my cellulite just disappeared…without trying. Actually I didn’t even notice that it happened. Some of the real foods that I believe contributed to the obliteration of almost all of the cellulite in my legs were as follows…
Method One: Bone Broth
While reading about the wonderful benefits of a nutritious bowl of bone broth, I learned that not only can the gelatin help to heal your gut and it contains numerous minerals and nutrients for enhancing your health, it also contains collagen to help smooth your skin. Therefore, bone broth can be a good method in your arsenal to combat cellulite. And, it can also minimize wrinkles. With so many benefits, I regularly make a pot of bone broth.
According to Dr. Axe’s article on the Benefits of Bone Broth, “Bone broth is one of world’s best sources of natural collagen, the protein found in vertebrae animals — in their bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow. As we get older, our joints naturally experience wear and tear, and we become less flexible. As bone broth simmers, collagen from the animal parts leaches into the broth and becomes readily absorbable to help restore cartilage.”
Really, everyone of all ages, should be drinking this stuff! And I was at the beginning of my health journey. Daily. For at least two months straight, I had an endless crock pot of broth simmering at all times. And for an added boost of collagen, I took one of Dr. Axe’s suggestions and added chicken feet to the pot that I found at my local farmer’s market. Chicken feet, although a bit odd and a great conversation-starter for visiting guests, adds a beautiful layer of richness and silkiness to an otherwise simple bowl of broth.
I recently found that you can purchase equally nutritious bone broth online from resources such as Thrive Market. I keep a few containers on hand for times when I or someone in the family is beginning to feel under the weather. It sure helps speed up the process and saves hours of waiting.
Method Two: Collagen
I listen to a lot of Dave Asprey’s podcasts, Bulletproof Radio. In more than one podcast, he mentioned that you would have to eat quite a lot of collagen from time-consuming broths, stews, soups, and meats to equal the amount of collagen that’s in a single scoop of grass-fed collagen, like Bulletproof Collagen Protein. It’s unflavored and mixes easily in hot or cold liquids. Best of all, it’s made from pastured, grass-fed cows so it is more nutritious than my pot of chicken bone broth. It, too, gives your bone broth the same richness as chicken feet (without the painstaking labor and weird chicken nails).
And since it’s flavorless, I periodically add a scoop to my morning cup of Bulletproof coffee and afternoon green smoothies. Other than adding a richness to the liquid via an ever so slightly thicker consistency, it’s virtually undetected. It’s enjoyable.
Method Three: Avoid Polyunsaturated Fats
Probably the most surprising finding was discovered when listening to Bulletproof Radio Episode 376 with Dr. Cate Shanahan, Vegetable Oil – The Silent Killer w/ Dr. Cate Shanahan #376 of drcate.com. It was during this episode where I TRULY believe that I found my answer as to how I quickly and easily eliminated my cellulite. I cut out Canola Oil.
Why Vegetable and Canola Oils Cause Cellulite
Dr. Cate Shanahan has over two decades of clinical experience and expertise in genetic and biochemical research. According to her, “The average American now is composed of far more polyunsaturated fat than ever before in history. Now, what does that mean? Well, it means that when you biopsy human fat tissue, it’s composed of a more liquidy kind of fat that is more prone to degradation and inflammation than 50 years ago or than normal. One of the consequences of this is cellulite.”
She goes on to mention that the inflammation breaks down the collagen and instead of three layers of support, there are only two, leaving the support more flimsy, resulting in dimples. “…the inflammation erodes away the collagen.”
But THERE IS GOOD NEWS, Dr. Shanahan said,
“…moving forward, if you get your diet and your lifestyle in alignment with what nature had in mind for us, it won’t continue to punish you, and you won’t continue to degrade your elastin. If you do have a little bit of cellulite, once you get your body fat down to a lower number, that cellulite will go away, and you won’t get more. You won’t get more wrinkles. Unfortunately, though, the weaker your connective tissue is, the lower you have to get your body fat percentage to have no cellulite anywhere.”
Switching From Bad Fats to Good Fats
Prior to eating a real food diet, we were consuming a LOT of canola oil. I was buying large bottles of it monthly. We fried fish and French fries every Friday night. I thought that we were eating healthy.
Does this sound familiar?
- The fish was fresh.
- The fries were made from whole potatoes that I personally peeled.
- The American Heart Association said that canola oil was healthy.
Ignoring the fried aspects of this meal, it could have been considered a seemingly healthy meal–fresh ingredients and made at home. But to my dismay, it wasn’t. I later learned about the deception of this oil and why it’s terrible for your health. If you are eating vegetable, canola or corn oil, you should do some research of your own and consider stopping eating it TODAY.
Through books like the Bulletproof Diet, I learned about better forms of fats. I began eating things like grass-fed butter, Brain Octane, coconut oil, avocado oil, avocados, seeds and dark chocolate as my go-to forms of fat.
What Will You Do to Rid Your Cellulite?
Was the elimination of my cellulite primarily because I stopped eating canola oil? I can almost guarantee that it wasn’t based on Dr. Cate’s statement that “you have to get your diet and your lifestyle in alignment with what nature had in mind for us”. Therefore, cut as much of the bad stuff from your diet as you can.
BANISH your cellulite TODAY by eating real foods. A diet consisting of nutritious foods such as bone broth, collagen, and good fats will not only contribute to eliminating your cellulite but elevating you to a healthier level.
Report back and let me know your results. Do you eat these foods?
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