Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Humble Tips: Weightloss & Health

I love learning about new ways to improve my health and fitness. I know that if you are here, reading this, then you are either a food/fitness lover or are seeking to improve in those areas. 

I wanted to share a few tips that have worked for me.  Consequently, I would like to remind everyone that I am neither an RD nor a nutritionist.  What I am about to share with you all is based solely on my personal experiences with years of crazy dieting.

I do hope you find some of these helpful.

Humble Tips

·       Consult your doctor before you start changing your food intakes: ask for a full blood exam and discuss the results with your doctor

·         THE BODY CAN HEAL IT SELF:  Forget about all the damage, and all those diets you have done and start taking care of your body.   Crazy DIETS/PILLS DO NOT WORK!  I believe that the body can heal itself through natural remedies and a holistic ways. Think back to when you were a child, how a bloody knee then,  is now a scar.  I believe the body can do this internally as well.

·         Research: movies, documentaries, books, people living a raw, vegan, vegetarian, Gluten free lifestyle are a great motivation and inspiration.  I have adopted traits from all of these amazing lifestyles.

·         Natural solutions: I took on natural ways to train and cleanse my body.  With research and deep conversations with my nutrition class professor (who is an RD) I switched to coconut oil & MCT oil for all of my cooking and baking.  MCT oil aids with inflammation of  the lymphatic areas of your body.  Also, MCT oil does not become a toxic when exposed to high temperatures such as baking. 

·         Food diary: I wrote down everything I ate; kept track of menstrual periods and ovulation to see how my body reacted to certain foods, alcohol and food combinations.

·         Food Menu: plan your meals ahead, this will help you follow through with little time to cheat (Plan to Eat.)

·         Supplements:  I introduced more vegan & vegetarian natural supplements such as Primrose oil, Spirulina, wheat grass, aloe vera, and seeds into my diet.

·         Organic produce, and natural cleansers:  eating organic or washing all non organic veggies with natural cleansers and a brush.

·         Juicing: having a green juice every day ( minimum 2 raw foods per day)

·         NO Wheat and White flour (Gluten Free :)  I mostly live a gluten free diet.

·         Lemon/apple cider vinegar: upon waking I take a shot of 2 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar along with 20 oz of room temperature water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon.  This is my daily detox, helps you get rid of anything that's sitting in your stomach or liver from the day before.  Follow up with a water "mouth wash" to protect your teeth.

·         Leanest animal protein: stick to only lean meats such as fish, chicken, turkey and egg-whites

·         Cooking at low heat: Be sure to cook at a low heat to protect the integrity of the nutrients in your foods.  Cook your meals, stop eating out, and aim for at least 2 raw meals a day (green juice,salads)

·         Sleep: Try to get in bed before 11 pm so you don’t disrupt the melatonin cycle in your body which occurs between the hours of 11pm-1am. Melatonin helps regulate other hormones and the body’s internal clock. Melatonin also helps control the timing and release of female reproductive hormones.

·        Fitness: sticking to a workout program and do it without fail, no excuses.  Dedicate an hour a day to be active.

-    Water: do not wait until you feel thirsty to drink water.  Thirst is a sign of dehydration, no bueno.  Try to drink 8 oz of water per hour.  Drink your water before and after your meals, not during, it messes up the digestion process of food when you do.

If you surround every aspect of your life with healthy habits and people to share it with, you are more likely to adapt and maintain that lifestyle, in my opinion. This is why I opened a public Facebook group/page to document my journey.  It has served as accountability for me!

What are some of your tips? Do you have a daily detox routine?  If so, can you share them below?

4 comments:

  1. These are great tips! I especially enjoyed cooking at low leat; often times I get impatient and turn up the heat... leading to sacrificing nutritional content.

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    1. Thank for stopping by Kacie! Yeah, I had to work on that one too...I'm glad you enjoyed the tips!

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  2. These are awesome! Tracking what I eat and planning meals were game changers for me. I've also been working on cutting back alcohol from once a week to once a month or less. It's tough but it feels right for me!

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    1. Agreed Kate! Alcohol is a big one for me too! Summers are especially tough because there seems to be a BBQ/social gathering every weekend...When I do drink I tend (try) to stick to a max of 2 glasses of red wine and follow up with my daily detox, a green juice, tons of veggies and water the next day...Thanks for stopping by Kate! Keep moving forward! ;op

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