Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Healthy Foods : Real Vs. Garbage


   Eating healthy is the biggest thing right now. You see it everywhere "eat healthy", you see labels that say "natural" and in your mind that means healthy. But not all food labeled "healthy" is actually healthy. Here are my personal guidelines to real healthy foods.

  • Does it come from the ground, plant, or tree? If yes, most likely it's healthy.
  • Is it in its natural state? Such as "does this fruit actually look like this?" If it looks odd, most likely it's not healthy.
  • Are there added hormones, pesticides, bleach, chemicals, or fillers? Most chicken fresh or frozen is bleached! Gross! Try to avoid chemicals in food and added hormones. If you want beef, get grass fed, no hormones or antibiotics. Hormones and antibiotics stay in the meat and then you ingest it. Especially if you are a woman, you don't want those added hormones. And lets face it, antibiotics will mess up your digestive system, making you gain weight!
  • Does it contain corn or soy? If it does is it organic? If it is not organic chances are it's GE (genetically engineered) which means someone has messed with the DNA of that plant, and most GMO's contain pesticides INSIDE the plant so when bugs eat it, they die. No, we don't want to eat that stuff. 
  • Does it say low fat? If yes, it's most likely NOT HEALTHY! Unless it's a fruit or vegetable, low fat products or actually some of the worst foods to eat if you want to loose weight. Low fat means lots of chemicals! Avoid these foods!
  • Does it say "No Sugar Added" ? If yes check ingredients and see what they put in it that makes it sweet. Avoid these: Corn syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Beet Sugar, Fructose, Sucrose, Aspartame, Aspartic Acid, Acefultame Potassium. Want to know more? You can find info on why these are bad Here

These are just a few suggestions on what to look for. Now if you want to loose weight by eating healthy consider cutting out wheat, sugar, and processed foods (anything in a box, can, or package). If you are looking to loose weight by eating healthy, I suggest doing a cleanse. Get those toxins out of your body first! Toxins are stored in fat when your body can't get rid of it quickly enough. 

So what should you do if you want to eat healthy and loose weight? 
Eat Clean
Check labels!

You don't want to eat garbage, so take care in what you put into your body. 

Some good articles and sources

Friday, May 17, 2013

Falling In Love With Vegetables

  And the struggle continues. I am not noticing much weight loss, but I am feeling a lot better!! Honestly, I will take feeling better over losing the weight. I have probably lost some, but since I do not have a scale, I can't weight myself and see. But continuing with the workouts, and a green juice a day has helped in energy levels, alertness, and overall feeling of wellness. Sometimes I get jealous of thin people eating junk food, but then I remember that with eating healthy food I won't have to worry as much about health issues, and I will feel GREAT! Like strep throat went around this winter, and I didn't get it! I've actually never had strep throat as far as I remember. Now some people say that they want to eat the food they want and die early and be happy. But are you REALLY happy when your body is wasting away? Most likely not. See, for me I would rather eat healthy, live longer, and be happy, instead of eating crap, dying earlier, and feeling miserable (but pretending to be happy). See once you switch to eating healthy, it's addictive. You don't want to go back to the way things were because you feel so good, and if you do go back, you realize that you don't feel good anymore and it's not worth being sick over.

  Once you train your taste buds to LOVE fruits and veggies again, you won't be able to get enough! Now you can "splurge" once in awhile, but most likely, after the splurge you wonder "why did I do that?!". It all comes down to priorities. Are you putting your health first when you choose to eat something, or are you putting those harmful cravings first? Once you realize all the chemicals, sugars, and fake stuff you are eating instead of living, nutrient dense foods, you can't go back! When i drink my green juice, I actually FEEL my body absorbing the nutrients. I know it sounds odd to say that but my mind cleared, my eyes opened up more, I had the energy of a 8 year old, and I just felt healthy. Well that is my little rant for the day, I will post later this weekend or next week on what foods are ACTUALLY healthy.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 13

   It's been 13 days, and in that time it has been a very hard struggle. Between being very busy, traveling, and finals, my exercise plan last week suffered. But, i did juice some radishes and carrots today for breakfast! My supplements came in this week, so now i can get started on my minerals and hawthorn to help strengthen my heart and replenish minerals back into my body. I still feel that my thyroid is swollen some, so i'm still on my herb formula for balancing the thyroid.
  Now you are probably wondering why I juiced radishes. Well, i read that they are great for balancing the thyroid! And mixed with some carrot juice, it was really good! I juiced the radishes and the greens. Here is my recipe i used here:

3-4 Radishes with greens
4-6 Carrots

  A very simple recipe, and pretty good too. Depending on how hot the radishes are, of course. Mine were very mild, because I bought them at the farmers market, and we have had a lot of rain lately, which makes radishes more mild. Less water = hotter radishes , More water = Mild radishes.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Day 3

  Today is day 3 of my challenge. I woke up sore, and did not want to work out, but I made myself, and now I'm glad I did. I am really starting to crave my salads now. If you are trying to lose weight, make sure you drink LOTS of water. Especially if you are working out, or have an active job. It is very important to drink lots of water to flush out the toxins, waste, and hydrate your body. Saturday (tomorrow) is the farmers market! If there is a farmers market near you, go visit it! You may find great produce that is local, and possibly organic. I try to do as much organic as i can, because i know that they don't have all the chemicals. May you all have a splendid weekend!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Day 2: Weight Loss Challenge

 Today is day 2 of my challenge. I just got done with a 30 minute jog, and a 10 minute cool down, and i feel amazing! I haven't had this much energy in a long time, and i thought i'd be tired after a work out. For my after workout snack, i'm having coconut water with my greens mixed in (which has 77 ingredients full of great nutrition!).

  I'm a little sore from yesterdays workout, but nothing that would keep me from my jog today. Now I have never jogged before. I did a lot of research and decided to start out slow. So i would walk for 90 seconds, and jog for 60 seconds and kept rotating those for 30 minutes. It helps to have some great up beat work out music too!
  I also find that I am hungry more often. So i eat small healthy snacks, or drink lots of water. After my green drink, i'll have my salad with black beans, radishes, and arugula. Then for my next snack is hummus and organic white corn chips.
  If you have a blog about any challenges, or weight loss journeys let me know! Post your blog in the comments section and i'll come look at your blog. I love reading other peoples blogs :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 1 : Weight Loss Challenge

 Today is May 1st, which means day 1 of my weight loss challenge. Today i worked out for 1 hour. I ate a sweet potato for lunch , and plan to have a delicious salad for dinner. For my snack, my green drink (powder mixed into water). So far feeling great! I don't have a scale though to track my weight. I guess i'll know when i fit into some of my old jeans!