All healthy habits require action but the action originates in your mind. You think of it before doing it unless you are touching a hot stove and then the recoil bypasses the brain and becomes automatic.
I am a food addict and when I stuff my emotions with food it is hard to take personal responsibility for my actions. I blame my obesity on my genetics or on the eating habits that I learned from my parents. The choice to eat is mine but I feel pressured into it by circumstances and feelings.
Conversely when I am building healthy habits around food and exercise it is always someone else’s idea to give up sugar and refined flour and get up in the morning to go to the gym. The resistance l feel when starting a new eating plan comes from putting the responsibility for success on the plan, not owning it as my idea, my choice.
I am 67 years old. No one is making me do this, not my mother or my children, my trainer or society. I choose to be a healthier version of myself. These are my plans, I own them and will follow them because I am committed to a new life with new habits. When I take full responsibility for my life choices and totally own my day, my resistance melts away because no one is making me do this but me.
If you suspect that you may have sensitivities to certain foods or additives in foods a cleanse and reset may be a good way to find out. For instance, two years ago I was living with a lot of acid reflux, weight gain and joint inflammation. My Chiropractor recommended a cleanse to reveal if I had food allergies and to jump start weight loss.
Since I work with the Nutrilite company I wanted to design the cleanse around their shakes and supplements. After researching several published cleanses and reputable nutrition authors I designed a cleanse and diet reset that I hoped would identify my food sensitivities and help me form healthier eating habits. It began with protein shakes and a whole food plant based diet, then gradually re-introduced animal protein, dairy and gluten in order to discover what foods if any were causing uncomfortable reactions.
Basically you remove certain food groups from your diet for a two week period and then gradually re-introduce one group at a time over the following two weeks. I found that Bovine dairy products, except for yogurt, were causing the reflux and a lot of the joint inflammation. Wheat products came in as mildly irritating and I actually lost my taste for a variety of animal proteins.
Now, I’m working with a whole foods, plant based diet and the weight loss is happening gradually. Joint swelling and pain have almost disappeared and acid reflux is a thing of the past. See some of my former posts here on Healthchat to read about my progress.
As a disclaimer I do have a graduate degree in Nursing and I’ve worked with one of the top Vitamin and Supplement companies for over 30 years so I know a lot about nutrition, however, I do not have a degree in Nutrition or any certifications in that field. Also if you have ever had a violent reaction to food, ie., hives, difficulty breathing, or anaphylactic shock, definitely follow your doctors recommendations when it comes to changes in your diet and eating habits.
Ask me questions and post your comments here. I would love to hear from you and share more of the details.
You know how the movies always treat a hangover with some weird concoction that is based on raw eggs and worchestershire? Well food hangovers during the holidays beg for treatment as well. After the Thanksgiving all-you-can stuff buffet which ended with trying every dessert on the table you feel horrible the next day. Your stomach is crampy and your eyes are puffy. Food hangovers can be every bit as painful as alcohol hangovers.
So, I’ve developed a quick reboot that settles down my system and prepares my body for the next holiday onslaught. Hopefully, it will also dampen the temptation to overeat rich food again.
Invest in a basic juicer. Anything that will handle raw fruit and vegetables with the peels. Then follow the recipes the next day after a night at the buffet.
> First major tip, drink lots of water with fresh lemon throughout the day.
> Breakfast with Pear Nog which was published a few years ago on this blog. Search for it under Healthy Recipes. It’s a combination of greek nonfat plain yogurt, two ripe pears, plain soy or almond milk and a scoop of plant protein powder. I like to flavor it with vanilla and cinnamon.
>For midday I like to eat a clear soup with chicken broth, tofu, carrots, and snow peas. Our local Chinese eatery makes a great soup like this without msg.
> When I’m hungry again I combine peeled limes and oranges with a handful of fresh cranberries, carrots and apples in the juicer. Experiment with the combinations and quantities. I like to drink at least 2 cups worth.
> Then, dinner is a spinach salad with lots of fresh vegetables and if I’m really hungry some steamed pasta or brown rice. More juice works before bedtime and add some fresh mint leaves if you have them available.
I’ve found that this formula restores my sense of wellbeing and I feel so good that I don’t always want to eat every rich concoction that I see. So try it and give me some feedback on how it worked for you.
Yesterday “Sugar is Toxic to the Human Body” was a headline on the radio news. The University of California, I think, has been researching the effect of the typical, American, high sugar diet on human bodies and they are recommending that the government forces us to throw out sugar.
First of all, research is usually inaccurately portrayed by the mainstream news organizations. They will sensationalize anything to sell their product. Secondly, we all know that refined sugar, and fructose and honey are all metabolized in the body the same way and our brains need sugar or we pass out.
What do they mean by the word “toxic”? I have no idea, but we already have guidelines for healthy consumption of sugar. The American Diabetes Association recommends three servings of whole fruit (not juice) per day and this is enough simple sugar for your body to thrive. Simple sugars release into the bloodstream fairly quickly. The ADA also recommends complex carbohydrates made from whole grains with increased fiber which cause slower absorption of sugar preventing your pancreas from working overtime. And, dentists are dead set against consuming candy, sugary soft drinks and sugared gum because they destroy your teeth.
So, where does that leave us health conscious humans in a semi-free society? Whether it is toxic or not, it’s a healthy decision to throw out the sugar bowl, the white flour, candy, sodas and the orange juice. Replace them with a natural sweetener like Stevia, whole grain flours and real fruit containing fiber. It is amazing how sweet fresh pineapple tastes after only a week of cutting out the sugar. For you rebooters, incorporate more vegetables into your juices, try three veggies to one fruit. Although change is hard, just think of it as taking responsibility for your own health by throwing out the refined sugar before the government does it for you.
Carmen, my granddaughter, and I came up with a new juice recipe this morning. She is a toddler and cannot crunch up raw vegetables and fruit, however, with a juicer she can still consume all the nutrients. This time of year we all need a boost for our immune system, so whether you have todds at home or not, here is a great recipe for a winter reboot.
3 Valencia Oranges, direct from Florida if you can get them
2 Gala Apples
2 Large Raw Carrots washed well, not peeled
2 fresh Lime Wedges, peeled
2 to 3 fresh Basil Leaves, found in grocery if you don’t live in southern climes.
Peel and segment the oranges, wash and segment the apples, wash the carrots well but do not peel, cut the limes remove the peel from the segments and thoroughly wash the basil leaves. Then juice, stir and drink. Don’t store because the water-soluble vitamins break down over time.
Just as each race is different, each fast is different.* This fast has been nothing like the Juice Reboot that I did last summer. This one has been an emotional rollercoaster and the food cravings have not gone away after two days like before. I blame Christmas feasting, the sugar intake was very high this year. As for the emotions, I’m spending at least an hour per day in prayer and bible study. God is teaching me about Joy and craving Him instead of food. Forgetting what is behind and reaching toward the goal, I’m expecting this coming week will be easier, I’ll keep you posted.
The last day of the adventure and I find myself returning to the Juice Reboot. Halloween with its mini-candy bars just about did me in. I am now craving sugar and chocolate again. So, the remedy is to Reboot. At the end of the 90 day adventure I’m dusting off the juicer and enjoying at least one day of fasting to break the addictions and get back on track to healthy eating.
Fall fruit and vegetables make delicious juices. The fresh kale is still growing in the garden and apples are available from the orchard. Plus carrots have been recently harvested. The two recipes using these seasonal ingredients are as follows:
One of the unexpected results of the 15 day Juice Reboot, see category below, was a change from drinking coffee to tea. My daughter asked me about my favorite teas and if I’ve seen any benefit from the change.
Drinking tea instead of coffee has completely healed the acid reflux I was experiencing. It doesn’t seem to matter what type of tea it is, the calcium antacids remain in the bottle. I was taking at least 2 antacids before bed almost every night before the reboot. I was also drinking decaffeinated coffee from Starbucks and other cafe’s along with sodas with fast food. The sodas and coffee were associated with the acidic problem in my stomach.
The other major benefit comes from fresh mint tea which is by far my favorite. We grow spearmint, peppermint, and for the first time Stevia in our garden. The mints are easy to get started and hard to kill, plus they spread over a period of time. 12 stalks of mint plus about 20 leaves of Stevia make 2 quarts of tea. Iced or hot it is delicious without the effects of sugar and it settles all stomach issues.
Whenever, my children caught a stomach flu or other digestive tract disorder, the first thing we would do is run to the garden for some mint and make tea. It always made them feel better.
I forgot what I was going to blog about today, so I will give you an update instead. Since the Juice Reboot at the beginning of the summer I have dropped almost 2 sizes in slacks and blouses. This means that when I unpack my winter clothing most of it will be too big. Unfortunately, or not, I do not hold onto clothing that doesn’t fit. If I haven’t worn it during the past year, the item is donated to the local used clothing shop. That means it’s time for a new wardrobe, yahoo!!
I also have a profile on Fitday.com and have begun entering my daily calories. This is a great site for keeping track of weight loss goals and exercise. Just want to make sure that I don’t regress into denial. Believe me it’s easy to overeat and gain weight on any eating plan, just increase your calories past your activity level. However, it’s much easier to stay within bounds when meat and high fat dairy are not on the plate.
I’ve been downloading and watching the “Heavy” TV series from Netflix. Just like the “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” Documentary these shows greatly improve motivation. Please send comments about how you motivate yourself to stay on an eating plan. We accept all diets here, not just Vegetarian. Though my personal results show that it is the plan that works for me.
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