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There are some basic daily tricks to help you reach your goal as quickly as possible while staying health.  Here are the ones I try to follow every day!

– DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE!!! It’s the best way to flush dangerous toxins out of your system, and it’s very important to stay hydrated 24/7- especially when dieting or exercising regularly.  It’s also difficult for the body to differentiate hunger from thirst.

-Stick to the serving size or under!  When snacking, it’s really easy to go overboard if you aren’t think about the quantity of food you are eating, especially if you are eating it directly out of the container it came in.  It’s best to set aside the exact amount you want to eat, and stick with that.

-Snack on healthy food all day long.  When you do this, it’s much easier to turn down any junk food that might pop up at any given moment.

-Walk as much as possible!  Don’t take short cuts and always take the stairs.  This is one of the easiest ways to burn calories without really exerting much effort.

-Take multivitamins.  They replenish the vitamins you use up throughout the day, and give you an extra boost of energy when you feel a little fatigued.

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Over the passed few weeks, I have catapulted myself deeper into a sad little hole of unhealthy eating and excuses not to exercises.  Portion control has been thrown out the window, and the other night I had an attack of binge eating.  It was very scary, and felt awful.  I’ve gained back weight and I feel terrible and unhealthy.  I keep telling myself that today will be a good day, but I haven’t been following through.  I need something to help get me back into action, before I fall back into old patterns permanently.  Solution? Raw vegan diet.  I’ve heard a lot of things about how great it is, but I haven’t actually considered it until now.  http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/nutrition/raw-food-diets.aspx

The raw vegan diet eliminates cooked and animal products.  Cooking food causes the release of toxins and chemicals that can be toxic to the body.  It also removes essential nutrients from the food, taking out major benefits.  The chemical reaction of applying heat to the food also changes the composition and takes out enzymes that help your digestive system digest what you eat.  You’re digestive system has to produce more enzymes which causes stress on your body.  Avoiding animal products is also very beneficial, not only to your body but to the planet.  Here’s a link to see the inhumane and cruel treatment of animals in the food industry: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/default.aspx

This diet is a great way to rid your system of harmful toxin build up do to long term animal product and chemical intake.It’s been proven to cause weight loss, heal cancer, improve energy levels and more.  I am starting my raw vegan diet tomorrow, and I am very excited but also nervous.  I really hope I can stick with it.

If anyone has any advice, I’d really appreciate it!

 

Black beans are great!  They are a great addition to many different kinds of foods, and I even eat them plain.  They are loaded with tons of benefits. Here are some of them!

  • They are high in fiber, which helps regulate digestive system health.  This is important because your digestive system is where your body absorbs all the good stuff from the food you eat.  It also fills you  up faster, which can stop you from eating more than you are hungry for.
  • They have the highest level of antioxidants of all beans, and just as much as cranberries.
  • They are a good source of protein, which helps rebuild muscle tissue.  They are also low in fat.

Here are some great black bean recipes!

 

CARROTS!  One of the most common, most colorful, and most carroty veggies out there!  Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which aids skin health, cancer prevention, and has anti-aging qualities.  They also have lots of antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health.  Baby carrots are great if you’re on the go, but remember that the skin is very healthy for you, so try to eat uncut whole carrots.  In comparison to other vegetables, carrots are high in natural sugars which will help boost your energy and keep you going till the very end!

(that’s a picture of me, munchin’ on a carrot)

HUMMUS.  The dip that is taking the world by storm!  It’s one of my all time favorite dips, and one of the healthiest for you!  Hummus is made primarily of chickpeas and tahini.  It’s also often flavored with olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.  Chickpeas are rich in protein and have no saturated fats or cholesterol.   SCORE!  They can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels too. Tahini is also a great source of protein, but it’s high in fat.  Luckily it’s the good kind of fat that your body needs to function (a.k.a. not saturated fat) so don’t worry about it.   I love to dip carrots, celery, crackers and pita chips in hummus!

 

 

One of the most important parts of sticking to a diet or weight loss plan, is allowing yourself to cheat!   If you don’t occasionally indulge in something tasty, it can become harder and harder to avoid a total break down/binge that can cancel out days or weeks of kick butt healthiness.  But there  is an art to cheating that must be followed.  When I say cheat, I am not talking about a whole bowl of ice cream or a bag of potato chips, I am talking about cheating in the healthiest way possible that still satisfies your deepest snack attack desires.  Below I have listed some of my favorite treats that I eat when I am craving something sweet or salty, but that I still eat in moderation and only on occasion.  I do my best to choose the treat that offers the most benefits with the least disadvantages.

  • Dark Chocolate! This has to be my #1 favorite treat.  It’s loaded with antioxidants which have tons of great benefits.  It triggers the release of phenylethylamine, which cause a feeling of well being, happiness, and the sensation of being in love.  It also contains some natural caffeine.  The higher the percentage of cocoa, the more intense these benefits.  The taste becomes harsher as you move up the latter, but many people get used to it quickly.  I recently upgraded to 90% percent cocoa, and I love it now!  Beware, dark chocolate is low in sugar, but pretty high in fat.  Make sure you only eat it a few times a week and stick to the serving size or under.
  • Honey! I eat a spoonful of raw, organic locally grown honey a day.  It’s absolutely delicious, and is loaded with immune system strengthening power, antioxidants, benefits for healthy skin, and remedies many different ailments.  Be sure to get the high quality organic kind, not the processed kind with added sugar and chemicals.  BEE sure to watch out, cause it’s famous for being high in natural sugar (which hasn’t been proven to be any less fattening than fake sugar)
  • Barbecue Popped Potato Chips!   My favorite brand that carries these, is Trader Joe’s.  These tasty gluten free snacks are never fried, and taste just as good if not better than baked and fried chips.  They are very low in fat, especially compared to other kinds of chips.  But keep in mind that potato is a starch, and holds very little nutritional value.

You can be healthy without eliminating things that taste good!  There are countless other tasty snack to choose from that  aren’t bad for you.  Eat them in moderation and keep on rolling 🙂

One of the most important parts of being healthy and losing weight, is water.  Of course, we all know that we are made of water and obviously need water to survive, but hydration is one of the most vital aspects of weight loss.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • When you are dehydrated, there is a reduction in your blood volume.  When this happens, it takes longer for oxygen to reach your muscles which can make you feel tired, physically and mentally.  It also makes it harder for your muscles to rebuild themselves after exercise or any kind of use.
  • Drinking water before, after and during a meal can help you feel fuller faster and stop the urge to start post meal snacking, or eating more than you need.
  • Drinking plenty of water helps flush out dangerous toxins in your body that can lead to illness, weight gain and difficulty losing weight.
  • You’re skin will thank you!  Staying hydrated is the #1 way to keep your skin healthy and clear, and has been proven to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
  • Many people have problems differentiating hunger from thirst.   The urge to snack even when you’ve recently eaten could easily be a sign of dehydration.  When you want to snack, drink a glass of water and then see how you feel!

What water has done for me:

  • My skin has never looked better!  I used to have dry, peely, oily, blotchy skin that was never clear.  Now that I’ve eliminated hormone-loaded dairy products from my diet and am drinking at least 4 liters of water a day, my skin is very healthy and practically perfect! (exercising and sweating out toxins also has been a major factor)
  • I hardly ever get headaches any more
  • I can go longer running without needing a water break
  • My portion sizes have gone down significantly and I get fuller faster
  • The number on the scale has gone down along with my urge to snack!

Water is a major contributor to the BMI and overall health of any given person.  Proper hydration is essential on your quest for the perfect you!

Many of us have been told since childhood that dairy should be a basic staple in your diet.  While it is true that milk is high in calcium, protein and lots of different vitamins and minerals, many fail to understand that the dangers of a modern glass of milk out-weigh the benefits by a lot.

Human milk serves the evolutionary purpose of providing nutrition for infants during the first 6 months of life.  Similarly, cow milk is designed for the same purpose, but for calves!  The human body is not designed to process cow milk.  There are certain proteins in dairy that we are unable to digest, and they cause the development of teeny tiny holes throughout our  intestines.    As a result, many of the nutrients in the foods we eat seep out through the intestinal lining and we don’t get all the benefits from the food that we could be.  It’s considered common knowledge that milk is high in calcium, which is good for bone and tooth health.  But what few know, is that the animal protein in dairy actually depletes the health of your bones and teeth, canceling out possible benefits of the calcium.  Recent studies show that an increase in dairy consumption could actually be linked to an increase in bone fracture.

Modern store bought milk is extremely processed, and additives are put in even before the milk comes out of the cow.  Cows are injected with hormones and given antibiotics.

Antibiotics in Milk: When a cow becomes sick, the entire herd is given antibiotics to kill off the disease causing bacteria.  The antibiotics are given to all the cows, even the ones that show no symptoms and are not ill.  Over the past 10 years, farmers have begun to give antibiotics to entire herds of totally healthy cattle to prevent possible disease.  The problem with this, is that it causes the rapid evolution of strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  These bacteria have spread throughout the world, not just on farms, but in our own homes.  We take these super-bacteria into our body, and the antibiotics that make them stronger whenever we eat dairy from cows that have been treated with any form of antibiotics.  In addition, the antibiotics cause the cows to experience a painful side effect that creates pus filled sores in the utters, and as you might have guessed, the pus ends up in the milk.

Hormones in Milk: Many cows are given artificial growth hormones to increase udder size and milk production.  When you drink milk, you ingest these hormones.  It throws off your body’s entire hormonal system.  It’s been linked to early sexual development in children, acne in people of all ages (especially teens, no surprise) and many other unhealthy conditions.

Dairy causes me to get terribly painful rashes and makes me break out whenever I eat it.  People experience symptoms of lactose intolerance everyday, but are not educated enough about dairy to make the connection.  Dairy is dangerous! For cows, and for humans.  On a certain level, all humans are lactose intolerant.  Milk does not do the body good, so stay away from it!

To read about the cruel mistreatment of cows and calves, click on this link: http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-Used-For-Food/Cows-Milk-A-Cruel-and-Unhealthy-Product.aspx