This morning I read an article about Victoria’s Secret model abs not being so healthy and it inspired me to post a blog on some health tips to help shed unhealthy weight, boost your metabolism and treating your body like a temple rather than a work horse.
Drink plenty of water.
If you want to get nit picky about it, electrolyte water is by far the best for you. We drink bottled water.. a lot. Actually we drink Essentia a lot. Their bottles are BPA free, the water is high in pH and low in acidity. Not sure what that even means? here’s a hint: studies on cancer patients have found that ALL of them had high acidity in their bodies. Decrease the acidity, increase the nutrients and you’ve got yourself some of the best water you can be drinking.
Stop looking at the food pyramid.
Ends up being the food pyramid is a little wack. Grains aren’t actually that good for your body. Not saying you should jump on the Paleo band wagon, but there’s a reason it’s so popular right now… They’ve taken out what is unnecessary for the body. Like bread, cereal, rice and pasta; none of those are actually necessary. Same goes for dairy. The adult body is not designed to digest dairy properly. Therefore it clings to our bodies and makes them bloat. One exception I would say is greek yogurt. It’s packed full of nutrients and much higher in quality than regular yogurt. It all makes up for it being dairy. In all honesty, you could very well go without meat too but that would take me into a post about beliefs.
Actually listen to your body.
When you’re like “oooo Some chocolate ice cream would be so good right now!” that’s not your body saying it needs ice cream. In this case, listening to your body would be more like your body saying “feed me fruit!” or if it’s just the chocolate you’re craving, get some cacao powder or cacao nibs, some almond milk and a frozen banana and make yourself a healthy alternative….your body never actually needs the dairy or sugar. It’s looking for specific nutrients and vitamins.
Start making vegetarian meals.
NO WAY!! a meal without animal products?? I used to think the same way. Then I started listening to my body. It’s not that I don’t eat meat products, one of my favorite foods is cheeseburgers! It’s that your body deserves a break. If you’re anything like me, you like your salads with at least some chicken on them. So my solution for you is make a veggie wrap! they’re more filling, they’re delicious AND they’re full of nutrients. Get yourself a wrap/tortilla of some sort (I like spinach or tomato ones), slather some hummus on there (roasted red pepper hummus is BOMB), add some cucumbers, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, leafy greens and some artichoke hearts, and it’s heaven right in your mouth. OR if you need variety, make some veggie spring rolls and dip them in peanut sauce. BOOM.
Allow yourself to “slip up”.
We ate an entire block of cheese, a package of salami AND a package of proscuitto within 24 hours. Yesterday. Not an ounce of regret or guilt. It was so. damn. good. But I’m not doing it today. Today I’ll treat my body right with fruits, veggies and healthy fats. And then I’m sure in a few days I’ll eat something a little naughty. Something I’ve noticed over the years is that the foods I consider naughty aren’t nearly as naughty as the foods I used to considered naughty. If I end up eating ice cream, it’s not usually real ice cream. I’ll get dairy free ice cream (made with almond milk or coconut milk) with cacao or natural flavors like REAL natural flavors like peppermint oil, peppermint leaves, real pumpkin or peanut butter or banana. Whatever the case, I prefer real natural sweeteners because even though they’re naughty, they’re still better than the processed crap. It’s still easier on the body. Life would be dull if we didn’t enjoy naughty things here and there.
Turn exercise into something you enjoy.
This is exactly why I love yoga and hiking. It’s two very physical activities that I enjoy, that I find peace in. Do you hate going to the gym? find something that makes you enjoy being active. Give being active a good energy so it doesn’t make you negative and not want to be active. You create a good outcome by making it that way.
Quit judging yourself. Start loving yourself.
Truth be told, self hate was the first step in loving myself. I had begun to point out everything wrong with myself, I couldn’t look my own face in the mirror, I would hear this voice in my head constantly insulting everything I did. And I got extremely sick of it. For every judgement you give yourself, compliment yourself. It’s awkward at first, but your mentality towards yourself will change everything.
I could go on for days. But these are my top tips. I leave it to you to make changes in your life and ask me any questions about anything I didn’t put in here.
A year from now you will wish you had started today. ~ Karen Lamb