Most people buy a gym membership and load up on “skinny” meals in attempt to lose those last 10 pounds. Maybe a high school reunion is coming up or a family wedding and the rush is on to fit into a certain outfit. There is certainly nothing wrong with this however, once the event has passed, old eating patterns creep back in and that extra 10 lbs. is back.
The reason the weight comes back is because the reason it was lost in the first place was temporary. It was for a specific time and that time has passed. The event is over and we have nothing holding us back from eating those snacks that we gave up just a few short weeks ago.
If you had a better reason to give up the snacks, say because it is crucial to your health, you would do it, wouldn’t you? If you were suddenly diagnosed with diabetes or a form of cancer and the doctor said you had to absolutely give up all processed foods, sugar, dairy, grains, or soy or your life could be in danger, you would stop immediately. So, let’s decide that eating healthy is about more than just losing a few pounds to fit into a dress…or any other temporary reason we come up with.
Your health DOES depend on it. You may not feel it now. You may not be diagnosed with anything serious but that doesn’t mean that you won’t in the future. In fact, if sugar and processed foods stay in your diet, it is pretty much a guarantee that at some point, you will be sitting across from a doctor hearing this exact same advice!
The reason this concept is important is because if you think of food as fuel for your body, much like gasoline is to a car, you begin to understand that the better fuel you put in, the better it runs. You can put regular gasoline in your car and it will perform, but the difference when you use Premium, is huge!
Your body will PERFORM so much better for you if you fuel it properly. If you overload it with sugar, nitrates, foreign ingredients it can’t process, it will eventually start to shut down on you. This isn’t about weight loss anymore, it’s about survival over the long term.
Stop thinking about eating healthy is something hard that you don’t want to do but realize it is necessary to keep your body performing at its absolute best. A healthy gut leads to healthy digestion which allows a healthy colon, skin, brain function, organ function, etc.
Exercise should be thought of in the same way. When you find an activity you love, it isn’t this grueling thing you have to do, and it is fun and moving your body on a regular basis, in any manner, is like therapy! It makes you happy. It produces endorphins. It keeps your organs happy, your blood flowing, your digestive system moving, your joints fluid, your heart rate healthy, your blood pressure stable, provides mental clarity and many, many more healthy benefits.
Once you change your idea of what eating healthy and exercising really can do for your body, it will change your life! You will find great recipes and learn new ways to flavor clean food instead of pouring condiments or syrup on them. Enjoying new activities is always pleasurable. You’ll meet new people who enjoy this lifestyle as well and make far less visits to your MD.
What does Eating Clean look like?
A lot of people call a lot of foods healthy that are not, so let’s just make this easy.
- Eat foods that don’t have ingredients!!
- You’ve heard this before.
- Eat Chicken, Grass Fed Beef, Fish, Fruit, Vegetables.
What you need to learn is HOW to prepare these foods so you don’t get bored or feel like you’re dieting. It is NOT restrictive to eat this way and it’s easier! No more stressing over how to cook chicken and with what side dishes. It becomes easier when your stocked with vegetables, spices, and great new recipes.
Examples of Flavorings for Chicken or Vegetables
- Garlic or shallots
- Rosemary, Thyme, & Oregano
- Organic Red Wine with Coconut Milk (canned) & Mushrooms
- Greek Yogurt
- Primal Dressings made with avocado oil
- Bacon (no nitrate of course)
- Panko Bread Crumbs with Sea Salt, Pepper
- Lemon or Lime or both
- Celery & Onion
- Grated Ginger
Another great way to get in fruits and vegetables when you can’t get the right amount in is to make smoothies. You can add strawberries, blueberries, spinach, avocado, banana, protein powder, cacao powder, almond or cashew milk, and ice and blend and make a nutritious, delicious snack or meal.
It is important to find ways to fuel your body that you enjoy and don’t make life too complicated. If making your own meals at home just doesn’t work for you, there are many options to have meals delivered to your door and more coming on the scene all the time. You can consider “paleo on the go” Or “hello fresh” or “blue apron” to name a few.
It will take a little time to adjust your taste buds to eating without the sugar and flavorings you may be used to but the good thing is, once you make the adjustment, it only takes a tiny bit of sweet to satisfy you. You will enjoy the REAL taste of the foods you eat and items like almond butter or raspberries will taste every bit as good to you as a slice of cheesecake used to.
Many people get stuck on a certain favorite food and decide they cannot give it up. For some it’s bread, for others soda or pasta. There are healthy substitutes for everything; you need to be open and willing to try them.
Substitutes for Popular Foods
- Pasta – Spaghetti Squash
- Bread – Ezekiel Bread
- Cow’s Milk – Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, or Coconut Milk
- Vegetable Oils – Avocado Oil, Grass Fed Butter, Ghee, Coconut Oil
- Cheese – At least buy Grass Fed
- White Flour – Almond or Coconut Flour or Cassava Flour
- Sugar – Agave, Honey, Dates, Coconut Sugar, Raw Stevia
- Soda – Add Cucumbers, Mint, Fruit to Water
- Coffee Creamer – Bullet Proof Coffee-Coconut Milk Creamer-Coconut Oil
- Cereal – Natural Granola w/ fruit or nuts or seeds
- Yogurt – Almond Milk or Greek Yogurt
- Salad Dressing – Make your own vinaigrettes with oils, vinegars, spices
- Desserts/Candy/Sweets – 90% dark chocolate, fruit, organic honey
There is no shortage of free information available to help you kickstart your healthy lifestyle.
A Few Quick Tips to Get Started
- Eliminate one processed, sugary, or bad food every two weeks and replace with a healthy alternative.
- Find new recipes for a few of your favorite dishes but make them with clean ingredients.
- Ask family members or close friends to get involved with you.
- Try to cook at home or use a home delivery service for the first few weeks. (going out to eat with
mess up your progress – you can go out to eat once you’ve mastered ordering clean)
- Don’t worry about weight loss.
- Don’t over exert exercise in the first 5-7 days of elimination.
- Get excited about how awesome your clothes fit
- Share this with your MD when he/she asks why your cholesterol and blood pressure are down
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