Do you have any idea how many books are written about losing weight and exercising?
Well, neither do I. But I went over to Amazon to see what a quick search would pull up.
And was I surprised. Weight loss and exercise have a combined book count of over 260,000. And that did not include DVDs, kindle or any other related “how to” products.
And that book count is just from Amazon’s site. I think it would be safe to say that the numbers of books written probably approaches a million titles.
How many ways are there to say, eat less and exercise more?
What is the problem?
The main problem that people face with the simple equation, eat less and exercise more, is generally the eat less part.
We all love to eat. It is a social practice, a stress relief practice and just plain fun.
What is the first thing someone says to you when you visit them, especially your family – want something to eat.
When you run into a friend isn’t one of the first things you say is – let’s get a cup of coffee. Which also will include a piece of pastry.
So how can we stop something that is so enjoyable and a central part of our social life.
Well the answer is we can not stop. It’s just that simple. We can’t and do not want to stop.
So what to do?
On the face of it, the answer seems very simple. Change what you can change and leave the rest alone.
And what can be changed? That’s easy. What can be changed is the quality of what we eat. And leave the quantity alone.
If you can substitute high quality, nutritious good tasting food for 80% of the over processed, sugar laden dead food that you eat, then you will see a dramatic difference in how you feel, in your energy levels and in your weight.
How to do that – tips, tips and more tips
The following are 4 super simple tips that will produce a major upgrade in the quality of what you eat. And because you will be adding tons of nutrition without adding calories you will have more energy, you will probably lose some weight and you will definitely be healthier.
Tip 1 – Drink More Water
Boy don’t you hate to keep hearing that one. Everybody and their brother is always saying to drink more water.
Well it’s true. Drinking more water will have a number of positive effects that will surprise you.
How much to drink from our friends at The Mayo Clinic
How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and fruits and vegetables that contain water.
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
What are Some Benefits of Drinking Water – from totally drinkable
Water effectively eliminates the waste products and toxins from your body.
Dehydration is prevented with the intake of proper amounts of water.
Water can improve digestion and aid in preventing constipation.
Water is the known carrier of the nutrients from what we eat to the body cells.
Water aids in the metabolism of the stored fats in the body.
Water is known to naturally suppress your appetite thus helping you to effectively lose weight.
It aids in regulating the metabolism of the vitamins and minerals in the body.
Proper water intake is known to help in reducing back and joint pains.
Tip 2 – Get Your Reds and Greens Anyway You Can
How many times did your mother tell you to eat your vegetables? How many times has your doctor told you that you need to improve your diet to lose that spare tire around your middle?
How many times have you promised yourself that you will start adding those fruits and vegetables to what you eat every day?
So how can we add those fruits and veggies every day in an easy to take form?
The answers is – drum roll please – red/green powders that you can mix with water or add to a protein shake.
Now don’t be thrown off by the idea of a powder. Most of these powders taste great and have the equivalent of 10 to 20 servings of fruits and vegetables per scoop.
Just to show you what they can pack into these bombshells take a look at this description from a super product on Amazon.
Delicious REDS 8000 Fruit Punch includes certified organic green plants, flax lignans, ionic trace minerals, healthy herbs and spices, natural food concentrates and antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables. In addition, Delicious REDS 8000® Fruit Punch also contains a few other significant ingredients that other Reds products just don’t have, making it the best antioxidant drink on the market. Delicious REDS 8000® Fruit Punch also supplies a super blend of completely all natural vitamins, ionic trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants,
phytonutrients and symbiotic intestinal flora for maximum energy, metabolism, fat burning, digestion, detoxification, immunity, repair, recovery, revitalization, and longevity. Drink Delicious REDS 8000® Fruit Punch every day and your body will love you for it. With the fast paced lifestyle of most people today it’s practically impossible to maintain a good healthy diet. Delicious Reds 8000® Fruit Punch makes it possible. It’s fast, easy to mix and only takes a second to enjoy. Developed by a leading Nutritional Doctor for patients who
wanted a reds that tasted good. Many have commented on its great taste and have said that they would have begun taking it years ago if only they knew about such a product. Well now there are no excuses. Delicious REDSS 8000® Fruit Punch is a ready to go energizer that can be taken any time of day. Keep it in your desk at work, or take it to school for a fast recharge to your body and minds batteries. It will always come through. In most cases Greens World blends have a sweeter taste due to a proprietary vegetable and fruit selection criteria they use. Don’t let that throw you, this is one powerful blend of reds. One serving has the ORAC equivalent of 20 servings of fruits and vegetables!
Tip 3 – Stop Eating Poisons
Everyday you pour countless amounts of chemicals into your body through the food that you eat.
If that does not sound scary, it should.
Not only have most of these chemicals not been tested for long term negative effects but none have been tested in combination with the hundreds that they are gulped down with.
Why are they used? Simple, to prolong shelf life. Not for your benefit. Not for your health. But for profits.
These chemicals come in the form of pesticides, artificial coloring, preservatives and additives.
Here is just a few of the things that you get along with your food.
Pesticides – from the USA government
Laboratory studies show that pesticides can cause health problems, such as birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time. However, these effects depend on how toxic the pesticide is and how much of it is consumed. Some pesticides also pose a special risk to children.
For these reasons, the Federal Government, in cooperation with the States, carefully regulates pesticides to ensure that their use does not pose unreasonable risks to human health or the environment.
Food Coloring – info from the Natural Society
Is Artificial coloring bad for you? The FDA has banned artificial colors in the past. In 1950, they banned Orange No. 1 after numerous children fell ill after eating Halloween candy. Next, they banned Red No. 2 in 1976 after it was suspected to be carcinogenic. And did you know that Europe requires warning labels on foods with artificial colors? The warning label should read “consumption may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has campaigned for the FDA to adopt similar labeling practices, but to no avail.
Food Preservatives –
There are way to many preservatives to list here. So I am just going to give you two links that will tell you all of the bad things you can expect from these poisons.
So How do You Avoid all of this Crud ?
There is a very simple answer to that question but unfortunately for most people very hard to implement.
And that answer is to only eat organic. That means all meats, chicken, eggs, cheese, breads, fruits, vegetables etc. Everything that goes into your mouth should be free of pesticides, coloring and dyes, preservatives and all other artificial substances.
But as I just said that can be very difficult to pull off. What seems more easily accomplished is to become a very careful reader of ingredient labels. Look for anything on the label that you cannot pronounce. Look at the labels and see how many items are listed that actually are real and how many items are some form of chemical.
If you can make this simple step you will dramatically increase the nutritional quality of your food.
Tip 4 – If You Don’t Poop You Will be Sick
That’s right. This section is a bit disgusting but necessary.
The are three stages to proper nutrition – digestion, absorption into your cells, and elimination.
Without proper elimination not only will you feel uncomfortable but you will be reabsorbing many toxins into your system.
And that is where fiber comes into play.
Let’s first define fiber – from the Mayo Clinic
Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn’t digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body.
Fiber is commonly classified as soluble (it dissolves in water) or insoluble (it doesn’t dissolve):
- Soluble fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.
- Insoluble fiber. This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fiber.
Most plant-based foods, such as oatmeal and beans, contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. However, the amount of each type varies in different plants. To receive the greatest health benefit, eat a wide variety of high-fiber foods.
The main benefit of fiber in your diet is to avoid or relieve constipation – from ehealthmd.com
Fiber can absorb large amounts of water in the bowels, and this makes stools softer and easier to pass. Anyone starting a higher-fiber diet will notice the difference in stool bulk.
•In almost all cases, increasing fiber in the diet will relieve constipation within hours or days.
•Because stools are easier to pass, less straining is necessary, and this can help relieve hemorrhoids.
What are the side effects of constipation? – from Everyday Living
Constipation has many dangers and side effects. When the bowels are not regularly pushing waste out, the entire digestive system can become backed up and unhealthy. Waste stays in our bodies longer, and becomes sticky and hardened along the intestinal wall, and, overtime, starts to fester and enlarge intestinal pores, letting toxins enter our blood stream. It also causes strain during bowel movements, resulting in diverticula, outgrowths that form along the walls of the colon where waste can get stuck and cause infection.
There you go. Any of the over the counter fiber products should work just fine. Much easier then eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains. Not better just easier.
So those are the 4 super simple changes to make that will give you more energy, help lose weight and be generally healthier.
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