Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong and It’s Making You Fat and Tired!
Oh – my – gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere!
And each expert and association try to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you. Right?
Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat. This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it’s certainly not the “holy grail” of health.
Let’s focus a bit more on the often overlooked (and proven) benefits of what you eat and drink and how you eat and drink it.
What you eat and drink
The “calories in, calories out” philosophy (i.e. how much you eat) is being drowned out with research on other factors that may be just as important. Don’t get me wrong limiting calories, carbs or fat can certainly help you lose weight but that’s simply not the only factor for long-term weight loss and maximum energy for everyone.
When the intense focus on how much we ate didn’t work in the long-run it wasn’t really a surprise. We kinda knew that already, didn’t we?
You can certainly still continue to count your calories, carbs, and fat but don’t forget to also pay attention to what you eat.
Ideally, you need a varied diet full of minimally-processed foods (i.e. fewer “packaged” “ready-to-eat” foods). This simple concept is paramount for weight loss + energy + overall health and wellness.
Every day this is what you should aim for:
- A colorful array of fruits and veggies at almost every meal and snack. You need the fiber + antioxidants + vitamins + minerals.
- Enough protein. Making sure you get all of those essential amino acids (bonus: eating protein can increase your metabolism).
- Healthy fats and oils (never “hydrogenated” ones). There is a reason some fatty acids are called “essential” – you need them as building blocks for your hormones and brain as well as to be able to absorb essential fat-soluble vitamins from your uber-healthy salads. Use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, yes, eat your organic egg yolks, and get grass-fed meats when possible. You don’t need to overdo it here. Just make sure you’re getting some high-quality fats.
How you eat and drink
Also, pay attention to how you eat and drink.
Studies are definitely showing that this has more of an impact than we previously thought.
Are you rushed, not properly chewing your food, and possibly suffering from gastrointestinal issues? Do you drink your food?
When it comes to how you eat let’s first look at “mindful eating”.
Mindful eating means to take smaller bites + eat slowly + chew thoroughly + savor every bite. Notice and appreciate the smell, taste, and texture.
This gives your digestive system the hint to prepare for digestion and to secrete necessary enzymes.
This can also help with weight loss because eating slower often means eating less. Did you know that it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full?
We also know that more thoroughly chewed food is easier to digest and it makes it easier to absorb all of those essential nutrients.
And don’t forget about drinking your food.
Yes, smoothies can be healthy and a fabulously easy and tasty way to get in some fruits and veggies (hello leafy greens!) but drinking too much food can contribute to a weight problem and feelings of sluggishness.
Don’t get me wrong a green smoothie can make an amazingly nutrient-dense meal and is way better than stopping for convenient junk food – just consider a large smoothie to be a full meal, not a snack. And don’t gulp it down too fast.
If your smoothies don’t fill you up like a full meal does try adding in a spoon of fiber like ground flax or chia seeds or maybe even a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein.
So remember to consider not only how much you eat but also what and how you eat it.
But did you know that even if you eat well and exercise you are still susceptible to the effects of toxins and inflammation?
No matter how health conscious you are, you can’t eliminate all negative foods and environmental factors every minute of the day.
Over time these toxic elements build up and can lead to many symptoms:
- Lackluster skin
- Increased stress
- Chronic weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Lack of energy
- Cravings for sugar
- Cravings for caffeine
- Cravings for processed foods
And if you struggle with any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that your body is out of balance and overwhelmed by an increase of toxins and inflammation.
The good news is there is something you can do about it and it doesn’t require any kind of crazy liquid diets or harmful pills.
Embracing the power of nutrition and consuming a diet that’s founded on fresh, natural and unprocessed foods is the key to eliminating the toxins and inflammation that are wreaking havoc on your body.
By making simple shifts to your diet, you can eliminate many of the debilitating symptoms you are experiencing every day.
The most effective way to start this process is by doing a short-term nutritional cleanse/detox program.
But trying to figure this out on your own can be a daunting task. This is why I have created a simple but very effective three-day plan that will reboot your system to help you feel lighter, healthier and more energetic than you have in years.
My 3-Day Reset Cleanse is meant to set you on the right path to health. It features all natural ingredients that will help reset your body by flushing out the accumulated toxins, reducing inflammation and training your brain to crave healthy foods instead of the sugar-filled and processed alternatives that you’ve most likely been eating to get an upsurge of energy.
My program contains a 3-day menu plan that is specifically designed for a gently cleansing experience with easy recipes. You will get support within my private Facebook community and tips for light body work to help enhance your results.
What is included:
- 3-Day Reset Cleanse Meal Plan – to help transform your health.
- 12 Delicious Recipes – for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You will find delicious salads, soups, entrees, and even some treats.
All of the recipes involve eliminating processed foods as well as foods to which most people are allergic or sensitive to such as dairy and gluten and consuming mostly fruit, organic vegetables, gluten-free whole grains, seeds, nuts and lean protein.
These recipes are loaded with nutrients and are really delicious so you can enjoy them beyond the cleanse. You can also repeat the entire program at any time to stay healthy.