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What’s Holding You Back From Feeling Amazing?

If you are a health goddess that is oozing with energy and vitality you can ignore this post, but if you feel like your body could use some TLC, please continue reading.  What I want to accomplish with this post, is to have you take a look at your life in regards to your health.  Do you like what you see?  If not, then let’s change things up my lovely friends!!  After all, wasn’t it Albert Einstein who said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  If you sincerely want to feel better you need to have a reality check!

What is holding you back?  Friends?  Bad Habits?  Time?  You can make new friends, you can create new habits, and you can always find more time, but you only get one body, and you need to treat it as your temple.  You need to surround yourself with people who are going to encourage a healthy lifestyle, not derail you.  You need to instill daily habits that are going to steer you towards healthy choices.  Sometimes, this means just giving yourself more time to prepare a healthy lunch. We all find time for the things we value in life.  Do you value television over your health?  That is not the path you want to take.  Take a minute to think about the quote below.

“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”

A. J. Reb Materi

As with most things in life, you will find that what you put into it, is going to determine what you get out of it.  In regards to our bodies, if you want health, energy, and a long life, you need to put things into your body that are good for you!  If you put junk food, soda, excessive caffeine, and sugar into your system on a daily basis, your body is going to be too busy trying to digest all that garbage, to give you the energy you need throughout the day.

The way I try to think of it is, would I rather be happy for 30 minutes out of my day enjoying a junk food platter over lunch or enjoy 24 hours of high energy, proper digestion, improved mood and a clear conscious?  Everyone can make the change to put your health first, you just have to take baby steps.  I read the book, “Crazy, Sexy, Diet” by Kris Carr, and was immediately inspired to dramatically change my diet!   At first I tried to go cold turkey and gave up meat, dairy, sugar, caffeine, and gluten.  You might be wondering what was left for me to eat?  So was I!  Well, the answer is veggies, veggies and more veggies!  Of course, I could eat fruits, nuts, and some other grains, but for the most part I ate a lot of vegetables and drank a lot of spring water with lemon slices.  While this was super healthy, my mind and body could not handle all the withdrawal symptoms at once.

I decided to start over and take things a little bit slower.  I figured I should think of this like a relationship.  The fast relationships where you are just racing to the finish line never last and I wanted this diet change to last a lifetime.  I decided to give up chunks of things rather than everything all at once.  At this point I have now been dairy and caffeine free for 2 months, and have only had sugar in very small amounts.  If I am craving sugar I usually try to only eat dark chocolate from cocoa(which is the most healthy for you).  My body couldn’t be happier!!

Ok, so let’s get back on track here.  This is about YOU!  All of you lovely ladies and gentlemen out there in the great abyss!  In all of my research on preventative health, it really comes back to common sense in regards to what you should be feeding your body.  It is so important to eat organic vegetables, organic fruits, and lots of water!  Of course, you need to get protein as well, so you can try out raw, unsalted organic nuts.  I still have not been able to completely give up meat, so if you are in the same boat as me try at least switching to organic, free range chicken and turkey.  I don’t want this post to go on forever so please click on the resources below to learn more about how you can change your diet to let that inner health goddess out!  The changes may be a challenge at first, but trust me, your body will start to crave foods that will keep you functioning at top-notch!  You just need to give yourself some time to get all the nasties out!

Of course, the food you eat is just the first step.  We can tackle exercise in the next post!

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”

-Buddha

Until next time,

Be Well!

Resources

Crazy Sexy Diet – Kris Carr: http://crazysexydiet.com/

Death By Diet- Robert Barefoot: http://barefootscureamerica.com/

Photos

http://www.vitaminddeficiency.me/always-tired-no-energy-no-motivation/

http://www.ebookreviewdownload.com/2011/01/crazy-sexy-diet-e-book-download.html

http://4bizmoms.com/products_and_services.htm

 http://www.vancouvernutritionist.com/blog/vancouver-nutritionist-avoid-ice-cold-water/

http://brianmaines.com/why-should-i-eat-more-fruits-and-vegetables/

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Why Go Organic?

Here I am again, backtracking a bit.  Before we start diving into topics surrounding living an organic lifestyle, we should probably do an overview of why I think “going organic” is important enough to write about.  There are several steps you can take to decide if you think eating organic is going to be right for you.

I think the first thing someone should do to find out if they want to eat organic foods or not, is to learn a bit more about where their food comes from.  While consumers are becoming more aware and concerned of what is actually in their food, the average individual usually has little or no idea what they are truly eating.  Quick, go take a look at the list of ingredients on some food you have lying around the house!  If you find things that you cannot pronounce, that is your first clue that it is probably not going to be good for your body.  Kinda makes sense, right!

If you find any of the following ten ingredients in your food you should just toss it.  Seriously folks, chuck the junk!  Or as they say in Texas, chunk it!  Below is a list of the top ten worst ingredients out there and should be avoided at all costs.

Ingredient

Negative Effects

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) May stimulate appetite & cause headaches, nausea, weakness, wheezing, edema, change in heart rate, burning sensations and difficulty in breathing
Artificial Sweeteners Can negatively impact metabolism. Linked to cancer, headaches, dizziness, & hallucinations.
High Fructose Corn Syrup May predispose the body to turn fructose into fat.  Increases risk for type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer.  Isn’t easily metabolized by the liver.
Artificial Food Coloring Linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity, and headaches.
Benzoate Preservatives (BHT, BHA, TBHQ) May result in hyperactivity, angiodema, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, tumors, and urticaria.  Can affect estrogen balance and levels.
Sodium Nitrite and Nitrate Can combine with chemicals in stomach to form nitrosamines – a carcinogen.
Refined Vegetable Oil Increases triglycerides and cholesterol.  Can damage liver, testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys.
Artificial Flavorings Linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity and asthma.  Can affect enzymes, RNA, and thyroid.
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) “rBGH milk” contains high levels of insulin – like growth factor (IGF-1), excess levels of which have been implicated as a major cause of breast, colon , and prostate cancers.  Giving cows rBGH has been shown to increase the incidence of mastitis.  When a cow has mastitis, pus and blood are secreted into the milk.
Potassium Bromate Has been shown to cause cancer in animals, is banned in EU, Canada and several other countries.  Bromide is considered to be an endocrine disruptor.

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Now that you know what to avoid, you should also be aware of the living conditions of the animals that you consume.  Some of the conditions are downright horrifying, and we can no longer be ignorant of this situation.  The pictures below give me the shudders and I cannot actually believe we are treating animals in this way.  Imagine being penned in an enclosure just barely bigger than the size of your body for your whole life.  This is not only unsanitary, but simply unacceptable.

If you purchase free range USDA Organic Meat you can be assured that you are not supporting the pictures above.  Free Range Organic Meat means the producer of an organic livestock operation must establish and maintain year-round livestock living conditions which accommodate the health and natural behavior of animals.(2)  The requirements are extremely strict, and they should be.  If we, as consumers, stop supporting factory farms, then they will be forced to either go out of business or adopt the Free Range principles.  Please consider paying a few extra dollars to ensure that this type of treatment comes to an end.

To wrap up this post on a lighter note please check out the video below.  You can also find it on Chipotle’s website, but I feel like it sums up this blog post rather well.

Happy Label Reading!

1. http://www.healthiertalk.com/10-worst-food-ingredients-you-should-avoid-plague-4066

1. http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-worst-food-additives-where-they-lurk

2. http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop

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Natural vs. Organic

I am sure many of you have seen food in your local grocery store with the labels, natural, all natural, or organic.  One of the most important things to know about these terms is that they do not mean the same thing.  While the manufactures would love for you to believe that, it is simply not true.

The term “natural” has been defined by the USDA that the product must not contain any artificial ingredients or added colors and that it is minimally processed.  However, the term “natural” does not truly have any regulatory meaning; which means it can get slapped on just about anything.

The USDA ensures that products labeled as “100 percent organic” must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients and processing aids.  They also ensure that agricultural products labeled as 100 percent organic and organic cannot be produced using excluded methods such as sewage sludge or ionizing radiation.

Sewage sludge is the mix of water and any domestic and industrial wastes that got put down the drain, flushed down the toilet, or sent directly into the sewer.  This waste was previously dumped into the ocean after being fed through a cleansing process, before the Ocean Dumping Ban went into effect in 1987.  Now, sewage sludge is dumped onto farmland.  Yum.

Ionizing radiation creates free radicals which are a big no-no for your body.  I will probably need to do an entirely different post just about free radicals.  For now, you can google it if you want more information right away.

Basically, if you want to make sure you are eating completely organic and unaltered food, you need to make sure it has the USDA Organic seal on the product.  I think the most important foods that should be organic in your diet are meats, fruits, vegetables, and any dairy products.

Be a smart and savvy consumer and show those corporations that you do care about what is in your food!  Your body will thank you for it!

Happy Smart Shopping!

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Welcome!

Today is the beginning of my post-college writing project.

I am a 24-year-old idealist who has not found contentment in the daily grind of a 9-5 job; I know I am not the only recent graduate facing this issue.  One of the things I have missed most about college is the continuous learning and research that a structured class schedule creates.  Thus, I have decided to begin a writing project to see where it takes me.

For this blog, I will be posting every day…or at least attempting to.  However, the posts will vary between being the main entrée and some smaller appetizers to keep everything light and kickin’.  I am choosing three topics that I am highly interested in, the environment, natural health, and my faith. However, this is a project that is open to growth and change.  That being said, I may drop topics, or add in others as I discover what I enjoy writing about the most.

I am completely open to doing extensive research on all sorts of topics within the parameters I have set.  So, if there is something you would like to know more about, please let me know and I will see what I can dig up!

Let the journey begin.

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