Weight management is a lifestyle change, not a diet. You are in it for the long hall. If we want our bodies to work at their peak performance, should we not nurture them to work that way?
Weight management is not supposed to be about eating less; it is about eating the right foods for you! Restricting your calories only produces results temporarily. Once you go back to eating the way you were, you will regain all the weight you lost and it is likely for you to gain more; this is the Yo-Yo effect. Our bodies uses fats and carbs as its energy source, when we consume too much of each of them at once, our body will store the other for its "later" reserve in the form of "fat".
Here are a few scenarios I have come across in practice (although there are countless ways you may be holding onto weight, but here are just a few examples):
Scenario 1: When you are consuming more simple carbs and unhealthy fats than your body is able to burn off, your body will begin to store them for later use; this is when we start to see little pockets of subcutaneous fat accumulate. *Possibly binge eating due to stress, boredom, a quick fix, or habit.
Scenario 2: The opposite can also be said when you starve yourself of foods (caloric restriction); in this scenario, you will obviously drop the weight initially because you are burning more calories than you are eating. As soon as you begin to consume the same foods again, your body will quickly store the energy as fat because it does not know when it will be fed again. Your body's sole purpose in life is its survival, so when you do feed it after fasting, it naturally stores the food for reserve regardless of what the future holds. Also, when you cut calories for longer periods, your body will begin to pull nutrients from existing locations (bones, muscles, tissues, cells, etc.) to feed upon, leading to muscle wasting. *Possibly due to stress, or fear of gaining weight we do not want.
Scenario 3: You are eating a seemingly “healthy diet” and you're still gaining or holding on to weight. In this instance, you could be eating food that is stressing your body out (for a number of different reasons) and your body is reacting to these foods as “foreign” antibodies. For example, many people believe that whole grains are a pillar to any meal plan; this may be true for some, but untrue for others and let me tell you why. If your body does not properly metabolize whole grains and you continue to eat the grains, the permeability in your intestines may begin to decrease, letting in “foreign” substances that absorb into your bloodstream. Your body then mounts a response to the unknown substances, causing inflammation. This is what we would consider as “Leaky Gut” syndrome.
Scenario 4: Low stomach acid (BUMBUMBAA) causes a cascade of health problems such as nutrient deficiencies, mal-absorption, hormonal imbalance, sluggishness, mood imbalance, muscle wasting, and adrenal fatigue just to name a few. Stomach acid is designed to kill bacteria, break down our foods before they enter the rest of our body, along with signalling the production of enzymes, hormones, etc. When stomach acid is too low, none of these pathways work properly and we are left with food putrefying, fermenting and becoming rancid in our GI tract which you can imagine would host ample problems. Low stomach acid symptoms are almost identical to “high” stomach acid symptoms. We automatically reach for an antacid, when in reality we should be reaching for Digestive Enzymes or Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water, or HCl acid instead. Check out this video for more information.
So what do I do? Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this question, everyone is different! However, there are a few things that seem to work for everyone thus far!!
Cut out those foods that provide you with little to no nutrients: Sugar, simple carbs, wheat, gluten, whole grains, rice, unhealthy fats, dairy, additives (natural or otherwise). So what do you eat?!
Wake up: Large glass of filtered water with a slice of lemon before doing anything - keep it on your bed stand
Breakfast: Green Thang Smoothie + 2 large cups of water (30 minutes before or after meals)
1 large carrot, cut
2 celery stalks, cut
1/3 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
2 handfuls of spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup filtered water
ice, if desired
½ cup frozen pineapple, or berries
1 TBSP Chia Seeds (keep in fridge or freezer)
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy immediately
Lunch: Kale, Beans & Cabbage salad massaged with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Sea Salt (every salad should have at least 3 different colored veggies, plus your greens) + 2 large cups of water (30 minutes before or after meals)
2 stalks of green organic Kale
1/4 purple cabbage shredded cut thin
1/2 can of rinsed BPA free or dried then cooked organic beans (6 bean is amazing but whatever is your favorite)
handful of each of 3 of your favorite veggies (ie.)
5 cherry tomatoes
1/4 red onion
1 shredded carrot
Massage kale, cabbage and beans with oil, mix in all other veggies and sprinkle with Sea Salt
Dinner: Homemade veg stir-fry w/ wild caught fish & avocado or organic temphe over arugula + 2 large cups of water (30 minutes before or after meals)
5 shiitake mushrooms
5 flourette of broccoli
1/2 red or yellow pepper
1/2 red onion
1/3 sweet potato
Saute these ingredients with water, 1 TBSP tamari, 1 clove of garlic, 1 inch of ginger, pepper to taste, and 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil, until slightly soft. Cook wild caught fish until finished (10ish minutes with onion, garlic, salt & pepper)
Put 1/2 cup fresh organic arugula in bowl then add sauteed veggies and fish on top with Avocado!
Before bed: 1 large cup water with large cup of sleepy tea. Avoid technology (computer/phone/t.v.) for 30 minutes before bed and work on yourself. Meditate, do some yoga, journal, have a nice bath with magnesium salts or just lay in bed an relax with the lights out! + 1 large cup of water
Exercise: When trying to lose weight, eating is not everything!!! Getting your exercise to increase your heart rate is key! Get out for at least a ½ hour walk 2 times a day, morning and night; do this at least 4 times or more each week eventually working up to a slow jog. Try yoga 3 times week, even if it is at home watching "YouTube".
Sleep: Sleep is just as important as eating and exercise, some would say even more important. Try to get about seven or eight hours of sleep each night! Sleep is key! When we are at rest, it allows our body to rejuvenate and repair damage!
Try this routine for a few days and tell me how you feel after!
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Yours in good health,
Helping you feel better through the power of plants.
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