10 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier You
Most of us get our weight loss advice from fat people. After all, they are the ones who are always on diets. When a thin person offers advice, he or she is usually written off with a statement like, “Oh you don’t know anything about weight loss, you’re so thin you can eat anything!” But think about it. Do those fat people who are always dieting ever become thin people? Maybe it’s time to listen to what thin people have to say.
What they are saying is that losing weight and keeping it off is about messages, not calorie counting. It’s about letting your body know that highly nourishing food is plentiful and in abundance. And it’s about sending the message that you are an energetic, active and fit person. Once your body gets these clear messages, it will be able to come out of its storage mode.
Being thin is never about deprivation. When the body feels deprived of nutrition, it will do its best to store up whatever you feed it. Skipping meals or counting calories is the worst thing to do because it sends the message that food is scarce, and it tells the body to start worrying about where its next meal is coming from and start storing up whatever comes its way.
Losing weight is never about eating fake foods. Yet those fat people who have so much diet advice are always talking about how they substituted Molly Mc Butter for real butter, and low calorie sweetener for sugar. And they’re big (literally) on eating low fat, diet foods and lite products. They use the low fat salad dressings, buy no-fat yogurt, and eat lots of products like fat-free cheese, Snackwells, imitation whipped cream and 100 calorie packs of Oreos. Yet there is very little or no nutrition in these types of products, so when they are eaten the body feels threatened and only goes deeper into its storage mode. Eating these types of products also promotes an insulin spike because the fat that typically slows down an insulin response has been removed.
Here are some tips to help you send the right messages and get on the road to ideal weight and vibrant health.
*Eat nutrient rich whole foods. This means eliminating foods that contain processed ingredients, such as bread, white rice, pasta, doughnuts, pretzels, cookies and cakes. For instance, eating a pizza is fine, but don’t eat the crust.
*Eat only foods in their natural state, the way they were made by nature and without anything removed. This means eating such things as potatoes and apples with their skins, and full fat dairy products. Don’t eat anything that says it’s no fat, no calorie, low calorie, low fat, or diet.
*Eat more. Instead of three meals a day, eat four or even five. Let your body know there is plenty of nourishing food around.
*Snack all you want. Some good choices are popcorn with plenty of real butter and sea salt, chocolate bars, HaagenDazs, nuts and seeds, and cheesecake (without the crust). Each of these snacks has plenty of good fat and nutrients.
*Eat all the fruit you want, but eat it away from other foods. The best time for eating fruit is a half hour before meals. Stay away from processed (bottled) fruit juices.
*Drink water, tea, coffee, and red wine. Sweeten only with Stevia, real sugar or other real sweeteners such as agave nectar or blackstap molasses. Stay away from any kind of soda pop.
*Make sure you consume plenty of healthy fats from butter and full-fat cheese, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, and fatty fish such as salmon or tuna. If you don’t like fish, be sure to take two capsules of Omega Plus daily.
*Never eat food that has added chemicals and avoid food sprayed with pesticide. As much as you are able, buy organic food, pastured meats, free-range poultry, and wild caught fish. Make sure any corn and potatoes you eat in any form are organic. The liver is where fat is burned, and your goal should be to keep your liver as clean and healthy as possible so it can do its job.
*Replace all personal care products such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste from discount stores and conventional supermarkets with products that contain ingredients you can pronounce. Use only fragrance-free laundry detergent and stay away from fabric softeners, perfumes and other scented products.
*No matter what the temperature, open the windows where you are and keep them open for at least 15 minutes daily. Go outside as much as possible.
*Do 10 minutes of light exercise immediately after eating anything. If you are at work, walk around the building for ten minutes, or simply jog in place. This will send the message that you are active and will need the energy from the food you have just eaten, so the body will not store it.
*Twice a day do an activity that will jumpstart your lymphatic system. The best activity for this is to stand up, raise your arms, and twirl them up and down. Do this 20 times forward and 20 times backward. You will be amazed at the energizing affect this activity will have as stored toxins are released and your metabolism is increased.
*Develop an exercise hobby that you enjoy doing several times each week. This can be tennis, dancing, running, distance walking, or whatever appeals to you.
*Buy some weights and start a weight-training program. As soon as you get comfortable doing this, increase the poundage of the weights. Muscle has a higher metabolic rate than fat, and this activity sends the message to your body to start converting fat to muscle.
*Accept that you are a person of worth and you don’t have to settle for less than you want. There is nothing like self-defeating psychology to help you pack on the pounds.
The diet advice of most fat people may help you shed a couple of pounds of water weight for a few days, but the diet advice of thin and healthy people can keep you slim and fit for life. It’s time to get started.