Healthy Eating Habits

healthy habits

1.  Eat in a calm, relaxed atmosphere.  Taste and enjoy every bite.

2.  Chew food thoroughly.  Limit gum, it stimulates your digestive juices unnecessarily.

3.  Avoid overeating.  Eat to only 80% full.  Don’t overstuff, overwork and challenge your system.

4.  Don’t drink large amounts of liquids before, during, or immediately after meals because it dilutes your digestive juices.

5.  Don’t drink ice-cold drinks with meals because it “freezes” your digestive cells, which disables the digestive process.

6.  Drink at least 6 – 8 cups of purified water every day, between meals.  Juice, soda pop, and coffee don’t count.

7.  Eat fruit, fruit juices, and sugary sweets away from meats if you have digestive challenges.

8.  Include raw vegetables with each meal to provide enzymes that break down food particles.

9.  Allow your digestive system “rest” time.  Not eating in the hours before bed gives you the 10-12 hours needed for daily cleansing, repairing, healing, and rejuvenating.

10.  Follow seasonal eating common sense (salads in summer, hearty soups/stews in winter).

11.  Choose healthy food.

The goal:

1.  Incorporate a healthy regimen as part of your normal everyday lifestyle.

2.  Enjoy small, occasional indulgences.

3.  Eat food that is as close to the way Mother Nature created it as possible!

Diet Do’s and Don’ts

Rule 1:  Strive to increase “life-giving” foods with raw materials that feed and fortify your cells.

Rule 2:  Strive to decrease “life-less” foods that only satisfy your taste buds and fill your stomach.

Diet Do’s:  Strive to increase or improve

*Plenty of purified water between meals

*Fresh fruits, rich in enzymes and nutrients

*Fresh vegetables, rich in enzymes and nutrients

*Fresh, unroasted, unsalted nuts, seeds

*Whole grain carbohydrates

*Low-fat, high-quality protein

*Raw food

*Organic foods are always preferable – higher in nutrient levels and free of added pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics

*Sea salt and sea vegetables

*Essential fats and good oils (butter, cold-pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut butter).  Note: never heat flaxseed oil.

*Fiber rich foods

*Consider fresh fruit or vegetable juicing

*Eat smaller amounts more frequently to maintain energy and nutrient levels and avoid blood sugar fluctuations

Diet Don’ts:  Strive to decrease or eliminate

*Sugar-laden foods

*Fat-laden foods, especially hydrogenated and/or trans fat containing products

*Margarine, conventional supermarket-brand oils and salad dressings

*Foods containing additives

*Processed, instant prepackaged foodstuffs

*White flour products

*Coffee, soda pop, commercial juices/drinks

*Artificial sweeteners

*Table salt

*Dairy products (investigate and decide for yourself if these are a wise choice for your health; watch for “hidden” allergic reactions; choose organic if consuming.)

*Red meats (choose organic if consuming)

*Genetically modified foods

*Fast food

*Alcoholic beverages

Here is a “believe it or not” to think about:

Once you’ve adjusted your taste buds and your diet to one that more closely follows the above suggestions, and your body starts getting and using the right nutrients needed to rebalance and repair, your cravings for those “gotta have” other choices will diminish.

Helpful tips:

Start slow.  Incorporate new choices in with old choices (mix some whole wheat or rice pasta in with regular pasta).  Add water to juices in increasing amounts.  Cut down slowly (example: you enjoy 2 spoons of sugar in your coffee, so start by decreasing by a 1/4 of a spoon each week, until your taste buds adjust to having no sugar at all).  Give your body and your taste buds time to adjust and they will quickly enjoy new tastes.  Learn to enjoy all the spectacular flavors Mother Nature has to offer.

Come join me on my weight loss journey!  I’d love to have you along!

Have an awesome day!

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