You feel you are ready to take the steps to get healthy but don’t know where to start? Here are what I consider the first 4 steps you need to take to make that happen.
Detoxing from chemicals in our food can be a painful process.
1. CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE AND PANTRY
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. As difficult as it is, in order to change what you eat, it is essential to clean your pantry and fridge of non healhty foods and to shop wisely. More than three quarters of supermarket shelves are stocked with packaged and processed foods. These boxed, canned, and frozen concoctions are full of more than 3,000 food chemicals purposely added to our food supply. Stay away from those.
It is all about our PH balance
PH balance is an essential factor in our overall health equation. Man-made chemicals acidify your body pH. Most diseases and ailments are caused by an unbalanced diet. The diet of most Americans is overloaded with foods that are acid-forming, that tip the body’s pH toward acidity. And while our bodies are equipped to counterbalance a certain amount of acidity, what we’re seeing is that the standard American diet overwhelms our ability to buffer the acids in our diets, particularly when other acid-promoting factors such as stress enter the picture. The best foods for our healthy body and balanced PH level, are unprocessed natural foods.
Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew that it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid? Can you imagine grilling your low fat veggie burger if you found out that its main ingredient is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)? Read the label.
Foods that are considered “healthy” and labeled as “natural” contain many harmful chemicals and non-food ingredients like wood shavings, used as food preservatives and flavor enhancers, and these chemicals are often disguised under unrecognizable names.
2. NO EXCUSES
I have a headache. I am sore. Anything along those lines is most likely caused by the food we eat. In your journey for a healthier you, things sometimes get worse before they get better. Detoxing from chemicals in our food can be a painful process. The body is designed to feel good and powerful, but will deteriorate with non healthy eating habits.. If you can start thinking of food as fuel for your machine, it will change everything. The first week is the hardest. Find some support from friends and family or your local yoga studio and buckle down.
Take care of your body as if it was your dream car
Let me give you a scenario. You have just purchased your dream car. It has an amazing engine. You put everything into that car. Would you fill it with the cheapest gas if the manual said to put in premium? Probably not, and if you did, soon you would notice wear and tear on the engine. It won’t run as smooth, you may get worse gas mileage, and eventually you will have to take it in for repair. At which time you will get told not to put that into this fine piece of machinery.
This analogy applies to your body and food. Unless you think that car deserves to be cared for more than your body. In my opinion your body is so much more important. You must try your best to re-train your mind. I realize we have all been taught bad habits our whole life, but it is never too late to fix it and start again.
3. LEARN TO REPLACE YOUR CRAVINGS WITH GOOD WHOLESOME FOOD
You can have your cake and eat it too, as you will find in my book Nourish. You see once upon a time we did not have over processed foods. People still ate back then, they just ate whole God given foods. We learned to work with them, break them down and make scrumptious meals. I am going back to that time for you. When you have healthy items on hand to grab when you are feeling weak, it will greatly improve your success rate.
4. MOVE YOUR BODY
Yoga. Walk. Run. Bike. Hike. Swim. Jump. Whatever your fancy… GET UP AND MOVE!