Scintillating Health & Vitality
I was coaching a client recently and her weight was stuck at more than she wanted and had less energy than she needed to really thrive. She thought she was doing all the right things and couldn’t understand why she hadn’t made a bigger shift. We took a look at some of her daily habits and made a few simple adjustments that have made a big impact. The key is to start where you’re at and add in more nourishment rather than making drastic changes.
She had made some significant changes in her eating habits such as converting from dairy milk to Almond Milk and Coconut Water for her post practice drink of choice. What she didn’t realize is that there is a dramatic difference in the quality and nourishment of various so-called good for you foods.
She mentioned to me that she uses almond milk as the base of her smoothies which is great. But then, we discovered the almond milk she was using had 7g of sugar and was not organic. The easiest step to improve this option is to check the grams of sugar and buy the un-sweetend version. To boost your nourishment to an optimal level, try making your own Almond Milk. I made a short video on how to make your own Almond Milk by soaking, sprouting and making a fresh, raw choice that is easier to digest by releasing the lipase in almonds an enzyme which helps break down body fat. Watch this Short Video on how to make your own…Sprouted Almond Milk.
Switching to coconut water was her post practice drink which is packed with nutrients, however the brand she was using had 36g. of sugar. To boost this choice I suggested she switch to Raw, Organic, Coconut Water. My favorite is by Harmless Harvest which is significantly lower in sugar. Plus choosing raw means higher nutrient bioavailability and elevated sourcing standards.
My client was significantly reducing all fats from her diet. Not only was it affecting her weight, but her hair, skin and nails were suffering as well. Getting rid of the Trans Fatty Acids such as butter, margarine, cheese, and processed foods is a good choice, but we need the unsaturated good fats as a major source of energy for our bodies. These “good” unsaturated fats include the essential omega 3 fatty acids that help lower the risk of heart disease & cancers.
Fats in their natural, unprocessed form, serve five major functions
1. They build cell membranes.
2. They aid in the production of hormones.
3. They raise metabolism and create energy.
4. They protect the body by buffering & neutralizing acids.
5. They provide lubrication to the body so that the cells are free to move.
6. Unprocessed fats are any fats that occur in their natural state. The best examples are the fats contained in avocados, olive oil, almonds & flax seed oils.
Go Green and Alkaline Your Body
If you are overweight, you most likely do not have a “fat” problem, you have an acid problem! Too much acid in the body, acidosis, has two consequences: First, it will likely cause the body to produce insulin, and thus, to store more fat. Second, it will cause the cells to break down due to the pressure to continually produce insulin.
Too much acid decreases the oxygen affinity of hemoglobin in the blood.
The free radical damage of cell walls and membrane structures is accelerated. Consequences of this include premature aging, eyesight & memory problems, wrinkles, age spots, poor hormone regulation & more.
When blood plasma becomes more acidic, it acts as a chemical irritant that slowly attacks & eats away at the smooth muscle tissues of the inner walls of arteries & veins, weakening the structural composition & creating irregular blood pressure.
Acid increases the likelihood of cellular mutations.
The body has decreased access to energy reserves due to inhibition of efficient cellular & body metabolism.
An acidic pH allows the binding of cholesterol to heavy metals & other cellular debris, increasing the rater at which plaque builds up in the vascular network.
Simple Ways To reduce Acid & increase Alkaline
Put lemon in the water you drink throughout the day
Use lemon & a tiny bit of good Celtic sea salt on your salad
Substitute sprouted wheat breads & pizza crusts for white or wheat bread.
Keep a fresh salad in the refrigerator so you always have on ready to eat.
Green Juice daily
Here are a few of the final rules my client incorporated that balanced her weight and boosted her energy.
1.Drink Water Before & After Your Meals Not During.
Drinking in advance of eating will fill you up, and stop you from overeating. In addition, refraining from drinking water will give you the chance to breathe correctly, aiding in digestion.
If your thirsty during your meals it means you don’t have enough water content in your meals or you have not hydrated enough during the day.
2. Eat in a Relaxed State
Eliminate all distractions, including the TV & Internet.
Chew your food slowly, taking in small bites & maintain a tranquil state.
3. Eat Comfortable Amounts of Foods.
Americans have a distorted sense of portion sizes. The Japanese culture practices Hara Hachi Bu which means eat until you are 80% full. Switching from a Super-size portion,to the 80% full philosophy is a rule worth adopting.
4.Eat Organic Foods
Consistently ingest food that is free of modern pesticides, antibiotics or growth hormones.
5. Timing is Everything
Eat small amounts every 3-4 hours
6. Add Supplements to your Diet As Needed
The best advice is to start where you’re at and add in more nutrient versions of what you love. Look at all your choices and be conscious of the hidden sugars, pesticides and processing.