Thursday, January 23, 2014

5 Actions Steps for Transforming Your Health. Tips that helped me lose weight and keep it off.

Good health is 80% diet, 20% exercise, what we eat is paramount. Which is beautiful because eating trumps moving. I shared my weight loss/health change story but to recap; I lost 30lbs and gained improved energy, mental clarity, immune system function, skin/hair/nails by stuffing myself with anti-oxidizing, delicious, nutrient-dense fruits, veggies and leafy greens daily. The action steps below make it second-nature. Try them to make healthy changes simple.

Went for a bike ride, then ate this whole pineapple. Yum. Note the Yuko-Photo-Bomb.

1) Change Your Mindset. This is a POSITIVE lifestyle adjustment.
Negativity derails progress. Think, "I get to stuff myself to the brim with fruits, veggies, and fun new healthy recipes," rather than "I can't eat this" or "I HAVE to lose weight." I promise the whole food recipe potential is unlimited. Look at the beautiful raw vegan chocolate I get to pack-up at eat at my one-day-a-week raw vegan kitchen job. Yum.

2) Emphasize Whole, Unprocessed Food
You don't have to be a pedantic mostly-raw vegan like me to be healthy; we're extremists. (I love it, though. Works for me, personally.) You don't have to be vegan or vegetarian, but the vast majority of what you eat should be whole, unprocessed food. As little as possible from boxes. If you're eating meat, eggs, or dairy try to ensure it's sustainably harvested because the alternative is pumped full of steroids, antibiotics and other junk our body has to work harder to process, resulting in sluggish performance and looks. Also, fruits and veggies should far surpass protein intake, stuff in those leafy greens!

3) Pantry Purge and Replace
If possible, get rid of all temptations (I know not always possible with family or roomies but do your best) and replace it with impulse foods you can eat. Fill the pantry with impulse food you can and love to eat so failure isn't an option. Always keep the house stuffed with food or the junk food of the world will call your name...

4) Cook Ahead
Cook batches of food ahead of time healthy option is always there waiting for you. I like to make big batches of vegetable soup, quinoa, rice and other components of meals in bulk.

5) Upgrade to Healthier Versions of Your Favorites
We already have our eating habits in place, start slow and replace a meal you like with a healthier version. I've mentioned I was a hamburger addict, I replaced hamburgers with veggie burgers on a whole grain bun when I craved it as I was starting out. Now I never want either. Replace breakfast with a big fruit smoothie and/or dinner with a big delicious salad but continue to eat a favorite lunch for example. Again, the key is to enjoy the replacement meal just as much.

Tip, Always Be Ready: Having work stations (I have blending and tea stations) always ready-to-go will make adapting healthy habits easier. Update your tools one at a time when you can. My Vitamix was worth every penny I absolutely loving using it every day to squeeze in as many fruits and veggies as possible. If you order here you get free shipping. (And you help support this blog via the affiliate link, too ;)

I know for a fact that switching to a mostly whole unprocessed food diet was the most positive life change I've ever made, I love to share all I know and help others get healthier and happier.  Good luck on your journey. Feel free to leave questions in the comments or e-mail me. I also added health food/raw veganism questions to my FAQ page here. Questions about how I eat are now among the top things I'm asked about when I'm encountered in the wild, glad these posts are making an impact and helping people make positive life changes. It's still a fresh new year, let's get healthy! I'll continue to share favorite healthy treats throughout the year.

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