Strategy 8: Take Out the Trash!

 

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Processed Fats

Generally –and sometimes, unbeknownst to us, the food we eat is overflowing with saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fatty acids.

We, as Americans, consume up to 40% of our total calories in fat. This entails the danger of poor circulation –which leads to high blood pressure; poor elimination, and excess congestion and toxicity in the body. Also, our bodies then are unable to perform the functions that good, unprocessed fats provide.

In short, we have to take action on these by:

  • Eliminating or dramatically reduce our consumption of processed fats, trans fats, and hydrogenated fats.
  • Keeping our total daily fat intake below 25% (i.e., fewer than 25% of the calories we ingest should be fat, ideally less).

 

Animal Flesh

These days we have countless studies and a gazillion research made that shows a direct relation between animal-based diets and chronic illnesses as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Even small amounts can cause adverse effects; so we have to focus on:

  • Eliminating or dramatically reducing your consumption of animal flesh
  • Total protein intake should be 5-6% per day and should come from plant-based sources, which are more efficient and have more antioxidants, fiber, and minerals

If you are among those people which find almost impossible to leave out meat of our diet completely –and I can almost hear some of us pleading: “not the bacon… please, oh please, not the bacon– then follow these guidelines: eat it only once a day, combine it with green vegetables or salads; eat it in the middle of a day, never before going to sleep at night, and always purchase your meat making sure it’s free range, antibiotic free and organic.

 

Dairy Products

By now you should already know that there’s a significant correlation between dairy and osteoporosis, kidney problems and certain forms of cancer. In the China Study, researchers found that a certain kind of cancer was promoted by casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein. Also, diets rich in animal foods make women eliminate excessive calcium, providing a negative balance.

This is why we should:

  • Eliminate or dramatically reduce your consumption of dairy products
  • Ensure that your daily calcium intake is about 400 milligrams per day and comes from plant-based sources that are calcium-rich
  • Try other alternatives (in moderation) such as rice milk, soy milk, or almond milk when you desire the texture or taste

 

Acid Addictions

When we’re hooked to any kind of diet or habits that promotes the over-acidification of the blood and tissues, we’re creating the ground that is favorable to the growth of virus, bacteria, yeast, and fungus, which are the greatest decomposers of cells and tissues in our bodies.

In order to reduce and eliminate all that acid, we need a diet consisting of live alkaline foods (we covered it before in our Alkalize and Go Green! article), grains and essential fatty acids. This kind of diet lowers the acid in the blood with its abundance of bases and alkaline salts.

Our advice on this subject would be:

  •  Eliminate or dramatically reduce your consumption of acid addictions
  • Use your common sense! Say no to the following addictions: caffeine, sugar, whites, vinegar, alcohol, nicotine and drugs. Associate yourself to the consequences and break your pattern.
  • Alkalize! When you are consuming at least 70-80% alkaline, life-giving foods, your body will naturally decrease its desire for these addictions.

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of healthy advice and that you’d be able to apply at least some of it into your daily lives; that alone would make the difference you’re looking for.

See you next week. Stay strong!

Strategy 7: Build your Body, Mind, and Heart

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Our bodies are designed for motion, that’s when they are at their best… still, most of us stay at least half of our day in a stationary position… we have a “box” life; we live in a box home, sleep in a box, eat out of a box, drive in our box to work where we sat again in a box cubicle, typing on our box watching a box; only to go back to our box home, sit again and watch yet another box… and for variety sake, we grab a cold cylinder to make a change!

To make our bodies work, we need the power of structural alignment and strength, a system designed to manage the musculoskeletal system, which is the framework for human health.
If you want to have a functional body, then start focusing on the following:

  • Condition yourself to motion! Stay active and move… walk or jog instead of using your car for short distances, take the stairs, crush everything whenever you have the chance
  • Stretch! Exercise is good, but not that good without stretching after the workout… this way you only get tough -lean and good-looking, of course, but the stiffness of your muscles makes you inefficient and prone to injuries; and I’m not talking about lifting a sofa, I mean by only bending over to pick up a pencil!

 

Another way to raise our body’s resistance, fight decease and create health, is found directly in the mind. If utilized and directed effectively, our thoughts, emotions, and mindset, in general, can be one of our most powerful allies to fight disease and boost our energy and vitality.

These are some ways to promote this:

  • Keep an eye on your mind so it keeps away from stressful emotions; instead, focus on empowering ones, such as gratitude, courage, faith, determination, compassion, and love.
  • Utilize the healing power of the heart, directing your full attention -that means mind, breath, and emotion- to the physical location of your heart.
  • Use at least 10 minutes every day to evoke positive memories and create compelling visions of the future

 

 

Will continue with this series next week talking about the benefits of reducing -or eliminating completely- processed fats, animal flesh, dairy products, and acid addictions.

Until then, stay strong!

 

Strategy 6: Optimize your Nourishment

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In our constant strive to improve our health and well-being; we should aim to consume foods that will serve our body as a main goal.

If you want to reach a maximum level of nourishment, these guidelines would be helpful:

  • Follow all the previously posted advices concerning healthy eating: water-based foods, alkaline foods and essential oils, just to name a few.
  • Drink water, lots and lots of water; but only after or before your meals, not during.
  • Always combine your foods properly:
    • fruits only on an empty stomach
    • never mix carbs and protein in the same meal
    • don’t combine fats with proteins
    • eat green vegetables with proteins or carbs
  • Whenever you eat, see that you already are in a relaxed state, never eat under stress.
  • It’s always better to eat small amounts of food several times a day
  • Avoid processed food and always look for all that is free of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones.
  • Keep an eye on your glycemic index, it should always be under 55
  • Create your ideal Food Pyramid:
    • 70% live foods
    • 10% plant-based proteins or quality fish
    • 10% carbohydrates
    • 10% quality oils
  • Create the Base: Follow a daily regimen with the 7 Vital Nutrients for a foundation of health
  • Fast regularly. Complete a periodic cleanse of your internal organs and body
  • Supplement for specific conditions and maximize your results!

 

For our next delivery, we’ll talk about how to align and strengthen our bodies for its best performance.

Until then, stay strong!

Strategy 5: Optimize your Aerobic Energy

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As you surely know, the word “aerobic” means “life with oxygen”, and is used to describe a low-intensity exercise sustained over a period of time. Your aerobic system comprises the heart, lungs, blood vessels and aerobic muscles, and it gives you your endurance.

When you work your body hard during short periods of time, you burn mainly glycogen and protein; but if you condition your metabolism to operate aerobically giving it the proper diet and exercise, it will burn fat as a primary fuel.

 

The following are some guidelines for aerobic exercise:

  • Start with your Base; spent 3 to 5 times per week doing 30 minutes of quality exercise (walk, run, swim, bike, etc.)
  • You need to find out your ideal aerobic training heart rate. Here is a simple formula: 180 minus your age; so, if you are 30, the heart rate you need to keep during your exercise session would be 150 heartbeats per minute.
  • Create your training plan. Once you established your Base, get yourself a plan that would take you to the next level.
  • Have fun! Add music, friends, different environments, competition) to motivate you to follow through.
  • Apply the NET philosophy. NET stands for No Extra Time; add value to your exercise session adding something you could do at the same time; it could be affirmations, an audio-book, or personal development course you could actually do while exercising.

 

Coming next week, we’ll continue with Strategy 6: Maximize your Nourishment
In the meantime, keep up with this challenge; keep healthy, stay strong!

Strategy 4: Alkalize and Go Green!

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Balanced body chemistry and maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in your diet are of vital importance to maintaining your health. In fact, too much acidity in the body’s tissues is the cause of many types of health challenges ranging from lethargy and fatigue to obesity, and ultimately too much bigger health issues and disease.
One of the highest priorities for your body is to make sure that the alkalinity remains at a level supporting cellular life. To help promote an alkaline state to support cellular life that results in a healthy mind and body, follow these rules:

  • Consume 70-80% foods that are alkaline-forming and life-giving (green vegetables, almonds, avocados, lemons, limes, etc.)
  • Avoid acid-forming foods that are not “live,” such as animal meats, dairy products, refined white foods, sugars, caffeine, etc.
  • Supplement your diet with quality greens which are very popular today at the food market
  • Test your pH
  • Keep it simple: add fresh lemon to your water daily!

 

Coming next week; Strategy 5: Aerobic Energy!
In the meantime, keep up with this challenge; keep healthy, stay strong!