Weight Loss and Detox
For many of us, New Year's resolutions are all but forgotten at this point, but if they did involve eating healthier or losing weight, as many do, here's some inspiration to set you back on that healthy path. Last week I saw a documentary called "Hungry for Change" on Netflix. It features doctors and authors who share ideas for sensible approach to weight loss and detox. Your body stores toxins in fat tissue, so as you lose weight you release toxins; and as you release toxins you are able to safely lose weight. This is why healthy weight loss needs to be a gradual process of letting go of what is toxic to you. To start, simply create a lasting relationship with vegetables. Every day, every meal, for the rest of your life, eat vegetables.
What about GMOs?
There is a significant body of research demonstrating that GMO's are harmful. If you're interested in learning more, check out "Genetic Roulette." I had heard about studies showing harm caused to mice, but I did not know that already here in the US farm animals, adults and children seem to be showing similar symptoms of harmful exposure. These may include "leaky gut," allergies and autism, cancer, and reproductive disorders.
What to do? This is just another of many reasons why we need to eat local organic food as much as possible.
But I don't like vegetables...
Here are my two best ideas for making friends with vegetables, which every single person who understands food knows is the best way to feel better, look better, and have a happier life:
1. Join a CSA. This is an economical way to get introduced to a wide variety of beautiful local veggies, support small local farms, and mingle with friendly people. Now is the time to sign up for the coming year. Click here to find a CSA near you. Before I joined Angelic Organics 20 years ago, I didn't even know what Kale was!
2. Stop eating sugar. If you eliminate sugar for even a few days, you will notice that you are able to taste many of the more delicate and subtle flavors that you have been missing in natural fruits and vegetables. Nutritious food tastes much better and you will actually be drawn to more nutritious food when your senses are not dulled and congested from eating too much sweet.
Do I look like I'm 56?
I run and walk for at least an hour every day, sometimes more. I'm a frisbee athlete. I eat meat and vegetables: broccoli, kale, carrots, potatoes, cabbage. No sugar, no added salt, no grains, healthy fats. Probably I eat better much better than you do! That, my daily runs and regular squirrel chasing, along with my low stress lifestyle and plenty of nap time assures my great health. I've never been sick in my life.
I don't need acupuncture, herbs, or massage to feel my best. But maybe you do, if your lifestyle is not as active and carefree. Seeing a TCM practitioner like MaryJo regularly helps to improve digestion and sleep, reduce stress and increase your overall energy, and can maximize the impact of your efforts lose weight, get in shape, and improve your health.
Open Pathways to Health Newsletter February 13 2013