Monday, March 18, 2013

30 Days Grain Free Living– Health Tips


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So many people ask me how and where to begin making changes to their diets after reading all that I have shared this month. 

#1 THAT IS SUPER EXCITING TO HEAR!!! 
  • People realize a change needs to happen.  
  • They want to make that change. 
  • They are asking HOW!!!?
#2 It is not as hard as you think.   It doesn’t have to happen as fast as we have done it or anyone else for that matter. 



#3  Educate your children and help them understand why it is so important that you all begin this as a family.   Get your spouse on board and explain this is just another way for you to show them how much you love them.  If your children are under 5 no explanation is necessary.  Just change what they are eating with healthier choices throughout the day. 

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This graphic is wonderful.  Post it in your cupboard or a place you will see it daily when picking snacks and foods for your meals.   Get a friend to help support you on this amazing health journey and I promise you – in 3 months you will wonder how you ever lived on all the processed junk.  

#4 Nothing worth having is easy.   So don’t expect this journey to be easy.  Eating to live is a choice.  Just as much as living to eat is.  Food is not your friend.   Food is what helps us stay alive and well.

I love how God gives us everything we need right on time.  This morning as I was getting ready to take the children to school, Dr. Mercola shared the following article.  Read it and begin making the wisest choices you can with everything you put into and on your body.   Yes, it all matters.  
While I have you all here I’m going to vent. 
My blog.  I can do that.
Why do you say you want to get healthy?  Yet, you are drinking *McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day shake and showing that to the world on FB?  Why do you say you want to help your children get healthy?  When you are showing the world on FB that you are feeding them nothing but sugar treats every day and giving them soda?   I will never understand how people truly think they are going to see any changes in their health if they continue to live as they always have.   Just drinking more water will never solve your health challenges or help you lose weight.    Why do you keep complaining to your friends how bad you feel and never make the changes that are really not so hard.   It takes 30 days to create new healthy habits and to break old ones.  Sugar does not have to rule your life forever.  Nor do carbs.  You can honestly break free and be OK!   Open-mouthed smile
I know how hard it is to change the way you eat and live.  I have done it now three four times over the last 10 years.  I don’t regret a single thing we have done along the way, because each time I have felt more empowered to take care of myself and my family.
Here is the thing – you want to get healthy.   Then you have to begin making changes today that will bring upon the healing you hope to achieve.  It won’t be found in a pill.  Or even an essential oil.   It is a lifestyle.   It is a constant choice to pick the best products for your family and to stop buying the ones that are known to cause many illnesses and compromise your immune system (and digestive tract).   Stop looking for the easy way out in life.  There isn’t one.   It’s time to accept that fact and move on.   You don’t have to live without everything you think is fun to eat or make or yummy.     We don’t.   We enjoy tons of amazing healthy treats that are made from pure and natural produce.   But they are not what we eat every day and our children don’t get treats for good behavior.  They get positive rewards – words of praise and our respect for their good choices.    The world is not going to hand them a treat once they are out of elementary school for every good deed they do.  And oh how I fight against that one daily.   Seriously friends, food is for living and to give our bodies what it needs to work optimally.   Most of what can be bought in the grocery store does the exact opposite.   And using the excuse that your children won’t like you for taking away candy, soda, junk food, etc. is just lame.   You are obligated as their parents to be responsible for what you feed them.   It is OUR responsibility to take care of them.  Not to turn them into junk food junkies (living off of fast food and processed snacks) and feed that addict within them that they now can’t stop.    It’s up to you (the parents) to help them break free from that now and to teach them about healthy living.
 
WHOA!  I’m about to go off on a huge tangent and now is not the time.   So, go back and read all the health posts I shared this month and take a good hard look at what you and your family are eating.   Then make a positive step in the right direction one day a time. 
Now, one the best things we can all do from time to time is help our liver detox and this is one of the most gentle detoxes I have read about for the liver.

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This cleanse came courtesy of one of the awesome GSG coaches, Allison.   Thank you Stay at Home Dr. for sharing it.

The GI tract and liver are two very important facets in how we look and feel! Optimal gut health is very important because 70% of our immune system is within our gut.  Hippocrates said “all diseases are a result of undigested food particles.” The liver is your main metabolic organ. The liver filters everything – food, alcohol, medication…. When addressing our health these are two very good places to begin. Liver cleanses help us feel better and give our metabolism a much needed boost! 
Take first thing am. Wait at least 30 min before eating or drinking anything.  Only drink water for at least an hour so the body does not begin to go through digestion.  You want that to rest so the liver detox has a chance to work.

Of course, you then want to follow this up with a healthy diet. Remember no supplement or essential oil is going to work miracles all by itself. You MUST eat healthy in addition to adding these to your diet!  You wouldn’t expect to see results at the gym if you are still eating a completely unhealthy diet and overloading on carbs/sugar all day.   You can spend $100s on supplements and oils and take them religiously but if your diet is poor you results will never be what you hoped. 

  
Everything you put into your body effects how you feel and look.   If you are dehydrated, your body will not run properly at all, your skin will look older quicker, your hair will get dull faster, and your organs will struggle to do their job – especially the heart!  So be sure you are drinking enough water each day.   If you want more healthy tips, then simply click on my health label with this post.

Keep educating yourselves friends.  It is worth the investment of time.   Your mind and body will thank you!

Wishing you all a blessed and beautiful week! 


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2 comments:

  1. I love this post. Well said, especially when it comes to kids.

    The only thing that I am always concerned when buying food from farmer markets and whole foods, trader joes, etc. is that, they could very easily carry/treat their products with pesticides to protect their crops.
    What do you think about that?

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  2. I love this post. Well said, especially when it comes to kids.

    The only thing that I am always concerned when buying food from farmer markets and whole foods, trader joes, etc. is that, they could very easily carry/treat their products with pesticides to protect their crops.
    What do you think about that?

    ReplyDelete

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