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January 2019

Eat Healthy by Juicing Your Food

Juicing, quite simply put, is using a machine to pulverize fresh fruits and vegetables, separating the liquid from the pulp and drinking it. This method of feeding yourself falls under the banner of a raw food diet because there is no cooking involved.

Proponents of juicing tout the benefits of using only organic produce because today’s farmers use an overabundance of dangerous pesticides and chemicals on their mass produced crops. It is these chemicals and pesticides that while successful at prolonging the shelf life of food, is actually slowly killing the consumer who eats it. Organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides and chemicals and therefore doesn’t last as long as regular produce. That’s a good thing. You really don’t want to eat anything that won’t eventually die, according to most food experts.

So when juicing for health, it is best to drink your freshly made concoction first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This will ensure quick absorption of all nutrients. Now when starting out, choose to juice the fruits that you like, maybe apples, oranges or watermelon. Once you get used to the fruits then try adding a vegetable into the mix. Juice a carrot or two with your apple juice. Later you can add other vegetables. Veggies take a bit more getting used to because of taste, as some of them are not naturally sweet and because they have a tendency to cause gas and stomach upset. This upset only lasts for a few days, until your body gets used to the change.

While many people use juicing as a means of fasting to cleanse their bodies of toxins, many others simply combine juicing with the consumption of solid foods. Replacing a cooked or prepared meal is a great way to lose weight. Replacing all solid meals with fresh fruit and vegetable juices for a week or two will cause immediate and dramatic weight loss. Care should be taken not to prolong the fast, or you can actually weaken your body sending it into malnutrition. Remember, two day out of a week or one week a month for a couple of months can produce the kind of healthy weight loss that you want without going overboard.

A good rule of thumb with veggies is that the greener the veggie, the more nutrient rich it is. So using leafy greens like spinach, cabbage or endive really do pack a nutritional wallop. The taste however, is an acquired taste. But hang with it. You can grow to like it. There is also a bit of preparation needed for your produce if you didn’t initially buy organic. You can still use regular store-bought produce. You will need to remove the pesticide and chemicals.

This is done by soaking the produce in a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide, which can be purchased at any drugstore. Add a cap full of the hydrogen peroxide to the water and allow the produce to soak for about ten minutes, or until you can smell the water. That smell is the toxin coming off the produce. Remove the produce, dry it off, and store it in the refrigerator. You should use it within three day after purchase.

Motivating Yourself to Eat Healthy

Today I am going to write about a topic that I am extremely passionate about. I believe that eating healthy and working out is a must for all of us regardless of how busy we are in our everyday lives. I am really a fan of the idea that health should come before anything else, because in the end it is really all that matters. No amount of money is going to make up for lack of health or the happiness health brings.

It is like the famous singer and son of Bob Marley says ” Why are you stressing out yourself to be wealthy? You should be thinking about yourself, that you are healthy”. I KNOW, in our world with financial crisis, stress and everything else it can be hard to get down to the gym and work out, well it shouldn’t be. I am a fan of the 80/20 rule and making things so simple that they just run automatically. Steps you can take today to make things as simple and easy flowing as possible:

1. Throw out all unhealthy foods in your house, in this way you will make sure you eat as healthy as possible since you don’t really have other choices. Plus, if you remember the case before you don’t really have time for the gym, so you won’t have time to run down and get icecream and candy neither. I mean think about it, replacing all your daily meals to healthy ones doesn’t take you extra time while giving you the added benefits immediately.

2. Start doing some exercise whenever you have the time during the day. Who said you absolutely have to go to the gym and workout for a minimum of 2 hours? Just get in 3-5 sets of push ups throughout your day, this will take you approximately 2-3 minutes each time, of course depending on your strength levels and winner mentality at the given time.

3. Change your identity. Begin viewing yourself as a machine that eats solely for fuel, you are like the Russian guy from Rocky 4, a terminator that only thinks about running optimally and being able to give his maximum effort each and every time.

The last tip of course is to have fun, if you don’t enjoy the process and constantly whine about having to eat healthy you shouldn’t even start, since you will fail. Just watch it as a lifestyle change and the celebration of the new terminator that eats solely for food, you can do this.

Eating Healthy During Pregnancy

Most women face difficulties in eating healthy and knowing what is healthy for them during the time they are pregnant.

To make sure you pregnancy goes smoothly with the healthiest diet that you truly deserve, you just need to keep a few points in mind.

Firstly, make sure your diet consists of some variety. You should make it a point to have the essentials of vegetables, fruits and proteins in your diet so that the little one inside you gets benefited from them all, without being deprived of any.

Don’t think too much while eating any of your favorite dishes. Just do not overeat. This has to be done on a regular basis for all the meals that you are taking, so that there is nothing that you are missing out on. You should have sufficient vitamins, whole grains and proteins to keep yourself healthy.

Once you get pregnant, stop dieting if you have been doing so earlier. This is important, because during the period of those nine months, you and your baby would be needing calories and a nutritious diet.

While a woman is pregnant, the fact that she may have gained some weight is not considered unacceptable. If you try to work on it, so that you don’t gain weight, it could create problems for yourself and the baby.

If you get tired of eating the same food, and start experiencing that you feel sick after eating it, you may want to try some new foods. In addition, food aversions may make you get sick of food that you were very fond of earlier, and wanting those that you would never even think of eating previously.

Do not eat as if you are being forced to do so. Make it one such activity that provides the most pleasure, as it would be doing the most good to your baby and your own health, during the time you need it the most.