Weight Loss

Getting your feet, rather, palate whet with plant-based eating

3 (highly recommended) books to get you started on the healthy, plant-based lifestyle path of feeling alive, well and living fully

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The benefits of plant-based eating

Besides being adequately researched, studied and scientifically proven to prevent (and even reverse) cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other life threatening diseases, plant-based eating can and will provide rather immediate results in terms of weight loss and management; digestion and assimilation (and excretion); boosts in energy levels; enhanced quality of sleep; alleviation of back pains and body aches; mood swings and anger management; feelings of satiety and satisfaction with eating; peace and clarity of mind; the texture and condition of head hair; and the clearness of skin, to name just a few.

And, if the proven benefits don't convince you to make the switch fully to a plant-based diet and/or lifestyle, you can always start by trying for just a few days to see for yourself just how good you feel (and how truly delicious plant-based recipes taste).  Literally and truthfully.  For some additional motivation, see the three recommended books below that go into further detail about the benefits associated with a plant based lifestyle with regards to your own health as well as the health of our fellow animals and the health of our beloved Mother Earth. 

Three plant-based lifestyle books to buy and read (with factual proof and real-life example success stories)

1. The China Study

At the top of the book list is still an all-time personal favorite of mine and few other million people, The China Study.  This book, perhaps one of the first most comprehensive studies to be conducted about human dietary nutrition and health, literally provides startling implications regarding human diet and weight loss as well as other long-term health characteristics.

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2. How Not to Die

If the title of this book alone doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck rise while providing that ecstasy like feeling of goosebumps, then maybe a blurb quoted from the book's description will, "From the physician behind the wildly popular website NutritionFacts.org, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

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3. Forks Over Knives

Whenever I recommend books to read regarding plant-based living (and all of the health benefits achieved there from), I usually start with this Forks Over Knives book because it is honestly the fastest and most informative (and easy to) read for those that are not yet familiar with the idea of plant based living.  Plus, this version of Forks Over Knives comes with packed with (delicious) recipes to make it even easier to get started.

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Need some more help getting started?

If you feel like you may need some more help and/or convincing with making the (logical) switch to a plant-based lifestyle so that you can begin to live your life to the fullest and as healthy as humanly possible, contact me and we can schedule a best time for you to talk.  Previously coming from the meat-eating lifestyle, I know all about the objections, obstacles and otherwise obstructions that can make the switch harder than it truly needs to be.  Once you do make the switch you will fully feel the benefits both from the inside of your body (in terms of how you feel; your energy levels; your level of focus; your hunger cravings; your back pains; your body aches; your ongoing illnesses; your quality of sleep; your mood swings; et al) and from the outside of your body (in terms of how fit you will become as you naturally lose excess weight; your skin tone and clearness; the skeletal structure of your face and cheeks; the texture and feel of your hair; et al).


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"This is for everyone who knows what it’s like to struggle with weight loss, heartburn, back pains, skin care, sleep and even mood swings."

-Scott Schroeder, How I Lost 20lbs in 7 Days

 

When life hands you lemons, boost your immunity, alkalize your body and promote weight loss

When life hands you lemons, boost your immunity, alkalize your body and promote weight loss

Lemons, fruitful gifts from above with the healing powers of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and phytonutrients

Lemons, nutritional and beneficial for optimal health

As tart as lemon juice may be to the taste, it's health benefits are indefinitely sweet to the human body.  With a nutrient rich profile that's stacked with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, flavonoids and phytochemicals, lemons are ultrahydrating foods that immunize, alkalize and purify (and even sterilize) the body, all of its cells and its support systems.  And, when it comes to consumption, it really doesn't get much faster or any easier than just slicing and squeezing the healing juices out of lemons for drinking as a beverage; topping as a dressing; marinating as a seasoning; calming as a sleeping aid (when combined with warm water and honey); cleansing as a disinfectant; and/or what-have-you.  Lemons are a heaven-sent food and their fruitful powers are rather limitless. 

Supplementing papaya enzyme for weight loss (and digestive health)

Supplementing papaya enzyme for weight loss (and digestive health)

Lose weight while you simultaneously improve your digestion with the help of papaya enzyme

The healing benefits of paypaya for weight loss and digestive health

Coined by Christopher Columbus as the fruit of the angels, papaya is native to the tropic regions of the Americas and brings with it a limitless amount of healing potential for our digestive systems (as well as our skin, too).  With well over 500 (some of which are still yet to have been fully discovered) digestive enzymes, papaya is the ultimate fruit doctor for healing and supporting human digestion, providing relief from constipation and upset stomachs while also reducing any inflammation and alkalizing the insides of our intestinal tracts.  In addition, papaya can alleviate and even reverse symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, colitis, ulcers, pancreatitis, liver disease and other ailments and diseases of the digestive system.  With regards to weight loss, the enzymes found within papayas play a key role in improving human digestion and promoting natural weight loss by flushing wastes and otherwise excess weight from the body in a routine and uniform manner.  If our body is not properly digesting the foods that we eat and/or is not removing the byproduct wastes on a daily basis, our body will in turn be bloated and full of food particles and waste dispersed throughout our digestive tract.  Improving our digestion and the digestibility of the foods that we eat will help us to shed excess weight and keep it off seamlessly and naturally.

Lunch, the all-time most important meal of the day for us

Lunch, the all-time most important meal of the day for us

Examining the science (and biological reasoning) behind our meal times and why lunch is the most crucial time of the day to eat

First things first, let's debunk the tales about breakfast

Contrary to what the food industry publishers are paid to report, breakfast is definitely not (and should not ever be considered) the most important meal of the day.  If you're anything like us, the majority of human beings, take a moment to think about a typical morning for yourself and your body.  What's the first thing you usually do when you wake up, use the restroom, right?  Point being (and we'll go in to further detail about breakfast in a future article about dietary nutrition), your body does not want to be burdened with digesting loads of foods during the waking, morning hours as it is instead focused on flushing wastes from your body to prepare you for the full day ahead.  So, don't believe the nonsense that the bacon and egg (and high-cholesterol drug) pushers are soliciting, breakfast is a horrible time of day for you to eat heavy.  Period.

This smoothie list is bananas, B•A•N•A•N•A•S !! 🍌 🍌🍌

This smoothie list is bananas, B•A•N•A•N•A•S !!  🍌 🍌🍌

Featuring 10 banana based smoothie recipes hand-picked from the Green Blenders' compilation of 73 banana-friendly smoothies

Bananas are nutrition powerhouses

In addition to providing for the perfect texture of any smoothie and supporting those of us on set diets to either lose weight or gain weight, bananas are an excellent source of numerous amounts of healing nutrients like minerals (such as potassium, copper, selenium, magnesium, molybdenum and boron), vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and other phytonutrients.  Bananas are also full of fiber, water and pulp, too, aiding us in suppressing and satisfying our appetites.  And, as Anthony William of Medical Medium alludes to in his book Life-Changing Foods, bananas are one of Nature's gifts for our digestive system, even known to reverse bodily conditions like IBS, Crohn's Disease and Colitis.  Whether eaten raw from the peel, blended up in a smoothie, chopped with your kale or what-have-you, enjoy your bananas and the healing powers they pass along with their pleasurably unique taste and conveniently soothing digestive benefits.

The Kale Massage: Technique and Tactics

The Kale Massage: Technique and Tactics

Enhancing the flavor and nutritional value of kale by massaging it in water for a few minutes before eating it

Kale, a healing cruciferous vegetable

One of the almighty, cancer-killing (and thyroid-healing) cruciferous vegetables belonging to the Cruciferae family, kale is a popular compliment to many healthy recipes and accompanying meals.  Along with all of the other crucifers in the list of cruciferous vegetables, kale is a potent source of a number of powerful vitamins like vitamin A, B, C, E, and K.  Also known to be rich in the mineral, sulfur, all of the cruciferous vegetables like kale help to promote healthy lungs by stimulating lung tissue growth and regeneration as well as the recovery and restoration of lung scar tissue.  You can read Medical Medium's "Life-Changing Foods" for more scientific information about the nutritional makeup and healing powers of kale and its cruciferous vegetable companions.

Drink more water, lose more weight (while you hydrate and purify your body)

Drink more water, lose more weight (while you hydrate and purify your body)

Suppressing your appetite, flushing your digestive system and hydrating your body with water

How to lose weight with water

Similar to eating cranberries or even bananas (or pears, or cherries or apples and really any of the other common household fruits that can be eaten for weight loss), drinking an adequate amount of water can and will help to suppress our appetite and promote weight loss for us. Water also helps to support in the digestion of the foods and beverages that we consume, keeping things flowing along their way throughout our entire digestive system and removing excess toxins and wastes from our body, hence causing us to naturally lose weight on the scale.  Additionally, water acts to hydrate our bodies and all of our adjoining body parts (and/or organs and cells) fully, helping us to function at our optimal levels in terms of digestion, assimilation, urination, defecation, perspiration and even detoxification.  While it is beneficial for weight loss, water is truly essential for the all around health and well-being of our bodies (and minds).

How's your chewing when you're eating?

How's your chewing when you're eating?

Being mindful about your chewing to improve digestion (while promoting weight loss)

A topic covered by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in his book, How To Eat, chewing mindfully is a necessary aspect of eating for both proper digestion and nutrition (and assimilation) purposes.  With our allegedly fast paced lifestyle, some of us may have grown accustomed to disregard our chewing while we eat but this is truly no task that we want to skip out on.  When we chew our foods more fully, we promote for better digestion while we obtain those meant-to-be merry feelings of satisfaction from our meals and encourage natural weight loss from our bodies.  If we don’t chew right (and, in turn, digest our foods) we are left with masses of UNDIGESTED food particles that are dispersed throughout our bodies, making us feel and look bloated and/or pudgy.

Never a dull meal (with a diet that you can learn to love)

Never a dull meal (with a diet that you can learn to love)

A weight loss diet you never thought possible, until you try it

When you know what foods to eat that will help you to naturally lose weight while still appeasing to your taste buds, dieting becomes secondhand, like a way of life and/or lifestyle for you. If you find yourself trying to lose weight, jumping from one (fad) diet to the next without ever enjoying any of the foods that the diet prescribes much less seeing any real results from the diet, there's no need to lose faith or give up because you can and will lose weight once you learn what is good for YOU to eat (both in terms of being tasty for you as well as effective for helping you to lose weight).

Pears, like apples, are also great for losing weight

Pears, like apples, are also great for losing weight

Full of flavor and packed with phytochemicals, trace minerals and amino acids, pears are one of the world's healthiest foods that you can eat for weight loss

Pears suppress our appetite and prevent overeating

A close kin to the apple, pears are another must-have food to include in your diet.  Pears are known to be high in dietary fiber, offering us that feeling of being full and satisfied with hunger levels to the point that we don't overeat during meals or in between meals either (similar to eating bananas for losing weight).  The sweet flavor that a pear brings satisfies our hunger (and/or suppresses our appetite) and their electrolyte makeup serves to stabilize our blood sugar, giving us natural boosts in energy without the crash afterward.