When I travel, I don’t worry too much if I go off the raw food and my normal diet, because I think it’s important to be flexible and just enjoy traveling. But once I’m home, it’s time to detox and get back on track.
Below, I answer an email from one of my followers that many of us women could benefit from. So I decided to post my response back to her below. My hope is to inspire all of you Beauties to follow the same tips so you can feel beautiful from the inside out.
I have gained weight over the past few years and plan on incorporating raw food and yoga into my life to help get the weight off. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.
As for the weight gain, we’ve all been there! I used to count calories, fat grams, and obsess about my weight until I properly understood nutrition and how food affects the body. I was so miserable! I was never quite happy with my weight and it was often in my mind.
I feel so grateful and blessed to have come across some great knowledge of nutrition. Here are my first eleven easy weight loss/maintenance tips that I’d love to share with you:
1. Incorporate More Raw Food
Yes, absolutely incorporate more and more raw food, which is easy to digest, is nutritionally dense and keeps you full and healthy. The basis of the raw diet is greens, so definitely check out my easy green smoothie recipe, and start trying to have one every day for breakfast or lunch.
2. Avoid All Dairy Products
Dairy is pasteurized and very difficult to digest and break down- using up a lot of our precious enzymes. It is also mucus and acid-forming. It’s my personal experience that it is very hard to lose weight when consuming dairy.
3. Avoid All “Fake” Sugars
Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low, Equal, etc. These are very hard for your body to recognize and break down. 0-calorie does NOT mean it is healthy.
4. Stay Hydrated
Drink lots of water 20 minutes on either side of meals, but drink MINIMALLY with meals (so as not to dilute the digestive enzymes).
5. Practice Yoga
Besides the deeper spiritual and mental benefits, I have personally found Yoga to be the most rewarding and beneficial physical exercise. Routines are fast-paced and can get your heart rate going. You will also get toned and your muscles will be stronger
6. Food Combinations Matter
If you are going to eat cooked food, don’t combine protein with starches. Instead combine protein with greens, like salads or sides of veggies. Proteins and starches together are really hard to break down. For example- if you are going to eat fish, eat it with a salad or a side of spinach. Sushi- with the combination of fish and rice, is very hard on the system.
I used to never think about food combining. But when foods are combined well and digestion is easy, minerals are more easily absorbed and toxic waste can easily leave the body. When the opposite is true, backup occurs and this is usually coupled with weight gain and/or difficulty in letting the excess weight go.
7. Avoid All Soda
Avoid it all, especially diet colas. It’s highly acidic and deprives you of your vitamin B and minerals.
8. Try To Consume 1-3 Lemons Every Day
You can squeeze them over salads, in water, etc. Lemon helps regenerate and support your liver by benefiting bile formation. Since your liver is your main fat-burning organ, lemon, therefore, promotes optimal fat metabolism.
9. Don’t Eat Fruit For Dessert After You Eat A Cooked Food
The simple sugars in fruit break down much faster than the denser cooked food, and will cause backup and fermentation in your digestive system (See #6).
10. Chew Really Well
Be a slow eater. It’s important to liquify your food with adequate chewing. Not only will you be able to extract more nutrients from your food, but you will feel full before you’ve overeaten.
11. Eat Fibrous Filling Salads For Dinner
Try my hearty and nutritionally super dense kale salad recipe, which I eat for dinner several nights a week. It is so satisfying and delicious.
PRO TIP: Balance your digestive system and get the most out of your food by incorporating digestive enzymes and probiotics to your daily routine.
Try a wide variety of foods so you don’t get bored- I’ll keep posting more recipes too. Once you get over the hump, you’ll feel great and your cravings for certain foods will be less and less. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about these 11 tips.