I am taking a Seminary Wives class this semester called, “Raising Healthy Families”. This is coming at a good time for me as I am seeking to live a healthier lifestyle. I have to admit it is a little overwhelming to me, all the science behind things. I know I am never going to become a health nut or all organic or anything. That’s just not me. But I have come away with several small steps to take for an overall healthier lifestyle as well as tips for choosing foods with an informed mind. I decided that even if I feel overwhelmed after class, I may not go crazy with our food but there are some little things that I can take away and apply to our lives. Here’s what I got….
It is healthy to lose 1-2 lbs a week if you seeking weight loss
10% weight loss in 3-6 months and keep it off- that’s the key. This is why diets don’t work- it’s very hard to maintain rapid weight loss.
How much water should you drink? Use the following formula:
Your weight in lbs/2 = ounces of water to drink in a day
- Drink water before a meal- helps you eat less and feel full
- Try not to don’t drink while you eat- it can wash away some of the nutrients you are taking in
- Drink a cup in the morning
- If you drink the occasional Coke or cup of coffee just balance the negative effects with extra water that day
Green tea- helps with weight loss, speeds up metabolism
Herbal tea- bursting with antioxidants
Make sure teas are sugar free for best results
Sugar– increases weight gain, impairs immune system, leads to wrinkles/age spots, elevates bad cholesterol, etc
- Caffeine and sugar- zap H2O from our bodies
- If you use sugar, don’t use the fake stuff!!
- Use raw honey instead of sugar when baking, or Stevia (expensive but completely natural- 200 x’s sweeter)
- Keep sugar for special moments
- The more you eat it the more you crave it
If you can’t get a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, get the frozen- they are almost just as good (don’t get canned)
The only canned vegetable that is pretty much better for you than the fresh product is canned tomatoes- high in licopene
If you get frozen don’t steam in the microwave in the plastic bags
Try to avoid using the microwave altogether
- Bad to use microwave on plastic- emits bad toxins into the food
- Microwaving food pretty much takes all the nutrients out
When you steam or stir fry– don’t overcook- it will remove most of the nutrients- cook until a little tender but not mushy or wilted
Fiber Fiber Fiber!– mostly comes in vegetables and fruits- just eat more!
- The more food you consume, the more fiber you need (not supplements)
- Any fruit with skin on it- apples, grapes, etc
- Also- popcorn, oatmeal, beans (the darker the better), peanuts, chickpeas
Every Day Fiber Formula-
3 cups of veggies
3 cups of fruit
2 cups of grains
1 cup legumes (beans, nuts, etc)
Not as hard as you think!
It actually takes a person 12 times to be exposed to a food before they enjoy it
*Soon I will work on a post about the Spiritual implications of a healthy lifestyle…This is a Spiritual matter too!