What? What do you mean I’m not sick, I’m hungry? I eat all of the time and I feel just the same...tired, unfocused, I can’t lose weight, yeah...I just feel sick!
Well, it’s absolutely true. Just as a car won’t run on bad fuel...your amazing body with all of its innate wisdom will not run on bad food. When we take in anything processed...from breads and muffins, to chips and pretzels, to fast food burgers and super -sized sodas...our body cries for nutrients that it can actually utilize to properly function. In fact, your body will continue to give you hunger signals even when you thought you filled it sufficiently simply because it is demanding proper nutrients to function effectively and keep you energized, vibrant and feeling fabulous. When you don’t give your body the quality food that it needs, it begins to become unbalanced. You begin to experience symptoms from lethargy to acid reflux, aches and pains in your joints to weight gain...your body is crying for help. The good news? You can change...today. With a few simple principles you can get real and be on your way to optimum health and a better, balanced body… for real!
So how do I start to “get real” ? You can start to get real by beginning to incorporate a few simple strategies everyday that focus on six very important foundations of health. Once these foundations are in place and functioning properly, you can begin to balance your body and your body can begin to heal. Better body...better health...better life.
Get real with your food.
Now, I don’t expect you to change everything overnight but a few simple steps in this direction will do
wonders for how you feel every day. Let go of soda, regular and diet. Just this step alone can help you lose weight, and improve your digestion. Start to think about where your food comes from...the closer to the ground and the less processed it is...the better it is for you.
Get real by getting Zen.
Did you know that when you are stressed in any way your body won’t digest food properly?
Yep, that’s right! And when that happens your whole system will get out of balance. Relax prior to meal time. Sit down, light a candle or put on some great music. Pray, if that’s what you like to do, or take a few deep breaths and concentrate on your food. The more relaxed you are when you eat...the better your digestion and the better your overall health.
Get real with your sweet tooth.
Sugar can wreak more havoc in your system than you can imagine. When you constantly spike your blood sugar levels and then let them drop severely by ingesting sugar, your body starts to show signs of imbalance and eventually some big problems can occur. Start by removing the obvious forms of sugar in your diet like candy, soda, cakes, muffins and those fancy coffee drinks you might have every morning. Once you’ve mastered that sugar you can move onto others...but let’s start with baby steps.
Get real fat.
Contrary to popular belief, fat does NOT make you fat. In fact, good fat is responsible for all kinds of important functions in your body and without it, you will begin to experience symptoms. Fats are not only critical for the proper absorption of vitamins A,D,E, and K in your body, they are required for the adequate use of protein. And, they are vital for managing inflammation and speeding healing. What??? Yep, fat does all that and so much more. Oh, and by the way, they make your food taste amazing, too. So throw out that horrible, fake margarine and get real with butter...it makes everything better, you know.
Get real balanced.
Make sure your minerals are balanced and in check. Did you know that the human body cannot produce its own minerals? It must ob- tain them from food sources. And these minerals are critical for the proper function of your body. Among a host of other things, they help maintain the pH of your body, aid in the transfer of nutrients throughout your cells, help you maintain proper nerve function, and even aid in the proper contraction and relaxation of your muscles. Oh, you may be getting plenty of minerals, like calcium, but the question remains...is your body utilizing them properly. By cleaning up the rest of your diet...your body has a fighting chance to start taking in those precious minerals and using them to its best advantage. When your digestion is working and you are getting enough good fats...your body can better use the minerals you ingest. Start making sure to get real with your food...and you begin to help the
others areas of your body function better, too.
Get real with your H2O -Oh.
Water is the most important nutrient in the body. You can go 8 weeks without food...but only days without water...and there’s good reason for that! Water is responsible for a whole host of func- tions within your body. It not only regulates your body temperature, removes wastes and toxins, and transfers nutrients throughout your body; water also empowers your body’s natural healing process, improves oxygen delivery to cells and improves cell to cell communication. Making sure that you are properly hydrated is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health drastically in a short period of time. So, how do you know if you are getting enough water? Easy! Your urine should always be a very light yellow to almost clear. But if you’d like a more cut and dried formula for wa- ter...just drink half your body weight in ounces every day and you’ll be right on track. That means a 140 pound person, should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water every single day. But wait...if you take in diuretics like coffee, soda, or juice...you need to do some tweaking. Add 12 ounces of water for every eight ounce diuretic beverage you consume every day. Drank two 8-ounce cups of coffee this morning? Chase that down with 24 ounces of water and you’ll be getting real...real fast.
Need help getting real?
A nutritional therapist might be the answer for you. Nutritional therapists use a series of simple assessments to identify imbalances in the body. These imbalanc- es are corrected through diet, lifestyle changes, and supplement recommenda- tions to help your body begin to heal itself. Nutritional therapists do not diagnose or treat disease, but work to correct imbalances with the goal of gently guiding individuals back on the path to health.