You are what you eat.
I’ve always been a proponent of a healthy diet. You see, nutrition is perhaps THE most important key to a focused mind, a good-looking skin and a toned body. I can personally attest to that. The standard western diet is so incredibly poor in nutrient-dense food, and yet so full of junk that slows down our metabolism – making losing fat harder than ever. And that’s only a small part of the picture.
Most people aren’t getting their vitamins and minerals in the food they eat. As a result, their bodies are not functioning at an optimal level. They have brain fog, they lack energy, and they suffer from mood swings. Their skin looks pale-ish and dry, their hair loses it’s shine and silky texture. To top it off, they experience some digestive discomfort.
I just got out of the shower and am currently laid back on the sofa as I am typing the article you are reading. And in between written sentences, I picture how I used to see a desperate, overweight mess each time I glimpsed at a mirror. I was feeding my stomach with garbage. As a result, I didn’t have the energy to go about my daily activities, and always be enthusiastic around others. Although I am older today, I look and feel better than I did when I was 25. As a matter of fact, I now have the stamina to work my 9-5, attend my bi-weekly group aqua-biking classes, prepare a daily healthy dinner for my husband, and run this website! My friends and family have also commented on my slimmer figure, smooth skin and energetic enthusiasm.
An image is worth a thousand words, so here’s a picture of my tummy that my hubby recently took (sorry for the low cellphone camera quality).
Start taking care of yourself.
How did I achieve these results? I introduced new, optimal habits into my life. I made sure I got some good sleep, I exercised, got my vitamin D, and ate more balanced, nutritious meals.
Actually, the most crucial change, hands down, has been: adding nutrient-dense foods to my diet. We’re talking loads of different veggies and fruits. As a rule of thumb, the darker or more intense the color, the more nutrient-dense the vegetable/fruit is. Spinach, broccoli, beetroot, kale, blueberries are all excellent staples. And ideally, you want organic ones.
Plants truly are the king of food, and are associated with lower cancer risks, as well as a stronger immune system. Even if you don’t have weight to lose, you’ll still benefit from adding some to your diet.
When your body is given the natural food it was meant to consume, it functions better, and you notice the changes in no time. Trust me. Within two weeks of replacing cookies and industrial meals with plants, I was feeling more clearheaded and had lost 4lbs. Within months, my immune system was so strong I simply wasn’t getting sick. I’ve only been sick thrice in the last 4 years.
The only drawback is… cooking all these vegetables is time-consuming. And the lazy part of me had been trying to work out a way around that.
Use smoothies as a way to absorb your vitamins & minerals.
Green smoothies/juices ended being the solution I came up with to ingest my veggies and fruits effortlessly. I prepare them whenever I don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen.
Here’s how I proceed to concoct my smoothies.
First, I buy my veggies and fruits frozen. It’s a little known fact, but frozen foods contain a lot more vitamins and minerals than the fresh ones you buy at your local supermarket. The freezing process stops the vitamins from deteriorating.
Second, I defrost everything in the microwave.
Third, I throw the vegetable mixture into a blender along with some freshly squeezed fruit juice. You can also use coconut water or almond milk instead of juice, feel free to get creative. The point of adding some liquid to the mix is to make the smoothie more palatable. Turn the blender on for a couple seconds, and voila!
Check out my favorite, most potent smoothie recipes here!
Lets wrap this up by summarizing what you’ve learned so far. The standard western diet lacks the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that keep your body going. You need to make sure you get them through nutrient-dense foods like green veggies and fruits. As a result you’ll look and feel younger, have a sharper mind, more energy, an optimized digestive and immune system, and will slim down more easily. It’s a proven process and it has worked for me and my husband. I urge you to take the first step to a higher quality of life, and add ’em veggies to your plate already!