Health and beauty tips.
Whether or not the alkaline-ash diet is a credible theory - stress and anxiety does cause acid build up in the stomach and this does lead to health issues. It is up to you to take time out and relieve yourself off this build up in your body. If we stay stressed for too long noradrenalin accumulates and this can have some horrible affects later down the track.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulnessmeans living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Taking activated charcoal has multiple health benefits that include improving skin, whitening teeth and relieving flatulence.
I cannot speak highly enough of Pressed Juices they just have everything so right. If you do not have a juicer at home and have a very busy lifestyle this place will give you everything you need then and there.
Redmond Clay for Skin
People consume Redmond Clay to support healthy digestion, detoxification, mineral supplementation, and countless other areas of health. Externally, Redmond Clay is often applied to stings, burns, cuts, and countless other uses. I use it as a face mask and I find it works wonders. It tightens pores and heals any blemishes I may have faster then they usually would.
It is sold as a powder so you do have to mix it up yourself. It can be very messy.
Aloe Vera drinks were traditionally used for cleansing the intestinal membrane and aiding the toning of the digestive system. It also has soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities.
I drink at least 4 litres of water a day.
“The acid/alkaline balance in your body determines your ability to hydrate. After salt, water is one of the most important buffers of dietary metabolic acid. If we don’t get enough our kidneys cannot filter wastes; when they don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped on the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it cannot operate at full throttle. As a result it metabolizes less fat, so more fat remains stored in the body.” - Saimaa Miller.
Switch to grains and rice
Choose whole grains over processed varieties, such as white rice and white flour. They all have about the same amount of carbohydrates. However, processed rice and wheat have half (and sometimes even less than half) of the nutrients found in whole-grain rice and wheat. There is no point in eating something that isn’t going to give your body what it needs. I believe everything that you consume should nourish you in some shape or form. Processed grains that have been enriched gain back some of the vitamins and minerals but none of the fiber. I like to use millet, quinoa, brown rice, black rice, spelt flour and farro.
Eggs just eggs
Consuming eggs in the morning can help you lose weight. They are just protein though so you should incorporate some form of carbohydrate (eg. starchy vegetables) so that you get a well rounded meal.
A study published in the “International Journal of Obesity” in 2008 compared weight loss in individuals who consumed eggs for breakfast to those who consumed a bagel. Even though the two groups maintained an identical caloric deficit during the study, the people who ate eggs lost more weight and body fat than the bagel group.
If you currently consume a breakfast rich in carbohydrates, switching to an omelette might promote weight loss without the need for further food restriction.
Avoiding rice, pasta and white bread can help you decrease your carb intake, especially the refined and high glycemic kinds that can be so disruptive to your blood sugar levels. The whiter the carbohydrate the more bleached and altered it has been from it’s natural state. Remember companies want you to buy their food to they make it taste nice - that doesn’t mean it is healthy. You can replace some of the carbohydrates you eliminated by adding non-starchy vegetables to your diet, such as broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions, which constitute very nutrient-dense foods. If you are physically active on a regular basis, you can probably afford to include a few more carbs in your diet without gaining weight. Try fresh fruits, sweet potatoes, plantains or yucca, which are all fiber- and nutrient-rich, low-glycemic carbohydrates.
High intensity interval training (HIIT)
“Serious athletes have long known about the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT)—alternating periods of short, intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods—and they’ve been reaping the rewards, too.”
A lot of research has been done around high intensity interval training. Test groups have been compared where one group will exercise at a flat rate for an hour and one group will only exercise for twenty minutes with extreme intensity intervals. The group that performed the interval training showed a significant overall weight loss and fitness increase as opposed to the flat rate group. I do 30 minutes of 5 minute intervals. I start walking at a pace of 6kmph then move to 15kmph every 5 minutes.
HIIT isn’t just about weight loss it is about increasing your fitness levels fast. Marathon runners use this as a method of maintaining their fitness throughout training and also increasing it - it’s what assists them in going the distance. If I have ever fallen sick for a while and not been able to train then my fitness drops dramatically. I use HIIT to get myself back up to speed.
The science behind HIIT is in the intense work-rest nature. The intervals lead to a large oxygen demand during and after training. The subsequent oxygen usage post-training is commonly called EPOC, which stands for Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, and simply means that the intense exercise you did earlier that day will have your body still working and burning fat long after your session is finished. This also results in an anabolic state within the body. This anabolic state is created by a high work to low res ratio, which result in high levels of lactate in the body. This type of workout also promotes the production of testosterone and growth hormone, both vital pieces in the fat burning puzzle.
It’s already sweet enough.
Adopting the habit of having at least one green vegetable drink a day is the most beneficial habit you can make for your body. I know when people decide they want to lose weight they make shakes and smoothies but then sometimes find the kilos just aren’t falling off. It can be due to the fact that you are loading your smoothies up with just fruits like strawberries, bananas, apples etc. which even though they are fruits they are still high in sugars. You can research for yourself the sugar quantity of fruits and see what is high and what is low for example, <2g of sugar per 100g is categorised as low and >20g per 100g is categorised as high. Apples can be roughly 20g of sugar per 100g depending on their size. A sugar molecule is made up of glucose (fructose) and sucrose - fructose is the type we find in fruit and sucrose is what is extracted from raw sugar to make the white refined nasty stuff you will find in your cupboard. Yes fruit doesn’t have the “refined sugar” and fructose is still slow releasing so you do have more time to burn it off but if weight-loss is your goal and you aren’t noticing results switching to veggies is a better option. Green vegetables are great for low sugar intake so if you can remember the greener the better. We only need a teaspoon of refined sugar a day to fulfil out bodies needs and 80% of the supermarket has added unneeded sugar because it is addictive and marketing means it needs people to stay loyal. This is completely over the top for some people - I know - but if you are someone who is really struggling to lose weight and for some strange reason cannot they it may be a point of interest for you to follow these tips. Sometimes we don’t even know where we are going wrong (and it can be very frustrating) but everyone’s metabolism is different so we need to accommodate our own. We see a fruit salad and of course we think it is healthy, but maybe you aren’t aware that your whole grain bread secretly has a lot of added sugar. Adding ingredients like flax-seed oil, almonds, ginger or low sugar fruits to your morning juice means you’ve already obtained adequate vitamins and minerals in just one drink. If you do not have the time make a trip to Pressed Juices, they are incredible for these types of drinks.
Tribal Tastes Easy Eats (quick healthy meals)
I definitely think a huge contributor to bad eating is the lack of quick availability. When you’ve just arrived home from a huge day at work or feel a sudden onset of hunger you aren’t going to go into your kitchen and start devising a healthy nourishing meal from all the produce. It’s just not realistic. We go for accessible, fast, easy and tasty items. That’s how the top of the ladder food companies do so well, they want their food to be your go to and they don’t care if they have to add tonnes of additives to get you to do that. This is where people’s diets fall through and we end up binging on cookies. I have a good option for you. It’s called Easy Eats by an African company called Tribal tastes. They make packaged ready to go meals that you can keep in your fridge and heat up whenever you need. I used to work very long hospitality hours and after a ten hour shift you do not feel like cooking. Realistically, there is no time. These Easy Eats are what saved me and I found I felt healthier very quickly. When your starving and just need something fast -truth is - you don’t really care about the taste of what you’re eating you just need something in your belly! Easy Eats are all vegan meals (before you run away just read) they are made up recipes by an African chef and they really do taste insane. You wouldn’t know you were eating lentils and rice. Each package retails for about $13 and you get about 3-4 servings in each. So it works out to be about $4 a meal. Even if you don’t go for this particular brand if you can take a mental note that what’s easy and accessible in your kitchen will affect your diet then maybe make small changes. I add other ingredients to mine!
Tara Wilson Masters in Nutrition (author) from Melbourne on March 22, 2017:
I'm so glad you liked it guys!!!! Keep it up :)
Amy from Colorado Springs on September 24, 2016:
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Dianna Mendez on August 17, 2016:
What a great post on nutrition. I used to enjoy eating high carb breakfasts until I found eggs and oats to be much more beneficial for my health. I hope this article helps many to understand what it takes to live and eat well.
Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 17, 2016:
This is a very helpful and needful hub. Thanks for all the information. My husband and I have cut down on a lot of carbs and I recently started buying whole wheat bread instead of our beloved Italian bread. Over a couple of months, we each lost 20 lbs.
Blessings to you.