Health Manifesto

  • Eat Clean! Eat whole, real foods, and eliminate processed and refined junk.
  • Get moving everyday! Strive for physical activity every day, even if it’s just a 30 minute walk most days. It’s so important for healthy digestion, a healthy brain, and of course, a healthy and fit body!
  • Vegetables in abundance, especially leafy greens! I recommend drinking your veggies!
  • Daily fiber! I recommend Chia Seeds as a great source of fiber!
  • Minimize sugar consumption! The sugar (and simple carbs) in your daily diet should primarily come from eating berries.
  • 90:10 Rule. Focus on improving your diet by adding in the “good stuff”! Eventually it will crowd out the “bad stuff”. Strive for 90% of your food choices to be whole, real foods.

MOTIVATION is what gets you started. HABIT is what keeps you going.

Alkaline / Acid Balance

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The Bountiful Year: A Visual Guide To Seasonal Produce

Health Experts

Below is a short list of a few health experts / authors who have influenced and inspired me (in no particular order). Each expert may promote different health philosophies (i.e. vegetarian, paleo), but a common theme is to eat real, nutritious (unprocessed!) food. I take nuggets of expertise from each of them and incorporate the elements that work for me.

  • Kimberly Snyder (Vegan, Author of The Beauty Detox)
  • Tosca Reno (Clean Eating, Author of Eat-Clean Diet)
  • Michael Pollen (Author of In Defense of Food)
  • Dr. Mark Hyman (Author of Ultra Wellness)
  • Mark Sisson (Paleo, Author of Primal Blueprint)
  • Gary Taubes (Low-Carb, Author of Good Calories, Bad Calories)
  • Mariel Hemingway (Author of Healthy Living from the Inside Out. One of the first books I read that inspired me to live healthier!)
  • Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Nutritarian, H = N/C (health is proportional to intake of micronutrient per calorie), Author of Eat to Live)

Highlights from “The Beauty Detox Foods”

BeautyDetoxBook“The Beauty Detox Foods” book by Kimberly Snyder was a very inspiring read. The author focuses heavily on a vegan lifestyle, but the overarching principle is the importance of having an abundance of greens and plant foods in your diet to enable your body to function optimally and to be your most energetic and beautiful self.

WEBSITE:
http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/

 

The connection between food and beauty is incredibly powerful. Just by changing the foods you eat, you can radically change the way you look and feel.

-Kimberly Snyder, “The Beauty Detox Foods”

The most important principles that I took from this books are:

  • Digestion takes more energy than any other internal function of the human body, so by eating ‘beauty detox foods’ you free up this energy from digestion leading to superior health and radiant beauty.
  • The high content of minerals, enzymes, and fiber in ‘beauty detox foods’ also help cleanse and unclog waste from your intestines allowing your body to more optimally absorb nutrients.
  • Greens are the most important, nutrient-dense food group in your diet, full of alkaline minerals, chlorophyll, and amino acids to regenerate and purify your cells.
  • Drink water between meals, NOT at meals. Too much water with your meals will dilute your digestive juices and slow down the digestive process.
  • Blending your greens into smoothies “predigests” them freeing up more energy from digestion.
  • Increasing fiber is the very important to cleanse your body!
  • Beauty detox grains are quinoa and millet – both of which are gluten-free.
  • Sugar destroys your beauty, contributing to wrinkles, stiff joints, weight gain, and several other negative effects in your body.

One of the most important assets you have in your quest for beauty is energy. Energy is a key factor in your ability to shed weight easily and permanently, achieve great health and look your most beautiful. Energy regenerates your liver and other tissue cells, flushes toxic waste from the body, helps maintain your ideal weight, keeps your skin’s collagen smooth and your hair healthy…

-Kimberly Snyder, “The Beauty Detox Foods”

A short list of “beauty detox foods” that I love:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Avocados
  • Nuts and Seeds (Almonds, Walnuts, Flaxseeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
  • Cucumbers
  • Lemon
  • Carrots
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Romain Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Sprouts
  • Spirulina/Chlorella

In moderation:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Figs
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Apples

Others I should try to add more of into my diet:

  • Dulse
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Radishes
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Collard Greens
  • Bee Pollen

Superfood: Spirulina

Superfood: Spirulina

Spirulina, a single-celled blue-green algae, is a great ingredient to add to your smoothies. It has a lengthy list of nutrients and benefits!

  • Nutrient-dense, excellent source for several important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, B12, and beta-carotene.
  • Excellent protein source, containing the eight essential amino acids, and 10 non-essential amino acids – the building blocks of protein.
  • Easily digested and assimilated by the body.
  • Highly energizing
  • Contains chlorophyll which cleanses and alkalises the body. It’s highly alkalizing properties rid the body of acid waste, and helps to promote a healthy acid-alkaline balance in your body. (Interesting fact – chlorophyll is only one molecule different from our blood!)
  • Other benefits include, cancer prevention, enhanced immune function, detoxification, cholesterol lowering, liver-protection and anti-inflammatory effects.

Apparently, NASA has even selected spirulina as an important space foods, as it provides nearly everything the human body needs!

Coconut Oil

Your kitchen should not be without Coconut Oil, and it should be your primary cooking oil. For maximum nutrition, you want to choose virgin, organic, unprocessed coconut oil. Coconut oil is very stable, and therefore the best choice especially when cooking at high temperatures. It has extensive health benefits. Among many other features, it’s anti-bacterial and highly alkaline. It purifies the blood, and does not clog arteries as it’s a liquid above 76 degrees.

“It may surprise you to learn that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil is actually good for you and provides a number of profound health benefits, including improving heart health, supporting your immune system, boosting your thyroid and improving your skin.

“Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a ‘miracle’ compound that your body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties,” says Dr Mercola.

It also tastes good!

Additionally, Coconut oil is great for your skin and hair.

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