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Life After Whole30

I hope you gave Whole30 a shot. I did and do not regret it. I lost 14 pounds without exercising much. I did take my Whole30 further than the 30 days. I went for two rounds. Yet 7 pounds a month is great progress. It is healthy progress. 

If you did or are trying Whole30, I highly recommend easing back into eating non Whole30 foods. They provide guidance for reintroducing foods-one group at a time. I started with some grains, example corn. I was okay with grains. Then I tried dairy. Ummmmm…my stomach hated it. So I am less prone to eat dairy post Whole30. It is rare to have it. I tried beans. Another irritant. Therefore, I have built a new meal plan that is 80/20. Eighty percent is Whole30 and 20 percent is non Whole30. 

I have not gained weight by reintroducing non Whole30 foods. I am still losing and have incorporated more exercise. 

After talking to your doctor, I would highly recommend this program. Whole30 changed the way I view food. It changed the way I make meals. It changed the way I eat. 


Eating processed foods does not appeal to me. In the rare occossion of eating junk food, it does not make my body feel good. I prefer fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. My body runs better on whole foods. I still read labels, and ditch foods loaded with chemicals. I have a fondness for bananas, mangoes, berries, almonds, olive oil, purple potatoes, steak, roasted chicken, natural salad dressings, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes. 

Learning a new way to eat is good. All the exercise in the world does not negate a poor meal plan. Changing the way we eat is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. Changing the way we eat leads to a better life, to wellness. 

So ditch the excuses and do something for your health! 

XO, 

Erin 

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Detoxing and Losing Weight

  

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Hello wellness friends! It’s almost a new year. Are you excited? I hope so. There are so many things to give thanks for. One is you and I are alive and hopefully in our right minds. 

I spent part of the day yesterday with the mentally and physically ill. I walked away from that experience with an increased appreciation for physical and mental health. So, if you’re healthy and have proper cognitive functioning, that is reason to give thanks. 🙂 

Today I wanted to talk about toxins and weight loss. Our bodies can become overloaded with toxins from pollution, chemicals from processed foods, and the lack of cleansing of our systems. Things can simply build up within the body. 

If this happens, we will struggle losing weight and may experience brain fog or decreased energy. 

Our bodies are like vehicles that require the proper fuel to run. In our vehicles if we don’t use the right oil for the engine or gasoline, the vehicle may not run at all. Our bodies are far better at running on the wrong fuel than our cars. We do still feel the impact of poor diet choices and living on a planet with pollution. We also consume far too much sugar which weakens the immune system. 

How do we rid of these toxins? 

Great question. You can go to a drug store and purchase an over the counter detox kit or colon cleanse. Please consult with your doctor if that’s the route you’re thinking of. I’ve found with these pill cleanses they basically increased urination or elimination (going number 2). I did not feel better or lose fat. 

When the body is filled with toxins, the body will not easily give up fat. Why? Because releasing fat would mean releasing toxins. They get trapped together. 

Release the toxins, free up the body to release fat. 

My detox goal will be for liquid detox. Once again, talk to your doctor and I make no claims you’ll lose 20 pounds of fat. Diet plays a major role too! As well as exercise. Detoxing is a great way to jump start everything and improve success! 

 As for cleaning up the diet. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Ditch the processed food. Opt for whole foods. If you look on many packages there are chemicals that you may not be able to pronounce. 
  2. Limit or eliminate sugar. Okay I know it’s in almost everything, yet we eat way too much of it. Say no to fake sugars. Honey is a better alternative. 
  3. Ditch the unhealthy fast food.
  4. Increase the water intake! Purified not tap. I recently purchased a Brita water bottle with a filter. Love it! 
  5. Eat or drink antioxidants. 

Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells in your body from free radical damage that can occur from exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and as a byproduct of normal metabolism. Dietary antioxidants include selenium, vitamin A and related carotenoids, vitamins C and E, plus various phytochemicals such as lycopene, lutein, and quercetin.-nutrition.about.com

 Here is some more information on detoxing! 

Detox and Weight Loss
  

I hope this upcoming year there’s increased blessing on your health. I bless your health! May you prosper and be on health even as your soul prospers. 

Happy New Year!🎉 

Cheering for you…

Erin 

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Your Thoughts Can Make You Sick

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Sweet fitness and wellness friends. How has life been treating you? I hope well. I wanted to share with you that I’ve started a 21 Day Detox for the mind. It’s by Dr. Caroline Leaf. She’s studied the brain for 25+ years. She’s studied the effects of negative thoughts on the mind.

We believe in culture that we simply stop the behavior then we have conquered the problem. The issue is we have failed to understand the action is the fruit of a thought.

A person who compulsively eats has a thought somewhere that isn’t aligned with health. That thought may be, “Eating will make me feel good or I don’t need watch my portions or I can eat whatever I want.” If our negative thoughts are not dealt with, then when the diet is over (proponent of healthy living not dieting), the behavior resurfaces. Why? Because the root was not dealt with. Why did the person gain 50 pounds?

Fear and stress impact the hormones and our overall health. Our negative thoughts actually make our cells sick. In Dr. Caroline Leaf has evidence of the thought life and health.

It takes 21 days for the brain to uproot a negative thought. If you’re interested in Dr. Leaf’s study…visit

http://drleaf.com

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RM_28xKB4aw

Renewing the Mind: http://youtu.be/mZTOWBPEn2I.

Dr. Leaf is a respected scientist and person of faith.

May you and I abort negative thoughts and replace them with things that are good, pure, noble, true, and life giving.

Cheering for you!

Erin

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Soul & Spirit Detoxification

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This picture was retrieved from Pinterest and is an excerpt from Lysa TerKeurst’s book Crave.

The reality of humanity is that we were made to crave. We are born desiring to be fed, loved, protected, cared for, and accepted. Advertisers are aware of these needs and market their products to get people to attempt to fill voids and human needs through their product.

Eat our food, you will feel complete.

Buy our products and you will be beautiful, sexy, and the desire of everyone!

Drink our cola and everyone will think you’re awesome!

Buy our clothes!

Drink our beer!

Watch our shows! Buy our stuff! You need it. You want it! It will improve the quality of your life.

Here’s the skinny. There is nothing like inner peace and knowing who we are. It cannot be found externally. If it is, it can easily be lost.

I gave up cable over a year ago. I use Netflix and watch DVDs. Since I don’t see commercials I found my contentment increased, I purchase less at the store, and my level of happiness increased. What we focus on we begin to crave.

Many of our tv shows are filled with mindless banter, sex, violence, and I truly believe our spirits and souls suffer. We’ve stopped learning. We’ve stopped investing in meaningful relationships. Technology has replaced human interaction and it’s hurting us.

Over consumption is making us a world of addicts. Addicted to sugar, sex, tv, alcohol, shopping, material things, the approval of people, addicted to technology. The problem is these things don’t fulfill anyone. They increase cravings. Without self control, what we crave soon consumes us.

Families used to sit together and talk over meals. Now many families plop down in front of the tv.

Is what you’re watching edifying? Helpful to your soul or spirit.

Is technology helping you become a better person, friend, employee, spouse,…or is it taking the place of actually engaging with others on a meaningful level?

Wellness is not just taking care of the body. It’s taking care of the soul and spirit as well.

Who’s defining who you are? Advertisers??? Celebrities?

What’s robbing your peace?
The News? Constant reading of social media feeds?

What we consume in our minds does impact our lives. What you want to grow and manifest, indulge in those things. They are seeds that will grow and flourish.

I read quite a bit. I’m a person of faith so everything I read is beneficial, helpful, and edifying. People ask me how I remain so positive. Mainly it’s my relationship with God. It’s also because I don’t feast on things that continually pollute my mind and spirit.

I avoid people who gossip or are super negative. If I can’t avoid them, I counter their negativity with something positive, “Have you talked to Susie about your problem with her? What are you going to do about your problem?”

You are not a garbage can. Just as you pay attention to what you eat, pay attention to what you’re feasting on in your spirit and soul.

If necessary, stop or limit things that don’t make you better!

Take care of yourselves friends!

If you’re interested in my faith based sites check out morena242.wordpress.com and ithoughtiknewwhatlovewas.com.

Love,

Erin

Whatever is pure, lovely, and good…think on those things!

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Detoxification of the Physical Body

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Hello fitness friends. I haven’t forgotten about you. I hope you are doing well and eating well. Today’s post is about detoxification. This is part of a series on restoration.

Detox: removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, humans (Wikipedia).

You’ve seen the juicing diets and detox products at the store I’m sure. They all claim to cleanse your system, reboot everything, and leave you feeling amazing!

Truth is our bodies accumulate junk. We pile in junk food, processed food, some drink heavily or smoke, there’s our fast food nation with “food” products, there’s pollution in the air,…

Okay so I’m not painting the best picture for you. Yet think about not taking a shower for a week or two. Things get gross. Inside our bodies our continually slimed and often without relief. No wonder we are sluggish, overweight, aging quickly, etc…

Your body needs a break every so often.

Ways you can detox (please, please talk to your doctor before taking any measures. I am not a physician).

1. Up the water (Distilled not tap) and ditch all fast food, processed food, added sugar, caffeine, dairy, alcohol, breads…Take some time to eat fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. Cut out the meat and animal products for awhile.

2. Juicing. Check out Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.

http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com

His juice diet radically changed his life! He also provides recipes and guidelines for juicing. Juicing is a great way to get nutrients.

If you are buying pre made juices, check for additives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, and dyes. Also check for excess sugar. The best juice is to do your own with a mix of fresh vegetables and fruits.

3. Fasting (use caution and consult your doctor. Do not fast if you have a medical condition and your doctor does not approve).

Refraining from food and consuming only water for a short period of time helps your body in many ways. Some people do 1 day and some 3. During that time it’s important to drink plenty of water and stop if you get really ill or dizzy. This is not a starvation diet or meant to be done long term. Long term fasting can seriously damage the body.

See more info on fasting here: http://www.allaboutfasting.com/benefits-of-fasting.html

Basically your body expends lots of energy digesting food. When eating stops, it starts repairing things that need healed in your body. Toxins are flushed out (drink tons of water). You’re also not introducing toxins into the body. You have enough body fat and stored energy to skip a few meals, hopefully. And like I said fasting isn’t for everyone. Please do not fast if you haven’t consulted your doctor, especially for water only fasts.

Also fasting will cause repressed emotions and issues not dealt with to surface. We will talk more about that in the spiritual and soul detox post.

4. Supplements and drinks

There are some products on the market that claim to “clean you out.” Do your research. Some are gimmicks and fads. And taking a pill without changing your eating habits is meaningless. I’m also against people taking harsh laxatives. Yes, you’ve cleaned out waste products, but you have not cleansed the kidneys, liver, your blood, etc..our bodies are designed to heal themselves unless there’s a serious disease or illness it can. Built into our bodies is a defense system to ward off sickness. It gets taxed by pollution, dehydration, stress, poor earring habits, and all the processed and fatty foods.

Teas:

I do drink occasionally Peach Detox tea by Yogi. It has many great ingredients to flush toxins from the kidneys and liver. It’s also inexpensive.

Supplements:
I’ve also taken milk thistle which is good for the liver.

Lastly, detox is not to lose weight primarily. If you have or have had an eating disorder, fasting or refraining from certain foods may be harmful for you. For everyone else, you will lose weight, yet the goal is to get toxins out of the entire body so it runs smoother. It will reboot your system and help your body heal.

Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements or changing your diet.

Next post I will talk about soul detox! Who’s excited? I am. Keep up the good work, cheering for you. 🙂 Treat your body right.

xoxo,

Erin

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What Are You Eating

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Hello my wellness friends. I wanted to do a brief post on ingredients. All food is not created equal.

I was standing in my office break room a few weeks ago talking with a coworker. They had done the Biggest Loser contest at work with me before and tried Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers. They lost weight and gained weight. I asked what they were eating for lunch. They showed me a frozen dinner. Problem number 1. I have investigated the ingredients in most box meals and it’s disturbing to not be able to pronounce some of the ingredients.

Even if you cut back on your caloric intake, you are doing your body a grave injustice by feeding it processed food. It will not run as efficiently. Just as vehicles are designed to run on certain types of fuel, your body needs a certain type of fuel. Water won’t work in your gas tank (of your vehicle). Chemical laden food will not help your body burn fat. It taxes your liver. It slows you down and increases food cravings. Your body does not recognize it as food.

If you want your body to burn fat more efficiently. If you want to feel better. If you want clearer skin. If you want your hormones to stay balanced, then please minimize or forego processed foods. Look at the ingredients. Do you know what they are? Look them up? If it isn’t found naturally in nature (example fructose (sugar), then think about whether eating it is a good idea.

Good choices:

Eggs
Lean meats
Seeds
Nuts
All fruit (some are high in sugar so watch your intake)
All veggies
Quinoa
Sweet potatoes
Natural Peanut Butter
Almond Milk
Rice Milk
Low fat, hormone free dairy (in moderation)
Beans and legumes
Ezekiel bread
Fish
Shellfish

And drink plenty of water!!!!

I would eat breads and grains in moderation. Bread causes blood sugar spikes, whole wheat worse than white bread. I would also bypass large consumption of crackers, canned soups, and fried foods just for sodium content and fat. Excess sodium not only causes you to retain water, it increases the amount of cortisol in your system. It’s the stress hormone. It tells your body to store fat on your belly…yikes (Source: Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Micheals).

Well, that’s all folks. Keep up the good work! You can do this. I’m cheering for you! 😀

Xoxo,

Erin

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Detox!

I have tried plenty of detox methods and purchased some of the celebrity trainer cleanses. They all claim to kick start your metabolism and make you healthier.

You can stop by the grocery and find select teas, drinks, pills. You can even go online and find all kinds of information on foot detox, colon cleanses, and ways you can purge toxins from your body. Is it necessary?

Our bodies were not designed to take in all the chemicals, toxins, and pollutants. We can slow our bodies fat burning efficiency by overloading our liver with processed foods. It is imperative that we have all the organs functioning for fat loss, overall health, and emotional health. If our kidneys are overloaded, they are not flushing toxins out of the body.

So, should you run out and buy pills? You don’t have to. Here are some things you can do to detox your system. Talk to your doctor before changing your diet and always eat at least 1200 calories a day.

1. Drink more water (80 oz for women, 100 for men). Add a squirt of lemon to your water.

2. Eliminate sugar, processed foods, caffeine, and red meat. This doesn’t have to be forever, just try it for a week or two weeks. If you’re a coffee drinker or sugar addict, you will have withdrawal symptoms.

3. Eat vegetables and legumes (beans). Fiber helps!

4. Cut back or cut out animal products ( especially dairy).

5. Cut out simple carbs: white bread, rice, pasta, etc…

6. Make time to relax! Prolonged stress causes hormonal imbalance.

I love the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Food can be healing. Eating healthy foods helps the body detox itself. Some choose fasting from food to detox the body, but you should use caution with prolonged fasting especially if you have pre-existing health conditions. If you choose a liquid cleanse, drink water and lots of it, and talk to your physician. I’m not here to give medical advice just to share what I’ve learned.

The sugar and simple carb detox I completed last fall was amazing! I had better results and felt better than with any pills. Body fat melted off, and I felt great! Whole foods are good for us! 🙂

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Detox from Sugar (Fat Loss)

Who doesn’t love desserts? They are creamy, sweet, filled with fat and butter. Yummmmmm….As I stated last post I have not had dessert in 75 days. I decided to detox from sugar thinking it would be great for my exhaustion. I also read some research stating that abdominal fat was often an indication of the over consumption of sugar. Sugar causes insulin spikes in the blood. When we eat that candy bar and drink that soda, our blood sugar sky rockets! What happens after this blissful sugar high? We come crashing down to the land of, “I need either more sugar or some caffeine.” The spiral continues until we are addicted to sugar. Not only have we started the cycle for sugar addiction, we are also telling our bodies to store fat. Yes! Stable blood sugar is beneficial for weight loss (See disclaimer at the bottom of the post if you think you’d like to give up sugar).

Insulin and energy:

“Insulin is a hormone that causes most of the body’s cells to take up glucose from the blood (including liver, muscle, and fat tissue cells), storing it as glycogen in the liver and muscle, and stops use of fat as an energy source,” fitnessblackbook.com.

With the information I gathered on blood sugar and weight loss I decided to try 30 days with no added sugar. Diet consisted of lean meats-fish, turkey, beef, chicken, vegetables, tomatoes, nuts, beans, vegetable protein shakes (no preservatives), eggs, peanut butter, low fat dairy, etc…I did not eat any bread, grains, rice, or sugary fruits. Calorie consumption was relative to my plan before ~1500 to 1300 calories. The food I was eating before consisted of wheat bread, fruits, sugar, honey, cereals, frozen meals, crackers, pretzels, meats/grains/dairy, diet soda, potatoes, and pasta (all within the calorie restriction). The scale was not moving and my body was not responding to calorie restriction.

When I  started eating whole foods it was more difficult to meet the calories I needed. Ex. Spinach has 7 calories a cup vs. eating potatoes that are more calorie rich. And whole foods fill you up faster. I simply wasn’t as hungry. Something to note: women should not eat less than 1200 calories per day and 1500 for men. Reducing calories below that level leads your body to think you’re starving and your metabolism will slow down. Plus it’s not healthy (See webMD.com search starvation).

Fitness and my plan: I did not work out the first 14 days. I wanted to see if the research was valid (stable blood sugar leads to fat loss). I had been running 15 to 20 miles per week.

Sugar Detox Week One (my experiences)

Headache, fatigue, irritability, and then more headaches and irritability.  I mean I felt like a cranky zombie. A cranky zombie who would probably tackle someone walking by with a cupcake. Oh my~ what did I sign up for? I decided to keep going. I was determined to finish what I started.

Sugar Detox Week Two

Energy has increased. No longer craving sweets or wishing to raid the vending machine for sweets.

Sugar Detox Weeks Three & Four

Able to run 6 miles instead of 3 without being exhausted. Energy is through the roof! Skin has cleared up with a healthy glow. I have dropped one pant size. I’ve lost almost 2 inches off my waist  without working out every day. I ran no more than once or twice a week.

Sugar Detox Weeks Five through Present

After the first 30 days I began to add more foods. Sprouted grain bread/Ezekiel 4:9 bread, sweet potatoes, quinoa, greek yogurt, fruit-berries, pears always with protein and never alone, croutons, etc..). Added circuit training into the fitness plan. I feel 100 percent better. I require less sleep. I no longer have the after lunch slump, and my skin looks better. I no longer crave sweets.

Will I ever go back to dessert? Probably in moderation (once a week), I don’t think anyone should deprive themselves for life. However, eating a diet that mainly consists of sugar affects your blood sugar and energy levels.  I’ve also lost four inches of fat off my stomach. It’s flat now. I feel better without dessert and that’s worth sacrificing for! I’m sure cutting out unhealthy processed foods helped with the fat loss as well. Good luck on your journey friends.

Disclaimer: Do not follow this as a weight loss plan. Every person should consult their doctor before starting a diet or exercise program. Your doctor can recommend a nutritionist for you or a plan if you desire. Information presented are my experiences/experiment.

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