By: Chef Cristian Feher
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With summer just around the corner we all want to fit into those bathing suits - well I don't, I just buy bigger size trunks. But I'm sure you do! So, I've compiled this article to help you on your way.
I get to meet all sorts of people. And very often, I come across health, nutrition, and fitness experts with whom I interchange information and strategies with. Below are some ideas to give your body a break, and point it back to a healthy direction.
Drink your vitamins and enzymes. Your body is a big chemical plant - it does all sorts of things with chemicals. Hormones send messages, acids break things down, and vitamins and enzymes are essential to processing foods into useable energy. When you take vitamins in pill-form, you're doing the work for your body. And eventually the body will lose its own ability to get vitamins and enzymes out of the foods that you eat. Not a good scenario. To avoid this, you want to provide your body with the raw materials, so that it can leach out and manufacture its own vitamins out of the foods that you feed it. The best way to do this, is to make fresh, healthy juices with a juicer.
Without getting into too much detail, here are the vegeteables that can supply your body with vitamins and enzymes: Any dark leafy greens, citrus fruit, ginger, beets, carrots, apples, pineapple or papaya (enzymes). Run these through a blender and have yourself a power-breakfast! Mix a little spirulina in there to complete all the food groups.
Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. Why? Because you don't need them. They make you fat, burn your body out, and decrease your body's ability to make its own energy from actual food. You may find that it can take weeks to recover from a high-sugar diet, but don't worry. Your body's ability to make energy will start working again and you'll start to have energy once more.
Allergies can make you fat and tired. The most common food allergies are: gluten (wheat), corn, soy, dairy, and peanuts. Take them out of your diet for just 2 to 3 weeks and you may notice how good you feel (and look). To find out if you're allergic to any one of them, simply add them back into your diet one at a time and notice how you feel after eating them. If you're good, keep eating them. If they make you feel tired, head-achy, bloated, etc.. Eliminate them from your diet.
Exercise. Yes. What are you eating for if you're not exercising? Food is fuel. Use it or store it, the choice is yours. Many experts encourage people to "rebound" on a trampoline, jump rope or take part in any activity which makes your body bounce. This is so that your lymphatic system (the system that cleans your cells and organs) flows quickly. Since your lymphatic system does not have a pump (like your vascular system), it requires gravity to help move the impurities out of your body. Exercise speeds up your lymphatic system tremendously. This helps keep you healthy and helps you to lose weight.
You don't need to be a vegan. Seriously. Your body is happy to eat animal meat, and thrives on it. I've never met a vegan I couldn't beat in an arm wrestling competition!
Meat protein, along with vegetables, a little exercise, and non-allergenic carbohydrates make a strong, healthy body.