I have taken all the info I have read on low carb, real food, and being healthy and condensed it all down to these top 8 tips that are, what I hope to be, the key to weight loss and a healthy body and spirit. These are my 8 life changers. My plan is to put these 8 changes into action for 14 days. I have been playing with a lot of these ideas for a few months, but had yet to build a plan and experiment with all I had learned. I have especially changing the way I cook- little by little- so I had some recipes ready to go to start the experiment. You can find them under the low carb categories on the right side bar.
8 Greats For Less Weight (and a healthier me)
1. Begin each day by thanking God for your body and life.
2. EAT REAL FOOD that is yummy and satisfying; organic when possible. Drink lots of good water. Lean meats and lots of vegetables are key. Fruits, eggs, cheese, greek yogurt, nuts, beans, and good fats (butter, ghee, avocados, olive oil coconut oil, yum!) are in.”White foods” like potatoes, flour, pasta, rice and other grains, as well as cereals and other processed foods- all out! If it comes out of a container, all the ingredients should be recognized as a food, not a chemical.
3. Work out 30 minutes 4 times a week incorporating cardio, yoga and weights.
4. Take super enzymes, probiotics, one baby aspirin, milk thistle with 420g of silymarin, one shot of organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother), and vitamin C each day. Super enzymes and probiotics two or three times a day with meals.
5. Take some time to relax each day and shoot for 8 hours of sleep each night.
6. Keep carbs between 50-100 g a day for optimum weight loss. Mark’s Daily Apple for more on this. Watch the fruit. The carbs can add up. Berries are low in carbs. Eat plenty of protein and fats when cutting out carbs. You will not be hungry if you do this. Eggs, cottage cheese, and greek yogurt are a great way to get some quick protein.
7. Cut out nitrates (Found in cured bacon and lunch meats. There are great uncured alternatives out there.), BPA (found in cans and some plastics), and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and use natural products on the body that are free of parabens, sulfites, and chemicals in general as much as possible. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and Neutrogena has some products you can find at the grocery store.
8. Use the “Lose It!” app to track calories, protein, fat, and carbs consumed.
Try it for 14 days and post your comments and progress. I will post some great recipes using The Low Carb Pantry items. Almond flour is my new best friend, cause sometimes I just want to eat something “muffin-y.” Check back in a week for my first update.
The Glycemic Load Diet by Dr. Robert Thompson is a great resource to get started and gain an understanding of carbs and what they do to the body. It was the first book I read on this topic, and then I couldn’t quit looking for stuff to read. At the bottom of the blog you can find the book in the GoodReads section along with other great resources. Wheat Belly is a great book too!