Whether you are happily swirling with the energy of the holidays or have chosen a more quiet path this winter, it’s likely that whispers of New Year’s resolutions are now edging into your thoughts. Our culture pushes us to create these resolutions. Our list of “shoulds” surreptitiously punctures our daydreams and urges us forward to begin January with a plan. No one says we have to. Yet with winter’s chill encouraging us to hibernate and be internally focused, it could be a good time to take stock of what has and has not been working and let that help determine how to move forward, resolutions or not.
Taking stock honestly of what has been working and what has not will allow you to mark this time on the calender with a heightened awareness and a better understanding of yourself. Then you can begin the New Year cleanly and with clarity, ready for new opportunities.
Step 1: Eliminate all wheat, gluten, and highly allergenic foods from your diet.
Step 2: At least one-third of your food should be uncooked.
Valuable and sensitive micronutrients are damaged when you heat foods. Cooking and processing food can destroy these micronutrients by altering their shape and chemical composition. In fact, malnutrition – nutrient deficiencies – from consuming a highly processed diet is one reason why many people cannot lose weight, because it leads to overeating. If you’re consistently feeling hungry, you’re likely not getting sufficient amounts of the nutrients your body needs to thrive
Step 3: Eat more vegetables.
Nearly everyone would benefit from eating as many vegetables as possible within the allowances of their nutritional type design limits, or their unique biochemical individuality. Please remember that you are unique; your body knows best, and will tell you what is an optimal type and amount for you.
Step 4: Keep your vegetables fresh.
If you are unable to obtain organic vegetables, you can rinse non-organic vegetables in a sink full of water with 4-8 ounces of distilled vinegar for 30 minutes, or use the solution described at the end of this article.
When storing fresh produce, be sure and squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag that holds the vegetables and then seal it. The bag should look like it is vacuum-packed.
Step 5: Limiting sugar and fructose is crucial.
Evidence is mounting that excessive amounts of sugar – all forms of sugar, but fructose in particular – is the primary factor causing not just obesity, but also many if not most chronic and lethal diseases. As a standard recommendation, I strongly advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. For most people it would also be wise to limit your fructose from fruit to 15 grams or less, as you’re virtually guaranteed to consume “hidden” sources of fructose if you drink beverages other than water and eat processed food.
Step 6: Avoid Artificial Sweeteners.
While all the sugars listed above are best avoided, NONE of them are as bad or toxic as artificial sweeteners. I don’t say this lightly and took two years out of my life to carefully research this topic for my bestselling book on the topic – Sweet Deception. So if you must have soda, regular is superior to diet for all the reasons I discuss on the site and in my book
Step 7: Avoid hypoglycemia.
Most of us eat far too many grains and sugars, which cause us to have large amounts of insulin circulating in our blood. When you stop eating grains your body will take several days to lower your insulin levels. In the meantime, the high insulin levels will cause you to experience many symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, headaches, and generally feeling miserable.
Have a Plan – If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail
Most people have great difficulty implementing these suggestions unless they sit down once a week (at a time when you are well rested, fresh and relaxed) and plan every meal for the week ahead.
Step 8: Learn to distinguish physical food cravings from emotional food cravings.
If you are seeking sweets or grains because of an emotional challenge, you will want to consider using the simple and effective psychological acupressure technique, EFT, to rapidly help you control your emotional food cravings. Many people don’t understand that emotional well-being is essential to their physical health. In fact, in terms of dieting for weight loss, not addressing emotional issues – whether small or serious traumas from the past – is the primary reason that most people who lose weight often fail at keeping the weight off.
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