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Satisfy Your Cravings…the Healthy Way

So you want to get healthier, lose a few extra pounds, maybe even tone up, or pack on some muscle — but you can’t seem to cut out all of those food temptations that sabotage your efforts.junk food

In many cases, what I find works best is not focusing on what we CAN’T have, but what we CAN have. It’s not about depriving ourselves, but about finding healthy alternatives. We all have weaknesses, but instead of giving into those weaknesses and feeling guilty about them later, find a healthier substitution that will leave you feeling better and your body healthier.

Think about it, most of the time we are not craving something solely for the taste, it’s more than that — it’s the sugar-fix associated with that food, or the texture or the crunch. Sometimes it’s the salty taste, or the cold feeling of that food in our mouths.

Below, I’ve highlighted some common cravings and healthy alternatives that I believe are fairly comparable for those cravings.

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So, tell me..what is your biggest craving??

~ Letisha

What You Should Know About Energy Drinks

The speed of our daily lives seem to grow faster and faster as time goes on. Feeling pressure to ‘keep up’ we’ve seen a staggering increase in the number of products on the market that are classified as ‘energy boosters’. I believe some supplemental products can truly benefit the body; fish oil for example, but when it comes to energy enhancers, I refuse to go any further than a single cup of black coffee in the morning, and thats IF I drink one that day.

Let’s talk about why our bodies are exhausted. We are over working ourselves, devoid of nutrients, dehydrated, sleep Energy drinkdeprived, or suffering from a condition. In any case, I firmly believe the solution to any problem should be to find the root of it and then SOLVE IT not cover it up, put a mask on it, give it a new name and hope all goes well, because it never will! Another problem always arises and then the old one resurfaces, look, now you have two!

So, all these energy boosting agents are not something I would recommend. They are merely short term solutions, a “quick fix” to your problem and when it comes to our health, quick fixes are usually never a good route. If you are sleep deprived, GET MORE SLEEP. Don’t cover it up by drinking an energy drink or chewing energy gum, or spraying energy mist into your mouth (yes, apparently they have that now). There are a whole boat load of issue that can arise from a lack of sleep but I won’t go into that.

Not to mention, many of these energy boosting products are FULL of sugar. Constant consumption of these sugary beverages and other substances can lead to diabetes. A common misconception when it comes to diabetes is that you have to be overweight to develop this disease, when in fact, you can be thin and still develop diabetes from a diet containing too much sugar. 

Part of being healthy is training your mind to listen to your  body. When you feel something, how ABLE are you to figure out what it is?

If I am feeling sluggish, I ask myself a series of questions. Did I get enough sleep last night? Have I had enough water? Did I have a really hard work out the day before? Did I consume enough calories? What did I eat? Depending on my answers to these question, I am able to figure out what needs to be done to solve it. If I just cover up my symptoms with an energy drink, 3 months later, the problem has now turned into a an even worse condition and on top of that, I’m putting added stress on my body from the potentially harmful and artificial substances in these energy boosting products.

I base the premise of my diet on this, if its artificial, its probably not good for you (thats not to say anything natural is our best friend either, but you get the point). We are organic creatures and that should be reflected in our diet.

There are numerous testimonials out there about people that have suffered from crashes, vomiting, chronic fatigue, jitters, headaches, lightheadedness, numbness, nerve damage, and the list goes on, all from these energy products.  That’s ONLY what they are aware of though. Who knows what could be going on inside their body that they may not even become aware of until it has caused irreversible damage.

My mother, who has been a registered nurse for 30 years, always told me that when you experience a symptom, it’s your body trying to tell you on the OUTSIDE what is happening INSIDE.

And I will say this, despite the fact that some have been able to use these energy enhancing substances without noticeable consequence, it does not mean that they are not causing damage, damage that you simply cannot see. So please, do your research and know the risks and benefits of anything beforehand so you are able to make informed decisions.

What are your thoughts on energy drinks and other energy boosting products?

~ Letisha

The Chocolate Covered Truth

During the month of February there are huge sales of chocolate everywhere! Heart shaped chocolates, chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate wine, chocolate chicken…and the list goes on and on. Chocolate is just one of those tasty treats that we all (or most of us) love. Not only that, but there have been studies about the mental and physical health benefits of chocolate. The only downside to the sweet treat is too much of it can cause weight gain, upset stomach or even breakouts…just to name a few.

When you think about it, the chocolate positives seem to outweigh the negatives, right? Unfortunately, no. There is a whole different side to chocolate that is often unseen. It is only in recent years that here in the U.S. the average consumer has gained exposure to the alternate life of chocolate. Not the chocolate that you see just sitting on store shelves ready for the taking, but everything that happens before it hits stores. Where chocolate comes from, how it’s produced, and why it’s so important to know these things are some of the bigger questions to ask.

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Where is chocolate from?

A more accurate question is cacao, which is the main ingredient in chocolate products.  Most cacao is produced along the equator, especially in Mexico, the northern region of South America, the Caribbean islands and in West Africa (the major exporter).

How is it made?

Cacao is developed from a cacao pod grown from cacao trees. When properly matured the pod is cut from the trees, fermented, dried, and roasted.

Why chocolate production is important?

The folks responsible for manual labor are often children and poor farmers. That’s right! Children, some who are a part of slavery or trafficking are harvesting these cacao beans for the world’s pleasure. Farmers also produce cacao and too often receive very little compensation and remain impoverished.  Also, the working conditions are extremely difficult and handling machinery and tools can be extremely dangerous (especially for children).

What’s being done about it?

Here is where the growing interest in the production of cacao comes into play. You might have already heard of the phrase “fair trade.” Fair trade basically means that the product produced was done so by individuals that were provided with safe working environments, fair wages and other provisions.

More and more companies are joining the movement in bringing awareness to the chocolate that is fair trade.

I am a huge chocolate fan myself, and would still like to enjoy my chocolate, but not at the violation and expense of other’s human rights. The next time I make a chocolate purchase, I’ll make sure it is from a fair trade company.  Check out more info below about fair trade companies and those raising awareness.

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

~ Nalani

The Feel Good Diet: 7 Foods That Improve Your Mood

Food: it fills us up and makes us feel all good inside. Sounds about right, right? Well, that “goodness” we feel is not just in our head. In fact, some foods have been proven to elevate our gloomiest of moods. So, when you start to feel a bit crabby or even bummed out, try one of these delicious treats to boost your mood naturally:

Bananas:

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Ever feel like your going to flip your s**t? Close the door, shut your eyes and enjoy a banana. Bananas contain Tryptophan, an amino acid shown to improve our mood and promote relaxation. Our body needs Tryptophan in order to produce serotonin and melatonin which promotes sleep and a stable mood.

Egg Yolks:

Egg Yolks are full of the ultimate mood booster: Vitamin D. Studies have found that low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to depression. If you are looking to consume more Vitamin D, try egg yolks. One yolk contains about 37 IU (International Units) of Vitamin D. The recommended daily intake of Vitamin D depends on your age but many agencies recommend between 600 IU and 5000 IU per day. Be careful to not consume too much egg yolk since it is high in cholesterol! (A few hours in the sunlight is another great way to absorb Vitamin D!)

Dark Chocolate:

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Eating just 1.4 oz of this yummy goodness a day has been proven to lower the levels of the stress hormone Cortisol, while stimulating the production of endorphins. Sounds too good to be true? I think not! Try looking for the organic brands that aren’t filled with chemicals or crazy amounts of sugar. A few suggestions? Green & Black’s, Theo, and Chocolove are all yummy brands!

Oats:

If you can’t live without your oatmeal in the morning, there is a good reason why. Oats contain magnesium, which has been shown to calm nerves while relaxing tense muscles. Since magnesium is so wonderful at helping us relax, it helps us fall asleep! The oat choices in the supermarket are endless so keep your eye out for steel-cut oats since they are less processed than our typical “brown sugar and cinnamon” oatmeal packs.

 Mussels:

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These delicious mollusks are full of DHA (Omega 3) and Vitamin B12. DHA maintains our normal brain functions while supporting a positive mood. Just 3 ounces of mussels contains 430 mg of DHA. 430 mg!! The recommended dose? Just 200 mg/day! Vitamin B12 takes part in producing the chemicals that affect our mood. Low levels of Vitamin B12 are linked to depression, poor mood and memory loss. Oh and did we forget to mention that mussels contain high levels of Selenium, another nutrient proven to boost moods?

Swiss Chard:

Much like oats, this lovely green leaf vegetable is full of magnesium, a nutrient that has been shown to have a positive impact on depression. Swiss Chard is also full of folic acid, a vital nutrient that is seen as a “natural mood booster”.

 Coffee:

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If you can’t start your morning without your cup of  joe, don’t stop now! Caffeine has been proven to boost our mood and our brain functions. In fact, women who consumed 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee a day, decreased their risk of developing depression by 15%! Drink up, java heads!

 

So, there you have it folks! We are all just one meal away from happiness! Dig in! 🙂

-Zeena

What’s the deal with Coconut Water?

What’s the deal with Coconut Water?

Coconut water is popping up everywhere! This super refreshing substance has been showing up more and more often in stores and retailers and who can blame them?! Coconut water is a tasty and healthy beverage. Nutrition wise (per 8 fl oz) it generally contains:

  • 30-50 calories
  •  250 mg sodium
  •  5-10 g sugar

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Reasons why it’s often considered a “super drink” …

Reason #1:

The natural electrolytes. It contains loads of potassium and a good amount of calcium, vitamin C, iron, and sodium. These vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients needed by the body.

Reason#2:

It’s natural! Coconut water is nothing new to people where coconuts are grown natively, but here in the US (excluding Hawaii) natural foods often take a back seat to the processed. Hopping on the natural, organic trend, coconut water has made its debut and become so popular because it is a natural, healthy, refreshing option for those who dislike more processed drinks like Gatorade.

Reason #3:

Coconut water is tasty! It’s a mildly sweet and salty yet fruity combination that manages to work so well together. Also, it is available in super convenient to go containers, which I will support as a MUCH better option than grabbing a soda or other healthy, but high calorie drinks like orange juice.

Recommendation:

Overall coconut water is great and I do enjoy it. It’s important to know that there are different brands out there with wide variance in taste. One of the most popular brand is Zico.  The coconut water featured in my photo is AMAzon, this is a mix of coconut water and white tea …delicious!)

What’s your favorite healthy drink? Comment below or let us know on Facebook!

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

~ Nalani

Top 10 Reasons Love is Good for Your Health

In the spirit of things, Brown & Coconut wanted to share the top 10 reasons love is good for your health. Love can be found in many places: with family, friends, a partner, and even a pet and expressing your love is equally as important as feeling love and affection from others.

And hey, if it makes us healthier, why not do more of it?? Loving that is..Couple kissing, valentine sketch for your design

But, without further ado, here are the top 10 reasons love is good for your health:

  • Reduced risk for certain diseases (like Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers)
  • Lower levels of stress
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Decreases risk of depression
  • Gives your immune system a boost
  • Love making burns calories to keep you fit (hey, just saying… 🙂 )
  • Reduces your sensitivity to physical pain.
  • Longer life span (this is likely the product of all of the benefits that loves brings, including stronger immune system, fewer diseases, and lower stress levels.)
  • Love makes you happy and overall, that’s a very healthy mental state to be in. A healthy mind often translates into a healthy body!

What’s interesting is that all of these benefits are interrelated. You can’t seem to have one without the other — you have a better immune system so you have fewer diseases. You are less stressed, which is what makes your immune system better, you are happier, which makes you less stressed and less depressed…and around and around we go.

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It’s important to note that these are benefits of pure and true love, not negative personal relationships that you might share with family, friends, a significant other, etc. In our opinion, you shouldn’t keep those types of relationship or people in your life because they are only damaging your health.

With that being said, go kiss, hug, cuddle up, make love, or spend quality time with your loved ones today. — your body with thank you. 🙂

Happy Valentines Day Coconuts!

Peace, Love….Hugs…Kisses…Cuddles,…oh, and COCONUTS!!

~ Letisha

National Women’s Heart Health Day

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Did you know about every 60 seconds, a woman will die from heart disease? In honor of National Women’s Heart Health Day, we want to bring awareness to women’s heart health and offer 5 tips for better heart health.
Heart disease, by definition, can encompases many different diseases/condtions of the heart and can affect the heart muscle itself or the area surrounding the heart, heart valves, vessels, or arteries.While heart disease seems to be thought of as a disease that mainly affects men, the harsh reality is that it kills just as many women.I think we often make the mistake of thinking that bad things will never happen to us. We see horrible things happening to people on the news and internet and think that that is where it will stay, on the news and on the internet. This could be one of the most dangerous mindsets to have, because believe it or not, heart disease can happen to every single one of us.
Have you ever listened to your own heart beat? It is quite a humbling experience. Listening to your heart beat puts things into perspective. It actually helps to bring back your sense of mortality. Here is this muscle, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to keep you alive. What happens if it stops working? What happens to you?
It makes you look at what you put into your body a little differently and how you treat it.
It’s time to listen up ladies…
  • Lose Excess Fat. This seems to be a no brainer, but something that a tremendous amount of people struggle with. It’s not hard, it just takes time and dedication — something that’s becoming a rarity in a world that increasingly wants instant gratification with little to no effort. Join a gym, work out at home or outdoors, lift weights or do resistance training,  do more cardio, get your heart rate up, sweat, cut out excess calories. Just tell yourself “YOU WILL DO IT.” After you’ve reached a healthy weight, continue to exercise. It should be a regular part of your life.
  • Eat Better. How many times a day do you tell yourself you are going to eat better, and then you don’t? This is another thing that is not hard to do, it just takes dedication. Cut out: saturated & trans fats, fried and fast food, and simple/white carbohydrates & sugars. We’ve got to stop making excuses for ourselves. It’s your hand that is feeding you, so you are the one in control of what goes into your body. Make better choices. Do it for that heart of yours working so hard in your chest. Pumping to keep you alive…
  • Get more sleep. Simply put, when we deprive ourselves of sleep, we put stress on our body and on our heart. We all love to sleep, so why not get more of it? You’ll feel more energized and happier during the day, you’ll look better, and you’ll probably have an easier time maintaining the motivation to exercise because you won’t be so tired!
  • Remove External Stresses. Get yourself to a point where no matter what, if something is contributing constant and unnecessary stress to your life, get rid of it! Life is too short to spend it unhappy and stressed. Don’t like your job? Quit. Yea Yea, but you need the money, well, find another job. There are plenty of other jobs out there, but staying at one you hate is merely you sacrificing your health for monetary reasons. The difference is, you can get money from somewhere else, you can’t get a new heart. This goes for any thing else causing you stress in your life, toxic friendships/relationships, get rid of them. It’s really as simple as that.
  • Kick the habit. This may seem obvious, but drugs, tobacco products, and alcohol put an incredible amount of stress on the body and heart. If you are an excessive drinker, smoker or drug user you have to kick the habit, and soon. Seek help as doing it alone may seem impossible.
For more information on women’s heart health and Women’s Heart Health Day, please visit GoRedforWoemen.org

 

Peace, Love, & Healthy Hearts

~ Letisha

How to be Happier in Life

So you’re walking down the street in your snazzy new outfit, feeling great, when some guy bumps into you, spilling his hot coffee all over your shirt. He is immediately infuriated and yells: “HEY WATCH WHERE YOU’RE WALKING, PAL!”

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(…and scene)

How do you react?

A) You’re immediately enraged               B) You begin to cry      

C) You’re mortified                                    D) You remain calm and walk away

I bet the majority of you (MYSELF INCLUDED!) picked either A,B, or C, but it’s okay! It’s normal to experience certain emotions, but how many of you would actually be mentally tough enough to have done option D. It’s easy to succumb to our innate emotions, but it takes mental conditioning to be able to have power over them.

You see, we as individuals are responsible for our own emotions. Yes. As hard as it is to admit, its true. “So, what you’re saying, Letisha, is if some guy spills coffee on me and then yells in my face, and I get upset, it’s my fault???”

Well…kind of.

What I mean is, it’s understandable that you’d get upset, BUT…YOU and ONLY YOU are the person who decides how you will feel as a result of the situation. Does that mean every time something bad happens, you are just supposed to not feel any emotion and move on? Not at all. The point is to recognize the fact that while you will go through ups a downs brought about by occurrences that stir different emotions, you cannot let them consume you and dictate your day, life, relationships, or attitude.

The point…is to choose a larger, more powerful emotion over it.

Happiness.

About two weeks ago, I reached my breaking point. After being continually faced with negativity from many different areas in my life, I decided to stop being a victim to the negativity I was subjected to, and take control.

It seemed to be a sign from above, but that very same day, I stumbled upon this online challenge called 100 Happy Days. The goal of the challenge is to share a picture via of something that made you happy that day, and do this for 100 days straight. You post the picture on the social media outlet of your choice with the hashtag “100 happy days” and the day you are on (example: #100happydays #day22) and any other hashtags you’d like, of course 😉

Seems very basic, yes, but surprisingly it is quite eye opening. Some things you might learn about yourself:

  • Overall, what consistently makes you happy in your life?
  • What types of things make you happy (people, social experiences, activities, certain foods, etc)?
  • Are you easily angered and are you easily cheered up?
  • Where are you in terms of your “mental toughness”?
  • What doesn’t bring you happiness?
  • Are you more of an optimist or pessimist?

The list could go on…but each person is going to learn something different from their specific challenge.

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Today marks day number 15 for me and I can already say I have learned quite a bit about myself, like the fact that it really doesn’t take much to make me happy, and I find happiness and the smallest things.

Not to mention, after 15 days, I am beginning to feel bigger than my emotions. I am in control — and that is the most liberating feeling.

Is it easy? No. Of course there are challenges. There are some days where I am just not feeling happy, but to fulfill my 100 Happy Days post for the day I am forced to find something that made me happy, no matter how small. And it all starts with that tiny moment of happiness. That tiny moment is you choosing happiness over your sorrow, anger, pain, worry, etc. And even if just for a moment, your focus is on something more positive.

Think happy and you’ll be happy. It takes practice, but you will get there. (don’t worry, you have 100 days to practice! 😉 ). At the end though, you’ll have the mental toughness to let the worlds negativity roll off your shoulders — a skill that is so important for your mental health.

Incase you missed it, check out my post on mental health and why it’s so important! Click here to read it.

Have you heard of this challenge? What would you have done in the coffee scenario described above?? Leave me comments! 🙂

Happy Friday Coconuts!

~ Letisha

Homemade Citrus Cleaner

Have you ever been cleaning with a bunch of smelly chemicals and started gagging and coughing?! I know I’ve definitely had my fair share of coughing fits while disinfecting the bathroom. Eek! After one too many episodes of that and doing more research on the horrible side effects like:

  • Lung Irritation
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Skin rashes
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Cancer
  • Reproductive issues in both men & women
  • Organ damage

I decided to no longer purchase toxic cleaners because frankly,  dangerous chemicals seeping into my body from my skin and lungs is the last thing I want.

One of my favorite and multipurpose ways to clean everything is with white vinegar. Seriously! This stuff works on almost anything — counters, stoves, floors, sinks, walls, mirrors, glass, appliances, windows, even on cloth material!

Despite the amazingness of this stuff, the smell is enough stop people from trying or continuing to use it. I’ll admit vinegar does have a very strong odor, but it’s worth it! There aren’t too many natural/organic cleaners out there that are readily available, cheap, and that work well, but since some people might find the smell overwhelming, I created a little formula that acts as an effective cleaner while also toning down that harsh vinegar smell.

DIY Citrus Cleaner

  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 lime (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

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1) Place lime slice in a jar along with lemon juice and vinegar. 2) Cover and store in cool place for 3 days. 3) Strain liquid into spray bottle and voilà! Your new cleaning machine is ready and it smells like tropical lime and tangy lemons!

Happy cleaning!

Check out some of Brown & Coconuts’ other fav cleaning recipes:

Cinnamon Kitchen Cleaner

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

~ Nalani

Meal Planning Made Easy!

So you want to eat heathier, but well, you just haven’t got the time! Or maybe you DO have the time, but you’re just not that into putting so much time and energy into cooking healthier meals. Hey, no need to feel bad about that at all. I am right there with you! The LAST thing on my mind after a long day is cooking.  Have no fear though! There are things you can do to make healthy eating a little easier and less daunting.

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  1. PURGE!
Go through your kitchen and get rid of all the “junk”. Cookies, crackers, chips, ice cream, toss it all! Now I know what your thinking! “That’s a little drastic Letisha, don’t you think??”
No, it’s not. And here’s why — Would you blow cigarette smoke in the face of someone who’s trying to quit smoking? It’s pure sabotage, right? Exactly.
So, if you’re trying to improve your diet, remove anything that is going to tempt you and sabotage your efforts.
  1. GO SHOPPING
So now that you’ve rid your kitchen of all the junk food, it’s time to fill it back up again, but this time, with healthy options. When you are in the grocery store, avoid MOST of the middle aisles if you can. Think about it, where are all of the fresh items? — Along the perimeter of the store. Here’s what you should be shopping for:
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Tips: 
  • Only choose FRESH fruit. Avoid canned fruits or ones soaked in syrup
  • Coconut oil gets a bad rap, but is actually quite healthy when consumed in moderation. It has been proven to lower bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, lower abdominal fat and help slow the aging process. It’s also great for your hair and skin. Click here to check out our post on some fantastic beauty uses for coconut oil.

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  1. PLANNING YOUR MEALS
Now that you have your food. Literally all you have to do is for each meal, incorporate 1 item from each category above. That should provide you with 3 meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll likely need between 1 and 3 snacks in addition to your meals depending on your weight, activity level, and fitness goals. For your snacks, you can go for fruit or veggies, or even nuts & seeds as long as you don’t go over you fat requirements for the day.
If you’re someone who needs everything prepackaged and ready to go, then cook your meals and pack up them up everyday or at the start of each week. If you’re like me, and can’t predict what you’ll be in the mood to eat then that is fine too, you have your list/guidelines of  healthy options to choose from, so feel free to mix it up depending on your mood! It’s not as if it’s a choice between a slice of pizza and an apple. You can’t go wrong because all your options are healthy.
Now some of you may have been expecting a ready-made meal plan, all done up for you, but it’s important to remember that no two people are the same. You have to stand on your own two feet and not be afraid to jump right in and make a few mistakes. Test some things out, see what works for you and what doesn’t. This is why I provided a very quick guide of “what to buy” so you have some guidelines, but YOU’RE the one making the decision. I am not going to sit here and tell you to eat 3 servings of meat a day, eat a handful of peanuts for healthy fats, and nibble on carrot sticks for a snack. What about the vegetarian with a peanut allergy who hates carrots??? What the heck are they supposed to do??
Okay, so I’m being a little overly dramatic… (meanwhile there’s one vegetarian out there who’s allergic to peanuts and hates carrots that smiling as they read this!)
Anyway, I hope you see my point. Print out the chart above and head to your grocery store and do some shopping. Have a little fun. Explore new fruits & vegetables. More importantly, don’t force yourself to eat something you absolutely despise just because it’s healthy. I hate spinach. The only way I’ll eat it is if it’s blended up in a smoothie or mixed into an omelet for example, but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m not putting that green mush into my mouth by itself!
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A couple of important things to remember:
  • Fats are essential to the absorption of some vitamins, minerals, & phytonutrients and while some fats can be healthy, it’s important to use them sparingly. This isn’t a free pass to consume excess fat or fatty foods!
  • Keep it simple. I find it’s easier to stick to a healthy diet when you don’t try to get crazy with your meals. Avoid condiments, sugar, and added salt. For salad dressing, opt for your favorite vinegar and a tablespoon or two of an oil mentioned above (sunflower, flaxseed oil are also great). Not to mention, you could always add sliced avocado in place of dressing.
  • The chart above is not a comprehensive list, but merely an excellent starting point. Along your way, you will find yourself adding and subtracting from that list based on your experiences and preferences.
  • If you eat out at a restaurant (and try not to do it often) stick as close to the chart above as you can. No fried foods and make sure your protein is lean.
  • For beverages, steer clear of soda, juice (on occasion is fine), excessive drinking (on occasion is fine), and coffee/tea with sugar and cream. Your predominant beverage choice should be water. Add a squeeze of lemon to spruce it up if you want.
What you’ll begin to notice:
  • Your body will feel more energized
  • You’ll be less sluggish
  • Some of your ailments (acne, etc) will lessen
  • You’ll have regular bowel movements (Note: you should go as many times a day as you eat.)
  • You’ll sleep better
  • You’ll likely lose excess fat, bloating & be more fit (assuming your not over-consuming calories)
  • Your taste buds will adjust and things will taste better!
  • You’ll also become more sensitive to overly sweet or salty foods. (This will help you stick to healthier eating!)
  • The list could go on…
My hope is that the idea of “meal planning” & eating healthier seems less daunting now. What are your thoughts? I love engaging with you guys so leave comments below and lets get the conversation started!
~ Letisha