Weight Issues. This topic may be one of the biggest health issues facing many people living in the United States. There are probably thousands of programs out there; as well as gadgets, food plans, and many other things all telling people that they have THE secret to weight loss. Do they work? Well I would say that by looking at our population; we still have a big problem. So here is the thing: NOTHING will work for weight loss unless it follows the principles of reality. By reality I mean nature. We cannot “trick” weight away or “cheat” it off. It only comes off when we start living differently. So I will provide a list here of what WORKS in our opinion for long-term weight loss.
- WHOLE FOODS EATING: What I mean by this is eating things that were around 5000 years ago. Fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, plant fats, high quality low-cooked meats, maybe some whole grains or beans prepared correctly. Things that humans have eaten for a very long time basically. Nutrition to calorie ratios is hugely different than modern processed foods. Once you start altering or processing foods; they will start tricking your body and in general, we don’t have shut-off switches to stop eating these things. A lot of times we are eating because we are very hungry for NUTRITION but are not getting it in our foods.
2. EXERCISE: In general; there are no overweight animals in the wild. There are animals who store a good amount of fatty tissues, but these are usually to keep warm or otherwise help with living in the wild. All animals move around! We used to do this too! Part of the problem with modern living is that we are no longer forced to exercise as much as in the past. We get in the car and drive places. We get our food from stores. We work in offices. There is no way around it in my opinion. If you want a healthy body weight; movement is a must-do. Now remember; exercise does not mean terrifying, stressful activities that you dread doing. A half hour walk, bicycling, or light jog can do wonders. The main thing is consistency. A combination of exercises is usually best including endurance, resistance, and flexibility activities.
3. LIFESTYLE: I don’t want to make this post too long, so we are going to lump in lifestyle items into one category. Many things are included here; such as sleep, work-life, work-play balance, leisure time, relationships, family issues, stress in general, MOOD, natural medicines and nutritional supplements, hygiene, etc. BASICALLY you need to take care of yourself!
So in summary; I believe that good nutritional food, regular exercise that is right for you, and taking care of your life in general are the best time-tested ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight. I would avoid gimmicks or anything that tries to contradict what humans have been doing for a very long time.
It’s late at night. What to write about? Grapefruit. I keep finding new reasons to like this fruit. I think most people would do well to consume it regularly. Let’s check out what it can do. Some cool ways to eat it are to squeeze some juice into water or tea, juice it by itself or with other fruits, or just as a standalone breakfast.
-Very high vitamin C (200% DV) for 1 grapefruit!
-Acids that help keep arteries clean, eat up old food residues, cleanse the liver/Gallbladder channels, aid digestion, etc.
-General Cleanser/alkalizer of the body
-Supplier of enzymes
So; overall a great food for many people. There are hardly any calories in grapefruit so you don’t have to worry about that. The main reason I would NOT recommend it is if you had an allergy or major food sensitivity to this food. Great food to counteract a lot of the heavy foods that we American’s like to eat lots of (Cooked egg, fried foods, heavy meats, too much potatoes, etc.) Add some zing to your life with grapefruit!
It seems that a lot of people believe that it costs a lot of money and is expensive to live healthfully, live well, and have fun. I am trying to bust this myth, but I would like to honor some of the points here.
- ALL other wild animals that are vital and healthy spend 0$ on health. Think about that one. They don’t spend a dollar because they live in strict accordance to their natural principles. People selling expensive supplements might not want you to think about this one!
- That being said, we are not wild animals. We have a long history of evolving with our technologies, eating habits, etc. We have long used money as a way to trade and barter with each other. So why is everything so expensive?!
- The most expensive thing about a healthy lifestyle is fresh, whole foods. I will not argue that REAL FOOD is sometimes more expensive than pre-packaged stuff. However, if people are honest with how much they spend eating out at restaurants, fast food, cigarettes, beer, etc; I believe that this bridges the gap.
- The good news it that the truly healthful habits are generally cheap. It doesn’t cost any money to exercise (or little at a reasonably priced fitness center), sleep, rest, go on walks in nature, meditate, develop good relationships, music is cheap. Most people are under-nutrified, under-rested, and under-exercised!
- Natural medicines are therapies are generally far cheaper than “BIG Medical.” Whole food supplements, good quality essential oils, herbs, and medicinal foods are usually easy to stock up on and don’t cost as much comparatively.
I don’t want to make a super-long list here, so I will summarize my thoughts on this topic here. The MOST EXPENSIVE part of being healthy in a modern world in my opinion is the cost of GOOD FOOD! Now, one can get into gardening and wild harvesting/foraging to start taking on some of these costs. Farmers markets are popping up all over the place it seems as more and more people get re-interested. The other things like exercise, rest, stress-management, relationships, religious things, meditation, yoga, etc are generally cheap or free. They do take DEDICATION though! I really believe that as Americans generally, we might not think of health as an expensive habit if we were to REARANGE some of our habits that are not so good. As in; too much packaged foods, tv/movies, video games, cigarettes, all kinds of things that are small BUT add up in the long run.
I think the main question to ask yourself is; Is it the money that is the problem? Or is it the work and dedication that is required? Hope this helps.
I will admit I am a vitamin guy. Now, I am not referring to pills and multivitamins necessarily, although sometimes these can help if they are good quality. Try to avoid cheap, synthetic vitamins. I am a big fan of getting vitamins from foods and some supplements made from whole-foods. Vitamins are essential if you want to optimize your health and life so let’s look a little bit about where we can get these.
C- Possibly the most important basic vitamin. In most fruits; but especially high in citrus like grapefruit. A great way to get a lot of vitamin C is to squeeze some fresh grapefruit or lemons into some water and drink it. MOST FRESH FRUITS have good amounts of this; but you will have to research a bit as to which have the most. Grapefruit is my favorite with about 200% vitamin C daily in ONE GRAPEFRUIT!
B VITAMINS – IN MANY fruits, but may be especially high in good quality berries. These are important for stress and energy production.
E – In many fresh nuts and seed kernels. Good for hair, skin, teeth, nails, etc.
D – Sun exposure, fish oil, calcium, etc.
The point here is that if you are eating high quality food, you will be getting your vitamins. If not; you can always consider a high-quality whole foods multivitamin supplement. If you are missing these elements it will be very hard to be healthy and your brain and mental chemistry, as well as immune systems won’t be working optimally either. It’s an easy fix!
We have to be careful as natural health practitioners in the modern world not to impinge on the language that doctors have claimed as modern scientific medicine. Words like “diagnose,” “prescribe,” “medication,” and things of this nature are common words that we need to be careful with. But I will tell you this. We all know that humans have been around thousands and thousands of years; and what was the ONLY medicine around? We didn’t have “prescription” drugs or licensed “diagnoses” complete with labels, side-effects, and the like. The ONLY medicines that were around were natural foods, herbs, and oils. Now; keep in mind, ALL OTHER ANIMALS don’t even really use medicines or healing in the way we think of them. Is this just because they don’t have the choice not to live according to their primal instincts as we do. They exercise outside, drink water, and eat the plants and food that they evolved eating. You will never see an animal that has become as sick as some of our humans. So what am I saying? I’m saying that licenses, patents, and fancy named drugs may be the new age hype. And I’m not saying that some of them don’t help. I’m just saying that the “natural medicines” that our bodies respond the best to are not going to be things created in labs that are just now being experimented on by humans. They are mostly going to be the things we evolved with. Fresh air, exercise, sunlight, clean food, herbs, good relationships, spiritual life, good family, essential oils, and living a clean life!