How to Start Eating Healthy to Lose Weight Fast
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.— 1 Corinthians 10:31
When I was growing up I remember being told that health food tasted gross like cardboard, salads are healthy when they’re made with iceberg lettuce, milk is good for you and every meal should include meat. Wow! Totally misinformed is an understatement!
5 Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle
First, you must forget everything you learned about nutrition growing up. The current status quo of eating in America has caused an obesity epidemic and rampant death by preventable diseases. You must open your mind to make the first step toward your new healthy lifestyle.
You must open your mind to make the first step toward your new healthy lifestyle.
I found my journey to be easier in baby-steps, but if you are a haus and want to go all in from day one, that is fantastic!
How I got started:
- Stop taking in high fructose corn syrup (HFC)
- Stop ingesting monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Stop consuming Phenylalanine
- Stop eating Genetically modified organisms (GMO)
- Start learning about proper nutrition
So, if you haven’t already figured it out the first step to eating healthy is READ THE INGREDIENTS.
Reading the nutrition label on everything you consume will, if you are anything like me, cause you to completely overhaul your shopping list and force you to start choosing more healthy options. Yes, the first 5 ‘ish times of going to the grocery store after making the decision to take your health into your own hands can be frustrating, because getting the same old, same old is much easier and faster, but after a while you will get used to checking the label and you will have an established grocery list again in no time!
Keep these things in mind while reading all those labels:
- If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. You are most likely trying to read some kind of chemical concoction that has no place in your body.
- All food dyes are bad!
- The word “Natural” is a meaningless buzz word that tricks people into thinking that the food they are choosing is healthy.
- Flavors, both natural and artificial, are clever cover-ups for a very long list of possible ingredients that the food companies are not required by law to tell you about. I find it best to avoid them whenever possible.
- Organic is always the best option… ALWAYS!
STEP 2: Kick fast food to the curb.
For years, I ate out or from the vending machine at least once per day, only to find that I was starving shortly after eating and suffering from headaches daily.
I started slow with this too; eating out only at lunch, then after settling into my new found eating I started packing my lunch… and lost 10 pounds very quickly. Honestly, after learning so much about health I can tell you that you should stop eating fast food right away! No, that doesn’t mean switch to eating their salad instead of the double cheese burger, it means pack real food and keep healthy snacks in the car, so that you can make it home to eat instead of feeling like you must make the exception to eat out; which will quickly send you falling face first into your old, easy fast food habits.
I started packing my lunch… and lost 10 pounds very quickly.
STEP 3: Start drinking WATER!
Drinking water may sound simple enough, but I can tell you that it isn’t always as easy as it sounds. If you are already an avid water drinker then kudos to you, but if you are an avid pop drinker, like I was, you must find a way to pick up the water instead of the pop.
You need to get about half your weight in ounces in water every day (unless your weight is very high). The best way to gauge if you are getting enough liquid in a day is to observe your urine. If you are seeing clear to light yellow urine then you are doing great, but if you are seeing medium to dark yellow or orange urine then you are dehydrated! All of your body is feeling the stress of this deficiency and you must fix this immediately to help your body heal itself.
I had a teacher challenge me to put down my pop and pick up water for a month. Of course, I wanted to prove that I could do that and the first thing I noticed, after the withdraw headaches stopped, was that my daily headaches stopped! I was taking medication everyday for headaches and when I switched to water my head stopped hurting and my wrists did too. I was always complaining about carpel tunnel in my wrists and my hands would ache, making it hard to move my fingers, but after I started drinking water I wasn’t in pain everyday and I didn’t need those pills that were stressing my body and killing my liver.
One thing I hear often is, “I don’t like the taste of water”, I sympathize… it isn’t always the thirst quencher your looking for when you want a good flavored drink, but you can add some lemon and sugar to the water to have some lemonade or a tea bag or switch to coffee instead of pop. Cutting off pop and picking up water will help your body repair the damage that you have been inflicting your whole life. Eventually, you will get used to the water and you will crave it; ask anyone who likes water.
Carry a water bottle with you to sip on all day.
STEP 4: Replace your fat source
This will be the hardest hurdle to take, unless you were one of the fortunate people whose parents raised them to eat a vegetarian diet instead of the typical omnivore diet consumed by the majority of Americans.
Unfortunately, we are told from birth that meat is the only good source of protein and that cow milk is the best way to get calcium and that having these two major things in your diet makes you healthy. WRONG! It is actually the complete opposite, but propaganda foisted on us all from the meat industry is causing everyone to blow up like balloons; while lining their very deep pockets with lots of money while preparing you for years of pain, diseases, obesity, malnutrition and lots of “magic” pills to cure all your ailments, provided by their good buddies in the pharmaceutical industry. There are sooooo many healthy ways to get good protein and calcium, through animals isn’t one of them.
The truth about meat and milk
Animal products of all kinds are horrible for your entire body! There is a great book called “How Not to Die” it is an excellent read that will fully explain all the diseases that you will be avoiding **SPOILER ALERT** all common diseases are avoidable through a vegetarian diet. Oh, I know this means no bacon, but would you rather live a happy life free of obesity and disease or have the taste of bacon? I promise you after some time with your new eating you will not even want that bacon, because you will know first-hand how great if feels to be healthy. This book also gives you a list of things to be eating instead and there is a cookbook too if you are not a savvy recipe Googler.
STEP 5: Start eating healthy all-day every day
Yes, we just jumped from baby steps to full blown healthy eating. This may happen in a day or it may happen in a few months from now; your health is in your hands and you can change it as fast or slow as you please.
What is eating healthy?
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat at home
- Organic food, or at least non GMO
- Chemical-free food
- Reduced added sugar intake (fruit sugar is always acceptable)
- Eat fruit and/or vegetables at every meal
- Don’t drink or eat animal products… YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!!
YOU CAN DO THIS! Watch your fat melt away effortlessly without starving yourself.
Thank you, for taking the time to consider your health. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.