like spring in finally coming. We have had a cold and dreary start of April here on the East coast. It is supposed to get up into the 70’s this weekend. J
My body (and spirit) sometimes gets out of whack during the transition of seasons. It is said that if you are imbalanced, you can hold onto weight and feel tired and moody. I am also noticing a lot of congestion and sinus problems occurring over the last couple of weeks. If you are like me and feeling just a bit off right now, here are some tips to get you back in the swing of things.
As you know, I am a nutritionist, so I always like to start with diet:
· A good rule of thumb is to keep it light and dry. For me, I load up on beans as they are great at leveling out fluids in the body.
· Cut out all milk and cheese.
· Avoid beef and starches
Here are my favorite yoga poses that help to keep me in balance:
· Sun Salutations
· Warrior poses (good for everything)
These poses are good for building up internal heat which helps boost the metabolism. I also recommend these and other chest opening poses as a way to rid the body of mucous build up.
Of course, it is also go to practice your breathing exercises and make sure you are setting aside time for meditation. It is amazing what a proper diet combined with a solid yoga routine will do for.
My friend is still waiting for her “magic diet pills” to come in the mail, for those that want to lose weight without the use of pills or other substances, there is some good news. I am going to tell you how to lose 7 pounds in 7 days. Everyone can do this, here is how:Eat Breakfast- I am sure you have heard this before but this is one of the best ways to jump start your metabolism and get your body ready to start burning fat for the day. Eating breakfast also helps to balance your sugar levels and helps you go into a carb craving binge later on in the day.
Protein and no carbs. I am not telling you to give up cards forever, but if you stay away from them for a week and replace carbs with protein you will lose at least 7 pounds in 7 days and probably much more. Carbs are bad for a lot of reasons, obviously we know that they turn to sugar and then fat but they also are “empty” in the sense that they will not provide us with the feeling of being full and satisfied. Protein on the other hand, is more satisfying and fills us up. Protein also takes more energy for our body to digest so we actually burn more fat by digesting the protein.
Snack, Snack, Snack- You have my permission to snack oftern, you should eat healthy snacks every 2 hours. This will boost your metabolism and also help stop you from overeating during your main meals. The key here is”HEALTHY” snacks. Don’t kid yourself here, you know what is healthy and what is not. My favorites are peanut butter and apples, sometimes together.
Pump up your work outs. You do not need to work out like a crazy person, but you do need to work out. Three 30 minutes sessions per week should work well. The trick here is to make these work outs intense. You should be moving constantly druring these workouts to pump up your heart rate. Here is what I do. I do the elliptical for 10 minutes to get things going, I then rotate between pushups, crunches and jump roping for the next 20 minutes strait. It is not as hard as it seems.
If you follow this advice, you will lose 7 pounds in 7 days.
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Anyway, the point of this post is to let you know that my friend has finally selected the brand of ACAI “pills” to buy. I was very surprised as I looked into this her that there were some many choices out there. I naively thought that there was one source to get the berry. There are literally over a hundred different companies that market this product. I looked at the ingredients on many of them and they all seem to contain the same active ingredients.
Here is a link to the product that she selected:
Acai Berry Select
She based her decision on some positive reviews and the fact that she was able to get a free trial.
Nothing else to report, she ordered it yesterday. I will let you know when she starts the program so you can follow along.
As a nutritionist I have been inundated with questions about ACAI berry, what is it? Does it work? Is it safe? I have decided to write about this topic for the next 30 days on my blog. I will not be partaking in the acai diet, I instead will be using my good friend Julie as the human guinea pig. I figured it would make sense for me to start off with the basics.
ACAI berry is a berry that is indigenous to the Brazilian rainforest. It has become all the rage lately thanks to the book by Dr. Perricone and Opera. As you know if Opera is behind it, it will be a winner (think, Obama!) This berry is being touted as the most nutritious food on Earth. The berry is supposed to help aid weight loss and it is now the latest diet craze out there right now. Does it work? I am not sure, but I will have a better idea in 30 days. Stayed tuned for the ACAI Experiment.”
If you can’t wait 30 days and want to try it out for yourself now, this is the site I used, seems to be the best deal out there.
I guess I am glad that I took the product, but I do not think that I will take it again, certainly not for a long long time. Mt advice would be to use it if you really think you need to. If you do not, I would stay away because the discomfort and the impact on your life may not be worth it. I will leave it up to you to decide.
I hope you enjoyed the Colon Cleaner “series”. My next experiment will be evaluating the ACAI berry diet. Luckily, my friend will be the guinea pig this time. I need a break.
side note- I mentioned in several earlier posts that I would be testing out the ACAI berry diet and talk about that next. After this experience I can tell you that I will not be doing it. Fortunately, my good friend was telling me that she wanted to try it out and she agreed to let me use her as a case study. This should be fun, so stay tuned.
I finally had the “big one” and by this I mean something came out of me that was so big and disgusting that I almost through up. The stench was also unbearable. I did some research online and this is called the muciod plaque, it was black and rubbery and really gross. I know some people like to take pictures, I will spare you those details.
I am happy to report that my stomach pains have subsided and I am feeling really good and healthy. After close to three weeks it finally seems to be working like it should.
All I know is that I feel crappy (pun intended!).
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