Updated: Sep 9, 2020
Weight loss should never be your goal. Shocked by this statement? It's true. When I hear people saying they want to lose 5 pounds or more, I always tell them weight loss should not be their goal.
Healthy living to avoid disease and illness should be everyone's goal. Weight loss implies a short term solution to a long term problem. Do you know what causes weight gain? It's not only about what you eat and how much of it.
In this article you will learn that weight loss is about moving your body, taking supplements, eating organic, eating plant-based, drinking clean water and avoiding toxins to the best of your ability. Focusing on our health, not weight loss, will result in lasting weight loss over time.
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✅Be more present with your children
✅Thrive in your career
✅Become full of energy
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✅Lose weight and feel better about yourself
✅Cook healthy meals for you and your family
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✅Reclaim your life!
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TOXINS CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN
Toxins are elements that invade our body and disrupt our natural systems. Did you know that we are born with plastic in our bodies? That is how pervasive plastic is in our society. You may think you are avoiding plastic by buying BPA-free products, but that is not enough.
Touching receipts, using plastic bags and eating microwaved popcorn are just a few of the everyday products that contain plastic. That plastic is absorbed into our body. Unfortunately, plastic cannot be avoided and has damaging consequences for our body.
Here are just some of the horrifying effects of plastic in the body:
Damages the pancreas, which leads to diabetes
Creates zinc deficiency, which effects the ability of the body to metabolize Vitamin A and B-6. This can lead to indigestion, heart disease and cancer, to name a few.
Damages the thyroid and testosterone function (Source: Functional Medicine University)
Pretty scary, huh? While plastic is just one of many toxins we should try to avoid, the impact of toxins on weight gain is pretty clear. When specific systems in our body are disrupted by toxins, weight gain is one result.
Avoiding plastic is really hard to do. But here are a few suggestions:
Use reusable shopping bags and reusable produce bags
Filter water in the refrigerator and buy a reusable water tumbler; stop drinking water from plastic bottles
Have receipts emailed to you
Use glass storage containers
Use bar soap instead of body wash
Use a bamboo toothbrush
Food grown with pesticides interrupts normal functioning of various systems in our body. When we eat chemicals, our body becomes confused. Our body wants to be healthy and wants to fight for our health.
Introducing chemicals into our body, means our body starts to fight the chemicals. Eventually, our body gets tired of fighting and succumbs to illness and disease. Weight gain is a symptom of an illness.
Organic food is one way we can reduce chemicals in our body. The side-effect of eating organic is weight loss. Why? Because organic food has more nutrients compared to non-organic food. When you eat food with a lot of nutrients, you become fuller faster. This means you eat less and will lose weight with healthy food.
EAT PLANT BASED
Reducing meat consumption, in addition to eating organic, helps your body get healthy and lose weight. We've grown-up thinking that our meals must focus around meat and vegetables are just side dishes. It should be the opposite way.
Eating a whole food plant based diet gives your body vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins that it needs to be healthy. The mitochondria will benefit from getting more vegetables than meat because it wants to extract the nutrients in vegetables and convert it into energy for your body.
How do you start to eat more vegetables and less meat? Do it slowly. After all, it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Try one day a week where you are totally meatless. When this becomes part of your normal routine, add a second day. You don't have to be 100% meatless - ever!
I eat plant based 4 days a week. The other 3, I may or may not eat meat at dinner. It depends on what is happening in my life. If you wind up with a week or two where you weren't able to cut back on meat, don't give up. Life happens! You have to adapt your routine sometimes. Just know that when you can, you'll go back to having one meatless day per week.
REDUCE SERVING SIZE
Using smaller plates to serve meals helps you lose weight and be healthier. Did you know back in the 1960's our plate size was 8 inches in diameter? Today, plates are usually 12 to14 inches! We've been taught that a full plate means we are eating enough.
But filling a 12 to 14 inch plate full of food makes us eat more calories than we need - even if we are working out regularly. It will take some time to get used to using smaller plates. Start slow by serving one meal on a smaller plate once a week. Using smaller plates gets you used to smaller portion sizes. If you need to, go for seconds.
Taking supplements regularly supports a holistic lifestyle. I'm not talking about weight loss products. Supplements such as turmeric, green tea extract and probiotics have been studied in their relationship with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is an interruption of both fat and carbohydrate metabolism that can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. (Source: NIH)
When the body becomes unbalanced, health issues such as metabolic syndrome increases and results in weight gain. The weight gain can result in illness and disease. Taking supplements regularly balances the body. When balance is restored, we feel fuller faster, can metabolize food better and the end result is weight loss.
MOVE YOUR BODY
Moving your body is an absolute necessity. I'm not saying you have to join an expensive gym and take really hard exercise classes. Moving your body can be as simple as walking for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In fact going slowly is more beneficial especially if you haven't been exercising for a long time.
Walking is the easiest way to help your body get healthy and lose weight. Moving your body means you'll burn calories and stimulate the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the essential cells in our body necessary for energy production. When your cells are energized, they are working hard for you and weight loss is a side effect.
Holistic living is attainable for everyone. When we focus on only losing weight, it is a short term goal that doesn't help us get healthy. It is not your fault that you have been taught losing weight means you are healthy.
Our society focuses on distorted media images to convey what is considered healthy. Instead, we need to focus on our individual situation and let our bodies tell us what routines are working for us.
Do you think you will try to live a more holistic lifestyle? Let me know by leaving a comment below.