Water is one of the most foundational yet underappreciated pillars of optimal nutrition and health. If you aren’t utilizing its benefits, you’re missing out big time.
You’ve surely heard that it’s beneficial to drink more of that good ole H20, but do you know why? The health benefits of drinking water are more far-reaching than most people know. It is, after all, one of THE most essential elements for our survival.
Over 2/3 of our bodies are made up of water, and it plays a huge part in how we function. But despite that, up to 75% of adults are chronically dehydrated. And if you aren’t drinking enough water, it could be really be affecting your health, including any weight loss goals.
Basically, water is SO crucial for good health! So let’s talk about the biggest health benefits of drinking enough.
Hara Hachi Bu is a simple but profound principle of health. This ONE CHANGE in your diet could make a huge difference, leading to weight loss, increased energy, better sleep, and many other benefits… all without counting calories or depriving yourself of anything!
“You can change your life in 90 days.”
– Art Williams
Nothing combines so many core element of health into one powerful, macro and micro nutrient dense wallop of wellness power like a green smoothie.
Here are some basic principles of health almost no nutritionist would disagree with, that are covered by starting your day with a green smoothie:
Our Western world is obsessed with speed. Fast results. Fast solutions. Fast weight loss! Six pack abs in just six days!
We are rushing, rushing to the finish line—a finish line doesn’t really seem to exist. We’re working hard, always rushing, always trying to manage a packed schedule…
But this is making us sicker, over-stressed, burnt out, and unhealthy—especially when it comes to eating.
You’ve probably heard that weight loss is 80% diet—and it’s true! No matter how much exercise you do, eventually eating poorly is going to catch up to you. That’s why it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet containing high quality carbs, proteins, and fats.
I learned this principle years ago when I read Bill Phillips book Body for Life. I did his 90 day exercise challenge, and the simple diet of balancing carbs, fats and proteins with every meal. Within weeks I felt amazing, and had measurable improvements in body, smaller waist, bigger muscles… I looked and felt better than I had in ages. Since then I have experimented with many diets and programs, but I always end up coming back to just trying to get the right ratio of healthy carbs, proteins and fats, and when I do I’m at my best.
And yet, there are so many fad diets out there leading to mass confusion. You’ve probably come across people who shun carbs and others who are terrified of eating fat. Others are obsessed with large amounts of protein. This can lead to a lot of confusion, so we’re here to set the record straight.
What’s the best Carb, Protein, Fat ratio? Well, that’s a loaded question and depends a lot on who you are. A small elderly woman will have different needs than a body building college age man. But here’s some great info on macro nutrients generally, and thoughts on the Carb, Protein, Fat ratio, and why you ought to get it right with EVERY MEAL.
Have you hefted a 5 pound weight lately? It’s kind of hefty. You wouldn’t want to throw it in your purse or backpack and lug it around all day.
If you went for a run or a bike ride with it strapped to your back, you would be thrilled to rip it off and chuck it in the weeds somewhere along the way.
The challenge sometimes for dieters is that they don’t appreciate or respect losing a tiny amount, like 5 pounds. But is it so tiny? I don’t think so. It makes a difference. Every 5 pounds you can drop makes a difference.
Do you know what it feels like to be 80% full? What about trying to stop eating at 80%?
For a lot of people, this concept, known as hara hachi bu, is completely new. In fact, many of us grew up in households where we were encouraged, or even forced, to stay at the table until we cleaned our plates at dinner.
But really, this practice might just be the secret “hack” to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight… forever! It’s a handy little trick that has the power to change your relationship with food and your struggle with weight forever.
In this post, we explore your inner health supplement geek, and break health supplements down into four basic types, in order to help you better analyze and decide on the supplementation strategy that works best for you.
Prior to publishing this post, I searched Amazon for the term “supplements,” and there was over 325,000 results! There are a TON of different types of supplements out there, and navigating the waters of which ones are best for you can be tricky. So, let’s start with categorization.
Fruits and vegetables are often lumped into the same nutritional camp. You’ll see them recommended together almost all the time. Even our Formula 7 principle of “get 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day” does this. However, there’s a catch here: they’re not exactly equal, and it’s important to know why.
Want to know one of the best ways to lose weight, improve your health, and stay healthy for life? It’s simple, really: eat your fruits and veggies! And get plenty each day.
For our program, you’ll focus on eating 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies daily. Basically, that means trying to include them at any point you can, especially with each meal and snack. If you’re feeling a little discouraged at this point, don’t worry.
Even if you’re not used to eating fruits or veggies on a daily basis, it’s actually not as difficult as you’d think to make it to 5-9 servings. You just have to get a little creative and resourceful, and we’re here help you do that.