Eating Your Way To Good Health

Do you ever experience getting up in the morning, looking in the mirror, and thinking “ I look and feel like a depressed, wrinkly hippopotamus?”  sad

Bet you have sometimes at least.  I know I did, and really thought there was nothing I could do about it.  How wrong I was.  Will you let me show how how I got to my now new weight of 105lbs?  I'm also fit and healthy too for the first time in years.smiley
  
I’d best level with you now, I want everyone on the planet to become vegan.  Realistically I know that’s not going to happen, so I promise not to get on my soapbox.   EVER!
 
You start by making some simple changes.  First thing is to start building yourself up to drinking an adequate amount of plain water daily.  As your body becomes properly hydrated you’ll start to notice some changes.  Water will improve your skin, aid in digestion, flush toxins out of your body, and generally add to your feeling of wellbeing.  Your personal daily dose of water is calculated thus:  your weight in pounds halved, and that’s how many ounces of acqua you need every day.  You will be peeing every ten minutes until your body gets used to the extra hydration, then it’ll settle down to a manageable frequency.
 
At this point you don’t need to cut anything out of your daily regular diet.  Instead, the thing to do is to ADD some other foods.  Some fresh fruit, or some cooked vegetables, or some wholegrain pasta or rice, perhaps a crisp garden-fresh salad.
 
And stop weighing yourself, it’ll only depress you.  Instead (in a few weeks time) when you notice that your clothes are getting too tight, buy a belt, you’re going to need it!
 

You do need to exercize too, my tool of choice is my Nintendo Wii fit.  Aerobic excercize with none of the punishment on the joints that 'real' excercise can wreak.

If you're really unfit, you can do easy stuff, like moving your arms and legs up and down while you're watching tv.  Learn to be a fidget, it's all good for burning calories.
 
  

silemac silemac
56-60
2 Responses Aug 9, 2010

Thank you for this silemac. Sensible advice to drink more water and add fruit, vegetables and wholegrains to the diet. I changed my diet about two months ago after a visit to the doctor, prompted by some health issues. I told the doctor I would change my way of eating and be back in three months for a re-test and I'm confident that the things I am able to change and improve with my dietary adjustments will have been improved. I am not entirely vegan, but pretty close to it and have cut my fat sources from animal products drastically, replacing them with nuts and soy products. I am also swimming, walking and cycling regularly (on gym machines) and am starting to feel the benefits. I cannot agree more that diet and exercise can have a huge impact on our well-being. Thank you for sharing and I wish you luck and continued good health.

Hi silemac<br />
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Love your philosophy on food...it is our first healing agent...<br />
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there is a lot of research on the relationship between food and blood type...me being blood type O means I can not be vegan as our genetic inheritance has been handed down to us replete with meat specific needs...<br />
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that being said I whole heartedly support your philosophy to eat ourselves to wellbeing<br />
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the real benefit of eating to blood type (and I suspect for vegans for whom being vegan suits their individual blood types) that the energetic resonance is amazing once diet and life style are balanced and wisely followed.<br />
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I'm a big man and have recently been heading down a stedy slope to some serious health issues but I have turned my life around and am following a far more positive energetic balance now with many long term benefits in stall for my future<br />
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there were times I was considering a vegetarian or vegan life style but thankfully my research saved me from some potentially risky results by cutting out meat...<br />
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that being said I want to support your spirit for good health to all humanity<br />
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Love and Light<br />
8FD