Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FOOD IS FUEL

I decided to watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (FSND) and FSND 2 on Netflix this weekend and they really inspired me to truly contemplate the nutritional value of what I put in my body. If you haven't seen them I really suggest you watch it. 




I am probably not going to try a juice reboot but I do think incorporating more micronutrients and fruits and veggies into my diet is a must. The fact that what I eat can heal my body and keep me from having to load up on prescription medications etc. is really amazing. Proper intake of vitamins and minerals can mean the difference between a healthy, productive life, and a life fraught with illness. I am almost thirty and I am not on any medications and have never had any issues with my health other than the obvious overweight issue. I do have a family history of high blood pressure and diabetes which are already associated with obesity. If I continue to be unhealthy with what Im eating and avoid physical activity I can guess in the next 10-15 years Ill be told I have diabetes or high blood pressure or high cholesterol etc. These are not things I want to deal with and can avoid if I choose to change the way I treat my body now. 

So today I decided to go buy a few juices. I did my research first because I know that a lot of what you can buy on the shelf isn't the same as a fresh pressed juice from a juicer. Here is the information from Food Babe that I found to be pretty informative and help me pick out a better juice. 

I was able to find her best choice of organic, cold pressed, GMO free Suja juice right here in Marshall at our Kroger. (FYI Marshall Kroger has really done great things in the produce and healthy food sections of their store. I am always surprised by what I can find there in small town East Texas!) 



Before I was drinking Naked and Bolthouse Farms and according to Food Babe there are a lot of additives and ways of processing that make these choices less effective because pasteurization kills raw enzymes, minerals and vitamins making the juice pretty much worthless to consume. You should read all the other reasons to really be careful about what juices you are buying if you are choosing to consume them for their nutritional value and the micronutrients that are going to help your body, then you really want to make sure that what you are drinking is actually going to be beneficial to your health. 



I think if I really focus on the nutritional value of what I consume and how it is going to fuel my body and mind rather the weight loss part will be a natural by product. 

Friday will mark two months since I devoted myself to being healthy and each day I continue to choose a better path with a few indulgence days mixed in. I never go more than a day or two without going to the gym and I have been consistent with my 5k runner training for three straight weeks. I am slowly starting to make the better choices a habit and it's becoming less difficult to keep myself motivated. I pack my gym bag before I go to bed and when I wake up I get excited to work out. I never regret deciding to make better choices and in two more months I hope to feel like a totally different person. 









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