*Eat nutrient dense whole foods: I believe in the power of “SOUL Foods”: Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local for fueling our life force. We need a balance of macronutrients (healthy fat, clean protein, and complex carbs) and a wide range of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) for vibrant health. Fiber in plant foods helps to create satiety and maintains a healthy digestive tract, while the water content helps to hydrate the body. Plant foods should be the base of our diet, as Michael Pollen says so brilliantly, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The key to choosing the best produce is freshness and quality (free of toxins)!
*Drink water: toxins get stored in fat cells, so as you burn fat, these harmful toxins are released into your body. It is important to eliminate them efficiently by drinking enough water to ensure a healthy weight loss and detoxification process occurs. Filtered water is ideal. Even better infuse it with fresh herbs, slices of cucumber, citrus and / or berries for added nutrients and a flavor boost. Herbal teas are magically therapeutic and good for the soul. Broth based soups, snacking on raw veggies and drinking veggie juice are great ways to hydrate through food.
*Move your body: I’m not going to tell you to hit the gym hard or do an intense work out every day of the week. I’m going to suggest that you move your body daily in any way that you like. Have a lot of sweaty sex, go to Soul Cycle, walk along the beach, bust out your best moves dancing, walk the dog or play with the kids. Just put it on the calendar and make it happen. Getting active will help you to lose weight naturally. I advise adding some weight training or strength exercises to your weekly routine to help your body to burn baby burn those excess pounds away.
*Sleep and rest: in this busy world we live in, we need to prioritize chill time like an important meeting with the CEO of an important company. This includes making time for yourself to enjoy life at a slower pace and embrace the moment with all your senses engaged. Rest can make you more productive when you have to work, rather than slugging it out for hours on end and experiencing a burn out. Sleep will make you feel more energized, as it repairs and rejuvenates the body and mind, so that you can function optimally. It’s a know fact that people who lack sleep feel more stress, get sick more often, experience cravings, make poor food choices, eat more, gain weight and are prone to depression. Who wants to live like that? So get some sleep darlings!
*Mindset: Think yourself slim. The power of the mind is incredible. Stop saying you are fat, chubby, pudgy or ugly. These are not supportive beliefs to have and they will not allow you to launch forward and achieve natural weight loss success. To make changes and create new behaviors, we need to start with the way we think about ourselves. Interrupt these old disempowering opinions about yourself by saying “stop” and replacing them with something that is loving, empowering and supportive. Our brain is like a muscle and if we managed to learn these unloving habits, then we can train it to adopt more loving ones.
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