How fitting that March is Nutrition Month! I've witnessed many individuals say that they desire to live a 'healthier lifestyle', but what does that really look like? The greatest advice I can give is to say that it has to be personal to YOU; one that would sustain your excitement and keep you motivated throughout your journey, not only for you but for your family. You have to know that it's a continual transition, and one that evolves according to your lifestyle and personal needs. My desire is that everyone lives a life free of ailments and disease, so as to be free to pursue their own passion to its fullest extent.
My personal journey of a healthier lifestyle began almost 8 years ago (becoming vegan nearly 4 years ago) and I excitedly learn new things every day. Almost 2 years ago, I had an experience with Sciatica, in which I applied prayer and nutrition to the situation. I juiced for 3 days, and have experienced no other symptoms 'til date. With so many different medications, adverse governmental/FDA regulations, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's), toxic body care and home products, etc., we really have to take OWNERSHIP of our own health. Below, I have listed a few suggestions that helped me during my transition and will hopefully help you get off to a great start!
*Drink lots of water to flush out impurities in your body. It is suggested that you drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces. I would start off with distilled water, which can be found inexpensively at any grocery store, and add lemon to it. The lemon adds nutrients to the water and changes the distilled water to alkaline. Alkaline water is also a great choice that
will assist in promoting a healthy pH balance atmosphere in your body.
*READ LABELS!!! Know what is going in your body. You'd be surprised what's in your food. The Environmental Working Group (www.EWG.org) has great resources on their website and an downloadable phone app that helps when you're shopping. No need to buy everything Organic. Check out the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen list of fruits and veggies. It provides a listing of which fruits and veggies that should definitely be purchased organic and those who can be purchased conventionally grown.
*Reduce your intake of meat, dairy, sugar and white products. All of these are considered "dead" foods and will provide no nutritional value to your body. You are a living, breathing organism made up of trillions of cells that need to replenished daily.
*Try incorporating a vegan or vegetarian recipe 2-3 times each week (i.e., no meat or dairy) if you are transitioning into that particular lifestyle. The more you do it, the more you will see how easy it is:-)!!!
*Juicing which is the best way to get the nutrients directly to your cells to replenish and rebuild your body at a faster pace than anything else. The most common juicing that I do is as follows:
3-4 large carrots
3-4 stalks of celery
2-3 full kale leaves
1 red apple
Piece of garlic (optional)
Piece of ginger (optional- measure a piece of ginger by the tip, first line, of your pinkie finger)
*Multivitamins are your friend! I suggest a liquid because it is more likely to be absorbed by your body than a pill. I use a liquid Multivitamin which features up to 77 minerals, including 13 essential vitamins and an amino acid complex.**It is very important that you have the appropriate Vitamin, Mineral, Amino Acid and potentially an Herb combination to ensure that the body is absorbing the full benefits. I recommend a liquid vitamin because all pills are not properly absorbed by the body, and because the person might be allergic to the outer covering of the pill (some are covered with wheat germ, rice base, zein or corn-based, etc.).
*Omega Fish Oil will also help to lubricate your joints. Carlson Fish Norwegian Cod Liver Oil-lemon flavored (medicinal grade) is high potency and free of contaminants. You can find it at Whole Foods and even on Amazon.com.
Seek out additional resources that will continue to build your knowledge base of total health and wellness. Don't overwhelm yourself, go at your pace and don't try to follow new trends. If you are interested in doing something new, research it first and proceed slowly.