There are many healthy weight loss articles out there and it can be difficult to find something that fits you. Most of the articles will have a lot of similarities because there are a few basic things that are all needed for healthy weight loss. Exercise, the right foods in the right amounts, and digestion and elimination are the keys. And do not forget to vary it a little to keep from getting bored or burnt out.
Exercise is a dreaded word by many but it does not have to be. Exercise can be fun, it just depends on how you look at it. There are many kinds of exercise so you can fit it to your schedule. Taking a walk around the block after supper is an easy one to start with. Dancing is another, and you do not have to go out to dance you can do it in your own home where no one will see if you have two left feet. When you get the milk or juice jug out of the fridge use it as a weight to strengthen your arms before you pour yourself a glass and maybe again before you put it away. Even breathing can be an exercise. Yes you read that right, breathing can be an exercise. How many deep breaths do you take every day? Does your stomach expand and contract when you do? Try taking ten deep breaths and imagine healing and energizing energy enter your body as you inhale and tension, stress, and toxins leave your body as you exhale. That is a simple form of qigong, which is an ancient healing technique that follows the theory “energy follows thought” and is part of everyday life for most people in China. I love qigong because it is a quick and easy exercise that can be done anytime and anywhere and it works, I know from experience.
The right foods are also very important. You have probably heard the saying “you are what you eat”, it is very true. How can your body function how it is supposed to if you do not give it the fuel it needs to run. You would not pour motor oil in your car’s gas tank, so why would you want to do that to your body. I am not saying you have to live off salads, carrots, and celery. I know I could not do it, but do try adding more fruits and vegetables, preferably raw so you get the most benefit, into your diet. Maybe just have a salad every night with supper. There are many websites that will show you what nutrients you are getting out of your food and if you are not getting enough from the food you eat you might consider supplements to get the rest. All you have to do is search “food pyramid” and it will pull up a ton of them. Some vitamins and minerals your body can store but not all of them so making sure you get enough every day is important.
Digestion and elimination, in my opinion, is the most important. This is because even if you are eating right and exercising it will not do much good if you are not getting the nutrients out of the food and the waste out of your body. Did you know that in the USA the average person has several pounds of fecal matter just sitting in their body? And that many people think that having a bowel movement every two or three days is normal? That is just plain icky. Think of what that is doing to that person’s health. Luckily it can be fairly easy to fix. No I am not talking about over the counter laxative, although they do have their place. I am talking about herbs. The great thing about herbs is that not only do they help support your body’s functions but they also contain vital nutrients. Dried herbs are more potent than fresh herbs and some do have contraindications, but they have almost no side effects. Usually the only side effects they have are because you have an allergy to them you may not have known about or are taking them with certain prescription drugs. With any herb, it is important to educate yourself on it before taking it. One of my favorite ways to take herbs is in teas. Sage (Salvia officinalis), ginger (Zingiber officinalis), peppermint (Mentha piperita), rosemary (Rosamarinus officinalis), and parsley (Petroselinum cripsum) are some of my favorites. You do not want to take them during pregnancy, except ginger since in small doses can be helpful for nausea. Ginger however is contraindicated for peptic ulcers, but it is awesome for heartburn. My family uses crystalized ginger, since it does not go bad and is easy to carry with you. There are many books out there on herbs and their uses; my personal favorite is the book 20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak. I use this book a lot to keep myself and my family healthy. Many herbs are used for multiple things. Rosemary for example can be used for improving digestion and circulation, relieving nervous tension, recovering from an illness or surgery, and traditionally it has been used for treating bronchial problems.
Even if you just start with one of the things mentioned above you will be on your way to a healthier life. Just start small and build up your changes slowly and you will be amazed at the difference you see in your body. Sometimes even if you do not see it right away, others will. I have had many people comment on how much better I look when I had not really noticed much of a change myself. Congratulations on taking the first step to a healthier life and enjoy your journey.
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