Healthy Living Tip #4: Processed Foods

Healthy living tip #4, remove all processed foods from your diet.

Removing processed foods from our diet has earned its place in my top five healthy living tips for good reason. Nutritionally speaking there is nothing of redeeming value in processed foods. Aside from nutritional value, the benefit of removing processed food completely from your diet far outweigh the convenience aspect that this type of food provides.

I am at a healthy living conference this weekend and processed foods are being thrown under the bus left and right. Reason after reason is being given for eliminating processed foods to heal our bodies and our environment.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to eliminate processed foods from your diet immediately.

1. Food Allergies

Processed foods are packed full of chemicals, fillers, and genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). All of the unnatural ingredients that we are pouring into our bodies are seen as foreign objects by our digestive tract. The chemicals and fillers are causing immune responses which in turn cause allergic reactions. Your body is trying to evacuate the foreign food by causing the allergic reaction. Do your body a favor and don’t eat the processed food in the first place.

2. Asthma

If you or your children suffer from asthma you absolutely must go to your pantry and refrigerator and examine what you are eating. Asthma is another allergic reaction caused by the sulfites, fillers, and GMOs in the processed foods as described above. A whole food plant based diet will do wonders for healing asthmatic lungs.

3. Weight Loss

As I mentioned yesterday in the healthy living tip in which I discussed elimination soda consumption, cutting out processed foods will also help with weight loss. Processed foods are packed full of fake calories. unhealthy fats, and sugars. All of which lead directly to weight gain and ultimately obesity if left unchecked.

4. Heart Disease

The trans fats in processed foods lead to heart disease, heart attacks, and premature death. If you suffer from heart health issues you need to remove any and all processed foods from your daily diet.

5. Blood Pressure

If you are like most American adults you suffer from (or know someone who is suffering from) high blood pressure. Processed foods are packed, and I mean packed with sodium. In the world of food manufacturing, salt acts as a food preserver and extends the shelf life of foods in our grocery stores. However, sodium also increases your blood pressure and elevates your risk of stroke and heart disease. Cutting out processed foods will reduce all of these health risk factors.

Since learning about processed foods and the harmful effects that they have on our health I can not justify spending hard earned money on foods that do not promote health. Processed foods are tearing your health apart, one bite at a time.

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Healthy Living Tip #3: Soda

Healthy Living Tip Soda

This weekend I am at the ShiftCon conference in Los Angeles networking with other healthy living and environmentally conscious bloggers as well as brands in our industry. Blogging conferences go against everything I recommended in yesterday’s healthy living tip. Sleep will be few and far between this weekend as I cram in speaker sessions, networking with other bloggers, and forming relationships with brands.

Typically sleep deprived people, such as I will be this weekend rely heavily on caffeinated drinks to help them feel awake and alert. Being that I cut out caffeine, particularly soda years ago I won’t be turning to those jolts of energy to keep me awake this weekend. I know the harmful effects that caffeine and soda have on my body and I choose not to harm my health which I’ve worked so hard to achieve.

What are the benefits of removing soda and caffeine from your diet?

1. Lose Weight

Soda is packed with calories. One 12 ounce can is approximately 140 calories while a 32 ounce big gulp has a whopping 364 calories.  Just one can of soda a day will add 51,110 calories over the course of one year. That is enough calories to pack on 14.6 pounds of fat. This alone should be enough motivation to ditch the cola.

2. Prevent Diabetes

The sugar and calorie combination in soda can lead to diabetes. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, people who drink one to two cans of soda per day have a 26 percent greater chance of developing type-2 diabetes than those who abstain from sugary drinks.

3. Live Longer

Added weight along with diabetes is a recipe for cutting your life shorter than it would be otherwise. The extra calories and sugar could also lead to obesity which will shorten your life dramatically. Around one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related illness is caused by soda, according to Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, commenting on research presented at an American Heart Association conference in March 2013.

4. Healthier Heart

The added caffeine in soda can increase your chance for heart disease. The sodium and caffeine in soda have a dehydrating effect on the body which increase blood pressure, blood glucose, and triglycerides.

The moral of the story today is, ditch the soda and grab some water.

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Healthy Living Tip #2: Sleep

31 Days of Healthy Living Tips Sleep

Welcome to day #2 of a month long series in which I am sharing healthy living tips. My goal is to encourage and equip you to make little changes throughout the month which will result in an overall healthier you as we begin the holiday season.

Healthy living tip #2 is to get your sleep

You may remember my tip from yesterday was to drink at least 50% of your body weight in water ounces every day. Getting enough sleep is second in health only to hydration.

When you don’t get sufficient quality sleep or enough hours of rest every night your overall health will suffer greatly. A lack of sleep will upset your metabolism and eating patterns. Typically a lack of sleep will make you more prone to unhealthy food choices the following day because your body is stressed. When we are stressed we eat. Going to bed at a decent hour will also stop those sabotaging late night kitchen snack raids. 

Additionally, a lack of sleep will also stress your immune system making your more prone to illness, infections, and diseases.

Chronic sleep deprivation will also cause premature aging and skin damage.

Considering all of the negative effects that lack of sleep can cause to our body it serves us well to head to bed earlier than usual every night. Don’t undo all of the positive progress you make with your health by staying up a few extra hours at night.

Sleep is good. It feels good and helps us look good.

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Healthy Living Tip #1: Water

31 Days of Healthy Living Tips #1

I am starting my 31 days of healthy living tips with water because I truly believe it will make a huge difference in your overall health if you will simply drink enough.

I tout, encourage, and question my Facebook fans throughout the week about their water intake. Honestly consider and ask yourself how much clean filtered water you drink on a daily basis. If you are like the average person you are lucky to drink 1-2 glasses of water everyday. Some people go through their day without drinking one sip of this life giving fluid.

Consider for a minute what this lack of water does for your internal organs and cellular function. Water is the essence of life, every animal on the planet needs it to survive. A human adult is approximately 60% water. Every cell in our body needs clean water to function and survive. Dehydration will kill you faster than starvation, that is how important water is to our functioning of a healthy body.

Your goal for today needs to be 50-66% of your body weight in fluid ounces of clean filtered and purified water.

For example, a 200 pound person will need a minimum of 100 ounces of water to meet 50% of their body weight in ounces. Some water intake comes from our food sources but a 200 pound person should still be striving for 9-10 8oz glasses of water everyday. Please calculate your daily water intake accordingly.

Don’t touch the tap water, it is full of chemicals that don’t do your body any good.

To help you reach your daily goal, fill up a large stainless steel water bottle first thing in the morning. Continually drink from it throughout the day and refill as needed. My favorite water bottle is the Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Flip Cap and Straw. I prefer flip cap bottles but if you would rather have wide mouth or sport clip bottles, those cap options are also available.

So before forget, go grab a glass of water right now. Drink. Enjoy. Hydrate. Be Healthy.

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31 Days of Healthy Living Tips

31 Days Healthy Living Tips

For the entire month of October I am incredibly excited to be joining 31 Days: A Writing Challenge as well as all of the other amazing bloggers that are participating in this month long challenge.

My 31 days of writing challenge this year will be to share healthy living tips each and every day in October. October is often the start of the crazy holiday season for most families and unfortunately that means busyness and a less than stellar diet. I want to encourage you this month to take each of the healthy tips that I will be sharing to heart and incorporate them into your lifestyle to make this holiday season the healthiest that it can possibly be.

So please, come join me each and every day this month to read the latest tip as well and get a jolt of encouragement to turn away from the sweets and unhealthy food temptations that are likely to surround you until the end of this year.

Healthy Living Tip #1 Water

Healthy Living Tip #2 Sleep

Healthy Living Tip #3 Soda

Healthy Living Tip #4 Processed Foods

Healthy Living Tip #5 Sugar

Healthy Living Tip #6 Plant Based Diet

Healthy Living Tip #7 Ginger

Healthy Living Tip #8 Tulsi

Healthy Living Tip #9 Lavender

Healthy Living Tip #10 Peppermint

Healthy Living Tip #11 Oregano Oil

Healthy Living Tip #12 Probiotic

Healthy Living Tip #13 Arnica

Healthy Living Tip #14 Tea Tree Oil

Healthy Living Tip #15 Garlic

Healthy Living Tip #16 Avocados

Healthy Living Tip #17 Echinacea

Healthy Living Tip #18 Neti Pot

Healthy Living Tip #19 Cranberry Juice

Healthy Living Tip #20 Fluoride

Healthy Living Tip #21 Elderberry

Healthy Living Tip #22 Cleaning Chemicals

Healthy Living Tip #23 Peanuts

Healthy Living Tip #24 Feminine Hygiene Products

Healthy Living Tip #25 Chlorella

Healthy Living Tip #26 Spirulina

Healthy Living Tip #27 Wheat Grass

Healthy Living Tip #28 Essential Oils

Healthy Living Tip #29 Homeopathics

Healthy Living Tip #30 Skin Care

Healthy Living Tip #31 Exercise

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