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If you're looking for articles featuring inspiration or the latest in health and weight loss news, look no further.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

Balance

Living a healthy life is all about balance.
    • Parenting
    • Balance
    • Recipes

    Does eating healthy have to mean missing out on desserts? Definitely NOT.

    Just recently, I made three very delicious BD-friendly desserts when my oldest son turned 8 years old. All three recipes were requests from him.

    • The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • No Wheat Banana Bread Cupcakes
    • Birthday Watermelon Cake

    If you haven't made these yet, they are an absolute must for your next party or special event.

    • Balance
    • Healthy Eating

    Even if you eat the Beyond Diet way, focusing mostly on nutritious, fat-burning foods, chances are pretty good that your digestive system is working hard around the clock to turn all of that delicious food into life-giving fuel.

    And if you eat the SAD (that's "Standard American Diet") way, then your digestive system is working way, way harder. Even a small amount of wheat, soy or sugar can cause inflammation in your intestines that makes your whole system overwork. Foods like red meat, beans and dairy are just naturally difficult to digest, putting extra stress on your digestion.

    Add to that the undue pressure we put on our bodies by living in the modern world - a world filled with pollutants and toxins that enter our bodies through our mouths, lungs and skin - and you've probably got a digetive system that's been putting in long hours with no pay for years and years just to keep you running.

    Sounds exhausting, doesn't it?

    The good news is that you CAN give your digestion a break, and doing so will invite HUGE, positive changes to your health and weight. It's as easy as easing off of hard-to-digest and inflammatory foods for several days, so that your stomach, intestines and other organs have a chance to rest and repair (and even come back stronger than before!).

    Here's my tips for planning and sticking to a "digestion vacation":

    1. Think ahead.

    Know what you'll eat for the next several days (I recommend at least 3 but no more than 9 days) and have all the groceries bought before you even start. This way you won't slip up just because there's nothing to eat. Create meals that are free of the difficult to digest foods and focus on healing foods (see #2).

    2. Eat only whole, cleansing foods.

    This includes most vegetables and fruits, as well as lean meats and fish and certain spices and fats that will cleanse, heal and support your organs while allowing your body to release fat. My favorites are lean white fish, chicken, avocados, coconut and coconut milk, fresh berries, and plenty of green vegetables.

    3. Drink lots and lots of water.

    I normally recommend that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. This would mean that a 160 pound person would drink 80 ounces of water. But on a cleanse I encourage you to squeeze in an extra few cups -- all that water will help flush your system and release that excess fat. For some extra cleansing benefits, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice or a few sprigs of fresh peppermint.

    4. Relax.

    Try to plan your digestion cleanse around days when you don't have anything unusual or stressful going on. No major events or social gatherings that might derail you. Instead, pick a stretch of days when you can spend your free time doing something relaxing like yoga, walking, reading or even napping. This will keep your cortisol levels low which will help your digestion heal and encourage the fat to come off.

    If you don’t want to do the work of figuring out your meals, recipes, and shopping lists yourself, take a look at the exact 9 day plan that I recommend to all of my family, friends and clients. It is a completely whole foods based cleanse that will not only give your digestive system the much needed break it so desperately needs, you’ll also lose 5-15 pounds in the process (yes, in 9 days).

    » Take a digestion vacation with this 9 day cleanse

    • Balance

    "Isabel, how do you stay so disciplined all the time? Don't you just want to eat bad food every once in a while?"

    To be honest, the short answer is NO. I am not suggesting everyone be perfect all the time, but there is one VERY very important reason why most of the time, I will choose to eat something healthy over an unhealthy option and that is this...

    Feeling bad, awful, tired, or run-down is NOT an option for me.

    You see, after almost 14 years of eating the way I teach you in Beyond Diet, when I do choose foods that are not so "supportive," I feel tired, bloated, my head hurts, and, if it's sugar, I need to take a nap.

    That is not at all appealing to me, so here's how I handle "cheat days."

    • Parenting
    • Balance
    • Recipes

    Does eating healthy have to mean missing out on desserts? Definitely NOT.

    Just recently, I made three very delicious BD-friendly desserts when my oldest son turned 8 years old. All three recipes were requests from him.

    • The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • No Wheat Banana Bread Cupcakes
    • Birthday Watermelon Cake

    If you haven't made these yet, they are an absolute must for your next party or special event.

    • Balance
    • Healthy Eating

    Even if you eat the Beyond Diet way, focusing mostly on nutritious, fat-burning foods, chances are pretty good that your digestive system is working hard around the clock to turn all of that delicious food into life-giving fuel.

    And if you eat the SAD (that's "Standard American Diet") way, then your digestive system is working way, way harder. Even a small amount of wheat, soy or sugar can cause inflammation in your intestines that makes your whole system overwork. Foods like red meat, beans and dairy are just naturally difficult to digest, putting extra stress on your digestion.

    Add to that the undue pressure we put on our bodies by living in the modern world - a world filled with pollutants and toxins that enter our bodies through our mouths, lungs and skin - and you've probably got a digetive system that's been putting in long hours with no pay for years and years just to keep you running.

    Sounds exhausting, doesn't it?

    The good news is that you CAN give your digestion a break, and doing so will invite HUGE, positive changes to your health and weight. It's as easy as easing off of hard-to-digest and inflammatory foods for several days, so that your stomach, intestines and other organs have a chance to rest and repair (and even come back stronger than before!).

    Here's my tips for planning and sticking to a "digestion vacation":

    1. Think ahead.

    Know what you'll eat for the next several days (I recommend at least 3 but no more than 9 days) and have all the groceries bought before you even start. This way you won't slip up just because there's nothing to eat. Create meals that are free of the difficult to digest foods and focus on healing foods (see #2).

    2. Eat only whole, cleansing foods.

    This includes most vegetables and fruits, as well as lean meats and fish and certain spices and fats that will cleanse, heal and support your organs while allowing your body to release fat. My favorites are lean white fish, chicken, avocados, coconut and coconut milk, fresh berries, and plenty of green vegetables.

    3. Drink lots and lots of water.

    I normally recommend that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. This would mean that a 160 pound person would drink 80 ounces of water. But on a cleanse I encourage you to squeeze in an extra few cups -- all that water will help flush your system and release that excess fat. For some extra cleansing benefits, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice or a few sprigs of fresh peppermint.

    4. Relax.

    Try to plan your digestion cleanse around days when you don't have anything unusual or stressful going on. No major events or social gatherings that might derail you. Instead, pick a stretch of days when you can spend your free time doing something relaxing like yoga, walking, reading or even napping. This will keep your cortisol levels low which will help your digestion heal and encourage the fat to come off.

    If you don’t want to do the work of figuring out your meals, recipes, and shopping lists yourself, take a look at the exact 9 day plan that I recommend to all of my family, friends and clients. It is a completely whole foods based cleanse that will not only give your digestive system the much needed break it so desperately needs, you’ll also lose 5-15 pounds in the process (yes, in 9 days).

    » Take a digestion vacation with this 9 day cleanse

    • Balance

    "Isabel, how do you stay so disciplined all the time? Don't you just want to eat bad food every once in a while?"

    To be honest, the short answer is NO. I am not suggesting everyone be perfect all the time, but there is one VERY very important reason why most of the time, I will choose to eat something healthy over an unhealthy option and that is this...

    Feeling bad, awful, tired, or run-down is NOT an option for me.

    You see, after almost 14 years of eating the way I teach you in Beyond Diet, when I do choose foods that are not so "supportive," I feel tired, bloated, my head hurts, and, if it's sugar, I need to take a nap.

    That is not at all appealing to me, so here's how I handle "cheat days."

    Categories

    1. Healthy Eating   
         9 posts
    1. Balance   
         4 posts
    1. Meal Planning   
         3 posts
    1. Gluten Free   
         3 posts
    1. Parenting   
         2 posts
    1. Clean Eating   
         2 posts
    1. Cheat Day   
         1 posts
    1. Inspiration   
         1 posts
    1. Guest Post   
         1 posts

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