It is almost impossible to achieve good health without an ample supply of water. Our bodies are more than 70% water. Water brings nutrients to the cells and carries away toxins. Drink 4 pints (64 oz.) of water a day (plus an extra pint for each 25 lbs. that you are over 150 lbs.) Remember, it’s vitally important to drink a full glass of water with your Juice Plus+ capsules; without it you will not see the full results you want.
Fruits and Vegetables
These foods promote health and good eating habits in a couple of important ways. First, the brain has only one means of telling your body it needs nutrients — sending hunger pangs! Since fruits and vegetables are packed with the nutrients your body needs, they help turn the “I’m hungry” message off in your brain. Secondly, they are rich in fiber, which helps you feel “full” or at least “satisfied.” You need at least 9 servings every day! Remember Juice Plus+ helps you get there!
If you’ve heard the high-protein and “no” or “low-” carbohydrate dogma, BEWARE! “These programs definitely help a person lose weight and can lower cholesterol, but the long-term risks of this type of diet far outweigh the benefits.” (Dr. James Guest, CCN – clinical nutritionist.) Each meal should include some protein, and around 15% of our daily calories should come from protein sources.
This may include, but should not be limited to, animal proteins. Believe it or not, there is a substantial amount of protein in vegetables. Legumes (beans, lentils, etc.) are another great source. For women (and men!), soy is a must! There’s also plenty in Juice Plus+ Complete. Limit your protein per meal to an amount that would fit in the palm of your hand, particularly meat.
Simple carbohydrates like French bread, pasta, rice, most cereals, etc. turn to sugar if your body doesn’t have an immediate demand for the energy they provide. Guess what happens to excess sugar? It is stored as fat in your body! So which carbohydrates are good? Complex carbohydrates with high fiber like fruits and vegetables. Why? Fiber slows the uptake of carbohydrates, allowing your body to use these calories over a longer period. Juice Plus+ Complete is a great source. If you love carbs. start reading labels. A good ratio between carbohydrates and fiber is no greater than 5:1. For example, if a slice of bread has 20 grams of carbohydrate, it should have at least 4 grams of fiber. Simple sugars can also suppress the immune system for hours after consumption … not a good idea.
You should eat healthy fats every day. Why? “Good” fats have important health-giving properties, and it takes fat to effectively burn fat (i.e. use it as an energy source). What is a healthy fat? One that isn’t cooked! Cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, raw nuts and avocados are all good. You don’t need a lot. A tablespoon or two of olive oil on your salad or a handful of raw nuts will give you what you need. What fats should you avoid? Animal fats, hydrogenated fats and fried foods. What about low-fat or fat-free goods? They’re usually loaded with sugar, which may turn to fat in the body anyway!
Eat Often and Consume Enough Calories
Eating more calories than you burn each day will inevitably result in being too heavy. However, once-a-day eating is one of the worst enemies of good health and achieving ideal weight. Your body thinks a famine is going on during the 23+ hours you aren’t eating! The ideal way to eat would be 200-400 calories (depending on your weight and activity level), 5 or 6 times a day! If you can’t manage that, aim for at least 3 meals a day. Eating insufficient calories sends the same message. Figure out what your ideal weight is (be realistic), and add a zero to that number (for example if 150 is your goal weight, your calories should be 1,500). Why? It takes 1,500 calories just to maintain 150 lbs. of lean body mass, even if you don’t move! Anything less, your body will think it’s starving and hold on to stored fat and burn lean muscle mass for fuel.
Cut Back on the “C”
No, we don’t mean vitamin C. What we’re talking about here are the dreaded “C foods”: chips, creams, cookies, cakes, chocolates. You’ll certainly lower your intake of saturated fats and simple sugars: you might even lose a few pounds. And there are few among us who wouldn’t welcome that side effect.
If you exercise regularly, great … just skip to the next section. If not, forget the spandex or gym membership unless that’s what you really want to do. You can accomplish your health and weight goals with a pair of good walking shoes and a brisk pace for 30 minutes a day! Open your front door, get moving and explore the world (or at least your neighborhood!)
Avoid the Scales
Weight tells you very little about your health. Body fat composition is a far more important measure of health. After getting an initial reading, take body measurements to track your progress. Watch your dress size or belt notches for a good clue!
Other Healthful Hints:
Don’t eat after 8pm … earlier if you go to bed before 10pm.
Don’t drink with meals; sip water only. Fluids flood out digestive enzymes and your body won’t break down food properly.
Avoid aspartame (artificial sweetener in many diet products). Current reports are really scary, so why take the risk.
Focus on eating the foods your body needs every day, not on what you can’t have.
Be patient. If you’re trying to get healthy (and lose fat) and it took you ten years to get where you are today, don’t expect to get back into shape in two months! It is genetically impossible to lose more than 2 lbs. of FAT per week. If you lose more, it might be water, but it could be lean muscle mass which will hurt your health in the long run.
Use a Whole Food Supplement
There is so much research today that tells us we should eat more fruits and vegetables. In looking at supplements, we’re just trying to bridge the gap between what we eat and what we know we should eat. But we are very confused consumers when it comes to picking our supplement or vitamin recipes, and we’ll get the same confusion from most clerks at health food stores. If you feel guilty and want to make sure your family gets their vitamins, even when they don’t eat right, then a cheap name brand multi-vitamin should do the trick, right? So what’s the answer? Whole food, not vitamins; Juice Plus+.
Juice Plus+ can make all our family health and nutritional goals achievable.
Diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease and stroke, diabetes and cancer. Learn why eating fruits and vegetables is especially important, and how you can benefit from adding Juice Plus+ to your diet.
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