Hur Jurnee…to natural health

My first step to natural health is adopting a better way of eating.  No fun, but definitely worth it in the long run.

Starting October 1st, I will cut back on my secret love affair with sweet snacks and desserts…let the separation anxiety begin!

I will incorporate the following details into my regimen:

  • Consume no more than 1200 calories per day
  • No soda or sweet juice
  • No fried foods
  • No candy
  • No carbs with dinner – I read somewhere that it is better to eat a more filling breakfast and let your calorie consumption taper throughout the day.  On the weekend, we may have a filling breakfast, but during the week it is not likely.  Lunch can consist of carbs, but our society is more accustomed to eating a heavy, fatty, carb-laden dinner.  Dessert is literally the icing on the cake!  No more – I must part ways with sweets, for the most part.  So long, lover!

Wow…so many No’s…well, here is what I can have:

Drink half my weight in ounces of water – no small feat (for example, a 150lb person would consume 75 ounces of water per day)!  I usually drink around 6 cups of water per day, but I haven’t weighed 96 pounds since I was in middle school…

  • One cup of coffee per day
  • Nuts or cheese for snacks, two snacks per day
  • Breakfast each day, full of protein!  I’m usually really bad about eating breakfast.  I’ll have coffee while I’m getting ready in the morning, but I’m always in such a rush that I don’t get any breakfast in.  Once I get to work, it just doesn’t happen.  I’ve got to do better!
  • Breakfast and lunch can have carbs but again, I must focus on my protein intake – with an infant in the home, especially one who is still not sleeping through the night, energy throughout the day is a must.  In order to stay alert for work, I must consume a fair amount of protein.
  • One dessert per week

So where does the “natural” part of my new regimen come into play?  I mean, the purpose of this blog is meant to delve into all things natural, right?  Prior to getting pregnant this time last year, I was juicing…and I loved it!  I would make a mean pea soup with avocado for lunch, and I would make all-fruit smoothies for breakfast. I would eat a salad with protein (poultry or fish) for dinner.  At first, I thought I would be lethargic and down-right bitchy, but that wasn’t true at all.  I really did feel clean, if that makes any sense.  I wasn’t even working out much, yet I lost twelve pounds in the first two weeks.  It was crazy!  I made sure to include enough green vegetables, like kale and spinach, in both my smoothies and soups to ensure that I was consuming enough protein.  That is what I want to get back into.  I know that going cold turkey and diving into a new eating regimen just isn’t effective for long-term success, so I thought I’d ease into eating better and ultimately, juicing again.

So tell me, what natural qualities are you adding to your diet?

Nita

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