Saturday, January 22, 2011

Step by Step

When deciding to improve one's health, making all necessary changes at once can result in frustration. If you try to stop eating all the bad things / start eating all the good ones / taking all the supplements / starting the workouts / etc... at once, chances are you will give up thinking it's too complicated, simply too much.

The best way to approach this is by taking baby steps, following the tried and true "one thing at a time". Going forward I will list the key items and new habits I adopted at each step of my journey, in hopes of keeping you motivated if you decide to take the leap.

Some of these you already know, but bare with me people, we're talking baby steps here (I'm telling you, I was at teeny-mini-baby step #1 back then):

from the UltraSimple diet:
+ DRINK WATER:
Note that I am not specifying how much, just get into the habit of drinking SOME. These days I chug at least 3 liters a day, depending if I'm working out or not... back in those days I wasn't drinking ANY!!! well, a glass or two a day, maaaaaybe... that's crazy! AND I know several people that barely drink any water at all! I even know a woman that HATES it... it may simply be that you don't pay attention to this or it's not a priority, but it is one of the single most important things you can do for your well being.
* Beginner:  Start with a glass as soon as you wake up, and one with each meal throughout the day just to get into the habit. Easy breezy.
** Intermediate: Drink one glass every hour (while you're awake obviously), on the hour. You'll be peeing like crazy, but that's a good thing, your cleansing your body. You will pee less as your body get's used to the amount (promise).
*** Advanced: Go for 3 liters a day, your cells will be hydrated and your skin will glow. It also boosts your metabolism.

+ EAT VEGETABLES:
it doesn't matter how many or what, just include SOME into your diet (same as with the water, veggies were not a must-have for me back in those days). The more of them raw or juiced, the better, since the enzymes and nutrients are intact (I will be getting deeper into the subject in upcoming posts). And no, french fries do not count as a vegetable...
* Beginner: have a small leafy green salad with your lunch or dinner every day. This will get you into the habit of making them part of your daily diet.
** Intermediate: have a leafy green salad before lunch / dinner, have some steamed or lightly sauteed veggies with your meals, and a green juice once or twice a week. You will be getting more vitamins and nutrients, as well as fiber and enzymes.
*** Advanced: have a green juice for breakfast every day (if you can), and make leafy greens and vegetables the majority of your diet.

+ TAKE A MULTI VITAMIN:
the book recommended a bunch of supplements, which I did take during the program and ended up overwhelming me... so if you are not taking any supplements I would just advice to start with a complete multi vitamin formula. Take it at the same time every day, with either breakfast or before going to bed. A good multi is essential, since chances are you are not getting the nutrients you need from diet alone.

That's all for today, I hope this is helpful.
Paola

P.S: If at any point you have any questions, please leave me a comment or email me and I will happily answer.

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