25 Ways to Lose Weight
The Martial Art of Wellness
Volume 13 – January 2014
Welcome to this month’s BioNews. We must learn to free ourselves from the control that others exert over us. As we learn we become FREE, we become powerful. This pursuit of self defense in wellness, I call “The Martial Art of Wellness.” And as we practice we become Wellness Ninjas.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“ In the beginning was the book of Nature. For eon after eon, the pages of the book turned with no human to read them. No eye wondered at the ignition of the sun, the coagulation of the earth, the birth of the moon, the solidification of a terrestrial continent, or the filling of the seas. Yet when the first primitive algae evolved to float on the waters of this ocean, a promise was born—a hope that someday all the richness and variety of the phenomena of the universe would be read with appreciative eyes. ”
— Garg G. Tibbetts – American physicist whose research included aspects of surface physics, plasma-surface interactions, and the adsorption of gases on surfaces.
“My integrative medicine physician was astonished by my improvements from using BioSuperfood, so much so that he used the term “freaky” to describe the physical improvements. This is not a coincidence; it is a tragic myth that people with ALS are helpless to improve their wellness. Peace.”
Craig Oster, PhD, 19-year survivor of ALS & Co-founder/Director of THE HEALERS campaign – www.healingwithdrcraig.com
Article contributed by Maureen Murphy, NHC at BIOAGE
Let’s face it, to some the word “diet” is a dirty word. In my opinion, the only diet you should go on is a “better-health diet” so our focus here is not on weight or waist-size, but on HEALTH. The good news is that this is a win-win situation…take these steps towards better health, and you will lose weight, look better and feel better!
Plain and simple: there’s an epidemic of obesity in the USA. In 2013 a third of Americans were self-proclaimed as obese, with another third of the population declaring themselves as overweight – alarming numbers given that since the 1970s, obesity rates for adults and children have more than doubled.
Annual medical care costs of obesity are as high as $147 billion, with weight-related medical issues like diabetes and heart disease skyrocketing, and once older age-related ailments now turning up in children and young adults on a disturbingly regular basis.
Why are we overweight as a nation? A huge factor at play is that the majority of foods available in a typical supermarket or fast food restaurant today are forgeries – fake foods – and the more we eat of these packaged, processed, so-called convenience foods, the more we become nutritionally bankrupt.
While we weren’t looking, we’ve been conned into thinking that we are eating well because of all the supposed choices we have. We are being brainwashed through marketing. The premise – get people to eat more of our fake foods; then they will crave more and eat more, get unhealthy and then we can sell them our drugs and sick-care. This may or may not be intentional, but the only ones who benefit in this scenario are the huge corporations that control our food and drugs. The less healthy we are, the more we crave the junk being peddled…and the more of it we eat, the more our health spirals downward.
Another big reason for the explosion of obesity? S-T-R-E-S-S… When you are stressed, cortisol levels increase and can cause sudden weight gain. Fat accumulates near the stomach because the cells in the stomach are more sensitive to cortisol, and are very effective at storing energy. The more you over-eat, the more stress you cause for your body, and again, the cycle repeats itself.
Our bodies need REAL food and the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and pure energy that real food provides. Without it, the body does have ways to “rob Peter to pay Paul” and adapt…for a while anyway. Eventually, those nutrient deficiencies will catch up to us – manifesting as cravings, poor digestion, fatigue, depression & other mood disorders, stress on bones & joints, poor skin and/or hair & nails, and a plethora of other afflictions and diseases.
Let’s face it. You know that you would be healthier if you ate better, adapted some better lifestyle habits, and lost some weight. So let’s break this down into 25 manageable, “bite-size” steps. Set yourself a goal to make at least one new healthy change per day:
- Change your diet – no fad diet or “miracle weight-loss” pill will do what healthy eating does! Give your body the best fuel possible for the best health. Food that is lovingly home-grown, home-prepared or bought straight from a local farmer has better energy than foods that are factory-farmed, mass-produced, processed and packaged in a box, bag or in the freezer section.
- Keep a HEALTH JOURNAL and vow to record in it daily for at least 90 days: what you eat and drink, how you feel physically and emotionally, digestive woes or victories, exercise, and any other health-related comments. Keep it short & simple so you’re more apt to stick with it!
- Drink two 8 oz. glasses of water 30-60 minutes before meals to help curb your appetite. Pure water is critical to your health. Your body needs a minimum of 8-10 eight oz. glasses of pure WATER per day. Pure, unadulterated, good old fashioned WATER – NOT (the water in) soft drinks, coffee, tea, or alcoholic beverages. Water will help fill you up. Water will keep you hydrated. Water will help your body flush out toxins and debris… (Don’t like the taste of your water? click here)
- Take 1-2 capsules of BIOSUPERFOOD 30 minutes before meals to help curb your appetite even further!
- Limit the amount you drink with or immediately after your meals as too much can dilute gastric juices, impairing digestion.
- Eat 3 or more small meals per day…but don’t eat before the previous meal is digested.
- Don’t eat late at night – make sure you let your body “fast” for at least 12 hours between dinner and the next morning’s “break-fast”.
- MEDITATE before meals to prepare your body for the meal. Meditate after meals to encourage peaceful and thorough digestion.
- EAT WITH INTENTION – avoid the pitfalls of multitasking (TV, texting, surfing the web, etc.) while eating.
- EAT WITH INTENTION – avoid mindless snacking on empty calories.
- Think about, be grateful for – BLESS your food before and during eating.
- SLOW DOWN and CHEW YOUR FOOD! Put your silverware down between bites. By properly masticating your food, you are releasing digestive enzymes in your mouth and facilitating the rest of the digestive process. This relieves your organs from unnecessary stress and, by eating slowly, you allow your body’s “fullness” response to catch up so you will eat less!
- HEALTHIFY your diet: change at least one meal per day to simple, real food like fresh fruit for breakfast or fresh raw veggies/salads for lunch or dinner.
- Drink one organic green drink per day before – or instead of – breakfast or another meal. (If you don’t have a good juicer and/or a VitaMix or other high-power blender, invest in one for endless experimenting and tasty and healthful concoctions in a snap.)
- Avoid soft drinks and sugary juices like the plague! Choose instead pure water, lemon-water or – until you can conquer that sweet tooth – coconut water, fresh-squeezed juice or kombucha as healthier alternatives.
- Use honey, pure maple syrup or another NATURAL sweetener instead of refined white sugar. Then cut back on the amount you use. Do not use aspartame (NutraSweet) saccharin (Sweet ‘n Low) sucralose (Splenda) or other fake sweeteners as these can cause disastrous health repercussions.
- Challenge yourself to be creative: craving potato chips? Learn to make KALE chips instead for a tasty and much healthier option! Sweet tooth won’t rest? Have dates, raisins, dried apricots, fresh fruit and other one-ingredient sweets always available and find new ways to enjoy them. (Watch those craisins and other healthy-sounding treats that have been sugared-up though!)
- If you must have a special treat, make yourself MAKE IT from scratch rather than buying cookies, candies, cakes and other ready-to-eat disasters…
- Experiment with gluten-free and/or whole grain flour alternatives, use unsweetened applesauce instead of vegetable oil, and try other tricks to lower the calories and healthify your homemade recipes.
- READ LABELS or, better yet, stick with only REAL foods from farm markets or the “outer aisles” of the grocery store – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other “one-ingredient” items.
- EXERCISE – Add (some / more) exercise to your daily routine to boost blood flow to the brain, improve gastrointestinal motility, calm and relax you and take your mind off snacking, among a host of other healthful benefits. If you are a couch potato just starting out, try walking, QiGong, swimming, stretching or other gentle forms of exercise as a base, and build up to at least 20-30 minutes per day of therapeutic MOVEMENT.
- REDUCE STRESS! Breathe – learn proper abdominal breathing, exercise, meditate, clean house, pray or whatever it takes to limit the stress in your life. Many of us deal with our stress by reaching for junk food or soda, tobacco, alcohol or worse. And the more we consume these unhealthy substances, the more STRESS we create for our body, mind and spirit.
- Get a good night’s sleep! Recent studies suggest that insufficient sleep may cause increased food intake.
- Change the way you think about your body – it’s the only “vehicle” you will have for life, so learn to love and take care of it by giving it what it needs to serve you for all your days on earth.
- Enlist bio-algae concentrates (BAC) as your most valuable ally for better health! In various clinical studies, microalgae have been shown to be remarkably effective for weight loss. BAC is an incomparable, synergistic blend of four species of microalgae that supports the body and helps to create the best environment for weight loss:
- Corrects nutritional deficiencies that can lead to cravings
- Adds a bioavailable source of GLA to the diet
- Helps to stabilize moods
- Provides energy and stamina
- Helps the body to rebuild and re-balance a dysfunctional endocrine system, restoring better balancing of weight and other metabolic functions
- Regulates hormones…resulting in better fat metabolism
- Converts fat to muscle mass
- Causes the body to resonate on a higher frequency, attracting healthier food and lifestyle choices
- Taking 1-2 capsules 30 minutes before meals helps curb appetite