Nourish your BodyWelcome to Day 1
Before we start, can we all agree on one thing? Eating is awesome! Not only the taste, smell, texture, and colour of what you ingest is pretty magical, but food has a deeper meaning than you might imagine. You can discover a lot about a particular culture based on its eating habits. Expatriates, for instance, have a very special bond with their food, using it as a means of preserving their cultural identity. African, Chinese, Italian, French… just take a look at the plethora of cuisines you can find. The possibilities are endless — and so is the fun!
That’s why we have a beef with restrictive diets. Not only the majority of them are unhealthy, but they are based on an extremely damaging principle: the idea of limiting dietary ENERGY intake in the hopes that it will somehow improve health. That is ludicrous, especially when you get to know the real source of everything in you is pure energy.
However, let’s clarify something first. You don’t need food to get energy. Actually, you will learn here that you can change your relationship with food for a much healthier one — which means you can free yourself from any kind of diet if you truly understand what you body needs. And still enjoy that cake guilt-free whenever you feel like it!
Why Diets Don't Work
First and foremost, we are all on a diet — constantly. Dieting translates to specific eating habits, and we all have our own. When we say “diet” here, though, we are referring to those temporary and highly restrictive programs made for weight loss. There are several reasons why they are not meant to be followed for a long period of time — they are unhealthy and damaging to your body:
You will certainly lose weight, after all, you’re intaking fewer calories than you’re burning, however, it’s not a long-term solution — about 95% of those who lose weight this way will put it back within the next 5 years.
Those trendy diets are full of “no no’s”. You have to be extremely determined to avoid any temptations and follow the rules. It doesn’t sound remotely exciting, does it? When you make your relationship with food so constraining, you strip the fun out of it.
These dietary programs often don’t provide enough nutrients and teach you nothing about healthy eating habits. You will end up starving yourself and binge-eating, which promotes a relationship of guilt with food.
Furthermore, did you know that overweight and obesity can be conditions triggered by an early life trauma? There are many researches that connect traumatic childhood events with eating disorders and obesity later in life. In those cases, the overweight wasn’t the central problem, it was the solution. Comprehending the deep-rooted values, beliefs, and behaviours that drive our eating habits and food choices must be the number one priority.
Let’s find a better solution then. The mindset you bring to the table is the key to a healthy relationship with your food and body. Understanding what your body needs and what your eating patterns are will allow you to consciously maintain a fine-tuned lifestyle for life.
What your Body Really Needs
What you need is a balanced diet that gives all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to function correctly.
Proteins, carbs and fat. These 3 macronutrients are essential to building muscle and performing your vital bodily functions. To be at your best, you should eat a plant-based diet, getting your nutrients from vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and choose lean proteins such as poultry (skinless chicken breasts and turkey cutlets are your leanest choices), fish, soy, nuts, and seeds. Opt for coconut oil for cooking, while running away from all processed food — those are full of trans fats, not to mention unnecessary sugar.
Vitamins and Minerals
Calcium, fibre, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, B, D, C, E, K are just a few of the essentials. Having healthy eating habits will provide your body with all of them. Each vitamin plays a distinct role: they boost your immune system, maintain your blood pressure, and protect against heart diseases and reduce the risk of diabetes. We recommend decreasing your sodium intake, which is easily done if you choose fresh fruits and vegetables over boxed, canned or fast food meals.
We all know we have to drink plenty of water daily. But, why? Our adult bodies are made roughly of 60% of water:
Even though every organism is unique, we can say that an adult male requires the ingestion of about 3 litres per day while an adult female about 2.2 litres per day. Bear in mind, the food you eat also contains water, but we recommend drinking at least 6 glasses of water daily — more if you’re doing sports or if you’re living in a hot weather climate.
Choosing the best water for you.
Yes, there is more than one kind of water. Tap, bottled, ozonated, reversed osmosis. What is the best for your body? There are several studies that exposed tap water for containing numerous toxic chemicals, such as arsenic, perchlorate, and lead, often contributing to skin rashes and tooth enamel erosion.
As for bottled water, they are often unregulated. Choose carefully your brand, because even though some of them come from sparkling springs and other pristine sources, a lot of them are nothing more than overpriced tap water. And don’t even get us started on plastic bottles!
Reversed osmosis is a process which strips the water from all of its chemicals, not discriminating between good and bad ones. That means your reversed osmosis water will be devoid of all minerals, so to have it as an optimum water, you could invest in remineralising filters on top of that.
Ozonated water, also knows as Ozone Water and Ozo-Water, on the other hand, is not only free of bacteria, parasites, and all those nasty chemicals but is also believed to increase oxygenation and detoxification in the body. Ozone is a bond of 3 atoms of oxygen together, therefore, considered to be ‘activated oxygen’, which has been known to have healing and antibacterial properties. Looking for the best? This is it! To obtain Ozonated Water, install a high-quality ozone generator and make sure to only use glass to ozonate the water.
On top of being mindful of your eating habits, you should exercise to keep your body stronger and sleep properly to maintain its optimal performance. We’ll go further into those essentials on Days 2 and 3 of our e-course.
High Vibrational Food
We first heard about the concept of energy from the ancient Greek philosophers, who claimed we are all connected spiritually by energy — humans, animals and plants. They called that energy ‘Agape’, which is the energy of selfless and unconditional love that reigns all things. They also introduced the concept that the universe is harmonious and governed by this energy, which is circular and infinite.
From Hurricanes, tornados, galaxies to shells and florets in a sunflower head, the spiral concept is everywhere around us. We can’t deny its force. As Aristotle stated: “We are all one — love is the cause of unity of all things”. The Greek were especially inclined to devote this concept into the kitchen: as we are made of energy, we should consume only positive energy too.
A high vibrational diet is made of foods that are full of positive energy and carry massive positive effects to the body. High vibration means having more light — so you could say that a cold-pressed green juice, made of several organic fruits and veggies is sunshine in a cup! The higher the vibration, the more energy for you. There are several methods of raising your vibrations and one of the easiest ways is consciously select what you eat.
The idea is to raise your energy and awareness through food. Nuts, grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and have the high vibration to nurture your body and soul.
Superfoods You should be eating
Now that you understand what your body truly needs in order to function optimally, you should have a deeper look at the quality of the food you’re absorbing into your system. That makes all the difference.
That’s why you should include superfoods into your regular diet. They provide you with high amounts of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs. It shows that those who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than people who don’t. Here are a few to put on your list:
Zero the Clock
Have you ever heard that your body replaces every cell every 7 years? This statement has been going around for a long time, but we are sorry to burst your bubble: that’s not true. We don’t replace every single cell in our body, as recent researches have confirmed. While some never get replaced, like our neurones in the cerebral cortex and the enamel on our teeth, we do, however, replace different tissue cells at different rates. So, you could say we replace most of our bits in 7 to 15 years.
Here’s the interesting part. The cells that make up the lining of our stomach and intestines, for instance, have an average lifespan of just 5 days! This is due to the constant wear and tear from our digestion process.
That means what you eat has an incredibly powerful effect on your body. How about to start anew? We suggest you zero the clock! Give your cells and your digestive system a break from craving and digesting, redirecting all this energy to your immune system whilst giving your emotions a chance to calm down and dissipate. Yes, that’s right. A physical cleanse also promotes an emotional purge.
Types of Cleanse to Reboot your System
In order to listen to your body properly and give it what it truly needs to function at its best, first and foremost it’s necessary to clean out the trash. Try one of these cleanses programs to reboot your system.
This a detox diet in which you consume only fruits and vegetable juices to nurture yourself while abstaining from eating any solid food. Prefer using a cold pressed method for best results. Prepare juices made of at least 65% vegetables, and add superfoods like spirulina, goji berry, maca root powder, bee pollen and Camu Camu berry powder for an extra boost. This is our favourite cleansing and can be done for a longer time.
During a water fast, you consume only water. This process allows the body’s energies to be almost entirely concentrated on cleansing and healing. It’s the quickest detox with the strongest therapeutic effect, but it is also the most challenging to perform in the first few days. After 2-3 days, the body goes into a state called ketosis, where it begins to fuel itself internally by burning fat cells. However, such fasting should not be prolonged. If you’re new to fasting, start it slow — and supervised
Combining nuts, seeds and fibre, this fast is not as limited in ingredients as the two former ones. You can follow this diet for longer periods of time. Fibre is great to regulate your bowel movements. When you eat too much of it, however, your digestive system may become overwhelmed and you could get abdominal bloating and pass excessive gas. Make sure to drink plenty of water during this fast to avoid this.
Sugar is one of our worst enemies for better health. There is hidden sugar in most of the processed food and refined products we find nowadays. Americans currently consume 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. That’s over 3 times the recommendation by the American Heart Association. Three times! All this excessive sugar intake leads to weight gain, increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels and a higher risk for diabetes.
Time for a sugar detox, shall we? Cut all the added sugar products. Forget your chocolate, ice creams and soda. If you want to go all in, cut bread and fruits during your no-sugar fast. Make sure you read the labels of everything whilst on this cleanse — and feel the positive impact it will have in your life.
It’s important to say that the main goal of a cleanse is to zero the clock. Once you’re back to your regular diet, make sure to swap out heavily processed foods for the high amount of fruits, veggies, and high-quality protein and good fat. And, we do recommend incorporating drinking green juices into your daily routine — it’s an easy way to embrace veggies and fruits as an integral part of your life.