In today's society, there are so many "diets" to choose from. Too many! It's bound to leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed. It's very simple. Our bodies were not designed to eat packaged foods that you pop in the microwave for 10 minutes. No more so than it was designed to be engaged in hours upon hours of intensive exercise.
The human body and its needs and weight management are quite simple to understand, once you bring it back to basics. If we were to study the evolution of our body from back in the caveman days, we would see that the body is happy living off whole foods and clean meats. Unfortunately, the modern man thrives from an array of processed foods, sugar and inflammatory foods that inevitably make a person feel fat, sick, depressed and nearly dead.
Eat natural, whole foods - foods that don't come in a packet, can or bag and automatically the inflammation will leave your body. This will free up space for youe liver to start processing fat. The great thing, is that you can eat all you want, as long as it is clean and whole.
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You can begin to have a healthy relationship with food, once you change your way of thinking. The deprivation mentality should not exist. You never deprive your body of food, nor do you over exert it with extreme exercising. Instead of counting calories, think of fueling your body with what it needs.
Here is a list of the top inflammatory foods and their substitutes to help you with your clean eating journey.
Get rid of ALL processed (added) sugars from your diet. They are the sweet silent killer. Instead, use raw honey, organic maple syrup, fruit or stevia. However, do not be fooled by supermarket brands of stevia, as they contain maltodextrin (a white powder often used in processed foods as a thickener or a filler since it's fairly inexpensive).
Swap out table salt for sea salt or Himalyan pink salt. By cutting out packaged and processed foods, you will also significantly eliminate your daily intake of sodium.
Instead, use almond or coconut flour. Despite coming in a bag, there is minimal processing involved in making them.
They are a fantastic substitute for baking.
Swap cow dairy for that of a sheep or goat. The molecular make-up of the sheep and goat dairy is more easily digested in the human body. Cow feed is typically made up from genetically modified corn and soy which creates inflammation in the cows. This is then passed on to us when we eat cow dairy. Try to choose a sheep or goat dairy product that doesn't have casein, as a lot of people are sensitive to it.
Highly processed oils need to go!! This includes Rapeseed Oil (aka Canola Oil), vegetable oil, partially hydrogenated oil, safflower oil, the list goes on. The only oils you should have in your cupboard are extra virgin coconut oil for cooking with heat and extra virgin olive oil for salads and dressings. Hemp seeds, chia seeds and avocados should also be thrown into the mix. Certain oils when heated become oxidised and rancid, this will have a detrimental impact on your health and I was horrified to see a weight loss support group use Rapeseed Oil in almost all of their meals.
As much as we enjoy it, alcohol is not our friend. It is in fact the most toxic and inflammatory thing you can put into your body. But we all need to let our hair down once in a while. So make sure you detox
regularly, drink liver cleansing drinks and take a break now and then. After the Christmas season, now is a better time than ever to give the liver a rest. Who's up for a Dry January? :)