Right now, I’m going through this health phase where I’m trying to change my diet in hopes of more energy and vitality. We all want to be healthy. That is most people’s number one goal. But many people never do anything about it. You want to lose weight but you don’t want to stop going to McDonald’s or Burger King. You won’t give up soda nor will you admit you’re addicted to sugar or aspartame. It’s just insane. People are always looking for some quick fix solution to lose weight or become healthier, but they have to understand it will take a life-altering change in order to lose the weight. And it’s so much harder to lose weight after it’s been put on.
I’ve read many cases for all different types of diets. Two of the best ones I’ve dealt with were Sugar Busters and an all-vegan diet. I’ve actually done Sugar Busters and am working my way towards giving up meat and dairy products. Sugar Busters was amazing, though. I lost ten pounds in one month. And I’m not overweight by any means. I was average weight before I did that, and now I’m leaner than I’ve ever been. Basically, what the diet entailed was to cut all sugar out of your diet, to some extent. You could still eat fruit and vegetables, and some other natural sugars, but no processed, refined foods. Like white bread, pasta, and other white flour-based foods. You could eat lean meat, but only very thin cuts. On this diet, I discovered all kinds of interestiing fruits and vegetables I never tried before and grew to love many, many different ones. My new favorite fruit is the pluot. It is amazing, but it’s no longer available at my grocery store. It’s the juiciest fruit I’ve ever tasted. I love mangoes as well. And organic oranges are to die for. Kiwis are just insanely good and most apples are decent. I try to eat organic at all costs, mostly because the taste difference is amazing. And this kind of diet really adds energy to your life. Believe me. Or don’t believe me, what do I care? It’s not like I’m pitching a book or something. Eat for optimal energy. That’s all I ask.
I’ve heard all kinds of cases for a vegan diet as well. I hear the mental clarity and energy boost is quite amazing. This is what makes me curious to try it. There’s also a branch of this diet known was the all-raw diet that supposedly has even more benefits. The reason that this diet has all these benefits is supposedly because animal products toxify your body and take extra energy to digest. Some fanatical vegans will even say that when you eat an animal, you are carrying the torture it went through with every bite you take. That’s possible, but let’s not get into that sort of thing now. It’s about feeling your best. If you want to feel better, get more energy, and gain some sort of mental clarity, give this a try. I’m planning on doing this very soon. I just have to make that quantum leap. It will take some practice, but I’m sure in the next year I’ll try it for at least a month. And from there, I’ll weigh the pros and cons and eventually figure out what it is I need to do.
The media conditions us to eat unhealthy from a young age. Look at McDonald’s and Burger King. They advertise to children and promise them a toy with every meal they eat there. And once they get one toy, they’re going to want to collect them all. For me, I used to do that very same thing. I remember going to McDonald’s when I was a child collecting the toys every once in awhile, but I didn’t go half as often as some of my peers. This was mostly because my mother knew that that kind of food can cause serious problems. And I’m glad to this day that I don’t go to places like that hardly at all. But our nation’s youth is so into that sort of thing. Fast food because they supposedly don’t have a lot of time. Soda and sugar-laden juices like Sunny-D because they enjoy the taste better than natural juices and water. And it’s just sad, but it’s true. Sugar is addictive as hell. Everybody who’s tried it knows. It’s just so tasty. It’s like a taste explosion. This is why I will never give up fruit. While they still contain sugar, they also contain specific enzymes that contribute to development of the mind, body, and spirit.
If you give up refined, processed sugar, you may find that you lose maybe five pounds the first week, three pounds the second week, one pound the third week, and then plateau. And that’s very common. It’s mostly because the first week is a detoxifying week. You rid your body of all the toxins that sugar and processed foods had stored inside of you. It’s something that will slow down, but if you need to lose more weight, I recommend getting of dairy.
Dairy products are awful. They really don’t do much for you unless they aren’t pasteurized, homogenized, and preserved. Raw milk is one of the best nutritional assets our country has, but heat it up and cool it back down and you’re talking about something that messes up your mental clarity and influences weight gain. But whatever you choose to do, do it in a conscious way. Don’t just swallow the next fad diet. It could and probably will just work for a little while and then