How to START losing weight- the right way

Eat-Stop-Eat-healthy-eatingI am asked all the time- “what do you eat??” and my answer is- “A LOT”.  But I eat a lot of GOOD stuff. Mostly.  This is not just because I am forced to stay away from certain things due to food allergies either. Truth be known, gluten free stuff is the WORST when it comes to being healthy (loaded with sugar).  It is because I make a decision to think about what I eat.

I have comprised a list of the top ten things that work for me.  Keep in mind, these are my guidelines, and when special occasions occur, feel free to splurge, as I sometimes do.  However, I follow these 95-98% of the time.  I am not one to recommend what others should or shouldn’t do as I do not believe there is a one size fits all ‘diet’..but not only does this work for me (and some are just common sense), but it is recommended by The Health Science Academy.  Make adjustments as you need (allergies, etc.):

  1. Drink at least two liters of water a day (at minimum).  You can also drink an additional 8 oz for every 20 pounds you want to lose on top of the two liters
  2. Fill your tummy with large amounts of dark leafy greens or root veggies first (such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, green beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bell peppers, onions, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes)- side note: you may need a digestive aid as your body gets used to eating large quantities of this or you could be pretty GASSY
  3. Minimize (or GET RID OF) refined carbs such as: breads (other than paleo- in small quantities still), rice, pasta
  4. Instead of the above, include: beans, lentils, quinoa (my fav), chia seed
  5. Eat at least two servings of fresh fruit a day such as apples, berries, pears or citrus fruit
  6. AVOID drinking sugary drinks, soda, fruit juices
  7. AVOID eating sugar (other than honey or natural sweeteners), cakes, biscuits, desserts (some paleo ones in small quantities), pastries
  8. AVOID fried foods, burnt foods, hydrogenated fat, excess animal fat
  9. Focus on healthy meats; chicken, turkey, fish
  10. LIMIT alcohol intake to one-two drinks per week (of course other than special occasions), or if you are really, really dedicated- no alcohol at all (I am not on this band wagon)
I stay away and/or limit CRAP foods, and recommend you do too.  They trigger overeating, are empty calories and cause one to put on weight rapidly:
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Refined Sugar
  • Artificial Ingredients (colors, flavorings, etc. and ALCOHOL)
  • Processed Products

What do you do to stay healthy and feel good?  Please feel free to share what works for you.

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