Crowd Out Your food, Crowd Out Your Life
June 6, 2011
When my friend, Stacy asked me what is the “best” way to start eating healthy, my response was “crowd out your food.” She looked at me with the same contorted facial expressions as when I suggested that she start performing deep nasal yoga breaths in the morning to reduce stress.
Finally, I explained that instead of ridding your diet with unhealthy food, with which we are resistant to part, start adding “in” healthy foods. For example, one of the healthiest additions to our health is adding leafy greens (you know salads!). Leafy greens have been shown to purify the blood, prevent cancer, improve circulation, strengthen immune system, improve digestion, increase energy, clear congestion, improve functioning of liver, gallbladder and kidneys and more… To which Stacy responded, “I could do that.” By adding greens to your diet, which naturally contain water and fiber, you will also get fuller faster. Then you can eat less! It is sort of the Volumetrics idea. “Now I know where you are going with this” said Stacy.
Eating this way also reduces your overall stress, because there is less stress on your digestive system. When you eat foods that make your liver work hard to process it, your body knows it and preserves your strength. This goes back to our Caveman (Cavewoman) days when you really might have to run for your life at any moment. Unfortunately, your body perceives the internal stress of poor digestion as a threat as well. Your brain chemistry changes, you produce surges of “fight or flight” neurotransmitters and stress hormones. Cortisol, the stress hormone that increases belly fat, increases as well as your uncontrollable cravings. Eating greens starting to sound even better now? Stacy nodded.
Once you’ve mastered the greens at lunch, crowd out with a salad and/or other veggies at dinner. It’s hard to overdo vegetables. You will be adding tons of natural vitamins and nutrients. Did you know that greens are naturally high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, C, E and K? You’ll add more fiber (which gets things moving…icky thought but important) and end up eating less of the “unhealthy” stuff in the long-run.
Stacy said, “I like this whole concept. You can take this whole idea and apply it to life. If you want your life to be the best it can be, replace the negative with the positive.” To which I responded, “You are on to something sista, but that’s the subject of a different post.” To be continued…