What If You Found the Perfect Diet in 2019?

What if?

A question that I’ve asked many times. My “what ifs” usually go something like: “What if I could eat anything I wanted and not gain weight?” What if I could just wake up one day and have a six pack or perfectly sculpted arms” ” What if I could just blink my eyes and not have to go through this hard time?” But you have to be willing to be disciplined and put in the work.

In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Sometimes we just have to go through the pain, disappointment, situations etc.

But as we go through we need to be asking, “What lesson am I supposed to learn in all this?” “God What do you want me to do?” Sometimes God tells us what to do, and we ignore it. He puts us in situations and we walk away. It seems too hard. We want the “Magic Genie in a bottle” type scenario to deliver us instant gratification.

When I lost 70 pounds, it wasn’t overnight. It’s actually been 2 years since my top weight. I still have over 100 pounds to go to be considered at a weight that’s not obese.

I know this because when I was 100 pounds lighter, that’s what my doctor called me, OBESE! A lot of people don’t even realize I’ve lost as much as I have because it has been so slow. As I lose this time, I want it to be lasting, I want to re-frame my relationship with food, exercise and relieving stress. More than just losing the weight, I want to be healthy. That’s my motivation. Health! The added benefit is weight loss.

I guess we all want recognition, too, but real love and happiness comes from within and from listening to God.

I guess my “What If?” is: What if I would listen to God when He speaks and stop making excuses? It would save me a whole lot of time and trouble. Usually, when I talk to people about making changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle and they began giving me “But I…”

But I don’t have time.

But I don’t like to get up early.

But I am to busy to prep and have to grab stuff on the run.

But I, But I, But I

Over the last year, I’ve had a cousin, suffer a major stroke, a cousin and a friend die of cancer, another cousin has been sent home from the hospital to die because a major artery is so blocked that doctors claim there nothing that can be done. I, along with friends have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases.

This is a crisis. It will take you out if you aren’t careful with your health. Many are suffering with arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and more. Yet, the excuses continue. It’s time to step up and be accountable for our health because this world needs you but it will go on without you. Who’s going to be there doing that work, or living your life when you’re dead and gone or too sick to do it?

What if I had listened when I was first diagnosed in my 20’s and not waited until I was 60 and been through, high blood pressure, heart attack, cancer, arthritis and lupus? All of these things are reversible or risks substantially decreased with diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction. It’s been researched and proven. Yet, I’ve had my own excuses. So, now here I am, reversing years of abuse to my body and praying to God to help me (which He will if I allow Him to) move forward to a new life of health and wellness for the rest of this life He allows me to live!

Everyone’s body is different. So I really don’t subscribe to one diet and believe that health can be achieved via many routes. They key is picking something and sticking with it.

Here are some popular diets that have proven effective in fighting various ailments. Click on the links to learn more and complete 2019 in your best health yet!

Vegan Diets : No animal products, including honey, eggs, cheese, anything with animal origins.

Raw Vegan Diet: Eating fruit, vegetables seeds, nuts, and sprouted legumes but only in their raw state.

Ketogenic Diet : High fat, very low carbohydrate, moderate meat.

Paleo Diet: Eating Whole foods. and stay away from all processed foods and ingredients, including sugar, bread, certain vegetable oils, trans fats and artificial sweeteners.

Mediterranean Diet:  Eating lots of vegetables and olive oil and includes eating a medium amount of protein.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: focuses on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.

Alkaline Diet : A diet that replaces acid-forming foods with alkaline foods to help improve health.

Please be sure to let me know what lifestyle and diet changing are working for you.

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Can the Body Heal Itself?

Many of us are dealing with some kind of illness or knows someone who is. I personally have battled with several. This lead me to a place where I searched relentlessly to determine what I can do to help my body heal itself and increase my quality of life.

My goal? Not to be be 80 and can’t walk, in pain and full of illness. I want to be vibrant, healthy and feeling good.

This led me to think about cars. Yeah, cars.

When you get a car, you get out the owners manual to see what type of oil it takes, what size the tires are and what pressure is needed for best performance. You look at how often you should get your oil changed, tune-ups, and tires rotated what type of fuel to use. This is your new baby, and you want it to last as long as it can without having to dish out money for repairs. Then I started thinking about me.

Do I care more about my car than I do myself?

No way! So I turned to the human owners’ manual, “The Bible.” Several places in the Bible talk about food. In the beginning, God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, not the slaughterhouse of Eden.

In Daniel chapter 1, Daniel asked the king if he could have some time to have his men eat vegetables and water instead of the rich foods the kings’ men were eating and 10 days later, his men looked healthier and stronger than than those that ate the kings’ meal. Daniel was on to something.

He knew that living, electrically charged foods could help promote health and healing. Today, we call this the “plant-based diets.” Now, contrary to what people think this suggests, it doesn’t always necessarily mean plant only. There are levels to this lifestyle.

So, what does “plant-based ” mean? According to Wikipedia, “a plant-based diet is a diet consisting mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants, including vegetablesgrainsnutsseedslegumes and fruits, and with few or no animal products. “ To me, it means increasing the amount of plant-based foods in my diet eating food the way God created it. Not enhanced, improved, reformatted (GMO) by man but whole foods. Now, this typically means that a lot of it is raw. But, let me be honest, I love a hot meal. So sometimes for me this means it’s cooked. It all comes down to the type of fuel you want your body to use: pure clean fuel or watered down fuel.

Now back to that car. If you went to a gas station and they said they added water to the fuel to stretch it, would you put that in your car? What are the implications? Engine trouble.

The more food we eat in it’s natural state, the better our bodies can use it to help fuel our bodies. That’s all I’m saying.

I’m learning to increase my intake of raw, unprocessed foods. Is it hard? Hecky Yeah! Is it worth it? Definitely! Everyday is a battle.

I have to make sure I keep fresh food stocked in the fridge so that when I reach for something, I reach for the right things that fuel my body. I had to stop making excuses and buying those foods that break down my body. Plain and simple. I decided to love myself.

So can the body heal itself? Well, I have found out, that when we give it the right fuel, it definitely helps start the process.

Here are my top five favorite raw foods for healing detoxing the body:

  1. Red Tart Cherries: This helps reduce inflammation
  2. Lemon: This power food helps the body do a number of functions including aiding the immune system by cutting mucus and delivering high doses of vitamin C
  3. Watermelon: Mostly, made of water and fiber, this fruit is like a power wash for your insides and helps aid kidney function and keeps your skin clear, too
  4. Broccoli: This bad boy has multiple potent antioxidants that help support healthy cells and tissue throughout your body
  5. Berries: Keep your memory sharp, cleanse your kidneys and fight cancer cells with these juicy fiber-filled treats

What are some of your favorite whole-food treats? Let me know in the comment section below and be sure to follow me on IG to see what types of raw foods I’m grazing on these days!