When it comes to weight management, every little thing helps. Here are some of my simple tricks to either lose weight or keep it down.
In no particular order. Just typing as I remember. 🙂
- Drink lemon juice and warm water first thing in the morning. It helps you lose weight and clean your insides. If you don’t have lemon, calamansi will do as well.
- Drink the Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda tonic I taught you before. It will dull your appetite, apart from cleansing your insides and making your body alkaline. (Cancer thrives in an acidic environment)
- Have at least one blended meal a day. By blended meal, I mean put 50% vegetables and 50% fruits into your blender, and make that your breakfast or dinner. I just toss in whatever’s in the refrigerator. My Nutribullet is my absolute best friend.
- Say NO to sodas, energy drinks, and packaged juices. Sugar substitutes are the culprit in many diseases of people today. There are so many stories in the Internet from people who went off the stuff, and healed their diseases. Drink water instead. I admit I can’t go off the stuff 100%. When it’s a special event, I fill my glass with less than an inch and take a few sips, and then no more. I can’t drink too much of the stuff now.
- Say NO to processed foods and sweets. This is terribly hard. I love my Jollibee (our version of McDonald’s) and the occasional choco-mint cupcake. Just try to eat less of it. I pat myself on the back whenever I pass these foods up, and eat something healthy instead. And, my body thanks me after. There isn’t any of that bloated feeling you get from eating the wrong food.
- This one is from my mentor, Kelly. Avoid GMO’d food. The body doesn’t recognize it as food, she says. (Where I live, I am unable to identify which food is GMO’d or genetically modified.)
- Which brings me to…read labels. You want to know where your food is coming from and what’s in it.
- Visit Sunday markets. They are so fun! You get a lot of nice finds like organic and natural foods. (That’s where I find affordable Greek yogurt in Manila.)
- Just so you know, I think twice about buying peaches, apples, and strawberries. These are the winners in the most pesticide laden list.
- Eat fruits and veggies before a meal. They’ll fill you up so you don’t eat so much rice or pasta. Plus, your insides get a good scrubbing. Also, you absorb the nutrition of fruits and veggies better on an empty stomach. Eating them at the beginning of a meal makes more sense. Watermelon is my current fruit fix. Yum!
- When your stomach is empty, pay attention to what you fill it with. It absorbs stuff more readily. So will you have that orange or greasy mouthfuls of (processed and canned) corned beef?
- Avoid eat-all-you-can joints. Japanese or Korean cuisine tends to be healthier.
- Bring baon or packed meals to work or school rather than eating out at fastfoods. The food you prepare at home will be waaaaay healthier than fastfood meals that contain all sorts of preservatives and additives.
- Get your probiotics like kefir, kimchi, miso, tempeh, and others. If you want to stay right-sized, you want a healthy gut.
- Lastly on the topic of food, remember this. Let food be they medicine.
- Fifteen (15) minutes of exercise in the morning and later in the day is all you need to get your metabolism going. The important thing is, GET SWEATING.
- If you have a wii, xbox, or ps3, get Zumba or JustDance games. It’s more fun! Honestly though, when I’m lazy and setting up is too much of a chore, I just fire up YouTube and dance to JustDance videos. Much cheaper too if you don’t have the consoles.
- If you have the space, get a trampoline. It’s a super fun way to increase your metabolic rate. Even after you’re finished jumping the heck off it, your body will continue to burn calories. I have personal experience on everything except this item. I DID put this in though, because I want a trampoline THAT much. Plus, I notice when I’m dancing to Katy Perry’s Part of Me which has a LOT of bouncy jumps, I sweat like freakin’ crazy.
- Take the stairs instead of escalators or elevators. I do this a lot in SM malls hehe.
- Walk your dogs.
- Don’t let a day pass by without you moving your butt. Your blood gets moving thanks to your heart. But, your lymph has no pump. It only gets moved around by muscle activity. If your lymphatic system is sluggish or stagnant, you are more prone to cellulite, fatty deposits, disease, and manas.
- Whenever you are exercising – yoga, walking, dancing – exercise proper breathing. You know this if you do yoga. You know you’re doing it right if your abdomen rises when you breathe in instead of your chest. Deep breathing moves the lymph in your body.
- Walk outside in the morning and get some sun. There is scientific basis for sunning those babies like we do in the Philippines. Getting sun increases seratonin in the body. It increases your levels of happiness and wakefulness. Whenever you feel depressed, try it. Walk outside and get some sun.
- Sleeping at night before midnight strikes is optimal.
- Sleep in total darkness or as close you can get to it. This is to get real sleep that heals and rejuvenates. When you are exposed to light (from a lamp or a mobile phone), it filters through your optic nerves through your lids, your brain is signaled to action and wakefulness.
- Remove your mobile phone or any electric device from near your head. EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies disrupt your sleep.
- If you don’t want to get up to pee in the middle of the night, don’t drink 2 hours before bedtime. Just throwing this in, because this is the excuse that people have for keeping a night light.
- Walk on clean grass or a sandy beach. Of course, it’s easier to find a grassy area. This is called grounding. Did you know that your body, brain, and the Earth operates on the same frequency of 7.8 Hz? The body evolved to stay in contact with the Earth, and now we are not because we are always insulated from the Earth (shoes and paved sidewalks). Grounding has a lot of health benefits. It is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is calming and de-stressing. And no, this is not new age nonsense.
That’s it for today. I’ll add stuff in as I remember them. Or, as I discover them.
Now that I’ve written it all out, I realize there’s some hard stuff in the list along with the easy stuff. Sorry about that. But, I hope something in there helps!
I might be going on a No Meat, No Grain 30 day challenge courtesy of Kelly. Good luck to me!
If you haven’t yet, you can read my article on how I lost weight.
How about YOU? What little tricks can you share with us? I love to learn and try out new things, so please do share!