Life can be easy if you learn to simplify the
The most complicated part of our lives I find revolves around the
simple things... like what you eat.
a year ago I took a challenge that changed my life. I signed up to
take a 21 Day Kickstart Vegan program, and I was completely Vegan
except for my Shakeology (which is also now in a Vegan Formulation)
for 7 months of 2011. The changes I saw in my life were so amazing I
can't even begin to share all of them here. Let's just say that as
my food choices simplified, my life did as well.
My family isn't Vegan, but when they do eat meats they eat only
Grass-fed, pastured meats that we know are from the best quality
sustainable sources. Why are plants and pastures so important to
simplificaiton of our lives?
Since 1972, women's overall level of happiness has dropped, both
relative to where they were forty years ago, and relative to men.
You find this drop in happiness in women regardless of whether they
have kids, how many kids they have, how much money they make, how
healthy they are, what job they hold, whether they are married,
single or divorced, how old they are, or what race they are.
Why?? Part of that is the fact that we have far too many choices in
our day - and all of those decisions do not make our lives easier.
It's more complicated. It is not that women are less happy because
they have a choice, it's just that choices don't create change, just
When you are looking at a jumble of foods
in the supermarket, how do you make that choice? It is often a very
stressed out time for you - either you are rushed to get back to
your family, and responsibilities; or you are driving around a cart
of one or more children that are just about to drive you to the
point of insanity. We release the stress - the cortisol takes over -
and we end up reaching for everything we don't want in our kitchens.
It is a cycle of destruction in our lives that causes more sugar
overload, more carb cravings, more reasons for depression and a life
that you want to give to someone else.
Dr. Oz has said it... automate your meals.
That doesn't mean you should buy 14 TV dinners and have one every
night. It means you select healthy items that work, and use them
over and over again.
How do I do this and why should it matter to you? Food, as you
may have figured out by now, fuels so much more than just your
stomach. You are a complicated machine and it's meant to be
your everything. So make it simple, and how I've done this is by
adding back in natural real foods and made it easy using my Vitamix
5200. So let's start there.
National Institute on Aging confirms that the free radicals produced
during the normal process of metabolism play a central role in every
age-related issue including type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease,
Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. In the past five years, an
impressive body of research has emerged showing that antioxidants in
colorful fruits and vegetables may protect the body and brain
against free radicals and the ravages of aging. Other new research
shows that restricting calories also helps eliminate those nefarious
free radicals. On top of that, are there depression-fighting foods?
A growing body of research says yes.
So what’s the answer? Meeting—not exceeding energy needs with
primarily nutrient-dense foods (fruits, vegetables and whole grains)
is an excellent idea. Processing those nutrient-dense foods in the
Vitamix 5200 is an even better one. A 2008 study at the University
of Toronto showed that Vitamix processing breaks through the cell
walls of plant foods far better than simply chewing the same food.
The resulting smaller particle size may make a real difference in
the disease-fighting antioxidants—which can only be released when
cell walls are ruptured—available to fight free radicals in the
about if you have diabetes? Or are pre-diabetic? If you are working
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and nutrition from your healthy whole food diet.
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