2 Excuses Proven Wrong About Eating Healthy

2 Excuses Proven Wrong About Eating Healthy - Pure Traditions

I hear 2 excuses often about eating healthy. Do you ever hear “I can’t eat healthy because it’s to expensive” or “I can’t eat healthy because I don’t have enough time”? Well I will show you why these two excuses about eating healthy are myths. Here are 2 excuses proven wrong about eating healthy.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Grapefruit

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Grapefruit


5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Grapefruit

Grapefruit is part of the citrus genus. The evergreen trees can grow up to 20 feet tall, and sometime even larger. This semi-sweet fruit was first documented in 1750 by Rev. Griffith Hughes, who called it “the forbidden fruit”. In 1823 it was brought to Florida. The name grapefruit was given because of the clusters of fruit on the tree resembled that of grapes. Hence the name grapefruit. Continue reading →

Falling In Love With Vegetables

  And the struggle continues. I am not noticing much weight loss, but I am feeling a lot better!! Honestly, I will take feeling better over losing the weight. I have probably lost some, but since I do not have a scale, I can’t weight myself and see. But continuing with the workouts, and a green juice a day has helped in energy levels, alertness, and overall feeling of wellness. Sometimes I get jealous of thin people eating junk food, but then I remember that with eating healthy food I won’t have to worry as much about health issues, and I will feel GREAT! Like strep throat went around this winter, and I didn’t get it! I’ve actually never had strep throat as far as I remember. Now some people say that they want to eat the food they want and die early and be happy. But are you REALLY happy when your body is wasting away? Most likely not. See, for me I would rather eat healthy, live longer, and be happy, instead of eating crap, dying earlier, and feeling miserable (but pretending to be happy). See once you switch to eating healthy, it’s addictive. You don’t want to go back to the way things were because you feel so good, and if you do go back, you realize that you don’t feel good anymore and it’s not worth being sick over.

  Once you train your taste buds to LOVE fruits and veggies again, you won’t be able to get enough! Now you can “splurge” once in awhile, but most likely, after the splurge you wonder “why did I do that?!”. It all comes down to priorities. Are you putting your health first when you choose to eat something, or are you putting those harmful cravings first? Once you realize all the chemicals, sugars, and fake stuff you are eating instead of living, nutrient dense foods, you can’t go back! When i drink my green juice, I actually FEEL my body absorbing the nutrients. I know it sounds odd to say that but my mind cleared, my eyes opened up more, I had the energy of a 8 year old, and I just felt healthy. Well that is my little rant for the day, I will post later this weekend or next week on what foods are ACTUALLY healthy.

The Weight Loss Struggle

  There are a lot of people out there that struggle with weight loss. I have found that I am one of those people too. Watching others lose weight fast is frustrating. You think, “why can’t i be like that?”. It seems as if no matter what you do, the weight just doesn’t come off. Well this is how i feel. Knowing i have to lose 35 lbs to be back to my “normal” size is overwhelming. Here are some things that could potentially interfere with you losing weight.

  • Thyroid imbalance 
  • Lack of nutrition 
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress
  • To much processed foods
  • Not enough sunlight (Vitamin D!)
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Counting calories, but not eating clean wholesome foods
  • Sugar
  • Food allergies you are not aware of

 Thyroid issues can be a huge cause for not losing those pounds. When your thyroid isn’t functioning well, it throws your body off balance. Eating the right foods though can help. Like eating more greens to your diet. Americans today just don’t eat enough vegetables (that are NOT cooked). This leads me to my next points.

 Lack of nutrition, exercise, and sunlight. These 3 things your body can NOT go without. When you cooked foods for every meal, your body is not getting the required nutrients it needs to function, which sends your body into “starvation” mode which stores fat. Now, i know it’s hard to eat 100% raw fruits and veggies. I’m not asking anyone to (yet). Start out slow, change one meal to all raw. And raw doesn’t have to be salads all the time. There’s a huge collection of raw recipes out there! Check out Raw Loulou for a list of some great raw food blogs! Next, go outside and exercise! That way you get your sunlight and exercise at the same time!

 Reduce stress. Stress is a major factor in weight gain. Go do something that is fun. Watch a funny movie, laugh, or just sit and have some quiet time to yourself. If you still can’t get stuff off of your mind that stress you out, try herbs in supplement form such as passionflower.

Eating to much processed foods can wreck havoc on your system. Not only with weight gain, but also with your general health. Try eating more whole foods. Instead of eating those lucky charms for breakfast, try a smoothie, or homemade fruit salad.

Lack of sleep can be a huge problem to your over all health. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Stress can cause sleeplessness, so when you correct the stress in your life, sleeping better normally is a side affect.

Counting calories, but still eating “garbage” can cause people to not lose that extra weight. What good is counting calories if you are still eating processed junk food? Beware of products that say “low fat” or “low calories” because they will be more processed than other foods. If you are eating good whole foods, and still want to count calories, than go ahead! You may be surprised that most fruits and vegetables have low calories anyways.

Sugar. That delicious white substance that makes everything better. The one thing that most people are addicted to and have cravings for. If you can’t get away from the sweet, try some alternatives. Like local raw honey, stevia, dates, or raw agave nectar. Dates are my personal favorite. And you can make lots of raw desserts with them. Bottom line though, stay away from sugar!

Finally, make sure you don’t have any hidden food allergies. You may be eating foods that your body is reacting to, which will cause weight gain, or lack of weight loss. Many people have food allergies that they don’t know about.

My best advice to those who can’t lose those extra pounds is to eat good clean wholesome foods, and exercise daily. It is tough, but we are in this together! For the month of May, i will be cleansing, and eating as much raw and wholesome foods as I can. Join me on my journey!

Gardens and Allergies

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   I know I said I would post some recipes, but internet has not been steady and I haven’t had the time yet. Right now I am sitting in the offices of American Access, where my family works. I have had a good visit so far here in Tennessee, but I am ready to go home to Virginia. I am planning what vegetables and herbs I will grow on my deck. Anyone have suggestions for small space gardening? I am planning on growing these :
Bush Beans

   These are the only ones I could think of that could do ok in a container garden. But spring is finally here and I am love spending as much time as i can outside. Here in West Tn. they have this green pollen that goes everywhere! I found some on my computer, that was in the house. I went out the other night with a flashlight and saw what looked like snow through the light, but it was pollen! So crazy! So glad I don’t get allergies, but I know others do, so this is what I did last year that got rid of my allergies within 3 days.
The secret? Raw apple cider vinegar, 1-2 tsp 3 times a day with water. People get allergies when their immune system is down, the apple cider vinegar (ACV) boosts the immune system and breaks down mucus that causes stuffy nose, coughs, and that nasty drainage.
  Also pure lavender oil helps with the allergies. Garlic and cayenne contain an anti-histamine called quercetin that helps with the inflammation response system in the body.
  You can also add raw honey to your ACV drink, and it will sweeten and help with allergies. Consuming raw local honey helps build your system to local pollen.

Here is some info on helping with allergies naturally, and information on Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
Natural Remedies For Allergies
Ten Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Helping Allergies With ACV and Raw Honey