DrinkGreen Spring Clean
You made it to Day 6!! If you have not already its ok to jump and scream for joy!! In the beginning of this journey you did not imagine a week with no meat, no bread, nothing white, daily green smoothies and daily exercise, BUT you did it!! You are in the last 24 hours of the challenge and you survived! Prepare your mind to focus on ways to continue eating healthy and a daily exercise routine! If no one has told you let DrinkGreen say: WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU ALL!!
Below you will find:
Daily DrinkGreen Smoothie
- Daily Tip
We have repeatedly stressed the importance of focusing on changing your life over dieting and losing weight. It is more effective and less stressful to focus on your health instead of dieting. By focusing on making sure you are the healthiest you can be…..losing weight will be an added bonus. Diets last for a short period of time…. Your health is FOREVER.
Here are some ways to focus on health over weight…
Making health your primary focus can ultimately aid your efforts to achieve permanentweight loss. A sole emphasis on weight loss can sometimes lead to extreme or temporary diet plans. A focus on health that involves gaining knowledge of nutrition, establishing a daily workout regimen and getting adequate rest on a regular basis can help you establish important life habits that will naturally result in your ideal weight.
Increase Your Knowledge of Nutrition
Adequate nutrition is a prime requirement for a healthy body. Making health a priority means ensuring that you meet the daily requirements for the nutrients that your body needs to metabolize your food, repair cells, eliminate toxins and provide sufficient energy. Eating a well-balanced diet consisting of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats is essential.
An important element of increasing your nutrition knowledge is reading ingredient labels. In an effort to limit unhealthy oils and fats, and foods high in sugar or unwanted chemicals, be sure to read the labels on packaged foods. Whenever possible, it’s best to eat whole foods. A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds and healthy oils is often recommended for delivering necessary nutrients and helping you to achieve permanentweight loss.
Establish a Regular Workout Regimen
Exercise is an important component of achieving long-term weight loss goals. A daily workout regimen is important for increased circulation, muscle development and good heart health. Focusing on the health aspects of daily exercise is important for warding off a long list of diseases that result from a sedentary lifestyle. A daily fitness regimen has the potential to leave you feeling stronger, leaner and more flexible.
When designing a daily exercise regimen, be sure to choose activities that energize and reinvigorate you. This will increase your desire to exercise daily. It’s also much healthier for your sense of well-being when you spend your time engaged in activities that are fun and not a chore. With a daily commitment to exercise, you will experience a decrease in health issues and an increased metabolism that naturally leads to permanent weight loss.
Reducing Stress through Adequate Rest
Rest and relaxation are also important factors in making health a priority. With the demands of a fast-paced society, rest often takes a backseat to other life activities. However, rest and relaxation are important for keeping you free of disease and reducing the stress levels that sometimes lead to overeating and giving little thought to food choices. When you sleep the recommended seven to eight hours each night, your body retains a healthy hormonal balance. Sleep deprivation leads to hormonal shifts that increase your desire to eat and decrease your ability to feel full. A good night’s rest will make you more resilient to daily stresses, allowing you to make healthy food choices and to keep your commitment to workingout. When you make health a priority in your life, your ideal weight will be a natural byproduct, limiting your need to go on diets.
- Daily DrinkGreen Smoothie
Citrus Green Smoothie, makes 2 or more servings, 121.6 calories per serving, calorie credit to MyFitnessPal.com
- Spinach – Raw, 1.5 cup
- Orange – Medium 2/3
- Red or Green – Grapes, 10 grapes
- Fruit – Grapefruit – Medium Ruby Red
- Green Tea
- Honey , 1 tbsp
- Chia Seed, 1 tbsp
Vitamin A 78.2%, Vitamin C 70.2%, Calcium 21.9%, Iron 6.6%, total fat 2.4g, Sodium 21.8mg, Potassium 281.2mg, total carbs, 26.1g, Dietary fiber 6.2g, Sugars 18.1g, Protein 3.4g
- Dinner Suggestion
Sauteed Green Beans & brown rice
- 3 tablespoons black bean sauce
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 inch ginger root, minced
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
- sesame oil
- plenty of green beans
- Red Pepper flakes (optional)
- 1-2 Cups of brown rice
- Exercise Tip
Yes we all have busy schedules! Simply try to take at least 20/30 minutes a day for yourself and MOVE YOUR BODY….EXERCISE! You don’t always have to do a full workout at one time, you can break up the time! You can do 15 minutes in the morning and another 15 minutes at night if that is what works best for you. It does not matter the time of day the goal is to JUST DO IT!! Keep your mind and body focused on the goal!! A HEALTHIER YOU!
- basic crunches: sets of 10 repeat
- 5 times basic squats: sets of 8 repeat 4 times
- back leg lifts: sets of 8 repeat 4 times
- jumping jacks: sets of 8 repeat 4 times
You can also do several sets of the exercises shown in the picture from the BlackGirlsWorkOutToo DVD above.
Stay away from Whites food!
White foods should be avoided completely under the premise that most of these foods contain simple carbohydrates, which increase insulin production and trigger cravings for more carbohydrates.
Foods to steer clear of on this diet include white rice, white flour, sugar, and potatoes, salt and milk.
Here is a link detailing why you should stay away from white foods…not only for weight loss…but for your health.
Be encouraged that you are not alone but an IMPORTANT part of OUR Common Unity (Community). We are not encouraging diets or focusing on losing weight….. We are DETERMINED to CHANGE our lives. This is very important to sustaining a healthier life and the time is now. You have been using this past 7 days to begin telling yourself something different! To start making different and better food choices….slowly… as we all know changing your life is a process. This is a NO GUILT PROCESS… take your time…BUT DO IT. Know that you are IN the ongoing process and BE PROUD that you have reached THIS point. Your lifestyle change journey does NOT end with this challenge! You are changing your life… One day at a time! EVERYDAY!
The Ladies of DrinkGreen4Life,
~Ife & Renee~
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