If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or even just plain feeling crappy from a poor diet, you seriously should consider a good clean diet plan or meal plan for at least 30 days.
Unfortunately, feeling lousy has become the “new normal” for many people. We dismiss things like carrying around extra weight, feeling achy, constantly being tired, having no sex drive, and increased risk for disease as natural consequences of getting older.
We’re here to say those issues are not just a result of getting older. A well-designed diet plan can help you reclaim control of your appetite, end cravings, speed up your metabolism, lose belly fat, and even reverse disease. Know this doesn’t happen overnight, but 30 days can definitely kick start you to being well on your way to success.
Here are the first 5 steps towards eating healthy you should take:
The following foods spike insulin, which is the fat storage hormone responsible for you belly fat. These foods also cause cravings and can be addictive. They mess up your hormones and brain chemistry, increasing your appetite and causing you to crave sugar and refined carbs. The key to regaining control of your hormones and brain chemistry is to cut out these foods and eat real food.
1. Cut Sugar
Avoid all surnames for sugar (there are 56 in the photo) including artificial sweeteners and even so-called healthy alternatives such as stevia and agave. Ditch the sweetened and sugary drinks too. No juice, alcohol, sweet coffees or other liquids full of sugar. If you have to ask, “is this okay for me?” it isn’t! After even only one to three days off sugar, your brain chemistry will change, ending the vicious cycle of addiction and cravings. Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine!
2. Remove all flour products (even gluten free)
From breads, bagels, crackers and pasta to cookies, wraps and pizza dough, we are bombarded with poor quality sources of carbohydrates at every meal. Avoid these foods. They are absorbed into your bloodstream too quickly, causing blood sugar to rise and insulin to spike. Remember that gluten free alternatives of flour products might even cause as big a spike (or bigger!) in blood sugar than the wheat-based products.
3. Ax the Processed junk “food”
This includes all trans fats, (avoid anything with hydrogenated oils) and poor quality fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and flavorings, preservatives, dyes and anything you could not imagine growing in nature. All of this stuff literally confuses the body. Your weight regulation and metabolism malfunctions. MSG (monosodium glutamate), for example, found in most processed foods often under other names such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, yeast extract or gelatin–dramatically increases cravings and binge eating.
4. Avoid all gluten and dairy
These are the two most common major inflammatory foods in our modern diet. Foods that trigger inflammation tend to promote obesity and diabetes. The scary part is that most people are unaware of their hidden sensitivity to gluten and dairy. Besides a scale that just won’t budge, other signs of a food sensitivity are: nasal congestion, indigestion, bloating, autoimmune diseases, rashes, drops mood or energy, headaches, joint or muscle aches, and even chronic disease such as heart disease and cancer.
Curious to learn whether you have a food sensitivity? Try eliminating gluten and dairy to see if those stubborn pounds start falling off your waist!
5. Find A Partner to Get Healthy With
Find a partner in your home, your neighborhood or even online, and share the journey of eating healthy together. Not only does finding a partner or group to do this with work twice as well and lead to twice as much weight loss, but it is also more fun getting healthy together than alone.
Interested in getting results faster or moving past a weight plateau?
Here’s a great way to get a jumpstart on losing those stubborn pounds and healing your body.
Our meals don’t have any of the above mentioned problem foods or ingredients in them and are pre-portioned and prepared for you to just grab and go to start eating healthy!
Watch this video to see how one of our diabetic customers saw INCREDIBLE results from doing the Fresh Start 30 Program.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hannah Ash, Journalist and Blog Strategist, Nutrition Fanatic
JoHannah Ash first discovered the transformative power of nutrition after struggling to shed post-baby weight: today, she is 100% committed to continuously learning about disease prevention, weight loss, and healthy living through the foods we eat. She spent a decade living in Burlington, Vermont, surrounded by pioneers in the 'local foods' and 'farm-to-table' movements -- and is proud to have been one of the first people to purchase (and wear) one of the now-famous 'Eat More Kale' shirts. When it comes to meal planning for her family, her philosophy can be summed up in three words: "Easy. Pure. Tasty."