Lifestyle Changes Part Two

In the last blog we spent some time on the first nine “lifestyle changes” which are necessary to proceed along the Pathway to Optimal Health. This blog will deal with the next nine changes.
 Eat only grass-fed (no corn) and hormone and antibiotic free red meat. All fish must be wild caught and from clean waters. All poultry and eggs are to be free range at best and cage free at least. The hormones and antibiotics given to animals go right into our bodies when we eat them. We all know people whose hormones are off and whose digestive organs are a mess. Much of this stems from what they are putting into their bodies.
 Eliminate the use of your microwave except for heating water, tea or coffee in glass or ceramic only. Microwaves destroy antioxidant vitamins in foods. They also cause the release of toxins from items like Styrofoam which hold the food being heated. (Some studies have shown that the Styrene released is implicated in breast cancer.)
 Throw out all vegetable oils and use Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil.
 Do not drink sodas of any kind (diet or regular). The regular sodas have too much sugar and other additives, and the diet sodas have many toxins and throw off the body’s metabolism because they make the body think it is getting food while it is not.
 If you have any gut issues, get rid of wheat in your diet. Go gluten and casein free. Gluten has been associated with a whole list of auto-immune diseases especially “leaky gut,” Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Celiac Disease. For help in doing this, go to http://www.gfcf.com.
 Get rid of all soy products. These are pure poison to your body. Many integrative cancer experts insist that their patients eat no soy of any kind at all. If you really enjoy soy sauce on veggies and fish, try Bragg Liquid Aminos All Purpose Seasoning. It is a good alternative for soy sauce.
 Drink 64 ounces of pure water per day. This will hydrate your body and help to eliminate toxins. We grossly underestimate the importance of pure water. This doesn’t include other drinks, and most tap water is contaminated unless filtered. Even bottled water can be problematical if the plastic is exposed to heat or sunlight. Get a good filter (even if you have a whole house filter) and clean up your water. I like the Zero Water filter which allows you to verify when the filter has to be replaced.
 Eat nothing within 3 hours of going to bed. Your body needs to rest in bed, and the digestion of food is work for the body and does not allow rest.
 Eliminate refined sugar from your diet. Replace it with Stevia, Xylitol, fresh fruit, coconut palm sugar, raw local honey, or organic maple syrup.

That’s it for the second “Lifestyle Changes” Blog. How do you start? You just pick 3 or 4 of the steps and get started. The goal is doing all of the changes, but it is a goal that is worth pursuing because the end result is that you will gain energy, lose weight, and age in the way we were meant to age. That’s how our Creator made us.

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