April 2008 Newsletter
April 1, 2008 By Billy
It’s that time of year to give ourselves a little jump start. Here are a few key ways to reactivate, lose weight, cleanse, and energize.
- Add more raw fruits, vegetables, and superfoods! During the cooler seasons the body will naturally crave more cooked foods that are warming for the body. Having enough cooked foods (i.e., whole grains, steamed veggies, etc.) in the winter helps the body to keep warm and regulate a comfortable temperature. Cooking does however result in a net loss of nutrients from our food, and so naturally we will consume more calories in order to get sufficient nutrients. And the body will gain some weight, but is not all bad since this is our natural insulation from the outdoor elements in winter! But now that spring is here we can supplement more raw, cooling foods into our diet. And since raw foods (again: fruits, veggies, superfoods) are more nutrient rich in general, you will find that the body is satisfied on fewer calories. Try it and see! If you have a big salad of leafy greens with sprouts, sliced tomato, avocado, carrot, and olives marinated in a tangy ginger dressing (sounds good doesn’t it?) you will absolutely feel deeply satisfied with these foods that are relatively low calorie density. Why? Because of the high nutrient density of these foods! Nutritious foods that provide vitamins, minerals, and enzymes do give the body that satisfied feeling. And of course satisfying the body with fewer calories will result in some kind of weight loss. Remember also that nutrients are components of energy which help to energize the body and help organs to function more effectively (i.e., the immune system, cardiovascular, endocrine glands, etc.).
- Add more Infinity Greens to your day. The chlorophyll in the greens cleans the blood making red blood cells better able to absorb oxygen. The aloe and nopal cactus clean out the digestive tract. The cayenne and Peruvian maca reactivate the thyroid and boost the metabolism. The spirulina and probiotics bacteria work synergistically to boost the vitamin B12 levels for more energy. And of course the nutrient density of the other foods in the formula helps to deeply satisfy the body on fewer calories in general.
- Drink more pure H20! A basic reverse osmosis filter in your home is the best. Then you have pure water at the tap all of the time. These filters do remove everything from the water including beneficial trace minerals. These can be easily replaced by adding a few drops of liquid minerals from the supplement department of your natural food store.
- Exercise at least 3 – 4 hours of physical exercise per week! Yup, time to come out of hibernation and stretch those legs. Walking is the best. I fast pace 45 minute power walk coupled with some stretching afterwards brings energy and mood up like nothing else. Try to take 2 or more yoga classes every week.
Here are a few easy recipes to make part of your healthy routine.
Tangy Ginger Dressing
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
1 round teaspoon sea salt
How could a dressing be so good? Apply liberally over mix of organic baby greens, sliced avocado and tomato, sprouts, and sundried olives.
Marinate your favorite leafy greens with olive oil and lemon juice. Or use your new tangy ginger dressing recipe. Sprinkle a little sea salt and cayenne pepper. Roll in sprouted Ezekiel tortilla with sliced avocado and grated carrot.
This is awesome!
Pear Almond Breakfast Shake
1 ripe pear quartered and frozen
1 small handful Billy’s Sprouted Almonds
2 tablespoons Infinity Greens
1.5 cups pure H20
1 tablespoon cold-pressed flax seed oil
1 tablespoon honey (or use sweet coconut water instead of water)
Totally energizing and lasting nourishment!
All the best to you on your continued journey into well-being!