Am I healthy? Of course, the vanity of slipping on a pair of jeans that have lived in the back of my closet for years motivates me to keep juicing, keep moving. I am a Diet Junky. Since the wee age of 10, I’ve enrolled in exercise classes. Much of what I was preached then is now faux pas. One example is that old advice suggesting you trade sugar drinks for diet colas. Now, I understand attainable weight loss. Fear of fat is promoted by the toxicity infused media advertising that subtly demands a perfect body.
I stabilized at 120 pounds, before I reached 30. Then I relocated and began working in an administrative job, for a salary that only allowed one fitness class per week. After two months, I was buying a new wardrobe for my fluffier (138 lbs) physique. The instructor of Fitness and Health at the University of Vermont asked his students to keep a nutrition diary that logged calories spent, with calories consumed. In the first three weeks, I was able to determine that my food intake was insufficient. My diet did not provide adequate energy for my level of activity (which was very little). Essentially, my body was starving, and not metabolizing what I did eat. It was more important that I eat the minimum of calories required by my BMI (Body Mass Index), than push myself to injury while attempting to sweat out what wasn’t there.
Walking for Weight Loss
The real gift was knowing that required number of calories to keep losing weight. It makes perfect sense to establish where you are currently with some kind of Nutrition Diary. Previously, I owned a dog, and I was walking her twice a day. This activity had been missing since my move. That spring I added walking to work to my fitness goals. It was one mile each way, with one way being uphill. In total, I spent an hour walking each day and saved much in gas, and car expenses. When I reintegrated walking daily, I quickly found I had enough energy to pursue other exercise also.
Great sites that can help are My Fitness Pal, Livestrong and several others at the National Institute of Health. As a young girl, I logged calories in the margins of my homework. Obviously, the intent of the messages I was getting (at age twelve) supported a belief in ‘thin to win’. These days I am more concerned with any mineral deficiencies and detoxification.
With a small amount of weight loss, I felt a harsh reality settling into my body. I’d spent most of my life battling an inner sense of ‘not good enough’ with intense exercise, and food products that are empty of nutritional value. My fat cells carried food product toxins. These toxins flooded my brain, blood, and organs, as I burned away fat. This fact is why dieters need to juice to sustain weight loss. Natural fruit and vegetable juice flushes out toxins from previously ignored enemies like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, MSG, etc. Juicing supports the body’s ability to properly metabolize what you eat. Your diet is not only the carbs, proteins, or fats you take into your system. Success in weight loss involves the restoration of your cell’s natural ability to heal.