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Week 1: June 1 through June 7: modified S.O.S. Free Plan

Week 1: June 1 through June 7: modified S.O.S. Free Plan

June 1/19 – 1st day on modified S.O.S. Free Plan

What a difference a day makes. I started eating overt fats and feel like my meals are more satisfying and not eating as much grains, puffed cereals and rice cakes. I am not eat large quantities, but just small amount to my meals/snacks, like a handful of nuts and/or seeds, a spoon or 2 of coconut butter from Artisana on my stew/pasta, or a sprinkling of seeds on my salad. I also had some products with minimal amount of salt in them, vegan yogurt from Lavva, crackers from Mary’s Gone Crackers, corn thins from Real Food and granola from Go Raw. I do not feel any better/worse by eating them and perhaps it is because not overloading on them in my daily consumption.

June 4/19 – 4th day on modified S.O.S. Free Plan

I have been doing good with not using sugar, besides what mentioned previously and also not consuming any oil or products with oils in them, like snacks, etc. I have been consuming a bit more salt then I planned in the way of their inclusion in crackers I like to eat, but I don’t sprinkle it on my food. I do not see/feel any effects from it and do not have things with such a high percentage of salt like is seen in many packaged products and I do read the nutritional labels on everything I buy very thoroughly.

June 5/19 – 5th day on modified S.O.S. Free Plan

Today I did a couple of food demos at a health food store and after I was done was very tired and hungry and ate too many flax crackers and was quite a bit of salt and also tried some quinoa crackers that had oil in it, which was planning to avoid and had done so for 35 days and only had 4 small size ones and later on my head was not right and also the taste of it kept coming up in my mouth. I am not sure if all this was a combination of both crackers or just the ones with oil. Even with the small amount I ate, it affected me and that is likely because have not had oil in any products for over a month. I learned my lesson and will stay away from products with oil in them.

June 7/19 – 7th day on modified S.O.S. Free Plan

As you can see, am not writing every day, as before, only when there is something I think significant to share. I am still eating lots of Puffed Corn, even though added fats back to my plan, as I like to snack on them. I do like having more variety and options especially with eating nuts and seeds on a regular basis and also some products like to have for snacks that have them in there, like Kind Pressd Bars that are made with fruit and chia seeds and is a yummy snack to have.

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The information provided in this email is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label, packaging or program I am doing

You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or as a substitute for medication or other treatment prescribed by your physician or health care provider.

You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Week 4: May 22 through May 28 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 4: May 22 through May 28

May 22/19 – 22nd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still eating alot of carbohydrates to feel full & satisfied. I am actually looking forward to be able to eat again nuts, seeds, nut butter, avocado and vegan yogurt, as I fell like I need more variety and am limited to a smaller amount of options. I will stick with this till the end of this month, as I have come this far and want to see it through to its completion.

May 23/19 – 23rd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Tonight, I ate a few of the Corn Tortillas from Food for Life that bought a few days ago and would probably taste better if warmed slightly, but do not have a pan for that. I made wraps out of them with tomato paste, kelp powder, nutritional yeast, Aduki Beans from Eden Foods, Living Upland Cress (hydroponically grown watercress) from Hollandia Produce and cut up mini red bell peppers.

I am eating way too much carbohydrates in the way of grains and puffed cereal, in my opinion. Is it because I am hungry or bored? Not sure. I want to be honest here with what I’m eating. I do not seem to fill up/feel satiated on these items, as I get hungry not long after finish. I see it as possibly that I’m not having enough volume of fruit on a daily basis that would fill me up more and maybe also higher protein. Since I’m not using protein powders because the ones have are made of seeds and not sure the ones made of rice/pea protein would be appropriate for what I am doing now. Since I am already at the “home stretch,” and 7 days left without overt fats, I will not plan to get those protein powders, but try to up my calories from beans and fruits and see if that helps. The thing for me, is that I do crave crunchy food and go for the rice cakes, crackers, rice snaps and puffed cereals (especially the puffed corn which is crunchy), but the problem is afterwards it dries out my throat because is dry, so ought to be hydrating more (that is to begin with, without eating all these dry foods)

At this point, I have decided that starting in June:
1- I do plan to resume the overt fats have left out – nuts, seeds, nut butters, vegan yogurt and avocados.
2- I will not use products with oils and cane sugar/maple syrup.
3- I will use stevia, monk fruit and coconut sugar as sweeteners or if in any products.
4- There are some products will resume that have a minimal amount of sea salt/himalayan sea salt, (I would like/try to stay with 5% or under per serving) like the vegan yogurt I like called Lavva. I still plan to choose most of food products that buy/use to be without added salt, although they may have sodium, naturally occuring from the ingredients.

It will be interesting to see how my body reacts after not consuming these items for 30 days and I will share that with you.

May 24/19 – 24th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new. Still eating lots of carbohydrates

May 25/19 – 25th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Had a new snack tonight, Apple Chips from Bare Snacks. They are just baked with no added salt, oil or sugar. Nice to have a crunchy sweet snack, as most of the crunchy things have are usually savory.

May 26/19 – 26th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I ate more fruit and protein, so didn’t eat as much grains, as usually do.

May 27/19 – 27th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I mostly get hungry for heavier foods like grains & beans in the latter part of the day and still snacking on lots of puffed cereals, but does not always satisfy me, but simply like having something crunchy to eat. I have not noticed, per se, that I am feeling any different after almost a month of doing this, but I am sure when I start having some food products with even small amounts of added salt, it will taste too salty for me, since I cut it out completely, unless the food had naturally occuring sodium.

May 28/19 – 28th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

It is now 4 weeks and hard to believe I have gone this long on this plan and no “cheating,” but just eating alot more carbohydrates daily. I will continue till the end of this month which is a few more days and then resume overt fats starting next month.

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The information provided in this email is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label, packaging or program I am doing

You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or as a substitute for medication or other treatment prescribed by your physician or health care provider.

You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Week 3: May 15 through May 21 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 3: May 15 through May 21

May 15/19 – 15th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still sticking with the plan and not having any issues. Continue to eat lots of carbohydrates and seem more hungry then when ate fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, vegan yogurt. Will see how I feel after this month is over, as actually is 31 days total in May and was only going to go without overt fats for 30 days and 4 weeks, is actually only 28 days, but who is counting. When you go longer into a new eating plan or anything else you are doing that is different, it gets easier and also becomes the norm for you. It’ll be interesting to see if having fats again will make me feel more satiated overall and not need as much carbohydrates.

May 16/19 – 16th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Sticking with the plan and at this points it feels like the norm already, whereas when first started wasn’t sure how I would do, although I have done fasts & cleanses in the past and for the most part kept it up for the time period designated. It could also be that since I already planned to do this ahead of time, I was preparing my brain to accept this new way of eating, since I was leaving out what have been consuming for a long time, thinking that it was ok, but I know that salt, oil and sugar are not food and want to eat what is going to nourish my body in the most optimum way. I do hope I can stay this way for the long haul and only time will tell. I didn’t get any blood work done before started this, as don’t have a doctor or go to doctors, as a rule and know my blood can be sent into a lab, but opted not to, although it would have been nice to see a comparison of before & after, especially the 1st month of also not esting any overt fats, because that may have brought down my cholesterol, not that I was/am worried about it.

May 17/19 – 17th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to share today. Staying on the plan. Still consuming more carbohydrates then usual because not eating overt fats, which may be more satiating.

May 18/19 – 18th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report.

May 19/19 – 19th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report.

May 20/19 – 20th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I bought some Corn Tortillas from Food For Life, to have something else to eat, as they are made with whole corn and not flour. I have not tried them yet, but will in the next few days. I also found these brown rice crackers, called Brown Rice Snaps from Edward & Sons that used to eat years ago and have no salt or oil and like having something crunchy to snack on. They are baked and made only of organic brown and white rice.

May 21/19 – 21st day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

3 Weeks!! When did that happen?? Seems like yesterday was just starting this and now 3/4 of the way through and still going strong. Today, I snacked on alot of Puffed Corn because like it for the crunch and has no salt, oil, sugar. Other then that, still keeping to the plan with no problems.

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The information provided in this email is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label, packaging or program I am doing

You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or as a substitute for medication or other treatment prescribed by your physician or health care provider.

You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Week 1: May 1 through 7 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 1: May 1 through May 7

May 1/19 – 1st day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Was ok during the day, but got hungrier in the afternoon and ate alot of Salt-Free Rice Cakes from Lundberg Family Farms, almost a whole bag. I forgot to mention in the initial post, that I’ll be eating olives that has a small amount if salt, but only eat a couple per day and can actually spill out the brine it comes in and soak in water so takes out some of the sodium, as want to minimize that. I didn’t eat enough fruit during the day, as that has more calories and is what eat for the afternoon hours and don’t eat breakfast. In the evening I eat vegetables, grains and beans.

Tonight, I had a cup of oats with greens cooked into it and seasoned with herbs, vinegar, dulse powder and nutritional yeast. I definitely feel that I am missing something, as not having the fats and that is higher calories and makes you feel satiated, but I would rather get my main calories from fruit which is more calorically dense, so will have to buy more of them and also beans and tempeh.

I stayed true to my plan and will have to just allow my brain to go through the detox and not give in to temptation. I am working to give away the food products I have now with salt, oil, sugar so will not have them around, but I am also strong in my self-discipline and I have already done numerous cleanses and fasts (my experiences posted on this blog) previously and this is just a hurdle have to work with to stay with my commitment and know that as I persevere and am consistent, my body will adjust, G-d willing.

May 2/19 – 2nd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I drank some watermelon water and maple water from Drink Simple this morning that have no salt or sugar added. I had fruit for lunch and then after wanted more, so had a number of rice cakes. I definitely will be getting more fruit in the next few days, so I can fill up more on that. I also need to hydrate more with water and/or juices. In the evening I had Shirataki Angel Hair Pasta from Miracle Noodle with cabbage and then I cooked some buckwheat and also had some tomatoes and a piece of cucumber. After that still wanted to eat more, so had some Sticky Rice from Tasty Bite that bought which is already cooked and in a pouch and ate it just like that.

I am not feeling any cravings for salt, oil, sugar or overt fats at the moment, even though I do have some products around which include those. I am just working on staying focused with the goal at hand. I know I need to cut back on the rice cakes, as it makes my mouth especially dry and usually like to put something on them like a nut butter or avocado. Since not using those items will have to find something else – I was looking for a tomato paste or something like cooked tomatoes, but without oil, salt and sugar and didn’t find any in one store went to today, so will habe to look again. The other thing can used on the rice cakes are mashed beans or tempeh.

May 3/19 – 3rd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I am sticking with it, but not having satiation and always seem to be hungry. I’m still eating alot of rice cakes and grains and not enough fruit, because need to buy more and have not had a chance. I usually get most of my fruit at the farmers market whete get more quantity for less money and will probably go more often this month, since need to get more of my calories from them. I will need get lots of potatoes which are more filling.

I drank some WTRMLN WTR from World Waters which was good and hydrating.
I never put salt on my food, although have consumed it in packaged products, instead I use kelp and dulse powder from Mt. Rose Herbs which gives a salty taste and minerals, too. To add flavor and nutrition to my foods, I also like to use nutritional yeast from Foods Alive, (because it is not synthetically enriched with B12 like other brands) spices & herbs, both fresh and dried, Coconut Vinegar from Coconut Secret, Balsamic, White Wine & Red Wine Vinegars from De La Rosa 613. All these are without any salt added.

May 4/19 – 4th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I did not eat till this afternoon and had fruit for lunch and then a snack of more fruit after. I ate rice cakes again later in the day (I finished 3 bags in 4 days and have to find some other savory/crunchy snack as seem to crave it and do not want to eat sime many on a daily basis) and a bag of sticky rice and was feeling hungry and again not getting the satisfaction because missing the fats which add more calories. I am still not really craving the other things leaving out that I would start eating them, but trying to figure out what else can eat to make up for that.

It’s a work in progress and will continue to share what come up with, so if you decide to try this yourself will have more ideas what to eat to stay with it!

I felt more satisfied this evening after my meal, as I made a “bowl” with Shirataki Zeroodle Fettucini Pasta boiled cabbage, beets, leek, tempeh, celery, wakame, and seasoned with lemon, dulse, nutritional yeast, balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning & paprika.

May 5/19 – 5th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I am not having any cravings for those things not using (salt, oil, sugar and overt fats) and as I eat more calories from the fruits, vegetables, grains and beans, I’m more satisfied.

I did not eat/drink anything till early afternoon, as I was going out to the farmers market and was a long walk and didn’t have a bathroom to use. I stopped by the booth where usually get fruit and had a few pieces of orange and nectarine. They didn’t have alot today, so went to a store nearby and bought 2 kinds of pears, apples and peaches, so would have enough and also some sweet potatoes and tomatoes. I got back to the market when it was closing and got some navel and mandarin oranges that were discounted at end of day. I drank a bottle of WTRMLN WTR to rehydrate, as needed it because was warm outside. On the walk back to where I live, I had a pouch of Apple Sauce + Probiotics with Strawberry from North Coast Organic.

Once I finally arrived to the apartment, I ate grapefruit, kiwi, peach, orange, gala apple and pear. Was still hungry bevause burned alot of calories with all the walking I did, so ate a few rice cakes and then made myself a Hot Cereal which os organic called Rice & Shine from Arrowhead Mills. It is brown rice grits, where the grains are broken into pieces, so cooks up really fast in about 2-3 minutes. I made a half a cup which is 300 calories, and used some of the left over water that boiled the vegetables in from yesterday as it has nutrition in it from them. It was a nice fast dish and is thick and creamy. You can make it as a savory cereal or a sweet pudding. I had it with dulse/kelp powder, nutritional yeast, ginger powder and paprika. I also had some with sweeter seasonings, Lucuma Powder from Navitas Organics, Maca Extreme Powder from Sunfood and WeLuvYa Sweet (stevia and monk fruit sweetener with no calories and no sugar) from You Are Loved Foods.

For dinner, I boiled a red beet with 2 Yukon Gold and 2 Red Potatoes and had with 1/2 a can of Cannellini White Kidney Beans from Eden Foods and I use the liquid in the can on it. I seasoned with dulse powder, nutritional yeast, coconut vinegar and white wine vinegar. I also had a salad with butter lettuce, cucumber, radish, red bell pepper, jicama, tomato and sasined with lemon, red wine vinegar and dulse powder. Felt satisfied after this meal, as was more filling for me. For dessert had some White Mulberries (dried) from Foods Alive and some Asian Pear slices in Apple Juice from Everyday Organics.

I got hungry again later and ate a few rice cakes and a bag of the cooked rice had previously.

May 6/19 – 6th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I ate fruit in the early afternoon – fig, kiwi, grapefruit, orange, pear, pink lady apple and blueberries and was feeling full.

Later on got hungry again, so ate a bag of Shirataki Zeroodle Rice with some sweet seasonings – lucuma powder, sweetener mentioned above & cacao powder from Super Good For You Foods.

In the evening, I had a meal with 3 cooked russet potatoes, 1/2 can canellini beans left over from yesterday and then the rest cut up raw in a bowl- zucchini, tomato, red bell pepper, jicama and seasoned with lemon juice, red & white wine vinegar, kelp powder, paprika, italian seasoning, ginger powder and nutritional yeast. It was very filling & satisfying. I decided to eat some more a made the rice cereal had the other day and then a couple of sliced pears.

Got hungry again later so had a few rice cakes and little tomatoes. Still need to find another crunchy and savory snack that qualifies based on what I am eating, as have eaten lots of rice cakes and have nothing else can snack on.

May 7/19 – 7th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I had some beverages this morning, as I had a long walk to get to where I was working and needed the hydration. I drank about 8 oz of WTRMLN WTR that comes in a larger container, but transported in a smaller bottle. I also had a 16 oz bottle of Green Supreme from Suja, a juice made with only 3 ingredients, apple juice, kale juice and lemon juice.

I needed a snack to tide me over before lunch and had Fruit Jerky from Solely that was 1 banana and cacao nibs.

In the afternoon, I had a navel orange, mandarin orange, peach, bosc pear and fuji apple. I felt satisfied for the time being.

Later on, I had more if the green juice, as didn’t finish the entire bottle in the morning.
On the way back from work, I had a pouch of Berry Blast from GoGo Squeez which has blackberries, currants, apples.

I was quite hungry when got to the apt. and first ate some leftovers made the other day, which was a stew with grains and vegetables. I also had some Tempeh from Lightlife Foods, which is fermented soybean cake that can boil/steam for 30 minutes and then add to anything. It is plain, so can marinate it or add it to a dish that is already seasoned. I bought a bag of Rice Puffs from Nature’s Path, which is just organic brown rice and nothing else. I ate about 1/2 bag, as is something different then rice cakes, but is not crunchy like them, but liked it. I will look also for puffed corn, as I have had that years ago, but didn’t see in this store. After that, I made a salad with iceburg lettuce, tomato, red bell, pepper, jicama, radish, zucchini and seasoned with lemon juice, coconut vinegar, dulse powder, nutritional yeast and sprinkled on a little bit of the rice puffs.

I was still hungry, so cooked 1/2 cup Quinoa from Ancient Harvest and seasoned with dulse, nutritional yeast and red eine vinegar. I also ate just about all of the rice puffs. Then, the last thing I cooked was Rolled Oats from Bob’s Red Mill and seasoned with maca powder, mesquite powder and sweetener mentioned above. I usually do not eat this much in an evening, but I exerted alot of energy in my walking today.

Can’t believe I finished Week 1 and stuck with it 100 percent. No cheating at all! Eating more grain/grain products helped alot to keep me satisfied, but would like to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, as is hydrating while dry products are dehydrating to the body. I will have to work on that.

If you have any comments, questions, thoughts or idea, please share them.

Thank You
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You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

Maybe or maybe not, but the S.O.S. I am referring to is an adaptation of your vegan food plan that eliminates Salt, Oil and Sugar. I say this because I am a whole food vegan and in the S.A.D {Standard American Diet} world, I don’t believe they could care less about this, sad to say. It is used by True North Health Center in California and others.

I, myself, have done various cleanses and fasts that documented on my blog (including coconut water cleanses, water fasts and dry fasting) and now I am trying something different. I got an email last month from Frederic Patenaude and subscribe to his posts, as he always has interesting information to share, as well as the knowledge he has culled from many years in the natural foods world. I don’t necessarily need to go on a “diet” to lose weight and detest that word anyway, because connotes going on and off something and I ascribe to be on a program that is constant, consistent and for the long term, where get results and don’t yo-yo back and forth, as it’s harmful to the health.

Here is a link to Frederic’s article: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=4848

So what I decided to do and coined a new term, is The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™
What is that? Similar to the S.O.S. program, but I added no overt fats to it. Dr. Doug Graham recommends, to eat minimal added fats, but I’m not saying this is good for everyone, although when you read the link to the article above there is a comment on the bottom about someone who has been eating very low fat for a long time and has had good results.

Frederic mentioned that the body needs 90 days to adapt, so I decides to try this for the next 3 months, but do it 1 day at a time and then progress from there. I do eat whole food plant based, but I have done more snacking (but everything is food based) in the last number of years and have gotten lax with not consuming oils when buy products, although do not use it for my own food preparation. Also, used packaged products with cane sugar, maple syrup, salt and would like to eliminate them from my food plan and get back to eating foods in their natural wholesome state and not buy packaged products or minimize them at best. There is 1 item that has a minimal amount of salt that will be consuming because I do eat Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Tortillas for The Sabbath and Holydays, as it is the best out there because is flourless and without added oil. Other then that will be keeping to this 100%, G-d willing. This means will have to add more volume of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans to make up for the things will not be consuming.

Here’s a list of what will not be eliminating:
1- Oils – since do not cook with it, means products that use it as an ingredient
2- Nut butters
3- Nuts and Seeds
4- Avocados
5- Vegan Yogurt – as all are made with nuts and usually added salt, as well
6- Salt
7- Sugar (except for stevia which is not a sugar and make also look to get yacon syrup or if can find yacon powder, as is not a sugar, but from a Peruvian root that happens to be sweet and is also a prebiotic)
8- Coconuts

I am not saying it is going to be easy, as my body has to “detox” off of those items and I may feel a lack of satisfaction in my daily consumption and also there is the mental, emotional and psychological brain chemical reactions to consider, as well. As I said above, will simply be adding more volume of the other foods and actually, when you look at the cost of buying organic produce it seems expensive, but really it is not, it’s what you buy that is packaged, canned, boxed, etc that costs more because the price gets “bumped up” or inflated from the time the company makes it till it comes to the store, as everyone wants a “piece of the action” to make a profit. I am also used to grabbing a quick nutrient dense snack at work of a whole food bar and all of them have something that will be eliminating, so will have to have other snacks instead.

What I plan to do is document my experiences during this time on my blog. I am not sure will have time to do it daily, but will do my best to share with you what happene on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and psychological.

Look forward to sharing with you, as I embark on this new adventure.
I also want to say, that I do not plan to eliminate overt fats completely for more then 90 days and may even return to some after 30 days, depending on how I am feeling. My goal is to try to stay free of all salt, sugar and oils for the long term.

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How to Destroy Late Night Cravings by Frederic Patenaude

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How to Destroy Late Night Cravings by Frederic Patenaude

Have you noticed that almost all cravings for unhealthy foods come in the evening or at night?

I’ve heard that cravings are caused by low-blood sugar, food addiction, emotional eating, yin/yang imbalance, hormonal problems, dehydration, and nutritional deficiencies.

In my experience, none of these reasons are the cause of food cravings in most people.

80% of the time, food cravings are caused by:

Under-eating complex carbohydrates or fruit
Poor planning: you just don’t have enough tasty, healthy meals available at the right time

Let’s take a closer look.

The first reason is often overlooked. You’re not eating enough of the foods your body needs to be satisfied and maintain its energy levels.

Many popular diets tell you to fill up on vegetables — which contain virtually no calories. Plenty of vitamins and minerals, but none of the main thing that your body actually needs the most: glucose.

Other diets tell you to fill up on fat, such as found in nuts and seeds, olive oil, and avocado. But fat is the least satiating type of macronutrient — and every experiment done has proved this. You can sneak in extra calories in the form of oil in the food and people eat the same quantity (but more calories) without feeling more satisfied.

Protein can be satiating because it tends to curb feelings of hunger. But eating high-protein food doesn’t give you what your body actually craves: glucose. So that’s why people still crave sugar after a high-protein, “low-carb” meal, and eventually fall off the wagon to binge on rolls and other refined carbs like desserts!

When you give your body plenty of healthy, whole food sources of glucose — as in whole fruit, and healthy starches (rice, potatoes, beans, etc.) — cravings miraculously go away.

My mom lost 60+ pounds eating as many of those foods as she cared for, without counting calories. And thousands of people have done the same.

I hope that I’m not bragging by saying that I never get food cravings for things like chocolate, ice-cream, desserts, decadent food, chips, etc. Why? Because I’m not restricting at all the one category of nutrient that my body needs the most!

Poor Planning

People often tell me: “if I had a personal chef making me tasty, high raw, low-fat vegan recipes at home — then maybe I could do this diet. But I just don’t have the time!”

My fridge is always stocked with a ton of super-healthy meals that I prepare in advance, in a flash. I’m prepared, therefore I don’t have cravings!

If you get bored with your food, you’ll crave something else. If you open the fridge and tasty, healthy food greets you, you’re not going to be looking for something else. It’s that simple!

Another problem is that most raw food recipes are either too complicated, or too unhealthy, often loaded with fats and oils.

You don’t have 100% perfect to make this diet work.

You only have to focus all of your attention on the things that truly matter — what I call the 20% that gives you 80% of the results.

Eat enough whole fruit and complex carbohydrates
Have a system for food prep that rotates tasty meals that are easy to prepare in advance.

Don’t aim at perfection. Choose a program that works and makes you happy. Focus on just a few changes that will make the biggest difference in your health, rather than trying to change everything.

Maybe your food is not always organic. Maybe you might add some salt and seasonings to your food, instead of eating everything plain. So what? As long as you focus on the 20% that matters, you’ll get 80% of the results, and more!
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Ultimate Guide to Staying Healthy in the Colder Months by Herbal Papaya

Ultimate Guide to Staying Healthy in the Colder Months by Herbal Papaya

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The colder months provide us with a certain nostalgia, of changing foliage and winter wonderland memories. Don’t let this cold season be tainted with feeling less than your best.

As the weather gets colder and more friends start getting the flu, it’s time to take a step back and look into what we should be doing for our own health this holiday season.

You may hear time and time again that your body is a temple and you should treat it as such, but have you taken the time to think about what that means for your busy lifestyle?

The following tips for staying healthy in the colder months may come as obvious to you, but really think about if you do in fact focus on these parts of your health every week. Sometimes we need a simple reminder in the form of a blog post to get us back on track and thinking about putting our health first.

You’ll notice that this guide to staying healthy is not just about nutrition, although that’s a big part of it. Health begins with a balance of wellness in both the mind and body.

If you’re eating nutritious food but constantly stressed about little things at work, you will not reach your full healthy potential. Likewise, if you’re starting to exercise everyday but never getting enough sleep at night, you probably won’t feel at all energized or happy the next day.

Read through this list, take it in, and start to realize how interconnected every aspect of our mind and body are in terms of health. Try to hit each one of these goals for a month straight and see if you notice a difference in how you feel. It may seem like a lot of different aspects to focus on right now, but once you get into the habit, you will thank yourself later.

Hydration is Key

Hydration, hydration, hydration…hydration. The fact is, it’s hard for the average person to stay properly hydrated throughout the day, to reach that impossible 8 glasses of water.

The best advice I can give you is it’s all about making it a habit. When you wake up, have a glass of water with your morning coffee. Before you go to bed at night, drink a glass of water. Instead of reaching for that coke at lunchtime, you guessed it, reach for water instead.

Some people have a hard time enjoying the taste (or lack thereof) of water. If you’re one of those, opt for sparkling flavored water or hot tea.

Goal: Stay conscious of how much water your getting a day, and always try to one up yourself until you reach your personal goal of water intake.

Focus on a Nutritious Diet

The winter can be the hardest time to have a nutritious diet, there are so many indulgences around this time of the year it’s very easy to slip into bad habits.

Instead of the the warm comfort foods or canned overly-salted soups that are taunting you, try making your own soups and stews from home with fresh winter vegetables that have a high amount of vitamins and nutrients. Sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, and beetroot are all great winter vegetables to try in a soup.

It’s great if your diet also includes plenty of legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, and uses a lot of herbs and spices to round it out.

Try to eliminate sugar as much as possible – I realize this is easier said than done with the giant more chocolate popping up in the grocery store these days.

Goal: Try to go a whole month with little to no sugar in your diet (before Christmas!) and make 2 new homemade soups with delicious winter vegetables.

Exercise Regularly

There’s no doubt about it, it’s hard to exercise regularly as it starts getting colder outside. Your body’s natural response is to curl up under mountains of blankets and watch Netflix marathons while sipping hot cocoa.

I get it, I really do, but you have to start thinking about your body too! If it’s more attractive, think of moving your exercise indoors where it’s warmer. At the gym, or at home with weights, or a yoga mat and your ability to do jumping jacks. Whatever will keep you moving, do that.

If you’re more of the runner type or still want to spend time moving around outdoors, make sure to spend extra time warming up your joints inside to avoid any unnecessary strains or discomforts.

Goal: Exercise 3x a week for 1-2 hours at a time. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out a few different types of exercise – both indoors and outdoors – to see what motivates you the most.

Reduce Stress

Stress takes everything happy out of your life and puts it into a pinhole perspective of negativity. And ironic enough, the most stressful time of the year is usually around the holidays.

A small amount of stress can be good and keep you motivated to do what you need to get done. For the most part; however, stress is a very, very bad thing to give into.

Some of us lead much more stressful lives than others, usually depending on our socioeconomic status or our careers. Regardless of your amount of stress in life, there are always ways to at least try to reduce it or combat it completely. A lot of those de-stressing tactics use the idea of mindfulness.

Taking a step back to survey your life and the root of your stress, can be incredibly successful in making you realize either how unimportant that stressful item is in the scheme of things, or how unhelpful stress is in working through the issue.

Goal: Take up a mindfulness hobby this month – whether that be yoga, meditation, or singing away your blues in the shower. Whatever works for your personality and gets you out of your stress bubble.

Get Enough Sleep

This is such an important tip to follow in life, and one that’s hard to adhere to sometimes in our busy lives. Sleep allows your body to recover and renew.

Similar to an iPhone that’s low on battery charge and stressing you out with the chance it could shutdown on you, your body can get overwhelmed mentally and physically a lot quicker with a lack of sleep.

Everybody is different in the amount of sleep you need, and it also depends on how active you are on a day-to-day basis. In general, it’s best to set aside 7-9 hours of sleep a night for your body to rest and feel good the next day.

Goal: For the next month, never dip below 7 hours of sleep. Download an app such as SleepCycle onto your phone, which records your sleep patterns and gives you insight on how your sleep could be better depending on your lifestyle.

Wash Your Hands

You may think this as a way too obvious recommendation, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a public bathroom stall, heard the stall door open next to me and footsteps echoing out the door without a squeeze of soap or a hint of water spilled from the faucet.

That my friends, is what I call gross. And more importantly, unsanitary. So many germs are spread from not washing our hands before cooking, after taking out the trash, and yes, even after using the bathroom.

Take that extra minute to let the tap warm up and use hot soapy water to wash your hands properly.

Goal: This should be a life goal – always wash you hands after using the bathroom. That goes for you too, guys!

Boost Immunity

Although a nutritious diet is one of the most important gifts you can give to your body, sometimes you need an extra little kick in immunity as well. We’ve talked a lot on this blog about how you can boost immunity and why it’s important to do so.

Immunity makes your body strong to fight against those viruses and seasonal attacks that can be so nasty once they get inside your body.

However, there are a variety of ways you can go about boosting your immunity depending on your preference. Echinacea, garlic, vitamin C, and zinc are also great for supporting a healthy immune system, whether you decide to take supplements or find them in fresh foods.

It could also be the time to start thinking about getting that flu shot if you haven’t already yet.

Goal: Focus on boosting your immunity once a day through herbal tea, food that contains one of the immune boosting elements above, or through a daily supplement.

Stay in Contact With Loved Ones

Don’t you always feel a rush of contentment or happiness after a long catch-up on the phone with a friend/mom/dad/you name it that you really love?

How about when you get a surprise postcard in the mail from your daughter who’s living across the country right now? How about just making a house call to your grandma who lives down the street?

Again, with busier and busier lives in the modern age, we sometimes push these interactions to the side and justify it by saying we’ll see them at the holiday.

Not only is life short and we’ll never truly know how much time we have with our loved ones, but these interaction provide you with a type of social proof and acceptance that makes you feel part of a community. This is very important to our mental wellbeing as humans.

In other words, these connections make you feel loved and respected, they tend to make you have a positive outlook on life, and thus provide you with a healthy mindset. Plus, it never hurts to make other around you feel nice and fuzzy inside.

Goal: Send a few handmade notes in the mail this month to people you respect and love, just to say hi and let them know you’re thinking of them.

Surround Yourself with Natural Light

Did you know that on average about 4 to 6 percent of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD? Up to 10 to 20 percent of people can have a mild version of it, and SAD is also four times more common in women than it is in men.

There are a few ways to combat this type of seasonal depression, but one of the best ways is through light therapy. You can do this by purchasing a light box and/or surrounding yourself in places that provide a lot of natural lighting.

I’m attracted to places with a lot of natural light because I know it makes me feel happy, whether that be in a new cafe or the apartment that I choose to lease. I’m not the minority in thinking this way either, natural light has proven to be effective it making people feel content, happy, productive, and even inspired creatively.

Unfortunately, with the colder months and the lessening sunshine, natural light isn’t always possible or easily accessible. When this happens, try out a light box and see if it makes a difference in your overall wellbeing this winter.

Goal: Find a new cafe to go to in the morning that has great natural light, and notice if it makes you feel overall more happy when you start your day there.

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As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, our happiness and wellbeing our interlinked by a multitude of aspects in life pertaining to our health. I hope you’ll try out a few of these tips and notice a difference this holiday season in your energy levels and health.

As Andy Williams once said, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Don’t let poor health spoil a time meant for appreciating your family, friends, and the little things in life that make us happy.

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