CHANGE YOUR DIET, CHANGE YOUR LIFE

by Miss Bliss

Dear Miss Bliss,

I had a few questions for you about your eating habits. I am really interested in how you started out changing your diet slowly. I think I could get rid of the dairy in my diet, because I hate milk to begin with, although it would be hard to forgo tres leches and cheesecake.

I am not even sure where to start. Should I get rid of sugars first? I have already quit all sodas and switched to tea and water. I made an appointment to go talk with a physical trainer at the gym at my school to get me an exercise plan mapped out. I am really excited about this and ready to get back down to my size 4.

Also, why exactly do you not eat meat?

I remember you saying one of your secrets was apples. I am going tomorrow to buy some.

–Ready to Change

Dear Ready to Change,

Guess what? You have already started to change your diet and your body is already changing! Remember, the more you DECIDE your body is changing, the faster the change will happen.

1. WATER AND WEIGHT LOSS
The number one secret to losing weight is drinking water. Often, when our body is thirsty, we misread this as hunger and eat more food than we need. When I began dieting, I drank one tall glass of water before each meal. This ensured my body was hydrated, prevented bloating, and helped me to “shrink” my stomach. If your stomach is already full of water, you will eat less. This is why many nutritionists recommend having a bowl of soup before a meal, because the soup will fill you and you will eat an average of 100 less calories per meal.

2. APPLES
In my blog, AN APPLE A DAY, KEEPS FAT AWAY, I did recommend eating an apple before a meal. Apples are rich in water and fiber, and also have a chemical in them which naturally curbs the appetite. Everywhere I went while dieting, I carried a bag of sliced apples and lemon juice to snack on and the weight came off.

3. SALAD AND VEGGIES
Many women claim not to like salad, which I find shocking. Salads are full of protein, good carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and can be very low in calories. When dieting, be wise and buy organic vegetables from your local farmer’s market. The salad will be fresher and taste better, plus you will feel good knowing you supported American farmers. Avoid salad dressings with milk, cream, corn syrup and/or sugar. One of my favorite simple, sugar-free, raw, vegan dressings is a simple combination of olive oil, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, agave necter, salt and pepper. It tastes amazing on all salads, especially salads with sliced apples!

4. PORTION CONTROL IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
A lot of women are already eating healthy meals, but they are still consuming too many calories.
Stop living in denial and start counting your calories! Read the labels on the food you are eating and start keeping a calorie-counting journal. When I was dieting, I worked in an office and logged everything I ate on my online calorie-counting journal (FREE CALORIE COUNTER). It helped me to get a sense of what my ideal portion size was and helped me to train my stomach into eating less food per meal.

5. LIMITING SUGAR, ESPECIALLY HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
I am a naturalist, and I strongly believe that you should avoid refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low, etc. If you have a sweet tooth, use natural vegan sweeteners like agave necter and stevia. Some women do not like the taste of stevia (it can have a licorice aftertaste), so I recommend using half agave, half stevia. This will give you a low-calorie sweetener that does not cause cancer or diabetes. I also use grade B maple syrup and raw honey, but only when maintaining weight.

6. EMOTIONAL EATING
Remember, we often eat to soothe and suppress our negative emotions. When we lose weight, suppressed emotions begin to surface and we may start to feel depressed. It is important to journal about these emotions and recognize they will pass. Through journaling, it becomes apparent which foods we use to soothe emotions. Is it sugar? Chocolate? Pizza? Each week you are dieting, give yourself one “free” night where you are allowed to eat your “bad” foods. For me and my man, we ate pizza every Thursday night while dieting. Our pizza nights kept us going through the week and helped us not feel deprived.

7. ALCOHOL PACKS ON THE POUNDS
Are you still drinking, love? I try to avoid alcohol as much as I can as it destroys your body and packs on the pounds. Beer is the worst culprit, but sugar in mixed drinks is number two. If you are dieting and drinking, remember to choose wine (preferably organic), sake or vodka with soda water. Anything else is a fat attractor.

8. EXERCISE ALWAYS HELPS
While dieting, I recommend starting a yoga class. Yoga is gentler than aerobic exercise, yet it tones and strengthens your body. It also makes you more flexible, which leads to greater, more pleasurable sex.

9. EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR BLOOD TYPE
I am vegetarian for many reasons, but the main reason is my body is healthier, leaner and stronger since I stopped eating animals. In the book, Eat Right for your Blood Type, I learned that people with my blood type (blood type A) have a more difficult time processing cholesterol than any other blood type. Because of this, people with type A blood are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease in their 40s if they do not become vegetarian. This is one of the reasons I stopped eating meat, and I highly recommend this book for all blood types. I will write more about why I became vegetarian in future blogs.

10. HAVE MORE SEX
Sex is not only good for your brain, it is great for your physical body. The more sex you have, the more calories you burn, the more endorphins are released, and the more you will love your body. Loving your body is an essential part of changing your body, so get back in bed!

MANY OF YOU HAVE ASKED FOR MORE VEGAN DESSERT RECIPES, AND MORE ARE COMING!
I AM DELIGHTED SO MANY OF YOU LOVED THE VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING…

XOXOXOXOXOXO
BLISS

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suvine.com October 15, 2007 at 11:53 am

Olive oil is denatured. Its not a raw vegan product, it may be called UNHEATED but it is never raw, unless you actually eat the olive yourself.

Use coconut oil if anything

you will feel much better and probably stick to the diet more. I have many years exoerience, and every year these raw food chefs sell you all this stuff that is not raw.

Raw vegan means raw fruits nuts seeds grains veggies etc, period..

love SUVINE.COM

peace

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