I chose to write this post after watching the Hungry for Change Documentary. It’s really inspiring and eye-opening, watch it on Netflix!
It’s no secret, I love everything healthy and believe that eating whole, organic foods will benefit not only your body but also your soul and how you feel about yourself.
Often, when I say I eat a smoothie, an egg and greek yoghurt with chia seeds for breakfast every morning people’s eye grow wide, they look surprised and say to me “Oh, you’re that kind of girl…you’re so healthy! I could never eat like you do.”
This answer always makes me sad. It’s been hard for me in these past years to understand why eating healthy isn’t more common if it fits your budget. After all, eating the right nutrients will make your skin glow beautifully, your hair shiny, your nails strong…so why not go for it?
Most of the time, the answer is we’re used to eating the less healthy way, and we can’t help but love it. A few years ago, I was in the same situation: addicted to a lot of extra-sugary pre-made foods like sugar-packed cereals, chocolate-chip cookies… The adjustments I decided to make to my routine were hard to apply because my body craved these foods all the time!
The addiction to these foods is made possible by the companies who make these products. They fill them with ingredients we can’t really pronounce they’ll know will make our bodies crave them and ultimately make us the consumer addicted to these foods … so we decide to buy more of them. Furthermore, these products are often filled with calories but don’t have the nutrients that your body and mind need to function at their best – they’re filled with empty calories!
After seeing the effects eating the bad stuff had on my body, I decided to eat healthier progressively! Habits don’t change overnight, but the more I read on the subject and tried to apply change, the more my cravings changed as I changed my diet and the more I was convinced to stay on this healthy path. After all:
…And I want to be a colorful mix of healthy foods, not an artificial bundle of things I don’t understand!! Don’t you?
Back to the reason I decided to write this in the first place. The Hungry for Change documentary really explains why we should eat healthy!
Here are some of the facts that really stood out to me watching it:
1 – You won’t burn much fat when you start exercising if you haven’t done a detox beforehand. You’ve heard of detox smoothies and juices right?
Your body surrounds toxins with fat so that they can’t cause damage. Therefore, your body wants to keep the fat to protect you. The best way to lose this fat is to create the condition for the body to cleanse and make the toxins stored in fat water soluble so they can be sweated off.
The first step towards a healthy body is detoxifying. You can do so by eating:
– Green vegetables
– Gelatinous plant foods (chia seeds, aloe vera, sea weeds): they absorb the toxins, bind those and past those out with it. They also help clean out the liver.
– Parsley (cleanses your blood supply) and cilantro (removes the mercury from your system)
The simplest way to detox is by juicing. Juicing makes the food easy to absorb and will make you consume far more vegetables at a time. Plus, homemade juices are delicious! Here are 3 recipes of juices to get you started from The Awesome Green Blog.
2 – Sleep sleep sleep, exercise and laugh! All these natural remedies decrease stress and can keep your weight normal. Love yourself and love your food, bed, friends and running shoes!
The bottom line is you should continually eat in a way that makes your feel amazing and beautiful, not temporarily so. You’re on a lifelong journey of eating good food :) So get cooking! Know what’s in your food!
And don’t forget to watch this superb documentary to learn more and feel extra convinced!
Here’s a peek: