Although new research suggests that fewer people are dieting in America (yay!), many of us are still puzzled when it comes to figuring out how to achieve optimal health, longevity and vitality. As a culture we’ve been trained to look at what we put in our mouths as the main event — the food, the calories, the protein, the fat — but we’re not taught or encouraged to look at what comes out of our bodies.
We want to turn this perspective around with a bold (and obvious) statement: Everyone poops. Yep, everyone sits on the porcelain throne. You already know this, so let’s get right to the reason we’re bringing it up in the first place.
Waste = weight.
The number one weight loss secret that nobody really talks about is the fact that the extra poop sitting around in your colon is one of the main causes of excess weight. When you learn to rid your body of extra waste on a regular basis, weight loss and maintenance become effortless.
As Gaiam’s editorial team began working on our new detox guide, the thought hit us. We were already absorbed in the research — digging up the top detox tools, methods, tips and more. But what better way to fully immerse ourselves into the project than to actually do a cleanse? After all, we’d all felt we had been indulging a little too much in sugary and greasy foods. And what better time than summer to flush out the toxins from our bodies and feel lighter, cleaner and more radiant? We were inspired and opted to give it a go — a three-day cleanse of just raw fruits and veggies.
It’s not that my mind isn’t teeming with important thoughts. It is. I read literature. I watch documentaries. I bandy about intellectual ideas with my Ph.D.-waving friends.
But that doesn’t seem to stop my mind from obsessing about the little things.
For example, just this morning I was picking up a few things at the market. I noticed a bottle – from an eco-conscious company – of fruit and veggie wash.
Cold weather might not be the best motivator in terms of going out and exercising, but being stuck indoors is a great opportunity to get reacquainted with your kitchen and focus on healthy nutrition. Here are some suggestions for nourishing winter foods …
I’ve already written on the overuse of antibacterial products, but it is true that food prep is one area where we really do need to take precautions about bad bacteria. According to the National Food Safety Database, a fifth of all food-borne illnesses originate in the home, and the majority of people surveyed did not know even basic steps for keeping their food prep areas clean.