My daughters and I watched FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD this past weekend. Joe Cross, 100 pounds overweight and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, decides to attempt a 60-day fresh fruit and vegetable juice diet. Along the way he meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese 429 lbs and suffering from the same autoimmune disease. The inspiring story is entertaining and enlightening.
Before Joe’s story, we also watched Forks over Knives which introduced us to the Engine 2 Diet (my son has been advocating this for some time), a low-fat, plant strong diet that helps lose weight, increases lean muscle mass, sharpens the mind, and energizes the body.
In addition to seeing these movies, there was this report on PBS News about Mexico City where every Sunday tens of thousands of people exercise one hour a day on the city’s main streets with free yoga, zumba and aerobics. The classes are part of Mexico’s fight against obesity that also includes eight per cent tax on food high in saturated fat, sugar and salt and nine per cent tax on sugary sodas.
Does all of this knowledge make you want to juice? Exercise more? Eliminate junk food? Everyone agrees that essential parts of any program are to drink plenty of water (keeps your energy levels up, reduces headaches, and maintains healthy digestion) and get plenty of sleep (to give your body a break from your daily routines and reap the benefits of your actions). If fresh fruits and veggies are unavailable, frozen will work just as well and will prevent the falling back into higher sugary processed foods.
Trying to get control of your diet but something isn’t working? Try these tips: Push Past a Weight Loss Plateau. Looking for some outdoor exercise? How about OUTDOOR Yoga: Sundays at Grandview Park, beginning June 1st; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Let’s make these lifestyle changes have lasting impact!