It's summer time and that means a change in activities and weather, and a change in appetite! A trip to the beach, a hike and even the commute to work in the sweltering sun can make your body ask for different foods.
Summer Eating Hacks to Discover Optimal Wellness:
WATER: Pick up several BPA and Phthalate-free, glass or stainless steel water bottles. Fill with water and put in the fridge. When you're on your way out the door, you'll have nice, cold water ready! Going to the beach? Throw in a handful of ice cubes to ensure the water stays fresh.
FAUXITO: Find the recipe for this healthy take on a mojito in Susan's Recipes!
SHAKES: Summer is probably the easiest time to get into the habit of eating soy-free vegan Protein Shakes. Liquified meals go down so nice on a hot, sunny day! Experiment with freezing your favorite shake into a popsicle or ice cream substitute. Our favorite: Creamsicle
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KEBABS: No need to feel left out at the neighborhood BBQ. Skewer shrimp and vegetables for a healthy alternative to hot dogs and burgers.
SLICE AND DICE: Children and adults alike are opportunistic eaters. We eat what's readily available. Make your vegetables easy to get to by slicing and dicing as soon as you return from the grocery store. Try Susan's Dressings and Dips to make those veggies a fun treat! Going on a picnic? Our vegan dressings will last longer in the sun than what you'd typically find at the store.
MEALS: We have a tendency to have a snacking mentality when we're trying to lose weight, or when we're mixing food with activities. Try something different this summer; try MEALS instead of SNACKS! Instead of eating a handful of veggies, go for our vegan gluten-free Fajita or Thai Quinoa burgers. Get satisfied so you can get back to enjoying your summer!
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You get home from the grocery store, all excited with your new found items from the produce aisle. You start putting things in the refrigerator and OH NO! this thing wasn't made for my diet! The shelves are misplaced, the drawers are too tiny. Oh, refrigerator, methinks you were designed for the Average American diet, with your soda can dispenser and baby vegetable drawer.
You probably have two drawers at the bottom of your refrigerator. One is low humidity, for fruit, and the other is higher humidity, for vegetables. These drawers were designed to promote or limit ripening.
If you're Discovering your Optimal Wellness, you'll find it impossible to cram all your scrumptious whole nutrients into these drawers.
Here are some strategies for making your refrigerator a supportive tool in your wellness:
We are excited to assist in this journey! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are overwhelmed or frustrated with the list-making, grocery-shopping, food-finding or fridge-filling! We are here to help!
We've run into our fair share of Calorie and Carb Counters, and hey--we've probably been there once ourselves. Many diets are focused on carbohydrate and calorie counting to the point of requiring a calculator alongside your fork, knife and spoon. It's easy to get into these diets at first, because that mental requirement certainly gives us a feeling of control and a sense of accomplishment. While the pounds may remain, we at least feel like we're now in charge.
The biggest problem with these diets is that the focus is not on overall wellness. Rather than learning what ingredients are involved in a healthy diet, eating is turned into a math equation. And when you're away from your cheat sheet, you're back to where you started: completely unaware of what to eat, what will satisfy you, and what will truly make you feel good.
With the Discover Optimal Wellness weight loss programs, we focus on foods that don't come with nutrition labels. That's right--foods that grow from the ground without any logos, marketing or numbers adhered to their sides.
Rather than learning how to count, you'll learn how to shop for and cook with whole foods: grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts. You'll learn how to listen to your body rather than the pressure of advertising. You might realize that spinach and kale are your favorite foods. You may even start wishing that your favorite characters on your favorite TV shows were holding a green smoothie, instead of a Diet Coke--so that you can really get behind their choices in the story line.
Ok, that might be a bit ridiculous.
But truly we want you to be in tune with what you're eating and how it's affecting you. We want you to know exactly which foods were responsible for your weight loss, rather than thinking you hit the magic math equation.
With our 5 Key Elements you'll be able to restore common sense to your every day diet and wellness plan. No more calculators. No more panicking over the numbers. Just load up your cart with the whole foods, learn which ones you love, and enjoy!
The next time you're looking for a snack, we hope you remember the silly picture above. Go for the snack with NO nutrition label; the one that someone picked!
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