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Favorite Hippie Foods & Drinks

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Here are some of my go-to foods that help me achieve my healthy eating goals:

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Simple Truth Organic Digestive Herbal Team. I am absolutely in LOVE with this tea. It is not a detox tea. It supports a healthy digestive tract and reduces bloating. If you suffer from bloating (whether regularly or occasionally), this is the tea for you. I drink about 3-4 cups of my “tummy tea” throughout the day. I have a very temperamental digestive tract and most foods make me very bloated and distended. This tea is amazing at significantly reducing bloating and keeping you regular.

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Uncle Matt’s Orange Turmeric Probiotic Juice. A fantastic way to get 1 Billion probiotics and 500 mg of turmeric. Probiotics are extremely important to your digestive health and losing weight. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant; including lowering your risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression. I drink one cup of the orange juice with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many benefits including healing acid reflux and ulcers, lower blood pressure, improve diabetes, super-charge your metabolism, stabilize blood sugars, and assist with weight loss. I have personally noticed more stable blood sugar levels, more weight loss (than before when I did not use ACV), more energy, and my ulcers do not bother me anymore. I have at least two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar per day and I typically start my day with this drink.

IMG_3448Better Oats Oatmeal. The oatmeal that I purchase is the 100 calories, sugar free, and contains 24 grams of whole grain. This is a heart healthy option that contains flax seeds and whole grain rolled oats. The healthy fats help lower cholesterol. Also, the oatmeal is filling and keeps me full until lunch.

IMG_3552Tuna and Dill Triscuits. My favorite lunch is tuna with Dill Triscuits. Tuna is packed with protein and the Triscuits are a whole grain healthy alternative to chips.  I season my tuna with pepper, mustard, and about a teaspoon of Light Miracle Whip. Fast lunch that goes great with vegetables or salad.

IMG_3449H2O. Never forget about water! Your body needs water to stay hydrated and keep your body functioning at its best. I use a water bottle that is clearly marked to make sure I get at least 80 ounces of water each day. For me, this makes everything easier and it doesn’t feel as daunting to get my daily water intake.

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Preliminary Information

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Starting a New Healthy Lifestyle

If you want to get healthy (lose weight and feel amazing in the process) then this is the place for you. I am tired of being tired. I am grossed out by the image reflected in the mirror. I seriously let myself go after I got married. I won’t bore you with my whining (if you want more background, see my About Me page). I am so excited to be on this incredible journey to change my life, forever, and I hope I bring you inspiration and motivation for your personal journey.

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IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

Using Making the Cut, I figured out my BMR; My BMR is 1,378 calories daily. You need to know your BMR because it is the most important piece of your foundation to be successful. (For more information about Making the Cut, please see my Resources page).

You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces (i.e. I weigh 132 pounds; 132/2 = 66; 66 ounces of water daily) at a minimum. Water is essential to keeping your body running efficiently.

Exercise is important and you should be including cardio (running, exercises that get your heart pumping) and strength training (toning your muscles) into your life six days a week. I am trying to get rid of belly fat and tone my whole body, therefore I focus on cardio (cardio is six days a week) and I alternate upper body and lower body toning exercises (alternating, but strength training six days a week). *Always have a day of rest; my day of rest is Sunday.

For optimum weight loss, the secret to success is simple. You need to burn more calories than you put in your mouth; it’s basic math. If you eat your BMR in calories, that is what your body already requires to sustain/maintain, therefore any calories you burn through exercise equals weight/fat loss. For example, I eat 1378 to 1400 calories per day. I burn approximately 786 calories through exercise per day, which is what accounts for my weight/fat loss (my net calories). I always eat right at my BMR (1378 calories); I try to not go over and I always stay as close to my BMR as possible. *If you eat too few calories, your body will go into starvation mode and literally grab ahold of that yucky fat and never let go; you will never lose weight this way. As you can your BMR is extremely important!

I hope you have learned something and will apply this information to start your weight loss.