Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review of the Zodiac Element Diet

One week into 2015 and I wrapped up my 12 day "non fasting detox" diet this past Sunday.  It was a revelatory experience following this diet for almost a fortnight.  I found it harder to keep my protein consumption over 200g/day (but I did it) because protein supplements were not part of the diet, and I was getting about 50g protein per day from powders and shakes.  This meant I had to eat more REAL food.  My diet was very clean - no processed foods such as my beloved Lean Cuisine entrees.

Going on a diet implies that at some point one will go off the diet.  The trial run period is over but I am keeping some of the practices, such as reducing the amount of artificial food, buying more organic stuff, and appreciating my food more.  The whole "buy ugly produce" idea appeals to me too :-)

I would recommend this diet to anyone who wants to clean out their system for 12 days without fasting or following severe calorie restriction.  The saving grace is the fact that it has to be a balanced diet and nutritionist-approved.  The diet scores points for variety, simplicity, quality of food and the fact that it respects peoples' preferences.  I found that my gastrointestinal health improved in that I got rid of the bloating, heartburn, intestinal cramps and gas that I had been experiencing from time to time before embarking on this diet.

The quality of your health is fully correlated to the quality of the food you eat.

If you are interested in learning more about this diet or giving it a try, send me a message and we can work something out for you.  It's only 12 days so if you decide it isn't for you, at least you're not stuck with it for a month or more.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, same you?

"Wherever you go, there you are" - Jon Kabat-Zin.

Think for a moment of three goals you have for 2015:  one small, one medium, and one really grandiose.

They don't have to be fitness or nutrition goals, simply ones that INSPIRE and MOTIVATE you.

We are the product of our thoughts.  Cool!  Delve into some CBT techniques reading and watch "The Secret" and you will be pleasantly surprised how powerful the tools to shape your life actually are.

Two tidbits for the time being:

Consider buying "unattractive" produce at the grocery store.  30-50% of food grown for human consumption gets wasted in the multistep process from planting to eating:  growing, harvesting, transportation, storage, purchase, storage in consumer's fridge or pantry.  People buy only the best looking apples, bananas, cucumbers, carrots, etc.  How about ones that are a little lumpy or asymmetrical?  If you are going to use a potato within a day or two, it's fine to get one that looks a little old.  Otherwise these less than gorgeous produce items will likely end up as waste.  Plants have a lot of good energy in them - not just calories and nutrients but also universal vibrational energy.

If you view exercise as something fun, you will be less likely to reward yourself with food treats later.  If physical activity is seen as an unpleasant chore, then it is far more likely you will want to compensate for the experience by having that creamy chocolate sundae, or extra slice of pizza, or creme brûlée....afterwards.  How about viewing the activity as fun and its own reward?

Thanks to IFJ October 2014 issue for these two ideas!

BTW, my Zodiac Element diet is nearing completion.  I haven't gained any weight despite eating a lot, in fact when I weighed myself yesterday at the gym I was a few pounds below my normal.  This could either be to the better quality food that this diet has afforded me - meaning my body enjoys and uses the good nutrients and calories rather than storing it as "junk" (fat) while it decides what to do with it.  It could also be due to the fact that overall I have dropped a bit of weight from workload stress and rigorous intake quantity regulation AND not having the time and energy I would ideally like to train hard and maintain muscle mass.  I'm certainly not fat or overweight, but I wouldn't mind feeling more robust and having more energy,  as being tired sucks!  That being said, if I want to change this or anything about my life, it is entirely up to me to do so.  Complaining doesn't help!  Back to The Secret :-)