By Sean Lee
FOX 2 Health Producer
(WJBK) -- I lost almost 30 pounds in 2012 and I'll tell you how.
#1. I cut out all soda pop. And yes, that includes diet soda too. As far as I'm concerned, this is the single biggest positive health choice I made it 2012. I believe soda pop is the number one most insidiously health-killing part of the American diet. Not to be too melodramatic, but it's bad for every part of your body. If you don't do anything else, cut out soda and you'll be healthier.
#2. I bought a standing desk. It cost about $200 at IKEA. I still have a yoga ball for when I get tired of standing, but for the majority of my workday, I stand. I also bought a cheap anti-fatigue mat that measures about 2'x3' at the kitchen supply store. It helps too. As far as inactivity goes, sitting all day is killing us. I saw an almost immediate improvement in my core and posture once I started spending the majority of my day standing. Plus, now I don't feel guilty about sitting once I get home at night.
#3. I trained to run the Detroit Free Press half marathon last October. And before you say I could never do that, listen. I'm no athlete. I was one of the last finishers, but I finished. I don't like running. I will never love it. But nothing is more efficient. If you can't, won't or don't think you can run, walk everyday for an hour, but BE CONSISTENT. Nothing can get in the way of exercise. Schedule it. Find a buddy. Just do it! Make it like brushing your teeth.
#4. I take Green Coffee Bean Extract after I saw it on Dr. Oz. I think it works. I get mine from GNC. I take a lot of supplements, mostly vitamins, especially D since I know from blood testing it's easy for me to get deficient. I think I eat a pretty healthful diet generally, but I feel the mix of supplements I take now significantly contributes to my overall health.
#5. To start the New Year, I'm repeating the Juice Til Dinner Cleanse Deena, our office mate Ed & I did in December. We went to the Middle Eastern place, Grape Leaves, and had them make our Green juice. I'll probably make it myself at least for the first few days to save money.
Here's the recipe for a quart: 1 lemon, 2-3 apples, round out with celery, spinach and parsley. That's the green, which we did half in the morning, half in the afternoon.
Them we did a cashew milk which I make at home. for one quart: 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 28 ounces pure water, 2 tbs. vanilla, and 3-4 packets of stevia and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon. Blend for two minutes on high. We drank half mid-morning and half mid-afternoon.
Neither thing lasts more than 3 days in the fridge because it's raw. best thing to do is makes each night before for the next day. Drink lots of water too!
When it comes to dinner, I'll eat something vegan, like a big salad or steamed veggies and/or legumes and quinoa. You can see pictures below.
Once you chose to break your semi-fast, typically after three days, ease back into eating. The idea is to only add back in foods that support your health. Ideally, you'll eliminate the ones that don't. You will feel sick if you choose foods like pizza or a cheeseburger. Again, the idea is to re-set your palate so you break your cravings for health-taking foods and eat mostly health-giving foods post-cleanse. By the way, my healthy foods list includes dark chocolate. I consider it medicinal in its usefulness :).
Doing this Juice Til Dinner cleanse also helps you eat smaller portions once you do go back to eating 3-4-5 times a day.
I'm planning to do this cleanse 3 days on/1 day off for as long as I can before it gets monotonous (hopefully, 2 weeks. Ideally, 3.)
I think diet-wise, it's critical you have plenty of healthy, whole foods ready to eat for when it's time to eat. That way, you're less tempted to cheat. AGain, see below.
While I'm cleansing, I'll maintain my exercise routine, which is 30 minutes of jogging (again, I'm very slow) on the treadmill or 30 minutes on the elliptical. Nothing too strenuous. I also do some light strength work too, hitting arms, back, abs and legs.
What I've done is working for me so far. I'm happy to answer any questions you have and share recipes.
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