13 Mar

Kristie’s 11-Day BODY BOOST! {day five}

Welcome to Day Five! 

You’ve most likely heard some talk about alkaline foods and how important they are in keeping us healthy.   Yet, do you know why? The PH in our bodies will always stay around 7.36. If we eat something that is acidic our body will compensate by pulling alkaline stored in our body.  In most cases this is taken from our bones. It will also use our fat storage as a buffer and store the excess acid there.  Contributors of acid in the body come from stress, anger, processed meats, pasteurized cheese and milk, breads, energy drinks, soda, cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol. This creates an environment of illness, dis-ease, pain, and weight gain. When we become overly acidic, our bodies go into survival mode and to keep us alive will do a number of things. 
1. Acids will store fat! This is one reason we can cut calories, feed on “diet” foods, work out religiously, and STILL not LOSE WEIGHT! Our bodies are trying to save our lives by holding onto fat. 

2. Acids will draw on our alkaline reserves by going to our teeth and bones for alkaline. 

3. Many people in chronic pain are highly acidic.  The excess acid aggravates pain. The only way to reduce the pain is to reduce the acid. 

Make 70% of your food intake alkaline based.  If you’re highly stressed and/or hold onto a lot of anger you’ll need to increase that to 90% or even 100%. 

Best Alkaline Foods:

All vegetables, especially raw green leafy vegetables.

Fresh herbs and spices: parsley, basil, cilantro, cayenne, ginger, are the best!

Sprouts!

Sea Vegetables and algaes

All fruit, especially watermelon, avocado, cucumber, young coconuts

Grains: quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and millet

Good Fats: cold-pressed olive oil and unrefined coconut oil

Raw unprocessed sugars like raw honey and dates. 

*Note: Even though citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruits are highly acidic before entering the body, once they are digested and assimilated, they are very alkaline. 🙂 

As you can see, this program is very alkaline.  All you need do is follow along and FEEL this difference to see the truth in how we should be feeding our bodies. 

Green is Good Day Five Exercises

Green Dragon

Chai Latte

Pear Avocado Salad

Butternut Squash Soup

Cabbage Salad

Raw Chocolate Icecream

13 Mar

Kristie’s 11-Day Body Boost! {day six}

Here’s a fun and important topic I want to share with you. I’m always asked, “Where do you get your protein on a raw vegan diet?” 

Answer: The same place elephants, bulls, and buffalos get their protein — from eating plants. See, we have been misguided and programmed to believe that the only source of protein is from meat — aka, animal tissue. But in reality, plant-based foods contain plenty of extremely high-quality protein that is actually easier for your body to digest and assimilate. The reason they are higher quality is simple: Plant proteins are found inside plant cells, the walls of which are made of the rigid material we call fiber. Fiber passes through our system in a nice, orderly fashion, giving us healthy, regular bowel movements. In contrast, animal proteins are inside of animal cells, the walls of which are made of cholesterol, which our bodies aren’t well-equipped to break down. It coats our gut with grease, making absorption difficult. It constipates us. And when absorbed into our blood, cholesterol makes our blood thick, clogs our arteries, and kills more Americans than anything else. By eating a variety of plants in your diet, including plenty of greens, it is very easy to get 100% “complete” protein, meaning all 8 essential amino acids are present in abundance. Read More……

There are no daily recommended movements today! Yet aim to get at least 10,000 steps and do 2 stretches. 🙂

Kristies Favorite Salad

Tomato Basil Soup

Sunshine Spread

RAW TIP!

Know your reasons for going raw.

If you’re diving into the world of raw foods, you most likely have at least one reason for making the change. Is it for weight loss? Is it for longevity? Is it for energy? Maybe it’s for glowing skin? Whatever the reason is, be willing to learn as you go. You may find that the more dedicated you become and the better your begin to feel, your reasons may change. And that’s okay. Our understanding of the world evolves and changes as we grow and transform. You also might find that to feel your very best, you will need to be more diligent about getting enough calories per day, to avoid tanking your metabolism, or relying on roughage. Be willing to educate yourself around an entirely new way of seeing food and the world. If you’re doing this for one reason, be it skin, weight, etc. such one-minded thinking can not only be a discouraging distraction, it can also be stressful on the mind and body. Here at The Belly Fit Club we always want to encourage everyone to become intimately aware of their own body wisdom, and to listen closely to the messages that come up. For instance, eating raw might result in weight loss, but it is not a weight loss diet, this is not its ultimate goal. Vibrant health, and longevity are the selling points, which is a good place to start because a longer, healthier life means more time with family member and loved ones.

13 Mar

Kristie’s 11-Day BODY BOOST! {day nine}

Today is DAY 9 of #kristiesbodyboost and you know what that means…It’s time to celebrate!  Chocolate anyone? 

The beauty about this program is that you never feel deprived. Having the recipes to make a delicious raw dessert is a huge key to staying on track.  Today, let us have donuts!  Yes, thats right, DONUTS! 

Heres a fun video showing you how to make raw donut holes that are healthy and energizing! Note: this video was done for a school program that is helping kids get more active and eat better. 🙂 

CHOCOLATE DONUT HOLES:


 

Recipe:

1 1/2 cups raw walnuts

1 cup packed Medjool Dates

1/3 cup RAW Cocoa Powder

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 TBS water, if needed

In a food processor, combine the walnuts, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt and process until the mixture sticks to together. It should look like a big ball of cookie dough. Roll into little balls and chill.  You can decorate the balls by rolling them into chopped walnuts, raw cocoa, or shredded coconut.

Your exercise for today:

Recipe options:

Cantaloupe Juice

Green Banana Cream

Kale Avocado Salad

Avocado Cucumber Soup

Brussels Sprouts

Raweos

RAW TIP! 

Be balanced.

This goes for both the mind and body. In regards to a balanced mind, do not attempt a raw diet if it makes you unhappy, stressed, or tired. Feed your mind, soul and heart with your plant-based foods so that you may become more satisfied and whole. If the case is that it in fact does the opposite, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean raw is too hard for you, it simply means it’s not for you. Do not neglect your mental well being and peace of mind, for it’s just as hungry for nourishment as the belly. In order to have a balanced body, make sure you are consuming enough protein, carbohydrates and fats. Fruits and vegetables will provide most of your carbohydrates, while nuts, seeds, coconut and avocados can give you efficient fat fuel. Lastly, while protein exists in many raw plants, as well as nuts and seeds, be aware of deriving enough. Trying to eat low-cal on a raw food diet is often a recipe for disaster when it comes to your metabolism. As an added bonus, however, the enzymes in raw foods will enable your body to process and use protein even more effectively.

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