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5 Things That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds

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5 Things That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds 

My 100 pound weight loss did not happen overnight. I actually took about a year and a half. In that time I’ve learned so much about food, exercise and myself. I learned that food is fuel and energy and good food is necessary for my body to be at it’s optimal health and happiness.

Good food never makes me feel bad after I eat it. I never feel ashamed or regret working out and when I see the scale going down, I never feel defeated or discouraged. Every time I do these things I’m telling myself “I Love Me”.

I’ve had a terrible relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Who knew that unhealthy relationship would affect almost every relationship I had during that time. I didn’t love myself enough to treat my body right therefore I certainly didn’t attract the people that would treat me right.

It’s a vicious cycle but you can make it a healthy and happy cycle. You can turn things around  by making small changes. Small changes become habits and before you know it, they are big changes. A consistent drop of water over time makes a very big pond.

This is why I started this blog. To inspire and share what I’ve learned. These are the top 5 things that have helped me the most in my journey to shed 100 pounds.

EAT WHOLE FOODS:  Read and repeat…put crap in, get crap out. Gone are the processed food days. Foods with laboratory created ingredients, preservatives, dyes and chemicals have no place in my body. The least ingredients on the label, the better.

I purchase organics every chance I get, from poultry to cheese, even spices. GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) scare the crap out of me. GMO labeling is required in 64 countries but not in the United States. Why? The big food companies are afraid they will lose billions if we are informed of the cancer causing, nutritionally void foods they are putting on the grocery shelves. I encourage you to do your research.

“Natural” doesn’t mean organic or non-GMO. The label needs to say that it is certified organic or at the very least “is a non-gmo food”. Only certified organic labeled products are certified organic. Know what’s in your food.

By eating organics, I know I’m getting the full nutrition benefit of the food I eat. This way I can make an educated decision based on the nutritional benefit of my food. In doing so, my body doesn’t require a truck load of food to get the same nutritional benefit as a cup of organic food provides. Simple organic whole foods, period.

success story weight loss 100 pound before after fat thin unhealthy healthy yoga hikingHOT YOGA:  When the hubby and I decided to get healthy for each other, we knew exercise would need to be a part of our lives. We needed to find something we loved enough to stick with. The hubby originally tried jogging but it was just too hard on his body. He ended up falling in love with biking.

I had not found my niche yet but I started biking with him. I really liked it but I wasn’t in love like he was. My co-workers were all taking hot yoga, they looked great and were losing weight. I remembered taking a regular yoga class years ago and really liked it. I started researching the benefits and found that it was a great way to build strength and lose weight so off I went to my first class.

Guess what.  In love.  Addicted. I attribute to at least 70 pounds of my weight loss to hot yoga. It makes me feel like a warrior when I’m all done soaked with sweat on every single part of my body. I feel confident and strong and sleep like a rock after a yoga class. I still do other forms of exercise like biking, light weight training, a P90 video here and there, some wi-fit and hiking when the weather permits. But hot yoga is my main and favorite form of exercise.

PORTION CONTROL:  After meeting with a nutritionist and re-learning about food, she helped me see food in a whole new way. I used to eat until I was stuffed, took huge bites, didn’t always chew my food and down went huge chunks of unchewed food.

This was wrong for a couple of reasons. I would be full LONG before I stopped eating but because I was eating so fast, my stomach didn’t have time to tell my brain. We do not require a belly full of food. I can’t even count the times I had to loosen my pants or went into a food coma from eating so much.

Another reason this is bad was because I was taking down chunks of food at a time, my digestive system had to work extra hard to break down that food and get the nutrition from it if there was any. This left me with all kinds of digestive issues.

Today I eat 6 -7 meals a day, 3 – 4 ounces at a time. The key is to make each meal count nutritionally. I give my body what it needs now. It does not need junk food or processed foods.

In taking smaller bites and really chewing my food, it made me eat slower and savor my food. It also made my smaller portions go a long way. Then by the time I swallowed, the digestive juices in my gut were able to easily absorb the nutrition from the food and not putting undue stress on my digestive system. It also keeps my metabolism constantly running which in turn helped the pounds to come off even without exercise. I actually lost my first 30 pounds with just diet.

BYE-BYE BAD CARBS:  I still eat carbs, just heavily limit the bad ones like white bread, pasta, rice, white sugar, white flour, rice, potatoes, etc. I am not gluten-sensitive that I know of but have noticed a big difference in how I feel when I eat gluten-free foods.

I rarely eat bread but if i do it’s a small piece of sour dough or pumpernickel and usually has 4 or 5 ingredients or I make my own. I use zucchini or spaghetti squash for pasta, quinoa in place of pasta, rice, meat, potatoes and oats. Lots of quinoa. I also use coconut flour and coconut sugar.  Real maple syrup and honey are staples in our house too. I still get all the taste, I just make better food choices.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love my sweets from time to time. I just make much better choices now to satisfy my craving and I don’t take down the whole box of cookies. I actually eat the suggested serving size, take small bites and savor it. It’s a once in a while treat, not a daily routine anymore.

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STAY HYDRATED:  Last but not least. We’ve all heard we should drink 8 glasses of water a day.  I just couldn’t stomach all the water. I felt like I was drowning. But it wasn’t the actual water that was giving me hesitation. I just hadn’t found the right “water” for me.

While I was in the hospital for hernia surgery I was supposed to drink water but just couldn’t get it down so the doctor suggested warm tea. It was like the skies opened up, the light bulb went on and I realized what the problem was all along. My tummy loves WARM liquids. Ever since then, I get in my 8 glasses and then some in each day. I even take lukewarm tea to yoga. The key was finding what “water” worked for me.  Everyone is different and one glass of water does not fit all.

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 That’s my story. Thank you for reading it and allowing me to share it with you. I hope you’ll come back and see what’s new here at The Organic Rabbit real soon.

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Gluten Free Chip Discovery

The hubby LOVES his chips no matter how carb conscious we are. It’s his weakness. Not only does he love them but like most people, adhering to the actual serving size is near impossible. Because of this we started looking for a chip of a “lesser evil” for him.

While I’m not opposed to having yummy crunchy snacks in the house, I lean toward homemade snacks like my homemade granola because most store bought snacks have too many ingredients that I don’t like or for that matter can’t even say.

It’s taken time and lots of experimenting with different brands, ingredients, flavors, etc.  But through all of that, we not only found a “lesser evil” but we found a chip that’s not evil at all!

(For the record, I am not being compensated in any way shape or form for these reviews, this is just my honest opinion)

Behold our Gluten Free Chip Discovery!

These chips not only solve the healthy ingredient preference but also the “serving size” dilemma and each of these 2 brands of chips are Gluten Free.

Van’s Gluten Free Multigrain Chips

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Our first favorite chip discovery is from Van’s.  Our favorite flavor is Nacho Nacho Man. This chip has so much going for it.  The stats might not leave you thinking these are very tasty but let me tell you – THEY ARE AWESOME!  They do not taste like cardboard, they have awesome flavor and are airy and light.  Check out these stats and you’ll be thinking “how can something with stats like that be yummy?”:

  • Loaded with brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa and amaranth
  • 18 grams nutrient rich whole grains
  • Gluten Free Certified
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • No hydrogenated or GMO oil
  • Corn Free
  • Cholesterol Free

Impressive stats huh?  What even better is that the whole bag is 5.5 ounces so by the hubby’s standards equals “1 Serving Size per Hubby“. So if your snacking gets away from you, it could be way worse.

They cost a little more than the typical potato chips but we look at them as a once in a while treat. They are way better than any fattening, greasy, hydrogenated oil laden potato chip, not only nutritionally but they taste awesome!

We savor these and eat them slow because they are so good.  They melt in your mouth.  They also have a BBQ version too.

Simply 7 Quinoa Chips

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Our second favorite chip discovery is by Simply 7.  We absolutely love these Cheddar Quinoa Chips.  They have a different texture than the first chip.  They are firmer and the texture reminds me of a bugle chips, remember those?

I love the nutritional stats of this chip too.

  • Gluten Free Certified
  • Non-GMO Project Verified (nothing genetically modified)
  • No Trans Fat
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • No Preservatives
  • Vegetarian
  • Kosher
  • 9 grams of protein

This bag is a little smaller at 3.5 ounces which again falls into the “1 Serving Size per Hubby”.  They have an awesome crunch and are super satisfying.  Strong enough for your favorite Greek yogurt dip too.

Neither one of us are gluten sensitive either, which goes to show that you don’t need to limit your choices just because it’s labeled gluten-free. There is no taste sacrifice with these chips. Delicious is delicious.

There you have it.  The clouds have parted. Now go do a victory lap around the house with a bag in each hand, speaking in tongues because you can have your chippity chips again!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GMOs Exposed! I urge you to read this!

GMOs Exposed!

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English: Poison Symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently read an article titled “Overcoming the GMO Lies” that made me feel as if I was sucker punched.  In simple language, the article breaks down why it is so important to read the labels on the food we buy. We are being blatantly deceived by the biotech industry about GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms).  The biotech industry are the “chemists” that make the majority of the foods sold in the grocery store.  Chemists, not farmers.

This information directly affects what we put in our bodies and our health.  What is more important or valuable than our families health?  Nothing.  The article breaks down very clearly and simply the lies we are being fed when it comes to the food we buy.

Here is why GMOs are probably the worst science experiment ever created.  I found these astonishing facts at “10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs“.  I’ve condensed them a bit and added my own two-cents but I urge you to read the full explanation at Responsible Technology.

10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

1. GMOs are unhealthy.
Numerous health problems have increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise.

2. GMOs contaminate―forever.
GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure.

Will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste!

3. GMOs increase herbicide use.
Most GM crops are engineered to be “herbicide tolerant”― the deadly weed killer. Monsanto, for example, sells Roundup Ready crops designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide.  Roundup, for example, is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer.

We buy more herbicide products because it doesn’t do the job on the resistant crops, they make more money, you get sicker and big pharma gets richer.  Nice gig huh?

4. Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects.
By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects. Moreover, irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.

When we deprive our bodies of nutrients, we are continually hungry.  That leads to eating more often and unless we choose nutrient rich foods that our bodies require, we will stay continually hungry.  Eat bad food, stay hungry, gain weight, get sick.  See where I’m going with this?

5. Government oversight is dangerously lax.
Most of the health and environmental risks of GMOs are ignored by governments’ superficial regulations and safety assessments. The reason for this tragedy is largely political. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, doesn’t require a single safety study, does not mandate labeling of GMOs, and allows companies to put their GM foods onto the market without even notifying the agency. Their justification was the claim that they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different. But this was a lie.

Secret agency memos made public by a lawsuit show that the overwhelming consensus even among the FDA’s own scientists was that GMOs can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects. They urged long-term safety studies. But the White House had instructed the FDA to promote biotechnology, and the agency official in charge of policy was Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney, later their vice president. He’s now the US Food Safety Czar.

6. The biotech industry uses “tobacco science” to claim product safety.

Biotech companies like Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe. They are now using the same type of superficial, rigged research to try and convince us that GMOs are safe. Independent scientists, however, have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating without doubt how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems, and how adverse findings are distorted or denied.

7. Independent research and reporting is attacked and suppressed. 
Scientists who discover problems with GMOs have been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, and denied funding. The journal Nature acknowledged that a “large block of scientists . . . denigrate research by other legitimate scientists in a knee-jerk, partisan, emotional way that is not helpful in advancing knowledge.” Attempts by media to expose problems are also often censored.

Countless amounts of money, time and man power is spent to cover up the truths about GMOs so those in charge can keep their jobs, stay rich while the rest of us get sicker and sicker.  This is all about money, bottom line!

8. GMOs harm the environment.

GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. For example, GM crops are eliminating habitat for monarch butterflies, whose populations are down 50% in the US. Roundup herbicide has been shown to cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and endocrine disruptions, and organ damage in animals even at very low doses. GM canola has been found growing wild in North Dakota and California, threatening to pass on its herbicide tolerant genes on to weeds.

Bee shortage explained?  Mysterious bird deaths by the thousands?  Marine life dying off in masses with no explanation?

9. GMOs do not increase yields. They work against feeding a hungry world.
Whereas sustainable non-GMO agricultural methods used in developing countries have conclusively resulted in yield increases of 79% and higher, GMOs do not, on average, increase yields at all. This was evident in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2009 report Failure to Yield―the definitive study to date on GM crops and yield.

The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments determined that the current GMOs have nothing to offer the goals of reducing hunger and poverty, improving nutrition, health and rural livelihoods, and facilitating social and environmental sustainability.

On the contrary, GMOs divert money and resources that would otherwise be spent on more safe, reliable, and appropriate technologies.

10. By avoiding GMOs, you contribute to the coming tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing them out of our food supply.
Because GMOs give no consumer benefits, if even a small percentage of us start rejecting brands that contain them, GM ingredients will become a marketing liability. Food companies will kick them out.

In Europe, for example, the tipping point was achieved in 1999, just after a high profile GMO safety scandal hit the papers and alerted citizens to the potential dangers. In the US, a consumer rebellion against GM bovine growth hormone has also reached a tipping point, kicked the cow drug out of dairy products by Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Dannon, Yoplait, and most of America’s dairies.

The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America is designed to achieve a tipping point against GMOs in the US. The number of non-GMO shoppers needed is probably just 5% of the population. The key is to educate consumers about the documented health dangers and provide a Non-GMO Shopping Guide to make avoiding GMOs much easier.

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I’m not trying scare anyone, actually I am.  This is scary stuff.  Our own government is allowing these atrocities to take place. You can read more in-depth at http://blogs.naturalnews.com/overcoming-the-gmo-lies/.  Make your food choice decisions yourself.  You can’t say you weren’t warned.  You can do something about it if you make the right choices.

What can you do to help? By choosing organic and/or non-GMO brands. The biotech companies are out for the almighty dollar, not our health or safety. Please consider choosing healthier non-GMO brands, tell others about GMOs so they can do the same. Together we can quickly reclaim a non-GMO food supply.

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Organics aren’t just a fad.  For more information on organics, read Why Organic?.

Look for an upcoming article on label reading.  It sounds easy enough but the biotech industries don’t come right out and tell you there are GMOs in your food.  They hide them in fancy sounding ingredients.  Knowledge is power.

 

 

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