Now that you have gotten to know me a bit, the obvious next question is always, “but how did you do it?!”
Below is my REVERENT LION plan, but as always, keep in mind that everyone’s bodies are different, so tweak the plan to suit your needs. Listen to your body and consult a doctor prior to making any drastic changes to your nutrition or fitness regimens.
Phase 1 – THE DETOX
Our food, environment, and even homes these days are often filled with toxins, chemicals, hormones, and pollutions. Review the following list and make note how many of the items apply to you. NO JUDGEMENTS, just be honest with yourself, this exercise will help you to determine how long you will need to detoxify your system.
– Drink soda (especially diet soda or diet drinks in general)
– Consume processed foods, and foods that contain chemicals and hormones.
– Chew gum (especially sugar-free gum)
– Consume alcohol
– Smoke tobacco
– Exposed to household cleaning products regularly (especially without proper ventilation)
– Consume artificial sweeteners
– Excess caffeine intake
– Consume refined sugars
I personally had quite a few tick marks, and so, I kick started my plan with a two week detox of eating only raw whole foods. This reset can be achieved at whatever level you feel is necessary for your body. A one day juice cleanse can be an effective reset if only a few of the above apply to you. Below is a list of items that are great for detoxifying your system.
– Cold pressed whole juices (I recommend nekter and sujajuice)
– Whole fruits
– Whole vegetables (lots of leafy greens)
– LOTS of water!
– Green smoothies (recipes on my blog)
Phase 2 – NUTRITION FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
Now that you have gotten rid of the toxins, its time to focus on what foods you would like to incorporate into your regimen for the rest of your life (this is a lifestyle after all!) It was important to me to choose foods that are most nutritionally beneficial. It was also imperative to choose foods that contain no chemicals or toxic elements. For me, this consisted of a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains (unprocessed), and legumes. I love them baked, blended, roasted, juiced, broiled, steamed, raw – you name it. Spend time researching what foods will or will not make your list! Here are a few of the items that have had the privilege of gracing my life plan:
– Beans (black, great northern, kidney)
– Brown rice, wild rice
– Steel cut oats
– Sprouted grain bread (sparingly)
– ALL vegetables (get creative, there is a huge list!)
– ALL fruits (once again, creativity is key!)
– Herbs and spices
– Seeds and nuts
It is important to note that I choose to not consume meat or dairy (this is a personal preference, please do what is right for your body). If you follow a similar diet, it is important to supplement vitamin B-12. You can find recipes for my meals on my blog!
Phase 3- EVERY SINGLE DAY—MOVE!!
Now on to my favorite part, the workouts, it is important for your overall wellness to invest the time necessary to build an efficient healthy body. I was guilty in the past of hiding behind the excuse of “I don’t have enough time.” Lets be honest, nobody has enough time. Time is an ever-present constant, we are the ones who have to make the change and dedicate the time. Wake up an hour earlier, hire a babysitter, beg your significant other to watch the kids, utilize your lunch hour, do whatever it takes. Your (healthy) life depends on it. I personally workout six days a week, but, as always, listen to your own body and make your plans accordingly. At first this was as simple as taking long walks and spending a lot of time on the elliptical. The extra weight I was carrying would cause pain in my knees and ankles if I tried anything too strenuous. Gradually I began to add in the below types of workouts.
– High intensity interval training
– Weight training
– Stairs workouts
– Hot yoga
– ANYTHING – just MOVE!!
You can find specific workouts on my blog if you would like to follow along with me on my journey. Now get to work! Be dedicated and ferocious in your drive like the lion and reverent in your self-mastery and patience with yourself and your body.
MUCH LOVE my reverent lions!
XOXO Alyssa (LULU)