When it comes to wellness, and nutrition in particular, a great tool to try is “crowding out,” essentially adding more to your diet, instead of taking away.
Sounds, crazy, right?
By adding whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains, you're filling up with FRESH, nutrient-dense foods.
Over time, your cravings for junk food will dissipate.
Did you know that you can alter your tastes and cravings by consistently feeding your body items filled with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals?
Simple, but powerful stuff! In fact, crowding out can be applied to other areas of your life, too.
By slowly adding non-toxic beauty essentials to your medicine cabinet or bathtub, you can crowd out the ones filled with parabans, sulfates and other carcinogens.
By filling your life with interests, exercise, work, projects, and people who inspire and enlighten you, you'll have less time for the inconsequential, the draining, the toxic.
So go ahead...start adding in the good stuff and feel better, weigh less!
With that in mind, here is a short list to get you started: 13 of my favorite things that make their way into my life almost daily. (And they can totally help you crowd out, too.)
Almost a year ago, I said sayonara to coffee, and, thanks to lemons, I’ve not looked back. These little guys have replaced my morning joe in the way of warm lemon water. Sometimes I add a pinch of cayenne or ginger, but mostly I just sip it solo. I feel as if I’m doing something great for my body first thing in the morning.
For “breakfast,” you are actually “breaking a fast,” from the eve before, so its nice to put something gentle into your body to start. In addition to their high vitamin C content, lemons are a natural antiseptic, known to fight infections and germs. What’s more is that they are so versatile. Use them in salad dressings, dips, sauces, on veggies, over fish...the list is endless.
Kale has been receiving top nutritional honors for the past year now, and its rave reviews are the real deal. This queen of greens is packed with vitamins A, C and K and antioxidants that help fight cancer, as well as compounds that promote eye health. Kale is high in fiber, and contains more iron per calorie than beef and more calcium per calorie than milk.
This versatile veg is perfect in smoothies for breakfast, massaged with olive oil and lemon juice for a base salad and steamed with quinoa, roasted butternut squash and spicy tempeh for a hearty vegan dinner.