Count the energy, not the calories

veggiesAfter the busy holiday period there is very often need for time to calm down and lighten the menu from delicacies and treats to something easier to digest. Some people choose to do a period of diet or even detox.

The conventional diets tend to consist of simply eating less and maybe moving more, doing heavy sports. Most of the times these diets fail. Those extra kilos or pounds do go away for the time of less eating, but they return very fast after the eating goes back to normal. Additionally, during that diet many people tend to feel tired and crappy, even get unwell and catch virus. The first reason is that the body needs energy to move and function properly. If you start to move more, your body requires more energy. If the body does not have the energy it needs, it goes on savings mode, holding on to the kilos.

calories-count-3Secondly, calories really do not equal energy. We can be eating and counting calories, but these calories may be empty. The real energy that our body needs comes from good real nutrition; macronutrients (fats, carbs, proteins, fiber..) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes…).

calorries-tiny-creaturesInstead of calories, we should be counting nutrition, vitamins and minerals, that is where the real energy comes from. So, switch for a short period from carbs to an overload of organic veggies and see and feel the difference. The recommended daily dose of fresh veggies and fruits is minimum of half a kilo or about one pound, so an nice megadose would be close to one kilo, or 2 pounds.

Count the energy, not calories

Fruits and veggies are low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber. Experts suggest that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. When you are detoxing or seriously trying to lose weight, keep the daily fruits maximum on two servings.

fruitsEating that much of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is difficult for many people, including myself. I can reach that amount when juicing or souping. Juicing for me is only a rare treat, due to the fact that I do not digest raw veggies and fruits well. So I make soups as often as I can, and take my vitamins, minerals, enzymes and omega-3 fatty acids daily as supplements.

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