I love to cook! Most of these recipes are for batches of food that you can use in a variety of meals, over a couple of days. I believe in a CLEAN diet of mostly veggies, a little protein and fruit, and low on the carbs. (I love beer, so I make daily attempts to lower my actual carb intake, so that I may enjoy a bit of LIQUID BREAD!) David Moore, of David Moore Wellness says it best with his key phrase, "DOSE."
When it comes to DIET & EXERCISE, I am a full believer in the phrase, "Exercise doesn't make you lose weight." Why? What does that mean, right? Well, I am willing to bet that if you took a REALISTIC look at what you were putting in your mouth everyday, that it would be more than you physically need. Portion control is REALLY important, as important as the NUTRIENTS you consume each day. I like to think of this a pure physics... what my body uses up in a day on a caloric level, should roughly equal my caloric intake for that same day. This would be a homeostasis, and I will stay at the weight I am at. If I work out, I can afford to eat/drink a little more that day. If my INTENT is to lose weight, I must go into a negative or deficient caloric INTAKE in order for me to burn off the appropriate calories, to burn off the fat both on my body, and surrounding my organs. That is RIGHT! Your organs can also hold fat. (Cool almost FACT: 3500 calories, is equal to approximately 1 pound of fat.) This isn't entirely true, because of individual make up, fat to muscle ratio, etc. What is true, is that aiming to cut your diet by 300-500 calories a day, is a REALISTIC way to LOSE weight. I hear the Mayo Clinic has a good Calorie Calculator, if you choose to learn more about this.
WATER is REALLY important. It helps the body to flush out toxins, hydrate your cells for better functionality, and well, YOU ARE COMPRISED OF MOSTLY WATER. I live a mile high in Boulder, Colorado and often find myself at higher elevations. I am a firm believer in ELECTROLYTES, and drinking water throughout the day. I DON'T believe in buying bottled water, but DO believe in water filters, and natural sources. I am lucky enough to live by Eldorado Springs, as well as a city that has filtered water at my job, home, and several other locations that I frequent. Whole Foods sells High Alkaline water (11 pH) for about a $1 a gallon when you bring your own bottles.
My ADVICE for drinking more water, is to BUY your own Glass, Metal, or BPA-Free Plastic water bottle and refill it often. Plastics that contain BPA or other leaching chemicals, can harm your system. Most of us already have some sort of BPA in our systems, and it is my belief that humans are healthier when they lower their exposure to plastics in general.