Health Basics

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Robert's Health & Fitness Progress: Week 3

 So it's been 2 weeks since Robert began his detox, plant based diet and P90X. Here are the results so far:

May 15th

May 28th      

May 15th Before

May 28th After
 Robert's Detox is over. (He only did a 14 day detox.) He will continue on a plant based diet (80%) and will stay on track with his P90X fitness program. I will provide another update in 2 weeks regarding his progress. Staples in Robert's diet include fresh organic vegetable juices, Spirulina, fresh fruit green smoothies, organic nuts and seeds, LOTS and LOTS of organic greens and salads. Robert has eliminated all processed foods, refined starches and sugar. He does eat chicken and fish occasionally, but these items make up 10-20% of his overall food intake.

Case Study

Subject: Robert Chapman, 43 year old black male
Health Concerns/Challenges: Overweight, Chronic Fatigue, Low Energy, Episodes of High Blood Pressure, Previous challenges with depression
Health/Fitness Goals: Healthy Weight, Increased Energy, Stable Blood Pressure, Lean Muscular Build

Continue to eat a primarily plant based diet, complete another detox Fall 2012, continue P90X fitness regimen.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Basic Healthy Living meets P90X


So my husband Robert has decided to be my first male case study. For the next 90 days Robert is embarking upon a total body transformation, from the inside out. Robert has already managed to reverse his high blood pressure predicated upon my dietary recommendations, now he plans to totally transform his body into a muscular, plant based, nutritional powerhouse. He decided to do this as a way to reboot his system. We are first starting him off with a 15 day herbal detox that targets the liver, kidneys and the colon specifically. While on the 15 day detox, Robert is eating a complete plant based diet consisting of fresh organic juices, green smoothies, power salads, raw food dishes, nuts, seeds, and legumes. He is also joining forces with P90X for the physical body sculpting portion of the case study. After the 90 days, Robert plans to maintain his "new" body by following a 70% plant based diet. He has already asserted that his will NEVER give up meat, but he understands and realizes that his body is much better off with less of it.

Decreasing Your Dependence on Processed Foods

So often when I tell people about the dangers of processed foods, I hear them explain how it's virtually impossible to live without it. Our lives are drastically different than that of our mother's and grandmothers. We are fighting through traffic, picking up the kids from day care, meeting deadlines at work and still trying to run a household. It's no wonder that we've become dependent on the "cheap, fast and in a hurry" convenience processed foods provide, but at the same time, our health is suffering as a result. With a little bit of planning and education, you can decrease your families' dependence on processed foods and realize a more healthy way of doing things.

Eating Organic IS cheaper!

I hear this all the time. "Eating organic is way too expensive." "I don't have the money to eat organic." These two statements are simply not true, depending on who you are. If you are trying to eat organic as well as maintain your current SAD (Standard American Diet) then yes, eating organic may be too cost prohibitive for you. Try this experiment.