I can admit it, I am not happy with my body. Not that I am fat, odd shaped or super out of shape, it’s just not perfect and that is my own fault. I have to face it, I just sit around looking at my computer, so what can I expect right. So, when I saw Lori Painter’s Raw Food Diet Bikini Challenge videos, I completely understood where she was coming from. I may not be as brave as she is, to toss on a bikini (I am a guy, so that would be odd and might scare some of you) and start jumping around dancing in front of a video camera, but I still related. I want to get back into shape too and if Lori can get back into Bikini shape eating a raw vegan diet, so can I. Right… That is what your saying at home.. You can do it..
You maybe asking yourself who is Lori Painter, since she hasn’t been a regular here on G Living. Lori is an amazing woman who has decided to take her raw vegan life online in her own blog called Inspire2Act. Professionally she is a health practitioner . Each week Lori completely opens up on camera about her desires, goals, struggles, children and her quest to get back into a bikini fit body.
What is this bikini body challenge all about? Lori said: “I am documenting my weight loss bikini body journey with a motivation to look good naked. My desire for a lean green clean machine is through raw foods and fun balancing workouts. Looking good naked may seem superficial, however our bodies are a reflection of self love and respect. Making the world a better place starts within us. Cleaning up the planet starts with clean people. How can we create a clean green planet if we don’t do the same with our own bodies? My aim is to inspire others to act in ways that honor their bodies and the planet at the same time. A clean body clears the mind to conscious growth and a healthy planet.”
Here we go, the first video and the before body photos. Check back every Thursday for a follow up post and video from Lori.
Video Update Number 1
Video Update Number 2
By Lori Painter
Here is a picture of me last year where I was at my ideal. I weighed: 108-110. My measurements were: 34-25-35
I did lots of internal cleansing with milk thistle, dandelion, and lemon. I worked out training 2 times a week and a 2 hour power yoga session at least once a week. I also was drinking 1 1/2 gallons of herbal tea or water a day. I did not eat until I had worked out. I earned my breakfast. I made my meals last a minimum of 20 minutes, I chewed until liquid and I ate to keep me from being hungry rather than being full. I took lots of green supplements as well as kelp for my thyroid. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Beyonce, David Blaine, Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Quivers and other celebrities all praise the Master Cleanse, aka “The Lemonade Diet” for everything from weight loss to detox and restoring their energy and healthy eating habits.
Created by Naturopath Stanley Burroughs, the fast consists of a 10 day fast on a spicy lemonade elixer to cleanse toxins and congestion from the body and purify the liver, kidneys and glands. It is also supposed to purify the blood, balance blood pressure and the most attractive effect is weight loss.
Although it’s really not meant to be a fad diet or quick fix. It’s only meant as a short term fast to cleanse the body. If it’s not followed by healthy and sensible eating habits, and the person goes back to junk food, they will quickly regain their weight and toxin build-up. It is also not meant to be followed for an extended time without expert supervision. The Master Cleanse recipe is 8-10oz. of warm spring or purified water, 2 TB Lemon Juice, 2 TB of grade B or C maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
It’s day ten in the no-eating-animal-products house — which means I’m a third of the way through my plant-based experiment. Five days ago, I pledged not to overdo the 3 “S”s, which were: sugar, soy and seitan. Here’s an update on how that’s going.
Sugar. Wah waaaah. I have definitely been consuming more than I should. It’s not that I’ve been scoffing “G” brownies and soy ice cream all day, but I have been eating my fair share of sugar-laden granola and other breakfast cereals (topped with agave), coffee (with a generous amount of agave), fruit and nut bars, dates, bananas… that kind of thing. Okay, I know that doesn’t sound too bad, but you don’t know about my shady past as a cereal addict of Seinfeld proportions. There was a period in my life — all through college and many embarrassing years beyond — when I literally lived on Sultana Bran.
If you’re looking for a simple, practical way to spring-clean your system, how about trying a 5-day juice FEAST? Taking a break from solid foods and instead fueling your body on only fresh, raw, nutrient-rich juices is a great way to cleanse. The body gets a rest from digesting and can use that energy instead to clear out old accumulated waste. You will also be getting a break from any refined sugars, processed starches, animal products, other cooked foods or stimulants you may normally ingest. This makes a HUGE difference for most people. You’ll lose weight, feel lighter and cleaner and best of all, can use this break as a spring-board into a healthier lifestyle afterwards.
Fasting vs. FEAST-ing
Juice fasting has a very long history as a detox method, but can seem intimidating and inaccessible to many, who may fear feeling ‘deprived’. Indeed, while juice fasting, people often consume very small amounts of calories and end up feeling weak, dizzy and fatigued. It’s just not that practical for anyone living a modern, fast-paced lifestyle. That’s where juice FEAST-ing is different. Juice feasting is about getting all the calories you need in a day (e.g. 1500 for an average woman) directly from juices. You still lose weight and detox, as your body has space to work on things other than digesting solid foods, but there is no feeling of ‘lack’. It is a fast, effective and highly beneficial way to cleanse, rehydrate, alkalise and re-build your body.
(Re-featured - Angele Stokes Amazing Courage and Spirit For Positive Change – Posted in 2007)
They say that fiber is a big key to a healthy diet, and it’s true, fiber is very important.However, sometimes it’s the lack of fiber that helps cleanse and flush out the toxins and access fat. And I’m not talking about a fast food diet of white bread and coke. Rather it is a unique nutritional approach that is similar to a fast accept that you are giving your body all the same calories and nutrition it needs, just minus the fiber. Angela Stokes calls it a Juice Feast Diet, and she has just come off of doing the diet for 92 days. For the past 3 months, Angela has not consumed a single piece of solid food or fiber. Her diet consisted of 1500 calories a day of vegetable and fruit juices, water, coconut water and some oils. Angela Stokes, prior to going on this juice diet, had been on an all raw diet for several years. Before she went on the raw diet she weighed 279 lbs. After going on the diet she got down to 138lbs. She lost 18 lbs. after the 92 days.
Here is a video blog of Angela on the day she broke her 92 day juice fast explaining what her amazing experience and transformation was like and what is like to eat a piece of solid food again after so long.
SO January 1st, back to reality, the day that so many of us out there (probably mostly girls too) swear that we’re going to be ‘good’ and loose that stubborn 5 to 10 pounds, or whatever it is. How hard can it be? Eat less, exercise more? The problem is, it’s not about that. It’s all wrapped up in personal history, emotion and mood, with a big wad of anxiety tossed in.
When I made the rather sudden switch to raw foods, the shift in my relationship with food that came with it felt like a huge relief. I was a typical over-achieving girl in high-school and college (loooong time ago!) who turned to ‘disorderly’ eating as a distraction from the real issues that otherwise would have been bothersome to have to dwell on. Better to beat myself up over something else, of course! But now this was the first time in my life that food in fact became something more meaningful, but in a good way… it’s not just about me anymore, and my own loopy obsessions and tastes, it’s also about the future… hopefully a sustainable one. For the first time, eating to feel good became the focus… an idea that seems obvious, yet most of us don’t get it. Eat crap = feel like crap. Eat fruit = feel fresh and yummy. Eat chemicals = get weird diseases. Eat natural = be naturally healthy, like we’re supposed to be. Eat raw = live long. And feel happy. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Elephant interviews Dr Andrew Weil about his new skin care line for Origins. Origins mission is to promote beauty and wellness through good for you products and feel good experiences.
Dr. Weil also has published a new Food Pyramid for healthy aging. The main message the diet is delivering is, that if you change what you eat, you can avoid:
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
Age-related disorders, including many cancers
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
Dr. Weil “Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.”” See the Food Pyramid after the jump.Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
I’m proud to say I’ve reached the halfway point of my plant-based experiment. There’s a monastic quality to subsisting on a diet of organic fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds that I must say I’m enjoying. I feel clean. I haven’t missed sushi (that much), I don’t miss eggs (in fact the smell of a hard-boiled egg is kind of repulsive to me right now) and yogurt I can happily do without.
And best of all, I’ve even managed to conquer a horrible habit that’s plagued me for years… chewing gum.
What is it with that stuff? Without realizing it, I had become a gum addict. The gum chewer — much like the cigarette smoker — have their favorite brand and they feel panicked without a packet nearby. True: I would feel slightly anxious if I left home without it, which seems insane, I know. Apart from looking like an idiot whilst chewing it, I’ve known for years that aspartame is a carcinogen – so, why did I continue to masticate this manmade toxin year after year? God knows. All I know is that aspartame has no part in my new pure diet. I’m eschewing the chewing. Forever.
I know you’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms since my G diet diary ended, so I thought it was a good time for an update — the results of which may surprise you. You know what’s funny? At the time, I viewed giving up fish and dairy as a short-term sacrifice, something to do for 30 days just to see what it was like. But who would have guessed that this “experiment” would transition into my preferred way of eating. As mentioned at the conclusion of the diet, I still give myself 5% wiggle room (actually more like 2%), which means I no longer choose to eat animals or animal products, but I can as a last resort option at restaurants.
Eating a raw food diet is still considered alternative. On the fringe. People don’t understand it. What is so hard to understand? Food that naturally grows from the earth, fed by sunlight. No one disputes that fresh fruits and vegetables are full of good things, and that generally, people should be eating more of them. Everyone seems to know now that nuts are good, full of “good” fats. Flax, sesame, hemp and more… most would recognize that these are also good foods. Yet, if I went on a road trip across the U.S., I know that there would be long stretches of driving where I would be hard pressed to find places where I could conveniently find and purchase natural and clean food. I would likely encounter a lot of people who would find my eating preferences unusual and odd. But I wonder, if I eat a raw food diet, does that mean that so many others out there are on a processed food diet? Are there enthusiastic processed foodists? For these people, is there an inspiring magazine called “Get Processed”? Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Warning: This post is really long, and gets really personal, with lots of curse words, and is all very self-serving. But kind of entertaining, hopefully?
I just finished reading a book – yes, I’ve been reading lately. It was by the British chef Marco Pierre White, “Devil in the Kitchen – Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef”. It’s a good title… because who doesn’t want to read about sex? From a hot chef? And pain and madness? Well yes, that too. It’s inspiring to read about people who know what they want and go through a lot to get it. But pain and madness? Is that what it really takes to achieve greatness? Does everyone have to toil tirelessly, sacrifice health, get hurt, worn down, and knocked down over and over, feel pain, and teeter on the edge of madness? If so… I’m SO on the right track! YAY!
I’m being convinced, however, that maybe I can step away from that edge and still get where I’m going, and probably much faster. After all, I’m supposed to represent the brand – One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine, we’re all about raw food and feeling great. When I first went raw the contrast was amazing. So much of the time I felt like I could do anything – life was a dance party. As I pointed out in Raw Food Real World, it can feel a bit like being on ecstasy – maybe not quite, but still it’s amazing. It’s been four years now – did I get used to it and/or is it stress and pressure that just put a damper on it all? I want the dance party back!
We’ve all heard the magical claims of “raw food equals weight loss”. And personally speaking, I’ve shed a few pounds eating raw foods. But I’ve also gained a couple eating raw foods. This isn’t because I’m a crappy magician. It’s because raw foods don’t have any mystic qualities that simply make the pounds just go poof and disappear. While that would be nice, the truth is, there is no easy fix. Weight loss doesn’t work like that.
Before you give me the evil eye, let me be the first to say that I LOVE raw foods. Any diet that incorporates copious amounts of fresh vegetables and fruit is going to be a superfantastic one in my book. And when practiced in a balanced matter, raw foods are a terrific contribution to abundant health.