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One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse: Preparation

Blog Post # 4: Properly Preparing for the Cleanse

This post is part of a series of blog post articles that will/are being posted throughout the week in preparation of the cleanse which will occur next week. You are welcome to join and/or follow along! Please notify me if you are interested in joining. I will be happy to offer assistance and guidance along the way!
Contact: angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

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If you have chosen to participate in the one-week cleanse it is best to fully prepare for the cleanse.

Preparation can be done through:

  • beginning to eat less packaged and processed foods
  • eating less animal products
  • eating more fruits and vegetables
  • drinking more water
  • purchasing foods that will be eaten during the cleanse
  • finding recipes to make during the cleanse
  • planning out meals you would like to eat during the cleanse
  • setting a goal/intention for the cleanse
  • having a journal ready to track progress

Your Healthy Eating Grocery List

Vegetables

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Fruit

  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Avocado
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons

Grains

  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Barley
  • Oatmeal

Beans/Legumes

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • White beans
  • Lentils
  • Azuki
  • Kidney beans

Herbs and Spices

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili flakes
  • Cumin
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme

Nuts/Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seed
  • Chia seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Brazil nuts

Click here for a printable shopping list: power-plate-shopping-list

Whole Foods Cleanse

Will you join me in this special one-week cleanse?

  • Who: YOU are invited to participate?
  • What: One-Week Cleanse made up of primarily whole foods, no processed or packaged foods.
  • When: Monday, February 29 – Sunday, March 6
  • Additional information and instruction will be provided throughout the week.
  • Free guidance and support will be offered, by me, as needed 🙂
*Note: This cleanse does not include any animal products. If you choose to consume animal products during the cleanse that is up to you. However, I do suggest that you choose to refrain from consuming animal products during the cleanse and determine how your body feels upon completion of the cleanse* 

Please contact Angela Joy with any questions or concerns! If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Joy at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

❤ Sending you love, joy, blessings and health,

Angela Joy xo

One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse: Tips for Cleansing

Blog Post # 3: Tips for Following the One-Week Cleanse

This post is part of a series of blog post articles that will/are being posted throughout the week in preparation of the cleanse which will occur next week. You are welcome to join and/or follow along! Please notify me if you are interested in joining. I will be happy to offer assistance and guidance along the way!
Contact: angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

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Tips to Follow: The One-Week of Whole Food, Healthy Eating Cleanse

  1. Eat WHOLE foods – A whole food is a food that was created in nature – nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, etc. Decrease/diminish processed and packaged foods from your diet during the cleanse
  2. Remove Sugars & Empty Calories – Refrain from eating foods with added sugars or that contain little to no nutrients (nutrient-deficient foods). During a cleanse you should be eating nutrient dense foods that only contain natural sugars created in the Earth.
    1. Example; An apple: No added sugars, no added ingredients, nutrient dense, grown on the Earth, Ingredients=Apple
  3. Read Food Labels – Read your food labels! Choose foods that contain five ingredients or less. If you cannot pronounce the food ingredient, your body cannot understand and assimilate it, therefore you should not be eating it. Choose ingredients that were created on the Earth, not in a laboratory.
  4. Start Cooking – Begin eating meals that you, or a friend made at home, this way you know what the foods contain. You will not be eating any miscellaneous foods, ingredients, added salt, sugar or oil.
  5. Snack Healthy– Don’t go long periods of time without eating. It is suggested that you eat something every 3-4 hours to prevent your blood sugar from dropping between meals. A drop in blood sugar creates unhealthy hormone reactions causing anger, frustration, binging, and cravings. Snack on fruits, vegetables, and/or grains between meals.
  6. Quality over quantity – Be aware of the quality of your food rather than the quantity. So many people cut down their portions, carbohydrates and meals, however they don’t consider the nutrient quality of their foods whatsoever. Nutrient-dense foods support our body function, which is the purpose of eating. Choose foods that are organic, fresh, in-season and nutrient dense!
    1. Organic
    2. Fresh
    3. In-season
    4.  Nutrient-Dense
  7. Balance Meals– When choosing a meal remember to balance the meal with a healthy amount of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Meals that contain a health amount of protein, fats and complex carbohydrates will keep you feeling full and fulfilled. A healthy balance will also prevent a drop in blood sugar levels, tiredness, brain fog and constant snacking.
    1. Protein: Tempeh, Legumes, Tofu, Nuts, Seeds, Green Sea Vegetables
    2. Fats: Avocado, Nuts, Seeds, Healthy Oils
    3. Complex Carbohydrates: Oats, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes
  8. Transition Into The Cleanse – Do not go from one extreme to the next. Depending upon where you are take one step towards a ‘cleaner’ diet each day. Every day you are able to make a change is a success! This transition process is gradual and will prevent any dramatic detox reaction within your body.
  9. Track your Progress – Keep track of what you eat during your cleanse and how your body reacts to it. Write down what works and what doesn’t. Be aware of the foods that bother you, create bloating, give you energy, improve memory, improve mood, etc. Keep progress of each accomplishment that you make, the foods you eat, how your body reacts to different foods and how foods make you feel. Write this down after every meal, or at the end of the day.

Additional Benefits of a Whole Foods Cleanse:

  1. Whole foods actually fill you up and fuel you, whereas empty calories – like those found in candy and chips – fill a mental craving but don’t physically fill you up. Your mindset will improve when you switch over to whole foods since it’s hard to feel guilty after filling up on genuine nutrients.
  2. Whole foods also regulate cholesterol levels and ward off cancer, dementia, and a plethora of other conditions. In addition, the high fiber content of fruits, vegetables, and grains keeps the digestive system in tip-top shape, which is essential to optimal health.
  3. Eating whole foods ensures you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients and minerals like vitamin B12, magnesium, calcium, and more. Whole foods boast incredible nutrition profiles, and it’s best to eat a wide range of all the recommended foods to ensure any nutritional void is filled. Sure, you could pop vitamins in pill form all day, but nutrients are much more available to you – and more readily absorbed – when consumed through food.
  4. Clean eating is defined differently based upon the dietary theories that people choose to follow. However, the principle of eating ‘clean’ is one that should be followed by everyone seeking to improve their health.

Whole Foods Cleanse

 

Will you join me in this special one-week cleanse?

      • Who: YOU are invited to participate?
      • What: One-Week Cleanse made up of primarily whole foods, no processed or packaged foods.
      • When: Monday, February 29 – Sunday, March 6
      • Additional information and instruction will be provided throughout the week.
      • Free guidance and support will be offered, by me, as needed 🙂
*Note: This cleanse does not include any animal products. If you choose to consume animal products during the cleanse that is up to you. However, I do suggest that you choose to refrain from consuming animal products during the cleanse and determine how your body feels upon completion of the cleanse* 

Please contact Angela Joy with any questions or concerns! If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Joy at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

❤ Sending you love, joy, blessings and health,

Angela Joy xo

Join the One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse

 

Join The One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse

with Angela Joy Health & Fitness ❤

Whole Foods Cleanse

This week I will be experimenting with a One-Week Whole Foods Cleanse.

The entire cleanse is outline and explained below. I am inviting you to join me in participating in the cleanse for one full week.

Each day we will be eating fresh, whole foods that will support healthy body function, increase energy levels, remove toxins and waste, improve sleep, improve memory, improve digestion, improve skin and so much more!

The whole foods cleanse well be made up of foods that are created from the Earth in a natural and whole state, including fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, seeds, nuts and whole grains.

Blog Post # 1: Introduction and Invitation to Join the Cleanse!

This post is part of a series of blog post articles that will/are being posted throughout the week in preparation of the cleanse which will occur next week. You are welcome to join and/or follow along! Please notify me if you are interested in joining. I will be happy to offer assistance and guidance along the way!
Contact: angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

What is a cleanse?

A cleanse was created to flush the body of impurities. There are a variety of different kinds of cleanses (juice cleanse, fasts, whole foods cleanse, master cleanse, etc.)

Types of Cleanses:

  • Fast: water, juice, broths, combo
  • Cleanse: raw food, vegan
  • Food Based Elimination Detox: common food triggers, towards vegan, towards raw

Why Cleanse? 

  • People feel tired, over weight and over whelmed
  • People want to feel better FAST
  • Our bodies need time to rest and reset
  • Cleanses not only help our digestive system but the body as a whole
  • To eliminate and remove toxins
  • To ‘Spring Clean’ your body after the winter
  • To lose weight and improve health
  • To add nutrition in to the body

Signs You May Need a Cleanse:

  • Fluid retention/Bloating
  • Skin breakouts and congestion
  • Nasal drip
  • Sore, red, or stinging eyes
  • Waking up consistently between 2- 4am
  • Improper sleep
  • Lumpy breasts that swell during your cycle
  • PMS
  • Impulsive strong food cravings
  • Not hungry for breakfast
  • Craving only coffee in the morning
  • Digestive problems such as constipation or IBS
  • Increase in body fat
  • Cellulite
  • Poor energy
  • Short temper
  • Easily angered
  • Not feeling yourself

The Benefits of a Cleanse:

  •  Weight loss
  • Candida cleanse
  • Organ support
  • Skin Health
  • Digestive Health
  • Clarity
  • Uncovering Emotional Food Issues
  • Ending sabotaging habits
  • Curing Cravings

Will you join me in this special one-week cleanse?

  • Who: YOU are invited to participate?
  • What: One-Week Cleanse made up of primarily whole foods, no processed or packaged foods.
  • When: Monday, February 29 – Sunday, March 6
  • Additional information and instruction will be provided throughout the week.
  • Free guidance and support will be offered, by me, as needed 🙂
*Note: This cleanse does not include any animal products. If you choose to consume animal products during the cleanse that is up to you. However, I do suggest that you choose to refrain from consuming animal products during the cleanse and determine how your body feels upon completion of the cleanse* 

Please contact Angela Joy with any questions or concerns! If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Joy at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

❤ Sending you love, joy, blessings and health,

Angela Joy xo

 

 

 

Inspiring Thoughts and a Positive Outlook on Life

I was generously asked by blog writer Michael of “The Pantsless Bear” blog to provide my input on several health and wellness-related topics.

I have included the questions and responses below for you to read through.

I am incredibly grateful that Michael has asked me to share my input on these topics.

Through each response my intention was to inspire and motivate positive change within each of my readers ❤

If you have any additional questions, or would like to conduct and interview with me for your blog, please comment below. Or, send me an email at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Positivity

Q: You mention that it’s important to ‘live in the moment.’ This is a philosophy preached by both traditional buddhists and new-age mystics alike. The problem with ‘living in the moment’ is that people can’t seem to stop thinking about the past or the future. You advised people to ‘put their cameras away,’ which was wonderful, but what other things can they do to stay ‘centred?’

A: Living in the moment is a feeling that many of us have lost touch with. As a result of the technology and quickly moving world that we live in, our minds are usually off somewhere else while we are currently engaged in a task.

Many of us do not even realize this is happening. In an effort to encourage this behavior, society has idolized multitasking. We often hear others state how they were able to complete three tasks at once in a matter of only several minutes. This is great, but did you complete that task to the best of your ability? Do you even remember actually completing the task? Were you present during the task, or absent focusing on the next task at hand?

Multi-tasking is causing us to spread ourselves thin and lose sight of what is important in life.

An example to better explain my statement is when you see someone photographing a moment rather than experiencing it.

My best advice for those seeking to become more present in their lives is to first recognize what it means to be present. Understand the concept of being present and why it is important.

Then you can begin to recognize when you are not present.

This recognition alone will help you to reconnect with yourself, your actions and thoughts – while learning to enjoy and remember important moments in your lifeJ


Q: Whenever I eat cake at work I feel awful afterwards. Why do we seem to ‘crash’ after eating heavily refined foods such as cake and pasta?

A: When we eat refined foods that are high in sugar and lacking in nutrients our bodies go into a bit of a shock, which is followed by a low. This process is better known as hypoglycemina.

Foods that contain fiber and nutrition take much longer to be digested and absorbed into the body. Refined foods that are high in sugar do not contain much, other than sugar. Therefore they are broken down and absorbed by the body very quickly. This quick absorption process causes the blood sugar to spike up high – your hormones love it, your taste buds love it, and you feel great. Then the blood sugar drops. You feel tired, sluggish and unhappy. This is due to the jolt that the body just experienced leaving your hormones completely out of whack and your body craving more sugar.

In an effort to prevent this from occurring we should make every effort to consume foods that serve our body’s needs, and are made up of nutrition and fiber. Our bodies need food that contains nutritional value, vitamins, minerals and fiber to allow them to function at peak levels .

Although most of us do not like to believe this; food was created to serve our body, not just our taste buds. The food we eat becomes our cells, organs, skin, hair, and nails. If we want strong organs, blood, bones, hair and nails we must consume foods that support their functioning, not deprave them of what they need – which is what highly refined, sugar-filled foods do.

Berrries

Q: You preach a common phrase repeated among gurus in the wellness community that people should ‘love themselves.’ As much as it’s a good, marketable phrase, it’s not very practical. What does ‘loving yourself’ mean and how can people learn to love themselves?’

Loving yourself is waking up in the morning, staring in the mirror, and smiling at the person staring back at you. This may sound absurd, and even impossible for some, but by all means loving yourself is possible!

We are all wonderful and amazing human beings who were created for a specific reason and purpose. Yes, YOU were created for a very special purpose.

If you do not agree with me, and you do not think that your body is not all that great, then think about this:

–          Every second your body is producing 25 million new cells

–          A red blood cell moves through your body in less than 20 seconds

–          Your nerve impulses travel at a speed of 249 miles per hour.

–          Your heart beats 100,000 times every day – which is 30 million times per year!

–          Your blood travels 60,000 miles through the body every day!

–          Your lungs inhale two million liters of air every day – without you ever stopping to think about it.

–          One square inch of your hand contains nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9,000 serve ending, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors.

Still think you are unimportant, useless, ugly, boring, uninteresting? I do not think so.

YOU, not anyone else, was created at the specific moment that your father’s sperm entered your mother’s egg. This is not by chance.

So what isn’t to love?

Your body is such a gift. Cherish your gift, love it, feed it and move it – and in return it will take care of you.

Self car and love

Q: Many of our married friends are 30 pushing 70. One unnamed 32 year old individual looks rather like Prince Phillip (the old Prince Phillip, not the young one). People seem to get settled into married life and find themselves on the couch every night eating mountains of choc-coated almonds. Why do you think some people in long term relationships discard health and wellbeing?

A: Regardless of age people find themselves becoming complacent. They have all that they need to get by, therefore they choose to live their current life (regardless of the monotony and unhappiness that they may be feeling) because they are afraid of change, they don’t know how to make a change, or they are so tired and stressed that they can’t even bear the thought of doing something different.

The biggest of these three that I have mentioned, I truly believe, is stress.

We are under constant stress from all areas of our lives. When it comes time to think about making changes or doing something out of the ordinary we are afraid this will create more work which we cannot handle (or, feel like we cannot handle because we are so overwhelmed).

This is better known as burnout.

Burnout is felt in all aspects of our life.

We feel so overwhelmed that we do not see how we could possible find the time to exercise, eat healthy, make dinner, spend quality time with friends and family, or do anything else that supports our well-being.

The truth of the matter is; you have time for whatever you WANT to make time for.

What do you consider your priorities in life? These are the things that get done. If health and wellness is not a priority in your life it will be ignored and you will spend valuable years of your life sitting on a couch eating ice cream.

Every day YOU choose how you will spend your day. Every day you have a choice.

If you want to change, you have to truly want to make that change.

If you make change a priority, you will have time for it.

Healthy Food

Q: As a fitness and wellbeing writer, what are your thoughts on the various illnesses that affect obese people, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Are refined foods really responsible for the rise in these illnesses?

A: Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the many digestive issues that people are facing all over the world.

The health of our digestive system is one of the most important components of our bodies. When our digestive system is not functioning properly our entire body will begin to function improperly – because it is not able to fully absorb and digest the nutrients our body needs correctly.

While there are other areas of life that also impact our health and digestion (stress, lifestyle, environmental exposures, and much more) diet and exercise is a large piece to the puzzle.

If someone is facing a digestive issue the first thing they should do is seek guidance to improve the health of their gut through a nutrient-rich diet, filled with healthy gut bacteria (probiotics).

Probiotics offer the body healthy bacteria which supports digestive health. Anyone facing any type of digestive issue should consider a healthy dose of probiotics which can be consumed through their food and through supplements.

Q: So I tried to lose weight through long distance walking, but found it utterly useless and not tiresome at all. In fact, I came to the realisation that the forced marching of POW’s in WWII wouldn’t have been nearly as traumatic as the so called ‘survivors’ say it was. So why is a 20-30 minute run is so much more beneficial to a 4 hour walk?

A: When the body walks at a steady, comfortable pace the metabolic system is not really altered.

When the body picks up the pace for a jog the heart pumps faster, the lungs pump more oxygen, healthy hormones are released, the body sweats out toxins, and much more. This process supports weight loss. A steady state walk will strengthen the leg’s slow twitch muscle fibers while slightly improving the cardiorespiratory system. The same benefits are possible when walking, although on a much smaller scale that may not be noticeable.

If you are hoping to lose weight try adding in job intervals. Pick up the pace for only a few seconds at a time throughout the walk. Get the heart rate up and push yourself to the point that you want to stop. Try to continue these bursts of fast walking or jogging throughout your walk, and each time you go for a walk try to jog a little longer.

Over time you will build up your cardiorespiratory ability, your heart will begin pumping more blood, happy hormones will be released, you will work up a little sweat, and you will build up strength. Intervals will help support weight loss. Steady state exercise is nowhere as effective.

Running

Q: During long bike rides, I’ve often found myself ruminating on why certain friends didn’t show up to my birthday last year. Finally, when the exercise is done, I return home in a worse mood than when I left. Our minds can be chaotic, especially when the body is under great physical stress. So how does someone manage their thoughts while training?

A: Try to focus on the positives!

When we endure long bouts of exercise we have time to think. You can use this time to think about anything you would like.

Your thoughts could be positive or negative. If you find yourself constantly thinking of negative thoughts this may be a sign to you that you have some negativity you are holding on to which is preventing you from being positive.

Work through the negativity and make an effort to find the good. Find the good in the situation, the upside, the positive, the other side of the coin.

Find a way to turn a bad situation into a good one. You are on a long ride, why not take the time to brainstorm.

Believe it or not this is an incredibly healthy process. You are on the right track.

Long bike rides are the perfect time to connect with your true self. Try to make the experience a positive one.

Positive

Q: Okay, this is an important one. What can you tell us about the importance of gut bacteria for both physical health and mental wellbeing?

A: As I mentioned earlier, our gut health is incredibly important for our overall health. Gut health is linked to our body’s functioning as well as our thoughts, actions and moods.

The gut is commonly referred to as the second brain.

When the gut is unhealthy, food is not properly digested, and food is not moving through quickly – our brain often times becomes foggy and slow moving as well, creating lethargy, lack of motivation and a drop in our mood.

If you want to feel better, have more energy, and improve your mood and outlook on life, improve the health of your digestive system. This can be done by eating healthy WHOLE foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes) that have not been altered and no ingredients have been added to them. Try crowding in these fresh, whole foods in an effort to crowd out unhealthy, processed foods that were made in a factory.

If the food was made in a factory and not from the ground, it will not support a healthy body and gut.

To supercharge the health of your gut, try these six tips:

  1. Eat fresh whole foods that are high in water content
  2. Drink 1 full glass of water in the morning, at lunch, and at dinner
  3. Exercise! Move the body and release toxins
  4. Sleep 7-8 hours per night
  5. Consume a probiotic-rich diet, or supplement
  6. Drink hot water or tea to promote positive gut flora

GBOMBSd

Q: I particularly enjoyed your post ‘Your Guide to Nutrition Packed Foods’ and found that providing professional advice from a real physician to be invaluable. Many quacks on the internet provide ‘expert evidence,’ advising people that formulated ‘weight loss drinks’ and expensive vitamin pills are the key to lasting health. Is supplementation really necessary or can we get everything we need essential vegetables?

A: For the most part we can get what we need from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and legumes.

However, based on the location you live and the foods you have access to, or the resources you have access to, it may be difficult to obtain all of the nutrients your body needs.

For example, I live in New Jersey (in America) and during the winter it is very difficult for me to absorb the amount of vitamin D that I need. Therefore, I supplement this nutrient.

I chose to supplement this nutrient because I know that I am deficient in it. I recommend that anyone interested in purchasing a supplement, first go to their doctor and request a full panel blood test to determine which nutrients they are deficient or low in.

Request that your hormone levels are checked as well as all of your vitamin and mineral levels.

Once you receive the results check to see what areas you are lacking.

Once you learn what you are lacking make an effort to eat foods that are high in this nutrient – while also supplementing.

Health Happy

Q: Finally, what is your philosophy on life?

A: My philosophy is to live every single say with gratefulness. Everything that I do, say, or think is based on the notion that I am grateful to be alive, to have all that I was given, to do all that I can do, and to have achieved all that I have achieved. Every day is a miracle! If take the time to remember this we will begin to see the positive and wonderful aspects of our life, as well as the world around us.

I also truly believe that everything happens for a reason and we were all created for a specific and divine purpose.

Our mission in life is to discover that purpose and live it out to the best of our ability each day.

My purpose is to deliver joy to others. My name is Angela Joy; which translates to ‘messenger of joy.’ Before ever thinking of the meaning of my name I knew that I wanted to bring happiness into the lives of others (regardless of if it was through a smile, holding the door, or offering a kind word).Years later I put the two together and realized that this indeed is my purpose! I couldn’t be more grateful ❤

Take a moment and ponder the thought; what is your purpose? What are your strengths? What do you enjoy doing? What brings you joy and fulfillment?

 

I loved the opportunity to share with all of you. If you enjoyed my responses and would like to connect with me, please email me at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com, follow my blog at www.angelajoyhealthfitness.com, or follow me on Facebook AngelaJoyHealth&Fitness.

Please share your thoughts, reactions and feedback below. I look forward to hearing and connecting with you! 

 

❤ Sending you love, joy and blessings,

xo Angela Joy

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Free Health History Consultations

For a limited time only I will be offering completely FREE consultations to help you move one step closer to achieving optimal health and happiness in your life.

Those interested in scheduling a consultation are welcome to contact me directly. Those who have questions about the consultation, or would like to learn more about health coaching, are also invited to contact me; angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com 

I look forward to speaking with you and guiding you towards becoming your BEST self 🙂

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy xo

Angela Joy Health Fitness Cover Letter

Why I Eat Healthy & Exercise?

Over the weekend I took the time and questioned myself, “Why do I live my current lifestyle?”

“Why do I choose to eat healthy food, refrain from eating unhealthy foods, exercise daily, express positive emotions and acts, surround myself with positive and supportive people? Why do I do these things?”

It is so easy to just eat whatever you want. It is easy to hang out with people who have been in your life for years, regardless of how they make you feel. It is easy to stay in that relationship. It is easy to stay in your current job, even though it sucks all of your energy. It is easy to just go to the school close by. It is easy to not exercise. Most importantly, it is easy to stay here. Here in this comfort zone that we are living in every day — afraid of change, growth and development.

BUT, should life really be easy? Are we helping ourselves?
Or, are we actually putting our lives on hold and preventing our real life
from happening?

Grateful heart

I live a every day with gratefulness.

Growing up in a hardworking, middle class family nothing was handed to us. Everything that I received my dad would ask me, “Is this something that you need?” Early on I distinguished the difference between a need and a want.

I watched every morning as my father went out to work in the wee hours of the day, returning late at night — tired, hungry, lacking ambition and full of frustration.

He gave his job his all – every day. There wasn’t a day he stayed home, no matter how sick or hurt he was. Even as a young child I realized this. We needed the money and he worked his butt off to provide it for us. He wanted us to live good lives. He wanted us to have what we needed. And for that I was grateful.

In addition, my family taught me the love of God, instilling values of gratefulness, appreciation, love, honesty and purity within me.

They taught me these beautiful values through their actions. Growing up I watched as they took in strangers needing a place to stay, donated food to the poor, donated money to children overseas, given rides to homeless and poor people, and basically given the shirts off their backs to anyone in need whenever possible even if they did not have it to give.

I have witnessed people who have nothing, and their gratefulness for so little, therefore I spend my days remembering that for any “bad” thing that happens there is always someone who has it worse and they are getting through it with less.
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As a result I wake up every single day with gratefulness.

No matter what is going on every single morning I remind myself that:

I am grateful.

  • I am grateful for my parents
  • grateful for our house
  • grateful for food
  • grateful for a bed
  • grateful for a job
  • grateful for clothes
  • grateful for my health, body and mind
  • and grateful to be alive

Therefore, as my connection to this mindset heightened over the years I became more and more conscious of the foods I eat, the people I surround myself with, the activities that I do, the movies I watch, the words I say – and overall the way that I live.

Grateful for body

I make every effort that I can to live the best,healthiest, happiest life that I possibly can.

Not because I want to be skinny, or look good, or feel good – really because I am so grateful for this life and I want to show God and the world that I am appreciative.

My body is a gift. I love my body. Every ounce of it. I am thankful for all that is does for me each and every day — regardless of how it looks.

As a result I make every effort to treat my body well giving it healthy nutritious food, love, support, care and exercise. ❤ 

This is my reasoning. It was incredibly eye opening to come to this realization. And, hopefully it was inspiring for you as well. ❤

*Every single life on this Earth is precious.

*Every single person has a specific purpose and plan.

*We were all placed on this Earth for a reason.

*It is your responsibility to live your life the best that you can in an effort to discover your purpose and live it out.

Reflection:

Take some time to ponder these questions and feel free to share below. I would LOVE to hear from you. You are also welcome to email me any time at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

  • Why do you live the way that you do?
    • Could a positive outlook improve your lifestyle and choices?
  • What is your purpose on this Earth?
    • What are your strengths and passions?

Please share your thoughts and reactions below! Sending you positive thoughts and actions today ❤

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❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

 

Angela Joy xo

10 Tips Towards a Healthier YOU

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The New Year – A time for re-evaluation, reconsideration, improvement, and overall change.

We all want to live healthy and happy lives don’t we?

Well let’s get started.

Listed below I have created 10 suggested resolutions that you can incorporate into your life TODAY!

Take your first step towards a healthier, happier YOU!

 

If implemented into your New Year, these 10 tips will help you become your happiest, healthiest and most satisfied self in 2016.

  1. Eat three meals per day.

When it comes to weight loss most people think less is more. Therefore, a common weight loss practice is to skip a meal or two in effort to eat less.

Contrary to what most think, it is actually more beneficial to eat three specific meals each day at specific times throughout the week.

Each meal is incredibly important – proving essential nutrients, vitamins and energy used throughout the day.

If a meal is skipped the body will feel sluggish, tired, unenergetic, and hungry – causing loss of focus, decreased productivity and lowered performance.

Once a specific three meals per day schedule has been created the body will acclimate and know when food is coming. You snacking habits between meals will dramatically decrease. You will look forward to your meals. You will no longer crave sweet snacks throughout the day or develop mood swings from starvation. And your reliance on caffeine will diminish.

The blood stream will receive a steady influx of food at specific times fueling the body to perform at peak performance!

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  1. Eat consciously.

During your three specific meals take a moment to consider your eating environment.

Are you eating alone? In front of a television? While using your phone? Or, while completing work on the computer?

Each of these environments are not conducive for a healthy, relaxing meal.

We should be present while eating so that we are able to focus on how the food tastes, how we are chewing and how it is digested.

When we eat with distractions we are unable to recognize what foods we ate, whether or not we enjoyed the meal, and most importantly when we are full.

Often time distracted eating leads to overeating or the eating of unnatural foods – both of which are not health.

Food is best enjoyed when you are fully present, either sitting at a table eating by yourself or with friends or family – no cellphones, computers or books.

This transition will allow you to recognize the amount of food you are eating, the type, the taste and the experience.

  1. The 90-percent Rule – Give Yourself a Break! 

Diets are often made up of restrictive rules that work for several days or weeks, until one rule is broken and a binge is triggered.

The 90-percent rule prevents diet mishaps, “cheat meals,” and binge eating.

When the 90-percent rule is followed you choose to eat healthy 90-percent of the time. The remaining 10-percent is up to you. You can eat cheese, sweets, or any other type of food that is not included in your diet. Eat the foods that you crave, or really enjoy eating.

Allow yourself to be OKAY with eating this food and remind yourself that 90-percent of your diet was incredibly healthy. Eating one unhealthy, or less healthy item, will not devalue the vitamins and nutrients that you have consumed throughout the day.

Deprivation diets DO NOT work. They are not healthy for the body or the psyche. Allow yourself the 10-percent.

  1. Portion Control – It Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Maybe dieting is not right for you. Maybe you are already eating a somewhat healthy diet, but you are not seeing results.

Try pre-portioning your meals and choosing smaller sizes.

If you want to eat the dark chocolate, eat s few squares. If you are having oatmeal, don’t fill the entire bowl. If you are taking nuts to work for a snack, don’t take the entire bag.

Sometimes eating as much as 10-20 percent less will cause weight loss.

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  1. Exercise – It can be fun! 

Start moving!

Exercise should be implemented into everyone’s lives. Whether it is a walk, run, spin class, swim or aerobics class – everyone should participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week.

Exercise will not only help you to lose weight, it will also improve your digestion, allow you to sleep more, improve your mood happier and allow you to ultimately live an overall better life.

  1. Sleep – Do it! 

Your minimum sleep requirement should be seven hours per night.

I suggest that everyone sleep a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine hours per night.

If your sleeping habits are much lower, try adding at least one hour per night and try to work on improving your sleeping habits, environment and routine.

Sleep is one of the most important factors to health.

Sleep is the time where our body repairs, renews and rebuilds our cells. Do not miss out on this essential time.

  1. Crowd In – Welcome Health into Your Life 🙂

It can be difficult to suddenly cut all of the foods that you enjoy in your diet.

Instead or cutting these foods out right away, try crowding healthy foods in.

During lunch, add some kale to your salad.

During dinner, add a vegetable to your plate.

Before bed, add a fruit to your dessert.

During breakfast, add nuts.

By simply adding these foods to your diet you will see that the foods you were previously eating do not serve as great of a purpose.

One of the areas of dieting that people have difficulty with is when they are forced to “cut out” unhealthy foods. Most often people do not know what to substitute the food with.

Begin by teaching yourself what foods should be eaten and during what times of the day they should be eaten. Then, work on substituting these healthier choice foods with your previous choices.

These foods don’t have to be completely eliminated out of your diet, but try decreasing the amount in an attempt to include more healthy choices – without overeating.

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables – I Promise it is Worth it!

The healthiest people on the plant eat a diet made up of large portions of fruits and vegetables.

According to the National Institute on Aging the people who live the longest are the ones who consume a primarily plant-based diet, made up of 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

When choosing what foods to crowd in to your diet start by choosing fruits and vegetables in an effort to increase your daily serving intake.

Fruits and vegetables are not only healthier choices (that consist of smaller amounts of fat and sugar) they also consist of high amounts of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that our body needs!

Choosing not to eat these foods deprives the body of these essential nutrients – while also dramatically decreasing your projected age expectancy.

  1. Keep a journal – This is Not Your Grade School Journal

If we saw a picture of all of the foods we eat in one day laid out on a table we would highly reconsider out eating habits.

A food journal helps you to evaluate the food you eat each day.

You will be able to see the amount of food you eat, the time you eat it, and the types.

You will recognize what areas need the most attention and which should be completely eliminated.

I advise that you keep a food journal for a total of at least one week.

Write down each meal that you eat, the time, amount of food, how you felt before and after the food, how the food tasted, if you felt hungry afterwards, your activities during the meal, and the location of the meal.

This one week of journaling could possibly change your life!

Many of us will eat large portions without ever taking notice. Many of us will eat foods we can’t even believe we eat.

Sometimes people will recognize that they eat the same few foods and without any variety.

The area that is most concerning to people is the amount of food eaten and the lack of fruits and vegetables.

  1. Self-care – What About You? 

Take some time to truly care for yourself this New Year!

Most of us spend a great deal of our time caring for others (children, spouse, parents, friends, etc.). But, have you ever thought about stopping and taking the time to understand and meet your own needs?

Fulfilling our needs can be difficult. We know that there are 100 other “to dos” that should be done. Therefore, we overlook our needs to in an attempt to get things done.

What kind of a difference do you think it would make if instead of trying to get it all done, you took a 10 minute break; you indulged on dark chocolate; you meditated; you took a hot bath; you went out to the sushi place you are dying to go to; you went out with your friends; or you went on vacation.

What if, for once, you did what you wanted to do?

For more information about learning to care for yourself, check out the book “The Art of Extreme Self-Care” by Cheryl Richardson.

Start caring for yourself this 2016!

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These are my 10 healthy resolution options for you to choose from this 2016.

Each one can help to improve your overall health and well-being.

Try implementing one gradually. If the new routine is able to stick, try implementing the next one.

Note the improvements that the changes make on your life and your health.

If you liked this post, please comment, like or share!

I would LOVE to hear from you.

What kind of resolutions have you made this year?

Has this article inspired you in any way?

Comment below and I would be more than happy to chat with you!

 

❤ Blessings, love and joy,

 

xoxo Angela Joy

New Year, New You: Here’s How!

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As we all prepare to embark on the journey that the New Year holds it is only natural to reflect on the year that has passed and determine the areas you would like to improve. This generally is where New Year’s resolutions fall into play.

We set new goals with hopes to welcome new experiences and accomplishments for the year to come. We resolve to invite new habits and make commitments to ourselves to implement them.

The trick however is actually following through with these wonderful resolutions that we have created.

In an effort to assist you in creating your best New Year resolutions yet, I listed several tips that will help you to create lasting change in your health and life this 2016.

Get specific
Instead of creating a generic goal such as to lose weight or make more money, make your goal specific. This will allow you to better understand what you actually want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.

For example, if your goal is to run a 5k choose which 5k you are going to run.

If your goal is to eat healthier, choose what foods you are going to start eating, when you will eat them and the type of recipes you will eat them in.

Be very specific about what your goal is, when you will implement it, for how long and what will occur when it is achieved.

If you are having trouble in setting your goals and you would like further advice, contact me personally about goal coaching. I would be happy to work with you in the New Year!

Contact me at angelajoynutrition@gmail.com.

Be realistic
Having a goal is wonderful. If you are not able to achieve the goal because it is too far-fetched or just plain unachievable it may be a good idea to set a more realistic goal that better suits your needs and desires.

For example, if you are brand new to running it is probably not a good idea to set a goal to run four marathons this year.

Or if you are only slightly overweight and you are hoping to lose 30 pounds in the next month. This is not a realistic amount of weight to lose, it is also not a healthy amount to lose in such a short amount of time.

Choose a goal that you are inspired by, but also one that you are truly able to achieve within a reasonable time frame.

Personalize it
All goals should have meaning behind them otherwise they can be easily ignored or forgotten. If there is no true meaning what is the purpose of achieving the goal?

Determine what this goal means to you – don’t forget to make it personal.

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Be Clear
Be very clear with yourself about why you are setting this goal in the first place and what achieving the goal will mean for you.

Create a visual image that depicts your reason for choosing the goal and a separate image displaying what achieving the goal will look like to you.

Be clear about what the success looks like to you, how you feel, and how your life will be impacted.

Recreate this image whenever you feel that your goal is too difficult to pursue, or you are having a bad day.

Prepare for barriers
Determine early on what specific factors may inhibit you from achieving your goal.

Recognize these barriers in advance and brainstorm ways that you can prevent them from interfering with your goal.

Planning ahead will save you time and energy.

Recruit a friend
When setting your goal check to see if any of your friends or family members would be interested in achieving the goal with you.

There is a much higher probability that a goal will be achieved if you have a friend to endure the ups and down with.

A friend will offer support, guidance and motivation.

They will encourage you to keep going when you feel like you want to give up.

Seek an accountability partner or coach
For those who are not able to find a friend to endure your goal with, you may want to consider seeking out a coach.

A coach will check in on the progress that you are making or not making. They will offer you guidance when you do not know where to turn. They will motivate you along the way.

If you are interested in seeking a coach for the 2016 year, I am currently taking clients and would love to work with you!

Each program will begin with an introductory first session – which I am offering for FREE this month.

If you are interested in receiving a free coaching introductory session with me to kick-start your 2016 year, email me at angelajoynutrition@gmail.com.

Take action
Now that you have set your goal, take the next step and begin making progress towards achieving it.

If your goal is to run a 5k, sign up for a race.

If you goal is to eat healthier, purchase health food – and actually eat it!

If your goal is to start strength training, get to the gym.

If your goal is to be a nicer person, start smiling and holding doors.

The time to start is now.

Have a healthy and happy New Year filled with accomplishment, joy and success!

If you enjoyed this article, please like, comment and share!
I would love to hear from you about your resolutions and the progress that you have made or have not yet made 🙂

If you want to create lasting change this New Year start the year off right with your very own Health Coach.

I am currently offering FREE introductory Health Coaching sessions, for a limited time only.

Email me as soon as possible to save your spot and
take the first step in changing your health and your life

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❤ Wishing you blessings, joy and love,

 

Angela Joy

 

Eat Right For Your Blood Type: The Vegetarian Blood Type

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By:Angela Ciroalo

Did you know that your blood type can determine how well your body can digest and store certain foods? It can also determine how you react to illness, the behaviors that you express, and the foods that you like.

Naturopathic physician, researcher and lecturer Dr. Peter D’Adamo discovered this observation which led him to study the connection between a person’s blood-type and the diseases or illnesses that they contract.

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As a result of his findings he authored the book “Eat Right for Your Blood Type,” outlining where each blood type originated, how the blood types came about, and the characteristics of each blood type.

Dr. D’Adamo explains how our ancestors lived, ate and communicated influenced our health today.

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Blood Type A
Out of the four different blood types—O, A, B and AB—blood type A is the only one that is suggested to consume a fully vegetarian diet.

Dr. D’Adamo explains that those who are blood type A will fair best when they are not consuming meat or dairy.

Furthermore it is important that blood type As consume food in a natural, pure, fresh and organic state.

“I can’t emphasize enough how this critical dietary adjustment can be to the sensitive immune system of Type A,” Dr. D’Adamo states in his book. “With this diet you can supercharge your immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases.”

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History of Blood Type A

Blood type A was the second blood type created after the original blood type O. Blood type A was created between 25,000 and 15,000 B.C. in either Asia or the Middle East.

During this time, environmental conditions were changing causing the diet and lifestyle to change along with it—hence the birth of a new blood type, blood type A.

Some of the changes some became a part of daily living included agriculture and animal domestication as well as the adaption to living in stable communities with permanent living structures.

Dr. D’Adamo explains that do to these changes the eating habits, lifestyle, digestive tracts and immune system of the inhabitants also changed.

Furthermore, due to the strength of the people who were blood type A, the survival rate increased, outliving many blood type Os. Dr. D’Adamo explains that the immune system of blood type A people was very strong, therefore allowing those who held the blod type to increase and multiply.

Blood type A was able to survive disease like the plague, cholera and smallpox far better than blood type O. Therefore, blood type A did not become extinct and continued to increase as the inhabitants spread into western Europe.

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Blood Type A Profile:
Those who are blood type A are known as the original cultivators. Their ancestors reaped what they sowed, meaning they became farmers and consumed fresh foods rather than hunters who consumed meats. As a result, they followed a vegetarian diet consisting of fresh produce and grains.

Blood type As have a difficult time when consuming meat and dairy due to the sensitive digestive systems that they developed.

Therefore, blood type As thrive from fresh, whole foods grown from the land. They are in fact quite opposite of blood type O and will feel sluggish when they consume meats.

One of the reasons for this is that a blood type A person has naturally acidic blood. Therefore, when foods that are acidic enter the blood stream, negative reactions occur. This is very different from a blood type O person whose blood is more alkaline and can digest and assimilate acidic foods without any problems.

Dairy is also avoided, along with meat, because blood type A rejects the sugar in milk. When milk is consumed a blood type A person will have difficulty digesting the milk sugar and issues may occur.

Furthermore, the consumption of milk will often create the production of mucus. Blood type As are known to produce more mucus than other blood types and when dairy is ingested mucus levels increase—often causing respiratory problems, allergic responses, and infections.

As far as the consumption of grains goes, blood type As can consume them, however they must be conscious of the amount they eat. Grains are also acidic and if eaten in excess can cause muscle tissues to become overly acidic.

In sum, the agrarian diet (blood type A diet) recommends a high carbohydrate diet made up of fresh fruits and vegetables with low amounts of fats.

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Foods to Avoid:
Foods that encourage weight gain in blood type As include; meat, dairy, kidney beans, lima beans, and wheat when eaten in abundance.

Foods that are particularly suggested to refrain from eating include processed meats and processed or packaged foods.

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Foods to Consume:
Foods that encourage weight loss include; vegetables oils, soy foods, vegetables, and pineapples.

Additionally, specific foods that will benefit a blood type A person include;

  • Nuts; peanuts, peanut butter and pumpkin seeds.
  • Oils; linseed or flaxseed oil and olive oil.
  • Dairy; soy cheese and soy milk.
  • Beans; black, green, azuke, red soy, pinto, lentils, black eyes and azuki
  • Cereals; amaranth and buckwheat.
  • Breads; essene, Ezekiel, rice cakes, soy flour, and sprouted wheat bread.
  • Grains and pastas; buckwheat, oat, rice and rye flour, soba noodles, and artichoke pasta.
  • Vegetables; artichoke, beet leaves, broccoli, carrots, chicory, collard greens, dandelion, escarole, garlic, kale, onions, parsley, spinach, and much more
  • Fruits; apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, dried figs, lemons, pineapple, grapefruits, plums and prunes

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Risks of Diseases:
Those who are blood type A are more susceptible to heart disease and cancer. However, when following the suggested blood type A diet, risk of disease decreases.

For more information on the Blood Type A Diet, refer to Dr. D’Adamo’s book, “Eat Right for your Blood Type, The individualized Diet Solution to Staying Health, Living Longer and Achieving Your Ideal Weight” and visit Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood Type A online profile.

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