Jump Start Programs

Here are the choices to jump start your new lifestyle. Jump start programs are not mandatory for your goals or transition to Nature’s Way of Life, rather a way to see what lifestyle will work best for you. The programs give you the opportunity to challenge yourself, or maybe simply try a new way of life for a short period of time. The programs do not guarantee any weight loss, however weight loss can be a side effect when you follow your jump start program properly. This means, no meat, no foods or products that are not from nature.

  1. 7 Day Vegetarian
  2. 14 Day Vegetarian
  3. 7 Day Vegan
  4. 14 Day Vegan
  5.  7 Day Raw Food
  6.  3 Day Raw Food
  7.  1 Day Vegetarian, 1 Day Vegan, 1 Day Raw Food (3 Day Total)
  8. 3 Day Vegetarian
  9. 2 Day Vegan
  10.  1 Day Raw FoodPhoto Credit: theatlantic.com

Vegetarian Programs

The vegetarian programs offer a wider assortment of food selection, given the fact that you will consume meat alternatives such as seitan, tofu and foods that contain dairy and or eggs. This program was designed to help you slowly transition into Nature’s Way of Life Vegan program, but do as you will and stay vegetarian if that what suits your fancy.

Vegan Programs

The vegan programs offer a smaller assortment of food selections in comparison to the vegetarian program, simply because you do not consume eggs or dairy products.

Raw Food Vegan Programs

The raw food vegan jump start program was designed from people who are already, vegetarian or vegan and would like to begin consuming only raw food for longevity. Now, this does not go to say that if you currently consume meat you can not try these programs, proceed and see how you feel.

I previously tried raw food vegan for 45 days, my goal was 60 days, but I made it 45 days. I am still in anticipation of living the raw food vegan lifestyle for a longer period of time. Ultimately, I would like to be vegan, the only exception for me would be eating out to avoid special request with friends. In addition to that, I am practicing calorie monitoring. This task includes watching what I eat, when the foods are not from nature, this means any man made food products, cereal, grain bars, pasta noodles breads, etc. These foods I consume in moderation, especially if I am having a hungering for it I do not deny myself the opportunity to indulge a little in what we at Nature’s Way of Life call “moderation foods”.

Quote of the Post!

“For every sacrifice, there’s a reward.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Tierra Thomas Weight Loss Struggle

I thought it was about time to share some truth and insight to my weight loss success with Nature’s Way of Life (NWOL). I have struggled with sustained weight loss, not because Nature’s Way of Life does not work, but because I have not been on NWOL for almost a year! I have been on a whirl wind in my life and not focused on my health, but now I know that is is time for a change again. Nature’s Way of Life continues to transform my life. Although I veered off course, I am back on NWOL for LIFE!

Weight Regain

Weight Regain of 25 pounds. Total Weight 145 pounds, 5’2

After losing a total of 55 pounds and regaining 25 of those, so many things felt wrong, my job, my home life, my personal life and it all took a toll on my overall health. Not even realizing this was happening I am back to 145 pounds at the height of only 5’2. Although I am not back at my 175 pounds I still fell disappointed in myself. I know it’s time to get rid of my excuses and live the life that will produce the life I want.

I want to share this story because I want to use this as an opportunity to re-channel my energy to transform my life again, spiritually, mentally and physically. As some would say, I lost my mojo and I am ready and willing to get it back. Today I decided to be vegan again, unless I am out with others who are cooking for me, to avoid special request. In addition to that I want to lose 40 pounds by my birthday next year April 22, 2014 coupled with toning up this bod into a solid machine. I tried everything else and I know nothing else will work like NWOL. It’s natural, fresh and will increase my life expectancy.

I believe this happened so I can share my story and strengthen my mind. Time to move forward into a life long journey of feeling comfortable in my skin because I am who I truly want to be.

Soon to come….after pictures.

Quote of the Day!

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment is it perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

 

—Tierra

New Nature’s Way of Life Program Choices

1 Day Raw Food Vegan Challenge

3 Day Raw Food Vegan-Jump Start Your New Lifestyle

5 Day Vegan Lifestyle

7 Day Vegan Lifestyle

15 Day Vegetarian Lifestyle

Meat Alternative Lifestyle

Replace animal mean with meat alternative for 30 days

Try one of these lifestyle choices today to be on your way to a new healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life.

Tierra Thomas

Fruit Salad & Dark Chocolate

Fruit Salad & Dark Chocolate

  • 2 sliced Kiwi
  • 6 strawberries
  • 8 raspberries
  • 5 blueberries
  • ¼ cup of dried cranberries
  • topped chopped 1-22 table spoons of almonds (optional)

1oz of 75% or more dark chocolate

 

Deliciously energizing and antioxidant rich!

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Antioxidant substances include

  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Source: Medline Plus

 

Vegetarian Nutrition

What is a vegetarian diet?

Some people follow a “vegetarian” diet, but there’s no single vegetarian eating pattern. The vegan or total vegetarian diet includes only foods from plants: fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans and peas), grains, seeds and nuts. The lactovegetarian diet includes plant foods plus cheese and other dairy products. The ovo-lactovegetarian (or lacto-ovovegetarian) diet also includes eggs. Semi-vegetarians don’t eat red meat but include chicken and fish with plant foods, dairy products and eggs.

Are vegetarian diets healthful?

Most vegetarian diets are low in or devoid of animal products. They’re also usually lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer. 

Vegetarian diets can be healthful and nutritionally sound if they’re carefully planned to include essential nutrients. However, a vegetarian diet can be unhealthy if it contains too many calories and/or saturated fat and not enough important nutrients.

What are the nutrients to consider in a vegetarian diet?

  • Protein: You don’t need to eat foods from animals to have enough protein in your diet. Plant proteins alone can provide enough of the essential and non-essential amino acids, as long as sources of dietary protein are varied and caloric intake is high enough to meet energy needs.
  • Whole grains, legumes, vegetables, seeds and nuts all contain both essential and non-essential amino acids. You don’t need to consciously combine these foods (“complementary proteins”) within a given meal.
  • Soy protein has been shown to be equal to proteins of animal origin. It can be your sole protein source if you choose.
  • Iron: Vegetarians may have a greater risk of iron deficiency than nonvegetarians. The richest sources of iron are red meat, liver and egg yolk — all high in cholesterol. However, dried beans, spinach, enriched products, brewer’s yeast and dried fruits are all good plant sources of iron.
  • Vitamin B-12: This comes naturally only from animal sources. Vegans need a reliable source of vitamin B-12. It can be found in some fortified (not enriched) breakfast cereals, fortified soy beverages, some brands of nutritional (brewer’s) yeast and other foods (check the labels), as well as vitamin supplements.
  • Vitamin D: Vegans should have a reliable source of vitamin D. Vegans who don’t get much sunlight may need a supplement.
  • Calcium: Studies show that vegetarians absorb and retain more calcium from foods than nonvegetarians do. Vegetable greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli, and some legumes and soybean products, are good sources of calcium from plants.
  • Zinc: Zinc is needed for growth and development. Good plant sources include grains, nuts and legumes. Shellfish are an excellent source of zinc. Take care to select supplements containing no more than 15-18 mg zinc. Supplements containing 50 mg or more may lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol in some people.

What meal plans are recommended?

Any type of vegetarian diet should include a wide variety of foods and enough calories to meet your energy needs.

  • Keep your intake of sweets and fatty foods to a minimum. These foods are low in nutrients and high in calories.
  • Choose whole or unrefined grain products when possible, or use fortified or enriched cereal products.
  • Use a variety of fruits and vegetables, including foods that are good sources of vitamins A and C.
  • If you use milk or dairy products, choose fat-free/nonfat and low-fat varieties.

Related AHA publications:

  • Easy Food Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating (also in Spanish) 
  • Controlling Your Risk Factors… heart attack and stroke 

Related AHA Scientific Statements:
Diet/Nutrition

Source: American Heart Association

 

 

New Study Suggest Vegetarians Outlive Meateaters

The Huffington Post UK reported the the preliminary results of a decade-long study, the vegetarian habits of religious group the Seventh-Day Adventists could cause the community to live longer.

According to Huffington Post writer Annie Hauser, early findings from a vast study of 96,000 members of group from across the US and Canada indicates the benefits of a diet free from meat.

Yahoo reports that vegetarian Adventist men live to an average of 83.3 years and vegetarian women 85.7 years (9.5 and 6.1 years, respectively, longer than other Californians).

Hauser says that early findings from the Adventist Health Study 2 suggest:

  • Vegans are, on average, 30 pounds lighter than meat eaters.
  • Vegans are also five units lighter on the BMI scale than meat-eaters.
  • Vegetarians and vegans are also less insulin resistant than meat-eaters.
  • Lean people are also more likely to exercise regularly, eat plants, and avoid cigarettes than overweight people, suggesting that numerous factors are boosting the overall health of these participants.
  • Pesco-vegetarians and semi-vegetarians who limit animal products, but still eat meat once a week or so, have “intermediate protection” against lifestyle diseases.

According to the Seventh-Day Adventist Dietetic Association, members of the group practise a vegetarian dietary lifestyle because of their belief in the holistic nature of humankind.

Breakfast cereal inventor John Harvey Kellogg is one of the church’s most famous founding members.

By: Tierra Thomas

Source: Huffington Post UK

Day 25 Raw Food Vegan

As I woke up this morning I felt even more refreshed and alive. As I mentioned in my previous post, since I have been consuming only raw food I feel lighter and more refreshed when I wake up. I don’t get out of bed feeling groggy. I have been eating lots of fruits such as strawberries, apples, oranges, grapes, kiwi, tomatoes, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and pineapple; these are a few of my favorite fruits. Vegetable wise I have been eating carrots, broccoli, spinach, celery, green peppers, red peppers, iceberg lettuce, cauliflower; cucumbers, these are a few of my favorite vegetables. I love nuts, but I know I don’t need many of them to get adequate amount of protein. I have been eating unsalted cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts; these are my favorite nuts. Now that I have eaten my favorite raw foods, I am going to eat other foods that I don’t currently consider to be my favorites. I was thinking I would have some cranberries, plums, peaches, guava, pear, pumpkin (this is the one I am really read to try, I never just ate pumpkin, I don’t even know if you can), mushrooms, and different types of apple.

Picture source: ingeniousmrs.blogspot.com

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