Hungry for Change & Why Diets Don't Work

Hey guys! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I had another really low-key one, which was great! We had a movie marathon and somehow managed to watch FOUR different movies! It's usually hard for me to sit still through a single movie so getting four in felt like such a treat! We have a busy couple of weekends coming up so I was glad that we forced ourselves to just relax. We rented two Redbox movies Friday Night: Lone Survivor, based on a true story about a group of Navy SEALs, including Michael "Murph" Murphy, who died in the line of duty. The Memorial Day CrossFit hero WOD known as Murph is named after the same Murph in this movie. It was really sad but we enjoyed getting to know his and the other SEALs story, and learning more about their sacrifice. (Pretty amazing!) We also watched Out of the Furnace, which turned out to be another pretty sad movie. Both were super intense and I went to bed feeling kind of depressed Friday!

Saturday morning I went to CrossFit, which of course, fixed my mood! The workout was deceptively hard!

AMRAP in 25 minutes of: 5 Power Cleans (135/95) 10 Toes to Bar 15 Wall Balls (20/14, 10’) 200 m Run

I shocked myself doing real toes to bar, not knees to elbows or some exhausted variation! I didn't string them together but just getting one at a time felt great! Before the workout Aaron suggested gripping the bar with my fingers rather than wrapping my palm around the bar and that seemed to help a lot. I also used hand grips, which helped too.

I was completely exhausted at the end of the 25 minutes and literally laid out on the ground, which I don't usually do! I got 6 rounds + 25 reps but Aaron beat me with 6 rounds + 30 reps! I was close, though! I have to give him major props because he went for a 6-mile run after the WOD to prepare for a Spartan Super Race he's doing later this month. I seriously cannot believe he went running after a running WOD!

After CrossFit I babysat my friend Michell's son, Jackson! He's such a cutie! (Check out Michelle's pregnancy story.)

When I got home we watched Blackfish, a documentary about the captivity of killer whales. Seriously. so. sad. :(

Since we were on a documentary kick we flipped to another, Hungry for Change, which was much more upbeat and the perfect way to end our movie marathon! It was actually really inspiring! If you're at all looking to learn more about being healthy, losing weight, or just generally feeling better, I can't recommend this movie highly enough!

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Hungry for Change is full of shocking facts that really wake you up to the world we live in and the implication of our food choices. I really liked the emphasis on why diets don't work, and the fact that they are fundamentally flawed because they are temporary! I love the advice to turn your "I can't" into "I can, but I don't want to." What a powerful message! This is something I could immediately relate to having just completed a weight loss competition with friends and feeling a bit wild and free with my food choices lately! Time to bring it back in and realize "I can't but I don't want to!"

Check out my other favorite tips from the movie below the jump.

Use the crowding out method to get started. I've blogged about crowding out.

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Get visual with your subconscious! The subconscious doesn't speak English but we can speak to our subconscious through visuals, which is why it's so important to imagine yourself the way you want to be!

It’s NOT what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you. There's a reason they say stressed is desserts spelled backwards!

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Along those same lines, obesity is not the problem, it’s a solution for peoples stress and traumas... 

Did you know studies have revealed that when under stress you can gain weight by just looking at fattening foods? How crazy is that!

We do not eat real food anymore. We eat food products that are designed to look more tasty, better smelling and longer lasting. 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume, on average, 150 pounds of sugar and artificial sweeteners a year! I've blogged about the dangers of consuming too much sugar.

Food kills more people than all drugs on the earth combined. All of the experts agreed that sugar, MSG and other food chemicals were just as addicting as nicotine and cocaine. Shocking!

Start juicing today! 

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I especially love that the documentary offers immediate ways to get started detoxing your body of the toxins, such as getting more chlorophyll rich foods and eating more parsley and cilantro. The website also offers this great 10 Step Action Plan:

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The documentary prompted us to ask my father-in-law to borrow his juicer, which we know has been collecting dust in his garage for the last few years. We didn't have time to get the produce we need to start juicing but I'm excited to start juicing soon.

I'd love to hear your tips for juicing!

What are your favorite healthy documentaries?

Have you seen Hungry for Change?

Images from Hungry for Change