There may be many calls to action to start working out and to get on a vegan diet, from people who have been doing this forever and, usually, for a living. But, let's use our brain in the real world... When you are too intoxicated with processed foods and overworked, getting off the couch to cook yourself a meal from scratch or to exercise may seem like an out of reach major project. Been there, done that. So I have a total understanding of the working person, without the time nor the drive to hug a tree or two, at the end of the day... Not only that I'm not judging you, but I also have to let you know that there's hope. Here is what I do, when my hectic work schedule throws my weight and well-being off track:

1. I drink water! Filtered or distilled. I drink both because I feel that each of them helps me in different ways. Distilled water is great at removing whatever doesn't belong in your body. However, I have no room for a distiller. Also, storing for as much as we drink in my home, on a regular basis, would also be an issue... Not to mention the lack of time to go shopping for water, almost every day. But I have a very great filter that makes amazing water. And to make it even more amazing, I use water vitalization crystals, that make my water the way nature intended it to come out from the earth. Very important, I start by having a glass of water, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. You have no idea what a difference it makes. I have been in the habit of drinking water, first thing in the morning since I was 12 and I believe it to be one of the main reasons why I am in such a great health, at over 50 and haven't aged. It's quite recently, I started drinking 3 liters of water, all throughout the day. It wasn't easy at the beginning, but I got used to it, in less than a week. And after seeing some pounds shedding off quickly and how good my skin started looking, I kept this routine going, as much as possible, ever since.

If I've been eating too much junk or for too long, drinking this much water would be a must. I can start drinking less, once I clean up my diet. But whatever I do, I never give up the glass of water in the morning and I also take a multi-vitamin supplement, daily. Drinking lots of water a day is great, but it can also deplete your body of what it needs. So, I also use Himalayan crystal salt, in my food, or sometimes, just a dab of it, in a large pitcher of water. Himalayan crystal salt contains 84 minerals essential and trace elements. In spite of other people's advice, I don't overdo it. I find it very potent and for me, an insignificant amount goes a long way. So, if you think $30 for a bag of it is too much, no, it's not, because that 2 lbs bag lasts me forever.

2. Rather that probiotics, cleansers, or enemas, I prefer something faster acting and less time-consuming. Many cleansing options require following a certain protocol. Most of the time, adding such a program to my hectic schedule is the last thing I can afford. But I replace bad things in my diet with good ones, gradually. To start, organic blender smoothies for dinner are my best bet. If I'm not yet ready to give up a meal, I replace a snack with the smoothie. Eventually, that will start working and my metabolism will begin resetting itself. I will start craving that smoothie for dinner and also breakfast, in no time. In exchange, I will no longer crave any snacks.

3. Oh, the allergies! Disease is the result of viruses, bacteria, parasites, allergies. stress or psychological trauma. Obesity starts as a matter of letting yourself go and ends up as a disease. Processed foods are nothing but allergens conveniently presented for your immediate gratification and quick consumption. And because you lo-ove that, you create a mess, in your gut. Then, the mess in your gut causes a mess in your sinuses. The more mucus you produce, the more you create a favorable environment for all kind of bad bacteria and parasites who want to be fed. So, they throw such tantrums that they make you feel weak and trick you into believing that you're really hungry. And you eat more junk and more mucus you produce. Bacteria and parasites thrive, multiply, and now, compromise your immune system. So, viruses will join in on your mucus party, too. If you're not feeling under stress by now, you're a Super-human and this method may not be for you. But I'm a human and I need to start using a neti pot, daily. This helps my sinuses and the more I clean up my diet, the faster it will crack down on the parasitic party inside of me. Once that happens, I can start using the neti pot only once or twice a week, for maintenance.

4. Even if I have to fight myself, I stop eating a few hours before going to sleep.

5. Here are a few boosters that work very well for me, to help me get rid of allergies and inflammation in the body, much faster. I add 1 - 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and around 15 drops of potent black seed oil to the glass of water I drink, first thing in the morning. I do this again, before going to bed. Once a week, I change the routine and don't take the apple cider vinegar and black seed oil, at night. Instead, I mix the juice from half a lemon and a spoon of extra virgin olive oil and drink it in a single shot. I take 2 sips of water, right after, but no more than that. This mixture helps to dissolve any debris and clean the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Because I'm prone to gallstones, like most people are these days, sometimes, I have to double the dose and do it a few nights in a row until the symptoms subside.

6. Again, even if I have to fight myself, I will do my best to sleep at least 8 hours a night. (Black seed oil helps with this, too.) Lack of sleep is one of the main causes of weight gain... And I happen to be one of those people who won't unplug...

7. I start doing my easy workout routines, such as medicinal bike or yoga, for 10 - 15 minutes, 2 - 3 times a week. I always start with a warm-up followed by 2 minutes on the mini-trampoline and I end up with stretches. Trampoline and particularly stretches are essential if you want a slim figure. Soon enough, my appetite for much harder exercises comes back.

8. I use my imagination. I picture myself as the person I want to become, as much as possible. I also act like the person I want to become and eventually, the reality catches up with the imagination. 

I hope this helps...
Photo courtesy Alex Gorzen

Disclaimer: The methods described in this article are not meant to substitute medical advice. You are being advised to be cautious, to do your own research, and to seek professional opinions. You are fully responsible for any decisions and actions you take concerning your health and well-being.