What is the Nourishing Body Project

Our high-flying industry is extremely toxic.  We struggle with chronic fatigue, disturbed circadian rhythms, fertility, poor digestion, weight gain, chronic inflammation, EMF exposure, hormonal imbalance, depression, anxiety and more.  Taking control of your digestion and nutrition will make waves in calming the turbulence and healing the body.

 

This easy to follow and interactive three-week program will not only help you lose weight but will also improve your energy, sleep, digestion and crosscheck your happy feels!

You will receive nutritional fun facts, detoxification techniques, tips and tricks on how to pack a healthy lunch, easy hotel room workouts, and more!  Get your seat on the Nourishing Body Project flight before we over-sell and you’ll be stuck waiting stand-by!

We also have a private facebook for sharing recipes, feels, and success!

How does it work?

You will log your points in the Helium app at the end of every day.  If you finish the day without drinking alcohol, that's a point.  If you don't eat any refined sugar, that's a point! This means you have the opportunity to score 7 points each day!  No cheating!

no refined sugar

Put down the leftover sundae, don’t make eye contact with the first-class cookies and walk to the aft galley and don’t return until you regain control.  Sugar is the “smoke in the cabin” to our bodies.  If we keep feeding the fire the smoke will overtake us, control us, and ultimately seal our fate.

Refined sugar leads to the many health issues of today such as inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, blood sugar dysregulation, insulin resistance, and obesity.  When your body metabolizes sugar, it depletes your body of important vitamins and minerals such as some B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium adding more fuel to the fire of sugar badness.

Only use sweeteners found in nature such as raw local honey, bee pollen, pure maple syrup, sweet potato, and fruit.

no chemical ingredients or trans-fats

Bend over heads down y’all! A huuuge no-no! Chemically processed foods are mainly found in the center aisles of your grocery store and generally contain an obscene amount of chemical ingredients.  Anything that has been changed from its natural shape by grinding, heating, and made in a factory should bring you to a level 3 awareness. Be careful franken-foods can be found in many “health” bars, gluten free products, and drinks too.  These foods have had disastrous effects on our society from obesity, heart disease, auto-immune disease, hormonal dysfunction, mental illness...and the list can go on and on.  Be a mindful shopper and always cross-check labels, ditch the devilish trans fats and cook with the happy fats.

Happy fats include:

  • Grass-fed butter

  • Cold pressed coconut oil

  • Olive oil

  • Tallow

  • Ghee

  • Duck fat

Trans fats:

  • Hydrogenated oils

  • Vegetable oil

  • Margarine

  • Shortening

Trans fats are often found in:

  • Fried food

  • Microwave popcorn

  • Baking mixes

  • Commercially baked goods

  • Processed foods

water
no chemically processed airplane food

Do not eat packaged airplane food, salad dressings or sauces!  This will be the easiest of all the points since our work days are so predictable, short, and a Whole Foods is always next to the hotel. HA! 

All the packaged food we carry on the aircraft contains a cray amount of processed ingredients and sugar, if you don’t believe me check out some of the scary ingredient labels. 

 

As for the “fresh” food omit the salad dressings that have weird added ingredients, sauces (because we don’t know what’s in them), and anything that else that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  I would really love to omit all airplane foods but I realize hangry is a thing and sometimes that is all we get

no processed dairy

Processed dairy out – fermented dairy such as yogurt in! 

Processed dairy has been heated to high levels altering its chemical structure stripping it of all its beneficial bacteria and vitamins.  Before it hits the shelves, it is then pumped with synthetic vitamins, sugar and fillers.  Look for healthy alternatives such as those listed below. Fermented dairy is awesome due to its probiotic properties.  Trust me, you will survive 3 weeks without it.

Healthier alternatives to processed milk:

  • Coconut milk from the can (full fat/sugar free)

  • Almond milk

  • Cashew milk

  • Kefir – sugar free

  • Organic grass-fed yogurt – sugar free

  • Goat’s yogurt

Stay away from soy milk… soy is no Bueno.  Soy milk contains phytoestrogens which increases estrogen in both males and females.  The reason this is no Bueno is because this excess estrogen increases the risk of hormone imbalance-related disorders in women such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, and PCOS.  In men the excess estrogen will cause female characteristics such as “man boobs”.

no alcohol

Time to detox!  I know that alcohol can be the glue that holds our sanity together and it is usually the center of crew get togethers but if you can let it go for a few short weeks your body will thank you for it in huge ways.  Besides, socializing should be more about the people and being present than it is about the booze.  You’ll still be there, but your friend, Merlot, will just be taking a one month COLA.

Negative Impacts of alcohol:

  • Weight gain

  • Dysregulated blood sugar

  • Disrupted circadian rhythms

  • Adrenal fatigue

  • Inflammation

  • Reduced energy

  • Dehydration

  • Accelerated aging

  • Increased fat storage

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Regret

no refined carbs, gluten, or refined grains

Refined carbohydrates have been stripped of nutrients  and hit the bloodstream like an injection of sugar. This injection triggers the release of insulin which converts sugar into stored fat rather than energy. The over consumption of processed carbohydrates leads to weight gain and gut permeability (leaky gut..ew).  Gut permeability cascades to a multitude of health issues including inflammation, IBS, mental illness, a down-regulated immune system, elevated cortisol levels and insulin resistance.  Just put down the bread, don’t make eye contact with that donut hole, and just walk away. In fact, EASY VICTOR!

Examples of refined carbs:

  • Bread

  • Flour

  • Cereal

  • Crackers

  • Pasta

  • Noodles

  • Pastries

  • Croutons

  • Sauces and gravies

  • Beer

  • Flour tortillas

  • And more! Be sure to cross-check your food labels

Take your body weight in lbs and divide it by 2.  This is how many oz of water you need to drink.

Guzzle up crew! Close your eyes and pretend its crew juice because we all know we could use a little bit more water in our life!  If you haven’t heard flying can be a little bit toxic, water helps to flush some the nasty’s from our body while also strengthening our immune system.

Benefits of drinking water:

  • Flushes toxins

  • Strengthens immune system

  • Lowers histamine levels – stuff that causes allergic reactions

  • Moisten lungs for easier breathing – have you ever been on the 757?

  • Lubricates your bones and joints

Caffeinated drinks do not count! I know this sounds like crazy talk but try to keep your coffee intake to 2 cups of coffee or less.  Caffeine contributes to adrenal fatigue and elevated cortisol levels…. Aka, stress, brain fog, anxiety, and excess fat storage.

“But I pee all the time” … I got ya boo. Just put a little pinch of sea salt (not table salt or packaged salt) into your water bottle. Sea salt contains the important minerals: sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  These macro minerals provide many important functions in the body but they also help you to absorb the water instead of it just flushing right through you (no pun intended).

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Colleen McClelland

NTP

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