Lifestyle Changes That Can “Undo” Damage To Your Body | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network


OPRAH: Eat well. DEAN: Eat well. OPRAH: By eating well, you mean plant-based diet. And I think that’s interesting. You don’t say vegetarian or vegan. You say eat a more plant-based diet. DEAN: That’s right. OPRAH: What does that mean? DEAN: Fruits. Vegetables. Whole grains. Legumes. And as they come in nature. You know, it is basically a vegan diet. But vegan is one of those words that kind of pushes people’s buttons, you know. OPRAH: Yeah. DEAN: But it’s a plant-based diet. I think that’s the easiest way to describe it. It’s low in fat and low in sugar. OPRAH: Okay. And move more. DEAN: Move more is if you like it, you’ll do Try to find an exercise that — a combination of aerobic and strength training and some stretching as well. OPRAH: I think walking is just the best thing. And I’ve got all these hills and mountains out there. DEAN: It is. OPRAH: I mean, it’s just the best thing. DEAN: Yeah, walking an hour a day is all we ask people to do. OPRAH: And that would actually make a change? DEAN: That can reverse most chronic diseases in combination with these other things. OPRAH: Yeah. I often think that about my — my mother and other relatives. I mean, particularly in the African American community, there’s a whole group of people who just stop moving after a certain age. DEAN: Yes. OPRAH: Yes. DEAN: It’s not just African Americans. It’s everyone. I talk in the book that sitting is the new smoking. You know, that there’s — OPRAH: Interesting. DEAN: Because — there’s simple things you can do. If you can incorporate it into your daily life. Just get a portable phone, for example. Walk around when you’re talking on the phone. Take the stairs a flight or two. I used to get frustrated when I couldn’t find a parking space near the gym. I thought this is ridiculous. So I just deliberately parked farther away just so I could get a little bit of exercise and not feel so stressed out.

13 thoughts on “Lifestyle Changes That Can “Undo” Damage To Your Body | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

  1. So true. Eating to nourish is important. Though I am Just Eating and losing weight through Intermittent Fasting, I ensure to eat 80% non processed and 20% treats. So far I have lost 44lbs/20kg, normalized my blood pressure, no longer pre diabetic, no more body inflammations. I would love to share my Wellness Journey with you Oprah and the world. My dream is to liberate and empower people with my story. After being obese for 30 years, I am happy to have finally claimed my life back. I have friends who are having positive success combining Intermittent Fasting with WW. The IF and WW combination works best in helping people establish a healthy relationship with food without obsessing about food.
    More information about my journey here: www.rachelnekat.com

  2. Eat like our ancestors ate instead of assimilating into a diet not for us….my grandfather had a garden and we raised our own animals and then sent to slaughter for our households fresh meats. There is nothing new under the sun as Solomon said in the Bible

  3. Ladies, here are some tips that helped me.

    (And trust me — I’ve never been athletic, I’ve never been great at sports, and I’ve never been super wonderful when it comes to working out, nutrition, fitness, or dieting.)

    But when the gentleman mentioned if “you like it, you’ll do it.” — I could totally relate. For all of my beautiful babes who may be clueless on where to start… I would really recommend joining a kickboxing box. (Here in Arizona, my local community college offers a kickboxing class at a discounted rate to the public, even if you aren’t a student at the school. I would recommend googling to see if your local community college offers something similar as well.) You can also google and see if there are any local kickboxing classes specifically women only ones if it makes you insecure to join a class that involves men. (Just be mindful that kickboxing involves a lot of partnership. So I would recommend signing up with your mom, your sister, your aunt, your daughter, your best friend, your niece, etc — just anyone who you would feel comfortable partnering up with in class.) My kickboxing class is an hour long, 2 days a week. A couple of hours during my week isn’t too much to ask, and it really helped me shed off stubborn pounds, helped me with stamina, and really helped me with getting in some good cardio.

    If kickboxing isn’t really your thing, I would recommend joining a Zumba class. Most gym memberships offer them, and you can always go to the back of the class and get in your amazing workout. You don’t necessarily have to be in the front. You can workout at your own discretion if you feel insecure working out with a whole bunch of people.

    If you’re looking for something a bit more tame, I would suggest looking into a beginners yoga class. I googled some local ones near my area, and they are relatively affordable. (Most community colleges/universities offer a yoga class as well or have fitness centers available.) Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and tension.

    Swimming is also a wonderful form of exercise also. I absolutely love swimming. And being that I live in Arizona, being in the water on a warm summer day feels like pure Heaven. ✨🌵🏜

    Start off slow. Baby steps. Set a reasonable goal. For me, when I was first desiring to lose weight, I told myself that I wanted to go to the gym at least once a month. For about 6 months, I only went once a month. And slowly but surely, I found my rhythm, and started to go regularly.

    Just know that losing weight takes time. Be easy on yourself. If you’re struggling with losing weight and being insecure, just know that those feelings are completely normal. It’s okay to get discouraged when you don’t see results right away. You’re are absolutely beautiful and valuable, and once you reach a weight that you feel comfortable with, it will give you an excuse to go shopping and update your wardrobe with stylish clothes. Lol. 💞 My apologies for the lengthy comment. But I hope that helps!

  4. Personally, I find this whole “vegan thing” really annoying as everyone’s body has different needs. I need meat. However, I do believed people, especially in the western world ones should eat triple the amount of vegetables we consume.

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