CHANGE! Giving up means Gaining–but not in Weight!

“One reason that people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain.” –Rick Godwin

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How many of you don’t like the idea of dieting because you feel like you are giving up your favorite foods or that your diet will be boring and no fun?

Giving up the wrong foods and the wrong way of eating lets you gain so much in self-esteem and being healthy.

Let’s face it, you have been doing it “wrong” for years or you wouldn’t be here right now.  I know that is true, I have lived it.  And yes, you might have a health issue (like me) or aging (like me) and it is harder to lose weight and you can’t eat nearly all of the same things you used to love to eat.

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Look at it this way.  How lucky for you to eat all of those so-bad-for-you foods for so long, but now it is time to grow up and learn how to control yourself.  You are not a child anymore and you don’t have to eat all of your favorite things every day.

I eat at a salad and sandwich shop a lot and every time I am there, I am shocked to see how many patrons who are overweight, buy a bag of potato chips with their healthy salad or sandwich.  If you want to be thin, you must have portion control and you have to count carbs.

I don’t eat sandwiches for lunch anymore because there are anywhere from 11 to 36g of carbs PER slice of bread.  And the bag of chips has about 14g of carbs.  So, if you eat a sandwich with a bag of chips, you could be eating anywhere from 36 to 86g of carbs per lunch (without counting meat, cheese, etc) and sugary carby soda.  If you want to lose weight, you have to eat between 50g and 100g of carbs per day and you just had almost all of it in one sitting.  This is why people find it hard to eat right or diet.  They have had NO idea how to count carbs and eat in a way that is conducive to a maintaining a normal weight.  Now, you can eat all of this if you are going to go for a run later…but how many of you do that?

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But, even my own family member who refused to change her food habits has finally changed after she was told she is VERY pre-diabetic.  Do you have to wait until you are that sick to finally do the right thing for yourself?  Go to Overeater’s Anonymous or a Medically supervised plan (like Lindora), join a workout club or group exercise (like my Pilates and Yoga–start with the beginner classes), but get help and do it right for the New Year–this year should have prosperity and well-being.  Do it for yourself.

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Happy New Year and Resolutions

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Many of you are thinking about making a change for the new year. Lifestyle changes are hard, but they have to be seen as something to do and learn ways to like them and stay with them. Diets don’t work. You have to change your relationship with food before you change your food

I now see food as nourishing, not for comfort, as I used to see it. I eat six small proteins a day, two small fruit portions a day and four small vegetable servings a day. I also have two small salads per day. I eat about every three to four hours. I always carry low-carb protein bars in my purse, in case it is time to eat and the only food that I am around Is fattening and unhealthy. The worst thing for your weight control is to allow yourself to get too hungry, go too long without eating (and slow down your metabolism), and not drink enough fluids throughout the day,

Supplements are important too. I found that most people who seem to have weight issues, either are eating too many carbs, earring too much and large portions, not drinking enough water, eating too much wheat or gluten, low on thyroid hormone, and low in Vitamin D or Iron. It is important for you to ask your doctor for a check up blood test for vitamin deficiencies and make sure that your weight issues are not hormone or not vitamin or mineral related.

Sorry, but exercise is key too. I am writing this blog right now while on my IPad, atop of my elliptical. Multitasking makes it easier for me to exercise. Everyone is different. Some father go to the gym or walk with a group. I go to group Pilates and yoga, but it prefer the elliptical at home, while I multitask. Find a way to move that you enjoy doing, and you will be way more successful at exercising consistently.

I was very busy with a new job and then I hurt my back. So, I kept up with some Pilates, but I am now back on the elliptical and my plan is to work in a schedule during each week….and I am getting in my elliptical right now too! The idea is that you have to keep trying. Exercise is about the journey, you will arrive at your destination whether you go slowly or quickly. Just keep at it.

Welcome to the year of the Green Wooden Sheep. It is a year of prosperity and Well Being. Go forth and lose weight, get in shape and look and feel great! Start moving and read my blog from the beginning about the rules to lose weight and keep it off. It has been 3 years for me now since I lost the weight. It can be done!

New Year’s Detox

Happy New Year, everyone!  Do you feel sluggish and ready for a NEW YEAR and new goals?

During the holidays our diets tend to reflect the over-indulgence of the season. Lots of heavy, processed foods that are rich in sugar, butter, dairy and carbohydrates will send our bodies spiraling out of control and we will begin feeling its effects.  Tis the season that most people gain weight.

When we load up on inordinate amounts of rich food during the holidays it causes deficiencies in our vitamin and nutrient intake.  During the holidays, our carbohydrate intake can easily double or triple (depending on how many parties we attend) and we end up feeling bloated and lethargic as a result. To add insult to injury, GMO and overly processed foods tend to exacerbate these symptoms. All of these foods can cause gut inflammation n a variety of different levels including digestion issues, arthritis flare-ups immune issues, depression and migraines.

Do you wonder why you get the holiday blues? The culprits are foods high in trans fats, sugar, foods made from refined or bleached flours, animal fats, alcohol, dairy and those high in MSG and gluten.

Doing a detox after the holidays is a great way to get your body back in working order. Specifically, you want to focus on helping your internal detoxification system: the colon, the kidneys and the liver. Be aware about what you are putting in your body and avoid GMO and processed foods.

Here are some tips of detoxing after we’ve been too festive during the holiday season.

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The New Year Detox:

  1. Drink lots of water. Your kidneys and liver are in overdrive right now trying to filter out toxins that were in the holiday food and drinks. Drinking lots of water helps to flush those toxins through the colon and help your liver and kidneys filter them out.
  2. Exercise for at least 20-30 minutes. Exercising helps to stimulate the digestive tract, aids in constipation and gives you an energy boost. Go out for a walk or get on the treadmill.
  3. Detox teas and herbs. These are wonderful at naturally helping the body filter out all the rich foods you’ve digested. You can find detox teas in your local grocery store (some of my favorite brands are Celestial Seasonings and the Yogi brand) or you can make your own. Lemon and ginger is a wonderful detox tea or even calming chamomile is a wonderful tea to help detox the body.
  4. Eat foods that are easily digestible. Give your colon, liver and kidneys a break for a few days and avoid foods that are harder to digest. Specifically, eat more low-fat protein sources, avoid foods high in fiber, non-citrus fruits. and foods low in dairy
  5. Eat your fruits and veggies. Green leafy vegetables are a great way to begin adding essential nutrients back into your diet. You can also juice them for added nutrition.  Further, celery is also an excellent vegetable that is abundant in vitamins and will also help to balance the acid in your stomach and body
  6. Take a supplement. Supplements such as probiotics can assist in boosting energy levels, increase immunity and combat the effects of alcohol, stress and lack of sleep. Magnesium supplements are another supplement that helps in detoxing the body. It also has other health benefits such as transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
  7. Take a bath. After you have been detoxing, you may begin to see the effects on your skin. You can pull toxins through the skin taking  detox bath. This will also help you relax a little after the holidays.

Here is Foodbabe.com’s Detox drink:

http://foodbabe.com/2012/03/17/super-detox-juice/

Food Babe’s Super Detox Juice
Prep time
15 mins
Total time
15 mins
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of dandelion greens
  • ½ bunch celery
  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • 1 cucumber with ends removed
  • 1 lemon with peel removed
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger root
Instructions
  1. Wash all vegetables thoroughly and place into a large bowl
  2. Juice each vegetable in this order – dandelion, cilantro, celery, ginger, cucumber, lemon
  3. Stir mixture before serving
  4. Clean juicer immediately
Notes
Makes two 15 ounce servings – Sip slowly and drink with intention immediately after juicing. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 12 hours (Some live enzymes will be lost). ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***