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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Breathe Deep, Be Present and Get Healthy in a "Doable" Way

It is so easy to get overwhelmed with every diet out there, right? Just like your friend who lost a ton of weight on Jenny Craig or your neighbor who swears by her newly acquired deep-breathing exercises, right? Instead of claiming those activities as your own, engage in simple, doable actions that will get results!

Start out with a few unmistakably great habits to get into that will set you on a good path to wellness. At least see how well you feel after a week of doing the following things mentioned below. Who knows -- one week of eating well can turn into two, three and more weeks of eating well.

(1) DO Drink Water. Yes, water is overlooked by many simply because we may forget to drink water or we may not believe that it will make a big difference in our health. But, no mistaking it, water is essential for good cell health, it helps to balance our body fluids, it energizes us and keeps us full longer.

(2) DON'T Go on a Juice Cleanse. I've never gotten this one. Is a juice cleanse realistic? Is that how you will continue eating from here on out? At least check with your doctor before you do something like this. We are meant to eat real whole foods, portion-controlled and just eating reasonably.

(3) DON'T Start Banning Foods. Why not cut back on sugar and gluten rather than eliminating it forever? What happens if you eliminate these foods all together -- will you replace those foods with something else that may not be that good for you? Food for thought.

(4) DO eat plenty of fiber. No doubt, fiber is important for our bodies. Not only does fiber make you feel fuller longer, but it also reduces heart disease risk, it slows sugar absorption, improves digestive health and it keeps us at our optimal weight. As Michael Pollan so eloquently stated: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pretty sound advice.

(5) DON'T rely on powders and pills. Again, how realistic is it to live on powders and pills? When you are replacing a Real Food like Broccoli or an Apple with a powder or pill, it just doesn't add up and important vitamins and minerals are missed for essential body function.

(6) DO be mindful of portion sizes. This is a big one for sure! If we somehow can give ourselves time to enjoy the foods that we are eating -- and waiting a bit to digest -- we can eliminate overeating and feeling 'icky'!

(7) DON'T focus exclusively on calories. How about instead of eliminating avocados -- typically high in good fats -- eliminate another lower calorie food that may be full of sugars or preservatives.

(8) DO Think Positive. There is no doubt that this is good for just about anything. Thinking positively sets you up for success and the hope of better 'eating' days ahead.

(9) DON'T Expect Miracles. Instead of being so driven to lose the last 5 to 10 pounds in a week or even a month -- be realistic about it. The healthiest way to lose weight is recommended at 1-2 pounds a week. The best thing that could happen is setting yourself up for building on a good habit that can last a lifetime, not just for a week or a month. Losing weight is not easy, but keeping it off is something to shoot for one day at a time....

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