Saturday, August 23, 2008

5 Reasons Why You May Not Be Losing Weight

It's frustrating to be constantly dieting and never really reaching your goal! It seems as though you are watching what you are eat, exercise, checking labels, keeping in mind your food choices Are you really? There is more to factor in than you may think.

1. Die - it!
Thinking about dieting? Yuck! How about this instead? Changing your weight is the same as making a lifestyle change. So why not make a commitment to healthy choices, instead of diet? For some just the word "diet" means sacrifice, deprivation, suffering. Is that how you want to spend the rest of your life? I can speak for myself in saying "no". Now might be a good time to reposition, re-frame and create a life full of abundant choices of which you will begin to focus on making "good for you" choices. Think about this. We are connected to nature. Nature is constantly changing, summer is nearing it's end and fall is just around the corner. You too change, grow and start over as the season changes, just like all beautiful things in nature. Starting over or restarting is a good thing!

2. Labels: Check for 5.
Simple solution. Dr. David Katz, Nutrition Detectives suggests check for 5. High-fructose corn syrup, trans fats (hydrogenated oils), long list of ingredients on labels and beware health claims.

3. Eat food from home.
Keep only healthy foods in your home. The more foods you eat or bring from home the more control you have over your food choices. Take food with you to work, in the car even to the restaurant. Take your own bottle of dressing for the salad, ask for extra fresh fruits, veggies. Keep restaurant food in the restaurant. If that seems wasteful to you order smaller portions or share a lunch with your friend. Order water instead of tea (dehydrating) or sugary drinks (calories & dehydrating). Another benefit is these activities are good for your budget too!

4. Be mindful.
Awareness. A lot can be said for being an "informed consumer". Most of the time eating is mindless. When it comes to food there is deception and confusion fueled by the food industry. You know this by really watching and looking at the ads by the food industry. Does anyone really think cereal with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils is good for you even if the box says "Heart Healthy"? Your job is to see your way through all of the "food mix up". The activity that will make an immediate impact on your weight is to have knowledge (learn about food) , make a plan (think first) then act according to your "healthy eating" goal.

5. Get a buddy or a coach.
A buddy means accountability. The most successful weight loss programs are in a group setting. Weight Watchers is a great example, as are many others. The reason program is so successful is each week you weight yourself in front of someone else. If a group setting, or a friend does not seem suitable to your lifestyle then a health coach is the solution you may be looking for. Whether you choose a support group, a buddy or a health coach each provides support, reassurance and will keep you accountable to the goals you have set in different degrees. Accountability is transforming. Accountability is the difference between success and failure.

Food for thought: I start every morning by adding the whole food nutrition of Juice Plus+ to my daily routine. No matter what happens during the day I now I am doing something healthy each and every day of my life. It's the little things in the long run that add up to big changes.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Add Just One More Today

Ever notice very often you seem to get rail-roaded by the barrage of media, well meaning (sabotage) friends, and yes even your children who seem to be supporting the unhealthy choices you are making each and every day?

Do you find you are asking yourself how to get back on track?
What is the easiest change to make?

Here it is... the easy way!

It is always easier to add in something good for you than it is to take something you like away (you know the bad foods,the ones you love).

It is also to make a small change than a big one. This I am sure is no surprise.

So let's put it all together.

The tip for today is ...add in one good food today and everyday.
Begin with just one.
Once you get used to your new good for your food add another.

Don't worry about the bad foods...just add one good food per day.

The result is eventually you will have added in so many good foods there will be little room for the well... not so good for your foods.

Let me know how you are doing.
Just think ... if you add 1 serving of spinach a day you will have added 365 servings of spinach per year. With all that spinach you will be able to reduce your risk of macular degeneration and other regenerative diseases!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Break + Fast = Weight + Loss

If you are one of those people who thinks skipping breakfast will help you loose weight. Think again.

A new research study on more than 6,700 women & men found those who ate a morning meal, eat less total calories resulting keeping weight increases down.

What happens when you skip breakfast?
Metabolism slows
Bedtime eating
Increase total daily calories
Increase hunger

Breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories, less saturated fat and cholesterol and have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers. The next time you skip breakfast, ask yourself "how is this working for me?"

Breakfast ideas?

Oatmeal, cinnamon, walnuts
Granola cereal, yogurt, a sliced apple
Whole-grain pancakes or waffles topped with berries
Breakfast-on-the-run smoothie

Looking for some great smoothie recipes?
Ask my Breakfast-on-the-Run recipe!
A Nielsen's National Eating Trends Survey showed that women who ate cereal on a regular basis weighed about nine pounds less than those who ate cereal rarely or not at all, while men who ate breakfast weighed about six pounds less than men who didn't eat breakfast.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Trans Fats: Deception in a Nutshell

Did you know the Federal Drug Administration passed a ruling in 2002 that all Trans Fats (partially hydrogenated oils) were to be removed from our food supply by 2008?

Why you maybe asking yourself?

Here is the FDA statement "No amount of trans fats are suitable for human consumption". Now there's food for thought. How much are we eating? The average daily intake is 5.8 Grams or 2.6% of the total calories.

So how are we doing? Here we are in 2008 and a very large loop hole was created for the food manufactures to continue to add trans fats. The benefit to the food companies are trans fats increases the shelf life of all of our foods.

You might want to be asking yourself why would I want to eat a food that lasts 100 years on the self? Or even 10 years? 5 years? Is food really meant to last that long? If bacteria doesn't like it, should I?

Let's take a quick look at what trans fats are and do for you.

Trans fats begin as an oil for example, corn oil (in a tall bottle, yellow, liquid). After a special process (hydrogenation) the corn oil turns hard. You will see this on the shelf as margarine, shortening.

What trans fats do for you is increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and immune dysfunction.

Where is it?
Cakes, cookies, crackers, pies, bread, animal products, margarine, fried potatoes, potato chips, corn chips, popcorn, salad dressing, breakfast cereal and candy.

Where is the deception? In the labeling.
The manufacture only has to list trans fats on the Nutrition Facts portion of the food label when there is is MORE than 0.5 Grams are present per serving. So when the label says on the package in BIG LETTERS "No Trans Fats" take a quick look at the label ingredients and there you will find the truth, well the best "truth" we can find on the label anyway.
Did you know fruits and vegetables have natural detoxifying agents in them? That might be one of the reasons why the USDA recommends 7 - 13 servings for fruits and veggies for disease prevention.

That's why I feel confident in recommending Juice Plus+ to those I know, it makes up the gap between what we should eat and what we really eat.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Healthy Eating Obstacle: Other Kids

This week I was asked by a mother "how do I get my children to eat right when other children, friends and family do not?"

As my children were growing up their favorite name for me was "food nut, food fanatic, over protective parent". Your get the picture. I was in charge of their food and I took my job seriously. When they were young I controlled what my children had available to eat, how much and when. Sound familiar? I was very committed to providing my children with the tools they needed to be able to make good choices as they begin to be in charge of their food. It was easy then.

As they grew older I could see I had less and less control of their food choices. They spent more time away from home with well meaning friends, family, school and after school activities. My children did not always make the best choices during their teen years, straying away from what I had spent so many hours focusing on with relentless resolve. During these years I spent many hours consoling myself, hoping the "nutritional damage" they did to themselves would not be perminate.

Over time my children became ambassadors for good health, changing the school lunch program to have more healthy choices, the lunch their friends picked from school and brought from home. As young adults they both of are living a healthy lifestyle to include healthy food choices as part of their daily routine.

Back to the question "how to get my children to eat right when other children, friends and family do not?" The answer is to teach your children when they are young how to make good lifestyle choices, being the best example you can be and as they travel through their life they will have the tools to make healthy choices when they are ready.

There is something to be said for being an "informed consumer."
As health insurance for my children,
Juice Plus+ filled in the gap of the unhealthy food choices.
You might want to check it out.