Hello all! Here we are beginning a brand spanking New Year!!! How many of you made those pesky New Year’s Resolutions? How many times have we all broke them within a day or two or even a few hours in? I raise both my hands up high to the sky!!
The top number 1 & 2 resolutions made for 2018 (according to Evening Standard) are, Eating better and Exercising more! These don’t sound any different than the usual and ones that I know I have made these myself for the past 20 years. But how do we stick to those resolutions? Where do we begin?
We begin slowly, not sprinting out of the gate. We start by setting goals! We create a different mindset than what we have been doing.
Create short term goals that are realistic and logical about your health & wellness. Also create long term goals to keep you engaged for the long haul. Write them down, share them with friends or family. Remind yourself daily of these goals!
Now that we have that out of the way… let’s get educated!! The group I have created on FB… Strive Health & Wellness Motivation… come to the group if you would like! For those of you following from that group to this blog, there will be more in depth writings and educating here.
So how many of us have said, “well come Monday I am starting a diet and I’m going to start working out”? And then by the end of the day we have already cheated on that “diet” and we don’t feel like exercising because we are too tired. It’s a vicious cycle that goes round and round. Then we decide to start over again the following Monday, I know I’ve said over and over again “come Monday my stomach is gonna think my throat was cut” I was gonna make sure I had all the bad foods out of the house, I was gonna stop eating fast food, junk food etc… I might of stuck to it for awhile but not long.
In this group “DIET” is a bad word!! We will NOT use it nor refer to it. Diets DON’T work!!! Well let me rephrase… they may work for awhile but not long term. Eventually we get tired of it and go back to old habits. Whatever weight we lost we will gain back almost as fast as we lost it and then some! That is the only proven fact in a diet. “Diet” always meant to me… restriction… it meant I had to give up something and the more I had to give it up, later down the road, I only wanted it more! Constant yo yo!
So what does work? What is scientifically proven by Dr’s and proven clinically? Brace yourself… it doesn’t come from pills or juicing or some fad diet. It’s by eating real foods. WOW! That’s it? What in the world does that mean? It means making smarter choices about what you eat! How many of us eat a food because it’s convenient? Packaged food/processed food is a family go to. It’s been a long day at the office, no one wants to cook… your starving, the kids are starving, who has time for this? Lets warm up a frozen meal or order out. Once in awhile this is okay, no one is saying you can’t ever do it. But processed food has tons of preservatives and added things we don’t even know how to pronounce. I will discuss in another post how to read labels and food ingredients. It is very eye opening esp when you learn what you are putting into your body and what you are doing to it.
What are real foods? Fruits, vegetables, fish preferably wild caught Alaskan salmon, grass fed lean meat, free range chickens, and of course anything organic. Now here is the deal, yes, I know these things are expensive esp for a family so maybe you don’t have the money for all these things… that’s okay!! You can still eat healthier! Get lean beef, eat more baked fish and chicken.. its how you make it that counts! You can’t fry everything, learn to bake your foods! And of course add more fruits and veggies to your meals is the best way!
If you eat salad that is wonderful! But if you smother it in salad dressing…. read the label… 2 tbsp is a whooping 180 calories and 20 grams of fat! So your nutritious salad has now become a fat bomb! There are plenty of salad dressings that are lower in calories and fat but make sure you read the ingredients!
I will be putting out blogs every day and I will discuss exactly what real foods are and give you a list. But right now focus on cutting out some of the processed foods, you don’t have to eliminate them but come up with meal plans for the nights you cook. Once you start doing your own cooking you will taste the difference, processed food won’t be as good and your body will crave homemade food! Make small changes at first and build from there. This is all a process remember that!