What Would My Life Be Like If I Got Off the Diet Rollercoaster?

https://static.pexels.com/photos/103127/pexels-photo-103127.jpegOccasionally I’ll have a new client who has a difficult time forming her self-vision or seeing in her mind’s eye how she will look and feel after losing weight and adopting healthier lifestyle habits. If you, too, can’t quite imagine your new self, then try this  “what would my life be like if?” exercise.

Get out a couple of sheets of paper or pop on to your computer or smart phone notepad and write down some “what would my life be like if” situations or feelings you can imagine or visualize. This may help you solidify your own vision when you reach your goal. Here are some examples that some of my clients have shared with me and some of my own:

Whittle Your Waistline

You don’t have to give into mother nature. You can keep your waistline as you enter into peri-menopause or menopause. Four important factors are:

  1. Choose the right foods including plenty of lean proteins (lean meats, fish, poultry, non-fat dairy, legumes and other plant proteins), 5-9 servings of a variety of colorful veggies and fruits, and include 2-3 servings of whole grains daily such as steel-cut oats, stone ground corn, whole wheat, brown rice and quinoa. Skip the refined starches and sugars that hide in so many processed and fast foods, baked goods and sweetened beverages.

The Dreaded Diet Dialogue

Its that time of year again when you and all your peers seemed to be talking about what diet their on. Two months from now these diets will likely be abandoned and a new one adopted once we shed our winter clothes and spring and summer come around. This on again off again cycle is not healthy. It makes us feel like failures when the diet was probably unrealistic in the first place and it also may cause unhealthy shifts in body mass. In other words dieting causes loss of your calorie burning furnace-muscle mass. You will likely end up with a higher percentage of fat.

Weight loss and/or fitness coaching from the comfort of your home or office!

Starting in January 2017, you will be able to schedule your appointments on-line, send secured info and have your coaching sessions with me either via phone or video-chat. This not only makes reaching your goals easier, it frees up time for fitting in time to reach your weekly goals, whether its shopping for healthy foods or fitting in exercise breaks or rewarding yourself by reading a favorite novel.

Lose the Wheat – Lose the Weight???

I get daily notices from Prevention in my e-mail and today’s notice was about a new book on the market written by an MD. The premise is that if you cut wheat out of your diet you will lose weight. Additionally, he suggests that the wheat of today is different from what our fore-bearers ate and is less healthy. The statements and premises in this book ARE NOT based in science. Just because someone has an MD after his or her name does not make them an expert in nutritional science as evidenced in this book. This is just another gimmick or fad diet.

What is the Healthiest Diet and Lifestyle?

If you follow  media stories regarding health, diet, nutrition and exercise recommendations you may be feeling a little confused. I understand! As health and nutrition guidelines are constantly challenged with new research finding coming to light, the media grabs hold of it and hypes it up. So what you believe one day, may be seem to refuted the next. But in the meantime, the media makes the findings seem definitive. Many respond by jumping on the latest health bandwagon based on inconclusive research.

Some things that have recently be challenged are:

  • the role (amount and type) of fat and heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Eat Green for St. Patty’s Day

A discussion of green eating and healthy foods that green in color.

Eat Green for St. Patty’s Day

In keeping with National Nutrition Month Theme of “Eat Right with Color”, my blog today has to do with green-colored foods. However, let me digress for a moment and discuss the new “green eating” trend. That refers to reducing your carbon footprint, or impact on the environment. Choosing more locally grown vs. foods that have to travel across the globe to reach you plate, plant based foods and organically grown are all ways to “eat green”.

There’s More to Losing Weight than Counting Calories

At www.eatright.org, the official site of the American Dietetic Association, fellow dietitians remind us that there is more to losing weight than just counting calories. There are a number of ways I could expand on this thought. In keeping with ADA’s National Nutrition Month Theme “Eat Right with Color”, I will address the importance of variety and color when trying to lose weight.

Limbaugh is Way Off-Base re: Mrs. Obama’s Weight

Yesterday’s comments from Rush Limbaugh about Michelle Obama’s weight really got me going. First of all, who is he to throw stones? Overweight, likely falling into the obese category, he is not a very credible judge of anyone’s weight or food choices.

In my weight loss coaching practice and book, I strongly discourage “perfectionism” in food choices. Labeling foods good or bad is counter-productive to weight loss and permanent eating behavior changes. Attaching a label to food gives it power, making it more difficult to make conscious, rational decisions that are in alignment with one’s vision and goals. With my Eating Behavior Journal and other tools, my clients and readers have learned to track and understand their own food choices, so they can happily fit in all kinds of food during weight loss and maintenance phases.