It’s the beginning of February! Have you started or broken your resolutions? It doesn’t matter if you broke them. January is one month out of twelve. Every time a new year rolls around, I say I’m going to lose weight, but then the excuses begin to filter in. This is a big year for me, so I’ve decided to change the way I approach losing weight.
We all know what’s good and bad for us. Most of us know what we should be eating; no one needs to tell us. Plus, what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for another. We’re all built differently, different chemistry, so we have to find what’s good for our bodies. There are a few things I stay away from because I turn into the Michelin Man when I eat them.
Last year, I changed the things I put on my body and face by reading about carrier and essential oils. Taking steps to improve my skincare needs has been a blessing, so it’s time to shift gears with my weight goals.
Over the past decade, I’ve yo-yoed with my weight. I’ve always been a healthy eater, but I fall into depression when I get my migraines, reaching for food to comfort me. Since my migraines come often, the downs follow the same amount of days. I have to retrain my mind during my migraine days.
Luckily, I’m a good eater and so is my husband. We love healthy food just as much as crap food and are open to many things. For the last five years, I’ve changed the things we buy and put into our mouths. Now I need to stop with the excuses. Excuses are a way for us to cope with failure. “I’m too busy.” “I don’t like vegetables.” “I hate working out.” Let’s face it, if it’s really important to us, we’ll find the time. We’ll find a way to eat vegetables. We’ll find an activity that’s right for us.
This year, I’m not going to lose weight. I’m going to get healthier. As I get older, I realize the importance of health. I’ll stand behind a thin woman at a grocery store, checking out what she bought (candy, pop, packaged foods). It’s proof that thin doesn’t always mean healthy. For me, the emphasis on health will create a snowball effect, and ultimately, I’ll lose weight and feel good! Here is my list of things to improve in 2018:
7 THINGS TO A BETTER HEALTHY MIND AND BODY
1) PRESERVATIVES: For many years, I’ve reduced the amount of preservatives we eat. I truly believe that preservatives play a huge roll in health. I’m not saying we don’t eat ANY preservatives, but we can read and understand the ingredients of the things we buy. I try to make foods from scratch, such as tomato sauce, jams, applesauce, beans because I have control over what’s going into them.
2) SERVING SIZE: This is an important thing to remember. If there’s one thing to do, it’s eat one portion (serving) size. In the past, I have lost weight by simply eating portion sizes. It applies to everything, meals and snacks. I’ve watched people buy healthier snacks and then scarf down the entire thing. Let’s say the snack has 15 grams of carbs and 160 calories for 1/4 cup. Eating 1/2 cup brings it up to 30 grams of carbs and 320 calories. It’s so easy to forget that double the serving, double the cost. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something you love, but keep it portion size.
3) BEANS AND WHOLE GRAINS: Grains are still a controversial subject. Some people believe they’re bad for you while others promote the nutrients and health benefits. If interested, check out The Whole Grains Council website. When it comes to me, I like beans and grains. As a child, my mom would make a protein, vegetable, and starch. I’ve abandoned this thinking long ago. I know I need something to fill me up, so I’ve swapped out enriched, starchy foods with those full of fiber. Instead of the typical pasta, potato rice sides, I’ll cook beans, natural brown rice, whole grain pasta, barley, quinoa, and polenta, and when we make pasta, it’s whole grain. Many times I’ll also use lentil tortillas (Aldi) in place of bread. From what I learned years ago, if the fiber is 5 and up, you can deduct the fiber from the carbs to get an accurate carb count. This might have changed though.
4) ACTIVITY: With health issues on the rise as you age, I know activity is extremely important. No matter what you do, it’s important to keep moving. I enjoy doing things outside (when the weather cooperates, which isn’t often). In the morning, I normally walk our dog, Shakespeare for at least 40 minutes to an hour. My husband and I also like to bike ride.
I’m not a gym person. The thought of me leaving sweat drippings while exercising is too embarrassing, and I don’t want to be subjected to anyone else’s. I’m all about working out in solitude. I’ve ditched high cardio and weight workouts for things I enjoy, like yoga or short workout videos.
We have a computer connected to our TV for movies, tv series, and YouTube. I love YouTube! My yoga practices are with Yoga with Adriene. She is knowledgeable and fun. Adriene has created different lessons for so many things, such as Yoga for Headaches, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Teachers, Yoga for PTSD, and so on. There is plenty to choose from depending on how you feel each day. She rocks! 😀 And I recently found a channel for quick target area workouts, Lumowell.
5) WATER: This is a big one! Drinking water throughout the day fills me up and keeps me full. I recently bought a 24-ounce plastic water bottle. It’s entirely psychological, but I drink more water using it. I go through about 3 to 4 fills a day, and my complexion has been clearing up.
6) VEGETABLE AND FRUIT SMOOTHIES: I don’t always get in the daily recommended vegetable and fruit servings, so this is a great way to help. I know, I’m so behind with the times. This year I bought a Nutri Ninja, and so far so good. I’ll make a smoothie for a snack or when I’m not that hungry. It’s a great investment.
7) NEGATIVITY AND STRESS REDUCTION: This is such a huge issue in everyone’s life. By nature, I’m a bit high-strung, I can never completely relax. Even when I do yoga or sleep, I feel the tension all through my upper shoulders, back, and back of the head. This is why Yoga is helps me, but I also need a little pick-me-up throughout the day. Germany has lots of rainy, dreary days, which can knock you into a depressive state. To stay away from this negativity and calm my senses, I light candles and listen to meditative music. It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube when you type in “meditation music relax mind body.” The music or sounds can really get me to relax. I’ve also found some great apps that help if I’m not home.
What are your goals? What are your practices toward a healthy path? Weigh-in (not literally)!
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