One of the best feelings we can have is to be full of energy and vitality! But the reality for many women is the exact opposite. Are any of these symptoms familiar to you?
The holidays will soon be upon us, and that can wreak havoc on our diet and eating healthy habits! Have you ever decided to eat healthier—“This year is going to be different”? A typical scenario might look something like this: You know it is important to watch your diet and weight. You choose a super-strict regimen which then takes all the pleasure out of eating. This forces you to avoid social opportunities because you know you’ll blow it. How well does that work? Probably not very well.
“Weight management really should be about focusing on eating healthy foods that you like, rather than trying to stay away from foods that you like,” says Katie Rickel, PhD, clinical psychologist and weight-loss expert in Durham, North Carolina. A diet that will work must contain both foods that are healthy for us and foods that we enjoy eating. The secret is knowing when you can indulge, and when it is time to stop.1
- Rather than choosing a rigid diet that is focusing on the foods you cannot eat, instead focus on foods that you will. According to Vanessa Patrick, PhD (University of Houston), “’I can’t’ signals deprivation, which makes you more likely to cave, whereas ‘I don’t’ signals determination and empowerment, making your refusal more effective.”
- You need guidelines, but allow flexibility within those guidelines. Don’t be too specific, as in “I’m going to eat 3 oz. of Brussels sprouts every night.” Instead think of what those foods have—antioxidants, vitamins, etc. What else also has those same nutrients that your body needs?
- Only eat at meal times or at planned snack times.
- Forgive yourself when you slip.
- If your foods of choice are not available, find the closest substitute that will fill you up–and enjoy the meal.
What are your biggest challenges to weight loss or weight management? Please share any comments below.
1 The idea of eating healthy without obsessing over it comes from the book 20 Pounds Younger by Michele Promaulayko with Laura Tedesco, Rodale, 2015.
*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.
The sugar in our blood is referred to as “glucose.” Our bodies produce insulin to get the glucose to the cells to be used as energy. If the pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin, the glucose levels will begin to increase. “High blood sugar” and eventually diabetes is the result.
We all hear about the dangers of the chemicals from plastics leaching into the water from our drinking bottles and other containers. So, how do we know which ones are safe? There is no guarantee that any plastic is completely free of leaching. The best choice is to avoid plastics altogether. However, if you do choose plastics, some are better than others.
A few years ago Tom Connellan wrote a book that became a best seller. Its title is The 1% Solution for Work and Life. In the book the author challenges the reader to make just a 1% change for the better in each area of life. It isn’t difficult, and over time 1% plus 1% plus 1%… adds up to a significant change. It’s a great challenge for us to become better than we have been in any area of life.
Trying to get a good night’s rest but not being able to get to sleep has got to rank up there with some of life’s most frustrating problems. It can drain your energy to the point where it seems like you are not able to get anything done. Yet, sometimes there seems to be no solution to the problem, and its cause is even a mystery.
13 Ways to Avoid Getting Colds and Flu This Season
- Watch your consumption of dairy products and cheese. These foods can cause sinus stuffiness. This “clogged” feeling is actually due to a lack of sinus circulation, which can make your sinuses more likely to catch and hold on to any virus that is hanging around.
- Increase your trace minerals. Zinc and selenium are especially good for protecting against viruses. A good way to get more trace minerals is to use natural sea salt or a high mineral salt in place of regular table salt.
- Try to eliminate the immune-damaging chemicals in your home and at work. These include laundry products, personal care products and fragrances.
- Pungent spices have anti-viral properties. Eat more foods with these spices. At the top of the list is curry. It contains tumeric, which is helpful for many conditions. Also good are ginger, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, cloves, and nutmeg.
- Use a high-quality air filter that will remove the bacteria and mold that may be in your home.
- Get frequent, moderate exercise that gets the lymph moving. Some good options for exercises include using a rebounder (mini-trampoline), jumping rope, doing arm rotations, or hopping in place. Moderate exercise is the key. Overdoing it at the gym can actually compromise your immune system temporarily.
- Take supplements that protect your respiratory tract and boost your immune system. There are many of these products on the market. Standard Process has produced several that we recommend. Some of these are Immuplex, Congaplex, Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F, PulmaCo, Echinacea, Allerplex, and Garlic. A good Vitamin D supplement is also helpful. “The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan have found. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”—Marco Torres from the WHN Forum.
- This one seems pretty obvious—Wash your hands more frequently.
- Get plenty of sleep. When your body is rested, it is better able to fight off any attacks.
- Wherever possible, reduce your stress levels. Stress compromises your immune system. Even if you are eating a good diet, if your body is overburdened with stress, the stress “uses up” the nutrients that you have eaten, making you nutritionally depleted, despite good food intake.
- Do more juicing of fresh vegetables and fruits. Begin your day with a tall glass!
- Laugh more. Laughter boosts the immune system.
- Encourage your family members and other around you to follow these tips as well to keep the space around you more virus-free.
Trying to eat well without breaking the budget can be difficult these days. For the health-conscious shopper at the grocery store, the four most costly items tend to be meat, organically-grown foods, pre-cut produce, and pre-prepared foods. Of course, limiting some of these foods may help the budget, but there are a few more things you can do and still feed yourself and your family well.
1. Buy the store brands. They tend to be less expensive than the national brand names.
2. Look for the produce that is in season and plan your menu around those items.
3. Some foods tend to absorb a higher amount of pesticides than others, so spending money on organically-grown foods on those is a wise buy, but for other produce the organic version may not be as necessary. Check out http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php for a list of the produce that is highest/lowest in pesticide residue.
4. Only plan meals for 4-5 nights per week. Clean the leftovers out of the refrigerator for the next couple days’ meals. Not only do you have a cleaner fridge, but you also benefit from eating that food rather than throwing it (and your grocery dollars) in the garbage.
5. Rather than having meat as your main dish every day, plan on using it as a side dish some days. Or eat some meatless meals. If going meatless is new to you, the internet has many great sites for some fresh ideas to help you get started.
6. Buy in bulk when foods are offered in bulk.
7. Note the amount you are spending on beverages. Exchange some fancy drinks for a healthful glass of water!
8. Compare prices per unit. A larger package is often less per unit than a smaller one.
9. Watch for sales at your local grocery store and stock up when prices are lower.
10. Make your own food. It is almost always less costly to make it yourself than to buy it pre-packaged. Make it a family affair—get some good family time in while you are preparing those dishes together and enjoy the process!
Give these ideas a try for one month and see how much it helps. Let us know how you do!