I recently launched my new YouTube channel, and I’m starting with a series about healthy weight loss! Check out my first video to learn what a healthy weight is and if you like it please subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more videos! Please help me make my dream of becoming a YouTube star a reality 🙂
Hi everyone! I just climbed out of the hole that I’ve been in for the past month and a half AND I’m officially a Registered Dietitian. I have spent the past month and a half splitting my time between graduation formalities, studying for the RD Registration Exam to finally become a dietitian, working with nutrition programs at the YMCA, and applying for jobs. I’m not employed yet, but things are promising! I have a lot of planned for making a comeback on my blog, so stay tuned for a bunch of new posts and useful information.
I planned to launch a nutrition counseling/coaching service both online and in Central Ohio, so if you are interested please go to the contact me tab and send me an email!
“Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant.” ~Bill Phillips
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese Proverb
If you had a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier or get in shape and failed to do so then, the next best time to start is now. You will thank yourself tomorrow for the trees you plant today!
The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. – Bob Knight
If you have read my blog before, you know the emphasis I like to place on preparation. Sorry if this feels like beating a dead horse.
Imagine that you are interested in cooking. You WANT to be really good at it. You have the will to be successful. You have only a very basic understanding of it though – you know that bread is made with flour, eggs, and other ingredients but refuse to look up a recipe and go buy ingredients other that what you already have at home – but you place a huge value on being a great cook. So much value, that your self-esteem was ruined when you threw random ingredients together and failed to make good bread the first time you tried. You then give up and decide that cooking isn’t for you. Doesn’t this seem silly? Wanting something badly yet guessing on the ingredients, expecting it to go perfectly from the start, and quitting immediately after failure probably doesn’t make too much sense to you.
This scenario isn’t much different from the dieter with some very basic knowledge about nutrition and exercise deciding to try to lose weight. The dieter decides to practically “wing it” because she is too busy to make a plan – she heard cutting out carbs will make her lose weight so she might try that. The dieter has the will to succeed, but not the will to prepare for weight loss. The dieter didn’t find reliable sources to educate herself about nutrition, talk to a dietitian for a customized plan, buy different groceries, or make a plan to get back on the horse if she failed. She didn’t prepare.
The will to prepare is more important because if you can motivate yourself to prepare, then success will come. Preparing in the right way is important too though. You can read all the crappy fad diet books in the world and still not know what actually causes weight loss (Pssttt here is your answer). Dietitians are great because they can create a plan that fits your lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
“What You Do Today Can Improve All Your Tomorrows” – Ralph Marston
If you are working towards something, remind yourself that what you do today will make a better future. If you want to lose weight, remind yourself that future you will be happier and healthier if you can follow your weight loss plan and make better choices. Happiness from food is temporary, but happiness from knowing that you have the strength to delay your gratification is long-term 🙂
Can Superfoods give you super powers? Maybe Popeye was on to something when he sucked down his spinach before saving the day. While stepping into the phone booth to tie on your red cape and toss down a handful of blueberries might not give you the power to rescue Lois Lane, dining on different Superfoods may help you live a longer, more enjoyable life. How exactly? A balanced diet rich in Superfoods is associated with a reduced risk for obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and stroke– debilitating diseases that rank among the top killers in the United States. Continue reading