It’s easy to limit ourselves to what we’ve always been. It’s comfortable too! But at the same time, is the comfort of your unhealthy routine worth being uncomfortable in your own skin?
Logically, you are telling yourself yes. But there is a piece of you that wants the comfort of the old routine. That’s completely normal! The desire to go back to your old routine will come and go. Avoid it when you can. If you fail, forgive yourself completely and get back to making the new you!
Have you ever decided to go on a diet, just to fall off the wagon a few days later? Despite what HydroxyCut and all the other magical weight loss pills want you to think, weight loss will require a conscious effort. No that doesn’t mean you have to constantly think about food for the rest of your life but you will have to put in a good amount of thought and effort until you establish good habits. If you are trying to lose weight, you have probably spent a good portion of your life engraining the eating behaviors that have made you gain the weight in the first place. To overcome these habits, you will need to be prepared. Continue reading
“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.
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
Do you know any children that are picky eaters? This isn’t exactly the same topic that most of my blog is about, but I wanted to share with you some of the things I have been working on. I worked at the Children’s Hunger Alliance in February and May and wrote this short article about growing a healthy eater. Please like it and make me famous 🙂
My Magazine Article