Sunday, May 30, 2010

Moderation for Memorial Day

I want to wish every one a Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I know for many people this probably means plenty of parties, BBQs and drinks. There is nothing wrong in indulging as long as you are smart about it. There is no reason to restrict yourself, but moderation and self control are key. This year, where ever you go, test yourself. See if you can have just a little bit of everything you want. This way you feel satisfied, but without the guilt. Holidays are a time for fun, not for torturing yourself. You don't need thirty hamburgers, a family size bag of chips and a bottle of wine. Everything in moderation!!!!

I always say that diets don't work. They make it very difficult to have a social life. When you are at a restaurant, BBQ or party, the last thing you want to worry about is how many calories are in something or how many carbs you ate, or wondering if what your eating is too fatty. Focus on the real reason why you are there: Family, friends and fun! Diets are frustrating and difficult to stick with. So instead of dieting, I make Lifestyle Changes. These changes act as guidelines that allow me to eat smart and stick with me permanently. Diets don't last; but healthy changes to your lifestyle WORK!

So while enjoying your Memorial Day festivities here are some recommendations to help keep you on track:

-Don't pick at food!! It is so easy to reach into a bag of chips and grab handfuls at a time without realizing how much you are actually eating. Instead put a little bit of everything you want to eat on a plate, eat it, enjoy it and be done.

-Pick and choose your battles. If you know you want dessert, have less of something else or take the bread of your burger.

-Fill up on the good stuff: Before you eat any of the naughtier foods: meats, chips and fatty foods, fill up on healthy choices like salads, veggie platters (easy on the dip!) then move on the naughty foods. By filling up on healthy choices you will eat less of the bad foods.

Hope these help you navigate through your weekend! Enjoy :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

My first post!

I'm very excited for my very first blog. I will be postings lots of great information on health, nutrition, fitness and plenty of other topics. I am currently studying for my certification as a Health Counselor with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I have developed this passion for health and nutrition several years ago and I have done so much research to learn as much as I can. Hopefully I can help others reach their health and wellness goals!

I feel that there is TOO much clutter when it comes to nutrition: The South Beach diet, Zone Diet (aka I want Jennifer Anniston's body diet), Atkins, Raw food, Vegan, Macrobiotic, Cabbage Soup Diet (aka 100 calories a day diet)...Its insane! Who can keep up with it? You can't even stay on one diet for a week without another new dietary theory emerging making you second guess the diet you're already on!

I'll make it very simple. All these diets are based on good information, but they take that information to an EXTREME. Any diet that eliminates an entire food group, or restricts calories or tells you exactly what to eat and when to eat it, will NOT work. Basically, DIETS DON'T WORK.

So what does work? Easy, Listening to your body. How can someone tell you what to eat when they don't know you? Everyone is different and every ones body will respond differently, so you need to find what works for you.

Just to experiment I have tried many diets, High protein, low carb, low fat, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Food, Macrobiotic, etc. And some of these made me gain weight, some made me have cravings and some actually made me sick. In the end, I found what works for me. I personally follow a mostly vegan diet. I became a vegetarian about 6 years ago and realized that my body just didn't agree with meat. Then about 2-3 years ago I decided to cut out dairy, and I felt even better. However, I would never tell anyone that they NEED to follow a vegan diet, because maybe that is not what is best for them.

Our bodies are smarter then we give them credit for. They know what they like and what they don't like. If you just pay closer attention to what your body is trying to tell you, you will start finding the balance that works best for you.

So this week I encourage you to stop listening to all these "diets" and start listening to your own body! So thats it for my first post, I have plenty of helpful information to share so enjoy :)