Monday, December 18

Non-Diet to a Healthier, Happier You

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Diets are stressful and scary. But they don’t have to be. Baby steps can slowly change your life. DON’Ts about many Diets:

Don’t Stop Eating!  Not getting enough nutrients into your body sends it into a panic mode that causes it to build fat. Your body fears starvation and will stock up anything it can get. Don’t Worry about your Weight! One of the best ways to boost your metabolism is to build muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. Stop looking at the meaningless number. Do you feel better? Have more energy? These are the important things to focus on. You may even lose inches at your waist before you lose the weight you want.  

DO’s to bring yourself to a better you!

Moderation.  Even a little chocolate (dark chocolate is better) is good for the soul, but always in moderation. Too much of anything is not a good thing. Eat a couple less sweets a day and feel proud. I did say ‘baby steps’, we do not need to do this cold turkey. Slowly lessen the pop, sweets, instead drink tea and lots of water and eat fruits and veggies. You’d be surprised how good a fresh pear can taste and feel in a body starving for healthy foods.

Smaller Portions.  Smaller meals and snacks, more often keep metabolism going. At meals have smaller portions and have healthy snacks handy. Order smaller portions or save some and eat it as a left over for a snack or meal later. Even your money will go farther.

Breakfast.  Eating a meal at the beginning of your day gets your metabolism going. In school when I was younger, I used to complain that I was hungrier for lunch, by the time it came around, if I had eaten breakfast. Now I know why. My metabolism was working! If you don’t have much time in the morning for what you think is an adequate and healthy breakfast, then don’t stress over it, simply adjust. Have a yogurt before you leave, a quick banana in the car, and a healthy bar early at work; or just one of the above! Anything, even quick and small, to get the metabolism working.

Move.  Some people, like me, don’t have the desire to go jogging. Go for a walk with a friend, take the stairs once every other day, chase your dog (or cat?) around the house. Moving just a little more than usual, will burn more calories than usual. I have always vowed not to count calories, so I don’t, I just eat a little better and move a little more. I do a couple of jumping jacks during commercials, I take extra trips up and down stairs to check laundry or bring dishes to the kitchen. Take these baby steps and be proud! Something is better than nothing.

Nutrients? There are a lot of things that our bodies need. They can be more complicated. So to keep it simple and maintain the ‘baby step’ theme, stick with natural stuff. The less processing the better. Real fruits and veggies are a great start. Also, for me, I’ve been focusing on protein. Protein feeds your muscles and helps them burn calories at their fullest capacity. This is what you want for your metabolism. Little steps can mean little stress and still give you a happy healthy result. You will see results, even if only in your mood, after a few days. Stay positive, be happy, and good luck!

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