Happy Healthy New Year! Welcome to my first Feel Great Friday post of 2019! I changed it from: Feel Good Friday, because I want you to feel great this year! It is my goal to post a few simple tips every Friday that will help you get on and stay on the path to living your life…in the pink!
Because one of my passions IS disease prevention, I want to provide you with simple solutions that you can use to take action as soon as you finish reading this post so you can live the life of your dreams.
Are you sick and tired of reading the same posts year after year about how to lose weight? Are you sick and tired of NOT being able to keep your New Years Resolutions to lose weight once and for all-only to fail half-way through the month of January? Me too! Have you given up on this years resolutions? If so, you can choose to resolve to start working on them today.
I have a reputation for reading A LOT of self-help books. Most of them spew the same rhetoric about how to lose weight. I believe most of us know why we are over-weight and we know what we should be doing to lose it. We might also know that being overweight contributes to a slew of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Since over half of the population in the United States is over-weight or obese, I don’t believe knowledge is the problem. Thanks to the education I received at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have learned that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all-solution when it comes to losing weight, because ALL of us ARE different!
I want to keep this post simple…more or less. How do we lose weight?
Eat more foods that ARE made by plants from a farm. Preferably one that raises crops organically without toxic chemicals. The way nature intended.
Eat less processed foods that are made IN a plant.
I can’t recommend the book: The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker enough when it comes to this topic. The work he has done on discovering what goes on behind the scenes in the food industry is eye-opening.
Drink MORE water!
Did you know that our bodies are made up of 70% water? The ideal amount of water we should strive to drink is half our body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, it would be in your best interest to drink 80 ounces of water.
Hint: If the color of your pee is yellow, you are probably not drinking enough water.
For simple ways to add more water to your diet, click here.
Drink less soda.
Aside from the fact that soda is loaded with a lot of sugar, artificial colors and flavors, it also contains ton of empty calories-which contribute to weight-gain.
When I was 38 years old, I had bladder repair surgery. My urologist told me that soda causes dehydration. Our bodies need water to survive and thrive!
Exercise your whole body more!
Find an exercise you enjoy doing. It should be fun! For those of you who are older, remember how much you looked forward to ‘recess.’ It gave us a break from sitting, paying attention and studying. I would like to invite you to ‘try on’ a few exercises and make it a part of your day that you look forward to. Write it on your calendar.
During the Summer months, I like to ride my bike or go for walks with my husband. During the Winter months, this is more challenging. I recently discovered how much fun bouncing on a yoga ball is. I am having a ball!
I haven’t been consistent with an exercise program for several months. I feel like a kid again every time I work out. I LOVE Suzanne Deasons exercise videos. They are easy to follow, relaxing and energizing-all at the same time.
Exercise your thumbs less!
I don’t remember anybody ever complimenting me about how great my thumbs look in a pair gloves. If someone has ever complimented you about how great your thumbs look, please share in the comments. I would love to hear your story.
Today marks the seventh anniversary of one of the happiest days in my life. It is the anniversary of the day that I received the news that the bone and CT scans showed NED (no evidence of disease) The bilateral mastectomy that I had on December 16, 2011 had removed ALL seven cancer cells and they had NOT metastasized to my lymph nodes. I would NOT need radiation. My prognosis was excellent.
To celebrate, I would like to offer the first seven people who leave a comment on this post a FREE, no obligation health consultation to see for yourself how I can personally help you lose weight and get on the path to living your life…in the pink!
Thank you for reading and enjoy your day-more or less…