It’s spring! Are you ready to shed seven pounds and keep it off?
My back is better and I celebrated by taking a Zumba class on Saturday. It felt great to be dancing and I felt like I was back on track again. Now if only I could do this everyday!
This week I wanted to investigate a few obstacles that may be preventing you from looking your best and help you get back on track again.
1. Inflammation. We have been talking about inflammation for the past few weeks, and it is a huge contributor to our inability to achieve our goal weight. Inflammation can cause soreness and stiffness beyond the normal recovery aches and pains after we work out. It can also cause everyday pain. A good foundation supplement program, like Rx for a Healthier Life or Shaklee’s Lean and Healthy Kit will give the body the tools to recover not only from exercise, but also from the wear and tear of stress. 90% of us are not getting what we need from our diets, and supplementation helps fill in those gaps and more. We need more!
I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to help you personalize your program. The Wellness Profile is a service I offer for those of you who want to you’re your specific nutritional needs now, and then we take it again 90 days later to see if your numbers have changed. It recommends what supplements you symptoms
Indicate you need and what food changes you may want to take.
2. Diet. Obviously, too much of certain foods and poor diet can prevent us from losing weight. But what we choose to eat affects our bodies in many other ways. For example, processed or “fake” foods can create inflammation. And have you ever noticed that fake foods, like Wonder Bread, it tends to melt in your mouth? Choose real foods like apples, broccoli, stone ground whole grains, quinoa, etc. that actually need to be chewed!
This week look at what you are snacking on. Is it natural? Replace those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with a healthy option. I make a yummy “peanut butter fudge roll” that I take with me or carry almonds, pecans or walnuts in a zip lock so I always have a healthy snack handy. Shaklee also carries some great snack options such as snack bars, meal bars, and chips that are well-balanced, food based, non GMO, gluten free and very satisfying…check them out!
3. Portion Sizes. Eating “super sized” meals can create inflammation. If you saw the movie “Super Size Me” you saw how in a short period of time, by eating large quantities of fast food, you can gain weight and do some real damage to your major organs.
This week, take a look at this portion size chart and compare the sizes and calories you may be eating now. Subtract 500 calories from your daily intake or do a physical activity that burns 300 calories and eat 200 calories less that day.
Here are some more tips to help keep portions under control:
• Start adjusting your portion sizes in your own kitchen: switch to smaller plates, bowls, and cups.
• Use measuring cups/spoons and a food scale to get an idea for how much you are eating and to learn what a portion size really looks like.
• Remember to eat high fiber, low calorie foods like fruits and vegetables to add more volume to meals to keep you full.
• Keep a food journal. Recording everything you eat will help you pay close attention to how much you are really consuming.
• Check out the book The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler
Next week we will talk about specifically what foods make us overeat, and more importantly, why!
What to do next?
- Join us this Wednesday for a Slim Meet in the SoHo area of NYC
- E-mail me to set up a time for the Wellness Program that is on special now until April 30, from $125 to $99
- E-mail me for a free 20-minute phone consultation
Live Life with Zest,