Write it Down!

Studies have shown that people who write down what they eat and when they eat are more likely to have success at losing weight! It is also an easy way to track what foods you are eating! Many of us don’t realize what we eat during the day so writing it down is one way to monitor what we are munching on. Do you need to measure every calorie and every gram? If you can and you want to go for it. Though I believe just having a record of WHAT you eat for every meal is beneficial.  This I have found for clients is a “chore” in their opinion. “Takes to much time.” “I forget.”   I say write down what you can.  Just be honest with yourself and record the good and the not so good.  The more...

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Time!

Time! We all have the same 24 hours or 86400 seconds. We sleep on average 8 hours. Some of us a bit less, some a bit more. So that leaves 16 hours of usable time. To eat, work, play. I have heard it all to often "I do not have time to eat well or prepare my meals using good, real food." "Or have the time to exercise. Run or walk or the gym."  I like to run so will use running as an example, Did you know that a 1 hour run or any activity for that matter is only 4% of our total day. Any idea how much 15-20 minutes of food prep is? 1%! Not much when you look at it that way.   Just take the time. To walk or run or bike. 15 minutes 30...

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Skip the sugary drinks!

Skip the sugary drinks! Drinking soda, Diet soda, fruit drinks, or juice can give you several hundred wasted calories a day without realizing it. (Calories with little or no nutrients) Research suggests children and adults who drink soda or other sugary drinks are more likely to gain weight than those who don't and that switching from these to water or unsweetened drinks can reduce weight. Water is best! Is it just the sugar in these drinks that helps you gain weight? Not necessarily as the Diet sodas are "sugar free" and contain artificial sweeteners. This leads to the potential other habits developing that promote the weight gain. "I drink diet soda so can have that bag of chips."  The artificial sweeteners are still a chemical produced in a lab. Not something I am wanting to feed myself. So again drink water. Best zero calorie...

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Try new foods!

Try new foods! Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring when it comes to food. Treat yourself to new cookbooks regularly and experiment with recipes that will make healthy eating a pleasure. At the grocery store. Pick up a vegetable you have not tried before and give it a try. Check the web as to prep instructions if you are not sure how to cook or eat it. Do you eat it raw or steam it or boil it or grill it. Odds are yes you can eat it raw or steam it or boil it or grill it. I find that to be the case with most vegetables. 

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Get enough sleep!

Get enough sleep!  Adequate sleep is vital to good health. By skipping sleep, you’re not just making yourself more tired, you’re also increasing your risk of weight gain. When you are tired, you are more likely to reach for quick sources of energy (think sugar and other refined carbs) and to make unhealthy eating decisions (drive-thru, anyone?).

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