Consistency is what I encourage! You will not completely undo nor redo your life in one day and the same is true for eating healthier. Pick the path and make your long term goal and then go for it one day at a time. New habits take time to develop and stick, so treat every day as a new day to make good choices. I can certainly create a lot of damage in 15 minutes of eating poorly, but I move on the next day and make good choices to get back on track with healthy eating habits. Even if it is not the popular or common choice of the people surrounding me, I can only control what goes in MY body. I won’t let some one else’s choice to indulge become my choice. I will be in control my choices, even if they are not the same ones my friends or family choose. This is my body and my choice. Master the day.
This is on my plate for lunch today. Clemetines are one of my favorite snacks, but why not in a salad. Easy, make ahead directions too. Make it for lunches next week!
Clementine-Wild Rice Salad
12 clementines, peeled and sectioned
1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 bunches green onions, sliced thin
2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled
1 cup mint leaves (optional)
1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves (optional)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste (optional)
3 cups shredded Chinese cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves (or a combination)
Combine all ingredients except the greens and mix thoroughly. Toss with the greens and serve.
Note: To make ahead, combine everything but the greens and chill. Toss in the greens at the last minute.
Despite common beliefs, stress can be a BIG influence on metabolism. It freezes your body. Now, who doesn’t have stress in your life? Nobody, right? THE GOOD NEWS: Stress can be changed and influenced. We have to be aware of it and make small changes to reduce it. Here is a quick, small way to reduce the effects of stress on your body.
Force your body into a state of calm.
Your body already has a built-in stress reliever, it’s just a matter of tapping into it.
“Focus on your breathing, put your feet flat on the floor. Smile even if you don’t feel like smiling,” Humphreys advised. “Tense your muscles then let them go, then tense them again and repeat. Relax your body and a lot of people will find your emotions will follow.*”
No better time than the present to do it..so take a few minutes and do it now. Even if you are not feeling stressed, knowing that you have a way out of it, is huge! Get in the habit of doing this several times a day and when stress hits, you will be ready with a remedy.
I have purposely not jumped on the bandwagon of the “New Year’s Resolution’s” this year. That is because I believe you can begin healthy habits and focus on nutrition any time of the year..not just in January! I am here to help you with those goals, just reach out to me.
You are inundated with information right now, magazine headlines, gym membership specials, grocery store displays touting ways to loose weight and get in shape. Everywhere you look it is blaringyou in the face.
Instead, I hope to add some motivation and inspiration this month to help you make sense of the hype and keep on track. So, every week, I will post a tidbit of information to help you stay on track.
Here’s one for you today:
Laughter is the best medicine. Life is often way to serious. Find a way today to laugh!!! Not only will it put a smile on your face, it lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, lightens your mood, and on and on.
Did you read the title and think, what the heck, I already know the “real” me so why do I need to read this article? Let me tell you.
Time and time again, I can tell you that a struggle with food is less with food and more with YOU. Being aware of the excuses you spout out for not following a nutrition plan is the first step. This means listening to the voice inside your head. Getting it down on paper is huge! First, because it gets it out of your head. Second, because you then can put a bit of perspective on it when you re-read it a few days or weeks later. STOP making excuses for yourself and start becoming self-aware.
Get to know yourself, because you are changing everyday. Not the dark voice in your head, the REAL you. Pick up a new notebook and a pen and start to peel back the layers of your own story, and get to know you.
If you are staring at a blank page and not sure how to start, here’s a “gimme topic” to get you writing: Who are 5 people you can call when you want to vent, rather than picking up a bag of chips. Why do you feel comfortable calling them? GO!!!