Maybe you can't find a way around your long work day or an extra busy schedule, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo healthy eating entirely.
Food can be nourishing and tasty too, and long-term happy, healthy, weight loss maintenance does not include restriction and deprivation.
The advisory committee's recommendations inform the government's guidelines, and those affect policies, action and choices. They affect everything from school lunches to SNAP to the food industry, and also the way we personally fill our plate.
Cutting added sugar intake by one-half or more, as the panel suggested, doesn't require Herculean efforts. With these five simple lateral shifts, or healthier swaps, you'll see nearly any favorite food can become transformed into a low-sugar impact food.
The bad news is losing weight won't fix all your problems, and it won't make you love yourself. The good news? You can start loving yourself whenever you want, no matter what your scale says. Why not start today?
During menopausal years, many women who have never had a weight problem find themselves gaining weight. In my experience, these women have not been eating well for years.
Rekindling the sensory knowledge we were born with is extraordinary difficult to do. Like a language you once spoke fluidly but haven't spoken in decades, it takes a while to become fluent again. But, eventually, you get the groove back. You will never speak a more important language.
Think about it -- but for our societal training in mealtimes and childhood training using food as both reward and punishment, why would you ever eat if you weren't hungry?
When you're struggling with food or battling your weight, it's easy to self-sabotage. With constant self-criticism, berating our bodies, and punishing ourselves for things we did/didn't do, we often become our own worst enemies. But the things we are telling ourselves (subconsciously or consciously) can do us more harm than good.
Mind you, I'm as guilty as anyone of eating lunch at my computer. But I do have some rules that I've been able to stick to: We eat a family dinner every day, un-rushed, no electronic distractions allowed, and I limit eating-while-distracted to low caloric density, highly nutritious foods, such as veggies and fruit.
You can not reason with an addict until the addict is ready. At least that is how I felt. I finally was ready to be reasoned with.
"I don't mean to sound ungrateful, God, but I've been thinking about what we discussed, and I realize rather than returning slim, I'd like is to come back overweight."
I realized that I've been lying to myself, lying to others, and lying to my daughter. However, the bright little monkey that she is, she saw through my tricks and smokescreens and called me out on it. My objective has been weight loss.
For many clients, increasing water intake becomes a needle mover for fast, lasting fat loss. Granted, you also need to reduce your sugar impact and address food intolerances, but if you're doing everything else correctly, sufficient water intake might give you that weight loss nudge.
This morning I woke up and before I jumped out of bed to start my day, I laid there for a few minutes. Today is the first day of another adventure: 1....
Weight loss doesn't have to be a single, radical, excruciating ordeal. Positive long-term changes don't happen like that. Instead, think of it as reshaping the little moments of your life to make space for weight loss. The physical and mental strength and resilience you gain is well worth this subtle but powerful effort.