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Putting Portion & Balance into Perspective

July 31st, 2013 2 Comments Tags: , , , ,

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on various topics like “the evils of sugar”; “ghastly gluten”; “freakin’ fats and oils” and more. When I do this sort of reading I put the issues into focus as I think about my food loving family’s diet and general consumers, hmmmmm. Where’s that tub of ice cream?

I have to tell you I really can’t stand demonizing any food or nutrient unless it’s true poison. I worry people either become food phobic and eliminate all kinds of foods or they throw up their hands in defeat and proclaim “forget about it”, then abandon all healthy eating efforts. Moreover, some people are tempted to get more of what they’re not suppose to – our child within is relentless. Research has shown this. Can you relate?

Then I read an enlightening article about a journalist’s experience in Paris realizing people there aren’t fat, well, other than the tourist – pardon monsieur! For me this article hit the nail on the head of my core belief on all of this: it’s about balance in life – a little dab of butter, a sweetie for dessert, a splash of wine with dinner, a fresh crusty baguette at lunch, walking from point “a” to point “b” with many points in-between. I was in Paris last September and it is certainly a city worth having a love affair with – there were dabs and noshes and splashes to be had along with long walks to-ing and fro-ing, nothing in extreme, except for some shopping perhaps….

I’m not saying to throw caution to the wind because many solid studies do show that consumers are eating the sweet stuff in excess and the outcome’s not pretty. Other studies show fruits and veggie consumption which has been abysmal for years is on the decline – ug. There are oodles of evidence on how inactive kids and adults alike are. What I am saying is: is to eat food, real food from all of the food groups to nourish our bodies with every vitamin and mineral, macro and micro nutrient so we can run on all cylinders. Our masterful machine “body as temple” requires this. Check the manual! And do what our bodies were built to do – move every single day.

Balance. That’s what the world needs now to help us put our portions into perspective: “balance sweet balance”. Once we get this right perhaps we can start to lick some of the epidemics we face.

What does Barry White sing, “too much of anything’s just not good for you baby….”

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Self Image – Mirror Mirror on the Wall….

July 29th, 2013 2 Comments

I recently read that 62% of older women believe their weight or shape is a major bummer. Hmmmm well ladies that’s where the dimmer switch in your bathroom comes in handy and for me, my vision is fading….

Make a realistic goal and break it down – make it easy on yourself. If it took you a lot of years to gain weight, it will certainly take time to lose it for good. Don’t make this a speed race to the finish. Be discerning and wise about your approach by making a goal and breaking it down into small manageable steps.

Build in rewards for positive changes you make. Positive efforts deserve non-food rewards. Build yourself a repertoire of non-food rewards that don’t need to cost you anything. It’s a great way to get motivated, to keep up the good work and keep on truckin’.

Work with what you’ve got – accentuate the positive. Truck loads of books have been written on the subject of how to look better at the weight you currently are. God created spandex for a reason, so use it! My new skinny jeans have a stretch that hold me in without starting off a hot flash sequence. How about an empire waist? Invest in a new bra. Get in the habit of wearing clothes that make you look and feel good. Chances are you’ll put your best face forward when you face the world and will feel great too.

Love yourself more – acceptance is key. Accept yourself and your foibles. Find small ways to mask some of this, but there’s a point when you just need to get on with living. In the grand scheme of things most people don’t even notice what you’re hung up about anyhow. Take the pressure off. Trust me, there are others much worse off than you. Find perspective.

Who wants to spend a lifetime grinding it out on a diet trying to get skinny when you perhaps weren’t meant to be. Research shows that even a slight change in weight, say ~5% could vastly improve key biomedical indices. Positive reinforcement from this loss might be the momentum you need to keep at it. Take the pressure off and work on one area of focus instead of 101 to make you healthier. A better self image is certainly part of the equation. Tune your attitude in!

Find out more healthy and stealthy eating tips and tricks from my e-book Skinny On Slim and take advantage of the free summer promo through July. Also available on i-Books, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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The Good Ole Summertime

July 26th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

I took a stroll by Lake Okanagan before dinner while in Kelowna BC a while back. I passed a number of parks smack dab beside the lake and marvelled at the flurry of activity by the masses. There was beach volley ball, a twosome playing badminton, kids making sand castles, bikes riding by, some rowing a canoe or kayak while others balancing on boards, then there was swimming, water skiing, kite-sailing and more. The sight made my heart sing la la la la la la….

I’ve been by that lake to witness a group of super fit gals doing a yoga class on boards in the water in unison. What a sight of poise and balance I can only dream of doing on my recreation room floor?! A very beautiful thing.

I love being in the thick of summer witnessing people of all ages playing outside with the boob tube off, tech toys stowed and having fun. If you’ve been tied to your desk let me ask you: what are you waiting for? I can almost see August from here so there’s plenty of time to turn the beat around your activity routine and take it up a notch.

There are many benefits of getting and being regularly active physically, mentally, socially and more. For me, taking a walk with Mother Nature allows me time to process problems that weigh on my mind or infuses creativity into a concept I’m noodling over. If you haven’t been active it’s certainly time to join in. Enjoy the weekend!

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No More Royal Treatment

July 23rd, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

The birth of Kate & Will’s new prince got me thinking about the royal treatment, hmmmm. I’m returning home from a summer vacation of wining, dining and enjoying the west to the max, my own royal treatment of sorts. As I sit in the airport lounge I’m in the ready position to re-establish my routine. Here are some thoughts running through my mind….

A mound of laundry
A pile of mail
My porridge bowl
And bread gone stale

A grocery list
In need of stuff
The long flight home
Now enough is enough!

A dinner offering
Not paired with wine
Back to my walk
When the morning sun shines

Time change adjustment
Need a fast switch
My mat and weights
I’m feeling the itch

It’s great to travel
Enjoy a change of scene
But snap back to normal
With my trusty routine!

Really though, there’s no place like home…..

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Mediterranean Diet, Dying to Try It!

July 19th, 2013 2 Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

There are some diet regimens deep rooted in the fundamentals. Although the Mediterranean Diet has been around a long a while, its sound principles never get old. I introduced this topic a few weeks back when my nephews and niece flew the coup to bella Tuscany.

The Mediterranean Diet epitomizes the naturally nutrient rich principles by being chocked full of veggies and fruit, nuts, seeds and whole grains along with lean meat, fish, poultry and game. Talk about covering all of the food groups in spades with minimal processing. This regimen’s got it covered and then some.

The food preparations can be simple making the food taste divine while cooking with olive, for example. This regimen is generally higher in “good fats” and lower in “bad fats” offering general disease protection to major risk factors for heart disease, stroke and cancer. It can also protect against obesity and type 2 diabetes with the inclusion of 5-10 fruits and vegetables each day.

Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that seniors who led a healthy lifestyle — defined as not smoking, eating a Mediterranean-type diet, drinking alcohol in moderation, and engaging in 30 minutes of daily physical activity — significantly increased their life expectancy.

It is truly never too late to change and adopt new ways of eating and living. There’s no time like the present to take positive steps in that direction. If you’re dying to try it, why not start today?

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Filling Up on Nothingness is a Dead End

July 17th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

I read that diet soda pop may not be as benign as originally thought for diet minded folks who still love that sweet taste. I thought it deserved some airtime on T & T. It was postulated that being biological beings when sweet or savoury food is consumed (and believe it or not, pop is considered a food) that our body expects a load of nutrients with it (and yes sugar is considered a macro nutrient) and if not received may find it by hook or by crook. I’d like to review the evidence myself in greater detail before I buy into this idea….

I have given this notion of consumption of emptiness a lot of thought in my life as I used guzzle down diet pop some years back as a treat pacifier of sorts that I discuss in my e-book Skinny On Slim. I’m from the school of thought that a calorie is a calorie and given diet pop has zero, then it’s not an issue on the energy front. Back then; however, I pondered more deeply about this colourful drink I was pouring down my gullet, whether fluorescent orange, zesty lime green or dirty bubbly brown that was indeed calorie free. I thought my masterful biological machine is processing all of this unnatural stuff day in and day out. Thinking back to taking biology and physiology in university I wondered “was this what my body originally signed up for?”

Wisdom ensued and eventually I weaned off this old habit then changed to drinking water or mineral water instead, mostly. Over the years I have established a more intimate relationship with my food, yearning for the real stuff. After all brown bubbly fluid chocked full of sweetener and caffeine, concocted by a chemist to tailor a bliss point just right to tantalize your tastebuds made in a great big vat in a factory isn’t food. In my mind it’s far from it.

I also used to be so narrow minded being so earnest to limit calories with less attention to food’s vast array of natural nutrient richness. These days if I want a sweet drink other than my usual water, I’ll drink it. If I want an ice cream I’ll choose the real stuff. If I want a cookie give me the one I want, not a bad imitation. I have it and then I’m done with it, period!

It’s been over 25 years since my journey to Slim Town and my weight has been maintained through the hills and dales of life. I guess it’s working for me. Get all of the juicy details in Skinny on Slim in the summer free promo. Spread the word, won’t you?! Also available on i-Books, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Take it down a Notch

July 15th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

Life seems to be so fast-paced and competitive these days as we strive to go faster, harder, stronger, better, further. Well this time of year I say “whoo horsey”. After the Armageddon storm in Hog Town of late it’s time to take stock, gain perspective and take the time to take it down a notch, for a change. Don’t you think?

Sometimes we need a power out situation with a kayak floating down our street to disconnect us from the pace and race of life. I think it’s Mother Nature giving us a big bonk on the head as pressure and stress mount with the temperatures and humidity. Hello McFly!

Some experts say that a little bit of stress is a good thing. It keeps up sharp and on our toes. For some who accumulate too many balls in the air, however, too much pressure to the proverbial crock pot of life will eventually be ready blow in time. Too much stress can tax your heart and health, your overall work effectiveness, even put a strain on your relationships. A few days with the power out and the boob tube off allows time to decompress, think about life and our priorities.

I took a walk with Mother Nature the other day and tuned in to real tweets of various species of birds while off of Twitter, spent some FaceTime with wild flowers off of Facebook and envisioned life’s “Bear Market” through the shapes of the billowing cumulonimbus marshmallow clouds, no Instagram needed.

If life’s pressures are mounting I hope the power out snapped your priorities back in perspective. Make time to take it down a notch now and then to keep your karma cosmic and directed at true north.

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The Altruistic Almond – A Crunchy Mouthful of YUM

July 12th, 2013 1 Comment Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Ever thought about that law of attraction, hmmmmm? I have had “noshing on nuts” on the brain for a while now as I’ve been writing about their positive effect on your weight. I have also been practicing what I’ve been preaching as I tote them along to enjoy as a snack plus I add them to various dishes. Then lo and behold BAM I was invited to an exclusive dinner at Zambri’s in Victoria by the friendly folks from the Almond Board of California, how delightful!

Talk about being delectably treated to a nice, night-time, nutty, noshfest that tantalized our tastebuds! I bonded with fellow RD blood sisters who practice and preach natural nutrient richness to the masses too. We were treated to poached yellow tomatoes crostino, ricotta stuffed agnolotti and rockfish romanesco – each course adorned with almonds in one delectable form or another.

I love recommending a food that I enjoy so much. One humble serving of whole almonds adds up to 23 crunchy treasures providing a mouthful of nutrient richness. They’re chocked full with protein and good fats; touted as an excellent source of Vitamin E and magnesium plus they are a good source of copper and riboflavin. They also contain iron, calcium, zinc, niacin, folate, phosphorus and potassium then fibre, phytosterols, polyphnols and flavonoids – a true nutritional mouthful, indeed.Talk about covering the gamut of nutrient bases, they’re like the winning Blue Jays of late…. Moreover they taste great, deliver a crunch that delights your senses while making you feel full. Work these into your repertoire to help your “body as temple” soar. I love a snack that grows on trees, don’t you? Thanks Mother Nature. You don’t reap those benefits from a salty bag of deep fried emptiness that goes crunch purchased from your vending machine now, do you?

I have a nut bin in my kitchen that has always contained almonds before I met these lovely people and will continue. Their gift offering containing almonds in various forms is being enjoyed as we speak, CRRRR-UNCH.

Aim to get more healthy and stealthy food in your diet that not only tastes great but does double time to fill many nutrient voids in your diet. So count ‘em out – 23 almonds and put ‘em in a pouch for when your gnawing hunger strikes. You’ll be ready to curb any craving. Add them in various forms – slivered, chopped, whole or sliced to various dishes to meals you prepare for that extra UMPH you’ve been seeking. Who doesn’t love a crunchy mouthful of YUM? No one, that’s who!

Find out more healthy and stealthy eating tips and tricks from my e-book Skinny On Slim and take advantage of the free summer promo through July. Also available on i-Books, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Mediterranean Diet Approach

July 10th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

I read that Penelope Cruz got her figure back after having her second baby some time ago by adopting the Mediterranean Diet and dancing, hmmmmm. This regimen has more to do with a certain pattern than a diet, which is easy to adopt and has a wide variety of terrific food.

It includes plenty of plant foods with some animal protein that inherently have a limited amount of saturated fat depending on what you choose. There is little processed food and it’s high on fresh, local fare. Meals allow a plethora of veggies and fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds with a dash of olive oil and whole grains, pasta and cereal with smaller amounts of protein such as fish, chicken, meat, cheeses washed down with a glass of wine – cin cin!

As I previously mentioned the pattern includes an easy, enjoyable pace for mealtime respecting the food and cook all the while. There’s no woofing down a meal or eating while watching the boob tube, for instance, not to mention eating on the run or buying food from a drive-thru.

It’s food glorious food on this regimen, most in it’s most natural form! You still need to be watchful of your quantities though. As I’ve said before, olive oil may be considered a “good fat” but the glug, glug, glug of the olive oil jug still adds over 120 calories/tablespoon to your food. Like any regimen all calories count so there’ll be no throwing caution to the wind on this or any plan.

If you’re thinking about adopting a better way of eating consider transitioning to a Mediterranean diet. Ciao bella!!

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A Winning State of Mind

July 7th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I watched the men’s Wimbledon final match with Murray and Jokovic. What stuck with me most from one of Andy’s comments from one of his interviews was his admission that his team of coaches helped him learn how to win from his past losses, hmmmmmm.

As I began doing my mat routine following the match – that 16 minute investment into my hourglass every second day – I thought more deeply about those words. In order to win you need to develop a winning state of mind, a positive “can do” attitude, ways to motivate yourself, find ways to stay in the game, any game in life, that is.

Certainly the same holds true when you embark on that journey to be healthier, more fit, a better weight for your frame. So many people only focus on the food and various nutrients. I get so angry when I see the latest claims about various magical elements touting to be “the” secret to your weight loss success – whether it’s green coffee beans, strawberry ketones, vitamin B6 and kelp and more. Trust me a little dash of any of these are far from magic. It’s up to you to put your own artillery together to help you win and succeed from changing your mindset, to your pattern, to your awareness, to treating yourself better, to your movement movement and more.

I describe many stealthy and healthy tips and tricks in my book Skinny on Slim. Take advantage of my summer promo. It’s currently free from all outlets in all formats during July. What have you got to lose?? You’ll surely gain a new perspective on the topic….

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