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Treat Your Body Right, Build a Healthy Lifestyle

February 25th, 2015 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

When you’re in good health it’s easy to take it for granted. That ability to take on the day like a bull fighter is great. When you’re totally on your game it’s a snap to add more “to-do’s” to your day because you have the time and zest to do them. You embrace your day effortlessly with vim and vigour.

Take a few weeks ago; I joined a special someone on a business trip to Geneva. My down time was spent taking long walks in the old town, along the serene Lake Geneva looking for Shania Twain, meandering near the United Nations building and more. Each evening was spent taking another stroll to and from dinner, not giving walking an extra few miles a second thought. We probably clocked 7 to 11 miles each day to’ing and fro’ing.

Coming home on the plane I sat near a fellow who coughed the entire flight. I was doomed. The next day I succumbed to this year’s flu bug, UG. I truly can’t remember the last time I was so sick. You know the score, high fever, achy muscles, a splitting head ache and left with little energy even to sip water. I turned from a free spirit who could walk 10 miles in a day to a shut in who was winded after shuffling 10 steps, what gives!

It got me thinking about what a blessing good health truly is. During one of my usual daily Twittersphere scans I read a brash tweet that read “I know what’s good for my health and choose NOT to do it.” Hmmmm, I thought how strange it is to deliberately do the opposite of what’s good for me. As I recuperated that week how good it felt to do things that made me feel better. As I tend to say, “don’t mess with the machine!

It was wonderful to regain my energy to bundle up and head out for a daily walk again. It felt great to unravel my mat to bend and stretch and reach for the stars. I also listened attentively to my body’s cues for the whole foods it craved to help whip my systems back into shape – one day I yearned for homemade apple sauce; another homemade soup; then to eggs and toast; to fresh berries and plain Greek-style yogurt. I knew I was really coming around when I pined for ribs!

Establishing a healthy lifestyle is the best gift you can give yourself. Having it helps you be the best you can absolutely be. Your body truly is your temple, so treat it right!

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Motivation 6 Ways

January 13th, 2015 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Hey baby, it might be cold outside, but hey, each day is getting a little brighter. They say that mid-January is when most New Year’s resolutions fizzle. Who’s “they” anyhow? If you’re adopting new lifestyle habits, doing the 3 x 3 or if you want to just feel jazzed every day work in a wide array of measures to keep your motivation sizzling and not fizzling. Don’t ever give UP!

Dress to Inspire Success & Joy – Dawn an outfit everyday that fits properly and makes you feel fab right from your undies to your coat. I don’t know about you, but slump-wear brings me down. How about you? Get some trusty ironside jeans and create your outfit around them. If you find yourself mindlessly eating, that tug on your tummy is your reminder to rein it in a little. Whether you’re working to achieve a lower weight or to just feel more inspired awash your outfit with colour too. That rainbow will lift your spirits as you take on the world!

Thought Stopping – What’s the tone of your inner voice? Are you loving yourself or berating yourself with criticism? Pay attention to those voices in your head and stop yourself when you’re about to self deprecate. Replace those thoughts with prose of kindness. You ARE enough!

Visualize the Prize – Have you spent a lifetime trying to lose weight when deep down you really don’t believe you can reach your ultimate goal? Not believing in yourself is the biggest barrier to success. Find time in a quiet place to meditate and visualize the prize daily – you at your goal weight. After all seeing IS believing!

Reward Building – For people who set realistic goals, reaching your ultimate weight loss goal will take many months. Work in small rewards to treat yourself for good behaviour throughout your journey and stay stoked.

Lead, Don’t Follow – When you make your personal goals aim to stick to them even when those shallow saboteurs try to throw you under the bus. Hey soul sister, we’re surrounded, so find strategies to block them. If you’re a consummate pleaser, start pleasing yourself first!

Just For Today – If you’re really feeling in a slump, don’t fret! Sometimes we plan so far in advance – for next month, next season, next year which seems soooo overwhelming and far from this moment. Take a breather and reframe your thinking to focus on the here and now “just for today”. When you just focus on today, all of your tomorrows will fall into place.

Finding ways to supercharge your motivation and attitude will help you sail through the rough spots we all face. Check out my e-book Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books for more strategies to keep you sizzling to success at Slim Town!

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Freeze Frame the Christmas Reframe

December 18th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Christmas reframe
Stop and freeze frame
Sparkle from within
Be genuine

Do things for the right reason
During this and every season
Be pure as snow
Bring joy – Ho! Ho! Ho!

Put a song in your heart
A gift of you, to impart
Listen more and talk less
Worth the effort, I confess

Give the benefit of the doubt
That’s what relationships are all about
Be a sweet elixir
A real strong bond fixer

Act the truth
That’s the proof
March to a new beat
Not always an easy feat

Help others and aim to feel
Peace and kindness, keep it real
Slow down and take the time
Make your inner light shine

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Portugal

November 15th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Portugal
Speaks to the soul
People are real
A very big deal

Less pretence
More substance
Travel around
A special something surrounds

Land and sea
So almighty
Farm vines through stone
Olive groves roll beyond

Seeped in history
A fine place to be
Culture entwines
Out your pours, in your mind

Medieval sites
Imagination ignites
Mediterranean gem
Will return again

Historical
Cultural
Wonderful
Portugal

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Sweetest Hangover Put to the Eating Satisfaction Test

November 3rd, 2014 1 Comment Tags: , , , ,

I had that old song Sweetest Hangover play in my head as I prepped for the trick or treaters to come to my door on Halloween eve – oh joy. I played a trick on myself as I ripped into my faves enjoying nibbling on a few sweet Reese’s pieces, ahhhh. Yes ET certainly got reeled in with those tasty morsels when lured in by Elliott. There’s no phoning home until you’ve enjoyed a few that’s for darn sure, right ET?

Then I had a wee try of my other fave the Aero Bar, double ahhhh. How I love that bubbly, chocolate bitesized morsel. When I was a little lassie I remember asking my Mom for one at the grocery store, back in the day when they were 10 cents. YUM I felt like a child again as rustled in the bag to find and enjoy a few.

My body went into spasm wondering what on earth I was doing because I don’t routinely eat that stuff. I think the saved file on  my body’s hard drive from last year’s Halloween got unleashed and the sweetest hangover ensued. I decided I’d put these annual treats to the test, one that I describe in my e-book Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books.

I recommend we all put our favourite food to this eating satisfaction test. It has you focus in on how the food you eat makes your body feel within an hour of eating it. Of course that first bites of these sweet nothings made my taste buds sing, but in an hour, how did they make me feel? As I sat reading at the door tending to the sporadic activity due to rain and chilly temperatures, I honed in, hmmmm. That initial sugar rush tasted and felt great, even euphoric, but the crash, well not so much. The taste in my mouth went initially from yummy to sour as that peanut butter splashed up my throat after a while, ug. This eating satisfaction test made me realize these treats really don’t make me feel that good after all.

By 8:30pm the lights went out, the treats got packed up to “go away, far away” and it was time for a late night dinner of steamy, spicy chilli with crusty bread and a glass of a hearty red wine, real food. A delightful way to end the evening. And within an hour of eating real food, my eating satisfaction score got a 10 out of 10, I felt great!

Consider putting your favourite foods to the eating satisfaction test. Some of your fave’s might fall off your favourite food list.

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UNcoupling

October 22nd, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

When I think of some famous couples my mind gets drawn to Rudolph & Claireese, Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire, my Nan & Pops and even Forest Gump and Jenny who go together like peas and carrots…

Then there are other things in life that find themselves unwittingly bound together that need to get a divorce already. If any of these ring a bell for you, time to call the lawyer and draw up some papers then split!

Eating & Emotions – We eat to fuel our bodies and experience emotions to enlighten our soul but sometimes, for many, food soothes various emotional states from happiness to sadness, to stress and anxiety even when we’re not hungry. Being in the habit of eating when emotional can result in overeating and weight gain. Taking time to untie those dastardly knots that binds these together can often require a lot of work. For many these relationships may be holding you back from ultimate success.

Eating & Guilt – Look, I’m a female, Italian, Catholic and I know guilt well. Adding more guilt because I enjoyed my Nan’s famous biscotti is NOT a line I’m willing to cross. My favourite food is pie and although I don’t eat it often, when I do I enjoy it to the MAX. You should too!

Weight Gain & Excuses – I have written many times on my blog and in my ebook that awareness is bliss. When you know better, you do better. If weight gain is a mystery for you, consider starting a food record explained in Chapter 4 of Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books, then lose the excuses.

Boredom & Nibbling – A very insidious coupling is none other than eating when you’re bored. A wandering mind can really get you into all kinds of trouble, least of which is eating when you’re not even hungry. In this life featuring “the busy contest”, keep a running to-do list to keep you hopping. The best antidote for boredom is busy!

Unrealistic Goals & Diets – If I had a penny for every diet that claims to lose weight in a jiffy forever I’d be rich already. These sound like they go together, just like little white lies like any special face cream will make you look younger when you’re north of 50. Who are you kidding?? If something seems to good to be true, it is and don’t give it another thought.

So folks for some of these pairs breaking up might be hard to do, but it’s vital if you’re looking for long term weight loss success. It’ll be worth the effort once the old baggage is behind you.

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Weight loss fast or slow? Changing habits is the way to go!

October 20th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I read the headline flurry about that study conducted deducing whether you lose weight at a fast or slow rate, people gain the weight back. Somehow I knew that UNsound sound bite would be retweeted by many, good grief.

I get my eyeballs frosted with studies AND reporting like this. Both groups of study subjects were put on diet regimens designed to lose weight quickly or slowly both groups using some degree of liquid meal replacements. The last time I checked I don’t believe Optifast was served at my Thanksgiving dinner last weekend, how about at yours? I describe in my ebook Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books that before you try any diet make sure it passes the Thanksgiving Dinner Test. Hit the buzzer on these folks as they fail on all accounts.

If you talk to any Yo-Yo dieter I’m sure all will agree how easy it is to lose weight, as many admit “I’ve done it many times!” There’s a clue in that statement folks it’s the word “diet” because diets don’t work – period. If you do want to lose weight the secret is in your ability and commitment to change habits and your mindset for the better, for good. I discuss in my ebook details about the National Weight Control Registry of “Successful Weight Losers”, which is a perfect group to emulate if you want to do this.

I feel for people toying with the idea of changing their habits for the better who many now stop in their tracks and exclaim “forget about it!” after reading those headlines.

Let’s hope they find wisdom to embrace change one tiny step at a time so the pebbles of change turn into an avalanche of positive results in time. Don’t give up!

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Who’s winning the war on “healthy” at schools? Garbage cans perhaps

October 17th, 2014 2 Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

I have been mulling over study findings showing healthy food served in school food service departments has been feeding the garbage pales since the school’s cleansing of less healthy food. These findings and a healthy debate with colleagues got me thinking more deeply and blogging about what might be happening in this regard.

I used to work with a passionate paediatrician Dr. Bob Hilliard many years ago at Sick Kids Hospital who often asked our team “Are we winning?” I have often asked myself this question through my career to do a gut check: are we are taking the right measures and achieving the planned outcomes? Are we winning?

I’ll be honest, my heart sank when I heard this study’s findings presented about healthy food wastage in school cafeterias, good grief. When I think about these kids having unique energy and nutrient needs, many going through growth spurts, I wonder what on earth are they eating to make up for what they’re discarding to fill that hunger void?

I recall having one-on-one sessions with teens many years ago who would openly admit to me that when they have a limited amount of money on hand what they seek is food that’ll fill the hunger void economically. The word “healthy” was rarely used to my recollection, sadly. Unfortunately, what they can afford are fast food offerings. So many schools I pass are surrounded by these places. So are we winning?

Could we the experts be exacerbating even worse eating habits after this less healthy food cleansing we’ve done in schools? I have heard about positive experiences where some schools had kids involved in the decision making of food service options. I love Brian Wansink’s healthy and stealthy approach to setting up a healthier cafeteria, described in his new book Slim By Design check it out.

The bottom line for me is the importance of doing further research on this to ensure there are no unintended consequences. After all we don’t want another wave of an epidemic on top of those we already have and add psychological eating issues to the mix, which would be more difficult to fix. For kid’s sake, let’s make sure we ARE winning and make necessary changes as needed.

Something to knaw on, that’s for sure….

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Idaho Harvest

October 1st, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Idaho
Gotta go
Just to try
Beloved potatoes!

Always in style
So versatile
Enjoy any time
Conscience reconcile!

Good for you
Side dish or stew?
Vitamins & minerals
Plus fibre too!

Farmers field
A lot of yield
Have to say
Such a big deal

Hospitality
Generosity
Honest and true
From everybody

Idaho
Potato
Cherish the land
Now I know…

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Craving a Sound Sound-Bite….

September 5th, 2014 1 Comment Tags: , , , , ,

I’m having some cravings lately, for sound, reliable nutrition information – a REAL sound bite. Not those trivial sound bites we’re inundated with on social media that simply add to confusion of the topic of food and nutrition. This week was the diet face-off between Low Fat versus Low Carb diets, what gives?

When I sit back and mull all of this over I remind myself that nutrition is not black and white but mostly grey zone. There are many nuances that don’t lend themselves to straight “yes” and “no” or 1-sentence answers.

I can hear the groans already when I tout the moderation message, yet again. Sorry folks but I’ll bang that gong until your ears ring and it sinks in! The reality is our bodies NEED fat and carbs and the entire array of macro and micronutrients every single day with fluids and fiber to boot. We need fat, but not too much. We need carbs, but not too much. This sort of messaging albeit sound and reliable doesn’t cut it in the “sound bite” department of the editors.

Sadly, I’m not surprised that consumers become so confused sometimes to the point of exasperation morphing into anti-nutritionists in combat. Actually, I can hear them now “…just tell me what I’m supposed to do already!”

What I suggest you do is find a few reliable nutrition sources with credible degrees and credentials then tune out all of the noise. Then sink your teeth into REAL sound bites to help you on your personal health quest to get and stay on track.

Don’t forget an important rule of thumb in the process, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is….

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