Want to Eat Smart? Then do it smart.

Fresh-Meat-and-VegSo it’s back to the Basics

  • Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats (like butter).
  • Avoid: Sugar and starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes).

The smart part is to eat when you’re hungry and only until you are satisfied. It’s that simple.

You do not have to avoid the fat that comes with the foods noted below.
You do not have to limit quantities deliberately.

You must stop eating when you feel full – if you eat mindfully you will know when this happens.  Don’t “clean your plate”,  be prepared to save it for later or to throw it out.

For hunger check how you feel: Is it hunger, thirst or something else?

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10 Ways to Live Better and Get Back in Shape

SaladOkay, summer time and oops the shorts don’t fit from last year, metabolism is way down (have to learn to fight that one – there’s no easier way) and I need a new wardrobe…soon!

So I read a few articles on the ease of losing weight; the eye catching word of the moment is always the word “diet” or some variant of being in or out of “shape”. These phrases or words come to mean an act of losing weight or running 10K even though it’s really only a part of the process. What we all should be doing  is just slowing down and getting in touch with the fact that our bodies, our minds and our consciousness are really the only thing we truly own.

I’m thinking about living better, and to start with what?: What am I eating? What do I do physically every day? And what about the rest of my lifestyle?

A person’s diet can be modified by reducing caloric intake accomplished by either eating less or doing more to sustain the higher caloric intake. All of these suggestions are backed or touted by research into the effectiveness of any of them. I wouldn’t suggest otherwise, but some are just plain common sense, while others were quite likely very well studied.

Our lifestyles are always changing as we move along in life. Usually when we start out we could care less about thinking of our older selves. We live for the moment, and as we age, we sometimes wish we’d done things different. Well this is that “wishing time”, I need to think of what I can do different now. So a few thoughts….

1. Get yourself checked out. Your doctor can be the best source of current information, that’s their job and if you have any worries or habits, ask, ask, ask. It’s your time and your life they shouldn’t have any hangups when it comes to talking about you.

2. Don’t get stuck in food prison. Look up calories and be prepared to ask for smaller portions of your fav food but don’t get too crazy with the calorie counting it will drive you mad. Be prepared to take the high road , the 85/15 rule, once in awhile.

3. Move your butt. Heck, just taking the stairs up once in awhile is better than nothing. Or even parking farther away and power walking to work or take your bike to the grocery store. Little bits over time add up.

4. Eat breakfast. It’s been said many time before; it should be simple, satisfying and slow. Yes, I said slow. Get up early (meaning go to bed early) and make yourself some comfort breakfast food, remember you are breaking your fast, as in you haven’t eaten for a while, it’s not “Quick, break fast and get out.”

5. Have a good restful sleep. I can’t stress this enough and be consistent on weekends too. If we go to bed at the same time every day and get 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep we will have more energy with less stress eating. Restful also means to try to remove or move most annoyances like your alarm clock, your sleepless pet, add white noise to block sounds, etc …you get the idea.

6. Know your weaknesses. Stop and listen to your self-talk and your moods. Us humans tend to want to self-medicate for pleasure when we are stressed or upset and the easiest is alcohol and food. Find other ways to satisfy that need safely and consciously.

7. Make a plan. Know what kinds of mini meals you can have to fill the void. Many times doctors recommend smaller equal caloric intakes rather than large ones where we tend to over eat.

8. Stop and consider. While you’re eating, eat mindfully, taste the food, enjoy the food, take your time with each bite to savour what it is you like about it. Otherwise you may as well be eating a tasteless energy bar.

9. Don’t go for seconds. Wait at least ten minutes or more. It’s been mentioned many times that our brain to stomach communication is rather slow, probably from some leftover survival thing in the past, but now it just means we don’t know when to stop sometimes.

10. Enjoy the food and the activities that you like for what they are. Food is energy, it’s also pleases us on another level.  We were also built to be active, and, as my previous post, indicated sitting for too long can kill us.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/annual-physical-examinations

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/dos-donts-counting-calories?page=2

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/professionals/promotion/index.html

http://www.symptomfind.com/nutrition-supplements/benefits-of-eating-breakfast/

http://thyroid.about.com/od/loseweightsuccessfully/a/sleepdiet.htm

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200311/stress-and-eating?page=2

http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/meal-planning/shopping/slim-down-at-the-supermarket.aspx

http://www.tcme.org/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/overcoming-overeating

http://exercise.about.com/od/plateausmotivation/a/enjoyexercise.htm

Being Green Isn’t Easy

Being Green isn’t easy.

Just ask a Blanchard’s Cricket frog and I’ll bet if he could talk, he’d tell you that whether it’s a habitat for frogs or for us humans, trying to be green and then staying green isn’t easy.

New Homes – Can a new homeowner even plan to “go green” and keep a yard healthy when they landscape it or is it too much?  Sadly a house is more than just the TV, some furniture and a place to plugin your cell phone.  In my opinion you may as well have a condo if you really don’t want the yard. Continue reading

True Happiness: Impossible!

I get the feeling around this time of year that people search for something tangible to enjoy or maybe they hunt. Food is always a fav so is companionship as is a good deal.
I’m always looking for a good way to take the edge off a desirable food item. Drink water (boooring) or (my favourite) substitue. Yeah baked potato chips for real Miss Vickies – not – a – chance! How about this one: eat less of what you want. That works for me for the most part. Continue reading

On Meditation and Mindfulness

Okay let’s try this.

I find somewhere where I can sit quietly. Then I let my mind wander a bit to the noises around me until finally I calm my inner voice. I eliminate thinking about comfort or re-living a recent moment or thinking of a future action. Each time I bring myself back to the present. I can do this but it really is quite challenging at times.  Finally I calm my thoughts and just sort of drift in and out with my breath. Then I start to relax and take deep breaths.  Okay, then I try not to fall asleep. Okay, I take a nap.

I think naps help too. Continue reading