Simple diet free success for 2018

I want to save you time, money and heartache! Make 2018 different! Don’t start a new diet! By the end of January, you will feel too deprived, too stressed and you’ll quit. Sorry but the truth hurts.

Dieting and exercise are common New Year’s resolutions. We always think getting healthy needs to be full of deprivation and pain.

If you are a new reader, I want to encourage you to make some small changes. Little changes that aren’t too hard, which easily become habits. That’s what has worked for me.

I lost 20% of my body weight and I have kept it off for over 9 years!  I made some little changes. I call them little steps, and now they are part of the way I live. They are habits that are part of my lifestyle. I call them lifestyle changes.

If you are a regular reader then I want to encourage you to keep up the good work! Those little steps you are taking are making a difference!

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I write this blog because I have learned that getting healthy means we make changes for our body, mind, and spirit.

Most of the time we focus on making changes just for our body. That’s the dieting and the exercise.

But what we believe impacts what we do.

We have to pay attention to that nasty little voice in our heads that focuses on our failures.

I call it ‘stinkin thinkin’! There are so many lies we believe and we have to replace them with the truth.

Over the last 10 years, I have learned that God cares about my health.

He has given me this body as a gift.

Some days I don’t do a good job of taking care of His gift to me.

I get frustrated with the time it takes to get healthy. I want it right now!

God reminds me to not get tired of doing the good work of taking care of my body because if I keep it up I will reap the benefits. That’s my paraphrase of our core Bible verse.

“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

Each blog post ends with a challenge – to take a little step.  Each little step makes a difference!

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Make the best choices, your life depends on it!

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Here’s a short pep talk!

 Let’s make the next choice a healthy one.

One choice at a time!

Find a way to move every day!

Spend time with family and friends!

10 Tips For Healthy Holiday Eating

Tis the season for eating!

Everywhere I go there will be tempting goodies. Then I’ll add some holiday stress and I’ll have the perfect combination for overeating.  My favorite foods – turkey, stuffing, gravy, pie, cookies, rich desserts and chocolates will be within my reach.

But this year is going to be different!

I have strategies to share!

10 Healthy tips to beat the holiday food frenzy.

1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

2. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. Get your 20 minutes of exercise everyday. Break it up into two 10-minute sessions. On a day when you overeat, add extra minutes.

3. Eat until you are satisfied, only the turkey needs to feel stuffed! Savor your favorite holiday treats. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.

4. No mindless eating from the bowl of party snacks. Serve yourself on a small appetizer plate and physically move away from the food.

5. Leave a calorie allowance for dessert. If you love dessert and hate to miss out then make a point to cut back on the hors d’oeuvres or skip the bread. Or avoid the pasta and have mostly salad and veggies.

6. Put desserts on a small plate, or even better, on a napkin. It’s a simple trick: You can’t fit as much on a napkin, so you won’t eat as much. No trips back for seconds!

7. Just say ‘NO’! Don’t feel as though you have to say yes to everyone that offers you food. Don’t let yourself be bullied into eating something that you really don’t want.

8. Trim back on the trimmings. To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream. These additions don’t add much to the meal, but can add plenty to your waistline.

9. Wear snug clothes. When you wear snug-fitting clothes chances are you’ll feel full faster. No elastic waist pants for us girlfriends!

10. Be a food snob. If it’s not a 10 then it’s not worth the calories! Scan the choices for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes.

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Here’s my healthy self-talk statement for the Holiday Season

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TODAY’S little STEP:  Incorporate these strategies and enjoy the Christmas season!  Celebrate the birth of our Saviour and King!

This is a repost from last year.  Good stuff is worth rereading!

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12 Tips to Reduce Stress and Increase Joy this Christmas!

The pursuit of perfection has to go!  Be real this Christmas.

It’s so easy to get caught up in decorating the tree with the latest colours, baking Pinterest perfect cookies and shopping for hours for the best gifts.

I really do love Christmas but instead of feeling joyful I often feel grumpy and tired.  Especially if my cookies ended up like those Pinterest fail photos. haha

My daily TO DO LIST gets too long and my stress level gets way too high.

But this year I’m taking back my joy. I’m setting new priorities!

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I’m making spending time with people my priority this Christmas.

TODAY’S little STEP:  Reduce the stress and increase the joy! Let go of the picture perfect Christmas and be real!

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Comments from you make my day!  Share one change you are going to make to your Christmas TO DO LIST.

This a repost from last year.  But the content is too good not to share again!

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15 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR WATER HATERS

We all know we need to drink more water.

But what if you hate it?

What’s a girl to do?

But I hate water! Tips and tricks to drink more!

Keep reading for some tips and tricks.

 We know that we need 8 to 10 cups of fluid, each day. But it all doesn’t have to be water! We also learned that if we drink water before our meals it may help us lose weight.

I’ve made water my BFF and it is my beverage of choice. But I know some people who really hate to drink water. They would never choose water. Here are some tips and tricks I use and some I found on the internet.

  1. Whenever you brush your teeth drink a small glass of water.

  2. Buy yourself a really pretty water bottle. Take it with you.

  3. Experiment with temperature. Maybe you’ll like ice-cold water or room temperature. Pick one!

  4. Buy a fruit infusion water pitcher. Place frozen or fresh fruit in the insert and add water. The water is lightly flavored and colored.

  5. Buy some sparkling water. It has some sodium added but no extra calories. It is a good substitute for soda, or pop as we call it in Canada.

  6. Add lemon or lime slices to your water. Or try cucumber. This adds flavor and nutrients.

  7. Drink herbal teas. Just limit the sugar you add.

  8. Eat more fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Watermelon, cucumber, celery and tomatoes are all good choices.

  9. Try drinking with a straw. It is easier to sip and you will be surprised how quickly the glass empties.

  10. You can get techy and try an app to track your consumption. cool app

  11. Try diluting a strong flavored juice like grape or cranberry with water.

  12. Filter your water to enhance the flavor. Purchase a filter pitcher like Brita.

  13. Buy bottled water. It’s worth every penny if it helps you drink more.

  14. Make it a habit. Associate drinking water with something you enjoy. When you watch TV, sip from a pretty water bottle. When you first get home have a glass of water. After your morning shower have a glass of water. You get the idea.

  15. Reward yourself for drinking more water.

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Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

This was a previous post that is worth reposting, and I’m on summer vacation and  taking a much needed break.

TODAY’S little STEP: If you are a water hater, choose 4 of these tips to try this week. Remember this little change will make a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!

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The perfectionists’ guide to drinking water!

 

Ever wish there was a perfect formula for how many cups of water we should drink?

Sorry, but there isn’t one! My research found the amount is very individual. It is based on our weight, our activity level and the climate we live in.

But keep reading right to the end to find the perfect way to know if you are drinking enough.

My research still suggested that 8 to 10 cups of fluid each day is still a good guide.

But read carefully.

That is all fluids, not just water.

About 20% of it comes from the food we eat. Many fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water by weight.

The other 80% comes from the beverages we drink.

Milk and juice, and tea and coffee can contribute to the 80%, as they are composed of mostly water.

Water is still your best bet because it’s calorie-free, caffeine free, inexpensive and readily available.

 

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Rehydrate!

 

Let’s take the 10-cup rule because the math is really easy!

Let’s look at a typical day. 20% comes from our food and we’ll say that’s 2 cups.

That means we need 8 cups of fluids.

Tea or coffee are not the best choices but they do contribute, and almost everyone drinks them. The latest research suggests that caffeinated drinks in moderation are not as dehydrating as once thought.

Here is how I include 8 cups of fluid on a typical day.

1 glass of water as soon as I get up

1 glass of milk with cereal

2 cups of tea or coffee

1 glass of water with lunch

1 glass of water with mid-afternoon snack or sip from a water bottle during the afternoon

1 glass of water with dinner

1 cup of decaffeinated tea or coffee after dinner

You can see how the fluid level quickly adds up. I encourage you to take a look at what you drink. You may be pleasantly surprised!

If your fluid levels were lower than you expected you now have an easy example to follow!

Don’t overreact perfectionists!

Remember we are making small changes to our life. Take one little step or in this case one little sip.

Here’s the perfect way to decide if you are drinking enough. It’s easy and simple, but fairly private. “You can tell by checking your urine color and output. If you’re urinating every two to four hours, the output is light-colored, and there’s significant volume, then you’re probably well hydrated. If you go from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon without peeing, then you’re dehydrated.” Nancy Clark, MS, RD, sports dietitian in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

TODAY’S little STEP: Drink one extra glass of water. If last week you drank 3 a day make it 4! Each day drink your new amount and you will have taken one more little step to be healthy!

Resources Mayo clinic recommendations

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