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Step 2:…Maybe I’ll Actually Start That Diet. June 15, 2012

Posted by doinglaundryinheels in Cooking, Cross Training for Life, Food/Dining, Health and Fitness, How To, Review.

People ask me all the time how I stay so skinny…this question never fails to piss me off. It’s as if “skinny” is supposed to be a compliment like “how do you keep your hair so shiny?” or “What toothpaste do you use, your teeth are so white!”. I can hear those of you reading this, “She’s seriously complaining that someone called her skinny?”, no, that’s not my point at all, my point is that you should never try to be skinny, you should aim to be healthy and if for you healthy is shedding a few pounds, I think that’s great! But for many, skinny shouldn’t be the goal, I know tiny girls who eat like garbage and it’s going to catch up with them.

What you eat affects more than your weight, it affects your vision, your skin, your mood, your hair, your nails. See those men and women who are 45 and already have a ton of wrinkles? It’s not all genetic, it’s probably the mess of lethal ingredients they’ve been putting into their body but nowadays trying to put the right food into your body can drive you crazy. Doesn’t it feel like every thing that tastes good is full of preservatives and packed in carbs and calories?! Tell me about it! Fear not grasshoppers, I’ve got some tasty alternatives that may take some getting used to but the rewards are well worth it.

One thing to remember is that everything you put into your body needs a way out too, that includes toxins and acids. A quick and easy daily detox is warm honey and lemon water. Heat water in a teapot but don’t let it over-boil, add it to a teaspoon of honey and fresh lemon juice or lemon slice. You don’t have to combine them, do one or the other! The lemon clears out the toxins in your liver and otherwise while honey can help with further detox and accumulating fats. It’s great first thing in the morning or right before bed if drinking water doesn’t keep you up. Make sure you don’t eat or drunk for 30 minutes after. Great for avoiding a sugar craving too!
Blueberries are an awesome antioxidant, combine them with yogurt or cottage cheese which is low calorie by high in protein for breakfast, dessert or a snack. When choosing yogurts make sure they’re natural, like Greek yogurt (Fage, Chobani, Oikos, etc.). Bananas are another great fruit to mix in yogurt or cereal, high in potassium and great for cramps so eat one before your workout or if you’re sore.

The important thing to remember is that health, weight loss, and energy all depend on your metabolism so be sure to eat every 3-5 hours depending on your needs and goals. Ziplock some carrots, grapes, cubed cheese, pretzels or pretzel chips and carry them with you so you can have light and healthy snacks every few hours between your big meals of the day. If you want more info or have questions ask your doctor or a nutritionist for specific advice or recipes.
Eating right is great, but don’t forget that counting calories and trying to eliminate sugars means nothing if you’re lounging on your butt all weekend. I mentioned some easy non-workout workouts in the previous post, but if you are super active make your activity a priority. When you’ve got work, school, family, bills and events going to the gym falls to the wayside, don’t let it! Tell your friends you’ll meet them an hour later because you need to squeeze in your run; schedule a special “you” time every week that’s reserved for gym time or your swim and spa day! Yes! You can combine work with pleasure! Health is mental and emotional health too, so take 10am to 1pm ever Saturday to hit the gym and then enjoy your favorite latte in the park with a new book. Maybe try to hit a different running route every week or treat yourself to a manicure or massage every Friday after you workout. It may seem like an impossible scheduling feat but if you have time to meet your friends for a beer or get your haircut then you have time to pump some iron too.
Commitment is only difficult at first, after a few weeks, it’ll become second nature!
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