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Recently, I have taught a few classes on being successful in weight management. Some interesting points and “ah-ha” moments have brought folk to realize it’s all in their head.
Four basic tenants in order of importance includes 1)attitude/values; 2) psychology; 3)exercise; 4) and nutrition. Does it surprise folks that their attitude or value they place on managing their weight is ranked more important than eating an apple? For some it doesn’t. If an individual has been in the process of managing their weight (in this case, losing weight) for several months, then he/she is going to realize that it is their attitude or approach to the process of losing weight that will make the most difference. And for some, that is a scary issue to face.
Many folks that I teach bite their nails due to the anxiety of traveling. They are not sure about how to manage their diet when traveling. Whether it is for business or pleasure, folks who have developed healthy eating habits find it a struggle to maintain those habits on the road.
Here is my number one tip for healthy people who travel: PLAN!!! In today’s environment there is a fast food joint on every corner. This certainly doesn’t make it easier for us to eat healthy. But planning isn’t necessarily for the folks trying to keep the pounds off. It’s also for folks with specialized diets, ie. Vegetarians, gluten-free, etc. Planning your meals will help you determine what you are willing do that is healthy and what you willing to splurge on.
A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that writing exercises (aka journaling) can help alleviate symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. This is why writing or journaling is one of the foundations of weight loss and health. I have a friend you says that some of the hardest writing she has done is about her health. I can’t disagree; this is a tough process for some.
But don’t fear: there are several types of journaling that might be beneficial for you to meet your health goals:
1. Stay Positive – don’t judge, criticize, overreact, or call attention to your child’s overeating.
2. Tune in to your child’s emotional life – Stress and unhappiness can lead to overeating. Make time to talk to your child about their day. Listen to their problems and work together to address them. You may need to see professional help if necessary.
3. Fix and serve health meals and snacks (in reasonable portions) at regular times.
These were the words from a woman in my class. Let’s not jump to conclusions here…I will be the first one to tell you that I’m not the expert. It didn’t occur to me to pursue a “passion” until I was in my thirties after I got married. Now, your thinking, “What does this have to do with nutrition?” Here’s how:
With the New Year beginning, several people make New Year’s resolutions. But only 45% of folks who make a New Year’s resolution actually stick with it after 6 months. The problem…? They don’t make SMART goals.
S = Specific
M = Measureable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant
T = Tied to a deadline
Here’s an example: I want to exercise more. OK…good start but it’s too general. Think of the SMART goal. What type of exercise, how often, is it realistic for me (if I never have done it before)? These are all questions that should be answered when you develop your goal.
To Exercise or Not to Exercise? Is that really the question…? Our bodies not only rely on good, healthy food, but, also, on regular (physcial) activity. Regular physical activity happens to be what we need to live a healthy lifestyle.