Let’s make 2016 a miraculous year by taking charge of our health and owning it 100 % to make those lasting changes that we’ve wanted for so long!
Welcome to 2016! We’ve celebrated the coming of this New Year throughout the night, but come morning we make our resolutions and hope for the best. We wake up with renewed resolve and promise that we will be kinder, work harder, and lose weight. This year, let’s make our resolution all about empowering ourselves by taking care of our health. A lot of people will go on strict diets, or hire a personal trainer; but as you have read in my previous blogs, diets do not work. Rather, what I would like to do is take this opportunity to ask you to reflect back on 2015; recognizing the highs and lows of the past 12 months. What worked with regards to your health? What didn’t work? Thinking about all this will help move you forward mindfully into the New Year by understanding what it is that you need to do in order to make those new health changes.
A few of my top coaching tips:
- ONLY EAT WHEN YOU’RE GENUINELY HUNGRY
Food experts have created a hunger scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is not hungry at all, and 10 is starving. Usually a number between 7 and 8 on the hunger scale means that you are genuinely hungry. Anything above puts you in a danger zone and you will begin to eat all the wrong kinds of food – think “junk and processed” food. Anything below 7, is not a necessity but more a social habit that will cause you to start craving food. This is when your mind is playing games on you.
- EAT CONSCIOUSLY AND SLOWLY
Take your time when eating and chew your food very well at least 20 times. Try it and see the difference :o)
Make sure to be seated at a table and not eating on the run.
Be aware of the food you’re eating; from smell, texture, taste, and so on. This will help you slow down the process of eating and help you chew
more rather than just gulping it down.
- LEAVE YOUR FOOD JUST BEFORE YOU’RE FULL
Eat slowly and before you go for your second helping, wait 20 minutes. This will give enough time for the message to go from your gut to your brain saying that it is full. If you are still hungry, then go ahead and take a second helping.
- READ YOUR LABELS CAREFULLY, PARTICULARLY ON BOXED FOODS & GO FOR MINIMAL HUMAN INTERVENTION.
By that I mean, do not believe the labels on the boxes you see advertised, for example the no sugar, reduced fat, low calories, added fiber, B12 labels, etc. This is a gimmick. What they are doing is stripping all the natural nutrients and goodness from the product and then introducing it artificially or reducing the calories of sugar but then replacing it with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) that is lower in calories but simultaneously potent and lethal for our bodies.
By minimal human intervention, I mean that the less the product has been handled by humans, changed from its natural form to a processed form, then the healthier it is for your body. Fruits, vegetables, grains, rice, and beans are examples of natural foods.
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER
I can’t stress the importance of water!
I am sure many of you can do this alone, but there are some who need a little help. I want you to know that I am ready to help you renew your commitments, break unhealthy patterns, and create the life you have always wanted. We will begin very slowly, breaking down those challenges into baby steps to make them realistic goals. Together we can do it. So what are you waiting for?
Reach out to me, fill out a health history form, and let’s take the next step together. I assure you this is the best thing you can do for yourselves and once you feel and see the results first hand you will be so happy that you did this.