Is your “monkey mind” convincing you that healthy meals are impossible in your crazy busy schedule?
Are the voices in your head yelling “too complicated, too much work, no time, not for me”?
Whether your monkey is King Kong or Rafiki you’ll need some action steps to get out of it’s way and make a change.
Grab your remote and switch “off” the Food Network.
I know it’s very popular and I love watching it. However, preparing meals that will make you feel amazing doesn’t have to involve gourmet foods, or figuring out how to use remote ingredients or competing against anyone to make the best dinner ever.
I haven’t seen much in the way of simple, whole food, healthy eating shows on the Food Network Channel. As a matter of fact, it might be contributing to the chatter in your head because you’re sure you can’t compete with Giada or The Barefoot Contessa. (way too much gluten, dairy and sugar anyway).
How about those enticing “healthy” frozen dinners!
Think it will save you time? Probably not. The instructions tell you to microwave them anywhere from 7- 9 minutes. You can heat them in the oven but that take as long as making a meal from scratch. Now you have to heat them one at a time in the microwave (which depletes all the nutrients if there were any to start with) and that could take you 30-40 minutes. The first one will be cold by the time the last one is done and you’ll still probably need some extra food. C’mon, be honest – were you ever really full on a Lean Cuisine? (my husband would need 5 of them!)
Success is in the planning.
I’m sure you’ve read this and heard it before – it’s not headline news. However it is a guarantee that will save you every time. If you know which meals you’ll be eating at home and who will be joining you (everyone – just the kids, just yourself, etc.), you can (1) be sure to have the ingredients on hand and (2) cook some things ahead. If you have some baked yams, brown rice and/or quinoa already cooked in the frig – you’ll be 1/3 of the way there.
If you tear up or chop your greens when you bring them home from the market you’ll be 2/3 of the way there.
Now – how about dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes (move over Rachel Ray – we really can do this).
There’s very little that’s easier to cook than greens. Wash them, dry them, tear them (if you do the tearing or chopping ahead – it takes less time) and sauté them in a little olive oil or stock with some garlic and they’re done and delicious in minutes. They can make the basis of a meal or side dish. Prep time 5 minutes. Cook time 5 minutes or less. Results – low fat, low cal, low carb, high energy, excellent digestion, awesome taste.
Choose a protein. How about salmon? 7 minutes from broiler to table. All you need is a couple of wild salmon filets (one 6 ounce filet for each person), a jar of quality pesto (or home made of course) and a lemon or lime. Squeeze a little lemon/lime juce on the salmon, spread 1 tablespoon of pesto on each filet and put under the broiler for 7 minutes. That’s it! Prep time 3 mintues. Cook time 7 minutes. Results – tastes like you spent hours!
Bake some yams on a Sunday and there is no end to what you can do with them. Heat them in the toaster oven while the rest of the dinner is cooking (10 minutes). Scoop out the flesh, mash with cinnamon, add a little Earth Balance buttery spread and heat (2 minutes) – sprinkle with chopped nuts.
You can actually make that meal with prep time and cook time in 15 minutes. Really!
If you didn’t make yams or a grain ahead of time, you can boil water as soon as you start dinner and have gluten free pasta by the time the rest is done. Place your salmon filet on top of the pasta (tossed with a little more pesto tossed in), dish out a heaping portion of greens and presto – you’ve got a meal!
If you’re a skeptic, don’t take my word for it. Try it and then let me know how tame your “monkey” is.
Even if you don’t have a weight problem, the result of the American Medical Association’s decision to label obesity a disease could be disastrous for your health.
This decision has caused rejoicing for some and outrage for others. I have read articles representing both sides of the argument. The scariest part is, neither one of them makes any sense.
It’s pretty easy to figure out who would benefit the most from this decision. Labeling this a disease will be a big boon for pharmaceutical companies, bariatric surgeons and hospitals. Weight loss is a billion dollar industry and this will open the floodgates for people to take medications and have procedures paid for by insurance that they could not previously afford.
Is that a bad thing?
For 95% of our population, the answer is yes. Surgery and pills provide a short- term solution to a lifelong problem. They do not address the underlying cause of your weight issues. They also don’t teach you how to live without the foods that have become your best friend, your comfort and your solace.
Until you learn how to cook and eat the foods that nourish and satisfy your body and your soul, no surgery is going to make your life better. There are very few “happily-ever-afters” to this type of treatment.
On the other side of the argument the outcry is about taking personal responsibility. Obesity is not a communicable disease. It is brought on by over consumption of food. We are the ones who decide what we put into our mouths and how much we are going to eat, right?
That kind of oversimplification belies the real underlying problem.
Could the argument be that we as a nation have decided collectively and at the same time to throw in the towel and eat ourselves to death?
You just have to talk to people who struggle with their weight to know that isn’t true.
The people I work with who have weight problems are strong- willed and determined. They are disciplined and have achieved success in almost every aspect of their lives. So, why do they feel so helpless when it comes to their food?
You can’t find a solution until you know what the problem is.
The real culprit here has not even been part of the conversation and until it is, we are going to continue to suffer in some way.
Here is the question I think should be asked:
What is the one thing that has changed in a very dramatic way in the past 50 years?
Our food supply is now in the hands of mega-corporations. Ever quarter, they have to answer to their shareholders. They need to show a continuing profit in an industry that already produces more food than we can eat.
How do you think they do that?
They spend lots of money finding ways to get you to eat more. They create “foods” that never satisfy and keep you craving more. They value price giant sizes because they know if you buy it, you will eat it. When you finish the jumbo size, you start to believe that you “need” that size if you want to have enough.
The food giants know the health effects of what they are doing and they have no intention of stopping. They say they are giving the public what they want and will continue to do so as long as you continue to buy.
We cannot legislate this problem. The food lobby is far too powerful to believe that anything will happen on a government level, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something you can do.
Every time you buy something at the grocery store, you are placing a vote. As long as you continue to buy “frankenfood” the food giants will continue to make huge profits on chemical laden junk. We have only just begun to see the devastation that will bring.
Make a decision today to replace 1 “not so healthy” item on your shopping list with a healthier version that I bet you’ll like even better.
You’ll see that starting a food revolution isn’t really that hard at all.
Won’t you join me?
As in all things in life, what you get out of our program is based on how much you put into it. The dedication and determination of the people we meet inspires us everyday,
It is our intention to share some of their journeys with you so you can be inspired too.
Today we are introducing you to Deborah, one of our Rock Star Clients.
She has agreed to share some of the things she wrote as she traveled along the path of transformation.
Let’s start at the beginning…
It didn’t take Deborah long to discover the power of food:
I haven’t had any stomach pain. I have more energy and it feels great!
I didn’t feel tired. Usually I need a nap by 5pm.
Today I noticed I am feeling physically and emotionally better. I can’t really explain it but my body doesn’t feel weighed down like I use to when I wasn’t on the detox. My emotions use to change after eating processed foods or sweets. I was very moody. At times I felt a little depressed. Now I feel great!
As time went on she became confident in the changes she was experiencing:
I am excited about creating a new me. One thing I noticed is that I do not crave sweets anymore. I guess my taste buds are changing. For the first time in my life, I am able to tell my body no and it hasn’t fought against me with headaches or withdrawal.
Others notice changes in me physically and emotionally. They said I look and seem different. It feels great when people notice the change.
I noticed this was the first day in years when I didn’t run to food when stressed. Food was the last thing on my mind. All I wanted to do was workout. I went home and exercised. I had so much energy.
I feel great! I lost five more pounds. My stomach is an inch smaller.
What used to seem so daunting is now getting to be fun and easy:
I never knew cauliflower could taste great. I loved trying the new recipe! This will be on the menu for my next dinner party.
I noticed I am looking and feeling healthy. Food used to control my life. Dieting made me feel limited. This new lifestyle makes me feel liberated. This program made me see the endless options I have when eating natural food.
I noticed that I was my greatest enemy at times. There were no grey areas in my life. I was either all in or all out. I gave 100% or 0%. This would explain my yo-yo dieting.
Now I am finding balance in my life. I’m taking care of my mind, body, and soul at the same time. I’m allowing myself to learn a new way. I’m actually opening up to change.
Deborah goes from being the student to shining the light for others to see:
I’m feeling good. Everyone ask me questions about the foods they see in my shopping cart. I’m so happy to share back to basics with them. I truly can say it’s a lifestyle not a diet.
Victory is sweet:
I am proud of myself. I lost a total of 12lbs and 2 inches off my waist.
I feel like I’m living the healthy lifestyle I desired. I studied healthy lifestyles for the past five years. It wasn’t until I started this program when I put all my studies into practice. I feel good because I know my body is reaping the benefits of healthy eating.
The nurse was excited about my weight loss. I usually gain weight every time I go to this particular doctor. I was so excited to show them I lost weight. My stomach is also 1 more each smaller for a total of 3 inches since the beginning of this journey.
How cool is that?
We give much thanks to Deborah for being willing to share her joy in the hopes of inspiring others.
Keep shining the light.
You are our hero!
Do you have to drag your body out of bed every morning?
Are you struggling to fit more into your day but your body just won’t come along for the ride?
There are a lot of us running on empty these days.
You know it’s important to exercise and lose weight and you really do want to look and feel your best, but it takes so much energy to just get through your daily routine, there’s nothing left for anything else. Right?
Welcome to the club.
We live in a very toxic world. You eat “foods” that are highly processed when you take the time to eat at all. You get up early and go to bed late. In between you work crazy hours at a very stressful job. You are pushing yourself to do more and you don’t stop long enough to pay attention to the price you are paying for all this until:
* You start to notice that you are getting sick more frequently
* Your belly is getting larger with pounds that just won’t go away.
* Your sleep has become restless and you are starting to get indigestion.
* You are frequently constipated and your skin has gotten dry and itchy.
* You are feeling anxious, depressed and you are exhausted all the time.
Not a pretty picture.
You can go to a doctor who will give you a pill to manage each of your symptoms but soon you will be taking pills to deal with the side effects of the other pills.
You will start to feel old long before your time.
Want to know how to hit the reset button?
It’s not as hard as you think. The best place to start is with a gentle detox. This is a great time of year to give it a try. Daylight savings starts March 10th, which means that spring is not far behind. It’s time to shed the winter doldrums and get yourself reinvigorated for the beautiful days ahead.
A detox doesn’t mean you have to do anything crazy.
I admit, there are some pretty unusual ones on the market today but that’s not what I am talking about. Your body is actually trying to detoxify itself all the time. We make it impossible for it to do its job well when we burden our system with artificial sweeteners, sugars, chemicals, food dyes, trans fats and highly processed “foods.” We are also further burdened by a growing list of “healthy” foods we can no longer digest properly because of our compromised digestive systems.
Eliminating those foods and replacing them with delicious and nourishing fresh whole foods that are easy to digest will give your body the welcome respite it needs to detoxify properly.
The effects will be transformative. Nagging health problems will suddenly disappear, extra weight will drop away and for the first time in your life you will experience what it truly means to feel healthy.
We have watched this miracle happen over and over again.
It’s exciting every time.
You can read some of the personal stories here
Do you want to know how you can do this too?
Come to one of our FREE workshops :
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The 7 Biggest Mistakes Dieters Make
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The 7 Step You Can Take to End Dieting Forever
Wednesday March 20th 6PM
Obesity rates in the USA are among the highest in the world.
There is a very good reason for that and it may not be what you think it is.
The diet industry has done a great job of convincing people that they have the answer. They show you pictures of their success stories and suggest that you will have the same results if you pay them money, buy their food and do exactly what they tell you to do.
You are desperate to look and feel better and you are hoping somebody FINALLY has a solution.
You start out with a steely determination. Contrary to popular belief, most dieters I know have incredible amounts of willpower. You willingly subject yourself to all forms of deprivation for weeks at a time. You separate yourself from family, friends and fun while you go into isolation and eat “foods” you wouldn’t feed the dog.
And guess what? You lose weight.
See, the diet does work, right?
I have met far too many people who call that a success story. They pride themselves on how many pounds they lost and indeed it is a testament to their burning desire and incredible self-discipline.
The problem is the victory is short lived.
In no time at all, the world watches as you have gain back all the weight and then some. You are ashamed and embarrassed.
The diet worked, but you failed-again.
What you really need to do is step back and think about that for a minute. The truth is, that really doesn’t make very much sense. The numbers alone will tell you that’s a lie. When over 30% of our population is obese, that is not a personal failing. It is a national epidemic.
It’s time somebody told you the truth.
Your body is not the enemy. It strives every day to keep you healthy and alive in spite of all the stupid things you do to it, BUT- you have to give it what it needs. It will continue to torture you with cravings until you do.
You are here today because your ancestors were able to survive periods of history when we suffered drought and famine. Their bodies adjusted their metabolism to allow them not to perish.
Your body is no different than your ancestors. It doesn’t matter that your mind knows the store is open down the street and you can have all the food you can eat. When you willing deprive yourself of the food your body needs, it will respond by slowing down and working hard to keep you alive.
So what are you supposed to do?
Stop eating artificial sweeteners, chemicals, food dyes, trans fats and processed foods. Eating calories that have no nutritional value may leave you feeling full for a little while, but what you are really doing is starving yourself. You don’t have to be thin to be malnourished.
If you want to have a sustainable weight loss you need to give your body the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that can only be found in fresh whole foods.
Most of nature’s bounty is naturally low in calories so weighing and measuring isn’t necessary. You can fill your plate with a myriad of succulent flavors and textures cooked to please any palate. Change your menu to reflect the seasons and you will have an endless variety to choose from.