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Why should I have a healthy diet?

We all know that eating right can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain health problems, but your diet can also have a profound effect on your mood and sense of well being.

Studies have linked eating a typical Western diet—filled with red and processed meats, packaged meals, takeout food, and sugary snacks—with higher rates of depression, stress, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Eating an unhealthy diet may even play a role in the development of mental health disorders.

Eating more fruits and vegetables, cooking meals at home, and reducing your fat and sugar intake, on the other hand, may help to improve mood and lower your risk for mental health problems. If you have already been diagnosed with a mental health problem, eating well can even help to manage your symptoms and regain control of your Life.

While some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important. That means switching to a
healthy diet doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition.

You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet and make a difference to the way you think and feel.

Sugar & Salt ~ what it does to your body

As well as creating weight problems, too much sugar causes energy spikes and has been linked to diabetes, depression, and even an increase in suicidal behaviors in young people. Reducing the amount of candy and desserts you eat is only part of the solution as sugar is also hidden in foods such as bread, cereals, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, low-fat meals, fast food, and ketchup. It all adds up to a lot of empty calories since your body gets all it needs from sugar naturally occurring in food.

Sodium is another ingredient that is frequently added to food to improve taste, even though your body needs less than one gram of sodium a day (about half a teaspoon of table salt). Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, memory loss, and erectile dysfunction. It may also worsen symptoms of bipolar disorder.

TIPS –
• Slowly reduce the sugar and salt in your diet a little at a time to give your taste buds time to adjust and wean yourself off the craving.

• Avoid processed or packaged foods like canned soups, frozen dinners, or low-fat meals that often contain hidden sugar and sodium that quickly surpasses the recommended limit. Prepare more meals at home and use fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned vegetables.

• Be careful when eating out. Most restaurant and fast food meals are loaded with sodium. Some offer lower-sodium choices or you can ask for your meal to be made without salt. Most gravy, dressings and sauces are also packed with salt and sugar, so ask for it to be served on the side.

• Eat healthier snacks. Buy unsalted nuts and add a little of your own salt until your taste buds are accustomed to eating them salt-free. Cut down on sweet snacks such as candy, chocolate, and cakes. Instead, eat naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth.

• Check labels and choose reduced-sodium and low-sugar products.

• Use herbs and spices such as garlic, curry powder, cayenne or black pepper to improve the flavor of meals instead of salt.

• Avoid sugary drinks. Try drinking sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice instead.

What’s the secret to weight loss?

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There is NO big secret to losing weight!  It won’t happen overnight.  There are no magic pills.  There are no detoxes that will make you lose weight.

The secret is eating healthy foods, exercising at least 30 minutes a day,  drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, journaling your foods and being consistent!  That’s it!

Seems like all you hear in the media is how to lose weight fast!  So many different options to chose from, so many different quick schemes.  The truth is while you  may see a few pounds lost within the first couple of days, it is mainly water weight.  And once you stop consuming your “quick weight loss product” you are more likely to gain the weight you lost plus some!

  • Shoot to eat every 2 1/2 – 3 hours
  • Shoot to eat less processed foods & more natural foods
  • Shoot to have complex carbs, lean proteins & healthy fats at each meal.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day ~ shooting for cardio & strength training exercises
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Write down every bite of food and every drink EACH and EVERY day!

Bye Bye…..Negativity

How many times have you questioned yourself in the middle of workout ~ “Why am I doing this?  I’m not seeing any progress?”?  How many times do you have the conversation ~ I can’t keep up, I’m not doing the exercise correctly, holy cow my legs are on fire?

Internally we have a fire burning ~ burning to make us better, stronger, faster, healthier!  Whatever that fire is, keep sparking it to make your fire burn before, during & after your exercise!

Every day, every workout, YOU have the choice to get those negative thoughts from your head.  You have to make the choice!  You have to keep your eyes on the goal!   You have to stay focused!  Yes it will be HARD.  Yes you will find a challenge along the way.  But it will all be worth it!  JUST. KEEP. PUSHING. FORWARD!

Dieting is not…..

Dieting is defined as a “special course of food one restricts oneself to lose weight”.  BUT losing weight, getting healthy, toning up is NOT about dieting.  It truly is a mental game!

  • How many times do you eat a 100% on track, exercise for at least 30 minutes each day for 6 days in a week only to not have the scale move that week and GAWK if the scale goes up!

  • How many “quick fixes” are you guilty of trying?  Weight loss pills, detoxes, cleanses and others?  There are NO quick fixes – you have to work to lose weight and keep it off!

  • How many times do you get on the treadmill or elliptical (or any other cardio machine) and just stroll through it and not pushing yourself or your body into a fat burning mode?  (aka: sweating)!

  • How many times do you start a new routine only to get bored with it after a few days?

  • And let’s not forget, how many times do we compare ourselves to our family, friend or anyone else on social media?

Keep these tips in mind to help keep your head in the game and to not fall into the vicious cycle of losing weight becoming a mental fight!


* Focus on eating healthy foods ~ less processed and packaged foods; more fruits and vegetables, more lean proteins, moderate carb intake and more healthy fats.  Those 100 calorie packs loading our grocery store shelves are nothing but empty calories ~ they won’t hold you over long!

* Strive to eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day.

* Focus on exercise ~ consisting of cardio (you have got to sweat!) and strength training (you have to build those muscles to keep that metabolism going strong) ~ for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.

* Stay away from the sugary drinks ~ have water (and fill with lemon, lime, mint, orange, etc.) and hot and iced tea (unsweetened).

* Take some time each day ~ even if it is only 5 minutes ~ to be quiet, journal, have a cup of tea.  Just reflect on what is going well with your journey, maybe identify something to work on improving, just be still.

When you feel like you hit a bump in the road or a mental roadblock, reach out to me and let me help you get over that hump.  

Consistency

You want to see results; you want to feel like all of your hard work is
paying off and resulting in changes; you want to feel healthy. BUT if
you are not consistent, how do you think you will accomplish this? Do
you think you will lose weight by not exercising? Or by not tracking
your foot intake? Do you think you will lose body fat and gain muscle
tone by not picking up those weights?

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It doesn’t mean you have to “bust it out” every day but you do need to
maintain a consistent level of activity each day. You do need to
maintain your food intake — staying within your calorie range, the
right macronutrients that work for your body.

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You need to find that balance for YOU – if you don’t have that balance
you are not going to be consistent with your healthy lifestyle, your
goals, your dedication. Set small goals so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Take small steps to accomplish your goals!

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If you experience a slip up or suffering from lack of consistency,  seek the help from me or any other support you might have in your life.

You are worth it to do this! You deserve to enjoy the ride & be happy!!

Make it Count

What a workout

3 days ago I started a new workout program ~ something to change up the mundane cardio rut I found myself in, something to shake things up with my metabolism.  I decided on Body Beast.  It is a 90 day strength training workout, splitting between different muscle groups and throwing some intense cardio circuit in there.  As a Beachbody coach, I have the All-Access pass for Beachbody on Demand ~ all of Beachbody’s workout programs from the comfort of my home ~ on my laptop, phone, iPad or stream it through my TV.

Now I’ve considered myself in shape ~ sure could I use to lose a few pounds or tone my muscles more, yup ~ but for 3 days now I have been walking a bit funny & watching my arms do a little shaky dance when trying to use them.  Guess that means I needed more toning than I thought.  But I absolutely love the feeling.  I love when walking up my stairs that I have to take it easy and grit my teeth with every step 🙂

I have taken my before pictures & measurements.  I cannot wait to see how my body changes over the course of the next 90 days!

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Transitioning into healthier eating lifestyle

 

There are more & more fad diets on the market these days & so many people desperate to find the right “one” that works for them.  But in reality what they are doing is actually harming themselves.  Here is a great 8 week transition into a healthier eating lifestyle, rather than viewing it as a diet!  

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Just KISS

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Do you seem to always be going back and forth with the latest fad diet craze?  Are you juicing for 3 days straight & then binge eat?  Are you just lost with how to be healthy?  Just KISS (Keep it Simple Silly)!

1. Be active every day ~ find ways to move EVERY DAY.  If you are at work, set your alarm to get up from your desk every hour and walk around the office, go walk the stairs, get outside for a quick walk.  

2. Fuel up on real food ~ steer away from the processed foods, refined carbs and high fat dishes.  

3. Create your own healthy environment ~ find different ways to get your exercise in.  Go for a hike, find a new park you can take the kids too, get outside and start cleaning up your yard.  

4. Stay true to your purpose ~ are you living your life with what you want to achieve?  We all have goals and dreams, is your lifestyle built around them?  

5. Believe you can succeed ~ learn to get rid of the negatively nellie sitting on your shoulder.  When the scale isn’t responding as fast as you want we tend to get disappointed and “throw in the towel”.  Look at what you have already accomplished & focus on other ways of measurement besides the scale.  Keep a positive mind & see the results faster!

6. Make healthy living fun ~ being healthy isn’t suppose to be a chore.  It is suppose to be fun and all in moderation!  Look at ways to make exercise fun ~ grab your spouse, grab your kids, grab a friend & go try something different.  For example gardening & yard clean up is something that needs to be done in spring, get outside and really work your heart & your muscles.  Just make it fun!

7-Day Bikini Bootcamp

If summer has you feeling like you want to hide from the shorts, tank tops and swimwear and crawl right back into your yoga pants… let’s CHANGE that. Join our 7-Day Sampler group to kickstart your fitness journey and ROCK that suit this summer… with CONFIDENCE! In our group, you’ll receive:

–> 7-Day Meal Plan and Exercise Plan
–> Access to Meal Planning Tool and Menu Plan
–> Healthy Recipes
–> Coaching and Peer Support

Our group starts May 8th and takes place in a CLOSED Facebook group. Message me ASAP for details and to reserve your spot!

Email: debi@evolutionfitnessny.com