Saturday, November 19, 2011

Does tightening the reins make you eat more?

As I start to begin my Thanksgiving preparations, I find myself eating more even though I want to be eating less. A strange but common paradox. I was thinking I should cut back a little before the holiday especially since I know I will be entertaining out of town guests, eating out more, and then going on a vacation the day after Thanksgiving. Yet thoughts of deprivation can often lead to overindulgence.

So instead of tightenting my grip, I have decided in the spirit of Thanksgiving to just let go and be thankful for whatever I put into my mouth. While I do not plan to go "hog wild" over Thanksgiving, I do plan to keep this mantra in mind: Bless, savor, and enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Seven Day Count Down

Seven days until Thanksgiving: family, friends, good food and drink. My advice is to enjoy the day and don't worry about what you eat. (Remember to always drink responsibly.) Did you notice I said "day?" That is the first key to starting off the holiday season on the right foot. After Thursday go back to your regular eating (and exercise) otherwise what starts as just one day often morphs into another 39 days of overindulgence.

To avoid having to face the music on January 1st, here are a few things to consider as you prepare your Thanksgiving feast:
  1. Avoid using hydrogenated fats in pies and baked goods.
  2. Have a salad and at least two or three vegetables.
  3. Use olive or canola oil or Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter (half olive or canola) instead of margarine in cooking.
  4. Offer fresh fruit with the other yummy desserts.
  5. Don't drink your calories other than wine or spirits, avoid high calorie mixers.
  6. Add some whole grain bread to your stuffing.
Which reminds me of one cardinal rule: Don't stuff yourself to the gills. Eat until you are full - not stuffed. Then in a few hours, if you are hungry go back for more. A stuffed turkey is good, a stuffed belly is not.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

Right about now, clients start to ask how they can keep weight off over the holidays. Here are three simple things you can do:
  1. Watch your alcohol consumption. If you know you will be drinking, cut back on starchy foods during the day. Eat more veggies and lean protein.

  2. Watch the sweets at work. Draw a line in the frosting and "just say no" to the plates of goodies that will be passing your desk. Bring a healthy snack from home for the 4:00 slump.

  3. Get back to the gym now and don't wait for the New Year to begin again.

Try these for starters. I will be giving tips from now until the end of January.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Juicing and Cleansing

Lately many of my clients have been asking about juicing and cleansing diets. I always tell them juice diets or fasts are good for the short term but they don't work for weight loss. A "fast" is fast; a quick way to drop some pounds, give your body a rest from too much sugar, salt, refined grains, and bad fats, and help transition you to healthier eating.

Long term, sustainable weight loss requires slow changes that last. But, as we all know, change is hard. So one good way to start the process of healthier eating is to do a three day juice fast or cleanse. Drinking juice infuses your body with a powerful punch of nutrients that can help revitalize you and get you unhooked from all those addictive fatty, sugary foods. Plus it gives you a vacation from, "what am I going to eat."

I have layed out a three day plan in my new ebook, GoBeFull Juice Diet and Cleanse. Download the ebook from and see what you think.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Neighborhood Gardens

The Health Nut has awakened from her winter slumber and has been noticing garden plots all over the suburbs. Now that is a beautiful site (or sight). Soon the burbs could look like the hills of Tuscany where every useable plot of land is planted with vegetable gardens, grape vines, olive trees, and other types of fruit trees. How refreshing!

Now is a great time to clear a spot and go to your nearest nursery and pick up some seedlings or plant your own seeds. Gardening is so much fun and it is good exercise. The rewards are worth the hassle.

First make sure you put up a good fence that deer cannot jump over (they can clear 7 feet) and watch out for other critters. If you have a dog, he or she will keep the varmints away. You might want to add a scarecrow as the birds can wreck havoc on a garden.

Second add some worm castings to the soil along with some good topsoil. The worm castings (a nice euphemism) for worm poop adds nutrients to the soil. The topsoil helps the soil hold water in the dry weather by breaking up the red clay of Virginia.

Thirdly, mark what the vegetables are so when they start to grow you won't confuse them with weeds.

Then have at it and enjoy the process.

Stay tuned for more gardening updates.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Red Mango

Next time you are racing through an airport starving, try Red Mango. Really good. The POM yogurt with fresh fruit, granola, and mini chocolate chips is so refreshing. Healthy, delicious, and fast.