Rhubarb, without sugar? Delicious :)

I love rhubarb

I am growing it in my garden and it is such a thankful plant. You just have to plant it and it will come back year after year. The only thing I do is make sure that in the fall, after it has died back, I put a thick layer of nutritious mulch on it.

The rhubarb sleeps until in the Spring, it will start peeking out of the mulch and will surprise me with it’s beautiful, tasty stalks.

This year the plant was a little slower than usual and I thought it would not amount to anything. It did not help that the plant I had given away to my daughter and her husband, did absolutely wonderful. It had strong stalks and large leaves and it was this way while my plants (the ones that were left over) were just puny. What was going on?

Now I had helped my family make a Hugel Kultur bed and it was so healthy. So I assumed that was the reason, but, for Pete’s sake, does that mean that they have rhubarb this year and I have nothing?

I was happy for them, but not so happy for me. This was afterall, one of my plants and my other plants should have been fine as well.

However, as the Spring carried on and we got into Summer, my plants also started to thrive and I have been able to harvest as well. I used to cook the rhubarb and would add sugar to it. Lots of it. Sometimes I would also add an egg yolk, cornstarch and after it thickened I would add a beaten egg white. We really enjoyed it like that. Now however, now I am aware of the negative role of sugar in our diet I do not want to make my rhubarb like this anymore and so most of my rhubarb goes into my smoothies.The fruits in my smoothies will temper the tardness and give it just the right balance between sweet and sour, without any sweeteners

My daughter had brought me some rhubarb she made a little while ago. She had added some mango and also honey to sweeten it. It was delicious and of course I have tried to copy that recipe, but it still had a sweetener in there. So today I have played a little more with the recipe and after I picked some fresh rhubarb I came up with the following recipe which I think is devine.

Rhubarb Devine

  • 9 stalks of rhubarb, washed
  • 1 larger Granny Smith apple
  • 1 large mango  or 2 smaller mangos
  • 7 – 9 Medjool dates

Cut the rhubarb is smaller slices, about 1/2 inch long and put into a large pan. Peel, core and dice the apple and add to the pan. Add a small amount of water to keep the food from burning and cook at low to medium heat. Check frequently and stir to prevent the food from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

In the meantime, peel and dice the mango. Make smaller bite sized pieces. Pit the medjool dates.

When the rhubarb starts to soften, but still has some pieces that are holding their shape add the mango. Stir it through to mix well and turn off the heat. Now add the dates and let them sit in the rhubarb to soften for up to 1 hour.

After 1 hour, take the dates out and with 2 ladles full of rhubarb, put the dates in a blender and blend well. Return to the pan and stir well.

Eat either warm with some home made vanilla ice cream (a recipe will follow soon) or eat it cold. Enjoy

So there you go, rhubarb without sugar.

While sugar only sweetens your dish, the dates are a whole food that will not only sweeten your dish but also add fiber and will add amongst others, nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc as well as some of the B vitamins, vitamin A and K. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop, Ice Tea or Fruit Juice; What is Healthier?

What is Healthier? Here is a question I get many times from clients and people who are just wondering; What is healthier,

  • pop
  • ice tea
  • juice

Most of the time the question is more tricky as they would like to know about pop with sugar or the diet kind. So here is my answer.

If you are going to drink pop regardless, then take the normal pop. Diet pop is artificially sweetened and that is a sweetener that your body does not know. It has no idea what it is and still has to deal with it. Sugar on the other hand is more natural and since we are wired to eat and drink food that is found in nature, this is actually a no-brainer when you really think about it. So that is how I answer the pop question.

Then back to the above asked question; Let’s look at pop first

As an example I have taken a look at Sprite. The ingredient list shows;  “Carbonated water, high fructose  corn syrup and/or sucrose,  citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate (to protect taste)”. Looking just at the sugar amount (they are mentioned as a second ingredient of the list) there is 38 grams of sugar in a 12 oz/355 ml can.

Now to compare correctly I will take 8 oz/236 ml as a measure, which leaves us with 26 grams of sugar. That is 6 1/2 tsp of sugar in one drink. However you probably will actually drink the whole 12 oz/355 ml can and have therefore 38 grams which is 9 1/2 tsp of sugar from one beverage. Wow.

So what about Ice Tea As an example we are looking at Nestea lemon Ice Tea. The ingredients are as follows: Water, sugar, citric acid, Lemon juice juice from concentrate (0.1%), tea extract (0.1%), flavourings, acidity regulator (sodium citrate), antioxidant (ascorbic acid).

Again the sugar is mentioned second so by weight there is more sugar than lemon juice for instant or than tea extract. As a matter of fact, the amount of sugar in 8 oz/236 ml is 22 grams, which is 5 1/2 tsp. It is less than the same amount of Sprite, but not by that much.

Okay, let’s look at juice. Most people will tell me that juice is of course much healthier since it is made from fruit and the industry will tell you that a cup of juice will count for a fruit serving.

Let’s look at that a little closer. Take orange juice as an example. One brand (Tropicana)will tell you that there are 16 oranges in their 1 ltr packs. So each 8 oz/236 ml is the equivalent of 4 oranges. 8 oz/236 ml of Tropicana orange juice will set you back 22 grams of sugar, which is again 5 1/2 tsp of sugar. The same amount as that of the above mentioned Ice Tea. Ouch.

“But”, will you say: “If I take 100% freshly squeezed juice I still will get all the nutrients that are in a fruit”.

Let’s look at that a little closer as well. The juice gets squeezed once a year when the fruit is ripe. Then goes into a large oxygen depleted holding tank where it will stay until it goes into the packs we buy at the store. As it sits in those tanks we lose flavour and so, before the juice makes it into that package, the manufacturer adds a “flavour pack” to the juice to bring back the flavour we like. They don’t have to mention that and so our 100% pure, freshly squeezed juice is not as fresh and 100% pure as we think it is.

In the meantime, the nutrients that are still left will diminish. The orange juice you drink is far removed from what you think about is freshly squeezed orange juice.

Check out the following CBC Martketplace episode to see what they actually do to the juice we drink  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e4CEm9yybo. It takes about 22 minutes of your time, but it is an eye opener

If you like oranges, my suggestion is to eat one and not drink one (or 4). The flavour is better, the nutrients are alive and available and you will have a lot less sugar to deal with.

So which is healthier to drink? Actually none of them.

My suggestion? Drink water and eat your fruit. If you don’t like water, flavour it with some lemon slices, orange slices, take some cucumber or celery, add some berries etc. Let the water with the fruit/vegetables stand for a little while to steep and you have a great drink which is healthy, low in sugar and quenches your thirst.

Or make your own ice tea by making tea and adding some freshly squeezed lemon juice and if you need to, some sugar or honey. I bet you will not need 5 1/2 tsp in that :)

Something to think about: If you drink pop, ice tea or fruit juice on a daily basis you will take in 35,040 calories from sugar in one year just from that. That is just about 9 kg of sugar. If you would choose to leave out that one drink per day and replace it with water, making no other changes, you could lose up to 10 lbs of body weight. How cool is that.

New Year's Resolutions?

“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no I’ll start tomorrow. Tomorrow is disease.”

How many of us wait until tomorrow, next month or the beginning of the year to start their new program, their new membership to a fitness studio, their new eating habits.

New beginnings are like the first page in your new notebook/diary or journal. They are exiting and we look forward to writing  in them.

I love a new notebook. I find a cover that I like. I look at what the pages look like on the inside. These things are important to me; they have to be just right. I think about what I could write in them. Most of the time I have no clue, but like the notebook too much to leave it in the store and I buy it and bring it home.

At home I continue to contemplate what I am going to use this journal for, what is it that I am going to write on the first page. The first page is so important to me. It needs to be something special I write in there. It is not just going to be a shopping list or a list of things to do and even if that is what the notebook is meant for, the first page has to be different than all the others pages after. It needs to be just so, perfect. And so the journal can be empty for days or weeks, months or even years. Some of them I have never even started.

So what about the ones that I have never started? They just look good on the outside, but there is nothing inside that will tell me anything, it is just an empty booklet. There are no memories, no struggles, no celebrations, nothing.

The ones that have been started but never finished, even though they are not finished, they tell me a story of some of the things that have happened in my life. It could be something that I thought was funny with regards to things my children did when they were really young, a struggle I had to write myself through. Shopping lists and to do lists tell me about the life in those years and bring me back to other memories. Things may be different now, but I can see where I have come from and where I am now.

I understand not that it is not necessarily for the journal to be perfect, even though it is imperfect, it has been started and it tells a story.

This is how it should be with changing your way of eating or adding exercises to your lifestyle. It is not about doing it perfectly or having a perfect plan, it is about starting. You don’t want to wait until you know exactly how to start it, you just need to start and make your mistakes and find what really works for you. Not what works for your spouse, your children, your friends, the fitness studio, etc, but what works for you.

That can take some time to figure out, but that does not mean that you should only start after you have figured that out. Never wait until tomorrow what you can start today, right now.  Don’t wait until next Monday, next week, the New Year. Never make a New Year’s resolution ever again. Start right now, this minute, this second.

Get off your chair and walk the stairs just once more than you normally do. Don’t stay in your seat during tv commercials, but move.

Right now go to your pantry and take out one thing of which you know it to be your trigger food and throw it out. Don’t leave it there for the children, for it is your trigger food and it will keep calling your name. Take it out right now, hold it under the tap and wreck it so that you cannot go back to it again. When you are hungry and you would normally have gone for that trigger food, you now go to something else; a healthier choice or you go clean out a drawer that has been calling for your attention for a long time. Or you write a friend or close family member a real letter so that the trigger food that calls your name right now does not get a hold of you any longer. Keep yourself busy and learn to do different things at the times you would be eating the chips, the cookies, the chocolate bars.

Don’t go on a diet on the first of the month, but change your lifestyle right now, this minute, this second and don’t wait.

It will be hard and you may need some help on finding out which your trigger foods are, which foods can be swapped for a healthier version or which one needs to really go.

With the holidays on its way resolve that you don’t have to end up with a food hangover at the end of it and a New Year’s resolution you will mostly not even start or adhere to.

Let me help you, call me, email me and let me give you a hand. I can promise you that it is worth it, you are worth it and you will feel so much better.

Do I Really Need To Work Out?

It is 6 in the morning and I am laying in bed thinking about whether I should get up and exercise. I have only about 15 minutes to do something about this and my bed is still so nice and warm. I turn around and fall asleep for a little while longer.

I am on my way to do my shopping and I am looking for a parking spot. It is the end of my working day and I like to get home to have my dinner and relax (or do my home work). I could chose to park a little further away so I get a little exercise in (which only takes a few minutes, but at least I am moving a little), but then I feel a little tired and opt to find a spot as close to the entrance as I can.

I am sitting at my office job most of the day. I should stand up and do a few stretches every hour and set my alarm for it, but I think I am too busy to work in a few minutes here and there.

It is lunch time and I go from my desk chair to the chair in the luncheon room (I walked there, didn’t I?). I eat my lunch, I have a few minutes left and could go outside to stretch my legs, but I feel to unmotivated to actually act on my thought. Ten minutes later I need to be back at my desk and lost the opportunity.

I take the elevator when I could take the stairs, I take all things at ones in stead of walking a few times. I walk leisurely when I could speed things up a bit.

Recognize any of this? It is easy to just push the exercise aside and go through our days without really using the muscles we have been given.

So how important are these muscles?

  • Skeletal musclesallow us to move (Think, chewing your food,  walking,  picking up things,bending down, the motion of sitting down or standing up, blinking your eyes etc.) and  help protect our vital organs.
  • Cardiac muscle; our heart pumps our blood
  • Smooth muscles in our blood vessels make sure that the blood gets distributed throughout the body)and aid in digestion (How did you think the food traveled from our mouth, through our digestive track to the other side of the body?)

These functions sound actually very important and we all know the saying the “when we don’t use it we lose it”.

“But”, you say, “I don’t have an hour each day to do exercise”. “I cannot afford a club membership”.

These are legitimate reasons, but if we believe that “Muscle is the absolute centerpiece for being healthy, vital and independent as we grow older”, and that the above mentioned functions of the muscles are crucial, then it also follows that we cannot afford not to exercise if you want to stay strong, mobile and independant as you grow older.

Does it need to take an hour each day to exercise? Do you need to join a gym? Only if you can afford it and need the accountability.

There are many ways you can use your muscles and exercise them without the gym or doing it for an hour each day. You can start by looking at some of the above mentioned excuses and implement them throughout your day. Make them part of your life. A few minutes here or there are better than nothing at all and a great start to new found health. You can spare a few minutes more to park a little farther away. You can do some push-ups against a wall or sliding your back towards a squad and holding it there for a minute. You can have a little run with your grocery cart as you are making your way back to your car. You can make an extra trip up and down the stairs to pretend you forgot something. You can dance when you play some great music or make funny faces in the mirror to yourself (don’t forget your facial muscles. You don’t want to lose the ability to smile.) You can take some deep breaths when you are sitting being your desk or in front of that red stop light.

You can get a rebounder (small trampoline) or a few dumbles or stretch bands for a reasonable price at Walmart.

You can move in front of the TV when you are watching a show or decided to do some stretches or other short excercises during each commercial of your show. Jumping 10 minutes on the rebounder is a great workout for your muscles and your lymphatic system.

All these things add a little more movement to your day and as you add these little things and keep an eye on the things you eat, you will slowly but surely start to look forward to moving a little extra, run a little, walk the stairs and be fore you know it you will find a little more time to move more.

And if you still have young children and you start showing them the importance of movement throughout your day, you will give them the best example of doing that as well, so not only you will become healthier, but your children also.

What kind of little exercises do you implement in your day?

 

 

Kale a Super Food?

Kale is known as a super food, but is it?
Well, let’s look at the daily nutrient values of Kale based on a 2000 calorie diet and for 100 grams of kale (which is about 1 1/2 cups of kale)
  • calories 49
  • Total Fat 0.9 g
  • Potassium 491 mg = 14%
  • Total Carbohydrate 9 g = 3%
  • Protein 4.3 g = 8%

Vitamins and minerals will amount to

  • Vitamin A 199%
  • Vitamin C 200%
  • Vitamin B6 15%
  • Iron 8%
  • Magnesium 11%

That is not bad for starters, is it?

It is high in high in chlorophyll, vitamin K,  manganese, has about 2.5 grams of fiber, has a decent amount of omega 3′s and if you leave the stem of the kale in (if you have a good blender you can easily do that) you enhance the amount of fiber that is available to you.

Cutting kale into thin slices helps break down cell walls, which enhances the activation of an enzyme called myrosinase that slowly converts some of the plant nutrients into their active form. Vitamin C and Kale go well together, because vitamin C increases myrosinase activity.  The way you can add some extra vitamin C is to add a little lemon juice to the kale and let it sit for a few minutes (about 5) to enhance the beneficial photonutrient concentration*

Smoothies are a great place to add your kale to and enhance the benefits of these nutrients as your blender chops the kale very fine and if you add some lemon juice you win even more. They support the liver, with it’s detoxifying duties and protect the lens of the eye.

Kale is part of the cruciferous vegetables which are known for their health promoting sulfur compounds, but if you are not used to have a lot of these in your diet, start slow as they may be gass forming.

Kale is available throughout the year and if you have a little bit of a garden it is really easy to grow yourself.

Smaller leaves are more tender than the larger ones, but if you use your kale in a smoothie it does not matter that much. Having a mild frost go over your kale will sweeten the flavour and that is great if you use it in a stir fry or a salad.

If I plan to use the kale within the next few days I keep it in my refrigerator, but if I have a lot ready-to-be-picked in my garden I freeze it (just wash the kale, put it in a bag, squeeze out the air and put it into the freezer. This works fine whether you are going to use the kale in a smoothie or any way cooked, stirfried or in used in a soup).

Kale is a green I like to either buy organic or grow myself, because of the amount of pesticides used to grow it. There are different kinds of kale, including curly kale, lacinato (or dino or black) kale and ornamental kale (which is also edible, so grow for the looks and your health)

So, what do you think; Is Kale a super food? I think it is.

Add kale to your diet on a regular basis as you try to add variety to the leafy greens you include.

*(The World’s Healthiest Foods)

(Since kale is a concentrated source of goitrogens and oxalates it may be a concern for some people. Steaming the kale may help inactivate the goitrogens, but will not do much to limit the amount of oxalates. So if you have a problem with these foods, keep track of the amounts you consume.)

 

 

Tired of Winter? Try Some Nettles

Stinging Nettle Soup

2 large handfuls of nettles, washed
1 large onion, sliced
4 potatoes, peeled and cut into smaller pieces
leftover vegetable broth
coconut milk or half and half cream (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a slow boil.
Cook until the onions and the potatoes are soft. Use your handblender to puree the food.
Add some Himalayan salt and some pepper (to taste).
Pour in some of the coconut milk/cream to taste (optional) and enjoy your soup.

Nettles are high in vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron and fiber.

Nettles are also said to be beneficial as a diuretic and joint pain treatment. They may help promote healthy adrenal glands and kidneys, encouraging your body to get rid of toxins and react to stress in positive ways. Season allergies may be effected by them. Many people use stinging nettle to make tea, taking it for a variety of maladies, including respiratory and urinary problems, diabetes and protection against kidney stones, as well as to speed wound healing. No scientific evidence confirms these uses, however.

However they taste great, can be used in stead of spinach as a vegetable, in a frittata, in a stir fry, as a tea. I have frozen them and they used them in my green smoothies.

Just take a pair of gloves, a pair of scissors and a plastic bag and visit your favorite nettle patch or go to the store and buy a bag. This is the time to eat them as this is one of the first fresh greens available to us.

Don’t be scared, just do it. Your body will thank you for it

Do you need any more reasons and recipes to start incorporating them into your diet? Try the following recipes as well

http://pro-activenutrition.ca/recipes/stinging-nettle-frittata/

http://pro-activenutrition.ca/recipes/early-spring-soup-with-nettles/

Do We Really Need Exercise?

I just came home from a wonderful fitness Retreat hosted by Coast Fitness, one of our local fitness centres. I was asked to do a workshop on lacto-fermenting and the health benefits of fermented foods.

Since I love many things fermented and I teach classes in fermenting I was definitely game and said yes right away.

The weekend was great and being in a wonderful Resort & Spa there was no problem enjoying myself.

Since this weekend was hosted by a Fitness Studio you can expect to have some fitness classes being offered and  since I was there I participated in some of the classes.

Now I am not 20 years old any more and I don’t have to have that perfect figure. I also don’t feel like I need to be able to run a marathon, but this weekend taught me a few things about body areas I do have to concern myself with and I thought I would share this with you since this is something we all need to concern ourselves with.

What we need to worry about is how strong how body is in being able to perform it’s day to day duties. As we are getting older our body will start to lose muscle mass and if we don’t keep up we don’t only lose a shapely body, but we also lose some things we may take for granted right now, like; walking up and down the stairs, getting in and out of our chair, getting in and out of bed, using the toilet, getting dressed, being able to wash yourself, being able to open up a jar, handling a can opener, lifting groceries in and out of the car and into the house and worst of all; not being able to get up off the floor after a fall.

Losing this kind of  muscle strength is scary, especially of you did have a fall. Even if you do not break any bones, you still may lay on the floor for days not being able to get up. How sad is that.

So our need is not staying active and fit for the sake of staying active and fit. Our need is to stay strong enough to be able to do the menial tasks we take for granted and to be able to get ourselves off the ground if needed.

There are specific exercises for that and you need to work at it, things don’t just happen. Just thinking you are strong enough doesn’t make it so. I found that out this weekend.

So find your self a Fitness Studio to help you with some of these things or go on line and find some exercises. You can get CD’s or a Recreation Centre where they offer classes focussed on this or make use of a personal trainer. There are so many options. Don’t just think about it, go do something about it and get strong

Of course exercising and not looking after your nutritional health is not enough.

I offer many different programs to help with weight loss, maintenance and gain. I help people with digestive issues and many other issues.

Getting strong and staying strong does not only happen with exercise. Your body needs building blocks to perform it’s functions. The nutrients in your foods, which include the right amount of energy (calories) from the right kinds of foods; carbs, proteins and fats,  linked with the vitamins, minerals, phyto nutrients and such, need to be of the right quality to give your body the chance to perform, build and repair.

I can help you find the right meal plan based on your body’s needs,  that will help your body get back on the right track; to function the way it was intended.

Call me at 604-489-0200 or contact me to set up an appointment. Your first 30 minutes will be complimentary for this month

 

Egg Yolks Versus Egg Whites

How many of us have been taught to eat only the white and toss the yolks

“They are high in fat and cholesterol!”

And that is true. This is the part of the egg that holds the promise of a new creature and that needs certain elements to be able to make that promise come true in the right environment with all it’s parts in place

Therefore the yolks are also the part where most of the nutrition is. And if you only eat the whites you lose out on those.

What is the answer?

Balance and don’t worry too much. Eggs were eaten in their entirety for many millennia and our ancestors did not have the problems we have now.

The cholesterol that is in a food, eaten within a balanced meal plan is not worry some and your body will get rid of the excess through binding it with bile and getting rid of it through our stool

Being aware that there is a high amount of fat in a food should help you balance the rest of your meal, by using a little less

So eat some and enjoy the taste of them. Eat them as a folded omelet with stir fried veggies hidden in them, or as an egg salad with lots of raw vegetables to balance things out.

Have some for break fast, as a great alternative for a meat to make a vegetarian dinner or as a handy snack.

Have then poached or boiled, make the flax seed bread with them or even put them in a smoothie to add some extra protein.

Make sure they are from free range, organically fed chickens and you are good to go

For the Flax Seed Recipe go to http://pro-activenutrition.ca/recipes/flax-seed-bread/

 

Share your favourite egg recipe in the comments please

 

 

 

 

 

Eat whole foods and benefit from all it’s nutrients

7 Breakfast Ideas On The Go

Your Mamma had it right when she told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Most of us tend to skip this meal without understanding the hormonal consequences and the havoc that missing breakfast can wreak on your body and craving centres.

Breakfast is intended to break-the-fast since you have been fasting all night. Some of us fast for at least 12 hours  having our last meal at 7 pm and breakfast somewhere between 7 am and 8 am. When you don’t have a break-fast meal your body can go into storage mode thinking that a famine or starvation is occurring. Other symptoms can occur like your blood sugar dropping, mental fogginess, irritability and impatience just to name a few.

If you’ve skipped breakfast it doesn’t matter if your first meal is healthy, your body is more likely to store those healthy nutrient dense calories as fat for later use. It’s more likely that your first meal is a high sugar high fat meal since that’s what most of us crave when we skip meals.

Let me ask you a couple of questions:

  1. Do you have cravings at any point during your day?
  2. Does your energy and concentration level dip at any point during your day?
  3. Are you irritable and short tempered without any real stimulus to set you off?
  4. Do you find yourself nibbling and snacking all evening?

If you answered YES to even one of these questions then it’s quite possible that you are skipping breakfast or that your breakfast is not fueling you the way it should be.

A balanced breakfast sets your hormonal and energetic tone for the day. Skip breakfast and you won’t have as productive and happy of a day as you could have had you eaten a balanced breakfast. Do yourself a favor and wake up 10 minute earlier. Try one of the 7 breakfast ideas… they are perfect for those of us who are rushed and have limited time in the mornings.

  1. Hard boiled eggs: 2 (yes 2) hard boiled eggs with an apple
  2. A bowl of high fiber cereal with milk or a milk alternative: look for a cereal with a minimum of 7 grams of fiber per ½ cup and 6 grams of protein.
  3. ½ cup of steel cut oatmeal with  ½  tsp of cinnamon and ½ cup of berries: cook the steel cut oats ahead of time and warm up individual servings.
  4. A protein shake made with 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 cup milk or milk alternative and 6 walnuts.
  5. A piece of 100% whole grain or gluten free toast with 1 tsp of natural peanut butter or a nut seed butter and ½ cup of Greek   yoghurt
  6. 1 cup of cottage cheese with 1 cup of berries
  7. 1 cup of Greek yoghurt with 1 cup of berries and ½ tsp cinnamon

Would you like some helping planning out hormonally balanced meals? I have a solution to your cravings problems and would like to be able to help you achieve your goals. Give me a call today at 604-489-0200… I’m having a BACK TO SCHOOL SALE and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the savings.

If you like to lose up to 25 lbs in 12 week check out the following link
http://pro-activenutrition.ca/promotions-2/back-to-school-sale/

3 Tips To Turn “Dieting” Into A Lifestyle

What new diet are you to going to TRY this week?

Is it going to be a low carb, high protein diet?How about a juice fast or a juice cleanse?

Fad diets, quick fixes and overnight success stories are sexy. There’s no denying that it’s much more appealing to do a 3-day juice cleanse and lose 7 pounds then it is to make lasting healthy lifestyle choices.
The fad diets minimize or outright deny the work involved and the commitment you must make when wanting to lose weight, keep it off forever and create a state of optimal health for you and your body.

I’m going to tell it to you straight. I’m hoping this won’t come as a shock to you…

DIETS DON’T WORK

Dieting creates a negative state of health in your body. The entire diet experience is centered on a whole bunch of ‘don’ts’, ‘off limits’, ‘can’t have’s’, and ‘deprivation’.

Wouldn’t it be nice to say “no thank you” to a piece of cake NOT because you are on a diet and can can’t have it BUT instead say “no thank you” proudly, with confidence simply because you just don’t want to put that crap into your body.
The feelings of not wanting to offend the host or being embarrassed to order something different than everyone else at a restaurant are non-existent.

That’s when you know that your ‘diet’ has turned into a lifestyle. You have a different relationship with yourself and with food.

So how do you get there?

Read these 3 tips below and implement them right now.

Tip # 1: Make A Firm Decision
Like I’ve mentioned above… a diet is something you go on and off of. You have a bad day and you’ve gone off your diet. You have a bad week and you never get back on your diet.

Stop trying diets. Stop trying to eat healthy. Stop trying to lose weight.

Make a firm decision to make changes.

Do not waiver.

It’s a shift in your outlook on eating healthy.
Making this firm decision requires a mindset shift. It’s no longer about trying to eat healthy. It simply becomes a way of life.
This new mindset deletes the on and off again rollercoaster that is dieting. It’s helpful for those bad days of ‘cheating’. The idea of cheating no longer exists. Instead it turns into making unhealthy choices.
So what if you have a bad day and binge on some unhealthy foods?

Making a firm lifestyle change means that you have many more days to make healthy choices.
Failure and disappoint don’t exist because you didn’t go off your diet. You simply just ate some crap that wasn’t good for you. Accept it and move on. Make the next meal or snack healthy.
Making a firm decision to be healthy is living your life without the constant anxiety of ‘being on a diet’.

That’s what we teach in the WOW! program. It’s an entirely different way of looking at food and changing your relationship with food. We teach you to focus on the great stuff you have in your life and the foods that will help you to shed fat and actually promote health.

Tip #2: Being Healthy Is Just Who You Are
Have you ever heard this before, “Oh, Jenny can’t eat that… she’s on a diet.” Or how about “Brace yourself waitress, Jenny’s going to take 5 minutes to order”.
The above phrases are typically never said in a positive manner. They are always said with some kind of negative connotation.

Why is that?

Simple…

The person dolling out the negative comments are not happy with themselves. When YOU make healthy choices it threatens THEIR way of life. They know they should be making healthy changes but just don’t have it in them to do so.
When you accept the piece of cake or the second helping of lasagna because you don’t want to offend the host or don’t modify your choice at a restaurant because you don’t want to be the odd man/woman out, what you are really saying is that someone else’s feelings are MORE important then your own health and happiness.
It’s not your problem whether or not people are offended by your choices. They could have chosen better food choices too. Their feelings about their own choices are THEIR problem, not yours.

Let it go!

Losing weight is not about dieting or taking a diet break when you are socializing.
It’s about simply being healthy because it’s your way of life. When you go to a party you bring a couple dishes so there is something for you to eat. When you are socializing with friends at a restaurant you take longer to order because you make multiple modifications to the menu.
You always pass on the high sugar, high fat desserts.
You do all of these things not because you are on a diet and can’t eat that or because you are trying to be snobby by eating healthier foods. You do all of these things because being healthy is just who you are.

Whenever I go anywhere I don’t mind either bring a couple of side dishes or offer to bring a dessert. People  are not offended because this is my CHOSEN way of life.
I don’t make comments on their unhealthy food choices because that’s their choice. They eat what they eat and we eat what we eat.
Imagine how relieved you will feel knowing that your choices aren’t coming from being on a diet. Your choices are made because it’s just WHO YOU ARE.

Tip # 3: Ditch The Junk
Get rid of the junk and processed foods, even those that are being marketed as ‘healthy’. You know which ones I’m talking about… The granola bars, the 100 calorie snacks, the fat free treats and the diet foods.
Get rid of them because they don’t fit into the paradigm of who you are.

Our bodies are designed to eat healthy foods, real food that is grown in the ground or picked from trees.

We’ve run out of time to make excuses about eating real food. There is no more time to start again on Monday. Your bodies deserve to eat real food that is nourishing.

Your children deserve to thrive and live a life free from preventable diseases and known symptoms associated with eating junk and fake foods.

Junk food is not a part of who you are. Sure, there is a time and place to indulge in tasty treats but when you make the shift from dieting to living a healthy lifestyle those same foods lose their appeal.
Healthy living doesn’t seem sexy or as appealing as taking the easy way out but the easy way out never lasts. I am here to help you identify and implement these 3 tips I’ve shared above. We have all run out of time for making excuses and starting again on Monday.

Choose a different way… a proven way that has nothing to do with dieting and everything to do with permanent fat loss and lasting health.

Call me today at 604-489-0200 or  contact me to get started on creating a healthier and happier YOU.