You probably heard about the new Starbucks drink called the Unicorn Frappuccino. It’s been making international news and the Washington Post described it as this: “Starbucks’s Unicorn Frappuccino tastes like sour birthday cake mixed with a creamsicle covered in Pixie Stix and a healthy sprinkling of despair.” That’s quite descriptive, eh? The drink is […]
Can You “Flip” Your Body? Recently, I was having a lazy afternoon and spent a little time flipping through the TV channels. I ended up watching an episode on HGTV where people flip houses for profit. It’s certainly nothing new. People find something old and refurbish it into something that can be re-sold for a […]
It happens every year. Your weekends start to fill up with holiday parties and gatherings. Some you want to go to and… well… some you don’t. But you go anyway because of some adult obligation that you feel. A good friend of mine calls it “adulting”. It happens to all of us. And each holiday […]
It’s kind of odd to read that from a fitness coach, right? However… it’s the truth. If you’ve followed me for any length of time then you know I tell it like it is and refuse to sell you a fantasy about true health. Is working out good for you? YES. Is working out a […]
Making whole foods based lunches for your children may be challenging if you have a picky eater, but you can use lunchtime as an opportunity to educate your children on how the food they eat can affect how they feel and perform.
Encourage your kids to be the ones to choose what goes into their lunches from whole food options that you give them. This way, the food will actually stand a chance of getting eaten. Don’t get caught up in the fact that lunches for you or your kids have to be fancy. Often times the simpler the better…ensure there is protein, vegetables, healthy fat, and fruit or a starchy carbohydrate.
Below are some suggestions of whole food and more optimal processed foods.
We have been discussing the benefits of keeping a food journal and asking specific healthy questions. This line of questioning builds awareness about the types and amounts of foods you are eating. They especially help you discover behaviors you have based on environmental and emotional factors. After a couple of weeks of keeping a food journal, you will discover these behaviors you need to change. An example would be that maybe you are not eating enough protein at breakfast. Perhaps you always eat your lunch at your desk and therefore, eat way too fast. Write down the behaviors you want to change as you identify them. However, do not try to change them all at once.
Behavior change is the most impactful step in cleaning up your diet, but you must also dive into the specifics of what you are putting in your body. So I will give you a few questions to ask yourself as you are logging meals in your food journal.
Last Saturday, I was a presenter at Healthy Living Seminars, and shared on how to make a Smart Start to Lean Eating. I shared 3 strategies to making the changes needed. These strategies are easy to implement and have tremendous impact on your success. Here is what I shared:
Every year when Winter rolls around, you’ve probably noticed the glut of commercials for cold and flu medicines that promise to put an end to the coughing, sneezing, headaches, stuffiness and more that comes with being sick. Most of us just chalk it up to being “that” time of year.
There’s no doubt about it… Your body and your mind are directly linked. What you think about has a clear effect on your health and vice versa. In fact, I’ve just come across a fascinating study that shows how strong this mind-body connection is.