Inner motivation…

Lately there have been several weight loss stories in the news. The latest boasts of a 25 male and how he lost 175 lbs in a little under a year. There are even many more TV shows about people and their battle to lose many pounds.  We love looking at the transformation these people make and what a hard journey they have endured. With more and more people becoming obese, I am sure we will see more and more people take the first steps to changing their lifestyle.  But what happens between the before and the after?? What gets you from day one to your goal? The latest article about Will Nevin sheds a little insight into shedding the pounds.

“You have to find a reason you want to do this. It can’t be to please other people and it can’t be purely for cosmetic reasons,” he said. “It has to be because you want to make a serious long-lasting change in your life. … You have to find that inner motivation.” – Will Nevin

Does organic mean healthy?

Eating organic is the new trendy way to eat these days but is it possible that the organic label has turned into another form of illusion for each of us. What does it mean to eat a treat from an organic bakery? Do we get confused into thinking that my organic scone or cookie is good for me? We tend to automatically assume a food item marked “organic” is not only healthy but better for you than a non-organic item.  A study at Cornell University  wanted  to see people’s perception of organic. They fed some people the same food item but labeled them organic and non-organic and then had the people eat and guess on the nutrition content. They guessed the organic items were less in fat and less in calories than the identical counter parts. The take home message: “Organic” and “all natural” labels do not mean calorie free, or healthy. Organic food can contain just as much calories as conventional food so no matter what you need to be looking at the nutrition label to determine if a food is right for you.

Beat those Blues

It is easy to find ourselves in a slump. Perhaps you have lost your job or hate your current job. Maybe you have experienced death of a close relative, or you broke up with the person you thought you would spend the rest of you life with. Who doesn’t have money troubles stressing them out?  Whatever the situation may be, we probably could all come up with something in our life that could easily justify us hulling ourselves up at home, on the couch with some brain numbing TV and whatever unhealthy foods we are craving. When we feel depressed we want to act the part. We don’t want to do anything or think about anything. And this tends to further perpetuate our depressive state instead of pull us out of the slump.
One of the best way to beat those blues is to workout. Exercise truly does release endorphins that trigger positive feelings in the body and they can reduce your perception of pain, whether it be emotional or physical. Exercise can make you feel better!
Maybe you lost your job and you are looking for  a new one. Often time this stressful situation can be out of your hands. We sometimes don’t feel like we have a whole lot of control in our life.  But you can control if you help or hurt your health. Don’t be without a job AND gain weight. Be without a job but feel good because you workout everyday. Move your body each day. Set goals. Work towards them. Fill your time with worthwhile things. If you are suffering from a broken heart, focus the effort you put into that person towards yourself now. Take these life changing situations as a chance to reevaluate your priorities and time constraints. Instead of running from your emotions, physically run the pain away. Who knows, things might not start to seem so bad.

Mexican food with a healthier twist!

Some of the most delicious dishes to eat are Mexican Food. But a lot of Mexican food is fried with lard and topped with cheese and  sour cream and can end up being loaded with lots of saturated fat. Mexican food can be healthy and still taste great. Here are some tips to follow when going out or eating at home.

Instead of Flour tortillas……. TRY corn tortillas
Instead of fried pork or beek……TRY grilled fish or chicken breast
Instead of sour cream and cheese……TRY salsa, pico de gallo, cilantro and peppers
Instead of a Quesadilla………TRY Chicken fajitas, with chicken and veggies like onions, green peppers, tomatoes
Instead of Chalupas and Tacos……TRY Taco Salad (skip eating the shell and ask for no sour cream)
Instead of Chimichangas……TRY Chicken Enchiladas with red sauce or salsa

• Watch portion sizes!  Eat half your meal and take the rest home for lunch the next day.
• Tell your server not to bring chips and salsa to the table.
• Ask for no sour cream or low-fat sour cream.
• Use salsa and lime to add flavor.
• Tomato- based sauces are better than cream or cheese sauces.
Enjoy all your favorite Mexican dishes but with a healthier twist!