So many people say they are on a diet everyday of their lives.
Growing up, my mother would say this to me and now that I am older, I completely understand where she was coming from. She tried the soup diet, the cabbage diet, the 17 Day Diet, the South Beach diet…etc. Magically, they all worked, but the truth of the matter is, anything you start then stop and go back to your old ways, brings your body back to it’s original weight. For example, if you eat and drink processed foods or whatever you feel like, then all of a sudden clean up your nutrition by taking those sugary and processed foods out for a short period of time, of course you will lose weight and possibly feel better fast. However, the chances that you will stay on this plan for the rest of your life, are slim to none, hence the term yo-yo dieting begins.
There is research out there that may make you feel better or even shock you: babies are born with a sweet tooth and it doesn’t need to be learned, its just there. Although some people may not agree with this and say, “If we don’t introduce sweets to our children, they won’t prefer them,” I beg to differ. Whether you were exposed to sugar at 4 months or 6 years, I believe you are still going to prefer the ice cream over broccoli, can you agree with that? Which one makes you smile more before you eat it?
Let’s get back to the word diet. When you say that you need to diet, it’s almost like giving yourself a death sentence, isn’t it? No-one really wants to go on a diet, and it becomes stressful and life isn’t as happy, isn’t that true? I want to give you a new way of looking at food so you can live a happy and healthy life and never use the dreaded word again. \
Are you ready to take on a new way of life with no more yo-yo dieting? It is called clean eating and balance. I know you have heard of this before, so lets go over what this means and here are some clean food examples to choose from: lean meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, fish, complex carbohydrates such as sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice, and healthy fats.
Processed foods that have artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, have added sugars, or artificial sugars, and most bakery goods, are not on the clean food list. You need to do a little research if you are not sure what is clean, and what is not. As I stated above about having a sweet tooth, you don’t have to give up eating sweets, there are many options to curb your cravings, but won’t pack on the pounds. With the internet at our finger tips, try pulling up some Paleo dessert recipes and you will be surprised how amazing they taste! I also substitute white sugar for Swerve when baking at home. My favorite go-to snack is the Larabar. Give one a try!
As I have stated over and over in previous articles, you must ask yourself how badly do you want to change for the better? I always say, “change nothing, and nothing changes.” If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, you must make a change. You don’t have to eliminate everything in your house all at once, but make a few clean switches each week, and you will be on your way.
My biggest advice is this: do NOT buy anything that tempts you, then there are no excuses. You will never have to say the word diet again if you can just make yourself realize that clean foods = feeling good = looking good. The old saying that goes back in time and has more truth than people realize is, you are what you eat. We are all in this together, but somewhere along the line, you got caught up in all the processed foods that are thrown at us through TV and the media and are a quick and easy fix. They make them so mesmerizing on TV and extremely convenient to get which then leads to food addictions. They don’t tell us these foods may cause depression, weight gain, low energy, and even certain diseases when eaten in excess.
What it comes down to is that we all have a choice each morning upon waking up: choosing clean foods for fueling our bodies, or packing on more pounds with processed and sugary foods or drinks that will cause you to crash and burn by mid afternoon, which then you will grab another sugary food or drink and the vicious cycle keeps going.
Make up your mind today to try eating cleaner foods and give it one full week. Prepare yourself that you may get a few headaches coming off sugar, but they won’t last and if you can do 1 week, you can do another. I believe in you and I know how amazing you will feel in a short period of time. You will never have to say the word “diet” again, because your life will be about clean eating instead and this will become your new normal way of life. You are going to have slip ups, but they will not last after a while because you will realize that you don’t want to feel tired and miserable anymore.
Your new normal eating pattern will give you energy, more focus, and weight loss, so try it out and please comment to me after 1 week. Don’t forget that exercising and drinking plenty of water can speed up the overall process of feeling better. If you need any help, I would love to work with you. Let’s start a new chapter this year and set the tone for our families. Everyone needs motivation so why don’t you take charge and be the motivator yourself!
Try baking my favorite protein cookies at home!
You will need:
2 ripe bananas
1C unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
1 scoop of protein powder (I use Quest Banana Cream)
1/2C almond butter
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven 350. Mix all ingredients together then place tablespoon size dough on parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. (you can add a few chocolate chips if needed). Store in refridgerator up to 1 week. Enjoy!