Archive for June, 2010

I wanted to write a post for all of those out there who are having difficulty being consistent with their fitness/health regimen.  Whether you are new to exercise and healthy eating or someone who has been trying to change their lifestyle for some time, there are times when we falter and get off the course.  This is a very common thing. No one is perfect!  The big difference from the ones who succeed in achieving their goals and the others who return to their previous poor eating habits and inactive lifestyle is the ability to shrug off the bad and continue move forward to the better days ahead.  Staying committed to the healthier lifestyle is the key!

The next time you make a poor food choice, eat a ton of calories, or miss a workout or two, don’t bow down and give in. Surrender to the notion that this is par for the course and you’re not the only one in the boat. Here are a few tips that will help you shake it off and move forward toward that healthy lifestyle you want:

  1. Have your goals written down on a piece of paper. Keep them within reach so they are readily available to view when you are having a bad day.
  2. If you miss a workout, don’t try to make up for it the next day. Doubling your exercise will only make you more stressed out and the chances of skipping again will be increased.  Simply complete your normal workout the next day.  There are times when we are fatigued, overwhelmed with work, or plainly just not motivated.  Relax, brush it off, and continue with the commitment.
  3. Don’t feel guilty for letting yourself down.  It happens to the best of us.  A healthier lifestyle should not be a hardship.  Think about all of the accomplishments you’ve made and learn from your previous mistakes. The more you feel ashamed the longer it takes to getting back toward reaching your goals.
  4. If you overeat or make a poor choice, don’t worry about it. Don’t starve yourself the rest of the day.  Don’t consider the day wasted and gorge out.  Continue with the plan and make your next meal the most nutritious and healthiest meal imaginable. 

*Remember, you don’t have to be perfect. Everyone has the same troubles. But, the ones who succeed don’t give up against resistance and don’t give in to temptation!

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Many popular diets make you believe that carbohydrates are the enemy causing you to be overweight and have excess fat. Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet providing your body with the proper fuel to power through your day and workouts, for proper organ function as well as providing your body with vital vitamins and minerals. We don’t want to eliminate carbs but some carbs are better than others for weight loss and better health. Make sure to include whole grains such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain pasta, quinoa, and whole oats as well as fruits, veggies and beans in your diet. Try to avoid the bad carbs such as anything that is white (white bread, white rice, pasta), any type of pastry/dessert, sugar based sodas and/or juices, as well as many processed foods.  Eat as close to nature as possible, do this by eating things with very few ingredients!!!

Try including some whole grain carbohydrates daily.You can start your day with old fashion oatmeal or a cold cereal that lists a whole grain as the first ingredient. Add brown rice, sweet potato, whole wheat pasta or bread to your lunch and/or dinner and include fruits and veggies throughout your day.  If you want to go a little lower carb you can skip the grains at dinner and load up on the veggies. Of course you should be pairing these healthy carbs with good quality protein sources as well as healthy fats. A well balanced diet is the best diet for optimum health and weight management.

Skinny Cookie Recipe

Posted: June 8, 2010 by Stacy Gregovich in Recipes
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Just thought I would share this recipe with everyone. I have been making a batch of these skinny cookies at the beginning of every week to keep on hand for a quick and healthy option for breakfast. In the morning I just nuke two of the cookies for around 10 seconds smear a little natural creamy peanut butter on top of each and have a glass of skim milk with my coffee. I got the idea from a diet my family has been following called the skinny pill diet (no pills involved) with a few modifications to make them a bit more healthy. Here it is , it is very simple.

1 cup whole wheat pancake flour

½ cup oat bran

½ cup oatmeal

½ cup applesauce ( no sugar added)

½ cup raisins

1 egg

½ cup water

¼ cup splenda brown sugar

4 packets splenda

Cinnamon

Vanilla

Beat the egg and mix with vanilla and cinnamon. Then starting mixing in the other ingredients. Make into 12 cookies on a baking sheet, slightly press each cookie down with a fork. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Store in the refrigerator when done.