* Most of the foods I buy are organic or generally have ingredients I can pronounce. I take my additives very seriously and try not to buy anything with hormones or anything that would gross me out if I were to watch how it was made. Very rarely do I buy things that aren’t “simple.” I’m probably about 85% vegetarian about now. I just can’t seem to give up my steak and seafood. Yum. However, I have tried being a raw vegan for a bit and I actually am probably closer to vegan than vegetarian… but for the love of seafood, steak… oh, and Texas BBQ. Mmmmmm.
One of the main reasons for this is I have to be very careful of nitrates and preservatives in food because of the migraines they trigger. Makes me not so happy. There are a lot of things in food that affect a lot of people differently. If you have health issues, you might have a food allergy or intolerance. It’s something to at least consider.
* I generally measure out the foods I’m going to eat. – Portion control. – Once you are used to eating a pint of ice cream at a time (which I have done), you have to retrain your brain to understand what a “true” serving size really is. That’s one of the reasons people are obese. Learn what constitutes a portion and it gets much easier from there.
EXAMPLE: A chip-bender to the bottom of a 9-ounce bag is 1,260 calories sans the dip. So stick to 1 serving, about 15 chips—that’s 140 calories—or pick up some 100-calorie snack packs and save 1,120 calories
* DO NOT EAT IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION. If you eat in front of the TV, studies show you consume almost 300 calories more than if you ate at the table.
Now, I know that I’m going to turn off a lot of people when I say the next word, but bear with me. “Exercise.” But I’m going to add something to it… if you haven’t exercised in a long time, you don’t have to go to extremes starting out, join a gym, do DVD’s, workout on the Wii or anything like that. Ready? Cool secrets here:
* If all you can do is walk up and down a hallway of your house do it.
* From the hallway move to the driveway or the front sidewalk or maybe to the end of the block. (You get the picture.) I used to tell my dad at 90 years old when he was recovering from a fall, “Just take one more step dad. One more step will get you stronger. What will one more step get you?”
* From steps, move to a strength move of stairs or a curb. Step up and down. If you need to hold on to something, do it.
Something fun for cardio and to get the muscles engaged: Dance like there is no one watching. For Heaven’s Sake, put on some great tunes and get moving. It doesn’t matter if all you can do is sit in a chair and tap your feet and clap your hands or raise your arms. It’s SOMETHING.
Some of my favorite tunes while cleaning house (WHICH ALSO BURNS CALORIES:)
* Aretha Franklin – Chain of Fools
* Michael Jackson – Beat It
* Beatles – Twist and Shout
* Cameo – Word Up