Filed under: Healthy Lifestyle | Tags: fresh air, SAD, sunlight, winter depression
Too much snow. Too much cold. It can be tempting to want to do nothing more than curl up under a blanket on the couch for the next few months.
But please, take some time every day to go outside and soak in what little sunlight there is. You know how school kids are given recess every day, even on cold winter days? It’s understood that kids really need fresh air to thrive. And adults do too. Lack of natural light and fresh air can really put you in a dank mood.
So pull on those furry winter boots and step into the cold, even for just 20 minutes or so. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Filed under: Chronic Disease, Healthy Lifestyle, weight loss | Tags: diet, eat healthy, New Year's resolution, weight loss
It’s easy to put yourself last. Work takes up almost every waking hour. If you have kids, they take up the rest. Then there’s the stuff that has to be done around the house, bills to pay, food shopping to be done, and maybe, just maybe, a few minutes at the end of the day to watch TV. But real, quality “me” time? And your health? Those are things that will just have to wait.
But wait for what? When, exactly, will you ever find time to take care of yourself? If you keep putting it off, sooner or later you’ll be forced to make time, like when you finally burn out, get sick, and realize you just can’t keep up your current pace.
Before you reach the point of breaking down from stress, or hearing that your constant eating-on-the-go has led to a diagnosis of reflux or diabetes, or realizing that without really noticing it you put on 15 pounds this past year, take some time to reassess where you and your health fall on your priority list.
If making changes for the better and paying attention to your well-being are always on the back burner, now’s as good a time as any to fix that. You’re busy, and you will continue to be. But you can simply resolve to do something for yourself–today–or suddenly years will slip by and you’ll still be neglecting your health and doing the same-old, same-old.
Start small. Do one thing this week that you know is a step in the right direction. Eat something green instead of something deep-fried. Go for a brisk walk. See how much it costs to take a yoga class at that studio nearby. Make an appointment to get a physical. Little actions like this will all start to add up as the weeks go by, and will begin to make a real difference in how you feel.
And if you need support in reaching your health or weight-loss goals for 2011, please contact me to set up time for a free consultation. You can see how I’ve helped my clients here.
Artichokes are my absolute favorite vegetable. And they’re super easy to prepare. Simply wash your artichoke, then steam it for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then serve with melted butter, olive oil, or any dip/sauce of your choosing. If you have small kids who will be eating the artichoke, you’ll want to trim off the needles on the ends of the exterior leaves. But there’s no need to do this for adults unless they’re a little ham-fisted.
Filed under: Healthy Lifestyle, weight loss | Tags: diet, free consultation, lose weight, New Year's resolution, weight loss
Happy New Year! If you’ve made a resolution to lose weight or to get healthy, remember that I’m here to help you reach your goals. The clients I’ve worked with have lost weight, cleared up digestive problems, embraced healthier foods, and gained more energy. There are no gimmicks with my programs–no fad diets, no pills, powders, or supplements. It’s all about using real, healthy, delicious foods to get where you want to go.
You can read testimonials from my clients and sign up for a free consultation with me here.