Food Is Not Your Enemy

At Last: Better Lunches for Students
January 26, 2012, 3:05 pm
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In an effort to reduce the rampant problem of childhood obesity, the White House has announced its long-awaited changes to school cafeteria meals. Kids can expect more fruits and green vegetables on their breakfast and lunch trays, and a whole lot less salt and fat. Great news.

Free Nutrition Book Available For Download

Did you know that you can now download a free digital copy of Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness at my site? The book, written by Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is a nice intro to the general approach I use in my nutritional counseling program.

Don’t Think About Losing 60 Pounds

Ah, January. The holidays are finally behind us, and with it all the cookies, huge family feasts, and excess booze. It’s a great time for a fresh start.

If you’ve made “fresh starts” every January for the past few years, however, and find that you’re not feeling so “fresh” by February, you may need a new approach to making changes.

Forget the four-protein-shakes-a-day-but-nothing-that requires-teeth diet. Forget about hitting the gym for three hours a day, seven days a week. Grand and very intense plans like these are not sustainable. They may work for a few weeks, but then you start to want some real food, or your hectic schedule gets in the way of that gym plan, and then you give up and go back to your old habits. I just can’t do this, you may think, I’m doomed to be overweight and suffer from reflux/high cholesterol/high blood pressure/name your chronic condition here.

Instead of ambitious goals for 2012, I encourage you to make tiny, easy goals. And try making those goals at the beginning of each week based on what your schedule looks like. So you may resolve that this Wednesday and Friday, you will walk instead of taking the subway or driving somewhere. On Tuesday you will go to the greenmarket. On Wednesday you will cook a chicken vegetable soup with the fresh ingredients you bought at the greenmarket rather than ordering Chinese. On Sunday you will take that African dance class you’ve been meaning to try.

Focus on the process of getting healthier and losing weight rather than on the results. If you’re diligent about creating achievable goals and actually following through to meet them, the results will come. And it won’t feel like a struggle.

And if you’d like support in putting all the pieces together, making changes to your eating habits and lifestyle, and reaching your goals for 2012, contact me to set up a free one-hour nutrition consultation (the consultation can be done either in person or over the phone). You can read my clients’ success stories here–I’ve helped teachers, lawyers, film producers, graphic designers, waitresses, secretaries, bankers, social workers, stay-at-home moms and dads, students, retirees, magazine editors, and clergy all make significant changes to their weight, their health, and their lives overall.

Happy 2012!