Food Is Not Your Enemy

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!

Are You Stuck on the Back Burner?

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.

Need Help With That New Year’s Resolution?

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.