Getting to YES, 6 Things to Do!

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On her way out the door, a friend who wants to lose weight asked me, “Do you eat bread? Carbs are bad right? What about pasta?”  As a health coach I get questions like that alot.   I suggested she focus on including more nutritious foods IN her diet, not on what is bad.  Put your energy towards what will make you feel good and spend less time worrying about restricting yourself.

In a way, she’s right.  I don’t eat bread and highly processed carbohydrates often because they aren’t nutritious, as far as our bodies are concerned white flour is sugar.  I’ll occasionally indulge in a special treat because I’m not especially intolerant.  I do eat carbohydrates such as whole grains regularly especially oatmeal, quinoa, millet and more.  But, that’s a blog for another day.

Restrictions, lists of taboo foods and detoxes are great way to get a fresh start but they aren’t for everyone.  Many of us are more receptive to the positive. What will make you feel good? What should you be eating? What should you include in your routine?   I tend to think more about what I need to add to my diet, not what I should take away.

Instead of NO SUGAR, NO CARBS, NO FAT, say YES WATER, YES VEGGIES, YES SLEEP!

6 Ways to Improve Your Health

  1. Drink Water – Your body is composed of about 60% water. It is vital for most bodily functions including digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, maintenance of body temperature and more.  Also, whenever you are drinking water you aren’t drinking soda or alcohol.
  2. Most of us should add more vegetables to our diet.

    Most of us should add more vegetables to our diet.

    Eat Real Food – Most real foods, fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains are good for you.  They contain nutrients that benefit you in some way. When planning meals and grabbing a snack include real foods, not highly processed products with lots of chemicals, preservatives and dyes.

  3. Eat More Veggies, All Kinds – There are so many conflicting diets out there from paleo to vegan telling us what we can and can’t eat.  There is one area where they agree and that is on vegetables, especially leafy greens.  Very few of us get enough.  Try to find ways to add a handful to soups, salads, smoothies.
  4. Buy the Best Food You Can Afford – Quality of food really does matter.  Labels can be confusing.   However,  organic, local, grass fed, and pasture-raised food is just plain better for you, is more nutritious and has more flavor than food raised in a factory by a corporation.
  5. Getting enough sleep is key to good health.

    Getting enough sleep is key to good health.

    Go to Bed – Studies have shown that lack of sleep can  levate levels of stress hormones, boost blood pressure, and increase inflammation.  We know that sleep deprivation can affect a child’s cognitive, emotional and physiological development.   On days when I don’t eat the best food and miss the gym I say, “at least get yourself some sleep”:)

  6. Exercise as Much as Possible – The benefits of exercise are endless, increases “good,” cholesterol, decreases unhealthy triglycerides, improves your mood, prevents osteoporosis.  It’s great to have a regular routine but also slip it in whenever you can.  Try adding in an extra workout or a quick walk with a friend.

Comments

  1. I’m taking this advice right this
    minute and taking a walk around my building. I’m in a lull at work and I know it will wake me up and get me going. Thanks!

    • Susana Hill on February 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm said:

      Way to go Patty! You’re on the right track. A quick walk will give you more energy than a sugary snack or soda.

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