New Habits

Many of you have created healthy new habits this past year. Many of you have lost sight of these new habits,  especially around holidays. The most important health success is to be able to redirect yourself and get back to your new healthy habits. 

Expect at times you may eat too many cookies or miss exercise. You are human and not made to be a robot. The point is to not stray from your healthy, self care habits for too long. Resuming healthy habits is your success. The old you would have kept eating the cookies day after day. The new you knows you have lost focus, and resumes mindfulness. There are no starting and stopping diets and or habits. Instead, realize you are on a journey and you may hit a pot hole or a blizzard, but your motion is always forward, striving for happiness and health.

One step at a time.

Are you thinking about your 2011 resolutions? Consider this,  instead of making rash diet resolutions, make small changes in your intake. This will prevent the feeling of deprivation and ultimately, a binge. For example, if you are feeling guilty from over-consuming during the holidays, identify one thing you can change.  Make it a small change and start today rather than on January 1st.  Perhaps it is to decrease your dinner portion by 25%. Do this for week one and then add another diet change on week 2 such as enjoy one cookie after lunch rather than 4 after dinner. Remember moderation is key in terms of intake and setting health goals.

Wholly Guacomole

If you have high LDL cholesterol and or want to have a healthier intake, consider Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie snack packs. Use the guacamole on a sandwich instead of cheese. You will get 4 grams of fiber and heart healthy monounsaturated fats. This is an easy way to get a dose of healthy fats. Look for the Wholly Guacamole packs in your food store near the vegetable section.

It's a grey thing.

Try not to control your food (life) rather try to balance your food (life). Find the grey zone in the middle. Think moderation, think sometimes. Avoid the extremes of black and white thinking. Apply this concept to your food intake and your everyday living.

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too.

“Save room for dessert.” If you know you want to eat an appetizer, a main course and dessert, be sure to practice portion control and pace your intake. Consider 25%, 50% and 25%. Eat one quarter of your appetizer, half of your entrée and one quarter of your dessert. In other words, only eat a portion of each course so that you will bes hungry for your dessert.

Hot and sweaty in 35 degree weather…

Get hot and sweaty at Soul Cycle. I highly recommend spin class especially with Janet at Soul Cycle in NYC. This is not just spinning. It is a team of riders, focused on a personal intention, expressing gratitude for your body, your mind and your abilities. Candles are burning, the music is motivating and you are inspired to be an athlete for the 45 minute ride. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids during and after class.

Dare to eat kale!

If you have not tried the super green yet, go to whole foods and buy their Carnival kale salad. It is a treat for your taste buds and the least intimidating way to introduce yourself to a veggie typically eaten by macrobiotic followers.