Tip 1: Honesty is the Best Policy
Learn how to track your eating and find the best foods for yourself in this blog series entitled Seven Tips To Balanced Living.
Tip #1: Eat What You Normally Eat for a Week BUT Journal It
Eat completely normally. Your goal this week is simply to observe yourself and your normal eating habits. Every time you eat or drink something, write it in a journal. Or, if you are tech savvy and really want some hard data, go to my-calorie-counter.com1 (don't worry it's free) and track your eating habits, drinking habits, and in the notes, write down how you felt after eating the food (energized, happy, tired, bloated, constipated, etc.).
A word of caution, when journaling food, it's tempting to cut out foods you would normally eat, or if you "slip up" you might want to conveniently "forget" to journal it. Remember, this is meant to be a representation of your real daily diet, so don't cheat yourself by being dishonest about where you are.
At the end of the week, make a list of foods that you think make you feel good, and those you think make you feel not so good. Try to keep the foods you are suspicious of out of your diet for a month, then re-introduce one at a time and see if you feel good or bad after eating it. Be honest with yourself. Are you eating more caloric foods than you should? Are you nourishing your body with whole foods, or are you filling it with empty calories and processed food-like substances?
Write your top three goals for health, and post them prominently where you will see them often. For instance:
- Lose 10 lbs by Christmas
- Be able to walk a mile without getting winded
- Feed my family only healthy, whole foods
Keep your goals simple, yet descriptive and keep going no matter what!
Related Wellness Resources
We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.
Affordable Healthy Grocery Shopping in 30 Minutes
Ever wonder what a healthy grocery list would look like? One of the things many people tell us is that it seems too hard to change shopping habits. They feel eating healthy is harder or costlier. I can tell you shopping for whole, natural foods is less expensive, easier and much faster in the grocery store than dealing with a bunch of processed foods.
Evolution of Dinner: Part 1 - Raw Ingredients
We weren't always the "healthy eating family". We used to eat plenty of processed foods and fast food including frozen foods, sugar laden desserts, and plenty of processed junk. So, I'll be blogging for the next few days on our Evolution of Dinner...
Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook
Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!
Help for Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Living
Eliminating or minimizing Gluten and Dairy from your diet isn't necessary for everyone but some certainly benefit from making these lifestyle changes. Regardless, we all benefit from eating more natural, whole foods and less processed foods. Learn more about gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition options and take advantage of the educational resources, shopping list, and recipes.
How to Shop and What to Eat
We are what we eat. Studies from reputable health organizations suggest that 40-60% of Americans are living with one or more chronic diseases, which negatively impacts their quality of life, reduces employment productivity, and drives up health care costs.1 Lifestyle choices, in particular, the foods we choose to put into our bodies, are making us sick. However, we do have choices regarding our nutrition.
Learn practical tips for healthy and affordable grocery shopping and consider using a list similar to the recommended natural, whole foods grocery shopping list provided to get you off to a good start!
Tip 2: No Oil in the Engine is Bad
Think about the definition of Supplements. It means that they supplement for a lack of something. Learn more in part two of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.
Webinar: Four Letter Word for F.O.O.D.
Facilitator Libby Wright discusses the unhealthy types of food typically consumed in the S.A.D (Sad American Diet) with participants of the Your Best Weight program. She provides alternative food choices and recipes that are nutritious and taste great along with supplement recommendations including meal replacement protein shakes.
Please enjoy the webinar. You may also wish to view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.
You Can Eat Healthy Without Spending More!
One of the big myths we like to dispel is to talk about the real cost of foods. Most people believe that eating healthy is a lot more expensive than eating processed. The truth is, they cost about the same. Try this experiment and see for yourself!
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