My neighbor told me yesterday that she was concerned that she had gained so much weight. She said she felt sluggish, chubby, and did not like the way she looked. Then she added that she was going to Australia to visit her sister. When she came back in three weeks, she would (in her words) “tackle this weight issue.”
I was floored. What an interesting mindset. It sounded to me that it was a binary approach to better health and a more optimal weight. Like a switch. While in Australia, the switch was thrown to “not taking care of herself.” Then she would come back and she would switch to “taking care of herself.” I know this is a very popular attitude, so pardon my straight talk, but this sounds a little nutty to me.
Does making healthy choices have to be black and white? Does being mindful of one’s health and waistline preclude having a good time while on holiday? I submit resoundingly, “No!” Nor should it be.
Here are seven simple steps you can do right now. Even if you are traveling. Even if you are super busy. Even if you want to have fun and enjoy food!
- Pay attention to what you put in your mouth. Avoid becoming oblivious with distractedness so that one big meal later you barely remember what you ate. Being aware can itself help you make better choices.
- Getting stuffed will make you feel awful. Don’t do it. If you are somewhere and the food is outrageously delicious, consider sharing a plate, ordering from the appetizers, and taking some home with you. Especially while traveling, sharing meals is very economical.
- If you overdid it at breakfast, a salad and some iced tea for lunch will help balance things out. Just because you went overboard once during the day, don’t throw the rest of the day away like it is wasted. You can redeem your body and make a good choice on the heels of a not-so-good one.
- Walking is great for your heart, to keep your body burning fat, and to help mobilize some of those extra calories you may have taken in. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Get off the bus if you are taking a tour. Get off your butt and move!
- Be cautious around peer influence. You may have just eaten. Just because others are now eating does not mean that you must succumb to an unscheduled and superfluous meal. Some hot tea or some bubbly water with lemon is perfectly acceptable socially.
- Take a break. You know when you may have had one too many desserts. Just say no. Give your body some down time from foods that you know will add extra poundage.
- Do plenty of fun things during the day to keep your mind off of food. Get involved in life. Use food for fuel and to nourish yourself. Get the energy you need from solid pro-health food for the express purpose of living, playing, and working full out!
Add some days in a row when you implement some of these ideas. I promise you, you will feel so much better you will want to keep up the great habits.
Rosie Bank is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. She is the author of five health and business related books. She speaks internationally and conducts seminars and workshops on optimal health and permanent weight loss. Rosie’s next seminar is entitled Healthy for Life and will take place in Foster City on October 6, 2012. For more information, contact Rosie at 650-573-7177 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Rosie’s health coaching services and to sign up for her Healthy News You Can Use newsletter, visit www.rosiebank.com